Everton ambition seduced Allardyce

first_imgSam Allardyce Allardyce seduced by Everton’s ambition Ryan Benson Last updated 1 year ago 04:25 12/1/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) allardyce-cropped Getty Images Everton Everton v Huddersfield Town Huddersfield Town Premier League The 63-year-old said the ambitions of those in charge persuaded him to sign an 18-month contract with the Toffees to replace Ronald Koeman New Everton manager Sam Allardyce says he was seduced by the club’s ambition after previously claiming he was not interested in returning to the day-to-day job of a club management role.Everton announced an agreement was in place on Wednesday and officially confirmed Allardyce’s appointment a day later, finally hiring a full-time successor to Ronald Koeman.Toffees 6/4 to beat Huddersfield to nil Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The Dutchman was dismissed on October 23 and after just two wins in nine Premier League games despite spending an estimated £142 million in pre-season.David Unsworth took over on an interim basis but failed to inspire much of an improvement until Wednesday’s 4-0 win over West Ham, with the club having also been heavily linked with Marco Silva and Sean Dyche.Eventually Allardyce, who left Crystal Palace at the end of last season, became the frontrunner and he joins despite insisting in the past that only an international job would bring him back into management.”I’ve always thought Everton was a great club,” he told the club’s official website.”It is a great club. Obviously, the club has gone through a difficult spell and hopefully I can put that behind us as quickly as possible and start looking upwards again.”Because, ultimately, it’s the ambition of the club, the ambition of the owner and the board, allied to the fact that it’s Everton and all the fantastic history, which have proved to be key for me.”Ambition is important for any manager or coach, owner or director. It’s what you need to have and hopefully we can deliver to the fans to get this club high up the league. That’s what we’re aiming for.”I think that whatever has happened before, we’ve just got to all rally around together. Our will to do it all together would be my way forward.” | Sam Allardyce has sat down with evertontv for his first interview as #EFC manager. Full video https://t.co/gzeyVPhwvU pic.twitter.com/22tV1RzLz7— Everton (@Everton) November 30, 2017Majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri added: “I’m delighted to confirm Sam as our new manager. His strong leadership will bring great motivation and get the best out of players.”Sam understands the long-term ambitions we have for this great club and I know he is a man who gives it his all and is focused 24 hours a day on the club.”Evertonians are the most passionate and best fans in the world and when the club does badly we all suffer. But in football everything changes very quickly, so I hope this will help to propel us to where we should be.”I would like to put on record our thanks as a club to David Unsworth for stepping up when we needed him over the last few weeks. He is a real Evertonian, embodying the commitment, pride and passion we all feel for the club.”Everton also confirmed that Unsworth will return to his role with the Under-23s.last_img read more

Weekend Reading

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on January 28, 2011November 13, 2014Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This week on the MHTF blog:We heard updates from the Young Champions of Maternal HealthHannah Knight wrote about the progress of the Global Voices for Maternal Health projectAnn Starrs told us about commitments made on maternal and child healthCEDPA asked for case studies on best practices for integrating HIV/AIDS and maternal healthWe wrote about the enhancements we’ve made to the maps on our siteSome reading for the weekendMalaria protection and pregnancy in sub-Saharan AfricaThe World Bank published an outline of the 2012 World Development Report on Gender Equality and DevelopmentMelinda Gates on educating pregnant women in Indiahttpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Z80va7C6EQShare this:last_img read more

‘I want to be the perfect mother’

first_img S. Kannan New DelhiJanuary 2, 2019UPDATED: January 2, 2019 12:25 IST Sania Mirza and Shoaib Malik are proud parents to Izhaan Mairza-Malik (@MirzaSania Photo)Sania Mirza has been away from the tennis courts for almost a year and plans a comeback in the New Year. In an interview with Mail Today, she talks of pregnancy, recovery after a C-section and motherhood.Q: How would you look back at 2018, a year you decided to take a break from tennis and focus on raising a family?A: The pregnancy and the birth of my son, Izhaan, has been a truly exciting experience for me which has definitely touched and enriched my entire life in an amazing kind of way. I feel so grateful to God for making my life feel so complete and fulfilling.Q: Could you explain what it is like to be a mom? You adore your parents, so would you set any kind of goals for yourself in bringing up Izhaan?A: I don’t think I felt very maternal until I got pregnant and then everything changed. Whatever I ate, did or thought about was for my child that was yet to be born. And once, Izhaan was born, his needs and welfare were all that became the focus of my attention. My parents have done all they could for me and Anam (her sister) and I want to be the perfect mother to my son.Q: Is it possible for you to take the readers through your journey in 2018, the months leading up to the arrival of your son?A: I remained very active all through my pregnancy – of course, under the guidance of my doctors. It was important for me to demonstrate to myself and to those who cared that being pregnant was no impediment to living a normal life. Of course, I had to stop playing professional tennis but beyond that, not much changed. In fact, I was hitting tennis balls on court until a week before Izhaan was born, practising yoga and walking 3-4kms everyday during the last month of my pregnancy.advertisementQ: You have mentioned in an interview you are superstitious and would not like your son’s photos to be flashed in social media. Your thoughts on it?A: No, I don’t think I’m superstitious but I would like Izhaan to have as normal a childhood as possible without at any point feeling pressured.Q: Returning to the gym and training hard, how have you planned return to top fitness?A: I’ve already started work in the gym although for another month, I have only been allowed aerobic training since I had a C-section. I will start working with my physical trainer, Robert Ballard from the middle of February and possibly if things go smoothly I would be able to get back onto the practice courts in the first week of April. I will probably need another 6 months to achieve match fitness – but all this is assuming that everything goes well and my body responds positively to the workload.Q: You have said in the past there is unfinished business for you at the Olympics, is Tokyo calling? How does the new protected ranking from the WTA help?A: Olympics is important to any athlete but when one is coming back to competition after pregnancy following a long break, it would be difficult to just focus on the one tournament – however big it may be. I will need to make short term goals and then see how things pan out. But yes, the Grand Slams and the Olympics will be the most important goals for me as they are for any other tennis player. Since we do not have another women’s player in the top 50 of the world, the only way I can expect to enter the Olympics will be for me to get back to top-10 of the world. For now, that remains a distant goal, considering that the earliest that I could probably get back on the Tour would be in September this year. That will give me exactly 1 year to start from scratch and achieve a top-10 ranking. This is not an easy task.Q: Serena Williams keeps talking about her child, even when she has just finished playing a tennis match. Do you think the arrival of a child changes the approach to life and he/she becomes most important in life?A: Yes, I agree that once you become a mother, the child becomes the most important part of one’s life and that’s what makes mothers so special.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Sania MirzaFollow TennisFollow Izhaan Mirza-MalikFollow Shoaib Malik ‘I want to be the perfect mother’Sania Mirza opens up about her pregnancy, recovery after a C-section and motherhood in an exclusive chat with Mail Todayadvertisementlast_img read more

