Oct
18

EOW arrests 2 officials of Amrapali builders

first_imgNew Delhi: The Economic and Offences Wing (EOW) of Delhi Police has arrested two prominent officers of Amrapali Builders in case of cheating.Additional Commissioner of Police (EOW) Suvashis Choudhary said that the accused identified as Chander Prakash Wadhwa ( CFO) and Anil Mittal (statutory auditor) of Amrapali group companies have been arrested last evening from Delhi. Additional CP further said that the accused were nabbed for being instrumental in creating large no of bogus companies for the purpose of diversion of funds of home buyers by employing their known persons and relatives as director/ key management posts in those companies and other offences. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe case was registered under sections 406/409/420/120 B IPC in 2017. “Today they were produced before the Ld CMM Karkardooma courts and five days police custody obtained. Further investigation is in progress,” said Addl CP. He further added that three directors of Amrapali viz Anil Kumar Sharma, Shiv Priya and Ajay Kumar are already in judicial custody. The complainant in the case told police that the company had advertised for booking flats in the year Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings2010. He booked three BHK flat and paid money but company failed to give possession of the property in January 2015 and construction work has been stopped since last six month for unknown reason. Recently in July EOW registered two cases against Amrapali for cheating. One of the cases which was registered on Monday. EOW said that the complainant had booked a three BHK and three toilets and servant. The booking amount was taken and the builder-buyer agreement was executed. Later on, he came to know that requisite approval is not accorded to the project.last_img read more

Oct
18

ED registers PMLA case against Azam Khan

first_imgNew Delhi: The ED has registered a money-laundering case against Samajwadi Party Lok Sabha MP Azam Khan, based on multiple FIRs registered against him by local police on allegations of land-grabbing.The Enforcement Directorate had last week asked for details of 28 FIRs, where allegations of land-grabbing have been levelled against the Rampur parliamentarian by farmers in the area, a source said. Taking cognizance of these cases, the financial probe agency has registered an Enforcement Case Information Report, the equivalent of an FIR, under provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsThe MP was recently put on a land mafia list by the UP government. Some of these local police cases have been registered on complaints from farmers who claimed that Khan had grabbed their land for purposes related to the Mohammad Ali Jauhar University. Khan’s MLA son, Abdullah Azam was also detained by police recently for trying to obstruct them during a raid at the university. Khan had recently created a controversy in parliament for sexist remarks to BJP MP Rama Devi, while she was in the Chair. He later apologised in the house.last_img read more

Oct
18

Mary Kom Lovlina make world cships team Nikhat Zareen demands trial

first_imgNew Delhi: Six-time world champion M C Mary Kom and Lovlina Borgohain have been selected for the upcoming women’s world boxing championships based on their recent performances, a decision that has been lambasted by former junior world champion Nikhat Zareen. The 36-year-old Mary Kom, who has already claimed two gold medals this year (India Open and a recent tournament in Indonesia), has been selected in the 51kg category. World and Asian bronze-medallist Borgohain will be competing in the 69kg category. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhThe 23-year-old Zareen, who claimed a silver at a tournament in Thailand recently, was hoping to challenge Mary Kom in the 51kg trials. The Hyderabadi, in a letter to Boxing Federation of India, alleged that she was “stopped from competing” in a scheduled trial bout on Tuesday against Vanlal Duati by chairman of selectors Rajesh Bhandari. Bhandari, on his part, asserted that the decision to select Mary Kom had been taken days earlier in consultation with the BFI top brass. The world championships are scheduled from October 3 to 13 in Russia. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later”We got a representation from Mary Kom’s coach (Chhotelal Yadav) and after considering it, we felt that Mary Kom had done enough to merit selection without trials. The BFI has been consulted on this matter,” Bhandari told PTI. “She beat Nikhat in the India Open (semifinals) and is consistently better than others in the national camp as well. Nikhat is also a brilliant boxer and she will have her chances in the time to come. But right now, it’s a call based purely on performance and experience,” he said. In her letter, Zareen, who is also a former world youth silver winner and an Asian bronze-medallist, said the turn of events has been nothing short of disappointing and left her stunned. “To my utter surprise and disappointment, I was informed just before the bouts were supposed to start by the Chairman Selection Committee, Mr Rajesh Bhandari that my bout will not happen today & there are some internal discussions happening to ensure I’m protected for future & avoid getting exposed at a young age…,” she wrote. “I’m really surprised by this action as I have already participated in World Championships in 2016 and if I was fine then, so in 2019, I surely cannot be young and this cannot be the reason,” she added. Zareen called on the BFI to hold a trials, which will continue for other weight categories till Thursday. “I only request that a fair trial should happen for all boxers under your leadership. If there is a rule for all of us, it needs to be consistent for all of us irrespective of whatever stature a particular boxer is (sic),” she said. “Unfair practises should not be used for boxers trying to avoid participating in the trials. I look forward to your immediate intervention and restoring the faith of every boxer in India,” she added. Bhandari said the “carefully thought out decision” to pick Mary Kom has been taken keeping India’s medal prospects in mind. Mary Kom is a legend in the event, having claimed six gold medals and a silver in her eight appearances. “We have to give priority to India’s medal chances and it is our unanimous belief that at this point Mary Kom is our strongest bet in this category,” he asserted.last_img read more

