Jean Béliveau on Historia Series Cast Revealed at Last

first_imgAdvertisement The series is a sports drama featuring five sixty-minute episodes produced by Pixcom Productions, and will begin airing on March 15, 2017, on Historia, along with an hour-long documentary and a web documentary.About Corus Média Corus Média operates the French-language specialty television brands Historia, Séries+, Télétoon and La chaîne Disney in Quebec. It is a subsidiary of Corus Entertainment Inc. (TSX: CRJ.B), a leading media and content company that creates and delivers high quality brands and content across many platforms for audiences around the world. The company’s multi-media service portfolio includes 45 specialty TV channels, 39 radio stations, 15 conventional TV stations, international distribution, digital content, events, children’s book publishing, animation creation software and technology and media services. Corus’s collection of premium brands includes Global Television, W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network Canada, HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY®, Showcase, National Geographic, Q107, CKNW, Fresh Radio, Disney Channel Canada, YTV and Nickelodeon Canada. Visit Corus at www.corusent.com. Historia is revealing the remarkable cast of the dramatic series Jean Béliveau about the life of a national hero, the “gentleman of hockey,” which began filming on October 20. Pierre-Yves Cardinal will have the honour of playing the famous Number 4 and former captain of the Canadiens, alongside Madeleine Péloquin who will play his wife, Élise Béliveau. Co-stars will include Patrice Bélanger (Boom Boom Geoffrion), Marc Beaupré (Henri Richard), Frédéric Blanchette (Butch Bouchard), Bruno Marcil (Maurice Richard) and Stéphane Crête (René Lecavalier). Jacques Savoie is writing the script for this original series, a first for the channel, and François Gingras is directing it.“We’d like to honour the memory of this national hero with this major historical series. It is an unprecedented project for Historia. As the channel’s first original dramatic series, we are sending a clear message about our commitment to encouraging independent Quebec productions,” says Brigitte Vincent, Vice-President of Content and Programming. “We are particularly proud of having brought together such a solid cast to tell the story of this exceptional man, Jean Béliveau, through this major project,” adds Nicola Merola, President of Pixcom Productions and executive producer of the series.Jean Béliveau left a mark on Quebec. He was a symbol of success, both socially and professionally. Known as the gentleman of hockey, he was not only a star, but a businessman, husband and father who earned widespread admiration and respect. Béliveau is a hockey legend, and though he was constantly under pressure, he was armed with unmatched strength of character and overcame several injuries. Relive the highlights of this national hero’s career, which spanned from 1950 to 1971. Originally from Victoriaville, he began playing for the Citadelles in Quebec City, followed by the Quebec Aces before he went on to become the captain of the Montréal Canadiens, earning five Stanley Cups. Béliveau was considered one of the best hockey players of his time. Young players sought to imitate him on the ice, while older ones revered him as a model of loyalty, rectitude and resilience. Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Ahlam Alshamsi to Donate Mawazine Proceeds to Hospital

By Intissar FaouziRabat- Emirati singer Ahlam Alshamsi has announced that she will donate everything she receives for her performance at the Mawazine Festival to a Moroccan hospital in solidarity with the ongoing boycott campaign.After Moroccans launched a campaign in late April to boycott three major companies selling dairy, bottled water, and fuel, in response to increased prices, some called for the  Mawazine Festival to be boycotted as well. Alshamsi, a judge on the Arab version of The Voice and Arab Idol, has come under criticism from Moroccans who have accused her of hypocrisy and not loving Moroccan people. In response, Alshamsi said on her social network pages that she sympathizes with the demands expressed by a number of Moroccans to boycott the Mawazine Festival, but she cannot refuse any invitation to meet her Moroccan audience. Furthermore, she said, Mawazine is a cultural and humanitarian festival that encourages tourism in Morocco.Alshamsi wrote on her Instagram account “I am participating with you in this campaign by giving my payment as a donation to one of the hospitals in Morocco. My participation is a support and a declaration of sincerity and love that I carry for you, to meet the Moroccan public is the real gain that I can receive #mawazine.”Alshamsi will perform on the final day of the 17th Mawazine Festival, Saturday, June 30, on the Nahda stage. read more

