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Murray ready as hell ever be for Cincy singles return

first_imgCincinnati: Andy Murray on Sunday pronounced himself ready to go as he prepared to resume his singles career with a first-round test at the ATP Cincinnati Masters. “I’m feeling good, I’ve had three of four good practice sessions,” said Murray, a three-time Grand Slam champion who has tumbled to 325th in the world. “I have zero pain. “I’m not expecting to move as well as I used to. There is still some improvement to be made, though it will take time. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”I started training singles a few weeks ago, it’s the best to train with players at the highest level who hit the ball big.” The 32-year-old, who has undergone two major hip procedures, will face off against Frenchman Richard Gasquet in the opening round with the winner to face fourth seed Dominic Thiem. Murray last played singles in the Australian Open first round, losing in pain over five sets to Roberto Bautista Agut eight months ago. In a tearful post-match analysis, Murray confessed that his career might be over. That was far from the case, with a hip resurfacing a few weeks later giving him fresh hope. Murray began playing doubles at Queen’s Club in June, winning that grass court title with Feliciano Lopez. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterMurray, Cincinnati singles champion in 2008 and 2011, credits doubles king Bob Bryan with inspiring him to make a return after hip surgery. The American underwent the same resurfacing procedure as Murray in mid-2018 and made a solid return to competition. “I was speaking to him maybe three times a week from when he had his operation and even before,” Murray said of his communication with the recovering Bryan. “I listened to how he felt and what he had done — he was my inspiration, a huge help in my own comeback.”last_img read more

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ITC Classmate launches Pulse 3D Notebooks

first_imgClassmate, India’s largest Notebook brand, recently announced the launch of its latest innovation – The Classmate Pulse 3D Notebook. The Notebook comes with a category first innovation – to provide an immersive experience through a 3-dimensional cover, enabled through a lenticular board. The 3D notebook from Classmate Pulse, offers a range of designs, each selected to provide an interactive experience for the consumer.The Classmate Pulse 3D Notebook marks ITC Classmate’s commitment towards constantly enhancing user engagement with product experience, learning, and interactivity. In reaching out specifically to the very socially alive youth, the highly innovative Notebook is more than a study aide, it is a potent ‘statement making’ device. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainSpeaking about the launch, Shailendra Tyagi, Chief Executive, Education and Stationary Products Business Division, ITC Ltd., said, “ITC Classmate has the driving commitment to ensure consumer delight with its high-quality, innovative and visually appealing products. We also pride ourselves in our ability to appreciate the fact that today’s young generation is unique in several ways – it is technologically savvy, environmentally aware, confident and creative. The notebooks are designed to complement the energy and exuberance of this generation and this new range of 3D notebooks will continue to do the same.” Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardA segment of consumers that is critical to Classmate is the youth. They use a wide range of accessories to reflect their personal identity. It is for this segment that Classmate Pulse was introduced. Classmate introduced Classmate Pulse notebooks which are a range of spiral notebooks. Spiral notebooks are a format that is widely prevalent globally. It allows for convenience while writing and is also durable. The brand, offers multi subject notebooks that is a growing trend amongst college going students. Classmate pulse notebooks are also made from a highly durable poly propylene cover, as opposed to the typical board. This ensures that the notebook remains intact through the typical wear and tear that a college notebook is subjected to. Students can roll it or fold it and the Polypropylene cover will protect the integrity of the notebook. It offers a wide range of designs that are inspired by Boho prints to graffiti art. Each design showcases rich art and textures in vivid palettes. These are notebook designs with the singular objective of being vibrant and colourful. Classmate, India’s largest notebook brand for over a decade, has a consumer spend of nearly Rs 1500 crore. Classmate notebooks are made from eco-friendly paper and is elemental chlorine free. The paper used in Classmate notebooks is sourced internally from ITC’s Paperboards and Speacialty Papers DIvision, thus ensuring consistency in quality as well as appearance. The innovative excellence manifest in the Pulse Notebooks is a key direction which lies at the heart of everything ITC does. Classmate has driven innovation through multiple categories such as Neon and wooden pens from Classmate Octane, Asteroid geometry boxes etc. Each of these have set standards for new developments in their respective categories. The Notebooks are available at all leading stationery outlets and on Amazon and Big Basket.last_img read more

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Salmans Inshallah release delayed

first_imgMumbai: Bollywood superstar Salman Khan has announced that the release of his film Inshallah with actor Alia Bhatt has been pushed back. Salman took to Twitter late on August 26, where he promised to come out with another film on Eid 2020. “The film with Sanjay Leela Bhansali is pushed but I will still see you all on Eid, 2020. Insha-Allah!” Details related to the delay have not been disclosed. Inshallah, which also stars Alia, marks the reunion of filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Salman after two decades. The two last worked together in the 1999 Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam. He also appeared in a cameo in Saawariya.last_img

