Iran press slams German FMs defence of EU on nuclear deal

first_imgTehran: Iran’s conservative press Tuesday mocked the EU’s position on a 2015 nuclear deal abandoned by Washington, accusing Germany’s foreign minister of exhibiting both impotence and high-handedness during talks in Tehran. Since US President Donald Trump quit the agreement in May last year, the European Union has repeatedly renewed its own commitment and pledged to reward Iran’s compliance with the sanctions relief promised under the deal. But its failure to find an effective mechanism to enable its firms to continue doing business following the reimposition of US sanctions has left Tehran increasingly frustrated. And strong criticism by the EU last month of Iran’s decision to retaliate by declaring itself no longer bound by some of its commitments has sparked further anger. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests’The ultra-conservative Javan newspaper ran a front-page cartoon depicting Foreign Minister Heiko Maas wearing a swastika armband, sporting a toothbrush moustache and performing a Nazi salute. “The stinking leftovers of Nazism and fascism have manifested themselves in the spirit of the weakest Europe in history,” it said in an accompanying editorial. The European Union “sent its envoy to Iran to say ‘Europe cannot implement without America’s approval but cannot accept Iran’s refusal to deliver on some of its commitments'”, the paper complained. Also Read – Pak Army chief accompanies Imran at key meetings in ChinaLeading ultraconservative daily Kayhan recalled the involvement of German firms in providing materials used by Saddam Hussein’s regime to develop weapons of mass destruction it deployed in the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war. “Germany, as one of the main suppliers of weapons of mass destruction to Saddam … should have apologised to Iran and reconsidered its policy instead of expressing concern over Iran’s defensive capabilities,” it said.last_img read more

FIR against 3 in UP Bar Council chiefs murder

first_imgAgra: Sunny Yadav, the nephew of slain Uttar Pradesh Bar Council president Darwesh Yadav has named Manish Sharma, his wife Vandana and another lawyer Vineet Gulecha as the accused in the murder of the first woman chief of the council, who was shot dead in a lawyers chamber. Manish Sharma, a lawyer, who fired three shots on Wednesday at Darwesh Yadav, later shot himself in the head, and has been shifted to the Medanta hospital in Gurugram in a critical condition. Also Read – Rajnath Singh receives IAF’s first Rafale fighter jet from France Lawyers across the state have decided not to work on Friday as a token of respect to the Bar Council chief. Meanwhile, a festering relationship between Darwesh Yadav and Manish Sharma is now believed to be motive behind the killing. Both had started practicing law in 2004 and the two even shared the same chamber in the court. According to Sunny Yadav who lodged the FIR late on Wednesday, Darwesh Yadav often helped Sharma with his career and gave him money, car and jewellery. Also Read – ED can withhold names of tax evaders in Panama Papers: CIC “A few months ago, when Darwesh Yadav asked Sharma to return the money he owed her, his wife Vandana threatened Darwesh Yadav with dire consequences. Manish Sharma had taken over Darwesh’s chamber and she had to start working form other lawyers’ chambers,” Sunny has said in the FIR. Minutes before the shooting in lawyer Arvind Kumar Misra’s chamber — where Darwesh was sitting with her colleagues — Sharma got into an argument with her. Lawyers present said that Sharma shouted “Tu jeet gayi” (you have won) and fired at Darwesh Yadav’s cousin Manoj Yadav who was seated beside her. He ducked and escaped the bullet. Sharma then fired three shots at Darwesh Yadav. She was hit in the head and chest and slumped into a pool of blood. Before anyone could realise what had happened, Manish Sharma put his pistol to his temple and shot himself. Talking to reporters, Sunny Yadav said that another advocate Vineet Gulecha is the mastermind and jealously was the motive behind the crime. “Gulecha was jealous of Darwesh’s growing popularity and used Manish Sharma to settle the scores,” he said. Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh Minister for Law Brijesh Pathak was expected to be in Etah to pay respect to the departed soul on Thursday. Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav is also scheduled to reach Etah later in the day and meet the family of the slain lawyer.last_img read more

Maini set for crazy Le Mans debut

first_imgLe Mans (France): Young Indian racer Arjun Maini, who was forced to halt his single seater career this season, will tick off a major motorsport milestone when he competes at the iconic 24 Hours of Le Mans this weekend. Maini has switched to sports car racing this year but vows to return to single seaters in the near future. Maini will compete in the LMP2 category, which has 19 other entries, for British team RLR Msport. The 21-year-old will share racing duties with gentleman driver John Ferraro and the experienced Frenchman Norman Nato. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian Open The Bengaluru-based driver is racing in European Le Mans this season. The other Indians who have been part of a Le Mans weekend are Narain Karthikeyan and Karun Chandhok. “Competing in one of motorsport’s biggest races is crazy! The atmosphere during testing alone was something special and I can hardly wait for the actual race weekend. “The biggest challenge I will face is the fact that I will be in the car much longer than in any of my previous races and I hope to be as consistent as possible as this will be key is gaining a good result,” he said. Also Read – Mandhana ruled out of South Africa ODI series The 24 Hours of Le Mans is one of the biggest races in the year. With over a 150 drivers racing across various classes and a history that dates back to 1923, the race sees a footfall off over 250,000 people during the weekend. Run on the historic Le Sarthe race circuit, which is known for its long back straight where cars can reach over 300 kmph, modern day competitors complete over 5000 kilometers during the 24-hour time period.last_img read more

