Drunk driving guilty plea dogs Sask chief

first_imgAPTN National NewsControversy continues to swirl around a Manitoba grand chief’s drunk driving conviction.Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations Grand Chief Guy Lonechild recently pleaded guilty to drinking and driving.Lonechild was charged by police a month before he was elected grand chief. The drunk driving charge, however, was kept secret.Despite the conviction, Lonechild has refused to step down. Lonechild has also repeatedly rejected requests for an interview.APTN National News spoke to activist and journalist Tyrone Tootoosis about the issue.last_img read more

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Inuk woman once homeless now part of Montreals effort to put people

first_imgDanielle RochetteAPTN National NewsMONTREAL – Lena Onalik is from Kangiqsualuajjuaq, Nunavik – a long way from the streets of Montreal.She arrived in Montreal two years ago and was in a precarious situation.The streets became home.But now she is part of an outreach workers team at the Native Friendship Centre in Montreal.She is helping the homeless Inuit downtown.“I was on the street for a while and I finally got my home which is excellent … I love it,” said Onalik. “Helping the ones who do not have a home yet is good for me.”The mayor of Montreal recently announced a three-year action plan to combat homelessness.The city is committing $2.5 million a year for housing and shelters.A project of hundreds of housing units is also under development.Denis Coderre admits that is not enough.But the city is moving in the right direction.“It’s never enough, of course,” said Coderre. “But sometimes resources does not mean a matter of money it’s a matter of awareness, it is a matter of political will.”Adrienne Campbell has been the director of the only overnight Aboriginal shelter in Montreal for many years.She’s pleased to hear Coderre going to bat for the most vulnerable.Campbell was particularly happy about creating a homelessness ombudsman.“He actually plans to give a voice directly to the people … he was able to recognize that and put that in there, which again is a huge lift from any other action plan,” she said.Campbell said affordable housing and increased employment are important solutions but are only pieces of a big pie, especially relating to Indigenous peoples.“For us having a focus investing in healing services, health services especially for Aboriginal people is very important,” she said.Back at the friendship centre, Onalik goes about her day.When asked about what the homeless people really need her answer comes quick.“Support,” she said.last_img read more

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BC First Nation angered by federal ministers response to downed tug

first_imgThe Canadian PressBELLA BELLA, B.C. — Members of a Heiltsuk Nation on British Columbia’s central coast say they’re angered and dismayed by a federal minister’s response to a fuel spill in the area.Fisheries and Oceans minister Dominic LeBlanc has issued a statement saying crews have finished pumping oil from a sunken tug boat near Bella Bella, B.C., and are now turning their attention to removing the Nathan E. Stewart from the waters.The statement says environmental monitoring and shoreline cleanup are also underway.But Marilyn Slett, chief of the Heiltsuk Nation, said in a release that there is an extensive amount of work to be done, and it’s still unclear what environmental impact the fuel spill has had on the area.Slett says the minister needs to come to Bella Bella to see the situation first hand.The tug had more than 200,000 litres of diesel on board when it ran aground and sank on Oct. 13, and representatives say about 110,000 litres of an oil-water mixture have been recovered.last_img read more

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Mother speaks out about her daughters death appeals for action on MMIWG

