1400 arrested at Moscow election protest

first_imgMoscow: Russian police arrested almost 1,400 people as they gathered in Moscow at the weekend to demand open elections, a monitor said, the biggest crackdown on a rally in the country in years. Some 3,500 people took part in the unauthorised protest on Saturday, according to official figures, after authorities blocked prominent opposition candidates from taking part in city elections. The meeting came a week after 22,000 took to the streets calling on authorities to reverse their decision ahead of the vote. Police used batons on protesters as they tried to gather outside city hall on Saturday, and AFP reporters at the scene saw demonstrators with injuries. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe EU in a statement denounced the “disproportionate use of force against peaceful protesters,” which it said undermined “the fundamental freedoms of expression, association and assembly”. Amnesty International also condemned what it said was the use of excessive force by the police. After the rally last week investigators raided the homes and headquarters of a number of disqualified candidates. Top Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny was jailed for 30 days for calling the fresh protest. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsSeveral would-be candidates were detained before or during the meeting on Saturday. Among them was Ilya Yashin, who called for another protest next weekend. OVD-Info, an organisation that monitors protests, reported Sunday that 1,373 people were detained. It said this was the highest number since mass demonstrations in 2012, when tens of thousands protested President Vladimir Putin’s return to the Kremlin after four years as prime minister. The new protests come amid wider public anger over declining living standards that has hit Putin’s approval ratings. Elections to Moscow’s 45-seat legislative body, currently controlled by the pro-Kremlin United Russia party, are due to be held in September. While pro-Kremlin candidates enjoy the support of the state, independent candidates say they have been made to jump through countless hoops in order to get on the ballot for the city polls. Following pickets last week, including outside the local election commission building, investigators said they were launching a criminal probe into obstructing the work of election officials. If found guilty, organisers risk up to five years in prison.last_img read more

Read More →

Registers as priority

first_imgFor the past year, NRC has made headlines with people in distress over the exclusion of names from the list amidst other worries. NRC is scheduled to be published on August 31 after breaching through past deadlines to prepare what the Centre believes will be the final list of residents in Assam. NRC was a cumbersome exercise and apprehensions regarding its pan-Indian implementation exist since the ruling BJP had promised during election campaigning of a nation-wide NRC. And, abiding by its promises, the first step to that extent will be initiated by the government of India when it starts the next round of recording biometric information of Indian citizens under the National Population Register (NPR). Though NPR is different from NRC, NPR will facilitate the preparation of National Register of Indian Citizens (NRIC). NRP’s deadline is September 2020 and it is scheduled to begin from April 1, 2020. The NPR database would contain demographic and biometric particulars and act as a comprehensive identity database of every usual resident in the country. From the nomenclature, NPR sounds much like the population Census but it is very different from the decennial Census in work. NPR was conducted earlier in two phases in 2010 and 2015 but its rollout was marred by Aadhaar. Under the norms of the NPR, a usual resident is defined as a person who has resided in a local area for six months or ore or a person who intends to reside in that area for the next six months or more. The definition is somewhat precise for the sole reason that not every individual will fall in that particular description primarily due to the six-month clause. NPR data, therefore, may not turn out to be the true host of precise information regarding the individual. The government has made it mandatory for every resident of the country to register in NPR and the task of ensuring that besides registration itself would be gigantic given India’s staggering population. As per the current government’s priorities, made clear by President Ram Nath Kovind last month, the NPR was an inevitable step. And, as inevitable as NPR seems, NRIC would follow suit soon after. While a comprehensive database is desirable from a country’s governance perspective, NRC’s lacklustre proceedings that came to surface over the year do not allay any apprehensions for the majority of residents when it comes to NPR or NRIC. Yet, considering NRC as very different from NPR solely on the factor that NRC is being developed in a place plagued with infiltrators, the chances of latter being completed on time and in a safe and sound manner are automatically more. With the deadline drawn for the completion of NPR, the current government’s resolute to script the nation’s demographic in a single resgiter along with their biometric data looks strong. There are, of course, several advantages of having a consolidated register of residents as it helps in creating as well as implementing whatever number and quality of schemes that the government needs to come up with. NPR would turn out to be a highly valuable document for various purposes in the larger interest of effective governance. It is only the modalities that garner apprehensions not the intent and not the use. Policy-wise, this NPR will give detailed data categorically since it will be charted at the village, sub-district, district, state and national level under the provisions of the Citizenship Act 1955 and the Citizenship Rules, 2003. Can the government better-govern the country through this register or is it just a mere exercise to keep record of country’s sprawling demographic?last_img read more