Dhawan motivated want to keep him back Kohli

first_imgNottingham: India skipper Virat Kohli on Thursday said injured opener Shikhar Dhawan is motivated and the team is hopeful he recovers in time to be part of their World Cup 2019 campaign again. India’s tie against New Zealand got washed off without a ball being bowled. Dhawan suffered the injury after being hit by a Pat Cummins’ delivery during his 109-ball 117 knock against Australia. Pant, who was initially ignored for Dinesh Karthik when the 15-member squad was picked, has been named as his standby and is expected to fly in to England as cover. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian Open”Shikhar will be in a plaster for a couple of weeks, we’ll assess and see. Hopefully he’ll be available for the later half and the semi-finals. He’s motivated, we wanted to keep him back,” Kohli said after the tie against the Kiwis was called off. This was the fourth such game in the ongoing tournament that has not yielded any result. So far, the South Africa-West Indies, Sri Lanka-Pakistan and Sri Lanka-Bangladesh games have all been washouts. Also Read – Mandhana ruled out of South Africa ODI seriesThe ICC has said in a statement that it will be a logistical mayhem to keep reserve days for games in the group stage. “Sensible decision to not play, given the outfield wasn’t fully fit. One point not a bad thing for sides that have won all their games so far. So we’ll take it,” said Kohli. India next take on arch-rival Pakistan which is always a big-ticket clash on Sunday. “For Sunday, we know we’re there when it comes to the mindset…just about going out there and having a game plan, executing it. As soon as you enter the field, it’s calm and relaxed. The atmosphere from the outside, for the first time, it’s a bit intimidating, but we’ll look to execute well,” said Kohli. “It’s been competitive for years, it’s a marquee event all over the world, honour to be a part of the big game. Brings out the best in all of us,” Kohli said. The no result meant New Zealand (7 points) stay on top while India (5 points) edge ahead of England (4 points) to the third spot with Australia (6 points) staying second. The Kiwis are yet to lose a game with three wins before this, while Virat Kohli and Co. have beaten South Africa and Australia to start their campaign on a high.last_img read more

Artificial light linked to weight gain

first_imgSleeping with a television or light on in the room may lead to weight gain or obesity in women, a study has found. A recently published research is the first to find an association between any exposure to artificial light at night while sleeping and weight gain in women. The results suggest that cutting off lights at bedtime could reduce women’s chances of becoming obese. The researchers from the US National Institutes of Health used questionnaire data from 43,722 women in the Sister Study, which examines risk factors for breast cancer and other diseases. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainThe participants, aged 35-74 years, had no history of cancer or cardiovascular disease and were not shift workers, daytime sleepers, or pregnant when the study began. The study questionnaire asked whether the women slept with no light, a small nightlight, light outside of the room, or a light or television on in the room. The scientists used weight, height, waist and hip circumference, and body mass index measurements taken at baseline, as well as self-reported information on weight at baseline and follow-up five years later. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardUsing this information, the scientists were able to study obesity and weight gain in women exposed to artificial light at night with women who reported sleeping in dark rooms. The results varied with the level of artificial light at night exposure. For example, using a small nightlight was not associated with weight gain, whereas women who slept with a light or television on were 17 per cent more likely to have gained five kilogrammes, approximately 11 pounds, or more over the follow-up period. The association with having light coming from outside the room was more modest. Also, the scientists wondered if not getting enough rest factored into the findings. “Although poor sleep by itself was associated with obesity and weight gain, it did not explain the associations between exposure to artificial light while sleeping and weight,” said researchers from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), part of NIH. Researchers of NIEHS noted that for many who live in urban environments, light at night is more common and should be considered. Streetlights, store front neon signs, and other light sources can suppress the sleep hormone melatonin and the natural 24-hour light-dark cycle of circadian rhythms. “Humans are genetically adapted to a natural environment consisting of sunlight during the day and darkness at night,” they said. “Exposure to artificial light at night may alter hormones and other biological processes in ways that raise the risk of health conditions like obesity,” researchers said. The researchers acknowledge that other confounding factors could explain the associations between artificial light at night and weight gain. However, their findings did not change when analyses controlled for characteristics that may be associated with exposure to light at night. These factors included age, having an older spouse or children in the home, race, socioeconomic status, calories consumed, and physical activity.last_img read more