Le Blanc Spa Resort Cancun Unveils 30 Million Dollar Renovation

first_imgAAA Five Diamond awarded property reopens with redesigned rooms, refreshed meeting spaces, new dining options and completely renovated lobby among others   MIAMI, Fla. (APRIL 8, 2019) – Palace Resorts – the company that sets the standard in five-star, all-inclusive resort accommodations – is pleased to announce the completion of a multimillion-dollar renovation of Le Blanc Spa Resort Cancun, the brand’s flagship property and one of Cancun’s top all-inclusive resorts as designated by TripAdvisor for multiple years in a row. The leading luxury adults-only, AAA Five Diamond Awarded resort, recently reopened after extensive enhancements to its interiors and exteriors, including a completely redesigned lobby, upgrades to its meeting space, well-appointed new designer guest suites, redefined restaurants with exciting new gourmet dining menu options and newly decorated common spaces including bars and lounges. This opulent beachfront adults-only property is located on an enclave between the Nichupte Lagoon and the glistening Caribbean Sea in Cancun, Mexico.  The resort is consistently recognized as one of the world’s top all-inclusive resorts. In addition to new renovations, the hotel also features the traditional facilities and over the top amenities, Le Blanc Spa Resort is known for including, an award-winning 30,957sq. ft. full-service spa with 19 treatment rooms, an incredible hydrotherapy facility, a 2,561sq. ft. fitness center and wellness center featuring brand new top of the line Technology equipment, plunge pools, gourmet specialty cuisine, butler service, and over 8,115 sq. ft. meeting space, 9 breakout rooms and much more. “The Le Blanc Spa Resort brand has already been recognized in the industry as the #1 all-inclusive resort as designated by the TripAdvisor® community. The investment in these unparalleled renovations to our AAA Five Diamond brand reinforces our commitment to continue to be the leader in the luxury, upscale, adults-only, all-inclusive market.” said Gibran Chapur, Executive Vice President of Palace Resorts, “We spared no detail in the renovations and upgrades, which are evident in its opulence and design. From fine dining to an innovative spa and on-trend wellness options, to lavish accommodations and top-notch service, Le Blanc Spa Resort will continue to be recognized around the world as the top luxury hotel in Cancun.” Exteriors designed by master architect, Roberto Elias and interiorly brought to life by Francois Frossard of Francois Frossard Design (FFD), Le Blanc Spa Resort Cancun, is a modern-day designer dream. With an impressive lobby, the resort offers an elegant, yet modern chic feel, that rivals some of the most coveted hotels around the globe. The impressive lobby was not only designed to make an outstanding first impression but was designed as a nod to the era of grand hotel lobbies as urban meeting places. The opulent space features a variety of seating areas for intimate gatherings and cocktails and also serves as a welcoming atmosphere for arriving guests, all set against the backdrop of the sparkling ocean. Designers left no detailed unturned. “The new look highlights include beautiful, ivory marble floors and accent walls, exotic brown and onyx granite decor in intricate furniture pieces such as desks, bars, the spa and beauty salon. There is also a hint of quartz installments noted throughout the decor, creating a relaxing and soothing atmosphere” says Francois Frossard. “We like design to be visually powerful, intellectually elegant, and above all, timeless.” Abstract artwork, inspired by Le Blanc Spa Resort, is featured throughout the property by Yucatan artist, Genoveva Faller. Enhancements were also made to the resort’s outdoor areas, including the addition of palm trees to its beach area and elegant hammocks for the ultimate relaxation, creating a lush tropical paradise. Sophisticated Rooms & Suites The interiors of the 260 rooms and suites were completely redesigned with a neutral color palette featuring cool shades of white and plush furnishing. Most suites feature ocean views of the picturesque turquoise waters of Cancun, while others feature views of the incredible Nichupte lagoon. Each suite comes equipped with private French-style balconies, comfortable living spaces, a king or two standard double beds featuring brand new, memory foam mattresses, double whirlpool tubs and oversized bathrooms with luxurious amenities and sophisticated rain shower-heads featuring relaxing body jets, for the ultimate shower. Known for its incredible personalized service and attention to even the most minute detail, Le Blanc Spa Resort Cancun offers each guest personal butler service, nightly aromatherapy menu, a selection of lavish pillows from the vast pillow menu and the most luxurious in-room amenities such as handcrafted soaps. USB charging parts and upgraded touch lighting control. In addition, each suite features CHI blow dryers, CHI flatirons and BVLGARI personal products, including an array of luxury bath salts in every room. Suites are also stocked with mini-bars featuring top-shelf spirits, snacks, high definition flat SMART TV’s, featuring Apple TV and gourmet Lavazza coffee makers. Guest will rest on goose down pillows and luxury bedding with 100% cotton sheets, complimentary Wi-Fi. Signature beach tote and umbrella. A Taste of Luxury One of the most outstanding qualities of the brand is its remarkable gastronomic offerings. Le Blanc Spa Resort offers culinary options even for the most discerning traveler. All of the restaurants have been revamped with new décor, upgraded menus, and new and innovative dining concepts. From delectable cuts of meat featuring Certified Angus Beef (™) to sweet works of culinary art by world-renowned pastry chef, Antonio Bachour, Le Blanc Spa Resort offers an array of diverse cuisine like no other. New restaurant options include: Bella- Journey through Italy’s most coveted dining options and feast on traditional and classic flavors featuring elegant presentations. The menu, curated in collaboration with Michelin Star chef, Giussepe Iannotti features authentic Italian delights such as Pappardelle all ‘Amatriciana, Salmone all’Arancia. Blanc- Offers guests modern Mexican cuisine, mixed with traditional flavors. The restaurant offers contemporary culinary presentations, using classic ingredients. Lumiere –The resort’s signature restaurant aims to impress guests with its new menu focused on distinct ingredients such as Escargot, Duck and Foie Gras, making them the star of each dish. Lumiere features a private dining room for a capacity of up to ten guests, for the ultimate intimate dining experience. The restaurant’s new sophisticated decor further elevates its elegance. Yama– An eclectic modern Japanese restaurant featuring classic favorites. The new restaurant’s name was inspired by Palace Resorts late Executive Chef Teruo Yamamoto, who inspired and innovated the Japanese dining experience. Each dish is inspired by recipes and flavors that the culinary Japanese master created. Terraza “Wood Fired Bistro” –This restaurant was completely redesigned to create an ambiance where guests can enjoy the magnificent views of the Caribbean Sea while dining on delights from the wood fire oven. Pure – Here, healthy dining options meet the luxury all-inclusive experience. Pure offers gourmet options to those who are looking to maintain a balanced diet, while on enjoying the luxuries of an all-inclusive wellness enclave. Glasé, – A sweet addition to Le Blanc Spa Resort Cancun, this traditional ice cream parlor offers guests the ability to fuel that sweet tooth and cool down while sunbathing at the infinity pool. Glasé offers delicious, freshly home-made ice cream and fresh fruit popsicles, traditional milkshakes and a plethora of sweets to top it off with. The menu offers traditional flavors but also features artisan flavors such as Coconut, Pistachio, Salted Caramel and Mango. The ice cream parlor also offers a variety of gluten-free and vegan options, truly offering something for everyone. K’akau – An elegant coffee & sweets shop, K’akau features a variety of crepes, macarons, petit fours, and a distinctive chocolate journey to remember. K’akau offers hand-painted chocolate featuring flavors from classic, to exuberant-surely a unique journey for your palate. As if the culinary options were not enough, guests can also delight in high-end mixology and indulge in unique cocktails at any of the property’s bars, featuring an extensive list of carefully curated libations by the resort’s top mixologist. For those looking for live music and a touch of nightlife, Cava, is a trendy lounge, offers a live band, a DJ spinning the latest beats, exquisite cocktails, pool tables, and big screen TVs. Meet in Luxury Le Blanc Spa Resort Cancun offers more than 8,115 sq. ft. of space for corporate and social events. The terrace features a cocktail patio with majestic sunset views with more than 2,254sq. ft.  Upgrades to these facilities include modern décor, new carpeting, upgraded modern doors and flooring as well and environmentally friendly, intelligent controls for lighting, air conditioning and sound.  This new touch technology seamlessly controls audio and volume in each room. In addition, the resort offers groups latest in technology, top-of-the-line audio-visual equipment, and a fully equipped business center, with complimentary WIFI throughout the entire resort.  An Award-Winning Spa & Wellness Center This all-inclusive wellness retreat resort is home to “BLANCSPA” an award-winning spa that features a hydrotherapy area, hot and cold plunge pools, sauna, herbal steam room, chromotherapy, sauna therapy, relaxation lounge, and 19 treatment suits. The spa recently unveiled a new signature service: The Balchè Massage. Balchè is a fermented drink, native to the Yucatan, that stems from the bark of a tree of the genus, Lonchocarpus and honey.  The ingredients are incorporated into the massage, allowing guests to customize and choose from a variety of oils, aromas, and techniques used to relax, revitalize and decompress the muscles. The massage is complemented by an initial harmonization featuring copal aromas and the sound of a pre-Hispanic instrument and ends with a traditional Mayan drink. With unique services featuring that include ancient Mexican majestic treatments, like the symbolic Kukulkan massage where two masseuses use four hands in a choreographed simulation of sacred animals. The jaguar, the serpent, a feather, caracol, and the burning of copal, which symbolized the releasing of spirits holding us back. Other traditional services include facials, anti-aging treatments featuring Natura Bissé products to combat any sign of aging, revitalizing skin cells to create a lifting effect. The spa also features a beauty salon, boutique, and state of the art fitness center and spinning studio. Leisure Activities Le Blanc Spa Resort offers a variety of leisurely activities, allowing guests the option to unwind in complete relaxation, or get moving! Activities include Aqua Body Strong fitness (stand up yoga), live music, karaoke, guided meditation classes, hatha yoga, TRX training, and Aqua spinning. Le Blanc Spa Resort is conveniently located 35 minutes from Cancun International Airport. Resort guests can also enjoy complimentary self and valet parking services. Rates start at $486 per person, per night for a Royal Deluxe Resort View.  To reserve your Le Blanc Spa Resort Cancun, stay, please visit www.leblancsparesorts.com or contact your preferred travel professional. About Le Blanc Spa Resort: Le Blanc Spa Resort is an award-winning, adults-only, ultra-luxury hotel brand that has completely redefined the standard for luxury all-inclusive resorts.  With locations in Cancun and Los Cabos, Mexico, Le Blanc Spa Resort offers a plethora of luxurious amenities including sophisticated and stylish accommodations. Part of the Palace Resorts family of brands, Le Blanc Spa Resort offers butler service, unique gourmet culinary offerings, a state-of-the-art spa and wellness facilities, world-class entertainment and unique experiences sure to impress even the most discerning luxury traveler. For more information, visit www.leblancsparesorts.com.  About Palace Resorts: With ten oceanfront resorts overlooking the sparkling turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea, Palace Resorts sets the highest standards for five-star all-inclusive vacations in Mexico and Jamaica. Offering luxurious and spacious accommodations accentuated by signature in-room double whirlpool tubs, nightly entertainment, the Caribbean’s most extravagant spas, and premier Jack Nicklaus signature golf courses, Palace Resorts sets the stage for a truly exceptional experience for travelers. The unparalleled level of service and comfort found at each property makes Palace Resorts a leading provider of world-class resort vacations. For more information, visit www.palaceresorts.comlast_img read more

