NBA Star Stephen Curry Delivers Bed Nets To Protect Refugee Camp

first_imgThirty-eight thousand nets. Sixty-eight thousand lives. These are the impressive stats put up by Stephen Curry, the NBA’s single-season three-point-record-holder, as he traveled to Tanzania with the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign.Curry, of the Golden State Warriors, has been a Nothing But Nets Champion for many years. He traveled with the campaign to the Nyarugusu Refugee Camp situated in northwestern Tanzania to deliver life-saving anti-malaria bed nets to residents because malaria is so deadly there. Nothing But Nets supporters – many inspired by Curry – donated money to ensure everyone in the camp is protected by nets.“After working for several years to raise awareness to fight malaria, it was inspiring to meet people who are at risk for this easily-preventable disease and need our help,” said Curry. “I donated three nets for every three-pointer I made during the 2012-13 season, and now every time I hit a three I will think of the families I met in Tanzania. As a father, I do everything I can to keep my daughter safe. The parents I met in Nyarugusu do the same, but they need help to protect their children from malaria. That’s why I’m challenging all my fans to get involved and support Nothing But Nets.”Nyarugusu Refugee Camp, located in the Kigoma region, is managed by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency. Sixty-eight thousand refugees live there, most of whom fled the Democratic Republic of Congo, while a smaller number fled Burundi. The distribution of nets was made possible by a partnership with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and the Tanzania Red Cross Society. Malaria is the most pressing health challenge in the camp – the disease kills the highest number of people and the highest number of children under five. Last year, 62,000 cases of malaria were recorded among the camp’s population of 68,000.Also joining the trip was Nothing But Nets co-founder and ESPN columnist Rick Reilly.“How do you sum up a life-changing trip?” asked Reilly. “We met people at Camp Nyarugusu who literally cried when we gave them their net. We met women who’d lost children to malaria, clutching their net like a new diamond necklace. We checked into a hotel an hour away and slept under our own nets and worried about the holes in them. We watched a young NBA superstar, Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors, get mobbed by kids. They had no idea who he was; they only knew he was going to keep them safe from malaria. We left happy.”Nothing But Nets Director, Chris Helfrich added, “I want to thank all of our partners who made this possible—from supporters who donated to this campaign, to the NBA, to UNHCR, IFRC, and TRCS. Your support will keep the people of Nyarugusu safe for years to come.”last_img read more

Download 8 of the 10 Screenplays Nominated for the 2017 Oscars Right

first_imgwe’ve posted links to many of the screenplays vying for awards attention. We’ve collected links below for the available screenplays now nominated for the 89th Academy Awards for you to download free and read to help you with your screenwriting endeavors.And the nominated screenplays available for free download are:Best Original ScreenplayHell or High Water, written by Taylor SheridanManchester by the Sea, written by Kenneth Lonergan20th Century Women, written by Mike MillsBest Adapted ScreenplayArrival, screenplay by Eric Heisserer, based on the short story Story of Your Life by Ted ChiangFences, screenplay by August Wilson, based on his playHidden Figures, screenplay by Allison Schroeder and Theodore MelfiLion, screenplay by Luke Davies, based on the book A Long Way Home by Saroo BrierleyMoonlight, screenplay by Barry Jenkins, based on the play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue by Tarell Alvin McCraney LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebooklast_img read more


first_img“What we do know is that in the Okanagan, just this summer alone, there was at least six films that were shot across the Okanagan and we see the Valley there is increasingly busy,” says Prem Gill with Creative BC.According to Gill, last year was the biggest year ever for film and TV production in BC, and there are no signs of it slowing down.“We remain an active jurisdiction, as a province, that the global industry looks to as a place where they know they will get excellence both in production and in post production.”Despite Okanagan Studio’s closure, Gill says there are other businesses in the region providing services to the industry.“In Kelowna, in particular, there is a bit of a digital hub and growing industry there with companies like Bardel Entertainment, Yety Farm who are animation companies. So it is a growing opportunity still, I would say, in regions outside of Metro Vancouver,” she says.“It remains a very interesting place for productions, for both you know you go from snow-capped mountains to the desert, we have a variety of locations. And there’s other businesses still there who are providing these types of services.” Facebook Advertisement KELOWNA (NEWS 1130) – While BC’s film sector has been booming, a massive studio meant to lure large productions away from the Lower Mainland has folded in the Okanagan.Okanagan Studio‘s opening in Vernon in November of 2016 was trumpeted as a first-of-its-kind venture. It was the only full service film and television facility in the region with enough space to accommodate the kind of large production you’d usually find on the Lower Mainland.But now it’s up for sale, reportedly for lack of demand for its sprawling spaces. According to the provincial film commission, it comes down to a business decision. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisementlast_img read more

Doctrine of Discovery Legal Fiction

first_imgInFocus on APTN National NewsCanada’s justice system InFocus – and whether or not it’s fair towards Aboriginal peoples.In early February the University of Ottawa hosted a special lecture in Aboriginal law.The lecture was given by Justice Harry LaForme (Ontario Court of Appeal).He is the first and only First Nations, Appellate Court Justice in Canada.Our guests in Ottawa were there for his lecture and join us to share their thoughts on what Justice LaForme had to say.Larry Chartrand is a professor in law at the University of Ottawa.With Larry are two of his law students who were also in attendance at the lecture: Kara Kennedy and Mahtab Hosseinilast_img

