Owaisi slams minister for calling Hyderabad safe zone for terror

first_imgHyderabad: AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Saturday slammed Union Minister of State for Home G. Kishan Reddy for his statement that Hyderabad is a “safe zone for terrorists”. The Hyderabad MP termed the minister’s remarks irresponsible and said it was unfortunate that he has stooped so low. Kishan Reddy, who was elected from Secunderabad, one of the Lok Sabha constituencies in Hyderabad city, had said on Friday that Hyderabad had become safe zone for terrorists as any terror incident in the country would have a link to the city. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoC Talking to reporters, Owaisi asked Kishan Reddy to spell out as to how many written advisories were sent by the National Investigation Agency (NIA), the Intelligence Bureau (IB) and the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) to the Home Ministry during last five years that Hyderabad had become safe heaven for terrorists. The All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief also said for the last five years, there was complete peace in Hyderabad as no communal riots broke out in the city and all religious festivals passed off peacefully. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citations Owaisi, who was re-elected to Lok Sabha from Hyderabad for fourth consecutive term, said out that the city is also the second major exporter of software exports after Bengaluru. “The statement shows how much they hate Telangana and Hyderabad. They don’t want to see the state and the city grow because major companies are investing here due to the efforts of Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao,” he said. Owaisi said that such statements from BJP leaders are not unexpected as “wherever they see a Muslim, they think he is terrorist”. He clained the BJP was following a “theory of confusion” as Prime Minister Narendra Modi says one thing while his ministers, leaders of BJP, VHP, other organizations and Baba Ramdev say something else. Recalling that after Modi first became Prime Minister, they started with “Love Jihad”, he said that “this was followed by “Ghar Wapsi”, mob lynching, excesses on Dalits and now they were speaking of safe zone for terrorists”. After Modi took as the Prime Minister for the second term, series of hate crimes against Muslims occurred in Gurugram, Bihar and Madhya Pradesh, he added. “Mere lip service will not help. You have to practically discharge your constitutional responsibility,” he said on Modi’s call to end fear among minorities. On BJP leaders setting the goal of coming to power in Telangana in next elections, Owaisi said the state under the leadership of Chandrashekhar Rao was making all-round progress and it believed in the composite culture. “RSS and BJP leaders will not succeed in their efforts,” he said.last_img read more

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Rs 9 crore fraud EOW probes case

first_imgNew Delhi: The Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of Delhi Police has started a probe in the case of cheating after a person alleged that he was duped on the false pretext of multiplying the money and making huge profits. According to police, the suspects have cheated the victim in the case for about Rs nine crore. The complainant told them that in the year 2009 started his real estate business. “In the course of his business, he met two accused who were in the real estate business. Through their company goodwill and company, they could assess that the informant was new in the real estate business with no experience,” police said. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarComplainant further told police that All the accused prevailed upon the informant to enter into financial terms with them and become business partners whereby he would make windfall gains beyond his imagination. “Based on such false promises the informant was induced to part with his money get cheated systematically. The suspects in the case induced the informant to invest money into their ongoing projects instead of acquiring a new project. Another case was registered with the EOW in which the complainant alleged that his company has been cheated by placing the order of another company and getting goods imported from Taiwan. “Later it was found that the Taiwan company is the sister company of suspect. The suspect took the goods and also got the payment made to its sister’s company in Taiwan. In another case, a complainant running a non-banking financial company alleged that he was cheated by another company and its official in the garb of loan. The complainant’s company is engaged in the business of providing financial assistance in the form of various products from time to time.last_img read more

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48 hours on rescue operation continues to pull out twoyearold boy from

first_imgChandigarh: Large-scale rescue operations continued Saturday to pull out the two-year-old boy who fell into an over 150-feet-deep borewell near his house in Punjab’s Sangrur district almost 48 hours ago. Fatehvir Singh, who would turn three next week, fell into the unused borewell in a field while he was playing near his house at around 4.00 pm Thursday, officials said. The borewell was covered with a cloth and the boy accidentally stepped on it. His mother tried to rescue him, but failed. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twist A team of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and Army experts, assisted by the police, civil authorities, villagers and volunteers, were carrying out the rescue operations. The toddler is stuck around 110 feet deep in the borewell which is seven inches wide. Officials said a parallel shaft of 36 inches in diameter was being installed to bring out the child safely. So far, rescuers have dug about 90 feet by taking out soil manually, officials said. Also Read – India receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France Earlier, a team of NDRF had tried to pull out the child with the help of rope but could not succeed. Oxygen was being supplied to the child and authorities are monitoring his condition through camera, officials added. The child made some movement at 5.00 am on Saturday, authorities said. Fatehvir’s family members and villagers were offering prayers for his safety. The incident has again brought to fore the dangers posed by uncovered borewells, which have turned into death traps for children. In March, an 18-month-old boy was rescued from a borewell in Haryana’s Hisar district, two days after he had fallen into it. In 2006, a massive operation was launched to rescue five-year-old Prince, who had fallen into a borewell in a village in Kurukshetra. He was pulled out safely nearly 48 hours later.last_img read more

