New Delhi: A group of Karnataka BJP leaders met party president Amit Shah on Thursday as the party weighed its options following the fall of the Congress-JD(S) government in the state.The state BJP led by former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa is keen to stake claim to form the next government but is waiting for the central leadership’s nod for its next move. Karnataka BJP leaders, including Jagdish Shettar, Arvind Limbavali, Madhuswamy, Basavaraj Bommai and Yeddyurappa’s son Vijayendra, met Shah as they discussed the development in the state and explored the options ahead for the party. With Speaker Ramesh Kumar yet to take a call on resignations of 15 rebel coalition MLAs and pleas by their parties to disqualify them, the BJP is treading cautiously as Kumar’s decision may have a serious bearing on the fate of the next government. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe state also needs to pass the finance bill before July 31. Sources said if a government is not in place before the month end, then imposition of the President’s rule may be a constitutional necessity for the passage of the bill, which is why the BJP is also consulting legal experts. The HD Kumaraswamy government in the state fell on Tuesday after it lost the confidence vote, garnering 99 votes against the 105 by the BJP in the assembly, ending the nearly three-week-long high political drama. The coalition had needed 103 votes in its favour to win the motion as 20 MLAs Congress-JDS (17), BSP (1), Independents (2) skipped proceedings, reducing the effective strength of the House to 205.
We take pride in the extents and heights to which our laws may serve for greater good and in that, often do we forget the matters lying much closer to ground, the ones to go out of sight rather fast when remarkable heights are scaled. National security is important at its place, but more attractive is the intellectual indulgence which severs one from the brute realities on the ground. National security is not so pervasively a matter of basic socio-economic concern but what is, in fact, remains in want of attention and reform. Sanitation workers and manual scavengers continue to dredge up for their livelihood despite all the intellectual awareness and “sensitisation” to their condition robbed of dignity. Ramdas Athawale, Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, brought to highlight in Rajya Sabha that a national survey conducted under NITI Aayog has identified a minimum of 54,130 manual scavengers from 170 districts of 18 states in India. Delhi has announced of its commendable plan to end manual scavenging with the use of technology. Prompted by the incidents of death of sanitation workers, Delhi Social Welfare Minister Rajendra Pal Gautam is said to go to Kerala to explore technological solutions to eradicate casualties resulting from cleaning of septic tanks. The meagre sum of money they are paid, the unjustified extents of health hazards they are exposed to, the social ostracisation their families are resigned to, all combine to reinforce the need to understand how inhuman and violative this occupation is, and how allowing it to continue is a failure of state and society at many levels. There are largely two aspects to this predicament: the human aspect and the technical/functional aspect. As far as the human aspect of it goes, it is reflective of the social dilemma pertaining to tolerance and acceptance for certain things that clearly place some humans well below others. Engendering from the caste system of yesteryears, the carry-over of some of its most objectionable practices to this day is manual scavenging. The life of manual scavengers is of stigma and exclusion. They remain at the fringe of society, only to become involved for what they do professionally– and without adequate returns and compensation. They are the modern-day untouchables because of the progress that a 72-year-old rising India has failed to make. Investing in technology to replace humans in such occupations ought to be an urgent priority. There cannot be any big things done on a larger scale for the nation without getting the smaller things done right.
Gurugram: Brazen incident of street crime again on display in Gururgam when three to four assailants fired gunshots at the police patrol party after their adduction bid of a businessman was foiled by the policemen.The incident resulted in 47-year-old Jaiveer deputed on the post of special police official (SPO) sustaining three to four gun wounds in his stomach and neck. He is admitted in a private hospital where the is said to be in a stable condition. On Sunday evening the Gururgam police achieved a major breakthrough when they arrested one of the gang members identified as Anshul who was involved in the crime. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe entire incident transpired at around 11:15 pm on Saturday night when a local businessman identified as Rahul Pahuja was moving in his Jaguar car. All of a sudden he was forced to stop by three to four men who were travelling in Toyota Innova. They blocked Rahul’s way and forcefully made him come out after one of the unidentified people brandished his gun at the businessman. They then forced him into the Innova. Knowing that he was being Kidnapped Rahul began shouting for help which alerted the police patrolling party. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsUnderstanding that they were being followed by the police patrolling party the kidnapers first tried to run away by speeding their SUV. However, realising that it was not proving to be fruitful they began firing gunshots at the policemen. The exchange of gunshots resulted in 47-year-old Jaiveer sustaining severe injuries on his neck and stomach. Even though injured Jaiveer was critically injured he and his team ensured that not only did the criminals leave their vehicle but also could succeed in their attempt of kidnapping Rahul Pahuja. Jaiveer who belong from Charkhi Dadri district of Haryana was working with Gurugram police for last two years. He is presently receiving treatment in a private multi-speciality hospital in Gurugram where his condition is said to be stable. “It was a brave attempt by Jaiveer that prevented a major crime taking place. Leading from the front he received gun injuries on his neck and stomach. Even though the doctors have been removing bullets from his body, he is been kept under observation at present,” said a senior police official from Gurugram police. Incidents of encounter and criminals targetting Gurugram police in the act is not a new phenomenon. Recently a court pronounced six people ten-year-imprisonment after they were convicted of abducting a serving SHO of Sector 29 and robbing valuables from him.
