Hurriyat suspends Nayeem

first_imgThe Hurriyat, led by Syed Ali Geelani, on Saturday suspended the membership of National Front chief Nayeem Khan after his name emerged in a sting operation by a Delhi-based TV channel allegedly admitting to the funding of street protests by Pakistan.“Though Mr. Khan has raised questions over the veracity of the video, the membership will remain suspended in both parts of Kashmir until the clarification of all related issues come to fore. It is my moral duty and I am obliged as a supreme head to fulfil assigned duties,” Mr. Geelani, 86, said.However, he accused television channels of being “biased” and serving as “mouthpieces of fanatical forces”. Describing the street protests in Kashmir as “spontaneous”, Mr. Geelani said, “Sensational stories about money transactions are baseless. It is a deliberate attempt to mislead the international community. No doubt Pakistan is a prime party to the issue and supports us on political and moral grounds. India cannot implicate the indigenous movement,” Mr. Geelani said.“We need resources to combat the military might of India and mostly we raise all funds from local sources to pursue our movement,” he added in a statement.Earlier, the police disallowed a meeting of the Hurriyat to deliberate on the issues arising in the wake of the sting operation. Sources said there was growing pressure within and outside the Hurriyat to take action against Mr. Khan.Mr. Khan addressed the media in Srinagar and described the sting operation as “fake and doctored”. “My statement has been used in bits and pieces. I demand the entire video should be made public. It is a bid to defame our struggle,” said Mr. Khan, whose party is a key constituent of the Hurriyat.Restrictions in SrinagarThe authorities on Saturday foiled the scheduled commemoration programmes to be chaired by Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on his father Mirwaiz Moulvi Farooq’s death anniversary.The Mirwaiz said he was placed under house arrest and large parts of Srinagar was brought to a standstill by “heavy security restrictions”. Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti paid rich tributes to the late Mirwaiz and Abdul Gani Lone, whose death anniversary too falls on May 21.last_img read more

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Rajbhar’s party to decide on tie-up with SP on Aug. 27

first_imgThe Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party (SBSP), a former ally of the BJP, will decide on the tie-up with the Samajwadi Party (SP) for the upcoming bypolls in the State on August 27. SBSP national general secretary Arvind Rajbhar here on Sunday said, “On August 27, party office-bearers and workers will hold a meeting in Lucknow, in which a decision to forge ties with the SP for the upcoming bypolls in the State will be taken.” Mr. Rajbhar added that discussions were held regarding the upcoming bypolls at a recent meeting between SP chief Akhilesh Yadav and SBSP president Om Prakash Rajbhar. Om Prakash Rajbhar had met Akhilesh Yadav here on Friday. The Rajbhars account for around 4% of the total electorate in the State. The community has a sizable strength in Azamgarh, Mau, Ghosi, Ballia, Salempur, Jaunpur, Lalganj Ghazipur and Deoria. The Rajbhars constitute 20% of the Purvanchal population and regarded as the second most politically dominant community after the Yadavs in eastern U.P. Om Prakash Rajbhar was removed from the UP Cabinet by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, a day after the Lok Sabha polls concluded, for making embarrassing statements against the BJP. Outbursts against BJPDuring the Lok Sabha campaign, Mr. Rajbhar had said BJP members should be “thrashed” with shoes. As his outburst against the BJP grew louder, Mr. Adityanath sacked him from his Cabinet on May 20.A recalcitrant Om Prakash Rajbhar had soon afterwards welcomed the decision by the Chief Minister. “I welcome the decision (to sack me). The decision taken by the Chief Minister was a delayed one,” he had said.last_img read more

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Kobe sees dominant performance by Gilas Cadets in Kuala Lumpur meet

first_imgGilas Pilipinas routs Iraq, stays unscathed in Fiba Asia Cup DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo LATEST STORIES Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo View comments NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul MOST READ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Paras, whose father Benjie also won for the country a SEA Games gold, added that he will be taking on whatever role the coach requires of him.“You know I’m not selfish,” he said. “I won’t walk in and be like I wanna be the main scorer or anything like that. If coach tells me to defend, I’ll defend the best player out there. If he tells me to rebound, I’m gonna do it as much as I can.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo from Fiba.comNineteen-year-old basketball sensation Kobe Paras said Gilas Pilipinas will be a dominant force in the coming Southeast Asian Games and doesn’t mind taking a reduced role in the team’s gold-medal bid.“You can see the lineup, this is the best I’ve been part of,” said Paras, who has played in the US NCAA Division I, during a sendoff for Team Philippines Thursday night. “My teammates, when I was in high school, these guys are the ones I looked up to.”ADVERTISEMENT Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’last_img read more

