Kejriwal calls cabinet meeting reviews ongoing projects

first_imgNEW DELHI: A day after the model code of conduct was lifted, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday called a meeting of his cabinet and senior government officials and asked them to speed up ongoing development works in the city. This was his first cabinet meeting after the Lok Sabha elections. According to a senior official, the chief minister has directed the departments concerned to hasten the pending works.”The chief minister wants that the ongoing development projects in the city should be completed by next few months,” the official said. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarOfficials also said that due to the Model Code of Conduct, many new projects were stalled but the department would work to finish all these pending projects by 2020. On a priority basis the fire department on Monday held a meeting where new building by-laws were notified and also fire audit of all the coaching centers of thecapital was not notified. Delhi’s Deputy CM Manish Sisodia in the afternoon held a meeting of the Patparganj Vidhan Sabha section as he is also the MLA from there. “Met officials from PWD, DUSIB, MCD, Flood, BSES, DJB Depts to review the progress made & time of completion of various big & small projects in #Patparganj eg. School clinics in 250 #DelhiGovtSchool, Re-construction of three big roads in Khichdipur, Cleaning of sewers along NH24,” the Deputy CM tweeted. Later, he also visited the signature bridge to inspect the ongoing work of making a tourist point there. “Visited Signature Bridge at sunset today to review the construction of tourist point at the top of the pylon. Happy to see peak time traffic flowing seamlessly With a capacity of 50-60 people, this point would surely be the best place to enjoy picturesque sunsets in Delhi,” he tweeted. CM Kejriwal’s six cabinet colleagues – Manish Sisodia, Gopal Rai, Satyendar Jain, Imran Hussain, Rajendra Pal Gautam and Kailash Gehlot – were present at the meeting.last_img read more

James Maslow to star in indie film

first_imgLos Angeles: Actors James Maslow and Emily Bett Rickards will be starring in the indie film We Need To Talk. The film, written and directed by Todd Wolfe, also features Jonathan Fernandez. The plot follows a self-centered, video-gaming celebrity Great Scott Gamer who speaks with millions of fans every day but doesn’t know how to talk to the people he loves. It isn’t a problem until his girlfriend says, “We need to talk”, before disappearing to work. Maslow, best known for his role on Nickelodeon’s Big Time Rush based on his real-life boy band, will co-host new talent show The Big Stage with Elizabeth Stanton. “What a year this has been! From flying planes in an action movie, to hosting my own show, to now starring alongside some of my favourite actors in this hilarious romcom…just grateful to be doing what I love and seeing it all grow,” Maslow said.last_img read more

Theresa May slaps down Stop Brexit cry in farewell speech

first_imgLondon: Outgoing British Prime Minister Theresa May fended off an anti-Brexit heckler during her farewell speech on Wednesday just before tendering her resignation. May’s speech in Downing Street outside her Number 10 office was interrupted by a yell of “Stop Brexit!” from beyond the security gates at the end of the road. “I think not,” she retorted, before returning to prepared remarks. Perennial anti-Brexit heckler Steve Bray spends his time standing outside parliament hollering “Stop Brexit!” at passing politicians and during live television broadcasts. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USSome MPs and newscasters have found his months of incessant yelling tedious and infuriating; some admire his tenacity. The holler came as May, flanked by staff and her husband Philip, was thanking those around her for their support during her fraught three years in office. May stopped and looked towards the Downing Street gates, while her husband quipped: “That wasn’t me!” with a chuckle. “I think the answer to that is: I think not,” May said, going on to finish her brief speech. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsWhen the departing premier announced her resignation last month on exactly the same spot, she broke into tears at the end of her speech. But there were no tears this time as she made her way back to the step outside the famous black 10 Downing Street door for one last wave good-bye. The couple then left for Buckingham Palace, where May tendered her resignation to Queen Elizabeth II, the head of state. May tried three times to get MPs to agree to her Brexit deal. When it became clear that her fourth attempt to persuade lawmakers to sign off on the divorce deal would be futile, she announced her resignation.last_img read more

Court extends by a day interim protection to Naths nephew

first_imgNew Delhi: A Delhi court Monday extended by a day the interim protection from arrest granted to Ratul Puri, nephew of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath, in the VVIP chopper scam related money laundering case.Puri, Chairman of Hindustan Powerprojects Pvt Ltd, had on July 27 approached the court seeking anticipatory bail in the case, saying he feared arrest in the case. The court had on Saturday granted the interim protection till today. During the argument, he told special Judge Arvind Kumar that he was cooperating in the probe and there was no need of his arrest. Puri recently appeared before Enforcement Directorate for questioning in the case pertaining to the now scrapped Rs 3,600 crore chopper deal with AgustaWestland.last_img read more

