Adani plans 5500 cr investment for UP in power food processingAdani plans 5500 cr investment for UP in power food processing

first_imgLucknow: Adani Group will invest Rs 5,500 crore over the next five years in power transmission and food processing sectors in Uttar Pradesh, its chairman Gautam Adani said on Sunday here. Speaking on the occasion of the second ground breaking ceremony that will see the launch of multiple projects by corporates, Adani said he had announced his investment plans during UP investors’ summit in February 2018 and the work on two power transmission projects has already started. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalUnder the food processing segment, rice and flour mills, kachchi ghani refining facility will be set up in the state, he said. “In the next five years, the group is planning to invest Rs 5,000 crore in power transmission and another Rs 500 crore in food processing sector,” Adani said. Talking about his plans to focus also on other areas such as data centre and defence, he said that going by the size, population and strategic location and demographic dividend of the state, Uttar Pradesh can emerge as a leader in these sectors as well. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost”…our presence in the defence sector is very important for us. It is my dream that Adani Group sets up world-class defence manufacturing hub in the defence corridor in Uttar Pradesh,” he said. Saying that his group has set up units having the capacity of 15,000 metric tonne in Kannauj for improving the foodgrain storage capacity in the state, he said it was already working on developing multi modal river terminal in Varanasi for enhancing the waterways. Underlining that the development story of the country is incomplete without Uttar Pradesh, Adani said the state is being viewed as the fastest changing and it will play an important role in reaching the target set up by Prime Minister Narendra Modi of $5 trillion economy by 2024.last_img read more

INX Media case ED directs Karti Chidambaram to vacate Delhi houseINX Media case ED directs Karti Chidambaram to vacate Delhi house

first_imgThe ED on Wednesday directed former Union minister P Chidambaram’s son Karti to vacate his Jor Bagh house here, which was earlier attached by the agency in the INX Media corruption case in which they are accused. The eviction notice was served on Wednesday evening following an earlier order of the Adjudicating Authority, PMLA (Prevention of Money Laundering Act), by which the attachment of the property was confirmed. The immovable property situated at 115-A block 172, Jor Bagh, New Delhi-3 was attached by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on October 10, last year. The attachment was later confirmed by the authority on March 29. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ A notice issued by the ED said that Karti P Chidambaram of the property is “directed to vacate said premise and hand over the possession of the property (50 per cent attached by the ED and confirmed by authority vide order dated March 29) to the undersigned (ED) within 10 days from the date of receipt of this notice”. According to sources, the property was jointly owned by Karti and his mother Nalini Chidambaram. The property will be kept at the dispaosal of the ED until further orders and kept intact by all concerned for further proceedings under the act, agency’s counsel Nitesh Rana, who got the attachment confirmed from the authority, had said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K The case relates to Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) approval granted in 2007 for receipt of funds by INX Media. The cases filed by the ED as well as the CBI are currently lending before the courts. Karti Chidambaram, elected MP from Shivaganga, Tamil Nadu, is on bail in the case. The former Union minister’s anticipatory bail plea is, however, pending before the Delhi High Court. The CBI had registered an FIR in the case on May 15, 2017 alleging irregularities in the FIPB clearance granted to the media group for receiving overseas funds to the tune of Rs 305 crore in 2007 during P Chidambaram’s tenure as finance minister. Thereafter, the ED also lodged a money laundering case against the company’s founders, the Mukerjeas, and others under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). (Inputs from Hindustan Times)last_img read more

Raise voice against unemployment CM tells youthsRaise voice against unemployment CM tells youths

first_imgKolkata: A day after slamming the Centre for highest unemployment rate in the country in 45 years, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday urged the youngsters to raise questions on growing joblessness. Banerjee also assured support to the youth on the occasion of the International Youth Day. “Today is International #YouthDay. In #Bangla, we celebrate Youth Day on January 12, Swami Vivekananda’s birth anniversary. I appeal to the youth, the students & the new generation: be strong and ask for answers. There is no answer to unemployment problems,” she tweeted on Monday. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaReferring to Central government data that put Bengal at the top of the states with highest GDP growth, Banerjee said unemployment in the state has dipped by 45 percent under her rule. “Our State #Bangla has brought down unemployment by 45%. The GDP growth of #Bangla is highest in the country. My support is always with the youth, students and the new generation. May you be inspired to reach new heights,” she said. As per the data, Bengal has registered a GDP growth rate of 12.58 percent in 2018-19 while unemployment rate was 6.1 percent during the period. Banerjee had written on Facebook on Sunday: “Our achievement is in sharp contrast to the state of deep recession and complete policy paralysis perpetrated by Central government leading to significant decline of overall growth rate of the country and highest unemployment in 45 years”.last_img read more