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Cricket: The Indian U-19 team celebrates as they win the one-day series in Sri…

first_imgAlso Read :Cricket: CoA approved a hike in the fee of Indian Selectors by 30 Lakhs AdvertisementThe Indian U-19 team defeated Sri Lanka to win the five-match one-day series in Sri Lanka on Friday. Opener Yashasvi Jaiswal struck a phenomenal hundred as they cruised to an eight-wicket victory and won the series by 3-2.India restricted Sri Lanka to a moderate 212-9 in 50 overs to which the visitors knocked it off within 42.4 overs, courtesy goes to Jaiswal, who hit eight fours and three sixes in his 114 not out.The 18-year left-arm medium pacer Mohit Jangra has the best figures of 2/30 while all the other bowlers got a wicket apiece. Sri Lanka lost their last six wickets for 39 runs in a sudden middle-order collapse after looking good for a big score at 174 for 3. Though, the chase was never a problem for the Indian team because Jaiswal, who was dropped for poor form, came back strongly, being promoted up the order. Advertisementlast_img read more

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India vs England, Lord’s Test: Weather forecast for today and tomorrow

first_imgVirat and Kohli and his side came to Lord’s with the aim to level the series after losing the first Test against England at Edgbaston.However, rain played spoilsport on Day 1 of the second Test on Thursday as the first day was called off without a ball being bowled.Continuous rain also meant that even the toss could not take place on the first day. Both teams returned to the ground on Friday but rain played spoilsport once again and only 35.2 overs were possible in the entire day which saw multiple rain interruptions.The wet conditions forced a delayed start with England captain Joe Root eventually winning the toss and putting India into bat.England paceman James Anderson showed he remains a deadly proposition in home conditions taking 5/20 as the hosts bowled out India for a miserly 107.However, it was a bright and sunny day on the third day at Lord’s with no rain interruptions in between. 81 overs were bowled before the bad light stopped play on Saturday. Photo: accuweather.comLet’s have a look at the weather forecast for London for today and tomorrow of the second Test.Play expected to begin on time on the fourth day but rain could still play some part in the day. The play is set to start at the usual time of 11 a.m. local (15.30 IST) with an extra 30 minutes allowed at the end of the day.The forecast for today (Sunday) is much better and we can expect close to 90 overs again today. Rain is expected to return on Monday – the last day of match – and can have a big impact on the result of the match.advertisementChris Woakes, who replaced all-rounder Ben Stokes, smashed his maiden Test hundred.Twenty-year-old batsman Ollie Pope was handed his England debut at number four after replacing Dawid Malan in the squad.After India’s struggles with the bat in the series opener, Cheteshwar Pujara was recalled to the team to provide greater solidity at the top of the order.Thursday was the first time a full day’s play has been lost at Lord’s since the opening day of the first test against Pakistan in 2001.England lead the five-match series 1-0 after completing a thrilling 31-run victory at Edgbaston last week in Birmingham.last_img read more

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Mahesh Babu’s latest photo breaks the internet. See pic

first_imgIt has been nearly two decades since Mahesh Babu stepped foot in Tollywood as a hero. With 25 films to his credit, he is one of the leading actors in T-Town at present. He was last seen in director Koratala Siva’s Bharat Ane Nenu.Recently, the Srimanthudu actor shot a commercial for a brand that he endorses. After the makers were done with the shoot, ace photographer Avinash Gowarikar captured a photo of the actor in B&W mode. He wrote, “#PostPackUpShot with the SuperCharming, SuperFast SuperStar (sic)”The photo went viral instantly and it has Mahesh Babu sporting his look from his 26th film Maharshi. In reply to Avinash, Mahesh Babu posted, “Love your style of work 🙂 Shooting with you is super fun as always… Enjoyed the super special Maharashtrian lunch (sic)”Love your style of work 🙂 Shooting with you is super fun as always… Enjoyed the super special Maharashtrian lunch https://t.co/GgCPmSCdz6Mahesh Babu (@urstrulyMahesh) September 7, 2018On the professional front, Mahesh Babu is currently shooting for Maharshi, which is directed by Vamshi Paidipally. The film has Pooja Hegde as the female lead.On Mahesh Babu’s birthday (August 9), the makers of Maharshi revealed the actor’s look from the film. After a long time, the actor has changed his look for a film.ALSO SEE | Mahesh Babu and Namrata Shirodkar love story: In picsALSO WATCH | I’ve disappointed my fans twice, says actor Mahesh Babulast_img read more

