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Sand artist Sudarsan wins Peoples Choice award in US

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first_imgRenowned sand artist from Odisha, Sudarsan Pattnaik, has won the People’s Choice Prize at International Sand Sculpting Championship 2019 held in Boston city of the US. Pattnaik sculpted a sand art on plastic pollution with a message ‘Save the Ocean’, which brought him the achievement. The festival started on July 26 and concluded on July 28. Including India, there were 15 sculptors from around the world who participated in this festival. Belgium got sculptor’s choice and Canada got the jury’s choice prize. “I have created sculpture on ‘Stop Plastic Pollution’ with the message “Save the Ocean”. Happy to see lots of people voted for my sculpture,” said Pattnaik. Pattnaik, who is known for his sand sculptures on social awareness, has participated in more than 60 international sand sculpture championships across the world and won many awards. He is a Padma Shri recipient and Guinness World Records holder.last_img read more

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Real Madrids preseason struggles continue with loss to Tottenham

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first_imgMunich: Real Madrid’s disastrous pre-season continued as they lost 1-0 to Tottenham in Munich. “Our defeat was well deserved,” Real midfielder Tony Kroos told German TV after the match on Tuesday. It’s true that we’re not quite in good shape.” In the second match of the evening, Bayern Munich thrashed Fenerbahce 6-1. Champions League runners up Tottenham will play Bayern in Wednesday’s final. Real will have a chance to find winning form run against a Turkish side that finished their game against the host in disarray. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhFor Spurs, Harry Kane scored the only goal of the game with a deft finish after pouncing on a disastrous pass by Marcello, who was trying to prevent a throw in, after 22 minutes. Humiliated 7-3 last week by Atletico Madrid, Real could thank goalkeeper Keylor Navas, starting in place of injured Thibaut Courtois, for preventing a heavier against an enterprising and more aggressive Spurs team. Madrid survived some goalmouth scares in the first half. After the break, Dele Alli went close twice and 17-year-old Troy Parrott hit the inside of the post. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterZinedine Zidane’s team have conceded 13 goals and lost three of their four warm-up games. “We started off very badly, the opponent took advantage of our mistakes,” said Kroos. With Gareth Bale, the source of turmoil in recent weeks, left out of the squad for the trip to Munich and James Rodriguez yet to start after returning from Bayern, Real rarely threatened. Star summer recruit Eden Hazard was invisible. Both teams will be in action again tomorrow. Tottenham play the winner of the Tuesday’s second match, between Bayern and Fenerbahce. Real will have the opportunity to make amends tomorrow against the loser. Zidane’s men then travel to Austria to face Salzburg on August 6, then to Italy for a match against AS Rome, the last friendly before the starting the Spanish league away to Celta Vigo on August 17. In the late game, Bayern scored five in the first half with two goals from Thomas Muller and one each from Renato Sanches, Leon Goretzka and Kingsley Coman. “We played well from the beginning,” said Mueller who completed his hat-trick in the second half. “Fenerbahce made mistakes with our pressing. When you come into the dressing room at half-time five goals ahead, you necessarily feel good.” Fenerbahce’s German international attacker Max Kruse scored a late consolation goal.last_img read more

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BJP lived up to its electoral promise not constitutional promise says Owaisi

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first_imgNew Delhi: A day after Union Home Minister Amit Shah diluted the special status to Jammu and Kashmir guaranteed under Article 370 of the Constitution without scrapping the provision, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led NDA government moved the Jammu & Kashmir Reorganisation Bill, 2019, in Lok Sabha. The Bill to bifurcate the state into two Union Territories — Jammu and Kashmir with a legislature similar to Delhi or Puducherry, and Ladakh without one like Chandigarh, was passed with a two-thirds majority in Rajya Sabha. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details In Lok Sabha, besides the bifurcation Bill, the Jammu and Kashmir Reservation (Second Amendment) Bill, 2019 will also be considered for passing. Other bills include the Chit Funds (Amendment) Bill, 2019 and the DNA Technology (Use and Application) Regulation Bill, 2019. While in Rajya Sabha, the Consumer Protection Bill, 2019 and the Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorised Occupants) Amendment Bill, 2019, are scheduled to be taken up for consideration.(With inputs from Indian Express)last_img read more

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Two held for robbery and murder of elderly woman

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first_imgNew Delhi: Two persons involved in robbery-cum-murder of an elderly lady at Sarita Vihar were arrested by Delhi Police. The accused were identified as Mazid (22) and Govindpal (39).Deputy Commissioner of Police (South East) Chinmoy Biswal said that last year on November, a body of an elderly lady was found in the bushes near Sarita Vihar Flyover. She was later identified Roop Lata (72 ). A Special Investigation Team (SIT) was formed by Kumar Gyanesh Additional DCP (South East) which arrested the accused. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderAccording to police, Mazid disclosed that on the day of incident the victim boarded his auto from Vayusenabad Bus Stand, M B Road to reach her house at Taimoor Nagar, NFC. On the way, the intentions of the accused Mazid went wrong and he planned to rob the jewellery of the old lady. Accused went through Sarita Vihar subway and took the victim to a deserted place near Sarita Vihar Flyover. When the victim raised alarm, the accused Mazid strangulated her and took her jewellery, mobile phone and other belongings. Afterwards, the accused dumped the body in the bushes and fled from the spot. Later, accused Mazid disclosed the incident to his close friend Govindpal who advised Mazid to throw the mobile phone in order to mislead the police.last_img read more

