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Two men crushed to death by truck

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first_imgGhaziabad: Two persons in their late 30s were killed after a truck overturned and fell over them at NH-24 in Indirapuram area of Ghaziabad on Friday morning. Cops said that both the deceased men were going for work on a bicycle when the incident took place.According to police, the deceased have been identified as Subhash Gaur and his friend Ram Kumar Pravesh, both residents of Vijay Nagar area of Ghaziabad. Subhash was peddling the cycle while Ram was riding pillon. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderDeepak Sharma, Station House Officer of Indirapuram police station told Millennium Post that the incident occurred around 6.15 am on Friday. Both the deceased were going home after their duty at a private company in Sector 63. Suddenly a truck turned turtle on NH-24 adjacent to Hindon river bridge and both of them were crushed under the truck. “A few passerby informed police and a team rushed to the spot. A crane was called to pull out the bodies. Police have sent the bodies for autopsy and reports are awaited,” he added. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThe officer further said that the truck was speeding and while taking a sharp turn, the driver lost it’s control over the vehicle and it turned turtle. Following the incident, a massive traffic jam occurred at the spot and police took nearly one and a half hour to ease traffic. Meanwhile, police have seized the truck while the driver fled after the incident. “Based on complaint received from victim’s kin, an FIR has been registered against the unknown truck driver under section 279 (rash driving) and 304A (death due to negligence) of IPC. We are trying to trace the truck driver on the basis of registration number and are also checking the CCTV footage of nearby area to trace the driver,” he added. Subhash is survived by his wife kusum and two children- daughter Sonali (09) while son Peeyush (07). Ram Kumar is survived by his wife Priyanka and three children-two son and a daughter.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: A 68-year-old man was arrested at Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport for impersonating as octogenarian. The investigating agency said that the accused had been travelling abroad with the help of fake passport.Gurdip Singh (accused), a resident of Moga in Punjab, landed in Delhi from Hong Kong on Thursday and approached the immigration officer counter. He gave a document at the counter for immigration clearance. Singh appeared suspicious to the immigration officer who felt that he looked much younger than his age. Singh’s date of birth in the (fake) passport was October 20, 1930, that means he was impersonating as an 89-year-old. The accused was questioned and he revealed his real name. Singh further stated that he departed for Hong Kong last year on the basis of Hong Kong permanent residence card and Indian passport issued in the name of Karnail Singh. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderDeputy Commissioner of Police (IGI) Sanjay Bhatia said that Gurdip Singh, during interrogation, stated that he went first time from India to Hong Kong on his own passport in 1995 and thereafter regularly he visited there. “But despite best efforts, he couldn’t obtain the permanent ID of Hong Kong. Thereafter in 2006, he contacted an agent who arranged a fake passport. Since 2008 he was visiting Hong Kong on the fake passport and also got the permanent ID of Hong Kong, ” said DCP IGI. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsA case has been registered under the relevant sections and further investigation is underway. Investigators added that they are probing the angle why people are changing their looks to flee other country. Recently a 32-year-old man was apprehended at the Delhi airport for allegedly impersonating as an octogenarian passenger by using a fake passport. He wanted to go to the United States for employment. He had coloured his hair and beard white and arrived in a wheelchair to board a flight to New York from the Indira Gandhi International Airport allegedly using a fake passport with the name of Amrik Singh, aged 81.last_img read more

