Southampton (UK): Australian batsmen David Warner and Steve Smith were booed and heckled by the crowd in their warm-up game against England on Saturday ahead of the World Cup beginning next week. Warner and Smith returned to the Australian team earlier this month after completing one-year bans for their involvement in a ball-tampering scandal in a Test match in South Africa. The duo’s ban had ended on March 29. There were scattered boos when opening batsman Warner walked out to bat along with captain Aaron Finch in the warm-up match after Australia lost the toss. Also Read – We don’t ask for kind of tracks we get: Bowling coach ArunA spectator was heard shouting “Get off Warner you cheat”. There were more boos as Warner walked off after being dismissed for 43 to be replaced by Smith, coming in with Australia 82 for two in the 17th over. Smith played a brilliant innings of 116 off 102 balls and he was out in the penultimate delivery of the Australian innings. There were a few chants of “cheat, cheat, cheat” when Smith arrived, although a lone Australia fan shouted back “Get ’em Stevie!”, according to BBC. Also Read – Bastian Schweinsteiger announces retirement, could join Germany set-upBut when Smith reached his fifty, the applause outweighed the boos but the jeers were very much audible. He was booed again when he reached his hundred in the 48th over. Asked about the boos after the Australian innings, Smith said, “I’m pretty chilled, everyone is entitled to their opinion. I’m just happy to be back playing and doing a job for my team. I fortunately was able to contribute for the team.” The disgraced duo’s first match in England was a hastily arranged, unofficial warm-up match against the West Indies here on Wednesday. But that fixture was played in front of fewer than 30 spectators, whereas there were several thousands here on Saturday. Reigning world champions Australia are set to be in England for more than four months in a tour featuring both the World Cup and a five-Test Ashes series.
Bengaluru: Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy on Friday expanded his cabinet by inducting two Independent MLAs into the ministry in an apparent move to give stability to his 13-month-old wobbly government.In the much-awaited expansion, R Shankar and H Nagesh were sworn in as cabinet-rank ministers by Governor Vajubhai Vala who administered them the oath of office and secrecy at a ceremony at the Raj Bhavan. Shankar had served as minister during the initial days of the Kumaraswamy government but was dropped from the cabinet during the rejig in December last year. He and Nagesh had sided with the BJP and written to the governor withdrawing support to the government. As the BJP failed in its alleged attempts to topple the coalition government, the two lawmakers made a u-turn and moved closer to the coalition. The two were inducted from the JD(S) and Congress’ share in the ministry, in an attempt to block chances of their switching over to the BJP whom the ruling coalition has accused of trying to dislodge the Kumaraswamy government.
NEW DELHI: Delhi’s Power regulatory Authority DERC has notified group and virtual net metering framework, paving way for installation of rooftop and agri-solar plants in residential areas and villages in the city. The net metering framework aimed at promoting solar and other forms of renewable energy was notified with approval of Power minister Satyendar Jain, a Delhi government statement said. Jain hailed the notified net metering framework as helpful in implementing the Delhi government’s vision of sustainability and decentralisation in-line with the government’s political vision of ‘Bijli Swaraj’ (Power self-reliance). GNM will be applicable for all consumers of Delhi while VNM will involve residential consumers, government offices and solar energy policy for farmers, it said.