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India may save 381 mn through sustainable ethanol procurement system

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first_imgNew Delhi: India could save $381 million and ensure consistent supply of ethanol while developing the indigenous industry, says the latest Report by UPES & PLR. It emphasizes on meeting the ethanol blending mandates along with the development of 2G production. The Report suggests that India needs to follow international trends very closely for a robust ethanol ecosystem, which will facilitate substantial foreign exchange savings from reduced dependence on crude as well as increased octane savings. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalFounding Partner of PLR Chambers Suhaan Mukerji, highlighting the benefits accrued to Philippines by the implementation of a 2-tier ethanol procurement policy commented, said,”A consistent supply of ethanol while developing the indigenous industry, to meet blending mandates as well as development in 2G production, considering the prices of biofuels is what the Two-tier procurement policy seeks to achieve. For a robust ethanol ecosystem, India needs to follow international trends very closely”. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostAs per the Report, in terms of economic feasibility, there are various issues related to the pricing of ethanol suppliers and OMCs. Sugar mills are riddled with debt to the tune of Rs 16520.63 crores owed to farmers and creditors. Competing industries restrict the supply of ethanol for blending while inconsistency in supply creates a situation of flux for sugar mills, farmers and OMCs alike. “The draft National Energy Policy (NEP) advocates for framing up of a Bioenergy Policy that shall encompass all forms of biomass-based energy. This includes focus on augmenting the supply of ethanol through second generation technologies in addition to the present strategy of promoting ethanol and biodiesel admixtures in liquid transport fuels in an effort towards curbing country’s oil import. It may be noted that Government of India has revisited the National Policy on Biofuels in 2018. While the efforts in this direction is laudable, there is a need for a focused approach to ensure that the blending target is met,” said Dr Vijay Kumar Singh, Professor and Officiating Dean, UPES School of Law. “This will facilitate foreign exchange savings, environmental benefits, and additional benefits through farmers by helping sugar mills clear their debt,” he further added. For the current fiscal, it is estimated that crude oil imports would rise to 233 million tonnes and foreign exchange spending on it would be would go up to $112.7 billion. On the basis of the global trend of biofuels, the Report also highlights that 2Gethanol is still in the nascent stage of development and as of today, the commercial viability and technological success of 2G ethanol are still unproven. With 2G still in the experimental stages, it is 1G ethanol that is majorly used for blending with fuel for facilitating transports.last_img read more

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After blow on neck Smiths immediate thoughts were about late teammate Phillip

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first_imgLondon: Australian batting mainstay Steve Smith thought about his late teammate Phillip Hughes right after being hit on the neck by England pacer Jofra Archer in the second Ashes Test. Smith, who missed the third Test due to the resultant concussion, was initially cleared to resume his innings on day five following the nasty blow before he started feeling a “little bit under the weather”. “I had a few things running through my head, particularly where I got hit, just a bit of past came up, if you know what I mean, from a few years ago. That was probably the first thing I thought about,” Smith told reporters in Derby referring to Hughes who passed away after being hit by a bouncer in a 2014 Sheffield Shield match. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh Smith was found to have delayed concussion which he said, felt like he had too much alcohol. “It wasn’t until later that evening that it hit me. When the doc asked me what did it feel like I said it felt like I had six beers last night and felt a little bit under the weather, without the six beers unfortunately. “That was the sort of feeling I got, that groggy feeling and that stuck around for a couple of days. Not a nice place to be in but these things happen and unfortunately missed what was a pretty amazing Test match,” he said. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later With Ben Stokes playing one of the best Test match innings, England pulled off a one wicket win in Leeds, levelling the five-match series at 1-1. Set to play the fourth Test starting September 4 in Manchester, Smith is expecting a lot of short balls to be directed at him but will not change the way he bats against Archer. “If they’re bowling up there it means they can’t nick me off, or hit me on the pad or hit the stumps. With the Dukes ball, I don’t know, that’s an interesting ploy. So we’ll see what happens. I’m not really going to change anything. “There’s been a bit of talk that he’s (Archer) got the wood over me, but he hasn’t actually got me out. He hit me on the head on a wicket that was a bit up and down at Lord’s. He actually didn’t get me out so all the other bowlers have had more success against me I daresay,” Smith added.last_img read more

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NCP MLA meets Thackeray amid rumours of joining Sena

