New Delhi: Mining baron Anil Agarwal-led Vedanta Ltd Friday posted an 11.8 per cent decline in consolidated profit at Rs 1,351 crore for the quarter ended June 30, 2019, mainly on the back of decline in commodity prices. The company had posted a consolidated profit “attributable to owners of Vedanta Ltd” of Rs 1,533 crore in the year-ago period, Vedanta said in a BSE filing. Consolidated income dropped to Rs 21,754 crore in April-June 2019, from Rs 22,624 crore in the year-ago period. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalVedanta’s Chief Executive Officer Srinivasan Venkatakrishnan, at the post-earnings conference call, said the primary reason for the drop in profit was decline in commodity prices. In a statement, the company said its “Attributable PAT (was) at Rs 1,351 crore, down 12 per cent Y-o-Y. “We continue to strengthen our position as one of the largest diversified natural resource businesses in the world with our strategy focused on value-added growth. Our businesses stayed resilient in a quarter with low commodity prices and uncertain market environment and we continued to ramp up across the key verticals, zinc & oil & gas,” Venkatakrishnan said. “Silver is outperforming as we climb up the ranks among the top global silver producers. Aluminium business is steadily moving towards its target cost,” he said. The company’s gross debt stood at Rs 59,517 crore. The company said it has a strong financial position with total cash and liquid investments of Rs 30,774 crore.
Kolkata: The Trinamool Congress on Saturday hit back at outgoing Governor K N Tripathi for his comment that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s appeasement policy had adversely affected the social harmony of the state.Trinamool Congress secretary general Partha Chatterjee wondered why Tripathi did not say this earlier. Next Governor Jagdeep Dhankar will take oath on July 30. “Wasn’t it an attempt to score brownie points? That’s why we (TMC) had said before that the Raj Bhavan has turned into a BJP party office. This has now been proved to be true,” Chatterjee said in a sharp comment. Tripathi had differences of opinion with Banerjee on several occasions regarding various issues during his five-year tenure in the Raj Bhavan. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaChatterjee, who is also the state Education and Parliamentary Affairs minister, said: “I don’t think that the TMC government’s relation with the outgoing Governor during his tenure was adverse. Any way this observation by him won’t glorify the chair of the Governor.” Tripathi, who has had several run-ins with the Chief Minister, said Banerjee has the vision and power to implement her decisions but needs to keep a check on her sentiments and exercise restraint.
What would life look like if we followed through on our intentions? A former Stanford lecturer and behavioural designer, Nir Eyal spent over a decade researching the psychology behind habit-forming products. The result was his international bestseller, ‘Hooked’. Now, the man who identified the habit has delivered the cure in ‘Indistractable – How to Control your Attention and Chose Your Life (Bloomsbury)’. The Israeli author describes how to manage the discomfort that drives distraction and explains why solving the problem is not as simple as swearing off your devices. With a four-step, research-backed model, ‘Indistractable’ lays bare the secret to getting the best out of technology, without letting it get the best of you. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainAmong the chapters are Master Internal Triggers, Make Time for Traction, Hack back External Triggers, Prevent Distraction with Pats, How to Make Your Workplace Indistractable. “Empowering and optimistic, this is the book that will allow you to control your time and attention – and live the life you really want.” Eyal has taught courses on applied consumer psychology at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design, and is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and Fortune 500 companies.
