5 tn economy eminently doable Niti Aayog VC

first_imgKolkata: Vice-chairman of Niti Aayog Rajiv Kumar Tuesday said the target of achieving an economy of $five trillion within 2024-25 was ’eminently’ doable and the private sector would have to take the lead. Speaking at the AGM of Indian Chamber of Commerce here, Kumar said the government alone would not be able to meet the target of achieving the $five trillion economy. “It cannot be done by the government alone. The private investors would have to take the lead,” Kumar said. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepThe Niti Aayog vice-chairperson said, there are several initiatives mentioned in the budget which point out to the willingness of the government to work along with the private sector. These included hike in the disinvestment target, governmental support to NBFCs and long-term plan to deepen the corporate bond markets. India was not an autocratic country, Kumar said and added that whatever needed to be done had to be within the democratic framework. Kumar said structural reforms in the agriculture sector would also have to carried out. “This is key to the achievement of $five trillion economy. There is a need to modernise the farm sector”, he said.last_img read more

CBI court sentences 3 in Vyapam related case

first_imgNew Delhi: A special CBI court in Bhopal has sentenced three candidates of the Police Constable Recruitment Test (2013) to five years in prison in connection with a Vyapam related case. Naeem Ali, Ajaharuddin, and Kasim Khan had been selected through the PCRT in 2013 by using illegal means.The Central Bureau of Investigation had taken over the probe from Madhya Pradesh Police on orders from the Supreme Court and registered a case against the three. During MP Police investigation in the case, the middlemen who had helped the three pass the examination Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!had absconded. The state police filed a chargesheet in the case in April 2015. However, the CBI had traced the absconding middleman, who confessed that he had helped the accused candidates by arranging impersonators for them who sat for the examination on behalf of the accused. The probe agency could not trace the impersonators. After completing its probe, the CBI filed a chargesheet in the case in May 2017 against all the accused candidates and the three middlemen who were revealed during the investigation.last_img read more

Man with spear operated upon at RG Kar in ventilation

first_imgKolkata: A man was successfully operated upon by the doctors at R G Kar Medical College and Hospital who was brought in with a spear pierced in his chest. A major operation was conducted on Friday morning for several hours to remove it. According to sources, the injured person, identified as Prasen Bauri, a resident of Rathtala in Hooghly got involved in a brawl with some his neighbours on Thursday night over the construction of a house under the Indira Awas Yojana. During the scuffle, someone used a spear to attack Bauri which pierced in his chest damaging the arteries and the lungs. He was rushed to Tarakeshwar Rural Hospital from where he was referred to Calcutta Medical College and Hospital. But due to some unknown reasons, he was referred to R G Kar Medical College and Hospital. On Friday morning, doctors decided to operate upon him to remove the spear. Two doctors — R Basu and Sumanta Das — conducted a major operation. Later a portion of the lungs was removed as it was badly damaged. He is undergoing treatment at ITU in R G Kar. Till reports last came in, Bauri is said to be kept in ventilation.last_img read more

Gujarat 4 dead as rains wreak havoc in Vadodara

first_imgAhmedabad/Vadodara: Four persons were killed and over 5,000 have been evacuated from Vadodara city and surrounding areas in Central Gujarat which was battered by nearly 500 mm of rain in 24 hours till Thursday morning. The Vadodara airport has been closed since Wednesday and several trains passing through the city too have been cancelled or diverted due to heavy water-logging on tracks. Water from the overflowing Vishwamitri river entered several localities in the city, bringing with it a few crocodiles. As per the figures provided by the state government, the city received a staggering 499 mm of rainfall in 24 hours ending 8 am on Thursday. See P6last_img read more

Gujarat govt BJP cancel events after Swarajs death

first_imgAhmedabad: The Gujarat government and the ruling BJP have cancelled all their programmes scheduled for Wednesdayin view of the death of senior party leader and former external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj. The state government was supposed to organise a grand event in Gandhinagar on Wednesday to celebrate Chief Minister Vijay Rupani’s three years in office. However, the programme has been cancelled following Swaraj’s death, a government release said. The ruling BJP in the state has also cancelled its various engagements, including the ongoing membership drive, scheduled for Wednesday, a party release said. Swaraj, 67, died on Tuesday night in New Delhi after a massive cardiac arrest.last_img read more