New Delhi: Given the water crisis taking centrestage, the government on Friday announced to ensure piped water supply to all rural households by 2024 under the Jal Jeevan Mission.While presenting her maiden Union Budget, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that the newly set up Jal Shakti Ministry will work with states to ensure that every rural house gets water by 2024. Sitharaman’s pledge of “har ghar jal” got massive applause during her Budget presentation in the Lok Sabha. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!”Ensuring India’s water security and providing access to safe and adequate drinking water to all Indians is a priority of the government,” she said. The government has allocated Rs 10,000 core for the National Rural Drinking Water Mission in the 2019-20 Budget as against Rs 5,500 crore in the 2018-19 (Revised) Budget. She said that the Jal Jeevan Mission will focus on integrated demand and supply side management of water at the local level, including creation of local infrastructure for source sustainability like rainwater harvesting, groundwater recharge and management of household waste water for reuse in agriculture. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedThe minister said that 1,592 blocks spread across 256 districts which were critical and over exploited had been identified for the Jal Shakti Abhiyan. Besides using funds available under various schemes, the government will explore the possibility of using additional funds available under the Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority (CAMPA) for this purpose, Sitharaman said. The Department of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation has got Rs 8,245 crore in this budget. It got Rs 7,612 crore in the 2018-19 (revised) budget. Soon after the announcement of Jal Jeevan Mission, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar hailed the Union Finance Minister for adopting “har ghar jal” scheme, which was first started by his government in the state. “The chief minister has welcomed the ‘har ghar jal’ scheme saying in Bihar. The ‘har ghar nal ka jal’ is already being pursued as part of the saat nishchay (seven resolves),” an official release said. The seven resolves were made by Kumar ahead of the 2015 assembly polls which included measures like employment to youths through skill development, uninterrupted power supply to all households and construction of toilets. While hailing the Union Budget, Bihar’s Information & Broadcasting Minister Neeraj Kumar, said, “Given that Bihar CM is known for “politics with difference”, the adoption of state’s piped water scheme by the Centre certifies that Nitish Kumar government is committed for the welfare of every section of the society.”
Mumbai: Wadia group-promoted budget carrier GoAir is likely to commence flight services to Bhutan from New Delhi, a source said Thursday. GoAir, which started flying international from October last year, currently operates to Phuket, Male, Abu Dhabi and Muscat. Last week, it announced expansion of its international operations to three new markets, Bangkok, Dubai and Kuwait, besides launch of services on four new routes. “GoAir is all set to start flight services to Paro (Bhutan) from New Delhi. An announcement to this effect is expected to be made very soon,” a source privy to the development told PTI. GoAir’s response to a query on this issue was awaited. Following the launch of the services, GoAir will become the first domestic private carrier to fly to Bhutan. The city-based airline, which launched its domestic operations in November 2005, was granted flying rights in August 2016 to operate to nine countries, including China, Vietnam, Maldives, Kazakhstan, Qatar and Saudi Arabia, among others.
New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday arrested a sub-inspector of the Delhi Police in connection with a bribery case, where the policeman had demanded Rs 20 lakh for settling a case against the complainant, officials here said.The probe agency said that the complainant in the case had a case pending with the Economic Offences Wing of the Delhi Police. While Vivek Yadav, the accused policeman was not investigating the complainant’s case, he had claimed that he can get “the matter settled” if he was paid Rs 20 lakh in bribe. Also Read – Gurdwara Bangla Sahib bans single use plasticThe accused policeman, who was posted in the 3rd Battalion of Police Line Vikas Puri, had claimed that he would get the complainant’s case settled with the help of another police official at Delhi Police’s EOW branch. However, like most of the CBI’s cases, where corrupt police officials have been caught by agency sleuths in a trap, accepting the bribe amount red-handed, Yadav’s case is somewhat different. The accused policeman had, in fact, asked the complainant to deposit the bribe amount in his own bank account which inadvertently led to his arrest. When the complainant said that he would not be able to pay the whole bribe amount of Rs 20 lakh, he decided to deposit Rs 1 lakh in Yadav’s bank account instead, following which CBI official arrested him.
Beijing: As Chinese President Xi Jinping is set to visit India later this year for his second informal summit with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, China has said the two neighbours should not allow any “individual case at certain time” to disrupt the bilateral relations and take more initiatives to move forward the bilateral ties in a steady and sound way.China’s new Ambassador to India Sun Weidong said that with two strong leaders at the helm in both the countries, the ties are set to reach new heights. Under the strategic guidance provided by Xi and Modi at their first informal summit in Wuhan last year, the China-India relations have gathered a “very good and sound momentum of development”, Sun told the Indian media here on Friday as he is set to travel to New Delhi to take over his new assignment. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF Day”This year the two leaders are going to hold another informal meeting. I believe, this will be a top priority in our bilateral relations which will surely take our relations on to new heights,” he said. Officials say talks are on for Xi’s visit to India which is expected to take place in October this year. The two leaders are expected to hold talks in Varanasi. A veteran Chinese diplomat with vast experience in South Asian affairs, Sun till recently served as China’s Ambassador to Pakistan, where Beijing is cementing its all-weather ties with Islamabad with the USD 60 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.
