Birthplace doesnt necessarily guarantee citizenship feds tell Supreme Court

first_imgOTTAWA – International law does not require Canada to give citizenship to babies born on its soil, the federal government is telling the Supreme Court — an argument that could inadvertently bolster a recent Conservative party resolution aimed at stemming so-called birth tourism.Canada is one of fewer than three dozen countries that follow the practice of citizenship based on birthplace and some — including Australia and Britain — have modified or ended automatic birthright in recent years, the government says in a case that will determine whether the Toronto-born sons of Russian spies are Canadian citizens.“Indeed, no European countries, for example, grant an unqualified automatic citizenship by birth and they have no obligation to do so,” the federal submission says.“Only 34 countries grant the automatic acquisition of citizenship through birthplace regardless of parents’ nationality or status. This practice is not consistent and uniform enough to ground a rule of customary international law.”The federal Liberals adopted a decidedly different tone recently after the Conservatives passed a policy resolution calling on the government to enact legislation to end birthright citizenship “unless one of the parents of the child born in Canada is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada.”Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says one of the goals is to end the practice of women coming to Canada simply to give birth to a child that will automatically attain Canadian citizenship.Refugee and human rights advocates have objected, saying there is no evidence of a birth tourism problem to solve and that the Conservative policy would open the door to stateless children being born in Canada.Mathieu Genest, a spokesman for Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen, said following passage of the resolution that it’s a “shame to see the Conservatives going back down the path established by the Harper government, which seeks to strip away the citizenship of people who have only ever known Canada as a home.”Justin Trudeau’s principal secretary, Gerald Butts, called the Conservative policy “a deeply wrong and disturbing idea.”However, the federal submission to the Supreme Court strongly suggests the notion of automatic birthright is not carved in legal stone.It notes even those states that have chosen to grant citizenship to children born on their soil are not prohibited from applying exceptions. “A review of citizenship entitlements in various countries reveals a multitude of variations and restrictions on automatic citizenship by birth.”Federal lawyers play down the concept of automatic citizenship in laying out the reasons the government believes Alexander and Timothy Vavilov — the offspring of Russian intelligence agents — should not be recognized as Canadian citizens, even though they were born in Ontario. The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in December.Central to the government’s argument is that the parents were employees of a foreign government, making the boys ineligible for citizenship under an exception in the law.However, federal lawyers also address the role of birthplace in deciding citizenship.“In short, nothing in international law requires Canada to bestow citizenship on the basis of birth, much less to give citizenship to children born to parents in the service of a foreign government,” the written federal submission says.Two years ago, the government took a rosier view of the concept in a formal response to a petition against birthright citizenship sponsored by Conservative MP Alice Wong.John McCallum, immigration minister at the time, pointed out that the United States and Mexico, as well as a number of other countries in the Americas, such as Brazil and Argentina, provide citizenship based on birthplace.“While there may be instances of expectant mothers who are foreign nationals who travel to Canada to give birth, requiring that a parent be a citizen or permanent resident in order for their child to acquire citizenship through birth in Canada would represent a significant change to how Canadian citizenship is acquired,” McCallum added.— Follow @JimBronskill on Twitterlast_img read more

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Syrian chocolatier to hire mentor refugees They come here to contribute

first_imgANTIGONISH, N.S. — A one-time Syrian refugee who founded a thriving Nova Scotia chocolate company has announced plans to hire and mentor other refugees.Peace by Chocolate of Antigonish, N.S., has committed to hiring 50 refugees by 2022, and to mentor 10 refugee-run start-ups over the next few years.The now-famous company was founded by the Hadhad family, who fled their home in war-torn Damascus in 2012. They arrived in Nova Scotia with next to nothing in 2016.The company was founded shortly after and quickly found success, bolstered by high-profile shout-outs like one from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in an address to the United Nations.The family’s remarkable story has been told around the world.Tareq Hadhad, CEO of the company, said Peace by Chocolate aims to give back to the country that welcomed his family when so many nations were closing their borders to the Syrian plight.Now he plans to expand on that vision by giving back to other refugees looking to start new lives — as Canadians did for his family when they needed it most.“They (refugees) come here to contribute, they come here to give back to the community, and as a family that lost everything in the world we know how they feel,” Hadhad said in an interview.“Being a refugee is not a choice, it’s not a decision, it’s not a life goal. These people are fleeing their homes because of war, because of persecution. It is substantial and it’s the responsibility for everyone to do his role in supporting these newcomers to Canada.”Hadhad said the roles on offer will include positions in production, sales, and senior management, nurturing the skills and experience refugees bring with them.Hadhad’s father, Assam, ran a chocolate business in Damascus for decades but it was destroyed in a 2012 bombing.Many of the jobs will be located at new facilities planned for different parts of the country as Peace By Chocolate expands, with locations still being finalized.Hadhad said he hopes other Canadian businesses will follow his lead and support newcomers.The chocolatier added that most Canadians have the generosity of Indigenous people to thank for their successes in Canada.“Everyone when they came here, they received a hand, and now it’s the turn for all these settled Canadians to help,” he said.“We want to support other refugees like our community supported us.”– By Holly McKenzie-Sutter in St. John’s, N.L.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Pipeline protest convoy approaches Ottawa after rolling across country

