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Michelle Obama Joins Scholastic MathWork Webisode

first_imgFirst Lady Michelle Obama and White House Chef Sam Kass will deliver a special message to students during Scholastic’s Math@Work: Culinary Arts webisode launching April 29th at www.scholastic.com/mathematics.The Scholastic Math@Work: Culinary Arts webisode is designed to show students in grades 5 and up the connections between math and careers in the culinary arts while encouraging healthy eating.An advocate for ensuring all children live healthy lives, First Lady Michelle Obama will address students across the country on the importance of eating healthy and cooking healthy. Sam Kass, White House Chef and Executive Director of the Let’s Move! initiative, a national campaign to solve the problem of childhood obesity, explains the role math plays in his job: “I am constantly measuring ingredients, converting units and using fractions and proportions. With all the big events we have here [at the White House], I know from experience that math is the key to scaling up recipes to feed hundreds of people.”In the 30-minute Math@Work: Culinary Arts webisode, to be released online on Tuesday, April 29th, The Chew’s Carla Hall, and the newest Top Chef Nicholas Elmi challenge three NYC high school students to create healthy dishes that can easily be served in school cafeterias across the country. Along the way, students will also solve math problems and discover the links between what they learn at school and careers in culinary arts.Registration is open for the Math@Work: Culinary Arts webisode on the Scholastic Mathematics website at: www.scholastic.com/mathematics.last_img read more

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Gary Sinise To Host Got Heart Give Hope Celebration

first_imgHope For The Warriors is excited to announce the Got Heart, Give Hope Celebration to be hosted in Los Angeles on July 24, 2014 aboard the Battleship IOWA.The guest host for the evening will be Gary Sinise, actor, military advocate, and founder of the Gary Sinise Foundation. Proceeds from the evening will benefit nonprofits Battleship IOWA, Puppy Jake Foundation, and Hope For The Warriors. Tickets for the event can be purchased here.The Celebration will begin with a tour of the Battleship IOWA, followed by a cocktail hour before the dining and silent auction. One of the highlights of the evening will be the Hope & Courage Awards that will be given to service members and military families who have demonstrated both hope and courage in facing challenges after their injuries. Hope For The Warriors will honor the courage of each award recipient, focusing on the hope they inspire through their remarkable stories of recovery and achievement.“Service members and military families demonstrate overwhelming courage and resiliency in the face of adversity,” Robin Kelleher, Hope For The Warriors President said. “The Got Heart, Give Hope Celebrations honor their courage as they deal with extraordinary challenges.”This is Sinise’s first year hosting the Got Heart, Give Hope Celebration in Los Angeles. He has been a longstanding supporter of Hope For The Warriors, hosting Got Heart, Give Hope Galas for the previous four years in Washington, D.C.For more information about the 2014 Got Heart, Give Hope Celebration, including sponsorship opportunities, please contact Sarah Duerr (sduerr@hopeforthewarriors.org).Source:PR Weblast_img read more

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Robert Downey Jr Gives Iron ManInspired Bionic Arm To Young Boy

first_imgRobert Downey Jr recently lent his “Tony Stark” character to Limbitless Solutions and Microsoft’s The Collective Project to enhance the life of a young boy with some cool technology.Video: The Collective Project: Robert Downey Jr. Delivers a Real Bionic ArmDowney paid a surprise visit to Alex, a super-hero loving, 7-year-old boy from central Florida who was born with a right arm that was only partially developed.During their meeting, Downey revealed two closed Stark Industries briefcases on a coffee table. Sitting on a couch with an eager Alex, Downey simultaneously open the briefcases revealing what seemed to be two Iron Man bionic arms. One arm was the actual arm from Iron Man, and the other was a real, near replica of the movie arm. Both Downey and Alex tried on their arms for comparison, and ended their comparison with a bionic fist bump.The free, bionic arm was made by Limbitless Solutions, a volunteer group at the University of Central Florida that specializes in building unique, creative bionic arms for children world-wide. Limbitless Solutions and their founder, Albert Manero, were seeking support as part of the #Collection Project, and Downey was interested in getting involved.To learn more about Limbitless Solutions click here.To learn more about The Collective Project, click here.Copyright ©2015Look to the Starslast_img read more