Atleo kept key chiefs in dark about education bill announcement court records

first_imgBy Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsFormer Assembly of First Nations national chief Shawn Atleo kept key members of the organization’s chiefs executive committee in the dark before appearing next to Prime Minister Stephen Harper to announce a now-stalled First Nation education bill back in February, according to court documents.Emails filed as part of a Federal Court judicial review application to overturn the Harper government’s tabling of a bill governing First Nation education show the AFN regional chiefs for Ontario and Quebec had no knowledge of the details around the Atleo-Harper education announcement before its unveiling.A Quebec Algonquin chief also states in an affidavit Atleo personally assured him seven days before the announcement there was no deal with Ottawa in the works.The emails and affidavits are part of the Federal Court case launched in late February by the Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador against Ottawa over the First Nation Control of First Nation Education Act. The AFNQL is seeking a judicial review to overturn the government’s tabling of the bill. The AFNQL argues Ottawa failed to adequately consult with First Nations before tabling the bill. The case is ongoing.The emails from current interim AFN national Chief Ghislain Picard, who is also grand chief of the AFNQL, and AFN Ontario regional chief Chief Stan Beardy, along with the affidavit from Kitigan Zibi Chief Gilbert Whiteduck, show the Atleo-Harper education announcement, which produced the First Nation Control of First Nation Education Act, never received the endorsement of AFN executive.The Harper government, however, initially claimed it had the AFN’s support when forced to defend the bill, which now hangs in limbo following Atleo’s resignation in May and the outright rejection of the proposed legislation by many AFN chiefs.Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt’s office, however, still clings to the claim the AFN entered into some sort of agreement with Ottawa.“Our government is extremely disappointed that the (AFN) did not honour its agreement with the government,” stated Valcourt’s office in an email Tuesday. “As we have said all along, this legislation will not proceed without the support of the AFN.”No paper record exists of any agreement between Ottawa and the AFN, according to Department of Justice lawyers and, as the emails and affidavit show, Atleo was essentially acting alone when he announced his support for the Harper government’s education bill.By all accounts, the seeds of the First Nation Control of First Nation Education Act were initially planted during a Jan. 27 meeting between Atleo, Valcourt, Sto:lo Tribal Council Grand Chief Doug Kelly, Nova Scotia regional Chief Morley Googoo and Chippewas of the Thames Chief Joe Miskokomon. The meeting was held at the AFN’s Ottawa office.Four days later, Atleo assured Picard and Whiteduck during a teleconference the meeting produced no deal.“National Chief Atleo stated clearly that the minister had offered no commitments and there was no deal in the works,” said Whiteduck, in the affidavit. Whiteduck is a member of the AFN chiefs committee on education.Then, on Feb. 5, Atleo sent an email to the AFN chiefs executive informing them an announcement with the prime minister was set for Feb. 7. The news caught Picard and Beardy off-guard.“Many chiefs from my region are surprised as to how this whole process unfolded in a matter of days…because of the blackout around what is to be announced today, I have decided not to attend the said event in Albera. At the very least, as members of the executive, we should have had access to details of the announcement if it is in fact positive,” wrote Picard, in an email sent to Atleo and the AFN executive at 10:30 a.m. on the morning of the announcement. “It is extremely difficult for me to be witness to something I know very little about…I believe most of the chiefs I represent would stand by my opinion.”Later that same day Beardy followed up with an email supporting Picard’s position.“When I received word of this top-down announcement I felt compelled to advise First Nations leadership in Ontario so they were not blindsided by an announcement of this magnitude. Unfortunately, I had to reveal that there was no information on details available,” wrote Beardy, in an email sent at 6:06 p.m. “The media often plays on the divisions of First Nations leadership in Canada. I ask: How can we remain united when most of us remain in the dark?”Atleo resigned as AFN national chief on May 2 saying he didn’t want to be a lightning rod in the debate around First Nation education.He could not be reached for comment.The AFN is again seeking to restart talks with Ottawa on education and Picard has written Harper calling for a “new path forward.”Valcourt’s office is coy about whether it’s willing to reengage with the chiefs on the issue.“We have been clear that we will not invest new money in an education system that does not serve the best interests of First Nations children; funding will only follow real education reforms,” said Valcourt’s office, in its emailed statement.The Harper government tied $1.9 billion in new education funding along with a 4.5 per cent yearly escalator to the proposed bill. The money has been set to flow following the next federal election in read more