Nadda meets Gen Vishambhar Singh for Kashmir outreach

first_imgJaipur: As part of the BJP’s outreach campaign on scrapping Article 370 over Jammu and Kashmir, BJP Working President J.P. Nadda met retired Army General Vishambhar Singh here on Tuesday. Nadda met Lieutenant General Singh along with other retired senior officers from the armed forces at his residence in Jaipur as part of the ‘Sampark and Janjagran Abhiyan’. Nadda handed over a booklet explaining why abrogating Article 370 that gave special powers to Kashmir and Article 35A was necessary for the sake of the country as well as to bring in development in the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ Lt Gen Singh was the General-Officer-Commanding, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa, and served for 39 years in the Indian Army. Last week, the outreach move was kickstarted by Union Home Minister and BJP chief Amit Shah when he along with Nadda met former J&K Governor Jagmohan at his Delhi residence. The 91-year-old Jagmohan was one of the first voices who sought axing of Article 370 in the 1990s when J&K saw the peak of militancy. The month-long ‘Sampark and Janjagran Abhiyan’ is designed to mobilise popular support for the government’s action of August 5.last_img read more

Police fatally shoot 19year old in northern Quebec after stabbings leave 3

first_imgMONTREAL – Quebec’s police watchdog says a 19-year-old man was shot and killed by police in northern Quebec early Saturday morning after a series of stabbings that left three people dead and two injured.The independent investigations unit says it appears the suspect broke into three homes in the remote village of Akulivik during the night and stabbed five people, including a child around 10 years old who is among the fatalities.The surviving two victims are in critical condition.A statement from the investigation unit did not say which police force was involved.The investigations unit says police intercepted the man as he was preparing to enter a fourth residence while armed with a knife.Their information suggests police fired once to stop the man from entering, then fired a second fatal shot when he began to move toward the officers.The unit has sent a team to the village to investigate the circumstances surrounding the shooting.Quebec provincial police, who say they weren’t involved in the incident, will investigate the stabbings.last_img read more

Feds urged to back research on psychedelic drugs for medical treatments

first_imgOTTAWA – Canadian researchers are urging Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor to support broad research on the use of psychedelic drugs —including LSD and an active ingredient in magic mushrooms — as medical treatments for conditions including addiction and depression.Mark Haden, an adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia and executive director of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), is among leading experts who say psychedelics could offer a breakthrough for a range of health conditions including post-traumatic stress disorder and opioid addiction — an urgent national health crisis.It is “absolutely pressing” for the federal government to examine the safe use of the drugs in controlled clinical settings, Haden said, adding that a “psychedelic renaissance” underway in the research world could greatly benefit patients.“Researchers have walked through the wide open door and are demonstrating a level of effectiveness that has not been seen in things like addictions treatment,” Haden said.“What we have is a fentanyl crisis on our hands but we also have a crisis of spending way too much money criminalizing people for their drugs. It is a non-evidence based approach.”MDMA — commonly known as ecstasy— was the subject of a clinical trial in Vancouver sponsored by MAPS and authorized in 2009. It studied the drug’s effectiveness in treating PTSD.The research did not get federal funding.“We’ve done the work … it is a multi-country trial and the phase two clinical data was examined by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) in the States and they granted this process as breakthrough status,” he said.“What that means in the States is that they will essentially fast-track it. It would be reasonable therefore that Health Canada looks at that and says ‘If the American FDA are so enthusiastic about this, what could Health Canada do to support the equivalent?’”Haden and other researchers are now also pressing the federal health minister to act on a House of Commons petition calling for Ottawa to explore multi-year funding on psychedelic research projects at hospitals and universities.It is sponsored by Liberal MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith.It is important to explore treatments that could help Canadians suffering from mental health issues, Erskine-Smith said Monday.“We, as a society, are coming to grips with the importance of addressing mental health concerns,” he said in an interview. “We should explore every opportunity we can to explore those concerns.”Erskine-Smith said he has been vocal on the push to decriminalize simple possession of all drugs and the need to treat addiction as a health issue, noting this is why petitioners approached him on the issue.“I don’t think we should be taking options off the table just because people have pre-conceived and often times, ill-conceived notions of harms associated with psychedelics or other drugs,” he said.“There’s evidence these are promising therapies and no one is asking these therapies be rolled out — they are asking for more research.”A spokesperson for Petitpas Taylor did not comment on the petition and instead pointed to a list of federal funding investments including $17.5 million for a PTSD centre under the Veterans Affairs Department.Yves Comeau, the director of communications for the minister, made no mention of Ottawa funding psychedelic research.—Follow @kkirkup on Twitterlast_img read more

