Zac Posen Gilbert Gottfried among many visiting Toronto for Hot Docs festival

first_img Facebook Advertisement A diverse group of guests will be in town for the upcoming Hot Docs film festival.The documentary film festival, which launches April 27 and goes to May 7, will welcome fashion designer Zac Posen, actor and comedian Gilbert Gottfried and civil rights activist Dolores Huerta, co-founder of the National Farmworkers Association. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img

SIMU LIU IS GIVING OUT 500 FREE TICKETS TO WATCH A MOVIE

first_imgWant to hang out with Simu Liu (and 499 friends) in Toronto this evening?The Bay Street accountant-turned-Blockbuster film star, who was just announced as the star of Marvel’s forthcoming Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, is inviting an entire theatre’s worth of people to “come thru” and catch a flick with him at the Cineplex Cinemas Varsity tonight at 9:30 p.m.We now have over 500 tickets. Come thru Toronto! Tomorrow 930pm Varsity VIP and the password is #GOLDOPEN. pic.twitter.com/h9ZndCdTIW— Simu Liu (@SimuLiu) July 23, 2019 Twitter Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Simu Liu Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebooklast_img read more

Gatting a fresh start off the street

first_imgAPTN National NewsA small community organization is working with police to get prostitutes off the streets.Their “snug” program entices sex trade workers into decoy police cars.Then, instead of finding themselves in a jail cell, the women and girls find something else, a fresh chance.APTN National News reporter Noemi LoPinto has the story.last_img

Idle No More protests continue from one community to another

first_imgAPTN National NewsHundreds more took the streets in Lethbridge and Regina as part of the ongoing protests against Bill C-45.The bill passed the Senate and received Royal Assent Friday.But First Nations across Canada say they’re not slowing down their protests.APTN National News reporter Noemi LoPinto has this story.last_img

Retired NHL tough guy Odjick facing final fight

first_img(Photo: Vancouver Canucks website http://canucks.nhl.com/)APTN National NewsRetired NHL enforcer Gino Odjick says he is dying of a terminal disease that is causing his heart to harden.In an open letter to “friends, teammates and fans” that was posted on the Vancouver Canucks website, Odjick wrote he may only have a few weeks to live.“My doctors aren’t sure how long I have to live,” he wrote. “Initially they thought years, but now they think it could be a lot less. I could be down to months or even weeks.”Odjick wrote he had AL amyloidosis which causes “abnormal protein to be produced and deposits are being formed on my heart.”Odjick is originally from Kitigan Zibi, an Algonquin community in Quebec, about 135kilometres north of Ottawa.Odjick, 43, played in the NHL from 1990 to 2002, wearing the Canucks jersey for eight of those years. He also played for Montreal, the New York Islanders and Philadelphia Flyers.In his open letter, Odjick said he’s grateful his hockey career helped First Nations youth in his community and across the country.“It also means the world to me that my hockey career gave me a chance to open doors for kids in Aboriginal communities,” wrote Odjick. “I was just a little old Indian boy from the rez. If I could do it, so could they. My hope is that my hockey story helps show kids from home what’s possible. I always tell them education is freedom.”Odjick wrote that he was now going to focus on spending time with his children and “everyone I love.”Odjick found out he had the disease in April when he went to the hospital after suffering from shortness of breath. Two days after the hospital visit he was diagnosed with the disease.“I’ve been in the hospital under the supervision of some great doctors ever since,” he wrote.Odjick scored 64 goals and had 73 assists along with 2,567 penalty minutes over 605 regular season games.“This isn’t goodbye,” he wrote.news@aptn.ca@APTNNewslast_img read more

Communities using Elections Canada sanctioned letter to help get the vote out

first_imgAPTN National NewsAboriginal voters living on reserves or rural communities might find it difficult to register to vote.That’s because Elections Canada won’t recognize rural post office boxes and some postal codes.But as APTN’s Shirley McLean reports, there’s a letter sanctioned by Elections Canada that band offices can use to help members cast a ballot.smclean@aptn.calast_img

MMIWG MMIW Tamra Keepness

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe five commissioners tasked with guiding national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women started their work Sept. 1.Hearings are expected to start later in 2016.news@aptn.calast_img

