Islamabad: Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa’s term has been extended for another three years by Prime Minister Imran Khan in view of the “regional security environment”, an official announcement said on Monday. General Bajwa, 58, who was appointed as the chief of Army Staff by former jailed prime minister Nawaz Sharif in November 2016, was to retire in November. “General Qamar Javed Bajwa is appointed Chief of Army Staff for another term of three years from the date of completion of current tenure,” read the brief notification issued by the Prime Minister’s Office. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US “The decision has been taken in view of the regional security environment,” the Dawn reported, citing the decision made by Prime Minister Khan. Earlier, there were reports that Prime Minister Khan may give another term to Bajwa as both were working closely. Bajwa accompanied Khan on his maiden US visit during which he met US President Donald Trump at the White House. Khan had also nominated Bajwa as a member of the National Development Council, in an unprecedented move. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls In Pakistan, the appointment of the Army chief is the prerogative of the Prime Minister and his government. The practice of the senior most being made the chief is not followed. Bajwa’s extension comes amidst worsening ties between India and Pakistan following India’s decision to revoke Jammu and Kashmir’s special status under Article 370. Reacting to India’s decision, Pakistan expelled the Indian High Commissioner, after deciding to downgrade diplomatic ties with New Delhi. Pakistan also suspended its trade relations with India in retaliation against New Delhi’s decision. India has categorically told the international community that its move to scrap Article 370 of the Constitution revoking the special status to Jammu and Kashmir was an internal matter and has also advised Pakistan to accept the reality.
Kolkata: Five Bangladeshi nationals were arrested on Wednesday while they were allegedly illegally crossing to the Indian side of the border without valid documents.A team of the Kolkata Special Task Force (STF) also arrested Abdul Salam (40) of Howrah, Mujibar Ghazi (53) of North 24 Parganas, and Rabindar Prasad (42) of Kolkata for allegedly helping the Bangladeshis cross the border.The Bangladeshi nationals have been identified as Habib Sk (45), Mohammed Riday Sk (30), Abul Kalam (21), Rahul Sk (19) and Awal Middhya (18). Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”Five Bangladeshi nationals were arrested for clandestinely entering India through the porous border without any valid documents or permits, and thereby committed offence under section 14A of the Foreigners Act,” said a senior STF official. The other three were arrested for abetting, organising and facilitating illegal entry of the five Bangladeshis.History-sheeter Dilip Banerjee alias Hatkata Dilip was arrested on Wednesday for allegedly extorting money from a Kolkata resident. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayAccording to Lake Town police, one Dhananjoy Mukherjee of 5 Basak Bagan Lane under Lake Town Police Station lodged a complaint on August 19 against Banerjee and his gang members. He alleged that the accused, under the influence of alcohol, stormed into his room and threatened him with dire consequences for denying extortion money for an undergoing project in Patipukur. Banerjee was arrested under various sections of IPC.Two months ago, he had allegedly collected Rs 1 lakh from the complainant for the same project.(With inputs from Indian Express)
Barcelona: If Lionel Messi listens to Real Betis and sits out another match, Barcelona will likely have to rely on Antoine Griezmann to finally get some points on the board. Betis, which visits the Camp Nou on Sunday, responded to a tweet by Barcelona that Messi was back to practicing with the team for the first time since being injured in the preseason by saying: “Don’t rush, Leo. No need for you to force it!” Barcelona couldn’t make up for Messi’s absence last weekend when its attack was held scoreless in a 1-0 loss at Athletic Bilbao. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhThat was the first time the two-time defending champions had lost a Spanish league opener in a decade. And after both Real Madrid and Atl tico Madrid won, the pressure is on. Barcelona acquired Griezmann after triggering the 120 million euro ( 133 million) buyout clause in his contract with rival Atl tico. The France forward was supposed to be the fourth piece to an already world class attack featuring Messi, Luis Su rez and Ousmane Dembele. But Griezmann may be left with all the scoring responsibility in his competitive home debut. Messi strained his right calf in the team’s first practice of the season on Aug. 5 and hasn’t played since. Although it is possible he will be back to face Betis, Su rez won’t be after he injured a right leg muscle in the first half at Bilbao. Dembele has also been ruled out for several weeks with a left thigh injury. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterPhilippe Coutinho, who could have helped out as an attacking player, is no longer with the team after being loaned out to Bayern Munich this week. Malcom, a Brazilian forward who played sparingly for Barcelona last season, was sold to Zenit St. Petersburg. Griezmann had a lackluster match at Bilbao. His only good scoring chance at San Mames Stadium came in the final minutes with a header. The Frenchman, however, is used to carrying a team on his back. Griezmann was a consistent scorer for Atl tico, tallying more than 20 goals a season for five consecutive years despite the team often not having another attacking threat to draw away some of the attention of opposing defenses. The problem at Bilbao, he said, was simply “the ball didn’t go in.” The other player who could make the most of the opportunity created by the injuries is 21-year-old Carles P rez, a member of Barcelona’s reserve team. He impressed in the preseason, even scoring two goals in a 2-0 win over Japanese club Vissel Kobe, where former Barcelona great Andr s Iniesta now plays. Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde included P rez in Wednesday’s team practice. Betis was the only team to beat Barcelona at its home stadium last season, outgunning the hosts 4-3.
