APTN National NewsOTTAWA-The Conservative government appears poised to introduce a bill to force First Nations chiefs and band councillors to publicly disclose their salaries.Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan is expected to introduce a bill Wednesday titled, An Act to enhance the financial accountability and transparency of First Nations.The title of the bill echoes the title of a private member’s bill introduced by Saskatchewan Conservative MP Kelly Block before the last federal election.Block’s bill would have required the publishing of all federally-funded chief and council expenses and salaries by the beginning of August every year.The minister of Aboriginal affairs would publish the information if a band council refused to comply.Block’s bill, titled An Act respecting the accountability and enhanced financial transparency of elected officials of First Nations communities, died on the order paper when the previous minority Conservative government fell.Duncan and Block are scheduled to hold a press conference in Saskatchewan at 4:30 p.m. local time at the Whitecap Dakota First Nations’ administrative office.Block’s bill had the support at the time of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations and the Nishnawbe Aski Nation in northern Ontario.First Nations chiefs passed a resolution agreeing to publish their salaries and expenses during an Assembly of First Nations meeting in Gatineau, Quebec, last December.The resolution, however, also blasted Block’s bill, calling it “unnecessary” and “heavy-handed.”
APTN National NewsGJOA HAVEN, Nunavut – A Canadian Ranger died Sunday in a snowmobile accident patroling about 24 kilometres outside of Gjoa Haven.Donald Anguyoak was taking part in the Exercise Polar Passage that monitors snow and ice conditions along the Northwest Passage.Anguyoak was a member of the Gjoa Haven Ranger patrol. He was acting as lead scout at the time of his death.“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Corporal Donald Anguyoak at this difficult time,” said Lieutenant-General Peter Devlin of the Canadian Army in a statement. “We remember Donald for his passion about passing his knowledge and skills to the youth of Gjoa Haven through the Junior Canadian Ranger program.”Prime Minister Stephen Harper also said he was saddened to learn of the death.“On behalf of all Canadians, Laureen and I offer our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Corporal Donald Anguyoak, who lost his life in a snowmobile accident during Exercise Polar Passage, part of the Canadian Ranger Ocean Watch program monitoring snow and ice conditions along the Northwest Passage,” said Harper.Harper said the death is a reminder of the “real dangers” the Rangers face.“Corporal Anguyoak’s sacrifice in the name of defending his country will be honoured and remembered,” he said.An investigation will be conducted to determine what happened.The Rangers, also known as Acrtic Rangers, are a mainly made up of Aboriginal people that monitor the sovereignty of the Arctic as part of the Canadian Armed Forces Reserve.
(Plume of dark water in Restigouche River. Facebook photo.)Trina Roache APTN National News New Brunswick is expected to carry out an inspection of a pulp mill over the next few days after a Mi’kmag salmon fisherman discovered a plume of dark water in the Restigouche River.Shawn Metallic recorded a video on Monday showing the dark substance flowing underwater, trailing along the riverbank near the Atholville Mill. His Facebook post had over 130,000 views by Tuesday. “I was going for a bike ride across the bridge and saw the black film. Looked like it was coming from the mill, so I stopped and took the video,” said Metallic. “People had to see this. I figured my friends would share this. Make it public. So everybody could see it.”Metallic lives across the river from the mill, in the Listuguj Mi’kmag First Nation in Quebec.“I was kind of disturbed by the fact that it’s spawning season; the salmon are starting to run here,” said Metallic. “I fish in those waters, that’s our livelihood. That’s our right to fish. To me, it didn’t look right, I imagine it’s not good for the fish or the ecosystem at all.”Metallic is waiting to hear news on the investigation by New Brunswick’s Department of Environment.In an email response, officials confirm, “the department is focusing its efforts on ensuring that the mill is operating within the standards set out in its Approval to Operate issued by the department.”Metallic’s video has sparked speculation on social media that the dark plume is a chemical spill, calling it “poisonous,” “toxic,” and widespread concerns over any potential impact on the ecosystem.In a media release, the AV Group, NB Inc., the company that runs the mill, “absolutely refutes the allegations of a chemical spill from its Atholville Mill. Discharges from the Atholville Mill are approved by the Department of Environment and meet all environmental standards. Discharges are not toxic and are a part of the normal operation of the effluent treatment system of this mill.”Chief operating officer of the Ashley Irvine calls the comments on social media “false and misleading.”Irvine calls the effluent “organic in nature.” The mill produces dissolving pulp.