Snake chases lawmakers from Nigerian parliament

first_imgLagos: A snake burst onto the chamber floor of a state parliament building in southwest Nigeria, sending lawmakers scampering and forcing an indefinite recess, officials said Friday. “When we were about to enter into plenary, a big snake just ran out of the chamber which disrupted our sitting and we had to hurriedly leave the chamber,” said Olugbenga Omole, a spokesman for lawmakers from Ondo State. The snake appears to have fallen from the roof into the plenary chamber. It did not bite anyone before it was caught and killed by parliament staff, said Omole. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USHe blamed the incident on the dilapidated state of the assembly due to a lack of funds and overdue maintenance. “That chamber is no longer safe for legislative business and because of that, we decided to adjourn indefinitely. The house will be going on an indefinite recess,” Omole said. He said lawmakers would not return until a proper fumigation of the complex was done. This was the first time a snake was known to have made an appearance in the assembly floor, though there have been complaints of rodents and reptiles in the bushes around the complex. Omole did not say what type of snake caused Thursday’s disturbance. Nigeria has many snakes, including venomous vipers, spitting cobras and puff adders. According to a 2001 study published in the African Journal of Medicine and Medical Sciences, nearly 500 people per 100,000 of the population are bitten by snakes in Nigeria on average per year.last_img read more

Injured in Pak firing 10dayold baby dies in Poonch dist

first_imgJammu: A 10-day-old baby, injured in heavy shelling by Pakistani troops along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district, died at a hospital on Monday, police said.The infant, his mother Fatima Jan (35) and another civilian Mohammad Arif (40) were injured when mortar shells fired by Pakistan hit their village in Shahpur sector late Sunday. They were rushed to district hospital Poonch, where the minor succumbed to injuries, they added. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Cross-border firing by Pakistani troops continued for the second successive day on Monday in the district, prompting strong and effective retaliation by Indian soldiers, an Army spokesperson said. “At about 1245 hours, Pakistan initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation by firing of small arms and shelling with mortars along LoC in Shahpur sector. Indian Army is retaliating befittingly,” he said. A police official said Jan and Arif were referred to the Government Medical College Hospital, Jammu, for specialised treatment, though their condition was stated to be “stable”. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KMortars and small arms were used from across the border to target forward posts and villages in Shahpur, Saujiyan and Mendhar sectors between 5 pm and 10 pm on Sunday. Several houses were damaged in the firing, the official said. The Army spokesperson said information on casualties on the Pakistani side in the retaliatory action was not immediately available. On July 22, an Indian soldier was killed in Pakistani firing in Sunderbani sector of Rajouri district, while a civilian was injured in another incident of cross-border firing by Pakistan in Poonch sector on July 20.last_img read more

