Venezuela conducts antiTrump signature drive

first_imgCaracas: A nationwide anti-Trump signature drive took place in Venezuela over the weekend to protest the stepped-up US sanctions, a government source said. Called “No more Trump,” the drive kicked off on Saturday with the signatures of President Nicolas Maduro and his wife Cilia Flores, and continued on Sunday at central squares around the country, including the capital city of Caracas, Xinhua reported. “We agreed that at every main square in our country … there will be a signature drive,” said Dario Vivas, Vice President of events and mobilisations for the ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US The campaign serves to condemn the latest White House measures to further cut off the Venezuelan government’s access to capital in a bid to oust Maduro from power. US President Donald Trump issued an executive order that freezes all Venezuelan state assets in the United States on August 5. Esteban Franco, a Caracas resident who signed the petition, said the campaign was to send the message that the US sanctions “are not doing harm to the president, but are harming our entire population.” “I came to sign for the benefit of my country and against the measures they are implementing,” said Franco. The government hopes to gather some 13 million signatures to back a manifesto it plans to present in September to the 74th session of General Assembly of the UN.last_img read more

Fraudster escaped from immigration staff custody arrested

first_imgNew Delhi: A 35-year-old fraudster who escaped from the custody of immigration staff of Mumbai Airport was arrested by IGI police.The investigating agency said that the accused and his gang has cheated more than 50 passengers on the pretext of providing visa. Police identified the accused as Santosh Bhagwan Behera, a native of Mumbai. On January 30, a complaint from airlines was received regarding the apprehension of a person named Shamu, who was intended to travel to Poland by flight through fake Poland visa. “Shamu disclosed that he along with five more Passengers came into contact with Santosh Bhagwan Behera and one Mahesh Ramchander Lokhande through one Ranjeet Kumar Mukherjee. After taking the money they were given fake Poland visa by them,” police said. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderDeputy Commissioner of Police (IGI) Sanjay Bhatia said that after getting some clues, LOC of Santosh Bhagwan Behera and Mahesh Ramchander Lokhande was opened. On August 2 he was apprehended by immigration staff of Mumbai Airport, but he managed to escape from the custody of immigration staff of Mumbai Airport. “Finally, on August 16, Santosh Bhagwan Behera was arrested from Mumbai by the team of IGI Airport Police Station. During interrogation, Behera confessed to his involvements. His father is a retired army personnel,” DCP IGI.last_img read more

JMB India head brought to Kolkata sent to 14 days custody

first_imgKolkata: A day after his arrest from Bihar’s Gaya district, top Indian functionary of Bangladesh-based terror outfit Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen (JMB) Ejaz Ahmad was brought to Kolkata by the city police on Tuesday. The Special Task Force (STF) of Kolkata Police on Monday arrested Ahmad from Pathantoli village in Gaya’s Buniyadpur. He is also known to be the terror outfit’s main recruiter in the country. “Ahmad was brought to Kolkata on a transit remand from a Gaya court,” an STF officer said. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja On Tuesday, he was produced before a Kolkata court, which sent him to 14 days police custody till September 10. Ahmad, a native of West Bengal’s Birbhum district, reportedly joined JMB back in 2008 and had been in constant contact with Salauddin Salahein, another JMB operative, and Kausar, one of the key accused in the 2014 Khagragarh blast in Bengal’s Burdwan district. Kausar, alias Boma Mizan, was arrested earlier this month from Bengaluru by the National Investigating Agency (NIA). According to the STF, Ahmad has been booked under IPC Sections 120B (criminal conspiracy), 130 (any person who knowingly aids or assists a state prisoner or prisoner of war to escape from lawful custody or harbours such a prisoner) and various sections of the Explosive Substances Act.last_img read more