Mumbai: Raiding the reserves of the central bank only illustrates the “desperation” of a government, and we should be very wary and careful while determining the value of the excess reserves, warned former governor D Subbarao on Friday. The career bureaucrat-turned-central banker said he would be “ok” if a sovereign bond issue in foreign currency is done once just to test the waters, but cautioned against using the instrument regularly. “A government trying to raid the balance sheet of a central bank anywhere in the world is not a good thing. It shows that the government is desperate, he said, speaking at a CFA Society India event here. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalIn defence of his opposition to the desperate attempts to carve out the reserves, the former governor, who was at the helm during the 2008 global meltdown,said the risks undertaken by the RBI are different from other central banks and it will not be entirely beneficial to draw from international practices. The comments from Subbarao come at a time when the Bimal Jalan committee is reported to be in the final stages of finalising its report on identifying the appropriate capital for the RBI and how to transfer the excess to the government. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostAcknowledging that transfer of the excess reserves was one of the key causes of tension between the RBI and Government in the run up to Governor Urjit Patels resignation, Subbarao seemed to suggest that there is little use of the transfers from a fund inflow perspective. He said international investors look at balance sheets of both the government and also its central bank, and that the same applies to distress time lending by the IMF as well. “… I do want to say that we should be very careful, very wary of what decision is ultimately taken on the transfer of the surplus reserves, he said. Many analysts have pegged the so called excess reserves at around Rs 9 trillion, or around 27 per cent of its core capital, and say the Jalan panel may suggest a staggered payout in the range of Rs 1.5 trillion to Rs 3 trillion over a period of three years. He advocated maintaining the autonomy of the RBI as essential because of its horizons extend far beyond the immediate objective of elections which a government can be guided by. Meanwhile, in a departure from his predecessor Y V Reddy and successor Raghuram Rajan, Subbarao said it will be “ok” for the government to test the waters with an overseas bond issue. “I would say that as a one-time measure, just to test the waters, its ok, he said.
Kolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Saturday criticised her Haryana counterpart Manohar Lal Khattar’s remark on Kashmiri girls and said people holding high office should refrain from making insensitive comments about the people of Jammu and Kashmir.Without naming Khattar, Banerjee in a tweet said, “We, and more so people holding high public office, must restrain ourselves from making insensitive comments about the beloved people of Jammu and Kashmir. These are hurtful, not only for J&K, but the entire nation.” Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaHer comments come in the backdrop of Khattar’s recent statement that people from Haryana “could now get brides from Kashmir” apparently in reference to the scrapping of the special status for Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 of the Constitution. Meanwhile, the Congress demanded the immediate dismissal of Khattar as Haryana CM and an FIR against him over the controversial remark, with party leader Rahul Gandhi claiming his comments reflect what RSS training does to the mind of a “weak, insecure and pathetic man”. Khattar hit back at Gandhi saying “weak, insecure and pathetic” are adjectives that people use for the Congress president as he accused him of “manufacturing statements”. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway”Dear Rahul Gandhi ji, at least at your level, you shouldn’t react on distorted news. I’m attaching the video of what I actually said, and In what context – this will give you clarity of mind,” Khattar said on Twitter and also attached his complete speech to explain the context in which he was speaking. Gandhi, in a tweet, had earlier said, “Haryana CM, Khattar’s comment on Kashmiri women is despicable and shows what years of RSS training does to the mind of a weak, insecure and pathetic man. Women are not assets to be owned by men.”
Los Angeles: Noah Centineo, who tasted success with Netflix’s “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before”, has shot for the final film in the teenage rom-com series and said goodbye to his on-screen avatar, Peter Kavinsky. The 23-year-old actor took to Twitter on Saturday to share the news, saying he would always be grateful for starring in the films. “Tonight was my last night as Peter Kavinsky. I hope you all love these last installments as much as we do. Forever grateful for the opportunity to be yours. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka “Thank you Lana, thank you Michael, Thank you Matt, Thank you Netflix, grateful to every person who told this story with us,” Centineo wrote. Condor, who plays the female lead Lara Jean in the ‘TATB’ films, replied to her on-screen love interest, saying “You’ll always be my Peter K & I’ll always be your Lara Jean, that I can promise you.” Centineo’s tweet came two days after the streaming service announced a third film in the franchise, “To All The Boys: Always And Forever Lara Jean”, which is already in production. Netflix also revealed that the 2018 film’s upcoming sequel, titled “To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You”, will debut on its platform on February 12, 2020. “To All The Boys”, which started streaming on Netflix from August 17, went on to become a massive hit and saw breakout performances by Condor and Centineo.
Srinagar: With no internet and mobile services in Kashmir for over 40 days now, journalists in the Valley have been hard-pressed as a make-shift media centre set up here by the government continues to be the only connection for many with the rest of the world.The restrictions were imposed across Kashmir on the evening of August 4 a day before the Centre announced the abrogation of Article 370 provisions and bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir into two Union territories. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Even though landline phones have been restored early this month, mobile services and internet – on any platform – remain snapped. Harried journalists are now demanding that the government should at least restore broadband connections of media houses. We have minimal contact with our head office. We are often outside our offices here for assignments or something else and it is difficult for the head office or even our family to reach us in the absence of mobile phone services, Irfan Ahmad, a senior photojournalist, said. Another local journalist, Mudasir, who works for a daily newspaper, said information gathering has suffered due to the communication restrictions. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KWe often do not know what is happening in the city and information from other districts is hard to come by. We have to rely on official versions of the events or incidents. Reaching officials or sources especially in the other districts is very difficult, he said. During the first few days after the restrictions were imposed, the journalists could not file any stories except for the TV reports using the channels’ outdoor broadcast vans here. In the absence of any medium to send the news-reports across the country or outside, some journalists would send their reports on pen drives through flyers at the airport. The flyers would then contact the offices of the media houses which would collect the drives from him. Most media organisations, especially TV channels, sent journalists from Delhi to the Valley as their reporters were incommunicado. Around a week later, the state government’s Department of Information and Public Relations set up a ‘Media Facilitation Centre’ at a conference hall of a local hotel here. Four computers and a lone cell phone were available to cater to hundreds of journalists both local as well as from outside the state. “One often had to wait for more than half-an-hour to get a (computer) system. Then the speed was so irritating that the email would take ages to open, Firdous Ahmad, a local journalist, told PTI. Journalists have to register themselves before making a call from the cell phone and more often than not, the waiting period would stretch for hours because of the rush. We have to write down our names on a register before making a call and then wait for our turn, Ahmad said. PTI
DRUMMONVILLE, – The Bloc Quebecois’ embattled leader fended off a challenge from her rivals on Sunday as party members adopted her timeline for an early June confidence vote.The two-day vote on Martine Ouellet’s leadership will begin June 1, along with a referendum on whether the Bloc should focus on promoting Quebec independence on a daily basis.It will be decided on a 50 per cent plus one basis with the result announced June 3.That proposal was challenged at Sunday’s party meeting by 42 riding associations, who had suggested a mid-May confidence vote with no referendum.They also proposed that Ouellet should have to obtain 75 per cent of the vote to stay on as leader.Tensions were running high on Sunday morning as about 200 Bloc Quebecois members gathered for a meeting in Drummondville, Que., as the party seeks to turn the page on a crisis that has shaken the party over the last two months.Seven of the party’s 10 MPs resigned in February, citing Ouellet’s leadership and her political priorities.The MPs who stepped down accused Ouellet of constantly zeroing in on independence instead of defending Quebec’s interests on the federal scene.Ouellet has refused to resign despite criticism of her leadership style, which some have described as controlling and uncompromising.Instead, the 49-year-old former Parti Quebecois cabinet minister has reiterated her belief that the crisis stems from an internal disagreement over what the Bloc’s vision should be.In a speech on Sunday, Ouellet accused the seven dissident MPs of promoting “fake news” against her and breaking with the party’s “internal democracy.“I can tell you that it isn’t easy to live when you hear invented stories in the media, falsehoods that are repeated ad nauseum,” she said“At that moment, they caused a distraction and you saw the debate focused on my personality, my leadership style.”She also accused the dissenters of perpetuating U.S.-style politics and chided them for criticizing her focus on independence.“For the resigners, to make a public debate to say they find their leader talks too much of independence — the leader of a separatist party — it’s not very chic, it’s a little embarrassing,” she said.But she ended with a call for unity, extending a hand to those who left because Quebec independence “is more important than our personal egos.”She also called on delegates to reconfirm the Bloc Quebecois’ mission as a promoter of independence.
The sister of one of the victims in a northern Saskatchewan school shooting has been working with youth in the community where her brother was killed to make sure their voices are heard.Caitlin Wood’s older brother, Adam Wood, was one of four people killed when a young man opened fire at a home and school in La Loche, Sask., in January 2016.A major theme in the wake of the shooting was a lack of support and opportunity for young people in the north.Driven by how fondly her outdoors-loving brother spoke about the community, Wood recently returned to La Loche as part of her master’s work at Ryerson University to interview young people about what they thought would make things better.“What (media) were saying about this community didn’t line up with what my brother had spoken about the community,” said Wood, 32.“When these things are being said on behalf of the community it was like from outsiders, it wasn’t from insiders and it was never from youth representatives, even though youth were in the school when that happened.”The project asked participants what was good about their life, what made them strong, what needs to change and what should childhood look like.The 11 participants, between the ages of 13 and 19, took photographs or drew pictures to respond to the questions and then Wood interviewed them.In response to the question “what is your life like?” a participant named Harry said that he was thinking of starting a restaurant.“Because, in this community, after that (school) shooting, after that tragedy, it felt a little sad, and I want to make this community happy again,” he said.Emily offered picture of a road, saying they needed to be fixed “because they become obstacles in obtaining necessary health and emergency services.”Wood’s project was recently profiled in the Saskatchewan children’s advocate’s annual report. Advocate Corey O’Soup said he was inspired by Wood’s work.“Caitlin’s work was just an example of how something positive can come out of something so negative,” he said. “She’s truly amazing to be able to do that and to go back into the community where tragedy struck her family.”La Loche Mayor Robert St. Pierre said the community is still grieving more than two years after the shooting and needs a lot of help.“We’ve got a lot of people that are dealing with the traumatic event that occurred and we’ve got staff that are there that are still dealing with it … that haven’t coped with it yet,” he said.Wood, who now works at Ryerson, said the project taught her the importance of listening to youth.“We need to figure out ways to talk to them and we bring in their insights into everything that we’re planning,” Wood said.“Otherwise we’re not going to meet their needs, we’re going to fail every time and so I think that’s absolutely vital.”— Follow @RyanBMcKenna on Twitter
