APTN National NewsClose to 73,000 electors live in the Burnaby North-Seymour riding in the greater Vancouver area.It’s not considered a swing riding as the First Nations vote is low.But the environment and development have surfaced among the main issues facing voters in the newly created riding.APTN’s Shirley McLean has this story.
(Community members gathered in Attawapiskat to remember 13-year old Sheridan Hookimaw. Photo: Jason Leroux)Annette Francis APTN National NewsATTAWAPISKAT — Family and friends gathered in song and prayer Sunday night in Attawapiskat to remember the life of 13-year-old Sheridan Hookimaw.Hookimaw ended her life in October.The ceremony was held on the outskirts of the reserve where candles surrounded a photo of the young girl, adorned with butterfly lights. It’s the place where Hookimaw’s body was found six months ago by a police officer.It has been a long week in the community where media, politicians and government officials have converged after Chief Bruce Shisheesh declared a state of emergency after a string of suicide attempts.The federal government responded by sending 18 mental health workers to Attawapiskat and the province promised $2 million dollars in annual funding.Community members who attended the memorial would not comment on Hookimaw but did say the ceremony was held to support the family who is going through a tough week.A picture of 13-year old Sheridan Hookimaw adorned with lights and flowers in Attawapiskat. Photo: Jason Leroux/APTNIndigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett and NDP MP Charlie Angus, who represents the riding, are scheduled to arrive in Attawapiskat at 12:30 p.m. local time to meet with the chief and community members.Shisheesh told APTN National News Sunday that he will focus on a made-in-Attawapiskat solution to the problems that plague the community.“We talk about helping each other, working together, and that’s where the three parties can come together, nation-to-nation,” said Shisheesh, “And what an opportunity for both governments to bring reconciliation, you know, to bring nation-to-nation — it’s right here in Attawapiskat.”Shisheesh said the programs and funding in place now will not help the community. Health services are fragmented and split between Canada and the province. He said even when a young person is taken from the community for help, the healing isn’t complete.“They send our children of Attawapiskat down south and with no proper assessment. There’s no follow up, no after care, no mental health services when they return to the community,” said Shisheesh. “And when they get sent out they come back without being properly taken care of. There’s no healing. There’s no proper assessment that has taken place. That’s where the two governments, provincial and federal needs to change the system.”Attawapiskat has its own healing lodge but, according to Shisheesh, the chronic housing shortage where 12 or 13 people share a single house means it is usually used to house families rather than help people in the community who are having email@example.com
(Cindy Gladue in an undated photo was found murdered in a motel room in 2011. The accused, Bradley Barton was acquitted. The Crown has appealed the acquittal)Editors Note: This report contains graphic details. Brandi MorinAPTN National NewsDonna Mcleod gets constant flashbacks of a photograph of her daughter Cindy Gladue, 37, lying dead in a bloody scene in a bathtub.She wasn’t supposed to see the picture.While attending the murder trial of the man accused of killing her daughter, she had made clear to the court to let her know when something unsettling would be shown.That day she was told it was an error as she broke down in tears and left the room.“I sat through a lot of stuff,” said Mcleod. “Now that picture is stuck with me.”Bradley Barton, a trucker from Ontario passing through Edmonton, was charged with first-degree murder after Gladue was found dead in his hotel bathroom in June 2011.He checked out of his hotel after finding Gladue lifeless in the bathtub the morning of June 11.Mcleod said she heard in court that he panicked and walked around outside in the parking lot before going back to the room and calling 911.He told the operators that he didn’t know Gladue – but later, he admitted to hiring her for sex.His lawyer told the judge and jury that Gladue’s death was a result of Barton and her having rough sex.The chief medical examiner said Cindy injury was caused by an object such as a knife or with extreme force by his hand because it was a clear cut.Donna McLeod. Photo: Brandi Morin/APTNMcleod attended the trial, mostly alone, for four weeks.It was there that she first learned that Gladue’s pelvic area had been cut from her body by the chief medical examiner before her cremation.Preserved and presented to the jury as evidence, it was thought they would be able to observe more clearly the 11 cm wound inside Gladue’s vagina that killed her.