Royal Canadian Mint issues coin commemorating Nunavuts 20th anniversary

first_imgVANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Canada’s newest territory is now two decades old and the Royal Canadian Mint has issued a collector coin in honour of Nunavut’s anniversary.The coin is made of 99.99 per cent pure gold mined at facilities near Baker Lake and Hope Bay.It features the drummer design by Germaine Arnaktauyok that was on the $2 coin when Nunavut became a territory in 1999.Only 1,500 coins are being minted, and it will cost $360 to buy one.last_img

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NETFLIX CANADA USERS TOLD TO BEWARE OF PHISHING SCAM

first_imgNetflix Canada is warning subscribers to be wary of a scam.The company says on its website that some Canadian users are receiving “suspicious” texts and emails asking for their login details.The fake messages tell subscribers their Netflix access has been suspended due to a payment issue and direct them to a fake Netflix website that asks for their credit card information. Advertisement Unlike many scams, the fake Netflix website appears very similar to the real company’s web page. There are images from some of Netflix’s most popular series, including The Crown.Netflix recommends users avoid clicking the link sent in the email or text, and reporting the message through the help section of their official website. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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MUSICAL THEATRE TEACHER BEING REMEMBERED IN TORONTO FOR NURTURING TALENTS OF MANY

first_img Facebook Paul Aikins, longtime musical theatre teacher at Etobicoke School of the Arts, died on the weekend. Family, friends and students are paying tribute to him on social media. (Facebook) A beloved musical theatre teacher who died suddenly on the weekend is being remembered for nurturing the talents of many young people at an arts high school in Toronto.Paul Aikins, 54, a teacher and director in the musical theatre department at the Etobicoke School of the Arts (ESA), died on Saturday.In a message on the school website, ESA principal Grant Fawthrop said the school is “grief-stricken” by the news of Aikins’ death. ESA is a specialized public arts-academic high school. Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img “Paul’s impact at ESA, our music theatre program, and its many students was enormous. This loss to our community hurts deeply and it will for sometime,” Fawthrop writes.Aikins worked at ESA for the past 20 years and was a department head for 10 years. He was artistic director of the school’s show choir Splash, named national grand champions five times.‘He did what he taught and he taught what he did’Heather Bambrick, a jazz vocalist, performer and educator, described Aikins as a “powerhouse” in an interview on CBC Radio’s Metro Morning. Aikins, her friend and colleague, was “driven” and “fun-loving,” she said. Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

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Christine Wood met accused killer on dating site court hears

first_imgBrittany HobsonAPTN NewsOn the last night Christine Wood was seen she allegedly went to meet her accused killer after making contact through an online dating site, a Winnipeg courtroom heard on the first day of the trial into her death.In opening remarks crown attorney Chantal Boutin told the jury Wood went to Brett Overby’s home on the night of Aug. 19, 2016 and it was “a meeting she would never return,” from.Overby is charged with second-degree murder. He has pleaded not guilty.Boutin said evidence presented over the course of the trial “will be difficult to see and hear.”“Her remains would uncover the truth about how she died- violently,” she told the jury.But, ultimately evidence will not determine the why, “people do things for any number of reasons often known only to them,” said Boutin.Melinda Wood, Christine’s mother, was the first to testify Tuesday morning. Clutching an eagle feather Melinda recalled the last night she saw her daughter alive.On Aug. 19, 2016 Wood left a Winnipeg hotel around 9 p.m. Prior to leaving the 21-year-old told her parents she was going to meet up with some friends.Shortly before 10:30 p.m. that night Melinda texted her daughter, “are you coming to sleep here?”She told the court she never received a response. Two days later Christine’s parents filed a missing person report with Winnipeg Police.Brett Overby, charged with second-degree murderThe Wood family was visiting Winnipeg from their home community of Bunibonibee Cree Nation, approximately 950 km north of the city, at the time of Christine’s disappearance.Melinda was escorting her mother on a medical appointment and was staying in a hotel. She says Christine went to the city at the end of July and was staying with some friends. When the family arrived around Aug. 13, Christine stayed with them in the hotel.It would be another 10 months before her body was found. In early June 2017 a farmer found the remains of Christine in a shallow grave outside the city.During testimony Melinda said she was very close to her daughter and it was unusual not to hear from her everyday.Christine had moved to Winnipeg in 2014 to attend university where she studied business administration.Melinda said during this time Christine would text her everyday.Melinda testified she had concerns about Christine living in the city alone because, “things happen in the city,” but said she never had concerns about her using drugs or drinking.In the afternoon court heard from one of the police officers assigned to Christine’s missing persons’ case.Detective Jean Guy-Roy said during the course of the investigation police followed Christine’s electronic footprint by tracking her cellphone and social media accounts.Investigators eventually retrieved Facebook messages Christine sent in the early morning hours of Aug. 20, 2016. They were able to determine the messages were sent from Overby’s home in the North End based off of his IP address.Guy-Roy said Christine sent two messages looking for drugs.The crown introduced Guy-Roy and his partner’s first interaction with Overby into evidence. In early January 2017 Overby was called for an informal sit-down interview with police.In the nearly 90-minute video police questioned Overby on his dating habits, drug use and whereabouts the summer Christine went missing.Overby admitted to meeting women on dating sites and specifically referred to PlentyofFish as one he used.A half hour into the interview police told Overby he was asked to come in because his home was connected to Christine.“What we have here Christine wood logged into her FB account through your IP address,” one of the officers said.Overby responded in confusion saying he did not know Christine and had never met her.Toward the end of the interview police asked Overby, “did you kill Christine Wood?”“No, I don’t know who she is,” Overby responded.The trial is expected to run for two weeks.Bhobson@aptn.calast_img read more