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Follow Vastu tips to get married soon

first_imgMarriage is considered to be one of the most important milestones in a person’s life. It is said that “Marriages are made in heaven,” A marriage is, without a doubt, a very unique bond that shares for a lifetime not only the bride and groom, but also their families. For parents, marrying their son or daughter at the marriageable age is one of the most important priorities in their lives. Marriage delay causes social pressure, depression, tension, family conflicts and other immense negative effects; however, there are times when there is a delay in marriage even though everything seems to be fine. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainVastu Shastra, every emotion that appears inside you is generated by the energy emitted through the 16 zones or directions of your home. These zones, in turn, are governed by the five elements (Panchtattva) – Earth, Fire, Water, Air and Sky. It is believed that these elements are responsible to create a harmonious environment, in turn influencing everything around us. When these elements are out of proportion, they lead to negative forces overriding the positive ones; creating a field that makes your thoughts and actions negative and result’s in delay marriages, South-West is zone of relationship, family, marriage and stability in life, if South-West Zone is disturbed by a toilet, anti-activity, or an anti-element, then it will not only delay marriage, but can even spoil marital relationship. First strengthen the South-West zone; if this corner is missing, then the marriage proposals will not be successfully finalized. A kitchen in this area will also destroy marriage possibilities and disturb the relationships established. The South-East is the Fire zone, The South-East zone should be treated, as it has the sacred Fire that binds two people in marriage and blue colour from this zone must be removed as it will delay in marriage and disturb relationships. if this corner is cut or missing, or if there is an anti-fire activity in it. In such cases, if an engagement has taken place, it will not convert into marriage. The symptoms are like this: it will start well as the South-West (SW) is fine, but the South-East (SE) zone energy is poor, so it will not continue or end properly. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardWithout support of partner, no relationship can exist, and it will come from a well-activated and healthy North-West area. This is the third significant vastu zone for the marriage area. You must also clear North-East vastu zone, I am saying this because it will remove adamant thoughts of getting married to a very specific personality and family, if the North-East is clear, clarity will be maintained about what an individual wants. It’s about wisdom; if you’re wise, you’ll choose what’s right or wrong for yourself. Usually, 80% of the issue could be fixed only by treating the South West (SW) zone. Of the remaining 20%, treatment of the South-East zone will solve 10% of the issue. Then treat the North-West and the West to fix another 5%, and the issue stays only 5%. Treat the NE and the North-West and solve the issue. So, in this order, the following zones must be clear and balanced: the South-West, the South-East, the North-West, the West (gains) and North-East (knowledge).Now, let’s come to implementation of easy remedies to perform for “Desired Life Partner”, placing a Pair of Love Birds in South-West zone usually brings the right person into your life. A picture of a loving couple e.g. Heer and Ranjha, can also be placed along with the Love Birds.A girl bedroom direction zone plays a crucial role in marriage timing. According to the Vastu principles, every house is a built-up space and is influenced by the Earth’s energy fields or magnetic fields along with the Panchtattva (the five fundamental elements of nature). Therefore, as per vastu, in the West zone of Gains, girl in the correct marriageable age should sleep. She becomes more confident when a sleeps in the South-South-East area and having a bedroom in the South-West area makes her a desirable partner for her future husband. She should never have her bedroom in South-South-West zone of disposal. In addition, if the girl sleeps in attraction’s zone of North-North-West , it will help her get new marriage proposals.Similarly, North Zone is zone of opportunities, male bachelors should preferably sleep. Always prevent a water tank in your house’s South-West Relationships zone as this could lead to delay in marriage.Mr. Sagar Chug- Celebrity Astrologer & Vastu Expert from the Capital. Views are strictly personal.last_img read more

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Glittering book launch

first_img‘Illuminating Indian Classical Dances Through Yoga’ (co-authored with Anita Dua, and Padma Shree Shovana Narayan and published by Shubhi publication) was unveiled by Shyam Jaju, National Vice President, BJP. It was followed by a panel discussion, which was moderated by Vinita Dawra Nangia, and included eminent personalities like Pawan Varma, Anita Dua, and Padma Shree Shovana Narayan. Afterwards, a beautiful Yog Nritya performance by Shvani Varma Satish and Ratan was also presented.pics/naveensharmalast_img

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Deep down

first_imgThe fact that space exploration is a reality but deep-sea exploration isn’t, has always provided food for thought. For long, all the data collected around the deep-sea exploration has been kept under wraps by the United Nations International Seabed Authority (). In essence, the UN body is assigned to promote the mining of the sea-floor but it is also charged with its protection in equal weight. Maybe that explains why sea-floor mining has not yet been pursued aggressively by nations despite an increasing economic interest over the same. But with the kind of sustainable development that the world seeks, progress in deep-sea mining is inevitable. To this length, India’s possession of a site of 75,000 sq. km in the Central Indian Ocean Basin by UN ISA for the exploitation of polymetallic nodules (PMN) augurs well for the country’s exploration ambitions. The Deep Ocean Mission (DOM), at the cost of 8000 crores and extending over a span of five years, will explore the ocean and look for metals and minerals. Led by the Ministry of Earth Sciences, the mission on paper is due to start by October-end and will involve a multitude of stakeholders such as the Department of Science and Technology, DRDO, Department of Biotechnology, Indian Council of Agricultural Research working together in the integrated programme. Though the prime focus would be PMN, DOM will facilitate the institution of an offshore desalination plant based on tidal energy and development of a submersible vehicle capable of going to a depth of at least 6000 metres with three people on board. DOM will look forward to extensive mining of PMN. PMN–also called manganese nodules–are rock concentrations on the sea bottom formed of concentric layers of iron and manganese hydroxides around a core. High deposits of metals and vast quantities of nodules present on the sea-floor, PMN has garnered high economic interest which is in a direct equation to fulfilling energy requirements. Metals such as nickel, copper, cobalt, lead, cadmium, vanadium, molybdenum, titanium, et al will be very important takeaways from the ocean floor. It is argued that for sustainable energy requirements, India has a prime alternative to tap its sea-floor reserves and utilise it to power the nation. But deep-sea mining is a daunting task and plans drawn up to successfully initiate such activity would utilise the best minds anticipating all the hiccups in the process. Deep-sea is yet an unexplored territory and, like space, there lie many things that are not known with the possibility of it being beneficial or detrimental on equal scales. But, India would benefit from the same in mass proportions should it successfully harness the good out of the ocean-bed.last_img read more

