Water supply to be affected on August 2 3

first_imgNEW DELHI: The Delhi Jal Board on Wednesday issued an advisory that water supply will not be available or available at low pressure in the evening of Friday on August 2 and morning of Saturday on August 3.The Board stated that due to the interconnection work for shifting of 900 mm dia Kilokari Main and 450 mm dia Distribution Main at Gate no- Pragati Maindan, near New Supreme Court building under the Integrated Transit Corridor Development Plan of PWD ITPO Division ,water supply will be affected in IG Stadium, Delhi Secretariat, Pragati Maidan, Sunder Nagar, Nizammudin and adjoining areas. NDMC Area – Supreme Court, Rajiv Chowk, Bengali Market, Bhagwan Das Road, Tilak Marg, Pandara Road, Kaka Nagar, Rabinder Nagar, Bharti Nagar, CGO Complex, Lodhi Road and their adjoining areas.last_img read more

Killing of Gond tribals UP govt removes Sonbhadra DM SP

first_imgLucknow: The Uttar Pradesh government on Sunday shunted out the district magistrate and superintendent of police of Sonbhadra, besides ordering action against 13 other officials after they were indicted in an inquiry into the killing of 10 Gond tribals last month over a land dispute.Addressing a press conference at his residence, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said FIRs will be registered against several police and administration officials for alleged irregularities and members of Adarsh Krishi Sahkari Samiti, Umbha on charges of land grabbing. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The disputed land in Umbha and Saphi villages also be transferred back and registered in the name of gram sabha, he said, while announcing that a Special Investigation Team (SIT) will look into the matter. Adityanath said departmental proceedings have been initiated against Sonbhadra District Magistrate Ankit Kumar Agrawal and Superintendent of Police Salman Taj Patil for taking “one-sided decision” against the villagers. Directives have been issued to attach Agrawal and Patil to the Personnel Department and the DGP Headquarters, respectively, he said. S Ramalingam has been made the new district magistrate of Sonbhadra, while Prabhakar Chaudhary is the new superintendent of police, officials said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”The entire matter will be probed by an SIT. The SIT will be headed by DIG SIT J Ravindra Gaud, and will have Additional SP Amrita Mishra along with three inspectors. DG SIT R P Singh will be monitoring the work of the SIT,” the chief minister said. In July, 10 people were killed and 28 injured in the clash after a village headman and his supporters opened fire on a group of tribals over a land dispute. The Personnel Department has initiated action against Ghorawal SDM Vijay Prakash Tiwari, and an FIR will be registered against him, according to an official statement. Disciplinary action has also been initiated against Ghorawal Circle Officer Abhishek Singh, Sub-Inspector Lallan Prasad Yadav, Inspector Arvind Kumar Mishra and Constable Satyajit Yadav, it said. The Goonda Act has been slapped against the circle officer for allegedly exerting pressure on the affected families and an FIR has been registered against him, it added. A case has been registered against the sub-inspector, inspector and the constable for allegedly not reaching the incident spot in time. According to the statement, an FIR has also been filed against Additional Superintendent of Police Arun Kumar Dikshit for allegedly taking Rs 1.42 lakh from the village pradhan to free the disputed land without proper orders of the court. In 1955, the then tehsildar of Robertsganj had passed an order for registering 1305 bighas of land in the name of Adarsh Krishi Sahkari Samiti, according to the statement. “The possibility of the then tehsildar of Robertsganj Krishna Malviya being alive is very slim. Even if he is alive, he will not be in a position to be charged in a case. Hence, the committee did not recommend any action against him,” Adityanath said. He said an FIR will be filed against pargana adhikari of Robertsganj in 1989 Ashok Kumar Srivastava and tehsildar Jai Chandra Singh. Cases will be registered against Asha Mishra, the wife of IAS officer Prabhat Kumar Mishra and Kiran Kumari, the wife of IAS officer Bhanu Pratap Sharma, for allegedly getting the land registered in their names in 1989.last_img read more