Advisor to Governor receives 1st batch of Kashmiri Haj pilgrims at Srinagar

first_imgSrinagar: Farooq Khan, advisor to the Jammu and Kashmir governor, on Sunday received the first batch of Haj pilgrims who arrived here from Saudi Arabia.He also reviewed arrangements made for the return of the pilgrims to their respective destinations from the airport due to some restrictions imposed in the state following abrogation of Jammu and Kashmir’s special status. Khan, accompanied by other state government officials, including Inspector General of Police (Kashmir zone) Swayam Prakash Pani, was seen at the tarmac of the airport after the first Air India flight carrying 300 pilgrims arrived here. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’He congratulated the pilgrims on performing the Haj and enquired about their well being. During his interaction, Khan was informed by the pilgrims that they prayed for the lasting peace and prosperity of the state. They thanked him for ensuring elaborate arrangements so that they could perform their religious duties without facing any hassles. Khan later took stock of the arrangements made by the civil administration and also directed Deputy Commissioner, Budgam, Tariq Ganai to ensure that every pilgrim is taken to his or her home safely.last_img read more

Police NGOs discuss women safety

first_imgNew Delhi: Security of shelter homes, police patrolling, constables training, surveillance on the illegal supply of drugs were the issues which were raised and discussed in the meeting held between Delhi Police and 17 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) working on women’s safety in the city.Police sources told Millennium Post the meeting was held at the Special Police Unit for Women & Children (SPUWAC) in Malviya Nagar area. It was presided by Special Commissioner of Police (Women Safety, SPUWAC & SPUNER). Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderAs many as 26 representatives from 17 NGOs attended the meeting. In the meeting, issues like dark spots, community sensitisation, surveillance on drug peddling were discussed. “One of the NGO officials raised a point that security of shelter homes should be strengthened. Another member said that district-level meeting with NGOs should be organised regularly,” sources said. In the meeting, the discussion was also held on the topic related to training of constables about how to interact with women and children of sexual violence. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThereafter, Special CP suggested few points in the meeting that “there should be interaction amongst police, NGOs and public at the grass-root level”. Adding further, the senior police officer said that the NGOs should submit their complaint, if any, in writing to the concerned DCP/ACP/SHO. They should also have the phone numbers of police officers in their areas. “Soft skill programmes are being organised in districts. NGOs should identify suitable areas to organise the programme. NGOs and the general public should come forward with their issues so that the same could be resolved,” was one of the points suggested by Special CP. The Special CP further suggested that the specific issues of a particular area should be raised. If NGOs want to meet with district DCP, they may seek an appointment and raise their issues itself.last_img read more

Sweet interventions

first_imgJust when the nation struggles to bring down malnutrition, some innovation in the food sector can considerably save the day. Innovations of this kind, however, coming from university laboratories secondarily point to methods of addressing the crisis. Researchers at IIT Delhi are at work developing on a honey blockchain to check the problem of adulteration. The blockchain technology records transactions at every stage where honey changes hands — right from the honey collector to the aggregator who then sells it to the processor — to make sure there is a clear record of where the product has come from. The purpose here is to help increase transparency regarding the various stages that a batch of honey goes through. Additionally, this will also help track the origin of the product and check false claims. The project is part of an initiative where private firms fund research by students and staff at IIT. In funding relevant research and adding value to higher education, a very obvious take away is to include honey as a regular component in mid-day meals and to make it available as part of the facilities for the designated section of people. Given that India’s quality and testing standards are generally not rigorous enough, this quality screening technology aims to take Indian honey more prominently to the UK and European Union markets (where they now come under the scanner for adulteration and presence of antibiotics). If contamination of honey can be checked, its nutritive value will give a major boost to the counter-malnourishment efforts the government is making. Proving that this is potentially a very good idea to uplift general health, Assam has made a mark in promoting good health and nutrition among expecting women and children in its southern districts with the very simple initiative of giving out gooseberry candies—with a twist! This is also a replacement for iron-folic acid tablets for pregnant women. As per the 2015 National Family Health Survey findings, 47.2 per cent women of reproductive age in Hailakandi were anaemic. This district has the most anaemic children below 5 years of age, adolescents, and women of reproductive age in Assam. Further, as per statistics, mothers, pregnant women, and children in the district consume just about 24.3 per cent of the total iron-folic acid tablets that the district receives and distributes. The consumption of this medicine is avoided by many as it causes constipation or nausea; there are also myths about these tablets being capable of killing people when consumed or making them incapable of conceiving. In this situation, the replacement of fortified amla candies is a very welcome and necessary change. The acceptable of amla candies in jaggery with a dose of salt meet the necessary nutritional requirement of people and also boost immunity levels. Given the gravity and the extent of malnutrition, rethinking methods to address the crisis is the need of the hour. Simple innovative solutions like honey and amla candy are familiar and acceptable to people bearing the brunt of malnutrition. For children, specially, this is a good idea.last_img read more