Oct
18

Unnecessary alteration

first_imgThe recent controversial amendment to certain provisions of the Right to Information Act 2005 was a threat to the very existence of the institution. Several opposition parties, as well as activists, feel that squeezing RTI means that the government may threaten or lure the Chief Information Commissioner and Information Commissioners to suit its political exigencies. The amendments made changes in the terms and conditions of appointment of the Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) and the Information Commissioners at the Centre and in states. The fixed tenure of five years for the CIC and the ICs was done away. Their salaries too have been altered. Both will now be separately notified by the government of the day. The original RTI Act was passed after it was discussed and cleared by the Parliamentary Committee on Personnel, Public Grievances, Law and Justice. It recommended the level of the Chief Election Commissioner for the CIC and that of Election Commissioners for the ICs respectively. Also Read – A special kind of bondTo recall the genesis, need, concept and evolution of the RTI Act, it may be appropriate to trace the roots since the days of earlier NDA government, or to that matter, the days when Inder Kumar Gujral was Prime Minister. When the then NDA government, though enacted the Freedom of Information Act, did not frame the rules and regulations and as a result, the Manmohan Singh UPA government brought the RTI Act on June 21, 2005. Though the then President APJ Abdul Kalam gave his assent on June 15, 2005, he went on record that confidentiality of communication between the Head of State and Head of Government should be maintained. He further emphasised that notings by bureaucrats on files should also be privileged, as otherwise, it could adversely affect the decision-making process. He, however, expressed the view that the legislation is an empowering tool and added that, “the Right to Information can provide immense relief to people who feel they have been wronged”. An Act of this sort, framed with meticulous care, is rarely seen anywhere in the world. Also Read – Insider threat managementThe strong driving force behind RTI Act was undoubtedly the nine-point Action Plan adopted in the Chief Ministers’ conference chaired by the then PM IK Gujral held on May 1997, on the eve of 50 years of independence. The conference observed that even after (by then) 50 years of independence, people have growing doubts on state and central governments and to justify the trust of the people, an action plan containing the components of Accountability, Transparency and Citizen friendly government was necessary. In the process, the chief ministers and the Prime Minister, irrespective of party affiliations, agreed on enacting Freedom of Information Act, and to make it a success, every government department should draft citizen charters and establish public facilitation and information centres. Unfortunately, in the majority of states, either all three or one or more remained only on paper and for namesake. The RTI Act provisions generated lots of hopes in citizens. The main reason for enacting such a law was that democracy requires an informed citizenry and transparency of information is vital to its functioning. The question was what constitutes information? The answer is simple. Information means any material in any form including records, documents, memos, e-mails, opinions, press releases, circulars, orders, logbooks, contracts, reports, papers, samples, models, data material, etc., held by any public authority. Any authority or body or institution of the government including non-government organisations substantially financed by the government is a public authority and they are expected to maintain all its records. All this information shall be widely disseminated in the public domain and in an easily accessible format. Each public authority shall appoint Public Information Officers (PIO) who are responsible to provide information when a citizen seeks. In case if the citizen does not get a response from the PIO within the prescribed time, he or she has a right to approach the Information Commission for redressal and the concerned Commissioner(s) initiate appropriate action against the PIO who fails to give information.A couple of doubts still haunt citizens in the implementation of the Act despite the formation of commissions in some states and the Centre. Is it possible for the government to commit to “provide for setting out the practical regime of right to information for citizens to secure access to information under the control of public authorities” as stated in the Act? For each and every government department, unless otherwise committed to the Act, is not possible. Every Public Authority shall, as per the Act, maintain all its records duly Catalogued, Indexed, Computerised and Connected through a network all over the country as well as publish within four months from the enactment of this Act, the particulars of its organization, functions, powers and duties of its officers and employees besides the procedure followed in the decision-making process. How many have done this? In addition, they should publish within four months from the enactment of this Act, the budget allocated, proposed expenditures, reports on disbursements, manner of execution of subsidy programmes, facilities available to citizens for obtaining information, working hours of a library or reading room and names, designations and other particulars of the Public Information Officers as Single Point of Contact. It is debatable as to how many adhere to this as of now either at Centre or in states. The Act did not define the phrase “substantially financed” and as a result, Non-Government Organisations (NGO) ignored their obligations under the Act. The Second Administrative Reforms Commission’s recommendation that organisations which perform functions of a public nature that are ordinarily performed by government or its agencies, and those which enjoy natural monopoly may be brought within the purview of the Act is yet to be implemented. Any Organisation (Government or Non-Government) may take shelter under clauses. “There shall be no obligation to give any citizen such information which is classified as “the disclosure of which would prejudicially affect.” Does this provision not amount to limitations? Some Pro-Active Initiatives may perhaps help in better implementation of the Act. They are: Identification and analysis of citizens’ information needs; Developing Active Public Information Tools and Techniques like briefings, central information contact, information hotline, technical assistance, simulation games, information centres and field offices, expert panels, field trip, open houses, community fairs etc. Finally, in a country like ours where nothing is practicable without political influence and interference, identification and appointment of persons of eminence in public life with wide knowledge and experience in different fields, as required in the Act, for the positions of Information Commissioners is a Herculean task. While this has been the scenario, the government’s decision to amend the act to suit its requirements is unhealthy and further diminishes the strength of the Act. Let the Indian Right to Information Act remain as the best in the world as was originally conceived and passed by the Manmohan Government. All that the citizens are saying is to ‘treat us with courtesy and respect, make things easy for us, provide reliable and timely help, give us choice and voice and shift from rule-driven procedures to citizen service-driven procedures’. Any direct or indirect control on the Act amounts to infringement of citizen’s right. (The author is Chief PRO to Telangana CM. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

