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Carjacker who used pepper spray struck pedestrian arrested in Vancouver police

first_imgVANCOUVER – Police say a pedestrian was seriously injured Friday morning in downtown Vancouver after a carjacking that ended with the arrest of a suspect and multiple collisions.Const. Jason Doucette says police received a call at about 8:40 a.m. from a motorist who reported being pepper sprayed in a downtown parking lot by someone who took off with his car.Doucette says the suspect drove erratically through the downtown, causing numerous collisions and also striking the pedestrian, who was rushed to hospital.Police say the pedestrian’s injuries are serious but not life-threatening.After the car came to a stop, Doucette says the carjacker jumped out of the vehicle and was chased by construction workers, who were also pepper sprayed.Doucette says the group was able to hold the man until police arrived.He says a 27-year-old man has been arrested and several charges will be recommended against him.Police say the car was stolen at Cambie and Pender streets and ended up in the area of West Georgia and Hamilton, about three blocks away.last_img read more


first_img Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Third Act Productions is holding a job fair for the sequel this Friday (June 22) in Port Hope.“Largo” is the working title for the It sequel — and this job fair will run from 2 to 6 this Friday at the old Canadian Tire Store (on Robertson St) in Port Hope.In addition to extras, the production company is looking for location support personnel and security.As for the sequel, it apparently takes place 27 years after the events of the first film.  Members of The Losers Club have grown up and moved away — until a devastating phone call brings them back to Derry to face their nemesis.Bill Skarsgård will reprise his role as Pennywise.The It sequel will be released in theatres on September 6, of 2019. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment If you have aspirations of being on the big screen in a major motion picture, head down Highway 28 later this week.While you may not land a role that would ever be considered for an Oscar, there is an opportunity to be part of the Hollywood experience happening nearby.The sequel to last year’s blockbuster Stephen King’s “It” is in the works, and (like the original) the town of Port Hope will be turned into Derry (Maine) for the shooting of scenes. Twitterlast_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment At the time the members of The Beaches were born, the late 1990s, Mick Jagger was already a grandfather and the Rolling Stones were on their 23rd studio album. But when the Toronto band found out they were opening for The Stones during their June 29 concert, they could not have been more excited.They were on their tour bus, and their phones started reverberating with text messages from their record label and managers.“We weren’t really answering, we were being bad, and then we finally answered and we found out about the offer and we were so excited,” says guitarist Kylie Miller. Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisementcenter_img Twitter Facebook “We just really started screaming, we all called our parents, woke them all up.”Musically speaking, The Beaches, named after the Toronto neighbourhood where the band members grew up, are old souls. Along with The Pretenders and glam rockers like T-Rex, the Rolling Stones are their main musical idols; something you can hear clearly in the Jaggeresque swagger of songs like T-Shirt.“There’s just such excellent music there, regardless of how much older they are than us. I think their music will always speak to whoever listens to them,” adds Jordan Miller, Kylie’s sister and the band’s lead singer and bassist.Resurrecting rockWith top-selling and highly awarded artists like Drake, Childish Gambino and Bruno Mars, rock music has taken a back seat to pop and hip hop in recent years, especially as the music of young people. Jordan Miller of The Beaches is seen performing at the 2018 iHeartRadio MuchMusic Video Awards in Toronto. (Jess Baumung/Invision/The Associated Press)last_img read more

