Two arrested in Kolkata for harassing assaulting girls

first_imgKolkata: Two youths have been arrested for allegedly harassing and physically assaulting two girls here, police said on Wednesday. “Two youths, named Evan Chauhan and Zulfikar Khan, both residents of Beniapukur area, were arrested on Tuesday night for allegedly harassing two young girls near the Pavlov Hospital on the night before,” an officer from Topsia police station said. According to police, both youths, riding a two-wheeler allegedly passed lewd comments to two girls passing by in the Beniapukur area at around 11 p.m. on Monday. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja When the girls protested, the youths followed them and attacked them, taking advantage of the deserted roads. “The two accused fled the spot when the girls cried for help. One of the victims took note of their two-wheeler’s number and registered a complaint at our police station. Accordingly, the youths were arrested from their residences yesterday (Tuesday) and their scooty has been seized,” the officer said. Both the accused were produced in court on Wednesday. A number of incidents of harassment and attack of girls in the late hours have recently come to light. Former Miss India Universe Ushoshi Sengupta was chased and harassed by a gang of reckless bikers while travelling in an app-based cab at night last month. Seven youths were arrested in that case.last_img read more

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Cambodia buying tens of thousands of Chinese weapons says PM Hun Sen

first_imgPhnom Penh: Cambodia has purchased “tens of thousands” of weapons from China, premier Hun Sen said Monday, providing rare details of arms deals with Beijing just days after denying a secret agreement to allow Chinese warships to use a local naval base. The Wall Street Journal last week reported on a draft deal letting China access Ream base near Sihanoukville to dock warships and store weapons, apparently confirming months of rumours. Cambodia tried to knock down the report on Friday by taking dozens of reporters on an unprecedented tour of the base. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USPrime Minister Hun Sen repeated the denials in his latest remarks and called the news “slander”, but he went into an unusual level of detail about arms sales from its powerful neighbour. “I ordered the purchase of tens of thousands of additional weapons,” he said, without explaining what the country had bought. “Now they are being shipped.” Hun Sen said USD 40 million had been spent this year on top of a total amount of USD 290 million in previous arms deals with China. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsHe was speaking during a trip to the construction site of a Chinese-funded stadium that he called a gift from President Xi Jinping. China has lavished billions of dollars in soft loans, infrastructure and investment on the poor Southeast Asian kingdom, which has tilted away from the US amid Hun Sen’s increasingly authoritarian rule. Cambodia has also stepped up military exercises with China and been a staunch diplomatic ally in the fiercely contested South China Sea. The Ream base under scrutiny is strategically located in the Gulf of Thailand and gives ready access to the disputed waterway. The US embassy in Phnom Penh has questioned the possible hosting of foreign military assets there. The base is also close to Sihanoukville, where many casinos and properties are Chinese-owned. Anger built in the southwestern city last month when a Chinese building under construction collapsed, killing 28 people. Analysts say Hun Sen, who has been in power for 34 years, is attuned to the potential for an anti-China backlash and placing a base there would be a step too far for Cambodians.last_img read more

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Video of Sengars man bribing cop emerges police probe on

first_imgLucknow: The Uttar Pradesh police ordered a probe on Friday after a policeman posted at the Sitapur jail, where rape accused MLA Kuldeep Sengar is lodged, was seen in a video allegedly being bribed by a person considered close to the legislator.Sengar, accused of raping a minor girl from Unnao two years ago and killing two members of her family, was expelled from the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday. “I have not seen the video but it has come to our knowledge. We will get the matter probed and strict action will be taken. If policemen are found guilty, they will be dismissed,” Director General (DG), Prisons, Anand Kumar said here. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’In the video, the policeman is seen allegedly being bribed by a man wearing kurta-pyjama outside the Sitapur jail. The man in the video, Rinku Shukla, a panchayat member of Unnao, told reporters that he was not bribing the policeman to meet Sengar, the Bangermau MLA. “It is my habit. I might have given money to him (policeman) for having tea as he was standing there. My intention was not to bribe him. I met Sengar inside the jail 10-15 days ago,” he said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KAsked why he went to meet Sengar in jail, Shukla said, “I met him because he is our MLA. I am not in the BJP.” In another part of the video, a motorcycle-borne man is heard asking someone to arrange a meeting with the MLA and being told “there is pressure”. Sengar’s incarceration in the Sitapur jail hogged media headlines recently when BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj paid a visit to the prison to thank him after the Lok Sabha election. “He is in jail for a long time. Sengar is one of the most popular lawmakers, so I came to thank him after the election,” the MP had told reporters after meeting the jailed MLA in June. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), in its chargesheet filed against Sengar in July last year, had booked him under sections 120B, 363, 366, 376(1), 506 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) as also under the relevant sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POSCO) Act. The central probe agency had arrested Sengar in April last year. On June 4, 2017, a 17-year-old girl was allegedly raped by the MLA at his residence in Unnao, where she had gone seeking a job. When the family of the girl went to lodge a complaint, her father was instead booked by the police under the Arms Act on April 3, 2018 and put into jail two days later. He later died in a hospital, with the post-mortem report mentioning serious injuries on his body. On Monday night, the BJP-led Uttar Pradesh government recommended a CBI probe into a car crash that occurred in Rae Bareli the previous day, in which the rape survivor, now 19 years of age, and her lawyer were seriously injured and two of her aunts killed. The family of the rape survivor has alleged that Sengar was behind the accident. The CBI has booked the MLA and nine others on murder charge.last_img read more

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Gowda urges PM to release Rs 5000 cr as interim flood relief

first_imgBengaluru: Former prime minister H D Deve Gowda on Monday requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to release Rs 5,000 crore as interim relief to flood-ravaged Karnataka and to notify it as “national calamity.” In a letter to Modi, the JD(S) patriarch said he had not seen such destruction to both human lives and properties in his six decades of political career. “I request you to release rupees five thousand crore as interim relief pending submission of final memorandum by the state government followed by assessment from a high-level central team and recommendation of the inter-ministerial committee on disaster management on assessment and quantification of the damage suffered by the state due to flood havoc,” Gowda said in his letter. “I hope that the government of India would extend its helping hand in the hours of need to wipe the tears of vast population of the state which has facing a major tragedy and to rebuild their lively hood with all form of assistance from the state and central governments,” he said. However, the Karnataka government has requested the Centre to immediately release Rs 3,000 crore. A total of 2,694 villages in eighty-six taluks of 17 districts in Karnataka have been affected due to floods and rains.last_img read more

