A day after the show of strength by the Bahujan Samaj Party-Samajwadi Party-Rashtriya Lok Dal alliance in Saharanpur’s Deoband, the stage was set for Congress president Rahul Gandhi and party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra to address supporters in the constituency on Monday.However, after hours of waiting, the crowd gathered at Gandhi Park in Saharanpur left without a glimpse of the brother and sister. According to the announcement made about three hours after the rally was supposed to start, the two leaders were forced to cancel their appearance at the rally in Saharanpur, as well as in Shamli and Bijnor later in the day, due to “bad weather”, which prevented their helicopter from taking off. Ms. Gandhi would, however, hold a roadshow in Saharanpur, which goes to polls on April 11, on Tuesday morning, the party announced.Support for MasoodAs the crowd was gathering at the venue earlier in the day, a dust storm blew through, ripping the tents open and leaving the metal trussing dangling overhead. While the two star campaigners of the party cancelled, many local Congress leaders as well as representatives of the Bhim Army turned up to lend support to the Saharanpur candidate, Imran Masood.Many among the crowd said that they will continue to support and will vote for the Congress candidate, while some felt they were “fooled” and used to assemble a big crowd at the venue.Rashid Ahmed, a carpenter who attended the rally, said: “We will all still vote for the Congress. Priyanka is coming for a roadshow on Tuesday, and we will go and attend that as well.”Mr. Ahmed was interrupted by another member of the crowd, Ishrar, who said: “They have made fools out of us, they just wanted a big crowd.”For Mohammad Farhan, an 18-year-old first-time voter, defeating Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government was the aim.“Modi kept promising acchhe din. The good days never came, so we want the old days back. Rahul Gandhi does what he says, Modi only spreads rumours,” he said.Twenty-one-year-old college student Shahrukh Ali said: “Modi has done sabka saath, sabka naash. I opened four zero balance accounts and they are still at zero. Now, I will wait for ₹72,000 [minimum income guaranteed by the Congress].”Rally vs rally Another local at the rally, Gulbahar, said he had attended the gathbandhan’s rally in Deoband on Sunday as well and the turnout was more than that at the Congress rally.“Haji Fazulrahman [the SP-BSP-RLD alliance candidate] may win here, but Rahul should be the next Prime Minister,” he said.Ram Kumar Jogi, a teacher who attended the rally, said: “What they [Mr. Gandhi and Ms. Vadra] did today is disrespect of the whole community. All parties are making false promises.”
Peter Littlewood, a theoretical condensed matter physicist who cut his teeth at the famed Bell Labs in New Jersey, has been named the new director of Argonne National Laboratory in Lemont, Illinois, effective 1 April. One of 10 national labs run by the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Science, Argonne has an annual budget of $722 million and a staff of 3350. Littlewood replaces Eric Isaacs, also a Bell Labs veteran, who is stepping down to become the provost of the University of Chicago, which runs Argonne for DOE.”Peter is a guy with a good sense of what science is worth doing, so I think he’ll be working at the hands-on level to direct things,” says William Brinkman, a theorist who worked at Bell Labs for many years and served as director of the Office of Science from 2009 to 2013. Although Argonne is mainly an experimental lab and Littlewood is a theorist, he will have no trouble keeping up with what’s going on, Brinkman predicts. At Bell Labs, Littlewood worked closely with experimentalists, Brinkman says, and being a theorist “probably gives him the ability to pull back a little and see the bigger picture.”Littlewood already knows plenty about administration in general and Argonne in particular. Since 2011, he has been the lab’s associate director for physical sciences and engineering. Prior to that, he served for 6 years as director of the Cavendish Laboratory at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom, the same university from which he received his doctorate in 1980. 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Given the broad spectrum of research that it supports—ranging from materials science and chemistry to structural biology, and from combustion research to cosmology—Argonne has fared better than some DOE labs in recent years. Although since last October, it has cut 100 staff members through buyouts and layoffs. Nevertheless, Littlewood takes the director’s chair brimming with enthusiasm. “The main thing I wanted and I think I got [by coming to Argonne] is a chance to work on really hard, important problems that can only be addressed in a collaborative way,” he says. “The issue with budgets is that people have to make choices, and if you want to tilt that debate you have to actually be in it.”A U.K. citizen and permanent resident of the United States, Littlewood says he’s encouraged by the generally bipartisan support for science in the United States. “I find that the fundamental gut-level commitment to science is very strong, regardless of which side of the aisle you’re on,” he says.Argonne has some programmatic issues on its plate, Brinkman says. Accelerator