Oil price rise insufficient to boost Canadian oilpatch spending analysts agree

first_imgCALGARY – A recent surge in oil prices will boost the bottom line of Canadian oil and gas producers but remains well below the minimum level needed to encourage increased investments in the oilsands or conventional oil and gas, energy analysts say.U.S. benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude prices recovered Wednesday to US$52.14 per barrel after sliding Tuesday but stopped short of the five-month-high close of US$52.22 per barrel on Monday, which was up more than 20 per cent from lows in June.“Fifty-dollar WTI is not high enough to support a material uptick in oilsands investments,” said Randy Ollenberger, managing director of oil and gas equity research for BMO Capital Markets.“Sustained US$60-plus oil prices are required to support most projects.”BMO links the recent run-up in crude oil prices to lower-than-expected U.S. oil production growth in the first half of 2017 but says it expects second half growth will be back on track.That means New York-traded West Texas Intermediate prices will remain “range-bound” between US$45 and US$55 per barrel, the bank concludes.In a report Wednesday, GMP FirstEnergy Capital affirmed its forecast for average WTI oil prices to rise to about US$56 per barrel in 2018 from US$50 this year, and to jump to the mid-US$60s per barrel by 2020.It says that normally those prices would lead to an increase in spending on Canadian exploration and production, but producers have been reluctant to make the commitment because the market has been so volatile. It says it’s assuming most capital spending programs will grow by less than 10 per cent next year.Judith Dwarkin, chief economist at RS Energy Group, said she agrees companies will be reluctant to increase spending in budgets that will be finalized over the next few months. She is predicting that average WTI will fall below US$50s per barrel next year due to higher American shale oil production and expiry of the OPEC production cutting agreement.“This (price) may be as good as it gets,” she said.“There are plays that are in the money at $50 but the bigger issue for producers is how stable do they think this price will be?”Most current Canadian oilsands operations in northern Alberta are profitable at US$50 oil, according to a study released by TD Securities earlier this month.TD found that the WTI price needed to recoup operating costs for an average thermal oilsands project — where steam is injected into wells to melt the sticky bitumen and allow it to be pumped to surface — had risen to about US$39 per barrel due to factors including a stronger Canadian dollar compared with the greenback.It said Canadian Natural Resources Ltd.’s (TSX:CNQ) Horizon project and Suncor Energy Inc.’s (TSX:SU) base mine — both top-ranked oilsands mining projects which upgrade bitumen to create synthetic crude — have record low break evens of US$23 and US$26 per barrel, respectively.Even at Syncrude Canada, whose mining operations were hit by planned and unplanned outages earlier this year, the average break even price will be US$40.70 per barrel of synthetic crude, well below US$50, the bank said.Ownership of the oilsands shifted dramatically earlier this year as major international players such as Royal Dutch Shell, Norway’s Statoil and Houston-based ConocoPhillips and Marathon Oil sold or reduced their stakes in favour of more profitable plays elsewhere in the world.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.last_img read more

Human remains found near Ucluelet BC police major crimes unit investigates

first_imgUCLUELET, B.C. – Police are investigating after the remains of two people were found near Ucluelet, B.C., late last week.The RCMP say it’s too early to determine if the remains are of two men who disappeared last month.Ryan Daley and Daniel Archbald were last seen leaving the dock in Ucluelet on May 16 after paying for a month of moorage on a sailboat they had sailed from Panama.In a news release, the Mounties say the Vancouver Island Integrated Major Crime Unit is investigating and officers are working with the families of the missing men, whose disappearance police have called suspicious.Police say the remains were found by a woman walking her dog, but they do not say on what day or exactly where the discovery was made.Officers are working with the BC Coroners Service to identify the remains.last_img read more

Homeless people complain they are cut off in park want BC to

first_imgLANGFORD, B.C. – A homeless woman living at a Vancouver Island campground with nearly three dozen others says vulnerable people aren’t getting support from their families because officials have locked the gates to the public.Chrissy Brett is one of 34 people who moved a week ago to Goldstream Provincial Park in Langford after being ousted from another park in nearby Saanich following a successful court injunction by that city.Brett, 43, said Tuesday that a pastor who tried to take two disabled people to their regular church service was barred from entering on the weekend. Homeless people must sign in and out of the park, she said.Couples, seniors on pensions and young people who are underemployed are among those living in the park and they’re counting on each other for support, Brett said.“I think it is easier to survive when you’re a larger group. It’s easier to cook food, it’s easier for emotional support, it’s easier for organization, it’s easier for safety when people are hating on the homeless.”Officials have said the park gates were closed due to safety concerns but Brett said that has created unfounded fears among neighbours who haven’t had a chance to get to know them.Brett said she was renting a home with her two sons, aged 13 and 14, but they were forced to move when the landlord took over the property in the summer of 2017. They lived with family until finding a place that fall but lost the home when she was cut off social services, she said.“Now that we’re locked down they’re not allowed in,” she said of her sons, who are living with relatives.Brett said she was among about 115 homeless people who camped for six months at the park in Saanich. From there, the group camped near a ravine for four days before ending up at Goldstream Provincial Park, near Victoria.Many of the homeless people she originally lived with ended up on the street and are in and out of shelters, Brett said.She wants Langford Mayor Stewart Young to meet with people living at the park and help them find interim accommodation before modular housing promised by the province is available years from now.“I would just encourage, not just the mayor, but the premier and the ministers to come to the table and actually talk about creating short-term and long-term solutions for people. I mean, they’ve closed down an entire park.”Young could not immediately be reached for comment.The Housing Ministry said Housing Minister Selina Robinson and Mental Health and Addictions Minister Judy Darcy had a productive conversation with Young about supports being provided to campers.Outreach service workers have access to the park, as do staff from BC Housing, the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction and affordable housing charity Pacifica Housing, which has brought in food, the ministry said in a statement.It said that in the short term, 25 shelter spaces are being opened on Oct. 1 at the Victoria Native Friendship Centre.Ashley Mollison of the Alliance Against Displacement said her group has met regularly with those living in the park but is no longer allowed to see them.“Before people moved to this campground we were running volunteer support and getting people meals. We’ve had a lot of people show up to cook meals, including family members, and they’ve all been turned away at the gate. The park rangers will take the food in to people.”She said the offer of shelters are not a viable living option because people are required to sleep on a mat and pack up their belongings every morning.Mollison said tent cities are shedding a light on the housing crisis.“This the tip of the iceberg. What you see in tent cities are the visible homeless and so many more people are sleeping on couches, living in cars, sleeping in overcrowded dwellings and just on the brink of homelessness.”— By Camille Bains in Vancouver; follow @CamilleBains1 on Twitter.last_img read more

