Something has gone off the rails in police shooting investigation PI

first_imgAPTN National NewsMore fallout tonight to a story APTN National news has been following.Craig McDougall was shot and killed by Winnipeg police in August 2008.Despite the normal procedure that an inquest is usually called after an incident like this, APTN National News has learned that the file has been fully investigated yet.This is causing concern for many, including Manitoba’s official opposition.As APTN National News reporter Tiar Wilson finds out, the McDougall file isn’t the only thing they are worried about.last_img



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Human Rights Tribunal hobbled by massive backlog vacancies

first_imgAPTN National NewsWith the chair of the Human Rights Tribunal on stress leave, the agency must now figure out what to do next.The list of active complaints is in the hundreds and several vacancies at the tribunal are on hold.APTN National News investigative producer Francine Compton reports.last_img



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Judge says challenging northern Manitoba medical system failed infant who died in

first_imgThe Canadian PressWINNIPEG – A judge says an overloaded and outdated medical system – not uncommon in northern communities – failed a Manitoba infant girl who died two months after she was born. Drianna Ross, of God’s Lake Narrows, died of an infection at two-months-old in November 2011 because information was not passed on from a remote nursing station to a hospital in Thompson, ineffective drugs were given and “the seriousness of her condition was not recognized in a timely way,” Judge Don Slough wrote in an inquest report released Tuesday. “There is no doubt that the provision of health care in the north is challenging,” he said in the report. “The co-operation between (health) agencies, in collaboration with First Nations communities, must expand in its scope, with the goal of ensuring that residents of some of Manitoba’s most disadvantaged communities have access to the quality health care that is the right of all Canadians.” The inquest was told that Drianna was born healthy in Thompson General Hospital and returned with her parents to God’s Lake Narrows, a remote fly-in community of about 1,300 people. When she was two months old, her parents contacted the community’s nursing station repeatedly over three days about their daughter’s high fever. There is a doctor in the community on weekdays, but the inquest was told the physician’s workload is very high, so Drianna was treated by an inexperienced nurse who had not learned protocols for infants with high fever. Eventually, the girl was flown to the Thompson hospital, diagnosed with pneumonia and placed on antibiotics. The inquest was told Drianna died from a bacterial infection called methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, a condition that would not be addressed by the antibiotics she was given. “It appears that information regarding Drianna Ross’s treatment and high fever over the last few days while she was in God’s Lake Narrows … was not included in the material sent to Thompson General Hospital,” Slough’s report says. It also says the nurse who took care of Drianna in Thompson was inexperienced, lacked specialized pediatric training and felt “overwhelmed” with his workload the night Drianna arrived. The report points to problems Slough said are common in northern communities – overworked and inexperienced health-care professionals, outdated technology that forces doctors and nurses to rely on paper copies instead of electronic records, and an acceptance of MRSA and other infections as commonplace. “Social factors, such as crowded households, busy and cramped facilities (e.g. nursing stations) contribute to the prevalence and spread of MRSA,” Slough wrote. “In my view, the acceptance of MRSA as a fact of life in northern communities cannot be tolerated.” The report makes a long list of recommendations that include better training, updated equipment and a greater use of nurse practitioners, who have more training and authority than other nurses.last_img read more



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Innocence Project seeking release of Nuxalk prisoner after decades in prison

first_imgRob Smith APTN InvestigatesPhilip Tallio has been in prison for 34 years serving time for a heinous crime.The rape and murder of 22-month-old Delavina Mack rocked the small community of remote Bella Coola, B.C. in April 1983. Tallio has always maintained his innocence though an alleged confession is a part of the Crown’s evidence.After the University of British Columbia (UBC) Innocence Project took on his case, an appeal was filed in 2016.APTN National News, in partnership with the Vancouver Sun, argued successfully in court for files related to the appeal to be unsealed. “A Case for Innocence” airs tonight (Jan. 12) on APTN Investigates. A number of documents are still subject to an ongoing publication ban.“Because he maintains his innocence he actually has been in prison for decades longer then he had to be,” said his lawyer Rachel Barsky.Barsky took up his case as part of the UBC Innocence Project and has been working on the appeal since 2009.The night Delvania was killed, Philip was at a house party at his Uncle Cyril’s house and Delavania’s parents were also there. The baby had been left with grandparents, Sam and Gert Mack.Tallio says he was asked by Delavania’s mother Lotta to go and check on the child.“I knocked, called if anybody’s home. Went upstairs, Sam and Gert sleeping in the living room.” Tallio said in an interview with RCMP in 2011. “And you can smell the booze in the air. Delavina wasn’t with them so I went from door to door. Found her in the corner room. Could see that she wasn’t breathing. Her pajamas were down around her ankles. And that’s when I tried to wake up Sam and Gert. They wouldn’t wake up. That’s when I ran back to Cyril and Nina’s.”Innocence Project lawyers collected a number of sworn affidavits from court officials including a psychiatrist that suggest Tallio had no idea what was happening to him in the court room. They propose a number of alternate suspects for the killing including Tallio’s uncle Cyril who is now deceased.Lawyers also want new DNA testing based on the development of a procedure in the last year that can distinguish between male members of the same family along the paternal line. They’ve also collected new witnesses who are casting doubt on the efficacy of the initial police investigation.Tallio declined a request for an interview.rsmith@aptn.calast_img read more



