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Family of Cree man shot on Saskatchewan farm upset with jury selection

first_imgBATTLEFORD, Sask. – Family members of a Cree man shot and killed on a Saskatchewan farm say they are upset no visibly Indigenous people were chosen as jurors to oversee the murder trial.A jury pool of over 200 people showed up Monday in Battleford, Sask., and 12 were chosen to determine the guilt or innocence of Gerald Stanley.Stanley, 56, was formally arraigned on a charge of second-degree murder and pleaded not guilty before jury selection began.Colten Boushie was 22 when an SUV that he was a passenger in drove onto a farm near Biggar, Sask., on Aug. 9, 2016. An altercation ensued and Boushie, from the Red Pheasant First Nation, was shot and killed.In the end, seven women and five men were chosen for the three-week trial as well as two alternates.During the selection process, a number of both middle-aged white men and visible minorities were rejected.“A lot of my family didn’t come today because they already felt that a decision had been made and I came with hopes that it would be different,” said Jade Tootoosis, who is Boushie’s cousin.“It was really difficult to sit there today and watch every single, visible Indigenous person be challenged by the defence. It’s not surprising but extremely frustrating and it’s something that we feared has come true.”Stanley’s lawyer released a statement on the weekend urging potential jurors to keep an open mind.“Despite any online comments or media stories, Gerry’s trial is not a referendum on racism. If jurors feel that they have to pick a ‘side,’ then it will be very difficult for there to be a fair trial,” said defence counsel Scott Spencer.“Unfortunately, racial tensions existed in Saskatchewan, and across Canada, before the Boushie tragedy and they continue today.”Spencer said the rest of Canada will be watching Saskatchewan closely over the next couple of weeks, noting how participants conduct themselves during the trial. But he said one fact shouldn’t be forgotten.“A young man lost his life. That was, and remains, a terrible tragedy.”Saskatchewan’s Chief Justice Martel Popescul, who is presiding over the trial, told the jury they can only consider evidence presented in court.“It’s probably fair to say that this case has attracted some considerable attention in the media but again I say anything you have heard or seen in the media is not evidence and you must disregard it completely,” Popescul said.He also noted that Stanley is presumed to be innocent until the Crown has proven his guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.“There is no burden on Mr. Stanley to prove that he is innocent. He does not have to prove anything,” Popescul said.“A reasonable doubt is not an imaginary or frivolous doubt. It is not based on sympathy or prejudice against anyone involved in these proceedings. You must not find Mr. Stanley guilty unless you are sure he is guilty. Even if you believe Mr. Stanley is probably guilty, or likely guilty, that is not sufficient.”— Follow @BillGraveland on Twitterlast_img read more

Sherbrooke revives bid for Francophonie Games after NB pulls out

first_imgSHERBROOKE, Que. — After ballooning costs prompted New Brunswick to abandon the 2021 Francophonie Games, Sherbrooke, Que., has agreed to step in as host as long as spending can be kept under control.It is now up to the Quebec government to submit Sherbrooke’s candidacy to la Francophonie, the organization of states that have French as a common language. Negotiations will also be needed to determine how much the province and the federal government contribute.In New Brunswick, where Moncton and Dieppe were going to share hosting duties, Premier Blaine Higgs last month blamed the province’s decision to withdraw on the growing cost and a lack of financial support from Ottawa. The province said the budget had risen to $130 million from an original bid of $17 million.At a special meeting Monday night, Sherbrooke city council adopted a motion expressing its support for holding the Games provided it can be done “within a financial framework established with the provincial and federal governments.”Sherbrooke says it is prepared to spend $5.5 million on the event, which brings together 3,000 athletes and artists from la Francophonie’s more than 50 member states. It will seek guarantees from the other levels of government that they will assume their respective shares under an agreement to be negotiated.In 2015, Sherbrooke lost out to New Brunswick in the race to hold the 2021 Games. At the time it estimated the total cost at $52 million and its contribution at $8.8 million.Mayor Steve Lussier was initially reluctant to wade back into the project before agreeing last week to take another look. He insisted that the city would stick to its budget.“There is no question of creating a special tax for the Games,” he said. “They will not be held to the detriment of municipal projects and services.”Nadine Girault, Quebec’s minister of international relations and la Francophonie, met with Lussier Monday in Sherbrooke. She said on Twitter that she would discuss the project with cabinet colleagues and assess the costs. “At this point, they remain high,” she wrote.In New Brunswick, Higgs said he welcomes Sherbrooke’s decision. “I hope that the Games do proceed,” the premier told reporters.He noted that Sherbrooke is beginning with a more realistic estimate of the cost, but he said Quebec needs to keep close tabs on spending. “I would just have a good hard look at it, because it seems like Games of all kinds usually run over significantly,” Higgs said.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE Season 3 With Alexa Davalos Rufus

