Zagreb: Thousands of anti-abortion marchers took to the streets on Saturday in three cities around Croatia, a largely Catholic country where activists say reproductive rights are increasingly under threat. In Zagreb, police briefly detained around a dozen women’s rights protesters who tried to block the annual “March for Life”, which drew some 5,000 people to the centre of the capital. The crowd was full of children with balloons while demonstrators marched with a banner that read: “Let’s protect the most endangered minority in Croatia — unborn children.” Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests’Thousands of other anti-abortion activists also marched in the coastal towns of Split and Zadar. “A child should be protected from conception till birth,” said 34-year-old Ivan Plese, a theologist walking with his wife and 10-month baby boy. Ivana Lozo, a 19-year-old at the rally, told AFP that “abortion should be completely banned.” Abortion is legal until the 10th week of pregnancy in Croatia under a 1978 law from when the country was still part of communist Yugoslavia. Also Read – Pak Army chief accompanies Imran at key meetings in ChinaBut the procedure is becoming more restricted as rising religious pressure sways doctors to refuse abortions on moral grounds. Some 60 per cent of gynecologists at public hospitals do not offer abortions by citing a legal right to “conscientious objection”, according to a survey conducted earlier this year by RTL television. The country’s parliament is supposed to re-write the abortion law after a court ruled in 2017 that the current legislation is outdated. Rights groups fear this could pave the way for more restrictions. Zagreb’s rally concluded with a concert from the popular but controversial right-wing singer Marko Perkovic Thompson, who has drawn criticism for being sympathetic to Croatia’s World War II pro-Nazi regime. The demonstration was held on the eve of European parliament elections in Croatia. Organisers denied any political affiliation. Nearly 90 per cent of Croatia’s 4.2 million people are Catholics and the Church plays a central role in society.
New Delhi: The government Sunday said reports on the deteriorating health of outgoing Finance Minister Arun Jaitley are false and baseless, and media should stay clear of rumour mongering. Amid speculations on the state of Jaitley’s health, government spokesperson Sitanshu Kar took to Twitter to clear the air. “Reports in a section of media regarding Union Minister Shri Arun Jaitley’s health condition are false and baseless. Media is advised to stay clear of rumour mongering,” he tweeted. While Jaitley remained unreachable despite several attempts, his office said he is resting at home. Sources aware of his condition had on Friday stated that Jaitley is unlikely to be part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Cabinet in the BJP government’s second term due to his ill health, which may require him to travel to either the UK or the US for treatment.
VIENNA: Austria’s Chancellor Sebastian Kurz Monday lost a no-confidence vote in parliament, removing him and his cabinet from office over a corruption scandal that brought has down his coalition government. “An application (by the opposition Social Democrats) has been accepted, so he has lost the confidence” of parliament, deputy speaker Doris Bures said. The move comes just after Kurz celebrated a big win for his conservative People’s Party (OeVP) in Sunday’s European elections, which is projected to gain 34.9 percent of the vote and two extra European parliament seats. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests’It comes in the wake of the so-called “Ibiza-gate” scandal, which saw FPOe leader and Vice-Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache resign from both posts after he was caught appearing to offer public contracts in return for campaign help from a fake Russian backer. That led to Kurz ending his coalition with the FPOe and calling early elections for the autumn, but the opposition say the 32-year-old leader must also take responsibility for the scandal. Also Read – Pak Army chief accompanies Imran at key meetings in ChinaThe no-confidence vote against Kurz and his government took place in a special sitting of parliament with more than half of MPs withdrawing their support, making him the shortest-serving chancellor, as well as the first in post-war Austrian history to be removed in this fashion. Social Democrats (SPOe) leader Pamela Rendi-Wagner accused Kurz of an unprecedented “uncurbed and shameless power grab” when bringing forward the motion against him. Kurz’s former partner, the FPOe, also supported the motion. It is now up to President Alexander Van der Bellen to appoint experts to lead the government and all the ministries until the elections. Speaking in parliament before the vote, Kurz accused the opposition of causing instability with the motion against his government, but said if the vote succeeded, he would ensure an orderly transition to whoever is appointed next. The far-right, meanwhile, seemed to have suffered a setback in Sunday’s vote over “Ibiza-gate”, falling from 19.7 percent to 17.2 percent and losing one of their four MEPs.
Los Angeles: Collin Chou, best known for “The Matrix Reloaded” and “The Matrix Revolutions”, is set to feature in rom-com “The Half of It”. The Netflix film will be directed by Alice Wu, reported Deadline. The project, which is a follow-up to Wu’s 2004 film “Saving Face”, revolves around the struggles of an immigrant family against the backdrop of an American-esque teenage angst romantic comedy. Chou will play Edwin Chiu, a struggling immigrant father to Leah Lewis’ Ellie. Also Read – ‘Will be acting till I die’ Ellie was a highly educated engineer whose promising career was compromised by Edwin’s poor English speaking skills when he moved to the US. He takes up the job as a station manager of the local train depot to provide for his daughter, but poor pay hinders his ability to move up the ladder. Wu is the writer and co-producer on the film. Anthony Bregman and M Blair Breard are also producing with executive producers Erica Matlin and Greg Zuk.
