Path to India becoming 5trillion economy passes through UP HM

first_imgLucknow: The path to achieve the country’s target of being a USD 5-trillion economy passes through Uttar Pradesh, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said on Sunday, expressing confidence that the state will contribute to it by becoming a USD 1-trillion economy.Speaking at the second ground breaking ceremony for industrial projects worth Rs 65,000 crore here, Shah said Prime Minister Narendra Modi has set the target for the country to be among the top three economies in the world in the next five years. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”This is the thinking behind the USD 5-trillion economy target,” he said at the function which was attended by several business leaders. Like the first ground breaking ceremony, which took place last year, this one too aims at bringing investments in the state. The home minister laid the foundation stone for 250 projects worth Rs 65,000 crore at the event. Shah said he has heard that the path to become prime minister passes through Uttar Pradesh.Similarly, the path of India to become a USD 5-trillion economy also passes through the state, the he said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”The path to become a USD 5-trillion economy passes through Uttar Pradesh and I am sure that the state will contribute to it by becoming a USD 1-trillion economy,” Shah said. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath last week had said Uttar Pradesh has the potential to become a USD 1-trillion economy and though it’s a big target, it’s not impossible to achieve as the state has the requisite resources and manpower. Citing that there had been an increase in allocation of funds to the state by the 14th Finance Commission, Shah assured investors that “along with the state government, the Centre is also committed to the development of Uttar Pradesh”. “Prime Minister Narendra Modi sees dreams with open eyes and such people do not sleep till they realise them,” he said. Lauding Adityanath for bringing several changes for the development of the state, Shah said,”The Yogi government has removed the biggest hurdle in development by improving the law and order situation in the last two years.” “Development is not possible till the law and order situation is bad. I don’t want to take the names of any government but the administration here had been badly politicised. But, now, under the present dispensation, the administration has been made ‘Janata ka Sewak’ (servant of the people) in the real sense,” he said. Shah also spoke about why the BJP chose Adityanath to be the chief minister of the politically crucial state, which sends 80 members to the Lok Sabha.”No one thought Yogiji will be CM. He had no experience in administration but our aim was dedication and loyalty, and ‘parishram ki shamta’ (potential to work hard), and the BJP handed over the reins to Yogi Adityanath, that decision was right and he has made it right,” the Union minister said.last_img read more

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IITKGP researchers develop tech for solid waste management

first_imgKolkata: A research team at IIT Kharagpur has developed a technology which can generate energy from solid waste with high moisture content. The new technology – Hydro Thermal Carbonization (HTC) – can convert municipal solid waste to biofuel, soil amendment and absorbents, the premier institute said in a statement. Lead researcher Brajesh Kumar Dubey said the key to the success of the technology in Indian conditions lies in designing proper industrial scale reactor with improved heat integration system. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja “The moisture in the waste is used to the advantage of the process which uses water for the reaction. The biofuel generated as the recovered output can help curb air pollution,” Dubey explained. The technology can be used by the civic bodies to effectively manage solid waste, he maintained. Once the organic waste is entered into the process, the “outputs generated are all usable”, Sagarika Panigrahi, another member of the research team, said. “All outputs can be used for one purpose or the other, including the water which can be converted to biogas or methane,” she added.last_img read more

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2 months after truck drivers electrocution officials of electricity board booked

first_imgGhaziabad: Two months after the death of a 37-year-old truck driver who died of electrocution after he accidentally came into contact with a live electricity wire in Sihani gate police station area of Ghaziabad, police have booked officials of electricity board in connection with the incident.As per the complaint filed by deceased’s brother Ranjeet Singh, a commando with Indian army, the incident took place on July 2 around 10 pm when truck driver Baljeet Singh, a native of Shikarpur area in Bulandshahr, had taken a halt during his journey for urinal in front of Nainital bank near Ghaziabad bus stand. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”My brother Baljeet had to cross the road for urinal and while going he accidentally came into contact with a naked wire coming out of an electricity pole. A passerby informed police and he was taken to Santosh hospital where doctors declared him brought dead,” Ranjeet Singh said. “Upon reaching the spot, we found a sheer negligence from the electricity department behind the death of my brother. We demanded a probe into the matter but we have to struggle to get our complaint lodged which was done after senior police officials intervened,” added Singh. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsMeanwhile, police officials said that a case has been lodged into the matter and investigations are underway. “Based on the complaint received, an FIR under section 304-A (causing death due to negligence) of Indian Penal Code (IPC) has been registered against unnamed officials of electricity board. An investigation has been launched into the case and actions will be taken soon,” said Umesh Bahadur Singh, Station House Officer of Sihani Gate police station. The deceased is survived by his wife and two kids, a 6 years old daughter and a one month old boy.last_img read more

