Djokovic Osaka named US Open top seeds

first_imgNew York: World number ones and defending champions Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka were named as top seeds for the US Open on Wednesday.Djokovic, who will be chasing a 17th Grand Slam singles title in New York next week, heads the men’s field with Spain’s Rafael Nadal seeded second.Former world number one Roger Federer, seeking a 21st Grand Slam crown, is seeded third for the tournament.The draw for the men’s and women’s singles takes place on Thursday. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhIn the women’s draw, Osaka is ranked number one while 2018 runner-up Serena Williams is seeded eight.Japanese ace Osaka won her first Grand Slam title in a controversial final victory over Williams last year and then followed it up with her second Slam at the Australian Open in January.The two other reigning Grand Slam champions are seeded in the top four, with Australia’s French Open champion Ashleigh Barty seeded second and Romania’s Wimbledon champion Simona Halep seeded four.Former world number one Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic is seeded third in the women’s draw.last_img read more

Australia reopening scars with England collapse says Hazlewood

first_imgLeeds (United Kingdom): Josh Hazlewood said Australia were beginning to reopen some old Ashes wounds after they bowled England out for a woeful 67 in the third Test at Headingley. Fast bowler Hazlewood led the way with 5-30 as England were dismissed inside 28 overs, with only Joe Denly (12) reaching double figures. Australia then ended Friday’s second day on 171-6 in their second innings, a commanding lead of 283 runs. Marnus Labuschagne was 53 not out, his third successive fifty after replacing the concussed Steve Smith in the drawn second Test at Lord’s, with his first-innings 74 in this match seven more than England managed between them. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh Victory in this match would see Australia retain the Ashes at 2-0 up with two to play in a five-Test series and Hazlewood said: “I guess we might be starting a few scars there. “I don’t think many teams are winning if one of their innings is 60 or 70 runs,” he added with England having skittled Australia out for 60 on the way to an Ashes-clinching win in Nottingham four years ago. “Sixty is hard work to come back from during a Test,” said Hazlewood, who played in that infamous 2015 match at Trent Bridge. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later “If we start well they might think ‘here we go again’ so it’s about creating that doubt in the mind. I can’t remember a day like this to be honest, it was a great day…simple as that.” Hazlewood started and finished Australia’s rout of England. His impressive haul included the key wicket of captain Joe Root, out for a second-ball nought with what England batting coach Graham Thorpe said was an “absolute beauty” of a delivery. Root’s zero on his Yorkshire home ground followed a golden duck at Lord’s. Before this series Root, England’s leading batsman, decided to return to number three in a bid to shore up a fallible top order but Hazlewood was happy to see him coming in at the fall of the first wicket. “I certainly like him in there as early as possible,” said Hazlewood. “They follow him a little bit, he’s the leader, he’s the captain, he’s got the best average, he’s their best batsman going by numbers. “So if we can get him I think they can be vulnerable at times. I think they love to feel bat on ball, especially through that middle order, so if we can dry up the runs and force a mistake then that’s fantastic,” he added. Australia have six fast bowlers in their squad, and Hazlewood said the competition — Mitchell Starc and Peter Siddle missed out at Headingley — helped maintain a high standard. “It keeps you on your toes because if you go out on days like today and bowl poorly, it may be your last game of the series given how good the quicks are on the bench,” he explained. – Labuschagne’s ‘good guts’ – ============================= Hazlewood also praised the “fantastic” Labuschagne’s response to his unexpected call-up, saying: “He’s got some good guts and he’s a fighter.” This was the third time England had been bowled out for under a hundred in their last seven Tests, with Thorpe admitting: “It’s up to us to get through those first spells…We haven’t done it today, there’s no excuses.” Only three teams have made over 300 to win in the fourth innings of a Test at Headingley — Australia (404-3 in 1948), England (315-4 against Australia in 2001) and West Indies (322-5 in 2017). Nevertheless, Thorpe insisted: “What I would say is the game is not over from this position. There’s been scores here chased down in the fourth innings of over 300 before. That’s us in our dressing room now making sure we stay up and stay confident.”last_img read more

Delhi Truck driver dies in crash

first_imgNew Delhi: A dumper truck driver was killed after his vehicle crashed into a stationary lorry in north Delhi’s Wazirabad area, police said on Wednesday. Santosh, a resident of Hamirpur in Uttar Pradesh, died in the accident which occurred on the intervening night of Monday and Tuesday on the Outer Ring near Gopalpur, a senior police officer said. The driver of the ill-fated truck was heading towards Kashmere Gate, police said, adding that he was taken to a hospital but was declared brought dead by the doctors, they said. After conducting post-mortem at the Sabzi Mandi mortuary, the body was handed over to his family members, the officer said. A case under sections 279 (rash driving or riding on a public way) and 304A (causing death by negligence) was registered, he added.last_img read more

