Los Angeles: Quentin Tarantino has already spoken about his plans to retire from direction once he completes his 10th feature film and it may or may not be an R-rated version of Star Trek. Fans had some confusion whether Star Trek, which is not an original movie, can be a part of the limit that the director has set for himself but Tarantino said if he gets to direct the sci-fi drama, it would be the end of his filmmaking career. The writer-director, whose ninth feature film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is slated for release, had spoken about his retirement plans to GQ Australia, saying, “I think when it comes to theatrical movies, I’ve come to the end of the road. I see myself writing film books and starting to write theatre, so I’ll still be creative. I just think I’ve given all I have to give to movies.” Elaborating on his career plan, Tarantino told CinemaBlend, “I guess I do have a loophole, (if) the idea was to throw a loophole into it. Which would be (to go), ‘I guess Star Trek doesn’t count. I can do Star Trek…”
Noida/Ghaziabad: In two separate incidents of suicide, a 10-year-old boy allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself with the ceiling fan at his house in nithari area of Noida while in another a 30-year-old makeup man with a private news channel hanged himself to death inside his house in Vaishali area of Ghaziabad on Wednesday.In first incident reported from Noida, 10-year-old Sumer Das, native of Murshidabad district in West Bengal lived at a rented house along his family in Nithari area. Also Read – Gurdwara Bangla Sahib bans single use plasticCops said that his father is a e-rickshaw driver while his mother works as a house help at nearby residential sectors. “The incident came to light around 11 am on Wednesday when the boy was alone at home.” “When the mother came back home from work, she spotted the child hanging with the ceiling fan and rushed him to a nearby hospital where doctors declared him brought dead,” said Rajbir Singh Chauhan, Station House Officer at Sector 20 police station of Noida. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”The parents told police that the boy had urged his father to take him along on his daily ride on Wednesday morning but he denied as it was raining. Somehow, the boy got mentally depressed due to this and he took the extreme step to end his life,” added Chauhan. In another incident, 30-year-old Nitesh Kashyap allegedly committed suicide by hanging from a ceiling fan at his residence in sector -5 Vaishali area of Ghaziabad. Police have received a suicide note from the spot. Cops said that the suicide note revealed that the deceased had a dispute with his wife and family. He also said that he loves his wife and family very much but taking the step under mental stress. “We have not registered any case into the matter as no complaint has been received. Police recovered a suicide note in which the deceased said that no one should be held responsible for his death,” said Sandeep Kumar Singh, SHO of Indirapuram policestation.
Darjeeling: Three Bangladeshi citizens were arrested by Uttar Dinajpur police along with arms and live ammunition. They were remanded to police custody by the Islampur court. The three had sneaked in from Bangladesh and were putting up at Jharbari. Based on a tip-off, the cops raided the area and arrested the trio on Friday night. A semi-automatic revolver was recovered along with five rounds of live ammunition. Abul Hossain, Robiul and Mohammad Liton are residents of Munnatoli in Thakurgaon district of Bangladesh. “We have begun a probe. We are trying to find out how they sneaked in and what is their purpose. They could be cattle smugglers also,” stated Sachin Makkar, Islampur SP.
It is heartening to see that while India is vigorously addressing issues in the aftermath of the revocation of Article 370 and Bangladesh battling to overcome the prevailing Dengue menace and Rohingya crisis, both neighbours are engaging each other in a meaningful manner. This is evident from the Bangladesh Home Minister, Asaduzzaman Khan’s recent visit to India discussing a wide range of vital issues of bilateral concerns with his Indian counterpart, Amit Shah. The meeting was on the occasion of the 7th Home Ministers level conference held in New Delhi on August 7. Also Read – A special kind of bondHighlights of the issues discussed were on working out measures to counter spiralling cases of terrorism, narcotics trade, smuggling, human trafficking, sharing of hard time intelligence, steps to stem the flow of Fake Indian Currency Note (FICN) and other related matters. Both, Indian and Bangladesh sides comprising senior Home Ministry officials had meaningful deliberations. The Bangladesh delegation brought to the notice of the Indian Home Ministry officials of the cases of alleged killings of unarmed and innocent Bangladeshis by the BSF. This has always been a sore point with Bangladesh. Also Read – Insider threat managementUnion Home Minister, Amit Shah in his maiden outreach talking to a visiting foreign dignitary, called upon his Bangladesh counterpart, Asaduzzaman Khan to stop illegal migration from Bangladesh through the porous borders as this was imperative as the NRC is likely to be finalised shortly. Both sides agreed to secure the borders to prevent illegal migration and movements of terrorists/smugglers. Also, India and Bangladesh decided to address all the outstanding issues pending between them. Amit Shah assured Asaduzzaman Khan that India would stand by Bangladesh in helping the early return of Rohingya refugees, now sheltered in Bangladesh. The Indian Home Minister also reminded his guest that India has been rendering humanitarian assistance to Bangladesh for the Rohingyas ever since they came to Bangladesh soil in 2017. Further, the Indian Home Minister called for an intensified people-to-people contact in areas of travel, tourism, health, etc. Importantly, Amit Shah thanked the Bangladesh Home Minister for keeping Bangladesh free from extremists and insurgents belonging to India. Equally, he reaffirmed India’s support to Prime Minister Hasina in all her