Read More →

Over 20K security forces guard Capital on IndependenceDay

first_imgNew Delhi: More than 20,000 security personnel have been deployed across the city for the Independence Day celebrations. According to Delhi Police, they have given training of soft skills to lower rank personnel who will interact with guests who come to Red Fort area.Deputy Commissioner of Police (Central) Mandeep Singh Randhawa told Millennium Post that face recognition cameras have been installed and anti-drone teams have been deployed around five-kilometres of Redfort. “Apart from maintaining security, we have also trained cops with soft skills. They will guide guests and other residents going towards North Delhi’s Red Fort area,” said DCP Central. He further stated that the city has been placed under high-security cover to avoid any terror strike or untoward incident. Snipers have been stationed atop high-rise buildings. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderSources said that Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik, in a recent meeting, reviewed the security measures taken by districts for Independence Day. According to police, they have identified vulnerable spots such as crowded markets, railway stations, bus stands and other high-value establishments, and efforts are being made to secure them. Recently, Special Cell, keeping in view of the increased threat from various terrorist groups to create disturbances, had undertaken the exercise of combing the sensitive areas in the city. Sources said that during checking several shortcomings were noticed in various hotels, guest houses, busy markets, taxi stands, parking lots, cyber cafes, PG accommodations, cinema halls, malls. The Delhi Police also registered more than 100 cases against hotels, guest houses and cyber cafes in the city over security-related negligence. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThe law enforcement agency also issued traffic advisory in connection with Independence Day. Police said that elaborate traffic arrangements around Red Fort have been made. Detailed traffic deployment will be in place to facilitate the movement of VIP vehicles, invitees and the general public to reach the place of function and also to ensure safe and smooth flow of traffic in other parts of the city. In its traffic advisory, the Delhi Traffic Police said that roads like Netaji Subhash Marg from Delhi Gate to Chatta Rail, Lothian Road from GPO Delhi to Chatta Rail, SP Mukherjee Marg from H C Sen Marg to Yamuna Bazar Chowk, Chandni Chowk Road from Fountain Chowk to Red Fort, Nishad Raj Marg from Ring Road to Netaji Subhash Marg, Esplanade Road and its Link Road to Netaji Subhash Marg and Ring Road from Rajghat to Y-Point-Hanuman Setu will be closed for general traffic from 4:00 am to 10:00 am and only labelled vehicles will be permitted.last_img read more

Read More →

CBI questions West Bengal minister Partha Chatterjee

first_imgNew Delhi: Senior Trinamool Congress leader and a minister in the West Bengal government, Partha Chatterjee, was on Friday questioned by the CBI in connection with the Saradha chit fund case, it is probing, sources here said.Chatterjee was earlier summoned by the Central Bureau of Investigation to appear before agency officials in Bidhannagar and arrived at their offices in the city around 2:30 pm in the afternoon. The Education Minister of West Bengal was questioned by agency officials for around four hours before he left the CBI offices. This summons came after, the central probe agency had questioned senior TMC member and Rajya Sabha MP Derek O’Brien in connection with the same case. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Sources in the know had told the Millennium Post at the time that O’Brien was questioned about funds received in the bank accounts of his party’s official newspaper, Jago Bangla. They had alleged that as Publisher of the newspaper, O’Brien was controlling the bank account where the funds were received. It is also alleged that the money paid into the newspaper’s accounts had originated from proceeds of the sale that came through selling some paintings by the West Bengal Chief Minister. Earlier in the case, the CBI had examined Shibaji Panja, a businessman, in connection with the chit fund case, and it was alleged that he used to organised various exhibitions, where paintings by the CM were sold.last_img read more