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CM points finger at Centres policy over dearth of doctors in Bengal

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday blamed the Centre’s faulty policy for the dearth of doctors in the state.”We are creating mother and child hub, medical colleges and other medical facilities, but we are not getting enough doctors. This is because medical entrance has become an all-India exam and students from outside the state are going back to their home state. We need more students from the state or else it may emerge as a big problem,” Banerjee, who is also the Health minister, said in response to a query about the state of doctors in the state Assembly on Friday. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaBanerjee said that the department had advertised for hiring 820 doctors, to which only 105 responded. “101 doctors turned up for counseling, out of which 41 agreed to join and 39 joined ultimately. The doctors are refusing to go to the rural areas, which is also posing a problem,” she added. Minister of State for Health Chandrima Bhattacharjee said that the West Bengal Health Recruitment Board, that started functioning since April 2003, had recruited 33,855 health officials including doctors, nurses and paramedical staff. “The number of doctors recruited since 2011 is 6,100, while that for nurses is 15,454,” she added. Senior Health department officials believe that the Centre must Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwaytake some initiatives to simplify the norms of the Medical Council of India (MCI), the Centre-owned regulating body looking after various issues including the medical admissions. “New medical colleges have to take permission from the MCI for admitting students to undergraduate medical courses every year. MCI monitors if the medical colleges are fulfilling various parameters and if the minimum requisite infrastructure is available in the hospitals,” a Health department official said. Some senior officials believe that the MCI must keep in view the issues relating to the crisis of doctors in the hospitals, before recommending to the Centre about the cancellation of licence of a new medical college.last_img read more

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Wife of accused BC polygamist testifies about life as a sisterwife

first_imgCRANBROOK, B.C. – The first legal wife of a man accused of polygamy has testified in B.C. Supreme Court about her marriage and life as a sister-wife with up to two dozen other women.Jane Blackmore took the stand in a courtroom in Cranbrook, B.C., on Tuesday in the trial of Winston Blackmore and James Oler, who are each charged with one count of polygamy.Winston Blackmore is the head of a religious group in Bountiful, a community in southeastern B.C. where residents are known for practising a faith that condones plural marriage.He is accused of marrying 24 women, and Oler allegedly has four wives.Jane Blackmore told the court that she grew up in the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, a group that broke away from the mainstream Mormon church at the turn of the 20th century.After pressure from her father, she agreed to be married and was taken to see a prophet who would determine a husband for her based on divine instruction.Blackmore said she learned at 10:30 p.m. on May 3, 1975 that her husband would be Winston Blackmore and they were married at 9 a.m. the next day.Jane Blackmore told the court that she knew other wives were likely to follow because the FLDS faith dictates that a man must have three wives to advance in the church and attain the highest level of celestial glory.Blackmore said she was sometimes asked to approve the marriages, but there were other unions she didn’t learn about until after the ceremony had occurred.She testified that there was one instance where a young woman who was marrying Winston Blackmore travelled up from the United States with her younger sister.Jane Blackmore told the court that the man conducting the ceremony claimed divine inspiration and married both sisters to Winston Blackmore.Jane Blackmore left Bountiful and her relationship with Winston Blackmore in 2003, but testified that her former husband married over 25 women during the course of their relationship.She also testified that Oler, her brother, had multiple wives and that she had attended the births of children he had with two of those wives.The criminal trial has been more than 25 years in the making, with RCMP first investigating allegations that residents of the isolated, religious community were practising plural or “celestial” marriage in the early 1990s.The trial is being heard by a judge alone and is expected to last at least two weeks. (Cranbrook Townsman)last_img read more

