Salvador (Brazil): Brazil were held to a 0-0 draw against Venezuela in the Copa America as a late strike from Philippe Coutinho was disallowed after a controversial VAR decision. Coutinho thought he had fired Brazil into the quarter-finals in the 87th minute when he bundled home a finish from Everton Soares’ driving run down the left wing at Salvador’s Arena Fonte Nova on Tuesday. But for the second time in the match, Chilean referee Julio Bascunan ruled out the Brazilian goal after being alerted to an infringement by the video assistant referee. Also Read – Djokovic heaps praise on ‘very complete’ MedvedevThe goal appeared to have been disallowed due to a touch by Liverpool striker Roberto Firmino, although it was not clear that Firmino had been offside as the ball grazed him on the way into the net. Brazil left the field to boos but remain top of Group A with four points from two games, and one game to play. Venezuela have two points from two games and will fancy their chances of advancing with their final game coming against Bolivia, who suffered their second straight defeat earlier Tuesday in a 3-1 loss to Peru. Also Read – Mary Kom enters quarterfinals, Saweety Boora bows out of World C’shipsBrazil, who had made hard work of beating Bolivia in their opener, once again struggled to find a creative spark against well-organized opponents. Firmino was kept quiet by Venezuela’s defense with Yordan Osorio and Mikel Villanueva neutralizing the Liverpool striker. The tale of the first half lay in the statistics from the opening 45 minutes, with Brazil recording only one shot on target despite enjoying 75 percent possession. In fact, the best chance of the half fell to Venezuela, when Salomon Rondon headed Yangel Herrera’s cross just inches wide with Alisson beaten. Firmino did get the ball in the Venezuela net in the 38th minute but the goal was disallowed after Bascunan ruled Villanueva had been fouled in the build-up. Brazil left the field to loud boos and whistling, and manager Tite wasted no time in making a change at half-time, bringing on Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus for Richarlison. Jesus made an instant impact looking lively down the left flank and curling a shot just wide of the post on 57 minutes. Moments later Jesus looked to have fired Brazil into the lead.
Jerusalem: US National Security Advisor John Bolton warned Tehran on Sunday of misinterpreting as “weakness” President Donald Trump’s last-minute cancellation of a retaliatory strike on Iran. “Neither Iran nor any other hostile actor should mistake US prudence and discretion for weakness,” said Bolton ahead of a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem. “No one has granted them a hunting license in the Middle East,” he added. Also Read – Merkel warns UK Brexit deal ‘unlikely’ without compromise: London “Our military is rebuilt new and ready to go,” said Bolton, after Trump called off a planned attack on Iran in response to Tehran downing a US drone on Thursday. Bolton, who was in Israel for a pre-scheduled trilateral meeting with his Israeli and Russian counterparts, Meir Ben-Shabbat and Nikolai Patrushev, noted that the “current circumstances in the region make our conversations even more timely.” In a Saturday tweet, Trump had pledged to hit Iran with “major” new sanctions on Monday. Washington has imposed a series of measures against Tehran since Trump pulled out of a landmark nuclear accord between Iran and world powers last year. “We expect that the new sanctions president Trump referred to in preparation for some weeks will be announced publicly on Monday. Stay tuned,” Bolton said in Jerusalem.
Kolkata: A minor girl, who was abducted on June 13, was rescued on Thursday night.The prime accused of the case has been nabbed. According to the police, on June 15 evening, a woman identified as Archana Sardar of GE block in Salt Lake alleged that her 15-year-old daughter was kidnapped by some miscreants. Sardar alleged that on June 10 when she along with her husband left their home leaving their daughter and son behind some miscreants kidnapped the girl. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersAccording to the complaint filed by Sardar, she came to know from local residents that three miscreants identified as Rahul, Kalu and Biswa had abducted her daughter. On June 14, she went to Bidhannagar South police station and informed the matter to the police but did not lodge any complaint. While returning from the police station, when Sardar and her husband were thinking about what to do next, a person identified as Jamal allegedly threatened her and asked them to leave the place where they resided. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaOtherwise they will not see their daughter again. Sardar said she lived with her family on a plot. On June 15, Sardar again went to police station and lodged a complaint against the miscreants. Cops arrested the two persons named in the FIR identified as Rahul Mandal and Biswajit Ghosh alias Biswa. During the interrogation with the police the duo revealed about the hideout where Ali Hossain alias Kalu was staying. They also told the police where the abducted girl was kept. On Thursday night, the police raided an area in Salt Lake and arrested Kalu. The abducted girl was also rescued. It is suspected that the three arrested persons had some enmity with the victim girl’s family. Police are further investigating the case to find the truth.
Islamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan will meet US President Donald Trump on July 22 and their focus will be on improving the ties between the two countries, the Foreign Office said Thursday. Khan will make his maiden trip to the United States on the invitation of US President Donald Trump, Foreign Office Spokesperson Muhammad Faisal told reporters here during his weekly press conference. During Prime Minister Khan’s visit, the focus will be on further improving the ties between the two countries, Faisal was quoted as saying by Dawn. Also Read – Turkey preparations for Syria offensive ‘completed’ This will be his first visit to the US since assuming office last year following his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf party’s victory in the general elections. The announcement of the meeting between the two leaders comes a day after the US designated the Balo chistan Liberation Army (BLA) as a global terrorist group and Pakistan booked 13 top leaders of the banned Jamaat-ud Dawah (JuD), including its chief and Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed, in nearly two dozen cases for terror financing and money laundering under the Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997, . Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi Jinping The US Department of the Treasury has designated Saeed as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist, and the US, since 2012, has offered a USD 10 million reward for information that brings Saeed to justice. Saeed-led JuD is believed to be the front organisation for the Lashkar-e-Taiba, which is responsible for carrying out the Mumbai attacks. It had been declared as a foreign terrorist organisation by the US in June 2014. Pakistani authorities in March sealed the Lahore headquarters of JuD and Falah-i-Insaniyat Foundation (FIF) and detained over 120 suspected militants as part of an ongoing crackdown on banned groups. Last month, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that President Trump had invited Prime Minister Khan in June but he could not undertake the visit because of the budget session. He also said that talks between the two leaders would focus on “important regional matters”. Pakistan has helped the US in re-starting the ongoing peace talks with the Afghan Taliban. Trump was consistent in his criticism of Pakistan after launching his South Asia and Afghanistan strategy in 2017.
New Delhi: Shares of Cox & Kings fell by 5 per cent Wednesday after the company said it has defaulted on its repayment obligations on commercial papers worth Rs 45 crore. The scrip declined 4.76 per cent to close at Rs 19 — its lower circuit limit and also its 52-week low — on the BSE. On the NSE, it fell by 4.98 per cent to Rs 19.05. The tours and travel company & Kings Tuesday said it has defaulted on its repayment obligations on commercial papers worth Rs 45 crore, while interest of Rs 41 lakh could not be paid timely on bonds worth Rs 50 crore. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in Sep This is the fourth instance within a span of just three weeks that the beleaguered firm has defaulted on meeting financial obligations. In a regulatory filing, the company said that it has defaulted on payment on unsecured commercial papers worth Rs 45 crore on July 16, 2019. In a separate filing, the company said it defaulted on July 15, 2019, towards paying interest of more than Rs 41 lakh during June 15 to July 15, 2019, on secured redeemable non-convertible bonds worth Rs 50 crore. “Whilst the company was making all efforts to make the interest payment on time, the same could not be paid due to cash flow mismatch. The company proposes to meet its obligations through a combination of internal accruals and monetisation of assets. The company is working towards plans to make good its obligations,” it said in the filing.
Kolkata: A Jadavpur University professor was allegedly assaulted by a former student near the varsity main gate here, officials said on Saturday. Professor Abdul Kafi of the Bengali department was having tea near the university main gate on Friday afternoon when a former student, identified as Rajesh Santra, hit him repeatedly, the officials said. As Kafi fell to the ground, he was rescued by students and by-standers and Santra was detained by varsity employees and taken to the main administrative building Aurobindo Bhavan, they said. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja Santra, who had passed in 2015, told the university authorities afterwards that Kafi had allegedly “discriminated” against him when he was a student of the department, the sources said. Jadavpur University Teachers’ Association general secretary Partha Pratim Roy said on Saturday, “we want strict action against Santra who had been stalking Prof Kafi for a long time and finally carried on such an audacious attack.” Vice Chancellor Prof Suranjan Das said “the university informed the police after the attack on the teacher” and would always take a stern view about such incidents. Santra, a resident of Arambagh in Hooghly district, was arrested, an officer of Jadavpur police station said.
New Delhi: As Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday defended his government’s decision to revoke provisions of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir, a section of residents alleged the way it was done was “extremely undemocratic”.Some even claimed the Centre only wanted to “win lands and not hearts of Kashmiris”. From students to professionals, belonging to both Jammu and Kashmir regions, many were apprehensive that taking away the special status will render the “ecologically sensitive” province “vulnerable” to exploitation due to infrastructure-related activities. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”With revoking of the Article, floodgates will be opened for the corporate sector to invest in big projects like hotels, flyovers and other big buildings. It will harm our pristine environment, which had so far been left largely unharmed due to the restrictions that come under the Article,” said a Kashmiri journalist, who did not wish to be identified. He cited the example of Uttarakhand to support his claim, saying the country saw how houses and Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&Khotels built close to rivers damaged the environment in the state. “We do not want that to happen in our homeland,” he said. Ajaz Ahmed, a Delhi-based physiotherapist who is in his 30s, alleged, “They (the government) only want the land of Kashmir, they do not want to win the hearts of Kashmiris”. “If they wanted to win our trust, they should have taken us into confidence, discussed about the pros and cons of the exercise and made us feel secure. Our families are living under siege there. If an emergency arises, our families won’t even have access to an ambulance,” he said. Reaching out to Kashmiris with messages of hope and optimism, Prime Minister Modi on Thursday assured them of all-round development, early and transparent elections and end to terrorism. He defended his government’s move scrapping the provisions of Article 370 and asserted they only gave separatism, corruption, family rule and were used by Pakistan as a tool to spread terror in Jammu and Kashmir. In a nearly 40-minute televised address to the nation, three days after the far-reaching decision, Modi also sought to assuage concerns of the people after his government split the state into Union Territories, saying Jammu and Kashmir will not remain a UT for long.
