Support from seniors despite failures helped

first_imgProvidence (Guyana): The lack of runs, at times, does “frustrate” Rishabh Pant, but unwavering support from his senior India teammates acts as confidence booster. After two poor outings, young Pant came good under the guidance of skipper Virat Kohli as India comfortably beat West Indies by seven wickets in the third T20 International to complete a 3-0 whitewash here on Tuesday. “I felt nice about my innings. I was not able to score runs and was getting frustrated. But, I kept following my process and it fetched the desired results today,” Pant told India vice-captain Rohit Sharma for BCCI.TV. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhChasing 147 on a slow deck, skipper Kohli anchored the innings to perfection with 59 off 45 balls while Pant was brilliant during his unbeaten 65 off 42 balls. “There are various times that I get frustrated when I don’t get the runs. Then I think what different things I could have done to perform. There are times when I take the right decision and even then I am not able to perform. It happens in cricket and is part and parcel of the game. “But what I try to do always is to focus on my basics, trust my instincts and just follow the process,” he added.last_img read more

Centres JK move a strong reply to terrorists Gadkari

first_imgNagpur: Union minister Nitin Gadkari on Wednesday said this year’s Independence Day will be celebrated with “much more enthusiasm” in view of the Centre’s decision to revoke Jammu and Kashmir’s special status. With this decision, the Indian government has given a strong reply to terrorists and “Pakistan’s infiltration activities” in the Kashmir Valley, Gadkari said. He was addressing a gathering of students at the mass recitation of the song ‘Vande Mataram’ here in Maharashtra. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ “By revoking Article 370, we have strongly retaliated to the infiltration activities of Pakistan in Kashmir. The dreams of all Indians are fulfilled in the real sense today,” Gadkari said. “There is peace in Kashmir and in a way, terrorists have got a strong reply from India. And in this backdrop, the Independence Day tomorrow will be celebrated with more enthusiasm,” he added. The senior BJP leader, who is a Lok Sabha member from Nagpur constituency, said everyone should resolve to fulfill the dream of ‘Akhandh Bharat’ (undivided India). Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K He also praised actor-turned-politician Sunny Deol, who was present on the occasion. Addressing the gathering, Deol said he feels that ‘Akhand Bharat’ will certainly become a reality one day. “On the Independence Day, we should not forget how we got independence. We should remember our freedom fighters like Mahatma Gandhi, Bhagat Singh, Chandrashekhar Azad, Subhash Chandra Bose, Lokmanya Tilak and others who sacrificed their lives for the nation,” the BJP MP from Gurdaspur said. The ‘Vande Mataram’ recital was organised here by local NGO Matrubhoomi Pratishthan to mark the ‘Akhandh Bharat Sankalp Day’.last_img read more

Chandrayaan 2 successfully enters orbit around Moon

first_imgBengaluru: In a major milestone for India’s Moon mission, the Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft successfully entered the lunar orbit on Tuesday. Lunar Orbit Insertion (LOI) maneuver was completed successfully at 0902 hours as planned, using the onboard propulsion system, the Bengaluru headquartered space agency said in a statement. “The duration of maneuver was 1,738 seconds. With this, Chandrayaan-2 was successfully inserted into a Lunar orbit,” ISRO said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Following this, a series of orbit maneuvers will be performed on Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft to enable it to enter its final orbit passing over the lunar poles at a distance of about 100 km from the Moons surface, it said. Subsequently, the lander will separate from the Orbiter and enter into a 100 km X 30 km orbit around the Moon. Then, it will perform a series of complex braking maneuvers to soft land in the South polar region of the Moon on September seven, ISRO stated. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday The health of the spacecraft is being continuously monitored from the Mission Operations Complex (MOX) at ISRO Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC) in Bengaluru with support from Indian Deep Space Network (IDSN) antennas at Bylalu, near Bengaluru. The next Lunar bound orbit maneuver is scheduled on Wednesday between 12.30 PM and 1.30 PM, ISRO said. Chandrayaan-2, launched on July 22 by GSLV MkIII-M1 vehicle, had entered the Lunar Transfer Trajectory on August 14. According to ISRO, Chandrayaan 2 — India’s second lunar expedition — will shed light on a completely unexplored section of the Moon its South Polar region. “This mission will help us gain a better understanding of the origin and evolution of the Moon by conducting detailed topographical studies, comprehensive mineralogical analyses, and a host of other experiments on the lunar surface”, the space agency had said. “While there, we will also explore discoveries made by Chandrayaan 1, such as the presence of water molecules on the Moon and new rock types with unique chemical composition”, it was stated. Chandryaan-2 comprises an Orbiter, Lander (Vikram) and Rover (Pragyaan). The mission life of Orbiter will be one year whereas the mission life of lander (Vikram) and rover (Pragyan) will be one Lunar day which is equal to fourteen earth days.last_img read more