developmental programmes. On the whole, Amit Shah handled the visit and discussions with deftness and finesse, given the fact that this was his first exposure of such an assignment. He went on to tweet which says, “I had extensive discussion on the bilateral relations between India and Bangladesh”. Coincidentally, a day earlier, another Bangladesh dignitary, the visiting Bangladesh Minister for Railways, Nurul Islam Sujon, held talks with Indian Railways Minister, Piyush Goyal at Rail Bhavan on August 6. Both decided to enhance the frequency of Kolkata-Khulna-Kolkata Bandhan express due to growing demands of frequent rail connectivity. Similarly, both the sides touched upon prospects of activating train service from Chittagong accessing Indian North-Eastern states as they have the promise of an increase in volumes of trade. There is also a likelihood of taking major initiatives in the not so distant future. Meanwhile, active preparations are already afoot for the Indian External Affairs Minister (EAM) S Jaishankar’s upcoming visit to Dhaka in the third week of this month. While the specific agenda for the EAM’s visit is being finalised, it is likely to further boost the existing warm relations between the two countries. The EAM will call on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and discuss crucial issues not only of bilateral concern but on regional security as well. EAM is known to be focussing on ‘neighbourhood first’ policy as seen from his earlier visits to Nepal and Bhutan. More importantly, however, the EAM will discuss the modalities of Prime Minister Hasina’s forthcoming India visit scheduled in October this year. That will also set the tone of Bangladesh PM’s visit as it is likely to assume huge significance due to the fast-changing international scenario. With India’s most recent bold move in abrogating Article 370 and bifurcating J&K and Ladakh into two Union Territories, Hasina’s emerging India visit is seen important especially in the aftermath of Pakistan and Chinese reactions. In the past, Prime Minister Modi has publicly eulogised Hasina for her leadership qualities and under them, both the countries have cemented their ties taking them at an all-time high. A new streak of better understanding and chemistry seem to be working in Indo-Bangladesh relations. Today, the ties are also laced with maturity and mutual respect. And this precious acquisition needs to be preserved for posterity. Both countries need each other not only for sharing a common culture, rich heritage and similar history, but also to reinforce the dynamics of mutual strategic requirements as both are afflicted with threats of terror. In light of this, the frequent visits and talks at the ministers’ level and the EAM visit are sufficient signals that both the countries accord importance to each other, sharing mutual concerns. On part of India, Bangladesh remains a staunch ally having proven its friendship time and again by refusing to entertain anti-India hostile forces on its soil. Also, by often reaffirming friendship by recalling Indian military’s sacrifices and standing by the side of Bangladeshi freedom fighters in the liberation war of 1971. Both neighbours also have immense respect for each other’s sovereignty without interfering into their internal matters. Hasina’s high profile China visit last month did not cause many ripples in India perhaps due to their growing understanding of each other. Hasina’s October visit to India must be seized by the latter for more focussed bilateral ties. Jointly, both countries can lead this South Asian region for lasting peace, free of terror. Hasina, with her vision, already outlined specifically up to 2021, for lifting her country into a new horizon, coincides with Father of the Nation, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s centenary celebrations falling in 2022. That said, Hasina needs to ensure her personal security with a ‘zero error’ margin due to her surging popularity possibly incurring the wrath of many inimical quarters meriting their timely neutralisation. It is hoped that EAM’s forthcoming visit will get this critical point duly highlighted in the Bangladesh camp. (The author is a retired IPS officer and a security analyst who remained posted in Bangladesh. The views expressed are strictly personal)
Mumbai: Ravi Shastri’s reappointment as head coach of the Indian team was not influenced by captain Virat Kohli’s public backing of the incumbent, Cricket Advisory Committee(CAC) chief Kapil Dev said on Friday. Shastri was reappointed for a two-year period by the CAC, a decision that was expected. His term will again be up for review after the 2021 T20 World Cup in India. “Not at all, because if we take his (Kohli’s) views we would have taken the entire team’s views too. We haven’t asked anyone. There was no scope for that,” said Kapil when asked if the skipper’s preference influenced the final decision. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhAmong all the candidates, Shastri’s record was unmatched as the team reached the No.1 ranking in Test matches under his guidance and won a series in Australia for the first time in 71 years. On the flip side, India twice lost in the World Cup semi-finals (2015 and 2019) with him at the helm but that didn’t seem to have had a bearing on the decision taken by the committee that also comprised Shantha Rangaswamy and Anshuman Gaekwad. Asked about the team’s semifinal exits in ICC competitions, Kapil said, “If any manager don’t win (a World Cup) with any team, they should be sacked? No, you look at overall picture and we are not looking at that, we are looking what presentation he has given, we have gone by that.” Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterSince he came back in July, 2017 replacing Anil Kumble, whose differences with Kohli came out in the open, Shastri’s coaching record has been phenomenal. India have won 13 out of 21 Tests, 43 out of 60 ODIs and 25 T20 Internationals out of 36 on his watch. Going by what India’s first World Cup-winning skipper said, Shastri’s communication skills may have played a big part. “All of them were excellent. Sometime I felt Shastri had more skills of communication, they may have felt differently but we didn’t discuss about that, we have given the marks after listening to their presentations. “We all three have learnt so much, knowing how much hard work they have put in their presentation,” Kapil said. Shastri pipped former India teammates Robin Singh and Lalchand Rajput along with former New Zealand coach Mike Hesson and Australian Tom Moody to the post. Former West Indies and Afghanistan coach Phil Simmons pulled out of the race, citing personal reasons. Asked about the advantage Shastri had over others, Gaekwad said, “Basically, being the current coach, knowing the boys well, knowing the problems well in the team and what needs to be done. “I think he is well-versed with the entire system. If somebody knows the system, knows the players well and can communicate well, I think he has the advantage.” Before leaving for the West Indies tour, Kohli, when asked if he would prefer Shastri at the helm again, the India captain responded in the positive. “Well, the CAC has not contacted me on this. But all of us share a great camaraderie with Ravi bhai and would definitely be very happy (to have him around), Kohli had said. Shastri was the team director till June 2016 until India lost in the World T20 semi-finals before being appointed as head coach in 2017. The ad-hoc body had earlier appointed W V Raman as the women’s team coach in December.
Gibraltar: Gibraltar on Sunday rejected a US demand to seize an Iranian oil tanker at the centre of a diplomatic dispute as it prepared to leave the British overseas territory after weeks of detention. Gilbraltar’s government said it could not seek a court order to detain the ship because US sanctions against Iran were not applicable in the European Union. A Gibraltar judge had ordered the Grace 1 tanker released, but the US filed a request to detain the ship alleging it was involved in supporting illicit shipments to Syria by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, listed as a terrorist group by Washington.
Noida: The Noida Authority, on Friday, inaugurated city’s first containerised biomethanisation plant to convert wet waste to cooking gas and compost in sector 30 of Noida. Officials said that 95 per cent funding of the biogas plant has been provided by the authority.As per a senior Noida authority officer, the plant has been placed under a joint effort from Noida authority and Sector 30 RWA. The total capacity of the plant is to convert 500 kg wet waste daily to cooking and compost. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”The total cost of the plant is approximately Rs 20 lakh from which the Noida authority has funded 19 lakh while rest 1 lakh has been funded by RWA. The company which will be assigned for the operations of the plant will also manage door to door collection of waste from houses. By far this is the first plant in Noida city using such technique,” said Rajesh Singh, Officer on Special Duty, Noida Authority. The inauguration was done by Noida authority CEO, Ritu Maheshwari. Speaking on the occasion, the CEO urged that every RWA and high-rise residential society must place a decentralised solid waste disposal system at their Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsend. “We insist more RWAs and other high-rise residential societies to come forward and install compost machine within their compound to ensure segregated waste disposal at their source. This will prevent wet garbage to get dumped at authority’s dumping site and together we can overcome the problem of solid waste management and it’s disposal in the city,” said Maheshwari. The CEO also appealed to the people to manage segregation of waste at their homes. She said that the residents must ensure to separately dump dry and wet garbage in different bins and dump only segregated garbage at the time of door to door collection. Meanwhile, the CEO also held a meeting with Noida authority officials and tried to act tough on the issue of door-to-door collection of garbage in Noida. The CEO directed officials to issue notice to the contractor hired for door-to-door collection of garbage in Noida regarding delay in work. She also said that if the work of contractor is not found satisfactory, the company will be blacklisted.
New Delhi: The Delhi government on Monday directed government school principals to sensitise students and staff members about accidents caused by metal-coated strings used for flying kites.The Directorate of Education circular asked the heads of government, government-aided and unaided recognised schools to educate students about it under its anti-kite flying campaign. The circular said that flying kites is a common practice in Delhi and it sometimes leads to accidents causing harm and injury to humans, animals and birds. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe circular came days after a 28-year-old engineer died on August 15 at Paschim Vihar in outer Delhi after his throat was slit by string of a flying kite. “Kite flying becomes lethal and hazardous because of the metal-coated string used in flying kites. Often accidents involving kite flying have been reported causing fatal injuries especially during festivals,” the circular said. “It is a matter of grave concern and therefore, the passion for it among the students should be discouraged by creating awareness about the danger which kite flying can pose to people, animals and birds around,” the Directorate of Education circular added. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsIt can also interrupt electricity supply if it touches high tension lines and overhead metro electric lines, which can be fatal also to the person flying kites, the Directorate of Education circular said. “Therefore, all the heads of government, government-aided and unaided recognised schools under Directorate of Education are hereby directed to sensitise students and staff members during the school assembly about the menace of flying of kites,” the circular said. Many incidents of injuries and loss of life have been reported in the past few years due to strings of flying kites.
