If you think the beauty products being sold freely in markets are safe for your skin or the water you are drinking from a sealed bottle is healthy, you must think twice. Today, our city markets are flooded with products that appear all too real but carefully conceal side-effects that are deeply detrimental to the body. Counterfeit products are becoming a serious problem in Delhi. According to Delhi Police investigators, with an organised modus operandi, anti-social elements are reaching out to different shopkeepers, enticing them to buy fake products. They lure shopkeepers on the pretext of the profit which can be earned from selling fake products. Also Read – Remembering Sudhir PhadkeImagine the risks when a shopkeeper dupes a man by selling him a fake clutch cable and later, that person meets with an accident as the unauthentic cable will surely tear apart while stopping the motorcycle. This is just one example of how fake products risk people’s lives. In the city, regular raids are being conducted to break the nexus of counterfeit products. City of Fakes In January, Delhi Police arrested four accused involved in selling fake vehicle products by misusing the name of prominent companies of Central Delhi. The accused were booked under the Trade Marks Act. According to the complainant, during a market survey, he found that some retailers, suppliers and manufacturers deliberately indulge themselves in the selling and distribution of counterfeit products of three major motorcycle companies. Also Read – YOUR HEALTHY FESTIVE PALATEOn September 10, 2018, Delhi Police recovered fake Bisleri jars containing water. At the insistence of the complainant, officials of Dwarka District conducted raids at various shops. The first was situated in Som Bazar Road, Raja Puri and from there, four jars of 20-litre spurious Bisleri water, 120 number of Bisleri caps, one heat gun, one blue colour handle were recovered. Another raid conducted in Viswas Park, Uttam Nagar, New Delhi, led to the recovery of 10 jars of 20 litre of spurious Bisleri water. Last year, from Central Delhi, the city police busted a gang for cheating people in the name of curing incurable diseases. The accused would deploy their agents at prestigious hospitals in Delhi and swindle families of patients suffering from terminal illnesses such as cancer and HIV AIDS, on the pretext of curing these incurable diseases. In March this year, staff from Jyoti Nagar police station conducted a raid at a sewage pumping house near Loni Road, New Delhi, and recovered a carton full of several counterfeit HP products that included printer toners and cartridges, among other things. In June, North Delhi Police arrested two persons, Arun and Mohammad Murtaza, with more than 500 fake watches and their parts in Chandni Chowk market. The investigating agency revealed that they were earning profits by selling counterfeit watches after convincing customers that they wouldn’t get original watches at such low prices. In another case, North Delhi Police arrested one person and recovered fake ghee cartons from the Lahori Gate area. Last year, four shopkeepers were arrested by the joint team of District Investigation Unit (DIU), North District and Sadar Bazar police station who busted a gang of shopkeepers indulging in the selling of counterfeit beauty products supposed to be manufactured by Lakme and Nivea. A massive amount of counterfeit cosmetic products had been recovered from their possession. Crime Branch also arrested a person involved in pirating fake books. The accused was nabbed from his printing unit located in Gazipur village. The investigating agency recovered a total of more than 3,000 finished copies of 9th and 10th standard Hindi, English, and Mathematics textbooks; nearly 700 unfinished copies of 9th standard Hindi and History books; several printing plates and reel papers with the publisher’s watermark. Delhi Police data accessed by Millennium Post shows that 151 cases under Copyright Act were reported in 2017, while last year, 174 cases were registered in different districts to Delhi Police. In the current year up to March, more than 40 cases have been registered. Investigation of Authenticity An investigator said, in many cases, the probe has revealed that kingpins involved in manufacturing do not disclose their identity. “Their associates will visit various markets to identify the shopkeepers who are interested in buying counterfeit products” the investigator added. The official further stated that once the shopkeepers are identified and the fake product orders are placed, the middleman delivers the goods. The investigation also revealed that for the delivery of fake products, perpetrators adopted the break journey technique. “To reach the destination (shopkeepers), the middlemen used different vehicles to dodge the police,” added the investigator. Citing an example of how fake products are prepared, investigators further said that to produce duplicate hair oil, the accused manufactured bottles and filled low-quality oil inside it. Ingredients were mixed in the oil to ensure that the fragrance replicates that of the original oil.Investigators also suspect that the accused mostly counterfeit those companies’ products which are not based in India. Delhi Police recently nabbed two men for selling fake watches. The probe in the case revealed that the accused targeted tourists who visited the market. They would lure customers by saying that they sell luxury branded watches at reduced prices. “The accused said that they bought watches with the golden wrist belt for Rs 60 and later sold them for Rs 1,000-1,200 to tourists. While other designer watches would cost them Rs 150-200,” added the investigator. North district, which is headed by Deputy Commissioner of Police (North) Nupur Prasad, has nabbed several persons involved in these illegal activities. DIU north, under ACP Ram Mehar, has also conducted timely raids across different places and recovered several fake products including beauty creams, watches. Surveys Deputy Commissioner of Police (Central) Mandeep Singh Randhawa said that in order to curb the menace they conduct raids on the basis of credible information. “We also inform people and shopkeepers regarding fake products,” said the DCP Central. Last year, DIU Central under ACP Har Mohan Singh Chauhan received more than 100 complaints against the selling of fake products. “More than 50 raids were conducted and counterfeit products were recovered,” said an officer adding that in many occasions, complaints were withdrawn or the complainant was not able to complete the series of documents required for police action against fake products. To check the sale of fake products, various companies have authorised experts who have the knowledge to check counterfeit products and conduct market surveys. “During the survey, when an expert found fake products being sold, s/he filed a police complaint. After proper investigation, raids were conducted at the spot where we also took the experts to identify the fake products,” added the officer. During the raids, they try to reach out to manufacturing units so that the whole chain of fake products supply can be busted, added another officer. At Markets While shopping, one can find clothes with branded tags in local markets. Although it cannot be verified whether the clothes are from original brands or counterfeit materials, for customers, it is a delight to purchase clothes at the cheapest prices. In a market of New Delhi, a shopkeeper was shouting, “Big brother you will not get branded clothes at such less price.” Meanwhile, a customer came to purchase a shirt which the shopkeeper priced at more than Rs 1,000 – but the customer managed to buy it for Rs 400 after bargaining. “Brother you will not get such a branded shirt for just Rs 1,000 anywhere” he repeated, but the customer remained adamant to pay Rs 400 and when he (customer) started leaving, the shopkeeper called him back and sold the shirt for Rs 400.An officer also said that the popular automobile counterfeit products like the logo and other items are sold by shopkeepers and from time-to-time, the police conducts raids to curb the menace.