Fallen geese mourned as community fixtures at Halifax memorial

first_imgHALIFAX – Dozens of mourners marched in the rain to pay their respects to two foul-tempered fixtures of a Halifax community — a pair of geese who were run down at a crosswalk.They braved a downpour Saturday evening in Dartmouth to memorialize the fallen geese of Sullivan’s Pond, in the heart of the Halifax suburb.“It feels like a small tear in our spirit, and a little bit of loss,” organizer Katy Jean eulogized. “Our geese are not just the geese. They’re part of the community.”A musician crooned “Blackbird” by The Beatles in honour of the white birds before the memorial procession made its way to the intersection where the feathered pedestrians met their end.Memorial attendees fastened flowers to poles on either side of a crosswalk where the geese were killed.The duo was part of a gaggle of nine geese known to lazily waddle across the street, often during rush hour, oblivious to waiting cars as they finish sunbathing and make their way back to the pond.Three of the geese were hit by a motorist last week, with one surviving, police said. No charges have been laid against the driver.Some Dartmouth residents said the deaths raise concerns about road safety in the area.Christine Ward-Paige said she often sees cars driving recklessly as she and her two kids use the same crosswalk on their way to school.“The geese for me are just a talking point … for a bigger issue,” Ward-Paige said. “Hopefully we can learn from this and try to protect our families.”Other parents fondly recalled taking their children to see the geese, warning them to hide their fingers from the testy birds.“They’re territorial,” said John Hines, who has known the birds for 35 years. “(When) my son was a very young boy, they used to snap at his toes.”Jean, who is known for her Twitter poems, said the birds are attuned to Dartmouth’s rhythms — warning of winter with their southern migration, and signalling summer upon their return.She said as the birds make their routine crossings to and from the water, they have seen walkers become runners, parents go from pushing strollers to wrangling toddlers and night owls stumbling home after one beer too many.The birds have been featured in the backdrop of countless prom pictures, Jean said, and “immortalized” by local artists, including a fowl recreation of The Beatles stroll across Abbey Road.Saturday’s “light-hearted memorial” was met with some degree of online backlash, Jean said, but she never meant to attract attention, she just wanted to mourn the geese that perished and celebrate the seven that remain.“We all individually appreciate the geese, but I truly hope they appreciate us as well,” she said. “Let’s watch them a little bit longer, wonder what it would be like to pat them for a little bit, and smile at their laid-back waddle.”last_img read more

