Month: October 2019

Metis get Manitoba hunting rights

first_imgAPTN National NewsMetis in Manitoba will now have the same hunting rights as First Nations.The province has signed a deal with the Manitoba Metis Federation this past weekend.It was announced at the federation’s 44th general assembly in Brandon, Man.APTN National News reporter Matt Thordarson has this story.last_img

Wolves prowling Yellowknife

first_imgAPTN National NewsA quiet suburb in Yellowknife has a wolf on the loose leaving area residents concerned.APTN’s Wayne Rivers has this story.last_img

Sheshatshiu wrestling team enlists UFC fighter to gain NAIG edge

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe biggest youth sporting event in North American is just days away.The wrestling team from Newfoundland and Labrador are ready for the games.They’ve enlisted a UFC fighter to give them a leg up on the competition.APTN’s Ossie Michelin has this story.last_img

Nakota Sioux tribe brings inscribed language Our Father prayer to Israel then

first_imgRod Alexis said it was like leaving their mark there and ensuring a place for their peoples in the “heavenlies.”“Our mark is also there so that we would not be forgotten when the time (end) comes. For that reason I had to finish (my mission). In case something like that happens, we are also given the opportunity to walk to heaven with the nations,” he said.From Israel they traveled to Rome, where Chief Tony Alexis was asked to deliver hundreds of prayer requests on behalf of people from his own community and across Canada to the Pope.“Anything to do that my people want for health and wellness to support them, as a chief it’s my duty to do that. I brought those prayers and tensions there,” he said.Dressed in full regalia both Chiefs met Pope Francis and gained an audience with him. Father Les Kwihkowski who also joined the chiefs and who serves the Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation said they were well received and even treated as celebrities in Italy.“The chiefs were very happy and the Pope was very happy. For the healing for all native people. I find it was very good. In Rome, Italy the chiefs made headlines in the news media there. They were loved,” said Kwihkowski.Chief Tony Alexis admitted it was overwhelming to meet with the Pope, but his main goal was to bring the concerns of his people to Francis.“There’s a lot of people who are asking for help, whether it’s for health and wellness. In our culture, in our custom, when they say that creator ‘Waka’ is going to bless one person, then everybody in that group would be blessed. When you think about that- especially Indigenous people across the lands, our culture is so beautiful that someone is praying for us all the time. I’m more than happy to do my part. It’s an experience I’ll never forget- I feel privileged out of respect of my people Alexis.”He gifted the Pope a hand painted drum made by Alexis artist Eugene Alexis and talked with Francis about an issue that he believes is the current pressing crisis facing humanity.Natasha Alexis, Doreen Alexis, Roderick Alexis, Chief, Stephanie, Father Les Kwihkowski . Back row on right, Ellis and Joan Kootenay. Photo courtesy: Stephanie Alexis“The only thing I mentioned to him when I gave him the drum was about climate change. Because we both agree on it. When I handed it to him I said, ‘This drum represents the heartbeat of Mother Earth,’ That was the most in regards to issues that I got to share.”Many have asked him since his return if he inquired about an apology to be given regarding the residential school tragedy.“My main attention was to bring the prayers of the people,” said Tony. “These (prayers) are very sensitive issues, there are serious issues and prayers needed. I don’t take it lightly.”But Father Les said an apology was already given in Canada,“It’s not up to me to say what to do or not to do, I am not the Pope. I know that in Canada an apology was already done by the oblates in 1990 or 1991.”Rod Alexis says that the past is the past and that it’s time to move on. The transcribed prayer he brought over that now sits in Israel signifies forgiveness.“I think we need to go forward from this time on. In this prayer it says “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.” That word (forgive) itself was targeted. The ones that harmed us. In order for us to walk and heal we have to learn how to do that. And we can’t just keep continuing going on unforgiving, because it’s like an ulcer that never heals. That was one of the key reasons why this whole prayer was so important for this whole community,” he said.Chief Tony Alexis also extended an invitation for the Pope to attend the Lac Ste. Anne Pilgrimage, an annual gathering that sees thousands of Catholic believer’s camp and gather near the shores of the lake near the Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation. There they believe are healing waters for prayer and healing.Then, they parted with a hug that he brought back home to share.“People asked me before I left if by some chance if you could get to get a hug, bring it back. So I brought the hug back to give to the families. Elders who saw me believed I brought back some of Waka back with me.”bmorin@aptn.ca (Alexis First Nation Chief Tony Alexis with Pope Francis in Rome. Photo courtesy: Stephanie Alexis)Brandi Morin APTN National NewsIt took 20 years for a dream of having the Lord’s Prayer translated into the Nakota Sioux language come to fruition, but for former Alexis Nakoda Sioux Nation chief Rod Alexis, the hard work was well worth the time it took.“My grandfather told me that the words (of our language) themselves has a spirit,” said Alexis.Over the years Alexis embarked on a journey across the great Sioux tribes from his own nation approximately 70 km northwest of Edmonton and down into the United States to translate from elders the full Lord’s Prayer.It was a daunting task to say the least, and most of the elders are now passed away.“Our language is not easy…What does the word speak? How does it capture you? You have to factor all of that in,” he said.The Lord’s Prayer translated into Nakoda SiouxWaka Washde Ade Cigebi Lord’s Prayer Ade Agduyami Waka washde maxbeye de nige Our Father who art in heaven Nicazhe ihada woshudashiwan Hallowed be thy name Maxbeyeda nitagicoze ne makocinen tauzhinawan Thy kingdom come Maxbeyeda wakohna ?umzhe makocinen ish hicen ?umitaa Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven Itusegaa cebne dona aba washed inimicin ikum Give us this day our daily bread Daca igashnamishdash igizhabazhazham egizhijibii igohabicin kodocoha ibish egizhigjibii yahabicin Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us Ayushda wanin ogigem daca washdeshca igoshgashgamshina ikashnigamshicin Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil AmenBut the end goal was to bring the transcribed prayer to the famous Pater Noster (“Our Father”) church in Jerusalem, Israel to join the over 60 plaques in different languages from around the world there that bear the Lord’s Prayer.Alexis joined a delegation including current Alexis Chief Tony Alexis last month there- the church stands on the traditional site where Christians believe Jesus taught his disciples the Lord’s Prayer.Chief Tony Alexis said the Christian, Catholic faith in his community is strong and the Alexis Nakota Sioux tribe happened to get the last plaque spot available at the site to proudly display their language.“There was only one spot left there and ours was the last spot,” said Tony.“The Nakota Sioux got the last spot on the wall… The fact that our language was honoured there, is pretty awesome.”Rod Alexis and wife Doreen (left) and Chief Tony Alexis and wife Stephanie Alexis singing at the Pater Noster church in Jerusalem in front of the plaque where the Lord’s Prayer is inscribed. 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Peaceful protest Idle No More heads south to StandingRock North Dakota