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Quake hits LahaulSpiti third in HP in a week

first_imgShimla: An earthquake of 4.3 magnitude shook Himachal Pradesh’s tribal Lahaul and Spiti district on Monday, the meteorological department said. There were no immediate reports of any casualty or damage to property, it said. The quake’s epicentre was at a depth of 20 km north-east in Lahaul and Spiti district, the department said, adding that tremors were also felt in and around the district at 9.03 am on Monday. This is the third earthquake in Himachal Pradesh in a week. Earthquakes of magnitude 4 and 3.3 shook Chamba and Kinnaur districts on July 25 and July 23 respectively.last_img

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ABVP leaders install Savarkars statue in DUs north campus attract criticism

first_imgNew Delhi: Ahead of the Delhi University students’ union polls, the RSS-affiliated ABVP on Tuesday installed statues of Veer Savarkar, Subhash Chandra Bose and Bhagat Singh ‘without due permission’ outside the gate of the varsity’s Arts Faculty in north campus. The move has been criticised by the Congress-affiliated NSUI and Left-backed AISA which said Savarkar cannot be kept on the same pedestal as Bose and Singh.ABVP-led Delhi University Students’ Union president Shakti Singh said they had approached the varsity administration repeatedly for permission to install the statues but there was no response from it. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”We had been approaching the administration for permission since November last year but there has been no response. I requested them for permission again on August 9 but to no avail. Their silence forced us to take the step,” he said. Singh said they will protest if the administration tries to remove the statues. National Students’ Union of India’s Delhi unit president Akshay Lakra criticised the ABVP move, saying, “You cannot put Savarkar on the same pedestal as Bhagat Singh and Subhash Chandra Bose.” “If the statues are not removed within 24 hours, we will launch a strong protest,” he added. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsAll India Students’ Association’s Delhi unit president Kawalpreet Kaur too concurred with Lakra. “In the garb of Bhagat Singh and Subhash Chandra Bose, they are trying to give legitimacy to Savarkar’s ideas. This is not acceptable. The place they have put up the statue is not a private property but a public land,” she said. The land falls under the jurisdiction of the North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC). No immediate reaction was available from the varsity. The DU students’ union polls will be held next month though the dates for the same have not yet been announced.last_img read more

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Mayawati slams Congress over Srinagar visit says only gives BJP a chance

first_imgDays after a 12-member Opposition delegation was sent back from Srinagar airport, BSP chief Mayawati slammed the leaders for the visit, saying it only gave BJP “a chance to do politics.” She said that it will take time for things to normalise in Kashmir and that the delegation of Opposition leaders, led by Rahul Gandhi should have put more thought to it before leaving for Srinagar. In a series of tweets, the BSP supremo also defended her party’s stance of backing the Central government on the abrogation of Article 370 that granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “As it is known that Baba Saheb Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar was always in favour of uniting the nation and that is why he was never in favour of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir. For this special reason, BSP MP in Rajya Sabha supported the abrogation of Article 370,” she tweeted.”However after 69 years of Indian constitution and abrogation of Article 370, it will take some time for things to get normal. It will be better if we wait, this has also been acknowledged by the Court. In such a situation the delegation of Congress leaders going to Kashmir is like giving BJP central government and the Governor of Jammu and Kashmir a chance to do politics over the issue. It would have been right if these things were thought before going there,” she added. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Rahul Gandhi and the opposition leaders were sent back from Srinagar airport on Saturday. The leaders slammed the government for denying them entry, with a CPM politburo statement calling it “daylight robbery of rights” guaranteed by the Constitution. In a video put out by the Congress, Rahul can be seen negotiating with officials to allow the delegation to leave the airport to assess the situation in the valley. ” The Governor has said that I am invited. Toh ab main aaya hoon. Phir aap keh rahein hai ki main nahi aa sakte hain (So I have now come here and you are telling that I cannot come.) And the government is saying that everything is okay here, everything is normal. If everything is normal, why are we not allowed out?” he can be seen telling in the video. When asked at a media briefing why the delegation was not allowed to enter to Srinagar city, state government spokesperson Rohit Kansal read out Friday’s tweet by the J&K Department of Information and Public Relations: “… Attempts should not be made by senior political leaders to disturb the gradual restoration of normal life. Political leaders are requested to cooperate and not visit Srinagar…”(Input from The Indian Express)last_img read more

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91yearold exUN official stuffed in fridge kidnapped

first_imgNew Delhi: In a bizarre case of kidnapping, a 91-year-old man was allegedly stuffed in a fridge and taken away by his domestic help in south Delhi’s posh Greater Kailash-II area. Kishan Dev Khosla (91) lived on the first floor of the house along with his wife Saroj Khosla (87) in GK-II’s M block area. Khosla was a central government employee and was last deputed with the United Nations.last_img