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Manitoba moves to reform nighthunting

first_img(L to R) Rick Wowchuk, MLA for Swan River; Rochelle Squires, Minister of Sustainable Development; Chief Conservation Officer Jack Harrigan and Brian Kotak of the Manitoba Wildlife Federation.Melissa RidgenAPTN NewsIndigenous hunters in the populated southern portion of Manitoba will need a permit to spotlight hunt and only be allowed to do so in certain areas and times, under the proposed Wildlife Amendment Act.It mainly affects areas within Treaty 1, 2 and 3. Indigenous hunters in Treaty 5 are largely unaffected.The Bill is just the first step in making changes, says the province.Step 2 will be consultations over the summer to hammer out the details. Any changes will be decided with First Nations, the Metis, and municipalities, agriculture and wildlife groups, said Manitoba’s Minister of Sustainable Development, Rochelle Squires.Night hunting has been contentious in areas where traditional lands are in close proximity to farmland. Incidents involving bullets into houses, fences cut in pursuit of game and gunned-down livestock prompted Premier Brian Pallister to say in 2017 that night hunting was going to cause a “race war” in some areas of the province.He later said that was a poor choice of words and recognized night hunting was an inherent right of Indigenous people, protected under Section 35 of the Constitution.The framework for Bill 29 – the Wildlife Amendment Act – is a result of 22 meetings throughout the province including First Nations leaders.“We consistently heard that Indigenous people are concerned about Treaty rights while also expressing grave concern over how night hunting affects the safety of their communities as well as all Manitobans,” Squires said.But at a press conference Wednesday, all groups had a seat at the table except the one the province vowed to work closely with.“This government claims to have met with Indigenous leaders across the province, yet there was zero Indigenous representation today at Minister Squires press conference regarding Bill 29,” said Judy Klassen, Liberal MLA for Kewatinook.APTN asked why there were no indigenous representatives present and Squires said they were having their own media availability on the matter.Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs Grand Chief Arlen Dumas was not invited to the table and said later he’s hopeful the consultation meetings this summer will be productive.“I’ve actually spoken with the premier on this issue and they’re wanting to move forward in a collaborative way,” he said.“If this government wants to restrict night hunting it can negotiate with our First Nations or include us in comprehensive co-management of natural resources.”Dumas said he has asked that a round table discussion facilitated by the Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba be part of this summer’s consultations.The Manitoba Metis Federation, meanwhile, says it favors changes to night-hunting and spotlighting in southern Manitoba.last_img read more



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Piikani mother walking to Calgary gets a little help on the way

first_imgTamara PimentelAPTN NewsAs people across the country gathered to remember missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, a mother in southern Alberta completed her 40 hour healing journey to honour her two daughters.But Stephanie English didn’t do it alone.Along the way she got a little help from her friends.See Part One here: From the reserve to the public eye – Piikani mother walks to Calgary in memory of her two daughterstpimentel@aptn.ca@aptn_tamaralast_img