“The main process system we have here is the transformation of a woodchip into a pulp fibre,” explained Irvine. Different from paper-grade pulp, it’s used in textiles and for products like wet wipes and feminine hygiene said Irvine.Irvine said the effluent is tested regularly by the company, and by government officials and has to meet standards set by the province, Department of Fisheries and Oceans, and Environment Canada.Irvine said the AV group wants to set the record straight and provide information to the public.“The comment that it’s a chemical being dumped in the river, that signifies or implies it was done on purpose or this is what we do all the time. Dump chemicals in the river, which is far from the truth, we don’t do that,” said Irvine. “We are responsible corporate citizens, and we treat the environment seriously.”Metallic has been fielding calls and Facebook messages all day. “People are thanking me,” he said.He added this isn’t the first time people have noticed the dark plume in the Restigouche River. Metallic isn’t sure he’ll hit the water to fish for salmon after this.“You could be fishing in waters contaminated. I’m now kind of skeptical of eating our own salmon. I don’t know what that is,” said Metallic. “They’re doing an investigation. Hopefully it’s not something not too harmful to the environment, but even so, it doesn’t look good.”firstname.lastname@example.org
Tom Fennario APTN National NewsKahnawake held a special community meeting Wednesday evening on its controversial “marry out, get out” membership code.The code is in the process of being rewritten by the community regarding who is a member of the Mohawks of Kahnawake.APTN spoke to a couple people who weren’t able to attend the meeting.
Charlotte Morritt-JacobsAPTN NewsIt was a historic week in the Northwest Territories.The effort to get more women into politics in the NWT has been email@example.com@aptncharlotte
MADRID – A Spanish judge issued an international arrest warrant on Friday for former members of the Catalan Cabinet who were last seen in Brussels, including the ousted separatist leader Carles Puigdemont, who said he was prepared to run for his old job even while battling extradition in Belgium.The National Court judge filed the request with the Belgian prosecutor to detain Puigdemont and his four aides, and issued separate international search and arrest warrants to alert Interpol in case they flee Belgium.Puigdemont’s Belgian lawyer did not answer calls requesting comment, but has said that his client will fight extradition to Spain without seeking political asylum. Belgian federal prosecutors said they had received the arrest warrant and could question Puigdemont in coming days.“We will study it, and put it in the hands of an investigating judge,” spokesman Eric Van Der Sijpt told The Associated Press. “We are not in any hurry.”Puigdemont and the four others are being sought for five different crimes, including rebellion, sedition and embezzlement in a Spanish investigation into their roles in pushing for secession for Catalonia.The officials flew to Brussels after Spanish authorities removed Puigdemont and his Cabinet from office on Saturday for declaring independence for Catalonia. The Spanish government has also called an early regional election for Dec. 21.Puigdemont told Belgian state broadcaster that he was in Belgium “ready to be a candidate” in the early polls and because he had lost faith in the Spanish justice system.“We can run a campaign anywhere because we’re in a globalized world,” he told RTBF, adding that he was not in Belgium to “Belgianize Catalan politics.”“I did not flee, but it’s impossible to properly prepare” a legal defence while in Spain, he told the broadcaster.If Belgium acts on the international warrant issued by Spain and arrests him, Puigdemont would have to be brought before an investigating judge within 24 hours. His extradition procedure would take 15 days, Belgian legal experts say. But should Puigdemont appeal, that process could take a further 45 days, meaning that he would probably not leave Belgium before early January, well after the elections.In her decision on Friday, Judge Carmen Lamela said that Puigdemont “apparently is in Belgium” and accused him of “leading the mobilization of the pro-independence sectors of the population to act in support of the illegal referendum and thus the secession process outside the legal channels to reform the constitution.”Spain says the only legal way to achieve secession is by reforming Spain’s 1978 Constitution with an ample majority in the national parliament. The constitution says the country is “indivisible” and doesn’t allow regional votes on sovereignty.The arrest warrant came a day after the same judge jailed nine former members of Puigdemont’s separatist government. All members of the ousted Cabinet were ordered to appear at Spain’s National Court on Thursday to answer questions in a rebellion investigation. Five of them, including Puigdemont, didn’t show up.Spanish prosecutors want to charge members of the dismissed regional government —as well as six additional members of the regional parliament— for promoting official steps to declaring Catalonia’s independence.Meanwhile, a panel of National Court judges on Friday rejected an appeal seeking the release of two separatist activists who were jailed last month in a separate sedition investigation.A National Court spokesman said the president of the Assemblea Nacional Catalana, Jordi