Online entrance exams begin at JNU

first_imgNew Delhi: Over 1.16 lakh aspirants will be appearing for the online entrance exams of the Jawaharlal Nehru University, which commenced on Monday, officials said. This is for the first time that the university has switched to computer-based mode of entrance exams that are being conducted by the National Testing Agency across 122 cities in the country. The Jawaharlal Nehru University Entrance Examinations (JNUEE) and the Combined Entrance Examination for Biotechnology (CEEB) 2019 commenced from Monday and will go on till May 30. The examinations will be conducted in 142 programmes of study in eight shifts over the next four days. Each day will have two shifts –morning (9:30 am -12:30 pm) and afternoon (2:30 pm – 5:30 pm).last_img read more

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Indias tour of West Indies begins with two T20s in Florida

first_imgSt. John’s (Antigua): India will begin their World Test Championship campaign against the West Indies in a two-match series starting here on August 22 while the tour begins with a couple of T20 Internationals in Florida from August 3. The tour of West Indies will be India’s sole away Test assignment in 2019. Besides two Tests and three T20s, both teams will also play a three-match ODI series during the five-week tour. The first Test, from August 22 to 26, will be played at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground here and the second one starts on August 30 at Sabina Park in Jamaica. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian Open The Tests open the new ICC World Test Championship which will be played over the next two years and has been introduced to give greater context and competition in the “Ultimate Test” of the game. “The West Indies and India have a long and colourful rivalry, and the MyTeam11 Series will bring more thrilling competition across every format of the game,” said Cricket West Indies (CWI) Chief Executive Officer Johnny Grave on Wednesday. The series starts with the T20Is, with the first two matches being contested back-to-back on the weekend of August 3 and 4 at the Broward County Stadium in Lauderhill in the American state of Florida. Also Read – Mandhana ruled out of South Africa ODI series Only one of the two T20Is produced a result when the two sides played at this American venue three years ago before sell-out crowds. The second match ended in a no-result, due to a rain and technical delay. In the first match of the series, K L Rahul scored the second-fastest T20I century off only 46 balls, eventually finishing on 110 not out for the highest international score in the venue’s history. The two teams also the posted the highest international innings totals in the venue’s history for a world record of 489 runs, with the West Indies winning by one run, thanks to a hundred off 49 balls from left-handed opener Evin Lewis. “We’re excited to bring two more T20Is to Florida, giving the West Indies diaspora in North America the opportunity to watch the team play ‘live’ and in person,” said CWI Commercial, Marketing and Communications Director, Dominic Warne. The last of the three T20Is will be played on August 6 at the National Stadium in Guyana, where the series also transitions to the 50 overs-a-side format. The first ODI willbe taking place on August 8, the first time in three decades the two sides will contest an ODI in the South American nation. The ODI series concludes with matches on August 11 and 14 at the Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad. India were originally supposed to tour West Indies right after the World Cup, which ends on July 14, but CWI pushed it back after BCCI’s request.last_img read more

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Kolkata Port Trust awards best performers

first_imgKolkata: Kolkata Port Trust (KoPT) organised Trade Facilitation awards where the best performers in the field of trade and shipping were awarded.The best performers of both Kolkata Dock System and Haldia Dock Complex were handed over prizes. The awards were presented by KoPT chairman Vinit Kumar in presence of senior officials of KoPT. Ek Narayan Aryal, Consul General Nepal in Kolkata graced the occasion as a special guest. Steel Authority of India, TATA Steel were awarded as the top bulk importers whereas Krishna Tissues Pvt Ltd and Vedanta Ltd were given awards as top performing importer and exporter of containers. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaXpress Feeders were awarded for bringing in the maximum number of container ships. Haldia International Container Terminal Limited won the award for the Best Container Terminal in KoPT. Kolkata Port Trust including Kolkata Dock System and Haldia Dock Complex, achieved its highest ever cargo throughput in the fiscal 2018-19. Kolkata Port has handled 63.7 Million Tons (MT) of cargo traffic in 2018-19 compared to 57.9 MT in 2017-18 recording an impressive growth of over 10 percent. KoPT is now ranked 5th largest port in terms of cargo handling among all major ports and is the second fastest growing port in the country.last_img read more