TROCHU, Alta. – Environment Canada says a tornado touched down southeast of Edmonton, Alberta.It says it came down near Wimborne, a small community about 216 kilometres south of Edmonton around 5:10 p.m on Friday.Many people in the towns of Three Hills and Trochu posted photos of the tornado on Facebook and Twitter.Environment Canada says the twister has since lifted and says there is no further threat.Brittanny Cawiezel, who works at the Trochu Golf and Country Club, says she heard a barn roof got ripped off and a few trees were down.She says she hasn’t heard any reports of injuries or major damage.“It was right over the clubhouse, it was freaky,” Cawiezel said.“It started to hail a little, and the wind really picked up, but that’s expected with a tornado.”
BURNABY, B.C. – Police say they are investigating a possible murder after the body of a 13-year-old girl was found in a wooded area of a popular suburban Vancouver park.Cpl. Meghan Foster with the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team said Marissa Shen’s family contacted RCMP late Tuesday night, reporting the girl missing.Shen’s body was found early Wednesday morning in some brush on the southeast side of Central Park in Burnaby.The scene suggested the teen may have been the victim of a homicide, Foster told a news conference Wednesday afternoon.“It’s still early in the investigation. Right now, this death is a suspicious death,” she said.An autopsy is being conducted to determine what caused Shen’s death.The girl was last seen at her family’s home near the crime scene around 1 p.m., and Shen wasn’t in distress when she was last contacted by phone at 5 p.m., Foster said. The officer would not reveal any specifics about the phone conversation or who the teenager spoke with Tuesday afternoon.Police wouldn’t say what Shen was believed to be out doing but Foster added the girl was on summer break, waiting to start high school in the fall.Police are asking anyone who saw Shen between 1 p.m. and 1 a.m., or anyone who witnessed suspicious circumstances in the park to call investigators.“We understand there will be many questions, but until we know more and can provide more updates, we ask that the public remain vigilant,” Foster said.“This is an opportunity to remind your kids, and all members of your family, in fact, about the importance of personal safety and to not take it for granted.”Police released a photo of the young Asian girl wearing a black sailor-style top and red tie. Her long, dark hair was parted in the middle and reached past her shoulders.Officers had cordoned off the south perimeter of the park Wednesday, but the remainder of the park remained opened to the public.A trail north of a Pitch and Putt in the park was closed off and police could be seen patrolling, but golfers were still allowed to play on the green.Area resident Jazmin Aure, 20, said she was surprised to learn of the death, adding that type of violence “doesn’t happen here.”“We go on walks here, we bike around here. My family, they love it here,” she said.Aure said the park isn’t lit at night and she wouldn’t attempt walking through the tree-lined trails even as a shortcut.But she called the area safe and in the five years she’s lived down the street from the park, Aure said there hadn’t been a similar incident she could recall.RCMP said the current risk to the public is unknown because details in the case are minimal.