Sanchez, and Omnium Cultural leader Jordi Cuixart will remain in a Madrid jail while the investigation continues. The spokesman spoke on condition of anonymity in line with court policy.Sanchez and Cuixart are being investigated for allegedly orchestrating protests that hindered a judicial investigation to halt preparations for a banned independence referendum held on Oct. 1.Under Spain’s legal system, investigating judges can have suspects detained while a comprehensive probe, sometimes taking months, determines if they should be charged.Spanish government spokesman Inigo Mendez de Vigo deflected questions by the media regarding the jailing of the Catalan officials. The separation of powers meant that the government’s focus was on preparing for the early election it called for Catalonia, Mendez de Vigo said.“What the government guarantees is that there will be elections where the parties that want to run can present their programs, and we hope that the election can end this period of uncertainty and the deterioration of harmonious coexistence in Catalonia,” he said.One of the nine jailed Catalan officials, ex-regional minister for business Santi Vila, posted bail of 50,000 euros ($58,000) and was released from custody on Friday. His passport was confiscated and Vila needs to show up in court regularly as the rebellion, sedition and embezzlement probe continues.The other eight were held without having bail set.“I ask for all political parties across Spain, appealing to their democratic values, to put an end to this terrible situation that has put politicians in prison,” Vila said as he left the Estremera prison near Madrid.Vila resigned in protest a day before Catalonia’s parliament voted in favour of the independence declaration. He has said he wants to lead the centre-right separatist Democratic Party of Catalonia in the upcoming election on a moderate platform.Puigdemont and his Cabinet were removed by Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, who used extraordinary constitutional authority authorized by the Spanish Senate to depose the separatists, dissolve the regional legislature and call the early regional election.Spain’s Supreme Court is also investigating six members of Catalonia’s parliament. The court postponed a hearing Thursday until next week to allow more time for them to prepare their defences in the case.In all, Spanish prosecutors are investigating 20 regional politicians for rebellion and other crimes that would be punishable by up to 30 years in prison.___Cook reported from Brussels. Associated Press writer Joseph Wilson in Barcelona contributed to this report.___Find complete AP coverage of Catalonia here: https://apnews.com/tag/Spain
Canadians will likely have to pay more for certain food items soon as grocers grapple with the impact of new tariffs in an ongoing trade war and other pressures, said Loblaw Companies Ltd. CEO.“We see a very strong possibility of an accelerating retail price inflation in the market,” said Galen G. Weston during a conference call with analysts Wednesday.The company pointed to new tariffs imposed by the Canadian federal government as of July 1 on $16.6 billion of U.S. imports. The targets include a number of food products, such as yogurt, coffee, soya sauce and mayonnaise.It’s unclear what the financial impact of these tariffs will be, the company said, and the outcome will depend on how both suppliers and Canadians respond.Higher transportation costs and a low loonie add further pressure on the grocery and pharmacy retailer, which indicated it expects to see upward pressure in prices.“We don’t think it’s going to be meaningful, you know, super significant,” Weston said, “but it certainly will be higher than what it is today.”The comments came after the company released its second-quarter financial results.The grocer’s adjusted earnings outpaced analyst estimates, but it also recorded an 86.1 per cent decline in net profit due to a number of unfavourable items including an acquisition expense at its Choice Properties division.Net profit available to common shareholders dropped to $50 million or 13 cents per share for the 12 weeks ended June 16, from $359 million or 90 cents per share a year earlier, the company said.Excluding $100 million or 26 cents per share of costs related to the acquisition of Canadian Real Estate Investment Trust, $192 million or 51 cents in adjustments to the fair value of a liability as well as other items, Loblaw’s adjusted net earnings were down a less dramatic 5.6 per cent to $421 million, or $1.11 per share.Analysts had estimated $1.09 per share of adjusted earnings, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.Overall revenue was in line with analyst estimates at $10.92 billion for the 12 weeks ended June 16, down $157 million or 1.4 per cent from the second quarter of 2017 — reflecting the sale of the company’s gas bar operations last year.Analyst Irene Nattel of RBC Dominion Securities wrote that the second-quarter results are evidence that the company “is hyper-focused on ensuring its sector-leading market position while driving operating efficiency and productivity.”Same-store sales growth at the food retail division — which operates under a number of banners — was 0.8 per cent, excluding gas bar operations, while drug retail same-store sales growth at Shoppers Drug Mart was 1.7 per cent.Follow @AleksSagan on TwitterCompanies in this story: (TSX:L)