first_imgDelaney WindigoAPTN National NewsSince the protest started in North Dakota, hundreds of people have travelled to join the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in their effort to stop the Dakota Access pipeline.The 1,888 kilometre pipeline will take 500,000 barrels of oil from North Dakota to Illinois.The Sioux Tribe says part of the pipeline is too close to their source of drinking water, and is destroying sacred sites.Canadians are making their way to the site as well including some of the members of the Idle No More movement.dwindigo@aptn.calast_img read more

Paying down debt should be priority for low income workers say experts

first_imgFollow @LindaNguyenTO on Twitter.Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Press TORONTO — Investment planning can often be seen as a luxury for the financially stable but advisers say that it’s especially important for those who are starting out in their careers or are struggling with debt.“Sometimes people think they’re not earning enough money to go and sit down with a financial adviser or talk to a professional,” said Sara Zollo, an adviser and financial planner with Sun Life Financial.“I think that’s a mistake. I think the sooner you do… the sooner your situation will reserves itself and head into the black faster. Having a plan is valuable.”Zollo says her clients range from wealthy individuals with $1 million or more in liquid assets to recent college graduates embarking on their first job to those who are dealing with spending more than they earn.The initial advice she gives all clients is to first work out a budget and do a cash flow analysis that will show whether the client is running a surplus or a deficit each month.While it is vital to reduce debt, Zollo suggests the allocation should be comprised of 80 per cent of available funds being put towards debt, with 20 per cent set aside in a temporary savings account.“Let’s say there is a miscellaneous expense like your car breaks down, then these people are going to use their credit card and add to their debt because they don’t have an emergency fund,” she said. “They end up being like a hamster on a hamster wheel.”It can take four or five years to pay down debt, and to go that long without any savings or financial plan would be a critical mistake, says Zollo.A general rule of thumb is to have three to six months of household expenses set aside in the event of an emergency.Jason Heath, a fee-based financial planner, notes that those with low to moderate incomes may not benefit, and in some cases, even be penalized if they invest in a registered retirement savings plan.“The real benefit of an RRSP is getting a tax deduction when you’re in a high tax bracket and pulling the money out when you’re in a low tax bracket,” he said.“When your income is low to begin with, it’s not inconceivable that you’re putting the money in at a low tax bracket and pulling the money out at a high tax bracket. Sometimes the higher tax in retirement isn’t even necessarily specifically from income tax, it can be from government tax benefits.”In that case, Heath said a tax-free savings account may be a better option, but only if debt has already been paid off.“For someone in a low tax bracket or low income who may have debt, saving money in a TFSA at one per cent (interest) when they have mortgage debt at four per cent, a line of credit at eight per cent or credit card debt at 18 per cent or more doesn’t really make any sense,” he said.“Whether you pay down debt or save, the ultimate goal is to increase your net worth. Debt repayment can be the best investment they can make. The less debt you have, the more you can save for the future.”Laurie Campbell with Credit Canada says the best financial advice for someone with a low income is to ask for help if you need it.“No matter who you are, don’t be embarrassed if you have a financial problem or if you’re struggling financially,” said Campbell, chief executive at the credit counselling agency.“It happens to so many people, but people are so embarrassed and they don’t want to talk about it. They feel shame. Seek credit counselling. It’s confidential, it’s very compassionate and non-judgemental in helping people manage through a very difficult time.”last_img read more

