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‘Naga accord is still in the works’

first_imgR.N. Ravi, who was the interlocutor in the Naga peace talks, said here on Thursday that the peace agreement was yet to be finalised and it would not compromise the territorial integrity of any State.On August 3, 2015, at a much-publicised ceremony at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s residence, Mr. Ravi signed a “peace accord” with T. Muivah, general secretary the National Socialist Council of Nagalim (Isak-Muivah), to find a lasting solution to the Naga issue. However, following the signing of the agreement, the then Chief Ministers of Assam, Manipur, and Arunachal Pradesh, which have a sizeable Naga population, said they had not been consulted by the Centre. The government is yet to release the terms of the framework agreement.Manipur situationManipur, which goes to the polls on March 4 and 8, has been under an economic blockade for more than four months following a strike called by the United Naga Council (UNC), a conglomerate of Naga bodies, against the Manipur government’s decision to carve out seven new districts.The council operates under the patronage of the NSCN (I-M).Mr. Ravi told a news agency on Thursday: “The framework agreement is less-than-one-page document; it tells about broad parameters within which the final settlement will be worked out. So it’s the principles within which we will work out the settlement. It does not mention anything about Manipur or any State, it does not compromise the territorial integrity of Manipur.”“A framework agreement is not the final agreement and you do not serve half-cooked meal. We believe it is not in the larger interest to release the details now. But I have explained it to all the stakeholders by and large by going and meeting with them on what it contains. An incomplete agreement can create issues,” he saidMinister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said that without consulting all stakeholders, a final decision would not be taken. The Minister said: “I will expose the evil design of Congress, which will bust their strength. I will change the wrong perception by exposing the truth.”last_img read more

Nash Racela throws shade at ‘perfectly officiated ball game’

first_imgNonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netTNT head coach Nash Racela isn’t the one to shy away from controversial statements directed at the PBA and its game officials.He was fined P10,000 back in August for in-game statements directed at PBA Commissioner Chito Narvasa, and he often voices out his displeasure over calls or the lack to the referees.ADVERTISEMENT The technical foul wasn’t the end for Racela as he exchanged choice words with Ginebra governor Alfrancis Chua in the tunnel of the Big Dome at halftime.READ: TNT pulls even, turns back Ginebra in semis game 2 And as for Racela’s “perfectly officiated ball game,” his KaTropa were called for 35 fouls, 11 more than Ginebra received. TNT also had 14 free throws, 29 fewer than the Gin Kings attempted.“The referees did their part, did their best, in calling the game,” said Racela. “They made the right decisions. I don’t really question that and I’m happy our players did their best and gave ourselves a chance.”ADVERTISEMENT And even though Racela took a different approach Friday after TNT’s 106-103 loss to Ginebra in game 3 of the PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals, his message was still filled with resentment.READ: Ginebra nears finals, nips TNT in game 3FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Obviously, it was a perfectly officiated ball game, you can’t really question the obvious,” said Racela with a straight face but with a heavy tone of sarcasm after the KaTropa moved on the brink of elimination in the semis.Racela was called with a technical foul in the second quarter when his import Glen Rice Jr. got into several scuffles with Ginebra rookie Kevin Ferrer. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Read Next MOST READ Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong Citycenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ambohot returns for Letran but still groping for form Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  View comments LATEST STORIES Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Gameslast_img read more

Positive mindset and hard work has paid off, says Amit Mishra

first_imgAt 32, Amit Mishra seems to have rediscovered his bowling mojo, coinciding with the resurrection of his international career that at one time seemed to have gone off the rails.The Delhi leg-spinner now believes that his positive approach and some long hours on honing his skills have been duly rewarded by way of a slot in the national side.At a media interaction here on Wednesday, Mishra, who is a part of the contingent that is undergoing training at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) here ahead of the home series against South Africa, opined that regardless of whether he was in or out of the Indian team, he never compromised on his work ethic and training regimen.Also read: Mandeep Singh to lead India A against South Africa in T20 game”I have worked hard on my cricketing skills and fitness in the past few years, and always been positive even when I was out of the Indian team,” said Mishra who was recalled to the Indian Test side earlier this summer for the tour of Sri Lanka after a four-year break.Mishra marked his return by taking 15 wickets in three Tests and scoring 157 runs, including a best of 59 in the crucial final game that helped India clinch the series 2-1.Mishra also struck an excellent combination with off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin. Between them, the duo took 36 of the 60 wickets that the Indian bowlers snared in the three-Test series.”Ashwin and I have struck a good combination. We share and exchange tips. If one of us is taking wickets, then the other applies pressure. Also my captains, MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli have been very encouraging and supporting. So that has really boosted mine and the team morale,” said Mishra.advertisementLooking ahead to the T20 and ODI series against the touring South Africans, Mishra, who has been picked in both the squads, opined that it will be a very challenging and tough outing.”It will be a very challenging series, but we have good T20 and ODI squads. As for the conditions, I wouldn’t know until we get to the venues. But whether I make it to the playing eleven or not, I will remain positive,” Mishra said.last_img read more