West Indies tour a great opportunity for Pant to unleash his potential

first_imgLauderhill: The time has come for Rishabh Pant to “unleash” his rich potential in all three formats, said India captain Virat Kohli ahead of the first T20 international against the West Indies here on Saturday. With little clarity over the future of veteran M S Dhoni, Pant has now become the preferred choice in all three formats and that was pointed out by chief selector MSK Prasad after the selection panel picked the squads for the West Indies tour. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh “It’s a great opportunity for someone like Rishabh Pant to really play a lot of international cricket, show his credentials, really unleash his potential at this stage,” Kohli said here on Friday. “We know how much ability he has and we all want him to become a consistent performer for the Indian cricket team. MS Dhoni’s experience is always going to be a very crucial factor but having said that some of these younger guys have a great opportunity ahead of them and they should just look forward to it.” Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later Kohli has already said the tour is a good opportunity for fringe players like Shreyas Iyer and Manish Pandey to stake a claim for a spot in India’s brittle middle-order in ODIs. The T20 here on Saturday will be India’s first outing since the heart-breaking loss to New Zealand in the World Cup semifinals last month. The skipper is yet to get over the loss. “The first few days after we exited the World Cup were quite difficult. Till the time the tournament got over, every time we woke up it was the worst feeling in the morning. Then through the day you do things and sort of get on with your life. We are professionals. We move ahead. Every team has to move on. “So we are quite okay with what happened in the World Cup. Yesterday the fielding session and the little bit of time we spent on the field was really good. Everyone was excited, looking forward to just playing, just being on the field again. I think that’s the best thing you can do as a team, just get on the park as soon as possible.” The Indian team could not train ahead of the game due to rain but having played here three years ago, it has an idea of the conditions. “I think the covers look the same,” quipped Kohli. “We haven’t seen the pitch, we haven’t seen anything apart from the covers on the pitch. When we play tomorrow, we can assess how the pitch has come along. Even last time we played, it was pretty good, high-scoring, and we all had a lot of fun playing here, and this time is going to be no different.” Kohli is all for having more international games in the United States. “For now I think it’s all about creating that buzz and just getting people in to watch the games. The more we come here and play, obviously the game is going to get more and more buzz around it, people are going to talk about it. “You see 15,000-20,000 people going to a place to watch something, obviously it should be important. Hopefully in years to come, people will have more interest. Local people in America as well, not just the Asian community or the West Indian community but the whole community in general will have more interest in the sport.” He feels the T20 format is the ideal one to promote the game globally. “I think T20 cricket is something that can be understood and accepted in the American culture because of the length of the game and it’s quite entertaining as well. So I think for the sport to become global in many ways, a lot of interest here will go a long way in achieving that for the sport,” he added.last_img read more

China vows to counter US midrange arms deployment in Asia

first_imgBeijing: China said Tuesday that it “will not stand idly by” and will take countermeasures if the US deploys intermediate-range missiles in the Asia-Pacific region, which Washington has said it plans to do within months. The statement from the director of the foreign ministry’s Arms Control Department, Fu Cong, follows the U.S.’s withdrawal last week from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, a move Fu said would have a “direct negative impact on the global strategic stability” as well as security in Europe and the Asia-Pacific region. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhFu said China was particularly concerned about announced plans to develop and test a land-based intermediate-range missile in the Asia-Pacific “sooner rather than later,” in the words of one US official. “China will not stand idly by and be forced to take countermeasures should the U.S. deploy intermediate-range ground-based missiles this part of the world,” Fu told reporters at a specially called briefing. He also advised other nations, particularly South Korea, Japan and Australia, to “exercise prudence” and not allow the U.S. to deploy such weapons on their territory, saying that would “not serve the national security interests of these countries.” Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterU.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said in Asia over the weekend that he wanted to deploy midrange conventional missiles in the Asia-Pacific within months. Australian officials said Monday that the locations for the bases were not yet known but their country would not be one of them. Fu also said China had no intention of joining nuclear weapons reduction talks with the US and Russia, pointing to the huge gap in the size of China’s arsenal compared to those of the other two.last_img read more

GST Council to decide on vehicle rate cuts FM

first_imgChennai: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Sunday said that the GST Council will take the final call on reducing the tax rate on motor vehicles. Speaking to reporters here, she said that the government is addressing the issues of the automotive segment on the backdrop of the recent slowdown in sales. “One of the suggestion was the reduction of GST rate for the automobile sector, that of course… will have to go to the (GST) council, but otherwise I have been addressing issues related to BS-IV, inventory…,” she added. The council is likely to meet in Goa on September 20. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalSitharaman said that the sector was facing problems due to several factors, including transition from BS-IV to BS-VI emission norms and prospective buyers were delaying their decision. To help revive the auto sector, the Minister on August 23 had announced the government departments would be allowed to buy new vehicles, automobiles purchased till March 31, 2020 would avail the benefit of additional depreciation of 15 per cent, with total depreciation up to 30 per cent, and BS-IV vehicles bought till March 31, 2020 would remain operational for their entire registration period.last_img read more