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Qureshi holds talks with Chinese foreign minister discusses Kashmir

first_imgIslamabad: Pakistan and China on Saturday said the “unilateral” actions by India in Kashmir would further “complicate” the situation, as Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi held bilateral talks with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi here. Qureshi and Wang held delegation-level talks after the Chinese foreign minister arrived here to participate in the China-Afghanistan-Pakistan Trilateral Foreign Ministers’ Dialogue. The Foreign Office in a statement said the two sides had an in-depth exchange of views on the entire spectrum of bilateral relations and regional matters, particularly the situation in Kashmir. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USTensions between India and Pakistan have spiked after New Delhi withdrew Jammu and Kashmir’s special status and bifurcated it into two union territories on August 5. Asserting that abrogation of Article 370 was its internal matter, India has strongly criticised Pakistan for making “irresponsible statements” and provocative anti-India rhetoric over issues internal to it. During the meeting, Qureshi and Wang also underscored commonality of views on Afghan peace process. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsQureshi said that Pakistan and China will continue their close coordination and consultation to ensure that peace and stability in the region is maintained. “Wang reaffirmed China’s support and reiterated opposition to any unilateral action as well as the measures that could further complicate the situation, the statement said. Qureshi emphasised that friendship with China is the cornerstone of Pakistan’s foreign policy and highlighted that “all-weather strategic cooperative partnership between the two countries is deeply rooted in mutual trust and respect and is an anchor of peace and stability in the region and beyond.” Qureshi said Pakistan will continue to support China on all issues of its core interest, including Taiwan, Tibet, Xinjiang and Hong Kong. He also highlighted that China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has added a new dimension to bilateral ties and contributed immensely to the revitalisation of Pakistan’s economy. He reiterated Pakistan’s commitment to the timely completion of CPEC projects, especially those in Gwadar. Wang highlighted that Pakistan-China relationship is based on mutual respect, trust and strong bonds of friendship.last_img read more

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Nova Scotia Liberals win their second straight majority government

first_imgHALIFAX – After a long night of hard-fought election battles, Nova Scotia’s Liberal government won a second straight majority victory early Wednesday, marking the first time the province has seen back-to-back majorities since 1988.“Wow, what a night,” Premier Stephen McNeil told supporters after midnight. “We’ve seen tonight why every vote counts.”Nearly six hours after the polls closed, the Liberals won 27 seats, enough for a majority in the 51-seat house of assembly. An informal tally suggested more than 15 women will sit in the legislature, a new record.The Progressive Conservatives, led by Jamie Baillie, won 17 ridings, and the NDP were elected in seven.The Liberal win came at a cost for McNeil, whose party lost seven seats including those held by cabinet ministers Joanne Bernard and Michel Samson.Access to health care dominated debate during the latter half of the 30-day campaign, and McNeil said he learned from the electorate that changes are needed.“I want to assure you that I’ve heard you, and I’ve listened,” the former appliance repairman said from his campaign headquarters inside a curling rink in Bridgetown. “We have a plan, and the opposition parties have a plan, and we can work together to make it better.”He pledged to recruit more doctors, expand health services and address wait times for hip and knee replacements, particularly in Cape Breton, where at least three Liberals went down to defeat — including a high-profile cabinet minister.Baillie said voters made it clear they are not happy with McNeil’s leadership.“The Liberals are the ones who have lost the most tonight,” he told party supporters in Springhill, N.S.The Tory leader, a chartered accountant who served as CEO of Credit Union Atlantic before becoming party leader in 2010, said the Liberals’ spring budget — tabled last month but not passed — had to include more for health care and mental health.Baillie, who led the Tories into an election for a second time, confirmed he would continue to lead the party.“We won seats in all parts of this province. Cape Breton has come through big time. We’re winning seats all over the mainland and now we’re winning seats in Halifax region again,” said Baillie. “I think that’s a good sign for our party.”NDP Leader Gary Burrill, a United Church minister who was elected leader just over a year ago without a seat and won his bid for the Halifax Chebucto riding Tuesday, agreed the dominant issue at the doorstep was the ailing health care system.“People will speak of the inability to find a doctor or people will speak of going to the emergency and finding it closed or having a family member being treated in the hallway or next to an ice machine,” he said in an interview at a downtown Halifax hotel as the final results were tallied.“A competent government will recognize it’s a health-care crisis and respond to it as a government does to a crisis among its people.”The Liberal win followed a 30-day campaign that saw McNeil boast about two balanced budgets — and promise four more.But the party appeared to stumble in the latter half of the campaign as Baillie repeatedly complained about doctor shortages, emergency room closures and a lack of mental-heath services.For his part, McNeil told voters that his penny-pinching approach to public spending enabled his government to offer voters $1-billion in spending commitments and tax cuts over four years.The Liberal platform also promises a pre-primary program for the province’s four-year-olds, new money for twinning 100-series highways and more funding for collaborative care clinics.McNeil, whose Liberals won a majority in 2013, told voters the new spending would not have been possible were it not for his determination to rein in wage increases within the public sector.However, that commitment led to ugly standoffs with the province’s health-care workers and public school teachers. There were protests at the legislature, two brief strikes and back-to-work legislation that the unions condemned as draconian.But the labour strife did not appear to make much of a dent in the Liberal brand.At dissolution, the Liberals held 34 seats in the 51-seat legislature, the Progressive Conservatives had 10 and the NDP five. There was one Independent and one seat was vacant.Throughout the race, Baillie said voters had told him there was a crisis in the health-care system, and he accused McNeil of ignoring the issue.In particular, Baillie made a point of telling voters McNeil had failed to deliver on a 2013 promise to make sure every Nova Scotian had access to a family physician. Almost four years after the premier made that pledge, about 100,000 Nova Scotians are still looking for a doctor.The premier dismissed Baillie’s complaints, saying the Tory leader was just trying to scare people.McNeil said his government’s decision to reduce the number of health care authorities to only one would lead to more investment in front-line care. And he said he would improve access to primary care by creating 70 collaborative care clinics, spending $25 million to hire doctors and specialists and expanding tuition relief for medical professionals.last_img read more