More deadly drugs on our streets

Police and public health agencies say they are seeing more and more deadly drugs on our streets. Powerful prescriptions that are being diverted and sold to addicts on the street and it’s having fatal consequences. Tonight, a mother who lost her son to fentanyl is speaking out in hopes of helping others.Cyndy Taylor has a very personal reason for volunteering at bible school at New Hope Church in Niagara: “I wanted to give back to other kids because if they are coming to something like this, the impact faith could have on their life, maybe they won’t go down the road my son did.”Her son, Joel La France was just 31-years old when he died of an overdose of fentanyl: “He had been an addict for a number of years and had quit for two months and then he got the urges and went to some friends, they melted the patch down and made it into a liquid form and then injected him with it.”Fentanyl is a powerful prescription narcotic painkiller. It’s used in a patch form and is delivered over a 72-hour period. When people inject, ingest or inhale it, it can be toxic.On Thursday, the regional coroner announced a spike in the number of drug overdoses in the last few weeks. Some users on the street are linking it to a powerful mix of heroin and fentanyl. Officials say mixing anything with fentanl can be a deadly mistake. Holly Raymond is with St. Joseph’s Healthcare: “One of the really scary things about the bad dose is that often there’s very few signs and often people end up with a very low respiratory rate and death can come very quickly.”At least three people have died of overdoses in the last week in Hamilton alone. The coroner can’t confirm if fentanyl or heroin played a role. But police say they are seeing more fentanyl on the streets and most people who are abusing it don’t know the dangers: “One of the reasons fentanyl is so deadly is because of its potency and how strong it is. Fentanyl is approximately 80 percent stronger than morphine and up to 100 times stronger than other opioids such as oxycontin and heroin.Cyndy Taylor wants stiffer penalties for people caught selling their prescriptions: “It was a prescription. He should not have been able to get someone else’s prescription. I don’t think it’s right.”The Hamilton Opioid Working Group is looking at a fentanyl exchange program to stop people from selling them. People would have to bring back the used patches to get another one.Cyndy also wants better treatment for youth with addictions. She says she tried to get her son help when he was younger but there was nothing available.There is an antidote for opioid overdose being distributed by Hamilton Public Health. read more

Early toxicology findings show no evidence Milosevic was poisoned – UN

Slobodan Milosevic, the late President of Yugoslavia and accused architect of genocide in the Balkans, does not appear to have been poisoned, according to the interim toxicological report of Dutch experts released today by the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY).In a letter released at the court’s seat at The Hague, the Senior Public Prosecutor of the Netherlands, H.J. Moraal, said, “no indications of poisoning have been found” following an autopsy. “A number of medicines prescribed for Mr. Milosevic were found in the body material, but not in toxic concentration,” he added.The letter also notes that so far, no traces of rifampicine were found, but notes that “rifampicine disappears from the body quickly, and the fact that no traces were found implies only that it is not likely that rifampicine had been ingested or administered in the last few days before death.” That substance has been the subject of media speculation on the cause of Mr. Milosevic’s death, which was ruled a heart attack by medical experts.These are only preliminary results, the Public Prosecutor stressed, noting that “the examination has not yet been concluded, and it will be continued in the coming week, among other things on the basis of medical data provided by the ICTY.”In addition to the Dutch inquiry, the ICTY is conducting its own investigation. Tribunal President Fausto Pocar today said that probe is well underway.And while voicing full confidence in the Tribunal’s detention unit, the President said it, too, was being audited.In releasing this information, President Pocar stressed that although it was regrettable that Mr. Milosevic’s death had prevented a judgment, his was not the only important case on the court’s docket. “We continue to try the highest-level persons accused of perpetrating the most serious crimes against Serb, Croat, Bosnian Muslim, Albanian and other victims in the former Yugoslavia,” the President said.“The Tribunal remains absolutely committed to fulfilling its critical mandate to render justice in these cases as fairly and expeditiously as possible,” he pledged.At the time of his death on Saturday, Mr. Milosevic faced 66 counts of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes committed in Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo between 1991 and 1999. The prosecution put forward a wealth of evidence, including the testimony of 295 witnesses and the presentation of 5,000 exhibits, in arguing its case. read more

Business Report Canadian dollar moves up

Business Report: Canadian dollar moves up business report|Canadian dollar by News Staff Posted Apr 8, 2014 6:05 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The Canadian dollar is at 91.5 cents U.S., a three-month high, senior business editor Mike Eppel explains.

