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October 18, 2019
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HC asks police to take necessary action against jugaad vehicles

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi High Court Wednesday directed the police to take necessary action against hybrid rickshaws, also known as ‘jugaads’, which are cobbled together from parts of various vehicles.A bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice C Hari Shankar issued the direction to Delhi Police Commissioner on a PIL alleging that such hybrid vehicles were plying without registration or insurance and were mostly driven by people without any driving licence. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderWith the direction the court disposed of the plea by Delhi resident Shiv Kumar, represented by advocate Rajdipa Behura, who has claimed that though ‘jugaads’ have been brought under the ambit of Motor Vehicles Act, there were no guidelines in place to regulate them. Behura told the bench that either the ‘jugaads’ be banned or guidelines be put in place to regulate them as was done in the case of e-rickshaws. Central government standing counsel Ravi Prakash and advocate Farman Ali Magray, appearing for the Transport Ministry, told the court that it was complying with the Supreme Court’s May 2013 direction to ensure ‘jugaads’ are not permitted to ply without adhering to the requirements of the Motor Vehicles Act. Prakash and Magray told the bench that the ministry has already issued a circular to all the state governments to take action against ‘jugaads’ in accordance with the Motor Vehicles Act.last_img read more

October 18, 2019
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India bids adieu to Swaraj

first_imgNEW DELHI: Sushma Swaraj, former foreign minister and BJP veteran who died on Tuesday evening, was cremated with state honours Wednesday afternoon in the presence of top leaders including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah and BJP patriarch LK Advani among others. Swaraj’s death due to a cardiac arrest has left political leaders and her legions of admirers in deep shock. PM Modi turned emotional Wednesday morning as he paid homage to Swaraj, easily one of India’s most admired political leaders. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsHer body was kept at the BJP headquarters for party workers and leaders to pay tributes and then moved to the Lodhi Crematorium where all top leaders paid their respects. Swaraj died at Delhi’s All India Institute Of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) where she was taken at around 9 pm on Tuesday. Political leaders across party lines as well as people on social media expressed shock and grief at her sudden death. President Ram Nath Kovind visited the departed leader’s home in central Delhi’s Jantar Mantar Road to pay his last respects. He interacted with her husband Swaraj Kaushal and other family members. Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and Home Minister Amit Shah also paid tribute. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdaySonia Gandhi of the Congress was seen hugging Swaraj’s daughter Bansuri. Her son Rahul Gandhi and former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh too visited Swaraj’s home. PM Modi and Vice President Venkaiah Naidu paid their condolences to Sushma Swaraj’s family members. BJP veteran LK Advani and his daughter Pratibha, who have had a long association with Swaraj, were misty-eyed. Remembering the veteran politician, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in a tweet Tuesday night, said a “glorious chapter in Indian politics has come to an end”. Top ministers such as Rajnath Singh, Nirmala Sitharaman, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Smriti Irani, Harsh Vardhan, Prakash Javadekar, Ramesh Pokhriyal were among those who visited the hospital Tuesday night. In 1977, Sushma Swaraj became the youngest minister of a state, Haryana. Swaraj was one of the tallest leaders of the BJP. She will be best remembered as a humane politician who helped the Indians abroad in distress with her quick response on Twitter to requests for help when she was the foreign minister. Even banal or joking requests drew a response from Sushma Swaraj. The 67-year-old had been ailing of late, which is why she had not contested the Lok Sabha election earlier this year and opted out of PM Modi’s new government. She had a kidney transplant in 2016. Hours before her death, Swaraj had tweeted congratulating Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the passage of the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation bill in parliament. See insidelast_img read more

October 18, 2019
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ICCs League 2 schedule for 2023 WC qualifiers begin from Aug 14

first_imgDubai: A month after England were crowned world champions, the ICC on Monday launched Men’s Cricket World Cup League 2, a part of the new four-year qualification for the 2023 World Cup. The League 2 will witness seven teams — Namibia, Nepal, Oman, Papua New Guinea (PNG), Scotland, UAE and the USA — contesting in 126 One Day Internationals (ODIs), to be played across 21 tri-series. Each of the seven teams will play 36 ODIs over a period of two-and-half-year from August 2019 to January 2022. The inaugural League 2 series will be played among Scotland, PNG and Oman at Mannofield Park, Scotland from August 14 to 21, which will include four ODIs for each team, worth two points per ODI that will contribute to the Men’s CWC League 2 table. After the completion of 21 tri-series, the top three teams will confirm their places in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2022. The bottom four teams will drop into the Men’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier Play-Off 2022, which is a repechage event to the Global Qualifier, and will be joined by the winner of Challenge League A and B. The top two teams from the Play-Off will keep their hopes alive of participating in the 2023 World Cup, by qualifying for the Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2022. ICC Head of Events, Chris Tetley is excited by the prospect of four years of competitive men’s 50-over cricket. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”The ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup provided us with great entertainment and competitive cricket, I am delighted to see the start of the qualification process to India 2023. The new structure has given meaningful context to bilateral cricket for the Men’s Cricket World Super League, but also more competitive opportunities to Associate Members,” he said. ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup League 2 Series one schedule: Wednesday August 14: Oman vs PNG at Mannofield Park, Aberdeen. Thursday August 15: Scotland vs Oman at Mannofield Park, Aberdeen. Saturday August 17: Scotland vs PNG at Mannofield Park, Aberdeen. Sunday August 18: Scotland vs Oman at Mannofield Park, Aberdeen. Tuesday August 20: Scotland vs PNG at Mannofield Park, Aberdeen. Wednesday August 21: Oman vs PNG at Mannofield Park, Aberdeen.last_img read more

