New Delhi: The Indian Medical Association has called for the withdrawal of services of modern medicine doctors of the country for 24 hours from 6 am on Thursday (August 8). The decision was taken at an emergency extended Action Committee meeting of the association convened at the headquarters on Monday. In a statement, the IMA said, “The core concern of the Medical Profession has been left unaddressed in the approved NMC Bill, 2019.”IMA National President Santanu Sen said that the NMC Bill 2019 is “unacceptable to the medical fraternity in the current format”. He said, “Licensing community health providers who are connected to modern medicine will only invite a healthcare catastrophe where vulnerable marginalised rural patients will be affected. The Community Health Providers envisaged on NMC Bill 2019 is a direct threat to thousands and thousands of poor vulnerable marginalized rural patients. The Health of the nation is at stake. We demand that the Government of India engage the modern medical fraternity on meaningful dialogue and address the issue urgently.” The IMA said that this would lead to the community practitioner to be available as cheap labour to corporate hospitals as duty doctors, and will work in ICUs, Critical Care Units, Casualties, Emergency Units, Operation Theatres, Wards and OPDs.
Kolkata: ‘Didi Ke Bolo’ has successfully solved the problems of many people who got in touch with Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee, said Partha Chatterjee, secretary general of the party, on Thursday.Chatterjee, along with party MP from South Kolkata Mala Roy, distributed cards among the residents of Behala West Assembly constituency as a part of the mass contact programme. Chatterjee himself is an MLA from Behala West. Under the ‘Didi Ke Bolo’ programme, people can get in touch with Mamata Banerjee by calling on the toll-free number 9137091370. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaChatterjee said the complaints lodged by the people have been addressed. “Not only now but since the inception of Trinamool Congress, Banerjee has been talking to people who have always felt free to talk to Banerjee. Even during her visit to the districts, on countless occasions she has got down from her vehicle and talked to the local people,” he said, adding “everybody wants to talk to Mamata Banerjee, which may not be possible. But the problems faced by them have been addressed.” Chatterjee said Banerjee is the only Chief Minister in the country, who can be contacted over phone to lodge complaints. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayMala Roy said “Talk to Mayor” has also become a very popular people-friendly initiative, where the problems of the residents have been resolved fast. “This is for the first time in the history of KMC that the Mayor can be approached directly over the phone and the people can lodge their complaints which are addressed immediately,” she added. Both Chatterjee and Roy said that as in the past, Trinamool will continue to work for the masses and will uphold the demands of common people.
NEW DELHI: Former Finance Minister and senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley has been admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi on Friday. He has been admitted to AIIMS’s Cardiology Department where he is being attended by a team of doctors. He was admitted to AIIMS around 11 AM, according to sources. Arun Jaitley has not been keeping well for some times. Last year, Jaitley took a three-month sabbatical to undergo a kidney transplant, following which he was put under isolation. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Jaitley had served as the Finance Minister in the Narendra Modi government’s first term in office. Due to his poor health, he was forced to fly to the United States for medical treatment. Piyush Goyal stepped in as the interim Finance Minister and even presented the Modi government 1.0’s Interim Budget in February this year before the Lok Sabha polls. After the Bharatiya Janata Party returned to power with a thumping majority in the 2019 Lok Saba polls, Arun Jaitley wrote to PM Narendra Modi and told him that he’d like to stay away from “any responsibility” on account of his ill health. (Inputs from Zeenews.india.com)
Sonbhadra (UP): Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Tuesday visited the Sonbhadra village where 10 tribals were shot dead over a land dispute, nearly a month after the UP administration prevented her from going to the site of the massacre by detaining her in Mirzapur.Priyanka Gandhi covered the distance from Varanasi to Umbha village in Sonbhadra district, about 100 kilometres apart, by road, prompting Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma to say she was pulling off a “political stunt”. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Shortly after arriving at the Varanasi airport this morning, she tweeted, “Today, I am going to Sonbhadra to meet the brothers-sisters and children of Umbha village, enquire about their well-being and to be part of their struggle.” “I had promised the members of affected families of Umbha village, who had come to meet me at Chunar Fort, that I will visit them,” she said. Later, the UP Congress tweeted photographs of her reaching the village, where armed men led by a former village pradhan had gunned down 10 Gond tribals when they resited an attempt to take control of the disputed land on July 17. Congress leaders said she will talk to the villagers and get a first-hand account of the steps taken by the state government for their security in the aftermath of the shooting. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KDeputy Chief Minister Sharma, however, said Priyanka Gandhi should “repent” in Umbha. “The root cause of the Sonbhadra incident can be traced to the Congress. She should go there to repent (paschataap) the act of former Congress leaders. After so many days, when action has already been initiated into the incident, this is only a political stunt,” Sharma said. On July 21, four days after the shooting incident, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had visited the area and he too had pinned the blame on the previous Congress dispensations for the land dispute, suggesting that it had been lingering on since 1952. After Adityanath’s visit, Priyanka Gandhi had said “acknowledging one’s duty is good”. Two days before the chief minister’s visit, she had tried to visit the village to meet the families of those affected by the shooting. On way to the adjoining district, authorities stopped her in Mirzapur from proceeding further as section 144 of the CrPC was imposed in the village then due to tension in the area. Her detention at the Chunar Fort triggered a standoff between her the state government. She spent the night at the fort and met the members of the tribal community the next day.
