first_imgKolkata: A middle-aged man committed suicide by jumping in front of a Dum Dum-bound rake at Rabindra Sarovar Metro station on Saturday afternoon leading to the disruption of services in both Up and Down line for some time. The incident occurred at around 12.09 pm. The victim whose identity is yet to be ascertained was found anxiously waiting at Rabindra Sarovar Metro station. When a Dum Dum-bound train was entering the platform, he jumped in front of the speeding train. The motorman tried to stop the rake by applying the emergency brakes but the victim, aged around 50, had already gone beneath the rake. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe Metro officials disconnected the power supply into the third rail immediately. The Railway Protection Force and Metro officials reached the spot and started the rescue operation. It took around 45 minutes to recover the victim’s body from the railway track. He was taken to MR Bangur Hospital where the doctors pronounced him brought dead. Metro services were disrupted for almost an hour after the incident. Truncated services between Maidan and Noapara stations in the Up line were available. Normalcy was restored after 1.30 pm.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: Rising for the fifth consecutive day, gold prices on Monday again surpassed its previous high by surging Rs 675 to Rs 39,670 per 10 gram in the national capital, according to the All India Sarafa Association, mainly due to a weaker rupee and strong global trend. Gold prices have been hitting a fresh high everyday since August 20. Silver also soared Rs 1,450 to Rs 46,550 per kg on fresh offtake by industrial units and coin makers. According to analysts, apart from persistent buying from jewellers, a weaker rupee and positive trend overseas were among the factors that aided the rally in gold prices.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: Sunni Waqf Board’s counsel and senior advocate Rajeev Dhavan on Thursday told the Supreme Court that he and even his clerk are getting threats for representing the Muslim parties in the Ayodhya land dispute case. As soon the hearing began, Dhavan told the court that a week ago, he received a threatening message on Facebook warning that “they will see him outside the court”. Moreover a minister has also said that they “own” the disputed site and the Supreme Court. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Some people also messaged him asking which side he was on and whether he is against the deity (Ram), Dhavan said adding that these things did not create a good atmosphere and that he is under pressure. Citing a contempt petition filed against an octogenarian for cursing him, he said that he cannot file contempt after contempt petition. Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi strongly condemned the threat and said that this things should not happen. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday”This should not be happening in the country. We deprecate such statements. Both sides are free to put their arguments before court without any fear,” Chief Justice Gogoi said. The court asked Dhavan whether he wants security and protection. Dhavan said that he did not need security and protection as the court assurance is enough for him. He said he had been non-partisan when it comes to arguing a case, which he did while arguing Kashi and Kamakshya cases in past. He also told the court his clerk also faces threats from other clerks and said: “Let me make it absolutely clear that I don’t argue against Hindu faith.”last_img read more

first_imgVAUGHAN, Ont. – A cane fight that broke out between two elderly women in a parking lot north of Toronto resulted in police being called to break up the scuffle.York regional police say they were called to a No Frills grocery store parking lot in Vaughan, Ont. shortly after 11 a.m. on Tuesday.Const. Andy Pattenden says concerned citizens called police as the two women in their 70s were engaged in a cane duel, screaming and shouting at each other.He says by the time officers arrived, the fight had ended without injury, with one woman trying to take off in a vehicle and the other going inside the grocery store to shop for food.He says police spoke to both women, although he says the one inside the store didn’t want to talk and preferred to continue looking for produce.Pattenden says he doesn’t know what the two were fighting over, but neither are expected to be charged.“It just sounds like some angry older people,” Pattenden said.last_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA – The Trudeau government is planning to spend billions more on the navy’s four wayward submarines to keep them operating into the 2030s.The plan to extend the lives of the troubled vessels is included in the Liberals’ new defence policy and comes following calls from senior naval officers to save the controversial ships from the scrap heap.The actual price of the plan was not revealed in the policy document, which was released to much fanfare last week, and National Defence refused to provide a price tag following multiple requests.That is despite assertions from the Liberal government that the defence policy was fully costed and following promises of full transparency when it came to the overall plan.“Detailed costing will be provided in the Defence Investment Plan to be published in due course,” National Defence spokesman Daniel Le Bouthillier said in an email.Defence sources, however, have told The Canadian Press that keeping the submarines in the water for another decade will cost upwards of $2.5 billion.Without upgrades, the first of the submarines will reach the end of its life in 2022, according to documents obtained last year through Access to Information, with the last retired in 2027.Some have questioned the wisdom of spending more money on the four vessels, which have been plagued with problems since Canada bought them used from Britain in 1998.While the Chretien government said at the time that it was getting a bargain by paying only $750 million, the ships have required constant repairs and upgrades just to make them seaworthy for a limited time.And while a number of experts have called for Canada look to purchase new submarines, rather than upgrading the ones it has, others have said the country doesn’t need such expensive vessels.Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan this week emphasized the Liberal government’s view, previously expressed by senior naval officials, that subs are necessary for protecting Canada’s security and sovereignty.