Kinew to respect chiefs process before final decision on AFN national chief

first_imgAPTN National NewsWab Kinew says he’s contemplating a run for the role of national chief of the Assembly of First Nations.With the AFN in limbo after Shawn Atleo’s resignation, he says he still wants to “respect the process” the chiefs must go through before he makes a final confirmation on running.last_img

Top 5 Indigenous issues all Canadians should care about

first_imgAPTN National NewsAs Canadians head to the polls Monday, there’s a push to make sure Indigenous voters are among them.The Assembly of First Nations has identified 51 ridings where the First Nations, Metis or Inuit vote can make a difference.The AFN highlighted on its website where the parties stand on Indigenous issues so people can cast their ballots accordingly.2015 Election commitments for First NationsAboriginal leaders, lawyers, activists and academics say Canadians in all 338 ridings across the country should do the same.Social media is peppered with complaints that key indigenous issues haven’t featured in mainstream media and debates.Inequalities in healthcare, education, the economy.The importance of social justice and treaty rights.“We assume different types of knowledge because we’ve lived it,” said Cindy Blackstock, Executive Director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society. “And I think we have to be better communicators and better educators of non-Aboriginal people so they can understand why these situations have evolved.  And then invite them into the solution.”“You can’t build a country without your indigenous peoples,” said Todd Russell, an Inuit leader in Labrador.  “When we’re weak, this country is weak. And when we’re strong, this country is strong.”Here are the issues all Canadians should care about.Healthcare: “We need to call for equality being the floor not the ceiling.”  Cindy Blackstock, First Nations Child & Family Caring SocietyHealthcare is a basic right of all Canadians. Cindy Blackstock said it might come as a shock to the average person that Indigenous people do not have equal access to the same care.Cindy BlackstockIn a release this week, the Aboriginal Nurses Association of Canada wrote, “Quality health care is out of reach for many Aboriginal Canadians.”A complicated “patchwork” of policies, legislation and agreements…cultural barriers according to the Association, have created barriers to equitable access to health care and services.That’s reflected in sobering statistics when it comes to physical and mental health.Suicide rates are five to seven times higher for First Nations youth than for non-Aboriginal youth.Disproportionate rates of tuberculosis at 26.4 times the rate of Canadian-born non-Aboriginal people.Type 2 diabetes is now considered to have reached “epidemic” levels“Many people I talk to have taken on government supported stereotypes that First Nations’ children on reserve are getting more,” said Blackstock. “And that’s why they couldn’t understand why things weren’t getting any better.”Blackstock took the Canadian government before the Human Rights Tribunal over its discriminatory policies.“The federal government has been under-funding these services in the order of 30 per cent for 148 years,” said Blackstock. “And that’s why we see all these inequalities for kids an then it makes sense for the average Canadian.”A decision from the Tribunal is expected in the next few months.In the meantime, Blackstock hasn’t heard the party leaders address key indigenous issues in this election. “I think the silence of the leaders is actually an endorsement of the continued racial discrimination,” she said.Ontario Regional Chief Isadore Day is urging Canadian voters to “reject the current conservative policy approaches that perpetuate institutional racism.”In the Chief of Ontario’s “Top 5 Priorities for First Nations,” the Indigenous healthcare crisis sits at number one.Isadore Day“It is simply unacceptable that Indian Status is an indicator of health, poverty, and education in Canada,” said Day. “First Nations have worse health and educational outcomes, worse housing, and less access to critical services than any other population in Canada. This is entirely due to federal funding practices, policies and discriminatory legislation – some of which has been on the books since 1876.”“These inequalities put a red hot poker stick into that Canadian identity,” said Blackstock.Aside from the steep social cost, equality is good for the economy.Blackstock points to research that shows a traumatic childhood, like living in poverty, in overcrowded houses, with mental health or addiction issues in the family, leads to costly healthcare problems for adults.“It’s all predicted by what happened to you as a little kid, so the better we can make childhood, the more money we’re going to save downstream,” said Blackstock.  “And that’s why the World Health Organization says for every dollar we spend on a kid, the taxpayers save seven dollars down the line.”Economy:“All Canadians benefit, when we are more prosperous.” Todd Russell, President of NunatuKavutIn Labrador, the Southern Inuit of NunatuKavut have been fighting for recognition of their Aboriginal identity and land claim for 25 years.Russell wants to make it an election issue. A land claim brings in federal dollars to a region struggling economically. And that’s good for everyone in Labrador.Todd Russell“We’re always judged by what we can do for those who have the least,” said Russell. And adds, as a country, Canadians shouldn’t accept poverty that defines so many Indigenous communities.Number two on Ontario Regional Chief Isadore Day’s list of priorities: Continuing abject poverty that creates systemic issues in First Nations.“On Election Day, voters should ask themselves if they are prepared to support another generation of discrimination, another generation of youth stuck in poverty, or another decade of lost opportunities,” said Day.And the economies of First Nations matter.In Cape Breton, the Mi’kmaw community of Membertou is an economic success.With its hotel, business park and convention centre, it employs seven hundred people, many from off the reserve.Not far away, Eskasoni is the largest Mi’kmaw reserve with a population of 4,000.“General mainstream should care because we’re all part of the community,” said Tuma Young, an assistant professor at the Unama’ki College at Cape Breton University. “Eskasoni is such an economic force that impacts Sydney. People spend money off reserve. Cape Breton depends on what happens in Eskasoni.”On a larger scale, First Nations are key to the larger Canadian economy, says a lawyer specializing in Aboriginal Title and Treaty Rights.“The proposed pipelines that go west or south or east,” said Bruce McIvor, “those are indigenous issues. If non-indigenous people expect these to be resolved, to have major resource extraction projects move forward, we have to come to grips with indigenous issues across the country.”Bruce McIvorEnvironmental activist Clayton Thomas-Muller said the platforms of the main political parties “set Canada on a crash course with First Nations.”“If our economic model continues on oil,” said Thomas-Muller, “that’s at odds with constitutional protection of indigenous rights to hunt and trap within our territories. Nobody is addressing the jurisdictional gray area that exist between title, sovereignty and rights of First Nation’s and where that sits between goals of extractive industry.”Treaty Rights:“We’re not going anywhere, this is our land. We’re here to stay.” Clayton Thomas-Muller, Environmental activistThe 338 electoral ridings across the country overlay a patchwork of Treaties that make up modern Canada.