The Canadian Press TORONTO — The Public Health Agency of Canada has issued a statement aimed at reminding Canadians that measles is a serious and highly contagious disease and that getting vaccinated is the best protection.The statement comes in response to an outbreak of nine cases of measles in Vancouver that began after an unvaccinated Canadian child contracted the disease on a family trip to Vietnam.Measles causes high fever, coughing, sneezing and a widespread painful rash. The infection can lead to serious complications such as pneumonia and encephalitis and can be fatal. The Public Health Agency says getting two doses of the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine is almost 100 per cent effective in preventing the disease.The agency is urging Canadians to ensure their immunizations are up to date, especially if they are travelling outside the country.People who cannot be vaccinated, including infants, people with certain underlying health conditions and those undergoing chemotherapy, rely on high levels of immunity within communities to protect them from the disease.
JUNCTION CITY, Ky. – Lincoln County Emergency Management Director Don Gilliam said the fires are out from a gas line explosion early Thursday that killed a person and sent five others to a hospital.He says six structures were impacted and some destroyed altogether by the flames. The fire reached about 300 feet in the air and could be seen throughout Lincoln County.Gilliam said he doesn’t believe there are any critical injuries among those hospitalized.Crews are still looking for five to seven people and are asking anyone who lives in the area and hasn’t been accounted for to check in at New Hope Baptist Church in Stanford, which is set up as a shelter.Meanwhile, Enbridge, the company who owns the pipeline released a statement on the situation.“Our teams are coordinating with first responders to secure the site. We have isolated the affected line and are working closely with emergency responders to manage the situation. We will provide more information as it becomes available.”. @Enbridge has released a statement after a fatal explosion in Kentucky. One person died in the explosion, while 5-7 are unaccounted for @660NEWS pic.twitter.com/q8ePGVMily— Kenny Mason (@krmason7) August 1, 2019The gas pipeline ruptured early Thursday, causing a massive explosion that also destroyed railroad tracks and forced the evacuation of a nearby mobile home park, authorities said.The explosion was so huge that it showed up on radar, according to a tweet from WKYT-TV meteorologist Chris Bailey.Massive explosion and fire across northern Lincoln County. You can actually see this happen on radar. Wow! #kywx @WKYT pic.twitter.com/2Qtg5Rixfk— Chris Bailey (@Kentuckyweather) August 1, 2019County Emergency Management Director Don Gilliam said the flames reached about 300 feet in the air and could be seen throughout Lincoln County.Residents of Indian Camp trailer park in the Moreland community were evacuated to the New Hope Baptist Church in Stanford.Gilliam urged people gathering for a multi state yard sale to stay away as tanker trucks work to put out fires.@Kentuckyweather my back yard, Moreland KY pic.twitter.com/zHaCRlRTs9— Sofia Nunez (@snunez1234) August 1, 2019 The Associated Press
MONTREAL — The Royal Canadian Air Force says the body of a pilot has been found amid plane wreckage in dense forest in northwestern Quebec.The air force says it located the missing Beechcraft Bonanza airplane around 7 p.m. Friday in Quebec’s Val d’Or region, about 525 kilometres northwest of Montreal.The aircraft was reported overdue July 29. It was travelling from Oshkosh, Wis., to Danbury, Conn., but the pilot had to divert north to avoid a storm.Capt. Trevor Reid says the air force, provincial police and the Transportation Safety Board of Canada are investigating.The plane was last tracked on radar flying over a region north of Senneterre, Que., about 530 kilometres northwest of Montreal. The air force did not identify the pilot.“We know he turned north to avoid a very large storm,” Reid said Saturday in an interview. “What remains unknown and what is now part of the investigation … is how he came to be that far north.”The aircraft was spotted by a rescue team flying an RCAF Griffon helicopter, Reid said.“It was found in very austere terrain, dense forest and large trees,” he said. “The pilot was found with no vital signs.”About 100 rescuers from the RCAF, Quebec’s provincial police and other agencies participated in the search operation.Capt. John Landry, Searchmaster, 1 Canadian Air Division, thanked local communities for their support.“While this is not the outcome we had wanted, we hope it brings closure to the family and our thoughts are with them during this difficult tim,” Landry said in a statement. The Canadian Press
Bernadette Peters, The Center for Discovery, and The Monderer Foundation have announced the naming of the Michael Wittenberg Center for Imagination at The Center for Discovery.“The Center for Discovery has created a remarkable program—unique in the area—that supports the most severely disabled children and adults,” said Ms. Peters, a two-time Tony award-winning actress/singer/comedienne. “Michael was deeply connected to the environment, good health, and the protection of all living creatures. With its focus on promoting wellness and health to expand life’s possibilities for a very vulnerable group of people, The Center for Discovery is the embodiment of Michael’s life passions.”The Center for Discovery provides individuals with a range of disabilities and medical frailties innovative educational, clinical, residential, and social and creative arts experiences designed to enrich their lives through personal accomplishment. The new Michael Wittenberg Center for Imagination inspires adults and children to evolve new options for living.“The Center for Discovery has one of the most current and innovative educational approaches distinguished by a philosophy that celebrates each individual’s abilities rather than his or her disabilities,” said Carol Turchin Monderer, CEO of The Monderer Foundation. “The Monderer Foundation’s mission is to support multiply challenged children and adults. We are delighted to be involved in supporting The Center for Discovery.”“We commend Bernadette Peters for her passion, and we thank her for lending her voice to support The Center for Discovery,” said Patrick H. Dollard, President and CEO of The Center for Discovery. “Adults and children come here to learn of our responsibility to respect and care for ourselves, our families, our neighbors, our animals, and nature in all its forms. It is for these reasons that we name the heart of The Center for Discovery the ‘Michael Wittenberg Center for Imagination.’ The entire center gratefully acknowledges Bernadette Peters and The Monderer Foundation for their support of The Center for Discovery.”For more information about the Monderer Foundation, click here.
