first_imgThe American Red Cross honored award-winning country music star and Red Cross spokesman Trace Adkins last week with the Crystal Cross for his support of the humanitarian organization.The Crystal Cross award honors celebrities who have shown exemplary support of and service to the Red Cross mission.“Trace brings humor, honesty, hard work, and grit to everything he does,” said Red Cross President and CEO Gail J. McGovern. “We could not ask for a better representative of the Red Cross.”Adkins was personally helped by the Red Cross when his family survived a fire and he joined the American Red Cross National Celebrity Cabinet in 2012.During last week’s awards ceremony, Adkins entertained an audience of Red Cross Tiffany Circle Summit attendees for a short performance at the organization’s Washington, DC headquarters. The Tiffany Circle is a group of women who donate $10,000 or more to their local Red Cross chapters annually.“When my home was claimed by fire last year, Red Cross volunteers were among the first on-site,” Adkins said. “They looked after my family when I couldn’t be there and offered help. We were fortunate because we could replace the things we lost, but that’s not always the case for every disaster victim. That’s when the Red Cross steps in. I am supporting the mission of the Red Cross and hope to help them reach more people in need.”last_img read more

first_imgThe David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation’s TigerTime campaign has launched its 2014 Stars & Stripes celebrity art auction to raise awareness and funds for tiger conservation in India, Thailand and Russia.2014 Stars & Stripes celebrity art auctionSporting stars taking part include World Superbike Champion Tom Sykes, ex-England cricketer David Gower, Jody Craddock and Sir Stirling Moss, while actors Peter Egan, Ayden Callaghan and Sarah Jane Honeywell will exhibit their work alongside legend of rock Frances Rossi and everyone’s favourite comedian, Ronnie Corbett. There’s also work from wildlife artist David Shepherd, designers Elizabeth Emanuel, Emre Erturk and Naomi Cleaver, garden expert Alan Titchmarsh, best-selling novelist Jane Fallon and glamour girl favourite Lucy Pinder.“They may seem like a very diverse group but they share one passion and that’s to see the tiger remain wild and free,” says TigerTime campaign manager, Vicky Flynn. “By giving their precious time to support this event each and every one is helping us fund vital conservation projects to help save the tiger. And, with numbers in the wild dwindling to fewer than 3,200 this push to raise awareness and funds is as vital as ever.”You can view the full auction catalogue online here.Bids can be made at the Mall Galleries in London from 3-7 June or by email from now until midnight on 8 June bids@tigertime.infolast_img read more