A leap of faith

first_imgIt may be the right time to think ‘out of the box’ to solve the current problem of economic meltdown. Small sops to the business community and foreign investors are going to tackle the recession and move the economy northward. Only massive ongoing long-term investments in megaprojects, carrying a long gestation period, can handle the problem by generating large employment and income to revitalise the market. Fresh large employment and income will automatically grow expenditure and demand. Profit-driven, small-purse private enterprises can’t handle such investments; only the state can. Private investments always look for definitely forecastable returns. They act mostly as important supplementary players, benefiting from the government-pushed structural development to drive their own business agendas. During the economic recession, it will be wrong to leave the arduous task of rejuvenating demand with the private sector, operating mostly under shrinking sales and bottom-line pressure. Therefore, the primary role for employment, income and demand creation lies with the government. Also Read – A special kind of bondBehind the reason of the ongoing crippling recession in India is the steady growth of unemployment, which according to the National Sample Survey Office’s (NSSO) job survey for 2017-18 spiked to over six per cent, a 45-year high. For unknown reasons, the report was not released by the government. The annual report (July 2017-June 2018) of the Periodic Labour Force Survey (PLFS) pegged the all-India unemployment rate at 6.1 per cent. Unemployment was higher in urban areas as compared to the rural. In rural areas, the unemployment rate was 5.3 per cent, while in urban areas it was 7.8 per cent. However, rural jobs are generally low-paid and fall mostly under the ‘disguised unemployment’ category. Also Read – Insider threat managementAccording to a State of India’s Environment (SoE) study, 2019, released by the Delhi-based non-profit Centre for Science and Environment, India’s rate of unemployment doubled in the past two years. The SoE study reported that the unemployment rate had gone up from four per cent to 7.6 per cent in the last two years (May 2017-April 2019). The unemployment rate in April 2019 was the highest in two years. The 2011 census report said a fifth of India’s total population was in the 15- to 24-year age group. By 2020, they are predicted to make up a third of the country’s population. The SoE report noted that the youth, who constitute around 40 per cent of India’s labour force, has an unemployment rate of 32 per cent. The unemployment rate among the educated is even worse. The rate among people with at least a graduate degree was 13.17 per cent in September-December 2018, up from 10.39 per cent in May-August 2017. The rising unemployment rate over the years and poor quality of employment are two of the most important contributors to the crippling recession. General individual income is not growing enough to push demand and grow the market. The World Bank recently estimated that India needs to create at least 8.1 million jobs a year to maintain its employment rate. However, the mere creation of jobs is not going to visibly change the market demand, except for wage goods. The quality of jobs and expendable income are among the important factors to grow the market. The overwhelming growth of India’s low-paid services sector in the last 10 years has failed to improve the market. University graduates employed in the services sector are earning mostly in the rage of Rs.8,000-Rs.10,000 per month. In large cities, illiterate domestic helpers, ayahs and attendants earn more. Anyway, such earnings do not raise demands for motorcars, motorbikes, scooters, concrete housing and branded consumables. Moreover, most of these jobs are of temporary or contract-based in nature. They may provide for sustenance, but not the quality of life that positively impacts the economy. Unfortunately, the government has no concrete plan for employment. It does not even have a concrete idea about how to grow the economy, which continues to be largely import-led — from aircraft, merchant ships, heavy and light engineering equipment, mobile phones, steel, coal to toys. The government hardly understands that a recession-hit low-income economy can’t be pepped up overnight by bank rate reduction. In a market situation as this, lower interest rates will not lead to an increase in investment to generate long term demand and employment. Instead, they may only help the debt-ridden, low net-worth industry to retire earlier high-cost loans for comfort. It is still not too late for the government to start investing big in areas such as ports, roads and rail infrastructure, river linking and dredging, building merchant ships, container vessels, commercial aircraft, commercial semiconductors, heavy-duty earth moving equipment and setting-up big-draft seaports, to name a few. The private sector has no money to handle such investments carrying long gestation period. With 6,00,000-km coastline and nearly a trillion-dollar foreign trade, why is that India does not have shipyards to build commercial vessels? If South Korea, the world’s biggest commercial shipbuilder, China, Japan, the Philippines and Vietnam can, why can’t India build commercial vessels that create lakhs of jobs? Why doesn’t India feature among the world’s top owners of shipping lines? Why can’t India produce commercial aircraft, if China, Brazil and Canada can? Why are there no commercial semiconductor fabrication plants in India, the world’s second-largest cellphones market? Why did the UPA and NDA governments issue licences to incompetent private firms to make semiconductors without result in the last 15 years? Two state-operated ventures — ISRO-owned Semiconductor Laboratories and SITAR, a unit of DRDO — build silicon chips for defence and space programmes only. If such large public investments cause big budget deficits, let them. They will, at least, create millions of jobs, enhance the market and make India a truly global economic power. India can put up with inflation, but not massive unemployment and demand contraction. IPA (The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

