Colombo: Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, former Sri Lankan defence secretary, was on Sunday named as the presidential candidate of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) party for the election scheduled for later this year. Brother of former strongman President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Gotabhaya, 70, headed Rajapaksa’s military campaign against the the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) between 2006 and 2009. He attained super hero status among the Sinhala Buddhist majority of the country for ending the three-decades-long civil war with the LTTE. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USEnding months of speculation, Rajapaksa on Sunday named his younger brother Gotabhaya as the presidential candidate and additionally took over the leadership of the new political party formed by the Rajapaksa family, the SLPP. Rajapaksa thus ended his long association with the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) of which he had been a member since the mid 1960s, and elected twice as the president from the SLFP. “My brother is your brother now, we need discipline and law to uphold, Gotabhaya is the man for that,” Rajapaksa said while addressing the gathering. “Security is of foremost importance in a country. I assure you the safety of your children. I will not let extremism lift its head in the country,” Gotabhaya said in his address.
New York: Top-ranked defending champion Novak Djokovic takes inspiration from talk he could pass Roger Federer for the all-time record total of men’s Grand Slam singles titles. The 32-year-old Serbian star sees, however, all the work yet to come before that happens, even as he prepares to chase another crown at the US Open starting Monday in New York. “I’m aware of it, of course. I mean, I’m part of this world. Of course I can’t completely switch off and eliminate what people are talking about. And it’s flattering, obviously,” Djokovic said. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”But at the same time, it’s still a very long way ahead of me. It does also put a certain level of responsibility to me as well, because I’m aiming to do that. You know, it’s definitely one of my ambitions and goals. “Things are a little bit different than they were ten years ago, but I still feel young inside and outside. And I still am very motivated to keep going… especially now, more or less everything is about Grand Slams.” Djokovic, who defeated Federer in an epic five-set Wimbledon final last month for his 16th Grand Slam crown, remains four behind the 38-year-old Swiss star’s mark, with Spaniard Rafael Nadal between them with 18 Slam trophies. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterBut Djokovic is on a roll, having won four of the past five Slam singles titles, including a victory over Juan Martin del Potro in last year’s US Open final. It was his third US Open crown after 2011 and 2015. Djokovic, who launches his 2019 campaign on Monday against Spain’s 76th-ranked Roberto Carballes Baena, says his success at night before the loud and raucous fans in Arthur Ashe Stadium has helped him thrive in New York. “I’ve not lost too many matches in my career playing night session,” he said.
Biarritz: US President Donald Trump on Sunday backed British Prime Minister Boris Johnson as the “right man” for Brexit as the two leaders held a warm first meeting at a G7 summit marked by tensions over trade and worries about the Amazon. Johnson and Trump were on obviously friendly terms as they sat down for a working breakfast in the southern French resort of Biarritz where Group of Seven leaders have gathered this weekend. “He’s going to be a fantastic prime minster,” Trump said in their first face-to-face meeting since Johnson took office last month. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USAsked what his advice was for Brexit, Trump replied: “He needs no advice. He’s the right man for the job. I’ve been saying that for a long time. It didn’t make your predecessor happy…” Trump’s undiplomatic outbursts often targeted Johnson’s predecessor Theresa May. Johnson replied that Trump’s backing was “on message there”. A new US-UK trade deal after Britain leaves the EU was at the heart of their meeting and both men appeared upbeat about the chances of success after Johnson a day earlier urged Trump to remove the “considerable barriers” impeding UK companies exports to the US. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsJohnson promised that “we are going to do a fantastic deal once we clear some of the obstacles in our path”. Trump replied that a “very big trade deal, bigger than we’ve ever had” was possible “quickly”. In the lead-up to the talks, Johnson had appeared at pains to distance himself from Trump after facing accusations in the past of being too cosy with the American leader. He had also said that US digital giants like Facebook and Google needed to be taxed “fairly and properly” on their revenues. The three-day meeting of the Group of Seven nations that started on Saturday was marked by EU leaders rounding on Trump over his escalating trade war with China and tariff threats to the EU. But Trump denied there was any ill-will and called an impromptu lunch on a hotel terrace French host Emmanuel Macron on Saturday “the best meeting we have yet had”. “Before I arrived in France, the Fake and Disgusting News was saying that relations with the 6 others countries in the G-7 are very tense, and that the two days of