GENEVA: Revocation of Jammu and Kashmir’s special status was a sovereign decision taken by the Indian Parliament, and the country cannot accept any interference in its internal affairs, India on Tuesday asserted at the UN Human Rights Council, while vigorously rejecting Pakistan’s “malicious” campaign on the issue.Secretary (East) in the External Affairs Ministry Vijay Thakur Singh, in a clear reference to Pakistan, said there was a need to call out those who are misusing the UNHRC for malicious political agenda under the garb of human rights. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details”They cry victim when they are the perpetrators,” she said, rejecting Pakistan’s charges against India on the issue at the 42nd session of the UNHRC. She said the recent legislative measures taken by India in Jammu and Kashmir were within the framework of its Constitution. “These decisions were taken by our Parliament after a full debate that was televised and enjoyed widespread support. We wish to reiterate that this sovereign decision, like other legislation passed by Parliament, is entirely internal to India. No country can accept interference in its internal affairs, certainly not India,” Singh said. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayEarlier on Tuesday, Pakistan – which has been making repeated unsuccessful efforts to flag Jammu and Kashmir at various international forums – made its pitch at the meet for an investigation by the global body after making a series of allegations against India. Pointing to the arrest of political leaders and the restrictions in Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi had also hinted at the consequences of such measures in a “nuclearised” Southeast Asia. Earlier on the day, India also objected to the reference made to Jammu and Kashmir in a China-Pakistan joint statement issued after Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s visit to Islamabad. External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar also talked about the China-Pakistan economic corridor in Pakistan-Occupied-Kashmir, asserting that India is “resolutely opposed” to any actions by other countries to change the status quo in the region. Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi left his country red-faced on Tuesday by referring to Jammu and Kashmir as an “Indian state” following his speech at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) session here. Till date, Pakistan, in all its official communication, has been referring to Jammu and Kashmir as “Indian Administered Kashmir”. With agency inputs
Guru Shovana Narayan (Padmashri), Dr Jyotsna Suri and Harish Narula announced the 18th edition of the LalitArpan Festival of Asavari. Conceptualised by Kathak maestro Padmashri Guru Shovana Narayan, Dr Jyotsna Suri and one of the most renowned tabla players late Ustad Shafaat Ahmed Khan, the festival will present a feast of performances by national and international artists. This year the LalitArpan Festival 2019 (18th Edition) will have: (September 30) LalitArpan Samman samaroh Performnace by Komal Biswal (Kathak) ‘Rashmirathi’ dance ballet by Shovana Narayan and Asavari Repertory (October 1) Kathak by Afsar Mulla Swachh Bharat dance ballet by Kavita Thakur and group Timings : 7.00 pm onward Venue : Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi
Shahjahanpur (UP): A special investigation team on Wednesday took the student who has accused BJP leader Swami Chinmayanand of raping, and “physically exploiting” her for a year to a hospital for medical examination. She was taken under heavy security to the local medical college hospital where Chief Medical Officer Dr Anita Dhasmana said a panel of doctors examined the woman. Meanwhile, terming the whole episode a conspiracy against him, Chinmayanand on Wednesday expressed full faith in the SIT probe. “I have full faith in the SIT team, and everything will be clear once it is completed. This is a conspiracy against me,” Chinmayanand said. The father of the woman had claimed that during the search at the hostel room of her daughter on Tuesday, some objectionable material was found, which was “planted” by vested interests before the local police sealed the place.
Finance Minister Bill Morneau will announce as early as Tuesday morning where the government plans to go with Kinder Morgan to ensure the controversial Trans Mountain pipeline expansion gets built.There are three options on the table, which include the government buying and building the expansion, then selling it once it’s complete; and buying it on an interim basis, then selling it to investors and leaving them to handle the construction.Morneau has already unveiled the third option: leaving original project architect Kinder Morgan to handle construction, but covering any cost overruns incurred as a result of political interference.The federal cabinet has been summoned to meet Tuesday morning, two hours earlier than usual, after which Morneau will discuss which of the three options the government has decided on.Kinder Morgan gave Ottawa until Thursday to convince it to proceed by settling down jittery investors who fear a court challenge from the B.C. government that would make the project too great a liability.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has put a lot of political capital on the project, pledging over and over again that the pipeline expansion is in the national interest and will be built one way or another.
TORONTO – Kathleen Wynne is all about the F word.Listen to Ontario’s premier speak these days and chances are she’ll talk about fairness. It has become her mantra, an idea she ties to nearly every big announcement she has made lately, from a $15 minimum wage to a basic income pilot to housing market cooling measures and rent control.Expect that to continue through to next year’s election on June 7, 2018.“Everything we’ve done will be part of the re-election (bid), but I certainly hope there will be a discussion in the election campaign about how to have a fairer society,” Wynne, 64, said in a recent interview.Wynne said she is “being very intentional about fairness,” whether it’s by raising the minimum wage, giving low- and middle-income students free post-secondary tuition, a youth pharmacare plan or cutting electricity bills.Hydro is where the renewed focus on fairness and affordability seems to have started. With voter anger over rising hydro bills reaching a fever pitch, Wynne first admitted at a Liberal convention in November that she made a “mistake” by paying too much attention to the larger problems in the electricity system and not enough to how costs were accumulating on people’s bills.She has always fought for “social justice,” Wynne said, but what’s changed is how she communicates her plan.Wynne used the word fair and variations of it about a dozen times while unveiling a basic income pilot project in April and about two dozen times while talking about a $15 minimum wage last month. She has unveiled the Fair Hydro Plan, the Fair Housing Plan and the Fair Workplaces and Better Jobs plan.