Meknes ChildKiller Reconstructs the Crime Scene

On July 14, amid heightened security, the 35-year-old main suspect in the rape and murder of the 10-year-old Reda in Meknes reconstructed the scene of his crime.The child was found dead and abandoned in a building near Sahrij Swani in Meknes on July 11.Police who found the victim’s body reported that he had been choked with an electric cable. His body showed signs of sexual and physical violence. The main suspect, known as “Biour”, has a criminal record. The suspect’s record includes premeditated murder as well as physical and sexual assaults.Read Also: Moroccan Police Arrest Man Suspected of Rape, Murdering a ChildAccording to a Youtube video of the crime scene reconstruction, “Biour” lured the victim to the door of the abandoned building. He then forcibly pushed the victim inside by choking him as he resisted.Once inside the building, “Biour” tied his victim’s hands and raped him alternately with another suspect, known as “Haska.” The latter is still subject to a search warrant.Afterwards, “Biour” hit the child’s head three times using a wooden stick, followed by “Haska” who did the same with a stone.At the end, “Biour” tied his victim’s neck to the iron bars of a window using an electric cable ensuring the death of the child.The third suspect, referred to as “Ramjani,” is a 17-year-old minor. While “Biour” spontaneously told the crime’s details, in the video, “Ramjani” appeared reluctant.In the crime scene footage, “Ramjani,” standing at the door of the building, said that he had fled the scene before the victim was killed. “Ramjani” stated that he had discovered the body of the deceased after he tried to discover what was happening in the building.He then admitted that he had found the first two suspects raping the child and “could not run to inform the police.” “I feared they would do the same to me; I did not do it, they forced me to rape him too,” he added.The Public Prosecutor’s Office in the court of appeal in Meknes ordered the detention of both of the accused in “Toulal” prison pending trial. read more

Ban welcomes new arms pact between Russia and the United States

Negotiations between the two nations on a successor agreement to the 1991 Treaty on the Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms, better known as START, wrapped up today.According to media reports, the new pact will require both sides to cut their deployed nuclear warheads, missiles and launchers. It will also re-establish a verification mechanism to replace the one that expired with START last December.Congratulating Russian and US presidents Dmitry Medvedev and Barack Obama on the agreement and for the leadership they have displayed, Mr. Ban voiced hope in a statement that “this new treaty can be ratified without delay so as to allow its expeditious implementation.”The Secretary-General called on both nations to press ahead with efforts to reduce and eliminate all nuclear weapons, encouraging other nuclear-weapon States to follow their example.He also expressed optimism that today”s announcement will give “significant impetus” to this May”s review conference of the United Nations-backed Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), which forms the foundation of the world”s nuclear non-proliferation regime and marked the 40th anniversary of its entry into force earlier this month.Parties to that pact will meet in New York in May to review its operation and how to further its full implementation and its universality. Under the provisions of the treaty, review conferences are held every five years.Mr. Ban has characterized the last review meeting in 2005 as “disappointing.”At the end of that meeting, Sergio Duarte, the President of the last Review Conference and currently UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, said the gathering ended having accomplished “very little” amid widely diverging views on nuclear arms and their spread. It wrapped up without any substantive agreement having been reached by nations.In 2008, the Secretary-General put forward a five-point action plan to reinvigorate the international push towards disarmament.It begins with a call for the parties to the NPT to pursue negotiations on nuclear disarmament, either through a new convention or through a series of mutually reinforcing instruments backed by a credible system of verification.In addition, it is based on the following key principles: that disarmament must enhance security be reliably verified be rooted in legal obligations be visible to the public and must anticipate emerging dangers from other weapons. 26 March 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed today”s agreement reached between Russia and the United States to reduce their arsenals, hailing it as an “important milestone” in global efforts to rid the world of nuclear weapons. read more

Stimulus moves in China prompt tripledigit gains in Toronto New York

TORONTO — Stock markets in Toronto and New York soared to three-digit gains, propped up by burgeoning oil prices and signs that China is moving to kick-start its slowing economy.On Bay Street, the S&P/TSX composite index rallied 211.35 points, or 1.56 per cent, to 13,775.19, led by gains in energy and mining companies.Overnight, Beijing announced it was going to increase bank lending while also offering greater tax rebates and more support for export credits. The June contract for benchmark North American crude rose $1.22 to US$44.66 a barrel.Elsewhere in commodities, the June contract for natural gas was up six cents at US$2.16 per mmBtu, while June gold fell $1.80 to US$1,264.80 a troy ounce and July copper eased  a penny to US$2.09 a pound.The commodity-sensitive Canadian dollar also rebounded from recent losses, up 0.28 of a U.S. cent to 77.42 cents US.New York markets were also sharply higher with the Dow Jones industrial average surging 222.44 points or 1.26 per cent to 17,928.35, while the broader S&P 500 rose 25.70 points to 2,084.39 and the Nasdaq added 59.67 points to 4,809.88. read more