CALGARY – The University of Calgary says it has no grounds to expel a student convicted of sexual interference of a 13-year-old girl in British Columbia.The administration made the comment Thursday in the face of a petition signed by a growing number of people that calls for the expulsion of Connor Neurauter.University Provost Dru Marshall said the situation is complicated and difficult, but the crime took place before Neurauter was enrolled as a student.“The matter in British Columbia occurred before Mr. Neurauter was a student at the University of Calgary,” Marshall said in a statement.“This is important, because our policies do not apply to activity that occurred before the person was a member of our campus community. We have no grounds on which to expel him.”Marshall said the university’s position does not mean that it condones sexual violence, harassment or puts the rights of a convicted individual over the safety of the university community.He said Neurauter has not been on campus since Tuesday, and has been advised not to return for the remainder of the term.In November, Neurauter, 21, pleaded guilty in a Kamloops, B.C., court to one count of sexual interference with a minor. Another charge of possession of child pornography was later dropped.Earlier this month he was sentenced to 90 days in jail, two years probation and is to be registered as a sex offender.The B.C. prosecution service said he served the first day of his sentence on Jan. 4, but the judge permitted him to serve the remainder starting May 4 after finishing his semester at the University of Calgary.By Thursday afternoon, more than 46,000 people had signed the petition urging the university to expel Neurauter.“While the courts have seemingly failed the victim, the University of Calgary now has the opportunity to help change the narrative of this story,” the petition says.His mother, Susan Neurauter, said the university asked him to stay off campus, in part for his own safety.She said her son has been threatened online and she’s heard students are demanding class lists to find out where he’s going to be on campus.She said there’s nothing unusual about a court allowing an intermittent sentence and her son was not treated differently.“They offered him an opportunity to better himself and I don’t understand what the problem is with that.”In interviews with Postmedia and CBC News, the victim’s mother said Neurauter was given special treatment by the courts throughout the trial and that it’s unfair he has the opportunity to finish his semester before going to jail.The mother cannot be identified because of a publication ban meant to protect the victim.Kamloops This Week reported from the trial that Neurauter, a former junior hockey goaltender, obtained nude photos from the girl and threatened to show them to her family. The court heard he was 18 when he and the girl had a brief relationship, Kamloops This Week reported.By taking a plea bargain, Neurauter gave up his opportunity to tell his side of the story in court, his mother said. His choice was meant to minimize the impact on the victim.“Of course he has regrets and remorse, but he was making an effort to not only acknowledge that, but put this behind him.”The University of Calgary’s Consent Awareness and Sexual Education Club called the punishment Neurauter received shameful.“The lack of significant consequences faced by Neurauter and other sexual predators demonstrates the dismissive attitude that society shows toward sexual violence and abuse,” the club said in a statement.“It discourages victims from coming forward as perpetrators are accommodated and their actions are excused for the sake of not impeding their ‘potential.’”Wayne MacKay, a law professor at Dalhousie University, said Neurauter’s case leaves the University of Calgary in a tough predicament.“It is important and significant exactly what kind of offence is involved and whether there is a significant risk to any other students. And if there is, then there’s a pretty high responsibility on the school to do something that would minimize that risk for everyone,” he said.“On the other hand, expelling a student is a very serious matter and if that is not required for the safety of the students, that may be too harsh a penalty.”MacKay led a study on campus-based sexual violence at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax after a video surfaced showing student leaders singing a chant about underage sex during orientation week.He said he’s not surprised the latest case is drawing so much outrage at a time when accusations of sexual assault and harassment have been toppling the careers of some of the most powerful men in Hollywood, the press and politics.The university must focus on doing what’s right, as opposed to what’s most popular, he said.“It’s about providing justice to all concerned in this very difficult situation.”
CORNER BROOK, N.L. – A Newfoundland judge says the legal system has long failed to recognize the extent of violence faced by women who end relationships, and has opted to jail a man who threatened to kill his ex-girlfriend and distributed an intimate video of her.Judge Wayne Gorman sentenced the 25-year-old man to eight months in jail, saying he needed to “stress deterrence and denunciation in cases involving offences committed by men against their former female partners.”The woman broke up with the man after two years, according to the provincial court ruling, which was handed down late last month in Corner Brook.Shortly after their breakup, she found him waiting by her car when she left a hair salon on Oct. 2, 2017. He kicked the door, denting it, told her he was going to kill her and made a throat-cutting gesture.Four days later, he sent her an electronic message threatening to kill himself and her.Then, a week later, he sent a video of her having sex with another man to one of her friends.“I was terrified of where else the video was sent and also what he was saying to people about the video,” the woman said in her victim impact statement.“I’m concerned about what he is capable of if he would go as far as to send a video out of me. I’m concerned he would say things to my daughter and about what he would expose her to. I feel he is very manipulative. I changed the locks on my door for fear he may come to the house.”The ruling identified the woman only as “X.” The Canadian Press has decided not to name the man to protect her identity.The man’s lawyer had argued for a non-custodial sentence of four to six months served in the community, but the judge said a jail term was necessary, saying his actions “were designed to intimidate and humiliate a former partner.”“Such crimes have been the subject of many studies and consultations, but little has changed,” Gorman said.“Our legal system has failed to recognize the extent of the violence that women who end relationships with their former male partners face. It has failed to acknowledge the reality that this violence can be deadly.”The judge said the man’s most serious crime was transmitting the intimate video. Gorman noted he hadn’t posted it on the internet, but lost control over who saw it once he sent it to the woman’s friend, which “increases his level of moral responsibility.”“That he would transmit an intimate video of her without her consent illustrates his inability to accept the end of the relationship. It also illustrates his strong desire to harm and humiliate (her),” said Gorman.The man, who is unemployed, pleaded guilty to the multiple charges against him. He apologized and said he wished he could take his actions back, and recognized the need to make changes in his life.The eight-month sentence includes time imposed by Gorman for convictions of assaulting a police officer and breaching a recognizance in an unrelated disturbance in January 2018.In addition to the jail term, the man was also sentenced to three years’ probation.”The judge also ordered him to stay away from any street or building in which the woman lives, works or goes to school; refrain from talking about her on social media; and surrender any intimate photos or videos he has of her.Gorman said the man’s sentence would be reduced by 108 days, because of time spent in custody awaiting his sentencing.