Petrochemical growth spurt expected despite rising desire for fewer plastics

first_imgCompanies mentioned in this article: (TSX:IPL, TSX:PPL)Dan Healing, The Canadian Press Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter. CALGARY — Canada’s slow-growing petrochemical industry is headed for its biggest surge of expansion spending in five years in 2019, thanks in large part to incentive programs by federal and provincial governments.The government support has angered environmental groups who point out that almost 90 per cent of plastics used in this country wind up as litter or in landfills.But it’s welcomed by the industry as a necessary factor if Canada is to keep up with its competitors in the United States.Capital spending on industrial chemical industry projects in Canada this year is expected to jump by 65 per cent to $1.9 billion, the highest since $2.2 billion in 2014 and third-highest in a decade, according to a year-end members survey by the Chemistry Industry Association of Canada, which represents producers of 75 per cent of the country’s chemical products by value.Employment is expected to rise by about four per cent or 640 jobs to 17,670.The growth is coming despite rising concern over single-use plastics. Many jurisdictions are banning plastic straws and grocery bags in reaction to scenes like the great Pacific Ocean floating garbage island between Hawaii and California and dead and dying sea creatures.“Yes, we need plastics. What we want is to stop wasting plastics,” said Keith Brooks, programs director for Environmental Defence, who says voluntary initiatives by industry aren’t good enough.His organization is calling for a national strategy with performance standards and tougher enforcement to get Canada to zero plastic waste by 2025.Capital spending in Canada this year will come mainly from construction already underway on two projects to turn petrochemicals produced with natural gas into plastic pellets: Inter Pipeline Ltd.’s $3.5-billion polypropylene project in central Alberta and the $2-billion expansion of Nova Chemicals Corp.’s polyethylene plant at Sarnia, Ont.The former is to receive $200 million in royalty credits under a 2016 Alberta NDP government program — the latter is backed by $100 million through Ontario’s Jobs and Prosperity Fund and $35 million from Ottawa’s Strategic Investment Fund.“On a global basis, as all jurisdictions are trying to attract investment, the governments at various levels — federal, state and provincial — play a role,” said Nova CEO Todd Karran in an interview.He said it’s always been so — the company’s $1-billion polyethylene expansion at its central Alberta complex, opened in 2016, benefited from a multimillion-dollar provincial royalty credit program created by a Progressive Conservative government to spur new sources of ethane to remedy a shortage of feedstock.Last year, Alberta announced two programs worth $2.1 billion in royalty credits, grants and loans to encourage investments in petrochemical feedstock and manufacturing facilities. Winning bids are expected to be announced soon.Meanwhile, a final investment decision is expected soon on a $4-billion polypropylene project by a joint venture of Calgary-based Pembina Pipeline Corp. and a subsidiary of Kuwait Petroleum Corp., eligible for $300 million in royalty credits under the 2016 Alberta program.“Our made-in-Alberta plan means new projects must do the right thing for the environment, and by upgrading more here at home instead of shipping our raw product south of the border, we reduce emissions and ensure Alberta is among the most responsible and lowest emissions petrochemical producers in the world,” provincial Energy Minister Marg McCuaig-Boyd said in a statement.David Chappell, senior vice-president of petrochemical development for Inter Pipeline, wouldn’t say if the company has applied for further government funding, but conceded it would be “crazy” not to consider it.“Even in a low-carbon future, you’re going to see huge demand for petrochemicals and that’s good for the future of Alberta and the oil and gas industry,” he said.Canadian petrochemical expansions are dwarfed by the activity south of the border.A total of 333 new U.S. chemical industry projects using shale gas had been announced as of September, according to the American Chemistry Council. Those projects account for US$202 billion in new capital investment and are expected to create 431,000 direct and indirect jobs by 2025.In both Canada and the U.S., the main driver of growth is an ample and inexpensive supply of natural gas-based feedstocks like methane, ethane and propane that can be transformed into chemical building blocks such as methanol, ammonia, ethylene and propylene, said Stephen Zinger, senior vice-president, chemicals, at consultancy Wood Mackenzie.Provincial and federal government supports, and Ottawa’s recent decision to allow a 100 per cent accelerated capital cost allowance for new investments, are being noticed by investors, said Bob Masterson, CEO of the Chemistry Industry Association of Canada.“Where for most of the last decade the global chemistry community has just bypassed Canada … now we’re back on the radar. We’ve got the resource, we’ve got the people and now we’re starting to see the favourable investment conditions at the provincial and federal level,” he said.The Canadian industry is well aware of its environmental reputation.The CIAC supports a target of 100 per cent of plastics packaging to be either reusable, recyclable or recovered by 2040 (and 100 per cent to be recyclable or recoverable by 2030), although it acknowledges it can’t accomplish that without the co-operation of manufacturers, regulators and the general public.On Wednesday, Nova Chemicals announced it was one of 30 founding members of the international Alliance to End Plastic Waste, which is making a combined initial commitment of US$1 billion to find ways over the next five years to eliminate plastic waste in the environment.last_img read more