Oct
17

Body of Canadian killed fighting ISIL returned to Canada mother says

first_imgThe mother of a Canadian killed while fighting Islamic State militants in Syria said her heart was heavy as she put her hands on a casket containing the body of her son.Tina Martino of Niagara Falls, Ont., says she has not yet been able to see the remains of her 24-year-old son, Nazzareno Tassone, because his casket was sealed when it arrived in Canada late Saturday night months after his death.“As I lay my hands on the casket, sadness came over me,” Martino said Sunday. “I’m still wondering, ‘Is this my boy?’”Tassone was killed on Dec. 21 in the city of Raqqa while fighting militants associated with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, known as ISIL.The young man had told his family that he was going to Iraq to teach English, but he secretly slipped into Syria to join forces with a U.S.-backed Kurdish group called the YPG.The YPG told Tassone’s family that his body was taken by ISIL militants, and wasn’t recovered until May.Martino said she still has doubts about the identity of the person in the casket because of a presumed error in an initial autopsy report she was sent — it listed her son as having a different hair colour, being several inches taller than he was and more than a decade older.Officials said they later confirmed the body was Tassone based on dental records.But Martino said now that the body is back in Canada, the Office of the Chief Coroner will do another autopsy to verify his identity.She said they should also be able to determine his cause of death — the autopsy report she received concluded her son died from a blow to the head, not a gunshot wound as she had previously been told.But the new investigation means Martino won’t be able to bury her son right away as she had initially planned, because it’s not yet known how long the coroner’s autopsy will take.“They don’t know what shape the body is in when they receive it,” she said.Martino said she and her children waited five hours at a warehouse for her son’s body to arrive. She said some of her kids had hoped to be able to see the body, but the casket he was transported in was sealed for the investigation.“A couple of them thought that was actually going to happen, but he goes straight to forensic science,” she said.“I wanted just to be able to bury him this Wednesday. And I just couldn’t do it. I couldn’t. To be in such doubt,” she said.She said she hopes the investigation will be finished before July 3, when she is due to return to work.“So we will sit here one more time and hopefully the team will be quick.”—Follow @ColeyT on Twitter.last_img read more

Oct
17

HMCS St Johns to return to Halifax after sixmonth deployment overseas

first_imgHALIFAX – The countdown is on for the homecoming of a Halifax-class navy ship and its 240-member crew.HMCS St. John’s is expected to return to its home port of Halifax on Monday after a six-month deployment in the Baltic Sea, northern Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea.The return concludes the ship’s participation in a training mission called Operation Reassurance, which aims to reinforce NATO’s collective defence in the face of Russian aggression.It also marks the last scheduled operational deployment of the CH-124 Sea King Helicopter after 54 years of service to the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Royal Canadian Navy.HMCS Ville de Quebec left Halifax’s naval base on Wednesday to relieve HMCS St. John’s of duty.On board was a CH-148 Cyclone helicopter, marking the first international deployment of the Canadian military’s new state-of-the-art, twin-engine machine.last_img read more