Boxing Federation should consider doing away with selection trials for performers

first_imgNew Delhi: Celebrated Indian boxer M C Mary Kom on Wednesday said proven performers should not be made to undergo selection trials and asserted that she did no wrong by seeking an exemption from the ones for the world championships. A controversy broke out over Mary’s selection for the women’s World Boxing Championships in Russia after her competitor in the 51kg category, Nikhat Zareen, was refused a trial bout. Zareen, in a letter to the Boxing Federation of India (BFI), alleged that she was stopped from competing despite having a scheduled trial bout. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhMary Kom, a six-time world champion and an Olympic bronze-medallist, was chosen by the BFI selection panel based on her gold medal-winning performances at the India Open and a subsequent tournament in Indonesia. “Maybe, the BFI can change the programme altogether, no trial for boxers who are performing well, they can directly get the quota for any championship or tournament,” Mary told reporters on the sidelines of an event arranged by the All India Gaming Federation. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterThe world championship is scheduled to be held in Russia in September-October. “You look at other games like badminton, who gives trials? Did Saina Nehwal and P V Sindhu give any trial?” she added. Mary defeated Zareen in the semifinal of the India Open in Guwahati earlier this year. When quizzed on her decision to approach the BFI with a request for exemption, Mary Kom said she merely left it on the federation and did not pressurise it to rule in her favour. “I felt weird about my decision but I had told BFI clearly you decide who is doing better. If I have to give a trial or not is not in my hands. The BFI decides all these things, it’s upto them” she said. Soon after this furore, Mary Kom was caught in the eye of the storm on being picked in the selection panel for this year’s national sports awards. The point of contention was her personal coach Chhote Lal Yadav’s application for the Dronacharya award. Mary Kom recused herself from the selection committee’s proceedings after a media storm on conflict of interest. Yadav was eventually not among the nominees finalised this year. “This was my second time in the committee. I have recommended many coaches and at that time there was no controversy. This time I don’t know what happened, the media created a controversy, so I recused myself,” she said. Mary Kom was part of the awards selection committee for Dronacharya in 2016 as well but her coach was not in fray at that time.last_img read more

An agitated Pak

first_imgThe Western neighbour has been far more than flustered over India’s move to make inoperative the contentious Article 370 and is virtually leaving no stone unturned to lobby the international community against India over the Kashmir matter, albeit to little effect. Pakistan’s desperation to have a group of third parties gang up against India may be understood as potential existential crisis glaring in the face of the Pakistani state. A country founded on the basis of religion, a homeland for Muslims of the Indian Subcontinent, has since its inception pegged its ideological war against India on the Muslim-majority Kashmir region, seeking to claim the entire earstwhile princely state of Jammu and Kashmir. In a recent development, UAE and Saudi Arabian foreign ministers extended their presence in Pakistan to calm tensions over Kashmir. The very reported purpose of their visit is somewhat of a diplomatic travesty given India’s fast developing and strengthening relations with the Gulf region, particularly with Saudi Arabia. Seeking to internationalise the historic Kashmir issue at the behest of India’s internal move to disempower Article 370 has not so far gone down very well with world leaders and global powers, as most of them officially maintain the stand that what India did was its internal matter and any dispute with Pakistan over this is a bilateral issue between the two neighbours and it is for them to resolve it. The global stand also affirms India’s clear position to disallow any third party intervention in its discord with Pakistan. Saudi Arabia and the UAE sending their top diplomats to Pakistan to help defuse tensions over Kashmir may be a necessary diplomatic exercise at their end but when Pakistan’s PM Imran Khan asks Saudi Arabia and the UAE to urge India to reverse its decision on Kashmir, their persistence to involve international forces over Kashmir only gives away their desperation a little more with every new effort.last_img read more

Police seek man who took a puppy and 4 kittens from Barrie

first_imgBARRIE, Ont. – Police say they’re trying to track down a man who allegedly stole a puppy and four kittens from a central Ontario pet store.Investigators say the animals were taken from the Barrie, Ont., shop early Sunday morning.They say video surveillance shows a suspect forcibly entering the pet store through the front door and walking directly to the back of the store.It’s alleged he removed the puppy and kittens from their cages and left the store with the animals in a plastic bag.Police say they are concerned for the well-being of the animals as they have only had their first round of vaccinations and require ongoing care.The puppy is described as red-haired nine-week-old cockapoo, while the four eight-week-old kittens are of mixed colour.last_img

Owner of Quebec Ontario water parks says women must continue to wear

first_imgLIMOGES, Ont. – The owner of two popular water parks in Ontario and Quebec says women will not be allowed to go topless on the premises.Groupe Calypso Valcartier issued a statement Wednesday to say women must continue to wear swimwear covering their breasts and the lower parts of their bodies.The parks are in Limoges, Ont., and Valcartier, near Quebec City.The decision follows a human rights filed in Ontario earlier this month targeting the city of Cornwall over its policy of not allowing women to go topless at municipal pools.Calypso’s water park in eastern Ontario and seven hotel companies were also named in the complaint filed with the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario.Louis Massicotte, CEO of the water park’s parent company, says the decision to maintain the topless ban was made after consulting clients and legal advisers in both Quebec and Ontario.“It is not out of a sense of modesty that we have made this decision but rather it is simply because we have listened to the views of our family-oriented clientele on this matter,” Massicotte said.In December 1996, the Ontario Court of Appeal ruled that a woman’s topless stroll down a street in Guelph was not obscene, making it legal for all women in Ontario to be topless in public.Groupe Calypso Valcartier says it won’t comment on the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario application, but reiterated its respect for the rights of everyone, including children, who visits its facility.last_img read more