first_imgPrecious Ones: Nova Scotia mother calling for #MMIWG inquiry to include men Ten years ago her 19-year-old son Carlyle was found dead in Sydney.Last year APTN Investigates interviewed Mona about her son’s death. Mona said she wanted to see the MMIWG Inquiry include missing and murdered Indigenous men too. Justin BrakeAPTN NewsThe mother and cousin of a young Mi’kmaw woman who died last month are speaking out in hopes of bringing more awareness to the epidemic of missing and murdered Indigenous women in Canada. Cassidy Jean Bernard, 22, was found dead in her We’koqma’q home on Oct. 24.  Cassidy is the second child Mona has lost “at somebody else’s hand.” “It’s an awesome thing that they’re…recognizing that there’s a problem, that there’s an epidemic. But they should be doing something about it now,” she said. She was also the mother of six-month-old identical twin girls, Mya and Paisley. “It was amazing to watch her do that,” she said. RCMP in Nova Scotia have not yet named Bernard as the deceased, but have called the death “suspicious” and say they are investigating. “My eyes are wide open,” Mona said, having lost two of her six children. She wants answers. “They should have been doing something about it decades ago, so that these men and these predators wouldn’t feel safe to actually hurt our women and get away with it. It’s been going on far too long.  Speaking from her home in We’koqma’q First Nation, Nova Scotia Mona Bernard described her daughter Cassidy as “an angel,” a “bright-spirited child,” and “just beautiful.” She said she is taking care of her two granddaughters now. Police have not said there’s a public safety risk in the wake of Bernard’s death. Annie Bernard-Daisley, Cassidy’s cousin and a band councillor for We’koqma’q, told APTN News Cassidy was “very community-oriented,” and that the young mother “went to every community function that there was with her little babies. They’re waiting for Nova Scotia’s medical examiner service to complete its own investigation before the RCMP can classify the death as anything other than suspicious, RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Jennifer Clarke told APTN News Friday.APTN reached out to Nova Scotia’s Medical Examiner Service for information on Cassidy’s case but did not receive a response by the time of publication. “They said he was swimming and that he drowned,” she explained. “But there was little investigation and nobody really gave me the right answers. I heard so many different stories on his death. He didn’t drown. He wouldn’t even go into that water. Waiting on medical examiner “They’re getting away with murdering our women, taking their lives, and taking them away from their families, because they know they can. They know there’s a track record with the government not following through with investigations and making sure people who are doing this to our women for the safety of everybody else in society.” “Bring a red dress, bring a poster ! Bring yourself!” Annie posted on Facebook Friday, adding the event will be  “peaceful protest to create an awareness to the Missing and Murdered Indigenous women and men in all of Canada!” Annie said she and Mona are urging people in the community with information to come forward. “I don’t want anyone to lose an angel like I just did. I swear, I don’t want any other mother to feel this kind of pain,” Mona said. The family is also planning what they’re calling a “Red Dress Protest” for 12 p.m. Noon Wednesday, Nov. 21, when they will block the Canso Causeway, which connects Unama’aki (Cape Breton Island) to the mainland. “And the investigation, I don’t know what ever happened but it just didn’t keep going.” Mona said Cassidy “was just a master” at mothering. “She was just a queen of these babies.” Looking for answers, taking action “The government has to step up and actually do something about it,” Annie said, commending the Trudeau government for launching the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, but adding action should not wait until the Inquiry files its final report. “We live in small communities. People are related to each other. People might be defending each other. And it’s our people who are doing that,” she said. “Our people have to stop [defending people who kill] because it’s making our society feel like they are able to take women’s lives and get away with it. And it’s gotta stop happening. They have to be courageous and stand up and give out the information to the right people.”.APTN Investigates interviewed Mona Bernard last year. She had already lost her son Carlyle Denny and believes police didn’t do a thorough enough investigation into his 2008 death. Now, following the death of her 22-year-old daughter Cassidy, she’s hoping for answers. APTN file photo..As part of their awareness raising campaign family members have begun using the hashtag “JusticeForCass on social media. “She must have been an angel from God, because nobody gets blessed very often to have that opportunity to have identical twins,” Mona said. But Mona and Annie say even though Cassidy’s case is so recent and is not yet solved, they feel compelled to speak out about the ongoing epidemic of missing and murdered Indigenous women. Mona said her daughter was brilliant, “in her culture and in English,” and that she would sing and speak in Mi’kmaq to her daughters. “Cassidy was just a beautiful angel that was sent to me from God. And somebody has taken her away.”.jbrake@aptn.ca@JustinBrakeNewslast_img read more

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Foes of Obama oilgas rule ask court to reconsider ruling

first_imgDENVER – Opponents of some Obama-era oil and gas regulations say a decision by a federal appeals court in Denver could allow those rules to go into effect temporarily, even though the Trump administration plans to revoke them.Four states, two industry groups and a Native American tribe filed documents Friday and Monday asking the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider a decision it issued in September.That decision said it would be a waste of time to rule on whether the regulations are legal because the new administration has already begun to overturn them. But the decision cast doubt on whether the regulations are in force in the meantime.Colorado, North Dakota, Utah and Wyoming asked the court reconsider. Two industry groups — the Independent Petroleum Association of America and the Western Energy Alliance — filed another request, as did the Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation in Utah.The industry groups said that unless the September decision is changed, the federal government could be forced to enact the rules until they are formally revoked. Energy companies would have to spend time and money complying or risk getting sued, the groups said.The Ute tribe said it would suffer economic losses if the rules take effect because energy companies might hold off drilling on tribal land until the Trump administration revokes them. The states said they too would be harmed.The appeals court did not immediately say whether it would reconsider. It told six environmental groups that are parties to the case to respond to the requests by Nov. 20.The 2015 rules require drilling companies to disclose what chemicals they used in hydraulic fracturing on federal and tribal land. Hydraulic fracturing boosts oil and gas production by injecting a high-pressure mix of water, sand and chemicals underground to break open rock formations.A federal judge in Wyoming overturned the regulations last year, saying the government had no authority to impose them. The Obama administration — which was still in office — and environmentalists appealed.Before the appeals court could rule, the Trump administration took office and announced it would revoke the regulations. That process is underway but not yet complete.The 10th Circuit, citing the uncertain future of the regulations, dismissed the appeals in its September decision but also reversed the Wyoming judge’s decision that overturned the regulations in the first place. That left confusion about whether the regulations are in force.___Follow Dan Elliott at http://twitter.com/DanElliottAP. His work can be found at https://apnews.com/search/dan%20elliott.last_img read more