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Mother Dairy hikes cow milk price by Rs 2litre

first_imgNEW DELHI: Mother Diary has hiked the price of cow milk by Rs 2 per litre from Friday in Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR). The cow milk variant will now be available at Rs 44 per litre, as against Rs 42 earlier.According to an official, the prices of the cow milk variant effective from September 6 are Rs 23 for 500 ml pack and Rs 44 for one litre pack. The prices of other milk variants remain unchanged. The leading milk supplier said that the retail price of cow milk has been hiked since the company is shelling out more to the farmers to procure raw milk. With Mother Dairy increasing prices, it is likely that other milk suppliers such as Amul and Parag might also follow suit.last_img

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Im sorry I shot you La Loche shooter apologizes at sentencing hearing

first_imgMEADOW LAKE, Sask. – A teenager who killed four people and injured seven others during shootings at a home and a high school in northern Saskatchewan apologized Friday to those who died, those who survived and their families.People wept as the teen addressed each of his victims at a hearing to determine if he is sentenced as an adult or a youth for his actions in La Loche in January 2016.The teen tearfully said if he could talk to teacher Adam Wood, who died from his injuries, he would tell him he was sorry.“If he was here right now, I would say to him: ‘I didn’t really know you, but I heard you were a good person, a kind person … and I’m sorry I shot you. You were not a target.’”The teen said the same about teacher’s aide Marie Janvier, who also died, and apologized to her mother.“I’m sorry I ruined your life and took your daughter away. All she wanted to do was help students,” he said to Jackie Janvier, who sat through every day of the two-week sentencing hearing.Some of the seven survivors are students who can’t be named.About substitute teacher Charlene Klyne, the teen said he was sorry for shooting her while she was sitting in her classroom.“I’m sorry for ruining your life that day,” he said. “You weren’t someone who was a target.”Klyne lost all vision in her left eye, can only see dark shadows in her right eye and has numerous pellets lodged in 13 different spots from her jaw to her chest. She’s been told it’s too risky to have surgery to remove the pellets.She was not in court.The teen said he didn’t know what he was thinking when he pulled the trigger.Earlier Friday, a neuropsychologist testified for the defence that the teen had an IQ of 68, which is considered well below average. Dr. Monty Nelson said “thinking quickly was a major difficulty” for the teen.A defence psychiatrist testified that the teen has symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, an intellectual disability, major depressive disorder and displays signs of fetal alcohol syndrome.A child psychiatrist who testified for the Crown said the teen did not come across as being clearly developmentally delayed or slow.The teen — who cannot be named because he was just shy of his 18th birthday when the shooting occurred — killed brothers Dayne and Drayden Fontaine in a home before shooting up the high school where Wood and Janvier died.During the first week of the sentencing hearing in May, an agreed statement of facts detailed the shooter’s murderous path from the home to the community’s high school.Court heard Dayne, 17, pleaded for his life before he was shot 11 times, including twice in the head. Drayden, 13, was shot twice.Surveillance footage captured his frightening walk through the halls, his shotgun raised, as students and staff ran in fear.When police arrived, the shooter ran into a women’s washroom where he put his weapon down and gave himself up.He pleaded guilty last fall to two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of second-degree murder and seven counts of attempted murder.The teen told court he knows the boys’ mother forgives him.“I know she knows I am sorry for what I did.”Court heard from Alicia Fontaine last month. She said the teen called her two days after the shooting to apologize and she forgave him.Lawyers are to make final submissions to Judge Janet McIvor on Aug. 25.McIvor said she would release her decision and sentence the shooter in La Loche, but no date was set.La Loche Mayor Robert St. Pierre suggested McIvor should consult the community first.“There’s some mixed emotions,” the mayor said outside court.“A lot of people have expressed they’d like to have it in La Loche for some closure, and some have expressed they would rather not have it in La Loche because it will dredge up bad memories and bad emotions.”last_img read more

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Defence officials struggling with details of Liberal taxbreak promise

first_imgOTTAWA – National Defence has been struggling to make good on one of the Trudeau government’s recent promises: giving tax breaks to military personnel and police officers deployed on certain overseas operations.Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan announced the measure during a major speech at the Royal Military College in Kingston, Ont., in May as part of the Liberals’ new defence policy.While Sajjan billed the move as an attempt to recognize the sacrifices that are often made by military personnel and their families, it also addressed what had been a prickly issue for the minister.Some service members based in Kuwait had become increasingly vocal in the weeks leading up the announcement about a policy change that threatened to strip their tax-exempt status.Yet the devil has proven to be in the details, with officials now scratching their heads over what types of operations and deployments should and should not be eligible for tax relief.The debate is particularly relevant for the navy’s sailors, many of whom on close reading of the defence policy would not be eligible for tax relief despite spending up to six months at sea at any given time.Sources tell The Canadian Press that the military’s senior leadership is now seized with the issue, and that defence chief Gen. Jonathan Vance has told officials he wants the issue resolved by mid-August.Alan Okros, an expert on the management of military personnel at the Canadian Forces College, said officials are now caught trying to make good on the Liberals’ promise without making matters worse.“They’re trying to find a solution here that will achieve what the government intended,” Okros said.“But they don’t want to start creating precedents that would generate lawsuits or people making claims of ‘Well, if that applied there, it applies here.’”The tax measure would see the salaries of military personnel and police officers sent on certain operations exempted from federal income tax for the duration of their deployments.The move, retroactive to Jan. 1, 2017, exempts eligible salaries up to the pay level of lieutenant-colonel and is expected to cost the federal treasury about $85-million over the next five years.Personnel would still be eligible for extra hardship and risk pay if deployed into dangerous environments.Both Sajjan and the Liberals’ defence policy, which was released a few weeks after the minister’s speech at RMC, said the exemption would be given to members deployed on what are called “named operations.”Named operations are usually the largest and most complex, such as Operation Impact, which is Canada’s mission against the Islamic State group, and Operation Unifier, the military’s training mission in Ukraine.The service members complaining in Kuwait were attached to Operation Impact, and thus would be eligible for the tax benefit.But many military personnel deployed overseas for extended periods are never attached to a named operation, or may only spend a portion of their time in such a situation.That is particularly true of the navy, which has had two frigates sailing around the Asia-Pacific region since March, but whose sailors are not technically on a named operation.Officials are now backing off the explicit reference to named operations, though no decision has been made on what criteria will trigger tax relief for deployed personnel.“The Canadian Armed Forces is currently working on a framework aimed at implementing the proposed amendment to the Income Tax Act,” said National Defence spokeswoman Kim Lemaire.“It doesn’t say specifically ‘named operations’ because there may be others that, as determined by the chief of defence staff, this tax relief will be applied to. That’s still in the works right now.”Okros said the Liberals have been trying to contrast their treatment of Canada’s military personnel with that of the Harper government, which was seen as being “stingy” with benefits for service members.“Under Trudeau, they are trying to send a different message of ‘We actually do support the troops,’” Okros said.“So I think there’s a bit of that in terms of a political agenda. But then how do you do this in the right way so that it doesn’t create more problems than it solves?”last_img read more