In the news today May 31

October 17, 2019 | lpjxbyhj | No Comments

first_imgSix stories in the news for Thursday, May 31———CANADA AWAITS U.S. DECISION ON STEEL-ALUMINUM DUTIESThe federal government is waiting to hear from Washington on whether the U.S. will impose punishing duties in steel and aluminum imports. Canada, Mexico and Europe were exempted from those duties when they were first imposed in March but those exemptions expire on Friday. The Associated Press reports that the U.S. is planning to impose tariffs on European steel and aluminum, but the new agency’s sources did not indicate if Canada would also be hit with the tariffs.———DEAL REACHED TO RESTORE CHURCHILL RAIL SERVICEAn agreement in principle has been reached to restore rail service to Churchill and revive the northern Manitoba community’s port. The federal government and a consortium of northern communities called One North are among the partners in the project to take over the rail line, which has been out of service since severe flooding last spring. The current owner, Denver-based Omnitrax, has said it cannot afford the tens of millions of dollars in repairs.———ONTARIO ELECTION DELAYS PLAN TO ‘TRIAGE’ ASYLUM SEEKERSA plan to “triage” asylum seekers crossing the Canada-U.S. border to move some migrants out of Quebec and into Ontario has stalled because of Ontario’s provincial election campaign. Federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau says nothing can be finalized until there is a new government in place after the June 7 election.———WHAT ABOUT ENERGY EAST?Federal Conservatives say if Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is willing to save the Trans Mountain pipeline to move oil to the west coast, he should be equally willing to do the same to revive a pipeline to bring oil to the east coast. A day after Ottawa made a $4.5-billion offer to buy Trans Mountain from Kinder Morgan, Conservative Deputy Leader Lisa Raitt questions why Trudeau isn’t putting up the same fight to save Energy East.———IUDs SHOULD BE CONTRACEPTIVE OF CHOICE FOR TEENSThe Canadian Paediatric Society is recommending teen girls who are considering contraception should look to intrauterine devices as their first-line choice. The CPS, in its first position statement on the issue, says IUDs provide the greatest protection against an unplanned pregnancy. The recommendation is to be released Thursday during the organization’s annual meeting in Quebec City.———QUEBECER CLIMBS MOUNT LOGANA Montreal mountaineer has become the first woman to scale Canada’s highest mountain on a solo trek. Monique Richard reached the 5,959-metre peak in Yukon’s Kluane National Park about two weeks after beginning the climb. Parks Canada says there is no record in its data stretching back to the late 1800s of any woman reaching the summit in a solo climb.———ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:— The Federation of Canadians Municipalities’ annual conference begins today at the Halifax Convention Centre.— Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer will speak to volunteers and supporters in Truro, N.S.— The Canadian Public Health Association will wrap up its annual Public Health conference in Montreal.— Statistics Canada data releases today include first-quarter GDP.— The CRTC will release a digital report on future distribution models for programming in Canada.— A judge-alone trial begins in Toronto for twice convicted killer Dellen Millard for the alleged murder of his father, Wayne Millard.— Man in Motion Rick Hansen will receive an honorary doctor of laws degree at the University of Lethbridge’s spring convocation.last_img read more

first_imgCALGARY – New research suggests ancient underground water sources long believed to be shielded from modern-day contaminants may not be as safe as previously thought.The study, led by University of Calgary hydrogeologist Scott Jasechko, involved delving into data collected from 6,000 groundwater wells around the world.The paper was published Monday in the journal Nature Geoscience.The research yielded two interesting findings — up to 85 per cent of the fresh, unfrozen water in the upper kilometre of the earth’s crust is more than 12,000 years old and it’s possible for ancient and recent water sources to mingle deep underground.“The implication of that finding is that, unfortunately, even deep wells are vulnerable to modern land uses,” said Jasechko.The scientists got clues from what might seem an unlikely source — hydrogen bomb tests from the 1950s and 1960s.The tests released a specific radioactive hydrogen isotope into the environment called tritium, which has been useful in dating water samples. Trace levels of tritium — too low to pose any danger — were found in deep groundwater wells, demonstrating there is a way for old and new water to mix.“Its presence alone indicates that some of the water in the well is recent rain and snow,” said Jasechko. “And the fact that we find that at deep depths implies that even deep wells are vulnerable to modern-era contaminants.”Grant Ferguson, an associate professor in geological engineering at the University of Saskatchewan, said he was taken aback by how widespread the potential for contamination was.“We know that there’s a mechanism for water to get from the surface to these deep water supplies. They’re not as protected. The barrier’s not there like we thought it was,” said Ferguson, who contributed to the research.“It makes us question some of the working assumptions we’ve had for groundwater protection.”Billions of people around the world rely on groundwater stored beneath the earth’s surface in pockets within soil and rock.“Groundwater is a precious resource and it already supplies about one-third of the water we use as humans on this planet for growing food, for drinking, for industry,” said Jasechko.“We should consider, not only the amount of water we have on the planet, but also its quality and susceptibility to contamination.“We need to protect it and conserve it for future generations.”last_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA – NDP leadership candidate Charlie Angus is promising to find better ways to protect the interests of First Nations, Metis and Inuit children — including by dismantling the Indigenous Affairs Department.The Ontario MP said he would create a federal ombudsperson for indigenous children, who would have the legal authority to order government departments to comply with policies aimed at improving child welfare.Last month, the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal found the federal government’s failure to fully implement Jordan’s Principle may have played a role in the suicide deaths of two 12-year-old girls from remote Wapekeka First Nation in northwestern Ontario.The principle lays out how to handle jurisdictional disputes over paying for services to First Nations children, saying the first level of government to be contacted should cover the cost, with arguments over jurisdiction to be sorted out later.Angus said he would also audit the Indigenous Affairs Department and Health Canada in order to figure out how the government runs its programs and then work with indigenous communities on giving them the power to run them.“It’s time for action that returns accountability to where it belongs, with parents and these communities,” Angus said in a news release Sunday.Angus also said he would work with the parliamentary budget office to determine the true cost of delivering service to indigenous peoples, ensure the Department of Justice stops fighting aboriginal rights in court and end the “culture of secrecy” when it comes to government plans and funding for indigenous communities.Angus is one of five candidates to replace NDP Leader Tom Mulcair in October.The others are Ontario MPP Jagmeet Singh, B.C. MP Peter Julian, Manitoba MP Niki Ashton and Quebec MP Guy Caron.last_img read more