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Norwegian technology employs artificial magma to stifle Alberta gas well leaks

first_imgCALGARY – New technologies employing brute force as well as artificial volcanic action are being developed to better seal thousands of inactive oil and gas wells in Canada that are leaking methane, a greenhouse gas with an outsized impact on global warming.The technology is advancing as federal and provincial governments embrace new goals to cut fugitive methane gas emissions that the industry concedes are difficult to measure, much less control.A Norwegian company is working in B.C. and Alberta with a technology that creates a pool of volcano-inspired “artificial magma” underground to plug wells by melting and fusing the steel pipe with surrounding rock.Michael Skjold said he came up with the idea to use thermite — a metal-chemical powder that burns at around 3,000 C — to seal oil and gas wells about eight years ago. It has advanced from backyard testing to a full-scale commercial test program to plug oil and gas wells.“The reaction lasts for maybe two or three minutes and then it acts like magma that’s erupting from a volcano. A small man-made volcano. Very controllable,” said the innovation and business development manager for Interwell Norway AS during an interview in Calgary.“Actually, we’ve used the volcano as inspiration because … we are creating something very similar to igneous rock and basalt formations.”Thermite has been used for decades in exothermic bonding, a welding technique used to join railway track segments together by melting the steel ends. It’s considered safe to handle and store because it requires a substantial amount of electrical energy for ignition.The Interwell technology was targeted at Norway’s offshore oil and gas industry but Skjold said Alberta’s inventory of nearly half a million wells, compared with Norway’s cumulative total of about 5,000 wells, convinced the company to focus on Canada instead.The leaking well problem is also better known in Alberta than in Norway because it is more visible, he said, pointing out it’s hard to tell whether wells hundreds of metres deep in the cold and stormy North Sea might be leaking small amounts of natural gas.Interwell has tested its technology on four Alberta wells and one in B.C. for producers Shell Canada, Imperial Oil and Canlin Energy in the past 18 months and plans to test eight to 10 more this year. Skjold said the testing has been successful so far, but the next tests will be performed on “problem wells,” where standard plugs have failed.Most wells in Alberta that no longer produce profitable volumes are plugged with a cast-iron-and-rubber plug inside the steel casing and sealed by pouring cement on top, said Will Butler, lead, regulatory efficiency, for the Alberta Energy Regulator’s oil and gas operations group.If a leak develops outside the casing, the standard fix is called “perf and squeeze,” where the casing is perforated from within and cement squeezed through the holes to make a better seal with the surrounding rock.He said perf and squeeze is successful on the first attempt about half of the time, but often needs to be repeated, which adds to the cost.Skjold said the Interwell technology is probably too expensive to compete on simple well plugs, but can likely be cost-competitive with perf and squeeze and similar methods.The problem with cement is that it tends to shrink and pull away from the metal casing over time — wells that are sealed today may still leak in the future, said Dale Kunz, president of Winterhawk Well Abandonment Ltd.The private Calgary company is developing a tool that can be lowered into a well and then expanded with enough force to make the steel casing bulge outwards to create a tighter seal with the surrounding rock.He said natural gas can leak from oil wells, too, because producers often drill through gas-bearing rock to reach deeper oil-bearing formations. The shallower gas formations are normally sealed off with cement while the oil is produced but that cement seal can also deteriorate over time.Between 80,000 and 100,000 of Alberta’s wells are inactive — in other words, no longer producing but not yet permanently abandoned and reclaimed — said Butler.He said 10 to 12 per cent are probably leaking at least some natural gas.“We know there are many, many hundreds if not thousands of wells that the industry doesn’t realize are leaking,” he said.“They’ve been abandoned previously in the past, maybe decades ago, but not to the standards of today and they may be leaking again … Industry is of the mindset this is no longer their issue. But it is.”Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.last_img read more



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Aurora Cannabis to spin off US holdings to publicly traded Australis Capital

