Elton John Raises 6 Million For Charity At Oscar Viewing Party

first_imgThe 21st annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party hosted by Sir Elton John and David Furnish raised $6 million for the fight against HIV/AIDS.Sir Elton John speaks onstage during Chopard at 21st Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing PartyCredit/Copyright: Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for ChopardThe gala, which took place on Sunday, February 24, at West Hollywood Park in Los Angeles, was co-sponsored by Chopard, Neuro Drinks, and Wells Fargo; American Airlines serves as the Foundation’s official sponsoring airline.Bono, actress Eve Hewson, Chairman and Founder of Neuro Diana Jenkins and singers Chris Brown and Asher Monroe attend Neuro at 21st Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing PartyCredit/Copyright: Charley Gallay/Getty Images for NeuroAttendees included Sir Elton John & David Furnish, Agnes Bruckner, Aisha Tyler, Andrew Rannells, Anna Paquin & Stephen Moyer, Ashley Fink, Benji Madden, Bernie Taupin, Billie Jean King, Bono, Britney Spears, Bryan Singer, Carmen Electra, Chace Crawford, Chad Michael Murray, Chelsea Handler, Chris Brown, Chris Colfer, Chris Cornell, Christa B. Allen, Colton Haynes, Dave Grohl, Dustin Lance Black, Emma Roberts, Emmy Rossum, Eric & Janet McCormack, Finola Hughes, George Takei, Heidi Klum, Ian Somerhalder, Jaime King, Jane Lynch, Jane Seymour, Jared Harris, JC Chasez, Academy Award winner Jeffrey Katzenberg, Jenna Elfman, Jennifer Coolidge, Jessica Lowndes, Jim Carrey, Joel Madden, John Ratzenberger, John Waters, Judy Greer, Karina Smirnoff, Katerina Graham, Kelly Osbourne, Kim Kardashian, Khloe Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian, Kyle Maclachlan, Lucy Lawless, Lydia Hearst, Matthew Morrison, Mehcad Brooks, Melanie Brown, Mena Suvari, Michael Buble, Miley Cyrus, Molly Sims, Naomi Campbell, Natalie Imbruglia, Nia Vardalos, Nicki Minaj, Nicole Richie, Nina Dobrev, Nina Garcia, Paul Wesley, Paz Vega, Peter Facinelli, Petra Nemcova, Quincy Jones, Rachel Griffiths, Randy Jackson, Rose McGowan, Russell Simmons, Ryan Kwanten, Sandra Lee, Sharon Stone, Skylar Grey, Steven Tyler, Terry Crews, Tim Allen, Topher Grace, Wilmer Valderrama, among others.David Furnish and Sir Elton John attend Chopard at 21st Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing PartyCredit/Copyright: Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for ChopardGuests arrived at the Academy Awards Viewing Party for cocktails followed by a gala dinner and viewing of the 84th Academy Awards telecast. This year, Chef Gordon Ramsay, British celebrity chef, television personality, restaurateur, and holder of 14 Michelin stars, prepared an exquisite 5-course meal for guests that included chilled dungeness crab, braised beef short rib and sticky toffee pudding.The dinner was followed by a lively auction. Auction items included an iconic photograph of Faye Dunaway the morning after she won her Best Actress Oscar for “Network” by famed photographer Terry O’Neill that sold for $120,000; two sets of tickets to join Sir Elton John and David Furnish at the legendary Vanity Fair party that sold for $150,000 each; five days at Steven Tyler’s Hawaiian retreat that sold for $250,000. Sir Elton John also auctioned off four private performances by himself that went for $250,000 each, totaling $1 million. Following the auction, soulful Scottish songstress Emeli Sandé took the stage to perform several songs including hit song “Next to Me,” much to the crowd’s delight.In his remarks for the evening, EJAF Founder Sir Elton John celebrated the Oscar-nominated documentary How to Survive a Plague, praising the extraordinary work of the early AIDS activists portrayed in the film and calling for a renewed emphasis on AIDS advocacy.“How to Survive a Plague tells the story of AIDS activism in the earliest and most terrifying years of the AIDS epidemic. But you know what? Today, that activism is needed now more than ever if we are to achieve the promise of an AIDS-free generation,” said Sir Elton. “Our Foundation is clear on what is needed, we’re vocal in standing for what we believe, and we invest in the work that needs to be done. And I promise you that we’ll keep on fighting until the politics and bureaucracies yield to reason and justice. I don’t care how long it takes, we’re going to fight, and we’re going to win.”last_img read more

Former CAP employee wants Federal Court to hear sexual harassment complaint against

first_imgBy Jorge BarreraAPTN National NewsOTTAWA–A former female employee of an Aboriginal organization is asking the Federal Court to overturn a Human Rights Commission decision to dismiss a sexual harassment complaint against Conservative Senator Patrick Brazeau, according to a court document.Brazeau was the head of the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples (CAP) before he was appointed to the Senate by Prime Minister Stephen Harper.CAP deals primarily with non-status, off reserve First Nations and Metis issues.The former employee, Alisa Lombard, filed the application on Friday, the last day before a 30 day window to contest the commission’s ruling expired.According to the application, Lombard alleges she was sexually harassed by Brazeau in December 2007 and January 2008.Brazeau responded to the Federal Court filing on Twitter.“I certainly hope you get all the facts on this story, including how often the complainant has introduced complaints and lost,” tweeted Brazeau, who goes by the handle TheBrazman.Lombard is representing herself in the case. She has completed law school and expects to be called to the bar on June 21, National Aboriginal Day.The Federal Court application for a judicial review seeks to overturn the commission’s ruling dismissing the complaint without a hearing because it fell outside of its jurisdiction. Lombard argues that the commission erred in law when it made the decision.The commission handed down the ruling on March 30, and delivered the decision to Lombard on April 3.“The commission incorrectly, unfairly and unreasonably dismissed the complaint on the basis that the complaint was beyond its jurisdiction,” said the document. “The commission based its decision on an incorrect and unreasonable analysis of CAP’s nature and normal and habitual activities.”The commission originally agreed to deal with the complaint on Nov. 3, 2010, after a year-long submission process, the document said.Lombard originally filed her complaint against Brazeau and CAP with the commission in October 2009, after the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal dismissed it on jurisdictional grounds, “favouring federal jurisdiction,” the document said.Lombard turned to the human rights bodies following an internal CAP investigation of the complaint by a firm hired by the organization.The investigation concluded that no sexual harassment occurred, but did find “inappropriate behaviour by (Brazeau), including a clearly unwanted and rebuffed ‘inappropriate and stupid’ physical advance, the document stated.Lombard, who participated in the investigation, said she felt it “inadequately addressed her complaint.”David Langtry, chief commissioner with the Canadian Human Rights Commission, dismissed the complaint arguing that labour law fell under provincial jurisdiction.He also found that because CAP’s primary role involved lobbying and “political activities,” it was not “integrally tied to the Indian Act, status, Aboriginal rights” and therefore not a federal issue.Lombard argues in the document that the commission failed to “recognize the unique constitutional position of Aboriginal peoples in Canada” and “ongoing litigation respecting jurisdiction over Metis and non-status Indians.”The commission also erred by “refusing to hear a complaint where it was not ‘plain and obvious’ that there is not a prima facie case of discrimination, thereby precluding the complainant from any adjudication of the complaint on the merits, creating an egregious miscarriage of justice.”Lombard and CAP reached a settlement on the matter in March of this year, the document states.jbarrera@aptn.calast_img read more

