Fanfare greets furry foursome Giant panda family makes its Calgary Zoo debut

first_imgCALGARY – Two giant panda cubs were in a playful mood Monday as the Calgary Zoo introduced them and their parents to the general public.Jia Panpan and Jia Yueyue — meaning Canadian Hope and Canadian Joy — could be seen wrestling and rolling about their nearly 2,000 square-metre, indoor-outdoor habitat. After ambling over rocks by a small waterfall, one of the youngsters went inside to curl up by the glass and take a snooze.Their father Da Mao, or First of Mao, was in the indoor part of the Panda Passage exhibit lazily lounging on a log and munching on a stalk of bamboo. Their mother Er Shun, or Double Smoothness, was out of view.Dozens of people were lined up around midday just as the exhibit opened its doors.The furry foursome was shipped to Calgary from Toronto earlier this spring and spent about a month in quarantine.The two adults are on loan from China to Canadian zoos as part of a 10-year deal signed in 2012. The cubs were born in Toronto in 2015.The price tag to have them in Calgary was around $30 million, including $14.4 million for the exhibit itself. Expanded parking lots, washrooms and restaurants were also required to accommodate more visitors.Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi wrote to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in 2016 asking for federal funding. He said Monday he’s happy everything worked out, even though Ottawa didn’t chip in.“In the end, private sponsors plus the government of Alberta and the City of Calgary were able to make this happen and we know the economic impact will be huge.”Nenshi said he’s expecting the zoo to have its best year ever in 2018.“But it’s also a great opportunity for Calgarians to unite about something that just makes us all feel good,” he said. “After a tough couple of years, it’s important to have some feel-good things going on.”Each of the critters eats 40 kilograms of bamboo a day, which is shipped twice weekly from China through a partnership between the zoo and Hainan Airlines.Zoo president and CEO Clement Lanthier said he’s hopeful Er Shun may have more cubs while in Calgary. Female pandas are only receptive to breeding two days a year and the zoo is looking at artificially inseminating her. Er Shun has been trained to present her front leg so that blood samples can be taken to monitor her hormone levels.“Stay tuned. We will monitor everything but I think our chances are fairly good,” said Lanthier. “The science of breeding pandas has been evolving dramatically in the past 10 years and that is the reason why they changed the status of the panda from endangered to vulnerable, because of the success of the captive breeding program.”The adult pandas are to remain in Calgary for the next five years, while the cubs are to return to China in the next 18 months or so.Lanthier said he hopes people drawn to the zoo by the high-profile visitors will end up learning something about species closer to home that are in trouble, such as the whooping crane, sage grouse and black-footed ferret.“We’re planning to use the rock-star status of the panda to attract people in a conversation to talk about the less charismatic endangered species of Western Canada, mostly.”last_img read more

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Highlights of Rona Ambroses political career

first_imgOTTAWA – As Rona Ambrose prepares to step down as interim Opposition leader and Conservative MP, here’s a brief look at some of the highlights of her political career:2004: Elected as the member of Parliament for the riding of Edmonton-Spruce Grove with 60 per cent of the vote.2006:— Appointed environment minister in Stephen Harper’s minority Conservative government, youngest women ever named to cabinet.— Announces Canada can’t meet emissions reductions targets set in Kyoto Protocol.— NDP and Bloc Quebecois try to force her resignation, but the move is blocked by Liberals after Conservatives try to make it a confidence motion.2007:— Shuffled out of Environment to take over Intergovernmental Affairs, Western Economic Diversification and president of Queen’s Privy Council.2008-2009— Appointed labour minister.— Works on strikes by Ottawa bus drivers, VIA Rail engineers and CN rail employees.2010-2013— Appointed minister of public works and government services, as well as minister of state for status of women.— Sponsors a successful resolution before the United Nations calling for the International Day of the Girl Child.— Announces National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy.2013-2014— Appointed minister of health.— Sponsors a law requiring community consultations before any new safe injection sites are approved, following a 2011 Supreme Court decision that stopped the Harper Conservatives from closing the safe injection site in Vancouver.— Quarterbacks government’s efforts to prepare Canada for possible cases of ebola fever after global outbreak.— Arranges for Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai to visit Canada, an event that has to be cancelled when a gunman storms Parliament Hill.2015— Re-elected as an MP in the new riding of Sturgeon River—Parkland with 70 per cent of the vote, despite Conservative loss of government.— Elected by caucus vote to be interim leader.— Says Conservatives will support inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women, which they opposed when in government.2016— Introduces motions in House of Commons calling on MPs to condemn actions by Islamic militants in Iraq and Syria as genocide, but Liberals don’t allow it to pass.— Some Conservatives try to get party’s constitution changed so Ambrose can run for leadership, but they lose.2017— Opposition leads charge following media reports about Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s vacation in Bahamas with Aga Khan; a short time later it is revealed Ambrose was on a businessman’s yacht in the Caribbean at the time.— Introduces a private member’s bill to require would-be judges to get training on sex assault laws; government promises to support it.— Announces she will resign as MP in the summer, after working on the new party leader’s transition.last_img read more

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Gov Gen David Johnston breaks rules by touching Queens arm

first_imgA momentary breach of protocol that saw the Governor General touch the Queen’s arm has at least one British tabloid abuzz but some on social media say it’s nothing to get worked up about.Gov. Gen. David Johnston hosted the monarch Wednesday at Canada House in central London to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary and helped her up and down the red-carpeted stairs.Johnston reportedly told media there he was worried the Queen would trip.The incident captured some tabloids’ attention, with the Daily Mail calling out Johnston for his faux pas in breaking royal protocol.But online observers seemed unfazed by the misstep, which many deemed too minor to cause a scandal.Some on social media even suggested the 91-year-old Queen should be grateful for the help.“The man helped an elderly lady from falling,” one wrote on Twitter.“‘Governor General acts like Canadian Gentleman’ is a better headline,” another tweeted.Some suggested there would have been a bigger uproar if the Queen had slipped while Johnston stood idly by.Dignitaries are not supposed to touch the Queen, though that rule has been broken in the past.Former U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama made international headlines when she hugged the monarch in 2009.last_img read more

