New Delhi: After a wait of two years, Raahgiri Day is back to the national capital, but this time it aims to raise awareness on preventive measures against cancer.Conceived by the Raahgiri Foundation, the Raahgiri Day will be organised on World Cancer Day on Sunday at Connaught Place in collaboration with the World Research Institute India (WRII), the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) and the Delhi Police. The event will now be organised on the last Sunday of every month. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarExhorting the people from different walks and ages to participate in the Raahgiri Day, NDMC chairman Naresh Kumar said it would be a dedicated campaign against cancer and will also focus on creating awareness on preventive measures against the disease. “Aiming at creating awareness about road safety, promoting cycling, walking and use of public transport as envisaged in the National Urban Transport policy, the event will also encourage physical activities to promote healthy living and above all it would support the idea of city development,” he added. Also Read – Two persons arrested for killing manager of Muthoot FinanceThe inner circle of the Connaught Place will be closed between 6am to 9am for vehicles to accommodate people to participate in a variety of activities ranging from yoga, cycling and other sports. “And during the last hour of Raahgiri the participants can enjoy street play performances and a 30 minutes live band performance beginning at 8.30 am,” the organisers said. The event was first organised in Connaught Place in 2014 with an aim to promote pedestrians and sustainable mobility options like walking and cycling in the city.
Kolkata: A major fire broke out at a multi-storied building located on Lenin Sarani near Lotus Crossing on Sunday evening. Six fire tenders doused the fire within a few hours. None got injured or trapped in the incident.According to sources, on Sunday at around 5:30 pm locals saw smoke coming out of a building’s roof located at 171, Lenin Sarani. Immediately, Bowbazar police station and the fire brigade were informed. Initially four fire tenders were pressed into action and later two more were called in. A hydraulic ladder was also sent. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaLocal residents informed that there is a guest house at the said building. On Sunday, fire broke out on a temporary structure and spread to the fourth floor. As the building was evacuated before the fire spread, none was hurt. On the roof a temporary structure had been made, but the purpose of the structure is not clear yet. Some locals stated that it was being used as the kitchen for the guest house, whereas others claimed that an undergarment factory used to run there. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersTo control the blaze, firefighters went to the roofs of other adjacent buildings and started spraying water in ‘zig zag’ method. The hydraulic ladder was used to spray water from Lenin Sarani. While firefighters were dousing the fire, the temporary structure on the roof collapsed. Meanwhile, occupants of the other adjacent buildings got panic stricken and went outside. Also due to thick black smoke, some locals felt uneasy and breathless. At around 7 pm, the fire was controlled. Later, Fire minister Sujit Bose went to the spot and interacted with the fire brigade officials. “Our men are working. Fire has been controlled. Anything more can be said only after inquiry,” said Bose. MLA Nayna Bandyopadhyay also went to the spot. It has been alleged that the temporary construction which was made on the roof of the building, is illegal. But it is yet to be confirmed from the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) whether any permission was given to erect such a structure. Sources informed that whether the building owner and the guest house owner had obtained all the necessary permissions from the competent authorities or not will be checked. If any flaw is found, the fire brigade may lodge a complaint against the building owner and the guest house owner.
NEW DELHI: A jawan, posted on guard duty outside the Finance Ministry in the North Block in the high-security VIP zone, committed suicide on Tuesday by shooting himself with the service weapon. “Head constable Jai Narain of Rajasthan Armed Constabulary (RAC) was posted at gate number 2 of North Block. He shot himself with his service carbine in the parking lot outside Finance Ministry at around 12:40 pm,” said Madhur Verma, Public Relation Officer, Delhi Police. Also Read – Kejriwal ‘denied political clearance’ to attend climate meet in DenmarkNarain was taking a break when the incident happened. He died on the spot, police said. “Two shots were fired from his service gun. No suicide note was recovered from the body. The police are conducting an investigation under Section 174 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (inquest),” Verma said. According to the preliminary investigation, Narain had just come back from his vacation. He was posted here for over a year. Police are trying to verify if he was depressed over some personal issue and hence the family of the deceased jawan is being asked to clarify if they know something was troubling him.
