New Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind complemented on Monday the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting for providing excellent coverage to the swearing-in ceremony of the NDA government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on May 30. A delegation led by I&B Secretary Amit Khare apprised the president about the elaborate steps taken by various media units to ensure comprehensive and world-class coverage across all media and social media platforms covering almost the entire globe. He said, for the benefits of the hearing-impaired viewers, DD Bharati provided commentary in sign language besides commentaries in Hindi and English in other channels of DD. The delegation included the Principal Director General of PIB, Sitanshu Kar; DG Doordarshan, Supriya Sahu; DG Air, F Shehriyar, Principal DG AIR News Ira Joshi and DG DD News, Mayank Aggarwal.
Chandigarh: The Haryana government Tuesday approved de-notification of about 1,000 acres of land acquired for the construction of Dadupur-Nalvi irrigation scheme in the state. A decision to this effect was taken at a Cabinet meeting chaired by chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar here after the government found the scheme “unfruitful and totally nonviable”, an official release said. The state government in 2017 had decided to scrap the Dadupur-Nalvi irrigation scheme. Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in Haryana The Cabinet decided that the original land owners and their legal heirs will return the compensation excluding solatium paid to them along with simple interest at the rate of 9 per cent per annum from the date of receipt of compensation by them till the date of return of compensation by depositing the same with Land Acquisition Officer, Ambala. The Cabinet also decided to waive the simple interest for the landowner farmers who do not claim compensation. However, those landowners who seek compensation for usage and damages will have to pay simple interest at the rate of 9 per cent per annum. Also Read – Modi formed OBC commission which earlier govts didn’t do: Shah The Dadupur-Nalvi irrigation scheme was conceptualised in 1985 and approved in 2005 by the then state government to recharge groundwater and provide canal irrigation in Yamunanagar, Kurukshetra and Ambala districts. In another decision, the cabinet also approved the revision in area norms of licenses granted under Haryana Development and Regulation of Urban Areas Act, 1975, the release said. The minimum area norms revised for residential plotted colony are 25 acres for hyper, 20 acres for high, 15 acres for medium and 10 acres for low zones. Earlier, it was 100 acres each for hyper and high, 15 acres for medium and 10 acres for low. The area norms for residential group housing has been revised to 5 acres for hyper, 4 acres for high, two acres for medium and one acre for low. Earlier, it was 10 acres each for hyper and high, two acres for medium and one acre for low. The area norms for industrial plotted colony has been revised to 25 acres for hyper, 20 acres for high, 15 acres for medium and 10 acres for low. Earlier, it was 50 acres each for hyper and high, 15 acres for medium and 10 acres for low. The area norms for integrated industrial licensing policy has been revised to 25 acres for hyper, 20 acres for high, 15 acres for medium and 10 acres for low. Earlier, it was 50 acres each for hyper and high, 25 acres for medium and 15 acres for low. The area norms for new integrated licensing policy has been revised to 15 acres for hyper, 10 acres for high, 5 acres for medium and 2 acres for low. Earlier, it was 25 acres each for hyper and high, 15 acres for medium and 10 acres for low. The area norms for low density eco friendly colony has been revised to 25 acres each for hyper and high, 15 acres for medium and 10 acres for low. Earlier, it was 100 acres each for hyper, high, medium and low.
