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Now Mukhyamantri Tirath Yatra Yojana to cover 7 more destinationsNow Mukhyamantri Tirath Yatra Yojana to cover 7 more destinations

first_imgNEW DELHI: The Delhi Cabinet in its meeting on Tuesday, chaired by the Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal approved seven new destinations for Mukhyamantri Tirath Yatra Yojana. “In addition to the already functional five routes approved by the council of ministers earlier, the following seven routes are to be added to this scheme: Rameshwaram- Madurai, Tirupati, Dwarkadhish, Jagannath Puri-Konark-Bhubaneshwar, Shirdi, Ujjain and Bodh Gaya,” noted a statement from the government. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderIt has also been decided that in the existing Ajmer-Pushkar tour, Haldi Ghati destination will be added. “In addition to Three Tier AC Train, AC accommodation may also be provided wherever possible. Further, wherever yatris are required to be transported through buses, the same may be by 2X2 AC coaches wherever possible,” noted the statement. The statement added that apart from the area MLA, any of the ministers in the Delhi Government and chairman, Tirth Yatra Vikas Samiti, Delhi government, may issue such a certificate irrespective of the constituency in which the applicant resides. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsEarlier, the cabinet approved the Revenue Department’s proposal to begin the scheme titled Mukhyamantri Tirth Yatra Yojana to enable 1,100 senior citizens from each Assembly Constituency per year to undertake free pilgrimages, the expenses for which will be borne by the government. It is proposed that a total of 77,000 pilgrims will be able to avail this facility every year. In case applicants won’t be able to undertake the pilgrimage, he/she has to provide intimation upto seven days before the travel date. Otherwise, he/she shall not be eligible to apply under this scheme again. All application forms are available online and shall be filed online either through Office of Divisional Commissioner or office of respective MLA or office of Tirth Yatra Committee. The selection of pilgrims will be done through draw of lots and respective area MLA will have to certify the residents as belonging to Delhi. All other modalities will be specified in the final notification. “This son of yours will send you on at least one tirth yatra in your lifetime. Your government has done a lot of development work over the last four-and-a-half years, but sending our senior citizens on a tirth yatra is one of the closest things to my heart,” said Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal while launching the scheme earlier this month.last_img read more

Gurgaon SHO held for raping womanGurgaon SHO held for raping woman

first_imgGurgaon: A station house officer of a Gurgaon police station has been arrested for allegedly raping and then blackmailing a woman by making her obscene video, police said on Sunday. The accused SHO of Sadar police station Dalbir Singh, who was set to retire next year, was arrested on Saturday after a complaint was lodged on Friday. He was arrested after an internal inquiry found him guilty, a police officer said. Singh is charged for raping a woman on various occasions and threatening her to circulate a MMS of his crime that he made when she got unconscious. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder The traumatized victim, a resident of district Jind, had loged a complaint against Singh on Friday following which a internal inquiry was set up to probe the case. According to the complaint, the victim felt helpless and even tried to commit suicide in a lake located in Jind but a cop saw him and persuaded her to file the complaint against the accused. “The woman stated in her complaint that she had got married to a man from Uddana in Jind in November 2017. After few months of the marriage, differences cropped up between the couple,” she said. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings She approached police against her husband and the case was transferred to all woman police station in Gurgaon where she met Singh at a police station”, a senior police officer said. “As Singh also belongs to the same district, I trusted on him and shared my contact number,” the victim said in the complaint. Singh used to regularly called her over phone and even got her placement in a restaurant, it said. “She said on July 10, while she was waiting for a bus to go Gurgaon from Jind, Singh came in car and offered to drop her,” the police officer said “After crossing the Pindara bypass, Singh drove his car at a deserted place where he sexually assaulted her in car. He later dropped her to Gurgaon”, the officer added. “Singh next day asked me to meet him in his quarters. When I came to confront him. He tried to pacify me and gave me drink laced with sedatives. After I fell unconscious, he raped me and recorded the crime in his mobile phone”, the victim said in her complaint. “Singh regularly threatened the victim to circulate the clip if she didn’t comply with his demands. The victim under depression decided to commit suicide,” the officer added.last_img read more

Relief for Tokyo 2020 after smooth triathlon mixed testRelief for Tokyo 2020 after smooth triathlon mixed test

first_imgTokyo: France won a thrilling mixed triathlon test event for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics Sunday, which passed off as planned in a welcome boost for organisers after difficulties with high temperatures and water pollution. The swimming leg of the paratriathlon on Saturday was scrapped after water tests showed levels of e-coli bacteria more than double the acceptable standard and the running section of a women’s test event on Thursday was curtailed in blistering temperatures, with French athlete Cassandre Beaugrand treated for heatstroke. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhBut on Sunday in the Japanese capital with the temperature a slightly cooler 30 Celsius, the levels of bacteria reduced to within permitted levels. The mixed relay, a new event for Tokyo 2020 involving two men and two women, was won by France in a photo finish from Great Britain after a nail-biting final sprint. Dorian Connix chased down Alex Yee on the final straight despite being behind for most of the race and breasted the tape fractionally ahead of his British competitor. A powerful United States team came third. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterThe format is much shorter than the individual race with each athlete completing a 300 metre swim, a 7.4 kilometre cycle and a 2km run before handing off to a teammate, making it less demanding in hot weather. “I don’t think conditions were as bad as Thursday when we raced,” South Africa’s Gillian Sanders told AFP. “I don’t think it’s too hot not to race or too hot to reduce the distance,” added Sanders, who said that the water quality also felt better. “Personally, I don’t think I’ve acclimatised properly because I haven’t been here for long. I’ve been here five days and I think you need two or three weeks. So it’s a really good learning curve,” said the 37-year-old. Battling the heat of the sweltering summer has become the main challenge for Tokyo 2020 organisers, who have otherwise won widespread praise, including from the International Olympic Committee, for their preparations. Aside from the problems at the triathlon, about a dozen people, including a spectator, were taken ill at a rowing test event last week with suspected heatstroke. A construction worker also died on an Olympic site as Tokyo sweats through a prolonged and deadly heatwave. The triathlon test events have courted controversy even without the heat — two British athletes were disqualified on Thursday for crossing the line first holding hands. Jess Learmonth and Georgia Taylor-Brown fell foul of ITU rules stating that “athletes who finish in a contrived tie situation, where no effort to separate their finish times has been made, will be disqualified”.last_img read more

