Doval visits south Kashmir meets locals policemen

first_imgJammu: National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval on Wednesday undertook a whirlwind visit to the militancy-infested south Kashmir and assured the locals that their security is the government’s responsibility. Doval arrived in Kashmir on Tuesday, a day after the Centre revoked the provisions of Article 370, which gave special autonomous status to Jammu and Kashmir. He is reaching out to the local population in the Valley as a confidence building measure (CMB). Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “Everything will be alright. Your safety and security is our responsibility,” Doval told people in Shopian district. An unprecedented security cover and several restrictions are in place in Kashmir. All modes of communication have been snapped in the Valley. Doval was seen eating food on a footpath outside closed shops and talking to locals. He exchanged views with them on the security situation and the government’s decision to abrogate provisions of Article 370 and bifurcate Jammu and Kashmir into two Union territories. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday “Your children and their children will continue to live here. They will make their name in the world,” the NSA told people. He also met policemen in the area and praised their role in the containing the situation in the state for the past several years. “Jammu and Kashmir Police is one of the best police forces. It has a special place for us,” Doval told the policemen. Later, videos of Doval, flanked by director general of police, Jammu and Kashmir, Dilbagh Singh, interacting with locals and policemen went viral on social media.last_img read more

FM likely to announce more support measures for economy DBS

first_imgSingapore: The government may announce two more tranches of support measures over the next fortnight, following last week’s economy boosting package unveiled by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, according to a report by DBS. Sitharaman on Friday announced a raft of measures, including rollback of enhanced super-rich tax on foreign and domestic equity investors, exemption of startups from ‘angel tax’, a package to address distress in the auto sector and upfront infusion of Rs 70,000 crore to public sector banks, in efforts to boost economic growth from a five-year low. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal “Taking a leaf of these recent measures, we reckon that the focus will be on finetuning measures along with an accommodative monetary policy, while steering clear of broad-based fiscal stimulus, said Radhika Rao, Economist at DBS Group Research. The latter, nonetheless, could come into play if growth risks turn starker in second half of the year and into 2020, she added. “While these measures (announced on Friday) will help improve sentiments and buoy economic activity, we continue to see 30-40bps downside risks to our full-year growth forecast,” wrote Rao. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost The June quarter GDP numbers due this week will mark a slowdown from March quarter’s 5.8 per cent year-on-year, as consumption contracted, investments in private and public sectors weakened due to elections and services sector was sub-par. Third quarter growth is also likely to stay weak but stabilise as government spending resumes after the elections. An accommodative monetary policy stance accompanied by a jumpstart in the transmission process is also expected to lower lending rates. Despite a better third quarter, evolving trends lend downside risk to DBS forecast. For monetary policy, limited fiscal implications from the latest fiscal measures keep the door open for further easing, according to the DBS report. The latest RBI minutes from the August review saw the committee members accord high priority to limit weakness to growth and to jumpstart transmission. “We retain our call for another 15-25bps cut at the October meeting, on the back of a weak 2Q GDP outcome later this week, said Rao. Challenging global conditions and a dovish Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) might also add to the case for the RBI to take a growth supportive stance, though admittedly it will be a close call, said the report. Further easing will need to be balanced with preserving policy space after frontloading rate cuts this year, it said. Relief gains are likely in bond and equity markets on positive domestics but gains in the latter will be restrained by an escalation in the trade war rhetoric. Absence of an aggressive stimulus programme, while the central bank remains focused on policy transmission, will restrain a sharper rise in yields. Global yields also look set to remain low for longer. The USD-INR, meanwhile, continues to watch CNY (Chinese Yuan) movements and broader dollar bias, which at this juncture points towards further rupee weakness owing to a weak global environment, said the DBS report.last_img read more

World champion Sindhu returns to heros welcome

first_imgNew Delhi: The feeling has not yet sunk in, said India’s first badminton world champion P V Sindhu on Tuesday after she was given an exuberant welcome on her return to the country which included a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The 2016 Olympic silver-medallist, who out-played Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara 21-7 21-7 in a lop-sided final of the big event in Basel, Switzerland on Sunday, was mobbed at the airport after she touched down with national coach Pullela Gopichand by her side on Monday night here. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”I am really happy, I am very proud of my country. It’s a much-awaited win and I am very happy about it,” she said in response to a barrage of questions that were thrown at her once she came out of the airport. Within a few hours of that, the 24-year-old had breakfast with sports minister Kiren Rijjiju followed by a meeting with Modi. The Prime Minister posted pictures of the meeting on his personal Twitter page and described the affable player as “India’s pride”. Rijiju, on the other hand, felicitated her with a cash award of Rs 10 lakh. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later”It hasn’t yet sunk in and we didn’t get much time to celebrate because I had to come back early after the match and then next day take a flight back to India,” she said. The Hyderabadi, who has had little time to reflect since her historic achievement, headed to her hometown in the afternoon. “I will work more hard and win many more medals,” she promised when asked about her plans from now given that the Olympics is less than a year away and she is faced with expectations to finish on the podium for a second successive edition. Sindhu was also asked about the moment she got emotional after the medal distribution ceremony in Basel. The five-time world medallist had tears in her eyes when the national anthem played. She had claimed silvers in the past two editions, besides a couple of bronze medals earlier. “I had tears and there were a lot of emotions, it was a great moment for me. Thanks to all my fans for your blessings, your blessings have brought me here,” she said. “I can’t express how it felt on the podium. It gave me a lot of confidence to improve and win many more tournaments. “I would like to thank my coaches Gopi sir and Kim (Ji Hyun). They have put in a lot of effort and done a few changes in my game,” she added. Kim Ji Hyun, a former international from South Korea, joined the coaching staff earlier this year on Gopichand’s recommendation. Sindhu also thanked the government agencies and the Badminton Association of India (BAI) for their support. “The reception was really, really good. I would like to thank the Sports Authority of India (SAI), BAI, the Sports Minister and the government. They have been very supportive,” she said. Gopichand said Sindhu’s gold was special but her past medals at the big event should also never be forgotten. “It is phenomenal. This wait was definitely long but every medal that she has won is special,” he said. “We won bronze and silver (in the earlier editions). The question-mark was over gold. Going into the Olympics with this win is phenomenal. They way she did it was such a pleasure,” he added referring to her dominant performance in the final. Also present during their interactions with Rijiju and Modi were BAI president Himanta Biswa Sarma, Kim Ji-Hyun and Sindhu’s father P V Ramana, a former bronze medallist in volleyball at the 1986 Asian Games.last_img read more