TORONTO – Only the New Democrats can prevent the Progressive Conservatives under Doug Ford from forming government in Ontario next week, NDP Leader Andrea Horwath said Friday in her most direct pitch yet to Liberal voters.Speaking at a campaign stop in Toronto, Horwath said she expected a close election on Thursday.“One thing is certain: Ontarians will elect a new premier to replace Kathleen Wynne,” Horwath said in the Liberal premier’s own riding. “The choice is between me and Doug Ford, (and) to those who have voted Liberal in the past, I invite you to join us to stop Doug Ford and vote for the kind of change that Ontario needs.”In past elections, voters opposed to the Conservatives have tended to coalesce around the Liberals as their best bet.This time, however, it appears the strategic vote is poised to break in Horwath’s favour. Horwath’s voting pitch — typically seen as Ontario and federal elections move into their final stretches — comes as polls suggest either she or Ford will become Ontario’s next premier.Myer Siemiatycki, a politics professor at Ryerson University, said polling suggests a shift to the NDP away from the Liberals began unusually early this campaign given the “fear factor” around the Tories, who’ve been criticized for not detailing how they’d pay for their campaign promises.“In the past, the Liberals have typically — either federally or provincially — been regarded as, and have been, the stronger party, so the messaging has been to NDP supporters not to waste their vote,” Siemiatycki said.Wynne, who has been making her own last-ditch appeal to both Liberal and NDP voters to go with her as the voice of pragmatic experience, has also tried to frame the election as between her and Ford’s Progressive Conservatives — despite polls suggesting the Liberals are trailing badly.In an interview with The Canadian Press this week, Wynne said it was too early to discuss strategic voting — or whether it was going to break in favour of the New Democrats for the first time in years.“I don’t think we’re there yet. I don’t think we can actually say that,” Wynne said. “The falling off of Ford’s support is just becoming clear. We won’t know for a few more days exactly where people are going to go. That’s my sense.”On Friday, Wynne stuck to her defensive pitch — that she would still make the best leader — saying people need to be “very careful” in deciding who would be best at building the province.Horwath, who also planned a campaign stop Friday in St. Catharines — another seemingly impregnable Liberal fortress — said she can sense the changed sentiment as she railed against both Wynne and Ford.“Ontario wants change,” Horwath said Friday. “Doug Ford is not the kind of change Ontario needs.”Brenna Keatinge, a self-described “very progressive” Toronto resident in the normally Liberal riding of St Paul’s, said she used to consider voting Liberal when the party seemed the only viable contender against the Conservatives. This time, she said she planned to cast her ballot on June 7 for the NDP to try to keep Ford out of the premier’s office.“If I think there is a really strong chance the Conservatives would get in, then I would tend to be more strategic and vote Liberal,” Keatinge said. “But this time around, the NDP actually has a chance so … I think overall voting NDP makes the most sense.”Peter Graefe, a political science associate professor at McMaster University, said the anti-Tory coalescing appears to have started in the Ontario campaign much earlier than usual.“The Liberal and NDP campaigns are set up on this idea that there’s going to be the first part of the election — which is a primary between the two of them and the winner will then go and fight the Conservatives,” Graefe said.“What’s really remarkable this time is that within about two days of this campaign starting, that decision had more or less been made — that it was quite clear that it was going to be the NDP against the Conservatives.”Brenda Stockdale, 54, a Cambridge, Ont., resident, might be one of those anti-Ford voters the Liberals have traditionally won over, but not this time. Her faith in the Liberals was shaken and her vote will go to the NDP, she said.“They’re for the working people. I’m the working people. And that’s important to me,” Stockdale said after attending a Horwath rally in Kitchener, Ont., this week.“Our health care system and our education system has been cut so much,” said Stockdale, a health educator. “(Horwath) gives me hope that she’s going to change that.”Ford’s claim to be “for the people” is just a “facade,” she said.— with files from Peter Goffin and Shawn Jeffords.
HALIFAX – A former medical student serving a life sentence for murder has been granted a copy of his laptop hard drive, as he represents himself in a court bid to obtain the computer itself.William Sandeson is in the process of appealing a first-degree murder conviction in the death of 22-year-old Taylor Samson during a drug deal, though Sandeson said Thursday he doesn’t have a lawyer for that case yet.Samson’s body has never been found.In written submissions requesting the return of his computer, which was seized by police during their investigation, Sandeson said it contained personal information of a sentimental value to him and his family. The specific items were not revealed.Sandeson, who is in his mid-20s, appeared in Nova Scotia Supreme Court in Halifax via video conference on Thursday in an attempt to set a court date to get the computer back.Sandeson, sitting in a white room with his arms crossed, could be seen behind a small round table with documents spread out before him.During the brief court hearing, Justice Patrick Duncan read a portion of a letter from the Crown opposing the return of the computer while Sandeson’s conviction is under appeal.“Pending the disposition of any further proceedings in this matter, the Crown maintains its authorization to retain the computer,” the letter said, alluding to Criminal Code provisions on the detention of property during appeals.Duncan asked if Sandeson would like to reconsider his application given the Crown’s position.“I anticipated as much from the Crown,” Sandeson replied, and confirmed he would like to proceed.When asked if he had the chance to read over that section of the code, Sandeson said he looked at the section itself but didn’t recall the specific subsection where the relevant information was mentioned.On Thursday, Crown attorney Susan MacKay said while she opposed the return of the computer itself, the police were willing to give him a copy of the hard drive.Duncan asked Sandeson if he wanted it.“I would still like to proceed in trying to obtain the laptop in full,” said Sandeson.“It’s not an ‘or’ proposition,” the judge replied. “You can have the hard drive and you can continue your application anyway.”“Yes, absolutely, I would appreciate it very much if I could get the hard drive as well,” said Sandeson.MacKay said arrangements will be made to send a copy of the hard drive to Sandeson’s father.The judge was also unsure about if he had the jurisdiction to hear Sandeson’s request, noting that matters like this usually go where the case is being heard: in this case, the province’s Court of Appeal.MacKay said she would consult with appeals lawyers, and the matter will be back before Duncan on August 9.At the time of his arrest, Sandeson had completed one year of medical school in the Caribbean, was a track and field athlete, worked two jobs and had a girlfriend. He was due to start medical school at Dalhousie University within a week of the slaying of Samson, a physics student at Dalhousie.Samson went to Sandeson’s Halifax apartment on Aug. 15, 2015, to sell nine kilograms of marijuana as part of a prearranged deal. Sandeson, who did not have the $40,000 cash to pay for the drugs, shot him while he was sitting at a kitchen table.Crown lawyers had argued Sandeson devised a scheme to kill Samson and steal the marijuana to pay off his debts.Sandeson took a paralegal course while in prison so he could better understand his case.In May, Sandeson was awarded nearly $700 after accusing a former roommate of stealing $2,500 worth of sneakers and homemade wine from their Halifax apartment.Sandeson was living with Dylan Zinck-Selig when he was arrested.Zinck-Selig had been given limited access to the apartment to retrieve essential items during the police forensic investigation. Zinck-Selig admitted to taking some sneakers and four bottles of wine, but not all the items claimed by Sandeson.Sandeson also made headlines in January after he made a profile on Canadian Inmates Connects, a site that matches federal inmates to pen pals.