October 18, 2019
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G7 close to agreeing help for Amazon fires

first_imgBiarritz (France): International leaders gathering at the ongoing G7 Summit in this French resort town are reportedly nearing an agreement to help fight the the massive wildfires in the Amazon that were devastating the world’s largest tropical rainforest, the media reported on Monday. French President Emmanuel Macron said on Sunday that a deal to provide “technical and financial help” was close, the BBC reported. He said the leaders have “all agreed on helping those countries which have been hit by the fires as fast as possible. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US “Our teams are making contact with all the Amazon countries so we can finalise some very concrete commitments involving technical resources and funding,” the French President added. Macron’s remarks come a week after he described the fires as an “international crisis” and pushed for them to be prioritised at the G7 Summit. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that Britain would provide 10 million pounds to protect the Amazon rainforest. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsAfter facing mounting pressure, Brazilian President Bolsonaro on August 23 authorised the military to help tackle the blazes. Defence Ministry officials said on Sunday that military intervention has been authorised in seven states, adding that warplanes were also drafted in to dump water on the affected areas. Bolsonaro tweeted on Sunday that he had also accepted an offer of support from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the BBC reported. Meanwhile, neighbouring Bolivia was also struggling to contain fires burning in its forests. On Sunday, President Evo Morales suspended his re-election campaign and said he was prepared to accept international help to tackle blazes in his country’s Chiquitania region. Political leaders, celebrities and environmentalists have called for action to protect the Amazon, known as the “lungs of the world” for its role in absorbing carbon dioxide and producing oxygen. The rainforest is also home to about three million species of plants and animals and one million indigenous people. Thousands of protesters have also taken to the streets across the world calling on governments to intervene. On Sunday, Pope Francis also joined the call to protect the rainforest. “We are all worried about the vast fires that have developed in the Amazon. Let us pray so that with the commitment of all, they can be put out soon. That lung of forests is vital for our planet,” he told thousands of people in St Peter’s Square.last_img read more

October 18, 2019
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Gastronomers delight Nalban Food Park to come up as top destination for

first_imgKolkata: The state Fisheries Development Corporation (SFDC) is all set to develop Nalban Food Park as one of the favourite hangout zones for food lovers.”The variety of fish cuisines cooked from fishes available in our own waterbodies has always been the unique selling point (USP) of SFDC. Now, we are all set to start a restaurant that will serve Chinese, Tandoor and Mughlai items. We have rooms just beside our Bhuri Bhoj restaurant, which will be renovated and turned into the new restaurant. We are now preparing the plan of the ambience and décor and hopefully we will unveil the new restaurant this November,” said Subrata Mukherjee, managing director of SFDC. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAt present, there are two restaurants at Nalban Food Park, namely The All Fish restaurant and the Bhuri Bhoj restaurant that was unveiled on Wednesday by state Fisheries minister Chandranath Sinha. Both these restaurants have Bengali food in their menu with a special emphasis on fish dishes. Food items are served at a pocket friendly price in both of them. The SFDC is also making plans to renovate the All Fish Restaurant, which sees huge footfall on a regular basis. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway”We didn’t need to make any construction work separately. There were rooms just beside the sprawling waterbody that was lying unused. Three rooms were simply renovated and given the shape of Bhuri Bhoj restaurant. The verandah space just beside the sprawling waterbody will surely provide a wonderful dining experience,” Mukherjee added. The five day Ilish (Hilsa) Festival kicked off at Bhuri Bhoj restaurant on Saturday and will continue till September 4. Five special thalis comprising a wide variety of items prepared from Ilish will be served during the festival. The price range hovers between Rs 390 and 590.last_img read more

October 18, 2019
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Scintillating cascades of the Great Falls