first_imgOTTAWA — Hundreds of trucks are expected to roll into Ottawa Tuesday to protest the federal government’s policies on the oil industry.The main portion of the United We Roll Convoy set out from Red Deer, Alta., last Thursday and made stops in Regina, Dryden, Thunder Bay, and Sault Ste. Marie before mustering at Arnprior, Ont., just outside the capital.The rally is expected to occupy almost a kilometre of Wellington Street, in front of Parliament.Lead organizer Glen Carritt says the display is about showing support for new oil pipelines and opposition to the federal carbon tax and new rules on oil transportation.The convoy includes members of the Yellow Vest Movement, whose demonstrations across the country have had widely varying agendas, from supporting pipelines to denouncing a United Nations compact on global migration.Demonstrators from eastern Canada are also expected to link up with the convoy.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Kenneys premiership poses challenges opportunity for Trudeau Scheer

first_imgOTTAWA — Attention is now turning to how Jason Kenney’s win in Alberta could impact the fall federal election.Political observers say Kenney, an outspoken and articulate former Stephen Harper cabinet minister, creates threats and opportunities for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer ahead of the fall campaign.Kenney has made it clear he plans to fiercely challenge Trudeau on issues including the carbon tax and equalization payments, and so far has pummelled the Liberals on the former, says former federal Conservative cabinet minister Stockwell Day.Day says the premier-designate is also poised to be a national voice defending areas of provincial jurisdiction.Abacus Data chief executive David Coletto says Kenney intends to be a thorn in the prime minister’s side, but that could give Trudeau an opening to convince voters it is necessary to elect a federal government to act as a counterpoint to Conservative politicians across the country.But Kenney has also picked on issues that could be difficult for Scheer to navigate on a national stage, says University of Alberta political scientist Jared Wesley, including demands to change the equalization formula that most federal politicians avoid discussing,The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Canada and US lift tariffs on steel and aluminum

first_imgWord of the agreement began to trickle out amid reports that U.S. negotiators had backed off long-standing demands for a hard limit on imports of Canadian steel and aluminum, part of an effort to keep cheap Chinese product out of the country.Late Friday morning, Trudeau and President Donald Trump wrapped up their third phone call in less than a week on the tariff dispute, including Canada’s decision to retaliate with more than $16 billion of its own punitive levies on American products. OTTAWA – Canada’s year-long standoff with the Trump administration over punitive U.S. steel and aluminum tariffs is finally over, removing a key hurdle in efforts to ratify the new North American trade pact.Global Affairs Canada says the tariffs will be removed within two days.BREAKING: now official! Canada and the US reach deal to lift tariffs on steel and aluminum. Here is the joint statement on what the countries have agreed to. #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/0PCeE8PWaq— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) May 17, 2019Canada has also agreed to drop all of its retaliatory measures and legal actions at the World Trade Organization.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is making an unscheduled, last-minute trip to Hamilton, Canada’s steel-manufacturing capital, where he’s expected to confirm the breakthrough at an event at steel giant Stelco with Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and Finance Minister Bill Morneau.last_img read more

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RCMP sitting on watchdog report into alleged spying on antioil protesters