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US proposes higher tax on 200 billion in Chinese imports

first_imgWASHINGTON – The Trump administration is proposing raising planned taxes on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports to 25 per cent from 10 per cent, turning up the pressure on Beijing in a trade war between the world’s two biggest economies.The United States has already imposed 25 per cent tariffs on $34 billion in Chinese imports and is readying 25 per cent tariffs on another $16 billion worth to punish China for allegedly using predatory tactics to obtain U.S. technology. The Chinese have retaliated in kind.Last month, the U.S. proposed 10 per cent tariffs on another $200 billion in Chinese products — from parachutes to sardines — in response to China’s retaliation. But President Donald Trump now wants U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to consider more than doubling those tariffs to 25 per cent. The government will seek public comment on the higher tariffs. A hearing on the levies is scheduled for Aug. 20-23.“The Trump Administration continues to urge China to stop its unfair practices, open its market and engage in true market competition,” Lighthizer said Wednesday, adding that, “Regrettably, instead of changing its harmful behaviour, China has illegally retaliated against U.S. workers, farmers, ranchers and businesses.”Reacting to media reports that the higher tariffs were coming, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang warned that Beijing will “definitely fight back” to defend its “lawful rights and interests.” He gave no details of possible retaliatory measures.Trump has threatened to escalate the conflict even more by taxing virtually all of the $500 billion worth of goods China ships annually to the United States.“The president is going to continue to hold China responsible for their unfair trade practices,” said White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. “This has gone on for long enough and he’s going to do something about it.”But Trump’s tariffs have drawn criticism at home in the United States for driving up costs for consumers and companies that rely on Chinese imports.“We said before that this round of tariffs amounted to doubling down on the recklessness of imposing trade policy that will hurt U.S. families and workers more than they will hurt China,” said Matthew Shay, president of the National Retail Federation. “Increasing the size of the tariffs is merely increasing the harm that will be done. “Mickey Kantor, who was U.S. trade representative under President Bill Clinton, warned that a trade war with China will take a toll on a U.S. healthy economy that from April through June registered the fastest growth since 2014.“Our economy is in terrific shape,” said Kantor, now a partner at the Mayer Brown law firm. “Why in the world would you do this? It makes no sense. We don’t need it. It will cost us jobs and investment. It will slow the economy.”___Associated Press Writer Ken Thomas contributed to this report..last_img read more

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Bank of England chief hints he will stay to help with Brexit