“No other platform in the Canadian Armed Forces can do what a submarine can do,” Sajjan said during an event in Halifax on Monday.“No other platform has the stealth, the intelligence-gathering, surveillance and reconnaissance capability and the deterrence to potential adversaries that a sub does.”Sajjan added that the government decided upgrading the existing subs — HMCS Chicoutimi, Victoria, Corner Brook and Windsor — was more “prudent” than purchasing new vessels.The Liberals promised in their defence policy to invest an additional $62 billion in the military over the next 20 years, which includes increasing annual defence spending by 70 per cent over the next decade.A large chunk of that new money will end up going towards replacing the navy’s 12 frigates and three recently retired destroyers with 15 new warships at a cost of between $56 billion and $60 billion.Previous estimates had pegged the cost of those vessels at $26 billion.The four submarines continue to generate headlines for the wrong reasons, with the most recent Thursday when HMCS Chicoutimi was hit by another naval vessel while docked at CFB Esquimalt in B.C.But Rob Huebert, an expert on maritime security at the University of Calgary, said the other three have been involved in a variety of tasks and mission in recent months — even if most Canadians don’t realize it.“The very nature of what they do means that (the military) can’t talk about it,” he said.“They’re actually exceeding what the navy was expecting them to do in terms of time at sea, interdiction of drugs and co-operation with the Americans. You can’t talk about any of that, but it is occurring.”Rather than extend the lives of the submarines, Huebert said he would have liked to see the government start looking for replacements, but that wasn’t possible given the huge costs of replacing the frigates.“What we saw was the defence review was an intelligent decision to do what was necessary to lengthen the life of the subs while making sure the (new warships) are built,” he said.– Follow @leeberthiaume on Twitter.last_img read more

first_imgHALIFAX – Everyone in Nova Scotia’s theatre and film industry has a John Dunsworth story.For actor Jeremy Webb, it was being compelled to spout Shakespearean monologues in Dunsworth’s downtown Halifax casting office in the late ’90s.“He started to get all excited and he wanted another one and another one,” said Webb, who credits Dunsworth with getting him his first television gig after moving to the city from the United Kingdom in 1998.“There I am, essentially on Barrington Street, in a shopfront casting office doing Shakespeare at full tilt wondering what the hell I was getting into. But that was just so typical. He had this energy and drive and passion for everyone in the community … Every single person in the theatre, TV and film industry has a John Dunsworth story. The man was a legend.”Dunsworth’s death was announced Monday evening on his Twitter feed. The statement said he died “peacefully after a short and unexpected illness.” He was 71.His colleagues say Dunsworth had a profound impact on the local arts community, and his death changes its landscape.“His legacy is being a mentor and a guiding light for so many of us all for the last 30 years,” said Webb, who will soon take over as artistic director of Halifax’s Neptune Theatre, where Dunsworth had performed in at least 26 productions since 1970.“And it wasn’t just about the work, although he loved the work. He literally did everything for everyone. He would drive past you in the street in his beat-up old car and if you didn’t know him you’d be terrified because he’d honk his horn, wind his window down and yell at you to see if you wanted a ride somewhere.“I think everyone is in shock because you can’t imagine the Nova Scotia arts community without him.”Dunsworth is best known for his portrayal of Jim Lahey on the “Trailer Park Boys,” but his acting credits extend far beyond the popular comedy series. He has performed in countless local productions over the last four decades and at one point ran a Halifax theatre company. He also had a recurring role as reporter Dave Teagues on the television series “Haven.”Actor Lucy DeCoutere, a fellow “Trailer Park Boys” co-star, said Dunsworth was one of the first people she met when she got her start in the film industry decades ago.“For a lot of people, he was the gateway into the acting world,” said DeCoutere of Dunsworth’s time as a casting director.“He would continuously be immersed and he practised what he preached. He did everything. He was involved with as many productions as a human can be.”A champion of the arts community in Halifax and beyond, Dunsworth was one of many industry pundits to voice his disapproval of the provincial Liberal government’s decision to slash a film tax credit more than two years ago.“How do we explain the decision that these people are making?” Dunsworth told a crowd during a rally outside the provincial legislature in April 2015. “It doesn’t make any sense. It can’t be just bad advice by the stupid Finance Department.”It wasn’t the first time Dunsworth wore a political hat — he ran as a candidate for the NDP in the then-riding of Halifax Bedford Basin during the 1988 provincial election. Dunsworth placed third, receiving 19 per cent of the vote. The NDP only won two of 52 seats in the legislature as Progressive Conservative John Buchanan was re-elected premier.“We’ve always been part of an authoritarian kind of society, and in a way that’s true because people in this community, they think something that is has virtue because it is. They will vote for someone because that someone has been the premier and he’s important… They’re a little bit afraid of doing something new,” Dunsworth, sporting a brown moustache, said at the time in a film about his campaign by Neal Livingston titled “John Dunsworth: The Candidate.”Jesse Albiston, who described himself as a family friend who has known Dunsworth since he was a child, said he radiated love to everyone around him and always took time to help family and friends.“John was a man who moved his soul to ensure others felt at home,” said Albiston, 25, adding that Dunsworth spent a great deal of time with his father David Albiston after he lost his wife in June 2016. “I have never seen patience, intelligence and kindness in such a raw way than how John spoke and held himself for the benefit of other human beings.”Dunsworth also had another lifelong passion besides acting: Masonry.In a video posted on his YouTube channel in January 2013, Dunsworth is shown at his coastal home in Southwest Cove, N.S., showcasing his hobby.