McKenna has no regrets about fighting back publicly against sexist comments

first_imgOTTAWA – Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna says she hadn’t planned to confront a reporter from the Rebel during a news conference last week, but when the right-wing website posed the first question at a news conference in Vancouver, her pent-up frustrations at the outlet’s “climate Barbie” tag just came out.The incident happened at the conclusion of a meeting of provincial and federal environment ministers and McKenna asked the Rebel’s Christopher Wilson if he would commit that neither he nor his outlet would use the sexist label anymore.She concedes it was a little bit “awkward” to raise the issue in that manner but she “just thought it was really important.”“I’m quite pleased I did it and I’m pleased because hopefully it makes … it more possible for other women and girls to step up and do the same,” McKenna said in an interview Tuesday with The Canadian Press.The ensuing feedback since the incident has been overwhelmingly positive, said McKenna, adding she wants the Rebel and anyone else to stop using sexist names for all women, not just her.“There’s a group of people who continually attack me because of the colour of my hair or supposedly the tone of my voice or all sorts of reasons,” McKenna said.“But it’s about making sure that women and girls can see a place for them in politics and recognizing that it’s not OK to make fun of women because of how they look.”The “climate Barbie” tag was coined by Rebel media almost as soon as McKenna was named environment minister in November 2015.The term gained more mainstream awareness in September when Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer was forced to condemn its use by one of his MPs.Gerry Ritz tweeted the slur in the final weeks of his career as an MP but after an online outcry he deleted the post and apologized.McKenna received bipartisan support both then and this past weekend, with Conservative, NDP and Liberal politicians among those publicly supporting of her decision to confront the Rebel.Conservative MP Michelle Rempel, who has also been a frequent target of sexist online trolls, took to Twitter on Sunday with some of the more egregious comments she’s received. She said her staff keeps a running daily tally on a white board of the number of sexist calls they receive.Rempel posted a creepy letter from someone who wrote about whether she was wearing underwear and said if she dressed provocatively no men would listen to what she had to say.But Rempel also said it angers her that partisans try to pretend there is a political overtone to sexism, or that one party is worse than another.“Every party has done stupid sexist shit,” Rempel tweeted. “Trying to paint it as an issue to one party or another for gain is part of the problem.”She took on those in her own party at the same time and said every woman has the right to call out sexism when they see it.“Watching people defend the Climate Barbie moniker rather than arguing against the economic model of a carbon tax is revolting,” said Rempel.For her part, McKenna wouldn’t apologize for the fact that the Liberals issued a fundraising letter on the back of the ‘climate Barbie” issue after the Ritz tweet in September.The letter stressed the need for more women in politics and said Liberals understand that need.“I’m not going to apologize for the fact we believe we need to be supporting more women in politics,” she said. “That’s been a priority of ours and that includes providing financial support for them.”last_img read more

We tracked every film that played TIFF in 2017 Heres what we

first_imgAdvertisement Youth was the biggest box office winner from the roster of 2017 TIFF films. It made over $224 million in China, but only $2 million in North America. Advertisement The Toronto International Film Festival is about a lot of things. It’s about building buzz, and finding the next big things. It’s about celebrities walking the red carpet, and fans begging for autographs. It’s about kicking off “serious” movie season, where potential Oscar contenders get their start.But what happens after the 11 days of movie mayhem is over? Where do the hundreds of movies that screened here go — to box office glory, Oscar stardom, the festival circuit, VOD or, well, nowhere? Is there some kind of measurable “TIFF Effect?” We decided to find out.Cameron Bailey, TIFF’s artistic director and co-head, says the festival tracks a lot of this data, but they put a premium on another kind. “The most important data to us is about our audience. We always do surveys after our festival, so we know the rough demographics every year, so we’re curious to see if that’s changing at all,” he says. “Many other people are looking at box-office numbers, but that’s not our primary concern, in terms of how the films do after the festival in the marketplace.”Well, that’s we’re we come in. Starting with a list of 235 films that played at the festival in 2017 — excluding shorts, experimental cinema, TV series and a few special event-based films — we compiled a database (with the help of Amazon-owned IMDB Pro and Box Office Mojo) of box-office earnings, awards, release dates, festival premieres and other data points, to try to see the bigger picture. How many titles had a theatrical run?Of the 235 movies we analyzed, 189 went on to a commercial run somewhere in the world. Another 46 only screened at festivals, and those don’t seem to have had any other type of distribution deals. Bailey says that number sounds about typical from previous years, and it could raise some red flags.“We show about 250 films every year, and if roughly 50 aren’t getting distribution at all, even via online,” he says, with a pause. “These are what we think are the very best films of the year, and if even very high quality films don’t have the opportunity to reach audiences after a film festival, then that’s a concern.”At least 60 had very limited runs, screening at TIFF and other festivals followed by a commercial run in their home country. Some homegrown festival titles, like Porcupine Lake and The Girl Who Was Too Fond of Matches, opened commercially in Canadian theatres only. Login/Register With:center_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment How much money did they make?Altogether they earned more than $3 billion (U.S.).That includes $1.081 billion in North America, plus more than $2 billion combined from the rest of the world. That worldwide number is likely considerably higher, because there were plenty of international films had commercial runs somewhere in the world, but the data wasn’t available from our sources. Advertisement Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Whisk Kitchen