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Bill And Melinda Gates Honored With Spirit Of Helen Keller Award

first_imgHelen Keller International (HKI), a leading global nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting the causes and consequences of preventable blindness and malnutrition, continued its year-long Centennial Celebration with the 2015 Spirit of Helen Keller Gala on Monday, May 18, 2015.Melinda Gates was in attendance to receive the 2015 Spirit of Helen Keller AwardCredit/Copyright: Getty ImagesThe event raised more than $1.5 Million in support of its sight- and lifesaving efforts in in 21 African and Asian countries, and in the United States.The sold out event hosted 400 supporters at the New York Public Library in New York City in celebrating the landmark anniversary, as well as two of the organization’s many prestigious partners in the fight against preventable vision loss and malnutrition.Melinda Gates accepted The Spirit of Helen Keller Award, on behalf of herself and husband, Bill Gates, for their transformational leadership, efforts in reducing malnutrition and hunger, and focus on empowering women as co-chairs of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The award was established in 1959, during Helen Keller’s lifetime, to honor those whose work embraces the legacy of courage and promise of our founder.“One of my favorite Helen Keller quotes is ‘Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much.’ And the proof is this great organization that has brought us all together and done so much over the course of 100 years,” Gates said. “It is an honor to receive an award from an organization that has taught me so much, and I am humbled to be associated in any way with the spirit of Helen Keller.”Bill Gates, who was not able to attend, also shared a special message to HKI via a pre- recorded video. “Helen Keller International is one of the most innovative and important organizations in the field of health. Our Foundation is proud to partner with you on some breakthrough initiatives.”Dr. David Nabarro, United Nations Secretary-General Special Envoy on Ebola and Special Representative for Food Security and Nutrition, was honored with the Helen Keller Humanitarian Award in recognition of his tireless efforts to position malnutrition as a central issue within the development dialogue, and to ensure an effective response to the recent Ebola crisis in West Africa.“I first encountered Helen Keller International when I was working in Nepal several decades ago and saw, first hand, how exemplary their approach to nutrition is,” he said in accepting the award. “HKI has remained steadfast in its commitment to help the world’s most vulnerable by designing programs that can be owned and sustained by the people it serves. I am honored to receive this prestigious award from an organization that has helped millions of families.”“On this – our centennial anniversary – we are full of hope and optimism for the future as we have made great progress in the fight against avoidable vision loss, malnutrition and disease, although we know there is more to be done” said HKI President and CEO, Kathy Spahn. “We are thrilled and privileged to celebrate this incredible milestone with wonderful partners like Bill and Melinda Gates and David Nabarro, whose dedication and generosity have been crucial in helping to build a healthier, brighter future for those most in need.”Karin and Henry Barkhorn, D. Brooks Betts, and Desmond G. FitzGerald served as Gala Co-Chairs. Kate Ganz has led the year-long anniversary celebration as Centennial Chair.Other guests included Bruno and Véronique Bich; Ambassador David Donoghue, Permanent Mission of Ireland to the United Nations; Geoffrey and Sarah Gund; Charles Merrill, Managing Director, Citi Private Bank; Iman Oubou, Miss New York; Felipe Martins and Luis Robles, New York Red Bulls; Bradford Perkins, Principal, Perkins Eastman Architects; Douglas Peterson, President & CEO, McGraw Hill Financial; Guillermo E. Rishchynski, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Canada to the United Nations; Zygi and Audrey Wilf, Principal Owners of the Minnesota Vikings; Anthony Walton, Vice Chairman, Americas, Standard Chartered Bank.Helen Keller International was founded in November 1915 by a then 35 year old Helen Keller, already a renowned advocate for the disabled, and George Kessler, a wealthy New York City wine merchant who survived the sinking of the Lusitania, to help soldiers blinded during World War I. Today, nearly 300 million people benefit from Helen Keller International’s 180 programs in 21 African and Asian countries, as well as in the United States.Central to the organization’s work is its continuing focus on preventing blindness and vision loss for millions of vulnerable people in the world’s poorest communities by providing cataract surgery, vision correction, vitamin A supplementation, screening and treatment for diabetic retinopathy, and treatments for Neglected Tropical Diseases. HKI is also dedicated to reducing malnutrition through vitamin A supplementation, fortification of staple foods with essential nutrients, homestead food production, and community based management of acute malnutrition. HKI also reaches thousands of underserved youth in the United States each year through ChildSight. This unique program provides free vision screenings and prescription eyeglasses to students living in poverty in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Ohio, and California.last_img read more