Consultants claim for 12M from housing crisis emergency funds outrageous and disappointing

first_imgWillow Fiddler, Justin BrakeAPTN NewsThe Cat Lake First Nation says it has no plans to pay a consultant more than $1.2 million for his part in securing federal funds for the community to address its housing and health crises.In a press release issued Thursday, the First Nation, located 600 kilometres north of Thunder Bay, calls consultant Jerry Paulin’s claim he is owed more than a million dollars “outrageous and disappointing”.Paulin, who owns Thunder Bay consulting firm Windsun Energy Corp., was quoted in a March 31 Globe and Mail article saying he signed a contract with the band in November 2017 that entitles him to “10 per cent of all new monies brought into Cat Lake,” and that Cat Lake’s new chief and council has indicated it will not honour that agreement.In January the First Nation declared a state of emergency due to the prevalence of mould in most of the community’s 124 homes, and a because of the health crisis leaders say is impacting more than 60 families.Click here for more stories: Cat Lake First Nation APTN News visited the Ojibway community in March, two weeks after Indigenous Services Minister Seamus O’Regan signed an interim agreement with band leadership promising $10 million to provide 15 new homes, repairs or renovations to 21 others, and 10 portable units for families to stay while their homes are being built or fixed.A final agreement signed March 14 raised that sum to $12.8 million to cover the costs of the promised relief.Despite the agreement, APTN learned that not only will the agreement leave some families living in unsafe conditions, but that Canada withheld funds to complete already in-progress constructions because the band was late delivering its financial statements.Now, with money coming to help some families, Paulin says his job is done and he is owed the $1.28 million.On Thursday he told APTN the situation is “awful,” and that he has been advised not to comment on the matter.Paulin did say, though, “I have worked long and hard for Cat Lake and many members and Elders have contacted me to offer their support.”He also confirmed he is no longer under contract with Cat Lake.Chief Matthew Keewaykapo said in a written statement Thursday that he believes Paulin, who has spoken with CBC about the ordeal and reportedly provided the Globe with a copy of the contract, is using the media to pressure the First Nation to pay up.“The idea that Jerry Paulin or any consultant expects to get a million-dollar windfall out of money that we desperately need for houses for Cat Lake families is atrocious,” the chief said in his statement.“Jerry Paulin knows the desperate state of our housing situation. His claims for this huge payout are demeaning to all the families who are suffering in Cat Lake.”Keewaykapow says in Thursday’s statement that Cat Lake’s relationship with Paulin ended in February 2019 and that Paulin was not responsible for securing the federal funding for the community.“Cat Lake has been working with Canada on our housing mould issues since 1997, long before this consultant was ever in Cat Lake,” says Keewaykapow.Despite the dispute over how the funding was secured, and related to the amount, if any, owing to Paulin, Keewaykapo says the band is considering paying the consultant a presently undisclosed amount of money for his work for the community, but from a source other than the housing funds.news@aptn.ca@aptnnewslast_img read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Monday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (16,347.98, down 5.48 points)Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Healthcare. Up $1.02, or 7.57 per cent, to $14.50 on 22.6 million shares. CanniMed Therapeutics Inc. (TSX:CMED) (up $3.02, or 8.69 per cent, to $37.79 on 811,894 shares) says its truce with rival medical marijuana company Aurora Cannabis will continue past the original Monday deadline. The Saskatoon-based company has been fending off a hostile takeover by Aurora, which wants CanniMed to abandon its friendly takeover of Newstrike Resources Ltd.ProMIS Neurosciences Inc. (TSX:PMN). Medical diagnostics and research. Up 17 cents, or 48.57 per cent, to 52 cents on 17.8 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Up two cents, or 0.64 per cent, to $3.15 on 13.6 million shares.Royal Nickel Corp. (TSX:RNX). Miner. Up 2.5 cents, or 7.69 per cent, to 35 cents on 10.5 million shares.Pine Cliff Energy Ltd. (TSX:PNE). Oil and gas. Unchanged at 38 cents on 8.3 million shares.Lundin Mining Corp. (TSX:LUN). Miner. Down six cents, or 0.68 per cent, to $8.75 on 4.6 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Empire Company Ltd. (TSX:EMP.A). Retail. Up 28 cents, or 1.10 per cent, to $25.78 on 322,863 shares. Grocery-subsidiary Sobeys Inc. is the latest Canadian grocer to wade into e-commerce after last year’s arrival of Amazon into the nation’s competitive grocery industry forced incumbents to improve their online offerings. Sobeys signed a partnership deal with Ocado Group for the British company to help build the grocer’s online shopping business, which they expect to launch in the Greater Toronto Area in about two years.last_img read more