Syrian parties should join next round of Geneva talks without preconditions –

Mark Lowcock, new UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator. UN Photo/Mark Garten Briefing the Council on the humanitarian situation there was Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Mark Lowcock, who said “Syria continues to face deep and difficult challenges, and the Syrian people remain trapped in a cycle of violence that must be broken.” Following a comprehensive UN review, Deir ez-Zor and the 93,500 people in the city are being removed from the list of those besieged, he said, explaining that after three years of besiegement by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh), Syrian Government forces in early September gained road access, marking the end of costly airdrops. Now an estimated 419,920 people remain besieged in 10 locations across Syria. Of these, 95 per cent are besieged by the Government, two per cent by non-State armed groups, and three per cent by both non-State armed groups and the Government of Syria. “These sieges must be lifted,” said Mr. Lowcock, who is also UN Emergency Relief Coordinator. So far in September, 9,000 people in the three besieged towns of Foah, Kefraya and Yarmouk have been reached, and 25,000 people were reached in East Harasta, Misraba and Modira. In total, under the August and September access plan, the UN has reached 280,500 of the 1.23 million people it requested to provide assistance to, he added. “The time has come for the focus to return to Geneva, and the intra-Syrian talks under the auspices of the United Nations,” said UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura, urging the Government and the opposition to assess the situation with realism and responsibility to the Syrian people and prepare to participate in the talks without preconditions. Mr. de Mistura said the Government should show a genuine interest in having negotiations about credible, inclusive local and central governance, a schedule and process for a new constitution, and UN-supervised elections. For its part, the opposition should show its unity and readiness to speak in one voice, he said, urging opposition groups to seize the opportunity presented by Saudi Arabia to convene a conference for them to overcome differences. “Let me caution both sides and their backers against illusions of victory or dreams of shortcuts,” he said. “There is no substitute for an internationally supported process based on a comprehensive and inclusive approach that also helps Syrians to re-discover a modicum of trust and social cohesion after the bitterest of conflict.” Following the 10-15 July round of the UN-facilitated talks, the envoy said the conference ended with incremental progress but no breakthrough. Intra-Syrian talks focus on the “four baskets”: a credible non-sectarian transitional government; a future constitution; early and free parliamentary elections within 18 months; and a united war against terrorism within Syria. read more

Ohio State LiFESports teams up with womens track team to offer instructional

OSU LiFESports counselor Tarkington Newman (bottom right) gets set to race kids who participated in the track & field clinic held March 29 at French Field House.Credit: Matt Homan / Lantern reporterThe Ohio State women’s track and field team is all about giving back.Alumnae and current members of the team, along with some students from the OSU running club, volunteered to join OSU LiFESports to host a track and field clinic for Columbus youth at the French Field House Saturday.More than 80 children showed up to take advantage of the free clinic. In separate rotating groups, they cycled through four different stations where volunteers taught them baton handoffs, plyometric drills, shot put and block starts. Supervisors and volunteers used each station as a teaching metaphor to represent one of the life skills of SETS, which stands for self-control, effort, teamwork and social responsibility.The volunteers for the track clinic consisted of five OSU track & field alumnae, eight members of the OSU running club, and four current members of OSU’s women’s track & field team, including second-year in exercise science Khara Walker.Walker said she was immediately interested when her coach told the team about the clinic, so she volunteered.“I actually love working with kids, and I love sports, so to do something that I love all the way around is pretty fun,” Walker said, who runs the 200-meter, 400-meter, and 600-meter events in competition,.During the clinic, Walker worked at the starting block station, teaching the proper technique sprinters use to explode off the line at the start of a race. She said self-control was the SETS skill she focused on teaching the children, explaining during the drill that it takes discipline to hold your position until the start signal is heard. However, Walker made it clear that everyone needs to exercise self-control on some level “at home, on the track, the field, the court and in the classroom.”Not surprisingly, it can be hard to teach self-control to an energetic bunch of children.“A lot of them have strong personalities and they get really competitive, so at times they take it too serious and we have to calm them down a little bit and let them know it’s all for fun,” Walker said.Parents were invited to stick around for the roughly two-hour duration of the camp, which ended with pizza, snacks and beverages. Tiffany Banks and her husband Sean were two of many who sat in the bleachers and watched their children participate.Tiffany Banks said her son 16-year-old Savon has been participating in LiFESports for five years, and her younger son Shanden loved his first few clinics so much that he is looking forward to attending the summer camp for the first time this year.“We really enjoy (the summer camp),” Banks said. “You think in four weeks they’re not gonna make many friends, but there’s so many people. Everywhere we go now we see people … from LiFESports and everybody knows little Shanden from the clinics and things like that, so being able to expand outside their home schools and their neighborhoods, and branch out to make all of Columbus their home, I think I like that the most.”Savon Banks is set to be a junior counselor at the camp this summer. Savon said he likes spending time with his brother at the clinics, even though being a junior counselor comes with a lot of responsibility.“(My responsibilities) could be social, it could be physical, and it could be mental responsibilities as well,” Savon Banks said. “You want to be the positive example, not the negative. So you wanna lead by example, not by words.”The track clinic was one of six clinics LiFESports holds before their main event, a four-week camp held during the summer.“Since the summer camp is free, there’s a lot of interest. We only have one registration day, so people will basically start lining up at 6 a.m.,” Skotko said.The last LiFESports clinic before the summer camp is scheduled for April 12. The clinic is set to use football to teach more life skills to Columbus youth, and everyone participating will be invited to attend the OSU spring football game after the clinic. Registration day for LiFESports’ summer camp is set for May 17. read more