SD 60 amends 201718 budget

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – School District 60 released an amended version of its 2017/18 annual budget on Monday.The School District currently has a total of 6,167 students including adult students aged 19 or older, which is an increase of 91 from the projected number.Operating revenue is forecast to be $915,914 over projections, at a total of $63,044,805 which includes operating grants, transportation funding, carbon tax savings and summer and school fees. The School District’s expenses meanwhile were below projections by $365,144. Total expenses this year are projected to be $62,168,642, which includes staff salaries, benefits, services and supplies.The District’s total budget was $75,695,933 comprised of $3,347,708 for the amortization of buildings, $8,754,583 includes the Ministry of Education, Federal SWIS, school generated funds and ITA grants, and $1,425,000 from operational expenditures.last_img read more

Heat Warning issued for Alberta Peace

first_imgResidents of and visitors to the above-warned regions are advised to take the following precautions to protect themselves, their families and their neighbours:Consider rescheduling outdoor activities to cooler hours of the day.Take frequent breaks from the heat, spending time outdoors at your house or at cooled public buildings (including malls or indoor pools).Drink plenty of water and other non-alcoholic, non-caffeinated beverages to stay hydrated.Do not leave any person or pet inside a closed vehicle, for any length of time.Residents should also monitor for symptoms of heat stroke or heat exhaustion, such as high body temperature, lack of sweat, confusion, fainting, and unconsciousness. Particular vigilance is urged for vulnerable individuals, including children, seniors, individuals with pre-existing lung, heart, kidney, nervous system, mental health or diabetic conditions, outdoor workers, as well as those who are socially isolated. GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. — Environment Canada has issued a Heat Warning for all of Northern Alberta, including areas around Beaverlodge, Grande Prairie, Peace River, and Fairview.Meteorologists say that an upper-level high pressure ridge building over Alberta will bring a period with maximum daily temperatures reaching near or above 29 degrees and overnight lows near or above 14 degrees. The ridge is expected to last through to Thursday evening. Slightly cooler temperatures are expected for Friday for some portions of Alberta. Heat Warnings are issued when very high temperature conditions are expected to pose an elevated risk of heat illnesses, such as heat stroke or heat exhaustion.last_img read more