first_imgIt’s early afternoon of the second day since we arrived in Washington and we are lounging in the porch of my brother’s palatial residence in Maryland. A bruised and swollen March sky threatens a downpour even as the giant star above attempts to pierce the dense clouds to display its brilliance. A solitary bird wheels in circles on the vast canvas above us, unmindful of the changing weather. Away from the pressure of work and routine, we vacationers revel in nature’s drama as it unfolds before us in myriad hues. As we drink in the sights and the fragrance of pre-shower earth, little blobs of rain tattoo the lawns with their pearly texture. Also Read – Oman – Beauty with an addressThe ambience and the nip in the air tickle our strong Indian palate which lusts for spicy samosas and hot pakodas. Snack time is advanced and we polish off plates of the decadent savouries. We wash them down with piping cups of ginger-cardamom chai, the quintessential brew for cold, rainy days. Our gastronomic cravings sated, we decide to visit the Great Falls on the Maryland side, the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Park, close to my brother’s residence. Also Read – CANADA: A traveller’s delightThe brooding sky deters us from making it to the Virginia side of the Falls. The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historic Park stretches roughly across 21 km from Georgetown to the Great Falls Park and is a much sought after tourist spot to which residents often bike down from their homes. We motor down and enter the area through an avenue of tall foliaceous trees. As we take a stroll in the park and drink in lungsful of fragrant air, the chill, rowdy breeze flirts unabashedly with the naturally unruly tresses on my uncovered head. We amble across the pathway alongside the serpentine flow of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal (C&O Canal) as it gushes in fury, crashing over boulders. The avalanche of white froth is laced in portions with Mother Earth. We are told that the rising water getting muddy spells danger for swimmers and rock-hoppers who could be easily deceived by an apparently docile and tranquil river. For, the river is known to swell within minutes to deathly proportions, creating a watery grave for those who’ve dared to take it lightly! As we leisurely saunter closer to the Falls, the ceaseless symphony of the gurgling, thrashing water, feels like music to our ears. From information boards that dot the park, we get a peek into the history of the C&O Canal which dates back to the 18th and 19th centuries. The entire area encompassing the jaw-dropping Great Falls which separates Virginia from Maryland, has been enjoying the status of a National Park since 1971. The Canal, a system with about 74 locks built between 1828 and 1850, runs parallel to the famous Potomac River. It was created to transport goods between Cumberland, a manufacturing centre of timber, whiskey, furs and other products, and Chesapeake Bay. The presence of the Great and Little Falls obstructed the Potomac from being navigable. US President George Washington’s dream since his youth, to make the Potomac navigable, bore fruit when he initiated the construction of the canal system. Unfortunately, he did not live to see the completion of the project which happened in 1801. The Potomac originates as a small spring near Fairfax Stone in West Virginia and travels approximately 575 km to Chesapeake Bay, snaking its way through Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland Virginia and District of Columbia. It drops 76 feet through several cascading rapids into the Mather Gorge, a canyon, when it reaches the Great Falls, which is the steepest and most scintillating fall line rapids of any eastern river. In the face of melting snow and a heavy downpour, the Potomac is known to become chaotic with a huge volume of water that is unable to force its way through the narrow entrance of Mather Gorge. The river then backs up to cover the Falls and floods the riverbank. As we attempt to capture the beauty of the raging water on our digital devices, jet sprays of water romance tantalisingly with our faces. It sends the little ones around us squealing in ecstasy. To the west, far ahead, we see the anemic sun sink through a sky that is a splash of peach tinged with grey. Fortunately, the rain-laden clouds have been benevolent with us thus far and have not yet begun their dance earthwards. Not to push our luck too far, we return, tearing ourselves from nature’s mesmerising drama that leaves us thirsting for more. We promise ourselves to visit the Virginia side of the Fall before returning to India a week later. Fortunately, we are in for a couple of sunny days and we make the best of the salubrious weather, to visit the Falls on the Virginia side. Following a 30-minute picturesque drive from my brother’s, we are at the Park’s Visitor Center which is equipped with restrooms and a snack bar. It also offers a 10-minute slide program and houses a three-dimensional model of the Great Falls and Patowmack Canal. The 800-acre sprawl is laced with several trails to suit all kinds of leisure and adventure seekers. There are trails along the Potomac itself and also in the adjacent woods – for walkers, bikers and horse riders. It is at once evident that rock climbing is very popular here. We see plenty of picnickers carry their own grills and settle at cookout sites, conveniently placed in several areas of the park. It is palpable that Washingtonians consider the Great Falls with its unusual landscape, to be the most spectacular natural landmark in D.C. For here, the Potomac dramatically gathers speedy momentum as it descends over a series of steep, jagged rocks and flows through the Mather Gorge. Over 30 plant species, three of which are not found anywhere else in the world, inhabit the bedrock terraces high above the river. The Patowmack Canal Company was formed in 1785 and construction began amidst a lot of engineering challenges, especially at the Patowmack Canal of Great Falls. The Canal, which is in ruins today, was considered to be the most significant engineering feat of 18th century America. For 26 years after its completion, it enabled a diverse range of commodities to be comfortably ferried. The Patowmack Company, though a financial failure, was the forerunner of the spate of lock engineering and canal construction that became significant in America’s development. Joggers of all ages and shapes, dogs – leashed and unleashed – are out for their morning constitutional. Vantage points and observation decks that are also wheelchair accessible allow us some of the most spectacular views of the churning rapids. We feel the adrenaline rush ourselves as we watch a couple of rafters bobbing, flouncing and weave their way beneath the white fluff. We sate our senses with views of the susurrant rush of foaming water from all the viewpoints. As we revel in our expansive surrounds, lulled by nature’s own melody, I am compelled to recall the sentiments of some of my friends who opine that if you have seen one waterfall, you have seen them all! How far off the mark can they be! As I stand here, feeling awestruck by the burbling Great Falls, showing off medley shades at different places and changing hue every now and then, I’m flummoxed at their take! The sky is awash with a splash of colors, much like an artist’s palette, as sundown draws its cloak around us. I make a feeble attempt to capture this sunburst of colours as the giant star disappears below the horizon. The turquoise blue waters assume tints of red-orange but its rhythmic whispers, rushes and thunderous roars continue to pleasantly haunt us as we leave the part precincts, homeward bound.last_img read more