KDMC drive Immerse Ganesh idols in truckmounted water tanks

first_imgThane: In a bid to save citizens from traffic jams and bad roads, the Kalyan Dombivali Municipal Corporation (KDMC) has come up with a plan wherein residents can immerse idols of Lord Ganesh in truck-mounted water tanks near their residences. The initiative “Immersion of Ganesh Idol at Your Door” has been launched by KDMC Commissioner Govind Bodke. Under this initiative, residents can immerse the idols in water tanks mounted on decorated trucks in municipal wards. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ Initially, the facility will be available for those residents who immerse the idols after one-and-a-half days of the festival, beginning on September 2. “We will ensure that the entire process is completed with a traditional fervour till the satisfaction of devotees,” a civic official said on Saturday. “The civic body will install water tanks on decorated trucks in every ward where household idols can be immersed. This initiative will help reduce traffic on roads during the festival as well as the long waiting time at the immersion sites (lakes, rivers and creeks),” said KDMC PRO Madhuri Phople.last_img read more

Millard ordered purchase of incinerator days before Babcock vanished witness

first_imgTORONTO – One of two men accused of killing Laura Babcock and burning her body ordered a large animal incinerator — called The Eliminator — days before the young woman disappeared five years ago, a Toronto court heard Thursday.The Eliminator was operational a few weeks after Babcock disappeared, according to text messages recovered by police.Retired forensic officer Jim Falconer guided jurors through a lengthy presentation about the haul of data found on three computers seized at the home of Dellen Millard.“What temperature is cremation done at?” read a screen capture of an online search taken from Millard’s phone at 10:38 p.m. on July 23, 2012.“Best answer: 1700 degrees and it takes about 1 hour for the first 100 pounds and ½ hour for each 100 after that.”Babcock’s father, Clayton, who sat in the courtroom, held his hand to his mouth as he listened to the testimony.The Crown contends Millard and his friend, Mark Smich, killed Babcock and then incinerated her body.Falconer, a former detective sergeant with the Ontario Provincial Police, showed court a series of photographs and videos taken from Millard’s phone at a hangar he owned at the Region of Waterloo International Airport on the same night.One photo, taken at 11:14 p.m., shows Smich standing in front of the incinerator, smiling and holding a black pole.Another photo, taken at 11:20 p.m., shows flames inside the incinerator.A video recorded at 11:45 p.m. shows embers floating in the air, a streetlight in the distance and a rumbling sound in the background.About an hour later, a note was created on Smich’s iPad. It read:“The b–c started off all skin and bone,Now the b–c lay on some ashy stone,Last time I saw her was outside the home,And if u go swimming u can find her phone”The jury then saw a video of Smich rapping those lyrics, which was recorded on Sept. 25, 2012, at Millard’s home.The Crown alleges Millard, 32, of Toronto, and Smich, 30, of Oakville, Ont., killed Babcock because she was the odd woman out in a love triangle with Millard and his girlfriend.Prosecutors say Millard and Smich burned the 23-year-old woman’s remains in an incinerator that was later found on Millard’s farm near Waterloo, Ont.Both men have pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder charges.Falconer told court that on June 18, 2012, Millard asked a man named “Shaner” to order an animal incinerator that could burn a 250-pound animal.“Cost on small 250 lb incinerator is 11390. Next model is 500 lb and sells for 13440. Tax and shipping extra,” Shaner wrote to Millard.“Put an order in for the larger one. Use the red Visa,” Millard wrote.The total cost of the incinerator, which Millard and Shaner referred to as “the BBQ,” came to more than $15,000 after taxes, according to texts from Shaner.Millard struggled to get the incinerator operational, according to a slew of texts between he and Shaner.But they got it working by July 23. At 3:07 p.m. that day, Millard wrote to Smich: “bbq has run its warm up, it’s ready for meat.”On July 3, court has heard, Babcock’s phone pinged off the same cell tower as Millard’s phone at the same time — near Millard’s house in Toronto’s west end. Her final outgoing phone call came at 7:03 p.m.At 7:30 p.m., Millard texted Smich: “I’m on a mission, back in 1 hr.”Court has heard that Babcock’s phone stopped connecting with cell towers at 11 a.m. on July 4.At 2:40 p.m., an image from Millard’s phone showed a dog sitting beside an object wrapped in a large blue tarp, with the GPS co-ordinates showing it was taken at Millard’s farm near Waterloo, Ont.On July 7, a calendar event was created on Millard’s phone with the note: “Barn smell check.”last_img read more

Canadian rock legends Rush inspire names for new termitedwelling microbes

first_imgVANCOUVER – What do a trio of Canadian rock icons have in common with microbes living in the guts of termites?Researchers at the University of British Columbia say the tiny organisms have long, hair-like flagella and bob about like the members of the prog-rock band Rush.Now, three new species of microbe have been named after the band’s members; singer Geddy Lee, guitarist Alex Lifeson and drummer Neil Peart.The findings, and the new names, have been published in the online journal Scientific Reports.Microbiologist Patrick Keeling is the senior author of the paper and he says a number of Rush lyrics have also been hidden in the writing, “just for fun.”Keeling says the scientists hope naming the organisms after a beloved band gets more people interested in science.“Science is supported by society, so we like to tell them what we’re doing and get them excited about science,” he says. “And so far the response to this has been overwhelmingly positive.”Among those taking notice of the scientific novelty are the band members, who posted a message on Twitter saying they love their namesakes.“Having a microbe named after each us is a hugely tiny honour!” the Tweet says.Rush has been around since the late 1960s and has produced hits like “Tom Sawyer” and “Closer to the Heart.”The idea for naming the new species came from Javier del Campo, a Spanish post-doctoral student working in Keeling’s lab who had recently asked for some recommendations on Canadian music.Keeling, a lifelong fan, suggested Rush. He says del Campo loved the music and made a connection between photos of the band and what he was seeing under a microscope.“Basically, (the microbes) bob their heads around and thrash their hair around and it just kind of reminded us of publicity photos of bands you see from the 1970s,” Keeling says.The scientific names for the Pseudotrichonympha species are P. leei, P. lifesoni, and P. pearti. Keeling says his lab studies them as a hobby because they’re “amazing to look at.”“They’re large, super complex cells that squiggle and wriggle around a lot, and they’re just a lot of fun. Pretty, just beautiful forms,” he says.Found in the hindgut of termites, the organisms digest wood into sugars, Keeling explains.The researchers have also made a video showcasing the microbes, where viewers can watch the organism wriggle as Rush’s music plays in the background.___On the web: read more