Edmonton mayor tells UN conference cities can fight climate change alone

first_imgEDMONTON – Cities can do a lot to fight climate change on their own even if the levels of government they answer to aren’t interested, the mayor of Alberta’s capital told an international conference on Monday.Don Iveson said when President Donald Trump announced his intention last June to pull the United States from the Paris climate accord, more than 90 American mayors stated their cities would still work to meet the targets.“Today, that number is 400 American mayors,” Iveson told the cities and climate change conference in Edmonton.The meeting is sponsored by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which compiles worldwide science on the evidence for and impacts of global warning. The event has attracted hundreds of delegates from around the world.Iveson said Canadian municipalities have influence over half of Canada’s total greenhouse gas emissions.It’s not just North American cities that are involved. Iveson pointed to the C40 climate advocacy group that includes more than 90 of the world’s largest cities totalling 650 million people and generating about one-quarter of the world’s economy.“This is all about bottom-up action,” he said.C40 is focused on tackling climate change and driving urban action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and climate risks, while increasing the health, well-being and economic opportunities of urban citizens.Jonathan Koehn, sustainability director for the city of Boulder, Colo., said there are ways to work within senior jurisdictions that aren’t sympathetic to fighting climate change.“The most insidious force we face is resignation, the numb acceptance that we can’t change a thing,” he said.Rather than doing things such as encouraging homes and businesses to consume less power, Boulder has focused on making sure the electricity it provides is greenhouse gas neutral, Koehn said. Energy efficiency isn’t enough.“We’ve got to address our supply side,” said Koehn.Most of any country’s greenhouse gas emissions come from transportation, so urban design is another big climate change lever that cities can pull, he said.“Historically, we have treated pedestrians as second-class citizens.”Efficient and affordable mass transit is another tool cities can use to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, he said.Koehn added that cities can also have a powerful advocacy voice.“If we are talking about behaviour change, that goes hand in hand with advocacy.”Cities can work to change the attitudes of senior levels of government, he said. In Colorado, 16 communities belong to the Colorado Communities for Climate Action.“We’re not shying away from talking about climate. We’re not going to call it something that it’s not. Our sole purpose is to focus on policy reform at the state level.“Cities are recognizing that we do have a role and a responsibility. We, in fact, can be the catalyst for change — an extraordinary shift in the notion that cities are beholden to state governments.”— Follow @row1960 on Twitterlast_img read more

Gondola across Edmontons river valley gets rough ride from city committee

first_imgEDMONTON – A city committee made it clear Tuesday that it won’t support any taxpayer dollars to build a gondola across the North Saskatchewan River in Edmonton.The Edmonton Transit System advisory board was recommending further study by the city into the potential for a gondola to connect the downtown on the river’s north side to Whyte Avenue, a popular street in the south-side Old Strathcona neighbourhood.A report from the advisory board suggested it would provide “high-capacity, efficient and cost-effective mass transit over one of Edmonton’s most challenging topographical areas.”They suggested it’s a viable project that warrants further consideration and study.The committee, made up of councillors, was concerned about the cost of a gondola as the city faces some tough budget years.They agreed to ask city staff to get a firm estimate on what it would cost to do a feasibility study and report back by October.Some have criticized the idea of a gondola on social media and in newspaper editorials, suggesting it would be a waste of money and could have a similar fate as the city’s new funicular. The cable car, which goes up a hillside in Edmonton’s river valley, has regularly broken down in harsh weather.Others — including business groups in the downtown and Old Strathcona, the River Valley Alliance and private investors — are on board with the gondola proposal.(CTV Edmonton/The Canadian Press)last_img read more