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US boy shoots kills all 5 members of family

first_imgMiami: A 14-year-old boy shot and killed all five members of his family in the US state of Alabama and then called police and confessed to the crime, local law enforcement said Tuesday. Three of the victims were found dead at the scene, a house in Elkmont, Alabama, and the other two died later after being airlifted to a regional hospital. “The 14-year old caller was interviewed and confessed to shooting all five members of his family in the residence,” Limestone County sheriff said on Twitter. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”He is currently assisting investigators in locating the weapon, a 9mm handgun that he said he tossed nearby,” it said. The shootings occurred late Monday. The boy in custody was not identified, and there was no immediate word on a possible motive for the murders. Gun violence is a prevalent feature in American life with more than 36,000 deaths a year — about a third of them homicides — according to statistics compiled by the Giffords Law Center, an advocacy group.last_img read more

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Dentistry prof suggests Addisons disease affected doomed Franklin Expedition

first_imgA professor of dentistry and his colleagues have published a theory that seeks to explain why Inuit who encountered members of the doomed Franklin Expedition in the 19th century noticed the men had hard, dry and black mouths.Russell Taichman at the University of Michigan says several explorers who interviewed Inuit who encountered the British sailors after they had abandoned their icebound ships noticed strange dental symptoms.Taichman, who is from Toronto and has long been fascinated with Sir John Franklin’s failed mission to locate the Northwest Passage, said the symptoms didn’t seem to fit other theories about what befell the crew, such as scurvy, lead poisoning or spoilage in the tinned food they carried.So, he and a librarian at the university, Mark MacEachern, began combing through medical literature to figure it out.“What kept coming up several times was tuberculosis,” said Taichman in an interview from Ann Arbor, Mich.“It was pretty common in British sailors at the time, living in close quarters.”Taichman, who typically examines how tumours spread to bone marrow, said he discussed the finding with an oncologist and hematologist Frank Cackowski, who explained that tuberculosis can cause adrenal deficiency, or Addison’s disease.Addison’s can produce the symptoms that were observed by the Inuit, Taichman said, although he noted it rarely progresses to that point in modern times.He said that long term, it can be fatal.The theory was published earlier this year in the journal Arctic.Franklin left England in 1845 with 129 men to search for a northern sea route between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. No one from the two ships ever returned, and search missions determined that both ships became icebound and were abandoned.Remains of some of the sailors have been found. The ships weren’t located until 2014 and 2016.Taichman said the descriptions of the Inuit are particularly valuable because he believes they would have noticed and remembered small details.“They’d never seen white guys before. So any weird looking things besides their skin would have been picked up. They were keen observers of nature,” Taichman said.“It would be like seeing Martians. They weren’t functioning like the people you normally knew. So it would have stuck in their minds really clearly.”Taichman said Addison’s is often a side-effect of steroid use today, but it was mostly caused by tuberculosis in the 19th century.Evidence of tuberculosis was noted in three Franklin crewmember’s bodies that were exhumed near where the ships were abandoned.Taichman said people with adrenal deficiency can’t regulate sodium well and have dry mouths from dehydration. They also have trouble keeping weight on.“The Inuit couldn’t understand why (the men) were so thin because they were carrying with them cans of food,” he said. “And the Inuit opened it up and tasted it and said, ‘Hey, it tasted pretty good.’”The Addison’s theory isn’t perfect. Even though tuberculosis may have been common in the close quarters of ships at the time, Taichman said Addison’s disease wasn’t widespread.However, he said medical literature indicates tuberculosis combined with scurvy or lead poisoning, can bring on Addison’s.High lead concentrations were observed in the recovered bones, which could have come from lead that was used for the tinned food, as well as from lead pipes on the ships that distilled drinking water.Taichman said the men were also likely suffering from scurvy and that Addison’s could have been brought on by a combination of factors.“It adds another dimension about what could have possibly happened,” Taichman said.last_img read more

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The Wednesday news briefing An ataglance survey of some top stories

first_imgHighlights from the news file for Wednesday, Aug. 16———U.S. TALKING TOUGH AT NAFTA TALKS: NAFTA negotiations are underway and the United States says it wants major changes to the agreement, not mere tweaks. U.S. trade czar Robert Lighthizer welcomed his Canadian and Mexican counterparts to Washington, D.C., on Wednesday for what he called a momentous occasion. Lighthizer says NAFTA has failed many Americans. He said he completely shares Donald Trump’s views on trade. And that view, he said, is that the U.S. wants substantial changes to NAFTA. Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland noted Canada bought $8.1 billion more than it sold to the U.S. last year.———U.S. MAGAZINE TALKS UP FRIENDSHIP BETWEEN TRUMP AND TRUDEAU ADVISERS: Steve Bannon, the controversial chief strategist to U.S. President Donald Trump, told the New Yorker that he has struck up a friendship with Gerald Butts, the principal secretary to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. According to the magazine, Bannon said Butts also told him that raising taxes on the rich can be a way to boost political fortunes. A spokesman for Trudeau did not address the quote, but said the Liberal government has been working hard to build a strong and constructive relationship with the Trump administration.———MORE BUILDINGS LOST TO B.C. WILDFIRE: The same fire that destroyed dozens of homes near Ashcroft six weeks ago has now consumed structures in the Green Lake area almost 100 kilometres away. Thompson-Nicola Regional District spokeswoman Debbie Sell says the fire is 1,680 square kilometre in size and still active in the region. She says downed power lines have added to the danger in the area and officials have not been able to access the site to determine what has been lost. Sell says affected property owners will be contacted as soon as specifics of damage are available.———N.S. LOOKING AT IMPROVING ABORTION ACCESS: Nova Scotia’s health minister says abortion access in the province is “out of step” with current practices, and has asked health officials to find ways to improve it. Randy Delorey says women and advocates have raised important issues about access and it’s the first time that the issue has been brought to the government’s attention. He says in a statement he has asked staff at the Nova Scotia Health Authority and the Health Department to look into the concerns and report back on how to improve access.———CIBC TO LAUNCH SIMPLII DIRECT BANKING BRAND: CIBC is launching a new online banking brand that will absorb some two million customer accounts currently with Loblaw-owned President’s Choice Financial. CIBC has provided the back-end banking services for PC Financial for nearly 20 years, but the companies said Wednesday they are going their separate ways. CIBC customers will be able to access Simplii Financial online, on smartphones and through call centres, with the roughly two million current PC Financial savings, chequing, and mortgage accounts switched over on Nov. 1.———WHITE NATIONALIST GROUP NOT WELCOME AT TORONTO UNIVERSITY: The University of Toronto has told a white nationalist group they are not welcome to hold a rally on campus. The group — called the Canadian Nationalist Party — has set up a Facebook page promoting a gathering on campus in September to discuss the nationalist movement in Canada and the future of the country. University’s president Meric Gertler said bigotry, hate and violence have no place campus and condemned the deadly clash between protesters and white supremacists in Virginia over the weekend that left one woman dead and 19 others injured.———GROUP WANTS ENERGY RATINGS FOR NEW HOMES: A coalition of environmental groups wants to see homes listed for resale in Canada to carry information about how much energy they use. Ten organizations, including the Pembina Institute, the Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance and The Atmospheric Fund, want the federal government to implement nearly two dozen policies to cut energy use in commercial and residential buildings. In a letter to Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr and Environment Minister Catherine McKenna, the group says nearly one-quarter of greenhouse gas emissions in Canada come from energy use in homes and buildings.———ARCTIC EXPLORER’S SHIP TO RETURN TO NORWAY: Nearly 90 years after she sank into Nunavut’s Arctic seabed, the ship that took famed explorer Roald Amundsen on his second polar expedition is finally ready to sail back home to Norway. The Maud, which has been raised from the ocean floor off Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, is expected to start the voyage home over the next few days after a six-year effort. The Maud was built in 1917 for Amundsen, the first man to reach the South Pole. He also made groundbreaking expeditions in the Canadian Arctic, including the first successful transit of the Northwest Passage.———TAKE CARE WHEN WATCHING THE SOLAR ECLIPSE: As excitement heats up about the Aug. 21 solar eclipse, experts are urging people to take good care of their eyes when they enjoy the spectacle in Canadian skies. Ralph Chou, a University of Waterloo optometry professor and president of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, says that staring at the sun for more than a few seconds will cause harm. He says the eye feels no pain so it will be too late to look away from potential retina-burning solar rays before a person notices they’ve done potentially-permanent damage.———BOY WHO DROWNED ON TORONTO SCHOOL TRIP FAILED SWIM TEST: The Toronto District School Board says a teen who drowned while on a school-run camping trip this summer had not passed a mandatory swim test. John Malloy, the board’s director of education, said Jeremiah Perry was among 15 students who failed the mandatory test for the multi-day trip to Algonquin Park in July. Perry, a 15-year-old student, was swimming in a lake when he disappeared under the water and did not resurface. His body was found by search and rescue crews a day later.———last_img read more

