Ghaziabad: Ghaziabad police, on Monday, have arrested a man for allegedly giving his wife an instant triple talaq from Niwari area.Cops said that the accused was demanding a car in dowry but when his wife’s family failed to fulfil demands, he thrashed her in front of her family and pronounced triple talaq. According to police, the accused has been identified as Imran, a native of Hapur district. “The couple got married in September 2018 and had a one month old daughter. The man works as supervisor in a private company,” said police. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderAs per complaint filed by victim woman, the accused has been demanding a car in dowry soon after the marriage. “Imran’s family had been demanding a car in dowry but when her family failed to fulfil demands, they started demanding Rs 5 lakhs as cash and few other gifts. Very often they used to thrash woman over pity issues and beat her mercilessly. However, the woman came to her parent’s home to get a rid of harassment. A month later, the woman gave birth to a daughter and when Imran came to know about this, he arrived her home and started discussing with her father about the cash and gifts,” the complaint read. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings”He didn’t talk about his newly born daughter and continuously demanded for car and gifts. When the woman told him that they cannot fulfil their demands, the accused slapped her in front of her parents and pronounced the word ‘Talaq’ three times to his wife,” the report further said. Meanwhile police have arrested the accused husband and has booked him under relevant sections. “Based on the complaint received, an FIR under the section of 498A (Husband or relative of husband of a woman subjecting her to cruelty), 323 (Punishment for voluntarily causing hurt), 504 (Intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace), 506 (Punishment for criminal intimidation), 452 (House-trespass after preparation for hurt, assault or wrongful restraint), 307 (attempt to murder) of IPC and relevant section of dowry act and relevant section of Muslim woman (protection of rights on marriage) act 2018 has been registered at Niwadi police station of Ghaziabad,” said Dharmendra Singh, Station House Officer of Niwadi police station. A senior police officer of Ghaziabad police said that this is the first arrest made in Ghaziabad district since the triple talaq bill has passed.
Kolkata: Iterating that the Centre must ensure no genuine Indians are left out of the NRC, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Sunday said she was “shocked” to find out that one lakh people of the Gorkha community have been excluded from the list.The TMC supremo insisted that “justice should be meted out to all Indian brothers and sisters”.”Earlier I was not aware of the full NRC fiasco. As more and more information is coming in, we are shocked to see that names of more than 1 lakh Gorkha people have been excluded from the list,” Banerjee said in a statement issued by the Trinamool Congress (TMC) leadership.”In fact, names of thousands and thousands of genuine Indians, including those of CRPF and other jawans, family members of former President Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed, have been excluded (from the list),” she said.The updated National Register of Citizens (NRC), which identifies bona fide Indian citizens in Assam, was released on Saturday.A total of 3,30,27,661 people had applied for inclusion in the register. Of them, 19,06,657 were excluded, a statement from the NRC State Coordinator’s office said.”The government must take care that genuine Indians are not left out and justice is meted out to all of our genuine Indian brothers and sisters,” Banerjee added.On Saturday, the CM had expressed concern over the exclusion of large number of Bengalis from the register.Dubbing the updated final NRC as a “fiasco”, she had said it exposed those who are trying to gain “political mileage” out of the exercise.
Paris: Belgium and the Netherlands both cruised to 4-0 wins over Scotland and Estonia respectively in Euro 2020 qualifying on Monday, while Germany claimed a crucial victory over Northern Ireland in their bid to qualify for next year’s finals. Roberto Martinez’s Belgium, the world-number-one ranked side, were not at their best but still swatted aside a poor Scotland outfit at Hampden Park to make it six wins from as many matches in Group I. Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku gave the visitors the lead in Glasgow in only the ninth minute with his Belgian record-extending 49th international goal. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhDefenders Thomas Vermaelen and Toby Alderweireld ended the game as a contest with less than 32 minutes on the clock. Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne, who had assisted each of the first three goals, completed the scoring himself with eight minutes remaining. “It was not a world-class performance, we just did what we had to do,” said Belgium captain De Bruyne. “We had a tough start but after our first goal, we had more control and Scotland did not get many chances.” Belgium, who finished third at last year’s World Cup, are now 11 points clear of third-placed Kazakhstan at the summit of their group with the top two automatically qualifying and only four games to play. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later”We knew that with a win we would almost certainly qualify, and that is most important,” added De Bruyne. Russia remain in pole position to progress from Group I with Belgium, after Mario Fernandes’ 89th-minute winner sealed a 1-0 win over Kazakhstan which moved Stanislav Cherchesov’s men eight points ahead of their beaten opponents. The Netherlands backed up their stunning 4-2 win over Germany in Hamburg last Friday by thrashing Estonia in Tallinn, as Ryan Babel scored his maiden international double. Memphis Depay, making his 50th Netherlands appearance, grabbed the third goal, with Liverpool’s Georginio Wijnaldum also finding the net. Ronald Koeman’s side still have work to do to reach a first major finals since making the 2014 World Cup semi-finals, though, as they trail second-placed Northern Ireland by three points in Group C, albeit with a game in hand. The Euro 1988 winners next host the Northern Irish on October 10 in a crucial encounter. Germany lead the group standings after edging to a nervy 2-0 victory in Belfast. Marcel Halstenberg’s brilliant volley broke the deadlock shortly after half-time in a tense encounter, and Serge Gnabry gave Joachim Loew’s men breathing space in injury-time. “After the defeat against Holland, we were under pressure today and had to overcome some difficulties,” said Germany boss Loew. Earlier on Saturday, Croatia suffered a setback in their qualifying campaign as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Azerbaijan in Baku. The 2018 World Cup runners-up took an early lead through a Luka Modric penalty, but the hosts hit back with Tamkin Khalilzade’s brilliant 72nd-minute equaliser to claim their first point in Group E.
