New Delhi: Rejecting the opposition’s allegation that the government is working to privatise the national transporter, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal Friday asserted there is “no question” of privatisation, but said the ministry will invite investments for new technology, lines and projects in national interest. Replying in the Lok Sabha to the discussion on Demands for Grants of the railways, Goyal reeled out figures to claim that the Narendra Modi government has performed much better in boosting both infrastructure and safety parameters of the national transporter as compared to the UPA era. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF Day During his hour-long speech there were frequent protests by Congress members, as their leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury accused him of misleading the House and he was backed by his party colleagues. Goyal also defended the decision to discontinue tabling of a separate railway budget in Parliament, calling them “political budgets” which were used to sell dreams of new trains and railway lines to people for winning elections. With several opposition leaders accusing the government of ushering in privatisation of the railways, Goyal noted that he had time and again rejected the claims and would reiterate again that there was no question of privatisation. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documents on Reliance penalty “There is no question of privatisation of the railways. The railways cannot be privatised. However, if we have to increase the facilities in railways then obviously we need investments for it. We have taken a decision to encourage public private partnerships and we will also corporatise some units. “We should invite investment in national interest if someone is ready to get new technology, new stations, projects and lines,” the minister told the House. Goyal said that the Modi government had inherited a dilapidated railways, but had managed to turn it around in the past five years by laying new tracks, improving security and facilities for passengers. He said track kilometre grew by 39,000 km in 64 years, while in the past five years it grew by 7,000 km. Similarly, he said the railways increased its running kilometre by 12,000 km between 1950-2014, while from 2014-2019, it grew by 5,000 running kilometre. “The work for Dedicated Freight Corridor started in 2007. From 2007 to 2014, they had not even managed one kilometre of track linking. We took on this work and in just five years, we have completed 1900 km of track linking,” said Goyal. He further claimed that during the Congress rule, not one coach was manufactured in Rae Bareli’s Modern Coach Factory since 2007-2008 till 2014 and the first coach was made in August 2014 shortly after the BJP came to power. “We want the MCF to increase its manufacturing capacity to 5000 and the trains coming out of there go to the entire world. We want it to be the largest factory in the world,” he said. Goyal said that between 2004 and 2009, around 206 accidents took place every year, while the number was 153 between 2009 and 2011. He said that during the BJP’s tenure, it reduced to around 100 every year. The minister also highlighted how the government had installed around 2,10,000 bio-toilets in trains so far. Hitting out at successive state governments in West Bengal, Goyal said that several projects had been held up because the state was unable to provide land to railways. “The oldest project in West Bengal is running from 1974-75. The projects dont get completed because the government doesn’t give us land. If they give us land, work will immediately start,” he said, adding that similar problems were also faced in Kerala. Goyal’s reference to the alleged inaction of the UPA government to Mumbai train blasts, which had taken place on July 11, 2006, drew loud protests from the Congress, with its members shouting “shame on you”. He asserted that such terrorists would have been given a befitting reply had Modi been in power. Goyal also credited the prime minister for his focus on the railways and said the growth the sector had seen was largely because of his vision. “A tea vendor selling tea in front of trains during his childhood saw this country and understood the significance of the railways,” said Goyal.
Los Angeles: The Farewell is Awkwafina’s first major role but the rapper-actor believes hiring her is still a big gamble for Hollywood studios despite the massive success of Crazy Rich Asians. Directed by Lulu Wang, The Farewell premiered at Sundance this past January to critical acclaim. In the film, Awkwafina plays Billi whose family returns to China on the pretext of a wedding to say goodbye to their matriarch, who has just few weeks to live but does not know about her fate. “I think that if I am cast in a production, already that means that production is kind of forward-thinking. Hiring me is always a risk, a little bit,” Awkwafina told IndieWire The rapper, who does not follow the notions of what a big Hollywood star should look like, is a first generation American from Queens. The young actor has slowly build a memorable career, including a supporting role in Crazy Rich Asians.