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BJD MLA arrested for forcing engineer to do situps

first_imgBhubaneswar: Odisha Police on Monday arrested newly elected BJD MLA Saroj Kumar Meher for allegedly forcing a junior engineer from a tribal community to do sit-ups in public. The incident came to light in the beginning of the month when a purported video went viral showing the MLA asking the PWD engineer to do sit-ups in public. The incident took place in Patnagarh assembly segment on June 5. After statewide furore, Bolangir Collector Arindam Dakua had ordered an enquiry by the sub-collector to verify the allegations. The enquiry report stated that due to sub-standard road construction work, the Patnagarh MLA “punished” Jayakanta Sabar in public and also asked the engineer-in-charge to slap him. Meher was booked under different sections of the IPC based on the FIR filed by the engineer’s wife. Earlier in the day, the police picked up the MLA from a hotel in Nuapada and brought him to Bolangir for questioning. Meher will be produced at the court of the Additional District Judge, Bolangir, police said. The MLA had apologised for his action, contending that he was compelled to ask the engineer to do sit-ups to assuage public anger.last_img read more

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Minister writes to sealing committee

first_imgNEW DELHI: Delhi Urban Development Minister Satyendar Jain on Tuesday wrote a letter to Bhure Lal, the head of the Supreme Court appointed monitoring committee for sealing to express prohibition against punitive action against tenements in Amar Colony as per the NCT of Delhi (Special Provisions) Act, 2011. He urged the head of a committee to look into the matter. He said that the monitoring committee made by the Supreme Court cannot do the sealing of Amar Colony or Lajpat Nagar area because these areas come under Special Provision Act, Delhi. Also Read – Kejriwal ‘denied political clearance’ to attend climate meet in DenmarkEarlier also he said, “Some newspapers are reporting that sealing is being done in Amar Colony on the direction of the monitoring committee. This cannot be done as the Special Provisions Act is applicable in Delhi. As per the Act, any building built before 2009 cannot be acted against until 2020. If the monitoring committee wants to undertake any demolition or take any action, it must take permission from the Supreme Court before doing so. Sealing cannot be carried out in Amar Colony because all buildings in Amar Colony are pre-2009 and have protection under the law.” The Minister added that not just in Amar Colony, but all parts of Delhi are covered under this. If sealing is carried on despite this, it will be in gross violation of the Special Provisions Act and an Act of Parliament will have no meaning left. “The sealing must be stopped immediately”.last_img read more

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Dum Dum Muncipality councillors husband found dead in shop

first_imgKolkata: Mystery shrouds the death of Dum Dum Municipality councillor’s husband. The deceased identified as Nirmal Kundu was the husband of Supriya Kundu, councillor of Dum Dum Municipality. His body was found hanged inside his shop on Monday.According to sources, Supriya and Nirmal used to reside at a flat at Kamalapur in Dum Dum. Supriya was elected as a councillor from ward Number 11 in the last municipality elections. Her husband Nirmal was a popular Trinamool Congress leader. He ran a stationary shop on the ground floor of the building that housed their apartment. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersOn Sunday night he went to sleep inside the shop. As he used to sleep there often, Supriya and other family members did not doubt anything suspicious. On Monday morning, their neighbours saw that the lights inside the shop were on. When some of them knocked on the shop’s shutter which was locked from inside, however, no one responded. Immediately they informed Supriya. After a few minutes, she along with other family knocked on the shutter but Nirmal did not respond. They informed Dum Dum police station. The police came and broke the shutter and found Nirmal hanging from ceiling fan with the help of a nylon rope. He was brought down and rushed to Dum Dum Hospital where Nirmal was declared brought dead. Sources claimed that he was going through depression since Trinamool’s result in the Lok Sabha elections in Dum Dum was not up to the mark. Also, he was suffering from various ailments and had almost stopped stepping out of his home. An Unnatural Death (UD) case has been lodged at the Dum Dum police station. No suicide note was found from the incident site.last_img read more