“I’ve never even put her to rest yet because they have part of her…it’s like a piece of her is missing, she’s not all there,” said Mcleod who has Gladue’s ashes in an urn at home.Barton said he had inserted four fingers, past the knuckles, into her vagina. But prosecutors couldn’t prove that Barton cut her or hurt her on purpose.It’s been almost two years since Barton was acquitted of Gladue’s murder.Barton’s acquittal sparked countless protests across Canada demanding a retrial.“I was shocked, I couldn’t believe it (that he was acquitted),” said Mcleod.Last September crown prosecutors appealed the case before the Alberta Court of Appeal.The Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF) joined the Institute for the Advancement of Aboriginal Women to request intervenor status.LEAF director Kim Stanton said they took issue with the way the trial had addressed the law of consent.The jury believed the defence argument that Gladue had consented to rough sex with Barton after he had hired her for two nights of sexual intercourse.“We were concerned given everything else that would be going on in the appeal that the concerns we had about how the law of consent was applied and interpreted, as well as how Cindy was characterized in the trial-the stereotyping of her as an Indigenous woman in the trial,” said Stanton.Throughout the trial, Stanton pointed out that there were several references made to Gladue as “the native girl” and a “prostitute.”“Aside from the horrendous use of her body as evidence, the way that she was referred to, not as Miss Gladue, but as “the native girl”. It’s just so emblematic of how indigenous women are dehumanized and treated as less than other people,” said Stanton.Mcleod said the jurors were mostly white and that if Cindy wasn’t Indigenous she may had gotten justice.Stanton believes it’s important that what happened to Cindy is understood in a broader sense.“I’m not just talking about her death, I’m talking about the treatment of her by the justice system after her death. It’s not just important to Indigenous women but to all because of the way the law of consent was applied,” she said.Although Gladue had her struggles including an addiction to alcohol, she was a friend, daughter and mother.Her three daughters are doing well, said Mcleod who has become a mother figure to them.Gladue now has a two-year-old grandson.Mcleod wants to take Gladue’s remains home to Athabasca to be buried alongside her grandparents whom she was close to.But it could be a while before the rest of Gladue is returned to her family.Mcleod is prepared to sit through another trial for her daughters’ sake and hopes that the crown’s case is successful this time.The night Gladue died Mcleod said she couldn’t sleep, something was off. All of a sudden she felt a hand come and rub her back.“Maybe that was her coming to tell me goodbye.”The appeal decision is currently on reserve while the justice reviews the evidence and the law, prior to delivering a decision at a later firstname.lastname@example.org
Brittany Hobson APTN NewsFamily, friends and supporters of Colten Boushie are trying to move forward after another shocking blow this week.On Wednesday, the Crown prosecutor’s office said it won’t appeal the not-guilty verdict for Gerald Stanley, the man accused of killing Boushie.Alvin Baptiste, Boushie’s uncle, says the possibility of an appeal was the family’s last chance at justice.Now they no longer have that.“There’s a lot of disappointment,” he said. “A lot of people who feel that all Indigenous people, including my community, feel like they were denied justice again. They keep telling us to have faith but how can we have faith when we were denied justice?”Last month, a 12-person jury found Stanley not guilty in the shooting death of the 22-year-old from Red Pheasant First Nation.In order to appeal, the prosecutor’s office said there has to be an error in law.“The Crown cannot appeal a disagreement over the facts, the interpretation over witness evidence or because a particular perspective leads to the opinion that the verdict was unreasonable,” said senior prosecutor Anthony Gerein.The verdict prompted several cross-Canada rallies in solidarity with the family.Autumn Eaglespeaker was the organizer for the event in Calgary.She disagrees with the crown’s reason for not appealing and says evidence that came out during the trial point to a sloppy investigation.“There are so many things that point to gross errors and for the crown to say that it was handled in the best manner possible is a complete farce,” she said.But the Crown says it cannot use police complaints to grant an appeal.A public investigation has been ordered to investigate police conduct during the case.For now Boushie’s family is looking for a way to move forward.“It’s been hard for the family what we’ve been going through,” said Baptiste. “But we are a strong family and we will continue.”
