Bhopal: Milk and vegetable supplies in Madhya Pradesh are likely to be affected with farmers in the state holding a three-day protest to press the Kamal Nath government to fulfill its loan waiver promise. Madhya Pradesh’s Congress government had promised to waive farm loans up to Rs 2 lakh ahead of the Assembly elections. Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) state chief Anil Yadav said the promise was yet to be fulfilled, as many farmers were still getting notices from banks threatening to declare them defaulters. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoC The farmers are also asking for implementation of the Swaminathan panel recommendations and minimum support price (MSP) for their produce. Protesters said supplies were disrupted in Dewas, Dhar, Ujjain and Rajgarh on the first day of the stir on Wednesday. State Agriculture Minister Sachin Yadav met the protesting farmers on Tuesday evening, but failed to pursuade them to end the demonstration. BKU leaders insisted that they wanted to meet the Chief Minister to discuss their demands.
Mumbai: Mumbai Police crime branch will now probe the alleged suicide committed by doctor Payal Tadvi after some of her senior colleagues passed casteist slurs at her at a state-run hospital here, an official said Thursday. Considering the seriousness and importance of the case, the investigation has been transferred to the crime branch, Deputy Commissioner of Police Manjunath Singte said. Tadvi’s lawyer Nitin Satpute said the decision came after they demanded that the case be transferred to the CBI or the crime branch as they felt it was not properly investigated by the Agripada police here. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoC”Wesuspect it to be a case of murder, but the police have not conducted the investigation properly, hence we wanted the case to be transferred to some other probing agency,” Satpute said. Three women doctors – Bhakti Mehere, Hema Ahuja and Ankita Khandelwal – were earlier arrested after their 26-year -old junior colleague Tadvi at the B Y L Nair Hospital here allegedly hanged herself at her hostel room last week, according to the police. Tadvi’s family alleged that the doctors taunted her by ragging and hurling casteist abuses as she belonged to a Scheduled Tribe. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citationsThe accused were booked under the Scheduled Castes and Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, Anti-Ragging Act, IT Act and section 306 (abetment to suicide) of the Indian Penal Code. They have been remanded in police custody till Friday. The police told a special court here on Wednesday that while the mobile phones of the accused were seized, more time was required to recover their WhatsApp chats with the victim. The police claimed the victim’s body had a few injury marks which needed to be probed further. The postmortem report was awaited, they said. On Tuesday, Tadvi’s parents protested at the hospital in Mumbai where she worked. Other protesters also joined her mother Abeda and husband Salman, demanding stringent action against the three seniors. The Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi and other Dalit and tribal organisations also held protests outside the hospital. Tadvi’s mother said her daughter used to tell her about the “torture” she was facing by her seniors on petty issues.
NEW DELHI: Delhi Labour Minister Gopal Rai on Wednesday inaugurated the installation of CCTV cameras in the Babarpur constituency. “Delhi government is committed to creating a secure environment for citizens, especially for women and children. Despite not having the Delhi Police under the government’s control, several steps are being taken to strengthen rule of law. In this direction, the biggest project towards security of women is the installation of CCTV cameras throughout the city”, Rai said after inaugurating the installation. Also Read – Kejriwal ‘denied political clearance’ to attend climate meet in DenmarkDelhi Labour Minister Gopal Rai asserted that the security of the people of Delhi is not just a commitment of this government; it is something the government is actively working to achieve. Earlier Deputy Chief Minister, Manish Sisodia inaugurated the installations in his constituency Patparganj. For the last six months, MLAs and the CCTV manufacturer BEL, along with the local RWAs have been surveying their area and have identified spots for surveillance. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsStressing on the need for this project with respect to women security, Gopal Rai said that today women in Delhi are afraid to step outside their homes. CCTV cameras strike at this fear itself. Women can now step outside their homes with the confidence that Delhi government’s cameras are watching out for their security. If anyone misbehaves, they will be captured on camera and nabbed immediately. The Delhi Police SHO of the area will have a live feed of all cameras to avoid any delays in accessing footage. “The footage will also reach our command centre at the PWD headquarters over internet for which a WiFi connection has been provided by the government. I appeal to all people to keep in touch with local RWAs for any issues with respect to the CCTVs and inform the administration in case of any problems faced,” said the Labour Minister.
