Scanners on trial at London train station to detect weapons on body

Posted On Oct 18 2019 by

first_imgLondon: A UK government funded trial of a specialised technology that can detect weapons on the body of individuals has been deployed in London as part of a crackdown on knife crime in the UK capital. The technology, made by British company Thruvision and backed by the UK Home Office, can detect weapons including guns, knives and explosive devices concealed under clothing at distances of up to 30 feet. It works by revealing objects concealed in clothing that block a person’s body heat. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USA five-day trial of the tech opened at Stratford in east London from Monday to help police officers identify objects that could be used as a weapon, without needing to stop and physically search suspects. The technology, which is already used on the Los Angeles Metro, is being deployed by the British Transport Police with the support of Scotland Yard. “No one should feel they can walk the streets with a knife and expect to get away with it,” said Kit Malthouse, UK Home Office Minister for Crime, Policing and Fire. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls”We are pulling out all the stops in a battle against knife crime, in London and across the country. 20,000 more police officers will help but new technology can make an enormous impact on public safety, as this equipment shows,” he said. The trial, which comes in the wake of a spike in knife attacks and stabbings in London over recent months, will look at how the police can use technology to detect if an individual is carrying a knife without causing personal disruption, such as stopping the individual or requiring them to empty their pockets. The government said it will enable the UK Home Office, British Transport Police and the Metropolitan Police to consider whether such technologies can play a significant role in efforts to combat knife crime. “This innovative trial is part of this government’s wider crackdown on knife crime,” said Baroness Vere, the UK’s transport security minister. The technology enables police officers to see the size, shape and location of any concealed item. It does not show any intimate body parts and it is impossible to tell an individual’s gender, age or ethnicity from the imagery it produces.last_img read more


Sindhu advances after easy win over Li Xuerui Saina crashes out

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first_imgChangzhou (China): Reigning world champion P V Sindhu sailed into the pre-quarterfinals with a convincing win over former Olympic gold-medallist Li Xuerui but Saina Nehwal crashed out of the China Open Super 1000 tournament here on Wednesday. India’s top shuttler Sindhu beat Li Xuerui 21-18 21-12 in just 34 minutes of action. Replicating her world championship form, the Olympic silver-medallist produced another strong performance to get the better of the currently 20th-ranked Chinese, who entered the match with a 3-3 record against the Indian. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details However, Saina made an early exit after losing to Thailand’s Busanan Ongbamrungphan in the women’s singles. The London Olympics bronze-medallist lost 10-21 17-21 at the hands of the World No.19 Ongbamrungphan in a match that lasted for 44 minutes at the Olympic Sports Center Xincheng Gymnasium. It was the former world number one’s second successive loss to the Thai player. The 29-year-old Saina has struggled for form following her recovery from injuries. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday The Indian started her season with a win at the Indonesia Open but has failed to reach another final on the BWF circuit so far. In other matches of the day featuring Indian shuttlers, B Sai Praneeth defeated Thailand’s Suppanyu Avihingsanon 21-19 21-23 21-14 to make the next round of the men’s singles event. The duo of Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N. Sikki Reddy lost to Germany’s Mark Lamsfuss and Isabel Herttrich 12-21 21-23.last_img read more


Two teens dead after 15yearold driver crashes car in Joliette Que

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first_imgJOLIETTE, Que. – Two teens are dead and two are in critical condition after a 15-year-old driver lost control of a vehicle that crashed north of Montreal early Monday morning.Quebec provincial police said five teenage boys were in a car, owned by one of their parents, which crashed into a tree in Joliette, Que. at about 2 a.m.Two passengers aged 14 and 17 died, while a 13-year-old and a 16-year-old were taken to hospital, where they remained in critical condition Monday afternoon.Police say speed may have been a factor in the crash.The underage driver suffered only minor injuries.After meeting with investigators, he was released on a promise to appear in court.He is due in court on Nov. 22 and could be charged with dangerous driving causing death and criminal negligence causing death.last_img read more


Nine dead in London Ont area in streptococcus outbreak health unit

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first_imgLONDON, Ont. – Health officials have issued an alert, saying nine people have died in an ongoing invasive group A streptococcus outbreak in the London, Ont., area.The outbreak was declared more than 18 months ago and the Middlesex-London Health Unit says more than 132 cases of infection have been reported since April 1, 2016.Of the cases, 22 per cent required treatment in intensive care, 15 per cent had Streptococcal Toxic Shock Syndrome and 15 per cent had necrotizing fasciitis — also called “flesh-eating” disease.Associate Medical Officer of Health Dr. Gayane Hovhannisyan says about half of the cases have been among injection drug users and/or people without access to stable housing.Symptoms depend on the site of the infection and may include fever, chills, sore throat, dizziness, confusion, severe pain, redness or swelling around a wound or injured area.Hovhannisyan says the alert has been issued because the health unit is seeing an increase in infections among people who have no connection to the outbreak in people who inject drugs or don’t have stable housing.“We need a better understanding of what’s happening, which is why we’ve issued this alert,” she said Monday in a news release.The bacteria are spread by direct contact with nose and throat secretions from an infected person, or by direct contact with infected wounds or sores on the skin.While the infections can occur year-round, the health unit said Monday that the number of infections tends to increase during the winter.It said the majority of streptococcus infections cause relatively mild illnesses like strep throat, but sometimes more serious and potentially life-threatening infections are able to get into muscles, blood and other organs.The health unit advises regular handwashing, covering the mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, avoid sharing drinking and eating utensils and to not share drug paraphernalia in an effort to avoid infection.last_img read more