Read More →

CVC panel to examine bank fraud above 50 cr

first_imgNew Delhi: The Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) has constituted Advisory Board for Banking Frauds (ABBF) headed by former Vigilance Commissioner T M Bhasin to examine bank fraud over Rs 50 crore and recommend action.The ABBF, formed in consultation with the RBI, would function as the first level of examination of all large fraud cases before recommendations or references are made to the investigative agencies by the respective public sector banks (PSBs), CVC said in an order. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsThe four-member board’s jurisdiction would be confined to those cases involving the level of officers of General Manager and above in the PSB in respect of an allegation of fraud in a borrowal account, it said. Lenders would refer all large fraud cases above Rs 50 crore to the board and on receipt of its recommendation or advice, the bank concerned would take further action in such matter, it stated. “The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) may also refer any case or matter to the board where it has any issue or difficulty or in technical matters with the PSB concerned,” it said. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayOther members of the panel are Madhusudan Prasad — former Urban Development Secretary, D K Pathak — former Director-General of the Border Security Force and Suresh N Patel — former MD and CEO of Andhra Bank. The tenure of the Chairman and members would be for a period of two years from August 21, 2019, the order mentioned. It further added that the board will also periodically carry out frauds analysis in the financial system and give inputs for policy formulation related to the fraud to the RBI. Headquartered in Delhi, the Reserve Bank of India will provide required secretarial services, logistic and analytical support along with the necessary funding to the board. In a bid to check such incidences, the government has already issued the ‘framework for timely detection, reporting and investigation relating to large-value bank frauds’ to PSBs, which makes it clear that all accounts exceeding Rs 50 crore, if classified as an NPA, should be examined by banks from the angle of possible fraud and a report be placed before the bank’s Committee for Review of NPAs based on the findings of the investigation. Besides, the PSBs have been advised to obtain a certified copy of the passport of promoters/directors and other authorised signatories of companies taking loan facilities of more than Rs 50 crore.last_img read more

Read More →

NKDA uses 78000 litres of recycled water in New Town

first_imgKolkata: New Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA) has used 78,000 litres of recycled water in New Town as a part of the drive to conserve water.It may be mentioned that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has announced that July 12 will be observed as Save Water Save Life Day, throughout the state. On July 12, she took part in a walk from Jorasanko Thakurbari to Gandhi statue on Mayo Road to make people aware of the need to conserve water. NKDA has recycled 78,000 litres of waste water from its two Sewage Treatment Plants (STPs) in the past two months. This water has been used to water roadside trees in the central road median and other parts of New Town. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaIt may be mentioned that NKDA has planted trees all over New Town, which are watered daily with the help of water tankers. NKDA has proposed to introduce rain water harvesting in big housing complexes in New Town. To create awareness among people, several drives have been taken up. Even in Café Ekante, half glass water is served first and subsequently, water is served on demand. It may be mentioned that the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has proposed to stop washing cars using Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwaydrinking water. Mayor Firhad Hakim has proposed to set up a washing bay, where vehicles will be washed using unfiltered water. There was provision for unfiltered water in Kolkata earlier, which was used for flushing and cleaning. Every household had separate tanks where unfiltered water was stored. But over the years, the unfiltered water lifting station at Mallickghat became inoperative, leading to the collapse of the system.last_img read more

Read More →

No plan to ban petrol diesel vehicles says Nitin Gadkari as auto

first_imgNew Delhi: Road transport minister Nitin Gadkari on Thursday assured that there were no plans to ban conventional petrol and diesel vehicles amid concern in the auto industry that is facing a crisis. “There were discussions and the ministry had received suggestions that petrol-diesel vehicles be banned. I would like to clarify that government does not intend to ban petrol and diesel vehicles. We aren’t going to do anything like that,” said Nitin Gadkari. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details The minister, who was addressing the annual meet of the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM), said the government is considering a cut in the goods and services tax (GST) rate for hybrid vehicles. On the auto industry slowdown, Gadkari said the sector is facing problem because of global economy, demand and supply. “Government is already with the automobile industry and under the finance ministry we’ll find out a solution,” he said. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Passenger vehicle sales in India declined by 30.98% in July compared to the same month last year. This is the steepest fall the industry has witnessed in 19 last years. Gadkari said he has asked automakers to consider starting non-banking finance company for lending to buyers to boost sales. Vehicle sales fell by around 31% in July, a nine-month long streak. Reuters reported that automakers, component manufacturers and dealers have laid off about 350,000 workers since the start of the year. The country’s largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki India announced its decision to suspend production at its Gurugram and Manesar plants in Haryana for two days. This is the first time the company will close both plants simultaneously for two days and comes at a time when the auto major is battling a slowdown. The automobile sector, Gadkari said, needs to focus more on quality. “India can become number one manufacturing hub. The automobile firms should be quality-centric not cost centric.”last_img read more