first_imgDr. Vivek H. Murthy, the 19th U.S. Surgeon General, today urged Cal State LA students to take action against cardiovascular disease (CVD), which claims nearly 400,000 women’s lives each year, making it the number one killer of women.Dr. Murthy participated in a forum at Cal State LA with Janet Murguía, President and CEO, NCLR (The National Council of La Raza), Dr. Rita Redberg, Professor of Medicine and Director of Women’s Cardiovascular Services at the University of California, San Francisco and Cal State LA President William A. Covino. Forum participants called for urgent action to raise awareness and make women’s heart health a priority.Covino announced at the event that he will begin a dialogue with students, faculty and staff to create a smoke-free University. This process marks an important move for public health at the University, as smoking and exposure to second-hand smoke increases the risk of dying from heart disease and stroke. As part of its commitment to combat cardiovascular disease, Cal State LA also hosted a women’s heart health codeathon and screening event in partnership with the Women’s Heart Alliance, where students met with medical professionals and learned about their personal risk of developing heart disease as well as how to improve their heart health.Students also competed over the weekend in a codeathon event, hosted by the Clinton Health Matters Initiative, an initiative of the Clinton Foundation, where young developers and designers built original prototype apps to help young women decrease their risk of developing cardiovascular disease. The two-day event drew industry leaders from the tech, design and health fields.“For too long, we’ve been conditioned to see heart disease as an old man’s problem. But a woman dies nearly every minute from heart disease and women who have heart attacks are more likely than men to die within a year. Because women’s symptoms often look different than a man’s, women’s heart disease is often misdiagnosed or undertreated. We need to come together to fight for gender equity in women’s heart health and to make preventing heart disease a young woman’s priority,” said Barbra Streisand, co-founder of the Women’s Heart Alliance. “Because, even though heart disease can be deadly, it’s also largely preventable. And I want young women everywhere, to be empowered to fight back. It’s all of our jobs, men included, to care about this epidemic and to curb the number of women dying from this preventable disease.”“The key to preventing disease is a healthy lifestyle,” Surgeon General Murthy said. “There are everyday steps you can take to lower your chance of developing heart disease by eating a healthy diet; being active and exercising regularly; and staying tobacco-free.”Ronald O. Perelman, co-founder of WHA and Chairman and CEO of MacAndrews & Forbes Incorporated, echoed the forum’s call for young women to take action against cardiovascular disease. “In the United States, heart disease kills more women each year than all cancers combined, and has taken more women’s lives than men’s for more than 20 years. Yet, 45 percent of women are unaware that it’s their number one threat. We need awareness, education and advocacy to tackle this epidemic. We need to make women’s heart health and prevention a priority, to stop this disease in its tracks.”British Robinson, CEO of the Women’s Heart Alliance, also spoke, emphasizing gender racial disparities. “Heart disease is the number one killer of women in the U.S., and black and Hispanic women like many of us here today are especially vulnerable. To win the fight against health disparities, we need action in every sector.”“Everyone plays a role in creating and sustaining healthy communities and we know that technology can be particularly impactful in that effort,” said Rain Henderson, CEO of the Clinton Health Matters Initiative. “We were thrilled to bring our healthy codeathon series to Cal State LA students to identify what works and how technology can spur innovation that will lead to healthier communities for years to come.”Cal State LA’s population reflects the diversity of greater Los Angeles’s residents, with a student body of 27,000, about 60 percent of whom are Latino, 15 percent Asian American and four percent African American. As gender disparities are evident in heart disease research funding and mortality, and sixty percent of students are women, the Cal State LA campus served as an appropriate audience for the forum’s message of action.“At Cal State LA, we launched our Mind Matters initiative last year because we realize that without student wellbeing there is no academic success,” President Covino said. “We’re confident that our students’ awareness of heart disease will increase through our partnership with the Women’s Heart Alliance and Clinton Health Matters Initiative.”“NCLR is proud to partner with the Women’s Heart Alliance to increase awareness of women’s heart health,” said Janet Murguía, President and CEO, NCLR. “Latinas face a higher risk of cardiovascular disease yet one in three Latinas are unaware that heart disease is their number one cause of death. That is why not only in my role as the leader of the nation’s largest Hispanic organization, but also as a Latina, I want to ensure women, especially young Latinas, are aware of their heart risks.”The Cal State LA campus served as a pilot location this weekend for the formal launch of a new partnership between the Women’s Heart Alliance and Clinton Health Matters Initiative, aimed at reducing women’s heart disease and its precursors in young women. The partnership, which will expand to more campuses in 2016, will identify women at risk of developing or who have heart disease and link them to care, while promoting best practices in screening, diagnosing and treatment of the disease and its risk factors.last_img read more