Feds long way from restarting or scraping missing murdered women inquiry PM

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first_imgOTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his government is a long way from “starting over or scrapping” the inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.The federal government is monitoring the work of the federally funded commission and its staff to ensure they have the ability to do their jobs, Trudeau said in an interview this week.“We are a long way from … starting over or scrapping it,” Trudeau told The Canadian Press. “We are certainly alert to the challenges that are being faced with something that was always going to be very, very difficult.”Trudeau also said he’s spoken with a number of individuals and family members who told their stories to the commission and are pleased with the approach.“I think we know that the public inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls has to keep families at the centre of what it is doing.”Last week, the inquiry confirmed the departure of Debbie Reid as its second executive director, but would not comment further, citing personnel issues.The staffing change will not disrupt work of the commission as it eyes a formal extension application for money and time to do its work, officials said in a statement.Director of operations Calvin Wong has stepped in to take over as executive director on an interim basis.Crown-Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett said she is concerned by the amount of turnover at the commission, fearing it could distract from the work at hand. But the independence of the commission is crucial, and the government won’t interfere, she said.Both opposition parties say it is high time for Ottawa to take additional steps to ensure the commission is on the right track, especially given the fact the commission is widely expected to ask for a deadline extension.Trudeau’s government has currently earmarked two years and $53.8 million for the study, aimed at examining root causes of violence toward Indigenous women and girls.A number of survivors, families and Indigenous leaders have urged the federal government to formally restart the process due to concerns over operational matters with the inquiry including the departures of a number of staff.In December, a special gathering of chiefs hosted by the Assembly of First Nations also approved a resolution calling for the federal government to reset the inquiry by replacing the chief commissioner, Marion Buller.It said a new head should be named through a process of full engagement with Indigenous survivors and families.Bennett did not comment on the specifics of the resolution when it passed.—Follow @kkirkup on Twitterlast_img read more


Canada sets aside disappointment to prevail in bronzemedal game

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first_imgMore from Sportsnet GANGNEUNG, South Korea – To its credit, the men’s Olympic team brought it in its final outing of the Pyeongchang Games, avoiding the Canadian hockey hubris that sees anything other than gold as a worthless consolation prize.There’s no shame in stepping on the podium’s lowest step, and while it should never be the goal, there’s a secondary achievement in winning your last game and not going home empty-handed.Two goals apiece from Andrew Ebbett and captain Chris Kelly, another from Derek Roy who was again his team’s best forward and a tremendous performance by Kevin Poulin in net ensured Canada’s 29th medal at these Olympics with a 6-4 victory over the Czech Republic on Saturday night.The colour may not be the one they wanted, but it’s a Winter Games medal nonetheless.If anything, what should really bother these 22 players and three goalies is knowing that if they had played the same type of hard, edgy and opportunistic game in the semifinals versus Germany, they would have been playing for gold and not bronze.They’ll surely regret that for a long, long time, regardless of how steep a challenge it would have been to beat a stacked Russian team featuring the ageless wizardry of Pavel Datsyuk and the mercurial-as-ever Ilya Kovalchuk.But they didn’t even give themselves a chance in a 4-3 loss that becomes increasingly infuriating the more you think about it.Ensuring that disappointment didn’t spill over into the bronze-medal game against the Czechs was no simple task. But as Mike Babcock, who coached NHL-star-stocked teams to Olympic gold in 2010 and 2014, said following Toronto Maple Leafs practice Friday, “you’ve got to get your mindset right.”“There’s a medal on the line and, as an Olympian, you can be disappointed all you want, but you’ve got a chance to win a medal for your country and you want to dig in and take advantage of that,” he continued. “I can tell you right now, the last time I was home someone said, ‘Hey, do you have a medal here?’ They dug it out of a drawer or whatever and looked at it – it’s cool.“Like, they’re freakin’ nice. I mean your whole life you get to be an Olympic medallist, so get past now. The disappointment’s over and it’s about getting ready for the next one.”Canada looked engaged from the outset against a physical Czech team just as determined as its opponent, with Canada taking control during a wild 31-second stretch that featured three goals.Ebbett got it started when Mat Robinson’s centring pass deflected off his skate and past Pavel Francouz on a power play to open the scoring at 8:57. Just 16 seconds later, Martin Ruzicka tied it up when he shovelled in Roman Cervenka’s cross-ice pass, but a mere 15 seconds after that Kelly tipped in a Cody Goloubef point shot to restore Canada’s lead.Roy then gave Canada some breathing room at 15:57 of the period, hustling to turn a Brandon Kozun rush into a 2-on-1, taking a nifty pass and slipping it through Francouz’s legs.After a tight second period kept the game at 3-1 Canada, the team’s went pond-hockey-ish in the third.Ebbett redirected a clever Kozun pass at 5:50 to extend the lead, but then 46 seconds later Jan Kovar fired home a loose puck in the slot to make it a 4-2 game. A Kelly wrist shot from the slot 3:01 later made it 5-2 and Wojtek Wolski shovelled in a rebound at 15:23 for a 6-2 edge, with a disallowed Czech goal in between.Cervenka then scored at 16:26 and 17:55, the second coming after a too-many-men penalty, to make it a 6-4 game, but Canada held on.last_img read more