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JuD chief Saeed arrested on terror financing charges

first_imgLahore: Mumbai terror attack mastermind and JuD chief Hafiz Saeed was arrested Wednesday on terror financing charges by the Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) of Punjab Province, just days ahead of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s maiden visit to the US. Saeed, who has several cases pending against him, was travelling to Gujranwala from Lahore to get pre-arrest bail in terror financing cases registered against him there when he was arrested, a CTD official said. Soon after the arrest, Saeed was presented before an Anti-Terrorism Court in Gujranwala that granted his judicial remand. He was subsequently shifted to Lahore’s high-security Kot Lakhpat jail where former prime minister Nawaz Sharif is lodged, the official said. See P6Lahore: Mumbai terror attack mastermind and JuD chief Hafiz Saeed was arrested Wednesday on terror financing charges by the Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) of Punjab Province, just days ahead of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s maiden visit to the US. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF DaySaeed, who has several cases pending against him, was travelling to Gujranwala from Lahore to get pre-arrest bail in terror financing cases registered against him there when he was arrested, a CTD official said. Soon after the arrest, Saeed was presented before an Anti-Terrorism Court in Gujranwala that granted his judicial remand. He was subsequently shifted to Lahore’s high-security Kot Lakhpat jail where former prime minister Nawaz Sharif is lodged, the official said. See P6last_img read more

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Sweet verdict bittersweet emotion

first_imgThe International Court of Justice’s order paved way for consular access and review of the death sentence awarded to retired Navy Commander Kulbhushan Jadhav by a Pakistani military court on charges of espionage and terrorism levelled by Pakistan. Since April of 2017 when Jadhav was awarded the capital punishment, a long-drawn legal battle was initiated between India and Pakistan at the ICJ with India bringing to picture gross violation of Vienna Convention’s Article 36 on Consular Relations. Article 36 provides that ‘consular officers shall have the right to visit a national of their state in prison, custody or detention, and to arrange for his legal representation. India contended for an annulment of the bizarre death sentence awarded to Jadhav as well as his release and repatriation to India. Between March 2016–when he was captured–to March 2017, Pakistan denied as many as 13 requests from India for consular access to Jadhav. ICJ in May of 2017 passed a provisional measure to ensure a stay on Jadhav’s execution following the Court’s final order. When the final judgement did arrive after two years, it fell majorly in India’s favour with ICJ directing Pakistan to review its order and provide Jadhav with immediate consular access. Though Pakistan, who was found guilty in violation of the Vienna Convention, took the International Court’s ruling as a lukewarm response, with its domestic media citing how ICJ did not accept India’s plea for Jadhav’s acquittal. Nevertheless, ICJ’s ruling remained a massive diplomatic and legal victory for India who received the judgement in an overwhelming 15-1 majority of judges at Hague–with only Judge Jillani of Pakistan being the one who dissented. India has relentlessly pursued Jadhav’s illegal apprehension and consequential death sentence based on a coerced confession extracted in captivity. Moving to ICJ was a good move for India since the deteriorated relations between India and Pakistan would never have set the tone for a bilateral route to Jadhav’s release and repatriation. Pakistan’s PM Imran Khan asserted appreciation for ICJ decision to not acquit and return Jadhav to India and cited how Pakistan will proceed as per the law in a tweet following the judgement by ICJ. It does seem that Pakistan has overcome the loss it had to face in the International Court by replacing it with what it has up its sleeve–Jadhav’s custody. Now the main agenda hereafter largely shifts between India and Pakistan and how Pakistan proceeds with the Jadhav matter. India will still be on the lookout to affirm Jadhav’s release while Pakistan, if not adamant on executing Jadhav, would want India to submit to its allegations of Jadhav being the spy that it has contended. It need not be reiterated that India has constantly rubbished such claims and still contends that Jadhav–who was legally residing in Iran after retiring from the Navy–was abducted and falsely tried after being coerced into providing a statement in favour of Pakistan’s allegations. It also has to be duly noted that it was the gross inconsistency on display by Pakistan that actually led to the cementing of India’s case at The Hague resulting in a favourable outcome. Had Pakistan not violated the Vienna Convention, matters would have been different and maybe unspeakable. But right now, India has the upper hand which has to be extended into the cloud of uncertainty to somehow get Jadhav back. The two years and two-month-long proceeding landing in India’s favour is a sign of correct steps taken by India in bringing Jadhav back. Though India still has a long way to traverse in hopes of getting its citizen back, Pakistan has been rewarded a chance to place Jadhav on a retrial. It will require diplomatic excellence to get Jadhav back for that is the only way his homecoming can be celebrated amidst a reinvigorated Pakistani-effort to obstruct the same. It may have been hailed as a good judgement but it only induces a bittersweet feeling for an Indian is not yet home!last_img read more