Site C workforce broke 3300 mark in July

first_imgThe number of indigenous workers employed on the dam also jumped to its highest-recorded level so far, from 240 to 255.The number of female contractors employed on the project increased by 20, to 424, meaning women make up 15.8 percent of the dam’s contractor workforce. Of the nearly 2,700 contractors at Site C, 2,054, or 77 percent were B.C. residents.The number of Peace River Regional District resident contractors employed at Site C saw another increase, though the percentage of local workers actually dropped.The number of locals employed on the dam went from 664 in June to 705 in July, though the percentage of PRRD residents working as contractors actually dropped from 28 to 26 percent.The three temporary foreign workers employed as contractors at Site C in July is identical to the number of TFW contractors for the past four months.It must also be noted that the number of temporary foreign workers employed as contractors is 67 percent lower than during the same month a year ago.The number of apprentices at Site C saw a big increase during the middle month of the summer, jumping from 56 in June to 93 in July. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The size of the workforce employed in building the Site C dam has reached another record high.According to statistics published by BC Hydro this afternoon, there were a total of 3,303 workers employed on Site C in July, up from 3,093 in June.The number of contractors on site sat at 2,675, which is 312 more contractors than during the previous month. The number of engineers and project team members meanwhile saw one of its biggest decreases, dropping by 102 from 730 to 628.last_img read more

TC Energy updates Fort St John City Council on Coastal Gaslink Pipeline

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Representatives from the newly named TC Energy made a presentation to Fort St. John City Council on the progress of Coastal Gaslink project. The project will start in the Groundbirch area of the Peace Region with a compressor building. The first two sections of the eight construction sections take place in the Peace River Regional District. Work on that section of the pipeline will be done by the Surerus Murphy Joint Venture during this summer and winter.Currently, preparations are taking place in order to implement camps once roads are upgraded to create access. Giddens shares they are looking to August for the start date as they are slightly behind schedule due to permitting.2019 is about creating access by clearing in order to start construction. Surerus started by creating new access roads, clearing activities and clearing for the Sukunka River Camp, which will be located on clear cut back land.The Sukunka Camp will be the most used camp as it will run for three seasons. This year the camp will house 300 workers. In 2020 they foresee 600 workers and in 2021 peaking at 700 workers.The camps will be self-contained including rooms that have their own washrooms, laundry, gym, kitchens generators, water supply, waste handling, security, and medical to decrease the demand on community services. Kiel Giddens, Public Affairs, Manager of TC Energy spoke to Council at the Monday, July 8th, 2019 meeting regarding the state of their Groundbirch to Kitimat pipeline. Despite the rough start with the activities to block the movement towards construction south of Houston on the Morice River Bridge. The company now has an injunction in place to start work. Watch the full presentation from TC Energy at the Fort St. John City Council Meeting on July 8, 2019. With a hire local first mandate, TC Energy shared they are proud partners with communities and organizations by investing 8 million in community initiatives and 3 million in skills training and education, such as new welding booths at the new training centre at the Northern Lights College.Construction of the pipeline will create 2500 direct jobs and $400 million in subcontracting opportunities locally.Once all construction workers leave, the land is returned back to the most practical natural state with a 10 metre opening for maintenance. TC Energy wants to be accountable for being environmentally responsible and a safe projectGidden shares social media to be open and available is important to the company and now they have a FB Page to keep people up to date with what is going on.last_img read more

NEATs Garden Party postponed due to weather

first_imgThere will be free local pastured sausages donated by Home Hardware, Salads for $6 provided by Hip Peace Produce and local beer for $6 from Mighty Peace Brewing Co. and Beard’s Brewing Company.To attend the event is $10 per adult and children can attend for free. Tickets are available at neat.ca or at the door.Proceeds from the Garden Party go back to support NEAT and their work to build healthy, vibrant communities in the Peace Region.The Community Garden is across the street from the old Firehall on the corner of 96th St and 100 Ave.To view the FB event; CLICK HERE FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Northern Environmental Action Team (NEAT) is postponing their family-friendly Garden Party.Due to potential bad weather, the Garden Party has been rescheduled to Wednesday, August 14th, 2019 from 4 pm to 8 pm at the FSJ Community Gardens.The Garden Party will be host to live music by Airik Clark & Ukulele Mike, Food Secure kids games, Carnival games by the City of Fort St. John.last_img read more

Volkswagen vows to build 22 million ecars over next decade

first_imgFrankfurt: German automaker Volkswagen is saying it plans to ramp up its production of electric vehicles over the next ten years to 22 million and reduce its carbon footprint over vehicle life cycles by 30 percent. Previously the company said it would aim for 15 million. That’s ambitious considering it made fewer than 50,000 battery-only vehicles last year. The company is pivoting to electric vehicles as it seeks to comply with new limits on carbon dioxide emissions in Europe, and a push by China for more low-emission vehicles. The company also disclosed Tuesday that operating profit at its core Volkswagen brand, one of 12, fell to 3.2 billion euros ( 3.6 billion) from 3.3 billion last year as the company faced bottlenecks certifying vehicles under new emissions tests.last_img read more