Dutch women beat Italy to reach WC semis for 1st time

first_imgValenciennes (France): Defending European champion Netherlands bested Italy 2-0 to advance to the semifinals of the Women’s World Cup 2019 for the first time ever. After a somewhat lethargic first half amid the blazing sun heat at Stade du Hainaut, here, the Dutch squad lifted their game in the second on Saturday. The Netherlands dominated possession — playing with the ball nearly 60 per cent of the time — and were relentless on the attack, reports Efe news. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football together Italy, the Cinderella team of the tournament, were unable to convert the handful of chances they created in the first 45 minutes and didn’t get so much as a whiff of the opposing goal after the restart. The Italians found themselves forced to resort to fouls to disrupt the Dutch attack, picking up four yellow cards. And while goalkeeper Laura Giuliani handled the shots from open play, she finally conceded on set pieces. Vivianne Miedema got her head to a strike from free-kick specialist Sherida Spitse to put the Netherlands ahead 1-0 in the 70th minute. The second goal came 10 minutes later from Stefanie van der Gragt, again off a Spitse free kick.last_img read more

Cabinet approves 22 new commercial courts and 18 permanent fast track courts

first_imgNEW DELHI: AAP-led Delhi government’s Cabinet on Friday approved the creation of permanent 18 Fast Track Courts and 22 Commercial Courts which will reduce pendency of cases and ensure speedy disposal of cases.”Congrats Delhi! Cabinet approves the creation of permanent 18 Fast Track Courts and 22 Commercial Courts which will reduce pendency of cases and ensure speedy disposal of cases. This will bring respite to litigants. Many thanks to Hon’ble CM Arvind Kejriwal Ji,” tweeted Delhi Law Minister Kailash Gahlot. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe Delhi Cabinet approved the Law Department’s proposal for the creation of 22 Posts of Delhi Higher Judicial Services (DHJS) in Super Time Scale for Commercial Courts Judges along with the ancillary staff. (A total of 212 posts) The annual financial implications are Rs 13,55,90,280. Delhi government’s cabinet also approved the Law Department’s proposal for the conversion of 90 percent of temporary post sanctioned for Fast Track Courts into permanent post which 18 posts of Additional District & Session Judge (ADJs) in Delhi Higher Judicial Services along with 86 posts of ancillary staff. The annual financial implications for the conversion of the above-mentioned posts into permanent posts is Rs 8,88,45,120 (Rs eight crore eighty-eight lakh forty-five thousand and one hundred twenty only) per annum.last_img read more

KV student commits suicide at her residence in Saket

first_imgNew Delhi: A 17-year-old girl, student of Kendriya Vidyalaya school, committed suicide at her residence in South Delhi’s Saket area on Tuesday. Police said that the parents of another girl had complaint to school that their daughter was beaten up by the deceased. Police said that the deceased lived with her family in South Delhi area and was studying class 12. According to police, the case came to light on July 30 at 5.41 pm after they received information at Saket police station that a girl has committed suicide. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderA police team rushed to the spot and during the investigation, it has been revealed that the girl committed suicide in her house by hanging herself with a cloth. Deputy Commissioner of Police (South) Vijay Kumar said that on further investigation, it has been found that she is a student of class 12. Police said that the investigation further revealed that on Tuesday, parent of another girl, who is a student of Class 11th, had complained to the school principal alleging that on July 29 at 12.30 pm, after the school hours, the deceased thrashed the girl along with two other boys outside the school. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings”This had caused a sense of insecurity among the parents of the girl who was beaten and they complaint against the deceased to the school ,” police said. On this complaint, the deceased’s mother was called to the school. But when she reached school, the teachers had gone and she was told to come next day along with her daughter (deceased). In the meantime, her daughter committed suicide at her residence. “So far no foul play has been found in the suicide of deceased. Post mortem of the body has been conducted on July 31 and the body handed over to the family members. They are waiting for the postmortem report. Further investigation is in progress,” said DCP South. Recently on May, a 22-year-old man was found hanging at his house in Nanakpura area. The investigating agency said that they did not recover any suicide note. In another case, a JNU student allegedly committed suicide on Friday by hanging himself from a ceiling fan in a study room of the university.last_img read more

After breach Mumbai airport security to be tightened

first_imgMumbai: The CISF and Mumbai Police will further beef up security both inside and outside the Mumbai airport after Thursday’s mega-security breach when a ‘mentally ill’ person jumped over a wall to take a stroll beneath a Spicejet aircraft, official sources said here on Friday. The incident has come as a huge embarrassment to the concerned agencies – happening exactly two weeks after the Centre’s stringent directives on security matters in the wake of the scrapping of Article 370 – with many to remain in force till August 31. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ On Thursday afternoon, as the Spicejet flight SG-634 Boeing 737 aircraft waited on the taxiway N1 to enter the runway for take off to Bengaluru, passengers and crew of the aircraft and others were shocked to see an unauthorised person moving around on the ground below. He had scaled the perimeter walls of the Mumbai airport which has slums on north and eastern sides, jumped down, strolled nonchalantly around 50 metres to the taxiway, gaped at the engine, touched the huge wheels and went around the undercarriage of the aircraft. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K The man even expressed triumph over his feat by raising both his arms even as an airport jeep reached the place to keep an eye on him. But the security personnel did not step out of the vehicle to avoid getting too close to the aircraft engine. Unhindered, the intruder then walked to the tail-end and came out where he was caught by the security team, barely minutes after he came on his adventure, even as his sojourn was recorded in CCTVs and some passenger mobile phones. A thorough search on him revealed nothing including any identification, but he claimed to have entered the restricted security zone “only to see the airplane” at close quarters. He was later identified as a ‘mentally ill’, 24-year-old man from Sion, who recently even clambered atop a stationery BEST bus in his locality. The family explained to the police that he indulged in such antics when he doesn’t take his medicines on time. He is suspected to have entered the airport by climbing on the mobile toilets lining the airport wall.last_img read more

