Washington: A 64-year-old Sikh man from India was stabbed to death by an unidentified person in the US state of California while he was on his evening walk, according to a media report. Parmjit Singh was attacked in Gretchen Talley Park in Tracy around 9 pm on Sunday. He died from his injuries, ABC News reported. Detectives say a passerby spotted the man bleeding on the ground and immediately called 911. Police have launched a homicide investigation. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USPolice don’t have any clear suspects just yet. On Monday, they asked for the community’s help identifying a man captured on video hopping a fence and running away from the park around the time when the incident took place, according to the report. “We just need to figure out who that is, why they were in the area, what they may have seen and potentially any of their involvement in the incident,” said Tracy Police Spokesperson Lt Trevin Freitas. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsSingh was wearing a traditional Sikh turban as he always would for his walks twice a day. Some residents are worried Singh may have been attacked because he was Sikh. Police said they cannot say if it was a hate crime. We can’t say what it was right now. We’re keeping all possibilities open. We have no information that would lead us to the motive of this crime. It is something that we can’t disprove at this time and we’re actively investigating all possibilities,” Freitas said. Harnek Singh Kang, the victim’s son-in-law, said Singh immigrated to Tracy from India three years ago and was an active member of the Sikh community. “We feel very safe in the country, so whatever happened, this is unacceptable,” he said. Singh had two kids and three grandkids. The attack has left the neighbourhood shaken. Neighbours said they are all deeply saddened by what happened. “Absolutely stunned. This is a very safe neighbourhood, very decent area of Tracy,” neighbor Dave Roychowdhury said. “Nothing has ever happened like this here,” he said. Tracy Mayor Robert Rickman in a statement said, “We take pride in our safe, close-knit community. The loss of one of our own to violence has shaken us to our core and is felt by the entire community. “On behalf of the Tracy City Council, we offer our sincerest condolences to Mr Singh’s family, friends and to the members of our Sikh community. This violence will not be tolerated and we are dedicating every available resource to ensuring that the person(s) responsible for the death of Mr Singh is brought to justice,” Rickman said.
CALGARY – Calgary police say reports of a shooting at Calgary International Airport have proven to be unfounded.Passengers, guests and workers at the airport spent several minutes in hiding on Friday after word spread of an active shooter in one of the facility’s terminals.Calgary police were called to the scene at about 5 p.m. and scoured the building before determining it was a hoax.Police issued a tweet saying there were no public safety concerns.Officials with the Calgary Airport Authority confirm notifications were sent to staff during the investigation and workers assisted passengers in moving throughout the building.Contrary to social media accounts of the event, the Calgary Airport Authority said there were no announcements broadcast through the public address system and the terminals were not evacuated.Several flights were delayed as a result of the police investigation.(CTV Calgary)
HALIFAX – Nova Scotia is moving to give people with intellectual disabilities more autonomy.Justice Minister Mark Furey said Monday the proposed Adult Capacity and Decision Making Act would recognize a person’s right to live their own life and make their own decisions, except in instances where that isn’t possible because of a court-proven impairment of capacity.It replaces the former Incompetent Persons Act, which Furey says was an “all or nothing” approach that gave complete control to a guardian for all aspects of a person’s decision-making.In June 2016, the Nova Scotia Supreme Court gave the province until the end of this year to enact a new law to conform with the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. It also overturned the “mentally incompetent” status of Landon Webb, who had fought a legal battle over the act, which he maintained infringed on his rights and freedoms.“The changes we have made certainly are more progressive,” Furey said.The new act, tabled Monday, includes a “presumption of capacity.”