New Delhi: The Economic and Offences Wing (EOW) of Delhi Police has registered a case of cheating against the directors and promoters of Amrapali Princely Estate. Additional Commissioner of Police (EOW) Suvashis Choudhary told Millennium Post that they have registered a case and started their probe.Police said that one Shekhar Bahadur has alleged that Amrapali Princely Estate private limited through its directors induced him to purchase flat under subvention scheme. It was assured that the company would pay 18 months EMI of home loan and after 18 months, the company would buy back the property with a minimum 10 per cent assured return. “Under this inducement, he booked two penthouses in August 2015 by taking a home loan from two banks,” police said. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderPolice added that at that time,18 PDCs were handed over to the complainant as EMI of 18 months, which started bouncing since September 2016. Both the loan accounts of the complainant have become NPA now. He also came to know that the accused persons also sold his penthouse to one Ghan Shyam Rai by preparing false and forged documents. Additional CP said that that Ghan Shyam Rai has also given a complaint in which he alleged that Amrapali Princely Estate private limited, Shekhar Bahadur and bank officials have cheated him in connivance with each other. Police said that on the basis of pre-registration enquiry and contents of both complaints prima facia an offence punishable under sections 420,406, 120 B of IPC is made out.
Washington: The US is “working hard” with the Indian government to provide the country with opportunities to grow its economy as part of the Trump administration’s Indo-Pacific strategy, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said. Trade tensions between India and the US have been rising with President Donald Trump complaining that tariffs imposed by New Delhi on American products were “no longer acceptable”. In June, the US terminated India’s designation as beneficiary developing country under the Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) programme. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US India imposed retaliatory tariffs on 28 US products including almonds and apples from June 5, after the Trump administration revoked its preferential trade privileges. The GSP is the largest and oldest US trade preference programme and is designed to promote economic development by allowing duty-free entry for thousands of products from designated beneficiary countries. Pompeo’s remarks came weeks after a team led by Assistant US Trade Representative (AUSTR) for South and Central Asia, Christopher Wilson, held talks with senior Indian officials in New Delhi this month on a wide range of bilateral trade issues, in particular on tax and tariffs. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls “Our Indo-Pacific strategy is well on its way to bearing fruit for not only them but for the United States, and we have watched these coalitions build out. We’re working hard with the Indian government to provide them with opportunities to grow their economy as well,” Pompeo told reporters accompanying him on a tour to the Indo-Pacific region. The US is also seeking greater market access for its dairy products and cut in customs duties in information and communications technology products. The American companies have also raised concerns over price cap on certain medical devices by India. Stating that the US has taken a unilateral position in rolling back export incentives from India, the Indian government has asserted that it would not allow trade negotiations to overtake issues of national interest. Meanwhile, India’s Ambassador to the US, Harsh Vardhan Shringla said that trade between the two countries has grown to USD 142 billion in 2018, and is expected to reach USD 238 billion by 2025. The next stage of growth will be driven by the small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) in both the countries, he said in Colorado. Specifically, the growth of SMEs in the digital marketplace present an ideal opportunity for increased India-US cooperation, he added.
New Delhi: India opener KL Rahul is on the edge of a world record when his team face West Indies in the first match of the three-game rubber in Lauderhill, Florida on Saturday. Considered as one of the finest batsman in the shortest format of the game, Rahul is 121 runs short of becoming the seventh Indian to complete 1,000 runs in T20 internationals. If Rahul manages to score 121 in Saturday’s clash, he will achieve this feat in 25 innings and will break Pakistan’s Babar Azam’s record of 26 innings. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh India skipper Virat kohli had completed the feat in 27 innings. It is considered that touching the three-digit mark in T20 cricket is quite difficult but the India opener has shown in the past he can go past the three-figure mark in the shortest format of the game as he scored two tons in T20I beside hitting a century in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Meanwhile, Rahul had also slammed a ton against the Windies at the same venue.
Kolkata: The state Tourism department has for the first time partnered with International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) and made a video to highlight the Gaur Purnima festival at Mayapur, its global headquarters.The five-minute video on Gaur Purnima, to observe the birth of Sri Chaitanya, has been shown in all the festivals where the state Tourism department participates, said a senior official of the department. His Divine Grace AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupad, founder Acharya of ISKCON and the first Indian saint who spread Gaudiya Vaishnava philosophy successfully in the West in 1960. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaChief Minister Mamata Banerjee during her visit to the ISKCON in Mayapur had given a go ahead to set up a world centre of religious tourism. Currently, ISKCON is constructing a magnificent temple — Temple of Vedic Planetarium (TOVP) which is expected to be open by 2022 and it is going to put Mayapur in the spotlight of global Tourism industry. With the support of the WB Government ISKCON has also planned to build Sri Chaitanya Cultural World Heritage Centre (SCCWHC) spread over 750 acres of land in Mayapur. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayAnnually more than 65 lakh devotees, pilgrims visit Mayapur. Currently, home to devotees from almost 70 countries , who study and practice Krishna Consciousness, Mayapur is set to grow in near future. In the last 50 years, ISKCON has developed the entire of NabadwipMandala, which comprises 9 islands where Sri Chaitanya Maha Prabhuhad performed his divine pastimes(leela). The five-minute video is currently played on many social media platforms and exhibitions. It is shot inside ISKCON Mayapur campus during Gaur Purnimafestival , which is the biggest festival of Mayapur. It showcases how beautifully devotees from all over the globe irrespective of caste, colour, colour, celebrate the festival with fervour from MahaAbishekof the deities to making garlands, performing ecstatic Kirtans, following the Vedic traditions of chanting mantras, said Subroto Das, Media Spokesperson of ISKCON.