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Cabinet ministers spend a lot of time but not much money on

first_imgOTTAWA – The Liberal government has put a lot of effort into travelling to the United States to help ease the way into the North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations, but so far, a relatively small amount of money.The Canadian Press tallied the travel expenses a dozen cabinet ministers — excluding Prime Minister Justin Trudeau — racked up in airfare, meals and accommodations for trips to Washington, D.C. and elsewhere south of the border since President Donald Trump came to power.The total amount, with some caveats, was about $96,000 for 29 trips from mid-January to the end of May.The travel included in this amount is just one part of a wider strategy to send federal cabinet ministers, parliamentary secretaries, MPs, senators, premiers, political staffers and government officials across the U.S. to secure face-to-face meetings with everyone from state legislators to Trump and those around him in the White House.“Our government has worked hard to establish a constructive working relationship with all orders of the U.S. government, especially with the administration, and the president and his team directly,” Cameron Ahmad, a spokesman for Trudeau, said in an emailed statement.“We have been actively engaging in comprehensive outreach across the United States in order to build upon the strong relationship between our two countries and advance areas of mutual interest.”The data analysis was based on a list of trips by cabinet ministers that the office of Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland considered part of these efforts. Freeland is the lead minister on Canada-U.S. relations and the NAFTA talks.The list was then cross-referenced with travel expenses disclosed under government transparency measures.These early figures provide a snapshot of the ground game the Liberal government has been building to deal with one of its biggest priorities — and challenges — through forging relationships not only with the White House, but also members of Congress who will ultimately decide the fate of any new trade deal, and anyone else they might be listening to.The list includes high-profile events such as when Freeland, alongside Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr, Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan and Andrew Leslie, the parliamentary secretary for Canada-U.S. relations, attended the inauguration of Trump in Washington, D.C.It also counts trips to events the cabinet minister in question might have attended anyway, such as when International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau went to Washington for the spring meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank Group.Trips that received little attention, such as when Government House Leader Bardish Chagger, who is also the minister for small business and tourism, went to Toledo, Ohio and Chicago, Ill. to discuss cross-border trade, were also on the list.Liberal MP Wayne Easter, who is co-chair of the Canada-United States Inter-Parliamentary Group, said these meetings can help Canada set the facts straight — and get its message across — on thorny trade issues such as dairy and softwood lumber.“I think if ever there was a time we had to deal with facts — and clear facts, not the perception — it’s now,” Easter said.The analysis comes with some caveats.There was no amount available for two trips Sajjan took to Washington, including to attend the inauguration, because he flew on a Challenger jet and his office did not have that information available.There was also a handful of expense claims that lumped the cost associated with a visit to the U.S. in with other legs of a much larger trip.The figures for trips taken since June 1 are not yet available, and neither are the costs associated with trips taken by the prime minister.And each cabinet minister would also be travelling with at least a couple of staffers and officials, which would multiply the costs.The numbers also exclude travel by everyone outside of cabinet, which has been quite extensive.According to data provided by Freeland’s office, overall there had been 78 visits to Washington plus 87 trips to 42 other cities, from Albany, N.Y. to Whitefish, Mont., as of last week, which is just part of the more than 315 individual contacts that have taken place as part of this outreach so far.— Follow @smithjoanna on TwitterNote to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version had the incorrect title for Chagger.last_img read more

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Guelph men drive to Houston to sister forced from home by flooding

first_imgTwo Ontario men are on their way to Houston to help a family member who has been forced from her home by flooding in the hurricane-battered city.Bill Hamilton and Pat Quirk left Guelph, Ont., on Monday night after buying an extreme terrain vehicle capable of driving and floating on water, and are on their way to Quirk’s sister.The pair plan to pick up Quirk’s sister from the hotel where she has taken refuge, check on her home, and work out a plan to find her a safe place to stay.Hurricane Harvey made landfall along the Gulf Coast on Friday night as a Category 4 storm and moved northeast along the Texas coast over Houston. The storm has dumped more than 76 centimetres of rain in parts of Texas and authorities have rescued thousands of people left stranded by the storm.Quirk’s 47-year-old sister, who has lived in Houston for a year, was initially stuck in her Houston home, where the ground floor had flooded, Hamilton said. She was helped from her home by a passing motorist and taken to a hotel, but staff have warned guests that the building will likely lose power soon, Hamilton said.Quirk’s sister sent her brother pictures of the hurricane’s aftermath early Monday, Hamilton said. Those photos alarmed Quirk and made the 52-year-old decide to go to the city to help his sister, Hamilton said.When Quirk called Hamilton to tell him of his plan, Hamilton, a 47-year-old landscaper, said he wanted to help out.“It kind of hit close to home with his sister being there, so I thought I’d give (him) a hand,” Hamilton said in a phone interview as he and Quirk made their way to Houston in a pickup truck.By early Tuesday afternoon, Hamilton said he and his friend were driving through Arkansas, and expected to be in Houston late Tuesday.“We’re in contact with (Pat’s) sister now and trying to make a plan as to what part of the city we head for first,” Hamilton said.With numerous streets in and around Houston flooded, Hamilton and Quirk decided to head to the city well prepared for the conditions.Quirk, a retired banker, bought a $25,000 extreme-terrain vehicle from a snowmobile dealership south of Guelph just for the trip, Hamilton said.“It’ll go pretty much anywhere,” said Hamilton, noting that the vehicle can get through mud, rocky terrain, or even across a lake.While the pair are heading for Quirk’s sister, Hamilton said they’ll try to help others who need a hand if they can.“I’m thinking we’ll probably be home by the weekend, but who knows?” Hamilton said.On Tuesday, a pair of 70-year-old reservoir dams that protect downtown Houston and a levee in a suburban subdivision began overflowing, adding to the rising floodwaters from Harvey that have crippled the area after five consecutive days of rain that set a new U.S. record for rainfall for a tropical system.Forecasters expect the storm to linger over the Gulf before heading back inland east of Houston sometime Wednesday. The system will then head north and lose its tropical strength.— with files from the Associated Press.last_img read more

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Entomologist says Asian lady beetles have more bite than traditional ladybugs

first_imgWINNIPEG – Ladybugs are usually thought of as one of the cuter insects, but there’s a new type emerging in Canada that has a bit more of a bite.Health Canada says Asian lady beetles were brought to North America in the 1970s to control crop-eating insects.But Winnipeg entomologist Taz Stuart tells CTV News that unlike ladybugs native to North American, the lady beetle has teeth.According to Health Canada, Asian lady beetles do not transmit disease, and can range from mustard yellow to dark reddish orange with spots or no spots at all.Asian lady beetles will also often have an M-shaped marking behind their heads.Stuart says they’ll start building up around cracks, crevices, door frames and windowsills as temperatures begin to cool, and create a stench if they die in large numbers.“They look like a ladybug, and at this time of year they’re coming in from the crops and the fields, and now looking for a place to stay over the winter and hibernate,” he says.“Previous to 2016, you really wouldn’t see a lot of Asian lady beetles around here. But last year we had an increase: a good number of calls in the fall around Halloween, and people were concerned.”The busy season prompted Stuart to dub them Halloween bugs.A regular visitor to the Maple Grove Dog Park, Jessica Nikkel says she first came across the insects was when walking on a back trail recently with her pup Molly.She had what felt like a black fly bite, but was surprised when she looked down.“And sure enough I looked and it was ladybug,” Nikkel says.If the bugs infest a home, Stuart says there’s a number of ways to deal with them, including vacuuming them up and throwing them out.(CTV Winnipeg)last_img read more

