Organisers of one of the UK’s most prestigious charity balls have announced that global pop superstar, Kylie Minogue, will be headlining the event in London on May 15th.Kylie Minogue To Headline Butterfly BallThe multi award-winning artist will perform an exclusive set for guests attending the Caudwell Children Butterfly Ball at Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane.The annual event regularly raises in excess of £1.7million to provide life-changing practical and emotional support for disabled children through the charity, Caudwell Children.“I’m delighted to be a part of this fantastic event which does so much to help disabled children in the UK.” said Kylie.With a musical career spanning over three decades and worldwide record sales of over 70million, Kylie’s success includes seven UK Number No.1 singles and four UK No.1 albums, making her one of the UK’s bestselling female artists of all time.Kylie Minogue – Kiss Me OnceOn the back of the release of her critically acclaimed new album, ‘Kiss Me Once’ (released March 17), Kylie promises guests of the star-studded event a glamorous stage show featuring performances of hit songs including new single ‘Into The Blue’ and the worldwide smash, ’Can’t Get You Out of My Head’.The Butterfly Ball is renowned for attracting some of the UK’s most influential business leaders and celebrities as well as Royalty and Government Ministers.Kylie is the latest superstar to perform at the high profile event, which raises funds to provide vital support for disabled children living in the UK. Founded by successful entrepreneur and philanthropist, John Caudwell, the charity has provided services worth over £28million and helped change the lives of thousands of children across the UK.Chief Executive, Trudi Beswick, said: “The Butterfly Ball is such an important event for us, not just because it raises such a lot of money but because it helps to spread awareness of the work we are doing with thousands of families in communities around the UK.We are thrilled to have Kylie performing at the event this year; she has had a glittering career during which she has also done some amazing work for charity. She’s an inspiration to millions and we are really excited to work with her.”The Butterfly Ball takes place in The Great Room at Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London on Thursday 15th May 2014.The Charity’s ambassadors include Hollywood actress and author, Joan Collins, actress Elizabeth Hurley, Rod Stewart and Penny Lancaster, Peter Andre, Bruce Forsyth and singer, Robbie Williams. The late Boyzone singer, Stephen Gately, was also a Goodwill Ambassador for the Charity.For more information about the Butterfly Ball and Caudwell Children, visit their website at www.caudwellchildren.com or call 01782 600112.
Nutrition North has long been criticized for the way it works; paying retailers to lower their prices through a shipping subsidy instead of going directly to families.It replaced the Food Mail program in 2011, which retailers disliked.Now more food and non-food items will be eligible for the freight subsidy, Jones said. And there will be more ways to pay instead of only with credit cards.Jones said in exchange the government wants better reporting from retailers on how the subsidy is being applied.And consumers want to see that, too, she said, on receipts from more stores.But Nunavut premier Joe Savikataaq said giving retailers more subsidy money wouldn’t guarantee better prices.“We would like to see more direct benefit and subsidy to Nunavummiut,” he said in a release.And Nunavut should have “a dedicated presence” on the program’s advisory board, the premier added.Food reformThis is the Liberal government’s first major overhaul of Nutrition North after it held public hearings into the plan in 2016.Jones said her party will bump the program’s budget to $14 million and add a harvesters’ support grant program to help cushion the high cost of hunting.Food insecurity is a huge issue in northern and remote communities, where there is usually only one major supermarket.Retailers say shipping – mostly by air – jacks up the prices while consumers wonder why junk food is priced much lower than healthy goods.As a result, diets are poor and can lead to health problems.Something Nutrition North is supposed to address but often misses the mark, as APTN Investigates revealed in this documentary.“Nearly 70 per cent of Inuit households in Nunavut are food insecure,” said Aluki Kotierk, president of Inuit rights group Nunavut Tunngavik Inc.“Inuit children are living in food insecure households at a rate eight times the national average, among the highest documented food insecurity rate for an Indigenous population in a developed country.”Kotierk said adding money to offset the high cost of hunting country food would help many families.“It is a necessary and integral part of Inuit culture,” she said in a release.“It is our safety net, at a time of major social changes.”[email protected]@katmarte Ingredients to make bannock to be included in Nutrition North program. (APTN file)Kathleen MartensAPTN NewsThe Trudeau government is trying to make Nutrition North more palatable.It announced updates Monday to the remote and northern food subsidy program developed by the Harper government, including bannock-making ingredients.“Our government firmly believes that policy created with Northerners, for Northerners is the most effective,” said Labrador Lib-MP Yvonne Jones in Iqaluit.“The changes to the subsidy rates and the food eligibility list announced today reflect what we have heard from Northerners about how we can better help them access healthy foods.”Jones, parliamentary secretary to the minister of intergovernmental and northern affairs and internal trade, said more groceries, along with baby formula, would be added to the list of products subsidized under the program after complaints from consumers.Frozen fruits and vegetables, infant food and formula, spaghetti, macaroni and dried beans will be covered under the expanded formula starting January 2019.The complete list is here: Nutrition NorthWatch Kent Driscoll’s story on Nutrition North