BJP member for workfriendly dress for women in uniform

first_imgNew Delhi: A BJP member in Rajya Sabha on Tuesday raised the issue of work friendly dress for women in uniform and urged respective ministries to allow them to wear clothes which are both convenient and dignified. DP Vats (BJP) said during the Zero Hour that the present pattern of summer uniform with the shirt tucked in under the belt and pant is very inconvenient for women in police and military, especially during pregnancy and afterwards. “It does not suit Indian women,” he said. “Through you, I want to request ministries concerned that the option of wearing safari uniform or salwar kameez with rank badges as per respective dress colours may please be permitted for women in uniform. This will be more work friendly,” he said. The BJP member also said that women security staff in Parliament were a good example of safari in uniform. “‘Beti Bachao, beti padhao’, in addition to it make the ‘beti’ more comfortable and dignified,” he noted. Vats said the armed forces are permitting even saree for the Army, Navy and Air Force, but saree is not convenient for parade and other duties. While the member was making his submission, some women members in the House raised objections to the use of some words by him, but Chairman Naidu overruled saying every member has the right to speak.last_img read more

Virat badly wanted a ton says Bhuvneshwar Kumar

first_imgPort of Spain: Indian pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar was all praise for his skipper Virat Kohli who ended a long patch of century-drought in the 50-over format with a classic ton against West Indies in a rain-affected second ODI of the three-match series which the Men in Blue won by 59 runs (DLS method). On Sunday, Kohli — who was unable to score a single ton in the World Cup — ended his five-month drought for an ODI hundred with a brilliant 120-run knock during which he also went past Sourav Ganguly on the list of most runs scored in ODIs. After reaching the century-mark, Kohli reacted aggressively which showed how eager he was to break the shackles and come back to his usual attitude of scoring hundreds. “From Virat’s expression you know he badly wanted to score a hundred, not because he was out of form but because he was getting out on 70s and 80s. He is always known for scoring big runs,” said Kumar speaking at the post-match press conference. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhEarlier in the day, Kohli stroked his 42nd ODI century to pave way for India’s 279/7. He stitched a 125-run stand with Shreyas Iyer for the fourth wicket. The Delhi Capitals captain, returning to the ODI side in this series after almost 18 months, registered his third half-century in his sixth innings to help consolidate India’s position after they were reduced to 101 for 3 in the 23rd over. In a 68-ball knock, he smashed five boundaries and a six as he amassed 71. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterKumar then returned with figures of 4/31 in his allotted 8-over spell and helped India bowl out West Indies for 210 in 42 overs, who were given a revised target of 270 in 46 overs after a brief interruption due to rain. “It was a crucial partnership with Virat. It wasn’t an easy wicket to bat on. He (Iyer) played with a lot of maturity,” said Kumar while praising Iyer. Meanwhile, the India skipper reckoned it wasn’t an easy wicket to bat on and thus, it was pertinent for one of the top three to get a big score. “It was a good outing with the bat,” Kohli said at the post-match presentation. “It feels good to get a hundred when the team wanted me to get one. Shikhar and Rohit didn’t get a big one. One of the top three has always got the big one. A senior man had to step up and today was my opportunity to step up.” Kohli was also full of praise for Iyer and added, “He (Iyer) is a very confident guy and has the right attitude. He really got the tempo going and took the pressure off me. After I got out, he got the extra runs as well.” Both the teams will remain in Trinidad for the final match of the series to be played on Wednesday, with the hosts having an opportunity to level the contest while the Men in Blue will aim for another commanding performance to seal the three-match rubber.last_img read more