first_imgOTTAWA — The RCMP has been sitting for two years on a watchdog report into alleged Mountie surveillance of anti-oil protesters, a civil liberties group charges.In a letter this month to RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki, a lawyer for the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association laments the “inordinate delay” that has effectively obstructed the report’s release.The association lodged a complaint in February 2014 with the Civilian Review and Complaints Commission for the RCMP. It alleged the national police force improperly collected and shared information about people and groups who peacefully opposed the planned Northern Gateway pipeline project and attended National Energy Board meetings.The association said monitoring, surveillance and information sharing with other government agencies and the private sector created a chilling effect for those who might wish to take part in hearings or other public discussions on petroleum issues.The commission launched a public interest investigation and completed an interim report into the matter in June 2017, forwarding it to the RCMP for comment on the conclusions and recommendations.The commission cannot prepare a final report until the RCMP commissioner responds, which also means the findings can’t be disclosed to the civil liberties association or the public.In March, Paul Champ, a lawyer for the association, wrote commission chairwoman Michelaine Lahaie to express concern that more than five years had passed since the complaint was filed, saying the RCMP may have violated the fundamental freedoms of Canadians exercising their democratic rights.“It is our view that this interminable delay undermines the credibility of the CRCC and, more importantly, calls into question its ability to fulfil its primary function: ensuring accountability of the RCMP and fostering public trust and confidence in Canada’s national police force,” Champ’s letter said.“It is regrettable that the CRCC may not be treating this complaint with the seriousness it deserves.”After receiving no reply, he followed up with another letter in May.Nika Joncas-Bourget, the commission’s director and general counsel for reviews, told Champ in late May the watchdog shared his frustration with the Mounties.“We can assure you that we have repeatedly expressed concern to the RCMP regarding the time it is taking to receive the Commissioner’s Response,” she wrote.  Joncas-Bourget said once the commission receives Lucki’s response, it will “promptly issue” its final report, something it usually does within 30 days of getting the top Mountie’s input.The RCMP had no immediate comment on the reason for the delay or when the commissioner’s response might be coming.In his Aug. 9 letter to Lucki, Champ noted the RCMP Act imposes a legal duty to provide a response to the commission’s interim report “as soon as feasible.”“In short, the RCMP has been sitting on this report for over two years and effectively obstructing its release to my client and the public,” he wrote.“It is our view that two years for your review and response to the CRCC’s interim report is clearly an unreasonable delay not contemplated by the statute, whether the delay is due to insufficient allocation of resources or any other cause.“This delay is all the more serious when the allegations concern fundamental rights and freedoms protected by the Canadian Constitution.”The civil liberties association also complained in early 2014 about improper monitoring of anti-pipeline activists by the Canadian Security Intelligence Service.The review committee that oversees CSIS dismissed the complaint in 2017, prompting the association to ask the Federal Court to revisit the outcome, a proceeding that is ongoing.— Follow @JimBronskill on TwitterJim Bronskill , The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Its just the freedom Paralyzed Broncos player pursuing life on the water

first_imgSASKATOON — A minor injury cost former Humboldt Broncos hockey player Jacob Wassermann an opportunity to compete at last month’s adaptive water-ski world championship in Norway.But he says that just getting to be part of the Canadian team has whetted his appetite for the sport and increased his determination to attend the next championship in Australia in a couple of years.Wassermann was invited to complete as a prospect in Skarnes, Norway, but is planning a different way in next time.“I’m going there as an athlete. I want to go as a full part of the team,” Wassermann told The Canadian Press in an interview from his home in Saskatoon.“That’s my goal. It’s a very achievable one in my opinion.”The former Broncos goaltender, who started in the net when he was nine, was paralyzed last year when the junior hockey team’s bus and a semi collided at an intersection in rural Saskatchewan. Sixteen people were killed.Now 19, Wassermann took up adaptive water-skiing a year ago at the urging of national team member Nolan Barnes, who was paralyzed in a car accident nine years ago.Wassermann will be back on the water this weekend as Saskatoon holds the provincial water-skiing championship.“For me, it’s just the freedom you get. You get out of your chair, get on the water and you’re going fast … not a lot of sports get that kind of speed and adrenaline,” he said.“The season’s almost over. We’re running out of summer here. I’ll ski until the year’s over and it gets too cold to get into the water and I’m starting school.”The sport involves a specially modified wakeboard attached to a ski with a cage that the skier is strapped into. Athletes are expected to compete in three categories: tricks, slalom and jumping.Wassermann said he was surprised at the camaraderie among the competitors in the international community.“When they’re on the water, you can tell they’re going to work. But when they’re off the water … they’re sort of hanging out, supporting their teams, supporting the other skiers,” he said.“It’s a different environment from what I’m used to in the hockey world, where if it’s not your team you’re against them.”Wassermann is to begin classes at the University of Saskatchewan this fall. He hopes to eventually have a career in nutrition.— By Bill Graveland in CalgaryFollow @BillGraveland on TwitterThe Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Alicia Silverstone Feed Pussy Riot Girl Vegan Meals

first_imgAfter learning from PETA that Maria Alekhina, a member of the protest band Pussy Riot, collapsed from malnutrition during a recent court appearance, actor Alicia Silverstone fired off a letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin asking that he show consideration regarding the jailed rocker’s vegan diet.In the letter, Hollywood sweetheart and vegan cookbook author Silverstone asks Putin to make plant-based foods available to not only the imprisoned Alekhina but also all Russian prisoners.“Regardless of the trial and its outcome, I’m sure you can agree that everyone has the right to show compassion and refrain from harming animals by being vegan”, wrote Silverstone.“We hope Putin will give serious consideration to Alicia’s request”, says PETA Associate Director Mimi Bekhechi. “PETA and Alicia stand ready to help Russian authorities plan nutritious, inexpensive vegan meals for all inmates.”For more information on making the switch to a vegan diet, please visit PETA.org.uk.last_img read more