UN Indigenous rights declaration feted in Kanesatake

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples turned five on Thursday.The document was written to affirm that Indigenous rights should be protected.Canada didn’t endorse it until years later and when it did, it did so emphasizing it is merely an aspirational declaration.Despite this response, the Mohawk community of Kanesatake held a celebration.APTN National News reporter Danielle Rochette has this story.last_img

Foster homes investigated 7 times within a year but Ontario didnt close

first_imgKenneth JacksonNation to NationThere were at least seven investigations that verified child protection concerns into a company operating three foster homes in Thunder Bay before the Ontario government shut them down in the weeks following the death of Tammy Keeash in May 2017, Nation to Nation has uncovered.The 17-year-old’s body was found in a Thunder Bay waterway two months after she was placed in one of the three homes owned at the time by Johnson Children’s Services.When Keeash first arrived at the home there was an active investigation after an Indigenous boy complained about being “required” to sleep on his bedroom floor using his jacket as a blanket when a bed bug infestation broke out in the home during the winter.Each of the investigations were undertaken by Dilico Anishinabek Family Care, an Indigenous child welfare agency operating in the city.Dilico confirmed multiple complaints, in the seven investigations, of inadequate supervision as several children were drinking alcohol, one to the point of hospitalization, and another ended up in Winnipeg unbeknownst to staff at one of the homes.Daily logs weren’t being kept that assist police if a child went missing and in several cases staff were found to lack training, according to notes of Dilico’s investigations.Dilco first warned the Ontario government of its “serious concerns” July 5, 2016, after pulling six of their children from Johnson’s homes, according to minutes of a conference call between Dilico and the province.It also expressed concerns during that telephone call about Tikinagan Child and Family Services, another Indigenous child welfare agency.Dilico said Tikinagan wasn’t respecting Dilico’s jurisdiction of the Thunder Bay area by placing children in foster homes without allowing Dilico to supervise them while in the city, which it felt was putting them at risk.Shortly after that call, Dilico filed for an emergency injunction against Tikinagan and the province asking the courts to stop Tikinagan from ignoring Dilico’s jurisdiction.The matter was adjourned to allow time to test evidence.While this was unfolding, Dilico recommended Tikinagan remove their kids from Johnson’s homes in October 2016.But Tikinagan kept their children in the homes and continued placing new kids, including Keeash.A cross still remains in last spot Tammy Keeash was seen alive.When Keeash died, Dilico filed a second emergency injunction.The dispute was in mediation by then, with Sen. Murray Sinclair presiding over it.“Dilico has investigated and verified instances of actual, demonstrable harm to Indigenous children in the care of Tikinagan in the City and District of Thunder Bay since the dates of my prior affidavits (in July 2016),” wrote Carmela Hardy, Dilico’s director of child welfare on May 19, 2017.“My department at Dilico, Child Welfare, provides all services to Indigenous children and families related to protection, and which are authorized by the Robinson Superior Treaty First Nations under the terms of the Kitchi-Gaa-Ming Anishinabek Ogemagg and by Ontario pursuant to the provisions of Ontario’s Child and Family Services Act.”Tikinagan successfully sought to again have the matter adjourned.It still remains unresolved in mediation but documents filed in the case, while heavily redacted and among large volumes of filings, offer a glimpse into the of care provided to Keeash at the time of her death, as well as several other children, that normally never make it to the public realm and is part of special look into the child welfare crisis on Thursday’s Nation to Nation.The documents name five other children, that Dilico alleges were put in harms way, but the information was redacted at the request of Tikinagan.“There is no immediate urgency to proceeding with Dilico’s motion,” said Judy Angeconeb, Tikinagan’s assistant director of services in a May 26, 2017 affidavit.“The status quo has existed for years.”Turns out both agencies had been arguing for years over who has jurisdiction of children in care while in the Thunder Bay area.Tikinagan maintains if the child comes from one of the reserves it provides child welfare services to, then no matter where they end up they are still under the care of Tikinagan, not another agency like Dilico in Thunder Bay.But any investigations or apprehensions in Thunder Bay are still done by Dilico in Thunder Bay, Tikinagan confirmed in court records.That includes at least one of the seven investigations done by Dilico, as one of the complaints was filed by a Tikinagan worker.As for keeping kids in Johnson’s homes after Dilico verified complaints, Angeconeb offered several reasons.“Dilico was making recommendations only, and Tikinagan was not obliged to follow them,” she said.Johnson’s continued to be licensed by the Ontario government to be a foster home provider, she said.“The children in the (Johnson homes) were generally doing well, they were happy, and there were no serious occurrences reported,” she said. “There were a very limited number of placements available for these older, hard to serve youth, especially in Northern Ontario.”Angeconeb also said Johnson’s had “undertaken improvements to address these concerns” that were found in Dilico’s seven investigations.Dilico would launch an eighth investigation into Johnson’s homes when Keeash died.Keeash was moved to Thunder Bay in March 2017 after she tried to hang herself in her grandmother’s home.She also battling several mental illnesses, including post-traumatic stress disorder, as well as conduct, borderline personality, major depressive disorders.Keeash didn’t go to school while living at Johnson’s home and spent most of her days playing video games at the home according to the coroner’s report into her death.“It was from this location that Tammy left the night she passed away,” wrote Dr. Dirk Huyer, chief coroner of Ontario, in his report.She was driven by a staff member to meet family who were in town, however, according to further documents, Keeash was supposed to be under 24-hour supervision based on her mental state and previous suicide attempt, but that wasn’t happening.Keeash and two cousins, along with a male friend, went and drank in Chapples Park near Ford Street in Thunder Bay. It was a secluded area and Keeash would never leave alive.Huyer said her death was ultimately ruled an accidental drowning after two police investigations. Her two cousins and the friend left her passed out in the park and it’s believed she somehow found her way into the waterway and drowned.When she didn’t make it back to the foster home that night by her 11 p.m. curfew staff there didn’t report her missing but called police to say she was breaching her probation conditions from a previous conviction.(Ontario chief coroner Dr. Dirk Huyer)It wasn’t until the next day that she was reported missing around 1 p.m.Her body was found later that night in the Neebing-McIntyre floodway by a church youth group playing in the park.Dilico said it has a protocal with Thunder Bay police and believes it could have assisted in Keeash’s case.“Had Tikinagan entered into an Interagency Service Agreement with Dilico, the investigation into (Keeash’s) disappearance could have been more timely and comprehensive, conducted in accordance with the established protocol with the Thunder Bay police,” wrote Hardy in the May 19, 2017 affidavit.Court documents detail how the homes were shutdown by the province after Keeash’s death and the closures were first reported by the Toronto Star newspaper in June 2017.Nation to Nation reached out to Johnson Children’s Services two week ago detailing in an email the court case and documents found within it but never got a response.On its website it says the company is based out of Vaughan, Ont., in the Toronto area.“Johnson Children’s Services is a treatment foster care agency located in East-Central Region of Ontario, providing individualized services to foster children with special needs,” it says on their website.Nation to Nation reached out to Tikinagan’s lawyer but never received a response. The Ontario government said it couldn’t comment.“The Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services continues to focus on creating better outcomes for children and youth receiving services under the Child, Youth and Family Services Act, 2017. The ministry is unable to comment further on matters that are, or may be before the court,” said ministry spokesperson Genevieve Oger.kjackson@aptn.ca@afixedaddresslast_img read more