TORONTO – Canada’s main stock index closed higher in broad-based gains Friday, while the loonie made gains after a stronger-than-expected reading of inflation.Markets reacted positively for a second day after the U.S. and China said they would hold trade talks in late August for the first time since early June.The potential easing of trade tensions has been well received by markets after tariff disputes between the U.S. and Turkey added to geopolitical stresses in recent days, said Philip Petursson, chief investment strategist at Manulife Investments.“If we’re getting a little more pleasant talk or pleasant surprises in terms of cooler heads coming to the table to discuss the trade positions a little more rationally, I think that’s certainly a positive thing and the markets should take it as such.”The S&P/TSX composite index closed up 98.06 points at 16,323.71 as materials stocks rebounded from heavy losses earlier this week. Friday’s gains left the index down 0.02 per cent for the week. The intraday high hit 16,336.89 and volume came in at 173.99 million shares traded.Major sectors like energy and financials also gained, while information technology was one of the few indexes in the red with a 0.76 per cent drop.The cannabis-heavy S&P/TSX capped health-care index had the biggest gains at 3.45 per cent as Canopy Growth jumped 8.6 per cent on a continued climb following Constellation Brand’s $5-billion investment in the company this week.Friday’s gains on the market were as much about buying on the dip as any new developments, said Petursson.“I think what we are seeing perhaps is a little bit of buying, taking advantage of a couple of down days and a few bargains to be had out there.”In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average closed up 110.59 points at 25,669.32. The S&P 500 index was down 9.44 points at 2,850.13 and the Nasdaq composite ended down 9.81 points at 7,816.33.The Canadian dollar averaged 76.45 cents US, up 0.42 of a US cent. The loonie traded up after Statistics Canada reported the annual inflation rate hit 3.0 per cent in July, its highest level since September 2011.However, investors shouldn’t put too much stock in the July number because it was caused in part by the way Statistics Canada keeps track of the air transportation index, said Petursson.“While the number itself looks quite strong and compelling for the for the Canadian economy, and for the Bank of Canada to move, it really was a change in methodology and should be taken with a big grain of salt.”The October crude contract closed up 33 cents at US$65.21 per barrel and the September natural gas contract ended up four cents at US$2.95 per mmBTU.The December gold contract closed up 20 cents at US$1,184.20 an ounce and the September copper contract was up a penny at US$2.63 a pound.
WASHINGTON — The attorney general in the nation’s capital has filed a lawsuit against Facebook for allowing data-mining firm Cambridge Analytica to improperly access data from as many as 87 million users.The lawsuit was filed Wednesday by Karl Racine, the attorney general for the District of Columbia. It alleges that Facebook misled users about the security of their data and failed to properly monitor third-party apps.After the revelations about Cambridge Analytica, congressional hearings were held and Facebook changed what sorts of data it lets outside developers access.It was revealed this week that Facebook’s privacy controls had broken down yet again. In that case, a software flaw affected nearly 7 million users, leading to their photos being exposed to a much wider audience than they had intended.Michael Balsamo, The Associated Press
The buyer is a joint venture company indirectly owned by Axium Infrastructure Inc. and Manulife Financial Corp.Calgary-based AltaGas says the sale is part of a larger funding strategy related to a previously announced acquisition. CALGARY, A.B. – AltaGas Ltd. says it has an agreement to sell 35 percent of its interest in a B.C. hydroelectric operation for $922 million but will remain the majority owner of the power generation facilities.Located in Tahltan First Nation territory, the Facilities are comprised of the 195-megawatt Forrest Kerr Hydroelectric Facility which achieved commercial operation in October 2014, the 16-megawatt Volcano Creek Hydroelectric Facility, and the 66-megawatt McLymont Creek Hydroelectric Facility.AltaGas says the facilities had a total capital cost of approximately $1 billion, and are underpinned by three separate 60-year, fully indexed electricity purchase agreements with BC Hydro.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Canada’s gun laws have been much more effective than loads of other nations, but recent events have made the government consider additional restrictions in parts of the country.In wake of the Toronto shooting that took place last month, Toronto city council passed a motion urging the federal government to allow the city to ban the sale of handguns and ammunition within the city limits.Conservative Party Member of Parliment Bob Zimmer explained that he believes Toronto is going after the wrong idea. “What does need to happen is they need to combat gangs getting guns,” said Zimmer. “They need to put more resources into capturing those firearms they brought through the border.”Zimmer added that stopping the smuggling of illegal guns into Canada was the biggest issue regarding the matter.