4 killed 5 hurt as speeding car falls off Yamuna Expressway

first_imgGreater Noida: In yet another major road accident on the 165-km long accident prone expressway, four among nine occupants of a speeding SUV car died while others were critically injured after the car lost control and fell off the Yamuna Expressway near Zero point in Greater Noida on Sunday morning.Cops said that all the victims worked at same IT company in Noida and had gone for a long drive on Sunday morning. As per police officials, the incident occurred around 9:30 am when nine employees of Terasys IT solutions private limited company of Noida had gone for long drive in a new Ford Endeavour car which was owned by company’s director. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”They were returning from Aligarh towards Noida when the driver of speeding vehicle lost his control and the car fell from the e-way after colliding with the boundary” said police. Tanu Upadhyay, Circle Officer, Greater Noida said that the car fell from a height of 30 feet from the ground after breaking the boundary fencing of the expressway. “Police received a PCR call around 9:50 am from a passerby and a team rushed to the spot. The car was completely damaged as it had fallen from a height of 30 feet. All the occupants who were critically injured were immediately taken to nearby Yatharth and Kailash hospitals where four of them were declared dead by the doctors while five of them have been admitted for treatment,” said Upadhyay. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsAccording to police, among the deceased persons were Chandra Mohan Yadav (26), a native of Mayur Vihar-3, Naveen (32) of Meerut, Sheela from Noida and Shiv Vijay (33), a native of Sant Kabir Nagar. Among the injured were director of the company Ashish Sood (34), a native of Shimla, Abhishek Tyagi (25) of Ghaziabad, Saleem (20), Sushmita (22) and Nancy (25), natives of Delhi and Noida. A victim, Saleem, who was also in the car at the time of incident said that Abhishek Tyagi was driving the car at the time of incident. “The car was moving at a very high speed when it collided with the boundary. I was sitting on the rear seat and fell unconscious after the collision” said Saleem. Cops also suspect that the car was being driven at a speed of over 100 kmph. Meanwhile, police also recorded statement of the survivors who told them that a few of them had consumed alcohol during their ride. However police are waiting for medical reports to confirm.last_img read more

Two held for robbery

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi Police on Wednesday said that they have arrested two robbers from Mahipalpur area. The investigating agency was involved in the robbery of canter containing valuable of more than Rs 20 lakh. Police identified the accused as Vinit Kumar (22) and Amit Kumar (24). They were nabbed near Peer Baba Mazar, Rangpuri Pahadi in Mahipal Pur. Deputy Commissioner of Police (South West) Devender Arya said that during sustained interrogation of both accused persons, they disclosed that they along with their associates robbed an Eicher Canter of Flipkart Company containing goods worth Rs 20-25 lakh in the month of February 2018. “Two of their associates involved in that incident were nabbed by the police at that time but both of them were absconding to evade their arrest,” said DCP Arya.last_img read more

Dutee to run in World Cships AFI accepts IAAFs invite

first_imgNew Delhi: Sprinter Dutee Chand has been added to India’s team for the World Athletics Championships to be held in Doha later this month after the national federation accepted an invite for her participation from the international parent body. The Athletics Federation of India had on September 9 named a 25-member team for the (September 27-October 6) World Championships while also approving World University Games 100m champion Dutee’s name, pending an invite from the IAAF. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhDutee did not meet the qualification mark of 11.24 seconds but found herself within the required number of competitors for the event. “The IAAF sent an invite, saying Dutee can compete in the World Championships and the AFI has accepted it. So, her participation is confirmed,” an AFI source said. The selection committee of the AFI had also approved the names of Archana Suseentran (200m women) and high jumper Tejaswin Shankar, subject to invitation from the IAAF. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterTejaswin pulled himself out, informing the AFI that he was not in a “jumping shape” while Archana did not get an invite from the IAAF. “We did not get any invite from the IAAF regarding Archana,” the source said. Women’s 400m runner Anjali Devi is the only athlete left in contention for a berth in the team. She has been asked by the selection committee to appear in a confirmatory trial on September 21 at the NIS Patiala.last_img read more

