Beijing: Chinese smartphone manufacturer Huawei is still optimising the foldable Mate X smartphone and would not make it public without meeting quality requirements, the company’s director of consumer business mobile phones He Gang has said. According to the executive, Mate X is still undergoing optimization to meet the company’s stringent and high quality requirements. “It’s actually taking a lot longer and is requiring more effort than initially anticipated. And if it doesn’t meet those requirement, we won’t put out the phone,’ Gang was quoted as saying in a Chinese portal news.mydrivers.com. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year After extensive tests, Huawei Mate X has passed 3C certification and network access license. The smartphone, when unfolded, measures in at 8-inch while the Samsung Galaxy Fold’s display is 7.3-inch. When folded, the displays are 6.6-inch and 4.6-inch, respectively. The device is powered by a 1.8GHz octa-core Huawei HiSilicon Kirin 980 processor that features 2 cores clocked at 2.6GHz, 2 cores clocked at 1.92GHz and 4 cores clocked at 1.8GHz. It comes with 8GB RAM. The phone runs Android 9.0 and is powered by a 4,500mh battery and supports proprietary fast charging. Samsung announced last week that it would release the Galaxy Fold in September in select markets.
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New Delhi: The Delhi High Court Thursday quashed the trial against Reliance Industries Ltd and three of its then senior executives under the Official Secrets Act, saying that the allegedly secret documents recovered from them in 1998 were already in public domain.Allowing the appeals of RIL and its officials against the lower court’s March 2012 decision to put them on trial for criminal conspiracy and possession of secret government documents, Justice Sunil Gaur said that continuing the proceedings against them would be a “travesty of justice” as the ingredients of the offence they were accused of were “apparently lacking”. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”Since the impugned order suffers from utter non application of mind, therefore, it cannot be sustained. There is no hesitation whatsoever in concluding that continuance of proceedings before the trial court is travesty of justice, as the ingredients of the offence alleged are apparently lacking,” the high court said. “Thus, to secure the ends of justice, the instant proceedings are hereby halted forthwith. Consequently, impugned order as well as the proceedings emanating therefrom, are hereby quashed,” it said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe decision came on the appeals of RIL and its then Group President V Balasubramanian, Vice President A N Sethuraman and General Manager (corporate affairs) Shankar Adawal, who was represented by senior advocate N Hariharan. In its 13-page verdict, the court referred to several Supreme Court judgements on what is a secret document and said that “a person cannot be put on trial merely because a document has been marked as ‘secret’, as it is necessary to see the nature of information contained in it, to find out if any offence under the Official Secrets Act (OSA) 1923 is made out or not”. The high court said the documents in question were already published in newspaper reports and therefore, they were in the public domain.
Kolkata: Demanding implementation of Revision of Safe Axle Weights of Goods Vehicles, the Federation of West Bengal Truck Operators Association (FWBTOA) launched an indefinite strike on Monday.”Our strike will continue if our demand is not met. It is difficult for us to say that for how many days the indefinite strike will continue,” said Sajal Ghosh, joint secretary of FWBTOA. FWBTOA, along with Posta Goods Transport Operators’ Association, protested against harassment of truck drivers on the road by the police, delivery of permit within the scheduled time and illegal citation cases. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaGhosh explained that truck drivers in other states enjoy the benefits of the Revision of Safe Axle Weights of Goods Vehicles that allows them carry 25 percent more commodities. This apart, the denomination of third party insurance should also be reduced, Ghosh said. Due to high maintenance cost and skyrocketing diesel prices, trucks which were bought by truck owners on loan and EMI basis from SBI banks have failed to pay their EMI on time. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe truck owners are shelving their vehicles due to high maintenance cost. “We will die unnatural death if the rate of third party insurance keeps on increasing. Today, we have to pay Rs 48,000 per annum for third party insurance. We also want reduction in diesel price,” Ghosh said. The indefinite truck drivers’ strike paralyzed the movement of trucks across the state. Nearly 30,000 trucks were stranded at the different places across the state.