New Delhi: Amid signs of truce between its warring promoters, InterGlobe Aviation, which runs private airline IndiGo, on Tuesday told shareholders in the annual general meeting (AGM) that all the related party transactions (RPTs) are at an arm’s length. Airline co-promoter Rakesh Gangwal, who earlier questioned the RPTs and sought action by market regulator Sebi, did not attend the crucial meeting. Independent Director Anupam Khanna, who has supported Gangwal on the contentious issue, was also absent. InterGlobe shares closed at Rs 1,649 a piece, 1.85 per cent lower over the previous close on the BSE on Tuesday. Responding to shareholders’ query on the issue, IndiGo CEO Ronojoy Dutta said that value of RPTs that the company has signed with co-promoter Rahul Bhatia’s firms is about Rs 156 crore and accounted for less than 1 per cent of the company’s total revenues of Rs 30,000 crore.
New York: Australia’s Nick Kyrgios was dumped from the US Open, falling to Russian Andrey Rublev and overheard saying he really didn’t want to be on the court.Rublev advanced to a fourth-round match against Italian 24th seed Matteo Berrettini with a 7-6 (7/5), 7-6 (7/5), 6-3 triumph.”Nowhere near my best tennis, but it is what it is,” Kyrgios said.A microphone caught Kyrgios commenting that he wanted to go home, which prompted Kyrgios to say, “I guess I’ve been on the road five and a half months now. It’s not easy.” Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhIt didn’t get any easier with the ATP issuing a record USD 113,000 record fine to Kyrgios for his actions at an event in Cincinnati.And Kyrgios could face punishment for calling the ATP “corrupt” after a US Open victory, although he later tweeted a statement saying that was a poor choice of words for the issue of double standards he wanted to raise.The ATP is investigating the remark as a major player violation, which could carry a possible suspension.That would bring time off and a chance to head home.”Would I welcome it? I don’t know if I look at it like that,” Kyrgios said.”I have no say in it. I guess it’s out of my control.”
New Delhi: From a dismal solitary booking to 78 bookings — the Rudra meditation cave in Kedarnath visited by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been pre-booked for the first time, according to official figures. For the first time since it was open to the public in 2018, tourists have booked it in advance — 19 in September and 10 in October. It was in May this year that Modi spent a day meditating at the Rudra Caves, barely a kilometre from the Kedarnath shrine in Uttarakhand, in the final days of the general elections. The cave is maintained by the Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam (GMVN). Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a brand ambassador for tourism in India. His presence is incredible and wherever he goes, he attracts attention. He is our biggest brand ambassador. “The Rudra Caves which he visited earlier this year is attracting a deluge of tourists. This is great for tourism in the country. I am told that the Rudra Caves have received pre-bookings for the first time,” Tourism Minister Prahlad Patel told PTI in an interview.Immediately after Modi’s visit, the caves received four bookings in the month of May, followed by 28 bookings in June, 10 in July, 8 in August, 19 in September and 10 in October. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”We are sure to get many more bookings for September and October till Diwali even when its is extremely cold. After that we will take bookings for May 2020,” a senior official of GMVN said.The caves can be booked for Rs 1500 for night stay and Rs 999 for stay between 6 am to 6 pm. The official said that since the cave is located at a remote location and is meant to encourage meditation, only one person is allowed in the meditation cave at a time. Even though the cave offers complete isolation, a phone has been installed in the cave which can be used by the visitor in case of an emergency.It has electricity and drinking water for guests, and also has attached toilet and heater. Guests will also get morning tea, breakfast, lunch, evening tea, and dinner. The timing of these meals can be changed according to their preference. The cave also has a bell that can be used to call an attendant, as 24X7 staff has been deputed here for guests.