first_imgSeason 3 of Amazon’s alt-World-War-II-timeline drama The Man in the High Castle has started filming in metro Vancouver with Eric Overmyer as the new showrunner.Creator Frank Sponitz parted ways with High Castle midway through season 2, leading to a couple of unexpected production shutdowns in Vancouver and a much longer shooting schedule last year. But all’s well that streams well.Amazon stated that streaming of season 2 the weekend before last Christmas was the best weekend debut of any of its scripted original series to date.I’d be smiling too, if… Oh, wait. I was smiling. #TheBandisBackTogether #HighCastle #highcastleseason3— Joel de la Fuente (@joeldelafuente) June 25, 2017 LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Based on Philip K. Dick’s award-winning novel, The Man in the High Castle imagines an alternate reality circa 1962 where the Japanese and Germans won World War II and divided the United States into three regions — the west coast as the Japanese Pacific States, the Rockies as a neutral zone and the east coast as the Greater Nazi Reich.READ MORE Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Nuit Blanches new frontier Scarborough

first_img Twitter Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Alyssa Fearon will curate the brand-new Scarborough portion of Nuit Blanche next year. “There’s a lot of resilience, a lot of creativity. That’s what I want to illuminate – the great things that are there already,” she says. (TORONTO STAR / BERNARD WEIL) Login/Register With:center_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Nuit Blanche has travelled broad-ranging turf in its nearly a dozen years, from spectacle to activism and everything in between. Next year, it ranges farther than it ever has: To Scarborough, where a sizeable chunk of the annual overnight art event will touch down at dusk on Sept. 29, 2018.If Alyssa Fearon, the Scarborough segment’s newly named curator, has her way, Nuit’s move will break ground in more ways than one.“You always hear about Scarborough as a place that’s underprivileged, that’s at risk, that’s a ‘priority,’” she says. “I really think that does a disservice to what’s happening there. There’s a lot of resilience, a lot of creativity. That’s what I want to illuminate — the great things that are there already.” Nuit Blanche, Scarborough edition, will centre around its Civic Centre, which will serve as a hub in much the same way as Nathan Philips Square does for the downtown core. The two events will take place the same night.READ MORE Facebooklast_img read more

Criminal charges against Indian residential school abusers should still be option agency

first_imgAPTN National NewsTo the North now where the eyes of the world are on Inuvik.An international agency formed in the wake of South African apartheid is at the residential school hearings this week.Its representatives are pleased that Canada’s victims of human rights abuses are being listened to.But there is a reminded that accountability of perpetrators is a necessary component of true reconciliation.APTN National News reporter Rob Smith has more.last_img