SC Collegium recommends transfer of Madras HC Chief Justice V K Tahilramani

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court collegium has recommended transfer of Justice V K Tahilramani, the incumbent Chief Justice of the Madras High Court to Meghalaya High Court, not acceding to her request for reconsideration of her transfer. The collegium, headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, recommended transfer of Justice Tahilramani, who was elevated as the Chief Justice of Madras High Court on August 8 last year, to the Meghalaya High Court. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsThe collegium recommended her transfer on August 28, after which she had made a representation to the collegium requesting it to reconsider the proposal for transfer. “The collegium has carefully gone through the aforesaid representation and taken into consideration all relevant factors. On reconsideration, the collegium is of the considered view that it is not possible to accede to her request,” said the resolution dated September 3, which was uploaded on the apex court website. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday “The collegium, accordingly, reiterates its recommendation dated August 28, 2019 for transfer of Justice V K Tahilramani to Meghalaya High Court,” it said. While holding office as the acting chief justice of the Bombay High Court, Justice Tahilramani had in May 2017 upheld the conviction and life imprisonment of 11 people in the Bilkis Bano gang-rape case, which was transferred to Maharashtra from Gujarat by the top court. The apex court collegium — also comprising justices S A Bobde, N V Ramana, Arun Mishra and R F Nariman — has recommended that Meghalaya High Court’s Chief Justice Justice A K Mittal be transferred to Madras High Court as its Chief Justice. It has also recommended transfer of Justice Vivek Agarwal of the Madhya Pradesh High Court to Allahabad High Court and Justice Amit Rawal of the Punjab and Haryana High Court to the Kerala High Court.last_img read more

Transferred to Meghalaya Madras HC Chief Justice V K Tahilramani resigns

first_imgNew Delhi: Days after the Supreme Court Collegium declined her request for reconsideration of transfer to Meghalaya, Madras High Court Chief Justice Vijaya K Tahilramani has resigned. She tendered her resignation to President Ram Nath Kovind and sent a copy of it to Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi Friday night, official sources said on Saturday. The collegium, headed by Chief Justice Gogoi, had recommended transfer of Justice Tahilramani, who was elevated as the Madras High Court’s Chief Justice on August 8 last year, to the Meghalaya High Court. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsThe collegium had recommended her transfer on August 28, after which she had made a representation requesting it to reconsider the proposal. She had protested against the collegium’s decision to not consider her request against transferring her to the Meghalaya High Court. The apex court collegium — comprising justices S A Bobde, N V Ramana, Arun Mishra and R F Nariman — had recommended that Meghalaya High Court Chief Justice Justice A K Mittal be transferred to the Madras High Court. Justice Tahilramani was appointed as a judge of the Bombay High Court on June 26, 2001. While holding office as the acting chief justice of the Bombay High Court, she had in May 2017 upheld the conviction and life imprisonment of 11 people in the Bilkis Bano gang-rape case, which was transferred to Maharashtra from Gujarat by the top court. Justice Tahilramani was to retire on October 2, 2020.last_img read more