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Life with Alzheimers is OK 16 months after husband diagnosed Raitt

first_imgOTTAWA – Sixteen months after finding out the love of her life had early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, Conservative MP Lisa Raitt says she has learned that living with someone who has dementia is tough but ‘OK.’Raitt made a members’ statement in the House of Commons on Tuesday to mark World Alzheimer’s Month.Her husband, Bruce Wood, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in May 2016 at the age of 56, three months before the couple were married.Raitt says an estimated 564,000 Canadians are living with dementia and 25,000 new cases are diagnosed each year.Her comments come almost a year after she went public with her husband’s diagnosis.She says she wants the House to know that while it is frustrating that there is no cure or treatment for Alzheimer’s and that simple things like getting out of the house take a lot longer than they used to, she and her husband focus on what’s important.“You know, we have a good life,” she said.“We focus on things that Bruce can do, not the things that we can no longer do. We keep our health well, we sleep, we eat well, he exercises, we socialize together. These things that actually matter. I want you to know and I want the House of Commons to know that life can be OK with dementia and Alzheimer’s and I’ll continue to update the house as we continue our journey.”She received a standing ovation from all parties following her statement.Wood’s diagnosis came after symptoms of forgetfulness began to appear at work. He left his job as CEO of the Hamilton Port Authority after his diagnosis.A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s before the age of 65 is considered to be early-onset. It accounts for up to eight per cent of all diagnoses and the Alzheimer Society of Canada estimates about 16,000 Canadians under the age of 65 are living with the condition.The rates of dementia are rising, with the number of people living with dementia expected to hit 937,000 in the next 15 years.last_img read more

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The Friday news briefing An ataglance survey of some top stories

first_imgHighlights from the news file for Friday, Oct. 6———BOMBARDIER HIT WITH HEFTY ANTI-DUMPING DUTIES: Bombardier has been slapped with more American duties on exports of its CSeries commercial jet. The American Commerce Department added nearly 80 per cent in preliminary anti-dumping duties. The Montreal-based aircraft manufacturer faces a total tariff of almost 300 per cent when combined with last week’s almost 220 per cent countervailing duties. The duties involve an ongoing dispute with Boeing, which has accused Bombardier of getting unfair subsidies.———COURT GREEN LIGHTS DESTRUCTION OF RESIDENTIAL SCHOOL RECORDS: The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that records detailing the abuse of former residential school students can eventually be destroyed. It upholds a lower court ruling that said the sensitive material collected for the independent assessments should be destroyed after 15 years. Students provided accounts of physical, sexual and emotional abuse as part of an independent assessment process to provide compensation.———FEDS ANNOUNCE SCOOP COMPENSATION: An Ontario First Nations leader expressed hope Friday that a compensation package for ’60s Scoop survivors will put a stop to Indigenous children being stolen from their culture and identity. Beaverhouse chief Marcia Brown Martel made the comments as the federal government announced $750 million in compensation. Starting in the 1960s, Indigenous children were taken from their homes and placed with non-Indigenous families because officials thought they would get better care.———ECONOMY CONTINUES TO CREATE JOBS: Canada’s jobless rate remained at a nine year low of 6.2 per cent last month after Canada say a net increase of 10,000 new jobs. The rise in full-time work more than offset a drop of part-time jobs, but last month’s net job gain was driven by growth in public-sector employment. CIBC chief economist Avery Shenfeld called the numbers “ho-hum” last month and in line with other signals of a moderation in economic growth.———HOLOCAUST PLAQUE TO BE REDONE: The federal government is redoing a dedication plaque at the National Holocaust Monument in Ottawa after criticism that it fails to mention Jewish victims of the Nazis. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau dedicated the monument last week but the wording was noticed immediately. Martin Sampson of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs says the government has acknowledged the error and the plaque will be replaced.———SWEDISH MAN ACCUSED OF RAPING GIRLS IN CANADA: A man in Sweden is charged with raping girls in Canada and two other countries entirely through online contact. Swedish prosecutors call it a potentially precedent-setting case. Bjorn Samstrom is currently on trial facing dozens of charges. Prosecutors allege that Samstrom coerced girls to perform sexual acts in front of webcams by threatening them or their families. They say prosecutors reached out to Canadian authorities and the case was brought to the attention of the RCMP, who worked with local police to identify the girls.———MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO THROWING AN OBJECT AT QUEBEC PREMIER: A man who threw something at Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard has pleaded guilty to assault. The incident involving Esteban Torres occurred in 2016 at a vigil for victims of the Orlando massacre. The object in question was never recovered but Torres said at the time it was a ball of paper.———ASSISTED DEATHS ACCOUNT FOR ONE PER CENT OF CANADIAN DEATHS: The federal government says there were nearly 1,200 medically assisted deaths in the first six months of this year. The government says that works out to about 0.9 per cent of all deaths nationally. In the last six months of 2016, the first time medically assisted suicide was legal, there were 803 assisted deaths, or 0.6 per cent of all deaths.———HUMAN WILDLIFE ENCOUNTERS ON THE RISE IN BC: The British Columbia conservation service says there have been more than 20,000 encounters between people and wildlife in the province this year. Officials say more than 14,000 of the complaints were about black bears, 1,500 involved cougars and 430 were about grizzly bears. Nearly 500 bears have been destroyed after run-ins with humans, 469 of them black bears and 27 grizzlies.———POLL SAYS ONLY ONE QUARTER OF RESPONDENTS SAY U.S. HEADING IN RIGHT DIRECTION: Just 24 per cent of Americans now believe the country is heading in the right direction after a tumultuous stretch for President Donald Trump. Recent months have included the threat of war with North Korea, stormy complaints about hurricane relief and Trump’s equivocating about white supremacists. It’s a 10-point drop since June, according to a poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. Nearly 70 per cent of Americans say Trump isn’t level-headed, and majorities say he’s not honest or a strong leader.———last_img read more