In the news today Nov 9

first_imgFive stories in the news for Friday, Nov. 9———U.S. JUDGE BLOCKS CONSTRUCTION OF KEYSTONE XL PIPELINETransCanada’s $10-billion Keystone XL pipeline project has suffered another setback after a U.S. federal judge blocked its construction to allow more time to study the potential environmental impact. U.S. District Judge Brian Morris’ order on Thursday came as the Calgary-based energy giant was preparing to build the first stages of the oil pipeline in northern Montana. The proposed 1,897-kilometre pipeline would carry crude from Hardisty, Alta., to Steel City, Neb.———ASPIRING LAWYERS KILLED IN WAR ADMITTED TO THE BARAlberta law students whose careers were cut short by the First World War will be honoured in Calgary today. A ceremony is to take place to admit 37 aspiring lawyers to the bar a century after they died serving overseas. Every November, the profession honours the sacrifice of its members in war. But for students, there has always been the caveat that they were never called to the bar.———GALLANT YET TO DECIDE ON HIS FUTURE ROLE IN NEW BRUNSWICKA new Progressive Conservative government will be sworn-in today in New Brunswick, leaving former premier Brian Gallant to decide if he’ll stay on as the Liberal Opposition leader. Gallant’s minority government was toppled last week in a confidence vote on the throne speech, and he says he hasn’t decided on his future. He says a lot of people have been encouraging him to remain on the job and lead the party into the next election, but he’s still discussing the options with his wife.———MAN WHO ABDUCTED 3-YEAR-OLD B.C. BOY RELEASEDVancouver police have issued a public warning about a high-risk offender moving into the city who was at the centre of a high-profile abduction case in 2011. Police say Randall Hopley, 53, still poses a risk of significant harm to the safety of young boys. Hopley has served his entire six-year sentence for breaking into a home in Sparwood, B.C., in September 2011 and abducting a three-year-old boy only to return him four days later physically unharmed.———STATCAN PAUSES PLAN TO COLLECT BANKING INFOStatistics Canada’s controversial plan to harvest personal financial data without people’s consent is on hold until an investigation of the legality and intrusiveness of the project is finished, the country’s chief statistician said. The federal statistical agency recently caught nine financial institutions off guard by informing them they were required to provide banking information from Canadians in 500,000 households across the country. The ensuing public outrage has put a spotlight on Canada’s privacy laws, which critics have called outdated and inadequate.———ALSO IN THE NEWS:— Sukhmander Singh, owner of the trucking company involved in the Humboldt Broncos bus crash, will appear in court to face non-compliance charges under federal and provincial safety regulations.— Calgary 2026 bid corporation will unveil images of updated and new Olympic venues today.— The first-degree murder trial continues today for Garry Handlen, who is accused of the 1978 slaying of 12-year-old Monica Jack.last_img read more

Some disabled veterans to receive less financial support under Liberal plan PBO

first_imgOTTAWA — While most disabled veterans will see a small boost in financial support when the Trudeau government implements a new pension system in April, a new analysis shows some of the most severely injured will end up with less than under the current system.And the financial benefits available for all under the Liberals’ pension plan will fall far short of those provided to veterans before the federal government replaced a longstanding disability pension with the current system in 2006.Those are among the findings of a new study by Canada’s parliamentary budget officer, which comes about a month before the new Pension for Life is implemented and amid anger about the new system within the veterans’ community.The federal Liberals had promised during the last election to reinstate the pre-2006 pension system, but instead introduced their own version.While the budget watchdog found that the current system and the Liberals’ Pension for Life are less generous for disabled veterans than the pre-2006 pension system, they are also far less expensive.The government would end up paying $40 billion to provide pre-2006 pensions for all current veterans, compared to $22 billion under the current system and $25 billion under the Pension for Life.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Cheetahs will not prosper in BC panel rejects permit request for two