Read More →

Article 370 Ram temple to top agenda at RSS meet with affiliates

first_imgPushkar: The abrogation of Jammu and Kashmir’s special status under Article 370, the current situation in the Valley and the Ram temple issue will top the agenda of the RSS’s coordination meeting here with its affiliates and allied organisations, including the BJP, sources said. The three-day ‘Samanvay Baithak’ will start on Saturday and will be attended by RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, its top functionaries and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) working president J P Nadda. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ Deliberations will be held on various issues, including national security, the situation in the country’s border areas and environment conservation, the RSS’s publicity in-charge Arun Kumar said at a press conference in the Rajasthan city on Friday. RSS-affiliate ‘Seema Jagran’, which works in the border areas, may give a presentation on the abrogation of certain provisions of Article 370 and the situation in Kashmir that will be part of discussions at the meet, according to the sources. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K Similarly, the Swadeshi Jagran Manch and the Bhartiya Mazdoor Sangh will brief delegates on the overall economic slowdown in the country, they said. With the apex court hearing the Ayodhya land dispute case on a daily basis, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad will share details of the ongoing judicial proceedings in the matter, the sources said. “Over 200 delegates of 35 affiliates and allied organisations of the Sangh will attend the coordination meeting in which discussions will be held broadly on national security, the situation in borders areas of the country and environment conservation,” Kumar said. Issues related to women empowerment and their role in society, and the participation of youth in nation building will be taken up, he said, adding that a report, which has been prepared after conducting a survey among women and the youth, and people belonging to schedule castes and schedule tribes, will also be discussed. The report has been prepared on the prevailing social issues in the country. Discussions will be held on water conservation, development, employment opportunities and migration from border areas, Kumar said. This is the first coordination meeting of the RSS after the BJP’s victory in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. A detailed analysis of the BJP’s performance in the Lok Sabha elections and its recently-concluded membership drive will also be done. Besides Nadda, BJP general secretary (organisation) B L Santhosh and general secretary Ram Madhav will also attend the meeting. Kumar said no Union minister will attend the three-day meet as it is a coordination meeting of the RSS and its affiliates and allies.last_img read more

Read More →

Jury deliberations continue in Halifax murder trial of medical student

first_imgHALIFAX – Jury deliberations in the murder trial of Halifax medical student William Sandeson are set to resume on Sunday.Sandeson is accused of killing 22-year-old Taylor Samson, whose body has never been found.Jurors wrapped up their closed-door discussions in Nova Scotia Supreme Court on Saturday evening without reaching a verdict. The 12-member jury has deliberated for nearly 20 hours in total since Thursday afternoon.Before deliberations began, Justice Josh Arnold laid out four possible verdicts in the case: Sandeson could be found guilty of first-degree murder, second-degree murder, manslaughter, or he could be found not guilty.He told jury members their verdict must be unanimous, although they do not have to arrive at a conclusion in the same way.The trial heard Samson went to Sandeson’s apartment on Aug. 15, 2015, to sell him nine kilograms of marijuana for $40,000.Court heard Samson was last seen alive on video walking into Sandeson’s apartment shortly before 10:30 p.m.DNA matching Samson’s was recovered from a bullet, gun, duffel bag and other items seized from Sandeson’s Henry Street apartment in Halifax and his family’s farm in Truro, the jury heard.The Crown has alleged that Sandeson lured Samson into his apartment and shot him in the back of the head as part of a plan to alleviate roughly $70,000 in debt during a drug deal.Defence lawyer Eugene Tan has urged the jury to acquit Sandeson, arguing his client is not a “criminal mastermind.”The jury of six men and six woman will return to court at 9:15 a.m. Sunday to continue weighing the evidence in the two-month-long trial.last_img read more

Read More →

LacMegantic jurors to deliberate for fourth day Sunday

first_imgSHERBROOKE, Que. – The jurors at the trial of three men charged with criminal negligence causing death in the Lac-Megantic railway disaster will deliberate for a fourth day Sunday after failing to reach a verdict Saturday.Day 3 of deliberations passed without any questions or messages from the 12 jurors.The jury is deciding the fate of Tom Harding, Richard Labrie and Jean Demaitre, who are charged in connection with the July 2013 tragedy in which 47 people were killed when a runaway train carrying crude oil derailed and exploded.The three men pleaded not guilty.Harding was the train’s engineer, Labrie the traffic controller and Demaitre the manager of train operations.All three can be found guilty of criminal negligence causing the death of 47 people, while jurors have the option of convicting Harding on one of two other charges: dangerous operation of railway equipment or dangerous operation of railway equipment causing death.last_img read more