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Four stories in the news for today Oct 16

first_imgFour stories in the news for Monday, Oct. 16———FEDS TO CUT SMALL BIZ TAX RATE TO NINE PER CENTJustin Trudeau will belatedly honour his campaign promise to cut the small business tax rate to nine per cent as his government scrambles to undo the damage from weeks of controversy over proposed tax reforms for private corporations. The prime minister is to announce the reduction today, along with changes to the tax reform proposals in a bid to re-establish the Liberals as the champions of middle-class Canadians. That title has been tarnished as doctors, lawyers, accountants, shop owners, farmers, premiers and even some Liberal backbenchers denounced the reforms.———ONTARIO COLLEGE FACULTY GO ON STRIKEFaculty at 24 Ontario colleges have gone on strike, affecting more than 500,000 students. The Ontario Public Services Employees Union says the two sides failed to resolve their differences by Sunday’s midnight strike deadline. The strike involves more than 12,000 professors, instructors, counsellors, and librarians. The union’s last proposal called for called for improvements in job security and for faculty to have a stronger voice in academic decision making. But the colleges said the demands would have added more than $250 million in annual costs.———MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS ACROSS ALBERTA TODAYMunicipal elections are being held in Alberta today, with the race for the mayor’s chair in Calgary drawing the most attention. Naheed Nenshi is seeking his third term, but a victory is far from assured. Nenshi was the first Muslim mayor of a major North American city when he was first elected in 2010, and his popularity and affable style gave him a national profile. But polls indicate the race this time between he and Calgary lawyer Bill Smith is too close to call.———MONTREAL’S ‘SPOONMAN’ BUSKER RETIRINGAfter more than 20 years of clacking cutlery in front of Ogilvy’s department store, one of Montreal’s best-known buskers says he’s getting ready to hang up his spoons, at least part of the time. Cyrille “Spoonman” Esteve is 65 years old, and has been a fixture of the city’s downtown for years. But he says changes to municipal bylaws that require him to move his setup — which includes a sound system — every hour, have made it too difficult for him to continue.———ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:— Poverty and housing organizations hold a press conference to discuss the upcoming National Housing and Anti-Poverty Strategies.— The Bank of Canada releases the autumn issue of the Business Outlook Survey and the Senior Loan Officer Survey.— The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls holds a community hearing in Winnipeg.last_img read more

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Three years after the Parliament Hill attack

first_imgMacSweeney says as he was running he thinks he heard at least five or six gunshots, adding everything happened to quickly. He adds between the shooting at the National War Memorial and Zehaf-Bibeau storming Centre Block, the time span was roughly three minutes, although it felt much longer.“He ran up, hijacked a minister’s car and then was able to take that car and drive it up to the front doors of Parliament Hill. There was an RCMP car that was stationed to prevent something like that from happening, but there was a failure of the officer at the scene to block him. When he got to the front there were jurisdictional issues because the RCMP didn’t have jurisdiction inside Parliament, only on the outside, so the initial officer who responded did not go inside because they didn’t have jurisdiction.He says plenty has changed on Parliament Hill since the attack, including tighter security.Despite the 2014 attack — a potential attack stemming in Ontario last fall, the attack at a mosque in Quebec in January as well as the terror incident in Edmonton at the end of September — the country’s terror threat level has remained at medium. The federal government is maintaining it’s monitoring the situation and it has no current information to raise the level.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has offered his deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Cirillo, as well as Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent who was killed days earlier in an unrelated attack in Quebec.“These attacks were intended to instill fear and divide Canadians. Instead, they only served to unite us. We emerged stronger than before, showing the world that our most cherished values – freedom, democracy, diversity, and inclusion – will always triumph over fear and hatred,” he said in a statement. OTTAWA, ON. – It was three years ago today, the country was rocked by a terrorist attack on Parliament Hill.Michael Zehaf-Bibeau shot and killed Corporal Nathan Cirillo, who was standing guard at the National War Memorial, before storming the buildings and being shot himself. The events changed Canadians and made it clear this country was not immune to an attack.NEWS 1130′s Parliament Hill Reporter Cormac MacSweeney was in the building when the chaos erupted.He says it’s changed the way he lives his life. “One freaky thing for me is as a journalist, you never think that you’re going to be a part of the story. It wasn’t until the next day because everything went on lock down on Parliament Hill — I found my jacket which actually had a bullet hole through it. That kind of hit me at the time and was a little shocking to see that a bullet hole was through my jacket and I didn’t even realize it until a day or two later when I realized, ‘This could be a bullet hole.’ It ended up being used as evidence by the Ontario Provincial Police [OPP] when they conducted their investigation.”LISTEN: NEWS 1130’s Sonia Aslam speaks with Parliament Hill Reporter Cormac MacSweeneyAudio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img read more

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Texting and driving getting worse says CAA survey

first_imgOTTAWA – A survey suggests most Canadians believe texting and driving is getting worse despite police crackdowns and extensive public education efforts.In the November survey conducted by the Canadian Automobile Association, 83 per cent of respondents said they believe texting while driving is a bigger problem now than it was three years ago.The CAA survey also shows a whopping 96 per cent of respondents say drivers who text and drive are a threat to their safety on the road and that texting and driving is now tied with drunk driving as the top road safety concern among Canadians.The CAA also says other forms of distraction are increasingly an issue, such as emailing while driving, drivers talking on cell phones and drivers talking to or interacting with their in-car technologies.The survey of 2,003 Canadians has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.19 per cent, 19 times out of 20.“Despite anti-texting and driving laws in all provinces across the country and several years of public education campaigns, Canadians still don’t seem to be getting the message,” said CAA chief strategy officer Jeff Walker.“Studies show drivers are as much as 23 times more likely to get into a collision when they text and drive. It’s important we all put our devices down and stay focused on the road,” he said.last_img read more