Bengaluru: Echoing Indian space agency Chairman K. Sivan’s hunch on the descent of lander Vikram being terrifying, a space expert on Sunday said its hard landing on the moon at a tilted angle could have snapped the communication link with the mission control here, 3.84 lakh km away. “The contact has been lost because Vikram would have hit the moon’s surface hard at high speed and tumbled over rather than landing softly on its four legs as intended,” former Space Commission member Roddam Narasimha told IANS. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Though the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is yet to affirm what could have snapped the contact between Vikram and its Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network Centre (Istrac) on early Saturday, the 86-year-old veteran space scientist said the link would have been lost as the lander hit the lunar surface hard, damaging its half-a-dozen sensitive devices such as laser detection cameras, ka band and laser altimeters, and other vital sensors. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Sivan had announced in a tense mission control room that the communication link was lost when Vikram was 2.1 km above the lunar surface on descent mode as planned, and its performance was normal till then. Narasimha said: “As the telemetry signals showed Vikram descending angularly as planned, going through the rough and fine braking phases with its four engines on, the lander deviated to the right for a while before getting back to the intended path. This could have delayed Vikram’s positioning in a vertical mode for soft landing.” The hard landing would have also occurred if the four engines had not shut off when the lander was descending from 400 metres height and the central engine had not maintained the thrust to decelerate its speed for soft landing on a rocky surface in a hostile environment. “If the four engines or thrusters, which were moving the lander downwards, did not stop burning during the fine braking and the fifth or central engine did not generate enough thrust to reduce its speed, a hard landing would have been a body blow to Vikram,” pointed out Narasimha. Although the space agency on Sunday claimed to have found the location where Vikram had landed or crashed from a thermal image taken by its orbiter at 100km above the surface while spinning over its north-south poles, its health condition and the fate of its sensitive devices would be known only after analyzing the data and scanning the image. The space agency did not confirm reports in a section of the media that the communication link between the lander and the orbiter was intact but not with Istrac through its Deep Space Network (DSN) at Bylalu. “Even if the link between Vikram and the orbiter was intact, the space agency has to tell if the latter (orbiter) has relayed to the ground station the lander’s condition and what it has been relaying since it hard landed because they both have been programmed to transmit and receive telemetry signals through electromagnetic waves to perform the specific tasks as per the mission’s objectives,” said Narasimha, who served the space agency for the longest period (18 years) from 1994-2012. “As the final descent is on an autonomous mode and in accordance with the required lunar conditions, the scope for manoeuvres at the last minute or in unforeseen circumstances in unmanned missions are limited,” he added.