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Canadian sailors find near total devastation on hurricaneravaged island

first_imgROSEAU, Dominica – A storm-ravaged Caribbean island caught in the eye of hurricane Maria’s ferocious winds and torrential rains has suffered “near total devastation,” the captain of a Canadian warship anchored off Dominica says.Cmdr. Gord Noseworthy said the Halifax-based frigate HMCS St. John’s arrived Sunday in Dominica, a small island in the Lesser Antilles pummelled by the catastrophic Category 5 storm.“It’s a volcanic island, which was at one time rich in tropical rain forest,” he said via satellite phone from aboard the ship Tuesday. “Unfortunately it’s near total devastation … it’s completely wiped out.“The streets are filled with debris from the upper mountain ridge,” Noseworthy said. “There is sand and silt all over the streets … literally there are cars nearly buried in the sand and silt.”Noseworthy said locals are growing increasingly desperate a week after the hurricane struck the island, knocking out electricity and running water.“There is minimal electricity,” he said. “The power grid has been partially restored in the capital. But for the outlying villages there is no electricity, only generators for those folks lucky enough to have one.”The real crisis, however, is the lack of safe drinking water, he said.“A lot of the water that they have has been contaminated due to the flooding from the significant rainfall,” Noseworthy said.The 230-member crew is removing debris from streets, airlifting food and water to isolated areas and delivering medical aid, he said.HMCS St. John’s is equipped with two reverse osmosis desalination systems, which can produce more than 15,000 litres of fresh water a day.The water is loaded into large bladders that can hold up to 1,000 litres and airlifted to shore.“We have the ability to turn salt water into fresh,” Noseworthy said. “We’re bringing big water bladders from our Sea King helicopter to the shore line so we can get fresh water to those in need and those trapped in outlying villages.”Meanwhile, many roads on the island are filled with debris and fallen trees. Sailors are working with chainsaws to cut the trees and other debris and remove it from the roadway, he said.“The people on the ground right now in various communities are starting to become a bit more desperate, in that it’s been a week,” Noseworthy said. “But at the same time they recognize we’re there to help them and they’re quite appreciative and thankful for everything we’re doing.”The sailors located several Canadian citizens Monday, who have been repatriated aboard a Hercules military aircraft, he said.Noseworthy said it’s unclear how long the warship will be assisting Dominica, noting that there is much work that remains on the ground.The ship dispatches 80 to 90 people to the island each day, plus additional crew members to provide air assistance, he said.“It’s extremely hot and humid. It gets up to a high of about 40 degrees Celsius with humidity each day,” Noseworthy said. “We’re working long days from sunrise until sunset.“The crew is extremely motivated and energized,” he said. “They have quite the sense of accomplishment in being able to help those that are quite desperate for aid.”Earlier this month, the Royal Canadian Navy ship helped residents of South Caicos after hurricane Irma battered the small island in the Turks and Caicos archipelago.When it became clear that a second hurricane was bearing down on the region, the Canadian sailors helped South Caicos residents prepare for the incoming storm and made way for safe harbour off the island of Jamaica.Once the hurricane had passed, Noseworthy said the decision was made to direct the crew’s efforts to the small island of about 70,000 people.— By Brett Bundale in Halifaxlast_img read more

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Confession by man charged in Alberta triple murder case not admissible Judge

first_imgRED DEER, Alta. – A judge has ruled the recorded confession of a man accused of killing a central Alberta couple and their daughter cannot be used as evidence at his trial because RCMP denied him a bathroom break.Joshua Frank and Jason Klaus are charged with three counts of first degree murder in the December 2013 deaths of Gordon, Sandra and Monica Klaus.Earlier this week video recordings of Frank’s interviews with RCMP were played in court as part of a hearing to determine their admissibility.Frank told investigators that in the month following the deaths, Jason Klaus paid him between $3,500 and $4,000 for carrying out the murders and for keeping his mouth shut about it.Frank’s lawyer, Andrea Urquhart, argued that her client’s confession was made under oppressive conditions because investigators denied him bathroom breaks.Justice Eric Macklin, who is hearing the case without a jury, ruled Friday that the confession is not admissible.During Frank’s interview with police he tearfully said that Klaus had sexually abused him for years starting when he was 14.That led to Frank breaking down and admitting that he was the one who had shot and killed the three.During the interview, Frank asked five times over the course of two hours to use the washroom. His requests were not answered by investigators.The charred remains of the couple and their daughter were found inside the family’s farm home near Castor.The victims were all members of Jason Klaus’s family.Klaus’s statements were all admitted as evidence. (RD News Now)last_img read more

