first_imgKolkata: To help make the journey of public transport commuters more efficient and seamless, Google Maps on Tuesday announced three India-first features.Google Maps users will be able to see bus travel times from live traffic across 10 of the largest cities in India. They will get live train status for Indian Railways trains and get mixed-mode commute suggestions that now combine auto-rickshaw and public transport. Announcing the new India first features, Taylah Hasaballah, product manager, Google Maps, said: “Google Maps is being used by over a billion travelers to navigate and explore their world, wherever they are. And we at Google are focused on building Maps features that will help deliver a more relevant, accurate and reliable experience for commuters.”last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: Two days after three masked robbers robbed a family at gunpoint in Model town, the same gang struck again and robbed a medical store in Sarai Jullena of New Friends colony in the wee hours of Tuesday morning. The gang barged inside the 24×7 medical store and took the two men present inside the store at gunpoint. The whole incident was captured on the CCTV camera of the medical store. The three men were seen wearing masks and brandishing weapons as they took money from the cash counter. The gang spent close to 2 minutes inside the store and fled after scaring the living daylights out of the shop attendants. Also Read – Balakot strikes show major shift in govt’s handling of terror attacks: IAF chiefThe victims made a PCR call at 5 am regarding a robbery in Sanjeevni Chemist shop at Sarai Jullena village. “Three armed men came inside the shop and took away the cash in the counter amounting to nearly one lakh rupees and also took away two mobile phones and sped away on a motorcycle. One person was wearing a helmet while two persons covered their faces with handkerchiefs to hide their identity,” said DCP South East Chinmoy Biswal. The gang which committed two armed robberies in a span of two days has become a new menace for Delhi Police.last_img read more

first_imgWashington DC: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan arrived here on his maiden trip to the US during which he will hold talks with Donald Trump and reboot bilateral ties that were hit after the US president publicly criticised Islamabad, cancelled military aid and asked it to do more to fight terrorism. Khan, 66, is scheduled to meet President Trump at the White House on Monday during which the American leadership is likely to press him to take “decisive and irreversible” actions against terrorist and militant groups operating from Pakistani soil and facilitate peace talks with the Taliban. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe cricketer-turned-politician arrived here on Saturday afternoon aboard a commercial Qatar Airways flight and is staying at the official residence of the Pakistani Ambassador to the US, Asad Majeed Khan. He was welcomed at the airport by his foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi. A large number of Pakistani Americans also welcomed him. Nawaz Sharif was the last Pakistani prime minister to visit the US on an official trip in October 2015. During his three-day visit, Khan, in addition to his meeting with Trump, is also scheduled to meet IMF acting chief David Lipton and World Bank President David Malpass. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will call on him on Tuesday. Trump, in addition to a one-on-one meeting in the Oval Office, will host the visiting delegation over a working lunch at the White House on Monday. Khan is also scheduled to meet lawmakers at the US Capitol Hill. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsThe relations between Pakistan and the US have remained tense during Trump’s tenure. The US president has publicly said that Pakistan has given us “nothing but lies and deceit” and also suspended security and other assistance for backing terror groups. Prime Minister Khan is accompanied by Army chief Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa and spy agency ISI chief Lt. Gen. Faiz Hameed. Diplomatic sources in Islamabad earlier said that issues like the Afghan peace process, Pakistan government’s action against terrorism and terror financing and restoration of military aid to Pakistan would be the highlights of the trip.last_img read more

first_imgNEW DELHI: A special geriatric OPD to provide healthcare services to the elderly on Sundays was opened for public at the Centre-run Safdarjung Hospital. The outpatient department (OPD) was inaugurated by Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Saturday morning.In the initial days, services at the facility will be limited to five departments –medicine, general surgery, ENT, ophthalmology and orthopaedics, Dr Sunil Gupta, medical superintendent of the hospital, said. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe Union minister also inaugurated several other medical facilities, including an advanced 3T MRI system – GE Healthcare’s 750W in the Radiology Department, a Cath Lab and a Lithotripsy machine in the Urology department. Vardhan said health has been positioned as one of the top agenda of the government and the new OPD reflects that the prime minister is committed to fundamentally transforming the country and give quality health services to the people. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsWhile interacting with the staff, para-medics and doctors at the Emergency Block, Vardhan stated that the aim of everyone in the hospital should be to see that no patient is turned back or referred to any other emergency facility. “Let us aspire to build our capacities and strengths such that we are able to attend to each emergency patient that needs our care,” he stated. He also reviewed the processes of registration of patients, referral and other services.last_img read more