Separatist leader Geelani asks JK people to resistSeparatist leader Geelani asks JK people to resist

first_imgSrinagar: Accusing the Centre of forcing “demographic change” and “settler colonies” in Kashmir in “violation of all international laws” and UN resolutions, All Parties Hurriyat Conference Chairperson Syed Ali Geelani has urged Jammu and Kashmir’s people to “resist at this critical juncture”. In a statement issued on Friday, the hardline separatist leader, who advocates Kashmir’s merger with Pakistan, said people should organise peaceful protests and demonstrations in their areas of residence. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ “While doing so, we must remain absolutely disciplined and not give the enemy, who is armed and ready to kill, any excuse whatsoever to hurt our lives and property,” he said. Geelani, 89, said: “Each and every person must face the naked Indian brutality with courage. We all can, and must, act according to our abilities; through action or word… It is very important that our demonstrations remain absolutely peaceful so that more and more people are able to join. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K “If the Indian armed forces still attack our gatherings, the entire responsibility for the possible loss of lives and property will be on them, and the world will remain witness to their deeds.” Referring to the restrictions in Jammu and Kashmir since the Centre’s August 5 order abrogating Article 370 of the Indian Constitution which gave special status to the erstwhile state, Geelani said he hoped his message reaches the people via the international media. Referring to the recent events in the Jammu and Kashmir — now a Union Territory after Parliament split it into two — Geelani said the move showed in clear light the real “deceitful and brutal” nature of the Central government. “They are a firm and brazen display of India’s intention in forcing a demographic change and the creation of settler colonies in Kashmir in violation of all international laws and the United Nations resolutions on Kashmir. The rulers from Delhi are drunk on power and arrogance of majoritarianism and they have snatched away all percepts of humanity, ethics and democracy,” he said. Mentioning that the entire region had been transformed into a “prison”, Geelani alleged that the Centre had made efforts to hide its campaign of “brutal repression” from the outside world. “Not only have they blocked the entire communication systems used by common people since about the beginning of the month, they have also gagged local reportage and news media without any formal declaration. No news about the brutalities and repression of the Indian armed forces, killings and arrests of thousands of youth is being published. “Common people are unable to know about their kith and kin. The oppressors might try to hide the reality, but history will not spare anyone.” Calling the Centre’s move a “murder of democracy”, Geelani said it was “unfortunate” that the people in other parts of the country had been celebrating the government’s decisions. “… The increased military presence was used to not only imprison the pro-freedom leadership and people but also large sections of the pro-occupation machinery.” Marking the scenario a “golden opportunity”, Geelani appealed to Kashmiris to join the “valiant struggle” for complete freedom and liberation. “We must fight the enemy in unison. History remains witness to the fact that big military powers have repeatedly perished in front of the force of people’s unity and truth. Courage, patience and discipline are those weapons of a defenceless people which can defeat the enemy with howsoever enormous an arsenal.” In a message to Jammu and Kashmir government officials, bureaucrats and police personnel, Geelani said even when they were hand-in-hand in the “oppression” of their own people, the Centre did not “trust them”. Describing the Kashmiri people living outside the region as “ambassadors of Kashmir”, Geelani said they should keep themselves informed of the situation back home and participate in the resistance struggle. He urged the people of Pakistan and its leaders to help the “besieged” people of Kashmir. “You are an important party to the Kashmir dispute and this is the time for unity and action… You must continue to heighten your political and diplomatic initiatives to the highest level and respond to the deceit of the Indian occupation with full strength and determination.”last_img read more

FPIs net sellers for second straight month pull out 5920 cr inFPIs net sellers for second straight month pull out 5920 cr in

first_imgNew Delhi: Foreign investors pulled out a net amount of Rs 5,920 crore from the Indian capital markets in August even as the government rolled back enhanced surcharge on FPIs last week. The withdrawal from the capital markets (both equity and debt) in August is “contrary to the expectation” since the Centre last week announced revocation of enhanced super-rich tax on foreign and domestic equity investors imposed in the Budget, said Himanshu Srivastava, senior analyst manager research at Morningstar. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalAccording to the latest depositories data, foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) withdrew a net amount of Rs 17,592.28 crore from equities and pumped in a net sum of Rs 11,672.26 crore in the debt segment, translating into a total net outflow of Rs 5,920.02 crore during August 1 – 30. In July, overseas investors had pulled out a net amount of Rs 2,985.88 crore from the capital markets. Prior to the announcement of enhanced super-rich tax in the Union Budget for 2019-20 in July, FPIs were net buyers for five consecutive months. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostFPIs had infused a net Rs 10,384.54 crore in June, Rs 9,031.15 crore in May, Rs 16,093 crore in April, Rs 45,981 crore in March and Rs 11,182 crore in February into the Indian capital markets. “Concerns over slowing domestic economy, volatility in the global markets and increased fears of global recession due to escalating trade war tension between US and China overshadowed the positive move of withdrawal of surcharge,” Srivastava added.last_img read more