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Quebec coroner says Jehovahs Witnesses had right to refuse blood transfusions

first_imgMONTREAL – Anyone has the right to refuse a blood transfusion, even if it means certain death, says a Quebec coroner who studied the circumstances surrounding the deaths of two Jehovah’s Witnesses who had recently given birth.Jehovah’s Witnesses believe ingesting blood goes against their beliefs and that they should not accept transfusions or donate their own blood.“Every person in Quebec has this freedom of choice,” coroner Luc Malouin said in his report, which was made public Tuesday.“This freedom has been exercised here in accordance with the rules of law. It is up to everyone to make their choices and to fully assume the consequences.”Eloise Dupuis, 27, of Ste-Marguerite died of multiple organ failure resulting from hemorrhagic shock on Oct. 12, 2016, just seven days after giving birth to her first child.She had been transferred to hospital in Levis from a birthing centre after complications, but had said from the start she would refuse blood products or transfusions.A note in her medical file said she told medical staff she would prefer to die rather than receive blood products.Malouin’s report noted numerous occasions over several days when doctors tried to get Dupuis or her family to sign off on a transfusion as her health deteriorated — and each attempt was rebuffed on the basis of religious principles.“The only medical solution that existed for Ms. Dupuis in order to recover her health was to receive blood, but she always refused to do so,” Malouin wrote.Malouin said no medication or artificial blood product exists that is approved by Canadian or American authorities and that can replace natural blood.“Even internationally, the research into this subject is at an experimental stage,” Malouin wrote. “At this time, only a blood transfusion can compensate for severe blood loss.”Her husband, Paul-Andre Roy, released a written statement Tuesday to say his wife’s death was a tragedy and that she is deeply missed.Roy commended the care his wife received and reiterated her choices were “made independently and not under duress.”“She was an intelligent woman with deep personal convictions,” Roy said. “She refused the blood transfusions not because she was forced to do so, but out of respect for her convictions to which she attached a great price.”Roy said Dupuis understood the risks and benefits of blood transfusions and of other medical treatments available and considered them long before she gave birth.But her aunt, Manon Boyer, who has long questioned the circumstances under which her niece died, said she was disappointed in the report.“It talks about having a Plan B in similar cases, but it’s also mentioned there was no Plan B for Eloise,” Boyer said in an interview.Malouin also found there was no religious influence from Jehovah officials in Dupuis’ case as had been alleged by some of her relatives.But Boyer disputes her niece made that decision freely and without external pressure — given she belongs to a religious community opposed to blood transfusions.She said she wants to see the laws change and allow doctors to be able to treat people.“Her baby boy (now one year old) also had rights, he had a right to have a mother to take care of him,” Boyer said. “I’m fine with freedom of religion, but with certain conditions and not at the cost of someone’s life.”The coroner also looked at the case of Mirlande Cadet, 46, of Repentigny, who died of respiratory failure on Oct. 3, 2016, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Montreal.She did receive a blood transfusion when her husband eventually consented several hours after her health had begun to deteriorate following a caesarean section.Cadet had noted upon her hospitalization she would refuse blood transfusions and her husband initially maintained that position until her parents convinced him she needed the transfusion.She had underlying health issues and Malouin concluded it was unclear if a delay in the transfusion procedure led to her death just two days after her admission.In no case was medical staff to blame, Malouin said, adding they had no other choice but to respect a patient’s wishes.The Quebec Civil Code stipulates that an adult, who is of sound mind and well informed, can accept or refuse medical treatment.Malouin wrote that everyone has the right to freedom of conscience and religion under the Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms.In an interview, he called the cases a rarity in Quebec, but insisted that preparation is key in such cases.The coroner recommended that hospitals and doctors draft a specific treatment plan for patients likely to refuse blood transfusions, adding that every minute counts.“It’s exactly in this (type of) case that it’s very important to save time and to have an idea before — what will we do if we have to go to the hospital, a surgery room,” Malouin said.Malouin also recommended his report be distributed to any Quebec health centre where obstetrics is practised.A Canadian Jehovah’s Witnesses spokesman said the community was deeply saddened by the two deaths.“We express our sincere condolences to their families and friends,” Matthieu Rozon said in a statement Tuesday.“In his report, Mr. Malouin confirmed that Eloise made her own medical decisions, without undue influence.“Jehovah’s Witnesses love life and seek the best medical care available. Every year, Jehovah’s Witnesses successfully give birth, undergo chemotherapy, have major surgeries, and are managed in trauma and critical care settings all without the use of donor blood.”– Follow @sidhartha_b on Twitter.last_img read more

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Group of Canadian and US mayors speaks out against trade tariffs

first_imgAJAX, Ont. – A group of Canadian and U.S. mayors says the economies in the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River area are tightly integrated and the imposition of trade tariffs would impact both sides of the border.The mayors attending the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative annual conference in Ajax, Ont., cautioned Thursday against isolationist trade policies.Niagara Falls, N.Y., Mayor Paul Dyster says the American mayors “stand shoulder to shoulder with our Canadian cousins in the face of escalating rhetoric that threatens to damage 200 years of peace and economic prosperity in the region.”U.S. President Donald Trump has already imposed tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum and has threatened automotive tariffs as well.The mayors pointed out in a statement that if the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence region were a country — encompassing Quebec, Ontario and the eight Great Lake states — it would be the world’s third-largest economy.Collingwood, Ont., Mayor Sandra Cooper says the group is dedicated to protecting the economic prosperity of the region.“Due to the integrated nature of its economy, both sides of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence region would be seriously impacted by the imposition of trade tariffs,” the mayors said.last_img read more