first_imgGJOA HAVEN, Nunavut – The man who guided searchers to the wreck of John Franklin’s flagship may have one more surprise left up his parka sleeve.“I believe that Franklin is in a vault on King William Island,” says Louie Kamookak, an Inuit historian who has spent 30 years correlating stories collected from elders with European logbooks and journals.The mystery that surrounds the Franklin Expedition is one of the great legends of Arctic exploration. The ships Erebus and Terror set out from England in 1845 with 129 men to search for the Northwest Passage, but they never returned.Little by little, the Franklin story is coming together.Artifacts and graves found throughout the 19th and 20th centuries were joined by several more bodies discovered in the 1980s. The ships were found in 2014 and 2016.But where is the grave of John Franklin?Kamookak relates two stories passed down through generations that may offer tantalizing clues.“One group of Inuit said they saw a burial of a great chief under the ground, under stone.”This was remarkable for the hunters, as Inuit traditionally buried their dead on the surface, wrapped in caribou skins and under a cairn. They investigated the site, expecting to find something similar. All they found was a flat stone.“They said he was a great shaman who turned to stone,” says Kamookak.In another account, a group of travelling Inuit came across a large wooden structure.“They managed to get a cross piece they took for a sled. The man who was telling the story said there was a flat stone and he could tell the stone was hollow.”Given that other expedition graves have been found on land, Kamookak believes Franklin’s is there too.“I don’t think they would have an ocean burial for him.”If he’s right, Franklin is probably still lying beneath the tundra on King William Island’s rocky and windswept northeast coast.If he’s wrong, chalk up one more mystery in a tale that’s been generating questions for 170 years.last_img read more