New Delhi: Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Friday appointed Mohan Markam head of the party’s Chhattisgarh unit, replacing Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel.Significantly, the AICC press statement naming Markam as the Chhattisgarh Pradesh Congress Committee chief said “Congress president has appointed” instead of the “AICC” that was being used in party statements effecting organisational changes since Gandhi’s decision to quit as party head. “Congress president has appointed Mohan Markam as the new president of Chhattisgarh Pradesh Congress Committee with immediate effect. The party appreciates the contributions of outgoing PCC President Shri Bhupesh Baghel,” the AICC statement signed by general secretary organisation K C Venugopal said. Markam’s elevation to the post comes at a time when the party is coming to terms with its debacle in the Lok Sabha polls in which it could win just two parliamentary seats from the state despite coming to power with a massive mandate in the December assembly poll. Also Read – Modi formed OBC commission which earlier govts didn’t do: ShahKondagaon MLA Markam succeeds Baghel, who said last week that he has asked Gandhi to appoint someone to head the state unit as he has his hands full as the chief minister. Baghel led the party to an emphatic win in the assembly elections in December, dislodging the Raman Singh government by winning 68 out of the 90 seats that went to polls. The appointment by Gandhi assumes significance as it comes amid uncertainty over him continuing as Congress president. He has been adamant on his decision to resign as the chief, citing accountability. Also Read – Prohibitory orders lifted from Mumbai’s stir-hit Aarey ColonyRahul had quit taking full responsibility for the party’s Lok Sabha poll debacle. He had conveyed his decision at the meeting of the Congress Working Committee (CWC) on May 25. The CWC, the highest decision-making body of the party, rejected his resignation and asked him to revamp and restructure the party at all levels instead. Gandhi, in the presence of UPA chairperson and his mother Sonia Gandhi, had on Wednesday told his party’s Lok Sabha members that he was no longer the Congress president as he had resigned. He had said it was up to the CWC to decide on selecting the new president.
Washington: Declaring that “nothing is impossible” for Americans, President Donald Trump celebrated the Independence Day with an unprecedented display of the country’s military might at a rain-soaked parade but surprised his critics with a speech that was devoid of his trademark political rhetoric, ahead of his 2020 re-election bid. In one of the least polarising speeches of his presidency, Trump paid tribute to America’s armed forces at a July Fourth appearance before the Lincoln Memorial in Washington that was held amid criticism that the Commander-in-Chief was politicising America’s Independence Day celebrations. Also Read – Turkey preparations for Syria offensive ‘completed’As the Abrams tanks rumbled, fighter aircraft, including a B-2 bomber and a pair of F-35 warplanes roared overhead and the jumbo jet used as Air Force One performed a rare flyover over the National Mall, Trump said, “For Americans, nothing is impossible.” “Our nation is stronger today than it ever was before,” he said and emphasised that the country’s future “rests on the shoulders of men and women willing to defend it.” “As long as we stay true to our cause, as long as we remember our great history and as long as we never stop fighting for a better future, then there will be nothing that America cannot do,” he asserted in his ‘Salute to America’ address. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi Jinping”We will always be the people who defeated a tyrant, crossed a continent, harnessed science, took to the skies, and soared into the heavens, because we will never forget that we are Americans, and the future belongs to us.” Trump, 73, became the first US President in over 70 years to deliver an Independence Day address which the Opposition Democratic leaders criticised for what they alleged politicisation of the country’s declaration of independence from Britain on July 4, 1776. Unlike other countries, the annual celebration of the American Independence Day on July 4 is traditionally not marked by any military parade. Previous presidents have taken a low profile at independence commemorations.