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Quickthinking truckers corral AWOL horse on busy Alberta highway

first_imgBALZAC, Alta. – Two semi-trailer truck drivers are being praised for playing a little blacktop rodeo when they used their big rigs to safely steer an AWOL horse off a busy highway north of Calgary and prevent the chance of a collision.Airdrie RCMP say they got word around 4 a.m. Monday from an Edmonton woman who said her horse had escaped from a racetrack stable in the Balzac area.The horse was later spotted galloping down the middle of the Queen Elizabeth II Highway near the community when the truck drivers worked together with their semis to corral it in a ditch, then control it with harness fashioned from a tow strap.“I think the horse had kind of stopped in the headlights and started to move toward a ditch,” said Const. Dan Martin, an RCMP spokesman.“One truck stopped and blocked the horse from getting back on the highway. The other driver stopped to help and, between the two of them, they were able to approach it and put the harness on. Police arrived shortly after.”Martin said it helped that the horse appeared to be calm and that one of the drivers seems to know his way around animals.“One of the investigators explained that the driver who made the harness seemed to be quite familiar with livestock. I’m assuming he’s worked with horses or cattle before and kind of knew what to do.”There were no reports of drivers having to swerve to miss the horse, and police did not have to set up roadblocks to reroute motorists during the roundup.The Mounties contacted an Airdrie towing company that came to the scene with a livestock trailer to transport the horse back to Airdrie for pickup by its owner.Martin said the woman was thankful the animal was not injured.“She was quite upset that her horse was able to get out, but quite thankful for everybody — RCMP as well as the towing company and the trucks drivers — for working together to get it back.”Police will not be laying charges.Martin said the Airdrie detachment is no stranger to calls about livestock on the loose, but admitted this case was somewhat different.“We definitely get a lot of cattle that get out and walk around highways here all the time, but (escaped) horses are quite rare for sure.”Martin also said there’s no “black and white answer” when it comes to whether drivers should follow the lead of the two truckers if they come across escaped livestock on a busy road.“If somebody was trying to move ducks and stopping traffic, well that could be quite dangerous,” he said. “Exercise caution and use common sense, and hopefully all ends well for everybody.”last_img read more

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The Wednesday news briefing An ataglance survey of some top stories

first_imgHighlights from the news file for Wednesday, Dec. 6———GUILTY VERDICT HANDED DOWN IN LINDHOUT KIDNAPPING: An Ontario judge has handed down a guilty verdict in the kidnapping of Amanda Lindhout in Somalia. Ali Omar Ader had pleaded not guilty to a criminal charge of hostage-taking. Evidence during the trial revealed that an RCMP undercover officer lured Ader to Canada on the pretext of signing a lucrative book deal. Lindhout, a freelance journalist from Alberta, was kidnapped in 2008 along with an Australian photographer and held for 15 months.———ROGERS CONSIDERING SELLING BLUE JAYS: Rogers Communications is considering selling some of its assets including the Toronto Blue Jays to raise money for its main communications businesses. Rogers Chief Financial Officer Tony Staffieri made the comment at an industry conference in New York this week, but didn’t elaborate on who might buy the team. One analyst said that the issue of assets sales has been raised before but Staffieri’s comments are the most explicit to date.———LEBLANC DIAGNOSED WITH LEUKEMIA: Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc has been diagnosed with leukemia but says it won’t interfere with his cabinet duties. LeBlanc said on Wednesday that he was diagnosed last April with chronic lymphocytic leukemia which his doctor calls “one of the most common types of leukemia in adults.” LeBlanc is scheduled to begin treatments next week, which will conclude in the spring. LeBlanc has represented his New Brunswick riding for 17 years and is a childhood friend of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.———MAN CONVICTED OF KILLING THREE WOMEN HAS LITTLE HOPE OF PAROLE: A 60-year-old man convicted of killing three women during an hour-long rampage in the Ottawa Valley has had his parole eligibility set at 70 years. Basil Borutski was convicted late last month of first-degree murder in the deaths of 36-year-old Anastasia Kuzyk and 48-year-old Nathalie Warmerdam, and of second-degree murder in slaying of Carol Culleton. The murder convictions carry an automatic life sentence and an Ontario judge ruled on Wednesday that the life terms will be served consecutively. Someone convicted of first-degree murder can’t seek parole for at least 25 years and the judge set parole eligibility for the second-degree murder conviction at 20 years.———MONTREAL MASSACRE VICTIMS REMEMBERED: Flowers were laid Wednesday outside the Montreal engineering school where 14 women were killed by a lone gunman 28 years ago. Some of the people who attended a memorial service in front of the school wiped tears away as they remembered the Montreal Massacre. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau remembered the victims on Wednesday during his visit to China, taking part in a candle-lighting ceremony at the Canadian Consulate in Guangzhou to mark the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.———TRUDEAU CALLS FOR COUNTRIES TO EMBRACE FREE TRADE: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau warned on Wednesday that the world is at a crossroads regarding trade. He told a business forum in China that the world will lose out unless countries embrace free trade and elevate their citizens who have been left behind by globalization. He told his audience that the nations of the world are at a “pivot point” where they must decide whether to work together or falter separately and become isolated. Trudeau didn’t mention the Trump administration by name, but has already spoken out in China about the need to save the North American Free Trade Agreement from demise.———CANADA SAYS ITS EMBASSY TO REMAIN IN TEL AVIV: The Trudeau government says the Canadian embassy in Israel will stay in Tel Aviv as the Americans make preparation to move their mission to Jerusalem. Canadians in the region are being urged to exercise caution ahead of three days of planned protests against the U.S. announcement. President Donald Trump is seen by the Palestinians as siding with Israel on the most sensitive issue in the conflict. The Palestinians want east Jerusalem for their capital. However Trump declared it was time for a new approach to Mideast peace after decades of failure.———MUSLIMS WORRIED ABOUT BORDER PRECLEARANCE PLANS: Concerns are being raised about planned new procedures for preclearing travellers to enter the United States. Civil liberties and Muslim groups are worried about invasive searches and abusive questions as they pass through customs areas in Canadian airports. Currently, passengers flying to American cities through eight major Canadian airports can be precleared there by U.S. Customs. Canada’s Senate is studying legislation that would expand preclearance operations.———SENATOR PREDICTS FRANKEN WILL RESIGN ON THURSDAY: A top Senate Democrat says he expects Sen. Al Franken to resign Thursday over allegations of sexual misconduct. Another woman has come forward with accusations against the Minnesota Democrat. In a tweet on Wednesday, Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon said: “I expect that Senator Franken will announce his resignation tomorrow.” Wyden tweeted that “It is the right thing to do given this series of serious allegations.” More than a dozen Senate Democrats, led by female lawmakers, have called on Franken to step aside. Franken’s office said in a brief statement that he will have an announcement on Thursday.———SIX WOMEN CLAIM WEINSTEIN COVER UP WAS RACKETEERING: Six women have filed a lawsuit against Harvey Weinstein, seeking to represent a class of “dozens, if not hundreds” of women who say they were assaulted by the movie mogul. The lawsuit was filed Wednesday at a federal court in New York. It claims that his actions to cover up the assaults amounted to civil racketeering. It claims that Weinstein and the companies he worked with colluded together to conceal Weinstein’s widespread sexual harassment and assaults. A lawyer for Weinstein declined comment. According to the lawsuit, actresses and other women in the film industry were lured to industry events, hotel rooms, Weinstein’s home, office meetings or auditions under the pretense that they were to discuss a project.———last_img read more

