33 arrested in raid at fake call centre in Noida

first_imgNoida (UP): Thirty-three people, including 16 women, have been arrested from a fake call centre here for allegedly duping scores of people on the pretext of providing them loans at low interest rates, police said on Thursday. The accused were held on Wednesday after a raid was conducted at their office in Sector 3 by teams of Sector 20 police station and Noida Cyber Cell, a senior official said. Gautam Buddh Nagar SSP Vaibhav Krishna said the accused would call up people across the country and target gullible ones interested in taking loans. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder “They also had a website – www.comradefinocone.com – on which they displayed services for home loan, person loan, gold loan. The operators at the fake call centre would call up people for loan at low interest rates. Those who expressed interest would be asked to remit some money in their bank account or transfer via Paytm, PhonePe in the name of registration fee and loan approval fee,” he told reporters. The accused have been working in Noida since last one year and carried out fraud transactions worth around Rs one crore in the last six-seven months, the Senior Superintendent of Police said. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings “They have one more branch in Aligarh, and Noida Police is in touch with their counterparts for probe,” the SSP said. The owner of the fake call centre and two others are absconding, he said, adding that search is underway to ensure his early arrest. Those arrested have been booked under various sections of the Indian Penal code, including Sections 406 (criminal breach of trust). They have also been booked under Section 66 of the Information Technology Act, he added.last_img read more

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Man shot dead near Bansdroni wife alleges friend involved in murder

first_imgKolkata: A youth was shot dead at Renia near Bansdroni under jurisdiction of Narendrapur police station on Thursday night.According to sources, the deceased youth, identified as Biswajit Sardar alias Babusona (40), was a resident of Bansdroni area. On Thursday night, he called up one of his friends, identified as Raja Das, using his wife’s mobile phone. He told Das to come along with him to a mobile repairing shop as his mobile phone was not working. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAround 7:30 pm on Thursday, Biswajit went out of his house with Das. Around 11:30 pm, a person, identified as Bijay, informed Biswajit’s wife Mukta that her husband has been shot. However, he did not make it clear that where was Biswajit. After a few minutes, Mukta came to know from another person that Biswajit has been shot at Renia area adjacent to Bansdroni. Immediately, she rushed to the spot and found Biswajit was lying on the ground. Mukta claimed that she had taken her husband to M R Bangur Hospital where doctor declared him brought dead. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayLater, Narendrapur police station was informed about the incident. Sources informed, Mukta alleged that Das had killed her husband. However, the police are not clear about the motive of the crime and the shooter. Das, a primary suspect in the case, has been detained and is being interrogated. According to police sources, there are several cases pending against Biswajit. He used to lead a group of youths, who are accused in several criminal cases. The police also came to know that Biswajit’s group had some rivalry with the group of Nanti, who is a notorious criminal in Bansdroni-Garia-Narendrapur area. Nanti’s name had cropped in a case of shootout at a bar in Haridevpur during 2015. Another anti-social group and Nanti’s group fired bullets at each of the group members over gang rivalry. Recently, Nanti’s brother’s body was found floating in a pond. It was suspected that Biswajit’s group might have something to do with the death of Nanti’s brother. However, the police are trying to find out whether Nanti has any connection with Biswajit’s murder.last_img read more

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Canadian expats in London celebrate royal wedding empathize with Markles move