Supreme Court asks Centre JK to restore normalcy in Kashmir

first_imgNEW DELHI: The Centre and the Jammu and Kashmir administration were on Monday asked by the Supreme Court to restore normalcy in the Valley as early as possible.With the top court taking up multiple pleas on J&K, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the state, told the bench headed by Justice Gogoi that not a single bullet has been fired by security forces after August 5 when Article 370 that granted special status to J&K was revoked and the state bifurcated into two separate union territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh. In related developments, state Governor Satya Pal Malik met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi and is believed to have briefed him about the security situation in J and K. Union Home Minister Amit Shah also reviewed the situation amid reports that around 230 terrorists were waiting at terror launch pads in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir(PoK) to enter the country. The J&K government, as well as the Centre, should make “every endeavour to restore the normalcy as early as possible”, a bench of the apex court said, adding the “restoration will be on a selective basis keeping in mind the national interest”. Attorney General K K Venugopal also told the CJI-headed bench that comprised justices S A Bobde and S A Nazeer about the steps taken by authorities to restore normalcy.last_img read more

Homes evacuated due to hydrochloric acid spill on Alberta highway

first_imgBOYLE, Alta. – A highway detour is in place and homes have been evacuated due to a crash involing a semi hauling hydrochloric acid northeast of Edmonton.RCMP say the rig was the only vehicle involved in the crash and that the driver is OK, but that some hazardous material has been released.The crash happened on Highway 831, about three kilometres south of Boyle, Alta., and traffic is being diverted to other roads to avoid the scene.Police say that people in several nearby homes were told to leave as a precaution.They say hazardous material technicians are on their way to the crash.last_img read more

Drama and intrigue help trigger the most Quebec byelections in more than

first_imgMONTREAL – Death, palace intrigue and allegations of lies and corruption are at the centre of the highest number of Quebec byelections in more than 30 years.The Oct. 2 byelection in the Quebec City riding of Louis-Hebert will be the 15th in the province since Philippe Couillard’s Liberals formed a majority government in April 2014.Ontario, by contrast, has had seven byelections since Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals won in June that year.At roughly $500,000 a pop, byelections this legislative session will cost Quebec around $8 million, according to the province’s elections commission.And that sum doesn’t include so-called “transition” allowances given to some of the departing politicians.Before November 2015, members of the legislature who left mid-mandate were eligible to such payments to help them in their career switch.Yves Bolduc, the ex-education minister who lost Couillard’s confidence early in the Liberal mandate, pocketed $150,000. His staff — who were also put out of work when he resigned — shared another $150,000.The high number of byelections — the most in one mandate since 1981-85 — forced the government to end the practice of automatic allowances. Now, only politicians who leave early for “serious” family or health reasons are eligible.Julie Champagne, a spokeswoman for Quebec’s national assembly, said “it is up to the ethics commissioner to determine if the departing member satisfies the conditions to receive an allocation.”Despite the change, nine members resigned this session before the new rules were adopted.The most high-profile resignation came in May 2016, roughly 24 hours after a cryptic television interview involving Julie Snyder, the ex-partner of then-Parti Quebecois leader Pierre Karl Peladeau.Peladeau resigned the following day, saying he was choosing his family over politics.He’d been leader for a year.Weeks later, PQ house leader Bernard Drainville resigned and soon after began co-hosting a popular Quebec City radio show, leading pundits to speculate his political career was hitched to Peladeau’s and sank as a result of him leaving.Drainville had replaced Stephane Bedard, who quit office shortly after Peladeau demoted him during a turbulent time for the party in 2015.The Liberals haven’t had it any easier, with the Opposition strategically attacking the party on its key vulnerability: its past.The Opposition has tried to pick off Liberal cabinet ministers by accusing them of corruption and being tied to alleged wrongdoings from the Liberal era of Jean Charest, whose party lost the 2012 general election.Sam Hamad left cabinet in April 2016 after he was connected to a former Liberal fundraiser facing corruption-related criminal charges. The fundraiser, Marc-Yvan Cote, is awaiting trial along with various co-accused, including ex-deputy premier Nathalie Normandeau.Hamad was cleared by the province’s ethics commissioner of any wrongdoing but he never rejoined cabinet and quit politics last April.Former cabinet minister Jacques Daoust resigned in 2016 after perceived wrongdoing involving the controversial sale of Rona Inc. to U.S. hardware retailer Lowe’s.Daoust died last month.Additionally, a byelection was held after the death of Sylvie Roy, who was sitting as an Independent member of the legislature.Concordia University political scientist Harold Chorney said it is common for politicians to leave during a mandate.“Politics is a thankless career; you put your livelihood and that of your family at risk and in the hands of the public and you’re there to serve,” Chorney said in an interview.“People find it tiring for all sorts of personal reasons. It wears people out.”Chorney also said there appears to be a birth of a new generation of idealists.The new wave is personified by Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, who in his mid-20s won a seat in a byelection this year for Quebec solidaire, a left-wing party hoping to steal votes from the PQ and make inroads outside Montreal.October’s byelection is being held against the backdrop of good economic news for the Liberals.Quebec is a leader among the provinces in job creation, salary increases, and its unemployment rate hasn’t been as low for decades.If political donations are any indication, however, the PQ remains a popular choice for citizens, with the sovereigntist party getting $611,837 in donations between Jan. 1 and Aug. 31.The Liberals are second with $417,508 and Quebec solidaire, with only three seats in the 125-member legislature, is third at $214,879.The Coalition for Quebec’s Future, which is gaining strength in the polls and is considered a possible dark horse in the 2018 fall general election, is last among the four major parties, with $144,949.last_img read more