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first_imgMumbai: Amid speculations that he may quit the NCP, party MLA Avadhut Tatkare on Thursday met Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray here and said he wants to stay in “mainstream politics”. Rumours have been doing the rounds that the MLA, who represents Shrivardhan Assembly seat in Maharashtra’s Raigad district, and his uncle and NCP MP Sunil Tatkare may join the Shiv Sena, which is an ally of the ruling BJP in the state and at the Centre. Sunil Tatkare, the Lok Sabha member from Raigad constituency, earlier denied the rumours. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ However, his nephew, who met Thackeray at the latter’s residence in suburban Bandra, said he cannot confirm anything, but asserted he wants to stay in mainstream politics. “I met Uddhav Thackeray to remain in mainstream politics. I will announce my official decision in next two days,” Avadhut Tatkare told reporters here. Asked if he would part ways with his uncle, he said, “I would take a decision after consultation with my party workers and close aides. I need some time to make a statement on the same. I cannot confirm anything but I want to stay in mainstream politics and as part of it, I met Thackeray.” Several senior leaders from the opposition NCP and Congress have recently joined the ruling BJP and Shiv Sena in the state, where the Assembly polls are due in September- October. Six-time legislator Dilip Sopal earlier this week resigned from the Sharad Pawar-led party and joined the Shiv Sena on Wednesday.last_img read more

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Doctors jumps to death in Delhi

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first_imgNew Delhi: A 44-year-old doctor allegedly committed suicide by jumping off the eighth-floor balcony of GTB hospital campus here, police said on Sunday.Pallav (44), a native of Assam was residing in the campus along with his wife and took the extreme step on Saturday night, they said.According to a senior police officer, the doctor was admitted to the hospital with serious injuries and died during treatment.His wife works at GTB hospital while he was practising at a private hospital in Noida, the officer said, adding that the post mortem will be conducted after his family arrives. A probe under section 174 of CrPc has been initiated and further investigation is underway, police added.last_img

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DP constable thrashed by bootlegger and his family

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first_imgNew Delhi: A Delhi police constable was allegedly thrashed by a bootlegger, his wife and his mother after he apprehended the bootlegger. The accused tore his uniform and even tried to snatch his service revolver. The incident occurred on Tuesday at Rohini Prem Nagar area. Police said they have arrested the accused identified as Sumit, his wife Pinky and his mother Shanti, all resident of Hind Vihar in Prem Nagar area. According to a senior police official, on Tuesday at around 1 p.m. when a constable Amit was patrolling in Prem Nagar area he spotted an absent ‘Bad Character’ and also a bootlegger Sumit. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder “Constable had also received tip-off regarding the illicit liquor being sold in the area. Sumit along with his wife and mother are involved in trade of illicit liquor and when the constable reached there they allegedly attacked on him,” said the senior police official. “Sumit along with his wife and his mother snatched mobile phone of constable. The accused even tore constable Amit’s uniform and they even tried to snatch his service revolver also,” said the senior police official. “Police have registered a case under section 186, 353, 332, 392,393, 34 of Indian Penal Code (IPC) at Prem Nagar police station. Police have arrested all the three accused,” said the senior police official adding that further investigation is going on.last_img read more

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No one in Kashmir more devoted to idea of united India than

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first_imgNew Delhi: Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram, who is lodged in Tihar Jail here on corruption charges, on Tuesday condemned the detention of former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Farooq Abdullah under the stringent Public Safety Act (PSA) and said no one in the valley was more devoted to the idea of a united India than the NC leader. “I have asked my family to tweet on my behalf the following: I condemn the detention of Shri Farooq Abdullah under PSA. There is no one in Kashmir more devoted to the idea of a united India of which J&K is an integral part than Shri Farooq Abdulla,” Chidambaram said on Twitter. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’In another tweet, the former Union finance minister said the fight for freedom was a never-ending process as he cited examples of public movements across the world. “I have been reading news stories about protest movements across the world in Moscow, Hong Kong, France, Slovakia, Algeria, Myanmar, Romania and so on. “The cry is for freedom. As a young Slovakian said, ‘The fight for freedom is a never-ending process’,” he said. Chidambaram is in judicial custody since September 5 in connection with the INX Media corruption case. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KResponding to a news report on Abdullah’s arrest, his son and Congress MP Karti Chidambaram tweeted, saying, “Nazi Nazi Nazi.” Abdullah, the 81-year-old patron of the National Conference (NC), was detained under the PSA on Sunday night. The Lok Sabha MP from Srinagar was under preventive detention since August 5, when the Centre abrogated Article 370 of the Constitution that gave a special status to Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcated the state into Union territories.last_img read more

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The Monday news briefing An ataglance survey of some top stories