October 18, 2019
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Railways not to produce new Vande Bharat rakes this fiscal

first_imgNew Delhi: The Indian Railways will not manufacture any new rake of the Vande Bharat Express in this financial year, Railway Board Chairman V.K. Yadav said on Monday. Yadav said, the ICF (Integral Coach Factory) plant in Chennai will not manufacture any new set of the Vande Bharat Express, which was earlier known as Train 18 in this financial year. He said the ICF will manufacture 40 sets of the Vande Bharat Express in 2020-21 and 2021-22. The decision was taken after looking at the recommendation for some modifications in the existing design, Yadav said. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalHe said that another set of the Vande Bharat Express between Delhi and Katra will start in the coming days. However, he refused to share the actual dates of the new services of the train. Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged off the Vande Bharat Express chair-car train from New Delhi to his parliamentary constituency Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh on February 15 this year. It covers the 850-kilometre distance in eight hours, compared to the 12 hours by other trains. The gleaming blue-nosed train comes with the best amenities, including high-speed on-board WiFi, GPS-based passenger information system, touch-free bio-vacuum toilets, LED lighting, mobile charging points and a climate control system that automatically adjusts the temperature.last_img read more

October 17, 2019
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Crews called to NS airshow after Snowbird catches fire on runway

first_imgGREENWOOD, N.S. – There were no injuries after a small fire broke out on one of the planes flown by the Snowbirds aerobatic team as it landed on Saturday.The nine-plane team was taking part in the Atlantic Canada International Air Show at CFB Greenwood, roughly 144 km from Halifax.As the Tutor jets used by the Snowbirds landed, one of them stopped well before the end of the runway after a small fire was spotted around the nose wheel and two fire trucks rushed out to the runway, said Snowbirds spokesperson Michele Tremblay.“He stopped his plane, and we advised the emergency response team,” said Tremblay. “They arrived immediately, put the flames out, and (the pilots) safely disembarked.”Tremblay said Capt. Matthew Hart and Capt. Kevin Domon-Grenier, who is still in training, were in Snowbird 5 when the fire occurred.She said any assessment of the damage to the aircraft would be “pure speculation” until the incident is investigated.“What’s the important thing right now is that our pilots are safe,” said Tremblay. “They did their drills to the teeth, and tomorrow we’ll carry on with our show.”Tremblay said the damaged aircraft may be replaced for Sunday’s performance or the Snowbirds could fly in an eight-plane formation.The Snowbirds have been performing since 1971.last_img read more

October 17, 2019
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Former worker pleads guilty to helping inmate escape federal Alberta prison

first_imgRED DEER, Alta. – A former peace officer has admitted he helped an inmate escape from a federal prison in central Alberta.Peter Edgar pleaded guilty in Red Deer provincial court to permitting or assisting escape.He was charged following the 2015 escape of Sylvain Martin from Bowden Institution.Court heard Martin was serving a 10-year sentence for fraud when he fled from the prison’s minimum-security wing.Martin made his way to Calgary and then on to Quebec, where he was taken into custody.Following his arrest, Martin told police that while he was an inmate he developed a relationship with Edgar, who is 61.At the time, Edgar was working as a production supervisor with a Correctional Service of Canada program that provides incarcerated offenders with job-skills training.Court heard that Edgar provided Martin with a phone and $5,000 prior to his escape.While admitting to giving Martin the items, Edgar was adamant that he did not know Martin was planning to flee.Martin used the cash to get to Calgary using a taxi. Edgar later gave Martin $7,000 to get to Quebec.During their relationship, Edgar provided Martin with $100,000, court heard.Edgar was in the Caribbean at the time of the prison break and failed to notify authorities after learning about it through a phone call.He later flew to Quebec where he partied with Martin.Edgar took leave from his job in 2015 and never returned to work.Defence lawyer Robin Snider said a pre-sentence report is expected to take eight to 12 weeks to complete, after which a sentencing date is to be set.(RD News Now)last_img read more

October 17, 2019
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Quebec university criticized for intrusive questionnaire sent to job candidates

first_imgMONTREAL – A Quebec City university is being criticized for a questionnaire that required job candidates to reveal whether they’ve been tested for HIV, the date they last menstruated and whether they’ve been treated for cancer.Universite Laval’s vice-rector for human resources said the questionnaire was used to find out whether candidates would need workplace accommodation.“It’s a standard practice in human resources to verify if a person has particular conditions that mean we need to adapt their work environment,” Lyne Bouchard told The Canadian Press.Bouchard confirmed the university stopped using the questionnaire after Jan. 10, when local media began to ask questions.She added that no applicant was ever removed from the job pool on the basis of their answers and that the university had not received any complaints about the form.The 40-question, four-page form had been given out to people applying for jobs at the university since 2009.Among other questions, respondents were asked to list the cause of death of close family members and answer whether they’d consulted a psychologist or made a claim to Quebec’s workplace health and safety board.In a section reserved for women, applicants were asked to jot down the date of their last menstruation and gynecology exam, and declare whether they’d ever been pregnant or had an abortion.Bouchard said she couldn’t explain why some of these last questions had been included, admitting they “contravened the values” of the university.According to human rights lawyer Stephanie Fournier, the questionnaire is clearly discriminatory and violates Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms.“The principle is clear: the mere fact of asking, in a selection process, questions on the state of health or any ground of protected discrimination, be it civil status, religion, sexual orientation, constitutes discrimination,” she said in an interview.Fournier said that in the case of pre-employment contracts the burden of proof is on the employer to prove that the questions are relevant to a candidate’s ability to do the job in question.Employers may not, for example, use such questionnaires to rule out candidates with a greater risk of absenteeism or who might become pregnant, she added.Bouchard insisted the information in the questionnaire was kept confidential and was sent directly to a doctor.She said the hiring process was currently undergoing a review that would likely lead to the creation of a new questionnaire.last_img read more

