What is the notwithstanding clause An explainer on the rarely used provision

first_imgThe Ontario government’s unprecedented use of the notwithstanding clause in order to proceed with plans to cut the size of Toronto’s city council has raised some questions about this rarely used section of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.WHAT IS IT?The notwithstanding clause — or Section 33 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms — gives provincial legislatures or Parliament the ability, through the passage of a law, to override certain portions of the charter for a five-year term.ITS ORIGINSThe notwithstanding clause has its roots in the 1960 Bill of Rights, largely seen as the precursor to the charter. The clause in its current form came about as a tool to bring provinces on side with then-prime minister Pierre Trudeau’s signature piece of legislation. With charter negotiations ramping up in the early 1980s, Trudeau didn’t see the need for the clause, but provinces such as Alberta and Saskatchewan wanted an out should they disagree with a decision of the courts. In the end, Trudeau reluctantly agreed.Constitutional lawyer Asher Honickman said the clause, which only applies to sections 2 and 7 through 15 of the charter, was part of the grand compromise that got the charter enacted in 1982.ITS STRUCTUREThe clause only applies to certain sections of the charter. For instance, it can’t be used against provisions that protect the democratic process — that would create a pathway to dictatorship. The clause also can’t be used for more than five years at a time. This ensures that the public has the chance to challenge a government’s decision to use the clause in a general election before it can be renewed.ITS USEThe notwithstanding clause usually comes up whenever there is a controversial court ruling. For instance, former prime minister Stephen Harper’s Conservatives were asked about, but refused to use, the clause on a court decision involving assisted dying. While often debated, its use is much rarer. Quebec, as the only provincial government to oppose the charter, passed legislation in 1982 that invoked the clause in every new law, but that stopped in 1985. In 1986, Saskatchewan used the clause to protect back-to-work legislation and Quebec used it again in 1988 to protect residents and businesses using French-only signs. Alberta tried to use the clause in a 2000 bill limiting marriage to a man and a woman, but that failed because marriage was ruled a federal jurisdiction.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version incorrectly said the notwithstanding clause applied to sections 2, 7 and 15 of the charter. It applies to sections 2 and 7 through 15.last_img read more

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DRAKE ANNOUNCES THIS YEARS OVO FEST LINEUP IN TORONTO

first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: Lineup for #ovofest looking like my 2000’s rnb playlist— Judah Jamison (@JudahOshea) July 11, 2019 this #OVOFEST lineup… pic.twitter.com/V5PPiGAu4F— . (@AsToldByMeeee) July 11, 2019 #OvoFest day 1 though!!! Makes sense why there was no Toronto date for the #MillenniumTour ????— Çĥåň±ë£ (@Chant3l) July 11, 2019 Okaaay at that Millenium tour line up! #OVOFest #mychildhood https://t.co/ZZUCfMH80Y— sd. (@09sshags) July 11, 2019 LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Basically 2000s Hip Hop & RnB reunion concert #OVOFest pic.twitter.com/AC73SAZPQp— ??? (@jiaxo) July 11, 2019 Advertisement Twitter Advertisement I’m joked by this #OVOFest lineup! I thought this was fake. He shoulda just kept that. Clearly The Millennial Tour just added another date. Nobody is traveling to Canada for them plus Drake… https://t.co/KrO9TAL7cI— cams (@cams_miles) July 11, 2019 OVO Fest begins on Aug. 4 at the Budweiser Amphitheater in Toronto. Tickets go on sale Friday, July 12. The 32-year-old Toronto rapper made the promise to an estimated crowd of two million or more fans, and now, he has shared the festival’s lineup with his 58.7 million followers on Instagram.He revealed the artists performing on Toronto’s Budweiser Amphitheatre stage for the Sunday, Aug. 4 show will be B2K, Chingy, Ying Yang Twins, Lloyd, Mario, Pretty Ricky and Bobby V — all of whom toured together earlier this year for the Millennium Tour.Drake will be performing on Monday, Aug. 5 and will be joined by special guests during his set.The OVO Summit is scheduled to take place on Aug. 2 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, and the OVO Bounce is scheduled for July 29 to Aug. 2 at the University of Toronto’s Goldring Centre.Many excited fans took to Twitter after Drake unveiled the lineup.That Sunday line up tho ? #OVOFest pic.twitter.com/3cy3NLPqwu— Adé Akins (@ImAdeAkins) July 11, 2019 Soooo #OVOFest is the Millennium Tour + Drake….. pic.twitter.com/BH63xoxfgv— Spooky Black (@Alyssaaa_Bee) July 11, 2019 Drake announced during the Raptors’ NBA Championship parade that OVO Fest would be returning this year, and the 6 God rapper has stuck to his word.“I hope that all these guys will join me this year because we’re bringing OVO Fest back so I hope we can go crazy,” Drake said on June 17 in Nathan Phillips Square.“I go by the name of Drake. I love each and every one of y’all. I hope you enjoy this moment.” So #OVOFest looking like an early 2000’s Jam. I ain’t mad— PDJ (@PatrickDennisJr) July 11, 2019Some fans, however, were not too impressed with the artists scheduled for Aug. 4, with some wondering why Drake was using the Millennium Tour lineup.I’m realllllllllll pissy about this #OVOFest lineup…@Drake really slapped the Millennium Tour in there and called it a Fest..?? pic.twitter.com/chiOHUhkCK— Juicy B. Jones (@BRE_Myselfand_I) July 11, 2019 drake announced the return of #OVOFest and announced B2K as part of the line up and i’m just sitting here like #B2K is still a thing? pic.twitter.com/qNKdqESQFo— Jardi B (@princericosuave) July 11, 2019 @Drake on that early 2k vibes for #OVOFest is ? pic.twitter.com/iF7ao55acC— arrrge (@arrrge) July 11, 2019 : #OVOFest this year ??— Matt R. Edwards (@mattredwards) July 11, 2019 why is this #OVOFest lineup the weakest thing I’ve ever seen— kg❥ (@kaaaayg) July 11, 2019 By Katie Scott ~ Global Newslast_img read more