New Delhi: The CBI has officially taken over the I Monetary Advisory Ponzi scheme case and registered an FIR in the matter, which had surfaced earlier this year in Bengaluru, throwing tens of thousands of the company’s investors in a lurch. The central agency has registered a case against 26 people, including IMA’s Managing Director, Mansoor Khan, the company and four of its subsidiary companies, officials here said.The Karnataka Government had handed the case over to the Central Bureau of Investigation weeks after BS Yeddiyurappa’s BJP government came to power in the state at the end of July. The case had caused quite a stir when it came to light because of the sheer number of investors who could have been affected by the company going kaput. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The case had revealed political overtones as well when a video of Khan alleging that Shivajinagar’s Congress MLA, Roshan Baig, had taken Rs 400 crore from him and was not returning it. Interestingly, Baig was one of the first politicians to rebel against the Congress-JD(S) government and jump and start a political crisis in the state that dethroned HD Kumaraswamy as Chief Minister. The CBI’ FIR is based on a complaint first lodged by the Bengaluru City police, where he alleged that more than Rs 1.3 crore of his investment was stuck with IMA and that Khan’s company also owed him more than Rs 3 crore in construction payments. The central agency’s FIR also acknowledges 15 more similar cases lodged by the Bengaluru Police and will investigate all of the cases together. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe Enforcement Directorate, which had commenced its investigation earlier has already summoned and questioned up to seven of the company’s directors and spoken to more than 16 victims. The financial probe agency, which is probing money-laundering allegations against IMA, has pegged the scale of the scam to be over Rs 4,000 crore. The IMA chief, Mansoor Khan had fled the country days before the scam surfaced, after causing a stir amongst investors by releasing a video where he threatened to kill himself. At the time, more than 35,000 investors had filed complaints with the Bengaluru City Police, taking cognizance of which the ED registered a money-laundering case in the matter. While he was believed to have fled to Dubai after he was seen leaving the city with large suitcases, the Karnataka SIT in the course of its investigation had gotten a Blue Corner Notice issued by the Interpol through the CBI. The SIT, however, had confirmed that Khan was in Dubai, and through its sources, convinced the IMA chief to return to India a few weeks ago. Subsequently, he was detained by immigration as soon as he arrived in Delhi and arrested by the ED. He is currently in judicial custody.
With Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Vladivostok, Russia, the wheel of history seems to be making positive corrections in India’s vision for a New World Order. The current ruling dispensation has realised that keeping all eggs in one basket can never be a wise proposition and the perception of India sitting on America’s lap must go sooner than later. Modi, in his second tenure, wants to follow the path of Jawahar Lal Nehru’s Non-Alignment—a time tested policy. Also Read – A special kind of bondModi is the first Indian prime minister to visit the Russian Far East region, where he participated in the 20th India-Russia annual summit and the 5th meeting of the Eastern Economic Forum (EEF). His visit has surely given a new direction, energy and impetus to relations between the two countries. In the summit-level meeting between Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin, 25 pacts were signed. They cover areas ranging from oil and gas, deep-sea exploration, energy, space, connectivity and minerals. Modi’s presence at the time of signing these agreements between the two nations underscores the importance of beginning a new era. Also Read – Insider threat managementRussian Far East is a gargantuan landmass with very rich natural resources. But it is an area with very less population and hugely lagging in development. Putin has timely sensed the shifting of global economics to Asia and made a diversified plan for the evolution essentially because of China’s apparent dominance in the Far East. For more than three years, Russia has been specifically focussing on the development of this region. An Indian delegation that included representatives of 140 companies and the chief ministers of various states had visited Vladivostok last month. After Modi’s visit, doors for a maritime route between Chennai and Vladivostok have been opened which will give an astounding boost to business activities. The route will bypass Europe and cargo transfers will take almost half the time – 24 days instead of current 40. Bilateral trade between India and Russia is around $10 billion at the moment. Indian energy companies are now investing in Russia’s upstream sector. They have already acquired stakes in hydrocarbon assets. A consortium of oil companies has plans to pick up sizable stakes in eastern cluster oil fields in Russia. India’s decision to go ahead with the purchase of S-400 missile defence system is an important step. Despite the threat of US sanctions, this $5 billion contract is significant of the emphasis India has given to defence engagement with Russia. Modi is keen for Russian assistance in manufacturing defence equipment in India that can be sold to other countries. The Agreement on Reciprocal Logistics Support (ARLS) will facilitate access to each other’s military facilities. Russia’s recent gesture that ‘India’s decision on Kashmir is a sovereign decision which is as per its constitution’ and that ‘Moscow follows a policy of non-interference in domestic affairs of countries’ is a reconfirmation that it finds Modi 2.0 a different person and is keen to revive the cordiality it had with India during the happy days of Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi. Putin had initially ignored India on Afghanistan, but now he has made a course correction and feels that India’s involvement remains necessary