Toronto neurosurgeon charged with killing his wife ordered to stand trial

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first_imgTORONTO – A Toronto neurosurgeon accused of murdering his wife has been ordered to stand trial, a prosecutor said Friday.Dr. Mohammed Shamji is charged with first-degree murder and committing an indignity to human remains in the death of Dr. Elana Fric-Shamji, the mother of his three children.A Crown lawyer in the case said a date has not yet been picked for the start of the trial, but noted that Shamji is scheduled to return to court April 6.Fric-Shamji, a family doctor at Scarborough and Rouge Hospital, was last seen Nov. 30, 2016.The 40-year-old’s beaten body was found in a suitcase by the side of a road north of Toronto the following day. Police arrested Shamji, her husband of 12 years, the day after that.An investigation revealed Fric-Shamji had died of strangulation and blunt force trauma, police said at the time.Social media posts depicted the couple as having a blissful family life, but police said the relationship had been troubled.Prior to his arrest Shamji worked at Toronto Western Hospital and was a faculty member at the University of Toronto.He and his wife both had advanced degrees in addition to their medical qualifications.Fric-Shamji had a master’s degree in public policy from Duke University, according to a biography in research she published. Shamji has a PhD in biomedical engineering, also from Duke.Her death sparked an outpouring of grief and disbelief from those who knew Fric-Shamji, described as a talented professional who helped improve the health-care system.“We would … like to express thanks to the many friends, neighbours and colleagues who have shared their memories of Elana as a wonderful person, mother, and physician,” her family said in a December 2016 statement.last_img read more


Up to 30 people possibly exposed to a used needle at Toronto

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first_imgTORONTO – Up to 30 people may have been exposed to a used needle during blood sugar tests conducted at a community event in Toronto last month, the city’s public health authority said Monday as it urged those affected to see a doctor as a precaution.Needles were “not consistently changed between clients” during the free tests at the March 25 health fair organized by the Vision Infinite Foundation, a Bangladeshi-Canadian community group, said Dr. Herveen Sachdeva, an associate medical officer with Toronto Public Health.There is a very low chance of blood-borne viruses, such as hepatitis B and C and HIV, being transmitted by re-using a lancet — a fine needle typically used to prick the skin and take small amounts of blood — but Toronto Public Health has called and written to everyone who had their glucose levels checked at the fair, recommending they get blood tests as a precaution, Sachdeva said.“Toronto Public Health will receive the results of those who present for follow up with this testing … and this will help us understand whether any illness may have been associated with this event although the risk is very low,” she added.A woman who attended the fair held at a community centre in Toronto’s east end told organizers during the event that she had seen testers re-use a lancet, Vision Infinite director Shahid Khandker said.Organizers immediately shut down the testing station, which was run by pharmacy staff from a nearby Shoppers Drug Mart, and called paramedics who in turn notified Toronto Public Health, he added.“For the future, whether the pharmacy is given the opportunity (to participate again) or not, there are going to be more precautionary measures for sure,” Khandker said of including blood tests at other Vision Infinite events.Pharmacist Ahmad Abdullah, who said a member of his staff was administering blood sugar tests at the fair when the complaint was made, said it is “extremely disturbing” to know a lancet may have been re-used.“This kind of thing shouldn’t happen but unfortunately, when there are lots of people there, maybe staff just missed it by chance,” he added.Abdullah said he provided Toronto Public Health with a list of everyone who had their blood tested, so authorities could contact them.Any pharmacy staff member can perform blood tests as long as they have been trained and are supervised by a pharmacist, Abdullah said.Sachdeva said Toronto Public Health is “looking into what training and qualifications are required” to perform blood sugar tests.“We will continue to follow up accordingly with the staff from the health fair,” she said. “Toronto Public Health staff continue to investigate the matter and the event organizers have been co-operative.”last_img read more


Man apologizes for yelling vulgar phrase at Halifax reporter during broadcast

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first_imgHALIFAX – A female reporter says she’s satisfied by a restorative justice process that saw a man apologize for yelling a vulgar phrase at her.CTV Atlantic’s Heather Butts was broadcasting live from a Halifax pub on the World Junior Hockey Championship when Nash John Gracie made a crude gesture and uttered a sexually explicit comment on Dec. 29.Butts said she is satisfied that the 25-year-old Nash has taken responsibility for his actions through the restorative justice process and has agreed to community service.She says the incident is an example of the harassment many reporters have experienced over the years across North America.She says the process sends a message that these incidents will not be tolerated.A spokesman for CTV says the network is “pleased the person responsible … is being held accountable through the restorative justice process,” adding it’s important journalists are able to do their jobs free of harassment.Gracie was charged with public mischief and causing a disturbance. When the case was referred to restorative justice, his lawyer said the charges would be withdrawn once he completed the process.The provincial website says restorative justice is “a response to crime that focuses on restoring the losses suffered by victims and communities.”It says participants are given “an opportunity to talk about their concerns and to talk about the offence from their own perspective,” and that “the parties develop an understanding of the impact of the offence and the steps needed to make amends.”In February, a provincial court in Newfoundland and Labrador dismissed a public disturbance charge against 28-year-old Justin Penton following a similar incident. Judge Colin Flynn said the sexist slur was vulgar and offensive, but not a crime under the circumstances.Unifor, which represents the reporter in the Newfoundland incident, NTV’s Heather Gillis, issued a statement saying it was concerned about the judge’s decision, saying he “missed an opportunity to send a message that vulgar, verbal attacks on journalists are not acceptable.”Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version wrongly reported that the restorative justice process was complete.last_img read more