(Jon Styres from Six Nations of the Grand River was shot and killed in 2016) The Canadian PressA murder trial taking place in Hamilton, Ont., just outside Toronto, which has some similarities to the racially fraught trial and acquittal earlier this year of Gerald Stanley, a white Saskatchewan farmer accused of murdering Colten Boushie, a Cree man from the Red Pheasant First Nation, is being closely watched by First Nation leaders.“Indigenous people will not feel safe until there is a justice system in place that values Indigenous lives,” said Six Nations Chief Ava Hill.Hill said in a statement that Styres’s death has had a “significant impact” on the community.Peter Khill, 30, has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder in the shooting death of Styres on Feb. 4, 2016, though he does not deny that he hit the 29-year-old with a pair of shotgun blasts.On Wednesday, Khill’s wife testified that there had been numerous break and enters and car thefts in their rural community in the months before her husband shot and killed a man who was allegedly trying to steal his truck.Melinda Benko, told jurors she woke him up around 3 a.m. after she heard loud knocking or banging noises outside their home near Hamilton.Her husband got his shotgun from the bedroom closet, loaded it and headed out the back door while she looked out the window, she testified.Benko saw the silhouette of a person in the passenger seat of the truck, then a blinding light coming from the breezeway between the house and garage, followed by yelling and two loud, echoing blasts accompanied by flying sparks, she said, adding that she could not tell at first who had fired the shots.“I was hoping Pete would shoot first if he had to,” said Benko, who is six months pregnant with the couple’s first child.“I just freaked out and called 911.”The Crown played the nearly 15-minute 911 call for the jury, in which Benko describes the series of events, adding that her then-boyfriend had shot a man who was trying to steal their truck.Khill can later be heard telling the operator that he fired in self-defence after seeing Styres in the truck raising his arms as if he had a gun.“It looked like he was literally about to shoot me so I shot him,” Khill said over the phone. “I didn’t want to lose my life… Looking at him now it doesn’t look like (he has a gun).”Benko testified on Wednesday that she and Khill had been “on edge” in the days leading up to the shooting.The couple moved into their house around Binbrook, Ont., about six months earlier and there had been “a lot of chatter in the community” about break and enters, car thefts and people being hurt by intruders, she said.The week before the shooting, Benko was home alone while Khill was on a business trip and on two separate occasions she heard what she believed was someone trying to unlock the back door using the electronic keypad, Benko said.Both times she opened the back door and found no one there, but the couple was concerned enough that Khill changed the back door’s key code once he got home.Benko told the court she thought at first that the noise she heard on the morning of Feb. 4, 2016, could have been someone in the covered breezeway between the house and the garage, kicking through one of the windows into the basement, trying to get into the home.A police officer who was at the scene has previously testified that Khill recounted a similar version of events after being taken into custody.“I’m a soldier. That’s how we were trained. I came out. He raised his hands to like a gun height. It was dark. I thought I was in trouble.“Does self-defence mean anything in court?” Const. Matthew Robinson said Khill told him.Khill, a 26-year-old mechanical technician and licensed millwright at the time of the shooting, served as a reservist with a Brantford artillery regiment of the Canadian Armed Forces.He has been on bail since shortly after his arrest.The jury heard Tuesday that police did not find a gun on or near Styres, but an officer who attended the autopsy said they found a hinged knife closed and clipped in his pocket.Investigators also found a soldering lighter, a flashlight and a cellphone charger in and among Styers’ clothes, Det. Const. Doug Moon told the court.A pathologist removed several shotgun shell components from Styers’ chest wall and right arm, Moon said.Styers was wearing a T-shirt and three sweatshirts when he died, each of which had a hole in the chest and a hole in the right shoulder, he added.The Crown showed the jury a photo of the tank top Styers was wearing under his T-shirt, which appeared to be covered in email@example.com@aptnnews
Nation to NationMost people welcome spring unless you live in Kashechewan.Springtime on the land of the First Nation in northern Ontario can only mean one thing.It’s time to leave.The ice will soon break on the Albany River and the first of 2,500 members were to begin flying out last Monday.“They don’t look forward to spring because spring means uncertainty, spring means losing school and spring may mean losing their home,” said NDP MP Charlie Angus on Nation to Nation Thursday.“That’s not what we should be feeling when we see the temperature change and the sound of geese coming. It is traumatic on a number of levels.”The community was built on a flood plain and the dyke built by the former Harper government doesn’t work, nor can it be fixed said Angus.Things were supposed to change under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Promises were made to move the community to higher ground.But Angus said those promises were never kept.“It’s clear in the (2019 federal budget) there was no money to move people to the high ground and people are feeling like one more time the government has misrepresented the facts to them and lied to them,” said Angus.