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Unnao Court frames murder charges against Sengar

first_imgNew Delhi: A Delhi court on Tuesday framed charges of murder against the Unnao rape accused, MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar, his brother Atul Sengar and three UP policemen, for the custodial death of the Unnao rape victim’s father. During the Supreme Court-mandated day-to-day hearing of the Unnao cases in a Tis Hazari court, Judge Dharmesh Sharma charged the expelled BJP legislator and the other accused with the assault and custodial death of the rape victim’s father, who was framed in a false Arms Act case and arrested by the UP Police. After Sengar had allegedly raped the then 17-year-old girl at his Unnao home, the victim was kidnapped and gang-raped by his henchmen. When the girl’s father was trying to get the case registered at one of the police stations in the UP town, Sengar allegedly instructed policemen in Unnao to plant a country-made pistol on his person and frame him in a purported Arms Act case.last_img read more

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Man kills pregnant wife son and parents before shooting self

first_imgBengaluru: In a suspected suicide pact, a man allegedly shot dead his pregnant wife, son and parents before shooting himself at Gundlupet in Chamarajnagar district in the early hours of Friday, police said. Debts following heavy loss in business could be the reason for the man taking the step, police said “The head of the family Om Prakash shot them all in their forehead before shooting himself in the mouth. There appears to be consent as no sign of resistance was found. Further investigations are on,” Chamarajpet Superintendent of Police H D Ananda Kumar told PTI. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ Kumar said Om Prakash Bhattacharya (38), his wife Nikitha (30), son Arya Krishna (4), his parents, Nagaraja Bhattacharya (65) and Hema (60) were found dead in a field near a resort where they were staying. Hailing from Mysuru, the family drove to Gundlupet with their friends in their sports utility vehicle on Thursday night, police sources said. At about 3 am, the family went to the nearby agriculture land where the incident took place, the police added.last_img read more

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Awkwafina to star in animated film Raya and the Last Dragon

first_imgAnaheim: Actress Awkwafina is all set to reunite with “Crazy Rich Asians” co-writer Adele Lim to bring to life an animated film “Raya and the Last Dragon”. Walt Disney Animation Studios on Saturday announced a new film “Raya and the Last Dragon” with Awkwafina as Susi the Dragon and Cassie Steele as Raya. Jennifer Lee, Chief Creative Officer at Walt Disney Animation Studios, made the announcement at Disney’s biennial fan expo D23 here. Directors Paul Briggs and Dean Wellins, producer Osnat Shurer and writer Lim joined Lee on stage to set up the film, which introduces Raya, a lone warrior from the fantasy kingdom of Kumandra who teams up with a crew of misfits in her quest to find the Last Dragon and bring light and unity back to their world. Inspired by the beautiful and diverse cultures of Southeast Asia, the film will also explore themes of community and hope. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka The fans, who had gathered at the session at the D23 Expo, got a chance to get a look at the new film, and watch a three-minute clip. Awkwafina is excited to lend her voice to Sisu, the Last Dragon, who was left on Earth in case dark forces return to the world, and Cassie Steele voices the lead character, Raya. The three-minute clip, which was shown at the session, highlights that the fantasy has strong influence on the cultures of Southeast Asia, but the movie is set in a mythical land. Also Read – Salman Khan remembers actor Vinod Khanna “Our world was created by dragons, before they left they hid a gift for the people. A powerful but dangerous gift. One that could save an entire kingdom or bring it to an end. The question is what will we find? Hope of destruction?,” said the narrator in the video. The crowd went crazy when Steel and Awkwafina walked onto the stage. Awkwafina said she likes the way she looks in her animated form as the dragon. “That’s me up there. I look good right? I like the hair. I look splendiferous,” she said. Awkwafina and Steele elaborated a little more about Sisu and Raya. “Raya is ready to meet a magical water being who breathes fog through her nose, flies by riding the raindrops, and has a gem that channels this amazing huge power,” says Steele. To this, Awkwafina added: “When Raya first meets (her), she’s in human form and needs Raya’s help to reclaim her power to become her true dragon self.” The fantasy-action-adventure “Raya and the Last Dragon” will open in the US on November 25, 2020.last_img read more

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Coal workers to go on strike on September 24 over FDI in

first_imgKolkata: Five federations representing over half-a-million workers of Coal India Ltd, along with Singareni Collieries Company Ltd and state-owned coal firms, have called for a strike on September 24, seeking withdrawal of the Centre’s decision to allow 100 per cent FDI in mining. In a fresh round of FDI reforms, the Union government has allowed 100 per cent foreign direct investment (FDI) in coal mining and contract manufacturing, as part of its efforts to boost economic growth. Major central trade unions, including INTUC, AITUC, CITU, HMS and AICCTU, are supporting the strike. “Except Bharatiya Majdoor Sangh (BMS) under the BJP, all trade unions have joined the strike call on September 24,” D D Ramanandan, the general secretary of All India Coal Workers Federation, said.last_img read more