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Arsenal’s Wenger defends Aubameyang

first_imgArsenal Wenger defends Aubameyang against Dortmund CEO accusations Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 20:30 2/8/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Arsenal Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Borussia Dortmund Bundesliga Premier League Arsène Wenger The Gunners boss has hit back at criticism claiming that the Gabon international lacked focus in his final games in the Bundesliga Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s lack of fitness was likely the reason for a substandard performance in his final appearance for Borussia Dortmund, says Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.Aubameyang had a single shot – a header sent over the crossbar – and only one touch in the opposition box in a 2-2 draw against Freiburg before joining Arsenal for a club-record £56 million.Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke subsequently accused the Gabon international of “withholding performances” to force through a departure. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player But Wenger noted Aubameyang missed the Bundesliga club’s two matches prior to facing Freiburg due to a lack of focus because of speculation over his future and a disciplinary issue.Aubameyang struck on his Arsenal debut, a 5-1 rout of Everton, and Wenger hit back at Watzke’s comments about his new signing.”If you look well at the history, he played only one game. He played, they suspended him for two or three games,” the Frenchman told reporters on Thursday.”One before the [winter] break and one after the break. So he played only one game at home, where they played a 2-2 against Werder Bremen [sic, Freiburg].”So maybe he was not ready physically to perform at his best, but I don’t believe that he didn’t want to perform.”January signings Aubameyang and his former Dortmund team-mate Henrikh Mkhitaryan both excelled against Everton, the Armenia international recording three assists after moving to Emirates Stadium as part of a swap deal with Manchester United for Alexis Sanchez.And Wenger indicated he will have no doubts about selecting Aubameyang and Mkhitaryan from the start against Tottenham in Saturday’s north London derby.”I think we are in the middle of the season and they are top-quality players, so why should they not repeat that type of performance?” Wenger said.”We want them focusing on how we want to play the game, tactically and technically. Once the game has started, these guys have experience, they have played top-level games. They know what is important and they know that the most important thing is to focus on the performance.”[Mkhitaryan] has a very professional attitude and overall I think that is what you want from every player. I am not surprised about that because I find that absolutely normal.”last_img read more

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Dabo Swinney Addresses Transfer Rumors For QB Kelly Bryant

first_imgKelly Bryant of the Clemson Tigers reacts after a touchdown against the Miami Hurricanes in the third quarter during the ACC Football Championship.CHARLOTTE, NC – DECEMBER 02: Kelly Bryant #2 of the Clemson Tigers reacts after a touchdown against the Miami Hurricanes in the third quarter during the ACC Football Championship at Bank of America Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Kelly Bryant was told by Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney on Monday that he was losing his starting quarterback job to true freshman Trevor Lawrence. The five-star freshman will be starting on Saturday against Syracuse.Bryant, a senior, understandably took the news pretty hard. Swinney told reporters today that he gave the quarterback the day off.Transfer rumors began to swirl for Bryant, as the new redshirt rule would allow him to keep a year of eligibility and play somewhere else in 2019 since he’s only played in four games.Swinney, though, says he does not expect Bryant to transfer.“Dabo says Kelly Bryant did not indicate yesterday that he would want to transfer. He says it was a really emotional day and gave Kelly the day off from practice,” Grace Raynor tweeted.Dabo says Kelly Bryant did not indicate yesterday that he would want to transfer. He says it was a really emotional day and gave Kelly the day off from practice.— Grace Raynor (@gmraynor) September 25, 2018Dabo added that both quarterbacks will probably continue to play. He believes Bryant can still help this team win.“He’s already helped us win, and he’s going to continue to help us win.”Dabo on Kelly Bryant: “He’s already helped us win, and he’s going to continue to help us win.” Says the chances of both Trevor and him being cold are not really good. Playing two quarterbacks is “just where we are, man”— William Qualkinbush (@QualkTalk) September 25, 2018Clemson and Syracuse are set to kick off at noon on ABC.last_img read more

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We Already Have A Major Upset Brewing In The SEC Today

first_imgA general view of Vanderbilt's football field.NASHVILLE, TN – SEPTEMBER 17: A general view of the game between the Vanderbilt Commodores and the Ole Miss Rebels at Vanderbilt Stadium on September 17, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)Week 7 of the college football season started a few days ago on Tuesday night when Arkansas State took on Appalachian State. That contest served as a nice appetizer for Saturday’s full slate of action.Although the games just started, there’s already a major upset brewing in the SEC. Florida quarterback Feleipe Franks tossed an interception in the red-zone against Vanderbilt early in the first quarter.The Commodores didn’t wait long to strike. Vandy took the ball 98 yards for a touchdown and currently lead the contest 7-0.Dudley Field is rocking after that first TD! #AnchorDown https://t.co/U3uEeMN2Xv— Vanderbilt Football (@VandyFootball) October 13, 2018It would be quite the upset in the SEC after Florida got its biggest win of the season last weekend over LSU. Is this a classic letdown game? Or will the Gators respond to the challenge?Commodores running back Ke’Shawn Vaughn racked up 55 yards on his first drive. Florida needs to buckle down on defense if the team wants to stay in the SEC East race.last_img read more