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Got Your 6 Unveils First Round Of 6 Certified Projects

first_imgGot Your 6 today unveiled the first round of “6 Certified” projects, part of a continuing effort to recognize content that accurately and responsibly portrays veterans in popular media.The feature films “American Sniper” and “Amira and Sam” and individual episodes or seasons of the television series “Dancing with the Stars,” “Hawaii Five-0,” “Modern Family” and “The Night Shift” are now “6 Certified.”Earlier this year at an event featuring First Lady Michelle Obama, Got Your 6 launched the “6 Certified” initiative as a way to challenge industry executives and content creators to craft more thoughtful narratives around veterans and military families.“Through ‘6 Certified’ we can battle the stereotypes and misconceptions about veterans that so often dominate popular culture, while drawing attention to projects that portray veterans reasonably and accurately,” said Chris Marvin, executive director of Got Your 6. “Each of the selected projects helps to craft a new cultural narrative with an asset-focused view of veterans.”Got Your 6 announced today the selection of the following projects – the first ever group to be awarded “6 Certified” status:“American Sniper” – A compelling look into the life of veteran Chris Kyle, “American Sniper” digs beyond Kyle’s record-breaking military career to present a fully realized and multidimensional veteran character, who is portrayed as both a family man and community volunteer. Warner Bros. Pictures“Amira and Sam” – A cross-cultural love story about an Army veteran whose unlikely romance with an Iraqi immigrant is put to the test when she is faced with deportation. “Amira and Sam” bridges a great divide to foster understanding between cultures – and features a lead character who translates his operational training into a positive civilian role back at home. Drafthouse Films“Dancing with the Stars” (Season 20) – The inclusion of contestant Noah Galloway, an Army veteran and double amputee who appeared on the recent 20th season of “Dancing with the Stars,” counters stereotypical portrayals of veterans as “charity cases.” Noah’s own motto, “No Excuses,” embodies the resilient qualities of many veterans who have been faced with loss. ABC“Hawaii Five-0” (Episode 18, Season 5) – This exciting police procedural portrays veterans as leaders and problem solvers. The lead character Steven “Steve” J. McGarrett was a Navy SEAL and uses his operational training to aid him in his work as a civilian. CBS“Modern Family” (Episode 22, Season 6) – This television program provides a balanced depiction of veterans through Ed O’Neill’s character Jay Pritchett, who served in the Navy. The character’s time in service does not define him but merely adds another level of depth and color to the characterization. ABC“The Night Shift” (Episode 12, Season 2) – Veteran characters on “The Night Shift” use skills they learned in the military to save lives on the show. “The Night Shift” creators collaborated with First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden for a recent episode that explored post-traumatic growth and resilience among veterans. NBCThe “6 Certified” program was enacted to encourage film and television creators to challenge misconceptions about veterans in popular culture and to foster a better understanding between veterans and civilians by moving away from the negative and stereotypical depictions of veterans and military families.For a project to become “6 Certified” it must contain a representative and balanced depiction of veterans and fulfill at least one of the following pledges:DO YOUR HOMEWORK 
Research or consult with real veterans, family members, or subject matter experts in an effort to create accurate representationsCAST A VETERAN 
Hire a veteran actor to play a substantial roleHIRE A VETERAN WRITER 
Employ a veteran writer to contribute to the narrativePORTRAY A VETERAN CHARACTER 
Develop a multi-dimensional veteran characterTELL A VETERAN STORY 
Develop a narrative with meaningful and accurate veteran themesUSE VETERANS AS RESOURCES ON SET OR IN WRITERS’ ROOMS 
Have veterans present for consultation throughout the filmmaking processA project that meets “6 Certified” eligibility requirements may be submitted by a studio or production company for consideration by the “6 Certified” Review Committee once that project enters post-production. The Review Committee is a group of subject matter experts who meet to review submissions for certification and grant “6 Certified” status. Currently, the members of the “6 Certified” Review Committee are Rajiv Chandrasekaran, journalist and author; Bruce Cohen, producer of “American Beauty” and “Silver Linings Playbook”; Greg Silverman, president, creative development and worldwide production, Warner Bros. Pictures; Charlie Ebersol, president and CEO of The Company; Chris Marvin, executive director, Got Your 6; Laura Law-Millet, Army veteran and Chief Operations Officer at the GI Film Group; and Major General (Ret) Sharon K.G. Dunbar, vice president, human resources, General Dynamics Mission Systems. Additional information on certification is available here.The “6 Certified” program is operated by Got Your 6, a campaign to shift the public perception of America’s veterans and to empower returning service members to be leaders and civic assets. The campaign is named for the military term meaning “I’ve got your back” and was launched in 2012 in response to a call-to-action by First Lady Michelle Obama and her Joining Forces initiative.last_img read more