researchers had been planning a $400 million upgrade to the APS, which turned on in 1996. However, last July a DOE advisory panel urged the agency to rethink the upgrade and pursue a much more ambitious plan that would require a complete rebuild of the accelerator at the heart of the facility. “That’s a big challenge to get that done in a reasonable time,” says Brinkman, who adds that the previous plan was “the wrong direction.” Similarly, last year Argonne started up the $125 million Joint Center for Energy Storage Research, a so-called energy innovation hub that aims to develop in 5 years a battery that can pack five times as much energy as a current lithium-ion battery for one-fifth the cost.Littlewood agrees that such efforts are immediate priorities. But when asked about big challenges, he first points to something else. “Diversity, which is a problem for the whole scientific community,” Littlewood says. “I don’t work with as diverse a group of colleagues as I would like, and realistically if we don’t look like the rest of the world, we go extinct.” Pretty clearly, Littlewood sees his new job as more than just managing projects and keeping budgets in order.
A 22-year-old Indian American Mohammed Abraar Ali was charged with second-degree murder while driving under the influence of a combination of marijuana and alcohol on Christmas eve. The California resident is accused of killing Highway Patrol rookie officer Andrew Camilleri and injuring Officer Jonathan Velasquez.Ali was reportedly speeding at 120 miles per hour when he crashed his Cadillac into a parked patrol car on Interstate Highway 880 in Hayward around midnight on Dec. 24. Camilleri, 33, is survived by his wife and three children, aged 12, 6 and 2 years, according to Gov. Jerry Brown’s office.Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley charged Ali with driving under the influence of a combination of marijuana and alcohol. He is said to have told paramedics at the scene of the incident that he had ingested marijuana. His blood alcohol level was at 0.11 per cent. The permitted level in California is 0.08 per cent. He is also charged with causing great bodily injury to Velasquez.“The loss of life which could have been avoidable if every driver acts responsibly and lawfully,” O’Malley said, according to ABC10. “This holiday season, since Thanksgiving, we have seen six tragic deaths at the hands of individuals who were alleged to be driving under the influence of a substance either alcohol or drugs.”Ali is also said to have told KTVU San Francisco that he had consumed both marijuana and alcohol. He apparently also told investigators that he had threatened his wife on Dec. 24, knew that he was impaired and still continued to drive.The California Highway Patrol said that Camilleri and Velasquez were parked on Interstate 880 in Hayward looking for reckless or impaired drivers when Ali’s car crashed into theirs.Ali was also injured in the crash and stayed in the hospital for 48 hours before being sent to Santa Rita Jail.Camilleri’s family, friends and many law enforcement officers and firefighters attended his memorial last week in the central California city of Stockton. He had become a highway patrol officer only in March. Related ItemsCaliforniaIndian American
Volkswagen AG’s Audi of America luxury unit plans to unveil 12 updated and new vehicles in the United States over the next three years, the company said on Wednesday.Audi of America President Scott Keogh told Reuters in an interview on the sidelines of the New York International Auto Show that the new vehicles represent 80 per cent of current sales.”We are in essence going to replace our entire portfolio,” he said.ALSO READ:Audi R8 Spyder, Toyota Prius Prime, Mazda MX-5 RF previewed at NYIAS 2016Audi’s US sales jumped 11.1 per cent in 2015 to 202,202 vehicles, the first time the company topped 200,000 in the United States and ahead of its stated goal of hitting that figure by 2018. Keogh declined to state a new sales goal.”We had a record last year with the oldest portfolio in the luxury business,” he said.Audi is unveiling its R8 Spyder V10 coupe high-performance sports car at the show.Keogh thinks the luxury segment of the US auto market will continue to grow from the current 1.8 million vehicles a year to about 2 million in the next few years – 2 or 3 per cent growth a year.Audi sales are up 2.5 per cent in the United States so far this year.ALSO READ:Audi drops a teaser of new Audi Q2 crossover ahead of Geneva Motor Show debut”The fundamental dynamics as I see it are still generally good” for luxury US sales, he said, referring to credit access, the age of the vehicle fleet and low gasoline prices.advertisement
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today offered prayers at Gurdwara Takht Sri Keshgarh Sahib in Anandpur, Punjab.Sporting a saffron headgear, Modi was presented a ‘siropa’ or robe of honour by the Sikh priests at the historic gurdwara, the second holiest of Sikh shrines after Amritsar’s Golden Temple.The 10th Sikh master, Guru Gobind Singh, founded the Khalsa Panth (religion of the pure) at Takht Keshgarh Sahib, 85 km from Chandigarh, in present day Ropar district of Punjab on April 13, 1699.The Prime Minister later participated in a public function to mark the celebration of the 350th birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh.