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Anesthetist who sexually assaulted sedated patients loses appeal

first_imgTORONTO – A “touchy-feely” anesthesiologist handed a 10-year sentence for sexually assaulting 21 sedated women during surgery has failed to have his conviction overturned.In a decision Friday, Ontario’s top court ruled that the judge who convicted Dr. George Doodnaught after a 76-day trial was bang on.“The grounds of appeal advanced track closely the submissions made to, and rejected by, the trial judge,” the Court of Appeal said. “They are the subject of lengthy and detailed reasons which describe the findings of fact essential to proof of guilt and the evidentiary stuff of which those findings were made.”WARNING: Graphic details follow.Doodnaught, who is in his late 60s, was convicted in November 2013 on all counts for assaulting women, who ranged from 25 to 75 years old, while they were semi-conscious at the North York General Hospital. Among other things, Doodnaught inserted his penis into women’s mouths, used some for masturbation, and sexually fondled others over a four-year period.The defence never argued the women fabricated their complaints or colluded with one another, but at trial and on appeal suggested the complainants may have been hallucinating while under anesthetic. Doodnaught’s lawyers further argued that the assaults, in the confined space of an operating theatre close to others in the surgical team, could not have happened.Superior Court Justice David McCombs rejected the defence arguments, siding with the prosecution that Doodnaught had the opportunity to commit the assaults from behind a screen and that the women’s accounts of what happened were honest and realistic.McCombs found Doodnaught’s closeness to patients during surgery didn’t draw suspicion because he was known as a “touchy-feely” doctor who stroked a patient’s cheek or hair to soothe her during procedures. The judge also lambasted him for compounding his victims’ distress by trying to make them believe they were somehow responsible for what happened.On appeal, the doctor argued the evidence at trial fell short of establishing beyond a reasonable doubt that the offences actually happened. His lawyers pointed at expert evidence about the hallucinogenic properties of the anesthetics in support of their position.“This case is overwhelming only if one presumes that the possibility of drug-induced dream-like states is impossible, as the trial judge did,” Doodnaught’s lawyers argued on appeal. “The trial judge failed to adequately consider the defence submission that a significant proportion, indeed the majority, of the alleged incidents were impossible.”The Appeal Court would have none of it.The higher court noted McCombs had even visited the operating rooms in which the anesthetist had worked to gain a better understanding of the layout before finding that Doodnaught did indeed have the opportunity to commit the assaults as alleged.The Appeal Court also found the judge had carefully looked at the expert evidence on whether patients might hallucinate about sexual experiences, noting no witness had ever heard of a case of multiple allegations of sexual assault on patients under the kind of sedation Doodnaught administered.“The appellant’s quarrel is not rooted in any legal principle so far as I can determine but rather in the factual findings the trial judge made,” Justice David Watt wrote for the Appeal Court. “Those factual findings put paid to the defence position that the conduct each complainant honestly believed took place — and which amounted to sexual assault — simply never happened.”Doodnaught’s medical licence has been suspended for several years but a disciplinary hearing that could see him barred from ever practising again has been awaiting the outcome of the appeal.last_img read more

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Man 66 charged with firstdegree murder in disappearance of two Toronto men