first_imgMumbai: Raising alarm over EVMs ahead of the Maharashtra Assembly polls, key opposition parties on Friday pitched for reverting to the use of ballot papers and announced a protest march on August 21 over the issue.A clutch of opposition leaders, key among them state Congress chief Balasaheb Thorat, MNS president Raj Thackeray and NCP’s Ajit Pawar, held a joint press conference here over the EVM issue. They termed the April-May Lok Sabha polls results as “shocking” as they expressed concern over the use of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) in unison. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Speaking in Wardha, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis asked opposition parties to “introspect” why they have lost the people’s trust instead of finding fault with EVMs. Seeking to develop a groundswell on the issue, the opposition leaders said they would reach out to the people and get filled forms, saying they want ballot papers back. Thackeray also stated that the BJP and the Shiv Sena, too, should join the August 21 march, which he added, will not have flag of any particular party. The BJP had swept the Lok Sabha polls held in April- May this year, winning 303 seats. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KIn Maharashtra, the BJP won 23 seats, while its ally Shiv Sena bagged 18 out of the total 48 in the state. The Congress won 52 Lok Sabha seats across the country, including one in Maharashtra. The Sharad Pawar-led NCP emerged victorious in 5 seats, including 4 in the state. “Doubts are being raised over the use of EVMs. Such things should not happen in a democracy. Various parties and organisations have expressed concerns over the use of the machines,” Pawar told reporters here. “We urge the people to flag the demand of holding the election using ballot papers,” Pawar, a former minister, said. “People have doubts about EVMs, VVPAT as the elections are nearing. We do not distrust anyone, but the elections must be held in a transparent manner,” Pawar said. Thackeray, who has been at the forefront of the anti- EVM campaign by political parties, said the Lok Sabha poll results had “shocked all — those who won and lost”. “People in the US had raised suspicions over Donald Trump’s election as the President of that country. The chips installed in the EVMs used here come from the US…Using ballot papers will instill trust among people on the poll process,” Thackeray said as he favoured doing away with the use of EVMs. Thackeray, who campaigned against the BJP though his party did not contest the Lok Sabha polls, said all the opposition parties would reach out to the people getting filled forms, saying they want to revert to ballot papers. “These forms will be submitted to the poll panel on August 21,” he added. Asked about the BJP pointing towards its loss in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh in the 2018 Assembly polls despite the use of EVMs as it counterd the opposition’s machine-related allegations, Thackeray accused the ruling part of “creating an illusion”. Thackeray alleged the BJP’s target was to retain power at the Centre and not in these states.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) has said headwinds like softening of demand in the domestic market and protectionist measures abroad may impact its ability to create value in the short term. The company, which has over 50 per cent market share in the domestic passenger vehicle industry, has been impacted by sluggish offtake and has seen total sales drop 33.5 per cent in July at 1,09,264 units. “India has already become the fifth largest car market in the world, though car penetration rate remains reasonably low at 3 per cent, with the country’s population exceeding 1.3 billion people. With economic growth, the low penetration offers a good growth opportunity to the automobile market and the company,” MSI said in its Annual Report for 2018-19. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalHowever, in the short term there are certain headwinds that might affect the company’s ability to create value, it informed shareholders of the company. “These include slowdown in consumption leading to softened demand in domestic market, weakening of Indian economy due to protectionist trade measures adopted recently by various countries, uncertainty in commodity prices and foreign exchange fluctuations,” it added. The company will, however, continue to work on the necessary enablers to tap opportunities in the medium and long term, MSI said. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost”These include strengthening its customer-centric culture, expanding sales and service network, increasing manufacturing capacity, investing in new products and technology, augmenting capability and skills of employees and inculcating green manufacturing methods,” it added. Terming the weak demand situation as unfortunate, MSI Chairman R C Bhargava said the company needs to recognise that such downturns do happen from time to time all over the world. “Such occasions, while posing challenges also provide an opportunity to review what we are doing and to find ways of becoming more efficient and cost-effective,” he said in the Annual Report. Bhargava further said: “My belief is that we are near the bottom of the downward cycle and the economy, and car sales should start to accelerate in the near future. The fiscal year 2021 should again see your company coming back to its usual rate of growth.” With prolonged slowdown, MSI has been forced to take various steps, including production cuts at