Courts fail both CBI Rajeev Kumar agency steps up hunt

first_imgNew Delhi: The courts in West Bengal failed both the Central Bureau of Investigation and Rajeev Kumar on Tuesday, as the agency failed to get a non-bailable warrant (NBW) for Kumar’s arrest in the Saradha case and the former Kolkata Police Commissioner failed to get anticipatory bail.The Barasat District court, where both the CBI and Kumar had put in their pleas for an NBW and anticipatory bail respectively, said that the pleas were not maintainable and that these matters are beyond the jurisdiction of the District Judge of North 24 Parganas. The court disposed the pleas, asking both parties to approach the court of the Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Earlier in the day, both parties were disappointed with the Special court in Barasat as well, as the trial court had said the same thing about their pleas, directing them to approach the District and Sessions court, as it was a court for MPs and MLAs. Meanwhile, the CBI has stepped up its hunt for Kumar, who has not been seen since the Calcutta High Court had lifted his protection from arrest, noting that he was still only a witness in the case and not an accused, despite which the CBI pressed for an arrest warrant. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KHowever, the central probe agency’s grounds for seeking an arrest warrant was “evasion of summons”, with CBI sources saying that Kumar had failed to appear before them despite three summons issued to him in the last three days. “This shows that he is evading the process of investigation by not joining the probe,” an official said. Officials added that special teams have also been constituted to locate the former Kolkata top cop, who is now posted as the ADGP (CID) of West Bengal. Sources in the know had earlier said that CBI had sent a letter to Kumar’s lawyer on Monday, asking his client to appear before agency officials at 10 am on Tuesday. The agency had then approached the trial court for an arrest warrant against him. Officials also said that they had sent a letter to the chief secretary, home secretary and the DGP of West Bengal, looking to know more about Kumar’s location and telling them to ask him to join the probe. The top officials of the state had said that they had communicated the agency’s notice to Kumar, but he is yet to join the probe. After the Calcutta High Court had lifted Kumar’s arrest shield, the CBI had issued a summons to him, following which he had sent a communique asking for one months’ time before joining the probe. In fact, the CBI had taken the matter to the Supreme Court of India once again, when it filed a caveat on the same day, to prevent Kumar from challenging the High Court order in the Apex Court.last_img read more

Fouryearold New Brunswick art prodigy is taking the art world by storm

first_imgWhen he’s not playing with dinosaurs or reading a book, four-year-old Advait Kolarkar uses paint, canvases and his imagination to create internationally recognized abstract artwork.The preschooler is already selling his paintings for thousands of dollars and has had his art featured in three exhibits.His mother Shruti said in an interview Sunday that Advait first picked up the paintbrush when he was less than a year old and displayed a prowess for painting right away.“He was creating something, not just playing with colours,” she said. “He had a sense of composition and colour.”Kolarkar said her son began creating “amazing compositions” by the age of one, and attracted the attention of a gallery curator in his hometown of Pune, India.After observing the toddler for six months, the Art2Day gallery hosted Advait’s first exhibition when the boy was just two years old, shortly before the family migrated to Saint John, N.B., in 2016.Earlier this month Advait shared his paintings at Artexpo New York, which is touted as the world’s largest fine art marketplace.According to the Artexpo website, the exhibition draws tens of thousands of art enthusiasts and industry insiders each year.In the past, the event has hosted the likes of pop art pioneer Andy Warhol, multimedia artist Robert Rauschenberg, and expressionist painter LeRoy Neiman.More than 400 exhibiting artists, galleries and publishers showcased their work at the exhibition this year.“They are really renowned artists, and when you see your son’s work among those artists, it feels really proud,” said Kolarkar, noting that Advait’s booth drew big crowds.American artist Howard Schoor, who was at Artexpo to display his work at an exhibition for the first time, said that when he met Advait at the event, he felt a kinship with the young boy despite a 75-year age difference.“What Advait and myself have in common is that we both started painting two years ago,” he said. “The difference is I’m 79 years old and he’s four years old.”Schoor spent decades collecting art before he took up painting, and said his sharp eye for quality work made him recognize Advait’s potential right away.“I think there’s just something where when you look at a lot of art over a period of time, you can sort of sense what will be acceptable, and collectible, and valuable,” he said.“I think this young man has a unique talent that he’s been able to express at a very early age.”Kolarkar said she’s proud that her son’s work is gaining recognition.To date, she said Advait has earned around $23,000 from selling his paintings.Other than starting elementary school next year, Kolarkar isn’t sure what’s in her son’s future — but she said the family will support him if he chooses to pursue art as a full-time career when he’s older.“His happiness is very important to us,” she said. “We want him to enjoy art the way he’s enjoying now throughout his life.”last_img read more