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first_imgHighlights from the news file for Monday, May 15———INDEFINITE IMMIGRATION DETENTION UNDER FIRE: Canada’s immigration regime allows for indefinite and arbitrary detention and is therefore unconstitutional, Federal Court heard Monday. What’s needed is robust process and a legal limit on how long foreigners can be held when speedy deportation is unlikely to happen, court was told by lawyers for a Jamaican man who spent five years in custody. At issue are provisions in Canada’s immigration law that allow foreigners facing deportation to be detained — frequently under maximum security conditions — when the government considers them a flight risk, a danger to the public, or cannot confirm their identity. The case being heard was launched by Alvin Brown, a mentally ill father of six who was deported to Jamaica last September. He had spent five years in detention as a danger to the public based on prior criminal convictions, mostly drug and weapons offences. Canada could not deport him until Jamaica issued a travel document. While detention reviews must by law take place every 30 days, Brown’s lawyers told Judge Simon Fothergill that the process is stacked against detainees, and the reviews all too frequently amount to a rubber stamp.———WATCHDOG SAYS BULLYING, HARASSMENT THRIVE IN RCMP: Bullying and harassment remain serious problems within the RCMP and only major changes to the way the police force is run will make a difference, says a national watchdog. In a report Monday, the Civilian Review and Complaints Commission for the RCMP said the force lacks both the will and the capacity to address the challenges that afflict its workplaces. The commission urged the government to usher in civilian governance or oversight for the paramilitary-style police force. The RCMP introduced new harassment policies and processes in 2014 aimed at promptly dealing with workplace conflict before it escalates. The latest report, however, said the vast majority of complaints under the new policies involved allegations that managers abused their authority. These included accusations of abusive language, such as “you’re dirt,” “people here don’t like you” and “nobody wants to work with you.” Others complained of being berated in public, punitive transfers or having leave arbitrarily denied.———LIBERALS TO SUPPORT BILL ON JUDICIAL TRAINING: The Liberal government is throwing its support behind a proposed Conservative bill that would require anyone hoping to become a judge in Canada to first undergo comprehensive training in sexual assault law. Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould said the government is satisfied with minor changes the Commons status of women committee made to the legislation, first introduced by interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose. Bill C-337 would also change the Criminal Code to require either recorded or written decisions in sexual assault cases, and would require the Canadian Judicial Council to report on continuing education courses on sexual assault law. The proposed legislation also has the support of one of the women at the centre of last year’s high-profile trial of Jian Ghomeshi. In an interview with The Canadian Press, Linda Redgrave said judges need to better understand the impact that trauma can have on the memory and behaviour of someone who has experienced sexual assault. Redgrave, whose identity was protected by a publication ban before she asked for it to be lifted, was among those who accused the former CBC personality of sexual assault before his dramatic and controversial acquittal in March 2016.———HOME SALES COOL LAST MONTH AFTER RECORD MARCH: Home sales cooled in April after setting a record the previous month as the pace of transactions in the Greater Toronto Area slowed, the Canadian Real Estate Association said Monday. There was a 1.7 per cent decrease in sales over the MLS system last month compared with March, said the association, which represents more than 100,000 real estate brokers, agents and salespeople in the country. In nearly two-thirds of all local markets across Canada, sales fell. The decline was led by a 6.7 per cent drop in the Greater Toronto Area, where concerns have grown about housing affordability. Last month, the Ontario government announced more than a dozen measures in an effort to stabilize the market and ease worries about a bubble, including a 15 per cent tax on foreign homebuyers. Sales picked up in Greater Vancouver and the nearby Fraser Valley region, with Vancouver gaining 15.6 per cent compared with March and the Fraser Valley increasing 18.3 per cent. Nationwide, sales were down 7.5 per cent over the last year. The actual average price for a home sold last month was $559,317, up 10.4 per cent from a year ago, boosted by the Greater Vancouver and Greater Toronto markets. The aggregate composite MLS home price index rose 19.8 per cent.———INQUIRY IN ‘SERIOUS TROUBLE,’ ADVOCATES SAY: More than 30 advocates, indigenous leaders and family members have published an open letter to the chief commissioner of the inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women, suggesting the process is in serious trouble. The group says it is aware the commission has a difficult challenge, but it suggests immediate action must be taken to mitigate damage and shift the current approach of the inquiry. The process, designed to cost $53.8 million and take two years, is led by Marion Buller, the first female First Nations judge in British Columbia, and has four other commissioners. Signatories of the letter say the time frame for the inquiry is “clearly too short.” They say the commissioners should formally request an extension from the federal government now. A spokesperson for Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett says the minister is confident the commission has the appropriate resources and time to conduct its work. The inquiry has yet to respond to the letter.———SASKATCHEWAN GOVERNMENT HIT BY CYBERATTACK: The Saskatchewan government says it has been hit with a cyber attack, but it’s not sure whether it’s related to the malware that has sought to extort money from companies, government agencies and other organizations around the world in recent days. The province said Monday its network was flooded with traffic on the weekend that caused a two-hour outage on the Saskatchewan.ca website and other system-related issues. Richard Murray, deputy minister of Central Services, described it as a “denial-of-service attack.” Malware dubbed WannaCry for the WannaCrypt software used to execute it has affected an estimated 300,000 machines in 150 countries since Friday. The most common way to spread it is by sending download links by email. It works by seizing control of a computer and making its files inaccessible to users. Victims are told they must pay large sums of money to get their files back. Murray said the Saskatchewan government has not received a ransom demand so far.———FAMILIES WHO HID SNOWDEN WANT CANADA’S HELP: The families who sheltered U.S. fugitive Edward Snowden in Hong Kong need to be brought to Canada immediately while the country processes their asylum claims, their lawyers said Monday. Hong Kong-based attorney Robert Tibbo said Canada needs to take this “exceptional” step and allow the seven people to enter the country after the Hong Kong government rejected their asylum applications last Friday. The seven people — four adults and their three children — allegedly helped hide Snowden when the fugitive was in the region in 2013 after he leaked documents revealing extensive U.S. government surveillance. They were put in contact with Snowden because they share Tibbo as a lawyer. Speaking from Hong Kong through a video conference, surrounded by the seven refugee applicants, Tibbo told reporters they have two weeks to appeal the decision or risk deportation to their countries of origin, Sri Lanka and the Philippines, where they fear for their safety. “The solution is Canada,” he said, adding the country is one of a handful of jurisdictions that permit a review of refugee applications from people who haven’t been screened by the United Nations.———QUEBEC TO CHANGE RULES FOR FLOOD COMPENSATION: New rules governing compensation for flood victims could come by the end of the week, Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard said Monday. The government’s current financial aid program isn’t inadequate, but could be improved, the premier told reporters in Montreal. Thousands of Quebecers will likely be seeking help after record April rainfall caused extensive flooding across the province. Some weary residents, briefed by government officials, have complained the program doesn’t meet the needs of those affected. Couillard has said the maximum amount that can be given to flood victims will likely be increased. Couillard said about $2 million has been doled out to help cover living expenses and advances for needed repair work. In many flood-stricken areas across the province, there has been a slow but steady shift towards cleaning up as water levels have continued to recede. In other areas, water levels remain high but are expected to drop in the coming days. More than 4,550 homes were still flooded as of Sunday night in 121 different cities and towns across the province and roughly 3,900 people have been evacuated.———DISMANTLE NATIONAL ENERGY BOARD, PANEL SAYS: A panel advising the government on how to overhaul the National Energy Board says the regulator should be dismantled and replaced with two new agencies that would operate within a more coherent national energy policy. After months of public hearings and talking to stakeholders, the panel says the National Energy Board has been given an impossible task: regulating the growth of the industry and marrying its growth with the government’s economic and climate-change goals. The panel recommends the government create a new national strategy that incorporates Ottawa’s policy vision on energy, the environment, and the economy. And it says before the energy regulator ever gets its hands on the file, the government should take up to a year to itself consider whether any new projects of national consequence align with that vision, including significant and meaningful consultation with indigenous communities. That can include looking at economic benefits to the country, indigenous rights and a climate test for emissions both upstream and downstream of the proposed project.———ONTARIO TOWN PARTNERS WITH UBER FOR TRANSIT: An Ontario town daunted by the cost of building a traditional public transit system has turned to a popular ride-hailing company for a solution. The town of Innisfil, Ont., is subsidizing the cost of rides for its residents with Uber Canada, offering flat rates to travel to certain public hubs and offering a discount for travel anywhere else within the community. Some American cities have struck similar partnerships with Uber in the past, but the company said the arrangement in Innisfil, effective Monday, marks the first time a Canadian municipality has enlisted Uber to fill a public transit void. Innisfil Deputy Mayor Lynn Dollin said the town has set aside $100,000 for the first phase of the project, which is currently projected to last about six months. That money, she said, will be used to subsidize the cost of Uber rides booked through the company’s smartphone app and online platform. Innisfil residents will be left to pay just $3 for a ride to and from the area surrounding the town’s recreational complex and town hall, while lifts to and from regional GO Transit bus stops will cost $5.———last_img read more