LG launches Himmat Plus QR Code scheme in transport range

first_imgNew Delhi: In a bid to make rides safer for women travelling from railway stations, metro stations and airport, the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi Anil Baijal has launched Himmat Plus QR Code scheme in transport range of Delhi Police.Around 3,000 autos and taxies have now associated with this initiative of city police. The transport range comprises of three units namely IGI Airport, Railways and Metro. The Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik was present at the occasion which was held at Ajmeri Gate area of New Delhi railway station. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderDeputy Commissioner of Police (Railways) said they have pasted QR code in autos and taxis. To avail the facility, Himmat Plus application should be downloaded in your phone. “In the QR code functionality, the user opens the Himmat Plus App and scans the QR code from the card which is placed on the headrest of the driver’s seat, facing the customer,” said DCP Railways. When the user presses the ‘Report Journey’ button, it sends the location with the driver’s unique I.D. to the Himmat dashboard working at Himmat stations at PHQ. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsIf the driver is not registered the user receives the pop-up notification on the application driver is not registered with Delhi Police. In this case, passenger can call the Control Room or press the SOS button from the application. “If the driver is registered with Delhi Police, then the user can start the journey and every five minutes, the user receives the pop-up notification on the app. In case the user presses the trouble button, then the officer of Delhi Police will call the passenger. It also sends an alert message to the Emergency Contact Number of the user. All Special Commissioners of Police including Nuzhat Hassan (Women Safety), Praveer Ranjan (Transport), Joint Commissioner of Police (transport) Atul Katiyar and other senior police officers of Delhi Police, Mangu Singh, Managing Director, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, S.C.Jain DRM, Northern Railway & Senior Officers of Railway Protection Force have also attended the programme. According to the police from airport, nearly one lakh fifty thousand people travel regularly. Whereas around thirteen lakh people from railway stations and nearly thirty lakh people commute on daily basis.last_img read more

UP Man arrested for shooting at RSS activist

first_imgMuzaffarnagar: The police have arrested a man who allegedly shot at RSS activist Sompal Saini in Uttar Pradesh’s Muzaffarnagar district, an officer said on Sunday.During interrogation, the accused Rohit revealed that he attacked Saini due to old enmity, Circle Officer (CO) Sidharth Tomar said.The pistol used to commit the crime was recovered from his possession, he added. In-charge of a wing of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) in Habibpur village, Saini was attacked on Friday.Union Minister Sanjeev Balyan and several BJP leaders had on Saturday met the injured activist at the Meerut Medical College.last_img read more

Kohli best but Smiths record speaks for itself Ganguly

first_imgKolkata: Former India captain Sourav Ganguly on Monday did not want to compare Steve Smith and Virat Kohli, stressing that the India captain is still the best in the world but Smith’s records speak for itself. Former Australia skipper Smith retained his position at the top of the ICC Test Player Rankings after the Ashes with Kohli sitting behind him on the second spot. Smith’s scores of 80 and 23 have helped him remain 34 points ahead of Kohli with 937 rating points, an incredible effort since he started the series in fourth position with 857 points before his surge that came courtesy 774 runs in four Tests including a double hundred. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”These are questions not to be answered. How does it matter? It’s about performance. Virat is the best in the world at the moment. So that’s what makes us happy,” Ganguly told reporters on the sidelines of an event. Asked about Smith, he said: “His records speak for itself… 26 Test hundreds which is a phenomenal record.” Ganguly was also asked about his ambitions of becoming the next India coach. “Let one coach finish, then we will think about the other coach,” said the 47-year old with a smile. “In any case I am already a coach. I look after the Delhi Capitals in the IPL. In my first season last year, they did well,” he added.last_img read more