“Making sure that we do everything that we can to make people’s lives fairer, make the province a fairer place to live, yeah, that has been a focus,” Wynne said in the interview.Greg Sorbara, who was finance minister under Wynne’s predecessor Dalton McGuinty, called that platform a game changer.Sorbara made headlines earlier this year for saying on TVO’s “The Agenda” it was “extremely unlikely” the Liberals could win the next election with Wynne at the helm. Her approval ratings have been dismal of late.“The night I was on ‘The Agenda’ the prospects looked very dim indeed,” he said in an interview. “I think there’s more light at the end of the tunnel…There’s a sense that the premier herself and the government is really getting its act together and that bodes well in the last year of a mandate.”There is a renewed focus on vulnerable populations, which is often a political strategy of the left, Sorbara said.“Is (Wynne) occupying all of the space of Andrea Horwath’s (NDP) party?” he said. “I think she’s occupying a lot of it and I’m not sure that’s a bad political strategy.”Wynne swears she is still “leading from the activist centre,” her phrase of 2014, but many others have noted her shift to the left. A recent newspaper editorial called her a great NDP premier.The next election will be the most difficult the Liberals have faced in a long time, Sorbara said.Anger over hydro bills has not gone away, and opposition politicians will be sure to remind voters that the Liberal plan to cut bills in the short term means ratepayers will end up paying more in the long term. Wynne’s decision to partially sell Hydro One to raise infrastructure cash remains unpopular.In September, not one but two trials begin involving Liberals. One in Sudbury on Election Act bribery charges and another in Toronto on mischief and breach of trust charges over the alleged deletion of emails about gas plant cancellations.And by that time, the Liberals will have been in power for 15 years. One of their biggest challenges will be fighting an appetite for change, said Genevieve Tellier, a political science professor at the University of Ottawa.“It’s to send a message that it’s not the old Liberals that are in power, but they have new ideas and they’re a dynamic and efficient and responsible government and they deserve to be re-elected,” she said.That messaging was on display this weekend as 600 Liberals did a mass canvass in 54 ridings, knocking on 60,000 doors to promote their plan.Polls have suggested they have a long way to go, but Wynne’s laser focus on pocketbook issues could still pay off.One of the latest polls put the Liberals ahead of the Progressive Conservatives, though within the margin of error, and Wynne’s own dismal approval rating saw a slight uptick, though still below 20 per cent.The Campaign Research poll is an outlier right now, but CEO Eli Yufest said announcements such as youth pharmacare, basic income and a balanced budget have helped the Liberals pull ahead in his polling for the first time in a long time.“The provincial Liberals will not give up without a fight,” he said. “There’s no doubt that what they’re doing, what they’re unveiling in terms of policy is resonating among the electorate.”
WINNIPEG – Just one of the many cases of missing and murdered Indigenous women has left a Manitoba community divided, a family struggling with grief and a mistrust of the justice system, a national inquiry was told Tuesday.On its second day of hearings in Winnipeg, the inquiry heard about the ripple effects from the killing of Roberta McIvor — a 32-year-old woman who was decapitated on the Sandy Bay Ojibwa reserve northwest of Winnipeg on July 30, 2011.“It’s really hard on me still. I still sometimes cry myself to sleep at night,” McIvor’s daughter Justine Strong said, sobbing occasionally as she spoke.“I try my best to be the best mother — just like her — because I know everything I did with my life, she’d be really proud of me.”Strong was 14 when she last saw her mother, who was going out for the evening to visit friends. McIvor’s body was found the next morning — her head on one side of a road, her torso on the other.Authorities told the family the decapitation was inadvertent and caused by a seatbelt during a violent carjacking. Two teenage girls from Sandy Bay pleaded guilty to manslaughter and were sentenced to two years in custody and one year of supervision in the community.The family immediately had doubts about how accidental the decapitation was. It occurred on the third anniversary of the death of Tim McLean, a young carnival worker who was beheaded by a fellow passenger aboard a Greyhound bus on a Manitoba highway in a case that made international headlines.The family also believed others in the community of 2,500 were involved in the killing, perhaps by helping out the killers before or after. Suspicion and rumours grew. The family did not know who to trust.“My community was so split in half that people were hiding murderers within our community,” the victim’s cousin, Alaya McIvor, told the hearing.“There are still a lot of unanswered questions.”The family was taunted, McIvor added. Strong said she left Sandy Bay right after finishing high school.“I don’t feel protected in the community and … it just doesn’t feel like home any more.”The inquiry also heard about the death of Cherisse Houle, 17, originally from the Ebb and Flow First Nation — an Aboriginal community 40 kilometres down the road from Sandy Bay. Her body was found in a creek bed just outside Winnipeg on July 1, 2009.Her death remains a mystery and no one has been charged.“I know for a fact someone took my daughter to the outskirts and killed her,” the teen’s mother, Barb Houle, told the hearing.“My daughter didn’t get to live her life.”As with the McIvor family, Houle’s death had a ripple effect. Her mother recalled spiralling into depression and substance abuse. Cherisse’s brother, Jordan, died in a shooting in Winnipeg three years later.Cherisse’s young son was left without a mother.“The other day, I had him and … he said, ‘If I could have one wish, I wish I could see my real mom for one day,’” Barb Houle said.The Winnipeg hearings follow earlier meetings in Smithers, B.C., and Whitehorse, Yukon. The inquiry has faced criticism from some families about delays, poor communication, a lack of transportation and accommodation support. One commissioner and some staff members have resigned.Alaya McIvor told Tuesday’s hearing she does not have faith in the process.“You’re failing us,” McIvor said. “This is not what family members picture as a national inquiry.”Her remarks were met with some applause from the audience.