Read More →

Senate approves gender neutral wording for Canadas national anthem

first_imgOTTAWA – The Senate has passed a bill to make the national anthem more gender neutral, fulfilling the dying wish of Liberal MP Mauril Belanger.The Senate has given its final approval to the legislation, which would change the second line of the anthem from “in all thy sons command” to “in all of us command.”Mauril’s bill to make O Canada gender neutral passed third reading in the Senate tonight – another positive step towards gender equality. #inallofuscommand— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) February 1, 2018The legislation now only requires formal royal assent before it becomes law.Belanger pushed the legislation for years, but it took on greater on far greater urgency after he was diagnosed with ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, following the 2015 federal election.The Commons passed the bill June 2016, with the ailing Belanger in the House.The longtime Liberal died just over two months later.last_img read more

Read More →

Doctors group wants Health Canada not industry to design marijuana labelling

first_imgOTTAWA – A group representing the country’s doctors says designing marijuana packaging should be left to federal officials and public health experts, not cannabis producers and distributors.The Canadian Medical Association said Monday that product labelling is an important way to educate consumers, especially young people, about the risks of using marijuana.The association is also urging Ottawa to apply the same standards to marijuana as it does to prescription medication and prohibit health claims that are not backed by research.“Ensuring that health products are safe and effective must be a key component of any regulations on cannabis,” said the group’s president, Dr. Laurent Marcoux.“This is why we believe rigorous scientific evidence is needed to support claims of health benefits and to identify potential risks and adverse reactions.”Health Canada applies different levels of scrutiny to prescription drugs than it does to non-prescription medication, natural health products, cosmetics and medical devices — a fact the medical association says is not widely understood.The association is a voluntary group that represents most of the country’s physicians.Consumers need to be protected from misleading health claims and says it wants a single set of regulations in place for both the medical and recreational marijuana industry, it said.The federal government is expected to legalize recreational marijuana this summer.last_img read more

Read More →

Sailor testifies superior sexually assaulted him aboard Canadian destroyer

first_imgHALIFAX – A Halifax sailor has told a military court he woke up in his bunk to a superior performing oral sex on him while a navy destroyer was visiting Spain in 2015.The leading seaman was testifying Wednesday in Halifax at the standing court martial for Master Seaman Daniel Cooper, who is accused of sexual assault and ill treatment of a subordinate.The man, whose name is protected by a publication ban, said he left HMCS Athabaskan around 10 a.m. on Nov. 9, 2015, to have some drinks with other crew members in Rota, Spain. He said he drank a number of beer throughout the day at a hotel and restaurant and later in the evening he and Cooper returned to the ship in a taxi.He said the men had a few more drinks in the mess and eventually went to bed around 1 a.m. on Nov. 10, 2015 — but he woke up about three hours later as someone was performing oral sex on him.“I’m trying to figure out what’s going on. I’m in shock. I’m frozen stiff,” he told the court. “I’m not sure what to do.”The man said it was dark and he couldn’t really see, but the person performing the act was repeating a sexual phrase to him, and he recognized the voice to be that of Cooper, a naval communicator at Canadian Forces Base Halifax.He became emotional in the courtroom as he spoke about fearing for his safety and attempting to alert a crew member in the bunk below him — but he said his pleas for help went unanswered.“I said, ‘I think I’m getting raped’ … But he didn’t believe me. His response was, ‘You’re drunk and I have duty in a few hours. Go back to bed’,” he said.The junior sailor eventually told his alleged assaulter, “I’m not gay,” to which he replied, “Oh, sorry,” and left.The alleged victim said once Cooper left, the sailor in the bunk below him realized he had been telling the truth. He said that sailor convinced him to report the sexual assault, and his superiors were notified of the alleged incident shortly after it happened.He told the court he never invited Cooper into his bunk or consented to oral sex.Cooper has pleaded not guilty to both charges.During cross-examination, defence lawyer Maj. Philippe-Luc Boutin appeared to suggest the oral sex was consensual.He asked the leading seaman if he remembered becoming aroused while speaking with Cooper near the bunks after they left the mess, and a discussion about sexual activity.“I’m going to suggest to you … that your account of that night is not the truth,” said Boutin. “You made up a story because it was more convenient for you.”But the man flatly denied the suggestions in the defence’s line of questioning.“I was raped,” he said, speaking louder than previously.Boutin also pointed to inconsistencies in his testimony. He noted that he told the court Wednesday that he was “very drunk” when he went to bed early that morning, but told police days after the incident that he wasn’t that drunk.Before dismissing the alleged victim, Military Judge Cmdr. Sandra Sukstorf said: “Thank you for coming forward to tell your story.”The court martial continues Wednesday.Military commanders have promised to crack down on sexual misconduct in the ranks since retired Supreme Court justice Marie Deschamps reported April 2015 that she had found an “underlying sexual culture” in the military.Military police received 193 reports of sexual assault in 2017, more than twice the 93 reported in 2014. There have also been more charges, with 44 in 2016 compared to 24 in 2014.Follow (at)AlyThomson on Twitter.last_img read more