first_imgEDMONTON – Aurora Cannabis Inc. is planning to spin off its Australis Capital subsidiary as a separate entity that would focus primarily on investing in the U.S. cannabis and real estate sectors.The spin-off will be achieved by distributing shares and warrants of the new company — to be listed on the Canadian Security Exchange.“The fragmented U.S. cannabis market has many innovative and successful operators that struggle to access growth capital,” said Aurora CEO Terry Booth in a statement. “This creates exciting and attractively priced opportunities for the well-connected and knowledgeable team at Australis to capitalize on… While regulatory requirements vary greatly from state to state, Australis are well prepared to navigate this landscape.”Recreational and medicinal pot is legal in several U.S. states but remains an illegal Schedule 1 drug under federal law, resulting in a hazy legal environment that has complicated things for Canadian companies looking to expand their footprint south of the border.Last fall, Canada’s biggest exchange operator TMX Group said that federal law takes precedence over state laws, and Canadian marijuana companies with exposure to the U.S. market could face delisting. Prior to this clarification, many pot companies had largely focused on markets outside of the U.S. or listed on the Canadian Securities Exchange, which is less risk-averse.Since then, some Canadian pot companies have shifted to exchanges other than the Toronto Stock Exchange or reduced their U.S. exposure.Licensed producer Aphria Inc. had aggressively pursued a U.S. expansion strategy, but earlier this year it was looking to reduce its direct investments in the U.S. The Leamington, Ont.-based company’s recent moves include a deal announced in February to sell part of its stake in U.S.-focused marijuana company Liberty Health Sciences, which is listed on the CSE.Meanwhile, in January, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded an Obama-era memo that suggested that the federal government would not intervene in states where marijuana is legal, though U.S. President Donald Trump later gave Colorado senator assurances that the recission would not impact its legal pot industry. Still, other American politicians are warming up to cannabis, with New York governor Andrew Cuomo creating a task force to consider whether or not to propose legalizing marijuana for recreational use.Australis is applying to list its shares and warrants on the CSE, Aurora said Wednesday.“Recent changes in U.S. federal positioning with respect to cannabis have positively impacted the perception of risk to invest in U.S. cannabis assets,” the Edmonton-based company said in a statement. “This has further incentivized capital market participants to seek opportunities to fund U.S. based operations.”Aurora shareholders who reside in Canada will receive the shares at no cost to them while non-resident shareholders of Aurora will receive cash, net of withholding taxes, instead of equity in Australis.Australis intends to issue 75 million shares at 20 cents each through a private placement for gross proceeds of $15 million.Australis also receives $500,000 from Aurora, as advance payment for warrants to buy Australis stock for up to 10 years.Companies in this story: (TSX:ACB, TSX:APH)last_img read more



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Purging longforgotten online accounts Worth the trouble

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – The internet is riddled with long-forgotten accounts on social media, dating apps and various shopping sites used once or twice. Sure, you should delete all those unused logins and passwords. And eat your vegetables. And go to the gym.But is it even possible to delete your zombie online footprints — or worth your time to do so?Earlier this month, a little-used social network notified its few users that it will soon shut down. No, not Google Plus; that came five days later, following the disclosure of a bug that exposed data on a half-million people. The earlier shutdown involved Path, created by a former Facebook employee in 2010 as an alternative to Facebook. Then there’s Ello sending you monthly emails to remind you that this plucky but little-known social network still exists somehow.It might not seem like a big deal to have these accounts linger. But with hacking in the news constantly, including a breach affecting nearly 30 million Facebook accounts, you might not want all that data sitting around.You might not have a choice if it’s a service you use regularly. But for those you no longer use, consider a purge. Plus, it might feel good to get your online life in order, the way organizing a closet does.Take dating apps such as Tinder, long after you found a steady partner or gave up on finding one. You might have deleted Tinder from your phone, but the ghost of your Tinder account is still out there — just not getting any matches, as Tinder shows only “active” users to potential mates.Or consider Yahoo. Long after many people stopped using it, Yahoo in 2016 suffered the biggest publicly disclosed hack in history, exposing the names, email addresses, birth dates and other information from 3 billion active and dormant accounts . This sort of information is a goldmine for malicious actors looking to steal identities and gain access to financial accounts.Trouble is, cleaning up your digital past isn’t easy.For one, finding all the old accounts can be a pain. For some of us, it might not even be possible to recall every dating site and every would-be Twitter that never was, not to mention shopping or event ticketing sites you bought one thing from and forgot about.Then, you’ll have to figure out which of your many email accounts you used to log in to a service, then recover passwords and answer annoying security questions — assuming you even remember what your favourite movie or fruit was at the time. Only then might you discover that you can’t even delete your account. Yahoo, for instance, didn’t allow users to delete accounts or change personally identifying information they shared, such as their birthday, until pressured to do so after the breach.Even without these hurdles, real life gets in the way. There are probably good reasons you still haven’t organized your closet, either.Perhaps a better approach is to focus on the most sensitive accounts. It might not matter than a news site still has your log in, if you never gave it a credit card or other personal details (of course, if you reused your bank password you might be at risk).Rich Mogull, CEO of data security firm Securosis, said people should think about what information they had provided to services they no longer use and whether that information could be damaging should private posts and messages inadvertently become public.Dating sites, in particular, can be a trove of potentially damaging information. Once you’re in a relationship, delete those accounts.It’s wise to set aside a time each year — maybe after you do your taxes or right after the holidays — to manage old accounts, said Theresa Payton, who runs the security consulting company Fortalice Solutions and served under President George W. Bush as White House chief information officer.For starters, visit haveibeenpwned.com. This popular tool lets you enter your email addresses and check if it has been compromised in a data breach. Ideally, the attacked company should have notified you already, but that’s not guaranteed. Change passwords and close accounts you don’t need.You might also check justdeleteme.xyx, which Payton said could help navigate the “complexities of saying goodbye.” The site has a list of common and obscure services. Looking through it might remind you of some of the services you’ve used back in the days. Click on a service for details on how to delete your account.You might discover that some services simply won’t let you go. That could be an oversight from a startup prioritizing other features over a deletion tool. Or, it could be intentional to keep users coming back. There’s not much you can do beyond deleting as many posts, photos and other personal data as you can.What to do with accounts of people who have died is a whole other story . That said, the prospect of the Grim Reaper — and what sorts of information about you may be exposed after you shed this mortal coil — might just be the motivation you need to clean up your online trail.___Find Barbara Ortutay on Twitter at https://twitter.com/BarbaraOrtutaylast_img read more