Jumpstart hosted their annual Boston Scribbles to Novels event on May 2.Rob Small, Naila Bolus and David GergenCredit/Copyright: JumpstartScribbles to Novels is a unique fundraising event that provides attendees with the opportunity to meet well-known authors in an intimate setting and to help raise awareness of Jumpstart’s mission to work toward the day every child in America enters kindergarten prepared to succeed. The event is took place at the Royal Sonesta Hotel Boston and featured a roundtable discussion highlighting the importance of literature and education in each of the author’s lives.David Gergen, CNN Political Analyst and New York Times bestselling author of Eyewitness to Power: The Essence of Leadership, Nixon to Clinton, served as the event’s keynote speaker. Also in attendance was be Edgar-award winning writer of the Chet and Bernie mysteries, Peter Abrahams; television and radio sports commentator, sports reporter and New York Times bestselling author, Michael Holley; New York Times best-selling author of the popular Fancy Nancy books, Jane O’Connor; and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Thousand Acres and Moo, Jane Smiley.
On Thursday April 17th, Hillary Rodham Clinton and Chelsea Clinton will host Girls: A No Ceilings Conversation – the first in a series of No Ceilings Conversation events designed to provide a forum to hear from girls and women around the world.Moderated by actress and advocate America Ferrera, Girls: A No Ceilings Conversation will bring together girls to talk about their lives, experiences, and hopes for the future.Taking place at the Lower Eastside Girls Club in New York City, the conversation will join girls from the Girls Club, the Girl Scouts of the USA, Girls Inc., Girl Up, the Young Women’s Leadership Network and four schools from across the country on Microsoft’s Skype Software: Seattle Girls’ School in Seattle, Washington; the Hathaway Brown School for Girls in Shaker Heights, Ohio; The York County School District in York, Virginia; and the KIPP Delta High School in Helena, Arkansas. The conversation, powered by Microsoft, will be streamed to allow people from around the world to join the conversation remotely and ask questions via online video streaming and Twitter.This conversation is part of the Clinton Foundation’s initiative, No Ceilings: The Full Participation Project, which seeks to advance the full participation of women and girls around the world. These conversations and the ones to follow will be used to shape and inform the work of No Ceilings.WHAT: Girls: A No Ceilings ConversationWHO: Hillary Rodham Clinton, Chelsea Clinton, and America FerreraWHEN: Thursday, April 17, 20143:00pmWHERE: Lower Eastside Girls Club402 East 8th Street (Enter at East 8th Street just West of Avenue D) New York, NY 10009
JDRF is deeply saddened by the passing of type 1 diabetes (T1D) champion Alan Thicke.Most widely known for his acting career, including his role as Dr. Jason Seaver on the hit 1980s show, Growing Pains, Thicke was also a devoted advocate for T1D research since his eldest son, Brennan Thicke, was diagnosed 37 years ago.Thicke and his ex-wife Gloria Loring have supported JDRF as donors, fundraisers, volunteers and passionate spokespeople. Thicke was instrumental in helping JDRF establish chapters in Ottowa and Calgary in his home country of Canada and also helped the Los Angeles Chapter to grow and thrive. Thicke was active in a number of diabetes charities, including one of his own, the Alan Thicke Centre.His son, Brennan, was diagnosed with T1D at age 4 after a revelation at a family reunion. Alan’s stepmother, a nurse, noticed that Brennan was exhibiting the symptoms of type 1 diabetes – including extreme thirst and excessive trips to the bathroom. In a recent interview, Thicke described how the first months after Brennan’s diagnosis were especially stressful and scary: “After hours of cajoling and chasing him around the house I had to pin him to the floor to give him his [insulin] shot. He was kicking and screaming.” When Thicke was reduced to tears, young Brennan came to a realization. “He recognized he wasn’t being punished by getting a shot, and that the shots were hurting me almost as much as they were hurting him… That changed our whole relationship. He realized we were a team.”The Thickes’ difficulties managing T1D are all too familiar to millions of families worldwide. In recent years, research has led to improvements in treatment, including pumps and continuous glucose monitors that have offered people with T1D a better quality of life, but Thicke never lost sight of his crusade for a cure.On behalf of everyone at JDRF and the entire T1D community, we extend our heartfelt condolences to Thicke’s family, friends and colleagues, and we thank Thicke for his endless support of type 1 diabetes awareness and research. Because of his efforts and those of his family beginning decades ago, countless people are leading safer, happier lives today.