LONGUEUIL, Que. – A provincial police officer who crashed into a car at high speed and killed a 5-year-old boy during a surveillance operation will likely be sentenced to jail time.The Crown and the defence submitted a joint proposal to the court on Monday in Longueuil, Que. recommending that Patrick Ouellet receive an eight-month sentence.Quebec court Judge Eric Simard is expected to render his decision at the end of November.Ouellet was convicted in July of dangerous driving causing the 2014 death of Nicolas Thorne-Belance.The maximum sentence for the offence is 14 years in prison.The police officer addressed the court, expressing his sympathy to family members of Nicolas, who were in the courtroom.Ouellet’s trial heard he was travelling at more than 120 km/h in a 50 km/h zone when he hit the vehicle carrying the boy in a suburb just south of Montreal.The youngster died a few days later in hospital.“We have taken into consideration all the jurisprudence, in particular the sentences handed down to police officers who have come before the court in circumstances similar to those in this case,” prosecutor Genevieve Langlois said.(Cogeco Nouvelles)
FREDERICTON — Former premier Brian Gallant will go to the New Brunswick legislature this morning to officially announce that he will be stepping down as Liberal leader.Sources tell The Canadian Press that Gallant will ask the party to organize a leadership convention.They say he intends to remain as Opposition leader until the party chooses his replacement.Gallant is scheduled to officially announce his intentions at the legislature at 11 a.m.He became leader in 2012, and premier in 2014 at the age of 32, but came up short in September’s provincial election.His minority government was toppled two weeks ago in a confidence vote on the Liberals’ throne speech, and Progressive Conservative Premier Blaine Higgs and his minority government were sworn-in last week.Donald Wright, a political scientist at the University of New Brunswick, says Gallant likely spoke to his caucus and party, read the tea leaves and learned his future is not as party leader.Kevin Bissett, The Canadian Press
TORONTO — Despite thousands of fans celebrating in the streets after the Toronto Raptors defeated the Milwaukee Bucks to become the Eastern Conference champions last night, Toronto police confirmed that no arrests were made following the team’s historic win.Police spokeswoman Katrina Arrogante says it’s “impressive” that Torontonians stayed out of trouble after fans spilled out of Jurassic Park, the outdoor fan zone beside Scotiabank Arena, and into the streets of Toronto to party into the early hours of Sunday morning.On Saturday night the Raptors defeated the Milwaukee Bucks 100-94 to advance to the NBA Finals for the first time.Thousands of fans took to the streets chanting “We the North” and “Let’s go Raptors” while police cars, TTC buses and streetcars honked in celebration.Arrogante says even though she said she became aware of video footage that showed Raptors fans running through traffic and dancing on top of TTC streetcars, “nothing came of it” and police were able to ensure public safety.Arrogante says officers were called to various spots around the city to assist with crowd control and directing traffic, but no one was arrested.She says police will be out again Thursday night while the Raptors play the Western Conference champion Golden State Warriors in Game 1 and she hopes fans will continue to have fun safely.The Canadian Press
MONTREAL — When Ljiljana Latkovic was named to the council governing Quebec’s multibillion-dollar green fund in 2017, she thought she was going to use her science background to help choose projects aimed at fighting climate change.Instead, Latkovic said she and the eight other council members were asked to sign off on proposals whose financing had already been approved by various government departments.Moreover, she said, in the case of many projects they were approving, councillors had no idea how the projects were actually going to reduce emissions of the greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide, that trap heat in the atmosphere, causing global temperatures to rise.“My opinion is that the (environment) ministry didn’t care about the reductions,” Latkovic said in a recent interview.Quebec’s green fund was created in 2006 as a way of collecting billions in revenues — in large part from the province’s version of a carbon tax — and redistributing the money towards initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.But the so-called green fund has been widely criticized as a boondoggle.Quebec’s new environment minister, Benoit Charette, is promising reform, but he has a colossal task ahead of him. The province’s past mistakes highlight the difficulties of managing a multibillion-dollar fund to which various government departments have access.Instead of promoting projects with strict greenhouse gas emission targets, the fund became a buffet for the pet projects of various ministers, Charette said.