Lucknow: Two policemen were killed Wednesday in Sambhal district as unidentified assailants opened fire at a jail van and helped three undertrials escape from the custody. Sambhal Superintendent of Police Yamuna Prasad said two constables, escorting some undertrial prisoners to Moradabad, were shot dead day by heavily armed criminals in an audacious attack on the police team. The incident took place at Dhannumal crossing near Banither village in the district when a police van returning with 24 undertrials prisoners to Moradabad after hearings in a Chandausi court was attacked by some persons, said Additional DG (Law and Order) P V Ramashastri. The deceased constables were identified as Harendra and Brijpal. Attempts are on to nab the culprits, Ramashastri said.
Ballia (UP): A 35-year-old man was allegedly beaten up by some people on suspicion of being a child lifter in Uttar Pradesh’s Ballia district, police said on Tuesday. Pramod Rajbhar was having an argument with his sister-in-law when some people allegedly attacked him in Shankarpur Dehri village of Rasda area on Monday, Station House Officer Saurabh Rai said. Rai said police reached the spot and managed to save Rajbhar from the violent crowd. No FIR has been lodged in the matter as Rajbhar did not file a complaint, he said. Attacks over rumours of child lifting have increased over the past week in the state. On Thursday, Director General of Police O P Singh had said that 82 people have been arrested for spreading rumours about child theft.
NEW DELHI: The staff of AHTU, Crime Branch celebrated Teacher’s Day with32 children, who had been rescued by AHTU in the last fortnight under Operation Milap. All these rescued children are boys in the age group of 12 – 15 years.The Anti Human Trafficking Unit (AHTU) of Crime Branch acts as the Nodal Agency for all other AHTUs in Delhi Police. 32 such children were rescued by AHTU under Operation Milap,in the last fortnight. 13 out of these 32 children are being handed over to their respective family members on the auspicious occasion of ‘Teacher’s Day’ today. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderAll these 32 children are boys who are between the age group of 12 to 15 years. Efforts are being made to trace the family members of the remaining 19 boys who will be restored to their families soon. Most of these children, had either run away from their homes or had been abandoned by their guardians and had landed up in Delhi. “During the current year from 1st January 2019 till date, AHTU Crime Branch has rescued 408 children so far, from Bus Stands and Railway Stations of Delhi under the Delhi Police initiative called Operation ‘MILAP’. In the corresponding period last year 2018, AHTU had rescued 373 children under Operation Milap so far,” said Rajiv Ranjan, Additional Commissioner of Police Crime. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThis scheme aims at uniting missing children with their parents/family members. This scheme is run by the Anti-Human Trafficking Unit (AHTU) of the Crime Branch of Delhi Police. Under this scheme, AHTU carries out a special drive to periodically check all the Bus Stands, Railway Stations, and other places in Delhi to look for unattended/stray children. Extensive help by NGOs is taken in the drive. The rescued children are counselled and also given requisite medical attention where ever so required. The AHTU also visits Children Homes across the city and makes an effort to track down the parents of children who may be lodged in these Children Homes but are unable to reveal much about their actual families or home addresses. AHTU Crime Branch officials try to search for the parents of the children rescued so that these children can be restored with their respective families. Photographic database of these children is also undertaken by the concerned police officials to link them properly.
Seoul: You can sell North Korean food in South Korea. But you’ll get into trouble if you decorate your restaurant with something deemed praising North Korea. Authorities say the owner of a Seoul restaurant under construction removed signs with the portrait of North Korean leaders and the image of a North Korean flag from the restaurant’s exterior wall on Monday. The restaurant had been criticized over the weekend after local media published those signs. Police say they are looking at a possibility that the owner violated South Korea’s security law that punish an act of praising North Korea with up to seven years in prison. Police quoted the owner as saying such a North Korea-themed exterior decoration would draw more attention and help him make more profits.