Kolkata: The state Food and Supplies department has show-caused 47 ration dealers based in four districts in Jangalmahal for supplying less quantity of rice to the beneficiaries under the “Khadya Sathi” scheme.”We have hardly received any complaints regarding the quality of rice but there has been a number of complaints about ration dealers depriving the beneficiaries of their proper share under the “Khadya Sathi” programme by providing less amount of rice. We have show-caused 47 ration dealers after prima facie verification of the complaints,” state Food and Supplies minister Jyotipriya Mallick said on Saturday. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersThe recently formed grievance cell at the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) at Nabanna has also registered a number of complaints on the issue. “We have formed two vigilance teams for each of the districts like Purulia, West Midnapore, Jhargram and Bankura. This team will start doing the rounds in these districts from Wednesday to ensure that no one is deprived of his due quantity of rice. The vigilance team comprising a food service officer, quality control inspector, chief inspector and inspector will camp in the districts for six months,” the minister added. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe Food department is also appealing to the beneficiaries to collect their earmarked quantity of rice once in a week rather than going to the ration shops once in every week. “There have been cases when dealers have kept their shops closed on certain days in a week and people have not received their due share. So we are urging every beneficiary to purchase their share of 5 kg rice at Rs 2 per kg at the beginning of the month from the ration shops,” a senior official of the Food department maintained. Among other measures to prevent such incidents, the department will soon introduce three separate WhatsApp numbers — one for rice, one for atta and the third for sugar in which people can register their grievances if any. The complaint once lodged will automatically reach the district controller, the department’s head office and the sub-divisional controller. “We will soon organise hearing at the district level and also at the sub-divisional level once in a week on Tuesday from 2 to 5 pm where people can come up with their grievances regarding food and steps will be taken to address their problems at an earliest,” Mallick said. The maximum number of irregularities have been noticed from Purulia and vigilance teams have already been activated there. It is learnt that 200 applications of grievances have reached the CMO at Nabanna among which 47 cases have been taken up by the Food department.
New Delhi: The leadership crisis in the Congress could end in the coming days with the Congress Working Committee (CWC) likely to meet next week to decide on an interim President, party sources said on Friday. A senior party source told IANS that a date will be decided in the coming days on when the CWC, the party’s top decision making body, was likely to meet. The Congress is facing its worst leadership crisis in recent times after Rahul Gandhi quit as President following the party’s debacle in the general elections. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity! Amid the lingering leadership vacuum, many old guards of the Congress have urged UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi to take charge of the post temporarily. But she has reportedly turned down the requests citing her poor health. Names of several senior leaders for the post of working President are doing the rounds. These include Mukul Wasnik, Mallikarjun Kharge, Jyotiraditya Scindia and Sushil Kumar Shinde. Scindia has, however, said he was not in the race for the top post. The party source said that Wasnik appeared to fit the bill as he was only 59 years old and a Dalit at that.
Kolkata: South Bengal districts continue to burn in the scorching summer heat with humidity level on the higher side. However, North Bengal districts have received heavy rainfall in the past few days which has lead to a flood-like situation in some areas.There is no prediction of heavy rainfall in South Bengal in the next few days. There will be no respite from unbearable heat and humid conditions in the South Bengal districts. Some scattered rainfall, in some parts, have failed to bring the mercury down. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersMonsoon made its official entry to South Bengal on June 21 bringing rainfall in various parts of the state. There was a deficit of rainfall in June and the current month may also witness the same situation, the weather experts apprehend. Deficit rainfall has hit paddy cultivation in the districts. Various crops have also been hit due to high-level of humidity. Scattered rainfall in South Bengal failed to provide any considerable relief to the people as the prolonged heat coupled with high humidity have been causing discomfort. The weather is sultry mainly because of two reasons — the scattered rainfall did not last and due to the increasing level of humidity. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaHeat spell conditions have been prevailing in all the Western districts such as Purulia, Bankura, West Midnapore, Jhargram, Birbhum and West Burdwan. The temperature in the Western districts is likely to hover around 37-39 degrees Celsius in the next few days, while the Real Feel temperature may be slightly higher due to humidity level in the air. “Heavy rainfall will continue in North Bengal in the next couple of days. However, there is no prediction of heavy rainfall in the city and other South Bengal districts yet. There may be scattered rainfall in some parts of South Bengal. The sultry and discomfort will stay in South Bengal in the next few days,” a weather official said. Incessant rain over the past few days jeopardized normal life in North Bengal with a flood-like situation looming large in the low-lying areas and triggering landslides in the Hills. Five districts of sub-Himalayan West Bengal — Darjeeling, Kalimpong, Jalpaiguri, Coochbehar and Alipurduar — received heavy rainfall in the past few days. People were shifted to safer locations. Hundreds of people from different villages in Moynaguri block were taken to safer places on Saturday. Due to continuous rainfall, landslides were triggered in the Dooars region of North Bengal. Many areas in Malbazar, Moynaguri and Dhupguri towns were inundated. A man died in Jalpaiguri district after he fell into an overflowing drain, a police officer said on Sunday, as incessant rain continued to wreak havoc in the low-lying areas of North Bengal. Bimal Sil, a man in his early 40s, reportedly slipped into the gutter while wading through a flooded street on Saturday night at Shanupara locality of the district, he said. Sources in the administration said downpour over the past five days had inundated several parts of the sub- Himalayan districts of Darjeeling, Kalimpong, Jalpaiguri, Coochbehar and Alipurduar. The Met department warned of “heavy to very heavy” rainfall in these districts till Monday. Among other areas, Malda, North Dinajpur and South Dinajpur are likely to experience heavy rain, the weatherman said. Overflowing rivers have breached banks at many places, flooding localities and displacing thousands of people, an official said. Water level at Teesta, Sankosh, Raidak, Kaljani, Korola, Shil, Torsa and Ghish rivers have risen to alarming levels owing to rainfall, he official. Traffic movement on National Highway-10, which was disrupted over the past two days due to landslides, have, however, resumed, following clearing of debris from the throroughfare, the official said. In the worst-affected Jalpaiguri and Alipurduar districts, several people have taken shelter in school buildings and some were seen moving to higher ground. At Moynaguri town of Jalpaiguri district, around 200 families had to move to safer locations after rainwater entered their homes. Angry residents on Sunday blocked National Highway-27 for more than five hours, protesting lack of relief materials and shelter provisions in the area. Jalpaiguri recorded the highest rainfall at 204 mm in 24 hours till Sunday 8 am, the Met department said. Among the other north Bengal districts, Alipurduar recorded 150 mm rainfall, followed by Coochbehar at 110 mm, Siliguri at 105 mm, Kalimpong 60 mm and Darjeeling at 30 mm.
London: British finance minister Philip Hammond said Sunday he would make a point of resigning before Boris Johnson became prime minister, saying he could never agree to his Brexit strategy. Johnson is widely expected to win the governing, centre-right Conservative Party’s leadership contest on Tuesday and be named as prime minister once Theresa May resigns the premiership on Wednesday. Hammond has become an increasingly fierce critic of Johnson’s Brexit strategy — leaving the European Union with or without a deal on October 31 — and would never have expected to remain as chancellor of the Exchequer in a Johnson government. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USBut the fact that the second-most senior figure in the government is making a point of resigning rather than wait to be moved on in the incoming prime minister’s reshuffle is a significant gesture — and an indicator of the opposition Johnson could face in pursuing his Brexit strategy. “I’m sure I’m not going to be sacked because I’m going to resign before we get to that point,” Hammond told BBC television. “Assuming that Boris Johnson becomes the next prime minister, I understand that his conditions for serving in his government would include accepting a no-deal exit on the 31st of October. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls”That is not something that I could ever sign up to. It’s very important that the prime minister is able to have a chancellor who is closely aligned with him in terms of policy, and I therefore intend to resign to Theresa May before she goes to the palace to tender her own resignation on Wednesday.” May will head to Buckingham Palace in London on Wednesday to see Queen Elizabeth II, the head of state, and relinquish her office. Johnson’s rival for the premiership is Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, who has said that Britain should prepare for a no-deal Brexit if a deal seems unlikely by the end of September. Hunt would be prepared to delay Britain’s departure date if a deal seemed within reach but is also prepared to take Britain out of the EU without a divorce deal.
Los Angeles: Hollywood star Angelina Jolie says wicked women are just women who are tired of injustice and abuse, and the world needs more of them. “What is it about the power of a woman free in mind and body that has been perceived as so dangerous throughout history?,” the actor questioned as she started putting her thoughts down, in an essay she penned for Elle magazine’s September issue. “Like the ultimate conspiracy theory, anything you couldn’t explain – from a crop failing to a child falling ill – could be put down to the influence of a supposedly wicked woman… Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka”Women could be accused of witchcraft for having an independent sex life, for speaking their mind on politics or religion, or for dressing differently. Had I lived in earlier times, I could have been burnt at the stake many times over for simply being myself,” wrote Jolie, who has portrayed various shades of womanhood in her career. Women who stand up for human rights in many countries are still labelled ‘deviant’, ‘bad mothers’, ‘difficult’, or ‘loose’,” the actor writes in the essay. “If that is wickedness, then the world needs more wicked women,” said the actor, who added that her essay was not an attempt to dismiss or downplay the terrible abuses against men and boy.
