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first_imgNew Delhi: Karnataka political rivals, BJP’s B S Yeddyurappa and D K Shivakumar of Congress, were seen on the same side in the Supreme Court on Friday — opposing an application seeking to revive an alleged corruption case relating to denotification of land in Bengaluru.The matter, which came up for hearing before a bench of Justices Arun Mishra and M R Shah, saw their advocates questioning the maintainability of the application filed by an intervenor for reviving the criminal case in which the complainant has already withdrawn his plea. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The issue relates to denotification of 4.20 acres of land allegedly in contravention of the Karnataka Restriction of Transfer of Land Act, 1991. Senior advocates Mukul Rohatgi and A M Singhvi, who were appearing for Yeddyurappa and Shivakumar respectively, told the bench that the complainant in the case had withdrawn his appeal from the apex court last year and a third party, who has nothing to do in the case, cannot be allowed to intervene at this stage. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KShivakumar was present in the courtroom during the hearing. Advocate Prashant Bhushan, appearing for intervenor NGO ‘Samaj Parivartana Samudaya’, told the bench that complainant had withdrawn his plea from the apex court on mentioning the matter before a bench but intervention plea can be heard. He sought recall of the February 21 order by which the plea filed by the complainant was “dismissed as withdrawn” by the top court. “A tentative chief minister of Karnataka is one of the respondents (in the matter). A person who is likely to become the chief minister today is involved. The other person was then a minister in Karnataka,” Bhushan told the bench in an apparent reference to Yeddyurappa and Shivakumar. Rohatgi told the court that complainant had withdrawn his plea from the apex court and “the application for revival is by an intervenor”. “What is his concern?,” Rohatgi said. Singhvi argued that the Karnataka High Court had quashed criminal proceedings in the case and the complainant, who had moved the apex court challenging the order, has already withdrawn his appeal. The bench said that it would hear arguments on the maintainability of the application filed by the intervenor. During the hearing, when the bench asked Singhvi as to for whom he was appearing in the matter, the senior counsel said he was representing Shivakumar. “We are not influenced by names,” the bench observed. To this, Singhvi said it is Bhushan who submitted before the court that respondents in the matter are a tentative chief minister and a former minister. A trial court in Karnataka had in February 2012 taken cognisance of a private complaint filed against Yeddyurappa, Shivakumar and others in the matter. The high court had in December 2015, however, quashed the criminal proceedings initiated on the complaint.last_img read more

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first_imgKolkata: Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray on Wednesday met Trinamool Congress supremo and Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at Nabanna and requested her to attend the MNS rally in Mumbai on August 21 in support of reintroducing ballot paper during elections.During the meeting, Thackeray sought support from Banerjee who has organised a rally on July 21 on the same lines. She had given a clarion call to replace the present format of elections with ballots, which was later supported by various Opposition parties, including Congress. Wednesday’s meeting was also significant in the context of the state elections in Maharashtra, which is likely to be held in October. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaIt may be mentioned here that MNS did not contest the Lok Sabha elections, but Thackeray had addressed rallies against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA). After the meeting, Thackeray told the reporters: “We have to fight together to save democracy. In the recently concluded Lok Sabha polls, there were irregularities. We came to know that in around 370 constituencies, the EVMs had malfunctioned. The rest of the world has abandoned the EVMs. The Bengal Chief Minister has also held a rally here in the city, placing a similar demand. We will take out a similar rally in Mumbai on August 21 and therefore urge her to attend the programme.” Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway”Earlier, I also met Sonia Gandhi in this regard. We requested the Election Commission to conduct elections using ballot papers. Mamata Banerjee has been on a relentless stride to restore democracy in the country. We all need to put up a united fight towards this direction,” the MNS chief said. Speaking to the reporters, the Chief Minister said at Nabanna: “Thackeray requested me to go to Mumbai to join the MNS rally on August 21, the basic premise of which is similar to the message we had delivered during our rally on July 21. I could not assure him whether I will be able to visit his place as I have to check if I have some other preoccupations on that day. I have listened to what he intended to say. He is also concerned as to how the democracy in the country can be saved. The main objective of MNS rally is also the reintroduction of ballot papers during elections.” Around 23 Opposition parties had moved the Election Commission ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, urging it to conduct elections in ballot papers but the demand had been rejected. Taking a dig at BJP, Banerjee said: “Like other states, they predicted how many seats they would get in Maharashtra before the election result was out. Who would believe them, if this is the situation in the country? The countries like Japan, UK and USA do not use EVMs during elections. Why should we accept the EVM when we all know the truth?”last_img read more

