June 4

Councillors blasted over Aughinish explosions

Rathkeale fundraiser for vital Cancer services Rusal Aughinish on Aughinish Island, Askeaton.“IF we are electing councillors who are putting the health of communities at risk then something must be done to address it.”That was the message from Cappagh Farmers Support Group spokesman, Pat Geoghegan who claims that councillors in Adare-Rathkeale Municipal District have ignored requests to meet with local people over rock-blasting at Rusal Aughinish in Askeaton.A letter was sent to the six area local representatives — Mayor Stephen Keary (FG), Cllr Adam Teskey (FG), Cllr Kevin Sheahan (FF), Cllr Ciara McMahon (SF), Cllr Emmett O’Brien (IND) and Cllr Richard O’Donoghue (IND) — on September 26 last and, according to Mr Geoghegan, “not one councillor has taken up the offer”.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Cappagh Farmers Support Group invited the councillors to a meeting, which was also to be attended by Limerick Against Pollution (LAP) and Rescue the River Shannon Group. Both Claire Keating of LAP and Jim Long of the Rescue group also wrote to councillors requesting a meeting to brief them of the dangers of blasting at Aughinish Island.“Not one councillor has taken up the offer especially since they gave everyone the impression that they were mislead about Gortadroma. If they don’t want to know the dangers here then they clearly didn’t want to know the dangers in Gortadroma,” Mr Geoghegan told the Limerick Post.“Its all about to facilitate the Council for €4 million per year. If we are electing councillors who are putting the health of communities at risk, then something must be done to address it,” he declared.The Cappagh Farmers Support Group believe that Rusal’s burrow pit proposal will have a life-long detrimental impact on fauna, wildlife, marine life, birds, and the natural environment.“Our objection clearly outlines the dangers of blasting rock to a depth of 8 metres and 4.5 hectare in size next to Red Mud Ponds, storing approximately 40 million tonnes of toxic waste. We would like to brief councillors and the Mayor himself of the dangers to this proposal,” Mr Geoghegan explained.“We have shown the total failure by Aughinish to carry out a proper public consultation process along with many other alarming issues, that have been ignored in this application by Aughinish Alumina.“If Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael, Independents, and Sinn Féin can come together to protect Aughinish and the Council, it leaves no independent voice to represent the community.”Sinn Fein representative for the Adare-Rathkeale Municipal District, Cllr Ciara McMahon this week told the Limerick Post that she has spoken with Mr Geoghegan on the issue and has “no problem meeting them”.“I have read the information they have sent me. I see no reason as to why we can’t have a deputation from the group,” she said.There was no further response from any of the other five area representatives at the time of going to print.by Alan [email protected] TAGSAskeatonCappagh Farmers Support GroupCllr Adam TeskeyCllr Ciara McMahonCllr Emmett O’BrienCllr Kevin SheahanCllr Richard O’DonoghueCllr Stephen KearyFine GaelGortadromalimerickLimerick Against Pollution (LAP)Limerick City and Council CouncilMunicipal District of Adare-RathkealeRusal Aughinish Minister Patrick O’ Donovan announces opening of Limerick heritage site to the public for the first time Advertisement Email Twitter Facebook Askeaton/ Ballysteen bring Easter joy to local community NewsBreaking newsCouncillors blasted over Aughinish explosionsBy Alan Jacques – February 1, 2018 2322 Linkedin Pedestrian crossing falls ‘out of the sky’ in Pallaskenry Calls to clean the River Deel in Rathkeale Previous articleSomething for the weekend…Next articleThree arty treats for your Valentine’s date Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie WhatsApp Print RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR New mayor wants to replace Brown Thomas with a fountain read more