Its too early to call for 2022 CWG boycott Sports Minister

first_imgNew Delhi: Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju has played down the calls to boycott the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games over shooting’s exclusion, saying it is too early to take a decision of such magnitude. Shooting has been axed from the 2022 edition by Birmingham Organising Committee, citing logistical issues. The move triggered angry reactions from the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) and the national shooting federation (NRAI). The IOA went to the extent of suggesting a boycott to protest the sport’s dropping. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”The officials of IOA met me and apprised me about the ongoing issues in the 2022 Commonwealth Games, where shooting has been dropped. The possibility of India’s boycott was also raised before me,” Rijiju told PTI in an interview. “I told them to speak to the Commonwealth Games Federation officials and the organising committee of the Birmingham Games and apprise them about our deep concerns. “If it (the decision) is not reviewed, we will see but the call for boycott at this point of time is too early. Certainly, boycott is not the solution but I will not give an opinion till I get the final outcome from the meeting between IOA and CGF officials, he added. Shooting has featured in every Commonwealth Games since 1966 with the exception of Edinburgh 1970. But in its Executive Board meeting in June, the CGF recommended the inclusion of three new sports while dropping shooting. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterThe decision was a shock for India as the country’s shooters claimed 16 medals, including seven gold at last year’s Gold Coast Games. The country had finished third in the medals table with a tally of 66. On to the more immediate concerns, like the 2020 Olympic Games, the minister was hopeful that the athletes are going to bring back a lot more than just the one silver and a bronze attained in the 2016 Rio Games. Rijiju, however, said the 2024 and 2028 editions are his long-term goals. “I have just assumed sports ministry (charge) three months back and we are about 10 months away from 2020 Tokyo Olympics, so now we will have to go with the existing talent. “In 10 months, we cannot produce new talents. We have identified existing talents and we have extended all technical resources and other support whatever is required,” he said. “…we are expecting better results than previous Olympics. But it is difficult to predict number of medals because of the high standard of competition in Olympics. My long-term preparation is for 2024 Paris and 2028 Los Angeles Olympics,” the minister added. Rijiju also said that the government is open to the idea of hosting multi-sport events despite the bad press India got for alleged corruption in the 2010 Commonwealth Games. “We are not averse to hosting any international event. Definitely it’s a matter of pride for any country to host the Olympics or Asian Games. We would be encouraging more international events because our dream is to host the Olympics someday,” he said.last_img read more

3 held with gold bars worth Rs 1 cr

first_imgKolkata: Three persons were arrested at the Jorasanko police station on Thursday for allegedly trying to smuggle gold bars worth more than Rs one crore.According to sources, on Thursday, the police got a tip -off that a few persons will come to Burrabazar area with huge quantity of gold. Based on the secret information, police started keeping a tab in Burrabazar area. In the afternoon, the police identified three persons and detained them. The trio was taken to Jorasanko police station and their bags were searched. During the search, the police found three gold bars and a lot of cash. Following the evaluation, it was found that the gold was valued worth Rs 1.14 crore approximately. The money was also counted and it was found that they were carrying Rs 1.35 lakh with them. Gold and cash were seized. During the investigation, the police suspect that the gold was smuggled from Bangladesh. The trio had come from Rajasthan and Mumbai to receive the gold from Kolkata. Police are trying to know whether the arrested persons are connected with any hawala group. Recently, Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) had arrested four persons from Salt Lake and seized gold worth Rs 2.53 crore.last_img read more

Couple booked for trying to extort money from bizwoman

first_imgGhaziabad: Ghaziabad police have booked a married couple for allegedly trying to molest an Allahabad-based businesswoman and trying to extort nearly Rs one crore on pretext of an obscene video of her while bathing in Indirapuram area. Cops said that the accused is brother of victim’s best friend and they lured her by offering lucrative business deals.According to police, the accused, identified as Saurabh and his wife Sargam, lives in Vijaya Apartment in Indirapuram area. “The victim had started her business of stock exchange in Allahabad a few years ago. One of her close friends had called to Ghaziabad for some business deal. Later the victim met her friend’s bother and his family for business purpose,” said police. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderAs per reports, the victim was called by her female friend to Ghaziabad in January this year. Her friend make her to meet her brother Saurabh and his wife who told victim that they wanted to invest in her company and tried to build up closeness with her. The victim also started living in Vijaya Apartment after taking a flat on rent by March, this year. Before victim shifted in her rented house, the accused took keys from the victim on the pretext of cleaning the flat and installed a hidden camera to her bathroom. “Saurabh called victim at his house for lunch on April 7 and started touching her without her permission. When the victim tried to resist, the accused blackmailed her after showing her the video of her bathing,” read the report. The woman further said that the accused demanded Rs 30 lakhs to delete the video but kept in taking more and more money.last_img read more