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Full service restored after holiday storm cuts power for many Nova Scotians

first_imgHALIFAX – Crews have resolved the last remaining power outages in Nova Scotia, about four days after a major storm knocked out electricity for tens of thousands of customers, Nova Scotia Power said on Friday.The utility issued a press release on Friday afternoon saying all of the 158,000 customers who were affected by widespread outages over the holidays have their power back.“This completes restoration of customers who lost power in the Christmas Day / Boxing Day storm,” the news release said, “other than customers with damaged electrical equipment who must have an electrician complete repairs before power can safely be restored.”Winds of more than 100 kilometres per hour gusted through Nova Scotia on Christmas Day and into Boxing Day, snapping power lines and toppling utility poles in many parts of the province.Crews restored electricity to a handful of customers on islands in Mahone Bay on Friday morning, the release said, and later in the day completed reconstruction of the electrical system along one Dartmouth street where 10 hydro poles had been downed.Nova Scotia Power’s web site had estimated 100 customers were without power at 7 a.m. on Friday, but the utility said in a morning press release that some of those outages were not caused by the storm.The utility had said electricity would be returned to all customers on Friday after pushing restoration estimates several times in recent days.last_img read more

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Weinsteins former assistant challenging parts of Toronto lawsuit

first_imgTORONTO – A lawyer for a former assistant to Harvey Weinstein is challenging parts of a lawsuit brought by a Toronto woman against his client and the disgraced Hollywood producer, arguing Monday that his client’s alleged acts are subject to a statute of limitations that has expired.Barbara Schneeweiss worked for Weinstein for approximately 20 years and is named as a defendant in the suit from a Toronto actress who alleges she was sexually assaulted by Weinstein nearly two decades ago.The actress, who cannot be named, alleges Schneeweiss set up a meeting between her and Weinstein in 2000 despite having some degree of knowledge that it might lead to a sexual assault. The actress’s statement of claim alleges Weinstein forcibly performed oral sex on her without consent at that meeting.Later, when the actress went with her agent and a friend to meet with Weinstein, expecting an apology, Schneeweiss allegedly conspired to get the actress in a room with Weinstein alone, at which point he attempted to stick his tongue down her throat, according to the woman’s statement of claim.None of the allegations in the lawsuit have been proven in court.Schneeweiss’ lawyer Jonathan Rosenstein argued at a hearing that his client’s alleged acts are subject to a statute of limitations that has expired.Under Ontario law, a plaintiff generally has two years from the time of an alleged incident to sue someone, but legislation passed in 2016 abolished any time limitation for filing a lawsuit for a matter relating to sexual violence or harassment.Rosenstein argued, however, that Schneeweiss’ alleged actions were not necessarily perpetrated “in relation” to any alleged sexual assault.If Schneeweiss did not know that a sexual assault had taken place, but rather, had only heard rumours and hearsay about Weinstein’s alleged actions with women, she should be held liable only for allegedly failing to warn someone of potential harm, not for causing that harm to occur, Rosenstein said.Rosenstein also argued that the actress did not specify in her claim how much Schneeweiss allegedly knew about Weinstein’s alleged sexual activities.Marie Henein, the actress’ lawyer, countered that failing to warn someone of the danger of a sexual assault appears to fit the legislation’s definition of an act “relating to” sexual assault.“All of the claims … are directly in relation to sexual assault in this case,” she said.And the statement of claim is clear in alleging that Schneeweiss, at best, was aware of Weinstein’s activities and intentions in private meetings with actresses and, at worst, was actively procuring women for him, she added.“She is a facilitator, she is an accomplice, she is part and parcel of a scheme,” Henein said.Justice Patrick Monahan is expected to make a decision in the coming days with regards to Schneeweiss’ challenge.The actress’s lawsuit against Weinstein, as well as other defendants Miramax and Disney, will continue regardless of the outcome of Rosenstein’s challenge.Weinstein, an Oscar-winning film producer, faces sexual harassment and sexual assault allegations from several women.On Oct. 8, he was fired from the Weinstein Company — the film studio he co-founded with his brother in 2005 – days after the New York Times published a story detailing some of the allegations against him. Weinstein’s representative Sallie Hofmeister has said Weinstein denies all allegations of non-consensual sex.last_img read more

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Hudson Bay communities hold first meeting to talk climate development

first_imgMONTREAL – The 27 communities that ring Hudson Bay are scheduled to meet Tuesday for the first time to talk about climate change, environmental protection and the impact of development in their vast and complex region.“It’s always been the Arctic region that falls through the cracks,” said Joel Heath, a scientist with the Arctic Eider Society, which is helping organize the inaugural Hudson Bay Summit.Responsibility for Hudson Bay and its shorelines is divided between Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba and Nunavut, as well as the federal government. There are also at least five land claims that cover the region, all of which have overlapping agreements.The communities are also divided by the difficulty of travelling between them. The group will meet in Montreal because it’s easier to get there than any of the towns or hamlets along the coast.“In order for people from west Hudson Bay to get to a community in east Hudson Bay, we’re talking three days of travel,” Heath said.That makes it tough to get together on issues that concern everyone around the world’s second-largest bay. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t common problems, said Heath.The bay and its shoreline face development pressures from three major industrial development plans.Quebec’s Plan Nord, Ontario’s Ring of Fire and Manitoba’s Arctic Bridge would all increase mineral, energy, tourism and transportation impacts.Those proposals come on top of changes already underway.Vast hydro reservoirs in Quebec are storing freshwater that used to pour into the bay in spring and releasing it instead in the winter to generate power for southern cities. Heath has found a layer of freshwater 25 metres deep all along Hudson Bay’s eastern coast.Climate change is altering the region’s sea ice, used by everyone and everything from polar bears to community members trying to hunt and travel safely.Heath said delegates at the conference will talk about a connected network of protected areas, as Canada strives to meet its goal of conserving 17 per cent of its land and inland waters as well as 10 per cent of its oceans by 2020.Delegates will also talk about restoring damaged coastlines and implementing locally based environmental monitoring that can be shared between communities.Heath said communities also want future development to be assessed in the context of overall impacts.“It was clear that environmental assessment was being done piecemeal for some of those (previous) projects. There needs to be co-ordination and some form of working together to overcome those barriers.”Heath said the communities hope to form a consortium that can meet at least regionally on a regular basis. The jigsaw of jurisdictions that look after the enormous area have to start working together, Heath said.“Those lines aren’t actually out there that people create. The animals and the water don’t care.”— By Bob Weber in Edmonton. Follow him on Twitter at @row1960last_img read more