first_imgLONDON – Although Joanna Newman hasn’t lived in Canada for nearly 20 years, the English expat says she’ll be celebrating Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s wedding with homegrown pride.“I’m secretly pleased that so many Torontonians kept the secret that they were dating for ages, because that’s just awesome,” she says from her adopted home, a village near Stonehenge.“My feeling is that it couldn’t have happened in the (United) States, somebody would have papped them.”Newman will be among the many Canuck transplants pointing out Canadian trivia to U.K. friends and family who gather to watch the nuptials on Saturday.Her plan is to get together with several other Canadian expats at an all-day celebration at nearby Salisbury Cathedral, about two hours by car from London and 90 minutes from the wedding site at Windsor Castle.The former Torontonian says the local party, hosted by the BBC, is set to feature live music performances, children’s crafts and a live broadcast of the ceremony on a big screen in the cathedral grounds.It’s just one of several public events across the United Kingdom that will herald the much-hyped union of the people’s prince and the former California actress, who spent recent years in Toronto shooting a seven-season run on the T.V. series “Suits.”Pubs were expected to be packed Saturday but not just with royal watchers: also charging street chatter Thursday was the upcoming FA Cup final following the wedding ceremony Saturday afternoon, in which soccer fans will gather to watch Chelsea vs. Manchester United, taking place at Wembley Stadium.That game held far more appeal for former Ontarian Wade McElwain, who’s been in London for 12 years. He’s skipping the wedding broadcast and was making plans Thursday to host a post-footie barbecue with other Canuck expats at his north London home.Ottawa-born Judy Williamson says the royal nuptials offer a rare opportunity for British patriotism to unfurl unabashed.“It’s definitely one thing they do very, very well — that whole pomp and ceremony. It was quite exciting, definitely,” the 41-year-old says, recalling “this outpouring of colour.”“The British are quite reserved and they don’t tend to kind of build these things up. However, come the day, suddenly it just kind of explodes and all of these things are happening.”The wedding of Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge was an “impressive show,” especially jubilant because it involved the second-in-line to the throne, she notes. It took place at Westminster Abbey on Fri., April 29, 2011 and was declared a bank holiday so that more of the country could celebrate.Williamson admits to being less enthused about the royal party this time, noting her fascination with the monarchy has waned in the 16 years since she moved to London.“Before I went to the U.K. it was kind of an exciting thing, the royal family, the King and Queen and all that. And then now living (here) and seeing it more on a day-to-day basis, the news coverage and all that kind of stuff, I’ve just become a bit more indifferent about it.”Williamson has actually booked a vacation to San Francisco that begins Friday, but she says it wasn’t to avoid the wedding hoopla specifically.She says she may tune in to the broadcast if jet lag works in her favour, suspecting it will be hard to not get sucked into the excitement Saturday.Former Ottawa resident Kelly Crawford says she’s steeling herself for an expected influx of 100,000 visitors to her town of Windsor, normally home to about 30,000 people.“I think it’s just going to be utter chaos,” says Crawford, who expects a gleeful bustle akin to Canada Day celebrations in Ottawa.“We’re literally a 10-minute walk into town so I think we’re just going to go in and sort of mill about and see what we can see. If it’s too crazy we’ll head back home.”The 43-year-old says she moved to the U.K. three years ago for love, and that’s made it easy for her to identify with some of what she imagines Markle is facing in her transition to a new life abroad.“I’m here for the same reason as Meghan — my now-husband is from the U.K.,” says Crawford, who met her prince through a mutual friend in Ottawa when he visited six years ago.While she suspects Markle is gaining much by following her heart, Crawford says it’s not without sacrifice.“She just gave up her career and her family and her life to come over here,” says Crawford.“I empathize with her in that way.”last_img read more

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Quebec government hopes to offer abortion pill free beginning this fall

first_imgMONTREAL – The Quebec government is hoping to offer free abortion pills later this year.“We believe women in this province do have a choice,” Health Minister Gaetan Barrette said Thursday.“We’ve always been in favour of women having the right to decide for themselves and today we have a new option available.”Mifegymiso, a two-drug combination also known as RU-486, was authorized by Health Canada in July 2015 and entered the market in January. It costs about $300.The drug isn’t currently available in Quebec, but Barrette says he’s hopeful advanced discussions with groups representing the province’s doctors and pharmacists will make access a reality by this fall.Barrette said the abortion pill shouldn’t be confused with the morning-after pill. Alongside the surgical option, the abortion pill gives women another option, albeit under very strict guidelines.It will be accessible for those with a doctor’s prescription, while women taking it will need to have a medical follow-up.The pill can be used up to seven weeks from conception so an ultrasound will be necessary to date the pregnancy.“In order to have access to that medication, women will have to see a doctor to provide her consent to go through the procedure,” Barrette said.“That patient will have to meet and visit with a doctor in order to give her consent to the procedure — the administration of the drug — but the drug will never be administered if there is no proof the pregnancy is under 49 days of duration.”The program will be administered by Quebec’s health insurance board, which will allow for expanded access throughout the province.In April, New Brunswick was the first province to announce it would make the abortion pill available free of charge.Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta have also said they intend to offer the pill free of charge.last_img read more

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The timeline of how delays led to a court case being tossed

first_imgVANCOUVER – A timeline of the delays in one case that led a B.C. Supreme Court judge to decide it should be thrown out:Jan. 15, 2012: Police find a marijuana grow-op while searching a home in Chilliwack.May 11, 2012: A man is charged with cultivating marijuana and possession of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking.July 5, 2012: The accused attends court for the first of seven appearances, all before December, six of which the judge says are the defendant’s fault as he looks for a lawyer.September 2013: The man’s lawyer withdraws from the case and the original date for a preliminary hearing on Nov. 25 is pushed back by a year to Nov. 3, 2014.Nov. 3, 2014: The preliminary hearing is held. A trial date is set for four days, beginning Nov. 23, 2015.November 2015: The case is delayed for three months because a witness is unavailable after the death of a family member. The Crown and defence agree there is a need to resolve whether the accused’s charter rights were breached before the trial can proceed.Feb. 15-17, 2016: The charter application is heard and dismissed. The court schedules three days for a trial, starting Oct. 31, 2016. The accused fires his lawyer, pushing the trial dates back to May 16, 2017.May 16, 2017: The trial proceeds.May 23, 2017: The judge finds the man guilty on both counts.June 5, 2017: The man applies for a stay of proceedings because of unreasonable delay, citing the Jordan ruling by the Supreme Court of Canada.June 9, 2017: Justice William Grist of the B.C. Supreme Court grants the man a stay of proceedings, blaming 38 of the more than 60 months of delay on complacency in the court system.last_img read more