Sadie Hartleys daughter I got engaged just two days before my mothers

first_imgJust two days before businesswoman Sadie Hartley was murdered on her doorstep her daughter Charlotte got engaged in Hawaii.She told her daughter she was going to retire and help her plan her wedding.It should have been the happiest day of the 23-year-old’s life but instead she got the devastating news her mother had been killed.The 60-year-old was killed by her boyfriend Ian Johnston’s former lover Sarah Williams and her accomplice Katrina Walsh in a plot which took 18 months in the planning.Charlotte, her brother Harry, 25, and their uncle Graham Cook have disowned Mr Johnston after revelations of his fling and salacious texts with Williams were laid bare in court.  Police at the £500,000 home of Sadie Hartley in the village of Helmshore, Lancashire Police at the £500,000 home of Sadie Hartley in the village of Helmshore, LancashireCredit:PAT HURST/PA Sadie HartleyCredit:LANCASHIRE CONSTABULARY They gave him just a day to leave the home in rural Lancashire, where Ms Hartley was murdered.”I was in Hawaii on the holiday of a lifetime with my partner and his parents. We had been away for about 10 days when I got the phone call at about 4am,” said Charlotte.”I just could not believe it.”I had just got engaged about three days before I got the phone call. I went from an incredible high to an incredible low. It was just indescribable, you obviously think it would never happen to you and at that moment in time all you want to do is be back home, but I knew she wasn’t going to be there.”She said her mother had told her she intended to retire and was looking forward to planning the wedding. “She just wanted to go on more holidays, enjoy family, wait for me to have a family and obviously plan a wedding together, but that’s all been taken away from her,” she added.”They might be in prison, but what’s prison when you haven’t got a mum and you’re out of prison? Nothing will make that feel better.”Ms Hartley had spent her life working inn pharmaceuticals to help develop and promote drugs to help save and prolong the lives of blood cancer patients.Charlotte added: “My mum was a very caring, gentle, kind lady, always happy and incredibly trustworthy – just all over  incredible woman.”I would like her to be remembered just for the inspiration she was to many people; she just literally lit up a room. She was just perfect.”Ms Hartley’s brother Graham Cook, from Kent, said the whole family is devastated. The 63-year-old said: “Sadie’s death has just left a massive hole in all our lives which will never be filled and we will never, ever, get over this – we never will. She is always going to be missed.”Charlotte is getting married soon and her mum won’t be there. She will eventually have children and her mum won’t be there. “We have tried to make sense of this senseless crime and we haven’t been able to.” Ms Hartley was the third of seven children and grew up on a council estate in Newark. She went on to Brighton University and completed a degree in microbiology and biochemistry.It was through working in developing drugs to help leukaemia patients she met her best friend Julie Taylor and pair later set up their own medical communications company.Mrs Taylor describes her as an “incredible” woman who was “more a sister than a best friend”.She had raised the alarm when Ms Hartley had failed to turn up for work.”I know so many friends who had looked up to Sadie, what she’d achieved in her life. Just genuinely I did not know anybody who didn’t like her. She was just an inspiration,” she said.”Most people who work in the pharmaceutical industry have a passion for it, Sadie had a drive for it. She had a desire to make the world a better place.”She was a true inspiration.” Sadie Hartley Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Lives put at risk by ambulance crews filling up vehicles with wrong