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Stars Go Beyond Hunger For Heifer International

first_imgHeifer International will host “Beyond Hunger: A Place at the Table,” on September 21, 2012 at the Montage Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles.The event will be co-hosted by Diane Lane, Nina Jacobson, Jane Fonda, Sheryl Crow, Bonnie Raitt and Tracey Ullman. Mary Steenburgen and Ted Danson will be honored for their support of and commitment to Heifer International’s goals.Proceeds from the evening will directly benefit Heifer’s mission to end hunger and poverty and protect the Earth. Following dinner, there will be a performance by two-time Grammy winning singer-songwriter Colbie Caillat and a live auction.“‘Beyond Hunger: A Place at the Table,’ is Heifer International’s pledge to the future—to help celebrate the successes of women who have joined in the journey to help countless other women achieve their dreams of hope, happiness, opportunity and prosperity,” said Pierre Ferrari, president and CEO of Heifer International. “As the theme of the evening suggests, it begins with food security, income and assets, but the destination is equality, access, and most of all, full participation.”Heifer International works with smallholder farmers in more than 40 countries, providing gifts of livestock and training to empower self-reliance and ensure nutritional and economic security. Since 1944 Heifer International has helped more than 15.5 million families—79 million people—move from poverty to prosperity. Heifer project participant families are trained in eco-friendly agriculture and how to properly care for their livestock and living assets, to improve not only their lives, but their communities as well.In turn, Heifer families agree to Pass on the Gift, to pass on the first-born female offspring of their animal, along with training, to another family, multiplying the gift. With that, the gift of a single goat can soon become four goats, then eight goats, then 16 goats, helping even more families struggling daily to escape hunger and poverty.“Thank you to Heifer International for providing so many with a means and time-proven example of sustenance and dignity, by ending hunger and onwards to a more equitable abundance of opportunity,” said this year’s Beyond Hunger co-host Diane Lane.Heifer International is honoring Academy Award-winning Steenburgen and Emmy Award-winning Ted Danson for their longtime support for the organization’s work. Both Steenburgen and Danson have participated in Heifer-sponsored events and advocated for its work on appearances in television, on radio, through social networks and celebrity events. Steenburgen and her daughter, Lilly McDowell, also started Nell’s Compass, a soy candle company, which contributes $2 of every candle sale to Heifer International.“Ted and Mary have been friends of Heifer International for a long time,” said Ferrari. “Their personal and professional association has helped us in more ways that we couldn’t begin to count. We owe them a great deal and this event, along with celebrating the power and promise of women, is an appropriate way to say thank you to them for all they do.”For Heifer International, women are the backbone of agriculture, and the key driver of food production. Worldwide, women farmers outnumber male farmers by a few percentage points. However in developing regions, the figure is much higher. In Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, 60 to 70 percent of farmers are women.Although these women own less than 1 percent of the Earth’s land, they produce a staggering 80 percent of the developing world’s food. Given help, tools and training to enhance food production and the chance to build assets and income, these women will help feed the world.This year’s dinner committee is comprised of an outstanding list of prominent entertainment figures, including: Ed Asner, Mehcad Brooks, Kim Cattrall, Ben Cohen, Malaak Compton-Rock, David Cross, Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder, Kirsten Dunst, Mia Farrow, Ashley Greene, Jerry Greenfield, Adrian Grenier, Patricia Heaton and David Hunt, Allison Janney, Ashley Judd, Amy Madigan and Ed Harris, Eva Amurri, Dominic Monaghan, Susan Sarandon, Bobby Shriver, Serinda Swan, Amber Tamblyn and Keisha and Forest Whitaker.Find out more here.Source:Heifer.orglast_img read more

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Paul McCartney Supports Campaign To Save Sea Turtles

