On Wednesday, November 2, 2016, the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) will host its 15th annual An Enduring Vision gala at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City.This year’s honorees are United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and philanthropists Frank Giustra and Steve Tisch. Emmy award-winning producer Andy Cohen will host the event.“We are excited to present the Enduring Vision Award to long-time supporters Frank Giustra and Steve Tisch, who have both been strong allies in the effort to end HIV/AIDS,” said Sir Elton John, Founder of the Elton John AIDS Foundation. “We are also very proud to present United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon with the Founder’s Award, which celebrates extraordinary contributions to the global effort to end AIDS. He continues to be a vocal supporter for LGBT equality and HIV/AIDS advocacy, declaring LGBT rights as one of the great neglected human rights issues of our time,” he continued.This year’s honorees have a long history of supporting EJAF and the global effort to end HIV/AIDS.• As Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon oversaw the launch of the Free & Equal Campaign, an international public education campaign to promote equality and acceptance for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people around the world. • As a renowned businessman, entrepreneur, and international philanthropist, Frank Giustra has donated millions of dollars to address global poverty, disaster relief, conflict prevention and resolution, health and economic development, and homelessness. • Chairman and Executive Vice President of the New York Giants, Academy Award-winning film producer, and philanthropist Steve Tisch has devoted his time and resources to ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic and to significant arts and education programs.EJAF is also delighted to announce American Airlines, BVLGARI, Robert K. Kraft, The Lauder Foundation – Leonard & Judy Lauder Fund, Fiore Group, Sands Bethlehem, and Steve Tisch as the presenting sponsors for this year’s gala.The co-sponsors for this year’s gala include: Aquilini Group, Audi, and The John R. Eckel, Jr. Foundation.“We have made tremendous progress in the fight to end AIDS. Today, more people have access to treatment and prevention medicine, and the world has increasingly become a more tolerant and compassionate place,” said David Furnish, Chairman of the Elton John AIDS Foundation. “At EJAF, we are deeply grateful to Frank and Steve for helping us in countless ways and for their tremendous generosity to numerous other worthy organizations. We’re also grateful for the Secretary-General’s on-going work to keep HIV/AIDS as a focal issue for the international community and for his deep commitment to helping us end AIDS by 2030.”Elton John and David Furnish will serve as the honorary chairs for An Enduring Vision, joined by fellow Co-Chairs Francesco Aquilini, Alec and Hilaria Baldwin, Joseph W. Blount, Heather Bresch, Don Capoccia and Tom Pegues, Stephen Carlino and Dennis Fee, Robert J. Coury, John Demsey, Jennifer Kelly Dominiquini, Sally Field, Richard Gere, Stephane Gerschel, Ilana Glazer, Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka, Charlie and Cynthia Hendon, Abbi Jacobson, Caitlyn Jenner, Mark Juliano, Billie Jean King and Ilana Kloss, Robert K. Kraft, Padma Lakshmi, Leonard A. Lauder, Matt Lauer, Cyndi Lauper, Sandra Lee, Spike and Tonya Lee, Judith Light, Susan Lucci, Jenna Lyons and Courtney Crangi, Joe McMillan, Jennifer and Howard Michaels, Thomas E. Moore III and Mark Reynolds, Matthew Morrison, James L. and Margo Nederlander, Daniel Paltridge, Lily Safra, Harvey M. Schwartz, Michael Stipe, Jeffrey and Kasia Tambor, and Darren Walker.For ticket information, please contact Andreas Schwarz at the Elton John AIDS Foundation, 212.219.0670 or [email protected] Airlines is the official airline of the Elton John AIDS Foundation.
Larissa BurnoufAPTN National NewsIt’s still hard for Marlene Bird to remember exactly what happened to her the night she was attacked and set on fire in Prince Albert last June.She recalls talking to a group of people, mostly men who seemed nice, but she didn’t know any of them.“All of a sudden I don’t know what happened but I started to get hurt, to get hit,” said Bird, 47. in an interview with APTN National News airing tonight. “I started to get hit on my head. I was trying to get up to see.”She blacked out.When Bird came to in the hospital she didn’t know what happened to her or the extent of her injuries.The back of her head was swollen from the beating and her face lacerated, partially exposed from cuts nearly taking her left eye.She was also set on fire with severe burns waist down. They were so bad doctors had to remove both of her legs.“Why did this have to happen to me?” said Bird. “What did I do so wrong to have this happen to me?”Even though she doesn’t remember the attack, Bird says she is haunted by what happened.“I kept dreaming and having some nightmares waking up just scared and shaking,” she said.Police later arrested and charged Leslie Black who’s scheduled to appear in court again later this month.Prince Albert police said they don’t expect to charge anyone else for the attack on Bird and the details of its investigation will come out in trial.For Bird, adjusting to a life with no legs, and dealing the same addictions that left her homeless, is a constant struggle.She started drinking before she was in the Grade 1 and has lost count of how many foster homes she lived in. She struggles with past sexual and physical abuse and grew up as a product residential schools and an alcoholic home.Bird is a client of the YWCA and receiving addictions counselling, as well as temporary housing.Those helping Bird are struggling to find permanent housing that is wheelchair [email protected]