New Delhi: Farmers will have to contribute Rs 100 per month under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Pension Yojana that seeks to provide minimum fixed monthly pension of Rs 3,000 on attainment of 60 years, according to the government. The central government will also contribute an equal amount to the pension fund to be managed by the LIC, which will be responsible for the pension payout, it said. The Modi 2.0 government in its first cabinet meeting had approved a separate pension scheme for farmers with an aim to cover 5 crore beneficiaries in the first three years, which would cost the exchequer Rs 10,774.5 crore per annum. Discussing the new scheme with state agriculture ministers through a video conference, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar urged all states and union territories to roll out the programme at the earliest. Tomar urged the states to start enrolling farmers in the age group of 18-40 years besides taking measures to create awareness about the scheme, an official statement said. The minister said, “The beneficiary would be required to contribute Rs 100 per month at median entry age of 29 years.” The central government will also contribute an equal amount to the pension fund to be managed by the LIC, which will be responsible for the pension payout.
New Delhi: The best five-a-side football teams in the world are on their way to Brazil to battle for glory at the Red Bull Neymar Jr’s Five World Final 2019 on Friday and Saturday. Now in its fourth edition, over 100,000 players aged 16 to 25 from more than 40 countries across six continents embarked on the journey to outplay them all, and the cream of the crop will now get to live their dream at the Instituto Projeto Neymar Jr in Praia Grande. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football together One mixed team and one women’s team will be crowned world champions in the world’s biggest and most exciting five-a-side tournament format — 10 minutes of intense action, no goalkeepers and teams losing a player every time the opposition scores. With 3216 teams, bringing their best to the field, Kalina Rangers Mumbai emerged victorious and became the national champions of Neymar Jr’s Five 2019. Anthony Machado, Tyson Periera, Henderson Dias, Rayyan Shaikh, Craig D’Souza, Melvin Barboza and Charnel D’Almeida will now represent India in the World Finals 2019 at Instituto Projeto Neymar, Brazil, on July 12 and 13 and meet the Paris Saint Germain superstar in his own backyard. The World Final will kick off on Friday with the group stage. The best teams will advance to Saturday’s knock-out format before the top two women’s and mixed teams face each other in the final of each division.
Washington: Senator Kamala Harris is introducing legislation designed to ensure all Americans, particularly those in at-risk communities, have access to safe, affordable drinking water, the latest response to burgeoning water crises across the country. The California Democrat and presidential candidate’s “Water Justice Act” would invest nearly USD 220 billion in clean and safe drinking water programs, with priority given to high-risk communities and schools. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USAs part of that, Harris’ plan would declare a drinking water infrastructure emergency, devoting USD 50 billion toward communities and schools where water is contaminated to test for contaminants and to remediate toxic infrastructure. The legislation, being introduced on Monday, also would establish a USD 10 billion programme to allow states to offset the cost of water bills in low-income communities and environmentally at-risk households. Additionally, Harris would invest USD 20 billion in a variety of sustainable water supply, recycling and conservation programs. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsHarris is focusing on the issue as she and other 2020 Democratic presidential candidates turn their sights on Michigan, where the city of Flint has faced a major water crisis. Harris, who launched her campaign in January, is among the party’s candidates speaking at the NAACP’s national convention in Michigan this week. And 20 candidates seeking their party’s nomination will take the stage for the party’s second set of presidential debates in Detroit on July 30-31. Harris is partnering with Michigan Reps. Dan Kildee, who represents Flint, and Brenda Lawrence. While Flint has dealt with lead that leached into some homes after officials tapped into the Flint River in 2014, the problems also are dire in Harris’ home state, where 1 million of its nearly 40 million residents don’t have access to clean drinking water because of pollution from humans or natural causes. “Every American has the right to clean water, period,” Harris said. “We must take seriously the existential threat represented by future water shortages and acknowledge that communities across the country particularly communities of colour already lack access to safe and affordable water”.
Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) seems to be acting in top gear while probing the Unnao rape victim’s critical injuries, sustained by a mysterious truck ramming into the victim’s car, killing two of her aunts. The victim and her lawyer are now battling for life. The court had also ruled that subject to the health conditions and concurrence of the family members of the 19-year-old rape victim and the lawyer, the critically injured could be airlifted for better treatment in AIIMS, New Delhi – which has now unfolded. The rape accused, MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar, in the meantime, is under interrogation by CBI at the Sitapur jail. Two persons who visited Sengar in the jail preceding the deadly accident, are also under questioning. Also Read – A special kind of bondMeanwhile, the trial of this case, which commenced on August 5, is evincing keen interest amongst all. Judge Dharmesh Sharma has been designated to hear the case at Delhi’s Tees Hazari Court. The accused and his alleged accomplice are expected to be produced before the court on August 6. It may be recalled that the Supreme Court had taken a suo moto cognizance of the Unnao rape case victim’s accident and ordered the transfer of the case to a Delhi Court, which is under instructions to complete the probe within 45 days. In the same order, the SC has asked the CBI to wrap up the investigation and file a charge sheet by August 14 in the accident case. Also Read – Insider threat managementUnder express monitoring of the SC, a six-member team of professional experts with a proven record of forensics, belonging to CBI’s Central Forensic Laboratories, are also currently in UP, aiding the investigation. Professionally, it has been a wise decision that this significant probe drawing national attention has been handed over to CBI for a thorough investigation instead of entrusting it to the UP police. It is hoped that CBI’s ambit of the probe will also include the conspiracy, beginning from accusations of rape happening in 2017, the custodial beating of the victim’s father leading to his death, the nexus between the truck driver and properly identifying other accomplices in blackening the registration number of the truck to conceal identity. By such ugly acts, it is evident that there were several players involved in the rape, the custodial beating and brutal ramming of the victim’s car. They all need to be exposed through a dedicated delving without caving to political pressure, if any. The most unfortunate Nirbhaya case memory is revived fresh in public minds after the Unnao rape case. The retired CJI, late JS Verma, had suggested several measures but it would seem that all is lost and rapes continue to shock us. The judgments, howsoever harsh and deterrent, don’t seem to work. It’s a segment of society that’s sick and afflicted with a perverse mindset. More importantly, it would also appear that the unholy nexus between politicians and a section of the police has thrived over the years and has now reached a point of no return. This linkage needs to be severed perhaps with the help of civil societies and a thinking police leadership. On the part of politicians, it’s incumbent upon them to act responsibly and refrain from putting pressure on custodians of law to cave in to the whims and fancies of their unbridled ambitions. Also, the party leadership should also exercise discretion while inducting people to its party fold. In the instant case under reference, Sengar is suspended from the party only after the truck causing accident hit headlines. He merited expulsion way back in 2017 when he was accused of rape. He was obviously drafted in because of his winning track record in electoral politics. A thorough turncoat, Sengar was with the BSP and SP before joining the ruling BJP. He could win elections for the party but the huge taint too comes as a moral encumbrance to the party. The politicians possibly have become so thick-skinned that they care two hoots for being labelled as a corrupt or a rapist. They have nurtured a culture of insensitivity. We hear daily reprimands to the ruling party workers, with the Prime Minister himself issuing guidelines for better conduct in public life and good behaviour. A minister’s son in Madhya Pradesh used a cricket bat to hit a civic official. The errant was taken to task but the fact that he was audacious to perpetuate that bit of violence in full public view shows that they have scant respect for the law of the land. So far, all sermons have gone unheeded. Politicians should themselves introspect their conduct in public life to remain above accusations of rape and other serious offences. Unless they reform themselves, police and judiciary can do little. On part of the police, its leadership must tell the force not to be a party to politicians’ desires of implicating someone in a false case and subjecting them to torture and duress. Each stakeholder is expected by society to discharge responsibilities with abundant care and the utmost discretion. Uttar Pradesh (UP) being the most populous state, has its own problems making it difficult for the administration to deal with routine law and order, and crime-related challenges. And then come leaders like Mulayam Singh Yadav, who not very long ago, instead of condemning rapists dismissed the act by saying that boys will be boys – how irresponsible was the statement? Such remarks do embolden the potential rapists and shockingly from Mulayam’s party, no women member including any MP criticised the blatant comment. According to the statistics available from the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), out of 38,947 cases of rape, UP stood second (4,816) showing that 14 per cent of the rape cases occurred in UP. Ironically, there is open support extended to Kuldeep Singh Sengar by some party colleagues. This is unfortunate. He should be a social pariah until the CBI/court clears him. Those exercising silence, particularly for women MPs of the party, by not condemning the gang-rape on the teenager that caused inexplicable trauma, they cannot escape their share of blame by being a party to the heinous crime. Unless there is social pressure, such heinous crimes will continue to recur and eventually, will evaporate in thin air like the Nirbhaya case only seven years ago. (The author is a retired IPS officer, a security analyst and the former National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister of Mauritius. The views expressed are strictly personal)