“I like to play with cement and rocks. I have no idea why. I think it might have something to do with the fact that I’d like to leave a legacy. Maybe a little after I’m gone people will say, ‘Hey, who made that?’ There I am. Still alive,” said Dunsworth, wearing a winter hat with ear flaps and a red scarf wrapped around his midriff.“Maybe it’s because I’d like to make some kind of order out of chaos. But not really, because most of my life I create chaos.”He recalled being a two-year-old boy and telling his mom he has eaten some rocks, as he pushed a wheelbarrow down rows of walkways and retaining walls he created on his property to ward off the punishing waves of the Atlantic Ocean.Dunsworth points to a sea glass mosaic he made for his daughter Molly Dunsworth to celebrate her starring role in the movie “Hobo with a Shotgun.” He also shows off a stone fire pit, salt water pool and theatre.“Fill your boots. Be as imaginative as you like,” he declares.Follow (at)AlyThomson on Twitter.last_img read more

first_imgWASHINGTON – As its trail of arrests gets closer to U.S. President Donald Trump, the Russia investigation is facing a multi-front assault. The attacks have ramped up following news that Trump’s close confidant Michael Flynn has pleaded guilty and become an informant.The president’s defenders are now seeking to poke holes in, and undermine, the investigation of special counsel Robert Mueller. Here are six avenues of attack:1.Mueller is biased: “It’s so disturbing and troubling,” Trump aide Kellyanne Conway told Fox News on Monday. She was speaking about weekend news that the Mueller probe removed a top investigator over the summer, after the discovery of texts to a lover blasting the president. This is atop reports that the same FBI investigator, Peter Strzok, was a key figure in the emails investigation that yielded no charges against Hillary Clinton. And there’s more: a paper trail of political donations shows several senior probe employees have a history of donating to Democrats. Another report said Strzok was involved in interviewing Flynn. Said Republican lawmaker Ron DeSantis: “It was almost as if they bent over backwards not to make the case on Hillary. With the Mueller probe, they’re just scorching the earth finding whatever little ticky-tack charge they can find on anyone… (Strzok’s role) undercuts the legitimacy of both those investigations.”2.Presidents can’t be charged for obstructing justice: This is potentially a key question. There’s evidence Trump tried thwarting an investigation into Flynn. The argument here is he’s allowed to. Trump lawyer John Dowd expressed it via the Axios website: “The president cannot obstruct justice.” Harvard scholar Alan Dershowitz says Trump has constitutional power — to pardon Flynn himself, to fire the FBI director, and to issue instructions to the Justice Department. So what’s the legal problem if he orders the FBI to lay off Flynn, Dershowitz asks: “We’d have a constitutional crisis (if Trump is charged with obstruction),” he told Fox News. “You cannot charge a president with obstruction of justice for exercising his constitutional power.” He says presidents can only be charged with obstruction that involves innately illegal acts — like the Nixon White House destroying evidence and paying hush money. Other legal scholars call this a laughable, quasi-regal, anti-democratic argument. One headline on the Vox website said, “Trump’s lawyer: the president can’t obstruct justice. 13 legal experts (say): yes, he can.” A list of law professors cited legal precedents, and the fact that the president’s power comes from the Constitution — the same Constitution that says he must faithfully execute the law. Peter Shane of Ohio State University called the Dershowitz-Dowd argument “nonsense.”3. It’s a nothing-burger: They say this investigation is built on a flawed foundation. Mueller’s probe was struck to examine collusion with Russia — during the election. His critics note that four people are now charged — two for financial crimes predating the election, two for lying to the FBI after the election. This view is articulated in a Washington Examiner piece, “Was it all about the Logan Act?” In this narrative, the root of the probe is a dust-gathering, never-used law from 1799, the Logan Act, which forbids people from undermining U.S. foreign policy: Flynn spoke with Russians during the presidential transition; the FBI then questioned him about it; Flynn lied; he and James Comey were forced out; Flynn was charged; now he’s a co-operating witness against Trump. A closely related argument involves the notorious Steele dossier — a document filled with jaw-dropping allegations that the Russians spent years recruiting Trump as an asset, and collecting blackmail material on him. The document was gathered by a former British spy and handed to the FBI. But his original customers were Trump campaign opponents. Critics now argue that any evidence stemming from this dossier is illegitimate. Others say this entire line of attack is wishful thinking — there are already several documented communications during the campaign with Russians, or suspected Russian intermediaries like Wikileaks, and some other investigation targets, like Paul Manafort, had reportedly been under surveillance for years.4. Cut off funding: This is reportedly the route suggested by Steve Bannon. Trump’s ex-staffer, and still-ally, doesn’t want him to fire Mueller. He’s publicly said so. What he’s urging, reports say, is that Congress slash Mueller’s funding. That view is articulated by pro-Trump congressman Steve King, who told Politico: “For them to say to us, ‘Vote for an open-ended appropriation into a Mueller witch hunt,’ I think you’ll see significant objection.”5. Fire Mueller: Several Republican lawmakers have introduced a motion calling for Mueller’s recusal over alleged conflicts of interest. The Wall Street Journal editorial page urged him to resign, given his personal friendship with a key witness, Comey. Some conservative groups like Judicial Watch are calling for Mueller to be fired. A Canadian friend of Trump’s doesn’t go that far. Conrad Black says Mueller should simply be reined in. Black calls the investigation a “never-ending fishing expedition” and suggests a series of moves aimed at keeping it in check — replace the secretary of state with the director of the CIA; appoint to the CIA Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who has recused himself from Russia-related matters; have Dershowitz replace Sessions; and get Dershowitz to limit the probe to its main purpose: Russian involvement in the 2016 election.6. Rally the base: Ultimately, politics could decide all of this. Trump’s fate could eventually rest with Congress, given the legal realities — the president’s power to pardon; doubts about whether a sitting president can be charged; and the aforementioned debate about obstruction of justice. Impeachment, the ultimate political punishment, requires a two-thirds vote in both chambers of Congress. That’s 290 in the House, 67 in the Senate. It means more than 100 Republicans would have to turn on their president. And the full-throated assault on Mueller — from Trump’s Twitter feed, Fox News, and conservative news outlets — provides a daily rallying cry for the ranks to remain united.