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  • Should we presume consent on organ donation

    first_imgAre you an organ donor? Are you sure? Because while the vast majority of Canadian say they support organ donation, when it comes to following through… somehow the paper gets lost, or the call never gets made, or the conversation with loved ones never happens. So a new bill in Nova Scotia aims to change that by presuming consent to donation unless citizens in the province opt out. If it becomes law, it would be the first of its kind in North America.This approach has been tried and failed before, so will it succeed now? If it does, what happens if a deceased person’s relatives object to his or her presumed consent? How long are the waitlists for organs in Canada right now and will this help? And crucially… what’s behind that lack of follow-through from the majority of Canadians? What’s causing us to preach it publicly but back out in private?GUEST: Andre Picard, health reporter, The Globe and MailAudio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.You can subscribe to The Big Story podcast on iTunes or Google Play.You can also find it at read more

  • Catastrophically injured van attack survivor 92 thankful to be alive

    first_imgTORONTO — Aleksandra Kozhevnikova doesn’t remember being hit by the van that careened through north Toronto and mowed down pedestrians on a busy thoroughfare last April.Nor does the 92-year-old woman, one of the 16 injured who survived, want to talk about the attack that killed 10 people and robbed her of the independence she so valued, her son, Vadym Kozhevnikov, said.Before the incident, the retired grandmother lived alone, led an active life and largely took care of herself, Kozhevnikov said in a recent interview. A year later, she requires constant care from a personal support worker and can’t walk more than a few steps without assistance or switching to a wheelchair, he said.And though she’s been told what happened, Kozhevnikova avoids any reminders, her son said. “She is very, very sensitive now, she can start crying . . . she worries about everything,” he said.His mother even cast aside a prized red walker she got a year or two before the attack and often took with her to run errands, he said, because it stirred up too many emotions.“It was very nice, everybody asked, ‘Wow where did you get it?’ . . . This one was very fancy,” he said. But in the wake of the crash, “she put it into (the) garbage,” he said.The brazen daytime attack that played out on Yonge Street on April 23, 2018, sparked a wave of fear and grief in Toronto and beyond, with some saying the city would bear permanent scars.Police allege Alek Minassian deliberately drove a rental van onto the crowded sidewalk. The 26-year-old is charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder and 16 counts of attempted murder, allegations he will face in a trial scheduled to begin next February. A year later, the more than $4 million raised in support of the victims and their families have been disbursed, and consultations are underway to build permanent memorials.While some wish to avoid memories of the incident, families and communities across the city are marking the grim anniversary with events dedicated to those they lost.A service will be held at a Toronto church to honour Munir Najjar, an 85-year-old Jordanian citizen who was visiting his children in Toronto with his wife when he was killed in the attack, said Harry Malawi, a family friend and president of the Jordanian Canadian Society.Najjar’s wife has been in and out of the city in the last year and their son, a musician with the Canadian Arabic Orchestra, has returned to work, Malawi said. “They’re trying to live their life, they’re trying to move forward,” he said.Marking the milestone is key to ensuring those who lost their lives are not forgotten, he said. “It may bring, on one hand, bad memories but it also brings healing thoughts,” he said.A ceremony is also planned at the Buddhist temple that Renuka Amarasingha, another victim of the crash, attended weekly, said Rev. Ahangama Rathanasiri, chief monk at the Mahavihara Buddhist Meditation Centre.Amarasingha, 45, was an active member of Toronto’s Sri Lankan community and a single mother. Her son Diyon, now eight, was taken in by family friends and continues to attend Sunday school at the temple, Rathanasiri said.Manjula Wickramaratne, a family friend who takes Diyon to the temple each week, said the boy is doing well and has reconnected with his father. The father, who lives in Montreal, is in the process of working out a custody arrangement, she said.  Thousands of people donated to an online fundraiser for the child, for a total of nearly $360,000. A note on the fundraiser page dated a few weeks after the attack said the organizers were working through the “legal formalities” of setting up a trust for Diyon.The last year has involved legal battles for several of those hurt or grieving as a result of the attack.Three people who were injured — Amaresh Tesfamariam, Catherine Riddell and Amir Kiumarsi — have filed lawsuits against Minassian, as has the family of Anne Marie D’Amico, who was killed in the crash.The lawsuits, which have not been tested in court, are seeking millions of dollars from Minassian and Ryder Truck Rental Canada, alleging the devastating injuries and deaths on that day were due to an intentional act by Minassian and negligence on his and the rental company’s part.The lawyer representing the D’Amico family has said that any money his clients may be awarded would be donated to the Anne Marie D’Amico Foundation, which supports women who are victims of violence.Kozhevnikova, meanwhile, was locked in a dispute with her insurance company, which was withholding payments because it contested the gravity of her injuries, her lawyer said.The matter seemed poised for resolution recently after medical experts hired by the company deemed her to be “catastrophically” injured, Michael Taylor said. Kozhevnikova, who suffered neck and spinal injuries, is “as catastrophic as catastrophic can ever get,” Taylor said in a recent interview.The medical designation should raise her insurance coverage limit to $1 million from $65,000, he said. Though Kozhevnikova does not fully grasp the issue, the outcome is a “huge relief,” her lawyer said.Overall, Kozhevnikova has remained positive, though her moods and her ability to communicate can be erratic, he said.“She went through a lot of things in her life. She went through the war as a teen, she went through immigration — that wasn’t easy also — she survived the van attack,” Taylor said. “She’s just thankful of being alive.”— With files from Liam CaseyPaola Loriggio, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