A coroner involved in the Humboldt Broncos bus crash says it wasn’t until an injured player woke up in hospital and said he wasn’t who everyone thought he was that officials realized there had been a big mistake in identifying the dead.Since the crash, Parker Tobin’s loved ones from Alberta had been at the bedside of the player they thought was Parker, an 18-year-old goalie. He had serious facial injuries, but they believed he was their boy.It turned out it was actually teammate Xavier Labelle in the bed, a player already listed as among the many dead and being remembered at a public vigil that night.“Xavier woke up and said, ‘I’m not Parker Tobin,’” Wayne Nogier, a community coroner in Melfort, Sask., recalled this week.It was a mix-up that compounded an already unthinkable tragedy.Nogier, a former paramedic who also sits on the board of the Saskatchewan Hockey Association and has worked as a referee, was the first of two coroners to arrive at the crash site north of Tisdale, Sask., on April 6. He is listed as the coroner on the case file.The junior hockey team had been on its way to a Friday night playoff game when its bus and a truck collided at a rural intersection.Fourteen bodies from the wreckage were taken to a Saskatoon funeral home that acted as the morgue over that weekend, said Nogier. Fifteen injured people were taken to hospital and two died in the days that followed.Photos and information from the team, including the players’ heights and weights, were initially used by staff from the coroner’s office and funeral home to match the bodies with names, said Nogier.It was a difficult task.The players had all dyed their hair blond and were growing playoff beards. Most didn’t have their wallets on them.An assistant coach helped identify the bodies before the families were brought in, said Nogier. All were able to confirm the matches, except in Labelle’s case.“The family looked and they’re saying, ‘Oh geez. You know. Maybe. Probably. Umm, I don’t know. Nobody else is unaccounted for. Maybe.’”Nogier said Labelle, an 18-year-old defenceman from Saskatoon, had previously worn braces, so a request was made for his dental records. His orthodontist was planning to head to his office that Sunday night to pull Labelle’s films.But before he could send them to the coroner’s office, the player who was actually Labelle woke up.By then, his name was listed among the dead on a news release that had been sent out Sunday afternoon from the coroner’s office and the RCMP. His name was also read aloud at the vigil in Humboldt.Nogier said he doesn’t know who made the decision to release the name — only that he didn’t sign off on it.When the mix-up was discovered, the Labelle and Tobin families switched places. Nogier said Tobin’s family was asked for an identification and was certain it was the 18-year-old goalie.They were understanding about the mistake, he said.“They’re devastated and beyond words as to what’s occurring, yet happy for the Labelle family that things have turned out in their case,” Nogier said.“These teams are very close and these kids are all families to all of these parents.”Labelle’s family released a photo earlier this month of him at physiotherapy and said they hold no ill will about the error.Grant Bastedo, a representative of the Broncos and some of the players’ families, including the Labelles, said people did their best during an incredibly sad time.“It was a mistake that was made. Don’t know who made it — it doesn’t matter. It’s water under the bridge,” he said.Drew Wilby, a spokesman with Saskatchewan’s Ministry of Justice, which oversees the coroner’s office, apologized at the time the mistake was made public. He said the coroner’s office was doing an internal review of what happened to see if improvements could be made.RCMP did not respond to a request for comment.Saskatoon’s former police chief, Clive Weighill, had been tasked before the crash with reviewing the coroner’s system in Saskatchewan. He told The Canadian Press in an email that while he isn’t examining specific cases, Humboldt will be considered as part of his overall findings.His review is to be done by July.Nogier said he knew many of the Broncos and their families and hopes the misidentification will provide an opportunity to further examine the coroner’s system.He said he doesn’t believe changes, such as switching to a medical examiner who relies on forensic pathologists, would have made a difference in the Broncos case.And, despite the error, the families were well served by first responders, police and coroner’s staff, Nogier said.People may wonder how such a mistake could happen, he said, but it’s easy considering there were numerous casualties and many hurdles.“If there’s an opportunity to be better, we should jump all over that, ” Nogier said.“If there isn’t, we should be comfortable in the fact that everything that was done did get done and was done appropriately.”
HALIFAX – The Canadian Hurricane Centre says a large storm system that’s tracking towards Atlantic Canada is expected to remain well offshore, but up to three-metre swells are expected in some areas of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland.Forecasters say it is now less likely that potential tropical cyclone ten will become the season’s next named storm — Irma — as it has not organized itself and is struggling to become a tropical storm.But it is nevertheless expected to develop into an intense post-tropical or extra-tropical system as it tracks northeastward across southern Canadian waters on Wednesday and Thursday.Most of the rain and strongest winds are expected to remain offshore, but some rain and gusty northeast winds could brush Nova Scotia and southeastern Newfoundland on Thursday.Up to three metre swells are also expected on those provinces’ southern coasts on Thursday.