first_imgVANCOUVER – The looming deadline for legalized marijuana has local governments in British Columbia crafting wish lists for provincial legislation, from where pot should be grown to how it should be sold.Ottawa has said regulations must be in place by July 1 and the B.C. government announced last month that it wants public input on shaping the rules.While some municipal politicians worry the timeline for regulations is too short, Vancouver Coun. Kerry Jang thinks legalization can’t come soon enough.Vancouver brought in a bylaw for medical marijuana dispensaries in April 2016, becoming the first municipality in Canada to regulate the outlets.Data from the city shows 41 permits for medical marijuana-related businesses have been issued since the bylaw came into effect and Jang said he hasn’t heard a single complaint about those businesses.But illegal shops continue to operate, too. The city is asking the court to shut down 53 businesses that are operating without permits and bylaw officers continue to hand out tickets to another 65 shops classified as “subject to enforcement.”The province needs to create rules that will help strengthen and enforce the bylaw, but overall it’s been a success, Jang said.“It means that good operators who sell pot in a responsible way can continue to work and do business in the city of Vancouver and those who don’t gotta go.”He wants recreational pot to be sold at independent stores under provincial regulations and said Vancouver’s bylaw could be used as a model across the province.But Jang said it’s also important for municipalities to tailor the rules to fit their specific needs because each jurisdiction will have its own concerns.“No matter what we do, it’s going to be a work in progress,” he said. “It’s when the laws become static and don’t match what we need to do, conditions on the street, if you like, that this thing will not work very well.”For Delta Mayor Lois Jackson, the concern is where marijuana will be grown.Her suburban Vancouver community boasts some of the country’s best agricultural land. She said her staff have reported receiving between five and 10 calls per day from people who are interested in using that land to grow marijuana.But the mayor doesn’t want to see the valuable soil all used to grow pot in the name of profit.“I do not want Delta to be the pot-growing capital of Canada,” she said. “I mean, we’ve got 22,000 acres of pretty great land that grows things all year round. And if it’s going to be allowed on all those acres, well, I don’t know if that’s the direction we should be going.”Growing marijuana on agricultural land would likely mean big profits for farmers, but it could also create big problems for food security in the region, Jackson said.Village Farms, which grows tomatoes in Delta, has announced plans to convert one of its greenhouses for marijuana cultivation. The company said in a release that cannabis is expected to be a “substantially more profitable” crop.Village Farms CEO Michael DeGiglio said he knows some politicians are against the move, but he doesn’t think their justification makes sense.“It’s an agricultural crop,” he said in an interview. “I look at us as farmers. We’ve always been farmers. … We’re not the ones who made a certain crop legal. We’re just reacting as a business.”Jackson said she wants to see the provincial rules provide clarity around where cannabis can be grown and would prefer to see the rules favour warehouses over farmland when it comes to cultivation.In other parts of the province, local leaders want municipalities to have the power to decide where marijuana will be grown and sold based on their specific needs.“What local government is saying is that we just want to make sure we have a say in the zones this type of commercial activity would take part in,” said Al Richmond, chair of the Cariboo Regional District in British Columbia’s Interior.Some communities could choose to create zoning bylaws that prohibit marijuana retail outlets or growing operations in certain areas, he said.But they wouldn’t be able to ban pot entirely.“The debate about marijuana is not what we’re having now,” Richmond said. “It’s been legalized, the federal government said they’re going to legalize it. So, if it’s going to happen, let’s have it in a location that the community finds palatable.”— Follow @gkarstenssmith on Twitterlast_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA – A senior military officer has been charged with sexually assaulting two other service members while he was commander of a Quebec-based artillery unit three years ago.The Canadian Forces National Investigation Service said Monday that the service members were allegedly assaulted in separate incidents at CFB Valcartier between September and December 2014.Col. Jean-Francois Duval, a 29-year veteran of the Forces who was commander of the 5th Canadian Light Artillery Regiment at the time of the alleged attacks, has been charged with two counts of sexual assault.Navy Lt. Blake Patterson, a military police spokesman, would not provide further details Monday about the alleged incidents, including the relationship between Duval and the two service members.But defence officials confirmed that he is the highest-ranking officer to be charged with sexual assault since Gen. Jonathan Vance ordered an immediate end to all sexual misconduct in the military in August 2015.“Rank has no meaning for this,” Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan said Monday of the military’s commitment to eliminating inappropriate sexual behaviour.“We’ll be working extremely aggressively as we move forward. And we want anybody in the Canadian Armed Forces, if they’ve been affected, to come forward, so that we can investigate and take serious action on this.”Duval has also been charged with one count of indecent acts, two counts of scandalous conduct, two counts of disgraceful conduct in relation to two alleged incidents involving the same service members.One of the incidents occurred at CFB Valcartier between 2009 and 2010, officials said, and the second was between September and December 2014, but otherwise would not provide more detail.Duval has also been charged with three counts of prejudicing good order and discipline in relation to three alleged incidents involving different individuals at CFB Valcartier and CFB Gagetown between 2005 and 2014.Defence officials said the investigation, which is now proceeding through the military justice system, was launched last year when information about the alleged incidents arose in a separate case.Duval has spent the last five months in Kingston, Ont., where he has served in a senior position with the Canadian Defence Academy, which is responsible for overseeing all military training.Following news of the charges, Rear Admiral Luc Cassivi, commander of the academy, said Duval was being relieved of his duties as director of professional development.“He will be employed under my direct supervision with no leadership and supervisory duties until the case is disposed of in court,” Cassivi said in a statement.Military commanders have promised to crack down on sexual misconduct in the ranks since retired Supreme Court justice Marie Deschamps reported April 2015 that she had found an “underlying sexual culture” in the military.Military police reported earlier this month that they launched more than 200 investigations into alleged sex-related crimes last year, which represented a dramatic increase from the 119 initiated in 2014.But while there has been a similar jump when it comes to charges, with 44 laid last year as compared to 20 in 2014, the number of cases in which a suspect could not be identified grew to 111 last year from 39 in 2014.— Follow @leeberthiaume on Twitter.last_img read more

first_imgPERRIS, Calif. – Authorities have identified a skydiver who died when he fell onto the roof of a home in Southern California.The Riverside County coroner’s bureau says the man who died Monday afternoon was Aime-Jean St. Hilaire-Adam (EM’-aye-jon san Ihl-ayre AH’-dom), a 27-year-old from Calgary.He fell onto a home in Perris, a centre for skydiving about 112 kilometres southeast of Los Angeles.The home was about three kilometres southwest of Perris Valley Airport, which is a popular spot for skydivers.last_img

first_imgOTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau begins a four-day swing through the United States today, targeting “blue” states and cities that may be sympathetic to his talk about trade and the environment.Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles voted largely for Hillary Clinton in the last American election and are expected to stay Democratic party strongholds in congressional midterm elections later this year.His first stop in Chicago today is set to be anything but easy.Local labour unions are planning a rally outside the University of Chicago ahead of Trudeau’s speech, demanding he follow through on a pledge for stronger labour and environmental provisions in a new North American free trade deal.The demonstration marks a stark divide that Trudeau is walking into during his four-day swing through the United States, where he is set to push his message to keep the border open to goods and services.The unions say Illinois has lost 290,000 manufacturing jobs since the North American Free Trade Agreement went into effect, while the Illinois Chamber of Commerce says the state has benefited enormously from free trade.Canada is the state’s top trading partner, said Todd Maisch, president and CEO of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, which promotes local jobs and economic opportunity.“It’s easy to forget about those things if you’re not reminded,” Maisch said.Trudeau is expected to remind Americans of the trade deal and its benefits during a question-and-answer session with students at the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics.Maisch said Trudeau should talk about the trade deals Canada has signed with Pacific Rim countries, including Mexico, Asia and Europe that don’t include the United States.“I’ll be honest, I think he’s going to get more attention if he paints a picture of what trade deals amongst these countries look like with America absent. That is a strong picture in my mind,” he said.Trudeau has ratcheted up his rhetoric on NAFTA lately, telling a recent town hall meeting that he wouldn’t be forced into a deal that was bad for the country. Heading to Democrat areas appears designed to reinforce that message, says Chris Sands, director of the Center for Canadian Studies at John Hopkins University.“That’s what going to these states and flying the flag for policies that (President Donald) Trump doesn’t like is about. It’s not going to start a trade war. Trump might be slightly irked, but I don’t think it’s going to start a fight,” Sands said.“It will show Canadians that there are American friends for Canada, that Canada is still being progressive and I think that’s all about (the) 2019 (election).”In San Francisco, Trudeau will meet Amazon’s top executive, Jeff Bezos, among other tech sector executives.In Los Angeles, Trudeau will deliver a speech Friday about the merits of free trade to local, state and congressional officials at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Institute.last_img read more