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NBC wins ratings week narrows seasons gap with CBS

first_imgLOS ANGELES, Calif. – Powered by football and “The Voice,” NBC won a second consecutive weekly ratings contest and narrowed the gap with front-runner CBS among total viewers for the TV season so far.For the year to date, NBC has climbed within 902,000 viewers of CBS, the narrowest gap in 15 years, according to Nielsen figures released Tuesday. Longtime leader CBS has drawn 9.9 million viewers compared to NBC’s 9 million.Networks usually tout their showing among advertiser-favoured young adults ages 18 to 49, but staying competitive among all viewers is important as broadcasters divvy up the pie with expanding cable and streaming outlets.NBC’s Thanksgiving week winners included NFL games, the sophomore drama “This Is Us” and two helpings of talent show “The Voice.”Viewers also sampled holiday cheer, with ABC’s “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” the highest-ranked entry with 6.68 million viewers.For the week of Nov. 20 to 26, NBC averaged 8.6 million viewers in prime time. CBS had 6.96 million, ABC had 5.37 million, Fox had 2.96 million, Univision had 1.43 million, CW had 1.31 million, ION Television had 1.28 million and Telemundo had 1.19 million.ESPN was the most-watched cable network, averaging 3.23 million viewers in prime time and posting cable’s No. 1 show with the NFL contest between the Seahawks and the Falcons.Hallmark, buoyed by its slate of holiday movies, was close behind with 3.11 million, while Fox News Channel had 1.72 million.ABC’s “World News Tonight” remained the evening news champion, averaging 8.56 million viewers. NBC’s “Nightly News” had 8.08 million and the “CBS Evening News” had 6.42 million.For the week of Nov 20-26, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships: NFL Sunday Night Football: Green Bay at Pittsburgh, NBC, 18.95 million; NFL Thursday Night Football: New York at Washington, NBC, 16.91 million; “Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kick,” NBC, 13.32 million; “NCIS,” CBS, 12.54 million; “60 Minutes,” CBS, 12.23 million; “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS, 12.13 million; “Thursday Night NFL Pre-Kick,” NBC, 11.44 million; “Young Sheldon,” CBS, 11.43 million; NFL Football: Atlanta at Seattle, ESPN, 10.82 million; “Dancing With the Stars” (Monday), ABC, 10.15 million.ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Co. CBS is owned by CBS Corp. CW is a joint venture of Warner Bros. Entertainment and CBS Corp. Fox is owned by 21st Century Fox. NBC and Telemundo are owned by Comcast Corp. ION Television is owned by ION Media Networks.___Online:http://www.nielsen.comlast_img read more

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Failing to address harassment allegations can cost employers