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Stars STAND OUT To STOP Bowel Cancer

first_imgA host of celebrity supporters are making a stand for a new Bowel Cancer UK campaign, STAND OUT to STOP bowel cancer, including actors Tom Hardy and his partner, Charlotte Riley.They have been joined by Stephen Fry, Graham Norton, Terry Jones, Ainsley Harriott, Andi Peters and Lynda Bellingham’s husband, Michael Pattemore.“We’re supporting STAND OUT to STOP bowel cancer because we want to help stop the UK’s second biggest cancer killer,” said Tom Hardy and Charlotte Riley. “Bowel cancer is preventable, treatable and curable. Please join us and sign-up to have some fun and raise vital funds for Bowel Cancer UK by standing out to STOP bowel cancer. Thank you.”STAND OUT to STOP bowel cancer is a one-day charity challenge on Friday 3rd July for anyone who would like to help save lives by wearing something that day which makes them stand out from the crowd. Through the campaign, Bowel Cancer UK is issuing an open invitation to the great British public to capture the Friday feeling and help stop bowel cancer for good.To take part in the campaign, people can be outrageous, outdated or out-of-this-world. They could wear a sombrero to a staff meeting, a ball gown on the beach or a cat suit to a café. Whether it’s with friends, family or colleagues, it doesn’t matter, as long as on Friday 3rd July as many people as possible STAND OUT to STOP bowel cancer and raise funds for Bowel Cancer UK at the same time.It’s a cause which has garnered high profile support from celebrities, including Michael Pattemore, Lynda Bellingham’s husband, who is now a Patron of Bowel Cancer UK as well as:Graham Norton: “I had no idea that as many as 16,000 people die each year in the UK from bowel cancer. Anything we can do to help save lives has to be a good thing. By supporting Bowel Cancer UK’s STAND OUT to STOP bowel cancer campaign, you can make a difference.”Stephen Fry: “I was shocked when I heard that bowel cancer is the UK’s second biggest cancer killer with over 16,000 people dying every year. That’s why I’m backing Bowel Cancer UK’s STAND OUT to STOP bowel cancer campaign, to help save lives.”Terry Jones (bowel cancer survivor): “Too many people are still dying from bowel cancer. We have to make more people aware of it. By supporting Bowel Cancer UK’s STAND OUT to STOP bowel cancer campaign, you can help save lives.”Deborah Alsina, Chief Executive of Bowel Cancer UK said, “Bowel cancer is the UK’s second biggest cancer killer yet it is a disease which is too often overlooked and under supported. Over 41,500 people are diagnosed with bowel cancer every single year and 16,000 people die of the disease.“That’s why at Bowel Cancer UK we are transforming what we do to become the UK’s leading research and campaigning charity dedicated to stopping bowel cancer for good. We are determined to transform survival rates from only one in every two people surviving over five years, to three out of four people surviving bowel cancer by 2025. We’re calling for as many people as possible to join us and STAND OUT to STOP bowel cancer by taking direct action where they work, in their community or even at home on Friday 3rd July, to help us save lives and raise vital funds.”Laura Connolly, from Glasgow, was 30 when she was diagnosed with bowel cancer. She had symptoms for more than two years before she was diagnosed. Unfortunately, it was thought that it could not be bowel cancer because she was too young. Tragically, the disease had already spread when she was finally diagnosed with stage 4 inoperable bowel cancer. Despite grueling treatment, Laura always remained positive and on 1st March 2013, Laura married her childhood sweetheart, Alan, at their dream wedding at Glenskirlie. She died 29 days later, on 30th March 2013, Mother’s Day.Laura’s passing was a terrible tragedy but sadly her story is all too familiar. Since her death, around 32,000 more people have died, among them actress and TV presenter Lynda Bellingham.Bowel Cancer UK is determined to stop people like Laura from dying. The money raised from STAND OUT to STOP bowel cancer will fund vital, life-saving research into improving early diagnosis.Join Bowel Cancer UK’s campaign to STOP bowel cancer. It’s easy to take part. You can get a fundraising pack by emailing: info@standouttostop.org or visit the website at www.standouttostop.org.last_img read more

