Man shot to death in Abbotsford was set to stand trial in Dawson Creek next month

first_imgABBOTSFORD, B.C. – The Vancouver Sun is reporting that a man shot to dead at a home in Abbotsford on Friday was set to stand trial in Dawson Creek in just a few weeks.Police in Abbotsford found the body of Jaskarn Lally on Friday afternoon at around 4:30 p.m. and early signs of the investigation show that he was shot multiple times at a house in the 3500-block of Chase Street in Abbotsford.Lallay was apparently scheduled to appear in court in Dawson Creek on April 24 for six weapon related offences from a shooting at a gravel pit back in 2015.- Advertisement -The article states that charges were filed after an investigation into the abduction of a 26-year-old man in Dawson Creek in February, 2015.The Vancouver Sun article states that according to a forfeiture claim, the abducted victim was taken to a gravel pit after being knocked out. He was then tied to a chair and shot in the legs. The victim managed to drag himself to a road nearby and ended up in the hospital with multiple gunshot wounds and broken bones.Lally and others were arrested at a traffic stop after the incident.Advertisement Lally was then arrested again after he was released on bail. When he was rearrested, he had been trying to break into a ‘stash’ house according to the article.Police say the shooting appears to be targeted and that Lally was known to police. They say he was also involved in gang activity.Original story by the Vancouver Sun: read more

IPL 8: In-form Rajasthan Royals take on resurgent Mumbai Indians

first_imgMumbai Indians, who are yet to win a game in the IPL, will be looking to bounce back todayBuoyed by their thrilling last-ball win against Delhi Daredevils, a confident Rajasthan Royals will take on a beleaguered Mumbai Indians in an Indian Premier League cricket encounter on Tuesday.Having won their first two matches on the road, the Steven Smith-led side will be playing their first match in their “adopted home” venue of Sardar Patel Stadium in Motera.For Royals, the tournament couldn’t have started on a better note as they had two contrasting victories in their first two games.While the the 26-run win against Kings XI Punjab in Pune was a walk in the park, the Royals were stretched to the limit by Daredevils in their second match where Tim Southee got them home with a splendid last-ball boundary.The IPL unearths new talent every year and the talk after the first five days has been about young Baroda all-rounder Deepak Hooda, who has surprised one and all with composure and big-hitting abilities.The 25-ball 54 against DD has made the young Haryanvi ‘talk of the town’ and with Ajinkya Rahane and Smith for company, the youngster would be expected to blossom further.For Mumbai Indians, it’s been the worst start possible as they were comfortably beaten by seven wickets in their opening encounter against defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders while Harbhajan Singh’s individual brilliance could not stop them from losing the second match by 18 runs.On paper, Royals will start as favourites but MI can’t be written off. Even during last season, they had lost five matches on the trot in the UAE leg before recovering remarkably to make it to the play-offs.advertisementBut batting has been a bit of a bother for MI, who have icons like Sachin Tendulkar, Anil Kumble and Ricky Ponting on board to help the players.Barring Rohit Sharma in the first game and Harbhajan in the second, the MI top-order has not performed per expectations.Australian opener Aaron Finch and India’s middle-order batsman Ambati Rayudu have both looked out of sorts while Corey Anderson also has been a bit scratchy despite a half-century in the first match at the Eden Gardens.But with the likes of Kieron Pollard, Finch, Rohit eager to make amends for the failures, the task will be cut out for the likes of Chris Morris, Tim Southee and James Faulkner to use all their variations and change-ups in store on a batting-friendly Motera pitch which also provides some help for spinners.The Royals’ batting line-up is pretty solid despite the absence of regular captain Shane Watson, who has been on the bench for the first two matches with a toe injury.But with current combination, which has Smith, Faulkner, Southee and Morris as the four overseas cricketers in the playing XI, doing well, it will be interesting to see whether the regular captain can find his place in the team.last_img read more

Cornwall a second home for floodbeleaguered Kashechewan residents

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe evacuation of the Kashechewan First Nation continues for the fifth day in a row.The remote First Nation has a long history of flooding.APTN’s Annette Francis caught up with some evacuees in the host community of Cornwall, Ont., to see how they’re settling in.last_img