first_imgMy son is in Class IX and suffers from mathematics phobia. Please suggest.Mrs. T. Sinha, Kolkata The problem your son is suffering from is very common among students. In our traditional mathematics classrooms, the subject poses a nightmare for those who have a slower grasping capacity. But mathematics can get really interesting with proper tutoring. What is fun is easy to learn. Online mathematics games, mental maths puzzles and introducing your son to the examples of day-to-day use of mathematics in the practical world can create a whole new excitement about the subject. Encourage him to spend more time with the subject and do not criticise wrong answers. Rather, emphasise on the process of solving the math problems. Changing his mindset towards mathematics no longer being a subject to be scared of and reassuring him that he too can be ‘good in maths’ can actually do wonders that might even surprise you. Good Luck! Also Read – Feel what you fearMy son is 19 years old and 5.2″ feet tall. He suffers from severe inferiority complex. What can we do? S. Pathak, New Delhi Napoleon complex or the short man syndrome hits the hardest at the age that your son is in. One way to deal with the complex is to break it down. Please help him understand that everyone on Earth is inferior to someone in some way and superior to someone in some other way. Moreover, he will be really surprised to know that the health benefits of being shorter weigh far more than its disadvantages. And as far as looks are concerned, there is much more to a man’s attributes of being tall, that can actually make him look charming and coveted in today’s world. Moreover, your son is only 19, so it can be possible to increase height up to the age of 21 years through healthy diet, regular exercise and swimming. All the very best. Also Read – Homecoming I am newly married. My husband is always travelling. I feel very depressed and lonely. M. Kanak, Noida I can understand how hard it can be for a newly married couple to stay away from each other. But in today’s economy, sometimes travelling becomes a necessity to keep a job. So, in order to cope with the ‘being away from each other’ syndrome make it a point to stay connected on calls and internet. Reinforce your commitment and trustworthiness towards each other by staying connected. Distance makes the heart grow fonder. When he is not around, you can focus on doing something that you enjoy doing. May be learn something new. Feel lucky that he is not stationed away from you or working for the military. Have some ‘me-time’ and spend your time finishing all the boring work and save your best moments to enjoy when he returns. Best wishes for the love birds. I love my husband and we dated for four years before marriage. Off late he is becoming very unromantic. What can I do? Name withheld During the courtship period, lovers put their best foot forward. But post a few years of marriage, partners usually start taking things for granted. That is where the problem creeps in. If you find your husband being unromantic, try finding ways to seduce him. Go for candlelit dinners, movies or even indulge in a long vacation together to a romantic place where there is no external interference. Try to figure out what he expects from you. Sometimes if a woman is very bossy in a marriage, the husband shuns from being himself. I would suggest you communicate with him clearly about your wants and walk towards an amicable solution. All the best! (Send your questions to roopshashotm@gmail.com)last_img read more

Saskatchewan drinking water measures could be in place for months due to

PRINCE ALBERT, Sask. — Communities affected by an oil spill in the North Saskatchewan River can expect precautionary drinking water measures to be in place for weeks or even months, says a Saskatchewan government official.“It’s not going to be a short-term event,” Sam Ferris with Saskatchewan’s Water Security Agency said Monday. “It could go on for some time.”Two cities downstream from the Husky Energy pipeline leak near Maidstone, Sask., have stopped drawing water from the river.North Battleford shut down its intake on Friday and is relying on a limited supply from wells.Officials say the oily plume reached Prince Albert, a city of 35,000 people, on Monday.Second Saskatchewan city shuts down water intake after Husky Energy oil spillSaskatchewan city shuts down water plant after Husky pipeline spills thousands of litres of oil into river upstreamHusky Energy crews work to contain oil spill, spoiling earnings callResidents in the area are being urged to conserve water and not use that part of the river for recreation. Hospitals are looking at alternative water supplies.Ferris estimates the water supplies of close to 70,000 people have been affected so far and that the slick has travelled about 370 kilometres.About 200,000 to 250,000 litres are estimated to have spilled — the equivalent of two rail tank cars.Lo Cheng with the federal department Environment and Climate Change Canada, said it’s investigating whether Husky broke any laws. She also confirmed that some oil sunk below the surface of the river, complicating the cleanup job.About 70,000 litres of an oil-soil mixture have been cleaned up around the source of the leak and another 118,000 litres of oily water has been skimmed from the river, but officials don’t know how much oil has been recovered.Five booms have been placed on the river with “varied levels of success,” said Wes Kotyk with Saskatchewan’s Environment Ministry. He added that four birds, one frog and one fish have died as a result of the spill so far.Calgary-based Husky, which is controlled by Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka-Shing, has apologized.“We realize this has been a very challenging time for everybody, with the spill impacting people, the environment and local businesses,” said Al Pate, the company vice-president overseeing the response. “We’re deeply sorry this has happened. We accept full responsibility for the event and for the cleanup and we will make things right.”Pate said the breached pipeline was built in 1997 and was subject to a “rigorous” corrosion monitoring program.The Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations is demanding representation at the command centre handling the spill. Chief Bobby Cameron said the Sweetgrass First Nation, Battleford Tribal Council and the Prince Albert Grand Council were preparing for the oil slick as it approached their communities.The pipeline that leaked last Thursday runs from Husky’s heavy oil operations to its facilities in Lloydminster and carries oil mixed with a lighter hydrocarbon, called a diluent, that’s added to ease the flow.Prince Albert’s city manager Jim Toye said its reservoirs had a two-day supply of water and the city could get permission from the province to tap its storm retention pond for treatment and distribution to add another four to five days’ worth of water.Work was already underway to build a temporary pipeline stretching 30 kilometres to draw water from the South Saskatchewan River, should the water emergency continue for a longer period.Prince Albert city council held a special meeting Monday and declared a local state of emergency, meaning city officials can issue $1,400 fines to businesses and residents using potable water unnecessarily.The city also ordered there to be no outdoor irrigation, except if using reclaimed water; no washing of sidewalks, driveways, tennis courts, patios or other paved areas; and restaurants have been told to serve water only if customers request it.“We need a deterrent,” he said. “We don’t want anyone thinking this doesn’t apply to them.”— with files from MBC, CJWW read more

