Canada should think hard before building partnership with India

Canada and India must forge a strong alliance, Opinion, Online, Oct. 14

Vijay Sappani argues that Canada and India must come closer because they are both democracies that share “values of freedom, justice, human rights, commitment to the rule of law, and a Westminster-style parliamentary system.”

Yet it’s puzzling that most of his article is devoted to fighting “terrorism” and to security partnerships, and there is no mention of the extremely parlous state of democracy in India under Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Hindu majoritarian Bharatiya Janata Party.

It has been over a year since the citizens of the state of Jammu and Kashmir were deprived of their freedom and constitutionally guaranteed autonomy, with the state divided into federally administered territories and mainstream politicians put under house arrest, along with army patrols, the arrest of hundreds under draconian anti-terror laws, a months-long shutdown of the Internet, and changes to

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7 held for suspected tanker hijack after UK commando raid

LONDON – Seven stowaways seized when British naval special forces stormed an oil tanker in the English Channel have been arrested on suspicion of hijacking, police said Monday.

Hampshire Police said the men, believed to be from Nigeria, were being held at several police stations on suspicion of “seizing or exercising control of a ship by use of threats or force.” They have not been charged.

Police said the 22 crew members of the Nave Andromeda were “safe and well” after the raid, which unfolded after darkness fell on Sunday. Special Boat Service commandos were lowered by rope from helicopters onto the tanker, whose crew had locked themselves in a secure part of the ship known as the citadel. Within minutes, the stowaways were in custody.

Maritime tracking websites showed the ship reached port in Southampton, on England’s south coast, early Monday.

Police said officers were speaking to crew members

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Palestinian official Erekat in critical, stable condition

JERUSALEM – Senior Palestinian official Saeb Erekat remained in critical but stable condition in an Israeli hospital Tuesday, his family said, as he continued his life-threatening battle against the coronavirus.

Erekat’s family told the official Palestinian news agency WAFA that he was receiving artificial respiration in the intensive care unit at Israel’s Hadassah Medical Center.

Hadassah said late Tuesday that Erekat has been placed on an ECMO machine, which provides for the oxygenation of blood while preventing damage to the lungs caused by mechanical ventilation. It said he was “stable” with “excellent oxygenation.”

It said doctors were consulting with experts around the world as they grappled with what they described as a complicated case due to Erekat’s history of health issues. The hospital said Erekat, who underwent a lung transplant in 2017, suffered from a weak immune system and a bacterial infection in addition to COVID-19.

Erekat, 65, has been

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Wisconsin man accused of killing man over stolen reptiles

WAUPACA, Wis. – A Wisconsin man accused of killing a young man in a dispute over stolen reptiles has been charged with first-degree intentional homicide.

Bill Zelenski, 44, of Waupaca, is accused of shooting the 18-year-old late Monday. The victim’s name was not immediately released, but the victim’s mother, Tiffany Powell, 34, was charged with first degree intentional homicide as party to a crime.

Their attorney did not immediately return a call seeking comment Thursday.

The dispute was over $27,850 worth of reptiles and equipment, WLUK-TV reported. Waupaca County Judge Ramond Huber ordered Zelenski held without bond. Powell was jailed on a probation hold, but the judge also set a $500,000 cash bond.

According to a criminal complaint, Zelenski called authorities Monday night to identify two young people who he said burglarized his home last week. According to the complaint, several reptiles — including Mexican bearded lizards worth $17,000 —

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U.S. News Names Best Nursing Homes for 2020-21

WASHINGTON, Oct. 27, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — U.S. News & World Report, the global authority in health care rankings, today released the 2020-21 Best Nursing Homes. As nursing homes and facilities across the nation cope with the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, U.S. News remains committed to providing data-driven information and guidance to help patients, families and caregivers understand their long-term and short-term care options. This year, to accompany the new ratings, nursing home profile pages were updated to include a patient safety summary that reflects COVID-19 data alongside other measurements of safety and related advice on choosing a home or facility amidst the pandemic.

“U.S. News strives to provide access to information that allows consumers to make educated decisions on all types of care,” said Ben Harder, managing editor and chief of health analysis at U.S. News. “Updating the profiles to include a patient safety summary that

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‘Immediately stop using’: Numerous well-known wipes products sold in Canada recalled due to infection fears

Health Canada has issued a large recall of numerous wipes products sold in Halton region and across Canada due to a possible contamination that could cause infections.