  • Large gas explosion damages homes in London Ont

    first_imgLONDON – Emergency crews are on scene in London, Ontario after reports a vehicle crashed into a home and struck a gas line.The incident occurring late Wednesday night, causing an explosion strong enough to shake homes blocks away.Police have arrested one woman in connection to the initial crash.Many on scene reporting a large explosion that looked like fireworks and a number of homes damaged.Area residents have been safely removed from their homes as a precaution.While there are no civilian injuries, 2 officers suffered minor injuries and 2 firefighters are in hospital.“This is going to be a several day investigation.. and we’re just asking all occupants in the area to be cognizant of that, especially on their commute tomorrow (Thursday) and to stay out of the area, or the immediate area.” Constable Shayna Boland said.The exact cause of the explosion has not been confirmed.Police are continuing their efforts in making sure all houses are evacuated and several buses are there for any occupants to go on.#London #Ontario #Canada Felt the impact of the explosion all the way in 700 King Street. View from balcony. Scary stuff. Prayers for the first responders..— Tasneem (@tasneem_n) August 15, 2019last_img read more

  • Leo Messis Son Turns One And Celebrates With UNICEF

    first_imgUNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Leo Messi today invited his friends and fans around the world to join in celebrating the birthday of his son Thiago, who will be one year old on Saturday, 2 November.“Last November I received the best gift ever: the birth of Thiago. For his first birthday, help me to help all boys and girls have equal opportunities to live, grow and develop,” said Messi in his call to action. “Thanks for joining and participating.”UNICEF has created a web application called Leo Messi and Thiago celebrate life, which will be available until November 4. Through this application, everyone can join Leo’s commitment to help children of the world grow up with the same kind of opportunities.Messi said seeing his child grow has increased his commitment to helping to ensure that all children have access to adequate food, immunization against diseases, clean water, and quality education.The Argentina national football (soccer) team captain and FC Barcelona star believes that the best gift you can give to your child is helping to spread the message about the challenges millions of children face just to reach their first birthday.The goal of the “Leo and Thiago celebrate life” campaign is to raise awareness about the importance of giving all children equal opportunities to survive, with a particular emphasis on equity – to put the most disadvantaged children first.Although infant mortality has fallen dramatically in the last decades, from 12 million in 1990 to 6.6 million in 2012, currently 18,000 children under 5 still die each day for reasons that are largely treatable and preventable.Visitors to can get information about the initiative and become UNICEF champions, sharing the link with as many friends as possible through social networks.Those who spread the most messages can win a pair of cleats used and autographed by Messi himself as well as a signed shirt.last_img read more

  • Lady Gaga Signs Hello Kitty Doll For Charity Auction

    first_imgAn online auction is giving you the chance to get your hands on a very special Lady Gaga Hello Kitty doll.Lady Gaga with Hello Kitty dollOnly two of the dolls are reported to be in existence – one is owned by Lady Gaga herself. The doll going under the hammer is signed by the pop star.In a statement, Tomodachi – who made the doll – said: “We feel deeply sorry for those people still suffering from the disaster that hit Japan on March 11, 2011. This “Japan Relief Charity Auctions” project is to help those who still needs help recovering from the disaster. Many companies and organizations are cooperating to this project by providing items for this auction. We really appreciate and looking forward for your cooperation on this project.”Proceeds from the auction will go to The Tomodachi Stella Adler Performing Arts Fellowship, which allows Japanese university students and young people the opportunity to pursue their artistic dreams by joining one year programs at specialized institutes in the United States in areas such as music, art, film, dance, song, theater, fashion, design, and digital media among others.To access the auction, which runs until December 22, click here.last_img read more

  • Placido Domingo Performs For Acapulco Flood Relief

    first_imgThe proceeds will be used for the construction of 200 homes. Theproject is a model for self-assisted reconstruction, with additional support from the federal, state and municipal governments, as well as private donors. Ps.14,627,000 collected through Movimiento Azteca and Tiempo de Ayudar. Three water treatment plants were sent to the emergency area. Two million water purifiers were donated by Fundacion Azteca. Partnered with the Mexican Red Cross to deliver tons of groceries donated by Mexican society. Partnered with the State Government to deliver mattresses and household goods to affected families in San Pedro Cacahuatepec. Benefit concerts by Esperanza Azteca Orchestras throughout Mexico Grupo Salinas, a group of dynamic, fast-growing and technologically advanced companies, deeply committed to the modernization of the countries in which they operate and founded by entrepreneur Ricardo Salinas, is pleased to announce that Placido Domingo and the Esperanza Azteca National Youth Orchestra and Choir performed a benefit concert on December 28 for more than a thousand people at the Imperial Forum in Acapulco.Placido Domingo and the Esperanza Azteca National Youth Orchestra and ChoirAs a continuing effort to support victims of deadly flooding this fall, Placido Domingo, Guerrero Governor Angel Aguirre, Acapulco Mayor Luis Walton Aburto and Grupo Salinas Chairman Ricardo B. Salinas have reiterated their commitment to the affected families.The benefit concert included the participation of 215 youth from across Mexico, as well as the sopranos Angel Blue and Micaela Joy West, who joined the tenor Placido Domingo, under the direction of Maestros Eugene Kohn and Julio Saldana.Mexican volunteers and Fundacion Azteca have supported reconstruction efforts of Acapulco since the hurricanes and flooding through programs such as the Tiempo de Ayudar campaign with important results:last_img read more