“The Act itself will allow someone to apply to the court to represent another adult in making decisions in one or more areas where the adult has been shown not to have capacity,” Furey said. “The proposed act makes clear that any action taken or decision made for the adult should be taken in the least restrictive and the least intrusive manner possible.”Furey said experts would asses the adult’s capacity to make decisions and the court would determine whether the person applying to be a representative is suitable.The act also includes a fine of not more than $10,000 to a representative for an adult who wilfully causes mental or physical harm to the adult in care.Webb gained national attention after he left a rehabilitation centre in Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley in October 2015 and wasn’t heard from until several weeks later when police found him in Edmonton.At the time, his parent went public with their concerns, saying their son had been diagnosed with developmental disabilities and functioned at the level of a 10 or 12-year-old. At a court hearing, Webb’s parents revoked their guardianship in recognition of a medical assessment declaring the then 25-year-old competent.Webb, who turns 27 later this week, told local media that he was not incompetent and wanted to be free to live a normal life.His lawyers had called the previous act “archaic,” saying its enforcement in his case was so draconian that leaving it intact amounted to legislative negligence.In March 2016, then-justice minister Diana Whalen said the province would not oppose Webb’s constitutional challenge of the Incompetent Persons Act.Whalen said it was clear some kind of change was needed.Webb’s mother, Brenda Webb, said Monday that it was difficult to comment on the legislation because she hasn’t seen the specifics of the new act.She said she and her husband attended one meeting with provincial officials where they expressed hopes that all sides of the issue would be heard in formulating the new law.“We hope there is more protection through a more refined and comprehensive act,” Webb said in a telephone interview from her home in Piedmont, N.S.“We are pleased there is a new act that’s going to be in play and hope that what’s happened to us doesn’t happen to any other family.”Michelle Morgan-Coole, a disability lawyer and a guardian who is a member of Advocating Parents of Nova Scotia, said she has seen the legislation and believes the government is “trying to hit the middle of the road.”“Our legislation needed change and it needed updating there is no doubt about that,” said Morgan-Coole. “But I think it’s going to make it harder for families to get it (representation) and I think it’s going to put the (court) cost up.”The province said it consulted with more than 275 individuals and organizations over the period covering November 2016 and August to September of this year.The new legislation must take effect on Dec. 28 as ordered by the court.
OTTAWA – Some facts to know about a class action lawsuit between the federal government and mothers denied sickness benefits:The rule: Parliament decided in 2002 to allow new mothers who were diagnosed with cancer, for instance, to access 15 extra weeks of employment insurance payments in addition to a year’s worth of parental leave benefits.The problem: Between 2002 and 2013 the government allegedly denied thousands of women the benefits they were supposed to receive. Many women received EI denial letters saying that they were ineligible for the benefits because they were not otherwise available for work.The issue: Recently, lawyers found other women were denied benefits for because their sickness claims were filed in during the 17-weeks of maternity leave available to new mothers and not during the 35 weeks of parental leave.The court: A hearing is set for early January where a judge will determine whether to add these women as members of the class action.
BRANTFORD, Ont. – Torrential rains and mild temperatures pushed the Grand River in southern Ontario to breach its banks Wednesday, forcing thousands of people from their homes and touching off a search for a missing toddler.Local officials near the town of Orangeville, Ont., were bracing for tragedy as they scoured the swollen river for a three-year-old boy who went missing after the car he was riding in got swept off a washed-out road.Ontario Provincial Police Const. Paul Nancekevell said the boy’s mother was driving near the river at about 1 a.m. on Wednesday when her vehicle plunged into the rapidly rising waters.“His mom got out of the car, she pulled him from the car, but she lost her grip on him and he was swept downriver,” Nancekevell said. “They were in the middle of fast flowing water.”Police are combing the area for the boy using helicopters, dive teams and ground search crews, he said, adding they are “keeping a good thought” about his ultimate safety.One other local official, however, said the effort was being viewed as a recovery operation rather than a rescue effort.Grand Valley District Fire Chief Kevin McNeilly said weather conditions were treacherous at the time the mother and son, believed to be from the area, went into the water. McNeilly, whose department was handling the search before police took over, said the crew was contending with dramatic spikes in the level of the river.