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A look at the federal Conservative leadership race by the numbers

first_imgOTTAWA – A look at the federal Conservative leadership race, by the numbers.445: Days in the leadership contest.16: Number of people who officially entered.3: Number who dropped out: Dan Lindsay, Tony Clement and Kevin O’Leary.14: Names that will be on the ballot; O’Leary dropped out too late to get his name taken off.16,901: Number of points required to win.259,010: Paid party members eligible to vote.2,729: Memberships removed from party rolls after investigations.52: Party members in Nunavut, the lowest in the country.114,508: Party members in Ontario, the highest in the country.$5 million: Amount each candidate can spend on the campaigns.$4.6 million: Amount raised by all the candidates in the first three months of 2017.last_img

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SaintLouisduHaHa Que gets Guinness World Record nod for exclamation points

first_imgMONTREAL – A small community in Quebec has entered the Guinness World Records — with not one but two exclamation points.The municipality of Saint-Louis-du-Ha!-Ha!, located on the south shore of the St. Lawrence River, finds itself on page 161 of the 2018 edition of the book of records.It is being recognized as the only community in the world with two exclamation points in its name.Mayor Sonia Larrivee said she found out about the distinction for the town, which is located about 250 kilometres northeast of Quebec City, when she checked social media on Tuesday.She said she has no idea who would have advocated on behalf of the 1,400-person community, which was named in 1874.According to the province’s toponymy commission, the haha part of the name is an archaic French word for an unexpected obstacle or abruptly ending path and may refer to nearby Lake Temiscouata.“It’s great visibility for the municipality and by extension, for the Temiscouata region,” Larrivee said. “It’s certain that it sparks the interest of people coming through here — the two exclamation points are rare.”She said she often sees tourists stop to snap a photo in front of the signs for the town.“I often see licence plates from abroad stopping along the highway,” she said.Elizabeth Montoya, a spokeswoman for Guinness, said in an email that it’s the first time the Quebec town has appeared in the book, under the record “most exclamation marks in a town name.”She said the record category was flagged by an independent consultant.The paragraph describing the record mentions a handful of place names with a single exclamation mark: the seaside village of Westward Ho! in Great Britain and briefly, a town in Ohio.“But the only town with two exclamation marks in its name is the Canadian municipality of Saint-Louis-du-Ha!-Ha!,” the entry reads.last_img read more

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At least two police officers injured in Abbotsford BC

first_imgABBOTSFORD, B.C. – Police say at least two officers were injured and a suspect is in custody in Abbotsford, B.C., following an incident that took place around noon today.Police say there are no outstanding public safety concerns, but the area around Mt. Lehman Road near the Fraser Highway will be an investigative scene for some time.An employee of a nearby business says at about 12 p.m. he heard two gunshots before hearing sirens approaching the area.Police did not immediately provide any further details and could not be reached for comment, but they have scheduled a news conference.The witness says police are investigating on the road between a Shell gas station and a McDonald’s.Employees who answered the phones at the gas station and the fast-food restaurant said they have been told not to speak to the media.The Independent Investigations Office, which investigates police related incidents of death or serious harm, says it has sent investigators to the scene.last_img read more

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NewsAlert Canadas Sebastien Toutant wins gold medal in Olympic big air

first_imgBOKWANG, South Korea – Canada’s Sebastien Toutant has won gold in men’s big air at the Pyeongchang Winter Games.The 25-year-old from L’Assomption, Que., scored 84.75 points on his first run and 89.50 on his second for a combined 174.25 points. Toutant didn’t land his final run, but he didn’t need to.In big air, each rider gets three runs with the points from their top two combined for a total score. Jumps are judged based on difficulty and execution — including amplitude and landing.Kyle Mack of the United States won silver while Britain’s Billy Morgan took bronze.Max Parrot of Bromont, Que., who won silver in slopestyle last week, finished ninth with 117.75 while Regina’s Mark McMorris, the slopestyle bronze medallist, was 10th after struggling to land his first two jumps.Big air was making its Olympic debut.Toutant finished 11th in slopestyle last week.last_img read more