first_imgIn a nod to her untiring support for refugees, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi today renewed Chinese actress Yao Chen’s tenure as UNHCR’s Goodwill Ambassador for an additional two years.Filippo Grande presents a certificate of renewal to UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Yao ChenCredit/Copyright: UNHCR/Wang WeiGrandi met Yao Chen on Wednesday as part of his inaugural visit to China to explore how Beijing can play a greater role in addressing global displacement through approaches such as South-South Cooperation and the “One Belt One Road” initiative.Appointed as UNHCR’s Goodwill Ambassador in June 2013, Yao Chen was honoured at the Crystal Awards in Davos last year for her work to raise awareness of the global refugee crisis on behalf of UNHCR. With 80 million followers on Weibo – the Chinese equivalent of Twitter – she has ranked among Forbes’ World’s Most Powerful Women and Time’s 30 Most Influential People.“Thanks to Yao Chen, refugees have entered the consciousness of millions of Chinese people,” said Grandi. “Her unique voice has helped them to look beyond the numbers and see refugees as real people seeking to find some normalcy when their lives have fallen apart.”During her time with UNHCR, Yao Chen has met refugees in some of the world’s largest host countries, including Syrian refugees in Lebanon, Afghan refugees in Pakistan, Somali refugees in Ethiopia and Myanmar refugees in Thailand.“Refugees can often feel like a distant issue, far removed from our daily lives,” said Yao Chen. “But their plight is a symptom of the world we live in. In this global village, we are all connected and inter-dependent in one way or another.”She added that she will continue to work closely with UNHCR to bring the public’s attention to both refugee emergencies and protracted situations of displacement.last_img read more

first_imgSave the Rhino announces its annual Autumn Dinner.Held at the Honourable Artillery Company in London on Thursday 28 September 2017, the event will feature a drinks reception in the HAC’s medal rooms with the opportunity to explore its museum before enjoying a three course dinner with wine, and hearing from inspiring speakers who will address the evening’s audience with their own personal take on the theme of ‘Journeys’.Confirmed speakers include broadcaster Clive Anderson, adventurer and explorer Olly Hicks, wildlife photographer David Yarrow and Madelon Willemsen; Country Director for TRAFFIC in Viet Nam, whose team are changing consumer behaviour in Viet Nam to reduce demand for rhino horn.To find out more, click here.last_img read more

first_imgJonathan and Drew Scott are urging support of Habitat For Humanity’s response to Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma.Through the Habitat Hammers Back initiative, the global housing nonprofit is assisting families in Texas and has begun assessing damages in Florida and the Caribbean.“We’ve seen how recent hurricanes have devastated whole communities — flooding and destroying homes,” the brothers said. “Join Habitat for Humanity as we repair and rebuild. You can help someone desperately in need of a place to call home. We will rebuild, but only with your help.”The Scott brothers are urging people to donate to the recovery at this National Day of Service, Habitat for Humanity is working alongside homeowners in Texas as part of its response to Hurricane Harvey. As Irma’s storm clouds clear, local Habitat offices are beginning to assess damage in Florida and the Caribbean.In addition to long-term housing repair and construction, Habitat’s response includes organizing volunteers and resources to help with the cleanup of homes damaged by wind and flood waters. Construction plans will be determined after evaluations and will depend on the level of support received from donors, volunteers, corporate partners and other community organizations.last_img read more