first_imgDiana and Dan Saklad“Our goal in creating this business was to create a local community of cooks.”–Dan Saklad, owner and co-founder of Whisk kitchen storeby Jessie Ammonsphotograph by Jillian ClarkDan Saklad is admittedly not a shopper. “I’ve never really spent time in retail stores,” says the owner of Whisk, a retail kitchenware store in Cary. Nonetheless, when he and his wife Diana moved to Cary 11 years ago – a place he says they picked after Googling “best places to live” – they wanted to launch a business rooted in something they cared deeply about. “Cooking is what we’ve always done,” Saklad says. “I’ve cooked every day of my life since I was 5 years old, and Diana has done the same. It’s always been a passion of ours.” In 2013, the couple translated that love to Whisk, a kitchen emporium with a strong emphasis on cooking classes. Saklad says the experience has been less like a foray into retail and more like an investment in community. “We’re a very different experience.” It’s one focused on doing, they hope, with shopping a happy side effect. “We have 35 to 40 cooking classes here every month, taught by 42 chefs from 15 different countries.” Classes range from themed recipes for beginners, a la “a night in Paris” and “Bollywood, an authentic Indian feast,” to in-depth technical classes like knife skills and master-level sushi-making. Wall-to-wall racks of kitchen gadgets and cooking accessories complement the skills being taught and supply specialty items for gourmands of all kinds. “Part of the experience is the personalities we hire,” Saklad says. Rather than look for employees with retail experience, they look for employees who are “engaging and fun, the types of people you’d like to hang out with on a weekend at a party.” The employees’ attitude is contagious: “It’s amazing how the community has embraced us,” Saklad says. Despite receiving offers to franchise and expand, the Saklads say they’re not interested.  “The beauty of it is having one location. There’s a certain magic to that.” And this time of year, full of celebratory meals and gatherings, is especially meaningful to the Whisk team. “We love cooking and we love people who love cooking. We’re completely happy being here in Cary doing our thing. This is a place for people who share our same passion for cooking and entertaining.”whiskcarolina.comlast_img read more

Plant a Seed

first_imgcourtesy Taylor RankinMarbles creates space to promote healthy eating by Catherine CurrinSparking creativity with education is no new task for the team at Marbles Kids Museum downtown. Their latest initiative brings the outdoors inside: Seedlings, the museum’s new garden classroom, is lush and plush – faux squash hangs from a greenhouse ark and vinyl seed packets and crops are all designed and sewn in house. There, kids can plant pretend fruits and vegetables before heading to the adjacent outdoor garden for real fresh kale, collards, and carrots. Seedlings is meant to create an immersive, start-to-finish cooking experience, say the exhibit’s masterminds. Created in partnership with Blue Cross Blue Shield North Carolina, the museum will add on a new pop-up cooking program this spring. “Research shows that when kids understand where their food comes from, they are more likely to make healthy eating choices,” says Taylor Rankin with Marbles. “We hope Seedlings will help children simulate the process from seed all the way to crop.”last_img read more

WINi 2018 our WINning female community

first_imgGrowing a WINning community for women in the TriangleWomen are founding and leading companies at a faster rate than any other time in our history.  The foundation for this change has been built by the generations that came earlier to enact critical change and support legislation like the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Title IX. Women are driving change in the labor market and the workplace. However, there are still key opportunities for continued growth. As we speak with women business owners at various stages of their journey, we hear that many are held back by a lack of access to the business skills, technology and capital they need to succeed.As Bank of America’s market president for the Triangle, I see the potential that women business owners can have in our local communities and overall economy. It’s estimated that if women around the world were fully engaged in the labor force, as much as $28 trillion would be added to the global economy by 2025.At Bank of America, we’re empowering women with solutions to ignite and accelerate their potential, so that their contributions in their communities and to our global economy continue to grow. As a society, we must empower women to achieve their professional and personal goals without feeling that they must sacrifice one for the other.  I am very fortunate to work for a company where more than 50 percent of our workforce is women. We invest in helping women make meaningful contributions within our company and in our communities. In addition, we recognize that women play a significant role in advancing thriving economies, and we’ve formed partnerships to help connect them to the tools and resources they need to succeed. From our work with the Tory Burch Foundation Capital Program that connects women entrepreneurs with low-cost capital to partnering with Vital Voices to develop our Global Ambassador’s program to support emerging women leaders, we recognize the importance of supporting mentorship and community building that helps women reach their full potential. A critical part of empowering women is bringing them together so they can learn from one another and from their collective experiences.  For these many reasons, we’ve been a proud founder, in partnership with Walter magazine, to host WINnovation and now WINi, in an effort to connect women from across the Triangle so that they can learn and grow together. There is no doubt that women’s impact in the labor market will continue to grow and shift. It is important to learn from each other as we take this journey together and build a community in the Triangle that propels women to their greatest achievements.—Kari StoltzKari Stoltz is the Triangle market president for Bank of America.last_img read more

Art Healing A Celebration of the North Carolina Heart Vascular Hospital Art

first_imgA reception was held at the North Carolina Heart & Vascular Hospital April 4 to celebrate its art collection featuring over 60 paintings, photos, sculptures and more created by North Carolina artists. Guests included the artists, donors, physicians, UNC REX executives and others. Grant Young, Chris Young Steve Burriss, Earl Johnson Randy Woodson, Susan Woodson, Jeff Collins, Ann Collinscenter_img Sylvia Hackett, Lance Landvater Photography by Brian Strickland, UNC REX Healthcarelast_img