for the long-term stability in war-torn Afghanistan. It is a good sign that the top leadership of both countries has recognised the challenges of new global trends and is taking corrective measures. When major powers are redefining their ties, India and Russia cannot remain aloof. Modi’s recent visit has certainly created a favourable momentum but would require a sink with contemporary realities, mutual trust and regular outreach. Most will depend on how India deals with western pressures in times to come. It was Vladivostok from where the Soviet Union had dispatched its nuclear-armed warship in support of India during the 1971 war with Pakistan that gave birth to Bangladesh. Almost five decades from now, when US and British Navies tried threatening India, USSR’s Pacific Fleet lost no time to respond in Indira Gandhi’s favour. India’s willingness to work with the US for the idea of an ‘Indo-Pacific region’ is still a cause of concern for Russia. But Putin is matured enough to understand that it is important for India to counter China’s emphatic maritime rise. But at the same time, India is careful that its foreign policy choices are not influenced. During Sochi informal summit last year, Modi could convince Putin that Indo-Pacific is not aimed at anything else than stability and inclusiveness. At the Shangri-La dialogue, Modi made it clear that “Indo-Pacific is not a club of limited members and India wants to have engagement with all the relevant stakeholders”. These efforts helped in removing the unnecessary clouds of apprehensions for Putin. Russia also does not want China to become a hegemon in the Eurasian region. For that, it needs cooperation from India, Vietnam and Indonesia. Apart from India, 17 other countries have already invested in the Far East. The land is going to create many opportunities for Indian professionals, especially, doctors, engineers and teachers. Indian manpower can also occupy huge space there in the near future. Modi feels that his para-diplomacy can also play a significant role to improve his chemistry with Putin. He has directed states such as UP, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Haryana and Goa to collaborate with various Russian provinces to increase trade and investments. Financial experts have different views on this. But a vast section in the government corridors is of the opinion that when the US is trying for deglobalisation and China is aggressively pushing for globalisation with Chinese characteristics, India and Russia must explore everything possible to make their ties stronger. Though most foreign affair experts believe that foreign policy is a matter of costs and benefits, I trust that it is theology that also plays a major role in international relations. The nations indulge in natural hatred and natural fondness because of unexplained historical reasons. The Nation, prompted by deep ill-will and resentment, sometimes impels its government to war, contrary to the best calculations of policy. The government sometimes participates in the national propensity, and adopts through passion what reason would reject; at other times, it makes the animosity of the nation subservient to projects of hostility instigated by pride, ambition, and other sinister and pernicious motives. A great deal has to do with classical circumstances, historical sentiments and perception of people. People of India perceive USSR-Russia as a believable buddy. No other superpower has that place in Indian minds. Similarly, Russians see Indians as superbly trustworthy than any other folks around. It is a priceless asset of goodwill both countries possess. Therefore, India and Russia are destined to take the future journey in the global arena with hands in hands closely held. This predestination, more than any other mundane intent, is stimulating Modi and Putin to walk in the required direction together. (The author is Editor and CEO of News Views India and a national office bearer of the Congress party. The views expressed are strictly personal)
OTTAWA – “We actually saw greenhouse gases go down at the same time as taxes went down under the previous Conservative government. We saved people money while protecting the economy.” — Conservative finance critic Pierre Poilievre, May 1___A battle over the merits of a carbon tax has been playing out between Liberals and Conservatives for more than a decade and is sure to be a ballot-box question again in 2019. The Liberals, who campaigned in 2015 on putting a price on carbon, promised to require every province to have a minimum price on carbon — or Ottawa would do it for them.A carbon price is the most cost-effective way to cut greenhouse gas emissions, they argue, calling it a necessary measure — along with regulations on fossil fuel, gasoline and electricity production — to meet Canada’s emissions targets under the international Paris climate change agreement.Environment Minister Catherine McKenna produced an analysis this week that declared a carbon price of $50 per tonne would eliminate between 80 million and 90 million tonnes of greenhouse gases, without significant impact on economic growth.What the Liberals call a “carbon price” or a “price on pollution,” the Conservatives bill as a “carbon tax” or a “tax on everything.”Last weekend, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer threw down the gauntlet, promising a credible plan to meet Canada’s targets without a carbon price. He has said tearing up the carbon price law will be the first thing he does if he becomes prime minister in 2019.It was with that in mind that Poilievre told question period on Tuesday that the former Conservative government had already proven it’s possible to cut greenhouse gases while growing the economy, all without a carbon price.But did they really? Did greenhouse gas emissions go down while the Conservatives were in office and can Poilievre credibly tie it to tax cuts and economic growth?Spoiler alert: The Canadian Press Baloney Meter is a dispassionate examination of political statements culminating in a ranking of accuracy on a scale of “no baloney” to “full of baloney” (complete methodology below).This one earns a rating of “some