first_img Twitter The following CTV News Vancouver broadcasters assume new roles effective today (Thursday, Aug. 23):Mi-Jung Lee and Scott Roberts become the new co-anchor team for weekday editions of CTV NEWS AT SIX. A formidable team of veteran journalists, Lee and Roberts led CTV News Vancouver’s RTDNA Award-winning newscast from the B.C. forest fires in the summer of 2017. Both have also been honoured with Jack Webster Awards for excellence in journalism in British Columbia.Scott Hurst becomes lead anchor for CTV NEWS AT NOON and CTV NEWS AT FIVE from Monday through Thursday, and continues to deliver comprehensive reports from the field on Fridays. A familiar and trusted face to CTV News Vancouver viewers, Hurst has previously reported on a multitude of noteworthy stories including the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, the Vancouver Port chemical fire in 2015, and the 2017 provincial election.Michele Brunoro continues her role as senior reporter for CTV News Vancouver newscasts from Monday through Thursday, and takes over as Friday anchor of CTV NEWS AT NOON and CTV NEWS AT FIVE. Raised in the Fraser Valley, Brunoro maintains a strong passion for her local community and has been recognized with three Jack Webster Awards, most recently for her contributions to the coverage of B.C.’s opioid crisis.Nafeesa Karim assumes a unique anchor and co-producer role for weekend editions of CTV NEWS AT SIX and CTV NEWS AT 11:30. In this newly created role, Karim will assist with managing editorial decisions for weekend newscasts, and contribute additional reports on local breaking news throughout the week. Facebook VANCOUVER – CTV News Vancouver announced today the final phase of the station’s major refresh of its locally focused newscasts. Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Mi-Jung Lee and Scott Roberts have been named the new co-anchors of CTV News at Six.last_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement Megan began acting at the age of 9, landing her first lead role at 11 in the TV series Matt and Jenny. Her long list of TV credits includes playing Queen Catherine de’ Medici in Reign, the 2012 miniseries World Without End and Michelle Gibson in Wynonna Earp.Follows also appeared in the films Hockey Night, opposite Rick Moranis; Stephen King’s Silver Bullet; A Time of Destiny, with William Hurt and Timothy Hutton, and Inherit the Wind, opposite Kirk Douglas and Jason Robards. Advertisement The actress who will forever be known to a certain generation of Canadians as Anne of Green Gables is this year’s recipient of the Stratford Festival Legacy Award.Megan Follows, who portrayed the literary character in the 1985 miniseries Anne of Green Gables and its sequel Anne of Avonlea, will receive the honour at a gala Sept. 24 at Toronto’s Four Seasons Hotel.Follows, 50, was a member of the festival company for two seasons and played Juliet to now artistic director Antoni Cimolino’s Romeo in 1992, but her family’s connection with the fest goes back to its founding in 1953 when her mother, Dawn Greenhalgh, joined. Her father, Ted Follows, joined two years later and sister Edwina Follows was a company member in 1974, Stratford said in a news release. Facebook Advertisementcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment She has done theatre for Soulpepper, the National Arts Centre, L.A.’s Geffen Playhouse and San Diego’s Old Globe Theatre and starred in 2013 in Nightwood Theatre’s The Penelopiad, a sort of sequel to Homer’s Odyssey by Margaret Atwood, which Follows will direct for the Grand Theatre later this year.“Megan was always incredibly gifted and she has become extremely accomplished not only as an actor onstage and screen but now as a director as well,” Cimolino said in the release.The Legacy Gala will be hosted by longtime Stratford actor and TV and movie star Colm Feore, who received the award in 2015, and will include tributes from Cimolino, author Margaret Atwood, actress Sara Farb, singer-songwriter Dayna Manning and more.By Debra Yeo Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