October 17, 2019
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Fans of Edmonton Eskimos asked to scrimmage on name change question

first_imgEDMONTON – Thousands of core fans of the Canadian Football League’s Edmonton Eskimos are being asked if they think the team should change its name.The question surrounding the name Eskimo is contained in the club’s annual survey of its season ticket holders.The term is widely considered to be offensive by Canada’s Inuit population.A poll conducted by Insight West found 57 per cent of Canadians find its use acceptable.League commissioner and former Eskimo player Randy Ambrosie says it’s up to the team to decide if the name should be changed.Ambrosie, who was in the Alberta capital on Tuesday, says it’s an issue for the Eskimos, their fans and for the relationship between Edmontonians and the Inuit community.Major League Baseball’s Cleveland Indians announced last month that starting in 2019 they are changing their uniform’s logo, which depicts a smiling Indigenous man called Chief Wahoo. (CTV Edmonton, The Canadian Press)last_img read more

October 17, 2019
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Jury selected man pleads not guilty in death of Montrealborn yoga instructor

first_imgHALIFAX – The jury at the trial of a Halifax man accused of killing a popular yoga instructor was selected Tuesday, as Nicholas Butcher pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder.Butcher, a 35-year-old graduate of Dalhousie University’s law school, is accused of killing 32-year-old Montreal native Kristin Johnston on March 26, 2016.His trial started Tuesday in Nova Scotia Supreme Court, where dozens of people were called for jury selection.By day’s end, a 16-member jury panel had been chosen — seven men and nine women.Justice Joshua Arnold gave the jury brief instructions before dismissing them for the day.“As the trial proceeds, you may discuss the case among yourselves when all of you are together in your jury room. You must not, however, come to any conclusions about the case during those discussions,” said Arnold, who also told jury members not to discuss the case with friends or family.“Keep an open mind. The time to decide the case is after, not before, you have heard all of the evidence and listened to the lawyers on both sides and my instructions about the law that applies to the evidence.”Arnold told the jury they would hear more lengthy instructions Wednesday morning, followed by the Crown’s opening statement.Butcher, wearing a navy suit with his brown hair buzzed, sat quietly and expressionless next to his lawyers Peter Planetta and Jonathan Hughes during the jury selection process.Before the jury was selected, Butcher was asked to enter his plea.“Not guilty,” he said, standing at his lawyer’s bench.Outside of court, prosecutor Carla Ball said the Crown will call around 40 witnesses, and will present evidence in chronological order.Planetta said his client “recognizes the gravity of the situation and the importance of the trial.”Twenty days have been set aside for the trial.Johnston opened a Bikram yoga studio in downtown Halifax, gaining a reputation as a kind and determined businesswoman with what friends described as a “magnetic” personality.Follow (at)AlyThomson on Twitter.last_img read more

October 17, 2019
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Sentencing arguments for Alberta man guilty of vicious sexual assault

first_imgLETHBRIDGE, Alta. – A man who beat a woman so viciously during a sexual assault that she had to learn how to walk and talk again is scheduled to face a sentencing hearing today.Denzel Dre Colton Bird, 21, was charged after the 25-year-old woman was struck from behind with a metal pipe, dragged into an alley and sexually attacked while she was walking to work in Lethbridge, Alta., in September 2016.The blows caused multiple skull fractures and fractured her facial bones as well.A passerby discovered the woman, partially naked and stuffed into a garbage can, and she was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries. The victim was in a medically induced coma for weeks in a Calgary hospital. She was released a year ago and her family says she continues to recover, although she has no memory of the attack.Police have said there was no apparent connection between Bird and his victim.Bird pleaded guilty last September to aggravated sexual assault and break and enter.His sentencing was delayed because of a long wait for a forensic psychiatric assessment and a Gladue report, which considers an accused’s Indigenous background.The maximum sentence for aggravated sexual assault is life in prison.Bird’s lawyer, Tonii Roulston, has said she will be asking Judge Jerry LeGrandeur for a sentence in the six- to eight-year range.When her client entered guilty pleas last year, she said he just wanted the case to be over.“Just like the family of the victim, it’s been hanging over his head as well, and he is anxious to take responsibility for his actions,” Roulston said.The case has been marked by delays. Bird fired his original lawyer, then rehired him before firing him again and retaining Roulston.— Follow @BillGraveland on Twitterlast_img read more