“It was extremely foggy. Very, very violent river last night,” McNeilly said. “At one point it raised up three feet (about 90 centimetres) in a matter of 20 minutes.”The unexpected surges prompted a different kind of crisis nearly 100 kilometres away in Brantford, Ont., where officials declared a state of emergency due to flooding.About 4,900 people in roughly 2,200 homes are currently under an evacuation order covering neighbourhoods surrounding the river after the unseasonable conditions dislodged an ice jam near the city.Brantford Mayor Chris Friel said flooding has shuttered many local businesses and schools as well as closing city trails.Danielle Beaudoin, who lives less than a kilometre from the river’s shore, found out that she and her son would have to leave their home at about 9 a.m. Wednesday.“I had already taken him to school and I was getting ready for work myself when one of his older babysitters brought him back,” she said.After rounding up the family cats, Beaudoin hastily packed food, water and a change of clothes for her and her son before driving out of the evacuation zone. She said the river had risen so high that chunks of ice from the water surface were now resting on shore.The mayor urged all Brantford residents to steer clear of the river and surrounding areas for the foreseeable future.“It is never worth your personal safety for a view of the river … stay away from the river,” Friel said at a news conference. “That is not just for today or this afternoon or this evening. That will be for the next couple days at least.”Despite the warning, dozens of people still stood on the river’s banks Wednesday afternoon. They watched as the fast-moving waters brought chunks of ice, debris and fallen trees to a jam in the river.“I couldn’t believe what they were saying on the radio, that it was that bad,” said Gary Mills. “When I seen it, I said, ‘My God.’”The 67-year-old has spent his whole life in Brantford, but said he hasn’t seen the water rise this high since he was 12 years old.“They built the dike way down the other end to stop this from flooding, and it looks like it’s done its job,” he said. “It’s gone over in a few spots but not too bad.”Friel said the state of emergency went into effect mid-Wednesday morning. Local roads and bridges were jammed as people began to make their way out of the three neighbourhoods covered under the evacuation order, he said.Larry Davey, who was among those who flocked to the river, said he could feel the ice and debris hitting the bridge he was standing on, causing it to quake under his feet.Davey lives outside the evacuation zone, but said those who live within it have far more to worry about.“I spoke to a woman who lives in Eagle Place (one of the evacuated neighbourhoods) … and she had a foot of water in her living room, and the basement was entirely flooded,” he said.“The damage, once everything’s settled, that’s going to be scary.”Premier Kathleen Wynne told reporters Wednesday that the province would work with the city to determine what it could do to help, including looking at what infrastructure would need repairs.“I know there has been damage. We don’t know the extent of it at this point,” she said.“In these situations, everyone has to pull together. That is exactly what is happening here.”Officials at that news conference said that the city wasn’t yet out of the woods. A second surge was expected to hit the Grand River on Thursday morning, raising water levels yet again.“It’s a dynamic issue right now. We are unsure where we’ll end up,” Friel said.— With files from Michelle McQuigge and Peter Goffin in Toronto.
PORT-DANIEL-GASCONS, – The Transportation Safety Board of Canada is sending a team to Quebec to investigate a fatality aboard a cargo ship.Few details have been disclosed, but it’s believed a member of the crew died after falling on the bulk carrier “Sage Amazon” on Saturday.The ship, registered in Liberia, was moored near Port-Daniel-Gascons on the south side of the Gaspe peninsula at the time of the incident.The victim’s name and nationality have not been released.The ship was carrying a cargo of concrete.
VANCOUVER – A lawyer for the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls has announced he’s resigned, and in a statement cites government interference among his reasons.Breen Ouellette, who worked as a commission counsel for the inquiry at its Vancouver offices, posted online that he resigned on June 21.Breen, who is Metis, says in the statement that he believes the federal government has “undermined the independence and impartiality of the national inquiry” and that he cannot remain part of a process that he says “is speeding towards failure.”He also asks the inquiry’s commissioners to allow him to fully disclose the reasons behind his resignation, which he says he cannot do as a lawyer.The inquiry has been plagued by chronic delays, staff turnover and complaints from families about disorganization, poor communication and a lack of transparency.Nadine Gros-Louis, a spokeswoman for the inquiry, confirmed in an email that Ouellette has stepped down, noting that staffing changes do occur.