Will continue to pressure Centre State for compensation says RahulWill continue to pressure Centre State for compensation says Rahul

first_imgWayanad: Reaching out to the people of his Wayanad Lok Sabha constituency, devastated by landslips triggered by the recent rains, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday said he would continue to put pressure on the centre and state government to ensure that those affected were justly compensated.In Kerala for the second time this month, the Wayanad MP also said he will raise inParliament the issue of crop loss in the floods. Gandhi tweeted “Im in my parliamentary constituency, Wayanad for the next few days, visiting flood relief camps and reviewing rehabilitation work in the area. Much has been accomplished, but theres so much more that still needs to be done.” Addressing people at Cherupuzha in Mananthavady, Gandhi said during floods, it did not matter which religion, community or political party one belonged to, everybody worked together to fight the deluge. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”In today’s atmosphere you are a huge example to the whole country… The country can learn a lesson from you. Only when the country stands together,it progresses,” he said. Gandhi said he had written and spoken to the Prime Minister and state Chief Minister and told them that Wayanad was in “serious need” of their help. The congress leader also sought the support of Kerala’s ruling left in the development of Wayanad. “We can continue to fight ideologically, but we can also have a vision for the development of Wayanad,” he said. Gandhi, who arrived here Tuesday on a second visit to the consitutency this month, said he will stand with the people of his constituency and make sure that everyone gets compensated for the loss suffered during the second spell of the South West Monsoon rains from August 8.last_img read more

Haryana govt waives Rs 4750 cr of interest penalty on crop loansHaryana govt waives Rs 4750 cr of interest penalty on crop loans

first_imgChandigarh: Ahead of assembly polls, the BJP-led Haryana government on Monday announced Rs 4,750-crore interest and penalty waiver on crop loans taken from cooperative banks, thus benefiting around 10 lakh farmers in the state.This announcement was made by Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar in Haryana’s Bhiwani district. “A total benefit of Rs 4,750 crore will be given to farmers. And this amount may go up by Rs 100 crore to Rs 200 crore as exact calculation is to be worked out. We have given a package of roughly Rs 5,000 crore to farmers,” Khattar said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’He said that with this move, around 10 lakh farmers — who had borrowed from Primary Agriculture Cooperative Societies (PACS), District Cooperative Central Banks (DCCB) and Land Mortgage Bank (LMB) — would be benefitted. He informed that out of 13 lakh farmers, who had borrowed from PACS, accounts of 8.25 lakh farmers had turned non-performing assets (NPAs). Khattar informed that 5 per cent penalty, which was imposed on farmers who failed to repay loans taken from PACS, will now be completely waived. “It will give a benefit of Rs 2,500 crore to borrowers of PACS,” said Khattar. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe chief minister further said a benefit of Rs 1,800 crore will be given to borrowers of DCCB if they pay principal amount along with simple interest by November 30. “Around 85,000 farmers had taken loans worth Rs 3,000 crore from DCCB. Out of which, accounts of 32,000 farmers involving an amount of Rs 800 crore have turned NPAs,” said Khattar. Khattar said that farmers would pay 2 per cent interest for loans less than Rs 5 lakh, 5 per cent for loan between Rs 5 lakh to Rs 10 lakh and 10 per cent interest on loans in excess of Rs 10 lakh. “It will give a benefit of Rs 1,800 crore to farmers,” he said. In case of loan from LMB, Khattar said that out of total 1.10 lakh borrowers, accounts of 70,000 had been declared NPAs. Out of their total outstanding payment, Rs 750 crore was principal amount and Rs 1,400 crore as interest and penalty, he said. “Their penal interest would be waived. Farmers will have to pay 50 per cent of simple interest and rest will be borne by the state government. It will give a benefit of Rs 450 core to farmers, he said.last_img read more