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version said Steve King was a senator, and that Conrad Black suggested bringing in a new attorney general to fire Mueller.last_img read more

first_imgHALIFAX – Nova Scotia’s electoral map could be dramatically altered under a list of new proposals aimed at ensuring effective representation for black and Acadian voters.The five draft proposals from the province’s electoral boundaries commission are now up for discussion during provincewide public hearings that started this week.The first proposal calls for restoring four so-called extraordinary electoral districts: the predominantly black riding of Preston and the largely Acadian ridings of Clare, Argyle and Richmond.They were eliminated in 2012 when the province’s former NDP government decided there were too few voters in each district, which prompted the Acadian community to launch a successful court challenge.The commission also says the Acadian community of Cheticamp in western Cape Breton should either become a separate, extraordinary district or be merged with Richmond, which is in southeastern Cape Breton.If the latter proposal is adopted, the merger would create a unusual non-contiguous riding, which means the district would represent Acadians from separate geographic areas.Marie-Claude Rioux, executive director of the Acadian Federation of Nova Scotia, welcomed the return of the three original extraordinary districts.“Obviously, this is what we want,” she said. “We are determined to get those ridings back … and to add Cheticamp to that group. It should have its own riding as well.”However, Rioux said her group is strongly opposed to making Cheticamp part of a non-contiguous district.She said grafting one, well-defined Acadian community onto another would be a mistake because the Acadians in Cheticamp don’t have enough in common with those in Richmond. She said the same is true with Clare and Argyle in western Nova Scotia.Rioux said Acadian communities were purposely scattered across the province to ensure they wouldn’t pose a threat to their British rulers. The result was the creation of small but fiercely independent communities that have developed their own distinct cultures and dialects.The Acadian communities of Clare and Argyle used to have a joint school board, but it failed because “the people from Clare are totally different from the people from Argyle,” Rioux said.“Furthermore, nowhere in Canada do you have non-contiguous ridings.”The commission is also seeking input about the possible addition of members-at-large, whose role in the legislature would be to represent either Acadian or African Nova Scotian communities that are found across the province.“We have Acadian populations that are not in the current group of (extraordinary districts),” said Colin Dodds, the commission’s chairman.“And if you take the African Nova Scotian population, they’re dispersed all over the place … The idea is to have a single seat that everyone who is African Nova Scotian could vote for — and also for the Acadian population.”Again, Rioux said that idea was a non-starter for the Acadian community.She said Nova Scotia’s Mi’kmaq community has long had the opportunity, under provincial law, to vote for a member at large, but the idea hasn’t drawn much support.“They never used it,” she said. “Again, Mi’kmaq from mainland Nova Scotia are completely different than those from Cape Breton. How would you select the one person to represent the Mi’kmaq people. It’s the same problem for Acadians or African Nova Scotians.”The commission’s final proposal calls for creation of two additional ridings in the Halifax area — Bedford and Cole Harbour — to account for the growing populations in those two bedroom communities.If Cheticamp were to be designated as an extraordinary district, the commission’s proposals would add five seats in the provincial legislature, bringing the total to 56.The commission is slated to deliver an interim report on Nov. 30 and a final report on April 1, 2019.So far, public consultations have been scheduled until Sept. 22.Dodds stressed that the final report could look quite different from these initial proposals.He said the commission has a mandate to draft a minimum of two redrawn electoral boundary maps, including one that has no more than 51 districts, which is the current total in the house of assembly.last_img read more

first_imgThe Canadian Press FREDERICTON — A Fredericton man accused of murdering four people in an August shooting spree is set to return to court today following a psychiatric assessment.The assessment was ordered to determine if Matthew Raymond can be found criminally responsible for the crimes he has been accused of.He is charged with four counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Fredericton police constables Sara Burns and Robb Costello, and civilians Donnie Robichaud and Bobbie Lee Wright.Raymond, who is in his late 40s, was previously found fit to stand trial after a shorter assessment, although details of the arguments seeking the assessments are under a publication ban.He is alleged to have fired from his apartment window with a long gun, killing the two civilians as they loaded a car for a trip on Aug. 10, and the two police officers as they responded to the scene.Raymond has previously told a judge there is evidence that would allow him to be “exonerated” immediately because of temporary insanity.last_img read more