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Mental health workers start weeklong strike in California

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — Thousands of Kaiser Permanente mental health professionals throughout California started a weeklong strike Monday to protest what they say is a lack of staffing that affects care.National Union of Healthcare Workers says 4,000 psychologists, therapists, social workers, psychiatric nurses and other medical professionals will picket through Friday.Union president Sal Rosselli tells the East Bay Times patients have to wait a month or more for follow-up mental health appointments because of low staffing levels. He says Kaiser needs to hire hundreds more clinicians.Kaiser’s chief nurse executive Michelle Gaskill-Hames says the walkout is not about better care but to push for higher wages.Kaiser says its medical centres will remain open during the strike. Some mental health care appointments during the week may be cancelled.___Information from: East Bay Times, http://www.eastbaytimes.comThe Associated Presslast_img read more



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Initial public offerings scheduled to debut next week

first_imgNEW YORK — The following is a list of initial public offerings planned for the coming week. Sources include IPO ETF manager Renaissance Capital, and SEC filings.Week of Dec. 17.Uranium Trading Corp – El Segundo, Calif., 4.5 million shares, priced $10-$12, managed by B. Riley FBR. Proposed NYSE American: UTC. Business: Newly-formed vehicle investing in the civil uranium market.The Associated Presslast_img



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Peter Mukerjea ‘silent killer’ of Sheena Bora: CBI tells court

first_imgMumbai: Former media executive Peter Mukerjea is the “silent killer” of Sheena Bora, the daughter of his wife Indrani Mukerjea from a previous relationship, the CBI told a special court on Friday while opposing his bail plea in the 2012 murder case.Peter Mukerjea, arrested in the sensational Sheena Bora murder case in 2015, had moved the bail application in November last year before special CBI Judge J C Jagdale. This is the third time he has approached the court for bail. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!Opposing his bail plea, special public prosecutor Bharat Badami argued that the CBI has sufficient evidence to prove Peter Mukerjea’s role in the murder conspiracy. Badami told the court Peter Mukerjea didn’t take any step to find Sheena Bora, who had gone missing, despite the fact that she was his son Rahul Mukerjea’s fiancee. “Peter was knowing everything…he was not a statue of the family. He took no step when Rahul was desperately asking about Sheena….. Peter is silent killer of Sheena,” the CBI lawyer said. Rahul Mukerjea is yet to depose before the court and if Peter Mukerjea is released on bail, he may try to win over the witness (Rahul), the lawyer added. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedBadami argued there was sufficient material against Peter Mukerjea that led to framing of charges against him. Therefore, the accused cannot seek bail by merely stating the charges against him were “defective”, he said. One of the reasons forwarded by Peter Mukerjea for not being involved in the Sheena’s murder was that he was in London when the murder took place. However, the CBI contested this argument. Hafiz Saeed (LeT chief) was in Pakistan when the 26/11 Mumbai attacks took place, but that doesn’t mean he wasn’t involved in the attacks. So, even if Peter Mukerjea was in London (at the time of the murder) it doesn’t mean he was not part of the criminal conspiracy, the CBI counsel argued. The April 2012 murder of Sheena Bora (24), Indrani Mukerjea’s daughter from an earlier relationship, came to light in August 2015 when her driver Shyamvar Rai spilled the beans after being arrested in another case. Indrani Mukerjea, a former media executive, her former husband Sanjeev Khanna, Rai and Peter Mukerjea were arrested in the case. Rai later became an approver and was pardoned.last_img read more