Inter Milan continued their revival under new coach Luciano Spalletti with an assured display in a 2-1 victory over English champions Chelsea to win the International Champions Cup Singapore tournament on Saturday.Two days after the Italian side beat Bayern Munich 2-0 at the same venue, Stevan Jovetic and Ivan Perisic put Inter into a commanding lead before a bizarre own goal from Geoffrey Kondogbia gave Chelsea hope of a late recovery.Former Roma coach Spalletti joined Inter last month and the charismatic Italian has already instilled a steely resolve in his players, who followed up last week’s win over Lyon in China with a brace of impressive victories in Singapore’s National Stadium.Manager Antonio Conte sent out arguably Chelsea’s strongest lineup from the squad available on the tour, with record signing Alvaro Morata handed a debut start on the left side of a front-three, alongside Belgian striker Michy Batshuayi and Brazilian Willian.Spalletti rested Martins Eder, who scored both goals in the victory over Bayern, and gave former Manchester City striker Stevan Jovetic the central striking role in a 4-2-3-1 formation.Both sides started on the front foot, probing for openings in early exchanges, and Inter forged the first chance in the second minute when Antonio Candreva beat the offside trap but was denied by a fantastic stop from keeper Thibaut Courtois.The London side were on top for most of the first period, but found themselves a goal down on the stroke of half-time when Cesar Azpilicueta was harshly adjudged to have brought down Jovetic in the area. Although Courtois saved his penalty, the Montenegrin blasted home the rebound.advertisement”We are improving day by day and we want to continue this going into the new season,” Inter captain Miranda said in a pitch-side interview.Both sides pressed for openings following the interval and a moment of brilliance from Ivan Perisic made it 2-0 in the 53rd minute when the coveted Croatian winger broke down the left and drilled a crisp low shot underneath the Belgian keeper.As the contest drifted and both coaches made a raft of changes in the second half, Morata was withdrawn after 65 minutes, the Spaniard unable to really impose himself on the match and still looking short of fitness.Inter were firmly in control until an amazing own goal gifted Chelsea a way back into the match in the 74th minute when Geoffrey Kondogbia inexplicably lofted an overhit back pass over Daniele Padelli from near the halfway line.Chelsea were revived by the shock reprieve and launched wave after wave of attack in the closing minutes. After Batshuayi was denied an equaliser for offside, a desperate Inter managed to cling on for their third consecutive win of their Asia tour.