Razortoothed and rare mosasaur skeleton displayed in Manitoba

first_imgMORDEN, Man. – Suzy, Bruce and now a new prehistoric sea-creature skeleton make three at a southwestern Manitoba museum.The Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre in Morden unveiled its latest mosasaur skeleton on Wednesday.The museum is already home to Bruce — the Guinness World Records holder as the largest publicly displayed mosasaur — and his museum companion Suzy.Mosasaurs were huge, strange-looking marine reptiles that lived throughout the world during the late Cretaceous period between 66 and 100 million years ago. They went extinct around the same time as the dinosaurs.Mosasaurs were predators at the top of the food chain. They were powerful swimmers with long, broad tails. They also had a double-hinged jaw, similar to a snake, and ate everything from birds and mollusks to fish.Discovery centre curator and paleontologist Victoria Markstrom said the new specimen is different than most of its fossil friends. It’s a Kourisodon puntledgensis mosasaur which is quite rare.It has razor-like teeth for shearing its food rather than crocodile-style teeth for chomping like the other specimens.“Because (the teeth) are laterally compressed, because they have this shape, some scientists think that they would use it for biting down on softer animals,” Markstrom said. “These (mosasaurs) might have been eating more things like soft fish, jellyfish, squid and whatnot.”It’s also much smaller — only 3.7 metres compared to 13-metre-long Bruce. Markstrom said that’s because the new creature was found on Vancouver Island.Bruce and Suzy were unearthed in Manitoba. They would have roamed the Western Interior Seaway, which stretched from the Arctic Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico, cutting North America in half.“It shows that whatever was going on in the Pacific Ocean, they had some pretty small mosasaurs living there,” said Markstrom, who added that fossils of the species have otherwise only been found in Japan.“We don’t usually get a lot of information about the animals that lived in the ancient Pacific Ocean because they are not usually found.”The new skeleton does not have a name yet. Markstrom said the centre will work with the public to come up with one in the coming months.— By Kelly Geraldine Malone in Winnipeglast_img read more

Mayors dispute commissioners report on former Victoria police chief

first_imgVANCOUVER – Two mayors responsible for Victoria’s police department are disputing a section of a report by British Columbia’s police complaints commissioner that says they mishandled harassment complaints against a former police chief.Barb Desjardins, mayor of Esquimalt, B.C., said that while she doesn’t dispute the findings of commissioner Stan Lowe’s review of two investigations and subsequent discipline proceedings involving former chief Frank Elsner, she does object “to the tone and the commentary and allegations within the report.”“It should be a factual report of what happened, what the results were and what the recommendation is. It should not be commentary and speculation on our actions,” she said.Lowe could not immediately be reached for comment on the position taken by Desjardins and Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps.In the report released Sept. 26, Lowe said Helps and Desjardins “predetermined the outcome of the internal discipline process from the outset, and set about navigating a course to allow the former chief to remain in his post.”Elsner, who resigned in early 2017, was found to have committed eight counts of misconduct, including lying to investigators, encouraging a witness to make a false statement and having unwanted physical contact with two female officers.Lowe also said Elsner had been “caught in a web of untruths” that began when the former chief sent inappropriate Twitter messages to the wife of an officer in his department.Attempts to reach Elsner for comment since Lowe’s report was released have been unsuccessful.Elsner apologized shortly after the public learned an internal investigation was probing inappropriate messages he allegedly sent to the wife of an officer.In 2016, Elsner petitioned the B.C. Supreme Court to stop investigations against him, saying he was being targeted by a group that wanted him ousted as police chief. The court agreed to limit the scope of the commission’s investigation.The mayors, in their position as co-chairs of the Victoria and Esquimalt Police Board, hired an internal investigator to look into the complaints about Elsner, Lowe said.The investigator reported to the mayors that numerous witnesses had made allegations of bullying and harassment, including “inappropriate comments and behaviour towards women,” against the former chief, Lowe’s report said.“The mayors chose not to expand the investigator’s mandate to include these allegations,” the report said. “On the contrary, the correspondence indicates that they instructed the investigator not to pursue these allegations or consider them in any respect in drafting the investigation report because they were outside the scope of the investigator’s mandate.”Helps directed a request for comment to a statement posted on her website, in which she said the board followed the advice of its legal counsel in its handling of the Elsner case.“One of the most upsetting elements of this whole situation is the insinuation that I would protect a man (allegedly) engaged in bullying and harassment,” she said. “I have been working on women’s issues and women’s rights since I was 15 years old. To suggest we were planning to ignore the allegations brought forward by female members of VicPD is simply untrue. It makes no sense. And to those who know me, it’s just not plausible.”Lowe’s report includes an email exchange between the two mayors dated Dec. 3, 2015, at 2:32 a.m., which it said “rushed to conclude” the investigation because rumours were swirling about the chief.“I believe for this reason we have to make a decision asap and then call the board to inform them of it,” Desjardins wrote to Helps, according to the report. “Please look at your calendar to see what could be cleared to move things up. This must be top priority in my mind.”Lowe said “the difference is glaring” when the outcome from the mayors in the internal discipline process is compared to the result of a separate process led by two retired judges.The mayors’ investigation led to a reprimand, whereas the judges’ process led to suspension, demotion and dismissal.Desjardins objected to Lowe’s characterization.“It is absolutely false, it is accusatory and I’m not on trial,” she said. “It is suggesting something that is absolutely false, and we had no opportunity to provide feedback.”Helps said the mayors also hired an investigator, who was endorsed by the Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner.Lowe is calling for changes to the Police Act to strip mayors of the power to discipline police chiefs. Desjardins and Helps both said they support the recommendation, but indicated that they’d like a chance to discuss the tone of the report with the solicitor general.Lowe has recommended that when allegations of misconduct are made against a chief or a deputy chief they should be handled by a discipline authority that is led by a retired judge because of the relationship mayors have with those senior officers.last_img read more