first_imgLONDON – Bank of England Governor Mark Carney all but confirmed Tuesday that he is to stay at the helm of the central bank for longer than planned to help ensure Britain leaves the European Union as smoothly as possible.Following days of speculation about an extension beyond his planned June 2019 departure, Carney told a committee of lawmakers that during “this critical period” everyone should do what they can to help the Brexit process.Carney, a Canadian, took the top job at the Bank of England in July 2013 on a five-year basis. He extended it by a further year in the aftermath of Britain’s vote in June 2016 to leave the EU.“Even though I have already agreed to extend my time to support a smooth Brexit, I am willing to do whatever else I can in order to promote both a smooth Brexit and an effective transition at the Bank of England,” he said Tuesday.With Brexit due March 29, 2019, Carney confirmed he has been in talks with Britain’s Treasury chief, Philip Hammond, about extending his tenure again.Carney, who is reportedly also interested in returning to Canadian politics, has said the government will announce details “in due course.” Media reports have suggested his tenure may be extended by about a year.Many backers of Brexit have accused Carney of taking sides during the Brexit referendum campaign, of being a leading proponent of so-called “Project Fear” when warning of the economic consequences of a vote to leave the EU. But many in the financial markets have been calling on Carney to stay longer to help reduce uncertainty.The British government’s discussions with the EU have struggled to make progress over the past few months, and Prime Minister Theresa May has suffered a series of resignations from her cabinet, including those of Boris Johnson as foreign secretary and David Davis as Brexit secretary.Her latest proposals for Brexit involve Britain maintaining many EU rules so British firms can keep trading easily in the European single market. Her plan has run into resistance from both the EU and within May’s Conservative Party.With the opposition Labour Party also seemingly split over how to approach Brexit, concerns have risen that Britain will end up crashing out of the EU with no deal and no transition period after Brexit day to help smooth the process.Though Carney said last month that the risks of a no-deal Brexit were “uncomfortably high,” he said Tuesday that some sort of agreement is still more likely.“The negotiations are getting to a critical stage and there’s still a wide range of views of potential outcomes and sometimes things don’t evolve as expected, so there is a chance for downside risks,” he said.He added, however, that the economy “by and large is operating as if there will be some form of agreement and some form of transition.” Only 20 per cent of firms have contingency plans for a no-deal Brexit, he said.Last month, the Bank of England raised its main interest rate by a quarter point to 0.75 per cent even though the economy has slowed. Its main reason for doing so was to contain inflation, which has risen above the 2 per cent target, largely as a result of a 15-per cent fall in the pound in the wake of the Brexit vote.Following Carney’s comments, the pound was little changed, down 0.2 per cent at $1.2941. Before the referendum, the pound was trading around $1.50.Carney said there could be “more positive momentum” behind the pound in the event of a Brexit agreement, but that it could fall again if there isn’t one.last_img read more

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The Latest Retailers get hammered in premarket trading

first_imgNEW YORK — The Latest on retail sales (all times local):9:25 a.m.Unemployment hasn’t been so low in years, wages are rising, consumer confidence is high and gasoline is cheap, creating high expectations for department stores this holiday season.That’s not what investors got in numbers released Thursday.Department stores fell sharply before the opening bell Thursday, with bellwether Macy’s down nearly 19 per cent after posting worse-than-expected holiday sales.The Cincinnati company also cut its full-year earnings and sales forecasts. The chain reported that same-store sales rose about 1 per cent during November-December. Chairman and CEO Jeff Gennette said in a statement that holiday sales started out strong during Black Friday and Cyber Week, but softened in mid-December before picking up steam the week of Christmas.—The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Beirut summit highlights divisions turmoil in Lebanon

first_imgBEIRUT — An Arab economic summit in Lebanon has been marred by controversy days before delegates arrive for the gathering this weekend.Should regional outcast Syria be invited, as demanded by Lebanon’s powerful Hezbollah militia, an ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad? And should Libya get a seat at the table, despite the unresolved mystery surrounding the disappearance of a Lebanese cleric in Libya four decades ago?President Michel Aoun is hoping to use the platform to boost Lebanon’s sinking economic credentials. But Lebanon’s powerful parliament speaker, Nabih Berri, disagrees, saying a country paralyzed by its own divisions cannot successfully host a meeting of Arab nations.The turmoil is nothing new to Lebanon, a country fragmented along political fault lines.Zeina Karam And Bassem Mroue, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Hospital Foundation raises 80000 on Bluey Day

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The Fort St. John Hospital Foundation’s cancer care and treatment fund got an $80,000 boost over the weekend.Thirty five residents decided to “be brave and shave” at this year’s Bluey Day fundraiser, which took place last Saturday. The Foundation said that enough hair was collected from the shaves to make eight wigs.The Foundation’s events coordinator Colleen Fraser said that one of the highlights of this year’s Bluey Day was seeing councillor Larry Evans, as well as his son Neil and grandson Linden all shave their heads for the cause. Since 1998, Bluey Day has raised over $1.7 million for the Hospital Foundation.last_img read more

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RCMP confirm photo on social media not suspects in Northern BC homicides

first_imgWINNIPEG, M.B. – The Manitoba RCMP have confirmed the photo floating around on social media of a man posing with a copy of the Winnipeg Sun, is not one of the suspects in three northern B.C. homicides.In a post on Facebook early Friday, the RCMP confirmed the photo that shows a man posing with the front page of Thursday’s Winnipeg Sun is not Kam McLeod or Bryer Schmegelsky.The RCMP also said they are still searching for the suspects and will release updates as they have concrete and confirmed information to share.  The post goes onto say, “We understand many people are experiencing fear & uncertainty over this incident but spreading online rumours doesn’t help.”RCMP have been searching near Gillam Manitoba since Monday for Bryer Schmegelsky and Kam McLeod.  There have been two confirmed sightings of the suspects near the community. The vehicle they had been driving was found near the community.last_img read more