“Unfortunately, yes,” Charette said in an interview when asked whether the fund was being misused. “Certain departments helped themselves to the fund, so to speak, without a guarantee of results on investments. And the previous government let this phenomenon go on like that, which made things even more deplorable.”Charette said despite the billions of dollars collected since 2006, the reduction in greenhouse gases “was very small across the projects that were financed.”Quebec collects hundreds of millions of dollars every year from a carbon credit cap-and-trade system. Companies that emit high amounts of greenhouse gases are legally forced to purchase the right to release those gases into the atmosphere. Quebec sells emissions credits four times a year at auction.Since its inception, almost $5.5 billion has been poured into the fund. And from the beginning, the program has been mismanaged, according to several reports from the province’s auditor general.Various government departments used money in the fund to finance projects without calls for proposals or without specific criteria to evaluate greenhouse gas emissions reductions, the auditor general concluded.In its 2019 report, the auditor general’s office said “nearly five years after the publication of our initial audit report on the green fund, we can only be disappointed with this situation.”News reports over the years have indicated millions have been given to major oil companies and airlines for projects with dubious greenhouse gas reduction targets. Maple syrup producers received hundreds of thousands of dollars to replace evaporation equipment. Millions more dollars were given to taxi companies to help them adapt their vehicles for disabled people.A spokesperson for the Liberals, the party that created the fund and managed it until they lost power last year, did not make anyone available to respond to the criticism.Following harshly worded reports on the fund’s governance by the auditor general, then-premier Philippe Couillard in 2016 created the council to oversee the distribution of money. But Latkovic said that most of the time, her job consisted of rubber-stamping projects chosen by other departments.The council chose about 10 to 15 per cent of the projects that received financing, she said, while the rest were pre-approved elsewhere in the government. “We wanted to know what we were signing for,” Latkovic said. “And some of the members wanted to resign because they didn’t know what was going on.”Charette backed up Latkovic’s comments.“It’s unfortunately true,” he said. “It’s really what was happening. We had a situation where the fund wasn’t being used to its potential. There was confusion regarding responsibilities. It’s what we want to correct.”In June, Charette announced reforms he said would ensure the fund fulfills its mandate. First, the green fund is getting a new name. It will now be called the “electrification and climate change fund.”Instead of the governing council on which Latkovic sits, Charette says the new fund will have a “committee of experts” who will oversee how money is distributed. Their reports will be public, he promised.The fund will now be fully under the Environment Department, Charette said, and its minister will be accountable. “In the future if there is a management problem we won’t need multiple searches to find out who is responsible,” he said.Finally, Charette said, the auditor general’s office will be tasked with producing an annual report on the fund’s governance. “We consider this public money so it’s important that it’s properly managed,” he said.But Latkovic, who has a master’s degree in geological and earth sciences, said the fund has been a lost opportunity.“It’s sad (the council) didn’t work as it should have,” Latkovic said. “Because it was a good thing, and I thought they were really going to care and do something about climate change.”Giuseppe Valiante, The Canadian Press
OTTAWA — An Ontario shipyard is accusing the federal government of trying to unfairly award Quebec’s Davie Shipbuilding potentially billions of dollars worth of work without a competition.The allegation is contained in a complaint filed by Hamilton-based Heddle Marine to the Canadian International Trade Tribunal this week.Last month, the government asked interested candidates to apply to be the third shipyard in its national shipbuilding strategy.That third shipyard is to be tasked with building six new icebreakers for the Canadian Coast Guard.However, Heddle says in order to qualify, Ottawa has imposed a number of unreasonable and illegitimate conditions that will disqualify virtually every yard except Davie.Davie has been awarded several federal contracts without a competition in recent years and is located in an area of the country many expect to be hotly contested in the coming federal election.The Canadian Press