first_imgCOLUMBUS, Ohio – When it comes to sexual harassment allegations, no employer wants to find itself in the position an Indiana university was in during the 1990s, when a woman complained to a senior administrator that the school’s chancellor had groped her.“Oh, no, not again,” said the administrator at Indiana University’s South Bend campus.A jury awarded the woman $800,000.Although a judge later slashed that to $50,000, the message was clear: Failing to address allegations of sexual misconduct in the workplace can have expensive legal consequences for employers.“You don’t have to fire people necessarily, but doing nothing is usually not helpful,” said Camille Hebert, an employment discrimination professor at the Ohio State law school.Earlier this year, a former University of California, Santa Cruz student who alleges she was raped by a professor settled her claim against the university system for $1.15 million over what she says was its failure to address previous allegations of sexual harassment and sexual violence by the faculty member.It is with that reality in mind that companies are swiftly firing powerful men accused of misbehaviour and taking a zero-tolerance attitude toward such wrongdoing. But whether a no-mercy approach is a good idea is a matter of debate.While businesses are usually within their rights to swiftly fire employees accused of misconduct, as was done this week with former “Today” show host Matt Lauer and former “Prairie Home Companion” personality Garrison Keillor, such actions can also backfire, legal experts say. For example, they say, women who just want the harassment to stop and don’t want to see anyone get fired might hesitate to come forward.Philadelphia-based employment attorney Jon Segal said zero tolerance for harassment is important, but the consequences should be commensurate with the offence and should include steps short of firing, such as mandatory training, suspension or demotion.“You don’t want to send the message to people that if there is an allegation and it’s found to be true, it’s automatic termination,” Segal said.For employees who choose to sue, the timeframe can be short for raising the allegation: 300 days if employees want to sue in federal court. States often have more generous deadlines — six years in Ohio, for example — and fewer caps on financial damages.Time limits don’t mean lawsuits can’t be brought over older complaints of harassment. For example, employees can argue that a recent incident within the 300-day limit allows them to revisit an older complaint outside that window.Employers can also inadvertently breathe new life into old complaints by threatening employees with retaliation.“That is very high on the list of dumb moves for employers to make,” said Washington-based labour attorney Richard Seymour.Last year, a federal appeals court agreed that an Illinois circuit board company retaliated against a woman who brought sexual harassment allegations by firing her. She was awarded $300,000, even though her actual harassment claims were dismissed.Employers can also take actions they think are fixing a problem but often end up hurting them in court, such as transferring a woman who complained of harassment but not the man who harassed her.As new allegations crop up daily, labour attorneys say they are already hearing of a troubling trend: men unwilling to interact with female co-workers for fear of saying or doing the wrong thing.Such behaviour is a mistake since it contributes to a new form of discrimination by putting opportunities for women out of reach, experts say.“The answer to no sexual harassment isn’t polarizing the workforce into male versus female camps. That would be the very definition of sex discrimination,” said Washington labour attorney Deborah Kelly.But Hebert, the Ohio State law professor, is skeptical of men who say they’re worried about getting accused.“Most men understand the difference,” she said. “I always say, ‘If you’d feel uncomfortable with it happening to your daughter or your wife, maybe you shouldn’t be doing it.’”___Andrew Welsh-Huggins can be reached on Twitter at https://twitter.com/awhcolumbus. His work can be found at http://bigstory.ap.org/content/andrew-welsh-hugginslast_img read more

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Spy agencies to explore Facebook data scandal as Canada hints at tougher