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9th Annual United Way of Northern BC Fire Truck Pull this Saturday

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The United Way of Northern British Columbia will be hosting its 9th Annual Fire Truck Pull this Saturday, September 14.The Fire Truck Pull is described as the ultimate tug-of-war challenge and a great team-building event.Teams of 10 will play tug-of-war with a 22,000 lb. fire truck to compete for awards and bragging rights. Awards will be given out to teams in the following categories:• Fastest time- Heavy Weight and Not so Heavy Weight• Most money raised• Most spirited/best-dressed teamRegistration is a minimum pledge of $250.00 per team, with all proceeds going to support the United Way of Northern B.C.A pledge form, money and acknowledgment of risk waiver must be submitted to the United Way by Friday, September 13.The 9th Annual Fire Truck Pull is taking place Saturday, September 14, at the Pomeroy Sport Centre parking lot.For team registration, and for more information, you can call Mahvish Parvez at 250-561-1040. Registration can also be completed online.last_img read more

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Dhoni opens up on 2013 IPL fixing scandal

first_imgNew Delhi: What mistake did the players make, asked Mahendra Singh Dhoni, opening up on a phase of life made “most difficult and depressing” by the 2013 IPL fixing scandal. The two-time World Cup winning captain broke his silence in a docudrama aptly titled ‘Roar of the Lion’, which focuses on the scandal that rocked Indian cricket and the ensuing fairy tale comeback by Chennai Super Kings following a two-year suspension for its management’s role in spot-fixing. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “2013 was the most difficult phase in my life, I was never depressed as much as I was then. The closest was 2007 World Cup when we lost in the group stages. But all said and done, 2007 happened because we did not play good cricket. “But 2013, the angle was completely different. People are talking about match-fixing and spot-fixing. It was the most talked about thing in the country,” Dhoni said in the first episode titled ‘What did we do wrong’? broadcast on Hotstar. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Dhoni, who led the CSK to three IPL titles, said they knew a “harsh punishment” was on the cards. “We did deserve the punishment but the only thing is the quantum of the punishment. Finally we got to know that CSK will be banned for two years. There was a mixed feeling that time. Because you take a lot of things personally and, as a captain, question what did the team do wrong,” Dhoni stated. “Yes there was mistake from our side (the franchise) but were the players involved in this? What mistake did we, as players, do to go through all of that?” Recalling the torrid time when insinuations and allegations flew thick and fast, Dhoni said fixing a match requires the involvement of the majority of players. “My name also came up in talks of fixing. They started showcasing in the media or social media as if the team was involved, I was involved. Is it possible (in cricket)? Yes it is possible, anyone can do spot-fixing. Umpires can do that, batsmen can, bowlers can… but match-fixing needs the involvement of the majority of the players.” For Dhoni, who has always preferred to go about his job quietly even when leading the Indian team, his silence may have been misunderstood. “The problem when people think you are very strong, is that more often than not, nobody comes and asks: how are you doing. It was more of how I dealt with it. “I did not want to talk about it to others, at the same time it was scratching me. I don’t want anything to affect my cricket. For me cricket is the most important thing.” In a trailer of the documentary recently, Dhoni had called match-fixing a bigger crime than murder. “Whatever I am today, whatever I have achieved is because of cricket. So the biggest crime that I can commit personally is not murder. It’s actually match fixing because it doesn’t get restricted to me. If I’m involved in such a thing, it has a bigger impact. “If people think a match is fixed because the outcome of a match is extraordinary, then people lose their faith in cricket. I don’t think in my life I would deal with something that is tougher than this,” he said. Dhoni had not commented on the turmoil before this. In July 2015, Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals were suspended from the cash-rich league for two years for betting activities by their key officials Gurunath Meiyappan and Raj Kundra during the 2013 season. On his silence post the episode, Dhoni said, “What makes it even tougher is that, as the Indian captain you keep going to press conferences. There is a known line that is drawn that that was the IPL and this is the Indian cricket team. “It’s not easy to keep performing at the top level when these things are on your mind. Ten years down the line, no one is going to remember what was said in a press conference but how the team did.” While he agreed that then BCCI chief N Srinivasan’s son-in-law Meiyappan was part of the team setup, Dhoni said, in what capacity, is open to debate. “Initially, when Guru’s name came up, (we knew) he was part of the team, all said and done. But in what capacity, that is debatable. Was he the owner, the team principal, the motivator… what exactly was he? “I don’t know if anyone from the franchise introduced Guru to us as the owner… we all knew him as the son-in-law.” The punishment was handed down by a Supreme Court- appointed three-member committee headed by former CJI R M Lodha, which held that the betting activities brought the game of cricket, BCCI and IPL into disrepute. Lastly, Dhoni called his association with CSK is “like a match made on matrimonial site an arranged marriage”.last_img read more