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ExPM Brian Mulroney says daughters inexperience shouldnt be held against her

first_imgAJAX, Ont. – While consistently dismissing critics who accuse her of cashing in on her family name, Caroline Mulroney has recruited her famous father to shore up support as she fights to seize the reins of Ontario’s Opposition.Former Conservative prime minister Brian Mulroney denied Monday that he was brought in to add clout to his daughter’s campaign as she falls behind in the polls with only days to go before the Progressive Conservatives choose a new leader.The former politician said he has been stumping for his daughter for weeks at fundraisers and other events, and said her bid for the leadership has been gaining momentum.“I’m here because I’m her father, that’s all,” he told reporters after a lunchtime event in Ajax, Ont., east of Toronto — one of three such events he is scheduled to speak at this week while his daughter campaigns in other parts of the province.He pushed back against suggestions that Caroline Mulroney, a Toronto lawyer and businesswoman, isn’t qualified for the job, saying he was also criticized as too green during his campaign to lead the federal party in 1983.“That’s goofy stuff. I had no political experience and look what happened: I won the two largest back to back majorities since Sir John A. MacDonald,” he said.Polls had him lagging in third place days before he won the leadership, he said. “I won that and I feel the same way about Caroline. She’s growing and the others are drawing anaemic crowds with very little enthusiasm that I can see,” he said.Former Tory legislator Christine Elliott, former Toronto city councillor Doug Ford and parental rights activist Tanya Granic Allen are also vying to replace former Progressive Conservative leader Patrick Brown, who resigned in late January amid allegations of sexual misconduct.Brown has repeatedly denied the allegations and briefly campaigned to reclaim his job before dropping out of the race.While Mulroney appears to be bringing out the big guns in the last stretch of the campaign, having her father in the spotlight could send mixed messages, said Genevieve Tellier, a political science expert at the University of Ottawa.Mulroney has so far positioned herself as a fresh face outside of the political establishment and having her father there instead reinforces her connection to the old guard, Tellier said.It could also undermine her efforts to establish herself as a leader in her own right, Tellier said. The fact that the two are appearing separately rather than together suggests Mulroney is trying to strike a balance, she said.Mulroney’s camp said she is grateful for her father’s support as she crisscrosses the province meeting party members.“Most know him as a lifelong conservative whose commitment to public service continues,” said spokeswoman Melissa Lantsman. “He’s someone she turns to for advice and she’s grateful for his support.”While the 43-year-old mother of four has faced the most scrutiny over her high-profile family connections, two of her rivals also have ties to well-known politicians.Elliott’s late husband Jim Flaherty was a former provincial Tory legislator and went on to become the federal minister of finance under former prime minister Stephen Harper. Ford’s late brother, Rob Ford, was the mayor of Toronto until 2014.Mulroney’s family may have been more of a focus because she was relatively unknown before launching her bid for the leadership, while the other two candidates were already public figures, Tellier said.Even Brian Mulroney had been in the public eye before he became leader of what was then called the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada, because he had made an unsuccessful bid for the job a few years earlier, she said.“He was not somebody coming out of the blue,” Tellier said.The son of another famous Tory could also be running under the party’s banner in the spring election. Mike Harris Jr., son of Ontario’s former Progressive Conservative premier Mike Harris, told the radio station 570News he plans to seek the party nomination in Waterloo, Ont., a riding currently held by the New Democrats.The Ontario Tories announce their new leader March 10.last_img read more