In the news today April 23

first_imgFive stories in the news for Monday, April 23———BRONCOS OBITUARIES UPSET SOME FAMILIESSome families of Humboldt Broncos bus crash victims are surprised to learn that error-riddled obituaries of their loved ones have been posted on a website that’s selling flowers and memorial candles. Eleven of the 16 people who died in the crash are listed on the Everhere website. But Russell Herold, whose son, Adam, died in the tragedy, says his family never agreed to post the information, which happens to incorrectly list his son’s place of death.———ENVIRONMENT MINISTER DEFENDS BP WELL IN N.S.Federal Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna is defending BP Canada’s plans to drill an exploration well off the coast of Halifax. The project got the go ahead Saturday from the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board. There’s been some push back from environmentalists, but McKenna says BP’s project has undergone a strict environmental assessment and will be carefully monitored.———SENTENCING HEARINGS FOR MOSQUE SHOOTER RESUMESentencing arguments for Quebec City’s mosque shooter resume today as Alexandre Bissonnette’s legal team begins to present its case. The 28-year-old Bissonnette pleaded guilty to six charges of first-degree murder and six of attempted murder. His first-degree murder conviction carries an automatic life sentence with no chance of parole for 25 years. But he can also receive consecutive sentences totalling 150 years.———SHANIA TWAIN APOLOGIZES FOR SAYING SHE’D VOTE TRUMPShania Twain is apologizing after telling a British newspaper she would have voted for U.S. President Donald Trump if she were eligible. In an article posted on The Guardian’s website Sunday, the Canadian pop star said she would have supported Trump because “even though he was offensive, he seemed honest.” The comment drew both praise and condemnation online, and led the Timmins, Ont., native to apologize in a series of tweets Sunday evening.———PARALYZED TODDLER TRAINING AT THE GYMEvelyn Moore sings the alphabet song as her tiny running shoes plunk down on the treadmill. The Edmonton toddler is strapped to the device with a harness, as two health workers lift her legs up and down to complete each step. Evelyn was left paralyzed by cancer, but now — with the help of some special machines — she’s hitting the gym and walking.———ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:— Halifax trial continues for Nicholas Butcher, accused of second-degree murder in the death of Kristin Johnston.— Statistics Canada releases the wholesale trade figures for February.— First Nations and environmental groups to ask International Atomic Energy Agency to investigate radioactive waste management in Canada.— Commons infrastructure committee is updated on infrastructure projects and the Investing in Canada Plan.— Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale host Toronto meeting of G7 Foreign and Security Ministers.— Triple murder trial for Mickell Clayton Bailey in Edmonton.———last_img read more

Jailed Saudi bloggers children appeal to Justin Trudeau in video message

first_imgMONTREAL – Raif Badawi’s children are appealing to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to personally call Saudi Arabian authorities to ask for their father to be freed as the fifth anniversary of his imprisonment looms.“Now it’s enough, we’ve waited too long, we need to see our father,” one of the blogger’s three children says in a French-language video message posted on Amnesty International’s website Friday.“Mr. Trudeau, pick up the phone, call the king of Saudi Arabia, so our father comes back,” the message continues.The Canadian chapter of the human-rights organization posted the video on its French-language website ahead of the anniversary of the Saudi blogger’s arrest.Badawi is not a Canadian citizen but his wife and children live in Sherbrooke, Que.He was arrested in June 17, 2012 and later sentenced to 1,000 lashes and 10 years in jail for his criticism of Saudi clerics.He received 50 lashes in January 2015 during a public flogging but has not received any since then.His imprisonment has drawn widespread international condemnation and Amnesty International has accused Trudeau of not doing enough to free him.A spokesperson for Global Affairs Canada said the government has raised Badawi’s case “at the highest levels” and repeatedly called for clemency.“We will continue to raise our concerns over his situation both in Riyadh and Ottawa, as the International Development Minister did last month with the Saudi Ambassador to Canada,” Jocelyn Sweet said in an email.Joel Lightbound, a Liberal MP from Quebec City, also offered reassurance that freeing Badawi was a government objective and “something on which work is being done at this moment,” including at the highest levels.While members of the government have raised the case with Saudi authorities, Trudeau has appeared reluctant to intervene personally.He told The Canadian Press in late 2015 that calling Saudi Arabia on Badawi’s behalf was not in his “immediate plans” and it’s unclear whether his position has changed since then.In the video, Badawi’s two daughters and son take turns speaking as photos of Trudeau posing with the family play in the background.The children describe a previous meeting with Trudeau and their disappointment at his perceived inaction.“We’re very happy to meet you in person,” the message reads. “You raised our level of hope, we hoped he would come back sooner.“At the beginning the meeting, we were very happy. At the end, we were disappointed.”Amnesty International has organized a demonstration in Montreal on June 16 to mark the anniversary of Badawi’s imprisonment.last_img read more

The Queen visits Canada House to mark confederation

first_imgLONDON – The Queen has visited Canada House in central London to mark Canada’s 150th birthday.The Queen was joined by her husband Prince Philip at the celebration Wednesday.She was given a sapphire brooch from the Canadian people to mark her sapphire jubilee.Governor General David Johnston used what is likely to be his final meeting with the queen before his term of office ends to thank Elizabeth for her “65 years as our sovereign.”He praised her role in Canada’s national life.The Queen toured a collection of Canadian artifacts from the royal collection — including many with photographs of her presiding at important events.It was the final public engagement before the queen begins an extensive summer holiday in Scotland.last_img read more

Coroners service says three bodies were found after fire in Nanaimo BC

first_imgNANAIMO, B.C. – The bodies of three people have been found in a burning home in Nanaimo, B.C.RCMP say fire crews were called to the home around 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday.Mounties say two adults and a seven-year-old girl were found in the home and their deaths will be investigated by the serious crime unit.The names of the victims have not been released, although police say their family and the local school district have been notified.Andy Watson, a spokesman with the BC Coroners Service, says they have very little information to share about the deaths.The bodies have been removed from the building.—With files from CFAXlast_img read more