BC joins Alberta Ontario Quebec in banning payment for blood and plasma

first_imgVANCOUVER – Payment for blood and plasma would be prohibited in British Columbia under legislation introduced Thursday.There are no clinics in B.C. that pay people for blood or plasma and the legislation is meant to prevent any from opening.Health Minister Adrian Dix said voluntary donations of blood through Canadian Blood Services help save lives.Similar laws exist in Alberta, Ontario and Quebec, but at least one private organization in Canada pays donors for plasma that is sold on the global market.People who violate British Columbia’s law would be fined up to $10,000 for a first offence, and companies would pay $100,000 for a first offence and $500,000 for each subsequent contravention of the law, the ministry said.Dr. Graham D. Sher, CEO of Canadian Blood Services, said he’s pleased to see the province support for the national blood-supply system.“Canadian Blood Services welcomes efforts to help further strengthen Canada’s voluntary, non-remunerated, publicly funded and accountable collection model,” Sher said in a statement.Rick Turner, co-chair of the BC Health Coalition, said the new legislation will help protect the health and well-being of residents who rely on a voluntary system to collect blood and plasma, the pale-yellow liquid part of blood used for various medical treatments.“B.C., like all jurisdictions, has a limited pool of potential donors,” he said. “Preventing pay-for-plasma clinics from operating in the province ensures that they will not draw donors away from the voluntary blood system.”The coalition, along with BloodWatch.org and the B.C. Hemophiliac Society, has advocated for the legislation since 2016, when a private company said it planned to open clinics in the Vancouver area.Canadian Plasma Resources has clinics in Saskatoon and Moncton and had been in talks with the former Liberal government in B.C.The company’s CEO Barzin Bahardoust said British Columbia’s ban on compensating people for plasma will mean it must continue to buy from paid American donors.“We’re relying on paid-plasma donors from the United States for about 85 per cent of the plasma-protein products that we use in this country,” he said, adding the company has considered expanding to Manitoba and Nova Scotia.He said plasma donors at its two Canadian clinics are paid up to $50 in the form of a tax receipt or a reloadable credit card in that amount.A tainted-blood supply scandal in the 1980s led to safeguards after thousands of Canadians who received blood transfusions were infected with HIV or hepatitis C. A four-year inquiry headed by retired judge Horace Krever in the mid-90s heard from people who were living with the tragic consequences of contaminated blood.Health Canada says it’s legal to collect plasma used for manufacturing plasma products from paid donors.“Paid-plasma donors are critical to ensuring a sufficient supply of blood products in Canada,” the department says on its website.“In fact, approximately 70 per cent of the immune globulins available in Canada are made in whole or in part from plasma from paid donors,” it says about the preparation used to temporarily provide patients with antibodies if they can’t produce their own.A Health Canada spokeswoman said an expert panel established to look into the collection of plasma is expected to deliver a report in the near future.BloodWatch.org executive director Kat Lanteigne said BloodWatch.org made submissions to the panel saying Health Canada has skirted its responsibility to protect the security of the country’s blood supply.“It’s Canadian Blood Services that’s the official national blood authority, not Health Canada,” she said. “By creating a competitor of collection in order to create these life-saving drugs, what Health Canada has done is in absolute opposition to every single one of justice Krever’s recommendations.”— Follow @CamilleBains1 on Twitter.last_img read more

Premier seeks answers on sudden Labrador flooding No doubt people are fearful

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Premier Dwight Ball says he wants answers about what happened last week when people had to be swiftly airlifted out of Mud Lake, N.L., as the Churchill River suddenly rose downstream from the massive new Muskrat Falls hydro development.Many of the 70 residents are asking whether operations at the megaproject are to blame for conditions never seen by people who’ve lived there for decades, Ball said in an interview Wednesday.“There’s no doubt people are fearful and wondering if this could happen again. We’ve got to make sure that we … get an independent assessment done so that we relieve this fear.“People need answers.”The mostly seasonal Labrador community was swamped May 17 after ice jammed nearby where the Churchill River meets Lake Melville.Ball said the province is now seeking independent consultants to review water flow records, along with traditional knowledge from elders of the region.“They’re very gentle people,” Ball said of residents he met during a tour of the area Monday. “They’re not really pointing fingers at anyone at this point, they’re just saying: ‘I was raised there. I was born there. I’ve never seen this before.’”Nor could they remember their parents ever describing such rapid and severe flooding, Ball said. The difference this year, many residents told him, is the Muskrat Falls development upstream.The $11.7-billion project now under construction near Happy Valley-Goose Bay has bloated in cost by more than $4 billion from original estimates and is well behind schedule. Spillway gates at Muskrat Falls that control reservoir levels are functional. Ball said Crown corporation Nalcor Energy will be asked about any water manipulations as part of the assessment.“Nalcor will be directed to participate about anything that they would have done in recent months that could have potentially contributed to this.”Ball said no timeline has been confirmed but a public report will be released as soon as possible.As of Wednesday, 48 structures at Mud Lake had been inspected and 31 were approved to have power turned back on, he said. Insurance adjusters have begun estimating damages and the provincial government is accepting applications for disaster relief.Some displaced residents are being housed at the 5-Wing Goose Bay military base, Ball said.In an emailed statement, Nalcor said it will co-operate with the assessment.“Nalcor will fully support all ongoing efforts and analysis to determine if its operations contributed to this event.”The statement stressed that gates at the Muskrat Falls spillway have been moving up and down for several months “as part of regular operations to maintain a consistent water level.”“As a result of the spring melt, more water flows into the reservoir and therefore our gates open to allow that naturally occurring inflow to pass through the spillway. By maintaining a constant water level, we did not contribute to any additional water downstream beyond that which is naturally occurring.”Follow @suebailey on Twitter.last_img read more