first_imgThe families of Canadians killed in the Ethiopian Airlines crash last month have launched a lawsuit against plane maker Boeing.Lawyers in Chicago have filed the suit on behalf of a Brampton, Ont., family that lost six members and a man who lost his Hamilton-based wife and three young children.This is Hiral Vaidya, who lost six family members in the March 11th crash. They were off to Kenya for a safari vacation when the Boeing 737 Max 8 crashed shortly after takeoff @NEWS1130 pic.twitter.com/4Rdqik1RuF— Kurtis Doering (@KDnewsguy) April 29, 2019Paul Njodoge of Hamilton lost his wife and three children when the 737 MAX 8 went down six minutes after takeoff.“Those six minutes will forever be embedded in my mind,” he said through tears. “I was not there to help them. I couldn’t save them. It was up to Boeing and the others in charge to save them. We plead for a safe flight.”All 157 people on board Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 were killed when the Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft en route from Addis Ababa to Nairobi crashed on March 10.Lawyers for the families behind the lawsuit allege Boeing was blinded by greed as it rushed its 737 Max 8 jets to market, claiming the company put profits over safety.“My wife and I had many plans for our family,” Njodoge said. “To see our children lead fulfilling and successful lives. But instead, I’m left with nothing, without a home. Because I have no home to go to.”The families have also filed a claim against the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, alleging the regulator enabled the plane’s rush to market.The allegations have not been proven in court.last_img read more

first_imgLANGFORD, B.C. — The RCMP are reminding the public not to engage in road rage after a woman allegedly pulled out a machete during a dispute over a parking spot in Langford, B.C.The Mounties say they received a report from a woman on Sunday afternoon who said she was trying to park at Costco when another woman cut her off and “abruptly” took the parking stall.When the two women got in an argument over the spot, the one who parked allegedly reached into her vehicle, pulled out a machete, and held it in a threatening way.The complainant said she backed away and called police.The RCMP say if you encounter a road rage incident, do not engage with the other party but instead find a safe spot to pull over and call 911 for help.They are asking the woman alleged to have brandished the large sword-like knife to turn herself in, adding they know who she is but have not found her.“We know who you are, you know who you are, please turn yourself in. We would like to provide you with an opportunity to tell us what happened”, Const. Nancy Saggar says in a news release.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA — An Ontario senator is calling on the federal government to fund a crisis line for victims of coerced and forced sterilization to ensure traumatized women can access assistance.Yvonne Boyer says her office has received numerous calls and e-mails from victims seeking help.She says she has also been approached by victims during recent travels and stresses that a help line must be operated by an outside organization to ensure individuals feel comfortable reaching out.Last week, Indigenous Services Minister Seamus O’Regan told the Senate that forced and coerced sterilization amounts to a violation of human rights, adding it is “deeply troubling” the practice could happen in Canada.He pointed to a working group of federal, provincial and territorial officials created to improve “cultural safety and health systems” — words he didn’t specifically define.Boyer says the issue is about stopping sterilizations of women without their consent, not improving cultural practices in health care.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgOn to statement from Media lawyer Daniel Coles. He is here to tell court that media consortium intends to apply to have cameras in the courtroom to broadcast/webcast #MengWanzhou trial.— Lasia Kretzel (@lkretzel1130) May 8, 2019Meng was arrested in December at Vancouver’s airport at the request of the United States, which is seeking her extradition on fraud charges. She has been free on $10 million bail, wearing an electronic tracking device and monitored by a security company.READ MORE: A timeline of events in the case of Meng WanzhouMeng is accused of misrepresenting Huawei’s ownership of an alleged subsidiary, Skycom, during a meeting with a bank in an effort to circumvent U.S. sanctions against Iran. Howes denies the allegations.He says the bank had knowledge of the nature of Skycom’s business and operations in Iran, and it understood the relationship between Huawei and Skycom.Tensions between China and Canada have escalated since Meng’s arrest. Just days after she was arrested, China imprisoned two Canadians.Michael Kovrig, who was on leave from Global Affairs Canada, and entrepreneur Michael Spavor’s arrests are widely seen as retaliation for the Huawei CFO’s detention.China accused the pair of acting together to steal state secrets just days after Ottawa announce it would proceed with a U.S. extradition request for Meng. However, Trudeau has dismissed the reports, saying it’s unfortunate China is continuing with the “arbitrary detentions.”Meantime, China has also banned shipments of canola and some pork imports in what is widely seen as economic retaliation for the arrest. – With files from the Canadian Press VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – A Chinese telecom executive accused of fraud and on house arrest in Vancouver says she’s a victim of a politically motivated “abuse of power” and wants her case thrown out.Huawei’s Meng Wanzhou was back in court Wednesday, where her lawyers argued she was illegally arrested and detained at YVR Airport on Dec. 1, 2018.“The RCMP intentionally delayed the presentation of the arrest warrant, in order to carry out the unlawful detention and search against Ms. Meng. This was done under the pretense of a routine border check,” Huawei VP of Canadian Media Affairs Benjamin Howes said outside the courthouse following proceedings.He says Meng’s charges of conspiracy, fraud and obstruction for violating U.S. sanctions in Iran are not a basis for extradition from Canada.