The recall involves Cottonelle & Cottonelle GentlePlus Flushable Wipes products. The company reported that more than two million units of the affected products were sold in Canada.

“Some of the recalled products may have the presence of a common household micro-organism, Pluralibacter gergoviae,” Health Canada said in a statement. “Pluralibacter gergoviae rarely causes serious infections in healthy individuals. Individuals with weakened immune systems, who suffer from a serious pre-existing condition, who have been treated surgically, or belong to another sensitive group of persons are at an increased risk of infection if they use the contaminated product.”

The affected products were sold from Feb. 14, 2020, to Oct. 7, 2020, Health Canada said.

As of Oct. 7, the company has received no reports of

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Immigration and Refugee Board rules against Helmut Oberlander

WATERLOO REGION — The Immigration and Refugee Board has ruled against Helmut Oberlander, the last suspected Nazi war criminal in Canada.

Oberlander’s latest legal setback paves the way for a deportation hearing at the board.

The board released its decision today, rejecting his legal team’s arguments that claimed the board does not have jurisdiction to hear the case and that the case against Oberlander is an abuse of process.

“This move by Oberlander’s lawyers was really an attempt to buy time,” said Bernie Farber, who lobbied Ottawa for decades to hold Oberlander to account.

“The clock has now run out and there is one last step, and that step is deportation, and that should happen as soon as possible because this case has been going on for too long,” said Farber, who was the head of the now closed Canadian Jewish Congress for years.

Canada Border Services Agency, acting on

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Molly McConnell and Justin Hall | Weddings

Molly McConnell and Justin Hall

The Wedding Pavilion at Black Canyon Inn in Estes Park, Colo., was the site of the Aug. 3, 2020, marriage of Molly Ruth McConnell and Justin Evan Hall.

Molly is the daughter of William and Linda McConnell of Grand Island. Justin is the son of Randy and Stacey Hall of York. Grandparents of the bride were the late William and Marguerite McConnell of Loveland, Colo. and the late Wayne and Ruth Kinsey of Franklin, Neb. Grandparents of the groom are Larry and Bonnie Cudaback of Exeter and the late Ray and Bernice Hall of Exeter.

Officiating the ceremony was the Rev. Dawn Welch, aunt of the groom. Serving as maid of honor was the bride’s sister, Rachel McConnell, from Lincoln, Neb. Best man was Jason Hoff of Lincoln.

Molly graduated from Grand Island Senior High and Nebraska Wesleyan with a degree in elementary education. She obtained a master’s degree in

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Wanna go for a walk? Westminster dog show leaves NYC for ‘21

NEW YORK – The Westminster dog show is set to take a long walk.

The nation’s top pooch pageant will be held outdoors at an estate about 40 kilometres north of Manhattan on June 12-13 because of the pandemic, the Westminster Kennel Club said Wednesday.

The shift to the Lyndhurst site along the Hudson River in Tarrytown, N.Y., will mark the first time in more than 100 years that best in show at Westminster hasn’t been awarded at Madison Square Garden. In 1920, the top prize was presented at Grand Central Palace in New York.

Four different versions of the Garden have hosted Westminster since 1880 — the show began three years earlier. The show is typically held in February, around Valentine’s Day.

“The wide-open outdoor space at this extraordinary venue allows us to hold a dog show safely while following current social distancing guidelines and public health regulations,” WKC

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Spain court acquits Catalan police for role in secession bid

MADRID – A Madrid court on Wednesday acquitted the heads of Catalonia’s regional police of charges of sedition and disobedience for what state prosecutors had argued was their alleged role in the northeast region’s 2017 secession attempt.

Spain’s National Court ruled in a 2-1 decision that police chief Josep Lluis Trapero, officer Teresa Laplana, and political heads Pere Soler and César Puig hadn’t supported the illegal secession referendum organized against court orders by Catalonia’s government prior to its unsuccessful declaration of independence.

State prosecutors had accused the four of conspiring with separatist politicians to hold the Oct. 1 referendum and for their alleged reticence to help national police forces during protests by separatists. Prosecutors had asked for prison sentences of 10 years for Trapero, Soler and Puig, and four years for Laplana.

Prosecutors accused Trapero and his civilian bosses of having intentionally allowed voting to occur despite court orders to

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