“Stopping the smuggling of handguns into Canada is the problem. They need to crack down on that and I’d be more than happy to see resources put in to do that.”Zimmer mentioned that when in the proper hands, handguns are no more harmful than driving a car.“We have automobile accidents, so does that mean we are going to eliminate all automobiles?”“For some reason that gets attributed to firearms and people say okay. Well, its okay if you don’t use firearms but if you’re a firearms owner that does it lawfully, you use it for sport, some use it for their jobs.” Zimmer added that there are already loads of restrictions to legally acquire firearms and that adding more is not needed.“To own a handgun in Canada you need to be licensed, do training, have a background check and have to maintain that impeccable record just to own one. I don’t think we need to make any more laws to make it more difficult for lawful firearms owners.”Zimmer went on to say that it is unfortunate when shootings like Toronto and most recently Fredericton occur, but the focus should be on illegal firearms.
So many people showed up that some had to listen from the hallway so as not to run afoul of fire codes.Ford made no secret of who he will root for in Alberta’s provincial election next spring.“Let’s elect a new United Conservative government in Alberta,” he said. “A new day has dawned in Ontario and a new day will dawn in Alberta.”Kenney has said the repeal of Alberta’s $30-a-tonne carbon tax will top his agenda if his party wins the election.“There is no compassion in telling seniors on modest fixed incomes that they can’t have an active life just so you can feel virtuous by imposing this carbon tax on Albertans,” he said.“It isn’t progressive and it’s not compassionate.” Kenney said the “multibillion-dollar job killing carbon tax” was not in the NDP’s 2015 election platform.“It is not just the biggest tax hike in Alberta history. It is the biggest lie in Alberta history,” he said.“Why are we engaged in this act of economic masochism when it will not make one whit of difference for the environment?” Heavy equipment operator Steve Spackman came to Calgary from Okotoks, just south of the city, for the rally because he’s fed up.“We’d probably hire more people at work I bet you, if they didn’t have that carbon tax every month coming in for gas,” he said.Alberta’s NDP government introduced the provincial levy before Ottawa required it. With the Trans Mountain oil pipeline expansion in limbo, Premier Rachel Notley is now refusing to raise it in line with federal requirements.Ottawa passed legislation last spring to give it authority to impose a carbon price on any province without its own beginning Jan. 1, 2019. It is starting at a minimum of $20 per tonne, rising $10 per year until 2022.Ontario’s new Progressive Conservative government scrapped that province’s cap-and-trade system in July and launched a challenge of the federal carbon plan.Provincial resistance to Ottawa’s carbon policy has been ramping up.Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe and Ford met in Saskatoon on Thursday, where the two conservative leaders said they will continue to fight the tax together. To that end, Moe announced Saskatchewan will file for intervener status in Ontario’s court challenge.Ontario had already pledged to support Saskatchewan’s court challenge when the premiers met in New Brunswick in July. Moe’s government has asked Saskatchewan’s Court of Appeal to rule on whether the federal plan is constitutional.Ford and Moe gained another ally Wednesday when Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister announced his province will not go ahead with a $25-a-tonne levy that was to come into effect in December.“We’ll all be at the premier’s table defending common sense and Canadian taxpayers to fight against Trudeau’s carbon tax,” Ford said Friday.Trudeau said earlier in the day that Canadians gave his government a mandate in the last election to implement a national carbon price and that is exactly what it is going to do.“Pollution should not be free anywhere across this country,” he said at an event in Windsor, Ont.Alberta Education Minister David Eggen said earlier Friday that Albertans should be disturbed by Ford and Kenney working together.“Certainly, we know how to solve our issues in Alberta and we don’t need someone from Ontario coming and telling us what to do,” he said.“Our climate action plan is very effective up to now in creating jobs, helping to diversify the economy and quite frankly is helping to reduce pollution as well.”(THE CANADIAN PRESS) CALGARY, A.B. – A raucous crowd of more than 1,500 crammed into a Calgary convention centre Friday night to hear Ontario Premier Doug Ford and Jason Kenney, leader of Alberta’s Opposition United Conservative Party, rail against the federal carbon tax.“It’s really, my friends the worst tax ever, a tax we can’t afford, a job-killing tax that hikes up the price of services and goods and drives up the price of heating your homes,” Ford told the anti-carbon-tax rally.The crowd frequently rose to its feet waving signs that said “Renew The Alberta Advantage” and “Scrap The Carbon Tax.” Many jeered when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s name was mentioned.