Diary from a Typical Hopscotch

first_imgAs part of our celebration of Hopscotch’s 10th anniversary, two superfans share the joy, pain and logistics of a typical weekend at Raleigh’s independent music Josh Klahre and Robb LeandroMAY: Receive the lineupThey release the lineup. We don’t recognize half of the bands on the bill, but we trust, we know: they are great, we just haven’t heard them yet. Thus begins the process of exploration and preparation (thank the Lord for Spotify!) that goes on for months leading up to the big weekend. Who are these bands? What do they sound like? Will it translate to a live setting? We start our list: who do we absolutely HAVE to see, who would be nice to see and who would we be okay missing? JUNE: Shop for the lookSearch for ironic t-shirts to not look too out of place as a couple of dads decades older than the rest of the crowd (inside tip: WalMart has a pretty spectacular selection of tank tops with pictures of meme-worthy cats).THURSDAY: First-night logisticsPick up friends from the airport, grab a burger at Char-Grill, rush to pick up our wristbands from the Convention Center. The first day of the weekend, that crafty list of bands we ranked in descending order from Must-to-Meh goes right out the window. NOOOOO… King Gizzard conflicts with New Madrid—both MUSTS—who do we want to see more?! A whole new round of strategy begins: what if we see the first part of King Gizzard set at Kings, then run over to catch the end of the New Madrid set at Deep South, then skip over to Jamie XX at CAM to close out the night… is it doable? What a joyful conundrum, and, at its core, the essence of the Hopscotch experience.  FRIDAY: Second-day energyWe made it through the first night of the festival, invigorated, if a bit fatigued, from too many Jack-and-Cokes and the seven miles our iPhones say we walked the night prior. Woo! Over chicken biscuits at Bojangles, we deliberate which day parties to check out. Being outside at the height of the heat could be problematic… maybe head over to Pour House and bask in some AC? We act on that plan. Before we know it, it’s 5 p.m., we’ve seen three bands perform short sets and we need to think about banging out a nap if we’re going to log another seven miles tonight. Quick snooze, then roll out of the house at 7 p.m. to catch the end of the first band on the Main Stage. The sun is starting to dip behind the skyline and the temperature is coming down… ahhhh… Between headliners, we discuss the plan for the remainder of the night over beers. We lock into a logical path through the schedule without too many brutal sacrifices (there will always be a few; there will always be “epic” sets that we missed). We see live sets at the biggest live venues in downtown, the smaller dive bars and everywhere in between. And suddenly it’s 2 a.m. and we’re walking home, shouting highlights of the night over the buzzing in our ears…SATURDAY: Third-day euphoriaThis morning starts with a little motivational talk in the bathroom mirror after downing three Advil … after five hours of sleep, the day parties seem improbable—it’s hot again and our feet hurt. This calls for major reinforcements: a trip to Beasley’s Chicken + Honey [or: The Pharmacy Café]. It helps. We catch two afternoon shows with the kids (we promised—and maybe they’ll think their dads are cool for a minute), then a quick nap and a good dinner; time to chart the course. We miss the first act on the Main Stage; we planned to see 15 day parties over the course of the festival and only got to three… but it’s okay. Saturday of Hopscotch is an interesting thing, something like a runner’s high: you’ve pushed yourself past the point of exhaustion into a realm of joyous insanity.  The evening is a whirlwind tour of downtown Raleigh, catching bands from places like London, Wilmington, Brooklyn and Baltimore. As is tradition, we end the weekend at CAM with a DJ set, something upbeat and dance-y—it always delivers! One thing is for sure, as we get older, the people at the DJ sets get younger, but we care less and less how foolish we look shaking our hips well beyond our bedtimes. At 3 a.m., dead tired, we grab Combos and Gatorade at an oddly crowded Taz’s and head for home.last_img read more

Heroes Honored at the 2018 World of Children Awards Ceremony and Benefit

first_imgOn Thursday, November 1, World of Children, a global recognition and funding organization for individuals exclusively serving the needs of vulnerable children, honored five real-life heroes that have dramatically improved the lives of at-risk children at the 2018 World of Children Awards Ceremony & Benefit.Anta Mbow, Caragan Olles, Kay Isaacson Leibowitz, Sandy Kemper, Ehsan Mehrangais, Harry Leibowitz and Phyllis KeinoCredit/Copyright: Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for World of ChildrenAlina Cho (World of Children Advisory Council, CBS Sunday Morning Contributor) emceed the event and was joined by featured speakers Caryl Stern (President and CEO, US Fund for UNICEF) and Andy Adler (Sportscaster, Journalist, TV Personality).Celebrities, VIP guests and World of Children supporters in attendance include Miss USA Sarah Rose Summers, Daniela Braga (E!’s Model Squad, Host Committee), Daiane Sodré da Silva (Model), Luna Castilho (Model), Leonard Gorski (President & CEO, Gorski Group), Rebecca Minkoff (Co-Founder & Creative Director, Rebecca Minkoff), Vivienne Hu (Fashion Designer), Vlada Roslyakova (Model), Harry Leibowitz and Kay Isaacson Leibowitz (World of Children Co-Founders, Event Co-Chairs) and more.Over 450 guests gathered at 583 Park Avenue in New York City for an inspiring night recognizing the newest class of World of Children Honorees that lead high-impact programs in the categories of education, health, humanitarianism, protection and youth helping youth. The evening featured a cocktail reception, dinner program, and special performance of the World of Children anthem, “Can You Hear,” by the United Nations International School (UNIS) Choral Club. Guests also enjoyed a lively pledge drive led by auctioneer Harry Santa-Olalla – bringing the overall event fundraising total to more than $850,000. With these donations, World of Children will be able to help fund the Honorees high-impact programs, helping to change the lives of thousands more children.The 2018 World of Children Honorees include the following: Humanitarian Award Honoree Phyllis Keino (Founder, Lewa Children’s Home in Kenya), Health Award Honoree Sandy Kemper (Founder, Smiles Forever in Bolivia), Protection Award Honoree Anta Mbow (Founder, Empire des Enfants in Senegal), Education Award Honoree Ehsan Mehrangais (Founder, Afghanistan Demain in Afghanistan) and Youth Award Honoree Caragan Olles (Co-Founder, Bright Young Dyslexics in Wisconsin).The Awards Ceremony also honored New York-based Devin Beresheim (Practice Leader, Marsh FINPRO) and his wife Sarah with the 2018 Board of Governors Award for their unwavering dedication to the organization and elevating awareness for child advocates. Five years ago, Devin Beresheim was introduced to World of Children by a colleague and began serving as a member of the Board of Governors. For the last four years, Sarah and Devin have successfully chaired the Summer Golf Classic, raising more than $1.2 million for World of Children.World of Children receives thousands of nominations from around the world ever year and uses a uniquely rigorous vetting process to select Honorees. Recognized by the media as the “Nobel Prize for Child Advocates,” Honorees receive a substantial multi-year grant to help their program grow and ultimately impact the lives of even more children.last_img read more