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Your Chance To Hang Out With The Stars At The 2015 Necker

first_imgA new auction hosted by CharityBuzz is giving you the chance to bid to be a part of The 2015 Necker Open with Sir Richard Branson, Greg Norman and Special Guests Chevy Chase and Dave Feherty!The winner of the auction will have the chance to play in the Necker Open Golf Pro-Am, have a half hour private lesson with Greg Norman and hop on a private jet to Necker Island with Chevy Chase.Team up with Greg Norman and other PGA Tour Legends to compete in this fun, spirited golf event across world-class golf courses and the wonderful backdrop of the British Virgin Islands.Your journey will begin with 2 nights and 36 holes and will also include a 1/2 hour private golf lesson with Greg Norman at the Lodge at Sea Island, along with Special Guests Dave Feherty and Chevy Chase.You will then be whisked away by private jet along with Chevy Chase to Necker Island for 3 nights of relaxation, parties and fun with Host Sir Richard Branson and the “Necker 9” golf challenges.Each of the 12 spots includes all-inclusive accommodations and private air transportation for two.The auction will benefit the Greg Norman Foundation and the Marilyn G. Rabb Foundation.To find out more about the auction and make a bid, click here.last_img read more

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Drew Barrymore Supports Childrens Hospital Los Angeles Third Annual Live LA Give

first_imgFor 115 years, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles has created hope and built healthier futures for critically ill and injured children in Los Angeles.This holiday season, the Live L.A. Give L.A. campaign is being championed by actress Drew Barrymore, generous corporate partners and media organizations to ask Angelenos to support CHLA’s mission to defeat childhood cancer, heart defects, neurological disorders, bone and skeletal conditions and other catastrophic conditions ailing children right here at home.Starting today and extending through the end of the year, the Live L.A. Give L.A. campaign is calling on our community to donate funds that will directly support care for the children of Los Angeles. A national leader and innovator in the pediatric medical community, Children’s Hospital’s appeal reflects the reality that the finest medical care and research comes with an immense cost — and the needs are urgent. A gift to the Live L.A. Give L.A. campaign helps safeguard the community’s sickest children by providing the support that the nonprofit pediatric hospital needs to conduct leading-edge research and ensure that critical, lifesaving care is available to every child the hospital treats.Community organizations like Credit Unions for Kids (CU4KIDS), a nonprofit collaboration of credit unions, are partnering with CHLA in support of the hospital’s campaign. The organization’s donation of $600,000 is a dollar-for-dollar challenge grant to the Los Angeles community. “With its 250,000 employees and 100 million members, Credit Unions for Kids is dedicated to making a huge difference in the lives of sick children,” says Keith Sultemeier, CEO of Kinecta Federal Credit Union and chair of the Credit Union for Kids Advisory Board at CHLA. We are proud and honored to support CHLA’s Live L.A. Give L.A. campaign and hope that the Los Angeles community will join us.”Drew Barrymore, Golden Globe winning actress, entrepreneur, mother and longtime hospital supporter, is leading the 2016 Live L.A. Give L.A. campaign, inspiring families to give to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.“I grew up in Los Angeles, and I now raise my children here. I believe that every child in our community should be able to receive the best care possible, and with Children’s Hospital Los Angeles we’re lucky enough to have that,” says Barrymore, a recipient of the hospital’s Courage to Care award at CHLA’s 2016 “Once Upon a Time” Gala. “Over the years, I’ve been able to have incredible hands-on experiences at the hospital, meeting these heroic kids battling the toughest illnesses: cancer, brain tumors, heart defects, traumatic injuries and many other diseases. The passion in CHLA’s doctors, nurses and research scientists caring for these kids is extraordinary. With your help, we can give these kids the life-saving treatments they need and discover cures that can be shared here, and around the world. The Live L.A. Give L.A. campaign will make sure your donations support this essential lifesaving work and create happier and healthier lives for all children.”Dollars raised from the Live L.A. Give L.A. campaign will support the hospital’s Helping Hands Fund, which ensures that every patient treated at CHLA receives the critical, lifesaving care they need. CHLA is teaming up with community partners to provide Los Angeles families with fun, convenient ways to support its mission. The Los Angeles Kings will be partnering with CHLA for this campaign, dedicating their Dec. 8 game to CHLA. KDOC TV – Los Angeles is also hosting a telethon asking viewers to support the hospital’s Live L.A. Give L.A. campaign.“Helping children heal is our primary mission and we cannot achieve this without community support,” says Paul Viviano, president and CEO of CHLA. “While some children’s hospitals choose to focus on one area of child health, we focus on them all. With 350 programs and services just for children, we’re prepared to help children recover faster. Our mission to provide life-saving care for children in Los Angeles would not be possible without the backing of our community.”“We are delighted to support the unique and compassionate brand of health care that Children’s Hospital Los Angeles provides for children,” says Matt von Waaden, Co-Founder of WavHello, a technology firm that makes sound and digital products for families. The company recently committed $250,000 to CHLA. “CHLA goes above and beyond to ensure that the medical care that they provide is not only comprehensive from a medical perspective but also looks at the welfare of the child and their entire family, integrating programs like child life, art and music therapy and more to support the best possible recovery process for their patients.”Individuals who wish to support the campaign may donate online at CHLA.org/GiveLA. Credit Union for Kids has donated $600,000 to support the hospital’s Helping Hands Fund and challenges the community to do the same through the Live L.A. Give L.A. campaign. The hospital’s Helping Hands Fund is dedicated to ensuring that all of CHLA patients receive the critical, lifesaving care they need.Family-Friendly Events • KDOC Telethons KDOC channel 56 will be airing a 30-minute telethon on Saturday, evening, Dec. 17 from 7:30 – 8 p.m. The show will be hosted by Coleen Sullivan, news anchor for ABC7 Eyewitness News, and feature compelling patient stories, innovative research and compassionate medical experts. Additional air dates will be announced closer to the end of the year. • Los Angeles Kings Game – Dec. 8 Attendees will be provided with opportunities to text “KINGS” to 91999 to make a donation and participate in a special “Get One – Give One” opportunity; donors will get a special edition Kings hat and know that their donation will mean that a similar hat will be given to a child in the hospital. There will also be on-site opportunities to make a cash donation at designated CHLA booths within the concourse.last_img read more