Ontario creating 1200 new hospital beds across province to ease overcrowding

first_imgTORONTO – The Ontario government is spending $100 million to add hundreds of new beds to hospitals across the province to address the issue of overcrowded wards ahead of what’s expected to be a bad flu season.Health Minister Eric Hoskins made the announcement on Monday and said adding the 1,200 beds is the equivalent of opening six medium-sized hospitals.“The majority of these beds will be up and running in two to four weeks,” he said. “Certainly, most, if not all of them, this calendar year because we feel that it’s important that they be made available at that time.”The province is also spending $40 million more on home care services in addition to $24 million to create 600 transitional spaces to provide specialized care outside of hospitals and 200 spaces for supportive housing for seniors, Hoskins said. The transitional spaces will be in long-term care homes, or will take the form of specialized care provided in a patient’s own home.A portion of the new hospital beds — 225 — will be in two previously shuttered Toronto hospital sites, the Humber River Hospital’s Finch site and the University Health Network’s Hillcrest site. Both sites will be used to care for alternate level of care patients, many of whom are waiting in hospital for a bed in a long-term care facility.“These are appropriate settings,” Hoskins said of reopening the hospital sites. “They will be providing the highest quality care.”The Liberal government has been facing mounting calls in recent months to act on overcrowded hospitals, where patients have ended up in hallways, boardrooms and even cafeterias when regular beds fill up.The new hospital beds across the province will be added ahead of the flu season, which is anticipated to be difficult this winter, Hoskins said. Canada looks to Australia as a predictor of the flu season to come and that country — which has its winter when we have our summer — had a high level of illness, he said.“It’s prudent that we make sure that we are prepared and certainly one aspect of this decision is to ensure that our hospitals do have the capacity should we face a particularly bad flu season this year,” he said.Ontario Hospital Association CEO Anthony Dale said the province’s plan will give flexibility to hospitals and other health care providers this winter.Right now, there are about 5,000 alternative level of care patients in Ontario hospitals who could be better served in another setting, he said.And with a growing and aging population with increasingly chronic conditions to treat, additional capacity must be built into long-term care and home care, he said.“There’s not yet the capacity outside of the hospital’s four walls to discharge them in a timely manner,” Dale said. “We have to get to a place, and we have to get there very soon, where we have the right kinds of services so that people are getting the exact right care in the right place at the right time.”NDP Leader Andrea Horwath said the new beds will be helpful but added that the government is scrambling to address a problem it created by under-funding the hospital system.Over the last two weeks, the NDP have pressured the government to address the issue by releasing hospital overcrowding data across the province — obtained through a series of Freedom of Information requests.“We’ve been sounding the alarm bells, as have the doctors and nurses and the Ontario Hospital Association,” Horwath said. “It shows just how deep the cuts have been, how much damage the Liberals have done to our hospital system that they’re now in the last-minute scramble before flu season to try to make it better.”Progressive Conservative legislator Todd Smith said the new beds are a good start but don’t go far enough to address overcrowding.“Unfortunately, what we’ve seen in hospitals right across the province are people not getting into beds,” he said. “They’re sitting on stretchers outside in crammed and busy hallways, which is hardly ideal. The announcement today is really just a drop in the bucket compared to what’s needed to improve the situation across Ontario in our hospitals.”Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version contained an incorrect funding figure for transitional and supportive housing spaces.last_img read more

Site C was tough decision now its time to make best use

first_imgVICTORIA – He was one of staunchest critics of the Site C dam, but George Heyman found himself in the uncomfortable position this week of supporting a plan to complete the $10.7 billion megaproject.A couple of days after the decision was announced, B.C.’s environment minister said the previous Liberal government left the NDP no choice but to keep building.“I’m obviously not going to talk about cabinet discussions, but I certainly never felt held down with a pistol to my head,” he said in an interview earlier this week.“This was not a decision we made lightly or took any pleasure in making. This clearly was not a project we thought was a good one.”Heyman, a former executive director of the Sierra Club and president of the B.C. Government Service Employees Union, has consistently raised environmental and economic concerns about Site C.Heyman and Energy Minister Michelle Mungall stood at Premier John Horgan’s side for the announcement on Monday. Horgan said it was a gut-wrenching experience, adding that the ashen faces of the three politicians aptly portrayed their emotions.“As the premier said to us, we’ve made a collective decision that we’re supporting it, but that doesn’t mean you have to not show your feelings or emotions or your disappointment,” said Heyman. “He said, ‘I’m doing that and I expect others will too.’ “Horgan said the government had no alternative but complete the hydroelectric dam rather than absorb a $4 billion hit to its bottom line. Cancelling Site C would have jeopardized government plans for more schools, hospitals and bridges, he said.Agriculture Minister Lana Popham said in a Facebook post Tuesday the past few weeks were the most difficult of her career.“I am with so many of you in grieving the loss of agricultural land in the flood zone of Site C,” she wrote.Heyman said the government must now find ways to make the best of the situation.“We’re not going to simply build it and let it go to waste,” he said.There are climate challenges ahead that will involve a lot of electrification of industry, he said.“The challenge for me and I think all of us is to take this project and find a way to shoe horn it into that plan.”Horgan agreed, saying the government must incorporate Site C into its climate objectives.“It now falls to us to make sure the project, now $10.7 billion, comes in on budget and provides an opportunity for us to do more with the energy that we would not have been able to do otherwise,” he said in an interview this week.It will be the third dam on the Peace River in northeastern B.C., flooding an 83-kilometre stretch of valley near Fort St. John. It will provide enough power to light up to 450,000 homes a year.Horgan and Heyman both said the decision to go ahead opened wounds across B.C., including personal ones.“People have deep feelings about this,” said Horgan, who admitted he and his wife argued about Site C. “I’m saddened many people, lifetime friends of mine, are disappointed with the decision I made.”Heyman said: “I’ve had close friends tell me how disappointed they are in the decision.”Others say they will continue to fight Site C. Landowners and environmentalists have asked the auditor general to examine the government’s calculations that the province would incur $4 billion in costs to cancel the project. Indigenous groups have also promised court action, claiming infringement of treaty rights.last_img read more