Akwesasne smuggler with Jimmy Hoffa The mysterious disappearance of Acid Adams

first_imgJorge Barrera APTN National NewsThe seer told him he should make a small feast of frybread for the dead.Leave it in the bush with a shot of whisky because someone put a hex on you using graveyard dirt, the seer said.There also is a shipment coming soon across the river, said the seer, the courier will lose it in the ice.Richard “Acid” Adams wrote these prescriptions and predictions in black ink on a white piece of paper from a Hilton hotel. The note is still kept by Adams’ mother Jolene Adams along with his braided lock of black hair.She received the braided hair in a blue Ziploc bag handed to her by Richard Adams’ former girlfriend and mother of his two youngest children. Jolene Adams received it in July 2009, the same month U.S. authorities indicted Richard Adams for smuggling marijuana from Canada into the U.S., across the river, in a Drug Enforcement Authority operation called Cash Cow.The same month he vanished. He was 46.“As soon as I touched his hair I knew he was in big trouble,” said Jolene Adams, sitting at her kitchen table in her home in the Snye section of Akwesasne which sits in Québec but is only accessible by road through the U.S.She last saw her son on July 5, 2009, a day before he and two other men roared across the St. Lawrence River from Snye in his Baja speedboat to a house Richard Adams rented from a Marina owner in Summerstown, Ont.“When he came and he told me was going to be gone for a few days I really didn’t question it because he comes and goes all the time,” said Jolene Adams.Then the days turned to weeks turned to years.Richard “Acid” Adams vanished in 2009. Photo courtesy of familyLawsuit claims West Eng Gang member involvementThis past July, the family obtained an official declaration of death from the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. Then, this week, the family filed a statement of claim in a lawsuit against Akwesasne Mohawk Police Chief Jerry Swamp and one of his investigators Leroy Swamp for negligence and incompetence in their investigation to find Richard Adams.The lawsuit also names several people it alleges hold pieces to the story behind his disappearance including a wheelchair bound man named Shane Maloney, a reputed high-ranking member of the Irish Mob known as the West End Gang in Montréal. Maloney is currently in a Quebec jail awaiting a 2017 trial on charges of conspiring to import cocaine into Canada as a result of a major 2012 Sûreté du Québec drug operation known as Project Loquace.It’s no secret Akwesasne’s location, straddling the Quebec, Ontario and New York State borders, make it a tempting location to move contraband goods across the international boundary. One can take a boat from the northern shore east of Cornwall, Ont., cross the St. Lawrence River into the St. Regis Village or Snye sections of Akwesasne and then drive across the U.S. border without the need of passing through customs. Just take a left onto Hwy 37 and your next stop is Boston or New York City.Many of the current smuggling routes were carved in the 1980s and early 1990s when Big Tobacco used Akwesasne smugglers to move cigarettes into Canada.The tobacco companies would export their product to the U.S. and then smuggle them back to avoid the high taxes in Canada.The business proved lucrative to some in Akwesasne, a community of farmers, artists and iron workers. Richard Adams’ father Roy was an iron worker. For some, they had a choice, work on the iron towers and bridges of America which required weeks away from family, or stay close to home and make a living criss-crossing the waters of their own territory, moving product considered illegal by two countries they didn’t necessary recognize as having jurisdiction over Mohawk land.Jolene Adams, mother of Richard Adams, holding her son’s clip braided lock of hair.For over 20 years Richard Adams lived a life speeding between the shores of the river moving contraband for the underworld.He was good at it. He made cash. Lots of cash.Then, he was gone.Adams’ sister Della Adams received a message last year from an individual in Kahnawake, a Mohawk community that sits just south of Montreal.“Truth is Richard (Acid) Adams is with Jimmy Hoffa. The same day he went to (an) old Montreal underground parking lot for a meet,” said the message.This is all the family has ever had to go one. Cryptic messages, whispers and speculation.Richard Adams is in Manila. Richard Adams is in Brazil.He’s dead.But where was the body?The family asked seers.“We have seen many seers and every one of them have the same story, every one of them have said that he’s gone,” said Joelen Adams. “He has told through the seer, he has told us that he wants us to pursue this investigation because he wants us to know how he died.”One seer said they saw a cage and a river.Operation Cash CowOn the morning of October 20, 2008, a man named Jason Baldassare drove a rented Hyundai Sonata to a compound owned by Richard Adams in Snye. Adams had previously moved a load of marijuana across the river and he gave Baldassare two hockey bags holding 27 kilograms of Quebec-grown marijuana.Baldassare drove out of Adams’ compound into a net set by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).Two weeks earlier, DEA agents, with a Department of Homeland Security surveillance craft circling above and intercepting radio communications stopped a rented Toyota Sienna minivan on Ryan Rd near Chateaugay, NY, about 7 km south of the Canada-U.S. border, with about 104 kg of marijuana.Operation Cash Cow was in full swing. Armed with informants and the smuggling organization’s radio frequencies, the DEA took down the network, which moved Quebec-grown marijuana throughout New York State, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire and Massachusetts, one member at a time.Adams fled across the river a day before the indictment against the organization was unsealed in U.S. Federal Court to a house he rented from Winston McIntosh, the owner of Whimpy’s Marina near Summerstown, Ont.McIntosh was on his deck that Monday afternoon when he saw Adams in his Baja speedboat roaring to the dock at his rented house.