meetings will be a disaster,” Trump tweeted on Sunday morning. “Well, we are having very good meetings, the Leaders are getting along very well, and our Country, economically, is doing great – the talk of the world!” he added. But Johnson registered his disapproval of Trump’s trade war with China, which EU leaders have warned is hitting economic growth around the world and risks causing recessions. “Just to register a faint, sheep-like note of our view on the trade war — we are in favour of trade peace on the whole,” Johnson said. Asked if he had second thoughts about his move to further escalate with additional tariffs on China, Trump indicated he was perhaps rethinking his latest actions. “I have second thoughts about everything,” he said. The Basque resort of Biarritz, which at this time of year usually teems with surfers, sunbathers and tourists, has been turned into a fortress for the event with over 13,000 police on duty and its gleaming beaches out of bounds to the public. An anti-capitalism demonstration in nearby Bayonne turned ugly Saturday when the crowd of several hundred tried to get through police barricades and was repelled with water cannon and tear gas. The British leader will also have a midday meeting with EU Council President Donald Tusk after a bitter verbal spat the day earlier. The talks could prove to be prickly after the pair exchanged barbs on Saturday over who would be to blame if Britain left the European Union without a deal. “I still hope that Prime Minister Johnson will not like to go down in history as Mr ‘No Deal’,” Tusk told reporters in Biarritz. G7 summits, gathering Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States, were once a meeting of like-minded allies. But they’ve become a diplomatic battlefield under Trump. In a radical break from previous meetings of the elite club, there is to be no final statement. Macron has also invited several world leaders from outside the G7 such as India’s Narendra Modi and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi who will join the meeting on Sunday.
New Delhi: The government on Monday invited bids for selection of agency that will conduct spectrum auctions in various bands, including 5G, as it set the stage for mega sale of over 8000 MHz of radiowaves. Issuing the notice for ‘Request for Proposal’ or tender document, the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) said the deadline for submission of the bids would be September 25. The guidelines for auction of spectrum in 700 MHz, 800 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 2100 MHz, 2300 MHz, 2500 MHz and 3300-3600 MHz bands will be announced separately, the notice said while pointing to an availability of 8093 MHz of airwaves in multiple bands. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”Notice for Request for Proposal (RFP) for selection of agency for conducting e-auction of spectrum in various bands was issued by the Department of Telecommunications on August 26,” an official release said. In June this year, Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had said the government will hold spectrum auction for 5G and other bands in the current calendar year. The notice issued by the DoT on Monday said the bid evaluation will be in three parts — pre-qualification, technical and financial. The normal tenure of the contract for the selected auctioneer would be three years, with provision of a one-year extension by mutual consent, it said. The bidder should not have any equity directly or indirectly in any telecom service provider in India, and vice versa, and will have to declare its Indian and foreign equity holdings. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThe selected agency will be tasked with designing, structuring and implementing the overall process of e-auction and also advise on setting the rules for the bidding process. The agency will help prepare bid documents for the auction and also advise on the safeguards in the e-auction system to ensure the security of the entire process, it added. A pre-bid conference will be held on September 2, with prospective bidders. Technical evaluations will be based on criteria such as total value and number of e-auctions conducted in the last seven years, total value of telecom related e-auctions in the last seven years, design of auction process and development of bid document, among others.
Beijing: Just days before the launch of the Realme Q, the Chinese smartphone manufacturer’s CMO, Xu Qi Chase, has revealed the specifications of the device online, media reported on Monday. On Weibo, the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) confirmed that the smartphone, which will be launched on September 5, would be powered by a 4035mAh battery along with 20W VOOC fast charging technology. In addition, it has also been confirmed that the smartphone will be powered by the Snapdragon 712 processor, same as the Realme 5 Pro, news portal GizmoChina reported. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year In terms of software, the phone will run Android 9 Pie-based ColorOS 6 on top. The Realme XT, the company’s first smartphone to feature a 64MP camera on the back, is also widely speculated to be launched in China in September, after making its debut in India. Realme XT sports a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED FHD+ display with a waterdrop notch to accommodate the front camera. It is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 712 processor paired with an Adreno 616 GPU.