Longestserving member of Quebecs legislature announces retirement

first_imgMONTREAL – The longest-serving member of Quebec’s legislature is retiring.Francois Gendron announced on Saturday that he won’t be running for re-election this fall.Gendron, 73, was first elected to the legislature in 1976 as a member of Rene Levesque’s Parti Quebecois government.He told The Canadian Press on Friday that he never expected to be elected and thought he would soon be returning to his teaching career.Instead, he spent 42 years in the legislature, where he served as education minister in the 1980s and was deputy premier between 2012 and 2014.The long-time Parti Quebecois representative says he’ll remain an active member of the party.last_img read more

Toronto law firm files proposed classaction lawsuit against Fly Jamaica

first_imgTORONTO — Lawyers have filed a proposed class-action lawsuit on behalf of passengers who say they were harmed when a Fly Jamaica aircraft skidded off runway at Guyana’s main international airport last month.According to a statement from the Toronto-based Rochon Genova LLP, the proposed class-action was filed on Friday and seeks compensation for passengers and their families who have been harmed in the Nov. 9 crash.The airline reported that two elderly passengers had been taken to hospital as a precaution, but said no one was seriously injured after the Toronto-bound flight experienced an emergency less than 20 minutes after taking off.The plane skidded off the runway upon landing, damaging its right wing and engine.Global Affairs said at the time that none of the 82 Canadians on board were hurt, but confirmed that a Canadian citizen that was on board the plane died more than a week later.The law firm says four passengers on the flight who are residents of the Greater Toronto Area will be proposed representative plaintiffs in the class-action.  The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Humboldt Broncos coach steps down during first season after tragic bus crash

first_imgHUMBOLDT, Sask. — Nathan Oystrick has stepped down as head coach and general manager of the Humboldt Broncos.The 36-year-old Regina native was hired in July, three months after 16 members of the junior hockey team were killed in a bus crash.In a tweet, Oystrick said “Despite the extreme stress and constant pressure of working with the organization, I gave them everything I possibly could and am proud of their performance, and mine, this season.”Oystrick said another statement would follow.More to come.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Largebodied Canadian wolves to help keep US moose population in check