No person excluded from NRC to be detained MHANo person excluded from NRC to be detained MHA

first_imgNew Delhi: The Centre on Monday said no person excluded from the final NRC list will be detained till he or she exhausts all legalremedies. In a statement, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) also said the Assam government has made necessary arrangements to provide legal aid to the needy amongst those excluded from the final National Register of Citizens (NRC) through the district legal services authorities. “Persons left out of final NRC not to be detained under any circumstance till they exhaust all remedies available under law,” the statement said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’It added that such persons will continue to enjoy all rights as earlier, like any other citizen, e.g. right to employment, education and property, etc. The MHA said adequate judicial process is available for the people left out to appeal to the Foreigners’ Tribunals (FTs) within 120 days from August 31, when the final NRC was published. To facilitate the appeals, 200 new FTs will be functional from Monday, in addition to 100 already existing, it said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KAccording to the final NRC released on Saturday, out of the total 3.3 crore applicants, 3.11 crore figured in the list and names of about 19 lakh residents were excluded. Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal had said last week the exclusion of someone’s name from the final NRC does not amount to the person automatically becoming a foreigner as such a decision can be taken only by a foreigners’ tribunal after following proper legal process. “No one should be worried. No one should panic. Government is here to take care of everyone. Even those who will be excluded from the final list will get enough opportunity to prove their Indian citizenship,” he had said.last_img read more

Robber wanted in half dozen cases in Delhi and UP heldRobber wanted in half dozen cases in Delhi and UP held

first_imgNEW DELHI: A team of Special Cell has apprehended one robber identified as Mohit, age 24 years, resident of District Baghpat (UP).He was wanted in Delhi and UP in half a dozen cases. A loaded .32 bore pistol has also been recovered from his possession. On July 26, Mohit along with his 3 associates entered a godown of Pan Masala for looting cash from the godown and one of his associates remained outside the godown. Seven employees including godown owner were present at that time. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderIn a bid to scare the victims and force them to hand over the cash, these criminals opened fire. However, one fired bullet got ricocheted from the Iron Gate and hurt the shooter Mohit. Due to injury to one of their associate, all the criminals panicked and retreated in a hurry after assaulting and hurting two persons. Four accused persons namely Aakash, Pankaj, Sumit and Monu were arrested in this case. Despite best efforts accused Mohit could not be arrested as he shifted his base from his village and remained evasive. “The team started searching accused Mohit, a police team spotted him at Indraprastha Park, near Sarai Kale Khan, Delhi The team acted swiftly and apprehended accused Mohit. On his search, one .32 bore loaded pistol with two live cartridges was found from his possession,” said DCP Special Cell PS Kushwah.last_img read more

Paralympian and politician Michelle Stilwell cant find gold medal in her officeParalympian and politician Michelle Stilwell cant find gold medal in her office

first_imgVICTORIA – Former paralympian and politician Michelle Stilwell says one of her gold medals has gone missing from an office at British Columbia’s legislature.The former cabinet minister says when she moved offices following last May’s provincial election a box containing one of her world championship gold medals disappeared.Stilwell says in a statement she kept the medal in her office from her time as a wheelchair athlete to show visitors because she was proud of the achievement and wanted to share her accomplishments with others.Stilwell won six Paralympic gold medals in both basketball and track, in addition to being a nine time world champion.She is asking anybody with information that might help find the medal to come forward.Stilwell says the medal is priceless to her and represents the hard work and sacrifices she endured to earn the victory.“So far no one has reported the missing box or the medal and it’s unsettling given the fact that this is a secure building. I would like to put any concerns in my mind to rest that the box with my medal in it is somewhere in this building and someone knows about it,” she said in a statement issued on Wednesday.“It is a priceless and irreplaceable item and I worked very hard to earn it.”Stilwell, who represents the Vancouver Island constituency of Parksville-Qualicum for the Liberals, announced her retirement from international competition last February.last_img read more

Boyle family captivity shows the risks of going to dangerous countries ExpertsBoyle family captivity shows the risks of going to dangerous countries Experts