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first_imgNew Delhi: The ED on Thursday raided the premises linked to erstwhile Ranbaxy promoters, Malvinder Mohan Singh and Shivinder Mohan Singh, in connection with a money-laundering case, agency officials said. They said the raids were conducted after the filing of a case under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). The action is being seen in the backdrop of charges of alleged financial irregularities against the two brothers and the subsequent downfall of their businesses.last_img

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first_imgIngredients Milk1l Sugar200 g Cream500 g Panna base100 g Dextrose Sugar20 g Milk Powder20 g Egg Yolk9 Vanilla5 g Fresh Blueberry300 g Sugar60 gPreparation Place the fruits in a large bowl and add sugar. Mix to coat the fruits thoroughly. Let rest at room temperature for 15 to 30 minutes. Transfer the macerated blueberries to a saucepan. Place over medium-high heat and bring to boil. Lower the heat and simmer until the blueberries have broken down and the syrup has thickened, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate at least 2 hours or overnight. Also Read – PUMPKIN MASH, TAMATAR RASSAIn a medium saucepan, mix milk and cream. Warm at 40°C until foam forms around the edges. Remove from heat. In a large bowl, beat the egg yolks and sugar until frothy. Gradually pour the warm milk into the egg yolks, whisking constantly. Return mixture to saucepan; cook over medium heat at 85°C for 2 minutes, stirring until the mixture gels slightly and coats the back of the spoon. If small egg lumps begin to show, remove from heat immediately. Pour the mixture through a sieve or fine strainer into a bowl. Chill on ice bath and keep in the refrigerator. Whisk the blueberry puree into the prepared gelato base. Pour into the bowl of an ice cream maker and churn. Stop the machine when it is icy yet soft. Transfer the gelato to an airtight container and freeze until firm, about two hours. (Courtesy: Shangri-la, New Delhi)last_img read more

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first_imgMumbai: Domestic equity benchmark BSE Sensex jumped over 250 points in early session on Friday led by gains in banking and energy stocks amid reports that the government is likely to roll back higher surcharge on foreign portfolio investors. After surging 285 points in opening trade, the 30-share index was trading 238.59 points or 0.64 per cent higher at 37,565.95 at 0945 hours; and the broader Nifty too rose 73.10 points or 0.66 per cent to 11,105.55. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal In the previous session on Thursday, the 30-share index finished at 37,327.36, showing a jump of 636.86 points or 1.74 per cent. While, the NSE Nifty climbed 176.95 points or 1.63 per cent to 11,032.45. Top gainers in the Sensex pack during early trade included PowerGrid, Vedanta, HDFC twins, Hero MotoCorp, RIL, NTPC, Bajaj Finance, L&T and HCL Tech, rising up to 2 per cent. While, Tata Motors, M&M, TechM, ITC, Bharti Airtel, Yes Bank, Infosys and TCS fell up to 1.41 per cent. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost Trading sentiment received a much-needed boost after reports emerged on Thursday stating the Centre is likely to withdraw higher surcharge on foreign portfolio investors (FPIs), introduced in the Budget, and may also take a re-look at the long-term capital gains tax. Reports also suggest that leading overseas investors will meet finance ministry officials on Friday as the government seeks to ease concerns over dwindling FPI inflow. Foreign investors have been on a selling spree since the Budget was presented in July, putting pressure on both the capital markets and the rupee. FPIs sold shares worth a net of Rs 437.39 crore on Thursday, while domestic institutional investors bought shares worth Rs 291.29 crore, provisional data showed. Market has got a a breather due to the expectation that the government is likely to be lenient on higher surcharge on FPIs. Additionally, prospects of lower interest rate going forward and strength in rupee will ease liquidity crunch situation, said Vinod Nair, Head of Research, Geojit Financial Services. Meanwhile, the rupee appreciated 17 paise against its previous close to trade at 70.51 in early session. Brent crude futures, the global oil benchmark, slipped 0.26 per cent to trade at 57.23 per barrel. Elsewhere in Asia, Hang Seng, Kospi, Shanghai Composite Index and Nikkei were trading on a mixed note in their respective late morning sessions. While, bourses on Wall Street ended higher on Thursday.last_img read more