Lack of support holds Indigenous prisoners back

first_imgTodd Lamirande APTN News Parole officers gave Parliamentarians a dose of reality on Indigenous incarceration Tuesday.Zef Ordman said he rarely recommends Indigenous prisoners for early release because they don’t have the employment, training or housing to help ease their transition into the outside world.“The white, middle-class, kid who’s got parents on the outside, and he’s 19 or 20, he’s got employment, he’s got education, he’s got housing,” Ordman told the House Committee of Public Safety and National Security.“The Aboriginal kid doesn’t have any of that.”Ordman said that won’t change unless Canada invests in Aboriginal-centred programs in health, education, employment and housing.Committee members heard release can be denied for something as simple as not having proper identification, because Indigenous offenders often come to prison without health cards or driver’s licences.“We had a job set up for (one inmate),” said Aura Andrews. “He couldn’t get it because he didn’t have his birth certificate or his (social insurance) card and he ended up failing.”Andrews suggested the department of Indigenous Affairs and its provincial counterparts visit prisons to hold identification clinics before offenders are released.The list of problems parole officers face is extensive, according to Andrews and Ordman.Everything from backlogs of individuals approved for transfer to being swamped with paperwork.“We need to be freed up to do our jobs, which is interacting with offenders,” Andrews said. “That is our job. So right now we’re so bogged down in paperwork and compliance issues that we can’t do our job.”“It’s sort of organized mayhem,” added Ordman. “You’re managing 30-plus offenders, right? And you’re sort of the central person, as a parole officer, you’re the central person.”tlamirande@aptn.calast_img read more

Maryland man killed by tree in Eleuthera

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, August 1, 2017 – Eleuthera – A huge tree in North Eleuthera toppled onto the man trying to trim it, and it killed him now Police are investigating to ensure that is how a winter resident actually died.   The American man, from Maryland was reportedly cutting down a tree in his yard in Gregory Town when it broke free and somehow crushed him.The man was rushed to clinic, but was pronounced dead. The freak accident happened around 9am on Sunday.#MagneticMediaNews#MarylandmankilledbyfallentreePhoto Credit: Eleutheran resident Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #Marylandmankilledbyfallentreelast_img read more

Ziff Davis Media Shutters Electronic Gaming Monthly Sells 1UP Network to Hearst

first_imgSEE RELATED: Ziff Says Goodbye to PrintA little more than a month after discontinuing the print edition of PC Magazine and taking the brand online-only, publisher Ziff Davis Media has sold its 1UP Digital Network to Hearst’s Ugo Entertainment. Financial terms were not disclosed.In conjunction with the sale, Ziff said it has shuttered Electronic Gaming Magazine. The January issue was its last. It was not immediately clear if EGM will continue online or if any layoffs were associated with the deal. A Ziff Davis spokesperson did not immediately return requests for comment.According to CEO Jason Young, the actions help Ziff Davis “pay down debt and shift our full focus to our core PCMag Digital Network Business.” In June, a New York confirmed Ziff’s reorganization plan, allowing the company to emerge from bankruptcy protection which it filed for in March.In addition to, the network includes gaming sites, and GCA Savvian Advisors acted as Ziff’s financial advisor in the transaction. Hearst acquired the Ugo Networks, an online entertainment site targeting men aged 18 to 34, in July 2007. It was founded in 1998 by CEO J Moses.last_img read more