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Reporter to donate 55″ of hair to raise funds for mental health

first_imgVANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – It’s been about eight years since NEWS 1130’s Lasia Kretzel last cut her hair. At first, it was a challenge to see if she could grow it as long as her mom once had it. But when her mother passed away, it became an opportunity to raise awareness.Lasia, who works at 660’s sister station in Vancouver, is now starting a six-week-long campaign to raise funds for Coast Mental Health. She will be shaving and donating all of her hair in hopes of making a wig for someone in need.“I want to raise money towards an organization that I know is going to help those who are struggling with substance abuse, with mental health issues,” she said. “My mother past away about five years ago, and one of the leading causes of her death was because of alcoholism.”Lasia Kretzel (right) and a picture of her mom Mary (left).She watched her mom struggle for years and would like to now help someone who may be going through something similar.“I wanted to raise money towards an organization that I really had a personal connection to,” she added. “We’re just going to try to raise as much money as we can. Right now the goal is set at $1,000. I would love to see, and I challenge people to surpass that, that would be amazing.”As a kid, Lasia said it was difficult to talk about her mom’s addiction, noting she felt embarrassed most of the time and didn’t really understood what it was.A picture of Lasia’s mom Mary.She said that’s why organizations like Coast Mental Health are important, to help both those struggling with addiction and mental health issues, but also those around it.Some of Lasia’s hair is now past her knees, which reminds her of photos she used to see of her mom when she was younger.“I’m hoping that they can make a wig or at least it can go towards making part of a wig. I know that it can take several heads of hair to make one wig.”Another thing she’s excited about? Less time in the shower.“It can be a hassle to maintain. People always ask how much shampoo I probably go through. The answer is a lot, but the answer for conditioner is even more.”To donate you can visit Lasia’s campaign page.last_img read more

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Montreal police announce plan to combat profiling of racial minorities

first_imgMONTREAL — A lawyer working on behalf of the Black Coalition of Quebec is seeking approval for a class action lawsuit against the city of Montreal for alleged racial profiling practices by the police.The news of the lawsuit comes as city police announced a new plan today to combat profiling.Officers presented city council with their commitments, which include more police training and a plan to begin collecting and analyzing data related to racial profiling complaints.Meanwhile Lawyer Jacky-Eric Salvant says he is seeking $4 million in damages from the city on behalf of 500 people who claim they were singled out by city police officers because of their race.Salvant said the lawsuit will be filed in the coming days once the city has been served with court papers.Salvant alleges the rights of non-whites in the city are routinely violated by police officers who stop them on the street or in their cars due to the colour of their skin.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Canadian air traffic controllers buy pizza for US colleagues hit by shutdown

first_imgCanadian air traffic controllers are buying pizzas for their American counterparts as a show of support during the U.S. government’s partial shutdown.Nav Canada’s national media manager Ron Singer says the initiative began when employees at Edmonton’s control centre took up a collection to buy pies for controllers in Salt Lake City, Utah, and Anchorage, Alaska.All seven of Canada’s control centres and many towers have since joined in and ordered pizzas for their U.S. counterparts working along the border, many of whom have taken to social media to express their gratitude.Singer says there’s a bond between Canadian and American air traffic controllers since the two work closely together to manage cross-border airspace.Some 10,000 air traffic controllers in the United States have been working without pay since late December due to the ongoing government shutdown.Their union filed a lawsuit in federal court in Washington on Friday, asking for an order compelling the government to pay them what they’re owed.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Canada warnings about meds should be more consistent with other countries prof

first_imgVANCOUVER — A University of British Columbia professor says Health Canada needs to be more consistent with other countries when it comes to issuing warnings about the safety risks of certain medications, especially if other countries have already advised patients taking the same drugs.Barbara Mintzes is the lead investigator of a new study and says that between 2007 and 2016, Health Canada issued safety warnings for only 50 per cent of drug-safety issues identified in the United States, Australia and the United Kingdom.She joined researchers in analyzing 1,441 advisories over that period and found regulators in all four countries were only consistent in the decision to warn their populations 10 per cent of the time regarding issues with the same medication.The affiliate associate professor at UBC’s School of Population and Public Health is also calling on Health Canada to be more transparent in providing patients with easily accessible online information about adverse reactions involving various drugs.Health Canada did not immediately respond to a request for comment.The study is published in JAMA Internal Medicine, published by the American Medical Association, and also involves researches from York University in Toronto and the University of Sydney in Australia. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Experts call for ban on waste exports after Philippine garbage embarrassment