“It was coming awful fast…I knew they were in a hurry, I could sense it,” said McIntosh.McIntosh said there was a man waiting for Adams with an older model, green Chevy pickup truck. Adams and a second man jumped out of the Baja which then turned and roared away. Adams climbed into the green pickup truck and the third man drove off in Adams’ green Mercedes which was also parked at the rental house.Winston McIntosh, owner of Whimpy’s Marina, saw Richard Adams they day he fled Akwesasne.Trail gone coldHere is where fog begins to envelop the story.Adams may have stayed in nearby Lancaster, Ont., for a couple of days before he went to Montreal. What happened in Montreal remains a mystery, at least on the public record. It’s believe Adams at one point may have stayed at a home near Montreal owned by man named Adam Harris, who is described in the statement of claim filed by Adams’ family as someone “closely involved with the criminal operations.”Adams also met with his then-girlfriend Tanya Barilko while in Montreal. This is when he is said to have cut his braid and given it to Barilko who later gave it to his mother.Adams told some associates he was going to get a new identity and that his contacts were going to help him flee the continent.Dean Doxtator, from Oneida on the Thames First Nation, said he was one of the last to see Adams alive in Montreal. Doxtator, who is named in the lawsuit, said Adams expressed regret and remorse at the time.“He said he was sorry for what he did to the family getting into where he was in the situation,” said Doxtator. “He didn’t want to cause any burden. I think it was more like shame to his family. He knew what he was into, who he was dealing with.”Doxtator, who found out this week he was named in the lawsuit, said he is willing to say all he knows in an affidavit. He believes Adams is dead.The lawsuit also named Maloney who dealt directly with Adams. Maloney was convicted in December 2013 for ordering the beating of an off-duty Montreal cop in Mexico in January 2011 who was caught trying to take photographs of the gangsters partying with other Quebec police officers. Maloney is currently at the Rivieres-des-Prairies Detention Centre in Quebec awaiting trial on 13 drug, gang, conspiracy and firearms related charges stemming from Project Loquace.Kenny Cree, a smuggler from Akwesasne, is named in the lawsuit filed by Richard Adams’ family. FacebookAdams and Maloney are also both listed in U.S. court documents as associates of former drug king pin Jimmy Cournoyer, also known as Cosmo, who was the head of a $1 billion “drug empire” which smuggled marijuana from Canada into the U.S. and then used the proceeds to import cocaine back to Canada.  Cournoyer was linked to the Italian Mafia, the Hells Angels and the Sinaloa Cartel in Mexico.Couronyer pleaded guilty in 2013 and is now in U.S. prison.The DEA investigation into Cournoyer gathered speed after agents moved against an Akwesasne smuggling ring in 2009 headed by Kenny Cree, Randy Square and David Sunday two months before the indictment was filed against Adams.The DEA managed to flip Cree, according to a New York Times article, who was facing a lengthy prison sentence.The Adams family’s lawsuit names Cree and alleges he was “instrumental in the death of Richard Adams.”APTN attempted to contact Cree through one of his lawyers, but received no response.Akwesasne Mohawk Police failed to follow leadsJolene Adams blames the Akwesasne Mohawk Police for letting her son’s trail run so cold.“I don’t know how many phone calls I made to the police station and got no cooperation and nothing, nothing from them,” said AdamsThe Mohawk police did have leads.On Jan. 27, 2010, the RCMP in Montreal told Det.-Const. Norman King that Richard Adams was “not in this world anymore,” according to an Ontario Provincial Police report from an investigation into the Akwesasne police’s handling of the case.That same month, the OPP Drug Enforcement section first told King that Adams was vacationing out of the country in the fall of 2009 and then that he was “deceased and that the family was aware of this,” said the report.Shane Maloney, high-ranking member of West End Gang. Montreal Police photoThe report also said the Akwesasne police possessed two of Adams’ cell number but never obtained a production order to track the cell phone’s usage. Both phones were in service in the fall of 2009. One cell phone, which operated on a Telus plan, was “cancelled by the subscriber” on Dec. 3, 2009.An analysis of the Akwesasne police’s investigation done for the family by Ottawa lawyer James Foord, of Foord Davies, concluded “it seems clear that little has been done to meaningfully investigate (Adams’) whereabouts.”Adams disappeared a year after his brother was killed in a traffic accident in front of his parent’s home. Jolene and Roy Adams have only one surviving child, their daughter Della.“Unless somebody has gone through a death of a child, nobody understands the pain and the grief of losing one. The gravity of the pain is so great,” said Jolene Adams. “It’s more pain because we didn’t know whether (Richard Adams) was alive or dead.”The missing and murdered men of AkwesasneThere was a bigger issue at play behind Jolene and Roy Adams’ decision to file the lawsuit and that is the high number of missing and murdered men from Akwesasne.“There is more to this court action than Richard. We have young men that have been murdered that have gone missing where the police have not done a proper investigating if an investigation ever did exist,” said Adams. “This is about our community. I am not dismissing Richard’s role in the illegal stuff that has been going on in our community, I am not dismissing that…All this stuff that is happening, they are hurting the community, they are hurting our young people. There is a whole generation that is being hurt right now because of this illegal trafficking of drugs, aliens and I don’t know what else.”As for calling out violent underworld figures, the family said they’ve moved beyond fear.“A lot of people are saying it’s dangerous. But I am 75 years-old. I don’t need to see any more than what’s going on right now. I am not afraid that something is going to happen to me,” said Roy Adams.Adams was a father to six boys.His last girlfriend, Tanya Barilko, is also named in the lawsuit.Barilko could not be reached for comment.Roy Adams, Richard Adams’ father, on the St. Lawrence read more

