Kolkata: The police arrested three youths and seized the motorcycle they were travelling in, after they hit a home guard near Tollygunge Phari late on Tuesday night.The police were conducting naka checking in the area on Tuesday night, when they noticed a speeding bike carrying three youths coming from Deshpran Shasmal Road. Pratap Kumar Ray, a home guard, tried to stop the bike. The rider hit him and tried to flee the area when the police chased the vehicle and stopped him. The three youths were not wearing helmets. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaIt may be recalled that on July 1, a biker driving a two wheeler at breakneck speed lost control and hit an aged person. The rider also hit the traffic constable who tried to stop him. A similar incident took place on Strand Road. Senior police officials have advised the policemen on naka checking duty not to become overactive in trying to stop a speeding motorcycle. Instead, they have been asked to take photograph of the biker along with the number plate of the motorcycle, so that police can follow up the case and arrest the rider later. The special drives at night have been launched to make the Safe Drive Save Life scheme more effective.
Brno (Czech Republic): Honda’s Marc Marquez claimed his 50th career race win with victory at the Czech MotoGP on Sunday after the race had originally been delayed by 45 minutes due to rain. Spain’s defending champion beat Ducati’s Italian Andrea Dovizioso by 2.4sec to extend his advantage at the top of the riders’ standings to 63 points with his sixth triumph of the season. “I was really concentrating from the beginning because there was some wet patches on turn one but I decided to start and keep my rhythm,” Marquez, 26, told broadcaster BT Sport. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”I saw ‘Dovi’ was behind me and I kept pushing and pushing and pushing. “I am very happy, it was a crazy weekend,” he added. Australian Jack Miller pipped Alex Rins to third spot for his second podium of the campaign in a race cut by one lap due to adverse weather conditions. “This is definitely the better one (podium), it was nice to fight at the end,” Millar said. “I saw Rins’ rear tyre was spinning so I just bided my time, waited and waited and he was really struggling,” the 24-year-old added. Eight-time world champion Valentino Rossi was sixth and trails Marquez by 110 points in the overall standings. Earlier in the day, Marc’s brother Alex also made the most of pole position to dominate the Moto2 to register his fifth win of the season.
Mumbai: Taapsee Pannu has said that she will not apologise for her “double filter” comment about Kangana Ranaut, for which she has faced flak from the latter’s sister and spokesperson Rangoli Chandel. The whole argument started when Kangana’s sister Rangoli Chandel attacked Taapsee on Twitter. “Kuch log Kangana ko copy kar ke he apni dukaan chalate hain, magar pls note, they never acknowledge her, not even a mention of her name in praising the trailer. Last I heard, Taapsee ji said Kangana needs a double filter, and Tapsee ji you need to stop being a sasti copy,” Rangoli tweeted in the reply. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka”Seriously, I will not apologies for my honest opinion. I did not know that she has a patent on curly hair because I born with curly hair, and my parents are responsible for that. So, I cannot apologies for that either. Rest, I do not know what else I have copied,” said Taapsee, further adding: “However, if I am a copy of a good actor like her (Kangana) – and I always maintain that she is a good actor – I take it as a compliment. I am also called ‘sasti’ (cheap). Yes, I am not the highest-paid actor, so that way you can call me ‘sasti’.”
Kolkata: An elderly person died after he got electrocuted on Saturday evening at Sonarpur in South 24-Parganas. The deceased person was identified as Bangshibadan Saha (71).According to locals, on Saturday evening, during heavy rain Saha found that the street light in front of the housing complex where he used to stay was switched off. Though it was duty of local municipality staff to turn on the switch of street light, no one came to do so due to bad weather. The area in front of Saha’s housing was also waterlogged. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaSeeing the area is in dark, Saha went downstairs and touched the switch to turn on the lights. As soon as he touched the electrical switched he got electrocuted. As he was standing on the water, he failed to take off his hand as the electricity passed through water to his body. Seeing Saha in such condition, his wife came to his rescue but she also got electric shock but she was able to step back. She screamed and some locals managed to detach Saha from the electrical switch using a wooden object. Later, electric supply in the area was turned off. Saha was rushed to Subhasgram Hospital where doctor declared him brought dead. It is suspected that during heavy rainfall, water went inside the electric lines through the switch and it led to short circuit.