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Judge approves 13M settlement in suit over unsterilized forceps used on women

first_imgMIRAMICHI, N.B. – A court has approved a settlement of nearly $1.3 million in a class-action lawsuit against a New Brunswick hospital over the use of unsterilized biopsy forceps on women over a 14-year period.Lawyer Ray Wagner said individual payments will be between $350 and $1,000, depending on the number of women who submit claims.“We’re talking about 2,497 individuals. Some of those people unfortunately have passed away since then, so the numbers will decline from that amount,” he said Tuesday.Wagner said the Horizon Health Network has 20 days in which to provide him with the full list of individuals affected.In 2013, the Miramichi Regional Hospital urged the affected women to get tested for hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV after discovering the problem.At the time, Horizon Health Network CEO John McGarry said that while the forceps used for colposcopies were sterilized at the end of every day, some forceps were only cleaned and disinfected before being reused during the day.A colposcopy is a procedure used to examine the cervix, vagina and vulva to detect cervical cancer.McGarry said the problem began in May 1999 when the clinic started reusing biopsy forceps without sterilizing them in order to handle patient load.Wagner said once his Halifax law firm, Wagners, receives the full list of individuals, it will send notices to each one.“Within 60 days of the actual mailing out of that form, anybody that is interested in claiming compensation should send that notice back to ensure that they are included in the compensation group,” he said.There’s approximately $873,000 that will be distributed to class members, with the rest going to legal fees and class administration fees for the company that’s going to administer the distribution of funds.The settlement is not an admission of guilt by the hospital or health authority and none of the allegations in the suit has been proven in court.Documents obtained in 2014 under access-to-information laws showed that health authority officials deliberated for three months about whether to inform the public about the unsterilized forceps.The documents said the officials spent weeks trying to assess the risk to patients. In the end, it was decided the information would be released and a news conference was held.McGarry urged the affected women to be tested, but stressed that the risk of infection was extremely low, even without sterilization.Wagner said Tuesday no one has come forward to say they contracted anything.He said the case is about more than just getting a financial settlement.“It’s not just about compensation for those individuals who have concern about whether they contracted an illness or not, but it’s also about behaviour modification to ensure people in health care who are administering these systems do it in the appropriate manner,” he said.— By Kevin Bissett in Fredericton.last_img read more

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Syrian childrens choir not to attend festival over fears about US travel

first_imgTORONTO – A Toronto-based Syrian children’s choir will not be travelling to the United States to perform at an international festival due to fears about crossing the border under the Trump administration’s travel ban, its founder said Saturday.Fei Tang, general manager of the Nai Kids Choir, said the chorus of about 60 Canadian newcomers between the ages five and 15 were invited to perform at the Serenade! Choral Festival in Washington, D.C., next week.Tang said she was thrilled by the opportunity for the children to sing alongside choirs from all over the world in the U.S. capital, but there was just one issue — getting there.“We looked at the political climate … and decided we probably wouldn’t be able to go,” she said with a sigh. “It’s just not practical.”Most of the choir members immigrated to Canada within the last two years, said Tang, and some parents worried that travel documents from their home country would raise red flags under a U.S. policy that bans travellers from five majority-Muslim countries: Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen.It also affects two non-Muslim countries, blocking travellers from North Korea and some Venezuelan government officials and their families.The group considered trying to obtain U.S. visas for the children, but rather than “risk their happiness,” said Tang, the choir decided to make other plans.“In the current immigration policy south of the border, I don’t even see that as worth trying,” she said.A spokesperson for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection directed a request for comment to the U.S. State Department, saying it was a visa issue. Representatives for the Department were not available for comment Saturday.Hadeel Abou Ishmes, who came to Toronto with her family eight months ago from the Syrian capital of Damascus, said her two children are heartbroken that the choir’s trip was cancelled.“Every time they ask me why we cannot go, I do not have any answer … for them,” she said.Tang said the choir — which performs songs in English and French, as well as Syrian folk tunes — is meant to be part therapy, part musical lesson in Canada’s official languages.If the children were to be denied entry by U.S. officials, she said she worried the rejection could reverse some of the progress that they’ve made in adjusting to their new home.“We need to focus on providing the most positive possible experience for the kids,” she said. “We don’t want to have anything triggering their trauma.”Tang said she worked with festival organizers to arrange for a pre-recorded video of the choir’s performance to be shown at Washington’s Kennedy Center on July 1 while the kids gather in Toronto to watch a livestream of the event.The children are also busy preparing for a Canada Day concert at Toronto’s Aga Khan Museum, where they will be joined by Syrian-American rapper Mona Haydar, said Tang.Abou Ishmes said the choir has provided her children with a platform to start their lives in Canada, and she said she hopes they will one day be able to share their songs with the U.S.“They love to sing for peace and love,” she said. “To reach their sound all over the world.”The Toronto District School Board stopped planning trips to the U.S. in March 2017 after Trump signed the first iteration of the travel ban, citing concerns that some students would be turned away at the border.In February, trustees voted to lift restrictions for U.S. travel related to student competitions and professional development opportunities.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version had the last name of Syrian-American rapper Mona Haydar spelled incorrectlylast_img read more