October 17, 2019
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Alberta to allow rehab of orphaned black bear cubs in coming weeks

first_imgEDMONTON – A ban on private rehabilitation of orphaned black bear cubs in Alberta is to be lifted by the province in the coming weeks.The ban, which has been in place since 2010, has meant that bears orphaned in the province have been killed or sent to zoos.Officials say they have been working with wildlife sanctuary operators to develop a new policy. They had hoped to have it in place before this spring’s black bear hunt, which started on Sunday.“We’re close, but it’s still not ready for public release,” said Matt Dykstra, a spokesman for Alberta Environment and Parks. “It was our hope to have it in place by the start of the spring hunt. It’s our expectation that it will be completed very soon.”Dykstra said a new policy will be in place in “weeks, but not months.”It wasn’t immediately clear what will happen to any orphaned bears found this spring before any changes take effect.A wildlife sanctuary operator in southern Alberta said her facility is ready to take orphaned animals, but she said she’s not holding her breath.“They can change a policy as easily as they change their socks or underpants,” said Clio Smeeton, director of the Cochrane Research Institute, which rescues, rehabilitates and releases injured and orphaned wildlife. “It’s just a matter of writing something down.“There is over 30 years of solid scientific research and peer-reviewed published papers, including some we’ve published, that show that wildlife rehab works.”The province said Wednesday it will allow the compassionate rehabilitation of orphaned black bear cubs in circumstances where returning them to the wild is not the best option.It will also consider public safety and the resources of rehabilitation centres, said Dykstra.“Our desired outcome would be … safely returning the animal to its native habitat so it can succeed in the wild.”Three black bear cubs were found abandoned in a washroom along the Trans-Canada Highway in Banff National Park a year ago. They were sent to a rehabilitation facility in Ontario and are set to return to the national park this year.There was also a public outcry after an Alberta facility wasn’t able to take in a young black bear found injured along a highway near Calgary.British Columbia and Saskatchewan have bear rehabilitation centres, but they do not accept out-of-province bears.There are bear rehabilitation facilities in central Ontario that accept bears from other provinces, but the Ontario government insists that the animals be returned to the province of origin for release.last_img read more

October 17, 2019
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Scathing suicide inquiry finds gaps shortcomings at Royal Military College

first_imgOTTAWA – Members of a board of inquiry into three suicides at the Royal Military College of Canada have reported facing troubling delays and obstacles in obtaining key information and evidence during their nearly year-long internal investigation.A censored copy of the board of inquiry’s final report was provided to reporters this week and confirmed that officer cadets Harrison Kelertas, Brett Cameron and Matthew Sullivan took their own lives in separate incidents in 2016.The scathing report also uncovered numerous gaps, shortcomings and worrying practices at the 142-year-old college in Kingston, Ont., where future generations of military officers are groomed, when it came to suicide prevention.Those included the use of “suicide watches” with other students — even though studies showed such watches raised the risk of suicide among the watchers and had been previously flagged as a concern by the military’s medical branch.In an interview with The Canadian Press, the military’s chief of personnel acknowledged that there were shortcomings at the university and said senior commanders were committed to fixing them as quickly as possible.But Lt.-Gen. Charles Lamarre rejected suggestions that officials at the college in Kingston, Ont., could have done more earlier to keep Kelertas, Cameron or Sullivan from taking their own lives.“Folks were doing their best with what they knew at the time, and they thought they were doing the best that they could,” Lamarre said during a telephone call from National Defence headquarters.“That’s why it’s so important to actually go through and do this critical self-examination and to put in place the changes that can prevent reoccurrence and that’s what’s taken place.”The board of inquiry report had been eagerly anticipated by the families of the three young men, who had expected it last year and expressed frustration and anger that its release was delayed, thereby depriving them of closure.Some had worried that the report was being delayed because officials were trying to whitewash the findings to hide any wrongdoing or negligence at the college or within the military chain of command.Military officials have rejected such allegations, saying the investigation was extremely complex, involving dozens of witnesses and tens of thousands of pages of documents — all of which needed to go through a final legal review.The three families have been briefed separately on the inquiry’s findings over the past week, but have so far declined to comment.The report reveals that the board of inquiry faced challenges accessing information and evidence, particularly from the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service, which investigates major crimes in the military.“Despite early indication(s) by the CFNIS that the deaths were suicides,” the report reads, “and that suicides are not investigated by the CFNIS, it took over six months for the board to access critical evidence held by the CFNIS.”It was also told at one point to file an access to information request and given blacked-out material “despite the authority of the board to receive unredacted evidence.”Despite previously defending the lengthy delay in releasing the report, Lamarre acknowledged the board’s challenges getting information were “wrong” and promised officials were committed to preventing future problems.While the exact circumstances around the three suicides were blacked out in the report provided to the media, for privacy reasons, the board identified a number concerns when it came to the risk of suicide among RMC students.Those included stigma, specifically student fears that asking for help would affect their future careers, which has also been identified as a concern within the overall military population.The board was also particularly concerned that RMC commanders regularly ordered students to act as a “suicide watch” or “buddy watch” when fellow officer cadets were deemed at risk of trying to take their own lives.Two such suicide watches were ordered at RMC in the first half of 2016, even though studies had shown they increased the risk of suicide among the watchers and the military’s medical branch recommended against their use.Asked about the suicide watches, Lamarre said: “It says right there in the board of inquiry that there’s a recognition that best practices and standards were not well understood throughout the cadet wing or the college itself.“And again, that’s one of the key recommendations: to standardize these things to make sure they understand what they are.”RMC was also found to be missing an overarching suicide-prevention strategy, which exist in other universities given that suicide is the leading cause of death among young Canadians. The absence of such a strategy was found to make it more difficult for students to access support services.Officials also didn’t know what constituted a suicide attempt or how many there had been and, “unlike Queen’s University,” didn’t have procedures for to help students during their arrival at the college and other “transitions.Finally, the report raised concerns about how college staff dealt with suicides after they occurred, saying there was an “underestimation and misunderstanding of the effect of suicide on staff, friends and survivors of suicide loss.”It was unclear from the report how many, if any, of the issues raised by the board of inquiry related to Kelertas, Cameron and Sullivan, as the sections related to their time at RMC were largely blacked out.All told, the board made 78 recommendations to address the many issues raised in the report.But Lamarre said the vast majority were already being addressed following a special review of the college that was order by defence chief Gen. Jonathan Vance last year and through the military’s new suicide-prevention strategy.“There is a desire to make sure that all those things are being addressed,” he said.“The fact that three different initiatives are speaking to the same thing … I think it’s a good indicator that folks are paying attention and trying to correct things where they can.”— Follow @leeberthiaume on Twitter.last_img read more