Dhoni always thinks about Indian cricket Virat Kohli

first_imgDharamsala: Mahendra Singh Dhoni has always put the interest of Indian cricket in mind and is “on same page” with the team management as far as his international future is concerned, skipper Virat Kohli said on Saturday. On the eve of the T20 International series against South Africa, Kohli maintained that the 38-year-old Dhoni will “remain valuable” as long as he continues playing the game even as team management grooms youngsters like Rishabh Pant. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”One great thing about him (Dhoni) is that, he thinks for Indian cricket. And whatever we (team management) think, he is on the same page. The alignment is there. The kind of mindset he has had about grooming youngsters and giving them opportunities, and he is still the same person,” Kohli replied when asked if the legend is in his scheme of things for next year’s World T20 in Australia. Dhoni has taken a two-month sabbatical from cricket and is not a part of the T20 International series against South Africa starting on Sunday. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterWhile Kohli reminded the scribes about Dhoni’s ability to prove his detractors wrong, his answer on his impending international future was a bit open-ended. “Look, experience is always going to matter whether you like it or not. I mean there are a numerous number of times people have given up on sportsmen and they have proved people wrong and he (Dhoni) has done that many times in his career as well. As long as he is available and continues to play, he is going to be very valuable,” Kohli said. “When you decide to stop playing is an absolutely individual thing, and no one else should have an opinion on it, that’s what I think,” he added. Kohli also justified Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal’s omission from the T20 squad as their weakness with the willow has prompted them to try out some other options. “That was one of the reasons also to give opportunities to the guys who have done well in the domestic format and the T20 format and in the IPL also. So I think it’s about finding the best balance that we can as a side and not necessarily stick to one kind of combination. If all teams across the world are batting till No. 9, 10, why can’t we,” the captain explained. The India skipper recalled how the team management was criticised when Chahal and Kuldeep were inducted in the white ball set-up replacing a more fancied Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja.last_img read more

Association with IIM will help UP become 1 trillion economy says Adityanath

first_imgLucknow: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Sunday said by joining hands with IIM-Lucknow, the state government will deliver good governance and achieve the goal of becoming a USD 1 trillion economy. Adityanath was speaking at the second edition of ‘Manthan’– a leadership development programme conducted by senior faculty of the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) here for the chief minister and his ministerial colleagues. As part of the programme, Adityanath and his colleagues will attend one more session. “I am confident that when institutions like the IIM join hands with the government and take forward the programmes, we will be able to deliver good results,” Adityanath said at the programme which was attended by his ministerial colleagues and state government officials.last_img read more

NS sees first suspected carfentanil death medical examiner says

first_imgHALIFAX – Nova Scotia has had its first suspected overdose death linked to carfentanil, the province’s chief medical officer of health said Wednesday.Dr. Robert Strang said the potent opiate is suspected of contributing to the death of one person in Halifax, though the formal cause of death has yet to be determined.He said he couldn’t release the name, age or gender of the person who died in March.Strang said if the death is confirmed to be linked to carfentanil — originally developed for veterinarians to sedate elephants and other large animals — it was likely present in one of several street drugs the person involved had taken.“Like in many of the deaths, there were a number of substances that were involved. … But carfentanil has been identified as one of those substances,” he said.“Given the high potency of carfentanil … it’s highly likely it at least contributed to the death in this case.”Strang had announced just under a year ago that the drug was circulating in the province, and he said Wednesday it would be not overly surprising to see it contributing to fatalities.There have also been cases of the drug appearing in the street drug trade in neighbouring New Brunswick.“It’s part of what I call the toxic street drug scene. It’s not surprising we have this first possible death … We’ve been anticipating this,” he said.Strang says it’s a good time for him to remind any users of street drugs of the extreme dangers associated with their use, and he advised people who use the drugs to keep a supply of naloxone, an overdose-reversing drug that can be self administered.The doctor said the province will keep building up harm reduction efforts, such as making naloxone widely available at community pharmacies.The recent provincial budget added $1.4 million to create models for safer consumption of street drugs.Strang said if a person insists on using street drugs it’s better they do so with other people present, a supply of naloxone nearby and that they be prepared to call 911 if there is any risk of overdose.He emphasized that under legislation police will not arrest people who call for emergency help if they are near a person having an overdose.Carfentanil is especially dangerous, as it can be mixed in with other street drugs and therefore is hard to detect visually.It is about 100 times more powerful than the opiate fentanyl.In March of last year, Nova Scotia announced initial steps in its effort to head off a British Columbia-style epidemic of opioid overdose deaths.Funding was provided for about 5,000 free naloxone kits through police, jails and community pharmacies.Three community-based organizations that distribute clean needles and information to drug users are being funded to educate and assist their clients, and have been training clients in the injection of naloxone.— Follow (at)mtuttoncporg on Twitter.last_img read more

