Afghan national who hid drugs in abdomen held

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi Police on Friday said that they have arrested an Afghan national who smuggled drug capsules from Afghanistan to India in his abdomen.Police said that around 2.975 kg of Heroin having an international value of Rs 12 crore seized. Police identified the accused as Mohammad Roohullah (30), native of city Takhar, Poly Sharan in Afghanistan. He was running a medical shop at his native place. Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (south-east) Kumar Gyanesh said that on August 2, the accused was arrested in Lajpat Nagar area. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”Roohullah disclosed that a few months ago, he met two Afghan nationals who offered him to smuggle drug capsules from Afghanistan by swallowing them and expel on reaching to the destination in India,” said Kumar Gyanesh. He further said that his handlers had assured him that these capsules would be wrapped in a multilayer of polythene and won’t harm them if accused consume them as it would be easier for smugglers to mislead the custom department. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings”To earn quick money, accused Mohammadi Roohullah agreed to smuggle the drugs consignment and was promised handsome money for this consignment,” police said. Police further said that Roohullah procured tourist visa and came to Delhi on July 11. Before departing, he had consumed capsules of drugs wrapped in multilayer polythene. After safely reaching his destination at Lajpat Nagar, Delhi accused expelled the drugs capsules through anal route. He was promised 2,000 USD for this consignment. The investigating agency further said that Roohullah was staying at Lajpat Nagar area and his place of residence was accommodated by his handlers. Accused further disclosed that the said consignment was scheduled for private parties in Lucknow and Punjab and was waiting at his residence at Lajpat Nagar for the unknown receivers to collect the consignment from him.last_img read more

Gangwals fears on Bhatia group moves do no credit to directors Damodaran

first_imgNew Delhi: Amid the ongoing feud between promoters, IndiGo Chairman M Damodaran has said Rakesh Gangwal’s apprehension that Rahul Bhatia’s group could push through questionable decisions after board expansion does no credit to the fiduciary responsibilities of directors.In a letter to the board of InterGlobe Aviation on August 5, Gangwal said there are “serious unresolved issues” and that proposed changes to the company’s Articles of Association (AoA) are still an open issue. The differences between the two promoters came into the public after Gangwal, last month, sought markets regulator Sebi’s intervention to address alleged corporate governance issues at the company. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalGangwal, in the latest letter, also said the proposal to have 10 board members came up only at the July 20 board meeting with limited and rushed discussions on its implications. Currently, InterGlobe Aviation — parent of the country’s largest airline IndiGo — has six board members, including Damodaran, Gangwal and Bhatia. The AoA needs to be amended to expand the strength of the board to ten members. Against the backdrop of Gangwal’s letter, Damodaran in an email dated August 5 has said the first vacancy on the board after amendment of the AoA would be filled by a woman independent director (ID). Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost”The second vacancy to be filled will be by a wholetime/ executive director (This is necessary since we presently have 6 NEDs (non-executive directors), including 2 IDs, and no wholetime/ executive director). The third vacancy will be filled by an ID, and the fourth by an IGE nominee. That is the sequence contemplated,” Damodaran said in the email. The email as well as the letter were disclosed to stock exchanges by the company on Tuesday. Bhatia and his InterGlobe Enterprises (IGE) group has around 38 per cent stake in the company. According to the email, in the event of the position of an ID position falling vacant, Anupam Khanna-headed Nomination and Remuneration Committee (NRC) would be required to take steps to fill in the vacancy. “The fear that, in the interim, the IGE group will push through questionable decisions, does no credit to the IDs that will be on the board, or to the fiduciary responsibilities of the directors including those nominated by the IGE group,” he said. In the letter, Gangwal said there is agreement on all the contractual language for the new Related Party Transaction policy, the board size and composition, and closing the large loophole during the transition period. “The only agreement we do not have is to close the large loophole after the transition period,” he said. Shares of InterGlobe Aviation closed flat at Rs 1,493.30 on the BSE on Wednesday. “Subsequent to the board meeting and in finalising the language on the Articles, all of us realised that the proposed board structure created a large loophole that gives the IGE Group additional powers that they do not have today. “Essentially, when there are less than four independent directors, it would allow the IGE Group to pass any company policy that they want just on the basis of their board numbers being larger than all the other board members combined,” Gangwal said in the letter.last_img read more

Instagram starts allowing users to flag misinformation

first_imgSan Francisco: Expanding its fact-checking programme, Facebook has started allowing Instagram users to flag false content on the photo-and video-sharing platform. “I’m proud that, starting today, people can let us know if they see posts on Instagram they believe may be false. There’s still more to do to stop the spread of misinformation, more to come,” Adam Mosseri, Head of Instagram, said in a tweet on Thursday. According to a report in, while the roll out of the feature has started in the US, it should be available for all international users in about two weeks. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year Fact checkers will review the posts once users flag content as false. But even if fact checkers flag those content as false, the posts would not be deleted from the platform, said the report. Such posts will be downplayed on “explore” and “hashtag” pages, Stephanie Otway, an Instagram spokesperson, was quoted as saying. To flag false misinformation, users will have to click the three-dot menu at the upper right corner of an Instagram post, and then select “it’s inappropriate” and “false information.” Instagram will use those flags to get a better understanding of misinformation on the platform and to train its Artificial Intelligence to detect false content, Engadget reported.last_img read more

DCW busts online sex racket in Nand Nagri

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) on Thursday said that they have busted an online sex racket in Nand Nagri and has rescued a girl and a woman aged 15 years and 30years. According to DCW, their 181 Women Helpline received a call from a woman on August 14 who informed that her 20-year-old daughter is missing from Krishna Nagar. A DCW team then assisted the lady in filing a missing report in the police station. “On Wednesday, when a DCW team went and met the family to follow up the matter, the sister of the missing girl informed that she had a friend who used to work with her and may know her whereabouts. It was informed that this friend was refusing to divulge any details about the missing girl to the family,” a DCW press statement Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murdersaid. The women commission stated that they immediately met with the friend of the missing girl who was only 16 years of age. Upon counselling, she informed the team that there is an online sex racket operating in Nand Nagri where 15 to 20 girls are being forced into prostitution. She stated that she was there for 15 to 20 days and had to make nude video calls at night between 10 to 6 pm on a social media platform IMO. DCW further added that they found a 15-year-old and 30-year-old girl hidden on the terrace who informed that they were being forced to make nude video calls. The owner, his brother and his wife were arrested on the spot by the police.last_img read more