Trudeau says his trade message is being heard in the US

first_imgLOS ANGELES, Calif. – The pro-trade message Canada is touting in the United States will resonate with everyday Americans and their political class, even if the words get obscured by the breaking news of the day, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says.Standing at the Griffith Observatory in the Los Angeles hills — a site made famous as a setting in multiple movies — Trudeau said his pitch to save the North American Free Trade Agreement from falling apart was well received.Behind Trudeau, a cloudy California sky obscured the city’s most famous message: the Hollywood Sign.Local coverage of the prime minister’s visit to California has focused on U.S. President Donald Trump’s talk and actions on immigration, a particularly acute issue in this “blue” state on the border with Mexico and home to the largest population of Canadians outside of Canada, some 150,000 people.And Trudeau’s talk Friday night at the Ronald Reagan library was overshadowed with international headlines about a crash between an SUV and a motorcycle officer in the prime minister’s motorcade. The California Highway Patrol officer broke his clavicle in the accident.Trudeau said Canadians needed to continually remind Americans about the bilateral relationship between the two countries, which can often be taken for granted.“The conversations I’ve had across this country over these past few days have been extremely positive,” the prime minister said on Saturday morning.“Maybe it’s not as breaking news as something else might be, but that emphasis that we are working together for the betterment of our citizens is a message that does continue and does resonate.”A weekend hike through Griffith Park marked the last public event for Trudeau on his four-day trip through the United States, where he hit communities that swung Democrat in the last presidential election to talk trade.He met with governors and mayors as part of an ongoing charm offensive to win over states and cities on the merits of trade to pressure the White House. Congressional lawmakers were supposed to be at Trudeau’s speech Friday night at the Reagan library in Simi Valley, outside Los Angeles, but a brief government shutdown forced them all to stay longer in Washington and miss the event.Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti said the content and the timing of the speech were critical for Americans to hear through the white noise of other domestic issues.“We can talk about the fights, but we’re a family. Canada and Mexico are our two closest friends,” Garcetti said.“We really have a depth of relationship that isn’t just about one visit.”California sells some $25.4 billion in goods and services to Canada, and almost 1.2 million jobs in the state rely on trade, according to federal statistics.But it is also a forerunner for Canada in terms of legalizing marijuana, which came into effect at the start of the year. San Francisco has decided to provide amnesty for marijuana convictions going back decades in a move that other jurisdictions are following.The Liberals have been threatened with legal action if they don’t move faster on wiping clean simple possession convictions that have disproportionately affected black Canadians.Trudeau indicated his government was in no rush to deal with amnesty ahead of when the new legal cannabis regime takes effect.“Until we actually change the laws, the existing laws remain in place,” Trudeau said.“After we change the law, we will then look at steps forward on how we move on pardons and retroactive measures.”last_img read more

RCMP dress as survey crew to catch drivers using cellphones not buckling

first_imgAMHERST, N.S. – Police in Nova Scotia are going undercover in a novel way to remind drivers to buckle up.Last month, RCMP officers in Amherst rented a pickup truck and disguised themselves as surveyors in order to catch drivers who thought police weren’t watching.The disguised Mounties who spotted traffic offences would radio nearby uniformed officers, who stopped the vehicles and issued tickets.They used the unusual method to issue 83 seatbelt tickets last month.They also used it for six cell phone tickets, 17 warnings, three unregistered vehicle tickets and three expired safety inspection tickets.RCMP say they wanted to remind drivers that it’s important to use a seatbelt every time someone gets into a vehicle.(Global News)last_img

Ontarios highest court sets 15day cap on solitary confinement

first_imgTORONTO — Ontario’s top court says inmates cannot be placed in solitary confinement for more than 15 days, saying anything longer than that amounts to cruel and unusual punishment.In a ruling released today, the Court of Appeal for Ontario says prolonged administrative segregation causes foreseeable and possibly permanent harm that cannot be detected through monitoring until it has already occurred.The three-judge appeal panel says legislative safeguards are inadequate to avoid the risk of harm to inmates.It rejected, however, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association’s argument that the practice should be banned entirely for inmates between 18 and 21, those with mental illness, or those in segregation for their own protection.The association had challenged a lower court ruling that found the existing law on solitary confinement unconstitutional because the system lacks proper safeguards. That ruling also found that the harms of severe isolation could be mitigated by appropriate monitoring.The federal government, meanwhile, noted a provision in the law requires that an inmate’s health be taken into consideration when it comes to segregation.The Correctional Service of Canada did not immediately respond to a request for comment.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Be A Character In James Pattersons New Book And Help Charity

first_imgSixty-five-year-old crime and thriller author James Patterson has sold more novels than Stephen King, John Grisham and Dan Brown combined by creating unforgettable characters like psychologist Alex Cross, NYPD detective Michael Bennett and homicide inspector Lindsey Boxer.Now, Patterson is teaming up with the National Kidney Foundation and global charity auction site to auction the chance for one lucky bidder to have a character named after them, or someone they choose, in an upcoming book. Villain, hero or victim – the choice is Patterson’s, and the winner will have to read the book to find out!Bidding is open today through Monday, February 11th, at Closing just in time for Valentine’s Day, this Patterson-fan-dream-gift is valued at $15,000. Bidding is currently at $6,010.Patterson has written 107 books, sold more than 275 million copies and boasts 83 bestsellers, a Guinness World Record.Proceeds of the auction benefit the National Kidney Foundation, the leading health organization dedicated to fighting kidney disease. Currently, 73 million people in the United States are at risk for developing Chronic Kidney Disease, the 9th leading cause of death in the U.S. NKF is dedicated to the awareness, prevention and treatment of kidney disease for hundreds of thousands of healthcare professionals, millions of patients and tens of millions of Americans at risk.last_img read more