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Bull that escaped Nova Scotia farm back in its barn slated for

first_imgAYLESFORD, N.S. – A forbidding, four-legged escapee from a Nova Scotia farm is back in its barn — and destined once again for the slaughterhouse.“The bull is back, the bull is back,” said Rose Horsnell, daughter of the bull’s owner, 85-year-old Jan Speelman.RCMP in Kingston said Monday morning that a one-tonne bull was reported missing from his pasture area Sunday evening.The black and white bull was spotted fleeing into woods off Long Point Road towards Berwick, between Highway 1 and Highway 101.Horsnell said the farmer’s 26-year-old grandson, J.T. Speelman, tracked the bull and found it travelled through a wooded area before returning to a barn on the property.“The grandson tracked him and found he’d come home again,” said Horsnell. “He was just looking for a shelter.”Horsnell said it’s believed the bull had leaped over a fence that was over a metre-and-a-half high to get away.But the RCMP suggested the bull was somewhat more mellow upon its return: “It was found by its owner lying down and eating hay,” the force said in a release.Horsnell said the bull was on its way to the slaughterhouse Monday before it bolted from the farm, and its brief moment of freedom hadn’t altered its destiny.Cpl. Andrew Joyce said the RCMP alerted the public out of concern the bull could collide with cars on the busy highway.“It’s a concern if it gets on a roadway and it’s a concern if someone comes across the animal out on a hike,” he said in an interview before the bull returned home.“It’s an unpredictable animal.”last_img read more

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Victims families Wettlaufer survivor call for compassion in longterm care

first_imgThe families of eight people killed by an Ontario nurse, as well as one of her surviving victims, lamented a fundamental lack of respect for human life in the province’s long-term care system Monday as they addressed a public inquiry probing the circumstances around the woman’s crimes.In closing submissions at the inquiry into Elizabeth Wettlaufer those most impacted by her actions called for an array of changes, from nursing-home staffing levels to coroner protocols, but railed most emphatically against what they saw as a lack of compassion that harmed everyone involved.“The people with needs have a voice. Now that we’re sick, nobody listens,” said Beverly Bertram, who survived one of Wettlaufer’s attacks in August 2016. “If there was a change I would like to see happen, that would be respect given. Respect for individuals regardless of the roles they’ve played or will play in the future.”Wettlaufer, 51, confessed to murdering eight patients and attempting to kill several more over the course of nearly a decade by injecting them with overdoses of insulin at care homes and private residences across the province.Bertram pulled no punches when outlining the effect Wettlaufer’s attack had on her.The 70-year-old said she no longer knows who she is after the attack, adding she is “consumed” by Wettlaufer and her actions.But Bertram also told the inquiry that the same lack of compassion that allowed her fellow victims to die in relative obscurity also harmed their confessed killer, who told investigators about her long-standing struggles with addiction and mental health issues.“She cried for help many times and none was given,” Bertram told the inquiry. “She was not paid attention to, and this is the aftermath of her journey.”The son of one of Wettlaufer’s other victims also emphasized what he described as the system’s lack of compassion, but his emotional remarks were directed at what he perceived as the people and systems that allowed the nurse to prey on patients with impunity for years.“I saw finger-pointing, I saw people throwing each other under the bus, I saw a lack of compassion,” said Arpad Horvath Jr. “For them to just come and put money and reputation in front of human life is pathetic.”Horvath Jr’s father, 75-year-old Arpad Horvath Sr., became the last of Wettlaufer’s victims when he died at a London, Ont. nursing home in 2014.His death came after Wettlaufer had already killed seven residents of Caressant Care in Woodstock, Ont. The inquiry heard that her crimes went undetected, and that she likely never would have been caught without her confession to police.The nurse was disciplined several times by her employers at the facility, who ultimately fired her in 2014 due to multiple medication errors.Caressant Care’s closing statements reiterated that the facility never suspected Wettlaufer’s crimes despite her mediocre work performance. The submission also states that the facility believes there were no systemic issues that “facilitated or concealed” the murders.“Given what we know from (Wettlaufer’s) confession about her motives … it is submitted that the crimes that she committed at (Caressant Care in Woodstock) could have been committed in any Ontario’s long-term care homes over the same period,” it said.The public inquiry has heard that complaints about Wettlaufer began at the start of her career in 1995 and continued until her confession in 2016, weeks after the attack on Bertram. Wettlaufer ultimately pleaded guilty to eight counts of first-degree murder, four counts of attempted murder and two counts of aggravated assault.Submissions from the families of Wettlaufer’s victims included a number of recommendations for improvements to the province’s long-term care system.Those included calls for more substantive reference checks at long-term care facilities, overhauls to inspection protocols at the provincial health ministry, and standardization of death investigation practices among Ontario’s coroners.A joint submission made by children of Wettlaufer’s first victim James Silcox, however, expressed open skepticism that those calls would be heeded.“Without radical changes to the collective attitude towards the long-term care system as represented by the government of Ontario, we are not hopeful that the glaring problems unearthed by the inquiry will be solved,” four siblings said in a joint submission.“The inquiry into long-term care has offered an enormous amount of insight into the failure of the province of Ontario to protect our most vulnerable.”The inquiry will continue to hear closing submissions in the coming days, including from the other long-term care facilities where Wettlaufer worked, the coroner’s office, the Ontario Nurses’ Association, the College of Nurses of Ontario and the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario.last_img read more