Five stories in the news for Wednesday, May 2———COMMONS VOTES TO SEEK PAPAL APOLOGYMembers of Parliament on all sides have voted to extend a formal invitation to Pope Francis to apologize in person to Indigenous Peoples for decades of abuse meted out in residential schools across Canada. New Democrat MPs Charlie Angus and residential school survivor Romeo Saganash introduced the motion, which passed by a margin of 269-10.———FUNERAL TO BE HELD FOR VAN ATTACK VICTIMA funeral is to be held today for another of the 10 people killed in last week’s van attack in Toronto’s north end. Anne Marie D’Amico was among those killed when a van plowed through pedestrians on a sidewalk late last month. Two elderly victims were laid to rest yesterday — Geraldine Brady and Dorothy Sewell.———FLOODING EXPANDS ALONG SAINT JOHN RIVERFloodwaters are washing through several communities along the Saint John River, stranding residents, soaking basements and making islands out of homes. Government officials said Maugerville, Jemseg, Sheffield, Grand Lake and Oak Point had all exceeded flood-stage levels and were seeing extensive flooding, much like Fredericton has been experiencing since Friday.———CP RAIL WORKERS TO VOTE ON FINAL OFFERTeamsters Canada, which represents some Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. employees, says workers will vote on the railway’s final from May 14 to 23. The union has urged members to reject the offer, after which it will try to resume negotiations. The union says if CP declines to bargain or the talks fail, workers will provide 72-hours notice ahead of a strike.———EX-SASKATCHEWAN PREMIER LANDS NEW JOBBrad Wall has stepped into a new job with an Alberta law firm just months after walking away from the premier’s office in Saskatchewan. Wall, who retired from politics in January, was hired by law firm Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt on Tuesday as a special adviser. Wall had led the Saskatchewan Party three straight majority governments.———ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:— Statistics Canada will release the gross domestic product by industry: Provinces and territories, 2017.— Health Canada officials will hold a technical briefing on the federal response to the opioid crisis.— Loblaw Companies, Stelco Holdings, Maple Leaf Foods and Cineplex among companies reporting results.— The Aga Khan is visiting Canada through Friday to celebrate his Diamond Jubilee.— The Prime Minister of Portugal, Antonio Costa, begins three-day visit to Canada.
VANCOUVER – This year’s 4-20 marijuana day of protest in Vancouver cost the city more than $245,000.The city says estimates 40,000 people were at Sunset Beach Park and the Vancouver Art Gallery during the April 20 protest.The city says in a news release that police costs came to over $170,000, while other costs such as sanitation, and fire and rescue pushed the costs even higher.The city refused to grant a permit to protest organizers, but the event went ahead without approval.The release says the bill doesn’t include ambulance service or hospital costs.The city says it will bill the organizers of the Sunset Beach event to recover expenses.
OTTAWA – The time has come for Canada to seriously consider joining the controversial U.S. ballistic missile defence system for North America, says the new Conservative foreign affairs critic.North Korea’s increased capability to potentially reach the continent with a long-range missile is a game changer, Erin O’Toole said in an interview Thursday.“We now for the first time beyond the Cold War have a credible threat to North America from a ballistic missile,” said the Ontario MP, who was appointed this week as part of Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer’s new shadow cabinet.North Korea test-fired a rocket over Japan earlier this week that landed in the northern Pacific Ocean, the latest in a series of missile tests that has ratcheted up tensions across south Asia and with the Trump administration.“We know the trajectory for that missile would make parts of Canada vulnerable.”O’Toole urged the government to raise missile defence as part of discussions with the U.S. on upgrading their joint continental air defence command, Norad.Canada’s lack of participation in U.S. ballistic missile defence has been an explosive political issue for decades. A minority Liberal government opted out BMD in 2005 after a long political debate and strong opposition in Quebec, while the Conservatives avoided the issue for their near-decade in power.O’Toole’s remarks come after fellow Conservatives MPs refused to stake out a position for their party on missile defence last week when the House of Commons defence committee held a special meeting on North Korea.At least two Liberal MPs have said they think the time has come for Canada to consider joining. But Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada’s decision to stay out of the Pentagon’s missile shield isn’t about to change any time soon.Liberal MP John McKay said in an interview Thursday the government’s original decision was taken 12 years ago and “was based upon a set of facts in a certain political environment.”