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Shea Patterson Has Brutally Honest Comment After Michigan’s Win

first_imgA closeup of Michigan QB Shea Patterson throwing a pass.ATLANTA, GEORGIA – DECEMBER 29: Shea Patterson #2 of the Michigan Wolverines looks pass against the Florida Gators in the first quarter during the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)Michigan started the 2019 regular season with a win on Saturday, knocking off Middle Tennessee, though the Wolverines weren’t satisfied with the way they played.Jim Harbaugh’s team struggled on offense, on way to a 40-21 victory to open the season at 1-0.Shea Patterson threw for 203 yards and three touchdowns in the win. The Wolverines added more than 200 rushing yards on the ground.Michigan’s offense was supposed to look a lot different in 2019, following the hiring of offensive coordinator Josh Gattis. This was just Game 1, though, and the Wolverines understand they can play much better.“A win is a win, but I don’t think anyone in that locker room felt like we lived up to our standard,” Patterson said.“We’ve got to play better. I’ve got to play better.”Shea Patterson after the game: “A win is a win, but I don’t think anyone in that locker room felt like we lived up to our standard.”“… We’ve got to play better. I’ve got to play better.”— Zach Shaw (@_ZachShaw) September 1, 2019Michigan fans have to like hearing that. The Wolverines have time to work things out on offense and there’s plenty to build on.Patterson and Co. will be back on the field in Week 2 against Army.Kickoff is set for noon E.T. on FOX.last_img read more

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May 7 is Read Across Jamaica Day

first_imgSchools across the island will observe Read Across Jamaica Day on Tuesday, May 7. The day forms part of activities by the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) to celebrate Education Week from May 5 to 11 under the theme: ‘Advancing the Nation’s Human Capital Through Education’. Governor-General, His Excellency, the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, who read the proclamation during a brief ceremony at King’s House on Thursday, May 2, emphasised the value of reading in promoting literacy. “The objective of Read Across Jamaica Day is for our children to become literate and remain literate. As we go up the educational ladder, we see more and more the importance of reading. The degrees that are granted are based on the fact that you read for them,” he stated. The Governor-General encouraged the nation’s children to read more, underscoring that reading will increase their knowledge. He also implored all Jamaicans to support the JTA’s initiative “as we commit to ensuring that Jamaica’s children are among the best in the world”. In his remarks, JTA President, Clayton Hall said the association fervently believes in the impact that literacy and reading can have on the advancement of students. “It is with this in mind that we instituted, within Education Week, a day dedicated to this activity,” he stated. Read Across Jamaica Day is an important step in getting children to make reading a regular part of their lives. It seeks to foster interest in reading by encouraging parents and other members of the society to read a book to a child. This is based on research that shows a connection between adults reading aloud to children and enhanced language development. A national day to promote reading and literacy locally was first observed by the JTA in 2005. By Chris Patterson, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

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Government Committed to Protecting Children

first_imgStory Highlights State Minister in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green says that the Government is committed to making it easier to treat with the abuse and protection of the nation’s children. According to the State Minister, deliberate efforts have been made to remove some of the bureaucracies that are in the system. center_img State Minister in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, says that the Government is committed to making it easier to treat with the abuse and protection of the nation’s children.According to the State Minister, deliberate efforts have been made to remove some of the bureaucracies that are in the system.One major step, he said, was the merger of the Office of the Children’s Registry and the Child Development Agency to form the Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA).Mr. Green was addressing approximately 300 students, representing 28 secondary schools, who attended the National Child Month Committee (NCMC) Youth Forum, held on November 2 at the St. Andrew Parish Church Hall in St. AndrewAccording to the State Minister, progress has been made, as the backlog of cases that were not investigated have been reduced from 5,000 to 400.He also reported that there is a Joint Select Committee of Parliament that will review laws and penalties in relation to the abuse of children and women.“We need more strident and stringent penalties to send a clear message that we are serious about protecting our children and our women. The aim is to make special provision for when a crime is committed against the most vulnerable groups, which include the elderly, children and women, that the penalty is more severe,” he said.The forum forms part of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information’s activities for Youth Month which is being observed in November.It provides a space for students attending secondary school to discuss issues, air concerns and seek solutions among themselves, while getting support from adults.Meanwhile, Executive Director of the GraceKennedy Foundation, Caroline Mahfood, noted that focus should be placed on restoring safe spaces for youth, where they can be acknowledged, influenced and given the support to grow and develop.“They occupy a large part of our society and must be seen as keen resources who will contribute significantly to national development and this is why GraceKennedy is committed to supporting education,” she said. Several presentations were made by the students focusing on the NCMC Child Month theme for the year ‘A.F.F.I.R.M. Me!” – Acknowledge me! (Be)Friend me! Favour me!Positively Influence me! Respect me! Motivate me!last_img read more