first_imgNDP MP Gord Johns says Canada is not being a good neighbour by continuing to allow Canadian trash to be handled by some of the poorest countries in the world.Environment Minister Catherine McKenna is vowing to crack down on plastic pollution but thus far has not committed to barring the export of waste completely.“Developing countries no longer want to take waste from developed countries,” said McKenna, noting there is an important lesson to be learned from this conflict. “That’s a good thing, it’s coming back to Canada.”The Filipino president threatened war on Canada, and their foreign secretary recently threatened to burn down the village of anyone that got in the way of this ship.The Trudeau government had offered to take the garbage back in June, but that wasn’t fast enough for Filipino officials.McKenna says the trash will be put to good use.“It will go to a waste energy facility so the good news is that it will be used to fuel homes,” she adds.The Canadian Press, with files from Cormac Mac Sweeney OTTAWA — One of Canada’s foremost experts on the garbage industry says the only way to stop Canadian trash from ending up in foreign ports and landfills is for Canada to ban waste exports altogether.Queen’s University professor Myra Hird runs a research group on Canada’s waste systems and says while an international treaty trying to keep wealthy countries from unloading their waste on the developing world might help, it doesn’t stop unscrupulous people from making big bucks by bucking the rules altogether.Canada’s garbage didn’t end up in the Philippines because people followed the rules, Hird says.That garbage — which led to a diplomatic confrontation between Canada and the Philippines — is now making its way back across the Pacific Ocean to Vancouver after languishing in two ports in the Philippines for nearly six years.WATCH: Philippines ships back Canadian trashlast_img read more

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Liberals mortgage help for firsttime buyers lands Sept 2 weeks before vote

first_imgOTTAWA — The federal Liberals say a new program to help new buyers pay for their first home will kick in on Labour Day.The program that will help cover some mortgage costs will be available starting Sept. 2, only weeks before the October federal election.The government’s plan will see it pick up five per cent of a mortgage on existing homes for households that earn under $120,000 a year, on a mortgage of no more than $480,000.It plans to cover up to 10 per cent to spur construction for new homes.There isn’t any interest on the federal money.A buyer will have to repay it if they sell their house, or after 25 years of living in the home.The Canadian Presslast_img

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Amber Alert issued for baby boy believed abducted by father in Alberta

first_imgFAIRVIEW, Alta. — Police in northwestern Alberta have issued an Amber Albert for a seven-month-old boy believed to have been abducted by this father.RCMP say Jameson Sundby was taken about 9:45 a.m. from his home in Fairview, about 550 kilometres northwest of Edmonton.Police say he has blond hair and blue eyes, and was wearing a blue T-shirt with a star on it and grey sweat pants with cars on them.His father, John Sundby, is five-foot-11 and 230 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.They were last seen travelling in a 2012 black Dodge Ram 3500 with Alberta licence plate CBF 3313.Police say the truck was last seen leaving Fairview in an unknown direction.They are urging the public not to approach the suspect.The Canadian Presslast_img

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Timeline of events in British Columbia homicide manhunt