Real Kashmir FC Documentary by BBC Nominated in Two Categories at BAFTA Scotland

first_img BAFTA Film AwardsDavid Robertsonfootballindian football First Published: September 25, 2019, 11:36 PM IST Real Kashmir FC has been breaking barriers ever since it was promoted to the top division I-League after becoming the champions of I-League second division in the 2017-18 season. And now a BBC documentary on Real Kashmir has got two nomination in the British Academy Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) or BAFTA Film Awards Scotland.Real Kashmir FC finished third in their debut season in the I-League after competing for the title for almost the entirety of the season. Real Kashmir, with Scotland’s David Robertson at the helm, produced some dodgy football that saw them catching the eyes of the country. Despite the unrest in the region that has been worsened by the government’s move to revoke special status of Jammu and Kashmir last month, Real Kashmir saw an average attendance of 25,000 for their home matches at the TRC ground.BBC Scotland aired a documentary on the club earlier this year on the journey of David Robertson with Real Kashmir FC in the most militarised region of the world.That BBC documentary has been nominated in BAFTA Scotland in two categories – ‘Director-Factual’ and ‘Single Documentary’.Feels surreal when a documentary on your club gets nominated under two categories @BAFTAScotland. Good luck Greg and thanks to everyone who watched it 🙏🙏🙏 @BBCScotland @BBCFOUR pic.twitter.com/s3GVQ0u9FG— Real Kashmir FC (@realkashmirfc) September 25, 2019In June, in an interview with BBC Scotland, Robertson, who will be back as the coach of Real Kashmir FC for the new season, said that he would hate to turn his back on the club.”I do miss home – there’s only so many years or so much time I can continue doing what I’m doing but there’s a lot to give up,” he said to BBC Scotland.”There’s going to be a day when I don’t want to go back or they don’t want me back or I’ve just had enough, but at the moment it’s enjoyable, it’s fun.”I’m the only coach they’ve ever had, and I think I’d find it very difficult to see someone else coach the team – it’s an emotional attachment to the whole thing, the whole adventure.”We have had a lot of challenges to overcome, and I’m proud of what the club has achieved. I would hate to turn my back on them.”Real Kashmir recently recently signed a British citizen of Indian descent, Kashif Siddiqi. Siddiqi, who has represented Pakistan football team as a “overseas British South Asian footballer” is the co-founder of ‘Football For Peace (FFP)’. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

Delhi University admissions 2016: Over 1 lakh applications received in two days

first_imgAfter a delay of over a week in registration process, Delhi University began the admission process to various Under Graduate courses on June 1.And this is for the first time that the University of Delhi has made the whole process of admission online from downloading the forms to the submission of documents.(Read: Delhi University Admissions process begins: How to apply )Last year, university received a record of 3.2 lakh applications for admission to 54,000 seats,  an increase of around 50,000 from 2014 registration process. Meanwhile, the university has not given any clarity on the admission policy for the upcoming session.Number of students registered on the first day:Around 39,000 candidates registered themselves Out of the total registrations, as many as 5600 have completed the process including fee paymentAccording to statement given by senior officials of DU, few students faced problem while registering between 5 pm to 6pm.Number of students registered on the second day:Over 80,000 applicants registered on second dayA total of 21589 students completed the payment process As per reports, till 6pm a total of 81254 applicants had registered and a total of 21589 students completed the payment process According to PTI report, it was said that the university has constituted a 24-member committee, consisting of deans, faculties of science, commerce and arts, principals and members from the executive and academic councils, in order to create an admission policy.(Read: The rush to Delhi University: Is it really worth it? ) Majority of students and parents are confused about a number of things: The process of concession to girl candidates by some collegesCalculation formula of best four percentageCentralised trials for admissions under sports and Extra Curricular Activities (ECA) quota Number of cut-off lists, among others.Important details of registration process: advertisementThe registration process for all programmes will conclude on June 19The written examination is scheduled to take place from June 19 to June 23The results will be displayed by July 4However, as per to official notification, the first cut-off list will be announced on June 27 and unlike previous years, the varsity will release only five cut-off lists. Students will get three days to complete the enrollment process following publication of each list. Read: Delhi University admissions for undergraduate courses to commence from June 1 Click here for education related news.last_img read more

Before the storm, cheer as 43 MPs take oath in Rajya Sabha

first_imgThough the Monsoon Session of Parliament is expected to be a fiery one, the Upper House began today on cheerful note with Member of Parliament welcoming 43 members who took oath of affirmation, which also included some of Modi’s key ministers. This included names like Piyush Goyal, Nirmala Sitharaman and M Venkaiah Naidu, while former finance minister P Chidambaram and Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh were among 43 newly-elected and re-elected members of Rajya Sabha who took their oath on Monday.Visitor’s galleries swelled with family members, friends and well-wishers of the members taking oath as MP’s took oath. There was a loud cheer from the house for MP’s like Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Piyush Goel, Venkiah Naidu, Kapil Sibal. NCP leader Praful Patel, JD-U leader Sharad Yadav and RJD strongman Lalu Prasad Yadav’s daughter Misa Bharti who is heavily pregnant, were the other prominent members who took oath.Eminent lawyer Ram Jethmalani and former ministers Ambika Soni and Beni Prasad Verma also took their oath in Rajya Sabha, on the first day of the Monsoon Session of Parliament.Amidst thumbing of desks, Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari greeted the newly elected with “Welcome” and the re-elected with “Welcome Back.” Extending his greeting to the newly elected, re-elected and nominated members. PM Narendra Modi who came in midway through the oath taking also witnessed the process.Many members took oath in regional language including Sanjay Raut in Marathi, Nirmala Sitharaman took in kannada and Vinay P Sahasrabuddhe. Prasanna Acharya, Bishnu Charan Das and Nekkanti Bhaskar Rao, having being elected to the upper house from Odisha, took oath in Odia. Ambika Soni and Balwinder Singh Bhunder (SAD) took oath in Punjabi. RS Bharathi and TKS Elangovan, who will represent Tamil Nadu in the House, took oath in Tamil. BJP’s Shiv Pratap Shukla took oath in Sanskrit. While Sambhaji Sahu Chhatrapati who was donning a Maroon Pagri (Nominated) took oath in Marathi. Chatrapati was later seen getting pictures clicked with his followers, in and around the parliament premises.advertisementAfter the warm welcome, there is expected to be fiery fights and cold vibes on issues from Kashmir to Arunachal, from GST to Price rise and from burning issues of internal security to India’s foreign policy.ALSO READ:  Parliament’s monsoon session begins, PM Modi seeks GST consensuslast_img read more