Copenhagen: Greenland is not for sale and US President Donald Trump’s idea of buying the semi-autonomous Danish territory in the Arctic from Denmark is “an absurd discussion,” Denmark’s prime minister said. Mette Frederiksen, who was visiting the world’s largest island to meet Premier Kim Kielsen, told reporters: “Greenland is not Danish. Greenland is Greenlandic. I persistently hope that this is not something that is seriously meant.” Frederiksen said Sunday that the Arctic, with resources that Russia and others could exploit for commercial gain, “is becoming increasingly important to the entire world community.” Retreating ice could uncover potential oil and mineral resources in Greenland which, if successfully tapped, could dramatically change the island’s fortunes. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USHowever, no oil has yet been found in Greenlandic waters, and 80 per cent of the island is covered by an ice sheet that is up to 3 kilometers (1.9 miles) thick, which means exploration is only possible in coastal regions. Even there, conditions are far from ideal due to the long winter with frozen ports, 24-hour darkness and temperatures regularly dropping below minus 20 Fahrenheit (minus 30 Celsius) in the northern parts. Trump is expected to visit Denmark Sept. 2-3 as part of a trip to Europe. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsTrump said Sunday that he is interested in the idea, but it’s not a priority of his administration. “Strategically it’s interesting and we’d be interested, but we’ll talk to them a little bit. It’s not No. 1 on the burner, I can tell you that,” the president said. It wouldn’t be the first time an American leader has tried to buy the world’s largest island. In 1946, the US proposed to pay Denmark USD 100 million to buy Greenland after flirting with the idea of swapping land in Alaska for strategic parts of the Arctic island. Under a 1951 deal, Denmark allowed the US to build bases and radar stations on Greenland. The US Air Force currently maintains one base in northern Greenland, Thule Air Force Base, some 1,200 kilometers (745 miles) south of the North Pole. Formerly military airfields in Narsarsuaq, Kulusuk and Kangerlussuaq have become civilian airports. The Thule base, constructed in 1952, was originally designed as a refueling base for long-range bombing missions. It has been a ballistic missile early warning and space surveillance site since 1961. Frederiksen, who became prime minister June 27, was on a planned two-day trip to Greenland before traveling to nearby Iceland for a meeting of the Nordic prime ministers. “Thankfully, the time where you buy and sell other countries and populations is over. Let’s leave it there. Jokes aside, we will of course love to have an even closer strategic relationship with the United States,” Frederiksen said.
HALIFAX – A woman who broke up with her fiance after a fight over wedding expenses can keep the engagement ring, a Halifax adjudicator has ruled.Devin Sherrington had sued his would-be bride, Lauren Arbuckle, in small claims court for the 3.25 carat diamond ring, worth as much as $19,000.Sherrington, a personal trainer, and Arbuckle, a hairstylist and make-up artist, had planned to marry in 2016. But he postponed the wedding amid arguments over its cost, small claims adjudicator Gregg Knudsen said in a written ruling released Wednesday.“Mr. Sherrington testified that the wedding budget was becoming a very contentious issue. He sought to err on the less expensive side while Ms. Arbuckle preferred a more lavish affair. As a result of the disagreement and the strain it was having on their relationship, Mr. Sherrington suggested they postpone the wedding,” said Knudsen.“Ms. Arbuckle did not agree with that idea at all.”Arbuckle — who texts showed had originally wanted to elope but Sherrington wanted “a party” — then ended the relationship altogether, Knudsen said.Knudsen said it wasn’t Arbuckle who broke the engagement — and that was the key issue in deciding who keeps the ring.“I find the postponement was an indefinite postponement, sufficient to treat the engagement as over. Ms. Arbuckle may have ended the relationship but Mr. Sherrington ended the engagement,” said Knudsen.“It is the conditional aspect of the gift, the marriage or the intent to marry, which is the critical issue. The determination of the entitlement to the engagement ring is based upon who broke off the engagement and who didn’t.”In the end, Knudsen said text messages exchanged by the two showed Sherrington had told Arbuckle she could keep the ring anyway.The adjudicator did, however, order Arbuckle to pay Sherrington $2,914 for her share of a trip to Mexico they had taken together.The battle over the ring may ultimately be moot: Arbuckle has filed for bankruptcy, so the ring is in the possession of the trustee in bankruptcy.
Three stories in the news for Monday, Aug. 21———PARTIAL ECLIPSE TO TAKE A BITE OUT OF CANADA’S SUNCanadians across the country will be donning special glasses and looking to the sky to take in a partial solar eclipse today. Unlike the U.S., Canada won’t see a total solar eclipse, where the moon completely covers the sun, blacking out the sky and turning day into night momentarily. But we’re still in for a celestial show and viewing events are planned across the country.———NAFTA: TOUGH SLEDDING AT ROUND ONE OF NEGOTIATIONSNorth American countries concluded their first round of negotiations toward a new continental trade agreement Sunday with a statement that suggested major issues needed to be sorted out in the talks ahead. A joint statement from the three countries couldn’t even agree what to call this process: A ”modernization,” which implies simple changes and is the preferred term of Canada and Mexico, or ”renegotiation,” the word most often used in the U.S.———INTERIM SAFE INJECTION SITE APPROVED FOR TORONTOA temporary safe injection site will open in Toronto today, several months earlier than expected. Health Canada says it has approved an application by Toronto Public Health to open a safe injection site immediately. Three permanent safe injection sites were set to open in the city this fall, but health experts said Toronto needed a more urgent response to a spike in overdoses this summer. Health Canada says the supervised sites save lives.———ALSO IN THE NEWS:— Statistics Canada releases the wholesale trade figures for June
