Hollywood superstar Ricky Gervais has launched an urgent appeal for members of the public to get behind Animal Defenders International (ADI) and stand up for African lions, at this month’s CITES conference (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) in Johannesburg.
The 183 countries which are signatories to the CITES trade restrictions will decide in Johannesburg which species need further protection, and which species will endure further killing and trade. Species covered by CITES are listed by Appendices I (highest level of protection), II and III, according to the level of risk to survival of the species.
ADI supports the proposal to uplist African lion populations to Appendix I of CITES, ensuring they receive the highest level of protection. ADI is also supporting the proposal to set up standards for the international trade in hunting trophies, which would remove the “personal and household effects” exemption, meaning exporting countries would have to issue export permits for all hunted species in both Appendix I and II.
Ricky Gervais says “The survival of the African lion hangs in the balance. We must stop blood-thirsty hunters from decimating our wildlife for a barbaric adrenaline rush or trophy piece to show off to their mates. To help save this incredible species please take action today.”
Members of the public can make their voices heard by spreading awareness about the danger to lions and other animals through social media, and join ADI’s CITESThunderclap
Animal Defenders International President Jan Creamer says: “It is clear that we are at risk of being the generation that allowed a magnificent species to disappear from the wild. Shocking crimes like the killing of Cecil in Zimbabwe last year; lured from his safe area, shot with an arrow, suffering and stalked for nearly two days and then gunned down, shame us all.”
Earlier this year, ADI rescued over 100 animals from circuses and the illegal wildlife trade in Peru and Colombia, including lions, bears, tigers, monkeys and others. ADIand the governments of Peru and Columbia collaborated for the unprecedented Spirit of Freedom operation and the animals were nursed back to health and rehomed in their natural habitats, with 33 African lions returned to their native Africa to start a new life at Emoya Big Cat Sanctuary in South Africa where ADI is funding their lifelong care.
Sep 15, 2016 01:30 pm
An impressive 1.25 million dollars was raised at the annual Bovet 1822 Artists for Peace and Justice (APJ) Festival Fair presented at Casa Loma.
Co-chaired by Natasha Koifman and Suzanne Boyd, the event was co-hosted by an influential team, including APJ Founder, Paul Haggis, Jeremy Renner, Jim Belushi, Catherine Keener, Maria Bello, Maxwell, Jimmy Jean-Louis, George Stroumboulopoulos, and Bovet 1822 Owner Pascal Raffy.
Held at the majestic Casa Loma (operated by Liberty Entertainment Group), the evening’s title sponsor was APJ strategic partner Bovet 1822. Thanks to the exceptional support of Bovet 1822, APJ is able to give 100 per cent of every dollar raised directly to supporting health, dignity and education initiatives in Haiti.
Haggis, Raffy and Bello presented J/P Haitian Relief Organization (J/P HRO) founderSean Penn with the second annual Peace and Justice Award, recognizing his extraordinary longstanding commitment to supporting communities in Haiti and promoting the ideals of peace and social justice around the world. Bello started her tribute to Penn by asking guests to declare a word that described him; when the word “Relentless” was sounded, there was a collective sigh of agreement in the room. Other words to describe the award recipient: generous, passionate, kind, fearless. Upon accepting his award, to a standing ovation, Penn encouraged every table in the room to commit to giving at least $1000 each to APJ, many making donations substantially more than this amount.
A live auction throughout the evening, led by auctioneer Stephen Ranger, helped to sell one-of-a-kind experiences that went for impressive amounts in support of the cause, including:
• Attending the premiere of Paul Haggis’s Gold, starring Matthew McConaughey;
• soul crooner Maxwell’s surprise auction item of accompanying him and Queen of R&B Mary J. Blige on their King + Queen of Hearts world tour. Some bidding from singer-songwriter Nelly Furtado and an offer of a personal massage from Maxwell himself got the auction item to go twice, for $30,000 each
• Furtado’s own auction item of a living room concert for 12 people went for $70,000;
• Jeremy Renner promised to be a perfect “gentleman” if someone bid on a date with himself; he promised to be “inappropriate” if someone bid even more. In the end, his auction item, which went for $50,000, was won by a duo Dean and Dan Caten ofDSQUARDED to go on a double date with the star for the red carpet TIFF premiere of his film The Arrival.