Your Chance To Hang With Kristen Bell On The Set Of Veronica

first_imgHere’s your chance to hang out on the set of Veronica Mars with Kristen Bell – and all you have to do is donate to charity.Hang with Kristen Bell on the Veronica Mars is giving you this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hang out with Kristen and uncover clues about the upcoming new season.A long time ago, you used to be friends with Veronica Mars… through TV, at least. And now is making it a reality! Not only is V coming back for a fourth season, but you’ll get to hang with the leather jacket-clad detective herself, Kristen Bell! (And the only case you’ll have to solve is which friend to bring along.) You and Kristen will hang over lunch, chat about all your favorite sarcastic Veronica one-liners and find out what it’s like to be back in the world of Neptune after all these years. But that’s not all. You’ll also visit the Veronica Mars set, join Kristen for an exclusive tour and maybe even get a sneak peek at what’s to come in the new season. This day is bound to be more epic than Veronica and Logan’s love story.To get in the draw, all you need to do is head over to and donate to the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California. The American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California (ACLU SoCal) defends the fundamental rights of all Californians—no matter who they are or where they come from. These include voting rights, reproductive rights, immigrants’ rights, LGBTQ rights, women’s rights, privacy rights, students’ rights, free speech, due process, religious freedom and economic justice. Your donation to the ACLU SoCal will help make the Bill of Rights a reality for all.The more you donate, the more chances you have to win.last_img read more

Farm Aid Announces 2018 Grant Recipients

first_imgIn the midst of the worst farm crisis since the 1980s, Farm Aid announced today that it distributed more than half a million dollars in grant funding in 2018.Farm Aid President Willie Nelson signs 2018 grant checks from his kitchen tableFarm Aid grants invest in organizations working to build resilient farmers, who are key to the creation of a thriving farm and food system.In 2018, Farm Aid granted $695,679 to farmers and 78 family farm, rural service and urban agriculture organizations in 36 states and the District of Columbia. Emergency grants totaling $45,000 were made to farm families to cover essential household expenses. These $500 emergency grants are recommended on a case-by-case basis by Farm Aid’s farm advocates, who answer calls on the 1-800-FARM-AID hotline and connect farmers with helpful services, resources and opportunities specific to their individual needs.“As farmers continue to face incredible threats to their survival, our grant decisions were guided by the need to first and foremost strengthen organizations that provide essential resources to keep family farmers on the land,” said Farm Aid President Willie Nelson. “We are so grateful for the hard work and commitment of folks across the country who fight for family farms.”Other granting priorities include work that builds agricultural resiliency to combat the impacts of natural disasters and climate change and work addressing systemic inequities in the farm and food system, specifically for farmers of color.“Thanks to generous supporters from across the country, today Farm Aid makes grants to grassroots groups and advocates doing the hard work to keep family farmers on the land,” said Executive Director Carolyn Mugar. “Farm Aid grants strengthen family farm agriculture, challenge corporate power in our food system, increase access to good food for all of us, and grow new farmers to steward our soil and water. These are critical activities that benefit us all.”In New England, where Farm Aid held its annual music and food festival at XFINITY Theatre in Hartford, Connecticut, this past September, Farm Aid invested $100,000 in 18 programs that support family farmers to thrive, take action to change the farm and food system, and grow the Good Food Movement. Awardees include: Bridgeport Farmers Market Collaborative, Bridgeport, Connecticut, to sustain Bridgeport Farmers Markets and local farmers. CitySeed, Inc., New Haven, Connecticut, to support farm viability in Connecticut by building networks between Connecticut food businesses and farmers. Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture, Inc., South Deerfield, Massachusetts, to engage the community to support local agriculture not just as consumers, but also as advocates for a resilient and diverse local food economy. Farm Fresh Rhode Island, Pawtucket, Rhode Island, to deepen community connections in low-to-moderate income areas in Rhode Island. Green Village Initiative, Bridgeport, Connecticut, to cultivate new farmers in Bridgeport through Youth Leadership Programming for young people and Urban Farmer Training Programming for adults. Hartford Food System, Hartford, Connecticut, to engage farmers in the development of a Connecticut food system plan through Farmer Listening Tours. Real Food Challenge, Cambridge, Massachusetts, to create a system-wide shift in the university foodservice industry that consistently invests in family farms and sustainable food enterprises. Red Tomato, Plainville, Massachusetts, to help midsized growers through marketing efforts promoting advanced integrated pest management and agroecological tree fruit production. Southeastern Massachusetts Agricultural Partnership, South Dartmouth, Massachusetts, to strengthen their technical assistance for farmers, and for local food promotion in the Southeastern Massachusetts community. Connecticut Farmland Trust, Hartford, Connecticut, to permanently protect farmland for agricultural use. KNOX, Inc., Hartford, Connecticut, for its incubator farm program that provides low-income beginning farmers with land, training and connections to scale up their production and launch their own family farming businesses. Land For Good, Keene, New Hampshire, to provide no- and low-cost coaching and advising to farm seekers, transitioning farm families and others who control farmland, and to support the New England Farmland Finder. Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, Unity, Maine, to provide family farmers with ongoing resources to start farming, transition to more sustainable practices, and continue farming. New Entry Sustainable Farming Project, Lowell, Massachusetts, to grow and scale its farmer training programs and to establish the Central Incubator Training Site as a centralized beginning farmer training hub. The Carrot Project, Boston, Massachusetts, to foster a sustainable and diverse food system by supporting ecologically- and financially-sustainable small and midsize farms and food processors with financing and financial literacy training. The Livestock Institute of Southern New England, Westport, Massachusetts, to revitalize and strengthen livestock farming in southern New England by creating a meat processing facility and educational opportunities for partner farmers. Northeast Organic Farming Association Interstate Council, Barre, Massachusetts, to bring together farmers, farm groups, environmental organizations, and other potential soil health proponents to advance soil health advocacy. Rural Vermont, Montpelier, Vermont, to lead the resurgence of community-scale agriculture through education, advocacy and organizing.Earlier this year, Farm Aid granted $40,500 to assist farm and ranch families in the Carolinas who suffered devastation after Hurricane Florence. Farm Aid continues to work with partners in the region to assess the long-term needs of impacted farmers and ranchers. Grants of $19,179 provided scholarships to farmers to participate in leadership trainings, policy advocacy and other gatherings where farmers’ perspectives are essential.Farm Aid’s grant-making is one aspect of its work to keep family farmers on the land, growing good food for all. In addition, other Farm Aid programs inspire an increased demand for family farm food; bring farmers, advocates and activists together for trainings and other opportunities; advocate for policies that serve farmers and consumers alike; and invite everyone to be part of building a thriving family farm system of agriculture.For a complete listing of Farm Aid’s 2018 grant recipients, visit Aid welcomes donations at read more