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Francois Legault worth 10 million JeanFrancois Lisee 2 million Couillard 660K

first_imgMONTREAL – One of the leaders vying to be Quebec premier is worth millions of dollars more than his opponents.Coalition Avenir Quebec’s Francois Legault’s personal wealth stood at $9.86 million as of this past July 31, according to documents filed Monday.That includes a $4.5-million Montreal home he owns with his wife on which they pay about $36,000 a year in municipal taxes. It is his only property.Legault, who co-founded Air Transat, had a retirement savings portfolio worth $5.78 million, but also a $471,000 equity line of credit.He had just under $127,000 in income last year, according to his federal return.The Coalition leader said on Day 33 of the campaign he didn’t like having to make his assets public, but that it was an obligation in the interest of transparency.“I think it’s a tradition in about everywhere in the world to publish your assets, to publish your income-tax reports,” Legault said. “I did it in 2014, I did it this year. I think it’s important that we be transparent.“(But) I don’t like that. I have two boys of 24 and 25, so if you have children you can imagine the reaction. I don’t want them to spend the money right away.”The party, which has a strong stance against tax havens, noted that Legault has no bank accounts outside of Canada.Parti Quebecois Leader Jean-Francois Lisee, meanwhile, listed assets worth $1.95 million — but the documents did not include his income tax return.His most recent municipal tax bill was for $3,771.87 on a property in Quebec City.He also owns 40 per cent of a property in Montreal that is estimated to be worth $468,000, while the documents show Lisee has a line of credit of about $71,000.Liberal Leader Philippe Couillard said earlier during the election campaign he would not release his finances, but decided to publish them Monday evening.Couillard has assets worth $659,402, but due to some credit card, mortgage and other debt, has a net worth of about $442,000.“You’ll see you don’t get rich in politics,” Couillard said Monday morning in Montreal, a few hours before he released the numbers.The Liberal leader declared $198,000 in salary for the year 2017. He and his wife paid about $6,000 in municipal taxes last year and the couple’s home in Saint-Felicien, Que., is valued at $490,000.Meanwhile, Quebec solidaire co-spokesperson Manon Masse had no assets or property, her party said.The party’s candidate for premier made $3,150 worth of donations in 2017, including $2,300 to the Federation des femmes du Quebec, a women’s organization.Party leaders were also presented a request to lay out their personal financial situations in 2014.All of them answered the call, but then-PQ leader Pauline Marois only divulged her 2012 tax return after initially balking at the request altogether, arguing she’d already filed her paperwork with the province’s ethics commissioner.Earlier on Monday, Legault said he would spend the coming days in Quebec’s outlying regions, hoping their votes would put him back into majority territory.“I don’t take anything for granted,” Legault said in Mont-Laurier. “I’m confident that on Oct. 1, we will have a majority government, and it will be mainly because of the regions.”Lisee, meanwhile, encouraged anglophone voters to give his party a whirl, noting they could safely vote PQ knowing there won’t be a sovereignty referendum in the party’s first mandate.The PQ Leader encouraged voters who generally wouldn’t touch the PQ to try it for a term and park their vote elsewhere in 2022 if he hasn’t convinced them by then of the benefits of independence.He said anglophones generally support the PQ’s push for clean, green government.“It warms my heart because it means our message is getting through of who we are,” Lisee said.“We will not change our core conviction to get votes, but the deal we can make with you is that our commitment to not hold a referendum of independence in the first mandate is iron-clad.”— with files from Julien Arsenault and Vicky Fragasso-Marquis in Montreal and Melanie Marquis in Mont-Laurier, Que.Note to readers: This is a corrected version; a previous story had the wrong family name in para 10last_img read more

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Hefford Hitchcock and Kingston named to Order of Hockey in Canada

first_imgEDMONTON — Women’s hockey star Jayna Hefford and head coaches Ken Hitchcock and George Kingston have been named to the Order of Hockey in Canada.#NEWS | George Kingston, Jayna Hefford and Ken Hitchcock named to Order of Hockey in Canada. The Class of 2019 will be honoured at the Hockey Canada Foundation Gala & Golf fundraiser in Edmonton this June.LEARN MORE: https://t.co/OW7NGJwYTi pic.twitter.com/cYFNDUeJOb— Hockey Canada (@HockeyCanada) January 30, 2019Hefford, a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame, was a key part of Canada’s women’s team from 1997 to 2014. The native of Kingston, Ont., remains the team’s second-highest scorer with 291 points (157 goals, 134 assists) over her 267-game career.Hefford helped Canada to four Olympic gold medals and seven world titles over her international career. She is currently serving as commissioner of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League after a stellar career at the club level.Hitchcock was an assistant coach on Canada’s men’s national team for three Olympic gold medals, and was also an assistant for the junior team that won gold in 1998. He also won a World Cup title in 2004, and served as head coach at a pair of world championships, in 2008 and 2011.He guided the Dallas Stars to a Stanley Cup title in 1999 and currently serves as the head coach of his hometown Edmonton Oilers. He earned the Jack Adams Award as the NHL’s top coach in 2011-12, and was twice named WHL coach of the year twice during his time with the Kamloops Blazers.Kingston, from Biggar, Sask., led the University of Calgary to six Canada West championships before making the move to the international level. Hew as an assistant coach with Canada at the 1983 world championship and 1984 Olympics.He was chairman of the 1988 Olympic tournament in Calgary before building Canada’s silver medal-winning entry at the 1994 Games as general manager.The first-ever head coach of the San Jose Sharks, Kingston also made NHL stops as an assistant with Calgary, Minnesota, Atlanta and Florida.The Order was started by Hockey Canada in 2012 to honour individuals for their contributions to the growth and development of hockey in Canada.Past honourees are: Mike Babcock (2018); Jean Beliveau (2012); Scotty Bowman (2017); David Branch (2016); Cassie Campbell-Pascall (2012); Clare Drake (2014); Danielle Goyette (2018); Jim Gregory (2015); Wayne Gretzky (2012); Geraldine Heaney (2016); Paul Henderson (2013); Gordie Howe (2012); Dave King (2013); Mario Lemieux (2016); Mark Messier (2013); Bob Nicholson (2016); Pat Quinn (2015); Gordon Renwick (2012); France St-Louis (2014); Serge Savard (2015); Ryan Smyth (2018); and Steve Yzerman (2014).last_img read more

