Mumbai: The police on Friday registered a case against four unidentified persons for allegedly raping a 19-year-old girl on her birthday in Chembur area here on Friday. The police have registered a ‘Zero FIR’ and transferred it to Chunabhatti police station. The girl was allegedly raped by four men on July 7, when she was returning home from her friend’s house after her birthday celebrations. According to the family of the victim, the girl did not inform anyone about the incident for weeks and kept crying. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details After her condition deteriorated, she was taken to a hospital in Aurangabad, where the doctor revealed that she was raped. The girl then informed the family about the incident. “We have registered an FIR against four unidentified persons under Section 376 (rape), 376D (gang rape) and 34 (criminal acts by several persons in furtherance of common intention) of Indian Penal Code (IPC),” said police inspector Deepak Vijay Surve. Also read| Jamshedpur minor rape-murder: Police pin hope on DNA tests to confirm girl’s identity The investigation is on in the case.(With inputs from Hindustan Times)
October 18, 2019October 18, 2019
Mumbai: Megastar Amitabh Bachchan says his film “Badla” is well written, edited and photographed. He called it a director’s film. “My film ‘Badla’ on Netflix now. Rs 140cr + world wide gross, I am told. But truly a directors film — well written, well photographed and well edited. Well done Sujoy Ghosh,” Amitabh tweeted on Sunday. “Badla”, shot largely in Glasgow, Scotland, is a mystery thriller which also features Taapsee Pannu, Amrita Singh, Tony Luke, Manav Kaul and Tanveer Ghani. The film is produced by Red Chillies Entertainment and Azure Entertainment. It is an official adaptation of the 2017 Spanish film “The Invisible Guest”. “Badla” follows an interaction between a lawyer and a businesswoman regarding a murder. Currently, Amitabh is busy shooting for the quiz-based talent show “Kaun Banega Crorepati”.
Heavy rains to continue in Himachal over 500 stuckHeavy rains to continue in Himachal over 500 stuck
October 18, 2019October 18, 2019
Shimla: While heavy rains have already claimed 22 lives in Himachal Pradesh over the past two days, the meteorological department on Monday predicted that the downpour is likely to continue in parts of the the state during the next 24 hours. Light-to-moderate rainfall will occur at many places in the state in the next 24 hours with heavy rains expected at isolated places, Shimla Met centre Director Manmohan Singh said. Over 500 people are stranded in several parts of the state as a number of roads have been blocked by landslides and flash floods, officials said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Efforts are on to clear the roads and restore traffic to move them to safer places. The National Disaster Relief Force is diverting the water accumulated in Kangra district’s Nurpur sub-division by digging an alternative route, an official said. Multiple landslides blocked the flow of water in streams and formed a big artificial lake in Khadetar village in the sub-division. Residents of Trindi, Danni, Mairka, Lador, Thana, Hindorghaat, Letri and Jassur villages have been asked to vacate their houses, the official added. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday In Chamba district, several roads remain blocked, another official said. The Chamba-Pathankot road has been blocked at Parihar, the Chamba-Chowari road via Jot has been blocked at Bhatalwan Ghar and Mathunu. The Lahru-Sihunta road is blocked at Lahri Bhatti near Lahru; the Lahru-Tunnuhatti road is blocked at Barian Gala. The Kihar-Chamba road is blocked at Gharatnala and Rohala Nullah near Sundla; the Tissa-Chamba road is blocked at Pangola Nullah; and the Chamba-Pangi road is blocked at Saach Pass. At least 22 people were killed and 12 injured in rain-related incidents in the state on Sunday, officials said, adding the total loss amounted to Rs 490 crore.
October 18, 2019October 18, 2019
New Delhi: After rising for five consecutive days, gold prices on Tuesday held steady at Rs 39,670 per 10 gram in the national capital, according to the All India Sarafa Association. Gold had touched its all-time high mark of Rs 39,670 on Monday. Silver gained Rs 190 to Rs 46,740 per kg on increased offtake by industrial units and coin makers. Globally, gold was trading higher at USD 1,531.40 an ounce in New York, while silver was up at USD 17.78 an ounce. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal Globally, gold prices remained firm despite recovery in global equity indices amid easing worries about trade war, HDFC Securities Senior Analyst (Commodities) Tapan Patel said. “In a recent development, the US and China have agreed to restart the trade talks,” Patel said, adding that investors are awaiting more clarity on the talks. On the domestic front, “the spot rupee was trading 30 paise stronger against dollar which has limited the gains in gold prices,” he said. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost In the national capital, gold of 99.9 per cent and 99.5 per cent purity held flat at Rs 39,670 and Rs 39,500 per 10 gram, respectively. Sovereign gold held steady at Rs 29,500 per eight gram. Silver ready advanced Rs 190 to Rs 46,740 per kg, while weekly-based delivery declined Rs 164 to Rs 45,127 per kg. Silver coins were in good demand and traded higher by Rs 2,000 at Rs 96,000 for buying and Rs 97,000 for selling of 100 coins.
UP Union min BJP MLAs meet injured RSS activist in Meerut hospitalUP Union min BJP MLAs meet injured RSS activist in Meerut hospital
October 18, 2019October 18, 2019
Muzaffarnagar (UP): Union Minister Sanjeev Balyan and several BJP leaders on Saturday met injured RSS activist Sompal Saini at a Meerut hospital, a day after he was allegedly shot at in Uttar Pradesh’s Muzaffarnagar district. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLAs Umesh Malik and Vikram Saini were among those who visited the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) activist. In-charge of a wing of the RSS in Habibpur village, Saini was referred to the Meerut Medical College on Friday. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ According to Superintendent of Police (Rural) Alok Sharma, the police have registered a case of attempt to murder against the accused Rohit who is absconding. Saini had gone to the fields when the assailant opened fire at him, police had said on Friday. In a separate incident an RSS activist along with his two sons were shot at by three people following a dispute over building of a boundary wall of their house, police said. Mahipal (48) and his sons– Ayush (21) and Piyush (18) were seriously injured in the attack on Sarvat Road under Civil Lines Police Station on Friday evening, they said. According to SSP Abhishek Yadav, the accused– Pradeep Tayal and his sons Abhishek and Anshul were arrested. The accused allegedly entered the jewelery shop owned by Mahipal and opened fire, they said.