New Delhi: The Delhi High Court has transferred all cases pertaining to Aircel-Maxis scam, involving P Chidambaram and his son, from Special Judge OP Saini to Special Judge Ajay Kumar Kuhar, who is trying INX-Media cases against the father-son duo.All pending matters related to this case will be handled over to Special Judge Kuhar from October 1, since judge Saini is getting retired at the end of September. “Chief Justice and Judges of this Court (high court) have been pleased to order that cases pertaining to 2G Spectrum scam pending in the Court of O P Saini, District and Sessions Judge-cum-Special Judge (PC Act)(CBl), Rouse Avenue Courts Complex, New Delhi be transferred and allocated to the Court of Special Judge (PC Act) (CBI)-09, Rouse Avenue Courts Complex, New Delhi presently presided over by A K Kuhar with effect from October, 1, 2019 which shall be the designated Court to undertake the trial of the said 2G Spectrum Cases in addition to matters already pending before Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’the Court of A K Kuhar,” the order issued by the high court said. Judge Kuhar is currently presiding over the special court to try lawmakers in the national capital including Congress leader D K Shivkumar, RJD supremo Lalu Prasad and his family members, former Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and his family members, among others. The Supreme Court had appointed Judge Saini to try all cases pertaining to the alleged 2G spectrum allocation scam on a day-to-day basis. In 2G spectrum case all the accused were acquitted by the special court in December 2017. Prior to that, the court had also discharged former Union Minister Dayanidhi Maran and his brother Kalanithi in Aircel maxis case. He had recently granted anticipatory bail to P Chidambaram and Karti Chidambaram in Aircel maxis case.
WASHINGTON, United States of America – The start of the NAFTA renegotiation process is working through a final hurdle in the U.S. Senate — one imposed by a famous member of President Donald Trump’s own party, in a symbolic example of the free-trade rift between the past and present of the GOP.The party leadership began closure proceedings late Tuesday to force a vote on the confirmation of Trump’s trade czar. That means a few more days of debate, followed by Robert Lighthizer’s likely confirmation, which would let him start preparing for negotiations later this year with Canada and Mexico.One reason it didn’t happen sooner: unanimous consent was denied by John McCain.The Republican icon and onetime presidential nominee dismissed suggestions he’s been nursing a grudge. Lighthizer wrote a mildly critical newspaper column in 2008 that said McCain’s support of free trade didn’t prove he was conservative.Rather, McCain said, it’s a matter of principle. He said he has been asking questions, and awaiting answers from Lighthizer, about free trade, an issue central to the Republican party orthodoxy in the pre-Trump era.“It has a lot to do with whether a trade representative is for free trade or not. Or whether they want to be further isolationists and destroy our economy,” McCain said Tuesday on Capitol Hill.“I’m not saying I’m opposing him. I want answers to the questions. That’s what senators do. That’s the right of a senator. It’s normal. It’s what we do every day.”The administration desperately hopes to get moving on NAFTA. Once Lighthizer is confirmed, it could file its 90-day notice before starting negotiations. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross says he hopes Lighthizer gets confirmed as early as this week.Ross said there’s mounting time pressure. With the Mexican election approaching and the U.S. midterm elections shortly thereafter, both the Mexican and American administrations have said they want a deal by early 2018.Failure to seal an agreement by then could delay things to 2019.“The Senate has been slow-walking the confirmation of Bob Lighthizer,” Ross told a conference at the State Department. “We will seek a far more aggressive meeting schedule (on NAFTA this fall) than has been the norm thus far.”He repeated his frequently stated position that he’s willing to negotiate a bilateral or trilateral deal, and isn’t particularly wedded to either approach.Lighthizer’s confirmation should be a fait accompli, once it’s up for a vote. Many Democrats sound ready to support him. The progressive, trade-skeptical Sherrod Brown of Ohio said he’s spoken to Lighthizer four times since his confirmation hearing, really likes him, and can’t understand what’s taking so long.“I think he’s one of the best — maybe the best — single Trump nominee so far,” Brown said. While Democrats had earlier held up the nomination over a procedural issue, Sen. Claire McCaskill said it’s Republicans delaying now: “They’re having trouble on their side of the aisle. It’s not us.”This bizarre role-reversal reflects the fact that, in U.S. politics, attitudes to trade don’t follow neat partisan lines.And whatever lines existed are shifting in the Trump era, according to a new poll.A survey conducted in the runup to the renegotiations of NAFTA finds majority support for the agreement in all three countries involved. The Pew Research survey finds that of those who took part in the poll, 76 per cent of Canadian respondents, 60 per cent of Mexicans and 51 per cent of Americans supported NAFTA.But there’s turbulence under the surface of U.S. public opinion.The poll suggests a massive gap in partisan attitudes, with only 30 per cent of respondents who voted Republican supporting NAFTA compared with 68 per cent of Democrats. That’s the opposite of the partisan breakdown of a few years ago — and suggests a major Trump effect.Republicans are suddenly the more trade-skeptical party, in keeping with Trump’s attitude and shifting away from the views of Senate Republicans — like McCain.The veteran senator finished the day with a forceful defence of NAFTA.In a panel discussion at the U.S. State Department, he shared memories of its 1992 signing, describing a moving speech by Brian Mulroney and a celebration with Mexico’s president. He said it has benefited all countries, now supports 200,000 jobs in his home state of Arizona, and has given the U.S. a great gift: a more stable southern neighbour, with a growing middle class.“I’m sorry I get so passionate about it,” McCain said. “I happen to believe in free trade.”
