Cesar Millan gave some handy hints in the Huffington Post prior to Independence Day on how to keep your pets happy during fireworks and celebrations.“Whether it’s a huge show put on by a city or just the neighbors setting off firecrackers in the backyard, it can be a loud experience, and very frightening and stressful for our dogs. More runaway dogs are rounded up in the days after Independence Day than at any other time. Running away is just one possible result of a dog’s reaction to a sudden loud noise.“When a dog is not calm and balanced, it will react to a stimulus in one of three ways: fight, flight, or avoidance. It will attack, run away, or hide. “Flight” and “avoidance” may sound like the same thing, but they’re not, and the difference is important. A dog in flight will run away from everything, while a dog avoiding will go to a familiar, safe place, like under a bed or into its kennel.“All dogs react differently to the noise of fireworks. If you’re lucky (or have prepared your dog properly), then they’ll just ignore them. Barking at the sound is also a common reaction of the “fight” sort. Trying desperately to get out of the house by scratching at walls or doors or running around is flight, while disappearing into a safe “den” is avoidance.“The first thing to remember when your dog is in any unbalanced state is to withhold affection. This can be difficult to do, but it’s best for your dog in the long run. If you pick up or hold a dog that’s scared and try to pet and reassure them, this will not calm them down. All it does is tell them that you approve of their mental state at that time. Give affection to a frightened dog and you will teach your dog to be afraid of everything.“Ideally, you should prepare your dogs well ahead of time for the loud noises of fireworks by gradually desensitizing them — playing the noises of fireworks while distracting them, for example. If you haven’t had a chance to do this, then there’s still time between now and the Fourth to get ready. Here are some things you can do:1. Relocate If your dog does react badly to fireworks, try to arrange to keep her in a place where there won’t be any loud displays, such as at a friend’s or relative’s house, or at a professional dog boarding facility with which your dog is familiar. If the place is unfamiliar, try to take your dog there a few times before the holiday so it won’t be a big surprise when you leave her there on the day of.2. Exercise If you can’t arrange for your dog to be elsewhere, then take him on a long walk before the festivities start in order to drain his energy, making him less likely to become excited when the fireworks go off. Your dog should be completely exhausted, leaving his brain tired enough that he won’t be able to concentrate on the noise.3. Disguise No, this doesn’t involve putting a funny mask on your dog. Disguise the sound of fireworks by using dog-safe ear protection, like Mutt Muffs, which go over a dog’s ears like headphones. Note that you should never use any kind of plug that goes inside of a dog’s ear. Since the openings are so much larger and deeper than in human ears, it would be very easy to lose an earplug inside, leading to a trip to the vet. Blocking the noise, though, may help minimize reactions to it.4. Distract When the fireworks go off, try engaging your dog in obedience behavior, having her do whatever tricks you’ve taught her for treats. If you have a treadmill, now is a great time to have your dog walk on it — the forward motion will re-direct her brain away from the fireworks and focus it on the physical action. Finally, scent is another great way to distract your dog by engaging her nose.5. Restrain It can help to keep your dog on-leash, even indoors, during the fireworks — but especially if you have to be outdoors. This will give you control over him, and keep him from being able to run away if his reaction is flight. It is also very important that your dog wears proper I.D. at all times, as well as has a microchip, in case he does run away.6. Maintain Remember, it is up to you to show calm, assertive leadership when the loud noises start. If you go about your business and don’t make a big deal about it, you’ll help your dog to understand that nothing terrible is going to happen. By not altering your routine, you help make the fireworks part of that routine for your dog.“Most of all, know your dog and know what to expect. If your dog is the type to try hiding from the noises, then have a kennel ready in advance so she has a safe place to run to. If your dog tends to get hyperactive or aggressive, then plan ahead with plenty of exercise.”To read more of Cesar’s hints, read his blog on HuffingtonPost.com.
17-year-old New Zealander Lorde has won over the music industry with her chart-topping hit “Royals,” which reigned at number one for nine straight weeks. Now, the alt-pop princess is giving her fans the chance to see her live and get the royal treatment at Coachella.Lorde has partnered with global charity auction site Charitybuzz to give two heroines two VIP passes to Weekend Two of the sold-out festival (April 18-20) and the chance to sit side stage during her performance. The winners will also to catch performances from OutKast, Pharrell Williams, Muse, Arcade Fire, Foster the People and many more.Bidding on this experience is open through March 20 here. Proceeds support Sweet Relief Musicians Fund, which provides financial assistance to all types of career musicians who are struggling to make ends meet.For more chances to see and meet incredible artists like Muse, Arcade and Foster the People at Coachella, Bonnaroo, Outside Lands and other music festivals visit www.charitybuzz.com/theme/MusicFestivals.Charitybuzz raises funds for nonprofits by auctioning thousands of incredible experiences spanning the best of pop culture. Since launching, the company has raised over $100 million for charity by giving bidders the chance to live their dreams and make a difference.