OTTAWA – Couples without kids are outpacing their procreating counterparts, same-sex relationships are blossoming, multiple generations are living under the same roof and more people than ever are living alone, Statistics Canada revealed Wednesday as the 2016 census showcased more seismic changes in the way Canadians are living their lives.This segment of the census — focused on families, households, marital status and language —often elicits references to old-school sitcoms like “Leave it to Beaver” and “The Brady Bunch” to illustrate the dramatic shifts in the Canadian family unit.These days, even the fractured family dynamics of “Full House” feel dated. Instead, Canada is skewing older, with fewer children and less affinity for marriage — forcing legislators to adjust and adapt their policies and programs to fit a rapidly evolving reality.“These dynamics are really important to understand because of the implications for our social and economic development are significant,” said Nora Spinks, CEO of the Vanier Institute of the Family.“The family, in all of its complexity and all of its diversity, is the most adaptive, adaptable and adapting institution in our society. It takes public policy some lag time to catch up.”Canada’s 35.15 million people are getting older; there are now more seniors than children under the age of 14. Immigration contributed two-thirds of the country’s population growth between 2011 and 2016, and that diversity has also added complexity to the Canadian family portrait.“Those are really fundamental trends going on in the Canadian population right now, which has impacts on everything, and I would suspect that in the forthcoming (census) releases you’ll still hear about and you’ll still be able to make links to those two key demographic trends,” said Laurent Martel, director of the demography division at Statistics Canada.Of the 14.1 million households in Canada in 2016, 28.2 per cent comprised only a single person — the highest proportion of single-person households ever recorded and the most common living arrangement captured in the 2016 count, a first for the country.Outside of the United States and the United Kingdom, the percentage of one-person homes in Canada is not especially high, but it does illustrate the legacy of an aging population, the members of which are living longer than ever and are more likely to be widowed.Higher rates of separation and divorce also mean more people living alone or as lone parents, as does an increasing number of women in the workforce, which fosters a greater sense of economic independence.Childless couples grew in number at a faster rate over the last five years than couples with at least one child, leaving the latter group at 51.1 per cent of the population, the lowest level ever recorded.The baby boomers who fuelled such population growth in the 20th century are empty nesters in the 21st. The census found younger Canadians who do have kids are living in places like Alberta, long a magnet for job-seeking families, or Nunavut, where fertility rates are high.“The big shift has been a shift away from families with children to empty nest couples or younger people deciding not to have children,” said Doug Norris, chief demographer at Environics Analytics.“They’re not living in the traditional ‘Leave it to Beaver’ family.”More signs of changing times: single-parent families grew by 5.6 per cent between 2011 and 2016, with the growth of single dads outpacing their female counterparts seven per cent to five. And one in three Canadians aged 20-34 was living with at least one parent in 2016, an increase of five percentage points between 2001 and 2016.During that same period, the number of young people living with families of their own dwindled to 41.9 per cent, down from 49.1 per cent. And multigenerational households — three generations or more under one roof — grew the quickest over the five-year census window, representing some 2.2 million Canadians.Sometimes, it’s out of necessity, said Spinks. Other times, it’s choice.“They’re saying, ‘Hey, this is working really well, we’ve worked out the kinks, we’ve got the space, we’ve got the two-car garage, we’ve got the satellite dish, we’ve got it all sorted out, so why mess with it?’” she said.“Others are circumstantial — can’t afford to move out, Grandma is providing child care or the teenager is providing grandparent care, or, ‘Our finances are so intertwined that it’s hard to disentangle, so let’s just keep the status quo.’”And a decade after census-takers first collected numbers on same-sex marriage, such couples now make up one per cent of all households, with their overall numbers having increased by 60.7 per cent since 2006. Opposite-sex couples grew by just 9.6 per cent during the same period.Today, about 12 per cent of all same-sex couples are living with children, be they biological offspring, adopted or members of a stepfamily. In raw numbers, there were 10,020 children aged 14 and under living with 8,770 same-sex couple parents on census day last year.“In the old days, if you were coming out, you wouldn’t have gay and lesbian parents all over the place showing that, yes, you can start a family, said Mona Greenbaun, executive director of the LGBT Family Coalition in Montreal.“Nowadays, all the young people…they all know that if they want to, at one point, they can start a family.”— Follow @jpress on Twitter