Yazidi survivor of ISILs human trafficking appointed UN Goodwill Envoy for victims

With the appointment, which marks the first time a survivor of atrocities is bestowed this distinction, Ms. Murad, a 23-year-old Yazidi woman, wears the mantle of Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).“Nadia is a fierce and tireless advocate for the Yazidi people and victims of human trafficking everywhere,” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said at her induction ceremony today, which was held in connection with the UN’s commemoration of the International Day of Peace.“She was subjected to unspeakable abuse and human rights violations at the hands of ISIL. Nadia has shown exceptional courage in speaking out. She gives a much-needed voice to trafficking victims who continue to suffer, and who demand justice,” the UN chief added.Ms. Murad briefed the UN Security Council in its first-ever session on human trafficking in December 16, 2015. She described being rounded up with fellow Yazidis in Iraq in 2014 and witnessing as ISIL fighters shot men and boys in cold blood. She was bought and sold various times.“It is two years since ISIL seized Sinjar. It is unconscionable that thousands of Yazidi, in particular women and children, continue to be held captive,” Mr. Ban said, calling for their immediate release. “And I repeat: the crimes committed by ISIL in Iraq against the Yazidi may constitute war crimes, crimes against humanity and even genocide.”A relentless advocate for victims, Ms. Murad was recently named one of Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People of 2016.”During her Ambassadorship, she will focus on advocacy initiatives and raise awareness around the plight of the countless victims of trafficking in persons, especially refugees, women and girls.UNODC is the lead UN entity fighting all forms of human trafficking, including sexual slavery, forced labour, child soldiering and trafficking for the purpose of organ removal. It is also the custodian of the UN Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children and mandated to manage the UN Voluntary Trust Fund for Victims of Trafficking in Persons.“Nadia’s appointment as a United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Goodwill Ambassador, provides a unique opportunity to urge others to join us in our fight against human trafficking. We know that Nadia’s extraordinary commitment to the plight of trafficking victims will move people to take action against this scourge,” UNODC Executive Director, Yury Fedotov, said in his message on her induction. read more

Tory rebels warned there will be no Brexit without Theresa May ahead

first_imgHe said: “The Supreme Court will decide what the law of the country is in this country as voted on by Parliament, that is the big thing that Theresa May has achieved…European law will not hold sway over British law.”Mr Hunt’s comments will be interpreted as a warning that if Mrs May is forced out of Downing Street it could trigger a general election that might be won by Jeremy Corbyn. The Conservatives believe Mr Corbyn would halt Brexit if he became Prime Minister. Jeremy Hunt has issued a stark warning to Tory rebels that Brexit will not happen if Theresa May is ousted as Prime Minister.The Health Secretary became the first member of the Cabinet to openly raise the prospect that Brexit might not happen when he appeared on ITV’s Peston on Sunday programme today.His comments come on the eve of a crucial meeting between Mrs May and Jean-Claude Juncker, the European Commission President, that could determine whether trade talks begin later this month.Mr Hunt said: “The choice we face now is not between this Brexit and that Brexit, if we don’t back Theresa May we will have no Brexit and she is doing an unbelievably challenging job amazingly well.”Mr Hunt was speaking after the Telegraph disclosed that senior Tories have warned Mrs May against a “compromise” on the role of the European Court of Justice that they say could mean European judges overseeing British trade disputes. Mr Coveney said Ireland was not looking for the “full detail” on the border solution in phase one of the talks, and told the programme: “What we are looking for though is the parameters within which we can be more confident that a solution can be found within phase two – and that is not an unreasonable ask.”We would like to see a solution here that solves the border issues, that involves all of the United Kingdom acting as one.”Mrs May is due to travel to Brussels on Monday for talks with European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker in the hope of securing a declaration that “sufficient progress” has been made on divorce issues like the financial settlement and the Irish border. Officials from London, Dublin and Belfast are continuing to work on an elusive agreement over the future of the Irish border that threatens to delay the start of trade talks. 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.center_img “And we believe that as an island, Ireland is uniquely vulnerable and exposed to a potential bad outcome from Brexit and that is why we are looking for more progress than we have in terms of understanding how the border issues in particular on the island of Ireland, and the north and south cooperation that has created a normality on the island of Ireland which is a hugely positive thing.” Meanwhile Simon Coveney, the new Irish deputy prime minister, said there is “no desire” in Ireland to delay progress on the Brexit negotiations.He said his government did not want to veto the talks, after Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar warned he was prepared to stand firm on the Irish border issue. Mr Coveney, who was appointed the new Tanaiste in the Dail on Thursday, told BBC1’s The Andrew Marr Show Ireland wants a solution on the border that “involves all of the United Kingdom acting as one”.Asked whether the Irish government were prepared to use a “veto” over the Brexit talks, he said: “We certainly don’t want to be vetoing anything – I mean the Irish government, just like the British government, wants to be able to move the Brexit process on to phase two and we want to be able to provide the kind of certainty that many businesses are calling for in Britain and Ireland and indeed in other parts of the European Union.”So there is no desire I can tell you in Ireland to delay this process, but at the same time we have a responsibility as a Government to represent the interests on the island of Ireland – north and south – and let’s not forget that next year will be the 20th anniversary of the Good Friday agreement which is the basis for the peace process and relations between Britain and Ireland on the island of Ireland.last_img read more