The day a non-league defender marked Aubameyang … after running a 10k

first_imgIn July 2012 Geoff Walker, the assistant manager at non-league side Heaton Stannington FC, received a very unexpected text from the club’s manager, Derek Thompson. Nobby Solano’s agent had been in touch to ask Thompson if he could help out some friends of his. The Heaton Stan manager was keen on the idea so he typed out a message to his No2: “Gabon are here for the Olympics. They’ve been looking for a warm-up game.”Newcastle United were busy, their Under-21 team were away and Heaton Stan were next on the list. With Walker on board, Thompson then phoned captain, centre-back and junior tennis coach Joe Wear. He was resting up at home when he received the call. “It was a bit random, really,” recalls Wear. “It was literally the night before.” Wear was preparing to run the Great North 10k the following morning, so he was reluctant at first. But his manager explained the situation.“It’s Gabon,” said Thompson.“Who’s Gabon?” asked Wear.“They’re playing in the Olympics at St James’ Park and they want a friendly.”“Oh right. Cool.”“We didn’t have our best team, to be honest,” Thompson tells me in Grounsell Park’s brick changing rooms. That season, they had faced teams such as Ashington Colliers, Ponteland United and Harraby Catholic Club on their way to winning the Pin Point Recruitment Northern Alliance League Premier Division, but suddenly Thompson had to pull together a team of factory workers, lawyers and builders – some of them quietly hungover from the previous evening – to play Gabon. “Your classic non-league team, a mixture of all sorts,” says Wear.Men’s football was one of the five sports Gabon entered at the 2012 Olympics. Their squad included a 23-year-old Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who had just scored 16 goals for Saint-Étienne in the Ligue 1 season. A year later, he would join Borussia Dortmund for €13m. He has now scored 135 goals in 204 games for the club – and another 23 for Gabon, making him their joint all-time top goalscorer. Facebook How to ghost write a football book Read more Facebook Pinterest Share on Messenger Twitter Guardian Sport Network Share on LinkedIn Olympic Games Share on Twitter Share on Facebook features Share on Pinterest Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in action for Gabon in 2012. Photograph: Thomas Mukoya / Reuters/Reuters Reuse this content Twitter Topics Aubameyang in slightly loftier surroundings, scoring for Borussia Dortmund against Werder Bremen in the Bundesliga. Photograph: Lukas Schulze/Bundesliga/Getty Images Pinterest Share via Email Share on WhatsApp The shirt still hangs on the wall of the Grounsell Park bar. Gabon’s Olympic tournament didn’t pan out as planned – a 1-1 draw against Switzerland at St James’ Park was followed by a 2-0 defeat to Mexico in Coventry and a 0-0 draw with South Korea at Wembley that prompted an early exit.The Stan have enjoyed more memorable days since – they won the treble the next season, topping the league again as well as picking up the Northern Alliance League Cup and the Northumberland Senior Benevolent Bowl. Walker is particularly proud of a 3-2 win against Julio Arca’s South Shields last year – but the day they took on Gabon stands apart.“It just came out of the blue,” says Walker. “They played here and then on the Tuesday or Wednesday night they were at St James’. It was a bit different for them but they all enjoyed it.”• This is an article from The Set Pieces• Follow The Set Pieces and Tom Nicholson on Twitter The game was supposed to be the friendliest of friendlies, but someone forgot to tell Wear’s centre-back partner, whose bodybuilding frame stacked up against Gabon’s professional athletes. “Craig’s a big lad – if you see him now he’s even bigger than he was then – and he’s quite well known for putting in meaty challenges,” says Wear. “That didn’t go down too well.”Still, there was a traditional welcome planned for the visiting players and staff after the final whistle. “I’ve played for Heaton Stan for coming up nine years and you get pie and beans after every game – it’s never changed,” says Wear. “It’s class.” Sadly, the Olympians didn’t feel a pie and a pint would fit into their nutritional plans and passed. They did hang about afterwards though.“The Gabon players were great,” says Walker. “They signed autographs for the little kids after the game, got their photos took. They signed one of their shirts, the whole team and squad. Aubameyang’s is on that, so that’s a nice keepsake.” About 24 hours after the game had been offered to Heaton Stan, their cobbled together team climbed off a minibus at Grounsell Park, a ground hidden behind an ATS garage, a chippy and a Chinese takeaway in this small suburb of Newcastle. A few posts on the club’s Facebook and Twitter pages, and non-League forums, meant that some 400 fans had gathered at the ground, standing under the corrugated plastic roof over the main concrete terrace.Grounsell Park has been the Stan’s home since 1935 and, while you wouldn’t know it was built on top of a disused quarry at first glance, it isn’t what you would call IAAF-approved either. After a quick look around, though, the Gabon team were happy and the game was on.Well, nearly. Walker got word from one of the Gabon team that their talisman, Aubameyang, had a bit of a problem. He had left his boots at the Hilton Hotel in Gateshead on the other side of the Tyne. So Walker, Aubameyang, a Gabon security guard and one of the coaches piled into his car as they set off across the city, over the Tyne Bridge, to the hotel and back again.As Walker was chatting to the coach on the way back, he could hear some concerned muttering in the back of the car. “We were heading back over the Tyne Bridge and they were talking away in French. The security guy goes: ‘Can we go back?’ They had match balls they wanted to use that were the same balls they were going to use in the Olympics – so we had to go back again!”Finally, they were all ready. The Stan set up his team in the 4-4-2 formation that had served them well that season, with Wear handed the task of marking Aubameyang. “I was a little bit tired from the 10k,” he says. “But it wasn’t an opportunity I was going to miss.” Did he have a specific plan to stop him? “Hmmm. Er… no. We knew they were going to be a really good team. So, it was just go out there, work hard, try your best and make it competitive. I think we lost 4-0. To be honest, I didn’t think we did that bad. You could tell Aubameyang was very quick and sharp and I’m honestly not sure if he was putting 100% effort in. He was just a different level.”“We held our own for a while, but obviously he was the massive difference,” adds Walker. “The pace on him was absolutely electric. It’s funny, I keep saying to everyone, he doesn’t seem to be moving full pelt but he just sort of glides across the pitch, you know what I mean? You could tell he was a player.”After scoring two and leading Heaton’s defence on a merry dance, Aubameyang trotted off at half time. According to Mark Douglas, a local reporter who went to the game, the Stan were on top for most of the second half. Walker still sounds rueful when he recalls a couple of squandered chances. Gabonlast_img read more