October 18, 2019October 18, 2019
New Delhi: The Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) released its manifesto on Saturday for the Delhi University students’ union polls and promised a five-point model that revolves around campus, course, admission, examination and results.The RSS-affiliated outfit also released a separate manifesto for female students, promising to organise ‘Mission Sahasi (courage) 2.0’ and reach 20,000 female students to train them in self-defence techniques under the initiative. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe five Ps are ‘parisar’ (campus), ‘pathyakram’ (course), ‘pravesh’ (admission), ‘pareeksha’ (examination) and ‘parinam’ (result). Under its plan for courses, the ABVP envisaged that the curriculum should be developed following three Rs –review, rational debate and representation. “The academic council of DU must have student representatives,” it said. “There should be remedial classes for SC/ST students and English classes for needy students to make them more employable and confident.” Some of the demands that the party has put forth under the campus model are science laboratories in all the colleges with latest equipments, good sanitation, clean and green campus and new hostels. It also proposed the establishment of east and west campus on the lines of the existing north and south campuses.
Gov Gen Johnston apologizes for referring to Indigenous Peoples as immigrantsGov Gen Johnston apologizes for referring to Indigenous Peoples as immigrants
October 17, 2019October 17, 2019
OTTAWA – Gov. Gen. David Johnston apologized publicly Monday for referring to Indigenous Peoples as immigrants as he bestowed honours on 29 people — including the frontman of the Tragically Hip — for their efforts in furthering indigenous causes.Johnston told the investiture ceremony he misspoke when he said during a CBC Radio interview aired Saturday that the roots of Canadian immigration extend all the way back to include Indigenous People.The comments, aired on CBC’s politics program “The House,” touched off a flurry of criticism on social media, where some listeners complained that Johnston’s remarks reflected a deep-seated colonial mentality.“Let me apologize for not expressing myself correctly on this matter recently,” Johnston told Monday’s gathering, which followed an apologetic tweet of his own earlier in the day.“Indigenous Peoples are the original peoples of this land.”The Governor General prefaced his apology by saying all of Canada’s inhabitants should be encouraged to create a better Canada.“The better country we desire is, above all, a more inclusive one that supports, encourages and acknowledges the contributions of all peoples, including indigenous peoples.”Johnston was presiding over a ceremony in which Gord Downie and 28 others were honoured for their work in raising awareness of indigenous issues.Downie, wearing his trademark feathered hat and weathered denim jacket, stumbled slightly and then embraced Johnston before being inducted as a member of the Order of Canada at the Rideau Hall ceremony.The singer and social activist, diagnosed last year with an incurable form of brain cancer, was being recognized for his efforts to bring attention to the history of residential schools and to advance the cause of reconciliation.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was among the dignitaries in attendance and applauded as indigenous activist Sylvia Maracle was named an officer of the order.Jacqueline Guest, a staunch literacy advocate with Metis roots, was inducted as a member of the order while others received honours including the Meritorious Service Decoration, the Polar Medal and the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers.They included Inuit NHL player Jordin Tootoo, Jarret Leaman, an advocate for indigenous LGBT youth and actress and former Liberal MP Tina Keeper.Downie’s band mates — Rob Baker, Johnny Fay, Paul Langlois and Gord Sinclair — have also been named to the Order of Canada and are to receive their citations at a later date.Prior to Monday’s ceremony, Johnston issued a statement on Twitter, referring to his weekend comments as a “miscommunication.”But the message appeared to further irritate some who suggested it invoked a sense of ownership over people when Johnston said “Our Indigenous Peoples are not immigrants. They are the original peoples of this land.”“We are not your chattels like the drapes at Rideau Hall,” wrote one respondent.Still another stated “We do NOT belong to you!”In closing the Rideau Hall ceremony, actor and past Order of Canada recipient Tom Jackson issued an impassioned plea to those in attendance to help create “a better Canada,” saying Canadians are one big family, no matter their origin or colour.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version misspelled Langlois.