London: Queen Elizabeth II is reportedly “dismayed” at the inability of Britain’s political class to govern properly, according to a UK media report. The 93-year-old monarch, who traditionally stays publicly neutral on political matters, is believed to have made the comments at a private event shortly after David Cameron’s resignation as British Prime Minister following the Brexit referendum in June 2016. A royal source described by ‘The Sunday Times’ as “impeccable” told the newspaper that the Queen’s frustration has only grown since then. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”I think she’s really dismayed. I’ve heard her talking about her disappointment in the current political class and its inability to govern correctly,” the source is quoted as saying.”She expressed her exasperation and frustration about the quality of our political leadership, and that frustration will only have grown,” said the senior royal source, who claims to have witnessed the Queen’s rare conversation on politics. The revelation comes as there is growing media speculation amid Buckingham Palace and Downing Street holding discussions about how to keep the monarch out of any looming constitutional crisis over Brexit and Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s pledge to leave the European Union (EU) by the October 31 deadline, with or without a deal.
Highlights from the news file for Wednesday, May 31———FEDS SAY THEY ARE COMMITTED TO PARIS ACCORD: As the U.S. flirts with fleeing the Paris climate-change accord, Canada is aligning itself with the world’s other two largest economies to take a global leadership role on the effort to limit greenhouse gas emissions. Environment Minister Catherine McKenna would only say Wednesday that Canada remains committed to the Paris Accord, refusing to speculate about U.S. President Donald Trump’s musings about withdrawing from the agreement. “Canada’s just going to keep marching on, like the rest of the world,” McKenna told an event in Toronto. McKenna has said what the U.S. chooses to do is up to the U.S., but Canada won’t wait. Last week in Germany, McKenna met with Chinese special envoy for climate change Xie Zhenhua and European Union environment commissioner Karmenu Vella, where they discussed jointly hosting a meeting of environment ministers this fall to chart a path for implementing Paris among the world’s major economies. It very likely will take place in Canada, around the same time as the United Nations General Assembly, which starts in New York City on Sept. 12. Currently the U.S. is not part of that group. “Canada is going to show leadership with China and the EU and we certainly hope the U.S. will be joining us,” McKenna told The Canadian Press in a recent interview.———WETTLAUFER EXPECTED TO PLEAD GUILTY TO MURDER CHARGES: A former Ontario nurse accused of killing eight seniors in her care is expected to plead guilty to first-degree murder charges in their deaths at a court appearance on Thursday. Elizabeth Wettlaufer currently faces a total of 14 charges, including eight counts of first-degree murder, four counts of attempted murder and two counts of aggravated assault. Police have alleged those crimes involved the use of certain drugs and took place over the last decade in three Ontario long-term care facilities where Wettlaufer worked as a registered nurse, and at a private home. A source close to the case tells The Canadian Press that Wettlaufer is scheduled to plead guilty to eight counts of first-degree murder in a Woodstock, Ont., court on Thursday. Wettlaufer’s defence lawyer did not respond to requests for comment on the expected development. A spokeswoman with Ontario’s Ministry of the Attorney General says “significant developments” are expected in the case on Thursday, but did not provide further details.———DEATH OF ASYLUM SEEKER ‘GREATEST FEAR’: Officials with an organization that helps asylum seekers say their biggest concern has been that someone could die while trying to illegally cross into Canada. Now a woman, who American officials say may have been trying to reach Manitoba on foot from the United States, has been found dead in a remote part of northwestern Minnesota. “This has been our greatest fear all along, is that people are risking their lives to make this crossing,” said Maj. Rob Kerr with the Salvation Army in Winnipeg. “It’s surprising now that it’s happened at this point in time, at the end of May. It was our greatest fear back in February, March when it was so cold out.” The Kittson County sheriff’s office says the body of Mavis Otuteye, 57, was found Friday in a field close to the Canadian border near the Minnesota town of Noyes. Authorities believe Otuteye was a citizen of Ghana in western Africa. Chief deputy Matt Vig told WDAZ-TV that Otuteye was reported missing a day earlier and was likely heading to Canada on foot to try to reunite with her daughter. He said Otuteye had been living in Delaware for the last several years. Final autopsy results were pending, but Vig said preliminary results indicate she died of hypothermia. The officer said part of her body was in a shallow pool of water in a drainage ditch.———BUSINESS LEADERS EXPRESS CONCERN AFTER B.C. ELECTION: Some business leaders in Canada are expressing concerns that the fallout from British Columbia’s election is discouraging the private sector from investing in the province. Val Litwin, the president of the B.C. Chamber of Commerce, says the promises in NDP-Green agreement to block the Trans Mountain expansion, review the Site C dam, increase the hourly minimum wage to at least $15 and hike the carbon tax have done little to calm investor nerves. Litwin says he hopes the NDP, should it form a minority government with the help of the Greens, would consult with businesses before making tax changes or raising the minimum wage as they would end up paying those costs. Gary Leach, the president of the Explorers and Producers Association of Canada, says the resolution to immediately stop Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain expansion project would send a chilling message to investors across Canada. Liberal Premier Christy Clark has said she will recall the provincial legislature in June where she expects a confidence vote will result in the probable defeat of her government. The Liberals won 43 seats in the May 9 election, one shy of a majority, but the formal, four-year agreement between the Greens and NDP would give them 44 seats, handing them a one-seat majority.———SAJJAN BLASTS BOEING OVER TRADE SPAT: As he highlighted the defence industry as a driver of economic growth, Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan also used a major speech Wednesday to blast American firm Boeing for picking a trade spat with Bombardier. Sajjan said Canada is disappointed by the “unfounded” action by one of its major partners in the defence industry and he delivered that message to hundreds at a breakfast speech at a major trade show for military contractors in Ottawa. Boeing has petitioned the U.S. Commerce Department and the U.S. International Trade Commission to investigate subsidies for Bombardier’s CSeries aircraft that it says have allowed the Canadian company to export planes at well below cost. Sajjan said Boeing is not behaving like a “trusted partner” and the government wants the company to withdraw the complaint. The minister said the military wants to help foster a partnership with the defence industry that allows for the development of cutting-edge equipment for Canadian soldiers. He identified four areas of focus: alternative fuels, surveillance tools, remotely piloted systems and systems to counter IEDs.