first_imgNELSON, B.C. — The owners of two cheetahs will not be allowed to return the large, African cats to southeastern British Columbia to use them as ambassador animals promoting conservation of the endangered species.Following a multi-day hearing last fall, the Environmental Appeal Board, which considers issues raised under B.C.’s Wildlife Act, has refused to overturn a 2017 ruling denying a permit to move the cheetahs to Crawford Bay, north of Creston.The appeal by Earl Pfeifer argued the permit denial relied on allegedly unsupported details about the danger posed by cheetahs, as well as charges that were laid by the province but later dropped, after one of the cats escaped in December 2015.In a 37-page decision, the appeal board says Pfeifer and his partner Carol Plato have not offered any special circumstances that would allow the province to override legislation written in 2007 after a captive tiger fatally mauled a woman at a zoo-like attraction near Williams Lake.The board panel, chaired by Linda Michaluk, questions Pfeifer’s commitment to his own safety protocols and his ability to control the seven-year-old cheetahs, Robin and Annie, which were described as “undisciplined” by a wildlife park operator in Alberta who briefly housed the cats.Pfeifer and Plato had hoped to bring the pair to a property in Crawford Bay to use them for “education and outreach” aimed at children, after acquiring them from a South African reserve.Without the permits, the cats remain in Ontario where Pfeifer testified he now rarely sees them.A team member with Cheetah Outreach in South Africa told the hearing that cheetahs are the most docile of the large cats and that Robin is blind but both he and Annie, “are well socialized and suitable as ambassador animals.”Linda Rosenlöf said she worked with the two felines in South Africa in the year after they were born and before they were shipped to Pfeifer and Plato in Ontario in 2013.She testified there is no formal study program to become a cheetah trainer but the panel referred to a textbook co-written by cheetah biologist and handler Laurie Marker, who testified on behalf of B.C.’s director of wildlife.“Cheetahs are not pets; they are wild animals and should be treated as such,” says the textbook “Cheetahs: Biology and Conservation.”“Working with cheetahs requires extensive previous experience with animal training and handling. There are both courses and books that teach training practices that use positive reinforcement. Additionally, trainers new to cheetahs must begin their hands-on work with a mentor or with experienced cotrainers,” the textbook says.Given that description, Michaluk writes that the panel “has concerns” about Pfeifer’s level of formalized training and with the consistency of care he could offer the cheetahs, especially during the daily walks and exercise he told the panel they would require outside the enclosure.“Of particular concern is the evidence regarding Annie’s escape (in Crawford Bay) in December 2015. This reflects on the Appellant’s abilities as a handler, although the Panel accepts that this incident raises more issues than simply handling expertise,” writes Michaluk, adding that Pfeifer brought the cheetahs to B.C. shortly before Annie escaped, even though he knew he lacked the required permit.“The Appellant, in short, has demonstrated a disregard for the BC laws and regulations regarding (species such as cheetahs,) and for safety procedures and protocols of his own design, and of others,” she writes.“In conclusion, the Panel cannot conceive of any additional “special circumstances” that support this particular applicant receiving a possession permit for these particular prohibited species.”The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Man tried four times in 1981 murder appeals conviction seeks stay