Yukons Sourtoe Cocktail still available but theft of one toe tough to

first_imgDAWSON CITY, Yn – A mummified human toe that is the key ingredient in a strange drinking ritual in Dawson City has been stolen.RCMP are searching for the suspects as well as the misappropriated member.The shrivelled, brown toe vanished Saturday after being added to an infamous sourtoe cocktail served by the Downtown Hotel in Dawson City, Yukon.Hotel manager Geri Colbourne says a couple came in late that night and requested the unique drink but the waitress was called away after pouring two shots. The toe was gone when she returned.The shrivelled brown toe is included in a shot of alcohol and, according to tradition, drinkers must allow it to touch their lips in order to join the Sourtoe Cocktail Club.There are spares, Colbourne said, but the donated toes can be difficult to come by.“We get people from all over the world coming here wanting to do the toe and it’s well known everywhere and it’s such a huge thing for Dawson City and for the Downtown Hotel,” Colbourne said. “Why would someone want to ruin that, you know? It just makes no sense to me at all.”RCMP Cpl. Jeff Myke says a theft investigation is underway, adding the toe represents a tradition that has been an important part of community history“It’s not every day that we investigate incidents like this, but the sourtoe represents a Dawson City tradition that has been an important part of the history here for many years,” he added.Paul Robitaille, manager of the Klondike Visitors Association, said reactions to the drink vary wildly.“There are strange things done in the midnight sun and the sourtoe is one of those things,” said Robitaille, who previously worked as a “captain” serving the sourtoe cocktail.“You get 85-year-old little old ladies that come in and do it without blinking an eye, and then you get macho men who cringe and can’t do it,” he said. “It’s a funny thing to see how people react to a sourtoe.”When not sitting in a shot glass, the toe rests on a bed of salt, which helps to keep it mummified. Despite the drink’s name, the petrified appendage doesn’t really add a unique taste, Robitaille said.“Generally, it almost makes a shot stronger because, you’ve got to think, it’s been in thousands of shots, right? So it’s kind of soaking up all the booze from the one before it and then it is sitting in the salt so it just adds a little bit of the saltiness to it. It’s not a repulsive taste at all.”Once it’s been used many, many times, a toe is retired and a new one is introduced into the rotation, explained Robitaille, who couldn’t put a precise figure on the number of times a single toe may be used.“That’s just a judgement call,” he said.This isn’t the first time a toe has gone missing, Robitaille said, adding several were swallowed when smaller digits, such as pinky toes, were used in the cocktails back in the 1990s.The hotel is offering a reward for the toe’s safe return and RCMP are searching for the suspects, as well as the misappropriated member. (The Canadian Press, CKRW)last_img read more