Islamabad: There is no change in Pakistan’s nuclear policy, the Foreign Office has said, hours after Prime Minister Imran Khan vowed that his country will never ever start a war with India, amid escalating tensions between the nuclear powers over the Kashmir issue. Addressing a gathering of the Sikh community at the Governor’s House in Lahore on Monday evening, Khan said both India and Pakistan are nuclear-armed countries and if tension escalates, the world will face danger. “There will be no first from our side ever,” he said, without explaining further. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USHowever, Khan has been repeatedly threatening the possibility of a nuclear war with India over Kashmir after his efforts to internationalise the matter failed to gain any traction. Khan also said conflict create more problems than resolving them. “I want to tell India that war is not a solution to any problem. The winner in war is also a loser. War gives birth to host of other issues,” he said. However, Pakistan Foreign Office said Khan’s comments were being taken out of context and did not represent a change in Islamabad’s nuclear policy. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls”Prime Minister’s comments on Pakistan’s approach towards conflict between two nuclear armed states are being taken out of context,” Foreign Office spokesperson Mohammad Faisal said in a late night tweet on Monday. “While conflict should not take place between two nuclear states, there’s no change in Pakistan’s nuclear policy,” he said. In August, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh had said that India may see a major shift in its nuclear weapons doctrine by doing away with a ‘no first use policy’ in the future. “Till today, our nuclear policy is ‘No First Use’. What happens in future depends on the circumstances,” he had said at an event in Rajasthan’s Pokhran, the site of India’s nuclear tests in 1998. Tensions between India and Pakistan spiked after India abrogated provisions of Article 370 of the Constitution to revoke Jammu and Kashmir’s special status and bifurcated it into two union territories. India has categorically told the international community that the scrapping of Article 370 was an internal matter and also advised Pakistan to accept the reality.
Indian government’s organised euphoria over its huge diplomatic success in isolating Pakistan is over by now with the European Parliament Committee on Foreign Affairs demanding that India’s Prime Minister immediately lift the sanctioned curfew in Kashmir. The members further said that the European Union and European Parliament should issue a reactionary statement on the situation in Kashmir as soon as possible. This stance of European Parliament as also the sentiments expressed by most of the British MPs who took part in discussions on Kashmir situation on Wednesday is a major setback to India and this shows that all the so-called magic touch of our PM to diplomacy given at the recent G-7 meeting, has made no impact. The continued lockdown in Kashmir valley and the restrictions on civil liberties for nearly a month have been costing India’s image heavily. The European Parliament’s committee has requested the European External Action Service, the EU’s foreign ministry, to submit a full report comprising a violation of human rights and international law in Kashmir. Also Read – A special kind of bondIn fact, government leaders in India depended so much on Modi’s personal chemistry with the US President Donald Trump, they forgot that Trump also has his limits and in his last meeting at the sidelines of G-7, he only said that Modi is a good friend and he has promised that things will be under control. Only a few days after that, the US embassy spokesperson in New Delhi said that the US was very concerned over detentions and restrictions in Kashmir and hoped that J&K would soon return to normal political status as committed by the Indian PM. Also Read – Insider threat managementThat way, the EU Parliament statement was an affirmation of its understanding that the Indian government has taken no follow-up step since the G-7 meeting for restoring normal conditions in the valley as per the PM’s commitment. The fact has been noted that all the political leaders of the mainstream parties are in detention and the communications blockade is still in full force. The international media is reporting developments in the valley on a day-to-day basis and the western embassies are also monitoring developments in J&K. The mainstream national media may go by the government press notes due to their compulsions but the embassies are sending their own reports based on the information provided by their own sources. If the government still continues with its policy of not to have any effective dialogue with the mainstream political leaders by releasing them from the detention, the tone of the so-called friends of Modi will be harsher in the coming days. For the Europeans and the American senators, human rights is a major issue and they will continue to monitor the day-to-day developments in the Kashmir valley in the coming period. Pakistan will have to do nothing now in international diplomacy. The continuation of the lockdown and the restrictions on civil liberties including the detention of the senior political leaders will do the job for them. In the US, the foreign relations committee is seized of the issue of human rights in Kashmir and a report is being prepared. The Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has just said that the US government must speak out boldly in favour of international humanitarian law and in support of a UN-backed peaceful resolution that respects the will of the people of Kashmir. More importantly, PM will be addressing the UN General Assembly in the last week of this month. That period will be crucial for Indian diplomacy as another 24 days will pass and if in Kashmir, no initiative takes place to start a political dialogue with the Kashmiri leaders, PM Modi will be faced with a very embarrassing situation. He will be held guilty of not acting as per his commitment to Trump. Pakistan PM will naturally try to take maximum advantage of this failure on the part of India in his address to the UNGA. The Modi-Shah duo has to take a thorough review of the situation in the valley and take some steps immediately which can at least show that the political process has been initiated. Otherwise, PM will have a tough time during his visit to the UN this month. IPA (The views expressed are strictly personal)
Kolkata: The jewellery industry in Bowbazar stares at an uncertain future, after being badly hit due to the effect of the damage caused by the tunnel boring work of East-West Metro.The All India Gem & Jewellery Domestic Council (GJC) will prepare a list of the artisans who have been hit due to its impact and will submit it to Kolkata Metro Railway Corporation Ltd (KMRCL), seeking compensation. “The jewellery shops are located on the main stretch of B B Ganguly Street but the workshops of the artisans associated with these shops are located in and around Durga Pithuri Lane, Syakra Para Lane and Gour De Lane that have been affected badly. 350 such artisans working in 85 workshops located in this area are now at a complete loss as they have been asked not to go and work in the workshops,” said Bablu De, working president of Swarna Silpa Bachao Committee. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaDe said that during the Pujas there is usually brisk business for the jewellery shops and the workshops in the area are abuzz with activities. “The papers of transaction and other documents of orders and even raw materials for the manufacture of jewellery are lying trapped in several workshops and the shops are being unable to cater to the orders given by customers,” pointed out Tagar Poddar, general secretary of Bangiya Swarnashilpi Samity. Initially, when the collapse of the houses was reported, 36 shops on B B Ganguly Street were closed by the administration citing safety concerns. The matter was taken up with the top brass of Kolkata Police, Mayor Firhad Hakim and MLA Tapas Roy, who is also a resident of Bowbazar and after some days, the shops were allowed to open.