Mumbai: Cinematographer-turned-director Andrij Parekh believes there is something “magical” about filmmaking as it captures the beauty of a moment on camera to be shared with hundreds of people around the world. Parekh, who is of Ukrainian and Indian descent, is a well-known name in Hollywood’s indie scene, having worked on half a dozen films and now that he has taken a plunge into direction with HBO’s “Succession”, he believes he is ready for the next big step. Also Read – Rihanna to release 500-page ‘visual’ autobiography Ryan Gosling’s 2006 film “Half Nelson” was the first feature film Parekh shot as a cinematographer and he followed it up with cult hit “Blue Valentine”, “It’s Kind of a Funny Story” and “The Zookeeper’s Wife”. He recalled how he took a trip around the world with a still camera. His favourite of all the moments he captured was a time-lapse shot of Taj Mahal. “I started my journey by taking a trip around the world during a one-year hiatus from university with a still camera, and then visited India with a Super-8mm camera. I still remember my time lapse of the Taj Mahal at dawn so many years ago. Something in filmmaking is magical, and that’s what I’m so attracted to. The beauty of a moment, seen by hundreds of beating hearts in a dark theatre,” Parekh told PTI in an email interview. Also Read – Hilarie Burton, Jeffery Dean Morgan tie the knot “After my trip to India, I was taking filmmaking classes in San Francisco and then I applied to NYU Graduate School. The rest, as they say, is history. But it was travelling and watching people, places and cultures that inspired me. It still does today,” he added. Cinematography and direction are “deeply rooted” in cinema but are remarkably different, Parekh said. “Directing requires a sense of total responsibility for what is put before the audience. As a cinematographer, I am always happy to make directorial suggestions which a director can either embrace or ignore, and in many ways as the cinematographer one is only responsible for the lighting and framing. “But as the director you are responsible for everything. And it’s the nuances of the performance that a director plays with, it’s the mise-en-scene and everything in front of the camera.” “Succession”, which airs in India on Star World at 10pm, has a “filmed theatre” quality to it, Parekh said and that can be captured only by making the actors feel comfortable on the sets. “I like to make actors feel at ease on set with as little equipment around them as possible and I like to light spaces with lights outside of windows to reduce the apparatus of filmmaking and make it as close to theatre as possible. And this is what I love about ‘Succession’ that it feels liked ‘filmed theatre’ because the actors never know where that camera is, or who it’s on, so they are forced to give 100 per cent all the time,” he said. There is a lot to look forward for Parekh with back-to-back projects in his kitty. “I’ve just completed directing two episodes of season two of ‘Succession’, and shot the pilot for HBO’s ‘Watchmen’ and directed an episode of that. Right now, I’m shooting a feature for an old friend- his directorial debut. The film is called ‘A Naked Singularity’. “In the fall, I’m off to the UK to direct two episodes of ‘A Brave New World’, based on the Aldous Huxley novel,” he said. A conversation is incomplete with Parekh without mentioning his most famous work, “Blue Valentine” and he shared a fond memory of shooting the Gosling and Michelle Williams starrer film. “It all seemed so real when we were doing it. It was almost like a documentary. It’s exactly what Derek Cianfrance (director) and I set out to do,” he said. Parekh is also open to collaborating with Indian talents. “I’m waiting for a call with the right project. I’ve only had the chance to shoot in India once professionally on a commercial. And would love the opportunity to do it again,” he said.
New Delhi: Sales of renewable energy certificates dropped by 22 per cent to 6.98 lakh units in June as compared to 8.96 lakh in the same month a year ago due to lower supply, according to official data. Indian Energy Exchange (IEX) and Power Exchange of India (PXIL) are the two power bourses in the country which are engaged in trading of renewable energy certificates (RECs) and electricity. The trading of RECs is conducted on the last Wednesday of every month. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepAccording to official data, IEX saw total trade of 4.19 lakh RECs in June as compared to 5.09 lakh in the same month last year. Similarly, PXIL recorded sale of 2.78 lakh RECs in the month as compared to 3.86 lakh in June 2018. IEX data showed that both non-solar and solar RECs continued to see low supply situation, with buy bids exceeding sell bids due to low inventory. Under the renewable purchase obligation (RPO), bulk purchasers like discoms, open access consumers and capacitive users are required to buy certain proportion of RECs. They can buy RECs from renewable energy producers to meet the RPO norms. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsThe proportion of renewable energy for utilities is fixed by the central and state electricity regulatory commissions. The REC mechanism is a market based instrument to promote renewable sources of energy and development of market in electricity. It provides an alternative voluntary route to a generator to sell its electricity from renewable sources just like conventional electricity and offer the green attribute (RECs) separately to obligated entities to fulfil their RPO.
Kolkata: A decomposed body of an elderly woman was found inside her house on Sunday afternoon.Police went to the spot after getting information that a foul smell was coming from the house. According to sources, since Sunday morning, residents of Rakhal Mukherjee Road in Sarsuna experienced foul smell coming out of the house at 1/1A, Rakhal Mukherjee Road, which belonged to Rabindranath Chatterjee. As they didn’t get any response from the occupants of the house, neighbours called up the police control room in Lalbazar. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersAfter a few minutes, police personnel from Sarsuna police station went to the house and saw the elderly woman identified as Chaya Chatterjee (82) was lying dead.The body had already decomposed. Later, the police sent the body for autopsy. Local sources informed that during the month of February this year, Chhaya and Rabindranath’s son Dipanjan died under mysterious circumstances. His decomposed body was recovered by police at the time. Local residents claimed that the members of Chatterjee family were under depression. On Sunday when the police questioned Chhaya’s daughter to know how the elderly woman died, her daughter reportedly told the cops that Chhaya was alive. It is suspected that Chhaya had died at least two-three days ago. Sleuths are waiting for the autopsy report to know the exact cause of death.