MELFORT, Sask. – A truck driver facing criminal charges in a fatal collision involving the Humboldt Broncos team bus is to appear in court for the first time on Tuesday.RCMP say Jaskirat Sidhu, who is 29, is to be in provincial court in Melfort at 9:30 a.m.Sidhu is charged with 16 counts of dangerous driving causing death and 13 counts of dangerous driving causing bodily injury.He was arrested on Friday at his home in Calgary after a three-month police investigation.Sixteen people, including 10 players, were killed and 13 players were injured when the junior hockey team’s bus and a transport truck driven by Sidhu crashed at a rural Saskatchewan intersection on April 6.Sidhu was not hurt.He was taken into custody after the crash, but was released the same night.The Broncos were on their way to a playoff game.RCMP have said they will not release any details of the investigation or what they believe happened. The only thing the Mounties have said to this point is that the truck was in the intersection when the collision occurred.Supt. Derek Williams said Friday that the probe was exhaustive and included 60 core investigators combing through records, interviewing five dozen witnesses and using 3D technology to determine what happened.“In order to lay these charges, we require evidence the motor vehicle was being operated in a manner that is dangerous to the public,” he said.“We’ve looked at every aspect of the collision, including speed of the vehicles, point of impact, position of the vehicles, impairment, road and weather conditions and witness evidence.“Every piece of information was carefully examined.”
TORONTO – No winning ticket was sold for the $30 million jackpot in Saturday night’s Lotto 649 draw.However, the guaranteed $1 million prize went to a ticket holder in Quebec.The jackpot for the next Lotto 649 draw on Aug. 29 will be approximately $33 million.
FREDERICTON – New Brunswick’s Tory leader is aiming to make the federally mandated carbon tax the defining issue of the campaign for the Sept. 24 provincial election.“I think this election is going to be a referendum on carbon tax. There will be other issues but that certainly will be a main one,” Blaine Higgs said Tuesday.Higgs said he’ll refund any carbon tax levied on consumers by Ottawa, by using federal funding to bring in equivalent tax cuts under provincial control.He made the announcement in a followup to Monday’s campaign pledge that, should he win the election, he’ll oppose the carbon levy the federal government is requiring.“We are saying we are taxed enough. We are not going to be putting this on and we’re going to stop this carbon tax debate and we’re going to work with other provinces to see that it doesn’t happen,” Higgs said, joining forces with his counterparts in Ontario, Saskatchewan and Alberta.Their approach mirrors their Tory cousins in Ottawa. In a speech to the federal party’s convention last week in Halifax, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer promised that his first act as prime minister would be to get rid of the federal government’s carbon tax scheme.A federal vote is scheduled for October 21, 2019.Ottawa has said the provinces must place a levy on carbon, and that it should be sufficient to meet federal plans for carbon reduction.The Trudeau government has said that if provinces don’t place a levy on consumers aimed at reducing their consumption of fossil fuels, Ottawa will do so, and Ottawa will then have final say in how the revenue-neutral tax is funnelled back to provincial taxpayers.The New Brunswick Liberals under Premier Brian Gallant have said they’ll take a portion of the existing excise tax on gasoline and dedicate it towards a climate change fund, although it is unclear whether that will meet Ottawa’s requirements.“For us, what’s important is that we play our role to fight climate change in a way that respects New Brunswick’s economic realities, challenges and opportunities,” Gallant said Monday.“The plan we’ve put forward will phase out coal by 2030, will ask the largest emitters to pay their fair share when it comes to the emissions they’re putting out, and we will ensure there will not be one cent more on consumers in our province.”Higgs has said a Tory government would take other measures to ensure New Brunswick will “continue to meet or exceed our emission targets” for carbon and other greenhouse gases, though few specifics have been released to date.Gallant said the Progressive Conservative don’t have a real plan.“Their lack of a plan demonstrates they don’t take climate change seriously. Also, they are, for political reasons, neglecting to put a plan forward that will protect consumers in our province,” Gallant said.Higgs is critical of the Liberal plan, saying that redirecting gas tax revenues will cut funding that has been going to municipalities for infrastructure.“We don’t need new taxes on the people of New Brunswick. We are taxed-out now. We are going to spend within the money we have today and we’re going to get better results,” Higgs said.Greg Byrne, a spokesman for the New Brunswick Liberal Association, said the Tory plan would cause a provincial budget shortfall of over $380 million, and said it would likely be offset by deep cuts in education and healthcare.Elsewhere on the campaign trail Tuesday, Gallant said if his government is re-elected, it will create five non-urgent care centres to reduce emergency room wait times and improve primary care. Less urgent cases would be advised to visit a non-urgent care centre.The centres would be established in the Saint John area, greater Moncton, Fredericton region, and two in northern New Brunswick.New Democratic Party Leader Jennifer McKenzie said if her party was elected, it would commit to saving a not-for-profit nursing home system. She said the province needs to say no to for-profit nursing homes.McKenzie also said she’d increase funding to boost the level of care for nursing home residents from 3.1 hours per day to 3.5 hours.And federal Green Leader Elizabeth May was in the province helping to campaign in the riding of Memramcook-Tantramar. She travels to Fredericton Wednesday.