Loblaw eyes recreational marijuana market in Newfoundland and Labrador

first_imgTORONTO – Loblaw Companies Ltd. is looking to sell recreational marijuana in Newfoundland and Labrador, as the provincial body handling pot sales has included the company on its list of potential licensed cannabis retailers.Cannabis NL, a division of the Newfoundland Labrador Liquor Corp., on Monday released its list of qualified retailer applicants which have been selected for the next phase of the application process.Loblaw’s applications for 10 potential locations were among the 24 selected by Cannabis NL. Other applicants on the list included licensed medical marijuana producer Canopy Growth, regional health store chain the Healthy Vibe, and Tobin’s Convenience.Lobaw’s presence in Newfoundland and Labrador includes grocery stores under the Dominion banner and Shoppers Drug Mart locations.Company spokeswoman Catherine Thomas said the retailer does not plan to sell recreational cannabis on its grocery store shelves in the province.“It would be available behind the counter, in small, existing tobacco shops, adjacent but separate to our Dominion grocery stores,” Thomas wrote in an emailed statement.Cannabis NL said the Newfoundland Labrador Liquor Corp. will be in touch with applicants in the coming days to determine the next steps in the process.Loblaw first applied for a license to dispense medical marijuana in 2016. Shoppers Drug Mart has lined up supply deals with several licensed medical marijuana producers including Aurora Cannabis and Aphria, which are subject to Health Canada’s approval of its application.Loblaw has said medical marijuana is their focus, but their CEO has also said that the retailer is open to being involved with recreational marijuana.Thomas said Monday that while Loblaw has been named among the qualified applicants to sell recreational pot, “there are more steps to come and it’s premature to discuss details or outcomes.”“This has nothing to do with Shoppers Drug Mart or our application to distribute medical cannabis, which remains our focus,” she said.Companies in this story: (TSX:L, TSX:WEED)last_img read more

Flight simulator company CAE Inc reports higher Q2 profit and revenue

first_imgMONTREAL – Flight simulator company CAE Inc. says its second-quarter profit and revenue increased compared with a year ago.The Montreal-based firm says its net income attributable to shareholders was $60.7 million for the quarter ended Sept. 30, up one per cent from $60.3 million from the same period a year ago.The profit amounted to 23 cents per share compared with 22 cents per share for the same period a year earlier.Revenue for the three-month period totalled $743.8 million, up by 20 per cent from $618.2 million in the same quarter the previous year.The company attributed the performance to growth in its civil and defence aviation training divisions.Last week, CAE announced it was acquiring Bombardier’s business aircraft training business for an enterprise value of US$645 million.Companies in this story: (TSX:CAE, TSX:BBD.B)last_img read more

Aboriginal Business Centre and Nenan hosting reconciliation and healing conference in April

first_imgNenan’s Board of Directors stated that the organization is excited to co-host the Walk in Balance Five Wellness Conference in the spirit of healing and support.Registration fees are $200 per person and includes a variety of workshops, keynote presentations, three lunches, two breakfasts, and one ticket to the Comedy Evening. Registration forms will be available after March 1st, 2018 on-line at www.bizzybody.ca or can be picked up at NEABC. Registration is limited to 200 seats. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The Northeast Aboriginal Business Centre and Nenan Dane zaa Deh Zona Family Services will be co-hosting a conference on reconciliation and healing this Spring.The “Walk In Balance Five – Reconciliation and Healing” Conference will take place in Fort St. John from April 17-19 at the Northern Grand Hotel. The schedule includes Traditional and Medicine Leaders, Healing Guides, Comedians, Spa Practitioners and inspirational locals. Shell Canada is also sponsoring a “Healing through Humor” comedy event.“In the spirit of reconciliation, we will gather to learn cultural ways to reconcile and heal,” said Northeast Aboriginal Business Centre Executive Director Paulette Flamond. “True reconciliation begins with YOU. Come and join in the celebration of culture and connect with one another”.Organizers say the conference will support the development of healthy First Nation communities by encouraging the integration of aboriginal culture and modern approaches to wellness. The focus is to provide individuals with the tools and/or processes to make positive changes in their lives, to find inner strength to improve their lifestyles and to feel inspiration and motivation from their circle.last_img read more