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Correction head OK with transfer of Tori Staffords killer to healing lodge

first_imgOTTAWA – The official charged with reviewing the controversial transfer of Tori Stafford’s killer from a medium security prison to an Indigenous healing lodge says she is comfortable with the decision to move Terri-Lynne McClintic.Anne Kelly, who was appointed commissioner of Correctional Service of Canada in July, says the agency will perform an in-depth review of the file — as requested by Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale — but noted the service has a “rigorous case management process.”Kelly said she is looking for a member of the public to join two senior staff reviewing whether all processes were properly followed in McClintic’s transfer and whether changes are needed.“At this point I’m comfortable with the decision, however, if through the review any adjustments need to be made, I will ensure that they are implemented,” Kelly told reporters Thursday.She walked away as reporters tried to pose questions on how her personal views could affect the outcome of the case.Her officer later clarified that Kelly believed the transfer does not pose an immediate risk to the safety and security of the public, staff or inmates.The issue was front and centre again on Parliament Hill with Conservative calls for the Liberals to send immediately reverse the transfer. Goodale said he didn’t have the authority to do that, which is why he said he asked Kelly for a detailed review of “those policies and procedures to determine whether they need to be changed.”Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer contends the government has the ability under section six of the Corrections and Conditional Release Act to issue operational directives to the Kelly as commissioner — something the Liberals dispute.In an interview, Scheer said he believes the prime minister’s decision not to intervene is tantamount to signing off on McClintic’s transfer to the healing lodge.“Justin Trudeau has the ability to put Tori’s killer back behind bars,” Scheer told The Canadian Press.“He has a variety of tools at his disposal and he needs to tell Canadians whether or not he’s going to do that. And if he’s not, he’s obviously OK with the decision.”The Liberals argue the minister can only provide high-level direction to the commissioner about general operations or policies — not about individual cases.“The act is very clear. The control of the system lies with the commissioner,” Goodale said.Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott defended the use of Indigenous healing lodges as a way to provide restorative justice for Indigenous offenders — of which she says McClintic is one. She said healing lodges “have proven to provide restorative justice” and “the security that’s necessary.”The question period debate about the issue was not as heated as it was on Wednesday when Conservative MPs discussed graphic details of Stafford’s murder, which prompted Trudeau to demand more decorum and accuse the Tories of playing political games with the tragedy. Scheer said he found Trudeau’s response “a disgusting and shameful display of a prime minister trying to avoid responsibility.”Scheer said he and his MPs felt it was necessary to remind everyone about the horrific details of the crime after Goodale referred to McClintic’s role in Tori’s murder as “bad practices” in a television interview earlier this week.“When he’s got a minister sitting a few seats down from him glossing over these evil actions of a deranged individuals as ‘bad practices,’ then yeah, we’re absolutely going to put before him and his ministers what some of the details are,” Scheer said.McClintic was sentenced to life in prison after being convicted of first-degree murder of Victoria (Tori) Stafford. McClintic’s boyfriend, Michael Rafferty repeatedly raped her before the eight-year-old was ultimately killed with a claw hammer to the head.The disturbing details have been widely reported, in part, to allow the public to bear witness to the tragedy and understand McClintic’s sentence, Scheer said.“That was the purpose of recounting some of the details of the case, so that Canadians, and for Parliamentarians to know what they are defending… they have a responsibility to Canadians to explain why they think it’s OK.”—Follow @ReporterTeresa on Twitter.last_img read more

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More police officers expected to testify at Dennis Oland murder trial

first_imgSAINT JOHN, N.B. — This is day 17 of Dennis Oland’s retrial for the second-degree murder of his multi-millionaire father, Richard.Testimony continues to be dominated by Saint John, N.B., police accounts of their investigation, after Richard Oland’s battered body was found in his uptown office in July 2011.Oland’s defence team is raising questions about the police work, saying it was sloppy, undisciplined and motivated by a rush to judgement about Oland – the last known person to have seen his father alive.The trial, before judge alone, is expected to last until mid-March in Court of Queen’s Bench.It could take several more months for a verdict to be handed down.Oland, 50, is free on bail while the trial is under way.The Canadian Presslast_img

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New Brunswick spring flood efforts beginning to move from response to recovery