first_imgWINNIPEG — Police say they believe they have found the bodies of two young men who were wanted in the deaths of three people in northern B.C. Here’s a timeline of events:July 15 — The bodies of a man and a woman are found near a blue van on the Alaska Highway, also known as Highway 97, near Liard Hot Springs, B.C.July 17 — RCMP say the deaths are suspicious.July 18 — RCMP announce Australian Lucas Fowler, 23, and his 24-year-old American girlfriend, Chynna Deese, are homicide victims. Meanwhile, in Jade City, B.C., Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, are spotted in a store where they stopped for free coffee. Jade City is about 350 kilometres from where the two bodies were found.July 19 — Police announce the body of a man has been found two kilometres from a burned-out truck belonging to McLeod and Schmegelsky near Dease Lake, B.C. The two teens are missing. Dease Lake is about 470 kilometres from the first crime scene.July 21 — McLeod and Schmegelsky are spotted in Cold Lake, Alta., where a local resident, not knowing who they are, helps them free a stuck Toyota Rav 4 they are driving. The are also captured on security camera footage at a store in Meadow Lake, Sask.July 22 — Mounties say Fowler and Deese were shot. They release composite sketches of a man seen speaking with the couple on the highway where they were found dead and a sketch of the unidentified man found dead near the burned truck. Fowler’s father, an Australian police inspector, pleads for public help in the investigation. At the same time, band constables with Tataskweyak Cree Nation at Split Lake in northern Manitoba talk with McLeod and Schmegelsky at a checkstop, unaware of who they are. The constables see camping gear and maps in their vehicle.July 23 — RCMP announce Schmegelsky and McLeod are suspects in the three deaths. They release photos of the men and a 2011 grey Toyota Rav 4 they may have been driving. Fox Lake Cree Nation says a burned-out vehicle is found near Gillam, Man., about 170 kilometres east of Split Lake. Police search that area.July 24 — RCMP confirm the burned-out vehicle near Gillam is the Toyota Rav 4 the suspects are believed to have been driving. The third victim is identified as 64-year-old Leonard Dyck of Vancouver. He was a lecturer in the University of British Columbia’s botany department.July 25 — Manitoba Mounties confirm two sightings of Schmegelsky and McLeod in the Gillam area. RCMP say the sightings, along with no reports of stolen vehicles, lead investigators to believe the suspects are still in the region. They say they are investigating a photograph of Nazi paraphernalia allegedly sent by Schmegelsky to another user on a video game network. Schmegelsky is also pictured in military fatigues brandishing an airsoft rifle and wearing a gas mask.July 28 — RCMP descend on York Landing, an isolated community southwest of Gillam, after it’s reported the suspects were seen at the local dump.July 29 — RCMP are unable to confirm the sighting and pull back to Gillam.July 31 — Police announce they have done everything they can and are scaling back the search, although not ending it.Aug. 2 — RCMP say they found a damaged rowboat on the Nelson River.Aug. 4 — RCMP dive team conducts underwater search “of significant areas of interest.”Aug. 6 — RCMP say they have found several items linked to Schmegelsky and McLeod on the shore of the Nelson River in northern Manitoba. The Mounties would not disclose what the items are but say they were found nine kilometres from the vehicle they were driving.Aug. 7 — Police say they believe they have found the bodies of McLeod and Schmegelsky in dense brush in northern Manitoba. RCMP Assistant Commissioner Jane MacLatchy said the bodies were found earlier in the morning near the shoreline of the Nelson River, within a kilometre of where several items linked to the two suspects were found. Autopsies are scheduled to confirm their identities. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Oil prices jump as attack on Saudi plant threatens supply