first_imgTORONTO – Globe-trotters who deliberately flout government travel advisories are actively placing themselves both in harm’s way and beyond the reach of most traditional rescue efforts if disaster strikes, security experts said Saturday.The case of a Canadian man held in captivity in Afghanistan for five years highlights the many risks of venturing into countries where the government has little recourse for helping its citizens.Joshua Boyle and his American wife Caitlan Coleman were abducted in October 2012 and held in captivity for five years by the Haqqani Network, a group linked to the Taliban. The couple gave birth to four children and endured the slaying of one of them before being rescued by Pakistani commandos on Wednesday.Security advisers say the length of time the family spent in captivity is not surprising given Canada’s official stance on negotiating with terrorist organizations as well as the limited intelligence resources available to government officials.Security consultant David Hyde said Canada telegraphs its ability to help citizens through its travel advisories, which groups countries into four categories. Afghanistan joins nations such as Iraq and North Korea in the class of destinations that Canada suggests avoiding entirely.Those who opt not to heed the warnings, he said, place the government in a difficult position by forcing them to try to intervene in areas where they’re poorly equipped to do so.“There’s an official posture that we don’t do this, but of course we care, and we will try to bring forward information to facilitate the release,” Hyde said in a telephone interview. “Behind the scenes, the government gets very involved with a wide variety of interactions to try and lead towards some kind of repatriation.”The Canadian government did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but has consistently stated that it will not negotiate with or pay ransomed to terrorists.Hyde said many western countries adopt this position, fearing that leniency on this point will make its citizens more likely targets for abduction when travelling abroad.But in cases where citizens run afoul of “bad actors,” Hyde said Canada will typically make use of whatever resources are at their disposal.This can include tapping into local intelligence contacts, which Hyde said are typically scarce in countries with strong travel advisories.An alternative approach, he said, is to work with other countries who may have a more robust network in place, he said.Such may have been the case in 2016 when Colin Rutherford, a Toronto resident vacationing in Pakistan to study historic sites, was rescued by helicopter after five years in Taliban custody.Canada credited the government of Qatar for playing a key part in Rutherford’s release, though it didn’t provide details of what the Middle East country’s involvement was.Eventually, however, Hyde said government resources run dry and the families of those in captivity are usually left to fend for themselves.Such was the case for Alberta journalist Amanda Lindhout, who along with Australian photographer Nigel Brennan was seized by masked men while covering a story in Somalia and held prisoner for more than a year.Lindhout’s mother has spoken in court of her family’s desperate attempts to raise funds to pay the US$2.5 million ransom the kidnappers were seeking. In the end, the Lindhout and Brennan families raised less than US$700,000.When government channels peter out, former RCMP officer and current security consultant Chris Mathers said some families will seek support from private companies to take up negotiations.Mathers said such companies use similar tactics to the government by relying on networks of local contacts to determine where captives are held and what their captors may be seeking.Even then, however, Mathers said the odds of recovering a kidnapping victim alive depend largely on the group that’s holding them prisoner.Groups whose actions are driven by ideology are more likely to kill their hostages, he said, while those seeking ransom and promising release are more likely to be affiliated with a local brand of organized crime.“If a person is kidnapped, their survival very much depends on where that group is located on that continuum,” he said. “Are they still in the ideological phase, or have they started to migrate towards criminality completely? The more they migrate towards criminality, the higher your chances of survival.”Mathers and Hyde agree that the best safeguard against such scenarios, however, is to heed Canada’s travel warnings and stay clear of regions where Ottawa has limited power to intervene.“What happened was tragic and awful for the people involved,” Hyde said of those who have been captured over the years. “But as someone making a conscious decision to go over there, you have to know that you’re going into an area where there really is no government protection. You’re really on your own.”last_img read more

Bill shelved by Nova Scotia legislature is no attempt to hide assetsofficialBill shelved by Nova Scotia legislature is no attempt to hide assetsofficial

first_imgHALIFAX – A church official says there was nothing “nefarious” about a proposed bill to reorganize the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Halifax-Yarmouth that was shelved by a committee of the Nova Scotia legislature after concerns from a lawyer representing sexual abuse victims.The local and private bills committee deferred the bill Tuesday after Halifax lawyer John McKiggan expressed concerns the bill would allow the archdiocese to divest itself of assets and place them into sub-corporations held by individual parishes.McKiggan, who represents hundreds of sexual assault victims who were abused by priests, said the change would make it harder for survivors to be able to receive “just and fair compensation for their injuries.”In an interview Wednesday, the chancellor of the archdiocese, deacon Bob Britton, said there is no attempt to hide assets from potential legal action.“First of all under the church rules the bishop can’t do that,” said Britton. “And if he did that then the question would be: How much longer would he be the bishop?”He said lawyers have also told the church that the courts have already determined that the archdiocese and individual parishes would be responsible for any future claims of sexual abuse.“The unintended consequences that are alluded to are simply not there,” he said.Britton said the intent of the bill is to recognize in civil law what is already a church reality in that each parish is an entity “unto itself,” while still joined with the archdiocese.“The claims of a kind of nefarious motives I assure you — they are not there,” said Britton.A lawyer for the archdiocese also told the committee that the bill’s intent wasn’t to shelter assets.The bill came before a committee that often deals with bills that are of local concern and are largely uncontroversial.But Premier Stephen McNeil said Tuesday the committee did the right thing in deferring the bill so the government can review it to ensure there are no unintended consequences that would result from it.In 2012, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Antigonish in Nova Scotia agreed to a $16-million compensation settlement for 125 confirmed and alleged victims of sexual abuse.The diocese put about 150 properties up for sale. More than 100 parishes were drained of their savings.last_img read more