President insists his issue with Ranil nothing personal

President Maithripala Sirisena today insisted that his issue with United National Front (UNF) leader Ranil Wickremesinghe is nothing personal.Speaking at the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) convention in Colombo today, the President said that Wickremesinghe is not a suitable politician for the country. “His vision is not good for this country,” the President said. He said that Wickremesinghe also deceived the public in the North. Sirisena defended his decision to appoint Mahinda Rajapaksa as Prime Minister on October 26th.He also said that he respects the order issued by court to suspend the functions of the office of the Prime Minister and cabinet.President Sirisena assured that the political crisis will be resolved within a week. (Colombo Gazette) Sirisena said that he had informed the UNF yesterday that he will not appoint Wickremesinghe as Prime Minister even if all 225 Parliamentarians tell him to do so.The President also said that Wickremesinghe had destroyed the United National Party as party leader. read more

UN agency sending expert to China to investigate role of animals in

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is sending a leading viral disease expert on a three-week mission to China, to help coordinate an international investigation into the role animals might play in spreading the deadly Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). “We need to know the natural host of the virus and understand if other animal species may become infected and are able to transmit it so we can be prepared to prevent epidemics of SARS arising in the future,” said Laurie Gleeson, a senior Australian veterinarian from FAO’s Collaborating Centre at the Australian Animal Health Laboratory in Geelong. Dr. Gleeson, whose trip begins tomorrow, will visit several Chinese provinces, serving as a focal point in communication between Chinese authorities, FAO, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) and international researchers. “During the mission we will collate information on research to date and identify areas that require further research. We will also explore where international collaboration will assist China to quickly resolve some key issues, such as the need for diagnostic tests for animals,” he said of his role in assisting the Chinese Government develop a program to investigate animal related aspects of the SARS epidemic. The latest statistics on SARS indicate a total 8,436 cases and 812 deaths reported worldwide. read more

Computers from UN war crimes court benefit survivors in Bosnia

The shipment, donated through AidNet Foundation, a humanitarian organization based in Sarajevo, Bosnia’s capital, will be distributed to schools, youth centres and non-governmental organizations in both entities of the country – the Republika Srpska and the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Hans Holthuis, Registrar of the UN International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), which is based in The Hague, said he was “particularly satisfied that the equipment replaced by the Tribunal can benefit young people from all ethnic groups in Bosnia Herzegovina, where the majority of the crimes under the Tribunal’s jurisdiction were committed.” For the past year ICTY has endeavoured to supply its old office equipment to those in the former Yugoslavia who might benefit from it. In Bosnia and Herzegovina, AidNet has assisted by making deliveries to remote areas. The equipment is being transported free of charge by Voerman International moving company as part of its policy of assisting communities in need. read more

SecretaryGeneral Ban congratulates Mozambique on anniversary of peace accords

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon “warmly congratulates” the Government and people of Mozambique as they mark 20 years of peace since the signing of accords that ended the southern African country’s post-independence civil war, the UN chief’s spokesperson said today.Mr. Ban reiterated the UN’s commitment to working with Mozambique as it “consolidates democracy and strives to achieve social inclusion, women’s empowerment and sustainable development,” the spokesperson added.Mr. Ban also recalled the role played by the now-concluded UN Operation in Mozambique (known by the Portuguese-language acronym ONUMOZ), the spokesperson said, noting that the peacekeeping operation “helped to implement the 1992 General Peace Agreement and lay the foundation for a durable peace.”A few years after gaining independence from Portugal in 1975, the African nation was plunged into a long and debilitating civil war between the Government, led by the Liberation Front of Mozambique (FRELIMO) party, and the Mozambican National Resistance (RENAMO). On 4 October 1992, after two years of negotiations in Rome, the two parties signed a General Peace Agreement. As part of the Agreement, the Security Council established ONUMOZ to monitor and support a ceasefire, the demobilization of forces and the holding of national elections.ONUMOZ was established in December 1992 and its mandate ended in December 1994 – shortly before the African nation’s first multi-party elections. read more