Oct
17

Man scared straight as teenager gets 175000 in damage award from BC

first_imgVANCOUVER — A man who was required to visit a notorious British Columbia prison as part of a “scared straight” program has been awarded $175,000 in damages for a sexual assault that happened during the tour.The man, only identified by his initials in the judgment, was 14 in the late 1970s when he was placed on probation for breaking and entering.The B.C. Supreme Court decision says as part of his probation he was required to take a tour of the now-closed Oakalla prison and was sexually assaulted after a corrections officer forced him into a cell with five inmates.The man’s lawsuit named the British Columbia government and Roderic MacDougall, a former prison guard who was convicted for indecent and sexual assaults against prisoners.Justice Jennifer Duncan ruled the sexual assault took place and the province is liable, but the plaintiff couldn’t establish that MacDougall was the officer who facilitated the attack.She awarded the man, who is now 54 years old, $150,000 in damages and $25,000 for the cost of future care, plus his legal costs.“The structure and operation of the youth tour program in 1978 left a great deal to be desired from a modern perspective, to put in mildly,” Duncan said in her ruling posted Wednesday.“The officers were left to choose the inmates they felt were appropriate to interact with the youth” said the judge, who noted that the youth could have been exposed to inmates facing sex charges.“The youth were subjected to catcalls and verbal abuse by inmates, but that seemed to depend on whether the youth appeared suitably chastened by the experience. The purpose of the program was, after all, to scare children into disavowing a life of crime.”Several successful civil court lawsuits from other prisoners were filed against MacDougall.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Oct
17

Fighting for their lives The Ontario battle over autism funding

first_imgYou can subscribe to The Big Story podcast on iTunes or Google Play.You can also find it at thebigstorypodcast.ca. The Ontario government has made dozens of changes to government priorities in the province since it rose to power last June. Many of these changes have been met with protest, and the Tories have mostly held firm through the outrage. This time, though, they may have picked the worst possible fight.When Doug Ford’s government announced new plans for autism funding set to take effect in a matter of weeks, the backlash was loud, and immediate, and heartbreaking—with parents of autistic children in tears in the hallways at Queen’s Park, vowing to take every possible action to make the politicians behind this pay. And here’s the thing: These parents have spent their kids’ entire lives fighting for resources for them.They are organized and determined and they are very, very angry. What happens when an immovable government meets an unstoppable force?GUEST: Cynthia Mulligan, Queen’s Park reporter, CityNewsAudio Playerhttp://media.blubrry.com/thebigstory/s/radio.pmd.rogersdigitalmedia.com/podcasts/thebigstory/tbs_02262019.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img read more

Oct
17

Liberal turmoil a gift to NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh in BC byelection