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Ismael Habib sentenced for attempting to leave Canada to join ISIL

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first_imgMONTREAL – A Quebec man convicted of attempting to leave Canada to join the Islamic State has been sentenced to nine years in prison.A judge sentenced Ismael Habib today to eight years for the terrorism-related offence and one additional year for giving false information to obtain a passport.The Crown had argued for a nine-year prison term, while Habib’s attorney suggested six-and-a-half years minus the nearly 27 months Habib has served in pre-trial custody.Habib, 29, was ensnared by an RCMP-led sting operation, in which he admitted to an undercover agent posing as a crime boss that he wanted to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State.He was found guilty in June, making him the first adult in Canada to be convicted after going to trial on the charge of attempting to leave Canada to join the Islamic State.last_img read more

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National employment numbers for September from Statistics Canada at a glance

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first_imgOTTAWA – A quick look at September employment (previous month in brackets):Unemployment rate: 6.2 per cent (6.2)Employment rate: 61.6 per cent (61.6)Labour force participation rate: 65.6 per cent (65.7)Number unemployed: 1,214,100 (1,226,600)Number working: 18,454,100 (18,444,100)Youth (15-24 years) unemployment rate: 10.3 per cent (11.5)Men (25 plus) unemployment rate: 5.8 per cent (5.5)Women (25 plus) unemployment rate: 5.1 per cent (5.2)last_img