TORONTO – Police have identified two men wanted in connection with a daylight shooting at a Toronto playground that sent two young sisters to hospital.Det. Sgt. Jim Gotell says police now believe two men opened fire at a quiet co-operative housing complex in an east Toronto suburb, striking the sisters as they played among other children last week.He alleges the two shooters then fled the scene with the help of a getaway driver.Police previously arrested 21-year-old Sheldon Eriya of Markham, Ont., and charged him with a number of offences including attempted murder.Gotell says Terrick Rhoden and T’Quan Robertson, both 23-year-old Toronto residents, are now wanted on many of the same offences.Police had initially indicated that they were only looking for a single gunman and a driver, but Gotell says new information has emerged.“We have two shooters and a driver,” Gotell said. “I’m not going to discuss who did what, but they’re all jointly charged with the offences right now.”He said Rhoden and Robertson are familiar with the neighbourhood where the shooting took place, though live elsewhere in the city. He said both men are considered armed and should not be approached.They are each wanted on one count of attempted murder, two counts of aggravated assault, and discharging a firearm with intent.Gotell said community members have been very co-operative in the investigation, which he said has consumed his team since the Thursday afternoon shooting.He said police have not yet been able to speak to the person targeted in the shooting, which took place next to a space where 11 children were playing at the time.The two sisters, aged five and nine, were taken to hospital with serious injuries, but both are expected to recover. Gotell said he did not have any new information on the girls’ condition.
OTTAWA — A group of Canadian women’s organizations is calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to withdraw controversial changes to asylum laws included in an omnibus budget bill, saying they will harm women who have been targeted by harsh U.S. immigration policies.Last year, the United States changed its refugee policy to say domestic violence is no longer grounds for asylum claims there.Canada has since moved to change its laws to prevent asylum-seekers from making refugee claims in Canada if they have made similar claims in certain other countries, including the United States.Canadian organizations that help vulnerable women say this change will mean any woman who has made an asylum claim in the U.S. but turned to Canada to seek protection from violence will now be denied a full hearing.Forty-six groups, many of which support battered women and victims of sexual abuse, are calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to scrap the proposed restrictions, which they call “deeply harmful” to female refugees.They say the changes would violate the Charter of Rights and Freedoms by denying women in these situations their right to due process. The Canadian Press
In an effort to encourage children to spend more time outdoors and reconnect with nature, the U.S. Forest Service and the Ad Council are joining 20th Century Fox to launch a new series of public service advertisements (PSAs) featuring scenes and characters from the upcoming animated feature Rio 2.Discover The Forest With Rio 2The PSAs are an extension of the U.S. Forest Service and Ad Council’s Discover the Forest campaign and they’re being distributed to media outlets nationwide this week.Video: Discover the Forest with Rio 2Initially launched in 2008, the Discover the Forest campaign encourages parents and their families to get outside and experience the many benefits of the forest — fresh air, active play and beautiful scenery. The goal of the campaign is to instill a love for nature in children, ultimately creating a lifelong interest and legacy of stewardship through first-hand experience. Created by 20th Century Fox, the new PSAs feature the lovable Blu, Jewel, and their family of blue macaws on a journey to reconnect with their roots in the wilds of the Amazon, encouraging both parents and children to discover the adventure waiting in the forest.Celebrity voices in the PSAs include Anne Hathaway, Jesse Eisenberg, Pierce Gagnon, Jamie Foxx, Rachel Crow, Amandla Stenberg, will.i.am, Bruno Mars and Andy Garcia.According to the U.S. Forest Service, more than 245 million Americans live within 100 miles of a national forest or grassland, yet people aren’t taking advantage of these natural spaces. With busy family schedules and technology capturing more of children’s time these days, activities such as hiking, camping and fishing are not as common. Research has shown that children who play outside have lower stress levels and more active imaginations, become fitter and leaner, develop stronger immune systems and are more likely to become environmentally conscious in the future. According to campaign research done by Euro RSCG, 88 percent of children today say they like being in nature, and 79 percent wish they could spend more time there.“We are excited to see such a loveable family film, Rio 2, promoting the importance of children experiencing nature firsthand,” said U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell. “These PSAs will reach a broad audience thanks to the film’s popularity.”The PSAs encourage children and their parents to visit www.DiscoverTheForest.org where they can find ideas for outdoor activities and an interactive map tool — powered by Google and Nature Find — that enables users to search for nearby forests and parks. The campaign has an active social media presence, with over 7,000 followers on Twitter, and more than 20,000 fans on Facebook.“These PSAs are a wonderful extension of our efforts to inspire children and families to experience the many wonders of the forest,” said Peggy Conlon, president and CEO of the Ad Council. “I’m confident that both the media and the public will embrace these ads and help encourage families to spend time outdoors and reconnect with nature.”Per the Ad Council’s model, all of the PSAs will air in advertising time and space donated by the media. Since the campaign’s inception, media outlets have donated more than $183.8 million in time and space for the campaign.