The third edition of ‘Navrasa Duende Classic Movie Festival’ is a rare and rich ensemble of films by directors from around the world. This year, the festival plans to screen classics including ‘Metropolis’ by Fritz Lang (Germany); ‘My Fair Lady’ by George Cukor (USA); ‘400 Blows’ by François Truffaut (France); ‘Viridiana’ by Luis Buñuel (Spain); and many more. These evergreen classics transcend all geographical, cultural and language barriers and foster a universe of their own. Hosted by Navrasa Duende Movie Club, a not to profit film society registered under Society Registration Act, 1860, the 2-day event will be held from June 29 – 30, 2019, at Sirifort Auditorium, Delhi. It is supported by Federation of Film Societies Of India, Goethe Institute, Institut Francais, Instituto Cervantes, Polish Institut, Japan Foundation, Svenska Filminstituet, Films Sans Frontieres and other institutions.
New Delhi: The Delhi government on Sunday extended by a week the summer vacation in city schools for students till Class 8 in view of hot weather conditions in the national capital. The schools for up to classes 8 will reopen from July 8 while for the higher classes will reopen from Monday as per the earlier schedule. “In view of the hot weather in Delhi, the summer vacation for students up to class 8 are being extended till July 8. For other classes the schools will reopen as per earlier schedule,” Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said. Sisodia, who is also the Education Minister, clarified that the order will be applicable for both government and private schools. Weather officials have predicted that heat wave may continue in the city.
London: Four years of planning will be put on the line for England when they face holders Australia in a blockbuster Cricket World Cup semi-final at Edgbaston on Thursday. England’s woeful first-round exit at the 2015 edition prompted a complete rethink of their approach to one-day internationals for a side that had long placed Test success above all other considerations. Australian coach Trevor Bayliss was drafted in with the aim of guiding their bid for a first World Cup title. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football togetherThe transformation has been impressive, with England climbing to number one in the ODI rankings under the astute captaincy of Eoin Morgan. Their rise to the summit has been based on dynamic run-scoring, with in-form openers Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow leading the way. But the stakes for hosts England are higher than simply the winning of a match that would see them into a final against either India or New Zealand at Lord’s on Sunday. Satellite subscription host broadcaster Sky has said it will allow the final to be shown on free-to-air television in Britain — but only if England are involved in the showpiece match. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenIt would be the first time since 2005 that a major England men’s home match had emerged from behind a UK television paywall, with cricket having a chance to reconnect with a ‘lost’ audience in its birthplace. Australia, however, have never lost any of their seven previous World Cup semi-finals — although they did tie with South Africa at Edgbaston 20 years ago before advancing into the final on superior net run-rate. They landed a psychological blow in the group stage when they beat Ashes rivals England by 64 runs at Lord’s last month. Australia left-arm quicks Jason Behrendorff and Mitchell Starc shared nine wickets between them in a match where Australia captain Aaron Finch made 100 after surviving a testing opening from England’s fast bowlers. Roy, however, was missing with a torn hamstring and since his return, England have scored crucial wins over India and New Zealand that took them into the semi-finals. – ‘Different animal’ – By contrast Australia, who have not won in any format at Edgbaston since the 2001 Ashes Test, suffered a surprise 10-run defeat by South Africa at Old Trafford in their final group game. England, as well as finding a way to cope with Starc, will have to contain the run-scoring threat of a powerful Australian top order. David Warner has scored 638 runs this tournament following the left-handed opener’s return to international cricket after a 12-month ban for his role in a ball-tampering scandal in South Africa. But paceman Liam Plunkett insisted England could rise to the occasion. “We’re a different sort of animal compared to our last teams,” he said. “We’ve played well for the past four years, we’re ranked number one. “We feel on our day we can beat anyone in the world.” The five-time world champions, will pitch late call-up Peter Handscomb straight into Thursday’s match after fellow batsman Usman Khawaja suffered a tournament-ending hamstring injury against South Africa. Australia coach Justin Langer led his squad on a barefoot walkabout around Edgbaston on Monday before they shared stories on the outfield in a so-called “bonding circle”. “Haydos (Matthew Hayden) and I used to do it as a bit of a ritual before every Test match,” former Australia opener Langer explained.