Remains of First World War soldier from New Brunswick identified in France

first_imgOTTAWA – The remains of a New Brunswick man who died while fighting to take a French hillside during the First World War have been identified and will be given a proper burial.The Defence Department said in a news release Friday that Sgt. Harold Wilfred Shaughnessy was found near the village of Vendin-le-Vieil — at the site where the battle for Hill 70 took place in August 1917.He was identified using historical records, an identifying disc and forensics.Born in 1884 in St. Stephen, N.B., Shaughnessy left his job as a stenographer and joined an infantry battalion, becoming part of the Canadian expeditionary force when he was 31 and dying in the battle at the age of 33.The department has notified members of Shaughnessy’s family, and says he will be buried in their presence at Loos British Cemetery outside Loos-en-Gohelle, France, later this year.His remains were discovered on June 6 last year during a munitions clearing process in advance of a construction project near the village of Vendin-le-Vieil.Approximately 2,100 Canadians gave their lives in the battle for Hill 70, and more than 1,300 of them have no known grave.last_img read more

Atlantic forestry experts on lookout for arrival of destructive invasive insect

first_imgHALIFAX – Forestry experts in Atlantic Canada are getting ready for the arrival of a new, invasive species that has destroyed millions of ash trees in other parts of Canada.The Emerald Ash Borer is a non-native pest from Asia that was first introduced in Canada and the United States in 2002, and is now making its way to Nova Scotia.Andrew Williams, the urban forestry co-ordinator for the Town of Truro, says the bug is east of Montreal and only a day’s drive from Atlantic Canada but that they are monitoring for it with traps in the community.Experts say larvae feed beneath the bark of ash trees — cutting off their ability to move water and nutrients, and eventually killing them.He says that once an ash tree is infected, it is lost within three years.Williams tells Global News that the pest could eliminate ash from North America, particularly since there are no natural predators or diseases to keep populations in check.last_img read more

New Brunswick city councillor quits to work as lifeguard in the Bahamas

first_imgA New Brunswick city councillor has stepped down to take an unlikely gig: lifeguard in the Bahamas.Jordan Nowlan was one of the province’s youngest-ever politicians — he was in high school when he ran for Dieppe city council in 2012 and he turned 19 the day after he was elected.But after five-and-a-half-years as a councillor-at-large, the 24-year-old recently quit to work as a lifeguard at Castaway Cay, a private island that serves as an exclusive port for Disney Cruise Line ships.“I absolutely loved being an elected official,” Nowlan said in a telephone interview from the Bahamas.“But I saw it (lifeguarding) as an opportunity to take a bit of a break from politics to focus on myself and to be able to grow as a person.”Dieppe council declared Nowlan’s seat vacant last week, and Elections New Brunswick has set a byelection for May 14.Nowlan said the difficult decision to leave — the lifeguarding job is only temporary — was made easier by the support he received from his council colleagues.“They all supported me in my decision, thinking that it’s the opportunity of a lifetime to come and work in the Bahamas for a corporation such as Disney,” he said.Nowlan said the move made sense given that he has been a lifeguard for nine years, working at various pools and at a water park in the Moncton area. He also worked for seven years at Parlee Beach provincial park and spent the last two of those as beach captain responsible for all of the lifeguards.In the summer, he’s also the aquatic director for the Canadian Cadets at HMCS Acadia in Cornwallis, N.S.Nowlan, who also trained as a paramedic, said he currently works and learns from people from around the world, and in the outdoor environment he prefers.“Being a pool lifeguard can get boring at times, but working out in the sun with the saltwater and the waves to me is where true lifeguarding is at,” he said.While he doesn’t regret his decision, Nowlan said he hopes the upcoming byelection will entice another young person to run “and keep the pressure on older more seasoned politicians.”“I do miss it,” he said, admitting he still watches council meetings when he can on YouTube.“Even now at times I see things in the news going on in the city and I’m forming opinions in my head as to how I would have voted.”Nowlan said he will return home when his current contract with Disney ends in December, and plans to return to the Bahamas on another contract that runs from late January to the end of May.After that, it’s back to his summer job with the cadets and then possibly university or college in September or January.Still, Nowlan doesn’t rule out a return to politics, perhaps at a different level.“Politics can make a difference and it’s definitely something I’d like to do later in the future,” he said.last_img read more