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Tiananmen Square Tank Man photographer dies in Bali

first_imgJakarta: The photographer who snapped the defining image of China’s Tiananmen Square crackdown — a solitary man defiantly blocking the path of a column of tanks — has died in Indonesia, according to US officials. American authorities confirmed the death of 64-year-old Charlie Cole in Bali, where the Texan had been a long-time resident. “We offer our sincerest condolences to the family on their loss,” a state department official said. Cole won the 1990 World Press Photo award for his picture of a man in a white shirt, carrying a shopping bag in each hand, striding out into the road the day after troops killed hundreds of pro-democracy protesters in the heart of Beijing. The man, whose identity remains unknown, stopped in front of a column of tanks and armoured vehicles stretching far down the road, later climbing onto the vehicle to engage in a conversation with one of the tank crew as gunshots crackled in the air. “Tank Man” has become one of the defining images of the 20th century, but the image remains largely unrecognised in China due to censorship of the image and the wider crackdown.last_img read more

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UP cop under fire for posting TikTok videos in uniform

first_imgLucknow: A police constable is under fire for having posted Tik-Tok videos of himself in uniform. Two videos of Sub-Inspector Mohammad Arif, who is posted at the PGI police station in Lucknow, are going viral on the social media. In the first, the cop is seen dubsmashing the dialogue: “Yeh police station hai, tumhare baap ka ghar nahi. Jab tak baithne ko na kaha jaaye khade raho (This is a police station, not your father’s house. Don’t sit till you are asked to).” Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ In the second video, Arif is seen sitting on a chair, pointing towards his service revolver, which is kept on a table behind him, and saying: “Na policewalon ki dosti accchhi na dushmani (Neither friendship nor enmity of cops is good).” Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Lucknow Kalanidhi Naithani said: “We will seek an explanation from the cop for posting the video on the social media. If a cop is on duty and is wearing the uniform, discipline should be followed. General instructions are also being issued to policemen not to indulge in such indiscipline on social media platforms by posting videos in uniform.” This is not the first time a policeman is in trouble for making Tik-Tok videos on duty. In July, a policewoman from Gujarat was suspended after a video of her dancing to a song inside a police station went viral on the social media. Two Delhi Police woman constables also faced disciplinary action when a video of them singing on duty at a VVIP location went viral.last_img read more

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Nova Scotias governing Liberals pull campaign ad suggesting May 30 election

first_imgHALIFAX – Nova Scotia’s premier did his best to laugh off a gaffe apparently revealing the provincial election date, after a campaign video was posted to the Liberal party’s website Friday.The video, which was quickly taken down, showed Premier Stephen McNeil next to a campaign slogan and the message “on May 30th vote Liberal.”It is the strongest hint yet that an election will be called in the coming days, although McNeil refused to confirm anything.“You saw an ad that was a mock-up of an ad, I wouldn’t read too much into it,” McNeil told reporters at the legislature.“As you can tell it didn’t go through the spell check or anything. There is a number of stuff the campaign is doing, but I wouldn’t read too much into it.”The campaign video also misspells the party’s slogan — “Building on a Stronger Nova Scotia” — spelling it as “Bulding.”The Elections Nova Scotia website says an election period is “not less than 30 days” from the date the writ drops.The Liberal government would have to call an election by this Sunday in order for Nova Scotians to go to the polls May 30.On the heels of a weeks-long spending spree, the provincial government tabled a balanced budget Thursday, further fuelling speculation that an election is around the corner.Still, McNeil chose to remain coy when asked whether he was denying there was going to be an election on May 30.“There will be an election at some point in the future and I’m looking forward to that,” said McNeil, who added he would be spending his Saturday night at a church dinner in his home riding.McNeil was again asked whether someone had jumped the gun and pre-empted an announcement that is usually made by the premier.“Well there’s no campaign,” he laughed.Progressive Conservative Leader Jamie Baillie said he didn’t see what happened as being funny.Baillie said the episode looks bad on the government, and how it has handled the run-up to what seems to be an imminent election call.“It just shows that we’ve got to get away from this style of leadership where you pretend you’re presenting a real budget and really you are planning an election,” he said. “That’s why I’ve been in favour of fixed election dates and this is probably the strongest argument yet.”Nova Scotia is the only province in Canada without a fixed election date.last_img read more