Leinster and Munster on Heineken Cup collision course if they pass French

first_imgLEINSTER COACH MATT O’CONNOR is happy for supporters to dream of a semi final with Munster but acknowledges that eliminating Heineken Cup champions Toulon will be a huge ask.Reacting to the draw for the cup quarter finals, and semi finals, O’Connor paid credit to his players for topping Pool 1 with five wins from six. Leinster’s only defeat, at home to Northampton, cost them a home quarter final and they now must travel to France to face Toulon.He commented, “I’ve said it many times before, there are no easy games in the Heineken Cup and a trip to Toulon is further proof of that. They have a fantastic squad of players and their form in the Heineken has been excellent with only one loss in a group containing Cardiff, Exeter and Glasgow, meaning they have earned their home quarter final.I know from the mentality of my players that they want to be tested against the best and ultimately if we are to progress in this competition then we have to play and beat the best and I am confident that we have the capabilities to do that.”A Leinster win and Munster victory over Toulouse at Thomond Park would set up a third Heineken Cup semi final showdown between the great rivals. O’Connor commented:Look of course the draw will get fans and media talking but we can’t control that. All that we can control is our own performance away to Toulon. If we get over that considerable hurdle we will have plenty of time to talk about a potential Semi-Final then and I am sure Rob (Penney) will say the same.”Ulster coach Mark Anscombe was already aware, last night, that his side would be facing Saracens, the team that knocked them out at the quarter final stage last year. “Let’s enjoy our success,” he said. “It’s the first time I think Ulster’s done six out of six. You’ve got to enjoy that, so the boys should have a few beers tonight and then they’ll reflect on what they’ve done.”He added, “It’s two months away. There was only one team in the quarter final last year and it certainly wasn’t us. But this time we’ve got them at home.”Like rugby? Follow’s dedicated Twitter account @rugby_ie >Leinster to visit home of Heineken Cup champions as last eight decidedMunster wrap up home quarter final after burying Edinburgh at Thomondlast_img read more

The 5 at 5 Wednesday

first_img Short URL Feb 20th 2019, 4:52 PM Wednesday 20 Feb 2019, 4:52 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share2 Tweet Email EVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, brings you the five biggest stories of the day.1. #IN THE MONEY: The massive €175 million Euromillions jackpot was bought in a shop in north Dublin.2. #COLLAPSE: Patrick Hutch today walked free from the Special Criminal Court after charges against him for the murder of David Byrne at the Regency Hotel in Dublin were dropped by the State.3. #AH HERE: Irish Coast Guard staff and volunteers have been told they are no longer permitted to use blue lights and sirens on vehicles while driving.4. #FIERCE MILD: We’ve a grand bit of weather ahead, so we do.5. #NOT ON: The chief executive and chief creative officer of Burberry have apologised after a hoodie with strings tied in the shape of a noose was shown on the company’s London Fashion Week runway. 7 Comments Image: Shutterstock/Ramon grosso dolarea By Garreth MacNamee The 5 at 5: Wednesday Five minutes, five stories, five o’clock… Image: Shutterstock/Ramon grosso dolarea 7,717 Views last_img read more