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Michelle Obama talks social media and raising daughters at Vancouver event

first_imgVANCOUVER – Michelle Obama says social media magnifies feelings of political and cultural division, underlining a need for people to get out of their online silos.The former first lady of the United States made the remarks Thursday at a sold-out event presented by the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade, where she spoke to an audience of mostly women and girls in an auditorium that seats about 2,900 people.She said for more than a decade, she and former president Barack Obama travelled the United States and found that people mostly got along peacefully.Obama recalled something her daughter Malia said after a Fourth of July celebration where tens thousands of people gathered on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., to watch fireworks. After the show, people packed up their things and dispersed calmly, she said.“It’s amazing that this many people can gather this peacefully,” Obama recalled her daughter saying.But Obama said that’s what’s happening around the world every day. Most people are fundamentally getting along, and they’re more alike than they are different, Obama said at the first of two sold-out events she was speaking at on Thursday.“Social media can do two things: it can bring us together or keep us isolated,” she said, noting that people hiding behind a computer screen are emboldened to make nasty remarks.“A life looking into your phone is not a life,” she said. “You have to break out of your silo.”She urged people to connect with one another, not through tweets or posts, but through their voices, and added that the divisiveness of social media also lends itself to a certain type of leader.“Leaders who lead by fear … that’s all you want to point to, what’s broken and wrong,” she said. “But if you choose to lead by hope, then you see that good.“Don’t despair. Don’t get bogged down in the negativity,” she added. “It takes time, but we are moving in the right direction.”Obama said she tries to teach her daughters, 16-year-old Sasha and 19-year-old Malia, to be cautious and not to tweet everything that’s on their minds.“It’s a lot of talking and a lot of them not listening. Then something bad happens, and you say, ‘I told you so,’ ” she deadpanned. “That’s how we parent teenagers.”Social media does mean that kids are more connected and more knowledgeable than ever before, but it also exposes them to other people’s opinions of them, she said.Just because they got 1,000 likes doesn’t mean they have 1,000 friends, she added.“You just have a bunch of strangers following you. That should terrify you,” she said, to laughs from the crowd.She said she tweets “by committee.” She drafts a post, calls eight people, gets their input, and spell-checks and proofreads it. Then she waits a day, calls two more people, and if they think it’s a good idea, she posts it, she said.Obama also spoke about the challenges she faced as the first African-American to serve as the first lady. She said in some ways, it was like “eight years of reading horrible tweets.“I felt that sting. I felt that judgment,” she said. “They talked about what I looked like. … They called me angry.She said she was criticized “in the same way that Hillary Clinton continues to take hits, because she’s a woman trying to do things that a lot of people think women shouldn’t do.”But she said history is a bumpy road with many ups and downs.“We still live in a racist world,” she said. “(But) we’ve come a long way. There’s no way my husband would have been elected two terms if we hadn’t.”She recalled a key moment during the Obamas’ time in the White House when they crossed Edmund Pettus Bridge to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery civil rights marches alongside civil rights leaders of the time.“There is nothing in my life that I’ve experienced that compares with what they have,” she said.The event, co-presented by the We For She Forum, which brings together female business leaders and young women, drew many girls from local high schools. Seventeen-year-old Deanna Senko called Obama an “inspiration.”“Pretty much everything she does is just encouragement for girls and women to get more active and involved in our society, and I love it.”— Follow @ellekane on Twitter.last_img read more

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Youth filmmakers talk to survivors in Halifax

first_imgAPTN National NewsYoung filmmakers were at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings in Halifax, to try and understand what happened at residential schools, why their parents and grandparents won’t talk about it, and to document the stories pouring forth.APTN National News reporter Taryn Della spoke with the camera-wielding youth, and has their story.last_img