Liberals told to build new benefits for ill unemployed workers docs show

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first_imgOTTAWA – The Trudeau government has been given an ambitious plan for closing several gaps in the social-safety net for ill and unemployed Canadians that includes creating a new program to help those whose employment insurance or sickness benefits are about to run out.The plan is contained in a government-commissioned report and would represent a major step for a government that has previously tweaked parental and caregiver benefits, among other so-called special EI benefits, but has yet to touch the core of employment insurance — which experts say is in desperate need of reform.Specifically, the report recommended the government close gaps in the social safety net by creating a new program to catch those who exhaust sickness benefits but don’t qualify for a public disability pension.The program would also help jobseekers who exhaust regular EI benefits and could be headed for provincial welfare systems.The ideas stood out to federal officials reviewing the report, which provided a road map to modernize and close gaps in the employment insurance system and was obtained by The Canadian Press through the access to information law.Yet while the Liberals appeared to have listen to some of the report’s other recommendations, including changing the scope and value of a benefit for the working poor and pegging the value of the child benefit to inflation, those two big ideas have remained just that — ideas.The November 2017 report to Social Development Minister Jean-Yves Duclos provided an analysis of gaps in income-support programs, which spans 61 programs in eight departments.Those program provide money directly to individuals, excluding wage subsidies to employers, and non-refundable tax credits.Untangling that web of complexity is no easy task because many programs are based on a 1970s’ view of the workforce, said Kate Bezanson, a social policy expert from Brock University.Without any changes, she added, EI may soon become too inflexible “to respond to changing family circumstance, changing labour market circumstances, changing regional circumstances.”One option outlined in the report was to build a program to help unemployed workers who don’t qualify for EI, particularly the growing cohort of “gig economy” workers, or those working-age adults likely to be unemployed for longer periods.The author recommended a new income-tested benefit or a “jobseeker’s loan” accompanied by “intensive employment services.”Another area of need was a program for those who exhaust the 15 weeks of EI sickness benefits, but who don’t qualify for Canada Pension Plan disability payments.The report recommended a medium-term sickness benefit, or a change to CPP rules to recognize “partial disability” and a “move away from the ‘all-or-nothing’ nature” of the disability pension.The author of the report, Sherri Torjman, former vice-president of the Caledon Institute of Social Policy, declined an interview request.Building new federal income support programs would be an ambitious undertaking and require detailed discussions with provinces, said Donna Wood, an expert on the social safety net from the University of Victoria.“These are not minor tweaks. These are big issues,” Wood said.“To make any other big choices — these are called trade-offs and that’s why I really do think it’s time to have a broader conversation on what should this program look like and what are the options that we could consider.”Duclos has been meeting stakeholders about the future of EI, which is part of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s direction to conduct a review of the system.In an interview late last month, Duclos said stakeholders want any review to be broad and not rushed.But there is little time to get one done with a federal election in one year, and Duclos suggested any further EI changes will have to be ones that could be done quickly.— Follow @jpress on Twitterlast_img read more