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Journalists accused of plotting to kill Mahind acquitted

The three journalists had been arrested after they visited a location to report on the construction of a road leading to a house of a relative of the former President. They were later released on bail and the case continued with the judgement delivered today.The Morawaka Magistrates’ Court today ruled that there was no evidence to back the claims that the three journalists were conspiring to kill Rajapaksa. (Colombo Gazette) The three journalists were arrested on the charge of conspiring to assassinate Mahinda Rajapaksa who was President at the time. Three journalists who were accused of plotting to kill former President Mahinda Rajapaksa in 2009 were today acquitted in the case.Journalists Daya Nettasinghe, Ravindra Pushpakumara and Shalika Wimalasena were arrested in September 2009 but were later granted bail. read more

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Brock researchers to determine if mosquitoes can spread Zika

The Brock University scientist helping lead Canada’s research on Zika virus has been called to a global summit next month in Brazil, but first she will begin studies to see if Canadian mosquitoes can transmit the virus.This week, carefully sealed containers of Zika arrived at Brock’s campus in St. Catharines, Ont., sent by the Public Health Agency of Canada. Over the next two weeks, medical entomologist Fiona Hunter and her research team will be growing the virus in cell culture so they can infect colony strains of Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus with the virus. They will be testing whether the virus can be transmitted between male and female mosquitoes during mating, as well as whether female mosquitoes can pass the virus on to their eggs.Brock University researcher Fiona Hunter allows non-infected mosquitoes to feed on her arm during a demonstration for the media Friday, Feb. 19. Hunter’s CL3 Containtment Lab at Brock University in St. Catharines is being used to research if Zika virus could spread through Canadian mosquitoes.“We suspect that Aedes albopictus, the Asian tiger mosquito, may become established in Ontario within a few years, and that means we need to be proactive,” said Hunter. “We need to determine the optimal temperature for Zika virus replication in Aedes albopictus. That way we can predict where in Canada and when these temperatures may occur, according to global climate change models.”Perhaps most importantly, Hunter and her students will be testing species of mosquitoes collected in Ontario this spring and summer to see if they are competent vectors of Zika virus. Hunter said that, globally, isolations of Zika virus have been made from more than 20 different species, not just Aedes aegypti as is often reported.“The fact is, we do not know if local mosquitoes transmit the virus. With 67 different species in Ontario, we cannot say with certainty that we are risk-free unless we do the testing.”The work is possible at Brock because of its CL3 containment lab that is equipped with an insectiary, the only such facility at a Canadian university. The CL3 is part of Brock’s Cairns Family Health and Bioscience Research Complex, a $120-million advanced facility opened in 2012.Meanwhile, Hunter has just accepted an invitation to an international meeting March 13 in Maceio, Brazil. The conference — Crisis in the Americas: Joining Together to Address a Grand Challenge — aims to convene the world’s foremost entomology researchers as well as high-impact NGO and business attendees, all seeking ways to combat the Aedes aegypti mosquito.Hunter said Brock has several internationally renowned scientists who could be part of the global solution, including Michael Bidochka, an expert on fungi, and Paul Zelisko, a chemist with experience identifying novel fungal compounds. One of Bidochka’s PhD students will be working in the CL3 with Hunter’s team, looking at fungal metabolites that have antiviral activities to see if any of the fungi might also produce compounds that can target Zika virus.Nearly 15 years ago, Hunter was part of a team working with colleagues at the National Microbiology Lab in Winnipeg, to determine which mosquito species were vectors of West Nile virus.“This seems a bit like déjà vu, getting ready to work on Zika virus!” she said.Brock University researcher Darrell Agbulos unpacks vials of the Zika virus in Brock’s CL3 Containment lab.Watch the full press conference below. The event itself starts at the 5-minute mark: read more