MONTREAL – The situation in flood-stricken Quebec appeared to improve slightly on Friday as the provincial government reported a drop in water levels in some areas and downgraded a forecast for weekend rain.But water levels are still expected to rise in the central Quebec region of Mauricie and they remain high in some large lakes, Environment Minister David Heurtel told a news conference.He said the Mauricie region will likely get 20 to 25 millimetres of rain over the weekend instead of the 59 millimetres officials had feared earlier this week.“Our models nevertheless indicate an increase (in water levels) but not as large as expected,” he said.Premier Philippe Couillard said he was hoping the situation wouldn’t deteriorate over the weekend.“We will breathe a sigh of relief on Monday if we haven’t had massive rain and heavy overflow,” he said at the sidelines of an event in Montreal.“In the meantime, we’re crossing our fingers.”As of Friday evening, the province’s civil security department said 4,700 residences had been stuck by flooding and just under 3,900 people have been moved out of their homes in 175 communities.The city of Rigaud, west of Montreal, warned that citizens who refuse the town’s evacuation order could face fines of up to $5,000.Mayor Hans Gruenwald Jr. said about 19 people have refused to leave their homes and have been notified that they could face penalties.“They’re being told something by their community and they have to listen, and if they don’t there are consequences,” he told reporters.Public Security Minister Martin Coiteux said that compensation for flood victims will be reviewed and likely increased in some areas.He said municipalities that haven’t been affected by flooding would lend technical expertise, human resources and equipment to help with cleanup efforts.“We’re preparing the recovery phase that will start earlier in the western areas (of the province),” he said.As flood waters continued to recede in Montreal, fire Chief Bruno Lachance warned citizens of the dangers they could face when returning home.“There are still some risks in the homes, (such as) electrical risks, natural gas, structure,” he said, adding residents should contact the city for help with inspections.Lachance said that while the homes closest to the river were still flooded, others were gradually becoming available for homeowners to visit.One of those residents, Nick Cai, surveyed the damage as the military-built dike helped drain his street, which was “still a lake” one day earlier.His street — 5th Ave. N. in the Pierrefonds-Roxboro area — has been in the news because it was badly flooded and residents claim repeated requests for help were ignored.“I think from the beginning, for our street, it’s a kind of a tragedy — it shouldn’t have happened at all,” Cai said.On Friday, Cai waited for the green light for electricity to be turned on, surveying the mess that will require professionals to help clean up.“I think it’s huge — at least, my basement is finished,” Cai said.“Some houses, there’s water on the first level so they have to be torn down and rebuilt completely.”The Ontario government said Friday it has activated one of its disaster assistance programs and individuals and businesses may be eligible for aid in dealing with the effects of flooding.— with files from Morgan Lowrie and Sidhartha Banerjee in Montreal.
VICTORIA – British Columbia’s final ballot count starts Monday to determine which party forms the province’s next government almost two weeks after election day, barring judicial recounts.Christy Clark’s Liberals held a slight lead heading into the final count, needing only one riding to change in their favour for the slimmest of majority governments in the province’s 87-seat legislature. But the prospect of a minority government also looms large.After the May 9 vote, the Liberals had 43 seats, New Democrats 41 and the Greens three.All eyes over the next few days will be on the Courtenay-Comox riding on Vancouver Island where the NDP won by nine votes. The riding is the focus of an official recount as is Vancouver-False Creek, won by incumbent Liberal Sam Sullivan by more than 400 votes.Once the results are known, political horse trading between the Liberals, NDP and Greens is expected to intensify as the parties manoeuvre towards co-operation agreements in what could be a minority government or a bare majority.Clark and NDP Leader John Horgan have reached out to the Greens since the election. Green Leader Andrew Weaver has appointed a negotiating team and articulated three major demands: official party status along with electoral and campaign finance reforms.“Andrew Weaver, I would say, is almost giddy with anticipation of a chance to play a role I don’t think he even dreamed about,” said Prof. Michael Prince, a social policy expert at the University of Victoria. “To get this split, 43-41, is kind of like a Hollywood movie for him.”Weaver was the only elected Green in the legislature prior to the election, but he was re-elected along with Vancouver Island Greens Sonia Furstenau and Adam Olsen, making Canadian history for the party.Prince said the Liberals have their fingers crossed the vote changes in Courtenay-Comox, giving them a one-seat majority, but Clark has already signalled she’s preparing to work with the Greens to preserve her government.“But the overlaps between the NDP and the Green platforms are much more obvious and substantial than they are for the Liberals,” he said.Weaver and Horgan have butted heads personally in the past and during the campaign, but the possibility of forming a government and wielding power has the adversaries looking to work together, Prince said.“This is politics,” he said. “This is about policy and having an opportunity for influence.”Glen Sanford, the NDP’s deputy director, said 60 per cent of B.C. voters rejected Clark’s Liberals and people want change.Sanford said his own family’s political history is repeating itself in the current election drama.His mother, Karen Sanford, served as the Courtenay-Comox member of the legislature for the NDP in the 1970s and ’80s. The riding was also subjected to a recount when her mother was in office.At the time he was working on a fishing boat and voted in Ucluelet. Sanford said his absentee ballot was among those that gave his mother the victory.“I remember my skipper saying it was a good thing it was a slow day for fishing, because if we had been catching lots of fish there was no way he’d have stopped to come in and vote,” he said.Elections BC, the government agency that administers provincial elections, said almost 180,000 absentee ballots must be counted.The final count will take place from Monday to Wednesday. Elections BC said the results will be posted and refreshed on the agency’s website starting on Monday.