FREDERICTON – New Brunswick’s right-leaning People’s Alliance has agreed to prop up a Tory minority government, but the Liberal premier is urging skeptical Progressive Conservative legislators to rebel against “the deal” — and keep his party in power.People’s Alliance Leader Kris Austin said Friday he had met with Lt.-Gov. Jocelyne Roy Vienneau and told her he had agreed to back Blaine Higgs’ Tories for 18 months after Monday’s deadlocked election results.However, Premier Brian Gallant held his own news conference shortly afterwards, saying he’ll continue talks to form a minority government with the Green party, and will recall the legislature by Oct. 23 or sooner for a throne speech.Gallant challenged members of the Tory caucus who may not be sympathetic to People’s Alliance policies to either cross the floor or publicly reveal their discontent with the new relationship between the two parties.“We believe that there is not unanimous support within the Conservative caucus to support the deal that Blaine Higgs and Kris Austin have clearly struck,” Gallant said.Later in the day, Higgs insisted the Tories had not struck a formal deal with the People’s Alliance — no conditions were attached to their verbal agreement.“Mr. Gallant wants people to believe that I have a secret agenda, and that I made a deal with the People’s Alliance,” he said, adding that he and Austin have only spoken on the phone.“He’s made a verbal commitment that says, ‘I won’t bring the house down’ …. There is no coalition, there’s no backroom deal.”Monday’s New Brunswick election produced a deadlocked result, with the Tories winning 22 seats to the Liberals’ 21. A total of 25 seats are needed for a majority in the 49-seat house. The Green party went from one to three seats and People’s Alliance earned three seats, putting the third parties in a position to bargain for their support.The premier referred to Robert Gauvin, an Acadian who won the Tories’ only seat in the largely francophone north.Gauvin has cautioned against any suggestion of a coalition with the People’s Alliance, which is unpopular among French-speaking New Brunswickers because it has pledged to eliminate linguistic duality in some government services and do away with the office of the official languages commissioner.The premier said in French that Gauvin and others in the Tory caucus will have a choice between a deal with the People’s Alliance or a formal coalition between the Greens and the Liberals.“At the end of the day, they will maybe have an influence on the fate of the province for generations to come,” said Gallant, who added that his party is hearing from Progressive Conservative members of the legislature expressing unease with Austin’s announcement.Higgs, though, said all members of his caucus were “comfortable” with the informal 18-month arrangement with the Alliance.Gallant said the Liberals will not form a coalition with the People’s Alliance, saying there are “fundamental values” the Liberals don’t share with the smaller party, particularly their language policies.In its news release, the People’s Alliance was vague about whether conditions were attached to their support for the Tories, while Austin declined requests for interviews on how informal the agreement with the Tories is.“Kris Austin met with the lieutenant-governor this morning to discuss working with other parties in the upcoming legislative assembly to make government work,” the party said in a statement.“Mr. Austin informed her honour that he has met with Blaine Higgs and has agreed to provide stability for a Progressive Conservative minority government for up to 18 months.”Higgs confirmed that he plans to meet with Green Leader David Coon on Monday.The Greens were not giving interviews Friday, saying only in a statement that “we are pursuing formal discussions with both the Liberals and PCs beginning next week.