Hyderabad: Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu Saturday said the country does not need any lessons from others, as it is the most secular one in the world even as religious freedom is a fundamental right guaranteed under the Constitution.”Please remember that culture is a way of life and religion is a way of worship. Accordingly, I have the honour of asserting that India is a country built on the foundations of a civilisation that is fundamentally tolerant,” he said. Also Read – Prohibitory orders lifted from Mumbai’s stir-hit Aarey ColonyIn India, religious freedom is a fundamental right guaranteed under Articles 25 to 28 of the Constitution, he said. “We do not need any lessons from anybody. Some countries of late have started giving us ‘pravachans’ (sermons), forgetting what is happening back in their own countries. If at all, you have to grade number one, the most secular country in the world, is Indian civilization, India, that is Bharat, our motherland,” he said. Naidu was speaking at the Graduation Day-2019 of Muffakham Jah College of Engineering and Technology here. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!Last week, the US state department, in its annual 2018 International Religious Freedom Report, had alleged that “mob attacks by violent extremist Hindu groups against minority communities, particularly Muslims, continued in India in 2018 amid rumours that victims had traded or killed cows for beef”. It evoked a sharp reaction from the ruling BJP, which said it shows a clear bias against the Modi government. Making his point, Naidu quoted the Indian concept of ‘sarva dharma sama bhavana, which means respect for each others religion. The Preamble of the Constitution declares the country as secular so as to guarantee every citizen equality without any discrimination based on religion, though our country is predominantly Hindu, he said. India is the birthplace of four major religions of the world Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism and significant population of three other religions of the world — Islam, Christianity and Zoroastrianism — live in India, he said.
London: Eight-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer believes the “stars have aligned” as he attempts to become the oldest Grand Slam winner of modern times in Sunday’s final against Novak Djokovic. The 37-year-old Swiss can clinch a record-extending 21st major if he manages to break free of the world number one’s stranglehold. Four-time Wimbledon winner and defending champion Djokovic enjoys a 25-22 edge in career meetings, stretching back 13 years. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football togetherThe Serb has won 14 of their last 20 meetings and eight of the last 10. Federer has lost all four of their most recent meetings at the Slams and it’s now seven years since he triumphed over the 32-year-old at the majors. That was 2012 in four sets in a Wimbledon semi-final. However, Federer, who will be 38 next month, insists such statistics are meaningless as he attempts to succeed Ken Rosewall, at the 1972 Australian Open, as the oldest Slam champion of the Open era. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian Open”It’s been a rock solid year for me. I won in Halle (on grass on the eve of Wimbledon). The stars are aligned right now,” said Federer. “From that standpoint I can go into the match very confident.” Federer, who passed the 100-win mark at Wimbledon in his quarter-final victory over Kei Nishikori, is feeling especially confident after seeing off Rafael Nadal in four sets in the semi-final. That win was crucial coming as it did just a month after his old rival had condemned him to his worst Slam loss in 11 years in the semi-finals at Roland Garros. Appearing in his 12th final at the All England Club, and 16 years after his maiden Wimbledon title triumph, Federer believes there is little new that either he or Djokovic can do to prepare for Sunday’s showdown. “This is like at school — on the day of the test you’re not going to read, I don’t know, how many books that day. “It’s quite clear the work was done way before.” There is no doubt whatsoever as to who the crowd will support. Djokovic, a 15-time Grand Slam champion, is respected by British fans but certainly not revered in the same saintly fashion reserved for Federer. Too intense and too new age for modest British tastes, Djokovic did little to endear himself in his semi-final win over Roberto Bautista Agut. After a punishing 45-shot rally ended in his favour, the Serb roared out his frustration, cupped his ear and placed an admonishing finger to his lips as most of Centre Court willed the ball to fall in the Spaniard’s favour. “Look, I focus on what I need to do,” said Djokovic. “At times they wanted him to come back into the match, maybe take a lead because he was an underdog. “I understand that. But I had enough support here over the years, so I don’t complain.” Djokovic has yet to be truly tested at this Wimbledon. The highest-ranked player he has faced was 21st-seeded David Goffin of Belgium who was dismissed for the loss of just six games in the quarter-finals. The ‘NextGen’ hopefuls in his half of the draw all failed to fire. Highly-regarded Stefanos Tsitsipas never made it past the first day while Canadian teenager Felix Auger-Aliassime fell in the third round.
G B Nagar: Gautam Buddh Nagar police, on Monday night, arrested 36 private unregistered bouncers who were deployed at various residential societies in Noida and Greater Noida. Cops said that three private security agencies have been booked for deploying these guards and violating the norms of Private Security Agency Regulation Act (PSAR).The latest crackdown was over the security agencies at various residential societies and police named the drive as “Operation Clean 15”. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsVaibhav Krishna, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Gautam Buddh Nagar said that the special drive was conducted on Monday evening between 7 to 11pm. “The drive was conducted in nearly 215 societies across the district where cops checked the licenses of security guards and bouncers deployed in these societies. Police found nearly 36 private bouncers, who were deployed at 18 residential complexes, not adhering to the guidelines of PSAR act. They were brought to police station and were later released after directions were given to them to wear a proper uniform and follow the guidelines,” said Krishna. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe officer further said that police have booked three security agencies for deploying these unregistered security guards at the residential societies. “Following the inspection, police have registered separate FIRs against three security agencies at Phase-II and Surajpur police station. As of now we have arrested one of their employers while three others are absconding,” added Krishna. Police said that among the security agencies that were booked include Exman security agency at Swarnim Vihar society in sector 82 of Noida, golden metro and facility security agency in sector 92 and AVJ heights security agency in sector Zeta-1 of Greater Noida. A senior police officer said that the drive was carried out after several complaints were received about the hooliganism of the security guards from the residents of various societies.