SAANICH, B.C. – Aggressive deer are being blamed for two separate attacks on dogs and their owners in Saanich, B.C.Police say both incidents happened Sunday near wooded areas close to the University of Victoria.Romeo Strasbourg said he was walking his dog when a doe attacked and would not be deterred by shouts or arm waving.The animal tracked him for blocks and even tried to follow him onto the porch of a house before being scared off, he added.Staff Sgt. Chris Horsley said a deer also charged into the yard of a home and repeatedly attacked the family dog before the homeowner grabbed a baseball bat and forced the deer to retreat“Deer can be very protective, especially the does, because they have just had fawns and they go into a very protective mode,” he said.No people were injured in the confrontations, said Horsley, adding that anyone with dogs should be extremely cautious around deer at this time of year. (CFAX)
COOKS BROOK, N.S. – Someone is stealing the free-range pigs and chickens of central Nova Scotia — even leaving the remains of one pig behind after butchering it.A litter of piglets, six heritage Berkshire pigs and 40 chickens were stolen from Moo Nay Farms in Cooks Brook, about an hour northeast of Halifax.Farmer Melvin Burns said he also found the remains of a slaughtered pig on a plastic sheet at the edge of the sprawling free-range family farm.“They stole a pig from the field, butchered it and carried the meat away,” he said in an interview. “They dumped the rest of it.”Down the road at Snowy River Farms, about 33 meat hens were noticed missing earlier this week.“They were full grown meat hens ready for processing next week,” farmer Amy Hill said. “It means someone has been watching us. They know our set up and schedule.”She said the thefts have left her feeling nervous.“I went out last night to tuck in our birds, that’s when we close the doors for the night, and I brought my husband and dogs with me,” Hill said. “To have someone come on to your property at night while you are sleeping and take things makes me feel really mad and exposed.”But she said the butchering of her neighbour’s pig is what makes her fearful.“They had a weapon with them,” Hill said.Burns said the theft of his free-range Berkshire pigs and chickens has left him feeling uneasy and represents a loss of thousands of dollars.The hearty livestock graze the roughly 60 acres of farmland at will, but there is a fence at the perimeter of the property.The pasture and woods-raised animals eat mostly organic grains from craft breweries in Halifax as well as fruits and vegetables, he said.“The pork chops you’d buy in Sobeys are mostly corn-fed and very light in colour,” Burns said. “Our pork is a much darker colour, almost like a red steak.”He doesn’t call his livestock organic but said they are raised naturally. Along with his girlfriend, Bianca Massarella, the couple raises goats, cows, chickens, turkeys and pigs and also boards horses. They also host farm tours and birthday parties to share their farming experience with youth.RCMP Cpl. Dal Hutchinson said such a brazen theft of livestock, especially two robberies on the same stretch of road, is unusual.“It’s relatively rare for these sorts of thefts to be reported to police,” he said. “Farmers will sometimes lose an animal or two to predators like coyotes or foxes but this is certainly someone going onto the properties to steal animals. I’m sure it’s unnerving for the community.”The Mounties are asking anyone with information to come forward to police, or call Crime Stoppers if they prefer to remain anonymous.Hill urged anyone who notices someone suddenly with several Berkshire pigs or a freezer full of meat to report it to police.Burns said he’s unsure police will be able to track down the culprits, but said he hopes the ongoing RCMP investigation and media attention will stop any further thefts.— By Brett Bundale in HalifaxNote to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version misspelled Cpl. Dal Hutchinson’s last name.