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first_imgPune: A special CBI court here rejected the bail application of Vikram Bhave, an accused in the Narendra Dabholkar murder case, on Saturday. Additional Sessions Judge R M Pande denied bail to Bhave saying that prima facie (on the face of it) there was evidence against him, said special public prosecutor Prakash Suryavanshi. In May, Sanjeev Punalekar, a lawyer, and Bhave, his assistant, were arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in connection with the case. Punalekar is accused of giving advice to Sharad Kalaskar, one of the alleged assailants who shot Dabholkar, to destroy the firearms used in the killings of Dabholkar as well as journalist Gauri Lankesh. He was granted bail last month.last_img read more

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first_imgNew Delhi: Reliance Industries and UK’s BP plc have taken over the 10 per cent shareholding of their partner Niko Resources in the eastern offshore KG-D6 block after the Canadian firm defaulted on paying for its share of gas field development cost. Sources with knowledge of the development said the oil minister has given ‘unconditional’ nod to Reliance and BP for taking over 10 per cent interest of Niko in KG-DWN-98/3 or KG-D6 block in the Bay of Bengal. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalReliance and BP split Niko’s share in proportion to their existing shareholding in the block. Subsequent to this, Reliance’s stake in KG-D6 has gone up to 66.67 per cent from previous 60 per cent and that of BP to 33.33 per cent from 30 per cent, the sources said. E-mails sent to Reliance and BP for comments remained unanswered. Niko, which defaulted on payment of loans to its lenders, has been unsuccessful in seeking a possible buyer for its 10 per cent stake in Bay of Bengal block KG-D6 or securing financing for its share of the $5 billion R-Cluster, Satellite Cluster and MJ development projects in the block. This led to the company defaulting in making payments for its share of development cost in early October 2018.last_img read more

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first_imgTORONTO – There was no winning ticket for Friday night’s $50 million Lotto Max jackpot.There were also two Maxmillions prizes of $1 million each up for grabs, but neither was claimed.The jackpot for the next Lotto Max draw on May 4 will be approximately $55 million and there will be four Maxmillions prizes offered.last_img

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first_imgAs the married co-creators of “Come From Away” celebrated a Tony Award win, their hearts were with the people of Gander, N.L., whose uplifting stories inspired the hit homegrown musical honoured among Broadway’s best.“Come From Away” headed into Sunday night’s ceremony in New York with seven nominations, including a nod for best musical.Christopher Ashley won for best director of a musical, but the show was shut out in all other categories. “Dear Evan Hansen” emerged as the big musical winner with six awards.Canadian co-creators Irene Sankoff and David Hein attended several Tony after-parties, including a “Come From Away” celebration and a bash at the famed Sardi’s restaurant. But as the duo partied into the wee hours, they couldn’t stop thinking about the residents of Gander.“Come From Away” is set in the remote East Coast town in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks. Gander saw its population swell as the town sheltered 6,579 passengers and crew from 38 planes diverted when U.S. air space was closed.“The entire night last night we were thinking about the parties that they were having out in Gander and we knew Chris was thinking exactly the same thing,” Hein said in a phone interview Monday.“They’ve been in our heads the entire time because (the show) was based on our interviews with them. So they’ve not only followed us on Facebook, and cheered us on online and in person when they come to the show, but they’ve been in our hearts the entire time… It’s their story. It’s this story about how they welcomed the world and gave the world so much.”The province made its presence felt in Radio City Music Hall during the Tonys ceremony as Sankoff and Hein noticed a Newfoundland flag waving from the rafters.“Two lovely Newfoundlanders had come, and we all cheered and they cheered down at us and we thanked them and they thanked us,” said Hein. “It was a just a lovely moment and they came down and we all hugged.”The Newfoundland love also extended to the Tony stage.Sankoff said it “blew her mind” to see host Kevin Spacey and “The View” co-host Whoopi Goldberg engaged in tongue-in-cheek banter with a nod to “The Rock” to kick off the telecast. The Tony winners had both seen “Come From Away” and Goldberg had even sent pies to the cast, said Sankoff.It wasn’t the couple’s only brush with fame at the star-studded ceremony. They also met “Star Wars” icon Mark Hamill on the red carpet.“He is an avid theatre-goer and was so excited about this season and so excited to be coming to ‘Come From Away,’ and loved the story behind it. And it was really cool,” said Hein.“It’s really amazing meeting your heroes and just realizing they’re incredible people.”Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who saw the play in March, also offered his congratulations to Ashley.“Thanks for bringing the story of Gander to life on stage,” he tweeted.“Come From Away” picked up a slew of prizes en route to the Tonys, with outstanding musical honours from New York’s Drama Desk Awards and Outer Critics Circle Awards, and the Helen Hayes Awards in Washington, D.C.The show is also in contention for Toronto’s Dora Mavor Moore Awards later this month and is up for a pair of honours at September’s Chita Rivera Awards, which recognize theatrical dance and choreography on stage, film and TV.“Come From Away” is also preparing for a North American tour next year, as well as a sit-down production at Toronto’s Royal Alexandra Theatre.“Nothing compares to sharing this story with our friends in Newfoundland, to sharing this experience with our incredible ‘Come From Away’ family and with audiences every day,” said Hein.“We’re so blessed and so lucky, and we have the best job in the world.”—Follow @lauren_larose on TwitterNote to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version reported that the population of Gander doubled in size.last_img read more