first_imgOther trusts with high misfueling rates include Yorkshire, which had 123 incidents costing the taxpayer more than £20,000, and North West Ambulance Service, which had 124 incidents costing £30,600. Misfueling puts the ambulances out of action, causing problems all over the country for an already overstretched NHS  The trust said it had steadily lowered its rate of misfueling due to increasingly using NHS-owned ‘bunkering’ hubs, rather than normal roadside petrol stations.However, documents from London Ambulance Service, which suffered 69 incidents over the last two years, indicate that misfueling can also take place at NHS hubs.An ambulance that is misfuelled – typically where petrol is put into a diesel engine – first needs to be recovered, then have its engine drained.Often the fuel filter will then need to be replaced and the vehicle undergo road tests before it is allowed back into service.The data from London shows its 69 misfuelled ambulances were out of action for a total of 1,902 hours, or 27.5 hours per ambulance.If the same average is applied across all 769 known incidents, it means the UK has lost at least 881 days of operational ambulance time since the start of 2012, around 25 weeks a year.Even on a more conservative estimate, which excludes the handful of London ambulances off the road for several days, which boosted the overall mean average, the more typical six to eight-hour repair period equates to six weeks’ lost ambulance time nationally a year. Scottish Ambulance Service said it had suffered 64 incidents at a total cost of £8,393, while Wales had 58, costing £17,886.The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service, West Midlands and East of England all refused to disclose their rates.John O’Connell, Chief Executive at the TaxPayers’ Alliance said: “These findings are very concerning.“These mistakes don’t only waste taxpayers money but also is a threat to patient safety.’  A spokesman for South East Coast Ambulance Service said: “As a trust we have implemented control measures to reduce the risk of these events occurring by ensuring all our vehicles have a label fitted to the vehicle fuel flap indicating to staff the correct grade of fuel to be used. We have also trialled audible fuel alerts and various misfuel devices but as a trust we have seen a drop in these type of events over the last 3 years.” Misfueling puts the ambulances out of action, causing problems all over the country for an already overstretched NHS Credit:Yui Mok/PA Lives are being put at risk due to weeks of ambulance time being lost each year because crews are accidentally filling vehicles with the wrong fuel, The Sunday Telegraph has learnt.An investigation reveals there have been at least 769 incidents of ‘misfueling’ across the UK since 2012, with affected ambulances out of action for days and in some cases weeks at a time.The problem is so persistent that in some areas NHS bosses are trialling audio alerts to remind paramedics to use the correct fuel.The data, obtained through Freedom of Information requests, emerges as ambulance trusts face mounting pressure due to the crisis in A&E departments and their own staffing shortages.Poor availability was blamed this winter when taxis were used to ferry critically ill patients to hospital and a patient froze to death while waiting for an ambulance.Last night campaigners said, misfuelling mistakes were threatening public safety and waste taxpayers’ money.South East Coast Ambulance Service, which at 156 incidents was the worst offending trust, has spent at least £51,555 repairing misfueled ambulances since 2012, a sum which could have employed two full-time paramedics for a year.The largest individual cost was £14,310 after an engine was so badly damaged it had to be replaced. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Children spend up to 10 hours a day mindlessly swiping their mobiles study finds

Olympia, who was revising for her A-levels during the study, told the researchers the only place she could relax was in the bath because she could not take in her phone – although she added she would take it in if it was water-proof.Others admitted they fell asleep at night while on their phones. Many frequently checked their phones during the interviews with the researchers. “It’s a form of immersion, a fear of missing out if you don’t scroll through [your social media]. It becomes an activity in itself,” said Mr de Ionno.Among comments from the young people to the researchers were “I use it all the time because it is always there,” “I would feel lost without [my phone]”, “It’s pretty much mindless”, “It is a waste of time,” and “I am not really engaging with anyone or anything.”The consequences were that they missed out on not only other activities – whether sporting or educational – but also face-to-face communication by conducting relationships almost entirely through instant messaging or emojis.“It is a dumbed down way to communicate with someone but it is a function of the smart phone because it’s hard to write prose that says what you mean on such a device. It’s easier to press a like button or send an emoji,” said Mr de Ionno. Although children from lower income households were potentially more prone to such passive consumption of social media, he said: “We are seeing more and more relatively highly-educated girls from good backgrounds who are spending this sort of time on screen.” The research warned of a potential link to increasing youth mental ill health and addiction. And it criticised social media firms for drawing in younger children through game-like elements like Snapchat ‘streaks’ which encourage them to update friendships on a daily basis, and filters, where they can add cartoon images to their pictures. In their study, one child had been online every day for more than two years to maintain an 800-day Snapchat streak with a friend. “Snapstreaks effectively turn social interactions into a game, they keep you on the app,” said Mr de Ionno.“People need to reassess their relationship with smart phones otherwise it can become all-consuming where the world and all relationships are seen only through the phone.”As a result of the study, one of the research team’s youngest members, a school-leaver, was so shocked by what he saw that he deleted all his social profiles apart from two messaging apps.Protect yourself and your family. Find out more about our Duty of Care campaign to regulate social media Teenagers are spending up to 12 hours online a day mindlessly swiping through social media without looking at any single piece of content for more than a few seconds, a unique study has found.For the first time researchers used technology to record minute by minute what young people actually do on their smart phones – and were shocked by the compulsive and superficial way they “wasted” hours scrolling through social networking sites.Typical was Olympia, aged 17, who in one 24-hour period spent 3.3 hours on Snapchat, 2.5 hours on Instagram, 2 hours on Face Time, 2.4 hours on WhatsApp and 1.8 hours on Safari – a total of 12 hours.“It’s very fast scrolling of one or two seconds on each piece of content, sharing or liking, then scrolling again. It feels compulsive. It’s very visual. It’s quite shocking because it is very superficial,” said Damon de Ionno, managing director of Revealing Reality, which advises and researches for the regulator Ofcom, England’s children’s commissioner and the BBC.When the researchers played back the on-screen records to show the young people what they had been doing on their phones, the teenagers went into denial. “They said things like ‘Oh, it’s not normally this boring,’ as if seeing it properly for the first time,” said Mr de Ionno. read more