NEW DELHI: AAP-led- the Delhi government announced two-day state mourning for former Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, who passed away on Saturday evening. The announcement was made by Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia. Dikshit, who was Delhi Chief Minister for three consecutive terms (1998-2013) and a senior Congress leader, died on Saturday from cardiac arrest. She was 81. At Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee office, the Indian flag was lowered to half-mast after her sudden demise.
Kolkata: A 68-year-old man, who was admitted to the RG Kar Medical College and Hospital a few days ago, has gone missing from the hospital.The family members of the victim lodged a complaint in a police station against the hospital authorities for their alleged medical negligence. The patient identified as Bimal Dutta (68), a resident of Matigara in Siliguri fell inside the bathroom on July 10 and sustained severe injuries in his head. He was brought to the RG Kar Medical College and Hospital. After some primary clinical tests the patient was admitted to the observation ward. The patient was responding to the treatment and gradually improving when he suddenly disappeared from the hospital. As the matter came to light the family members of the victim and hospital staff members searched for him at various other wards of the hospital but failed to get any trace of the patient. Following the incident, the family members registered a missing diary at Tala police station. A complaint of medical negligence has also been lodged against the hospital authorities. On the basis of the complaint, the police have started a probe and examining the CCTV footages of the hospital.
Karachi/ Peshawar: At least 10 persons, including four children and a woman, were killed in separate incidents after incessant rain lashed parts of Pakistan, authorities said. In Sindh province, at least three persons were killed due to electrocution in different parts of Pakistan’s biggest city, Karachi, which also witnessed severe power outages, police said on Monday. In Pakistan’s northwest Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, five persons, including two children and a woman were killed on Sunday. Two were killed in Shangrila and one each in Buner, Mansehra and Abbottabad, according to the Provincial Disaster Management Authority. Over 18 people sustained injuries, including six women. Heavy rainfall in the province also damaged five houses, two huts and three school buildings. Different areas of Chitral, including Tirich Mir and Kosht were closed off for traffic due to flooding.
New Delhi: Cricketers emerging from the newly-created union territory of Ladakh will represent Jammu and Kashmir in the domestic circuit for the time being, Indian cricket’s Committee of Administrators (COA) chief Vinod Rai said on Tuesday. The government on Monday bifurcated Jammu and Kashmir to create two union territories of Ladakh and Jammu and Kashmir but the BCCI won’t have any separate state body for the newest UT for the time being. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh “We are not thinking of having a separate state body for Ladakh as of now. The players from that region will continue to qualify to represent Jammu and Kashmir in all BCCI domestic competitions,” Rai told PTI on Tuesday. The J&K Ranji team is not known to have featured a player from Ladakh till date. The upcoming Ranji Trophy season is scheduled to start in December later this year. Asked if Ladakh will become a voting member of the BCCI like Puducherry, which is also a Union Territory, Rai said that there has been no discussion on the matter as of now. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later “Nothing of that sort has been discussed as of now. The arrangement remains the same like it is for Chandigarh which is also a Union territory. Their players either play for Punjab or Haryana in domestic competitions,” Rai said. On the situation in Kashmir after the government decided to revoke provisions of Article 370, which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir, Rai said the BCCI has nothing to worry and cricket is expected to continue in the valley as usual. “We are confident that J&K will play their home games in Srinagar just like last year. There has been no discussion on having an alternate home venue as of now. So nothing changes on that front,” Rai said. Recently, all the age-group as well as senior team camps in Srinagar were indefinitely postponed after a state government advisory with regards to a terror threat on Amarnath Yatris. The Jammu and Kashmir team’s mentor along with 100 aspirants left the valley due to the prevailing security situation.