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first_imgREGINA – An indigenous woman in Regina says she believes “people are going to die” because of the Saskatchewan government’s decision to shut down the provincial bus service.Connie Deiter said that’s why she has filed a complaint with the human rights commission alleging that the decision discriminates against her and other indigenous women.Deiter said First Nations women took the bus because they couldn’t afford couldn’t afford cars.“If you’re poor, you don’t have access to a vehicle, a lot of our people don’t, the only option is to hitchhike and that’s already happening,” Deiter said Thursday.“You’ll see people hitchhiking on the road now where they probably would have been taking (the bus). You never used to see them hitchhiking before … but now you’re seeing men and women with their luggage and their children. I saw that in Fort Qu’Appelle just a couple of days ago.”A friend picked up a First Nations elder who was walking with a cane and suitcase, Deiter said.She said a woman disappeared about two weeks ago while hitchhiking from Yorkton to North Battleford.“And this has been less than a month since the STC closed, so yeah I think we are looking at ‘Highways of Tears’ all over the province,” she said.Her reference was to a notorious stretch of highway in northern British Columbia that became known as the “Highway of Tears” after 18 women were murdered or disappeared since the 1970s.The Saskatchewan government said it would be inappropriate to comment on the complaint because the matter is before the human rights commission.The government shut down the 70-year-old Saskatchewan Transportation Co. at the end of May as part of an effort to tackle a $1.3 billion deficit.STC reported a net loss of $13 million in the 2015-2016 fiscal year and the government said it would need $85 million over the next five years to keep operating.The government hopes private companies will fill the void.Deiter said she’d like to see a system that’s partially funded or organized by the Saskatchewan government.In British Columbia, First Nations leaders and mayors pushed the government to fund transportation along Highway 16, which stretches between Prince George and Prince Rupert.The B.C. government finally came up with a transportation plan last year, but only after a decade of advocacy and a 2012 report from a missing women inquiry that recommended bus service along the 700-kilometre corridor where people often hitchhike to get around.Deiter said the change was only made after women died.She hopes Saskatchewan doesn’t wait for that to happen.“I just hope that the provincial government shows some sympathy or some empathy for those people who are going to be hitchhiking,” said Deiter.“I hate to be the one that’s being a foreteller of bad times, but I mean people are going to die and I’m hoping that there’s going be some sort of a change.”last_img read more

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first_imgOTTAWA – A quick look at July employment (previous month in brackets):Unemployment rate: 6.3 per cent (6.5)Employment rate: 61.6 per cent (61.6)Labour force participation rate: 65.7 per cent (65.9)Number unemployed: 1,246,800 (1,270,300)Number working: 18,421,900 (18,411,000)Youth (15-24 years) unemployment rate: 11.1 per cent (12.0)Men (25-plus) unemployment rate: 5.6 per cent (5.8)Women (25-plus) unemployment rate: 5.5 per cent (5.3)u?last_img