  • Seth Rogen Speaks Alzheimers To The Senate

    first_imgIn a personal, serious speech, with several funny bits thrown in, actor and comedian Seth Rogen spoke before the US Senate last month regarding the need for more funding for Alzheimer’s research and better support for families affected by the disease.Video: Seth Rogen Makes Statement On Alzheimer’s ResearchWhen his mother-in-law was first diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s at the age of 55, Rogen said, “I thought [Alzheimer’s] was something only really really old people got, and I thought the way the disease primarily showed itself was in the form of forgotten keys, wearing mismatched shoes and being asked the same question over and over.“After that is when I saw the real ugly truth of the disease. After forgetting who she and her loves ones were, my mother-in-law, a teacher for 35 years, then forgot how to speak, feed herself, dress herself, and go to the bathroom herself, all by the age of 60.”Without a prevention, cure or even a way to slow the progression, says Rogen, all that is available is for families to care for Alzheimer’s patients through dedication. Shame and stigma are further challenges to them.For these reasons, Rogen cofounded Hilarity for Charity, “a fund we have as part of the Alzheimer’s Association, to raise money to help families struggling with Alzheimer’s and support cutting edge research,” he said. “That’s right, the situation is so dire that it caused me, a lazy, self-involved, generally self-medicated man-child to start an entire charity organization.”Concerned about the cost of Alzheimer’s and related dementia to the public, as well as the staggering increase in the death rate from the disease, Rogen says he can’t imagine how people with limited means cope.“People look to their government for hope, and I ask that when it comes to Alzheimer’s Disease you continue to take more steps to provide some more.”Copyright ©2014Look to the Starslast_img read more

  • Twentyone European Cities Advance in Bloomberg Philanthropies Mayors Challenge

    first_imgBloomberg Philanthropies has revealed the 21 European cities that have emerged as final contenders in its 2013-2014 Mayors Challenge, a competition to inspire cities to generate innovative ideas that solve major challenges and improve city life, and that ultimately can spread to other cities.Bloomberg Mayors ChallengeOne grand prize winner will receive €5 million for the most creative and transferable idea. Four additional cities will be awarded €1 million, and all will be announced in the fall. The finalists’ proposed solutions address some of Europe’s most critical issue areas: youth unemployment, aging populations, civic engagement, economic development, environment and energy concerns, public health and safety, and making government more efficient.“European cities in this year’s Mayors Challenge stepped up with bold and creative ideas that have the potential to improve lives across the continent and globe,” said Michael Bloomberg, philanthropist and 108th Mayor of New York City. “Cities face many urgent challenges – from climate change to social isolation to youth unemployment. We need city leaders to continually reach for innovative new ways to address urban challenges – and then share what’s working with the world. That’s what the Mayors Challenge is all about.”The 2013-2014 Mayors Challenge is Bloomberg Philanthropies’ first in Europe after the inaugural competition in the United States. Cities with populations of at least 100,000 residents were invited to participate. The finalist cities have populations ranging from fewer than 250,000 residents to more than 1 million, and represent 11 countries across Europe. They were selected from 155 applicants and their proposed solutions (see following list) illustrate both complex challenges and common urban issues across cities and regions.Finalists will next attend Bloomberg Ideas Camp, a two-day conference convening municipal leaders from each city as well as leading innovation, policy, and programming experts who will partner with and push teams to strengthen their ideas. Ideas Camp is planned to occur in Berlin in June.James Anderson, head of government innovation for Bloomberg Philanthropies, said: “While the ideas are very diverse, we identified key themes. The ideas tended toward networked, distributed solutions as opposed to costly centralized ones. There was a lot of interest in citizen engagement as both a means and end. Technology that concretely and positively affects the lives of individual citizens – from the blind person in Warsaw to the unemployed youth in Amsterdam to the homeowner in Schaerbeek — also played a significant role.”Bloomberg Philanthropies staff and an independent selection committee of 12 members from across Europe closely considered each application over multiple rounds of review, culminating in feedback and selection earlier this month, resulting in 21 cities’ ideas moving forward for further development. The submissions will be judged on four criteria: vision, potential for impact, implementation plan, and potential to spread to other cities. The finalists and their ideas are: AMSTERDAM, Netherlands – Youth Unemployment: Tackling widespread youth unemployment by equipping young people with 21st century skills and connecting them with jobs and apprenticeships across Europe through an online game. ATHENS, Greece – Civic Engagement: Empowering citizens with a new online platform to address the large number of small-scale urban challenges accelerated by the Greek economic crisis BARCELONA, Spain – Aging: Improving quality of life and limiting social isolation by establishing a network of public and private support – including family, friends, social workers, and volunteers – for each elderly citizen BOLOGNA, Italy – Youth Unemployment: Building an urban scale model of informal education labs and civic engagement to prevent youth unemployment by teaching children aged 6-16 entrepreneurship and 21st century skills BRISTOL, United Kingdom – Health/Anti-obesity: Tackling obesity and unemployment by creating a new economic system that increases access to locally grown, healthy foods BRNO, Czech Republic – Public Safety/Civic Engagement: Engaging citizens in keeping their own communities safe to build social cohesion and reduce crime CARDIFF, United Kingdom – Economic Development: Increasing productivity little by little in residents’ personal and professional lives, so that a series of small improvements add up to a much more productive city FLORENCE, Italy – Economic Development: Combatting unemployment with a new economic development model that combines technology and social innovation, targeting the city’s historic artisan and maker community GDANSK, Poland – Civic Engagement: Re-instilling faith in local democracy by mandating that city government formally debate local issues put forward by citizens KIRKLEES, United Kingdom – Social Capital: Pooling the city and community’s idle assets – from vehicles to unused spaces to citizens’ untapped time and expertise – to help the area make the most of what it has and do more with less KRAKOW, Poland – Transportation: Implementing smart, personalized transportation incentives and a seamless and unified public transit payment system to convince residents to opt for greener modes of transportation LISBON, Portugal – Energy: Transforming wasted kinetic energy generated by the city’s commuting traffic into electricity, reducing the carbon footprint and increasing environmental sustainability LONDON, United Kingdom – Public Health: Empowering citizens to monitor and improve their own health through a coordinated, multi-stakeholder platform and new technologies that dramatically improve quality of life and reduce health care costs MADRID, Spain – Energy: Diversifying its renewable energy options by finding and funding the best ways to harvest underground power, such as wasted heat generated by the city’s below-ground infrastructure SCHAERBEEK, Belgium – Energy: Using proven flyover and 3D geothermal mapping technology to provide each homeowner and tenant with a personalized energy audit and incentives to invest in energy-saving strategies SOFIA, Bulgaria – Civic Engagement: Transforming public spaces by deploying mobile art units to work side-by-side with local residents, re-envisioning and rejuvenating underused spaces and increasing civic engagement STARA ZAGORA, Bulgaria – Economic Development: Reversing the brain-drain of the city’s best and brightest by helping young entrepreneurs turn promising ideas into local high-tech businesses STOCKHOLM, Sweden – Environment: Combatting climate change by engaging citizens to produce biochar, an organic material that increases tree growth, sequesters carbon, and purifies storm runoff THE HAGUE, Netherlands – Civic Engagement: Enabling citizens to allocate a portion of their own tax money to support the local projects they most believe in WARSAW, Poland – Transportation/Accessibility: Enabling the blind and visually impaired to navigate the city as easily as their sighted peers by providing high-tech auditory alerts which will save them travel time and increase their independence YORK, United Kingdom – Government Systems: Revolutionizing the way citizens, businesses, and others can propose new ideas to solve top city problems, providing a more intelligent way to acquire or develop the best solutions, thus enabling greater civic participation and saving the city both time and moneyFurther detail and related elements for this year’s Mayors Challenge can be found here.More information about the Mayors Challenge competition is available here.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