The End

first_imgPotent with the firepower to dent a country’s destiny, climate change today doesn’t wear the same mask it did a decade ago – something Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro is being forced to become familiar with since smacking himself headfirst into the disastrous burning of the Amazon rainforest. Given its political underpinnings, this incident could well force Brazil, and the world, to answer some difficult questions. What, why, how — who? The Amazon rainforest in South America was on fire this week, with multiple fires raging; nevertheless, that Amazon is being burnt with deliberation is neither new nor surprising. Nevertheless, the scale and frequency of the event now is alarming. Nearly 10,000 new fires have been reported in just the last week and smoke trails are visible even from space. Also Read – A race against timeThis casts a dark shadow on our existence as the ecological value of the rainforest, which is the largest of its kind in the world, remains unrivalled. While the forest’s native biodiversity is expansive and important; centrally, Amazon is among the largest carbon sinks in the world, responsible for cleaning up nearly 20 per cent of the carbon dioxide released worldwide. The value of the rainforest in this essential task, especially in today’s time, is so enormous that it has often been labelled as the lungs of our planet. For the South American continent, the value of this forest is even greater – through rain and its eponymous river, the forest provides water to areas that are responsible for approximately 70 per cent of the continent’s GDP. The destruction of the forest, naturally, will carry far-reaching consequences. Also Read – A Golden LootGiven the evident value of preserving the forest, how then did we arrive here? The answer lies, as is often the case, in politics that has been forcibly interwoven in the matter. A decade ago, Brazil inspired many in its conservation commitments that thoroughly checked industrial exploitation of the Amazon rainforest. Around 2014, official figures recorded a nearly 80 per cent drop in deforestation as compared to the previous decade. All that was required was for successive administrations to keep the stone rolling. But almost as if to mock the saying “Cometh the hour, cometh the man”, came along Jair Bolsonaro in 2019. Bolsonaro assumed power as President of Brazil with a full platter of right-leaning promises. The most prominent of these was to roll back protection of the rainforest. As he sees it, the Amazon is a resource to exploit free from the prying eyes of the outside world. He also has relevant backers, most prominently, the agribusiness lobby which is rather powerful not just within the country but across the entire continent. He came through soon enough as he merged the forest department with the agricultural ministry, effectively handing over the Brazilian half of the Amazon to the agribusiness lobby. Fines were cut down and rarely applied, inspections became numbered and many veteran inspectors, including those with ties to the indigenous tribes of the region, were fired. Most importantly, he took on Ricardo Salles as his environmental minister, a man who allegedly in his role as Secretary of Environment for São Paulo had redrawn maps of protected areas in the region to benefit the mining industry. But Bolsonaro apparently still wishes to maintain Brazil’s credentials as an environmentally-conscious country and has tried everything – from blaming NGOs for forest fires to discrediting reports from his own space agency about the enormous upswing of deforestation in the Amazon. Incidentally, this very same agency was responsible for much of the imagery that appraised the world of the reality of the situation in the Amazon. In response, Bolsonaro fired the head of the agency. Since then, rumours hold that Salles is trying to sell the agency to a private corporation with vested interests. But in the age of viral content, such information is hard to conceal. And so, with domestic needs and political rhetoric clashing against global climate mandate, arrives the current situation. At this point, it may seem easy to define this issue as a right-wing versus left-wing concern but it is hardly that simple. Bolsonaro only added more fuel to existing fire – man-made fires in the dry season aren’t new and in fact, they aren’t even unique to the country. Bolivia, a bastion of left-wing politics, has been responsible for destroying over 1.2 million hectares of the forest just this year – all without earning the condemnation of G7 nations or threats of trade sanctions by the EU. Admittedly, Bolsonaro is just bad at appearing not guilty. Consider the fact that when confronted with the burning of the Amazon recently and its effects on global warming, he replied offhandedly that the situation could be resolved by everyone attending to nature’s call on alternate days. Given his general apathy, it should be conceded that at best he can be blamed for accelerating a situation that would have inevitably unfolded. A lot of this concerns the powerful agribusiness lobby that can force favourable legislation – yet, there remains a more fundamental if not obvious factor. The politics of fire “Our house is burning. Literally,” French PM Emmanuel Macron said. His assertion that it is our house that is burning, not Brazil’s, not France’s but our collective house that is on fire is rather telling. Macron followed this up by asking attendees at the recently-concluded G7 summit to discuss this situation urgently (in the absence of South American countries). Bolsonaro caught on to this fact, labelling Macron’s comments as being neo-colonialist in trying to arbitrarily decide matters about another’s sovereign territory. This has lent Bolsonaro the chance to label all international effort as attacks onBrazil’s right to govern its own territory. To sum up, the point of contention over the Amazon broadly circumscribes questions of whether an area of such global significance can be allowed to remain under the jurisdiction of one country with its own set of priorities and stakeholders.In recent years, agricultural land is flagging severely in comparison to population rise. Despite more efficient methods of farming, more land is the need of the hour, especially in a country that sources over 23 per cent of its GDP from agriculture. With 5.5 million sq km of South America, roughly 40 per cent, covered by the Amazon, it is not hard to understand why the rainforest is perceived as land that carries potential for active exploitation irrespective of devastating long-term apocalyptic tradeoffs. Undoubtedly, given current legal understandings, the world at large, at best, has only indirect stake in the Amazon despite its global value. Consequently, an evolution in this understanding in imminent – condemnation and slapping sanctions is myopic, especially with Brazil’s rigidity in conforming to national interests. For now, Brazil has placed a 60-day ban on forest clearance fires and insists that the blaze is under control. The international community is predictably not quite convinced of the declared happy ending. UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres is considering calling a summit to discuss the crisis even as EU decides whether to go ahead with its punitive trade sanctions against Brazil. But is there really a way out of this cycle? A way out? It appears unreasonable to burden responsibility on one nation to maintain such essential areas, especially when it is contradicting the host’s national interests. In the long-term, such areas must be designated as wider responsibilities of humanity as a whole, administered by an international body that is answerable to a different threshold of agreements. The Rio Earth Summit tried to facilitate this need in 1992 but the UN body for sustainable development that was formed as a result is seen as more of a paper tiger with optional membership and no real reinforcing power. However, that such international effort will be controversial is unquestionable. Altruism isn’t nearly reason enough for a country to surrender its rights over sovereign property. A stopgap measure towards a more sustainable future must incentivise nations to go green (and stay green). The current system favours negative reinforcement with nations being slapped with criticism and trade sanctions. This is questionable and its success, even if such sanctions are applied which is rare in itself, is doubtful. Brazil may overtly comply with international mandate for the time being but other stakeholders within the nation may not be quite as compliant. More carrot and less stick then – whether as favourable trade agreements or direct investment. The continued existence of humanity is just not a good enough incentive, no matter how commonsensical it may seem. Empathy it seems is just as much a requirement as good sense in avoiding a repeat of the Amazon saga, especially for much-bereaved Bolsonaro. It is only proper that a crisis concerning all of humanity is not benchmarked upon making villains of a few most evident detractors.last_img read more