“Nobody should ever have to leave their homes, certainly not every single year because government doesn’t have a plan.” Nation to Nation wrote the office of Indigenous Services Minister Seamus O’Regan Tuesday inviting the minister on the show to address another year of displaced people in Kashechewan.It was explained the interview could be done on Skype, much like the interview with Angus who was in Timmins, Ont.After not getting a response, a follow-up email was sent Wednesday morning triggering a response from O’Regan’s spokesman, Kevin Deagle, who said he was working on securing a time.Later that afternoon Deagle wrote again.“Unfortunately the Minister does not have availability for an interview today or tomorrow. Can we keep in touch over the next weeks to see if there is an alternative time that works? Thanks!” said Deagle.Over the next weeks?Nation to Nation stressed the urgency to Deagle as people were fleeing and unless it was a personal matter O’Regan should reconsider his availability. No such personal issue was flagged by Deagle, O’Regan simply wasn’t available even via Skype.It was also pointed out that O’Regan’s Facebook page had several funding announcements and selfies in Newfoundland and Labrador through the week when residents were fleeing.Nation to Nation didn’t hear back.Angus said Kashechewan, and even himself, believed this problem would have been addressed by now.“I think what makes this year worse was there was a real sense in 2017, when we signed the new agreement with the government, that maybe the Trudeau government was serious about following through,” he said.“They need a partner and right now that partner is the Trudeau government and they quite frankly have just been like any other government of broken promises and empty words.”N2N@aptn.ca
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – “Selma” director Ava DuVernay and rapper LL Cool J are among the recipients of Harvard University’s 2017 W.E.B. Du Bois medals honouring those who have made significant contributions to African and African-American history and culture.The school announced Monday that they will be honoured at the fifth-annual Hutchins Center Honors on Oct. 4 in Cambridge, Massachusetts.Other medallists this year include Democratic political strategist Donna Brazile, artist Kara Walker, Microsoft Chairman John Thompson and Ford Foundation President Darren Walker.The awards are presented by the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University.Last year’s honorees included actress Pam Grier.W.E.B. Du Bois was a civil rights activist, historian and sociologist who died in 1963.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. – CBS’ “60 Minutes” proved it still has the moves in its 50th year to dominate the ratings.The news magazine’s interview with Stormy Daniels was the most-watched program for the week of March 19 with 22.1 million viewers. The adult film star is alleging a 2006 sexual encounter with Donald Trump, which the president has denied.Sunday’s “60 Minutes” audience was nearly double the 11 million viewers the show has been averaging this season. It gave the program its best showing since 2008, when 25 million tuned in to see President-elect Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle.Daniels was a big draw, but “60 Minutes” also got a March Madness boost from the NCAA Duke-Kansas contest that preceded it and sent the Kansas Jayhawks to the Final Four.
NEW YORK — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):9:35 a.m.Stocks are opening solidly higher on Wall Street as the market claims back some of the ground it lost in steep drops over the previous two days.Technology and industrial stocks were among the biggest winners in early trading Tuesday.Oracle rose 4.2 per cent after the business software maker reported better earnings that analysts were expecting.Boeing, which has taken sharp losses in recent weeks, rose 3.6 per cent after announcing a stock buyback and a dividend increase.The S&P 500 rose 18 points, or 0.7 per cent, to 2,563.The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 209 points, or 0.9 per cent, to 23,812. It had lost just over 1,000 in the previous two trading days.The Nasdaq rose 44 points, or 0.7 per cent, to 6,798.Bond price rose, sending yields lower.The Associated Press
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The City has selected a realtor to sell the former Fort St. John Fire Hall at the corner of 100th Ave. and 94th St.At Monday’s meeting, Council reviewed a report from Strategic Services Director Moira Green on the topic of the Brokerage Selection for the sale of the former fire hall, located at 9407 100th Ave. Prior to reviewing the report, Councillor Trevor Bolin was given permission to leave the chamber, saying that his voting on the report’s recommendation made for a potential conflict of interest. Bolin himself is a licensed realtor, but did not submit a bid during the city’s request for proposals process.Green recommended that the City award the contract to realtor Ron Rogers of NorthEast BC Realty Ltd., as he was the proponent with the highest score. The two other bids submitted were from Kathy Miller of ReMax and Kevin Pearson with Century 21. The lot, which is located at the corner of 100th Ave. and 94th St. was most recently assessed by BC Assessment in 2016 with a value of $610,000. Rogers’ commission for the lot’s sale is set at five percent on the first $1 million and three percent thereafter, as per City Council Policy 134/17 – Sale of Strategic Lands.According to Green, the draft 2017 Official Community Plan designates the 100th Ave. corridor as a Major Corridor Development Permit Area. “Objectives for developments within this area are to enhance appearance through landscaping, prioritizing pedestrians and encourage high quality design,” said she in the report.