Read More →

Eastern Canada should brace for hot humid July 1st weekend forecasters

first_imgThe traditional start to the summer holidays is set to kick off with an Eastern Canada heat wave, as forecasters warned of sweltering temperatures that could inch into the 40s with the humidex this Canada Day weekend.Environment Canada issued special weather statements Wednesday for the Maritimes and southern parts of Quebec and Ontario as a mass of hot and humid air heads north from the Gulf of Mexico.“This will likely be the most significant heat event of the season thus far,” said meteorologist Jill Maetea, who is based in Fredericton, N.B.“With all the planned outdoor activities of the long weekend, people should be aware of the predicted weather conditions and take the necessary precautions. If you’re going to outside — it’s going to be hot — so seek shade when possible to avoid overexposure.”Southern Ontario was expected to feel the most heat, with the temperature forecasted to climb into the mid-40s with the humidex. Humidex values could exceed 40 C in southern Quebec.Environment Canada said the airmass would settle over Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and P.E.I. over the weekend, bringing humidex values exceeding 36 C.The national weather forecaster said it was not clear when there would be relief from the heat, and it would likely persist into next week.The heat wave was a definitive sign of the arrival of summer in the Maritimes, just weeks after frost caused widespread damage to crops throughout the region.Meanwhile, it was looking more like winter in Newfoundland earlier this week.Snow fell over parts of the island Tuesday, setting a snowfall record for June 26 in Gander, N.L. There was no previous snowfall recorded on that day.last_img read more

Read More →

Homeless campers in BC provincial park allowed to stay indefinitely

first_imgLANGFORD, B.C. – The camping area of a provincial park near Victoria was closed to the public Thursday as a group of homeless people were allowed to stay indefinitely while the British Columbia government tries to find them alternate housing options.Environment Ministry spokesman David Karn said the government has not imposed a deadline on the group of about 30 people to leave Goldstream Provincial Park even though a provincial eviction notice was set to be imposed Thursday morning.Earlier reports by park officials of a 24-hour extension on the eviction notice followed by a possible two week time limit no longer apply to the homeless people who have pitched tents in the park, he said.“The province has no deadline in place for their stay at present while outreach workers work with them on supports, including shelter and housing,” Karn said.Housing Minister Selina Robinson said in a statement the campground was closed to ensure public safety, adding the park isn’t an appropriate place to establish a tent city.“Our goal is to get people into shelters and longer-term housing,” she said.Goldstream Park is in Premier John Horgan’s riding of Langford-Juan de Fuca, located 16 kilometres northwest of Victoria. There are 173 campsites at the 477-hectare park and two group sites.The park is known for its huge 600-year-old Douglas fir trees and western red cedars. The park is also the site of an annual chum salmon spawning run, which draws thousands of visitors to the riverside trails and observation platforms.The park’s day use area remains open.The approach of Thursday’s morning eviction drew a tense crowd of about 50 local residents and campers to the locked gates of the park’s camping area. Uniformed RCMP officers were also present.Homeless advocate Ashley Mollison said the extension gives the campers a safe place to stay while they try to find suitable housing.“This whole week we’ve seen that we’ve been chased by three levels of government and we’ve had five police departments that are chasing homeless people from park to street to now campground,” she said. “This kind of action towards homeless people really escalates anti-homeless hate.”The same group of campers was ousted from provincially owned land in nearby Saanich earlier this week, just days after a court order forced them out of another park that some had occupied since the spring.About a half dozen local residents got into verbal exchanges with the campers that were sometimes heated.Jamie Thomson said he understands the need for housing but was concerned a large group of people were about to make the park their home for an indefinite time because of the impact they could have on “a completely and utterly pristine environment.”“Let’s find somewhere they can go but let’s find somewhere they can go that can be fixed afterwards,” he said.Lynne Hiback wiped away tears after explaining she felt she was being treated unfairly because she is homeless.I want shelter. I want protection,” she said. “I want people for us, not against us.”last_img read more