“These are not historical, but instead are living documents,” said Bruce McIvor. “They need to be renewed. Respected. They need to be implemented and that takes work.”For the Canadian public, treaty rights might only come to fore when there’s conflict; images of protests, burning tires, clashes with police on the evening news.Clayton Thomas-Muller“But that’s the last resort for most First Nations,” he said. “That symbolizes how important these issues are and that they take these things seriously to step up in that way when confronted with force. Non-indigenous Canadians should take that as wake up call. One, these issues are fundamentally important to the country. And two, the government is not doing its job on these issues in a respectful, principled, honourable manner.”In Elsipogtog, the fight over fracking brought the Mi’kmaq together with their Acadian neighbors and environmental groups. A coalition based on the common goal to protect the water.That new expression of what it means to be Treaty partners pops up in similar scenes across the country, like the fight against Enbridge in British Colombia.“What really binds them is locality,” said McIvor. “Hydroelectricity is a good example. The benefits flow south, the negative effects are experienced by the people close to the development. And a lot of non-indigenous groups are more aware now that in order to have a better chance of being successful in opposing a particular development, they’re better off supporting an indigenous group that has constitutional rights they can rely on.”Thomas-Muller sees an awakening at a grassroots level that has yet to reach federal politics.“There is a spirit of change that I see I these streets, especially with young Indigenous people who are leading social change,” said Thomas-Muller. “Forestry, pipelines, mining. We see this incredible Indigenous resurgence and it’s a real tragedy that the candidates haven’t addressed it, especially in the wake of Idle No More.”He calls the lack of debate in this federal election on Treaty rights a “disservice to voters.”Education: “Kids are the best investment any society can make and we’re not investing in these children in fact we’re under investing.” Cindy Blackstock, First Nations Child & Family Caring SocietyThe Liberals have promised $2.6 billion over four years for First Nations education. The NDP promise $4.8 billion over 8 years.Assistant Professor Tuma Young points out that money spread over 600-plus First Nations across Canada over several years, doesn’t add up to what’s needed.Infrastructure. New schools. Resources for teachers. Culturally relevant curriculum.“I don’t dismiss these promises, but generally speaking it’s the status quo or even less,” said Tuma Young. “We’ve been talking about education since the 1980s. I remember there was a protest train, students went to Ottawa to protest cuts to education then.”Tuma YoungWith an exploding young indigenous population, he said all of Canada benefits from an investment in education.“Mainstream schools are closing in rural areas,” said Young. “Schools in First Nation Communities are busting at the seams and universities are starting to eye the First Nation schools as a tuition base.”But the gap between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students is well documented. From grades to high school graduation rates to who goes to university.“There needs to be someone in a leadership position that says, you know, we have got to step up to the plate, we’ve got to end this,” said Blackstock. “Maybe it means we’re going to go into a deficit for a couple of years. But these people have been in a deficit for 148 years and it’s the least we can do.”Thomas-Muller says Canadians themselves need to be educated on the Indigenous reality against “racist stereotypes.”“Canadian need to understand that there’s a well-funded campaign to label Indigenous people as anti-developemt, non-tax paying free loaders,” said Thomas-Muller.Instead, he points out the incredible potential of indigenous youth.“This is the fasted rising labour demographic in the country. This generation of young native people that are graduating is the most empowered, educated generation since colonization.”Advocates say an investment now will pay off in the long run.“I think our kids are worth the money,” said Blackstock. “And I think most Canadians would say that too.”Social Justice:“If we ensure our women are uplifted than everybody’s uplifted.” Beverley Jacobs, Former President, Native Women’s AssociationMissing and murdered Indigenous women and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission report have captured headlines this year. And earned promises from the NDP, Liberals and Green Party.A national inquiry into MMIW. Implementation of the TRC’s 94 recommendations.But many want the platitudes backed up with policies: a plan to move forward.Bev JacobsLast month, Mi’kmaw elder Albert Marshall went to see the Witness Blanket, a 12-metre long art installation that pieces together the tangible evidence of residential schools to tell the story of trauma and cultural loss.“What I’m really hoping is this wonderful piece of art will somehow resonate in the eyes of the policymakers, like the politicians, the government,” said Marshall. “To take another step forward and not just use words, but put resources together for us to be able to begin this journey. This journey of reconciliation.”Reconciliation requires partnership, says Beverley Jacobs, former President of the Native Women’s Association.“My elders always taught me is that we’re always the one educating them,” said Jacobs. “So that’s part of our responsibility but now it’s up to them also. They have to become educated about who we are and about that mutual understanding and relationship.”Jacobs, the lead researcher on the No More Stolen Sisters report over a decade ago, said Indigenous women have born “the brunt of colonial genocidal policies.” But she sees a growing awareness of issues around missing and murdered Indigenous women.“These issues have root causes, rooted in Canada’s fabric,” said Thomas-Muller. “Addressing these things are all part of Canada’s identity. It creates a serious moral dilemma, we can’t say no, that’s a serious block to reconciliation.”Jacobs hopes Canadian voters don’t put the Conservatives back in power.She met Harper during her time as head of NWAC, when he offered up an apology over residential schools. Jacobs calls him “the most racist person I’ve ever met,” and doubts true reconciliation can happen under his leadership.Social justice is a broad heading. And the issues are interwoven; education, poverty, racism, violence, over representation in prisons, high numbers of kids in care.“We assume different types of knowledge because we’ve lived it,” said Blackstock. “And I think we have to be better communicators and better educators of non-Aboriginal people so they can understand why these situation have evolved.  And then invite them into the solution.”Blackstock would like to see every Member of Parliament elected on October 19th get a crash course on Indigenous issues so government can move forward with understanding.In the meantime, who makes the trip to Ottawa is up to the Canadian public.The hope is that Indigenous issues will matter when they cast their ballots.troache@aptn.calast_img read more