VANCOUVER, B.C. – ICBC says that many B.C. residents could benefit from re-learning the rules of the road after launching its Drive Smart Refresher Test less than three weeks ago.The insurance corporation says that over 45,000 British Columbians logged on to take the test, which is similar to the knowledge test that residents write when attempting to get their learner’s licenses.ICBC says that if the refresher test were treated like the knowledge test, which requires a minimum score of 80 percent to obtain a learner’s licence, over 18,000 or 40 percent, would have failed. Based on the completed tests, drivers had the most difficulty with what to do around emergency vehicles, minimum following distances, and the meaning of road signs.Interestingly, ICBC said that questions related to texting while driving had near-perfect scores, despite police handing out more than 34,000 tickets for using an electronic device last year alone.“What’s just as important as knowing the rules of the road is putting them into practice whenever you drive,” said ICBC’s interim vice-president responsible for road safety, Lindsay Matthews. “No matter how many years of experience you have under your belt, we can all benefit from shedding bad driving habits and refreshing our knowledge.”Here are some of the top questions that were answered incorrectly:When approaching a stopped emergency vehicle with flashing lights on highways with speed limits of under 80 km/h, in addition to changing lanes, drivers must slow to: 40 km/hWhen approaching a stopped emergency vehicle with flashing lights on highways with speed limits of 80 km/h or over, in addition to changing lanes, drivers must slow to: 70 km/h.The minimum following distance when behind a large vehicle or a motorcycle on a high-speed road, should be: 3 seconds.The minimum following distance in bad weather or slippery conditions on high-speed roads should be: 4 seconds.Drivers are required to yield to a public transit bus that is signalling to enter traffic: on all roads where the speed limit is 60km/h or lower.The number of crashes in B.C. peaked in 2017, with 350,000 crashes happening in the year, or 960 a day. The total cost of claims in 2017 was $4.8 billion, equivalent to $13 million a day.To take the Refresher Test, visit: icbcdrivesmart.ca.
New Delhi: E-commerce and consumer internet companies have raised over $7 billion in private equity and venture capital funding in 2018, says AN EY report. The report titled ‘E-commerce and Consumer Internet Sector India Trendbook 2019’ launched at the IVCA Conclave 2019, noted that majority of the funding was towards building supply chain, expanding into new segments, acquisition/consolidation, and bringing innovative product offerings.Of all companies, startups like OYO, Swiggy, Byjus, PayTm Mall, Pine Labs, Zomato, Udaan, PolicyBazaar and CureFit have collectively raised the lion’s share around $4.6 billion in 2018 of the total investments into this segment. Deals that stood out include Walmart’s acquisition of Flipkart at $16 billion, Alibaba’s investment in BigBasket and PayTm, Tencent’s investment in Dream11, and Naspers investment in Byjus and Swiggy. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in Sep”The Indian e-commerce and consumer internet sector has seen significant inflow of capital in 2018, making India one of the most exciting destinations to invest in across the globe,” said Ankur Pahwa, Partner and National Leader E-Commerce and Consumer Internet, EY India. According to the report, consolidation will continue in 2019 as companies will need to add more services and segments to expand the level of engagement with customers and leverage emerging technologies including artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain, Internet of Things (IoT) to service the market better. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to Customs”The exits recorded by the investors in 2018, showcase the trust placed by the PE/VC community in the Indian startup ecosystem. These exits are just not limited to consolidation within the market players, but include investments by large global organisations, which clearly paves the way for the next level of growth for the Indian startup ecosystem,” states Vivek Soni, Partner and Leader Private Equity Services, EY India. The uptrend in e-commerce funding was driven by rising digital transactions, digital literacy, vernacular content grwoth, low mobile data tariffs and stimulus provided by Digital India programme and also programmes such as Start Up India and Make in India, Pahwa said.