Family recovering after suffering carbon monoxide poisoning in car in BC

first_imgABBOTSFORD, B.C. — Police say a woman and her five-year-old child have been released from hospital one week after suffering carbon monoxide poisoning in a car.The woman’s three-year-old child remains in hospital in stable condition and is expected to be released early next week.The woman and her two children were found unresponsive in the car on Dec. 26 in a rural area of Abbotsford, B.C.Investigators have found the vehicle came to rest against a guard rail when the driver pulled over to the side of the road.Assistant fire Chief Craig Bird says in a statement that vehicular poisoning by the colourless and odourless gas is most commonly caused when cars are left running in an enclosed space.He says exhaust fumes leaking into the passenger compartment is a less common but equally dangerous cause of the poisoning and recommends bringing your vehicle to a certified mechanic for inspection if you suspect a leak.The gas causes flu-like symptoms that can lead to death. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Vancouver measles outbreak sending unvaccinated youth to doctors for shots

first_imgTORONTO — Vancouver doctors are seeing an uptick in the number of unvaccinated teens and young adults seeking to be inoculated against measles in the wake of an outbreak of the disease at two schools in the city.Dr. Eric Cadesky, a family physician and president of Doctors of BC, said he’s seen a number of young patients recently who made appointments to get the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine over concerns about the outbreak.“Some of them said their parents were against vaccination because of unreliable sources of information that they received,” Cadesky said. “Others had been hesitant (to be inoculated) because of pressure from peer groups.”Cadesky said every physician in his practice has noticed a jump in young people asking to get immunized, and he’s heard similar stories from a number of other doctors  elsewhere in the province and beyond.“I’ve heard of people throughout Canada and even doctors around the world saying that millennials are using these outbreaks as an opportunity to revisit the decision that their parents had made for them,” he said.“And many are making a different decision, which is to protect themselves and also, in many cases, that means protecting the people around them, because not everyone can receive the vaccine.”Among the patients Cadesky inoculated is Maddi Bisset, who had no vaccinations as a child because her mother believed young children shouldn’t be “pumped full of chemicals.”“She preferred more ‘natural’ alternatives, including homeopathy and essential oils,” the 23-year-old said in an email interview Wednesday.“Everything my mother did was with our best interests in mind. I just believe she put too much faith into false articles she found online and did not consider what heavy repercussions not vaccinating your child has on both their health, the public’s health and the possible life-threatening situations it puts at-risk people in.“With the frightening resurgence of measles in Vancouver, it wasn’t a choice anymore, is was a moral obligation to public safety,” Bisset said of her decision to get immunized.So far, nine cases of measles have been confirmed at the two French-language schools in Vancouver, a cluster that began after an unvaccinated B.C. child contracted the disease during a family trip to Vietnam, where the highly contagious disease is endemic.  Infection with the measles virus begins with a high fever, coughing, runny nose and red eyes, followed by the development of a blotchy, painful rash that starts on the face and spreads to the rest of the body. A person is contagious for about four days before the rash erupts and four days after its onset. Complications include ear infections that can lead to deafness, blindness, pneumonia and encephalitis, or inflammation of the brain.Measles, which is spread through air-borne droplets after an infected person coughs or sneezes, can also be a killer. The World Health Organization says there were 110,000 deaths from measles globally in 2017, most of them children under age five.While measles was declared officially eliminated in Canada in 1998, cases imported by travellers can cause sporadic outbreaks like the one now occurring in Vancouver, seeding the disease within the community and putting those without immunity at risk.Some people — infants, people with certain underlying health conditions and those undergoing chemotherapy — cannot be vaccinated and must rely on “herd” immunity to prevent infection. Others at risk are those who choose not to be immunized, often based on a long-discredited 1998 U.K. study that suggested the MMR vaccine was linked to autism in children.Cadesky said young patients like Bisset are often exposed to ideas and beliefs among their peers that differ from those of their parents, causing them to look for validated information, “and they’re correctly concluding that vaccination is safe and effective.”Bisset agreed, saying her friends are all vaccinated and are pro-immunization.“I think youth have adapted along with the Internet and have a better sense of which sources are reliable, and with so much information there now, can compare information easily,” she said.Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s chief public health officer, said the MMR shot is not only safe, but it’s one of the most effective vaccines doctors have for preventing disease.  “If someone is questioning whether to get vaccinated or not … it’s a really good idea now to go in and talk to your health provider if you have questions and get them answered and get yourself vaccinated,” Tam said. “I don’t think it’s too late ever to get your measles immunization up to date.”That’s especially advisable for anyone planning to travel during the upcoming March break to countries where the disease is poorly controlled, she said. Measles remains a common affliction in many areas of the world, including in parts of Europe, Asia, the Pacific and Africa.The U.S. is also experiencing travel-related outbreaks, with 127 cases of measles confirmed in 10 states between Jan. 1 and Feb. 14, with Washington and New York states particularly hard hit by the disease, says a report by the Centers for Disease Control.— Follow @SherylUbelacker on Twitter. Sheryl Ubelacker, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Kirkland Signature veggie burgers recalled due to possible metal fragments