Share on Pinterest Juventus won the Coppa Italia for the fourth year running and a record 13th time with a crushing 4-0 victory over Milan, who suffered a second-half meltdown in the final on Wednesday.Medhi Benatia, the central defender, struck twice for Juventus and Douglas Costa was also on target on an unhappy evening for the Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, who was at fault for the second and third goals. An own goal by the substitute Nikola Kalinic completed a calamitous defensive display by Milan. Share on Twitter Juventus, who became the first team to win the competition without conceding a goal, are almost certain to add this year’s Serie A title to their trophy cabinet and complete a fourth successive double.The Turin side are six points clear of Napoli with two games to play and their goal difference is better by 16. “The lads played an extraordinary game and deserved this win, taking nothing away from Milan, who had a good first half,” the Juve coach, Massimiliano Allegri, said.His counterpart, Gennaro Gattuso, who had been hoping to lead Milan to their first trophy since 2011, said his team had played better until the first goal. “That’s football,” he said. “Juventus barely troubled us for the first 56 minutes apart from a [Mario] Mandzukic header. But we paid for our mistakes. I feel bad that we brought 35,000 people here to watch us lose like this.”After an even first half with few clear chances, the game changed completely in the second half and was effectively settled in a 10-minute spell.Donnarumma got down low to his right to make a superb save from Paulo Dybala’s rasping drive but that was as good as it got for the 19-year-old. From the resulting corner, Benatia got away from his marker and stooped to head Juve in front after 56 minutes.Five minutes later, Donnarumma allowed a low shot from Costa to slip through his hands and into the net, and the hapless goalkeeper then failed to hold a header, allowing Benatia to snap up the rebound.Milan, who like Juventus had not conceded on the way to the final, brought on Kalinic but the Croat striker scored at the wrong end, heading in a corner at the near post under no real pressure in the 76th minute. Topics Share via Email Milan Reuse this content Huddersfield seal Premier League survival and dent Chelsea’s ambitions Share on Messenger Share on Facebook Juventus news Share on WhatsApp Read more Share on LinkedIn
news Sonny Bill Williams Ambitious Super League newcomers Toronto Wolfpack have reportedly made a $9m play to lure Sonny Bill Williams back to the 13-a-side game. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the 34-year-old superstar is weighing up a two-year deal.Williams is contracted to New Zealand rugby until the conclusion of the Rugby World Cup in Japan – with the All Blacks preparing to face Wales on Friday in the third-place playoff. Share on Pinterest Topics Australia sport Support The Guardian Super League Share via Email Share on Messenger Rugby league He came off the bench in the All Blacks’ semi-final defeat to England on Saturday.It is believed that a host of rugby clubs have already made a play for Williams while back-to-back NRL premiers Sydney Roosters appear to be priced out of the race for the services of their former back-rower.The Wolfpack were established in 2016 and will be the first North American team to compete in the Super League after they won promotion to the top-tier via the Million Pound Game on 5 October.They are funded by Australian mining and resources billionaire David Argyle, who has previously revealed his interest in snaring Williams as their marquee signing.Toronto coach Brian McDermott told the PA news agency earlier this month that they wanted to bring in a David Beckham-type player to raise their profile, much like the former footballer did for Los Angeles Galaxy and the MLS, and that Williams fits the bill.“Our club would want to have a name that’s absolutely international that everybody would recognise and help the profile of our game, very much like David Beckham did for Major League Soccer,” McDermott said.“We are in discussions but nothing is finalised or confirmed,” the Toronto chairman Bob Hunter added. Toronto Wolfpack Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Since you’re here… Read more … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on WhatsApp Toronto Wolfpack claim Sonny Bill Williams interested in joining club Reuse this content