“Cleary, the threat assessment has changed quite dramatically. The political environment has changed also quite dramatically.”The Commons defence committee is well-placed to examine those changes, said MacKay, who was the parliamentary secretary to Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan until January.O’Toole criticized Trudeau for shutting the door on Canada’s participation in the U.S. missile shield program, saying he was being naive in the face of an escalating threat.Canada could raise the subject again with the U.S. by framing it as part of a “modernization” of Norad, which was created in the 1950s to deal with the Cold War nuclear threat posed by the Soviet Union, he said.“We’re so-called modernizing NAFTA, aren’t we?” O’Toole asked. “Why would we not modernize Norad?”The government said in its recent defence policy review that it planned to discuss with the U.S. ways to upgrade continental defences against several threats, including ballistic missiles.“While Canada’s new defence policy does not change our position on BMD, it does commit us to continue ongoing collaboration with our U.S. counterparts on ways in which we can evolve our approach to North American defence,” Jordan Owens, Sajjan’s spokeswoman, said in an email.O’Toole said raising ballistic missile defence would fit the Trudeau government’s broader goal of finding constructive ways to engage with the Trump administration. He suggested it might even put Trump in a better mood as the North American Free Trade Agreement is being renegotiated.“If we’re trying to also show the Trump administration that we’re partners on things, at least having the discussions is critical.”Trudeau committed Canada to a United Nations peacekeeping mission in response to a 2015 call by former president Barack Obama — a commitment that Canada still hasn’t delivered on, he noted.“He was doing that in many ways to show a partnership, an alliance with our important friend. This (BMD discussion) would also do that without the deployment to a very uncertain UN peacekeeping mission.”
VICTORIA – An investment dealer and former Olympic rower who went missing for nearly 18 months has pleaded not guilty to two fraud charges.Harold Backer was not in B.C. provincial court during a hearing Wednesday in Victoria, but his lawyer entered the not guilty plea on his client’s behalf.Backer has elected to be tried by judge alone in a trial that is expected to last up to two weeks.He was charged with two counts of fraud over $5,000 after he turned up at the Victoria Police Department’s headquarters on April 13.The 54-year-old man disappeared after he told his family he was going for bike ride on Nov. 3, 2015, and Crown prosecutor John Neal said outside court he doesn’t know where Backer was during those months.He said Backer has not told the Crown or police where he went.His next court appearance is scheduled for Oct. 17 to fix a trial date.Neal said Backer’s case remains an ongoing investigation.Defence lawyer Joven Narwal filed notices that he will make constitutional arguments in court.“We are alleging that in the context of the investigation there are charter breaches of his constitutional rights, and that may very well have an impact on the scope of the trial that may unfold,” Narwal said outside court.The notices were not immediately available to the public.Backer was on the Canadian rowing team in the 1984, 1988 and 1992 Olympic Games.After his disappearance, police in Port Angeles, Wash., said an officer who viewed video from a street security camera noted a man fitting Backer’s description was aboard a ferry from Victoria, a 90-minute trip away.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version said the case was heard in B.C. Supreme Court.
A timeline of the commercial dispute between Boeing and Bombardier:– April 27: Chicago-based Boeing Co. asks the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) to take action against Bombardier’s business practices.– May 18: The Department of Commerce confirms the beginning of an investigation. Ottawa replies by questioning a military order from Boeing for new Super Hornet jet fighters.– June 9: ITC gives the go-ahead for Washington to continue its investigation into CSeries sales south of the border.– 28 June: The Department of Commerce agrees to delay the disclosure of its preliminary decision on possible punitive duties by two months, until Sept. 25, at Boeing’s request.– Sept. 4: Boeing International Division President Marc Allen says the U.S. giant has no intention to back down and withdraw its complaint against Bombardier.– Sept. 5: British Prime Minister Theresa May, in a telephone conversation with U.S. President Donald Trump, pleads in favour of the Quebec manufacturer, which has more than 4,000 employees in Belfast, Northern Ireland.– Sept. 13: Demonstrations in downtown Montreal of hundreds of union members in the aeronautics sector who denounce the Boeing approach.– Sept. 20: Bombardier workers in Toronto walk off the job to attend a rally to support company’s battle against Boeing.– Sept. 24: JetBlue becomes latest U.S. airline to write to the ITC urging it to deny Boeing’s petition, saying tariffs on the aircraft would harm competition and result in higher airfares.– Sept. 26: Department of Commerce announces a 219.63 per cent preliminary countervailing duty on CSeries exports to the U.S.– Oct. 6: Department of Commerce announced 79.82 per cent preliminary anti-dumping duties on the Bombardier aircraft.– Dec. 18: Department of Commerce expected to release its final countervailing and anti-dumping determinations.– Feb. 1: ITC expected to make its final determination in Boeing complaint.