San Francisco: American video streaming giant Netflix has reportedly confirmed it would unveil a mobile-only subscription plan for India during the third quarter of 2019 and that it would be priced lower than its existing plans. In a letter to investors, Netflix said the mobile-only plan “will be an effective way to introduce a larger number of people in India to Netflix and to further expand our business in a market where Pay TV ARPU (average revenue per user) is low (below $5)”, The Verge reported on Wednesday. Also Read – Spotify rolls out Siri support, new Apple TV app The company began testing the mobile-only subscription service in few countries in March. Last week, Netflix’s product Vice President, Todd Yellin, gave a keynote in Mumbai describing the streaming major’s intentions to expand interactive TV shows and its own Indian content. He also pointed to the success of the Netflix original Indian series “Sacred Games”, about a cop chasing down a crime lord, which audiences abroad tuned in to as well, the report added. Also Read – New Instagram tool to help users spot phishing emails After the much-anticipated launch of “Sacred Games” season two on August 15, the digital entertainment site has content in store over the next months that flaunts Bollywood biggies such as Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma. Earlier this week, Netflix announced five new original series, exploring the worlds of deadly zombies, scary gangsters, stand-up comics and daring friends, in a bid to tell diverse Indian stories and reach out to the domestic market in a more aggressive way. Currently, Netflix is offering three monthly plans in the country which are priced between Rs 500 and Rs 800.
New Delhi: There was a major reshuffle in Delhi Police on Tuesday with senior IPS officers getting new portfolios. The Order reads that 1988-batch IPS officer Muktesh Chander on transfer from Goa will now be posted as Special CP (Operations).Sunil Kumar Gautam (1989 batch IPS) presently posted as Special CP (operations) will now be Special CP (Training). 1990 batch IPS officer Sanjay Singh is the new Special CP (Law and Order) North. He was earlier posted as Special CP (Headquarters and Recruitment). Also Read – Gurdwara Bangla Sahib bans single use plasticThe order further reads that the Lt Governor is pleased to order the transfer/posting of IPS officers of Delhi Police as mentioned against each with immediate effect. On Thursday, in a major reshuffle as many as 20 Arunachal Pradesh, Goa and Mizoram Union Territories (AGMUT) cadre IPS officers transferred to different states. In another order, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Thursday issued transfer orders for 26 IAS officers. As per the transfer orders, six IAS officers have been moved to Delhi, whereas seven were transferred out of the Capital. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderEarlier In a major transfer of IPS officers, Sandeep Goel who was posted as Special Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) in Delhi Police was transferred as Director General (Prisons). According to the order, Ajay Kashyap (IPS 1985) who was posted as Director General (Prisons) was transferred as Director General (Home Guards). JK Sharma earlier posted as Director General (Home Guards) will be seeing Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) as Director-General.
Kolkata: Two drug dealers were arrested in Kolkata for possessing over 10 kg of narcotics valued at around Rs 50 lakh, police said on Thursday. Based on the information obtained during the interrogation of two earlier accused, who were arrested on August 3, personnel from the Special Task Force of the Kolkata Police arrested the two dealers — Mohibur Rahman, Assabur Hossain — from the vicinity of Salt Lake Stadium on E.M. Bypass road on Wednesday. “About one lakh pieces of yaba tablets (amphetamine) weighing about 10.369 kg with approximate market value of Rs 50 Lakh were recovered from their possession,” a police official said. The acuused will be produced before a court in Kolkata on Thursday.
NEW DELHI: In a move that could benefit over 90,000 auto drivers, the Delhi government on Tuesday waived off the vehicle’s fitness test fee and significantly scaled down various charges including penalties. In June the ruling AAP had hiked auto fares by over 18 per cent. The decision to waive off the fitness test charge of Rs 600 and bring down the amounts of various charges and penalties was taken at a meeting of the Delhi cabinet chaired by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe cabinet also approved a proposal of the transport department that reduces the registration or re-registration charges of autos from the prevailing Rs 1,000 to Rs 300, a government statement said. The GPS tracking charges presently being charged at the rate of Rs 100 per month along with GST, SIM charges have also been fully waived, it said, adding that the transport department will now bear these charges. “All fresh changes will come into effect from September 1. However, the fees covered by Delhi Motor Vehicle Rules, 1993, will come into effect from October 15 after due changes in it by the transport department,” a transport department official said. The late fee penalty on fitness test, which is presently Rs 1,000 along with Rs 50 per day, has now be decreased to Rs 300 and Rs 20 per day. The fee for duplicate registration certificate and ownership transfer will now be Rs 150, down from Rs 500 earlier. The penalty amount of Rs 500 per month has been brought down to Rs 100 per month.