BARRIE, Ont. – Closing arguments are expected to begin Wednesday in the manslaughter trial of an Ontario nurse who took a woman off life support without a doctor’s order, with jurors set to begin their deliberations next week.A scheduled hearing in the trial of Joanna Flynn was postponed Tuesday for undisclosed reasons.Flynn, whose lawyers are expected to make their closing statements first, is also charged with criminal negligence causing death in connection with the events of March 2, 2014.Flynn was working in the intensive care unit of Georgian Bay General Hospital in Midland, Ont., that night and acted as Deanna Leblanc’s primary care nurse.Leblanc had no vital signs when she was brought in by ambulance early that morning, just two days after undergoing knee surgery.Court heard she was resuscitated several times in the emergency room, then transferred to the intensive care unit after her pulse stabilized. Sixteen hours later, she was dead.Prosecutors argue Flynn overstepped her duties and made a decision that should have been left to a physician. They also allege she pressured Leblanc’s husband, Michael Leblanc, into giving his consent to end life support.“There is no issue that Ms. Flynn removed Deanna Leblanc from life support, there is no issue that she did so without a doctor’s order, finally there is no issue that the removal from life support hastened her death,” Crown attorney Sarah Tarcza told the court in her opening statement.“The issue is whether she committed an unlawful act causing Deanna Leblanc’s death. The Crown’s position is that she did.”Tarcza told the court that Flynn was the one who first brought up the possibility of turning off the machines, even though Michael Leblanc had just spoken to a doctor.Flynn told him that his wife was “basically braindead” and “already gone,” leaving him with the impression that her heart would explode if they didn’t turn off the machines, the prosecutor said.It was under those circumstances that he agreed, she said.An emergency room doctor who treated Deanna Leblanc testified she had no pulse or blood pressure on arrival, and wasn’t breathing, moving or speaking.Dr. Gert Van Rooyen said he told Michael Leblanc his wife was on a ventilator, and that medical staff were keeping her heart going with medication.Van Rooyen said he didn’t sugarcoat the situation and told the man he didn’t think his wife would recover.When it was suggested that just a few hours after Deanna Leblanc’s arrival, Van Rooyen had no expectation that she would live, the doctor replied: “I agree.”He testified that though it wasn’t written in Leblanc’s medical chart that she was braindead, that must have been an oversight because he considered her to be so.Flynn also testified at the trial, as did relatives of Leblanc and several doctors and experts.
SAN FRANCISCO – A lawyer of a Canadian man accused in a massive hack of Yahoo emails says his client has pleaded not guilty to all charges against him in a San Francisco courtroom on Wednesday.Karim Baratov was arrested in Hamilton, Ont., in March under the Extradition Act after U.S. authorities indicted him and three others for computer hacking, economic espionage and other crimes.Baratov’s U.S.-based lawyer, Andrew Mancilla, says his next court appearance will be Tuesday.Last week, the 22-year-old decided to forgo his extradition hearing and face the charges in the United States in what his Canadian lawyer has called an effort to speed up the legal process.The Hamilton man signed documents agreeing to waive the hearing before an Ontario judge on Friday, after weighing the decision for months.Baratov has been held without bail since his arrest because an Ontario Superior Court judge ruled that he was too much of a flight risk to be released prior to an extradition hearing.The judge also found that Baratov’s parents would not make appropriate sureties since they had not been suspicious of their son’s alleged activities while he lived under their roof.American authorities alleged in court documents that Baratov, who was born in Kazakhstan, posed an “extremely high flight risk” in part due to his alleged ties to Russian intelligence agents and his financial resources.He appealed the ruling that denied him bail but it was upheld in June.Yahoo said last September that information from at least 500 million user accounts had been stolen in a cyberattack two years earlier. Baratov is accused of hacking 80 Yahoo accounts and faces 20 years in prison in the U.S. if convicted.