Bengaluru: Krishnappa Gowtham produced a jaw-dropping all-round performance in the history of T20 cricket, smashing a 56-ball 134 and then picking an incredible 8/15 in the Karnataka Premier League here. Playing for Ballari Tuskers in the Karnataka Premier League, the all-rounder smashed the fastest hundred in the tournament’s history, in just 39 balls. His 134 was also the highest total with the bat in KPL. He also picked up an astonishing 8/15 in his four-over quota. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh Gowtham also registered the most number of sixes in an innings in KPL, with 13 big hits to his name, as his side won by 70 runs under the VJD method. Even though Gowtham’s effort is better than Colin Ackermann, who registered figures of 7/18 in a Vitality Blast in England earlier this month, it will not be considered an official record in the books, as state T20 leagues are not given an official T20 status. Instead, the matches are categorised as ‘Other T20s’. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later After the match, the Karnataka player said: “I don’t think I expected this, nor did anyone else out here. Thanks to everyone who turned up and supported us.” On being questioned which one he enjoyed more between batting and bowling, the cricketer came up with a witty reply: “Well, I enjoyed my girlfriend’s smile.” Gowtham had made a mark for Rajasthan Royals in 2018 IPL when he picked up 11 wickets and aggregated 126 runs at a strike rate of 196.87. However, in the recently-concluded edition of the IPL, Gowtham played only seven matches.
London: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Sunday unveiled plans for all major UK airports to introduce ground-breaking new 3D cabin baggage screening equipment in order to eventually phase out the ban on liquids above a 100-ml limit through security. The new 3D technology is said to use the most advanced imaging systems available in order to provide security personnel with better images of cabin baggage. This could mean in future passengers may be able to keep liquids and electrical equipment, like laptops and tablets, in their cabin baggage while it is screened. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USOnce in place, the 100ml liquid limit may no longer apply and passengers could take liquids, like a bottle of water, through security. “By making journeys through UK airports easier than ever, this new equipment will help boost the vital role our airports play in securing the UK’s position as a global hub for trade, tourism and investment,” Johnson said. “We are home to the largest aviation network in Europe, with millions of people passing through our airports every year for work, holidays and family visits. We are set to streamline those trips with the rollout of this ground-breaking technology cutting down hassle for travellers and improving security measures,” he noted. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsWhile the Heathrow Airport is currently trial testing the new 3D equipment to be gradually rolled out at other UK airports, passengers travelling through UK airports will have to continue to remove their laptops and liquids from their cabin bags for security screening until the equipment is fully in place. It is set to be rolled out over the next few years, with the UK Department for Transport requiring all major UK airports to have the technology by December 2022. UK transport secretary Grant Shapps said: “The new screening equipment will improve security and make the experience smoother and less stressful for passengers. It could also mean an end to passengers having to use plastic bags or rationing what they take away with them. “As an outward looking global nation, our transport hubs are more important than ever, and investing in our security infrastructure means we are investing in our nation’s future.”