Malala Yousafzai Helps UN Celebrate In San Francisco

first_imgBringing the idea of the United Nations to life required huge leaps of statecraft to bridge differences, declared Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday in San Francisco, commemorating the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the UN Charter, which he said “symbolizes the hope and aspirations that we can bring the world as it is a little closer to the world as it should be.”Ban Ki-moon addresses a ceremony commemorating the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the UN Charter in San FranciscoCredit/Copyright: UN Photo/Mark Garten“In signing this document, the founders achieved what many thought impossible. It falls to us to heed the Charter’s call to ‘unite our strength’ and to use their creation – the United Nations – for the common good,” he said, adding that the drafting of the Charter was a “glorious gamble.”Several high-level officials attended the ceremony, including; Nancy Pelosi, Congresswoman and Democratic Leader of the United States House of Representatives; Jerry Brown, Governor of California; Edwin Lee, Mayor of San Francisco; and Malala Yousafzai, Nobel Peace Prize laureate, whom the UN chief called the “torchbearer” of her generation.“So much faith was lost in the trenches and gas chambers of two world wars in the space of one generation. But they dared to believe in something bigger than person or country. Through intense negotiations, the delegates realized their dream.”He said that for two months, they turned San Francisco’s War Memorial into a ‘Peace Palace.’ More than three thousand women and men took part. One of them was Ellen Magnin Newman, a high school senior at the time. She was a Spanish interpreter – and helped everyone speak the universal language of peace, he said welcoming Ms. Newman to the ceremony.With the adoption of the Charter, a world in rubble found a path to renewal, the Secretary-General went on to say, recalling that while he had been born just months before the UN, it did not take long for the Organization to change his world for good.“When the Korean War ravaged my country, I lost my home, my school, all I knew. Help came bearing the United Nations flag: sacks of grain from UNICEF, textbooks from UNESCO, and many young soldiers from 21 nations, including the United States. The United Nations showed us we were not alone,” said Mr. Ban.“Today, when I travel to refugee camps and conflict areas around the world, I tell young people: you are not alone. I made it. You can, too. The United Nations will stand with you,” said the UN chief, underscoring that every day, the UN feeds the hungry, shelters refugees and vaccinates children against deadly disease.“Every day, we defend human rights for all, regardless of race, religion, nationality, gender or sexual orientation,” and in that regard, he welcomed the decision of the Supreme Court of the United States that paves the way for gay and lesbian Americans to have their relationship legally recognised, no matter which part of the United States they are living in.Continuing, he said the United Nations had led the charge in dismantling colonialism, bringing freedom to millions. It had mobilized the world to defeat apartheid. Its peacekeepers are on the frontlines of war; our mediators bring warriors to the table of peace.“Yet tragedy has also been with us every step of the way. Genocide, war and a thousand daily indignities and abuse plague far too many people, especially women’” he said, explaining that conflict has forced more people to flee their homes today than at any time since the Second World War.“Forces of division are on the march, peddling the false promise of isolation in ever more interdependent world. And the planet itself is at risk,” he said, declaring: “We have big work ahead.”To that end, he noted that in September, world leaders will adopt an inspiring new development agenda to end global poverty. In December, the international community has committed to reach a bold climate change agreement to place the world on more sustainable footing.“These are once-in-a-generation opportunities. This is our San Francisco moment,” he said, stressing that in signing the Charter, the founders achieved what many thought impossible. The United Nations is the hope and home of all humankind. The Charter is our compass. Let us never relent on the journey to a better world for ‘we the peoples,’” concluded the Secretary-General.At an event in New York to mark the anniversary, Deputy Secretary-general Jan Eliasson said the UN Charter is essentially an expression of hope. It was written at the end of one of the darkest chapters in human history. “It symbolises the hope and aspirations that we can bring the world as it is a little closer to the world as it should be. This we can do through cooperation, dialogue, peaceful settlement of disputes and respect of human rights.”“Yes, the UN Charter is truly a gift. It reminds us – as the present stewards of the United Nations – of our responsibilities to live up to the Purposes and Principles of the Charter. It connects us to our strongest roots and our best aspirations as we reach out to an uncertain, yet hopeful, future – if we travel the right road, Mr. Eliasson said.Also addressing the ceremony, Einar Gunnarsson, Vice-President of the General Assembly, speaking on behalf of Assembly President Sam Kutesa, said that over the course of 70 eventful years, the UN has addressed severe global problems that afflict and challenge humanity’s stability and progress.The contributions of the UN to the contemporary issues of our time are undeniable. From supporting the major decolonization efforts across Africa and Asia to providing a critical platform for discourse throughout the Cold War; the United Nations has, and continues to be, at the forefront of efforts to ensure a secure, prosperous and equitable world.“As we mark this historic anniversary, we have every reason to celebrate all that we have accomplished as a community of nations over the last seven decades. We also need to reflect on how to adapt and align the United Nations to remain effective and relevant in a dynamic and globalized new world,” he said.Source:United Nationslast_img read more