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Jody WilsonRaybould says she was pressured got veiled threats on SNCLavalin

first_imgOTTAWA (NEWS 1130) – Former justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould gave an explosive testimony, confirming the allegations of inappropriate pressure from the Prime Minister’s Office on the SNC-Lavalin case.Testifying to the House of Commons justice committee, the Vancouver-Granville MP says she was subjected to sustained efforts from 11 people in the Prime Minister’s Office, the Privy Council Office, and the Ministry of Finance to cut a deal for the Quebec engineering firm SNC-Lavalin.RELATED: Trudeau disagrees with Wilson-Raybould’s recounting of SNC-Lavalin events“For a period of approximately four months between September and December of 2018, I experienced a consistent and sustained effort by many people within the government to seek to politically interfere in the exercise of prosecutorial discretion in my role as the Attorney General of Canada in an inappropriate effort to secure a deferred prosecution agreement with SNC-Lavalin,” she said.BREAKING Former Justice Minister says she was subjected to sustained efforts from 11 people in PMO, PCO, and ministry of finance to cut a deal for SNC Lavalin. Says she felt it was inappropriate #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/nKPx96MQKY— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) February 27, 2019“These events involved 11 people — excluding myself and my political staff — from the Prime Minister’s Office, the Privy Council Office and the office of the Minister of Finance. This included in-person conversations, telephone calls, emails, and text messages. There were approximately 10 phone calls and 10 meeting specifically about SNC and I and/or my staff were a part of these meetings.“Within these conversations, there were expressed statements regarding the necessity of interference in the SNC-Lavalin matter, the potential of consequences, and veiled threats if a DPA was not made available to SNC.”. @Puglaas says she confronted Prime Minister @JustinTrudeau asking him if he was interfering with her decision as Attorney General. She says he said “no no no we just need to find a solution” #cdnpoli— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) February 27, 2019According to Wilson-Raybould, the discussions she had go right to the prime minister himself.She says Justin Trudeau and others repeatedly brought up the risks to the company if it were convicted of corruption and fraud in relation to work it sought in Libya.Wilson-Raybould says there was even a meeting with the prime minister in which she feels he crossed the line by discussing the Quebec election and the fact he was a Quebec MP.That’s when she says she looked him in the eye. “I asked ‘Are you politically interfering with my role, my decision as the attorney general? I would strongly advise against it.’ The prime minister said ‘No, no, no. We just need to find a solution.”Even though the Prime Minister denied he was interfering and told her it was her decision, it was after that discussion that @Puglaas asked her staff to keep detailed notes about all conversations on SNC Lavalin #cdnpoli— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) February 27, 2019Wilson-Raybould says Trudeau told her jobs would be lost if she didn’t “find a solution” for SNC-Lavalin. She says that happened during a meeting in September which included the clerk of the Privy Council, but she refused to interfere.“I further stated that I was very clear on my role as the attorney general and that I am not prepared to issue directive in this case — that it would not be appropriate,” she testified.“The prime minister again cited the potential loss of jobs and SNC moving,” she added. “Then, to my surprise, the clerk stated — or started to make the case — for the need for a DPA. He said ‘There is a board meeting on Thursday, Sept. 20th with stockholders.”WATCH: Trudeau denies Wilson-Raybould’s claim of interference in SNC-Lavalin case Wilson-Raybould then quoted the clerk again. “‘They will likely be moving to London, if this happens, and there is an election in Quebec soon.’ At that point, the prime minister jumped in, stressing that there is an election in Quebec and that ‘I am an MP in Quebec — the member for Papineau.’”She says the talks ended on Dec. 19, 2018.“A few weeks later, on Jan. 7 2019, I was informed by the prime minister that I was being shuffled out of the role of minister of justice and attorney general of Canada.”Wilson-Raybould believes she was shuffled out of the justice portfolio because she wouldn’t play ball.She resigned from cabinet earlier this month.Statement, speaking notes from Jody Wilson-Raybould’s testimonyFailed to fetchThe shuffle and resignation came after a story broke that she had been pressured inappropriately to arrange a “remediation agreement” that would have headed off prosecution.In her testimony, Wilson-Raybould says the decision not to pursue such an agreement was made in September, but she and her staff heard repeatedly from Trudeau’s office and Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s office after that, trying to find ways to help SNC-Lavalin.She says she was told repeatedly the decision was up to her, but attempts to talk her into a remediation agreement were relentless.. @Puglaas syas she was concerned that she was shuffled out as Justice Minister because she wouldn’t grant a DPA to SNC Lavalin. She says that was denied by the PM and Gerry Butts #cdnpoli— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) February 27, 2019Earlier, Wilson-Raybould talked about another meeting with Ben Chin, who works with federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau. She said he suggested “we can’t have SNC leaving Quebec.”Chin’s name may be familiar because he worked in former B.C. Premier Christy Clark’s office.SNC-Lavalin has been shortlisted to build the new Pattullo Bridge and it’s won past bids to build major infrastructure projects in B.C.RELATED: Wilson-Raybould warns she still can’t tell full SNC-Lavalin storyWilson-Raybould is speaking freely to the justice committee, as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had waived solicitor-client privilege and cabinet confidentiality to allow her to do so.In a letter to the Justice Committee, the Vancouver-Granville MP had previously warned she doesn’t believe she can tell her full story, noting the waiving of privilege and confidentiality doesn’t go far enough.It only applies to her time as attorney general but Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says that should give her the freedom to speak freely about this controversy.Trudeau has denied the allegations.“We know that people need to understand her perspective on this. We know the justice committee needs that to do their work,” he said earlier.“She will be able to speak fully” says the Prime Minister of @Puglaas’ testimony today #cdnpoli— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) February 27, 2019However, the opposition is not so sure saying this testimony could just be the start of a new chapter with accusations flying of potential criminality. Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says he still feels Wilson-Raybould is restricted from telling her whole truth.“Clearly there are some things Justin Trudeau doesn’t want her to say,” Scheer told reporters. “It’s very frustrating, we’re going to continue to put pressure on Justin Trudeau to do the right thing and let her give her version of all the events.”Conservative Leader @AndrewScheer on former Justice Minister @Puglaas saying she still feels restricted from telling her whole truth while testifying at committee today #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/B6S7y8Ve0A— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) February 27, 2019But Liberal Francis Scarpaleggia disagrees, adding the historic waiving of privilege and confidentiality has to be related to the matter at hand, not the entire business of government.Her former cabinet colleague Fisheries Minister John Wilkinson says he is feeling confident ahead of her testimony. “I think that what was done was entirely appropriate,” he adds.This controversy has already cost the Liberals general support in the polls and today’s testimony can either inflict more pain or stop the bleeding with months to go before an election.last_img read more