Peace Region mayors meet in Ottawa to discuss LNG with Feds

first_imgOTTAWA, ON – The Peace Region was well represented in Ottawa last week by five local mayors.The Mayors of Fort St. John, Dawson Creek, Pouce Coupe, Taylor and Tumbler Ridge had scheduled meetings last week in Ottawa to discuss the importance and value of an LNG export industry in each community. The five local majors were also joined by the mayors of Kitimat and Terrace.Dawson Creek Mayor Dale Bumstead said the meetings went extremely well. The Mayors meet with a variety of officials including the Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains, and Finance Minister Bill Morneau. The Mayors focused on driving home the message of how vital the LNG export industry is to the northern communities, BC and Canada as a whole. It is estimated that the proposed LNG Canada facility in Kitimat will produce seven billion annually in GDP. As well, the project would create and sustain sixty-five thousand jobs per year and would provide six billion in taxes to the federal government annually.As well, the Mayors lobbied to have to the tariff regarding fabricated industrial steel components by-passed for the construction of the LNG project. The tariff was created to reduce an influx of cheap fabricated steel produces created by the Asian Market and protect the Canadian producers. Ultimately, a mass amount of large fabricated industrial steel components must be purchased and installed to make the LNG modules. Without the relief of the tariff, the cost of the project will increase by upwards of five hundred million dollars. Bumstead said he was hopeful leaving the meetings. “All of the meetings went very well and we faced support from all members of the government. They all realised how important LNG Canada’s investment actually is and what positive things it could do for the communities it affects and the country as a whole.”A final investment decision is expected in the fall by the four partners of LNG Canada; Shell, PetroChina, Mitsubishi Corporation, and Kogas.last_img read more

String of school shooting threats cause Fort Nelson School District to bolster

first_imgFORT NELSON, B.C. – The latest of a trio of school shooting threats against students in Fort Nelson this year has caused officials with School District #81 to bolster security measures at area schools – measures that will be making a sizeable dent in the school district’s budget.Back in February, the School District sent a letter sent home to parents saying that it had received reports of graffiti that contained an alleged threat that a shooting would occur at the school on February 6th. Last month, another threat of a school shooting was found to have been graffitied on the side of R.L. Angus School, which said a shooting would occur there on May 7th and 8th. The School District said it responded to both occurrences by calling the RCMP, who maintained an increased presence at the schools in the days following both instances.This past Wednesday, the School District sent home another letter to parents from Superintendent Diana Samchuk, which says that graffiti was found at Fort Nelson Secondary threatening that a school shooting would take place on June 20th – the final day of classes for the school year. Samchuk said that the RCMP are currently investigating the graffiti, while Safer Schools Together – the company that delivers the provincial violence Threat Assessment – has also been contacted. She said that the District has also locked all of the school’s doors, meaning everyone will have to use the front door until the end of the year, while police will also be increasing patrols of the area.The District sent home another letter to parents outlining alternative arrangements it has made for students writing their final exams on June 20th.Samchuk added that over the summer, the District will be upgrading security at all of its schools by adding more security cameras, installing windows into all classroom doors, and updating door locks. She said that the cost of those extra security measures will cost the District approximately $25,000.last_img read more

Crescent Point Energy Corp cuts quarterly dividend and capital budget

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. – Crescent Point Energy Corp. has cut its capital budget for this year by about $500 million and slashed its dividend.The company said it will now pay a quarterly dividend of a penny per share, down from three cents per month.However, it says that given its low share price it will buy back up to seven percent its outstanding shares under a normal course issuer bid. The company says it plans a capital budget of $1.2 billion to $1.3 billion.Crescent Point plans to spend about 55 percent of its capital budget on its Viewfield Bakken, Shaunavon and Flat Lake regions.Annual average production is expected to come in at 170,000 to 174,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day.(THE CANADIAN PRESS)last_img read more