August 14

Barbara Riggs, 83, Conway Springs: Feb. 3, 1932 – March 2, 2015

first_imgBarbara RiggsBarbara L. Riggs, 83, of Conway Springs departed this life March 2, 2015 at her home following a brave battle with breast cancer.She was born February 3, 1932 at Conway Springs, Kansas; the youngest daughter of Jacob Arthur Plaugher and Frances Willard Reeves Plaugher. Barbara was raised in Conway Springs and attended the Malaby Rural School through the 8th grade. She attended Conway Springs High School where she enjoyed playing basketball and was the Homecoming Football Queen her senior year. She graduated with the class of 1950. After high school, Barbara began working as the elevator operator at Buck’s Department Store in Wichita. She also worked in a local insurance office in Wichita.Barbara was united in marriage to Charles Ray Riggs on December 3, 1950 at the First Christian Church in Conway Springs. They built a home southwest of Conway Springs in 1954 where they farmed and raised their family of three daughters.Barbara grew up in the Church of the Brethren in Conway Springs, where at the age of 14 she became the church pianist and a Sunday School teacher for several years. After marriage, she became a member of the First Christian Church Conway Springs and served as the Christian Women’s Fellowship president, a Sunday School teacher, and was also the church pianist for nearly 60 years. She was an active member of the Just Friends Club, EHU, the Merry Matrons Club, and the American Legion Auxiliary. In addition, Barbara was a great supporter of local school activities. She served two years on the USD 356 Board of Education in Conway Springs.Barbara was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Arvada Walkup.She is survived by her husband Chuck Riggs of the home; three daughters: Janalee Seiwert (Greg) of Wichita, Kansas; Luann Dennis (JD) of Parma, Idaho; Christy Chitwood (Mike) of Colman, South Dakota; six grandchildren: Amy Chitwood, Mat Chitwood, Kelli Wysocki, Neal Seiwert, Tad Gale, and Ben Gale; and two great-grandchildren: Noelle Thorpe and Haily Chitwood.Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 6, 2015 from the United Methodist Church, Conway Springs, with Neal Seiwert officiating. Interment will be in Conway Springs Cemetery, Conway Springs, Kansas.  Ebersole Mortuary, Conway Springs is in charge of arrangements. On line condolences and guest book are available at www.ebersolemortuary.com.Memorials have been established to Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice or the Conway Springs City Library.last_img read more