TVOh Canada Celebrating 150 years of Ontarios and Canadas stories

first_imgiTunesGoogle PlayBlackBerry WorldBell Mobile TV Advertisement TVO’s groundbreaking documentaries provide intelligent, in-depth exploration of issues that affect us – they lead us to challenge our assumptions, answer our questions, and pose new ones. In support of documentary filmmaking, TVO also invites audiences to celebrate what Ontario means to them with the seventh edition of its Short Doc Contest. The contest challenges aspiring documentary filmmakers to create a documentary by interpreting this year’s theme, ‘Celebrate Ontario 150’ with untold stories –inspired by a special place in the province, noteworthy Ontarians, Ontario innovations or Ontario values.  All submissions will be screened by leaders in Ontario’s documentary filmmaking community. This year’s People’s Choice Award will be selected by the voting public and the jury will pick the top three winners. All winning films will air on TVO. Contest details are available on will premiere content that helps children explore Canada’s 150th through our geography, history, and cultural diversity. Young learners can enjoy programs like: Canada Crew, a series that teaches kids about the people, places, and locations across the nation; Raven’s Quest which takes school-aged kids on a journey through Indigenous culture with stories told by Aboriginal children; and The Mystery Files a program that helps kids grasp Canada’s past – from the roots of the Vikings to the origins of Lacrosse, Hockey, and Basketball. Kids can enjoy these series on-air, and online on, throughout the summer, as part of TVOKids’ Summer of Canada.TVO’s Canada/Ontario150 programming includes: Adult Content The Lay of the LandWorld Premiere Fall 2017TVO CommissionAward-winning filmmaker Alan Zweig takes his singular, probing style to Nunavut for The Lay of the Land, an examination of the attitudes many Canadians hold towards First Nations. With Inuk heavy-metal rocker Lucie Idlout as his guide, Alan hopes to defeat his own skepticism and gain some insights into this complex and often misunderstood issue.My First 150 DaysBloor Hot Docs Screening EventMy First 150 Days, a film which chronicles a Filipino family’s reunion through immigration to Canada, makes its world premiere at the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema on Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 6:30 pm. The screening is followed by a panel discussion with the cast and crew and will be hosted by The Agenda in the Summer host, Nam Kiwanuka. Tickets for the event are $10 and will be available on First 150 DaysBroadcast Premiere Spring 2017TVO CommissionThe first few months in a new country can be difficult when you’re learning a new culture, language, and setting down roots in an unfamiliar place. When she left her rural village in the Philippines for Canada nearly a decade ago, Melona felt the growing pains of immigration. Now, she is sponsoring her 26-year old daughter, 24-year old son, 14-year old daughter and the grandson of her eldest daughter to come to Canada. My First 150 Days follows the family’s first 150 days in Ontario together, capturing their emotional journey of starting fresh in a new land.Village of DreamsWorld Premiere Summer 2017TVO CommissionVillage of Dreams explores Canadian identity through the microcosm of the diverse Toronto business community known as Gerrard India Bazaar or “Little India.” Established by South Asian immigrants over 40-years ago, Little India grew to be one of the largest South Asian marketplaces in North America. A vibrant and colourful community, the film explores how it has evolved over the years, with new waves of neighbours settling in and questions from second-generation children starting to surface. An accompanying website,, features a series of short documentaries that dives into the issues and themes of the Gerrard India Bazaar.The 150 Doc ProjectWorld Premiere Fall 2017TVO CommissionThe 150 Doc Project follows a family of 28 Syrian refugees who are the first of their kin to step foot on Canadian soil, privately sponsored by an eccentric lesbian couple in Prince Edward County, Ontario. The project includes a half-hour short film which follows the three teenage brothers as they try to adjust to their new lives while the scars of war, interlaced with the universal teenage angst of puberty, sexuality, a sense of belonging and identity. A one-hour documentary focuses on the lives the women of the family and their relationship to the community, and a dedicated website features video clips highlighting the women, sponsors, and other members of the community, a family tree, and video diaries from the family.RE: Main StreetWorld Premiere Spring 2017TVO CommissionRE: Main Street visits big cities and small towns across Ontario gathering and recording stories from the country’s various ‘Main Streets’. Travelling across the country in a ‘storymobile’ – a portable audio recording studio inside a teardrop trailer – the filmmakers interview community leaders, business owners, and residents to see what makes each Ontario town unique, as well as common. A series of 10 short films, each episode features a new location mixing archival photos with animation and interviews to tell each town’s story.Latkes, Ladoos and LaughsWorld Premiere Fall 2017TVO CommissionLatkes, Ladoos and Laughs looks at contemporary Canadian culture and identity through the eyes of a group of edgy Canadian comedians from diverse cultural backgrounds. The comedians bring to light insights into their individual cultures, families, and identities, using comedy to entertain audiences and give voice to their personal struggles. The comedians traverse the boundaries of political correctness and boldly explore provocative issues like terrorism, racism, politics, and sexuality to examine the complicated world that we live in.Family CameraWorld Premiere Fall 2017TVO CommissionThe family photo is one of the most universal pieces of imagery in the world, and yet, until very recently, its value as a historical and anthropological reflection of society has been left unrecognized. Family Camera analyzes how the identity of family in Canada has been captured and influenced by evolving photo technology, historical events, and social milestones. Examining photography through the ages, Family Camera looks at some of the first photos taken in Southern Ontario in the 1840s to today’s Instagram images. On a companion website, users can view photos of Canada throughout the decades, learning about the technology behind them and sharing them on social media.The Agenda with Steve PaikinMonday to Friday 8 pm and 11 pmEpisodes starting in April 2017TVO’s flagship current affairs program, The Agenda with Steve Paikin, will turn its unique in-depth Ontario-perspective to Ontario’s anniversary, with episodes covering themes including: ‘What did Ontario bring to Confederation?’, ‘150 years of Ontario and its Aboriginal peoples’, and ‘Ontario firsts over 150 years’.Kids’ ContentCanada CrewWorld Premiere Summer 2017TVOKids CommissionThree puppet characters: a moose named Mo, a beaver named Bebe, and a goose named Gavin, take preschool audiences on a playful cross-country tour. The three introduce kids to the iconic people, cultures and geography, and sports and festivals which are unique to Canada. Kids can get hands-on with an accompanying website, using an interactive map of Canada to see where mountains, rivers, and major cities are located.Raven’s QuestWorld Premiere Fall 2017TVOKids CommissionRaven’s Quest features first-person stories told by Indigenous children across the country. Geared towards school-aged kids, the series travels to the lush landscape of British Columbia to visit a Haida girl who demonstrates how to make a mini totem pole. In Nunavik, an Inuit boy explains the importance of the Inukshuk, and back in Eastern Canada a Mohawk boy on the Akwesasne reserve shares the origins of his favourite sport, Lacrosse. Kids can learn more about Aboriginal culture with an online game that takes them on a quest, unlocking and collecting precious treasures along the way.The Mystery FilesSeason 2 premieres Summer 2017TVOKids CommissionThe Mystery Files encourages kids in Grades 2-4 to delve into big ideas to find out why the world exists like it does. In Season 2, Kyla and E.B. dive into Canadian history, learning about the Vikings – the first Europeans to visit Canada – past incidents including, The Residential School System and the Komagata Maru, and the local roots of Lacrosse, Hockey and Basketball. An online game, Mystery Files HQ, allows players to act as agents along with E.B. and Kyla, and look for clues to solve mysteries about Canadian history.Kid DinerWorld Premiere Summer 2017TVOKids CommissionGeared towards school-aged kids, hosts Aynalem and Xander cook with chefs in eateries across the country, from fine dining to street vendors, demonstrating different cooking styles, ingredients, and what it takes to create an amazing meal. Kids can learn more about where local food is grown, caught, and raised, as well as its nutritional value, on a complementary website.Giver 150World Premiere Summer 2017TVOKids CommissionEncouraging children to roll up their sleeves and get involved in the community, Giver returns for a fourth season to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday. Designed for school-aged learners, Giver 150 brings kids together from across the country to build playgrounds, including the biggest park in the nation’s capital, and learn about Canadian history along the way. In an online scavenger hunt game, kids can unlock each province in a map of the country, learning about Canadian culture and unique elements from each province and territory.About TVOAs the technological extension of Ontario’s public education system, TVO’s vision is to create a better world through the power of learning. TVO provides learning opportunities for Ontarians through innovative educational products, in-depth current affairs, groundbreaking documentaries, and award-winning TVOKids resources both inside and outside the classroom. TVO is funded primarily by the Province of Ontario and is a registered charity supported by sponsors and thousands of donors. For more information, visit to find TVO On air: Cable ch. 2 (may vary in some areas)Rogers channel 2Bell Fibe TV HD 1209Bell Fibe TV SD 209Bell TV 265Shaw Direct HD 39Shaw Direct SD 353 Advertisement Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Starting this year, TVO celebrates Ontario’s and Canada’s 150th anniversary with educational content designed to engage Ontarians in a discussion about what it means to be an Ontarian and a Canadian. TVO’s multiplatform celebration includes stories and themes related to the immigrant experience, Aboriginal roots, contemporary Canadian identity, and Ontario’s contribution to Confederation and to the world. Throughout 2017, sesquicentennial content will be marked with a special TVO-designed tribute logo for Canada/Ontario150.“TVO is uniquely positioned to engage Ontarians in a discussion about what it means to be Canadian,” said Lisa de Wilde, Chief Executive Officer of TVO. “As the digital public space for Ontario-perspective in-depth current affairs and the province’s partner for digital learning, TVO has a history of providing content that both informs and enlightens Ontarians on the big issues of the day. There is no better occasion than Canada’s special anniversary for Ontarians to engage in a province-wide dialogue about the issues, perspectives, and stories that matter most to our national identity in the present, and in the next 150 years.”TVO’s flagship Ontario-perspective in-depth current affairs program, The Agenda with Steve Paikin, explores 150 years of Ontario and its Aboriginal peoples, Ontario’s firsts over the last 150 years, and Ontario’s contribution to Confederation. Adults can also enjoy related Canadian and Ontario-focused documentaries on-air, and online on, including: The Lay of the Land, a documentary that attempts to understand the challenges of living in Nunavut following colonialism; My First 150 Days a film that premieres at the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema and chronicles a Filipino family’s reunion through immigration to Canada; and Village of Dreams which explores Canadian identity through the microcosm of Toronto’s culturally-diverse business community, “Little India.” Login/Register With: Facebook FacebookTwitterYouTubelast_img read more