Sindhu eyes China Open after World Championships high

first_imgChangzhou (China): World champion P V Sindhu will look to reassert her supremacy when she spearheads the Indian campaign at the USD 1,000,000 China Open World Tour Super 1000 tournament beginning here on Tuesday. The World No.5 Sindhu ended India’s long wait for a world championship gold at Basel, Switzerland last month. She achieved the historic feat after her third successive final appearance. The performance also turned around her erratic season during which she had reached the finals at the Indonesia Open Super 1000 event. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh Life after that historic gold has been all about felicitations and the Indian will now have to quickly turn her focus back on badminton as she remains the country’s best bet at the China Open, a title she had won in 2016. The 24-year-old from Hyderabad will begin her campaign against China’s Li Xuerui, a former Olympic gold medallist and World No.1. Interestingly, Sindhu had announced her arrival on the international scene when she had stunned the then Olympic champion Li at the China Masters in 2012. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later Since then, Sindhu has reached the highest echelons of international badminton, while Li has been dealing with a career-threatening knee injury that she suffered at the Rio Olympics. The Chinese is currently ranked 20th but has a 3-3 record against Sindhu. Sindhu had beaten Li at the Indonesia Masters earlier this year and if she can cross the opening hurdle, she is likely to face Canadian Michelle Li, who hasn’t beaten the Indian since 2014. If everything goes well, then she might be up against China’s third seed and All England champion Chen Yufei in the quarter-final. World No.8 Saina Nehwal, who had won the Indonesia Masters this year, will also look to put up a good show following her recovery from injuries which bogged her down this season. The former World No.1 looked good at the world championships before a few controversial umpiring decisions ended her run when she lost to Mia Blichfeldt of Denmark in second round. Saina will face Thailand’s Busanan Ongbamrungphan in the opening round and is expected to clash with former world no.1 and her nemesis Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei in the quarterfinals. China Open, the last Super 1000 event of the World Tour season, will also see the return of two superstars — Olympic champion and three-time world champion Carolina Marin and 2017 World Champion Viktor Axelsen. Both the bigwigs will be back after recovering from their respective injuries. The Indian campaign lost a bit of sheen with the withdrawal of Kidambi Srikanth and H S Prannoy. While Srikanth’s knee injury flared up during the world championships, Prannoy is down with dengue. All eyes will be on B Sai Praneeth, who ended India’s 36-year wait to become the first Indian male shuttler to claim a medal at the World Championships. The talented shuttler will open against Thailand’s Suppanyu Avihingsanon and is likely to face China’s third seed Shi Yu Qi in the second round. Former Commonwealth Games champion Parupalli Kashyap too will be in the fray, taking on France’s Brice Leverdez in the first round. Returning to action after an injury lay-off will be the pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty, who became the first men’s pair from the country to win a super 500 event at Thailand Open last month. The duo, who had broken into the top 10, will open against Canadian combination of Jason Anthony Ho-Shue and Nyl Yakura. In mixed doubles, Satwik will pair up with Ashwini Ponnappa and meet Praveen Jordan and Melati Daeva Oktavianti, the Indonesian sixth seeds. The other men’s pair of Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy will square off against the second-seeded Indonesian pair of Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan. Ashwini and N Sikki Reddy, the Commonwealth Game bronze-medallists, will fight it out against the Taiwanese combination of Cheng Chi Ya and Lee Chih Chen in women’s doubles, while Sikki and Pranaav Jerry Chopra will lock horns with Germany’s Mark Lamsfuss and Isabel Herttrich.last_img read more

Calgary bike shop aims to make cycling more inclusive for all gender

first_imgCALGARY – Mike Hooves was turning a wrench on a bike when a man came over, said “let me help you” and grabbed the tool.Hooves, who identifies as a non-binary femme, knew the man meant well, but it didn’t feel good to be treated that way.“The underlying assumption is you don’t know what you’re doing.”Hooves, 25, was born a girl and presents as feminine, but doesn’t identify as male or female.About 18 months ago, Hooves stopped by Good Life Community Bicycle Shop in Calgary for its gender empowerment mechanics program. Every Wednesday, the shop is reserved for women, transgender people or those who identify as neither male nor female to work on or learn about bikes.Good Life is not a traditional retailer, but rather a not-for-profit education and resource centre. It was a welcome change from the male-dominated bike shops where Hooves has been talked down to and babied.“It was super friendly and there were people I could relate to. There were people who looked like me or were like me, and it just made it easier for me to feel comfortable asking questions.”Good Life aims to create a more welcoming atmosphere for those who may not feel at ease in a typical bike shop. It also wants to make cycling more inclusive in general, said Hope Madison Fay, who manages the shop’s public relations and fundraising.“I actually didn’t know anything about bikes at all before starting to work at Good Life and I definitely, since working here, have gained a confidence that I didn’t really know was even possible.”On Wednesdays, the shop is strictly off limits to everyone except those the program is meant to serve. Anyone else who shows up is asked to come back another day. Madison Fay said staff don’t assume people’s gender identity just by looking at them, so will ask if they’re there for the program.Not all of those turned away are understanding. Madison Fay said it’s not unusual for Good Life to get a couple of bad reviews a month accusing the shop of discrimination.“Sometimes it goes well. Other times, people are upset.”Good Life got a nastier-than-normal response last Wednesday following a Reddit post deriding the shop as going “full on SJW” — social justice warrior.The shop received 30 or 40 one-star reviews within a 12-hour span, Madison Fay said.The user who started the Reddit thread, JarritosFritos, wrote that he was hoping to pick up a cheap bike during his lunch hour and was asked about his gender identity.“Is this real life?! Never thought i would come across this here,” he wrote, saying he had contacted the Alberta Human Rights Commission.JarritosFritos, who declined to provide his real name, wrote in a private message that he’d decided not to file a complaint after being told it could take years to resolve and it wasn’t clear the shop had committed a human rights offence.The Alberta Human Rights Act allows for policies, programs and activities where the objective is to improve the lives of people who are disadvantaged.Good Life is on the right side of the law, said Kyle Kirkup, a law professor at the University of Ottawa.“It’s a pretty straightforward case where if it were ever to be challenged, the bike shop would be successful,” he said.“They’re on very solid footing to say this is actually designed to basically try to redress in a small but meaningful way the fact that there are some communities that don’t feel comfortable in a bike shop on a day-to-day basis.”last_img read more

