The Latest Butts Wernick testify at justice committee on SNCLavalin affair

first_imgOTTAWA — The latest developments at the House of Commons justice committee, holding hearings Wednesday on the SNC-Lavalin affair (all times local):10 a.m.Gerald Butts, former principal secretary to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, enters the committee room — one larger than used the week prior for former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould — and takes his seat, alone.A number of additional MPs not on the committee are attending the meeting today. NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is also in the room.Butts avoided a phalanx of cameras outside the committee room by arriving through a back entrance.Butts’ testimony will contradict Wilson-Raybould’s version of events, in some detail, casting a different light on conversations Wilson-Raybould described as part a campaign of pressure tactics and veiled threats to help SNC-Lavalin avoid criminal prosecution.He is backing up his version of events with emails, text messages and other documentation, much as Wilson-Raybould did in her testimony.Before beginning to speak, the Liberal majority on the committee votes down a Conservative motion for Butts to be sworn in to testify under oath.Conservative MP Michael Cooper tries in vain to have Butts sworn in, but he’s told the committee has spoken.“I will tell the truth,” Butts tells the committee as he starts his opening statement. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

PM Tables Sexual Harassment Bill

first_img Recommended for you Jamaica’s Senate Begins debate on National Identification and Registration Bill Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Two boys die, bicycle and van collide in St. Catherine, Jamaica Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKINGSTON, Dec. 9 (JIS): Prime Minister, the Most. Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, tabled the Sexual Harassment Bill in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (December 8).The legislation provides a framework for addressing the issue of sexual harassment in Jamaica. Specifically, it outlines sexual harassment in the home, workplace and institutions, and the actions that can be taken against persons, who commit such offences.Speaking at the Jamaica House press briefing today (December 9), Information Minister, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer, said the legislation was shaped from the CARICOM Model Bill on Sexual Harassment, taking into account local cultural norms.“Importantly too, under the Act, victims of sexual harassment will be able to seek redress in the Resident Magistrate’s Court or at a special division of the Industrial Disputes Tribunal, which will be established for this purpose,” Senator Falconer informed.Following debate and passage in the Lower House, the Bill will go before the Senate for its deliberation. Bahamas DPM Turnquest, as IDB Governor, Talks Technology and Climate Change Resilience at IDB Conclave Related Items:bill, jamaica, sexual harassment billlast_img read more

USBangla plane crash victim Shahin Bepari dies

first_imgInjured Shahin Bepari on a wheelchair. Photo: UNBAnother US-Bangla plane crash victim died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) on Monday afternoon, taking the death toll from the accident to 50.Shahin Bepari, who was undergoing treatment at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of DMCH burn and plastic surgery unit with 32 per cent burn injuries, breathed his last around 4:45pm, said the unit’s coordinator Samanta Lal Sen, reports UNB.On 18 March, Shahin Bepari was brought back to Bangladesh from Nepal by a flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines and admitted to the DMCH.Earlier, at least 49 people, including 26 Bangladeshis, were killed as an aircraft of US-Bangla Airlines from Dhaka to Kathmandu crashed at Tribhuvan International Airport in the capital of Himalayan country Nepal on 12 March.With the death of Shahin, the number of Bangladeshi nationals killed in the accident rose to 27.Meanwhile, five more Bangladeshi survivors-Mehedi Hasan, Saiyada Kamrunnahar Shwarna, Almun Nahar Annie, Sheikh Rashed Rubayet and Shahreen Ahmed-are now undergoing treatment at the DMCH.last_img read more