Government insists development not suspended

Karunanayake said that corruption was rampant due to nepotism and cronyism in all sectors of the economy and it was a common occurrence in the past to import ethanol into the country in large quantity in an illegal manner depriving the country of its tax revenue. Since the new government has completely blocked the illegal import of ethanol, the tax revenue siphoned off by the cronies of the past rulers is now added to the state coffers.“As a result the excise revenue alone has increased by Rs 6000 million per month”, the Minister Ravi Karunanayake said in a statement. The Government today insisted that development work has not been suspended and that the treasury had already released Rs 11900 million rupees to continue the ongoing projects at district level of which Rs 9000 million was paid for the projects that were completed.The Finance Ministry said that in pursuance of the good governance concept introduced by the new government by alleviating the corruption and fraud that prevailed during the last ten years of the Mahinda Rajapaksa government, the total government revenue during the first quarter of the year 2015 has increased by 16.4 percent to Rs 285.6 billion. This he says is a reflection of increase in both tax revenue by Rs 30 billion and non tax revenue by Rs 10.5 billion, largely due to action taken to arrest tax evading and the importation of goods illegally by influential person with the patronage of politicians during the past regime. Minister of Finance Ravi Karunanayake elaborating on the economic performances of the new government said in a statement that the reforms and good management practices brought in to the public sector the government revenue has increased to Rs 285.6 billion in the first quarter of 2015 from 245.2 billion recorded during the corresponding period in 2014. The Mahinda Rajapaksa government boasted with much fun fan of increasing the agricultural economy. Though Sri Lanka has opportunities for the direct use of the natural resources to stimulate the agro-economy the past records show the agro sector had the diminishing return to the economy. The contribution of the agriculture sector to the GDP has gradually diminished during the last ten years. According to central bank report the total national paddy production has decreased by 26.8 percent in 2014 to 3.38 million metric tons. Similarly the total revenue of the government which was at 20 percent in the year 2005, has gradually come down up to 12.2 percent last year. Even the contribution by the agricultural sector to the GDP has come down considerably during the last ten years making both the agricultural and the manufacturing economy to a status of no returns.Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayke said that the wrong economic policies by the previous government embedded with corruption and frauds resulted in the continuous deterioration of the government revenue and the agro based economy as well. Therefore the minister concluded that the people who rejected the Mahinda Rajapaksa government for its wrong doings and corrupt practices in the January 08 election will reject them once again on August 17. (Colombo Gazette) The former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his buddies ruined the economy of the country by letting their henchmen to plunder the public wealth. Since they have now become politically bankrupt, in this period of elections they are issuing malicious statements to deceive the masses saying that development is at standstill, but the minister emphatically said that the people who rejected the corrupt rule of Mahinda Rajapaksa in January 08, Presidential election will not be deceived once again on August 17.Karunanayake emphasized that the new government under the UPFA leader Maithripala Sirisena and the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe has neither halted nor terminated any development projects in the country. The treasury has already released Rs 11900 million rupees to continue the ongoing projects at district level. Of which Rs 9000 million was paid for the projects that were completed.The previous government’s excessive public expenditure and the expansion of infrastructure facilities with foreign loans under higher interest rates shot up the growth rate but there was no economic development to pay any dividend to the masses. Therefore, the new government in order to liberate the people inclusive of the public servants from this misconception of the quantitative growth brought qualitative change in their life style by increasing the public sector salary by Rs 10,000 and bringing down the prices of essential goods including fuel and gas. These concessions given by the new government within its first 100 days has provided an ordinary family a monthly saving of Rs twenty thousand. read more