Sting and Trudie Styler hosted their 25th anniversary Rainforest Fund Benefit Concert on Thursday.The show, which took place at New York’s Carnegie Hall, featured performances from a plethora of stars including Paul Simon, James Taylor, Dionne Warwick, Stephen Stills, Patti Scialfa and Renee Fleming.Also making appearances at the event were Bill Clinton and Kevin Spacey. Among the famous faces spotted in the crowd were Rita Wilson and Melanie Griffith.The concert raised awareness and funds for the important work the Rainforest Fund provides to communities of indigenous peoples throughout Brazil and other countries including Belize, Cameroon, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Indonesia, Madagascar, Mexico, Nicaragua, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Suriname and Venezuela.The biennial Rainforest Fund concert provides a major source of funding for the work of the Fund, which was started by Sting and Trudie in 1989, out of a desire to help a community of indigenous Amazonian people in Brazil. Since this humble start, the work of the Fund has expanded to include 23 countries on three continents. Partnering with more than 100 local organizations, The Fund seeks to conserve the environment as well as support hundreds of thousands of indigenous people in their fight to protect their rights to their own land, livelihoods and cultures.
On Saturday, November 8, Ray Romano hosted the International Myeloma Foundation 8th Annual Comedy Celebration at The Wilshire Ebell Theatre & Club in Los Angeles.The Cast Of Celebrity AutographCredit/Copyright: Angela Weiss – Getty Images for IMFFor the first time, the annual event featured a one-night only presentation of Celebrity Autobiography, a smash comedy hit featuring outrageous celebrity memoirs acted out hilariously on stage by an all-star cast.The cast included Danny DeVito (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia), Lucy DeVito (Deadbeat), Patricia Heaton (The Middle, Everybody Loves Raymond), Howard Hesseman (Head of the Class), Alex Meneses (Everybody Loves Raymond), Laraine Newman (The Boxtrolls, Saturday Night Live), Lesley Nicol(Downton Abbey), Eugene Pack (Celebrity Autobiography Creator), Rhea Perlman (The Mindy Project), Dayle Reyfel (Celebrity Autobiography Creator), Doris Roberts (Everybody Loves Raymond), and Rita Wilson (The Good Wife).Among those in attendance included Event Chair Loraine Boyle, Tony Denison (Major Crimes), Dr. Brian Durie (IMF Chairman of the Board), Susie Novis (IMF President), and more.Proceeds from the IMF 8th Annual Comedy Celebration benefited the Peter Boyle Research Fund and supported the Black Swan Research Initiative (BSRI), a groundbreaking and internationally collaborative effort to find pathway to a cure for myeloma. Renowned actor Peter Boyle died in late 2006 after a four-year battle with myeloma, an incurable cancer of the bone marrow and one of the fastest growing blood cancers in the world. Through laughter, the event honors Boyle and raises money for research to find a cure.
In a first of its kind program, GRAMMY Award-winning singer, songwriter and actress Ashanti has released her newest single, “Let’s Go,” but needs fans’ help to bring it to life.Until fans hydrate the song with digital water by using the hashtag #DrinkUpAshanti on social media, the song is low-fi and the video is stripped down. The more donations, the better the sound and sharper the video, until it’s ready for everyone to download and enjoy.This collaboration is Ashanti’s latest work with First Lady Michelle Obama’s Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) and its Drink Up effort, which encourages everyone to drink more water more often.“With their hard work and creativity, groups like Drink Up have encouraged people across the country to drink more water, and they have helped increase demand for — and sales of — healthier products,” said First Lady Michelle Obama. “From talking fountains to surfing competitions and now through partnerships with artists like Ashanti, Drink Up is proving that if we promote healthier options in fun and exciting ways, and make those options affordable and accessible for families, we can continue to make the healthy choice the easy choice.”By using the hashtag #DrinkUpAshanti, anyone can help replenish the single and music video, which are available at DrinkUpAshanti.com. The more often the hashtag appears on Instagram or Twitter, the more ‘hydrated’ the single becomes, until eventually the complete song is released.Simultaneously, the song’s video will transform from a black, white and gray color scheme to a gorgeous, richly colored palette that features flowers created by the aggregated tweets. Fans will also be able to go on DrinkUpAshanti.com and see which aspects of the video their tweets brought to life.