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We cannot have Canadas commitment die on the order paper MPs hear

first_imgJeffry Nilles as he prepares to tell the committee about being taken from his parents when he was young and how that shaped his life. Photo: Mark Blackburn/APTNMark BlackburnAPTN NewsIt took Jeffry Nilles a long time to come to grips with who he is and where he came from after escaping the child welfare system.The Ojibway man says he was taken from his parents when he was young.“I’ll start by telling you about my first memories before being put in foster care – my first memories is my puppy Skippy. My earliest memories are of my grandfather at bedtime when he would tell me stories about Nanabush to me and my sister.“I also remember getting my first stitches after falling off my bike – and sadly I remember my parents drinking and fighting.”Nilles lived in Winnipeg but his mother was from the Waterhen First Nation in Manitoba.“One day my teacher came to our house and we were taken away… seeing my sisters crying for my mum, I was six years old that year and spent over 45 years trying to forget my stay in foster care.”(“Nilles just after speaking to MPs on the Indigenous Affairs committee about his life in and after foster care. Photo: Mark Blackburn/APTN)He only started speaking of his time in foster care last year at a men’s healing circle.“Some of my first memories is being yelled at by a lady, I think it was because I wouldn’t stop crying,” he said. “I remember wanting my mum – I was put in a corner and told to get on my knees and face the wall and was told to stay there until I stopped crying.”On Thursday, Nilles addressed the MPs of the House of Commons’ Indigenous affairs committee.They’re examining the federal government’s Bill C-92 – the Act respecting First Nations, Inuit and Métis children, youth and families.It’s a law that could potentially stop what Nilles, and tens of thousands of children today are going through.The Indigenous child welfare system is so broken, that nearly everyone who has spoken on the proposed law supports it even though it is missing some key elements.(“We cannot have Canada’s commitments die on the order paper,” says Ed John. Photo: Mark Blackburn/APTN)Many also say it needs to pass before parliament rises in June so that it becomes law before the next federal election.On Thursday, the committee sat for five hours and heard from 21 witnesses.Grand Chief Ed John was one of them.He’s with the First Nations Summit in British Columbia and also chairs a committee that advises the minister of Indigenous Services on child welfare.“Bill C-92, together with Bill C-91, the Indigenous languages law, provides a substantive framework to remedy past government pillars to kill the Indian in the child by removing the child from family, siblings, community foods, lands and territories,” he said.John recommended that the act be strengthened to add that no child can be taken from the home or community because of poverty, and that money be guaranteed in the legislation.Neither of those are sure things.According to the Assembly of First Nations (AFN), there are 40,000 children in care of the state today.AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde said the situation is too dire to keep the status quo, and that Canada can’t make the mistakes of the past.“It’s not a challenge that will be met by federal, provincial and territorial governments continuing to impose their jurisdiction over our children while ignoring the inherent rights of First Nations peoples.”Given the state of child welfare in every province and territory, there is a desperate need for change.The Nishnawbe Aski Nation is supporting the bill, but Bobby Narcisse, director of social services for Nishnawbe Aski Nation – an organization representing 49 communities in northern Ontario – said there needs to be additions to it.“We advocate that that this bill guarantees adequate, sustainable, equitable funding for First Nations to enable the exercise of the inherent jurisdiction in the area of child and family wellbeing,” said Narcisse.But in Manitoba, the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC) has been fighting against the bill at every turn.(AMC Grand Chief Arlen Dumas gets set to speak before the Indigenous Affairs committee Thursday. Photo: Mark Blackburn/APTN)Manitoba has a crushing problem with its child welfare system with 11,000 Indigenous children in care.Grand Chief Arlen Dumus told the committee he doubts the Liberal government can pass this legislation and make it work.“At this time this government is having trouble getting provinces to sign on to a carbon tax that is a federal law,” Dumas said.There are also concerns in Manitoba about how easily the province will give up control over the child and family services system.“I’m no lawyer but I’m sure you’ve heard of the not-withstanding clause, of divisions of power, and there are all those arguments and all that rhetoric that is going to happen.”If the bill passes, Indigenous nations and communities would be able to enter into negotiations with the federal and provincial or territorial governments to work out a plan for the transfer of jurisdiction of child and family services.If no agreement is reached after 12 months, and if “reasonable efforts were made to reach an agreement, the laws of the Indigenous group and community would have force of law as federal law and would prevail over federal and provincial laws,” according to a government document given to media last February.Dumas said First Nation communities have been struggling with the province that is not, in his view, working with them to fix the system – instead making arbitrary changes without consultations.Cora Morgan, a First Nations family advocate, agrees.She said she doesn’t trust the province to hand over power to First Nations and doesn’t believe this bill will make it happen.“Right now the province provides 60 per cent of the $546 million for the budget, the feds only come in with that 40 per cent and so I’m wondering, is the funding model going to be changed completely and is there going to be a need for the province to pony up dollars to make this fly? And if that is going to hold things up, then we’re never going to have Bill C-92.(Liberal MP Robert-Falcon Ouellette and Cora Morgan after her presentation to the Indigenous Affairs Committee. Photo: Mark Blackburn/APTN)Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, director of the Indian Residential School Centre for History and Dialogue, says like most pieces of legislation, C-92 is a work in progress.“I see this as kind of like a framework, it’s the framing of a house,” she said. “There will need to be regulations, and it discusses regulations being discussed in collaboration with Indigenous people; that alone is an innovation, that’s a very important innovation. So whether it’s chiefs in Manitoba — they want their own welfare law their way… it’s important to recognize that they can do that.”It’s also not clear how provinces will react to Bill C-92.Ontario’s Child and Family Services Minister Lisa McLeod also addressed the committee.She said she wished Canada had done more consulting.“I can say that my colleagues across the country weren’t properly consulted…. I don’t think they’ve been heard. But I wish the government great success,” she said.“I get there are constitutional issues, I get there are jurisdictions. I wrote a thesis on the constitution, but I’m thinking there’s also that seven-year-old child who doesn’t have a parent.”The committee is running out of time.At Thursday’s hearing, NDP MP Rachel Blaney asked for an extension of four hours to hear from witnesses who didn’t have a chance to speak on the issue.If that is voted down by Liberals on the committee, it will go through the bill clause by clause, then a vote will happen.The committee went behind closed doors to vote. The results will not be immediately made public.John left them with a message in the meantime: pass the legislation.“We cannot have Canada’s commitments die on the order paper, we’ve been through that before.”Meanwhile, Jeffry Nilles is a single parent of five.He’s currently enrolled in a college program.And says he’s trying to give his children a much different experience growing up.mblackburn@aptn.ca@mblackburn21last_img read more