US home construction falls 16 per cent in November as singlefamily construction

US home construction falls 1.6 per cent in November as single-family construction declines WASHINGTON – Construction of new homes fell slightly in November, reflecting weakness in construction of single-family homes.Builders started construction at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.03 million homes and apartments last month, the Commerce Department reported Tuesday. That was a decline of 1.6 per cent from October when construction activity had posted a 1.7 per cent gain.The weakness last month came from a 5.4 per cent fall in construction of single-family homes, which offset a 6.7 per cent rise in the more volatile apartment sector.Applications for building permits were also down in November, falling 5.2 per cent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.04 million. Analysts are still looking for housing to regain momentum in 2015, believing that strong increases in employment will help boost home sales.Economists called the November decline in construction disappointing but said part of the drop was probably caused by cold and snowy weather in many parts of the country. It was the coldest November in 14 years.Jennifer Lee, senior economist at BMO Capital Markets, noted that October construction activity was revised up by 3.6 per cent and that September, October and November all showed construction above the 1-million mark.She said going forward strong job growth, low mortgage rates and easier lending standards should provide continued support for the housing market.All regions of the country showed gains in November except the South, which accounts for almost half of all new home activity. That region saw a 19.5 per cent drop in construction. Construction showed the biggest jump in the West, an increase of 28.1 per cent, followed by gains of 14.4 per cent in the Midwest and 8.7 per cent in the NortheastAnalysts believe the strong gains in employment this year will give consumers the confidence to buy homes and translate into moderate housing gains in 2015. While still a long way from the boom years of the previous decade, housing has been posting a moderate recovery over the past two years.The National Associated of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index took a slipped slightly in December but remains in positive territory. The index reading in December was 57, down one point from a reading of 58 in November.Any reading above 50 indicates that home builders view sales conditions as good, rather than poor.New home sales reached an annual rate of 458,000 in October, the highest point since May. Home prices continued to climb, increasing to a median price of $305,000 in October, up 16.5 per cent from a year ago.The gains in home prices have held back some activity, particularly among first-time home buyers. Many lack the savings and strong credit history needed to afford a home. Tighter credit standards for potential home buyers and flat wage gains have also acted to dampen home sales.Though new homes represent only a fraction of the housing market, they have an outsize impact on the economy. Each home built creates an average of three jobs for a year and generates about $90,000 in tax revenues, according to NAHB data. by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Dec 16, 2014 6:35 am MDT FILE – In this July 9, 2014 file photo, construction continues on a 72-unit complex, Ashley Park Apartments, being built in New Bern, N.C. The Commerce Department reports on U.S. home construction in November on Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. (AP Photo/The Sun Journal, Chuck Beckley, File) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Alberta government says theres an economic need for Trans Mountain pipeline

Alberta government says there’s an economic need for Trans Mountain pipeline AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Justin Slimm Posted Jan 12, 2016 12:56 pm MDT The Trans Mountain Pipeline (Courtesy: transmountain.com) The Alberta Government has submitted its response to the National Energy Board for the Trans Mountain pipeline, telling regulators there is an economic need for the project.According to the six page document, the benefits are estimated to increase western Canadian crude oil revenue by more than $73 billion in its first 20 years of operation.It also cited a Conference Board of Canada report which said that it would be a big benefit to the country, provinces, indigenous peoples and local communities along the route.The government is urging the board to place substantial weight on all of Kinder Morgan’s filed economic evidence in considering whether to recommend approval to the federal cabinet.Read the full report, here. read more

Afghanistan preparations for elections creating a more positive environment says UN official

The most senior United Nations official in Afghanistan said today the quality of preparations for next year’s elections is leading to a more positive environment about the country’s prospects after the 2014 transition. Speaking to journalists for the first time in Kabul since briefing the Security Council in New York last month, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, Ján Kubiš, said, “The quality of the preparations, conduct and the acceptance of the results of the elections is … already creating a more positive environment for Afghanistan and is adding arguments for those that are committed to providing long-term support to Afghanistan after 2014.”The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), which Mr. Kubiš heads, is charged with providing support for presidential and provincial council elections, slated for 5 April 2014. The presidential election will mark a transfer of power from one elected Government to another for the first time in Afghanistan’s history. Current President Hamid Karzai will not be seeking re-election due to term limits.“It is so important to make sure that the elections will be inclusive, with good participation throughout the country and that people will have choices,” Mr. Kubiš said, adding that registration for the election runs through Sunday.“Then, it will be the start of real thinking here in Afghanistan,” he added.Turning to the wider topic of elections, Mr. Kubiš urged candidates to present themselves not just as individuals, but to try to “win the confidence and support of voters through their programmes and through their clear commitments and pledges” in regard to economic and social development, justice, the fight against corruption, the promotion of human rights and women’s rights. “I hope to see discussions more around substantive issues determining the future of the country rather than just individuals,” the UN official added.UNAMA, at the request of the Afghan authorities, is mandated to support the organization of the elections, as well as to strengthen, in support of the Government’s own efforts, the sustainability, integrity and inclusiveness of the electoral process and provide capacity building and technical assistance to the Afghan institutions involved in this process.In addition, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) has been providing long-term assistance to the Independent Election Commission in Afghanistan, and serves as the conduit for the international community through its so-called UNDP ELECT II [Enhancing Legal and Electoral Capacity for Tomorrow II] project. read more

Lack of dental care sees nursing home patients needing up to 20

first_img File photo Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Sunday 12 Feb 2017, 9:30 AM Image: Shutterstock/Nikodash Lack of dental care sees nursing home patients needing up to 20 teeth extracted at once One of country’s senior dentists reveals some nursing homes neglecting duty of care to elderly. File photo Image: Shutterstock/Nikodash Feb 12th 2017, 9:30 AM 11,793 Views center_img 15 Comments By Sean Murray ONE OF THE country’s most senior dentists has warned that the lack of appropriate dental care for the elderly is causing “untold damage” to the oral health of thousands of nursing home patients.A diet high in sugar and the lack of a suitable oral health programme is exacerbating the situation, according to Irish Dental Association vice president Dr Anne Twomey.“Patients who’ve kept their own teeth into old age can lose them in as little as three months,” Twomey said. “Very often the situation has reached crisis proportions by the time I’m called in and I have to take out 15 to 20 teeth over a short period of time.”She accused the HSE of “reneging on its duty of care to some 27,000 nursing home patients” by failing to meet their dental needs, and said that both the HSE and HIQA needed to step up to its obligations for older people.Twomey cited the case of Frank – not his real name – a 71-year-old who had spent four months in hospital following a stroke. When he was admitted to a nursing home, he was visited by Twomey and told her that he had noticed his teeth turning black.Many of these began to break off, and the dentist diagnosed rampant tooth decay. He wasn’t able to brush his teeth, due to his stroke, and was also being fed sugary food and drinks to build back up his weight.The majority of his teeth needed to be taken out, and Twomey said this case was typical of stroke patients.She also cited the case of Bridget – also not her real name – who was a very frail 75-year-old who had Parkinson’s disease and mild dementia.She refused to let anyone near her mouth, until Twomey diagnosed overwhelming halitosis.Nursing staff revealed the lady’s mouth was cleaned twice daily with a sponge but nothing in the way of effective tooth brushing had been carried out in the two years since her admission to the nursing home. Sadly her grandchildren were refusing to visit her or hug her because of the infection.Phased extractions of most of her teeth was the only option, but Bridget now has an electric toothbrush that her care assistants have been shown to use to take care of her teeth properly.She also cited cases where some patients needed 20 teeth out at once.Twomey said: “As the case studies highlight, this situation cannot be allowed to continue. Training programmes for healthcare assistants in oral care should be mandatory and meaningful.“A written oral care plan should be created with these patients where family and carers are involved.Dentists need to be involved when doctors prescribe a high-sugar food supplements or when a chronic debilitating condition is first diagnosed or when a patient is at high risk of inhalation pneumonia.In response, HIQA said in a statement: “HIQA agrees that a greater emphasis should be placed on good oral hygiene and the provision of dental care in nursing homes.“The team responsible for inspecting designated centres for older people are aware of the issues identified by the IDA.It is the providers responsibility to ensure that resident’s health care needs are assessed and met (including dental and oral care).“Inspectors continue to review the health and social care provided to residents under the Heath Act 2007.”Read: More people are being hospitalised because of problems with their teethRead: Scared of the dentist? It’s in your genes Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3227538 Share66 Tweet Email11 last_img read more