Halifax schools to acknowledge aboriginal territory in daily announcementsHalifax schools to acknowledge aboriginal territory in daily announcements
October 17, 2019October 17, 2019
HALIFAX – Halifax students will be getting a daily reminder that their schools sit on traditional Mi’kmaq territory starting this fall.The Halifax Regional School Board unanimously agreed late Wednesday to have an acknowledgment read out as part of morning announcements in schools.The statement will read: “We acknowledge that we are in Mi’kma’ki, which is the traditional ancestral territory of the Mi’kmaq people.”It will also be used in board offices as part of any official ceremony or event.Halifax school board meetings now start with a similar statement that reads: “We acknowledge that this meeting is being held on Mi’kmaq territory.”Daniel Paul, a Mi’kmaq elder, said he believes increased education on indigenous history is key to moving towards reconciliation.“Curriculums are changing in schools, not only here in Nova Scotia but across Canada and the United States and people are beginning to learn the true history. Slowly but surely it’s getting there,” Paul said.“It’s a matter of educating people and the educating is just getting underway in the last 20 years or so and it takes a long time to change attitudes and bring people on board.”The Toronto District School Board introduced a similar motion last year. The message, read every morning at that board’s roughly 585 schools, recognizes they sit on traditional First Nations territories.(Global News, The Canadian Press)
The Friday news briefing An ataglance survey of some top storiesThe Friday news briefing An ataglance survey of some top stories
October 17, 2019October 17, 2019
Highlights from the news file for Friday, Sept. 22———PROVINCES CHALLENGE FEDS’ TAX REFORM: Provincial pressure is intensifying against the Trudeau government’s controversial tax-reform proposals, which have angered business owners, doctors and farmers across Canada. On Friday, provincial leaders representing different political stripes spoke out about tax reforms recommended by Ottawa’s Liberal government. Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister, flanked by business owners and a farmer, held an afternoon event in Winnipeg where he aired his frustration over the federal tax proposals. On the East Coast, Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil expressed concern that the changes could hurt his province’s physician recruitment efforts and hamper the ability of small businesses to create financial cushions as protection during downturns. Out west, British Columbia Finance Minister Carole James said she didn’t think Ottawa had consulted enough on an issue that has spread fears of the “unintended consequences” on small business owners. The comments by the provincial leaders added to waves of complaints that have come from a range of sectors — as well as backbench Liberal MPs. Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Dwight Ball has also said he thinks the tax changes would hurt his province. At issue are Ottawa’s plans to eliminate several tax incentives designed for private corporations.———PRINCE HARRY SETS STAGE FOR INVICTUS GAMES: Dozens of onlookers gathered outside a building in Toronto’s financial district Friday morning hoping to catch a glimpse of Prince Harry as the royal founder of the Invictus Games set the stage for the multi-sport competition that gets underway in the city this weekend. The royal, however, appeared determined to keep the focus on the Games, and didn’t stop to interact with fans who cheered and called out to him. The Games for wounded and sick soldiers, including current and veteran members of the forces, runs until Sept. 30 and marks the first time Canada hosts the event. Harry attended a symposium on veterans’ issues Friday morning, arriving at the event under tight security. He smiled as he greeted and posed for photographs with athletes and their families. On Saturday, Harry will visit Toronto’s Centre for Addiction and Mental Health before meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Later in the evening he will attend the Games’ opening ceremony at the Air Canada Centre, which will feature performances by Sarah McLachlan, Alessia Cara and the Tenors. Harry founded the Invictus Games in 2014 as a way to inspire and motivate wounded soldiers on their paths to recovery.———VETERANS WAIT ON PENSIONS AS INVICTUS GAMES START: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will join hundreds of disabled veterans from across Canada and more than a dozen other countries in Toronto on Saturday to help open the Invictus Games. Yet even as those veterans prepare for a week of intense athletic competition, many others are anxiously waiting for Trudeau to make good on a major promise to them — reinstating lifelong disability pensions. During a preview event in Ottawa earlier this week, Trudeau spoke of the importance of the Games and supporting Canada’s “wounded warriors.” But some disabled veterans say Trudeau’s government has not lived up to such ideals. Many have since grown frustrated as the government has dragged its feet on the issue and fear that rather than bring back the old pensions as promised, the government will simply offer to dole out the lump sum over a veterans’ lifetime. Aaron Bedard, one of six disabled Afghan veterans who have filed a class-action lawsuit against Ottawa, doesn’t want to take away from the importance of the Games to many veterans. But he’s worried the Liberals will use the Games to suggest the government is completely behind Canada’s injured ex-soldiers.———DAMAGE DELAYS HELP FOR CANADIANS IN DOMINICA: The devastation wrought by hurricane Maria is hampering plans to evacuate more than 150 Canadian students from the storm-ravaged Caribbean island of Dominica. Damaged infrastructure, non-functioning airports and a lack of communication are frustrating efforts to get the students home, said Omar Alghabra, parliamentary secretary to the minister of foreign affairs. About 150 Canadian students are stranded at the Ross University School of Medicine, with about a dozen more at a different post-secondary institution on the island, Alghabra said. The Liberal government is in constant contact with school officials, he added. “The universities are arranging for boats to transfer these students to St. Lucia, where our consular officials are waiting for them there,” Alghabra said. “We will offer services or assistance when they arrive and then arrange for their return home.” Even that plan is taking some time, he noted, because debris around the island is making it difficult for boats to reach it. Maria struck Puerto Rico on Wednesday as a Category 4 hurricane, the strongest storm to hit the U.S. territory in over 80 years.———CANADA IMPOSES SANCTIONS ON VENEZUELAN REGIME: Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says Canada has imposed sanctions against key figures in the regime of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. Freeland says the targeted sanctions are aimed at 40 officials and individuals — including Maduro himself — who are helping to undermine the security, stability and integrity of democratic institutions in Venezuela. The sanctions freeze any assets the individuals may have in Canada and bans Canadians from engaging them in business dealings. Canada has accused Maduro of moving his country toward dictatorship and has repeatedly spoken out against him. Maduro, who assumed office in 2013, was a close associate of former president Hugo Chavez. For most of his presidency, Maduro has ruled by decree and has sidelined the elected national assembly. During his tenure, the Venezuelan economy has teetered near collapse. Freeland said Canada supports democracy in Venezuela. “Canada will not stand by silently as the government of Venezuela robs its people of their fundamental democratic rights,” she said in a statement. “Today’s announcement of sanctions against the Maduro regime underscores our commitment to defending democracy and human rights around the world.”