Ageold murals of 17th century Leh Palace being restored by ASIAgeold murals of 17th century Leh Palace being restored by ASI

first_imgLeh: Skillfull hands are carefully chipping away extraneous elements and adroitly removing graffiti to reveal the original beauty of age-old murals in 17th century-era Leh Palace as part of a painstaking restoration work currently underway at the monument.The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), which maintains the famed palace nestled in the mountains of Ladakh, recently began the restoration of the age-old wall art located on its sixth floor, officials said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”The murals are made of natural colours, and that is one of the reasons it has survived the ravages of time and inharmonious interventions over the decades. It is perhaps the first time such an extensive restoration on murals have been taken up in the last 30 years or so at Leh,” a senior ASI official told PTI. The official, part of the core team of eight members working on the preservation, said, the murals had been defaced by visitors with graffiti, some of which date back to late 1960s. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”About two weeks ago, the project began at the palace. Experts in chemical techniques have come from Chennai, Indore and Agra, assisted by other local staff members and labourers. The layering of extraneous elements, like plaster work had to be carefully removed,” he said. An architectural masterpiece and an engineering feat of the Namgyal dynasty, the second dynasty of Ladakhi rulers, it was built in Tibetan style with materials such as stones, sun-dried mud bricks, woods of poplar, juniper and willow procured from different areas of Leh, according to the ASI. “The construction of the palace was completed in a short span of only three years during the reign of Senge Namgyal (c. 1590-1635), the most illustrious king of Ladakh. The palace, overlooking the Leh city, has nine levels and an exquisite entrance gateway,” it said. Asked about the design and span of the murals, the ASI official said, the paintings are spread across the walls measuring an area of about 32 sqm. “As per the design, these murals done in a series of sorts, depict Buddhist symbols, like the spinning wheel, flowers and other religious motifs. It is beautiful, and people of Leh, who are rejoicing creation of a UT, are also delighted to see the old glory of the palace murals being brought back,” he said. Sources said the restoration work is likely to be completed by mid-September. Ladakh will assume a new identity of a Union Territory on October 31. The palace is being maintained by ASI’s Leh Mini Circle, constituted some years ago. Earlier it fell under Srinagar Circle of the ASI. On the sixth level, the team can be seen carefully chipping away plaster work laid on the murals over the decades or putting daubs of paint on faded artwork with needle brushes. Asked if there is any documented work on these arts, the ASI official said, “No documentation as such is there but we are taking reference of ancient Tibetan Thangkas, which are also painted with natural colours”. He said an ASI team had worked on a restoration project some years ago at Thiksey Monastery in Thiksey area of Leh district, one of the most iconic buildings in Ladakh. The Leh Palace comprises nine levels with over 100 rooms, however, purpose of only few of considerable importance are known. The rooms in the lower level served for use by staff, servants, and as storage silos. “The palace is entered through an elaborately embellished wooden portico gate, known as Singe-sgo (the lion gate) at level two. At level four is a large open courtyard known as Khatok Chenmo, a platform for social and cultural activities of the royal family, as well as a royal shrine. The minister and other members were addressed by the king in the hall of audience on level five and the living quarters for royal family were reserved on level six,” reads the ASI plaque near the entrance. The palace was in a ruined state when the ASI declared it as a Monument of National Importance in 1982. Since then, the ASI has carried out restoration and conservation work in a phased manner to revive the glory of the palace, visited by a large number of tourists daily.last_img read more