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2 killed in separate road accidents

first_imgGhaziabad: A 42-year-old man was killed after an unidentified car hit scooter from behind on late Sunday night. Cops said that the deceased was on the way to his home in Modinagar area of Ghaziabad from Kavi Nagar when the incident took place.According to police, the deceased has been identified as Surinder Uppal, a native of Modinagar area. Gajendra Pal Singh, SHO of Modinagar police station said that the incident occurred at around 10 pm and a speeding car coming from Delhi hits Surinder scooty from behind and deceased fell on the road and died on the spot. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehicles”The body has been sent for the autopsy while the reports are awaited,” Singh said. Police did not receive any complaint from the family of deceased while they are performing necessary investigations. In another similar road mishap, a 60-years-old woman was killed by a truck driver, when she was going to her house after closing her vegetable shop. Cops said that the victim was identified as Ranjito, a resident of Loni. The lady also runs a vegetable shop in Loni area for the last 30 years. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarSanjay Kumar Singh, Station House Officer of Loni police station said that the incident occurred around 8pm, when the lady was crushed by the wheel of the truck. The driver is absconding yet but police have seized the truck. “Police have lodged an FIR against the unknown person under the section of IPC of 279 (Rash driving or riding on a public way) and 338 (Causing grievous hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others),” he added.last_img read more

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Delhi govt orders private school to reimburse Rs 209 crore to students

first_imgNEW DELHI: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government in Delhi on Saturday ordered a private school in the city to reimburse the Rs 2.09 crore it collected from the students as extra fees within30 days. Addressing a press conference here, Delhi Education Minister Manish Sisodia said that the Apeejay School in Sheikh Sarai was sent the notice following complaints by the parents. “Apeejay School in Sheikh Sarai had increased different charges, such as annual fee and development fee, by 10-25 per cent without informing the government. After auditing the school’s accounts for the last seven years, we passed an order on Friday,” Sisodia said. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesHe further said that despite the school having a surplus of Rs 30.85 crore, the teachers were not paid as per the Seventh Pay Commission and that fees were increased every year. “In the 2018-19 session, the school had collected Rs 2.09 crore more than the actual fees. We have ordered the school to return the extra fees within 30 days or face action. Else it has to tell the parents that it’ll adjust the extra fees in the coming months,” he said. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: Javadekar”The school spent Rs 4.5 crore collected from fees on a new building. According to the law, the school should have done this with its own money, not from the fees collected from the students. “In this building, it opened a new school called International School. But many of the teachers of the International School were paid from the other school’s account while the fees taken by it were going into another account,” Sisodia said.last_img read more

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SC Collegium recommends names for appointment as chief justices of 4 HCs