Tea exports fall during JanFeb 2019

first_imgKolkata: Country-wise tea exports during the months of January and February this year fell to 41.60 million kilograms from 44.72 million kilograms during the same period last year, according to Tea Board data. Exports to CIS countries during the first two month period of 2019 fell to 9.20 million kilograms from 11.36 million kilograms in same period of 2018. Exports to Iran during the period touched 11.37 million kilograms during the first two months of 2019, a rise from 5.13 million kilograms in the same period of 2018, it said. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja Exports to Pakistan fell marginally to 2.35 million kilograms during the period in 2019, from 2.68 million kilograms in the same period of 2018. Value of exports during the two-month period of 2019 increased to Rs 934.08 crore, as compared to Rs 858.47 crore in the same period of 2018. Unit price per kilogram during the period increased to Rs 224.34 per kilogram in 2019 as compared to Rs 191.97 per kilogram in the same period 2018. During the 11-month period from April 2018 to February 2019, country-wise exports stood at Rs 231.75 million kilograms, as compared to 236.07 million kilograms in the same period from April 2017 to February 2018. Value of exports during the 11-month period from April 2018 to February 2019 stood at Rs 4993.07 crore, lower from Rs 4676.03 crore in the similar period from April 2017 to February 2018. Unit price per kilogram during the 11-month period from April 2018 to February 2019 was higher at Rs 215.45 from Rs 198.08 in the similar period from April 2017 to February 2018.last_img read more

EC allots 552 companies for fourth phase in state

first_imgKolkata: The Election Commission has allotted 552 companies of Central Forces to conduct the fourth phase of elections in eight constituencies of Bengal on April 29. Berhampore, Krishnanagar, Ranaghat, Bardhaman, Bardhaman East, Durgapur-Asansol, Bolpur and Birbhum will go to polls on the day.According to an official at the CEO’s office, EC is trying to cover 97 percent polling stations during the fourth phase. The move has been taken up to ensure free and fair elections. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe remaining booths will be manned by the state armed forces. The Commission has already identified the sensitive booths in all the eight constituencies and also the areas where trouble could break out. Meanwhile, it may be mentioned that altogether 324 companies of Central Forces were deployed during the third phase of elections on Tuesday, covering over 92 percent of the polling stations across the five constituencies that went to poll. The deployment of Central Forces had been the highest in Murshidabad and Jangipur with 177 companies, while 94 companies were deployed in Malda North and Malda South. Around 44 companies were pressed into action in Balurghat.last_img read more

Anit Thapa to form advisory panel for GTA

first_imgDarjeeling: Anit Thapa, the newly appointed officiating Chairman of the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA), will be setting up an advisory committee to help run the Hill body.Incidentally, with Binoy Tamang’s resignation being accepted, Thapa was appointed the officiating chairman of the GTA on April 25. Tamang put in his papers as he is contesting the Darjeeling Assembly By-polls. “After elections when my office becomes fully operational I will constitute an advisory committee comprising of experts and retired bureaucrats. This committee will help me run the GTA effectively. Once we take up a responsibility we have to fulfill it effectively,” stated Thapa. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThapa is also interacting with the Hill civil society, seeking suggestions to restore the lost glory of the Hills. “In the past, leaders have been playing with the emotions of the people. It has always been politics of emotion. We need to switch to reality and ensure the betterment of this place,” stated Thapa. In the past also Hill masses have been fooled by leaders. “The leaders always created a distance between the Hills and the state government raising anti-state slogans while the leaders on the quiet were working with the state government, reaping rich benefits,” said Thapa. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayHe stated that such hypocrisy needed to end. “One has to work in unison with the state government. There are many issues that cannot be resolved at the GTA level and needs intervention with of the government. Politics of opposing only does not yield fruit,” said Thapa. Thapa alleged that Bimal Gurung’s agitation in 2007 was just to chase Subash Ghising and the GNLF out of the Hills and seize power. “Using Gorkhaland as a front he ousted Ghising and the GNLF seized the chair. After this time and again he launched agitations which were used as tools to blackmail and bargain with the state government. The agitations always met with abrupt ends without any results. While people suffered he just bargained great deals for himself. This brand of politics has to end in the Hills,” Thapa said.last_img read more