Washington: Portugal star striker Cristiano Ronaldo will not face rape charges, US prosecutors have announced. The Juventus and Portugal forward had been accused by Kathryn Mayorga of sexual assault in a Las Vegas hotel in 2009. However, Las Vegas prosecutors said that the claims could not “be proven beyond reasonable doubt”, reports Xinhua news agency. Mayorga claimed to have reached an out of court settlement with the star in 2010, and revealed that she had chosen to speak out against Ronaldo after being inspired by the #MeToo movement. The settlement, which compelled Mayorga to anonymity, involved a payment of $375,000. Vegas police began investigating the allegation in August 2018 at the request of Mayorga, but decided to drop the investigation “upon a review of information at this time.”
New Delhi: Four of the 10 most valued domestic companies together witnessed an erosion of Rs 84,432.8 crore in market capitalisation last week, with HDFC twins taking the biggest hit.RIL and SBI were the other frontline companies that suffered a drop in their market capitalisation (m-cap) for the week ended Friday, while Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), HUL, Infosys, ITC, Kotak Mahindra Bank and ICICI Bank finished with gains. However, the cumulative gain of these firms at Rs 22,058.3 crore was less than the total loss suffered by the four companies. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe m-cap of HDFC Bank plunged Rs 26,900.6 crore to Rs 6,22,401.90 crore, making it the top loser among the top-10 firms. It was followed by HDFC, whose valuation tumbled Rs 23,360.6 crore to Rs 3,74,131.53 crore.Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) lost Rs 22,123.4 crore in m-cap to stand at Rs 7,69,627.33 crore, while SBI’s valuation dropped Rs 12,048.2 crore to Rs 3,05,667.95 crore.In contrast, the market cap of TCS jumped Rs 11,951.35 crore to Rs 7,91,302.89 crore and that of ICICI Bank zoomed Rs 3,484.66 crore to Rs 2,68,125.39 crore. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostITC added Rs 2,487.11 crore to its valuation to reach Rs 3,31,749.04 crore and Kotak Mahindra Bank gained Rs 2,138.61 crore to Rs 2,88,522.40 crore.The valuation of Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL) climbed by Rs 1,266.41 crore to Rs 3,74,651.29 crore and that of Infosys rose Rs 730.16 crore to Rs 3,38,148.69 crore.In the ranking of top-10 firms, TCS closed the week with number one ranking, followed by RIL, HDFC Bank, HUL, HDFC, Infosys, ITC, SBI, Kotak Mahindra Bank and ICICI Bank.TCS on Thursday went past Reliance Industries Limited to become the country’s most valued firm by market valuation yet again.During the last week, the Sensex lost 454.22 points or 1.18 per cent to close at 37,882.79 on Friday.
New Delhi: The Home Ministry on Friday said the deployment of paramilitary forces in Jammu and Kashmir was based on the security situation there and requirements of rotation, and that such things are not discussed in the public domain. Sources in the ministry said 100 companies (10,000 personnel) of central forces were ordered for deployment in the state about a week ago and they are in the process of reaching their destinations. This has apparently led to speculation of induction of additional forces, they said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “Based on the assessment of the internal security situation, training requirements, the need for paramilitary troops to be rotated for rest and recuperation, induction and de-induction of central forces is a continuous and dynamic process,” a source said. It has never been the practice to discuss in the public domain the details of deployment and movement of paramilitary forces deployed in a particular theatre, they said. The home ministry’s response came after reports on Thursday suggested that 28,000 additional troops are in the process of deployment in Jammu and Kashmir, which is currently under President’s Rule. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Speculation is also rife that the Centre may have plans to do away with Article 35A of the Constitution, which gives exclusive rights to the state’s residents in government jobs and land. These speculation have dominated the discourse in Kashmir over the past few days. Mainstream political parties such as the National Conference and the PDP, have, however, vowed to resist any such move to tinker with the special status to the state. On Thursday, a delegation comprising National Conference President Farooq Abdullah, former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and a party MP met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and urged him not to take any step which may lead to deterioration in the law and order situation in Jammu and Kashmir. They also urged Modi to facilitate holding of assembly election in the state by year-end.