Fort St John could see up to 20 mm of rain for

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Over the next few days, Fort St. John and the surrounding area are expected to see significant amounts of rain.According to Environment Canada Meteorologist, Bobby Sekhon, an active system is coming through which could bring lots of rain starting Wednesday morning, with amounts of up to 20 mm expected for Thursday and Friday.“We’re certainly in an active period here in terms of rain. Wednesday, starting tomorrow, we got rain beginning in the morning, expecting about 5 to 10 mm but then that active period continues. For Thursday and Friday, we could see 10 to 20 mm.” Sekhon says, on average, August is a dryer month when it comes to precipitation and says we should see the rain start to taper off over the weekend and into early next week as a high-pressure system moves in.Recently, Fort St. John has been under severe thunderstorm watches as a low-pressure system moves through the area.last_img read more

People wonder why Modi insults elders Kejriwal

first_imgNew Delhi: Hours after BJP veteran Murli Manohar Joshi announced he had been denied ticket to contest the Lok Sabha elections, AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday said that people were wondering why Prime Minister Narendra Modi was “insulting elders”. In a series of tweets, Kejriwal said insulting elders was not part of Hindu or Indian culture. “The way Modi insulted his elders — (L.K.) Advani and Murli Manohar (Joshi), this is against Hindu culture. In Hinduism, we have been taught to respect our elders,” the Delhi Chief Minister said. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader said that those who built the “house” — a reference to BJP — had been thrown out and questioned the loyalty of those “who are not loyal to their elders”. “Is this Indian culture? People are discussing why Modi is insulting Advani, Joshi and Sushma (Swaraj)?” Joshi, elected in 2014 from Kanpur, has announced that the Bharatiya Janata Party had told him not to contest the Lok Sabha election. The BJP has also denied ticket to Advani and replaced him with party President Amit Shah from the Gandhinagar Lok Sabha seat in Gujarat.last_img read more