NEW DELHI: The government will identify illegal immigrants staying in any part of the country and deport them as per international law, Home Minister Amit Shah said in Rajya Sabha on Wednesday.The minister was replying to a supplementary query by Samajwadi Party member Javed Ali Khan on whether the National Register of Citizens or NRC will be implemented in other states as well. Currently, the NRC is being updated under the strict monitoring of the Supreme Court in Assam and July 31 has been set as a deadline for final publication of the registered data. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF Day”It is a very good question. The NRC is part of the Assam Accord and was also in (BJP’s) election manifesto based on which the government has come to power. The government will identify illegal immigrants living on every inch of the country’s soil and will deport them as per the international law,” Shah said in the Upper House. Noting that the centre has received many representations for extending the NRC deadline in Assam, Minister of State for Home Affairs Nityanand Rai said a petition signed by about 25 lakh applicants submitted to the centre and the President demanded an extension to correct anomalies. Also Read – Don’t use ‘lynching’ to defame India: BhagwatSince many genuine names have been left out and many bogus names are registered, the minister said, “So the government has requested the (Supreme) Court to extend the time for this purpose”. “There will be some delay but the NRC will be implemented properly without any faults,” he said, asserting that the government intends to ensure no genuine citizen is left out of the NRC. To a query on the number of Rohingya Muslims in India, Mr Rai said, “We don’t have an accurate data. They are spread across the country. Some of them have gone back to Bangladesh. We will get the data soon.” The government intends to ensure no illegal immigrant is registered under the NRC. Foreigner tribunals have also been set up to curb illegal stay of foreigners in India, he added.
New Delhi: The Delhi Police has directed its districts and units to take necessary steps for curbing mosquito breeding near or in the premises of police stations in the city.Sources told Millennium Post that few months ago, a senior police officer had performed night patrolling duty. “The official sent his observation and suggestion report to police headquarters (PHQ),” sources said. The PHQ later told districts and units about the report. The officer, in his report, stated that the situation/conditions aiding the breeding of the mosquitoes be checked. The accumulation of stagnant water near the police stations, around police offices, should be checked. The official also suggested mosquito repellent should be issued to all the staff deployed in night checking. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”For the monsoon season, raincoats should be provided to police staff so that they can perform their duties, especially picket duties at night, properly,” sources said, quoting the contents of the report. The senior police official, during patrolling duty, went to one of the police stations and found that the cleanliness inside the premises was excellent. “In the observation, the official wrote that the staff of the police station takes a keen interest in cleanliness. We should constantly motivate good work,” sources said. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsApart from cleanliness, observations were also made on the alertness of the staff. Sources stated that the officer observed that PCR vans and the staff of the police stations were found alert and active wherever he visited any police personnel deployed on various duties. “This is a very positive indication despite the facts that Delhi Police personnel are overburdened during day time,” sources said quoting contents of the letter. “The barricades should be placed strategically during the night with proper blinkers to ensure proper visibility and to avoid any injury to the motorist or common man. Reflector jackets should be worn by the night patrolling staff,” sources further added.
New Delhi: The CBI on Friday arrested the Vice-President of Soma Enterprises Ltd, a Hyderabad-based company, which was recently involved in offering Rs 2 crore bribe to a DIG-ranked CBI officer through a Home Ministry official. Ramachandra Rao Patri was arrested by CBI sleuths in addition to Dheeraj Kumar Singh, Section Officer (IPS-IV) in Police-I Division of the Ministry of Home Affairs and Dinesh Chand Gupta, a representative of Soma Enterprises, both of whom were held on Thursday. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The case came to light after the Central Bureau of Investigation laid a trap for Singh and caught him trying to pay Rs 16 lakh in bribe to the senior CBI official. The amount was allegedly the first installment of the total Rs 2 crore. According to the CBI, the MHA official had approached the DIG-ranked officer with an offer of Rs 2 crore in exchange for settling a Preliminary Enquiry in favour of Soma Enterprises. The CBI official then informed his seniors about the offer and became the complainant in the case, which led to the arrest of the accused. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KInterestingly, Singh is said to have been the Additional Personal Secretary to former Minister of State (Home) Hansraj Ahir and his co-accused Dinesh Chand Gupta has previously been caught trying to bribe CBI officers. Gupta was in 2013, caught trying to bribe a CBI Inspector Rajesh Chandra Karnatak and a CBI SP Vivek Dutt with Rs 7 lakh to “settle” land dispute he was involved in. The central agency had filed a chargesheet against Gupta in 2013 in connection with this case.