New Delhi: NCP leader Sharad Pawar met Congress president Sonia Gandhi at her residence on Tuesday and is learnt to have discussed the seat-sharing arrangement between the two parties for the upcoming Maharashtra Assembly elections.The Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) have already decided to contest the polls together under coalition. Sources said Pawar is learnt to have given a final shape to the broad seat-sharing arrangement between the two parties for the Maharashtra Assembly polls, slated to held in October, but detailed discussions will continue for the next few days before a final tie-up plan is laid out. Over the past few weeks, state leaders of the two parties have met several times to discuss the matter.
New Delhi: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday said the Modi government will not tolerate any breach of India’s territory and is ready to deal with any such acts strongly.Shah also asserted that the situation in Jammu and Kashmir has been peaceful ever since the special status given to the state under Article 370 was abrogated on August 5 and added that not a single bullet has been fired nor has anyone died since then. “There will be no compromise on India’s security. We will not tolerate even an inch of breach of our territory. We will deal with it strongly. We will not allow any drop of blood of our soldiers go in vain,” he said addressing an event of the All India Management Association here. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Coming down heavily on the previous Congress regime for not adopting a comprehensive national security policy, the home minister said the country’s strategic policy was “eaten up” by the foreign policy. “After the surgical strike and the air strike, the perception of the world has changed and India’s strength has been recognised globally,” he said. On September 29, 2016, the Army had carried out surgical strikes against terror launch pads across the Line of Control in PoK after terrorists attacked a brigade headquarters in Uri in Jammu and Kashmir. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KOn February 26 this year, the Indian Air Force carried out an attack on a terrorist base at Balakot in Pakistan after a bus of the CRPF was blown up by terrorists at Pulwama in Jammu and Kashmir. Referring to the scrapping of the special status given to Jammu and Kashmir, Shah said the decision was a significant step towards the motto of ‘Akhand Bharat’ (united India). The home minister said before the Modi government came to power in 2014, there was chaos everywhere, there was no security at borders and people had doubts about the multi-party democracy system and wondered whether India’s multi-party democracy had failed.
EDMONTON – Alberta Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley is demanding answers after it was revealed a sex assault victim was shackled and jailed during her case and was even forced to ride in a prison van with her attacker.Ganley announced Monday she has launched two investigations into the case.“The facts of this case are disturbing and tragic, and when you add in the treatment of the victim in the system, they are almost incomprehensible,” said Ganley. “What is clear is that both policies and people failed in this case.”Ganley said she wants to know if the fact that the woman was indigenous and living on the street played a role in how she was treated by the justice system.“One of the questions that keeps me up at night is whether it would have been the case that if this woman was Caucasian and housed and not addicted, whether this would have happened to her,” Ganley told a legislature news conference.The 28-year-old woman, who was from central Alberta, was forced to spend five nights in the Edmonton Remand Centre during her testimony at a 2015 preliminary hearing for Lance Blanchard, the man who attacked her.Court heard the woman was homeless and sleeping in an apartment stairwell when she was attacked and dragged into Blanchard’s apartment. She suffered stab wounds to her temple and hand as she attempted to fight off the sexual assault.Court documents indicate the woman had trouble focusing and answering questions, so the hearing judge agreed with a Crown prosecutor’s request to have her spend the weekend in custody.The complainant was forced to testify about her June 2014 assault in Edmonton while she was shackled and handcuffed and, on at least two occasions, she had to travel in the same prisoner van as her attacker.A different judge — who found Blanchard guilty of aggravated assault, kidnapping, unlawful confinement and aggravated sexual assault — noted the woman’s treatment in his decision last December.