Los Angeles: ‘Friends’ is coming back. There’s no reunion or a movie but the six fan favourites – Monica, Rachel, Phoebe, Chandler, Joey and Ross – are coming together for a re-run of the beloved sitcom on account of its 25th anniversary. According to Entertainment Weekly, 12 iconic episodes of the popular NBC series will be specially screened over three nights of September 23, September 28 and October 2. Over 1,000 theatres across the US will feature four episodes per night that have been newly re-mastered in 4K format from the original 35mm camera negative. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: PriyankaEach screening will feature exclusive interviews and never-before-seen content. The night of September 23 will showcase the pilot ‘ReDo’, followed by ‘The One With The Black Out’, ‘The One With The Birth’ and ‘The One Where Ross Finds Out’. Next night will see ‘The One With The Prom Video’, ‘The One Where No One’s Ready’, ‘The One With The Morning After’ and ‘The One With The Embryos’. On October 2, episodes ‘The One With Chandler In A Box’, ‘The One With Ross’ Wedding – Part 2′, ‘The One Where Everyone Finds Out’ and ‘The One Where Ross Got High’ will be screened. Also Read – Salman Khan remembers actor Vinod KhannaLisa Gregorian, Warner Bros Television Group President & Chief Marketing Officer, said the team wanted people across ages, along with the loyal fans, to enjoy the show in a new way. “The cultural impact that ‘Friends’ continues to have, 25 years after its premiere, is astounding, a true testament to the genius of Marta Kauffman, David Crane, Kevin Bright, and the incredibly talented cast,” Gregorian added. The series starred Courteney Cox, Jennifer Aniston, and others.
Gurugram: It was a deja vu moment for the Haryana police and the government as months of it strenuous and tacit effort finally bore fruit with the dreaded gangster Kaushal being brought back to India. The 37-year-old arrived in Delhi at around 3:30 am on Monday.After his arrival, he was produced in Gurugram district courts where he was sent on four-day police remand. “The arrest of Kaushal is a big achievement for our team. We now hope that with this arrest the fear that was prevalent among the businessmen of being called randomly for ransom will stop,” said KK Rao, the new Faridabad Police Commissioner, whose earlier stint as STF chief was key in the arrest of the feared gangster. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe terror of Kaushal gang can be gauged from the fact that in just this year itself there have been four murders that have occurred in Gurugram. Just as in the case of Vikas Chaudhary, the victims were gunned down in the busy streets. In one of the murders, the sharpshooters pumped twelve bullets into the body of a village head in Manesar. The increased number of criminal incidents had resulted in the special task force and Gurugram police training their guns on weakening the ground and in just this year itself, 44 people from his gang have been arrested. Despite the setbacks, the 38-year-old who is based in Dubai continues to be a challenge the law enforcement officials. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsIn December 2016, he jumped parole when he was let out of Bhondsi jail. The son of a property dealer in Naharpur Rupa village, Kaushal used to sell and fix submersible pumps. His started his criminal activities in 2004, in a land dispute with gangster Sudesh alias Chhelu. Their fight resulted in nine murders, who stopped on December 12, 2006, when Kaushal’s men shot dead Chhelu in police custody at Rajiv Chowk. Meanwhile, the rivalry between the city’s two biggest gangsters, Binder Gujjar and Sandeep Gadoli, appeared to have ended, after Gadoli was eliminated by Gurugram police in Mumbai on February 7, 2016. Kaushal then teamed up with Surender Gang to murder Gujjar’s brother Manish and aide Mahesh ‘Attack’ in March 2017. Geong was hoping to eliminate his rivals to expand his gambling and illicit liquor businesses in Gururugram. He was eventually killed in an encounter in Karnal in April 2017. To eliminate his rivals, Kaushal also joined hands with the Rajesh Bharti gang but Bharti and his aides Sanjeet Badro and Umesh Don who were recently eliminated by Delhi Police in Chhattarpur.