first_imgThe loss of 5% of world crude oil output from an attack on Saudi Arabia’s largest oil processing plant pushed crude prices sharply higher on Monday.U.S. crude oil was trading 9% higher while Brent crude added more than 10%. The attack on the Saudi Aramco facility halted output of more than half of Saudi Arabia’s daily exports.That’s especially worrying for oil thirsty Asia: China, Japan, South Korea and India are major customers for Saudi oil.“The attacks this time posed a serious threat to key international energy infrastructure, and we express concern that they undermine the energy security of the entire world and stability in the region,” South Korea’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement.“We condemn any similar acts,” it said.Oil prices spiked shortly after trading began Monday, with U.S. crude jumping more than 15% and Brent leaping nearly 20%. But the initial surge moderated on talk of tapping strategic reserves to weather any shortfalls from the loss of 5.7 million barrels of crude processing capacity a day.U.S. crude had added $4.84 per barrel, or 8.8%, to $59.70 per barrel by mid-afternoon in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Brent picked up $6.02 per barrel, or 10%, to $66.24 per barrel.Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi rebels claimed responsibility for the attack on the Saudi Aramco plant that paralyzed production of more than half of Saudi Arabia’s global daily exports and more than 5% of the world’s daily crude oil production.“To take Saudi oil production down 50%, that’s shocking,” said Jonathan Aronson, a research analyst at Cornerstone Macro.The attack may add to anxiety about the stability of the world’s oil reserves. “Saudi Arabia has been a very reliable supplier of oil in the world,” said Jim Burkhard, who heads crude oil research for IHS Markit. This attack is “adding a geopolitical premium back into the price of oil.” That means oil prices would rise because of worries about more unrest hurting supply. Higher oil prices tend to hurt the economy as consumer costs rise.Asia is the region most vulnerable to big supply disruptions.Saudi Arabia provides about a fifth of China’s crude imports, more than 37% of Japan’s and almost a third of South Korea’s. Japan is nearly 100% dependent on imports for its oil.The world’s richest countries have oil reserves of more than 2 billion barrels, but releasing those to alleviate supply concerns could potentially backfire and result in higher prices on the market as traders worry that there is a problem with tight supply, said Burkhard.According to the Joint Organization Data Initiative, Saudi Arabia has nearly 27 days worth of reserves. It holds reserves at home and in Egypt, Japan and the Netherlands. That can alleviate some concerns.Meanwhile work was under way to restore production at the Abquaiq plant. The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday that Saudi officials said a third of crude output would be restored by Monday. Bringing the entire plant back online may take weeks. Officials said they would use other facilities and existing stocks to supplant the plant’s production.Chris Midgley, global head of analytics for S&P Global Platts, estimates prices could surge into the “high $70” per barrel range. It could go even higher if disruptions are prolonged, but that is not expected, he said in a research note.The situation is better today than it would have been a decade ago, thanks to the U.S. energy boom.The U.S. has a cushion because it and Canada both produce plenty of oil, leaving the U.S. less reliant on the Middle East. But it’s still a global market. “If you take oil anywhere out of system it affects everybody,” said Burkhard.Still, even if the plant goes back online and there is no fundamental change to the world’s supply of oil, prices may move higher and stay higher because traders would build in a “security premium,” said Michael Lynch, president of Strategic Energy & Economic Research.It would reflect worries that future attacks might jeopardize global oil supplies. And in a world already concerned about supply, the impact of another attack could mean a sharp effect on prices, said Kevin Book, managing director of Clearview Energy Partners. “It’s almost like an open season for a big attack.”It’s that element of uncertainty that can roil markets.The attack on its oil infrastructure could lead Saudi Arabia to launch a military strike on Iran in retaliation, Book said. Countries attacking each other’s oil facilities and fields is a “prescription for a high oil price,” he said.Book argues the attack on Saudi Arabia is driving home the repercussions of the unraveling of the Iran nuclear deal after President Donald Trump pulled the U.S. out in 2018, imposing harsh sanctions on Iran, including its oil industry.___Business Writer Elaine Kurtenbach in Bangkok contributed.Tali Arbel, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Peter Kay Sits Down For Red Nose Day

first_imgPeter Kay is pushing his mind, body, and soul to the limit, as he embarks on the ‘toughest challenge ever undertaken for Red Nose Day’.With his trainer at his side, and cheered on by public supporters and celebrities alike, the comedian will have to sit down for practically a whole week as he travels from Belfast to London in what is apparently set to be one of the most ‘gruelling Comic Relief challenges’ to date.Having undertaken a rigorous training regime to prepare for the challenge, Peter will not only have to endure the physical strain put on his body, but be mentally psyched up to withstand days of sitting down for the Comic Relief sketch.Peter will be planning to make a triumphant arrival live at BBC Television Centre on Friday 15th March, with highlights of the highs and lows of his extraordinary journey to be shown on Comic Relief – Funny for Money.To accompany the sketch, Peter has also recorded a music video of the classic James track ‘Sit Down’ with James frontman Tim Booth.A star-studded line-up of the nation’s favourite comedians will be doing something funny for money as Red Nose Day celebrates its 25th anniversary with a fantastic evening of unmissable TV: Comic Relief – Funny for Money.A stellar line up of presenters – Michael McIntyre, Rob Brydon, John Bishop, Zoe Ball, Lenny Henry, Davina McCall, Jack Whitehall, Nick Grimshaw, Jonathan Ross, Dermot O’Leary, Claudia Winkleman, Alan Carr, David Walliams and Russell Brand – will entertain from start to finish, with original sketches from the stars of the comedy firmament promising to keep the nation roaring with laughter. Don’t miss it.For more information visit rednoseday.com.last_img read more

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