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Seahawks Michael Bennett Continues to Sit for Anthem in

Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett, center, is joined by teammates Thomas Rawls, left, and Justin Britt, right, as he sits during the singing of the national anthem. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)SEATTLE (AP) — Michael Bennett was the first Seattle Seahawks player announced during pregame introductions before the home opener against San Francisco, receiving one of the loudest ovations.It was the second show of support for Seattle’s outspoken defensive end on Sunday.Outside of CenturyLink Field, a group of protesters supporting Bennett gathered prior to the game. The group expressed its support for Bennett after he says he was subjected to racial profiling and excessive force when Las Vegas police detained him last month.Protesters also showed support for quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who is still without a job after his anthem protests a year ago. It was a small protest with about 50 people participating.Among those participating in the pregame rally was Bennett’s younger brother, Reshaud.Demonstrators show support for Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett as they march outside CenturyLink Field before an NFL football game between the Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)“It means everything. It’s always good to have your family support you and also a lot of people in the city to supporting me. I think it was just a really good thing,” Bennett said after Seattle’s 12-9 victory.When the anthem began Sunday, Bennett took what’s become his usual seat on the bench. Seattle center Justin Britt and running back Thomas Rawls stood next to Bennett each with a hand on his shoulder during the anthem. Teammates Cliff Avril and Frank Clark also sat with Bennett for the final few bars of the anthem. read more

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Care cap must be introduced to spare dementia sufferers punitive care costs

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Earlier this month the National Audit Office warned that councils were routinely raiding their “rainy day” funds to pay for social care. Last year the Competition and Markets Authority warned that people who paid for their own care were being charged £12,000 a year more than the fees paid by councils.  A care cap must be introduced to prevent elderly dementia sufferers facing “punitive” costs, Jeremy Hunt has said. The health secretary pledged to reform a care system which left elderly people “passed from pillar to post” and leaves them feeling like “just another task on someone else’s to do list”. In his first speech since taking on responsibility for social care he criticised the “randomness and unpredictability of care, and the punitive consequences that can come from developing certain conditions over others”. “People’s financial wellbeing in old age ends up defined less by their industry and service during their working lives, and more by the lottery of which illness they get,” he said. “If you develop dementia and require long term residential care, you are likely to have to use a significant chunk of your savings and the equity in your home to pay for care. “But if you require long term treatment for cancer you won’t face anything like the same cost,” he told an audience at an event organised by the British Association of Social Workers. Mr Hunt added that there would be greater alignment between NHS and social care services.A Conservative manifesto commitment proposed last year, which would have factored the cost of people’s homes into the means test used to determine whether they must pay for their own care, was swiftly dropped after critics dubbed it a “dementia tax” and said it would unfairly penalise sufferers. center_img The Prime Minister has previously said a lifetime cap on care costs would form part of the social care green paper, due to be published this summer, and Mr Hunt confirmed that the new funding system would include “an element of risk-pooling”.last_img read more

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Greek fortress key to ancient Jerusalem