WilsonRaybould said impaired driving bill would not violate charter rights

first_imgOTTAWA – Demanding a breath sample from a motorist is no different than asking for their licence and registration, Canada’s justice minister argued Thursday as the federal Liberal government defended its proposed new crackdown on impaired driving.Jody Wilson-Raybould tabled a so-called “charter statement” in the House of Commons explaining why the government believes the new measures are permissible under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.“The Supreme Court of Canada has recognized as reasonable the authority, under provincial law and common law, of police officers to stop vehicles at random to ensure that drivers are licensed and insured, that the vehicle is mechanically fit and to check for sobriety,” Wilson-Raybould’s statement says.“The information revealed from a breath sample is, like the production of a driver’s licence, simply information about whether a driver is complying with one of the conditions imposed in the highly regulated contexts of driving.”Bill C-46, which includes new powers for police and harsher penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, was introduced in the Commons last month alongside the government’s long-awaited plan to legalize marijuana for recreational use.The new mandatory alcohol screening measures would mean police could demand a breath sample from any driver they lawfully stop — even if they had no suspicion the person had been drinking before being pulled over.The roadside test itself could not lead to a charge, but it would allow the police to continue investigating and to subject the driver to further tests.The bill would also allow police to demand a saliva sample from a driver if they reasonably suspect the person has drugs in their body, such as by noticing unusually red eyes, abnormal speech patterns or the telltale scent of marijuana.The proposed legislation has raised eyebrows among some criminal lawyers, who believe it will be challenged in court.The statement outlines why the Liberal government considers the new powers to be consistent with charter guarantees about search and seizure, as well as life, liberty and security of the person.It points out, for example, that while the bill would eliminate the need for reasonable suspicion of drinking and driving, it would still only apply if the driver was lawfully stopped in the first place.The statement does come with a major caveat: “A statement is not a legal opinion on the constitutionality of a bill.”The statement also says Bill C-46 would help the Liberal government achieve its “compelling objective” of cutting down on drinking and driving. Currently, it can be difficult for officers to identify a driver who should be administered a breath test.“It would reduce the impact of this kind of human error,” it says. “It would also increase the deterrent effect of roadside stops by eliminating the perception that motorists could avoid having to give a sample by hiding their impairment.”Research done in other countries that have taken a similar approach, including Australia, New Zealand and Ireland, has shown a substantial reduction in alcohol-related accidents and even deaths, the government argues.Anthony Moustacalis, president of the Criminal Lawyers’ Association, said he is concerned the new law could lead to a higher number of random stops of visible minorities.“I think the one area of constitutional attack would be that, given the developing statistics on subconscious racism by the police, or unconscious racism, and the increased empirical data on misuse of random stops by police for visible and other minorities.”Robert Solomon, national director of legal policy for MADD Canada, said people already have to go through mandatory screening in order to do all sorts of things.“Mandatory alcohol screening serves exactly the same protective purpose as airport, border and courtroom searches, but is far more effective and addresses a far greater risk,” said Solomon, who is also a law professor at Western University in London, Ont.— Follow @smithjoanna on Twitterlast_img read more

Clark says if her government toppled it shows BC legislature cant function

first_imgVICTORIA – Premier Christy Clark says she ready to tell the lieutenant-governor British Columbia’s legislature can’t work if her Liberal minority government is defeated in a confidence vote on Thursday.If Lt.-Gov. Judith Guichon asks her opinion, Clark said Wednesday she will reply she hasn’t seen any evidence the house can function with the NDP and Greens holding a one-seat advantage in the 87-seat legislature.It will then be up to Guichon to decide whether to dissolve the legislature and trigger an election or ask the New Democrats to form a minority government.The NDP and Greens have an agreement to defeat the Liberals in a bid to put the New Democrats in power.But a debate over who will serve as Speaker has raised questions about how long an NDP government might survive as the Liberals have not committed to allowing one of their members to serve in the position.If a New Democrat or Green member serves in the post, the house is deadlocked with votes likely to end in 43-43 outcomes, leaving the Speaker to decide whether to break the tie.Clark said the Liberals have tried to work with the opposition parties by adopting parts of their platforms in last week’s throne speech.But at the first opportunity, they chose not to back her government: voting against proposals they support that would have banned political donations by unions and corporations, and given the Greens official party status in the legislature.Clark said the message from last month’s election — which saw the Liberals win 43 seats, the NDP 41 and the Greens three — was voters want the three parties to co-operate.“That’s why we decided the throne speech reflected priorities from all parties and all members because we want to make our legislature work,” she said.“None of us should want to take the risk that an election could be called.”She said if Guichon asks her opinion on the chances of the house working, she will give a frank answer.“I’ve got to be honest. … It isn’t working,” she said.“I haven’t seen any evidence that it could work. I know that they have the numbers to topple the government and to take power, but I haven’t seen any evidence that they have the numbers they need to govern.”NDP Leader John Horgan set the wheels in motion by introducing the non-confidence motion in the legislature on Wednesday during the throne speech debate.After 16 years in power, he asked why the Liberals didn’t act before on the concerns expressed by the opposition parties.“We expected the B.C. Liberal party … to deliver a throne speech that represented the values that they have put forward in election after election after election,” he said in a draft transcript of Hansard.“Instead, we had the bizarre phenomenon of hearing Green platform planks being put forward and New Democrat platform planks being put forward as if they were now all of a sudden the best ideas that the government could find.”last_img read more