About 150000 HydroQuebec clients without power as of Monday afternoon

first_imgMONTREAL – About 150,000 Hydro-Quebec customers remained without electricity as of late Monday afternoon after strong winds and heavy rain caused havoc with the province’s power grid.The utility said the intense depression coming from New England hit several areas of the province, as winds of 90 km/h caused branches and trees to knock down power lines.Some 300 linemen were working to fix problems in every part of the province — the hardest hit as of 4 p.m. ET being Monteregie south of Montreal, where more than 29,000 were without electricity.Other areas badly affected were the Laurentians north of Montreal and the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean a few hundred kilometres north of Quebec City.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also had to deal with the bad weather in Quebec on his way to work Monday.His office said there was some flooding on the street outside Trudeau’s residence in the Gatineau Hills near Meech Lake.A spokesman said that, in order to reach a street that wasn’t flooded, Trudeau had to use an all-terrain vehicle and travel through some back roads.Trudeau couldn’t get to the motorcade that usallly brings him into Ottawa, which is normally about an hour’s drive away, the spokesman said.Meanwhile, Environment Canada meteorologist Ian Hubbard said there were wind warnings across Nova Scotia, P.E.I., and for parts of New Brunswick and western Newfoundland by Monday afternoon.Halifax International Airport reported wind gusts up to 76 km/h as the system headed east across Atlantic Canada.Gusts of 110 km/h were forecast for parts of Newfoundland’s west coast by Monday evening into Tuesday morning. Top speeds of 150 km/h were anticipated for Wreckhouse, N.L., a flat expanse near Port aux Basques between the Long Range Mountains and the ocean. The area is notorious for hurricane-force winds that can blow over tractor trailers.The system was expected to produce comparatively little rain in Atlantic Canada, with no warnings issued by mid-afternoon.last_img read more

Gymnastics Canada suspends Edmontonbased coach because of sexabuse allegations

first_imgMONTREAL – Gymnastics Canada suspended an Edmonton-based coach on Thursday amid allegations he sexually abused some of his former students.The decision to suspend Michel Arsenault came after CBC’s French-language network reported he sexually abused at least three gymnasts in Quebec when they were minors in the 1980s and early ’90s.“Our hearts go out to everyone affected by this situation, in particular the athletes and their families,” said Richard Crepin, the organization’s chair of the board of directors.CEO Peter Nicol said Gymnastics Canada is committed to providing a safe environment for its athletes.An Edmonton gym where Arsenault was based has also barred him from its premises and said he will no longer be involved in any of its activities.Champions Gymnastics said it is taking the allegations seriously.Radio-Canada said Arsenault did not respond to requests for comment.The network quoted one woman as saying she was 14 when Arsenault allegedly began touching her genitals, while another said she was 15 when he allegedly forced her to touch his genitals.Other women interviewed described Arsenault as verbally and physically abusive.The network also quoted the current general manager of Gymnastique Quebec as saying Arsenault was suspended from competition in 1987 for his behaviour toward coaches and officials.“He could teach in Quebec, at his club, but he couldn’t represent Quebec, neither as a manager nor as a coach,” Serge Castonguay said.“He couldn’t oversee a Quebec team at national or international competitions.”Arsenault moved to Alberta in 1994 and opened Champions Gymnastics in 2002.last_img read more

Man asks for breath test to prove to friends hes sober police

first_imgMISSISSAUGA, Ont. – Police say a man is facing an impaired driving charge after attempting to prove to his friends that he wasn’t drunk.Peel regional police allege the man was drinking at a bar early Wednesday morning and set out to show his friends he wasn’t impaired.It’s alleged he drove to a Mississauga, Ont., police station to prove his point.Police say he asked for a breath test and officers obliged.A police spokeswoman says his blood-alcohol level was allegedly 1 1/2 times the legal limit.A 32-year-old Caledon, Ont., man is charged with over 80.last_img read more