“She was clearly distraught and, using her word, ‘panicking.’ She was somewhat belligerent,” Justice Eric Macklin wrote. “Concerns were expressed as to her behaviour and whether she would voluntarily reattend on the following Monday to continue her testimony.”Macklin expressed regret that the young woman was kept in custody.“She was remanded into custody on the mistaken belief that she was ‘a flight risk’ and that she was simply incapable of participating properly in the court proceedings,” he wrote. “Her treatment by the justice system in this respect was appalling. She is owed an apology.”That apology never came as she was killed in an unrelated shooting six months after her testimony.Macklin noted the woman, whose name is protected under a publication ban, was never missing and had never failed to appear in court.“Nevertheless … she remained in shackles,” Macklin wrote. “(She) emphasized again that she was the victim and not surprisingly, said the following: ‘I’m the victim and look at me. I’m in shackles. This is fantastic. This is a great … system.’”Ganley has hired Manitoba criminal lawyer Roberta Campbell to investigate what happened. A separate committee made up of representatives from police, the Crown prosecutors office, court services and victim services will make recommendations to fix gaps in policy.Ganley said she has already apologized to the victim’s mother.She also noted that any prosecutor who decides to use a section of the Criminal Code that allows for witnesses to be held in custody for refusing to testify must have the decision approved by the chief Crown prosecutor.“I don’t think it’s too strong to say that this is a horrific situation,” said Kim Stanton, legal director for LEAF, Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund. “I hope that it is unusual because it’s beyond appalling.”Stanton said the woman’s treatment highlights how the justice system continues to fail victims of sexual assault.“It’s beyond belief,” she said. “It’s just egregious that she had to spend the weekend there and subsequent nights. Surely somebody in that courtroom could have come up with an alternative solution.”— With files from Bill Graveland in Calgary.
MISCOU ISLAND, N.B. – The Department of Fisheries and Oceans says the carcass of a North Atlantic right whale has been located off the coast of New Brunswick.Eleven right whales have died since June in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, an unprecedented number of deaths for the endangered marine mammal.Conservation groups and marine scientists have warned the North Atlantic right whale is at imminent risk of extinction with an estimated population of 500 around the world.The Department of Fisheries and Oceans says there will be an attempt to recover and perform a necropsy on the right whale next week.The department says it cannot confirm whether the right whale located Friday morning in the Miscou Island area was the same one spotted off Quebec’s Gaspe Peninsula entangled in fishing ropes.Officials said last month they spotted the whale entangled in fishing ropes during a fly-over of the area, but aerial and water patrols were unable later to locate it.
OTTAWA – The number of Aboriginal seniors is set to skyrocket in the next 20 years, Statistics Canada warned Wednesday as it released new census numbers that suggest the Indigenous population will soon put heavy strain on the federal government’s seniors benefits system.It’s the same concern that has policy-makers nervously eyeing Canada’s median age and the historically high number of people who are at or nearing retirement age.Wednesday’s data from the 2016 census show that the number of Aboriginal seniors has more than doubled to 121,665, compared to just 56,030 in 2006.The numbers are likely to continue to swell over the coming two decades: The agency estimates that the proportion of Aboriginals aged 65 and older will double over the next two decades from the 7.3 per cent recorded in 2016.Social Development Minister Jean-Yves Duclos, a key minister in charge of drafting a policy and strategies for dealing with Canada’s aging population, was told last fall that officials are wrestling with how to make sure benefit payments can keep up with demand.