Spring storm wallops Atlantic Canada with heavy snowfall gusty winds

first_imgHALIFAX – A spring storm has closed schools and delayed business openings in parts of Atlantic Canada.Western Newfoundland and Labrador were getting heavy snowfall, along with winds expected to gust up to 130 kilometres an hour.Schools on the western edge of the province were closed, while many in the central region were delaying their openings as Environment Canada maintained storm warnings for much of Newfoundland.In Nova Scotia, classes were also being cancelled in Cape Breton and some flights were delayed at the Halifax airport, which reported about 23 centimetres of snow.The Sydney area in Cape Breton got about 30 centimetres of snow and winds gusted to 60 kilometres an hour.Marine Atlantic ferries cancelled some crossings to Newfoundland, and provincial government offices in the Corner Brook area were closed for the morning.last_img read more

Husky wants to build Saskatchewan oil pipeline replace one that leaked in

first_imgPRINCE ALBERT, Sask. – The company behind the 2016 oil spill that fouled the North Saskatchewan River and threatened the water supply of Prince Albert and other communities wants to build new pipelines to replace the structure that leaked.Husky Energy held an open house Wednesday in Prince Albert to discuss its proposal.Calgary-based Husky says its plan calls for the construction of two new pipelines to transport blended crude and condensate to Lloydminster from across the river.The pipelines would be located in the rural municipalities of Britannia, Eldon and Frenchman Butte.Travis Davies, a Husky Energy spokesman, says the new line would be bored in higher from the shore at the hilltops on each side to minimize the risk of ground shifting.He says Husky has also improved its operating procedures to insure problems are reported quickly.“I think that’s one of the reasons why we’re here,” Davies said.“We’re obviously quite a way downstream, but we are looking back to the impact we caused on the city at that point, and we want to talk about the things we’re doing differently.”The Husky spill caused more than 225,000 litres of diluted heavy oil to leak. About 40 per cent of the oil went into the river near Maidstone.The company was later charged with violating provincial and federal environmental laws and paid $5 million to the City of Prince Albert for their costs related to the spill. Court proceedings in the case are still ongoing.Husky has since apologized and said it accepts full responsibility for the spill.The pipeline was allowed to restart in October after being repaired and inspected.Davies said Husky learned a lot during the oil spill, and all of those lessons would be applied to future projects.“This is a much better project for a lot of reasons, better design, better steel, thicker steel, better technology, better management system (and) the sooner we can get this pipeline through, the sooner we can get off the other one.”More public consultation is planned on the project, but Davies said Husky hopes to start construction of the new pipeline in the fall.Once construction gets underway, the project should take 10 to 12 months to complete.Prince Albert Mayor Greg Dionne attended the open house and said the city supports the project.“It’s still the safer way, in my opinion, to do it and the biggest thing is that we’re dealing with the right company,” Dionne said.“We had an incident, as everyone knew. Why did we get through it? It’s just the positive way they responded.”Husky has another open house planned Thursday night in North Battleford. (CKBI, The Canadian Press)(Companies in this story: TSX:HSE)last_img read more

Quebec ticket claims Saturday nights 7 million Lotto 649 jackpot

first_imgTORONTO – The $7 million jackpot in Saturday night’s Lotto 649 draw was claimed by a ticket holder in Quebec, while the guaranteed $1 million prize went to a ticket holder in Ontario.The jackpot for the next Lotto 649 draw on June 27 will be approximately $5 million.last_img