Toronto must convey dissatisfaction over Ontario move to cut council Tory

first_imgTORONTO – Toronto’s mayor says the city must convey its “strong dissatisfaction” over the Ontario government’s move to slash the size of municipal council when local politicians and staff hold a meeting next week to discuss a potential court challenge to the province’s decision.John Tory said Friday that Premier Doug Ford’s abrupt decision to cut the number of Toronto city councillors from 47 to 25 ahead of a fall municipal election must be opposed in some way.Ford’s legislation on the matter has passed, but councillors are meeting Monday with the city’s legal team to discuss Toronto’s options.“There was no opportunity, even at the legislature, for public input,” Tory said in an interview. “I think when it comes to a decision of this magnitude, affecting the City of Toronto and it’s people, that that was wrong.”Council must convey “strong dissatisfaction in particular with the process that was followed here,” Tory said.The mayor acknowledged that the constitution shows the province has clear jurisdiction over cities and towns, but said Monday’s meeting with the city’s legal team is necessary.“There are a number of people who are unhappy,” he said. “We owe it to the people of Toronto to examine the legal options and to decide on something that is prudent in their interest.”The Progressive Conservative government’s legislation — known as Bill 5 — aligns Toronto’s ward map with federal ridings, while extending the nomination period for council candidates until Sept. 14. The city’s election is set for Oct. 22.Ford, himself a former council member, revealed his plan just weeks ago, saying it would help council make decisions and deliver services “more efficiently and effectively.”The legislation also cancels planned elections for the head of council position in the regional municipalities of Muskoka, Peel, York and Niagara outside Toronto. Instead, the head of council in each region will be appointed.Toronto’s legal team has filed a confidential report with advice to council on a potential court challenge but has recommended the document be kept secret because it discusses potential litigation. Its contents are expected to be debated behind closed doors on Monday.When asked about the special session, Ford said council can do what it wishes.“They can talk about Bill 5 all they want,” he said Friday. “At the end of the day, we made a decision to make government run more efficiently here in the city of Toronto.”Earlier in the day, Ford wrote Tory a letter urging him and city council to use the special session to discuss a recent provincial commitment of $25 million to help Toronto police to fight guns and gangs. Ford has asked Toronto to match to funding.Tory said the city has already committed to match the funding for 2018 and has said that if re-elected this fall, he will introduce a motion to see the commitment continued next year.Tory added that despite the conflict between the city and the province, he can continue to work with the Ford administration.“There are too many other files that are too important to people, like transit, like housing, like community safety,” he said. “But I will also not hesitate to speak up on behalf of the people of Toronto when that’s required.”last_img read more

Four killed 5 in hospital after crash in northern Ontario police say

first_imgWAWA, Ont. – Police say four people are dead after a collision on a highway in northern Ontario.Provincial police say the crash took place on Highway 17 about 15 kilometres south of Wawa, Ont., on Sunday night.They say it involved two vehicles carrying a total of nine people, and preliminary investigation indicates a southbound vehicle collided with a northbound vehicle.Police say all five occupants of the northbound vehicle were taken to hospital but two have since died.Two occupants in the southbound vehicle were pronounced dead at the scene, while the other two occupants were taken to hospital.Highway 17 has been reopened in both directions, but police say the investigation is ongoing.last_img read more

Transferring prisoners to healing lodges to be restricted Goodale says

first_imgOTTAWA – Federal prisoners will have a harder time being transferred to Indigenous “healing lodges” if they’re serving long sentences, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said Wednesday.The move comes after public anger that Terri-Lynne McClintic, convicted of murdering eight-year-old Tori Stafford, was moved to a healing lodge in Saskatchewan from a traditional prison.McClintic was eight years into a life sentence for the abduction, rape and murder of the Ontario girl. Her first eligibility for parole won’t come until she’s served 25 years.Under new rules announced Wednesday, prisoners won’t be eligible for transfers to healing lodges without secured perimeters until they’re into the “preparation for release” phases of their sentences.The Correctional Service of Canada will also have to consider inmates’ behaviour and how close they are to being eligible for unescorted temporary absences from prison before transferring them.In addition, the deputy commissioner for women will be involved in decisions to ensure national standards are applied consistently and relevant factors are considered.The changes will apply to past and future cases.Healing lodges are meant to help with Indigenous inmates’ rehabilitation and to get them ready to return to their communities. Goodale said the government will continue to promote “their valuable role” in federal corrections.There is also a need for the Correctional Service “to increase the level of public awareness” about how it makes decisions, Goodale told reporters.“These are decisions that are not taken lightly or capriciously. They are based on evidence and sound principles, and there needs to be a higher level of understanding of that.”In addition, there must be more meaningful and useful communication with victims given the anguish they have suffered, he said.“They need to know that their perspective is being properly respected.”last_img read more