The world heads home from successful week of competition at WIN games

first_imgWillow Fiddler APTN Nationa NewsAll week, Indigenous athletes from nations around the world have been in the Treaty 6 territory for the World Indigenous Games.Here is a wrap of some of the sights and sounds from the week from the APTN crew on the ground for the games.For more on the games visit our Youtube channel: APTNNews, check us out on Facebook, or visit aptnnews.ca/wingames2017news@aptn.calast_img

Trudeau should be ordered to committee to explain his actions Scheer

first_imgThe Canadian PressCanadians should be outraged that Liberal politicians made any attempt to influence the outcome of a criminal case, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says.Scheer introduced a House of Commons motion Monday afternoon that would demand Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appear at the Commons justice committee to explain his role in allegations former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould was pressured not to proceed with a criminal prosecution of Quebec engineering firm SNC-Lavalin.“Quite simply what we’ve seen unfold over the last two weeks is a textbook case of government corruption with those at the very top of the Prime Minister’s Office implicated in what could very well be the obstruction of justice,” Scheer said in a news conference before introducing the motion.Scheer said Privy Council clerk Michael Wernick’s testimony to the justice committee last week made it clear that SNC-Lavalin successfully lobbied the government for the Criminal Code to be changed to allow for remediation agreements. Those allow companies to avoid a criminal prosecution in exchange for accepting responsibility for wrongdoing, paying fines and reparation to any victims, relinquishing any financial benefit from the actions and showing changes to prevent misdeeds from being repeated.Striking such an agreement would mean SNC-Lavalin could avoid a criminal prosecution in Canada for allegations it bribed officials in Libya to win contracts there.But the director of public prosecutions decided in September that SNC-Lavalin wasn’t eligible for a remediation agreement. Former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould could have overruled her.Scheer said the Liberals launched “an unsolicited, co-ordinated and sustained effort by the PM himself to get the former attorney general to change her decision.“Canadians need to be outraged at the suggestion that politicians were putting pressure on independent agents of the Crown, independent legal officers, to try to get a better deal for well connected friends of the Liberal party,” Scheer said. “That is unacceptable and we need to be outraged about this because of the implications it has on the entire justice system across the country.”The Liberals don’t appear ready to support the Conservative motion to call Trudeau to testify. The motion would not be binding in any event, and a Commons committee can’t summon a sitting MP to appear before it.Arif Virani, the Liberal parliamentary secretary to the minister of justice, said in the House of Commons there isn’t a need for the Commons to inject itself into the proceedings of the justice committee. If the committee wants to call certain witnesses the committee members can decide who they want to hear from, he said.“Committees of this house do exemplary work,” said Virani. “We’re confident that the committee hearings will continue to be thoroughly and fairly conducted and will provide Canadians with the answers and information that they seek.”Thus far the committee has heard from Wernick, deputy justice minister Nathalie Drouin and current Justice Minister David Lametti.Lametti replaced Wilson-Raybould in the job in January, when she was shuffled to veterans affairs. She resigned from cabinet altogether a few days after the allegations of improper pressure were first raised, but continues to sit as a Liberal MP.She is expected to testify at the committee this week but no date or time has been confirmed.Trudeau denies any improper conduct occurred and that any conversations on the prosecution of SNC-Lavalin were done with Wilson-Raybould knowing the final decision was hers alone.newsroom@aptn.calast_img read more