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first_imgFREDERICTON – Three years after a troubled Cape Breton man died after being hit repeatedly with pepper spray in prison, two correctional officers have been charged with manslaughter.RCMP had originally said foul play was not suspected in Matthew Hines’s death, but the charges come after Canada’s correctional investigator found prison staff used unnecessary force.Hines, who was serving a five-year sentence for crimes including robbery, died on May 26, 2015, at Dorchester Penitentiary in New Brunswick.Family members were originally told the 33-year-old died of a seizure, and said in a statement Wednesday they are relieved that his death has been thoroughly investigated.“Our parents waited far too long to be told the truth of how Matthew died, and now we feel it is fundamentally important to all Canadians that justice be done, and be seen to be done,” they wrote.“We trust that all who saw Matthew before and during his death look in the mirror every day with the knowledge of what they did and did not do.”On Wednesday, two men, 48-year-old Alvida Ross and 31-year-old Mathieu Bourgoin, both of Dieppe, N.B., were charged with one count each of manslaughter and criminal negligence causing death.Ivan Zinger, Canada’s correctional investigator, said in a May 2017 report that the repeated use of pepper spray at very close range appears to have contributed to Hines’ rapid onset of medical complications.He said correctional staff used unnecessary physical and chemical force and failed to properly respond to the medical emergency.Zinger also said Correctional Service Canada provided misleading and incomplete information to the public and the family about the circumstances surrounding Hines’ death.“Corrective factors taken after the fact failed to reflect the nature and gravity of staff errors and omissions that contributed to this tragic, and, by my estimation, avertable death,” Zinger said.“In this case, everything that could go wrong in a use-of-force intervention went wrong,” he said.“Although the internal investigation identified 21 legal and policy violations in the staff response, subsequently staff disciplinary proceedings were inherently flawed and self-serving.”His family has said Hines struggled with psychiatric issues since adolescence. He had been on parole in 2015 but the family said his mental health was deteriorating and they were told he could get the help he needed at Dorchester.“Matthew was distraught at being sent back to the Dorchester Penitentiary and his last words to his sister Wendy were: ‘Don’t let them kill me,’” the family said in a May 2017 statement.The family noted his death was “captured in graphic detail on video.”Last year Correctional Service Canada said one person was fired and three others were disciplined.In a statement Wednesday, CSC said it is aware of the charges and “have cooperated fully with the police investigation into the death of Mr. Hines.”“Both employees are currently on administrative leave pending review of their situation,” the statement said.Ross and Bourgoin are scheduled to appear in Moncton provincial court on Feb. 26.last_img read more