baloney.” Here’s why.THE FACTSWhen the Conservatives were in office between 2006 and 2015, the government cut taxes in a number of ways, including by eliminating two points from the GST, as well as shaving points from both personal and corporate income tax rates.According to the most recent national greenhouse gas inventory report, which Canada files every April with the United Nations, annual greenhouse gas emissions in Canada were around 732 million tonnes when the Conservatives came to office in 2006. In 2015, emissions were about 2.5 per cent lower at 714 million tonnes.During that same decade, Canada’s economy grew by an average of 1.5 per cent a year.So on the surface, the first part of Poilievre’s claim is true.However, looking at annual emissions paired with economic growth, things get a bit more murky.On a year-to-year basis, emissions went down only twice in that decade, and both drops were directly related to the 2008 financial crisis that led to the 2009 economic recession. As soon as the economy started growing again, so did emissions.Federal and provincial governments alike were starting to undertake regulatory measures and policies to address emissions levels. So while the oilpatch saw emissions grow 25 per cent between 2009 and 2015, provinces were closing down coal-fired power plants and Ottawa was introducing policies to make vehicles more efficient. Those factors offset emissions growth in other areas; while emissions levels started rising again, they have never increased as much as they did before the recession.THE EXPERTSDavid McLaughlin, a former head of the federal Round Table on the Environment and the Economy and a recent policy adviser to Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister, said while it’s true emissions went down during the Harper era, “that had very little to do with Harper government policies.”“There’s a real difference between correlation and causation,” he said.The drop in emissions in 2008 and 2009 was almost entirely the result of shrinking economic growth, McLaughlin added.“Charitably, I’d call it an alternative fact to make that case that Mr. Poilievre and Mr. Scheer are making.”There’s simply no truth to the suggestion that emissions reductions during the Harper government had anything to do with tax cuts, he continued, calling it misleading to suggest emissions were declining even as the economy grew.Moreover, the most effective government policies that kept emissions in check were provincial, not federal. McLaughlin cited in particular Ontario’s decision to close all its coal-fired electricity generating stations, as well as the carbon pricing system imposed in British Columbia.THE VERDICTPoilievre is correct to say that during the time the Conservatives were in power, emissions went down, taxes were cut and the economy grew. However, emissions levels fell not because of tax cuts or proactive policy, but because of a bruising economic recession.When it was over, emissions began to climb again, and the only think that held them in check was a carbon price in B.C. and the end of coal-fired power in Ontario. For those reasons, Poilievre’s claim contains “some baloney.”METHODOLOGYThe Baloney Meter is a project of The Canadian Press that examines the level of accuracy in statements made by politicians. Each claim is researched and assigned a rating based on the following scale:No baloney — the statement is completely accurateA little baloney — the statement is mostly accurate but more information is requiredSome baloney — the statement is partly accurate but important details are missingA lot of baloney — the statement is mostly inaccurate but contains elements of truthFull of baloney — the statement is completely inaccurateSOURCEShttps://www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change/services/environmental-indicators/greenhouse-gas-emissions.htmlhttps://data.worldbank.org/indicator/NY.GDP.MKTP.KD.ZG?locations=CA
WILLIAMS LAKE, B.C. – Firefighters on the front lines of British Columbia’s raging wildfires are bracing for expected lightning and wind Wednesday, with all eyes on Williams Lake where more than 10,000 people are under an evacuation alert.Residents of the Central Interior community have been told to be ready to leave at a moment’s notice, with municipal officials warning that Wednesday’s ominous weather forecast could push fires toward the city at a rapid pace.More than 14,000 people have been displaced by about 200 fires burning across the province, and Bob Turner of Emergency Management BC says the province is preparing for the possibility of mass evacuations.He says if an evacuation order goes into effect in Williams Lake, people will be sent north on Highway 97 to Prince George, but Canadian Armed Forces aircraft and helicopters are also standing by in case airlifts are necessary.Turner says the province’s priority is public safety and he encourages people to heed evacuation orders when they are issued.But the chief of the Bonaparte Indian Band north of Ashcroft says they defied an evacuation order over the weekend and successfully stopped flames from overrunning their reserve.“My community has some really skilled firefighters, like a lot of First Nations reserves, and they came together and they stopped that wildfire from wiping out that whole community,” Chief Ryan Day said in an interview. “We actually didn’t lose anything other than the guys who had livestock, they lost a bunch of range land.”He said 60 of the band’s 280 members stayed to fight the fire.The community doesn’t have a firehall, a new water reservoir hasn’t been connected to their main supply yet and they don’t have a formal emergency response plan in place.But Day said the experience of the trained forest firefighters in his community and access to heavy equipment from other members’ agricultural businesses contributed to their success.“We weren’t prepared for it of course because it happened in a blink of an eye, but we snapped into action and everyone did their part,” he said.Evacuees who are staying in communities from Kamloops to Vancouver can’t return home yet, Day said, as hot spots and a fire near Cache Creek remain a cause for concern.