Mikakos condemns budget cuts to Vic youth employment

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Napthine government’s budget cuts to employment services for young Victorians have been condemned at a rally held on the steps of Parliament on Wednesday, Shadow Minister for Children and Young Adults Jenny Mikakos said. Ms Mikakos attended the rally together with Shadow Employment Minister Tim Pallas, and representatives from St Kilda Youth Service (SKYS) and Whitelion, including young people involved in these programs. “SKYS and Whitelion provide assistance to young people, particularly vulnerable young job seekers, to help them find a job,” Ms Mikakos said. “But these groups learnt after the budget was released that their state funding was being cut. What this shows is that this government doesn’t understand the difficulties faced by young people looking for work. These youth employment programs not only employ young people, but they provide them with the skills to get a job and keep it,” she said. According to Ms Mikakos, four valuable programs groups are set to lose between $150,000-$250,000 each year, forcing these groups to either cancel or downscale their programs for next year. Groups that have had their funding cut by the Napthine Government include SKYS, that has lost $220,000 from its hospitality program; Whitelion, losing $150,000 to support at-risk young people; Youth Connect losing $250,000 in funding; and YMCA Bridge Project – $150,000. These groups have been at the forefront of connecting young people back into the community and employment. Without government support, it is expected the group will have to drastically reduce the number of young people they support. Shadow Employment Minister Tim Pallas referred to budget cuts as the “cruellest cuts” the government could make, with Victoria already having the highest youth unemployment rate in the country.last_img read more

Thaïlande les inondations donnent du travail à Sompop chasseur de serpents

first_imgThaïlande : les inondations donnent du travail à Sompop, chasseur de serpents Depuis que l’eau a envahi Bangkok en Thaïlande, le célèbre chasseur de serpents Sompop Sridaranop est débordé. Des habitants ne cessent de l’appeler pour qu’ils viennent débarrasser leur maison des reptiles qui les envahissent. Les inondations qui sévissent depuis des mois en Thaïlande ont provoqué de nombreux dégâts et fait des milliers de sinistrés. Mais si le niveau des eaux handicape considérablement le quotidien des habitants de Bangkok, celui-ci n’est pas le seul ennui auquel ils sont aujourd’hui confrontés. Car en effet, les inondations déplaisent également à d’autres créatures et en ont poussé plus d’une à chercher un refuge bien au sec… dans les maisons des habitants. Résultat : le célèbre chasseur de serpents Sompop Sridaranop est aujourd’hui débordé par les appels de personnes affolées qui lui demandent de les débarrasser des reptiles. “Les serpents vivent dans les canalisations et dans des zones isolées avec de l’herbe, et quand ces lieux sont inondés, ils se déplacent à travers les tuyaux vers les maisons”, explique cet homme de 57 ans qui enchaine les interventions et a fait de la capture des reptiles une véritable mission d’assistance à la population. Pour preuve, les cicatrices qui couvrent ses bras.Des doses d’anti-venin importées de manière préventive”J’ai eu très peur. Je n’ai pas osé regarder quand ils l’ont attrapé”, avoue Pattaya Tasua une employée dont les collègues ont capturé un python près de l’usine où elle travaille, au nord de Bangkok. Bien que les pythons ne soient pas dangereux, d’autres espèces le sont en revanche bien plus, souligne le chasseur : des espèces “comme les cobras, ont pointé leur langue fourchue régulièrement depuis le début des inondations. En particulier la nuit, et en marge de la ville”. À lire aussiUn anaconda avale une énorme proie devant les camérasEncore bien plus dangereux, quinze mambas verts africains se seraient échappés d’une maison inondée, d’après une rumeur qui circule sur les réseaux sociaux et qui a poussé les autorités à importer 50 doses de sérum anti-venin d’Afrique du Sud. Néanmoins, si le reptile à la morsure mortelle en ferait fuir plus d’un, Sompop est pour sa part impatient de le rencontrer. “J’adorerais en attraper un et voir à quel point c’est excitant”, confie t-il cité par l’AFP. Mais face à ce danger potentiel, Lawan Chanhome, vétérinaire de l’établissement, conseille aux sinistrés des zones inondées de ne pas s’aventurer dans l’eau la nuit, à moins que ce ne soit nécessaire.D’autres reptiles difficiles à capturer Par ailleurs, les reptiles rampants ne sont pas les seuls animaux en vadrouille : les varans, qui vivent près des nombreux lacs et canaux de la capitale, se sont eux aussi fait plus envahissants. “Ils ne sont pas vraiment dangereux. Mais si vous ne savez pas comment les attraper, alors ils peuvent mordre et leur salive est sale”, note Sompop qui a capturé, non sans mal, un spécimen de deux mètres dans un jardin à l’Ouest du Chao Phraya, qui traverse Bangkok, avant de le relâcher dans le fleuve. Tandis que pas moins de 190 espèces venimeuses ont été répertoriées dans le pays, les serpents n’ont pas très bonne réputation en Thaïlande. Mais, Sompop, lui, aimerait bien redorer un peu l’image d’un animal qui joue un rôle important en limitant la population de rats : “les serpents existaient avant les humains. Ils ont toujours été en Thaïlande. Sans eux dans le coin, on souffrirait”, estime t-il. Le 19 novembre 2011 à 15:37 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Archaeologists Unearth Ancient 3400YearOld Palace in Iraq