Canadian horse checks in at petfriendly Kentucky motel

first_imgA Kentucky motel’s pet-friendly policy was put to the test earlier this month when an Ontario woman checked her horse into a room on her way to a competition.Lindsey Partridge, of Kawartha Lakes, Ont., said she was travelling with three horses to the Retired Racehorse Project’s Thoroughbred Makeover competition on Oct. 4 when she stopped to check in to the Super 8 motel in Georgetown, Ky.When she saw other guests bring in a dog, Partridge said she jokingly asked the clerk if the motel’s pet-friendly policy would extend to her horse.“The lady at the desk just said, ‘Oh yeah, I wouldn’t care, go ahead, bring your horse in,’” said Partridge, who buys retired racehorses and trains them at her facility east of Toronto.“I asked twice and then I quickly go get the horse before she changes her mind.”The horse trainer took her grey thoroughbred mare Blizz, who races under the name Here Comes Adri, to the front desk and shot a video of the process while other motel guests watched and took photos, she said. Partridge also took Blizz briefly into her room and took photos of the two of them watching television together.The goal was to show that thoroughbred horses, which Partridge said have a reputation for being temperamental, can be calm even in unusual situations, she said.“They just have such a negative stereotype against them and unfortunately a lot of those horses do end up going to auction for slaughter,” she said. “What I try to do is just try to show people that these are great horses that can be really calm and you can handle them really nicely.”Blizz seemed a little confused when they first went into the motel lobby, “but she was OK with it, she trusts me well,” she said.“And then when we were in the hotel room, she thought it was the best thing ever because I was just sharing cookies with her on the bed,” she said.After a few memorable moments at the motel, Partridge then took Blizz and her other two horses to Kentucky Horse Park, the site of the competition. Blizz took third in the competition’s trail division, with Partridge’s other two horses coming in first and second.Though Blizz’s brief motel stay went well, Partridge said she would hesitate to keep a horse in a room overnight.“I think maybe I would have to get a horsey diaper or something like that. I think the cleaning bill would be maybe a little high,” she said.“But also, horses only sleep three to four hours a night so she might be trying to keep me up all night watching TV.”last_img read more

Liberals child care spending faces uphill slog to tackle high fees report

first_imgOTTAWA – A new report shows child care costs are rising faster than inflation, straining pocketbooks and raising questions about whether billions in new federal spending will make daycare more affordable for those who want it.Toronto remains the most expensive city for child care, where median daycare costs families about $21,096 a year.The cheapest spaces are in Quebec, where provincially regulated and subsidized daycare has a median cost of $183 a month, or $2,196 a year.The annual report on child care fees being released today from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives also finds for the first time that child care costs in some rural parts of the country are not all that different from the high prices facing parents in many large cities.“You can categorize your issues in child care — there are not enough spaces, the quality is very variable — but affordability is a pervasive issue across the country,” said Martha Friendly, co-author of the study and executive director of the Toronto-based Childcare Resource and Research Unit.“It’s not getting better and we still have yet to see if any of the (federal) interventions are going to be enough to really address the issue.”The Liberals have vowed to make child care affordable for those who need it and can’t afford it.Federal coffers will dole out $7.5 billion over 11 years, beginning with $500 million this year and increasing to $870 million annually by 2026 in order to fund services in provinces and territories.The money could potentially create 40,000 subsidized spaces by early 2020 at a cost of $1.3 billion. The government knows not all the money will be spent on subsidizing spaces, but could be used for professional development for child care workers.The government is also working on a separate child care plan with Indigenous groups that would reflect the needs of First Nations, Inuit and Metis.In some First Nations reserves in Ontario, the report found, parents didn’t pay anything for child care, suggesting that direct operational funding from the government makes fees much more affordable.David Macdonald, a senior economist at the policy centre who co-authored the study with Friendly, said it isn’t clear to him that the new federal spending will make a big dent in daycare costs. Making child care more affordable requires governments to set fees and provide operating grants to defray costs, he said.“That may not be what governments think is the case … but the data clearly shows a direct path between setting fees and affordability,” Macdonald said.The House of Commons finance committee hinted at the same issue in its budget wish list released last week. Among the recommendations for spending items in the 2018 budget was a request to provide the money needed to create an early learning and child care system.None of the money can flow without funding agreements with provinces. So far, three provinces and one territory have three-year spending deals in place.A spokesman for Social Development Minister Jean-Yves Duclos said the Liberals may allow some provinces to carry over spending beyond 2020, but restrictions are tight to prod provinces into delivering services as soon as possible.“We have an expectation that provinces and territories will deliver on the commitments they made,” said spokesman Mathieu Filion.“Delivering on the plans is how we’ll make child care better in Canada.”— Follow @jpress on Twitterlast_img read more