first_imgFREDERICTON — The director of New Brunswick’s Emergency Measures Organization says the response to this year’s spring flooding is slowly transforming from a response to a recovery operation.“Most regions along the Saint John River should be out of the flood stage by the end of this week,” Greg MacCallum said Tuesday. He said water levels along most of the river are making a slow but steady decline.However, areas between Jemseg and Saint John — along the river’s southern reaches — are expected to remain at or above flood stage until Saturday.But that doesn’t mean the response to the flood is over, he said.“Things start to look like they’re getting back to normal in some places and then you drive five miles and you see a road that you can’t go further on,” MacCallum said. “That’s to be expected.”The Transportation Department confirmed Tuesday that 82 roads remained closed, but many of them are expected to reopen in the next few days.The Trans-Canada Highway was closed to traffic between Oromocto and Riverglade, but local residents as far as Gagetown and Petitcodiac were being allowed to use the highway to get to their homes.Ahmed Dassouki, director of the department’s operations branch, said the entire highway could be reopened this week.He said the water has retreated and most of the debris, such as trees and driftwood, has been removed.However, he said the highway requires an inspection once all the debris has been cleared away.The New Brunswick director of the Canadian Red Cross said while some people have begun returning to their homes, the agency is still housing 433 people in hotels.Bill Lawlor said free household cleanup kits are being distributed, and a fundraising effort has generated $241,000 so far.About 240 soldiers had been helping with the flood response, but that number is now down to 150, and Lt.-Col. Sean French says more soldiers will be returning to Canadian Forces Base Gagetown in the coming days.The public is being advised to boil any well water that may have been contaminated by the floodwaters.MacCallum said there’s still a lot of work ahead, but the weather forecast looks good for the rest of the week.“We will exercise patience and wait for the sun to come out and the waters to recede,” he said.Kevin Bissett, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Medical examiner tells couples trial that child died of bacterial meningitis

first_imgLETHBRIDGE, Alta. — A medical examiner who did an autopsy on a 19-month-old toddler whose parents are on trial in Lethbridge, Alta., says there’s no question the boy died of bacterial meningitis.David and Collet Stephan are charged with failing to provide the necessaries of life for their son Ezekiel.The pathologist told the judge hearing the case that the autopsy on March 19, 2012, concluded the boy died of bacterial meningitis and a lung infection.The medical examiner said spinal fluid was sent for testing and the cause of death was clear.He said his findings were sent for a peer review, which is automatic when homicide is suspected in a child’s death.The pathologist’s comments have yet to be admitted into evidence at the trial as the defence is questioning his qualifications.Dr. Bamidele Adeagbo testified by video from Indiana.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Youth overdose is grounds for secure care treatment pediatrician tells inquest

first_imgVICTORIA — A British Columbia pediatrician who treats children and youth struggling with substance abuse issues says he supports placing young people in treatment facilities against their will if they have suffered an overdose.Dr. Tom Warshawski told a coroner’s inquest into the death of 16-year-old Elliot Eurchuk that an overdose is a life and death situation where a young person is being controlled by the potentially deadly drugs and is not in control of their thinking.Warshawski says committing young people to secure treatment facilities where they cannot leave for a time period at least allows doctors to help clean the drugs out of their systems and open their minds to the possibility of future treatment.Eurchuk died of an overdose in 2018 about two months after he was forcefully admitted to a Victoria youth treatment ward following an overdose at hospital while undergoing treatment for a blood infection common to intravenous drug users.Eurchuk’s parents, Rachel Staples and Brock Eurchuk, have testified efforts to help their son were thwarted by medical privacy laws that permitted withholding information about the teen’s addiction issues.Warshawski says he is part of a working group that has provided recent research documents about secure care treatment for young people to B.C.’s Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions.Former B.C. provincial health officer Perry Kendall is scheduled to testify at the inquest.The inquest is expected to wrap up today after hearing from more than 40 witnesses over eight days.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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DJs And Pop Stars Join For Dance RED Save Lives 2

first_imgThe world’s biggest DJs and pop stars are coming together for charity.(RED) Brings Together The World’s Biggest DJs + Pop Artists To Release DANCE (RED) SAVE LIVES(2) On iTunes November 25, 2013.Following the global success of the 2012 DANCE (RED) SAVE LIVES music compilation – which topped the iTunes dance charts at #1 in 33 countries – (RED) together with today’s hottest dance artists, including Avicii, Baauer, Benny Benassi, Bingo Players, Calvin Harris, Dada Life, deadmau5, Major Lazer, Martin Solveig, RL Grime, Swedish House Mafia, Tiesto, Tommy Trash and many more, announce DANCE (RED) SAVE LIVES2.Video: DANCE (RED) SAVE LIVES 2 – 2013 Official Trailer

The ultimate soundtrack to this year’s World AIDS Day weekend celebrations, the DANCE (RED) SAVE LIVES2 compilation features new and original collaborative dance tracks, plus remixes of Robin Thicke, Katy Perry, Empire of the Sun, and Far East Movement. Proceeds from the sales of DANCE (RED) SAVE LIVES2 go to the Global Fund to fight AIDS.

Produced in partnership with Capitol Music Group’s Priority Records and Recreation Worldwide, DANCE (RED) SAVE LIVES2 will be released on iTunes on November 25, 2013 with pre-orders available now: 

Luke Steele/Nick Littlemore of Empire of the Sun commented, “DANCE (RED) SAVE LIVES2 is about celebrating how far we’ve come in the fight against AIDS while also uniting the world around this incredible opportunity we have to deliver an AIDS Free Generation within the near future. We are honoured and delighted that the Tommy Trash remix of ‘Celebrate’ has been chosen for this album.” 

Beginning on November 30 in Sydney, Australia where (RED) will be renewing its partnership with Stereosonic Festival, DANCE (RED) SAVE LIVES2 will kick off a 24-hour dance party taking place across the 2013 World AIDS Day weekend. Stereosonic Sydney will be live-streamed on VICE’s electronic music and culture channel, THUMP, via its YouTube channel, bringing dance music fans an unforgettable live global music experience. The lineup from the recently expanded two-day Stereosonic festival includes David Guetta, Calvin Harris, Sebastian Ingrosso, Empire of the Sun, Armin van Buuren, Axwell, Above & Beyond, Afrojack, {celebrity:Krewella, and more. Continuing the celebrations, (RED) will also host a series of DANCE (RED) SAVE LIVES2 parties in major cities across the globe: Singapore, Mexico City, Johannesburg, London, New York and Los Angeles.