Judge convicts RCMP in NB massacre saying force left officers illprepared

first_imgMONCTON, N.B. – RCMP officers were caught outgunned and “ill-prepared” to confront a gunman who targeted them on a warm summer night in 2014, a judge ruled Friday as he convicted the national police force of failing to provide its members with adequate use-of-force equipment and user training.Judge Leslie Jackson was harshly critical of how long it took the RCMP to equip its officers with carbine rifles ahead of the Moncton attack, which left three Mounties dead and two others injured.Justin Bourque had targeted police officers in hopes of sparking an anti-government rebellion.“It is clear to me that the use-of-force equipment available to those members on June 4, 2014, left them ill-prepared to engage an assailant armed with an automatic rifle,” the provincial court judge said in his 64-page decision.Rank and file members told the Labour Code trial they were outgunned by Bourque, who roamed a Moncton neighbourhood and opened fired on officers as people walked dogs and children played in yards nearby.Constables Fabrice Gevaudan, Dave Ross and Doug Larche were killed, while constables Eric Dubois and Darlene Goguen were injured in the shootings.The C8 carbine rifle was a central focus of the trial. The high-powered weapons were not available to general duty officers at the time of the Moncton shootings, and numerous witnesses who testified said they could have made a difference.Carbine rifles were approved for use in 2011, but their rollout was delayed on several occasions.The judge noted that Alphonse MacNeil, a retired assistant RCMP commissioner who conducted an independent review of the shootings for the force, stated during the trial that at the time of his review, he said the rollout of the patrol carbine program should be expedited.“I agree with MacNeil’s conclusion. The rollout took too long, even allowing for all the variables and challenges,” said Jackson.“A real concern for the health and safety of front-line members… would have seen a rollout of the patrol carbine prioritized and not left to the vagrancies of available funding.”The judge also accused RCMP leadership — who were unanimous in saying officers were adequately equipped — of sticking to “talking points designed to be the justification for their position” during testimony at the trial.“Their opinion is based on their observations made from the comfort and security of their offices; however the view of the responding officers who were facing imminent danger that day is different,” he said.Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said Friday’s decision “carries important implications” and that the Trudeau government would be studying it carefully.“We need to make sure that the training, the equipment and the support services are there to put those officers in the position of doing the very best job they can to keep the community safe and at the same time, to keep themselves safe,” said Goodale in Regina on Friday.Jackson found the Crown did not prove its case on two other Labour Code violations, and issued a judicial stay on a fourth charge.The wives of the three fallen officers sat quietly in the packed Moncton courtroom amongst Mounties in plain clothes and at least one trial witness as the verdicts were read out during the brief hearing.“I felt all along that if the RCMP members would have had the proper equipment that my husband would not have died and the father of my children would not have died,” Doug Larche’s wife, Nadine, said outside the courthouse, across the road from a life-sized bronze monument of her husband and the two other slain officers.“My hope really is that the silver lining of all of this is that RCMP members that are serving now and in the future will be better equipped and that they’ll be safer.”Angela Gevaudan, wife of Fabrice, said she felt “vindicated.” She said the RCMP’s decision to fight the Labour Code charges had hurt the policing community.“It’s been very disheartening to have these charges challenged in the first place,” she said. “I think it breaks the trust and I think the members are still very hurt and feel unsupported and I think that needs to be addressed.”Cpl. Patrick Bouchard echoed that sentiment, saying senior leadership needs to listen to its members when it comes to responding to their needs. Bouchard worked alongside the Mounties who died and in June wrote an open letter on Facebook condemning the testimony of then-commissioner Bob Paulson in the trial.Paulson had testified that management had concerns over the possible militarization of the force.“When the organization fails — and it’s been proven today — that it fails to support the rank and file these tragedies happen,” Bouchard said Friday outside the courthouse. “This is why the RCMP needs to step it up and listen to the rank and file to what we need.”Lawyer Mark Ertel, who represented the RCMP at the trial, said Friday “it’s too early to tell” whether the force will appeal.But Const. Louis Philippe Theriault, president of the Mounted Police Professional Association of Canada, urged the RCMP to accept responsibility for not properly equipping members.“I don’t think tragedies can be avoided, but I think the magnitude of those tragedies can be mitigated if we have proper equipment,” he said.Ertel said they hope to detail what the RCMP has done to equip its officers at the Nov. 23 sentencing hearing.Crown attorney Paul Adams said the RCMP had been convicted of “what I would categorize as a very serious offence and I expect we’ll be approaching it that way when it comes to an appropriate sentence.”In a statement issued from RCMP headquarters in Ottawa, the force says it will review the decision and consider the next steps.Jackson found the force guilty under the Labour Code of failing to provide its members with the appropriate use-of-force equipment and user training when responding to an active threat or active shooter in an open environment.But the force was found not guilty of failing to provide its members and supervisors with the appropriate training for an active shooter event.Jackson said the available training enabled officers to respond to the threat they faced and additional training noted by the Crown during the trial did not exist prior to June 4, 2014.He stayed a charge of failing to ensure, in general, the health and safety of its members.The defence argued at the trial that the RCMP exercised due diligence in its rollout of patrol carbines, while the Crown argued management knew front-line officers were at risk and the rollout of carbines took too long.Follow (at)AlyThomson on Twitter.last_img read more