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APPLE TO PRODUCE NEW PEANUTS CONTENT WITH HALIFAX COMPANY

first_img“A Charlie Brown Christmas.” SUPPLIED Advertisement Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementcenter_img Login/Register With: LOS ANGELES — Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the Peanuts crew will have a new home on Apple’s streaming service.Apple has struck a deal with Halifax-based DHX Media to produce new Peanuts content. The global children’s content and brands company will develop and produce original programs for Apple including new series, specials and shorts based on the beloved characters.“Peanuts” was created by Charles M. Schulz in 1950. DHX will produce original short-form STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) content that will be exclusive to Apple, including astronaut Snoopy.Peanuts Worldwide and NASA recently signed a Space Act Agreement, designed to inspire a passion for space exploration and STEM among the next generation of students. Twitterlast_img read more

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DWAYNE JOHNSON AND RYAN REYNOLDS SHOW OFF MATCHING CHEST TATTOOS

first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: Twinsies! Ryan Reynolds is showing off his tattoo that matches Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.Reynolds had a brief cameo in “Hobbs & Shaw” where he plays CIA agent Locke who worked with Johnson’s character, Hobbs. Locke is a big fan of Hobbs so he gets a matching chest tattoo.The Canadian actor shared a picture on Friday night from behind-the-scenes. “I can only imagine how upset I was to discover this,” he captioned the shot with the hashtag #Rebecca LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter Advertisement Ryan Reynolds and Dwayne Johnson (@therock/Instagram) Facebooklast_img

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Wounded Knee site to be offered to highest bidder

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Wounded Knee Massacre site in South Dakota was put up for sale earlier this year.More than 300 Native American men, women and children were killed by U.S. troops in 1890.Wednesday was the last day for the Oglala Sioux Tribe to come up with the $4.9 million asking price.But they said it was too much money and now it’s expected to be offered to the highest bidder.The 40-acres is actually valued at about $14,000.APTN’s Ntawnis Piapot has the story.last_img

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Curley will not be running in Octobers territorial election

first_imgAPTN National NewsNunavut’s long time Rankin Inlet MLA North, Tagak Curley, has announced that he will not be running in October’s territorial election.On his way out the door he took a stand against some legislation that outgoing premier Eva Aariak sees as a major part of her platform, the child and youth advocate.APTN’s Kent Driscoll brings you the resulting political showdown from Iqaluit.last_img