Security Council UNESCO strongly condemn killing of French journalists in Mali

Armed gunmen kidnapped and executed Ghislaine Dupont and Claude Verlon yesterday near the city of Kidal.The Director-General of the UN Scientific, Educational and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Irina Bokova, called the killings “a heinous crime that stands condemned by the whole world.”The bodies of the journalists, on assignment for Radio France International (RFI), were found by French military forces shortly after riddled with bullets, according to the Paris-based agency. In a statement today, Ms. Bokova, who visited northern Mali last February, said Ms. Dupont and Mr. Verlon “paid the highest possible price for doing their job; for defending freedom of expression and people’s right to information; for contributing –through their reporting – to Mali’s struggle against violence and extremism, and its efforts to rebuild.” Late last night, the 15-member Security Council expressed its condolences to the families of the victims, as well as the French Government. “In accordance with international humanitarian law, journalists, media professionals and associated personnel engaged in dangerous professional missions in areas of armed conflict are generally considered as civilians and shall be respected and protected as such,” the statement reiterated.The Council members demanded that “all parties to an armed conflict comply fully with the obligations applicable to them under international humanitarian law, including as related to the protection of civilians in armed conflict.”They called on the Government of Mali to “swiftly investigate the case” and to hold those responsible to account. In its statement, the Council also reaffirmed that any acts of terrorism are “criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed”.The Members also reiterated their full support to the UN Mission in Mali and the French forces, and called on all parties to cooperate fully with the peacekeeping Mission.The Security Council set up the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) in April to support the West African country’s recovery from a coup and the occupation of its north by Islamist fundamentalists, its transition back to stability and democratic governance, and the promotion of human rights and provision of humanitarian aid.Ms. Dupont and Mr. Verlon are the first journalists killed in Mali this year, and are remembered on the dedicated webpage, UNESCO Condemns Killing of Journalists. read more

EYEWITNESS Clipping wings…

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEYEWITNESS: Raising the temperature…March 22, 2018In “EYEWITNESS”Tullow to push for Guyanese to be employed with companyAugust 25, 2019In “Business”EYEWITNESS: Profligacy…July 22, 2017In “EYEWITNESS” …or misdirection?After a year of pungent criticism about his gross mishandling of Guyana’s right to getting a fair value for its oil reserves,Raphael “Nassau” Trotman will be handing over that segment of his “Natural Resources” portfolio to a “Department of Energy” within the Ministry of the Presidency. Some may believe it’s some kind of demotion but they couldn’t be more mistaken. This is, as we Guyanese say rather elegantly, “a cock”!First of all, the Department will not be any kind of autonomous agency or company that most other oil producers insist on, to reduce political meddling and corruption. Ghana, for instance, which isn’t even the strongest player out there, has its Ghana National Petroleum Company (GNPC).Then “Nassau” will be leading the “Task Force” setting up the Unit!! How more incestuous can you get?? Especially when the other members are Harmon and the tight little circle from the AFC that’s returned to the PNC!Do you think this group will select the kind of petroleum and financial professionals that’ll do what’s best for Guyana? If you believe that then you’re obviously living in la-la land – or, you’re a true believer!! What you’ll get is a bunch of tightly controlled automatons under the control of the Minister of State.Note the other divisions of the Ministry of the Presidency – State (Harmon), Citizenship (Felix); Social Cohesion (Norton) are all under high PNC executives. And don’t even mention the agencies!!But it’s also a way to deflect from the gross negligence (being kind here!!) of Trotman in handling our oil revenues. If he were the head of any private company, he’d be long gone! This is just a tactical gambit to remove “Nassau” Trotman from the line of fire. He’s too much of a lightning rod right now and the Energy Agency will make folks think “something was done”!! Just look at how things unfold in the next few months!“Nassau’s” well protected by the terms of HIS contract he struck with Granger at Nassau. As an ardent admirer of Burnham, his job will be to maintain the façade of the AFC bringing “multilateral” support to the PNC.You ask what about Nagamootoo and Ramjattan, dear readers?  Have you forgotten “Nassau’s” now the LEADER of the AFC?? Those two worthies are just (toothless) poodles who are used as props to flank Granger in the official Ministry of the Presidency photos! They’re Vice Presidents, you see!Your Eyewitness has already pointed out the oil contract’s void since “Nassau” Trotman was not in his right mind when he “renegotiated”.Since we (unfortunately) don’t have the tradition of Hara Kiri, maybe he can redeem himself by confessing!!…and oil productionWell, Exxon just announced its seventh oil strike – this one in the Pacora field. Some may know that “pakoras” have a thin crust filled with goodies and are scrumptious. This Pacora must be so filled with such scrumptious oil that Exxon is now projecting a production of 500,000 thousand barrels per day!! Imagine that!! Since the one FPSO already commissioned can only process 200,000 bpd, does it mean they’ve placed an order for another two of the monsters that cost US$1 billion each?But that raises the question: was the government consulted on the new level of production? Apart from a better price split (Ha!!) that’s supposed to be a benefit of a PSA – where the country owns the oil and the oil company’s a contractor – the production level is another tool for the country to control its destiny.As one expert recently pointed out – and your humble Eyewitness did a year ago – we don’t have the capacity to absorb multibillion cash infusions right now.Production should therefore be tailored to match our absorptive capacity.…or plain meanness?Did the Chronic HAVE to publish COP Persaud’s applications to himself for a licence for a firearms dealership on the day he was being honoured??Ow, man, that was low! read more