Dalhousie Student Union says women of colour are under attack issues 10

first_imgHALIFAX – The Dalhousie Student Union says women of colour are under attack and the university is failing to support them.In a statement on systemic racism endorsed by the council Wednesday night, the student executive says Indigenous, Muslim and other racialized women are under attack and the university has failed to adequately support marginalized students.The statement lists 10 demands, including calling on the Halifax university to issue an apology to two students they say were subjected to “bureaucratic processes that uphold racist and colonial institutional policies.”Masuma Khan, a Muslim student leader who wears a hijab, and Kati George-Jim, an Indigenous student and member of Dalhousie’s board of governors, have both been embroiled in high-profile disputes with the university’s administration.Khan was threatened with sanctions over a profane social media post that criticized white fragility while George-Jim took on the board of governors for what she called institutionalized racism and the silencing of Indigenous women.“Recent events demonstrate the backlash that women of colour receive for speaking out about their lived experiences,” the statement said. “Repercussions for public advocacy are amplified for racialized and Indigenous women, based on the intersecting identities they hold.”It adds: “We write to express love and concern for them and all marginalized people on our campus, in a time when our university is failing us and needs to better support students.”The student union’s demands also include launching an external investigation into Dalhousie’s disciplinary process against Khan, and publicly releasing the demographic data of students investigated by the senate discipline committee.The council also voted to draft an issues policy document based on the statement, which is expected to lay out the student union’s position on systemic racism at the university.For the first time in its history, the majority of the student union executive are people of colour.In issuing a clear stance on institutionalized racism, the executive appears to be making what they call the dismantling of “systemic oppression and marginalization” a top priority.“We are committed to prioritizing issues of racism and colonialism on campus,” the five executive student leaders said in the statement. “These conversations are difficult, but they are not new.”Amina Abawajy, president of the Dal student union, said Thursday the current executive ran on a platform of supporting Indigenous and racialized students.“It is a priority for us to create an equitable campus,” the computer science student said. “With the lived experiences of a majority-racialized executive, it’s an opportunity for us to combat these issues.”Dalhousie student Mehak Saini said she attended Wednesday’s council meeting to share her thoughts on the statement.The second-year physics student said she supported asking the Dalhousie administration for an apology, but argued that the student body also deserved an apology from Khan.“If they are asking the university for an apology for the threats or intimidation they have received, our council should also ask our vice-president of academic and external to apologize to the student body for the fear of labels and intimidation that she has caused,” Saini said.She argued that Khan’s social media comments, including using the hashtag “whitefragilitycankissmyass,” intimidated students from disagreeing with her out of fear of being labelled racist.However, Saini was not able to speak at the council meeting.“I totally felt silenced,” she said. “We need an environment where our voices are welcomed and we don’t feel fearful to talk.”Abawajy said Saini couldn’t speak because of a “procedural issue” as someone had called for the question on the motion, but that the council “welcomes feedback from all students.”Two council members voted against the motion on systemic racism, including Mary MacDonald, who represents students with disabilities.“It contains a lot of opinions and the facts are not well established. We can’t pass a motion impugning the university administration without hearing the other side of the story,” she said. “Before approving such a damning statement, I believe at a minimum we should hear from those who are under fire.”MacDonald said the motion would give “special treatment” to two student leaders, and creates a “hierarchy of marginalized women.”While she conceded that there are “valid concerns” about racism, she said she has been treated disrespectfully as a disabled woman and has never received an apology.In response to a request for comment, a Dalhousie spokesman pointed to a university statement posted Monday on the Dal News website.“The past two weeks at Dalhousie University have sparked many conversations about respect, inclusion, community and freedom of expression,” the university said.The Dal News post highlights the next steps the university is taking to “improve campus climate and enhance intergroup relations,” such as launching a working group to support an inclusive environment and reviewing the code of student conduct.last_img read more

Metoo movement causing confusion in many men fear of missteps with women

first_imgThey keep falling like dominoes: Harvey Weinstein, Matt Lauer, Patrick Brown and most recently members of the Canadian pop-rock band Hedley, high-profile or celebrity men who have been accused of sexual misconduct as the #metoo and #timesup movements continue unabated.Experts say these social media campaigns of outing males for alleged wrongdoing have created a climate of mistrust between the sexes and left many ordinary guys feeling confused, fearful and wondering whether any of their past actions towards women will somehow come back to haunt them.“When I speak with younger men, and this is in and out of the workplace, they’re just swearing off women,” said Christine Hart of Calgary, who describes herself as a gender intelligence expert. “Not in droves, but socially they are so confused by what’s going on out there and they’re scared that something could be taken the wrong way.“So guys are coming together and saying ‘I don’t even interact with women anymore, I barely make eye contact,’” said Hart, who does presentations to corporations and public forums to help improve understanding and communication between men and women.“On the social level, they’re just so afraid of doing something that’s accidentally wrong.”Ayan Mukherjee, a Toronto registered psychotherapist who works with men, agreed there is a lot of trepidation around social interactions with women.“I think men are also feeling like, ‘You know what? It was already kind of hard to reach out to women from a dating point of view, even if you’re trying to reach out in a healthy manner and a sex-positive manner,’” he said.“Now it has become even harder in the sense that one false, unconscious move and you have been categorized … there is no spectrum from being someone who just flirted badly or made a faux pas versus a serial rapist.“And right now, they are fearful that social media vigilantes are not looking at it as a spectrum, that if you have done something even on the mild side of the spectrum, you are now being categorized as a rapist or a molester.”Being painted by the same sweeping brush as those alleged to have mistreated women has also angered many men, said Hart.“They’re upset with these men for disrespecting women in the way that they are,” she stressed. “And it’s coming from a real heart-centred place … they’re pissed about it.”Jack Mardock, a Denver-area dating coach, said many men are also feeling apprehensive about previous dating encounters or relationships with women, casting their minds back to examine whether they acted in a disrespectful or potentially sexually aggressive manner.“I talked to some of these guys and said ‘Did anything happen in the past?’” he said. “And they would talk about how when they were in college and were conversing with someone of the opposite sex, but none of it was inappropriate.“But the fact that they think it might be inappropriate, it’s not good.“So when you have guys thinking ‘Oh God, what if I did something in the past, what if it comes back to haunt me, they just end up putting their heads down … either outside of work or in work,” Mardock said. “And inside the workplace, I think it may get worse.”Hart is already seeing a change in the work environment, with fewer men willing to mentor more junior female colleagues — a spin-off of the #metoo and #timesup movements that she said could inevitably harm women’s career aspirations.There’s also anxiety over another possibility: that a woman may lie about or exaggerate an allegation of sexual misconduct, potentially destroying a man’s career or blackening his reputation in the court of public opinion.“Men are very worried about that, to the point where when I’m talking to HR specialists, men are taking preventive measures,” she said, citing the example of a man who ended a romantic relationship with a female co-worker and sent all the text messages and emails between them during the breakup to his company’s human resources department.“They’re finding that people are wanting more stuff tracked.”Some men publicly vilified for alleged sexual misbehaviour are beginning to fight back against what they call “wrongful” accusations and demanding that the women prove their assertions through the justice system.Patrick Brown, who was forced to resign as leader of the Ontario Progressive Conservatives last month, has mounted a campaign in recent days to clear his name, alleging two women who spoke out against him were lying and possibly manipulated by his political enemies inside and outside the party.He also vowed to sue CTV News, which broadcast the allegations. CTV has said it stands by its reporting.On Friday, Brown officially joined the race to reclaim the party’s top job.Journalist Steve Paikin, long-time host of TVO’s current affairs program “The Agenda,” took to Facebook earlier this month to dismiss as “100 per cent false” an allegation that he propositioned a woman for sex in exchange for airtime.Paikin said the claim was made by former Toronto mayoral candidate Sarah Thomson. While stopping short of announcing legal action, he wrote: “You’ve defamed me Sarah. I have no idea why, but you have. And I simply can’t allow that to stand.”While the #metoo and #timesup movements have given women a forum to push back against perpetrators of sexual misdeeds through public shaming — a cultural shift the experts say many men support — there is a potential for negative fallout.“People think, well, because of all this, it must be very, very good for women. Women have all the power,” said Mardock.But he says the movements have put women interested in dating men at a disadvantage.“The dating game is not good for women like this, because you’re missing out on quality guys,” he said.“The healing that has to take place has to come from an awareness of the issue that these men who have done this do not represent all men — they just don’t.”— Follow @SherylUbelacker on Twitter.last_img read more