December 19

Mad Scientists Poised on the Slippery Slope

first_imgStem cells can do good or harm, depending on their source.  When scientists think themselves above ethics, watch out.Adult Stem Cell NewsAdult stem cells (AS) and induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS) are safe and effective ways to treat a variety of diseases, ethically neutral because they are not derived from human embryos.The first clinical trial with iPS is drawing near, Science Now reported.  In Japan, they will be used to treat age-related macular degeneration.  PhysOrg states this will give hope to millions of elderly people robbed of their sight.  Before iPS, the only way to harvest stem cells was from embryos, the article said, a process that is “controversial because it requires the destruction of the embryo, a process to which religious conservatives, among others, object,” implying that liberals have less a problem with destroying human embryos.Speaking of blindness, adult stem cells derived from body fat may help treat retinopathy, “a complication of diabetes that threatens the vision of millions,” Medical Xpress reported.  Since “everybody has extra fat,” this alternative treatment can garner an abundance of source material while being gentler on the eye.  “”Most importantly, you can obtain them from the same donor as you would be injecting into, so it’s autologous therapy, meaning you don’t need to worry about the body’s immune response.”Researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology have found a faster way to isolate iPS cells, Live Science reported, based on their stickiness.  This will allow “scientists to experiment with a greater number of cells at a time and thereby speeding progress toward potential medical therapies.”Science Magazine reported progress with growing entire tissues, such as portions of the intestine, from stem cells embedded in a patient’s own tissues.  A single intestinal stem cell can develop into a “mini-gut” with folds and all. “Because biopsies taken from live donors can serve as the tissue source, this approach could solve ethical and logistical issues associated with organ transplantation and may represent a safe complement to embryonic or induced pluripotent stem cell–based strategies.”Embryonic Stem Cells and CloningScientists know that experimentation on human embryos is “controversial” and raises “ethical issues,” yet many of them continue to lust after embryonic stem cells (ES) and, even more shocking, want to work on human cloning and human-animal chimeras.Science Magazine asked, “Does Cloning Produce Better Embryonic Stem Cells?“, implying that if they do, scientists would want to use them.  Nothing was said about ethics in the article.  Shoukhrat Mitalipov, the researcher at University of Oregon who recently claimed to have cloned human embryos (see 5/13/13), is arguing that “cloned human embryonic stem cells may have some advantages over other cells.”  That is a completely pragmatic argument that dodges whether scientists should pursue their use.Nature printed the views of two researchers in the Netherlands who, while applauding Mitalipov’s achievement, advocate sticking with iPS cells and improving them instead of tinkering with human embryos by harvesting eggs. (Note: their views are not necessarily those of the editors of Nature.)In our opinion, the discovery in 2006 that differentiated adult cells can be directly reprogrammed to a stem-cell-like state called induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells was a more significant breakthrough for this research field. iPS cells can be generated by introducing just four transcription factors into differentiated cells of an individual, without the need for the ethically sensitive step of creating embryos from oocytes as intermediates…. Indeed, many laboratories now routinely generate iPS cells from patients, bypassing the practical and regulatory difficulties associated with obtaining human oocytes.Hybrids and ChimerasOn the path to the mad scientist in H. G. Wells’  The Island of Dr. Moreau, some researchers lust to mix human and animal tissue into “chimera” organisms.  New Scientist discussed this ethical dilemma in an article, “Human-animal hybrids mean boom time for bioethicists.”  It’s not talking about implanting a pig heart valve into a patient, but something more sinister.  The UK has some ethics guidelines about what can and cannot be done:Two years ago, the UK Academy of Medical Sciences released a groundbreaking report on “animals containing human material“. It concluded that most research on chimeras is permitted by existing UK laws. But it also identified some experiments that should not (yet) be done because of strong ethical objections. One is to breed an animal that has human sperm or eggs. Another is to create a non-human primate with a humanised brain.That qualifier “(yet)” is worrisome.  What ethical standards will govern future experimenters, particularly if it becomes very profitable or leads to pragmatic breakthroughs to save lives?  New Scientist said that Japan is already “very” close to crossing the boundaries of the UK standards. One can already hear the pragmatists arguing that human-animal hybrids made from pigs or primates will provide all kinds of benefits (not the least of which, money for the profiteers):All of which leads to the unsurprising conclusion that the ultimate aim of this research – to provide desperately needed human organs for transplantation – can only be achieved if serious ethical and technical hurdles are surmounted. We are rapidly approaching those ethical hurdles…. Of course, any ethical concerns must be weighed against the potential benefits for human health and life. An entire generation of bioethicists may not be needed, but there is still plenty of work to be done.Complications of  Crossing Ethical LinesAt the end of June, Nature published a historical story ripe for pitting ethicists against pragmatists.  A stem cell line generated from an aborted fetus in 1962 has been used to to create vaccines that have saved many lives.  Unlike stem cells from diseased individuals, the “normal” cells from this Wi-38 stem cell line, derived from the “legal abortion,” is “the most extensively described and studied normal human cells available to this day.”  