its manufacturing plants, in order to adjust its inventory to market demand. It had cut vehicle production for the fifth consecutive month in June by 15.6 per cent to 1,11,917 units as compared to 1,32,616 units in the year-ago month. As per industry sources, the company has also reduced temporary manpower at its facilities and freezed new hiring till the slowdown continues. A senior leader of the company’s workers union, while confirming the developments, said that only temporary workers were impacted and there was no impact on the permanent employees so far. However, a mail sent to the company regarding the jobs cuts and new hiring freeze remained unanswered. In its Annual Report, MSI said it is increasing its engagement with customers to address the short-term challenge of weak market demand by pursuing targeted marketing events to generate enquiries and encourage customers to expedite vehicle purchase. “Hyper-local marketing techniques are being used extensively for customer engagement,” it said.last_img read more

first_imgAmaravati: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy has urged the US-India Business Council (USIBC) to work with his government to identify ‘5 big ideas’ to catalyse the US-Andhra Pradesh economic partnership. He said that Andhra Pradesh and USIBC can prepare a roadmap to achieve investment and trade targets especially in the areas of agriculture and food security, healthcare, education, infrastructure and manufacturing. He mooted the idea while addressing a business roundtable discussion organised by USIBC and the Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ The roundtable with Jagan Reddy in collaboration with Georgetown University focused on opportunities to strengthen connectivity between the US and Andhra Pradesh and it laid the foundation for investment and trade opportunities, according to an official release. Jagan Reddy is on a private visit to the US to admit his daughter to a university but is scheduled to hold few meetings with US officials. “Andhra Pradesh is poised to catalyse investments, capital and partnerships owing to robust infrastructure for connectivity, enabling policies, integration with global value chains, shifting demographic dividend and a ready work force,” the Chief Minister said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K He said the government was committed to strengthen the human, physical, natural and financial resources, though the launch of several programmes are based on a four pronged approach – driving economic growth, investment in the future and human potential, creating a social safety net for its people and transforming governance. Jagan Reddy laid his emphasis on delivery of corruption free governance, bringing transparency in procurement and contract management and providing investor friendly experience through one-stop handholding of investors across the implementation lifecycle. Rob Schroder, Senior Vice President, International Affairs, US Chamber of Commerce, appreciated Jagan Reddy’s impressive mandate for unlocking the expansive growth potential of Andhra Pradesh. India’s ambassador to US, Harsh Vardhan Shringla, described Jagan Reddy’s decisive victory a landmark event and said this will support India’s rise into a $5 trillion economy. Irfan Nooruddin, Director of the South Asia Center at the Atlantic Council said that the council would help Andhra Pradesh to engage closely with the private sector on building climate resilience.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: After an eight-year gap, a fleet of 25 new standard floor buses will be added to the public transport of Delhi on Tuesday.Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will flag off the first lot of the 1,000 standard floor buses to be inducted under Cluster scheme of the Delhi Integrated Multi Modal System(DIMTS) in a function at Rajghat depot on Tuesday evening, a Delhi government statement said. The first batch of 25 standard floor, non-air conditioned buses will come equipped with hydraulic lifts to enable differently abled commuters to travel in them, said a government official. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe new buses are also equipped with CCTV cameras, GPS, panic buttons and rear surveillance cameras. Currently there are around 5,500 public transport buses including around 3,900 run by the Delhi Transport Corporation and over 1,600 buses under DIMTS’s Cluster scheme. The last buses were added to the Cluster scheme in 2011 while DTC fleet added new buses in 2008, the official said. The Delhi government plans to induct a total of 4,000 new buses including 1,000 e-buses by mid 2020. Transport minister Kailash Gahlot had earlier said the entire fleet of 1,000 standard floor buses under the Cluster scheme will be rolled on the city roads by December this year. The process for procurement of 1,000 low floor buses each for DTC and DIMTS is also underway.last_img read more