first_imgOTTAWA — Belmont Meat Products is recalling its Kirkland Signature brand Harvest Burger – Gourmet Blend – Veggie Burgers due to the possible presence of pieces of metal in the products.The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says the burgers were sold in Quebec, Ontario, British Columbia and possibly other provinces.The recalled products came in 1.7 kg packages with a best before date of Apr. 23, 2019.The CFIA says there have been reported injuries associated with the consumption of the burgers, however, it didn’t provide any further information.Anyone who purchased the burgers is advised to either throw them out or return them to the place of purchase.The CFIA says it’s making sure the recalled product is being removed from stores. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Election day Manitoba Tories seek 2nd mandate with promise of tax and

first_imgWINNIPEG — Brian Pallister is seeking a second mandate for his Progressive Conservatives in the Manitoba election today with a to-do list that includes further cost cuts and reduced taxes.Pallister won 40 of 57 seats, the largest majority government in Manitoba in a century, in 2016 after the former NDP government raised the provincial sales tax and angered voters.Pallister reversed the tax increase in July and launched the election campaign a month later, more than a year ahead of schedule.The Tories also fulfilled an election promise to reduce annual deficits, which had grown under the previous government, but the fiscal restraint has stirred up controversy.Subsidies for everything from public housing to sleep apnea machines to physiotherapy have been cut. Three hospital emergency departments in Winnipeg have been downgraded and no longer handle life-threatening cases such as heart attacks.Opinion polls have consistently suggested a sizable lead for the Tories provincewide, but a tight race with the NDP in Winnipeg, where most of the seats are. The New Democrats have focused on Pallister’s health-care reforms throughout the four-week campaign and have promised to reverse some of the changes.The same opinion polls have suggested the election is a contest between two leaders who are not popular on a personal level. Pallister has been criticized for the five or so weeks he spends each year at his vacation home in Costa Rica and for making unscripted remarks, such as when he warned of a possible “race war” over Indigenous spotlight-hunting at night.The NDP’s Wab Kinew has come under scrutiny over criminal charges that included two counts of assaulting a former girlfriend that were stayed by the Crown. He did not mention the charges in his 2015 memoir, but did write about an assault conviction on a cab driver. Left out was that, according to court records, it started when Kinew hurled racial insults at the man.Kinew has been granted a record suspension on all convictions, but the Tories have used campaign ads to highlight his legal troubles.The New Democrats are hoping to expand on the 12 legislature seats they held when the election was called. Kinew reached out on the campaign’s final day to Liberal and Green supporters and told them his party is the only one in a position to oust the Tory government.Liberal Leader Dougald Lamont won his legislature seat in a 2018 byelection that gave the party a fourth seat — the minimum for official party status.The Green party, which has never won a seat in Manitoba, is hoping for a breakthrough in Winnipeg’s Wolseley constituency, where the party finished a close second to the NDP in the last election.Steve Lambert, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Justin Bieber Appears In New Charity Book For Starship Childrens Hospital