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Are you suitably paranoid about your home devices cybersecurity

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first_imgTORONTO – The proliferation of internet-connected home devices such as thermostats, baby monitors and fridges is creating an ever-expanding interconnected web known as the Internet of Things, or IoT. But security and legal experts warn that machine-to-machine communication is creating a new level of risk — by providing hackers with new vulnerabilities to exploit.“I think being suitably paranoid is appropriate when you’re dealing with IoT technology,” said Mark McArdle, chief technology officer for eSentire.The advent of “smart home” technologies — a type of IoT that includes internet-enabled TVs, security cameras and major appliances — could allow hackers, for example, to break into an everyday device to gather personal information or even hold it for ransom.“Software’s fragile and new problems are discovered in it,” he said.“You have to be able to respond to fix those problems reasonably quickly or else you leave the window open for hackers.”According to various reports, hackers infiltrated Equifax Inc. — in one of the most serious cyberattacks on record — by using a flaw that was identified and disclosed in March. Despite a patch for that flaw, not all Equifax systems were updated in time to prevent the leak of important information — including social security numbers — for millions of people.In the past, companies like Microsoft learned they had to pour considerable resources into security protections or risk losing their customers.But many IoT devices are built with convenience in mind and “security is often not a consideration at all, let alone a primary one,” McArdle said.He added that it’s possible the marketplace will again force suppliers to make cybersecurity a priority, but pointed out that consumers of IoT devices tend to care more about price than privacy protection when making purchasing decisions.The number of consumer-owned connected devices in Canadian households is expected to increase by 60 per cent between now and 2021, according to IDC Canada market analyst Manish Nargas.“So, of course, that does brings in more points of vulnerability, more points where a security breach or hack can happen,” Nargas said.Telecom providers may find themselves under increased pressure to show they’ve taken reasonable precautions, said Toronto-based lawyer Imran Ahmad, a partner with Miller Thomson who specializes in cybersecurity and privacy law.“There’s an expectation, quite frankly, from basic consumers that there’s a minimum guarantee of vetting going on,” Ahmad said.But IDC’s research suggests consumers show relatively little concern about the privacy and security aspects of their household technology — especially after it becomes a familiar part of their life.About 48 per cent of the respondents to a recent IDC survey said they didn’t care about the privacy issues associated with intelligent assistants or they felt the advantages outweighed the risk or that they trusted the supplier.When the same group of respondents was asked about home automation in general, only 20 per cent indicated that privacy risks and 17 per cent indicated that security risks were preventing them from acquiring such technology.Nargas himself was initially wary about buying a Google Home Mini, a smart speaker linked to an intelligent assistant, when it became available in Canada this fall.“I couldn’t get over the idea of something listening to me,” Nargas said.“Now I’m quite surprised about how much and how often I’m using it.”Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version incorrectly spelled the name of Manish Nargas.last_img read more

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More than one in four human trafficking victims in Canada is under

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first_imgOTTAWA – A new Statistics Canada report suggests the majority of human trafficking victims in Canada are women and girls younger than 25, while most of the people charged with the crimes are men between 18 and 34.The report on police-reported human trafficking says there were 340 reported incidents of human trafficking in 2016, up from 50 in 2009, the first year these statistics started being kept.It describes a rate of one incident of human trafficking for nearly every 100,000 people, the highest incidence rate ever in Canada. The report also suggests the true rate is likely far higher, given the high level of victim vulnerability and the fact such crimes often go unreported.Between 2009 and 2016, 865 victims of human trafficking became known to police, 95 per cent of them female and 72 per cent under the age of 25.The report says children under the age of 18 accounted for more than a quarter of the victims, while one-third were trafficked over international borders.Two-thirds of the accused in the police-reported cases were male, and 80 per cent were between the ages of 18 and 34, the report says.Alberta Conservative MP Arnold Viersen, one of the co-chairs of a new all-party parliamentary group to end human trafficking, said the report confirms the global trends showing human trafficking is getting worse, and that the victims are most often female.“In Canada we are seeing as the awareness grows we definitely see more reporting of it but that doesn’t mean it’s not also following the global trend and increasing,” Viersen said.A parliamentary committee recently concluded a study of human trafficking — a problem the federal government is determined to address, said Scott Bardsley, spokesman for Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale.“This terrible crime exploits human vulnerability created by poverty, racism, conflict and lack of social support networks,” Bardsley said.Viersen said a national action plan is urgently needed. Canada launched a national action plan in 2012, but it expired in 2016. The government spent two years evaluating that plan, reported on that evaluation late last year and is in the process of developing a new one, Bardsley said.In this year’s federal budget, Ottawa announced about $2.9 million a year to establish a national human trafficking hotline to report cases to police, connect victims with help and collect data on the problem.Another $86 million was set aside for Canada’s strategy against gender-based violence, Bardsley said.The U.S. State Department’s annual report on human trafficking around the world was published June 29, and praised Canada’s ongoing efforts to combat the problem. It did, however, lament the lack of a national strategy, and the fact the number of convictions in Canada has been steadily declining for three years, even as the number of reported incidents went up.That report says in 2016, 107 people were charged with human trafficking in 68 cases and 10 convictions. In 2017, 78 people were charged in 47 cases, with five convictions.The cases of nearly 300 accused remain before the courts, the U.S. report.last_img read more