India flood victim gives birth after helicopter rescue

first_imgThis handout photograph released by the Indian Navy on 18 August 2018 shows Sajita Jabeel, 25, with her newborn boy in a hospital in Kochi, after she was rescued while heavily pregnant from a roof in a flood affected area of Kochi in the southern state of Kerala. Photo: AFPA heavily pregnant woman stranded by floods in the Indian state of Kerala gave birth just after being airlifted to safety, an Indian Navy spokesman said, as the military stepped up rescue operations on Saturday.Dozens of navy helicopters have embarked on high-risk missions to save people from rooftops and isolated land as the southern state battles a flood crisis that has left at least 324 people dead.Sajita Jabeel, 25, was winched up by Commander Vijay Verma, who has been widely praised for leading the rescue in the Aluva district of the state’s main city Kochi.”The lady was in labour, her water had broken,” Verma told News18 television.He called the relief mission “very challenging” and said his team had rushed to find the family after receiving an emergency call.”We took a doctor along, we winched her up, it took some time though because we had to winch down two people to help her.”Jabeel gave birth to a healthy baby boy after being rushed to hospital.People are airlifted by the Indian Navy soldiers during a rescue operation at a flooded area in the southern state of Kerala, India on 17 August 2018. Photo: ReutersKerala, popular among international tourists for its tropical hills and beaches, has been battered by record monsoon rainfall this year.About 60 military and coast guard helicopters and hundreds of boats are scouring the flood zones across the state for trapped victims.The military said that tens of thousands have been rescued in the past week, but thousands more are feared trapped.Another pilot winched 26 people up from a rooftop in Kochi on Friday while hovering between trees and other houses just two days after receiving a medal for saving a fisherman last year.A video of P. Rajkumar’s Sea King helicopter pulling up the victims has been widely shared on social media. He ended up with 32 people on board.”It was a life-threatening mission but it’s an unprecedented situation. We can’t leave behind our people,” Indian Navy spokesman DK Sharma told AFP.Rajkumar was given the Shaurya Chakra medal for bravery this week after lifting a fisherman from the sea when cyclone Ockhi hit India last year.last_img read more

Sirajuddoula charged for sexually harassing Nusrat

first_imgPrincipal of Sonagazi Islamia Senior Fazil Madrasa SM Sirajuddoula. Prothom Alo File Photo A Feni court here on Wednesday took cognisance of charges against SM Sirajuddoula, principal of Sonagazi Islamia Senior Fazil Madrasa, in a case filed for sexually harassing Nusrat Jahan Rafi before burning her to death, reports UNB. Senior judicial magistrate Zakir Hossain accepted a charge-sheet after inspector Shah Alam of Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI), also the investigation officer of the case, submitted it before this court. The court also fixed Thursday to begin the charge-framing hearing in the case. The PBI submitted the 271-page charge-sheet 98 days into the sexual harassment of the madrasa girl. A total of 29 people were made witnesses in the case. On 27 March, Sirajuddoula sexually harassed Nusrat in his office. Her mother filed the case against the principal the following day. On 6 April, Nusrat was set afire at an examination centre allegedly by people loyal to the principal after he was arrested and subsequently suspended following the filing of the case. She lost her battle for life on 10 April at Dhaka Medical College Hospital in the capital. Meanwhile, Nurul Amin, an office assistant of the madrasa, testified before the Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal here on Wednesday in the murder case filed over the killing of the madrasa girl. Judge Mamunur Rashid of the tribunal also fixed Thursday for recording the testimony of madrasa guard Mostafa. All the 16 accused in the case were produced before the court around 11:00am amid tight security.last_img read more