The 5 at 5 Friday

first_img By Ceimin Burke Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 6 Comments 8,171 Views Jun 29th 2018, 4:52 PM Short URL The 5 at 5: Friday Five minutes, five stories, five o’clock… Image: Shutterstock/MishaSkaz EVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, brings you the five biggest stories of the day.1. #HOSEPIPE BAN: Irish Water has said a hosepipe ban will be put in place in the Greater Dublin Area from Monday.2. #ANA KRIEGEL: A 13-year-old boy accused of the murder of Kildare schoolgirl Ana Kriegel has been refused bail at the High Court.3. #TRALEE: Gardaí are investigating after an ice cream van crashed  through the front doors of a church in Tralee, Kerry, yesterday.4. #LIVERPOOL: The former police commander who was in charge on the day that 95 Liverpool fans died at Hillsborough will face trial for their manslaughter.5. #WEATHER WARNING: Met Éireann has extended its High Temperature weather warning as Ireland’s heatwave continues unabated. Share3 Tweet Email Friday 29 Jun 2018, 4:52 PM Image: Shutterstock/MishaSkazlast_img read more

Greek Independence Day function with VaremenosQuick protesters and news of Archbishops death

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greek stakeholders, community members and other guests, such as Australian politicians Michael O’Brien and Steve Dimopoulos, gathered at a function held by the Greek Consulate in Melbourne to celebrate Greek Independence Day.Guests of honour at the function were Greek Foreign Affairs Deputy Terens Quick, who is in Athens for the Nostos conference, and Greek Parliamentary Deputy George Varemenos.Mr Varemenos spoke about the diachronic role of the diaspora, whereas Mr Quick referred to the Nostos summit with Cyprus and Egypt. Also present at the event were Commissioner for Overseas Cypriots Fotis Fotiou and Egypt’s Minister of Immigration and Expatriate Affairs Nabila Makram.A moment of silence was held for Australian Archbishop Stylianos, who succumbed to cancer at 6pm this afternoon.While the 150 guests attended the function, twenty protestors gathered outside the building to protest against the Greek government’s ratification of the Prespes Agreement. They shouted words, like “traitors” however the atmosphere was not as tense as it had been during Sunday’s 24 March event at the Shrine of Remembrance.last_img read more

Remembering the Forgotten War

first_imgLocal Korean War veterans, families and students from Master Oh’s Taekwondo summer camp took time out Tuesday morning to remember the 69th anniversary of the start of the Korean War. On June 25, 1950, communist North Korean forces invaded the south. Active fighting continued on the Korean Peninsula for more than three years and resulted in an estimated 1.2 million battle deaths, including more than 33,000 Americans. An armistice was signed in 1953, ending active fighting, but no peace agreement has been signed.last_img

Quake slams Mexico Guatemala at least 3 dead

first_imgTUXTLA GUTIERREZ, Mexico — A magnitude-6.9 earthquake on the Pacific Coast jolted a wide area of southern Mexico and Central America Monday, killing at least three people while damaging homes, hospitals and churches.The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake hit at 6:23 a.m. on the Pacific Coast 1 mile north-northeast of Puerto Madero, near the Guatemala border. It initially calculated the magnitude at 7.1 but later lowered the figure to 6.9.The national spokesman for local fire departments, Raul Hernandez, said at least two people died in their homes from collapsed walls in the Guatemalan town of Pati, in the border province of San Marcos, and another woman in Quetzaltenango died from a heart attack.But Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina said later in a press conference that the only officially confirmed death so far was of a newborn hit by a piece of false ceiling in a San Marcos hospital. He said it wasn’t clear if the woman’s heart attack was earthquake related.Civil protection officials in the Mexican state of Chiapas raised the toll to two dead, and said at least a dozen people were injured by falling tiles and other debris.last_img read more