New Delhi: Facebook global executive Nick Clegg has proposed a “prospective” mechanism for WhatsApp to act on cases flagged by law enforcement agencies, but the government has refused to budge on its demand for traceability of messages. The issue of traceability has been a flashpoint between the government and WhatsApp, and the Facebook-owned messaging platform has so far resisted India’s demand for identification of message originators, arguing that doing so would undermine its policy on privacy and end-to-end encryption. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalA senior government official said that Facebook Vice-President, Global Affairs and Communications, Nick Clegg, during his meeting with IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad last week mooted alternatives to absolute traceability of messages, including use of ‘meta data’ and machine intelligence for dealing with the issue, even offering to harness WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook linkages to provide assistance to law enforcement agencies. When contacted, a Facebook spokesperson said: “Facebook cares deeply about the safety of people in India and Nick’s meetings this week provided opportunities to discuss our commitment to supporting privacy and security in every app we provide and how we can continue to work productively with the Government of India towards these shared goals.” Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostA person aware of WhatsApps’s position on the matter emphasised that the platform cannot read messages exchanged as they are encrypted. It is learnt that Clegg in meetings with top authorities, including Home Minister Amit Shah, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval as well as IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on September 12, reiterated the US tech giant’s stance that it will abide by any lawful request for information by the Indian government, but it cannot read messages exchanged on its platforms. Clegg told the officials that the company can provide ‘signals’ and meta data such as who calls were made to and duration, among others, of lawfully identified users, a source said. The US social media giant has agreed to provide India with ‘meta data’ of any user of its platforms, including WhatsApp, that the government lawfully identifies but has insisted it cannot look into messages exchanged as they are encrypted. India is home to 400 million WhatsApp users and more than 328 million Facebook users. Social media companies in India have drawn flak from the government in recent past over instances of circulation of fake news, breach of user confidentiality, unauthorised data sharing by the apps and concerns over privacy and data security. WhatsApp in particular has been under fire over users misusing the platform for circulation of fake news that have incited mob fury. The Indian government has made it clear that it intends to strengthen the legal framework and make social media platforms more accountable under law.
One of the most commonly prescribed classes of antibiotics may be associated with two types of heart problems, a study claims. A recently published study found that current users of fluoroquinolone antibiotics, such as Ciprofloxacin, face a 2.4 times greater risk of developing aortic and mitral regurgitation, where the blood backflows into the heart, compared to patients who take amoxicillin, a different type of antibiotic. The greatest risk is within 30 days of use, according to the researchers at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Canada. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainRecent studies have also linked the same class of antibiotics to other heart problems, they said. Some physicians favour fluoroquinolones over other antibiotics for their broad spectrum of antibacterial activity and high oral absorption, which is as effective as intravenous, or IV, treatment. “You can send patients home with a once-a-day pill,” said researchers. “This class of antibiotics is very convenient, but for the majority of cases, especially community-related infections, they’re not really needed. The inappropriate prescribing may cause both antibiotic resistance as well as serious heart problems,” they added. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardThe researchers hope their study helps inform the public and physicians that if patients present with cardiac issues, where no other cause has been discovered, fluoroquinolone antibiotics could potentially be a cause. Scientists analysed data from the US Food and Drug Administration’s adverse reporting system. They also analysed a massive private insurance health claims database in the US that captures demographics, drug identification, dose prescribed and treatment duration. Researchers identified 12,505 cases of valvular regurgitation with 125,020 case-control subjects in a random sample of more than nine million patients. They defined current fluoroquinolone exposure as an active prescription or 30 days prior to the adverse event, recent exposure as within days 31 to 60, and past exposure as within 61 to 365 days prior to an incident. Scientists compared fluoroquinolone use with amoxicillin and azithromycin.