first_imgSir Paul McCartney has lent his support for a campaign to save sea turtles from being farmed for food in the world’s last commercial farm in the Cayman Islands.He announced his support last week with a news story on his website, calling for fans to support the World Society for the Protection of Animals’ (WSPA) campaign to stop sea turtle farming at the Cayman Turtle Farm, in the Cayman Islands.McCartney tweeted: “There is no humane way to farm sea turtles. Support @WSPA campaign to #stopseaturtlefarming” adding on his official Facebook page: “the Cayman Turtle Farm is the last place on Earth that breeds endangered sea turtles for food.”An investigation conducted by WSPA has revealed disturbing evidence of animal cruelty, along with massive conservation and financial failures at the Cayman Turtle Farm.Despite marketing itself as a conservation focused tourist attraction, the Cayman Turtle Farm is the world’s last remaining facility that commercially raises sea turtles for slaughter and consumption.Some 7,000 endangered sea turtles – accurately portrayed in Finding Nemo as peaceful animals that travel thousands of miles across oceans – have been effectively immobilized and stockpiled in filthy, tiny tanks for so long that they have begun to cannibalize each other.The shocking images documented during WSPA’s investigation show widespread problems at the tourist attraction that also commercially factory farms thousands of turtles for human consumption under the banner of sea turtle conservation.Stress from overcrowding turns these gentle animals into cannibals and WSPA staff saw turtles with fins entirely chewed away. In-breeding causes turtles to be born with massive deformities, such as no eyes; these young animals have no chance at life at all.WSPA Wildlife Campaign Leader Dr Neil D’Cruze said: “The farm itself reports that demand for turtle meat has halved, possibly due to waning interest. The galling backdrop to this large-scale suffering is that of the 31,000 turtles the farm says it has released since 1968, only 133 have been released in the last five years and in over 40 years only 11 farm-tagged turtles have actually made it back to the beach to nest.last_img read more

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Jennifer Lopez To Perform At Celebrity Fight Night XIX For Charity

first_imgCelebrity Fight Night, one of the nation’s most significant charity events, announces that international superstar, Jennifer Lopez is scheduled to perform at Celebrity Fight Night XIX on Saturday, March 23 at JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa in Phoenix.Lopez just wrapped her ’Dance Again World Tour” performing to packed houses around the world. The Golden Globe nominee will star opposite Jason Statham in a new film release, Parker, premiering Jan 25. Music artist, entertainer, actress, film & TV producer, fashion designer, entrepreneur and humanitarian, Jennifer Lopez has been called one of the most powerful and celebrated celebrities in entertainment. A portion of the proceeds from the charity event will go to the Lopez Family Foundation. The organization is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of children and women around the world (www.LopezFamilyFoundation.org).“We’re honored to have Jennifer Lopez give a special performance this year. Her generosity and humanitarian work align with the vision of Celebrity Fight Night and will inspire a successful night of fundraising for the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center and other great causes,” said Jimmy Walker, founder and president of the Celebrity Fight Night Foundation.During the gala, Muhammad Ali will honor Jennifer Lopez with a Celebrity Fight Night Award. The Muhammad Ali Celebrity Fight Night Awards acknowledge leaders in the sports, business or entertainment community who have achieved extraordinary accomplishments and have been instrumental in giving back to charity – key qualities associated with the Champ.In addition to Jennifer Lopez’s performance, musical entertainment will include fellow Celebrity Fight Night Award honoree, Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers. Grammy Award-winning leading lady of country music, Reba McEntire will join featured guest Muhammad Ali at the star-studded gala. McEntire will return as the evening’s emcee for her eighth consecutive year. Also returning will be 16-time Grammy Award-winning songwriter and producer, David Foster who will serve as Musical Director for his 14th year. Additional performers and attending celebrities will be announced leading up to the event.Celebrity Fight Night premiered in the Valley in 1994 when local celebrities donned oversized boxing gloves for a comedic fight in the ring before 400 attendees. Today, more than 1,200 guests attend the event to accompany Muhammad Ali and other A-List celebrities. Celebrity Fight Night no longer features celebrity boxing, but by attending the event and bidding on live and silent auction items, each guest does their part to join Ali in winning the fight for charities.Over the past 18 years, Celebrity Fight Night has raised $80 million for the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center and other charities. Celebrities and professional athletes from around the U.S. join Muhammad Ali each year for this celebrity-filled night complete with live auction items and musical performances by many of today’s brightest stars. Previous guests have included Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Billy Crystal, Kevin Costner, Garth Brooks, Matchbox Twenty, Kelly Clarkson, Jon Bon Jovi, Robin Williams, Rascal Flatts, Miley Cyrus, Jim Carrey, Larry King, Donald Trump, Celine Dion, Faith Hill, Randy Jackson, Sharon Stone, Lionel Richie, Bo Derek, Rod Stewart, Michael Buble, Josh Groban, John Mellencamp, Chris Tucker, Forest Whitaker, Arnold Schwarzenegger and many more.Individual tickets range from $1,500 to $5,000 each, and tables of 10 range from $15,000 to $100,000 each. For reservations, please call 602-956-1121.Click here for more information.last_img read more