first_imgResearchers at the Royal Ontario Museum and University of Toronto have uncovered fossils of a large predatory species in 506 million-year-old rocks in the Canadian Rockies in British Columbia.The species, described in a study published Tuesday in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, is named Cambroraster Falcatus.“This animal has this really unique looking frontal carapace, or shield-like structure, covering its head,” said Joseph Moysiuk, a PhD student at the University of Toronto and lead author of the study.“It’s like nothing we had seen before. But we actually nicknamed it in the field: The Spaceship.”The species, which is the earliest relative of insects, crabs and spiders, was found at the Burgess Shale site near Marble Canyon in Kootenay National Park.“What makes this finding remarkable is that we found hundreds of specimens, including all of the different parts of its body, so we are able to piece back together this organism in pretty remarkable detail,” Moysiuk said.His supervisor, Jean-Bernard Caron, said it took some time to put all the pieces together.“It was like a jigsaw puzzle or a Lego box, but you don’t have the instructions,” said Caron, who’s a curator at the Royal Ontario Museum and an assistant professor at U of T.In addition to its large head, the animal has a small body with flaps on the sides.“It looks a bit ridiculous in some ways,” Caron said.Researchers believe large claws on the front of its body, which look like rakes, were used to feed on everything from worms to small larvae living between sediment grains in the mud.Caron said they expect the animal was living at the bottom of the sea.“They are predators but they are also prey for something larger,” he said. “It’s adding more complexity to the Burgess Shale. It’s a level of predation that we had not encountered before.”Moysiuk called the Cambroraster Falcatus a “fearsome-looking animal.”Most animals at the time were smaller than a couple centimetres, but he said the new species was up to 30 centimetres long.“This is a super exciting finding for us,” Moysiuk said. “Because it’s such an abundant organism, we know it was important in the Burgess Shale community at the time.”The Marble Canyon fossil site, home to more than a dozen new species, was found by researchers in 2012 as they worked at the nearby Stanley Glacier. Researchers have said the area and its fossils are furthering the understanding of animal life during the Cambrian Period, when most major groups of animals appear on the fossil record.The Marble Canyon site is about 40 kilometres south of the original Burgess Shale in Yoho National Park, which was discovered 110 years ago.Officials with Parks Canada said the areas are magical places for fossil discoveries.“They are static and they are in the mountains and they are not moving, but that doesn’t necessarily mean there aren’t new stories to be told,” said Alex Kolesch, senior adviser for Yoho and Kootenay national parks.“These fossils are a really neat way to demonstrate what Parks Canada does and what our role is here. By virtue of these sites being in national parks, we protect them and it’s also really important for us to share the stories of national parks.”Colette Derworiz, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgMONTREAL — McGill University has confirmed it received a donation from the family that owns the company behind OxyContin but says it predates any legal action against the company over opioid-related deaths.An investigation by The Associated Press published Thursday reported that at least $60 million in donations from Sackler family foundations had been accepted by prominent universities around the world in the past five years — including Montreal’s McGill, which received more than $3 million.Some of the donations arrived before recent lawsuits blaming Purdue Pharma for its role in the opioid crisis. But at least nine schools accepted gifts in 2018 or later, when states and counties across the United States began efforts to hold members of the family accountable for Purdue’s actions.McGill said its last donation from the Sackler Foundation came in 2016. The university said the money supported research into epigenetics and psychobiology research. The research examined the effects of early environmental conditions on gene expression, brain development and behaviour.“It was in part established through a donation from the Sackler Foundation to support the training of McGill graduate and postgraduate students and does not now, nor has it ever, had any association with Purdue Pharma or any pharmaceutical product,” Cynthia Lee, a university spokeswoman, said in an emailed statement.“The endowment from the Sackler Foundation represents only a small fraction of various sources of funding for the research.” Lee said the last gift was received before the university “became aware of revelations that have since come to light.”She said donations to McGill are subject to the university’s gift acceptance policy and the institution may refuse donations from “individuals or organizations whose philosophy and values could be considered inconsistent with those of the university.”A University of Toronto spokesperson said the Raymond and Beverly Sackler Foundation donated $750,000 to support studies of carcinoid tumour biology from 2007 to 2013 but the school has received no money from family foundations since. The university said there is no continuing recognition associated with any Sackler donations.The AP consulted financial records, tax and charity documentation that showed that millions were doled out and at least nine schools accepted donations in 2018 or later, when U.S. states and counties began to hold members of the family responsible for Purdue’s actions.In total, at least two dozen universities have received gifts from the family since 2013, ranging from $25,000 to more than $10 million, the records show.Some skeptics see the donations as an attempt to salvage the family’s reputation.“Money from the Sacklers should be understood as blood money,” said Dr. Andrew Kolodny, a leading critic of Purdue and the Sacklers who heads a program on opioid policy at Brandeis University, which was not among the schools identified in tax records as receiving donations from the Sacklers. “Universities shouldn’t take it, and universities that have taken it should give it back.”When evaluating the ethics of Sackler gifts, some experts argue, it’s important to consider what schools knew about the family and when they knew it.“We’re looking at this through the lens of what people know now,” said Ross Cheit, chairman of the Rhode Island Ethics Commission and a professor at Brown University, which has accepted donations from the Sacklers. “My sense is, during the time period we’re talking about, people’s views about that source of money changed — a lot.”Connecticut-based Purdue Pharma filed for bankruptcy last month as part of an effort to settle some 2,600 lawsuits accusing it of fuelling the opioid crisis to drive profits.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 3, 2019.— With files from The Associated Press.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Boxing Legends Raise Money For Charity