Here’s the ethical dilemma:Vaccines made using WI-38 cells have immunized hundreds of millions of people against rubella, rabies, adenovirus, polio, measles, chickenpox and shingles. In the 1960s and 1970s, the cells helped epidemiologists to identify viral culprits in disease outbreaks. Their normality has made them valuable control cells for comparison with diseased ones. And at the Wistar Institute, as in labs and universities around the world, they remain a leading tool for probing the secrets of cellular ageing and cancer.“Here’s a clump of cells that has had an enormous impact on human health,” says Paul Offit, chief of the division of infectious diseases at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. “These cells from one fetus have no doubt saved the lives of millions of people.”The article went on to describe the money trail from the WI-38 cell line.  The scientist who obtained them, Leonard Hayflick, started selling access to them, earning $90,000, leading to debates about how scientists should profit from human cells.  (The money went to lawyers because of ensuing legal squabbles over the cells.)  Even more troubling, “the WI-38 strain has helped to generate billions of dollars for companies that produce vaccines based on the cells, yet it seems that the parents of the fetus have earned nothing.”  But should they, if they chose to abort? In what kind of society does someone earn money for killing?The “ends justify the means” pragmatic arguments weaken when considering that other methods could have sufficed to save lives. Vaccines obviously existed well before 1962. “Other vaccines are produced in a completely morally non-objectionable way,” one pro-life activist argued.  “So why aren’t we doing this with all vaccines?”For 40 years, anti-abortion activists have protested against the use of WI-38 and vaccines developed from it. “It’s still a live issue,” says Alta Charo, a professor of law and bioethics at the University of Wisconsin Law School in Madison. “We still have people who refuse to take these vaccines because of their origins in fetal tissue.”But what if those people weren’t around?It appears that Hayflick preferred the fetal cells because he believed they had less exposure to viruses than adult cells.  He reasoned that if nothing were done with the fetal cells made available to him, they would end up in the incinerator – thus the pragmatic argument.  Is this not the same as salvaging organs from a car accident fatality victim?  But what if such pragmatic moves create a market for engineering car accidents?It’s telling that Nature should have focused exclusively on possible injustices to Hayflick and the parents of the aborted baby (the “tissue donors”).  Hayflick himself seems blind to the real victim:Hayflick argues that there are at least four stakeholders with title to WI-38 or any human cell culture: the tissue donors, the scientists whose work gave it value, the scientists’ institution and the body that funded the work. “Like me”, he adds, “hundreds of other scientists had their careers advanced using WI-38 and other human cell cultures so we all owe a moral debt to the tissue donors.”Clearly, though, the most unjustly treated individual was the aborted baby, who had no opportunity for life or liberty to give its consent to sacrifice its life for others.  If there had been no pressure from pro-lifers throughout the 50 years since the abortion, it’s doubtful the scientists, pharmaceutical companies and lawyers would have many ethical qualms with the use of fetal tissue, those “clumps of cells” that are so very useful and profitable.Ever since science as an institution cut itself loose from the moorings of religion, it has floundered aimlessly on a sea of pragmatism, anchored on nothing but Darwinian self-interest.  Morality requires the presupposition that certain things are eternally right or wrong.  How can a Darwinist ground ethics in a universe where everything evolves? One can feel the tension in these articles.  The scientists have self-interest and motivation for money or fame to do anything they can in the name of science, but are troubled by their consciences and fear of upsetting funding sources who might be listening to the pro-life activists who believe in the sanctity of human life (a Biblical world view).  Pragmatic arguments can be very strong.  Scientists can rationalize about human health and lives that could be saved by the new technologies.  Take away conscience (which Darwinism can do) and political opposition, and they stand on the edge of the slippery slope.The atrocities possible in a world down the slope are very real.  They not only can happen; they have happened.  Who cannot remember with horror the “medical experiments” committed in Nazi Germany by well-known scientists?  Experiments were done not just on living prisoners, but on the corpses coming from the death camps.  The scientists justified some of that work on the grounds that they didn’t do the killing; they were just taking good advantage of a bad situation.  Compare that with what Hayflick and the scientific institutions did.  Hey; the abortion was legal, wasn’t it?  Didn’t the government legislate it as ethical at the time?  Pragmatism teases rationalization.  “Hey, I didn’t kill the fetus; don’t blame me!  I’m doing something good with the tissue!”  Enough of that line of thinking, and abortion increases – justified on the grounds that mothers are helping “science” by sacrificing their children to the new Moloch.There are Darwinian bioethicists.  They are useless.  On what basis would they say “no” to anything the scientific institutions and pharmaceutical companies want?   The only people keeping a leash on the mad scientists of our day are those who can ground their ethics in unchanging morality – particularly, Christians and Jews who believe in the holy, righteous, just transcendent Creator God of the Bible, who gave mankind the Ten Commandments.  That leash must hold.Resources for thinking about the limits of the ethically possible in a Darwinian world:Darwin Day in America by John West; provides many other historical examples of ethics set adrift by Darwinian thinking.The Magician’s Twin: C. S. Lewis on Science, Scientism and Society from the Discovery Institute details Lewis’s fears about godless scientism.That Hideous Strength by C. S. Lewis: a novel about a modern scientific Babel using science to destroy humanness. (Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