VERNON, B.C. – A judge in British Columbia has denied bail for a man charged with a number of offences, including the alleged assaults of sex workers.Curtis Sagmoen appeared in provincial court in Vernon on Wednesday, where Judge Mark Takahasi ordered the 37-year-old to remain in custody.Sagmoen is facing nine charges, including three counts of assault, for alleged incidents that occurred between July and the end of August last year.Police have said the alleged victims worked as escorts in the North Okanagan and advertised their services online.Sagmoen’s lawyer has entered not guilty pleas on the charges, which are expected to be dealt with in three separate trials.Days after the first charges were laid last fall, RCMP searched a farm near Salmon Arm and found the remains of a missing 18-year-old woman, but no charges have been laid in connection with that discovery.(CKIZ)
OTTAWA – The opposition New Democrats are calling on the Trudeau government to lay out its plan to help communities that will be affected by the shutdown of Greyhound bus services in western Canada.The NDP has requested an emergency meeting of the House of Commons standing committee on transport, infrastructure and communities, hoping that Transport Minister Marc Garneau will spell out the options he’s looking at to ensure people in those communities who rely on bus services are still able to travel.The call comes a week after NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh urged the prime minister to develop a funding plan to prevent Greyhound from shutting down crucial routes, calling it a public safety issue.The bus company announced earlier this month that it’s cutting passenger and delivery services in the Prairies, northwestern Ontario and all but one cross-border route in British Columbia.The shutdown is just the latest in a string of service reductions by Greyhound as it deals with declining ridership.The company has said persistent competition from subsidized national and inter-regional passenger transportation services, new low-cost airlines, regulatory constraints and the continued growth of car ownership have resulted in a 41-per-cent decline in its customer base since 2010.In a letter dated Monday to Judy Sgro, the Liberal chair of the standing committee, Quebec New Democrat MP Robert Aubin says Transport Canada has a responsibility to aid communities that will become isolated once Greyhound halts its services.“As a member of the committee, it is my hope that minister Garneau will present to the committee the possible solutions he is working on to ensure that each of the affected communities has access to transportation services that are worthy of Canada in the 21st century,” says the letter, made public Thursday.“The committee could pass a motion asking minister Garneau and his officials to testify publicly about their work on this file.”Greyhound’s decision has sparked outrage in rural and First Nations communities that rely heavily on the company to get around and to ship parcels, and it has raised concerns that a lack of bus service would force vulnerable people to use less safe modes of transportation.On Tuesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he had asked Garneau to find solutions to the Greyhound move, calling the news “difficult.”A spokeswoman for the minister would not say what options might be considered, but said the government was “encouraged” by expressions of interest from other bus firms in filling some of the potential service gaps left by Greyhound, using different business models and equipment.In his letter to Sgro, Aubin hinted that improved rail service could play a role in providing transportation services to isolated communities, and that federal money would be needed regardless of the solution that might be adopted.“Whether the solution to the problem involves improving the integration of transport systems or developing a national railway transportation strategy or any other strategy, it is vital that a funding plan be implemented to ensure that Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, northwestern Ontario and rural British Columbia are not deprived of this service,” he wrote.A spokesman for Sgro said that interest among committee members in holding an emergency meeting was being monitored, and that while intercity busing falls under provincial jurisdiction, Garneau was already reaching out to his provincial counterparts affected by the Greyhound decision “to see what paths forward exist.”