first_imgTORONTO — An Ontario man who was tried four times in the killing of a Hamilton nursing assistant is asking the province’s highest court to overturn his murder conviction and put the case on hold indefinitely.It’s been nearly four decades since Diane Werendowicz was attacked on her way home from a night out with friends. The 23-year-old was dragged into a ravine, sexually assaulted, strangled and dumped in a creek.Robert Badgerow was arrested 17 years later and eventually convicted of first-degree murder, but the verdict was overturned on appeal. Jurors in his second and third trials were unable to reach a verdict.He was then granted a stay of proceedings but that was revoked by Ontario’s Court of Appeal in 2014 after it found evidence about a 911 call had been improperly excluded from previous trials.Badgerow was tried a fourth time in 2016, this time including the 911 call evidence, and found guilty of first-degree murder.His lawyers now argue the judge made several mistakes in his instructions to the jury, including in his directions on how to weigh the evidence regarding the call. They say the court should grant Badgerow a stay of proceedings.“The state has now had the nearly unprecedented opportunity to try the appellant a fourth time for this offence, but has again failed to do so fairly,” they say in documents filed ahead of a hearing on Thursday.“Thirty-seven years have passed since the events and 20 years since the appellant’s arrest, over 10 of which he spent in custody. Numerous witnesses have died. Ordering a fifth trial in these circumstances would constitute an abuse of process.”Court documents say Werendowicz had gone out for drinks with friends after work on June 19, 1981, and left the bar around midnight to walk home, which would have taken about 15 minutes.Her body was found by children playing in the area the evening of June 20, the documents say. A tire covered her head and shoulders but when it was lifted, investigators discovered she had been strangled, and the strap of her purse was around her neck.Forensic experts found semen on her genitals and her jeans, the documents say. The fly of her jeans was down when she was found, her blouse was unbuttoned and her underwear was found nearby.Badgerow was identified as a suspect in the late 1990s and his DNA matched the profile from the semen found on Werendowicz.He has maintained throughout his trials that he had consensual sex with Werendowicz in the back of his truck outside the bar the night she died and that someone else attacked her on her way home.In the appeal, his lawyers argue the judge gave unfair instructions to the jury regarding the 911 call, which was possibly placed by the killer and traced to a pay phone at a location near Badgerow’s workplace. The call, made two days after Werendowicz’s body was found, reported that she had been raped before she was killed and that she was strangled with her purse.“The trial judge’s instruction misstated the evidence, misrepresented and then unduly emphasized the supposed reliability of the trace, and failed to mention the significant evidence casting doubt on the trace’s accuracy,” including the possibility of human error, they say.They allege the trial judge made several other mistakes, among them his instructions on the risks of voice identification from the 911 call.The judge’s warnings were undermined by his invitation to use “common sense,” rather than judicial instructions, in evaluating the evidence and in his failure to refer to specific details in the case they should examine with caution, the lawyers argue.“It was only after the DNA evidence led to his arrest that people began to come forward purporting to ID the appellant as the caller,” they say.“This evidence was inherently less valuable as a result. The trial judge failed to highlight this critical point for the jury, despite a specific request from the defence that he do so.”The defence also alleges the judge erred in his instructions on how to use a video of Badgerow from his first wedding in 1982.The judge acknowledged there was no evidence the video accurately captured Badgerow’s voice but still told jurors they could compare it to the voice on the 911 call, which was “contradictory,” defence lawyers argue.If a stay is not granted, they are asking for the court to order a fifth trial.Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Stones postpone North American tour as Jagger receives medical treatment

first_imgNEW YORK — The Rolling Stones are postponing their latest tour, including a show north of Toronto, so Mick Jagger can get medical treatment.The band announced Saturday that Jagger was told by doctors he cannot go on tour at this time.It gave no further details about the 75-year-old Jagger’s condition.However, the band did say the singer is expected to recover completely and will get back on stage as soon as possible.The Stones’ No Filter Tour was expected to start April 20 in Miami.The only Canadian date was June 29 at the Burl’s Creek Event Grounds in Oro-Medonte, Ont., about 100 kilometres north of Toronto.Jagger tweeted on Saturday that he was “devastated” at having to postpone the tour,” but would be “working very hard to be back on stage.”“I really hate letting you down like this,” the singer said.Other planned stops were to include Jacksonville, Fla., Houston; the New Orleans Jazz Festival; Pasadena and Santa Clara in California; Seattle; Denver; Washington, D.C.; Philadelphia; Foxborough, Mass., East Rutherford, N.J., and Chicago.The scheduled Canadian date was the last stop on the tour’s North American leg.Neither the Burl’s Creek venue nor the Canadian promoter, Republic Live, immediately responded to requests for comment. U.S. tour promoters AEG Presents and Concerts West advised ticketholders to hold on to their tickets because they would be valid for the rescheduled dates.— with files from The Associated PressThe Canadian Presslast_img read more

Jo Brand To Take A Hell Of A Walk For Sport Relief

first_imgComedienne Jo Brand will be ‘doing herself proud’ during Sport Relief by taking on the BT Sport Relief Challenge: Jo Brand’s Hell of a Walk, a brutal ordeal which will see the 58-year-old attempt to walk an incredible 150 miles in just seven days.The route will see her travel coast-to-coast across the country from Hull to Liverpool. The challenge is sponsored by BT, a long-term supporter of Comic Relief challenges since 2009.The toughest challenge of Jo’s life will see her swap the relative comfort of the stage to endure day after day of tortuous trekking. She faces a relentless schedule, walking from dawn until dark climbing up to 1,530ft as she crosses the Pennines, which also brings high chances of snow and ice.Starting in Hull on Friday 22nd January and finishing in Liverpool on Thursday 28th January, Jo is likely to face swollen and sore feet, blisters and missing toenails. Tackling 60,000 steps and burning around 6,000 calories each day, Jo’s whole body will be aching and the pain of having to repeat this every day will test her to the limit as she exhausts every last ounce of energy to reach Liverpool.Starting out her career as a psychiatric nurse, Jo has spent many years since her rise to fame raising awareness about mental health issues – so it is fitting that during her journey she will highlight the work that Sport Relief does around mental health and issues that impact women and girls across the UK and the world’s poorest communities. Jo will be joined by famous friends and people helped by funded Sport Relief projects along the route to spur her on.Jo said: “When I first started training for this challenge, I didn’t realise I was not the national fitness icon I’d always believed myself to be. My body is a temple …it’s big and it doesn’t move! The realisation is gradually dawning that I have to walk a very, very, very long way, with many days back- to- back using only my poor little legs to carry me – and that’s a gruesome thought. But the hope is that the walk will raise much needed funds for people who really deserve it, which will keep me going.“And, if it doesn’t, I will give Greg (my trainer) full permission to push me off the top of a massive hill. See you at the bottom, folks!”The money raised from Jo’s challenge will be spent to help transform the lives of some of the most disadvantaged people both at home in the UK and across the world’s poorest communities.The BT Sport Relief Challenge: Jo’s Hell of a Walk isn’t the first Sport Relief Challenge BT has sponsored. From John Bishop’s Week of Hell, David Walliams’ epic swims and who could forget Davina McCall’s brave run, cycle and swim across the country, BT have been there all the way.