  • Ewan McGregor Reads Baby Book For UNICEF

    first_imgMums of all Scottish newborn babies are set to receive a free baby book from UNICEF as part of the Glasgow 2014 legacy ambitions to improve the wellbeing of children in Scotland.Video: Baby, I Love YouThe book, Baby, I Love You, was launched on Friday as part of UNICEF’s partnership with Glasgow 2014, which aims to reach every child in Scotland and children across the Commonwealth.It has been designed by UNICEF, the world’s leading children’s organisation, to help build loving and nurturing relationships between new parents and their baby, through encouraging skin contact, holding, stroking, playing and singing.UNICEF Ambassador Ewan McGregor, himself a father of four, has recorded an audio version of the book.He said: “UNICEF’s Baby, I Love You book is a fantastic gift to kids in Scotland and their mums and dads.“Momentous sporting events have the power to really transform kids’ lives over the long-term. It’s great that UNICEF’s baby book supports the special bond between parent and child, and will be part of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games legacy.”Mums and babies at a drop in centre in Glasgow were joined by Scotland’s Children’s Commissioner Tam Baillie, Dr Kate McKay Senior Medical Officer for the Scottish Government and David Grevemberg, Chief Executive of Glasgow 2014 for the launch.The mums were given a sneak preview of the book, which is being funded by money raised through the ground-breaking partnership between UNICEF and Glasgow 2014, which will culminate in a single world-wide fundraising moment at the Opening Ceremony on 23 July, when all the expected one billion viewers will be invited to make a donation to Put Children First.With the message “You can’t spoil your baby with love”, the simple board book, with words written to the tune of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, has the support of NHS Health Scotland, and will be given out to every new mother by her health visitor at the first home visit.The book builds on UNICEF’s existing long-term Baby Friendly work across health settings in Scotland, which aims to get all newborn babies off to the best start in life.Baby I Love You is published by Nosy Crow, with illustrations by Helen Stephens. It will be given as a gift to the mother of every child born in Scotland between the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and the 2018 Games in Gold Coast, Australia.

You can download a recording of Ewan McGregor reading Baby I Love You here.last_img read more

  • Gavin Rossdale Plays Charity Tennis

    first_imgBrooks Brothers presented, with special sponsor Vanity Fair, the Second Annual MAK Center Games on Sunday, at the Sheats/Goldstein House in Beverly Hills.Timothy Olyphant Plays Against Gavin RossdaleProceeds from the event benefited the MAK Center for Art and Architecture.Guests were able to watch professional and semi-professional tennis players take on celebrity participants, while sipping on drinks provided by Liquid IV, and BBQ lunch provided by Baby Blues BBQ. Associate Sponsors included The Agency and H.L. James.Game participants included Timothy Olyphant, Gavin Rossdale, Gunner Fox, Benjamin Weissman, Phillippe Vergne, Steven Siebert, Richard Purcell, William Hathaway, David Gersh and guests Gwen Stefani, Perry Reeves, DJ Michelle Pesce, Peter Zumthor and more,MAK Center for Art and Architecture is a nonprofit arts organization that presents contemporary art and architecture programming while stewarding three landmarks of modern architecture.last_img read more