“I love that my song is being used to encourage people to make a really easy choice: drinking more water every day,” Ashanti said. “It’s even more rewarding when it’s being done in a creative, positive way. Drinking water is in … it’s just cool and sexy. You are what you drink, so drink up. It’s also a pleasure to work with the First Lady again to help make the healthy choice the easy choice.”Previously, Ashanti lent her talents to Partnership for a Healthier America by participating in an album titled, Songs for a Healthier America released in 2014.Led by PHA, Drink Up was launched in 2013 to encourage people to drink more water more often. “Let’s Go” will be released in four phases, from dehydrated to hydrated. Each time someone uses the hashtag, they will be able to see and hear the results of their contribution. The song will fill in little by little, and once fully hydrated, it will be released for sale on iTunes.“This collaboration with Ashanti is a whole new way for a brand and an artist to work together, and we are looking forward to seeing how quickly Ashanti’s fans can make her newest single drop,” said Drew Nannis, PHA’s chief marketing officer.The #DrinkUpAshanti social campaign and music video have been created by ad agencies Y&R (Young & Rubicam) and VML New York.For more information about Ashanti, visit: ashantithisisme.com. For more information about Drink Up, visit www.YouAreWhatYouDrink.org
Advertisement Advertisement Borg/McEnroe, starring Shia LaBeouf and Sverrir Gudnason, will have its world premiere as the opening film of the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival. (Nordisk Film) Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook “The story of this nail-biter matchup changed the sport of tennis forever, and the outstanding performances from LaBeouf and Gudnason will be a spectacular way for Festival-goers to kick things off,” TIFF director and CEO Piers Handling said in a statement.Danish director Metz, whose 2010 Afghan war documentary Armadillo earned the Critics Week Grand Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, “brings that same tension to Borg/McEnroe,” added TIFF artistic director Cameron Bailey.“The on-court scenes have the dynamism of a street battle, and the drama peels back layers from what we know about both players. This was more than a simple conflict pitting an icy European against an impulsive American. Audiences are in for one hell of a showdown.”Handling and Bailey unveiled a first batch of films slated for this year’s festival last week. Upcoming announcements will highlight Canadian selections and additional titles earmarked for the festival this fall.The 2017 Toronto International Film Festival runs September 7-17. A film revisiting an epic professional sports rivalry — between brash American star John McEnroe and Swedish legend Bjorn Borg — will kick off this year’s Toronto International Film Festival.TIFF Festival organizers announced Borg/McEnroe, directed by Janus Metz, as the opening film of this year’s edition.The film stars Shia LaBeouf, Sverrir Gudnason and Stellan Skarsgard. Login/Register With: Advertisement
MELANIE JOLY – KARL JESSY PHOTOGRAPHS Twitter Advertisement Login/Register With: Our instincts in the internet age tell us we cannot retreat from this global playing field. Canada can and must engage with star players on the international stage. We believe Minister Joly’s long-term strategy will see Canada seize this massive opportunity while keeping Canadian creators at the table.The noise aside, it’s that tension at the heart of this dilemma: In a world where our daily lives are soaked in a sea of global media, can Canada set its own course? In this age of connectivity, can we still shape our own identity?You’ll have to forgive Canadian filmmakers for feeling like we’ve seen this movie before — it ended forty years ago with the creation of Canadian content regulations and the CRTC.READ MORE LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Two weeks ago, Heritage Minister Melanie Joly unveiled her vision for cultural policy in the internet age.The digital ink is still spilling.Hundreds of column inches have been filled in both official languages. The questions raised are as profound as they are numerous: The fate of film, television, music and journalism. Protecting French-language production. Declining revenues for some. Exploding innovation and record profits for others. Creators caught between telecoms, broadcasters and government. Facebook Advertisement
APTN National NewsA new study from scientists at the University of British Columbia has made an alarming discovery.The study found that predatory fish in the world’s oceans are disappearing, including sharks, bluefin tuna and swordfish.This is creating a growing imbalance in the food chain, the study found.APTN National News reporter Tina House has this story.
APTN National NewsThe family of a 14 year-old boy who died in Labrador last week is speaking out.Burton Winters went missing on Sunday.His body was located kilometers from where his snowmobile was discovered.The family released a statement on the weekend criticizing the department of National Defence for talking too long to help with the search.“Burton’s determination to get home outshined any efforts put forward by the Department of National Defence,” the statement said. “We cannot stand for this lack of service to continue in Newfoundland and Labrador. This is the time for someone to step up and take responsibility (for the) poor decision making (and) ensure that this doesn’t happen to another innocent family.”The Department of National Defence is investigating the incident.