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Coalition Avenir Quebec boasts more women than men in election campaign

first_imgMONTREAL – The Coalition Avenir Quebec has boasted that it will have more women than men running in the provincial election campaign — a big change for the party, which opinion polls suggest is leading the governing Liberals.The CAQ says it will have 65 women and 60 men seeking office on Oct. 1, which it claims is the highest percentage of women candidates ever attained by a Quebec political party.“I think it’s important that all parties present as many women as possible,” CAQ leader Francois Legault said Saturday during a campaign stop just outside Montreal.“I’ve already said that if I’m chosen on Oct. 1, we’ll have a cabinet where half of the members will be women.”In the past, the CAQ had the lowest percentage of women candidates among the main political parties. During the last provincial election in 2014, only 21 per cent of its candidates were women.The only party that has come close to the CAQ’s new gender balance is the small, nationalist Quebec solidaire, which typically runs about 63 female candidates in provincial elections. One of that party’s two co-leaders is a woman, but the party only had three seats in the legislature at dissolution.The Quebec Liberal party had nominated 49 women candidates as of Aug. 25, representing 44 per cent of the 116 candidates that have already been chosen by the governing party.On the campaign trail, Liberal leader Philippe Couillard promised to open 25 additional “super clinics” if his party is re-elected. He made the commitment in the Quebec City region on Saturday, the third day of the campaign.During its previous mandate, the governing Liberals promised to open 50 super clinics, and 49 of them are now in operation. The clinics are open seven days a week, 12 hours day, and offer a broader range of services than typical family medicine groups.Couillard claimed the number of low-priority visits to hospital emergency rooms for minor ailments has dropped by 75,000 thanks to the super clinics.“I see no other explanation,” he told reporters on Saturday.The Liberal leader also promised to amend the law to allow pharmacists to administer vaccines to children.“You can count on the fact that all the basic vaccines that you have in your child’s calendar will be possible to get at the pharmacy,” he said.Couillard also said that to make life simpler for parents, a second health insurance card will be supplied for children under the age of 14.Meantime, during his first campaign visit to his Montreal area riding of Rosemont, Parti Quebecois leader Jean-Francois Lisee focused on urban agriculture.He said that a PQ government would promote the installation of rooftop greenhouses, but added it would only apply to new construction.Lisee also criticized Legault for his proposal to raise the legal age for cannabis use in Quebec to 21 from 18.“The reality is that most of the weed bought in Quebec today is by people between the ages of 18 and 21,” Lisee said on Saturday.“The CAQ position is that they should keep going to organized crime to buy their weed.”The PQ leader said his party’s position is that users should go to the stores being set up by the Quebec government to get their supply.last_img read more

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A timeline of events in the case of Meng Wanzhou