Medvedi lost TOP 16 place in Kielce Maximov Referees stopped us

After many years, Chekhovski Medvedi won’t play in the Final stage of the EHF Champions League. After EHF EURO 2012 with NT, legendary coach, Vladimir Maximov suffered another big defeat on the end of his career, but this time, he thinks that referees had influence in the bad result of his team in decisive match in Poland against Vive Targi Kielce 26:26:– Both teams represent European top class. We had the chance to win this game, but were stopped by the referees in our last attack – said Maximov. ← Previous Story Veszprem and Kielce staying in Europe – Medvedi out! Next Story → Martin Liptak sacked – Bregenz looking for a new coach Chekhovski MedvediEuropean handballRussian handballVive Targi KielceVladimir Maximov read more

Best TV For PS4 Pro

first_img Geek Pick: Sony HT-S350 Is a Superb SoundbarTom Holland Responds to Disney-Sony Spider-Man Feud Stay on target LG OLED65E8PUAArguably even more so than movies or TV shows, video games benefit from wider ranges of colors and contrast, which this LG TV excellently delivers on making it one of the best TVs for PS4 Pro. Read more on Vizio M65-E0An another affordable option, this Vizio model is what I personally am interested in as I’ve been playing on Vizio TVs for years. And this TV, one of the best TVs for PS4 Pro, continues the tradition of not sacrificing quality performance to hit that lower price. Read more on TCL 65R617A thousand dollars is still a lot of money, but considering how much other 4K TVs cost (and how much phones now costs) a thousand dollars is a steal for a smart TV as capable as this TCL model. Even if it’s for “professionals,” plenty of kids still game on PS4 Pro. So maybe the best TVs for PS4 Pro shouldn’t wipe out their college savings? Read more on SunBriteTV Veranda Series SB-4374UHDThe stereotypical image of a gamer is some dude hunched alone indoors in the dark by himself. Rebel against those harmful images by playing outside, and with this weatherproof, dust-sealed outdoor TV from SunBrite you can safely do just that. It’s a more niche use, but that’s still cool enough to be one of the best TVs for PS4 Pro. Read more on more on PlayStation check out the lineup for the PlayStation One Classic (old games that’ll look great on these new TVs) and learn more about the PS4 Pro’s Boost Mode for enhancing performance of previous games. And for more great TV picks, check out the full list of best 2018 TVs on our sister site PS4 Pro They don’t call them “video” games for nothing. Sure there are a lot of factors that go into making a game great, from the controls to the sound design to the writing to the creativity of the mechanics. But don’t kid yourself. If a game is visually stunning that can get a lot of players to forgive some of its other shortcomings. And unless you’re playing on a PC monitor or a handheld device, the way you’ll be seeing those gorgeous graphics is on a television.A great TV can also go a long towards helping a game’s beauty shine through. Not all sets are created equal, and the right TV with the right settings can mean the difference between a dull, washed-out image and a vibrant colorful one. Today’s TV standard is of course 4K, the next evolutionary leap in resolution over 1080p HD. 4K TVs were once so expensive they weren’t worth it, especially since there was barely any 4K content to enjoy aside from sample nature documentary discs. But now pretty much any premium TV from you can get, from all varieties of #brands, displays in 4K, and devices like video game consoles have the power to make those TVs worth your while.Gamers with any machines could get use out of these 4K TVs. But since the PlayStation 4 is still the dominant console of this generation, and its enhanced model the PlayStation 4 Pro supports 4K, let’s call this list the best TV for PS4 Pro. For in-depth Editors’ Choice reviews of all these televisions read the extensive reviews on our sister site Q9FN QLED Smart 4K UHD TVSamsung wants to dominate in any tech space it enters, from smartphones to smart refrigerators. So of course its 4K LCD smart TV is one of the best models you can get in that category and one of the best TVs for PS4 Pro. Read more on read more