Kolkata: The Indian Medical Association on Wednesday called off the aggressive public campaign on the National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill , scheduled to take place on Thursday.The medical association emergency action committee changed its earlier decision about the withdrawal of services on August 8. IMA in a press release on Wednesday said that they deferred their agitation and health services in the hospitals will function normally on Thursday. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaMedical students and resident doctors across the state took a war path and remained adamant with their decision. Ever since the IMA, the largest organisation of doctors in the country spelt out their movement, the doctors in various government hospitals in the state responded to the call. The doctors from various government hospitals and various organisations of doctors in the state were continuing agitation against the NMC Bill. They took to streets with banners and festoons. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayA few days ago, doctors observed a token protest and did not attend the patients in the outpatient departments of various state-run medical colleges in the state inconveniencing patients. The IMA decided to cancel the withdrawal of health services after a delegation under the leadership of IMA National President, Dr Santanu Sen along with other senior leaders, medical student representatives and junior doctors met with Dr Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare. In view of the certain clarifications and assurances given by him and considering the prevailing situation in Jammu and Kashmir, heavy flood situation in North East, Karnataka, Maharashtra and other parts of the country as well as untimely sad demise of former Union Health Minister Sushma Swaraj, IMA deferred its call for withdrawal of services. The date will be fixed later. The IMA officials also felt the need for further dialogue and creating awareness about hazards of certain provisions of NMC Bill. IMA has decided an aggressive public campaign against section 32, 50 and 51 which legitimise quackery, capping of fee in undergraduate and post graduate medical education and the lingering uncertainty of the career of medical students. IMA also appeals to the President of India to withhold assent until the dangers of the bill are adequately addressed.
Washington DC: The US is considering leaving “significant intelligence” assets behind after withdrawing its troops from Afghanistan as it does not want the war-torn country to become a “laboratory for terror”, President Donald Trump has said. Trump’s comments come after he met with top national security advisers to review a US-Taliban peace plan that could end America’s longest running war. “We’re talking to Afghanistan, both the government and also talking to the Taliban, having very good discussions. We’ll see what happens. We’ve really got it down to, probably, 13,000 people. And we’ll be bringing it down a little bit more, and then we’ll decide whether or not we’ll be staying longer or not,” Trump told reporters. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USResponding to a question, Trump said that it is very important that the US continue intelligence there. “Because it is somewhat of a nest for hitting us. If you look at what happened with the World Trade (Tower), it essentially came out of Afghanistan,” he said. “We have things under control very well with a small force. We can probably make it a little bit smaller, and then we’ll decide. It’ll depend on the Taliban. It’ll depend on the Afghan government. But there is a case to be made. And the case also is that we’re going to be leaving very significant intelligence behind for just the reasons I stated,” said the US president. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsTrump said that the US went to Afghanistan to stop terrorism coming from there. “Look, we’re there for one reason: We don’t want that to be a laboratory. It can’t be a laboratory for terror. And we’ve stopped that, and we have a very, very good view,” he said. He said “some things are going to be announced over the next couple of weeks. The Taliban and the US have held talks in Qatar several times this year to formulate a deal, ahead of an informal September deadline, and the broad outlines of an agreement are now thought to be fixed. The framework would allow for a phased withdrawal of US troops, with the Taliban committed in return to severing ties with al-Qaeda, and to preventing them and other extremist groups from operating in, or from, areas they control.
Amaravati (AP): Having longed for over five decades to become a mother, a 74-year-old woman finally realised her dream by giving birth to twins in Andhra Pradesh on Thursday.This, doctors feel, could be a new world record. The previous record was said to be held by a 66-year-old Spanish woman in 2006, according to the Guinness World Records. E Mangayamma of Draksharamam in East Godavari district of AP delivered twin baby girls through in-vitro fertilization (IVF) in a private hospital in Guntur. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Both the mother and the newborn twins are safe and stable, Gynecologist Sanakkayala Aruna, under whose care the Caesarean section was performed, said. Married to E Raja Rao in 1962, Mangayamma remained issueless all these years. When one of their neighbours recently conceived and delivered a baby through artificial insemination, at the age of 55 years, hopes sprouted in Mangayamma too and she wanted to try IVF. She approached Dr Aruna – who previously served as Health Minister in Chandrababu Naidu cabinet between 1999 and 2004 – in Guntur in November last year. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KMangayamma went through the IVF procedure and conceived in January this year. Given her age, the woman was kept in the hospital under the constant care of specialist doctors all these months. “She remained healthy as she did not have diabetes or blood pressure. Since she is 74-year-old, we had to perform Caesarean section to deliver the babies,” Dr Aruna said. The happiness of the new parents and their relatives knew no bounds as there were celebrations in the hospital.