first_imgVANCOUVER — A timeline of the Meng Wanzhou case, and rising tension between Canada and China.2018Aug. 22: A New York court issues a warrant for the arrest of Huawei Technologies chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou.Dec. 1: Canadian authorities arrest Meng at Vancouver’s airport while she is en route from Hong Kong to Mexico, after an extradition request from the Americans. The news becomes public on Dec. 5.Dec. 6: China demands Canada release Meng and “immediately correct the mistake” officials made in arresting her. The Chinese also say they were not briefed on the reasons for Meng’s arrest.In Ottawa, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Meng’s case is part of an independent legal process with no outside political influence.Dec. 7: Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says Canada’s envoy to China has briefed Chinese officials about Meng’s case. She declines to comment on suggestions from analysts and former diplomats that China will likely retaliate by jailing Canadians.In Vancouver, Meng appears in court, where allegations of fraud are laid out. The U.S. alleges Meng misled American banks in a bid to get around American sanctions on Iran.Dec. 8: Canada’s ambassador to China, John McCallum, is summoned to a meeting with China’s assistant foreign minister so the country can register complaints about Meng’s arrest. “China strongly urges the Canadian side to immediately release the detained Huawei executive … or face grave consequences that the Canadian side should be held accountable for,” the assistant minister, Le Yucheng, says in a statement.Dec. 9: China summons the American ambassador to China to lodge similar complaints about Meng’s case and demand the U.S. rescind the order for her arrest.Dec. 10: Chinese authorities arrest two Canadian men. Michael Kovrig, who was on leave from Global Affairs Canada, and entrepreneur Michael Spavor. Kovrig’s arrest becomes public on Dec. 11. Spavor’s becomes public on Dec. 12.Meanwhile, China’s vice premier, with responsibility for the domestic economy, and U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin talk about the ongoing tariff battle between the two countries.Dec. 11: In the morning, Kelly Craft, the U.S. ambassador to Canada, tells reporters it is “absolutely false” to assume a political motive behind the Meng’s arrest.Later in the day, Meng is released on $10 million bail. In an affidavit submitted for a bail hearing, Meng, 46, details a lifetime of health issues, including thyroid cancer, sleep apnea and high blood pressure.The day ends with U.S. President Donald Trump telling Reuters in an interview that he would “certainly intervene” in Meng’s case “if I thought it was necessary” to help forge a trade deal with China.Dec. 12: China’s foreign ministry says it has no information about Kovrig, but says the organization he worked with — the International Crisis Group — was not registered in China, making its activities in the country illegal.The Liberals spend the day outlining how the extradition process will work, reiterating that it is an independent process. Trudeau reaffirms Canada’s commitment to the rule of law, “regardless of what goes on in other countries.” Freeland warns any comments made in the United States could be used by Meng’s lawyers before Canadian courts, which would have to judge their relevance in deciding whether to follow through on the American extradition request.Dec. 13: Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer accuses Trudeau of taking a “naive approach” to China, leaving Canada without “the leverage that we might otherwise have” to resolve the situation. He calls on Trudeau to reach out to the highest levels of the Chinese government.Earlier in the day, Trump’s trade adviser, Peter Navarro, says the arrests of the two Canadians were plainly a response to Meng’s arrest: “That’s the Chinese playbook and again the problem we always have with China is when we launch legitimate concerns over whatever it is, China comes back and does these kinds of actions.”China’s foreign ministry says Kovrig and Spavor have been detained on suspicion of “endangering national security.”Dec. 14: Canadian officials are granted consular access to Kovrig, and McCallum meets with him in Beijing. Meng’s case comes up during a meeting between Freeland and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, with the two agreeing that no politics be injected into the extradition process. Pompeo publicly calls on China to release Kovrig and Spavor.Dec. 16: Canadian diplomats in China are granted consular access to Spavor.Dec. 19: Global Affairs Canada says a third Canadian has been detained in China. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the government has no reason to believe the case is linked to the detention of Kovrig and Spavor. The next day, China’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying says the Canadian woman, Sarah McIver, received an administrative penalty for illegal employment.Dec. 20: Indictments unsealed in the United States allege two Chinese citizens targeted companies in Canada and around the world as part of a years-long hacking campaign to steal data.Dec. 21: Kovrig’s employer, the International Crisis Group, says he has not been given access to a lawyer while in custody. A source familiar with the conditions of Kovrig’s detention says he is questioned three times a day and kept in a room with the lights on continuously.Freeland formally demands both men be let go, calling in a statement “for their immediate release.” Similar statements come out from the United States, Britain and the European Union.Dec. 22: During a visit to Canadian peacekeepers in Mali, Trudeau says countries around the world are “extremely disturbed” by China’s detention of Spavor and Kovrig.Dec. 24: China’s foreign ministry calls out the U.S., Britain and EU, saying the trio should be condemning Canada for Meng’s arrest. Spokeswoman Hua Chunying says Canada should “correct its mistakes” and stop acting at the behest of the United States. She says Kovrig and Spavor’s rights are being respected in custody.Dec. 27: Chinese state media bring up the case of a Canadian man charged with drug smuggling. The Global Times, an English-language publication of the official People’s Daily, says Robert Lloyd Schellenberg appeal of his conviction will be heard on Dec. 29. Global Affairs says the case has been ongoing for several years.Dec. 28: Global Affairs confirms that McIver has returned to Canada after being released.Dec. 29: A Chinese court orders a retrial for Schellenberg, raising the possibility of a harsher sentence, including death. The Wall Street Journal reports Chinese authorities took the odd measure of inviting a number of news outlets to the appeal.Dec. 30: Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne says in a statement that her government is “very concerned” about Kovrig’s and Spavor’s detentions. Earlier in the day, a group of 36 Australian academics demanded their government “call for the immediate release of these two detainees.”2019Jan. 3: At a news conference, China’s prosecutor general Zhang Jun says Kovrig and Spavor “without a doubt” violated Chinese law. He says the investigation is also following the rule of law, but doesn’t provide more details about the allegations.Jan. 7: The Prime Minister’s Office says Donald Trump has affirmed his respect for judicial independence. In a summary of a phone call between Trump and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the PMO indicated the leaders discussed the high-profile U.S. extradition request — though Meng was not named — and agreed on the importance of respecting the independence of judges and the rule of law.Jan. 08: Canadian officials visit Spavor for a second time. Global Affairs Canada says it is also trying to arrange another meeting with Kovrig.Jan. 9: China’s envoy in Ottawa suggests Canada and its Western allies are white supremacists for calling for the release of two Canadians imprisoned last month by his country’s communist government.  Ambassador Lu Shaye makes the accusation in an op-ed in the Hill Times.Jan. 10: Kovrig receives a consular visit for the second time since his arrest.Jan. 14: Trudeau says he’s very concerned to see China “acting arbitrarily” by applying the death penalty to a Canadian convicted of drug trafficking. He says Canada will do all it can to intervene on Robert Lloyd Schellenberg’s behalf after a court in Dalian in northeastern Liaoning province announced it had given Schellenberg the death penalty after reconsidering his case.Jan. 15: China expresses its “strong dissatisfaction” with Trudeau over his criticism of Schellenberg’s sentence. Trudeau should “respect the rule of law, respect China’s judicial sovereignty, correct mistakes and stop making irresponsible remarks,” foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying says. Jan. 16: The U.S. State Department says China’s death sentence against Schellenberg is “politically motivated.” A statement says Pompeo and Freeland spoke and “expressed their concerns about the arbitrary detentions and politically motivated sentencing of Canadian nationals.”Jan. 17: Ambassador Shaye says Canada’s arrest of Meng was an act of “backstabbing” by a friend. Lu warns of “repercussions” if Canada bars the firm from its new 5G network for security reasons, as have three of its intelligence-sharing allies.Jan. 18: Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale says the government’s decision on whether to ban Huawei from being used in Canada’s next generation 5G wireless network will not be influenced by threats of retaliation from China.Jan. 22: China demands the U.S. drop a request that Canada extradite Meng. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said Meng’s case was out of the ordinary and Canada’s extradition treaty with the U.S. infringed on the “safety and legitimate rights and interests of Chinese citizens.”Jan. 23: Ambassador McCallum says there are strong legal arguments Meng can make to help her avoid extradition to the United States.  Speaking to Chinese reporters a day earlier in the Toronto area, McCallum listed several arguments Meng’s legal team can make in her defence. Jan. 24: Trudeau dismisses calls to remove McCallum following his comments to Chinese reporters, saying such a change wouldn’t help the two Canadians detained by Chinese authorities get home any sooner. Later, McCallum says he “misspoke” when he suggested detained Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou had a strong case to avoid extradition to the United States.Jan. 25: McCallum tells StarMetro Vancouver it would be “great for Canada” if the United States drops its extradition request. “We have to make sure that if the U.S. does such a deal, it also includes the release of our two people. And the U.S. is highly aware of that,” he told the Star.Jan. 26: McCallum resigns as ambassador to China at Trudeau’s request.Jan. 28: The U.S. Department of Justice formally levels criminal charges against Huawei, two subsidiaries and Meng. The charges, contained in two newly unsealed indictments, allege that Huawei misrepresented its ownership of a Hong Kong-based subsidiary to circumvent American sanctions against Iran. Furthermore, they say Huawei stole telecommunications technology, trade secrets and equipment from U.S. cellphone provider T-Mobile USA. Meng is charged with bank fraud, wire fraud and two counts of conspiracy to commit both. In a statement, Huawei denied committing any of the violations cited in the indictment.Jan. 29: The Canadian government says it has received a formal request for the extradition of Meng, who appears in a Vancouver court to change the people who are providing her with some of the financial sureties for her release. China calls on the U.S. to “stop the unreasonable crackdown” on Huawei, saying it will “firmly defend” its companies. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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2019-10-17