Zitar inventor Niladri Kumar forays into EDM

first_imgHe’s widely heralded as the inventor of the ‘zitar’ — a combination of sitar and guitar — and stands among one of the leading exponents of Indian classical music. But now Niladri Kumar, who is ‘very intrigued’ with electronic dance music (EDM), is cutting out an EP based on the popular genre.Niladri, whose new single Head to the heart, which also features Bollywood singer and guitarist Rashid Ali, was unveiled earlier this month, says he is working on two different albums. And one of these would mark his foray into the uncharted musical territory of EDM.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“There are a couple of albums under the pipeline. There are two different albums. One album is deeply rooted in the Indian classical tradition, but it will be on the zitar. It is basically all about the hardcore compositions which we have in Indian classical music, but it will be rendered in a way never done before,” Niladri said over phone from Mumbai. “The second album I am trying to do will be based on EDM. I am very intrigued with EDM and how young people connect to the EDM grooves and music. So I always wanted to do something on those lines. Maybe I’ll release an EP containing around five tracks this year,” he added.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixEven as Indian classical musicians have often worked with fusion overtones, a sitar player working on an EDM-based album is something quite unheard of. About this unconventional musical experiment, Niladri said: “The fusion space is a little blurred. A lot of things come into the fusion space and it is not clearly demarcated. The EDM space is somehow slightly more demarcated than fusion now. I want to work with that space and add to the melodic element in the EDM genre.”  Besides, he feels “you have to try and give the fans a new story, a new thought”.However, Niladri’s ‘ulterior motive’ behind doing this album is to “get to people who connect to the EDM space and are totally unaware of the huge melodic content that our Indian classical instruments hold and how well it can enhance the EDM space”.Niladri, who was first exposed to EDM in Britain, says although he is not very well-versed with Indian EDM producers, he thinks “there is good potential with what’s happening in here”.“When I heard the young kids going for it here, I thought it’s maybe a great idea to use that genre and try and portray your melody in there and give them a feel of the sitar, zitar and the whole Indian space, but not too much,” he added.As far as traditional Indian classical music is concerned, Niladri believes that “Indian classical music is something which has stood the test of centuries, amid the invasion of genres and sounds”.“There are more sitar, tabla and sarod players than any other time in history. That proportion had not increased in terms of the audience listening to it. It’s about the depth in it. There’s a big science involved it,” he said. “People should stop asking about the future of Indian classical music. The question should be asked, what is the future of EDM and fusion music,” added the musician, who will launch his new brand ‘STAY UP Rooted’, and will perform for a cause at a concert in Mumbai on October 30.last_img read more

A treat for theatre enthusiasts

first_imgThe drastic evolution of theatre, over the years, has not only helped theatre and those associated with theatre, come into the limelight but this has also brought about a change in the perceptions of people who have started to acknowledge and get involved to make theatre, as an art, a success.National School of Drama (NSD) will present the 18th ‘Bharat Rang Mahotsav’ (BRM) to be held in the national Capital from February 1 to 2. More than 10 countries from around the world including USA, Australia, Italy, Sri Lanka, Poland, Bangladesh, Spain, China, Pakistan, Austria and almost all the states of India will come together to showcase their best theatre talent. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’‘World Theatre Forum’ to be a part of BRM, where eminent theatre personalities from various countries will come together. Some of the finest names in the theatre world, including Nana Patekar, Mohan Agashe Pankaj Kapur, Anupam Kher, Paresh Rawal, Saurabh Shukla, among others to be a part of the festival. BRM will also travel to Jammu, Ahmedabad, Bhubaneswar and Thiruvananthapuram this year. Dr Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State for Culture and Tourism (independent charge) and Minister of State for Civil Aviation, government of India and eminent stage and film personality Nana Patekar have consented to be the chief guest and guest of honour at the inaugural ceremony of the 18th ‘Bharat Rang Mahotsav’. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixIn an effort to highlight the relevant issues, the festival this year will incorporate seminars on diverse topics such as ‘Rediscovering the Magic of Theatre’, ‘Today in Today’s Theatre’ and ‘Emerging trends in Indian Theatre’ by eminent personalities. Speakers from countries as Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Norway, Italy, USA, Brazil and India will grace the event and share their experiences.BRM will provide a platform to artists coming from remote areas, showcasing more than 300 performances in the venue. These include street play, dance and musical performances, adding to the attraction. This year, NSD is also planning to set up a Theatre Bazar for the theatre lovers, enthusiasts and audience in general. In the Theatre Bazar, products related to theatre will be showcased such as handicrafts, theatre lights, theatre books, musical instruments, madhubani paintings, and mask making artists. A food hub with authentic and traditional cuisines from across the country will be on offer.The 18th ‘Bharat Rang Mahotsav’ will also pay tribute to Prof. S Ramanujan in the form of a Tamil play Pethannasami Thalattu, a documentary and exhibition based on his work.Waman Kendre, Director, National School of Drama said: “This is a platform on which we can really rediscover the magic of theatre by experiencing theatre and connect with this wonderful medium. It is also one of the rare opportunities for artists and audience to see global theatre expressions at one place. ‘Bharat Rang Mahotsav’ is one of the biggest theatre festivals in the world and we are looking forward to welcoming everyone and make this a high quality and enjoyable aesthetic experience for our audiences.”Shri Ratan Thiyam, chairperson, National School of Drama Society said: “The ‘Bharat Rang Mahotsav’ is a prestigious theatre festival and we select plays keeping in mind the variations of theatre, forms and style along with strong emphasis on in-depth aesthetic expressions, newness and innovation. This is a great opportunity not only for existing theatre lovers but new audiences as well to see the best of plays from around the world under one platform.”The ‘Bharat Rang Mahotsav’ was started in 1999 by the NSD in order to contribute to the growth and development of theatre across the country. From being a national festival that presented the work of some of the most creative theatre workers in India, it has grown into an international event, hosting theatre companies from around the world, and is today acknowledged as the largest theatre festival of Asia dedicated solely to theatreThe performances will be held at Abhimanch and Open Air Theatre at the NSD Campus along with LTG Auditorium, Kamani Auditorium and Shri Ram Centre. Tickets will be available at NSD box office and at the website in denominations of Rs 50 and Rs 100 at Open Air Theatre and Rs.50, Rs 100, Rs 200 and Rs 300 at all other venues.last_img read more