New York: The US dollar rose in late trading amid strong U.S. economic data. US personal consumption expenditures, a key measure of household spending, rose 0.6 per cent to 93.1 billion US dollars in July, boosted by spending in recreational goods and vehicles, as well as household electricity and gas, the Department of Commerce said Friday, Xinhua news agency reported. The dollar index, which measures the greenback against six major peers, increased 0.4 per cent at 98.9057 in late trading. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal In late New York trading, the euro decreased to 1.0978 dollars from 1.1052 dollars in the previous session, and the British pound fell to 1.2154 dollars from 1.2177 U.S. dollars in the previous session. The Australian dollar increased to 0.6728 dollar from 0.6727 dollar. The US dollar bought 106.25 Japanese yen, lower than 106.62 Japanese yen of the previous session. The US dollar increased to 0.9906 Swiss franc from 0.9873 Swiss franc, and it rose to 1.3319 Canadian dollars from 1.3301 Canadian dollars.
Chennai/Puducherry: Vinayaka Chaturthi was celebrated across Tamil Nadu on Monday with religious fervour as scores of devotees thronged various Ganesha temples to offer special prayers. Among those temples where the faithful congregated in large numbers included the famous Ganesha temples at Pillayarpatti, Tiruchirappalli and Echanari. A giant ‘kozhukattai’, the deity’s favourite delicacy, was offered to Vinayaga at the famous Ucchipillayar temple at Tiruchirappalli, where the temple is located on a hill top. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ Ganesha is known by many names including Vinayaga and Pillaiyar. Devotees thronged market places early in the morning to buy Vinayaga idols made of clay to perform ‘puja’ at their residences for Ganesha, believed to be the remover of obstacles and provider of knowledge. Idols of Lord Ganesha have been installed in many places across the state for people to offer prayers. They will be later immersed in water bodies including the Bay of Bengal here after week-long celebrations. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K In Chennai, police have identified designated spots for immersion of idols. Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit and Chief Minister K Palaniswami extended their Vinayaka Chaturthi greetings to the people. In Puducherry, a large number of people from within and outside the town turned up at the ancient Manakula Vinayakar temple early morning to offer prayers. Chief Minister V Narayanasamy also offered prayers at the temple on the occasion of the festival. Lt Governor Kiran Bedi, Narayanasamy, Speaker V P Sivakolundhu and leaders of different political parties greeted people on the occasion of the festival.
Mumbai: Music composer Himesh Reshammiya recently said that Internet sensation Ranu Mondal is inspired by Lata Mangeshkar and has not done a “straight copy” of the legendary singer’s work. Mondal became a popular name after her video, singing Ek pyaar ka naghma hai, at a railway platform, went viral. Recently, Mangeshkar was quoted as saying that aspiring singer will only get short term success if imitate the works of yesteryear legends. Reshammiya said Mangeshkar’s comments must be taken in the right context. “She has been inspired by Lata ji but no one can become a legend like her. She is the best. Meaning of Lata ji’s comment was that you can get inspired, it’s a good thing, but it’s not necessary to (do a) straight copy. Which she anyway hasn’t done,” he told reporters.
New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Tuesday permitted the JNU election committee to declare the results of the students union polls held on September 6. Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva also allowed the Jawaharlal Nehru University administration to notify the poll results in accordance with Lyngdoh committee recommendations. The court had restrained the varsity from notifying the election results till September 17. It passed the order on Tuesday while disposing two petitions by two students, who had alleged that their nomination for polls were illegally rejected for election as councillor of JNUSU.
