Alleged Fredericton gunman says hes innocent citing temporary insanity

first_imgFREDERICTON – The man charged with murder in a Fredericton shooting spree that left four people dead says he should be “exonerated” because of temporary insanity.Matthew Raymond says he has evidence that will show his innocence in the deaths of Fredericton police constables Sara Burns and Robb Costello, and civilians Donnie Robichaud and Bobbie Lee Wright.The four were gunned down Aug. 10 outside an apartment complex in the city.Appearing before a judge Monday, the 48-year-old Raymond said he shouldn’t be in custody and should acquitted “right now.”Ignoring his defence lawyer’s plea to sit down, Raymond told Judge Julian Dickson he has been threatened while in jail.Raymond has not yet made a formal plea, and the case will return to court next Monday to set a date for a preliminary hearing on the first-degree murder charges.last_img read more

Janmashtami celebrated with fanfare

first_imgA youth dressed as the Hindu god Krishna takes part in a procession during celebrations for the Janmashtami festival in Dhaka on 14 August, 2017. Photo: AFPThe Hindu community of the country observed Janmashtami, marking the birth of lord Krishna, on Monday with due religious fervour, says UNB.According to Hindu religion, lord Vishnu incarnated in the universe as lord Krishna in the prison of Raja Kangsa on this day, the eighth of “Shukla Pakkha” (bright fortnight) in the month of Bangla calendar Bhadra in Dwapara Yuga to protect “Dharma” from the hands of devils.Sri Krishna was born to Devaki and her husband Vasudeva in Mathura to which Krishna’s parents belonged.Hindu community members brought out processions in the capital, divisional cities and district towns displaying the eventful life of Krishna and held other programmes on the occasion.Different socio-cultural and religious organisations also observed Janmashtami with various programmes.President Abdul Hamid hosted a reception at Bangabhaban marking the day.last_img read more

WB tops in curbing parenttochild HIV transmission Mamata

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal has been certified as the number one state in preventing parent-to-child transmission of HIV, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said today. “I am proud to say that the central government agency NACO has recently certified Bengal as Number 1 in preventing parent-to-child transmission of HIV,” Banerjee tweeted on the HIV Vaccine Awareness Day.The National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO), an agency under the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, has played an important role in controlling the spread of HIV and the treatment of AIDS patients since early 1990s. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsBanerjee had earlier said that with the implementation of the ‘Prevention of Parent to Child Transmission’ programme, the state health department enabled 16.5 lakh pregnant women of Bengal in preventing the transmission of HIV to their children.The state health department has been providing free treatment to HIV positive people through Anti-Retroviral Therapy centres in sub-divisional, district and medical college hospitals, officials said.last_img read more

Record spring results from airlines IATA

first_img Share Posted by Thursday, May 3, 2018 << Previous PostNext Post >> Record spring results from airlines: IATA Travelweek Group GENEVA — The world’s airlines are posting record-setting load factors, according to the latest global passenger traffic stats from IATA.New data just released by IATA for March 2018 indicate passenger demand (measured in revenue passenger kilometers, or RPKs) was up 9.5%, compared to the same month a year ago, the fastest pace in 12 months.Capacity (available seat kilometers, or ASKs) grew 6.4% and load factor climbed 2.3 percentage points to 82.4%, which set a record for the month, following on the record set in February. All regions except for the Middle East posted record load factors.“Demand for air travel remains strong, supported by the comparatively healthy economic backdrop and business confidence levels. But rising cost inputs –particularly fuel prices – suggest that any demand boosts from lower fares will moderate going into the second quarter,” said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO.North American airlines posted a 9.5% traffic rise in March compared to the year-ago period, well above the 5-year average growth rate of 3.6%. Capacity climbed 4.9% and load factor was up 3.5 percentage points to 83.5%, which was the second highest among the regions.last_img read more

Porter heading back to Stephenville NL starting May 4

first_img Friday, February 22, 2019 Posted by Travelweek Group Share Porter heading back to Stephenville, N.L. starting May 4center_img Tags: New Routes, Porter Airlines TORONTO — Porter Airlines is gearing up for its sixth year of service in Stephenville, N.L., which kicks off on May 4.Running until Jan. 8, 2020 (schedules vary by season), the 2019 schedule for Stephenville includes 48 roundtrip flights operating between Halifax. Flights also connect with Ottawa and Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport on the same aircraft, with other destinations in the Porter network accessible from these points.“We are ready to begin our sixth year of service in Stephenville,” said Robert Deluce, president and CEO, Porter Airlines. “It is an important route for locals and an opportunity for visitors to access a unique area of the province.”Christmas season flights were first introduced in 2017, after four years of popular summer service. The 2019 schedule is as follows:7 roundtrip flights from May 4-June 15, Saturdays23 roundtrip flgihts from June 19-Sept. 4, Wednesdays and Saturdays11 roundtrip flights from Sept. 7-Nov. 16, Saturdays7 roundtrip flights from Dec. 18-Jan. 8, Wednesdays and Saturdays.More news:  Carnival Cruise Line enhances HUB app for families and youthFlights are currently available for booking. Complete schedule information is available at flyporter.com. << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more