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first_imgTORONTO – The number of flu cases is continuing to rise across Canada, suggesting the peak of infections with one of the dominant circulating strains could come within a few weeks — or even sooner, say infectious diseases experts, who describe this influenza season as “unusual.”“We really haven’t seen a season quite like this in a little while,” said Dr. Michelle Murti of Public Health Ontario, referring to the mix of two primary strains making people sick during this year’s epidemic.The dominant influenza A strain is H3N2, a nasty virus that tends to infect the elderly in greater numbers, with concurrent circulation of a B strain, a type that typically causes less severe illness. Influenza B can also affect older people and is the strain that most often infects children.“Normally in a season, we’ll see a peak of influenza A happening some time towards the end of December or through January,” Murti said Monday. “And as that is coming down toward the end of February, that’s when we start to see that peak of influenza B activity into the spring and later season.”But this year’s B strain, known as B/Yamagata, began circulating in the fall, much earlier than is usually the case.British Columbia, for example, is seeing an atypical 50-50 mix of H3N2 and B/Yamagata, although other regions in Canada may have different ratios of the two strains affecting their populations, Dr. Danuta Skowronski of the BC Centre for Disease Control said from Vancouver.“The spike in influenza activity that we’re experiencing now is not unusual,” she said. “In fact, such a sharp increase in activity is a signature feature of influenza that distinguishes it from other respiratory viruses that have a more prolonged, grumbling activity through the winter period.”Skowronski described graphs illustrating flu activity as looking like a church steeple — with a sudden rise, a peak and then a sharp decline.“We are currently spiking, but whether we have passed the peak or are continuing to rise, it’s still too early to tell,” she said, adding that peaks may arrive at varying times across the country as regions and communities experience major upticks in cases at different points in the epidemic.In its weekly FluWatch report, the Public Health Agency of Canada says there were 11,277 laboratory-confirmed cases of flu across the country as of Dec. 30 — about 70 per cent attributed to H3N2 — with more than 1,000 influenza-related hospitalizations and 34 deaths.However, Murti said those figures are an underestimate of the actual number of cases, as most people don’t seek medical attention for flu and, therefore, aren’t tested. As well, not all provinces and territories keep track of hospitalizations due to influenza.“Looking at our numbers over the last couple of weeks and knowing there’s a bit of a reporting delay, we’re certainly on the upswing right now in terms of increasing activity for flu,” she said of Ontario. “So probably in the next few weeks, we’re going to continue to see increased activity.”Murti predicts the province’s peak — for H3N2 cases, at least — will likely come in the next few weeks.“But you really don’t know the peak until you’re coming down the other side,” she said.In the meantime, Skowronski advises that people at risk for influenza complications, including the elderly and those with underlying heart and lung conditions, seek immediate medical attention if they develop flu-like symptoms so they can be treated with an antiviral medication to reduce their risk for hospitalization and death.To be effective, the drugs must be taken in 12 to 48 hours from onset of symptoms, which include cough, muscle aches and fever.“Given the expectation of low vaccine effectiveness this season, especially for H3N2, that advice about getting early care for those with high-risk conditions applies to both vaccinated and unvaccinated people,” she said.Canada’s flu shot contains the same vaccine components as that used by Australia during the Southern Hemisphere’s flu season that ended in August, which was found to have only 10 per cent effectiveness in preventing H3N2.– Follow @SherylUbelacker on Twitter.last_img read more

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first_imgHUALIEN, Taiwan – Taiwanese broadcasters say two Canadians are among those killed in the earthquake that hit the country this week.They say the bodies of a Canadian couple originally from Hong Kong were found in a partially collapsed hotel on Friday.The hotel was located on the lower floors of a 12-storey building that was leaning at a 45-degree angle, forcing crews to stabilize it with steel beams.The building was one of several damaged by the magnitude 6.4 temblor that struck Tuesday in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Hualien county, whose economy is heavily dependent on tourism.The deaths of the Canadian couple, both 49, raises the death toll from the earthquake to 12, including four tourists from China and a 27-year-old Filipino employed as a household helper.Taiwan’s National Fire Agency has listed 273 people as injured.Taiwan has frequent earthquakes, most of them minor, but a 1999 quake killed more than 2,300 people and was Taiwan’s worst recent natural disaster.last_img read more