LONDON – Intense media scrutiny of Meghan Markle’s extended family has left a sour taste for many Canadian tourists and expats observing wall-to-wall coverage of the impending royal wedding.The voracious appetite for tidbits on the upcoming nuptials came as a shock to British Columbia tourists Karen and Bill Chandler, who say they were blindsided by reporters during a tour of Windsor Castle on Wednesday.Rather than recounting the grand splendour of the historic home to more than 900 years of royals, the couple’s biggest memory was of journalists and camera crews preparing to cover Saturday’s nuptials.“It’s crazy up there, it’s just crazy,” Bill Chandler exclaimed Thursday after visiting the historic town where Prince Harry will wed Markle, about an hour and a half from London by car.“They’re right in your face.”The retirees didn’t expect their weeklong whirlwind through London to include a glimpse into the media circus surrounding the much-hyped union of Prince Harry and his California fiancee, but it’s a unique memory they will take back with them to Victoria on Sunday.It’s certainly given Karen Chandler a much more sombre view of what could be in store for Markle once she officially joins the royal family.“Just wandering through the castle I was thinking about how the press had affected Diana’s life — they ruined it,” she says.“Just the hounding. (But) I believe she probably is better equipped than Diana was, much better equipped.”A palpable backlash against unflattering stories about Markle’s family history — and in particular her 73-year-old father Thomas Markle — appeared to take root Thursday as the bride announced he will not walk her down the aisle as planned.“I have always cared for my father and hope he can be given the space he needs to focus on his health,” Markle said in a statement released by Kensington Palace.The elder Markle is said to be recovering from an operation to clear blocked arteries after suffering a heart attack last week.It was the latest turn in a gossip-fuelled saga that turned sadly dark in recent days. Of late, Thomas Markle has been mired in scandal over photographs of wedding preparations that were reportedly staged.At least one outlet appeared to step back from mining estranged family members for dirt Thursday, with “Good Morning Britain” reportedly dropping Markle’s sister-in-law Tracy Dooley from their wedding coverage.The morning TV show was widely reported to have hired Dooley and her kids as TV correspondents for its rolling coverage of the ceremony, despite the fact they were not invited and were believed to have had little contact, if at all, with Markle.And on Tuesday, the same TV show featured a blistering attack on half-sister Samantha Markle, when Piers Morgan accused Markle’s half-sister of being a media “vulture.”History student Clarissa Fehr of Leamington, Ont., says she’s been turned off by relentless gossip coverage of the “Suits” actress — a successful biracial, divorced American who is challenging royal traditions on many levels.“A lot of it just terrorizes her character,” the 22-year-old exchange student says of the coverage she’s observed.“It’s all about her history and what she did to be successful, but then in reality it’s kind of what everyone has to do to be successful.””Fellow exchange student Lauren Johnston agreed, also invoking the tragic death of the late Princess of Wales, who died in a Paris car crash in August 1997.“I feel like the Meghan situation can turn into a Diana situation,” says the 19-year-old Johnston, studying media and communications on an exchange with her school in Abbotsford, B.C.“We saw what Princess Diana had to go through back when she got married and all the health problems that she had, which is unfortunate.”Canadian-born academic Susan Rudy points to a seeming preoccupation with socio-economic class in the British media, detecting an underlying narrative in which Markle is cast as a woman escaping a dark history.“It’s a sad story and she’s ‘escaped’ that, that’s part of the class story — that if you escape that, that’s to be applauded, instead of: What would you lose if you lose contact with a particular group like a class-based group?” says the London, Ont.-born Rudy, who moved to London in 2011.However, not all British media is like that, she’s quick to add.“The thing I like about Britain is that there’s an educated press here — the Guardian, particularly, a person can count on for actual information and facts,” says Rudy, a senior research fellow in the English department at Queen Mary University of LondonStill, there appears to be ravenous demand for salacious stories, notes Johnston, an aspiring journalist.“I’ve looked online at job opportunities here versus Vancouver … and print journalism and newspapers here are really prominent, which I think differs from Canada, as well,” she says.“They’re printing newspapers every day so they just need content constantly.”