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram After a century of searching, archaeologists say they have found the remnants of an ancient Greek fortress once a center of power in Jerusalem and a stronghold used to hold off a Jewish rebellion celebrated in the scriptural Book of the Maccabees.Researchers have long debated over the location of the Acra, built more than 2,000 years ago by Antiochus Epiphanes, king of the Hellenized Seleucid Empire. Many asserted it stood in what is now Jerusalem’s walled Old City, at spots like the Church of the Holy Sepulcher or by the hilltop where two Jewish temples once towered and which now houses the Al Aqsa mosque compound.But the remains unearthed by the Israel Antiquities Authority and made public on Tuesday are outside the walls, overlooking a valley to the south, an area where archaeologists say Jerusalem construction was concentrated under the biblical King David.Antiochus, who lived from 215-164 BC, chose the spot for the Acra in order to control the city and monitor activity in the Jewish temple, said Doron Ben-Ami, who led the excavation.With an estimated length of up to 250 meters and 60 meters in width, it would have dominated the countryside.Beneath what a decade ago was a paved parking lot, Ben-Ami’s team sifted through an artificial hill made of layers of earth left behind by successive cultures.In one area they uncovered stones from a section of a massive wall, the base of a tower and a sloping defensive embankment that nearby artifacts like coins and wine jug handles suggest date to the period of Antiochus.Lead sling stones and bronze arrowheads from the period were also found, perhaps left over from battles between pro-Greek forces and Jewish rebels trying to take over the fortress.“This is a rare example of how rocks, coins and dirt can come together in a single archaeological story that addresses specific historical realities from the city of Jerusalem,” Ben-Ami said.The Acra’s location was referred to vaguely in at least two ancient texts – the Book of Maccabees, which tells of the rebellion, and a written record by historian Josephus Flavius.Historians tell how the rebels, led by Judas Maccabeus, took back Jerusalem from the Greeks, a victory marked in the Jewish festival Hannukah. But the Acra held out until rebels under Judas’s brother, Simon, later lay siege and forced its surrender.Source: Reuters, Kathimerinilast_img read more

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MARCH AGAINST DRUG ABUSE IN STEER TOWN NOV 29

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKINGSTON, Nov. 28 (JIS): Hundreds of young people and residents of Steer Town, in St. Ann, will march tomorrow (November 29) against drug abuse and other social ills affecting youngsters in response to research findings from the National Council on Drug Abuse (NCDA).The NCDA conducted a community needs assessment survey in May, sponsored by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), through their ‘Community Action for Prevention’ programme. The survey highlighted the drug use practices as well as risky sexual behaviour. Speaking with JIS News, Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP) Community Liaison Officer for Steer Town, Kadian Hutchinson, said the NCDA is aiming to effectively prevent drug abuse among youth in the community, hence the survey will guide their action. “Based on the findings, the youth population in Steer Town mostly abuse drug substances, whether it is marijuana or any other drug. This is sometimes associated with crime, illiteracy and gang involvement – problems which continue to occur in our community,” she said. In addition to the survey conducted by NCDA, Ms Hutchinson told JIS News that the CSJP, in collaboration with the Social Development Commission (SDC), developed a community priority plan for Steer Town, which highlights similar social ills that negatively impact the community.“The NCDA survey has confirmed that there are social ills in the community,” she said. Ms. Hutchinson also told JIS News that having heard the findings, the active social groups in the community decided to stage the Youth March. The March will also be supported by the CSJP, Men with a Message, NCDA, churches in the community, Steer Town Benevolent Society, schools, Police Youth Club, as well as the Community Safety and Security Branch of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).“We want to make a long term impact in the community; we want to engage the young people as there are several of them on the corner who are not employed or qualified. We want to make it our priority to include them in social intervention programmes aimed at restoring their lives,” Ms. Hutchinson said.The March will begin at Steer Town Square and continue throughout the seven districts of the community. Missing Children Down Recommended for you Women rule in TCI, Child Laws must tighten says Governor TCI: Respect for children encouraged in MoE and UNICEF ‘Positive Discipline’ campaign Related Items:Citizen Security and Justice Programme, drug abuse, Kadian Hutchinson, NCDA, st. ann, steer down, UNICEF Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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Govt Agencies Placed on Full Alert in Preparation for Irma