Indian water minister Uma Bharti says she had rapists tortured

Uma Bharti (centre) said she ordered police to torture rape suspects until they begged (AFP photo)(BBC) An Indian minister says she made rape suspects beg for their lives and ordered police to torture them.Uma Bharti, the water resources minister, claims she told the men’s accusers to watch as they were hung upside down.“Rapists should be tortured in front of victims until they beg for forgiveness,” she said.Ms Bharti made the comments while campaigning for a local politician in Agra, in Uttar Pradesh state.She brought up an infamous case from July 2016 where a mother and her daughter were gang-raped in Bulandshahr, saying the Uttar Pradesh government had failed to give the victims justice.“The rapists should be hung upside down and beaten till their skin comes off,” the minister is reported to have said.“Salt and chilli should be rubbed on their wounds until they scream. Mothers and sisters should watch so they can get closure.”Ms Bharti said that when she was chief minister of Madhya Pradesh state from 2003-4, she took the same attitude.“I would tell the cops to hang the rapists upside down and beat them so hard that they would cry out. I would tell women to watch through windows of the police station,” she said.She told the crowd that when a policeman objected, “I told him people who behave like ‘danav’ (demons) cannot have Manavadhikar (human rights). Their heads should be cut off like Ravana’s”. Ravana is an evil demon king in Hindu mythology.Ms Bharti is a member of India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), and has previously made the headlines for her controversial comments.Her torture revelations have resonated with some in India, where the most grievous rape cases sometimes attract the death penalty.Crimes against women in India have been in the spotlight since the brutal gang-rape and murder of a student in 2012 in Delhi. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedFour sentenced to death in brutal rape case in IndiaSeptember 13, 2013In “World”Third teenager attacked and burned in a week in IndiaMay 11, 2018In “latest news”How can US rapist win joint custody of victim’s child?October 9, 2017In “latest news” read more

Minister advises citizens to be childfriendly

Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppHome Affairs Minister Vaden Williams has said that government will continue to develop programs to help in the prevention of child abuse. Williams made the statement in recognition of National Child Abuse Prevention (CAP) Month. CAP month is recognized around the world in April.  Williams said he was happy to join the Department of Social Development, which falls under Home Affairs, in their activities to commemorate the month and sensitize the public on issues surrounding child abuse. “It is important not only because of the timeline but also to help with  prevention strategies.”He added that children were the nation’s “most precious jewels” and said citizens should “strive to create a child-friendly environment to ensure every child feels safe in their surroundings.”#MagneticMediaNews#NationalChildAbusePreventionMonth#VadenWilliams Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: read more

Police to be tough if prepolls anarchy unleashed

first_imgAsaduzzaman Mia.A senior police official on Thursday said tough action will be taken if any attempt is made to cause deterioration in law and order ahead of the national elections.Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) commissioner Md Asaduzzaman Mia issued the warning at a time when the opposition coalition, especially the BNP complained of arrest and harrassment of hundreds of thousands of political activists across the country.“Strict action will be taken against individuals or groups if any attempt is made to deteriorate the law and order situation ahead of the next election,” the DMP chief said at a press briefing held at the DMP media centre.“The class and the profession will not be considered while taking action,” he added.The police official observed that the country’s law and order situation is much better now than in the past.In this context, he expressed confidence that there is no possibility of deterioration in the situation.On the police behaviour with the people at check posts, Asaduzzaman Mia claimed that their behaviour is far better and professional.When his attention was drawn to an incident of harrassment of a woman at a check post in the city on 22 October night, the police official mentioned that if there is any complaint, action is taken and in this case as well, a probe body was asked to submit report within 48 hours for taking necessary action.last_img read more