first_imgOTTAWA – The Trudeau government is turning to its spy agency and high-tech cybersleuths to ensure the privacy rights of Canadians are being protected as revelations swirl about Facebook data being exploited for political gain.And Scott Brison, the acting minister for democratic institutions, also said Tuesday he would be open to strengthening federal privacy laws even further to better defend those who share their information online.Federal privacy commissioner Daniel Therrien, meanwhile, formally launched an investigation to determine whether any personal information of Canadians was affected by the alleged unauthorized access to Facebook user profiles.Brison was responding to revelations by Canadian data expert Christopher Wylie, who is accusing data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica of improperly obtaining private data from Facebook users in order to help advance Donald Trump’s campaign efforts ahead of the U.S. election.Policy-makers around the world are grappling with the implications following media reports that data collected by Facebook and other social-media companies is being harvested and used to influence elections.Recent reports by The New York Times and The Observer of London say Trump’s 2016 campaign hired Cambridge Analytica, which crunched private information it inappropriately collected from the Facebook profiles of more than 50 million users.Wylie, who worked for the federal Liberals about a decade ago, has said in media interviews that the company used the information to profile voters and has alleged the company took fake news to the next level. The company denies any wrongdoing.Facebook’s alleged data seepage has created worries in Canada, where the country’s largest provinces are set to go to the polls this year and a federal election sits on the horizon for 2019.“We’ve reached out as a department of democratic institutions to (the Communications Security Establishment) to ask them to do an analysis of these recent events and to consider other ways that we can further strengthen the protection of our democratic institutions,” Brison said.“Social media platforms have a responsibility to protect the privacy and personal data of citizens, and to protect the integrity of our electoral system where they operate.”Brison said he planned to meet with CSE and also the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), the national domestic spy service, to consider the global environment and assess threats to the electoral system and the protection of personal information.And while he said Canada already has strong privacy laws, Brison said he’d be open to making further changes if necessary.The government has also contacted Facebook to find out if any Canadians were among those affected by the data breach and to call on the company to explain how it will ensure this kind of event doesn’t happen again, said a spokeswoman for Brison.New Democrat MP Charlie Angus said Monday that if information giants like Facebook have the potential to distort the outcome of elections, they need to be held to account. He added that Facebook has a legal international responsibility to protect users’ information from bad actors looking to use it for nefarious purposes.“Facebook seems to have a very cavalier attitude towards the protection of private information,” Angus said.“What’s come out of the allegations against Cambridge Analytica was the ability to subvert Facebook to use the stories, the chats that people have, to create the perfect propaganda machine.”Angus said the time has come for the creation of a global framework to deal with social-media companies that hold vast stores of personal information —and he wants Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to raise the issue when Canada hosts the G7 summit in June.During question period Tuesday, Trudeau said he intends to do that and, indeed, has already had many discussions in the past with his G7 counterparts about privacy issues and democratic concerns related to social-media companies.The international uproar triggered earlier this week by Wylie had already motivated privacy watchdog Therrien to reach out to Facebook to determine whether the personal information of Canadians was affected and to offer to assist an investigation into the matter already launched by the U.K. information commissioner’s officeOn Tuesday, Therrien said he’s opened a formal investigation, which will focus on whether Canadians were affected and whether Facebook has complied with Canada’s federal private sector privacy law — the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act which requires meaningful, informed consent for the collection, use and disclosure of personal information.In a statement, Therrien noted that political parties are not covered by privacy laws even though they collect large amounts of highly personal information about citizens, such as details on how they vote, their age, religious and cultural backgrounds. The laws are “in urgent need of reform,” he said, reiterating his oft-repeated call for stronger privacy protection.Political parties in Canada have also used tools offered by Facebook to target advertisements to voters, however there’s no evidence of anything similar to the allegations around Cambridge Analytica.Facebook has denied the data collection was a breach because people knowingly provided their information. The company has said a University of Cambridge psychology professor accessed the information after he requested it from users who gave their consent when they chose to sign up for his test via a Facebook app.On Monday, Facebook said it hired a digital forensics firm to conduct a comprehensive audit of Cambridge Analytica to determine if the Facebook data the company collected still exists or if it’s been destroyed. Cambridge Analytica agreed to give the auditor complete access to its servers and systems, Facebook said.Newspaper reports have said Facebook first learned of the breach more than two years ago, but didn’t disclose it until now.Cambridge Analytica has “strongly denied” the allegations that it had improperly obtained Facebook data. It has also denied that the Facebook data was used by the Trump campaign.The company has also insisted Wylie was a contractor, not a founder, as he has claimed. Wylie, a 28-year-old from British Columbia, left the firm in 2014.Trump’s campaign has denied using the Cambridge Analytica’s data, saying it relied on the Republican National Committee for its information.Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter— with files from Associated Presslast_img read more

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Texas judge rules health care overhaul unconstitutional

first_imgFORT WORTH, Texas — A federal judge in Texas has ruled President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act unconstitutional.U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor ruled Friday that last year’s tax overhaul knocked the constitutional foundation from under the health care act dubbed by critics as “Obamacare.”O’Connor noted that the Supreme Court had ruled the law was constitutional only as an exercise of Congress’ power to tax, but last year’s bill eliminated that tax.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Province announces funding to redevelop Dawson Creek Hospital

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. – B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix was in Dawson Creek Wednesday to announce funding to redevelop the Dawson Creek Hospital.The redeveloped hospital will include a new inpatient building, a bigger emergency department, modern operating rooms and more beds.  Northern Health and the Province are now working on the business plan and finalizing the details of the redevelopment, which should take anywhere from 12 to 18 months. Once that has been completed, the project will go to construction in early 2021.With support from the local community, Northern Health has identified the hospital for renewal, as a priority, since 2008. The Dawson Creek and District Hospital Master Program and Master Plan was completed in December 2013. Northern Health submitted a concept plan for a redeveloped hospital in September 2015, but it did not receive consideration for advancement in the capital planning process. Upon request of the government, Northern Health provided an updated plan in March 2018. “I am proud to announce that the government has approved the concept plan to redevelop and expand the Dawson Creek and District Hospital. That means the project is a go and we are moving full steam ahead,” Dix said.“This day has been a long, long, long time coming. Our government approved this project so patients can receive public health-care services in updated, state-of-the-art surroundings. The South Peace region, its patients and health-care workers deserves nothing less.”“We’re so pleased to receive this announcement from the Province of B.C. that commits to improvements to our facility, services and care of patients at Dawson Creek and District Hospital,” said Colleen Nyce, Northern Health board chair. “This project will support our pledge to take a person- and family-centred approach to everything we do in a modern and up-to-date setting.”“The Peace River Regional Hospital District joins in celebrating that the much-needed improvements to Dawson Creek and District Hospital are moving forward,” said Brad Sperling, Peace River Regional Hospital District chair. “A redeveloped and expanded hospital in Dawson Creek will ensure that health-care services meet the needs of our residents well into the future. I would like thank the City of Dawson Creek and the PRRD board of directors for working together with the Province to see this much-needed project come to reality.”last_img read more