TransCanada seeking suspension of application for Energy East pipeline

first_imgAPTN National NewsTransCanada Corporation announced Friday it is seeking a 30-day suspension of its application for Energy East Pipeline and Eastern Mainline Project to review the changes announced by the National Energy Board (NEB).TransCanada cited concerns with the NEB’s changes to the issues and environmental assessment factors and the impact of those changes on project costs.Earlier this summer the NEB stated it will now be assessing downstream greenhouse gas emissions as well as direct emissions in the assessment of the project.Read Notice here: TransCanada The NEB stated on its website and by Twitter that it has received TransCanada’s request, and are reviewing the request and will release an answer publicly in a “timely manner”.Energy East is a proposed 4,500 kilometer pipeline to transport crude oil from Alberta to the Maritimes.Eastern Mainline is a proposal for 279 km of new pipeline in Ontario.TransCanada also announced the day before that it is extending the period for which it is accepting contracts for future delivery in the Keystone pipeline citing Gulf Coast hurricane flooding as contributing to the disinterest.Contact APTN National News here: news@aptn.calast_img read more

DavidsTea reports 10 million net loss in first results since boardroom showdown

first_imgMONTREAL – DavidsTea has reported a $10 million net loss in the first results since founder Herschel Segal took back control of the company’s board.The Montreal-based retailer said Thursday the results for the quarter that ended Aug. 4 works out to a loss of 39 cents per share, compared with a $5.6 million, or 22 cent per share, loss for the same quarter last year.Comparable sales were down 14.8 per cent after its product offering “did not resonate with customers,” it was less promotional, and it had less product available for its semi-annual sale, the company said.Segal, whose Rainy Day Investments owns 46 per cent of DavidsTea shares, clashed with other significant shareholders earlier this year on company leadership, board composition, and the direction of the company.His slate of directors won by 54 per cent in a vote at its June annual meeting, prompting CEO Joel Silver to resign after the results were announced and Segal said he would step into the role of interim CEO.Since June, the company has shuffled head office to put more senior leaders in marketing, buying and product development to help turn the company around, said Segal on an earnings call Thursday.“We have begun collaborative work to reverse the tide of recent negative quarterly results.”In August, the company said it would start selling its products in 450 Loblaws stores as it looks to push further into the tea bag market in addition to its traditional loose-leaf sales.Segal said a search for a replacement CEO is ongoing, as is a search for a replacement for its CFO Howard Tafler, who will leave at the end of the month.At the end of July, shareholders representing 12.8 per cent of the company, filed suit in Quebec Superior Court against Segal and Rainy Day Investments, seeking to have him removed as executive chairman of the board and a new slate of directors be elected.last_img read more

Thomson Reuters to cut global workforce by 12 slash 3200 jobs

first_imgCompanies in this story: (TSX:TRI)The Canadian Press TORONTO — Thomson Reuters Corp. says it is cutting 12 per cent of its global workforce, or 3,200 full-time jobs, by 2020.The news and information company made the announcement at its annual investor day conference in Toronto.Executives at Thomson Reuters says the move is part of a larger plan to further reduce the company’s expenses over the next two years.The company currently employs around 27,000 employees worldwide. Following the cuts, it will employ about 23,800 employees.Thomson Reuters says it also plans on trimming the number of its global offices from the current 185 to 133 by 2020.Dave Moran, a spokesman for Thomson Reuters, says the impact of the job cuts in Canada will be “minimal” but was unable to provide any other specifics.In October, Thomson Reuters completed the sale of a 55 per cent majority stake in its Financial & Risk business to a group led by the Blackstone private equity firm and the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board. The deal valued the business at roughly US$20 billion, and Thomson Reuters received roughly US$17 billion in cash.Thomson Reuters retains a 45 per cent stake in the financial and risk business — which includes its financial terminal business — and now operates under the name Refinitiv.last_img read more

Dawson Creek RCMP close highway after gun pointed at driver

first_imgOnce the vehicle was searched, the RCMP found a second sawed-off shotgun.One of the guns seized after a gun was allegedly pointed at driver on Highway 97 South by Groundbirch – RCMP The Dawson Creek RCMP located the vehicle on the side of the highway and conducted a high-risk takedown of the four occupants of the vehicle.Due to the risk posed to both public and police, the highway was closed by officers for a short period.All of the occupants were taken into custody and after a quick search of the vehicle for officer safety reasons a sawed-off shotgun was located.The vehicle was seized so that a search warrant could be completed to conduct a more thorough search of the vehicle as the located shotgun did not match the description provided.Three out of the four occupants were released shortly afterwards.The fourth male passenger, who is suspected of pointing the firearm was held. In addition to charges stemming from this incident, the male also had several outstanding warrants from another jurisdiction. DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The Dawson Creek RCMP closed Highway 97 Saturday after a firearm was pointed at a female driver near the Groundbirch Store.On Saturday, March 24, the RCMP received a report of a male passenger pointing a firearm at a female driver.  The male passenger allegedly pointed the gun at the female driver after a verbal argument.The gun was described as a short barreled ‘old time’ looking gun.last_img read more