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RCMP say 2 Alberta men died in Tofino fish boat sinking off

first_imgTOFINO, B.C. – Two Alberta men died when a sport-fishing vessel with five people on board took on water and overturned off the west coast of Vancouver Island, the RCMP said Monday.The Mounties said the men are 32 and 42 years old, but their names and hometowns haven’t yet be released.Staff Sgt. Annie Linteau said Tofino RCMP is investigating the capsizing of the 8.4-metre vessel Sunday in waters northwest of Bartlett Island near Tofino, a popular tourist community on the central west coast of Vancouver Island.“We can confirm right now there were five men on board the vessel when it took on water and capsized,” she said. “Other sports vessels in the area rendered assistance in rescuing the people in the water. The Canadian Coast Guard personnel provided life-saving measures.”The Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre in Victoria said it received a distress call from someone on the boat on Sunday at about 1:20 p.m.Coast guard rescue boats, a Royal Canadian Air Forces helicopter and a plane from Canadian Forces Base Comox were all dispatched to look for those who were thrown into the water, and a broadcast was put out asking marine vessels in the area to help in the search, Sub-Lt. Melissa Kia said Sunday.Two commercial float planes also responded to the call for help and one of them spotted the people in the water and directed rescuers to the location, she said.Tofino Mayor Josie Osborne said the incident has shaken the community of about 1,800 residents.“Everybody’s understandably concerned and a bit shaken up,” she said. “Of course we’re a very small and tight-knit community and news travels really fast. There’s a lot of concern for the friends and families of the victims and survivors.”Osborne said the fish boat incident occurred in an area where the whale watching vessel Leviathan II capsized in October 2015, resulting in six deaths when 27 people were dumped into the water.The Transportation Safety Board has yet to complete its investigation into the cause of the Leviathan II incident, but investigators said shortly after the tragedy that passengers had been standing on one side of the top deck when a wave hit the opposite side of the vessel.“It is fairly close to where the Leviathan II went down,” said Osborne. “It’s the outside of Clayoquot Sound facing the open ocean. It’s in an area where a lot of whale watching guides and fishing guides are very familiar with.”Linteau said the RCMP is continuing its investigation into the cause of accident.A Transportation Safety Board of Canada spokesman said the agency is reviewing the incident but has yet to decide if it will launch a formal investigation.last_img read more

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BC NDP and Green leaders watch womens rugby sevens finals together Sunday

first_imgLANGFORD, B.C. – Two British Columbia political leaders at the centre of negotiations to set the direction for the province’s immediate political future sat together Sunday at an international rugby match at Westhills Stadium near Victoria.John Horgan, leader of the New Democratic Party, and Andrew Weaver, Green party leader, said politics was far from the agenda as they cheered on Canada’s rugby squad in a final game against New Zealand.Canada’s women’s rugby sevens team ended up losing to New Zealand in the finals of the HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series event at Langford, just west of Victoria.“I’m a rugby guy,” said Weaver. “I’m hanging out with my rugby guys here.”Weaver said he saw Horgan in the crowd and the two decided to sit together.Both Horgan and Weaver have played rugby in the past and are fans of the sport.Political observers and the New Democrats have already said there appears to be more in common between the Greens and the NDP than the Greens and the Liberals, who are led by Christy Clark.The two leaders said they were cheering on Canada and not talking politics. Though Weaver said he was meeting with the Liberal party later in the evening.Weaver said Friday he was very close to making a deal with either the Liberals or the New Democrats on forming a new minority government in B.C.He said negotiations between the parties had intensified since Elections BC confirmed the province’s election results last week with the Liberals holding 43 seats in the legislature to the NDP’s 41 and the Greens’ three.Weaver said the parties have looked at a range of examples of minority governments in Canada and overseas to determine how to proceed, and he isn’t interested in a coalition government because that would undermine the Greens’ ability to defend their platform.Reforming the voting system to implement proportional representation remains one of the key issues for the Greens, he said.Weaver suggested Sunday he might be prepared to announce a deal with either the NDP or Liberals on Tuesday.“Go Canada go, that’s my comment,” said Horgan.last_img read more