The Canadian Press EDMONTON — A review board at Alberta Hospital in Edmonton is deciding whether a man who killed five young people at a house party in Calgary should be given some increased freedom. A judge found Matthew de Grood not criminally responsible in the 2014 killings because he was suffering from schizophrenia. Here’s a look at some other cases in which the finding was made or sought.Gregory Despres: Fatally stabbed two elderly neighbours in Minto, N.B., in 2005, decapitating one of them. Despres, a naturalized U.S. citizen, had crossed the border despite guards finding him with a small arsenal including a chainsaw, a sword and brass knuckles. He told them he was an assassin on a military mission. Three psychiatrists diagnosed him with paranoid schizophrenia. He was found not criminally responsible. Elaine Campione: Drowned her daughters, who were three and 19 months, in a bathtub in 2006 during a custody battle with her ex-husband. Doctors diagnosed the Barrie, Ont., woman with unspecified psychosis, post-traumatic stress disorder from spousal abuse, depression and an eating disorder. But the Crown successfully argued her mental illness didn’t prevent her from knowing right from wrong. Campione was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison with no parole eligibility for 25 years.Glen Race: Pleaded guilty to the first-degree murder of Trevor Brewster and second-degree murder of Paul Michael Knott. Race suffered from schizophrenia and was not taking his medicine in May 2007 when he lured the Halifax men to their deaths. Court was told Race believed he was a vampire slayer and a god-like entity at the time of the killings. He was found not criminally responsible, based on a joint recommendation from the Crown and the defence.Allan Schoenborn: Killed his three children, who were 10, eight and five, in Merritt, B.C., in April 2008. Schoenborn was diagnosed with delusional disorder and said he killed the children to protect them from an imagined threat of sexual abuse. He was found not criminally responsible and is in a psychiatric hospital in Port Coquitlam, B.C.Vincent Li: Fatally stabbed and beheaded Tim McLean, a young man who was sleeping next to him on a Greyhound bus in Manitoba in July 2008. Li told a mental-health advocate he heard the voice of God telling him McLean was an alien whom he needed to destroy. Li was found not criminally responsible and was sent to the Selkirk Mental Health Centre. He saw his privileges expand slowly until February 2016 when Li, now known as Will Baker, won the right to eventually move out of a group home and live on his own.Francis Proulx: Shot Nancy Michaud, an aide to a Quebec cabinet minister, in the head after taking her hostage in 2008 while her two children slept. He took credit cards and banking information and had sex with her corpse. During his trial, he argued he had been on medication at the time and was not criminally responsible because of a mental issue. However, he was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years.Guy Turcotte: Fatally stabbed his three-year-old daughter and five-year-old son in 2009. The Quebec cardiologist was found not criminally responsible and was sent to a psychiatric hospital in Montreal and released in December 2012. An Appeal Court overturned the verdict. In 2015, Turcotte was found guilty of second-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 17 years.Kimberly Noyes: Told police in 2009 that she had killed a 12-year-old autistic boy with a knife. Noyes, from Grand Forks, B.C., was found not criminally responsible for John Fulton’s death. Medical experts testified that she was bipolar and severely depressed, had gone off her medication and was hearing voices.Miloslav Kapsik: Bludgeoned his wife to death with a hammer, hitting her more than 100 times while they were watching a hockey game in 2010. Court was told he had been hearing voices. Medical records showed the Winnipeg man was first diagnosed with severe depression in 2003. The defence’s attempt to argue he was not criminally responsible was unsuccessful. He is serving a life sentence for second-degree murder, with no eligibility for parole for 10 years.Richard Kachkar: Stole a snowplow in January 2011 and in the middle of a two-hour rampage hit and killed Toronto police Sgt. Ryan Russell. Witnesses heard him yell about the Taliban, Chinese technology and microchips. He was found not criminally responsible.Luka Rocco Magnotta: Killed and dismembered Chinese exchange student Jun Lin in May 2012. Experts testified Magnotta is schizophrenic and was psychotic and out of touch with reality the night of the slaying. The prosecution said Magnotta had made a promise several months earlier to take the life of a human being. He was found guilty of first-degree murder.Trevor Kloschinsky: Killed Alberta peace officer Rod Lazenby, who had come to Kloschinsky’s rural property in August 2012 to investigate a dog complaint. He was charged with first-degree murder but found not criminally responsible. A judge ruled Kloschinsky’s delusional thinking prevented him from realizing what he was doing was wrong.Daniel Goodridge: Stabbed two people to death at a northern Alberta work camp in June 2015. A male victim was stabbed more than 70 times and parts of his body cut off before it was set on fire. A woman who tried to help the man was also stabbed to death. Goodridge was charged with first-degree murder and interfering with human remains. His trial was told that he had been hearing voices and believed his co-workers wanted to assault him. Court also heard he was diagnosed with schizophrenia and had mental-health issues dating back to Grade 7. A judge found him not criminally responsible.