Toronto DJ aims to diversify EDM scene with Intersessions workshop

first_imgAdvertisement The three-hour sessions cover everything from plugging in the equipment to self-promotion to coping with sexism. Though she says the scene is getting more diverse, and women are at the top of some Toronto genres, there is always room for more diversity and more voices. Then there’s the colleagues who have told her about being sexually harassed at work, and the dominance of straight, white men on festival line-ups. “You have to work triple as hard, and be triple as good to get to not even the same position as a white guy doing the bare minimum,” she said.Nanda is taking the workshops across Canada in May and June, with stops in Montreal, Calgary, Edmonton and St. John’s. In a TED Talk entitled Women, STEM and EDM Dani Deahl said 91 per cent of electronic dance music is produced by men. And the Chicago Tribune reported last summer’s festival line-ups in that city included fewer than 10 per cent women DJs and producers. Facing that male-dominated industry, Nanda sought strength in numbers. Together with Rhi Blossom, she launched Intersessions, a free DJ workshop for women and LGBTQ folks aimed at diversifying the scene. Login/Register With: Volunteer teachers run monthly sessions in Vancouver, New York, L.A., and Toronto, where Nanda moved last summer. Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “It’s a lot of talk right now, and I don’t think it’s showing up as much in action,” Nanda said. “But it’s cool that there is a lot more conversation around it.” “Just condescending little s— that gets to you and breaks you down,” said the 25-year-old. “It makes you not want to go out and play.” Twitter When Chhavi Nanda shows up for gigs as DJ CHIPPY nonstop accompanied by her manager, a white man, and is asked backstage if she’s there to support her boyfriend — it pisses her off. The artist generally doesn’t need to know how to set-up the gear, she said, but when you are underestimated at every turn, building up more knowledge is like armour. Intersessions monthly DJ school runs this Sunday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the eOne Building (134 Peter St.) on the 5th Floor. The workshop is free, but participants should RSVP at Sarah-Joyce Battersbylast_img read more

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS Seeking the next Aboriginal Investigative Journalism Fellow