New Delhi: India will have to quickly put behind a massive bowling failure, sloppy fielding and tactical mistakes to tame a resurgent Australia in the series-deciding fifth ODI here Wednesday. The cricketing world has applauded India’s current bowling attack as one of its most potent but the failure to defend a mammoth total in Mohali came as a reality check for it. Even the ever-reliable Jasprit Bumrah was taken to cleaners by Ashton Turner with ease, though the way captain Virat Kohli handled his quota of overs did leave many perplexed. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football togetherKohli and the Indian team definitely missed the calming presence of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, whose understanding of game situations has been helpful in pressure situations. Without doubt, the PCA stadium pitch was flat, offering nothing to the bowlers but a world-class attack was expected to defend a 350-plus total. The blazing knock by Turner, who was helped by the Indian team’s butter-fingered fielders helped Australia turn it around. In Ranchi the team bowled first and in Mohali, Kohli opted to bat first, taking the dew into consideration but on both days, the opposite happened. It was dry when India chased in Ranchi but dew helped Australia’s chase in the fourth ODI with the Indian bowlers struggling to grip the ball. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenAt the Feroze Shah Kotla ground, the wicket is usually low and slow but the team would not like to be surprised in the key game which makes the toss crucial. Not many runs have been scored in the last two ODI matches played here with India losing to New Zealand by six runs in October 2016 and winning against West Indies by 48 runs in October 2014. The Twenty20 games have been full of runs, though. The hosts can heave a sigh of relief with Shikhar Dhawan striking form. The Delhi left-hander managed to silence critics who had been after him due to a prolonged lean patch. At his home ground, he would look to get some more runs but it remains to be seen if the batters get a surface which assists stroke-play. Going by history, the surface should be ideal for wrist spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal as the slow bowlers have done well in the previous games. Usman Khawaja has been the man for Australia this series. His stellar show at the top has been instrumental in the visitors’ turnaround in the series. Getting him early would be crucial to India’s chances. With skipper Aaron Finch, Peter Handscomb and new sensation Turner contributing in the team’s good run, this Australian side is definitely on the right track to regain its status as one of the most formidable sides. The winner-take-all contest will also be the Indian team’s last in the 50-over format before the World Cup, making ti the players’ final chance to make an impression on the selectors minds. Vijay Shankar has done a reasonably fine job with the bat in the limited chances he has got but Rishabh Pant did not do any good to his wicket-keeping reputation by missing chances in Mohali. As a batsman, though, his utility is beyond doubt. The top and middle-order is largely settled and tomorrow’s game will be one last chance for Pant, Shankar, KL Rahul and Ravindra Jadeja to do something special and prove their worth. Jadeja may figure in the playing XI tomorrow, considering that his left-arm spin on the Kotla wicket would be effective. Teams (from): India: Virat Kohli (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, Rishabh Pant, Vijay Shankar, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal and Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Australia: Aaron Finch (captain), Usman Khawaja, Peter Handscomb, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Ashton Turner, Jhye Richardson, Adam Zampa, Andrew Tye, Pat Cummins, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Alex Carey, Nathan Lyon and Jason Behrendorff. Match Starts: 1:30 pm.
Banihal/Jammu: Eleven people, including four women and five children, were killed and four others injured when an SUV skidded off a road and fell into a deep gorge in Ramban district of Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday, police said.The SUV, carrying 15 passengers from Chaderkote to Rajgarh, rolled down into the over 500-feet-deep gorge when its driver lost control at Kunda nallah near Baglihar power house at 10.30 am, an official said. He said the locals along with the police immediately launched a rescue operation and pulled out bodies and injured from the scene. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!While six persons were found dead on-the-spot, five others succumbed on way to hospital, the official said, adding that three more critically injured persons, including driver of the vehicle, are being airlifted to Jammu for specialised treatment. Rajgarh is a far flung tehsil in Ramban district and is connected with the Jammu-Srinagar national highway through a link road which is reportedly damaged at various places. The allowed capacity for SUV operating in the hilly roads is only seven passengers and the driver of the vehicle has violated the directive, the official said. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedHe identified some of the deceased as Romal Din (61), Mohammad Mubeen (23), Rubeena Begum (30), Urmilla Devi (32), Babli Devi (37), 13-year-old Imano Bano, nine-year-old Arjun, two-year-old Pari, and a three-month-old baby. Another child who was being airlifted to Government Medical College hospital Jammu succumbed at the helipad, the official said, adding the identity of the child and a woman is being ascertained. In separate cases, a cyclist was crushed to death by an unidentified vehicle in Poonch district, while nine passengers were injured in a collision between two buses along the Jammu-Pathankot highway in Samba district on Saturday. The cyclist, Prakash (48), a daily wager in Municipal Committee Poonch, was hit by an unidentified vehicle near Jhalas when he was on way to work Saturday morning, resulting in his on-the-spot death, officials said.