BC baby who put spiny caterpillar in mouth recovering well after treatment

first_imgNANAIMO, B.C. – An eight-month-old baby who put a spiny caterpillar in her mouth between munching on cookies is recovering in Nanaimo, B.C.Krystal Dawn Pavan said she and her daughter Kenzie Pyne were on their back deck when she started wailing last Thursday.Pavan said she assumed her daughter was cranky about nap time, until she tried to give her a bottle and noticed black marks in her mouth that looked like electrical burns.She rushed Kenzie to hospital, where doctors and nurses determined it was a caterpillar.“This caterpillar must have crawled out from my patio chair or something while she was sitting in front of me playing, decided to pick it up and pop it in her mouth,” Pavan told The Canadian Press in a Facebook message. “She was eating an Arrowroot cookie at the time so I didn’t notice any other objects around for her to possibly get a hold of.”Kenzie was transferred to a hospital in Victoria, where she was sedated so doctors could pluck the spines from her tongue and the inside of her cheek, she said.The little girl is back in high spirits and recovering well, Pavan said.She believes the caterpillar was a silver-spotted tiger moth, which has stinging hairs that can cause a burning sensation or rash in sensitive people.Claudia Copley, entomology collections manager for the Royal B.C. Museum, said she couldn’t confirm the species but that wooly caterpillars have spines to deter predators from eating them.“I know when you’re a baby you can’t help it, but this is a very unusual circumstance,” she said.In about 20 years of entomology work, Copley said she has never heard of a wooly caterpillar harming anyone, adding they can typically walk along someone’s finger without issues because they aren’t threatened.Copley gets lots of queries at this time of year about silver-spotted tiger moth caterpillars, which people notice because of their eyes, their large size and bright colours.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version incorrectly reported caterpillar was venomouslast_img read more

Latest calf born to endangered killer whales dies off British Columbia

first_imgVANCOUVER – A female killer whale was spotted in the waters off Vancouver Island for two days this week pushing the body of her newborn calf.Ken Balcomb, senior scientist at The Centre for Whale Research in Friday Harbour, Wash., said the southern resident whale probably knows the calf is dead but she seems reluctant to let it go.“It’s tragic. It happens all the time, it’s just that we’re seeing this now,” he said in an interview Thursday.The death is the latest in a series of disappointments for those hoping to see a revival of the endangered southern resident whale population. There are just 75 whales remaining in three pods.Balcomb said the centre heard Tuesday that a new calf had been born and was swimming with its mother off Victoria’s Clover Point. He diverted a research crew to the area but by the time the team arrived, the calf was dead.“It was just born. The fin was folded over. It had just passed from the mother’s womb when first seen. And it didn’t last very long.”He said dolphins, and occasionally killer whales, have been know to push their dead calf for several days, holding it above the water.Balcomb said a large percentage of killer whale calves don’t make it, but in the last three years all of the calves born to the southern residents have died.While it’s unclear how many calves have been born in that period, Balcomb said there are 27 reproductive females and historically they could have as many as nine calves a year.“The situation is worsening. It’s not improving.”The mother of the dead calf, known as J-35, is in reasonably good health and doesn’t show signs of starvation, he said.Still, he said the calf deaths show the whales aren’t getting enough of their favoured food: chinook salmon.“So the mother isn’t in good nutritional condition when she is pregnant and also when she tries to nurse. She has to metabolize her body fat to produce milk and if she doesn’t have any body fat, she can’t produce any milk, therefore the baby can’t eat,” he said.The Canadian government limited the chinook salmon fishery this year in an effort to help the recovery of the killer whales in the waters off B.C. and Washington state. The government also imposed a minimum distance of 200 metres for vessels to stay away from killer whales in Canadian waters.Balcomb, who has been studying the southern residents since 1976, said he isn’t sure if the whales will recover, especially if the chinook runs don’t come back.“There aren’t many years left of reproductive potential,” he said.last_img read more

Part of Toronto airport terminal cleared after suspicious package found police

first_imgTORONTO — Police say a section of Terminal 1 of the Toronto’s Pearson International Airport has been cleared after a suspicious package was found.Peel regional police is advising people to check the status of their flights before coming to the airport, as some flights may be affected.Police say they received the call at about 8:45 p.m. Wednesday.Meanwhile, airport officials tweeted that police are “conducting an ongoing investigation into an unattended bag on Level 3 of Terminal 1.”That area of the terminal has been cleared of passengers to allow police to investigate.The Canadian Presslast_img