October 16, 2019 | nvxeoqvi | No Comments

first_imgOn September 29, 2012, the world’s 12 greatest boxers supported and celebrated the inauguration of the World Boxing Council pension fund; which will provide monthly pensions to many former champions from around the world currently living in difficult situation.Among the boxers who took part were Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, Lennox Lewis, Sugar Ray Leonard and George Foreman. Don King was also present.To mark the occasion 12 unique watches from Swiss luxury brand Hublot were auctioned. The auction took place at the Bellagio hotel in Las Vegas, USA, and the 12 winning bidders received their watch directly from one of the boxing legends.All proceeds from the auction will go to the World Boxing Council Pension fund including the retired boxer’s pension and emergency fund in over 40 countries around the World.The watches replicate the design of each of the fighters’ championship belts and are made from 18k king gold, black ceramic and titanium. Each piece presents unique boxing features, such as special three minute counter, the World Boxing symbol on the back case, and the engraved signature of the specific boxing champion.Source:World-Television.comlast_img read more

first_imgLast month, actor and UNICEF Ambassador Ewan McGregor’s public service announcement was released – it was a plea to help UNICEF support Syrian children struggling through winter in refugee camps.“After months of violence, living in fear for their lives, traumatized families were forced to flee for safety with nothing but the clothes they were wearing,” says McGregor. “And now these children face a new crisis. Heavy winter rain has flooded thousands of tents, destroying the only place they can call home. Children are facing freezing temperatures and fierce winds with no shelter or blankets. They are bitterly cold and frightened.”Days after the PSA release, UNICEF’s CEO David Bull announced that the UK’s Department for International Development will be providing another £50 million in support of the children in crisis in Syria. It is a welcome contribution, but more is needed.“The population of children in particular [in refugee camps] is growing day by day,” says Bull. “Children without the clothes that they need for winter, without socks and shoes, are suffering. They are very vulnerable in these winter conditions. After having seen terrible things in their flight from Syria, they need all the help that we can give them.”McGregor says UNICEF is in various camps working day and night. “This is not a famine or an earthquake, but it is a crisis.”Copyright ©2013Look to the Starslast_img read more