first_imgAPTN National News OTTAWA–Opposition MPs pressed the Harper government during question period Thursday to call a national inquiry into murdered and missing Indigenous women.Three NDP MPs and one Liberal MP pressed the government on the issue in succession during the tail end of question period.As the MPs were asking their questions, Halifax police issued a statement saying two people had been charged in the murder of Loretta Saunders,26, an Inuk university student whose body was found in New Brunswick Wednesday.Police said Victoria Henneberry, 28, and Blake Leggette, 25, had each been charged with first degree murder.At a news conference, an investigator told reporters that there was planning to this crime. Police said Saunders was killed in her apartment on Feb. 13.Saunders’ body was found in the median of a section of the Trans-Canada highway near Salisbury, NB.Henneberry and Leggette were initially charged with stealing Saunders’ car. The car was located in Harrow, Ont., on Feb. 18.They were living in Saunders’ apartment.St. John’s South-Mount Pearl Liberal MP Ryan Cleary began the round of questioning saying that as elected representatives they had “a duty to act.”  He then called on the government to call a national inquiry.Status of Women Minister Kellie Leitch responded saying the government had already taken “concrete action” by promising $25 million toward the issue in the latest budget.That money, however, won’t flow until next year and most of it will be used by the RCMP’s National Centre for Missing Persons and Unidentified Remains, which doesn’t specifically target murdered and missing Indigenous women. The rest of the money is supposed to go for victim family services and violence prevention. The Native Women’s Association of Canada, however, says no one knows where these services exist.Leitch then tried to flip the issue back on Cleary and his party for not supporting the Harper government’s budget.“Why don’t you stand up for Aboriginal women?” said Leitch.Leitch’s tone, however, softened substantially as she faced three more questions from the NDP on the issue, but she still stuck to her talking points.An emotional Halifax NDP MP Meagan Leslie led off the questioning for the NDP on the subject.“Over 800 Indigenous women have been murdered or gone missing since 1990. It is time for us to acknowledge this crisis,” said Leslie. “Will the government establish a national action plan on violence against women?”Leitch said the government had already responded to the issue and referred to the $8.1 million the government had committed in the last budget to create a DNA-based missing persons Index which would be part of the missing persons centre. That money won’t flow until 2016, which is after the next federal election.“Our government has taken action,” said Leitch. “I encourage the opposition to join us in that action.”The NDP’s Aboriginal affairs critic Jean Crowder then took up the questioning. She mentioned that Saunders, a university student, was working on writing a thesis exploring the issue of murdered and missing Indigenous women.“Will the government continue the work of Loretta Saunders? Will they institute a national action plan and call an inquiry into murdered and missing women?” said Crowder.Again Leitch stuck to the talking points, but this time referred to the recently wrapped up special Parliamentary committee on murdered and missing Indigenous women.“We have taken action and will continue taking action,” she said. “I encourage all members of this House to join with the government. Let’s make sure we are taking action to deal with this tragic issue.”Abitibi-Baie-James-Nunavik-Eeyou NDP MP Romeo Saganash, who is Cree, launched the last question for the NDP.“Her assassination, her murder is a tragic irony. We must honour her memory, just as we must honour the memory of the women who were disappeared or murdered. We waited too long to shed light on what happened in residential schools. Let’s not repeat the same mistake,” said Saganash.Leitch was unmoved.“We have taken and action and will continue to do that,” said Leitch. “All of which the opposition look to not support.”Prime Minister Stephen Harper is opposed to calling a national inquiry. He personally expressed this view during a meeting with First Nation chiefs last January and personally on a separate occasion to Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo.On March 7, the special parliamentary committee into violence against Indigenous women will table it’s report. Many of the witnesses that went before the committee called for a national read more

first_imgAPTN National NewsAnishinaabe-Metis comedian Ryan McMahon believes in breaking down barriers.“As a Native comic, it’s a lot more challenging. I’m political, I’m angry, it’s my chance to ‘fist-fight’ the audience with my ideas and my words,” said McMahon.He performed in Winnipeg this week and APTN’s Jaydon Flett caught up with him.last_img

first_imgAPTN NewsIt’s the first day of a hearing to settle the Indian day school class-action lawsuit.The matter will be heard in federal court in Winnipeg.A judge will listen to three days of arguments, a schedule shows.Here is the schedule:May 139:30 am  – Opening Remarks by the Court9:45 am – Overview of Settlement Agreement by Class Counsel10:15 am – Submissions from Canada in support of the Settlement Agreement10:30 am – Submissions by Supporters of the Settlement Agreement12:00 pm – BREAK1 pm – 4pm – Submissions by Objectors (by Counsel)May 149:30 am – Submissions by Objectors (Individuals)1:00 pm – Break2:00 pm – Continued Submissions by Objectors (Individuals)May 159:30am – Response to Objectors by Class Counsel11:30am – Response to Objectors by Canada1:00 pm – BREAK2:00 pm – Fee Approval MotionThe civil suit was filed against the federal government by two First Nations men from Manitoba, seeking compensation for emotional pain, physical suffering and loss of culture and language.They say they experienced the same abuse and deprivation as Indian residential school students, who were taken from their homes and forced to live at the government-funded schools run by religious organizations.The only difference being day school students were allowed to return home after school and weekends.There are an estimated 120,000 to 150,000 living day school survivors in Canada.Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett wants to settle the case out of court.She is offering former students compensation of between $10,000 and $200,000.And money to establish a healing read more