CASTLEGAR, B.C. – Evacuation orders are being lifted and highways reopened as the recovery phase begins following the most destructive wildfire season in British Columbia’s recorded history.But B.C.’s agriculture minister warned that the fire season is not yet over, despite the progress being made on existing blazes and rain forecast to arrive later this week in the parched southeastern region.“Recovery, of course, is not going to be quick and it’s not going to be easy,” Lana Popham said during a conference call on Monday.More than 12,000 wildfires have consumed nearly 11,700 square kilometres of land across the province since April 1, forcing just shy of 50,000 people out of their homes at the peak of the disaster.The previous record for land destroyed by B.C. wildfires was set in 1958, when 8,950 square kilometres was incinerated.Thirteen evacuation orders remain in place, affecting about 4,200 residents, and another 10,400 people are still on standby to leave.“In many cases, recovery can be as difficult, or more difficult, than response,” said Chris Duffy of Emergency Management BC.Regional emergency centres continue to operate across the province, but the provincial emergency program is looking at winding down some of those services as conditions continue to improve, Duffy added.A spokesman for the Transportation Ministry said the last highway to be closed due to fires was reopened Monday afternoon and there were no remaining smoke advisories.RCMP spokeswoman Dawn Roberts said police officers would begin to transition back to their core policing duties as their help with checkpoints, roaming patrols and evacuation assistance is no longer needed.“This has been by far one of the largest and longest emergency support operations we have been part of for a very long time,” Roberts said.More than 4,400 officers and civilian employees have been deployed on a rotational basis to the various fire zones across the province, she said. An additional 600 officers were deployed at the peak of the season.Kevin Skrepnek of the BC Wildfire Service warned that the fire situation, especially in the southeast, remains “very, very volatile,” despite the welcome news that cooler, wetter weather is expected to arrive in the region starting Wednesday.“The last thing we want people to be doing is getting complacent,” Skrepnek said.“We have had such a sustained hot and dry period that it is going to take a lot of rain to really undo just how dry a lot of the deeper layers of the forest floor got.”He predicted the wildfire season will continue for several more weeks, if not longer.— By Geordon Omand in Vancouver; follow @gwomand on Twitter
HALIFAX – One hundred years ago this week, tens of thousands of young soldiers from across Canada were preparing for a battle in western Belgium that would prove to be the bloodiest in Canadian military history.By the time the fight for the ridge near Passchendaele was over on Nov. 10, 1917, the carnage endured by the Canadian Corps. had reached a level that would leave a deep scar on this country’s collective psyche. Among the 15,000 casualties were 4,000 dead — most of them later buried in Flanders.“Canadian soldiers fought like hell for this country and for each other,” Ken Hynes, curator of The Army Museum in Halifax, said Monday during an unusual ceremony inside a business park warehouse. “The last 700 metres, from Crest farm to the final capture of Passchendaele, took them 10 long, terrifying days.”Hynes was among 30 people who gathered for a ceremonial send-off for a large, new monument that will soon be shipped to Belgium, where it will pay tribute to the soldiers who fought in the Battle of Passchendaele.The one-tonne monument, made from steel, is called “Canada Gate.”Its twin arches, which stand about four metres high, will be installed near Passchendaele in the days leading up to centennial events marking the end of the horrendous battle.Canada Gate is the second of two so-called “portals of remembrance.”The first monument, installed last year on the Halifax waterfront, is “The Last Steps Memorial Arch,” which marks the departure from Pier 2 of 350,000 soldiers who boarded ships bound for the killing fields of Belgium and France. That monument includes the dark prints of soldiers’ boots on a wooden gangway that points toward Halifax harbour.Like the Last Steps memorial, Canada Gate features the same boot prints, this time on a row of wooden duckboards, which were used to line the bottom of First World War trenches.“Over the past 100 years, the people of Belgium have not forgotten, and neither should we,” said Hynes, one of the project leaders responsible for the two monuments.The designer of both memorials, Nova Scotia artist Nancy Keating, said her creative process was influenced by the fact that both of her grandfathers fought in the First World War.At one point during the ceremony, Keating read from a war diary written by her grandfather on her mother’s side. The entries described his enlistment in 1915 and being sent to the front in Belgium, where he transferred to a heavy battery unit. Keating’s grandfather — she referred to him as “Poppy” — also told of suffering from a poison gas attack and the battlefield death of his 28-year-old brother.“While working on the Canada Gate, I had my own personal journey of discovery, as I believe all Canadians can if you look closer at your family’s history and the history we have as a nation,” she said.The memorial, which includes blooming metal poppies at the base of each arch, is so large it is easy to walk through.“This is not a monument, but a moment in time re-imagined,” Keating said. “It’s a portal from the past, where we can retrace the steps — not only of those who did not or could not return to Canada, but also of those who did return, their lives forever changed.”More than half a million Allied and German troops were killed or wounded in the battle for Passchendaele. British and Commonwealth forces fought from July to November 1917, and the Canadian victory there barely moved the front line against the Germans.