Allparty board orders conciliation harassment training for Darshan Kang

first_imgOTTAWA – A one-time Liberal MP from Calgary is being ordered by his peers to go to conciliation and training after a House of Commons investigation found some allegations against Darshan Kang constituted sexual harassment.Kang left the Liberal caucus last summer after a staffer alleged he had sexually harassed and assaulted her.The all-party board of internal economy, which oversees a parliamentary policy on harassment, says it decided Kang must participate in conciliation with the victim to see if an agreement can be reached on remedies to the situation.The House of Commons administration will appoint a conciliator to act as an intermediary between the two, who may not meet face-to-face during the process.Depending on the outcome, Kang may be subject to further administrative, financial or disciplinary measures.He also must take part in training programs on sexual harassment prevention and awareness that he has to pay for out of his own pocket.The board says in a statement that it will not be making any further comments about the case.A House of Commons investigation concluded it could verify some of the complaints, including that he had improperly tried to get access to the woman’s hotel room in Ottawa.The House of Commons followed a process adopted in December 2014, which can involve hiring an external investigator to review the facts.Both the respondent and the complainant can appeal if they are not satisfied with the final report.last_img read more

In the news today Nov 5

first_imgSix stories in the news for Monday, Nov. 5———CASE OF ALLEGED SERIAL KILLER DUE IN ONTARIO SUPERIOR COURTThe case of the man accused of killing eight men with ties to Toronto’s gay village is due in court today. Bruce McArthur is expected to make his first appearance in Ontario’s Superior Court of Justice on eight charges of first-degree murder. Police arrested the 67-year-old self-employed landscaper last January, and last month McArthur was ordered to stand trial after he waived his right to a preliminary hearing. Several funerals for McArthur’s alleged victims took place last week after Toronto police released the remains of the men to their families.———TRUDEAU LIBERALS TO UNVEIL ANTI-POVERTY LAWThe federal Liberals are set to enshrine into law a plan to lift more than two million people out of poverty. The government notified MPs before the weekend that it planned to introduce anti-poverty legislation as early as today that will, for the first time, set an official poverty line for the country. The government’s strategy sets reduction targets of 20 per cent from 2015 levels by 2020 and a 50 per cent drop by 2030. Social Development Minister Jean-Yves Duclos is expected to outline the new law to a group of anti-poverty activists.———TRADE DEAL ANGER PUTS LIBERAL MP IN TOUGH SPOTThe newly struck North American trade agreement will let more American dairy products into Canada and, while it has yet to be ratified, it’s already putting at least one Liberal MP in an awkward spot. A couple of weeks ago at a rally in his Shefford, Que., riding Pierre Breton used some theatrics to offer support to farmers protesting his government’s trade policy. On a small stage in Granby, Que., Breton took a mouthful of American milk, then spat it on the ground in front of a cheering crowd of about 300 farmers.———CUPW LAUNCHES NEW ROUND OF ROTATING STRIKESThe Canadian Union of Postal Workers has launched a new round of rotating strikes in Ontario and Newfoundland and Labrador. The walkouts began either last night or first thing this morning. Canada Post says the strikes have now impacted operations in more than 70 communities across the country causing backlogs that could delay mail delivery to its customers for several days. The two sides have been unable to reach new collective agreements for two bargaining units after 10 months of negotiations.———OLYMPIANS TO TOUT CALGARY BID AT RALLYA rally planned for today in favour of a Calgary bid for the 2026 Olympics will feature some familiar faces from the last time the city held the Games. British ski-jumper Michael Edwards — better known as Eddie the Eagle — and 1988 mascots Hidy and Howdy are to be at a downtown convention centre for the event. Canadian Olympians expected to attend include gold-medal sprinter Donovan Bailey and multi-medal-winning hockey player Cassie Campbell-Pascall. The rally comes a week before a plebiscite on whether Calgary should bid for the 2026 Games.———RESEARCHER WARNS CANADIAN LIFE EXPECTANCY COULD FALL LIKE IN U.S.A paper published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal suggests life expectancy in Canada could be threatened by the same factors that are causing it to fall in the United States. Jurgen Rehm of Toronto’s Centre for Addiction and Mental Health says life expectancy in the U.S. has begun to decline slightly, due mainly to so called “deaths of despair” resulting from drug overdoses, suicide, or alcohol abuse. And he suggests a similar trend is taking hold in Canada, though to a much lesser degree.———ALSO IN THE NEWS:— Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz gives a speech to the Canada-U.K. Chamber of Commerce in London.— Matthew Vincent Raymond, accused of killing four people including two city police officers, is due back in Fredericton court.— Veterans Affairs Minister Seamus O’Regan hosts annual candlelight tribute for fallen soldiers.— Ribbon-cutting ceremony in Toronto for HXouse, a program that supports artists and entrepreneurs in the arts, fashion, music industries.— Franco-Canadian roundtable in Edmonton on the impact of climate change on the Arctic Ocean.— Inauguration of new Vancouver mayor and councillors.———last_img read more

Crown lawyer tells BC bail hearing convicted killer had time to kill

first_imgVANCOUVER — A Crown lawyer arguing against the bail release of a man already convicted of killing his common-law wife in British Columbia says Wade Shiffington had a 20-minute window of opportunity to commit the crime.Hank Reiner told B.C. Supreme Court that Shiffington went to an apartment in Richmond in September 1994, knowing the friend who Wanda Martin was visiting would be out briefly.Shiffington was found guilty of second-degree murder in 2001 based on a confession he provided to undercover police as part of a so-called Mr. Big operation that began five years after the murder.The federal justice minister is reviewing the conviction after an appeal by defence lawyers with Innocence Canada, which works to exonerate people believed to have been wrongfully convicted.Shiffington’s lawyers want him to be released on bail while the review is underway, likely for years, and are challenging the credibility of the undercover sting, which they say extracted a false confession.Court has heard Martin was shot six times and the couple’s young son was left with his mother’s body. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Quebec City Mayor Regis Labeaume says hes been diagnosed with prostate cancer

first_imgQUEBEC CITY – Quebec City’s longtime mayor has been diagnosed with prostate cancer.The city says in a statement that Regis Labeaume will gradually scale back his duties and eventually take a leave of absence as he fights the disease.The statement says the mayor intends to remain in office but will delegate some of his responsibilities.Labeaume, 62, a former businessman, has served as Quebec City’s mayor since 2007.The Canadian Presslast_img