”Stereosonic brings the biggest names in dance music together to create a festival like no other. Our partnership with (RED) to support DANCE (RED) SAVE LIVES2 makes the event a truly global dance phenomenon, and we’re proud to play a role in rallying these huge DJs to join the AIDS fight,” adds Richie McNeill, Stereosonic’s Managing Director.

In addition to THUMP, the DANCE (RED) SAVE LIVES2 live-stream will be available throughout World AIDS Day weekend across leading media properties such as WIRED, Rolling Stone, iHeartRadio and LETV in China. Promotion for DANCE (RED) SAVE LIVES2 includes a pro bono media campaign by Hill Holliday across leading digital platforms, television and radio networks, print publications and outdoor media including CNN, A&E Networks (A&E, History, Biography and Lifetime), Fuse, Posterscope & Lamar, Twitter, Viacom International Media Networks – Americas, The FADER,, NASDAQ OMX and Clear Channel Media and Entertainment.
Adds Deborah Dugan, CEO, (RED), “With the end of AIDS now within the world’s grasp, we have so much to lose if we don’t make a lot of noise. That’s exactly what this album is designed to achieve. We’ve brought together a powerhouse team of artists and partners to ignite a movement that will be amplified in all corners of the world for this year’s World AIDS Day.”

Josh Neuman, CEO of Recreation Worldwide, the creative agency behind DANCE (RED) SAVE LIVES2 notes, “The passion and generosity of the artists, brands and media partners we’ve assembled to engage a global audience with (RED) has been profoundly inspiring. We are all excited to see the campaign grow tremendously since its inception last year.”
The announcement comes as (RED) and its partners mark an important milestone in the fight against AIDS, having generated more than $215 million for the Global Fund to fight AIDS in Africa. The war against AIDS faces a critical battle: to deliver the first AIDS Free Generation since HIV was diagnosed 32 years ago. In sub-Saharan Africa, it costs only 40 cents a day for two lifesaving pills that can prevent HIV positive mothers from transmitting the virus to their unborn children. Today, 700 babies are born with the virus. It’s possible that number can soon be near zero. Ending mother-to-child transmission of HIV is a component of the UN Millennium Development Goals to be achieved by 2015.
The DANCE (RED) SAVE LIVES2 album artwork features a collaborative design by pioneering graffiti artist and graphic designer, Futura, and German design student Ramona Ring as part of (RED)’s global design competition with Adobe Creative Cloud.DANCE (RED) SAVE LIVES2 ALBUM TRACKLIST
1. Katy Perry – Roar (DallasK Remix)
2. Coldplay – Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall (Swedish House Mafia Remix)
3. Major Lazer ft. Bruno Mars, Tyga and Mystic – Bubble Butt (Flosstradamus Remix)
4. Empire of the Sun & Tommy Trash – Celebrate (Tommy Trash Remix)
5. Madonna vs. Avicii – Girl Gone Wild (Avicii’s UMF Mix)
6. Bob Marley – Sun Is Shining (Jesse Rose ‘Bootleg’ Remix)
7. Calvin Harris ft. Ellie Goulding – I Need Your Love (R3hab Remix)
8. Dada Life vs. Josh Wink – Higher State of Dada Land
9. Robin Thicke ft. Kendrick Lamar – Give It 2 U (Benny Benassi Remix)
10. Capital Cities – Kangaroo Court (Robert DeLong Remix)
11. Banks – Waiting Game (Kaytranada Edition) 
12. Baauer & RL Grime – Infinite Daps
13. Claire – Broken Promise Land (Giorgio Moroder Remix & Vocoder)
14. Bingo Players – Buzzcut (Popeska Remix)
15. Icona Pop – All Night (Crookers Remix)
16. Tiesto, Mark Alston, Baggi Begovic, Jason Taylor – Love & Run ft. Teddy Geiger (MOTi Remix)
17. Deadmau5 vs. Eric Prydz – The Veldt (Prydz Festival Edit)
18. Martin Solveig & The Cataracts – Hey Now ft. Kyle (Pierce Fulton Remix)
19. Gorgon City – Voltage
20. Felix Cartal ft. HAERTS – Slow Motion
21. Rebecca & Fiona ft. VICE – Hot Shots (RED Edition)
22. Tritonal ft. Underdown – Deep Into Black (Club Mix)
23. Chuckie – Skydive ft. Maiday (Candyland Remix)
24. Far East Movement – There Will Be No Rain (Kill Paris Remix)Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

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Meet Jennifer Aniston At The LA Premiere Of CAKE

first_imgHere is your chance to meet Jennifer Aniston when you attend the premiere and premiere after-party of SAG and Golden Globe-Nominated film CAKE on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 in Los Angeles!A new celebrity charity auction is giving you this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to raise money for FutureCorps, a non-profit that unites innovative and deep-thinking professionals from diverse backgrounds in health, education and economic empowerment to tackle the most pressing issues of our time. Find out more about FutureCorps here.Don’t miss your chance to congratulate Jennifer Aniston and her fellow cast-mates on their critically acclaimed performances! The film’s producer, Kristin Hahn, is looking forward to personally introducing you and your guest to attending cast members at this very special event.CAKE is an American drama written by Patrick Tobin, directed by Daniel Barnz, and starring Jennifer Aniston, Adriana Barraza, Felicity Huffman, William H. Macy, Anna Kendrick, and Sam Worthington. Aniston portrays an acerbic woman who becomes fascinated by the suicide of a woman in her chronic-pain support group. As she uncovers the details of the suicide, she grapples with her own personal demons. Jennifer’s performance has earned her best actress nominations for the Screen Actors Guild Award and Golden Globe Award.This auction is open until January 12, and can be accessed here.last_img read more