Police in Quebec warn of online sexual extortion linked to popular Fortnite

first_imgMONTREAL – Police near Montreal are warning teens and their parents about the danger of sharing explicit images online as they probe an online sexual extortion case related to the popular game Fortnite.The Richelieu-Saint-Laurent police force reports four recent cases with the same characteristics: young males were targeted through Instagram with the perpetrator offering codes to access a higher level in Fortnite.Police say the suspects used fake avatars to successfully infiltrate groups of friends, where they made an offer through the chat feature to provide a code in exchange for images.They then threatened to share the images unless the victim sent more explicit material. The exchanges were in French, and no money was requested.Police suspect there could be other victims, and their investigation is ongoing.Sgt. Jean-Luc Tremblay said there is always a risk in sharing any personal information or sexually explicit images over the Internet and the blackmail can quickly escalate.last_img read more

Its what we do Famous Newfoundlanders help replace veterans stolen guitar

first_imgSTEPHENVILLE, N.L. — Two famous Newfoundlanders have stepped in to help an elderly veteran whose guitar went missing earlier this month.Eighty-two-year-old Edward Sheppard was devastated after his guitar — a gift from his late wife — was stolen from his home in Stephenville Crossing, N.L.But after his story received media attention, comedian Mark Critch sent out a tweet Friday asking if any of his musician friends had a guitar they could spare for the elderly vet.Musician Alan Doyle responded to say he had one, and Saturday morning he delivered the guitar to Sheppard, who was staying at his son’s home in St. John’s.Sheppard’s daughter Yolanda says she’s grateful for the quick responses, but she isn’t surprised that fellow Newfoundlanders stepped in to help, saying “it’s what we do.”She says she still hopes the original guitar finds its way back to her father, since her mother saved up for a long time to buy it and it holds a lot of sentimental value.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Canadian peacekeepers evacuated injured French counterterror troops in Mali

first_imgOTTAWA — Canadian peacekeepers were called upon to evacuate several wounded French soldiers in Mali earlier this month after their patrol was ambushed while hunting for militants along the border with Niger.The previously unreported incident marks the first time the Canadians have been asked to help non-United Nations forces in Mali, where the French have been conducting counter-insurgency operations since 2014.Canada has eight helicopters and 250 military personnel in Mali, where they have been providing emergency medical evacuations and transporting troops and equipment across a large swath of the remote African country.The Canadians have conducted seven other medical evacuations since August, all of which involved injured UN troops and workers.In an interview with The Canadian Press, the commander of Canada’s task force in Mali said the UN and France have agreed to help each other in extreme circumstances and that his peacekeepers did their jobs by helping save lives.“I wouldn’t want people to presume or assume that we’re supporting counter-terrorism efforts,” said Col. Travis Morehen. “But it’s really at this point about saving allied lives.”News of the French evacuation comes as the federal government is contemplating a formal UN request to extend its peacekeeping mission in Mali, which is currently set to end at the end of July.France has about 3,000 heavily armed soldiers in Mali and the surrounding region hunting militants linked to al-Qaida, the Islamic State and other extremist groups through what is known as Operation Barkhane.While Operation Barkhane has been credited with keeping the numerous Islamic extremist groups in Mali off balance, it has also been accused in some corners of contributing to instability in the region.According to media reports, a French patrol was operating near Mali’s border with Niger on March 10 when they were ambushed by a vehicle packed with explosives and a group of militants on motorcycles.Fifteen French soldiers were reportedly injured, two seriously, before the militants fled.The Canadians first learned about the attack when a French officer at the Operation Barkhane camp in Gao called while it was still happening and indicated an emergency medical evacuation might be required, said Morehen.The French counter-terror mission operates largely independently from the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali, but Morehen says there is a good working relationship between the two.That includes the French providing air-traffic control services to the UN around Gao, the northern Malian city that is home to several military bases, including one belonging to Barkhane and another where the Canadians are located.The French also boast a more capable hospital than the UN, Morehen said, which is why the Canadians often end up bringing any wounded peacekeepers that they pick up in the field to the Barkhane camp.“So our pilots go over there and make sure that we have our flying procedures correct and we have a technical arrangement with them as well for medical support,” Morehen said.“There’s lots of sharing between us, which is all blessed by our governments.”Three Canadian helicopters were quickly deployed with approval from the UN mission commander in Bamako, Morehen said, and arrived at the scene about two hours later, at which point the fighting was over.Because of the distance, the two smaller Griffon escorts were redirected to a nearby town to refuel while the larger Chinook, which is configured like a flying hospital, continued back to Gao alone with the injured French soldiers.“It does increase the risk,” he said, “but we balanced it against the need to get those wounded back to medical facilities as soon as possible.”While he agreed that it was “the right thing to do,” Walter Dorn, an expert on peacekeeping at the Canadian Forces College in Toronto, said the evacuation nonetheless risked linking the UN and French missions in some minds.“The risk is that we are associated with Barkhane and we then become subject to more attacks and the line between peacekeepers and counter-insurgency fighters is blurred,” Dorn said.Morehen pushed back against such suggestions, insisting the evacuation was an extremely rare circumstance and that anyone who wants to target the UN — which has suffered dozens of casualties in Mali — will do so no matter what.“The people that want to do people harm here, they’ve already got it formulated in their mind,” he said. “I don’t see how fathomable it is that we would be targeted because we gave a medevac to French forces.”— Follow @leeberthiaume on TwitterLee Berthiaume, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Alberta investigating after medical examiner uses truck trailer for body storage