Veteran Exec Exits Condé Nast People on the Move — 12517

first_img Additionally, Armando Turco will join Vox as the first GM of Vox Creative, to lead the company’s branded content division.  “To say he has contributed to Condé Nast over the years is a wild understatement — by all accounts, Pete has been a tireless and passionate advocate for our company and brands and he will be greatly missed,” Jim Norton, chief business officer and president of revenue at CN, said in a memo. Bloomberg News has named Chuck Stevens editor for top news in the Americas. Stevens has been with Bloomberg since 1996 and most recently served as editor of the Asia finance team. Hunsinger’s exit comes in advance of a broad consolidation that’s planned at the New York-based publisher. Norton — previously an AOL executive — was hired late last year to reorganize the company and help build its digital business. Here are the rest of this week’s people on the move: Pete Hunsinger, current chief revenue officer of Golf Digest, will leave Condé Nast after 36 years of service. He’s moving to a marketing role at a consumer goods start-up. Rebecca Leber has joined Mother Jones as a reporter, covering climate, energy and the environment. She was previously the news editor at Grist.center_img Vox Media has promoted Lindsay Nelson to the position of CMO. She served most recently as VP and head of global brand strategy at the company. Hunsinger served as CRO of Golf Digest since 2011, but has held various roles at Condé Nast, including VP and publisher of GQ. He was also a publisher at Vanity Fair, Architectural Digest and Gourmet. Emily Teel has been named editor-in-chief of Spoonful Magazine, a seasonal magazine and cookbook. She started at the brand as food editor with the launch of the magazine in Spring 2016. Emanuele Farneti has been named the new editor-in-chief of Vogue Italia. He most recently served as editor of GQ Italia. Alexandra Shulman, British Vogue’s longest serving editor, is leaving the brand. Her successor will be announced later this year.last_img read more