Of peace talks and terrorOf peace talks and terror

first_imgAfter a Taliban attack in Kabul last week which killed 12 people, including a US soldier, US President Donald Trump called off peace talks and secret meetings and also cancelled the US-Taliban negotiations in Qatar. The stately protest of the act of terror was in expression of disagreement to the violence recently perpetrated. Taliban, on the other hand, has condemned President Trump’s abrupt move to suspend the ongoing peace talks with the group to close the 18-year-old war in Afghanistan, dubbing this gesture as an “anti-peace move”. The Taliban are very adamant on their assertion against the US that this move will bring more harm upon Washington and that US will end up more losses. Following the suspension of talks, the Taliban expressed through a series of tweets that “Our struggle for the past 18 years … will continue until the foreign occupation is finished and the Afghans are given a chance to live by their own choice”. Matters were progressing steadily before the recent bombing that claimed innocent lives, the Doha talks were a positive development with fruitful discussions going towards signing the agreement. September 23 was decided as the inaugural day of another round of inter-Afghan dialogue hoping that a deal with the US would be reached by then. With the sudden turn of events between the US and Taliban, the government of Afghanistan issued a statement that real peace would be possible only if he Taliban stopped launching attacks and held direct talks with the government. The Afghan President’s spokesperson, Sediq Sediqqi, stated that a direct negotiation with the group was a long-awaited wish and that they “strongly believe in a process that can be led and owned by the Afghan government and Afghan people”. This triangular picture of the Afghanistan peace process points to the fact that however defunct or incapacitated, a civilian government has no substitute and that for any step in the direction of peace for common good and general wellbeing, the civilian government is an indispensible entity. The Taliban, however, does not recognise the Afghan government calling it a “puppet regime” and refuses to engage with it. For the US to pull out of the situation, a willing party wielding some amount of power has to be necessarily involved, but as matters stand in Afghanistan, between the weakened civilian government and the radical Taliban, it is Taliban with which the peace talks are executed as choosing the Afghan government for this purpose would be fraught with impediments owing to the Taliban. An all-out withdrawal of the USA from the war-ravaged Afghanistan would create a vacuum in the country giving space for greater terror-like disorder to thrive. The USA, for now, has been very firm in its stance against Taliban and had gone on to diplomatically register its disagreement by recalling its special envoy for Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, to Washington to determine the path forward. Certainly, this is a startling move because the suspension of talks for peace would that the status of war in Afghanistan will prolong further. This, however, does not indicate that talks are abandoned altogether but that USA is more insistent on its ways. Talks and terror cannot go together, as Indians often say. But considering the eccentric Donald Trump, he is known to be walking away from negotiations, as both the US President and as a business tycoon, as a move for getting a better or stronger negotiating position. Also Read – A compounding difficultyThe pertinent question now is: who needs a peace deal more at this point, Afghanistan or the USA? Of course, it is Afghanistan but the USA with its prolonged situation in Afghanistan also perpetuates the status of the war-torn country. It was expected that the Taliban would be in a greater need for a peace deal but the very contrary seems to have been proved with the recent bombing in Kabul. It was only last week that the US and Taliban negotiators struck a draft deal that could have resulted in the withdrawal of troops from America’s longest war so far. There are at present 14,000 US forces and thousands of other NATO troops in Afghanistan, 18 years after its invasion by a US-led coalition following the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Centre. Trump’s characteristic style of negotiations, however, are unlike a typical diplomatic exchange centred on statecraft, his approach tends to be more in a manner of business transactions. As per The Guardian, Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid said in a statement that “Its credibility will be affected, its anti-peace stance will be exposed to the world, losses to lives and assets will increase” with reference to Trumps move on the peace talks. A damage to credibility has been the recurring point of Taliban given Trump’s walk-out on peace talks. The Doha rounds were seen as a silver lining in the nearly two decades of war in Afghanistan. For long, people were afraid the US would sign a cease-fire but the Taliban would continue their war against the Afghan government and people. Nine rounds of discussions between the militant group and the US had already taken place in Doha, Qatar, and according to BBC, on September 3, a top American negotiator had claimed that a peace agreement had been reached “in principle”. Under the proposed deal, Washington had said it would withdraw 5,400 soldiers in 20 weeks in exchange for the militant group’s guarantee that Afghanistan would not be used as its base for terrorism. Afghanistan has borne the brunt of several terror attacks in the past few months amid US peace talks with the Taliban. The terror group wants all American and NATO troops to leave the country and is at its strongest now since the US took control over large parts of the country following the 9/11 attack. As far as peace in Afghanistan goes, it is only elusive. And there is a necessity for a peace deal to work out effectively for Afghanistan for the stability in the South Asian region. Terror activities that go on unabated in Pakistan receive a considerable cover-up with the situation perpetuated in Afghanistan. India can’t not be concerned at this.last_img read more

Lautaro Martinez hattrick fires Argentina over MexicoLautaro Martinez hattrick fires Argentina over Mexico

first_imgLos Angeles: Lautaro Martinez fired a 22-minute hat-trick as Argentina thrashed Mexico 4-0 in a friendly international in San Antonio. Inter Milan striker Martinez scored in the 17th, 22nd and 39th minutes at the Alamodome to give Argentina a deserved win over a lacklustre Mexico team on Tuesday. Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Leandro Paredes scored Argentina’s other goal from the penalty spot after 33 minutes as the South American giants romped into a 4-0 lead at halftime. But it was the 22-year-old Martinez who grabbed the headlines with a clinical exhibition of finishing which took his international goals tally to nine in 13 appearances. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhMartinez opened the scoring in the 17th minute, picking the ball up deep in Mexican territory before twisting and turning past several defenders and firing low past Guillermo Ochoa. Martinez bagged his second five minutes later, with River Plate’s Exequiel Palacios punishing sloppy play in the Mexican defence to send the Inter Milan striker through on goal to finish for 2-0. A disastrous start for Mexico got worse shortly after the half hour mark when Carlos Salcedo was adjudged to have handled in the area to concede a penalty. Paredes duly stepped up to convert to give Argentina a 3-0 lead. Martinez completed his hat-trick six minutes from half-time, again capitalising on lackadaisical Mexican defending to dart in and shoot past Ochoa. Argentina were without several first choice regulars, with Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero and Angel Di Maria all missing from their two-game international tour of North America.last_img read more