first_imgUNICEF Ambassador Lucy Liu traveled to Lebanon with UNICEF this week to see first-hand the dire situation for Syrian children and their families who have fled a crisis that has left more than 70,000 people dead and nearly six million displaced from their homes.Lucy Liu Visits Lebanon to Shine Spotlight on Plight of Syrian Refugee ChildrenCredit/Copyright: US Fund for UNICEFAccompanied by UNICEF staff, Liu visited makeshift settlements in the Bekaa region of Lebanon, the country that hosts the largest number of Syrian refugees in the world.Video: UNICEF USA: Lucy Liu Visits Syrian Child RefugeesUp to one million people are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance in Lebanon, half of whom are children. The number of those arriving from Syria is growing dramatically, with more than 100,000 crossing the border each month. The resources of Lebanese host communities, the Government, and humanitarian organizations are being stretched to the limit.“The camps I visited are severely underserved. We met families living in make-shift tents constructed of burlap sacks and plastic sheets. With no water or toilets, open trenches serve as latrines, and diarrhea cases are rising. Many children have scabies, lice and fleas,” said Lucy Liu, a UNICEF Ambassador since 2004. “I saw children playing in waste, in rubble. They are desperate to go to school.”UNICEF has warned that the Syrian conflict risks creating a “lost generation” of millions of children who will carry physical and emotional scars of this conflict for many years to come. Children arriving from Syria have fled for their lives, often with nothing more than the clothes on their backs. More than 40 percent of children from Syria are of school age; many have missed months or even years of learning. In Lebanon, some 150,000 Syrian children are not in school, and that number is expected to rise to more than 400,000 by the end of the year. Public schools are coming close to reaching a saturation point.Displaced children have experienced and witnessed unspeakable violence—the death or injury of relatives, neighbors and friends—or have been exposed to harrowing scenes of destruction. These experiences can significantly impact children’s psychological and social wellbeing and development, both in the short- and long-term.“Every child deserves a childhood. These children need nutrition, medical care and education,” said Liu. “I am asking people to find out about this crisis and to please help them.”In Lebanon, UNICEF is assisting refugees from Syria, as well as the poorest Lebanese host communities.The organization has scaled up its programs in education, protection, health and nutrition, and water, sanitation and hygiene to respond to urgent needs. It is working to get the most vulnerable children back to school in a safe, protective environment; supporting the health care system with immunization services and lifesaving medical supplies and essential medicines; providing psychological support to children so they can begin to regain a sense of normalcy; facilitating access to safe drinking water and sanitation; and supporting programs to prevent violence against women and girls.The growing number of refugees, affected communities, and the lack of a foreseeable political resolution to the crisis will require enormous — and sustained — resources to meet the needs of the population. UNICEF’s emergency response remains significantly underfunded.How to HelpFor more information or to make a tax-deductible contribution to UNICEF’s relief efforts, please contact the U.S. Fund for UNICEF:

Toll free: 1-800-FOR-KIDS

Text: SYRIA to 864233 to donate $10.
Mail: 125 Maiden Lane, 10th Floor, New York, NY 10038 As with any emergency, in the event that donations exceed anticipated needs, the U.S. Fund will redirect any excess funds to children in greatest need.Lucy Liu is an award winning actress as well as a producer, director and artist. As a UNICEF Ambassador, Liu has traveled to Peru, Russia, Pakistan, Egypt, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, and Lesotho to interact with children and witness UNICEF’s lifesaving work.Source:US Fund for UNICEFlast_img read more

first_imgHawaii resident and star of celebrated series True Detective Woody Harrelson is urging lawmakers to end the ivory trade in the Aloha state.Harrelson joins The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International in their work to end the cruel and illicit ivory trade, which is driving the massacre of tens of thousands of African elephants every year.Hawaii is the 3rd largest retailer of ivory in the nation, behind only New York and California. Scientists estimate African elephants may be extinct in as few as 12 years if the current rate of poaching continues.A longtime advocate for animals, Mr. Harrelson declares, “No one needs ivory except for elephants. Up to 100 African elephants are brutally killed each day for their tusks. These highly intelligent keystone species are facing the greatest threat to their survival in history.“Right now Hawaii has a chance to be a global leader in elephant conservation by ending the illegal ivory trade and setting an example for other states and nations to follow. The world is watching. It is within our power, and our responsibility, to end this cruelty by stopping the blood ivory trade. As a long time Hawaii resident I know how much the great Aloha state has to offer; contributing to the massacre of elephants for their ivory, shouldn’t be one of them.”The bill, House Bill 493 Senate Draft 1, was scheduled for a hearing in the Senate Ways and Means Committee on Friday, March 28, and passed unanimously. It will now move on to a full Senate vote.last_img read more