BC Transit offering free bus and HandiDART service on municipal election general

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – B.C. Transit it going to make it easier for voters to get to the polls in this year’s municipal election.On general election day, October 20, B.C. Transit will be offering free transit service for those who wish to vote, but do not have a mode of transportation.The free fares will apply on all routes that normally run on Saturdays, and on handyDART. For more information on transit in Fort St. John, visit general voting day is on October 20, from 8 am to 8 pm at the Fort St. John Legion.last_img

Over 200 tips received in the search for Bryer Schmegelsky and Kam

first_imgSEARCH TIMELINEOn Tuesday, July 23, 2019, the RCMP named McLeod and Schmegelsky as suspects in the double homicide of Lucas Fowler and Chynna Deese.  Their bodies were found 20km south of Liard River Hot Springs along the Alaska Highway on July 15, 2019.Then on July 19, the RCMP say they found a truck that had been driven by McLeod and Schmegelsky south of Dease Lake.  The vehicle had been burnt, and the body of Leonard Dyck was found at a nearby highway pullout.Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky were charged on Wednesday with one count of 2nd-degree murder for the death of Leonard Dyck.As a result of the charges, Canada-wide warrants have been issued for Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky. RCMP investigators across the country continue to share information with other law enforcement agencies as the suspects remain at large.Until Tuesday, McLeod and Schmegelsky were considered missing.  During the Tuesday press conference, the RCMP announced the two are now suspects in the three deaths in Northern B.C.The pair were seen in northern Saskatchewan on Sunday, July 21 and then in Gillam Manitoba on July 22. A new piece of surveillance video was also released on Friday.  This video was taken in Meadow Lake S.K. on July 21.HAVE THEY CHANGED THEIR APPEARANCE?On Friday Manitoba RCMP said the pair might have changed their appearance and someone could have inadvertently helped the suspects.The RCMP is reminding the public to stay vigilant and call 911 if they have any information by Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky.The search for Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky near Gillam started on Monday after their vehicle was found on fire.  Since then the RCMP have increased their presence in the community with SWAT vehicles and check stops. The RCMP are still asking for tips from the public.  The RCMP say many tips are being shared on social media rather than with the RCMP, and that has caused substantial delays.  If you have any information to share, contact your local RCMP or call 911.The RCMP continues to remind the public that it’s possible the suspects inadvertently received assistance & no longer in the area.Canadians with tips about the suspects should immediately contact their local police. Multiple tips of sightings have been posted to social media & NOT directly reported to police. If the tips are valid, it could create a substantial delay in the response by police. #rcmpmb— RCMP Manitoba (@rcmpmb) July 28, 2019OTHER SIGHTINGS BEFORE GILLAMRCMP in Cold Lake confirmed another sighting of the suspects on July 21.  At 9:30 a.m., a north end resident of Cold Lake observed a vehicle stuck on a trail behind their residence. Two younger males were observed outside of a Toyota Rav-4. The resident assisted the pair in getting unstuck, and they continued on their way after a short, “unremarkable interaction.”Later that evening, the resident was on social media, where he identified the pair as Bryer Schmegelsky and Kam Mcleod.center_img GILLAM, M.B. – The RCMP has now received over 200 tips about Bryer Schmegelsky and Kam McLeod, but not one of the tips has lead them to search anywhere but Gillam Manitoba.On day seven of the search near Gillam, the RCMP have said there are still no new sightings of the pair.  “Officers are searching cottages, cabins, waterways, & along the rail line for any signs of the suspects. This search of remote areas is being conducted both on foot & in the air. The terrain is immense & varied w/lakes, ponds, muskeg etc.”No new sightings of suspects. Officers are searching cottages, cabins, waterways, & along the rail line for any signs of the suspects. This search of remote areas is being conducted both on foot & in the air. The terrain is immense & varied w/lakes, ponds, muskeg etc. #rcmpmb— RCMP Manitoba (@rcmpmb) July 28, 2019last_img read more

Drilling firm Ensign Energy shares fall as Q2 net loss exceeds forecasts

first_imgEnsign’s biggest boost to year-over-year revenue came from the United States, where it rose by 77 per cent to $261 million, despite softening demand, to account for 69 per cent of the total. It has 134 marketed rigs in the U.S.In contrast, its Canadian revenue rose by just 11 per cent to $51 million — despite the addition of 68 Trinidad rigs to take its fleet to 118 marketed rigs — accounting for 14 per cent of the total.International revenue was down slightly at $66 million but still exceeded the Canadian contribution.“The integration of Trinidad into Ensign has now been largely completed with the full amalgamation taking place on April 1,” said Ensign president Bob Geddes.“We continue to focus on realizing the previously announced $40 million of cost savings which primarily relate to the elimination of duplicate costs and facilities.” CALGARY — Shares in Ensign Energy Services Inc. fell by as much as 6.8 per cent after it reported a second-quarter net loss of $31.7 million or 20 cents per share, compared with a net loss of $36.7 million or 23 cents a year earlier.The Calgary-based drilling company’s revenue jumped 44 per cent to $378 million from $263 million, mainly due to its acquisition late last year of rival Trinidad Drilling Ltd.The results missed analyst expectations of a net loss of $25.7 million or 13 cents a share on revenue of $419 million in the three months ended June 30, according to financial markets data firm Refinitiv. Companies in this article: (TSX:ESI)The Canadian Presslast_img read more