Fewer border crossers being granted asylum as case backlogs increaseFewer border crossers being granted asylum as case backlogs increase

first_imgOTTAWA – Fewer asylum seekers who entered Canada illegally this year are being granted refugee status.As of the end of November, the Immigration and Refugee Board says 16,522 asylum claims were received from people who’ve crossed the border illegally and 2,198 of those have been completed.Of those finalized cases, updated data show 54 per cent were accepted — down from 60 per cent when the board last reported the data.Only eight per cent of Haitians — who make up the majority of claims — have been accepted, down from 10 per cent.Over 43,000 claims in total have been sent to the IRB so far this year, a number not seen since a high of 44,000 claims in 2001.The board cautions it’s premature to draw conclusions about border crossers based on the small number of claims finalized so far. Failed claimants do also have the right to appeal.But just as the IRB was releasing the new statistics, Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen used social media to repeat a point the Liberals have been increasingly making in recent weeks as the data has shown many border crossers’ claims are being rejected.“Canada’s refugee system isn’t for those seeking a better economic life; it provides protection to refugees who have a well-founded fear of persecution,” Hussen posted.Prior to a surge in asylum seekers arriving in Canada last summer, the approval rate for Haitians had been around 50 per cent and the approval rate for all refugee claims was about 63 per cent.The border crosser situation is driven by an agreement between Canada and the U.S. that prohibits anyone crossing the border at official land entry points from claiming asylum. So far this year, 18,000 have been stopped entering Canada illegally — in 2016, only 2,500 people were apprehended.Many are believed to be coming north due to changes in U.S. immigration policy, though the federal government has said some haven’t spent much time in the U.S. and were just using that country as an entry point into Canada.Neither the IRB’s funding nor staffing levels have kept pace with the overall increase in claims; officials told a House of Commons committee earlier this month about one third of the board’s positions are vacant.And that was before chairperson Mario Dion was tapped to fill the job of ethics commissioner, leaving his post empty too.The IRB’s operations are being reviewed by the federal government with final recommendations on what could change due later in 2018.Something needs to change, said Michelle Rempel, the Opposition immigration critic.“The way the government is approaching this is it’s more about playing for luck rather than doing something that is going to be a long-term policy solution that’s in the best interest of people trying to claim asylum in Canada and Canadians in general,” she said.Dion had instituted a number of measures to speed up and simplify the claims process, including a dedicated team to hear so-called legacy cases — claims filed before an overhaul to Canada’s asylum system in 2012.They’ve whittled down that backlog from over 6,000 when the Liberals took office in 2015 to 4,444 at the end of November.But backlogs continue to grow in the board’s appeal divisions, with thousands of cases still awaiting final decisions. Of those, about 290 are from border crossers.If a claim ultimately fails, the individual is to be deported, but how many have been removed to date is unclear.last_img read more

All kids should get vaccinated for hepatitis B at birth experts sayAll kids should get vaccinated for hepatitis B at birth experts say