December 12

Video Tutorial: How to Make 360° Videos Look Better

first_imgBitrateMost consumer-grade 360° cameras film 4K video at around 50-60 mbps. This is relatively low for 4K footage. (For example, think “mushy” tree leaves on drone footage, which is often 50 mbps.) There’s not much you can do to change the bitrate in the camera itself, but here are two tips I recommend: film while stationary and stitch the footage manually.Filming stationary, on a tripod or monopod, will help preserve the detail of the surroundings during recording. Faster movement and quick scene changes will increase the chance for compression artifacts. Also, by stitching the 360 footage manually in a program like Autopano Video Pro or After Effects, you can control the export bitrate for your final video. This helps ensure that you don’t lose any additional detail.360° PhotosOften, the 360° photo quality on consumer cameras will be far superior to the video quality. For example, the Samsung Gear 360 records 4K video, but it actually takes 8K 360° photos. You can use those photos to create a 360° video, overlaying information graphics, music, etc. This can be a great option for client videos and tour 360° videos, where movement isn’t a major factor. (And quite often it is worth the trade-off for the jump in image detail.)VR Sharpen and VR Color GradientsAdobe has integrated many VR effects for 360° video into Premiere Pro and After Effects. Two I highly recommend are the VR Sharpen and VR Color Gradients effects. You can use VR Sharpen to add a little more “bite” to your 360° video, if it’s lacking image detail. I recommend a value between 8-16.Use the VR Color Gradients effect like color lens gels or filters for your 360° footage. You can easily customize the colors, blending modes, and opacity levels. This effect is great for adding a splash of color to flat footage.Looking for more video tutorials? Check these out.Best Lenses for Gimbal CinematographyCreate Seamless Transitions with the WHIP PANVideo Tutorial: How to Use a Vehicle as a Dolly SystemUnderstanding Keyframe Interpolation in Adobe After EffectsVideo Tutorial: How to Build a $25 Overhead Camera Rig In this video tutorial, we explore how you can improve a 360° footage shot with a consumer-grade camera.Now that 360° cameras have been out for a few years, there are many more consumer-grade options available. (Some popular models include the GoPro Fusion, Samsung Gear 360, Ricoh Theta V, Kodak Orbit 360.) Most consumer-grade 360° cameras cost a few hundred dollars, whereas professional models can start at a few thousand and increase drastically from there.The quality of consumer models can be hit or miss, but most will at least output 4K 360° video. Visually, a professional 360° camera will almost always give you better results. However, professional-grade cameras can be a hassle on shoots, requiring lots of finesse. I’ve opted to use consumer 360° cameras on quite a few shoots, and in this tutorial, I want to share some tips that can help visually improve the quality of your 360° footage.last_img read more

November 28

EAC escapes Arellano to claim solo third in NCAA

first_imgSalado paced the Chiefs with 24 points, four rebounds, four assists, and two steals, but his efforts weren’t enough as his side succumbed to their third straight loss and fell to 2-4.Allen Enriquez got 17 markers and seven boards, while Rence Alcoriza had 12 in the loss.The Scores:EAC 85 – Onwubere 17, Bautista 14, Garcia 13, Munsayac 11, Laminou 8, Diego 6, Guzman 6, Pascua 5, Corilla 3, Neri 2, Tampoc 0, J. Mendoza 0, I. Mendoza 0.ARELLANO 79 – Salado 24, Enriquez 17, Alcoriza 12, Flores 7, Dela Cruz 5, Meca 3, Villoria 3, Nicholls 3, Concepcion 3, Cañete 2, Abanes 0, Ongolo Ongolo 0.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Quarters: 22-20, 43-43, 67-59, 85-79. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical adviserscenter_img UFC: Jones buries hatchet with rival Cormier, extends hand of friendship LATEST STORIES Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ “That’s what we are actually preparing for, to get consecutive wins. It’s something that we’re unable to do in the NCAA and we prepared hard to get that. We’re thankful enough to finally get it,” said coach Ariel Sison whose team rose to 3-2.Juju Bautista racked up 14 markers, four boards, three dimes, and two rejections before fouling out at the 2:42 mark of the fourth quarter, while Jerome Garcia shot 3-of-8 from threes to nab 13 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsEAC took hold of an 11-point lead, 79-68, with an Onwubere trey with 3:23 remaining, but Kent Salado kept the Chiefs in the game, slicing the lead to as low as two, 81-79, after a pair of Lervin Flores freebies with 49.2 ticks left.Onwubere kept the door wide open for Arellano after he split his freebies, but the Generals trapped Kent Salado to a corner and forced him to commit a turnover, which led to  two freethrows from Raymund Pascua with 16.4 to go. DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Sidney Onwubere. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netEmilio Aguinaldo College held off Arellano, 85-79 to claim solo third place in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Despite losing Hamadou Laminou to a knee injury late in the first quarter, Sidney Onwubere led the Generals with 17 points, 14 rebounds, three assists, and three blocks for their back-to-back wins.ADVERTISEMENT NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaullast_img read more