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Mikmaq people remember elder war veteran and spiritual leader Noel Knockwood

first_imgAPTN National NewsMi’kmaq people ar mourning the loss of a spiritual leader.Noel Knockwood died at the age of 81 after a massive stroke earlier this week.Knockwood wore many hats over his lifetime including spiritual leaders, war veteran, keptin in the Mi’kmaq grand council.But always with the goal to celebrate traditional mi’kmaq culture.APTN’s Trina Roache now with more.last_img

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No respite from Nunavuts high internet costs

first_imgAPTN National NewsA ruling from the Canada Radio and Television Commission is forcing the biggest telecom in the North to cut its Internet rates.The CRTC ruled that NorthwestTel must cut rates up to 30 per cent throughout the North.Everywhere that is, except for Nunavut.APTN’s Kent Driscoll has this story.last_img

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Indigenous leaders meet ahead of climate talks with Prime Minister

first_img(Athabasca Chipewyan Chief Allan Adam who was not invited to the meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pleads his case to AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde. Photo: Brandi Morin)Brandi Morin APTN National NewsChiefs from across Canada, the Metis National Council and the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami met in Vancouver Monday, ahead of a scheduled meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and premiers to discuss climate change.A delegation ten from each organization will sit down Wednesday afternoon.It is an issue that chiefs need to form a collective position on in order to survive, said Assembly of First Nation Ontario Regional Chief Isadore Day.“We need to send a very strong message because this is about life and death right now,” said Day. “Let us not lax. Let us not be weak in our resolve about this meeting that’s going to be happening.”Some First Nation communities in Northern Ontario are feeling the repercussions of climate change via the early melting of winter ice roads leaving them cut off from the outside world.The problem will only continue to get worse as the planet warms, said Day who is recommending that the AFN develop a Climate Change Accord that will see First Nations, federal and provincial governments sign off on.Day said the meeting will be a test as to the nation to nation building promises made by the Trudeau government.National Chief Perry Bellegarde thinks the meeting is a good start, but he’s more concerned about what will come out of it.“It’s more important now to have Indigenous Peoples at every decision making table going forward so that our worldview and our respect for the land and water is front and foremost so that we leave and protect things for future generations,” said Bellegarde.He said the government is caught between a rock and a hard place.The conflict between working to cut greenhouse gas emissions while continuing to push for oil and gas developments is a result of a global over dependence on fossil fuels.“We know we can’t immediately put a stop to oil and gas development but we sure as heck can put in a plan and strategies to transition,” said Bellegarde. “We have to start moving very rapidly to strategies that look at clean energy – solar, wind, geo-thermal, hydro. And those jobs that are lost from the economy, from oil and gas, those can be picked up in other sectors. Let’s put our minds and heads and hearts together and find the common ground so that future generations will have something left.”Bellegarde called climate change an international issue and said Indigenous voices need to play a role in finding the solutions.“We need to get the whole world to understand that Indigenous Peoples are affected first and foremost by climate change,” said Bellegarde. We haven’t been part of the problem, but I know we are and will be a part of the solution to this huge international issue.”Representatives from the Metis National Council also met in Vancouver to prepare for the meeting.MNC President Clement Chartier said climate change impacts are critical to the livelihood of the Metis Nation.Even though Metis have unique challenges with governments recognizing rights due to being dispossessed from lands and resources, many live in their traditional territories which makes them have every right to be at the table.“It’s not a matter of some governments coming to the table talking about dollars and cents and the economy and so forth, but it’s that they’re actually taking seriously Indigenous Peoples,” he said.“But they’re also following through with the international community on the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples which recognizes the role that Indigenous Peoples and governments must play in terms of climate change and other matters,” said Chartier. “I respect the Trudeau government for inviting us here to be a part of this conversation.”The meeting takes place Wednesday afternoon following a speech by Trudeau at the 2016 Globe conference on sustainability and economic development.bmorin@aptn.calast_img read more

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APTN Investigates – To Serve and Protect

first_imgAPTN InvestigatesReporter Cullen Crozier travels to Thunder Bay, Ontario to dig into the mystery surrounding the deaths of seven Indigenous youths who drowned in the city’s rivers.City and Police officials say it’s business as usual, while First Nations leaders call for the RCMP to intervene.Families are devastated and left asking questions about how their children died.last_img