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first_imgOTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau added his voice Wednesday to the global chorus condemning the Trump administration’s practice of separating migrant children from their parents at the border — a practice the U.S. president abruptly reversed later in the day with the stroke of a pen.Trudeau had been under pressure to condemn the so-called “zero-tolerance policy,” under which asylum seekers who cross illegally into the U.S. are charged with federal crimes and separated from their children, who are detained in guarded, fenced enclosures.He’d remained largely silent on the issue, saying only that he did not want to “play politics” on immigration policy. On Wednesday, however, his position shifted, just hours before Trump appeared to capitulate to political pressure by reversing course with an executive order.“What the Americans are doing is unacceptable — and it’s not just me who has said it; all kinds of Americans, including Republicans, have said this is unacceptable,” Trudeau told a news conference marking the end of the spring legislative sitting.“We take actions based on facts, not on fears or worries…. It seems they want to change their approach. We hope they’ll improve the system, but as far as we’re concerned this situation cannot last.”Earlier in the day, Trudeau made a point of delivering a statement as he entered the weekly caucus meeting.“What’s going on in the United States is wrong,” he said. “I can’t imagine what the families who are living through this are enduring … this is not the way we do things in Canada.”Trump’s decision to reverse the practice marked a significant turnaround for a president who has made his hardline approach to immigration a cornerstone of his political identity, and who insisted that federal law gave his administration no choice but to separate families apprehended at the border.Illegal migrants in the U.S. will continue to face the “zero-tolerance” policy, which includes detention and criminal prosecution, but the executive order will allow families to remain together while in custody, expedite their cases, and seek departmental help to house families.In Canada, the Trudeau government was again under fire over the Safe Third Country agreement with the U.S., which requires would be asylum seekers to make their claims in the first “safe country” where they arrive.That designation no longer applies to the U.S. in light of what’s happening at the Mexico/U.S. border, the Canadian Council for Refugees argued Wednesday.The government continues to monitor changes in U.S. immigration policy and the effects they will have on asylum seekers in the U.S., namely on their rights to due process in making asylum claims and appeal rights, said Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen.It’s too early to say whether the recent American policy changes will infringe on those rights, he added.“This is an evolving situation — we have to, of course, take it into consideration and see how (the U.S. zero-tolerance policy) impacts the agreement,” Hussen said.“We can’t make rash decisions.”But NDP immigration critic Jenny Kwan raised concern about the 2,300 children who have already been detained away from their parents by U.S. border security and how long it will take before they are reunited with family members now stuck within the U.S. criminal justice system.“As long as Trump is in power, the U.S. will never be a safe country for asylum seekers,” Kwan said.The Canada Border Services Agency does detain some immigrants in Canada who are considered a flight risk or a danger to the public, and those whose identities cannot be confirmed. Canadian policy on child migrants allows detained parents to keep their children with them in holding centres if other alternatives cannot be found.Concerns have been raised in the past over the number of migrant children detained every year by Canadian border officials. In 2016-17, 162 minors were detained or housed with their parents in holding centres, according to figures released by Public Safety Canada.That number has been going down, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said earlier this week. Last November, he issued a directive to the Canada Border Services Agency to keep children out of detention and keep families together “as much as humanly possible.”But several scientific studies on the effects of detention on child and adult asylum seekers have found any time in detention can be harmful.A study by three medical researchers from McGill University submitted to the Commons Immigration committee in 2012 found short-term detention of adult asylum seekers leads to high levels of depression and post-traumatic stress disorder, while longer-term detention aggravates these symptoms.The same study also found short term detention has a negative impact on children, with problems that include developmental delays, bedwetting, nightmares, separation anxiety, sleep disturbance, depression and suicidal behaviours.— Follow @ReporterTeresa on Twitter.last_img read more