first_imgLondon: Fugitive diamantaire Nirav Modi, wanted in India in connection with the nearly USD 2 billion Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud and money laundering case, is set to appear before a UK court for his customary 28-day remand hearing on Thursday.The 48-year-old is likely to be informed of the dates for his trial on the extradition charges brought by the Indian government, being represented at Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London by the UK’s Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsModi has been lodged at Wandsworth prison in south-west London since his arrest in March on an extradition warrant executed by Scotland Yard.Chief Magistrate Emma Arbuthnot had presided over the last remand hearing at the court via videolink from the prison where Modi is being held, during which she had indicated that the dates for an estimated five-day trial would be mutually agreed by both sides soon.As per the timelines discussed during the brief hearing, the judge said she expected to receive all the evidence and skeleton argument bundles in the case by April 8, with a five-day hearing then expected to be slotted in May next year. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayThere are likely to be a number of case management hearings ahead of that but meanwhile a planned case management hearing for next Monday was vacated as not required.Under the UK’s law, Modi is expected to be produced before the court every four weeks.Modi has previously had his bail rejected multiple times, the fourth and final time being by the UK High Court last month.In her judgment handed down at the Royal Courts of Justice in London, Justice Ingrid Simler had concluded there were substantial grounds to believe that Modi would fail to surrender as he does possess the means to abscond . Reiterating similar concerns as those previously raised by Westminster Magistrates’ Court during earlier bail attempts, Judge Simler ruled that after considering all the material “carefully”, she had found strong evidence to suggest there had been interference with witnesses and destruction of evidence in the case and concluded it can still occur.”The applicant has access to considerable financial resources, supported by an increased [bail bond security] offer of 2 million pounds,” the judge noted.The High Court judge stressed that while it was not for her to take a “definitive view” on the evidence, she had proceeded on the basis that the government of India has acted in good faith in what is undoubtedly a serious case and a sophisticated international conspiracy to defraud, together with money laundering.Modi was arrested by uniformed Scotland Yard officers on an extradition warrant on March 19 and has been in prison since. During subsequent hearings, Westminster Magistrates’ Court was told that Modi was the “principal beneficiary” of the fraudulent issuance of letters of undertaking (LoUs) as part of a conspiracy to defraud PNB and then laundering the proceeds of crime.last_img read more

first_imgSan Francisco: Tech giants Apple and Samsung have been sued in the US over harmful radio frequency (RF) exposure their smartphones may be emitting. The class-action suit, filed in the US District Court for the Northern District of California, claims RF radiation emitted from Apple and Samsung smartphones “exceed legal limits set forth by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)”, Apple Insider reported on Saturday. The devices mentioned in the suit are Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8 and iPhone X, and Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note8. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year A separate investigation by Chicago Tribune also found that “radio-frequency radiation exposure from the iPhone 7 measured over the legal safety limit and more than double against what Apple had reported to federal regulators from its own testing”. “Numerous recent scientific publications, supported by hundreds of scientists worldwide, have shown that RF radiation exposure affects living organisms at levels well below most international and national guidelines,” read the court filing. Also Read – New HP Pavilion x360 notebook with in-built Alexa in India “Effects include increased cancer risk, cellular stress, increase in harmful free radicals, genetic damages, structural and functional changes of the reproductive system, learning and memory deficits, neurological disorders and negative impacts on general well-being in humans,” the lawsuit elaborated. There is confusion about the meaning of the maximum reported Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) values for cell phones (and other wireless devices). SAR is a measure of the rate of RF energy absorption by the body from the source being measured – in this case, a cell phone, said FCC guidelines. “Many people mistakenly assume that using a cell phone with a lower reported SAR value necessarily decreases a user’s exposure to RF emissions, or is somehow ‘safer’ than using a cell phone with a high SAR value,” the FCC said. The FCC set the safety limit at 1.6 watts per kilogram (1.6W/kg), averaged over 1 gram of tissue. Plaintiffs argued that Apple “covered up any risks by misrepresenting the safety of the smartphones”. Earlier, Apple had declared RF exposure information, including Specific Absorption Rate (SAR), but “the company stopped furnishing such information with the release of the iPhone 7”, they argued. According to Apple, “all iPhone models, including iPhone 7, are fully certified by the FCC and in every other country where iPhone is sold”. “We are in compliance and meet all applicable exposure guidelines and limits,” said Apple. However, Samsung was yet to react to the developments.last_img read more