VANCOUVER – A Vancouver woman invited to sing O Canada before a Seahawks game in Seattle says she will take a knee during the American anthem to support protesting NFL players and make a statement about human rights.Arielle Tuliao said she broke into tears when she read an email from the Seahawks asking her to sing Canada’s national anthem on Sunday as part of the team’s celebration honouring Canadian fans.“They sent me a specific clip of me singing for the (Vancouver) Canucks, which in itself was my original dream,” Tuliao said Friday, the same day she decided she’d be kneeling with players.The 28-year-old singer and actor who made her foray into belting out O Canada for professional teams by performing at a Vancouver Whitecaps soccer match last year said the opportunity to sing for the Seahawks brought up some conflicting feelings.Tuliao wondered how she’d respond as players kneeled or locked arms during the Star-Spangled Banner in keeping with protests by NFL and NBA teams over police brutality against African-Americans and President Donald Trump’s portrayal of their stance as unpatriotic.“How do I take a stand without bringing unnecessary drama to my country? I want to honour the Seahawks for celebrating their true north fans but at the same time it’s my job to also stand up for (their) rights, not just as American citizens, but as humans.”Tuliao said she won’t kneel during the Canadian anthem because that would take away from the Seahawks’ celebration of their growing fan base in Canada.“But I’m 100 per cent confident that I’ll be kneeling for the American anthem,” she said, adding she’ll also be celebrating her brother’s birthday in Seattle on Sunday as her team takes on the Indianapolis Colts.Tuliao was initially afraid to wade into a political issue in the U.S. but said she was motivated by conquering her fear of speaking openly about her lifelong battle with depression, for which she finally sought help after hitting rock bottom last year.“I’ve stopped doing things because I’m scared and this is something that’s way bigger than me and it’s way more important than me. In my heart I know it’s the right thing to do.”The Seahawks did not respond to requests for comment.In Canada, the Toronto Argonauts and the Saskatchewan Roughriders have linked arms during O Canada to support their American counterparts.Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby has faced criticism for supporting his team’s trip to the White House as part of a traditional champions’ visit with the president though Trump has rescinded an invitation to the NBA’s Golden State Warriors after all-star guard Steph Curry said he wasn’t interested in attending.Prof. Paul Quirk, who teaches American politics at the University of British Columbia, said most U.S. citizens seem to be reasonably tolerant of the current protests by sports teams so they’re not likely to take offence to Tuliao’s stance at a football game.“In particular, I think the entertainment industry, which seems to be her career, is mostly opposed to Trump and sympathetic to the players and the Black Lives Matter movement,” said Quirk, who moved from the U.S. in 2004 and now has dual American-Canadian citizenship.— Follow @CamilleBains1 on Twitter.
MONTREAL – The Montreal area’s construction boom is threatening to permanently evict Quebec’s “most urban” species of snake, according to a biologist working to protect the population in the province.The brown snake is found in only one place in the province, and that’s the Greater Montreal area, according to Pierre-Alexandre Bourgeois.“Scientists can’t find the reason,” he said in a phone interview.“The other populations are found in Ontario, Vermont, and New York state. But in between, there are no brown snakes.”Since 2015, Bourgeois and his team at the Ecomuseum Zoo in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, Que. have been working to protect and enhance the snakes’ habitat, which is increasingly threatened by development.The snake, which reaches 25 to 35 cm in length, thrives in areas with long grass where it feeds mainly on slugs, snails and earthworms.Unfortunately, those open areas are usually the first to be developed, Bourgeois says.“We protect the forests first, and of course the wetlands,” he said. “But open areas are the ones we tend to destroy more rapidly, and right now there’s a very rapid decline.”While the ideal solution would be to preserve open fields — which are also important to other species such as birds and monarch butterflies — Bourgeois acknowledges that’s not always realistic.So for now, he and his team are focusing on adding some infrastructure to existing conservation areas to make them more hospitable to the reptiles.They’ll use a grant from Hydro-Quebec’s environmental foundation to install underground hibernation sites in three nature parks in the Montreal area, as well as adding rocks where the snakes can bask in the sun and hide from predators.Bourgeois says the Quebec government is evaluating whether the brown snake should be put on the endangered species list.He says the brown snake’s shy nature and habitat make it difficult to count exactly how many are left, but biologists believe the species is already endangered.Part of the grant money will also go to education, in a bid to help the public understand the importance of preserving a species that isn’t fluffy or cute.Bourgeois says brown snakes aren’t venomous and they serve an important role in urban ecosystems by feeding on common garden pests.In turn, the snakes become prey for other species, including foxes, raccoons and birds of prey.“Brown snakes are brown, it’s not the most charismatic colour,” he said. “But if you look closely, it’s a very beautiful and useful species.”