first_imgThe transfer of up to six wolves from a northern Ontario island where they were starving to the U.S. is getting underway following a weeks-long delay caused by the federal government shutdown south of the border. The small pack, including the alpha male and female, will be moved from Michipicoten Island to Isle Royale National Park, on the U.S. side of Lake Superior, where American officials hope the wolves will help keep the moose population in check.“We need to get these wolves off the island, otherwise they’ll die,” said Aaron Bumstead, director of lands and economic development with Michipicoten First Nation who is co-ordinating the move with the province’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry.Last year, the province and the First Nation used several helicopters to move a total of 15 caribou — a threatened species in Ontario — off Michipicoten Island. Nine of the animals were transferred to the Slate Islands, and the other six to Caribou Island.They were the last remaining caribou from a once-thriving herd on Michipicoten Island that started with just eight caribou in 1982 and grew to more than 700 by 2013, when four wolves reached the island after making the 15-kilometre trek across an ice bridge that formed on the lake. There they found a bounty of caribou to feast on. But as the small pack grew to more than a dozen wolves in the following years, their food source — the caribou — all but disappeared. Now the wolves themselves are in danger, said Bumstead.“We’ve been asking (the ministry) for a plan to remove the wolves from the island since last year,” Bumstead said. “And there still is no plan to remove the ones that don’t get moved to Isle Royale.”A spokeswoman for the Ministry of Natural Resources said she wouldn’t comment on the wolves’ transfer until the animals were captured and transferred to the U.S. Bumstead said efforts to capture the wolves on Michipicoten Island were unsuccessful Wednesday. The two wolves they saw wouldn’t come out from under cover, he said, so they’ll try again Thursday.American officials and researchers with Isle Royale are anxious to receive the Canadian wolves because it will help save the park’s current pack, which dwindled this fall to just a non-breeding father-daughter pair.The move was slated to occur in early January, but that was shelved because of the U.S. federal government shutdown, said Isle Royale National Park superintendent Phyllis Green.“The Canadian wolves are robust, large and definitely know how to hunt ungulates since they took that caribou herd down to nothing,” Green said.There is an overabundance of moose on Isle Royale, and without enough wolves to keep their population in check their numbers will continue to grow, said Rolf Peterson, a research professor at Michigan Technological University who has been studying the wolves and moose on the island for the past 48 years.His research — the world’s longest running predator-prey study — was also threatened by the U.S. government shutdown. On Friday, just hours before U.S. President Donald Trump temporarily ended the government shutdown, the Isle Royale National Park had secured funding from a non-profit organization to go ahead with its part in the wolves’ transfer from Canada. The funding also allowed it to open the park to researchers to continue the predator-prey study.“The shutdown jeopardized the integrity of the data and of the entire study itself,” said Peterson, who plans to return to the park as soon as the Canadian wolves are moved.“These large-bodied Canadian wolves are incredibly important,” he said. “They can help save both the wolf pack and the balsam fir.”The moose on the island, with a population of about 1,600, have decimated the balsam fir trees on the island.Twenty-two years ago, a lone wolf, likely from Canada, made its way on an ice bridge onto Isle Royale, Peterson said, and was a wildly successful mate with offspring in every pack and eventually his genes made their way into every single younger generation wolf on the island.“Then the kill rate of moose by wolves reached a level we hadn’t ever seen before in 50 years. They were killing 20 per cent of the moose every year, which had implications for the forest,” Peterson said.“We saw forest regeneration we had never seen before.”But that wolf, dubbed the “Old Grey Guy,” Green said, was so successful that inbreeding became very severe. Eventually the wolf population crashed and bottomed out at two, which is when the park decided it needed outside help. Four wolves were brought in from Minnesota in the fall, but one died of pneumonia a month later.Green said they knew about the issues facing the wolves on Michipicoten Island and Michigan’s governor at the time, Rick Snyder, reached out to Ontario Premier Doug Ford to ask for “an infusion of Canadian wolves.” Ford agreed.“Let’s hope everything goes well with the move,” Bumstead said.Liam Casey, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

The Latest Ethiopian Airlines says 157 aboard crashed plane

first_imgADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — The Latest on Ethiopian Airlines crash (all times local):11:45 a.m.Ethiopian Airlines says it believes 149 passengers and eight crew members were on board a plane that crashed six minutes after taking off from Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, on a flight to Nairobi.A statement from the airline on Sunday morning said the Boeing 737 crashed around Bishoftu, or Debre Zeit, some 50 kilometres (31 miles) south of the capital, shortly after taking off at 8:38 a.m. local time.The airline statement said “search and rescue operations are in progress and we have no confirmed information about survivors or any possible casualties.”The Ethiopian prime minister’s office in a separate, earlier statement offered condolences to families.___11:33 a.m.The Ethiopian prime minister’s office says an Ethiopian Airlines plane has crashed on its way to Nairobi, with deaths reported.The office issued a statement Sunday morning saying the Boeing 737 was on a regularly scheduled flight when it crashed. The statement gave no details.A spokesman for the airline confirmed the plane crashed while heading from Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa. It is not yet clear where the crash occurred. The airline has not issued a statement.The state-owned Ethiopian Airlines calls itself Africa’s largest carrier and has ambitions of becoming the gateway to the continent.The Associated Presslast_img read more