HALIFAX – The defence in the case of a Halifax university student accused of murder closed its case Tuesday, saying William Sandeson remains “confident” after weeks of testimony at the jury trial.Sandeson is charged with the first-degree murder of 22-year-old Dalhousie University student Taylor Samson, whose body has never been found.The Crown has alleged Samson was murdered in Sandeson’s south end Halifax apartment in the midst of a drug deal.Lawyer Eugene Tan says his client, who has taken an active role in his own case, has been “holding up very well” throughout the eight-week trial.“He’s very invested in his own defence. He knows the case extremely well,” said Tan outside of Nova Scotia Supreme Court on Tuesday.“You’ve probably seen him looking up things, passing notes to us, making references to specific pages of evidence and giving it to us. He has maintained his focus on this trial.”Closing arguments in the case will be presented Monday, with the judge expected to instruct the jury the following day.Tan said the defence will argue that the police investigation into Samson’s death was not adequate.He said police put their focus on Sandeson too early in the investigation without looking at other possible suspects.“There were a lot of leads that were presented, some of which we feel were substantive and should have been pursued,” said Tan.“At the end of the day we feel that in a lot of ways, there was a result that was sought and everything along the way was used to justify that result, to the exclusion of other possibilities.”Sandeson did not testify at the trial. Tan said defence lawyers did consider putting him on the stand, and that was an “open question up until today.”The trial heard DNA was recovered from a bullet, gun, tarp, duffel bag and other items seized from Sandeson’s Henry Street apartment in Halifax and his family’s farm in Truro.It heard the medical student was deep in debt and under pressure from his parents about his spending in the weeks before he allegedly murdered Samson.The jury has also heard Samson was to sell Sandeson 20 pounds of marijuana for $40,000 the night of Aug. 15, 2015. Court has heard Samson was last seen alive on video that night, walking into Sandeson’s apartment shortly before 10:30 p.m.On Tuesday, Sandeson’s former girlfriend testified she smelled bleach when she returned to Sandeson’s apartment later that same evening.Sonja Gashus told the jury she had gone out to dinner with Sandeson, and was told by him she would need to leave his apartment for a period of time later that night — something she described as unusual.The recent Dalhousie graduate later testified that she believed Sandeson was conducting a drug deal.Gashus — who dated Sandeson for roughly eight months and is no longer with him — said she did not approve of Sandeson’s involvement in selling drugs, especially after he was accepted into medical school earlier that year.“I believed that it was him making a deal and he said that he was going to get out of the whole thing,” the 23-year-old woman told the jury of the night of Aug. 15, 2015, later saying she thought Sandeson was selling off his drug dealing business the night Samson disappeared.Gashus said she went to a friend’s home nearby and received a text message from Sandeson at around 12:30 a.m. on Aug. 16, 2015, telling her she could return to his apartment.She said she smelled cleaning products when she arrived there, but nothing else about his apartment was out of the ordinary. Under cross-examination, she told the Crown she didn’t see any blood, but told police the apartment wreaked of bleach.She said Sandeson had told her three people had arrived at the apartment to bid on his drug dealing business, and one of the individuals hit another individual and that caused him to bleed. She said that he told her the smell of cleaner was from him cleaning up the blood.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version said the judge would instruct the jury Tuesday.
NORRISTOWN, Pa. – Jurors in Bill Cosby’s Pennsylvania sexual assault trial end their first day of deliberations without reaching a verdict.
GANDER, N.L. – Newfoundland and Labrador’s health minister used CPR to save a man’s life at a local legion on the weekend.John Haggie, a doctor, was digging into a plate of brewis — a traditional dish made of cod and hard bread — at the Gander Legion when the man collapsed.Haggie refused to speak to reporters about it Tuesday, but the incident was confirmed by an aide.The aide confirmed an earlier report that the man was not responsive and didn’t have a pulse — the two criteria to begin CPR.Haggie had told the CBC he followed routine life support training and that his role was “really just coincidental.”The incident happened Saturday during the Festival of Flight’s traditional fisherman’s brewis lunch at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 8.“A gentleman attending collapsed and needed CPR. You follow the routine as [per the] training in your basic life support,” Haggie told the CBC.Through the aide, Haggie referred further questions Tuesday to the Heart and Stroke Foundation to discuss the importance of CPR training for individuals.Haggie, a general and vascular surgeon originally from Manchester, England, served as president of the Canadian Medical Association and was elected to the provincial legislature in 2015.