first_imgThe Unusual Suspects Theatre Company (US), an award-winning non-profit that provides transformational theatre-arts programs and mentorship to underserved Los Angeles County youth and families, is hosting its 6th Annual Gala, “Change. Together.” on May 29th, 2014 at the historic Cicada Restaurant in Downtown Los Angeles.Unusual Suspects Annual GalaThis year’s honorees include Senator Holly J. Mitchell (D-Los Angeles, 26th District), and Bradford Bancroft and the Bancroft Family. Actress and long-time supporter of the organization, Melissa Peterman (WB’s “Reba,” ABC Family’s “Baby Daddy” and Host of ABC’s “Bet On Your Baby”) returns as this year’s gala emcee. 2014 Host Committee Members include Ed Asner, Austin and Virginia Beutner, Viola Davis and Julius Tennon, Hector Elizondo, Bruce Greenwood and Susan Devlin, Mariska Hargitay, David Henry Hwang and Kathryn Layng Hwang, Annie Lukowski, Melissa Peterman and John Brady, Karine Rosenthal and Bob Fisher. The evening will feature presentations by youth participants, cocktails, silent and live auctions, dinner, and an awards ceremony.All proceeds benefit the ongoing efforts of The Unusual Suspects Theatre Company’s internationally-recognized, model mentoring program that uses theatre arts to reach underserved youth in the juvenile justice system, foster care, gangs, treatment centers, and violence‐plagued neighborhoods. Each year, US impacts the lives of more than 5,000 local residents with the power of the performing arts.This year’s gala theme, “Change. Together.” highlights The Unusual Suspects’ commitment to using the power of ensemble-centered theatre to improve lives. Since the organization was founded over 20 years ago, thousands of participants have worked with one another to share their stories. The gala powerfully brings together alumni, along with volunteers and donors, in one room, to commemorate how every supporter plays an important role in social change for the community at large.“As a creative arts therapist, I know how important our shared stories are to our mental and physical well being. The Unusual Suspects have one of the best programs I have ever seen for showing kids and their communities how to share their stories and, thereby, grow together with new self-esteem and confidence,” says Gala Honoree Bradford Bancroft, MFT, RDT, and trustee of The Paul and Monica Bancroft Family Foundation.Find out more here.last_img read more

first_imgLegendary rock band U2 has thrown its support behind the Legacy of Hope Foundation, a nonprofit organization aiding to bring one of Nelson Mandela’s final wishes to fruition – the construction of the 5th dedicated children’s hospital on the entire continent of Africa.U2 signed guitar alongside trademark Legacy of Hope Campaign GuitarThe Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital will provide access to high-quality medical care for the children of Southern Africa, regardless of their ability to pay. This facility will have a profound, transformative effect on healthcare in the region.All members of U2, including Bono, a longtime ally and friend of Mr. Mandela and supporter of his charitable efforts, signed one of The Edge’s acoustic guitars for Legacy of Hope. Bono, who was recently injured during a cycling accident in New York City, has been recuperating following surgery, but nevertheless still wanted to show his support. Prolific rock star Bono tagged the guitar with the inscription, “There’s no them there’s only us!”When reached for comment, Eric Gast, CEO/Executive Producer of the Legacy of Hope Foundation, stated “We are truly honored that U2 would show their support with this wonderful gesture and I’m moved that Bono, in his current state, would have the resolve to help support Mr. Mandela’s dream of free and accessible healthcare for the children of Southern Africa.”The Legacy of Hope Foundation has garnered the support of numerous artists, celebrities and distinguished civil rights leaders, some of whom serve on its Honorary Board, including Ruby Bridges, Christy Turlington Burns, Ed Burns, Viola Davis, Dame Judi Dench, Arun Gandhi, Whoopi Goldberg, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Katherine Heigl, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Ashley Judd, Nicole Kidman, Larry King, Sir Ben Kingsley, Salma Hayek Pinault, Natalie Portman, Susan Sarandon, Octavia Spencer, Charlize Theron, Ben Vereen, Barbara Walters, Elie and Marion Wiesel, Her Highness Princess Dalal Al-Saud, and the late Dr. Maya Angelou.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

first_imgFast-forward, alas, to July, where — at another Soho House, this one across the pond — Markle appears to have made the scene with the fifth-in-line to the British throne. And then, last Saturday: a spy tells me that Prince Harry was actually here in Toronto at a Halloween party with Markle — a bait-and-switch that counters, possibly, reports that Harry was a no-show on a flight into YYZ on Sunday.Clearly, no shortage of dance cards, she. Advertisement Advertisement Dressed to the nines, and all in their 30s, three women scrambled into one of those goof-time photo booths, one late Toronto eve.One was the wife of the sitting prime minister, another the daughter-in-law of a former prime minister, and the last the va-va-voom-giving star of the TV series Suits.A cheek-to-cheek. A stare-off! A funny pucker-up and Tyra Banks-worthy smize! They were all in: Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, Jessica Mulroney and Meghan Markle. The girlish trio — descending on the booth found on the third floor of Soho House — had arrived with a pack following a showy society gala held here in April. Boom! With the royals proving, as always, that nothing abhors a vacuum more than the English press, Great Britain has all but exploded this week with news that the Toronto-based actress was being romanced by Prince Harry. Scooped by the Sunday Express’s Camilla Tominey — who’s considered to be reliable (and this is important) in the murky world of royal reportage — Markle was suddenly being game-hunted for the covers of all the papers (even non-tabs such as the Daily Telegraph), being fanned across American vanes like US Weekly and Vanity Fair and causing mouths to all-around gape back here, in Toronto, where the slinky, smart brunette has long been immersed in the life of the city. (She once stood in my kitchen, but that’s perhaps another story.) Twittercenter_img Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more