———KIM FIRES OFF INSULTS AT TRUMP AND HINTS AT WEAPONS TEST: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un lobbed a string of insults at U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday, calling him a “mentally deranged U.S. dotard” and hinting at a frightening new weapon test. It was the first time for a North Korean leader to issue such a direct statement against a U.S. president, dramatically escalating the war of words between the former wartime foes. Trump responded by tweeting that Kim is “obviously a madman who doesn’t mind starving or killing his people.” In a lengthy statement carried by state media, Kim said Trump would “pay dearly” for his recent threat to destroy North Korea. He also called Trump “deranged” and “a rogue and a gangster fond of playing with fire.” Kim said his country will consider the “highest level of hard-line countermeasure in history,” a possible indication of more powerful weapons tests on the horizon, but didn’t elaborate. His foreign minister, asked on a visit to New York to attend the UN General Assembly what the countermeasure would be, said his country may test a hydrogen bomb in the Pacific Ocean. “I think it could be the most powerful detonation of an H-bomb in the Pacific,” Ri Yong Ho said, according to South Korean TV. “We have no idea about what actions could be taken as it will be ordered by leader Kim Jong Un.”———UBER TO LOSE LICENCE TO WORK IN LONDON: Uber’s licence to operate in London won’t be renewed because its practices endanger public safety and security, the local regulator said Friday, in a blow to a company already facing big questions over its corporate culture. Transport for London says the company, whose app is used by 3.5 million passengers and 40,000 drivers in London, isn’t “fit and proper” to hold a licence to operate a private-hire vehicle service. Uber was first licensed to operate in the city in 2012 and will see its current license expire on Sept. 30. The company said it plans to appeal the regulator’s decision, and can continue to operate until the appeals process is exhausted. For its part, Uber accused the city of caving in to special interests “who want to restrict consumer choice.” In its decision, Transport for London singled out Uber’s approach to reporting serious criminal offences and how it conducts background checks on drivers. TfL also took issue with Uber’s explanation of software that could be used to block regulators from gaining full access to the app and “prevent officials from undertaking regulatory or law enforcement duties.” London Mayor Sadiq Khan said he supported the decision, saying any operator of taxi services in the city “needs to play by the rules.”———QUEBEC RENEWS UBER DEAL FOR ONE YEAR: Ride-hailing company Uber will be allowed to operate legally for another year in Quebec under more strict rules, Transport Minister Laurent Lessard said. He said Friday he’ll extend the pilot project under which Uber had been operating for the past 12 months, contingent on the company being subject to the same rules as traditional taxis regarding training and background checks. Uber called the new rules “challenging” and said they threaten the company’s ability to continue offering its services to Quebecers. Under the new rules, Uber driver background checks must be conducted by the police and no longer by private companies. Additionally, Lessard said all Uber drivers will be required to undergo the same number of training hours as do drivers of traditional taxis, which is 35 hours. Under the terms of the original pilot project, Uber drivers were only forced to take 20 hours of training. “For the government, there cannot be two standards of security,” Lessard told reporters. Uber spokesman Jean-Christophe de le Rue said the new regulations “favour old policies instead of incorporating the benefits of new technology.”———ENERGY MAY BE FIRST DEAL IN NEW NAFTA TALKS: An agreement that would see Mexico sign on to a NAFTA clause governing oil exports may be one of the first significant products of the renegotiation talks this weekend in Ottawa. When NAFTA was originally signed 23 years ago, Mexico rejected parts of the energy chapter because its oil industry was entirely owned and operated by the government. However, President Enrique Pena Nieto is looking to solidify the reforms he started making in 2013, opening up the Mexican oil industry to international investment and participation. As a result, Mexico is now keen to become a full participant in NAFTA’s energy chapter and a deal to make it happen could come together in the third round of talks, which begin Saturday. The changes would see Mexico sign Article 605, which limits government interference in oil exports to any of the participating NAFTA countries. Pena Nieto wants to prevent any future Mexican government from undoing the oil industry changes he has made, while the U.S. and Canada want to provide certainty and access for their producers in the Mexican oilpatch.———NOVA SCOTIA MAKES ABORTION PILL AVAILABLE FOR FREE: Nova Scotia is overhauling its abortion policies, making the abortion pill available at no cost and removing the requirement for a physician’s referral to obtain a surgical abortion. The province has been criticized as having some of Canada’s biggest abortion-access barriers, and Premier Stephen McNeil said Friday the changes are about providing women with the health care options they deserve. McNeil, who is Roman Catholic, said he is comfortable with the decisions as a parent of a daughter who “deserves to have access to health care.” The government’s announcement was made by Kelly Regan, the minister responsible for the status of women, who said the province would make Mifegymiso available by prescription starting in November. The drug combination can medically terminate an early pregnancy of up to 49 days. Women with a valid health card and prescription will be able to get the $350 drug for free at pharmacies, at a cost to the province of between $175,000 and $200,000 per year.
Almost 900 people receive medical attention during Montreal race eventsAlmost 900 people receive medical attention during Montreal race events
October 17, 2019October 17, 2019
MONTREAL – Almost 900 people received medical attention as 10-kilometre and half-marathon events took place in Montreal under blazing heat, the event’s medical co-ordinator said Sunday.The shorter events were still held even after Montreal marathon organizers cancelled the full 42.2-kilometre marathon due to concerns over high heat and humidity.Eddy Afram said the number of medical interventions was higher than usual, but still in line with the organizers’ expectations given the temperature, which was expected to reach 30 C by Sunday afternoon.In comparison, Afram said about 500 to 600 people are usually treated when temperatures are between 15 and 18 C.In a phone interview, he said organizers made the right decision in cancelling the feature event, which would have required several more hours of running under increasingly hot temperatures.“This was the best compromise and a good consolation race for those who couldn’t do the marathon,” he said.He said most of the treatments were for heat stroke or common running injuries such as cramps and muscle strains.Afram said organizers took numerous precautions to keep people safe, including increasing the number of medical staff, adding 18 more water stations and installing a spray system at the finish line.The event also kicked off an hour early to avoid the hottest part of the day.The region’s emergency medical service also sent 10 ambulances and set up a command post to monitor the health of both runners and spectators.A spokesman for Urgences-Sante said paramedics transported five people to hospital, while another 20 were taken to a medical clinic at the race site.