first_imgLos Angeles: Singer Katy Perry reportedly wants to marry her actor beau Orlando Bloom at Ashford Castle, which is located on the shore of Lough Corrib in Ireland. “She and Orlando are looking into tying the knot at a gothic Irish castle. It’s going to be a fairy tale extravaganza,” a source told National Enquirer magazine, reports femalefirst.co.uk. Perry has not hired a wedding planner to help her organise wedding and is instead making all the major decisions about her big day herself, with the input of the creative team she works with on her music, videos and tours. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka “She isn’t hiring a wedding planner. Katy’s relying on her own ideas and asking her inner circle of assistants, stylists and tour stage designers to pitch in where needed,” Perry said. She previously had revealed that she and Bloom have worked hard to lay a “beautiful foundation” before they “build a monster house” by getting married. The star couple have been married before; the singer was married to Russell Brand for just 14 months until their split in 2011, whilst Bloom was married to Miranda Kerr – with whom he has eight-year-old son Flynn. Perry and Bloom have been dating on-and-off since 2016, and previously split in 2017 before they rekindled their romance in April the following year, and finally got engaged in February.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: State-owned NBCC (India) Ltd on Saturday said it has bagged a Rs 400 crore order from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Sambalpur. “NBCC (India) Ltd has secured the business of Rs 400 crore in the month of August, 2019,” NBCC said in a regulatory filing. “The work pertains to the Indian Institute of Management Sambalpur for which NBCC would provide project management consultancy for the development of permanent campus (Phase-1 works),” the company added.last_img read more

first_imgLondon: Liverpool’s sizzling start to the Premier League season has left their title rivals breathless and the red-hot leaders are expected to maintain their perfect record against Newcastle on Saturday. Jurgen Klopp’s side have seized the early initiative in the Premier League with four successive wins to open up a two-point lead over second placed Manchester City. The European champions’ relentless tempo has overwhelmed Norwich, Southampton, Arsenal and Burnley, sending a message that they are determined to make amends for narrowly failing to pip City to the trophy last season. Arsenal’s Dani Ceballos is new to English football after joining on loan from Real Madrid and the Spain midfielder admitted to being gob-smacked at the intensity Liverpool displayed in their 3-1 victory against the Gunners in August. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”I had never seen anything like it. I’ve not seen up until now a team that plays better, that presses better. That game had quite an impact on me,” Ceballos told the Daily Mail. “They suck the air out of you. You spend so much time defending and when you want to catch your breath and get on the ball for a bit, they’ve taken it from you again. “I think Jurgen Klopp now has the team he first had in mind when he started four years ago.” That glowing testimony underlines the size of the task facing City as they try to stop Liverpool winning their first English crown since 1990. City may have won the last two Premier League titles in scintillating fashion, but Liverpool look better than ever this term and Newcastle are unlikely to halt their progress at Anfield this weekend.last_img read more

first_imgHALIFAX – As her ailing husband looked on Friday, Theresa Zukauskas combatively sliced the air with her hand and made a blunt request of Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil.“Find me a doctor,” she said.Zukauskas told a news conference Friday at her Halifax apartment that her 75-year-old husband has Parkinson’s disease that muddles his thoughts and exhausts his body.Three times in the past five years, Zukauskas has had to call around and visit clinics to ensure that Walter — a retired astronomer — has the necessary primary care.Then, last month, the retired school teacher received word that the couple’s current family physician is departing her practice in Halifax in early November.In a province with thousands on waiting lists for a physician, losing your family doctor is worrying news, especially for families caring for someone with chronic illness.As of Sept. 1, 35,777 people — about four per cent of the population — have registered online or by phone with the Nova Scotia Health Authority’s Need a Family Practice registry, indicating they do not have a primary care provider.Zukauskas told the news conference her husband needs care from a physician who has ongoing knowledge of his illness and treatment.When Walter’s blood pressure plummets or his bowels are blocked, a call to the family doctor was the lifeline to permit a visiting nurse to carry out a procedure, or to provide instructions to administer medicine.Yet, when Theresa called the province’s 811 telecare service, she says she was told there’s no definite time she can get a doctor again, and she was directed to use walk-in clinics in Halifax.That infuriated her.“My response is that he’s in a wheelchair, I can’t go there. They’re dirty and understaffed and the doctors don’t have a commitment to the people because they’re not with them all the time. Who is going to follow through consistently in Walter’s case?”However, creating a plan to address Nova Scotia’s doctor shortage is proving to be an uphill struggle for health administrators in a region with one of the country’s oldest and sickest populations.The health authority says in an email that about 1,700 people on the agency’s registry have been accepted by family practices and over 4,400 individuals who have added their names to the registry have had their names forwarded to practices.Meanwhile, Statistics Canada figures from last year suggest the total number of citizens without a doctor is over 100,000, if you include those who haven’t signed up on the registry.Kevin Chapman, a spokesman for Doctors Nova Scotia, estimates a current shortfall of 65 family doctors, and his organization is calling for the recruiting of about 500 more primary care physicians over the coming decade.The numbers of the waiting list, particularly chronic patients like Walter Zukauskas, are concerning, said Chapman.