Brown was a Conservative backbencher under Prime Minister Stephen Harper from 2006 to 2015, when he stepped down to run for leader of the Ontario PC party.Current federal party leader Andrew Scheer said the allegations against Brown must be investigated fully.At a caucus meeting in Victoria, Scheer said he never heard any allegation of any kind about Brown, until now.“I certainly invite anybody who feels that they have been a victim of these types of things in the past to reach out to our office. We’ll certainly do our best to make sure that any program or service that could be made available to them will be,” Scheer said.“I’m encouraged by the spirit that this is happening now, where you have all-party agreement in the House of Commons to deal with these issues seriously.”Brown “did the right thing” in stepping down, said Ontario Conservative MP Lisa Raitt.Fellow Ontario MP Marilyn Gladu said she believed the provincial party should take the lead on the Brown issue, but added the federal party would also likely become involved since Brown was an MP at the time of the alleged incidents.Conservative MP Tony Clement was more blunt, calling the behaviour utterly unacceptable.“Our staff had to be treated with dignity and respect. We should always keep our policies and procedures respectful.”Clement said he expected the federal party to have “more discussions about this.”NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh also said Brown was right to resign based on the serious nature of the allegations.“With Mr. Hehr, I don’t know. I don’t know the details to that extent. What I do know is you have to believe survivors. That’s the starting point.”Trudeau has repeatedly said his government has zero-tolerance for sexual misconduct, and he used his keynote address at the World Economic Forum earlier this week to urge companies and politicians to do more to confront the problem.“Me Too, Time’s Up, the Women’s March – these movements tell us that we need to have a critical discussion on women’s rights, equality, and the power dynamics of gender,” Trudeau said Tuesday.“Sexual harassment, for example – in business and in government – is a systemic problem and it is unacceptable. As leaders, we need to act to show that truly, time is up.” The swift sidelining of two prominent politicians jolted MPs into reflecting Thursday on the societal shift in attitudes about allegations of sexual impropriety, and how to ensure their parties handle the issue in the best possible way.Patrick Brown resigned as leader of the Ontario Progressive Conservatives after CTV News reported that two women have come forward with graphic sexual misconduct allegations against him _ allegations he denies.The Brown case prompted a woman who once worked at the Alberta legislature to state publicly that Liberal MP Kent Hehr made sexually suggestive comments about her when he was an MLA a decade ago _ an accusation that cost him his job as sport and disabilities minister, pending the outcome of an investigation.Harassment of any kind is unacceptable, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a statement.“As a government we take any allegations of misconduct extremely seriously, and we believe that it is important to support women who come forward with allegations and that is exactly what our government will do.”For his part, Hehr echoed the sentiment, saying the current conversation about harassment is a very important one.“Throughout my career I have always tried to conduct myself with respect towards others, and I understand the most important thing is how each individual feels.”Earlier Thursday, Trudeau applauded the courage of those who levelled allegations of sexual misconduct against Brown.“My thoughts turn immediately to the women who came forward, knowing how difficult it can be, to salute them for their courage and their leadership,” the prime minister said at a news conference wrapping up his visit to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.Trudeau said he hopes the women who have spoken out about Brown retain support among their friends, families and communities at large.“I certainly hope their example will resonate.”
WINNIPEG – A leader in Winnipeg’s Pakistani community says a city park whose name drew the ire of a Quebec MP has been vandalized.Rashid Ahmed says a sign at Jinnah Park was sawed off from the bottom and that the city later took the sign away entirely.Earlier this week, Conservative MP Maxime Bernier criticized the park’s name, which honours the founder of Pakistan, as an example of what he called “extreme Liberal multiculturalism.”He compared it to a decision to remove a statue of Sir John A. Macdonald from outside Victoria city hall.Ahmed says he and others in the community believe Bernier’s tweets motivated the vandalism.He says he plans on filing a police report.Bernier’s tweet “generated a storm, a lot of criticism,” Ahmed told CTV.“You always find some people in a community who put two sides against each other. I think that is what happened here.”Bernier sent out a series of tweets beginning last Sunday, saying too much diversity and multiculturalism could water down Canadian values. The specific tweet about the Winnipeg park came on Tuesday.“While a statue of our country’s founder is being removed in one city, a park was recently named after Pakistan’s founder in another,” he wrote.Hundreds of people are expected in Jinnah Park on Sunday for celebrations to mark Pakistan’s Independence Day, which was officially observed earlier this week.The day commemorates the creation of an independent Pakistan in 1947, largely due to the efforts of Muslim leader Mohammed Ali Jinnah.Despite criticism of the park being named after someone without a direct tie to Canada, Ahmed said it celebrates unity.“We as Pakistani-Canadians love multiculturalism because that is the strength of our society,” he told CTV.“It speaks about Friendly Manitoba: how cohesive our society is, how we respect each other.”(CTV Winnipeg)