Christmas Message 2017 from Leader of the Opposition Dr. Peter Phillips

first_imgStory Highlights My fellow Jamaicans, Season’s Greetings.Christmas is traditionally the time of the year when we embrace our family and friends and care for the less fortunate as we celebrate the spirit of our Saviour by spreading peace and love in our communities and goodwill to all.Even as some enjoy the traditional Sorrel drink, Christmas pudding, and the opening of presents, let us pause to remember that this Christmas will be an extremely difficult one for many Jamaicans who are facing challenges which make life increasingly harder and less hopeful.The spiralling crime rate has created fear where there should be joy and hope. Too many families are mourning the loss of loved ones when they should be celebrating the joys of family life.We need to take time out too, to say a special prayer for our valiant public servants, including our teachers, nurses, doctors and our security forces, who over the past few years have been on the frontlines in the effort to keep our public services functioning.We owe them a debt of gratitude, and should express our solidarity with them as they continue their protracted negotiations for a decent liveable wage.Christmas this year, as always, gives us an opportunity to celebrate our common humanity.As members of the wider human family, let us be inspired by the promise of Christ’s birth as declared by the prophet Isaiah – Peace on Earth and Goodwill to all Mankind. This is a sober reminder that as a nation, we cannot go forward to achieve the progress and prosperity which we seek if we ignore the needs and desires of those who are struggling day to day to make ends meet, or those left behind in poverty and homelessness.Against this background, Christmas provides the ideal opportunity for us to do what we can to relieve the difficulties and suffering of even one family or one person. It is a time for us to call upon our reserves of strength and Christian faith to share even the little that we have with our brothers and sisters.Let us bring, not only a word of cheer to those in our communities that suffer from the twin scourge of violence and crime, but let us also make the time to sit with them to see how we can help them rebuild their lives and direct them to the paths of peace.We should seize this time to make a special effort to build bridges of friendship irrespective of colour, class or political affiliation, so that the best qualities of our Jamaicaness and our humanity can shine through, as we give of ourselves and share with each other.In particular, we owe it to our young people to set these examples of caring and hope, so that they can see the best of our culture and understand the strength and resolve of the generations before that have brought us this far as a people, and be inspired to act with resolve and creativity going forward to build a Jamaica that offers a real chance in life for all its people.From the examples of past effort and accomplishment we can all draw hope that the values of peace, caring and goodwill will enable us to triumph over all adversity.This Christmas should be a time of giving and caring and a time of reflection and love that unites us all.It is a time to remember our Family and Friends, here in Jamaica and in our Jamaican communities in the Diaspora.May God grant to each and everyone of you a Happy and Peaceful Christmas and give bounteous blessings to you and your family. Christmas is traditionally the time of the year when we embrace our family and friends and care for the less fortunate as we celebrate the spirit of our Saviour by spreading peace and love in our communities and goodwill to all. Let us bring, not only a word of cheer to those in our communities that suffer from the twin scourge of violence and crime, but let us also make the time to sit with them to see how we can help them rebuild their lives and direct them to the paths of peace. We need to take time out too, to say a special prayer for our valiant public servants, including our teachers, nurses, doctors and our security forces, who over the past few years have been on the frontlines in the effort to keep our public services functioning.last_img read more

Chinmayanand case Student gives pen drive with videos to SIT

first_imgShahjahanpur (UP): The postgraduate student who has accused BJP leader Chinmayanand of rape on Saturday gave a pen drive containing 43 videos to the SIT to support her allegations. The woman was asked by the SIT to submit whatever evidence she had against the former Union minister. The special investigation team questioned the student on Friday and collected evidence from Chinmayanand’s bedroom here, sources said on Saturday.last_img