OTTAWA – NDP leadership hopeful Jagmeet Singh appears to have the fundraising lead among his fellow competitors as the race to replace Tom Mulcair inches closer to its finale.The most recent round of fundraising reports from the candidates show the Ontario legislator has raised $618,779 since entering the race in May.That’s far more than the $374,146 pulled in by Ontario MP Charlie Angus or the $250,937 raised by Manitoba MP Niki Ashton, who both launched their campaigns much earlier.Fundraising results for Quebec MP Guy Caron, who is also in the competition, have yet to be posted online by Elections Canada.NDP members could elect their next leader as soon as this Sunday. First ballot results will be revealed at an event in Toronto and if a candidate receives more than 50 per cent support, they win.If not, another round of voting will ensue with results set to be revealed on Oct. 8 in Montreal.
OTTAWA – Setting up tattoo parlours and needle-exchange programs in penitentiaries would help reduce the spread of hepatitis C, the federal prison service has told the Trudeau government.A Correctional Service memo obtained under the Access to Information Act advises Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale the proposals “warrant consideration” to round out existing and planned measures to fight hepatitis and HIV in prison.Prison tattooing and needle-exchange programs for drug users have generated intense controversy over the years and the March 2017 memo says detailed research should be carried out before embarking on a syringe needle program, in particular, “to avoid unintended and negative consequences for inmates.”In response to questions, the prison service and Goodale’s office said Monday they were exploring options “to better prevent, control and manage infectious diseases” but did not provide details about possible tattoo or needle programs.The current approach to prevent and control blood-borne and sexually transmitted infections includes screening, testing, education, substance-abuse programs and treatment.The prevalence of HIV among federal inmates decreased to 1.19 per cent in 2014 from just over two per cent in 2007, according to the memo. But it stood at six times that of the general Canadian population.Similarly, the proportion of inmates with the hepatitis C virus fell to 18.2 per cent in 2014 from 31.6 per cent in 2007. Yet the incidence was still about 23 times that of the general population.Federal prison ombudsman Ivan Zinger recently called on the Correctional Service to bring back its safe tattooing program.His annual report said tattooing in prison frequently involves sharing and reusing dirty homemade equipment — linked to higher rates of hepatitis C and HIV among inmates — and there is often no safe means of disposing of used tattoo needles.In 2005, the prison service began a pilot program involving tattoo rooms in six federal institutions, but two years later, the Conservative government of the day ended it.The memo to Goodale says an internal evaluation of the pilot indicated that it increased awareness about disease prevention and had the potential to reduce exposure to health risks. In addition, neither inmates, staff, nor volunteers reported health and safety concerns with the program.“In fact, the evaluation indicated that the majority of staff believed the initiative made the institution safer for both staff and inmates.”Safer tattooing could reduce hepatitis C virus transmission within federal prisons by 17 per cent a year, the memo says.The Correctional Service has tried to keep illicit drugs from entering prisons, but acknowledges that some still make their way into penitentiaries. Although the prison service has made bleach available, it has drawn the line at offering clean needles.A program to provide clean drug-injection needles to prisoners could reduce the spread of hepatitis C by 18 per cent a year, the memo says.In the case of both safer tattooing and needle programs, it wasn’t possible to gauge the potential effect on HIV prevalence or spread among prisoners due to the existing low HIV rates.The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network has long argued for needle-exchange programs in Canadian prisons. However, Correctional Service officials have raised concerns about syringe needles being used as weapons.The memo to Goodale recommends weighing the effect a needle program might have for workplace safety regimes, and it suggests more research be done on the effectiveness of such an initiative from both clinical and cost standpoints.— Follow @JimBronskill on Twitter
MONTREAL — Quebec youth protection officials say an unspecified number of children who were with the ultra-Orthodox Jewish sect Lev Tahor have recently returned to the province.Myriam Sabourin, a spokeswoman for the regional health authority in the Laurentians region, north of Montreal, confirmed Thursday the children are under the authority’s care. Citing privacy concerns, Sabourin declined to say how many children have returned and what services are being provided.Lev Tahor created headlines five years ago, when Quebec youth protection services investigated allegations of child neglect in the community of about 200 people — half of them children — in Ste-Agathe-des-Monts, Que.A 2013 probe concluded that the community’s housing was inadequate, the children’s health needs were being neglected and they were not receiving a proper education, as most of them could speak only Yiddish. There were also allegations of underage marriages.As a Quebec court ordered that 14 Lev Tahor children be placed in foster care in November 2013, sect members fled overnight, settling first in the southwestern Ontario region of Chatham-Kent. After Ontario courts took up the case, the group uprooted again, and by the summer of 2014 they were almost all in Guatemala.There were reports the group had moved again in 2017, settling in Chiapas, a southern province in Mexico bordering Guatemala.Lev Tahor spokesmen have previously denied allegations of mistreatment, though they acknowledge children are subject to a strict religious upbringing.News of the children’s return to Quebec comes as Yeshiva World News reported Wednesday that five members of the sect — identified as the current leadership group — were arrested in Mexico. That is where the sect’s founder, Shlomo Helbrans, drowned in June 2017.David Ouellette, who has followed the Lev Tahor situation as Quebec director for research and public affairs at the Jewish advocacy group CIJA, said he has not been able to independently confirm the arrests.