TORONTO — There were two winning tickets for the $16 million jackpot in Saturday night’s Lotto 649 draw.One was sold in Ontario, the other in the Prairies, and each is worth just over $7.9 million.The draw’s guaranteed $1 million prize was claimed by a ticket holder in Ontario.The jackpot for the next Lotto 649 draw on Dec. 19 will be approximately $5 million.The Canadian Press
EDMONTON — Alberta’s incoming premier plans to take on environmental charities that he says are blocking exports of the province’s oil, but those groups may be saying “bring it on.”In his victory speech on Tuesday night, Jason Kenney repeated his promise that he will fight back against U.S.-funded groups that he accuses of economic sabotage by preventing Alberta from exporting oil in any direction but south.When the federal Conservative government under Stephen Harper tried the same thing by auditing environmental charities, their donations skyrocketed.One group nearly quadrupled its donations between 2012 and 2013.Many groups dispute the contention that their revenues come from American foundations.The David Suzuki Foundation, which Kenney mentioned in his speech, says 90 per cent of its donations come from Canadians — and two-thirds of those are from individuals.Other groups Kenney mentioned don’t focus on Canada.The Rockefeller Foundation spends the vast majority of its funds fighting climate change in the United States.The Canadian Press
The Canadian Press OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence are expected to discuss the ratification process for the new North American trade agreement when they meet today in Ottawa.But Trudeau says he also wants to talk about what he calls the backsliding of women’s rights in the U.S. with Pence, who is a well-known opponent of abortion.Some states have recently passed anti-abortion laws, attempting to force the U.S. Supreme Court to reconsider its decision in the landmark 1973 Roe vs. Wade case that provides constitutional protection for a woman’s right to choose.Trudeau says he is concerned about how women’s rights have been affected by conservative movements in Canada, in the U.S. and around the world.He says he will have a broad conversation with the vice-president.Trudeau is to welcome Pence before they meet with the Canadian Council for the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement.The Liberal government introduced its legislation to ratify the new trade deal on Wednesday.Trudeau said earlier this week that Canada intends to align its ratification process with the time frame of the U.S. Congress.Pence is also to take part in a wreath laying ceremony at the National Military Cemetery before returning to Washington.
OTTAWA — The United Nations Refugee Agency says Canada admitted the largest number of resettled refugees last year and had the second highest rate of refugees who gained citizenship.The UNHCR’s annual global trends report shows that Canada took in 28,100 of the 92,400 refugees who were resettled in 25 countries during 2018.The report shows that over 18,000 refugees became Canadian citizens last year.Canada placed ninth in the world for asylum seekers with 55,400 claims filed in 2018.UNHCR Canada’s senior resettlement officer Michael Casasola says Canada has been a leader on welcoming refugees, but worries that asylum seekers may become a punching bag issue during this fall’s federal election.Overall, the number of people fleeing war, persecution and conflict worldwide ballooned to over 70 million — the highest level since the Second World War.The Canadian Press
In today’s Big Story podcast, Unplanned opens in Canada this weekend. It’s a movie that’s not worth talking about … yet everyone is anyway. Why?Using controversy and the spectre of censorship to sell a piece of media goes back decades. But in recent years, it’s a strategy that’s been perfected by a certain kind of evangelical film or book. There’s a firm playbook for it, and even though everyone from protesters to activists to entertainment companies and the media should know better by now, it still works. How do we give the anti-abortion movement the critical attention it deserves without playing into the hands of people monetizing outrage?(Perhaps by giving up and talking about the Lion King remake instead? We’ll do that, too. Our guest has already seen it.)GUEST: Norm Wilner, host of Someone Else’s Movie, senior film writer at NOW TorontoAudio Playerhttps://media.blubrry.com/thebigstory/s/rogers-aod.leanstream.co/rogers/thebigstory_dai/tbs_07122019_dai.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.You can subscribe to The Big Story podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google and Spotify.You can also find it at thebigstorypodcast.ca.