MONTREAL – Montreal bus and subway drivers have voted 99 per cent in favour of pressure tactics that may include a general strike as their union and the city’s transit company work toward a new contract.Their union, which is affiliated with the Canadian Union of Public Employees, had urged the 4,500 members to support their bargaining committee with a strong mandate in negotiations to replace contracts that expired in January.The union says the key issue in the talks are what it calls “completely unrealistic” schedules for bus drivers.Union president Renato Carlone says “poorly planned trips” are stressing passengers who are passing their frustrations on to the drivers and this is creating workplace health and safety issues.The management of sick employees and pensions are other sticking points in the negotiations.The Societe de transport de Montreal (STM) posted a message on its website saying the union vote does not trigger a strike and that bargaining sessions are ongoing and frequent.The STM also notes that advance notice of seven working must be given before a possible walkout begins.Maintenance employees have already voted to refuse to work overtime next week, unless there is progress in their negotiations.
GODS LAKE NARROWS, Man. – One day after arresting a man in the 2013 death of a girl who was brutally slain and left on a snowy trail in Gods Lake Narrows, Man., RCMP have released him without charges.The Mounties are pleading with anyone, particularly those in the community, to come forward with any information that might help in the case of 15-year-old Leah Anderson.The 23-year-old man had been arrested Wednesday in the remote community 550 kilometres northeast of Winnipeg.Anderson’s body was in such bad shape that it was initially thought she had been attacked by wolves or dogs, but eventually investigators concluded she had been viciously beaten.RCMP asked volunteers to submit DNA samples, conducted interviews and even did lie detector tests, and one by one the suspects were ruled out.On Wednesday, Mounties had called the arrest “significant” but did not release details on why the man was released.Earlier this month police said they had narrowed down the remaining suspects and determined that the killer was a male and known to Anderson.(CTV Winnipeg)
ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Ottawa has awarded a $15-million contract to a company to remove bulk oil from the Manolis L shipwreck off Newfoundland and Labrador.Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc announced that Ardent Global has been chosen to remove the oil from the freighter that went down near Change Islands in Notre Dame Bay.The paper carrier sank in 1985 in about 70 metres of water and was dormant until April 2013, when fuel oil leaked from cracks in the hull during a powerful storm.A statement says the Canadian Coast Guard has been monitoring the Manolis L and conducting pollution containment operations.LeBlanc says Ardent Global will remove all recoverable oil from the wreck, with the work expected to begin this July.A technical assessment in 2016 found there was 115 to 150 cubic metres of oil trapped in the wreck, along with about 60 cubic metres of diesel.
BANFF, Alta. – The Alberta resort town of Banff has banned smoking or vaping cannabis in public places once it becomes legal.Council has decided to limit the use of marijuana to private property in the small mountain town that attracts a large number of international tourists and has a reputation as a place to get a “Rocky Mountain high.”“I don’t think we’re naive,” Mayor Karen Sorensen said Tuesday. “Cannabis use within the town of Banff certainly happens and it happens fairly regularly, as it probably does in most municipalities.“What we’re suggesting is we, at this point, don’t see a need for cannabis use in public places that potentially will impact residents and visitors.”Town officials said in their report to council that the decision could have a cost related to enforcement.But they noted that an outright ban will be easier to manage and enforce than allowing cannabis in places such as parks, picnic areas and pathways — as permitted under provincial legislation.Cannabis tends to align with either alcohol in terms of cognitive functioning or tobacco in terms of impact to second-hand smoke exposure, said the report.Sorensen said Banff has taken a cautious public health approach with its local bylaw.“Because impairment of cognitive functioning is an outcome of cannabis use, that seems to be a big reason for our rationale for keeping it out of the public realm,” she said. “There seems to be this key distinction in aligning it to alcohol rather than tobacco.”Council said it will revisit the rules a year or two after cannabis becomes legal.“This approach is giving us time,” she said. “As we start moving into the commercialization of edibles and we start to see things like cannabis lounges or cafes being permitted, it gives us time to see how all of this legislation is going to roll out.”Federal legislation to legalize recreational cannabis is expected to be passed later this year.— By Colette Derworiz in Edmonton
