Operation Smile and Tony Hawk will launch a new video on January 10 sharing the story of how a smile can change forever.Tony Hawk and Operation SmileThe Change Forever campaign is designed to make a lasting impact for children born with clefts each and every day, who are often unable to speak or eat properly and are shunned and ostracized from their community. Every child – no matter where they are born – deserves access to safe surgical care.The Change Forever campaign marks 30 years of Operation Smile, and will feature an online and social media campaign featuring world-renowned athlete Tony Hawk, which encourages individuals to take a pledge, share their smile, and help create greater awareness of the issue of clefting and the impact a smile can have in changing forever the life of a child.The campaign will also feature transformational stories and 30 years of global insights by the people who have been touched by Operation Smile, including the organization’s celebrity Smile Ambassadors such as Roma Downey, Jessica Simpson, Brooke Burke-Charvet, Zachary Levi, Giuliana Rancic, Donald Trump, Jr., Billy Bush and so many others.“A smile is truly a platform to change everything,” said Bill Kliewer, CEO of Operation Smile. “We’ve treated children in some of the world’s hardest to reach places and given them new lives. Over the last 30 years, we’ve made incredible progress training doctors to provide safe surgery and quality care in the developing world, and building medical capacity in our partner countries. However, we must redouble our efforts. There are too many preventable deaths for children with clefts, and there are too many children dying because they have no access to safe surgery.”With the help of medical volunteers from over 80 countries and generous supporters who share a vision to save children’s lives, Operation Smile has provided more than 3.5 million healthcare evaluations, and over 200,000 free reconstructive surgeries worldwide. With as little as $240 dollars, a surgery that can take as few as 45 minutes can transform the life of a child forever.Operation Smile is dedicated to creating self-sufficiency in developing countries by training local doctors and medical professionals who are then empowered to treat their own local communities year-round. Over the course of its history, Operation Smile has strengthened local healthcare infrastructures and built medical capacity while working closely with local communities, ministries of health, and governments. In this way, Operation Smile has served as a catalyst for tens of thousands more surgeries through its medical training and surgical programs that are creating sustainability with partner countries. Operation Smile also engages in research and maternal, newborn and child health initiatives to help prevent the occurrence of cleft and educate families on how to best care for children born with facial deformities. Operation Smile’s programs have a permanent impact, so every child born with a cleft can receive not only surgery, but related care, such as speech therapy, to help them reach their full potential.To find out more about Tony Hawk’s video, click here.
VfB Stuttgart sporting director Michael Reschke is confident Benjamin Pavard will rediscover his best form in timeThe 22-year-old defender made a name for himself at the recent World Cup, where his impressive displays helped France on their way to a second world title at Russia.Due to this, Pavard had been a target for some of Europe’s biggest clubs in the summer. But the Frenchman remained loyal to Stuttgart.Although Pavard’s poor display in Stuttgart’s 0-4 defeat to Borussia Dortmund last Saturday, which involved a costly individual error, capped off a bad start to the season.Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“We knew ‘Benji’ would need some time to get back to his top level after his trumphant World Cup. But we believe he is on the right path,” Reschke told Bild.Pavard has not missed a minute of Stuttgart’s eight Bundesliga games this season.Although his dip in form also coincides with Stuttgart’s own domestic struggles as they are 17th in the league table with just five points.
Trade between the United States and Russia spiked by 7% despite the economic sanctions levied by the US on the country, President Vladimir Putin said.Both countries were surprised by the trade stats. Data from the US Commerce Department show that US exports to Russia increased by 1% in 2014. However, imports from Russia are down 13%, The Washington Post reported.”When I looked at the statistic today . . . [it] even surprised me a little,” Putin told Interfax, the Russian news agency.The report does come as a surprise because Western sanctions against Russia have been tight and that has strained relationship between the two countries.More recently, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in an interview with a local newspaper that the Western sanctions against the country were violating international law and were aimed at damaging the country’s economy.”The situation that we see today in connection with unilateral restrictions introduced by the U.S., the European Union and some other countries certainly contradicts international legal norms, including, on a whole number of occasions, the norms of the WTO [World Trade Organization and our Western colleagues’ declared conceptual approaches toward the development of international economic cooperation – respect for market principles, honest competition, etc,” Lavrov told Russia Beyond the Headlines. “As for the political component of these sanctions, I could say that as long as coercive measures were adopted, primarily by the UN Security Council, because all the rest was illegitimate, our Western partners were among the first who called for these sanctions to target leaders who failed abide by UN states’ decisions and to prevent any negative side-effect on the population,” Lavrov added.On Friday, President Putin signed a military doctrine that identified NATO as a potential threat to the country adding that Russia could employ nuclear weapons if any country threatens the existence of Russia, The Associated Press reports.NATO however said that it poses no threat to Russia.”Any steps taken by NATO to ensure the security of its members are clearly defensive in nature, proportionate and in compliance with international law,” a spokeswoman for NATO was quoted by the AP.”In fact, it is Russia’s actions, including currently in Ukraine, which are breaking international law and undermining European security,” she added.
Malayalam film IllayarajaTwitterMalayalam film Illayaraja, which has been written and directed by Madhav Ramadasan, is set for grand release across UAE and GCC on May 2. Indywood Distribution Network booked good numbers of screens in these regions.Illayaraja is a drama film, which has been produced by Sajith Krishna, Jayaraj T Krishnan and Binish Babu under the banners of Movie Musical Cutz and Mumbai Cine Talkies. The film stars Guinness Pakru in the lead role, with Gokul Suresh, Deepak Parambol and Harisree Ashokan in supporting roles. Ratheesh Vega has composed its background score and songs and Pappinu has cranked the camera for it.Director Madhav Ramdasan has beautifully portrayed the life of a family residing in Thrissur and the happiness, the sorrows and the struggles they share under their small roof. He explores the likes and desires of the children, the attitudes of various sections of the society and the beauty in finding contentment in the little things.Mollywood has made movies on gifted young children earlier and they have become a great success with the audience. Ilayaraja is no different from them, as it is about child epitome, struggles of trying to fit into the society and the roles of parents who try to encourage their kids’ development could be seen. It is a feel-good tale with noble intentions. It is meant to cater to family crowds.Illayaraja is said to have scored particularly well in two departments, sound and photography. The actors in the movie have done a fantastic job. Harisree Ashokan as grandpa and Anil Nair as the loan shark have showcased a remarkable performance. The music in the movie beautifully blends with the story and the cinematography too received a special attention post its release in India.