Jeremy smashes Youth World record at Asian Championship

first_imgNingbo (China): Former world champion Mirabai Chanu produced her personal best but missed out on podium by a whisker, while Youth Olympics gold medallist Jeremy Lalrinnunga went on a record-smashing spree at the Asian Weightlifting Championship here Sunday. The 24-year-old Mirabai lifted 86kg in snatch and a personal best of 113kg in clean and jerk for a total of 199kg in the women’s 49kg event to finish on fourth position. Her earlier personal best total in 49kg was 192kg in the EGAT Cup in Thailand in February. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhIn a remarkable performance, 16-year-old Jeremy secured second place in group B of the 67Kg men’s event. During his record-smashing spree, he claimed three world marks. Earlier in the day, Jhili Dalabehera opened India’s medal account, claiming a silver medal in the women’s 45kg category. However, 45kg is not a Olympic weight category. The points gathered from this event will come in handy when the final rankings for 2020 Tokyo Olympics are made next year. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterUnfortunately Mirabai missed the bronze as China’s Zhang Rong with the same total of 199kg (88kg+111kg) finished third under new rules, which came into effect in 2017. Under these rules, the competitor who has a lower clean and jerk result (that means higher snatch result) will be ranked higher in the classification of athletes for total lift. The gold medal went to Hou Zhihui of China who produced an effort of 208kg (92kg+116kg) while North Korea’s Ri Song-gum clinched the silver, lifting 200kg (86kg+114kg) in the gold level Olympic qualifier. After clearing 86kg in her snatch, Mirabai began her clean and jerk with a 109kg and then lifted 113kg successfully. But in her third attempt, the Manipuri could not lift 115kg and that cost her dear. Had she been successful in her attempt to lift 115kg, she would have won a silver with a total of 201kg. Mirabai, however, picked up a bronze in clean and jerk while she was fourth in snatch. In World Championships and continental championships, medals are awarded separately for snatch, clean and jerk, and total lift. But in the Olympics, medals are awarded only for total lift. This was Mirabai’s second international competition in this category after the International Weightlifting Federation re-jigged the weight categories last year. She was earlier competing in 48kg. She had missed the World Championships last year, a gold level Olympic qualifier, owing to a back injury which had also forced her out of the Asian Games in Jakarta. Mirabai returned to action in February, clinching the gold medal in 49kg at the EGAT Cup in Thailand, which was the first of the six Olympic qualifying events for her. Jeremy gave a power-packed performance, smashing the Youth World and Asian records in snatch, clean and jerk and total lift with an effort of 297kg (134kg+163kg) to be placed second in his group behind Pakistan’s Talha Talib, who lifted 304kg (140kg+164kg). The final standings for the men’s 67kg event will be known after group A competition on Monday. Jeremy, in fact, broke 15 records in total, combining national and international marks. He smashed six international records — three youth world and three youth Asian — and nine national records — three youth national, three junior national and three senior national. The Mizoram weightlifter pulled off clean lifts in two of his three attempts in snatch (130kg, 134kg) to set a new youth world record. The earlier youth world record was also in Jeremy’s name when he had lifted 131kg in the EGAT Cup in Thailand in February. Jeremy then lifted more than double his body weight (157kg, 163kg) in two successful attempts in the clean and jerk, and in the process obliterated Kazakhstan weightlifter Saikhan Taisuyev’s youth world record of 161kg. It was Jeremy’s personal best and 9kg more than his 288kg youth world record effort in the EGAT cup, where he won the silver medal. It was his only second international competition in 67kg after the international federation added this weight category last year for the Olympic Games and other events. Jeremy also smashed the 67kg national senior record in snatch, clean and jerk, and total lift. He smashed his own snatch record of 131kg while he erased Gulam Navi’s clean and jerk record of 160kg to better his own total lift record of 288kg. The Asian Championships is a gold level Olympic qualifying event, the points from which will be counted when the final rankings for Tokyo 2020 cut are done. Jeremy had won a gold in the Buenos Aires Youth Olympics in October last year in 62kg category with a total lift of 274kg (124+150). Jhilli, a Junior World Championship bronze medallist, lifted 162kg (71kg+91kg) to finish second behind Vietnam’s Vuong Thi Huyen who lifted 168kg (76kg+92kg). The bronze medal went to Mary Flor Diaz of Philippines for her 158kg (69kg+89kg) effort. On Saturday, Muthupandi Raja finished 13th in men’s 61kg category with a total lift of 265 kg (117kg+ 148kg).last_img read more

6 children 3 women among 15 killed in raids on terror hideouts

first_imgColombo: Six children and three women were among 15 people killed when suicide bombers blew themselves up during a shootout with security forces in Sri Lanka’s Eastern province, police said Saturday. The security forces continued their hunt for members of the local terror group National Thowheeth Jamath (NTJ) which was behind the deadly Easter Sunday bombings in which 253 people were killed and over 500 injured. Police Special Task Force (STF) personnel and Army troops were engaged in the gun battle with an armed group at a house in the Saindamarudu area in Kalmunai city, about 360 kms from Colombo. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework The heavily-armed men opened fire on troops, leading to the shootout on Friday night. A civilian, who was caught in the gun battle, died. Three men are believed to have set off explosives during the violent clashes. “A total of 15 bodies recovered, six men, three women and six children. At least four suspected suicide bombers are dead and three others who were injured are in hospital,” a police spokesperson said. The curfew imposed in the Muslim-majority areas of Kalmunai, Chavalakade and Sammanthurai would continue until further notice, the police said. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen “When the police was doing a joint search operation in Sainthamuruthu, gunfire was directed at them,” police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera said. A suicide blast took place and the body of a terrorist with a T56 assault rifle was found at the site. The police said that 20 more people were arrested in connection with the April 21 bombings. Officials also seized one kg of explosives near a railway station at Wellawatta, a popular south Colombo suburb. The curfew was lifted for other areas at 4 AM on Saturday. At the security council meeting held last night, it was decided that search operations to crackdown on extremist terrorism must continue until the threat is completely eliminated. Security has been improved at hotels, schools and public places. Nine suicide bombers carried out a series of devastating blasts that tore through three churches and three luxury hotels on the Easter Sunday, killing 253 people. The Islamic State claimed the attacks, but the government has blamed local Islamist extremist group NTJ for the attacks.last_img read more