All the ups and downs of Jo’s challenge will be captured for a BBC documentary, to be broadcast in the run up to Sport Relief Weekend, which is taking place from Friday 18th to Sunday 20th March.last_img read more

Toyota and VH1 Save The Music National Music Education Program Presents Grants

first_imgToyota and VH1 Save The Music’s national music festival activation and social media campaign #ToyotaGiving came to a close as Toyota presented three Chicago area schools each with $10,000 grants that will provide musical instruments and equipment to each school.Sir the Baptist performing with students at John Spry Community School as part of Toyota Giving and VH1 Save the Music’s grant presentationAt an energetic school-wide assembly held at John Spry Community Elementary School on Thursday, November 3, Tyler McBride, Engagement Marketing Manager at Toyota, and Chiho Feindler, Senior Director of Programs and Policy at VH1 Save The Music, awarded the grants to the three participating schools – John Spry Community, Goudy Technology Academy, and Daniel Boone Elementary. John Spry’s Assistant Principal Pablo Guzman and Chicago Public Schools’ Director of Arts Education Evan Plummer were also on hand to present the grant and speak to the importance of music education in Chicago’s public schools. Chicago local and self-proclaimed “Ghetto Gospel” singer Sir the Baptist surprised the students with a soulful performance of his track “What We Got,” which brought the entire auditorium to their feet. He also invited thirty music students from all three schools up to the stage to perform a rousing rendition of “Wake Up.” Several students performed with his band, adding elements of violin, cello, and drums to the mix, while others stomped and sang along with Sir to the chorus: “We gotta wake up, we can change the world.”The grant was achieved through an interactive festival activation and social media campaign implemented at music festivals nationwide, including Lollapalooza, Sasquatch, Voodoo Music + Arts Experience, Stagecoach, Afropunk, Ruido Fest, Firefly Music Festival, and Country 500. The activation engaged with festivalgoers and artists through interactive large-scale pointillism art pieces, unique to each festival and built using plexiglass and multicolored globes. Festivalgoers and artists were invited to write or draw their answer to the important question – “What Does Music Mean to You?” – on the globes, which were then added to the art piece. As each festival progressed, the mural evolved as it slowly filled up with hand drawn pieces. By the end of the festival weekend, the art was displayed for festivalgoers to check out their handiwork, complete with hundreds of personalized messages speaking to the importance of music. Artists who participated in the activation had the below to say:“Music means I am not alone” – Third Eye Blind’s Stephan Jenkins“Music is Everything” – City & Colour’s Dallas Green“Music is how we connect. Music is how we express ourselves” – G-EazyWith the eight festival run complete, Toyota was able to fulfill a $40,000 donation to VH1 Save The Music, which was divvied up to fulfill three Keys + Kids grants at three deserving Chicago schools. Each Keys + Kids grant consists of $10,000 worth of musical instruments; a Casio Celviano Grand Hybrid GP-500 Piano and 3 Casio WK-7600 Music Workstations. VH1 Save The Music established the Keys + Kids grant in response to the growing need for high-quality, functional pianos, and to provide even more students with a safe and inclusive community to learn through the arts.“Altruism is at the forefront of our brand, so we’re thrilled to partner with VH1 Save The Music to support music education across the country,” said Steve Appelbaum, national engagement marketing manager, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. “Cultivating curiosity and creativity is so integral to our nation’s progress, and VH1 Save The Music is the perfect partner to help Toyota invest in the quality of education across the country.”“We are gearing up to celebrate 20 years at VH1 Save The Music and partners like Toyota have helped significantly with our mission to ensure music is a part of every child’s complete education,” says Henry Donahue, executive director of VH1 Save The Music Foundation. “We’re thrilled to be in these communities and that our work over the summer has brought instruments and music back to these schools.”last_img read more