first_img August 30th – One Year since Hurricane Irma named Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Related Items:#GovtAgencies, #HurricaneIrma, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, September 5th, 2017 – Nassau – All government agencies in The Bahamas have been put on full alert as various hurricane-tracking models indicate Hurricane Irma poses a “serious threat’ to The Bahamas, Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis said Monday.This includes the activation of emergency protocols by NEMA (National Emergency Management Agency) and the uniformed branches of the government and other relevant government agencies that provide the country’s essential services.Prime Minister Minnis said the alert also extends to both public and private utility providers.“The preparation of shelters and coordination with NGOs are also priorities,” Prime Minister Minnis added.Dr. Minnis said even while the Government of The Bahamas is using all of the resources at its disposal to do all in its power to ensure that the country is fully prepared, there is a need for members of the general public and private institutions to make their preparations as well.This includes monitoring the location of the hurricane by listening to updates available via reliable radio, television and social media outlets. This especially includes updates that are issued through the National Emergency Management Agency, The Department of Meteorology, other essential government services and non-government organizations that work closely with the Government of The Bahamas.“Bahamians and residents should avoid relying on sources of information which may be questionable or unreliable, especially potentially fake information circulated through social media,” Prime Minister Minnis said.Prime Minister Minnis said the Government of The Bahamas will do “all in its power” to ensure that the country is fully prepared for all aspects of disaster management and mitigation efforts – including rescue and recovery efforts.Preparations, Prime Minister Minnis said, include ensuring that emergency communication networks, including with all Family Islands, are tested and ready for use.“Even as the Government is taking the necessary precautions to prepare for Hurricane Irma, I want to stress the need for preparation by the general public and private institutions,” Prime Minister Minnis said. “This preparation includes monitoring the location of the hurricane by listening to updates through reliable radio, television and/or reliable social media.“Bahamians and residents throughout the country need to monitor the location and proximity of Irma to the island or cay on which they live. Maritime traffic, fishermen and boaters should take all necessary precautions as Hurricane Irma approaches The Bahamas,” Prime Minister Minnis added. #PressRelease FortisTCI announces bid to hike electricity bills, cites record $42m response to hurricanes as destabilizing New, stringent posture on illegal construction makes fines, personal demolition and possible deportation legal says PDM Minister, law now passedlast_img read more

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Applicants Sought for 2014 ASADuPont Young Leader Program

first_imgASA and DuPont Pioneer are seeking applicants for the 2014 Young Leader Program. Now in its historic 30th year, the ASA/DuPont Young Leader program is recognized throughout agriculture for its tradition of identifying and cultivating farmer leaders who are shaping not only the U.S. soybean industry but all of agriculture.”The Young Leader Program has had a significant impact on the soybean industry,” said ASA President Danny Murphy. “For three decades, ASA/DuPont Young Leaders have participated in training and developed peer networks that have enabled them to better serve and represent their national, state and local agricultural industry organizations. Additionally, the training has a ‘real-world’ factor, providing a significant impact on their business as well.”Interested applicants should go to https://soygrowers.com/learn/young-leader-program/.last_img read more

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Lets get the hell out of here

first_imgOne of the biggest projects of Richard Waitt’s career began in a noisy Seattle bar on a Friday night.It was there that Waitt, a geologist with the Cascades Volcano Observatory in Vancouver, connected with a man and woman who narrowly escaped with their lives after the catastrophic 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens.It was early June, a few weeks after the disaster. Waitt had seen their story in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer while passing through town. He called the reporter, tracked the two down and met them at the bar. Waitt conducted his own interview, taking notes, not sure what he would do with it at the time.Waitt was among many U.S. Geological Survey scientists who had descended on Washington that year, working to better understand the eruption that had just changed modern volcanology.“I’m not a reporter, but it was just interesting,” Waitt said. “I felt it would help with the science.”More than three decades and hundreds of interviews later, Waitt is finishing a new book compiling detailed, dramatic first-hand accounts of Mount St. Helens’ 1980 eruption and its aftermath. The book, titled “In the Path of Destruction: Eyewitness Chronicles of Mount St. Helens,” is set to be published in November by Washington State University Press.The book will offer a new glimpse at a defining event in the region’s history.“There’s huge value in it. People understand stories,” said Carolyn Driedger, outreach coordinator for the Cascades Volcano Observatory.She added: “We need to keep the story alive.”Today marks the 34th anniversary of the massive eruption that decapitated Mount St. Helens and drastically altered the Northwest landscape. The disaster killed 57 people, flattened miles of forest and darkened skies as ash billowed from the volcano’s crater.last_img read more