Weekly Traffic Advisories

PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 (Eastbound Lanes) Highway 104, eastbound lanes near Salt Springs, Exit 19, for about six kilometres is reduced to one lane in various locations for bridge rehabilitation and repaving until Monday, Sept. 30. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Barss Corner Road Barss Corner Road, Barss Corner, from Ramey Road to Sarty Road, has alternating lane closures for paving until Saturday, Sept. 14. Traffic control consists of stop and go traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. CONTINUING WORK CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Nappan Marsh (Rainbow) Bridge Trunk 2 Nappan Marsh (Rainbow) Bridge over the Nappan River on Trunk 2, outside Amherst, is closed until further notice. A detour is available on Route 302, Southampton Road and Smith Road. Traffic approaching Amherst is being rerouted a short distance on the Nappan and Lower Porter Roads, while traffic leaving Amherst is required to detour on Smith Road. RICHMOND COUNTY: Port Royal Bridge Port Royal Bridge, Port Royal Road on Isle Madame, is closed until further notice. A detour is in place on MacEachern Road. QUEENS COUNTY: Middlewood Diversion Road Middlewood Diversion Road, Pleasantfield, has alternating lane closures for paving until Saturday, Sept. 14. Traffic control consists of stop and go traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Sweetland Road, Lower Northfield Sweetland Road, Lower Northfield, from Northfield Road to Back Street 2 Road, has alternating lane closures for gravelling until Monday, Sept. 30. Traffic control consists of stop and go traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. KINGS COUNTY: Halls Road, Aylesford Halls Road, Aylesford, from Route 201 to Victoria Road, has alternating lane closures for repaving and upgrading until Thursday, Oct. 31. Traffic control consists of stop and go traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. KINGS COUNTY: Highway 101, Deep Hollow Overpass, Greenwich Overpass Bridge rehabilitation is now taking place on the Deep Hollow Overpass and the Greenwich Overpass on Highway 101, between Exits 10 and 11A, from sunrise to sunset. A traffic light will be in place on the bridge during the day. However, the highway will be closed for night work from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. until Thursday, Oct. 10. A detour on Trunk 1 will be provided. LUNENBURG COUNTY: East River Bridge, Trunk 3 East River Bridge, Trunk 3, East River, about 150 metres west of Route 329, has alternating lane closures for bridge work until Thursday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. LUNENBURG COUNTY: New Elm Road, New Elm New Elm Road, New Elm, from Route 210 northerly for five kilometres, has alternating lane closures for repaving and upgrading until Thursday, Oct. 31. Traffic control consists of stop and go traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. PICTOU COUNTY: Route 289, Westville Road Route 289, Westville Road, from New Glasgow Town Line to Westville Town Line, is reduced to one lane for repaving until Friday, Aug. 30. Traffic control personnel on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 (Westbound Lanes) Highway 104, westbound lanes near Westville, from Exit 21 to Exit 20, are reduced to one lane in various locations for bridge rehabilitation and repaving until Monday, Sept. 30. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. INVERNESS COUNTY: Cranton Bridge, Margaree Centre Cranton Bridge, Margaree Centre, is closed until further notice due to safety concerns. A replacement bridge is expected this year. A detour is in place via East Big Intervale Road, Crowdis Cross Road and West Big Intervale Road. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Dartmouth, Victoria Road Bridge, Victoria Road Bridge rehabilitation work is being done to the Victoria Road Bridge, Victoria Road, until Saturday, Sept. 14. The majority of work will take place after 6 p.m., from Monday to Friday and on weekends. Weekday work will take place between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Maders Cove Road Maders Cove Road, Maders Cove, from Trunk 3 to the end of the pavement, has alternating lane closures for paving until Saturday, Sept. 14. Traffic control consists of stop and go traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. YARMOUTH COUNTY: Cape Forchu Bridge, Route 304 Cape Forchu Bridge on Route 304, Yarmouth Bar, is reduced to one lane for repairs until Saturday, Sept. 14. Traffic lights and traffic control personnel will be on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Station Road, Lower Northfield Station Road, Lower Northfield, from Northfield Road to Back Street 2 Road, has alternating lane closures for gravelling until Monday, Sept. 30. Traffic control consists of stop and go traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. YARMOUTH COUNTY: Hurlburt Falls Bridge, Tusket Falls Hurlburt Falls Bridge, Tusket Falls, on Lake Vaughan Road is closed until the bridge is replaced later this year. Detour is in place. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Mill Cove Shore Road, Mill Cove Mill Cove Shore Road, Mill Cove, Route 329, has alternating lane closures for gravelling until Monday, Sept. 30. Traffic control consists of stop and go traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. QUEENS COUNTY: Molega Road, Molega Molega Road, Molega, from Route 208 southerly for about three kilometres, has alternating lane closures for gravelling until Monday, Sept. 30. Traffic control consists of stop and go traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. YARMOUTH COUNTY: Highway 103 Highway 103 between Exit 31, Pubnico and Exit 30, Barrington, has alternating lane closures for asphalt improvement work until Monday, Sept. 30. Traffic control personnel and signs will be in place. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. LUNENBURG COUNTY: ROUTE 325 Route 325, Auburndale, from 600 metres west of Auburndale Road westerly to Monk Road, has alternating lane closures for paving until Saturday, Sept. 14. Traffic control consists of stop and go traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. QUEENS COUNTY: Eastern Shore Road, Brooklyn Eastern Shore Road, Brooklyn, from Brooklyn Shore Road to East Berlin Road, has alternating lane closures for repaving and upgrading until Thursday, Oct. 31. Traffic control consists of stop and go traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. NEW WORK LUNENBURG COUNTY: Bolivar Road, Upper LaHave Bolivar Road, Upper LaHave, from Leary Fraser Road to Trunk 3, has alternating lane closures for gravelling until Monday, Sept. 30. Traffic control consists of stop and go traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. LUNENBURG COUNTY: New Harbour Road New Harbour Road, New Harbour, from Route 329 to the end of the pavement, has alternating lane closures for paving until Saturday, Sept. 14. Traffic control consists of stop and go traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. QUEENS COUNTY: Middlefield Road Middlefield Road, Pleasantfield, from Route 210 to Trunk 8, has alternating lane closures for paving until Saturday, Sept. 14. Traffic control consists of stop and go traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 107 Highway 107, Exit 18 eastbound ramp and westbound ramp, will have weekday lane closures daily from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. until Saturday, Sept. 14 while extended ramp lanes are built. Traffic control is in place. Motorists should expect delays. YARMOUTH COUNTY: Route 308 Route 308, Argyle, from Chemin de la Pointe to Indian Sluice Bridge, has alternating lane closures for paving until Saturday, Sept. 14. 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First Quarter Results

The Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation (NSLC) released its first quarter results today, Aug. 27, for April 1, 2019 to June 30, 2019. Total sales were up 11.5 per cent to $174.9 million with $158.8 million in beverage alcohol sales and $16.1 million in recreational cannabis sales. There was strong growth in all local beverage alcohol product categories. Nova Scotia ready-to-drink sales, which are mostly ciders and coolers, were up 107.7 per cent to $3.3 million while Nova Scotia spirit sales were up 26.0 per cent to $2.0 million. Nova Scotia craft beer sales grew by 17.8 per cent to $4.9 million while Nova Scotia wine sales, using locally grown grapes, were up by 13.7 per cent to $2.9 million. There were 449,707 cannabis transactions with an average dollar value of $35.73. The average dollar value of each beverage alcohol transaction grew by two per cent to $30.39. Compared to the first quarter of the previous fiscal year, net income for the NSLC was $60 million, up $1 million. A detailed news release can be found on the NSLC website at https://www.mynslc.com/en/About-NSLC/Media-Centre/News-Releases/NSLC-Announces-Q1-Results . -30- read more