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Man held with pistol, bullets at airport

first_imgKolkata: A Chennai-bound man has been apprehended at the airport here for allegedly carrying a pistol and live bullets, a CISF official said Friday. B K Munda, a resident of Jharkhand, was going through security checks at the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport when a Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel detected the weapon and seven bullets in his hand baggage, said the official. “A .32 bore calibre pistol and seven live bullets were recovered from the man. He has been handed over to the police as he could not produce valid documents for carrying the firearm and ammunition,” he added. The man was supposed to take a flight to Chennai, he said, adding the passenger was booked under relevant sections of the Arms Act.last_img



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Sensex at record high, crosses 39,000

first_imgMumbai: The BSE Sensex on Monday touched a record high and crossed the 39,000 mark for the first time. Around 10.15 a.m., the Sensex hit a fresh record of 38,993 points. At 10.27 a.m, the Sensex traded at 39,015.26, higher by 342.35 points or 0.89 per cent from the previous close. The Nifty50 on the National Stock Exchange also crossed the 11,700 mark for the first time since September 3, 2018. It traded at 11,710.25, higher by 86.35 points or 0.74 per cent from the previous close of 11,623.90 points. A rise in the Asian indices, along with healthy buying in the auto, capital goods and metal stocks supported the gains in the domestic indices, analysts said.last_img



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Thundershower likely to bring some respite from sweltering heat today

first_imgKolkata: The Regional Meteorological Centre has predicted thundershower in various parts of South Bengal districts in the next 24 hours, bringing some respite to the people from the scorching summer heat.A heavy shower accompanied with thunderstorm is predicted in the five districts of North Bengal as well. The people in the city and other districts have been experiencing hot and humid weather condition for the past couple of days. According to a senior MeT department official, a low pressure trough that has formed over Bengal and a continuous flow of vapour from Bay-of-Bengal will bring the rainfall and thunderstorm. It may bring down the mercury for a while. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe weather office also said that temperature during the day and the humidity level will continue to affect the people in the city and other South Bengal districts, throughout next week. A senior MeT department official said that several parts of South Bengal, including Kolkata, will experience intermittent rain particularly in the evening and the intensity of the rainfall will be maintained till Tuesday. The city will also witness gusty winds accompanying the rain. The weather office forecast may get some comfort from the scorching summer heat as the temperature may slide down by a few degrees following the rainfall. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe doctors in the city have issued some directives to stay fit as the temperature slides up and down due to rains. Those who go out in the sun must drink adequate amounts of water and liquid substances. They are also advised to carry umbrellas, to avoid the sunrays from falling directly on their heads. People can also use sunglasses to get relief from the sun’s glare. The doctors have also suggested city dwellers to wear cotton dresses, to get some relief from the heat during the day. People are also urged to avoid soft drinks from shops and roadside stalls, while travelling in the sun. A large number of people are often seen drinking lemon water or soda, while some others are seen drinking soft drinks to comfort themselves in the sweltering heat. Many are also found standing in queues to have Lassi from stalls in the Dharmatala area, during daytime. The people are also advised to avoid spicy food from restaurants.last_img read more



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Twitter acqui-hires quote sharing app Highly

first_imgSan Francisco: Twitter has acqui-hired quote sharing app Highly for an undisclosed sum. Highly allows users to quickly highlight quotes from articles and share via email or social media. Twitter could develop its own version of Highly or other ways to excerpt the best content from websites and get it into the timeline. “We are excited to welcome the Highly team to Twitter. Their expertise will accelerate our product and design thinking around making Twitter more conversational,” Twitter told TechCrunch on Wednesday. Highly would shut down its iOS and Slack apps on April 26. “Social highlights can make sharing stories online feel personal, efficient and alive, like retelling a story to a friend over coffee. They give people shared context and spark meaningful conversations,” said Highly CEO Andrew Courter. “Highly exists to enable awesome convos, and we’re looking forward to bringing our Highly-informed perspective to Twitter’s work serving the public conversation,” he posted on Medium.last_img read more