NB Liberals lure Green votes but government still likely to fall Friday

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first_imgFREDERICTON – Premier Brian Gallant’s Liberals appear headed for defeat Friday, setting the stage for a Progressive Conservative government to take over in New Brunswick.Tory Leader Blaine Higgs said Thursday the Liberals had tried to lure some of his members to support the throne speech in Friday’s vote, but they are standing firm and will all vote against it.“We stand firm, all 22 of us. We are voting against this throne speech tomorrow morning, and there’s no necessity for any further debate,” said Higgs, who is now positioned to become premier.People’s Alliance Leader Kris Austin — who earlier Thursday would not confirm how his party would vote — said they would vote to defeat the Liberal government.“We are here to say collectively as a caucus, we will not be supporting this government or its throne speech. We’ve made up our mind,” Austin said.The Liberals don’t have the numbers to survive the confidence vote.They won just 21 seats in the September election — one fewer than the Tories — while the Greens and People’s Alliance each won three seats.All three Green members of the New Brunswick legislature said Thursday they’ll vote in favour of the throne speech, which had offered Gallant a brief but dim glimmer of hope that his minority government could survive at least a bit longer.Higgs said he is confident the Liberals will be defeated.“I still remain optimistic, but I’m not here for the goodness of my health … we’ve got to make some decisions that matter,” he said.If the Liberals lose the confidence vote, it’s expected the lieutenant-governor would ask the Tories to try to form government.Gallant said Thursday that if he loses the vote, the Liberals will step aside.“I’ll resign the government. I’ve made it clear that I don’t think New Brunswickers want an election. And frankly if we were to go into an election we would be rebuking the very strong message sent to us on election night. People have sent a minority government to Fredericton for a reason,” he said.If he loses, Gallant said he would speak to his wife about whether to stay on as opposition leader, or quit.Gallant will have one last chance to make his case when he closes debate on the throne speech Friday morning, before the vote is held.Despite the indication of their vote, Green members weren’t giving the Liberal government any glowing endorsements in the legislature Thursday.Leader David Coon said over the last four years he has lost confidence in the government and its leadership.“The political meddling in the work of the legislature, the neglect of our health, child protection and senior care systems, and of the poor, the firing of our chief medical officer of health and the dismantling of her office, the handing over of extramural to Medavie, the inaction on renewable energy and climate change, and the degradation of our forests have all left our province worse off,” Coon said.But he didn’t have a glowing review of the Tories either.“I have little confidence that they have changed, and recent comments on fracking, language rights, Indigenous people and climate change have only confirmed this to me,” Coon said.However he said the amended Liberal throne speech, which contains some items from the Green platform, could be advanced for the benefit of their constituents, and all New Brunswickers.Gallant said he’s hoping opposition members will decide to put politics aside and base their decision on the actual throne speech.“If they do that, and they base their vote on the contents of the speech from the throne, I feel like we can gain the confidence of the house,” he said.Gallant said if he continues to govern, then he knows he will have to do better by working more collaboratively with the other parties.last_img read more


Minister appoints former CIRB chair to resolve Canada Post labour dispute

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first_imgThe Canadian Press OTTAWA — Two weeks after the federal government legislated an end to rotating strikes by Canada Post employees, it’s appointed a mediator to bring a final end to the labour dispute.Elizabeth MacPherson, a former chair of the Canada Industrial Relations Board, will have up to 14 days to try to reach negotiated contract settlements between the Crown corporation and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers.The two sides have not been at the bargaining table since the Trudeau Liberals brought in a back-to-work bill to halt the rotating walkouts.Bill C-89, which was passed into law Nov. 27, included provisions for the government to appoint a mediator with a mandate to bring the two sides together.Failing an agreement between the Crown corporation and CUPW, the mediator will have the authority to impose a settlement through binding arbitration.The rotating strikes created havoc with the country’s postal system and caused delivery delays that are expected to continue through January.last_img read more


Trudeau defends pace of peacekeeping deployments as next election looms

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first_imgOTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is defending Canada’s pace when it comes to deciding where to send hundreds of promised Canadian peacekeepers — even as the upcoming election could make it harder to fulfil its commitments.The Liberals promised more than two years ago to provide up to 600 Canadian troops to peacekeeping missions as part of a long-standing pledge to re-engage with the United Nations.The prime minister got to see some of those troops in action on Saturday during a whirlwind visit to Mali, where 250 Canadians and eight helicopters have been providing lifesaving medical evacuations and logistical support to UN forces since August.The government has yet to fulfil the rest of its commitment, including providing a transport plane to ferry around troops and equipment as well as deploying a 200-strong rapid reaction force to bolster a specific mission.Trudeau says Canadians expect their government to look at ways to be help in the world, and insists Liberals are looking at ways to fulfil their commitment to the UN.The government has faced pointed criticism from the Conservatives about deploying Canadian troops on a peacekeeping mission.The Canadian Presslast_img read more


Mac gives Moose Jaw permission to make him tallest moose in world

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first_imgMOOSE JAW, Sask. — Mac has given his caretakers in Moose Jaw, Sask., permission to once again make him the world’s tallest moose statue.The moose says he would even wear an RCMP Stetson or stilettos if it made him taller.Mac held the title for decades at almost 10 metres high.But Norway has put up a silver moose statue that edges out Mac by 30 centimetres.Tourism Moose Jaw’s executive director says the city is willing to do whatever it takes to put Mac back on top.Jacki L’Heureux-Mason says it’s more than just a good-natured competition.“This puts our Mac in the spotlight, putting Moose Jaw on the radar of potentially millions of visitors,” she said at a Monday news conference.“This is big.”Some people in Norway are aware of the campaign and say they are prepared to lock antlers with Moose Jaw for the honour of having the tallest statue.L’Heureux-Mason said shedding Mac’s antlers to grow bigger ones is the obvious answer. Talks with structural engineers are to take place to determine the best option.Mac weighs 9,000 kilograms and has been welcoming visitors from his perch along the highway since 1984. He won an award in 2013 for being Moose Jaw’s best celebrity.Mayor Fraser Tolmie, who read a statement on behalf of Mac,  said the moose is flattered by all the attention he’s been receiving.Mac added he hasn’t received this much attention since mating season.“One way or another, I will soon reclaim my status as the world’s largest moose.”A GoFundMe page has been set up with a goal of raising $50,000. The campaign had raised just over $2,700 as of Monday afternoon.— With files from CJMEThe Canadian Presslast_img read more