Blatter not to attend the inauguration of Moroccos FIFA Club World

first_imgRabat- International Football Federation (FIFA) will miss the inauguration of the FIFA Club World CUP, which is scheduled to take place in the city of Agadir and Marrakech from 11 to 21 December, according to Moroccan French language news portal Le360.ma. The inaugural match of the World Cup will take place on Wednesday and ill pit Morocco’s Raja of Casablanca against to Auckland City, from New Zealand.Aissa Hayatou, the President of the African Federation of Football will attend the inauguration of the tournament along with a delegation from FIFA. © Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or or redistributedlast_img read more

Famous Football Players Who Converted to Islam

Rabat – Togolese football star, Emmanuel Adebayor, converted to Islam over the weekend, making headlines worldwide. His conversion brings to mind dozens of famous football players who have converted to Islam from a different religion or from no religion.The list of famous football players around the globe who have decided to convert to Islam during the early or later years of their lives is long. Here are some of the most interesting.Franck Ribery and Eric Abidal Franck RiberyFrench internationals players Franck Ribery and Eric Abidal are the “poster children” of famous Muslim converts among football players.In 2002, Bayern Munich’s midfielder Franck Ribery took the Shahada (the declaration of faith affirming the oneness of God and the acceptance of Muhammad as His prophet) and changed his name to Bilal.Ribery said in statement that his wife Wahiba Belhami, who is of Algerian origin, was the main reason behind his conversion.Eric AbidalAnother woman of Algerian origin was also behind FC Barcelona former defender Eric Abidal’s conversion from Catholicism to Islam.Born in Lyon, France, on September 11, 1979 to immigrant parents from Africa, Eric Abidal embraced Islam and changed his name to Bilal Eric Abidal so he could marry the Algerian-born Hayet Abidal.Nicolas AnelkaNicolas AnelkaUnlike his fellow French national team member Franck Ribery, whose conversion to Islam was public and who always prays before matches, France’s Nicolas Anelka kept his religious beliefs private, and in fact hid his conversion from the public for years.Anelka, the former striker of some of the biggest clubs in Europe such as Real Madrid, Juventus, Chelsea, Arsenal, and Liverpool, was sixteen when he converted to Islam. But he only announced his conversion in 2004 in UAE, and adopted the name Abdul-Salam Bilal.Thierry Henry and Van PersieThierry HenryWhile Franck Ribery and Eric Abidal are well known for being Muslim converts, many fans may be unfamiliar with other football players who converted to Islam, such as Thierry Henry and Robin Van Persie.French football player and Arsenal’s legend striker, Thierry Henry, announced his conversion to Islam in December 2008 on the former Aljazeera Sports Channel, now beIN sports.Henry told the Qatar-based channel that his Muslim mates in the national club, Franck Ribery and Eric Abidal, had played a significant role in his conversion.Robin van PersieBorn on August 6, 1983, Dutch player Robin van Persie is said to have converted to Islam after meeting Bouchra Van Persie, born Bouchra Elbali, who is of Moroccan origin. The Dutch footballer, who plays for the Netherlands national football team and Manchester United, has never talked about his religion, but reports say he is a non-practicing Muslim.Reporting by Aziz Allilou© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

The BRICS New Development Bank to Ensure Health of the Global

Tunis – The BRICS Development Bank is a multilateral development bank supported by the BRICS states (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa), which are the Bank’s members. The BRICS countries make up one third of the world’s land area and 40 percent of the world’s total population. Their combined GDP is about 20 percent of the world’s GDP.The idea for the creation of the bank was proposed by India and was first discussed as the main theme of a BRICS meeting during the 2012 G20 summit. On March 27, 2015, at the fifth BRICS summit in South Africa, the BRICS leaders announced the creation of a new development bank as an alternative to the World Bank and to the International Monetary Fund (IMF). However, according to the president of the BRICS Development Bank, “Our objective is not to challenge the existing system as it is but to improve and complement the system in our own way.” The main goal of the bank is to “Mobilize resources for infrastructure and sustainable development projects in BRICS and other emerging economies and developing countries.”[1]At the 6th BRICS summit in Brazil in July 2014, the BRICS countries signed the Agreement on the New Development Bank. At the 7th BRICS summit in July 2015 in Russia marked the entry into force of the agreement.The New Development Bank starts with 50 billion dollars of capital, and the amount will be doubled in the next years. K. Vaman Kamath of India was appointed the first President of the New Development Bank for the first five years. Shanghai was selected as the headquarters of the bank and each participant country holds an equal share of voting rights. None, however, have veto power.In summary, this new development bank is an important achievement for the BRICS nations, and could also provide financing to help the global economy grow more quickly.[1]  Agreement on the New Development Bank , Fortaleza.  Government of Brazil. (15 July 2014). read more