———COMMISSIONER SAYS INQUIRY WILL RETURN TO YUKON: Chief commissioner Marion Buller says the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Girls will return to Yukon, but perhaps will visit a different community next time. Buller has said previously that the inquiry will need more time and more money to complete its work, but has not said how much is needed or when the request will be made to the federal government. She says after testimony wraps up in Whitehorse this week, the commissioners will discuss how much more time is needed. As for money, Buller says the commissioners will be careful about deciding how much more to ask for because they know they are working with taxpayers’ dollars. The federal government gave the commissioners a budget of about $53.9 million and asked them to complete their work by the end of 2018, but most family hearings will not take place until this fall. The commissioners heard emotional testimony on Tuesday from four families who have lost loved ones and Buller says from her perspective the day was a great success.———LEADERS CALL FOR RCMP TO PROBE DEATHS IN NORTHWESTERN ONTARIO: Deep distrust of police in a northwestern Ontario city has prompted area indigenous chiefs to ask for the RCMP to investigate the recent deaths of teens in the community. Three chiefs travelled to the provincial legislature Wednesday to plead for the Mounties’ intervention as well as increased oversight of the police services board in Thunder Bay, Ont. They say the deaths of two teens whose bodies were pulled from local waterways earlier this month continue what they call an ongoing trend of indifference on the part of Thunder Bay police. They also noted the similar death of another indigenous person in 2015 that touched off an official probe into the force’s practices around investigating the deaths or disappearances of indigenous people. Previously, the force’s actions were also scrutinized at an inquest probing the deaths of seven students who had come to Thunder Bay to pursue an education beyond their remote fly-in communities. The Thunder Bay Police Services Board said it takes issue with some of the chiefs’ assertions. It noted that while systemic racism is an issue plaguing indigenous communities, the problem goes well beyond relationships with police.———NOVA SCOTIA VOTER TURNOUT AT ALL-TIME LOW: Voter turnout in Nova Scotia slumped to an all-time low in Tuesday’s provincial election, with just over half of eligible voters casting ballots. Fewer than 54 per cent of eligible voters cast ballots, a drop from the 2013 voter turnout of slightly more than 58 per cent. Premier Stephen McNeil called it “alarming,” and vowed to take a “hard look” at the issue. Of the 748,633 registered electors in the province, only 400,898 cast a ballot in a race that saw McNeil win a second consecutive majority government. The urban riding of Halifax Citadel-Sable Island recorded one of the lowest voter turnouts on record, with just over 40 per cent of electors registering a vote. Cape Breton-Richmond had the biggest turnout — nearly 70 per cent. Elections Nova Scotia spokesman Andy LeBlanc says the low turnout was a disappointing departure from the strong early voting trend, in which 112,900 voters cast their ballots at advanced polls.———FORMER JURORS CALL FOR FEDERAL ASSISTANCE: Former jurors and New Democrat MPs are urging the federal government to create a national support system for Canadians who are called to serve as jurors. Mark Farrant says he developed post-traumatic stress disorder after serving on a jury in 2014 and wants Ottawa to take steps to ensure others don’t face similar struggles. Farrant says jurors perform a significant public service, and need federal help to address the emotional toll the task can exact on their lives and families. NDP House leader Murray Rankin says his party is calling for a national standard of support for Canadians serving on juries. He says serving as a juror can be very stressful and traumatizing, and the federal government should stand behind Canadians who carry out their public duties. Farrant says he met this week in Ottawa with MPs including Bill Blair, the parliamentary secretary to Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, and officials from the Justice Department.———EAST COAST TOWN WANTS TO GIVE AWAY ARMOURED VEHICLE: If you’re in the market for a large, tank-like vehicle, the Nova Scotia town of New Glasgow has a deal for you. The town’s police chief says he wants to give away the department’s Cougar light-armoured vehicle, which was a gift from the former local MP, Peter MacKay, when he was defence minister. The 10-tonne vehicle was first used by the Canadian military in the 1970s, but their fleet of Cougars has since been retired, and some were given to other militaries and police forces. New Glasgow officials have been trying to off-load the six-wheeled machine for the past six months, admitting it had rarely been used since it arrived four years ago. It was supposed to be used by the police emergency response team, but that unit was recently disbanded. Halifax Regional Police have shown some interest in the vehicle, but talks are still underway.———
WINNIPEG – A Manitoba woman who admitted her repeated abuse and neglect killed her 21-month-old daughter is facing a possible sentence of life in prison without parole for at least 14 years.That’s the joint recommendation from the Crown and defence for Vanessa Lynn Bushie, who pleaded guilty earlier this year to the second-degree murder of Kierra Williams.The toddler showed signs of multiple injuries and malnutrition when she was brought to hospital in July 2014.Bushie, who is from the Peguis First Nation, was to have her sentencing hearing today, but it was postponed because her lawyer is still preparing a report on her personal history.The case has raised more questions about Manitoba’s child-welfare system, because social workers had been involved with the family, although the provincial government has not released details.When Bushie pleaded guilty in April, court heard that Kierra had endured a lengthy period of abuse, which was apparent to staff at the hospital where she died.“It became patently clear to medical staff upon presentation that the child had suffered severe neglect and abuse, and, ultimately, a final culminating assaultive incident,” Crown attorney Daniel Chaput said at the April hearing.“What is quite clear is that the accused failed to provide the necessities of life to the victim — including nourishment and medical treatment — over a prolonged period of time.”Bushie said little at the April hearing, other than admitting to the facts as presented.“And you admit that your mistreatment of your child resulted in your child’s death?” Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Douglas Abra asked Bushie.“Yes,” the 39-year-old replied.The minimum sentence for second-degree murder is life in prison without parole eligibility for 10 years.Bushie’s husband, Daniel Williams, is charged with manslaughter. His trial is set for next February and March.A publication ban on the names of the mother and daughter was lifted Wednesday.Kierra’s death followed other high-profile cases in which children were killed by family members despite earlier intervention by child welfare workers.The most notorious was that of Phoenix Sinclair, a five-year-old girl who was beaten to death by her mother and mother’s boyfriend after social workers decided she would be safe with the couple and closed her file.A public inquiry found social workers repeatedly failed to monitor the young girl, whose 2005 death went undetected for nine months.