The Only Way is Essex’s Lydia Bright and her mum Debbie Douglas were amongst the celebrity guests attending the Little Star Awards party held by Cancer Research UK and TK Maxx on Saturday, 26th May, at London Zoo.The Little Star Awards celebrate the courage of all children who have been diagnosed with cancer.Konnie Huq at the 2012 Little Star AwardsOther celebrities helping the children enjoy the party included singer Lemar, actor and TV presenter Joe Swash, TV presenters and former Blue Peter hosts Konnie Huq and Zoe Salmon, ex-EastEnders star Cheryl Fergison and Joelle Moses from BBC’s The Voice.Lemar at the LIttle Stars event 2012Lydia Bright said:“I feel really privileged to be supporting Cancer Research UK’s Little Star Awards and attending this great party this year. These amazing kids are so inspirational in the way that they have coped with their cancer diagnosis and all their gruelling treatment.“I think that these awards are a fantastic way to recognise the remarkable bravery of the children who have been through so much at such a young age. Anything that helps the children and their families at this difficult time gets my full support, and it’s an honour to be involved with such a wonderful campaign.”Lydia Bright and Debbie Douglas at 2012 Little Star AwardsFor more information visit CancerResearchUK.orgJoe Swash and Cheryl Fergison at 2012 Little Star Awards
Family Equality Council’s Los Angeles Awards Dinner, hosted at the Globe Theater in Universal City on Saturday, set a Los Angeles record for the event, raising $571,000 for the Council and it’s programs.Performances included Adam Lambert, Amber Riley, Darren Criss and Melissa Etheridge.Presenters included Glee creator Ryan Murphy, actress Busy Philipps, and the cast of ABC’s Scandal including Scott Foley, Tony Goldwyn and Jeff Perry. Other guests included Tim Allen, Pauley Perrette (NCIS), Laura Prepon, George Takei, Harold Perrineau, Aisha Tyler, Kathleen Robertson, Tuc Watkins, Alex Newell (Glee), Tamara Barney (Real Housewives of Orange County), Heather Dubrow (Real Housewives of Orange County), Carlon Gebbia (Real Housewives of Beverly Hills), Joyce Giraud (Real Housewives of Beverly Hills), Yolanda Foster (Real Housewives of Beverly Hills), Dale Dickey, Debbie Holliday, Amanda Bearse, and the cast of ABC Family’s The Fosters including Maia Mithcell, David Lambert, Cierra Ramirez, Jake T. Austin, Danny Nucci and Hayden Byerly.Family Equality Council programs that will benefit from the event include Pearls of Wisdom, an initiative to empower seniors with family members who identify as LGBTQ to tell their stories and promote family equality on local, state, and national levels.For more info on the event, click here.
Today two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash announced the seventh edition of his popular charity soccer match, the Steve Nash Foundation Showdown, to return on Wednesday, June 25, 2014, in New York City.Showdown is a fast-paced, competitive soccer match featuring NBA and professional soccer players, joining forces to support the Steve Nash Foundation’s work to benefit underserved children. All proceeds from Showdown ticket sales will benefit the Foundation’s early childhood education platform, Educare.“It’s amazing that we’re in our 7th year already,” said Nash. “The crowd, the players, our sponsors, the people behind the scenes – Showdown’s become such a specific yet all-inclusive happening, and I can’t wait to get back out there this year. The game is so competitive, even when something about it comes up during the season or I see a photo of a past Showdown, I just get that same excitement. This will be the third time we’ve played during a World Cup summer, so it’ll be great to be part of that energy, too, especially with a soccer fan getting to play with us.”For the first time, Steve & the Foundation are offering one lucky winner a chance to play in the game – through Prizeo, fans can donate at levels starting at $10 to enter to win a trip to New York City, a two-night hotel stay at the SIXTY LES, and a walk-on cameo with the pros – and a host of other memorabilia. More details at SteveNash.org/Showdown and at Prizeo.com/SteveNash.This year’s Showdown kicks off at 6:30pm, with the best of two sports worlds competing at Sara D. Roosevelt Park in the Lower East Side (at Chrystie and Stanton Streets). The next day, ticketed fans will be invited to gather for a Showdown World Cup Viewing Party to watch Team USA play Team Germany in a Group G Stage game.Showdown is sponsored by CyberDust, Umbro, JetBlue, Major League Soccer, Jawbone, and Phebe’s Tavern & Grill.Past Showdown rosters have included NBA players Tony Parker (San Antonio Spurs), Chris Bosh (Miami Heat), Jeremy Lin (Houston Rockets), Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors), and international and MLS soccer pros Thierry Henry (New York Red Bulls), Alonso (Liga Veteran), Robbie Rogers (Los Angeles Galaxy), Salomon Kalou(Lille), Claudio Reyna (USA World Cup Team), Patrick Vieira (Manchester City), Giuseppe Rossi (Fiorentina) Javier Zanetti (Inter), Sammy Amoebi (Newcastle), Stuart Holden (Bolton), Oguchi Onyewu (Malaga CF), and Rod Fanni (Olympique de Marseille).Tickets and VIP packages to Showdown and the Showdown World Cup Viewing Party are available at SteveNash.org/Showdown. Live insights into this year’s lineup, archived materials and prizes (including autographed merchandise) will also be announced through the @SteveNashFdn twitter handle.