Texan says hes selling 3Dprinted gun plans after ruling

first_imgAUSTIN, Texas – The owner of a Texas company that makes untraceable 3D-printed guns said Tuesday that he has begun selling the blueprints through his website to anyone who wants to make one, after a federal court order barred him from posting the plans online.Cody Wilson said at a news conference that he started selling the plans Tuesday morning and that he had already received nearly 400 orders. He said he’ll sell the plans for as little as a penny to anyone in the U.S. who wants them.“Anyone who wants to get these files is going to get them,” Wilson said, noting he can only sell to U.S. customers. “They can name their own price.”Wilson said that blueprints purchased through his company’s website could be downloaded on a thumb drive and shipped to buyers by standard mail, sent by email or sent by some other secure download transfer. Some of his first sales included purchases made with crypto currency, he said.Nineteen states and the District of Columbia had sought an injunction to stop a settlement that the State Department reached with Wilson’s Austin-based company, Defence Distributed, after the agency removed the 3D gun-making plans from a list of weapons or technical data that are not allowed to be exported. The states argued that online access to the undetectable plastic guns would pose a security risk and could be acquired by felons or terrorists.On Monday, U.S. District Judge Robert Lasnik in Seattle blocked Defence Distributed from posting the blueprints online, saying, “It is the untraceable and undetectable nature of these small firearms that poses a unique danger.”But Wilson said the ruling still allows him to sell the blueprints even if he can’t post them online for free, widespread distribution.“Regulation under the (law) means that the files cannot be uploaded to the internet, but they can be emailed, mailed, securely transmitted, or otherwise published within the United States,” the ruling said on its final page.“I’m following yesterday’s orders that direct me to sell the files,” Wilson said. “The judge was very gracious to put that in black lettering.”Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson, whose office oversaw the federal lawsuit, said Tuesday that he believes the judge’s ruling makes Wilson’s latest actions illegal.“Because of our lawsuit, it is once again illegal to post downloadable gun files to the internet. I trust the federal government will hold Cody Wilson, a self-described ‘crypto-anarchist,’ accountable to that law,” Ferguson said. “If they don’t, President Trump will be responsible for anyone who is hurt or killed as a result of these weapons.”Andy Reuss, a U.S. Department of Justice spokesman, declined to comment.Wilson said he anticipates that states may try to sue to stop him from selling the plans, but that he is raising money for his legal defence. He also said he will continue to challenge the Monday court order.Wilson said he believes he could have previously sold the blueprints but didn’t because he wanted to be able to post them online for widespread, free distribution.“For many years I chose not to sell these files. I was an open source advocate,” Wilson said. “I don’t expect to make money on it.”___Bellisle reported from Seattle.___Follow Jim Vertuno on Twitter: https://twitter.com/JimVertunoFollow Martha Bellisle at https://twitter.com/marthabellislelast_img read more

Alimentation CoucheTard secondquarter earnings up on boost from acquisitions

first_imgCompanies in this story: (TSX:ATD.B)The Canadian Press LAVAL, Que. — Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. beat expectations as its net earnings rose nine per cent in its most recent quarter thanks in part to acquisitions and lower taxes.The Quebec-based retailer, which reports in U.S. dollars, says its net earnings attributable to shareholders were US$473.1 or 84 cents per diluted share for its second quarter of its 2019 financial year.That’s up from $432.5 million or 76 cents per share from the same period the previous year.Adjusted profits that exclude one-time items in both periods increased to 84 cents a share for the quarter, up five per cent from 80 cents in the second quarter of 2018.Revenues rose 21 per cent to $14.7 billion, up from $12.1 billion as same-store merchandise revenues — a key retail metric —rose by 5.1 per cent in Canada, 4.4 per cent in the U.S. and 4.6 per cent in Europe. The company was expected to earn 82 cents per share in adjusted profits on $13.9 billion of revenues, according to analysts polled by Refinitiv.last_img read more

Markets Right Now Stocks opening higher on Wall Street

first_imgNEW YORK — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):9:35 a.m.U.S. stocks are opening higher as the market wraps up another strong week.U.S. industrial production grew more than expected in December and technology and industrials made rose Friday. Microsoft rose 1.2 per cent and Deere rose 1.3 per cent.Transportation and logistics company J.B. Hunt jumped 6.1 per cent after its fourth-quarter report.Electric car maker Tesla fell 6.3 per cent after saying it will cut 7 per cent of its jobs.Timberland maker VF jumped 13.7 per cent after raising its annual forecasts.The S&P 500 index climbed 17 points, or 0.7 per cent, to 2,653.The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 163 points, or 0.7 per cent, to 24,533. The Nasdaq composite added 47 points, or 0.7 per cent, to 7,131.The Associated Presslast_img read more

A clear message Alberta proposes legislation to limit oil shipments

first_imgEDMONTON, A.B. — The Alberta government has introduced legislation that would give the energy minister power to restrict the flow of oil, gasoline and natural gas leaving the province.Once passed, Marg McCuaig-Boyd would be able to direct truckers, pipeline companies and rail operators on how much product could be shipped and when. Violators would face fines of up to $1 million a day for individuals and $10 million a day for corporations.“The bill sends a clear message: we will use every tool at our disposal to defend Albertans (and) to defend our resources,” Notley said Monday before introducing the proposed law in the legislature. B.C. Premier John Horgan has been fighting the expansion, even though the federal government approved the $7.4-billion project in November 2016. Horgan has said there are still concerns relating to oil spills and protecting B.C.’s coastline.The Kinder Morgan project would triple the amount of oil shipped on the current line, but has faced repeated court challenges and permit delays.Kinder Morgan announced earlier this month that it is pulling back on spending for the project and has given Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government until May 31 to give a clear signal that the project will proceed.Trudeau met with Notley and Horgan on Sunday and said Ottawa has joined negotiations with Alberta to buy a stake in Trans Mountain, if necessary, to see that it gets built. Existing pipelines are near capacity and the bill aims to give Alberta the power to adjust what is shipped and where it goes to ensure maximum profitability, the premier said.Alberta is locked in a dispute with British Columbia over the Trans Mountain pipeline. An expansion to the West Coast has been approved by the federal government, but B.C. is fighting it in the courts.Notley said the proposed legislation is not punishing B.C. for the Kinder Morgan project’s delay, which she says costs Canada $40 million a day in lost revenue due to market bottlenecks and higher shipping fees.But she said Alberta is “very committed to putting pressure on B.C. to come around and focus on what this pipeline actually means.”About 80,000 barrels a day of refined fuels go to British Columbia.Much of B.C.’s energy from Alberta comes from shipments on the existing Trans Mountain line from Alberta to Burnaby, B.C. Reducing oil flows could lead to immediate gas price spikes at the pumps, along with other higher costs.center_img Notley suggested May 31 will be key if the viability of the pipeline project is still in question.“That might be the point at which we’re going to have to be a lot more strategic around what products get shipped to what markets by what means,” she said. “Obviously May 31 is now a date that looms quite significantly in that consideration.”Alberta will work with resource companies as things develop, she said.“There will be no surprises and we will work with them on a collaborative basis.”Alberta is building on precedent.In 1981, under then-premier Peter Lougheed, Alberta reduced oil shipments to Central Canada during a fight with the federal government over oil pricing and resource ownership.The result was a new agreement with Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau that allowed Alberta to retain ownership of its resources along with a more amenable pricing schedule.By Dean BennettTHE CANADIAN PRESSlast_img read more