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In the news today Feb 4

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first_imgFour stories in the news for Friday, Feb. 4———CANADA AND LIMA GROUP ALLIES TO DISCUSS VENEZUELA CRISIS Canada and its Lima Group allies are meeting in Ottawa today to talk about the political, economic and humanitarian crisis in Venezuela. Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland will host the meeting that comes amid protests in Venezuela aimed at pressing the country’s socialist leader, Nicolas Maduro, to vacate the presidency. Canada has contributed $2.2 million to the humanitarian crisis that’s seen three million Venezuelans flee their country, with most of them heading to neighbouring Brazil and Colombia.———SENTENCING HEARING TO BEGIN FOR SERIAL KILLER BRUCE MCARTHURA sentencing hearing for the serial killer who preyed on men in Toronto’s gay village is expected to begin today. Bruce McArthur, who pleaded guilty last week to eight counts of first-degree murder, is slated to hear from victims’ families and friends who will give statements to the court. The prosecution laid out previously unheard details of the case in a synopsis of facts last week that included the 67-year old McArthur admitting he sexually assaulted and forcibly confined many of his victims before murdering them.———STUDY FINDS IVF LINKED TO SLIGHTLY HIGHER RISK OF MATERNAL COMPLICATIONSA new study suggests women who get pregnant using in-vitro fertilization have a slightly higher risk of severe birth-related complications compared to women who conceive naturally. Those complications include post-partum bleeding that may require a blood transfusion, admission to an intensive care unit, and, in extremely rare cases, death. The study found that roughly 31 of every one-thousand women who received a fertility treatment experienced a severe complication, compared to about 22 per one-thousand who conceived naturally.———NORWEGIAN POLITICIAN PROPOSES MOOSE TRUCEThe deputy mayor of a Norwegian town says she may travel to Saskatchewan to discuss a possible truce in the ongoing battle over the world’s tallest moose sculpture. Linda Otnes Henriksen says she’s been following efforts by people in Moose Jaw to raise funds to raise the height of the community’s beloved Mac the Moose. The rivalry started when it was revealed that her town of Stor-Elvdal had a silvery moose sculpture that was 30 centimetres taller than Mac.———ALSO IN THE NEWS:— Montreal port employers and longshoremen gearing up for a battle over the definition of “essential service” amidst contract talks.— Special Senate committee hearing on the Arctic looking at changes to the region and impacts on its original inhabitants.— An estimated 5,000 students march to Queens Park to protest changes made to OSAP under the Ford government.— Sukhmander Singh, owner of the trucking company involved in the Humboldt Broncos bus crash, to appear in Calgary court.———The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Manitoba man who shot at Mounties wounding one sentenced to 18 years

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first_imgMINNEDOSA, Man. — A Manitoba man who shot at two RCMP officers and left one with severe injuries has been given an 18-year prison sentence.Therae Racette-Beaulieu pleaded guilty earlier this year to charges of attempted murder, break and enter, and robbery in connection with a string of crimes in western Manitoba last summer.Court heard Racette-Beaulieu was 18 when he and some other men broke into residences and garages and stole items including a truck and a semi-automatic shotgun.When police responded and forced the stolen truck off the road near Onanole, Man., the men inside fled and Racette-Beaulieu started firing.Cpl. Graeme Kingdon was hit with pellets in the back of his head and Const. Mitch Thompson was pinned down and continues to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.Provincial court Judge John Combs said in his sentencing decision that the shooter’s actions deserve strong condemnation.“To state the obvious, the conduct of Mr. Racette-Beaulieu was disturbing and abhorrent,” Combs said Tuesday.“These officers, and their families, are scarred for life.”The shooting led to a manhunt that ended several hours later in Neepawa, Man. Four suspects were arrested. The other three accused are still before the courts.Combs acknowledged that Racette-Beaulieu had a traumatic childhood, was abused by his father and suffers from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and a low intellectual capacity. But, the judge added, Racette-Beaulieu has also not expressed remorse for his crimes.“He has a lack of empathy and has reluctance to accept responsibility,” Combs said.“He remains, in his present state, a very dangerous individual.”During his victim impact statement last month, Kingdon said his life was changed by the shooting. He has been unable to return to work and is not able to do many of his favourite activities with his wife and two daughters.“The only reason my family is not describing my murder right now is that I fought to live, and brave police officers and paramedics saved my life,” Kingdon said at the time.The Crown was seeking 20 years in prison while the defence asked for 16 1/2 years.Combs ruled Racette-Beaulieu should serve 18 years, less nine months credit for the time he has spent in custody.— by Steve Lambert in WinnipegThe Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Montreal wants to ban singleuse plastics and polystyrene foam containers