Its Canada and UK v US airplane giant at trade tribunal hearingIts Canada and UK v US airplane giant at trade tribunal hearing
October 17, 2019October 17, 2019
WASHINGTON – In a test case for the aggressive use of trade penalties in Donald Trump’s America, the Canadian and British governments urged a U.S. tribunal Monday not to impose duties on Bombardier planesCanada’s ambassador to Washington argued that potential duties of up to 300 per cent on Bombardier’s C-Series jet were illegitimate and he urged the U.S. International Trade Commission to reject them.On the same day the ambassador was fighting one commercial dispute, the Trump administration released a new national security strategy mentioning trade almost five-dozen times, heralding an elbows-up attitude to trade in general.And, in New York state, the governor instituted a new law with Buy American provisions.MacNaughton listed several problems with the penalty on Bombardier. First, he said it’s rooted in speculation that American powerhouse Boeing will be hurt by Bombardier C-Series imports, the sort of conjecture forbidden not only under U.S. law, but also by World Trade Organization rules.Moreover, he told the commission there’s no evidence Bombardier planes will be exported to the U.S.; that the C-Series does not compete with similar-sized Boeing aircraft; that Boeing has a seven-year backlog in sales, invalidating its claim of an injury; and that duties would ultimately hurt Americans because Bombardier accounts for 23,000 jobs in nine U.S. states.The British ambassador to the U.S. made a similar case, and added another shot at Boeing. Kim Darroch argued that Boeing has benefited from billions in government support via different U.S. mechanisms, while it complains about subsidies elsewhere.MacNaughton acknowledged the broader implications of this fight.Speaking to reporters outside the hearing, he said anti-trade rhetoric in the U.S., not just from the Trump administration, has emboldened companies to launch commercial attacks on their foreign rivals.“What we are seeing is because of, in large measure, the rhetoric that exists in the United States at the present moment — and I’m not just referring to one source of the rhetoric, I’m talking broadly of the anti-trade rhetoric — it has given U.S. companies the permission to take action they wouldn’t have taken before,” MacNaughton said.“The real danger of this is it’s going to have a negative impact on U.S. jobs.”The Trump administration itself has boasted about how trade complaints like Boeing’s have surged since it took office. On Monday, it released a new national security strategy and listed trade as a top threat.“Economic security is national security,” it said the document. “Unfair trade practices (have) weakened our economy and exported our jobs.”In New York State, Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a law with Buy American rules for steel and iron on bridges, more limited than earlier domestic-procurement rules Canadian premiers had lobbied against.Boeing argued that it’s Canada that is practising unfair trade.The company said public subsidies in Canada have allowed its rival to stay alive, and creep into potential markets. It said C-Series sales are already hurting its orders and claimed the recent Bombardier-Airbus partnership to build in Alabama is a ruse that would disappear if duties are rescinded.It’s hard to compete when your rival benefits from a bottomless source of funding from foreign taxpayers, said the president and chief executive officer of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Kevin McAllister.“Boeing makes the best airplanes in the world. But we can’t compete with companies funded and backed by governments,” McAllister said.“In a fair competition, I’ll bet on Boeing, our U.S. employees, and the U.S. industry every time. But we should only have to compete against private companies — not governments and the airplanes they create and produce through endless subsidies.”He cited examples of how hard it is to compete with government. For example, he noted that the Canadian government recently cancelled a big military contract for Boeing Super Hornets, in retaliation for the fight with Bombardier.He also argued that rock-bottom prices, subsidized by Canadian taxpayers, helped Bombardier swoop in to steal a contract with Delta, when that airline had initially looking to buy used airplanes in a deal brokered by Boeing.“Essentially Bombardier offered new airplanes at used airplane prices. And it worked,” McAllister said.He also cast this fight as something bigger. The Boeing executive explained how he grew up in Bethlehem, Pa., and saw the iconic Bethlehem Steel company shut down a generation ago, killed slowly by a variety of factors including dumped foreign steel.He said he now keeps a painting of the old plant in his office: “This left an impression on me.”One trade expert said the aircraft feud might have happened under any other presidency, as Boeing has the right to a bureaucratic investigation under American trade laws — independent of the politics.But Chad Bown, co-host of the “Trade Talks” podcast and senior fellow of the Peterson Institute for International Economics, said it’s notable that Boeing filed this case in the U.S., rather than going the usual route of past aircraft disputes: the WTO.“I would argue that Trump’s approach to trade policy made it more likely that Boeing would file this case,” Bown said.