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15 Bert Bowes Students surprised by West Jet

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Members of ‘Students for Change” at Bert Bowes Middle school were surprised with flights to an upcoming event in Vancouver for WE Day.West Jet, working with the ‘WE’ organization, chose these students to receive this incentive as Bert Bowes students showed excellent local and global work during the last school year. West Jet and ‘WE’ want to give deserving students from rural and remote communities the opportunity to participate in this inspiring day.WE Day, held in Vancouver on November 22nd, is for Changemakers, this is a powerful experience that brings youth and students together to participate and be inspired by world-renowned speakers and performers The announcement was made in the school’s library where the chairs were set like rows in an airplane with the projector set at the front, as the students entered the room each was handed a boarding pass and told to take a seat.  The presentation started, it was styled like a safety instructional video as seen on an aircraft.The presentation would reveal to the students that they had been chosen by West Jet to receive these flights and would also be given an upgraded experience for their trip to the WE Day celebration.  This would include upgraded accommodation as well as being on the floor of the event rather than Stadium seating.Also included in the upgrade, is the invitation for student Brianna Rogerson to be on stage. As the spokesperson for Bert Bowes ‘Students for Change’ she will share with all the attendees of the WE Day Celebrations what their school has done to create change. Rogerson was chosen for this position as she has given years of service to her group and her leadership skills to help the group earn WE day tickets.Bert Bowes started WE School campaigns within the school in 2012, to raise awareness of global and local issues, creating change, and commitment.  The WE organization website says ‘When we come together we can create a better world. Through a positive social change in the community and around the world.’ This is a movement to inspire youth to act and they can make a change in their world.Student Brianna Rogerson travels from the Education Learning Centre (ELC) campus to participate with the “Student to Change’ group.  She says “last year we took the bus and were gone from the school for a week and this time it will be two days which will be a help” Rogerson goes on to say “It’s so much different from last year, like we were up on the balcony seats and I kind of thought, I wish one day Bert Bowes gets the chance to go on the floor with all the schools and to have this happen the next year it’s like amazing, it’s like a dream come true.”last_img read more

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MP Ghost patients in hospital SC bars it from admitting students

first_imgNew Delhi: In a real life plot resembling the Sanjay Dutt starrer film Munna Bhai MBBS, a medical college in Bhopal allegedly admitted fake and ghost patients to comply with minimum requirements of Medical Council of India, a CBI inquiry has found.On the basis of the findings of the agency, the Supreme Court has barred RKDF Medical College Hospital and Research Centre from admissions in its first year MBBS course for the next two years 2018-19 and 2019-20. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!The apex court has also directed its Secretary General to initiate prosecution against the Dean of the college S S Kushwaha and imposed a penalty of Rs 5 crore for playing fraud on it. The apex court has directed the college to refund the fee paid by the students for the academic year 2017-19 along with a compensation of Rs one lakh to each student. The inquiry found that the college misled the Supreme Court by manipulating and filing of fabricated records. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killed”The assertion made by the college regarding the genuineness of the patients in the hospital turned out to be false in the enquiry conducted by the Committee which was comprised of the officers of the CBI and medical experts,” an official said. The Central Government and Medical Council of India had highlighted before the Supreme Court gross mal-practices in the college and inadequate infrastructure and patients to impart education to MBBS students. This was contested by the college which had challenged the report of the Government and the MCI. In order to verify the allegations against the college, the Supreme Court in 2017 had constituted a committee headed by a senior officer deputed by the CBI Director and two doctors of the AIIMS recommended by the AIIMS Director. The CBI registered a preliminary enquiry and submitted its report before the Supreme Court last year which included opinion of AIIMS doctors. “The Committee exposes the evil design of the college in resorting to deceitful methods to cheat the authorities concerned and this court to secure permission for admission of students. Apart from the prosecution of the Dean, the college is liable to be suitably punished for committing perjury,” the court said. The MCI in its inspection in 2015 had found that the college, for the purpose of granting admission for 2014-15, admitted fake patients and others who were without any significant illness. The matter went to number of litigations in various courts before Supreme Court constituted a committee under the CBI to look into the claims of the hospital in 2017. The allegation was corroborated by the Supreme Court appointed committee comprising CBI officer and AIIMS doctors which went through medical sheets of 436 patients shown to be admitted in the hospital in September 2017 when it carried out inspection. During inspection it found that the number of patients was abysmally low while medical files were not in conformity with the actual number of patients. Going through records collected by the committee, Surgical disciplines Professor in AIIMS went through 96 medical sheets of the patients on bed in 2017 and raised serious doubts over “genuineness of the patients actually admitted”. Similar views were expressed by AIIMS experts in Gynaecology, Oral surgery, Ophthalmic sciences, dermatology, Paediatrics, General medicine, orthopaedics and ENT departments. The experts found the spectrum of patients shown to be admitted by college as inadequate for MBBS education. After the report was filed before the Supreme Court, the college gave an unconditional apology to the apex court requesting to give a quietus to the matter. “The brazen manner in which the college has indulged in relying upon manipulated records to mislead this court for the purpose of getting favourable order deserves to be dealt with a serious manner,” the Supreme Court said. The court said it has noticed a disturbing trend of some medical colleges in projecting fake faculty and patients for obtaining permission for admission of students.alast_img read more