first_imgTORONTO – Months after dismissing growing fears about a potential serial killer prowling Toronto’s gay village, police said Thursday they have arrested a man they believe is responsible for the presumed deaths of at least two men who disappeared from the neighbourhood.Bruce McArthur, a 66-year-old Toronto man, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder Thursday morning in the presumed deaths of Selim Esen and Andrew Kinsman, both reported missing from the Church and Wellesley streets area at separate times last year, police said.“We believe he is responsible for the deaths of Mr. Esen and Mr. Kinsman, and we believe he is responsible for the deaths of other men who have yet to be identified,” said Det. Sgt. Hank Idsinga.“In other words, we believe there are other victims,” he said. Idsinga would not say who the other victims may be, but said police are aware of other men reported missing from the area.Members of the LGBTQ community were voicing concerns and pushing for answers last year in light of the disappearances, which were deemed suspicious at the time.Investigators working on the cases issued public reassurances, saying they had no reason to believe the two men were dead, nor that their absence had anything to do with a serial killer or predators targeting men through a dating app.In December, police warned people to be careful using dating apps.Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders defended the force’s approach when asked about the shift Thursday.“In policing, what we do is we follow the evidence and what I said at the time that I said (it) was accurate at that time,” he said. He thanked the Church and Wellesley community for its help, saying the ongoing communication had raised awareness and given the investigation more focus.Helen Kennedy, executive director of the LGBTQ advocacy group Egale, said news of the arrest brought relief after months of fear and apprehension.“The community, especially in the village, were very, very nervous, and rightly so. Two gay men went missing and the circumstances around their disappearances were very suspect and so people were speculating about what had happened to these two guys,” she said.“I think that we had every right to be afraid and nervous, but at the same time, the police need time to do their work,” she said.Officers had been investigating McArthur for months but could not make a “definitive link” to the disappearances until Wednesday, Idsinga said.The men’s bodies have not been found, but police said they were combing through five properties — four in Toronto, one in Madoc, Ont. — connected to McArthur, a self-employed landscaper.Provincial police were searching a rural property north of Madoc Thursday evening.A Canadian Press photographer at the scene said there were at least two police cruisers and two officers on the property.Calls to the local provincial police detachment were not returned.Idsinga said police have a “pretty good idea” of how the men died but would not elaborate, citing the ongoing investigation.McArthur had sexual relationships with both men and all three were on dating apps, he said.“He did have a relationship with Mr. Kinsman for some time,” Idsinga said.“We don’t know what his exact relationship with Mr. Esen was leading up to the (alleged) murder, whether he had just met him that day or whether he had known him for some time, we just don’t know that yet.”A separate project is probing the disappearance of three men who went missing from the same area between 2010 and 2012.last_img read more

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Navy commodore plays down Canadas encounter with Russian warships

first_imgOTTAWA – A senior naval commander is playing down an account from one of his sailors of a seemingly tense standoff between a Canadian warship and Russian vessels during a recent deployment.The encounter in question occurred while HMCS Charlottetown was deployed on a six-month operation between August and January that included monitoring Russian military activity in the Baltic and Mediterranean seas.Canada has provided a steady stream of warships to participate in NATO patrols in the Baltic and Mediterranean seas since Russia annexed the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine in 2014.While those patrols are designed to reassure NATO’s easternmost members and act as a check on any Russian aggression in the region, there have been reports of uncomfortably close encounters between the two sides.But the Canadian military has largely avoided any reports of such run-ins with the Russians — at least until Leading Seaman Cory Johnson provided an account of one such encounter in a recent interview.Johnson was a fire control technician on board the Charlottetown, and in an interview with an online publication from his hometown of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., he described the scene as “extremely stressful.”“The first time, we had to get everything electrically safe and unlock missiles so they could be fired if needed,” Johnson told SooToday.com from Halifax, where the Charlottetown recently ended its deployment.“We had several Russian ships and submarines around us. It’s no secret we were tracking and monitoring where they were going.”The Canadian and Russian vessels were not in communication at the time, and that Russian fighter aircraft also flew over the NATO force to which the Charlottetown was attached, he added.“They were very close to us and we didn’t have any communication as to what they were doing in the area, and why they were getting closer,” Johnson said.“It’s very stressful. Even when you’re not on watch, you think of your family.”Attempts to reach Johnson on Thursday were unsuccessful.But Commodore Craig Skjerpen, commander of Maritime Forces Atlantic, painted a very different picture, saying that the Charlottetown’s captain and other senior officers felt the situation was under control.“It was all professional, and at no time was it at all unsafe,” Skjerpen told The Canadian Press.“Depending on how experienced you are and what level of training you got, it can be perceived different ways. But from all the senior people on board, those that receive all the specific training, it was not an overly tense situation.”Skjerpen did acknowledge that the Russians came within a few thousand yards of the Charlottetown and that there was no communication between the two sides, but he maintained that the captain was not overly concerned.“There always is the ability to communicate in the event that either side felt uncomfortable with the actions of the other vessel,” said Skjerpen, who is responsible for all naval forces on Canada’s eastern coast.“He was comfortable with what was going on.”As for the decision to unlock the Charlottetown’s missiles, Skjerpen said there were still other safeguards in place and that such actions are frequently taken when Canadian vessels are deployed abroad.“Was there a sense of an imminent threat that we needed to do that?” he said. “No.”While Johnson’s comments caused a bit of a stir Thursday at the Department of National Defence, Skjerpen said the sailor would not be disciplined but rather reminded about what he can and cannot talk about publicly.“So the most that’s going to happen to him is we’ll continue to talk to him about the areas that he’d like to talk about with people, and his job and how great it is to be in the navy,” Skjerpen said.“And if he needs more information on the role and what we’re doing on Op Reassurance and operating close to Russia … I want to make sure that he’s very comfortable with what we’re doing and why we’re doing it.”— Follow @leeberthiaume on Twitterlast_img read more