• A day on set with David Simon’s new HBO series The Deuce starring James Francoand Maggie Gyllenhaal went for $30,000 and;
• $45,000 was pledged for a trip via private jet with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Sophie Gregorie Trudeau and George Stroumboulopoulos to the Global Citizen Festival to hear Usher and Metric perform.
Guests in attendance were treated to a musical performance of “It’s A Wonderful World” by the indie-soul American singer-songwriter, Arum Rae. Slaight Music artist Kayla Diamond, winner of the label’s It’s Your Shot contest, also entertained the crowd earlier that evening with her alt-rock tunes.
Additional VIPs who walked the red carpet for the event, included Jimmy Jean-Louis, Maripier Morin, Peter Tunney, Gabriella Wright, Jeanne Beker, Ian Hylton, Drew and Jonathan Scott, and Kevin O’Leary.
Immediately following the 2010 earthquake, APJ funded the purchase of land and construction to build Haiti’s largest and first free high school, the Academy for Peace and Justice, which serves the poorest and most deserving youth in Port-au-Prince. The Academy reached 2800 students at full capacity in 2016 and celebrated its first graduating class, giving underprivileged children the opportunity to continue their education beyond the sixth grade.
“The Toronto APJ event is the number one fundraiser of our year. Since 2009 when we launched APJ at TIFF, we have been able to give Haitian children a chance to go to school and build a brighter future for their country,” says Haggis. “In eight years with the incredible Toronto community and our APJ family, we’ve accomplished an unbelievable amount, including celebrating the first ever graduation. Thanks to our many supporters, we’ve made great strides in bringing education, healthcare, and hope to the children of Haiti, but there continues to be so much more that we can do. Tonight, we have honoured our friends and recognized our achievements, but we must maintain the momentum to create jobs, empower young people and help support the next generation of Haitian leaders.”
In addition to the generous donations made by event attendees, organizations came together to give back. These included: Bovet 1822, Liberty Entertainment Group, Joe Fresh, Milborne Real Estate, Sentry Investments, Audi, Slaight Music, NKPR, The Farwell Group and The Remington Group.
HuffPost Originals announced today the launch of “Celebs Have Issues”, an original video series aimed at solving the world’s problems one comedy sketch at a time.
Each star-studded episode spoofs a commercial, promo, orPSA and puts serious causes such as equal pay, transgender rights, and mental health in the spotlight, using wit and laughter as a means to fight the good fight.
Each week, celebrities including Kristen Bell, Drew & Jonathan Scott, Mayim Bialik, Ty Burrell and Reid Scott will star in a custom sketch highlighting a cause of their choosing. Each individual episode will align with a charity in order to promote awareness – from I Am That Girl and Straight But Not Narrow to the National Alliance on Mental Illness and Kids In The Spotlight. The Huffington Post will work with these celebrities to create a real difference while making audiences laugh along the way.
In the premiere episode, debuted this week, Kristen Bell stars as a hilarious advocate for the very unfunny issue of women’s inequality in the workplace. The episode begs the question, “Why outsource all your production to far away countries like India, China and Narnia when we have the cheapest and best workforce right here in the good ole’ US of A: Women.” Looking for employees who smell nice, bring in baked goods and don’t complain about their working conditions? Pinksourcing is the answer for you.
Click here to watch the full episode online. New episodes will be available every Wednesday.
Sep 15, 2016 11:00 am
This week kicks off Revlon’s 2nd Annual LOVE IS ON Million Dollar Challenge, the company’s groundbreaking women’s health crowd-funding competition. The Challenge was created to generate donations for charities dedicated to women’s health issues and empower organizations that are making a real difference in women’s lives. After experiencing the positive impact last year’s Challenge had on so many charities, Revlon has expanded the Challenge this year to include — and support — even more women’s health-related causes.