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Indigenous women overrepresented in Vancouver police checks rights advocates

first_imgVANCOUVER – Indigenous and civil rights activists seeking an investigation of the Vancouver Police Department’s use of random street checks want to amend their complaint based on new data showing Aboriginal women are checked more often than other groups.In June, the B.C. Civil Liberties Association and Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs asked the province’s police complaint commissioner to investigate a significant racial disparity in the use of street checks.During the checks, also called carding, police stop a person, obtain their identification and record personal information, even though no particular offence has occurred.The association says in a news release that recently obtained data show Indigenous women accounted for 21 per cent of all checks of women in 2016, despite only making up two per cent of Vancouver’s female population.The data was supplied by the Vancouver Police Department following a Freedom of Information request and was received after the original complaint was sent to the complaint commissioner.A further amendment asks the commissioner to examine police stops in which personal information is elicited but the stop is not recorded as a street check so it doesn’t show up in police department data.The original complaint was based on data from a Freedom of Information request that shows 15 per cent of street checks conducted between 2008 and 2017 were of Indigenous people, yet they make up just two per cent of the population.The news release says during that period, Indigenous men formed one per cent of the city’s population, yet accounted for about 12 per cent of total street checks, while three per cent of checks involved black men, although they form just half a per cent of Vancouver’s population.When the complaint was filed in June, Chief Bob Chamberlin of the B.C. Union of Indian Chiefs said the disproportionate rate of checks on Indigenous people was “staggering,” and he is angered by the newest data disclosed by police.“We will not accept this example of institutionalized racism and we demand an immediate independent investigation,” he says in the release.“How can we speak about true reconciliation when Indigenous peoples, and particularly women, are being targeted by the police on a daily basis?”The Vancouver Police Department said in a statement that it will respond to the complaint at a police board meeting in September.It said street checks are done to ensure public safety and to prevent crime.“However, well-being checks conducted by our officers are also classified/counted as street checks in our statistics,” the department said.“Engaging and interacting with vulnerable people, especially at-risk, Indigenous women in the Downtown Eastside, is a significant priority for the VPD. We know that historical issues have led to increased vulnerability of Indigenous women and girls and that Indigenous women experience higher rates of violent victimization than non-Indigenous women.”The department said it participates in many community initiatives including the SisterWatch committee, which began in 2010 and provides a safe place for women of the Downtown Eastside to voice their concerns and learn about police progress in ensuring safety.last_img read more

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Family of Danforth shooting victim Reese Fallon says she wont be forgotten

first_imgTORONTO – The family of a young woman who was killed in a mass shooting in Toronto’s Greektown neighbourhood says she won’t be forgotten “for one moment.”In an obituary posted online by the funeral home where her service will be held, the family says 18-year-old Reese Fallon will be “deeply missed.”Fallon died after a gunman shot at pedestrians and restaurant-goers on Toronto’s bustling Danforth Avenue last Sunday.Ten-year-old Julianna Kozis and the accused gunman also died as a result of the attack, and 13 others were injured.The obituary says Fallon had recently graduated high school, and was set to study nursing at Hamilton’s McMaster University in the fall.It says she loved her coworkers at Loblaws, and adored her friends in the Young Liberals “who embraced and loved the strong and sassy girl she was.”“We wish our sweet angel eternal peace and light,” the obituary reads. “We will never forget you for one moment, and we will always carry you in our hearts.”“Reese will be deeply missed by her big sister Riley and her little sister Quinn,” the family says.“She will be deeply missed but not forgotten by all of her close honorary family members, cousins, extended family and of course all of her close and beautiful friends,” they said.A public visitation will be held for Fallon on Sunday, followed by a funeral service on Monday.last_img read more

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Ottawa talking with Pakistan about bringing acquitted woman to Canada

first_imgOTTAWA — The federal government is talking with Pakistan about the possibilty of bringing a Pakistani woman, who was recently released from death row, to Canada.Asia Bibi, a Christian, was sentenced to death in Pakistan eight years ago for blasphemy after being convicted of insulting Islam’s Prophet Muhammad — a charge her family has long denied.Pakistan’s high court recently overturned Bibi’s conviction and ordered her release in a decision that triggered public outrage and protests across the predominantly Muslim country.Since her release, Bibi and her family have faced threats and her husband has pleaded with countries in the West to relocate them.A spokesman for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in an email Monday that Canada is in talks with Pakistan about Bibi.Cameron Ahmad said the government recognizes the delicate domestic context and won’t comment further on the case, but he noted Canada is a welcoming country.Bibi’s 2009 arrest came after she was accused of blasphemy following an altercation with two fellow farm workers who refused to drink from a water container a Christian had used. A mob accused her a few days later of insulting Muhammad, which led to her 2010 conviction.— with files from The Associated PressThe Canadian Presslast_img read more