first_imgBURNABY, B.C. — The stakes are high for NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh in a Metro Vancouver byelection race, but an expert says recent Liberal turmoil has been a “gift” to his campaign.The 40-year-old former Ontario legislator has lacked a voice in Parliament since becoming party leader in the fall of 2017. Now he finally has his chance in Burnaby South as voters in the riding cast their ballots on Monday after a six-week race.The Liberals got off to a rocky start when their first candidate, Karen Wang, resigned after pointing out Singh’s ethnicity online. In recent weeks, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been besieged by allegations his office pressured former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould to stop a criminal prosecution of SNC-Lavalin.Singh said he’s not taking anything for granted but he’s confident his hard work to connect with voters will pay off.“I think people are very disappointed with what’s going on with the Liberal government,” he said.“Canadians expect our government works in our interest. It looks more and more like this government and Mr. Trudeau and the Liberal party are working in the interest of a massive multinational corporation.”Trudeau has denied he or his office directed Wilson-Raybould on the matter. Michael Wernick, clerk of the Privy Council, recently said Trudeau repeatedly assured Wilson-Raybould a decision on the prosecution was hers alone to make.Richard T. Lee, the Liberal candidate who replaced Wang in Burnaby South, said few people are raising the issue on the doorstep.“I understand some people are concerned about that, but the office of the prime minister and the prime minister himself have made a statement already,” he said.Byelections typically have low turnouts, but there is evidence the results of them are driven by the popularity of the government and its leader, said Richard Johnston, a University of British Columbia political science professor.“(Singh) may have been handed the gift of some voters as a result of all this,” he said. “Although it’s just one thing amongst many, boy, he could use a win right now.”Singh has faced criticism for poor fundraising and low poll numbers. Burnaby South occupies historically strong NDP territory, so if Singh can’t win in the riding, it adds to the interpretation that he hasn’t secured the support of party loyalists, said Johnston.The NDP beat the Liberals by just over 500 votes in the riding in 2015, but Johnston said he never expected the Liberals to do as well this time in Burnaby South.“That was kind of a high point and their support might drop even further,” he said.Lee said local issues, especially affordable housing, are more important to Burnaby South voters than the situation in Ottawa.He has touted the Liberal government’s national housing strategy, which promises $40 billion over 10 years, while Conservative candidate Jay Shin has called for lower taxes and job-creation measures to help residents earn and save more money.Singh has unveiled a plan to build 500,000 affordable homes across Canada. He challenged Trudeau to eliminate the GST for developers building affordable homes, subsidize low-income renters and double the first-time homebuyers’ tax credit.Byelections will also take place in York-Simcoe in Ontario and Outremont in Montreal on Monday. The results might provide insight into whether Quebec MP Maxime Bernier’s new right-wing People’s Party of Canada can snatch votes from the Conservatives.A recent debate in Burnaby South became heated when People’s Party candidate Laura-Lynn Tyler Thompson discussed immigration.An online video of the debate shows Singh urging audience members to recognize they are all immigrants, unless they are Indigenous.When Tyler Thompson raises the murder of Burnaby teen Marrisa Shen — in which a Syrian national has been charged —  to argue for more careful vetting of refugees, an audience member yells: “That is racist! Shame on you!”“It’s not racist to have safety,” replies Tyler Thompson.Shin, the Conservative candidate, recently distributed flyers taking aim at Tyler Thompson, accusing her of supporting supervised injection sites and the legalization of marijuana, which she described as a “smear campaign” based on “lies.”However, Shin said he isn’t worried about Tyler Thompson and doesn’t think her message is resonating.“When I speak with voters at the doors, I don’t get a sense of that at all,” he said.Tyler Thompson, a former Christian TV show host who opposes abortion and has protested teaching resources that educate kids about gay and transgender identities, said she believes the Conservatives are threatened by the People’s Party.“My message is resonating with Canadians because they like my strong stance for family.”Laura Kane, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Oct
17

Notley hopes for momentum shift as provincial election campaign winds down

first_imgCALGARY — Alberta’s NDP leader is hoping momentum moves toward her party in the waning days of what has been a nasty provincial election campaign.Rachel Notley visited a Sikh temple in Calgary today before heading to Edmonton for a rally.Tomorrow she’ll be back in Calgary — a key battleground ahead of Tuesday’s election.Notley says her team is feeling good on the ground and that the NDP is seeing a lot of volatility and movement among voter attitudes.She once again took aim at Jason Kenney’s plans to aggressively go after pipeline critics and immediately proclaim a law that would block energy shipments to British Columbia.Notley accused the United Conservative leader of political grandstanding and says his plans threaten to alienate the very people Alberta needs to have on-side to ensure its energy gets to market.“He’s declaring a war in order to further national political objectives, but Alberta may well be the casualty in that,” she said Sunday.“I don’t think that he’s prepared to stand up for Albertans. He’s just grandstanding.”The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Oct
17

Rules for new corporate ombud criticized for deferring to companies

first_imgOTTAWA — The federal government is giving its new watchdog on international corporate responsibility unprecedented power to hear complaints from Canadian companies that think they’ve been unfairly targeted by abuse allegations.Advocates for stronger oversight say they’re stunned by a proposed federal regulation that gives companies the right to file complaints against groups they believe have subjected them to unfounded allegations of abusing human rights.Emily Dwyer, who heads the Canadian Network on Corporate Accountability, says it is unprecedented that the government is proposing to give its “Canadian ombudsperson for responsible enterprise” the ability to turn the tables on vulnerable complainants in poor countries.Karyn Keenan, of the advocacy group Above Ground, says the inclusion of that unexpected provision goes against the spirit of an ombudsperson’s office.The new ombudsperson was intended to improve on the current “corporate responsibility counsellor,” which is widely criticized for lacking teeth.The Liberals promised reform as part of their 2015 campaign platform to address complaints against companies, often operating in the mining industry, but they have left final approval of the new office to the very end of their mandate.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Oct
17

Most Canadians havent been off the grid in the last year survey

first_imgVANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – It seems Canadians are having trouble disconnecting from the Internet. A report from the Canadian Internet Registration Authority finds most of us haven’t been off the grid in the last year.More than eight in 10 surveyed had not spent more than one week offline, and only one in five had disconnected for even eight consecutive hours.RELATED: Cut-rate prices online: shoppers’ win, businesses loseThe report also finds three quarters of Canadians surf the Internet while watching TV and close to half admit to using their mobile device in the bathroom – and even more were too embarrassed to say.And the bathroom isn’t the only part of our lives that’s been forever changed by the Internet. 10 per cent of those surveyed said they found their spouse online, and nine per cent said they completed their education online.last_img read more