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Roger Waters Calls For Musicians To Boycott Israel

first_imgRoger Waters wants other musicians to boycott performing in Israel because it is “the most effective way to go because the situation is that the Israeli government runs an apartheid regime in Israel, the occupied territories and everywhere else it decides.”The former Pink Floyd rocker – who is a juror on the Russell Tribunal on Palestine – has revealed in an interview with Electronic Intifada that he is thinking of recording a single urging artists to avoid Israel. He will also publish an open letter asking members of the music industry to join the boycott.To read the interview, click here.The Russell Tribunal acts as a court of the people, a Tribunal of conscience, faced with injustices and violations of international law, that are not dealt with by existing international jurisdictions, or that are recognized but continue with complete impunity due to the lack of political will of the international community. Its supporters also include Harry Belafonte, Julie Christie, Miriam Margolyes, Henning Mankell, Harold Pinter and many more.last_img read more

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Prince Harry Visits Charity Photo Exhibition

first_imgPrince Harry last week visited a photographic exhibition in London documenting the work of his Lesotho-based children’s charity Sentebale.Prince Harry speaks at the private view of the Sentebale – Stories of Hope exhibition of photographs in LondonThe Prince had spent around half an hour viewing the exhibition Sentebale – Stories of Hope at the Getty Images Gallery in central London.Some of the pictures were taken in February during The Prince’s trip to the southern African kingdom of Lesotho, where his charity supports a range of projects that help disadvantaged children and young people.Sentebale, which means Forget-Me-Not in Sesotho, the language of Lesotho, was founded in 2006 by Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso of Lesotho. It has improved the lives of thousands of children by providing healthcare and education to those most in need, including children orphaned by the country’s HIV/Aids epidemic, but has ambitions to help many more.Among the guests was David Furnish, whose partner Sir Elton John has helped raise money for a new Sentebale children’s centre through the Elton John AIDS Foundation’s White Tie and Tiara ball.Mr Furnish said: “I congratulated him on being an uncle and he smiled proudly. I’m an uncle many times over and I love it.”Mr Furnish said of Sentebale: “At our ball we gave people the chance to purchase cabins at the new Mamohato Children’s Centre, and we sold 10 cabins at £35,000 each. It was a huge success because people can see how it makes a difference to children’s lives.”Other guests included the BBC newsreader Kate Silverton, who has seen the poverty of Lesotho first hand when she filmed a report there.The Prince, wearing a blue suit and a white open-necked shirt, told an audience of 140 invited guests that he would not make a long speech because it was “absolutely roasting” in the small gallery off Oxford Street.He said of the charity’s work: “In the absence of parents for the vast majority of Lesotho children we at Sentebale we hope are filling the gap as best we can.“The stigma that surrounds HIV and Aids must be explained and, I hope, understood.”Source:PrinceHenryOfWales.orglast_img read more

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Sheryl Crow and Chateau St Jean Partner To Support Breast Cancer Awareness

first_imgChateau St. Jean winery is pleased to announce its support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month alongside winery partner and 9-time Grammy Award winner artist, Sheryl Crow, by donating $1 for every bottle of wine sold (up to $100,000 total) through October 31, 2014.The partners are also launching the Notes of Hope program to rally for the cause.Sheryl Crow and Chateau St. Jean invite consumers to participate in the Notes of Hope program by visiting the website www.ChateauStJean.com where they can select a Notes of Hope inspirational digital card to share with loved ones via social media channels. Consumers can also watch exclusive videos from Sheryl Crow, access select recipes and wine pairings and enter to win Sheryl Crow concert tickets and autographed guitars (where legal).In addition to encouraging consumers to participate and share in the Notes of Hope program, Chateau St. Jean, for the second year, is pleased to support a cause not only close to Sheryl Crow’s heart but to millions of people, by donating $1 for every bottle of wine sold in the US to breast cancer charities during the month of October. As a survivor and research and awareness advocate, Sheryl works tirelessly to keep Breast Cancer Awareness Month at the forefront.“I love this ‘Notes of Hope’ program. It is inspiring, engaging and powerful. I am thrilled to partner with Chateau St. Jean for a second year in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month,” 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.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, who brings over 30 years of winemaking expertise and who was once named ‘Winemaker of the Year’ by Wine Enthusiast Magazine.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