Ukraines top cop walks thin blue line between Russian meddling free election

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first_imgOTTAWA — Two weeks after Serhii Kniaziev’s military career ended, the Iron Curtain fell, the Soviet Union crumbled and the young ex-soldier returned to Ukraine and quickly found his calling — the thin blue line of policing.In the latter days of his military service, he was posted to the volatile Caucuses region, where ethnic conflict and strife rose amid the Soviet Union’s disintegration.“I came back to an independent Ukraine,” Kniaziev said through a translator on a recent visit to Ottawa. “That was also the reason I decided to become a policeman because I was exposed during my military service to blood and to fighting that took place in that time, at that area.”A generation later, Kniaziev is the chief of the National Police of Ukraine at a pivotal moment in his country’s history. He is now responsible for protecting the integrity of Ukraine’s March 31 presidential election.The election faces daily threats from a familiar source: a determined Russia bent on using cyberspace to sow disinformation to undermine the democratic ambitions of a country it still considers part of its orbit.“I feel a great sense of responsibility, ensuring the proper elections,” said Kniaziev, whose furrowed brow and strapping, thick frame suggests the presence of invisible anvils on each of his broad shoulders.“Unfortunately we are in a position that Russia is our enemy now, and Russia has never been weak. We have to be very honest and very realistic in assessing the capabilities of Russia.”Kniaziev spent time with RCMP counterparts, Toronto police and other leading federal government officials in Canada’s diplomatic and security apparatus in Ottawa earlier this winter. Canada has been helping Ukraine build its national police force following the tumultuous events of early 2014 that saw the ouster of the country’s Kremlin-backed president after pro-democracy Maidan protests in Kyiv, and Moscow’s subsequent invasion and annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula.The Police Training Assistance Project, run by Global Affairs Canada, is part of the government’s broader assistance to Ukraine, which includes a Canadian Armed Forces mission of 200 trainers that was extended last week, the deployment of hundreds of election observers for the upcoming ballot and the imposition of sanctions on more than 100 Russians.Kniaziev and his Canadian counterparts exchanged information and best practices on how to cope with the inevitable threat of foreign interference in elections.Canada has struck a special committee, a “critical election protocol,” composed of five senior public servants who will decide whether a malign act of interference in this October’s federal election warrants going public in the middle of the campaign.Kniaziev and his Ukrainian colleagues describe their country as a petri dish for Russian cyberattacks — known in 21st Century military doctrine as “hybrid war” — and say the countries that partner with it, such as a Canada, have a lot to learn from them as well.Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland echoed that sentiment recently, calling Ukraine a “laboratory” for Russian disinformation campaigns in cyberspace that Canada has learned from.Russia has also undertaken traditional military manoeuvres against Ukraine by seizing Crimea and supporting separatist rebels in its eastern Donbass region, but cyberspace has become the main battlefield.“In 2014, these were military activities — war fighting. But in 2015, ’16, ’17, ’18 they’ve changed their ways and we are in the midst of hybrid war,” said Kniaziev.That has come to encompass a wide spectrum of malign activity, from trying to directly hack the online infrastructure of elections, to influencing public opinion through misinformation and generally sowing unrest.“Whenever Russia doesn’t feel like it wants to be involved in direct, naked aggression they are involved in all of these subversive hybrid activities,” said Kniaziev.Ukraine’s ambassador to Canada, Andriy Shevchenko, said as the election nears, Russia has launched daily cyberattacks on Ukraine’s digital election infrastructure, its critical infrastructure and media.Ukrainian police and the Mounties are also working together on a daily basis. “It’s a very practical co-operation,” he said. “We can witness true camaraderie between Canadians and Ukrainians.”The constant state of vigilance has also created a heightened state of national stress, something Kniaziev only realized after spending time on the beat with rank and file Toronto police officers during his recent trip.As he headed back to Ukraine, he came to recognize the need to incorporate mental health professionals into the daily patrols of his country’s police officers as part of their regular interactions with Ukrainian citizens.“We have quite a number of people who have so-called Vietnam syndrome, meaning some mental issues,” he said.“The society in general does not understand who these people are, where they are coming from. The approach we saw in Toronto really impressed us.”Kniaziev blames the ongoing strife with Russia for affecting his country’s national psyche.“It’s been six years of ongoing war with our neighbour, so Ukrainian society lives in a totally different reality, if we were to compare with the Canadian society.”Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Presslast_img read more


16yearold Thunberg turns tables on Trump and changes Twitter bio

Posted On Oct 17 2019 by

first_imgThe Canadian Press Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg changed her Twitter bio Tuesday, embracing U-S President Donald Trump’s description of her.The American president seemed to mock the 16-year-old in a tweet following her fiery speech Monday at the Climate Action Summit at the United Nations in New York, where she shamed leaders and said “How dare you?” for not doing enough to prevent a warming world.Trump, who had spent only a few minutes at the summit, tweeted late Monday: “She seems like a very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future. So nice to see!”The following day, Thunberg seemed to turn the tables on him with her Twitter bio reading: “A very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future.”Her previous bio said: “16 year old climate activist with Asperger’s. Join the global climate strikes on Sept. 20-27th!” and included the hashtag, Fridays for Future. Thunberg is scheduled to participate in Friday’s climate march in Montreal where she will be given the key to the city.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 25, 2019.last_img read more