Waiting for a musical like this Foreigners Jukebox Hero to open next

first_imgCALGARY – It’s been 40 years since Foreigner released its first album and now the songs of the legendary rock group are being made into a musical.“Jukebox Hero” will tell the story of the hard-hit town of Blaydon, Pa., that is saved with the emergence of a rock group that helps bring in new industry.“This is sort of based in the Rust Belt of America. A lot of areas were once mighty producers of steel and now are undercut by the march of the future,” Mick Jones, the founder of Foreigner, said at a news conference in Calgary on Wednesday.Jones said he ran into singer Diana Ross 20 years ago and she suggested to him that the song “Jukebox Hero” should be made into a musical. He said it’s been on his mind ever since.“In an era where there have been a lot of jukebox musicals, I figured I’d like to squeeze ours in there and make it the musical of all musicals as far as our aspirations go.”Jones said about a dozen of the group’s songs will be in the musical, including “I Want To Know What Love Is,” “Waiting For A Girl Like You,” “Hot Blooded.” “Urgent” and “Jukebox Hero.”He will have a say in making sure the musicians in the show will be able to handle the range in some of the songs.“I will probably be part of that decision to make sure (they’ve) got the lungs to carry it off because they are demanding songs,” Jones said.“Even Frank Sinatra tried ‘Waiting For A Girl Like You’ and there’s a three-octave range in there.”Jeff Parry, founder and CEO of Annerin Productions, said the musical is based on a screenplay written by the prolific duo of Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais, who are responsible for the movies “The Commitments” and “Across the Universe.”Parry has been working for the last three years to get “Jukebox Hero” to fruition and has decided to start off in Alberta.“We’ve tried to mount this in various different scenarios and finally decided to do it right here in Alberta,” Parry said.“As crazy as that sounds, we’re going to develop this musical with intentions of going to Broadway and the West End and the rest of the world.”The musical is to open in Calgary next Aug. 10-12 and then moves to Edmonton on Aug. 16-19. Organizers hope to take it to Toronto and across the rest of the country if it gets a warm reception.Jones said he is thrilled the musical will be starting out in Canada since he almost immigrated here when he was 10 years old.“I’ve got a little affinity for Canada. It means something to me.“Whenever I come here, I kind of … wonder what would have happened?”— Follow @BillGraveland on TwitterNote to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version said the musical tour was to begin next Octoberlast_img read more

Like a jigsaw puzzle Winnipeg police officer pieced together letterbomb note

first_imgWINNIPEG – A forensics officer assigned with collecting debris following the explosion of a letter bomb in a Winnipeg law office says it took him an hour just to collect all the pieces.Patrol Sgt. Kelly Takatch told court that piecing together a yellow note that came with the bomb was “like a jigsaw puzzle.”Guido Amsel has pleaded not guilty to five counts of attempted murder, one count of aggravated assault and several explosives-related charges stemming from three bombs that were sent in the mail in July 2015.The one sent to one law office seriously injured lawyer Maria Mitousis and cost her a hand.Takatch testified that officers initially paid very little attention to a pouch which court has heard contained the explosive device.Takatch said officers were busy collecting “thousands of pieces” of debris off the floor before turning their attention to the lawyer’s desk.“The amount of debris and the amount of evidence which needed to be collected was overwhelming,” he testified Friday.Court already heard that the note asked Mitousis to press a button on a device that arrived in a pouch. The note said in part: “Hi Maria. Push enter to start. Listen to the conversation and phone me.”Takatch said he never touched the pouch, which tested positive for an explosive substance.Court has heard that other letter bombs were sent to another law office and Amsel’s former wife, who had been represented by Mitousis in a divorce.Those bombs did not go off.(CTV Winnipeg, The Canadian Press)last_img read more