VANCOUVER – Aboriginal heritage must be considered when placing a child with an adoptive family, but it does not overrule all other factors in deciding their best interests, the British Columbia Court of Appeal has ruled.The unanimous decision released Tuesday is the latest in the province to grapple with the issue of how much weight should be given to cultural identity when First Nations, Metis or Inuit children are being adopted.The case involves a 10-year-old Aboriginal boy who was taken from his biological mother at birth when cocaine was detected in his bloodstream. He was legally adopted by a couple who have cared for him since he was 14 months old.The adoptive father is non-Indigenous while the mother is Aboriginal, but not from the boy’s nation. They also have two other adopted Aboriginal children who are not related.The birth mother argued the judge who issued the adoption order did not adequately consider the boy’s heritage. But the panel of five appeal court judges ruled that Aboriginal background is just one of several factors that must be weighed.“The child had a strong emotional bond with the respondents’ family, including his two siblings, would likely suffer traumatic harm in the short term and lasting emotional harm in the long term if removed from their family,” Justice Daphne Smith wrote on behalf of the panel.The boy “wanted to stay with the respondents with whom he identified as his mother and father, ‘forever,’ ” Smith added.Last year, the appeal court ruled against a Metis foster mother who wanted to adopt a Metis toddler she had raised since birth. The Ministry of Children and Family Development moved the child to Ontario, where she is living with her biological siblings and their non-Indigenous adoptive parents.The foster mother and her husband have since moved to a different jurisdiction, where they are continuing to fight to have the little girl returned to them.The appeal decision released Tuesday references the ruling in the case of the Metis toddler. Although the facts of the two cases are different, both tangle with similar issues around the importance of Indigenous heritage and blood relationships.No one involved with either case can be named because of publication bans.In the case involving the 10-year-old boy, his grandmother asked the couple to care for him when he was 14 months old. About a year later, the grandmother asked them to keep him “in the old way,” which the couple understood to refer to a customary First Nations adoption.His biological mother began substance abuse recovery and her progress led the couple to allow her and the grandmother to visit overnight, the ruling says. On one occasion, the birth mom and grandmother asked for the boy’s passport, health card and Indian Status card to take him to the U.S.The couple agreed and gave them the documents. But when they didn’t return him for 10 days, the couple obtained a court order granting them interim sole custody. The order also restrained the birth mother and grandmother from communicating with the boy.The birth mother and grandmother have not seen the child since he was removed from the grandmother’s home by police.A judge later issued an order granting the couple permanent custody of the boy, which the birth mother appealed.Smith, the appeal court judge, wrote that a child’s Aboriginal heritage and cultural identity does not attract “super-weight” over all other factors when determining whether an adoption order should be made.Even if the birth mother’s interpretation of the law were to be accepted, the adoptive parents have done all they can to ensure the child participates in and learns about his culture, Smith wrote.“The evidence is clear that the child knows about his particular band and First Nation, and speaks with pride about being Aboriginal.”— Follow @ellekane on Twitter.
ST. ANDREWS, Man. – RCMP say a plane that crashed near a small airport north of Winnipeg, killing the pilot, had been taken without the owner’s consent.Police say the 29-year-old man from Thunder Bay, Ont., was a licensed pilot who knew the owner.Officers were called to the crash site near St. Andrews Airport about 4:30 a.m. on Thursday.Pictures from reporters at the scene showed the shattered wreckage of the single-engine Beech A23-19 strewn across Highway 8.The highway, which leads from Winnipeg north to Gimli, had to be closed in both directions.Police said there are no indications anyone else was on board.The RCMP and Transportation Safety Board are working together on the investigation.A spokesman with STARS air ambulance said one of its helicopters was initially dispatched to the crash site, but did not land because it was not medically required.The St. Andrews Airport is a small, not-for-profit, community-owned airport just north of Winnipeg city limits.On its website, it says it is a certified pilot training facility and is home to two companies that train pilots.It also lists several charter companies as its tenants.(The Canadian Press, CTV Winnipeg)
TORONTO – Objects that look like human bones can be seen in a photograph of a large incinerator allegedly used by two men to burn the body of a young woman they’re accused of killing, a Toronto court heard Friday.Forensic anthropologist Tracy Rogers, an expert in identifying human remains and the effects of burning on human bones, told the jury hearing the case of Laura Babcock that what’s seen in the image appears to be bones from a human arm.“Based on the shape comparison, one is similar overall to the human humerus, the upper arm bone,” Rogers said. “One looks similar in overall shape and size to a human radius, the end close to the wrist.”Rogers said, however, that she cannot be certain because she was only able to examine a photograph.The image was recovered from the computer of Dellen Millard, who, along with Mark Smich, has been charged with first-degree murder in Babcock’s death. The 23-year-old woman disappeared in the summer of 2012 and her body has not been found.The Crown alleges Millard, 32, and Smich, 30, killed Babcock and burned her body in a massive animal incinerator — named The Eliminator — that was later found on Millard’s farm near Waterloo, Ont.The prosecution contends the pair murdered Babcock because she was the odd woman out in a love triangle with Millard and his girlfriend, Christina Noudga.Millard, who is representing himself, has said he didn’t care about the animosity between the two women, who witnesses say were both sleeping with Millard at the same time.Both Millard and Smich have pleaded not guilty.In her examination of the photograph of the incinerator’s interior — which court heard was taken with Millard’s iPhone at 11:20 p.m. on July 23, 2012 — Rogers was asked to compare the bones in the image to those of a deer.Rogers, who court heard has worked on numerous murder cases, including identifying human and animal bones from serial killer Robert Pickton’s farm in British Columbia, said she was able to take measurements of the bones from the photograph.They were similar in size and shape to that of a human female, she said, and substantially different from deer bones.Court has heard that Millard ordered the incinerator — capable of cremating a 225-kilogram animal — in the days before Babcock disappeared.The trial has also seen text messages from Millard that show he promised to hurt Babcock and “make her leave.”Babcock’s family and friends have testified they haven’t heard from her since July 2012.