TORONTO – A prominent drug safety expert says some people dependent on high-dose prescription opioids should consider having another drug on hand at all times — a naloxone kit in case of overdose.Dr. David Juurlink, head of clinical pharmacology and toxicology at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto, is urging broader adoption of the life-saving antidote more commonly associated with the fentanyl crisis.“The idea that naloxone is purely for people with addiction I think is a seriously misguided one. If somebody is on fentanyl patches for chronic pain, most of those people you can make an argument that they should have naloxone in the household, even if they seem to be functioning well,” says Juurlink.Even those who follow their doctor’s orders are at risk of being harmed by their medication, he says, especially when the drug is combined with sedatives, sleeping pills or anxiety medication.“For a patient who’s ever had anything resembling an overdose or who is falling asleep on their opioids or is on high-dose opioids, I think it’s a very good idea for that patient and their family to be aware of the potential utility of naloxone and to know how to use it,” he says.“There’s no downside to having naloxone in the home.”Longtime users of narcotics are typically on high doses because they’ve become tolerant over time. And the higher the dose, the bigger the risk, says Juurlink, adding that someone prescribed just eight pills of Percocet after dental surgery probably doesn’t need a naloxone kit.The life-saving drug is available as a nasal spray or in injectable form without a prescription. But Juurlink says most pharmacies do not carry naloxone and access varies across Canada, with concentrated availability in areas known for illicit intravenous drug use.It’s targeted at people at risk of an opioid overdose and people likely to witness and respond to an overdose, such as family and friends.British Columbia remains ground zero for Canada’s opioid epidemic, with the coroners service recording 640 illicit drug overdose deaths during the first five months of the year.Provincial health officer Dr. Perry Kendall says the province sees about 75 prescription overdose deaths a year — mostly individuals using other substances such as alcohol and antidepressants. But patients often die in their sleep and it can then be difficult to determine whether overdose was a factor, Kendall adds.He was cautious in calling for expanded distribution of naloxone.“These people are more at risk from (taking multiple prescription drugs) or sometimes themselves getting diverted to additional drugs or alcohol. Or they’re more at risk … if they’re being withdrawn too quickly,” he says.“The answer there is to look to better prescribing.”Guidelines published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal in May say clinicians may provide naloxone to those at risk of overdose but that current “low quality” evidence doesn’t back suggestions it would reduce deaths.Still, it said naloxone could be considered when rotating opioids, since patients may take more than their prescribed dose. It also said the mere suggestion of naloxone would highlight potential risks and could lead to increased vigilance.Despite encouraging broader deployment, Juurlink says it wouldn’t make sense to make naloxone as easily found as defibrillators.“It does cost some money to put naloxone in every McDonald’s and every Burger King and every Tim Hortons,” he says.“(But) anywhere in (Vancouver’s) downtown east side, or anywhere there’s lots of drug use, I think you can make a case that naloxone should be available in every nightclub and in restaurants and public washrooms.”He also cautioned against reading too much into recent reports suggesting it’s possible to inadvertently overdose on fentanyl. He said the case of a 10-year-old Miami boy who died after mysteriously coming into contact with fentanyl during a trip to his neighbourhood pool is extremely rare.And Juurlink cast doubt on an Ohio police officer’s claim that he overdosed on fentanyl after touching it at a crime scene.“There’s a lot of hysteria about this,” he says. “Getting a bit of fentanyl on your skin and washing it off is not generally going to be a concern.”
EDMONTON – Some four-legged canine comfort is coming to paramedics in Alberta.Alberta Health Services says it has enlisted a three-year-old black Labrador retriever to help responders overcome psychological job stress.Delray is an accredited canine trained to provide comfort and support, and will visit EMS stations with his handler following traumatic calls.There will also be regular visits to maintain morale, promote mental wellness and support members reintegrating to work after taking time off for stress.The health agency says animal contact has been shown to trigger production of a hormone in the body, which lowers stress by reducing blood pressure and cortisol levels.Delray and his handler, Erica Olson, will first work in the agency’s central zone.Their services will be monitored for up to 18 months to determine how the program can be expanded to paramedics across the province.“Our EMS professionals deal with challenging and traumatic calls every day across Alberta,” chief paramedic Darren Sandbeck said in a release Monday. “The psychological impact is very real and we have made it our priority to support our staff every step of the way.”The PAWS program was identified by the EMS Psychological Health and Safety Committee as an effective resource for staff using proven animal engagement techniques supported by specialized training through PADS, one of Canada’s leaders in the breeding, raising, training and supporting certified assistance dogs.“For years we have known that specially trained canines like Delray have a unique and instinctive capacity to comfort those in distress,” said Associate Health Minister Brandy Payne.Delray is believed to be the first dog in Canada to provide dedicated support to first responders.
OTTAWA – An Ottawa-based firm has been tapped by the federal government for a three-month pilot project designed to look for warning signs for suicide before tragedy strikes.Advanced Symbolics Inc., is an artificial intelligence service company set to examine suicide hot spots across the country to better understand precursors to suicide.The pilot, expected to start by the beginning of February, will examine all parts of the country including Indigenous communities, said chief scientist Kenton White, though he stressed the goal is not to focus on any particular group.“What we would like to try and understand is what are the signals … that would allow us to forecast where the next hot spots are so that we can help the government of Canada to provide the resources that are … going to be needed to help prevent suicide before the tragedies happen,” White said.There were a number of high profile “hot spots” in 2017, White added, noting northern communities and places like Cape Breton were hit particularly hard by spikes in suicide.Advanced Symbolics’ pilot will not identify individuals, White added, saying safeguards are in place to ensure individuals can’t be identified within samples.“This is not Minority Report and we are not identifying individuals who … have risk of self harm,” he said.