  • Scandals Bellamy Young Gets True Love With Shelter Pets

    first_imgScandal’s First Lady Mellie Grant won’t let anything get in the way of her ambition, but the actress behind Mellie, Bellamy Young, has a big soft spot for shelter pets.Bellamy Young’s Shelter Pets AdYoung, her rescued cat, Sadie, and dog, Bean, are the stars of a new online video in the “Meet My Shelter Pet” series from The Shelter Pet Project. A campaign of The Ad Council, The Humane Society of the United States, and Maddie’s Fund, The Shelter Pet Project showcases the unique bonds between shelter pets and their adoptive owners, and reminds viewers there are thousands of amazing shelter pets ready to meet them.“I am so honored to be a part of this campaign and to be able to share the joy that Bean and Sadie bring to my life,” said Bellamy Young, star of ABC’s Scandal. “I’m proud to encourage folks to explore the wonders of adopting a new furry family member, and I hope as many animals as possible find their forever homes with some help from this video. Shelter pets are the most loving, loyal companions imaginable, and we are lucky to share our lives with them. Just when you think you’re saving them, they save you right back.”The Shelter Pet Project is a national public service campaign that has helped positively change the perception of shelter pets.“Bellamy shows us that it’s no scandal to adopt a shelter pet. We hope her story inspires animal lovers nationwide to adopt their next pet from a shelter or rescue,” said Betsy McFarland, vice president of The HSUS.Shelter pet adoptions are on the rise in the United States, with the American Pet Product Association reporting that 35 percent of dogs and 43 percent of cats in American homes today came from shelters or rescue groups. However, 2.4 million healthy and treatable pets still need to find loving homes each year. The Shelter Pet Project’s goal is to bring that number down to zero.“We believe this is the year we will guarantee all of our healthy and treatable companions a loving home. The finish line is in our grasp and stories like Bellamy’s highlight the love and joy a shelter pet brings to one’s life,” said Maddie’s Fund president Rich Avanzino.“The power of this campaign comes from real stories,” said Lisa Sherman, President and CEO of the Ad Council. “By getting adoptive families to share their positive, loving experiences with their shelter pets, we will encourage more people to visit their local shelter or rescue group and consider adopting. This video is a poignant extension of our long-term efforts.”To view the videos or for more information about The Shelter Pet Project, visit read more

  • Teams Named For David Beckham Match For Children

    first_imgAn all-star line-up of footballing legends has today been announced to play at the David Beckham Match for Children in aid of UNICEF at Old Trafford, United Kingdom.

Some of the biggest names in football will come together for the one-off match on Saturday 14 November 2015 to raise awareness and funds for UNICEF’s work for the world’s most vulnerable children.

The Great Britain and Ireland team will be captained by UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham and managed by fellow UNICEF Ambassador Sir Alex Ferguson. The team includes a galaxy of footballing stars including Manchester United players Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Rio Ferdinand and Phil Neville.

The Rest of the World XI, led by Zinedine Zidane and managed by Carlo Ancelotti, will also field some of the best players to have graced the game from European Champions to World Cup winners including Cafu, Luis Figo and Ronaldinho.

The latest list of players is as follows, with more still to be announced:

GB and IrelandManager: Sir Alex FergusonCaptain: David BeckhamDavid SeamanDavid JamesSol CampbellJohn TerryPhil NevilleRio FerdinandJamie CarragherAshley ColeNicky ButtPaul ScholesRyan GiggsMichael OwenAndy Cole

Rest of the WorldManager: Carlo AncelottiCaptain: Zinedine ZidaneEdwin van der SaarCafuFabio CannavaroAlessandro NestaLuis FigoRonaldinhoPatrick VieiraMichael BallackMassimo AmbrosiniRobert PiresDwight YorkePatrick Kluivert Ole Gunnar SolskjaerLandon Donovan
Italian legend Pierluigi Collina, who was named FIFA’s ‘Best Referee of the Year’ for six consecutive years during a renowned career, will referee the match. 

David commented “It’s incredible that we’re going to be bringing so many of the world’s greatest footballers together under one roof for this match. All the players who will set foot on the Old Trafford turf know just how important this cause is and why UNICEF needs our support to help give children and young people a fair chance in life. Every day children across the world are at risk of violence, poverty and disease – I believe we can change this and take action to make sure children grow up safe from these dangers. This match is a fantastic opportunity to take steps forward and raise awareness and vital funds to help improve the lives of children across the world.”

Money raised through profits from ticket sales and donations made on match day will go to UNICEF’s work providing lifesaving care including protection, health and nutrition for some of the world’s most vulnerable children. To donate to UNICEF’s work, click here.

Earlier this year, David marked his 10th year as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador with the launch of 7: The David Beckham UNICEF Fund and made a personal commitment to use his voice, influence and connections to raise vital funds, fight inequality and rally for lasting change for the world’s most vulnerable children across every region of the world.Over the past decade David Beckham has helped UNICEF promote and protect the rights of children. He has raised global awareness of the dangers children are facing around the world including malnutrition, Ebola, HIV/AIDS, violence and the devastating effects of natural disasters. He has travelled to see UNICEF’s work, meeting children and their families in Sierra Leone, South Africa, Thailand, the Philippines and Cambodia. In September 2015, David joined United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake to unveil a digital installation that brought the voices of children and young people to the heart of the United Nations General Assembly.

The Match for Children will kick off at 15:00GMT on 14 November 2015. Tickets are now sold out. Hospitality packages are still available to purchase.last_img read more