“However, if it turns out they have actually taken place, we hope that it could foretell the dissolution of this sect,” Ouellette said Thursday. “And we hope the children who have been caught in this sect for far too long can be brought back to a secure family environment.”Helbrans founded Lev Tahor — which translates to “pure heart” in Hebrew — in the early 1980s in Israel before relocating to New York in the early 1990s.After a conviction on a kidnapping charge, he was deported to Israel. He returned across the Atlantic to Canada, where he claimed refugee status and settled in the Laurentians. His sect established itself there for about a decade before attracting the attention of provincial authorities.Quebec authorities were tight-lipped Thursday about the children and wouldn’t say where in Quebec they are living. Sabourin said religious and language considerations were factored into the assistance being provided. “They are kids who are very distinctive given their culture, so it’s part of the what we’ve kept in mind when offering the services,” she said.She added if other young sect members were to eventually return, the agency is ready to provide services.The Canadian Press
TORONTO — The much-delayed and politically fraught decision on a proposed multibillion-dollar nuclear-waste storage bunker near Lake Huron now appears certain to fall to Canada’s next government.Environment Minister Catherine McKenna paused the process in August 2017 — the latest in a string of delays for the deep geologic repository — to ensure buy-in from Indigenous people in the area. However, members of the Saugeen Ojibway Nation have made it clear they are in no rush to give Ontario Power Generation their blessing for the proposed facility.“Both parties have committed to getting toward a decision, ideally this year, but there’s a lot of work to make sure that happens,” Randall Kahgee, a lawyer and lead adviser to the First Nations on the file, said in an interview.During community meetings in recent months, a basic “Nuclear 101” was offered. The result, Kahgee said, is that people have begun asking pointed questions about the project that Ontario’s publicly owned utility will have to answer.About two dozen sessions are planned for the coming months to allow Ontario Power Generation to explain why it believes the repository is the best way to go. A “period of reflection” will follow those sessions leading to a community decision, perhaps by the end of this year, Kahgee said.A key step is to decide how Saugeen Ojibway Nation gets to express its collective will, who in the community gets to have a say, and when. That includes deciding the role of young people, who must ultimately help implement whatever decision the community makes.McKenna had no comment but the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency called it important that Ontario Power Generation has the flexibility to engage with Indigenous peoples.“Any decision that is made will be based on science and Indigenous knowledge,” said agency spokeswoman Lucille Jamault.Currently estimated to cost a total of $2.4 billion over a planned 50-year operational cycle, the project calls for a bunker to be built at the Bruce nuclear power plant near Kincardine, Ont. Hundreds of thousands of cubic metres of low and intermediate radioactive waste — not spent fuel bundles but still toxic for centuries — would be buried 680 metres deep rather than stored above ground at the site as now happens.Politicians and scores of communities in Canada and the United States have denounced the project as an eco disaster in the making given its proximity to Lake Huron. The utility insists exhaustive science shows a repository in stable and impermeable rock would be perfectly safe for centuries.An environmental review panel gave its OK in May 2015 but the then-Conservative government punted final approval until after the last election, and its successor Liberal government — which emphasized reconciliation with Indigenous peoples — has repeatedly delayed making a decision.Kahgee said the community knows a new federal government after this October’s vote might approve the project over any Indigenous objections.“That’s always the concern and that concern has been expressed by our community members,” Kahgee said. “You see how different governments have treated Indigenous issues.”Regardless of any legal hurdles the government might face if it ignores the First Nations, Kahgee said the community is confident Ontario Power Generation has committed itself to respecting their views.Ontario Power Generation spokesman Fred Kuntz affirmed that commitment.“We will not build the DGR at the Bruce site without SON’s support,” Kuntz said. “If the decision is a no, we would have to look for alternative measures.”One thing is certain: Both Ontario Power Generation and Indigenous people see a long-term solution for dealing with nuclear waste as a priority.“The worst scenario … is that the community rejects the DGR and everyone goes away and then we’re done,” Kahgee said. “This dialogue, this relationship, is going to have to continue for many, many, many years. That reality doesn’t change.”Saugeen Ojibway Nation comprises about 5,000 members of the Saugeen First Nation and the Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation, many of whom live out of the area.Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press
OTTAWA — Conservative senators are being blamed for running out the parliamentary clock on a number of bills, including several aimed at advancing the rights of Indigenous Peoples.But the Conservatives’ Senate whip says the Liberal government will have only itself to blame if the bills aren’t passed before Parliament breaks for the summer and the subsequent fall election.With only three sitting weeks left in the Senate calendar, Sen Don Plett says the priority has to be on government bills, not those introduced by individual MPs or senators.Among the bills the Conservatives are accused of stalling is one that would ensure all laws in Canada are “in harmony” with the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.Others in limbo include a bill on Indigenous languages and one that would add First Nations, Metis and Inuit representatives to the board that makes decisions on national historic sites and monuments.If the Trudeau government were serious about getting the private members’ bills passed, Plett says it should have taken them up as government bills.The Canadian Press