OTTAWA — The Bank of Canada is releasing data today that provides a closer look at just how much stricter mortgage rules and higher interest rates have helped slow the growth of new highly indebted households.The central bank is on a clear rate-hiking path and the pace of future increases hinges significantly on the ability of households — particularly those with high levels of debt — to adapt to higher borrowing costs.The bank’s analysis says tougher mortgage qualification tests have reduced the share of new high-leverage, insured loans — those of more than 4.5 times a borrower’s annual income — to six per cent in the second quarter of 2018 from 20 per cent in late 2016.The report also says another rule change this year aimed at uninsured mortgages dropped the share of these new loans to 14 per cent in the second quarter of 2018, compared with 20 per cent a year earlier. Senior deputy governor Carolyn Wilkins says the new mortgage rules are improving the quality and reducing the quantity of new mortgages.Wilkins says household debt remains very high and has created a vulnerability in the financial system — but she argues the better quality of loans will put the economy on a more-solid footing to withstand future adverse economic developments.The Canadian Press
MONTREAL — Unionized employees with the Quebec Liquor Corp. walked off the job today and will remain on strike until Monday.The union says striking employees will picket in front of the 45 stores being kept open by management. The province’s liquor monopoly plans to continue filling Internet orders.The 5,500 unionized workers in roughly 400 retail outlets have slowly escalated their pressure tactics as contract talks lagged.In addition to six surprise strike days during the summer, store windows have been plastered with union stickers. In some stores, employees turned bottles around so products could not be easily identified and price tags on shelves were flipped upside down.In September, workers voted 96 per cent in favour of creating a new bank of 18 strike days for use at the union’s discretion. Their contract expired on Mar. 31, 2017.Union president Katia Lelievre said this week her negotiating team remains open to continuing contract talks and criticized management for not doing the same.She said her members will not accept salary increases lower than the rate of inflation, which remains the main stumbling block.“For the union, this is one of the only obstacles that still preclude the conclusion of an agreement, as significant progress has been made in other areas of the collective agreement,” the union says in a statement today.Earlier, weekend work hours and conditions of part-time employees — who make up about 70 per cent of staff — were sticking points. A management spokeswoman was not immediately available for comment.The Canadian Press
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is leaning ever more towards declaring a national emergency at the southern U.S. border, and insists the new trade pact with Canada and Mexico will more than cover the cost of his long-promised wall project.But he’s also expressing concern that Congress will put up barriers of its own to block the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, the hard-won replacement for NAFTA.Trump, who is visiting a Texas border town as a federal-government shutdown over the controversy stretches into its 20th day, is also denying that he ever claimed Mexico would cut a cheque to cover the cost.The president repeatedly insisted during his 2016 campaign that he would make Mexico pay for the wall, which he defends as the only way to stanch the flow of illegal migration.Veteran Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, which has jurisdiction over trade issues, is urging Trump to make good on his oft-repeated threats to pull out of NAFTA if the new Democrat majority in the House of Representatives insists on reopening the deal.A number of Democrats, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, have expressed misgivings about a lack of enforcement for USMCA’s labour and environmental provisions, but it remains unclear whether those issues are serious enough to scuttle the deal.The Canadian Press
OTTAWA — A Liberal MP from Toronto has apologized for a tweet sent Saturday morning that many on Twitter took as a threat against Ontario Premier Doug Ford.Adam Vaughan said sorry for tweeting that people should “whack” Ford, hours after defending it as a reference to the game whack-a-mole where players hold a mallet and hit targets — or moles — as they randomly pop up from a board.Vaughan has been critical of the Ford government’s policies in Ontario, continuing criticisms that go back to when the two sat on Toronto city council.Before entering federal politics in 2014, Vaughan often took aim at the policies of former Toronto mayor Rob Ford, Doug Ford’s brother who died in 2016.Vaughan’s original tweet late Saturday morning was in response to a tweet noting the Ontario Progressive Conservatives had backed away from talk about cancelling full-day kindergarten in the province.The Liberal MP suggested in a tweet that the Ford government raised the idea so residents would get “upset over hurting Kindergarten students instead of being angry over the damage he’s done to University students.”