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Warriors even up NBA Finals with win over Raptors

first_imgAndre Iguodala’s 3-pointer with 5.9 seconds left was the clincher as the Golden State Warriors held off the Toronto Raptors 109-104 on Sunday, evening the best-of-seven NBA Finals at 1-1.Stephen Curry scored 23 points for the Warriors while Klay Thompson scored 25 points before leaving with an injury as the Warriors scored the first 18 points of the second half to take the lead for good.Kawhi Leonard had 34 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Raptors, his 12th 30-point game of these playoffs, while Fred VanVleet had 17 and Kyle Lowry contributed 13 points.RELATED: Raptors fans confident ahead of Game 2The Raptors led by as many as 12 points in the first half, but were done in by an awful third quarter that saw the Warriors race out to an 18-0 run while fans were still filing back to their seats. The Raptors turned the ball over five times and missed their first nine shots in the ugly stretch.The loss snaps the Raptors five-game winning streak.A split isn’t bad news for the Raptors, with 12 of the 17 teams who won the first game going on to win the Larry O’Brien Trophy when the series is tied 1-1.Among the stars in the building for Sunday’s game was 44 – Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States and noted basketball fan.Obama was accompanied by Raptors president Masai Ujiri as he walked past the Toronto dressing room prior to the game. He was seated next to NBA commissioner Adam Silver near the floor of the lower bowl. Obama and Drake exchanged a hug and a handshake before taking their separate seats.Drake was in his normal courtside perch.Other celebs said to be in attendance at Scotiabank Arena were actors David Boreanaz and David Castaneda, singer-musicians Alessia Cara, Fantasia, J. Cole, Shawn Mendes, The Weeknd and manager Amir (Cash) Esmailian, Steve Aoki and Flo Rida, golfers Rory McIlroy, Sergio Garcia, Graeme McDowell, Justin Thomas and Danny Willett, Maple Leafs centre Nazem Kadri, GM Kyle Dubas and president Brendan Shanahan and Toronto Argonauts James Wilder Jr., and S.J. Green.Canadian musicians Win Butler, Dallas Green, Paul Langlois and two members of the Arkells were also in the house.Fantasia, wearing an eye-popping red sequined jumpsuit, sang the U.S. national anthem while Cara, clad in a Raptors jersey, looked after “O Canada.”last_img read more

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Tiffani Thiessen emBARKs On Pet Health

first_imgThere are nearly 70 million dog owners and 74 million cat owners in the United States, and while many of these pet owners know it is important to keep their pets healthy, they don’t necessarily think about the things they should be doing on an ongoing basis to ensure that health.Actress and animal advocate, Tiffani Thiessen, visits the Bergen County Animal Shelter in Teterboro, NJ on Tuesday, February 5, to kick off Sergeant’s Pet Care Products’ emBARK on Pet Health campaign.Sergeant’s Pet Care Products, a leading pet care product company, and actress and animal advocate, Tiffani Thiessen, are joining together to emBARK on Pet Health by educating and empowering these families during Responsible Pet Owners month.The emBARK on Pet Health campaign asks pet owners to take a simple pledge to become more mindful of their pet’s ongoing needs at www.embarkonpethealth.com. Each pledge will trigger the donation of a Sergeant’s Pet Health Kit, which with the help of American Humane Association will be sent to help one of the millions of animals waiting for their forever homes at local shelters nationwide. Sergeant’s Pet Care Products is committed to donating up to 5,000 kits, which will ensure that these animals are sent home with all the products they need to get started on a healthy and happy life together after adoption.“I have always been an animal advocate, especially for those living in shelters,” said Tiffani Thiessen, actress and emBARK on Pet Health spokesperson. “Keeping my animals healthy and happy is of utmost importance to me which is why I decided to join Sergeant’s Pet Care Products and American Humane Association. I’d like to help educate and empower pet owners with the tools and information they need for daily pet care to aid in a long and healthy life for their animals.”Providing your pet with consistent preventative care can save pet owners from having to deal with larger problems down the road and can add years to the life of a pet. This ongoing care can protect pets from disease, behavior problems or other health issues that if left untreated could eventually come to cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars.“As pet owners and leaders in the pet care industry, we understand that pets truly are members of the family,” said Patsy Sumner, vice president of marketing services. “We know owners want to keep these family members healthy, so it’s our mission to ensure that we are a resource they can call on when they have questions regarding their overall health needs. The products and tools we provide are designed to ensure that pets and their families have long, happy and healthy lives together.”Each Pet Health Kit, estimated at a total retail value of $50.00, features the most popular Sergeant’s products designed to keep pets healthy every day. These products include: • Sergeant’s Whiff Shampoo • PurLuv Sizzlin Strips • SENTRY Petrodex Dental Kit • SENTRY Calming Collar for dogs with Good Behavior pheromone technology • Sergeant’s Vetscription Joint Eze Plus“We are honored to join Sergeant’s Pet Care Products and Tiffani Thiessen on this campaign,” said Dr. Robin Ganzert , president and chief executive officer of American Humane Association. “This is a very exciting program that has the potential to benefit millions of pets and families. We are hopeful that being able to include these Pet Health Kits in the adoption process will give families the confidence and tools they need for a successful start with their newest additions.”For more information about the emBARK on Pet Health campaign, including pet health tips and how you can take the pledge, visit www.embarkonpethealth.com. To be a part of the ongoing conversation about pet health, join Sergeant’s Facebook page at Pet Health Central.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

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NASCARs Ryan Newman Helps Veterans Rejoin The Workforce

first_imgTo celebrate this Independence Day, Oral-B and NASCAR driver #39 Ryan Newman are excited to announce that they are teaming up with Hope For The Warriors, a national nonprofit organization that assists post-9/11 service members, to help veterans reintegrate into the civilian workforce.Video: Oral-B + NASCAR driver Ryan Newman – Built in the USAThis commitment is part of Oral-B’s Built in the USA campaign, which celebrates the brand’s commitment to the American workforce and American-built products, including its Pro-Health All-in-One manual toothbrush, which is built in Iowa City, Iowa.In recent data, the U.S. Department of Labor shows that 9.9 percent of post-9/11 veterans are unemployed, which is well above the national unemployment average of 7.6 percent, so Oral-B is pledging $100,000 to Hope For The Warriors to assist U.S. service members’ reintegration into the workforce. Through specially-designed programs, the organization helps veterans develop professional skills and enhance their ability to navigate the transition into the civilian sector, including new careers, business ownership and advanced educational opportunities.“We are grateful to work closely with Oral-B and Ryan Newman to help address this critical area of need with U.S. Veterans,” said Robin Kelleher, President and CEO of Hope For The Warriors. “Together we will make a difference, as we are dedicated to restoring a sense of self and hope for service members and military families.”This weekend, Newman will participate in a Hope For The Warriors partnership celebration at the Oral-B Built in the USA Stage in Daytona, Fla., prior to the Coke Zero 400 race. This is part of Oral-B’s Built in the USA tour, which includes visiting race cities with Newman during key American holidays this year.“I am thrilled to join Oral-B in its commitment to supporting the American workforce and partner with a brand that values the excellence of American engineering,” said Newman. “The best part is that the Oral-B manual toothbrush I use every day – the Pro-Health All-in-One – is built in Iowa City, Iowa. When you buy American-built products, it represents people; you are giving them a job and there’s a lot of pride in that.”Oral-B’s Iowa City plant is the largest toothbrush plant in the world and currently employs nearly 500 people, including U.S. Veterans. “At Oral-B, we want to celebrate the fact that we are building products right here in the U.S.,” said Rishi Dhingra, P&G North America Marketing Director. “Furthermore, we want our consumers to know that when you buy an Oral-B manual toothbrush, you’re using a brand that supports veterans in the workplace.”Source:BusinessWire.comlast_img read more