New Delhi: Opposing the bail plea of Congress leader D K Shivakumar, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) claimed before a Delhi court on Monday that if released he may influence the persons who are in knowledge of his “grave offence” of money laundering and are yet to be examined.The agency told Special Judge Ajay Kumar Kuhar that the investigation in the money laundering case was at a crucial stage and the release of the politician may lead to destruction of important evidence. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’It also said that Shivakumar did not cooperate during questioning and could not offer any plausible explanation during investigation on the source of acquisition of properties worth Rs 800 crore. The court is likely to hear arguments on the bail application tomorrow, when Shivakumar, arrested on September 3 by the ED, will be produced on expiry of his remand for custodial interrogation. The applicant does not deserve bail in view of the nature and gravity of the offence, evidence in support thereof and severity of the punishment that a conviction would entail, the ED said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KIt also cited the “antecedents of the applicant, circumstances which are peculiar to the applicant, reasonable possibility of the securing the presence of the witness being influenced or evidence being tampered with a larger interest of the public/state and other similar considerations”. The agency, in its reply through special public prosecutors N K Matta and Nitesh Rana, alleged that during interrogation Shivakumar did not cooperate despite direct documentary evidence linking him with proceeds of crime in the case. It said that the investigation revealed the names of various persons and entities and the probe was necessary to take the case to logical conclusion and to trace the proceeds of crime. “If enlarged on bail, there exists all likelihood of the applicant hampering the investigation of the case and influencing the said persons. Investigation against the accused is at a crucial stage. “While there have been bald denial about certain key aspects of the case by the applicant, the ED is identifying and investigating the role of other players involved in the instant case. “Huge amount of proceeds of crime have been found to be laundered and investigation in this regard is ongoing. There exists a reasonable apprehension of crucial evidence being destroyed if the applicant is enlarged on bail,” the agency said. Regarding the medical averments raised by Shivakumar, 57, the agency told the court that his regular medical check-ups during ED remand have shown no complications. “His medical condition can very well be monitored in the prison,” it said. The agency said Shivakumar committed money laundering, “which posed a serious threat to the national economy and national interest” and that “it was committed with cool calculation and deliberate design with motive of personal gain… the society”.
OTTAWA – Famine-ravaged countries in Africa and the Middle East will breed and spread terrorism if the world can’t help feed their people and give them hope, says Canada’s international development minister.Canadians may want to do the compassionate thing and help ease the suffering of 20 million people in four countries — Nigeria, South Sudan, Yemen and Somalia, Marie-Claude Bibeau says.But if altruism isn’t a good enough motivator, then cold, hard, national security interests are another good reason, she says.Bibeau offered that analysis in an interview as she launched the government’s matching fund for famine relief in those four countries.“We have to contribute to do our part in these countries because, yes, we are generous and we want to do that to help the most vulnerable.” she said. “But there is an issue of global security also.”Bibeau said the government will match donations made to registered charities over the period of March 17 to June 30.Standing in the foyer of the House of Commons on Monday, surrounded by members of international organizations, Bibeau and others appealed to the collective conscience of Canadians to help provide water, sanitation services, shelter and urgent food assistance to huge civilian populations, including women and children.But in the interview, Bibeau discussed the need to create longer-term “winning conditions,” especially for youth, to keep them out of the ranks of terror groups operating in or near the affected countries.“They want to have hope that they will be able to study, find a good job, have a good life,” she said. “If they don’t have hope, there comes a time when they turn to armed groups, because it’s the only way for them to get revenue.”There is no shortage of options for young people looking to turn to a militia in the four countries that are the subject of the Canadian fundraising appeal.Branches of the Islamic state group and al-Qaida are active in Yemen, where a Saudi Arabian-Iran proxy civil war is raging.The Boko Haram group, which has abducted schoolgirls and razed villages, remains a threat in Nigeria.Armed factions in South Sudan have been waging a civil war since December 2013, plunging the country into famine in February.Somalia meanwhile is the failed state home to the al-Shabab terrorist group.The other alternative that young people have, said Bibeau, is to simply flee — joining the record number of refugees flowing from Africa towards Europe across the Mediterranean, further exacerbating the world’s migration crisis.Bibeau said she is very conscious that the situation in three of the countries in question — Nigeria, South Sudan and Yemen — “these famines are man-made. They are caused mainly by conflict.“In Somalia, it’s mostly related to climate change and to drought.”She said the situations demand larger, longer-term solutions that involve diplomacy and getting climate change under control.Bibeau won’t say whether it is inevitable that a Canadian peacekeeping mission will end up in Africa. The Liberal government still hasn’t decided where to deploy hundreds of peacekeepers, but it may offer some clues when it releases its long-delayed defence policy review next week.Bibeau says her own delayed development review will be made public by the end of June.With Canada hosting the G7 summit next year, she’s well aware of the pressure the country will face to boost overall aid spending, something it failed to do in the most recent budget and for which it was criticized by the international aid community.Bibeau said she is fighting hard at the cabinet table over a finite pot of funds.“I feel I have the support of my colleagues. We have hard decisions to make,” she said.The government has invested heavily at home on indigenous people and a new affordable housing, Bibeau said.“I know it’s not good enough. We have to do always more on the international stage, but it’s still important.”