Committee Meetings to be Televised FOIPOP Annual Report Released

The House of Assembly will be televising all standing committees, including law amendments, following the upcoming sitting of the legislature, which begins Thursday, Sept. 26. “The work of the legislature affects all Nova Scotians and televising committee meetings will make it easier for them to stay informed about the work members are doing in the public interest,” said Speaker of the House Kevin Murphy. In keeping with its ongoing commitment to transparency, government also released today, Sept. 25, during Right to Know Week, the 2018-19 Information Access and Privacy (IAP) Services annual report. Nearly 2,000 applications under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIPOP) were submitted during 2018-19 and 84 per cent were processed within the time limits authorized under the FOIPOP Act, including approved extensions. “Access to information leads to good government and good public policy and that’s why we have proclaimed Right to Know Week in Nova Scotia,” said Service Nova Scotia and Internal Services Minister Patricia Arab. “We continue to look for better ways to serve the information and privacy needs of Nova Scotians because we all benefit from open and accountable government.” Quick Facts: government’s actions to promote transparency include: the Open Data Portal, launched in 2016, has released hundreds of data sets to the public online, and has more than a million page views and 67,000 downloads posting wait times for nursing homes and residential care facilities online creating the first standing committee on health with televised monthly proceedings posting senior officials’ expenses online and introducing legislation to require the same of municipal officials streaming proceedings of the law amendments committee to increase public access to their work 1985 FOIPOP applications received in 2018-19 1993 applications were completed which includes carry-over from the previous fiscal year average page count per application was 177 pages, with the largest being more than 13,000 pages 5,100 provincial government employees have completed online information access and privacy training Additional Resources: Nova Scotia Legislature Committees: https://nslegislature.ca/legislative-business/committees IAP Services annual report: https://beta.novascotia.ca/sites/default/files/documents/1-1822/information-access-and-privacy-services-annual-report-2018-2019-en.pdf FOIPOP discloser website: https://informationaccess.novascotia.ca/ Service Nova Scotia and Internal Services Twitter: https://twitter.com/ns_servicens -30- read more

Modi to address four rallies in runup to Haryana Assembly polls

Chandigarh: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address four election rallies over two days in the run-up to the October 21 Haryana Assembly polls. He will address the first rally in Ballabhgarh in Faridabad district on October 14, the BJP said in a statement. On October 15, he will address three more rallies in Dadri, Thanesar and Hisar, it said. The BJP has fielded Commonwealth Games medallist Babita Phogat from Dadri. Apart from Modi, other top BJP leaders, including Union Home Minister and party president Amit Shah, BJP’s working president J P Nadda and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, will also address election meetings in the run-up to the polls. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework On October 9, Shah will address rallies in Kaithal, Hisar, Bhiwani and Rohtak districts. On October 14, he will address rallies in Fatehabad, Panchkula, Karnal and Gurgaon, the statement said. Nadda will address four rallies on October 11 in Sirsa and Gurgaon. On the same day, Adityanath will also address election meetings in the state, it added. The BJP has 48 members in the outgoing assembly. It has set a target of winning 75-plus seats in the 90-member House. Haryana will go to polls on October 21, while counting of votes will be held on October 24. read more

Salman pays tribute to Vinod Khanna on Dabangg 3 wrap up

Mumbai: On the last day of the shoot for “Dabangg 3”, superstar Salman Khan paid a tribute to Vinod Khanna on the late veteran actor’s 73rd birth anniversary and said that he really misses him. Salman on Sunday night took to Twitter, where he shared a video along with the cast and crew of the third installment of the “Dabangg” franchise. In the video, the actor, who essays the role of Chulbul Panday said in Hindi: “Today was the last day for “Dabangg 3″ and we have packed up. The strange and the happy thing is that today is Vinod Khanna sir or Prajapati Panday sir’s birthday and on the same day, coincidentally and fortunately we wrapped up shooting for ‘Dabangg 3.” Also Read – ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ has James Cameron’s fingerprints all over it: Arnold Schwarzenegger The 53-year-old star said that Vinod’s brother Pramod Khanna will be playing Prajapati Panday in the upcoming movie, directed by Prabhudheva. “VK sir miss you and we have Pramod sir, your own brother to play you in ‘Dabangg 3’. God bless you… We really miss you,” she said. The film is slated to release on December 20. “Dabangg 3” also stars Sonakshi Sinha as the female lead Rajjo. The film also introduces Mahesh Manjrekar’s daughter Saiee Manjrekar, and features Kannada superstar Kichcha Sudeep and Pankaj Tripathi among others. read more

We will push hard for Kabaddis inclusion in 2024 Olympics Rijiju

New Delhi: Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju has said that the government will try to push for the inclusion of Kabaddi in the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris. “Kabaddi is a perfect example of how an indigenous sport has grown successfully. This I feel is the beginning of the sports culture that we envisaged for India which is now becoming a reality,” Rijiju said while speaking on KBD Live at Star Sports Studio on Sunday. “We will definitely push hard for Kabaddi to be part of the next Olympics as we are a billion plus powerful nation and so for this to become possible, we will have to put all our efforts together, but I am very confident about it.” Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai Masters He did not elaborate on how this will be done but including a new sport in the Olympic roster is a long-drawn and cumbersome process, which also requires intense lobbying. A sport will have to first get recognition from the International Olympic Committee. Then, its governing body will have to become a recognised International Federation (IF) of the IOC. The sport’s IF will then apply for admittance as an Olympic sport by filing a petition establishing its criteria of eligibility to the IOC. Also Read – Mayank plays fearlessly like his idol Virender Sehwag: VVS Laxman Moreover, after a vote of the IOC Session on June 25 in Lausanne, the IOC has said that no further sports can be put forward for inclusion on the programme of the 2024 Olympic Games. As Olympic host country, Paris 2024 submitted its proposal to include breaking, sport climbing, skateboarding and surfing on the Olympic programme to the IOC. After an evaluation by the Olympic Programme Commission, the IOC Executive Board will make the final decision on the existing events and proposed new events in December 2020. India has always been a dominant force in Kabaddi, which is part of the Asian Games. Seven-time champions Indian men’s team claimed a bronze at the Jakarta Asian Games held in Indonesia last year, while the women’s team settled for a silver after being beaten by Iran in the final. read more


The 44th Toronto International Film Festival descended upon the city last week, and for its opening weekend, DGC Ontario and CBC Arts staged a full day of panel talks featuring industry professionals who work behind the scenes to bring some of TIFF’s hottest tickets to the silver screen. The series of insightful discussions were hosted by Amanda Parris and Johanna Schneller of The Filmmakers.The panel of feature filmmakers, made up of Semi Chellas (American Woman), Joey Klein (Castle in the Ground), Amy Jo Johnson (Tammy’s Always Dying) and Albert Shin (Clifton Hill) led to an insightful discussion about overcoming creative setbacks, how each filmmaker has carved out their own unique path in the industry and dispelled myths about the singular filmmaking genius. From left: Joey Klein, Amy Jo Johnson, Albert Shin and Semi Chellas with Johanna Schneller. (Nicole De Khors) Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter Advertisement Facebook read more


Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Dan Levy (Credit: Jose Mandojana) Facebook ‘SCHITT’S CREEK’ CO-CREATOR DAN LEVY SIGNS ABC STUDIOS OVERALL DEAL“Schitt’s Creek” breakout Dan Levy has signed a multi-year overall deal at ABC Studios. Under the deal, Levy will develop and produce scripted projects for the studio.“Dan Levy has proven himself as one of the most creative people in the TV business,” said Jonnie Davis, president of ABC Studios. “His writing, acting and producing skills will be a tremendous asset to ABC Studios, and we couldn’t be more excited to be in business with him.” READ MORE‘SCHITT’S CREEK’ CREATOR DANIEL LEVY INKS OVERALL DEAL WITH ABC STUDIOSDaniel Levy, showrunner, creator and star of the Emmy-nominated comedy series Schitt’s Creek, has signed a three-year overall deal with ABC Studios, a part of Disney Television Studios. Under the pact, Levy will develop and produce scripted projects for the studio.“Dan Levy has proven himself as one of the most creative people in the TV business. His writing, acting and producing skills will be a tremendous asset to ABC Studios, and we couldn’t be more excited to be in business with him,” said Jonnie Davis, President, ABC Studios. READ MORE Advertisement ‘SCHITT’S CREEK’ CREATOR DAN LEVY SIGNS OVERALL DEAL WITH ABC STUDIOSSchitt’s Creek co-creator, showrunner and star Dan Levy is joining the Disney family.Levy has signed a three-year overall deal with Disney’s ABC Studios, which won out after multiple outlets bidding for his services. He will develop and produce scripted projects for the studio.“Dan Levy has proven himself as one of the most creative people in the TV business,” ABC Studios president Jonnie Davis said Thursday in a statement. “His writing, acting and producing skills will be a tremendous asset to ABC Studios, and we couldn’t be more excited to be in business with him.” READ MORE Advertisement Twitter read more


Advertisement Twitter Game of Thrones, Killing Eve, Bodyguard and more vied for the best drama gong. (Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images) Advertisement Advertisement EMMYS: THE COMPLETE WINNERS LISTHBO’s ‘Game of Thrones’ takes the top drama honor while Amazon’s ‘Fleabag’ nabs four wins, including best comedy series.HBO took the top drama honor for Game of Thrones, while Amazon’s Fleabag triumphed in the best comedy category at the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday night.HBO collected nine awards in the televised ceremony, including for Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage in the supporting actor in a drama category and Barry’s Bill Hader in the lead comedy actor category. Chernobyl nabbed three wins for writing, directing and limited series, and Last Week Tonight won for variety talk show and writing for a variety series. Login/Register With: Facebook Amazon’s Fleabag scored four wins: for best comedy series, Phoebe Waller-Bridge for lead actress in a comedy series and writing in a comedy series, and Harry Bradbeer for directing in a comedy series. READ MOREEMMYS 2019: FROM GAME OF THRONES TO FLEABAG, THE FULL LIST OF WINNERSBill Hader and Phoebe Waller-Bridge won big, while Emilia Clarke and Amy Adams lost out.Welcome to the 71st Primetime Emmys! Television’s biggest awards night kicked off Sunday at 5 p.m. PT in LA. The biggest win of the night went to, yes, Game of Thrones. The show took home outstanding drama series, plus Peter Dinklage won best supporting actor in a drama. A fitting farewell to the hugely influential HBO series (let’s ignore that it had a record number of nominations and won just two).In what was the first real upset of the night, all the Game of Thrones nominees in the supporting actress for a drama category, including the favorite Lena Headey, Sophie Turner, Masie Williams and Gwendoline Christie, lost out to a shocked Julia Garner from Ozark.A stunning Jodie Comer brought the next minor upset, taking best lead actress in a drama over Killing Eve co-star Sandra Oh, who was tipped to be the first woman of Asian descent to win the category. Barry’s Bill Hader and Fleabag’s Phoebe Waller-Bridge took out the big comedy acting awards, and the excellent Fleabag ended up with four in total. Meanwhile Chernobyl scored three gongs and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel two. READ MOREALEX BORSTEIN SET THE EMMYS BAR HIGH WITH HER ‘STEP OUT OF LINE’ SPEECHThe Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy winner called upon the experience of her grandmother in her powerful remarks.While an Emmys speech can very quickly careen into list-your-colleagues-territory, comedian Alex Borstein took her short amount of time on stage and made it count. The award-winning actress turned her moment in the spotlight into an opportunity to tell a poignant story.Winning for playing comedy manager Susie Myerson on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Borstein’s speech called on her grandmother’s experience during the Holocaust, an especially powerful message considering her show features so many powerful Jewish women characters. Her incredible anecdote of resilience and strength was among the night’s most incredible moments. As Bornstein said on stage:My grandmother turned toward a guard—she was in line to be shot into a pit—and said, “What happens if I step out of line?” and he said, “I don’t have the heart to shoot you, but somebody will. And she stepped out of line. And for that, I am here. And for that, my children are here. So step out of line, ladies. Step out of line.Borstein’s words immediately captured both the in-person and at-home audience, with “Step out of line” flooding social media feeds. This speech is going to be a hard one to follow—while the category of Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy was a stacked one, it’s hard to imagine anyone having a story and joke combination so incredibly poignant and bawdy at the same time. READ MOREMARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL’S ALEX BORSTEIN DEDICATES HER EMMY TO HER GRANDMOTHER, A HOLOCAUST SURVIVORThe actress took home the award for supporting actress in a comedy series for the second year in a rowAlex Borstein moved the audience to laughter and tears with her poignant acceptance speech at the 2019 Emmy Awards on Sunday.For the second year in a row, Borstein won the award for best supporting actress in a comedy series for her role as brash comedy manager Susie Myerson in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. She was up against her Maisel costar Marin Hinkle, Sarah Goldberg for Barry, Sian Clifford for Fleabag, Olivia Colman for Fleabag, Betty Gilpin for GLOW, Kate McKinnon for Saturday Night Live and Anna Chlumsky for Veep.After chugging from a miniature bottle of Fireball with her seat neighbor Seth MacFarlane, the actress, 48, took the stage to deliver her speech. READ MOREEMMY AWARDS: SURPRISES, UPSETS AND MEMORABLE MOMENTSBilly Porter wins Emmy for best lead actor in a drama series, Fleabag takes several trophiesA new queen of comedy, surprising upsets, a history-making award and the inevitable win for Game of Thrones: the 2019 Emmy Awards offered night of wins as fractured as the current TV landscape.The hostless, three-hour show was both funny and head-scratching, depending on what point you tuned in.Producers won some solid laughs by putting reliable performers such as Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Maya Rudolph and late-night hosts Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Kimmel onstage, but the decision to dispense with traditional voiceover narration and orchestra playing people onstage (in favour of comedian Thomas Lennon’s commentary and contemporary tracks) made for some awkward moments. READ MORE LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment read more