WINNIPEG — Helicopters and a specialized military aircraft scoured from the air while armed police took to the ground over northern Manitoba in a hunt for two suspects of murders in British Columbia.Some advocates say it’s a stark contrast to resources applied to searches for missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.“It is a little bit eyebrow raising because of the different response,” says Sheila North, a former grand chief and advocate for missing and murdered Indigenous women.“The effort that they are going through to try and find them … could trigger a lot of things for people who do their own searches.”The massive manhunt has gripped the country since Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, and Kam McLeod, 19, were named last week as suspects in three killings. University professor Leonard Dyck and Australian Lucas Fowler and his American girlfriend Chynna Deese were found dead earlier this month in northern B.C.North said it’s important the suspects are caught because they could pose a serious risk to the public.But she wonders where the same sense of urgency is when an Indigenous woman or girl can’t be found.North recalls the case of Jennifer Catcheway in 2008. She was last seen in Portage la Prairie, Man. on the night of her 18th birthday. When Wilfred and Bernice Catcheway notified police their daughter was missing, they were told she was probably out partying, North said.For more than a decade, the Catcheways have conducted their own search of rivers, lakes, forests and nearby First Nations.North says she’s also reminded of 51-year-old grandmother, Mildred Flett, who was last seen in Winnipeg in 2010. Her ex-husband has said it was difficult to get police to pay attention to her case.Flett was from the Testaskweyak Cree Nation in Split Lake, Man., where missing person posters of her remain. Schmegelsky and McLeod were spotted in the same community before a vehicle they were travelling in was found in nearby Gillam, leading police to focus their search in that area.North said there are more than 1,200 relatives of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls watching as Mounties do everything they can to find the two murder suspects. They may also be wondering why they couldn’t have received more help, she adds.“Families that do their own searches are feeling a little bit let down and not respected in the same way as these other families are,” she said.Darlene Okemaysim-Sicotte has seen many families struggle to organize searches as the co-chair of Iskwewuk E-wichiwitochik (Women Walking Together), a grassroots group that supports families of missing and murdered Indigenous women in Saskatchewan.Her cousin, Shelley Napope, 16, was murdered by serial killer John Martin Crawford in 1992.Okemaysim-Sicotte says she supports efforts to find Schmegelsky and McLeod and that no life is worth more than another.But the manhunt for them has made it clear that there is the means, money and public support to conduct a large-scale search when needed, she says.Okemaysim-Sicotte hopes people will remember that the next time an Indigenous woman or girl is missing.“The world is watching it, she says.Kelly Geraldine Malone, The Canadian Press
The sister of an American tourist says the father of one of the British Columbia men named as a suspect in the woman’s death isn’t accepting his share of responsibility for her family’s sorrow.Kennedy Deese, whose sister Chynna Deese was found dead along with her Australian boyfriend Lucas Fowler near a highway in northern B.C. in mid-July, posted a statement to Facebook on Saturday accusing Alan Schmegelsky of playing the victim.Deese also said Schmegelsky isn’t “cut from the same cloth” as her family, and that he doesn’t acknowledge his own hand in his child’s upbringing and ultimate demise.“Your sorrow is for yourself. You cannot relate to us, as we had no doings in the cause of your pain, when you’ve played a part in the cause of our pain,” Deese wrote.“To the murderers and their family, the appropriate action when mistakes are made is taking responsibility. The proper public response would have been a genuine apology. But we still forgive you and have mercy.”RCMP said Wednesday that they believe they found the bodies of Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, from Port Alberni, B.C., in dense brush in northern Manitoba following a massive manhunt that lasted close to two weeks.Police have said they’re waiting for the results of an autopsy before confirming the identities.The two men were named as suspects in the deaths of Deese and Fowler, and were charged with second-degree murder in the killing of Leonard Dyck, a university lecturer from Vancouver.Alan Schmegelsky told Australia’s “60 Minutes” TV program late last week that he won’t believe his son is a murderer until he gets facts, saying he knows how the families of the victims feel.“I’m so sorry for what’s happened. Whether it’s my son or whether it’s something else, we don’t know. I have just lost my son. I know exactly how you feel,” Schmegelsky told the program.“It hurts a lot. He was my only child. I’ll never get to hug him again. I’ll never get to tease him again. I’ll never get to spend a minute with him again.”“At least I know where he is. His troubles are over.”When reached via Facebook messenger on Sunday and asked about his response to Deese’s post, Schmegelsky said she could go on “60 Minutes” and that he could arrange it.“I manned up. I have nothing to hide,” he wrote.While police were still hunting for the pair, Schmegelsky sent a 132-page book to reporters about his own life. He described it as a novelization of his son’s troubled life and his numerous encounters with police and courts, and said he wanted to highlight how what he called a “broken system” shaped him and Bryer.Kennedy Deese shot back that her own family suffered challenges, but doesn’t “play the victim of a broken system.”“There is no white flag of surrender for my family. We are not defeated by divorce, mental health, violence, poverty and socioeconomic constraints, domestic disputes, alcohol or drugs, social media and bullying, feelings of loneliness, or disparities,” Deese wrote, noting that her sister rose to become the first generation of her immediate family to go to college.“We have the courage to ask for and offer help. We are strong, and stand strong together right now in the face of all of these adversities that have come upon us.”RCMP Assistant Commissioner Kevin Hackett told a news conference Wednesday that determining a motive will be “extremely difficult” if the identities are confirmed through autopsies because investigators can’t interview Schmegelsky or McLeod.He did not commit to providing details of the ongoing investigation.The Canadian Press