Fought to unite Alberta conservatives Jason Kenney voted Albertas new premier

first_imgJason Kenney’s fight is over. Let the fight begin.The 50-year-old United Conservative Party leader, known for saying he can’t help but march to the sound of rhetorical gunfire, soundly defeated Rachel Notley’s NDP with a majority in Tuesday’s Alberta election.The former federal cabinet minister now takes his fight to Ottawa as Alberta’s 18th premier. He has promised to challenge the federal government on everything from the carbon tax to proposed energy regulations and equalization payments.It’s a new to-do list for Kenney after checking off the final box on a plan he announced three years ago to unite Alberta’s warring right-of-centre Progressive Conservatives and Wildrose Party and take them to the summit.“I had zero inkling to do it,” Kenney said in a pre-campaign interview.“But as I got further into the spring and then summer of 2016, I just realized that somebody with the relevant profile, network and experience had to step forward with a plan.”Kenney was born in Oakville, Ont., raised in Saskatchewan, and spent his adult years based in Alberta.He said he was just 10 years old, sitting on a couch and minding his own business at a Saskatchewan school fundraiser, when politics first found him.John Diefenbaker, well over a decade removed from being prime minister, came up to young Kenney, asked him his name, and struck up a conversation: Do you know the mythical story of Jason and the Argonauts? What’s your favourite subject at school? What are your future plans?“That 10-minute conversation made an indelible impression on me,” remembered Kenney.“That a former prime minister would spend 10 minutes talking to a 10-year-old boy was remarkable to me. I never forgot the kindness that he showed. And that maybe gave me sort of my initial interest in politics and public service.”He has lived much in the public eye as he has fought for conservative principles and the concept of ordered liberty, first as an anti-tax crusader and later as a key lieutenant in former prime minister Stephen Harper’s cabinet in portfolios that included  immigration, employment and defence.He is not married and happily recounts a life committed to public service. A day’s politicking is followed by late-night reading from a stack of philosophy books at the bedside. He is partial to Aristotle and Edmund Burke.He is schooled in the ground game of politics and had legendary campaign war chests as a Calgary MP.Some credit him with moving Harper’s government into majority territory by reaching out to ethnic newcomers, breaking the shibboleth that they vote Liberal, so much so he gained the nickname “minister for curry in a hurry.”He is a Catholic and has spoken out against gay marriage and abortion in the past, but promises not to act on those issues if he becomes premier.Critics say he can’t be trusted. They note he has promised, as premier, to roll back some protections for students in gay-straight alliances in schools.He won the leadership of the Progressive Conservatives, then the new United Conservatives and finally the provincial election, illuminating his drive, populist instincts, and nose for the political jugular.In a province where the unemployment rate is above seven per cent in Edmonton and Calgary, he campaigned against Notley on “jobs, jobs, jobs,” tapping into latent discontent over the federal government’s failure to get the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project underway.To win the UCP leadership, he drove back and forth across Alberta in a blue pickup truck to meet and greet thousands of supporters and fence-sitters. Then, in less than two years, he got 87 constituency associations and candidates running.It was also about doing whatever it takes. When Kenney ran for the PC leadership, he was fined by the party for setting up a hospitality booth beside a voting station.Last month, campaign documents and emails revealed that his UCP leadership team worked in lockstep with another candidate to have him attack Kenney’s chief rival while Kenney stayed above the fray.Mounties are investigating the UCP leadership race for possible fraud.Kenney has said his next step is to get back on the campaign trail, this time to get the federal Liberals defeated in the fall.“It is in the vital economic interests of Alberta that the Trudeau government be replaced this October,” he said earlier this week.For Kenney, one campaign is over. Let another campaign begin.Dean Bennett, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Stigma around processed foods can be discriminatory expert says