first_imgInFocusThe raising of Nazi and Confederate flags in a yard in small town Saskatchewan raised  the ire of a First Nations man who drove to the town to take them down and burn them live on social media last weekend.While more than 30,000 people have viewed the video that inspired a hashtag in support of the flag-burner, it also re-ignited racial tensions in a province that sees flare-ups too often.“Its always been there, its always below the surface,” said Coun. Fabian Ironeagle of the Pasqua First Nation, surrounded by Saskatchewan’s grain belt.“Everything we do, where ever we go, there are certain situations we’re put in as a First Nations person where you can actually feel it sometimes, where people don’t like you.”(The Nazi flag flying in Saskatchewan)Eleanore Sunchild is a Cree lawyer from Thunderchild First Nation in the central part of the province.She said traveling elsewhere in Canada feels much different than living as a First Nations person in her home province.Just three years ago, Colten Boushie, a young Cree man, was shot dead by a farmer for trespassing on his property near Biggar.The farmer, Gerald Stanley, walked free.“There are parts of Saskatchewan where you don’t go,” Sunchild said. “And a lot of those areas are the rural areas, just because its not safe, especially in the wake of what happened to Colten.“It gave people a permission to be more open with their racism,  and they are, as you by this display of the Nazi flag.”Kamao Cappo of the Muscowpetung Saulteaux Nation agrees the racial tensions are more openly displayed“(After Stanley’s acquittal) it become more obvious and people feel they have more permission to do what they like,” said Cappo, who filmed himself being thrown out  of a Canadian Tire store in Regina in 2017, after being racially profiled as a thief. He was in the store buying a chainsaw.Sunchild said there are allies in the province but they’re too few and too quiet.“Maybe they feel ‘it’s not my fight’ so I’ll stay silent but how will it change if we’re all silent,” Sunchild said.Meanwhile the flag burner, Caleb Pelletier, 21, told APTN InFocus he stands by his decision to take action when the town and the police, refused to.“I’d rather stand up than shut up,” Pelletier said.infocus@aptn.calast_img read more

first_imgTORONTO – A U.S. Tim Hortons franchisee has closed two restaurants amid a dispute with the coffee shop company.Show Me Hospitality LLC, a developer for Tim Hortons in the St. Louis area, is suing Tim Hortons USA Inc. for failing to meet its obligations.The franchisee says after Restaurant Brands International Inc. (TSX:QSR) acquired Tim Hortons in 2014 it asked Show Me Hospitality to increase its obligations to develop Tim Hortons restaurants in the St. Louis area from 40 restaurants over five years to more than 200 restaurants over 10 years.However, after Show Me Hospitality says it rejected the demand, it alleges Tim Hortons stopped approving locations for restaurants and failed to provide branding and advertising.It also alleges Tim Hortons withheld approval of new partners and necessary capital investment and said that if Show Me Hospitality did not commit to the 200 restaurant program, it would terminate the area development agreement.The allegations have not been proven in court.In an email, a Restaurant Brands International spokesperson says the company “strongly denies” the claims brought by the franchisee, adding that they refer to a small number of U.S. restaurants.The fight comes amid other disputes between Tim Hortons franchisees and Restaurant Brands.In Canada, the Great White North Franchisee Association has been looking to raise franchisee concerns including the use of advertising funds and cost-cutting measures that it says impact product quality.last_img read more