Singapore: India looks at an open, inclusive and balanced region connected by secure seas, integrated by trade and investment, underpinned by the rule of law, External Affairs Minister S Jaishanakar said on Monday, as he sought Singapore’s support in addressing the challenges posed by the changing world. Addressing the inaugural session of India Singapore: The Next Phase of Strategic Partnership, Jaishankar said, “There is no hegemonic power to underwrite an international order but nor is there a global compact among nations. The international situation today is under stress.” Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalIn geopolitics, it’s not only the rise of China and the sharper competition between the United States and China but the simultaneous rise of several countries, the promise of an Asian century whose rise still has challenges to overcome, he said. “We do see multilateralism in retreat. There are question marks about the effectiveness of institution that we have set up in the last 50 years,” he said. Highlighting Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision, Jaishankar said, “We look at an open, inclusive and balance region connected by secure seas, integrated by trade and investment, underpinned by the rule of law and anchored in ASEAN unity and centrality with East Asia Summit as its principal forum. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostHis comments came amidst China flexing its muscles in the strategic Indo-Pacific region. “We are poised at a very important juncture in the world politics. It is not obviously an easy time, but also not a disheartening time. I think a lot would depend on the imagination and the dexterity with which we together address many of the challenges,” he said. Recalling India’s ties with Singapore, Jaishankar, who was earlier posted in Singapore as the high commissioner said, “When we came together in the contemporary phase of our relationship, it was the time when the world was changing and India was changing.The two changes had something to do with each other. “At that time India was facing severe balance of payments crisis and was embarking on radical economic reform. Then world was changing and the Cold War was coming to an end. “It was very clear that a lot of assumptions on which the world was working had to be revised. In that situation, India turned to Singapore and Singapore responded. We had the Look East Policy. Singapore then became a key partner in India’s growth and development,” Jaishankar added. It also became a bridge to this region, he said. “In 1992, India launched the India-Asian partnership and by 2005 we were members of the East Asia Summit,” the minister said. During that period Singapore was a direct source of investments into India. Its financial market was a major source of capital. Singapore was the first country with whom India signed a Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement, he said. “We have a robust defence relationship. We have just completed 25 years of uninterrupted naval exercises which I think is the longest India had with any country. Now we have extended it as a trilateral with Thailand,” he said. “In political, strategic as well as economic and commercial areas, Singapore has become a fulcrum for India’s policies east of India. Today, what started as a bilateral relationship is something that has grown very much bigger,” he said ahead of his meeting with the leaders of the country.
Mumbai: Farhan Saeed, a former member of Pakistan’s popular band Jal, has slammed Salim Merchant for copying his song ‘Roiyaan’. However, the Indian singer-composer called it a “mere coincidence”. “Someone just sent me @salim_merchant song ‘Hareya’, which is a total copy of my song ‘Roiyaan’. I wonder they have the audacity to call themselves artists when they steal someone’s work. Karna hi hai to pooch ke kuro aur ager poochna nahin hai to at least acha to kuro! #stopstealing,” Farhan tweeted on September 14. Salim suggested Farhan to check with the lyricist instead. “If I had to copy, I would have done that way long back in my career. I really wish I had heard your song before I made mine. Would have surely made changes to our composition to make it sound different from yours,” he tweeted.