Toronto police say they are still looking for a suspect and a firearm after Monday’s shooting at a rally celebrating the Raptors’ historic NBA win.Police Chief Mark Saunders says three people were arrested and are facing firearm-related charges and two guns have been recovered following the incident.Saunders says four people suffered non-life threatening injuries from the shooting.READ MORE: 4 injured, 3 arrested in shooting at Nathan Phillips Square during Raptors fan rallyThe City of Toronto has estimated two million fans turned out for the celebrations — half of them gathered at the rally outside city hall.Saunders says police are looking for a suspect described as a male with a heavy build, around five-foot-nine, short brown hair and wearing a white shirt.He did not release any other details on the shooting and said the investigation is still underway.Police are asking witnesses or anyone else with information on the shooting to come forward.The Canadian Press
OTTAWA — Former Conservative prime minister Stephen Harper has been conscripted to help fill the election war chest — of the Liberal party.The Conservatives posted a video Thursday of Harper urging supporters to kick in money to help make his successor, Andrew Scheer, “the next prime minister of Canada.”The election is only a few weeks away now, and Canada is at a turning point.We need to make Andrew Scheer the next Prime Minister of Canada, but we need your help to do it.Click here to contribute to our election fund: https://t.co/dcGmDcoDMa.#cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/ouQ46rERUF— Conservative Party (@CPC_HQ) August 29, 2019But in a cheeky twist, the Liberals quickly promoted the same video to bolster their claim that Scheer would turn back the clock to the Harper era and to make their own appeal for funds.“The Conservatives don’t like it when we point out that Andrew Scheer wants to take Canada back to the days of Stephen Harper,” says a Liberal fundraising email sent out late Thursday.“Well don’t take our word for it, just listen to Harper fundraising for Scheer in this new video.”The Liberals then provide a link to the video.Andrew Scheer doesn’t like it when we point out he wants to take Canada back to the Harper days.Well don’t take our word for it – listen to Harper fundraising for Scheer in this new video: https://t.co/PGefzGr9fD Then donate to #ChooseForward instead! https://t.co/NTz5crRdYg pic.twitter.com/LIP9r1cgcg— Liberal Party (@liberal_party) August 29, 2019“Donate now to choose forward with Justin Trudeau rather than going backwards under Stephen Harper. Sorry, we meant Andrew Scheer,” the Liberal pitch concludes.The Liberals have been taking every opportunity to tie Scheer to his former leader, warning that he would take Canada backward to a time of austerity and minimal action on things such as climate change.Trudeau has referred repeatedly to Scheer as “Harper with a smile” and has gone so far as to maintain that Scheer “doesn’t take any important decisions without consulting Stephen Harper.”But the Conservatives appear to believe Harper is an asset and aren’t afraid of featuring him prominently.In the video released Thursday, Harper, who heads up the Conservative party’s fundraising arm, says, “It’s important that we all get active because Canada is at a turning point.”“Right now, hard working families are getting by, but they’re not getting ahead,” he adds, echoing the Conservatives’ campaign slogan.“Andrew Scheer stands for a better way forward,” Harper continues.“He and I both know that it’s time for you to get ahead. This is only possible with a government that lives within its means, with a government that protects the services Canadians rely on every step of the way. We don’t have that government in Canada right now.” Does Stephen Harper being attached to the Conservative election campaign change how you’ll vote?Yes, I will vote for another partyNoYes, I will vote ConservativeVoteView Results Take Our PollThe Canadian Press
The Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) today announced its second round of grants for calendar year 2013, totaling $2,090,275.To date, this new funding brings EJAF’s grant investments for 2013 to nearly $3 million.“After more than 20 years of doing this work, I know that the only way to fight AIDS is by helping everyone in need, especially those living at the margins of society,” said Sir Elton John, who founded EJAF in 1992. “That’s why we are very proud to support truly innovative organizations that are providing critical services to the most stigmatized populations.”EJAF’s one new and nine renewal grants support projects in Jamaica, Haiti, Canada, the Southern United States, and national initiatives throughout the U.S. Target populations covered by this grant cycle include gay men, incarcerated populations, injection drug users, African Americans, and young people. Grantee activities include HIV prevention, testing, treatment, and care services, legal services, organization development, and policy and advocacy.Included among these new grants is a new two-year $1 million commitment to EJAF’s founding partnership with the Syringe Access Fund, which will be distributed as small grants to approximately 48 syringe exchange programs across the United States.“Numerous scientific studies have incontrovertibly established that syringe exchange is a highly effective method for helping injection drug users significantly reduce their risk of becoming infected with HIV and other blood-borne diseases and transmitting these diseases to others,” said EJAF Chairman David Furnish. “Studies have also clearly demonstrated that syringe exchange programs help to remove contaminated needles and syringes from community streets, playgrounds, and other public areas and to encourage drug users to avail themselves of other health and social services, including drug rehabilitation and treatment programs.”“We are extremely excited about the innovative work being undertaken by these grantees,” said EJAF Executive Director Scott Campbell, “but our work doesn’t stop there. We are already in the process of reviewing our final round of grant applications for the year, and we anticipate announcing more new grants in December.”
Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe, a Ugandan educator and CNN Hero, will attend the Chicago debut of “Sewing Hope,” a film that documents her work restoring the lives of women and girls brutalized by Joseph Kony’s rebel army.She will visit DePaul University Feb. 16-20 and will attend the screening and discussion Feb. 19 from 5 to 8:30 p.m. in the lower level theater at 14 E. Jackson Blvd. The event is free and open to the public. RSVP here.“Sewing Hope” follows Nyirumbe as she leads a vocational school in Gulu, Uganda, where she teaches practical skills to restore independence to women and girls who were kidnapped and sexually assaulted by Kony and his Lord’s Resistance Army. Filmmaker Derek Watson mixes first person accounts and edgy animation as actor Forest Whitaker narrates Nyirumbe’s fight to bring hope back to her troubled nation. Sister Rosemary’s story is also chronicled in a novel that is available on Amazon by Reggie Whitten and Nancy Henderson titled Sewing Hope.DePaul’s School for New Learning recognized Nyirumbe with an honorary doctorate in December 2013 in partnership with Tangaza College in Nairobi, Kenya. Founded in 1898 in Chicago, DePaul is the largest Catholic university in the United States. Tangaza College is also a Catholic institution and prepares graduates for ministerial and social work.“Sister Rosemary is a living example for DePaul and Tangaza College as we work together to develop leaders for Africa,” said Derise Tolliver Atta, associate professor in DePaul’s School for New Learning. “She stood up to Kony’s army and works unabashedly for social justice, and that resonates with DePaul students in Chicago and Africa.”Traveling the world to advocate on behalf of her school that was developed in partnership with Pros For Africa, — St. Monica’s Girls Tailoring Center — Nyirumbe also brings attention to the ongoing violence caused by rebel groups in Uganda. In 2007, she was named a CNN Hero. U.S. President Bill Clinton and his daughter, Chelsea, praised her mission and determination earlier this year during a visit to Uganda.Under Nyirumbe’s leadership, St. Monica’s has adapted to the practical and trauma-induced needs of a population suffering in a civil war. Women and girls at the school receive psychological support and literacy training, as well as vocational skills like sewing and planting crops. Nyirumbe developed a program to help students earn money by creating purses from soda pop tabs. Since 2002, annual enrollment at St. Monica’s has surged to more than 300 from 31, and most leave the school with permanent jobs.The School for New Learning at DePaul University provides a distinctive approach to learning for adults, with customized programs that build upon abilities and experiences, add knowledge and develop skills to help achieve personal and professional goals. This event is presented by the Africa Diaspora Committee at DePaul during Black History Month. More information is online at www.snl.depaul.edu.
University of Vermont’s (UVM) Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity and Alpha Chi Omega Sorority beat out the more than sixty student organizations on college campuses across the country in the fight to raise the most funds for the Alzheimer’s Association as part of Hilarity for Charity’s (HFC) nationwide collegiate program Hilarity for Charity U (HFC U).Lauren Miller Rogen and husband Seth Rogen share their Alzheimer’s story with mediaCredit/Copyright: Alison RedlichTo thank the HFC U winners, Seth Rogen, Lauren Miller Rogen and Christopher Mintz-Plasse, spent Saturday morning with UVM Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity (PIKE) and Alpha Chi Omega Sorority for a special screening of “Superbad.” Rogen, who wrote and appeared in “Superbad,” and Christopher Mintz-Plasse, who played the classic character of “McLovin,” provided live commentary during the screening to a packed auditorium of students.Seth Rogen and Chris Mintz-Plasse provide live commentary during a special screening of their movie Superbad with this year’s winners of Hilarity For CharityCredit/Copyright: Alison Redlich“We were pumped to celebrate the accomplishment of University of Vermont’s Pi Kappa Alpha and Alpha Chi Omega in helping us raise much needed funds to end Alzheimer’s,” said Rogen. “I hope other college students see this event as motivation to get involved in the Alzheimer’s cause because, hey, you could meet me.”HFC U is a nationwide program that encourages college groups to throw Hilarity for Charity events to raise awareness and funds to fight Alzheimer’s disease. The University Of Vermont’s Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity and Alpha Chi Omega Sorority raised more than $30,000. The HFC U program raised more than $200,000 since its inception, benefiting the Alzheimer’s Association.“With the number of people with Alzheimer’s expected to grow dramatically, it is especially important to engage and educate a younger generation – and that is what we are trying to do through HFC U,” said Miller Rogen. “We are thrilled by what the UVM PIKEs and Alpha Chi Omegas accomplished this year and can’t wait to kick-off our next HFC U challenge in the fall.”More than five million Americans are living Alzheimer’s disease. Barring the development of medical breakthroughs to prevent, stop or slow Alzheimer’s disease, the number of people with the disease is expected to triple by 2050. Alzheimer’s disease is also the costliest disease to society and the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States, and the only top 10 cause of death without a way to prevent, cure, or slow its progression.HFC is a unique movement that uses the power of laughter to bring attention to Alzheimer’s disease. It is led by the husband and wife team, Seth Rogen and Lauren Miller Rogen. Established in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association, HFC is dedicated to raising both awareness and funds for the cause with a specific emphasis on engaging younger generations.To learn more about HFC U and how to get involved, please visit www.hilarityforcharity.org/hfcu.