20092.72.63.53.912.7 Once we have those ratings, we can add them up to get an overall score for each playoff game. Unsurprisingly, wild-card games have the lowest average score, followed by divisional games, conference championships and the Super Bowl. (Hey! It works!) But this year’s opening weekend scored lower than the typical wild-card round in three of four categories; total scoring was the only metric in which it didn’t underperform, and even then, these games were basically average by wild-card standards. Pittsburgh’s 30-12 blowout over Miami was the eighth-lowest-rated wild-card game since 1990, and the rest of the opening weekend’s slate didn’t fare much better.4The highest-rated game of the weekend was, remarkably, Houston-Oakland, which ranked 43rd among the 108 wild-card games played since 1990.Overall, it was the fourth-worst wild-card weekend since 1990 according to my measure of game quality: Wild card avg.22.214.171.124.411.7 The good news is that things should get much better from here. Although New England is a massive favorite over Houston, the rest of the divisional round is filled with high-quality teams who should be relatively closely matched. That’s not always a guarantee of great football — looking back at my college-bowl grades, how about the barn-burner that was my highest-rated matchup? (Clemson trounced Ohio State 31-0 … oops.) — but it can’t hurt, particularly after the relative snoozefest that opened the playoffs. 20126.96.36.199.913.3 199188.8.131.52.610.4 19902.33.12.43.411.2 20052.62.92.34.011.8 199184.108.40.206.510.3 20012.72.92.83.011.4 20220.127.116.11.512.0 19918.104.22.168.511.2 If you’re like me, the start of the NFL playoffs is always a source of excitement — until you remember that the two best teams in each conference have bye weeks, leaving the dregs of the postseason field to play games that aren’t much better than the league’s standard regular-season fare. Sometimes wild-card games can rise above all that, producing classic games in spite of themselves, but those games are the exception to the rule.Even by those low standards, this weekend’s wild-card action was full of duds. Texans-Raiders was one of the ugliest on-paper playoff matchups in recent memory — and it ended up being arguably the weekend’s most exciting game. Every matchup was decided by double digits, only one featured an above-average amount of scoring,1Relative to the NFL’s regular-season average of 46 total points per game. and there was only one upset in the bunch (if you even could call it that — our Elo ratings gave Oakland a slight edge over Houston, though Elo didn’t know about Oakland’s mess at QB). Add it all up, and it was one of the worst wild-card rounds since the NFL playoffs expanded to 12 teams in 1990.We can measure the quality of each playoff game using a metric similar to the one I used to grade college football bowls. To rate the NFL games, I graded each postseason matchup since 1990 by summing up four different five-point ratings2Where the average is 3, the maximum is 5, and the lowest possible score is 1.: how good the teams were, how close the game was, how many points were scored, and how much upset potential the game had.3Here’s how each is defined in more detail:How good the teams were. This is based on the harmonic mean of the two teams’ pregame Elo ratings. Better matchups, like Super Bowl XLIX between the Patriots and Seahawks, get a 5; worse ones, such as 1999’s Cardinals-Cowboys wild-card tilt, get a 1.How close the game was. For this, I estimated the average margin of the game at any given moment, from the perspective of the eventual winner. Higher grades are given to great comebacks — see the Bills’ epic 1993 victory over the Oilers — and to nail-biters like the Giants’ last-second win over Buffalo in Super Bowl XXV. Lower grades go to laughers like the Jaguars’ 62-7 demolition of Miami in 2000.How much scoring the teams did. This is just the total number of points scored in the game. (High-scoring games aren’t always exciting, but they tend to be more watchable than grind-it-out defensive struggles.) The Cardinals’ 51-45 win over the Packers in 2010 gets a 5; the Steelers’ inelegant 7-6 victory over the Patriots in 1998 gets a 1.How much upset potential the game had. All else being equal, possible upsets make for interesting games. So for this category, I estimated the underdog’s average win probability at any given moment in the game. Games where the underdog dominates, such as when Baltimore thrashed New England in 2010, score highest; ones where the favorite’s victory was never in doubt, like when Tim Tebow’s Broncos never had a chance against the Pats in 2012, score lowest. 20062.13.22.92.710.9 20072.23.12.93.711.9 Conf. champ.3.63.13.03.112.8 19922.214.171.124.211.6 20126.96.36.199.011.1 20188.8.131.52.010.7 20184.108.40.206.211.5 20042.12.83.33.711.9 199220.127.116.11.813.2 20102.33.23.03.912.4 20082.53.22.93.512.1 19918.104.22.168.211.1 19922.214.171.124.610.3 199126.96.36.199.511.5 The best NFL wild-card weekends (1990-present) 20188.8.131.52.612.4 Super Bowl4.13.03.23.313.6 Divisional3.13.03.03.012.0 20032.32.93.12.911.2 20002.53.32.64.112.5 PLAYOFF YEARGOOD TEAMSCLOSE GAMESHI SCORINGUPSET CHANCETOTAL SCORE 199184.108.40.206.612.2 AVERAGE SCORE OF GAMES IN ROUND Each game is graded on a five-point scale in four categories: how good the teams were, how close the score was throughout the game, how many points were scored and the chances of an upset throughout the game.Based on data from Pro-Football-Reference.com 20022.03.23.43.912.6