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first_imgSARNIA, Ont. — The trial of a former high-ranking gymnastics coach accused of sexual assault resumes in Sarnia, Ont., today.Dave Brubaker has pleaded not guilty to sexual assault and invitation to sexual touching at his judge-alone trial.The former head coach of the women’s national team is accused of sexually assaulting a young gymnast years ago.At the beginning of the trial in October, a woman who is now in her 30s testified that Brubaker would kiss her on the lips to say hello and goodbye starting when she was 12 years old.She also said he touched her inappropriately during sports massages.Brubaker said he thought he was being a supportive coach and denied any sexual intent.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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first_imgThe truck driver who caused the deadly Humboldt Broncos bus crash was sentenced Friday to eight years in prison for 29 counts of dangerous driving causing death or bodily harm. Court heard the inexperienced trucker blew through a stop sign and into the path of the junior hockey team’s bus at a rural Saskatchewan intersection last April. Sixteen people were killed and 13 injured.In her ruling, Judge Inez Cardinal said there have been no other cases before the courts in Canada like this one. She cited several considerations she made in her decision.Mitigating factors:— Sidhu entered early guilty pleas to all charges.— He apologized in court to the victims and their families. Cardinal said she believes his remorse is sincere.— Although not physically injured, he will suffer psychologically.— He is 30 years old with no previous criminal history and a clean driving record.— Alcohol or drugs were not involved.— Sidhu had not been using his cellphone while driving at any point before the collision.— He faces deportation after his sentence.—Aggravating factors:— Sidhu was driving a large commercial vehicle and missed five highway signs, including a large stop sign with a flashing light.— He had ample time to stop but did not brake, reduce his speed or take evasive action.— His actions killed 16 innocent people and caused life-altering injuries to 13 other innocent people.— The devastating impact of the crash and its aftermath on families, friends and survivors cannot be measured.— The injured face lifelong challenges as a result of physical and psychological injuries.— “The impact of this catastrophe will reverberate across Canada for years to come,” said Cardinal.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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first_imgMONTREAL — A Montreal priest who sexually abused two boys has been handed an eight-year prison term.Rev. Brian Boucher was impassive as Quebec court Judge Patricia Compagnone announced she agreed with a joint sentencing recommendation from the Crown and defence.Boucher was handcuffed by a court constable and led away as his two victims, who were present in court, looked on.Both delivered victim-impact statements earlier today explaining the abuse would stay with them always.Following a trial, Boucher was found guilty Jan. 8 of sexually assaulting one of the victims. In the second case, the Catholic priest pleaded guilty to sex-related charges as a trial was set to begin Jan. 21.Boucher worked in 10 Montreal-area churches between 1985 and 2015. The abuse took place at two churches, between 1995 and 1999 in the case of one victim and between 2008 and 2011 in the other.Crown prosecutor Annabelle Sheppard says the victims are satisfied with the outcome.“Seeing Brian Boucher taken away in handcuffs was a symbolic end to a long journey,” Sheppard said.“It was a long process for them, but a victorious one,” she added. “But even with a conviction, and a sentence that is a substantial sentence, it will not undo or take away the pain they have suffered and continue to suffer.”The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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first_imgCALGARY (660 NEWS) – As the hockey world gathers to remember those lost in the Humboldt Broncos crash, one of the survivors is doing everything he can to pursue his new dream.Airdrie hockey player Ryan Straschnitzki was in his first season with the Humboldt Broncos in 2018. He had previously played for the Whitecourt Wolverines of the AJHL but before that, he was already on the national stage.Straschnitzki was a member of the Leduc Oil Kings who climbed to the top of the Alberta Midget Hockey League (AMHL) and all the way to the 2017 Telus Cup national championship.His life and the lives of hundreds of others would change forever on April 6, 2018, when the Broncos bus crashed with a semi, claiming the lives of 16 people: his teammates, brothers, coaches and friends.READ MORE: Straschnitzki family adjusting to new life one year after Humboldt crashAlthough Ryan survived the crash, he was left paralyzed, with doctors giving little chance of him ever walking again.But within moments of receiving that news, Ryan turned to his Dad and told him he wanted to make the Canadian Paralympic Sledge Hockey team. That dream has never died, 12 months after the tragic crash.“I try and get in the gym when I can and kind of work on those muscle groups that stand up hockey players don’t work on as much as sledge hockey players,” says Straschnitzki.Ryan is currently training at least three days a week, along with the support of his skills coach, former sledge hockey world champion, Chris Cederstrand. Ryan says their relationship has helped him to press on.“He kind of knows the junior lifestyle and what hockey players are like so we kind of have similarities that way. He also started from scratch when he had his incident so he’s kind of teaching me what he had to do to get better and eventually make the Paralympic team.”While Ryan admits the progress is moving well but there are always days of frustrations, times where he could easily give up, but that’s not an option for him.He’s been encouraged to press on by his family, his friends, coaches and former teammates with the Broncos. He says the outpouring of support he continues to receive is outstanding.“The support has just been wonderful and we can’t thank anyone enough. I think it helps everyone in a way.”FULL INTERVIEWAudio Playerhttps://www.660citynews.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/sites/8/2019/04/05/ryan-straschnitzki-april-4.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img read more

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first_imgFREDERICTON — Officials in New Brunswick say while floodwaters are receding, there’s a long way to go before the response can become a recovery effort.Geoffrey Downey, a spokesman for the province’s Emergency Measures Organization, says while water levels are slowly dropping along the Saint John River, communities from Fredericton to Saint John remain above flood stage.Heavy rain caused the river level to rise slightly in Fredericton on Saturday night, but the forecast is for it to fall below flood stage by Thursday.The Trans-Canada Highway remains closed between Oromocto and River Glade, with the transportation department reporting 84 road closures across the province.Downey says for the most part, the water is now off the Trans-Canada but there is a lot of debris that must be removed before the road can reopen.This is the second year in a row for major flooding in the province.The Canadian Presslast_img read more