TORONTO – A man accused of murdering a young Toronto woman and burning her remains in a massive animal incinerator had been telling people in the weeks before her disappearance that he was buying the large piece of equipment to start a mobile pet cremation business with his uncle, a court heard Thursday.But that uncle, veterinarian Robert Burns, emphatically told jurors at Dellen Millard’s trial that his nephew never asked him to launch such a business, calling the idea “absurd.”“It is horrible,” Burns said. “Can you imagine driving up to a strip mall, carting out cadavers and lighting up the incinerator with embers flying out right there in the parking lot? Then driving down main street to the next clinic?”Millard, 32, and his co-accused Mark Smich, 30, are accused of killing Laura Babcock in 2012. They have pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder.The Crown alleges the pair killed the 23-year-old because she was the odd woman out in a love triangle with Millard and his girlfriend. Millard, who is representing himself, has said, however, that he didn’t care about the animosity between the two women.Prosecutors allege Millard and Smich burned Babcock’s body in an animal incinerator — named The Eliminator — several weeks after she disappeared in early July 2012. Babcock’s body has not been found.A forensic anthropologist has testified that a photograph of the incinerator’s interior shows objects that look like human bones. The incinerator — which court has heard was capable of cremating a 225-kilogram animal — was found on Millard’s farm in Waterloo, Ont.Millard’s uncle said he heard of the purported mobile pet cremation business through a mutual acquaintance in the summer of 2012.“At the time he told me Millard had bought a monstrous animal incinerator and told me I was going into business with Millard,” Burns testified. “It was the most absurd thing I ever heard of.”Burns said he’d never go into that line of business with Millard as the two stopped talking regularly sometime in 2002.They did speak twice in 2012 after Burns heard talk of the pet cremation venture, with Burns “laying in wait” for his nephew to bring up the business, but the subject wasn’t raised, he said.“Just the useless drivel that came from his mouth, but never about the incinerator,” Burns said when questioned by a Crown lawyer, adding that he didn’t want to be the one to raise the issue.Burns’ animosity toward his nephew burst forth on several occasions when being cross-examined by Millard, leading to several cautions from the judge presiding over the case.After several back-and-forth questions about whether Burns had visited Millard’s home to treat his father’s cats, Burns lost his temper.“I have to be very clear that this tragic and diabolical affair, I have one role in it,” Burns said, his voice rising as he stared at his nephew.The outburst prompted an intervention from the judge.“The personal commentary is completely forbidden, you must stop that,” Justice Michael Code said to Burns.Court also repeatedly heard Millard call the relationship with his uncle “distant.”“Robbie, we already outlined our relationship is distant, that’s clear right now in the courtroom, would you agree with that?” Millard asked at one point.Burns took a long pause, a deep breath and looked around the courtroom before returning his gaze to his nephew.“That would be an understatement,” he said.
VANCOUVER – Vancouver police say a nine-year-old boy allegedly abducted by his mother has been found safe near Phoenix, Ariz.Police say Shawana Chaudhary shares custody of her son with his father and the pair have a court-ordered parenting schedule.The boy’s father went to pick him up from school on March 9, as scheduled, but he wasn’t there and police were contacted.Police say Chaudhary, the boy and his younger sister were found safe on Tuesday with assistance from investigators at the United States Department of Homeland Security.Chaudhary is in custody and police say she is expected to be extradited to Canada in the coming days to face a charge, which has been approved by Crown counsel related to the alleged abduction.