Hudsons Hope RCMP Publishes policing report for May

first_imgOn May 17th, 2019, Hudson’s Hope RCMP stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation and found the driver to have a warrant for arrest.  The driver was arrested and later released on a Promise to Appear in Prince George court on outstanding matters. On May 18th, 2019, Hudson’s Hope RCMP, Peace Region Traffic Services and relief RCMP members from across the region, located a theft of fuel in progress on Johnson Creek FSR.  Two suspects were arrested and later released on Promise to Appear in court. Anyone with information regarding current or past investigations can contact the Hudson’s Hope RCMP directly at 250-783-5241 or anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. Hudson’s Hope RCMP wish to remind everyone, especially campers, that proper fire safety will be enforced during the summer.  Please ensure you know your responsibilities for starting, maintaining and extinguishing your fires. To Report a Wildfire;1-800-663-5555 or *5555 from a cellular phoneFire Information by Phone; HUDSON’S HOPE, B.C. – Cst. William McKenna with the Hudson’s Hope RCMP has published a policing report which says that police responded to approximately 35 calls for service between April 18th and May 20th.Five check-stop roadblocks were conducted in an effort to deter impaired driving and enforce the Motor Vehicle Act and Regulations.  Several check-stops were jointly conducted with CVSE officers who issued several violation tickets and remove defective vehicles from the roadway. One impaired driver was located and issued a 90-day Immediate Roadside driving prohibition. 30 written violations and warning tickets were issued to drivers in April. Hudson’s Hope RCMP in conjunction with Marg’s Mini Mart, have begun their positive ticketing campaign and will be issuing youth free ice cream tickets for positive behaviour. On May 14th, 2019, Hudson’s Hope RCMP received a report of a break and enter into two Atco trailers along Hwy 29 near Farrell Creek.  The file is still under investigation at this time. File 2019-141 refers. For recorded information on campfires, open fire bans and travel restrictions, call toll-free:1-888-3FOREST (1-888-336-7378)Fire Information Online;www.BCWildfire.cawww.facebook.com/BCForestFireInfotwitter.com/bcgovfireinfolast_img read more

‘Drug addict’ beaten to death in Kalighat

first_imgKolkata: A youth was allegedly beaten to death at Kalighat here on Sunday. Some local residents told the officers at Kalighat police station in the morning that a man was lying unconsciously on the footpath of Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Road. Police rushed the person to SSKM Hospital where the doctors declared him brought deadThe man identified as Sankar Mondal (25) was a resident of Satish Mukherjee Road. The police said he was a thief and a drug addict. However, the officers are not sure if he had committed any crime in the area on Saturday night. A source informed that Mondal’s hands were tied with a rope when he was recovered by the cops. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaDuring preliminary investigation, officers came to know that Mondal was beaten up by some local residents on Sunday morning. But it is not clear whether he died due to the attack as doctors could not find any serious injury on his body which led his death. Though no complaint has been lodged, police may register a suo moto case if any homicidal angle is revealed in the autopsy report. In another incident, a 56-year-old person died after he fell ill inside the Kalighat metro station. The deceased identified as Haran Mondal of Bansdroni. After he felt ill, on duty police personnel at Kalighat Metro Station rushed him to M R Bangur Hospital where doctors declared him brought dead. Later, it was revealed that he was suffering from acute cardiac problems and was undergoing treatment.last_img read more

LS polls: Over 100 candidates file nomination for the 1st phase in UP

first_imgLucknow: As many as 123 candidates filed their nominations for the first phase of Lok Saha polls in Uttar Pradesh on Monday, taking the total number to 146, EC officials said here. At 25, the maximum number of nomination papers were filed from Ghaziabad, followed by Muzaffarnagar (22), Gautam Buddh Nagar (21) and Saharanpur (20), the state’s chief electoral officer said. The number of nomination papers filed from other parliamentary constituencies going to polls in the first phase were: Kairana (14), Bijnor (16), Meerut (15) and Baghpat (13). Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The nomination papers will be scrutinised on March 26, while March 28 is the last date of withdrawal of candidature. The polling will take place on April 11. Prominent among those who filed their nominations are Union minister Satyapal Singh (sitting BJP MP) from Baghpat and RLD vice-president Jayant Chaudhary from the same constituency, an election official said. For the second phase of Lok Sabha polls, as many as 40 candidates had filed their nomination papers, taking the total number of nominations to 43 in the state.last_img read more

Apple to let users hear podcasts straight from web

first_imgSan Francisco: Users will no longer have to download iTunes to listen to Apple’s podcast episodes with the company now allowing them to play these directly from its website. A podcast is an episodic series of digital audio or video files, which can be downloaded for listening. Apple’s redesigned webpage for podcasts features a built-in web playback feature and a streamlined design which is easier to navigate, MacRumors reported on Wednesday. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year Each new page features a clear recap of each episode along with a “play” button. Clicking on an episode’s name would open up a full page for episodes, showing complete details about their content to help a user decide what to listen to, the report said. The prior design for podcasts on the web was just a list of episodes that redirected users to iTunes with no web playback option available. The iPhone-maker is now planning to bring a standalone podcasts app with the launch of macOS 10.15, the report noted.last_img read more