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Najat Driouech First Moroccan Muslim Woman in Catalan Parliament

Rabat – Najat Driouech, Moroccan-Spanish woman was elected a member of the Catalan Parliament during the Catalan regional election, which took place on December 21.Thursday, December 21 marked the 12th Parliament of the Autonomous Community of Catalonia, during which pro-independence parties took an absolute majority in regional elections.The thirty-six year  old Moroccan was placed 10th on the list of the Barcelona’s Republican Left Party of Catalonia, becoming  the third Muslim, and the first woman of the Catalon community, to join the legislative body of Catalonia. “It’s not my goal to be the first Muslim woman member of parliament, but the first of many,” said Driouech.“I am taking this step at such a complicated time for Catalonia because I believe it’s necessary to civilise part of society – that minority which believes that another minority is second-class,” Driouech said.Driouech, who migrated along her parents from Morocco Catalonia at the age of 9, works as an integration counselor at her town’s Town Hall.“When you are little and you speak Catalan and Spanish well, people say ‘how sweet’. Then you get older, you start to speak up and debate things, and that doesn’t go down well. Now you’re a rival,” she told the BBC.Mother of two children, Driouech said that she faces discrimination daily in her job.”“They told us that to be normal citizens we had to study, and we’ve studied. That we had to participate in society, and we are doing that. So where is the problem?”“I do not want my children to suffer half of what their grandparents have suffered, or a quarter of what I have suffered,” she said.There are 515,000 Muslims in Catalonia, making up 6.8 percent of the population.In her new position, Driouech wants to fight racism among politicians in Catalonia. read more

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Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency takes over Cape Breton Enterprise Corp

Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency takes over Cape Breton Enterprise Corp. by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 19, 2014 1:11 pm MDT SYDNEY, N.S. – The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency will take over all economic development programs handled by Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation, the federal government announced Wednesday.Rob Moore, the minister of state responsible for both Crown agencies, said the changes will be made through legislation this spring.Moore said all employees of the development corporation in Cape Breton will keep their jobs at the agency’s Sydney office while maintaining the same rate of pay. He also said plans are in the works to employ staff again at an office in Port Hawkesbury.Ottawa will maintain the level of economic development funding delivered through the Cape Breton agency, he added.“Let me be clear: this decision in no way impacts the level and quality of service that business owners and community leaders in Cape Breton expect and are accustomed to receiving,” Moore said in the statement.Meanwhile, the agency’s property holdings and its continued work on the Sydney tar ponds cleanup project will be transferred to Public Works and Government Services Canada.“As ECBC’s role in mine remediation in Cape Breton winds down, there is an opportunity to align economic development activities throughout Atlantic Canada,” Moore said.The agency has spent more than $105 million supporting more than 700 economic development projects in Cape Breton since 2006, Moore said.Some of that funding included $900,000 for the Celtic Colours Festival, $1 million for the Membertou Business Centre in Sydney, and more than $5 million for the Destination Cape Breton Association to promote tourism.In an email, a spokeswoman for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency said while ECBC’s budget had declined between 2012 and 2013, 90 per cent of that drop — or about $18 million — was related to the completion of the mine site remediation program.Mayor Cecil Clarke of the Cape Breton Regional Municipality said the change isn’t a blow for economic development in the area.“The fact that the budgets are being maintained and the staffing levels are being maintained while the governance process has changed, I don’t see that as a negative thing,” said Clarke.Clarke said he met with Moore and the president of ACOA and received assurances that there would be no cuts to current funding levels.“I will take them at their word,” he said, adding that the move would also provide stability because it provides for direct authority and accountability to the minister.Clarke said the changes announced by the federal government are partly the result of uncertainty that was created by public and media scrutiny over the agency’s management.Liberal MP Gerry Byrne raised questions last year about the agency’s hiring practices, which led to an investigation by Mario Dion, the federal public sector integrity commissioner.NDP ACOA critic Ryan Cleary said he believes the change will hurt development because ECBC was focused solely on Cape Breton.He also questioned the timing of the announcement, given the ongoing investigation. Cleary wondered whether the government is trying to get ahead of potential bad news.“I can’t help but be cynical and say ‘OK, this decision has been made in advance of that report so what could that mean?’”, Cleary said. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Canadian dollar advances amid rising oil soft American economic data