TORONTO – Former Somali child refugee Abdoul Abdi has been released from custody as he continues his fight against deportation to a country he has no connection to.Benjamin Perryman, Abdi’s lawyer, says he was released Wednesday morning from the Central East Correctional Centre in Lindsay, Ont., to a halfway house in the greater Toronto area.Abdi grew up in foster care in Nova Scotia, but never got Canadian citizenship, and was held by the Canada Border Services Agency after spending five years in prison for multiple offences, including aggravated assault.Abdi’s case has become a rallying point for advocates who say it was wrong for the province to fail to apply for citizenship on his behalf.Perryman said Abdi told him Wednesday it felt “unreal” to be free after five years, and thanked his supporters and wanted “to say thank you for being given a chance.”No deportation hearing has been scheduled yet.The lawyer continues to fight Abdi’s deportation in Federal Court.“The Minister also has the power to settle the court case and provide Mr. Abdi with the relief he is seeking, but that has not occurred,” Perryman said in an email.“We are hopeful that the government will stop its efforts to deport Mr. Abdi and that his case can be resolved without having to go to court.”Perryman has said Abdi was given grossly inadequate care by the province as a foster child. He said deporting him to Somalia — a country to which he has no ties and where he would be unable to care for his Canadian-born daughter — would be unfair.Abdi was six years old when he arrived in Nova Scotia as a refugee. He went to live with his aunt, who didn’t speak English, and was soon apprehended by the Nova Scotia government.Between the ages of eight and 19, Abdi was moved 31 times, separated from his sister and was never granted citizenship. His aunt’s efforts to regain custody were rejected, and attempts to file a citizenship application for the children was blocked.
VANCOUVER – A late-night attempt to break into a food truck in Vancouver has landed two suspects in police custody.Vancouver police were called around 1 a.m. Sunday for reports of someone using a grinding tool to try and break into the mobile eatery.Const. Jason Doucette says a man driving a minivan picked up the would-be thief and drove off as officers readied to make an arrest.He says police boxed in the van to prevent it from fleeing, but the driver rammed both police vehicles, leading to all three ending up in the front yard of a home.The suspects allegedly ran from the van, and were arrested nearby following a foot chase with the help of a police dog team.Doucette says two men in their 40s are now being investigated for a number of offences, including theft and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle.He says an officer and one of the suspects were treated by paramedics for minor injuries.
BRAMPTON, Ont. – Police say two children and a woman were killed Saturday night in a multi-vehicle crash in Brampton, Ont., northwest of Toronto.Peel Regional Police said the crash occurred at the intersection of Highway 50 and Countryside Drive just after 9 p.m.They said a 47-year-old woman died at the scene and that three children were rushed to hospital, where two were later pronounced dead.The other child, along with two adults, were all listed in stable condition.No information about the cause of the crash, or the names of the victims was immediately released. (680 News)
The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources says that as of Sunday evening 42 forest fires were burning in the northeast region of the province, with 19 of them described as out of control.The Parry Sound 33 fire at just over 113 square kilometres remains the most dangerous of the wildfires.After raging for almost three weeks, it still hasn’t been brought under control.Hot, dry, windy weather this weekend helped fan the flames, however, despite the challenging conditions the ministry says crews made excellent progress in ringing most of the fire’s perimeter with hose lines.Today’s forecast calls for more heat and gusty winds, but with higher humidity and the possibility of 10-to-15 millimetres of patchy rain.Last week, the Municipality of Killarney issued an evacuation order because of heavy smoke from the fires, while the Municipality of French River issued an evacuation alert.