Climate policy may inspire young Canadians to vote in 2019 pollster

first_imgVANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – While a strong turnout by younger voters worked to the Liberal Party’s advantage in 2015, Justin Trudeau’s appeal among Millennials appears to have diminished.According to Ottawa-based pollster Abacus Data, which surveys Canadian Millennials twice a year, climate policy may be the issue which inspires the country’s largest voting block to head to the polls.People born between 1980 and 2000 represent up to 37 per cent of eligible voters in Canada, and the coming election will be the first in which people born after the turn of the century will be eligible to participate.Voter turnout among Millennials surged during the last federal election, jumping nearly 40 per cent among those aged 18 to 24.But David Coletto, Abacus’ CEO, says elections since then have shown that young people only show up to vote if they’re inspired by a particular issue or candidate. And that could be a problem in October.“There’s still no overarching narrative or story. We’re telling people to go vote right now. That could change. I think climate change is perhaps the best issue that could do that,” he says.According to Abacus, 87 percent of Millennials consider themselves to be either environmental moderates or ardent environmentalists, and that could make the difference.“We’ve seen events around the world where when young people are engaged and they come out and vote, they can change the course of history.”While young voters don’t yet seem to be entirely galvanized by the climate issue, there’s still weeks to go.“This time around it might change, we’ve still got lots of campaign left but I don’t feel the energy or the pull that existed in 2015. So I do think there’s a high risk with the return back to a much lower turnout of young Canadians,” Coletto says.The Liberals have so far made climate change a centrepiece of their campaign, promising to make Canada carbon neutral by 2050.But Coletto says without that strong inspiration, young voters will stay home on election day.“You’re not going to vote just because you should vote, you’re going to vote because there’s a reason to vote, someone’s asked you, someone’s compelled you.”last_img read more

Stars Help End Mountaintop Removal

first_imgEdward, Woody, Daryl and John have all taken the time to share their own stories about mountaintop removal and why they strongly oppose it in Earth Justice’s Featured Heroes section of their Mountain Hero petition page. John Slattery, Edward Norton, Woody Harrelson and Daryl Hannah have come together to help end mountaintop removal.Edward Norton Speaks Out On Mountaintop RemovalThese four celebrities have joined award-winning environmental activists, writers, musicians, and others in taking a stand against one of the most worst environmental travesties of our time: mountaintop removal coal mining.Yes, it is as bad as it sounds – ­ cutting off the top of mountains may be easier to get the coal out, but it also decimates local wildlife, water, and plants. It destroys America’s beautiful vistas and creates the wrong type of American jobs. Many voices have spoken out against mountaintop removal, but now Earth Justice is making their biggest stand yet.“Mountaintop removal coal mining destroys our natural resources, our communities, our health,” said Edward Norton. “It privatizes all the profit of dirty energy and socializes all the costs to the rest of us. It’s a travesty and a scam and needs to be stopped.”last_img read more

Sheryl Crow Partners With Chateau St Jean And Helps Breast Cancer Charities

first_imgChateau St. Jean winery is pleased to announced its partnership with 9-time Grammy Award winner and multi-platinum recording artist, Sheryl Crow.Sheryl Crow and Chateau St. Jean invite consumers to ‘Soak Up Sonoma’ with 18-months of programming featuring in-store activities, online and social media initiatives and Sheryl Crow music downloads throughout the partnership.Chateau St. Jean and Sheryl Crow are a perfect pairing. Both are award winning, have a relaxed, elegant style and are leaders in their respective fields. The duo also offers a nice dose of girl power; Sheryl Crow being a Grammy award winning artist who supports a variety of women’s advocacy initiatives and Chateau St. Jean with its renowned winemaker, Margo Van Staaveren, with over 30 years of winemaking expertise and who was once named ‘Winemaker of the Year’ by Wine Enthusiast Magazine.The current summer ‘Soak Up Sonoma’ promotion offers consumers access to Sheryl Crow music with a free digital download of her new single, “Easy,” off her September 10th album release, Feels Like Home. Consumers can also gain access to Sheryl Crow’s exclusive recipes from her recent cookbook, If It Makes You Healthy, featuring seasonal, vitamin-rich recipes created by Sheryl and Chef Chuck White. The recipes are paired perfectly with a host of Chateau St. Jean wines.Chateau St. Jean is also supporting a cause close to Sheryl Crow by donating $1 for every bottle of wine sold (up to $100,000 total) to breast cancer charities during the month of October. A breast cancer survivor and research and awareness advocate, Sheryl works hard to keep Breast Cancer Awareness Month at the forefront.“We are working on the upcoming ‘Notes of Hope’ program supporting breast cancer awareness and charities and I am thrilled to partner with a winery that wants to give back,” Sheryl Crow said. “This is a cause very close to my heart and to have the opportunity to team with a winery that shares my same passion is incredible. I am very proud to support Chateau St. Jean in this effort,” she added.Rounding out the partnership will be a December ‘Holiday Harmony’ promotion, which will offer consumers three additional music downloads from Sheryl’s soon to be released album, Feels Like Home, more recipes from her cookbook and festive party ideas. For more information about Chateau St. Jean’s partnership with Sheryl Crow, click here.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Celebs Support Greenpeace Forest Campaign In Indonesia