APTN National NewsAs the Dakota in Manitoba continue their fight against the provincial government to sell cheap cigarettes, they also continue to claim their tribe is a sovereign nation.They’re calling on the federal government to come to an agreement over their rights.Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan was in Winnipeg Thursday and APTN National News reporter Meagan Fiddler found out what the minister had to say about the situation.
APTN National News EDMONTON– Members of the Samson Cree Nation plan to block an Alberta highway Wednesday in support of IdleNoMore and Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence’s hunger strike.The Samson Cree Nation issued a statement Tuesday saying the blockade of provincial Hwy 2A would begin at 11:15 a.m. local time and run until 12:15 p.m. The blockade will shut down a portion of the highway between Hwy 611 West and the Pe Sakastew Correctional Centre, the statement said.The statement said the blockade will be peaceful.“Pipes will be lifted in support of IdleNoMore,” said the statement. “The presence of the pipe signifies the pipe laws of gentleness, compassion and mutual respect.”On Monday, thousands of people across the country took to the streets in support of Indigenous rights under the banner of IdleNoMore. The next day, on Tuesday, Spence began her hunger strike in Ottawa which she says will continue until Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Queen Elizabeth II agree to a treaty meeting with First Nations leaders.“We are taking this opportunity, coinciding with the 12th hour of the 12th day of December 2012, to bring awareness to First Nations’ opposition to legislation proposed by the Harper government,” said the statement, posted on the band’s website. “We also want people to bring attention to the hunger strike started…by Chief Theresa Spence.”The statement said the Harper government is pushing a number of pieces of legislation that “directly undermines First Nations’ right of self-determination.”Samson Cree Nation is about 97 kilometres south of Edmonton.
APTN National NewsThe province of Manitoba says it will bring forward recommendations from the Phoenix Sinclair inquiry sooner than expected.The media spotlight has been on the province’s child welfare system again this week.But the minister responsible is adamant this development is about action and not a response to criticism.Sinclair was murdered by her mom and her mom’s boyfriend when the child was supposed to be under the watch of child services.APTN’s Dennis Ward has the story.
Kent Driscoll APTN National News Nunavut faces the highest grocery costs in the country. So, it probably comes as no surprise that plenty of people in the territory simply can’t afford to eat.Now, that problem is growing into a crisis.70 percent of Inuit families in Nunavut are food insecure, which is eight times higher than the national rate.A $20,000 shortfall in the capitol’s food bank could mean a hungry spring for some Iqaluit families in firstname.lastname@example.org
Chris StewartAPTN National NewsThe construction of BC Hydro’s Site C Dam cleared a major hurdle this summer after approval of some permits by Ottawa.Treaty 8 members from B.C. and Alberta, however, are continuing their opposition to the massive project they say will damage their water supply.Now a group whose goal is to protect water in Canada has joined the fight.
(Cars and tires were set ablaze as police moved in on a barricade across a North Dakota highway. (Photo: Dennis Ward/APTN)Dennis WardAPTN National NewsMore than 100 people were arrested in a chaotic day in North Dakota as local and state police moved in on a camp along highway 1806 near where the Dakota Access pipeline is being built.Smoke filled the air as tires were set ablaze and police fired pepper spray, rubber bullets while sound canons blared ear-splitting blasts in an effort to push people south of the camp.The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe of South Dakota say the land where the pipeline is being built is on sacred email@example.com
Tamara PimentelAPTN NewsThe dogs are ready to run.“These dogs love it,” said Canzada Maruskie, dog musher. “If they couldn’t run they wouldn’t have anything to do at that point, they love what they are doing.”So do their owners.The Maruskie family traveled over 3,600 kilometres from Alaska to be at the South Slave Arctic Winter Games.They’ve also been doing it for a while and picked up a few things along the way.“We don’t feed them the morning before the race, pretty much the only thing that we do differently,” said Zachary Maruskie. “Some mushers probably do that too. It’s just so they don’t poop on the trail.”However, some issues came up they couldn’t account for.A minimum of four teams are needed for dog sledding at the games, according to the official rules.In 2016, host Greendland didn’t offer the sport.But it appears the games are making an exception this year with only two teams entered.“We are already prepared, we already paid, we got sponsors, we got all this stuff to do, you can’t just cancel it at the last minute,” said Scott Maruskie.firstname.lastname@example.org