OTTAWA (NEWS 1130) — The federal Natural Resources Committee held an emergency meeting on Parliament Hill as the opposition demanded action from the Trudeau government on the stalled Trans Mountain pipeline.Last week, the Federal Court of Appeal tossed out the approval of the controversial project, which the government is purchasing for 4.5-billion dollars.Opposition MP’s like Conservative shadow minister on natural resources, Shannon Stubbs, forced this emergency meeting in order to demand answers and action from the Trudeau government.Stubbs is angry the Liberals used their majority on the committee to defeat her motion to launch a study on the state of the Trans Mountain pipeline. She says the government needs to explain what went wrong and what it will do to get the pipeline built.“They have no plan and they have no answers for Canadians,” Stubbs says. “[The Liberal party have to] outline immediately a concrete plan to ensure that the Trans Mountain expansion can go ahead.”Liberal MP Marc Serre indicates the opposition will not get any answers today.Liberals defeat the Conservative motion at the Natural Resources committee to study the court ruling on Trans Mountain pipeline and have Ministers appear to explain the next steps #cdnpoli— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) September 4, 2018“We’re taking the appropriate time to review the decision and access the next steps,” says Serre, adding the feds are still committed to the project that is supposed to ship diluted bitumen from Edmonton to Burnaby Mountain for overseas exports.Liberals on the committee say the government needs time to study the decision before announcing next steps. It’s not clear if the government is considering an appeal.NDP leader Jagmeet Singh, on the other hand, says the whole project should be turfed.“The review process is flawed on a number of grounds,” Singh says, singling out the federal court’s findings that there were inadequate consultations with Indigenous communities and not enough examinations of the risks to the B.C. coast.Speaking to NEWS 1130 after a transit announcement in Surrey, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau doubled down on his previous statements on the Trans Mountain expansion.He adds consultations with First Nations and addressing environmental issues are not about appeasing the courts, but about demonstrating that Canada can get its resources onto global markets “in the right way.”“This is all about whether or not we can continue to be a resource exporting nation,” Trudeau says.“As we said from the very beginning, you can’t make a choice between the economy and the environment. You have to do them together, and that’s exactly what we have been focused on and we will continue to do even more of.”— with files from Sonia Aslam
KELOWNA, B.C. — A University of British Columbia engineer has led a study about a coating he helped develop to one day easily de-ice windshields, airplane wings and power lines.Assistant professor Kevin Golovin of UBC’s Okanagan campus says the coating called low-interfacial toughness, or LIT, would first be used for automatic ice makers inside freezers.He says ice in a mould in a freezer is melted with heat before it lands in a cup, and that uses up about a quarter of the appliance’s energy.Golovin says a Michigan company is looking at using the coating in freezers to save energy by eliminating the whole heating step.He partnered with researchers at the University of Michigan and their study has been published in the journal Science.Golovin says de-icing windshields and other large surfaces with anti-freeze is environmentally hazardous because it contains either ethylene glycol or propylene glycol that often lands on grass and in wastewater.“The amount of de-icing fluids it takes to take ice off an airplane wing is extremely bad for the environment,” he said.Coating surfaces with LIT material, made of plastics that could be biodegradable or bio-based, would allow ice to slide off without having to be forcibly scraped, like on a windshield.Golovin says the new material helps scientists understand how ice adheres to a surface and that once a small crack is made to get rid of ice in a small area, the entire area can be de-iced in a domino-like effect.The research was funded by the U.S. Office of Naval Research, the U.S. Department of Defence and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.The Canadian Press
TORONTO — The cases against two students accused in alleged sex assaults at a private Toronto school have concluded.Ontario’s Ministry of the Attorney General will not say, however, what the outcomes of the cases against the St. Michael’s College students were, citing restrictions under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.Police laid charges against seven teens at the all-boys Catholic school last year that related to two alleged sexual assaults and one alleged assault on campus.The two students in the recently concluded matters each faced charges of gang sex assault, assault with a weapon and assault in two separate incidents.The conclusion of their cases comes after sexual assault and assault charges were withdrawn against another student in early August, with the Crown saying a conviction in that matter was unlikely.The cases of four other teens remain before the courts, with hearings in those matters set for September and October.A lawyer for one of the students whose case was concluded says he could not comment due to publication bans under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, while a lawyer for the second student did not immediately respond to a request for comment.A spokeswoman with the Ministry of the Attorney General says the Youth Criminal Justice Act places strict restrictions on youth court records, including information on the offence and the resolution of the case.“These restrictions are meant to protect young persons from the stigma of the criminal justice system and foster their rehabilitation and reintegration into society,” said Shenaia Shields.An independent committee tasked with examining culture at St. Michael’s released a report last week that found bullying continues to be a systemic issue at the prestigious school despite measures introduced in the wake of the allegations that came to light last fall.The Canadian Press
The Let The Kids Grow Foundation will honor Tyler Perry, Dwight Howard, Usher, Kirstie Alley, Romeo Miller and Nick Cannon at their Black Tie Celebrity Dinner on December 1.The Let The Kids Grow Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is to develop youth and their families through out-of-school time and family strengthening programs in their communities. Founder Percy Miller has discovered a way to help keep inner city youth off the streets away from drugs and gang violence by providing a safe haven for kids to express themselves with positive energy through music, film and dance. The foundation also offers an after-school program where the kids have access to academic support and guidance counseling.The organization promotes healthy relationships, provide valuable life experiences through performing arts, film, photography, field trips and strengthen families through activities that encourage family education and togetherness. Their goal is to help kids and their families break negative cycles, have the power of vision and to follow their dreams, giving youth a safe haven and the opportunity to grow and develop a positive future.Find out more about the event and charity here.Source:PRWeb.com
Award-winning actor James Cromwell met with Cardozo School of Law’s Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF) chapter to discuss his journey to animal activism.James Cromwell speaking at the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund chapter at New York’s Cordozo School of LawCredit/Copyright: Janette PellegriniCromwell has starred in a number of films and TV shows, including Star Trek: First Contact, The Green Mile, Space Cowboys, and The Artist. He is best known for his role as a farmer whose life is changed by a pig in the movie “Babe.” The film changed Cromwell’s life as well, inspiring him to adopt a vegan diet and become involved in animal causes, including ending the use of animals in entertainment and research, factory farming, and spaying and neutering pets.The Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) was founded in 1979 to protect the lives and advance the interests of animals through the legal system.