Chelsea team news: David Luiz returns

first_imgChelsea Chelsea team news: Luiz returns to starting XI against Watford, with Giroud on the bench Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 03:05 2/6/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) David Luiz Getty Images Chelsea Premier League Watford v Chelsea Watford The Blues will be looking to reclaim third spot in the Premier League table when they face the Hornets at Vicarage Road David Luiz has been brought back in from the wilderness by Chelsea boss Antonio Conte for a Premier League clash with Watford.The Brazilian defender has not figured for the Blues since January 20.He has not started a Premier League game since a meeting with Bournemouth on October 28, with the Blues favouring other options. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Luiz has, however, been reinstated for a trip to Vicarage Road which will see Chelsea looking to reclaim third spot in the Premier League table.Chelsea team: Courtois; Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Cahill (c); Moses, Bakayoko, Kante, Zappacosta; Willian, Hazard, Pedro. Subs: Caballero, Rudiger, Emerson, Drinkwater, Fabregas, Hudson-Odoi, Giroud.While Luiz has made the starting XI, January signings Olivier Giroud and Emerson have had to settle for spots among the substitutes.The former would have been hoping to start, with Alvaro Morata ruled out and regular game time denied him at Arsenal, but the Frenchman finds himself in an all too familiar position.He proved to be a useful impact option while with the Gunners, and that is how Conte will be utilising him against Watford.Chelsea XI v Watford 050218If the Blues are in need of inspiration from off the bench, then they also have Cesc Fabregas and Danny Drinkwater at their disposal.A positive result of some kind is a much for Conte, with the Blues boss having fallen under increased pressure on the back of a 3-0 defeat at home to Bournemouth last time out. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Minister Recognizes Leaders in Crime Prevention

first_imgA number of Nova Scotians were recognized today, March 30, for their efforts to prevent crime and make communities safer. Minister of Justice and Attorney General Ross Landry presented the Justice Minister’s Award for Leadership in Crime Prevention at a crime symposium in Halifax. “These awards are recognition for those who are making significant contributions to creating a safer Nova Scotia,” said Mr. Landry. “It is an honour to present awards to people who are not only leaders, but also committed to empowering their communities to be leaders in crime prevention.” Awards were presented in six categories including individual, youth, community group or organization, community policing, media and business community. A committee reviewed the nominations and selected the seven recipients based on commitment to their local issue, empowering their community, leadership by encouraging and educating others, working together to build partnerships, and innovative, inclusive and flexible. The individual award was presented to Donald Clairmont, Halifax, who has dedicated over 50 years to research, consultation and teaching in the justice field. Mr. Clairmont conducted extensive research in the areas of African Nova Scotians, Aboriginal Policing and the community base policing model. He was also a driving force behind Halifax Regional Municipality’s Mayor’s Initiative on Crime Reduction and Prevention. Ross Heimpel, Halifax, was the winner of the youth award. He is a member of Youth on the Radar, a crime prevention program that connects youth, the arts and the community. His work was showcased at the 2009 Viewfinders Atlantic Film Festival and led to him co-directing a video with HeartWood Centre for Community Youth Development. Parents Against Drugs, a volunteer-based group in Eskasoni that empowers community members to take a stand against illegal drugs and substance abuse, was the recipient of the community group award. Marches are held in the community to raise awareness and support. The success of the group has lead to the program being expanded to other First Nations communities from Cape Breton to Pictou Landing. The policing award recipient was deputy chief John Collyer from the Bridgewater Police Service. Mr. Collyer volunteers as vice president of the South Shore Big Brothers, Big Sisters board of directors and school mentor for youth at risk. He implemented the Kids N Kops program that offers youth at risk a one-week summer camp. The winner of the media category was Gary Nickerson of CJLS Radio, covering Yarmouth, Shelburne, and Digby counties. Mr. Nickerson was a major contributor in forming the senior safety program in Clare. He is dedicated to assisting police with requests that require informing the public. There was a tie in the business award category, so two winners were named. Emera was presented an award for being a strong supporter of Healing the Bruises, an Alice Housing program that is therapeutic for children, teens and mothers. The second recipient was Henry’s Cameras. As part of Halifax Regional Municipality’s firearm amnesty, Henry’s Cameras offered a free digital camera for every firearm turned in and provided all of the advertising to support this initiative. The campaign, Pixels for Pistols, resulted in 1074 firearms being turned in between Nov. 2 and Nov. 20. For more information on the awards go the department website at www.gov.ns.ca/just .last_img read more