Edmonton mayor says CFL Eskimos need to take steps on name change

first_imgWINNIPEG – Edmonton’s mayor says he wants the city’s Canadian Football League team to start taking steps towards a name change.Don Iveson says there needs to be serious conversations about changing the name, given that an organization that represents Inuit people calls the term Eskimos offensive.Iveson says it doesn’t have to be resolved in the next month while the Edmonton Eskimos are in the CFL playoffs.He says it’s up to the team to talk with the public and other stakeholders about what name would work for all, and he’d like to see it happen before the Grey Cup comes to Edmonton next year.Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman said earlier this week he wants the Eskimos to change its name to a more inclusive one.Natan Obed, president of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, which represents Canada’s 60,000 Inuit, said Edmonton can be a leader in Canada’s movement to reconciliation with Indigenous people by changing the name.“It is my hope that the team will respect the wishes of the Inuit and replace its moniker with a team name that is not widely considered an ethnic slur,” Obed said in a statement.Iveson said the views of Inuit need to be acknowledged.“That is difficult to not give serious weight to that feedback,” he said Thursday.The Eskimos said in a statement that it uses the name with “pride and respect.”“At this point in time, we are actively engaged in listening to the conversation that people are having around our name. Those conversations are ongoing and we are keenly listening to all input including from our loyal season seat holders and fans.”The Eskimos are facing the Blue Bombers in the CFL western semifinal on Saturday in Winnipeg.Similar petitions to change names have been made to the NFL’s Washington Redskins, Major League Baseball’s Cleveland Indians and Atlanta Braves and the NHL’s Chicago Blackhawks.(CTV Edmonton, The Canadian Press)last_img read more

Quebec police raids target alleged members of organized crime

first_imgMONTREAL – More than 100 police officers targeted residences and vehicles belonging to alleged members of organized crime on Tuesday, as well as a Hells Angels bunker south of Montreal.The raids were in and and around Montreal as well as in the Outaouais area in western Quebec, provincial police said.No arrests were expected.Police say they raided nine residences and 10 vehicles as part of a crackdown on alleged drug trafficking.last_img

Halifax museum says sharing Austrians immigration story was a mistake

first_imgHALIFAX — The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 in Halifax has removed a story on its website about two Austrian immigrants, saying sharing the personal memoir was “a mistake.”Spokeswoman Beatrice Houston Gilfoy says the story of Vincenz and Kristina Bogatin was shared with the museum by their daughter, but her father’s military service with the Austrian Gendarmerie “is of issue.”Houston Gilfoy says the museum’s social media team shared the story without fully understanding the historic context, and the timing demonstrated a lack of sensitivity.Houston Gilfoy did not elaborate on why the man’s military service was of issue.She says because it was a personal story donated by his daughter, “the specifics of his military service with the Austrian Gendarmerie are unknown to us.”Houston Gilfoy says going forward, the social media team will work more closely with the museum’s historians to ensure the historical context of stories are fully understood.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Two winning tickets for Saturday nights 5 million Lotto 649 jackpot

first_imgTORONTO — Two winning tickets were sold — one in British Columbia and the other in the Prairies — for the $5 million jackpot in Saturday night’s Lotto 649 draw.Each ticket is worth $2.5 million.Meanwhile, the draw’s guaranteed $1 million prize was claimed by a ticket holder in Quebec.The jackpot for the next Lotto 649 draw on April 10 will once again be approximately $5 million.The Canadian Presslast_img

Canada adds rightwing extremist groups to terrorist list

first_imgOTTAWA — For the first time, Canada has placed right-wing extremist groups on the national list of terrorist organizations.Public Safety Canada says Blood & Honour, an international neo-Nazi network, and its armed branch, Combat 18, have been added to the roster, opening the door to stiff criminal sanctions.They join more than 50 other organizations on the list including al-Qaida, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, Boko Haram and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.A group on Canada’s terrorist list may have its assets seized and there are criminal penalties for helping listed organizations carry out extremist activities.Blood & Honour, founded in Britain in 1987, has branches throughout Europe, executing violent attacks there and in North America.The new listings come as Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale announces up to $1 million to create a digital repository meant to help smaller online companies prevent dissemination of violent extremist content.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Ousted candidate says Liberals knew about social media posts well before sacking