DLF & Hines to jointly develop 2.9 million square feet in Ggn

first_imgGURUGRAM: DLF, India’s leading real estate company, today announced its second joint venture with HINES. DLF Home Developers Limited (“DHDL”), a wholly owned subsidiary of DLF Limited (“DLF”), and Green Horizon Trustee (an affiliate of “HINES”) have entered into a Joint Venture for developing a high-end commercial project in Gurugram. DHDL will hold 67% stake in the joint venture while 33% will be held by Hines. The total investment by the joint-venture partners in this project is about Rs.1900 crores in accordance with the independent valuation undertaken by a category-1 merchant banker. Hines will initially own 33 percent equity share of the Joint Venture with an option to increase its stake to up to 49 percent. Hines has invested approx. Rs 500 cr today in the first tranche. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal The project will be developed on 11.76 acres of land owned by the joint venture company. The land parcel is located across the highway to the existing business district of DLF CyberCity. Mr. Sriram Khattar, Managing Director DLF Rental Business said, “We are excited about the JV with Hines, this is our second JV with them. With our joint experience, we shall work together to develop world class buildings which will set new standards for commercial buildings in this part of the world”, Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost”A significant feature of the relationship has been the implementation of international best practices in the industry in Indian conditions which has been accepted by both partners” says Surojit Basak, Executive Director DLF. He further added that the JV will commence construction in the next financial year. DLF and Hines entered into their first Joint Venture in the year 2008 to develop One Horizon Center in DLF-5 Gurugram. One Horizon Center is a marquee commercial development with LEED® Platinum rating (IGBC) and is home to Fortune 500 multinationals.last_img read more

Pentagon defends India’s ASAT test

first_imgWashington: India is concerned about the “threats” it faces in space, the Pentagon has said, defending the country for acquiring anti-satellite (ASAT) missile test capabilities.On March 27, India achieved a historic feat by shooting down its own low-orbit satellite with a ground-to-space missile, making the country a space power. The test made India the fourth country in the world after the US, Russia and China to have the ASAT capabilities. “The first lesson from the Indian ASAT is just the simple question of why did they do that. And the answer should be, I think to all the committee looking at it, is that they did that because they are concerned about threats to their nation from space,” US Strategic Command Commander General John E Hyten told members of the powerful Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday. “And therefore, they feel they have to have a capability to defend themselves in space,” Hyten told Senate Armed Services Committee while responding to a question from Senators on the need for India to do anti-satellite missile test, and the debris it generated in the space. After India’s test, NASA termed as a “terrible thing” the country’s shooting down of one of its satellites, saying it created about 400 pieces of orbital debris, endangering the the International Space Station (ISS). NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine had said about 60 pieces were tracked and out of which 24 are going above the apogee of the ISS. Hyten advocated for the development of some kind of international norms of behaviour in space. “And where those norms of behaviour should begin, from my opinion, is with debris, because as the combatant commander responsible for space today, I don’t want more debris,” said the top Pentagon commander. Raising the issue, Senator Tim Kaine said India announced last month that it had successfully conducted a test of an anti-satellite weapon. “So, they had something in low earth orbit. They used an anti-satellite weapon to down, and it resulted in – the estimate’s right now 400 pieces of debris, 24 which are large enough to potentially pose a threat to the International Space Station,” he said. “There have been other instances like this. There was a Chinese – a similar effort in 2007 that led to the catalogued 100,000 pieces of debris, many of which are still observing in debris fields that pose danger to other assets in space,” he said. There was a collision in ’09 between a working US satellite and a sort of defunct Soviet era satellite that -kind of a fender bender that produced debris. Then this debris causes challenges, he added. “If we think that space is going to be more of a traffic jam, more satellites for all kinds of purposes up there, what should we be thinking about as a Senate in this committee or in Foreign Relations about sort of the rules?” he asked. “What should the rules environment be, and what should we be doing to try to promote rules? India is an ally. We’re not talking about an adversary doing something. We’re talking about them testing some capacity, but then that creates challenges for all kinds of uses of space. How should we be solving problems like that?” Kaine asked.last_img read more