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court Collegium has recommended names of four high court judges for their appointment as chief justices of the high courts of Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Telangana.As per May 10 resolutions uploaded on the apex court website, a three-member Collegium, headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, recommended to the Centre the name of Justice D N Patel for his appointment as the chief justice of Delhi High Court. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghSimilarly, the Collegium has recommended names of Justices A A Kureshi, V Ramasubramanian and R S Chauhan for their appointment as chief justices of high courts of Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Telangana respectively. “Office of the Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court would be falling vacant very shortly, consequent upon retirement of Justice Rajendra Menon, chief justice of that high court. Therefore, appointment to that office is required to be made,” the Collegium, also comprising Justices S A Bobde and N V Ramana, said. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad”Justice D N Patel is a senior puisne Judge from Gujarat High Court and at present is functioning, on transfer, in Jharkhand High Court. Having regard to all relevant factors, the Collegium is of the considered view that Justice D N Patel is suitable in all respects for being appointed as chief justice of the Delhi High Court,” the resolution said. Recommending the name of Justice Ramasubramanian for appointment as chief justice of the Himachal Pradesh High Court, the Collegium said it has taken into consideration the fact that at present there is only one chief justice from Madras High Court. “Justice V Ramasubramanian is the senior-most judge from Madras High Court and at present is functioning, on transfer, in Telangana High Court. Having regard to all relevant factors, the Collegium is of the considered view that Justice V Ramasubramanian is suitable in all respects for being appointed as chief justice of the Himachal Pradesh High Court,” the resolution said. Regarding Justice Kureshi, the Collegium said he is the senior-most judge from the Gujarat High Court and at present is functioning, on transfer, in the Bombay High Court. “Office of the Chief Justice of the Madhya Pradesh High Court would be falling vacant, very shortly, consequent upon retirement of Justice S K Seth, chief justice of that high court. Therefore, appointment to that office is required to be made,” it said. The Collegium resolution said that Justice Chauhan is the senior-most judge from Rajasthan High Court and at present is functioning in Telangana High Court as acting chief justice. “Office of the Chief Justice of the Telangana High Court, which has recently been constituted as separate high court for the state of Telangana, has been lying vacant for some time. Therefore, appointment to that office is required to be made,” it said. Besides them, the Collegium has also recommended the names of two advocates, Vishal Dhagat and Vishal Mishra, for appointment as judges at the Madhya Pradesh High Court. It dealt with the file relating to proposal for appointment of five advocates as judges of the Madhya Pradesh High Court. “For purpose of assessing merit and suitability of the above-named recommendees for elevation to the high court, we have carefully scrutinized the material on record including the observations made by the Department of Justice as well as certain complaints, placed before us. Apart from this, the Collegium had an interaction with all the recommendees on April 1, 2019,” the resolution said.last_img read more

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Barca carry Clasico momentum into Celta clash

first_imgMadrid- Barcelona can build on their win over Real Madrid in El Clasico on Saturday by moving nine points clear of Los Blancos when they travel to Celta Vigo on Tuesday.The Catalans’ 2-1 win gave them a healthy six point cushion over Madrid with Atletico Madrid just a point behind in second.However, despite dropping just two points in their first 10 La Liga games, Barca coach Gerardo Martino refused to concede that his side are already well on their way to retaining their title. “There is still 60 percent of the league to go and Madrid and Atletico are close. They can still cut the gap.“Right now it counts for our confidence more than mathematically.”Neymar was the star of the show for Martino’s men at the weekend as he scored the opening goal and then teed up Alexis Sanchez to seal the points with delightful chip over Diego Lopez 12 minutes from time.Lionel Messi’s impact on the game though was somewhat restricted by his positioning on the right side of the Barca attack.The World Player of the Year is expected to return to his normal role as a false nine at Balaidos with Cesc Fabregas dropping back into midfield.Sanchez is also expected to start after his positive impression as a substitute and with the Catalan derby against Espanyol just three days away, Martino is likely to rotate his side heavily with Xavi, Andres Iniesta and Gerard Pique likely to be handed a rest.Celta enjoyed arguably an even better weekend as they picked up just their second win of the season by hammering Malaga 5-0 away from home on Saturday.The Galicians are coached by ex-Barca favourite Luis Enrique, who was linked with the Barcelona job when Martino was hastily appointed following Tito Vilanova’s unfortunate resignation due to ongoing cancer treatment in July.And another former Barca man Andreu Fontas believes Celta have nothing to lose against his former club.“The Malaga game was one we all needed, just as much the team as the fans. This victory boosts our confidence and helps us to believe in what we are doing.“Now we have to think about the game on Tuesday against Barcelona, they are a very difficult opponent but we have to try and surprise them. We have very little to lose and a lot to gain.”Real Madrid will have the chance to make up some ground on Wednesday when they host Sevilla at the Santiago Bernabeu.After a disappointing first-half display at the Camp Nou, Madrid improved mightily after the break and could count themselves unfortunate not to come away with a point as Karim Benzema struck the bar and Cristiano Ronaldo had a strong penalty appeal waved away.Coach Carlo Ancelotti was encouraged by his side’s response after the break and believes it was a sign of their continuing improvement after positive displays against Malaga and Juventus.“We obviously wanted to win that match, you never like to lose, and it was an important game.“But we are improving, the Barcelona game showed that again.”Gareth Bale made just his second start in a Madrid jersey at the Camp Nou but was largely ineffective before being subbed by Benzema on the hour mark.The Welshman is though expected to get his first start at the Bernabeu as he tries to build on his match practice after a series of niggling muscle injuries.Atletico, meanwhile, have to wait until Thursday until they are back in action as they travel to Granada.Diego Simeone’s men recovered from their first defeat of the season last weekend by smashing struggling Real Betis 5-0 at home on Sunday with La Liga’s top-scorer Diego Costa once again on target.Fixtures (all times GMT)TuesdayEspanyol v Malaga (1900)Celta Vigo v Barcelona (2100)WednesdayValladolid v Real Sociedad (1900)Valencia v Almeria (1900)Real Madrid v Sevilla (2100)Osasuna v Rayo Vallecano (2100)ThursdayVillarreal v Getafe (1900)Granada v Atletico Madrid (1900)Real Betis v Levante (2100)Athletic Bilbao v Elche (2100)last_img read more