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Federal government cant do much to fight fake news Canadian Heritage documents

first_imgOTTAWA – The federal government doesn’t believe it can do much on its own to stem the growing tide of fake news in Canada, according to briefing notes prepared by the Department of Canadian Heritage.The documents, obtained by The Canadian Press through an access-to-information request, highlight that even though the government recognizes that fake news could threaten Canada’s democratic institutions at a time when traditional news outlets are facing cutbacks and financial challenges, there’s not much they can do to stop it.The government’s inability to decide for Canadians what should and shouldn’t be considered fake news is one reason it can’t take direct action, according to the notes, prepared in November by deputy heritage minister Graham Flack.Even if the government did attempt to publicly identify fake news stories, Flack said it could backfire, making readers more convinced the stories are true and increasing the likelihood they’d share the stories.Overall, the briefing notes concluded that the role of combating misinformation should not rest on the government’s shoulders alone and that “there is not likely one single, easy solution”.A trade association representing almost 1,000 digital and print media outlets across the country thinks otherwise.John Hinds, the CEO of News Media Canada, said that there is a clear solution to the fake news problem.“The antidote to fake news is real news,” said Hinds.“It’s not about reinventing the wheel, it’s about supporting the existing infrastructure that can provide Canadians with credible news.”That support may already be on its way. In January, Joly signalled at a meeting with members of a Quebec culture and communications union that the struggling news media industry is set to receive financial help from Ottawa in next week’s federal budget.However, the documents released to The Canadian Press separated the issue of a struggling news media industry as “distinct” from the issues surrounding the rise of fake news.Instead, the documents point to partnerships between social media networks and media literacy organizations as part of the solution to the misinformation problem, rather than government intervention.One such initiative — a partnership between social media giant Facebook, which has been widely criticized for not combating deliberate misinformation campaigns, and Canadian not-for-profit media literacy group MediaSmarts — is meant to combat fake news that could influence the next federal election.MediaSmarts education director Matthew Johnson said that, with funding from Facebook, they are creating a guide for MPs, candidates and parties on identifying online misinformation as well as public service announcement videos and short games for Canadian social media users.“In the last few years, misinformation in news and misinformation online have become an issue that people are more conscious of,” said Johnson. “It’s a drum that’s been beating for quite some time now.”In an emailed statement, Joly’s office asserted its commitment to working with social media companies and other online platforms to combat fake news but would not comment on the funding for the newspaper industry expected in Tuesday’s budget.“Disinformation and misinformation are a real issue that we need to be alive and alert to,” read the statement.“This is a conversation that we need to have with Canadians, including with companies which provide platforms for this information to be disseminated.”— Follow @levidgarber on TwitterNote to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version said the briefing had been prepared for the minister and misstated the name of Canadian Heritage.last_img read more

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Buddhist leader in Nova Scotia steps aside amid sexual misconduct allegations

first_imgHALIFAX – The spiritual leader of an international Buddhist organization based in Halifax is stepping back from his duties pending the outcome of an independent investigation into sexual misconduct allegations.In a recent letter to the Shambhala International community, the office of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche said he fully supports a third-party investigation and wishes to provide the time and space for it to occur.Inspired by Tibetan Buddhism, Shambhala is one of the largest western Buddhist movements with more than 200 meditation centres around the world.Mipham’s father, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, visited Nova Scotia in the late 1970s and soon after made Halifax the world headquarters for Shambhala Buddhism, encouraging many Buddhists — largely from the United States — to move to the province while prompting locals to join the community.Meanwhile, members of the Shambhala governing council are also stepping down, saying that despite the “groundless situation” Shambhala can emerge healthier and more supportive.“We recognize that parts of our system are broken, and need to dissolve in order to make room for real change,” nine members of the leadership body said in a letter.They said they will “exit responsibly,” and have hired Halifax law firm Wickwire Holm to investigate the allegations.The upheaval within the Buddhist community comes after a report last month by Andrea Winn detailed sexual misconduct allegations against Mipham.In the report, multiple unnamed women accuse the Shambhala leader of heavy drinking and using his attendant to “procure women students for his own sexual gratification.”The women describe being torn by their devotion to Mipham as their guru, alleging they were cast out of his inner circle if they resisted his sexual advances. They also alleged that members of the Shambhala leadership were aware or enabled his behaviour.None of the allegations has been proven in court and no charges have been laid.Mipham, who is often referred to as the Sakyong, was unavailable for an interview Monday.Carol Merchasin, the lawyer and sexual misconduct investigator who oversaw the preliminary investigation, said the women interviewed made “credible allegations of sexual assault and/or sexual abuse.”“The pattern of behaviour that their stories establish is compelling,” she said in a memo included in the report.In the letter to the Shambhala community, Mipham’s office said he was entering “a period of self-reflection.”“The Sakyong has decided to step back from his administrative and teaching responsibilities within Shambhala during the independent investigation of these allegations,” Mipham’s office said. “He is also stepping down from his positions and responsibilities at Naropa University.”The private liberal arts college in Boulder, Colo., issued a statement last week calling the accusations against Mipham “credible and believable.”Winn, who oversaw the report into the sexual misconduct allegations, said she was “overjoyed” to learn Mipham has stepped aside.“He’s allowing the flow of goodness to happen and I’m very grateful for that,” she said in an interview Monday. “It had to happen for the community to have an authentic healing process.”Winn said the leadership council’s mass resignation was good move, given that some members were aware of Mipham’s alleged behaviour.The Kalapa Council said there will be a “phased departure” of members to ensure there is a board in place to uphold legal and financial responsibilities.In addition to hiring a law firm, the council also brought in An Olive Branch, an organization members say will serve as a neutral party for receiving allegations of harm, survivor advocacy and consulting on Shambhala’s policies going forward.Winn said it’s unclear what the intention of An Olive Branch will be, and said the law firm had still not reached out to Merchasin.“I still feel no confidence until that law firm is in touch with our investigator and our investigator gives the thumbs up,” she said.last_img read more

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