Toronto researchers say they’ve shown for the first time that the body’s own immune system likely plays a role in both the decay of teeth and the breakdown of fillings.Bacteria remain the main culprit in tooth decay, but a recent study from a team at the University of Toronto shows in the laboratory that neutrophils, a type of white blood cell, contribute to the damage.“What we found is neutrophils are capable of causing collateral damage while fighting the bacteria,” said Yoav Finer, a professor in the faculty of dentistry and one of the authors of the paper published in the journal Acta Biomaterialia.Conventional wisdom based on decades of research held that bacteria alone caused both tooth decay and decay in the resin composites used in modern-day fillings and tooth restorations.“The bacteria takes sugar and produces acid, and that acid dissolves the tooth structure,” explained co-author Michael Glogauer, a professor in the same faculty and the team’s immunology expert.He said a maverick in the dental research field, John Gabrovsek of the Cleveland Clinic, first proposed the idea that immune cells also played a role in tooth decay, with a paper on the theory in the Journal of Dental Research in 1970.“They thought he was crazy because it went against the dogma,” Glogauer said, adding that Gabrovsek got in touch with him about 15 years ago to share his idea.“Based on what I know about neutrophils and what he knows about neutrophils, I thought there was a lot of credibility in that,” he said.Glogauer then approached Finer and the two got to work.Neutrophils are the only white blood cell that is routinely found in the mouth, Glogauer explained.In the lab, the research team used neutrophils isolated from blood to coat either parts of extracted teeth or the resin used to restore teeth.“We can actually see them breaking down using electron microscopy,” Glogauer said. The team also detected the breakdown byproducts that can only come from neutrophils, he said.The neutrophils become activated by the presence of bacteria in the mouth and release enzymes that attack the bacteria but also degrade the structure of the tooth and the resin, he said.Finer compared the white blood cells to a sledgehammer.“It’s like trying to eliminate a fly on the wall by taking a sledgehammer,” Finer said. “You may hit the bug, but the damage to the wall is quite significant.”Now the team is working on a variety of followups, including isolating the type of enzymes that damage teeth and translating the work to make it clinically applicable. For example, they said, a rinse could be developed that controls neutrophils to limit the damage they do to teeth.And new restoration materials can be designed for dental work to resist the damage from the immune cells.For Gabrovsek, now 85, the research is an important validation of his earlier work.“We just heard this morning,” said his wife, Rita Gabrovsek, as her husband laughed in the background on a phone call from their home in Twinsburg, Ohio.“He’s smiling, just smiling, a huge smile,” she said. “It bugged him all his life that his theory was totally brushed aside, so this is a big moment for us.”Gabrovsek said he never wavered in his belief.“I couldn’t believe for 50 years that scientists here in the United States didn’t believe me,” he said. “I thought, boy, they are very stupid scientists. Now others know I am right!”The couple planned to celebrate the news with their grandchildren Thursday afternoon by telling them that their grandfather was right all along.Liam Casey, The Canadian Press
OTTAWA — A selection of films and books about the Normandy invasion:FILMSStorming Juno (2010): Movies mentioning Canada’s role in the D-Day landings are hard enough to come by, let alone one actually focused on Juno Beach. Storming Juno attempts the feat, focusing on a group of Canadian soldiers who land in Normandy. Described more docudrama than feature film, it includes re-enactments and interviews with some of those who were there when the landing craft ramps dropped.D-Day: The Sixth of June (1956): The biggest invasion in history isn’t plot enough for this film, which uses it as merely the backdrop for one of those three-way wartime romances. Robert Taylor is the Yank and Richard Todd the Brit who are both in love with plucky Red Cross worker Dana Wynter. Both men end up part of the same British-American-Canadian operation that goes ashore ahead of the invasion to take out a big German gun, and only one comes back alive.The Longest Day (1962): Arguably the most comprehensive and authentic film about the Normandy invasion. Darryl F. Zanuck’s three-hour-plus, star-studded epic shows events from the German and French perspectives, but it is largely an American story featuring the likes of John Wayne, Henry Fonda and Robert Mitchum. There are two brief references to the Canadian involvement, and a brief scene showing a pair of Luftwaffe fighters strafing Juno and Sword beaches. Apart from that Canada is represented by Paul Anka, who wrote the theme song.Up From the Beach (1965): A sequel to The Longest Day but rather nondescript. It features some of the same cast as the original, including Red Buttons, as it tells the story of American GIs working their way up to the Normandy villages.A Foreign Field (1994): Leo McKern and Alec Guinness star in this little-known, highly emotional BBC-produced drama about British and American veterans gathering for the 50th anniversary commemoration of D-Day.Saving Private Ryan (1998): Steven Spielberg’s seminal war epic hailed as opening with the most realistically brutal filmed depiction of the Normandy landing ever. But it’s American all the way in its story of a squad of GIs assigned to find a private somewhere amid the chaos of the invasion and return him to America.Band of Brothers (2001): This epic HBO miniseries is a sort of followup to Saving Private Ryan, produced by Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg, with the same eye for bloody combat detail. The second chapter, entitled Day of Days, is quite visceral as members of the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne parachute into France on the eve of the invasion to take out some German shore guns.Ike: Countdown to D-Day (2004): A bald Tom Selleck stars as Gen. Dwight Eisenhower overseeing the Normandy invasion plans. Several brief references to the Canadians are made but no actual battle scenes. Filmed in Australia by veteran writer-producer Lionel Chetwynd, a McGill University graduate who was also part of The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz.BOOKSThe Juno Beach Trilogy. By Mark Zuehlke. Douglas and McIntyre.D-Day: Juno Beach, Canada’s 24 Hours of Destiny. By Lance Goddard. Dundurn.Lena’s Story: The D-Day Landings. By Patricia Sinclair. Driverworks Inc.Fields of Fire: The Canadians in Normandy. By Terry Copp. University of Toronto Press.On Juno Beach: Canada’s D-Day Heroes. By Hugh Brewster. Scholastic/Madison Press.Guns of Normandy: A Soldier’s Eye View, France 1944. George G. Blackburn. McClelland and Stewart.D-Day June 6, 1944: The Climactic Battle of World War II. By Stephen Ambrose. Touchstone.The D-Day Landing Beaches: The Guide. By Georges Bernage. Heimdal.D-Day 1944, Vol. 4: Gold & Juno Beaches. By Ken Ford Oxford. Osprey.D-Day: The First 24 Hours. By Will Fowler. Lewis.Bloody Victory: Canadians and the D-Day Campaign. By J.L. Granatstein and Desmond Morton. Lester Publishing.The Canadian Press