Highlights from the news file for Thursday, June 8———PREMIERS DESCEND ON WASHINGTON: Premiers from eight provinces and territories are in Washington for meetings related to the upcoming renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement. The visit comes as former FBI director James Comey testifies about his interactions with Donald Trump before the American president fired him. Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne says the political uncertainty has added an element of unpredictability but Canadian leaders must proceed under the assumption that NAFTA negotiations will happen — and that they will happen with Trump as president.———FORMER FBI DIRECTOR TESTIFIES BEFORE SENATE COMMITTEE: Former FBI Director James Comey told a Senate committee on Thursday that he believes he was fired by President Donald Trump in an effort to affect the Russia investigation. Comey says it’s a “very big deal and not just because it involves me.” He says political considerations shouldn’t influence the FBI’s work. Comey say that if any American helped Russia in trying to influence the 2016 election, “that is a very big deal.”———OPPOSITION LEADERS CALL FOR NEW SYSTEM FOR MAKING GOVERNMENT APPOINTMENTS: The Conservative and NDP leaders have drafted a joint letter calling for the prime minister to come up with a new system for choosing officers of Parliament. Andrew Scheer and Tom Mulcair want Justin Trudeau to clarify how he’ll handle vacant positions in the wake of the controversy around his pick for official languages commissioner. Former Ontario cabinet minister Madeleine Meilleur withdrew her candidacy this week, saying she didn’t think she could do the job properly given the uproar since her name was put forth by the Liberal government.———TRUDEAU VISITS VENUE FOR NEXT YEAR’S G7 SUMMIT: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says playing host to next year’s G7 summit will give Canada the chance to talk about issues that it considers important. Trudeau made the comments during a visit to La Malbaie, the small picturesque town northeast of Quebec City that will host the summit. Trudeau says it will provide Canada the chance to advance its priorities, including issues such as gender equality.———PM SHUTS DOOR ON CONSTITUTIONAL TALKS: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his government works regularly to ensure Quebec is content in Confederation and sees no need to restart constitutional negotiations. Quebec Philippe Couillard has said he’ll tour the country to discuss Quebec’s relationship with Canada, in hopes the talks would eventually lead to the province signing the 1982 Constitution. Trudeau says he has always maintained that discussions about Canadian unity need not take the form of official constitutional negotiations.———CENTRAL BANK CONTINUES TO WORRY ABOUT HOUSEHOLD DEBT: The Bank of Canada says the country’s financial system has increasingly become exposed to economic shocks amid the continued rise of household debt and still-scorching housing prices in big cities. But central bank governor Stephen Poloz says the financial system remains sturdy in the context of brightening economic conditions. The bank has been warning about the steady climb of household debt in Canada for years, but the numbers are creeping up as some people with little or no debt enter the housing market for the first time.———CANADA’S TOP SOLDIER TRIES TO EDUCATE PUBLIC ABOUT DRONES: Canada’s top soldier says the military will use armed drones, but they won’t be used for missions like assassinations. The U.S. has used drones to strike people it says are extremists, but Gen. Jonathan Vance says that’s not the business Canada is in. He says the military plans to use armed drones in much the same way as other conventional weapons, such as fighter jets and artillery. He says it will be just another weapon.———CHRISTY CLARK SWORN IN AS B.C. PREMIER: Christy Clark was sworn in Thursday as British Columbia’s premier, but it’s questionable how long she’ll keep the job. Clark is leading the province’s first minority government in 65 years and the New Democrats and Green party have reached an agreement that would clear the way for the NDP to defeat the Liberals in a confidence vote. The legislature has been recalled for June 22.———COSBY ACKNOWLEDGED TO POLICE HE FONDLED A CANADIAN WOMAN: Comedian Bill Cosby told police more than a decade ago that he fondled Andrea Constand after giving her what he said were cold-and-allergy pills to help her relax. The admission was in a statement introduced Thursday at the comedian’s sexual-assault trial in Pennsylvania. Cosby told police the Toronto woman showed no ill effects from the tablets and never objected to his behaviour. Cosby said they had been romantic before. Cosby, 79, is charged with aggravated indecent assault and could spend the rest of his life in prison if convicted. He has said the sexual encounter at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004 was consensual.———ALBERTA ACTOR GAINS PROFILE FROM HIS ROLE IN WONDER WOMAN: Eugene Brave Rock says he was sure his role in “Wonder Woman” would elevate awareness of his indigenous culture, but he’s still startled by the extent of the attention. Brave Rock, who grew up in the Blood Tribe of southern Alberta, has been fielding auditions, interviews and meeting students on his reserve since the movie was released in theatres last week. Brave Rock plays the Chief, a member of Wonder Woman’s band of merry men who support the superhero’s determined effort to save the world.