WINNIPEG – Jurors sat through three weeks of evidence in the trial of Raymond Cormier, 56, who on Thursday was found not guilty of second-degree murder in the slaying of 15-year-old Tina Fontaine. Tina’s body, wrapped in a duvet cover and weighed down by rocks, was pulled from the Red River in Winnipeg several days after she disappeared in August 2014. The case reignited calls for a national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women.Here is what the jury heard:THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN TINA AND CORMIERCourt heard Tina had a happy childhood raised by a great-aunt on the Sagkeeng First Nation, but the girl began to spiral downward when her father was murdered in October 2011. Tina’s mother, who had not been part of her life, re-emerged and Tina started going to Winnipeg to visit her. The girl ended up on the street and was being sexually exploited. Tina’s boyfriend Cody Mason, who was 18 at the time, testified the pair first met Cormier earlier in the summer of 2014 and told him they didn’t have a place to stay. Cormier, who court heard was a methamphetamine and crack user, took them to a house with a basement. Known to some as Sebastian and to others as Frenchy, Cormier supplied Tina with the prescription drug gabapentin, said Mason, who added he and Tina would also drink and take marijuana and cocaine. Tina told a social worker that Cormier was a much older man who was going to get her a bike. Cormier told friends he had had sex with the 15-year-old. One witness, Sarah Holland, testified she once saw Cormier grope Tina while asking her to “just do me.”—THE PHYSICAL EVIDENCEThe cause of Tina’s death was undetermined. Dr. Dennis Rhee testified that he found no definitive injuries on her body or to her internal organs. He said there was no evidence of a sexual assault, no signs of a stabbing or major blunt force trauma. It was estimated her body was in the river for three to seven days. There was no evidence that she drowned, but it couldn’t be ruled out. Christopher Keddy, who works at the RCMP forensics lab, testified that tests showed Tina’s body had a level of alcohol slightly above the legal limit for driving. Keddy also said there was a relatively high level of THC — the active ingredient in marijuana. There was no indication of gabapentin, but Keddy said the test the RCMP lab ran might not detect low levels of the drug. Under cross-examination, the defence suggested it couldn’t be ruled out that gabapentin was in Tina’s system at a potentially lethal level in combination with other drugs. There was no DNA evidence linking Cormier to Fontaine.—THE DUVET COVERThree people connected to Cormier told police he owned the same type of duvet cover that was wrapped around Tina’s body. DNA testing found no traces linking Cormier to the cover. Court heard police tried to find the source of the duvet cover. It was sold by Costco Canada and 864 had been shipped to the three Costco stores in Winnipeg. Police tracked down 100 people who had purchased covers with the same design to ask them whether they still had them. Under cross-examination, investigators acknowledged Costco had given away some of the unsold duvet covers, and police could not rule out whether similar ones had been purchased elsewhere and brought to Winnipeg.—THE ARGUMENT ON THE STREETOn Aug. 6, about two weeks before Tina’s body was found and three days before she was reported missing, witnesses saw her arguing with Cormier in the street and heard Cormier mention something about a river. Holland testified that she heard Tina tell Cormier she was going to call the cops. The Crown argued that Cormier was worried that Tina was going to report that he had stolen a truck. Court heard an audio recording of Tina calling 911 to report a stolen truck. Witnesses also testified that Tina was angry that Cormier had sold her bike for drugs. Cormier acknowledged the argument in an interview with police and said he followed her down the street before turning in the other direction. He said that is the last time he saw her. He also suggested the suspect police should really be looking for was a man who looked like singer Robert Plant who was walking in the same direction as Tina that night. “Don’t focus on me,” he told police.—ERNIE DeWOLFEDeWolfe met Cormier in prison and they stayed at the same halfway house for a time. DeWolfe testified he talked to Cormier on Aug. 15 and Cormier said he had met with Tina the previous day to ensure she was not going to call the police. “He just said that he had talked to her and he straightened it all out and took care of it,” DeWolfe testified. “I just presumed that he talked to her and … sorted it out.” Tina’s body was found in the river on Aug. 17. In cross-examination, the defence suggested DeWolfe made the whole story up because he and Cormier had had an argument over money.—THE UNDERCOVER TAPESPolice launched a six-month undercover operation against Cormier called Project Styx. Cormier was placed in a bugged apartment for free and an undercover officer moved into a suite on the same floor. Cormier was recorded saying he’d bet the girl was killed because he found out she was only 15 years old. “I drew the line and that’s why she got killed,” he said. Cormier also told a woman that when he last talked to Tina, he told her to go jump off a bridge. At another point, he asked a woman if she had ever been “haunted by something” before he started to talk about Tina and boast that he beat two murders. During another recording, Cormier said during an argument with a woman that there was a little girl in a “grave someplace screaming at the top of her lungs for me to finish the job. And guess what? I finished the job.” Court also heard Cormier in a recording warning people in his apartment not to overdose or they would end up wrapped in a carpet and thrown in the river. In conversations with the undercover officer, Cormier said there were “three rules to crime: deny, deny deny.”—THE ARGUMENTSCrown prosecutors contended that Cormier killed Tina, either by suffocation or drowning, because he found out she was only 15 and that would make him a pedophile. They said Cormier’s own words on the undercover tapes should be enough to convict him. The defence said that with no DNA evidence and no cause of death, there were too many holes in the case. It argued that Cormier felt guilt after learning that Tina was only 15 and he wanted to find the real killer.—
TIGNISH, P.E.I. – A search off Prince Edward Island’s north shore has ended without finding any trace of two fishermen who disappeared after their boat capsized in heavy seas and rain.Maj. Mark Gough of Maritime Forces Atlantic says the 12-metre fishing boat, the Kyla Anne, got into trouble at about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.One man on board managed to swim ashore and call for help, prompting a sea, air and ground search.Gough says the search was ended Wednesday evening after more than 33 hours of searching by four vessels and three aircraft, covering approximately 1,200 square nautical miles.Gough says the search had gone on for approximately three times the survivability period for two people in the water without flotation devices.He says the incident has been handed over to the RCMP as a missing persons case.“The next of kin of the two fishermen have been notified of this decision,” Gough said. “Our thoughts are with them during this very difficult time.”