Prizeo, the leader in online sweepstakes and experiences, is giving baseball fans the chance of a lifetime!One lucky winner will get to play a game of catch at Fenway Park with retiring Red Sox slugger David Ortiz and celebrate Big Papi’s final season for just a $10 donation to charity. In addition, the winner will receive a custom hand-painted Fender American Stratocaster guitar signed by Ortiz.Fans are invited to enter by donating to Ortiz’s chosen causes, David Ortiz Children’s Fund and the Fender Music Foundation. Guaranteed rewards items ranging from a signed David Ortiz photo and a Big Papi beanie and hoodie to a signed jersey and exclusive David Ortiz bat are available.The deadline to enter and be a part of Ortiz’s final season is July 26. Enter here.
A collection of classic hits from the 1980s has been rejuvenated with re-imagined and updated versions by contemporary artists in The Time Is Now, a compilation album created specifically to benefit amfAR.The 14-track album will be released on October 7 by Republic Records and Mass Appeal and is available for pre-order today.Among the notable covers featured in The Time Is Now are the album’s first singles: a soulful rendition of Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” by singer-songwriter Aloe Blacc. Those who pre-order the album receive a copy of the track instantly. Check out the song here.The album will also include a rendition of New Order’s “Bizarre Love Triangle” performed by Sugar for Sugar, consisting of Scarlett Johansson, Julia Haltigan, Holly Miranda and Kendra Morris. In addition, the band Lower Dens provides their updated version of Hall & Oates’ “Maneater”, while the pop rock group DNCE puts its stamp on Tina Turner’s “What’s Love Got to Do With It.” Dita Von Teese and Sebastien Tellier revamp “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me” by Culture Club, while the songwriting duo Marian Hill performs Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me).”The artwork for the album cover was designed exclusively for amfAR by the talented and generous British artist Tracey Emin.The Time is Now is the brainchild and labor of love of executive producers Michelangelo Lacqua, internationally acclaimed music curator, Andy Boose, longtime producer of many of amfAR’s events, and Peter Bittenbender, CEO of Mass Appeal.“The 1980s was a decade of revolutionary changes in the music scene, with an explosion of new sounds and rhythms, the ascendance of MTV, and the emergence of new musical movements on both sides of the Atlantic,” said Bittenbender. “Music also provided the soundtrack to people’s daily lives and was a source of inspiration and solace with the advent of HIV/AIDS. This album is a tribute to that extraordinary time.” said Lacqua. “The Time Is Now is a music-driven call to action in support of amfAR’s push to end HIV/AIDS in our lifetime.” said Boose.Since the beginning of the epidemic, musicians have supported the fight against AIDS in countless ways, raising awareness and funds through benefit concerts, donated royalties and proceeds, and other contributions. Throughout its history, amfAR has enjoyed the steadfast and generous support of the music industry. In 1985, Dionne Warwick, Elton John, Gladys Knight, and Stevie Wonder recorded a collaborative rendition of the song, “That’s What Friends Are For,” to raise money for amfAR. The song was Billboard’s number one single for 1986 and raised millions of dollars for AIDS research.“The Time Is Now is a great example of our longstanding relationship with the music industry, and we are deeply grateful to the artists who graciously donated their time and talents to the making of this album,” said amfAR Chief Executive Officer Kevin Robert Frost. “With continued support for HIV research, and we are confident that we will ultimately find a cure for the millions of people living with HIV/AIDS today.”The full track listing for The Time Is Now is:“Take Me Home” (Phil Collins), Performer: Phantogram “Bizarre Love Triangle” (New Order), Performer: Sugar for Sugar ”Under The Milky Way” (The Church), Performer: Metric “Whip It” (Devo), Performer: Brazilian Girls ”Rio” (Duran Duran), Performer: Bebel Gilberto ”What’s Love Got to Do With It” (Tina Turner), Performer: DNCE ”Billie Jean”(Michael Jackson), Performer: Aloe Blacc ”Do You Really Want to Hurt Me” (Culture Club), Performer: Dita Von Teese and Sebastien Tellier ”Maneater” (Hall & Oates), Performer: Lower Dens ”Genius of Love” (Tom Tom Club), Performer: Chaos Chaos and Slow Magic “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)” (Whitney Houston), Performer: Marian Hill ”Pride (In the Name of Love)” (U2), Performer: LP “Lovesong” (The Cure), Performer: Yuna ”Dance Hall Days” (Wang Chung); Performer: Theophilus London