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Interstate gang of thieves busted

first_imgHyderabad: The area police on Thursday tactfully nabbed an inter-State gang of thieves and recovered 70 carats of silver, four bikes and Rs 13,000.DSP Rajeswara Rao told the media that the gang comprising Vadde Sanjeev of Kondapur mandal, D Ravi of Patancheru , K Mahender Reddy of Manikonda and Vadde Kumar of Narsapur used to target temples in Ameenpur, Ramachandrapuram, Bollarum, Miyapur, Narayankhed and Chevella areas of Patancheru constituency after stealing bikes. The gang members were caught during checking of vehicles. After interrogation, they revealed the thefts committed in temples and were later sent in remand. The DSP appreciated the work of the police team in nabbing the thieves. Among those present at the media conference were CIs Naresh and Lalu Naik and SI Srinivas.last_img read more

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Chris Hemsworth to return as Thor in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol

first_imgPhotos from Avengers: Infinity WarMarvel/FacebookAvengers: Endgame ending revealed how Chris Hemsworth’s Thor has finally decided to join the Star-Lord and the rest of the Guardians. As per recent reports, fans are going to watch Thor back in action in the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 movie.As of now, Guardians of the Galaxy characters were featured in two solo movies and then in Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. The third and the last part of the movie was all set to release in the early 2020 but after the firing of James Gunn over his decade-old controversial tweets, the production of this sci-fi movie went into hiatus. Now that Disney has accepted James Gunn’s apology and hired him back, the production of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is most likely going to start in 2020 and will release in the summer of 2021.As of now, very little details have been shared by the studio about the third Guardians movie. In the recently released Avengers: Endgame movie, we saw Thor joining Star-Lord and going into Benatar. Chris Pratt’s Star-Lord is going to search for Gamora from the past and Thor is most likely going to help in him doing that. Avengers: Endgame posterTwitterEarlier this week, a new leak has made its way online and many are suggesting that this latest leak might hold some truth as the Twitter account, which has shared the leaks, also predicted some good theories when it came to previous MCU movies. As per the leaker, “Rocket’s creator is the High Evolutionary, Drax is in for a big surprise when he discovers his daughter is alive. Rocket also gets a love interest in the form of Lylla. Nebula and Star-Lord will grow into closer friends.”In addition to this, Chris Hemsworth has signed additional movie deals with Marvel. His movies would be released as part of the Marvel Phase 4 slate. The acclaimed actor had signed with Marvel for five movies in 2010, then renegotiated in 2017 for Infinity War and Endgame, putting himself in the $15 million to $20 million range. He is also ready for the next phase of Marvel movies.If these reports and leaks are true then it is most likely that we are going to see the God of Thunder back in action in the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 movie.last_img read more

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Van explosion kills 10 in Philippines

first_imgAn explosion inside a van killed at least 10 people at a military checkpoint in the restive southern Philippines on Tuesday, in what officials said may have been a bombing by militants with ties to the Islamic State group.The blast occurred moments after troops stopped the vehicle and spoke to the driver, according to an official on the island of Basilan and a military incident report.Basilan is a stronghold of the Abu Sayyaf group, which is notorious for kidnapping and banditry, and home of the former “emir” of Islamic State in Southeast Asia, who was killed last year.Bombings of vehicles are extremely rare in the southern Philippines despite decades of separatist and Islamist violence and instability that has attracted foreign extremists.“We don’t know what the target was but it was prematurely detonated,” Lieutenant Colonel Mon Almodovar, commander of the scout ranger unit in the area, told news channel ANC.A soldier, five militiamen and four civilians, including a mother and her child, were killed. Others were wounded but the exact number of casualties remained unclear.Basilan governor Jim Saliman said he had received reports that Abu Sayyaf was responsible but did not elaborate.Basilan is a no-go area for most Filipinos and Western countries typically warn citizens to stay away because of the penetration of Abu Sayyaf and fierce military offensives against its fighters.Abu Sayyaf is infamous for taking fishermen and crew from commercial ships as hostages and beheading Western captives for whom ransom is not paid.President Rodrigo Duterte was on a neighbouring island at the weekend and has offered peace talks with several Abu Sayyaf factions.Duterte’s offer came two days after he approved a law that would allow minority Muslims in the region to create a new autonomous area with its own political and economic powers.last_img read more