“We are not knocking on doors or contacting individuals. We have nothing that is personally identifiable about any individuals in this study.”Instead, the company turns to a technique to create randomized, controlled samples of social media users in all regions.The project will only use anonymous data already in the public domain for surveillance purposes, according to the Public Works contract award document posted online.White, also an adjunct professor at the University of Ottawa, said Tuesday his biggest hope is the research can demonstrate a positive application for artificial intelligence.“So many times in AI research we hear the stories about AI is going to take jobs … Big Brother is spying on us,” he said.“If you can show that (suicide) rates have gone down because we have deployed this sort of study, that would be most gratifying.”Dr. Stan Kutcher, a Dalhousie University psychiatry professor who examined a spate of Cape Breton teen suicides in 2017, said this summer that authorities need to look beyond bullying in their response to tragedies, adding there is a tendency to assume it causes “every single problem” young people have and that it is “just not true.”—Follow @kkirkup on Twitter
OTTAWA – Andrew Scheer is facing a test of his leadership after tossing one-time leadership rival Maxime Bernier from the Conservative shadow cabinet for breaking a promise to stop promoting his controversial political manifesto.Bernier denies he did anything wrong and some of his supporters are even urging him to break away from the Tories and start his own libertarian party.Bernier has said very little since Scheer fired him as the party’s innovation critic Tuesday night, but he did take to Twitter to suggest he didn’t understand why he lost his portfolio.“I just want to clarify one thing at this time,” he wrote. “The chapter on (supply management) posted on my website is THE SAME that was publicly available for weeks on my publisher’s website but was taken down when I decided to postpone the book indefinitely. There is nothing new, I did not ‘publish’ it.”The chapter was originally published in April to market Bernier’s forthcoming book on his political vision for Canada. In it, he took pot shots at Scheer for pandering to dairy farmers in Quebec, accusing him of signing up “fake Conservatives” in the leadership race to prevent keep Bernier and his anti-supply management policy, from winning.After Scheer and caucus colleagues expressed their disappointment, Bernier promised to shelve the book for now and not further promote it.And then he posted the offending chapter to his own website on June 5.“It’s essential when members of our shadow cabinet make a commitment to caucus that those commitments are kept,” Scheer said Wednesday following the party’s weekly caucus meeting.Bernier attended that meeting but did not come out to speak to reporters.Conservative MP Tony Clement, who endorsed Bernier during the 2017 leadership race, said Bernier’s choice to post the chapter was a mistake and Scheer took a “difficult but necessary” step in firing him as innovation critic. Clement also blamed the media for trying to make a bigger deal of the issue than it was.Foreign affairs critic and erstwhile leadership contender Erin O’Toole said he was puzzled by Bernier’s decision but stressed he remains a valued member of the Conservative caucus.“He has a very important place in the Conservative movement,” said O’Toole.But some of Bernier’s supporters were incensed and took to social media to call for a revolt against Scheer and to open up discussion of Bernier leaving the Conservatives to start his own party.“Could Maxime Bernier be persuaded to lead a new party to reinstate progressive Libertarian values including economics, business innovation, societal innovation, Canadian Unity, and free speech,” tweeted Steph Sagar, a Bernier supporter from Toronto.She called Bernier’s firing “a disgraceful and foolish decision” and said Scheer had lost her support and her money.The hashtag #IstandwithBernier was relatively busy with traffic in the hours immediately after Bernier’s firing though it had died down by Wednesday afternoon.Andrew McDougall, one-time communications director to former Conservative prime minister Stephen Harper, wrote in Macleans that the “sacking” of Bernier is a test of Scheer’s ability to keep the party together. He blamed Scheer for failing to ensure Bernier was on side as soon as President Donald Trump started using supply management as his Canadian attack du jour.The dilemma for Scheer is that Bernier represents a significant part of the Conservative tent — libertarians, who are particularly prevalent in urban areas where the Conservatives must make gains if they are to win in 2019.While Scheer and O’Toole earned the lion’s share of caucus support during the leadership race (31 MPs endorsed O’Toole, who finished third and 24 endorsed Scheer), Bernier raised the most money, bringing in $2.5 million compared with $989,000 for Scheer.Bernier also had the first ballot votes of nearly 30 per cent of Conservative members and led the way in seven provinces and two territories. Bernier led Scheer on every ballot but the one that counted, losing on the 13th ballot by a margin of 50.95 per cent to 49 per cent.The math of those results suggests Scheer made a mistake in firing Bernier, said one tweeter.“A move that potentially alienates 49% of the Conservative membership is dangerous if Scheer is serious about winning 2019,” said Ontario physician David Jacobs. “I would strongly reconsider.”
GRANDE PRAIRIE, Alta. – A psychiatrist says a cook accused of murdering two people at a northern Alberta work camp had been hearing voices and thought he needed to kill everyone to make them stop.Dr. Lenka Zedkova was testifying at the trial of Daniel Goodridge.Goodridge has pleaded not guilty due to a mental disorder to charges of first-degree murder, assault with a weapon and interfering with human remains.In an agreed statement of facts, Goodridge admits to the slayings as well as to terrorizing others who woke in the middle of the night to screams at the Canada North oilfield camp near Fox Creek in June 2015.Zedkova told court that Goodridge’s mental state led him to believe his co-workers wanted to assault him.She also testified that while Goodridge could appreciate that what he was doing could leave someone dead, he did not know that what he was doing was wrong.Court has heard that Goodridge stabbed one man more than 70 times, cut off parts of his body and set him on fire.Some workers hid in their rooms while others fled into the bush as he ran around the remote property with a large knife, the agreed facts say.He also threw rocks at vehicles and set fires in some buildings.When RCMP arrived, Goodridge refused to drop the knife and lunged at an officer. Mounties fired 12 shots, wounding Goodridge.Officers then found the bodies of David Derksen, 37, from La Crete, Alta., and 50-year-old Hally Dubois of Red Deer, Alta. (CJXX, The Canadian Press)