So many other Tinas out there Caregiver calls for changes to curbSo many other Tinas out there Caregiver calls for changes to curb

first_imgWINNIPEG – The woman who raised a teen girl found dead in a river after she kept returning to the streets wants changes to Manitoba child welfare to prevent chronic runaways from ending up in grave danger.Kids who run away constantly while in government care have become a recurring problem due to finite provincial resources and strict limitations under federal law.Tina Fontaine was being exploited and had repeatedly run away from hotel rooms and a Winnipeg youth shelter in the weeks before her death in August 2014. She was last seen walking away from a hotel room where she had been housed.Her body, wrapped in a duvet cover and weighed down by rocks, was found in the Red River after she rejected pleas from a social worker to stay in for the night.“I don’t know what else we can do to keep a child like Tina (safe) — and there are so many other Tinas out there that just keep running,” said Thelma Favel, Tina’s great-aunt, who raised the girl on the Sagkeeng First Nation.“I wish there was something they could do to keep them safe — maybe a placement where they’re not allowed to leave, for a period of time anyway, just to get some kind of counselling for them to show them what could happen to them out there.”The Youth Criminal Justice Act forbids placing kids in custody as a way to protect them. People can be locked up for a few days in facilities for severe drug addiction or extreme mental-health crises, but locking kids up in a foster or group home is forbidden.In Manitoba, there are group homes deemed “semi-secure” that have extensive monitoring and programming, but the goal is a quick transition to more freedom.Manitoba’s children’s advocate, Daphne Penrose, suggested there is a need for high-security placements in some cases.“I believe there is a place for children who are so exploited and on the risk of imminent danger when they are out, those kids need help until they can make safe decisions for themselves,” she said.Penrose, whose office is investigating what services were provided to Tina, said kids who are running away are often not doing so voluntarily.“You’re dealing with kids who oftentimes owe people money or are threatened to get out there to work … or their pimps are making them work,” she said.“If you don’t see it from that perspective … then you see them as chronically running away because they want to leave, and that’s not the case.”She said mental-health supports and addictions treatment must be improved and there needs to be a crackdown on child exploitation.The issue of runaways was highlighted in a recent inquest report into the death of an Indigenous teen who hanged herself in a jail after spending her life in care. She had run away from 14 foster placements and was being sexually exploited. Her identity is protected under a court-ordered publication ban.The inquest report by provincial court Judge Shauna Hewitt-Michta said the girl was forced to work in the sex trade by a gang and “repeatedly ran from foster placements, including a specialized placement in Winnipeg for sexually exploited youth, to resume work in the sex trade.”After she took her own life, one of the men who exploited her was sentenced to 15 years in prison for filming child pornography and running an underage prostitution ring.Cora Morgan, the First Nations family advocate for the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, said there are other reasons kids want to run away.“When they come into care, they’re taken from everything they know — their home, their family, their friends, their school. Every connection that they have in the world, they lose all of it.”Manitoba Families Minister Scott Fielding said the provincial government is working to reform child welfare, in part by focusing more on supporting families before children are apprehended.“We believe better assessments and earlier planning will result in less children in care and shorter duration in care,” Fielding said in a written statement.last_img read more

Aunt Jemima products recalled over possible Listeria contaminationAunt Jemima products recalled over possible Listeria contamination

first_imgA warning for Canadians to check their freezers, some of the Aunt Jemima products inside may have been recalled.Pinnacle Foods Canada Corporation is recalling Frozen Waffles and Frozen French Toast slices from the market over possible Listeria contamination.Anyone who might have consumed one of the products is being urged to contact your doctor.Recalled products can either be thrown out or returned to the store where it was purchased.According to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, food contaminated with Listeria may not look or smell spoiled but it can make you sick.Symptoms include vomitting, nausea, persistent fever, muscle aches, severe heache and neck stiffness.Pregnant women, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems are also at risk.There have been no reported illnesses or incidents, to date, associated with eating one of the products.Anyone looking for more information is being urged to check out the CFIA website.last_img read more

Police seek information after 100000 oysters stolen from PEI watersPolice seek information after 100000 oysters stolen from PEI waters

first_imgMURRAY HARBOUR, P.E.I. – Someone has stolen more than 100,000 of P.E.I.’s famous oysters.Police say the theft of $30,000 worth of the mollusk was discovered Sunday in the Murray Harbour North area.RCMP Sgt. R.C. Gunn says they were illegally taken from an aquaculture operation in the waters there.He said it’s unclear if the oysters have been taken out of the province, but it’s one of the many questions that are part of the investigation.Police are asking anyone with information to call the Montague detachment of the RCMP or Crime Stoppers.last_img

NS doctors threaten province with legal action over contract disputesNS doctors threaten province with legal action over contract disputes