OTTAWA – The prime minister doesn’t have business meetings. He has relationship sessions.That’s the view Justin Trudeau outlined to the ethics commissioner during her probe of Trudeau’s family vacations to the Aga Khan’s private island, which ended with Mary Dawson finding the prime minister violated four parts of the conflict of interest act.But her report also offers a glimpse into how Trudeau views the job as prime minister and how that shapes the inner workings of his government.Some prime ministers view themselves as a CEO who set ideas and are the face of the government, leaving the heavy lifting to their ministers or senior civil servants. Others consider themselves the CEO types who are more involved in the day-to-day operations.Experts say Dawson’s report points to the former model for Trudeau.When Dawson asked Trudeau about meetings where there was discussion with the Aga Khan about a $15-million grant to the billionaire philanthropist’s endowment fund of the Global Centre for Pluralism, the prime minister explained his lack of concern about being in the room.Dawson described how Trudeau sees meetings as a way “to further develop a relationship between the individual and Canada” and his role in those meetings “as ceremonial in nature.”“The meetings he (Trudeau) attends as Prime Minister are not business meetings,” Dawson wrote, recounting Trudeau’s words.“Rather, they are high-level meetings centred on relationship building and ensuring that all parties are moving forward together. Specific issues or details are worked out before, subsequently or independently of any meeting he attends.”While the role of prime minister is often as facilitator, the prime minister is always on government business, said Alex Marland, a professor of political science at Memorial University in St. John’s, N.L.“The prime minister is always operating in a business environment the moment that person becomes prime minister. It is totally ridiculous to me that you could somehow say no, I’m not doing this as prime minister.”Dawson did determine the prime minister shouldn’t have been at the meetings.Marland said that a hands-off prime minister allows some ministers to become more powerful than others, and also gives more power to political staffers in the Prime Minister’s Office. The power doesn’t vanish, Marland said, it just diffuses to different places, including unelected and largely unaccountable staffers.He said the Liberals’ move to make the Senate more independent-minded could be the best counterbalance to this new power base.The power has also diffused to the senior civil servants checking and co-ordinating policy across departments as part of the Liberals’ “deliverology” agenda, said Kathy Brock, a professor in the school of policy studies at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont.That diffusion weakens the lines of accountability because no one person or minister can be held responsible for a policy or program, she said.This can lead a prime minister to become more detached from how policies are being written and implemented, especially one who is as focused on managing their public image as the Liberals are with Trudeau, Brock said.“A lot of government work is tough slogging. It’s getting down into the details and ensuring things work out and that’s where he could run into problems as we saw with the China trip,” she said, referring to Trudeau’s recent visit to the country where an expected launch of free trade talks failed to materialize.Those kind of missteps are the consequence of being more focused on image politics and leaving the details to others, Brock said: “When people start to see that that’s your game, then they take you less seriously, or play to their advantage.”Dawson’s concern was the Aga Khan’s gifts could be seen as could reasonably be seen as a gift designed to influence the prime minister and give the religious leader an unfair advantage.Trudeau maintains the Aga Khan is a close family friend, which would have exempted any gifts from conflict of interest rules. Dawson disagreed, noting phone conversations between the two were organized and done through “official channels.”Dawson was curious: Do all the prime minister’s friends go through his officials for a friendly chat?“Mr. Trudeau said that many of his close friends reach him directly. He said that other friends, who have assistants, will reach him through official channels,” Dawson wrote.— Follow @jpress on Twitter.