DC Man Arrested in Metro Assault

first_imgA Northeast D.C. resident was arrested June 24 for assaulting a woman aboard a Metro train, according to the Metro Transit Police. He turned himself in after authorities issued a warrant for his arrest on June 22.On May 24, Lawrence Nathaniel Harris, 25, was aboard a Largo, Maryland-bound Blue Line train when he allegedly placed a fluid-filled condom on a female passenger’s shoulder. Metro officials said the woman was not physically injured and she declined medical assistance.Metro Transit Police said digital camera surveillance helped identify Harris as a possible suspect, along with the victim’s identification of the suspect. A spokesperson for Metro, Morgan Dye, told the AFRO June 28 that Harris is currently in police custody. Harris is charged with simple assault.There have been 127 sex abuse cases in D.C. in 2016 as of June 28, an 11 percent drop from this time a year ago.Metro is in partnership with Collective Action for Safe Spaces (CASS) to help prevent and stop public sexual harassment and assault. Anyone can report sexual misconduct to Metro Transit Police here wmata.com/about_metro/transit_police/harassment.cfm.last_img read more

Varied colours of moods and moments

first_imgWe have our own ups and downs, happy and sorrow moments, rejections and acceptances, success and failures and we sway our moods with these expressions of life. Same is the case with an artist. It is the intensity of the situation that makes the artist play with the lines, apply colour to his art, give it a definite form and infuse life in it. Thus, the final outcome will be the projection of an artist’s expression which will be depicted in the work and that will give the canvas its moods and moments. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’This is the reason why this exhibition is named as the Moods n Moments on Canvas. It’s a group exhibition of 12 eminent artists curated by Savita Agrawal, Director Shree Yash Art Gallery that opened on 8 October in the Capital. The participating artists are – Shranik Jain, Shyamal Mukherji, Ramesh Gorjala, Bhawna Bhanot, Nand Thakur, Harish Kumar, RC Bhawsar, S.D. Shrotriya, Prithvi Soni, Madan Lal, Darshan Sharma and  Savita Agrawal.The efforts put in by the artist to instill life in his creation are what make it desirable by the onlooker. The life line of an artist is his canvas and he works within its periphery. His imagination and the brush of an artist have the capacity to capture the picturesque moments that may be difficult to see otherwise. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixPrithvi Soni from Mumbai skilfully depicts village life scenes with lively colours and forceful lines that the work and the characters of his picture look as if they are standing right in front of you. The use of earthen colours adds a traditional touch to his work.Nand Thakur , a young and aspiring artist, is also a professor in Shimla. His colours are very vibrant and he finds himself connected to nature always. There is a calm and sure way in his projection.When: On till 15 October Where: Shree Yash Art Gallery, Green Park Main Market Road Timing: 6 pmlast_img read more

Of sacred geometry and cosmic order

first_imgVictory, would be launched on January 4 (Sunday) at the exhibition. It describes the unique journey that she set upon in 1971. Intimate details are revealed of how discoveries were made that opened the New Way, her unique contribution to the world to higher knowledge. The Volume 1 of her book describes her astonishing breakthroughs into the heart of sacred number, geometry and cosmology.In January 1970, the Mother made the most significant breakthrough of the age. She entered the solar world and saw there a chamber which in sacred architecture encapsulated the entire process of supramentalisation for both individual and collectivity. The Mother drew up a plan of the chamber with very precise measurements for its construction in the physical world. This most extraordinary accomplishment ever recorded in the sacred sciences has remained unknown to the world for 44 years.The exhibition is focused on sacred geometry. Since the exhibits may appear too abstract for some, they would be placed side by side with images from the Puranic Age that encapsulate the same principles. The viewers would be offered an integral package – number, geometry, architecture – all grounded in Indian mythology. Such an integral approach to the sacred has not been attempted before.last_img read more