October 17, 2019
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Injured Humboldt Broncos player returning home for first time since accident

first_imgAIRDRIE, Alta. — It’s been more than a year since injured Humboldt Broncos player Ryan Straschnitzki slept at home in his own bed.That’s about to change.After several months of renovations, his family’s home in Airdrie, just north of Calgary, is once again ready to be lived in.For Straschnitzki, paralyzed from the chest down in a 2018 bus crash that left 16 people dead and 13 others injured, it will mean increased independence.“I think everything’s just going to be accessible for me with the lift and everything like that,” he said.“Last summer I didn’t get to spend any time with friends and I figure I might as well have a good summer with friends and family and part of that is moving home.”The Straschnitzki’s are returning home today @660NEWS @BTCityNewsCGY pic.twitter.com/LReBJ8M7zu— Kristen Fong (@FongK10) April 27, 2019The Straschnitzkis have been living in hotels since last July when Ryan returned home from physiotherapy at the Shriners Hospital for Sick Children in Philadelphia.The renovations were months behind schedule, largely due to a number of structural problems in the original home.The garage floor sank 50 centimetres and had to be re-poured. There were problems with wiring and he hardwood floors had to be ripped up.The biggest changes included installing a separate heating unit for Straschnitzki’s bedroom — he’s unable to sense when his body is too hot or too cold — and building an elevator from the garage to what will be his basement apartment.TV personality Mike Holmes, one of Canada’s most recognizable home renovators, oversaw the remodelling project.Follow @BillGraveland on TwitterThe Canadian Presslast_img read more

October 17, 2019
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Domestic violence survivor speaks out following gruesome assault

first_imgWARNING: Some details in this story are disturbing.CALGARY – “I’m lucky to be here.” Dawn Warden’s life was forever changed on June 9 when she says an ex-boyfriend attacked her in her Airdrie home with a sword, slicing off her fingers and one ear.The violence was horrific.“All my fingers were pretty much cut off, except for my thumb. I lost three, they saved seven. My shoulder was cut from the back to the end,  twice, I think, in a ‘v’ shape. There are two marks there. It was cut to the bone,” she described.“My ear was cut off to the back of my neck… I had three gashes on my stomach and one on my right thigh.”After the initial attack, Warden says the man set her room on fire. She was rushed to hospital where she spent eight hours in emergency surgery so doctors could reattach some of her fingers and her ear. Doctors used stitches in her hands and ears and 150 staples to close up her horrific wounds.Dawn Warden’s life was forever changed on June 9 when she says an ex-boyfriend attacked her in her Airdrie home with a sword, slicing off her fingers and one ear. (PHOTO: Megan McPhaden 660 NEWS.)“Where my hands are concerned, they say I should be able to get use of them. I might not be able to make a fist,” said Warden, a hairdresser and a painter.“They said I more than likely won’t be able to do hair again, but I’m stubborn. I’m still positive on that. But they did a fantastic job of saving the most important fingers.”As she recovers in her hospital room, she is speaking out–she wants more to be done to prevent other women from ending up in her situation.“I was in a slump. My son passed away a year ago and I kind of lost who I was, my sense of who I was.” Warden teared up as she credited her other son for pulling her out of her depression. She says while most people assume victims stay out of fear, every story is different.“I think I held on to the relationship because it was another relationship I could lose,” she said. “I personally stayed because when you have a loss of a child you lose a lot of your support…You don’t get over it easily.”While domestic violence victims are rarely named by police due to privacy restrictions, Warden is speaking out in the hopes of educating others and preventing future attacks from happening.“That’s really, really important for me.”But for now, she is focussing on recover and regaining some independence.Domestic violence accounts for half of homicides in Calgary Domestic violence is all too common in Alberta. In Calgary alone, police say six of the 12 murder cases this year have been domestic-related.The majority of them have been women and children killed by partners or family members.READ MORE:Over half of Calgary homicides this year domestic related: CPSVictims of domestic abuse face danger when trying to leave: expertsGuilty verdict in Edward Downey double murder trialFather deliberately set fire that killed both his daughter and himself: policeMurder charges laid in deaths of Calgary mother and daughterAccording to a domestic violence organization that works closely with police, Sagesse Domestic Violence Prevention Society, CPS is on track to receive 30,000 domestic-violence-related calls this year.“We know that when natural disasters or economic dips happen, [certain] communities are more impacted by domestic violence. We also now that Indigenous people have higher rates of experiencing domestic violence,” explained Executive Director of Sagesse Domestic Violence Prevention Society, Andrea Silverstone.“Airdrie has higher rates of domestic violence. There was a study done in Airdrie, I think it was three or four years ago, that said Airdrie has four times higher than the rest of the province of Alberta.”Silverstone says ending the cycle is something everyone needs to play an active role in.“Most people who are experiencing domestic violence, or are using violence, the first person that they tell is a confidant–a friend of a family member. And the thing that we actually need to do is build capacity among Albertans–because most of us are confidants for somebody–about how to recognize domestic violence, respond appropriately, and then help our friend or family member get the supports that they need.”If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic abuse–or using violence–call 1-403-234-7233(SAFE) or click here.last_img read more