Tumbler Ridge Secondary – News Update – https://t.co/XJwi090KRA— School District 59 (@SD59PRS) February 11, 2019 TUMBLER RIDGE, B.C. – School District 59 has released news, on Twitter, that Tumbler Ridge Secondary School is currently in a secure and hold situation as a precautionary measure.According to SD 59, an indirect threat was made towards an employee earlier today.The School District says RCMP are involved and there is no immediate threat to students or staff.
The following is the list of Sponsors that helped detail the car from new paint, wheels, window tinting and a custom stereo system; FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A new concept is being unveiled for North Peace Secondary School (NPSS) graduates this year with an opportunity to win a car on Prom night.Tammy Mackenzie, NPSS Prom Organizer shares they wanted to do something different and memorable for the graduates as a way to encourage the student body to stay the entirety of the evening to enjoy the evening of Prom. Mackenzie said that graduates will typically leave Prom night after the formal dinner and with all the time and money that goes into their looks and outfits, she felt with a big prize draw at the end of the evening that students would have to be present to win, would be what was needed to keep the grads from leaving to house parties.Through a raffle and fundraising effort, a pre-owned 2017 Honda Civic was purchased and with the help of the community detailed to upgrade the car in a way that would make it appealing to the youth. Currently, the vehicle can be viewed in person on the showroom floor of Driving Force.For the draw of the vehicle, every graduate that attends Prom will have their name included, at 11:45 pm 10 names will be drawn and those graduates will be brought forward as they need to be present for their entry to be valid. From those 10 will be a reverse draw which counts down to the grad that wins the car. The other 9 students that are eliminated receive gift cards.This year’s Prom will be more like a social or gala where there will be high and low table seating with soft seating sections as well. Instead of formal dinner service, grads can expect appetizers and action stations where they can build their own tacos, burgers and mac n’ cheese bar. Alaska Hi-Way AutobodyMulitia MufflerAutographicsIntegraTireDriving ForceTrimTekK-Mac Signs & GraphicsAlaska Hi-Way Auto Glass
Zimmer will wrap up ‘Coffee with Bob’ on August 8 with stops in Pouce Coupe and Dawson Creek.Here is a list of the next ‘Coffee with Bob’: Wednesday, August 7th, 2019 – Fort St. John at 10:30 a.m. – The Canadian GrindWednesday, August 7th, 2019 – Taylor at 1:30 p.m. – Lone Wolf Golf ClubThursday, August 8th, 2019 – Pouce Coupe at 12:00 p.m. – Papa Don’s PizzaThursday, August 8th, 2019 – Dawson Creek at 2:30 p.m. – Hug a Mug’s Coffee House FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Local Member of Parliament Bob Zimmer is doing a series of ‘Coffee with Bob’ events where local constituents can meet with the MP and discuss current happenings in their community and in Canadian politics.So far, Zimmer has been to Valemont, McBride, Prince George, and Mackenzie.The next ‘Coffee with Bob’ is today, Wednesday, at 10:30 a.m. at The Canadian Grind and at Lone Wolf Golf Club in Taylor at 1:30 p.m. For more information, you can visit Bob Zimmer’s Facebook page.