Repentance at last?

first_imgOne hundred years on since the Jallianwala Bagh massacre on that Visakhy day and British Empire’s legacy lives on largely unrepentant, albeit sometimes concerned and showing some remorse, but officially retaining diplomatic stiff upper lip. From Winston Churchill, when he was Secretary of State for War, to Stanley Baldwin, who was soon to become Prime Minister, there were expressions of excessive use of force, even un-British display of tackling an explosive law and order situation, but never an outright admission of moral lapse amounting to willful defence of imperial power. (Nobel poet and novelist Rudyard Kipling, cousin of Baldwin, however, maintained a discreet silence on the issue for a long time). Also Read – A special kind of bondEven in more recent times British monarch, Queen Elizabeth during her 1997 visit to India to celebrate the 50th year of the country’s independence skirted the issue by simply laying the wreath and making a bow at the massacre memorial and describing the event as a tragic episode. David Cameron during his visit as Prime Minister in 2013 just expressed profound regret at the 1919 event and wrote: “This was a deeply shameful event in British history, one that Winston Churchill rightly described at the time as ‘monstrous’. We must never forget what happened here.” But he stopped short of making an apology. Also Read – Insider threat managementSunil Kapoor, whose great-grandfather was killed in the massacre said: “I am not satisfied because he (Cameron) did not meet the descendants. If you feel shameful, why not make an apology? For 94 years, we are waiting for justice,” he had said. This year in 2019 itself the issue has been raised by Indian origin community leaders at private group meetings in the UK but the issue remains unresolved as the nation at large is immersed in grappling with Brexit. An apology may appear unpalatable to some but the idea is not so fanciful. Willy Brandt as Chancellor of (West) Germany apologised to Israel over the Nazi Holocaust. The Vatican too apologised to the Jews in 1998 and repented for the Roman Catholic Church’s silence during the Holocaust years. Almost in a similar vein, President Bill Clinton apologised to Africa for historic wrongs such as slavery. Back in 1919, the imposition of Martial Law in Punjab in the immediate aftermath of Jallianwala massacre was accompanied by press gag under which publication of Lahore’s daily Tribune was suspended and its Editor Kalinath Ray was jailed for two years. Bombay Chronicle Editor BG Horniman was ‘deported’ from the city while its reporter Gobardhan Das was jailed for two years. A year later, Churchill’s response to the event was cool and considered, admitting frankly that an ‘unarmed’ crowd was fired upon killing 397 people and wounding over 1,200. “The crowd was unarmed, except with bludgeons. It was not attacking anybody or anything. It was holding a seditious meeting. When the fire had been opened upon it to disperse it, it tried to run away. Pinned up in a narrow place considerably smaller than Trafalgar Square, with hardly any exits, and packed together so that one bullet would drive through three or four bodies, the people ran madly this way and the other. When the fire was directed upon the centre, they ran to the sides. The fire was then directed upon the sides. Many threw themselves down on the ground, and the fire was then directed on the ground. This continued for 8 or 10 minutes, and it stopped only when the ammunition had reached the point of exhaustion,” Churchill stated according to parliament’s Hansard record. Churchill described the ‘slaughter’ of nearly 400 persons a ‘monstrous’ event which was ‘not the British way of doing business.’ But the idea of an apology was unthinkable then. During all the parliamentary debates in that turbulent era, Kipling though lionised by the press and the public maintained a curious silence on the issue, perhaps avoiding any open clash with cousin Stanley Baldwin. But in later years Kipling made his sympathies known with tributes to the massacre man General Dyer. Kipling’s final tribute with definitive words of edification simply said: “He did his duty as he saw it.” The tribute was inscribed on the card accompanying Kipling’s wreath at the funeral service for General Dyer at St Martin-in-the-Fields, London. The man in the eye of the storm or indeed the man who created the storm – Brigadier-General Reginald Dyer who carried out the massacre of the innocents on that harvest festival Vaisakhi day April 13 – though idolised by vast sections of British press and public, was retired without any promotion. Hailed as the man who “Saved India”, a large benefit fund amounting to over 26,000 pounds sterling was raised for the ailing veteran. But he remained officially as mere Colonel till the end of his life in 1927, thanks to the Commons vote which overruled the Lords support. Kipling must have darkly watched the downhill slide of General Dyer and the failure of the efforts of his friend, Sir Michael O’Dwyer, Lieutenant- Governor of Punjab in 1919 under whose jurisdiction General Dyer carried out the operation. There is precious little doubt where Kipling’s sympathies lay. Praising Kipling for his ‘political foresight’, O’Dwyer quoted his idol: “Asia is not going to be civilised after the method of the West. There is too much Asia and she is too old … She will never attend Sunday School or learn to vote unless she uses swords for voting tickets.” In his obituary tribute to Kipling, O’Dwyer wrote: “As might be expected from the poet of our empire he lamented the steady surrender of our position and responsibilities in India, having little faith in ‘Pagett, MP’ and still less in the capacity of the Indian intelligentsia to govern with the pen and the tongue martial peoples who regarded those weapons with distrust or disdain. “More than once in recent years I urged him to come forward and expose the dangers of the policy of surrender, arguing that his name and authority would compel people to think. His reply was to this effect: ‘I have been forty years before my time in uttering the warning. For over thirty years I have been trying to hammer into the heads of certain British public men the elementary facts about India. I have had no success.’ Clearly, Kipling and O’Dwyer were on the same wavelength – and so utterly on the wrong side of ‘political foresight.’ Neither of them could imagine India becoming the world’s largest, thriving, and resilient voting democracy. O’Dwyer, though, came to a bloody end at a meeting of the East India Association and the Central Asian Society at Caxton Hall in London on 13 March 1940. He was shot dead, just a month short of the 21st anniversary of Jallianwala Bagh massacre, by Udham Singh who had taken the name of Ram Muhammad Singh Azad, symbolising the unity the Hindu, Muslim and Sikh communities, to avenge the Jallianwala Bagh atrocity and the execution of earlier martyrs Bhagat Singh and his comrades Rajguru and Sukhdev in 1932. O’Dwyer’s assassin, Shaheed (martyr) Udham Singh was hanged in London’s Pentonville Prison on July 31, 1940, and was buried in prison grounds. His remains were exhumed in 1974 and repatriated to his native village Sunam in Punjab. After cremation, his ashes were scattered in the River Sutlej. (Subhash Chopra is the author of ‘Kipling Sahib – the Raj Patriot’ and ‘India and Britannia’ among other writings. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