NB town reclaims title of having what it says is worlds longest

first_imgSHEDIAC, N.B. – Residents of a small New Brunswick community that prides itself on its renowned lobster catches was basking in the glow of a restored, distinctly Maritime honour — creating what it says is the longest lobster roll in the world.People in Shediac, N.B., turned out in droves Wednesday evening to watch as a chef and volunteers stuffed the succulent meat into a lengthy loaf of bread in a bid to take back the longest-roll title from the town’s neighbour to the east.Edgar LeBlanc, president of the Shediac Lobster Festival, said the roll spanned the length of the local arena and measured about 68 metres — besting Charlottetown, P.E.I.’s record-breaking length of more than 61 metres last year.LeBlanc said he was pretty chuffed by the size of the roll, saying it would ramp up the “friendly rivalry” with Island chefs that has been going on for several years.“Well P.E.I., good luck,” he said with a laugh when asked if he had anything to say to his competitors.“The challenge is on and we’re now in the driver’s seat. We got the biggest lobster roll, so I give them a friendly competition to see if they’re going to beat Shediac again, and hopefully if they do we’ll see them again next year.”The roll took about two days to prepare and included hundreds of the red crustaceans that were mixed up into 180 pounds of savoury lobster meat.Chef Alain Bosse was responsible for baking the bread and whipping up the meat mixture, which included celery, green onion, chives, salt, pepper and mayonnaise.The Nova Scotia-based chef said it took 12.5 hours and 40 volunteers to cook the long loaf that snaked along tables set up in the arena and had to be connected without separations, under the Guinness Book of World Records rules.The bread lay on about five tables prior to going into the oven for 20 minutes per section. It then took about a half hour to stuff the meat into the roll.When it was all prepared, about 400 people were allowed in to watch as the roll was measured by the mayor, LeBlanc and Bosse, who sported a red cap bearing lobster claws.“They gathered in the arena and everybody cheered us on as we counted it out foot by foot,” Bosse said. “It was fun! And it was very rewarding after you’ve finished those 48 hours of long work.”The roll was then cut into about 450 pieces, to be eaten by people who had bought tickets. In an hour, it was completely gone.LeBlanc said the roll was delicious and that it was the talk of the town Thursday.“It was amazing!” he said. “Everywhere we go in Shediac, everybody’s talking about it…. Lobster is very important to the community.”Bosse said the event takes about six months of planning and was a lot of work, but represents a “friendly competition between the two cities” that involves the whole New Brunswick community.“It really is good clean fun — there’s no animosity here,” he said, laughing when he added that “we feel confident that with 20 extra feet, P.E.I. will need a longer building to (beat) it!”No one from the Island’s shellfish festival was available for comment.– By Alison Auld in Halifaxlast_img read more

Protecting nature also fights climate change says federal environment minister

first_imgFederal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna says there’s more than one way to fight climate change.Speaking ahead of an international conservation conference, McKenna says protecting natural areas can go a long way toward mitigating the impact of global warming.She says intact ecosystems lock carbon away from the atmosphere and protect communities from disasters such as flooding.McKenna says the amount of Canadian land and water now under protection has doubled.She says Canada remains on track to meet its goals to conserve 17 per cent of its land mass and 10 per cent of its seas by 2020.She says co-operation with Indigenous groups will be crucial to meeting those targets.The Canadian Presslast_img

Blair says more guncontrol action needed signals no new steps before election

first_imgOTTAWA — Crime Reduction Minister Bill Blair says more must be done to address gun violence, but he is also signalling no new measures will be taken before the fall election.Blair says steps could — and should — be taken to prevent the theft, illegal diversion and smuggling of handguns. Entering a cabinet meeting today, Blair is emphasizing the importance of secure storage of firearms to prevent them from being stolen and ending up in the wrong hands.He says the government is also open to working with municipalities to allow them to decide exactly where, or even if, firearms can be stored within their boundaries.But Blair says it’s important not only to do the right thing, but to take the time to do it right.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau asked Blair last August to study the possibility of a ban on handguns and assault-style rifles after a shooting spree in Toronto.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Canada to invest in satellite technology to connect rural remote areas

first_imgOTTAWA — The federal government is making a big funding announcement Wednesday alongside a Canadian company that’s developing satellite technology to expand high-speed Internet access in rural and remote regions.The head of Ottawa-based Telesat will join Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains for an event that appears to be part of the government’s commitment to invest $100 million over five years into a technology known as low-Earth-orbit satellites.In its spring budget, the Liberal government said low-Earth-orbit satellite capacity would be part of its $1.7-billion vow to help rural and remote areas gain access to reliable, high-speed Internet.Telesat has been developing a satellite constellation — a group of co-ordinated satellites it says will provide high-speed connectivity in rural and remote communities around the globe.Company CEO David Goldberg will hold a news conference with Bains at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum following the announcement.On its website, Telesat says its state-of-the-art satellite constellation will involve launching highly advanced satellites into low Earth orbit, which is about 1,000 km from the surface of the planet — much closer than traditional satellites.The satellites will “seamlessly integrate with terrestrial networks,” the company says.In March, the federal government earmarked between $5 billion and $6 billion in new investments over the next decade for a plan to make sure 95 per cent of Canadian homes and businesses will have access to high-speed Internet by 2016.It also set a target of 100-per-cent connectivity throughout the country by 2030.In addition to the development of low-orbit satellite technology, the government plan also includes investments aimed at encouraging more private-sector spending on rural high-speed Internet and better co-ordination among provinces and territories. The budget also announced the federal infrastructure bank would seek to invest $1 billion over the next decade as a way to attract $2 billion in additional private investments towards expanding connectivity.Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Expastor convicted in wifes death secretly drugged her Crown argues