VANCOUVER – A driver in Vancouver needed just eight minutes to rack up more than $700 in fines and eight demerit points, all because of a reluctance to put down the phone.Vancouver Police posted a photo of the two tickets on social media, showing that within a space of barely six blocks along one of the city’s most congested streets, the driver of the rented Hyundai Accent was stopped twice for using an electronic device.Each infraction carries a fine of $368 and four driver demerit points, meaning the total bill facing the driver is $736, plus an additional $520 for the eight demerit points.A later Twitter comment from police confirmed the driver was from outside the province, although the department declined to release their hometown.Drivers of rental cars are usually responsible for paying any tickets, but the demerit points are applied annually and collected by the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia when a vehicle’s insurance is renewed.That prompted a volley of comments on social media concerned that the chatty tourist might evade the fine and point penalty, but police say the Insurance Corporation invoices out of province drivers and unpaid bills can be sent to a collection agency.In it’s tweet, Vancouver Police called the repeat distracted driving offences expensive and dangerous, while British Columbia Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth was even more blunt.“If people are that stupid then they deserve the financial penalty they get and this is a classic example of someone having more money than brains, and they have been hit in the pocketbook,” he said.British Columbia has had a law since 2010 against using cellphones and other devices behind the wheel, while fines and penalty points were increased last year to underscore the dangers of distracted driving.Farnworth said he’s considering even stiffer legislation and is extremely interested to learn the outcome of Ontario’s proposal to raise fines against some distracted driving offences to as much as $50,000.
VANCOUVER – People with spinal cord injuries now have a set of exercise guidelines for maintaining heart health to match those offered to the general population decades ago.Kathleen Martin Ginis, a researcher at the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus, led an international committee that recommends 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous intensity aerobic exercise, three times a week, for people with spinal cord injuries.That’s compared with 150 minutes of cardiovascular exercise every week for others, as recommended by the World Health Organization.Martin Ginis said the new guidelines are in addition to recommendations she helped come up with in 2011 for people with spinal cord injuries through her work at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ont.She will present her latest research on Thursday in Dublin at the annual meeting of the International Spinal Cord Society.Martin Ginis worked with a team that included participants from Canada, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Sweden, Italy and the United States. Their research will be published this week in the journal Spinal Cord.Besides her own work, the team analyzed 211 studies examining the effects exercise on cardiorespiratory fitness, muscle strength, bone health, body composition and cardiovascular risk factors for people with spinal cord injuries.That population faces significant barriers when it comes to exercise, starting with transportation if they aim to get to a gym, let alone trying to navigate their wheelchairs on sidewalks without ramps, Martin Ginis said in an interview from Dublin.Gyms often exclude people with disabilities, but could accommodate them with adaptable equipment and knowledgeable staff, she said.“If there are ways to get into a facility there are ways to adapt standard exercise equipment for people with spinal cord injuries, at least for strength training,” Martin Ginis said.“We’ve got lots of anecdotal accounts of people with spinal cord injuries being turned away because the people at the gyms or the recreation centres don’t know what to do with them.”People with disabilities often have to pay extra if they come with an assistant to help them with equipment, she said.Martin Ginis called the Abilities Centre in Whitby, Ont., the “gold standard” of gyms because of its inclusive programming that includes arm ergometers, or so-called arm bikes, included in spin classes.“It means they don’t have to request for someone to pull an arm ergometer in and make a big fuss out of it. The aerobics classes are integrated classes so people with all abilities will take an exercise class together with the same instructor,” she said.The centre was a special project of former Conservative finance minister Jim Flaherty, whose son John had health challenges after contracting encephalitis as an infant.Martin Ginis said about six gyms in Canada are dedicated to people with spinal cord injuries, in cities including Vancouver, Calgary, Hamilton and St. Catharines, Ont., and that most are affiliated with universities.Brad Skeats, 43, works out at the Physical Activity Research Centre gym, a Vancouver facility led by researchers at the International Collaboration On Repair Discoveries, or ICORD.His spinal cord was injured 20 years ago when he worked in a sporting goods store and a co-worker ran up from behind and tried to piggy back himself for fun.“It was a pretty crazy, flukey accident. He landed on me the wrong way and that snapped my neck.”Skeats, who went on to compete in wheelchair racing from 2000 to 2010, has a personal trainer and works out three times a week at the dedicated gym that was built in 2012.Finding accessible space was a big challenge before that, even for someone with a sports background, he said.Jasmin Ma, who collects data at the ICORD gym as a PhD student and is a personal trainer for people with spinal cord injuries, said some of her clients are surprised to hear they would be able to do aerobic exercise.“There are a lot of fabulous ways you can do an exercise. It’s just a matter of finding out how you can do it for your specific situation.”She said people who may not have grip strength, for example, could use grip-resistant gloves or “active hands.”— Follow @CamilleBains1 on Twitter.