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No plans to eliminate duty to report for military sex misconduct Vance

first_imgOTTAWA — The head of the Canadian Forces says they want to better support victims of military sexual misconduct after gaps were identified by the auditor general last fall.But Gen. Jonathan Vance says he does not plan to get rid of a regulation that compels military personnel to report inappropriate or criminal behaviour, regardless who the victim is.Auditor general Michael Ferguson found in November that the “duty to report” requirement actually discouraged some victims from coming forward because telling anyone about an incident automatically triggers a formal complaint process.Vance says the military is looking at ways to ensure victims continue to feel supported and empowered and that they have choices when they or someone else reports misconduct.While that is more difficult with sexual-assault cases, where the police are in charge, Vance says the military needs to keep the duty to report because it can’t turn a blind eye to inappropriate or criminal behaviour.Military commanders have vowed to fight sexual misconduct in the ranks since media reports and a retired Supreme Court justice flagged the issue as a serious concern nearly five years ago.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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While Montreal sleeps every minute counts for subway maintenance workers

first_imgMONTREAL — In the early hours of the morning, when most Montrealers are asleep, below the city’s surface subway maintenance workers are in a race against time.Between approximately 1 a.m. and 5 a.m., more than 200 workers are dispatched to some 130 sites, where they’ll carry out jobs ranging from minor welding to major station rebuilds. Since the work is loud and requires heavy machinery, almost all of it needs to be wrapped up by the time the first train rolls out at 5:30 a.m.“Each night, every minute counts if we’re going to finish on time,” said Marie-Claude Leonard, the executive director of the subway system.The first portions of the 69-kilometre, 68-stop subway, known as the metro, were inaugurated in 1966. Earlier this week, the city’s transit authority announced it would spend $1.6 billion to refurbish the aging network between 2020 and 2025, with funds divided between equipment upgrades, infrastructure repairs and new wheelchair-accessible elevators in 12 stations.Early Thursday morning, the Montreal Transit Corp. invited a few guests on a rare visit into the tunnels to highlight the work that happens after dark.Here’s a rundown:1 a.m., Montreal Transit Corp. maintenance garageThe electricity is cut to the tracks below. Men are using flashlights to direct convoys of heavy vehicles and work crews down the ramp and into the tunnels, where they’ll head to the 130 or so different jobs that need to be done in the next four hours.1:58 a.m.A flatbed of journalists, politicians and transit authority officials rolls its way down the “drawer,” or long ramp that leads into the damp concrete tunnels of the metro’s Orange line.2:05 a.m., Jean-Talon stationThick electrical cables are draped across the signs marking the station as a dozen men in hard hats examine exposed walls and operate a jackhammer behind a cloud of dust. The $10-million renovation includes excavating and building a new foundation to anchor two new walls for the station, as well as redoing the waterproof membrane, according to Donald Desaulniers, who oversees the system’s major projects.  Due to the noise and piles of debris, the underground portion of the year-long project can only be done when the subway is shut down, giving workers a 2.5 hour daily window.By 5 a.m., the mess will be gone, he says.2:35 a.m., between Beaubien and Rosemont stationsIn the middle of a dark tunnel, two workers wearing face shields are checking a chart. They’ll be using welding equipment to replace some of the metal pieces of the original 1960s-era track, worn down by the friction from millions of rubber tires.2:50 a.m., Mont-Royal stationShiny metal framing lines the underside of the curved vault of this station, where workers are preparing to install an elevator as part of the transit authority’s $323-million plan to improve accessibility.The project means drilling a shaft down from the surface, some 10 to 15 metres above, and building a new reinforced tunnel wall inside the one that was drilled from the rock in the 1960s.“The concrete here doesn’t have any reinforcement inside, so that’s why we need to built a new one with reinforced bar so it can take the load,” Desaulniers says.In addition to engineering concerns, the project involves consulting with architects to ensure the tunnel’s design and heritage are respected, he says.3:10 a.m., between Mont-Royal and Sherbrooke stationsIn the middle of the tunnel, two men on a lift are working to redirect the flow from one of the many water infiltrations that are common in the spring. The water will eventually pool in a low spot and be pumped out, explained Martin Chartrand, the transit authority’s equipment maintenance specialist.“We don’t want to stop water from flowing, we want to control where it goes,” he said.3:17 a.m., in a tunnel past Sherbrooke stationHere a crew is working on a major project to slowly replace the original metal bolts that both fix the rails to the ground and isolate them from electric currents. The painstaking work involves drilling holes, removing the old fixtures and installing new ones — all 340,000 of them. The transit authority hopes to have the first 10,000 done by the end of 2019, but finishing them all will take decades.“Guys just starting out now will probably finish their careers with this job,” Chartrand says.4 a.m., maintenance garageThe convoy returns to the garage. The crews, however, have an hour to finish work and pack up before the rails are electrified at 5 a.m. By 5:30 the first train rolls out, sometimes passing the last straggling crews as they make their way back to the garage.Morgan Lowrie, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Tory Leader Dennis King to be sworn in as 33rd premier of