We Are Family Foundation Announces 2019 Three Dot Dash Global Teen Leaders

first_imgWe Are Family Foundation (WAFF) is proud to announce the 2019 Three Dot Dash Global Teen Leaders (GTLs), representing 14 countries on 6 continents.Carefully selected and curated from hundreds of applicants, these 33 13–19 year-old teens are innovating technology and harnessing creativity to keep our water systems clean, rethink approaches to cancer research, put youth at the forefront of civic engagement, transform urban forestry industries, and use machine learning to tackle modern day crises, among other vital challenges. They are addressing some of the world’s most pressing issues across the spectrum.Celebrating 11 years of the Three Dot Dash, WAFF is honored to continue its partnership with SAP.“I am inspired each year to meet and work with the Global Teen Leaders who join our family,” said Nile Rodgers, Founder & Chairman, We Are Family Foundation. “It’s one of the most important parts of my life. Just listening to their voices and their ideas gives me a huge amount of hope. And, I have been known to say, ‘if our summit took place during the apocalypse, our teens would have the technical knowhow to survive and rebuild.’ With their innovative and creative minds, they are changing the world for the better of all of us on the planet. We are honored again this year to have SAP as our partner to nurture and support the new generation of socially conscious humans.”“It is an honor to partner with We Are Family Foundation and support its Three Dot Dash global teen leader initiative,” added Bernd Leukert, Member of the Executive Board of SAP SE, SAP Digital Business Services. “Our organizations are committed to equip young people like the Global Teen Leaders with the skills and technology to tackle society’s problems and to turn the world’s greatest challenges into our biggest opportunities. The youth of today are the leaders of tomorrow and it is our duty to make them ready for what lies ahead.”The 2019 GTLs are: Alana Mulligan (Ireland), Anna Pertl (Germany; Austria), Archika Dogra (USA), Ari Sokolov (USA), Audrey Pe (Philippines), Braden Milford (USA), Chiara Amisola (Philippines), Danish Mahmood (Canada), Diana Vicezar (Paraguay), Faith Florez (USA), Hasham Tanveer (Pakistan), Hunter Williams (New Zealand), James Wellemeyer (USA; UK), Joshua Borokinni (Nigeria), Kesava Kirupa Dinakaran (India), Lucas Scherpel (Brazil), Mahika Halepete (USA), Malcolm Asher (USA), Marissa Sumathipala (USA), Melissa Khasbagan (USA), Peyton Klein (USA), Priya Mittal (USA), Priyanka Shrestha (Nepal), Rocío del Mar Avilés-Mercado (Puerto Rico, USA) Sarah Chadwick (USA), Shane Curran (Ireland), Shreya Nallapati (USA, India), Tanishq Kumar (USA), Teevyah Yuva Raju (USA), Veenadhari Kollipara (USA), Viraj Mehta (USA), Zain Samdani (India), Ziyaan Virji (India).The 2019 GTLs will convene in New York City March 8 – 15, 2019 for WAFF’s 11th Three Dot Dash Just Peace Summit.last_img read more