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Foxes And Lily Donaldson Join Fashion Targets Breast Cancer

first_imgGrammy Award-winning musician Foxes, model and presenter Abbey Clancy, Victoria’s Secret Angel Lily Donaldson and model and musician Alice Dellal are taking part in Fashion Targets Breast Cancer in 2015, the UK’s most stylish charity fashion campaign.Fashion Targets Breast Cancer 2015Credit/Copyright: Fashion Targets Breast Cancer/Simon EmmettThis year’s poster campaign is shot by globally renowned photographer Simon Emmett.Representing the best and brightest of British talent, this year’s coterie of cover girls are the ones to watch in 2015. Already successful in their fields in the UK and internationally, each star brings their own unique look to the campaign, inspiring women across the UK to showcase their style and wear their support in the fight against breast cancer.“Fashion is a huge part of my life, and if by taking part I can inspire women to wear their support, join the fight and take on breast cancer head on, that’ll be something to be really proud of,” said Foxes.Launched by Ralph Lauren in 1994, Fashion Targets Breast Cancer unites the world of fashion as a force against breast cancer. The iconic campaign hit the UK in 1996, bringing the best of British style and talent to the fight. Since then, Fashion Targets Breast Cancer has empowered UK women to wear their support, raising more than £13.5 million for pioneering research charity Breakthrough Breast Cancer.“As a mum, it makes me proud to be part of a campaign that funds vital work ensuring the next generation of young women won’t have to be afraid of a breast cancer diagnosis,” said Abbey Clancy.“By wearing their support, women across the UK are joining together to say “We’ve had enough of breast cancer” and bringing us closer to the day we no longer have to be afraid of this terrible disease,” added Lily Donaldson.They follow in the footsteps of Fashion Targets Breast Cancer alumni Kylie Minogue, Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell, Emeli Sandé and Jessica Ennis-Hill.Find out more here.last_img read more

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Dwayne Johnson Announces Rock The Troops

first_imgSeven Bucks Productions, co-founded by Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia, has joined forces with Spike TV and Casey Patterson Entertainment to create “ROCK THE TROOPS,” a grand scale music and entertainment event to celebrate and entertain deployed US Troops serving overseas.The Spike Original Special will be filmed at a Military Base overseas, location to be announced in the coming months. “ROCK THE TROOPS” will bow on Veterans Day 2016.The star-studded event will feature live performances from headliners from the worlds of music, movies, comedy, sports and more.“Dwayne Johnson has always made supporting the brave men and women serving overseas a priority throughout his career. Our Mission is to honor, inspire and entertain in an epic way, as only The Rock can. He’ll bring all the heart, humor and big-bad energy that the world loves him for, to this show. I couldn’t have more dedicated partners than Dwayne, Dany and the Seven Bucks team for this very worthy event,” said Casey Patterson, Executive Producer.“Supporting troops and veterans is part of Spike’s DNA,” said Spike TV’s President Kevin Kay. Spike has actively supported America’s heroes throughout the last decade from helping to build a hospital for troops with brain injuries, to the “Hire A Vet” campaign, to the VOW initiative focusing on veterans’ health and wellness.“The Seven Bucks team and I are honored to help create this special project that is going to give back to our troops and thank them for all their dedication, bravery and sacrifice,” said Johnson. “We are going to make something truly monumental,” added Garcia.Spike and Seven Bucks Productions announced a development deal at the Spike Upfront presentation to advertisers and press in March. This is the first special event announced as part of the deal.last_img read more

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Sandra Bullock To Sign Custom Minions Shoes For Charity Auction

first_imgHere is your chance to bid on a one-of-a-kind custom pair of shoes made by luxury UK designer Rupert Sanderson that are inspired by Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment’s Minions.This prequel to the Despicable Me global film franchise debuts in U.S. theaters on July 10th.Academy Award winner Sandra Bullock, who voices Scarlet Overkill, the world’s first-ever female super-villian, in Minions, debuted the custom-designed shoes on the yellow carpet at the Los Angeles premiere for the film.The one-of-a-kind Rupert Sanderson-designed pointed pumps are yellow suede with black-and-white patent leather and feature a unique Minion-inspired design, different from the printed satin version of the shoes being sold in select retail stores.There are 10 pairs going for auction, and the winners will receive shoes custom made in your specified size and autographed by Sandra Bullock.Proceeds from the auction will go to the Art + Practice Foundation, an organization that encourages education and culture by providing life-skills training for foster youth in the 90008 ZIP code as well as free, museum-curated art exhibitions and moderated art lectures to the community of Leimert Park. Find out more here.You gotta be quick for this auction, it ends on Friday July 10. To find out more and make a bid, click here.last_img read more