Making a career out of hobby

first_imgThe concepts of career and hobby are inextricably linked with the blessed phenomenon of leisure which in its own steed emerged from the amazing phenomenon of Surplus. As the traditional agriculturist society matured and achieved enough surpluses – it provided its members latitude for leisure which generated the cultural landscape of art and crafts. With enough surplus people could now have hobbies where they enjoyed certain activities primarily for pleasure. Many of these hobbies were quickly absorbed by the society as necessities and became full fledged careers in themselves such as carpentry, metallurgy, weaving etc and from this point onward began a most interesting interplay between technology, economy, career and hobbies with every age having its representative careers and so much so its representative hobbies. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAs the economy moved from barter to minted money as a mode of exchange- it brought in its wake new careers such as banking and accountancy and the use of paper and pen spawned new hobbies such as calligraphy and canvas art. The occupational skills now decided the career and therefore were being kept limited to its guild and thus the notion of career, from this point onward had begun to get iron clad stereotyped. The occupation became hereditary and career was now limited solely to the family occupation. The mobility between careers was almost impossible and so in this age the hobbies just kept to themselves. The career in army however -thanks to the method of conscription- has always been a class apart throughout ages. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveWith the advent of Industrialisation- the occupational stereotypes were compromised as industrialised urban society provided a whole new set of careers open to all and that also with the momentous anonymity of the city dweller which could not even be imagined in a village or a small town. This strategic combination resulted in an extensive mobility between professions -the guild system collapsed and a festival of hobbies such as theatre, circus ensued which quickly became established professions.  “The information technology revolution further accelerated the pace of this transition and provided people enough technological competence and ultimate anonymity to transmute their hobbies into actual careers. People now have the privilege to learn all the new career skills which the technological growth required and also all the new hobbies which the technological growth provided,” explains Alexshendra Venus Bakshi, eminent author, novelist and poet. She further adds, that today hobbies have once again claimed an economic coefficient. The present economy provides enough surplus and technological latitude for a variety of hobbies to be easily converted into well defined careers. An illustrative example would be that of the hobby of photography. The hobby of photography has recently achieved the technological competence to be easily maintainable. Today one can make the hobby of photography as one’s career with relative ease. It can thus now be comfortably said that the stereotyped division between career and hobby has to a great extent permeated in present age. The technological growth has also helped ancient hobbies to transit in active careers. Let us take the example of an ancient hobby of wood carving. In today’s age of e-commerce, one who has a hobby of wood carving can easily have a market for her product and make her hobby a developed career. One may also consider the ancient hobby of playing a musical instrument such as flute. Today a good skill at playing a musical instrument can easily provide a career in the film and music industry through the social media itself. “The gradient of respect which is associated with the term career, is now slowly been achieved by the term hobby as well. The intrinsic emotional perspective difference between a career in the armed forces of the country and making a hobby a career in the music industry is still operative and it shall take some more time before this difference is dissolved but the stereotype of career as entirely different from the hobby has been no doubt, much compromised,” said Alexshendra Venus Bakshi. It shall also not be wrong to state that what one does passionately- one does perfectly and so if hobby becomes a career, the productivity level would truly be amazing. In not to distant a future- one can say that we will find enough technological and economic competence that we will discover the passion of the child and then make that passion a career for her rather than forcing her to follow something which is away from her interest and that shall be in my opinion- the true actualisation of human dignity.last_img read more

Girls with diabetes at high risk of irregular periods

first_imgGirls diagnosed with type 2 diabetes have a high frequency of menstrual irregularities, a study has found. Menstrual irregularities can have a variety of causes, including pregnancy, hormonal imbalances, infections, diseases, trauma and certain medications.Adult women with obesity are known to be at risk for menstrual disorders like polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), which can lead to the development of diabetes or other metabolic problems. However, little is known about the reproductive function in girls with youth-onset type 2 diabetes. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”It’s important for girls with type 2 diabetes to be assessed for menstrual problems,” said Megan Kelsey from University of Colorado in the US.”Infrequent periods can be associated with heavy and painful periods, increased risk for fatty liver disease, fertility problems and long-term increased risk for endometrial cancer,” said Kelsey.The researchers performed a secondary analysis of the data from the Treatment Options for Type 2 Diabetes in Youth (TODAY) study, a research study to find the best way to treat young people with type 2 diabetes. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe new analysis focused on evaluating the frequency of menstrual irregularity in girls with recently diagnosed diabetes and whether the addition of intensive lifestyle or rosiglitazone to previous treatment with metformin helped to improve symptoms.These treatments are often used to treat both diabetes and PCOS.The researchers found that more than 20 per cent of girls in the study had irregular periods. Many of those girls also had high testosterone levels, pointing to PCOS as an underlying cause. Not all the girls with irregular periods had elevated testosterone, suggesting other causes for menstrual dysfunction. Despite two years of intensive treatment with either metformin alone, metformin and lifestyle changes, or metformin and rosiglitazone, the participants still had significantly irregular periods.”Our findings suggest that girls with youth-onset diabetes may need the additional intervention above and beyond to improve their menstrual health.”last_img read more