AK Club Baby Seal provides new artistic outlet in Juneau

first_imgFrom left to right, Club Baby Seal is: Allison Holtkamp, Grace Lee, Alicia Hughes-Skandijs, Brady Ingledue, Nate Williams, Hali Duran and Corin Hughes-Skandijs. (Photo by Scott Burton/KTOO)It’s awful out in Juneau on a Saturday night. After a bunch of snow, it’s raining, and moat-like ponds of water fill the streets, the sidewalks, everywhere.Bad conditions however, have not affected attendance at a Club Baby Seal show, a new comedy troupe in Juneau.Listen nowThe group of four comedians, two managers, a volunteer bartender and security guard are set up at the Gold Town Nickelodeon. It’s their second show of the night and it’s well attended — the first show sold out.Corin Hughes-Skandijs emcees Club Baby Seal. In this photo he emulates playing a little girl in an acting class. (Photo by Rashah McChesney/KTOO)After a welcome from manager Grace Lee, emcee Corin Hughes-Skandijs warms up the crowd. Part of his open includes a self-deprecating realization that he has the look of a movie extra.“I’m the kind of guy that you would see stuck at the top of roller coaster, the hero has to come up and save me,” Hughes-Skandijs said. “I’m sitting there with like, a Mickey ears hat.”The audience gives the bit a healthy laugh.Next up is one of the group’s founders, Brady Ingledue. After taking a stand-up workshop, he started gathering long-time friends to write jokes and perform at home.One of his jokes takes place in the bedroom.Brady Ingledue (Photo by Rashah McChesney/KTOO)“I do like to experiment in the sack, though,” Ingledue said. “What I like to do is get, like, a girl. I’m coming in, I’ll get you all set up in the bedroom right there, doing your thing. And then I’ll be over here kind of making a baking soda volcano. You know, getting the elements going, there’s test tubes.”Alicia Hughes-Skandijs is the other group founder who wrote and practiced with Ingledue in the beginning. Her bit is about role-playing — but in a decidedly unsexy setting, the produce section of Fred Meyer.“So I start in the organic section, and I just, like, grab it, like I know what I’m doing,” Hughes Skandijs said in a suggestive voice. “Ohh, this recipe calls for two kinds of kale. I know what’s going to happen with it.”She snaps back to her regular voice.“I do know what’s going to happen to the kale. The kale is going to get really, really slimy, like in my produce drawer.”Allison Holtkamp. (Photo by Rashah McChesney/KTOO)After the show she said, “It is the best feeling in the world when people are laughing because it feels like through their laughter they’re like, ‘Oh yeah I get it. Like, I’m with you on that point.’”Alicia and Brady eventually met Nate Williams at a party. They started doing house shows in his living room in front of a brick-patterned curtain they ordered from Amazon.Williams also is the one who suggested the name — Club Baby Seal — an irreverent play on words he conceived as a fifth-grader for the name of a snow fort he made.“I don’t listen to self-help directly, but I listen to people who listen to self-help,” Williams said. “It’s too powerful straight from the source, like, uncut Tony Robbins is more than anyone can really handle. And I really don’t want to improve too rapidly.”For those first house shows they brought on Alicia’s brother, actor Corin Hughes-Skandijs as emcee, and eventually actor and long-time friend Allison Holtkamp started performing too.Audience members laugh during the stand-up comedy show, Club Baby Seal, on Saturday, Dec. 18, in Juneau. (Photo by Rashah McChesney/KTOO)Whether being an extra, role-playing, self-help or self-image, Alicia said material works “because there is something universal in there that everyone can relate to.”And what does it feel like when it’s working and everyone is laughing?“It’s like getting done with a 10-mile run and you get all of those endorphins in that one big laugh,” Holtkamp said.Corin said, “It’d be like if your whole family was gathered in the living room when you came home from work and they all give you a standing ovation. And you were like, ‘What’s it for?’ ‘For you, and by the way, here is your favorite dinner that you’ve always wanted.’”Williams said, “It’s like a hug from father or something. It’s a huge acceptance that what you say, what you think — yeah, it’s actually a really neat connection.”The comedians are quick to thank their managers Hali Duran and Grace Lee, and they’re proud of providing a new artistic outlet in Juneau.Club Baby Seal has shows scheduled in Petersburg in January, and they hope to make it to Anchorage and beyond in the spring.last_img read more

Café attack chargesheet by Dec 31

first_imgThe chargesheet of the much talked about case of Gulshan Holey Artisan cafe attack, will be submitted by December 31 this year.Counter Terrorism and Transational Crime (CTTC) unit of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) has been investigating the sensational Gulshan cafe attack case.On the evening of 1 July last year, five militants entered the Holy Artisan Cafe and Bakery with crude bombs, machetes, pistols, and took dozens of people, including 18 foreigners, hostage.Twenty hostages, including 17 foreigners, were killed as the militants sprayed them with bullets indiscriminately or cut their throats to confirm their death inside the cafe. Besides, two senior police officers – Banani police station then officer-in-charge Salauddin Ahmed Khan and Detective Branch assistant commissioner Robiul Islam – were shot dead when police tried to overpower them. Talking to UNB, Monirul Islam, the chief of the CTTC unit and also additional commissioner of the DMP, said they have got more names, who were somehow involved in the cafe attack. “We have been trying to arrest those suspects,” he said. Monirul Islam said five militants who went to the spot or directly involved in the attack, were killed on the spot during operation led by the 1st Para-commando Battalion, an elite force in the Bangladesh Army the following morning (July 2).Besides, eight more militants who were involved in planning and coordination in the attack have already been killed during anti-militant operations in different areas across the country in the last one year, he said.Replying to a question, Monirul Islam said the CTTC unit has already arrested several most wanted suspects in the case, including firearms supplier Mizanur Rahman alias Boro Mijan, and all of them have already given their statements before the magistrate confessing their involvement in the deadliest attack.We are hopeful to submit charge sheet of the case by 31 December this year, he added.Replying to a question, the CTTC unit chief firmly said militant’s strength to carry out attacks like the one on Holy Artisan cafe; has already been broken due to countrywide anti-militant drives.They may try to get reorganised again but their efforts would go in vain due to activities of law enforcement agencies, he said.Thirteen people, including three foreigners, were rescued while 20 bodies of the hostages were recovered from the restaurant after a successful commando operation codenamed ‘Thunderbolt’ the following day (July 2).A case was filed with Gulshan police station in connection with the terror attack. Later the case was shifted to Detective Branch of DMP. Now, Inspector Humayun Ahmed of Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime Unit (CTTC) has been investigating the case as its investigation officer (IO).last_img read more