(Hereditary Chief Ernest Alfred, left, and his niece Karissa Glendale have been ordered by the courts to vacate a fish farm on their traditional territory)Laurie HamelinAPTN News SaturdayHereditary Chief Ernest Alfred and his niece Karissa Glendale say they have no intention of stopping their work trying to shut down a fish farm on their traditional territory.On Thursday, the B.C. Supreme Court ordered the two from the ‘Namgis First Nation, to vacate Swanson Island salmon farm.“Marine Harvest must think that we will simply go away if we are no longer occupying, but that won’t happen,” said Alfred.“I’m going to make even more noise, knock on more doors of politicians, now that I’ll have time.”Alfred and Glendale, among others, have been occupying Swanson Island for almost 270 days.The open-net fish farm, owned by Marine Harvest, the world’s largest producer of farmed Atlantic salmon, is located off northern Vancouver Island in ‘Namgis’ traditional territory.Swanson Island fish farm.The ʼNamgis say the fish farm is operating without their consent.They believe that open-net fish farms pose a serious threat to wild salmon, and they want Swanson Island removed.But instead, on May 17, the court ordered the occupiers to leave and remove all their belongings by 6 p.m. Saturday, May 19.The ‘Namgis, along with a collection of First Nations in B.C.’s Broughton Archipelago, are putting pressure on the Provincial government to pull fish farm tenures.“22 are up for renewal in a month,” said Alfred. “The tenure for Swanson Island expires on June 20th.”“This latest move by Marine Harvest to eject us from our own land is a desperate act.”Alfred and Glendale were also ordered to remain off 12 other fish farms and related sites owned by Marine Harvest until the hearing on June 25.If anyone occupies any of Marine Harvest’s facilities between now and the hearing, the fish farm company has the right to return to court on 48 hours’ notice.“We asked for a court injunction after our employees endured many months of aggressive protest activities,” said Jeremy Dunn, a spokesperson for Marine Harvest.“In Canada, everyone has the right to peaceful protest, but not when it interferes with legitimate activities or crosses the line into aggressive, bullying behaviour.”But Alfred doesn’t agree with Marine Harvest.Last fall the salmon protectors moved from living on the actual grates of the fish farm to occupying abandoned cabins built by Marine Harvest just a few hundred meters away on land.The occupiers monitor and document activities at Swanson Island from a deck overlooking the fish farm.“We have not harassed or bullied staff,” said Alfred. “In fact, Marine Harvest assaulted my niece.”Alfred alleges that two men arrived unannounced and attempted to push passed Glendale on a ramp leading up to the cabins.RCMP investigated the incident, but no charges were laid.“We’ve actually accommodated them every step of the way, even when we lost our bid for an injunction against them re-stocking the fish farm.”“We had no choice but to stand by and watch.”Although Alfred is disappointed with the court order, he says he’s not afraid of another court battle.“It’s frustrating and sad that we have to leave our own land, but our people have been put through the ringer before, and we will survive this too.”email@example.com@laurie_hamelin
Tina HouseAPTN NewsClose to 100 people risked arrest as they gathered in front of Kinder Morgan’s Westridge Dock in Burnaby, B.C.Alongside them was a heavy police presence.But the people who were there say they will continue to fight the Trans Mountain pipeline extension – no matter who owns firstname.lastname@example.org@inthehouse7
For up-to-date road conditions, visit DriveBC.ca. UPDATE: Cpl. Madonna Saunderson with North District Traffic Services said that the travel advisory has been extended to Highway 16 from Bednesti to Crescent Spur because of blowing snow. She added that poor visibility conditions are expected to persist into the evening.MACKENZIE, B.C. — Officials with the Ministry of Transportation have issued a Travel Advisory on Highway 97 south of the Mackenzie Junction.DriveBC.ca is reporting that a Travel Advisory has been issued for Highway 97 from the junction with Highway 39 south of Mackenzie all the way to the community of Stoner, roughly 36 kilometres south of Prince George. The advisory has been issued because of limited visibility due to blowing snow.
DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – Officials with the City of Dawson Creek say they’ve managed to stem the rise of floodwaters in the creek at bear’s the city’s name.The City’s General Manager of Development Services Kevin Henderson said that the 17th St. Bridge has reopened after workers were able to divert some of the creek’s water. He said that maintenance workers brought in pumps to divert the flow of water over the culverts where Dawson Creek passes underneath 102nd Ave.Henderson said that the action of the pumps along with a smaller amount of snow melt that travelled downstream into the city yesterday meant crews were able to keep the flow of water from cresting any of the roads in the city. Henderson said he suspects the reason for the so-far intense snow melt is due to the higher than normal snow pack in the Peace Region this year, and because the region didn’t see a mid-winter similar to the past three winters. Henderson added that just because crews beat Mother Nature this time around, that doesn’t mean the city will be getting complacent, as there is still some time before all of the snow still blanketing the Northern Rockies is completely melted.