Scholastic Announces Dog Man Do Good Campaign

Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education and media company, launches “Do Good,” a campaign to encourage readers of all ages to give back and make a positive impact in their communities.Dog Man Do Good TourInspired by the characters and themes in the worldwide bestselling Dog Man series by Dav Pilkey, highlights from the initiative include a transcontinental book tour featuring events with a charitable component in multiple cities across the U.S. and Asia, where Dav Pilkey will be appearing at arenas, military bases, ballparks, theaters, schools, libraries, book fairs and festivals—including being a featured author at the China Shanghai International Children’s Book Fair (CCBF).“I feel incredibly lucky and excited to have the opportunity to meet readers across the country and around the world,” said Dav Pilkey. “I’m humbled and grateful for the support from booksellers, parents, and educators who are spreading the important message of doing good and bringing communities together to celebrate reading.”“The Dog Man ‘Do Good’ campaign highlights the power of Dav Pilkey and his amazing ability to connect with readers. Dav’s on-going personal mission to give all kids access to books is inspiring. We are proud to be his longtime publisher and partner with him on this exciting new initiative,” said Ellie Berger, President, Scholastic Trade.
Starting in August and continuing throughout the fall, Dav Pilkey’s “Do Good Tour” will bring together kids, families, and educators, to highlight the many ways books inspire — and how each individual can help others make a positive difference wherever they are. Hosted by bookstores and key community partners, all of the events will have a “do good” component to support non-profit literacy organizations, local charities, military families, schools as well as libraries in underserved areas. The “Do Good Tour” will officially kick-off at the Mississippi Book Festival in Jackson, Mississippi on August 17th.While in Mississippi, Dav Pilkey will make an appearance before thousands of school children from Title 1 schools. The tour will continue in St. Louis, Missouri at the Chaifetz Arena on August 18th. Additional U.S. tour markets will be announced via Scholastic’s social media platforms throughout the summer. In addition to getting the opportunity to meet Dav Pilkey and hearing his inspiring story as a kid who struggled with ADHD and dyslexia, attendees at each family-friendly event will be treated to fun activities including photo opportunities with Dog Man and Captain Underpants costumed characters, signed books, giveaways, and more. Following the U.S. tour, Dav Pilkey will appear at the China Shanghai International Children’s Book Fair (CCBF), with additional stops in Hong Kong and Mumbai in November, and visits to Australia and Canada in 2020. For more information and details about the “Do Good” tour, visit www.scholastic.com/davpilkey.Scholastic, will partner with the American Library Association and ALA Graphics, also announced that the ALA READ poster and bookmark featuring original Dog Man artwork by Dav Pilkey with the message, “Be a Reading Supa-Buddy. Do Good,” will be available through the ALA store starting this month. As an added resource for educators, parents, and fans of Dav Pilkey’s books, Scholastic will launch a dedicated website, www.scholastic.com/davpilkey, an online hub that will provide access to free downloadable classroom activities, tour information, learn and share ideas on how students around the world are making a positive impact in their communities. read more

Stephen and Ayesha Curry Launch Eat Learn Play Foundation

Today, two-time NBA MVP and three-time NBA Champion Stephen Curry and renowned restauranteur, chef, The New York Times best-selling author and TV host Ayesha Curry announce the launch of Eat. Learn. Play. Foundation, a family-founded charity with a mission to help end childhood hunger, ensure universal access to quality education and enable healthy, active lifestyles.Prioritizing underprivileged children primarily in the Oakland and Bay Area communities as an innovative and impactful local non-profit organization, Eat. Learn. Play. creates a new model for communities and families to come together with a commitment to unleash the potential of every child and pave the way for amazing kids and bright futures.Rooted in three of the most vital pillars for a healthy childhood— nutrition, education and physical activity— Eat. Learn. Play. was brought to life with the Curry family’s passion to inspire today’s youth and ensure an equal road to success for all kids.“Children are our future and we are deeply dedicated to empowering them and opening doors for their futures, said Stephen and Ayesha Curry. “This organization is all about instilling ongoing tangible change for underprivileged children growing up in the Bay Area and beyond. As parents, we see a multitude of unique opportunities our kids have access to, and our hope is that Eat. Learn. Play. and the critical fundamental development tools it provides, will positively impact children in our community to live out their dreams.”Eat. Learn. Play. Foundation is designed around three core values that play an integral role in promoting a healthy, fun and thriving childhood. An initial focus of Eat. Learn. Play. is centered around the impactful work the foundation is doing with the City of Oakland’s Town Camps this summer. As the presenting partner of Town Camps, Eat. Learn. Play. is serving over 5,000 Oakland kids in 20 locations this summer by providing nutritious breakfasts daily for all campers; and weekly family-style dinners and culinary classes for campers and their families across various camp locations. In addition, Eat. Learn. Play. is providing scholarship support to underwrite costs for kids who cannot afford the full price of summer camp.EAT. With a goal to ultimately help end childhood hunger across America and ensure all children have access to nutritious food, the foundation’s EAT initiative will drastically eliminate the number of families struggling with daily food needs. One in four Bay Area kids are directly affected by hunger and Eat. Learn. Play. not only provides food for these children but aims to further educate kids and families on the importance everyday nutrition. Local brand partners that will help activate on initiatives to provide healthy school breakfasts, summer food programs and nutritional resources for youth from low-income households include Oakland Parks, Recreation, and Youth Development (OPRYD), Alameda Country Community Food Bank and the No Kid Hungry campaign. These local Bay Area efforts are the start of a greater movement for substantial change in policy at the State and Federal levels.LEARN. Providing access to quality education from early childhood through college completion, the foundation’s LEARN program seeks to tackle the education achievement gap in the Bay Area between students from low-income communities and their middle- and upper-class peers. Eat. Learn. Play. provides the necessary resources and support to equip marginalized Bay Area students with scholarships, after-school college prep programs, internships, mentorship opportunities, and more to help ensure they receive the quality K-12 public education they deserve. The foundation’s education focus furthermore extends through college completion with a goal to close the graduation gap between low-income and minority students and their peers. Early educational and training partners will include College Track, East Oakland Youth Development Center, Students Rising Above, Code Nation, DonorsChoose.org, Oakland Public Education Fund and OPRYD.PLAY.PLAY is a fundamental part of being a kid and is critical to a child’s character development. However, only one in four kids in the country are getting the recommended daily amount of physical activity they need and Eat. Learn. Play. seeks to create opportunities and safe places for all children to play and stay active. PLAY makes it possible for underprivileged children to participate in summer camps, youth sports and other physical activities without the burden of finances or risking safety. The foundation further establishes a safe haven for children, cultivating healthy lifestyles while freely discovering their passions in life. A few key partners include Kaboom!, OPRYD and the Carole Hoefener Center.Stephen and Ayesha Curry’s earnest passion for improving the lives of underserved kids in the Bay Area is the heart of Eat. Learn. Play. As the foundation continues to influence the lives of Bay Area children and their communities, the Curry family remains dedicated to igniting change and inspiring others on a national level.Eat. Learn. Play. kicks off the launch of the organization with a family-friendly inaugural event inviting over 900 children from Oakland Parks, Recreation, and Youth Development’s Town Camps. As an early major partner for the foundation, the Oakland Town Camps serve as an inspiration for Eat. Learn. Play. from its beginning stages. The organization is supported by dynamic and innovative partners for on-the-ground activations and ongoing relationships, ultimately encouraging universal access to quality education, nutritious eating and physical activities. Key partners include Golden State Warriors, Kaiser Permanente, Under Armour, Chase, GoDaddy, Rakuten, PGA REACH, Back to the Roots, Revolution Foods, Google and USTA. read more