Four stories in the news for Monday, June 24———SAINT-JACQUES SET TO RETURN FROM SPACE MISSIONDavid Saint-Jacques is getting ready to head home today after more than six months in space. The Canadian astronaut is set to return aboard a Soyuz capsule along with a NASA astronaut and Russian cosmonaut, landing just before 11 p.m. Eastern. Saint-Jacques’ mission began on Dec. 3 and will be the longest single spaceflight by a Canadian — 204 days in orbit. His mission included milestones such as a six-and-a-half hour spacewalk in April and operating Canadarm2 to perform a “cosmic catch” of SpaceX Dragon cargo in May. He also oversaw numerous health science experiments and chatted from space with children across Canada.———INDEPENDENT SENATORS GROWING MORE ASSERTIVEIn the final hours of Justin Trudeau’s four-year experiment with a less-partisan Senate, Independent senators came within a whisker of biting the hand that feeds them. On Bill C-48, which follows through on the prime minister’s 2015 election commitment to ban oil tankers from the northern coast of British Columbia, senators voted 49 to 46 to accept the bill, even though Trudeau’s government had rejected one of two Senate amendments to the controversial legislation. Those voting against included all the Conservative senators plus more than a dozen Independent senators.———SURVEY SUGGESTS CANADIANS HAPPIER AFTER AGE 55A new national survey suggests Canadians are happier after age 55 and when they earn a higher income, but it also indicates that most don’t consider money to be a key factor affecting their happiness. The Happiness Index compiled by Leger, asked Canadians across the country to rate their level of happiness on a scale of one to 10 and note which factors they believe influence their happiness the most. The online survey, conducted between June 11 and 17, found about half of respondents ranked their happiness as at least eight out of 10, with almost no difference between rural and urban areas.———MUST LOVE SNAKES: RATTLER WRANGLER ALWAYS ON CALLOne rattlesnake got caught in freshly laid tar under someone’s stairs. Others typically get trapped in garden netting. Ryan Heavy Head comes to the rescue of both the vipers and the terrified homeowners. “I call myself a rattlesnake wrangler,” says the 47-year-old, who runs a rattlesnake mitigation program in Lethbridge, southeast of Calgary. He’s also on call with the program’s rattlesnake hotline, which runs April to October. The line gets anywhere from 60 to 170 calls a year, and the number has been rising along with new housing developments on bluffs above the city’s river valley.———ALSO IN THE NEWS:— Finance Minister Bill Morneau in Kitimat, B.C. to announce the largest private sector investment in Canadian history.— Release of BC Court of Appeal ruling on the government application to preserve indefinite solitary confinement in Canadian prisons.— Conference in support of revitalization of Indigenous languages around the world opens in Victoria.— Pro-choice rally at Edmonton Legislature featuring speakers on bodily autonomy and reproductive justice.— Lethbridge, Alta., retrial of David and Collet Stephan who were convicted of failing to provide the necessaries of life in the death of their son.— OPSEU members from the Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa to hold a rally against the Ford government.— Media invited to attend first crossing of refurbished Samuel De Champlain Bridge in Quebec.———The Canadian Press
OTTAWA — Caitlan Coleman denies trying to use her husband Joshua Boyle as a bargaining chip to get chocolate while the pair were held captive by extremists.Coleman told Boyle’s assault trial in Ontario court today there is no truth to his claim she attempted to get the treat in exchange for Boyle’s participation in a mock execution by their Taliban-affiliated captors.Coleman testified via video link from the United States as lawyers wrapped up their re-examination of witnesses in the case.Boyle, 36, has pleaded not guilty to offences against Coleman, including assault, sexual assault and unlawful confinement in the period of October to December 2017.The incidents are alleged to have taken place after he and Coleman returned to Canada five years after being taken prisoner in Afghanistan during a 2012 backpacking trip through central Asia.Coleman said today she was hoping the couple would be denied permission to enter Afghanistan, contradicting Boyle’s testimony earlier in the trial they were both keen to visit the strife-torn country.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 30, 2019.The Canadian Press
CALGARY (660 NEWS) — With the federal election fast approaching, a group advocating for Alberta to separate from Canada is hosting meetings in several cities in Alberta to gain support and the attention of federal party leaders.The association dubbed Wexit Alberta, or Western Exit, envisions the future of Alberta as a sovereign republic with sole governance and legislation over its affairs. During a stop in Calgary, it’s founder Peter Downing renewed his call for independence in earnest citing Alberta’s lack of influence in Ottawa.“Right now we have 34 seats in Alberta, our vote federally does not count,” he argued. Ontario holds 121 seats in the House of Commons while Quebec has 72 out of a total 338.Despite the opportunity to elect a new government in the upcoming election, Downing is unconvinced that any of the parties would put Alberta interests first.“The Conservative Party of Canada still has to pander to Ontario and Quebec because that is where all the votes are, that’s why they are talking about their carbon tax scheme and all of their social justice stuff,” Downing said.“And again if you want to be that way that’s fine, there is nothing wrong with that, but Eastern Canadians are different from Western Canadians.”Wexit’s bones of contention surround equalization payments, pipelines, and market access, which Downing says has been stifled by interprovincial spats.While there is a tendency to point fingers at the federal government for Alberta’s economic suffering, Lori Williams, a political science professor at Mount Royal University, says there are much larger factors at play.“The reality is that the economic condition of Alberta is not really caused by this or that government, it’s caused by economic factors that are well beyond any government’s control,” she argued.“Even with a conservative government in Ottawa and without Bill C-48 or C-69, the economic conditions in Alberta are not going to change until access to other markets is achieved.”The passage of Bills C-48 and C-69 in the Senate riled Alberta energy proponents who say the Bills will harm economic interests, arguing C-69 makes the regulatory process tougher to get projects like pipelines approved. In September the Alberta government launched a constitutional challenge to Bill C-69.Tonight the #SenCA has chosen to keep the “Closed For Business” sign in the window of Canada by adopting Bill #C69. This is bad for Canada and I will continue to work for our collective family business – the natural resource sector. #cdnpoli #abpoli #ableg— Senator Doug Black (@DougBlackAB) June 21, 2019Alberta Premier Jason Kenney has pledged to hold a provincial referendum to remove equalization from the constitution if there is no progress on pipelines.“We don’t trust the government in Ottawa, we don’t trust that they are going to do the right thing,” Downing said.“This country is fighting itself. Whether it’s B.C. to our west, the lower mainland, and Quebec in the east, each of these provinces is blocking our pipelines east and west.”Meanwhile, Williams noted the calls for independence have become louder.“I get the frustration, I think a lot of people are just hoping that this will somehow or another impact the outcome of the election or shift government policy,” she said.The reality is that the economic condition of Alberta is not really caused by this or that government, it’s caused by economic factors that are well beyond any government’s control.The one thing that looks like it’s got a chance of making a difference is getting our oil products to other countries besides the United States.”