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Portion of Shibpur crematorium in shambles

first_imgKolkata: The beautification programme of Shibpur crematorium in central Howrah couldn’t take off well due to lackadaisical attitude of the Howrah Municipal Corporation (HMC).The initiative, taken up by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee two years ago, was supposed to beautify the century-old crematorium and its neighbourhood. While a part of the crematorium has been beautified and well kept, the other part mainly where mourners sit is a victim of abject neglect. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThere is a place adjacent to the crematorium and on the banks of River Hooghly that was developed so that mourners could get a green and clean place to sit. Though the portion where a rest room has come up is well-maintained, the place just opposite it needs proper maintenance as despite all infrastructures it cannot be used properly at present. The infrastructure was created a few years ago with an idea of developing a better space where mourners can sit. The area was beautifully fenced and concrete seats with marble tops were also constructed. But with lack of maintenance, it is hardly fit for a person to go and sit there. Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJPThere was no regular cleaning and empty alcohol bottles have been found strewn all over the place. The drains were clogged with dry leaves and soil. As a result of this accumulation of water, it has become the breeding ground of mosquitoes. Many of the concrete seats were found now being used for drying clothes and the rest are covered with weeds and bushes which have grown due to lack of regular maintenance.Shyamal Mitra, Member Mayor-in-Council (Burning Ghat and Burial Ground), said: “There is pending litigation in connection with the plot. But initiatives will be taken for proper illumination of the place and cleaning of the garden so that no anti-social activities take place there.”last_img read more

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Military parade for UK queens Jubilee

first_imgWINDSOR, England (AP) – Queen Elizabeth II watched as thousands of Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force troops paraded outside her Windsor Castle home Saturday to mark her Diamond Jubilee.The parade is part of a series of events to celebrate the queen’s 60-year reign, which culminate in nationwide Jubilee celebrations on a 4-day weekend beginning June 2.On Saturday, the queen watched with her husband Prince Philip and other members of the royal family from a platform as some 2,500 troops paraded through Windsor Castle grounds and through the town to the sound of six military bands. Windsor castle, 25 miles (40 kilometers) west of London, is one of the queen’s favorite residences and she looked happy as she watched the pageantry. More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Top Stories Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy She then traveled along the parade route in a Bentley, waving to the crowds watching. She returned to the platform for a short prayer service led by Royal Navy chaplain Reverend Scott Brown, and a speech by the chief of defense staff, Sir David Richards, who praised the queen for her “sense of honor and pride in our country.”The queen returned the compliments. Wearing a turquoise silk, lace and sequined dress with a matching coat and a hat by designer Angela Kelly, she stood to deliver a speech, praising the country’s armed forces.“We are very proud of the selfless service and sacrifices made by servicemen and women and their families in recent years,” she said.The celebrations ended with 78 aircraft flying overhead in formation _ including helicopters, Hawks, the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, the Red Arrows and Tornados.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)center_img Comments   Share   Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Sponsored Stories Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debateslast_img read more

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first_img Top Stories ErrorOK ErrorOK One can certainly make the argument thatCalais Campbell has been the Cardinals’ best defensiveplayer this season.Campbell leads the team in sacks (8.0), has knocked down11 passes (2nd most among non-defensive backs in the NFC),has forced two fumbles, recovered one, has aninterception, is third on the team with 72 total tacklesand has blocked three field goal attempts.It’s been the best season in the four-year career ofCampbell, and his name was certainly talked about for ProBowl roster consideration. Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Comments   Share   What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinkecenter_img Here’s hoping that it gets done; it would be a great wayfor the team to start the new year. Yet, when the rosters were revealed on Tuesday, Campbell’sname was nowhere to be found — not even as an alternate.It’s not Campbell’s fault; he just happens to play aposition that is loaded with talent.The three players named to the squad at defensive end areJared Allen of Minnesota (who leads the league with 18.5sacks and 4 fumble recoveries), Jason Babin ofPhiladelphia (18 sacks) and Giants’ monster Jason Pierre-Paul (15.5 sacks, three first names). It’s hard to argue with any of those choices. And whenyou consider eight other NFC defensive ends had as many ormore sacks than Campbell did this season, it’s also nothard to see why he wasn’t even named as an alternate.So there won’t be a trip to Honolulu in February forCampbell, but more importantly, we have to wonder ifSunday will be his final game as an Arizona Cardinal.Campbell’s contract expires at the end of the season, andalthough there have been preliminary talks about re-signing him, it’s not done yet.Campbell may not have been found worthy of a Pro Bowlappearance, but he’s certainly worthy of a fat newcontract from the Cardinals. D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more