Riverview Bancorp notches 17 million second quarter

first_imgRiverview Bancorp Inc., the parent of Riverview Community Bank, reported $1.7 million in earnings for the second quarter of 2016, which closed Sept. 30, days after the announcement it was buying MBank.The earnings also included $0.07 per diluted share, the company said.“The second fiscal quarter was highlighted by the announcement of our purchase and assumption agreement with MBank,” commented Pat Sheaffer, chairman and chief executive officer.The company made a play for a larger market share in the Portland-metro area last month when it bought MBank, based out of Gresham, Ore.The bank reported net interest margin remained at 3.7 percent during the quarter and $78.6 million in loan originations.Its non-performing assets declined to 0.29 percent of total assets.Total deposits increased by $49.3 million, or 6.2 percent.last_img read more

Battle Ground postpones pool discussions

first_imgBATTLE GROUND — Discussions on whether or not to build a community pool in Battle Ground will keep treading water for a little while longer.The city council on Monday voted to push back talks on the pool until after the Nov. 5 general election. Those talks could begin as early as 2014. But one councilman hopes the project is dead in the water.“It’s not worth doing,” said Battle Ground City Councilman Philip Johnson. “We should squash it now. I would gladly make a motion never to talk about it again.”Johnson said it would be unfair to expect voters to pay more for a community pool at a time when the city struggles to find money to pay for striping streets and other services.The top proponent of the project on council, Mike Ciraulo, was absent from Monday’s meeting. While a community group headed by Battle Ground resident Joy Diane Russell is taking the lead on the pool project, Ciraulo has acted as a point person on city council.last_img read more