Jason Mraz Foundation Teams with San Diego Arts Groups to Shine

Multi-GRAMMY Award winner Jason Mraz will perform two very special shows in his hometown of San Diego at Spreckels Theatre February 15 and 16.Jason Mraz Shine“SHINE,” a musical based on the singer-songwriter’s catalog, will feature performances by local arts education non-profit groups, including Banding Together, who brings music opportunities to individuals with special needs; Malashock Dance, whose education program is designed to bring access to dance for under-served students, low-income families, individuals with disabilities, and promising pre-professional dancers who may face financial barriers; and transcenDANCE, who guides young people in underserved San Diego County communities to transcend barriers, expand their ambitions, and create positive change for themselves, their families and community, through dance and performance. Grants from the Jason Mraz Foundation have empowered and inspired these groups to interpret some of Mraz’s most beloved songs through movement, singing, and visual arts. Additional participating organizations will be announced soon.Tickets for the shows will go on-sale here on Friday, September 6 at 10 AM Pacific.“Each of these organizations was chosen because of their commitment to inclusive arts education and the advancement of equality,” said Mraz. “I am humbled to provide my songs as a framework for them to express their unique points of view. By shining a light on these programs serving our local community’s youth, I want to underscore the importance of access to arts programming for all children in all communities – no matter their gender, race, ability level, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status. Every child should have the opportunity to find their voice through the arts.”The concept of “SHINE” centers around the local community and celebrates the city of San Diego. The show follows Mraz and friends as they wake up and experience a full day in their Southern California neighborhood. They play at a local park, explore a farmer’s market, dance into the night, and fall asleep under the stars. Each participating cast member will have their moment to “SHINE” as they explore their community through movement, singing, and visual arts. read more

16th Best Buddies Challenge Hearst Castle Presented By PepsiCola Raises 4 Million

The 16th Best Buddies Challenge: Hearst Castle presented by Pepsi-Cola raised $4 million for Best Buddies programs dedicated to creating opportunities for friendship, employment, leadership development, and inclusive living for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).The event was co-chaired by Governor of California Gavin Newsom and Steve Hearst. Carl Guardino, one of Silicon Valley’s most distinguished business and community leaders, served as the 2019 Event Chair. Nearly 2,000 people participated in the Challenge — a charity bike ride down the majestic Pacific Coast Highway.This year’s Challenge kicked-off with the Official Opening Ceremony of the Best Buddies Challenge: Hearst Castle presented by Pepsi-Cola on Friday, September 6 at the Quail Lodge Resort & Golf Club in Carmel, CA. Participants, VIPs, sponsors, and guests in attendance celebrated Best Buddies programs and key supporters with musical performances and a program hosted by Best Buddies International Founder, Chairman & CEO Anthony K. Shriver, and Journalist/Author Maria Shriver. During the event, Best Buddies honored Donna Lucas, Chief Executive Officer and President of Lucas Public Affairs, with the 2019 Spirit of Friendship Award. This is Best Buddies’ highest accolade presented to individuals who have shown great leadership, generosity and spirit in supporting the Best Buddies mission of one-to-one friendship, integrated employment and leadership development for people with IDD.California Governor Gavin Newsom also attended the Official Opening Ceremony and spoke about the power of inclusion and the important work that Best Buddies is doing within the state of California and across the United States.“It’s a privilege to serve as Honorary Co-Chair of the Best Buddies Challenge: Hearst Castle for the ninth year. Best Buddies’ dedication to making our schools, workplaces, and communities more inclusive for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities is inspiring to all Californians,” said California Governor Gavin Newsom. “The amazing work of Best Buddies is an example of how we all benefit when society provides opportunities to those who are often overlooked or forgotten. It is an honor to showcase and support their mission.”Saturday’s events began bright and early at the Carnival Cruise Line start line at Quail Lodge Resort & Golf Club as cyclists prepared to ride down the scenic Pacific Coast Highway. The Challenge also featured alternative 60, 30 and 15-mile cycling routes, as well as a 5K run/walk. Professional cyclists George Hincapie and Christian Vande Velde, both riding on Team Hublot, led the pack down the iconic PCH to the finish line.The event continued on Honorary Co-Chair Steve Hearst’s ranch with a barbeque and award ceremony that celebrated all of the day’s accomplishments. The celebration kicked off with a special screening of the trailer for the hit-film Peanut Butter Falcon, and included an appearance by the film’s directors Michael Schwartz, Tyler Nilson and lead actor Zack Gottsagen. Other memorable moments from the evening included a musical performance by Best Buddies Ambassador and singer Bret Fleming and a powerful speech from Best Buddies Ambassador Jada Thompson who spoke about the organization’s impact on her life.The Hearst Ranch barbeque, sponsored by E. & J. Gallo Winery, concluded with a lively KC and The Sunshine Band performance sponsored by Chevron. The band rocked the crowd with several of their classic hits as guests filled the dance floor to celebrate. The evening wrapped up with a VIP reception at the illustrious Hearst Castle, incorporating a Hublot-branded photo booth and pop-up boutique, cocktails, and guided tours of the iconic castle. Several celebrities and guests attended the Challenge including actors Nolan Gould, Greg Germann, Sean Marquette, and Kevin McHale; Journalist and Author Maria Shriver; President of Hublot of America Jean-François Sberro; and 2019 Miss Teen California Alina Carranza.The classic event was another success that brought together local and global supporters and participants for a weekend of celebrations, cycling, and recommitment to the Best Buddies mission.Challenge sponsors included: Presenting Sponsor, Pepsi-Cola, Official Beverage of Best Buddies Challenges; Carnival Cruise Line; Chevron Corporation, Official Volunteer Partners of the Best Buddies Challenge: Hearst Castle; Hublot; Hearst; Abaco Wines & Wine Bar; E. & J. Gallo Winery; Silicon Valley Bank; Capital Dynamics; First Solar; Paramount Pictures; Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits; BMC Switzerland, Official Bike Sponsor; and The San Francisco Chronicle, The Exclusive Newspaper of the Best Buddies Challenge: Hearst Castle. read more

Shaquille ONeal is Raising Funds for Boys Girls Club of America

Shaquille O’Neal has teamed up with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America for a sweepstakes opportunity for one lucky fan to play HORSE.The sweepstakes gives you the chance to kick it with Shaq, playing an epic game of one-on-one at his favorite place to play, The Boys & Girls Club of America. Entry is limited to the U.S. only and closes on October 29th, 2019.The winner and a friend will receive:One-on-one game with Shaquille O’Neal at the Boys & Girls Club in Atlanta, GA.Enjoy a Papa John’s Pizza with Shaquille O’NealPhoto with Shaquille O’NealSet visit to NBA on TNTRoundtrip flight and hotel for 2 peopleBoys & Girls Club of America is committed to enabling all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.“The Boys & Girls Club was instrumental in my development as a youth growing up in the inner city. Being able to support and give back to an organization that meant so much to me is a wonderful feeling,” said Shaq.“We are excited that Boys & Girls Club alum, Shaquille O’Neal continues to give back through his philanthropic efforts to youth all across the country,” said Frank Sanchez, Vice President of Marketing at Boys & Girls Club of America. “I’m also excited to partner with IfOnly to offer this unique opportunity to see and meet a basketball legend.”“We are thrilled to be working with Boys & Girls Club to bring this unique experience with basketball legend, Shaquille O’Neal. This experience will resonate with basketball fans far and wide,” said John Boris, CEO of IfOnly. “Fans of Shaq will have an incredible opportunity to meet him in person while supporting Boys & Girls Club of America.”Find out more here. read more