A leak a probe a case closed A timeline of the Mark

first_imgOTTAWA — The decision Wednesday to stay a breach-of-trust charge against Vice-Admiral Mark Norman has ended his criminal case but his future in the military is unclear. What’s happened so far:June 2013: Mark Norman is named commander of the Royal Canadian Navy after 33 years as a reservist and regular-force officer.July 2015: The Conservative government enters into an agreement with Chantier Davie Shipbuilding in Quebec to lease a converted civilian ship as a temporary naval-supply vessel. The decision is made after asking industry for ideas on filling the gap after the military’s previous two resupply ships were forced into early retirements. But the deal is not final.Nov. 4: Justin Trudeau and his cabinet are sworn in.Nov. 20: CBC journalist James Cudmore reports the Liberals have put the $700-million project for a temporary supply ship on hold and includes key details from a cabinet-committee meeting the previous day, when the decision was made.A few weeks later, the Liberals ask the RCMP to investigate the leak.Two months after the report, Cudmore leaves the CBC to become a policy adviser for Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan.Nov. 30: The Liberals approve the supply-ship contract.January 2016: A federal public servant who attended secret cabinet meetings about the shipbuilding contract tells the RCMP that electoral considerations were front and centre as successive governments approved the project. (The comments come to light in late 2018 when a partial transcript of the RCMP interview is submitted in Norman’s trial.)August: Norman is appointed vice-chief of the defence staff, the military’s second-in-command.Jan. 13, 2017: Gen. Jonathan Vance, the chief of defence staff, suspends Norman.Feb. 23: Norman hires high-profile lawyer Marie Henein and issues a statement saying he looks forward to being cleared and that he will return to his post. The statement says it would be a “profound disservice” if Norman “was caught in the bureaucratic crossfire.”April 6: A heavily censored affidavit, dated Jan. 4 and used in support of a request to search Norman’s home, is released that indicates the RCMP suspect Norman of leaking government documents.April 26: A fuller version of the affidavit is released. The RCMP allege Norman used his position to provide cabinet confidences to Spencer Fraser, chief executive of a special arm of Chantier Davie, who in turn passed the information to lobbyists and the media with the aim of ensuring final federal approval of the supply-ship project.The document shows the Liberals decided to pause the project amid intense backroom lobbying by Halifax-based Irving Shipyards, which competes with Davie, to review the deal.January 2018: The navy accepts the supply ship, called the MV Asterix.Feb. 1: During a town-hall meeting in Edmonton, Trudeau says the investigation into Norman will “inevitably” lead to “court processes,” even though no charges have been laid.March 9: The RCMP charge Norman with one count of breach of trust.June 28: Norman is officially shuffled out as the military’s second-in-command and moved to a placeholding position within the defence chief’s office.Sept. 4: Henein says the government is withholding secret documents that she needs “so that we can defend this case and so that we can see the full story.” The court schedules Norman’s trial to start on Aug. 19, 2019. The trial is expected to last seven or eight weeks — meaning it would overlap with the federal election campaign.Oct. 12: Matthew Matchett, a federal procurement officer at Public Services and Procurement Canada, is identified in court filings from Norman’s legal team as another person who shared details of the Davie contract.Oct. 17: The government suspends Matchett from his job, months after his security clearance was withdrawn in late June 2017.Dec. 14: Crown attorney Mark Covan argues Norman’s motive, no matter how altruistic, for allegedly leaking government secrets doesn’t matter because releasing confidential information to unduly influence cabinet is illegal. One day earlier, Norman’s lawyers argued he was doing the exact opposite.Dec. 17: Crown prosecutors push back against suggestions of political interference in Norman’s case.Jan. 29, 2019: Court hears the codenames used internally to refer to Norman, including, “The Boss,” “MN3,” “C34,” and “The Kraken,” allegedly to avoid capturing documents in searches under the access-to-information law.The court also hears about Nova Scotia Liberal MP Scott Brison’s request for standing to make submissions and arguments. Brison’s application says allegations he asked for a review of the shipbuilding deal  at “the behest of Irving … are utterly false.” Brison’s legal team adds it was his duty as Treasury Board president at the time to “review the procurement of large defence contracts.”Jan. 30: Vance takes the stand in the pre-trial hearing. He insists there is nothing sinister about using terms other than names or proper titles to refer to military personnel, noting it is commonplace in internal communications and documents. However, he says using them to try to bury communications would be very serious.Feb. 10: Brison resigns his seat in the House of Commons. When he made his intention public in early January, he said the Norman case had nothing to do with his exit.Feb. 11: Norman’s legal team raises questions about the independence of federal prosecutors over news that Crown lawyers met with the Privy Council Office months earlier, saying the discussions are “more concerning” than allegations the Prime Minister’s Office tried to intervene in the criminal case against SNC-Lavalin.Feb. 12: The Public Prosecution Service of Canada says in a statement that it never sought or received instructions from the government over Norman’s case.Feb. 13: The RCMP charge Matchett with one count of breach of trust.Feb. 21: Michael Wernick, the clerk of the Privy Council, tells the Commons justice committee that he decided in October to let the judge in Norman’s case decide what government documents can be released as evidence.March 5: A lawyer for Matchett says his client plans to plead not guilty and seek a jury trial.March 28: Henein reveals the existence of a 60-page memo about the Norman case that Wernick sent to Trudeau in October. The next day, the Justice Department defends its refusal to disclose the memo’s contents, saying it is subject to solicitor-client privilege.May 3: CTV News reports Liberal MP Andrew Leslie has informed the government he will testify for Norman if he’s called as a witness at trial.May 8: Federal prosecutors stay the breach-of-trust charge, citing new evidence from Norman’s defence team that led prosecutors to believe there was no longer a reasonable prospect of conviction.Sajjan says the government will cover Norman’s legal fees.At a press conference, Norman says he is ready to go back to work. He says he also plans to tell his story in the coming days, not to lay blame, but to prevent a similar situation from recurring.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Edmonton Airport number one in Canada WestJet in top ten of the