Oct
17

Suspiciously scruffy Lots of lookalikes but no confirmed sightings of BC murder

first_imgKAPUSKASING, On. (NEWS 1130) – From B.C. to Ontario, the search for two suspected killers from Vancouver Island has now expanded further east.The Ontario Provincial Police service says there have been a number of calls reporting possible sightings of Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, and Kam McLeod, 19, in that province, but so far, none have panned out.“We’ve actually received dozens of calls over the last week with sightings,” OPP Acting Sgt. Shona Camirand explains.Dozens of tips have come in to @OPP this week about two suspected BC killers- none credible. Police followed one tip/sighting report of McLeod and Schmegelsky but found two scruffy, though otherwise seemingly innocent tree planters instead. Still police say keep the tips coming.— Ash Kelly (@AshDKelly) August 1, 2019While each tip is being investigated, Camirand says so far not a single one has been confirmed.“No credible sightings of these people in Ontario,” she says. “[Wednesday] night … there was a call in Cochrane that they were in somewhere there. Officers followed up, and it was tree planters.“Anytime there’s kind of two scruffy males in a vehicle, we’re getting a call,” Camirand says. “But we are following up on every tip.”Meantime, police are asking people to avoid posting possible sightings on social media, and to instead call them directly.“It creates chaos, and it’s not productive,” Camirand adds.However, don’t post your tips to social media: police say “it creates chaos” just call them instead using 9-1-1.— Ash Kelly (@AshDKelly) August 1, 2019With the search scaled back in Manitoba and Ontario police turning up no leads — yet — police are encouraging all Canadians to be on the lookout.The RCMP announced on Wednesday that the search for the pair was being scaled back in northern Manitoba, where crews have been searching for the suspects in three July killings in northern B.C.Police and the military combed more than 11,000 square kilometres of marshy wilderness near the community of Gillam — which is about a 2,300 kilometre drive away from Kapuskasing — but turned up nothing.Hundreds of homes in the area were also canvassed, and despite that, as well as the use of drones and dog teams, the two men from Port Alberni still haven’t been caught.Schmegelsky and McLeod are charged with second-degree murder in the death of UBC sessional lecturer Leonard Dyck near Dease Lake, B.C. Police also consider the Port Alberni men suspects in the fatal shootings of Australian Lucas Fowler and his American girlfriend Chynna Deese, whose bodies were found along the Alaska Highway, 470 kilometres away from where Dyck and a burned-out truck and trailer were spotted.All three bodies were found more than two weeks ago.Mounties in Manitoba said on Wednesday that investigators had received more than 260 tips over the course of about a week. It was believed the pair may have had inadvertent help in leaving the Gillam, Manitoba area.The RCMP has emphasized that the search in that area is not over, but that resources were being re-deployed.BREAKING: RCMP scaling back search efforts in Northern Manitoba for murder suspects Bryer Schmegelsky and Kam McLeod.Assistant Commissioner Jane MacLatchy w/ @rcmpmb says “Over the next week RCMP will begin to scale back the extend of our search efforts in Northern Manitoba.”— Lasia Kretzel (@lkretzel1130) July 31, 2019“To be clear, we are not ending this search,” Assistant Commissioner Jane MacLatchy said on Wednesday. “A number of tactical resources and specialized assets will remain positioned in the Gillam area, and will continue the efforts to locate the murder suspects. In addition, all of our resources will be ready to respond to the region, as required, should new information emerge.”The military has also since pulled out of search efforts, but will be available should the situation change.-With files from Lasia Kretzellast_img read more

Oct
16

Tom Arnold To Host Face Forward Annual Charity Gala

first_imgTom Arnold and Bonnie Somerville will host the Face Forward 3rd Annual Voice Awards Gala at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel next month.Face Foward 3rd Annual Voice AwardsThe mission of Face Forward is to provide physical and emotional reconstruction for women and children who have been victimized by domestic or gang related violence. Face Forward vows to provide each victim with the best possible treatment pro bono.Face Forward was founded by renowned plastic surgeon and biochemist Dr. David Alessi, and his wife Deborah Alessi, CEO of Alessi Skincare. Both Dr. and Mrs. Alessi have a long history of supporting charitable initiatives and have served several not for profit organizations as both board members and benefactors.The Gala event will take place on September 15, and will honor Lorenzo Neal and Nick Young. The Honorary Committee includes Vanessa Marcil, Charlotte Ross, Jaclyn Smith and Lisa Masterson. The event will include a special performance by Assia Ahhatt.To find out more, click here.last_img read more