4th Annual Scott Baio Celebrity Charity Golf Event for Bailey Baio Angel

first_imgThe Bailey Baio Angel Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit charity dedicated to providing support to the children and families affected by metabolic immune disorders, announced that it’s 4th Annual Scott Baio Celebrity Charity Golf Tournament held, Monday, October 15th, at the Woodland Hills Country Club in Woodland Hills, California was a sold out event that exceeded fundraising expectations.Renee Baio, President of Bailey Baio Angel Foundation, and Scott Baio“This is more than a fundraising event, it is an opportunity for us to meet and introduce the families we support. We have raised significant funds and awareness,” said Renee Baio, Founder, and President of the foundation. She added, “With this support, we have been able to provide low-protein formula and medical supplies to help these children affected with this metabolic disorder.”This event is the foundation’s largest fundraiser with all proceeds directly benefiting efforts to assist children and families impacted by metabolic immune disorder.Megan Norman, Vice President of BBAF, reports, “It was another successful tournament with over 160 golfers participating.” Norman continued, “the goal is to help these kids and their families and continue to partner with incredible sponsors wanting to make a real difference.”The foundation welcomes all businesses, organizations and individuals across the country to participate in and sponsor this event. The golf tournament is the largest golf event of the year for the Woodland Hills Country Club and is increasing in popularity every year.Some of the esteemed celebrity guests included Curt Schilling, Robert Hays, Adam Baldwin, Kristy Swanson, Todd Bridges, Ted McGinley, Michael Reagan, Martin Klebba, and Richard Karnes, with comedians K-von and Frank Lucero, and celebrity auctioneer Don Dotson of A&E’s Storage Wars.Silent Auction items included Curt Schilling’s cleats worn in the World Series, a guitar signed by Kenny Chesney, Jack Nicklaus’ golf shoes, and the art of Salvador Dali (Lincoln in Dalivision).Sponsors included: Farmer’s Insurance, Chick-Fil-A of West Hills, Image Quest of Nashville, TN, with title sponsor, My Pillow.The 10th hole tournament tastings were provided by Elite Beverage International’s Tequila Comisario and Bad Ash Cigar Company of Woodland Hills.last_img read more

Mark Bellamy to step down as artistic producer at Lunchbox Theatre

first_imgCalgary’s Lunchbox Theatre on Monday announced that after three seasons at the company, Mark Bellamy will step down as artistic producer in July 2017 to pursue other opportunities as an artist.“With a sense of immense gratitude and on behalf of the board of directors and staff of Lunchbox Theatre, I wish to announce that … Bellamy will be leaving at the end of the 2016/17 season,” said Lunchbox Theatre’s board chair Earl Connors in a statement.“Mark has decided to pursue his passion in theatre acting and directing. Mark has been a force in the revival of Lunchbox Theatre, creating a superb team of professionals who together have attracted great talent and shows through three seasons, to the delight of audiences. Connors said a search for a replacement is underway.“It has been a great honour and privilege to lead Lunchbox Theatre forward for the past three years,” said Bellamy in a statement. “I have been very lucky to work with an amazingly dedicated, hard working, supportive staff and an enthusiastic, forward thinking board. After spending 17 years as an arts administrator I am stepping aside to devote more time to my artistic craft and personal life. I know that I leave Lunchbox in a place of renewed energy and growth, and I look forward to seeing it flourish under new leadership.”ARTICLE COURTESY OF THE CALGARY HERALD LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitter Advertisement Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

VFS Final Project Iridescence

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook “The acting and dancing by all the performances are excellent, in fact, I’d go as far as to say that there is nothing in the short film that I didn’t like. The production design was well thought out, the directing was sublime and the music worked very well with the cinematography. One aspect that really stood out (for me personally) was the editing by Duy N. Bui; using some excellent flashy techniques that never look gimmicky or out of place, the film is cut in such a way that it just raises the production to another level.Iridescence is a fantastic short film that totally deserves at least eight minutes of your time. It’s different and, when it’s done as well as this, that’s nothing but a good thing.” – Screen Critix“Iridescence is an incredible show of ability. The actors, or, rather, the dancers who act, truly personify the guiding emotions with which they wrestle over the course of this eight-minute short film.” – Hollywood North Magazine“Using excellent production design, a carefully crafted music score and skilled editing, IRIDESCENCE is a gripping artistic treatise about tolerance and family that you will be thinking about for quite awhile afterwards. It is beginning to play the festival circuit now and I highly recommend seeing it if you get the chance.” – Diamond in the RoughWith a couple laurels on hand, the Iridescence team is hoping for more to come and share this visually-entertaining well thought of short film.Check out the Trailer here: Advertisement Twitter Here are some of the reviews this film has acquired. Iridescence is currently making its round in the film festival circuit and hoping to have more.““Iridescence” successfully tackles a very tough and emotional topic about acceptance, ignorance, and misunderstanding and evokes very intense emotions about how absolutely impossible it can be to topple labels and hopefully maintain a semblance of humanity. “Iridescence” is a striking and moving experimental short worth seeking out, and I hope to see more from director Max Beauchamp in the future.” – Cinema-Crazed LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisementlast_img read more