Eminem Drops New Single Walk On Water Amid Crazy Viral Marketing Campaign

first_imgNews NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Nov 9, 2017 – 10:14 am For The Record: Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” Email Eminem Drops New Single “Walk On Water” Amid Crazy Viral Marketing Campaign GRAMMY winner’s new collaborative single addresses his struggle to exceed expectations and stay relevant in a changing musical landscapeBrian HaackGRAMMYs Nov 10, 2017 – 10:30 am After reintroducing himself to the world via a controversial and highly publicized freestyle cypher during the BET Hip-Hop Awards in October, rapper Eminem has been grabbing headlines everywhere for the unorthodox viral marketing campaign behind his latest album, Revival, which Mashable has labeled as “one of the most elaborate marketing schemes we’ve seen in a long time.” Hear Eminem’s Brand-New Single “Walk On Water” eminem-drops-new-single-walk-water-amid-crazy-viral-marketing-campaign Building toward the track’s conclusion, the GRAMMY winner expounds at length on the difficulty of facing the industry’s expectations piled high on his return to the spotlight, touching on his concerns over whether this new music will satisfy fans or tarnish his legacy. Raising his head high and summing it all up at the track’s conclusion, Em seems to remember who he is and what he’s done, flipping the track’s sound with a series of record scratches and a triumphant coda: “As long as I got a mic/I’m god-like/You and me are not alike /B****, I wrote Stan!””Walk On Water” is available now for streaming on your DSP of choice.Why Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” Stands Tall: For The RecordRead more Facebook Now, this morning, Eminem has dropped the lead single from his forthcoming album, “Walk On Water,” featuring the incomparable Beyoncé singing an airy gospel-tinged hook. The song has a stripped-down feel, built around an ambient piano melody and very sparse percussion. Em spits verse after verse over sound effects of him ripping up pages of lyrics and occasional sighs that hint at waves of frustration and self-doubt. The absence of drums builds the tracks tension quite effectively, and altogether there’s a sense of firebrand preaching — Em is here to testify. Twitter Utilizing a series of bogus websites, digital advertisements and even a special call-in hotline number, Eminem and his team have concocted a giant ad campaign for a fake pharmaceutical called Revival, employing snide references to past song lyrics and utilizing the backbeat from Dr. Dre and Eminem’s “I Need A Doctor” as the on-hold music for the fraudulent hotline. Earlier this week, he posted a photo of a fake prescription teasing the song’s title.last_img read more

Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi heckled in London

first_imgLONDON: Amidst reports of growing press censorship in Pakistan, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi was heckled by a Canadian journalist here alleging that his social media account was suspended over complaints from the government, according to media reports. Qureshi was attending a press conference on ‘Defend Media Freedom’ here on Thursday when the incident took place, days after Pakistan Electronic Media Regula­tory Authority (Pemra) suspended transmission of three private TV channels for airing an interview of jailed former President Asif Ali Zardari. Also Read – EAM Jaishankar calls on European Parliament President David Sassoli Advertise With Us The move came as the Pakistan government decided to curtail the space given by the press to jailed politicians like Pakistan’s former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and Zardari. Journalist Ezra Levant of the Rebel media, a Canadian far-right political website, interrupted and verbally assaulted the minister alleging that his Twitter account was suspended over complaints from the Pakistan government, the Dawn newspaper reported. Also Read – This is why Denmark, Sweden and Germany are considering a meat tax Advertise With Us In a video shared on Twitter by Hamid Haideri an Afghanistani journalist, manager of One TV news, Levant can be seen bashing the Pakistani foreign minister. “That’s exactly what I’m talking about. Twitter didn’t delete my whole account. But they deleted a tweet they said violated Pakistani law. Twitter said that to me in an email. I’m in Canada. Twitter is in America. But Pakistan censored us”, he tweeted. Advertise With Us That’s exactly what I’m talking about. Twitter didn’t delete my whole account. But they deleted a tweet they said violated Pakistani law. Twitter said that to me in an email. I’m in Canada. Twitter is in America. But Pakistan censored us.— Ezra Levant 🍁 (@ezralevant) July 11, 2019 In a video clip of the incident shared by Pakistan journalist Munizae Jahangir on Twitter, Levant said the organisers should be embarrassed to invite a censorious thug to talk about free speech. Levant also accused the minister of adopting double standards on free speech, the report said. Responding to the allegations, Qureshi said, “first of all you want your sentiments to be respected. Just look at the tone to the panel you have adopted. “Is that the correct way? You have a right to ask questions. You have double standards what you call freedom; at times you are projecting certain agendas,” the minister said. Replying to a question on Pemra’s recent decision to take three television channels off air, the arrest of journalists and deepening concerns about censorship, Qureshi said there was no question of gagging journalists. Believe me, there is no question of gagging or controlling media, he told the conference co-hosted by Britain and Canada. That time has gone and with the new social media, the advent of social media, even if you want to gag you can gag nothing, he said. Further explaining, Qureshi said that three news channels were taken off and “I’m told for 6-8 hours, and now they are functioning again. He said the channels had issues with the regulatory body and those issues have been settled. Qureshi was also asked about an interview of Zardari, which was also abruptly taken off air. Pemra had on July 1 taken off air an interview of the former president which was being conducted on the premises of the Parliament House, where Zardari came to attend a National Assembly session after the speaker issued his production order. Qureshi said Zardari, who is currently facing corruption charges, was not permitted to be interviewed in the way he was, otherwise he can say what he wants to. The media curbs imposed by Pemra has been criticised by a media watchdog. “This is an absolutely unacceptable violation of the principles of media pluralism and independence during a revelation that was clearly in the Pakistani public interest,” said Daniel Bastard, head of Reporters Without Borders’ Asia-Pacific desk, in a statement on Tuesday. “We call on Prime Minister Imran Khan’s civilian government to take immediate steps to ensure that cable transmission of the three TV channels is restored. The recent surge in sudden acts of media censorship is exposing the current regime’s increasingly dictatorial nature,” he said.last_img read more