The ASPCA (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) and award-winning animal advocate Jill Rappaport, announced today they are developing Best in Shelter, a television series and prime-time special showcasing the special appeal of shelter pets.The first program is intended to culminate on Valentine’s Day 2015.Beginning February 2014 and with the help of ASPCA animal welfare and shelter experts, Ms. Rappaport will visit shelters around the country on a year-long search for a variety of outstanding canine and feline contestants. Chosen animals will then strut their stuff for a panel of judges for a chance to be crowned Best in Shelter – and score a loving home in the process.Creator, Executive Producer and Host Jill Rappaport said: “It has been my dream – ever since I created my beloved ‘Bow to Wow’ series six years ago on the TODAY Show – to develop a program that celebrates the beauty, inside and out, of shelter animals. The time has come – and long over-due – for shelter pets to shine as the true superstars they are! The win-win here is that hopefully every one of our featured fur angels, whether on the show or in the shelters I will be visiting across the country, will find a loving permanent home, which is what they deserve. The ASPCA is a critical national voice for shelter animals, and I look forward to partnering with them to truly make a difference for animals in need.”The series will be designed to showcase the dogs and cats – young and old, big and small and on four or three legs – discovered at shelters. Much like other reality show competitions, selected finalists are expected to compete in front of a live studio audience in a primetime special, Best in Shelter. In addition to Jill Rappaport and special celebrity guests, the judging panel would feature experts, such as a veterinarian and a certified animal trainer, who would be faced with the task of narrowing down their favorites. There would be trophy winners in several creative categories, such as “sizzling seniors”, and one Best in Shelter superstar.The ASPCA will be the exclusive animal welfare organization partner for the television project, leveraging its extensive relationships with animal shelters around the country and sharing its expertise in adoptions. The program is expected to feature the ASPCA’s Onyx and Breezy Shefts Adoption Center in NYC as well as non-profit and city-run shelters nationwide.Each of the animals featured on the program would be available for adoption, giving them an incredible platform in front of a national audience. Regardless of whether they’re awarded Best in Shelter, they’re sure to win the hearts of millions of viewers and hopefully a one-way ticket to a new home.The ASPCA estimates that approximately 5 to 7 million animals enter shelters nationwide each year, and approximately 3 to 4 million never make it out alive. The ASPCA works nationwide every day to change this, providing support and resources to animal welfare organizations across the country to provide positive outcomes for those animals most at risk.“Shelter animals can bring as much love and happiness to your life as any animal anywhere – the only difference is they don’t yet have homes of their own,” said ASPCA President & CEO Matthew Bershadker. “Best in Shelter would not only celebrate how wonderful these animals are, but would bring attention to the fact that many are already waiting in your own community. I’ve no doubt this program will both change lives and save lives.”Bershadker added: “As a leading voice for shelter animals on network television, Jill shares our passion for spotlighting animal victims of cruelty and homelessness. Jill’s a gifted storyteller and her life-long work has created national awareness for critical animal welfare issues, helping many animals find homes. We are thrilled to partner with her on this important new program.”Jill Rappaport has worked as a correspondent for TODAY and NBC News for the more than 22 years, the first 15 as entertainment reporter. While chronicling her beloved dog Jack’s bone cancer diagnosis and medical treatment on TODAY, she realized that animal welfare issues were her calling, and so her career path changed. In Rappaport’s award-winning “Bow to Wow” and “Meow to Wow” series, she helped make over shelter pets, giving them a second chance at life by putting a national spotlight on homeless animals and had a 100 percent adoption record. Rappaport is also the best-selling author of People We Know, Horses they Love, and has written three others books, including Jack & Jill: The Miracle Dog with a Happy Tail To Tell, about her beloved dog Jack, and 500 Cats.Rappaport is the recipient of numerous national honors and awards for her work on behalf of animal welfare. She was named the ASPCA Good Will Equine Welfare Ambassador and received the coveted Presidential Service Award for Media Excellence at the 2012 ASPCA Humane Awards. Rappaport recently launched her own line of leashes and collars called “Jill Rappaport’s Rescued Me Collection”, and has an equestrian jewelry line called “Hannah’s Heart” named after her beloved late mare and benefiting horses in need. In the spring she will be launching “Jill Rappaport’s Shelter Shake”, a wonderful toy to be given out to various shelters across the country, so animals feel like they are “one step closer to a loving home”. Rappaport lives on a farm with her five rescue dogs and seven horses, to whom she refers as her “fur angels.”