first_imgThe Canadian Press GEORGETOWN, P.E.I. — Prince Edward Island premier-designate Dennis King is to be sworn in today along with his new cabinet.The ceremony with Lt.-Gov. Antoinette Perry will be held at the Kings Playhouse in Georgetown, P.E.I.The Progressive Conservative leader will become the Island’s 33rd premier.The Tories won 12 seats in the April 23 election, while the Green party won eight and the Liberals six, creating the first minority outcome in a P.E.I. election since 1890.King, a former political staffer and communications consultant, was chosen to lead the Tories only three months ago.A byelection will soon be held in the district of Charlottetown-Hillsborough Park following the death of Green party candidate Josh Underhay, who died in a  boating mishap days before the election.Elections P.E.I., which officially confirmed the election results on Thursday, says the byelection must be held no later than July 19.Meanwhile, the Liberals confirmed late Wednesday that Robert Mitchell, who represents the riding of Charlottetown-Winsloe, has been named the party’s interim leader.First elected to the legislature in 2007, Mitchell held cabinet portfolios, including health and wellness, under former premier Wade MacLauchlan, who lost his seat to Tory candidate Bloyce Thompson in the election.“I am aware of the work that must be done to rebuild and retool our party, and I am excited by the opportunity this presents for our caucus and our party”, Mitchell said in a news release.“Moving forward, our priorities will be to prepare for the upcoming legislative session and to connect with grassroots members across this province.”last_img read more

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Sentencing decision for Calgary couple convicted in toddlers infection death

first_imgCALGARY — A Calgary mother and father convicted in the death of their 14-month-old son are to learn their sentences today.A jury found Jennifer and Jeromie Clark guilty last fall of criminal negligence causing death and failure to provide the necessaries of life.Court heard their toddler, John, didn’t see a doctor until the day before he died from a staph infection in November 2013.Prosecutors argued the Clarks waited too long to take the gravely ill boy to hospital and their sentence should send a message of denunciation and deterrence.The Crown has asked Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Paul Jeffrey to impose a prison sentence of four to five years.Jennifer Clark’s lawyer recommended three to eight months in jail followed by probation, while Jeromie Clark’s lawyer asked for no more than eight months or probation.Prosecutor Jennifer Crews said during sentencing submissions Friday that it’s clear the Clarks loved their son very much.But the parents were responsible for the helpless child and their failure to seek medical care as he grew sicker over a period of weeks was not a momentary lapse in judgment, Crews said.Jurors saw photos of the dead boy with a red rash all over his body and with blackened toes. A forensic pathologist’s report said he was malnourished and died from a staph infection.They were also shown screen shots of online searches for natural remedies for gangrene, such as cabbage leaves and cayenne.The couple’s lawyers suggested at trial that doctors at the Alberta Children’s Hospital were to blame because they raised the boy’s sodium and fluid levels too aggressively.David Chow, Jeromie Clark’s lawyer, described the Clarks as “loving parents that were misguided” and questioned what putting them behind bars would accomplish.John Phillips, Jennifer Clark’s lawyer, said the Crown’s recommended sentence goes too far.“This is not a case of a child being starved or abused.”Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Feds officially launch contract to supply 88 new fighter jets

first_imgOTTAWA — Canada is officially asking four companies to send in their bids to supply a new fleet of fighter jets for the Royal Canadian Air Force.The 88 jets are to replace the country’s aging CF-18s, which have been in service for more than 35 years.After years of stop-and-start work on replacing them, the government launched the current procurement in 2016 and has been working on the details for nearly three years.Public Services and Procurement Canada says Saab, Airbus, Lockheed Martin and Boeing have until this fall to demonstrate that they can meet requirements for security and interoperability with allied countries’ forces, and until 2020 to make what the government calls “initial proposals.”In announcing the call, the government points out that the bidders will have to show that they have plans to invest as much in economic benefits for Canada as the eventual contract is worth.A winning bidder is to be chosen in 2022 and the first planes are to arrive in 2025.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Stars To Attend 2016 Carousel Of Hope Ball In October