COLINET, N.L. – A man in his early 60s was killed when a gun accidentally discharged during a rabbit hunting trip on Newfoundland’s east coast, police said Monday.RCMP Const. Steven Hatch said officers were called to a remote dirt road near Colinet at about 1:35 p.m. Saturday for a report of an accidental shooting.“We got a 911 call from one of the people in the hunting party that there was an accidental discharge of a firearm, striking another male in the upper body,” he said from Placentia. “Indications are that it was a hunting accident.”He says police and paramedics responded, but the man was pronounced dead at the scene on Route 91.Hatch said the man, from the Foxtrap area of Conception Bay South, was hunting rabbit with others and was on the dirt road when the shooting occurred.Police are investigating with help from the medical examiner’s office.
Internationally renowned Canadian singer-songwriter Bryan Adams is calling on Ottawa to change copyright laws to bring them more in line with provisions in the United States.In particular, Adams told a House of Commons committee today that one section of the Copyright Act needs to be amended to give artists the ability to better control what they create.Adams pointed out to MPs the law prevents artists from recovering ownership of their creations until 25 years after they die.He noted that musicians in the U.S. have the ability to recover copyright control over their works 35 years after signing over the rights to record producers.The musician, known for such hits as “Summer of ’69,” said the change he is proposing likely would not affect how much he earns from his music.But he said younger artists could benefit.“I just think it’s fair” to make the change, Adams said.Bryan Adams joins the MPs to discuss pay for Canadian artists and musicians. Adams wants to talk about his proposed amendment copyright law #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/ObtfS7WX6H— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) September 18, 2018 After his testimony, MP’s flocked to @bryanadams for photos. One even got him to sign their cast #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/jOK0LYmKbo— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) September 18, 2018
OTTAWA – Newly released statistics on opioid-related deaths in Canada through the first three months of the year suggest such fatalities are on the rise compared to each of the last two years.The latest national report tracking deaths linked to the painkilling drugs, released on Tuesday, shows there were 1,036 apparent opioid-related deaths in Canada from January through March 2018.The figure marks an increase of five per cent from the same period in 2017, and a 44 per cent jump from the first three months of 2016.At the end of 2017, there were a total of 3,996 opioid related deaths, compared to 3,005 in 2016 — meaning just over 8,000 deaths have been linked to opioids since the start of 2016, leading Canada’s chief public health officer to warn that the opioid “crisis is not abating.”“We continue to see an unprecedented number of opioid-related overdoses in Canada,” Dr. Theresa Tam said in a joint statement with Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer and Tam’s co-chair of a special advisory committee on the deadly scourge.“The loss of life is tremendous and this national public health crisis continues to devastate the health and lives of many Canadians, their families and their communities.”The majority of the deaths through the first quarter of 2018 were in British Columbia, Ontario and Alberta. Tam and Strang say the data suggest increases in opioid-related deaths in other parts of the country as well.Fentanyl or fentanyl analogues were involved in nearly three-quarters of deaths earlier this year — an increase again from 2017 and 2016 — and victims were most often men. About 94 per cent of all deaths were considered accidental, or unintentional, overdoses, with the largest concentration in the 30- to 39-year-old age group.Provinces and territories have asked the federal Liberals for more help to combat the rising numbers, and Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor said Tuesday the government was willing to do and spend more if that’s what is needed.“There is no silver-bullet solution when it comes to the opioid crisis,” she said.“We have to continue to work together if we want to turn the tide on this crisis and I am committed to making sure that we do all that we can. If there’s more investments that need to be made, we will continue to look at that.”The Public Health Agency of Canada says that overdose deaths have historically involved long-term drug users, but that current statistics reveal a shift toward the drug-related deaths of people who take opioids for the first time, or those living in chronic pain.Tam and Strang are calling for a deeper look at the issues that lead to opioid and problematic substance use “in order to address the opioid crisis.”“We will continue to examine all available evidence to better understand the evolving trends of this crisis and to adjust our response efforts.”