first_imgMONTREAL — A recently ousted Liberal candidate says the party knew about his controversial social media posts well before he was turfed as the nominee in a Montreal riding.Hassan Guillet told reporters today he met officials with the federal party on Aug. 8 to discuss the old posts. He says the Liberals were convinced he was neither racist not anti-Semitic.But they revoked his nomination in the Saint-Leonard-Saint-Michel riding last Friday after a Jewish advocacy group unearthed the series of old statements he made on social media that were critical of Israel and U.S. foreign policy.He says he and the Liberals had already discussed an action plan that involved outreach to the Jewish community. Guillet says that action plan was set to be set in motion the day he was sacked.Guillet says his posts were public, and the party knew or should have known about them when they vetted him in 2017.The former imam says he wants to run in October’s federal election as a Liberal, but doesn’t rule out running for another party or as an Independent if he’s not reinstated.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Kate Hudson Joins ANNpower Advisory Council

first_imgANN INC., the parent Company of Ann Taylor and LOFT, and Vital Voices Global Partnership are proud to announce that award-winning actress Kate Hudson will serve on the ANNpower Advisory Council.Hudson, the face of Ann Taylor’s Spring/Summer 2013 campaign, is a longtime advocate for empowering young women and is excited to be a part of the ANNpower Vital Voices Initiative.The ANNpower Vital Voices Initiative is a groundbreaking partnership between ANN INC. and Vital Voices to empower young women from across the U.S. to affect global progress, invest in their communities, and begin their journeys as the next generation of leaders. The ANNpower Advisory Council was announced at the 2012 Clinton Global Initiative as a “Commitment to Action” and is comprised of influential women in media, business, and entertainment who have displayed exceptional leadership. Members of the ANNpower Advisory Council review, score, and recommend outstanding grant proposals as well as serve as mentors to the Fellows and ambassadors of the ANNpower Initiative to the public.“We are so proud to build on our existing partnership with Kate Hudson , someone that genuinely represents our continued commitment to celebrating women of substance and style,” said Kay Krill , President and CEO of ANN INC. “She is a role model to young women and we know she will have a profound impact in supporting our ANNpower Fellows and all that they will achieve.”“What has inspired me through the course of my partnership with the company is that everyone is committed to connecting with women in all facets of their lives, including empowering the next generation,” said Kate Hudson. “I am honored to be a part of the ANNpower Initiative and look forward to the great work ahead.”The Council continues to be developed and currently includes Actress Jennifer Morrison (“Once Upon a Time,” “House”), Kay Krill, President and CEO of ANN INC., and Alyse Nelson, President and CEO of Vital Voices Global Partnership.The nationwide search is currently open for this year’s ANNpower Fellows who embody the skills to be tomorrow’s leaders. Fifty Fellows will be identified amid girls who are rising high school juniors and seniors with the potential to be among the next generation of women leaders. Chosen Fellows will receive leadership training and mentorship by prominent women leaders from around the world at the 2013 ANNpower Vital Voices Leadership Forum on April 1-4 in Washington, D.C.If you know a girl who wants to change the world, please encourage them to apply to become an ANNpower Fellow at Applications are now being accepted until January 25, 2013.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Demi Lovato Announces Treatment Scholarship

first_imgDemi Lovato has partnered with CAST Recovery to create The Lovato Treatment Scholarship in honor of her dad, Patrick Lovato, who passed away in part due to untreated mental health and addiction issues.Demi has battled these issues throughout her life, and she understands what’s at stake. At the same time, effective treatment is costly, and many can’t afford the care they need.The Lovato Treatment Scholarship will cover expenses for someone struggling with mental health and/or addiction issues, including the costs for one of CAST Recovery’s transitional living homes, as well as the clinical services provided at CAST’s outpatient program.Demi knows the CAST Recovery team well. She continues to work with them directly, and trusts that their programs offer some of the best services available.For those interested in applying for The Lovato Treatment Scholarship, please email us your story at Let us know who you are and why you are seeking help.Demi and the CAST Recovery team wish they could help everyone, but unfortunately they can’t. And while the scholarship will only be able to help one person at a time, Demi will continue to speak out on these issues and lend their voice to those in need.For those who need immediate help and cannot afford treatment, please go to for all of what SAMHSA’s database has to offer plus so much more.Source:CAST Recoverylast_img read more