TORONTO – Four years after Justin Bourque’s Moncton shooting rampage that killed three RCMP constables, police officers in New Brunswick are facing a new traumatic event that may have long-lasting psychological consequences, experts warn.On Friday morning in the province’s capital, police constables Robb Costello and Sara Burns were shot and killed while responding to a call at an apartment complex. Bobbie Lee Wright, 32, and her boyfriend, Donnie Robichaud, were also killed by alleged gunman Matthew Vincent Raymond, who has been charged with four counts of first-degree murder.One expert said that in the aftermath of a traumatic event, police officers can develop operational stress injuries (OSI), especially those who have seen both colleagues and friends killed in the line of duty.“It is important to understand that behind the badge, we have a human being,” said Katy Kamkar, a clinical psychologist with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto.CAMH defines an OSI as any persistent psychological difficulty resulting from operational duties such as law enforcement, combat or any other service-related duties.“We run away from trauma while (police officers) go towards it to face it,” said Kamkar, who is also director of the Badge For Life Canada, an organization that provides support for police and corrections personnel dealing with psychological injuries.Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is one of the main OSI experienced by officers, she said, but other results of exposure to traumatic events can include emotional, physical and cognitive responses that are not necessarily recognized as PTSD.“We need to have an awareness and appreciation for other very known mental health conditions that officers might face such as depression and anxiety disorder,” she said.Canada had its first national survey looking at operational stress injuries among first responders published in 2017 in the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry.Of the 5,813 first responders who participated in the survey, 44.5 per cent “screened positive for clinically significant symptom clusters consistent with one or more mental disorders,” while Statistics Canada reported the rate for the general population at about 10 per cent.“It is clear that police officers and other first responders are more likely to experience psychological and physical health concerns than the regular population,” said Kamkar. “Very frequently, if not almost every day, they can go through traumatic events.”Police officers are the second most likely in Canada to be slain on the job, after taxi drivers, suggests a Statistics Canada study released in 2010 that looks at police officers who were killed in the line of duty.Between 1961 and 2009, 133 police officers were killed in the line of duty in Canada, the study revealed, but that figure does not include other causes of death such as collisions involving police cruisers.Incidents such as the shooting in Fredericton and the Moncton shooting in June 2014 “cause police officers to reflect on their career,” said Tom Stamatakis, director of the Canadian Police Association.For some officers it might mean the potential risks of being involved in these kinds of incidents becomes too significant to continue in policing, he said, adding that everyone reacts differently and that some won’t realize the emotional affects for a long time.Kamkar emphasized that it is normal for both police officers and civilians to experience emotional responses such as nightmares and increased irritabilityafter going through a traumatic event such as a shooting.However, if they continue or increase over time, interfering with day-to-day life, it is important to seek professional help, she said.“Services now have to move to a model where there are regular interventions,” said Stamatakis, mentioning that it takes away the stigma of having to ask for help and might reveal problems that officers face earlier on.“I think that there is an acceptance that there is an issue and that we need to manage it,” he said.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version carried an incorrect first name for Dr. Kamkar and an incorrect acronym for operational stress injuries.
OTTAWA – The Supreme Court is being asked to hear an appeal seeking a faster trial on the constitutionality of Canada’s law on medical assistance in dying.The British Columbia Civil Liberties Association is asking the top court to reject the federal government’s contention that the facts on which the Supreme Court struck down the ban on assisted dying three years ago are not applicable to the new federal law.The BCCLA lost that argument in both the B.C. Supreme Court and B.C. Court of Appeal and has now filed leave to appeal the matter to the Supreme Court of Canada.The issue is part of a constitutional challenge launched by the association against the assisted-dying law, which allows only individuals who are already near death to get medical help to end their suffering.The BCCLA argues that the restrictive nature of the law flies in the face of the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling, known as the Carter decision, that struck down the ban on assisted dying.The government argues that the top court’s findings of fact in the Carter case applied only in the context of the absolute ban on physician-assisted dying that existed at the time.Now that there is a new law, the government says those findings are no longer relevant.The BCCLA argues that the government is effectively attempting to re-try the Carter case, which will drag out the trial, causing more suffering for individuals who are denied medically assisted dying because they are not near death.