OTTAWA — China’s state media say a Canadian charged with smuggling drugs will be in court for an appeal on Saturday.Foreign Ministry spokesman Hua Chunying said in a daily briefing today that she didn’t know much about the case, suggesting it’s not related to the arrests of two other Canadians on national-security grounds earlier this month.Former diplomat Michael Kovrig and businessman Michael Spavor were picked up shortly after Canada arrested Huawei Technologies executive Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver, on an American request for her to face fraud charges.Chinese officials haven’t called those arrests acts of retaliation but they have pointedly compared the cases, insisting that Kovrig and Spavor have been detained in accordance with Chinese laws but that Meng’s arrest was illegal.The Global Times, an English-language publication of the official People’s Daily, reports today that Robert Lloyd Schellenberg’s case is in an appeal phase, after he was previously convicted by a Chinese court.The paper reports that Chinese criminal law calls for minimum sentences of 15 years for drug trafficking, and that a British citizen was executed in 2009 for smuggling four kilograms of heroin.The Canadian Press
A Canadian author of a mammoth UN report on the environment says its findings on the decline of nature has an important message for Canada.Kai Chan of the University of British Columbia says the report shows Canada has to start thinking long term about the development of its resources and how that impacts everything from killer whales and caribou to clean water and flood control.He says the report is the product of three years of work by hundreds of scientists from 50 countries.It finds nature is declining more quickly than at any time in previous human history and more than a million species are threatened with extinction.Chan says the report has a strong lesson for Canada’s current fights about carbon taxes and environmental assessments.He says despite the belief that Canada has strong environmental protections, the country’s conservation performance is mediocre.The Canadian Press
OTTAWA — Environment Minister Catherine McKenna wants the owners of the Chateau Laurier to come up with another plan for an addition to the historic hotel even after Ottawa’s city council approved the controversial expansion.McKenna is the senior minister for the Ottawa area.McKenna says in a statement that she agrees with the overwhelming majority of her constituents that the addition isn’t compatible with the building they love and she’s ready to participate in any discussion that could lead to a better outcome.Larco Investments, which owns the national historic site just across the Rideau Canal from Parliament Hill, has worked on the expansion for nearly four years and sent five versions of plans to Ottawa city hall in that time.Critics say the contemporary design clashes with the French-castle look of the existing building, resembling a radiator or a shipping container.With the backing of Mayor Jim Watson, Ottawa city council voted 14 to 9 on Wednesday to let the project go ahead, and confirmed that decision in a second vote today.The Canadian Press
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Here is what’s on his radar of our editors for the morning of Sept. 17.What we are watching in Canada …Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau kicks off Day 7 of the federal election campaign in St. John’s, N.L., with an announcement at a parent-and-child centre before heading to Prince Edward Island for a rally at the farm of Liberal MP Lawrence MacAulay.At the same time, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is due at a non-profit housing complex in Ottawa for an announcement with a candidate, Emilie Taman, who’s hoping to take a downtown seat away from the Liberals’ Catherine McKenna.Then Singh goes to northern Ontario to hit a plowing match and host a town hall in Sudbury.Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer is in Winnipeg, making a policy announcement at a beauty school.The Greens’ Elizabeth May is to talk about her party’s plans to protect Canadians’ privacy at the high-tech University of Waterloo.Also this …Ontario’s annual International Plowing Match is set to get underway today, and most of the province’s political party leaders are expected to be there.Premier Doug Ford and NDP Leader Andrea Horwath will both be taking part in the match’s opening ceremonies.Green party Leader Mike Schreiner will also be at the match, which takes place in Verner, Ont., about 55 kilometres west of North Bay.The plowing match sees politicians take part in a parade and party leaders drive tractors to see who can most successfully plow a straight furrow.—ICYMI (In case you missed it) …OTTAWA — The Liberals are deciding to change their tune.Party chose the English-language song, “One Hand Up,” by Canadian rock band The Strumbellas as its election theme song.It was the band that translated the lyrics and recorded the French-language version.But the rendition was criticized online as being badly translated and incomprehensible.After initially defending the song, the party has said it will be re-recorded.—On this day in 1949 …The Canadian Steamship Lines passenger vessel Noronic caught fire at its dock in Toronto, killing 119 people. The fire broke out at midnight while most of the 542 passengers were sleeping.The Noronic was the largest Canadian passenger vessel ever put into service on the Great Lakes.—What we are watching in the U.S. …New York City prosecutors have subpoenaed U.S. President Donald Trump’s tax returns, a person familiar with the matter told The Associated Press on Monday.Manhattan District Attorney’s Cyrus Vance Jr.’s office recently sent a subpoena to Trump’s accounting firm seeking the last eight years of state and federal tax returns for Trump and his company, the Trump Organization, the person said.The person was not authorized to speak publicly about the matter and spoke on the condition of anonymity.Asked about the subpoena as he left the White House on Monday, Trump said: “I don’t know anything about it.” A lawyer for the Trump Organization, Marc Mukasey, said he is “evaluating the situation and will respond as appropriate.”—What we are watching in the rest of the world …TEHRAN, Iran — Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei says “there will be no talks with the U.S. at any level.”Today’s remarks were apparently meant to end all rumours about a possible meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and his Iranian counterpart, Hassan Rouhani, at this month’s UN General Assembly in New York later this month.Tensions roiling the Persian Gulf have escalated following a weekend attack on major oil sites in Saudi Arabia, for which the U.S. blames on Iran.Iran denies the charge.Experts suspect the lost Saudi oil output will soon drive up oil and gas prices worldwide.—Weird and wild …CALGARY — This piece of art really caused a stir.Several police officers descended on the University of Calgary campus for what turned out to be a phoney firearm being used in a display.The Calgary Police Service says they responded to a report of a suspicious person Monday.Numerous officers responded, including from the tactical and K-9 units.Officers determined there was no danger and left the campus just over an hour after they arrived.Police say the brown and black rifle made of papier mache was part of some sort of display at the university.