Pant is just 21, World Cup omission not end of road: Ganguly

first_imgKolkata: Dinesh Karthik getting the nod over Rishabh Pant in India’s 15-member squad for the World Cup raised a lot of eyebrows, but former India captain Sourav Ganguly feels the snub is not the end of the road for the young Delhi stumper. Playing for Delhi Capitals (DC) in the Indian Premier League (IPL), Pant made a statement with a blistering 36-ball 78 to power his team to a six-wicket win over Rajasthan Royals a few days back. After the knock, the 21-year old India Test wicketkeeper said that World Cup selection thought was in his mind. Ganguly, who is the Delhi Capitals advisor, backed Pant, saying he is just 21 and has nothing to worry. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”Pant is a fantastic player. He is just 21 years old so there is nothing to worry,” Ganguly said on the sidelines of a promotional event. Asked about not getting picked in the World Cup squad, Ganguly said: “There is no point talking about it. This is not the end of the road for him. He is only 21 years of age. I always stay with him and the players.” Pant, though, has been kept as one of the standbys. DC have been on a roll, currently placed second in the points table with 14 points in their kitty from 11 matches. Quizzed if he is the reason for the success, Ganguly said: “I don’t play and it is not possible for me to do it alone. It is always the players who are responsible.” Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterGanguly also praised MS Dhoni who has been in great form lately for Chennai Super Kings. “Dhoni is a great player.” Ganguly backed his former team Kolkata Knight Riders to bounce back after facing five defeats in a row. “KKR is a fantastic side, its just four-five games. This can happen.” On the upcoming World Cup starting May 30, Ganguly said it’s going to be one of the most keenly contested one, adding India will always be one of the favourites in any tournament they play. “Indian cricket is so strong that in any tournament they will be favourites. This World Cup will probably be the best format. The best four teams will reach the semi-finals and there are no easy teams,” he expressed. Asked to pick his teams for the semis, Ganguly said Australia and West Indies are doing really well lately.last_img read more

EC to deploy 578 companies of Central Forces covering almost 100% booths

first_imgKolkata: The Election Commission will have 100 percent deployment of the Central Forces in the booths in the fifth phase of the Lok Sabha polls with a total deployment of 578 companies. Seven Lok Sabha constituencies in Bengal go to polls on May 6.Apart from the Central Forces, there will be 142 Quick Response Teams (QRT) which will be on patrol in these constituencies and rush whenever there will be reports of any irregularities. The elections will be held in Bongaon, Barrackpore, Howrah, Uluberia, Serampore, Hooghly and Arambag and the Commission has already identified the trouble-prone areas. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaSources in the Commission said a major challenge on their part is to ensure free and fair elections in Barrackpore that has witnessed incidents of sporadic clashes in recent times between the Trinamool Congress and the BJP. There will be more than 70 companies of the Central Forces for Barrackpore alone. Bhatpara is one of the Assembly constituencies in Barrackpore which was won by Arjun Singh with a Trinamool Congress’ ticket in 2016 Assembly polls. Singh had joined the BJP and has been fielded by the saffron party against TMC’s Dinesh Trivedi who had won the Barrackpore seat in the last Lok Sabha polls. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwaySpecial Police Observer Vivek Dubey will visit Barrackpore to review the situation on Sunday. He will hold a meeting with the district election officials and also the political parties. According to sources in the state administration, Barasat police district will have 55 companies, Basirhat will have 12, Barrackpore and Chandannagore police commissionerates will have 50 and 52 companies while Hooghly rural will have 154 companies, Howrah rural will have 119 companies and Howrah police commissionerate will have 48 companies of the Central Forces.last_img read more

Morocco’s Acima Supermarkets to stop selling alcohol beverages

first_imgRabat- According to Le360, the SNI holding decided to forego selling alcoholic beverages in both its distribution groups, Marjane and Acima. The decision is reportedly inevitable and will be executed in stages in 2014. Expanding this decision from Marjane to Acima came as a shock to some. “We felt it coming , but we didn’t want to believe it; This decision is a disaster for all professionals in the sector”, confessed a Marjane-Acima provider. He also added that Marjane and Acima represent roughly 30-40 % of the market’s sale of alcohol in Morocco. “The sale of alcohol in Marjane is worth more than 900 million dirhams in turnover, with a net profit of 300 million dirhams ” the provider précised.Marjane and Acima’s general administrations chose not to comment on the news. However, a testimony was collected from a Marjane isle manager. “The store staff is very happy. Our salary is no longer containing Haram Dirhams”, he expressed. Of 32 Marjane supermarkets, only eleven still sell alcohol and “the permanent closure of Alcohol’s sections should come in full effect following a previously established and irrevocable schedule”, says the same source. The SNI hasn’t justified the decision, and clients and providers alike wonder about the reasons that prompted the holding to stop selling alcoholic beverages.This scheduled closing should be completed by early 2014, for Marjane and by the end of the same year for the 33 stores outlets of Acima supermarkets.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