On Friday, March 3, some of the biggest names in entertainment came together to support the fifth annual One Night for One Drop imagined by Cirque du Soleil, raising funds and awareness to benefit critical water issues worldwide.William Shatner Performs At One Night For One DropCredit/Copyright: Erik Kabik/ErikKabik.comHeld inside the Zumanity Theatre at New York-New York Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, the star-studded event featured performances by multi-platinum selling vocal group The Tenors and Emmy Award-winning actor William Shatner, with additional performances by America’s Got Talent (AGT) winner Grace VanderWaal, GRAMMY-nominated rapper Redfoo from the Party Rock Crew, AGT finalist Malevo and more.Presented by MGM Resorts International and Zappos.com, the electrifying, one-night-only performance captivated the sold-out audience with some of the world’s most daring circus acts, elevated by the unique talents of this year’s guest performers.Redfoo Performs At One Night For One DropCredit/Copyright: Erik Kabik/ErikKabik.comHighlights from the show included The Tenors’ explosive renditions of “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “Who Wants to Live Forever” by the iconic rock band Queen, an extraordinary performance of “Light the Sky” by Grace VanderWaal and an unforgettable appearance by William Shatner and Redfoo together in the finale. Malevo also brought the heat with their sizzling Malambo choreography, while superstar aerialists Duo Sky Angels thrilled guests with their stunning aerial routine. Following the performance, guests were invited to “party rock” poolside, also enjoying a surprise performance by one of the world’s most beloved boy bands, the Backstreet Boys, who performed iconic hits including “Everybody,” “Larger Than Life” and “I Want It That Way.” Electronic music heavyweights SULTAN + SHEPARD then took the stage, ending the event with an exhilarating two-hour set featuring back-to-back hits.Other notable names in attendance included Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberté; beloved TV personality and judge on So You Think You Can Dance Nigel Lythgoe; world-famous actress Gina Gershon; Emmy Award-winning choreographer, dancer and actress Anita Mann; award-winning country music star Marie Osmond; GRAMMY-nominated singer-songwriter Lisa Loeb; world-famous magician Penn Jillette from Penn & Teller; electronic music star Ned Shepard from Canadian duo SULTAN + SHEPARD; celebrity chef Mali Hunter; president and CEO of Cirque du Soleil Daniel Lamarre; senior vice president, resident shows division at Cirque du Soleil, Jerry Nadal; renowned singer Scott Hoying from Pentatonix; American director, producer and cinematographer famous for his work with nature, Louie Schwartzberg; American animator and director of The Simpsons David Silverman; Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman and her husband, Oscar Goodman; 2011 “Playmate of the Year” and Las Vegas Pin-Up star Claire Sinclair; burlesque performer Mosh; Las Vegas headliners Carrot Top and Blue Man Group; cast members from Las Vegas Strip shows ABSINTHE, Chippendales, FANTASY at Luxor and Tenors of Rock; choreographer and designer Kristin McQuaid; One Night for One Drop 2017 creative team including co-writers and directors Nicky and Laetitia Dewhurst, One Night for One Drop 2017 performers and dancers from the Nevada Ballet Theatre.All proceeds from the event will benefit safe water access and conservation programs across the globe. For more information about One Drop’s global water initiatives including One Night for One Drop, please visit www.onedrop.org.