first_imgStay on target Amazing Hoard of 1,000-Year-Old Coins Discovered by Metal Detectorists7th-Century Skeleton From Merovingian Era Unearthed in France In what is being called a “surprising discovery,” archaeologists have unearthed a 3,400-year-old, Bronze Age palace at a reservoir in the Kurdistan region of Iraq after water levels dropped because of drought.The palace, known as Kemune, dates back to the Mittani Empire, which dominated large parts of northern Mesopotamia and Syria from the 15th to the 14th century BCE, according to the University of Tübingen.A terrace wall on the western side of the newly discovered palace, known as Kemune. (Photo Credit: University of Tübingen, eScience Center, and Kurdistan Archaeology Organization)A team of German and Kurdish archaeologists made the find on the eastern bank of the Tigris River. They now hope to obtain new information about the politics, economy, and history of the empire — one of the least researched kingdoms of the Ancient Near East — by studying cuneiform tablets discovered in the palace.“The find is one of the most important archaeological discoveries in the region in recent decades and illustrates the success of the Kurdish-German cooperation.” said archaeologist Hasan Ahmed Qasim, who co-led the mission.The palace would have originally stood just 65 feet from the river on an elevated terrace. A terrace wall of mud bricks was later added to stabilize the carefully designed building, which overlooked the Tigris Valley.The excavations on the shore of Mosul Dam; a room in Kemune Palace in which wall paintings and murals were found. (Photo Credit: University of Tübingen, eScience Center, and Kurdistan Archaeology Organization)According to Dr. Ivana Puljiz of the Tübingen Institute for Ancient Near Eastern Studies (IANES), some of the rooms in the palace have plastered walls and surprisingly well-preserved paintings.“We have also found remains of wall paintings in bright shades of red and blue,” Puljiz said. “In the second millennium BCE, murals were probably a typical feature of palaces in the Ancient Near East, but we rarely find them preserved. So discovering wall paintings in Kemune is an archaeological sensation.”The team identified several rooms in the palace and partially excavated eight of them. In some areas, they found large fired bricks which were used as floor slabs. Ten Mittani cuneiform clay tablets were discovered and are currently being translated and studied.A room in the palace during excavations. (Photo Credit: University of Tübingen, eScience Center, and Kurdistan Archaeology Organization)One of the tablets indicates that Kemune was most probably the ancient city of Zakhiku, which is mentioned in one Ancient Near Eastern source as early as the Middle Bronze Age (ca. 1800 BC). This indicates the city must have existed for at least 400 years.Archeologists actually first became aware of the site in 2010 when water levels in the reservoir were low, but this is the first time they have been able to excavate.Fragment of a mural found in one of the rooms excavated. (Photo Credit: University of Tübingen, eScience Center, and Kurdistan Archaeology Organization)The Mittani Empire covered an area reaching from the eastern Mediterranean coast to the east of present-day northern Iraq from the 15th century to the middle of the 14th century BCE. Its heart was in what is now northeastern Syria.Mittani lost its political significance around 1350 BCE, when its territories came under the control of the neighboring empires of the Hittites and Assyrians. The Mittani culture is known for its typical painted ceramics.More on Geek.com:Archaeologists Discover Ancient 2,600-Year-Old Military Fortress in EgyptSecret Underground Chamber Discovered in Ruins of Roman Emperor Nero’s Palace3,000-Year-Old Fingerprints Found at Ancient, Iron Age Village in UAElast_img read more

KevinPrince Boatengs fantastic answer on Ronaldo Messi debate

first_imgKevin-Prince Boateng may just be a Sassuolo player nowadays, but nothing stopped him from sharing his thoughts on the Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi debateMuch has been made in the past over which of the two superstars is the better player with both of them recording incredibly high goal and assists tallies of the years, whilst winning the Ballon d’Or five times each.And Boateng, who faced off against both Ronaldo and Messi in his career, shared his thoughts on the ongoing dispute.“For young people who are football players, Ronaldo should be the best in the world,” said Boateng, according to Marca.“He is the best example to look at because he trains to the fullest and has talent.“He works like a madman, he is passionate with everything he does and about football.”“He always wants to be the best.FC Barcelona, Valencia CFMatch Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).“He always wants to be first in everything, so, for a player who is just starting, the one to look at should be him because he is perfect.”But the German midfielder ultimately believes that Messi is the best.“Ronaldo makes all of this happen in this world, but only in this world,” he added.“In what transcends this world, the best is Messi, because he is incredible, he does things that nobody can do.“I do not see him in this world.“Ronaldo dominates this world and Messi is above everything else.”Boateng has played for the likes of AC Milan, Tottenham and Schalke 04 in his playing career.last_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterSmall Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) has welcomed brand new country house hotel Palé Hall into its collection of exclusive, independently-owned hotels around the world.This will be SLH’s first hotel in Wales and joins alongside 33 other SLH hotels within the United Kingdom. Palé Hall will open to guests on 1 September 2016. Palé Hall, a 19th-century Grade II-listed country home, is situated on the edge of Snowdonia National Park in North Wales. Built in 1871 by Henry Robertson, a well-known railway engineer, the manor house has played host to the likes of Winston Churchill and Queen Victoria.The hotel’s new owners, Alan and Angela Harper, have lovingly restored its 18 bedrooms and suites giving each one its own identity and style with Zoffany furnishings and William Morris prints. Every guestroom offers picturesque views of the rural Welsh landscape and guests can enjoy country walks from Palé Hall’s prime position.Well-loved British Chef, Michael Caines has teamed up with the Harper’s bringing his invaluable expertise to the development of the food and beverage offering at Palé Hall, ensuring that fine dining is at the heart of the hotel.Taking the helm in the kitchen is Head Chef Gareth Stevenson, who has held positions as the Head Chef at Abode in Chester, and has worked at Gordon Ramsay’s Maze and with Caines at Gidleigh Park. The three dining areas – New Hotel Palé Hall in Wales Joins Small Luxury Hotels of the World the grand Henry Robertson dining room, the Venetian-themed dining room and the intimate Library – will serve breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner, each with a unique feel.Daniel Luddington, Vice President of Development at Small Luxury Hotels of the World, says: “Palé Hall perfectly matches all that SLH prides itself on – independently-minded owners who have poured their heart and soul into creating their dream hotel. The hotel’s rich history, passionate owners and stunning Snowdonian setting gives it a fascinating story to tell. Palé Hall is a true Welsh gem that we are very much looking forward to promoting.”Alan and Angie Harpe,r the owners of Palé Hall, say: “We are delighted to have been welcomed into the Small Luxury Hotels fold. Small and independently owned luxury hotels with their own character is their speciality and we feel we fit perfectly within their portfolio.”Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

June 22 2002 Paolo Soleri celebrated his eighty

first_imgJune 22, 2002 Paolo Soleri celebrated his eighty-third birthday a day early inthe company of Arcosanti residents. Held over lunchtime frugal soup, the celebration was quiet and thoughtful.[Photo & text: MS] . [Photo & text: MS] Bakeryworker Brandy Follet (left) and manager Valerie Loft (right)surprised Paolo with an elaborate and delicious birthday cake. [Photo &text: MS] >>left>> Valerie presenting her masterpiece to Paolo. >>right>> Paolo>>serving cake to residents [Photo & text : MS].last_img read more