Mumbai: The Andhra Pradesh government has announced a reward of Rs 8 lakh for the Maharashtra Anti- Terrorism Squad (ATS) team which arrested seven Maoists last year, an official said on Wednesday. The state ATS in January last year raided some eastern suburbs here and arrested seven Maoists of the Golden Corridor Committee, which was formed to spread their ideology in Maharashtra and Gujarat. Later, during further investigation, the ATS arrested one more rebel, an official said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ Maoist leader Krishna Lingayya Ghoshka alias Venugopalan, who was wanted by Andhra Pradesh police in connection with a case in 2012, was among those arrested. The Maharashtra government recently received a communication from Andhra Pradesh that there was a reward of Rs 8 lakh on Venugopalan, an official said. Appreciating the probe carried by the Maharashtra ATS, the AP government subsequently announced the reward of Rs 8 lakh for the investigation team, he said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K The reward amount along with an appreciation letter was, accordingly, sent by the intelligence department at Hyderabad to Maharashtra Director General of Police, he said. A government resolution issued by the Maharashtra home department last week gave a nod to accept the cash reward. Deputy Commissioner of Police Mohankumar Dahikar, Assistant Commissioner of Police Sunil Wadke, police inspectors Sanjay Marathe, Bhaskar Kadam and seven other personnel of the investigating team will share the reward amount, the official said. The ATS, in a charge sheet filed recently in connection with the case, said it believed that these Maoists were working to form a so-called ‘golden corridor’, covering Mumbai and neighboring cities of north Maharashtra, and south Gujarat (including Surat). The charge sheet also claimed that young people were recruited to join the Maoist movement and take up arms to fight in the areas dominated by ultras. Besides Venugopalan, the others rebels arrested by the ATS were Satyanarayan Karrella, Babu Wanguri, Shankarayya Gunde, Ravi Marampelli, Ramesh Golala, Narsayya Jumpala and Saidul Singapanga.
HALIFAX – Inappropriate, sexist and homophobic language left lingering on the Internet has been exacting a toll on the list of political hopefuls in Nova Scotia’s election, with a third candidate forced to withdraw Tuesday.The Tories sent out a terse news release Tuesday afternoon announcing that their candidate for Dartmouth South, Jad Crnogorac, was being dropped because of her social media postings.Her tweets included an off-colour joke about a date rape drug referred to as “roofies,” and a comment that white people not winning Black Entertainment Television awards is an example of “inequality.”Crnogorac is the third candidate to be dropped over web postings — each major party has lost one candidate — but she was the first to resist going quietly.She posted a social media response apologizing for her comments, but said she’d been let down by party leader Jamie Baillie for failing to give her the same support as Matt Whitman — a Tory candidate who faced criticism over a YouTube video that was earlier condemned for racial stereotyping.“This is an opportunity to point out the double standard that women face in (the) professional world and particularly … in politics,” she wrote.“I … gave them (the party) full access to my online footprint. I hope this will serve as a chance for them to re-examine their vetting process so they are able to find perfect candidates in the future.”She also said she had declined the party’s offer to resign, and said, “I have been treated unfairly and what they have done is wrong.”The withdrawal came a day after CTV News published excerpts from the Bullpen website of Dartmouth East candidate Bill McEwen, a youthful prospect for the NDP in a riding that appeared to be a hard-fought contest.The former military officer and journalist had attempted to take the website down — after not posting on it since 2013 — but someone managed to find it from a cached archive.In addition to derogatory terms for gay people, the opening statement of the site’s mission noted, “in a world of breast implants, fast food and cheap beer, what’s not to love about being a man.”It claims to have been designed to help people with columns that have topics ranging from “booze to boobs.”The content included a number of columns on sexual topics with titles such as “ovulation: man’s best friend,” and “forbidden fruit.”McEwen submitted his resignation — though under election rules his name will still appear on the ballot, as will Crnogorac’s.McEwen said he is supportive of equal rights and apologized for what he called misogynistic comments that reflect poor judgement.On Tuesday, each of the party leaders were discussing vetting procedures and longing for a world where people were more upfront about their social media activities when applying to run.NDP Leader Gary Burrill said his party — which is the only one in the May 30 election to have gender balance in its slate — was upset to discover comments it considered to be contrary to the NDP’s basic principles.He said somehow the website’s content slipped by party checking systems.