TORONTO – Toronto police say they declined to come out to a local restaurant on Wednesday when a man there was accused of failing to flush the toilet after using it.Police spokesman Mark Pugash says the call was particularly egregious, since the alleged incident took place about eight hours before it was reported.Pugash says attendants did not gather much information about the call, such as what led to the incident or where it took place.He says the priority was on freeing up the line for genuine emergencies rather than matters of etiquette.Police acknowledge failing to flush a toilet isn’t polite, but say calling the cops to report it keeps emergency dispatchers from attending to more pressing matters.Pugash acknowledges the call may have been prompted by intoxication or a mental health crisis, but says no circumstances tying up police resources on such an issue.“I’ve always said, ‘if you’re in any doubt at all, call,’” he said. “But no one, and I mean no one, would argue that the call we got yesterday was a valid use of the emergency system. It does slow down the response for people who may be in genuine emergencies.”
NEW YORK, – Justin Trudeau will receive an award for global citizenship tonight when he arrives for three days of events in New York City.The prime minister is heading to the Big Apple for the annual United Nations General Assembly.He’ll be arriving just after the world body hears its first speech from U.S. President Donald Trump.This evening Trudeau will be honoured by the Atlantic Council think tank for his support for international trade and diversity.Queen Rania of Jordan will introduce the prime minister, while IMF president Christine Lagarde introduces another one of the recipients, South Korean President Moon Jae-in.On Wednesday, Trudeau will attend an event on development with Melinda Gates and a business forum at Bloomberg News before delivering a speech to 6,000 people at a youth event at Madison Square Garden.Trudeau is scheduled to address the general assembly on Thursday.
EDMONTON – A man facing several counts of attempted murder after a police officer was hit with a car and stabbed by an assailant is to face two psychiatric assessments.Abdulahi Hasan Sharif was charged after a speeding car rammed through a barrier at a Canadian Football League game in Edmonton on Sept. 30 and sent an officer flying five metres through the air.The driver got out, pulled out a large knife and began stabbing Const. Mike Chernyk.Four pedestrians were hit and injured hours later when the driver of a cube van with police cars in pursuit sped down Jasper Avenue, one of Edmonton’s main streets.A judge has agreed with Sharif’s lawyer that initial evidence suggests Sharif’s mental health needs to be assessed.Sharif is next to appear in court on Dec. 13.An Islamic State flag was found in the car used in the attack, but no terrorism charges have been laid against Sharif.
TORONTO – A massive pink tuque has taken over a stretch of a Toronto beach a year after thousands of protesters donned bright pink hats to protest gender inequality.Dubbed the “Pussy Hut,” the warm-and-fuzzy attraction is inspired by the colourful symbol of women’s marches that emerged after last year’s inauguration of U.S. President Donald Trump.The art piece is part of an annual competition called Winter Stations staged along Lake Ontario in the city’s east-end.Organizers say this year’s theme is “Riot” and that they chose to include the “Pussy Hut” for its message of hope.“These are changing times and ‘riot’ is an expressive way of demonstrating that there’s change in the air,” says one of the competition’s directors, Ted Merrick of the Toronto architectural firm Ferris + Associates.“It can also be a riot of colour, it can be kind, it can respond to political climates around the world, it can respond to just the change in the world these days, so we thought it an appropriate theme.”The “Pussy Hut” is large enough to allow several people under its roof, and includes earflaps that slope onto a wooden bench where visitors can sit.It’s covered with bright pink fabric tubes stuffed with polyester fibre fill to create the 12-centimetre-wide “yarn.” That was then positioned over a structure built of milled plywood.Designers Martin Miller and Mo Zheng, based in New York and China, hope visitors will be drawn to the large-scale art piece to share stories and discuss a raft of political and societal movements underway.Zheng says she was delighted to see several people unable to resist touching the “yarn” when the piece debuted over the weekend.“Actually, a lot of kids were climbing on that and they really, really enjoy it,” says Zheng, who notes that some observers simply see a familiar winter symbol, without political overtones.“The texture is just very different — it’s not your conventional kind of outdoor art installation. The material is (such) that people want to touch it and start sitting on it.”The hut rises a little over four metres tall and involves about 1,200 metres of “yarn.”Inside, there are shelves where people can share their own feelings about gender inequity and sexual harassment.“People are welcome to leave messages and notes about their particular experiences, their experience with the women’s movement, the women’s march and leave little relics and artifacts,” says Miller.Other chosen installations include megaphones in a “noisebox” from Germany and spinning pinwheels to celebrate clean and safe energy from the Netherlands.The exhibit runs until April 1.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version said the exhibit ends Sunday.