“Canada does not impose sanctions on financial services in relation to Iran. Because of this, the allegations she faces is not a crime in Canada. Therefore, the extradition request does not satisfy the double criminality requirement,” he argued. “Political factors at play during the extradition process may lead to a serious violation of justice. Ms. Meng’s legitimate rights may also be harmed. Thus, Ms. Meng intends to apply to this Court for a stay of the extradition proceedings.”The lawyers say they will apply to have prosecutors disclose more information about the case, specifically Meng’s arrest.Wednesday’s court proceedings largely focused on when the disclosure application would be heard in court. A date was set for Sept. 23-Oct. 4 in B.C. Supreme Court. A date for a preliminary hearing for the legality of the extradition was not set, but Meng’s lawyers have requested a delay until at least mid-January 2020.None of these decisions will be made today. Today’s hearing is to schedule future court dates to make decisions re: abuse of process & disclosure. Defence says those 2 things should happen before extradition hearing because could lead to tend of litigation against #MengWanzhou— Lasia Kretzel (@lkretzel1130) May 8, 2019Meng was also granted a change in her bail conditions allowing her to move from the $5-million home she’s been staying at in the Dunbar neighbourhood to another home in Shaughnessy, which is worth twice as much. Her lawyers argued the home in Shaughnessy is larger and better protected — including a gate.On to bail changes: defence says #MengWanzhou needs one of her sureties to sell her home and she will move into her Shaughnessy residence. Defence argues Shaughnessy home is better protected. Property is larger and gated, allowing security company @lionsgateSS to do better job.— Lasia Kretzel (@lkretzel1130) May 8, 2019last_img read more

first_imgEDMONTON (660 NEWS) — Alberta’s justice minister says the province is asking the courts to look into the constitutionality of the federal government imposing its carbon tax.Doug Schweitzer says the province has filed a reference case with the Alberta Court of Appeal.The court challenge comes a week after Ottawa announced it will impose the federal carbon tax on Alberta starting Jan. 1, 2020.Schweitzer calls it federal overreach — despite a recent Saskatchewan Court of Appeal ruling that a federally-imposed carbon tax is constitutional.“By imposing a carbon tax on provinces the federal government would be disrupting the balance of Canada’s federation,” he said.He vowed to use all the legal tools at their disposal to fight the tax, one of United Conservative Premier Jason Kenney’s key promises in the April election.“Our government will continue to support other provinces’ challenges against this federal tax grab,” he stated.He says Alberta disagrees with the Saskatchewan ruling and wants to put its own legal case forward before the Supreme Court of Canada hears Saskatchewan’s appeal.According to Schweitzer, October is the earliest the Alberta Court of Appeal could hear the case if it is expedited. At this time he estimates the legal costs will be around $300,000.Alberta passed legislation earlier this month to repeal its provincial carbon tax.With files from 660 NEWS.last_img read more

first_imgBritish Prime Minister David Cameron visited The Prince’s Trust in London last month to meet young people who have been helped by the charity’s Enterprise Programme, and five volunteers who have provided Business mentoring support.David Cameron Visits The Prince’s TrustCredit/Copyright: www.princes-trust.org.ukThe visit followed the launch of the Government’s Start up Loan initiative, aimed at helping more young people into business.The £82.5 million StartUp Loan scheme aims to give a new generation of entrepreneurs the finance and support to potentially start over 30,000 new businesses, in turn boosting enterprise and economic growth.The Prince’s Trust will be one of the organizations to administer the loan, through its Enterprise Programme.The Enterprise Programme has helped more than 70,000 young people set up in business since 1983. The programme offers a mixture of mentoring and financial support, helping unemployed young people set up in business or find other positive outcomes, such as employment or a return to education or training.Find out more about the Prince’s Trust Enterprise ProgrammeSource:Prince’s Trustlast_img read more

first_imgFarm Aid has announced that its annual benefit concert will return to the Northeast on Saturday, Sept. 21, taking place at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.“In New York and across the Northeast, family farmers are pioneering change in our farm and food system. This region has strong agricultural roots and offers fertile ground for new farmers and sustainable agriculture,” said Farm Aid President Willie Nelson. “On the Farm Aid stage in September, we’ll celebrate the hard work of family farmers and support their efforts to grow strong and healthy communities for all of us.”Farm Aid 2013 will feature Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews. Additional artists will be announced soon. The concert benefits and promotes Farm Aid’s mission to keep family farmers on the land, strengthen and revitalize America’s food system, and support the growth of the Good Food Movement — the growing number of people seeking local, organic, humanely raised and family farm-identified food.Farm Aid 2013 will be an all-day music and food festival featuring a unique mashup of artists and genres on the stage and serving concert-goers family farm-identified, local and organic foods with its own HOMEGROWN Concessions. In Farm Aid’s HOMEGROWN Village, concertgoers will have the chance to meet farmers, engage in hands-on food and farm activities, and learn about the ways family farmers are enriching our soil, protecting our water and growing our economy, in addition to bringing us good food for good health.“New York is pleased to host Farm Aid’s annual benefit concert this September in Saratoga Springs,” Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said. “This star-studded event will support Farm Aid’s mission to promote family farmers and healthy eating, as well as raise awareness about the important role farms play in our economy and culture. Here in New York, we are continuing to grow our state’s vibrant agricultural industry through initiatives such as the FreshConnect program, which provides more avenues like farmers markets to connect New Yorkers with fresh, affordable and locally grown food products. We are also making important investments in regional food distribution hubs and marketing efforts like Taste NY to promote New York-made agricultural products and niche industries such as yogurt and wine, beer and spirits. New York is committed to its farmers, and so I commend Farm Aid for their work in helping farmers all across the nation flourish.”Farm Aid has long collaborated with and supported organizations and organizers in the Northeast who are growing the Good Food Movement. Many of the region’s farmers have been served by Farm Aid’s hotline and Farmer Resource Network. Over the past 28 years, Farm Aid has made grants of more than $2.5 million in the Northeast region — nearly half a million in New York alone — supporting programs that expand access to family farm food and grow new markets for farmers, create change in the food system, and help farmers thrive.