The Canadian Press OTTAWA — Ontario and Saskatchewan want the federal government to fully analyze new tax measures before imposing them on Canadians next year.The finance ministers from Ottawa and the provinces will meet in Ottawa tonight and tomorrow, just two days after a somewhat tense meeting between premiers and the prime minister in Montreal.Many of the issues on the table will be the same — carbon taxing, the struggles of the oil and gas industry — as well as others more specific to their files such as Canadian competitiveness and the state of the global economy.Ontario Finance Minister Vic Fedeli and Saskatchewan Finance Minister Donna Harpauer want the talks to include a discussion about the economic impacts of Ottawa’s plan to impose both a national carbon price and an expanded Canada Pension Plan in January.In a joint letter to federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau last week, Fedeli and Harpauer say imposing both at the same time is a double whammy on businesses and they want a full economic impact analysis done before Morneau forges ahead.Fedeli is also asking Ottawa to increase its contribution to programs for Franco-Ontarians, a request that comes as the provincial government tries to get out of the hornet’s nest it caused when it eliminated its French-language services commissioner earlier this fall.
FREDERICTON — More than 100 faculty members at the University of New Brunswick have signed a letter denouncing one of their colleagues for promoting what they say are racist arguments about immigration.Ricardo Duchesne, a professor in the department of social science at the university’s Saint John campus since 1995, is no stranger to complaints about his controversial views, but now the university has decided to investigate.The letter says Duchesne’s arguments about multiculturalism and immigration are “racist and without academic merit.”But Duchesne says he’s just doing his job as an academic and asking tough questions.The Canadian Historical Association has also written a letter condemning Duchesne’s views.UNB President, Eddy Campbell, issued a statement to say the university is reviewing the allegations concerning one of its faculty members and will take the time necessary to complete the review.While Campbell’s statement doesn’t name the professor, Duchesne says he expects to have a meeting soon with university administration but has no intention to resign.The Canadian Press
OTTAWA — Some of the federal government’s top bureaucrats have been warned that China and India might try to use their respective migrant communities in Canada to advance their own interests.The stark warning is in a secret report prepared for deputy ministers attending a retreat on national security last year that also flagged the challenge in preventing foreign countries from launching “hostile actions” against Canada.Such actions include cyber-attacks, spreading of misinformation and using diaspora communities, either directly or indirectly, to steal technology, influence elections and target the Canadian economy and infrastructure.Obtained by The Canadian Press through the access-to-information law, the report’s release comes as the Liberals and Conservatives have sparred ahead of the fall election over the best way to deal with both China and India.The report specifically cites the growing role Canada’s Chinese and Indian communities are playing in all levels of government as a good thing and reflective of the increasing diversity of this country’s political system.However, it also warns of a risk of these communities being influenced — either knowingly or not — by foreign governments with their own agendas.The Canadian Press
VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – In addition to money disccused at the G7, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada will also invest $15 million to help fight the fires in the Amazon.Jesse Firempong with Greenpeace Canada says people living in B.C. may think the disaster is so far way that it doesn’t affect them – but it does.“The emissions released from the Amazon, they don’t stay within national borders. Those emissions are going to be contributing to the climate crisis and we’re feeling the effects of that in B.C.,” she says. “Everyone on the planet is going to be affected in some way by these fires.”Fires are common in Brazil in the annual dry season, but they are much more widespread this year. Brazilian state experts reported nearly 77,000 wildfires across the country so far this year, up 85% over the same period in 2018.Firempong says climate aside, the level of deforestation in the Amazon has widespread impact.RELATED: Brazil military begins operations to fight Amazon fires“These fires and the threats driving them – they’re not only threats to biodiversity, but they’re also impacting climate change, they’re impacting Indigenous rights in some of the world’s most important areas. And these are things that are also really important to people in British Columbia and that we’ve seen them fighting for here at home.”So what can British Columbians do to help?“Protecting the Amazon means thinking globally and acting locally. We know that Canada is a top ten emitter of greenhouse gases. We need to do our part at home by reducing our use of fossil fuels and increasing our response to the climate emergency. That’s one way we can help the Amazon,” Firempong says.In addition to the money, Canada will also be sending waterbombers and other heavy equipment.With files from the Associated Press.