first_imgTORONTO – Detour Gold Corp. says it has raised concerns with securities regulators about statements by a U.S. hedge fund.The mining company says it notified the Ontario Securities Commission of alleged “concerning and unlawful behaviour” by Paulson and Co., which it says is meant to pressure the board into a quick sale of the company.Paulson and Co. had earlier released a statement saying it had been informed that Detour Gold had been approached by a major gold mining company interested in potentially acquiring it.The investment firm says it will go ahead with efforts to try and replace the board of directors at Detour because of the company’s approach to the matter.Detour Gold says Paulson and Co.’s statements are false and misleading, and it does not have a sale process in place nor has it received offers to purchase its shares.Detour’s share price closed up $1.45 or 11.84 per cent to $13.70 after Paulson issued the statement about a potential offer.last_img read more

first_imgCALGARY – Royal Dutch Shell’s name is being removed from a tiny 65-year-old employee credit union as its visibility in the Alberta oil and gas industry continues to shrink in the wake of the sale of most of its oilsands assets last year.The rebranding of the Shell Employees’ Credit Union as Spark the Energy Credit Union (a name chosen in part because the initials stay the same) was celebrated Thursday at its only branch on the main floor of Shell Canada’s downtown Calgary headquarters.It follows a vote in June in which individual members who own the credit union voted 96 per cent in favour of moving to a brand that would allow growth by being more inclusive of a broader Alberta energy worker market.Credit union president and chairman Adam Battistessa, who is also the government relations manager for Shell in Calgary, says the name change is directly linked to the oilsands sale because that event resulted in thousands of Shell employee members switching to work for the buyer, Canadian Natural Resources Ltd.In the $12.7-billion deal with Canadian Natural and Marathon Oil in 2017, Shell sold all but 10 per cent of its interest in the Athabasca Oil Sands Project mine in northern Alberta but retained ownership of its Edmonton-area Scotford refinery and chemicals plants.Earlier this month, it announced with its partners final approval to build the $40-billion LNG Canada liquefied natural gas export terminal at Kitimat, B.C.last_img read more