Intl Mother Language Day observed at IndoBangla border

first_imgBALURGHAT: International Mother Language Day was celebrated with enthusiasm at the Zero Point of Bangladesh territory with representatives of both countries on Thursday.The programme was conducted by Amra Mukti Yodhdhar Sontan Command, Saptahik Alokito Simanto, Hakimpur of Bangladesh and Ujjiban Society, Balurghat Chhandam, Uttarer Robbar and Meghalaya Tura Committee of South Dinajpur district from India. The long struggle of achieving recognition of Bengali language, particularly in Bangladesh, bore fruit after UNESCO declared February 21 as the International Mother Language Day in 1999. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata Bose”The Language Movement is considered to have laid the foundation for vehement nationalism in the mind of Bengalis and also distinguished the cultural animosity between the authorities of the then East Pakistan (now independent Bangladesh) and West Pakistan,” said Zahidul Islam, secretary of Alokito Simanto. The secretary of Ujjiban Society Suraj Das said: “The military government made several attempts to establish Urdu as their sole national language, as the western wing of Pakistan considered Urdu a product of Indian Islamic culture, while they felt Bengali language symbolized Hinduism.” Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe Hindu-Muslim division had also been considered and was being played upon and exploited by the political elite of the country most effectively and almost in a routine manner, for their own benefits in the name of the nation and the state. “Speaking more specifically, the seeds of partition between the Hindu and Muslim communities were sown in 1948, when Mohammad Ali Jinnah, the father of the Pakistani nation, declared in Dhaka that Urdu would be the state language of Pakistan,” Das said. The Language Movement had a major cultural impact on the Bengali society and inspired the development and celebration of Bengali language, literature and culture. The day is also observed as ‘Martyr’s Day’. “Those who lost their lives to uphold the prestige and defend the rights of their mother language became hallowed martyrs,” said Biswanath Laha, acting head of Uttarer Robbar. Reputed poets and eminent writers of both countries took part in a language seminar on the occasion. A colourful cultural programme was also organised.last_img read more

GNU Health Federation message and authentication server drops MongoDB and adopts PostgreSQL

first_imgJust after RedHat announced its plans to drop MongoDB from its Satellite system management solution because of it being licensed under SSPL, GNU has followed suit. Earlier this week, GNU announced its plans move its GNU Health Federation message and authentication server –Thalamus– from MongoDB to PostgreSQL. As listed on the post, the main reason for this switch is because MongoDB decided to change the license of the server to their Server Side Public License (SSPL). Because of this decision, many GNU/ Linux distributions are no longer including the Mongodb server. In addition to these reasons, GNU expresses their concerns that even the organizations like the OSI and Free Software Foundation are showing their reluctance to accept this idea. Adding to this hesitation of accepting the license; rejection from a large part of the Libre software community and the immediate end of support from GPL versions of MongoDB has lead to the adoption of PostgreSQL for Thalamus. Dr. Luis Falcon, President of GNU Solidario says that one of the many reasons for choosing PostgreSQL was its JSON(B) support that  provides the flexibility and scalability found in document oriented engines. The upcoming thalamus server will be designed to support PostgreSQL. To stay updated with further progress on this announcement, head over to the GNU blog. Read Next GNU Bison 3.3  released with major bug fixes, yyrhs and yyphrs tables, token constructors and moreGNU ed 1.15 released!GitHub now supports the GNU General Public License (GPL) Cooperation Commitment as a way of promoting effective software regulationlast_img read more