October 17

I expect better Police chief says 2 more officers face drunkdriving charges

first_imgWINNIPEG – Winnipeg’s police chief says he will investigate whether more must be done to fight impaired driving in the city’s police force following the arrests of two more officers.Danny Smyth revealed the separate arrests of two off-duty officers suspected of impaired driving on Nov. 20 and Nov. 27.A fatal hit-and-run last month led to another officer, Const. Justin Holz, being charged with impaired driving and dangerous driving causing death.“We have a lot of programs available to our members here,” Smyth said Wednesday.“I’ve begun reviewing and will continue to review, with my own executive, what more can we do.”Smyth said formal charges have not been laid in the two most recent cases, so he would not name the officers involved. He said they were put on administrative leave.“I feel terrible about (the allegations.) I expect better conduct from our officers around their decisions after being out socializing.”The city police force has been under scrutiny in the past over impaired driving by off-duty officers.A public inquiry was called into the 2005 death of Crystal Taman, a mother of three who died when her car was rear-ended by an off-duty officer at a red light early one winter morning just north of Winnipeg.The inquiry heard Derek Harvey-Zenk had been out partying all night with fellow Winnipeg officers.Harvey-Zenk originally faced charges that included impaired driving causing death and refusing a breathalyzer. He was convicted of lesser charges under a plea deal and sentenced to house arrest.The inquiry heard that the investigation by the East St. Paul police force was botched and that the Winnipeg bedroom community’s police chief had previously worked with Harvey-Zenk.Smyth said views on drinking and driving have changed, both within the force and among the general public, since Taman’s death.He said the police force has voluntary programs to help officers who have a substance abuse problem, as well as mandatory measures that can be taken if an officer’s work is affected.Smyth also said, while it’s impossible to completely control what officers do after they leave work, he has let his 1,400 members know impaired driving is not acceptable.“I expect high conduct from our officers.”last_img read more

October 16

Lindt Gold Bunny Celebrity Auction Benefits Autism Speaks

first_imgNick Lachey has joined premium chocolatier, Lindt USA, to launch the fifth Lindt GOLD BUNNY Celebrity Auction and help raise awareness for autism, a cause close to his family.Nick Lachey joined Lindt in New York on April 4 to launch the Lindt GOLD BUNNY Celebrity AuctionLachey, who is sharing his personal connection to autism, joins the exclusive line-up of nearly 100 celebrities participating in this year’s auction by donating autographs. One hundred percent of proceeds from the celebrity-signed Lindt GOLD BUNNY figures will benefit the world’s leading autism research and advocacy organization, Autism Speaks.This year, Lindt will make a matching donation. Now through April 14, fans can bid on celebrity-signed porcelain Lindt GOLD BUNNY figures – from Kelly Clarkson to Sarah Jessica Parker, Tom Brady and Seth Meyers – and give back this Easter.“It’s an honor to help launch this year’s Lindt GOLD BUNNY Celebrity Auction and support a cause very close to my family,” said Lachey. “My younger brother, Zac, was diagnosed with autism as a child, and we’re continuously inspired by his perseverance and strength. Autism affects so many families, and Lindt is offering simple ways to get involved this Easter and help give back.”Ninety-three influencers in the entertainment, food, music, lifestyle and sports industries have lent their signatures to the cause. Other star taking part include Blake Shelton, Brad Paisley, Celine Dion, Donald Trump, Fergie, Gordon Ramsay, Harrison Ford, Kourtney Kardashian, Miranda Kerr, Ricky Gervais, Tom Hanks and many more.“We’re thrilled to work with Nick Lachey to launch this year’s Lindt GOLD BUNNY Celebrity Auction in support of Autism Speaks,” said Thomas Linemayr, president and CEO of Lindt USA. “We’re touched by Nick’s personal connection to autism and inspired by his involvement. Through a variety of activities both in-store and online this Easter season, Lindt is looking forward to raising much needed funds and awareness for the autism cause.”In addition to the Celebrity Auction, Lindt is again donating 10 cents from each Lindt GOLD BUNNY, the only bunny that gives back, purchased in the U.S., through April 20, 2014. Consumers can also join Lindt on its Facebook page, through April 15, 2014, to play the “Build a Better Easter Basket with Lindt GOLD BUNNY” game to trigger varying levels of donations to Autism Speaks and win additional prizes.Since 2009, Lindt has helped raise more than half a million dollars for Autism Speaks. Through multiple in-store and online activations this Easter season, Lindt anticipates the total donation to Autism Speaks to exceed $700,000.For more information about the Lindt GOLD BUNNY Celebrity Auction and Easter program, visit LindtGOLDBUNNYAuction.com. For other news from Lindt, visit www.LindtUSA.com/goldbunny, “like” the company’s Facebook page or follow Lindt on Twitter. For more information about Autism Speaks, visit www.AutismSpeaks.org.last_img read more