  • Russell Simmons To Join 40 Artists At The Museum Of Drug Policy

    first_imgThe Museum of Drug Policy is a pop-up cultural hub that includes an immersive art experience and special live programming looking at the impact of current drug policies on populations around the world.The Museum will be open on Park Avenue in New York City for three days this month, during the United Nations General Assembly’s Special Session (UNGASS) on the world drug problem. Over 70 works of international art will be on display, including special installations by artists Hank Willis Thomas, Jesse Krimes, Edgardo Aragón and the Cause Collective.Visitors from around the world are also invited to share their photos at the Living Wall installation and tell their stories in the Truth Booth. The Museum will feature daytime discussions and evening performances with a powerful lineup of speakers, panels, performances and keynote addresses that will take attendees on a journey exploring the real impact and human cost of drug policy in communities around the world.Highlights include:Tuesday, April 19 • Mothers from Mexico, the Philippines, the United Kingdom and the U.S. discuss how their children have been affected by global drug policy; from overdose to incarceration to solutions. • International activists share stories from the Global South. • “Nerdland Forever: Live With Melissa Harris-Perry” with special guests. • Special musical performance by Grammy-nominated recording artist John Forté.Wednesday, April 20 • Critically-acclaimed authors with international perspectives on the role of government and policy on the worldwide drug conversation. • Discussion on the intersection of faith and drug policy with distinguished faith leaders. • Film Screening: 2016 Academy Award nominated “Cartel Land” followed by Q&A with director, Matthew Heineman.Thursday, April 21 • Panel discussion with global drug policy experts will focus on stories of healing and strategy around harm reduction. • “Beats, Rhymes and Reform,” a night of spoken word poetry, hosted by Power 105’s Angie Martinez, with a special appearance by Russell Simmons and performances by poets: Mahogany Browne, MUMS, Jasiri X, Liza Jesse Peterson and Carlos Gomez.Through art, conversations and experiential events, the Museum will showcase that the moment is now for drug policy reform and that damage caused by the war on drugs is evident across the world.WHAT: Museum of Drug Policy 
Pop-Up Cultural Hub coinciding with UNGASSWHERE: 245 Park Avenue, New York, New York 
(corner of Park Avenue & E 47th St.)WHEN: April 19-21, 2016 
Open 10:30 am to 9:00 pm 
Evening programming begins at 6:00pm with refreshments.The Museum of Drug Policy is supported by the Open Society Foundations. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please visit: read more

  • The Elders Voice Alarm At New Israeli Settlement Law

    first_imgThe Elders today expressed alarm at new measures adopted by the Israeli parliament, the Knesset, on 6 February that retrospectively recognise Jewish settlements in the occupied territories that are built on confiscated Palestinian land.
The so-called “Regularisation Law” constitutes a provocative violation of international law that further blights the chances of a just and durable solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
It runs directly against UN Security Council Resolution 2334, passed in December 2016, which reaffirms that “the cessation of all Israeli settlement activities is essential for salvaging a two-state solution, and calls for affirmative steps to be taken immediately to reverse the negative trends on the ground that are imperilling the two-state solution”.Kofi Annan, Chair of The Elders and former UN Secretary-General, said:“This law is highly damaging both to the prospects for peace in the region, and to Israel’s international reputation as a state that respects the rule of law. Prime Minister Netanyahu should show leadership to overturn this law, paying heed to the objections of Israel’s Attorney General, broad segments of Israeli society, and members of his own Likud Party.”Gro Harlem Brundtland, Deputy Chair of The Elders and Prime Minister of Norway at the time of the Oslo Accords, added:
”All settlements on occupied Palestinian land are illegal under international law – whether or not Israel chooses to recognise them. Settlements are a major obstacle to the two-state solution, which must be based on the 1967 border. I am dismayed by this new law, which aggravates existing tensions and compounds injustice, making the prospects for peace more remote.”The Elders note that these measures are only the latest in a series of actions by Israel in support of settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories, including the approval last month to build 600 new homes in settlements in East Jerusalem. Such actions violate international law and are prejudicial to peace.last_img read more

  • Torontos fascination with royals manifests in theatre

    first_imgCheck the New York Times travel section or your free Parks Canada pass: 2017 is the year of Canada 150.A century and a half has passed since the British North America Act in 1867, by which our country gained sovereignty from Britain. But we haven’t lost our fascination with our former rulers, or at least that’s what Toronto stages are telling us right now.This week, Mirvish Productions opens The Audience at the Royal Alexandra Theatre. Peter Morgan’s play depicting Queen Elizabeth II’s reign from 1952 to the present through her audiences with various prime ministers is highly anticipated. Directed by former Shaw Festival artistic director Christopher Newton, it features Fiona Reid as Britain’s monarch. Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitter Facebookcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement East of Yonge St., Soulpepper Theatre is also taking on a royal drama with The Last Wife, a contemporary retelling by Kate Hennig of the tale of King Henry VIII’s sixth and final wife, Katherine Parr (the only one to survive him).This production brings together the cast that premiered the play at the Stratford Festival in 2015, where it sold out even before rehearsals began. This summer, Hennig’s sequel, The Virgin Trial, will also appear at the festival. Adding to the royal confluence is the blockbuster Netflix seriesThe Crown (another Morgan project, partly inspired by The Audience), which just won two Golden Globes.We could thank Will and Kate for this resurgence in Canada’s royal obsession, but if you ask Hennig, there’s a deeper reason.last_img read more