Removing Cornwallis statue from Halifax park is local issueWilsonRaybould

first_imgWOLFVILLE, N.S. – Federal Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould said Thursday she defers to the views of local Mi’kmaq leaders on whether a statue of Halifax’s controversial founder should be moved from a city park.The Liberal cabinet minister was in Wolfville, N.S., Thursday to attend a meeting with Nova Scotia chiefs and MPs to discuss increased self government for Mi’kmaq communities in the province.Last month protesters pledged to remove a bronze monument to Edward Cornwallis in a Halifax park, but instead the city temporarily covered it in a tarp.Cornwallis, as governor of Nova Scotia, founded Halifax in 1749 and soon after issued a bounty on Mi’kmaq scalps in response to an attack on colonists.Some members of the Mi’kmaq community have called for the removal of tributes to Cornwallis, calling his actions a form of genocide.Wilson-Raybould, who is Aboriginal, says the regional leadership of the Assembly of First Nations and “the rest of the community and elders” will determine what actions to take to enhance reconciliation between First Nations and non-Aboriginal residents in Nova Scotia.“I think under the leadership of regional chief (Morley) Googoo and the rest of the community and elders they will determine what best to happen with the Cornwallis statue in terms of reconciliation,” she said before entering the meeting.Googoo told reporters it’s not something that he intended to discuss at the gathering.He said he understands the difficulties faced by Halifax Mayor Michael Savage, as the local politician proceeds through a process of council meetings and hearings to determine the fate of the monument.“I respect the mayor’s challenges,” said the chief. “He has to go through committees, make recommendations. The Cornwallis statue, Cornwallis Street, all of these things have to be renamed, you can’t just take the statues down and nothing is there.”He said there are diverse views among the Mi’kmaq on how the issue should be handled, but there is consensus that figures like Cornwallis should no longer honoured.“If Mi’kmaq people are offended by it … put it (the statue) somewhere where the story can be told, but don’t honour and worship it in a park like this.”Perry Bellegarde, the national chief of the Assembly of First Nations, was also at the meeting, which he said was focused on making progress towards shifting away from the Indian Act and towards self government.Bellegarde said issues like the statue are part of a wider national trend, as Indigenous peoples ask other Canadians to re-examine their history.“I think there’s a movement across Canada for reconciliation and there’s a big movement to start telling history from First Nations perspectives,” he said.He noted the federal government’s announcement in June that it is renaming the Langevin building in Ottawa to the Office of the Prime Minister and Privy Council.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said having his office in a building named for Sir Hector-Louis Langevin — a figure associated with the residential school system — clashed with the government’s vision.“If you want to move down that road and path called reconciliation, it’s very important that you look at all these things from a First Nations perspective and support those changes that will bring about that reconciliation,” said Bellegarde.“It’s all part of the process. … I think that movement should be embraced.”Former prime minister Paul Martin, in Halifax Thursday to receive an award, also said he would leave the Cornwallis issue to local leaders.“I think we have to be truthful about our history. There were some terrible things done to Indigenous Canadians, and if we’re going to have reconciliation, that has be recognized,” he said. “Reconciliation, I believe, means recognizing the errors of the past.”— With files from Adina Bresge in Halifaxlast_img read more

Man charged in the Aamjiwnaang blockade looks to turn tables on judge

first_imgBy Kenneth JacksonAPTN National NewsA man charged with defying a judge’s order to shutdown the Aamjiwnaang First Nation rail blockade in the throes of Idle No More movement is considering filing a complaint against the judge with the Canadian Judicial Council for alleged conflict of interest.Justice David Brown issued two court injunctions against Aamjiwnaang in late December and another in a separate blockade in Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory Jan. 5.Both were at the request of CN Rail but the question at hand is whether Justice Brown should have been the one to sign the court injunctions.Brown had served as a lawyer for CN when he was practicing law, as well as acted as a witness for CN in regulatory matters in the United States, as previously reported by APTN National News.“I find it a matter of concern that warrants further investigation,” said Peter Rosenthal, one of several lawyers defending Ron Plain who is charged with contempt of court for defying Brown’s court orders in Aamjiwnaang.Plain is scheduled to go to court May 24 on the contempt charge. Aamjiwnaang sits within the city limits of Sarnia.No one else is charged for allegedly being part of the blockade that shutdown a CN spur line in Aamjiwnaang territory from Dec. 21 to Jan. 2.Rosenthal didn’t want to get into what route they may take but said a complaint with the CJC, who investigates alleged impropriety of judges, is one avenue.“I’m not sure how that is going to play out on May 24,” he said.Rosenthal said he hasn’t been approached by Tyendinaga Mohawks to be part of any action against Justice Brown, who was appointed to the bench in 2006 by Prime Minister Stephen Harper.Norman Sabourin, executive director of CJC, said he couldn’t comment on a specific case but pointed out all judges were lawyers at one point.“It’s not an usual occurrence. In terms of conflicts of interest there are two big factors. One of them is the passage of time and the second is the closeness of possible relationships,” said Sabourin in a recent interview APTN.He said if it’s been many years since a judge has been a lawyer than the passage of time reduces appearance of conflict.“For a party to go before the media and say ‘boy, I really think that judge didn’t act in my way’ well go raise it before the courts. That’s what the courts are there for. That is a legal issue that has to be addressed before the courts,” said Sabourin. “Essentially, conflict of interest issues are legal issues.”He said if there is an allegation that a judge willfully failed to do their duty “than that is a very serious matter and it is something the (CJC) would review very seriously and very thoroughly.”From the onset, Plain was offered a deal by CN to pay a $5,000 charitable donation. He refused.“I’ll run this up the flag pole,” he said then.Plain said he was offered another deal earlier this year that included him agreeing to never block another railway again.He refused that one too.There’s been other discussions but Plain is refusing to accept a plea agreement.“Because that is still admitting I am in contempt. That is still admitting I did something wrong,” said Plain Thursday.Plain the reason why he didn’t do anything wrong is simple. He was acting a spokesman for the blockade.“In everything done on the blockade I am referred to as the spokesperson. I served a role. I liaised between different organizations and the media and the blockade. In every piece on it that is how I am referred,” he said and if the Sarnia chief of police, the mayor or even a reporter isn’t charged for serving “roles” than he shouldn’t be either.Plain said his lawyers will call witnesses to confirm this.In that, he thinks it can be easily defeated. But that leaves a question of what to do with Justice Brown.Plain said he was never informed of Justice Brown’s past with CN.“In this case, I don’t know if he let CN know he had this affiliation but he obviously didn’t let me know,” said Plain.kjackson@aptn.caTwitter: @afixedaddresslast_img read more