KAMLOOPS, B.C. – Gunfire was exchanged between officers and a suspect during a confrontation at a Kamloops, B.C., trailer park, the RCMP said on Saturday.Cpl. Jodi Shelkie said there was a significant police presence at the G & M Trailer Park on Friday, in an incident involving a suspect who was believed to be armed.A nearby elementary school and businesses were shut down as a result. Despite the gunfire, RCMP said the stand-off ended peacefully with one man arrested early Saturday morning.Police said the 35-year-old suspect remains in custody and is “facing an array of potential charges.”The man is known to police, and is scheduled to appear in court Oct. 30.Shelkie said the trailer park remained closed for a police investigation on Saturday, but surrounding streets were re-opened.The incident began early Friday morning when police were called about an assault at a residence.Mounties said the suspect had an altercation with officers who responded to the call. The suspect then fled the area with “a high-powered rifle.”Gunfire was exchanged at the trailer park before the suspect went into one of the residences, police said.Mounties instructed parents not to pick up their children from a nearby elementary school, and instead Shelkie said students would be bused to a local bridge where parents could pick them up.Residents of the trailer park were told to remain inside and to lock their doors and windows.Nicole Calver, a receptionist at the First Nations Tax Commission, said she heard sirens at about 11 a.m. Friday and looked out the window to see about 15 RCMP vehicles head into a trailer park across the street.“That’s where we saw the squad vehicle ram a green truck,” she said. “We did hear, we did witness six gunshots and we saw people running around, I think a squad team … running around the trailer park after that.”Police said no one is believed to have been injured during the course of the incident and are thanking the public for complying with safety measures and area restrictions.“We want to thank the residents and management of G & M Trailer Park very much for their cooperation, patience and assistance during this stressful event,” Shelkie said in a news release, adding that thanks extends to area drivers as well. “We are well aware of the impact of shutting down major roads, and we only took that step in this instance to ensure public safety as the suspect was in possession of a high-powered rifle.”
TORONTO – The second half of a panda family’s Canadian sojourn gets underway on Friday when the animals leave Toronto for a new home out west.Two giant pandas on loan from China, plus the two babies they produced while living at the Toronto Zoo, will be relocating to Calgary where they will remain for as long as five years.Da Mao and Er Shun, plus offspring Jia Panpan and Jia Yueyue, will be the first pandas to visit the city since the 1988 Olympics and will take up residence in a multimillion-dollar facility at the Calgary Zoo built expressly for their arrival.The two panda parents were loaned to Canadian zoos for 10 years as part of a 2012 deal with China.They have lived at the Toronto Zoo since 2013, where the cubs were born and later famously photographed in the arms of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.The cubs will head back to China after a year and a half in Calgary to be part of a breeding program, while the adults will stay on in Canada to try and become second-time parents.Calgary Zoo spokeswoman Trish Exton-Parder says both the city and facility feel fortunate to play host to the four-legged diplomats.“It’s a huge privilege for us to have them and to care for them and to have them trust the expertise we have here, ” Exton-Parder said in a telephone interview. “They’re very much (China’s) treasures, and it’s quite an honour and a privilege for our community to enjoy them for the next five years.”Neither the Toronto nor Calgary zoo would offer any details about the pandas’ planned journey, which is set to get underway on Friday morning.Once they arrive in Calgary, however, Exton-Parder said the pandas would spend at least a month in quarantine.That changes on May 7 when the zoo unveils both the animals and Panda Passage, their $14.5-million home for the duration of their stay.Exton-Parder said the building that once housed Asian elephants has been renovated and redesigned with indoor and outdoor habitats for the panda family. Bamboo, the bears’ primary food source, will be flown in so the animals can consume their requisite 40 kilograms a day, she said.The zoo had previously estimated the price tag for the pandas’ stay would reach $30 million once the cost of expanded parking, renovated washrooms and other guest facilities were included in the tally.The zoo is hoping the pandas will attract an influx of visitors. Based on Toronto’s experience, the organization has good reason for its optimism.The Toronto Zoo reported a boost in visitors when the parental pandas arrived in 2013 and recorded another spike when the cubs were born in 2016.It said 170,000 more people visited the facility that year compared to 2015, adding that 37.7 per cent of guests it surveyed said they were coming specifically to explore the panda exhibit.Exton-Parder said it’s hoped that some of the expected visitors will start thinking about animal conservation efforts, particularly for creatures closer to home that might be viewed as “less charismatic” than the teddy-bear-like pandas.“We in Canada may sometimes forget about leopard frogs and Vancouver Island marmots and species that are disappearing,” she said. “That’s kind of a big job for (the pandas) too. With them being here and the conservation messages that they carry with them, it opens that door to inspire Canadians to pay a little more attention to their own backyard.”Once Da Mao and Er Shun’s first pair of progeny have departed back to their ancestral homeland, Exton-Parder said the zoo will focus on seeing if it’s possible to produce more panda cubs. Researchers will work with Er Shun’s limited reproductive window, she said, and explore whether the giant panda might be able to conceive and give birth again.