Duchess Of Cambridge Shows Off Baby Bump During Charity Visit

Posted On Oct 16 2019 by

first_imgThe Duchess of Cambridge confessed today that she is nervous about giving birth, as she showed off her baby bump for the first time at a public event.The Duchess of Cambridge meets women at Hope House in LondonCredit/Copyright: DukeAndDuchessOfCambridge.orgHer Royal Highness’s admission came as she chatted to a group of women recovering from drink and drug addictions at a treatment centre run by the charity Action On Addiction of which she is Patron.The Duchess spent time with an arts therapy group at Hope House in Clapham, South London, where the centre’s clients had completed paintings charting their battle with substance abuse.The Duchess chatted to Natalie, who has a two-year-old daughter and is due to give birth to a second child in July – the same month as The Duchess who is more than four months pregnant.The 28-year-old said the talk also turned to babies when they chatted: “We’re due about the same time. She’s been unwell and feeling better now and I felt pretty much the same the first time.”The Duchess arrived at the treatment centre, which is based in a large period property in the leafy suburb, and was greeted by dozens of photographers, cameramen and journalists.Wearing a MaxMara dress, she shook hands with Nick Barton, Action On Addiction’s Chief Executive.During the visit, The Duchess was taken to the centre’s kitchen and watched as a lunch of chicken and bacon pasta with salad was prepared by some of the clients.Some of the ingredients for the meal – packs of chicken and bacon and packets of brown pasta – were laid out on a table and Her Royal Highness asked one of the women who was chopping mushrooms: “Do you like the menus and do you enjoy the cooking side?”She got the reply: “I find it very therapeutic.”The Duchess also made the chefs laugh by asking: “Can people get away with being fussy or not – if they don’t like mushrooms?”One of the staff told her the women have a low glycaemic index diet to control blood sugar levels to ensure they do not have highs and lows dictated by their meals.The Duchess was making her second visit to the centre. Her first was a private trip she made to learn more about the charity Action on Addiction before becoming its Patron.Hope House provides therapy for the women, who will have gone through a process of detox and are clean of alcohol and drugs but still need support before they are ready to return home.Source:www.dukeandduchessofcambridge.orglast_img read more


Monica Lewinsky To Stand Up For The Cyberbullied

Posted On Oct 16 2019 by

first_imgPublic speaker, social activist and Vanity Fair contributor Monica Lewinsky is to deliver the fifth annual Ogilvy & Mather Inspire lecture at this year’s Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity on Thursday 25th June at 2.00pm.Monica will speak at a historic time, just when Cannes is introducing the “Glass Lion” award – given for work which celebrates gender equality. She will be introduced by Tham Khai Meng, Ogilvy & Mather’s Worldwide Chief Creative Officer.Monica is determined to fight the global empathy crisis currently engulfing online media. As “patient zero” of this crisis, Monica is well placed to build awareness of our dangerous compassion deficit. The media maelstrom of online harassment she encountered 17 years ago, when she was just 24, gives her a unique, fascinating insight into this controversial issue.This landmark speech builds on Monica’s two recent, high profile appearances for TED and Forbes, as well as an acclaimed article for Vanity Fair called “Shame and Survival,” which broke her self-imposed silence in the media. In these media debuts, she talked candidly about how online victimisation can lead to suicidal ideation and how advertisers need to take responsibility for the role they are currently playing in creating future pop culture.Monica will ask the industry some challenging, sometimes-uncomfortable questions about the social media environment that is emerging and that it has a hand in shaping. She will urge the audience to be a force for building a more compassionate, empathetic online society.Ogilvy & Mather is delighted to support her courageous campaign and amplify her message, which fits with our long-standing commitment to encourage a more inclusive society. The agency urges business in particular to embrace diversity, tolerance, and compassion and reject the social shaming of individuals.Tham Khai Meng, Worldwide Chief Creative Officer at Ogilvy & Mather, said: “Monica Lewinsky is an eloquent, courageous and highly intelligent woman as evidenced by her recent TED Talk “The Price of Shame,” which has had over 5 million views to date. As the living embodiment of what can happen when a human being is dehumanised online by virtual stone throwers, she moves the important topic of cyberbullying center stage. We are proud to support Monica in her mission to stamp out online harassment. We believe businesses like ours can play an important role in getting her inspiring messages out to create a more compassionate, empathetic society.”Monica Lewinsky added: “I am honored and grateful for the opportunity that Ogilvy & Mather has given me to speak out on this issue to an extraordinary audience of those who can effect change. We need a cultural revolution on this matter. Public shaming as a blood sport has to stop, and it’s time for an intervention on the Internet and in our culture.”Previous Ogilvy & Inspire speakers have included astrophysicist Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson; philosopher and author, Alain de Botton; architect, Rem Koolhaas; and international advisor on education, Sir Kenneth Robinson.last_img read more