Alicia stated: “I stand with California and Cruelty Free International in calling for an end to animal testing for cosmetics.”With SRJ 22 California has sent a strong message to Congress and the President that it is time to modernize US cosmetics industry regulation to match consumer expectation and international progress for safe and humane cosmetics.Cruelty Free International, CEO, Michelle Thew, said: “We are thrilled to have Alicia Silverstone supporting our US campaign. She is a wonderful compassionate role model and her support will no doubt assist in getting the topic of animal testing at the forefront of the political agenda.”Alicia joins Mayim Bialik, Norman Reedus, Peter Dinklage, Ricky Gervais, Kunal Nayyar, Vanessa Marano, Lori Singer, and Ashley Bell in joining Cruelty Free International’s campaign to end all animal testing for cosmetics in the United States.Countless animals suffer each year in unnecessary outdated and cruel tests for the cosmetics we use. Visit www.crueltyfreeinternational.org to see what you can do to help animals. Animal loving actress, Alicia Silverstone, backs Cruelty Free International in backing Californian resolution and cruelty-free cosmetics.Alicia Silverstone backs Cruelty Free InternationalAlicia, long renowned for being a vegan and compassionate advocate for animals, has teamed up with Cruelty Free International to campaign for cruelty free cosmetics in the United States.Despite the fact that modern alternatives to animal testing are increasingly less expensive, faster, and more accurate at predicting human reactions than the antiquated animal tests they replace, there is no national law in place to limit animal testing for cosmetics in the United States. H.R. 4148, the Humane Cosmetics Act introduced by Representative Jim Moran, D-VA now has several co-sponsors. The phase out of the testing and sale of animal-tested cosmetics in the United States, will match progress made in other countries including the European Union, Norway, Israel, and India.The introduction of this ground-breaking bill is a reflection of the growing global concern and interest in this issue. Likewise the recent passage of SJR 22 the Cruelty Free Cosmetics resolution in California introduced by state Senator Marty Block (D-San Diego) reflects the interests of US consumers who, multiple polls show, support ending cosmetic testing on animals.The resolution passed the California legislature in June with tremendous bipartisan support in both the Assembly and Senate. The measure calls on the United States Congress to mandate alternative methods to animal testing, whenever scientifically satisfactory methods are available, and to establish reasonable deadlines for the prohibition of the testing and marketing of cosmetic products which have been tested on animals.
English tenor and Nordoff Robbins ambassador, Alfie Boe, is very kindly donating his birthday to music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins for the fifth year running.Alfie is encouraging fans to help celebrate his 42nd birthday on Tuesday 29th September 2015, by donating to Nordoff Robbins via his fundraising page where fans can also leave messages for Alfie. He says: “I am delighted to donate my birthday to music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins for the fifth year running! As an Ambassador for Nordoff Robbins I have seen first-hand how music therapy helps people in ways that sometimes nothing else can! I want to thank all of my wonderful friends, family and fans for your ongoing generosity and support. I am very proud to be associated with such a wonderful group of people who feel as passionately as I do about the power of music!”Alfie has been an ambassador for Nordoff Robbins since November 2011 and is also a previous PPL Classical award winner at the Nordoff Robbins O2 Silver Clef Awards.Donate now in celebration of Alfie’s Birthday and help transform lives through music. Here’s how your gifts for Alfie could make a difference…£10 could pay for an instrument for use in music therapy sessions£32 could pay for a music therapy session for a child with a terminal illness£50 could help pay for someone with learning difficulties to have a half term of music therapy£100 could pay for 6 children with learning difficulties to attend a music therapy group