OTTAWA — Canada Food Guide quick factsHealth Canada has updated its advice for Canadians to help them eat better and develop healthier food habits.What’s new:– Recommends eating plenty of veggies and fruits, whole grains and protein foods– Promotes choosing proteins that come from plants more often– Says water should be your drink of choice– Provides tips on what to avoid or limit: processed, prepared foods, added sodium and sugar– Emphasizes reading food labels and being aware of marketing influenceWhat’s out:– No more food groups or portion sizes– Dairy no longer its own category; healthy dairy options now included with proteins and unsweetened drinks– Daily intake of oils and fats no longer promoted and saturated fats discouraged– No more promotion of juice or sweetened milkNew healthy eating lifestyle tips include:– Cook more often rather than buying meals– Be mindful of eating habits– Take time to eat rather than eating while working or doing other things– Involve others in planning and preparing meals– Food traditions can be part of healthy eating; share them across generations and cultures– Eat with other peopleThe Canadian Press
On NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams on Friday night, Academy Award winner Jeff Bridges talked with special correspondent Chelsea Clinton about his work to end childhood hunger in America.You can watch the clip here.Describing Jeff’s work with Share Our Strength: No Kid Hungry in an article on NBC.com, Clinton wrote, “Listening to his commitment and enthusiasm relaying progress on fighting childhood hunger through summer meal programs stretching from Arkansas to Montana was as compelling as any role he’s ever played on screen.”Bridges was interviewed in Las Vegas, Nevada as he visited a library where at-risk children receive free meals when school is out through the federal summer meals program. The following day, he joined Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval to raise awareness of free summer meals to families in need, and the role Governors can play in expanding these programs.Summer is the hungriest time of year for many kids, as school meals disappear. Family food budgets are stretched tight with low-income parents reporting to spend $300 more on food each summer month. The federal summer meals program helps children get the healthy food they need when school is out. These free, healthy meals are available to kids and teens across the country, but only a fraction of those in need have access. Many low-income families don’t even know the summer meals program exists.Since 2010, Bridges served National Spokesperson for the No Kid Hungry campaign and has been a tireless advocate for ending childhood hunger in America.“Jeff serves as a voice for the 16 million voiceless children who struggle with hunger in this country,” said Tom Nelson, President of Share Our Strength. “This summer, he’s traveling the country, working on-camera to raise awareness about summer meals, and behind-the-scenes to build the political will needed to surround children with healthy food every day of the year.”
Fulfilling its mission to serve people in need — wherever they may live — The Bayat Foundation, Afghanistan’s leading health and social development organization, completed a three-day hearing care mission April 18-20 in the Dominican Republic in support and sponsor of the Starkey Hearing Foundation.A young girl in the Dominican Republic celebrates hearing for the first time with Bayat Foundation Chairman Ehsan BayatThe senior leadership of the Bayat Foundation volunteered to give the gift of hearing to people in need. Dr. Ehsanollah Bayat, Chairman, and Ms. Leah Bayat of the Bayat Foundation joined the Starkey Hearing Foundation’s hearing health specialists and mission team to provide hearing health care to more than 1,200 people living in the cities of Santo Domingo and Santiago de los Caballeros.Joining the Bayat and Starkey Hearing Foundation service teams was world champion boxer Evander Holyfield who inspired the patients to achieve their potential.Following the Santo Domingo hearing mission, the mission team traveled to Santiago de los Caballeros, the capital of Santiago Province. There, from April 19-20, the mission team established a Hearing Health Care Center at the Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra, and provided hearing devices for more than 350 people living in Santiago de los Caballeros and the surrounding area.The ages of the patients ranged from one year of age to 115 years old. A survey of the patients in Santo Domingo and Santiago de los Caballeros, indicated that 35 percent didn’t know the cause of their hearing loss and about 24 percent of the patients had experienced hearing loss at birth.In each location, the hearing mission team — supported by scores of local volunteers, utilized a meticulous intake process, which prepared each patient to receive the most appropriate and effective type of hearing care. The intake process included recording the name, residence and vital statistics of each patient, conducting an examination cleaning of the ears and auditory system. Then each patient was fit with a set of ear molds — clear, wear-resistant plastic discs used to house the hearing aids provided without cost to each patient.After completing intake, volunteers escorted each patient into the treatment area, where the Bayat and Starkey hearing care teams, together with specially trained volunteers fit each patient with the hearing devices that empowered each patient — many for the first time in their lives — to use the precious, powerful gift of hearing, sound and their voices to connect with their families, their communities and the world.In the Dominican Republic, Starkey Hearing Foundation, working with its strategic partners, has held eight hearing missions, distributing more than 37,000 hearing devices so that individuals of every age can receive the gift of hearing and the power of caring.