Join us A crosscountry singalong of the national anthem on Canada Day

first_imgVANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – There will undoubtedly be many renditions of “O Canada” sung at concerts, community events and backyard BBQs this Canada Day. But what if we all chose one moment and performed the anthem at the same time?We’re working to help to make that happen.We’re inviting you join us for the Canada 150 National Anthem Singalong. How does it work? On July 1, roughly 49,000 people will be gathered to watch the Blue Jays game in Toronto. At the moment when that crowd joins the singing of the national anthem, our colleagues from across Rogers radio and television stations will broadcast “O Canada” as well. Whether you’re at a pool party with a couple of dozen friends or hanging by yourself on the cottage dock, you’ll be able to connect with fellow Canadians across the country by singing along.The pre-game ceremonies at the game will start at 1 pm ET and be carried live on Sportsnet, Sportsnet 590 The FAN and Sportsnet NOW.City television stations will simulcast the ceremonies in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Toronto and Montreal until the anthem concludes. Rogers’ radio stations – including this one – across the country will broadcast the anthem at 1:11 pm ET so you can join in.And, if you’d like to join the fun, please share videos of your versions of the anthem on social media — including Facebook Live — and use the hashtag #singalong150.There will be plenty of memorable moments this Canada Day. We’re hoping this might be one of them.last_img read more

Canadian Food Inspection Agency expands yogurt recall to Yoplait and Liberte

first_imgOTTAWA – The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has added the Yoplait Minigo and Liberte brands of yogurt to a recall over concerns that pieces of plastic may be in the product.The national recall of General Mills Canada Corp. products include some batches of Yoplait Minigo strawberry and raspberry yogurt in 90-gram containers, as well as Liberte Greek yogurt in raspberry and coconut flavours in the 120-gram size.The recall follows a similar one by Ultima Foods in June over concerns about the potential of plastic pieces in seven Iogo yogurt products.The Iogo recall included six 93-millilitre Iogo Nano packs of strawberry, raspberry, vanilla and banana drinkable yogurt and one-litre Iogo smoothie protein packs with mango, strawberry-raspberry and strawberry flavours.last_img read more

Quebecer wins a million in lottery for second time in nine years

first_imgQUEBEC – There are lucky men, and then there’s Jules Parent.For the second time in nine years, the 69-year-old Quebecer has won $1 million playing the lottery.“I know very well that the probability of winning is extremely small and winning twice in a relatively short time is really something else,” Parent said in an interview Thursday.Parent showed up at Loto-Quebec offices in Quebec City to pick up a cheque for $1,222,069 after winning the jackpot playing the Crown of Egypt lottery online.He won $1 million back in 2008 playing Lotto 6-49.Parent’s most recent jackpot came on a play worth $3.20. Loto-Quebec places the odds of winning with such a bet at one in 23,437,500.The odds of winning the Lotto 6-49 are one in 14 million.“I don’t know who did this,” he said, implying he must have some sort of help from above. “Was I born under a good star?”Parent said he enjoys playing, but is not a compulsive gambler, adding it’s one of his favourite pastimes along with walking, fishing and hunting.“I’m going to continue playing — the same amount I do now,” he said.“I’m retired so it helps me pass the time. Just like any other game of chance, sometimes you win and, other times, unfortunately, you head home with less money.”Parent, who lives alone and doesn’t have kids, said he plans to demolish his home and build a new one.“It’ll be a modest home,” he said. “It won’t be a castle, but it will be in the modern style.”He also isn’t ruling out a trip to Las Vegas.last_img read more