“Over a year ago, several of my colleagues and I first hoped out loud that Farm Aid would come to New York State to celebrate and support our hard-working family farmers,” said Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY). “I am so pleased that Willie Nelson and Farm Aid have chosen New York to showcase the finest music talent in the world alongside our New York family farmers, who are producing some of the best dairy products and fresh fruits and vegetables in the world.”Tickets for Farm Aid 2013 will go on sale Friday, June 28, at 10 a.m. EDT. Tickets will be available at www.ticketmaster.com and through the Farm Aid member pre-sale beginning June 18 at www.farmaid.org.“Saratoga Performing Arts Center is tremendously proud and excited to host the 2013 Farm Aid music and food festival at our historic outdoor venue,” said Marcia J. White, SPAC’s president and executive director. “Over the past 48 years, SPAC’s stage has been at the center of countless legendary concerts and live music events; Farm Aid may top them all with its superstar lineup of artists fueled by the crucial mission of promoting and supporting family farms, healthy eating and strong communities. SPAC itself is surrounded by a greenbelt of nearly 75,000 acres of beautiful, fertile Saratoga County farmland. The opportunity to be part of an event that will benefit these neighbors and farmers across America represents a defining moment in SPAC’s history.”Farm Aid welcomes the participation of the local business community and offers corporate sponsorship opportunities. For more information, contact Glenda Yoder at glenda@farmaid.org.Farm Aid’s mission is to build a vibrant, family farm-centered system of agriculture in America. Farm Aid artists and board members Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews host an annual concert to raise funds to support Farm Aid’s work with family farmers and to inspire people to choose family farm food. Since 1985, Farm Aid, with the support of the artists who contribute their performances each year, has raised more than $43 million to support programs that help farmers thrive, expand the reach of the Good Food Movement, take action to change the dominant system of industrial agriculture and promote food from family farms.last_img read more

first_imgSmall Steps Project is honoured to name The Following actor James Purefoy as their celebrity Ambassador.Over the years James has been a massive support to the charity, he has been to their events, featured in their documentary and inspired many of his celebrity friends to take small steps and donate their shoes. Thanks to James, famed for his role as Mark Anthony in Rome, Small Steps Project have had shoe donations from Sienna Miller, Rachel Weisz, Eva Green, Sharleen Spiteri, Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick.This year he has asked many of his co-stars from ‘The Following’ to take part in the annual Celebrity Shoe Auction including Shawn Ashmore from X-men, Valorie Curry from Twilight and of course Kevin Bacon from pretty much everything.James explains what made him become our celebrity ambassador, “What Small Steps have achieved in their relatively brief existence is akin to a minor, but very beautiful, miracle. They have turned lives around. They are the embodiment of that lovely phrase ‘Be the change you want to see in the world’. I am proud and humbled to be associated with them.”Small Steps Project’s mission is to support children around the world who live on rubbish dumps and survive from scavenging.last_img read more

first_imgGrammy-nominated singer-songwriter Jewel has unveiled a new song, “Sing On,” in support of LUNG FORCE, a new initiative to make lung cancer in women a public health priority, drive policy change and increase research funding.LUNG FORCE is a national movement led by the American Lung Association in partnership with national presenting sponsor CVS Caremark. All proceeds from Jewel’s song, available on iTunes, will benefit LUNG FORCE to further the fight against lung cancer in women.Jewel is lending her voice by creating “Sing On” to help raise awareness of, and hope for, the fight against lung cancer in women. As a singer, Jewel relies on her lungs every day to breathe, speak, laugh and sing. That’s why she’s made it her mission to ensure that all women realize that lung cancer can happen to anyone.Rallying LUNG FORCE Voices“After learning that lung cancer is the number one cancer killer of women in the U.S. I wanted to write a song that would unite women and their loved ones to take much-needed action in the fight against this disease,” said Jewel. “With ‘Sing On’ I want women to know that there is hope and that we are all raising our voices in support of their battle.”In supporting LUNG FORCE, Jewel joins actress and author Valerie Harper as well as entertainer and country music star Kellie Pickler, who have both been personally affected by lung cancer. Harper battled lung cancer while Pickler lost her grandmother to lung cancer just one day after she was diagnosed. Pickler’s grandmother played an important role in her life and continues to serve as an inspiration for her work.“We’re honored to have Jewel on board as a key LUNG FORCE voice,” said Harold Wimmer, National President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Lung Association. “Lung cancer in women needs to be a public health priority. To accomplish that, we have to change our thinking about the disease and increase awareness and education.”Jewel also appears alongside Pickler in a LUNG FORCE public service announcement, calling on women to understand lung cancer’s impact, share what they know with others, and join the fight at LUNGFORCE.org.Video: Jewel And Kellie Pickler Talk Lung CancerCVS Caremark Continues Its Support of LUNG FORCECVS/pharmacy announced yesterday an in-store fundraising campaign to help fight the number one cancer killer of women – lung cancer. CVS Caremark is the national presenting sponsor of LUNG FORCE, and all funds raised through the campaign will benefit this new health initiative. From now through June 29, CVS/pharmacy customers will have the opportunity to contribute to LUNG FORCE at the register in stores nationwide or online at www.cvs.com/lung with all proceeds going to support the movement. Earlier this year, CVS Caremark announced its decision to remove tobacco from its retail stores.last_img read more