New Delhi: The Delhi University Students’ Union on Tuesday wrote to the varsity vice-chancellor and the Election Commission to ensure that the April-May semester exams do not clash with the dates for voting in the Lok Sabha elections.The Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad-led DUSU appealed to students to consciously exercise their fundamental rights to vote in the polls beginning April 11. In the letter addressed to DU VC Professor Yogesh Tyagi, students’ union president Shakti Singh demanded that no practical or semester examinations be conducted anytime during the Lok Sabha elections. The DUSU also demanded that the exams neither be held a day prior nor a day later than the date of casting votes so that students from other states can conveniently exercise their rights to vote. In a separate letter to Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora, the DUSU urged him to issue a directive in the form of an advisory to all the educational institutions in the country to not conduct semester examination during the general elections. A request was also made to the concerned officer to make special to and fro rail arrangements across major Indian cities for the convenience of students. Lok Sabha elections will begin on April 11 and polling would be held over seven phases through May 19, followed by counting of votes on May 23.
New Delhi: A 62-year-old critically ill patient died due to non-availability of ICU bed in the in government-run hospital in the national Capital.The patients suffered brain hemorrhage and approached two big hospitals in Delhi but could secure a bed and ventilator support at Lok Nayak hospital and DDU hospital in Delhi. The patient, Kishore Kumar suffered a brain hemorrhage got paralysed. “We immediately approached to Lok Nayak hospital on March 27, 2019,” said Rohit, son of the Kishore kumar. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderOver there at the critical care department, the duty doctor supervised the patients and asked Rohit to take his father to another hospital as there was no bed available in ICU at Lok Nayak Hospital. Source said, “The hospital took no pain to ensure that the patient was shifted to a Hospital having availability of ICU bed and Neuro Surgeon.” He said, “Rohit was running from pillar to post to save the life of his father but all goes in vain as his father breathed his last early in the morning on April 2, 2019.” Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings”On March 30, 2019, Rohit approached me and I sent him to Dr Vikas Rampal, MS, Deep Chand Bandu Hospital, Ashok Vihar. Dr Rampal told Rohit that hospital has ICU bed available but it did not have a Neuro Surgeon to treat the patient, therefore, it would be no use to take the patient there.”soure added. Source claimed, “On April 1, 2019, I circulated a message on Free Beds WhatsApp. I also contacted Delhi Government Helpline No. 22300012 and was told that except one ICU bed available in Deep Chand Bandu Hospital, no ICU bed is available in any of the 33 Delhi Govt. Hospitals.” Source stated that inadequate number of ICU beds has compelled all government hospitals in Delhi to deny intensive care even to critically ill patients, which leading to many “preventable” deaths.
Mumbai: A BJP worker has lodged a complaint with police accusing Bollywood actor and Congress’ Lok Sabha candidate Urmila Matondkar of making anti-Hindu remarks, an official said Sunday. The BJP worker also sought actions against Congress president Rahul Gandhi for allegedly instructing Matondkar to make the “calumnious comments” and journalist Rajdeep Sardesai allegedly for letting the actor make the remarks on his news channel and telecasting them. Suresh Nakhua, a Mumbai BJP worker, in his compliant lodged with the Powai police here on Saturday claimed the remarks hurt the Hindu community’s sentiments. Matondkar is the Congress’ candidate from Mumbai North Lok Sabha constituency. Nakhua said he submitted the complaint after watching Matondkar’s interview on a television news channel in which she said the “Hinduism is the most violent religion in the world”. “We have received the application. After seeking a legal opinion, we will take further action,” a Powai police station official said.