Harper government sets sights on TransCanadas Energy East pipeline approval

first_imgBUDGET 2014APTN National News OTTAWA–The Harper government is now setting its sights on the approval of TransCanada’s Energy East pipeline which could pump up to 1.1 million barrels of Alberta tar sands bitumen to refineries in Quebec and New Brunswick if built.The federal 2014-15 budget unveiled Tuesday commits $28 million for the National Energy Board to review the pipeline’s application process.  Part of the money will be used to enhance the Participant Funding Program and “provide timeline certainty,” the budget document said.The money will be refunded by industry, the budget document said.The budget, however, is silent on any new funding to improve the consultation process with First Nations whose territory lie in the path of pipelines like Energy East and Enbridge’s Northern Gateway Pipeline, which is awaiting cabinet approval.The budget document, however, said Ottawa would be responding to recommendations made by Doug Eyford, who was appointed last year by Prime Minister Stephen Harper to canvass First Nation communities in Alberta and British Columbia on looming energy projects.The budget provided no hint of a timeline on Ottawa’s response to Eyford’s report which recommended ways to build trust, foster inclusion and reconciliation with First Nations to pave the way for energy projects.The budget document also said Ottawa would soon be responding to recommendations made by the Tanker Safety Expert Panel, which was announced on March 18, 2013, to study the issue. Some of the opposition to the Northern Gateway pipeline stems from First Nation communities along the British Columbia coast who worry that increased tanker traffic triggered by the pipeline could lead to an environmental disaster.No timeline was given as to when the federal government would respond to those recommendations.It’s clear from the budget document that the Harper government sees Canada’s natural resource wealth as the main driver for the country’s economy and acknowledges, to a degree, the need for buy-in from First Nation communities.“The government will continue to consult with Aboriginal partners on maximizing opportunities related to resource projects,” said the budget document.Roughly 30,000 indigenous people worked in the energy, mining and forestry industry throughout Canada in 2012, according to the budget document.“Innovative partnerships are being formed between Aboriginal communities, governments and the private sectors to capitalize on the potential social and economic benefits offered by natural resource development,” said the budget document.The budget, however, provides no details on how or if there are plans to improve the consultation process with First Nations.Because natural resources fall under provincial jurisdiction, the federal government has for the most part left it up to the provinces to deal with the issue even though First Nations fall under the federal government’s mandate.While the budget doesn’t use the word Northern Gateway anywhere in the document, its looming approval is telegraphed within its pages.The need get Alberta mined bitumen and natural gas to the world market is seen as “essential for Canada’s future prosperity and security.”The budget document estimates that Canada will be pumping about 5.8 million barrels a day of oil by 2035 and 86 per cent of the total will be coming from Alberta’s tar sands. The tar sands currently account for about 57 per cent of Canadian oil production.The budget document said 98 per cent of Canada’s crude oil goes to the U.S. along with all of its natural gas exports.“Exporting only to the U.S. market has resulted in significantly lower Canadian crude oil prices relative to global benchmarks in recent years,” said the budget document. “This is significantly reducing the value of Canadian exports and gross domestic product.”news@aptn.ca@APTNNewslast_img read more

Housing was a big election issue in NWT so APTN spoke to

first_imgAPTN National NewsNortherners asked for change and they got it.After 10 years of NDP leadership the Northwest Territories went Liberal red.Lack of housing was one of the big issues so APTN’s Iman Kassam met up with people without one.last_img

Laura Ingraham joins Fox News evening lineup

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Conservative commentator Laura Ingraham is joining Fox News Channel’s prime-time lineup with a program that pushes Sean Hannity into a direct competition with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow.Her show, “The Ingraham Angle,” will air weekdays at 10 p.m. ET starting Oct. 30. The radio talk show host is no stranger to Fox viewers since she’s been a commentator on the network for a decade, and her ascension to a regular show has been an open secret since earlier this summer.Fox said her show would “focus on every day, hard-working Americans who serve as the backbone of the nation” and highlight the importance of faith. Ingraham did not immediately return a message seeking comment on Monday.She’s also the founder of the political and cultural website Lifezette. While she will continue to be listed as an editor there, she will have no daily role, Fox said.Meanwhile, Hannity will return to the 9 p.m. time slot he occupied for several years starting next week. With the departures of Bill O’Reilly and Megyn Kelly over the past year, the vociferous backer of President Donald Trump has become Fox’s most popular personality.The panel show “The Five,” a weak link in the ratings for Fox, returns to the late afternoon time slot it occupied for several years.Hannity takes on cable news’ hottest performer, Maddow, in a competition that is likely to have little overlap in viewers.Ingraham had been rumoured to be under consideration earlier this year for a role in President Donald Trump’s White House. But she’s not a “no questions asked” supporter, and was critical last week of Trump’s discussions with the Democrats about immigration reform.She also said earlier this year that she was considering a 2018 challenge to Democrat Tim Kaine for a U.S. Senate seat representing Virginia, an avenue that would be cut off from her with a nightly program on Fox.___This story has been corrected to show that “The Ingraham Angle” starts next month.last_img read more

Photo of the Day King Mohammed VI Shops for Parisian Jeans

Rabat – King Mohammed VI has appeared in another photograph, this time in the jeans shop Notify, in the sixth district of the French capital.This photo is the latest of many public photos of King Mohammed VI that have been recently circulating on social media, following the King’s successful heart surgery in Paris.Since the surgery, the sovereign has been frequently posing with admirers, including local and international fans who have publicly expressed their joy at meeting and taking pictures with the King. read more

BCIJ Chief El Khiame Morocco Shares Counterterrorism Expertise with European Partners