first_imgA number of celebs are helping Greenpeace with their Forest Campaign in Indonesia.Kellan Lutz Tweets His SupportIn Indonesia unsustainable palm oil is destroying forests and pushing tigers to the edge of extinction – there are as few as 400 Sumatran Tigers left; they are the most endangered tiger subspecies and Greenpeace is campaigning to save the last home of the Sumatran tiger.Kellan Lutz recently tweeted the exciting good news that Wilmar, the world’s biggest palm oil company, has committed to a No Deforestation Policy.Other stars who have tweeted their support include Gillian Anderson, Kristin Bauer, Mark Ruffalo and Julie Estelle.last_img

Prince William Asks World Bank For Help Against Poaching

first_imgA Washington Post article this month stated that elephants, hippos, rhinos, gorillas and other large herbivores are disappearing at an alarming rate, but we already know that. The shocking part of the article was this statement: “The situation is so dire, according to a new study, that it threatens an ‘empty landscape’ in some ecosystems ‘across much of the planet Earth’.”Such slow-breeding, long-living species are known to be vulnerable to human activities – from encroachment, cultivation, deforestation and livestock, as well as overhunting for meat and seeking out the biggest and strongest trophies instead of targeting the sick or old as occurs in nature.In Africa, 100 thousand elephants were poached from 2010-12 and the western black rhino was declared extinct in 2011 according to the study. In the poaching industry their horns are worth more than gold, diamonds and cocaine. But without the herbivores, there will be ecological consequences. During his first visit to Washington DC, Prince William spoke at the World Bank about the situation.“One of the most insidious forms of corruption and criminality in the world today is the illegal wildlife trade. Here, criminal gangs turn vast profits from illegal killing or capture of wildlife. Armed groups and terrorists swap poached ivory for guns. And middlemen oil the wheels of the trade in return for reward. Together they loot our planet to feed mankind’s ignorant craving for exotic pets, trinkets, cures and ornaments to writhe from the worlds vanishing and irreplaceable species. […]“As we consider the growing threat to wildlife, the corrosive impact of the trade on human dignity and development worldwide, and all the means we have at our disposal to combat it, we should be utterly determined to see this go through to success. […]“I am determined not to let the world’s children grow up on a planet where our most iconic and endangered species have been wiped out, impoverishing us all. I hope you will join me.”Copyright ©2015Look to the Starslast_img read more

Jeremy Renner To Attend Team Kids Innovative Thinkers Forum

first_imgThe 3rd annual “Team Kids Innovative Thinkers Forum” fundraising event will be held the evening of Thursday, October 22 at Oakley’s Headquarters with high-profile executives from NASA, Oakley and Ekso Bionics and two-time Academy Award nominee celebrity guest Jeremy Renner.Panelists will intimately discuss innovation, building iconic brands and implementing strategies to help businesses and our nation’s youth thrive. A group of young leaders will showcase international prize-winning science fair projects and interact with Jeremy Renner on stage. They will be joined by UC Irvine’s entrepreneurial students, who will demonstrate their products designed to improve our future.Jeremy Renner, critically acclaimed American actor and film producer, will be arriving on Oakley’s private helipad and serving as the forum MC. The actor, best known for his role in The Hurt Locker and portraying Hawkeye in The Avengers films, will be answering questions from children in attendance about what innovation means to him.Event panelists include: • Colin Baden, Chief Innovation and Product Officer of Oakley. Since working with Oakley Founder Jim Jannard, Colin has led the design of Oakley’s iconic headquarters, directed the design team on product development and company imagery, and as CEO managed all aspects of Oakley’s products, design, packaging, and promotion. • Jeanne Holm, Chief Knowledge Architect of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Chief Information Officer at World Peace One. As a global leader in open data, education, community-building, and civic innovation, Jeanne empowers people to discover new knowledge and collaborate to improve life on Earth and beyond. From astronauts to rural villagers, billions of people use her systems ( to find the data, information, and knowledge they need to make better decisions every day. • Nathan Harding, Co-Founder and CEO of Ekso Bionics. Nathan is the co-founder of Ekso Bionics and co-inventor of its core exoskeleton technology. Ekso is a wearable bionic suit which enables individuals with lower extremity weakness to stand up and walk on ground.“Team Kids delivers innovative programs to empower our next generation of leaders. In fact, they are providing opportunities for all young people to adopt a strong social conscience to tackle real world issues,” said event host Colin Baden.“Our world will require our next generation to be cutting edge problem solvers for industries that have yet to be created,” said Julie Hudash, Team Kids Founder/CEO. “This event creates a new paradigm for charity events, leveraging the inspiration of our global innovators and Hollywood Avenger Jeremy Renner to awaken the dreams that live within our kids.”Inquiries can contact Event Chair Joe Burke at or call 310-963-6307/949-633-5700. For ticket information visit read more