first_imgTORONTO – Clinicians and researchers attending an international conference say all Canadian children should be vaccinated against hepatitis B starting at birth to prevent the development of potentially deadly liver disease later in life, a policy recommended by the World Health Organization.Currently, most provinces and territories immunize children against the liver-destroying virus when they are much older, including Ontario and Nova Scotia, which suggest children be vaccinated as late as 12 years old.Hepatitis B is transmitted through blood and other bodily fluids. The virus attacks the liver, causing ongoing scar-forming inflammation that over time can lead to cirrhosis, liver failure or liver cancer.The call for at-birth immunization comes from international experts attending the Global Hepatitis Summit in Toronto, which runs through Sunday.“There is a misconception that we only need to offer older children vaccination in the years before they become sexually active, since sexual activity is one of the routes of transmission,” said Dr. Harry Janssen, director of the Toronto Centre for Liver Disease, who is attending the conference.“Hepatitis B is not just a disease that is transmitted by sexual activity, it’s also transmitted by blood-to-blood contact,” Janssen said in an interview. “Children play with each other … bite each other, scratch each other, share each other’s toothbrush. There’s household contact with people who have hepatitis B.“So there is a definite risk of getting this infection in childhood.”An estimated 230,000 Canadians are infected with hepatitis B, but many are unaware they harbour the virus. Less than 60 per cent of those infected have been diagnosed and only a quarter of those eligible for treatment are believed to be receiving it, doctors say.Worldwide, an estimated 257 million people are living with hepatitis B, says WHO. In 2015, almost 900,000 people died as a result of the disease, which is known as a “silent killer.”“In the first years, you don’t have any symptoms,” said Janssen. “But then people show up after the age of 40, 45 with liver cancer and they didn’t even know they had the infection.”Infants and young children are among those at the highest risk of infection, and the disease has the worst impact within that age range, since more than 90 per cent will develop chronic hepatitis B, he said. While the risk of progression to severe liver disease is highest among children infected before their first birthday, up to half of kids aged one to five also will develop a chronic form of infection.That compares to five to 10 per cent of those infected at 18 or older, WHO says. Between 20 and 30 per cent of adults who are chronically infected will develop cirrhosis and/or liver cancer.“That’s a very important reason to vaccinate at an early age, because if these children get infected, the likelihood of them getting chronic disease is much higher,” stressed Janssen.The vaccine against hepatitis B has been available since 1982 and is 95 per cent effective in preventing infection and the development of chronic disease and liver cancer caused by the virus.WHO recommends that all infants should receive their first dose of vaccine as soon as possible after birth, preferably within 24 hours.Two other doses would follow a couple of months apart, typically at the same time as other childhood immunizations are given, starting at two months of age.However, policies for when hepatitis B shots should be given vary widely across Canada.P.E.I. and Yukon vaccinate young children from age two months, but only New Brunswick, Nunavut and the Northwest Territories offer inoculate at birth.Other provinces immunize children when they are older: Manitoba at age nine, Alberta at 10, and Saskatchewan and Newfoundland and Labrador at 11. British Columbia introduced vaccination for infants from age two months in 2001, followed by Quebec in 2013, although that province still inoculates children who are not covered by the new program at age nine.“Since all children across Canada will eventually be vaccinated regardless of where they live, why don’t we just remove this lottery and routinely vaccinate them all from birth?” said Janssen.“This will reduce new cases of hepatitis B among children to near zero and remove the chance that any of them will become chronically infected.”The Canadian Paediatric Society recommends immunizing all children before they reach adolescence, although newborns of mothers who have hepatitis B should receive at-birth inoculation.The CPS also advises vaccination for: anyone living in a home with a hepatitis B-infected person; all children whose families have immigrated from areas with high rates of hepatitis B or who are travelling to such countries; and children with conditions that require frequent transfusions of blood or blood products or who are on hemodialysis for kidney disease.Dr. John Ward of the Centers for Disease Control said that since 2005, the U.S. agency had recommended that all newborns in the country receive a birth dose of the vaccine within the first three days of life, which subsequently decreased transmission of the virus by more than 90 per cent.In January, the CDC updated that advice, recommending that all infants be vaccinated within 24 hours of birth, in line with WHO’s policy. At the same time, it said babies born to hepatitis B-infected mothers should also be given hepatitis B antibodies to further protect against infection.The WHO has set a goal of eliminating hepatitis B worldwide by 2030, and the UN body has called on all countries to sign on to that commitment.“The cornerstone of elimination of hepatitis B is hepatitis B vaccination of young children beginning at birth, because they are at the highest risk of remaining infected,” said Ward, director of the CDC’s viral hepatitis division.“And if they become infected, 25 per cent of them will die of hepatitis B if they’re not diagnosed and managed and treated in later life.”There is no overall cure for the disease, added Janssen, though medications can suppress replication of the virus in the liver, helping to limit damage.About five per cent of those being treated are able to eradicate the virus from their bodies, but the rest must take the drugs for the remainder of their lives, he said.— Follow @SherylUbelacker on Twitter.last_img read more

Teen arrested in TroisRivieres beating that was filmed shared onlineTeen arrested in TroisRivieres beating that was filmed shared online

first_imgTROIS-RIVIERES, Que. – A Quebec teenager has been arrested after another teen was beaten in an attack filmed and shared on social media.The suspect is expected to be arraigned today in Quebec youth court in the city of Trois-Rivieres, located about halfway between Montreal and Quebec City.Trois-Rivieres police Sgt. Luc Mongrain says the teen faces charges of assault causing bodily harm and theft of less than $5,000.The 16-year-old victim told reporters he was sitting on a bench Friday when a young man asked to fight him.He said he refused and told the other teen he’d done nothing wrong and didn’t know him.The victim said after regaining consciousness, passersby ignored him for nearly 15 minutes as he asked for assistance.last_img read more