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Biggest outage hits Facebook Instagram users worldwide

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO: Facebook grappled on Thursday with a widespread outage, forcing millions of people to taste life without the world’s largest social media platform. It was probably the last thing Facebook needed as it stumbles from problem to problem, including outrage over its use of customers’ private data. The outage began Wednesday afternoon and triggered a flood of gripes on downdetector.com, which tracks trouble accessing online pages, and on rival Twitter. A Downdetector map late on Wednesday showed Facebook service troubles persisting in parts of Australia, Asia, Europe, South America and North America. As of early Thursday the problem remained in parts of Europe and Asia, although moaning from America and else where kept coming. “You guys should look in the mirror at yourselves and hear how you sound,” a person with the handle Johanna wrote on Downdetector.last_img read more

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Tonup Rizwan guides Pak to 2847 in 2nd ODI

first_imgSharjah: Wicket-keeping batsman Mohammad Rizwan hit a maiden hundred to guide Pakistan to 284-7 in the second one-day international against Australia in the United Arab Emirates on Sunday. The 30-year-old knocked 11 boundaries in his 115 total as Pakistan — who won the toss and batted — once again failed to crack the 300-mark on a flat Sharjah stadium pitch. Rizwan, only playing because regular keeper and skipper Sarfraz Ahmed has been rested for the series — added 52 for the third wicket with Haris Sohail (34) and an invaluable 127 for the fifth wicket with stand-in captain Shoaib Malik. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhAustralia lead the five-match series 1-0 after winning the first game, played at the same venue, by eight wickets on Friday. Pakistan lost opener Imam-ul-Haq without scoring off the fifth ball of the innings from fast bowler Jhye Richardson. Shan Masood (19) and Sohail — who scored his maiden hundred in the first game on Friday — took the total to 35 when Richardson struck again, getting Masood caught at short mid-wicket. But Richardson took 2-16 in his five overs and fell awkwardly in the outfield and left the field in the 11th over. Initial reports suggests he dislocated his shoulder and is doubtful for the remaining three matches. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterRizwan, though, lifted Pakistan after Umar Akaml fell for 16, caught off spinner Nathan Lyon. Rizwan improved on his previous best of 75 not out, against Zimbabwe at Harare four years ago and completed his hundred with a single off 114 balls. He fell to Nathan Coulter-Nile to a boundary catch. Nile finished with 2-52. Malik also smashed three boundaries and a six before falling in the 45th over. Pakistan replaced experienced fast bowler Mohammad Amir with rookie Mohammad Hasnain for his first match while Australia remained unchanged.last_img read more

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Cops to probe role of doctors kin in Amherst Street gold loot

first_imgKolkata: The Amherst Street police is examining the role of a relativeof the doctor at the Vishudhanand Saraswati Marwari Hospital in the alleged loot of some silver articles and gold jewellery at the doctor’s Amherst Street residence on February 24. Police officers recovered a major chunk of the articles of silver and some gold ornaments from Sodepur in North 24 Parganas on Saturday night though no one has been arrested in this connection. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaOn the incident day, the doctor’s relative had alleged loot at knife-point by two persons and claimed that she was alone with her 8-year-old nephew when the criminals looted the residence. She claimed that her nephew was fast asleep when the crime was committed. However, the probe in the case and the recovery has revealed that the doctor’s relative is very likely to have hidden the gold and silver articles herself and a fabricated story of the loot. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayShe had allegedly sold them to a jeweller based in Sodepur in North 24 Parganas from where the police officers recovered a portion of the booty. “It seems to be simply an incident of theft and no loot. We are questioning some people in this connection to fix up the offender,” an investigating officer said. A police source revealed that the doctor’s relative , who is the prime suspect in the case, had been practising black magic for which she needed money. So she deliberately planned the whole episode, the source said. The complaint at the police station stated that the loot continued for 25 minutes and the duo had threatened to kill the victim’s nephew. The two were masked so the victim could not identify them. The police had suspected the role of some insider in the incident from the very beginning.last_img read more