first_imgWell-known New Zealanders are allowing us a glimpse at their families and sharing their feelings about parenthood in a new book – all in support of Starship Children’s Hospital.For the Love of Our Kids is a beautifully bound photo book which has just gone on sale to the public at www.starship.org.nz/lovekids.The book, designed by the publishers of the stunning MILK (Moments, Inspiration, Love, Kinship) Tailor Made Books, features photos of high-profile Kiwis such as Lucy Lawless, Tiki Taane, Keven Mealamu, Jaquie Brown, Shane and Nerida Cortese, Dame Rosie Horton, Dominic Harvey and Jay-Jay Feeney, Trelise Cooper, Kerre Woodham, CJ Bruton, Graeme Hart, Toni Street, Rawdon Christie, Paul Flynn (Flynny), Kate Hawkesby, Ross Taylor and Sir Peter Leitch with their own children or special Starship patients. Plus there are also photos of patients and generous supporters with their families – and all with heartfelt messages of what their children mean to them.There is also a special photograph of international pop superstar Justin Bieber with a Starship patient on his visit to the children’s hospital in July. And New Zealand’s Jaquie Brown features on the cover with her gorgeous boy Leo.This book, with its beautiful images by photographer Michelle Carlson, is exclusively available through the Starship Foundation website at www.starship.org.nz/lovekids for $45 + postage.Thanks to Michelle Carlson and MILK Tailor Made Books for donating their time and expertise to compile this stunning book, proceeds from the sale of For the Love of Our Kids will come to the Starship Foundation to help fund care for the thousands of children from around New Zealand who are treated at Starship every year.“The wonderful people involved in the book have been so generous with their time and with their families,” says Gretchen Hawkesby, Chair of the Friends of Starship. “For the Love of Our Kids makes a stunning coffee table book or a beautiful gift and I really encourage people to buy a copy or two. It’s for such a good cause, supporting children from all over New Zealand who come to Starship.”Source:Scoop.co.nzlast_img read more

Paul McCartney And Elvis Costello Launch TV Ad For Vegetarian Meals

first_imgElvis Costello has teamed up with Paul McCartney for a campaign to launch a new range of chilled meat free foods.Video: Paul and Linda McCartney – ‘Heart Of The Country’ (with Elvis Costello voiceover)From PaulMcCartney.com: “The leaked track and accompanying animation are part of the #LoveLinda campaign [the McCartney family] have been working on alongside the Linda McCartney Foods brand. This is the first time in 15 years that the brand has done TV advertising. The TV advert shows the McCartney family as you have never seen them before in animated form.“Singer songwriter Elvis Costello has provided the voiceover to the animation which, in addition to the family, features a host of psychedelic animal characters.“Elvis Costello has been vegetarian since the early 1980s and remembers Linda McCartney and all she strove for; “Linda always talked well and made it seem that you wouldn’t be joining a secret weird society by being vegetarian.”“Produced by world renowned Passion Pictures, whose other work includes projects for The Beatles and The Gorillaz, the animation transports viewers into a fairy-tale world where characters including Horse boy, Napoleon Dog and Ballerina Cat join the McCartney family in a musical fanfare that culminates with a woodland feast.“Airing for the first time on 28 January, the animation is part of a national #LoveLinda campaign to launch the new range of chilled meat free foods from Linda McCartney.”Source:PaulMcCartney.comlast_img read more

Sting And Trudie Styler To Be Awarded We Are Family Foundation Humanitarian

first_imgThe We Are Family Foundation (WAFF), a not-for-profit organization founded by legendary songwriter and producer, Nile Rodgers, will honor Humanitarian Award recipients Sting and Trudie Styler at its inaugural We Are Family HONORS event on Thursday, April 11, 2013, at Manhattan Center’s Grand Ballroom in New York City.Artists and activists Sting and Trudie Styler will receive the Humanitarian Award, which honors those in the public eye who have made tremendous efforts and inroads to improving the human condition throughout the world. Previous recipients of the Humanitarian Award include musical legends Jackson Browne, Peter Gabriel, Sir Elton John, and television and radio host Larry King.Sting and Trudie Styler are committed to helping make a difference for children around the world and protecting the environment. In 1989, the couple founded the Rainforest Fund, an organization devoted to protecting rainforests and their indigenous peoples. To date they have raised more than $30 million for the cause and have expanded to a network of interconnected organizations in more than 20 countries. Sting’s support for human rights organizations such as Amnesty International and Live Aid mirrors his art in its universal outreach. From raising funds and awareness for the UNICEF End Child Exploitation and United Against AIDS campaigns to visiting tsunami-affected Sri Lanka in solidarity with those affected by the devastating disaster, Trudie Styler has been a leading voice on behalf of some of the poorest and most vulnerable children on earth.“The We Are Family Foundation was born as a result of the 9/11 tragedy, after which I asked the question, ‘Can we organize for peace half as effectively as others do for hate?’” said Nile Rodgers, Founder & Chairman of the We Are Family Foundation. “My song, ‘We Are Family,’ was the inspiration to bring people together, celebrate our differences and share ideas across borders in order to solve some of the bigger problems facing our world. We are inspired by Sting and Trudie and their dedication to making the world a better place.”The funds raised will support WAFF’s mission and existing programs including WAFF’s signature program, Three Dot Dash, which identifies, supports and mentors Global Teen Leaders actively working on programs that address basic human needs and promoting a more peaceful world; and TEDxTeen, a global educational platform for extraordinary teenagers to share their stories and inspire millions.Tickets for We Are Family HONORS can be purchased in advance at wearefamilyfoundation.org. Contributions are fully tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law; the non-deductible portion of each VIP Ticket purchased is $75, and each Concert Ticket purchased is $50. All who purchased tables or dinner tickets to the We Are Family Foundation Gala 2.0 on January 31, 2013, will receive complimentary admission to We Are Family HONORS. Please contact Lauren Lewis at lauren@wearefamilyfoundation.org for details.last_img read more