“Next he will go after young offenders & end “free school” in detention centres … instead of playing whack-a-mole; Let’s just whack him.”As responses from Twitter users rolled in questioning his use of language, Vaughan repeatedly tweeted pictures of a whack-a-mole game with a picture of Ford’s face placed on the targets in the game, and screen capture of the online Collins Dictionary entry for “whack.”“If someone whacks you, they defeat you easily in a game or competition,” the screen capture reads.The next entry on the website adds this definition: “To whack someone means to kill them.”Vaughan at one point tweeted that he had been contacted by a lawyer “representing the Moles of Ontario,” who resented the comparison. “I’ve tried to reach out, but apparently they are an underground organization.”By Saturday night, Vaughan apologized. In a statement posted to Twitter to anyone who was offended and “missed the original cartoon,” without which “the comment lacks context.”“Whack was a reference to whack-a-mole,” Vaughan wrote.“It was never my intent to suggest anyone, anywhere should inflict real physical harm to Premier Ford. To those who took offence, I’m sorry.”The Canadian Press
BEIJING — China is blocking some imports of the agricultural product canola from Canada due to fears of insect infestation, the foreign ministry said Wednesday.The move comes amid a conflict between the countries over Canada’s arrest of a Chinese technology company executive and is seen by some as a new tactic to achieve leverage over Ottawa.China acted to suspend canola imports from a Canadian company “in accordance with laws and regulations and international practice,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said at a daily news briefing.READ MORE: China revokes canola shipping permit from Canadian companyLu cited “harmful organisms” he did not further identify as a threat. He said China’s government “needs to protect the health and safety of its own people.”“I can tell you responsibly that the Chinese government’s decision is definitely well-founded. Upon verification, China customs has recently detected dangerous pests in canola imported from Canada many times,” Lu said.One of Canada’s largest grain processors, Richardson International Ltd., said Tuesday that China had revoked its permit to export canola there.Some saw that as retaliation for Canada’s arrest of a top executive for the Chinese tech giant Huawei.Canada is proceeding with an extradition hearing for Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou, who is the daughter of Huawei’s founder. She was arrested by Canada at the request of the U.S., where she is wanted on fraud charges for allegedly misleading banks about the company’s dealings with Iran.READ MORE: Huawei CFO returns to B.C. court Wednesday China has a history of using trade measures to retaliate over perceived political slights. It suspended its bilateral trade deal with Norway and restricted imports of Norwegian salmon after the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Chinese political prisoner Liu Xiaobo in 2010.Britain and other countries were also retaliated against over meetings with the Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, considered a dangerous separatist by Beijing.Canadian Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau said in a statement that the Canadian Food Inspection Agency conducted investigations after China issued notices of non-compliance on canola seed imports, including nine since January. She said the agency had not identified any pests or bacteria of concern.China receives about 40 per cent of Canada’s canola exports, and the revocation of Richardson’s permit hurts the entire value chain of industries involved in the market, the Canola Council of Canada has said.Canola prices already have been hit by China’s retaliatory tariffs on U.S. agricultural exports. Further cutbacks on Chinese buying would deal a major blow to what is a lifeline for agriculture in western Canada.“We are working very, very hard with the Chinese government on this issue,” Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said Tuesday.China has warned of serious consequences if the Huawei executive is not released. China arrested two Canadians on Dec. 10 in what was widely seen as an attempt to pressure Canada.After Meng’s arrest, a Chinese court also sentenced a Canadian to death in a sudden retrial, overturning a 15-year prison term handed down earlier.___Associated Press reporter Rob Gilles in Ottawa, Canada, contributed to this report.The Associated Press
MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada remains welcoming to newcomers even as his government takes steps to curb the influx of asylum seekers coming into the country at unofficial entry points.Speaking at a news conference in Mississauga, Ont., on Thursday, the prime minister said Canadians continue to be “overwhelmingly in favour” of immigration even though the issue has become “politically charged” here and south of the border.“One of the reasons Canadians do have confidence in immigration as a positive force in our country is because they have confidence in our immigration system,” he said.