BC schools scrambling to hire teachers to meet new classsize standards

first_imgVANCOUVER – School districts in British Columbia are scrambling to hire thousands of teachers ahead of the new school year to satisfy a court decision that reinstates standards on class size.The Supreme Court of Canada ruled last November that legislation implemented by the province’s previous Liberal government in 2002 that prevented teachers from negotiating class size and composition related to special needs students was unconstitutional, resulting in a need for 3,000 to 3,500 more teachers.“It’s a massive undertaking,” said Glen Hansman, president of the BC Teachers’ Federation, adding the bulk of the positions are being filled in the final weeks before classes begin.The hirings mean students can expect more support when they return to school, but Hansman said the rush to post and fill vacancies could have been avoided if more had been done before May’s provincial election.“The previous government didn’t do enough before the election … to actually get a lot of this work done before the end of the last school year,” he said.The Education Ministry said in a statement “there were no substantial delays in the hiring process as a result of the election.”The Liberals earmarked $50 million in January to start hiring teachers while negotiations to reinstate class sizes were underway.A deal was reached in March to restore language from previous contracts that called for smaller class sizes, ending the union’s 15-year battle over bargaining rights and resulting in a $330 million funding boost for public schools.Premier John Horgan, whose New Democrats formed a government in July, included education in his list of priorities for the legislature in September.Hansman said the new government has eased lingering funding concerns for school districts, but attracting enough recruits remains a challenge for some jurisdictions, partly because of the cost of living in B.C.“Unfortunately, because of the affordability issues in this province and the fact that teachers in B.C. are paid significantly less than teachers in other parts of the country, it is really a difficult pitch to make to people who are graduating from teacher education programs to come out to B.C.,” Hansman said.Northern and rural communities have long struggled to bring in teachers, particularly specialty and secondary school teachers, he added.The Education Ministry said to help rural schools a $2 million fund was created to offer incentives, such as moving allowances or housing supports.For districts unable to meet the new standards, the ministry said remedies were built into the agreement so existing teachers could receive “more prep time, additional teaching supports, or some other form of assistance” to make up for the shortfall.Maintaining an adequate pool of on-call teachers has also been a challenge as they take full-time jobs and Hansman said the supply will need to be replenished.Gordon Swan, president of the B.C. School Trustees Association, said the coming school year is a transitional one and long-term planning involving the province, school boards, union and teachers education programs will be needed to meet the demands of growing communities.In the province’s largest school district, there is also a demand for more physical space.Doug Strachan of the Surrey School District said about 50 portables had to be purchased for new classroom space, adding to the existing 275 portables.Portables were first installed at schools that have no alternative spaces, he said. There may be a shortfall of roughly a dozen portables, but those are expected to be in place by the second or third week of the school year.The district has also worked aggressively to fill positions for 168 new classrooms this fall — representing five years of normal class growth, Strachan said.“There may be some positions still being filled getting into the school year but we expected that they will be hired quickly and it won’t have impact on startup,” he said.Swan said most districts have shared similar sentiments, and he’s confident everything will be in place by the end of September.“My thought to parents is that they shouldn’t be worried about the situation this fall,” he said. “There will be additional teachers in the schools and their child will have a classroom to go to.”— Follow @Givetash on Twitterlast_img read more

Heckler at NDP Jagmeet Singh event an example of racism in Canada

first_imgA political science professor says a racist heckler that interrupted a campaign rally for NDP leadership hopeful Jagmeet Singh is an example of the discrimination that deters minorities from politics.A video posted on YouTube of Singh’s campaign event in Brampton, Ont., earlier this week shows a woman interrupting his speech and accusing him of supporting Shariah law and the Muslim Brotherhood.Singh, who is Sikh, responds to the woman saying he supports and loves her, and that he won’t be intimidated by hate.“Everyone in this room loves you, we all support you, we believe in your rights,” he said as she continued yelling at him in front of a crowd of supporters.Erin Tolley, an associate professor at the University of Toronto, said the incident is a reminder that although Canada promotes multiculturalism, racist views are still prevalent.“I think one danger in Canada is we become very congratulatory about our multiculturalism … but to some extent that conceals the number of Canadians that harbour racist sentiments,” she said.Tolley said studies have shown about 30 per cent of Canadians hold racist opinions and while they may not all be vocal about their views, it does influence how they vote.In her research on race and politics, she said discrimination against minorities, gender and people’s sexual orientation can give them pause about whether they want to enter or continue in politics.“I’m working on a study right now talking to people who had ran for the nomination of their party and many candidates of colour were somewhat surprised by what a negative experience it was, and so they are thinking twice about whether they want to continue,” she said.Singh’s ability to keep calm and respond in a positive manner to the heckler is evidence that it wasn’t the first time he experienced outwardly racist remarks, Tolley said.Although it was a negative incident, she said it did allow Singh to show off his leadership skills and raise his profile across the country.“He shows he’s not an angry person, he can keep his wits about him, he isn’t going to lose his cool and, politically, regardless of the situation, that’s seen as advantageous.”Singh’s rising popularity, at least among the NDP, is a sign of a growing desire among the public for more diversity in politics, Tolley said.She added that he’s also viewed as an inspiration to many people, which is reflected in the success he had in getting more people to join the party.Tolley noted that if Singh is voted NDP leader this October, he will be the first federal leader of colour selected by party members in Canada.“Talk about it’s 2017 – given Canada’s history of multiculturalism, how come that hasn’t happened before now?” she said.last_img read more