  • 20 Images from Xavier Dolans The Death and Life of John F

    first_img Facebook Frequently, the most unexpected correspondences can lead us onto new paths. Xavier Dolan, the French-Canadian director of such films as Mommy, Laurence Anyways and Tom at the Farm, is exploring such a correspondence with his first English-language feature, The Death and Life of John F. Donovan. It was also an unexpected chain of messages with Dolan that put Collider on a plane to London to view a few days of intense emotional scenes lensed by Dolan in the English countryside and London alleyways. I got a rare chance as a journalist to sit next to an Award-winning director as he directed Award-winning actors and view, firsthand, his level of precision in framing both the picture and the emotional reactions of Natalie Portman and Jacob Tremblay.We’ll have much more about the production of the film, including a lengthy conversation with Dolan and members of the cast, in due time. But at this current moment we’re excited to debut the first images of scenes and behind-the-scenes pictures from the film and give some extra context to the characters that the actors are playing.While the film boasts a starry ensemble, few share scenes together. This made it easier to get talent when they were needed, but it also has made for a lengthy production process in multiple locations, spanning a year and a half shoot. Yet, that process also allowed for Dolan to take breaks and edit the film in between the next shoot. The official synopsis for the film is as follows:A decade after the death of an American TV star, a young actor reminisces the written correspondence he once shared with the former, as well as the impact those letters had on both their lives. Although the logline doesn’t mention a mother, don’t worry Dolan-ites, the tumultuous mother-son relationship that Dolan has traversed throughout his career is just as strong as ever. “When editing, [during a lengthier shooting break] it became clear that the heart of this film would be the mother-son relationships,” Dolan said. “And you, know that realization didn’t bother me. I could spend the rest of my life talking about mothers and sons and still be making a completely different movie than the last.”The story of John F. Donovan spans more than a decade as the timeline begins with the news of the death of the titular character, John F. Donovan (Kit Harrington), which reverberates back to his life and numerous characters he interacted with that positively and negatively affected him. Then the story moves forward ten years past his death, when the younger recipient of a correspondence is himself an actor and is opening up about the previous written relationship he had with Donovan to a journalist, Audrey Newhouse (Thandie Newton).READ MORE LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

  • Chris Hemsworth and Jeff Bridges in Vancouver this winter to film thriller

    first_img Login/Register With: Chris Hemsworth and Jeff Briges. (Shutterstock / Daily Hive composite) Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The film is set in the 1960s in a dilapidated hotel in the Lake Tahoe region in California. Hemsworth is slated to play a cult leader while Bridges will be a convict doubling as a priest.The film is scheduled for release on October 5, 2018.center_img Twitter Advertisement Facebook Chris Hemsworth and Jeff Bridges are coming to Vancouver to film a big budget Hollywood movie.The Thor and Tron actors will be in the city early next year to work on Bad Times at the El Royale, a 20th Century Fox thriller by Academy Award-nominated director Drew Goddard.According to the What’s Filming site, production is scheduled to occur in the city between January 29 and April 13.last_img read more


    first_imgJacob Tremblay, Christopher Lloyd, Kenan Thompson and Mel Brooks have been cast as the voices in Lani Pixels’ untitled 3D animated feature that will mark the directorial debut of Kim Pagel, who also scripted the family story.The film will follow Patrick and Susan as they attempt to rescue their grandfather, Mr. Campbell, from supernatural forces that have invaded his isolated island. Guided by Jack, a charming Irish rogue, the siblings end up on a dangerous journey filled with magic and mystery.READ MORE Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Advertisement Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more