—Your travel … LIMA, Peru — Peru is a foodie’s paradise.With a bounty of quality restaurants at every turn, bringing a healthy appetite to Lima will be rewarded.Few cities can match the delectable offerings on hand in the Peruvian capital. Roast chicken is a standard and lomo saltado, a stir fry with meat and veggies, is also very popular.An absolute must-try is ceviche — fresh raw fish marinated in citrus juice, chilies and onions — that has to be tasted to be believed. Washing your meal down with a pisco sour is a fine capper.For the adventurous diner, anticucho (beef-heart skewers) and cuy (guinea pig) are found on many menus.Once you’ve made it to the dinner table, your taste buds will no doubt thank you.—Celebrity buzz …CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Brad Pitt, star of the new space movie “Ad Astra,” had a burning question for a real-life astronaut.“Who was more believable? Clooney or Pitt?”In a televised call, NASA astronaut Nick Hague answered Pitt — “absolutely” — getting a big laugh. Pitt’s Hollywood pal George Clooney starred in the 2013 space film “Gravity.”Hague and the rest of the International Space Station crew previewed “Ad Astra” a few weeks ago.The movie opens on Earth Friday.—The games we play …IVUJIVIK, Que. — Thomassie Mangiok loves his land and the culture it created so much he wants to share it with everybody.Since he can’t bring the world to his tiny Arctic hamlet on Quebec’s northernmost tip, he invented a way to bring Inuit life in Ivujivik to the world.The result is a board game called “Nunami.” The object is not to control territory or dominate your opponent, but to achieve a productive co-existence.“I wanted to encourage people to live in balance with others — people, animals, plants, whatever,” said Mangiok, a school administrator.He now has a deal with a U.S. company to mass-produce “Nunami.” And he has almost 400 people lined up to buy the game as soon as he reaches his fundraising goal on Kickstarter.When that goal is reached — Mangiok was less than $2,000 away on Monday — production and shipping is to begin.The Canadian Press
Last week’s 28th annual AIDS Walk Los Angeles saw a massive turnout, with 30,000 participants filling the streets of West Hollywood and Los Angeles.Video: Michael Urie and Sophia Bush Addressing the AIDS Walk LA crowdCelebrity supporters, elected officials, and notable AIDS activists addressed the crowd assembled in and around West Hollywood Park before the walkers set out on the route.The event also achieved strong fundraising results, which benefits AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA) and 29 other important L.A. County AIDS service organizations. These groups provide urgently needed care to thousands of people living with HIV, as well as vital prevention work that reaches many more throughout the Southland.“The 30,000 participants who took to the streets today can take pride in the incredible $2,912,209 raised to fight AIDS and lift up the lives of those affected by HIV,” said Craig R. Miller, Founder and Producer of the event. “Thanks to the thousands of dedicated people who walk and fundraise each year, we have made tremendous progress and we are facing a better day in the fight against AIDS,” Miller says. “But we have to remain strong in our response. We have to remain vigilant. And most of all we have to remain visible.”Since its inception, AWLA has raised more than $75 million for APLA and a host of other HIV/AIDS service organizations throughout Los Angeles County.“As we mark the 31styear of the epidemic in the United States, AIDS Walk Los Angeles remains a critical – and, in fact, the single largest – source of private support for those who rely on APLA’s services,” said Craig E. Thompson, Executive Director of AIDS Project Los Angeles. “With their incredible fundraising, AIDS Walk Los Angeles participants are changing lives, powering prevention efforts, and supporting advocacy work to defend the civil rights of all who live with this still-deadly disease.”The event’s visibility was compromised this year when AIDS Walk Los Angeles’ fully paid ads were banned by the City of Santa Monica’s transit line, Big Blue Bus, along with all other advertisements and public service messages from charities. Only “commercial” advertising is allowed under the new policy. For the past six years, these advertisements have been a mainstay of the event’s organizing campaign. According to City officials, the ads generated no complaints.AIDS Walk Los Angeles Founder and Producer Craig Miller blasted the ban by Santa Monica City Hall as both injurious to the fight against AIDS and an assault on Free Speech. “These bus ads are a key element in raising funds and awareness for AIDS Walk Los Angeles,” said Miller. “This censorship can only reduce our capacity to fight the epidemic, and will greatly disadvantage all community-driven organizations once served by Big Blue Bus.”AIDS Walk Los Angeles organizers were joined by APLA representatives at a recent Santa Monica City Council meeting to protest the ban.The AIDS Walk Los Angeles Opening Ceremony featured Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and West Hollywood Mayor Pro Tempore Abbe Land, who spoke about the current HIV/AIDS crisis in Los Angeles and West Hollywood and about the importance of the community’s response.Other elected officials and special guests in attendance included: United States Representatives Howard Berman, Adam Schiff, and Maxine Waters; California State Senators Curren D. Price and Rod Wright; California State Assembly members Betsy Butler,Isadore Hall,and Ricardo Lara; Los Angeles City Council members Paul Koretz, Paul Krekorian, Jan Perry, and Dennis P. Zine; Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen Trutanich; Los Angeles City AIDS Coordinator Ricky Rosales; Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent John Deasy; and West Hollywood City Council members John J. Duran and John Heilman.Celebrities and notable figures at the event included Christa B. Allen (“Revenge”), Leslie Bibb (“GCB,” “Popular”), Sophia Bush (“Partners”), Drew Carey (“The Price is Right” Host), Barrett Foa (“NCIS: Los Angeles”), Daisy Fuentes (Television Host), Christopher Gorham (“Covert Affairs,” “Popular”), Dot Marie Jones (“Glee”), Pauley Perrette (“NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigation Service”), Andrew Rannells (“The New Normal,” “Girls”), Jai Rodriguez (“Queer Eye for the Straight Guy”), Michael Urie (“Partners”), BeBe Wood (“The New Normal”), the cast of MTV’s “Awkward” including Jillian Rose Reed, Nikki Deloach, Jessica Lu, Molly Tarlov, plus a special reunion with cast members from the critically acclaimed TV show “Popular” including, along with Bibb and Gorham, Bryce Johnson, Tamara Mello, and Carly Pope. Norm Lewis (“Scandal”) closed the Opening Ceremony with his performance of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “You’ll Never Walk Alone.”The corporate community continued to show its strong support for the event through team fundraising and corporate sponsorship. This year’s Presenting Sponsor was AHF Pharmacy. This year’s Grand Sponsors included ABC7, The David Geffen Foundation, Paramount Pictures, Paul Hastings, Time Warner Cable, and Toyota. Principal Sponsors included Albertsons, Delta Air Lines, Macy’s, Marilyn & Jeffrey Katzenberg, and Vons/Pavilions.For more information, please visit aidswalk.net/losangeles. To connect with the online community on Facebook, simply join the “AIDS Walk Los Angeles Facebook Fan Page.” To view exclusive video content, visit the AIDS Walk Los Angeles YouTube channel at youtube.com/aidswalkla. To receive instant updates, follow “@AIDSWalkLA” on Twitter.