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10year deal pledges millions for safe affordable housing in Yukon

first_imgA new deal hopes to ease the housing crunch in the Yukon. (APTN file)The Canadian PressThe federal and Yukon governments have signed a 10-year agreement worth almost $60 million to provide long-term funding for community housing in the territory.The cost-sharing deal was reached under Ottawa’s National Housing Strategy and includes nearly $42 million in federal money and just under $18 million from Yukon.A Yukon government release says the funds will be used to protect, renew and expand social and community housing, as well as support the territory’s priorities related to housing repair, construction and affordability.The two governments will also work to create a Canada Housing Benefit to help Yukon residents afford needed housing.Over the last three years, Ottawa has spent more than $24 million on Yukon housing.Starting next year, the territory says it will develop three-year action plans that will set targets and outline how the newly announced funds will be used.Pauline Frost, the minister responsible for the Yukon Housing Corporation, says the money will ensure Yukon residents have safe, affordable, accessible homes.“We are committed to working with our partners to tackle housing issues and provide Yukoners with adequate housing while respecting unique circumstances in each community in the territory,” Frost said in the release.last_img read more

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Bank of Canada hides oldschool video game in new bank note website

first_imgOTTAWA – The Bank of Canada has hidden an aptly named “Inflation Busters” video game on its website promoting the country’s new $10 bill.The game shares similarities with the classic arcade game “Space Invaders” and challenges players to blast alien attackers while avoiding getting shot themselves.On Thursday, the Bank of Canada unveiled a new bank note featuring civil rights icon Viola Desmond — and visitors to the promotional website can find the video game by repeatedly clicking on the “Spin” button underneath a 3D image of the bill.To unlock the game, visit https://www.bankofcanada.ca/banknotes/vertical10/The central bank also added a so-called Easter egg to its website last spring when it unveiled the design for its $10 bank note to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation.If visitors to the website entered the right series of keys, the website played the national anthem and filled the screen with a shower of tiny animated banknotes.The key sequence needed to unlock that secret has long been known as the Konami code because it was first included in a video game by the Japanese company of the same name in 1986.The cheat code has since been used in dozens of other games.last_img read more

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Energy stocks help Toronto market hit another high as oil prices inch

first_imgEnergy stocks helped lift Canada’s main stock index to another record close Tuesday as the price of oil also ticked higher, while the loonie was down a touch ahead of the Bank of Canada’s interest rate decision Wednesday.The S&P/TSX composite index closed up 96.38 points at 16,548.72 to top the record close set a day earlier.The new high marks a significant recovery for the index, which is up more than 10 per cent from the lows of February, said Craig Jerusalim, portfolio manager at CIBC Asset Management.“It’s nice to see strength returning to the Canadian equity markets, largely being led by commodities, but financials have also done quite well as well as select other sectors.”The rise in equities comes as the price of crude has climbed about 25 per cent since its low of about US$59 a barrel in February. On Tuesday, crude was up slightly with a 26 cent gain to close at US$74.11 per barrel for the August contract.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average ended up 143.07 points at 24,919.66. The S&P 500 index closed up 9.67 at 2,793.84 and the Nasdaq composite index was up 3 points at 7,759.20.The S&P also closed at its highest since February, but Jerusalim noted that U.S. markets look to have higher expectations built into its valuations.“The nice thing about the TSX, as opposed to the S&P 500, is that valuations are still relatively close to longer-term averages for the TSX, whereas the S&P 500, the price to earnings multiple is not at all-time highs, but is at the higher end of the historic range, which means there’s further room to correct.”The lower valuations for Canadian stocks means it could be a better bet going forward, as long as trends aren’t destabilized, he said.“Looking forward, assuming that trade rhetoric doesn’t ramp up, and commodity prices don’t move drastically from where they are, I would be more favourable towards Canadian equities than U.S. equities, when looking out over the next year or so.”The Canadian dollar averaged 76.19 cents US, down 0.16 of a US cent. The loonie jumped last week on expectations of the Bank of Canada raising rates Wednesday, but has lost ground against the U.S. dollar as data looks even stronger to the south, said Jerusalim.“The pace of rate hikes is likely going to be more consistent from the Fed, which should lead, with all else equal, to a stronger U.S. dollar relative to the Canadian dollar.”He said the Bank of Canada is expected to release a dovish rate hike.“What that means is we’re likely going to see a rate hike accompanied by commentary that dampens the likelihood of further rate hikes any time soon.”The August natural gas contract was down four cents at US$2.79 per mmBTU. The August gold contract ended down $4.20 at US$1,255.40 an ounce and the September copper contract was down a penny at US$2.84 a pound.Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. closed up $3.80 or 6.67 per cent at $60.80 after the company, Canada’s largest by revenues, reported better than expected earnings.last_img read more

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