SOUTH BEND, IN – NOVEMBER 04: The macot, cheerleaders and players forthe Notre Dame Fighting Irish run onto the field before a game against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at Notre Dame Stadium on November 4, 2017 in South Bend, Indiana. Notre Dame defeated Wake Forest 48-37. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)Later this month, Notre Dame will battle for the chance to reach the national championship. Until then, fans could get excited over the possibility of adding a potential-packed recruit for the class of 2020, in linebacker Jaheim Thomas.Although there hasn’t been anything close to a final decision yet, Thomas has the Fighting Irish high on his radar. The four-star recruit has the physical gifts to become an absolute star in college. While he’s not ready to announce his commitment in the immediate future, he sounds very pleased about receiving an offer from Notre Dame.It’s still early in his recruiting process, but Thomas was very complimentary about the Fighting Irish.From 247Sports:“I was very excited to get offered by Notre Dame, and I was hoping for this since I visited there last spring.”“I haven’t really cut my list down yet, but my parents and I are working on it,” he said. “Notre Dame will definitely be in the final group. “I want to commit to someone next summer, but if not then it will be early in my senior season.”Thomas is listed as the No. 16 outside linebacker in his class, per 247Sports.Over the years, the Fighting Irish have featured stars at the linebacker position, which includes Manti Te’o and Jaylon Smith. Perhaps, Thomas can add to that long line of history, if he chooses to enroll at Notre Dame.As of right now, Michigan, Michigan State, Wisconsin and Bowling Green are also on his college list.[247Sports]
zoom The European Union is about to reinstate sanctions against 40 Iranian shipping companies as it turns up the heat against Tehran over its nuclear program.The European Council sent a letter two weeks ago to the shipping firms’ lawyer Maryam Taher, claiming that the reasons for the intended re-listings included the companies being owned or controlled by the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping lines (IRISL) or for providing training, spare parts and services to IRISL or its employees, Reuters reports.Taher is cited by Reuters as saying that the decision to re-list the companies was “purely politically motivated and not based on any proper evidence” that the entities were linked with nuclear proliferation or Iran’s government.The sanctions were lifted this January when the EU General Court annulled the restrictive measures against an Iranian bank and 40 shipping companies whose assets had been frozen.The court said that companies linked to IRISL have not been proven to had been involved in supporting nuclear proliferation.The 40 shipping companies involved in the case include Hamburg-based Ocean Capital Administration GmbH, Kerman Shipping Co. Ltd, Woking Shipping Investments Ltd, established in Valetta, Malta among others.The sanctions remained in place until the appeal process was over, however; the EU decided to proceed with sanctions.In February, the EU decided to again blacklist Iran’s largest tanker operator National Iranian Tanker Company (NITC), after the company failed to convince a London Court to prevent the EU from reimposing sanctions.The decision to reinstate sanctions comes amid efforts of the global powers to reach a framework agreement with Tehran that would restrict the most sensitive aspects of Iran’s atomic program in return for an easing of international sanctions.World Maritime News Staff
TORONTO – Striking ground crews at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport have accepted a tentative contract.Employees at Swissport voted 63 per cent in favour of the new agreement reached earlier this month and will return to work on Wednesday.The Teamsters, which represents the workers, says the three-year deal contains minor improvements on wages, benefits and scheduling.The 700 ramp equipment operators, baggage handlers, cabin cleaners, and other ground crew workers went on strike July 27.The workers had complained about pay and benefits cuts, scheduling issues, and what their union called a lack of respect from Swissport managers.The company services 30 airlines at the airport, including Air Transat, Sunwing Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Air France, KLM and Lufthansa. Air Canada and WestJet are not serviced by the company.
The president of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League says a decision on what to do with the SJHL championship has yet to be made following Friday’s deadly collision between a truck and a bus that was carrying the Humboldt Broncos team.Bill Chow says he expects word on how the league intends to handle the final will come within the next few days.The Broncos were en route to Nipawin, Sask., for Game 5 of their league semifinal when the team’s bus collided with a semi-truck, killing 15.The Nipawin Hawks were leading Humboldt 3-1 in the best-of-seven series after losing Game 4 in triple overtime earlier in the week.The Estevan Bruins had already advanced to the championship final.The SJHL is a junior ‘A’ hockey league with 12 teams.“We’re a little bit too early to make that decision,” Chow told The Canadian Press on Sunday. “We’ll be meeting as a group, obviously the Humboldt Broncos, the league’s board of governors, and we’ll be making that decision.”Chow said both the Bruins and Hawks will also be involved in the eventual decision.“They have representatives at the board, so they’ll have a say in the situation. That’s where that decision will be made.”A vigil is scheduled for tonight at the Broncos’ home arena.