“That’s a huge number … You’re talking about 25 family physicians needed just with that pool (waiting list) alone,” he said.Chapman said the problem is partly about an outdated compensation model, along with the need for a more flexible system.For example, he suggests the province could set up more part-time jobs that don’t require younger physicians to take over entire practices with crushing workloads.He also said the existing fee-for-service model for family physicians poses problems in an aging province where patients like Zukauskas are increasingly ill.Each year, doctors are seeing fewer patients daily as they cope with the needs of sicker patients that require more time, he said. Under the existing structure, that means less pay.Tricia Cochrane, vice-president of primary care at the Nova Scotia Health Authority, said the waiting list is not currently set up to sort out which patients are in the gravest need of a family doctor.She said for the time being people awaiting family doctors will have to use telemedicine services, or go to either emergency or a walk-in clinic.“None of us are supportive that this is ideal, but our focus needs to be on getting enough providers and improving access through that route,” said Cochrane in a telephone interview.McNeil said this week the government planned a series of “strategic investments” in Tuesday’s provincial budget, although he cautioned that there are no short-term fixes when it comes to doctor shortages.In the legislature Friday, NDP Leader Gary Burrill asked the premier whether the plight of families like Zukauskas’s who have demonstrated “significant medical need,” constitutes a crisis in the province’s health care system.“There are families across the province who are looking for and require a health care team,” replied McNeil.“We know the anxiety that families feel when they do not have access to that primary care. That is why we are continuing to work with our partners very hard to ensure that we have in place the appropriate health care teams to be able to provide care to those families.”Theresa Zukauskas, meanwhile, said she’s looking for a solution before Walter’s physician departs.“We are not the only people in this situation. We are the tip of the iceberg,” she said.Follow (at)mtuttoncporg on Twitter.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version misspelled Zukauskas in the first two uses.last_img read more

first_imgHALIFAX – Christopher Garnier told a police interrogator he heard Catherine Campbell’s final breaths, and he was haunted by “seeing her, hearing her” gasp for air as he struggled to remember details of the night she died.“I could hear her take her last breaths,” Garnier told RCMP Cpl. Jody Allison on Sept. 16, 2015, hours after the police officer’s body was found face down in thick brush near Halifax’s Macdonald Bridge.“I don’t know how this happened… I’ve been trying to remember what happened.”The jury continued to watch the 9.5-hour-long taped interview Wednesday at Garnier’s murder trial in Nova Scotia Supreme Court. There’s still about an hour and 15 minutes left to watch, and the trial continues Thursday.Garnier allegedly killed the off-duty Truro, N.S., officer in a McCully Street apartment in the early hours of Sept. 11, 2015, and used a wheeled compost bin to dispose of her body.For the first roughly five and a half hours of the interrogation, Garnier sat in a grey-clad room sobbing in a computer chair amidst photos of Campbell spread out on a table, telling Allison he wasn’t “supposed to say anything.”At one point, Det. Const. Michelle Dooks-Fahie enters the room and takes over the interview, speaking to Garnier in a soft voice.He repeatedly tells her “I can’t” when she asks him to tell her about what happened inside the apartment and “take responsibility.”“This is your time to show it was a mistake, that it happened so fast,” said Dooks-Fahie, sitting close to Garnier in a chair, sometimes placing her hand on his shoulder.Allison re-enters the room.He tells Garnier he was speaking with investigators and knows what Garnier had in the car when he was arrested.The jury has heard a tarp, work gloves and rope were among the items found in the car, which was spotted driving by the area where Campbell’s body was discovered in the early hours of Sept. 16, 2015. Garnier was arrested minutes later.Allison says: “Don’t tell me she was still alive when you put her in the compost bin.”“No,” Garnier replies.He breaks down and sobs into his hands as he tells the two investigators, “I’m trying to remember.”“She wasn’t moving,” Garnier said when asked by Allison how he knew Campbell was dead when she was put into the bin. “She wasn’t breathing.”Garnier said he remembered being with her in the Halifax Alehouse, where the two had met, but didn’t remember who approached who, or going back with her to the McCully apartment.He told Allison he remembers seeing Campbell bleeding from the nose.“It’s all I can think about. It’s why I haven’t got any sleep,” said Garnier, wearing a T-shirt and pants and sitting with his hands clasped together, the two officers sitting in front of him.“I remember watching it on the news … I was trying to figure out why the (expletive) I would do something like that. I would never do something like that.”Garnier repeatedly told Allison that he could not remember how Campbell’s face became bloody, but eventually said he may have hit her.“I feel like at this point I’m telling you what you want to hear,” said Garnier. “If I knew, I’d tell you. I have no reason to hold anything else back at this point.”He recalled being in the yard of the McCully Street apartment after she stopped breathing, but didn’t remember putting her body in the green bin, or walking with it through the city’s north end towards the Macdonald Bridge.But Garnier said he remembered roughly where the body was left.