Oscar winning superstar Jeff Bridges, who won the Academy Award for his role in “Crazy Heart,” will grace the stage of The Maui Ballroom in Kaanapali located at The Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa.Oscar winning actor Jeff BridgesThe concert will be held on Saturday, January 23rd, 2016 at 8:00 PM. Doors will open at 7:00 PM. Tickets are on sale at Expedia.com (or any Expedia outlet on Maui) and Honoluluboxoffice.com, and meet and greets are also available for fans eager to meet and be photographed with “The Dude.” Tickets may also be purchased by calling The Honolulu Box Office phone number at (808) 550-8457.Born into a Hollywood family in 1949, Jeff Bridges began his acting career as an infant. He broke through with The Last Picture Show (1971), for which he earned his first Academy Award nomination. Bridges went on to star in the popular films Heaven’s Gate (1980) and TRON (1982), as well as the cult hit The Big Lebowski (1998). Following decades of acclaimed work, he finally nabbed an Oscar for his performance in Crazy Heart (2009).Series creator and producer Brian Evans, who also appears as the opening act for his concert series, will sing several songs along with Dayle Tejada, both opening the show separately.“Jeff Bridges has always been one of my favorite actors. “Starman” remains my favorite movie, but everybody loves “The Dude” on Maui,” says Evans, who himself began his career as the opening act for Joan Rivers.Jeff Bridges will perform a special concert for the island. Tickets start at $95, although locals were provided with a $50 ticket price promotion. It marks the first time the Oscar winner has ever performed on Maui.“We are obviously thrilled that his first concert will be a part of The Maui Celebrity Series,” says Evans. “In a venue this small, it’s not just a ticket to a show, it’s a true moment for people to get a glimpse of one of the most iconic actors and entertainers of our time. They don’t make them bigger than Jeff Bridges. The fact that he has allowed us to present him in such an intimate venue is a true privilege.”Partial proceeds benefit The American Sleep Apnea Association and Mental Health Kokua, which provides housing for the adult homeless.
Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures teamed up with professional pitching ace CC Sabathia this week to educate hundreds of local elementary school children on the importance of maintaining good oral health habits at the Greater New York Dental Meeting’s Greater New York Smiles Program at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.C.C. Sabathia, right, listens as Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures dental coordinator Dr. Dominique Juste, left, shares oral health tips with P.S. 129 student Reina CopelandAgainst the backdrop of the largest dental meeting in the United States, Sabathia addressed the students, challenging them to think about oral health as an important part of their overall health and as a healthy habit that could have a major impact on their ability to perform in school and other arenas. The celebrated baseball star also led the students in a rousing cheer that reinforced the importance of healthy habits.“Your family, teachers, and those of us here today all want you to have a future that you can smile about,” Sabathia advised the students. “Listen closely to what you hear this morning, because all of you have the opportunity to be successful, and when you do, a healthy bright smile is going to come in handy.”During their visit to the Greater New York Dental Meeting, the New York City students boarded a Colgate mobile dental van for screenings performed by dental professionals. Volunteers from local hygienist schools staffed brushing stations, teaching the children proper brushing techniques, and oral health-themed videos, games, activity stations, puppets, and costumed characters encouraged the young guests to limit sugar and maintain an effective dental care routine.Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease of childhood. Left untreated, children with cavities may have difficulty eating, talking, and sleeping. Oral health disease can also affect a child’s attention span, school attendance, and academic performance, leading to significant implications for his or her social development and future success. A global oral health education initiative, Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures has been raising oral health awareness among children for more than 25 years. Its fleet of nine mobile dental vans visit more than 1,000 U.S. cities and towns each year, providing free dental screenings, oral health education and treatment referrals, annually reaching nearly 10 million children.“The importance of encouraging children to play a lead role in taking care of their teeth and gums cannot be overstated,” said Dr. Marsha Butler, Vice President, Global Oral Health and Professional Relations, Colgate-Palmolive Company. “Oral health disease can be painful. It can be debilitating, but most important, it can be prevented. Someday soon we’re hoping it’s a challenge that none of our children have to face.”“The Greater New York Smiles program is a one of a kind program, because it gives back to the community without asking for anything in return,” says Dr. Marc B. Gainor, General Chairman, Greater New York Dental Meeting. “It’s a chance to offer a unique clinical experience to urban dental and hygiene students while bringing an awareness of dental access issues in NYC to oral healthcare volunteers, teachers and chaperoning parents who travel with the children to the Javits Convention Center.”