CM condoles workers death Firhad Suvendu to visit victims families in Malda

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday expressed her condolences to the families of those 10 persons who died in an explosion inside a carpet factory in Uttar Pradesh’s Bhadohi district near Varanasi. Nine of those dead hail from Bengal’s Malda district.”My condolences to the families of the 10 people killed in Varanasi. 9 of those who lost their lives in this tragedy are from Malda. Police team from Bengal helping to bring back bodies & provide assistance. Bengal ministers Suvendu and Firhad with others on their way to Malda,” Banerjee tweeted soon after the incident. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThe Chief Minister called up state Urban Development and Municipal Affairs minister and Mayor Firhad Hakim and instructed him to visit the affected families in Malda. “Our government will stand by the families of the deceased and all possible assistance will be provided. I am rushing to Malda under the instructions of the Chief Minister,” Hakim told reporters at the Kolkata Municipal Corporation before leaving for Malda. State Transport minister Suvendu Adhikari will also be visiting the families of the deceased along with Hakim. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataAccording to police sources, those who died are residents of Enayetpur in Malda. They have been identified as Ataur Momin, Abdul Gaffar, Mohammad Subhan Ansari, Ishrafil Momin, Abdul Kalam Momin, Alamgir Momin, Azad Momin, Abdul Qadir and Mosawar. It is learnt that the front portion of the factory was being used to manufacture crackers and as per preliminary investigation, the explosion took place due to the crackers that were stored up there. More labourers are suspected to be trapped under the debris. The rescue operation has started in full swing and the death toll may go up.last_img read more

AWS introduces Amazon DocumentDB featuring compatibility with MongoDB scalability and much more

first_imgToday, Amazon Web Services ( AWS) introduced a MongoDB compatible Amazon DocumentDB designed to provide performance, scalability, and availability needed while operating mission-critical MongoDB workloads. Customers use MongoDB as a document database to retrieve, store and manage semi-structured data. But it is difficult to build performant, highly available applications that can quickly scale to multiple terabytes and thousands of reads- and writes-per-second because of the complexity that comes with setting up MongoDB clusters at scale. Amazon DocumentDB uses a fault-tolerant, distributed and self-healing storage system that auto-scales up to 64 TB per database cluster. With AWS Database Migration Service (DMS) users can migrate their MongoDB databases which are on-premise or on Amazon EC2 to Amazon DocumentDB for free (for six months) with no downtime. Features of Amazon DocumentDB Compatibility Amazon DocumentDB, compatible with version 3.6 of MongoDB, also implements the Apache 2.0 open source MongoDB 3.6 API. This implementation is possible by emulating the responses that a MongoDB client expects from a MongoDB server, further allowing users to use the existing MongoDB drivers and tools with Amazon DocumentDB. Scalability Storage in the Amazon DocumentDB can be scaled from 10 GB to 64 TB in increments of 10 GB. With this document database service, users don’t have to preallocate storage or monitor free space. Users can choose between six instance sizes (15.25 GiB (Gibibyte) to 488 GiB of memory) and also create up to 15 read replicas. Storage and compute can be decoupled and one can easily scale each one independently as needed. Performance Amazon DocumentDB stores database changes as a log stream which allows users to process millions of reads per second with millisecond latency. This storage model provides an increase in the performance without compromising data durability and further enhance the overall scalability. Reliability Amazon DocumentDB’s 6-way storage replication provides high availability. It can failover from primary to a replica within 30 seconds and also supports MongoDB replica set emulation such that the applications can quickly handle system failure. Fully Managed Amazon DocumentDB is fully managed with fault detection, built-in monitoring, and failover. Users can set up daily snapshot backups, take manual snapshots, or use either one to create a fresh cluster if necessary. It integrates with Amazon CloudWatch, so users can monitor over 20 key operational metrics for their database instances via the AWS Management Console. Secure Users can encrypt their active data, snapshots, and replicas with the KMS (Key Management Service) key while creating Amazon DocumentDB clusters. In this document database service, authentication is enabled by default. For the security of the database, it also uses network isolation with the help of Amazon VPC. According to Infoworld, this news has given rise to few speculations as AWS isn’t promising that its managed service will work with all applications that use MongoDB. But this move by Amazon has now led to a new rivalry. MongoDB CEO and president Dev Ittycheria told Techcrunch, “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, so it’s not surprising that Amazon would try to capitalize on the popularity and momentum of MongoDB’s document model. However, developers are technically savvy enough to distinguish between the real thing and poor imitation. MongoDB will continue to outperform any impersonations in the market.” As reported by Geekwire and Techcrunch, Amazon DocumentDB’s compatibility with MongoDB is unlikely to require commercial licensing from MongoDB. To know more about Amazon DocumentDB, check out Amazon DocumentDB. Read Next US government privately advised by top Amazon executive on web portal worth billions to the Amazon; The Guardian reports Amazon Rekognition faces more scrutiny from Democrats and German antitrust probe Amazon re:Invent Day 3: Lamba Layers, Lambda Runtime API and other exciting announcements!last_img read more