first_imgNEW YORK — Global stock indexes jumped Wednesday to reverse some of their big losses from the week before. In the U.S., technology companies rallied and energy companies rose along with crude oil prices. Health care and industrial companies also jumped, while safer, high-dividend stocks like utilities and household goods makers were little changed.KEEPING SCORE: The S&P 500 index rose 31 points, or 1.2 per cent, to 2,668 at 10:10 a.m. Eastern time. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 271 points, or 1.1 per cent, to 24,641. The Nasdaq composite jumped 110 points, or 1.6 per cent, to 7,142. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks added 19 points, or 1.4 per cent, to 1,460.Stocks have gyrated this week after they took steep losses at the end of the week before. The repeated changes in direction reflect investors’ nervousness about the health of the global economy, as economic growth is expected to slow down in 2019 and the U.S.-China trade dispute and rising interest rates could both make that slowdown more painful.EARLY LEADERS: Among technology companies, Microsoft rallied 2 per cent to $110.79 and Apple added 1.3 per cent to $170.87. Amazon gained 2.3 per cent to $1,681 and Netflix jumped 3.6 per cent to $274.89 as internet and media companies joined in the gains.Among industrials, Caterpillar climbed 2.5 per cent to $126.27 and Boeing rose 1.4 per cent to $326.50. Equipment rental company United Rentals surged 7.8 per cent to $109.76 after it gave strong forecasts for 2019 and said it will start buying back more stock this month. The company said it stopped buying its own stock at the beginning of November following an acquisition.TURMOIL IN BRITAIN: British legislators forced a no-confidence vote in Prime Minister Theresa May. The vote is scheduled for later Wednesday and could end May’s tenure and bring even more chaos into British politics. Lawmakers within the Conservative Party have expressed frustrations with May over her negotiations of Britain’s departure from the European Union, and many of them want a cleaner break from the trading bloc. Opposition lawmakers don’t want Britain to leave the EU.The uncertainty has knocked the British pound sharply lower in recent days, but it rose Wednesday to $1.2622 from $1.2527. The British FTSE 100 stock index added 1.1 per cent.INFLATION WATCH: U.S. consumer prices were unchanged in November, according to the Labor Department. Prices had edged up over the previous seven months. Core inflation, which excludes volatile energy and food prices, rose 0.2 per cent in November and is up 2.2 per cent over the last year. However energy prices fell sharply as the price of crude oil plunged more than 20 per cent in November.OVERSEAS: The CAC 40 in France surged 2 per cent and Germany’s DAX rose 1.3 per cent. Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 jumped 2.2 per cent and South Korea’s Kospi rose 1.4 per cent. The Hang Seng in Hong Kong added 1.6 per cent.ENERGY: Benchmark U.S. crude oil added 0.7 per cent to $52.02 a barrel in New York. Brent crude, the international standard, gained 1.5 per cent to $61.08 per barrel in London.BONDS: Bond prices slipped. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 2.89 per cent from 2.88 per cent.CURRENCIES: The dollar dipped to 113.29 yen from 113.40 yen. The euro rose to $1.1361 from $1.1325.____AP Markets Writer Marley Jay can be reached at Jay, The Associated Presslast_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA — The new year brings with it tax changes at the federal level that will affect just about every Canadian, as well as small businesses.One of the first changes workers will see is an increase in Canada Pension Plan premiums coming off their paycheques — the first of five years of hikes to pay for enhancements to the pension plan.Employment Insurance premiums, on the other hand, will drop by four cents for every $100 of insurable earnings.Meanwhile, the small business tax rate is going down from 10 to nine per cent. But changes to how much so-called passive income a small business can hold are also coming into effect, which is expected to push some businesses into paying a much higher corporate tax rate.Also in 2019, low income workers can qualify for an increase in the Canada Workers Benefit. But they will have to wait until 2020 to receive the extra money.The federal government’s new carbon pricing system will also come into effect in provinces that don’t have carbon pricing mechanisms of their own, resulting in higher costs for fossil fuels by April, and direct rebates to partly offset the increased costs.Conservative Opposition Leader Andrew Scheer is already gearing up to make it an issue leading to the October federal election, calling 2019 the year of the carbon tax.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgAs a result of the gun being fired, a woman inside the home received a non-life-threatening injury to her arm.Investigators believe this was a targeted incident and that there is no danger to the public. The residents of the home are known to police.Sgt. Tyreman added that no further information will be released at this time in order to protect the integrity of the police investigation.Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Fort St John RCMP at 250-787-8100 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS). FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – One woman was injured during a home invasion that occurred on the city’s east side over the weekend.Sergeant Dave Tyreman with the Fort St. John RCMP said that sometime during the early morning hours of Saturday, September 29th, three armed individuals forced their way into a home in the 8600-block of 76th Street.Once inside, one of the residents was involved in a struggle with one of the gunmen, which resulted in several shots being fired.last_img read more

first_imgUpcoming events to celebrate Literacy include;September 7th, 2019, Retro Run, For more information; CLICK HERESeptember 8th, 2019, Purple Light up of the Cultural Centre and LibrarySeptember 25th, 2019, Financial Literacy WorkshopSocial Media involvement with #PutYourPurpleOn #Literacy #LiteracyisLife #lLD2019The Fort St. John Literacy Society is dedicated to delivering diverse community programming that promotes literacy and provides learning opportunities in a supportive setting.The Literacy Society shares that literacy impacts every area of modern life such as health care, education, employment and the economy. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – September has been proclaimed as Literacy month in Fort St. John and there are many great reasons to celebrate and support literacy programming in the community.This September’s Province-wide initiative called Literacy is life is a way to raise awareness of the importance of literacy for British Columbians, raise awareness about community-based resources and raise funds to support community-based literacy programs and initiatives with all funding staying in Fort St. John.last_img read more