“The growth of the Aboriginal senior population will strain resources for social security, health and pension benefits, which are cost adjusted to eligible (government) social supports,” reads briefing material for an October 2016 meeting between Duclos, then-health minister Jane Philpott and 15 experts on emerging seniors’ issues.The Canadian Press obtained the documents under the Access to Information Act.Canada’s population still remains the youngest of G7 nations, but 2016 data shows it is aging more quickly than many other countries.Canada’s senior ranks grew by 20 per cent between 2011 and 2016, the fastest rate in 70 years. An earlier census release showed 5.9 million seniors and 5.8 million youth in 2016, marking the first time there were more Canadians over 65 than there were 14 and under.One key message from last year’s meeting: a one-size-fits-all policy or strategy won’t work for a seniors population that faces different needs, depending on age, geography, culture, language, ethnicity and sexual orientation — needs that occasionally overlap.Indigenous seniors generally face higher levels of poverty and health issues than the general population of seniors. They also grapple with a loss of identity, tied in many cases to a traumatic residential school experience that included physical, emotional and sexual abuse.Just like in the broader population, Indigenous seniors prefer to age in place and experience end of life at home, the follow-up report said, making safe housing even more important.Many Indigenous seniors live in “unsafe communities and in overcrowded housing units,” a problem the government needs to address, according to the official account of the meeting provided to Duclos.The census data outlined that in more detail, showing that about one-fifth of the Indigenous population live in housing in need of major repairs, a figure that is more than three times higher than in the non-Indigenous population.The census also showed that 21.5 per cent of Indigenous seniors live below the poverty line, compared to 14.6 per cent in the national population.— Follow @jpress on Twitter
Alberta Premier Rachel Notley has laid out the first step her Government is taking against B.C in the wake of that province’s move to stall the Trans Mountain expansion project. The premier is sending B.C a message by suspending all electricity purchasing talks with B.C that she said if completed could supply the province with $500-million annually. “Something that we are doing not only on behalf of Albertans but quite frankly all of Canadians who want to see a federation who works effectively and that is able to present an economic environment that will attract the kind of investment that will promote the level of prosperity that all Canadians want to see,” said Notley.She said B.C. is allowed to look at regulations when it comes to preventing and cleaning up oil spills but they have no right to determine what goes into pipelines. It is now asking the Federal Government to be specific about what it will do to ensure that the pipeline expansion moves ahead.Premier Rachel Notley spoke with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau over the phone Thursday regarding B.C’s latest move to stall the pipeline. She explains it’s up to the Federal Government to tell B.C it has no right to determine what goes into pipelines and is hoping the Prime Minister will stand up and make that very clear. “We need them to assert very clearly that there is one government in the country that gets to make the decision that crosses borders and go into ports that government is the Federal Government.”She said the NDP government is considering its options and is planning on taking legal action in the near future.
OTTAWA – Colten Boushie’s family is in Ottawa to meet federal ministers after a Saskatchewan farmer accused of killing him was acquitted late last week.A jury delivered a not-guilty verdict on Friday for Gerald Stanley in the 2016 killing of Boushie, a 22-year-old member of the Red Pheasant First Nation.Boushie’s relatives are scheduled to meet Indigenous Relations Minister Jane Philpott and Indigenous Services Minister Carolyn Bennett today, as well as Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale and Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould on Tuesday.Wilson-Raybould, who is Canada’s first Indigenous justice minister, tweeted Saturday in the wake of the Stanley verdict that Canada “can and must do better.”Aboriginal Sen. Murray Sinclair posted a poem online saying he grieves for First Nations youth “who now see no hope,” and says Indigenous Canadians have been grieving for so long it has become part of their DNA.Kevin Seesequasis, a councillor of the Cree Nation in Saskatchewan, says Indigenous and non-Indigenous residents of Saskatchewan alike are reeling from what he describes as a horrible failure of the criminal justice system.