Oct
16

Placido Domingo Named As UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador

first_imgThe Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, appointed world-famous tenor and conductor Placido Domingo as a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador at last night’s Education For All event.Placido Domingo’s appointment comes in recognition for his “exceptional artistic career, his inestimable support for young opera musicians through the Operalia competition, and his dedication to the values and ideals of UNESCO.”During the event, Placido Domingo presented winners of his Operalia competition and musicians involved in his development programme at the Washington Opera. Sopranos Micaëla Oeste and Angel Blue performed jazz, Broadway and opera favourites with pianist Timothy End. UNESCO Artist for Peace Ino Mirkovic, violin, and Ksenia Kogan; piano, also performed on this occasion.Proceeds from a charity dinner held at UNESCO on the same evening will go to UNESCO’s Education for All Programme and the newly launched Placido Domingo Festival (Seville, Spain) of which UNESCO is an official partner. The public is also invited to make donations to the programme and festival.UNESCO Goodwill Ambassadors are an outstanding group of personalities who have generously agreed to use their talent and status to help focus the world’s attention on the work of the Organization in education, science, culture and communication. Other UNESCO Goodwill Ambassadors include Herbie Hancock, Nelson Mandela and Forest Whitaker.Source:UNESCOlast_img read more

Oct
16

Double Date With John Legend And Chrissy Teigen For Charity

first_imgHere’s your chance to double date with John Legend and supermodel Chrissy Teigen in NYC – and help charity at the same time.The celebrity couple are auctioning the double date opportunity to benefit John’s Show Me Campaign and the Somaly Mam Foundation.In 2007, John Legend launched the Show Me Campaign, an organization that works to break the cycle of poverty through education. John was awarded the 2010 BET Humanitarian of the Year award, the 2009 CARE Humanitarian Award for Global Change, the 2009 Bishop John T. Walker Distinguished Humanitarian Service Award from Africare, and the 2012 Harvard Foundation Artist of the Year Award.Although originally planning to be a chef, Chrissy Teigen discovered her passion for modeling at a young age. Chrissy has caught the eye of many photographers; in particular, Walter Iooss and Raphael Mazzuco. Both photographers shot Chrissy for the prestigious Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, which she has been featured in multiple times. In addition to Sports Illustrated, Chrissy has appeared in Italian Vogue, Esquire, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, and the cover of Ocean Drive Magazine. Most recently, Chrissy was featured as one of the “Hot Celebrity Bodies of 2012” in Us Weekly. 

Chrissy enjoys a burgeoning TV career as well. She filmed a special airing on the Cooking Channel entitled “Cookies and Cocktails,” Chrissy has had recurring appearances in Jimmy Kimmel sketches for Sports Illustrated and guest host roles for EXTRA with Mario Lopez on E!, Americas Next Top Model and Watch What Happens Live on Bravo. When not working in the world of high fashion modeling, Chrissy is a talented cook and writer (she is the author of the blog, sodelushious.com) and enjoys expanding her knowledge of food while traveling the world.To access the auction, which runs until February 11, head over to CharityBuzz.com.last_img read more

Oct
16

Ted Danson Launches Petition Against Seismic Testing

first_imgTed Danson and Oceana have organized a new petition to President Obama to reject the use of seismic testing (to search for oil and gas deposits) off the Atlantic Coast.The petition was launched on April 15th and must reach 100,000 by May 15th to trigger a written response from the Obama Administration.Getting the administration to take up this issue is the first step to ensuring this destructive practice doesn’t happen on the Atlantic Coast and gathering 100,000 signatures will ensure that administration considers the plea.BACKGROUND ON SEISMIC TESTINGSeismic testing is currently being considered to search for oil and gas off the Atlantic coast. In this process, seismic airguns shoot intense blasts of sound through the water – 100,000 times louder than a jet engine – in an effort to map mineral deposits below the seafloor. According to the Department of the Interior, seismic airguns in the Atlantic would injure or kill 138,500 dolphins and whales, including some endangered North Atlantic right whales. Hundreds of thousands of fishing and tourism jobs depend on a healthy Atlantic coast. Ted Danson’s petition calls on President Obama to protect East Coast fisheries and ecosystems by rejecting seismic airguns.Watch video about Seismic Testing here.The practice of building support for an issue on The White House website is relatively novel. Introduced by the Obama administration in 2011, it now has a threshold of 100,000 online signers in order to prompt an official response from The White House. As of April 24, Danson’s petition has more than 20,000 signers. It has until May 15 to reach the 100,000 threshold.To support the petition, click here.last_img read more