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Tories demand Goodale explain delayed police call on prison sexassault claim

first_imgOTTAWA — The federal Conservatives say Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale must explain why the Correctional Service of Canada waited three months to call police after learning of assault allegations at a prison in Nova Scotia.The federal correctional agency apologized Friday after facing questions from The Canadian Press about a previous public statement saying it had immediately contacted police about the assault allegations at the Nova Institution in Truro.In fact, it now says it contacted police on March 29 — three months after it first learned of the allegations now at the centre of a lawsuit by three women.Truro’s police chief has said his force was already investigating the allegations by then.Pierre Paul-Hus, the Conservative public safety critic, says the Correctional Service of Canada clearly had a responsibility to report the allegations of assault to the proper authorities immediately, adding Goodale must explain why this “appalling situation” took place.Goodale’s office has yet to directly respond to the question of whether he believes the Correctional Service of Canada acted appropriately by waiting three months to contact police.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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2019-10-17

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Report Kawhi Leonards decision could still be days away

first_imgTORONTO – If you’re sitting on the edge of your seat waiting for a Kawhi Leonard announcement, you might want to settle in and get a little more comfortable.According to The Athletic‘s Jabari Young, it may still be a few days before the much sought-after free agent makes his decision.On the Kawhi front, told he’s not making a decision tonight and it may not be until the next few days. He and his reps are going through the process and taking their time before deciding the next move. No 2-year deals have been discussed. #NBA @TheAthleticNBA— Jabari Young (@JabariJYoung) July 4, 2019The two-time Finals MVP, fresh off a historic championship win with the Toronto Raptors, reportedly met with the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers earlier this week and touched down in Toronto to meet with Raptors brass Wednesday.So MLSE’s plane has landed at Pearson … and I can confirm Masai Ujiri and Bobby Webster are already in Toronto so .. https://t.co/IW9poAIib6— Michael Grange (@michaelgrange) July 3, 2019Another interest note, per Young, is that no two-year deals have been discussed.And so, the wait ⁠— and the intrigue ⁠— continues.Sportsnet’s Michael Grange goes over the hysteria that hit Toronto as Kawhi Leonard’s free agency continues to loom over the city.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>last_img read more

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2019-10-17

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The issues you dont hear about when politicians go North

first_imgIn today’s Big Story podcast, Canada’s federal leaders love to visit places like Nunavut. It’s a good photo op. It’s a chance to talk about Reconciliation and make promises to Inuit communities. You can easily make your climate point—either about the severity of the crisis or how badly a carbon tax would hurt.But what they don’t often come up to talk about is the issues that really matter to the people who live here: Housing. Food. An incredibly unpopular airline merger. Today’s episode of our Lay of the Land series takes us to Iqaluit, where most of us have no idea how much a house costs…GUEST: Kent Driscoll, APTNYou can subscribe to The Big Story podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google and SpotifyYou can also find it at thebigstorypodcast.ca.last_img read more

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2019-10-17

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Photos Yoko Ono Visits Tokyo For Imagine Theres No Hunger Campaign

first_imgLast week, Yoko Ono Lennon visited Hard Rock Cafe Tokyo to speak about childhood hunger and share details on worldwide efforts to combat the issue through Hard Rock’s 6th annual IMAGINE THERE’S NO HUNGER campaign, benefiting WhyHunger and grassroots partners combating childhood hunger and poverty worldwide.Yoko Ono Supports Hard Rock’s 6th annual IMAGINE THERE’S NO HUNGER campaignCredit/Copyright: Hard Rock International/ Tsutomu Fujita AP Images for InvisionTaiwanese pop band Mayday, also joined Yoko at the event to support the cause with a live acoustic performance and memorabilia donation to Hard Rock’s world famous collection with funds from the donation directly supporting the campaign.Yoko Ono Lennon appears at Hard Rock Cafe Tokyo on Thursday, December 5, 2013, to speak about her efforts to eliminate childhood hunger worldwide through Hard Rock’s 6th annual IMAGINE THERE’S NO HUNGER campaignCredit/Copyright: Hard Rock International/ Tsutomu Fujita AP Images for InvisionYoko Ono Lennon and Mayday appear at Hard Rock Cafe TokyoCredit/Copyright: Hard Rock International/ Tsutomu Fujita AP Images for Invisionlast_img read more

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2019-10-16

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Meet Joan Rivers On The Set Of Fashion Police

first_imgOmaze.com, the online platform that offers anyone the opportunity to enter to win once-in-a-lifetime experiences with celebrities, athletes, and the world’s greatest thinkers, all to benefit social causes, has partnered with Hollywood icon and star of E!’s Fashion Police, Joan Rivers, to offer a dream experience to one winner for donations that begin at just $10.Meet Joan Rivers With OmazeRivers explains, “I am offering one lucky winner and a friend the opportunity to fly to LA, attend a taping of Fashion Police, and gossip with me afterwards in my private dressing room, all to benefit the wonderful Geffen Playhouse.”The Omaze experience will fly one winner and his or her guest of choice to Los Angeles to join Rivers on the set of Fashion Police, watch a taping of the show, and talk fashion with the gossip queen in her private dressing room. The winner will also get the chance to meet her daughter, Melissa Rivers for extra laughs. All donations for this experience will go to benefit the Geffen Playhouse.The process works similar to a charity raffle. The user-friendly site allows anyone to enter to win an Omaze experience of his or her choice by donating just $5-10. Once the deadline to enter for the experience passes, Omaze collects all the entries and selects the winners through a third party computer-generated random selection process. The proceeds are delivered to benefit a specific social cause, in this case, the Geffen Playhouse.The Geffen Playhouse, founded in 1995 by theater, film, and television luminary Gil Cates, is noted for its intimacy and celebrated for its commitment to the development of new plays. It is an active member of the community, and offers a groundbreaking education and outreach program that targets students, seniors and anyone who would not otherwise have access to theater.Omaze will accept donations to enter to win this experience until March 6, 2014.For more information about how to enter to win this experience with Omaze and The Geffen Playhouse, please visit www.omaze.com.last_img read more