Prince Harry attended The Landmine Free World 2025 Reception at Kensington Palace to mark International Mine Awareness Day.The Reception was hosted by the world’s two leading landmine charities, Mines Advisory Group (MAG) and The HALO Trust, who aim to free the world of landmines by 2025.“I have seen first-hand the work of demining field teams in Cahora Bassa, Mozambique and Cuito Cuanavale, Angola and can attest to their discipline, expertise and determination,” said Prince Harry. “MAG and HALO alone have a combined workforce of 9,000 people – almost all from mine-affected communities. They, and other organisations, have the knowledge, experience and capability to realise the Treaty’s vision by 2025 or sooner.“It would take just an additional £100m each year until 2025 – the cost of a star signing for some professional football teams – to clear the world’s most affected countries of landmines; countries such as Afghanistan, Cambodia and Sri Lanka, where the debris from bygone wars denies men and women the ability to cultivate their land, feed their children and re-build their lives.“I applaud the Secretary of State and our government for their bold commitment to supporting this vital work with additional funding. I hope this example will be seen by the international community as a reminder of the commitments made in 1997 and that other countries will redouble their efforts. The sooner we are able to clear all remaining landmines the less chance there is of innocent lives being lost or changed forever.”The Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Treaty was signed 20 years ago in order to prevent the use and production of landmines across the world – but there are still countries contaminated with the devices.Several key figures in the signing of the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Treaty attended the reception, alongside other senior representatives of governments who support international mine action.The Chief Executive of MAG, Jane Cocking, and The HALO Trust Chief Executive, James Cowan, spoke before introducing Prince Harry and Secretary of State for International Development, Priti Patel.Prince Harry’s mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, was closely involved in raising awareness about landmines, visiting Angola and Bosnia, two countries heavily affected.In the year marking the twentieth anniversary of The Princess’ death, Prince Harry is pleased to recognise his mother’s work and the progress which has been made by MAG, HALO, the UK Government and other organisations.“Twenty years ago, in the last months of her life, my mother campaigned to draw attention to the horrific and indiscriminate impact of landmines,” said Prince Harry. “She visited affected areas such as Huambo in Angola and Travnik in Bosnia. She heard how people in these communities lived in constant fear that each step may be their last. She met with those who had suffered life changing injuries as a result of anti-personnel mines, she listened to their stories, and helped share them with the world.”Prince Harry has visited minefields himself, in both Angola and Mozambique, meeting amputees, and witnessing the devastating impact landmines have on some of the poorest people in mine-affected communities.Source:Royal.UK
Twitter “Usually when you get an email from a company it’s some sort of spammy holiday offer these days,” said Ian McDougald, a TekSavvy customer for four years.“But it was just super refreshing to get an email saying your rates are going down,” McDougald said. Score one for the little guys.Internet users who get their connection through service provider TekSavvy got an early Christmas present this week.The company began sending emails to its customers on Monday telling them their internet charges will be going down starting in January. Login/Register With: The lowered rates are thanks to a Canadian Radio and Telecommunications Commission ruling from October that cut the rate big telecoms like Rogers and Bell are allowed to charge independent providers like TekSavvy, Distributel and others for access to their networks.Some of the savings from that change are now being passed along to TekSavvy customers in proportion to the size of their internet packages. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Advertisement Advertisement
Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Canadians Denis Villeneuve and Ryan Gosling are headed to the Academy Awards, with La La Land, Arrival and Moonlight leading a more inclusive field of Oscars nominees than in recent years.Contenders for the world’s most prominent film awards were announced in Hollywood this morning. La La Land leads overall with 14 nominations, tying the record previously set by Titanic and All About Eve.Gosling, who is working with Villeneuve on the upcoming Blade Runner sequel, called him this morning, the Quebec filmmaker said. “We wanted to congratulate each other,” Villeneuve told reporters in a conference call on Tuesday afternoon.“This is just joy for us,” he added. “We are proud of each other, as friends.” Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Twitter