Natalie Cole And David Foster Perform At Prostate Cancer Foundation Gala

Posted On Oct 16 2019 by

first_imgProstate Cancer Foundation (PCF), a nonprofit organization which remains steadfast in its commitment to identify and fund groundbreaking cancer research programs to save the lives of millions, hosted its annual gala at the Parrish Art Museum in Watermill, NY on Saturday, August 29, 2015.Natalie Cole At Prostate Cancer Foundation GalaCredit/Copyright: Johnny Nunez WireImage.comThe weekend’s events raised over $4 million, which is a record for this event.The gala was hosted in support of the 11th Annual Charles Evans PCF Pro-Am Tennis Tournament being held from August 28 – 30, 2015, named after the successful entrepreneur who constantly turned tragic events throughout his life into philanthropic causes. The gala evening, catered by Robbins Wolfe, was a celebration featuring cocktails, dining and special performances from Natalie Cole and David Foster with special guests including American Idol Winner Ruben Studdard. 100 percent of the funds raised throughout the evening went to supporting groundbreaking discoveries in cancer research.The night began with a short quiz by the Founder of the Prostate Cancer Foundation Michael Milken, who asked questions about magic to the crowd of gala guests such as what caused Famous Illusionist Harry Houdini’s Death, Peritonitis, and what was the first book of magic called, The Discoverie of Witchcraft (1584). Fellow performer David Foster then introduced the first performer Natalie Cole, with whom he had just wrapped up an Asian tour.Once she got onto stage, she began her set by telling the audience, “This is going to be one of the shortest sets I ever did, so listen carefully.” She began her set with her song “Almost Like Being In Love” and did a couple of covers including Renee Olstead’s “What A Difference a Day Makes.” Then she performed “Unforgettable,” her Grammy award-winning duet with her father Legendary Singer Nat King Cole, which was also the first song she had produced by fellow performer David Foster, which was received with loud applause. As she performed, video of her father singing along to the song played on TVs behind her and were interspersed with images of her and Nat while growing up. She closed her set with her father’s famous track “L.O.V.E.”Following Cole’s set, Milken discussed the young investigators program and the funding the Prostate Cancer Foundation is doing on their behalf. As he defines them, these young investigators are young scientists in their 30s who have received all of the advanced degrees and research experience to run their own labs, however they lack the funding. It is these investigators, he said, that are leading to groundbreaking advancements in cancer research. Currently, PCF works with 153 of these young investigators who are currently researching 22 candidate molecules for cancer research, and these investigators have impacted the creation of six different FDA- Approved Prostate Cancer drugs. Following the presentation and quiz questions discussing these young investigators, Milken asked gala attendees to pledge $75,000 over the course of three years, then $75,000 for one year and then $25,000 for one year. At the conclusion of the fundraising portion, he said, “next year we will tell you how each of our young investigators changed the world.”After a video introduction, David Foster began his set, during which he invited many of his friends to the stage to perform as he accompanied on the piano, first being Emily West, a runner-up on Reality TV competition show America’s Got Talent. She performed a couple of songs including “Nights In White Satin,” a song she performed while competing on the show. David Foster & Emily West performed The Prayer, a song David Foster wrote for Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli, and halfway through the song, David Foster cut her off and said that this is meant to be a duet and introduced Forte, another top competitor on America’s Got Talent. Forte participated in a contest to see who could hold the longest note with Foster and Nathan Gunn, a baritone opera singer in the crowd that evening. At the conclusion of Forte’s set, Foster brought Shelea Frazier to the stage, who performed two songs from The Bodyguard including a cover of Whitney Houston’s rendition of “I Will Always Love You.” Halfway through the performance of I Will Always Love You, American Idol winner Ruben Studdard joined them on stage. David Foster said “Ruben Studdard has a talent, he can write a song on the spot. So let’s write one for tonight’s event.” The crowd names the song, “A Cure Is On the Way” and Studdard improvised the words as he sang. The show ended with a group rendition of Hey Jude, then Michael Milken thanked David Foster and asked everyone to go to the other stage. At the other stage, guests danced the night away to Super Diamond, a Neil Diamond cover band.Weekend hosts and sponsors of the Charles Evans PCF Pro-Am Tournament include: Bill & Karen Ackman; Bob & Deanna Adler; Seth & Marie Bernstein; Jim Coleman & Cynthia Ott; Larry Gagosian & Chrissy Erpf; Bonnie Pfeifer Evans; Jeff & Mei Sze Greene; The Hain Celestial Group, Inc.; Tom Lee & Ann Tenenbaum; David & Julia Koch; Bill & Phyllis Mack ; Richard Merkin, MD.; Mike & Lori Milken; Modell’s Sporting Goods; Glenn & Jennifer Myles; Dean Palin; Mickey Palin; Joel Pashcow; Artie & Selma Rabin; Stewart Rahr; Jonathan & Sheryl Sokoloff; Lady Sheila Stable; Leon & Leesa Wagner; Mort Zuckerman.last_img read more


Man charged with social media threats about a Saskatchewan country music festival

Posted On Oct 15 2019 by

first_imgTyrell Eric McKay, who is 30 and is from the Fort Qu’Appelle area has been charged with uttering threats and breach of probation. Police did not identify the music festival. Facebook Officers say they identified a suspect and after trying to find the person, a person turned himself in. RCMP say a member of the public alerted them about the threats on Wednesday. Twitter Advertisement A Saskatchewan man is facing charges after he made online threats in connection with a Saskatchewan country music event.center_img Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement FORT QU’APPELLE, Sask. — A man has been charged after threats were made on social media about a Saskatchewan country music event scheduled for next summer. He is to appear in court in Fort Qu’Appelle on Monday. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more