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Richard Branson Dont Let Earths Animals Go The Way Of The Dinosaurs

first_imgSir Richard Branson recently blogged about his fears of the fate of wildlife, and what he believes can be done to save the animals of Earth.“Animals are dying off in the wild at a pace as great as when the dinosaurs were wiped out – but unlike the dinosaurs, the fate of animals is in our hands,” he wrote on his blog.“In the short term we must focus on stopping animal poaching; devastatingly, around 33,000 elephants are killed annually, while 95% of the world’s rhinos have been lost in the past 40 years. We should also stop over-harvesting, and expand marine and land preserves – a great example of this is the major development of the Pacific Remote Islands National Marine Monument.“In the long term we need to reduce our carbon output, and make human consumption more sustainable – it’s estimated that 14.5% of global man-made greenhouse gas emissions come from livestock, this was a major factor in my decision to go beef-free.“These are just some of the ways we can ensure animals don’t go the way of dinosaurs – total extinction. How we treat our world is a reflection of our humanity, our intelligence, our conscience and ultimately, our very survival. Protecting animal species is one of the most important things any of us can do. “You can read the full blog here.Source:virgin.comlast_img read more

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Bill Clintons World AIDS Day Statement

first_imgBill Clinton released a heartfelt statement for World AIDS Day earlier this week.“Today is a day for reflection and even more, for rededication,” he said. “We reflect on the lives that have been lost to AIDS, the bravery of those who continue to live with HIV/AIDS and the commitment of so many worldwide to treat them. And we rededicate ourselves to eradicating the HIV/AIDS epidemic once and for all.“The challenges we face are clear. There are 37 million living with HIV worldwide, only 54 percent of whom are aware of their status. But as we look ahead, we should take strength from the remarkable progress that has been accomplished over the last 15 years. The number of new infections has fallen by 35 percent; the number of people receiving critical antiretroviral therapy (ART) in the developing world has increased from under 1 million to nearly 16 million; and the number of deaths attributable to HIV/AIDS has dropped by 42 percent since peaking in 2004.“We are proud to have been part of this progress through the Clinton Foundation and the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI). This year, 9.9 million people worldwide have access to CHAI-negotiated HIV/AIDS medications, and we are pleased that just this week CHAI and its partners announced three new agreements that could increase access to more sustainable HIV drug regimens at reduced prices.“Today and in the years to come, the international community — governments, businesses, multilaterals, and NGOs — must continue to strive toward achieving universal treatment, improving diagnostics, and helping all countries build strong, self-sufficient health systems to meet the needs of their people and maximize the effectiveness of their resources.“The past 15 years have shown us that we can afford to be ambitious and that we have a responsibility to be so. We are committed to a world in which everyone who has HIV/AIDS or who is at risk for contracting the virus has access to the knowledge, treatment and support they need.”last_img read more

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UNDP To Host Inaugural Global Goals Gala A Night for Change

first_imgCelebrating a half-century milestone while gearing up to implement an ambitious international plan to eliminate poverty and tackle climate change, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will host its first-ever gala fundraiser, the inaugural Global Goals Gala: A Night for Change.The event will take place at Phillips, 450 Park Avenue in Manhattan, on the evening of Monday, December 5.The host committee includes three current UNDP Goodwill Ambassadors: His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, and actors Connie Britton and Michelle Yeoh. These ambassadors and other influencers will help highlight UNDP’s work around the globe, introduce honorees and appoint a new UNDP Goodwill Ambassador, a high-profile actor/activist whose identity will be kept under wraps until shortly before the event.Beginning with red-carpet arrivals and cocktails at 6:30 pm, the evening will feature celebrity advocates, political heavyweights and global partners helping UNDP mark 50 years of progress for the world. Among those serving on the host committee are Edward Dolman, chairman and CEO of Phillips (gala committee chair); Sir Harold Evans, editor-at-large, Thomson Reuters; Kate Garvey, co-founder of Project Everyone; Jean Todt, UN Secretary-General Special Envoy for Road Safety; and Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia and Wikimedia Foundation.“The United Nations Development Programme has spent the last five decades fighting poverty and protecting our planet,” said Michael O’Neill, UN Assistant Secretary General and UNDP Director of External Relations. “But we can’t get the job done without our influential supporters and advocates by our side, which is why we are delighted and proud to add another powerful voice to the cause when we appoint a new Goodwill Ambassador on December 5.”The gala will be interactive, giving guests the unique opportunity to experience what UNDP does to improve people’s lives around the globe. Central to this experience will be its work in helping countries achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Also known as the Global Goals, they were agreed to by world leaders last year seeking to eliminate poverty and stop climate change by 2030. The gala will culminate with a musical performance by a major recording artist, to be announced.Individual tickets start at $750. Tables and sponsorships are available. Contact Ayesha Marra at for tickets, to join the host committee or to become a sponsor. For more information on the Global Goals Gala, please visit read more