Moroccan Parliamentary Elections at a Crossroads

Kenitra – The 16 million Moroccans who have registered to vote are electing the 395-member Chamber of Representatives in 95 electoral districts, with the Islamic Justice and Development Party (PJD) and the Party of Authenticity and Modernity (PAM) eyeing the lead to form a new government amid huge debates over health, education, employment and security.Friday’s legislative elections will define the political map for Morocco and mark a turning point in Moroccan democracy five years after adopting the new constitutional reforms following a national referendum which stripped the king of some of his political powers and strengthened the authority of the country’s prime minister, including the right to appoint government officials previously held by the king. The voting is under way and the initial turnouts from the polls are indicating to a less-than-expected rate of voting. Early this morning, a Moroccan Interior Ministry official announced that the national turnout was about 10 percent as of midday. Though, voters are expected to show up at voting posts in big numbers after Friday prayers and working hours.“People have lost confidence in Moroccan politics and Moroccan politicians. This is why I didn’t register to vote. I don’t think I will do so in the future either unless serious changes are made” a youth told Morocco World News this morning in the city of Kenitra. “I don’t think the turnout will be high today. All of the Moroccan parties have been tested before and nothing has changed. All of them have failed to translate their promises during elections into real or true achievements once they step into parliament”, another woman said. In a short interview with Morocco World News, Pr. Yahya El Yahyaoui said: ” I have no position on the elections. It is a right and a duty. This doesn’t mean that election boycott is something bad. People are free to choose not to vote. It is their right.” When asked how he would define the outcomes of these parliamentary elections, Pr. El Yahyaoui held to the idea that “the expectations are quite normal and usual” suggesting that “the Islamic Justice and Development Party will have a tiny advantage over PAM. No decisive victory, I mean. Say: few more seats. That is it. No absolute majority. This will make it impossible for the PJD to form a government and will force it to work with other parties to form a coalition government. May be with the PAM itself. Who knows?”In this election, Moroccan voters are heading to polls to pick their representatives in the lower house of parliament from more-than-30-political-party- candidates entering the competition with high expectations that the main battle will be contested between the ruling Islamist Justice and Development Party and their opponents leading the opposition Authenticity and Modernity Party. The Istiqlal Party along with the major parties of Popular Movement, Party of Progress and Socialism, National Rally of Independents more recently have been receiving attention among younger sections of society and the middle class, whilst the party of Federation of Democratic Left are also projected to gain some seats in this election.In a recent interview with BBC Arabic, the head of government, Abdelilah Benkirane, has defended the accomplishments of his five-year term and prided himself and his party on running a clean campaign eyeing a new victory despite what the PJD and many observers proclaim a platitude of their components political oratories and the aggressive attacks its policies receive from many news outlets, social media platforms and activists blogs and also from local authorities. Today, Benkirane casted his vote in Moaadh Benjalaal Grade School in Rabat and said that his party “ran an “integrity-filled” campaign and await election results the next day.”Meanwhile, Ilyas El-Omary, Secretary General of the Party of Authenticity and Modernity leading the parliamentary opposition and a close friend to Fouad Ali El-Himma -the life-long friend and royal advisor of King Mohammed VI, said in an interview with Associated Press on October, 2, 2016 that “according to our internal polls, we are expecting to lead the election results among the opposition parties” whilst he accused the Party of Justice and Development of “political and economic failures” , “recent sex scandals”, and “the responsibility for allowing the radicalization of Moroccan youth, especially in his northern region of Tangiers-Tetouan-Al-Hoceima.”As the tension grows between the two figures leading the two major parties PJD and PAM competing in these elections, the Moroccan political activist and the Secretary General of the United Socialist Party, Pr. Nabila Mounib is expected to win few seats for its own three-party coalition FGD. She is a new face on the ballot today because of her academic political oratory and her defense of true constitutional reforms. On September 30th, Mounib told CNN the constitution of 2011 “didn’t go far enough to enshrine democratic values in Morocco”. She added: “It did not outline a clear separation of powers, it did not truly stipulate the characteristics of the parliamentary monarchy, and it did not link responsibility to accountability.”Early this afternoon, Mohammed Amahrour; a professor of philosophy and a locally active member of the United Socialist Party in Kenitra told Morocco World News: “We have hope that Nabila Mounib, along with other members of the party, can make changes in parliament. We hope they will be able to effect real changes for the benefit Moroccan people. I think our main objective now is to empower the current trend of her political socialist discourse and gain confidence again in the Left movement in general. read more