OTTAWA – NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is calling on the federal government to pick up the tab to continue a basic income pilot project scrapped by Ontario Premier Doug Ford.The $150-million, three-year project was initiated by the province’s previous Liberal government but Ford announced last summer that his Conservative government will end the project in March, a year ahead of schedule.Singh says the premature end of the pilot will make it impossible to amass enough data to determine how effective a basic income program could be in lifting Canadians out of poverty.And he says it leaves in the lurch the 4,000 Ontarians who are involved in the pilot.The pilot project provides payments to low-income people in a number of communities, including Hamilton, Brantford, Thunder Bay and Lindsay.Single individuals receive up to $16,989 a year while couples receive up to $24,027 — with 50 cents clawed back from the benefit for every dollar earned from a job.“I would like to take this opportunity today to call on the federal government to step in and fund the remainder of the basic income pilot project in Ontario,” Singh said Tuesday in a speech to the Council of Canadian Innovators.“Vital data” will be lost if the pilot is not allowed to run its course, he added later.“We can actually have a wholesome data set … and we can look at some of the challenges and some of the benefits that are raised (from a basic income program). We can actually have evidence to make a decision as opposed to just what the Conservative government in Ontario is talking about, just hypotheses or just stereotypes.”More importantly, Singh said it’s “morally very reprehensible” to abandon the 4,000 low-income individuals who signed on for a three-year pilot project.“People make plans, they make life decisions around knowing what’s going to happen and having this project stripped away from those 4,000 low-income recipients I think is the wrong thing to do, I think it’s hurtful.”In the House of Commons later, New Democrat MP Peter Julian repeated the call for the federal government to fund the final year of the pilot project.Liberal MP Adam Vaughan, parliamentary secretary to the social development minister, said Liberals “share the disappointment” over Ford’s decision to scrap the pilot a year early.He called it a “critical experiment” that was “going to produce results all of us could benefit from as we put together government policy” but he did not commit to federal funding for it.
MARKHAM (CITYNEWS) – A Gravenhurst man is recounting how he helped Wanzheu Lu, the 22-year-old who was kidnapped from his Markham condo parking garage, after he was released by his captors.The man, who didn’t want to be identified due to fears for his safety, described how his dog originally alerted him to Lu.He said he was taking his dog out when she began barking at something. He could hear a voice from the street so he decided to go out an investigate himself.“[Lu] had a dark hoodie on that had duck tape on it,” the man said.The resident said that Lu didn’t know where he was and added that he had been handcuffed at some point.Lu reportedly explained to him that he had been kidnapped and that’s when the man called 911.“He was looking quite rattled (and) super upset, which I totally understand,” the man said.He added that Lu couldn’t recall many details, “prior to being released or escaping, he had no idea where he was.”Within 10 minutes, police had arrived and Lu was taken to hospital for minor injures. He has since returned to York Region.The man said he had only heard about the story once on the radio and never expected to end at his home.“I was taken aback by it, but I just did what I had to do,” he said.He acknowledged if it weren’t for his dog he likely would not have known Lu was there and for a chilly night, Wanzheu was only dressed in a sweater and jeans.“It definitely was a stroke of luck. I guess he had a guardian angel looking out for him at some point,” the resident said.York regional police are still investigating the motive behind the “violent” kidnapping and are actively looking for four suspects involved.FULL VIDEO: Gravenhurst man describes finding Markham abduction victim Wanzheu Lu
SURREY, B.C. — Mounties say a significant increase in violent crime in the first quarter of 2019 in Surrey, B.C., is partly due to a new Statistics Canada reporting requirement, and the change is likely to affect police data across the country.The federal agency announced revisions to its Uniform Crime Reporting Survey last year, following national media attention and police reviews of the use of the “unfounded” designation for sexual assaults.The changes took effect Jan. 1 and mean that “founded” occurrences now include offences where there may be no evidence to substantiate that an incident took place, but there is also no credible evidence to confirm it didn’t happen.Previously, offences that could not be substantiated with evidence were not included in a city’s crime statistics.Surrey RCMP say it’s too early to fully assess the impact of the changes on crime statistics, but its analysis shows that some crime types are impacted more than others including assaults, uttering threats and shoplifting.In the first quarter of 2019, total Criminal Code offences increased four per cent in Surrey compared with the first quarter of 2018, while violent crime jumped 43 per cent with notable increases in robberies, sexual offences and assaults.The large Metro Vancouver municipality appears to be among the first jurisdictions to release first-quarter statistics for 2019. Not all police departments release detailed quarterly numbers, says Surrey RCMP Cpl. Elenore Sturko.She says Mounties are taking a hard look at the data. Some of it is not attributable to the data-collection change — for example, a 48 per cent increase in robberies reflects a genuine theft spike that occurred in the city earlier this year.“We don’t want to completely write off everything and just say, ‘Oh, don’t worry about it. It’s because of the change,’ ” she says.“Violent crime in Surrey is something that is a priority and is remaining a priority for us. But understandably, some of this is as a result of the (Uniform Crime Reporting Survey) changes.”Sexual offences jumped by 48 per cent in the first quarter of 2019 compared with the same time period last year, while assaults increased 40 per cent.It’s difficult to say exactly what portion of the violent crime jump was caused by the Statistics Canada change and it’s going to be hard to directly compare 2019 data with previous years, she adds.Surrey RCMP “fully support” the change, Sturko stresses.