WINNIPEG – Canada’s Indigenous services minister says Ottawa has fully complied with the orders of a 2016 ruling from the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal which said the federal government discriminates against Indigenous children.“We have turned a corner,” Jane Philpott told The Canadian Press. “We will reach a day soon where we will know that the parties have agreed that we have fully complied.”She said the government is working with the tribunal to confirm every one of its orders has been fulfilled.The First Nations children’s advocate who filed the complaint said the matter is far from settled.“It’s untenable to me that still in 2018 the Canadian government gives First Nations kids less than every other kid in the country,” said Cindy Blackstock, executive director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society.“That, to me, is unacceptable and it needs to change and there needs to be a plan to change it.”In 2007, Blackstock’s society and the Assembly of First Nations filed a complaint with the Canadian Human Rights Commission.Nearly a decade later, the tribunal sided with Blackstock and ruled the government discriminates against First Nations kids because they can only get the same child-welfare funding and programs if they are taken into care, often out of their communities and into non-Indigenous homes.The tribunal ordered Canada to stop discriminating immediately, reform First Nations child-welfare programs and make sure Indigenous kids have their health, education and social needs met no matter where they live.In February, the tribunal issued a fourth non-compliance order to Ottawa. It said the “seriousness and emergency of the issue is not grasped with some of Canada’s actions and responses.”The same day, Indigenous Services Canada sent a letter to all 105 First Nations child and family services agencies. It said the federal government would immediately begin to cover agencies’ actual costs, as well as reimburse them retroactively to 2016.Philpott pointed to funds in the federal budget — about $1.4 billion over six years for First Nations child and family services — as an important step towards meeting the tribunal’s requirements.Blackstock said compliance doesn’t come from promised money — the government needs to show that it will flow to children.“We don’t know how much is going to go to provinces and we don’t know how much is going to First Nations agencies or to First Nations,” Blackstock said.There have been encouraging developments since Philpott took over the file, she said, but Blackstock is skeptical the funding will come without strings attached. Money often doesn’t make its way to kids unless certain conditions are met, she added.Indigenous children account for about seven per cent of all kids in Canada, but make up more than half the number in care. In Manitoba, Indigenous children make up nearly 90 per cent of kids in care.Philpott said increased funding isn’t the government’s only solution. The idea is to change things so there aren’t “these perverse incentives which incline the system to see kids being apprehended.”There is a lot more flexibility in the new funds so money goes to support families and doesn’t flow only when children are apprehended, Philpott said.“We are doing well beyond what the tribunal has asked us to do in terms of really transforming the system,” she said. “Really trying to find ways that we support families.”
OTTAWA – Canada’s pollsters are losing their watchdog.Canadian public opinion and market research firms are vowing to create a new oversight body after the Market Research and Intelligence Association abruptly announced it was shutting down operations.The self-governing, not-for-profit association broke the news of its closure Tuesday morning, telling its members in an email that it would cease day-to-day operations almost immediately, and wind down completely by the end of August.The MRIA’s board chair, Amy Charles, who was appointed to the post in June, indicated the body was facing financial difficulties, but did not elaborate, according to a reported email statement attributed to her.The news appeared to catch many polling and research firms by surprise.Don Mills, CEO of Corporate Research Associates, called the action “a very unfortunate occurrence.”Mills’ organization, along with six others, issued a joint statement late Tuesday, vowing to ensure the highest industry standards would be policed under a new umbrella.“In spite of the difficulties faced by the association, the market research and intelligence industry itself remains vibrant and financially strong,” Mills stated.“We are also in agreement that, in the absence of MRIA, a new organization must be created that will act as the standard-bearer for quality research, industry standards and certification process,” added Leger 360 president Jean-Marc Leger.Not everyone was disappointed by the association’s demise.Independent pollster Janet Brown said the organization did a poor job of policing its members.“The industry need(s) a new organization that’s serious about standards and ethics,” she wrote on Twitter.
EDMONTON – Three adult St. Bernards who couldn’t be separated because they’re best buddies have found a home.The Edmonton Humane Society says Goliath, Gunther and Gasket are settling in with their new family in Calgary.The society put out a call last week for someone up to the challenge of handling the three adult dogs, their $300-a-month food bill and an excessive amount of doggy drool.The animal agency said the bulky Bernards — who collectively top out at 160 kilograms — were incredibly bonded and would get highly anxious when separated.The society says it received more than 200 inquiries from around the world the first day.The adoptive family has asked to remain anonymous for now, but in an interview with the humane society admitted to being “totally crazy” — but in a good way.“We have such a good home that we can offer,” the new owners said Thursday. “We have a big yard. We have a great loving family. We knew (the dogs) would be a perfect fit for our home.”The dogs were transferred to the society’s care from another animal welfare agency and appear to be about two years old, but it’s not clear if they’re littermates.An agency official said their story was viewed by tens of millions of people in more than 40 countries around the world, but “at the end of the day, we could only choose one family for them.”“The response to the story of these gentle giants — from the thousands who helped share our call for help to those who offered their homes to these dogs — was truly astounding,” animal health manager Jamey Blair said in a release.The family reports the three Gs are playful, loveable and rambunctious.As to what’s next:“A new vacuum cleaner.”