FREDERICTON — There is yet another delay in the case of a Fredericton man accused of murdering two police officers and two civilians in an August shooting spree.Provincial court Judge Julian Dickson has adjourned the case until next Wednesday for a decision on a request for an assessment to determine if Matthew Raymond is fit to stand trial.Dickson has imposed a publication ban on any information or arguments dealing with that application.Last week, the case had been adjourned to allow the courts to appoint new defence counsel for Raymond.That new counsel is Moncton-based lawyer Alison Menard.Raymond is charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of Fredericton police constables Sara Burns and Robb Costello, and civilians Donnie Robichaud and Bobbie Lee Wright on Aug. 10 outside an apartment complex on the northside of the city.Raymond had said he felt he was not being defended by his first lawyer — Nathan Gorham — and tried numerous times to fire him.During a previous court appearance, Raymond suggested Gorham was withholding evidence that would allow him to be “exonerated” immediately because of temporary insanity.“Mr. Raymond’s obviously mistaken belief that Mr. Gorham could present evidence to exonerate him at this stage of proceeding suggests that possibly he is unable to understand the nature of the proceedings,” Dickson said last week.“Mr. Raymond’s statements also suggest to me that he is not able to communicate meaningfully with counsel or to understand the role of counsel.”During previous court appearances, Raymond had a long greying beard, but was clean shaven Wednesday.Unlike previous appearances, he did not try to speak to the judge.Raymond is alleged to have fired from his apartment window with a long gun, killing the two civilians as they loaded a car for a trip, and the two police officers as they responded to the scene.Costello, 45, was a 20-year police veteran with four children, while Burns, 43, had been an officer for two years and was married with three children.Robichaud, 42, had three children and had recently entered into a relationship with 32-year-old Wright when they were killed.The Canadian Press
OTTAWA — A Canadian senator who has spent four decades advocating for the rights of vulnerable people in Canadian prisons says a new bill that purports to end solitary confinement should be scrapped.Sen. Kim Pate says the Trudeau government’s Bill C-83 only offers a cosmetic rebranding of the practice of separating inmates from others in isolated cells for administrative or disciplinary reasons. Pate was the executive director of the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies, which work with women in the criminal-justice system, before Prime Minister Justin Trudeau named her to the Senate as an independent in 2016.Currently, inmates in segregation are restricted to two hours a day outside their cells and do not have access to meaningful interactions with others, nor do they benefit from programming or mental-health supports. According to recent numbers released to the parliamentary budget office, the number of inmates in segregation at any given time has varied from 360 to 434. Nearly all are men.“Over four decades, I have spent countless hours kneeling on cement floors outside segregation cells, pleading through meal slots in solid metal doors as someone’s loved one — someone’s child, sibling, parent or partner — smashed their heads against cement walls or floors, slashed their bodies, tied ligatures or put nooses around their necks, tried to gouge out their own eyes, mutilated themselves in sometimes unimaginable ways, or smeared blood and feces on their bodies, windows and walls,” Pate said in a speech in the Senate on Thursday. “I have heard indescribable sounds of torment and despair that reverberate and haunt me.”Last October, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale announced Bill C-83 would end the practice of isolating prisoners who pose risks to security or themselves — changes aimed at addressing recommendations from the coroner’s inquest into the 2007 death of Ashley Smith.Smith, who was 19, strangled herself in a segregation cell at Grand Valley Institution in Kitchener, Ont., as prison guards looked on. She had spent more than 1,000 days in segregation before her death.An Ontario coroner’s inquest in 2013 ruled her death a homicide and made 104 recommendations, including the banning of indefinite solitary confinement.Under Bill C-83, prisoners transferred to structured intervention units will be permitted to spend four hours a day outside their cells, during which time they would be guaranteed a minimum of two hours to interact with others. Inmates in these units are also supposed to be visited daily by health professionals and see patient advocates.The bill was adopted by the House of Commons and is now before the Senate.Pate says the fine print of the legislation does not deliver on Goodale’s promises. Provisions and procedural safeguards in the current law are being “watered down,” she says.Under Bill C-83, segregation cells are just renamed as “structured intervention units,” Pate says. With no hard time limits on isolation or separation of inmates, which the current law has, the new legislation makes it easier to put someone in segregation, she argues.She and other legal experts who have provided feedback on the bill say it would not withstand a constitutional challenge.“I think it needs some very significant amendment. Otherwise all parliamentarians who vote for this bill as-is would be doing a major disservice to the country, because we would be knowingly passing unconstitutional legislation.”Goodale was not available for an interview this week but his spokesman Scott Bardsley says the minister will discuss the bill with senators when it goes to the Senate committee on social affairs for further review.As for constitutional concerns that courts have raised about the current system regarding a lack of oversight and a lack of meaningful human interaction for inmates in segregation, Bill C-83 directly addresses both, Bardsley says.“The new system created by Bill C-83 will strengthen procedural safeguards by implementing binding external oversight, as well as regular reviews by the warden and the Commissioner (of corrections). And unlike with the current system, these oversight mechanisms will be enshrined in law.”Pate and other senators have been visiting federal prisons as part of a broader study by the Senate human-rights committee.Last week, Nova Scotia independent Sen. Colin Deacon published photos from a visit he made to the Nova Institution for Women in Truro, N.S. One showed a map given to the visiting senators by government officials indicating an outside yard for inmates that included a “garden and spirituality area,” The reality the senators encountered was a bare concrete pad.