October 17, 2019
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No need for lengthy border exam of Meng Wanzhou before her arrest

first_imgVANCOUVER — The defence team for a Huawei executive whose arrest at Vancouver’s airport sparked a diplomatic crisis between Canada and China says there was no good reason for border officials to detain her for almost three hours before her arrest. Scott Fenton, a defence lawyer for Meng Wanzhou, told the B.C. Supreme Court that border officials already knew that Meng was facing charges in the United States by the time she got off her flight from Hong Kong.He says that means officials also knew she would be arrested and taken before the courts, that they had no power to remove her and that they could already report her as inadmissible because of the allegations she faces in the U.S. Instead, Fenton says she was held for three hours and a border official questioned her about her business in Iran before she was informed of her arrest and read her rights.Meng was arrested Dec. 1, 2018, at the request of the United States, which is seeking her extradition on fraud charges in violation of sanctions with Iran.Both Meng and Chinese tech giant Huawei have denied any wrongdoing and none of the allegations have been tested in court.Fenton says border official recorded that passwords to her phones and relayed them to RCMP along with her electronic devices as evidence that her detention was not a routine border check but a “covert criminal investigation.”He argues the provisional arrest warrant calling for her “immediate” arrest should have taken precedence over an immigration examination.“There was no need for this lengthy examination of the applicant,” he told the court.Meng, who is the chief financial officer of Huawei and the daughter of the company’s founder, is free on bail and living in Vancouver.Meng’s legal team is asking the court to further documentation to support its argument that her arrest at Vancouver’s airport was unlawful ahead of her extradition trial, which is scheduled to begin in January.Canada’s attorney general has not yet presented its response in court, but documents show it will say officials followed the law when they detained Meng and the defence has no proof to substantiate its “conspiracy theory” that she was illegally arrested.This report from The Canadian Press was first published on Sept. 25, 2019.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

October 16, 2019
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Celebrities Outraged By Findings Of Horse Abuse Investigation

first_imgMichael Keaton, Katherine Heigl and Willie Nelson have joined a growing list of celebrities calling on Congress to pass legislation to protect horses from an abuse known as “soring.”They reacted after a recent undercover investigation by The Humane Society of the United States revealed employees at a top training barn in Tennessee soring horses to force them perform the high-stepping “big lick” gait that is rewarded in competitions.“Video footage revealed abhorrent cruelty, including horses’ legs being slathered with caustic chemicals and wrapped tightly to cook the chemicals into their flesh, causing extreme pain,” reads the statement signed by the stars.The Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act, H.R. 3268/S. 1121, is legislation to amend the existing federal law to ban the devices used in soring walking horses and related breeds, end the failed system of industry self-policing and strengthen penalties.“I urge Congress to pass the PAST Act and protect this gentle breed from animal cruelty carried out in the name of entertainment,” the statement continues.Other celebrities who previously signed on as endorsers of the PAST Act include Alyssa Milano, Viggo Mortensen, Ke$ha, Emmylou Harris, Kaley Cuoco, Ian Somerhalder, Wendie Malick and Priscilla Presley.last_img read more

October 16, 2019
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KISS To Rock Race To Erase MS Gala

first_imgRace to Erase MS is proud to announce that legendary rock and roll band KISS will perform at the 23rd Annual Race to Erase MS Gala to show their support and help raise awareness for the cause.“It’s an honor to have KISS be a part of the 23rd Race to Erase MS Gala,” said Paul Stanley. “Charity work and helping those in need is never an option… It’s everyone’s obligation. And yes, we WILL rock the house.”This renowned celebrity-filled event has raised $46 million for Race to Erase MS and its Center Without Walls program throughout its history. KISS joins Race to Erase MS founder Nancy Davis, along with previously announced 2016 “Medal of Hope” Award recipient Carolyn Rafaelian of ALEX AND ANI at the event, which will take place on April 15 at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles. Over 1,000 celebrity and distinguished guests are expected to attend the gala, which will also include a sit-down dinner and both live and silent auctions.“If you have your health it’s easy to take for granted but for all those who need us, need us to care, contribute, make a difference, here is your opportunity with the 23rd Annual Race to Erase MS Gala,” said Gene Simmons. “KISS is honored to perform this year but it’s going to be even better when we come back to play the We Kicked MS’ Ass Party!”As America’s #1 Gold Record Award winning group of all time in all categories (RIAA), KISS can easily be named one of rock’s most influential bands of all time. To date, they have released 44 albums, and sold over 100 million albums worldwide. Between their incredible achievements in music, their philanthropic endeavors, their notable appearances, and their pursuits in TV and film, KISS’ legacy only continues to grow. KISS’ unique ability to transcend generations has led to 40 plus years of record-breaking global tours and no sign of slowing down. Race To Erase MS looks forward to welcoming true icons to the stage for what is sure to be a memorable performance and an unforgettable evening.For more info about the event, click here.last_img read more