The online fundraising competition goes live today on CrowdRise.com and runs through October 26th. This year, the Challenge will award the top 5 charities that raise the most funds over the course of the 6 weeks, including a $1 Million donation awarded to the first place organization, $100,000 for second place, $75,000 for third place, $50,000 for fourth place, and $25,000 for fifth place.
“For more than two decades, Revlon has actively supported women’s health issues and has been a champion for women’s progress,” says Fabian Garcia, CEO of Revlon. “The Revlon LOVE IS ON Million Dollar Challenge philanthropic platform allows us to leverage our brand, community and resources to make a positive impact on many of the leading health issues facing women today.”
Over 100 women’s health-related charities — ranging from breast cancer, cardiac health, neurological disorders, autoimmune diseases, diabetes and much more — have signed up to compete in the Challenge. With Revlon offering multiple donation incentives, including weekly bonus awards, organizations can rally their networks to leverage the power of community – and love – to drive donations.
Revlon Global Brand Ambassador Olivia Wilde voiced her support for the Challenge with a special call-to-action message that urges people to help spread the power of love by donating to their favorite charity.
There are several ways individuals can show their support for competing charities in the Revlon LOVE IS ON Million Dollar Challenge:
• By making a direct donation to their charity of choice through the Challenge homepage.
• By creating a personal fundraising page on CrowdRise, linking to their specific charity, and reaching out to their network to raise donations throughout the Challenge
• By sharing their support on social media and inspiring others to donate to their beloved charity, using the Revlon love sign and #RevlonMillion hashtag
The winner of the Revlon LOVE IS ON Million Dollar Challenge will be announced in November 2016 at an event co-hosted by Revlon’s Global Brand Ambassadors. For more information about the Revlon LOVE IS ON 2016 Million Dollar Challenge, to see a list of participating charities and to make a donation, visit: www.revlon.com/milliondollarchallenge or www.crowdrise.com/revlonchallenge, and follow Revlon’s social channels (@Revlon).
The American Red Cross is proud to be featured in SULLY, the newly released film featuring the “Miracle on the Hudson” and the aftermath experienced by hero pilot Captain Chelsley “Sully” Sullenberger.
Included in the movie are nearly a dozen Red Cross volunteers and employees who serve as extras after serving a real-life role in the Red Cross response effort more than six and half years ago.
Among those who helped reenact the response was Chris Mercado, a volunteer who helped hand out blankets to survivors. Watch Mercado’s interview.
“I think that was one of the most important aspects of our relief efforts,” said Mercado. “It shows how quickly the Red Cross responded, how involved we were and how the shoot stayed true to the services we rendered that day.”
Volunteer, Sally Phipps, joined the Red Cross after seeing the organization’s response to the Flight 800 crash in 1996. Since volunteering, she had responded to two previous plane crashes both with tragic loss of life.
“I went into this response thinking the results were going to be the same as the other two plane crashes,” said Phipps. “To go and see passengers get off the ferry safely was amazing!”
Phipps oversaw the passenger area for the Red Cross at the Piers and shared how a man called more than a week after the response to express his gratitude to Phipps for lending his wife her personal cell phone to let him know she was safe. Watch Phipps’ interview.
“It was an extraordinary testament to what the Red Cross does for people during some of their hardest times,” said Phipps.
Red Cross volunteer Dottie Brier recalls responding to a hotel in Queens where passengers and crew members were being taken. There her role was providing disaster mental health care to help people cope with their reactions to the devastating situation. She says working on the film brought mixed emotions.
“It was unbelievable that everyone had survived,” said Brier. “I remember being shocked.”
Brier says reenacting the day brought mixed emotions but was still an exciting experience working alongside Tom Hanks and Clint Eastwood.
“We spent the whole day there in the pouring rain re-doing the scenes over and over again. We’d take Red Cross blankets, run up to the people coming off the rescue boats, walk them through the pier and then fold the blankets to start again,” says Brier. “It was interesting to see how much goes into filming a movie. It was hard work!”
Jet Support Services, Inc. (JSSI) is pleased to provide a roundtrip flight on a Boeing Business Jet to bring the children and teachers of the Voices of Haiti Choir to New York City for a week of concerts with Andrea Bocelli.