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Chelsea Clinton To Visit Clinton Foundation Projects In Haiti

first_imgOn Tuesday, July 28, and Wednesday, July 29, Clinton Foundation Vice Chair Chelsea Clinton and Clinton Foundation President Donna Shalala will lead a group of philanthropists, business leaders, and Clinton Foundation supporters to visit Foundation efforts that are supporting the development and growth of the Haitian agriculture, health, entrepreneurship, and business sectors.Chelsea Clinton will also host a No Ceilings Conversation on empowering Haitian girls and women as entrepreneurs.Illustrating the Clinton Foundation’s innovative philanthropic model, efforts in Haiti take a multi-faceted approach in fostering sustainable economic development with a shared goal of increasing opportunities for girls and women. This includes helping to raise emergency relief funds; providing grants to local organizations; and creating partnerships between public, private, and nonprofit organizations.Since 2010, the Clinton Foundation has helped raise more than $30 million for Haiti, including relief funds and projects that are focused on supporting Haiti’s small and medium businesses; improving livelihoods; enhancing education; and exploring the nexus of agriculture, energy, and the environment. Today, the Clinton Foundation focuses on creating sustainable economic growth in the priority sectors of energy, tourism, agriculture, and artisans/manufacturing. The Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership (CGEP), an initiative of the Clinton Foundation, has also created a social enterprise in Haiti that works to address market opportunities in local supply and distribution chains.Additionally, through the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), an initiative of the Clinton Foundation, CGI members have made more than 100 Commitments to Action focused on Haiti, which will be valued over $500 million when fully funded and implemented. Now in its seventh year, CGI’s Haiti Action Network has a significant focus on creating sustainable jobs and encouraging investment in the country.last_img read more

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Reese Witherspoon To Host National Christmas Tree Lighting

first_imgAcademy Award-winner Reese Witherspoon will host the 2015 National Christmas Tree Lighting, presented by the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks.Bellamy Young and the United States Coast Guard Band have also been added to the lineup for the historic holiday tradition. They will be joining Miss Piggy, Fall Out Boy, Tori Kelly, Aloe Blacc, and Crosby, Stills and Nash.President Obama will officially light the tree.Keep up with the National Christmas Tree on Twitter at @TheNationalTree and follow #NCTL2015 on social media for more information about the event and its history.This year’s kick-off to the holiday season in our nation’s capital marks the 93rd annual National Christmas Tree Lighting and will be held Thursday, December 3, 2015, on the Ellipse at President’s Park (White House). The ceremony will kick off the holiday season in our nation’s capital and can be viewed online LIVE at www.thenationaltree.org beginning at 4:30 p.m. ET with the exclusive National Christmas Tree Lighting pre-show. The event can be seen on public television throughout the month of December. For broadcast times, check local listings or the National Christmas Tree Lighting website.An American holiday tradition started by President Calvin Coolidge in 1923, the National Christmas Tree Lighting is a great example of the countless ways there are to #FindYourPark. Launched in March 2015, Find Your Park/Encuentra Tu Parque is a public awareness and education movement to inspire people from all backgrounds to connect with, celebrate, and support America’s national parks and community-based programs. Celebrating the National Park Service Centennial and setting the stage for the Service’s next 100 years, #FindYourPark invites people to discover and share their own unique connections to our nation’s natural landscapes, vibrant culture, and rich history.A special thanks to GE Lighting, Amtrak, Christmas Northeast, Inc., Guest Services, Inc., Hargrove Inc., Hudler Carolina Tree Farms, Loews Madison, Southwest Airlines®, and Washington Marriott at Metro Center for their generous support of the 2015 National Christmas Tree Lighting.last_img read more

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Imagine Dragons Perform At Tyler Robinson Foundation 3rd Annual Gala

first_imgThe GRAMMY Award-winning band Imagine Dragons performed an intimate acoustic set at the third annual gala benefiting the Tyler Robinson Foundation (TRF) at Caesars Palace.Imagine Dragons perform at third annual gala benefiting the Tyler Robinson FoundationCredit/Copyright: Cashman PhotographyThis extraordinary gala raises funds to support families affected by pediatric cancer.Chris Harrison, from ABC’s “The Bachelor,” served as the evening’s host. Four honorees were celebrated for their tireless efforts and work toward fighting pediatric cancer, including: • Criss Angel: His passion for pediatric cancer research has intensified following the diagnosis of his 2-year-old son with leukemia. • Dr. Raphael Rousseau: Leader of development or the Pediatric Oncology Drug Development Team at Genentech, Dr. Rousseau has dedicated his career to focusing on hard-to-treat pediatric cancers. • Gavin, Owen, Quinn and Ethan Morrison: Since learning of TRF in 2014, this family has demonstrated dedication to raising funds and awareness through school and church groups. • Hyundai Hope on Wheels: This organization funds innovative research and creates awareness, funding more than $115 million in pediatric cancer research in the U.S.Founded in 2013 by GRAMMY Award-winning band Imagine Dragons and the Robinson family, TRF’s mission is to strengthen families financially and emotionally as they cope with the tragedy of a pediatric cancer diagnosis by providing hope, information, and relief through financial services, caring volunteers, and monetary grants. The TRF is a 501c3 non-profit organization.last_img read more

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