“The objectives laid out by (Correctional Services Canada) and its staff are great. Their ability to consistently act (to) achieve those objectives seems constrained,” Deacon wrote.Pate produces more photographs showing institution after institution she has visited where segregation cells have been re-categorized as “structured intervention units” with minimal changes.“I’ve literally been chasing around saying, ‘Where are these new units?’ There’s no new units, just new names.”A recent parliamentary budget office report Pate commissioned found that the operating costs for the structured intervention units would be $58 million annually.Pate asked for costings of three alternatives. Placing profoundly mentally ill inmates in psychiatric hospitals would cost $900 a day per inmate, the PBO found. Placements with correctional services on First Nations would cost $300 a day per inmate. A national anti-gang program in prisons would cost about $200,000.Determining whether those moves would save money is difficult, the PBO report says — that depends on how well they work.Pate wants the government and her Senate colleagues to take a closer look at alternative measures rather than passing Bill C-83 in its current form. “The minister says he wants to get rid of segregation. I fully support that and think that’s fantastic. But the pretext that this bill is going to do it … if he actually believes that, I don’t think he has actually gone into any of the prisons to see what they’re now going to call structured intervention units.”Ottawa has committed $448 million to the new system to pay for 950 new staff and building renovations.—Follow @ReporterTeresa on TwitterTeresa Wright, The Canadian Press
OTTAWA — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says Canada needs a public inquiry into the case of Vice-Admiral Mark Norman.On Parliament Hill this afternoon, Scheer says a full investigation is justified to examine how the military’s former second-in-command came to be charged with over alleged leaks of cabinet secrets about a shipbuilding contract.The case against Norman collapsed last week after Crown prosecutors got new information from the defence that convinced them they stood no reasonable chance of landing a conviction.Scheer says he has questions about Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s role in launching the original leak investigation and whether the government behaved improperly in resisting the release of documents to Norman’s lawyers.Despite statements from prosecutors that the prime minister didn’t put political pressure on them, Scheer says Trudeau interfered in the case.He also says Norman deserves a personal apology from the prime minister.The Canadian Press
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump says Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta is stepping down following criticism of his handling of a plea deal with a wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein, who is accused of sexually abusing dozens of underage girls.Trump announced the news with Acosta by his side at the White House as Trump left on a trip to the Midwest.Acosta says stepping aside was the right decision.He was the U.S. attorney in Miami when he oversaw a 2008 nonprosecution agreement with Epstein. Epstein avoided federal charges and served 13 months in jail.Similar charges recently filed against Epstein by federal prosecutors in New York had put Acosta’s role in the 2008 deal under renewed scrutiny.The Associated Press
CALGARY — Dozens of medical and legal experts have filed a complaint with the Canadian Judicial Council against an Alberta judge, alleging he made comments that could be perceived as racist about a medical examiner from Nigeria.Queen’s Bench Justice Terry Clackson made the comments in the Lethbridge trial of David and Collet Stephan. Last week, Clackson found the parents not guilty of failing to provide the necessaries of life in the death of their 19-month-old son Ezekiel in 2012.The couple testified they thought their son had croup and used herbal remedies to treat him. They called for an ambulance when he stopped breathing, but he later died in hospital.A letter dated Thursday signed by 42 doctors and lawyers from across the country asks the judicial council to investigate Clackson’s comments about Dr. Bamidele Adeagbo.“In reading Justice Clackson’s reasons, he makes a number of ad hominem attacks on Dr. Adeagbo which lack a judicial mien, and in which some may perceive racism,” the letter says.“In particular, Justice Clackson harshly mocked Dr. Adeagbo’s manner of speech and accented English, and thereby inappropriately implicated his national or ethnic origin as a person of African roots.”In his written decision in the trial, Clackson took issue with Adeagbo’s inability to communicate with the court.“His ability to articulate his thoughts in an understandable fashion was severely compromised by: his garbled enunciation; his failure to use appropriate endings for plurals and past tenses; his failure to use the appropriate definite and indefinite articles; his repeated emphasis of the wrong syllables; dropping his Hs; mispronouncing his vowels; and the speed of his responses,” Clackson wrote.The judge, without explanation, also called out Adeagbo for “body language and physical antics … not the behaviours usually associated with a rational, impartial professional imparting opinion evidence.”Adeagbo testified during the trial that Ezekiel died of bacterial meningitis. But Clackson sided with a forensic pathologist called by the defence, Dr. Anny Sauveageau, who said the boy’s death was caused by a lack of oxygen.The letter points out that Sauveageau is Quebecois.“It is difficult to avoid the inference that Justice Clackson in his written reasons treated a witness with a French Canadian accent more favourable than a witness with an African accent,” the letter says. “Every person appearing before a court of law deserves to be treated with respect.”Darryl Ruether, executive legal counsel for Alberta’s Court of Queen’s Bench, said the court is aware of the complaint against Clackson, who will continue to sit on the bench while it is investigated. He provided no further comment.University of Calgary bioethicist Juliet Guichon was one of the experts who helped write the letter. She said Clackson’s words were shocking.