HALIFAX – An Australian website has stopped selling a T-shirt featuring a misappropriated Halifax newspaper cartoon about the Humboldt bus crash tragedy.Bruce MacKinnon of the Halifax Chronicle Herald said he was notified his cartoon was on a shirt selling for $42.63 on Redbubble.com, and said the seller was trying to profit from a tragedy.“They are making money directly from not only stolen artwork, but people’s sorrows,” MacKinnon said in an interview with The Canadian Press on Wednesday.The cartoon shows hockey players representing other provinces supporting a hockey player from Saskatchewan after 16 players and staff with the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team were killed when their bus collided with a transport truck.MacKinnon said the cartoon was inspired by the immediate outpouring of support of Canadians from coast to coast.“Things that dark don’t lend themselves to cartooning,” MacKinnon said. “You’re looking for some sort of silver lining in all of this: It was the reaction from Canadians and the response was overwhelmingly generous.”MacKinnon said the Chronicle Herald had threatened Redbubble with legal action.Late Tuesday, Redbubble said in a tweet it would not keep any profits from Humboldt-related work.“In line with Redbubble policy, we will be donating all company profits from work related to the tragic Humboldt Broncos accident to charity,” it said.The web site is still selling multiple Humboldt t-shirts with common phrases like Pray for Humboldt or Humboldt Strong that would not be subject to copyright.MacKinnon said people who buy Humboldt Broncos merchandise just want to show their support. But he said it’s a “buyer beware market.”“People should be careful where they purchase their goods and understand where it comes from.”
#WeTheNorth could be found in many news feeds Wednesday morning, after the Toronto Raptors won a second straight NBA #playoff game.All 7 of the @Raptors triples en route to a franchise record 44 points in a quarter!#WeTheNorth pic.twitter.com/xnujBkGHZ7— NBA (@NBA) April 17, 2018The Raptors lead the Washington Wizards 2-0 in the first round series.Glen Gulutzan was trending, after he and assistant coaches Dave Cameron and Paul Jerrard were relieved of their bench duties with the Calgary Flames, Tuesday.The #Flames have relieved Glen Gulutzan, Dave Cameron and Paul Jerrard of their coaching duties. https://t.co/e11hRxsN0w— Calgary Flames (@NHLFlames) April 17, 2018Meanwhile, if sports were not your game, you might have joined the conversation with #IdLikeToBeRichEnoughTo, noting what level of wealth would or could make you happy.Tweet us your favourite pictures, videos and hashtags, @660NEWS.
FREDERICTON – A Fredericton woman who heard sirens responding to Friday morning’s shooting had also been on Toronto’s Danforth Avenue as another deadly gun attack unfolded last month.Gunfire erupted in a residential corner of New Brunswick’s capital city Friday morning, leaving four people dead — including two police officers — and an undisclosed number injured.In her Fredericton home, Alexandra Bain woke up to a phone call from a relative in Halifax, telling her to lock her doors and stay inside.She heard sirens outside as she watched the news develop, and messages poured in from concerned friends and family around the world.“I was woken up by somebody in Halifax telling me, and within minutes friends were texting from Croatia. It sure hit the news fast,” said Bain, who turned 63 Friday.For Bain, the news was especially unsettling just weeks after she sat a few blocks away from a gun attack in Toronto’s Danforth neighbourhood.On July 22, Bain was sitting with her family at City Betty restaurant on the Danforth when news broke that a shooter had opened fire nearby.“My son-in-law looked at his phone and said ‘Holy (expletive), there’s an active shooting just down the street,’” Bain recalls.The attack claimed the lives of a 10-year-old girl and an 18-year-old woman, and injured 12 others.Bain — whose Fredericton home is a fair distance from Brookside Drive, the site of Friday’s shootings — was emotional thinking of the victims of both attacks and their families.“I’m praying for everyone who was involved and who lost loved ones. And I hope this stops.”— By Holly McKenzie-Sutter in St. John’s, N.L.