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Benkirane and His Unpopular Social Policies in Morocco

Fez – The weather is gloomy again and the sky of Morocco is overcast with heavy clouds of social tension, apprehensions, doubts and uncertainties ignited by the recent unpopular policies imposed by the Islamic government, which targets the pockets of the lower social class.The package of the so-called reforms the government is implementing in many sectors stirred wide reactions of protests and resentment. Raising the age of retirement to 63, imposing two years of compulsory civil service in isolated rural areas on medical-school graduates, separating recruitment from training and lowering the training scholarship by half for teacher trainees, removing government subsidies on basic consumer products such as gas, sugar, flour and other day-to-day necessary items, and freezing civil service wages are but a few of the array of decisions the government has taken.The Islamic government, which has always bragged about being the first democratically elected government by the people is, somehow, betraying the ballots people cast for it. The slogans the leaders of the Justice and Development Party raised before and during the electoral campaign in 2011 were the fight of corruption and despotism. The language Benkirane spoke when his party was in the opposition was very clear, strong, convincing and audacious to the extent that people thought he would be the savior and the captain to sail Morocco’s ship safely ashore. All were forlorn hopes and people are deeply disillusioned. The guns Benkirane was brandishing against corruption and despotism are now directed towards the people. The protests people stage against government decisions are faced with uncompromising obstinacy and incomprehension, sometimes with horrendous violence like the case of the “Black Thursday” against teacher trainees in Inzegane.What seems to fuel people’s wrath is the government’s denial of the use of violence though amateur cameras have recorded scenes of brutal interference. In a recent statement by the Prime Minister Benkirane, he insisted on not empathizing with teacher trainees because, I am quoting him, “over sympathizing, and non-calculated steps can lead nations and countries to disasters.” Benkirane here is intimidating the people with the looming threat of instability and anarchy if they protest. In addition, he tacitly accuses them of jeopardizing Morocco’s stability.He wants to say: “O fellow Moroccans learn to coexist with humiliation, poverty, injustice and corruption but dare not object and protest.” What I want to tell Mister Benkirane is that the only thing that jeopardizes the stability of our beloved country are his unpopular policies and his fierce attack on all the achievements and gains that many have bartered their lives for. What jeopardizes civil peace is his silence and inability when it comes to what he called ‘alligators’ and ‘goblins’.If the increasing social tension meant anything, it means the government has dramatically failed to live up to the expectations of the people in improving their living standards. The 20th February movement was dormant thus far but Benkirane’s mule-like stubbornness and non-calculated provocative statements have awakened it from its hibernation. Be careful, if you awake the monster in the people you can’t stop it.I felt profoundly jealous when I bumped into a video featuring Argentinians bidding farewell to their president Christina Fernandez with tears and a lot of emotions. In her last words to the crowd she spoke with a choked voice and said: “These are the greatest things that I have given to the Argentine people; the empowerment of the people, of the citizens, the empowerment of liberties and rights. Thank you for so much happiness, thank you for so much joy, thank you for so much love.”I felt jealous of how close she was to her people, and how much they loved her in return. Why don’t we have such political leaders who identify with their people?  How long shall we wait to have our voice heard? These are questions that a lot of Moroccans ask, yet find no answer to.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permissionThe views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect Morocco World News’ editorial policy read more

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Euro 2016 Spain Qualified for 8th Finals Nice

Rabat – Spain qualified for the 8th finals of Euro 2016 football championships, beating 3-0 Turkey Friday in Nice.Double-defending champions won thanks to a brace from striker Alvaro Morata (34th, 48th) and a goal by Nolito (37th).Spain joined the other teams already qualified, namely France and Italy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NaC_aX6XylY

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