BEAUCEVILLE, Que. — Public Security Minister Genevieve Guilbault says Quebec’s Beauce region has so far been the hardest hit by the spring flooding affecting many parts of the province.Guilbault told reporters today about 230 buildings are flooded in the town of Beauceville, located 90 kilometres south of Quebec City. Thirty-six people have had to leave their homes and six roads have been affected by the rising waters of the Chaudiere River.Thomas Blanchet, a spokesman for the Public Security Department, said the water rose quickly today around downtown Beauceville after an ice jam broke free early this morning.Andre Cantin with Environment Canada says up to 80 millimetres of rain are expected to fall in the Quebec City region between Thursday and Saturday, which could aggravate flooding in towns across the area.Cantin adds temperatures are expected to remain above freezing across much of southern Quebec over the next few days, causing snow to melt and increasing the risk of flooding.He says authorities should also be monitoring the water levels of the Ottawa River close to the Montreal area, as up to 50 millimetres of rain are expected to fall in that region by the weekend.The Canadian Press
NIPAWIN, Sask. — A Saskatchewan man accused of threatening to shoot Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and blow up the Parliament Buildings has been acquitted.David Petersen, who is 53, faced a charge of uttering threats over the phone to a government worker on Feb. 12.Judge Hugh Harradence told Nipawin provincial court on Tuesday that he had reasonable doubt Petersen uttered the threats with intention.Harradence said he believed the employee who took the call was sincere in trying to recall the conversation, but there was no recording or notes taken immediately after the call.Petersen, who elected to defend himself, argued the whole case stemmed from a foolish conversation with someone he didn’t know.Last March, he intended to plead guilty to the charges to get them out of the way.But Judge Inez Cardinal wouldn’t accept Petersen’s plea after he said he didn’t believe he was guilty.“I was scared as hell and I didn’t know what to expect,” Petersen said outside court Tuesday about the acquittal.“I wasn’t trying to guess ahead of anything, but I’m not surprised.”Paul Sveinson, a collection content officer for the Canada Revenue Agency, testified last week that he and Petersen talked about 10 times between October 2018 and the Feb. 12 call. He said Petersen sounded depressed and distraught during the last call and brought up Trudeau’s name after no previous mentions of politics.Sveinson recalled Petersen’s exact words as being: “Between you and me, I’d like to take a shot at Trudeau” and “I don’t want to be the guy that goes and blows up Parliament.”Sveinson added the sad, quick demeanour of Petersen’s voice caused him concern for Petersen’s well-being, which resulted in Sveinson contacting a department manager.The employee also testified the call had initially been about Petersen’s life insurance and that caused Sveinson to believe it was a suicide call.Harradence said there was a hole in the evidence about how Trudeau and the Parliament Buildings came into conversation. “Context is critical,” Harradence said.The trial also saw video of Const. Tanner Gillies from the Saskatchewan National Security Enforcement Section interviewing Petersen.Petersen told Gillies during the interview the “take a shot” comment meant he would punch Trudeau in the nose if he was in front of him, not shoot him. He said he wouldn’t shoot Trudeau due to a moral belief that killing another human is wrong.Gillies said in court that while Petersen appeared stressed and was sober, he didn’t think he was a threat to Trudeau. (CJVR)The Canadian Press
Los Angeles based clothing company, Steps4Paws, presented their new collection of graphic tees to some of the biggest stars from hit television shows on ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox, as well as many film and sports personalities this past Saturday for a Golden Globes event in Hollywood, California. Steps4Paws is making a difference, saving lives one dog at a time.Some of the many celebrities who stopped by the event included Gilles Marini from “Dancing With The Stars” and “Sex and The City, The Movie;” Lauren Potter from “Glee;” Brandon Tyler Russell from “Tosh 2.0” and the movie, “Smitty” about a rescue dog and staring Peter Fonda and Mira Sorvino, as well as the 2013 movie “Wiener Dog Nationals”. Also showing up to support the cause were Bebe Wood from “The New Normal;” Zibby Allen “Grey’s Anatomy”; David Steen “Django Unchained”; Eric Millegan “Bones”; and Maggie Elizabeth Jones who co-starred in “We Bought a Zoo” with Matt Damon and is on the Fox series “Ben and Kate.”Other dog-loving fans of the brand include NFL star Terrell Owens, NBA star Oldin Polynice, and Madchen Amick from “Gossip Girl.”Celebrity guests all pitched in to support the Steps4paws rescue movement to save dogs by signing their pet’s name on promotional tees from the “Loyal And True” line that honors and commemorates a favorite pet.The Steps4Paws collection will hit retail stores nationwide Spring, 2013. The trendy tops feature innovative designs that are sure to spark attention, and just when you think it can’t get better than that, Steps4Paws will be donating partial proceeds to help save dogs! You can be fashionable and save lives at the same time – what could be better than looking stylish and saving the lives of dogs in need.Steps4Paws is working hard to spread awareness about the benefits of adopting dogs and how even non-dog owners can aid in the fight against homeless pets. Raising funds through fashion, donating to both local and national charities to help feed, shelter, vaccinate, spay/neuter and provide special and medical attention for dogs in need.“Our movement will make a difference to so many dogs in need across the country.” said Brand Founder Vered Nisim.For more information, click here.Source:PRWeb.com