Read More →

Ottawa locks down design for 60billion warship fleet

first_imgOTTAWA — The federal government has locked down a design for its $60-billion fleet of new warships following a series of high-stakes negotiations that appeared at one point like they could have been in jeopardy because of a trade tribunal challenge.Federal Procurement Minister Carla Qualtrough will announce in Halifax on Friday that the government and Irving Shipbuilding are officially awarding U.S. defence giant Lockheed Martin a contract to design the vessels.The deal means that the Royal Canadian Navy’s 15 new warships, which will be built by Irving and replace Canada’s existing frigates and destroyers, will be based on the British-designed Type 26 frigate.The announcement had been largely expected since Lockheed’s design was selected as the preferred design last October over submissions from Alion Science and Technology of Virginia and Spanish firm Navantia.Alion subsequently asked the Canadian International Trade Tribunal to quash the decision, saying Lockheed’s design did not meet the navy’s requirements and should have been disqualified from contention.The trade tribunal initially ordered the government not to award a contract to Lockheed until it could investigate Alion’s complaint, but it later rescinded that decision and then tossed the complaint entirely last week.That paved the way for the government and Irving, which is technically subcontracting Lockheed to design the ships for the navy, to move ahead and award the contract.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Read More →

Joe Walsh Pat Benatar MC Hammer To Perform At Jacks 7th For

first_imgJoe Walsh, Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo, Toto, MC Hammer, Gin Blossoms, and Missing Persons featuring Dale Bozzio will be performing at the Jack’s 7th Show at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine, California, on Saturday – and tickets will help families with autism.$1 from every ticket will benefit TACA, an organization dedicated to educating, empowering and supporting families affected by autism. There will also be autism awareness mixed in with concert announcement spots, and special VIP Pit Tickets that directly benefit TACA.Since 2006, Jack FM & TACA have partnered in seven separate events including: Jack’s First Show, Jack’s Second Show, Jack’s Third Show, Jack’s Fourth Show, Jack’s Fifth Show, Jack’s Sixth Show and the Jack Open Golf Tournament. TACA has benefitted greatly from being included in these Jack FM activities.

Together, Jack FM and TACA have touched almost 80,000 people with announcements, the TACA message, and autism awareness. Countless others also heard the radio spots on Jack FM.

These events have the Jack FM signature of fun, while educating a large audience and helping to raise funds to provide programs for families affected by autism.To find out more, click here.last_img read more

Read More →

Todd Herremans Holds Hoops For Help Event

first_imgPhiladelphia Eagles Offensive Linesman Todd Herremans recently held the first “Hoops for Help” event to benefit his newly founded Todd Herremans Foundation.Todd Herremans at Hoops For HelpCredit/Copyright: Andrew Stabnick – LowTidePhotographyThe foundation, which provides resources for charitable organizations was created by Herremans to effect positive change in the communities of Philadelphia and surrounding areas, as well as his home state of Michigan.The Herremans Foundation has identified key causes and charities that it will fund through galas and events, community fund-raising and donations. Those charities that were selected as beneficiaries are: Habitat For Humanity, autism research, American Cancer Society, No Place for Hate, Cooper Hospital and the McGee Rehab.The inaugural basketball themed event, sponsored in part by Cherry Hill Imports, featured NCAA games, live and silent auction, comedian The Fat Rat Bastard, live auction with Marisa Magnatta, magic by Eagles Jon Dorenbos, music by Tim Williams, and a pop-a-shot challenge with members of the Philadelphia Eagles. Head Coach Chip Kelly, teammates Jason Kelce, Lesean McCoy, Michael Vick, and Brent Celek attended, as well as former teammates AJ Feeley and Brian Westbrook. Others in attendance included Olympic Soccer player Heather Mitts Feeley, boxer Michael Grant, Boxing Champion Bernard Hopkins, NFL players Fred Lee Barnett, Mike Mamula and Albert Young.last_img read more