first_imgVANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Processed foods are getting a bad rap, according to one expert, who says the stigma around them can also be discriminatory.Dr. Sylvain Charelbois, a food science professor at Dalhousie University, says we forget how many people need to eat cheaper, processed foods to get by.“Most of the criticism against processed foods has come from academics [and] health professionals that do earn quite a bit of money,” he says. “To make this argument real you really need to understand how people consume food and the economic role of processed foods in general.”RELATED: Rising prices, new Canada Food Guide making family meal-planning toughCharlebois says the stigma has been around for a while.“We’ve seen this tsunami of criticism around processed foods, encouraging people to stay away from processed foods. And to a certain extent there’s some merit to that. Over the last 30 years we’ve seen an influx of bad products, but more processed foods are actually good for you, so that’s something we want to recognize.”RELATED: New federal food guide may be ‘out of reach’ for most Canadians: reportAnd he says, for many, processed foods are an economic necessity.“You also want to eat the proper amount of fruits and vegetables but again, fruits and vegetable prices are quite volatile, and so of course a lot of people are going to be looking for alternatives, and processed foods are often great alternative sources of vitamins and minerals and prices don’t fluctuate all that much.”He adds they’ve been getting much healthier in the last decade.last_img read more

Only question facing court is whether accused shot BC police officer Crown

first_imgNEW WESTMINSTER, B.C. — A Crown prosecutor says a B.C. Supreme Court judge must only agree that Oscar Arfmann was the man who shot and killed an Abbotsford police officer in order to determine that he’s guilty of first-degree murder.Prosecutor Wendy Stephen told a B.C. Supreme Court trial in New Westminster that Const. John Davidson was responding to a report of a stolen vehicle when he was shot twice at close range by someone using a high-powered rifle.She says it’s clear that Davidson was killed in the line of duty, which is a criteria for first-degree murder, and that the killing was intentional.On top of that, Stephen says witness accounts, photos and video footage identify Arfmann as the man who killed Davidson.Arfmann, who has pleaded not guilty, leaned back in his chair with crossed arms as Stephen began her closing arguments in the trial by judge alone.Davidson had been with the Abbotsford police department for 11 years when he died on Nov. 6, 2017.Arfmann had been scheduled to testify in his own defence last week but his lawyer said he changed his mind.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Griffin Poetry Prize to be awarded to Canadian and international poets in

first_img— British poet Alice Oswald for “Falling Awake” (Jonathan Cape/W.W. Norton & Company) Advertisement Saskatchewan-raised, Ottawa-based poet Sandra Ridley was recognized for “Silvija” (BookThug). Indigenous poet Jordan Abel is shown during an interview with The Canadian Press in Toronto on Thursday, May 25, 2017. One of the most lucrative prizes in poetry will be handed out at a gala event in Toronto tonight. A long poem about racism and the representation of indigenous peoples from Nisga’a writer Abel is among the three Canadian titles shortlisted for the award. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn A long poem about racism and the representation of indigenous peoples from Nisga’a writer Jordan Abel is among the three Canadian titles shortlisted for the award. Advertisement Advertisement TORONTO — One of the most lucrative prizes in poetry will be handed out at a gala event in Toronto tonight. Rounding out the Canadian short list is “Violet Energy Ingots” by Toronto-based Hoa Nguyen (Wave Books). Born in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta and raised in the Washington, D.C., area, Nguyen is a permanent Canadian resident who teaches at Ryerson University. The international short list includes: The Griffin Trust was founded in 2000 by chairman Scott Griffin, along with trustees Margaret Atwood, Robert Hass, Michael Ondaatje, David Young and Robin Robertson. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img The Griffin Poetry Prize will award $65,000 each to two winners — one Canadian and one international. — “In Praise of Defeat” by Moroccan poet Abdellatif Laabi, translated from French by Donald Nicholson-Smith (Archipelago Books) Judges Sue Goyette, Joan Naviyuk Kane and George Szirtes each read 617 books of poetry from 39 countries, including 23 translations. Login/Register With: The Griffin is billed as the world’s largest prize for a first-edition single collection of poetry written in or translated into English.BY LAUREN LA ROSE — British poet and philosopher Denise Riley for “Say Something Back” (Picador) The Vancouver poet, who resides in Castlegar, B.C., made the list of seven overall Griffin finalists for “Injun” (Talonbooks). — American writer Jane Mead for “World of Made and Unmade” (Alice James Books) Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