EverFi, Inc., the leading critical skills education company, has announced a new partnership with From One Hand To AnOTHER, an educational non-profit founded by internationally renowned musician and producer Pharrell Williams.Virginia Beach Mayor Will Sessoms presents Pharrell Williams with a key to the city during a kickoff event at Princess Anne High SchoolCredit/Copyright: PRNewsFoto/EverFi, Inc., Keith CephusBeginning this summer, EverFi will provide digital learning opportunities to students attending the Summer of Innovation Camp coordinated by From One Hand to AnOTHER in Virginia Beach, VA. Designed to spark student interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), the camps will reach over 500 students in third through eighth grades and provide them with Ignition – Digital Literacy & Responsibility and Vault – Understanding Money, two of EverFi’s web-based courses designed for elementary and middle school students.EverFi Co-Founder Ray Martinez and Pharrell Williams observe students as they engage with EverFi’s digital learning coursesCredit/Copyright: PRNewsFoto/EverFi, Inc., Keith Cephus“Children are filled with so much possibility and potential, but it’s critical that we surround them with opportunities to learn, to be creative, and to have access to passionate teachers and mentors,” said Pharrell Williams. “If we’re going to develop a prepared workforce and the future leaders of America, we need to make these kinds of critical learning opportunities possible even during the summer months.”To announce the initiative, Pharrell Williams headlined a kickoff event at his alma mater, Princess Anne High School in Virginia Beach on Saturday, June 7. More than 800 students, administrators, and community members attended the event including Virginia delegate Ron Villanueva and Virginia Beach Mayor Will Sessoms, who presented Pharrell Williams with a key to the city. Representatives from the office of Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe also announced an official proclamation naming June 7 as Pharrell Williams Day across the Commonwealth of Virginia.We’re incredibly fortunate to be working together with one of the world’s great creative forces and education advocates,” said Tom Davidson, EverFi chief executive officer. “This partnership is exactly the kind we need to elevate the importance of STEM education and mentorship.”With EverFi’s Ignition, students learn how to live and succeed in the modern digital world filled with smartphones, computers, Internet, online identity risks, and cyberbullying. The curriculum focuses on building digital skills, such as creating a blog and maintaining a responsible social networking profile, while also helping students understand the technology skills needed for the jobs of tomorrow. EverFi’s Vault increases students’ knowledge and builds the foundation for making good financial decisions at a young age. For example, students are challenged to learn financial responsibility, build money management skills, and understand the importance of insurance and long-term savings.Source:PR Newswire
In partnership with B. Riley & Co., the Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation will present the 6th Annual “Big Fighters, Big Cause” Charity Boxing Night on Wednesday, May 13 at The Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood and Highland.Proceeds from the exclusive event will support the Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation and their mission to raise funds for research and awareness towards a cure for Type 1 Diabetes and to help children live healthier lives through diet and exercise.Emceed by actor and comedian, Bill Bellamy, the evening will feature a thrilling mix of professional and amateur heavy-weight bouts with well-known fighters from around the globe presented by Michael King and King Sports, and a special performance of the National Anthem by international recording artist and American Idol Season 11 alum Jessica Sanchez. Attendees will also be treated to an exciting evening of music by DJ Shy, food by Wolfgang Puck, as well as a world-class live auction and silent auction display featuring iconic memorabilia and other one-of-a-kind items and experiences.Additionally, the evening will honor the Center for Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles for their groundbreaking work in diabetes care and research. As one of the largest endocrine programs in the country, the Center is pioneering pediatric care and clinical and basic research programs in all types of diabetes, as well as disorders of human growth, bone metabolism, thyroid issues and adrenal disease. The Center provides comprehensive, state-of-the-art, interdisciplinary care, education and training to nearly 1,800 children with type 1 and type 2 diabetes and more than 4,600 patients with other endocrine disorders each year. Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is ranked among the top hospitals in the nation for endocrinology and diabetes care on the U.S. News & World Report list of Best Children’s Hospitals.The 6th Annual “Big Fighters, Big Cause” Charity Boxing Night is presented by B. Riley & Co., a leading investment bank which provides corporate finance, research, and sales & trading to corporate, institutional and high net worth individual clients. A media alert with further information and attendees will be announced in the coming weeks.For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.WHEN: Wednesday, May 13, 20155:00 PM – 6:30 PM Red Carpet Arrivals / Silent Auction7:00 PM Welcome & National Anthem / Awards Ceremony7:10 PM – 10:00PM Fights & Live AuctionWHERE: The Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood and Highland1755 North Highland Avenue, Hollywood, California 90028
Amy Schumer has joined a senator in calling for tighter background checks for gun buyers after two people were shot to death during a screening of her movie, Trainwreck.“These shootings have got to stop,” she said. “I don’t know how else to say it… No one wants to live in a country where a felon, the mentally ill or other dangerous people can get their hands on a gun with such ease.”The actress and comedian has joined with Sen. Charles Schumer, a New York Democrat who is her second cousin once removed, in calling for a bill to better screen the mental health records of those people who want to buy guns. John Russell Houser, the man who opened fire during the movie screening in Lafayette on July 23, had a long history of mental health problems.“I was heartbroken when I heard about Columbine and Sandy Hook and Aurora and so many other names of places that are seared into our memories,” she said, “and I was heartbroken again when I heard about Lafayette. And I still am.”Find out more here.