The flight is being labeled the “Voices of Haiti Flight.” JSSI is also hosting a special “Voices of Haiti Cruise” to the Statue of Liberty with the Andrea Bocelli Family, the Book Family, and Martha Stewart. Martha will be welcoming the children from Haiti, to demonstrate the value of healthy and delicious nutrition.
Neil W. Book, CEO of JSSI, said, “All of us at JSSI have great respect and admiration for Andrea and Veronica Bocelli, and for the many humanitarian contributions theAndrea Bocelli Foundation and the St. Luke Foundation are making in Haiti.”
“Veronica and I are grateful for the many wonderful contributions that my good friends Bob and Amy Book and the entire JSSI organization are making to the Andrea Bocelli Foundation and to the St. Luke Foundation. Their generosity and active participation with the children will inspire them and the People of Haiti for many years to come,” said Andrea Bocelli.
Earlier this week, actress Shailene Woodley brought a guest with her the premiere of her upcoming film, “Snowden.”
Bobbi Jean Three Legs, 25, is a youth leader of the campaign to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline, which is set to cross the Missouri River less than a mile from her home on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota.
Bobbi Jean lead a group of over 30 youth who ran from the reservation in North Dakota all the way to Washington, D.C., to deliver then 150,000 signatures from their petitionasking the Army Corps of Engineers to reverse their permit for the construction project. Today, their Change.org petition has over 300,000 signatures, and Bobbi Jean is one of thousands of people from across the continent who are camping out near the pipeline’s construction to observe and stop it. Several people have already been arrested for peacefully chaining themselves to construction equipment, while other water protectors have been attacked by dogs, brought in by Dakota Access LLC’s private security firm.
Bobbi Jean joined Shailene after months of support from the actress, who joined the youth for part of their run to D.C., and camped out with the water protectors for a month. Watch her and Shailene walk down the red carpet on her Facebook page.
Sep 15, 2016 06:30 am
BGC Partners, Inc. (NASDAQ: BGCP) (“BGC Partners” or “BGC”), a leading global brokerage company servicing the financial and real estate markets, announced today that BGC, together with its affiliate Cantor Fitzgerald, raised approximately $12 million for charities around the world, at the companies’ 12th annual Charity Day on Monday, September 12, 2016.
Each year, BGC and Cantor Fitzgerald donate 100% of the global revenues generated on Charity Day to the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund and dozens of charities around the world.
“Since first established 12 years ago, Charity Day has symbolized the importance our company places on making a difference in the world and paying tribute in a positive way to the loved ones we lost on this anniversary of a day that is forever in our memory,” said Howard W. Lutnick, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of BGCPartners. “We are honored to be able to support a multitude of worthy charities and causes around the world, and I am deeply grateful for the generosity that our clients, partners and employees have continued to demonstrate for our philanthropic efforts on Charity Day and throughout the year.”
Charity Day has raised approximately $137 million globally since its inception. Held in commemoration of the 658 Cantor employees and 61 Eurobrokers employees lost in the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks, Charity Day, in conjunction with the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund, has expanded its mission to assist charitable causes worldwide.
BGC President Shaun D. Lynn, said: “We are proud to be connected to such impactful charities around the world and inspired by our clients and employees’ continued dedication to Charity Day’s mission of helping others in need. It is because of these valued partners and our celebrity guests who come to BGC Partners trading floors and help raise funds on that day, that we can truly make a meaningful contribution and offer financial assistance to so many outstanding organizations globally.”
BGC Charity Day was held in BGC offices across the globe including: London, New York, Paris, Hong Kong, São Paulo, Singapore, Sydney, and other locations.
Distinguished guests representing participating charities joined licensed brokers on the trading floors to conduct transactions with clients. In London, BGC’s affiliated charities and guest ambassadors included: actors and musicians Tom Hardy, Lindsay Lohan; comedians John Bishop, Al Murray; sports stars Anthony Joshua, Andy Carroll, Mark Cavendish, David Haye, Chris Eubank Sr. and Chris Eubank Jr. Also attending were English socialite Pippa Middleton and model Jodie Kidd.
Sep 15, 2016 06:00 am
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