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Conservatives contemplate Quebec byelection impact of NDP leadership

first_imgWINNIPEG – Federal Conservatives emerged Friday from two days of meetings, upbeat about the task ahead of holding the Liberals to account and strengthening their own party.The work begins in earnest almost instantly as Quebec Conservatives plan to rally next week in the Quebec riding just vacated by longtime Tory stalwart Denis Lebel.The byelection there will be an early test for new Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer and could be a tough one to pass: Lebel won Lac-Saint-Jean in 2015 with just 33 per cent of the vote.But the Conservative feel wind in their sails thanks to a proposal by the Liberals to make changes to a tax code they argue currently allows wealthy businesses to get out of paying tax. But businesses in nearly every sector of the economy have said they are the ones who will take the real hit — and the Conservatives are harnessing that outrage.“They are hearing from every kind of small business across Canada, every kind,” said Scheer of the Liberals.“They are ignoring them. The Liberal arrogance on this is astounding.”Along with developing the lines of attack they’ll use against the Liberals come the return of Parliament, the Conservatives are also thinking farther down the road to how they’ll assemble and roll out their own proposals for the 2019 election.Election strategy was part of the discussion at the fall planning meetings, with the Quebec byelection not the only one on the horizon.Interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose’s seat is empty in Alberta. Saskatchewan Conservative MP Gerry Ritz and former Liberal cabinet minister Judy Foote from Newfoundland and Labrador both recently announced their retirements.Those three are considered secure holds for their respective parties, but Quebec could be a competitive race. Expect to see Tories on the ground there often in the coming months. The byelection has not yet been scheduled.The Conservative candidate is Remy Leclerc, a former social worker who spent the last decade working for Lebel. On Thursday, the Liberals nominated a popular local mayor, Richard Hebert.“It’s a riding that’s important for us to win,” said Quebec Conservative Maxime Bernier.“We’re only 11 MPs in Quebec, we need to be more members of Parliament from Quebec if we want to win the next election.”The party elected 12 MPs in 2015 — including Lebel — their best showing in the province under former leader Stephen Harper.It came largely at the expense of the collapse of support for the New Democrats, with Tories picking up seven of their seats.Lebel’s narrow finish in a riding he’d held for 10 years, however, was also due to a drop in NDP support and a consequent boost for the Liberals.The pattern of NDP votes going to the Liberals repeated itself over and over again in the 2015 election and in some places cost the Tories seats.Conservative deputy leader Lisa Raitt said the smaller NDP vote in Atlantic Canada, as well as in the Toronto area, were factors for her party’s reduction to Opposition status. The party analyzed results like that across the country during their morning session Friday.But just as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is irritating former Conservatives with measures like a review of the tax code, so too will he have to address the former New Democrats who came his way, she said.“Mr. Trudeau has broken a lot of promises those NDP voters counted on and he’ll have to atone for those as well,” she said.An unknown for the Conservatives, however, is who the New Democrats will select as their new leader next month.Deepak Obhrai said he gave his fellow MPs an assessment Friday of the potential impact of candidate Jagmeet Singh. Obhrai called him a divisive figure in the Indo-Canadian community.“If he does become leader, which I’m not sure, then there is a very big potential of many Jack Layton-type NDPers looking for a new home,” Obhrai said.“That’s support we have to look into.”Conservative Gerard Deltell says he knows NDP candidate Guy Caron well, because the two have both served as finance critics. While he’s not offering an endorsement, he said he thinks Caron has been running a good campaign.“We do not select our opponent, we fight them,” Deltell said.“Let them select who they think is the best leader and we will address it.”last_img read more

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Putin brands Canadas adoption of new Magnitsky law as political gamesmanship