first_imgThe Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry have recorded a message congratulating the inaugural 60 Queen’s Young Leaders winners in advance of their visit to the UK when they will meet The Queen and undertake an extraordinary programme of visits and events.William And Harry Film Video MessageCredit/Copyright: DukeAndDuchessOfCambridge.orgIn July 2014 Their Royal Highnesses the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry launched the search for the first 60 Queen’s Young Leaders live from Buckingham Palace. Those exceptional young people have now been found and on Monday 22nd June, the first ever Queen’s Young Leaders will receive their Award from The Queen.Video: A message to The Queen’s Young LeadersIn the video, The Duke of Cambridge says: “Right across the Commonwealth, young people with vision and purpose have shown the determination it takes to make a real and lasting change in their communities.”The winners are each extraordinary in their own way, and their achievements range from mentoring children in the slums of India, to breaking down the stigma related to mental health and young people, to using football to help build personal and practical skills amongst their peers. As Prince Harry notes:“Each and every one of the 60 winners has demonstrated leadership, commitment and commitment by improving the lives of others and selflessly supporting those who need it most.”Their Royal Highnesses special video message celebrates and congratulates the 2015 Young Leaders, who will be in the UK for a full week undertaking unique activities that will enable them to further develop their leadership skills.In the video, The Duke of Cambridge signs off with a note of encouragement for the winners and their achievements: “So, to the 60 Queen’s Young leaders award winners this year, we want to say a big “congratulations” and wish them the very best for their own future, and for the future of their initiatives and their communities.”Source:DukeAndDuchessOfCambridge.orglast_img read more

first_imgThe Foot Locker Foundation joined together a diverse and star-studded set of members of the athletic industry for its 16th annual “On Our Feet” fundraising gala.Victor Cruz and Aly Raisman lend their support at the Foot Locker Foundation’s 16th annual On Our Feet Fundraising GalaThe event, which took place on Tuesday, October 18 at New York City’s Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers, will benefit educational and other youth initiatives supported by the Foot Locker Foundation.“As a company, we have a responsibility to give back, and that’s why we’ve made Community one of our core values,” said Dick Johnson, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Foot Locker, Inc. “We believe that education is critical to being successful. This signature event fuels our ability to provide funding for programs such as The Foot Locker Scholar Athletes Program and our long-standing scholarship with UNCF, and allows remarkable student athletes to develop great skills, expand their horizons and become future leaders across the globe.”Executives from the sports industry, professional athletes, and celebrities joined athletic footwear and apparel companies including Nike, Converse, adidas, Puma and Under Armour, to name a few, to lend their support to this important cause. Celebrity guests, including Victor Cruz (NY Giants), Matt Forté (NY Jets), Chazz Palminteri (Actor), Aly Raisman (Olympic Gold Medalist), Walt “Clyde” Frazier (NBA Legend), and Brook Lopez (Brooklyn Nets), were among those who attended the evening’s festivities. All guests wore traditional black-tie attire while sporting their favorite pair of sneakers.The Foot Locker Foundation, Inc. is the charitable arm of Foot Locker, Inc., a specialty athletic retailer that operates approximately 3,400 stores in 23 countries in North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. Over the years, the Foot Locker Foundation, Inc. has developed significant partnerships and programs to improve and enrich the educational, health and sports opportunities for youth across the country, and has awarded over 900 scholarships to outstanding students through all of its programs. On Our Feet has raised more than $17 million to support our youth since its inception.Launched in 2011, the Foot Locker Scholar Athletes Program each year awards $20,000 college scholarships to 20 exceptional students, who demonstrate academic excellence and exemplify strong leadership skills both in sports and within their communities. In addition, one of the 20 students will be awarded the Ken C. Hicks Scholarship in honor of the organization’s former Chairman and CEO, who played an instrumental role in the development of the program. The scholarship recipient will receive additional funding for exemplifying elevated academic achievement, personal passion, and a true love of the game. Students can apply online or be nominated by teachers, coaches, mentors, family or friends by visiting footlockerscholarathletes.com. Applications close December 16, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. (EST).UNCF (United Negro College Fund) is the nation’s largest and most effective minority education organization. To serve youth, the community and the nation, UNCF supports students’ education and development through scholarships and other programs, strengthens its 37 member colleges and universities, and advocates for the importance of minority education and college readiness. UNCF institutions and other historically black colleges and universities are highly effective, awarding nearly 20 percent of African American baccalaureate degrees. UNCF awards more than $100 million in scholarships annually and administers more than 400 programs, including scholarship, internship and fellowship, mentoring, summer enrichment, and curriculum and faculty development programs. Today, UNCF supports more than 60,000 students at over 1,100 colleges and universities. Its logo features the UNCF torch of leadership in education and its widely recognized motto, “A mind is a terrible thing to waste, but a wonderful thing to invest in.” Learn more at www.uncf.org.last_img read more