Irish singer/songwriter Hozier is donating the proceeds of his new single, Cherry Wine, to a series of international domestic abuse charity organisations which provide support to victims and survivors of domestic abuse, while also engaging in advocacy and community outreach.Cherry Wine was written by Hozier from the male perspective of an abuse sufferer. The song’s lyrics offer a unique insight into an abusive relationship, shining a light on the cycle of ‘justification’ often perpetuated in domestic violence incidents; that public health experts say controls the abused, shames the victim, and shifts responsibility for the abuser’s violent behavior.Speaking of his decision to lead this charity campaign Hozier said, “Domestic violence is an ongoing issue in our society, the statistics of which are shocking and the effects of which damage whole families, communities and span generations.“With the song Cherry Wine, I tried to get across the difficulty of coming to terms with and facing up to domestic violence and the dynamic of an abusive relationship. I’m honoured to be joined by Saoirse Ronan, video director Dearbhla Walsh and Moe Dunford in spreading awareness on this issue.”Saoirse Ronan added, “I am equally honoured to join Hozier to create awareness for the #FaceUpToDomesticViolence campaign with the release of “Cherry Wine” as a charity single. The song has always been one of my favourite tracks on his album. I hope through the video and song we can shine light on the issue and complexity of domestic abuse and in doing so help those caught up in the cycle of domestic violence”.
On Saturday, October 21st, 2017, celebrity and fashionable guests alike arrived at Union Station in Downtown Los Angeles for the Autism Speaks’ Into The Blue Fashion Gala.Autism Speaks Into The Blue Fashion GalaCredit/Copyright: Araya DiazHosted by Entertainment Tonight’s Keltie Knight, Into The Blue took a seat at the forefront of fashion entertainment as it partners with the iconic fashion brand ESCADA to present the runway looks. The event sparkled with celebrities in both film and television, models, studio executives and and others within the industry, to all join together to benefit the organization’s Southern California Chapter.Among the stars who took part were Freddie Highmore (The Good Doctor), Keltie Knight (Host & Entertainment Tonight), Cameron Boyce (Descendants), Logan Shroyer (This Is Us), Brandon Micheal Hall (The Mayor), Tamara Taylor (Bones), Garcelle Beauvais (Spider-Man: Homecoming), Erin Murphy (Bewitched), Jules Bruff (Zodiac), Massi Furlan (The Dark Knight Rises and Live by Night), Alessandra Garcia (Model), Delanie Dischert (America’s Next Top Model), Courtney Paige Nelson (America’s Next Top Model), Sima Cohen (Celebrity Trainer), among others..Upon arrival, celebrity and VIP guests walked the signature blue carpet, and continued on to enjoy the beautifully lit outdoor cocktail reception, which twinkled with blue lighting, crystal accents, and featured gourmet craft cocktails, live performances, a silent auction, and guests mingling. Following the reception, all guests were seated at elegantly decorated white linen tables in the grand ballroom, where they were treated to a curated fashion show by ESCADA, as celebrity models dazzled the blue-lit runway in the brand’s newest designs.Following the runway show, awards were presented to corporate leaders and dedicated individuals for their commitment to enhancing lives today, and accelerating a spectrum of solutions for tomorrow. This year’s Awareness Award was presented to Sony Pictures Television and ABC’s, THE GOOD DOCTOR, starring Freddie Highmore who portrays a young surgeon with autism.“Autism Speaks recognizes the influence and impact that the entertainment industry has on advancing the awareness of autism,” stated Angela Geiger, president and CEO of Autism Speaks. “We are grateful for the support and are thrilled to recognize community leaders who have made a committed effort to increase understanding and acceptance of people with autism.”Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the life span, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. We do this through advocacy and support; increasing understanding and acceptance of autism spectrum disorder; and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions. We empower people with autism and their families with resources, online tools and information covering the life span. To find resources, join a fundraising walk or make a donation, go to www.AutismSpeaks.org.