first_imgOTTAWA – Russian President Vladimir Putin has accused Canada of playing “unconstructive political games” by passing its own Magnitsky law this week.Putin made the comments Thursday in the Russian resort of Sochi at an international forum in which he fielded a wide range of questions. The Russian embassy in Ottawa posted a transcript of his remarks on Twitter on Friday.The embassy had already said that Parliament’s unanimous adoption this week of a Magnitsky act will cause irreparable harm to Canada-Russia relations.The law targets the actions of gross human rights violators in all countries, not just Russia.Canada’s new sanctions regime and those of other countries, including the United States, have been closely linked to the Russian whistleblower Sergei Magnitsky, who died in a Moscow prison in 2009 after accusing officials of a $230-million tax fraud.“What do I think about what you have just said, about Canada joining or wanting to join, or about somebody else wanting to do it?” Putin said Thursday.“These are some very unconstructive political games over things, which are in essence not what they look like, to be treated in such a way or to fuss about so much.”Putin was responding to a question posed by a Carleton University professor who specializes in Russian affairs.“Many countries have announced that they are ready to support this law too,” said Piotr Dutkiewicz, former director of the Institute of European and Russian Studies at Carleton. “Are you not worried about the consequences of this process? Would you mind commenting on this fact?”Liberal MP Bob Nault, the chair of the House of Commons foreign affairs committee, said earlier this week there’s no need for Russia to take personal offence to the passage of the new law.“Unless you have a reason to take things personally,” the veteran MP added in an interview with The Canadian Press.In a report, earlier this year, the all-party committee unanimously approved passage of the Victims of Corrupt Foreign Officials Act.Putin went on to blame Magnitsky and the American-born financier Bill Browder, for whom he acted as a lawyer in Russia. Putin blamed Browder for defrauding Russia by moving massive amounts of money out of the country about a decade ago. Putin said the pursuit of Magnitsky act legislation is “anti-Russian hysteria.”In testimony before the Commons committee in March 2016, Browder described how he became a tireless campaigner on behalf of legislation in honour of his friend and said he has maintained until he was “blue in the face” that he is not being motivated by anti-Russian sentiment.Browder said he was fighting against the “total impunity” in Russia that protects people who persecute opposition figures and whistleblowers.“The bad guys in Russia get away with it,” Browder told Canadian MPs.“This piece of legislation is something that we in the West can do and that targets something in the West that they covet, which is their ability to keep their money safe and to travel here.”Conservative MP James Bezan, a committee member, accused Putin of overreacting and attempting to smear the reputation of Magnitsky and Browder.The new law, he said, will prevent wealthy rights abusers from coming to Canada and hiding their fortunes here when it becomes convenient or necessary. He said it potentially targets all countries, but he cited Ukraine, Iran and Venezuela as places where it could apply.Bezan said it would prevent corrupt officials from “taking advantage of our sound financial system, of our safety and security and allowing them to move their families here and educate their kids and hide their girlfriends.”last_img read more

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Humboldt Broncos player released from Saskatoon hospital plans to graduate

first_imgSASKATOON – One of the Humboldt Broncos hockey players injured in a bus crash that killed 16 people has been released from a Saskatoon hospital and plans to graduate from high school later this month.Xavier LaBelle, an 18-year old defenceman from Saskatoon, suffered a fractured skull, a concussion, internal bleeding and 20 broken bones on April 6 when a transport truck collided with the junior hockey team’s bus.Ten of his teammates were among the dead, and 13 people were injured.LaBelle said in a statement it was an honour to get to know those who died in the crash.“Coach Darcy, Coach Mark, Dayna, Glen, Biebs, Brody, Schatzy, Bouls, Swack, Lukes, Joey, Leichter, Tobes, Herold, Tommy, Hunts…I miss you all,” he said.Those names refer to Darcy Haugan, Mark Cross, athletic trainer Dayna Brons, bus driver Glen Doerksen, play-by-play announcer Tyler Bieber, statistician Brody Hinz and players Logan Schatz, Logan Boulet, Stephen Wack, Conner Lukan, Jaxon Joseph, Jacob Leicht, Parker Tobin, Adam Herold, Evan Thomas and Logan Hunter.LaBelle said he’s still recovering from his injuries, but that he’s feeling better every day.“I have nerve damage impacting my legs and my left arm,” he said. “I have no recollection of the crash, or for about two weeks after.“In the early stages of my recovery, I needed help to sit up — help to do all the things we take for granted, like eating and brushing my teeth. It was awful, but today I am able to walk and look forward to eventually running and skating.”LaBelle said he’s been tutored by his teachers to help him finish his high school diploma, and will graduate from Ecole Canadienne-Francaise in Saskatoon at the end of the month.It was initially thought that LaBelle had died in the crash, but it turned out he had been mixed up with another player.His family has said they hold no ill will about the error, and LaBelle thanked those who helped the Broncos “at the chaotic scene of the crash and in the immediate aftermath.”He also thanked everyone who helped and visited him at the hospital.“You all gave me the strength and courage that I needed to start healing and feeling better,” said LaBelle.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. Previous versions did not include proper capitalization for LaBelle.last_img read more

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