“We are dealing with larger than usual numbers and have had to make investments to account for that but the integrity of our immigration system continues to hold.”More than 40,000 people have crossed into Canada on foot through fields and forests since 2017.Trudeau’s comments come days after his government presented a budget that includes a new border-enforcement strategy aimed at detecting, intercepting and removing irregular migrants.The plan, which is expected to cost $1.18 billion over five years, includes more funding for the Canada Border Services Agency and the RCMP to beef up enforcement at the border, as well as money to speed up the processing of asylum claims.Some provinces, particularly Quebec and Ontario, have called on Ottawa to reimburse them for hundreds of millions of dollars in housing and other expenses they say have been incurred in accommodating the flow of asylum seekers.The budget did not set aside money for provincial immigration costs, but Trudeau said Thursday his government will continue to work with provinces and municipalities to relieve that pressure.Meanwhile, Border Security Minister Bill Blair said over the weekend he was in talks with lawmakers in the United States to close a loophole in Canada’s border agreement with the U.S. that some say encourages asylum seekers to avoid official checkpoints.Under the Safe Third Country Agreement, asylum seekers can’t claim refugee status in Canada if they arrive at an official border crossing from a country deemed to be safe, such as the U.S. — but they can do so from inside Canada.Blair has said that extending the agreement to those who cross irregularly from the U.S. could help remove the incentive.Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press
OTTAWA — The Canadian Forces’ top brass is being shuffled again following the surprise resignation this week of the military’s second-in-command.Canadian Army commander Lt.-Gen. Jean-Marc Lanthier is being tapped to be the new vice-chief of defence staff, the fifth officer to serve in that position since 2016.He takes over from Lt.-Gen. Paul Wynnyk, who linked his resignation Tuesday to an aborted attempt to reinstate Vice-Admiral Mark Norman into the position.Norman was suspended as vice-chief in January 2017 and later charged with breach-of-trust for allegedly leaking government secrets before the case was dropped in May.While Norman said at the time that he wanted to return to his former position, he instead agreed to a settlement with the government and has since retired.Lanthier’s move is only one several resulting from Wynnyk’s resignation, with Lt.-Gen. Wayne Eyre taking over as army commander and Rear Admiral Haydn Edmundson moving up to take over from Eyre as the military’s top human-resources officer.The Canadian Press
SEGUIN TOWNSHIP, Ont. — Police have laid charges in a fatal boat crash involving celebrity businessman Kevin O’Leary.Ontario Provincial Police say Linda O’Leary, 56, of Toronto, has been charged with careless operation of a vessel.Two people died and three others were injured in the Aug. 24 crash north of Toronto that involved two boats.Police have also charged Richard Ruh, 57, of Orchard Park, N.Y., with failing to exhibit navigation light while underway.O’Leary, the former star of the popular CBC show Dragons’ Den, said after the crash that he wasn’t driving the boat at the time.The CBC reported that Linda O’Leary is Kevin O’Leary’s wife.Linda O’Leary is scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 29.This report from The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 24, 2019.The Canadian Press
As a spokesperson for Farm Sanctuary’s new Compassionate Communities Campaign, Alicia Silverstone has a simple goal: to help as many people as possible get active for animals.“When people think about helping animals, they generally think about dogs and cats, but chickens, pigs, and other farm animals need our help even more. And science shows that farm animals are just as intelligent and interesting as our pets,” says Alicia Silverstone, whose best-selling book “The Kind Diet” shows just how easy and delicious vegetarian eating can be. “Vegetarian advocacy allows busy people like you and me to spare the lives of thousands of animals every year without a huge time commitment. For example, you can spare at least fifty animals a lifetime of misery on a factory farm with just an hour of leafleting. And there are lots more tips at CompassionateCommunities.org.”Compassionate Communities was created by Farm Sanctuary, North America’s largest and most effective farm animal rescue and protection organization, to promote and train animal advocates and grassroots groups in the most effective forms of animal advocacy and community building.WHY IT MATTERSVegetarian advocacy has proven to be the most effective thing caring individuals can do to help the greatest number of animals in the least amount of time. For each person who reduces the amount of meat they eat, dozens of farm animals will be spared a lifetime of suffering.HOW IT WORKSIndividuals who join the Compassionate Communities Campaign will: Receive direct support, physical resources, and instructions on best practices to help sharpen their advocacy skills. Receive blog updates twice a month delivered straight to their inboxes. Receive challenges that will take their activism to new heights while saving thousands animals. Complete the challenges and report back on their progress to receive recognition and prizes.To find out how to join and watch a video message from Alicia Silverstone, click here.