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement WINNIPEG, Oct. 10, 2017 – The Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) and Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) are pleased to open applications for the second Aboriginal Investigative Journalism Fellowship.Application instructions are available on both the APTN and CAJ websites.Deadline for receipt of applications is 11:59 p.m. ET on Dec. 1, 2017. Advertisement This fellowship will provide a 12-week, paid placement with the APTN Investigates team based in Winnipeg, Man., in the late-winter or spring of 2018. The goal is to have the recipient produce a full-length piece of original, investigative journalism that would air on APTN Investigates.The CAJ is providing promotional and logistical support to the judging panel. The CAJ will provide the fellowship recipient with a complimentary one-year membership. Moreover, they will be invited to #CAJ18 in Toronto next year to screen the finished piece for conference delegates and discuss how it came together and was received after broadcast.Who should apply?Any journalist of a First Nations, Inuit or Métis background who is able to work in Canada and has a minimum of three years’ professional experience working in a media outlet or as a freelancer. The recipient must be willing to relocate to Winnipeg for the period of the fellowship placement.What should you include in your application?A reporting plan that in no more than 750 words lays out your story pitch – including its topic, potential impact, a draft timeline, how you expect to tell the story, and why you are the best person to tell it.Your resume, of no more than two pagesUp to three work samples – preferably broadcast clips provided via link or PDFs of print workUp to three letters of reference.Full application details, including how to submit your entry, are available here.ABOUT CAJ:The CAJ is Canada’s largest national professional organization for journalists from all media, representing about 600 members across the country. The CAJ’s primary roles are to provide public-interest advocacy and high-quality professional development for its members.ABOUT APTN:September 1, 2017, marked the 18-year anniversary of the launch of the first national Aboriginal television network in the world with programming by, for and about Aboriginal Peoples to share with all Canadians and viewers around the world. APTN is available in approximately 11 million Canadian households and commercial establishments with cable, direct-to-home satellite, telco-delivered and fixed wireless television service providers. The network launched its high definition channel, APTN HD, in the spring of 2008. APTN does not receive government funding for operations but generates revenue through subscriber fees, advertising sales and strategic partnerships. APTN broadcasts programming with 56% offered in English, 16% in French and 28% in Aboriginal languages. For program schedule or for more information, please contact APTN at (204) 947-9331 or toll-free at 1-888-278-8862 (Canada), or visit the website at www.aptn.caAPTN News Social Scene Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Its in his Blood Shawn Mendes Wins Big at THE 2018 IHEARTRADIO

first_img Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment TORONTO – Rising superstar Awkwafina electrified the corner of Queen and John Streets in Torontotonight in her broadcast hosting debut at THE 2018 IHEARTRADIO MMVAS. During the two-hour broadcast, hometown hero Shawn Mendes charmed fans with two stellar performances and four big wins – Artist of the Year, Best Pop Artist or Group, Fan Fave Artist, and Fan Fave Video (“In My Blood”). Toronto’s own Drake added two more IHEARTRADIO MMVAS to his hardware collection for Best Hip Hop Artist or Group and Best Director with Karena Evans for “God’s Plan”, while London, ON-bred DJs Loud Luxury claimed the Song of the Summer Presented by Coca-Cola award for “Body” ft. Brando. Ottawa’s Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine, featured on the first season of CTV’s THE LAUNCH, took home Best New Canadian Artist for their hit “Ain’t Easy,” while Brampton’s Alessia Cara locked down Video of the Year for her and Khalid’s collaboration on Logic’s song “1-800-273-8255”.Many performers made their debut on the THE 2018 IHEARTRADIO MMVASstage including bülow, lighting up the audience with glow-in-the-dark LED masks during a performance of “Not A Love Song”; Kris Wu, performing a smoking-hot medley of his hit singles, “18,” “Like That,” and “Deserve”; Canadian indie rock band, The Beaches, who captivated the audience with “T-Shirt”; Halsey, winner tonight of the Artist for Change, stunning viewers at home with animated effects that had flames and butterflies dancing around her; Anne-Marie, performing “2002,” before being joined on-stage by Marshmello to perform their up-beat pop single “FRIENDS,” which helped snag Marshmello an IHEARTRADIO MMVA for Best EDM/Dance Artist or Group; Meghan Trainor rocking a four-song medley of “No Excuses,” “All About That Bass,” “Me Too,” and “Let You Be Right”; and Brett Kissel, making IHEARTRADIO MMVA history as the first country singer to perform on the MMVA stage when he joined Bebe Rexha on smash hit “Meant To Be,” which earned Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line a win for Best Collaboration. Finally, 98 Degrees graced the audience with a classic throwback medley of their top hits as they returned to THE IHEARTRADIO MMVA stage after nearly a decade.The show hit big in the Twitterverse today with 1.3 million mentions, reaching more than 1.5 billion worldwide, and with #iHeartRadioMMVAs holding the top trend in Canada during the broadcast. Host Awkwafina summed up her boisterous turn as host by tweeting a photo of one of the night’s best moments: Shawn Mendes accepting an award on behalf of Marshmello – helmet and all! Marshmello also tweeted about the moment, joking that the two were now a duo. In the weeks leading up to the show, fans turned out to vote for their favourites with more than 46 million votes cast across six Fan Fave categories online and on social. Advertisement Advertisement Facebook The IHEARTRADIO MMVA hardware was handed out by star-studded celebrities including, Alexandra Shipp,  Ashlee Simpson-Ross and Evan Ross,Chrissy Metz, Colton Haynes, Craig McMorris, Derek Hough, Francesco Yates,Gus Kenworthy, Jenni “JWOWW” Farley, Jus Reign, Kristin Cavallari, Madison Beer, New City, Prince Michael Jackson, Scott Helman, Sofi Tukker, Sonequa Martin-Green, The Reklaws, Tyler Shaw, and Tyra Banks.IHEARTRADIO MMVA AftermathThe two-hour music extravaganza, which aired live on CTV, Much, MTV, and YouTube, encores tomorrow, Monday, August 27 at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. ET and Friday, August 31 at 10 p.m. on Much.ETALK recaps all of the red carpet arrivals and delivers exclusive backstage interviews tomorrow night at 7 p.m. ET on CTV.The entire two-hour broadcast, as well as THE 2018 IHEARTRADIO MMVA RED CARPET, is available now at 2018 IHEARTRADIO MMVAS joins CraveTV’s music collection on Friday, August 31.And the winners are…iHeartRadio MMVA Artist for ChangeHalseyBest Rock/Alternative Artist or GroupImagine DragonsBest Pop Artist or GroupShawn MendesBest EDM/Dance Artist or GroupMarshmelloBest Hip Hop Artist or GroupDrakeBest DirectorDrake – “God’s Plan”Director: Karena EvansVideo of the YearLogic ft. Alessia Cara and Khalid – “1-800-273-8255”Single of the YearEd Sheeran – “Perfect”Artist of the YearShawn MendesSong of the Summer Presented by Coca-ColaLoud Luxury ft. Brando – “Body”Best CollaborationBebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line – “Meant To Be”Best New Canadian Artist or GroupElijah Woods x Jamie FineFan Fave ArtistShawn MendesFan Fave Duo or GroupBTSFan Fave VideoShawn Mendes – “In My Blood”Fan Fave SingleSelena Gomez ft. Marshmello – ‘Wolves’Fan Fave New ArtistKris WuFan Fave Much CreatorTheDanocracy – Dan RodoOfficial partners of THE 2018 IHEARTRADIO MMVAS are: Coca-Cola®, Nintendo of Canada Ltd., and Virgin Mobile Canada. Login/Register With: Advertisementlast_img read more