Vince Gill To Perform At William Shatners Hollywood Charity Horse Show

first_imgOrganizers for the 23rd Annual William Shatner Priceline.com Hollywood Charity Horse Show, Sponsored by Wells Fargo, announced today that country music legend Vince Gill will perform live at the event to be held on April 27, 2013.The Priceline.com Hollywood Charity Horse Show, Sponsored by Wells Fargo enters its 23rd year of fundraising with a spectacular affair at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center, 480 Riverside Drive, Burbank, California.Guests will be treated to an exciting arena show with Tommy Turvey and a world-class reining competition, followed by a western dinner catered by Stonefire Grill. The evening concludes with a special LIVE performance by country music legend Vince Gill.Proceeds from the event will benefit special-needs children’s charities across the city of Los Angeles including: AHEAD With Horses, Camp Max Straus, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Hollenbeck Police Activities League (PAL), St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, The Painted Turtle and others.“Over the last 23 years, we have been able to help thousands of young Angelinos thanks to the support we receive from our generous sponsors and attendees,” commented William Shatner. “We are so fortunate to have the great talent of Vince Gill for our entertainment this year. He is absolutely terrific and generous with his time and support.”Information about the 23rd Annual “Priceline.com Hollywood Charity Horse Show, Sponsored by Wells Fargo” at www.horseshow.org, or 818.509.2290.last_img read more

StarStudded Animal Lovers

first_imgSome celebrities love the limelight, some eschew it at all costs and some channel it toward the greater good. For celebs that choose the latter, their big hearts and big presence help preserve the lives of innocent animals across the globe.The thrills and frills of the red carpet are nothing compared to the behind the scenes acts of kindness exhibited by Hollywood A-listers and these three star-studded personalities put their notoriety to work as advocates for wildlife and humanity. You don’t have to be celebrity to make a difference; get inspired by these causes and learn how you can help.Marine Life PreservationWhales, dolphins and seals hold a special place in Hayden Panettiere’s heart. An avid advocate for marine life, the “Nashville” star spends her time off the set putting an end to the senseless slaughter of dolphins, whales and seals. The actress joined forces with Jeff Pantukhoff, founder of the Whaleman Foundation, as the international spokesperson for fair treatment of marine life. More than just the face of the cause, the starlet and five other advocates ventured to Japan to boycott the annual six-month dolphin killing spree that takes place in Taiji, Japan. In support of the “Save the Taiji Dolphin Campaign,” the group paddled on surf boards into Taiji’s notorious dolphin killing cove in a peaceful demonstration against the annual massacre which claims more than 20,000 dolphins and porpoises each year. The emotional journey was captured in “The Cove,” which won the 2009 Oscar for Best Feature Documentary.In continued support of the cause, the actress also started her own online fundraiser called “Panettiere Closet,” which allows fans and animal lovers to purchase clothing items from the star’s wardrobe with proceeds going toward saving marine life.Wildlife ConservancyKristin Bauer, of HBO hit series True Blood and professional athlete Yao Ming stand up against illegal poaching of Africa’s gentle wildlife giants. Each year, thousands of rhinoceroses and elephants are poached in Africa, causing the animals’ populations to dwindle at an alarming rate. Hunters turn their killings into profits by selling and transporting the tusks and horns to China. From there, the ivory is turned into jewelry, religious figurines and other trinkets. Greed drives illegal poachers to turn ruthless in their quest for tusks and horns. With China’s growing economy, the demand of ivory and rhino horn is booming.In an effort to reduce the demand and stop the killings, the African Wildlife Foundation’s “SAY NO Campaign” aims to open consumers’ eyes to the realities of their buying habits and how the consumer interest in ivory is directly connected to the brutal poaching of Africa’s majestic wildlife. As active supporters, Bauer and Ming work hand in hand with the AWF to spread the word across China and conserve the lives of elephants and rhinos.Humane Farming“Clueless” star Alicia Silverstone clues us in to the horror’s of farm cruelty as the spokesperson for Farm Sanctuary’s Compassionate Communities Campaign. The long-time vegetarian and author of “The Kind Diet” advocates for humane treatment of animals by educating the public on the benefits of choosing a vegan/vegetarian lifestyle. The campaign, created by Farm Sanctuary, promotes vegetarianism as way to encourage people to go vegan, go vegetarian, or reduce their meat consumption. Silverstone acts as a driving force encouraging animal lovers to take actionable steps including leafleting, distributing vegetarian literature, and sharing the websites informational video, to spare animals a lifetime of unimaginable suffering.last_img read more