New Delhi: France waived taxes worth 143.7 million euros to a French-registered telecom subsidiary of Anil Ambani’s Reliance Communications in 2015, months after India’s announcement of buying 36 Rafale jets, leading French newspaper Le Monde reported Saturday. In its reaction, Reliance Communications rejected any wrongdoing and said the tax dispute was settled under legal framework which is available for all companies operating in France.The French newspaper said that the French tax authorities accepted 7.3 million euros from Reliance Flag Atlantic France as a settlement as against original demand of 151 million euros. Reliance Flag owns a terrestrial cable network and other telecom infrastructure in France. Reacting to the report, the defence ministry said any connections drawn between the tax issue and the Rafale matter is totally inaccurate, tendentious and is a mischievous attempt to disinform. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details”We have seen reports drawing conjectural connection between tax exemption to a private company and procurement of Rafale fighter jets by government of India. Neither the period of the tax concession nor the subject matter of the concession relate even remotely to the Rafale procurement concluded during the tenure of the present government,” the ministry said in a statement. The French newspaper said that the company was investigated by French tax authorities and found liable to pay 60 million euros in taxes for the period 2007 to 2010. However, Reliance offered to pay 7.6 million euros only as a settlement but the French tax authorities refused to accept the amount. The authorities conducted another probe for the period 2010 to 2012 and asked the company to pay an additional 91 million euros in taxes, the report said. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayIt said that by April 2015, the total amount owed by Reliance to the French authorities in taxes was at least 151 million euros. In October, six months after Modi announced in Paris about the Rafale deal, the French authorities accepted 7.3 million euros from Reliance as a settlement as against the original demand of 151 million euros. A spokesperson of Reliance Communications said that the tax demands were “completely unsustainable and illegal” and that the company denied any favouritism or gain from the settlement. “During the period under consideration by the French Tax Authorities — 2008-2012, ie nearly 10 years ago — Flag France had an operating loss of Rs 20 crore (Euro 2.7 million). The French tax authorities had raised a tax demand of over Rs 1,100 crore for the same period,” the official said. Reacting to the Le Monde report, the French embassy said in a statement that a global settlement was reached between the French tax authorities and the Reliance subsidiary and that it was not subject to any political interference.
Lempdes (France): In or out? The repeated delays to Brexit are a nightmare for map makers and guidebook printers who have to decide how to depict Britain’s relationship with the European Union. “We are completely lost,” said Henri Medori, manager of publisher AEDIS. In a hangar that serves as his firm’s logistic hub in Lempdes, near Clermont-Ferrand in central France, dozens of copies of laminated leaflets on “Europe at 27” rest on boxes. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US They reflect the number of countries that will be part of the EU once Britain finally leaves. “We have at least ten books that have a map of Europe, of the European Union. So it’s a little complicated,” he told AFP. “We have frozen the print run — we will start it as soon as we have certainty about Brexit.” Britain was due to leave the EU on March 29, but this was delayed to April 12 and now to October 31 amid disagreement in parliament over how to manage the split. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls AEDIS, which has 12 members of staff, was quick to remove Britain from the EU in its publications following the 2016 referendum vote for Brexit. Medori said there was “public pressure” to respond, explaining: “We were challenged by some readers who claimed our maps were wrong by including the UK.” Then other clients complained, in emails that were “sometimes insulting”, saying that technically Britain remains a member of the bloc. “So we added a box explaining Brexit,” he said. But the firm has sold at most 6,000 documents showing Europe as a union of 27 countries, mostly in shops in motorway rest areas. “For a year and a half, we have mostly given up on sales in this area,” Medori said, adding that he had received no guidance from EU institutions. In Britain, the Oxford University Press (OUP) has avoided any radical changes to its maps but it also has to adapt. “We’re monitoring the situation but not making major changes until we have greater clarity,” a spokeswoman told AFP. “But in some cases, we are removing maps if they will simply cause confusion.” In Brussels, at a souvenir shop near the EU’s headquarters, some items showing Britain’s membership will disappear with Brexit. And many of them, such as a badge with the EU and UK flags, are flying off the shelves. “Anything with the UK on it might one day become a collectors’ item,” said manager Tamara Goldstein. She also has a jigsaw puzzle that is selling well, showing the European Union as it will be after Brexit, with “no sign of Britain”. But given the uncertainty — with some politicians in London and Brussels still hoping Brexit might never happen — some items remain unchanged. “It depends on the manufacturers,” said Goldstein. “Some product lines are being stopped because they don’t know how to launch the next edition, without the British.” However she sees some positives in the situation, noting the demand for pro-European goods has shot up in the past few months. “A few years ago, we sold a lot of neutral items,” she said. “Now, clients are asking for more things saying ‘I love Europe’, ‘I’m for Europe’ and ‘I feel European’.”
New Delhi: The Congress on Thursday named three candidates for three assembly seats in West Bengal where bypoll will be held on May 19. The Congress has fielded Alhaj Muzaffar Hussain from Islampur, Rejina Murmu from Habilpur (ST) and Khwaja Ahmed Hussain from Bhatpara. Bypoll to five assembly constituencies of West Bengal will be held on May 19 and votes there will be counted along with those of all Lok Sabha seats, the Election Commission had said. The five assembly seats – Darjeeling, Islampur, Kandi, Habibpur (ST) and Bhatpara – fell vacant after the sitting MLAs resigned following their nomination to contest Lok Sabha elections.