first_imgTORONTO — Prosecutors are asking an Ontario judge to rule that a former pastor convicted in the death of his pregnant wife was the one who gave her a sedative before she drowned.The Crown is making submissions on what the court should deem as a fact in sentencing Philip Grandine, who was found guilty of manslaughter in February in the death of his wife Anna Grandine.Jurors were told they could convict Philip Grandine if they found he secretly drugged his wife with the anti-anxiety drug lorazepam or provided it to her; or he knew she had taken it and did nothing to stop her from getting in the bath while under its influence.Now prosecutors say the judge should rule that Philip Grandine surreptitiously administered the medication better known as Ativan to his wife, having stolen it from his workplace with the intention of incapacitating her.They are also asking the court to find that Anna Grandine, who went by Karissa, did not knowingly consume the drug.Anna Grandine was 20 weeks pregnant when she died in October 2011, and tests later revealed she had lorazepam in her blood despite never being prescribed it.Defence lawyers had argued she took the medication herself and either slipped and drowned in the tub or took her own life.Court heard at trial that Philip Grandine had recently stepped down as pastor after his affair with a parishioner, who was also his wife’s friend, was uncovered.He then began working at a nursing home where he was responsible for distributing and disposing of medication, court heard.Superior Court Justice Faye McWatt will rule on the facts of the case at a later date, allowing the Crown and defence to make submissions on an appropriate sentence.This is Philip Grandine’s second trial in connection with his wife’s death.In the first trial, on a charge of first-degree murder, he was found guilty of manslaughter and sentenced to 15 years in prison.The conviction was overturned on appeal, however, after Ontario’s highest court found the trial judge had made an error in answering a question from the jury.A new trial was ordered on the manslaughter charge, precluding prosecutors from arguing Philip Grandine intended to kill his wife.Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Lucy Lawless Slams New Zealand Government Move To Criminalize Protests At Sea

first_imgLucy Lawless has joined a range of well-known New Zealand groups and individuals in slamming the government’s controversial move to criminalize aspects of peaceful protests at sea.In a joint statement, Greenpeace, Rt Hon Geoffrey Palmer QC, Peter Williams QC, WWF, Forest and Bird, Dame Anne Salmond, Rikirangi Gage of Te Whānau-ā-Apanui, Sir Ngatata Love, the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions, George Armstrong (founder of the Peace Squadron), Amnesty International NZ, Lucy Lawless and many others, say that Simon Bridges’ “new law is a sledgehammer designed to attack peaceful protest” and is “being bundled through Parliament without proper scrutiny despite its significant constitutional, democratic and human rights implications.”The amendments to the Crown Minerals Bill, announced by Simon Bridges on Easter Sunday, “breach international law, and attack our democratic freedoms” say the group.New legal advice, also released today, “finds that the proposed amendments to the Crown Minerals (Permitting and Crown Land) Bill would breach international law in a number of respects.”The Crown Minerals Bill, due to be debated in Parliament today, will create new offences against protest activity in the seas around New Zealand, up to 200 miles from shore.Greenpeace Executive Director Bunny McDiarmid called the law, “an affront to New Zealand democracy, and to our long held right and proud tradition of peaceful protest at sea.”“This would affect the very same people who took their boats to seas to confront nuclear ships in our harbors and sailed against French nuclear testing in the Pacific.“The moratoriums on commercial whaling and drift-netting are further historical achievements that were only possible because of the right to sea-borne protest.“The most risky activity in the deep-sea for our economy and way of life is not peaceful protest, it’s deep-sea oil drilling. You’d have to be some kind of knucklehead not to realize that,” said McDiarmid.The new laws are being proposed after the departure of Brazilian oil giant Petrobras. A flotilla of protest vessels including several yachts and Te Whanau a Apanui fishing vessel the San Pietro confronted seismic testing by Petrobras off the East Cape in 2010.The proposals include penalties up to $50,000 for an individual, up to 12 months imprisonment and up to $100,000 for a body corporate, and enable the Navy or a police officer to nominate assistants who can stop and detain a ship entering an exclusion zone, remove a person from an exclusion zone. All these parties carry next to no criminal or civil liabilities for anything that happens as a result.Source:Greenpeacelast_img read more