KTR welcomes court verdict on 9monthold baby rape case

first_imgTRS working president KT Rama Rao welcomed the court’s verdict on imposing death penalty to the accused involved in the rape and murder of a nine-month-old baby. He also appreciated the advocates who fought for the justice. “We need more stringent laws and fast track courts to take these horrendous offenders off our streets,” he tweeted.Death penalty verdict by court of law for the animal who molested a child in Warangal is a welcome judgement👏We need more stringent laws and fast track courts to take these horrendous offenders off our streetsMy compliments to the advocates who fought hard👍#JusticePrevails— KTR (@KTRTRS) August 8, 2019 A fast track court in Warangal pronounced death penalty to the accused, Praveen in rape and murder of the nine-month-baby Srihitha.last_img read more

Teenager stabbed dead in Gazipur

first_img.A teenage boy was stabbed to death allegedly by driver and helper of a human hauler in Janerchala area in Kaliakoir upazila of Gazipur district on Monday.The deceased is Shafiq, 16, hailing from Dashmara area in Kurigram district.Kaliakoir police station sub-inspector Abdul Hakim said Shafiq the driver and helper of the human hauler stabbed Shafiq indiscriminately during a brawl over fare around 5:00am, leaving him injured critically.Locals rushed Shafiq to Kaliakoir Upazila Health Complex around 6:30am where he succumbed to his injuries, added.Meanwhile, the driver and his helper managed to flee the spot leaving the injured by the road.Police sent the body to Shaheed Tajuddin Ahmad Medical College Hospital morgue for autopsy, the SI added.last_img read more

100 Club Donates 14 Rescue Boats to Houston And Harris County First

first_img X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /00:40 Andrew SchneiderMayor Sylvester Turner, accompanied by members of Houston City Council and officials of the Houston Police Department, Houston Fire Department, and Harris County Sheriff’s Office, announces the 100 Club’s gift of 14 rescue boats.Houston-area first responders are getting a boost from the non-profit sector as the region heads into the hurricane season. The 100 Club presented Houston and Harris County officials with 14 rescue boats, collectively worth $278,000.The Houston Police Department and Harris County Sheriff’s Office are getting five rescue boats each. The remaining four go to the Houston Fire Department.Fire Chief Samuel Peña says the gift takes a great deal of pressure off first responders, who were caught short of rescue boats during Harvey. “The city has committed to, our ask is for 20 boats,” Peña says. “So right now, we’re shy about five to six boats, and the city has committed to funding the balance of those assets that we need to be able to serve the community’s need.”Mayor Sylvester Turner says Houston would not have been able to afford to purchase all 20 boats on its own, given the city’s strapped finances. Listen Sharelast_img read more

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