Five boaters reported missing on Lake Winnipeg found safe Manitoba RCMPFive boaters reported missing on Lake Winnipeg found safe Manitoba RCMP

first_imgPINE DOCK, Man. – Manitoba RCMP say five boaters who were reported missing on Lake Winnipeg have been found safe.Mounties had been scouring the lake for four women and one man who were in an aluminum boat.They left Pine Dock, Man., on Friday evening but didn’t arrive as expected in Poplar River, 350 kilometres north of Winnipeg.The group was reported missing on Saturday.RCMP say they had several boats in the water, as well as a float plane from Norway House, searching for the group.Helicopters were also used in the search and a Hercules plane had been deployed from CFB Trenton in Ontario.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version said the group left Pine Dock on Saturday.last_img read more

Danny Williams wont be facing sanctions for his softball teams role inDanny Williams wont be facing sanctions for his softball teams role in

first_imgST. CROIX, N.S. – Former Newfoundland and Labrador premier Danny Williams will not be facing sanctions for his small role in a weekend dustup in rural Nova Scotia between two men’s softball teams, one of which he happens to own.Mike Branchaud, a spokesman for Softball Canada, confirmed Williams was on the field Saturday night in St. Croix, N.S., soon after a collision between two opposing players at home plate in the first inning.Branchaud said the famously pugnacious former premier was “part of the team staff there.”Williams’s Newfoundland Galway Hitmen were competing with the B.C. Sooke Loggers in the 2018 Men’s Canadian Fast Pitch Championship, which the Hitmen won.Soon after the collision, a few punches were thrown, most of the Hitmen left their bench and there was a brief flurry of pushing and shoving on the infield.A video taken from behind home plate shows Hitmen managers walking briskly onto the field, but none of them appear to take part in the fighting.“It lasted probably a whole 20 seconds — the actual shoving,” said Branchaud. “Both teams were given warnings and a strict talking-to … No staff members were involved. It was strictly players.”A few Newfoundland players were ejected from the game and the Loggers’ catcher received a game suspension.“It was an unfortunate incident and it was dealt with accordingly,” said Branchaud. “A lot of players patched things up that evening.”last_img read more

Compensation for denied boarding flight delays included in draft air passenger billCompensation for denied boarding flight delays included in draft air passenger bill

first_imgOTTAWA – If you get bumped from a flight because of something like overbooking or left sitting in a plane on the tarmac, you could find yourself with a hefty cheque.The federal government has announced draft regulations for the new air passenger bill of rights. It includes compensation of up to $1,000 for delays and cancellations due to issues in an airline’s control.“So if there are matters like overbooking, a flight is cancelled because of low sales, that would entitle you to compensation,” NEWS 1130 Parliament Hill Reporter Cormac Mac Sweeney explains. “Although, if there are safety issues, such as a mechanical problem with an engine or if it is weather-related, you would not be entitled to that kind of compensation.”Anyone who is denied boarding a flight because of something like overbooking could be compensated up to $2,400 under these new regulations.Here are some of the highlights of the draft air passenger bill of rights. This is the press release #cdnpoli— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) December 17, 2018According to the feds, the amount of compensation will vary depending on the size of the airline, as well as the impact on your travel plans.“In Europe, there are no criteria, none whatsoever,” Transport Minister Marc Garneau says. “There is no maximum time. In the United States, it’s three hours for domestic flights and it’s four hours for international flights.”In this country, compensation will be based on a sliding scale.“If it’s a delay that’s considered to be within the carrier’s responsibility, then after three hours there is a certain amount that you must be compensated,” Garneau adds. “After six hours, it’s a greater amount and after nine hours it’s a greater amount.”Transport Minister @MarcGarneau unveiling the draft regulations for the air passenger bill of rights. Includes compensation of up to $1000 for delays and cancellations due to issues in airline’s control. Up to $2400 for denied boarding for something like overbooking #cdnpoli— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) December 17, 2018If an airline loses your luggage, the proposed bill would see airlines offer compensation, as well as a refund of any baggage fees.Other proposed regulations include an obligation for airlines to provide passengers with food, drink, and accommodation when flights are delayed, as well as a requirement for airlines to “communicate in a simple, clear way with passengers regarding their rights and recourses, and provide the reasons for flight delays and cancellations.”“Canadian air passenger regulations will apply to all air carriers flying into the country — they don’t have to be Canadian, by the way — out of the country, or across the country,” Garneau adds.If an airline does not comply with regulations that are agreed upon, they can face penalties of up to $25,000.The federal government is giving airlines 60 days to weigh in on the new proposed rules before moving forward.Public input is also required before the rules are finalized. The Canadian Transportation Agency hopes to have the new rules in place by July 1, 2019.last_img read more