Ontario Progressive Conservatives working to hold contest to find new leaderOntario Progressive Conservatives working to hold contest to find new leader
October 17, 2019October 17, 2019
TORONTO – Ontario’s Progressive Conservatives continued to grapple with a sexual misconduct scandal Monday as party brass began to lay out the groundwork for a leadership contest to be held just months before the June provincial election.In the span of five days, the party saw both its leader, Patrick Brown, and president, Rick Dykstra, step down amid sexual misconduct allegations.Brown’s resignations on Wednesday left the party, which had been leading in the polls, scrambling to find a new leader in time for the election.A decision by caucus to have interim leader Vic Fedeli take the Tories through the spring vote was later overturned by the party’s executive, which voted in favour of a leadership race.Fedeli, a former finance critic, was the only candidate to officially enter the race until Monday afternoon, when a controversial political figure threw his hat in the ring.Doug Ford, former Toronto city councillor and brother to the city’s late former mayor Rob Ford, announced he was entering the race to save the party from what he called political “elites.”“The elites of this party, the ones who shut out the grassroots, do not want me in this race,” he told reporters at his family’s home in west Toronto. “I’m here to give a voice … to the hardworking taxpayers of this province, people who have been ignored for far too long.”A party committee is hammering down the rules and the date of a leadership contest to later be approved by the party executive.“We’re looking forward to coming back to them with those rules that will set out what a leadership process could look like to allow us to elect a new leader that the party would be proud to take to Ontarians,” said committee chairman Hartley Lefton.Lefton said the Tories will stick to the one-member one-vote rule, which would open the voting up to the party’s 200,000 members. It’s not yet clear when the convention will be held, but a permanent party leader will be in place by the end of March, Lefton said.“The (party) executive set an outside date of March 24 but realistically it could be any time between now and then,” he said.Former Postmedia executive Rod Phillips, a Progressive Conservative candidate in the riding of Ajax., Ont., who is considering entering the race, said it is important that all party members have a say in who leads them in the next election.Phillips and Caroline Mulroney, another potential leadership candidate, had opposed the caucus proposal to have Fedeli become permanent leader.“To present a strong, unified, Ontario PC party that can win against (Premier) Kathleen Wynne, the leader who takes us through the election must have a clear mandate from all members of the Ontario PC Party,” he said in a statement on Friday. “Our party is made up of some 200,000 members across our province. This isn’t without its challenges, given the timelines, but it is the right thing to do.”Meanwhile, the party appointed a new president on Monday to replace Dykstra, who resigned on the weekend, just hours after Maclean’s magazine published a report in which a woman alleged she was a young Conservative staffer in Ottawa when she was sexually assaulting by Dykstra in 2014, when he was an MP. The allegations have not been verified by The Canadian Press and Dykstra has not responded to requests for comment.Fedeli said he was shocked and disgusted by the allegations and said he’d take steps to ensure the workplace is safe for party members and staffers.Maclean’s said the staffer reported the incident to Ottawa police in 2014, alleging Dykstra sexually assaulted her after a party. The magazine reported that senior Conservative campaign operatives were aware of the allegations and decided to allow him to run in the 2015 election anyway.The woman, who was not named, told the magazine she was in Dykstra’s apartment when he allegedly cornered her in his bedroom and “forced” her to perform oral sex on him. She told the magazine she fled the apartment when Dykstra left the room.Maclean’s said the woman gave police a statement but ultimately decided not to proceed with the case. Ottawa police said Monday that they could not confirm details of the case as no charges were laid.Dykstra went on to lose his St. Catharines, Ont., riding, and became president of Ontario’s Progressive Conservatives. Long-time activist Jag Badwal has replaced him.
Toronto Zoo welcomes news addition – a baby pygmy hippopotamusToronto Zoo welcomes news addition – a baby pygmy hippopotamus
October 17, 2019October 17, 2019
TORONTO – The Toronto Zoo is celebrating the birth of a rare and endangered pygmy hippopotamus.Kindia, a 12-year-old female, gave birth to a female calf late Friday night.The zoo says the species is endangered and there are only about 2,000 to 3,000 left in the wild in West Africa, mostly in Liberia. Small numbers also found in neighbouring Sierra Leone, Guinea and the Ivory Coast.Over the past 100 years, the pygmy hippo’s habitat has declined dramatically due to logging, farming and human settlement.While the calf appears healthy and is feeding well, the zoo says the first 30 days are critical for both mother and calf.Kindia arrived at the Toronto Zoo from a zoo in France in June 2016 as part of a global breeding program. This is Kindia’s first surviving calf and the seventh birth of a pygmy hippopotamus in the Toronto Zoo’s history.
Military appeal court orders retrial in sexual assault caseMilitary appeal court orders retrial in sexual assault case
October 17, 2019October 17, 2019
OTTAWA – A retrial has been ordered in the case of a Canadian Forces member who was acquitted last year of sexually assaulting a female colleague while the two were deployed on a training exercise in Jamaica in 2015.A military judge found Cpl. Simon Cadieux not guilty of sexual assault and drunkenness following a court martial in May 2017, but the Court Martial Appeal Court says the judge erred in his ruling.Cadieux and his special forces unit were in Jamaica in November 2015 when they held a barbecue that included drinking and partying to mark the end of a training exercise.According to testimony delivered during the initial court martial, a drunk Cadieux went into a female-only tent after the party where he woke up another service member and the two kissed in the dark before she realized he wasn’t who she thought.The woman also testified that she was woken up by a touch to the pelvic area, which Cadieux said was accidental.Military judge Lt.-Col. Louis-Vincent d’Auteuil ultimately acquitted Cadieux after concluding the corporal did not enter the tent intending to kiss or engage in any sexual activity with his colleague.He also concluded the woman had initiated the kiss and Cadieux subjectively believed she had consented to it.But in the Appeal Court’s ruling, a three-judge panel unanimously agreed that d’Auteuil did not properly test Cadieux’s argument that he believed the woman had consented to the kiss given various other factors.Those included his admitting to having woken her up, being intoxicated, that it was dark in the tent and that “there was no romantic relationship between the two of them before or during the exercise or on the evening in question.“In other words, and stated rather bluntly, the complainant had no reason to kiss Cpl. Cadieux, he had no reason to believe she wanted to kiss him, and, importantly, immediately prior to the actual kissing, he had no reason to believe she wanted him to kiss her.”The Appeal Court’s decision to order a retrial comes as military commanders have been cracking down on sexual misconduct in the Forces, and was welcomed on Friday by Col. Bruce MacGregor, the military’s top prosecutor.“The recent decision in the Cadieux case from the Court Martial Appeal Court of Canada is but another example of our efforts to pursue justice for all victims of sexual misconduct by enforcing the rule of law and promoting the discipline, efficiency and morale of the women and men who proudly serve,” he said.