Rabat – Head of Morocco’s Central Bureau of Judicial Investigation  (BCIJ) Abdelhak El Khiame has again called for a shared responsibility and joint efforts to fight terrorism in the region.El Khiame reiterated in an interview with Italian news agency LaPressa that the war against terrorism will take a long time. “The fight against terrorism will take a long time, but if we work together with serenity and responsibility we can overcome the courge.” This is not the first time that Al Khiame has acknowledged that the issue of terrorism requires  joint work from all concerned parties.In December 2018,  El Khiame said that  terrorism threats, including that of the ISSI had not ended.He explained that social media helps terrorists to spread their ideologies easily.El Khiame also said that Morocco always offers to share its strategy in the area with European partners. He says  this has helped them to foil “several attacks in several countries, including France, Spain, Italy, Denmark, and Belgium.”“This professionalism has given more value to the Moroccan security services that are still receiving requests from their European counterparts.”Read Also: Abdelhak Khiame Explains Morocco’s Anti-Terrorism Strategy2El Khiame also denied that terrorism is linked to a specific nationality or religion.“Terrorism has no religion or nationality.”El Khiame recalled that Morocco is currently co-chairing the World Forum against Terrorism with the Netherlands.He added that Morocco, under the leadership of King Mohammed VI, has  adopted a multidimensional policy which integrates religious and socio-economic aspects to modernize security institutions.“We realized that security alone is not enough to protect young people against the risk of radicalization, and that it is necessary to fight against the factors that lead to their radicalization,” El Khiame said.The BCIJ chief referred to the“moussalaha” (reconciliation) program launched in 2018. The program  aims to reintegrate prisoners into society.Morocco’s government has eminent trust on the reconciliation program. Morocco,at the request of King Mohammed VI,  offered royal pardon to numerous defendants convicted of terror related crimes. Many former terror suspects applied to join the program.Morocco introduced the BCIJ in 2015. The bureau has monitored security threats across the country and assisted foreign security agencies in combating terrorism.El Khiame added that Morocco have been making  great efforts in the religious field through the Higher Council of Ulemas and the training of imams. This is in addition to initiatives to combat poverty and to strengthen the process of  economic development.During his interview, El Khiame recalled that Italy is among the countries with which Morocco  shared security information and experiences in this area. read more

Opinion What standard of living do people want What is required to

first_img Wednesday 19 Apr 2017, 6:30 AM By Dr Seán Healy Short URL https://jrnl.ie/3345226 592 Views Opinion: ‘What standard of living do people want? What is required to deliver this?’ Now is the perfect opportunity to develop a new and radical social contract for Ireland’s second century, writes Dr Seán Healy. 65 Comments Dr Seán Healy center_img access to meaningful workprotection from poverty at times where paid employment is not accessiblea minimum floor in times of old age, disability or infirmityan education system that is relevant, accessible and high in qualitya guarantee that their needs will be met at times of ill-healththe regulation and protection of the environment for the good of all citizens andensured participation in civic life and in shaping the decisions that affect them.All democracies are founded on a social contractThe strength of a democracy is defined by the strength of its social contract and the quality of life and wellbeing of its citizens. A new and progressive social contract is where government works in the best interest of all, where the economy is nurtured for the benefit of society, where people have access the decent services and infrastructure.A progressive social contract would mean that the benefits from things like technological development, economic growth and societal advancement are shared.A new social contract must delivera vibrant economy which works for the benefit of societydecent services and infrastructure which are accessible to alla fair taxation system to support our social and economic infrastructuregood governance which facilitates everyone having a say in decisions that affect themsustainability – meaning that development is balanced across the regions and progress is measured in terms of social cohesion and the common good.To come to a consensus on the standard of living that people want and agree on, and, how this is to be delivered requires dialogue, with input from all sectors of society.Choices must be made and agreement reached on how the social contract is to be delivered. A real republic will stand for social justice and for equality.Social Justice Ireland calls on leadership from all sectors of Irish society to become part of a debate on a new social contract for a new century.Dr Seán Healy is Director of Social Justice Ireland.Zero-hour contracts: ‘Clare has to live with her parents and can’t afford to go to the doctor”>Big Little Lies: ‘No woman just lets domestic violence happen. But maybe we do’> Director, Social Justice Ireland Apr 19th 2017, 6:30 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article OUR SOCIAL CONTRACT is broken and now is the perfect opportunity to develop a new and radical social contract for Ireland’s second century.The social contract is how the standard of living that everyone expects and agrees on is implemented and delivered. Put simply, the key questions are: what standard of living do people want and expect, and what infrastructure, services and resources are required to deliver this?Expectations and responsibilitiesSo the social contract sets out the expectations, the rights and the responsibilities of all parts of society – individuals, institutions and government.It means that everyone contributes to the common good – economically, socially or culturally – on the assumption that the State will provide a minimum standard of living, essential social services and infrastructure, and the protection of basic rights.There is a balance of rights and responsibilities between citizens, communities, institutions and government.A key part of the social contract is solidarity between generationsAt different points in our lives, all of us will either be net beneficiaries from, or net contributors to society. This differs, depending on whether we are children, adults of working age or pensioners.It depends on whether we are in full-time education, engaged in caring work, in paid employment or volunteering in the community. At all times we are contributing to and benefiting from the social contract in different ways.Why is the social contract broken? The legitimate expectations of citizens are not being met. This is most obvious in areas such as housing and homelessness, a two-tier healthcare system and an ongoing failure to provide rural broadband.People expect a well-run economy, good governance, a State that acts in the interests of its people and they expect to have a say on the issues that affect them.As part of the social contract in a modern democratic society, citizens may reasonably expect: Share Tweet Email1 last_img read more