“When I drove back down there I didn’t know exactly where she was,” he said, referring to the night of his arrest.He also said he didn’t recall what he did with the mattress.Garnier earlier told investigators the mattress was stained with blood. Allison drew on the back of a photo, depicting a rectangle representing the bed and a stick figure representing Campbell, her head at the foot of the bed. Garnier drew a circle to indicate where the blood was.The jury has heard that the mattress has never been recovered.Dooks-Fahie asked what was upsetting him most.“Seeing her, hearing her,” said Garnier, describing two gasps Campbell made just before she stopped breathing.Earlier in the interview, a sobbing Garnier told Allison “I’m sorry for what happened” and “I’m not a monster.”When asked what he would say to the Campbell family, Garnier replied: “I’m sorry for what happened.”He also told Allison through tears, “I never wanted anyone to die.”The 30-year-old man has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder and interfering with a dead body.Evidence presented at the trial has indicated Campbell was seen kissing and dancing with Garnier at the bar before leaving with him in the early hours of Sept. 11, 2015.Last week, the defence put forth a hypothetical scenario suggesting Campbell died during a consensual sexual encounter after encouraging Garnier to choke her.Follow (at)AlyThomson on Twitter.last_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA – Former NDP leader Tom Mulcair is expected to resign as a Montreal MP in the new year.A spokesperson for the New Democrats confirms Mulcair plans to depart after the spring parliamentary session, adding that the date of his resignation will be announced in the “near future.”He is expected to take on a teaching role at a university but the name of the institution has not been announced.Mulcair, a former Quebec Liberal cabinet minister, scored a stunning 2007 byelection upset for the federal NDP in the Montreal riding of Outremont, until then a Liberal stronghold.He became leader of the NDP in 2012 in a contest sparked by the death of Jack Layton, who’d led the party to official Opposition status for the first time in its history.But six months following disappointing election results in 2015, when the party dropped back into a distant third place, Mulcair became the first federal leader ever rejected by his own party members in a leadership review vote.Jagmeet Singh took over the helm of the party this fall.Mulcair’s departure is expected to spark a fierce byelection contest in Outremont, with the governing Liberals eager to reclaim their one-time bastion.last_img read more

first_imgSUMMERSIDE, P.E.I. – The federal government will spend up to $70 million to create a new electronic health prescription service for Atlantic Canada, which will also give residents access to their personal health records.The money will be invested by Canada Health Infoway, an independent, not-for-profit organization that promotes digital health solutions across Canada.Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor said the plan is to modernize the management of health information.“This means that patients will finally be able to see their own health information,” the minister told a news conference Tuesday. “It will also create an electronic prescription service, which means that prescriptions can go directly from the doctor’s office to the pharmacy.”The announcement came at the conclusion of a meeting in Summerside, P.E.I., that included the four Atlantic premiers and federal ministers responsible for the Atlantic Growth Strategy.“This will be a game changer, significantly improving the way doctors, pharmacies and hospitals operate,” Petitpas Taylor said.Last year, Ottawa announced it would spend $300 million over five years through the Canada Health Infoway.Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Dwight Ball welcomed the news, saying it will give patients the ability to manage their own health care.“As an individual, being able to access your own personal health records, putting you in a position to better manage your own health care, is extremely important,” he said.Ahmed Hussen, the federal minister of immigration, also announced 500 new spots for workers and their families to apply under the Atlantic Immigration Pilot this year, bringing this year’s total to 2,500.“This initiative, combined with the pan-Canadian expansion of the Study and Stay program, will go a long way to help bring even more skilled talent to the region to support the labour force and drive long-term economic growth,” Hussen said.“It’s not just about attracting the skilled immigrant. It’s about keeping them here and retaining them in Atlantic Canada.”Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil said the simmering trade issues with the United States dominated the discussion between the premiers and ministers.“As Atlantic Canadians, as elected members from Atlantic Canada, we stand firmly behind the prime minister and the minister with their approach with our largest trading partner,” McNeil said.“We stand firmly, we believe, with the United States people who are supporting a NAFTA program, and at the same time using this opportunity as a country to diversify our trade portfolio, hence the whole idea of the China strategy and why we are moving in that direction,” he said.The Atlantic premiers and a business delegation will travel to China in mid-November to promote trade with the region.“It’s important for us to ensure we have less of a dependency when it comes to our exports to the U.S.,” said New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant. However, he said the premiers are doing everything possible to ensure products and services from Atlantic Canada still get into the U.S. market.This was the fifth meeting of the premiers and ministers since the Atlantic Growth Strategy was launched two years ago.last_img read more