Stars Support Oxfam With Vanity Fair

first_imgVanity Fair and Barneys New York, along with Rooney Mara, hosted a private dinner at Chateau Marmont to benefit Oxfam, an international confederation of organizations working together to combat worldwide poverty and injustices around the globe.Emily Blunt and John KrasinskiThe event was part of Vanity Fair Campaign Hollywood.Guests were gifted MICA (“My Intelligent Communication Accessory”), a feminine communications accessory designed by Opening Ceremony and engineered by Intel.Guests included Patricia Arquette, Emily Blunt, VANITY FAIR Editor-In-Chief Graydon Carter, Lee Daniels, Kristin Davis, Mitch Glazer, Poppy Jamie, John Krasinski, Brit Marling, Moby, Elizabeth Olsen, Suki Waterhouse and more.last_img read more

iHeartMedia Announces The Return Of The iHeartCountry Festival

first_imgiHeartMedia, the leading audio company in America with a greater reach in the U.S. than any other media outlet, announced today the return of the iHeartCountry Festival by AT&T on Saturday, May 5.For the fifth straight year, Country music’s biggest superstars will perform at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas in a live celebration of all things Country.The Country music of the iHeartRadio app will come to life with an extraordinary lineup including Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, Dustin Lynch, Cole Swindell, Maren Morris, Sugarland, Luke Combs, Billy Currington, Dan + Shay, Jon Pardi and Brett Young, with more to be announced. In addition, one of iHeartMedia’s nationally-syndicated top on air personalities, Bobby Bones, will return as the official host of the iHeartCountry Festival main stage.“What makes this Festival special is that it is the one night the A-list of Country Music comes together to perform live, collaborate with friends and spend time together as a family,” said John Sykes, President of Entertainment Enterprises for iHeartMedia. “Everyone stays to support each other until the last band has walked off stage.”iHeartCountry has more than 150 Country broadcast radio stations across the U.S. reaching more than 110 million Country music listeners per month, making it the largest Country broadcast radio group in America. The iHeartCountry Festival is part of iHeartMedia’s roster of incredibly successful, nationally recognized concert events, including the iHeartRadio Music Festival, the iHeartRadio Music Awards, the nationwide iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Concert Tour, the iHeartRadio Fiesta Latina, the iHeartSummer’17 Weekend by AT&T and iHeartRadio ALTer Ego.“The iHeartCountry Festival is known for connecting our listeners to the biggest names in country music and this year is no exception,” said Tom Poleman, Chief Programming Officer for iHeartMedia. “It’s a must-attend night not only for fans, but for the artists as well. The vibe back stage is like a family reunion, where the superstars get to reconnect and hang out. It’s truly a one-of-a-kind iHeart event.”The iHeartCountry Festival is an iHeartMedia Production. Proud partners of this year’s event include AT&T, Roche Diabetes Care, maker of the ACCU-CHEK Guide system, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, with more to be announced. The 2018 iHeartCountry Festival’s benefiting charity will be St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and for every ticket sold, iHeartMedia will donate $1 to help fund the hospital’s lifesaving treatments and research. For more information visit iHeartRadio.com/countryfestival.Tickets will be available to eligible AT&T customers through an exclusive AT&T THANKS Priority Pre-sale beginning February 27 at 10 a.m. CT through March 1 at 9:59 a.m. CT via the AT&T THANKS app. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, March 2 at 12 p.m. CT via TexasBoxOffice.com. iHeartMedia’s Country music radio stations will broadcast the event live in their local markets and at iHeartRadio.com. Streaming details will be announced soon.last_img read more