Ape Alliance cordially invites you to a spectacular gala dinner hosted by David Attenborough, celebrating the power of apes on screen – in the company of the world’s leading wildlife film professionals and renowned ape conservationists.The evening includes a celebrity auction and live music and aims to raise awareness and support for the plight of world’s apes.Proceeds from this once in a lifetime event will help raise funds for pedal-power cinemas and education projects in ape range states across Africa and Asia. With your help the organization can take the conservation message to the remotest communities, changing thousands of lives while saving critically endangered species, giving Hope 4 Apes.The event takes place at The Savoy in London on September 27. For more information, click here. The event is now sold out.
Last week’s “Healing in the Heartland: Relief Benefit Concert” hosted by Blake Shelton and NBC raised more than $6.5 million for the United Way of Central Oklahoma May Tornadoes Relief Fund, doubling what had been raised to date.Blake Shelton concert raises millions for United Way Oklahoma tornado recoveryThis was the most successful telethon ever held for United Way’s rebuilding efforts, and donations are still coming in. Other concert performers included Miranda Lambert, Reba McEntire, Vince Gill, Luke Bryan, Rascal Flatts, Ryan Tedder, Usher, and Darius Rucker.“United Way of Central Oklahoma and our community partners are committed to empowering people to get back on their feet,” said Debby Hampton, President and Chief Executive Officer of United Way of Central Oklahoma. “The United Way of Central Oklahoma May Tornadoes Relief Fund will not only care for immediate needs but also provide important long-term support like social services and mental health care, which is essential for community recovery. We’re proud to partner with Blake Shelton and all the artists who donated their talents to help raise awareness, resources and volunteers to improve lives and keep communities strong.”The United Way of Central Oklahoma May Tornadoes Relief Fund will support community partner agencies that are providing immediate relief services, as well as ongoing long-term recovery and rebuilding assistance for those affected by the May tornadoes in central Oklahoma. In recent years, United Way of Central Oklahoma and local community partners have implemented essential programs, including physical and mental health care, the 2-1-1 hotline for social services and much more.“We’re so thankful for the incredible outpouring of generosity from people who want to help Oklahoma rebuild,” said Stacey D. Stewart, U.S. President, United Way Worldwide. “United Way is working every day in communities across the nation to create long-lasting change in education, income and health. When disasters strike, United Way brings partners together to address immediate and intermediate needs, and we stay the course for long-term recovery.”Love’s Travel Stops and Country Stores Inc. provided underwriting for the event. Facebook was the exclusive social partner for the event. To support the United Way of Central Oklahoma May Tornadoes Relief Fund, visit Facebook.org/unitedway. Source:PR Newswire
Celebrity Ocean Activists celebrated World Oceans Day in Santa Monica, CA on Saturday evening at the Inaugural Oceana Beach House presented by Nautica with support from LA Confidential Magazine.Keegan Allen, Aimee Teegarden and Tyler Blackburn celebrates World Oceans Day at Nautica’s Oceana Beach HouseThe event focused on the victories of Oceana, the world’s largest international nonprofit organization dedicated solely to protecting the world’s oceans and ensuring our seas can increase in biodiversity and help to feed the one billion people who depend on the oceans for food.The event co-hosts Aimee Teegarden (lead of CW’s forthcoming Star-Crossed and formerly on NBC’s Friday Night Lights), Keegan Allen and Tyler Blackburn (ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars – returning with new season Tuesday, June 11th on ABC Family) were joined by celebrity supporters Elsa Pataky, Sam Trammell (HBO’s True Blood – returning with new season June 16th), Bethany Joy Lenz (new to cast of Showtime’s Dexter – returning June 30th and formerly on CW’s One Tree Hill for 9 seasons), Maya Gabeira (Champion Big Wave Surfer), Jesse Spencer (NBC’s Chicago Fire) Nadine Velazquez, Emily Osment, Leonor Varela, Ryan Newman (Nickelodeon’s See Dad Run) and more. Teegarden’s Star-Crossed co-stars, Chelsea Gilligan, Greg Finley and Grey Damon came to learn more about the cause from Aimee and show their support. Recording artist Brett Dennen and DJ Benjamin Walker, provided a live performance and tracks, respectively.“I grew up in California, so it means a huge deal to me to work with an organization that has action behind what they say. I’m hoping that tonight will inspire another wave of supporters to get involved with Oceana,” said Teegarden during a speech to the party’s attendees.Oceana Beach House guests were treated to Hors d’oeuvres on the beach at the Annenberg Community Beach House in Santa Monica, CA, and served drinks generously provided by Chandon, Lagunitas Brewing Company, and Zico Pure Premium Coconut Water.This inaugural event was presented by Nautica, a long-time supporter of Oceana. Nautica has generously supported Oceana’s mission to protect the world’s oceans since 2008. The evening was also supported by the exclusive media partner LA Confidential.