“I’ve never seen a judgment like this, because a medical professional whose duty it is to do the job he’s testifying about, ordinarily is given the benefit of the doubt with respect to demeanour and style of communication,” she told The Canadian Press.Guichon said she hopes that Clackson can provide an explanation.“It’s not for me to say what his intent was, but these paragraphs are inconsistent with a judicial demeanour that treats all that come before him equally.”An Alberta Justice department spokesman said he can’t comment on the complaint. “That said, we of course believe that all Albertans deserve to be treated with dignity,” said Dan Laville.He added that no decision has been made on whether the Crown will appeal Clackson’s verdict.The trial was the second for the Stephans. A jury convicted the couple in 2016 but the Supreme Court of Canada ordered a new trial.Adeagbo also testified during the first trial.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 26, 2019.Follow @BillGraveland on Twitter Bill Graveland, The Canadian Press
Deaf actress Marlee Matlin joined Jeff Probst on the Jeff Probst Show yesterday, and spoke openly about what it’s like to be both a deaf person and a celebrity, as well as some of the humorous challenges she’s experienced in everyday life, from dealing with airport security to being handed menus written in braille.Marlee Matlin on the Jeff Probst ShowMatlin also shed light on how deaf people see themselves and how hearing people can avoid insulting the deaf: “For deaf people, you can’t say deaf-mute… you can’t say deaf and dumb. You can’t say those things because we are people who happen to be deaf, who just happen not to hear. In the same way that you all live the same lives that you do. There’s a guy who’s the president of Gallaudet University who’s deaf who said, ‘we can do anything except hear’ and it’s as simple as that.”Hosted by five-time Emmy winner Jeff Probst, The Jeff Probst Show’s mission is to entertain and inspire viewers with stories about people living their lives to the fullest and saying “Yes” to life with every opportunity they get. The show airs weekdays. Check local listings for stations and times or visit jeffprobst.com.
On Thursday, May 2, 2013 The Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) Women’s Cancer Research Fund Honorary Chairs Rita Wilson, Tom Hanks, Kate Capshaw and Steven Spielberg, along with EIF Women’s Cancer Research Fund co-founders Kelly Chapman Meyer, Anne Douglas, Quinn Ezralow, Marion Laurie and Jaime Tisch welcomed guests to An Unforgettable Evening presented by Saks Fifth Avenue benefiting the EIF Women’s Cancer Research Fund at the Beverly Wilshire hotel.Hosted by Chelsea Handler, the evening included cocktails, dinner and an awards presentation. Grammy Award-winning artist Kylie Minogue accepted the 2013 Courage Award for her fight against breast cancer and dedication to raising awareness for the disease. The Nat King Cole Award was presented to renowned fashion designer Carolina Herrera for her charitable works and contributions to the EIF Women’s Cancer Research Fund, including her participation in the 2012 Saks Fifth Avenue Key to the Cure campaign. Honoree Herrera also dressed many of the evening’s notable attendees including Rita Wilson, Kate Capshaw, Kyle Minogue, Chelsea Handler, Julianne Hough, and Angie Harmon.The evening closed with a special musical performance by Grammy Award-winning artist Bruno Mars who sang a five-song set including hits “Runaway Baby,” a medley of “Money,” and “Billionaire,” along with “Locked Out of Heaven,” and “Just The Way You Are.”Additional guests in attendance included Kobe & Vanessa Bryant, Kirk Douglas, James Ferragamo, Vanessa Getty, Crystal Lourd, Mitch Glazer & Kelly Lynch, Angie Harmon, Tommy & Dee Hilfiger, Julianne Hough, Lisa Kudrow, Monique Lhuillier, Ron Meyer, Gelila Puck, CEO and Chairman of Saks Fifth Avenue Steve Sadove, Joel Silver, Steve Tisch, Amber Valletta, and more.The event marked the 16th anniversary of the Women’s Cancer Research Fund which continues to raise support for innovative cancer research, such as the Breast Cancer Biomarker Discovery Project and recognize remarkable individuals for their commitment to the cause. The Breast Cancer Biomarker Discovery Project is working to identify and verify biomarkers that will lead to the development of a blood test for the detection of breast cancer at its earliest and most curable stages. The Women’s Cancer Research Fund is also funding research being conducted at prestigious, National Cancer Institute (NCI)-accredited medical institutions, UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center and USC/Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Over the past 40 years, the Alliance for Women In Media Foundation (AWMF) has annually honored exemplary women and men in the media and entertainment industry – individuals who are pioneers in their respective fields and lead by example.This year’s 40th Anniversary Gracies Awards, in support of the AWMF’s many educational programs, charitable activities, public service and scholarship campaigns that benefit women in media, is being held on Tuesday, May 19 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.The evening will honor such luminaries as Julia Roberts, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Olivia Munn, and Mae Whitman, among many others. Additionally, AWMF will bestow Cicely Tyson with the Lifetime Achievement Award for her groundbreaking work, giving a voice to women in film and television for more than 60 years. Local market, public, digital and student award winners will be recognized at the Gracies Awards Luncheon on June 22 in New York.Kristen Welch, Alliance for Women in Media Foundation Chair, said in making the announcement, “Though we receive hundreds of submissions from all over the country every year, it never ceases to amaze us of all the great work that has been done to further highlight women in media. We are thrilled to honor such smart, thoughtful and inspirational individuals, organizations and programming this year.”The evening will showcase the strides women have made in media throughout the past 40 years and celebrate the bold new trails women are blazing for tomorrow. This year’s national radio, TV and digital Gracies Award honorees can be found here.