War Child UK and O2 are proud to announce Passport Back To The Bars, a week of one-off events offering incredible access to big name acts in the most intimate music venues – supporting War Child to bring hope and safety back to children in war zones, after an unprecedented year of violence.Produced by War Child UK, O2 and the Music Managers Forum, the Passport shows are a part of BRIT Awards Week 2015. These will be the smallest gigs making the biggest difference.Artists performing will include special shows from Duran Duran, Bastille and Ride (Mark Gardener and Andy Bell acoustic show) – the line up, dates, venues and details on how to win tickets will be announced in early January.To register for information visit www.warchild.org.uk/passport.The venues in London and Manchester will be tiny – around 300 capacity and smaller – and fans will get the chance to win tickets by donating to War Child.This marks ten years since War Child’s original Passport Back To The Bars shows for victims of the Iraq war, when acts included The Cure, David Gray, Elbow, Pet Shop Boys, Supergrass and Amy Winehouse.All the money raised will support War Child’s vital work saving children from the brutal effects of war in areas including Syria, Iraq and Gaza. These stripped back, intimate shows will have a life-changing impact for thousands of vulnerable children.Duran Duran’s John Taylor says: “Thousands of children are innocent victims in the war zones of adult conflict around the world. They are often being denied education and other basic human rights. We are looking forward to performing an exclusive event in London this coming February, in support of War Child and the important work they do in the regions where these children are suffering.“This past year we have spent most of our time in the studio working on new songs, so we are very much looking forward to getting back onto a London stage for this special appearance.”Ben Knowles, War Child’s Director of Music says: “2014 saw more people displaced by war than any year since World War 2. It is a global emergency. These child refugees have no passports. They don’t get to choose where war sends them. The support of these bands and the generosity of music fans can send them hope.”
Last week, the most stylish celebrity kids took over New York Fashion Week for the Rookie USA presents Kids Rock! Fashion Show.Presented by Haddad Brands, the show featured the latest Fall 2016 styles for kids from top international brands Levi’s, Converse, Nike, Jordan, and Hurley.Hosted by New York Yankees’ all-star pitcher CC Sabathia and his wife Amber, the show featured a standout performance by rising star Justine Skye.A score of celebrity kid models conquered the catwalk, including Leah Still, Jagger, Jurzie and Jordynn Cromartie; Jaden, Cyia, Lil C, and Carter Sabathia; Jasmine and Jack Barker; Antonia, Gino and Joey Gorga; Ace, Carney and Rara Weatherford; Kennedy Cruz; Jet Bailon; Theo Mallis; Brooklyn Barber; Haven and Jayden Fielder.A-listers turned out in droves to see their kids rock the runway. Top celebrities in the audience included platinum-selling singer Adrienne Bailon, and Real Housewives of New Jersey stars Teresa Giudice and Melissa and Joe Gorga. Among the other celebrities were top athletes including New York Jets player Antonio Cromartie, New York Yankees player Carlos Beltron, Houston Texans player Devon Still, New York Giants veteran Steve Weatherford and wife Laura, New York Giants player Victor Cruz and Elaina Watley, Philadelphia Eagles star Kevin Monangai, and Texas Rangers star Prince Fielder and wife Chanel; renowned actresses including Dascha Polanco, Clare Foley, and former Saturday Night Live star Molly Shannon; TV and radio hosts including Power 105 personality DJ Envy, New York radio host Angie Martinez, New York Live co-host Jackie Reid and NFL commentator and former New York Giant Carl Banks; Instagram stars including Tristin + Tyler, Skylar James, Hails World and London Scout; and well-known personalities including top photographer Nigel Barker; TV stars Tiki Barber & Traci Lynn Johnson; athlete Derek Jeter’s sister Sharlee Jeter; rapper Fabolous and wife Emily; singer Diddy’s sister Keisha Combs Dent; Jordan empire heir Marcus Jordan; top Roc Nation Sports executive Sean Pecas Costner; model Aiden Alexander; fashion icon Fern Mallis; and reality star Aviva Drescher.Rookie USA is known for its support of charities that support children in need, and this year was no exception. The show benefitted CC Sabathia’s PitCCh In Foundation, a charity that helps inner city youth overcome the most challenging situations and achieve their goals. For more than seven years, the organization has used a combination of educational and athletic initiatives to help young children overcome obstacles and achieve their highest goals.