first_imgEDMONTON (660 NEWS) – An international ranking of the best airlines and airports is putting an Alberta destination at the top.According to the 2019 AirHelp Score, the Edmonton International Airport was ranked the best airport in Canada and 39th internationally. The Calgary International Airport came in at 59.The annual survey from AirHelp ranked airports on service and amenities, whether flights were on time, and how claims are processed.Paloma Salmeron with AirHelp says that smaller airports ranked better than larger ones like Vancouver and Toronto’s Pearson International.“It’s become quite obvious that people don’t really care necessarily about having a very large and used airport that they can travel from.”The news was also good for Calgary based WestJet, as they cracked the top 10 for best airlines. WestJet was ranked seventh in the world compared to Air Canada and Air Transat who placed 39 and 44 respectively.The survey ranked 72 international airlines and Salmeron says WestJet fared well because of a big improvement to its on-time performance over the past year.“We calculated that around 74 per cent of their flights are flying on time.”FULL RANKINGSAs for who led the pack in the category of best airlines, Qatar Airways was ranked number one while American Airlines and AeroMexico rounded out the top 3.Qatar also laid claim to the highest ranked airport in the world with Hamad International Airport in Doha at number one while Tokyo and Athens took the second and third spots.The Billy Bishop Airport in Toronto had the lowest ranking of any Canadian airport at 124 while Pearson International ranked 108.last_img read more

RCMP descend on York Landing Manitoba after BC murder suspects potentially spotted

first_imgRelated stories: Call us, don’t just post to social media: RCMP continues search for 2 B.C. murder suspectsB.C. murder suspect’s father reveals details of troubled life in bookRCMP investigating photo of B.C. murder suspect’s alleged Nazi paraphernaliaVancouver Island teens charged in one of three northern B.C. deaths; third victim identified as UBC lecturerAs of early Sunday afternoon, RCMP had received more than 200 tips and visited 250 homes in the Gillam area, the northern Manitoba town where the pair had last been confirmed to have been seen.McLeod and Schmegelsky are charged with one count of second degree murder in the death of UBC sessional lecturer Leonard Dyck, and wanted for questioning in the deaths of Australian Lucas Fowler and his American Girlfriend Chynna Deese.The bodies of Fowler, 23, and Deese, 24, were found July 15 along the Alaska Highway, about 20 kilometres south of Liard Hot Springs. Dyck’s body was found near a burned out camper owned by McLeod and Schmegelsky near Dease Lake. The Vancouver Island men were first reported missing, and later deemed suspects in three killings.Mounties are searching for the two men in cottages, cabins, waterways, and along the rail lines with the help of the Canadian Armed Forces that are providing support from the air. YORK LANDING, Mb. (NEWS 1130) — A small team of unpaid volunteers are responsible for alerting the RCMP to Sunday’s potential sighting of two murder suspects from B.C. in York Landing Manitoba.“They spotted two men who seemed to be scavenging food out of the dump,” says James Favel, executive director of the Bear Clan Patrol. “They recognized some of the clothing that was being worn and they immediately called RCMP and let them know they had a potential sighting and the town went into lockdown.”The sighting happened at 4:15 p.m. Sunday.“They saw our guys and they bolted across the road over to the lagoon and then kind of disappeared behind the tree line,” Favel says.The community is not policed by the RCMP and isn’t patrolled by band constables. After a request for Grand Chief Arlen Dumas, the Bear Clan Patrol sent a team of three to York Landing Saturday morning,“They wanted somebody up there who could help, just be present in the community and reassure the community that somebody’s watching,” Favel says.The Winnipeg-based group was formed “as a result of the ongoing need to assume our traditional responsibility to provide security to our Aboriginal community.”Mounties have since descended on a the community, which is southwest of Gillam, Manitoba.Vancouver Island teens Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, are wanted in connection with three killings in Northern B.C.Police are warning of a heavy presence and urging people not to post any photos or information about the whereabouts of officers to social media.Multiple RCMP resources are being sent to York Landing, MB, to investigate a tip that the two suspects are possibly in, or near, the community. A heavy police presence can be expected in the area. We will continue to update you as information becomes available.— RCMP Manitoba (@rcmpmb) July 28, 2019Earlier on Sunday afternoon the Chief of the York Factory First Nation warned of the impending search of the community and asked everyone to stay indoors.“URGENT! RCMP officers & crew will arrive in our community of York Landing, MB very shortly to conduct a search for the 2 suspects at large,” he wrote on Facebook. “We received word that there was a possible sighting around our community landfill moments ago.”last_img read more