first_imgBarbara Davis will host the 2016 Carousel Of Hope Ball in October.This year marks the 30th Carousel Ball, where guests will enjoy cocktails, silent and live auctions, dinner, exciting entertainment, and musical performances. The 2016 ball will be a “Celebration of Hollywood,” and its strength, power, and talent.Since its inception in 1978, the iconic event has been a Hollywood favorite, uniting entertainment industry leaders from all areas for a night dedicated to raising awareness and, ultimately, finding a cure for diabetes. Diabetes, which afflicts over 30 million people in the United States alone, is rapidly on the rise. It is estimated that one in three babies born today will have diabetes in their lifetime and each year, approximately 50,000 Americans are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Of those, 25,000 are children.The Carousel of Hope Balls have raised more than $100 million to date, with proceeds benefitting the Children’s Diabetes Foundation and the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes (BDC). Funds are raised through sponsorships, a live and silent auction, and contributions. Rated #1 Benefit in Southern California by Bizbash for multiple years, this star-studded evening is not to be missed.Attendees to include Inspirational Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient Sir Sidney Poitier, Brass Ring Award Recipients Jane Fonda, David Foster, and Sherry Lansing, Presenters Anjelica Huston, Quincy Jones, Carole Bayer Sager and Denzel Washington, Master of Ceremonies Jay Leno, Auctioneer Sharon Stone, Producer George Schlatter, Music Chairmen Clive Davis and Quincy Jones, and additional guests including Rosanna Arquette, Ed Begley Jr., Kristin Cavallari, Morgan Fairchild, Peter Fonda, Vivica A. Fox, Morgan Freeman, Kathy Griffin, George Hamilton and Alana Stewart, Robert Herjavec and Kym Johnson, Paris Hilton, Larry Jackson, Samuel L. Jackson, Elizabeth Jagger, Magic Johnson, Donna Karan, Regina King, Sugar Ray Leonard, Rob Lowe, Les Moonves and Julie Chen, Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Hall, Brett Ratner, Don Rickles, Judge Judy Sheindlin, Russell Simmons, Stacey Snider, Suzanne Somers, Diane Warren, Raquel Welch, James Woods and more.The 2016 Carousel of Hope Ball is generously sponsored by Activision Blizzard, American Airlines, Tina & Rick Caruso, Robert Day, Dexcom, St. Regis Hotels & Resorts, Vista Equity Partners, The Coca-Cola Company, and The Walt Disney Company.Additional sponsors include the Kroenke Family & Los Angeles Rams Foundation, GUESS Foundation, Parx Casino, CBS, Viacom & Paramount Pictures, 20th Century Fox, 21st Century Fox, HBO and The Beverly Hilton.Find out more here.WHEN: Saturday, October 8, 2016WHERE: The Beverly Hilton 9876 Wilshire Blvd Beverly Hills, CAlast_img read more

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Kesha SteveO And Shepard Fairey Named Honorary Board Members Of New Museum

first_imgAnimal lover and award-winning singer-songwriter Kesha, stunt performer Steve-O (Jackass, Wildboyz), and Shepard Fairey (artist, illustrator, founder OBEY clothing) have joined the Honorary Board of The Animal Museum.The three stars join a long list of other prestigious names such as Ellen DeGeneres (talk show host, comedian, actor, producer), Portia de Rossi (actress, model, philanthropist), Geezer Butler (musician, founder Black Sabbath), Jackson Galaxy (host of Animal Planet’s My Cat From Hell), Lionel Richie (singer, songwriter), William McNamara (actor), Elaine Hendrix (actress, activist), Alison Eastwood (actress, film director), Alexandra Paul (ex-Baywatch actress, activist), L.A. City Council Member Paul Koretz and West Hollywood City Council Member John D’Amico.Kesha rocketed to fame after her album Animal debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 in 2010. A long time animal rights and LGBT activist, she was also the recipient of “The Humane Societies Wyler Award” in 2013 for her contribution to ending cosmetics testing on animals and shark finning. As an artist, Shepard Fairey became a household name in 2008 with his iconic graphic of President Obama. Recently, Fairey has used his artistry to help animals who are up for adoption. Long time animal protection activist, Steve-O’s stunt against SeaWorld made headlines in 2015 when he climbed a construction crane in Los Angeles and lit fireworks to protest the marine park’s confinement of sea mammals.“We are incredibly honored to welcome Kesha, Steve-O, and Shepard to our wonderful Honorary Board who are supporting our efforts in opening the first museum dedicated to animal protection issues,” said Ellen Lavinthal, Founding Co-Chairperson, The Animal Museum. “We have no doubt that a museum of this caliber will attract visitors from around the globe and promote the credibility of the animal protection movement.”On Saturday, October 1st, The Animal Museum will début its brand new location in the Arts District of Downtown LA with a Preview Opening. It will feature the first rotating exhibition entitled “Crazy Cat Ladies: Celebrating Kitties and Their Champions.” Attendees will also get a sneak preview of the museum’s permanent exhibition, “Animal Protection: An American Movement.”The Animal Museum is the first of its kind. Its existence reflects the rapid change in our society with regard to how we treat all animals. The museum helps preserve and share the history and current concerns of the animal protection movement.The museum also offers a full roster of world-class curated rotating exhibits, in which visitors will be engaged, educated, and inspired by the unique content. Additionally, the museum houses a rare collection of one-of-a-kind artifacts assembled from around the world.For more information please visit: www.theanimalmuseum.com.last_img read more

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Harrison Ford To Be Honored With Jane Alexander Global Wildlife Ambassador Award