Thieves break into Edmonton Airbnb do laundry and leave note for guests

first_imgEDMONTON — A Vancouver Island couple had a bizarre experience in a downtown Edmonton Airbnb earlier this week.Rod and Kat Gordon, who went out Sunday after dropping off their luggage, came back to the suite to find the lights on and heavy metal music blaring.They thought there might have been a double booking, then saw that their luggage had been unpacked.Kat Gordon says the people who broke in also washed their clothes, left a bowl of cigarettes and signed a note saying, “We are here! Today is the best day of the rest of our lives!”She says it was one of their worst days.The Gordons reported the break-in to police and the building’s security, who found a surveillance image of potential suspects wearing the couple’s clothes.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Sami Yusuf Named As Global Ambassador Against Hunger

first_imgThe internationally acclaimed singer, songwriter and composer Sami Yusuf has joined the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) as a Global Ambassador Against Hunger.“I am honoured and delighted that Sami is adding his powerful voice to the push for zero hunger,” said WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin in a statement to the press. “He has demonstrated a deep commitment to helping WFP address the needs of the hungry and in his new role as a Global Ambassador Against Hunger he can take this to a whole new level.”Mr. Yusuf, who is a long-time supporter of WFP, will use his new status to raise awareness about the agency’s life-saving work on the frontlines of hunger and to advocate on behalf of the hungry and vulnerable.He has already visited WFP operations providing food assistance to Syrian refugees in Jordan and he has seen how WFP works to improve access to nutritious food in Egypt.In the past, he has donated proceeds from the sale of his records to support WFP’s work in response to the Horn of Africa drought in 2011 and, more recently, he dedicated one of his songs to the survivors of last year’s Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.“Hunger is a tragic contradiction in an age that’s known for mass production and consumption,” said Mr. Yusuf. “It’s a sad reality that kills not only bodies but also a people’s spirit and hopes for future prosperity and peace of mind.”“It is a privilege to have been appointed Global Ambassador Against Hunger for WFP and to be given the opportunity to serve such a noble and noteworthy cause. I will strive to do my utmost to help eradicate hunger – something that simply should not exist in our time,” he added.As a WFP Ambassador Against Hunger, Mr. Yusuf joins an influential group of international celebrities, including actress Drew Barrymore, singer Christina Aguilera, Chelsea Football Club Manager Jose Mourinho and the footballer Kaka.Mr. Yusuf, who has a huge international following, actively engages with his loyal fan base on social media, reaching out to millions through his profiles on Facebook and Twitter, which he has used to draw attention to the activities of WFP in response to hunger crises around the world.According to WFP, some 842 million people in the world do not have enough to eat and poor nutrition causes nearly half of all deaths among children under the age of 5 years. WFP is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. In 2013, it assisted more than 80 million people in 75 countries.last_img read more

Mark Wahlberg And Michael Bay To Host Big Game Big Give Party

first_imgMark Wahlberg and Michael Bay will be among the hosts of this year’s Giving Back Fund’s Big Game Big Give party on January 31.The 2015 BGBG will be held at the private estate of the 2014 MLB National League Manager of the Year Matt Williams and his wife, former television broadcaster, Erika Williams in Paradise Valley, AZ. Matt is the only current or former MLB player to hit at least one World Series home run for three different Major League baseball teams (Giants, Indians and Diamondbacks).Beneficiaries of this year’s event include the Giving Back Fund, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix and the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation.Check out some amazing auction lots here.Each year, The Giving Back Fund holds an annual fundraiser, Big Game Big Give (BGBG), at a private estate in the Super Bowl city the Saturday night before the big game. Previous celebrity hosts for Big Game Big Give have included Alec Baldwin, Michael Bay, Hilary Swank and Ashton Kutcher. The Giving Back Fund’s 2010 Big Game Big Give, hosted by director Michael Bay in his Miami home, was selected as the # 1 party of Super Bowl XLIV by ESPN.Big Game Big Give is an exclusive invitation-only cocktail party for 500 celebrities, businesspeople and other VIPs. To keep the event enjoyable for our guests, a limited number of people are invited by GBF, or on the recommendation of the BGBG’s prestigious Host Committee, to purchase tickets for $2,500 every year.Find out more here.last_img read more

Prince Harry Announces Florida Will Host Next Invictus Games

first_imgPrince Harry, Patron of the Invictus Games Foundation, has announced that the second Invictus Games have been awarded to Orlando, Florida.Video: Prince Harry announces host city for next Invictus Games in 2016The 2016 Games will take place from 8 – 12 May at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.Making the announcement via video message, Prince Harry says that following the success of the inaugural Invictus Games in 2014 he always hoped that they would be just the beginning of the Invictus story.Prince Harry said: “As I’ve continued to work with wounded servicemen and women, I regularly see the power of the soldiers’ stories to inspire others. For every competitor last September, there are hundreds of others around the world who would benefit from having the same opportunity. I wanted other cities and countries to look at the competition – what it meant to those taking part and those who saw it – and take up the challenge for the next Invictus Games. I am absolutely delighted that the United States has taken up that challenge and will host the next Invictus Games in 2016. I have no doubt that the USA will set the bar even higher than London did and put on a great show.”Following the success of the 2014 Invictus Games, the Invictus Games Foundation has been established to develop and pursue the event’s legacy. It manages the selection of the hosts for future games and oversees their delivery.The Foundation set out desired requirements for future host cities to ensure the next Invictus Games meet stringent quality standards. This includes a mandatory minimum of 10 participating nations, 250 competitors and five sports; a strong families programme; appropriate venues and sport infrastructure; extensive broadcast and media coverage and access to the Games for spectators and media.Since the end of the 2014 Games, The Invictus Games Foundation has received a number of bids from potential countries and cities wishing to host the Invictus Games over the coming years. The US bid for Orlando won the rights to the 2016 Games thanks to the city’s outstanding sporting facilities and great tourist infrastructure, which make it an ideal host city for both competitors and spectators.Last month, Lewis Hamilton was announced as the first ambassador for the Invictus Games.last_img read more