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first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Apr 1, 2019 3:18 pm PDT The Latest: Nipsey Hussle died from gunshots to head, torso LOS ANGELES — The Latest on the shooting death of rapper Nipsey Hussle (all times local):3 p.m.Investigators say rapper Nipsey Hussle died from gunshot wounds to his head and torso.The Los Angeles County coroner released the findings after completing an autopsy Monday on Hussle, whose real name is Ermias Asghedom.The autopsy ruled Hussle’s death a homicide.The 33-year-old was standing outside the clothing store he opened in the Los Angeles neighbourhood Sunday afternoon where he grew up when a gunman opened fire, killing him and injuring two others.Police have not announced any arrests or identified any suspects in the case.Hussle was a beloved figure both his neighbourhood and the hip-hop community, and his death brought mourning and tributes from politicians , musicians and professional athletes.___1:20 p.m.Nipsey Hussle is being mourned for much more than his music.The rapper was shot and killed Sunday in the same Los Angeles neighbourhood where he grew up. California Sen. Kamala Harris and LA Mayor Eric Garcetti are among those paying tribute to him for his efforts to improve the impoverished Crenshaw community.Hussle opened a store called Marathon Clothing that he hoped could be a seed for development. He was standing near the business when he was slain. Police have not identified a motive or suspect.By Monday, hundreds of people gathered in front of the store to pay their respects. A memorial of candles, flowers and paintings took shape, and some of Hussle’s songs blared through speakers.The 33-year-old built his reputation with mixtapes before a major-label breakthrough.The Associated Press Candles appear at a makeshift memorial for rapper Nipsey Hussle in the parking lot of his Marathon Clothing store in Los Angeles, Monday, April 1, 2019. Hussle was killed in a shooting outside the store on Sunday. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu) last_img read more

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Rep Glenn committee approve bill to keep rates low for Hemlock Semiconductor

first_imgState Rep. Gary Glenn, chair of the House Energy Policy Committee, presided over a committee meeting Tuesday that resulted in a vote to keep electric costs down for Hemlock Semiconductor (HSC), which also will lessen the impact of future residential rate hikes.Rep. Glenn, of Williams Township, and the committee, by a 16-2 vote, approved House Bill 5902, authorizing the Michigan Public Service Commission to establish the long-term industrial load rate, which will apply to HSC. Without the special rate, HSC and its parent company, Dow Chemical Co. in Midland, would build a power plant to provide electricity to the facility, which would have forced Consumers Energy to significantly increase residential rates.The bill is HSC parent company Dow Chemical’s highest legislative priority in Lansing.After an impassioned speech by Rep. Glenn, with the bill’s outcome in doubt, committee members withdrew all amendments and overwhelmingly approved the bill.“Hemlock Semiconductor is unique in North America and competes directly with the Chinese. HSC consumes the greatest amount of electricity of any single site in the state – at full production it uses more power than is required to run the cities of Ann Arbor and Lansing combined,” Rep. Glenn said. “HSC has contributed to Midland-Saginaw-Bay Counties economy for 57 years and is one of the region’s largest job creators. By establishing this rate, HSC predicts it will attract similar businesses from Asia to locate in Michigan, which will further grow our economies.”“Hemlock Semiconductor is the state’s largest power purchaser, and the bill will help us work through the Michigan Public Service Commission to reduce our costs and continue purchasing power from Consumers Energy,” said Brooke Beebe, vice president of external affairs at Hemlock Semiconductor “An alternative is for Hemlock Semiconductor to build our own electric generation facility. If we did so, the result would be much higher bills for other customers.”Electricity makes up approximately 40 percent of HSC’s annual costs. If HSC built its own power plant, other Consumers customers would have to pick up Consumer’s costs of losing HSC, its single biggest customer, Glenn said.“There really is no argument here,” Rep. Glenn said. “If we turn down the long-term rate, families will be hit with a larger electric bill increase. Approval of the measure not only prevents higher rate increases, it keeps one of the area’s key job creators running at full pace, and in competition with the Chinese, keeping high-tech jobs in the U.S. and here in mid-Michigan.”The measure was approved by the committee and now heads to the full House for consideration.##### Categories: Glenn News,News Energy panel chair says measure key to Midland areacenter_img 16May Rep. Glenn, committee approve bill to keep rates low for Hemlock Semiconductor, ratepayerslast_img read more

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