TORONTO – The fatal fentanyl overdose of a Toronto drug squad officer has the police force considering what more it could be doing to support those working in its high-risk units.The death of Const. Michael Thompson — which occurred in April, was deemed an overdose in July and was announced by police on Thursday — has raised many questions about what happened to the 37-year-old described as a good officer who was respected by his colleagues.The force is conducting parallel reviews — one into Thompson’s death that includes investigating his professional responsibilities, and the other into support programs for officers in high-risk units, such as the drug squad, human trafficking unit and the emergency task force, said police spokeswoman Meaghan Gray.Investigators haven’t said why Thompson, who was found in medical distress at his home, had fentanyl at his residence. They also haven’t been able to determine if he may have purchased drugs on the street or taken them from police exhibits.But, Gray said, while some questions about Thompson may always remain unanswered, the force is taking a close look at how it supports officers who work on squads like his.“(The force is) looking to see whether what we’re doing is enough and potentially what else we could offer officers,” Gray said. “We want to see if there’s anything that we could be doing differently.”The force already has mandatory wellness visits for officers in high-risk units that include scheduled meetings with psychiatrists, Gray said, but police are looking closely at those supports.“Any time we lose a member it is concerning to us and I think that we would take a look at … what services we’re providing” and make any changes that would benefit all members of the force, she said.The force has said the quantity of fentanyl in Thompson’s system was too large to have been caused by mere contact with the opioid, which is about 100 times stronger than morphine.The synthetic painkiller — which is often mixed into drugs such as cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine — has been blamed for the growing overdose crisis that federal health officials say is expected to claim the lives of more than 3,000 people this year.Tom Stamatakis, president of the Canadian Police Association, said Thompson’s case “is a tragic situation, but it’s a rare situation.”“Generally speaking, police organizations across the country have very rigorous pre-selection screening processes,” Stamatakis said. “We should always keep sight of the need to properly vet people who want to get into policing, so that you can mitigate the risk that someone, once they get into policing, will make bad decisions.”Officers in high-risk units are screened even more carefully by medical professionals such as psychiatrists, he said, and once hired they are assessed regularly to ensure the stresses of the job are not negatively affecting their personal lives.“Stigma is a very huge issue in our culture and that’s why these are scheduled appointments and interventions so that you take away that requirement for the individual to reach out and to say they are struggling,” he said.Stamatakis said although Thompson’s case is most likely an isolated one, police forces should always review their policies and procedures something happens to one of their officers.An addictions specialist at Toronto’s Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, called addiction “an equal opportunity disease,” but noted that professionals who have regular access to drugs are considered high risk.“Socio-economic status does not necessarily protect you from addiction,” said Dr. Peter Selby. “It all has to do with access.”While he could not comment directly on Thompson’s case, Selby said workplaces where employees have access to drugs generally have good systems in place to account for the substances.“There has to be some oversight to make sure what’s taken is properly stored, it’s appropriately accounted for and there is usually more than one person involved so it’s not left up to one person to manage it,” he said.“If this loosens up, people who may be vulnerable then will see an opportunity, and unfortunately you don’t have to be addicted to die from opioids. It can even kill someone who is curious and tries just a little bit.”— with files from Peter Cameron.