Read More →

Donate To Charity And Win The Chance To Meet Muhammad Ali

first_imgMuhammad and Lonnie Ali, and the Muhammad Ali Center today launched a campaign on Prizeo, the premier celebrity charity-fundraising digital platform, to raise money and awareness for the work of the Muhammad Ali Center, a 501( c )3 organization in Louisville, Kentucky.For micro-donations starting at only $3, contributors to the campaign at www.Prizeo.com/Ali will be entered to win the Grand Prize — the chance to meet Muhammad and Lonnie Ali and to attend as their guest a special celebration hosted by the Ali Center this October in the Alis’ hometown of Louisville.“Social media reaches a whole new generation of young people,” said Lonnie Ali. “It is how they learn what is new with their best friend, their surrounding communities and even what is happening on the other side of the world. Today’s youth shop, research, network and interact online. Through the Prizeo campaign, Muhammad and I want to use social engagement to reach and meet this demographic where they interact and on social platforms where they can connect and engage with the Muhammad Ali Center for less than the price of a gallon of gas.”“A critical element of our mission is sharing Muhammad’s legacy and using his core principles to inspire adults and children everywhere to be as great as they can be,” continued Lonnie Ali. “These principles are as relevant today as they were when Muhammad was a young man and perhaps resonate now more than ever.”“We are delighted to partner with Muhammad and the Ali Center to raise both funds and awareness of the Center’s mission and programs,” says Leo Seigal, co-founder of Prizeo. “Prizeo is a uniquely social platform with tools that will enable Muhammad to connect directly with his fans in a meaningful way and to encourage them to engage with their communities. This ‘social multiplier effect’ will likely make for a truly historical fundraising experience, in part because it enables Muhammad to connect with a whole new generation of fans.”Prizeo’s unique micro-donation model lets fans buy chances to win once-in-a-lifetime experiences with their favorite celebrities whose charities benefit from the online campaigns that run live on Prizeo.com.Prizeo also enables celebrities to maximize the benefits their social-media influence can deliver on behalf of charities. Recent Prizeo campaigns featuring celebrities including Samuel L. Jackson, Kristen Bell, Alicia Keys, Kobe Bryant, and One Direction’s Harry Styles and Liam Payne have all shown the immense power of social media to raise both funds and awareness for charitable causes.The Grand Prize winner will be chosen at random and notified shortly after the campaign closes on September 12. For full contest rules, click here.last_img read more

Read More →

Animal Planet Star Jackson Galaxy Lends Support to National Feral Cat Day

first_imgJackson Galaxy is lending his support to National Feral Cat Day (October 16) in a new PSA filmed for Alley Cat Allies, the nation’s largest advocacy group for cats.Galaxy, the cat behaviorist responsible for ensuring cat guardians and their cats coexist peacefully on the popular show ‘My Cat From Hell’, reminds viewers that feral cats are not socialized to people and cannot be adopted. Instead, he encourages the TNR method: Trap-Neuter-Return.Galaxy says, “TNR helps reduce the number of cats being killed in our shelters each year—and that’s something we all want.”Video: The Scoop on Feral Cats PSA“We are thrilled to work with our friend, Jackson Galaxy, on this important educational mission,” said Becky Robinson, president and co-founder of Alley Cat Allies. “On National Feral Cat Day, we celebrate the growing movement to protect the lives of outdoor cats with humane and effective programs like Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR). We are grateful for Jackson’s support.”“My Cat From Hell is great entertainment, but Jackson’s work and mission are also critical—to educate guardians about their cats’ behavior, bring harmony to the home, and to save those cats from a tragic fate in an animal pound or shelter,” said Robinson.“We share that mission in our work, because feral cats who end up in shelters are almost always killed there,” she said. “Although more than 330 local governments have ended ‘catch and kill’ and embraced TNR, there is still much more work to be done to spread this positive change.”Alley Cat Allies spearheaded the movement for TNR in the United States in the early 1990s, and founded National Feral Cat Day in 2000. Hundreds of events are held across the U.S. to mark the day. A comprehensive listing can be found at www.nationalferalcatday.org.last_img read more

Read More →