Vanity Fair has announced its calendar of events for Campaign Hollywood 2015, its annual, weeklong celebration leading up to the Academy Awards.In addition, Vanity Fair Social Club is returning to Hollywood’s WeWork creative co-working space for the second year in a row, providing bloggers and online journalists with a fun and inspiring space to write, work, and be entertained while in Los Angeles for the week of the Academy Awards.From Monday, February 16 through Sunday, February 22, Vanity Fair and presenting sponsors Chrysler and L’Oréal U.S.A. will host several events at the V.F. Social Club space centered around the Oscars, the glamour of the biggest awards night of the year, and, of course, social media. V.F. Social Club guests also will be treated to a Twitter-powered vending machine offering giveaways from sponsors, a Chrysler virtual-reality experience with Oculus Rift technology, beauty offerings from L’Oréal U.S.A, a menu curated by Foodink Catering, Inc., as well as cocktails by Grey Goose. Vanity Fair Social Club and Campaign Hollywood reflect the beauty, art, and excitement of Oscar Week in Hollywood, while spotlighting brands and charities in a way that only Vanity Fair can.“Campaign Hollywood will be the biggest it’s ever been. I’m really excited about how robust this experience has become,” said Vanity Fair Publisher Chris Mitchell. “From the incredible lineup of sponsored events, to the packed V.F. Social Club programming, it will be an Oscar week to remember.”The Chrysler and Fiat brands have returned for the fifth year as the automotive sponsors of Campaign Hollywood. By partnering with Vanity Fair, Chrysler will allow the magazine’s V.I.P. guests to arrive in luxury throughout Oscar Week in Chrysler 300s. On Thursday, February 19, Chrysler will host a private cocktail party at Cecconi’s to toast the cast of the Academy Award–nominated film, Boyhood. The evening will benefit the Austin Film Society, an organization that empowers the community to make, watch, and love film and creative media, and will feature a Chrysler 300 on site. On Tuesday, February 17, Fiat will host the “Young Hollywood” event with Vanity Fair executive West Coast editor Krista Smith and the host of CBS’s The Late Late Show, James Corden, at No Vacancy, in Hollywood. The event will benefit the Terrence Higgins Trust.L’Oréal U.S.A. once again is the beauty sponsor of Campaign Hollywood 2015. L’Oréal Paris, Lancôme, Clarisonic, and Giorgio Armani Beauty brands will be represented at select events and at V.F. Social Club throughout the week by way of product displays, sampling, and touch-up stations. L’Oréal Paris will conclude Campaign Hollywood with D.J. Night, on Friday, February 20, hosted by actress Freida Pinto, and featuring Taryn Manning as the headlining D.J. in support of the charity Girl Rising. On Thursday, February 27, Lancôme and Clarisonic will hold a beauty-inspired luncheon and spa day at Ciel Spa, at the SLS Hotel, hosted by Vanity Fair beauty director SunHee Grinnell to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.Throughout the week, Grey Goose Vodka will celebrate those who achieve the extraordinary within the film industry, and those who, like the brand, truly “fly beyond,” with its Awards Season Cocktail Collection, to be served throughout the week’s evening events and at V.F. Social Club. Grey Goose Vodka’s 2015 Award Season Cocktail Collection includes the Grey Goose L’Oxymore, Grey Goose Martini Précis, Grey Goose Vert L’inconnu, Grey Goose Je Crois, and Grey Goose Le Fizz cocktails. D.J. Night with L’Oréal Paris – Friday, February 20 – Actress Freida Pinto, along with Vanity Fair and L’Oréal Paris, will host a chic party at 1Oak, in West Hollywood, featuring an exclusive D.J. set by Taryn Manning. This invitation-only event will benefit Girl Rising. Oxfam Benefit Dinner Hosted by Barneys New York and Rooney Mara – Wednesday, February 18 – Vanity Fair, Barney’s New York and Rooney Mara host an intimate dinner at the Chateau Marmont to benefit Oxfam, an international confederation of organizations working together to combat worldwide poverty and injustices around the globe. Alfa Romeo Luncheon at the Polsky Residence – Friday, February 20 – Vanity Fair, Alfa Romeo, filmmaker Alan Polsky, and restaurateur John Terzian invite guests to Polsky’s private residence for a luncheon and scenic ride-and-drive through Beverly Hills in the all-new Alfa Romeo’s 4C. This invitation-only event benefits the Best Friends Animal Society. Makeup Artist Appreciation Spa Day and Luncheon with Lancôme and Clarisonic – Thursday, February 19 – Vanity Fair will join Lancôme and Clarisonic for a day of pampering hosted by Vanity Fair beauty director SunHee Grinnell at the Ciel Spa, at the SLS Hotel. Hollywood’s top makeup artists will be treated to Clarisonic facials and pedicures, Lancôme makeup touch-ups, and a light lunch at this intimate, invitation-only event to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The Campaign Hollywood 2015 schedule of events is as follows: Vanity Fair and Fiat Celebrate “Young Hollywood” – Tuesday, February 17 – Vanity Fair executive West Coast editor Krista Smith and host of CBS’s The Late Late Show, James Corden, host Vanity Fair and Fiat’s toast to “Young Hollywood” in support of the Terrence Higgins Trust. This invitation-only event will be held at Hollywood’s No Vacancy. Vanity Fair and Chrysler Toast Boyhood – Thursday, February 19 – Vanity Fair and Chrysler will host a private cocktail party at Cecconi’s to toast director Richard Linklater and the cast of the Academy Award–nominated film, Boyhood. The event is being held in support of the Austin Film Society, an organization that empowers the community to make, watch, and love film and creative media.