first_imgHis daring and courageous characters have made Harrison Ford a timeless hero of the silver screen, but it’s his bold, heroic devotion to planet Earth that has now earned him the 2018 Jane Alexander Global Wildlife Ambassador Award.The Indianapolis Prize — recognized as the world’s leading award for animal conservation — created the award, named in recognition of Tony and Emmy-winning actor and conservation advocate Jane Alexander. The Wildlife Ambassador Award honors individuals who have been effective, credible and consistent voices for wildlife.Ford’s passion for wildlife conservation is evident and actionable, including extensive, hands-on work both in the field and in the boardroom. Whether patrolling the Hudson River by helicopter to get a bird’s-eye view of polluters, or taking viewers to Indonesia to understand the challenges of deforestation in Showtime’s Years of Living Dangerously, he is a true hero for the planet.“Nothing is more important to human society than preserving its natural capital. Nature does not need people, people need nature,” Ford said. “Our health relies entirely on the vitality of our fellow species on Earth.”Ford is an Honorary Chair of the Indianapolis Prize and has been part of Conservation International for more than 25 years, where he is on the Executive Committee and active in the organization’s design and growth. He influenced the establishment of its Center for Applied Biodiversity Science and their Center for Environmental Leadership in Business. Ford narrated Conservation International’s Nature is Speaking feature, The Ocean, and is a board member of their Global Conservation Fund which has secured the protection of more than 40 million acres on three continents.“Harrison Ford is among today’s most credible conservationists and is widely respected by the professional and academic conservation communities,” said Michael I. Crowther, CEO of the Indianapolis Zoological Society, Inc., which administers the award. “Harrison’s involvement with Conservation International spans decades and he has worked with many of today’s leading scientists and experts.”Ford’s love for the natural world is rooted in a commitment to the world that will be left for future generations.“I care deeply for the natural world,” Ford said. “It’s not about me, it’s not about me at all, it’s about this other world we’re going to leave behind.”“If we don’t stop the destruction of nature, nothing else will matter. Jobs won’t matter, our economies won’t matter, our freedoms and ethics won’t matter, our children’s education and potential won’t matter. If we end the ability of a healthy natural world to sustain humanity nothing else will matter.”His conservation achievements have earned several honors, including Conservation International’s prestigious Founders’ Award, the World Ecology Award from the International Center for Tropical Ecology, the Global Citizen Award from the Center for Health and Global Environment and a Lindbergh Award for his efforts to balance technology and nature.Ford will receive the Jane Alexander Global Wildlife Ambassador Award on Sept. 29, 2018 at the Indianapolis Prize Gala presented by Cummins Inc., to be held in downtown Indianapolis. This inspirational black-tie event honors conservationists’ selfless dedication, scientific expertise and lasting success, while an influential audience enjoys an awe-inspiring evening of storytelling with films shot on location around the world. Tickets for the Gala can be purchased online here.Working with field conservationists and scientists, the Global Wildlife Ambassadors use their communications skills to tell the stories of threatened and endangered species and habitats, raising awareness of these issues with the public, businesses and policymakers.Jane Alexander, whose advocacy for wild things and wild places has included involvement with the Wildlife Conservation Society, the Audubon Society and Panthera, is Honorary Chair of the Indianapolis Prize and received the inaugural Global Wildlife Ambassador award in 2012.Stage and screen star Sigourney Weaver received the honor in 2016 for her dedication to the mountain gorillas of Rwanda. Since her starring role in the 1988 film Gorillas in the Mist, she has served as honorary chair of the Dian Fossy Gorilla Fund International. She brought credibility to BBC’s highly popular series Planet Earth, joined conservationists at the United Nations General Assembly and has earned multiple awards from the Explorer’s Club and Audubon’s Women in Conservation.last_img read more

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People are kind of fed up Tatiana Maslany explains why feminist voices

first_imgIf you ask Tatiana Maslany why feminist voices seem to be taking flight more now than before, her answer is pretty simple.“People are kind of fed up with the way things have been,” she says.The star of the clone thriller series Orphan Black has garnered critical acclaim for her multiple roles on the show including a nomination for lead actress in a drama series (for the second year in a row) at this Sunday’s Emmy awards. She’s also joining a number of high-powered actresses speaking out about sexism, body image and inequality in the entertainment industry. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement “It’s something I’ve discovered through experience,” Regina-born Maslany told CBC’s chief correspondent Peter Mansbridge during an in-depth interview that will air next month. Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

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Xavier Dolan Philippe Falardeau films get green light from SODEC

first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisement (On a side note, Dolan has been busy on Twitter recently, gushing over two of the week’s biggest viral music videos: Céline Dion’s riotous Deadpool 2 soundtrack highlight Ashes; and Childish Gambino’s This Is America.) Actor and director Xavier Dolan, seen in an October 2017 file photo, will receive support from SODEC for Matt et Max – ANDREW MEDICHINI / THE CANADIAN PRESScenter_img Xavier Dolan’s next French-language film, Matt et Max, is one of 12 upcoming features to receive support from the Société des entreprises culturelles (SODEC), alongside new movies from Philippe Falardeau, Anne Émond and animator Theodore Ty.The Quebec film funding agency has given the green light to Dolan’s project about two childhood friends who come to a crossroads in their relationship after an unexpected kiss. Written and directed by Dolan, Matt et Max follows the filmmaker’s highly anticipated — and much delayed — English-language debut The Death and Life of John F. Donovan, which made headlines in February when Dolan announced he was cutting Jessica Chastain’s character from the film.The rest of the cast includes Kit Harington, Natalie Portman, Susan Sarandon, Kathy Bates and Thandie Newton. Originally predicted to première at Cannes, the movie is now expected to be unveiled in late-summer at either the Venice or Toronto film festivals. Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementlast_img read more

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