More Stars To Honor Smokey Robinson At MusiCares MAP Fund Concert

first_imgSmokey Robinson, legendary GRAMMY-winning singer/songwriter will be honored at the Novo by Microsoft (formerly Club Nokia) in Los Angeles on May 19.Actress and director Angela Bassett will present the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award to Robinson in recognition of his dedication and support of the MusiCares MAP Fund as well as his commitment to helping others with the addiction recovery process.Performers include GRAMMY nominees the Backstreet Boys, Tamar Braxton, Andra Day, El DeBarge, and Kem, and multiple GRAMMY winners Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds and Cee Lo Green. Robinson will give a closing performance with his touring band. Actor and comedian Cedric The Entertainer will host the event.Noted entertainment attorney and MusiCares Honorary Board Chair John Branca; celebrated producer, songwriter and founder of Motown Records Berry Gordy; President/CEO of The Recording Academy and MusiCares Neil Portnow; and MusiCares Chair Bill Silva will be in attendance.Tickets are available for purchase via the Reservation Form or at read more

Mario Lopez To Be Honored As 2018 Father Of The Year

first_imgThe National Father’s Day Council announced today that award-winning actor and Extra TV host Mario Lopez, has been named a 2018 “Father of the Year” Honoree.The 77th Annual Father of the Year Awards will be presented at the Sheraton New York Times Square on Monday, June 11, 2018 at 12:00 pm.As part of its commitment to support meaningful philanthropies dealing with issues affecting mothers, fathers and children, proceeds from the event will benefit Save the Children’s U.S. Programs. For tickets and sponsorship, please contact the Council office at 212-594-5977 or with the breakout role of ‘A.C. Slater’ on the hit sitcom “Saved by the Bell,” Mario Lopez has had success in the entertainment industry that spans over 34 years. He is currently the host of the Emmy Award winning entertainment program, “Extra”, in a position he has held for the past ten years. He is also the host the national radio shows: ON with Mario Lopez and iHeartRadio Countdown with Mario Lopez. Lopez has also launched a YouTube channel called “The Lopez Family.” Created alongside Awestruck, the channel features his wife Courtney, their two children, and their two dogs. Mario can also add best-selling author to his list of credits with books including, “Extra Lean,” “Extra Lean Family,” and “Just Between Us,” along with the children’s books “Mud Tacos” and “Mario & Baby Gia.” Recognized by both the industry and his fans, he was the recipient of several “Young Artist Awards,” and nominated several times for ALMA Awards and Teen Choice Awards. As an Alumni Ambassador for the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Mario helps bring to light the major issues affecting today’s young people, including the importance of graduating from high school and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Mr. Lopez is married to his wife Courtney, with whom he has two children — Gia and Dominic.“We are proud to honor Mario, as he epitomizes what we look for in a Father of the Year,” said Dan Orwig, President & CEO of The Father’s Day/Mother’s Day Council. “Despite his hectic schedule packed with interviews and red carpet moments, Mario prioritizes his family, while accomplishing his philanthropic duties.”The National Father’s Day/Mother’s Day Council, Inc. is a not-for profit organization that strives to heighten the meaning and observance of the Father’s Day and Mother’s Day holidays, while raising funds for philanthropic purposes. The Council has donated more than $30 million to date to meaningful charities nationwide.last_img read more