OTTAWA – An editorial in the latest Canadian Medical Association Journal says the Trudeau government’s plan to legalize marijuana will put young people at risk by setting 18 as the benchmark minimum age for buying pot.The article says cannabis has harmful effects on young brains, noting that the association recommends the legislation restrict the amount and potency of pot available to those under the age of 25.The Liberal legislation sets 18 as the basic age for purchase and consumption, but allows provinces to raise that to coincide with their age limits for alcohol consumption.The editorial says regular use of cannabis by young people can hurt developing brains.The government says the purpose of the legislation is to protect public health and safety, but the bill falls short of this objective, the editorial argues — especially when it comes to young people.It also predicts that the legislation will result in a substantial increase in impaired driving, particularly among the young.“Simply put, cannabis should not be used by young people,” says the editorial, which appears under the name of Diane Kelsall, the journal’s interim editor-in-chief.The article also opposes a provision in the bill which would allow for personal cultivation of up to four marijuana plants, each no more than one metre in height.“Allowing personal cultivation will increase the risk of diversion and access to cannabis that is not subject to any quality or potency controls,” it says.“This is not consistent with the act’s goals of establishing strict safety and quality requirements for cannabis and restricting its access to youth.”The editorial says the legislation should not become law.“The government appears to be hastening to deliver on a campaign promise without being careful enough about the health impacts of policy…. If Parliament truly cares about the public health and safety of Canadians, especially our youth, this bill will not pass.”The legislation and an accompanying bill tightening up laws against impaired driving are being debated in the House of Commons and the association’s position is playing a role.“Medical evidence indicates marijuana impacts brain development up to age 25 and we believe it affects brain function after that,” Conservative MP David Anderson said during debate on Monday.“This government seems to think that 18 is OK. The public disagrees, all polls show that.“How is the government going to address this issue seriously of young people being exposed to this drug prior to when they should be?”
North Carolina-based company Kidde, along with Health Canada and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, have recalled nearly 500,000 smoke detectors that might not be able to detect smoke.This recall involves two models — PI2010CA and PI9010CA — of Kidde dual-sensor photoelectric and ionization smoke alarms manufactured between Sept. 10, 2016, and Oct. 13, 2017. Model numbers can be found on the back of the units.“A yellow cap left on during the manufacturing process can cover one of the two smoke sensors and compromise the smoke alarm’s ability to detect smoke,” Health Canada says.Around 40,000 units of the affected products were sold in Canada, while around 452,000 units were sold in in the U.S. The alarms were sold from Nov. 1, 2016, to Jan. 25, 2018.Kiddle says that as of March 7, they haven’t received any reports of incidents or injuries related to the defected smoke alarms.Click here for instructions on how to find out if your smoke alarm has the yellow cap.Anyone with the affected smoke alarms can register for replacements online or by by calling 833-551-7739.Kidde also recalled 38 million fire extinguishers last year. They had a design flaw that could have prevented them from working and parts of the extinguisher could detach with enough force to pose an impact hazard.
EDMONTON – A caribou researcher says Alberta’s decision to suspend portions of its draft plan to help the threatened animals recover is the first major test of the federal Species at Risk Act.The province has sent Ottawa a letter that raises concerns about the socio-economic impacts of the recovery plan.“It’s a bit surprising and dramatic but it’s actually not, really,” said University of Montana biologist Mark Hebblewhite, who is part of a science advisory group on boreal caribou for Environment Canada. “Not just myself, but lots of other people have seen a showdown like this coming.“Caribou to me are the biggest national test case of the Species at Risk Act in Canada. To date, we have had very inexpensive species-at-risk problems. This is not an inexpensive species-at-risk problem.”Alberta’s draft plan is designed to help threatened woodland caribou recover in 15 different ranges.The province plans to spend more than $85 million in the next five years to restore caribou habitat by eliminating seismic lines, building birthing pens and bringing in other measures. It has already invested $9.2 million and the estimated cost over the next 40 years is more than $1 billion.“Caribou recovery cannot occur without an infusion of federal funds to restore habitat necessary to ensure population growth,” said the letter from Environment Minister Shannon Phillips to federal counterpart Catherine McKenna.Phillips said the province will suspend consideration of conservation lands pending further review and the outcome of a socio-economic impact study.A scientist in Edmonton said he’s seen similar responses on caribou from past Alberta governments.“When you see governments start to move to any real efforts to conserve caribou, they run up against this enormous task,” said Stan Boutin, a professor at the University of Alberta.