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Kangana Ranaut exits Anurag Basus Imali

first_imgMumbai: Actor Kangana Ranaut has opted out of filmmaker Anurag Basu’s next “Imali” as she wants to focus more on her directorial venture. The project, which will also feature Rajkummar Rao, would have marked her third collaboration with Basu after her debut “Gangster” and “Life in a Metro”. The actor said “Imali” was supposed to go on floors in November 2018 but she had to direct and reshoot “Manikarnika”, so the film was pushed. “Anurag and I have spoken about it. I feel extremely bad because ‘Imali’ was giving me an opportunity to work with my mentor again, but I’m on the verge of announcing my own film in a few weeks from now. That has taken a lot of my time and I have conveyed it to Anurag, who understood my situation,” she said in a statement. The actor said her focus right now is on her next directorial. “We will work together at some point. ‘Imali’ is a beautiful love story and we can do that later. But right now, my focus is on my next directorial venture.” Kangana is currently working on three films — “Mental Hai Kya”, “Panga” and the recently announced Jayalalithaa biopic.last_img read more

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Gurugram candidate AAP to pick among three

first_imgGurugram: The decision on the candidates of AAP is expected to be taken on April 16, the date in which its alliance partner Jan Nayak Janata Party will announce its candidates. With strong voters base, it is believed that Gurugram will be certainly one out of three crucial seats where the AAP will field its candidates.According to insiders, the party’s Nuh district president Anees Khan was the front-runner for the Gurugram seat until the alliance came through. Changing political dynamics after the formation of the alliance, however, have compelled the party to reconsider its options. Three new names, who have contested elections from the Gurgaon seat in the past as members of other political parties, are among the front-runners for the seat this time, party members familiar with the matter said. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderAll three potential candidates are from different regions of the state. One is from Rewari, while the other two are from Mewat and Gurugram respectively. “All three names being discussed are strong leaders. They have been associated with electoral politics, and have contested elections from Gurugram in the past,” said a party leader, who did not wish to be named. One of the three potential candidates is a Muslim face who enjoys positive traction among voters in Mewat, a party member said. A conference call with the three candidates was arranged on Saturday to discuss details. The final list of candidates is expected to be released by April 16. “We have formed a joint action committee to finalise who will contest from which constituency. Talks are underway and the final word will be out in two or three days,” Sudhir Yadav, the party’s Haryana spokesperson, said.last_img read more

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Princess Lalla Salma Chairs Signing Ceremony of Draft Agreement to Offer

Rabat – Princess Lalla Salma, chairwoman of the Lalla Salma Foundation for Cancer Prevention and Treatment, chaired, on Thursday in Rabat at the Sheikha Fatma Center in the National Oncology Institute, the signing ceremony of a draft agreement between the Foundation and Morocco’s Roche Laboratories (Roche Maroc) to help poor patients get innovative medicines.“Initiated in 2009, the access program enables disadvantaged patients to get anti-cancer therapies meeting international standards. This program helped over 1,500 patients yearly to benefit from Roche innovative therapies,” said a statement by the Lalla Salma Foundation.The renewal of the draft agreement was inked by secretary general of the said Foundation Latifa El Abida, Dr. Peter Hug, Roche director for eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa, Dr. Bart Vanhauwere, director general for Morocco and north Africa and Sanaa Sayagh, pharmaceutical director for Morocco. “We are glad of this sustainable partnership which will enable Roche Maroc to contribute to the development of oncology and facilitate the access of Moroccan patients to our innovative products against breast cancer and other types of cancer,” said Peter Hug.“We hope to continue bringing our support, under the national anti-cancer plan, in the fields of clinical research, training of health professional, diagnosis and awareness-raising,” he added.Following the signing ceremony, Princess Lalla Salma visited, along with Peter Hug, Bart Vanhauwere and Sanaa Sayagh, the pharmacy of the Sheikha Fatma Center and the central unit for chemotherapy drugs. HRH Princess Lalla Salma also visited cancer inpatients.With MAP read more

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Two Girls Accused of Homosexuality Acquitted by Marrakech Court