Actors Beau Bridges and Minka Kelly have joined the roster of Hollywood stars supporting Global Down Syndrome Foundation’s 7th annual Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show on Saturday, October 24, 2015, at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver.Bridges, a three-time Emmy winner, received his 15th Emmy nomination this year for his role as the suppressed provost Barton Scully in Showtime’s “Masters of Sex” series. Part of a preeminent Hollywood acting dynasty, the acclaimed actor has portrayed a myriad of film and television characters during his successful career spanning more than three decades.Best-known for her roles on Friday Night Lights, Parenthood and Charlie’s Angels, Kelly most recently starred in the Fox network series “Almost Human.” She also portrayed Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis in the critically acclaimed film The Butler opposite Oprah Winfrey.The 2015 “Be Beautiful Be Yourself” fashion show will feature 20 brilliant and beautiful models with Down syndrome who will be escorted down the runway by actors Beau Bridges, Minka Kelly, Terrence Howard, and a host of other celebrities including Denver Broncos and Denver Nuggets players. Past celebrity participants have included Quincy Jones, Jamie Foxx, Alec Baldwin, Helen Hunt, John C. McGinley, Laura Dern, Kyra Phillips, Beverly Johnson and Jeff Probst, among several others.The Global Down Syndrome Foundation’s “Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show” is held annually in October in observation of Down Syndrome Awareness Month. The celebrity gala is the largest single fundraiser for Down syndrome in the nation, attracting over 1,200 guests each year. It has raised over $9.5 million for Down syndrome research, medical care, advocacy, and education. Moreover, it has raised widespread awareness for the alarming disparity of funding for people with Down syndrome while successfully emphasizing their abilities. For additional information and to purchase tickets, visit www.BeBeautifulBeYourself.org.Global Down Syndrome Foundation is a public nonprofit dedicated to significantly improving the lives of people with Down syndrome through Research, Medical Care, Education and Advocacy. Global supports two affiliates which together constitute the only academic home in the United States committed solely to research and medical are for people with Down syndrome – the Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome and the Sie Center for Down Syndrome. Global also supports the Rocky Mountain Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center with a subspecialty in Down syndrome and publishes Down Syndrome World, an award-winning national quarterly magazine.
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is once again teaming up with NBA Cares for Hoops for St. Jude Week March 20 – 27 to raise awareness and support for the hospital’s lifesaving mission.Greg Monroe of the Milwaukee Bucks shares a special moment with St. Jude patient Colton during a recent team visit to St. Jude Children’s Research HospitalCredit/Copyright: Peter Barta/2015 St. Jude Children’s Research HospitalEach year NBA stars, coaches, broadcasters and fans rally behind St. Jude, which is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.Regardless of the final score, the kids of St. Jude get the “w” during Hoops for St. Jude Week, when NBA teams and players shine a light on the work and successes of St. Jude through online, social media and in-game promotions, in addition to hosting local patients in-arena. NBA coaches also will wear St. Jude lapel pins during games to show solidarity throughout the week. St. Jude NBA ambassadors who make regular visits to the hospital will encourage fans to join the fight to save the lives of children battling cancer and other life-threatening diseases.2016 Hoops for St. Jude Week Ambassadors: • David Lee, Dallas Mavericks • Greg Monroe, Milwaukee Bucks • Kevin Love, Cleveland Cavaliers • Mike Conley, Memphis Grizzlies • Marc Gasol, Memphis Grizzlies • Pau Gasol, Chicago Bulls“We are deeply appreciative of the continued support of the NBA Family, fans and our ambassadors year-round,” said Richard Shadyac Jr., President and CEO of ALSAC, the fundraising and awareness organization for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. “Hoops for St. Jude Week provides a national platform to celebrate their efforts and further highlight how we are truly making a difference in the lives of kids everywhere.”NBA support stretches beyond Hoops for St. Jude Week, with player and team visits throughout the year that never fail to brighten the day for St. Jude patients. Just this season, the hospital has hosted on-site visits by players, coaches, broadcasters, owners and staff from the Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons, Milwaukee Bucks, Sacramento Kings, Los Angeles Clippers, Phoenix Suns, Los Angeles Lakers, Memphis Grizzlies and Washington Wizards.Thanks to support generated through campaigns like Hoops for St. Jude Week, families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.For more information, visit stjude.org/hoops.
Lilongwe Wildlife Centre has announced Joss Stone as their new ambassador.Video: Joss Stone visits the Lilongwe Wildlife CentreThe singer visited the centre when she passed through Malawi during her Total World Tour.“Wildlife welfare is a cause very close to my heart, and to see the awesome work of the rescue team and the volunteers at the Wildlife Centre was truly inspiring,” she said. “But what’s also amazing about Lilongwe Wildlife Trust is the sheer scale of their work, which ranges from helping orphaned and injured animals and inspiring communities to protect their wildlife through to putting big ivory traffickers behind bars. I’m thrilled to be able to do my bit in support of Malawi’s wildlife and I would urge you to do whatever you can to help too.”Lilongwe Wildlife Trust’s works to protect Malawi’s habitats and wildlife through: • ADVOCACY & ENFORCEMENT initiatives that influence decision makers and help to bring wildlife criminals to justice. • WILDLIFE RESCUE & RESEARCH programmes that support the well-being of individual animals, the survival of species and the conservation of habitats. • CONSERVATION EDUCATION that inspires humans to live in harmony with nature.Lilongwe Wildlife Trust was established in 2008 when their first project – Lilongwe Wildlife Centre – opened as a wildlife rescue, rehabilitation and education facility supporting the Government’s work fighting wildlife crimes.Since then their rescue and education remit has expanded nationally and in 2014, they started work to combat serious wildlife crime, in particular ivory trafficking. Today, their projects support high level wildlife crime investigations, wildlife justice programmes for prosecutors and courts, and revisions to wildlife policy and legislation.Find out more here.