US to back UN declaration on Indigenous peoples Obama

first_img(U.S. President Barack Obama. National NewsWASHINGTON, D.C.–U.S. President Barack Obama said Thursday his administration would be supporting reversing position and supporting the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.Obama made the announcement while speaking at the Tribal Nations Congress which was organized by the White House.“As you know, in April, we announced that we were reviewing our position on the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. And today I can announce that the United States is lending its support to the declaration,” said Obama, according to a transcript of his speech.Obama’s announcement follows a similar about face by Canada which announced last month that it would be endorsing the declaration.Canada and the U.S. were the last holdouts on the declaration among countries that had voted against the documents. Australia and New Zealand have already endorsed the document.In his speech, Obama said he was hoping his administration had reached a “turning point” in the relationship with Native Americans. He said the declaration affirmed aspirations he wanted his government to support.“The aspirations (the declaration) affirms, including respect for the institutions and rich cultures of Native peoples, are one we must always seek to fulfill,” said Obama. “What matters far more than words, what matters far more than any resolution and declaration, are actions to match those words.”last_img read more

Kelly Busch Residential school students say theyve been hurt by law firm

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe single mother of two young children needed a job. A non-Aboriginal woman, she was educated at First Nations University of Canada. Her two young children are of Anishnabe heritage and she deeply cares about First Nation people. She saw the chance to work as a form filler as an opportunity to do a job she could be proud of.But after working for Honour Walk in Saskatoon for a while, she started to see things that disturbed her.“I was asked to leave the Saskatoon Indian and Metis Friendship Centre in Oct. 2009 by a tall Native man who introduced himself as the head health support worker for Saskatoon. I was sitting with a prospective applicant inside the friendship centre,” she said.Busch said the man accused her of exploiting former students.Months later, she received a call from Peter McCallum, an Indian Residential Schools Coordinator with Health Canada’s Community Programs Division. He echoed the comments of the health support worker.That shook Busch up. But when she asked her supervisor, Doug Christmas, why these people were so angry with the company, he told her it was nothing to worry about.But she wondered. And she started watching closely, keeping copies of all her emails and trying to decide for herself if her dream job was really a nightmare.A woman who sincerely wanted to help, Busch was devastated by all this. She was worried that she was involved in something that was morally questionable, unethical and perhaps even illegal.Then she started hearing complaints from Honour Walk clients.“People I had never helped but who had my toll free number,” she said.The Honour Walk clients complained that their phone calls to their lawyer were never returned, that months, even years, had gone by and they’d never heard from their lawyer, that survivors had arrived at their IAP hearings and met their lawyer for the first time and the lawyer was not familiar with their case.She started talking to co-workers at Honour Walk and heard complaints that people were having claims dismissed or compensation amounts drastically reduced because the story they told the adjudicator did not match the version recorded by the form filler and that made it look like they were not telling the truth.Busch also had questions about her own relationship with Honour Walk. She was told she was not an employee, but a contractor. But she felt that she fit the description of an employee and should be eligible for the benefits and protections that employees receive from their employers.So she applied for a ruling from the Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA) in February of this year. Before that ruling arrived, in April, she decided she could no longer be associated with Honour Walk and quit.After she quit, she got the ruling from the CRA.“The CRA deemed me an employee on May 9,” she said.She said she quit because she was disturbed by the many complaints she heard.“I worked in Saskatoon, but I worked with people from all over the province and Alberta and one in the US. I moved my family to the Muscowequan reserve for six weeks last fall and worked in the surrounding area,” Busch said. “That’s when people started coming up to me saying they hadn’t heard from the lawyers in years. Due to meeting so many people, my toll free number was widely distributed. So people were calling me as well. Up to that point I had not heard a bad thing about Honour Walk or Blott other than what the Health Canada people had said.”Then, she re-read an email from Thom Denomme that was sent to her on July 12, 2010 addressed to managers at the various Honour Walk offices:From: [Thom Denomme]To: [Honour Walk managers]Subject: FW: Most Popular Aggravating FactorsDate: Mon, 12 Jul 2010 13:46:50 -0500Hi GuysStarting as soon as you can, these are the only aggravating factors Iwant marked. Let all your people knowHave a great day!Thom DenommeResidential School Healing SocietyFrom: [David Blott]To: [Thom Denomme]Subject: Most Popular Aggravating FactorsDate: Sun, 4 Jul 2010 21:01:56 -0600Here are the most popular:Particular vulnerabilityHumiliationDegredation (sic)Inability to ComplainFailure to Provide Care and SupportWhat that email meant to Busch was that the lawyer in charge of the only law firm that Honour Walk signed up clients for was telling the form fillers to tailor the forms in a certain way.last_img read more