Avengers Endgame Stars and Disney Team of Heroes Unite

first_imgThe stars of Avengers: Endgame visited the Disneyland Resort to launch Avengers Universe Unites, a charity event that supports The Walt Disney Company’s signature philanthropic commitment, Disney Team of Heroes, which delivers comfort and inspiration to seriously ill children around the world.Paul Rudd, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Downey Jr., Bob Iger, Brie Larson, Chris Hemsworth and Jeremy Renner attend Avengers Universe UnitesRobert Downey Jr, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Paul Rudd and Brie Larson were on hand at Disney California Adventure Park to celebrate the donation of more than $5 million to nonprofits supporting children with critical illnesses, including $1 million in cash from Disney to Starlight Children’s Foundation. The LEGO Group, Hasbro, Funko and Amazon together donated over $4 million in Avengers: Endgame toys and products which will be sent to hundreds of children’s hospitals throughout the country, as well as Give Kids the World, a nonprofit resort in central Florida.“The superheroes in Avengers personify traits like courage, perseverance, bravery and hope – the same traits countless kids and their families in children’s hospitals exhibit every day,” said Robert A. Iger, chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company, who joined the kickoff celebration. “We are grateful to have the Avengers cast take time out of their day to be a part of this effort to lift spirits and bring comfort to children during a difficult time.”The Avengers stars joined kids from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Anaheim and Garden Grove to play at a larger-than-life LEGO build at The LEGO Store in Downtown Disney and were treated to a visit by Amazon’s Treasure Truck stocked with Avengers: Endgame toys., including Hasbro action figures, Iron Man MK50 robots by UBTECH and Funko POP! vinyl figures.“Nobody understands magical experiences better than Disney, and we’ve been proud to partner with them in bringing those experiences to kids in children’s hospitals for more than 20 years,” says Adam Garone, CEO, Starlight Children’s Foundation. “From delivering hospital care packages, to storytelling through Starlight Xperience virtual reality, to our recent Disney-themed Starlight Gowns, millions of seriously ill children have benefited from our amazing relationship together. And with this donation, even more kids will get to experience the magic of Disney.”last_img read more

Africas urban slums result from unfavourable trade terms UN agency says

Having achieved unfavourable terms of trade, African countries are poorer than they were in the 1960s and that new poverty has led to massive urban impoverishment, one of the biggest challenges facing the continent, the chief of the United Nations agency on housing policy said today.By 2015, the target year of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), 40 percent of Africa’s population will likely live in towns and cities, but most of them in slums and shanties, Anna Tibaijuka, Executive Director of the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) told the first African Ministerial Conference on Housing and Urban Development (AMCHUD).In sub-Saharan Africa, 72 per cent of urban residents are slum dwellers, according to UN-HABITAT.“These figures harshly draw our attention to the fact that the majority of city dwellers are widely doomed to live in poverty and also in poor environmental conditions,” Ms. Tibaijuka told the weeklong conference ending today in Durban, South Africa.Two-thirds of the existing urban population lived without adequate access to safe water, sanitation, transport and health services, Mrs. Tibaijuka said.Slums, she added, “are places where hunger prevails, and where young people are drawn into anti-social behaviour, including crime and terrorism, for lack of better alternatives.”Intensive negotiations have produced an eight-page conference document, “The Enhanced Framework of Implementation in Promoting Sustainable Towns and Cities in Africa,” on ways to reduce urban poverty on a continent where 20 million refugees have fled from fighting in their own countries to find asylum elsewhere and 25 million others have been internally displaced by strife.With urbanization offering positive contributions to economic development, it said, “in a rapidly urbanizing Africa, the promotion of sustainable urbanization requires more than ever before strategic, integrated planning, consensus building, gender mainstreaming, capacity building, international cooperation, south-south cooperation and conflict resolution systems.”It called on national and local governments to adopt inclusive processes for making decisions on mobilizing local resources and allocating resources judiciously. read more

Canadian malls need to diversify to become destinations for shoppers say experts

Canadian malls need to diversify to become destinations for shoppers, say experts MONTREAL – The rise of online shopping is forcing Canadian malls to diversify and become destinations that offer a range of services including entertainment and sporting venues in addition to traditional clothing stores, a Montreal real estate conference heard Tuesday.“The mall has to become more interesting,” said Eric Foster, a real estate consultant who helped develop the large, mixed-use DIX30 shopping complex on Montreal’s south shore. Its amenities include 65 restaurants, food shopping, an indoor soccer venue and a training centre for the Montreal Canadiens.“We have to give different reasons for people to move out of the house, take the car and get to the mall in a nicer environment, with more choices,” said Foster.While some large mall owners are investing in changes, he said considerable spending is required because many properties in urban centres like Montreal are more than 40 years old.Power centres that only offer a series of big stores is not the answer, he added.Consumers of all ages, but particularly millennials, are seeking places to meet others and enjoy new experiences and malls can deliver that venue, said Emeka Mayes, director of acquisitions for First Capital Realty, one of Canada’s largest commercial property owners with 161 properties in four provinces.“I think it is important to not only try to fill the empty stores but to think more long-term to have a good mix of tenants,” she said.Manon Larose, vice-president of retail leasing for Quebec-based Cominar, said Canadian malls have to reinvent themselves to convince people to stay longer and spend more money.That includes adding daycare centres, medical facilities and gyms — a change from a few decades ago when some malls were loathe to even have supermarkets or restaurants occupy many parking spots, she said.“That’s what everybody wants: to create an environment where people can do many things.”Larose said Cominar is increasingly adding office and residential uses to commercial spaces.She said shopping centre owners can no longer rely just on fashion stores to drive overall retail sales.Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter. by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 25, 2016 2:00 pm MDT Last Updated Oct 25, 2016 at 5:56 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Grad students award donors honoured at annual reception