The Joe Torre Safe At Home Foundation has announced the Foundation will celebrate its tenth anniversary at its annual gala on Thursday, November 8 in New York City.All proceeds will benefit the Joe Torre Safe At Home Foundation and its goal of maintaining and expanding its comprehensive, in-school program, Margaret’s Place.Talk show host Katie Couric will serve as Master of Ceremonies of the evening and Grammy Award-winning singer Michael Bolton will be the musical guest. The evening will honor Bob Costas, legendary broadcaster and long-time supporter of the Safe At Home Foundation.Celebrities slated to attend the annual gala include baseball legends Yogi Berra, Bob Gibson, Don Mattingly, Willie Randolph and Bernie Williams, broadcasters John Sterling, Lesley Visser, Tim McCarver, NHL’s Lou Lamoriello and Ken Daneyko, and actors Stanley Tucci and Billy Crystal, among others.At the event, the Safe At Home Foundation will introduce its inaugural Hall of Fame, an esteemed network of enduring and significant partners from the last decade. Inductees include BGC Partners Executive Managing Director, North America and Global Head of FX Products Daniel LaVecchia, Find Your FaceMate Founder Christina Bloom, Kate and Bob Devlin, Goodman Media International President and CEO Tom Goodman, CohnReznick LLP Co-CEO Thomas Marino, Flemington Car and Truck Country Chairman Steve Kalafer, Pfizer CFO Frank D’Amelio, Samsung Electronics America President Timothy Baxter, The Starr Foundation Director Howard Smith, TBWA\Chiat\Day and Verizon VP Of Corporate Communications Torod Neptune.In May 2002, the Joe Torre Safe At Home Foundation was established in response to the impact that domestic violence had on Joe Torre and his family. Its mission is to educate to end the cycle of domestic violence and save lives. The Foundation’s programming initiative, Margaret’s Place, named in honor of Joe’s mother, provides a “safe-room” in schools where students can speak to a master’s level counselor about the traumas occurring in their lives. Margaret’s Place offers students the opportunity to explore issues of violence in a stable, non-threatening environment, while helping them to understand that they are not alone or to blame. There are currently twelve Margaret’s Place sites in both the New York City metropolitan area and Los Angeles.“When Ali and I founded Safe At Home, we decided to focus on education as a way to end the cycle of domestic violence. If children understand that the way to treat people is the way that they, themselves, want to be treated – that violence, control and verbal abuse is wrong – we can change things,” said Torre. “In the past ten years, we have seen positive results. I hope that others will feel as motivated as we do to continue to make sure that every child feels safe at home.”The tenth anniversary gala is a chance to get involved and to support the tireless efforts of the Foundation to keep children safe. Tables start at $25,000, and limited individual tickets cost $2,500. Furthermore, a unique keepsake showcasing friends and accomplishments over time, the 10th Anniversary Commemorative Yearbook provides many special advertising opportunities for corporate partners in celebration of this milestone year.For more information about the Foundation and its tenth anniversary gala, please visit www.joetorre.org.Source:PR Newswire
Watch the band discuss MYF in the video below.Video: Make Yourself Foundation December 2012 Grant Announcements The Make Yourself Foundation, a nonprofit started by the band Incubus 10 years ago, is pleased to announce over $100,000 in donations to the following organizations for this giving cycle: Carbon War Room David Lynch Foundation Easter Seals Blake Foundation Foundation for Blind Children Heal the Bay Mr Holland’s Opus Foundation Power The World Zeno Mountain Farm