DIRECTOR X WANTS YOU TO REMEMBER THE FLY IN SUPERFLY

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Director X wants to make it clear that he’s about the “fly” in his Superfly remake—that’s it.“As much as we need movies that reflect black culture in the state of black folks today, we also need some movies that are simply about black people doing fucking entertaining shit,” he tells me with a chuckle. Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: The Toronto-born film and music director would understand a thing or two about entertainment. It’s been an element of his work thanks to some of music’s most indelible images as gifted by his distinct vision: Drake’s drunk uncle BBQ-dance in “Hotline Bling,” Usher’s laser-heavy treatment in “YEAH,” a decade and change of hyper-visuals that gave him the rightful brass to claim his direction with the reimagined classic.The original Superfly of course stood as one of the more enduring films of the Blaxploitation era (dealers, pimps, and fisticuffs against The Man). It fashioned itself in a lo-crime drama set by the vision of Gordon Parks Jr and a 1970s Harlem. African American dealer Youngblood Priest served as the main protagonist who spent a plot line’s worth trying to quit the game by any means necessary. Twitterlast_img read more

FashionSavvy Comedians Express A LightHearted Side Of Nordstrom For The Retailers OneOfAKind

first_imgSEATTLE — Leading fashion specialty retailer Nordstrom, Inc. is pleased to announce the launch of its 2018 Anniversary Sale marketing campaign, debuting today in the U.S. and Canada. The company partnered with four fashion-savvy comedians for the one-of-a-kind sale, which takes place from July 20 through August 5. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Liza Koshy Daniel Levy Advertisement Hannah Simone FASHION-SAVVY COMEDIANS EXPRESS A LIGHT-HEARTED SIDE OF NORDSTROM FOR THE RETAILER’S ONE-OF-A-KIND ANNIVERSARY SALE CAMPAIGN – Daniel Levy (PRNewsfoto/Nordstrom, Inc.) The full cast includes Liza Koshy, multi-hyphenate entertainer: actress, Double Dare host and star of Liza on Demand; Daniel Levy, writer, producer & Schitt’s Creek actor; Phoebe Robinson, 2 Dope Queens comedian, New York Timesbestselling author, and actress; and Hannah Simone, New Girl actress. The campaign was shot by Mary Ellen Matthews, who is best known for her portraits of celebrity guests and the cast of Saturday Night Live, as well as videos she has directed for the show since 2010.This diverse group of individuals love fashion, have a great sense of humor, are passionate about their work, and express their style in a fresh way that Nordstrom believes will appeal to customers. Twitter Facebook Advertisement Phoebe Robinson Login/Register With: “Fashion is about having fun and we think we’ve captured that with this campaign,” said Scott Meden, Nordstrom Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. “We believe in the power of personal style and in making customers feel good. We hope customers enjoy the energy and wit our stylish comedian cast bring to the campaign.”The photo and video campaign will be featured on nordstrom.com/anniversarysaleca, on the retailer’s social platforms, and in the Anniversary Sale catalog. Advertising components include digital, print, out of home, radio, shopping bags, store windows and in-store displays. The comedians also filmed short videos promoting the retailer’s “Show Us How You #NSALE” sweepstakes, where customers can submit an Anniversary Sale photo or video via social media or online to express their enthusiasm for the sale and win a $500 Nordstrom Gift Card.COMEDIAN QUOTESLiza Koshy: “Nordstrom has a diversity of brands that work for many personal styles and body types. It’s really representative of our generation. And who doesn’t love a discount? I only shop sales.”Daniel Levy: “I’m just going to be honest: I’m cheap and I love a good sale. I buy all of my favorite clothes on sale – the special pieces I want but just can’t bring myself to buy at full price. The Anniversary Sale is great because these are brand-new arrivals – but at super sale prices.”Phoebe Robinson: “I go way back with Nordstrom because I got my prom dress there in high school. What I love about Nordstrom is that they have easy, ready-to-wear stuff. You can get really cute clothes! And that they’re having a sale means you can get more clothes!”Hannah Simone: “When I grew up, my family moved countries every few years, and we lived in places with amazing bazaars and markets such as Cyprus, Saudi Arabia and India. The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale reminds me of these markets. It’s a diverse shopping experience with incredible options to buy from different designers. And you get a great deal!”The Anniversary Sale originated in the 1960s and is the company’s biggest event of the year. This one-of-a-kind event offers brand-new arrivals at super-sale prices for a limited time – then prices go back up after two weeks. Sale items include brand-new clothing, shoes, accessories, home items and beauty/grooming for men, women and kids, including limited-distribution brands like J.Crew, Madewell, Charlotte Tilbury and more. The company hopes to inspire and engage customers across price and style spectrums and create a sense of newness and discovery in-stores and online. Nordstrom cardholders have the exclusive ability to shop Anniversary Sale before everyone else during Early Access, starting July 12 in the U.S. (and July 17 in Canada). More information is available at nordstrom.com/anniversaryearlyaccessca.About NordstromNordstrom, Inc. is a leading fashion retailer based in the U.S. Founded in 1901 as a shoe store in Seattle, today Nordstrom operates 371 stores in 40 states, including 122 full-line stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico; 237 Nordstrom Rack stores; two Jeffrey boutiques; two clearance stores; seven Trunk Club clubhouses; and its Nordstrom Local service concept. Additionally, customers are served online through Nordstrom.com, Nordstromrack.com, HauteLook and TrunkClub.com. Nordstrom, Inc.’s common stock is publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol JWN. Advertisementlast_img read more