OTTAWA — The Liberal government is rolling out several new measures to protect vulnerable migrant workers and immigrants living in Canada.Starting next week, temporary foreign workers who find themselves in abusive job situations in Canada will be able to apply for open work permits, which will allow them to find other work in Canada.This is meant to address a number of documented cases across the country of migrant workers facing labour exploitation, human-rights abuses and squalid housing situations.Also, in mid July, newcomers experiencing family violence will be able to apply for free temporary resident permits that will give them legal immigration status in Canada, which includes work permits and health-care coverage.Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen says nobody should be more fearful of losing their immigration status than of escaping abuse.In addition, the government is speeding up the process for newcomers who are victims of family violence to apply for permanent residence on humanitarian and compassionate grounds.The Canadian Press
Jessica Biel, Jason Bateman and Josh Gad publicly declared their support for Matt Damon’s Toilet Strike in a PSA, released today.Video: Jason Bateman, Jessica Biel, and Josh Gad Support the Strike!In doing so, they announced their protest of the global water crisis and pledged “…not to go to the bathroom until everyone in the whole world has access to clean water and sanitation.”This latest declaration follows the dramatic press conference held by Matt Damon on February 12 in which he announced his “toilet strike.” Since that time, prominent YouTube and online celebrities have supported Damon including Smosh, ShayCarl, EpicLloyd, WheezyWaiter, LivePrudeGirls, Lisa Schwartz, and John Elerick. Biel, Bateman, and Gad are the latest to take action in an attempt to accelerate action towards providing safe water and sanitation to the 2.5 billion people who do without.In the PSA, Biel, Bateman and Gad reveal their unique take on the strike and how they’ve managed to follow through on their commitment. Biel reveals, “I’ve never gone to the bathroom in my entire life.” Bateman divulges his ingenious alternative to the toilet, while Gad demonstrates his persistence – and how he feels about it.Co-founder of Water.org, Damon makes an appearance in the PSA, inviting all to “Join the millions of famous people who’ve already joined” his strike. Water.org invites viewers to visit StrikeWithMe.org where they can “Support the Strike,” subscribe to upcoming videos, take action, and learn more.
Today, the Ad Council, The Humane Society of the United States and Maddie’s Fund in partnership with Halo Pet Foundation, released an online video series called “Meet My Shelter Pet” to showcase the unique bonds between shelter pets and their adoptive owners and remind viewers that there are thousands of amazing shelter pets ready to meet them.Video: Meet My Shelter Pet: Paul & Victoria ShafferLaunched to coincide with National Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, one of the videos features legendary music man and David Letterman band leader, Paul Shaffer, with his daughter Victoria showing off the lovable personalities of their four adopted dogs, Riley, Jake, Echo and Rue.“Everybody should have a shelter dog. It’s good for the soul,” said Paul Shaffer. “All four of our dogs have been absolute gems. Why would you want to do anything else but rescue a pet?”The videos are part of The Shelter Pet Project, a public service advertising (PSA) campaign that for four years has helped to positively change the perception of shelter pets, with euthanasia rates declining by 10 percent during the campaign’s time period. Despite these gains, however, 2.7 million healthy and treatable pets are still losing their lives in shelters each year. The Shelter Pet Project’s goal is to bring that number down to zero.Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The HSUS said: “We know that Paul and Victoria’s online video for The Shelter Pet Project will inspire more people to rescue a shelter pet. That outcome will be music to our ears, and to every shelter director in America.”“You must watch these videos from The Shelter Pet Project— they will touch your heart in a powerfully positive, uplifting way! The Halo Pet Foundation is honored to support The Humane Society of the United States encouraging pet adoption from shelters,” said David Yaskulka, Vice President, Marketing Communications, HALO, Purely for Pets.Shelter pet adoptions are on the rise in the United States. According to The Humane Society of the United States, 17 million people will acquire a dog or cat within the next year, and each year four million of these animals are adopted from shelters.“Every happy adoption story encourages other people to open their hearts to a homeless pet,” said Maddie’s Fund President Rich Avanzino. “By showing the joy their adopted pets have brought to their family, Paul and Victoria are inspiring countless others to share that same incredible experience.”“The beauty of The Shelter Pet Project campaign is that these pets speak for themselves,” said Peggy Conlon, president and CEO of the Ad Council. “We hope these videos will break down barriers and encourage people to consider shelter pet adoption as the only option bringing a pet into their family.”In the upcoming months, a video featuring Vampire Diaries and Army Wives’ actress Torrey DeVitto and her dog Beau will be released. To see the videos or for more information about The Shelter Pet Project visit TheShelterPetProject.org.