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Stars Speak Out On Impact Of Unexploded Bombs On Civilians In Vietnam

first_imgForty years ago on August 15, 1973, the U.S. military ceased all military actions and airstrikes in Vietnam, ending the war for the United States. Four decades later, the war is still not over. Unexploded bombs and landmines left over from that conflict still claim lives and limbs.Since 1973 there have been over 40,000 civilian deaths and 60,000 injuries. Just this month a nine-year-old boy is lucky to be alive after he was burned from head to toe and broke his arm from an encounter with a piece of war-era unexploded ordnance.To mark this anniversary with a call for action and more funding to address this issue, a group of celebrities and other notable professionals are collectively saying, “40 Years is Too Long, But Not Too Late.” They are supporting a campaign to benefit Mines Advisory Group America (MAG) and Clear Path International (CPI) in their work to remove unexploded ordnance from Vietnamese soil and assist accident survivors.The event will kick off with a promotion on Reddit.com during a visit to Quang Tri Province, Vietnam by actor Jonathan Goldsmith, the man who plays Dos Equis iconic character “The Most Interesting Man in the World.” Thanks to Cathay Pacific Airlines, Jonathan will perform a demolition with MAG America and visit with landmine accident survivors with Clear Path International.Video: Jonathan Goldsmith, Man who Plays Most Interesting Man in the World, For Landmine and Bomb Victims“The Vietnamese children, the parents and the grandparents have had to live with these bombs on a daily basis,” Goldsmith said. “They have lived with this fear for over 40 years. This is a man-made problem and I think we have an obligation to do what we can for future generations. I am glad to help.”Folk singer Nanci Griffith has also been an activist for landmine clearance for many years and travelled to Vietnam for the 30th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War in 2005 to highlight the continuing landmine and unexploded ordnance issue there. As we are now at the 40th anniversary of the U.S. military withdrawal, Nanci urges, “I have always believed people need to stand up and make their voices heard to create change. And 40 years is just too long for any person committed to peace to watch children still die from the remnants of a war we left so long ago. Help support this campaign for Vietnam.”John Densmore, drummer for the legendary rock group, The Doors, along with John Perry Barlow, lyricist for the Grateful Dead, and Ben Taylor, son of folk rock artists James Taylor and Carly Simon, will also be promoting the campaign with online promotions later in the month.For more information, click here.MAG America has cleared over 7 million square meters of land contaminated by unexploded ordnance in Vietnam since 1999, benefitting more than 1.8 million people who can now farm their land, build their homes and let their children play safely without fear of injury or death from accidental explosions. MAG America has worked in over 35 countries around the world clearing landmines, unexploded ordnance, and other remnants of conflict. For more information go to MAGAmerica.org or facebook.com/magamerica.Clear Path International has been working to address the unexploded ordnance issue in Vietnam since 2000 and has helped thousands of Vietnamese recover from accidents involving unexploded ordnance. Clear Path also works in Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar and Afghanistan. For more information, visit cpi.org or facebook.com/clearpathinternational.last_img read more

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Bill And Chelsea Clinton To Convene Health Industry Leaders At The 5th

first_imgOn Sunday, January 24, and Monday, January 25, President Bill Clinton and Clinton Foundation Vice Chair Chelsea Clinton will host the Clinton Health Matters Initiative’s (CHMI) fifth annual Activation Summit, a yearly convening of leaders from a variety of health fields to identify strategies for systemic health improvement and ways to implement those strategies.

Key themes at this year’s Summit will include communities as centers of health innovation, the quest for longevity and healthy aging, health-tech innovation, and addressing health disparities through entrepreneurship. The Summit will bring together leaders working in healthcare, technology, business, education, sports, and government. The event will follow the CareerBuilder Challenge, a PGA TOUR event held January 21 – 24 in La Quinta, CA, in partnership with the Clinton Foundation.

Tenet Healthcare Corporation is returning for the fifth year as a title sponsor for the Summit, which is the anchor to the continued work of CHMI throughout the year to improve the health and well-being of all people across the country. Highlights from past Health Matters Activation Summits include:• An ESPN Town Hall which included President Clinton and Kobe Bryant discussing key strategies to improve access to sports and physical activity. • The announcement of an agreement with the Kaleo pharmaceutical company to make EVZIO (naloxone HCl injection) Auto-injector, an emergency treatment for opioid overdose, available at a bulk discount to colleges and universities, public safety organizations and community organizers. • The launch and culmination of an 800 Calorie Challenge, a national cooking competition that focused on healthy eating and nutrition, in partnership with the Palisades Media Ventures and the James Beard Foundation. • A Town Hall with Spike TV to bring a focus on veterans’ health and wellness through Spike’s Veterans Operation Wellness (VOW) campaign. • The release of the Project Play Report from Nike which encapsulates best practices for the design and delivery of quality, accessible youth physical activity programs.CHMI brings together individuals, communities, and organizations to make meaningful, collective contributions to the health of others by working to reduce the prevalence of preventable health outcomes, close healthy inequity and disparity gaps, and reduce health care costs by improving access to key contributors to health of all people. CHMI’s year round work includes building strategic partnerships that will help facilitate the development and scaling of health-promoting solutions; working across sectors to develop and implement coordinated, systemic approaches to creating healthier communities; and leveraging technology and digital innovation to help advance health and wellness at the national and community levels by disseminating evidence-based individual, systems, and investment strategies.

What:
Fifth Annual Health Matters Activation Summit

Where:
Renaissance Indian Wells Resort & Spa
44-400 Indian Wells Lane
Indian Wells, CA 92210

When:
Sunday, January 24, and Monday, January 25, 2016last_img read more

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