Isabeli Fontana Joins Rotary Polio Eradication Campaign

first_imgBrazilian model Isabeli Fontana has joined the growing roster of public figures and celebrities participating in Rotary’s “This Close” public awareness campaign for polio eradication.Isabelli Fontana signs on as Rotary celebrity ambassador for polio eradicationStar of many advertising campaigns, high fashion reference, Victoria Secret angel, and new face of L’Oreal for Latin America, Fontana has also an important role as mother of Zion, 10, and Lucas, 7. Attuned to the importance of vaccination, she supported the national immunization campaign in Brazil for the first time when she took her youngest son to get the oral polio vaccine drops directly from the Brazilian Minister of Health, Alexandre Padilha at an event launching the 2011 national immunization campaign. Her interest in impacting the world and lives of children has continued to grow.“I accepted the invitation to participate in Rotary’s global campaign because polio has to be ended. It is an achievable goal,” said Fontana. “Our generation has already helped get the world 99 percent polio-free and we could make polio the second disease ever eradicated after smallpox. Without eradication, every nation remains at risk for infections “imported” from the endemic countries. As a mother and Brazilian, I believe I cannot be indifferent to problems, especially the ones that have a solution. The disease has no cure, but can be prevented with vaccination,” she explained.In the past, Fontana has worked with the Brazilian Foundation Abrinq designing clothing lines in conjunction with the brands Morena Rosa and Un.i Lingerie where part of each purchase was donated to projects for children. She also supported blood drives for the Pro-sangue Foundation in Sao Paulo. But the charitable work with polio and Rotary is her first in a global scale.Fontana is the first global “This Close” ambassador from Brazil. And she is applying the same work ethic for which she is known in the fashion business, where she started at 13 years old and created a career that put her name on the list of more successful models in the world. Her first gesture to help Rotary achieve its goal of a polio-free world was her participation in their print campaign, raising her thumb and forefinger in the “this close” gesture in the ad with the tagline “we’re this close to ending polio.”The Rotary awareness campaign also features public figures and celebrities including Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, action movie star Jackie Chan, Psy, golf legend Jack Nicklaus, conservationist Jane Goodall, premier violinist Itzhak Perlman, Grammy Award winners A.R. Rahman, Angelique Kidjo and Ziggy Marley, and peace advocate Queen Noor of Jordan.In addition to the ad campaign, Isabelli Fontana has also joined Rotary’s innovative digital campaign to develop the World’s Biggest Commercial to raise public awareness about polio eradication. Participants simply upload photos of themselves making the “this close” gesture with their fingers – as in, “We are this close to ending polio” – to the ever-expanding promotional spot at Rotary’s End Polio Now website. Since the beginning of August 2012, more than 33,000 participants from 152 countries collaborated with the effort. Brazil alone got more than 3,500 insertions, including the ambassador Isabelli Fontana, singer Michel Telo and actor Thiago Lacerda.Along with helping Rotary set a new Guinness World Record, every person who joins the commercial can choose to add their name to a petition urging the world’s governments to provide the US $5.5 billion needed to finish the job and end polio forever. Four billion of these funds were pledged in April 2013, at the Global Vaccine Summit.Polio eradication has been Rotary’s top priority for more than two decades. The international humanitarian service organization is a spearheading partner in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, along with the World Health Organization, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and UNICEF.Why 99 percent?Rotary club members worldwide have contributed $1.2 billion and countless volunteer hours to the polio eradication effort. Great progress has been made, and the incidence of polio infection has plunged from about 350,000 cases in 1988 to 223 reported cases in 2012. More than two billion children have been immunized in 122 countries, preventing five million cases of paralysis and 250,000 pediatric deaths. Only three countries remain polio-endemic: Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan.Rotary donated US$ 6 million to end polio in Brazil, as well as US$38.5 million to PAHO countries. To date, Brazilian Rotary club members have contributed more than US$12.37 million for the eradication campaign around the world.last_img read more