Broncos crash Cases cited for judge to consider in sentence of truckBroncos crash Cases cited for judge to consider in sentence of truck
October 17, 2019October 17, 2019
The Canadian Press A Saskatchewan court heard sentencing arguments Thursday at a hearing for the truck driver who caused the Humboldt Broncos bus crash that killed 16 people and injured 13 others.Jaskirat Singh Sidhu pleaded guilty earlier this month to all 29 charges of dangerous driving.The Crown has recommended Sidhu be sentenced to 10 years in prison, while his legal team did not put forward a recommendation.Here is a look at other dangerous driving cases cited during the arguments.Keith DunfordDunford was sentenced to just under two years in jail after he was found guilty of killing a flag worker in a construction zone near Midale, Sask., in August 2012.Court heard that it was 18-year-old Ashley Richards’s first day on the job when she was struck by Dunford’s speeding SUV.Richards, who had recently moved from Lakeside, N.B., was thrown about the width of a football field.Dunford told court said he didn’t see any of the construction warning signs and he was distracted by some papers blowing around in his vehicle.Mohinder Singh SainiSaini was a transport truck driver who was sentenced to six years in prison after being convicted of dangerous driving in a fatal 20-vehicle collision on an Ontario highway.Saini was charged with four counts of dangerous driving causing death and nine counts of dangerous driving causing serious bodily harm. Two children were among the four people killed: Carl Laws, Jackie Laws, Jesus Duran-Flores and Cuauhtemoc Duran-Flores.Court heard Saini was driving with a loaded trailer in a construction zone at about 100 km/h when he hit the brakes, but struck a Ford Fiesta and triggered the collision in Whitby, Ont., in October 2015.The trial judge found that Saini “deliberately lied” to police and court, blaming another driver for the crash.Normand LavoieLavoie was sentenced to three years in prison and banned from driving for five years after pleading guilty to “senselessly” killing three Saskatchewan teenagers.Justin Gaja, Kristian Skalicky and Carter Stevenson were killed while returning home from football camp on May 3, 2015, when a semi rear-ended their car in a construction zone near Spalding, Sask.Lavoie told a police officer he felt like he was on auto-pilot before the crash.Jaswinder Singh BagriBagri was sentenced to three years in prison and received a five-year driving ban after he was found guilty of killing a family of four from Palo Alta, Calif., in Kootenay National Park in July 2011.Court heard that Bagri was driving westbound through a sharp corner, crossed the centre line and jack-knifed, colliding head on with a camper van near Radium Hot Springs, B.C.All four people in the van — Andrew Howard, his wife Ana-Maria Dias and their children Samantha and Veronica — died in the crash.
Blurred Vision Album Release Concert To Benefit CharityBlurred Vision Album Release Concert To Benefit Charity
October 16, 2019October 16, 2019
Canadian rock band Blurred Vision – led by Iranian born brothers Sepp and Sohl Osley, and drummer Ben Riley – will release their debut album “Organized Insanity” under their Open Eyes Records imprint, and will raise money for WhyHunger at their album release concert in Toronto.Blurred Vision and The CubeThe 11 track album is produced by Terry Brown, most famous for his iconic work with legendary Canadian trio Rush.“Organized Insanity” drops Tuesday November 25 2014, and will be available internationally as a digital release on iTunes, and other download and streaming platforms with pre-orders available as of Monday October 20, 2014.The cover art, which the group calls the “Insanity Cube”, is the work of renowned designer Hugh Syme who created some of the most memorable Rock album covers from bands including Rush, Aerosmith, Def Leppard and Iron Maiden.Blurred Vision will be releasing a series of video podcasts anticipating the album’s release which includes a live studio performance sneak peek of some of the album tracks and a “round-table chat” with the band.Blurred Vision’s debut “Organized Insanity” delves into issues the band say are “vital to our existence as a Rock ‘N’ Roll band”. The album opens with the track “No More War”, an anti-war anthem with an homage to Martin Luther King Jr.. “Organized Insanity” touches controversial themes of war, politics, religion, and the state of the music scene today while at times digging into personal subjects surrounding relationships and love with songs like “Tonight”, “Arms Of Our World”, and “Wherever You Are” that demonstrate the band’s broad songwriting palette. Among the eleven original tunes are two tributes that highlight Blurred Vision’s influences; “Dear John”, an emotional track written for Beatle legend John Lennon, and “The Keeper”, a prog-rock/mid-east fusion with melodies inspired by the Persian mystic poet Hafez and even sung in Persian on the first verse.Blurred Vision will perform at The Hard Rock Cafe in Toronto on November 23rd, for the Organized Insanity Album Release Concert. Part of the proceeds from the Hard Rock Cafe show will benefit WhyHunger, an international charity organization based in New York City. Blurred Vision are official ambassadors of the charity, who are behind the annual “Imagine There’s No Hunger” campaign that kicks off in November, in partnership with Yoko Ono Lennon, and Hard Rock International.Under the creative direction of acclaimed producer and filmmaker Babak Payami and his Toronto-based Imagisti Creative Studio, Blurred Vision is gearing up for a 2015 album launch concert tour of the U.K, U.S. and Canada. Details of the tour will be announced late 2014.