“We take candidate vetting very seriously. We give it a lot of effort. But it’s like a lot of things, your best effort doesn’t accomplish the goal,” he said.The Liberals are also still smarting from the loss of one of their candidates, with the comments discovered on Twitter.Nova Scotia Liberal candidate Matthew MacKnight was dropped over comments he made on social media in 2013. The Pictou East candidate purportedly called someone an expletive and used the hashtags #downsyndrome and #stupidcustomers on May 28, 2013, according to Global News.Premier Stephen McNeil said that when the Liberals vet candidates the campaign team looks back at the social media accounts and talks to members of the community about their background.If there are problems on social media accounts, the best thing is for potential candidates to be honest about it prior to offering as a candidate, he said.“People need to be up front about it. …If it’s something that’s inappropriate and the person has actually made amends for it I don’t think anyone thinks you should be punished your entire life,” he said.“As a candidate you need to be prepared to lay out what may have been a problem for you.”McNeil said all Nova Scotians need to be more careful in their online behaviour.“You have a human responsibility to be kinder and gentler to each other,” he said.Earlier in the day, Baillie said all parties struggle with how to handle revelations about past activity, but that the party has a thorough vetting process.He said he would have evaluate each case individually to determine if something was a fireable offence and if there was malicious intent.“I think it’s important for parties to get a good feel for the values and the viewpoints of their candidates they’re putting on their team and I believe all parties are struggling to do that as best they can,” he said.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version of the story misspelled Jad Crnogorac’s last name.
OTTAWA – A Canadian woman killed in the terror attack in the United Kingdom that left seven people dead was remembered Sunday as someone who had a big heart and respected everyone.Family members said Christine Archibald, 30, from British Columbia was a victim of the attack on London Bridge and in a bustling market nearby.The attack began late Saturday night when three men drove a van into pedestrians on London Bridge, police said.The attackers, wielding blades and knives, then ran down a set of stairs into Borough Market where they stabbed people in several different restaurants.Messages posted on Facebook by the brother and sister of Archibald’s fiance, identified as Tyler Ferguson, said the couple was on London Bridge when Archibald was struck and killed by a van.“I can’t breath. You hear these things so often but it doesn’t seem real. Last night in London my baby brother lost the love of his life on the London Bridge. In a split second his entire life was ripped away from him,” Cassie Ferguson Rowe, Ferguson’s sister posted on Facebook.Archibald’s family in Castlegar, B.C. released a statement Sunday through the Canadian government saying she worked in a homeless shelter before she moved to Europe to be with her fiance.“She had room in her heart for everyone and believed strongly that every person was to be valued and respected,” the statement said. “She would have had no understanding of the callous cruelty that caused her death.”The family asked that people honour her memory by making the community a better place.“Volunteer your time and labour or donate to a homeless shelter,” the statement said. “Tell them Chrissy sent you.”Kathy Christiansen, executive director of Alpha House in Calgary, said Archibald had worked at the non-profit until recently and that she will remain in the hearts of her friends and colleagues.The young woman was a talented social worker and an “exceptional human being,” Christiansen said in a statement.“Chrissy was a bright light to many, and her generosity, kind spirit and huge heart for her work in responding to issues of addictions and homelessness at the centre inspired us all.”Dr. David Docherty, president of Mount Royal University, where Archibald took courses, expressed his great sadness upon learning of her death.“Christine Archibald was a truly outstanding student who completed her coursework at Mount Royal in 2014 and officially received her Social Work diploma in 2015,” the Calgary university president said in a statement.“Our deepest condolences go to her family and loved ones, as well as to members of our community who are grieving her loss.”B.C. Premier Christy Clark issued a statement saying her thoughts are with the Archibald family, and with everyone who knew and loved Chrissy.“As her family and province mourn, we must never forget who we are — and the diversity that makes us strong,” Clark said.