Facebook TORONTO, April 24, 2019 – Corus and the Banff World Media Festival are pleased to announce the recipients of this year’s Corus Writer’s Apprentice Program. Attracting experienced writers from across Canada each year, the 2019 recipients are invited to BANFF on a full-access pass to benefit from the extensive networking during the Festival, as well as participate in a two-week internship opportunity in the writer’s room of a current Canadian series.“The selection process each year becomes more and more challenging as we are seeing incredible talent apply for the Corus Writer’s Apprentice Program,” said Lisa Godfrey, Vice President, Original Content, Corus Entertainment. “Nurturing the creative pipeline with fresh and diverse voices is not only vital for an industry anchored in storytelling, but also ensures that narratives are authentic. Congratulations to the 2019 Corus Writer’s Apprentice Program recipients!”The 2019 Corus Writer’s Apprentice Program recipients are: Advertisement THOMAS CONWAY Since graduating from Ryerson University’s School of Radio & Television Arts in 2007, Thomas has worked with comedy legends such as Ron James, Dave Foley, and Eugene Levy. His work on CBC’s Schitt’s Creek landed him a gig as story coordinator on CTV’s Spun Out, and eventually showrunner’s assistant on the ABC Studios drama series, Covington. Most recently, Thomas worked as story editor on Endlings, wrote a freelance script on the award-winning Odd Squad, and created an original pilot currently in development at Sinking Ship Entertainment.JORDAN HALL Jordan is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter whose work focuses on climate change, the exploration genre, and the development of the full-realized female protagonist. Her work has been dubbed “stellar, insightful” by Plank Magazine, “thoughtful” by CBC Radio, and “vivid, memorable” by NOW. Credits include co-creator and lead writer on Carmilla: The Series, and consulting producer and screenwriter on Carmilla: The Movie.JENNIFER IRONS As the founder of ME Studios, Jennifer has produced several projects, with her first feature film screenplay, Intolerance (directed by Sergio Guerrero) currently in post-production. Jennifer is a member of Women in Film & Television Toronto, winner of the 2018 Toronto Screenwriting Conference Breakthrough Artists Award, and recipient of the 2018 Meridian Artists Agency MentorshipKIM MORRISON Kim has worked in writers’ rooms spanning virtually every genre, from dark serialized drama to half-hour comedy; gravitating towards lighter ensemble drama on her own projects. Kim brings incredible experience with her, and has worked in writers’ rooms for Rogue, Mary Kills People, and Private Eyes. Kim is also the recipient of the 2018 Telefilm New Voices Award.HEATHER TAYLOR Heather is a writer, director and co-founder of the creative studio, Cereal Made. Her career highlights include co-writing her first feature film, The Last Thakur, which premiered at the London International Film Festival; her sci-fi web series, Raptured, which had over a million views; and Stitched, her award-winning horror short. Heather is currently working on her second feature film, ROT, and her latest horror short, Pay to Stay, will play festivals in 2019/20.The Banff World Media Festival takes place from June 9 to 12, 2019 in Banff, Alberta.Social Media Links:Follow Corus PR on Twitter @Corus PRFollow The Banff World Media Festival on Twitter @BanffMedia and FacebookAbout Corus EntertainmentCorus Entertainment Inc. (TSX: CJR.B) is a leading media and content company that develops and delivers high quality brands and content across platforms for audiences around the world. The company’s portfolio of multimedia offerings encompass 37 specialty television services, 39 radio stations, 15 conventional television stations, a suite of digital assets, animation software, technology and media services. Corus is also an established creator of globally distributed content through Nelvana animation studio, Corus Studios, and children’s book publishing house Kids Can Press. The company also owns innovative full-service social digital agency so.da, and lifestyle entertainment company Kin Canada. Corus’ roster of premium brands includes Global Television, W Network, HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY®, Showcase, National Geographic, Disney Channel Canada, YTV and Nickelodeon Canada, Global News, Globalnews.ca, Q107, Country 105, and CFOX. Visit Corus at www.corusent.com.About the Banff World Media FestivalThe Banff World Media Festival is one of the world’s largest and most important conferences serving the entertainment industry, dedicated to global content development, production, broadcast and distribution. BANFF provides a platform for the evolving media industry to develop its creative and business objectives. BANFF serves as the leading annual destination for co-production and co-venture partners and is an unparalleled marketplace for over 1,500 international decision-makers to connect and forge new business deals. BANFF’s Rockie Awards International Program Competition is one of the largest awards programs of its kind with participation from more than 40 countries and 150 senior industry jurors from around the world. The festival’s renowned Rockies Gala Awards honour some of the most influential creators and executives in the industry in a star-studded evening of entertainment and celebration. 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APTN National NewsThe television series Yukon Men shows a world where people make a living by hunting and trapping game.But the show also has its critics.Some people in the Yukon want the show to change its name.APTN’s Shirley McLean has the story.Smclean@aptn.caTwitter: @mcsquirl