Zahid Rahman, who is working toward his master’s degree in management, was recognized Thursday at the Graduate Student Awards and Door Recognition Reception.Zahid Rahman wasn’t sure he’d make it as a graduate student in Canada.When he arrived here with his wife, Farhana, and their then two-year-old son Mu’az from Bangladesh a year ago, the odds seemed stacked against him and his master’s research into employee creativity.Rahman was in a foreign land — Canada and academia. He first graduated from university nine years earlier and was comfortable in the rhythm of career and family life in his homeland.But Rahman, who is working toward his MSc in management at the Goodman School of Business, thrived at Brock. He met faculty who provided encouragement at the right moments, and he received support in another way: with three prestigious scholarships.On Thursday, he was recognized at the Graduate Student Awards and Donor Recognition Reception for receiving the Bluma Appel Graduate Entrance Scholarship for Excellence, the Jack Lightstone and Dorothy Markiewicz Entrance Scholarship, and another external award that will help him through his studies in the school year ahead.Without the money those awards provide, Rahman is sure life as an international grad student would have been even more challenging. He would have needed to find a job on top of his full-time research and family duties.“I almost dried up all my savings on settlement (in Canada). So (the scholarships) came at just the right time,” Rahman said. “Research is very rigorous work. You need to concentrate 100 per cent. If you have a split focus or interest, you’re done.”The awards and donor recognition reception at Pond Inlet honoured dozens of graduate students who stand out in their research and studies. It was also a show of appreciation to donors, many of whom were in attendance, whose financial gifts to the University have helped those students succeed.The awards, some of which also come from external agencies, reflect how Brock is growing into a research institution at the provincial, national and international levels, noted Neil McCartney, Provost and Vice-President Academic.“Brock is indeed a comprehensive research institution,” he said.But for Rahman, who is working with Prof. Dirk De Clercq,  it’s much more pragmatic than that.“I could not be happier elsewhere,” he said. “Joining Brock is one of the best decisions I have ever made so far.” read more

From bride to bump to a baby boy 12 months of Meghan

All hail, baby Sussex! At long last, 2019 has brought some unquestionably, humdingingly fantastic news: a little boy weighing in at 7lb 3oz for Britain’s most popular royal and the woman he so patently adores. Let the jubilation pour forth! And most of all, of course, there must be a collective high five to Meghan Markle – the woman who has born this little bundle for nine months of fevered anticipation tinged with impertinent speculation. As all too many women discover, pregnancy allows people to imagine that they have a right to an opinion over what they do with their bodies; a situation magnified when this woman is being scrutinised by a watching world. Where there is a bun in the oven so… read more

Filip Jicha will be out for months

The biggest FC Barcelona Lassa signing Filip Jicha could be out for a few months! Czech’s left back got the same injury as last year in Kiel, during the match with RK Vardar Skopje 31:30 at VELUX EHF Champions League – pubic bone. If treatment means taking him to surgery, that would put the HANDBALL PLANET WORLD PLAYER 2012 out for a while. Some predictions explaining recovery process of three-fourt months, but more will be known on Tuesday. FC Barcelona LassaFilip Jicha ← Previous Story EHF CL KINGS: Ilic scores 700 goals, Karabatić looks for No. 800! Next Story → Asian battle for RIO 2016: Qatar and Iran celebrate second wins read more

HORROR Nora Mork to repeat knee surgery

Nora Mork ← Previous Story TRUE LEGEND: Eduarda Amorim to finish career in Gyor! Next Story → EHF CL: SG Flensburg beat Motor, Dinamo Bucuresti win in Finland Nora Mork will miss most of the season 2018/2019! The Norwegian right back suffered again knee injury in already operated knee, so she will need to repeat surgery.Mork suffered knee injury on February 5 against Nykobing at Women’s EHF Champions League. She will miss the upcoming Women’s EHF EURO 2018 in France.Nora Mork is WORLD FEMALE HANDBALL PLAYER 2017TRUE LEGEND: Eduarda Amorim to finish career in Gyor! read more