first_imgAn Ontario woman says she’s shocked by the depths of human cruelty after discovering a young cat with duct tape wrapped around its face.Nicole Paling of Burlington, Ont., says only fortunate chance brought her to the cat’s aid on Tuesday night roughly an hour after it had been dropped off in the parking lot of a local veterinary clinic.Paling says she originally thought someone had left a carrier in the lot by mistake, confusing the clinic for animal control.But when she looked inside, she says she saw the three-year-old tabby with her head encased in silver duct tape, leaving only enough room for her nose.A shaken Paling summoned her boyfriend to the clinic, who spent a painstaking 10 minutes carefully removing the multiple layers of tape that had constricted the cat’s ears and mouth.The cat has been named Lucky and is making a full recovery, but Paling says she and her boyfriend are still grappling with the shock and horror of the incident.“We’ve never seen this kind of abuse,” said Paling, founder of the Every Life Matters Cat Rescue in Burlington. “We’re used to seeing sick cats and we’re used to dealing with feral cats, but we’re not used to seeing torture.”Paling said she had not originally planned to stop by the clinic where she works as a volunteer, but did so shortly after 8:30 on Tuesday night in order to tend to the medical needs of one of her other rescued animals.Discovering the cat carrier on the curb outside the clinic, she said, brought on a wave of panic and revulsion that left her trembling and barely able to punch in the access code for the building.Her boyfriend, Brett Norton, came to the scene after receiving Paling’s urgent call for help. In a video shot by Paling, Norton is seen calmly trying to reassure both his girlfriend and the cat while he uses a pocket knife to find an opening in the tape.Paling said he performed his delicate task under difficult conditions.“Her ears were folded as well, so he had to do it millimetre by millimetre at some points because he didn’t want to cut her ears,” she said. “We couldn’t see where her eyes were. It felt like forever, but it probably wasn’t more than 10 minutes to get it entirely off her face.”The next day, while clinic staff examined Lucky, Paling said she combed through video surveillance footage from neighbouring businesses.She said she believes she has pinpointed a car that pulled into the lot at around 7:25 p.m. and remained for less than five minutes before dropping off the carrier.Paling said she has been in touch with Halton Regional Police, who have told her they’re investigating the incident. The police force did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Paling said hundreds of adoption offers have flooded in for Lucky, who must remain at the clinic for a couple of weeks for more evaluation.She said the outpouring of support and compassion will hopefully help dull the memory of what the cat endured.“I don’t want to think about it,” Paling said. “I’m trying to look at her and see her beautiful green eyes and know she will be going to a wonderful home.”last_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA – Scroll through Ontario’s online cannabis shop and you’ll see strains of marijuana called Banana Split and Tangerine Dream.There are others with the far-out monikers Dreamweaver, Super Sonic and Pink Kush.The names appear on packages even though the federal Cannabis Act is meant to discourage kids from using pot by prohibiting products that appeal to youth.The law also forbids packaging or labelling cannabis in a way that is attractive to the demographic.Thierry Belair, a spokesman for Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor, said the department will continue to monitor the market and enforce the rules on a case-by-case basis now that recreational cannabis use is legal.“The law clearly prohibits promotions that associate cannabis with a particular way of life such as glamour, recreation, excitement or vitality, and that includes cannabis strains descriptions,” said Belair.The government expects all participants, including provinces, territories and those in the cannabis industry, to follow the law, he added.It means that not every bit of branding will necessarily stick, because if someone complains about a name Health Canada could ask the licensed producer to change it.But for now the names are not sitting will with Conservative health critic Marilyn Gladu.Gladu says the Liberal government needs to do more to ensure cannabis products available online are not enticing to kids.“The sprit of the regulation was that they did not want the packaging in any way to be attractive to young people,” she said.“The government keeps saying they wanted to keep this out of the hands of youth.”David Hammond, a professor in the school of public health at the University of Waterloo, said dessert-oriented names like Banana Split are going to appeal to young people.“There are so many different options out there for describing your brand,” he said. “Surely the industry is more creative that they don’t need to either skirt or cross the boundaries for things like naming it with dessert names.”last_img read more

first_imgTORONTO — There was no winning ticket for the $50 million jackpot in Friday night’s Lotto Max draw.There were also six Maxmillions prizes of $1 million each up for grabs, and three of them were won.The jackpot for the next Lotto Max draw on Nov. 16 will be approximately $55 million, and 12 Maxmillions prizes will be offered.The Canadian Presslast_img