California almonds becoming mode of terror funding through cross-LoC trade

first_imgNew Delhi: California almonds, known worldwide for their high nutritional value, are being used in cross-LoC trade as a mode to earn profits which are funnelled to terrorists and separatists in Jammu and Kashmir, officials said Friday.India Thursday indefinitely suspended cross-LoC trade at two points along the Line of Control effective Friday, following reports that it was being “misused” by elements from across the border to smuggle weapons, narcotics and fake currency. The almonds produced in California in the United States have been regularly finding their way through LoC trade involving an extensive transport network. According to the modus operandi, Pakistani traders under-invoice products like California almonds. After receiving the consignment, traders on the Indian side sell California almonds at the prevailing market price and make an extra and undue profit due to the under-invoicing, a security official said. The extra money generated is handed over by the traders to terrorists, separatists or anti-national elements in the Kashmir valley to fuel anti-India activities, the official said. It has also come to the notice of security agencies that a significant number of trading concerns engaged in cross-LoC trade are being operated by persons closely associated with banned terrorist organisations, especially Hizbul Mujahideen. Some Indian nationals who have crossed over to Pakistan and joined militant organisations have opened trading firms in the neighbouring country. As a result, many Pak-based trading firms under the control of militant organisations are trading with firms operated by their relatives in the Indian side. The cross-LoC trade is also being used as a regular channel for funnelling drugs such as cocaine, brown sugar and heroin into the Kashmir valley, adversely impacting the youth and converting many into addicts, the official said. In a recent example, 66.5 kg of heroin was seized from a Valley-based consignee, and it was found that the drugs came through the cross-LoC trade. The trade is being exploited for periodically smuggling arms and ammunition into the valley. Numerous seizures have been made of pistols, grenades, spares and ammunition. Recently, a large cache that was concealed in a consignment of bananas was seized from the driver of a cross-LoC vehicle from Kulgam, another official said. With PTI inputslast_img read more

Wage raise proposals below expectations of working class, Trade Unions

Casablanca – Government proposals to raise minimum wage in public service to 3,000 dirhams an increase by 10%, and in two phases, the inter-professional minimum wage (SMIG) will not satisfy the minimum expectations of the working class and wage-earners in general, said a statement by the three national trade unions.The Moroccan Labor Union (UMT), the Democratic Confederation for Labor (CDT) and the Democratic Federation for Labor (FDT), which were hoping that meetings with the government and the employers’ body will lead to a tripartite agreement to enhance the business climate, condemn the government proposals as lacking a clear vision in dealing with the demands.The commitment by the government to resume the social dialogue after May 1st is an occasion to treat crucial material and social issues related to the working class. Trade unions added that the resumption of the dialogue should also include increasing pensions, implementing the remaining of the agreement dated April 26, 2011, generalizing social welfare cover, improving professional relations and settling social disputes. read more

Syrian Conflict Could Have Been Solved in 2012: Lakhdar Brahimi

Rabat – In an interview with Al Jazeera English’s current affairs show, UpFront, ahead of UN-sponsored peace talks in Geneva, Algerian Lakhdar Brahimi, former United Nations and Arab League Special Envoy to Syria, criticised all parties involved in the Syrian conflict for not putting “the interest of the Syrian people as their first priority.”“Everybody is to blame,” Brahimi told UpFront host Mehdi Hasan, referring to both the Muslim-majority world and the West.He said that, as envoy, he had discovered “there were no good guys in the Syrian tragedy” and placed “a lot of blame on the outside forces, the governments, and others who were supporting one side or the other.” Referring to recent news reports that Western governments ignored a Russian offer in 2012 to force Syrian President Bashar al Assad to step aside, Brahimi conceded that it may have been a missed opportunity and agreed that the conflict “could have been solved in 2012… There was a possibility if everyone really had a… better understanding of what was happening in Syria.”Brahimi argued that at the time Russia had “a much more realistic analysis of the situation than practically everybody else” on Syria. “Everyone should have listened to the Russians a little bit more than they did.”Brahimi, a former Algerian foreign minister who served as UN and Arab League Special Envoy to Syria between August 2012 and May 2014, said Syria “is probably not a failed state, but certainly not a functioning state.”On the future role of Syria’s president, the former UN special envoy said that Assad would be part of the solution “but being part of the solution does not mean he’s going to govern for another 40 years.”Brahimi also said Assad must accept his responsibility for the bloodshed in Syria. “The number one man must bear the number one responsibility for what has happened.” read more

‘Black’ Wins 13th Agadir’s Festival of Cinema and Migration

By Soumaya El FilaliRabat – The film “Black” received not one but two main prizes at the International Festival of Cinema and Migration in Agadir.The 90 mins long feature, which is a creation of the two Moroccan born Belgian directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, won the first prize for the 13thAgadir’s international festival of cinema and migration. The movie also received the prize for best female performance given to its lead actress Martha Canga Antonia. The movie tells the story of two young teenagers, who belong to two different rival gangs. Mavela, 15, a member of the Black Brox, who falls desperately in love with the young and charismatic Marwan from the 1080 gang. The two young couple find themselves in an inevitable and dangerous situation, in which they are forced to choose between loyalty and love.The movie premiered at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival and sold 14,000 tickets on its first day, which was beyond the directors’ expectations.“We were expecting a turnout of 3,000 people, the numbers turned out to be a lot more than we expected and we are more than happy,” director Adil EL Arbi said in an interview after the movie release, back in 2015.Many other awards were also distributed on the last day of the international festival.The jury for long features awarded French filmmaker Fabianny Descamps with Best Director Award for her film “Isola” while French director and scriptwriter Philippe Faucon was awarded Best Script Award for his screenplay “Fatima”.Aziz Dades and Avishay Benazra both received the Award for Best Male Role for their performance in “The Midnight Orchestra”. On the other hand, the first prize for the short film competition went to Belgian director Barney Frydman for his film “The Seed”.The five-day long festival ended with heartwarming moments shared between national and international artists, as well as the audience and fans. The festival’s focus this year on the Ivorian cinematography is expected to prompt the beginning of many collaborated cinematic work between the two countries. read more