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first_imgMontreal says it plans to introduce a bylaw banning single-use items such as plastics and polystyrene foam containers on its territory by spring 2020.The city said Wednesday it was inspired by jurisdictions such as Vancouver, which announced its own ban, likely coming next year.Mayor Valerie Plante said her administration will hold consultations on the bylaw and would move slowly to help businesses transition.Pollution from single-use plastics and polystyrene is a major environmental problem, Plante said in a statement. She added plastic containers can take several hundred years to decompose.“The time when we put off decisions to protect the environment because they upset our daily habits is over,” Plante said. “Time is running out and we need to act now.”The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Greens call for ban on foreign oil imports using Alberta oil instead

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first_imgOTTAWA — Green party Leader Elizabeth May says saving the world from climate change requires Canada to get off oil before the middle of the century.In the meantime, she wants Canada off foreign oil as soon as possible.The promise to make Canada energy independent is — perhaps unexpectedly — in line with the economic and climate strategy of Conservative leader Andrew Scheer.Scheer’s plan calls for Canada to import no foreign oil by 2030, partly by planning an energy corridor across Canada that could simplify the construction of pipelines able to move Alberta oil to any coast. He sees it as a way to find additional domestic markets for Canada’s oilsands, in a bid to increase their production.May’s plan, to “turn off the taps to oil imports” is only a stop-gap measure to keep foreign oil out until Canada can break its oil habit altogether.By 2050, May wants bitumen to be used in Canada only by the petrochemical industry for plastics, rubber, paint, and other such products.“As long as we are using fossil fuels we should be using our fossil fuels,” said May.May’s climate plan is likely to get more scrutiny than its predecessors in past elections.The Liberals and NDP already proved they are paying close attention to the rising threat of Green support, with both pushing similar motions to declare climate change an emergency in the House of Commons earlier this month. Both motions were tabled less than a week after the Greens elected a second MP in a Vancouver Island byelection, and not long after a provincial wing of the party formed the official opposition in Prince Edward Island.May said she’s perfectly fine with Green popularity pushing other parties to raise their games on climate. While both the Liberals and NDP claimed their motions had been in the works before the byelection result, May said there is no doubt in her mind that Paul Manly’s winning and the NDP and Liberals finishing distantly third and fourth, “had almost everything to do with” the motions.The NDP motion failed because it called for Canada to drop plans to expand the Trans Mountain pipeline, a pipeline May also opposes. The Liberal motion hasn’t yet gone to a vote.The Green climate plan also calls for Canada to double its cuts to greenhouse-gas emissions by 2030 and get emissions to zero by 2050. That plan includes no longer selling combustion-engine cars after 2030 and replacing all existing combustion-engine vehicles by 2040.Canada imports about a million barrels of oil a day and produces four times that much. In 2017, Canada produced 4.2 million barrels of oil, and exported 3.3 million of those. Domestic refineries handled 1.8 million barrels.Canada’s oil producers already pump enough product to meet domestic demand but there are two problems: there is no pipeline from the oil-rich west to refineries in the east, and even if there were, those refineries aren’t equipped to handle the heavier bitumen that is the Alberta oilsands’ trademark.For Canadian refineries in the east, bitumen from the oilsands must be upgraded to synthetic crude. May’s plan is to invest in upgraders to do it.She acknowledges weaning Canada off foreign oil won’t happen overnight, given existing contracts Canadian refineries have and figuring out how to build the upgraders and then ship the product.Privately, Liberal government critics suggest there is no way to have Canada’s east coast use Canadian oil without building a new pipeline to get the products there. May does not support a new pipeline anywhere, and argues the raw bitumen could be transferred by rail as long as Canada invests more in its rail services.The proposed Energy East pipeline to carry diluted bitumen to the east coast fell apart in 2017 amid significant opposition in Quebec, opposition that continues under the new Coalition Avenir Quebec government.Scheer’s plan is to establish an energy corridor that would allow an Energy East-like pipeline to proceed alongside interprovincial electricity grids, with only one right-of-way required.May said the Greens are the “only party that have a plan that allows human civilization to survive.”“It’s not a Canadian lifestyle choice,” she said. “All of humanity is at risk.”Mia Rabson, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Ottawa expands program to support privately sponsored LGBTQ refugees

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first_imgTORONTO — The federal government is expanding a program offering support to privately sponsored refugees in the LGBTQ community.Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen says the Rainbow Refugee Assistance Partnership will build on a pilot project launched in 2011.The program provides start-up costs and three months of support to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning and two-spirited refugees who are privately sponsored by Canadians.The initial pilot project offered support to 15 refugees per year, but the government says that number will be raised to 50 starting next year.The initiative is a partnership between the federal government and the Vancouver-based Rainbow Refugee Society, which applauded what it called Ottawa’s “commitment to protecting LGBTQ2 refugees.”A statement from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada says the department is pledging $800,000 over five years to expand the pilot.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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