first_imgDean Bennett, The Canadian Press EDMONTON — The Alberta government is investigating after video surfaced showing a medical examiner’s office using a truck trailer to store dead bodies and one corpse being roughly hauled and handled.The Justice Department says in a statement that it wants answers and expects all workers involved to follow policies ensuring deceased people are treated with dignity.The investigation follows a CBC story and a video showing a purported funeral home employee dragging and tugging on a body bag to get it off the truck beside a busy commuter road near the medical examiner’s office in Edmonton.The CBC also reported that internal medical examiner office emails say the refrigerated trailer was brought in last week to handle a sudden spike in bodies.The emails also included inter-office concerns on storing bodies that way.Opposition NDP critic David Shepherd agrees the government needs to get some answers, but it first needs to apologize to the families of the deceased.“These are people’s loved ones, their family. And when they are giving them over into government care, that is with the trust that they’re going to be handled with dignity and with respect,” Shepherd said Wednesday.“What I saw on that video was frankly, I think, a betrayal of that trust.”The trailer, with a ramp attached and a security guard standing nearby, was still parked beside the office Wednesday morning.A Justice Department statement said the medical examiner is reissuing its guidelines to funeral homes to make clear that body removal must be done with dignity.“The claims of how one of the deceased in our care was handled are very concerning, and we are currently investigating,” said the statement.“Dignity is expected to be shown at all times to the deceased, and the (chief medical examiner) guidelines appear to not have been followed today.”last_img read more

Aimee Teegarden To Host Oceana Beach House Event

first_imgOceana, the largest international advocacy group working solely to protect the world’s oceans, and Nautica, a leading global lifestyle brand and proud corporate sponsor of Oceana, are teaming up with LA Confidential Magazine to celebrate World Oceans Day with the first Oceana Beach House event.The evening will bring together ocean advocates in celebration of Oceana’s successes and work around the globe. Taking place at the Marion Davies Guest House located on the sands of Santa Monica Beach, hosts Aimee Teegarden (CW’s forthcoming Star-Crossed and NBC’s Friday Night Lights), Keegan Allen and Tyler Blackburn (both currently on ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars) will entertain guests with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and live performances from Brett Dennen and DJ Benjamin Walker.Additional confirmed guests include: Whitney Port, Ashlan Gorse (E! News), Angela Kinsey (The Office), Rachael Harris (The New Girl), Donald Glover (Community), Jesse Spencer (Chicago Fire), Derek Hough & Cheryl Burke (Dancing with the Stars), Maya Gabeira (Champion Big Wave Surfer) Nadine Velazquez (FLIGHT and TNT’s Major Crimes), Nicole Chavez (Celebrity Stylist), Janel Parrish (ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars), and more.As lead sponsor for the event and a corporate partner since 2008, Nautica continues to cement its legacy of support for Oceana’s mission of protecting the world’s oceans. Following the Nautica brand’s lead, The Oceana Beach House is receiving generous support from LA Confidential, Chandon, Lagunitas Brewing Company, iTouchBooth and Zico Pure Premium Coconut Water.To learn more, please visit www.oceana.org.last_img read more

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