Messi wins Ballon d’Or of the decade

Rabat – Lionel Messi has won the Ballon d’Or of the decade, according to a poll conducted by international sports website Goal.The Barcelona forward received 39.7 percent of the votes, while the winner of the FIFA Ballon d’Or 2014 Cristiano Ronaldo, had 29.4 percent.Former Arsenal player, Thierry Henry, finished in third place with 6.4 percent of the votes.The idea for the poll started when Germany’s coach Joachim Low suggested Bayern Munich’s Philipp Lahm deserved a Ballon d’Or for being the best player of the past decade, Goal then decided to ask their readers who they think deserved such an award. The other players featured in the poll are as following:4th) Andrea Pirlo 3.6%, 5th) Philipp Lahm 3.3%, 6th) Paul Scholes 2.5%, 7th) Steven Gerrard 2.3%, 8th) Zlatan Ibrahimovic 2.1%, 8th) Francesco Totti 2.1%, 10th) Frank Lampard 1.6%, 11th) others such as John Terry, Martin Demichelis, Luca Toni, Fabricio Coloccini, Nicklas Bendtner, etc. They had 1.5% of the votes.12th) Xavi 1.3%, 12th) Didier Drogba 1.3%, 14th) Wayne Rooney 1.1%, 15th) Arjen Robben 0.6%, 16th) Bastian Schweinsteiger 0.5%, 16th) Andres Iniesta 0.5% and 18th) Manuel Neuer 0.3%. read more

Saudi Arabia Closes Nine Moroccan Hammams

Rabat – Saudi Arabia has reportedly closed nine Moroccan hammams and massage centers in the city of Riyadh for “violations of sanitary rules”.Citing a local newspaper, Emirates24/7 reported on Monday that Saudi authorities led a sanitary campaign resulting in the closure of nine Moroccan hammams.“Municipality inspectors decided to shut the nine centers in the capital Riyadh after discovering that workers do not have health certificates and some of the centers do not have licenses,” Ajel Arabic language daily reported according to Emirates24/7. The same source added, “The inspectors discovered other violations at those centers during random visits to massage and health centers in the capital.”Moroccan hammams, which are very similar to traditional Roman baths, are well known as relaxation baths that offer moderate heat and steam for a wonderful deep clean up.Moroccan hammams offer a great experience especially with the help of masseuse, locally called “Kessal,” whose job is to scrub people and clean them from head to toe in a very skillful way with exotic protocols.Emirati magazine Step Feed has ranked one of Morocco’s hammams among the seven places in the world where Qatari nationals go to relax. read more

American Company to Oversee $900 Million Construction Project in Rabat

Rabat – An American consulting company has landed a contract to oversee the first phase of the construction of USD 900 million worth of mixed-use development in Rabat, according to Global Construction Review, an industry news source.The company, Hill International, said the contract was awarded by an affiliate of Wessal Capital and encompassed provisions to manage a new development project called Wessal Bouregreg. In total, the project will lead to the construction of 5,000 square meters of new stores, 4,200 homes and 104,600 square meters of office space, parks and a waterfront promenade in the Moroccan capital.“The Wessal Bouregreg development will provide important residential, commercial and cultural amenities to Rabat,” said Waleed Abdel-Fattah, a senior vice president with Hill’s project management wing. Hill International has an extensive business history in the Middle East; the firm earned rougly half of its fees in 2014 through projects in the region.In 2011, King Mohammed VI set up the investment fund Wessal Capital to attract Gulf investors for real estate and tourism development projects in Morocco. As of this year, the fund has secured the backing of several GCC sovereign wealth funds, including the UAE’s Aabar Investments, Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund and Qatar Holding.According to Oxford Business Group, Gulf countries have contributed approximately USD 15 billion worth of investments in luxury tourism and real estate projects in Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Egypt.In 2014, Gulf investors contributed 530 million euros through Wessel Capital for the renovation of Casa Port in Morocco’s business capital. read more

Guerguerat: New Photo Shows Polisario Militias Harass Moroccan Drivers

Rabat – Polisario militias are still harassing the Moroccan truck drivers in the buffer zone of Guerguerat, in the southernmost part of Western Sahara, in southern Morocco.A new photo circulating online shows Polisario mercenaries continuing to stage  illegal checkpoints in the area, harassing drivers and attempting to hinder trade between Morocco and other African countries.The photo also shows the mercenaries self-proclaiming themselves “National Gendarmerie” of Polisario, raising the flag of the separatist force. Last week, Polisario militias have thrown stones at four vehicles, according to a source from Sahara, “With these provocations, the militias of Polisario Front want to disrupt trade between Morocco and Africa by scaring truck drivers,” the source said.The same source noted that the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) continued to observe and record these illegal actions without intervening.Given these frequent provocations, Polisario appears to be ignoring the requests made by United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres, who urged both Morocco and Polisario to “exercise maximum restraint and take all necessary steps to avoid escalating tensions.”To avoid escalation and comply the United Nations’ 1991’s ceasefire agreement, Morocco unilaterally withdrew from the Guerguerat region late February after dispatching police forces to the area last August to combat drug trafficking.Several countries and organizations praised  Morocco’s withdrawal , including France, Spain, the UN and the European Union.King Mohammed VI called upon the UN’s Secretary General Antonio Guterres to take urgent and necessary measures to put an end to “an unacceptable situation,” which threatens the UN-brokered ceasefire and stability in the region of Guergarate. read more