New Delhi: Families of the 40 CRPF personnel, killed in a recent terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district, have been paid over Rs 1 crore ex-gratia funds till now as per service rules, the force said Friday. Officials said the ‘next of kin’ of these slain personnel will also get an additional ex-gratia amount that has been announced by various state governments, where the troops hailed from, in a case-to-case basis. A total amount of over Rs 1.01 crore has been paid to the families of the 40 personnel who were killed in the Pulwama terror attack on February 14, an official from the force said. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity! He added that this amount includes Rs 35 lakh given by the central government as ex-gratia to the Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) personnel killed in the line of action, Rs 21.50 lakh under the risk fund, Rs 15 lakh from the ‘Bharat Ke Veer’ corpus and Rs 30 lakh from the SBI paramilitary service pay insurance cover. The families additionally are also being provided financial benefits from various government and non-government agencies even as some institutions have volunteered to take care of education of the wards of these personnel, he said. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killed “Liberalised Pension Award (LPA) is being given to all the 40 families and this amount equals to the last basic pay plus dearness allowance drawn by the killed personnel. This amount will be paid lifelong,” the official said. He added that while in some cases, the ‘next of kin’ of the killed personnel have been offered jobs by state governments, they are also eligible for compassionate appointment for jobs in the CRPF. The force is soon going to launch a special mobile application which has been designed specifically for redressal of grievances relating to the families of killed personnel of the force. This will be launched soon, he said. The 40 CRPF personnel were travelling in a force bus when a Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist rammed an explosives-laden vehicle into the bus on February 14. The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has deployed as many as 61 battalions in the state, with about 65,000 personnel, and is the lead counter-terrorist and internal security force in the Kashmir valley.
New Delhi: The promises made by the BJP to revive defunct paper mills in Assam, which are run by Hindustan Paper Corporation Ltd (HPCL), stand exposed after the Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises made it clear that there was no budgetary allocation of Rs 90 crore for the HPCL’s revival. As per a short affidavit submitted by the ministry’s under-secretary Rao Vineet Kumar before the national Company Law Tribunal on May 1, it has been stated that the issue was brought to the notice of Committee of Creditors (CoC) on March 18 this year that there was no approval for a revival plan for HPCL. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange frameworkThe Government document also stated that there was no allocation/ sanction for grant of interim relief of Rs 10 crore to HPCL and there was no approval to make payment of any liability of HPCL on the part of Government. Notably, the BJP’s Assam unit leaders had sought votes in the name of revival of paper mills in the Silchar parliamentary constituency. Employees of two HPCL paper mills in Assam have not been paid salaries for about two years after these were shut down without any formal notice. Recently, a senior engineer working at Nagaon paper mill committed suicide and blamed the Centre for his death as he had not received his salary for the past 28 months.
New Delhi: The stage is set as the national capital goes to Lok Sabha polls on Sunday where the incumbent BJP, Delhi’s ruling AAP and the Congress are locked in a fight on all seven seats. The Congress is looking to bounce back after ending up at the third spot in the 2014 elections. The lead up to the polls has not been without drama, with allegations and counter-allegations flying, and it had all the trappings of a soap opera that could give the daily shows a run for their money. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehicles The high-octane poll campaigning in the national capital ended on Friday but not before it saw a plethora of stars descending here to campaign for their respective parties. If Hema Malini and Sunny Deol provided the Bollywood quotient to the saffron party’s campaign, Raj Babbar and Nagma added the star quotient to the Congress. Prakash Raj, Swara Bhaskar and Gul Panag campaigned for the AAP. From Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal being slapped to AAP’s East Delhi candidate Atishi breaking down at a press conference over “derogatory pamphlets” to BJP’s Udit Raj leaving the party and joining the Congress after being denied a ticket from northwest Delhi, the last two months been quite eventful and have kept everyone on their toes. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: Javadekar The seven seats will see 164 candidates battling it out of which 18 are women. Prominent among them are former chief minister Sheila Dikshit from northeast Delhi, BJP’s incumbent MP Meenakshi Lekhi, who is contesting from New Delhi, and Atishi. BJP’s incumbent MP Manoj Tiwari is up against Dikshit for the Northeast Delhi seat and has already said that her entry has made the poll contest “one of the most interesting in the country”. AAP’s Dilip Pandey is also in the fray from the seat. Other prominent candidates in the race include veteran Congress leader Sheila Dikshit, Olympian boxer Vijender Singh, who is making his electoral debut from South Delhi, Union minister Harsh Vardhan from Chandni Chowk, and cricketer-turned-politician Gautam Gambhir. Voting will begin at 7 am on May 12 and it is scheduled to go on till 6 am. The 48 hour-period from 6 pm Friday to 6 pm Sunday, known as the silence period, will also be observed as ‘dry day’. A total of 13,819 polling stations will be set up at 2,700 locations in Delhi, with one model polling station in each of the 70 assembly segments. Seventeen polling stations will be staffed only by women. As many as 523 polling locations have been identified as critical and 60,000 personnel, including those of the Delhi Police, Home Guards and paramilitary, will be on their toes to ensure that there is no untoward incident. The campaign got off to a slow start as alliance talks between the AAP and the Congress lingered on till the last days of nomination, but it gained momentum over the last fortnight with senior leaders drawing huge crowds at mega rallies and road shows in the national capital. The campaign reached a crescendo in its last lap, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi holding a massive rally at the iconic Ramlila Maidan here, Congress president Rahul Gandhi addressing two public meetings, and his sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra taking out two roadshows in the city. From trying to strike a personal chord with voters in parks at six am to holding door-to-door campaigns till late night, the candidates literally sweated it out in the oppressive heat as mercury crossed the 40-degree Celsius mark. While the BJP’s campaign revolved around the party’s high-pitched nationalism narrative and the popularity of Modi, the Congress kept him in the cross hairs and sought to hard sell its minimum income guarantee scheme, Nyay. The AAP, on the other hand, focussed on the demand for full statehood for Delhi. Candidates also tried to out-maneuver each other before the poll body. AAP candidates Atishi and Raghav Chadha sought rejection of nomination papers of their BJP rivals Gautam Gambhir and Ramesh Bidhuri, respectively. Poll officers were also hard-pressed as several violations of the Model Code of Conduct were reported. In a security breach, Kejriwal was slapped by a man during a road show in Moti Nagar and allegations of horse trading flew thick and fast as two AAP MLAs, Anil Bajpai and Devinder Sehrawat, crossed over to the BJP. The campaigning also saw South Delhi BJP MP Ramesh Bidhuri allegedly using a Hindi slur against Kejriwal. On the penultimate day, the AAP and the BJP sparred over a derogatory pamphlet that targeted Atishi. The AAP alleged her rival Gautam Gambhir was behind it, a charge vehemently denied by him. According to the summary of the electoral roll published on April 23, there are over 1.43 crore voters in Delhi, 78,73,022 male and 64,42,762 female, while 669 belong to the third gender. While 2,54,723 voters are in the age group of 18 and 19, there are 40,532 electorate with disability who would be provided pick up and drop facility. Nearly 270 FIRs and daily diary (DD) entries were registered against political parties and others here till date for violation of the poll code.
By Yasyn MouhirMarrakech – Moroccan National coach, Badou Zaki, has revealed the initial list of players of the Moroccan national team in preparation for the match against Sao Tome in the draw qualifiers for the African Cup of Nations, to be held in Gabon in early 2017.The most notable surprise on the list is the presence of Mohammed Bouldini, the Raja Casablaca player, in addition to the absence of the Moroccan “Messi” Hashim Mastour, Mubarek Boussoufa, Marouane Chamakh, and Houssine Kharja. Although this marks the third time in a row that Mubarak Boussoufa did not make to the list, the absence of Marouane Chamakh, and veteran Houssine Kharja, and the presence of Mohammed Bouldini, the young player of Raja, are considered the biggest surprises on this list.The following is the list of 24 players:-Goalkeepers: Munir Mohammadi (Numancia) -Yasin Bono (Zaragoza) – Amine Borkadi (Khouribga) – Elyoussfi (MAT).-Defense: Benatia (Bayern Munich) – Essam Adoua (Laval Chinese) – Mohamed Oulhaj and Jbira (Raja) – Alshakir (FAR) – Shafiq (Laval) – Achntih (Vitesse Arnhem)– Midfielders: Ahmadi (Feyenoord) – Obadi (Lille) – Ait Benidder (WAC) – Masoudi (Lierse) – Amrabat (Malaga) – Saadane (FUS)– Forwards: Sufian Baufal (Lille) – Atef Chahchouh (Siva Spor) – Osama al-Saidi (Libyan Ahli) – Hamdallah (Qatari Jaish) – Mohsen Yajour (Qatar Qatar) – Yassin Bamo (Nantes) – Mohammed Bouldini (Raja)