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Brig. nothing Friday Judge Barbara S Jones serving as the neutral arbiter in the Ray Rice appeal case overturned Goodells previous indefinite suspension of Rice The big takeaway in the decision: Judge Jones didnt buy Goodells assertion that the initial suspension was based on “ambiguity” in Rices reporting of the incident In short her conclusion plainly highlights that what Goodell claimed wasnt true He lied There was no ambiguity Now in a recent discussion with TODAYs Matt Lauer the dishonest label has been hammered home by Rices wife (then-fiancée) Janay Rice herself: Lauer: So when the Commissioner of the NFL Roger Goodell says Ray was ambiguous and the NFL says that it was a starkly different sequence of events is the Commissioner lying Janay: I cant say hes telling the truth In the midst of all this Goodell and the league are taking part in a fake-independent investigation by hiring ex-FBI director Robert Mueller to conduct the NFLs internal inquiry In a Goodell press conference back in September reporter Rachel Nichols expertly pressed the commissioner on how hiring someone whose firm WilmerHale has very close ties to the NFL (including the negotiation of some TV deals) could possibly be independent Goodells answer was predictably evasive As far as anyone knows this “investigation” is ongoing with no known timetable for completion Overall this “did he see the video or not” exercise feels like my son saying he didnt see his homework in his backpack My son realized how weak that excuse was while in first grade Nobody Trusts Roger just like Everybody Hates Chris As each new layer of certified public distrust crusts on the leagues commissioner the question of why NFL owners continue to sit on their hands glows neon In a hyper-image-conscious league why let that image fall into such disrepair without taking some action against the responsible party They have a fall guy At the very least why isnt Goodell temporarily suspended until the results of the investigation are completed I know I know… Goodell helped bring great financial success to the NFL with past TV deals But the NFL is never about what you did before Its what are you doing for me now Past exploits are a phony rationalization for inaction in the moment Ray Rice also scored a lot of touchdowns but he became bad for the Ravens and was immediately expendable Thats the NFL lifecycle I find it hard to believe that Goodell is the only person on earth that could sell water in the desert Football is a tremendously popular sport in America The networks arent paying for Roger Goodell Foresight is what this league is usually all about Planning ahead for franchises in other countries embracing a tremendously profitable new stream of revenue in fantasy football (while pretending to be adamantly against gambling for integrity reasons) and expanding their reach into mobile platforms to satiate an increasingly short-attention-spanned consumer The NFL knows foresight So why be miles behind the curve on this Goodell thing It makes zero sense With the commissioners personal credibility in the toilet with fans and players outward displays of challenges to his authority are absolutely inevitable Richard Shermans short skit is one tiny thing but how about a simultaneous statement by the entire player membership the next time theres a questionable issue You cant fine more than 1500 people at once If you have to youve lost authority Fans arent going anywhere but they have their creative ways of disrupting the brand and speaking directly to advertisers Somebody is going to hand the Super Bowl champions their trophy Somebody has to announce the draft Each of these are huge moments of pride for all people associated with the NFL It cant be delivered by the person whose every breath behind the podium will be loathed and booed Fans and players dont respect him for a litany of on- and off-field reasons Past history shouldnt matter Enough is enough Save the brand we all love from another round of damaging news cycles and teach the commissioner that real accountability to the NFL shield is for everyone Matt Chatham is a former NFL linebacker for the New England Patriots and the New York Jets and the founder of footballbyfootballcom Contact us at editors@timecom IDEAS TIME Ideas hosts the world’s leading voices providing commentary on events in news society and culture We welcome outside contributions Opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect the views of TIME editorsA woman who was a contestant on Donald Trump’s show The Apprentice said in a press conference Friday that Trump kissed her on the mouth stripped naked and attempted to seduce her when she met with him for professional advice Speaking at a press conference Friday arranged by attorney Gloria Allred Summer Zervos described two encounters with the Republican presidential nominee After she was fired from The Apprentice Zervos said she reached out to Trump for professional advice in 2007 and met him at his office When she arrived she says he kissed her on the lips and complimented her for her “balls” on seeking a meeting with him She said they had a productive professional meeting and she “felt as thought I was reaching for the brass ring” As she was leaving she says Trump again kissed her on the lips Zervos said she told a friend and her parents what had happened but they decided that it was simply an overly personal greeting and she let it go Shortly afterward Zervos said that Trump called to tell her he was coming to Los Angeles and they arranged to meet for dinner When she arrived at the Beverly Hills Hotel she said was taken to a bungalow where Trump called out from another room apparently unclothed She said he later came out of the bedroom clothed and “started kissing me open-mouthed as he was pulling me toward him” She said he again kissed her “very aggressively” and put his hand on her breast grabbed her hand and walked her into the bedroom suggesting they “lay down and watch some telly-telly” She said she pushed him away told him to “get real” and he repeated the words back to her and moved his crotch in a way she interpreted as mockingly seductive Zervos said Trump seemed “a bit angry” that she kept rejecting him When dinner arrived Zervos said Trump suddenly reverted to all business She said he suggested she “maneuver to get out of debt” on her mortgage by letting her home go into default and then telling the bank they could take it back calling it a “mini version of what he does” She said he also invited her to visit him at his golf course the following day After she left the bungalow Zervos said she told her father what happened and asked him for advice about what to do She decided to keep her appointment at the golf course She said she met Trump at the golf course got a tour from the manager and then never saw him again Zervos said she called Trump and told him she was upset and that “I felt I was being penalized for not sleeping with him” “Even though Mr Trump had sexually harassed me I still wanted to get a job within the Trump Organization” she said He told her to lose his phone number In a statement later Friday Trump said he “vaguely” remembers Zervos “I never met her at a hotel or greeted her inappropriately a decade ago” he said “That is not who I am as a person and it is now how I’ve conducted my life” Zervos grew emotional as she described how her dealings with Trump affected her self-image She said she wrote him an email to him about it but that he did not reply “Mr Trump when I met you I was so impressed with your talents and I wanted to be like you” she added “Instead you treated me as though I was an object to be hit upon” “You do not have the right to treat women as sexual objects just because you are a star” she concluded The press conference was scheduled for the same time as a Trump rally in which the nominee ramped up his attacks against the women accusing him of sexual assault calling them unattractive and saying 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