Julien’s Auctions, renowned auction house to the stars, has announced the exclusive auction of multi-platinum selling and GRAMMY winning artist Lady Gaga’s Rolls-Royce Corniche III on Saturday, May 17, 2014 in New York.Lady Gaga’s Rolls RoyceThe auction will take place at Hard Rock New York – Times Square. The auction will benefit MusiCares.The red 1990 Rolls-Royce Corniche III convertible to be offered for the first time was owned by Lady Gaga and used by her publicaly to travel to the Guggenheim Museum in September 2012. It is estimated at $30,000-$50,000.Lady Gaga is recognized for her diverse contributions to music through her performances, fashion and music videos. She has sold more than 125 million singles worldwide and over 25 million albums. She has won five GRAMMY Awards and 13 MTV Video Music Awards among many other achievements. She has been named to TIME magazine’s Most Influential People list and has consecutively appeared on Billboard’s Artist of the Year list. She also is ranked fourth in VH1’s list of 100 Greatest Women in Music and is included by Forbes magazine in the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women list from 2010-2013. She also is the current face of the House of Versace and an activist for equality.Lady Gaga, who just kicked off the North American leg of her ARTRave: The ARTPOP Ball global tour, is offering 100 percent of the sale of this extraordinary automobile to MusiCares. As the charitable arm of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, MusiCares provides a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need. MusiCares’ services and resources cover a wide range of financial emergencies, and each case is treated with integrity and confidentiality. MusiCares also focuses the resources and attention of the music industry on human services issues that directly impact the health and welfare of the music community.The Rolls-Royce Corniche III will be on display at the Hard Rock New York – Times Square from Monday May 12, 2014 through Saturday, May 17, 2014 prior it to being auctioned during the Julien’s Auctions Music Icons auction event to be held May 17, 2014 at the Hard Rock New York.
Richard Rosenbaum, Executive Chairman, Greenberg Traurig, LLP; Tim Nolan, Senior Vice President, Marketing Lifetime, LMN & FYI Networks; and Ian Harding, star of Pretty Little Liars and Celebrity Awareness Ambassador were honored for their efforts in the fight against lupus to end its devastating impact on millions of families during the Lupus Foundation of America’s National Gala in New York City on October 20.The evening spotlighted the changing landscape of lupus research and awareness with cutting-edge biomedical research and communication platforms opening doors for new opportunities to educate the public about lupus and advance new treatments. Lupus advocate, Allie Gutshall, shared her personal story and sense of urgency and hope for new treatments that will improve the quality of life for people with lupus. Dr. Susan Manzi, the Lupus Foundation of America’s Medical Director and Chair, Department of Medicine, and Director of the Lupus Center of Excellence at Allegheny Health Network, highlighted groundbreaking research on stem cells as a potential treatment for lupus.“Our honorees are true visionaries in the fight against lupus,” said Sandra C. Raymond, President and CEO of the Lupus Foundation of America. “It is only fitting that we honor their many achievements, as we look forward to the future with hope, innovation and determination to end the cruel mystery that is lupus.”Richard Rosenbaum, Executive Chairman of Greenberg Traurig, LLP received the Hope Award for the company’s generosity and long-standing support of lupus research and education. Greenberg Traurig, is a unified international law firm of approximately 2000 lawyers and 38 offices around the globe. Rosenbaum’s support of the cause is also deeply personal as his sister is also living with lupus.Tim Nolan, Senior Vice President of Marketing for Lifetime, LMN & FYI networks received the Hope Award. Nolan’s support was driven by his husband who has lupus, and as a leader in the entertainment and media industry he has helped to direct resources and support to increase awareness and understanding of lupus. He was instrumental in the creation of the Foundation’s KNOW LUPUS national multi-media campaign, which to-date has educated more than 625 million about the impact of lupus on individuals and their families.The Foundation presented the Barlin Family Award to Ian Harding, star of Pretty Little Liars and Lupus Foundation of America Celebrity Awareness Ambassador. Harding’s mother is living lupus. He has been involved with the Foundation for several years participating in public awareness campaigns, Walk to End Lupus Now events and raised more than $100K for lupus research and education. The program closed with a fun and interactive performance from the acapella group VoicePlay.The Lupus Foundation of America’s National Gala is an Evening of Hope honoring outstanding individuals who have been champions for those living with lupus and their families. The Foundation thanks its generous supporters and sponsors including: GreenbergTraurig; Pfizer; InsomniaTV and Piper Jaffray. The Gala raises critically needed funds to advance the Foundation’s mission and its comprehensive programs of research, education, and advocacy. To learn more or make a donation, visit www.lupus.org/gala.
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Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement And we’re back, identifying as many of the local locations used in locally-written, locally-shot The Handmaid’s Tale as we can! Locally! More of Toronto as Gilead, the site of Margaret Atwood’s chilling dystopian future.Toronto’s extensive work on the silver screen reveals that, while we have the chameleonic ability to look like anywhere from New York City to Moscow, the disguise doesn’t always hold up to scrutiny. Reel Toronto revels in digging up and displaying the films that attempt to mask, hide, or—in rare cases—proudly display our city. .First, rectifying a sin of omission from last time out, we mentioned that in Episode 3 Emily is “tried” in Cambridge City Hall, but then we forgot to mention she’s forced to watch her partner hung at this parking lot in Hamilton.READ MORE