Moudud for street agitation to free Khaleda

first_imgBNP senior leader Moudud Ahmed. Prothom Alo File PhotoBNP senior leader Moudud Ahmed on Friday said their party will have to wage a tougher street movement as only legal battle is not enough to have their chairperson Khaleda Zia freed from jail, reports UNB.”Khaleda Zia’s release now depends on the judges of lower courts who are under the control of the government. They act as per the government’s directives since they have no accountability to the Supreme Court,” he said.Speaking at a discussion, the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) leader further said, “Only legal battle won’t be effective for Khaleda Zia’s release. We’ve no option but to be there on the streets and alongside carrying out the legal battle. We must now think of taking harsher programmes after eid.”He also said the government will not budge from its current position on Khaleda and the next election amid a peaceful movement.Lakshmipur Jatiyatabadi Juba Forum in Dhaka arranged the programme at the National Press Club, demanding the release of Khaleda and Jatiyatabadi Swechchhasebak Dal president Shafiul Bari Babu.Moudud said lower courts are not independent as those are under the administration and the law ministry.He said two Dhaka courts on Thursday fixed 5 July for passing an order on the bail petitions of Khaleda Zia in two separate cases only to prolong her stay in jail.”We now can’t free her from jail, though she got bail from the highest court due to the government’s plots and evil designs.”The BNP leader said Khaleda will not be released from jail until she gets bail in the cases she was shown arrested.Moudud urged the democratic forces to get united to intensify the movement for Khaleda’s release and resolve the political crisis.Turning to Khulna polls, he alleged that law enforcers were more active than the ruling party men in the election to ensure Awami League mayoral candidate’s victory through irregularities and rigging.”The same incidents will also happen in other city polls. We’ll now think afresh whether BNP should join the other city polls. It’s meaningless to join the election like Khulna’s one.”He came down hard on the election commission (EC) for its failure to hold the city polls in a fair and credible manner. “Khulna election exposed that the commission has now turned into an incompetent, incapable, and partisan institution.”Moudud also demanded reconstitution of the EC as no election is possible to hold in a fair and credible manner under the current commission. “We’ll have to think deeply whether we’ll join polls anymore under it or not.”last_img read more

Sexual harassment case against Sirajuddoula shifted to tribunal

first_imgSM SirajuddoulaThe case filed against SM Sirajuddoula, principal of Sonagazi Islamia Senior Fazil Madrasa for sexually harassing his student Nusrat Jahan Rafi before burning her to death, was shifted to Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal on Thursday.Feni senior judicial magistrate Zakir Hossain shifted the case fixing 9 July for the next hearing.On Wednesday, the court took cognisance of charges brought against SM Sirajuddoula after Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) submitted the charge-sheet.The PBI submitted the 271-page charge-sheet 98 days into the sexual harassment of the madrasa girl. A total of 29 people were made witnesses in the case.Meanwhile, night guard M Mostafa of the madrasa testified before the Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal on Thursday in murder case filed over the killing of Nusrat.Tribunal judge Mamunur Rashid fixed 7 July for the next hearing.On 27 March, Sirajuddoula sexually harassed Nusrat in his office. Her mother filed the case against the principal the following day.On 6 April, Nusrat was set afire at an examination centre allegedly by people loyal to the principal after he was arrested and subsequently suspended following the filing of the case.She lost her battle for life on 10 April at Dhaka Medical College Hospital in the capital.last_img read more