The So Lucky To B Me line of women’s casual wear, which features inspirational quotes and designs of empowerment, has two new celebrity fans: Hailey and Alaia Baldwin, the beautiful daughters of actor, director, producer and author Stephen Baldwin.Stephen Baldwin poses with his beautiful teenage daughters Alaia and Hailey in So Lucky To B Me casual wear.The Baldwin family is excited to join forces with So Lucky To B Me to raise awareness for breast cancer research and support for the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund (CMBBCRF), founded by Stephen’s mother, which supports new and established researchers investigating the causes, prevention, and treatment of breast cancer. A portion of all proceeds from sales of the casual wear purchased through SoLuckyToBMe.com will be donated to the Fund.Hailey says that the empowering messages behind the So Lucky To B Me line are a great match for her grandmother’s charity: “What this company stands for is really great, and the shirts are an awesome representation of the love that comes from the heart of the Fund,” she says.Alaia agrees with her sister, and says that CMBBCRF and So Lucky To B Me represent the power and passion of women committed to making a difference: “The women who are working hard behind the scenes of So Lucky To B Me and behind CMBBCRF are the greatest examples of strong women. They can all relate to those who are going through the hardest of times. Andie Graff’s desire to support my grandmother’s organization is truly a blessing.”Andie Graff, founder and designer behind So Lucky To B Me, says the inspirational messages she includes on each piece mirror the mission of the Fund: “I created the line to share messages of empowerment to help build women’s self-esteem and encourage them to believe that they are more than enough, simply by being themselves,” Graff says. “I am thrilled to partner with an organization that is also working so tirelessly on behalf of women.”Stephen Baldwin, who will be competing on Donald Trump’s All-Star Celebrity Apprentice to win money for his mother’s charity, says the partnership is a natural fit: “You’ve heard the saying ‘as long as you have your health’…Well, for me, that’s something that I do not take for granted. Our partnership with So Lucky To B Me will allow us to use the funding generated to bring us that much closer to finding a cure for breast cancer.”Created in 2008 by Andie Graff, the So Lucky To B Me line of casual wear has a mission of empowerment at heart: To help every woman recognize that real beauty shines from a happy soul; to help every woman know that finding happiness and fulfillment is a journey; and to help every woman know that she is worthy, beautiful, and capable. Every So Lucky To B Me product carries an inspirational quote that helps further that message. By donating a portion of the proceeds to charity, every product furthers the line’s mission of “Dress Well. Do Good.”Source:PR Newswire
At the TEDxWomen luncheon, Salma Hayek Pinault has announced CHIME FOR CHANGE, founded by Gucci, a new global campaign to raise funds and awareness for girls’ and women’s empowerment.Video: Chime For Change: Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, Salma Hayek Pinault, and Frida GianniniRepresenting fellow co-founders Frida Giannini and Beyoncé Knowles-Carter as she launched the initiative, Hayek Pinault presented a short film that she narrates, with new music by Beyoncé, which introduced CHIME FOR CHANGE to the world. Hayek Pinault will also present the first of ten CHIME FOR CHANGE short films, an extended trailer for THE SUPREME PRICE produced and directed by Joanna Lipper.The film tells the story of Nigerian democracy activist Hafsat Abiola, who together with filmmaker Joanna Lipper will be present at the luncheon for a conversation moderated by TEDxWomen host Pat Mitchell. THE SUPREME PRICE is a 2012 Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund recipient and winner of the Spotlighting Women Documentary Award.CHIME FOR CHANGE serves to convene, unite and strengthen voices speaking out for girls and women around the world and will focus on three key pillars: Education, Health and Justice. The campaign comes at a historic and pivotal moment for girls and women globally as the world’s attention is drawn to international stories ranging from Malala’s personal fight for education in Pakistan to headlines of violence against women in all corners of the world, including India, Ireland, South Africa and the United States.More than just raising awareness, CHIME FOR CHANGE, through its partner Catapult, encourages people throughout the world to support girls’ and womens’ projects in a personalized, individual way. Catapult enables citizen philanthropy and is the first crowd-funding platform dedicated to advancing the lives of girls and women. Catapult connects CHIME FOR CHANGE community members directly to organizations and projects focused on the causes that matter most to them, and currently represents over 50 organizations in 38 countries.“This is the emergency and the opportunity of today,” said Gucci Creative Director and CHIME FOR CHANGE co-founder Frida Giannini. “We have reached a significant moment in the history of girls’ and women’s empowerment and now is the time for change. I think it is essential for girls and women to see and celebrate what is possible. I hope that through CHIME we can help the voices calling for change to become so loud that they cannot be ignored.”Gucci has a long history of engagement with girls’ and women’s issues, including a seven-year relationship with UNICEF in support of girls’ education. In addition, the company founded two women’s film awards, the Spotlighting Women Documentary Award with the Tribeca Film Institute and the Gucci Award for Women in Cinema with the Venice Film Festival. Gucci also actively supports the PPR Corporate Foundation for Women’s Dignity and Rights; both Frida Giannini and Salma Hayek Pinault are members of the Board.“I am proud to be joining the growing international movement on behalf of girls and women around the world,” said Salma Hayek Pinault, co-founder of CHIME FOR CHANGE. “I believe that by working together we can change the course of history to ensure that girls and women are empowered to realize their potential and thrive.”Co-founder Beyoncé Knowles-Carter said “I have always felt strongly about equal opportunity for women. Girls have to be taught from early on that they are strong and capable of being anything they want to be. It’s up to us to change the statistics for women around the world. I’m honored to be in the company of women who live fearlessly and set an example for the next generation of young ladies.”Gucci recognizes the capacity that it has as a globally influential brand to effect real change, and is bringing together a range of leading organizations and individuals to strengthen the impact of CHIME FOR CHANGE. Strategic partners include the PPR Corporate Foundation for Women’s Dignity and Rights, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Facebook, Hearst Magazines, and Catapult. Additionally, The Huffington Post has joined as a digital media partner.“I am convinced that across the planet, women are at the heart of the equilibrium of our communities. There is a need to transform words into action and find new ways to enable and empower girls and women,” said PPR Chairman François-Henri Pinault. “I am excited and proud that PPR, through Gucci and our Foundation, is able to support CHIME FOR CHANGE. At PPR, women form the majority of our employees as well as the majority of our customers. I hope that this initiative, shared with other individuals and organizations, will contribute to making a change for the better for women and their communities around the world.”CHIME FOR CHANGE leadership is joined by an Advisory Board of issues experts, advocates and global leaders, including Hafsat Abiola, Muna AbuSulayman, Jimmie Briggs, Gordon and Sarah Brown, Lydia Cacho, David Carey, Joanne Crewes, Waris Dirie, Yasmeen Hassan, Arianna Huffington, Musimbi Kanyoro, John Legend, Pat Mitchell, Alyse Nelson, Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy, François-Henri Pinault, Jada Pinkett Smith, Julia Roberts, Jill Sheffield, Caryl Stern, Meryl Streep, and the Archbishop Desmond Tutu and his daughter Mpho Tutu, among others.The movement aims to provoke, collect and share powerful stories of girls and women globally. Managing Editor Mariane Pearl leads a journalism platform of original content, further supported by the International Herald Tribune and the Thomson Reuters Foundation. Salma Hayek Pinault will be executive producer of a film unit dedicated to creating ten short films about inspiring girls and women from around the world, and will curate and highlight user-generated short videos submitted to the CHIME FOR CHANGE community.CHIME FOR CHANGE will continue to update its community with exciting news, including a major announcement in mid-March about a global CHIME FOR CHANGE event that will put girls’ and women’s issues on the world’s stage.Find out more here.