“The reasoning behind making this change is a really important one, I think. It’s giving statistics that are more victim-centred,” she says.“Hopefully, as a result of these important changes, we’ll be able to eliminate the under-reporting of these serious crime types.”Statistics Canada has said that a victim-centred approach to recording crimes is emerging. The approach puts forth that, unless there is concrete evidence to prove the crime did not happen, it should be believed that the crime occurred.The statistics agency likely won’t release the Canada-wide 2019 crime data until spring 2020, says Robert Gordon, a Simon Fraser University criminology professor. It will be impossible to compare it to previous years, he says.“Basically, the clock stopped Dec. 31 and it restarted under a new reporting and categorization regime Jan. 1,” Gordon says.He says the changes reflect a major revision to the way police forces count crimes. Sexual assault and family violence have long been considered to be under-reported, and this change aims to address that, he says.For example, a complainant who tells police they were assaulted but refuses to proceed with the investigation will now be included in the crime numbers, as will a third party who reports child abuse but the child can’t or won’t report the crime, he says.“All these things where the victim says, ‘Ah, I don’t want to bother,’ you should still be recording them because they are actually crime incidents. It’s important to keep an account of those.”The change moves Canadians closer to understanding the extent of crime in our communities, but there is still an unknown number of offences out there that never get reported to police, he notes.“This new approach won’t change that one bit.”The Canadian Press
On Saturday, August 9, 2014 at the Barclays Center for the WBA Middleweight World Championship bout against Jarrod Fletcher, Golden Boy Promotions fighter Daniel “The Miracle” Jacobs and his Get In The Ring Foundation will launch the “The Miracle Fight Night Fan Experience,” to knockout cancer and make a wish come true for a patient battling pediatric cancer in New York City to have VIP access and attend the fight as Jacobs’ special guest.As a cancer survivor himself, Jacobs was paralyzed and diagnosed with osteosarcoma two years ago. His complete recovery from the rare bone cancer and return to boxing as a championship contender has branded him a miracle.“This WBA Middleweight Championship fight is bigger than boxing for me, it’s an opportunity for me to represent anyone fighting cancer at the highest level. I won my battle against cancer and now I can continue to raise awareness and fight for cancer patients and survivors everywhere,” said Daniel “The Miracle Man” Jacobs.From birth through age 21, children staying at the Ronald McDonald House are given a home-away-from-home while undergoing cancer treatments that include chemotherapy, radiation, surgical intervention and other progressive oncology treatments. The House provides a opportunity for the entire family to stay together, increasing the patient’s odds of success.“We are grateful to all of our volunteers and thoughtful supporters who work to build awareness about our mission and the devastating effects that cancer can have on the entire family,” said. William T. Sullivan, president & CEO of Ronald McDonald House New York. “Danny Jacobs’ story of beating bone cancer to regain his strength as a boxer is an inspiring story – just the kind of miraculous recovery that makes him our hometown hero.”In collaboration with Ronald McDonald House New York, The Miracle Fight Night Fan Experience is an initiative driven by efforts to support and knockout cancer as part of Get in the Ring Foundation’s commitment to help families who are struggling financially with medical expenses for their cancer stricken children.Find out more here.
To mark Global Parents Day, the Elton John AIDS Foundation joined forces with a representative of the US government at a private event on Monday 1 June celebrating their combined achievements in saving the lives of millions of women and babies infected with HIV.The private cocktail party for 120 guests including: Natalie Imbruglia, Lulu, Amanda Wakeley, Melissa Obadash, Crown Prince Pavlose, Crown Princess Marie-Chantal, John Frieda, Jay Jopling, Elizabeth Saltzman, Heather Kerzner, Tania Bryer and Arpad Busson was held at the Chelsea home of Ruth and Richard Rogers, and co-hosted by Elton John AIDS Foundation Chairman David Furnish.“This is an issue the Elton John AIDS Foundation cares deeply about” Furnish told guests, “we have already saved the lives of over 66,000 babies and we must keep going to ensure in the future children are born free of HIV.”Furnish thanked the event Host Committee, which included Ruth Rogers, Alisa Swidler, Heather Kerzner, Elizabeth Saltzman and Robin D’Alessandro for bringing guests together for the event.U.S. Ambassador-at-large Debbi Birx, a world renowned medical expert and leader in the field of HIV/AIDS praised the Foundation for having such a huge impact on the HIV epidemic. “You have stayed true to this issue when others walked away” she said to Sir Elton John, who also attended the event. “The achievements of the Foundation have been remarkable and together we can support thousands more women and young girls who are so vulnerable to this disease.”A young woman living with HIV in London, whose daughter was born with HIV at a time when drugs were not available to treat children told guests of the agony of having an HIV-positive baby: “Every cough and cold, every upset stomach… I would be terrified. I do not want anyone to have to go through what me and my daughter have been through. I hope you will help the Foundation with this important work.Jay Jopling, a long term supporter of the Foundation and founder of the White Cube suite of galleries, also entreated guests to support the Foundation’s work: “For a significant donation, we can gift you a beautiful Gary Hume print, donated by the artist”.AIDS remains the leading killer of young women of reproductive age in the world. Without the right medicine, they risk infecting their babies during pregnancy. Over 3,500 HIV-infected babies die every week.Source:Elton John AIDS Foundation
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