Last Sunday, LA’s Belasco Theatre hosted A CATbaret! – A Musical Celebration of the Alluring Feline produced by and benefitting Kitty Bungalow Charm School for Wayward Cats, Los Angeles’ premiere non-profit doing street cat rescue.The musical revue of cat-themed songs regaled the audience with feline-fueled classics from bluesy “Black Cat Bone” to hoppin’ “Stray Cat Strut.”Battlestar Galactica’s Tricia Helfer received the CATS IN WHITE SPATS Award for animal activism, presented by Battlestar co-stars Edward James Olmos and James Callis. Host Fred Willard (Modern Family) brought the house down. A CATbaret also included Lori Allen (Spongebob Squarepants); Keith David (Cloud Atlas); Kelley Jakle (Pitch Perfect); Shelley Regner (Pitch Perfect); Olesya Rulin (High School Musical); Drew Seeley (Love Struck); and Nicole Sullivan (Mad TV); celebrity choreographers Tabitha and Napoleon and the So You Think You Can Dance dancers Witney Carson, Jordan Cassanova, Janelle Issis, Tiffany Maher, Jasmine Mason, Ryan Ramirez and Will Thomas. Celebrity guests included Nikki Deloach (Awkward), Maitland Ward (Boy Meets World), and magician Paul “Fig” Fegen.At the after party, cast, sponsors and guests enjoyed desserts and kitty-themed cocktails including: “Milk Saucer” (Cruzan Rum, Coconut Milk, and pineapple juice); “Ginger Cat” (Jim Beam Bourbon, ginger ale); “Laser Pointer” (Ciroc Berry vodka, soda, grenadine); “Catalina” (xB Sex on the Beach, orange juice), the “Catatonic” (Russian Standard vodka, tonic); and “Belly Rub” (Ciroc Peach vodka, cranberry). DJ Torch spun classic American bebop, roots and r&b standards.Kitty Bungalow Headmistress Shawn Simons said, “All production costs were underwritten by generous sponsors World’s Best Cat Litter, By Nature, Nature’s Variety, Found Animals, Yohawk Energy and NKLA, so every dollar raised from ticket sales, merchandise and the Prize Puss Raffle goes directly to Kitty Bungalow’s important rescue efforts. Kitty Bungalow raised over $20,000 for this coming year’s rescue work, including expanding their humane education programming.” In-kind sponsors included Ciroc, Jim Beam Brands, Acey Decey Lighting, ATK Audiotek, Bexel, Dazian, EVS, BP Porter; Universal Props; Popchips, Sabra Hummus, Russian Standard Vodka, xB, City Kitchen, Along Came Mary, Frosted, Semi Sweet, Jackson Catering, Stella, Icelandic and Baked It Myself.Source:PR Newswire
Four-time GRAMMY Award winner and American Idol judge Keith Urban, long committed to numerous music education programs, today announced that he has teamed with leading interactive lifestyle retailer HSN to offer an affordable line of guitars to as many aspiring musicians as possible, as well as to those seeking to learn how to play.Keith Urban Announces The World Premiere Of The URBAN Guitar Collection Debuting Live On HSN November 3rdThe URBAN Guitar Collection, which includes two one-hour instructional DVDs and his first custom created, limited-edition acoustic and electric guitar line, will become available for sale exclusively on HSN, HSN.com and via HSN Mobile on Sunday, November 3rd, 2013 at 12:01 A.M. (ET).A portion of the proceeds from the URBAN Guitar Collection, as well as guitar packages, will go to Mr Holland’s Opus Foundation and The GRAMMY Foundation.“I’ve watched some of the greatest guitarists in the world perform and I’ve seen people just learning how to play,” said Urban. “The looks on their faces are almost always the same and the connection with the instrument is genuine.”The URBAN Guitar Collection features two versions of the “Phoenix Edition” guitar – electric and acoustic/electric – and will be available in Brazilian Burst, Emerald Brazilian Burst, Rich Black and Vintage Natural Ivory. It is part of a 21-piece set that includes a custom amplifier, coated guitar strings, embroidered guitar strap, guitar picks and more.“We are thrilled to welcome Keith Urban to HSN,” said Joy Mangano, President of Ingenious Designs, an affiliate of HSN. “Great stories and great storytelling are at the heart of everything we do, and I can’t think of a better guitarist and storyteller than Keith. His guitar-playing skills are legendary, and the passion he has for music will surely inspire our viewers to pick up a guitar and play when Keith makes his debut in November.”Urban recently released his seventh studio album FUSE, which marked the first time that ANY country artist has simultaneously debuted at #1 on the all-genre charts in the United States, Canada and Australia. He is currently on the road for his “Light The Fuse Tour”. At each show, Keith uses the standard Phoenix guitar – the same guitar that will be available at HSN – and then signs it and gives it away to one lucky fan in the audience.Urban has sold more than 15 million albums. He’s won four GRAMMY Awards and was the first artist to win the Country Music Association’s Horizon Award, for best new artist, and go on to win Best Male Vocalist, a title he’s captured three times, as well as the coveted Entertainer of the Year Award. He’s won five Academy of Country Music Awards, an American Music Award and People’s Choice Award. He’s had 15 No. 1 singles and five consecutive platinum or multi-platinum albums.Source:PR Newswire