Pakistan rescues Canadian man and family held by Taliban

first_imgA Canadian man, his American wife and their three young children have been released after being held captive for years by a network with ties to the Taliban, U.S. and Pakistani officials said Thursday.Pakistan’s army secured the release of Joshua Boyle and his wife Caitlan Coleman, who were abducted five years ago while travelling in Afghanistan and had been held by the Haqqani network.U.S. officials had planned on moving the family out of Pakistan on a U.S. transport plane, but at the last minute Boyle would not get on, the official said.Another U.S. official said Boyle was nervous about being in “custody” given his background. Boyle was previously married to the sister of Omar Khadr, who spent 10 years at Guantanamo Bay after being captured when he was 15 in a 2002 firefight at an al-Qaeda compound in Afghanistan.A Canadian man, his American wife and their three young children born during the couple’s five years in captivity were freed in a Pakistani commando raid and shootout, authorities announced Thursday.The Pakistani military said Joshua Boyle, his wife Caitlan Coleman and their children had been freed in “an intelligence-based operation” after they’d crossed the border from Afghanistan, where they had been abducted by a group with ties to the Taliban.Tariq Azim Khan, the country’s high commissioner to Canada, said once the military received word of the family’s whereabouts from U.S. intelligence authorities, they acted quickly.Khan described a dramatic scene in which gunshots rang out as the family was intercepted by Pakistani forces while being transported by their captors in the trunk of a van.Intelligence officials in Pakistan said the confrontation happened near a road crossing in the Nawa Kili area of the district of Kohat in northwest Pakistan.“We know there was a shootout and Pakistan commandos carried out an attack and rescued the hostages,” Khan said from London.Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, who has met with the Boyle family in the past, said they had endured an “absolutely horrible ordeal.” Freeland refused to describe the circumstances of the release, citing security reasons but said Canada had been working with the U.S., Pakistan and Afghanistan, whom she thanked.“We all have to really remember what a traumatic experience this family has gone through – really unspeakable,” Freeland said in Mexico City.Boyle and Coleman, who was pregnant at the time of the abduction, were held by the Haqqani network, a group U.S. officials call a terrorist organization.Boyle’s parents, who live in Smiths Falls, Ont., said their son and his family intend to come to Canada.“The family has chosen Canada,” Patrick Boyle said Thursday evening. “We’re hoping to know ourselves when we get to go pick them up.”The family were safe but exhausted, Patrick Boyle said.“We just spoke to them again recently, Boyle said. “He (Joshua) said they’ve all been up since Tuesday so he was very pleased, he’s running on empty.”In anticipation of the release, Canadian authorities had travelled to Smiths Falls and woke Boyle up early Thursday morning to give him the news.“They’d been in a hotel two minutes down the street for the better part of the day, waiting for approval to tell us they’d been released,” Boyle said.“We got a call at one a.m. saying ‘we’ll be at your door in five minutes and it’s not bad news.”‘He said he and his family were “over the top” Thursday at word of the release.“We struggled with every dark spot in the last five years, today that’s sort of parked,” he said.Joshua’s mother Linda had no doubt what the first thing she intended to do when she sees her son and family.“Hug them, slobber kisses all over them,” she said. Related content:Timeline: Captivity of Joshua Boyle and his familyColeman’s parents, meanwhile, posted a statement on the door of their Pennsylvania home saying they appreciated “all the interest and concern being expressed at the joyful news that Caity, Josh and our grandchildren have been released after five long years of captivity.”A U.S. national security official, who wasn’t authorized to discuss the case publicly, said the family were together in a safe location in Pakistan. American officials had planned on moving the family out of Pakistan on a U.S. transport plane but Boyle refused to board, the official said.Another U.S. official said Boyle was nervous about being in “custody” given that he was previously married to Zaynab Khadr, the sister of Canadian Omar Khadr, who spent 10 years at Guantanamo Bay after being captured when he was 15 in Afghanistan.Officials discounted any link between that background and Boyle’s capture and Freeland stressed that Boyle was not the focus of any investigation.Patrick Boyle suggested it was a matter of principle because his son was told the plane would have stopped at Bagram air base in Afghanistan, which American authorities had once used to ship detainees to its Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba where many languished for years under harsh conditions.“I just think he just saw it as unnecessary and philosophically he finds it offensive,” said Boyle, who added that his son was effusive in his praise of his rescuers and is eager to cooperate with authorities and bring his captors to justice.The release came nearly five years to the day since Boyle and Coleman lost touch with their families while travelling in a mountainous region near the Afghan capital, Kabul.The couple had set off in the summer 2012 for a journey that took them to Russia, the central Asian countries of Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, and then to Afghanistan. Coleman’s parents last heard from their son-in-law on Oct. 8, 2012, from an internet cafe in what Boyle described as an “unsafe” part of Afghanistan.The couple appeared in a series of videos beginning in 2013, which were shared online. In one posted last December, the pair urged governments on all sides to reach a deal to secure the family’s freedom. Boyle’s parents had said the clip marked the first time they had seen their two grandchildren.They have said it was heartbreaking to watch their grandchildren observing their surroundings while listening to their mother describe how they were made to watch her being “defiled.”“It is an indescribable emotional sense one has watching a grandson making faces at the camera, while hearing our son’s leg chains clanging up and down on the floor as he tries to settle his son,” the Boyles said in a written statement at the time. “It is unbelievable that they have had to shield their sons from their horrible reality for four years.”The parents said their son told them in a letter that he and his wife tried to protect their children by pretending their signs of captivity are part of a game being played with guards.In the clip, Coleman said she and her family had been living a “Kafkaesque nightmare” since 2012. The Boyles had said their daughter-in-law could not have used a more accurate term.In commenting on news of the family’s release from captivity, U.S. Premier Donald Trump praised Pakistan for its willingness to “do more to provide security in the region.” Baldor reported from Tampa and Colvin from Washington. Associated Press writer Jon Gambrell in Dubai contributed to this report.last_img read more