“The reality of it is that things have been changed so much —particularly in Alberta because of our activities — that fixing the problem now is going to cost an enormous amount of money, probably would mean jobs and all of the bad things government doesn’t want to deal with.”The federal government should have done an independent socio-economic analysis at the same time as scientific analysis under the Species at Risk Act, Hebblewhite added.“The bill is here and now they’re all, ‘That’s a lot of money,’” he said. “It’s a little too late to fix the problem easily.“Asking the federal government for money … is actually kind of reasonable. It’s just going to ripple across the country.”Other provinces have started to raise similar concerns about how to pay for saving caribou.Earlier this month, the Quebec government said it would be too expensive to try to save a small herd whose habitat has been decimated by human activity. The province estimated it would cost $76 million to help the 18 remaining animals in the Val-d’Or herd, with a slim chance of success.An emailed statement from McKenna said the federal government is committed to protecting caribou.“We’re working with provinces, including Quebec and Alberta, as well as stakeholders and Indigenous communities, to address challenges facing this iconic species,” said the email.It added that Ottawa earmarked $1.3 billion over five years in its recent budget to expand protected areas and help endangered and threatened species.Ottawa is set to publish a report in April on steps being taken by provinces to protect critical habitat.If it’s determined that boreal caribou or critical habitat are not being protected, the federal government could impose a cabinet order that would allow the act to be applied on provincial lands.It would prohibit any development, such as oil drilling and forestry, that could harm the animals.“Any attempt by the federal government to do so will be subject to a decade of litigation,” said Shaun Fluker, an environmental law professor at the University of Calgary. “By then the caribou could very well be extirpated from Alberta.”— Follow @cderworiz on Twitter
HUMBOLDT, Sask. – About 2,500 hockey fans chanted “go Broncos go” one final time today for a 19-year-old described as “the classic underdog hockey player.”Jacob Leicht was one of 16 people who have died after a bus carrying the Humboldt Broncos and a truck collided last Friday at a rural intersection north of Tisdale.His funeral was held today at the rink in his hometown of Humboldt.Family friend and former coach Shaun Gardiner says Leicht wasn’t a big player, but what he lacked in size he made up for in hard work.Three of Leicht’s teammates were at the service — one receiving applause as he was brought in in a wheelchair.His mother, Celeste Leicht, says people should help one another and asked the audience to do one final thing for her son.She asked for 11 chants of “go Broncos go” followed by the blowing of horns and noisemakers for 11 seconds to honour her son’s jersey number.
HUMBOLDT, Sask. – Darcy Haugan was remembered Saturday not just as the head coach of the Humboldt Broncos, but as a family man who led by example on and off the ice.Haugan, who was 42, was one of the 16 people who died on board a bus that was carrying the junior hockey team to a playoff game in Nipawin, Sask., on April 6.The bus and a semi-truck collided at a rural intersection north of Tisdale.Thirteen others were injured.“Today marks just over a week since a terrible tragedy struck this community. In the wake of this crash 16 people have left the earth before their time, 16 families are grieving with the memory and countless lives have been changed as a result of this event,” said Haugan’s brother-in-law Adam George at the service at Elgar Petersen Arena where the Broncos play their games.“Since his death there have been so many stories shared about his life. There’s no point in me standing before you and telling more stories about Darcy. This building is already full with them.”Haugan was a devout Christian who would pray before work in his office and before bed with his sons Carson, 12, and Jackson, 9.His friend, Pastor Sean Brandow, was the chaplain for the Broncos. He said Haugan was far from perfect, but he was a good man.“Darcy always sought to do what was right. He didn’t always do it, but he sought to do it. He wanted to do it,” Brandow said with a chuckle.“He wanted to communicate better. If you’ve ever tried to talk to Darcy, sometimes it would be like trying to talk to a squirrel in a roomful of nuts,” he said.“He’s over here and then you’re watching a video about Seinfeld and you don’t know where he’s going to go next.”Amanda White said she was the “tag along little sister” when her older sister, Christina, started dating Haugan. She eventually moved with them to Haugan’s hometown of Peace River, Alta., and the two of them just clicked.“I wasn’t sure there was a man on this earth that was good enough for my big sister. I was so proud to walk into the arena and having coach Darcy Haugan being my brother-in-law,” she said.“Darcy was an amazing part of our family and we will forever hold him close to our hearts. Forever in our hearts. I’ll always love you Darc.”Seven players wearing Humboldt Broncos jerseys, including one in a wheelchair, were sitting in the crowd as were former players from the North Peace Navigators where Haugan had been head coach.George said Haugan was a good family man, and a coach and mentor off of the ice.“As a coach we know that what happens on the ice is not nearly as important as when players took their skates off outside. He worked hard to lead the young men in his care to become people who live their lives with integrity.”Follow @BillGraveland on Twitter