first_imgHALIFAX – Nova Scotia doctors are threatening to take the province to court, saying alleged contract breaches by the Liberal government have eroded the goodwill needed to fix a fragile health-care system.“We’re trying to recruit doctors … what we need is an atmosphere of trust that allows doctors to say, ‘Nova Scotia is a place I can go and I’ll be respected,’” Dr. Andre Bernard, chairman of Doctors Nova Scotia, said Monday.The organization gave the province legal notice Tuesday of a lawsuit asking for over $4 million and a restoration of contract provisions it says were being dropped without its knowledge.One dispute is tied to agreements with about 200 doctors who get a fixed payment to provide a suite of services, often in rural areas.The doctors’ group said the Health Department recently provided agreements to 16 physicians that dropped clauses recognizing Doctors Nova Scotia as their bargaining agent and cast in doubt a dispute resolution system and liability insurance provisions.Doctors Nova Scotia says it is also upset that the province isn’t agreeing to restore over $4 million it drew from a contingency fund for its health benefits and dental plan.Nancy MacCready-Williams, chief executive of Doctors Nova Scotia, said over the years, the professional association set aside money for the fund in case the province refused to continue funding its portion. The program includes a health and dental plan, a support program for doctors experiencing stress, family and dependency issues, and a parental leave program.Randy Delorey, the health minister, said in a news conference that the government viewed the money in the contingency fund as “taxpayers’ money” that built up due to an earlier deal with doctors.The arrangement provided Doctors Nova Scotia with set payments which proved to be higher than the actual costs of the benefits plan, he said.“I believe this is a dispute with the organization, but not directly with the province’s physicians. … this is a dispute around a surplus fund of taxpayer dollars being held by a third party organization,” he said.Delorey says a new master agreement with Doctors Nova Scotia says auditors from both sides would get together and assess how much of a surplus, if any, should be held by the physicians.The doctors’ group said the province shouldn’t have ceased making payments before the auditors had met, but Delorey said that’s not the advice his lawyers gave him.As for the dropped clauses in some of the rural doctors’ agreements, Delorey said he had meeting with the doctors’ group in August and “my takeaway from that meeting is both sides agreed to sit down and move forward … and I believe those concerns can be worked out.”The tensions between Doctors Nova Scotia and the Liberal government are occurring at a delicate time for the province’s health system, with Premier Stephen McNeil facing criticism over a shortage of family physicians, hospital crowding and long wait times for surgeries.As of Sept. 1, 35,777 people — about four per cent of the population — have registered online or by phone with the Nova Scotia Health Authority’s Need a Family Practice registry, indicating they do not have a primary care provider.The health authority says about 1,700 people on the agency’s registry have been accepted by family practices and over 4,400 individuals who have added their names to the registry have had them forwarded to practices.Meanwhile, Statistics Canada figures from last year suggest the total number of citizens over 12 years of age without a regular medical provider was 83,300, if you include those who haven’t signed up on the registry.That survey estimate doesn’t include some remote areas, members of the Canadian Forces and residents of First Nations.MacCready-Williams said this year should be a time for doctors and the province to work together on solutions, rather than battle in the courts.“We settled on a contract last year so we shouldn’t be having these difficult conversations in terms of trying to implement our contract. We should be in a time of peace and harmony,” she said.Both opposition leaders said Tuesday that the legal dispute is the latest sign the Liberals are doing a poor job overseeing the health system.“The government should keep its word. When they sign an agreement, the agreement should mean something. This is a calamity for doctor recruitment and retention,” said Progressive Conservative Leader Jamie Baillie.NDP Leader Gary Burrill said “the government simply doesn’t have a handle on the matter.”Follow (at)mtuttoncporg on Twitter.last_img read more

Ontario will move ahead with council cut despite court challengeOntario will move ahead with council cut despite court challenge

first_imgTORONTO – The Ontario government is standing by its controversial decision to cut the size of Toronto’s council despite a looming legal challenge from the city, saying it will be implementing the reduction in time for the fall municipal election.A day after Toronto councillors voted to take the province to court over the issue, the Progressive Conservatives maintained that their decision will “streamline” governance in Canada’s most populous city.“For too long the dysfunction and political gridlock at city hall has held Toronto back on issues like transit, infrastructure and housing,” a spokesman for Premier Doug Ford said in a statement Tuesday.“The Better Local Government Act will help streamline Toronto City Council and make sure they can more effectively deliver on the priorities that matter to the people of Toronto, while saving taxpayers at least $25 million.”The provincial legislation — which passed last week — will cut the number of Toronto council seats from 47 to 25, aligning Toronto’s ward map with federal ridings ahead of the Oct. 22 municipal election. It also cancels planned elections for the head of council position in the regional municipalities of Muskoka, Peel, York and Niagara, turning them into appointed roles.Toronto will take part in a Superior Court hearing challenging the legislation on Aug. 31, as well as any other legal proceedings related to the provincial legislation, the city said.Mayor John Tory said Tuesday that he believes the legal action will be heard quickly, noting that local politicians should soon know if the upcoming election will involve 47 or 25 seats.“I think what you’ll find is the case will be heard with a degree of dispatch,” he said, noting that the city is fighting against how the province decided to act on its council-cutting plan.“I understand the fact that the law was passed,” he said. “That is the very thing that we’re challenging in court, mostly on the basis of a totally unacceptable process that did not involve any consultation and I think sets a very bad precedent.”One observer said Toronto councillors who were against the province’s move had limited ways in which they could oppose the government’s plan.“What council did is a political act,” said Ryerson University politics and public administration professor Wayne Petrozzi, noting that there’s little chance a court will find the province exceeded its constitutional authority.“For the city of Toronto politicians to have meekly taken a pass on this and just allowed it to go ahead I think might have encouraged Mr. Ford to indulge in this kind of behaviour some future time as well.”The city’s planned court challenge is just the latest legal proceeding the newly-minted Ford government is dealing with since it took office in late June.The Tories are facing a planned human rights complaint over the repeal and replacement of the province’s sex education curriculum and legal action launched by Tesla over the cancellation of electric car subsidies.When asked if the government’s aggressive approach to its legislative agenda could have led to the proceedings, Ford’s spokesman Simon Jefferies said the government is simply keeping its promises.“Premier Doug Ford and the government for the people are going to continue implementing our plan for the people, and delivering real relief to families,” he said.last_img read more