Hallmark Mahogany And Jill Scotts Blues Babe Foundation Launch National ScholarshipHallmark Mahogany And Jill Scotts Blues Babe Foundation Launch National Scholarship
October 16, 2019October 16, 2019
Hallmark’s Mahogany brand today announced a partnership with Blues Babe, a registered 501c3 foundation spearheaded by Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Jill Scott.Through this partnership, Mahogany and the Blues Babe Foundation have established a national, merit-based scholarship for college students interested in pursuing a career in the writing arts. This collaboration unites Mahogany’s commitment to a genuine, progressive and optimistic reflection of African-American culture with the Blues Babe Foundation’s extensive work in initiatives supporting minority students pursuing a college education.“To be able to give inner-city students the opportunity to receive a scholarship and pursue a career in writing is phenomenal,” said Ms. Scott. “My love and passion for writing is reflected in my music and my poetry and I am sincerely grateful that Mahogany decided to partner with the Blues Babe Foundation to help nurture young creative minds.”Currently enrolled college students interested in applying for the scholarship may visit here to submit qualifying information, a writing sample and an essay for consideration. Two winning applicants (as selected by representatives from Mahogany and the Blues Babe Foundation) will each receive a $10,000 scholarship. Both winners also will be invited to Hallmark’s headquarters in Kansas City, Mo. for an all-expenses paid workshop with Mahogany’s team of writers during the summer of 2016. This personalized workshop will help students hone their craft over a three-day period and fully immerse them in the day-to-day experience of a Mahogany writer.Mahogany and the Blues Babe Foundation also will team up to promote the importance of education and creative writing skills during sessions at this year’s Camp Jill Scott, an annual summer enrichment camp for underserved middle school students in the North Philadelphia area. Mahogany writers will work directly with the campers, serving as positive role models and inspiring them to explore their creative writing abilities through guided activities.“Our greeting cards’ messages are rooted in inspiration, positivity and cultural connection,” said Tara Frank, Vice President – Multicultural Strategy, Hallmark Cards. “This partnership provides an avenue for us to put that message into action – nationally and locally – and we’re excited to partner with Ms. Scott’s Blues Babe Foundation to do so. We hope that our shared vision leads to rewarding and enriching opportunities for college-bound students.”Applications for the Mahogany & Blues Babe Foundation Scholarship will be accepted through October 30, 2015. For more information and official rules, visit [here”:https://www.scholarsapply.org/mahogany/].Mahogany is a personal expression brand that provides an authentic and engaging experience for African-Americans. The card line exists to enhance emotional connections between family, friends and the community by capturing what’s most beloved and valued about Black culture.
October 16, 2019October 16, 2019
Beginning Monday, November 9 through Wednesday, November 11, President Bill Clinton will visit the work of the Clinton Foundation and Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) commitments in Latin America.The trip will highlight the Clinton Foundation’s cross-sector work in the region.The Clinton Foundation, through the Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership (CGEP), is working to develop social enterprises that foster sustainable economic development aimed at helping people work themselves out of poverty, with a focus on increasing opportunities for girls and women. In Latin America, this includes equipping women with sales and skills training and a basket of fortified food and consumer products, which the entrepreneurs then sell to others within their communities – providing essential, life-changing goods and helping to increase household incomes. CGEP also works to empower smallholder farmers by giving them better access to markets and infrastructural improvements for their locally grown produce.
Ricky Gervais And Moby Help Launch Animal Defenders International Online StoreRicky Gervais And Moby Help Launch Animal Defenders International Online Store
October 16, 2019October 16, 2019
Animal Defenders International (ADI) has joined forces with comedian Ricky Gervais and musician Moby to give shoppers a great way to raise money for animals in need, with the launch of ADI’s new online store.Moby poses in one of ADI’s new T-ShirtsMoby poses in one of ADI’s new T-Shirts, sporting an image of Pepe the Spider monkey, one of over 100 animals rescued by ADI earlier this year from circuses and the illegal wildlife trade in South America. Ricky’s cat Ollie, famous in his own right with 35,000 Twitter followers, can be seen happily ‘lion’ atop a T-Shirt of Rey, the ex-circus lion from Peru. The full range of gifts, ideal for animal lovers of all ages, can be found here with 100% of the profits going towards ADI’s work to save animals.There are gifts and accessories to suit all budgets and interests, from fashion items, such as hats and T-Shirts, to Christmas cards and canvas prints of rescued animals.Jan Creamer ADI President said “The ADI store has some great items, perfect for Christmas presents, so you can not only look good, but do good with your money. The proceeds help ADI end the suffering of animals in captivity.”Shoppers will also be first in line to pick up the multi-award winning film ‘Lion Ark’ out on DVD in November. The critically acclaimed documentary follows the story of the dramatic rescue and relocation of 25 lions from circuses in Bolivia.The Lion Ark DVD also carries short films about this year’s rescue, where over 100 wild animals had been saved from circuses and the illegal wildlife trade in Peru and Colombia. This culminated in a massive airlift of more than 30 lions, from South American circuses, home to Africa. ADI is raising funds for a huge natural habitat construction project for the lions costing over $250,000.Timed with the release of the DVD, Lion Ark is hitting the road, screening at theaters across the US. Each event includes a Q&A with the filmmakers and rescuers, giving the inside story on frontline rescues.See tour schedule and book tickets here.Find out more about Lion Ark at www.lionarkthemovie.com.
Video Live performances of The Tragically Hips hidden gemsVideo Live performances of The Tragically Hips hidden gems
October 15, 2019October 15, 2019
Buoyed by that, they’re among the uniquely talented acts whose deep cuts get as rapturous a reception as the hits. Twitter Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Escape Is At Hand For The Travellin’ Man (From Phantom Power) Advertisement The band are Canadian icons, but it wasn’t just name-checking hockey players and smaller dots on maps of the country that got them there. A lot of that can be chalked up to raucous live performances sharpened to a wicked edge by years of touring and anchored by Downie’s maniacal pacing and off-the-cuff monologues. Advertisement The tour announced by The Tragically Hip shortly after the band confirmed singer Gordon Downie’s brain cancer diagnosis kicks off in Victoria, B.C. Friday night. Login/Register With: There’s an argument to be made that this touching song about friends made on the road is the band’s best jam. A steady beat, an easily shouted chorus and a few guitar-borne whale sounds carry the lovely lyrics. Strapping on the guitar tends to anchor Downie to the stage, but his frenetic energy remains in this 2006 performance at The Phoenix in Toronto.