Rhinocéros la vente des cornes légalisée en Afrique du Sud

first_imgRhinocéros : la vente des cornes légalisée en Afrique du Sud ?Afin de lutter contre le braconnage qui décime les rhinocéros du pays, l’Afrique du Sud envisage de légaliser la vente des cornes de ces animaux menacées d’extinction. Combattre le marché noir pour enrayer le braconnage qui l’alimente pourrait être une stratégie efficace face au massacre de plus en plus violent et organisé des rhinocéros.En juillet dernier, le WWF dressait le terrible bilan du braconnage qui décime les rhinocéros d’Afrique du Sud. En six mois, quelque 200 animaux ont été abattus pour leurs cornes, dans les réserves nationales et privées du pays qui doit faire face à un braconnage de plus en plus organisé et armé. En septembre, ils étaient au moins 287 à avoir été tués.À lire aussiVoilà à quoi ressemblent les cris de petits rhinocérosAfin de lutter contre ce massacre, l’Afrique du Sud envisage toutes les solutions. Après avoir mobilisé l’armée, et songé à décorner les rhinocéros pour leur éviter d’être tués (voir notre article), les autorités pourraient légaliser la vente des cornes, rapporte l’AFP. Le ministère de l’Environnement entend combattre le marché noir sur lequel sont vendues les cornes des rhinocéros abattus par les braconniers. La faisabilité de ce projet est donc en cours d’examen. “Le cahier des charges a été publié et un fournisseur doit être nommé prochainement”, a déclaré le porte-parole du ministère Albi Modise, cité par The Star.Sur le marché asiatique, le prix des cornes peut atteindre 500.000 dollars (375.000 euros) par unité. Au Vietnam comme en Chine, des vertus aphrodisiaques et médicales leurs sont attribuées. Une croyance vieille de plus de mille ans, qu’il est très difficile de combattre. “Cela ne va pas changer en un jour. Nous devons convaincre les gens à travers nos recherches que la corne ne sert à rien”, souligne Nguyen Truy Kien, un conseiller du gouvernement vietnamien cité par le magazine Mail&Guardian.Mais si le massacre des rhinocéros n’est pas rapidement enrayé, le maintien de la population de l’espèce sera menacé dans moins de deux ans, alertent les défenseurs de l’environnement.Le 3 octobre 2011 à 15:55 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Lorigine des lémuriens remise en question par la découverte dun fossile

first_imgL’origine des lémuriens remise en question par la découverte d’un fossileUne équipe de chercheurs franco-tunisienne a découvert les fossiles d’un petit primate qui vivait il y a 50 millions d’années : le Djebelemur. Cet animal remet en question plusieurs hypothèses sur l’origine des lémurs de Madagascar, des loris afro-asiatiques et des galagos africains.Les primates à peigne dentaire (ou strepsirhiniens) comprennent deux grands types d’espèces : les Lémuriens et les Lorisiformes, des petits primates parmi lesquels on distingue notamment  les loris et les galagos. Ces animaux possèdent tous des dents antérieures en forme de peigne leur permettant de faire leur toilette et de bien saisir les gommes dont ils se nourrissent.Bien que ces connaissances soient depuis longtemps établies, les primatologues ne sont pas tous d’accord quant à la date d’apparition des strepsirhiniens. Les données génétiques récentes font remonter l’origine des lémurs et des loris au tout début de l’Ère tertiaire, juste après la disparition des dinosaures, il y a soit 65 millions d’années, soit 80 millions d’années selon les experts, explique le CNRS. Pourtant, les informations paléontologiques ne collent pas. Tout d’abord, le plus ancien fossile de lorisiforme connu date d’il y a 37 millions d’années seulement. Par ailleurs, l’Institut des sciences de l’évolution de Montpellier (CNRS/Université Montpellier 2/IRD) et l’Office national des mines de Tunis ont retrouvé en Tunisie de nouveaux fossiles qui ne vont pas non plus dans ce sen. Un lointain parent des strepsirhiniens Les fossiles datés de 50 millions d’années, appartiennent à un petit primate appelé Djebelemur (le lémur du Djebel). Selon les scientifiques, cet animal nocturne de 70 g seulement aurait été un insectivore vivant dans les arbres. Surtout, les fossiles retrouvés donnent à penser que ce Djebelemur est un lointain parent des lémurs, des loris et des galagos. Seule différence notable, il ne possédait pas de peigne dentaire. Néanmoins, il présentait une structure dentaire déjà transformée, une ébauche de la dentition antérieure des strepsirhiniens actuels. Djebelemur serait alors une espèce transitoire se situant avant la divergence Lorisiformes-Lémuriformes et menant à l’apparition de ces primates. Si cela est vrai, les primates à peigne dentaire seraient apparus bien plus récemment que ne l’estimaient les biologistes, c’est à dire il y a moins de 50 millions d’années, l’âge du fossile de Djebelemur. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Les travaux publiés dans la revue PLoS ONE permettent ainsi de reconstruire un chapitre de l’histoire évolutive de cette lignée. Mais ils pourraient également aider à affiner les modèles issus de la génétique, ajoute le CNRS.(Source photo : PLoS ONE)Le 14 décembre 2013 à 14:59 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Yakima food bank says it was robbed of nearly 1000 pounds of

first_imgYAKIMA — Nearly 1,000 pounds of food was reportedly stolen from Sunrise Outreach’s food bank at Vineyard Church in downtown Yakima over the weekend.Outreach staff on Monday determined that frozen chicken, eight cases of eggs, 11 cases of orange juice and eight cases ?of cereal were stolen from the facility after church services on Sunday.“It is interesting that so much was taken. You expect someone that’s desperate enough to steal food would have a genuine personal interest, but this was someone stealing to sell or redistribute,” executive director Dave Hanson said.Hanson said this is only the second time in the past 12 years that someone has stolen food from the facility, which is located at ?221 E Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.Hanson said no exterior doors were damaged.“It’s good, but it appears somebody was already in the building or had access to the building. We don’t know what that means, but we’ll continue to investigate until we know what happens,” Hanson said.Hanson said he’s confident the stolen food will be recovered but said the food bank is always looking for donations.Sunrise has five food and clothing banks, which serve about 2,000 households in Yakima, Sunnyside and Mabton with weekly allotments each month.In the Yakima food bank alone, that comes out to about 700 households or 2,800 individuals each month, said director of operations Ken Trainer.“It gets discouraging that people would do that to the poor,” he said. “You’re taking food out of kids’ mouths.”last_img read more