PMO recently learned of former Liberal MP Grewals gambling issue TrudeauPMO recently learned of former Liberal MP Grewals gambling issue Trudeau

first_imgBUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he learned of a former Liberal MP’s gambling problem just over a week ago, but his office had no information that an RCMP investigation was connected to the issue.Trudeau says his office was aware the Mounties had been examining Raj Grewal’s connection to the prime minister’s trip to India this year.He said the PMO was also aware of an ethics investigation into Grewal that began in May, after two opposition MPs expressed concerns that Grewal might have been in a conflict of interest related to the India trip.Grewal had invited a construction executive — who was paying him for legal services — to official events with Trudeau during the trip.Grewal took to Facebook on Friday night to say he has repaid his sizable gambling debts and is now reconsidering his hasty decision to quit politics.Trudeau says the RCMP conducts independent investigations.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Singh promises action on affordable housing after winning in Burnaby SouthSingh promises action on affordable housing after winning in Burnaby South

first_imgBURNABY, B.C. — New Democrat Leader Jagmeet Singh says he will use his new position as a member of Parliament to pressure the Liberal government to take action on the affordable housing crisis in British Columbia.The former Ontario legislator won a byelection in Burnaby South on Monday, giving him a voice in the House of Commons for the first time since he became NDP leader in the fall of 2017.He says everywhere he went while campaigning in the riding, he heard that the top concern was housing, and he’s calling for the fast-tracking of investments to build new co-operative and non-market housing.Singh says the federal government used to build housing decades ago, and he wants to return to that time, adding his other priorities are fighting climate change and implementing universal medication coverage.The 40-year-old beat Liberal candidate Richard T. Lee by more than 3,000 votes.It’s not the first time a federal New Democrat leader has come from the city in Metro Vancouver as Tommy Douglas won a byelection in Burnaby-Coquitlam in 1963 and represented the area until 1968.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Mother of child who died angry antivaccine page used girls image onMother of child who died angry antivaccine page used girls image on

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. — The mother of a young Newfoundland girl who died last summer is furious her daughter’s altered image was used online as part of an anti-vaccination campaign.She has screenshots showing someone posted on a Facebook page an image of Nevaeh Denine’s face, with text claiming her death was related to vaccines.The girl, who was diagnosed with neuroblastoma at an early age, was well known in Newfoundland and Labrador for starting a lemonade stand to raise money for children with cancer.Holly Denine learned about the falsified image of her daughter late last week and urged friends and family to do all they could to eliminate it and prevent it from being shared on social media.Denine says her daughter used social media to raise thousands of dollars for sick children before her death last August, shortly after she turned nine.She says she had worried that someone might exploit her daughter’s photo to raise money.“I always feared it would be used for GoFundMe or something like that,” she said. “So this really took me off guard.”Denine said vaccination can be essential, especially for children whose immune systems are weakened, and she says she’s angry her child was used to spread false information about vaccines.A spokesperson for Facebook said in an email the social media company is looking into the incident.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Tim Allen Gives Life Advice In AARP MagazineTim Allen Gives Life Advice In AARP Magazine

first_imgTim Allen has shared some advice on how to be present in your own life in the latest issue of AARP The Magazine.“I suggest it to everybody to engage as much as you can in life,” he says in an exclusive interview in the magazine, on sale September 24. “Most human beings are disengaged all day, every day. You’re doing one thing but you’re thinking about your dry cleaning or ’I’ve got this on Friday.’ It takes energy. God knows I’m not the Dalai Llama, but if you’re not careful and don’t find your center point, you end up sorta drifting through life sideways.“Yesterday I was swimming with my 3 year-old, and I looked up and thought, ‘How wonderful this world is.’ We’re always searching for something, but it’s going to be all right. Stop fretting so much.”Allen also touches on his sobriety, losing his father at a young age, and other personal struggles from which his accessible brand of comedy was born.“My wife and I have befriended couples in their 70s, 80s and 90s, and they’re so clear about who they are. They teach us humility and gentleness. Maybe their bodies don’t work the way they once did, but they’re right there. That’s how I want to be as I get older.“You don’t want the end to come and say, ‘I wished I’d loved more, I wish I smelled more roses.’ You have to do that now.”last_img read more

Michael J Fox Foundation Teams Up With Poker TournamentMichael J Fox Foundation Teams Up With Poker Tournament

first_imgHollywood Poker, the #1 and only online celebrity poker game on Facebook, iPhone and iPad that connects poker enthusiasts to play with celebrities, has teamed up with the Michael J. Fox Foundation and Love Across the Ocean to bring a celebrity charity poker tournament to Southern California.The live poker tournament takes place Saturday, September 28th at Commerce Casino. The event is open to the public (with limited availability) for a chance to play and rub elbows with celebrities, win money and other prizes. The red carpet affair begins at 11 am and the tournament will commence at 12:30 pm. Hollywood Poker is guaranteeing a Prize Pool of $20,000 and is also adding a Hollywood Poker Celebrities Only Prize Pool of $20,000.“We are looking forward to this star studded event to help raise awareness on matters of heavier weight with celebrity philanthropists who care and continue to partner with us to make that difference”, says Actor and Poker Chairman Dale Wade Davis.Play alongside celebrities and poker pros at the Hollywood Poker Celebrity InvitationalThis year’s event expects to see the likes of Kate Linder, Adrian Paul, Dean Cain, Michael Vartan, Nicholas Gonzalez, Samm Levine, Yancey Arias, Tony Denison and Victoria Pratt.Past celebrity supporters and poker players include Jack Black, Tenacious D, Kevin Pollak, Brad Garrett, Daniel Baldwin, Lou Diamond Phillips and Brian Krause to name a few as well as poker pros Men “The Master” Nguyen, Annie Duke and John “Razor” Phan.A little can go a long way. The Hollywood Poker Celebrity Invitational reaches to help people around the world and this year’s tournament will support two deserving charities. Proceeds will help find a cure for Parkinson’s disease with research programs and clinical trials through the Michael J. Fox Foundation and will also benefit Love Across the Ocean, which helps feed families, rebuild schools, treat the sick and gives the ability to sponsor a child for less than $2 a day.To register for the tournament, please visit read more