WASHINGTON — One of U.S. President Donald Trump’s top advisers says he’s “proud” of Canada — and particularly Prime Minister Justin Trudeau — for “hanging tough” on Huawei.Economic adviser Larry Kudlow told reporters in Washington on Sunday that he’s grateful to Trudeau and Canada for helping the United States in its case against the Chinese tech company’s chief financial officer.RCMP arrested Meng Wanzhou at Vancouver’s airport in December at request of the U.S., which is seeking her extradition on fraud charges, and Trudeau has repeatedly said that the government will not interfere in the process.Nine days after Meng’s arrest, China detained two Canadians on allegations that they were endangering the country’s national security. It also increased another Canadian’s sentence on drug trafficking charges from 15 years to the death penalty.China insists the actions are not in retaliation for Meng’s detention, but the fallout has nonetheless been a diplomatic chill between Canada and China in recent months.Kudlow acknowledged as much on Sunday, saying he appreciates the Canadian government sticking to its guns by not allowing Meng — or the detained Canadians — to become bargaining chips in wider trade discussions.“Is it part of the overall trade landscape, if you will? Yes. But it’s principally a legal matter and not a trade matter,” Kudlow said.“That’s why I’m so I’m so proud of Prime Minister Trudeau for staying with the rule of law and assisting the United States. I’m very proud of him.”On Friday, Trump himself raised the possibility that the U.S. could drop criminal charges against Huawei, as the president wrapped up two days of negotiations at the White House aimed at resolving America’s own ongoing trade dispute with China.Asked about Huawei before an Oval Office meeting with by Chinese President Xi Jinping’s special envoy, Vice Premier Liu He, Trump said a decision on Huawei is pending, but “right now, it’s not something we’re discussing.”The Canadian Press
A grieving First Nation in northern Ontario has released the names of a mother and four children killed in a house fire last week.Officials say those died were Geraldine Chapman, a 47-year-old “longtime foster parent,” her six year-old biological daughter Shyra Chapman and three foster children.They have been identified as 12-year-old Angel McKay, nine-year-old Karl Cutfeet, and seven-year-old Hailey Chapman.Community members say they recognized all the children as Geraldine Chapman’s and considered the blended household as a family unit.The five were killed last Thursday in a fire that levelled their lakeside house in the community commonly known as Big Trout Lake, about 600 kilometres north of Thunder Bay, Ont.Community members say Chapman’s eldest daughter, 19-year-old Thyra Chapman, was accompanying another Big Trout Lake resident on a medical trip at the time of the fire.Chief Donny Morris says that while the investigation into the deadly blaze is winding down, the cause is still undetermined.He says the community is focusing on supporting the family and coping with the loss, and requests privacy until they are ready to discuss the “direct and underlying” factors behind the fire.The Canadian Press
OTTAWA — A federal advisory panel says Ottawa should consider making passports free to everyone for one year to ease the introduction of new no-fly list procedures.The coming changes will require passengers to present authorized photo identification on flights within Canada, not just international trips, and officials have yet to decide which types of ID will be acceptable.It’s just one of many issues to sort out as the government begins implementing a sweeping national-security bill that received parliamentary approval this week. Members of the Cross-Cultural Roundtable on Security have told the government that, if a federally acceptable piece of ID is mandatory for domestic travel, it should be easier to get one.A summary of a roundtable meeting in Vancouver last October says members suggested making passports free to all Canadians for a year, charging no fee for children or applying sliding-scale fees based on income.Federal officials say they will consult Canadians on the identification question before making regulations.The Canadian Press