Wild goose chase bird spending winter at Winnipeg car wash evades captureWild goose chase bird spending winter at Winnipeg car wash evades capture

first_imgWINNIPEG — A wildlife group in Winnipeg isn’t giving up on a real-life wild goose chase.Staff and volunteers with the Wildlife Haven Rehabilitation Centre have been trying for weeks to catch a Canada goose that has made a car wash its home for the winter.Animal care co-ordinator Tiffany Lui says she suspects the bird has an injured wing and was unable to fly south with its feathered friends.Workers have tried using nets and bed sheets to catch the animal but it has just enough strength to fly above their heads and out of reach.Lui says the goose is getting water from puddles left by vehicles exiting the car wash and people who have heard about the bird have also left it food.She says if the bird is captured, it will be cared for at the centre with four other geese, four ducks and two pelicans that also didn’t make it south.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Boy George Selects Safe Kids Worldwide As His Charity On The NewBoy George Selects Safe Kids Worldwide As His Charity On The New

first_imgBoy George, Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, and lead vocalist for the pop band Culture Club, will compete to raise money and awareness for Safe Kids Worldwide on “The New Celebrity Apprentice.”The show will premiere January 2 at 8 p.m. EST on NBC and ends with the finale on February 13.“We’re very excited that Boy George selected Safe Kids as his charity on ‘The New Celebrity Apprentice.’ The show will certainly be entertaining to all, with the added benefit of raising awareness of just how important it is to protect kids from injuries,” said Kate Carr, president and CEO of Safe Kids Worldwide. “An accidental injury is the number one cause of death of children in the United States. Boy George – as one of the most iconic artists of our time – will help us reach millions of families with the information they need to protect their kids on the move, at home and at play.”“My heart breaks every time I hear a story of a child dying from a preventable injury,” said Boy George. “These types of tragedies do not have to happen. That’s why I want to work with Safe Kids to protect kids everywhere.”The eighth season of “The New Celebrity Apprentice” will be hosted by former California governor and international movie superstar Arnold Schwarzenegger. Sixteen celebrities are set to compete for their favorite charities and the title of Celebrity Apprentice. Over the course of the series, “The Celebrity Apprentice” has raised more than $15 million for charity. This season’s winner will receive a $250,000 check to give to their designated charity.last_img read more

Drake shocks Toronto crowd with concert for Canada 150Drake shocks Toronto crowd with concert for Canada 150

first_imgAdvertisement Nathan Phillips Square has held concerts and fireworks every night since Friday for the Canada Day celebrations. Drake took the stage at Nathan Phillips Square on Sunday night as part of the city’s Canada 150 celebrations. Twitter Monday is the last night for the shows with Canadian rapper Belly headlining the finale at 10 p.m. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment During the concert, the Toronto singer celebrated the country’s Indigenous people and their land.center_img Login/Register With: Advertisement TORONTO — Canadian rap artist Drake has made a surprise appearance at a free Toronto concert. Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

Drake launches Toronto restaurant Pick 6ix pal LeBron James hosts preopening bashDrake launches Toronto restaurant Pick 6ix pal LeBron James hosts preopening bash

first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The rapper’s new restaurant and bar, Pick 6ix Restaurant, was set to officially open Wednesday night. Pick 6ix is located on the southern stretch of tourist-friendly Yonge Street, steps from Union Station, the financial district and the Air Canada Centre, home to the Raptors. Twitter Advertisement Facebook Advertisement TORONTO — Drake fans in Toronto have a new spot in “the 6ix” to hit for possible sightings of the hip hop superstar and his famous pals. On Tuesday, Drake welcomed basketball star LeBron James to the venue, where the NBA player hosted a birthday party for his Cleveland Cavaliers teammate Dwyane Wade. The Cavaliers are in town to face the Toronto Raptors on Thursday. A press release notes that other attendees at the pre-opening bash included OVO Chubbs, DJ Charlie B, DJ Meel, Baka Not Nice, DJ Steph Floss, and Future The Prince. The new eatery — adorned in black and gold, according to promotional photos of the birthday bash — joins Drake’s other favourite restaurant hangout, Fring’s, owned by his business partner Angelo Ferraro and the family of celebrity chef Susur Lee.last_img read more