“Our service in the Dominican Republic — helping people escape a life of silence and hear again — was amazing and transformative for recipients and volunteers alike” said Leah Bayat, a mission volunteer. “In three days, we were able to help nearly 1,300 hear — many for the first time in their lives. This work with the Starkey Hearing Foundation is a powerful example of how we, as individuals, can be the change we want to see, and hear, in the world.”“More than 360 million throughout the world are affected by deafness or some sort of hearing loss,” said Dr. Ehsanollah Bayat, the Chairman and Co-Founder of the Bayat Foundation. “In Afghanistan, our two organizations work side by side to provide hearing to thousands of Afghans, so we are honored to help the Starkey Hearing Foundation continue this vital work, in the Dominican Republic, in Afghanistan, and all over the world.”
Quadruple Olympic champion Sir Mo Farah has issued an urgent plea for help in support of Save the Children’s East Africa Food Crisis Appeal.The long-distance athlete, who recently secured his legacy as Britain’s greatest distance runner of all time at the Rio 2016 Olympics, is named today as an Ambassador for Save the Children and his first appeal is to raise awareness of the looming famine in East Africa.Mo, who spent the early years of his life in Somalia and has family living in some of the worst affected areas, has become deeply concerned about the rapidly deteriorating crisis. Speaking today in a video appeal for Save the Children, he said that he is devastated by the news that around one million Somali children are predicted to become malnourished this year, with almost 200,000 at risk of death from severe acute malnutrition.The four-time Olympic Gold medal winner said: “I’m completely devastated – this shouldn’t be happening in 2017. The drought is really bad and there are millions of children at risk of starvation. I was born in Somalia and it breaks my heart to hear stories of how families are suffering. We have to act now; millions of lives are at stake – and young children are especially vulnerable.”The drought is one of the worst in living memory and could be even more catastrophic than a 2011 famine which claimed thousands of lives. Livestock are dying, crops are failing and thousands of children are severely malnourished. With poor rains expected this month, the situation is only set to get worse.Mo continued: “As a father of four, it hurts to see children without food and water, but this is a reality being faced by parents in East Africa right now. I’m urging the generous British public to dig deep and donate whatever they can to Save the Children so they can reach the people who need vital aid. We can make a difference if we come together as a country, as a nation and as a team – we can change lives.”As many as 20 million people are in urgent need of humanitarian aid in East Africa. Famine has already been declared in parts of South Sudan and the crisis is worsening in Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya. As with any humanitarian emergency, children are the ones who suffer the most.The Mo Farah Foundation has donated £100,000 to Save the Children to provide lifesaving healthcare and nutrition to children affected by the devastating impact of the drought in Somaliland.Please join Mo and donate now so that Save the Children can provide food, water, medicine and other life-saving essentials to children in the worst-affected areas.Donate online at: savethechildren.org.uk/eastafricaaid.
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APTN National NewsIt has been 40 years, but the remains of more than a dozen Inuit have finally been returned to their resting place in northern Labrador.In the 1970s, researchers at Memorial University in St. John’s removed the remains for study.APTN National News reporter Ossie Michelin was there.
APTN National NewsThis is a story that made headlines across the country last week.An international human rights organization released a report on the RCMP with allegations of abuse by their officers on Aboriginal women and girls, including a woman saying she was gang-raped on a number of occasions. She said police threatened to kill her if she said anything.Now, Human Rights Watch says the RCMP is dismissing their research that involved hours of field and interviewing dozens of people.This comes after the organization travelled to Vancouver to meet with province’s top RCMP brass.APTN National News reporter Rob Smith has the story.