The Canadian Press OTTAWA — A former head of the RCMP in Saskatchewan has been appointed the province’s new lieutenant-governor.Russell Mirasty becomes Saskatchewan’s 23rd vice-regal representative.He takes over from Thomas Molloy, who died earlier this month at age 78 from pancreatic cancer.Mirasty, whose first language is Cree, is a member of the Lac La Ronge Indian Band in northern Saskatchewan and had a 36-year career with the RCMP.He was the first Indigenous person to command a division of the Mounties.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says in a news release that Mirasty’s new role is in keeping with the dedicated public service he has given for much of his life.“Known as a relationship-builder, Mr. Mirasty is an outstanding leader who paved the way for Indigenous peoples in the national police force,” Trudeau said in the release Wednesday.“As lieutenant-governor of Saskatchewan, I know he will continue to make a difference for the people of his province and all Canadians, and inspire others to create change in their communities.”Lieutenant-governors are the personal representatives of the Queen in their respective provinces and fulfil her roles and functions, including granting royal assent to provincial laws and visiting communities.Their constitutional and ceremonial duties include presiding over the swearing-in of premiers, cabinet members and chief justices.Mirasty joined the RCMP in 1976 and was one of only two Indigenous cadets in his troop at Depot Division in Regina. He served in various roles across the country, including as director general of National Aboriginal Policing Services and as Saskatchewan’s commanding officer.After his retirement from the RCMP in 2013, he helped lead a provincewide consultation with students, parents and teachers on how to improve the education system.He was also appointed to Saskatchewan’s advisory group on poverty reduction.
Phil Collen, lead guitarist for the iconic rock band Def Leppard, has announced plans for a charitable auction of “Wings”, a custom Jackson PC1 guitar that Collen has played throughout this summer’s Rock of Ages tour.Phil Collen with GuitarThe auction, taking place exclusively on eBay, began on September 5th and will end September 14th, the last date of the tour. The winner will be announced in November which is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month and all proceeds from the auction will benefit the Gerson Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the Gerson Therapy, an alternative treatment for cancer and other degenerative diseases.In early 2012, Jake Willoughby, a guitar and music store owner, asked Collen if he would assist in helping to raise money towards the fight against cancer with Jake’s mother having just passed away from pancreatic cancer after a courageous 13-month fight. By tragic coincidence Phil’s own father, Kenneth succumbed to the same disease in 2004. Jake donated a Collen signature guitar, the Jackson PC1 from his music store. In the spirit of hope it was named “Wings”. Mike Learn, a noted artist whose graphics are well known in the guitar world, donated the graphic custom paint job on the guitar. Ironically, Mike lost two family members to the same disease.Phil began researching companies that were not only looking to prevent cancer, but also reverse its devastating effects. He initially had heard about The Gerson Institute located in San Diego, CA from Jeni Cook, a raw foods chef and the wife of Sex Pistols and Manraze drummer, Paul Cook. As Phil watched “The Gerson Miracle” DVD he was incredibly moved by their cause wishing he would have known about them before his father passed. The Gerson Institute is a non-profit organization in San Diego, California dedicated to providing education and training in the Gerson Therapy – an alternative, non-toxic treatment for cancer and other chronic degenerative diseases. The Gerson Therapy, developed by Dr. Max Gerson in the 1920s, activates the body’s extraordinary ability to heal itself through an organic, vegetarian diet, raw juices, detoxification, and natural supplements. Since this powerful, natural treatment boosts the body’s own immune system, it is an effective method for treating not only cancer, but a variety of degenerative diseases including arthritis, heart disease, allergies, and skin tuberculosis.Dr. Gerson began developing the Therapy while looking for a way to manage his own debilitating migraines, a path that lead him to a holistic understanding of medicine that is finally gaining growing acceptance.This year marks a number of anniversaries for Collen, namely the 30th anniversary of his joining Def Leppard as lead guitarist making his debut on the 10x platinum (in the USA) album Pyromania. In addition, this year marks the 25th anniversary for the 13x platinum (USA) album Hysteria, as well as the 20th anniversary of its 5x platinum (USA) follow-up Adrenalize.The auction can be accessed here.