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2019-10-16

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Davina McCall Completes Sport Relief Challenge

first_imgAn exhausted but elated Davina McCall crossed the finish line of her BT Sport Relief Challenge: Davina – Beyond Breaking Point at 4.10pm on Friday… having run, swum and cycled over 450 miles from Edinburgh to London in just seven days.The challenge is sponsored by BT, a long-term supporter of Comic Relief challenges since 2009.So far, Davina has raised an incredible £760,026 but it’s not too late for the public to show their support – sponsor Davina at sportrelief.com/davina.Fighting against extreme fatigue, aching limbs and fearsome weather, Davina pushed through the pain barrier to run a marathon on the final day of her challenge. She took her final few strides to a triumphant finish at the Millennium Bridge by Tate Modern and was greeted by crowds of cheering supporters – including her husband Matthew, who put her wedding ring back on her finger as promised.As Davina celebrated completing her epic challenge, she said: “I can’t believe it was me! Thank you to anybody that’s donated, that’s why I did it.“The team that got me here, they just carried me through. And Matt and the doctors and the physios.“My kids – I just hugged them, it was amazing! I’ve just got to stop crying!”“This challenge was for Sport Relief, it was for women and children living really hard lives, not just here but all over the world. It was a really important cause for me to be able to help other women.”Speaking while draped in a Union Flag and after hearing the total raised so far for her incredible challenge, a humble Davina said: “Wearing this is like being an Olympian, but I don’t really feel like I should be allowed to wave the flag around!“Thank you all, it means the world to me. And if you can donate anything it would be even better.”Davina set off on the BT Sport Relief Challenge: Davina – Beyond Breaking Point from Edinburgh Castle on Saturday 8th February, tackling a punishing 130 mile cycle on day one – equivalent to some of the longest stages on the Tour De France. Over the next six days she battled brutal conditions including swimming the life-threateningly cold Lake Windermere, scaling the colossal Scafell Pike on foot in freezing snow, and today finished after seven tortuous days by running a full marathon into London.Davina’s challenge was all about girl power. She was joined by famous female friends along the route, including Claudia Winkleman, Denise Lewis, Jo Brand, Laura Whitmore, Sophie Raworth, Martina Navratilova and Victoria Pendleton, and was spurred along by her ultimate goal of helping projects that work to help women. In many developing countries, simply being born female can mean a lifetime of added dangers and challenges, and money raised from the challenge will be spent to help change the lives of thousands of women and girls in Kenya as well as transform lives in the UK and around the world.BT is today giving £40,000 to support Davina as part of the £350,000 it has committed to raise in support of The BT Sport Relief Challenges: Davina – Beyond Breaking Point.All the ups and downs of Davina’s challenge will be captured for a BBC documentary, to be broadcast in the run up to Sport Relief Weekend, which is taking place from Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd March.last_img read more

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2019-10-16

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DJ Earworm Helps Teach Americans HandsOnly CPR Through Music

first_imgDo you know the two simple steps of Hands-Only CPR? Then you’re ready to help save a life. If you don’t, then the American Heart Association and WellPoint Foundation want you to listen up.Just in time for National CPR Awareness Week (June 1-7), the organizations are dropping a new beat on their ongoing Hands-Only CPR national awareness campaign and mobile tour with the help of the world-renowned music mixologist, DJ Earworm.Hands-Only CPR has just two simple steps: 1) If you see a teen or adult suddenly collapse, call 9-1-1; and 2) Push hard and fast in the center of the chest to the beat of the classic Bee Gees’ song “Stayin’ Alive.”Now, in an effort to spread this lifesaving message to a younger generation, the American Heart Association and WellPoint Foundation have collaborated with DJ Earworm to create a mash-up of other well-known songs that has the right rate to guide compressions for Hands-Only CPR, and coincidentally, have a lifesaving message.Cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death with over 420,000 out-of-hospital cases occurring every year in the United States. When a teen or adult has a cardiac arrest, survival depends on immediately receiving CPR from someone nearby. Survival rates drop as much as 10 percent for every minute that goes by without intervention. The Bees Gees’ hit song “Stayin’ Alive” and Earworm’s new “Hands-Only CPR Mash-Up” have rates of at least 100 beats per minute, the same rate recommended for performing Hands-Only CPR.“The Bee Gees’ ‘Stayin’ Alive’ has played a significant role in helping raise awareness about Hands-Only CPR.” said Dr. Michael Sayre, Professor, Emergency Medicine, University of Washington. “Its beats per minute coupled with its lifesaving lyrics have helped guide thousands in training for Hands-Only CPR. Now, in the third year of our campaign, we’ve realized other songs with similar qualities could have the same impact in helping us raise awareness among more bystanders including younger generations. With over 420,000 out of hospital cardiac arrests occurring annually in the U.S., we want to equip as many people as we can with lifesaving CPR skills.”In fact, Hands-Only CPR has been shown to be equally as effective as CPR with breaths, and people are more likely to feel comfortable performing it. A December 2012 study published in the American Heart Association’s journal, Circulation found that Hands-Only CPR performed by bystanders keeps more people alive with good brain function after experiencing a cardiac arrest. According to the American Heart Association, people feel more confident performing Hands-Only CPR and are more likely to remember the correct rhythm when trained to the beat of a familiar song.With the support of the WellPoint Foundation, the American Heart Association launched a 3-year national campaign and mobile tour in June 2012 to raise awareness of Hands-Only CPR as a lifesaving method and to increase the likelihood of people performing CPR in an emergency. The interactive Hands-Only CPR mobile tour has trained over 16,000 people and will round out its third year visiting the last eight cities of the 24 city tour that has driven across the country to teach thousands of people the easy steps to save a life. To find out when the mobile tour is stopping in your city, click here.“Regardless of whether you like to listen to music on eight-track or online, we want you to have the power to save a life,” said Lance Chrisman, executive director of the WellPoint Foundation. “DJ Earworm’s contribution to this campaign will give a whole new group of people the confidence they need to take action if they witness a cardiac event.”As part of the third year of the national Hands-Only CPR campaign, the American Heart Association debuted the new “Hands-Only CPR Mash-Up” along with digital promotions and a one-minute Hands-Only CPR demo video to train Americans in the lifesaving technique. • Hands-Only CPR Demo Video 
Eighty percent of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests happen in private or residential settings. The life you save with CPR will most likely be a loved one. Would you be prepared to act if someone you love or a stranger collapses from cardiac arrest? Watch and learn the simple steps to help save a life with Hands-Only CPR. If you know the two steps to Hands-Only CPR, you’re ready to help save a life. • Hands-Only CPR Lifesaver Mash-Up
 Hands-Only CPR has just two simple steps. If you see a teen or adult suddenly collapse,
(1) Call 9-1-1; and
(2) Push hard and fast in the center of the chest to the beat of the disco song “Stayin’ Alive” or this lifesaving Hands-Only CPR Mash-Up.To learn more about the Hands-Only CPR campaign and get ready to save a life visit www.heart.org/handsonlycpr or facebook.com/AHACPR.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

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2019-10-16

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