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Traders will teach BJP a lesson in upcoming polls: J P Aggarwal

first_imgFour-time MP in Lok Sabha and one-time in Rajya Sabha, Jai Prakash Aggarwal has again been fielded by the Congress from Chandani Chowk Parliamenatry Seat. Aggarwal thrice represented Chandni Chowk in 1984, 1989 and 1996 while he represented North-east Trans-Yamuna parliamentary Constituency in 2009. In an exclusive interview with Roushan Ali, Aggarwal said that traders will teach BJP and its sitting MP a lesson in the upcoming Lok Sabha poll. Excerpts: Do you feel any Modi wave or under-current wave in Walled City areas? There is not any sort of wave in our constituency, rather anti-incumbency is in very high-level due to three big challenges such as demonetisation, GST and commercial sealing. Traders will teach BJP sitting MP HarshVardhan a lesson in this seat as he did not help the traders. Do you consider now a triangular contest in your seat? Not at all, both the BJP and the AAP candidates are far behind me in political race, because Chandni Chowk is hub of business, where demonetisation had already hit the en masse traders hard with the shortage of money. The sealing of thousands of shops in Delhi has made the lives of thousands families of traders miserable. But when the issue of sealing surfaced in 2006, Congress led UPA government had brought 170 amendments to the master plan, built 2,700 roads, and 22 areas were declared industrial hubs which generated massive employment. Do you feel nationalism could be big poll theme this election? Present Modi government is complete failure as their promises made just before 2014 elections such as jobs, 100 smart cities, start-up and stand-up India scheme and infrastructural development. India is passing through a major crisis such as jobs, farmers’ distress and intolerance in society. People think that AAP candidate Pankaj Gupta may damage Congress’ vote banks. Is it so? I don’t feel so, because AAP candidate Gupta is completely a fresher and unknown face in this constituency. Both BJP at Centre and AAP in the national have been involved in cat fights but they never really thought about the welfare of the business class and people. Chandni Chowk seat has huge Muslim voters but the Congress doest not have any MLA. The Congress does not believe in communal polarisation and BJP could also not get in polarisation on the basis of communal line. Congress does not have any MLA while AAP has nine MLAs and Muslim face as minister. There is a talk that AAP candidate Pankaj Gupta may get extra edge. What you think? It is hardly a matter because the parliamentary election is always different from Assembly polls. AAP is still not considered a serious player.last_img read more



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WTO’s dispute system collapse to hit developing nations: India