“The individuals who carry out these acts of hate want to change us. They want to sow fear and division. Ultimately, they want us to turn on each other. They will never succeed.”B.C. New Democrat Leader John Horgan tweeted about Christine Archibald, saying “let’s honour her & never let hate win.”Police in London have said the attack lasted about eight minutes. In addition to the seven people who were killed, at least 48 others were sent to hospital.Police shot and killed the attackers, and 12 people were arrested in Barking in east London.Gov. Gen. David Johnston called the attack “evil and senseless.”He said in a tweet that he was “heartbroken to learn that a Canadian is among those who lost their lives.”Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Canada would stand with the U.K. in the fight against terrorism.“We grieve with the families and friends of those who have lost loved ones, and wish all those injured a speedy and full recovery,” Trudeau said. “Londoners and people across the United Kingdom have always displayed strength and resilience in the face of adversity. We recently witnessed this after the attacks in Manchester and in the Westminster area of London. This time will be no different.”Opposition leader Andrew Scheer said in a statement Sunday that Canada and the U.K. have historically stood “shoulder to shoulder” against threats.“I do not want to see my children grow up in a world where they are afraid to go to the mall, or a concert, or travel the world,” Scheer said. “This is why Canada, and our allies, must be fully committed to confronting and destroying this terrorist threat.”This is the third attack in Britain in as many months. Two weeks ago, a suicide bomber blew himself up at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, in northwest England, killing 22 people and injuring dozens more. In March, a British convert to Islam ran down people with a vehicle on Westminster Bridge, killing four before fatally stabbing a police officer on Parliament’s grounds.—With files from The Associated Press
Canada’s wildlife police hope the kind of bust that halted a recent illegal shipment of polar bear rugs to China will soon be a vanishing breed.“We will create more control, more management and more security for every player in the market, so that the polar bear product in the beginning is the same one at the end,” said Jonathan Campagna, Environment Canada’s wildlife enforcement director for Quebec.Campagna spoke this week after a Quebec company pleaded guilty to three counts of illegally exporting polar bear rugs to China. An 18-month investigation also turned up another four hides from two other companies. The pelts were surrendered to officials without charges being laid.Fourrures Mont-Royal Inc. was fined $22,500. The value of all seven hides was $47,000.Polar bear hunting and the sale of bear parts, including hides, is strictly regulated.Quotas are set for each of Canada’s 13 populations. Tags are issued to Inuit hunters, who may harvest the bears themselves or sell the tag to a sport hunter, who must hire a local guide.The tags must accompany the bear carcass at every stage: from the kill to the preparation of the hide to the sale.In this case, Fourrures Mont-Royal pleaded guilty to switching tags from one bear to another.“There is a kind of advantage, sometimes, for a company to change a tag, to sell a more beautiful bear or a bigger bear than the tag is related to,” Campagna said.Illegal exporters have also bought tags and switched them to bears that didn’t have them at all, said Campagna.As well, there’s one bear population in Canada from which it has been illegal to export under any circumstances. That restriction was removed from the Baffin Bay population last June after the quota was reduced.The terms of the guilty plea by Fourrures don’t reveal which population the bears came from. Two of the rugs the animals were turned into were already in China.Two investigators worked full-time on the case, with occasional help from colleagues.“It was a hard investigation,” said Campagna. “There were a lot of details.”Such cases are rare, Campagna said, but Environment Canada is trying to make them rarer still.When hunters in Nunavut and the Northwest Territories register their kill at a local wildlife office, officials now insert a microchip into the hide and take fur and DNA samples.“When wildlife officers are doing the inspection, all this information will be available and they will be able to certify that the pelt is the same as it was in the beginning when the First Nations people killed the animal.”The regulation is expected to come soon to Arctic Quebec.Tag-switching is a new trick, said Ernest Cooper, an independent consultant on wildlife trade.“Other cases that we know about have typically been somebody trying to take a hide out without proper permits.”Still, Cooper said, illegal hunting and exporting of the bears is not widespread.“Inuit hunters are very cognizant of the law and the need to conserve species. I’m sure there’s some poaching, but I don’t think it’s significant.”Canada exports about 200 polar bear skins a year, mostly to China. Another 20 or 30 are exported as hunting trophies.That’s down from a peak of 400 in 2013, Cooper said.Prices remain strong. A polar bear hide averages about $6,000, but an exceptionally large or attractive pelt fetches more. One sold in 2013 for more than $21,000.— Follow Bob Weber on Twitter at @row1960