    first_img Twitter Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement TORONTO, Aug. 14, 2019 – The 14th annual Nuit Blanche Toronto will fill the city’s streets with nearly 90 contemporary art projects created by more than 300 local, national and international artists starting at 7 p.m. on Saturday, October 5. This year’s event will present two City of Toronto-produced, curated exhibitions in Scarborough and at Fort York, and a large-scale artist installation at Nathan Phillips Square will be presented under the event-wide theme, Continuum.Details about the full Nuit Blanche Toronto program are available below as well as online at Nuit Blanche Toronto program for 2019 responds to the one event-wide curatorial theme of Continuum. The theme follows many paths during Nuit Blanche. Set against the back drop of the ever-present renewal of night into day, a continuum of experience and ideas is brought to light by the participating artists.center_img Facebook City-produced exhibitions Nineteen commissioned art projects will be presented as part of the three City-produced exhibitions. The first two are curated exhibitions of art works, while the third one described below, called Lunar Garden, is a single, massive installation.Creation: Destruction curated by Layne Hinton and Rui Pimenta (Toronto), is located in the Fort York neighbourhood. Inspired by its geographical area, this exhibition will challenge our understandings of creation and destruction. Artists include Max Dean and Jared Raab (Toronto), Kim Morgan (Halifax, Nova Scotia) and Kaitlyn Bourden (Bowmanville, Ontario), and Jonathan Schipper (Ellenville, New York), among many others.Queens and Kings of Scarborough curated by Ashley McKenzie-Barnes (Toronto), is located around the Scarborough Centre neighbourhood. This exhibition confronts systems of social marginalization, self-identity negotiation, and racial stereotyping within a modern framework. Artists will include Ebony G. Patterson (Chicago), Kent Monkman (Toronto), Jordan Bennett (Terence Bay, Nova Scotia), Hatecopy (Toronto) and more.Lunar Garden created by Daniel Arsham (New York) and sponsored by Shiseido, is an installation that will be located at Nathan Phillips Square. This large-scale project re-interprets a traditional Japanese Zen garden with colour, sculptural casts and a musical score by Charlotte Day Wilson (Toronto) offering a fully immersive experience.Partner-produced and special projectsCreated by individual artists, producers and organizations, and cultural and educational institutions, the partner-produced Independent Projects portion of Nuit Blanche features 48 projects celebrating the diversity of Toronto’s art communities.Fifteen major institutions across the city will feature art projects and exhibitions free to the public throughout the night of Nuit Blanche. The participating institutions are 401 Richmond, Aga Khan Museum, Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), Artscape Launchpad, Bata Shoe Museum, The Drake, East End Arts, The Gladstone, Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto (MOCA), OCAD University’s Onsite Gallery, Harbourfront Centre, The Power Plant, Toronto Biennial of Art, Toronto Sculpture Garden and Royal Ontario Museum (ROM).Art projects commissioned with partners and sponsors: HXOUSE, the Bentway, Cadillac Fairview – CF Toronto Eaton Centre, Oxford Properties-Scarborough Town Centre, Concord Adex, Toronto Arts Council, MLSE’s Toronto Raptors and the Ontario Science Centre bring new perspectives to familiar locations and institutions while emphasizing relevant and timely global issues.Life of the Earth (multimedia installation) by Director X is being created in partnership with the Ontario Science Centre. The installation shows the earth, as if seen from space, drastically changing from Pangaea to present time and to the future beyond humankind. This large-scale 360 projection will be on view alongside Death of the Sun, which was commissioned by Nuit Blanche Toronto in 2016.Peace to the Past, Reach for the Future (sculpture) by Bryan Espiritu and Esmaa Mohamoud is being created in partnership with MLSE’s Toronto Raptors. The artists reflect on the team’s past and imagine its future while connecting to the diverse communities which continue to shape both artists and athletes. On Thin Ice (sculptural installation) by Ghost Atelier is being created in partnership with HXOUSE for Yonge-Dundas Square. The installation brings the audience inside the deep crack in the glacier and serves as a physical reminder of the state of the planet, while emphasizing the importance of bearing witness.Nuit TalksNow in its 10th year, Nuit Talks provides the opportunity to examine and showcase the art, artists and concepts involved in Nuit Blanche, featuring engaging talks, roundtable discussions and one-on-one interviews. Admission is free. This year’s Nuit Talks is presented in partnership with the University of Toronto Scarborough and the Doris McCarthy Gallery.The Nuit Talks program will include these presentations:Art, the City Builder: curators Layne Hinton, Rui Pimenta, with artists Francesca Chudnoff and Max Dean, September 18, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., The BentwayArt, the Mirror: Director X, September 25, 7 to 8 p.m., Royal Ontario MuseumArt the Maker: Ebony G. Patterson, October 2, 7 to 8 p.m., OCADU AuditoriumArt, the Storyteller: RISE, Jalani Morgan, Emelie Chhangur, Mark V. Campbell, October 3 from 7 to 8 p.m., University of Toronto ScarboroughArt the Maker: Daniel Arsham, October 4 from 7 to 8 p.m. Art Gallery of OntarioArt, the Entrepreneur: Mark Stoddart, Durothethird, MEDIAH, Hatecopy, Rania El Mugammar on October 5 from 5 to 6:30 p.m., Scarborough Town CentreArt, the Opportunity: Ghost Atelier, Bekah Brown, October 10, 7 to 8 p.m., HXOUSENuit ConnectNew this year is Nuit Connect, a residency and mentorship program in partnership with the University of TorontoScarborough and Doris McCarthy Gallery. It’s an exchange of creative knowledge and experience between artists and institutions making an impact on Toronto communities. The artists-in-residence for 2019, RISE Edutainment, are a youth-led movement that provides opportunities and spaces for youth to develop artistically, professionally, personally, socially and spiritually.Navigating the art by neighbourhoodFollowing a successful expansion outside the downtown core to Scarborough in 2018, Nuit Blanche returns to Scarborough for 2019 as well as activating new neighbourhoods outside the core such as East Danforth. As the City heats up for a Year of Public Art in 2021, Nuit Blanche will continue to expand outside the core. Nuit Blanche art projects will be clustered into nine easy-to-navigate neighbourhoods to make exploring the event more efficient. The nine Nuit Neighbourhoods are Scarborough, Don Mills, East Danforth, Bloor-Yorkville, Waterfront, Downtown, Sterling Road, West Queen West and Fort York. The full event map is available at information about participating artists, Nuit Talks and the complete event programming is available at resolution renderings of exhibition projects and images from previous editions of Nuit Blanche Toronto are available at“Nuit Blanche Toronto creates significant artistic and cultural energy in our city. By making a wide spectrum of contemporary art accessible and enjoyable for everyone, it is as much a celebration of our diversity as it is a showcase for the creativity of our talented artists. I encourage Toronto residents from across the city to take part in this celebration of art.”– Mayor John Tory“Year after year, Nuit Blanche is a hugely successful event. I am especially proud that it will be expanded into Scarborough again following last year’s amazing turnout. Nuit Blanche is a true testament to the appetite for local art, culture and performances across the City of Toronto as well as to our outstanding arts programming.”– Deputy Mayor Michael Thompson (Councillor Ward 21 Scarborough Centre), Chair of the Economic and Community Development Committee“Ontario is open for business and open for jobs. By investing in Nuit Blanche Toronto, our government is tapping into the economic potential of the tourism industry. As we develop Ontario’s new tourism strategy, we will continue to invest in festivals and events like Nuit Blanche Toronto, so we can help grow Ontario’s tourism sector and create lasting memories for Ontarians and tourists alike.”– Lisa MacLeod, Ontario Minister of Tourism, Culture and SportAbout Nuit Blanche Toronto Nuit Blanche Toronto is the city’s annual all-night celebration of contemporary art, produced by the City of Toronto in collaboration with Toronto’s arts community and funded by the Government of Ontario and Tourism Toronto. Since 2006, this award-winning event has featured almost 1,571 art installations by approximately 5,600 artists and has generated over $398 million in economic impact for Toronto. Information and updates are available at, on Facebook at, on Twitter at, on Instagram at The event hashtag is #nbTO19.Toronto is Canada’s largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a diverse population of more than 2.9 million people. It is a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world’s most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can visit, call 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or follow on Twitter, on Instagram and on Facebook. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Nuit Blanchelast_img read more

  • Halifax professor launches seminar on Aboriginal womens issues

    first_imgAPTN National NewsA professor in Halifax is hoping to educate the next generation of Maritime teachers in the history and issues of Aboriginal women.Dr. Rita Deverell will be facilitating a seminar called “Women, Contemporary Issues, and Resistance” at Mount St. Vincent University until March 29th. The course will primarily look at events and issues in Atlantic Canada.APTN National News reporter Taryn Della met with Dr. Deverell, and files this report.last_img