CALGARY (660 NEWS) – Canada is falling behind the U.S. in economic freedom according to a new report from the Fraser Institute ranking the ability of individuals in 162 countries to make their own economic decisions.Canada comes in tied for 10th, up one spot from last year’s report, but we’re four spots behind the U.S. which has jumped into sixth position after being out of the top 10 for a number of years.Co-author of The Report, Fred McMahon says one factor that has knocked Canada down a couple pegs in recent years is the inability for governments to get energy projects, like the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, going.“Whatever you’re feeling about the pipeline itself, is a dangerous attack on the rule of law.” said McMahon.“The rule of law is perhaps the cornerstone of economic freedom. It means you can trust contracts, it means you can trust contracts, it means you can trust institutions of a country, it creates stability and security.”McMahon thinks higher taxes and more regulations are also starting to weigh on our economic freedoms.“When governments look after people you get failing economies, rising unemployment and less prosperity and growth and that’s because government does things politically,” he said, explaining government will always act with a political motive.“Our regulations are too onerous and sometimes necessary but they’re still competitive. We could be more competitive, build more prosperity, by decreasing regulations that stand in the way of economic freedom by standing in the way of individual choice.”The top ranked nations this year are Hong Kong, Singapore, and New Zealand, while Venezuela was the lowest. Some countries like Cuba and North Korea could not be ranked due to lack of data.As to an example Canada should look at is Ireland. “Ireland, like other nations in Europe…got caught up in the financial crisis. It had a severe problem with it’s banks. But unlike those other nations it maintained it;’s economic freedom…and now of all the nations caught up in the financial crisis, it is the one that is growing the strongest.”He also says Switzerland is another good example to study.-With files from Mike Blanchard
CHIPMAN, N.B. – A New Brunswick village’s controversial straight-pride flag shows that we must sometimes go beyond treating everyone the same, the chair of the province’s human rights commission says.The village of Chipman, N.B., took down the straight-pride flag last week after a single day. Comments had poured in on the village’s Facebook page and elsewhere, criticizing the flag as harmful towards the LGBTQ community.The man behind the straight-pride flag, retired welder Glenn Bishop, insisted he is not the least bit anti-gay and is simply proud to be straight.But rights commission chair Nathalie Chiasson said people need to understand the impact of indirect discrimination — when there is an adverse effect on someone even when the original intent may not have been to discriminate.In a statement on the controversy, she noted heterosexual white men are rarely discriminated against.“The raising of a flag apparently in support of all groups in a New Brunswick community had the opposite negative effect,” she said.“What stands out with this flag story is the lack of understanding of the effect of such an action on an already marginalized group of New Brunswick citizens.”The village had flown the rainbow LGBTQ flag this summer, and Bishop said he had no objections to it. But he wanted to show his own straight pride — he conceived the flag and it was made by a friend, and they went through “the proper procedures” to get it raised by the village.He said one intention was to signal that the whole village wasn’t gay, and to represent “95 per cent of the population.”Chipman Mayor Carson Atkinson had helped raise the flag, which shows the symbols for female and male on a field of black and white stripes.In her statement, released on Friday, Chiasson urged anyone unsure about handling a rights issue to consult the many experts on human rights law in New Brunswick.“It is an established tenet that sometimes we must go beyond treating everyone the same,” she said.“If we are to change the narrative about diversity and inclusion, and how we achieve it, we must do so collectively, knowledgeably and respectfully.”In a statement last week, Chipman’s village council said the flag had been raised as a sign of support for all groups in the community, but it was removed as a result of “unintentional attention,” and based on residents’ feedback.“This flag distraction is a lesson for us and for other rural communities such as our own,” Atkinson said in a statement. It added “no harm or hate was intended,” and that the village of 1,200 remains “an open welcoming community.”But Bishop called the flag’s removal discrimination against straight people, and said he and his supporters will meet soon to discuss next steps. He said they could include a court battle or perhaps a challenge at the ballot box in the next municipal election.Helen Kennedy, executive director of human rights group Egale Canada, said the council’s decision to raise the flag had been “unfortunate and unnecessary.”She said it likely stems from a lack of understanding of the real symbolism of the pride flag, as well as a lack of understanding about the hardships faced by Canada’s LGBTQ community.