Oct
16

Waka Flocka Flame Named peta2s Hottest Vegetarian Celebrity

first_imgThe competition this year was hotter than ever, but rapper Waka Flocka Flame and social media influencer Andrea Russett have been crowned the Hottest Vegetarian Celebrities of 2016 by peta2, PETA’s youth division.Vine star Nash Grier and Tonight Alive singer Jenna McDougall nabbed honorable mentions as this year’s runners-up.In a video for VICE’s food series, Munchies, Waka Flocka Flame shows fans how to bake vegan blueberry muffins while discussing why he ditched meat and dairy foods: “I just didn’t want to be fat. I got tired of breathing hard. I got tired of my joints hurting.” The rapper mentions quinoa, kale, and walnuts as some of his favorite protein sources and says that his meals fuel him better than the animal-based foods that his friends eat. “When I eat, I got energy,” he says. “When they eat, they be sleeping.”In addition to promoting vegan meals, Waka Flocka Flame has encouraged kindness to animals through two peta2 campaigns: an “Ink, Not Mink” ad protesting fur and an anti-cruelty ad that reads, “Only Cowards Abuse Animals.”Internet personality Russett went vegan as a New Year’s resolution last year. She enjoys sharing delicious, animal-friendly dishes with her followers, such as avocado toast and cauliflower wings with creamy, dairy-free ranch dipping sauce, both of which nabbed 125,000 likes.Previous winners of peta2’s Hottest Vegetarian Celebrity contest include Ariana Grande, Zendaya, The Wanted’s Jay McGuiness, Mindless Behavior’s Princeton, and Fall Out Boy’s Andy Hurley.last_img read more

Oct
15

Jeanne Beker explains why shes championing Mark Sakamotos book Forgiveness for Canada

first_imgJeanne Beker is defending Forgiveness by Mark Sakamoto. (CBC) Advertisement Canada Reads panellist Jeanne Beker stops by q to share the personal reason why she chose to champion the book Forgiveness by author Mark Sakamoto.She also opens up about how her life-long career as a storyteller and her three decades as a celebrated fashion journalist.— Produced by Shannon Higgins Twitter Facebookcenter_img Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With:last_img read more

Oct
15

BECOMING MEMORABLE PR PROGRAM FOR FEMALE ENTREPRENEURS OPENS FOR ENROLLMENT

first_imgThe program is unique as it includes all of the brand building elements essential to making a big PR splash over 6 months. Entrepreneurs can participate from anywhere in the world as the entire program is digital and accessible through a private programs site.Participants will be provided with the tools they need to create a memorable brand – brand messaging templates, brand story exercises, media kit samples, key dates for PR program planning, interview checklists, pitch templates, interview examples, PR coverage tools and social media tools.“In the Becoming Memorable PR program you will learn how to establish yourself as a credible expert and build a community of raving fans. You will learn how to connect with the media, build relationships and get your brand featured in high-profile publications. We will help you become memorable,” explains Beckett-Davis.A public relations strategy can help to create credibility for your brand and trust for your business. Investing in your own PR expertise or your team can strengthen your current marketing efforts and bring enormous benefits to your business.Program Details:Registration: Online Registration closes on December 15, 2018.Program Date: The Becoming Memorable PR Program starts on January 15, 2019.Location:  Online. You can participate from anywhere in the world as the program is digital.Learn more:  http://pinkprfirm.com/becoming-memorable-information/About Canadian Women in Public RelationsThe Organization of Canadian Women in Public Relations Ltd. (Women in PR Canada®) is an influential network of leading business women striving for excellence in the field of public relations. American Women in Public Relations (Women in PR USA®) is a division of The Organization of Canadian Women in Public Relations Ltd. Together; our organizations form the networking group Women in PR North America®. VANCOUVER – The Organization of Canadian Women in Public Relations is pleased to share that Talia Beckett-Davis, President of Women in PR North America® and Managing Director of Pink Pearl PR, will be leading a 6 month public relations program for female entrepreneurs starting on January 15, 2019.Talia Beckett-Davis, President of Women in PR North America® and Managing Director of Pink Pearl PR (CNW Group/The Organization of Canadian Women in Public Relations)The Becoming Memorable PR program will help female entrepreneurs develop a well-planned brand strategy and launch a new product or service into the market using public relations tactics.The goal of the program is to provide participants with the resources they need to manage their own public relations strategy. They will learn how to create brand value and build an asset that will reap the rewards for years to come. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Twitter Advertisement Login/Register With:last_img read more