John Legend To Headline Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation Blue Diamond Gala

first_imgThe Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF) announced today its fourth annual Blue Diamond Gala will take place on Monday, June 11 at Dodger Stadium and will feature a concert by multi-award winning, platinum-selling singer-songwriter John Legend.The evening will kick off with a star-studded blue carpet and pre-show dinner party, followed by two hours of entertainment and post-show food trucks, all to celebrate the impactful work being done year-round by LADF.Since inception, LADF has invested over $21 million into the LA community in the form of direct programs and grant making to local organizations, impacting millions of children. Proceeds from the Blue Diamond Gala will support the expansion of its direct programs, Dodgers Dreamfields and Dodger RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities), enabling LADF to reach its goal of building 50 baseball fields in underserved communities and attain its vision of impacting the lives of 10,000 young boys and girls, utilizing the power of sport.“The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation is thrilled that John Legend will be a part of what is sure to be an unforgettable celebration,” said Mark Walter, Dodger owner and chairman of the LADF Board. “By reaching 10,000 youth with our Dodgers RBI program and completing our 50th Dodgers Dreamfield, we are making meaningful progress in providing nurturing and empowering opportunities for the young people in our most overlooked local communities.”The 2018 Blue Diamond Gala is presented by the Los Angeles Dodgers Ownership Group to include: Mark Walter, Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Todd Boehly, Robert “Bobby” Patton Jr. and Peter Guber. Serving as this year’s event chairs for the LADF Blue Diamond Gala are Emily & Teddy Greenspan, Terri & Eric Holoman, Bill McMorrow, Stephanie & Nicholas Sandler, Kurt Rappaport, Cindy Starrett & Allan Bates, and Renata & Ken Simril.For tickets and information, please visit www.dodgers.com/gala.last_img read more

Shea Moisture Pulls Controversial Ad After Twitter Backlash We Really F–ked This

first_imgShea Moisture is under fire for its latest campaign after viewers felt the brand was turning its back on its roots in the black community.The ad opens with a black woman who says she was mocked for her natural curls. It later transitions to a blonde woman saying she didn’t “know what to do” with her hair and a redheaded woman complaining about dyeing her locks. The message was for people to “break free from hair hate.”SheaMoisture is CANCELLED pic.twitter.com/T4Dru1JgAq— NANA JIBRIL ??️‍? (@girlswithtoys) April 24, 2017 Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement The company, which was founded by Richelieu Dennis, who came to the U.S. from Liberia, has always focused on women of color. Some felt Shea Moisture was excluding its core customer base with its latest ad. Twitterlast_img read more

JOHN WICK CHAPTER 3 FIRST LOOK OFFICIALLY REVEALED

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Login/Register With: John Wick 3 ups the ante with not one but TWO dogs. In the desert. With Halle Berry. pic.twitter.com/xy5vot3wv0— Ali Plumb (@AliPlumb) December 19, 2018 Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img There is definitely going to be some globe trotting in this film, as in one pic we see him in the desert, and another has him in the rain while walking through a cityscape. With these official photos, there’s hope that a trailer will be released shortly.The John Wick films have been highly successful action films. Bringing Reeves back to the action genre, their simplistic storytelling and well choreographed style has made them box office smashes. Now, these films have been straight forward, with little backstory on titular character Wick, other than the ‘Boogeyman’ tales told by those who know his legend.With the casting of Anjelica Houston in a mysterious role as ‘The Director’, meant as a ‘protector’ for Wick and somehow responsible for his upbringing, we may be getting more backstory on the world’s greatest hitman. Regardless, we’re all excited to see a what looks to be the final chapter for John Wick – though the film’s director, Chad Stahelski, has ideas for future films:“I enjoy making these movies because there’s no limit. We create our own mythology, and we have a studio that both stays out of our way and supports us on the wacky decisions. If people go see the movie, and it makes money, and they came back to us, Keanu and I have ideas for days. I could live here for the rest of my career. If people like it and want to watch more, I could think of way worse ways to spend your career. But, you know, we’re in the entertainment business. We’ll let the audience figure that out.”John Wick: Chapter 3 hits theaters on May 17th, 2019.Are you excited for John Wick 3? Let us know in the comments below!BY VINCE HOOVER | SCREENGEEK Advertisement Twitter John Wick is on the run. After the first two installments involving The Boogeyman of the criminal world, Keanu Reeves dons the suit again, but this time, he is the hunted, rather than the hunter. He killed a member of the High Table, and did it on Continental grounds, causing a large bounty on his head and to be ‘ex-communicato’ from the one place he could have found sanctuary. So, what is he to do? Well, thanks to some first look images at John Wick: Chapter 3, we may have an idea.Thanks to Entertainment Weekly, we’re getting our first official looks at the third film in the highly successful and amazing John Wick franchise. In it, we see Reeves along side Halle Berry as Sophia, a fellow dog owner (said to also represent someone she lost) and seemingly Wick’s only ally while the world of hitmen stalk him down for a huge bounty.Welcome to the next chapter. #JohnWick3 pic.twitter.com/qtvXepVEvw— John Wick: Chapter 3 (@JohnWickMovie) December 19, 2018last_img read more