first_imgNew Delhi: India Monday said collapse of appellate body of WTO’s dispute settlement system, and the reform agenda being pushed by certain developed economies could harm the interest of developing countries. The issues were flagged by India on the first day of a meeting of senior officials of 22 members of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) here. Speaking at the inaugural session, Commerce Secretary Anup Wadhawan said there are existential challenges to the multilateral rules-based trading system due to spate of unilateral measures and counter steps being taken by certain countries. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraBesides, deadlock in key areas of negotiations and impasse in the appointment of members of WTO’s appellate body are posing challenges. “The logjam in the appellate body is a serious threat to the dispute settlement mechanism of the WTO and the implementation function of the organisation,” an official statement said quoting the secretary. He said the continuous rise in protectionist measures is vitiating the global economic environment and this “situation does not bode well for developing countries, including the LDCs (least developed countries)”. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysWadhawan said LDCs and developing countries like India would face more harm due to the impasse over appointment of members in the WTO’s appellate body, which is a critical part of trade dispute settlement system. “There is an urgent need to engage constructively to preserve the system and come up with constructive solutions to the problem,” he said. The delay in appointment of members in the appellate body would hamper its functioning. The US has blocked the appointment of these members. The minimum quorum (3) for functioning of this body will end on December 10, after which it will become dysfunctional. He also said the situation in the WTO has spurred a strong discourse for reforming the WTO, which unfortunately is characterised by a complete lack of balance. “The reform agenda being promoted does not address the concerns of the developing countries,” he said adding the discussions in the meeting being held here give a chance to reaffirm the resolve to keep development at the centre of the reform agenda. The reform initiatives must promote inclusiveness and non-discrimination, build trust and address the inequalities and glaring asymmetries in existing agreements, he added. The secretary said there has been no active engagement or movement on key issues of concerns for developing countries including LDCs in the negotiating agenda of the WTO. “Agriculture remains a key priority for a large membership of WTO representing the developing world. However, there is a strong push to completely relegate existing mandates, decisions and work done for the past many years, to the background,” he said. He called upon the LDCs and developing countries to collectively work for a fair and equitable agreement on fisheries subsidies. That agreement should take into consideration the livelihood needs of subsistence fishermen and protect the policy space to develop capacities for harnessing marine resources, he said. “India believes that developing countries need to work together to protect their interests in the WTO negotiations through preservation of the core fundamental principles of the WTO,” the secretary said. The two-day meeting gives an opportunity to the participating countries to develop a shared WTO reform proposal on issues of priority and interest for developing countries. This will help in building a common narrative on issues of importance for developing countries and LDCs, he said. The issues which would come up in the meeting include finding a solution to the ongoing impasse in the appellate body on an urgent basis; ways to reinvigorate negotiating agenda on issues of critical importance for developing countries; and ensuring effective, special and differential treatment for all developing countries including LDCs. The discussions of the senior officials will feed into the ministers’ deliberations Tuesday. The meeting is being attended by six LDCs and 16 developing countries, including China, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Argentina, Bangladesh, Malaysia, and Nigeria, according to a commerce ministry statement. World Trade Organisation (WTO) Director General Roberto Azevedo is also participating. The meeting is being held at a time when the multilateral rule-based trading system is facing serious challenges. The meeting also assumes significance as countries like the US and China are raising import duties against each other’s products, creating a trade war like situation and posing a threat to global commerce. Developed countries like the US want WTO members to start discussing new issues like e-commerce. However, India is of the view that formal discussions should begin only after consensus is built on them.last_img read more



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Militiamen fire on protesters in Libyan capital: AFP

first_imgTRIPOLI – Libyan militiamen opened fire on Friday on a crowd wanting them to move out of their headquarters in southern Tripoli, wounding at least two people, an AFP journalist witnessed.Hundreds of people in the Gharghour district converged on the Misrata militia’s headquarters to press their demands when gunmen inside fired into the air to scare them off.But when the crowd continued to approach the building, the gunmen started firing at them. Libya has been troubled by instability and increasing levels of violence, usually involving former rebels who helped overthrow dictator Moamer Kadhafi two years ago but have never disbanded their militias.The Misrata militia sparked headlines earlier this week when one of its leaders, Nuri Friwan, was fatally wounded in fighting at a checkpoint manned by other ex-rebels.Two people were killed in subsequent fighting, and one Western diplomat said the situation was becoming “increasingly critical”.last_img read more



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Moroccan parliament ratifies an amendment of rape law

first_imgRabat – Here is good news for human rights and women associations, a news that, however, went unreported in Moroccan media.The first chamber of the Moroccan parliament has unanimously ratified last week a draft law to amend article 475 of the penal code that allows rapists to avoid prosecution for rape if they marry their victims.In a phone call with MWN, Abdellatif Ouammou, member of the first chamber of the parliament from the Party of Progress and Socialism (PPS), and author of the amendment, said the “new law will repeal the second paragraph of article 475 of the penal code that permits a rapist to avoid prison and prosecution if he marries either underage or adult victim unless the latter thinks otherwise.” In accordance with the first paragraph of the amendment, a person who kidnapped or tricked a minor under the age of eighteen without the use of violence or fraud or tried to do so, shall be punished with imprisonment from one year to five years and a fine ranging between two hundred and five hundred dirhams.Amending article 475 comes following the the controversy spurred by the case of Amina Filali, a 16-year-old who killed herself in March 2012 by ingesting rodent poison after she was forced to marry the man who had raped her.Morocco’s conservative society has traditionally preferred to permit a rapist to marry his victim to avoid “dishonor and shame.”Amina’s case spurred women’s rights associations to call on the government to intervene and revoke the rape law, which many think is an infringement of women’s rights.The newly approved law, which aims at protecting underage girls and intimidate rapists, will add three paragraphs. The news paragraphs will focus on doubling the duration of punishment if the kidnapping of a victim causes a sexual relationship, even with the consent of the minor. The second paragraph relates to the application of the sanctions while the third relates to the situation in which the victim loses her virginity. In this case, the punishment is up to thirty years in prison.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more



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