Leinster draw in Castres to all but secure home Champions Cup quarterfinal

first_img Castres 24Leinster 24Murray Kinsella reports from Stade Pierre AntoineLEINSTER FINISHED THE game under siege on their own tryline against a spirited, incisive and aggressive Castres, but they held out to all but secure a home Champions Cup quarter-final. Robbie Henshaw scores his second. Source: James Crombie/INPHOThough they are not mathematically certain of that home draw for April’s first knockout round, it would take a Connacht bonus-point win in Toulouse with a 62-point margin on Sunday to deny Leo Cullen’s men. An unlikely prospect.Despite a brace of tries for Robbie Henshaw and a third from Dan Leavy, Leinster missed several other fine scoring chances in Castres and will be disappointed with many elements of their defensive display.Indeed, it was a disjointed performance from the eastern province, particularly after they lost out-half Johnny Sexton to a fresh calf injury.The Ireland international was forced off in the 20th minute, leaving the field in frustration, with Joe Schmidt surely watching on at home with some concern. Sexton is only recently back from a long-term spell out with a hamstring issues and is now a worry for the start of the Six Nations on 4 February.Leinster also lost captain Isa Nacewa to injury in the first half, while their efforts were not helped by a handful of shaky individual performances.And yet, they are essentially over the line and into the quarter-finals.Munster, Saracens and Clermont may all pass them and ensure Leinster finish the pool stages as fourth seeds for the quarter-finals, but the home draw is vital. Johnny Sexton watched most of the game from the sidelines after his latest injury. Source: James Crombie/INPHOWhoever they are to face at that stage, Cullen’s men will need to be a hell of a lot better than they were at Stade Pierre Antoine this evening.Their defence was porous and gave up easy metres, and while their attack did create 10 clean linebreaks, their finishing in behind the Castres line failed them too often.Castres felt there should have been an early yellow card for Nacewa’s hit on wing Julien Caminati, but referee Greg Garner and TMO David Rose concluded that the Leinster captain had wrapped his right arm in the tackle.Nacewa’s clever grubber soon after ensured fine field position for the Leinster attack and they drew an offside penalty to allow Sexton to make it 3-0 nearing the 10-minute mark.Within 90 seconds, Caminati dropped a pass wide on the right near the halfway line, with Garry Ringrose quickest to react, scooping the ball wonderfully off the deck and looking to immediately offload to Henshaw on his left.Caminati managed to paw the ball down but it bounced up for the onrushing Henshaw, who gathered 45 metres or so from the Castres tryline and hit full stride on a diagonal run from left to right, taking him beyond the despairing tackle of Castres out-half Julien Dumora to score. Sexton converted for a handsome 12-0 lead with 12 minutes gone. Henshaw stretches out to score the opening try. Source: James Crombie/INPHODespite that dire start, Castres rebounded well, powering their way into Leinster territory and creating a 20th-minute try for scrum-half Antoine Dupont.Sexton shot out of the defensive line looking for a ball-and-all hit on Castres fullback Pierre Berard but missed his tackle, allowing the Top 14 outfit to break down the left touchline and into the 22.After some swift recycling, the clever Dupont darted to the inside shoulder of Devin Toner on the right fringe of a ruck and broke through, swerving his way past last defender Nacewa, with out-half Julien Dumora adding the conversion.Adding injury to the insult of conceding, Sexton limped off with his calf injury, showing clear frustration as he left the pitch.Replacement out-half Ross Byrne nearly created a try within three minutes of being on the pitch, kicking deep left for Rory O’Loughlin to chase. The Leinster left wing looked like he would edge the race to dot the inviting ball down but Berard beat him to it, nudging the ball dead with his foot.A linebreak from the sizzling David Smith in between Ross Molony and Toner resulted in Leinster giving up a kickable penalty as they failed to roll away in their scrambling efforts, with Dumora on target for 10-10.The home side then muscled in front for the first time as number eight Steve Mafi began to have a big influence in the ball-carrying department. Garry Ringrose missed his tackle on Florian Vialelle inside the Leinster 22, with the Castres centre scorching through to draw the last man and feed Smith in the left corner. Dumora converted again. Smith scores Castres’ second try. Source: James Crombie/INPHOWith Leinster out-half Byrne missing a penalty just before the break, Leo Cullen’s men went into half time trailing 17-10 and also minus their skipper Nacewa, who was forced off with the dead leg he had carried into this game.A Ringrose linebreak was promising early in the second half, but the centre’s pass to the supporting Luke McGrath was wayward and went to ground.The Leinster reaction to the error was exemplary, as they scored directly on first phase at a scrum a minute later. Powerful right wing Adam Byrne broke the tackle of Dumora to the left of the scrum, offloading to Henshaw on his left to finish, with Byrne converting.Rob Kearney – on for Nacewa – was next to break the Castres defence, but scrum-half McGrath dropped the pass when he should have held.Castres accepted that let-off gratefully and turned the aggression levels back up when they re-entered the Leinster 22, going through phase after bludgeoning phase until Samoan-born wing Smith picked and burst over from a metre out, sniping between Luke McGrath and replacement prop Jack McGrath.Dumora’s third conversion put Castres into a 24-17 lead with just under 30 minutes remaining, but they made life difficult for themselves with a yellow card to fullback Berard soon after.In truth, had he not killed the ball on the Castres tryline after a Jack McGrath carry, Leinster would have scored on the next phase. And the try came anyway a minute later, as the Irish province hammered at Castres’ line until sub back row Dan Leavy – just on the pitch – barrelled over from close range. Source: James Crombie/INPHOByrne added the two points to level the scores at 24-24 heading into the closing 15 minutes.There was another missed opportunity for Leinster after they won a turnover in their own 22 and shifted the ball wide right to Adam Byrne. The wing launched a kick downfield with plenty of chasers in pursuit.But the bouncing ball beat Kearney and the Ringrose knocked-on as he looked to gather it in. Another chance gone and Leinster had to defend desperately to ensure the draw. CASTRES: Pierre Berard (yellow card ’62); Julien Caminati, Afusipa Taumoepeau (Thomas Combezou ’36 to ’40, permanent ’70), Florian Vialelle, David Smith; Julien Dumora (Benjamin Urdapilleta ’63), Antoine Dupont (Julien Seron ’61); Antoine Tichit (Mihaita Lazar ’40), Brice Mach (Jody Jenneker ’61), Daniel Kotze (Damien Tussac ’40); Victor Moreaux (Loic Jacquet ’18 to ’24, permanent ’70), Rodrigo Capo Ortega (captain); Yannick Caballero, Alexandre Bias (Anthony Jelonch ’61), Steve Mafi.LEINSTER: Isa Nacewa (captain) (Rob Kearney ’36); Adam Byrne, Garry Ringrose, Robbie Henshaw, Rory O’Loughlin; Johnny Sexton (Ross Byrne ’20), Luke McGrath (Jamison Gibson-Park ’61); Cian Healy (Jack McGrath ’48), Richardt Strauss (James Tracy ’48), Tadhg Furlong (Michael Bent ’74); Ross Molony (Mike McCarthy ’76 (yellow card ’77)), Devin Toner; Jack Conan, Josh van der Flier (Dan Leavy ’61), Jamie Heaslip.Referee: Greg Garner [RFU].The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Follow us: 29,654 Views Share Tweet Email 65 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Friday 20 Jan 2017, 9:49 PM Castres scorers:Tries: Antoine Dupont, David Smith, David SmithConversions: Julien Dumora [3 from 3]Penalties: Julien Dumora [1 from 1]Leinster scorers:Tries: Robbie Henshaw [2], Dan LeavyConversions: Johnny Sexton [1 from 1], Ross Byrne [2 from 2]Penalties: Johnny Sexton [1 from 1] Jan 20th 2017, 9:49 PM Leinster draw in Castres to all but secure home Champions Cup quarter-final Meanwhile, Johnny Sexton picked up a calf injury in the first half of the 24-24 draw. By Murray Kinsella O’Brien’s calf injury ‘slow’ to heal but Cullen hopeful he’ll be fit for Six NationsTrevor Brennan’s son named in France U20 squad for Six Nations Short URL last_img read more