MODEL WITH DOWNS SYNDROME MAKES STRIDES WORLDWIDE

first_img Login/Register With: Facebook “When she walked that first catwalk every single person in the audience appreciated her,” Stuart said. “It truly was the first time she was accepted.”Madeline’s drive has not let up this year. She just finished strutting down the runway for seven designers during the 2018 New York Fashion Week and is continuing the fashion circuit to walk for seven more designers during 2018 London Fashion Week.The fashion world more recently has embraced nontraditional models who are not typically white and thin. From top magazines to designers, more women of different races, sizes and abilities are being hired for runway and print work.“I must say, I think things are getting a lot better, especially for Madeline,” Stuart said.Like most models, Madeline starts off her day with a healthy breakfast then proceeds to her outfit fittings, gets her strawberry blonde hair and make-up done and prepares for her next runway appearance. Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img Madeline Stuart | Source: @madelinesmodelling Twitter NEW YORK, United States — Rosanne Stuart recalls attending an annual fashion parade with her daughter, Madeline, in their hometown of Brisbane, Australia, in 2015. In the midst of the high-energy glamour on the runway, Madeline, who has limited speech, turned to her mother and firmly announced that she would like to be a model.Stuart, 46, who described her daughter as the kind of tomboy who would slip on a pair leggings and “throw football with the guys,” said that it was not something she had expected from Madeline, but she immediately supported her.More than four years later, Madeline, now 21, is the first person with Down’s syndrome to ever stride down a runway as a model during New York Fashion Week. With more than 60 catwalks under her belt in cities including London, Paris and Dubai, Madeline’s disability has not appeared to be a hindrance. Advertisementlast_img read more

Canadian Directors Jen and Sylvia Soska break into the boys club of

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Filmmakers Jen Soska, centre, and Sylvia Soska appear on the set of Rabid, their remake of David Cronenberg’s classic horror, in Toronto. (Martin Trainor/CBC) If there’s a book on how to be a female storyteller who’s inoffensive to the Hollywood establishment, twin sisters Jen and Sylvia Soska would probably send a chainsaw through it in one of their films.The Vancouver-born horror writer-directors have dedicated much of their careers to doing things female filmmakers aren’t expected to — tackling the male-dominated horror and and superhero genres. Their remake of the David Cronenberg classic Rabid comes out next year and they’re also putting their spin on one of Marvel Comics’ key female characters by writing new issues of Black Widow.Upending horror’s penchant for portraying women as victims is a large part of their motivation, the Soskas say, following an appearance on a “women in horror” panel at this month’s conference for the Directors’ Guild of Canada. Login/Register With: Advertisementcenter_img “We gotta make sure everybody gets murdered!” said Sylvia.‘Insane’ pressureThat kind of thinking earned them a cult following, and the twins landed on many “female horror directors to watch” lists after American Mary, their 2012 movie about a medical school student who moonlights as a surgeon performing extreme body modification. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Montage 10th anniversary of landmark Metis case

first_imgAPTN National NewsThursday was the 10th anniversary of the Powley case.It all started when a Metis man from Sault Ste Marie, Ont., was charged with hunting moose without a license.At that time the Ontario government refused to recognize Metis even existed in the province.That all changed on Sept. 19, 2003, when the Supreme Court heard the case and forced Ontario to recognize the Metis as a nation with Aboriginal rights, including the right to hunt.Steve Powley, the man behind the case, died less than a year later. He is remembered as a hero to the Metis.Here’s a look back at that historic day.last_img