Nick Cannon Walks For Lupus FoundationNick Cannon Walks For Lupus Foundation

first_imgHollywood stars of television turned out to shed light on the cruel mystery that is lupus and raise critically needed funds for research and education programs during the Lupus Foundation of America’s (LFA) Walk to End Lupus Now, in Los Angeles on Saturday, September 20, 2014.Walk to End Lupus Now Grand Marshal, multi-talented entertainer and television personality, Nick Cannon rallied a crowd of more than 5,000 participants at Exposition Park.Cannon was joined by Walk Ambassador Ian Harding of ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars and special guest Margaret Avery of BET’s Being Mary Jane. Fellow Being Mary Jane cast members LaTarsha Rose and BJ Britt also came out to show their support for the millions of families affected by this unpredictable and debilitating disease.“I am thrilled to participate in Walk to End Lupus Now and have the opportunity to join thousands of individuals with lupus, and their families and friends in the fight against lupus. We can’t do it alone. Together, we can raise awareness of lupus and its impact on our communities and call attention to the importance of lupus research,” says Nick Cannon.NBC4 Southern California weekend co-Anchor, Kathy Vara and “Today in LA” co-anchor Whit Johnson served as emcees for the event, which was overflowing with people wearing purple, the signature color for lupus, and t-shirts filled with names of family and loved ones affected by lupus.Los Angeles walk participants raised more than $300,000 in donations, which is expected to increase in total as more donations are accepted online through the end of the year. Walk to End Lupus Now was also made possible with the generous support of its sponsors including NBC4 Southern California, Genentech, Starbucks, and Mallinckrodt pharmaceuticals. To make a donation, or learn more, visit Newswirelast_img read more

GapKids Collaboration With Ellen DeGeneres Encourages Positive Social EngagementGapKids Collaboration With Ellen DeGeneres Encourages Positive Social Engagement

first_imgGapKids has partnered with ED, Ellen DeGeneres’ new lifestyle brand to launch GapKids x ED, a limited edition apparel collection and campaign that encourages girls everywhere to be themselves, do what makes them happy and take pride in who they are.GapKids x ED Campaign ImageLaunching today in over 25 markets around the world, the collection, and supporting campaign, is rooted in the same core values that Gap brand has stood for over the past 45 years. Individualism and liberation that comes from confidently being your most authentic self are core values Gap shares with American comedian, talk show host, producer, writer and actress, Ellen DeGeneres.The GapKids x ED campaign features six young girls who have excelled at skateboarding, drumming, robotics and entrepreneurialism, by being true to themselves, regardless of naysayers or outdated stereotypes. These girls, Alexey, Relz, Ryann, Bellatreas, Torrae and Asia, ranging in age from 7 to 12, star in the anthem film and campaign images which all provoke a feeling of strength, empowerment and pure enjoyment. Whether it is the desire to help others like Torrae who builds robotic hands for kids who need them or Alexey’s love for music and her incredible drumming skills, the campaign celebrates girls of all talents for being who they are. The print ads, which launch in August across the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, China and Japan, as well as select international franchise markets, feature the hero campaign “selfie” image of Ellen with the six girls. In addition to print, the campaign spans outdoor, mobile, direct, social, in store and digital.Well beyond stores, Gap is aiming to create an environment of positive social engagement. Using the hashtag #heyworld followed by a name, a girl’s friend, mother, father or mentor can issue a call to action for social messages of encouragement and love to any girl in need of positive support, cheering her on through the power of positive words. In addition, there will be a texting opportunity to receive inspiring and encouraging messages from Ellen DeGeneres herself.The GapKids x ED collection is built on Gap’s most loved wardrobe staples, but with an impactful twist, for girls and a selection for boys and adults as well. The collection prominently features two pieces of iconography: the lightning bolt, a symbol of empowerment, and the speech bubble, a symbol of self-expression. Both the speech bubble and lightning bolt are inscribed throughout the collection including Graphic T-Shirts for Girl’s and Boy’s ($24.95), the Girl’s Quilted Speech Bubble Bomber Jacket ($49.95), and the Adult Zip-up Sweatshirt ($49.95), among other apparel and accessories. The entire family is invited to join in on the powerful dialogue and celebration of individuality.“I know from my own experience that nothing makes you feel better than being who you are and celebrating what makes you unique. I think if we shine a light on real girls doing incredible things, that’ll encourage other girls and boys to do incredible things,” says DeGeneres. “This opportunity to partner with Gap and my new lifestyle brand, ED, is the perfect way to celebrate girls just for being who they are; and to encourage them to unleash their passions; whether it’s math, soccer, singing, dancing, or simply singing while dancing in their bedroom.”In keeping with Gap’s long term focus on youth culture, and the commitment to supporting social causes that allow women to seek out their full potential, they are partnering with select girls’ organizations that share a commitment towards girls and women, including Girls Inc (North America) and CARE (UK & Japan).Further details on the campaign can be found at read more