Casablanca — Hajar and Sanae, aged 16 and 17, who were arrested in October on charges of homosexuality, were finally deemed innocent by Marrakech court today.The two girls were arrested on October 27 after a passerby caught them kissing on a Marrakech terrace. After a few days in detention, the girls were granted temporary release pending the court’s ruling. At 10:30 AM today, the court announced that the two girls were innocent and free to go. Following their October arrest, the two girls had received support from a variety of Moroccan organizations, including the Aswat Collective, Akalyat and the Free Feminist Union. An international LGBT rights organization, All Out, also got involved and partnered up with said Moroccan organizations to launch and online petition and postcard campaign in support of the two girls.  The petition, which addressed Morocco’s minister of justice and the minister of interior, called on Moroccan authorities to release the girls and all others convicted on charges of homosexuality. It was able to collect more than 103,000 signatures.In response to the December 9 verdict, All Out team member Mathias Wasik told Morocco World News, “This is a huge victory for LGBT rights in Morocco, one day ahead of the International Human Rights Day. Thanks to brave Moroccan activists and more than 103,000 All Out members from all around the world, the girls are free.”“But this can only be the beginning,” he adds. “The girls should never have been charged in the first place. We will continue urging Moroccan authorities to free all other prisoners who were convicted only because of their sexual orientation, to abolish article 489 of the Moroccan penal code, and to guarantee and protect civil liberties and the right to privacy to all citizens.”Meanwhile, Ibtissame “Betty” Lachgar, spokesperson and co-founder of MALI, the Alternative Movement for Individual Liberties, tells MWN that “activism, struggle and international pressure always pay off. But we must not forget that the crime the two young girls were arrested for will leave a legal trail that will not be erased until they’re eighteen.”“We must abolish these laws that infringe on liberty and also do more work in terms of sex education in order to change mentalities. Sexuality is a taboo subject, but let’s not forget that sex outside of marriage and adultery are also condemned by Moroccan law. We need a feminist and sexual revolution!”Despite the girls’ release, the Moroccan law remains the same, and any person arrested on charges of homosexuality faces up to three years in prison and a fine of up to 1200 dirhams, as condemned by Article 489 of the Moroccan penal code. read more

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Snubbed by Renard Hakim Ziyech is Being Courted by English Clubs

Rabat – Many have predicted for Hakim Ziyech a bright future with the national Moroccan football squad.Such a talented young playmaker would have been of great help to “Atlas Lions”, who have been struggling for years to perform better and regain some pride.Moroccan team actually did so during the last African Cup of Nations when it reached the quarter finals for the first time in 13 years. But they just did so without Ziyech. The Ajax Amsterdam midfielder has been on fire lately, giving great performances with the Dutch club. But for some reason, he has been kept out of the national squad for some time.Ziyech is certainly the biggest Dutch football talent of Moroccan origins in the last few years.A playmaker with a talent similar to those great footballers who provide their teammates with important assists, thus, creating golden opportunities for them to score goals, the young star would have been major asset to the Moroccan team.This season he created more chances than any other player in Eredivisie (Dutch Football League), with 106 chances. His nearest challenger is PSV Eindhoven’s Davy Propper, who created only 67 chances.Yet, after several national games with the team, Ziyech has been snubbed by Hervé Renard, Morocco’s national team coach, who favored the more experienced Mbark Boussoufa over the younger Amsterdam midfielder.Being excluded from the squad he preferred over the Dutch national team left a bitter taste in Ziyech’s mouth, prompting him to say he would not play for Morocco again as long as Hervé Renard remains coach.Despite being snubbed by the French manager, Hakim Ziyech is being courted by European football clubs, especially in England.According to hitc.com , several English clubs such as Swansea City, Newcastle and Southampton all expressed interest in  the young Moroccan player.Moving to the English Premier League will be a greater opportunity for the Moroccan to showcase his talent.Giving more outstanding performance will certainly be hailed by Moroccan fans who like to celebrate one of their own. On the other hand, it will be bittersweet for all those wishing to see Hakim Ziyech perform even better with the Moroccan national team. read more

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Gabonese President Ali Bongo to Address Gabon from Rabat

Rabat – Gabonese President Ali Bongo Ondimba is expected to give a speech to the Gabonese nation on New Year’s Day from Rabat, AFP learned on Wednesday from a source close to Ali Bongo’s entourage. Bongo has been in Rabat since November 29 recovering from a stroke.It will be Bongo’s first speech since he was hospitalized in Saudi Arabia on October 24 after a stroke. Bongo spent a month in a hospital in Riyadh before transferring to Rabat. He was first cared for in Rabat’s military hospital, and then moved to a private residence where he is still recovering.Bongo’s extended absence has caused considerable uncertainty in Gabon. Three opposition parties called for Gabon to send an independent medical team to Rabat to determine whether Bongo can continue to perform his presidential duties.read Also: King Mohammed VI Visits Gabonese President Ali Bongo in HospitalA presidential source told AFP that the 59-year-old president is following from Rabat “all the important files of the country.”King Mohammed VI visited Bongo while he was in Rabat’s military hospital and expressed his wishes for a speedy recovery.If Gabon determines Bongo does not have the physical and intellectual ability to perform his duties, the president of the Senate, Lucie Milebou Mboussou, would act as interim president until a presidential election which would be called within a maximum period of 60 days.The Gabonese vice president, Pierre Claver Maganga Moussavou, acknowledged in early December that Ali Bongo had suffered a stroke, according to AFP. read more

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