by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 27, 2015 9:48 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Canadian dollar advances amid rising oil, soft American economic data TORONTO – The Canadian dollar closed higher Friday but well off session highs amid some disappointing U.S. economic data.The loonie rose 0.15 of a U.S. cent to 79.89 cents.U.S. gross domestic product grew at an annual rate of 2.2 per cent in the October-December quarter, down from estimates of 2.6 per cent last month in a reflection of weaker business stockpiling and a larger trade deficit.A bigger surprise was a glum reading on the manufacturing sector in the U.S. Midwest, which fell to a 5 1/2-year low in February. The Chicago Purchasing Managers Index fell to 45.8 from 59.4 in December, a reading indicating contraction.Also, the University of Michigan’s widely watched consumer sentiment index slipped to 95.4 from 98.1 in January.Oil prices advanced after plunging almost $3 a barrel on Thursday to the lowest level in a month as data showed a continuing buildup of crude inventories in the United States that has left supplies at an 80-year high. On Friday, the April crude contract in New York closed up $1.59 at US$49.76 a barrel.Also depressing oil and other commodity prices lately has been a steadily strengthening U.S. dollar. A stronger greenback makes commodities more expensive for holders of other currencies and depresses demand.Metal prices were mixed Friday with April gold up $3 to US$1,213.10 an ounce while May copper was virtually flat at US$2.69 a pound.Meanwhile, traders are looking ahead to the next interest rate announcement from the Bank of Canada on Wednesday.There has been speculation that Canada’s central bank would follow up its surprise quarter-point cut in January with another cut next week to support the economy against the negative effects of the collapse in oil prices.But expectations for such a cut started to fade earlier this week following remarks from Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz, who said the January rate cut had given central bankers time to figure out how best to steer the country back toward stability as the effects of the plunge in crude prices ripples across the economy. read more

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Pregnant mother threatened by gang at her home in Swords

first_imgA PREGNANT MOTHER was threatened by an armed gang who broke into her home last Friday, gardaí confirmed to TheJournal.ie today.The woman’s son was in the property at the time of the aggravated burglary.The gang of three men wore balaclavas and were armed with a gun, a knife and a hammer. They broke into the house in the Applewood area Swords at around 7 pm on the evening of 17 January.They ransacked the house looking for cash but gardaí said that, in the end, they took off with jewellery, two mobile phones, a camera and some cash.The incident lasted about fifteen minutes in total.According to a report in The Herald today, the mother was told they would “kick the baby out” of her. It also reported that the men threatened to shoot her two-year-old son who was with her in the house at the time.Gardai in Swords are investigating this case but no arrests have yet been made.Thieves steal watches engraved with messages for deceased man’s sons>Man injured by teens armed with bread knife in Dublin burglary>Almost half of Irish homeowners do not have a burglar alarm>last_img read more

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Gas from a dump in Kildare to become electricity for 14000 houses

first_imgRead: 90% of construction industry insiders believe wind should be primary energy source THE GAS PRODUCED from a landfill site in Co Kildare is to be used to create ‘green power’ for 14,000 nearby homes, under plans announced today.Bord na Móna is to develop a ‘landfill gas’ power plant at the Drehid landfill near Allenwood, creating 25 construction roles and three or four permanent roles when the construction is finished.The plant will exploit the gases generated by rotting waste in the landfill site, and convert it to a cleaner form of energy which can then be used in more traditional ways.The gas generated by decomposition of organic waste is produced continually, and burned on a sporadic basis for safety reasons.Bord na Móna said it believed the plant would produce 5.6 megawatts of renewable power – less than one fifteenth of the power generating capacity of Ireland’s largest hydroelectric power plant in Ardnacrusha, but enough to supply power to 14,000 local homes.“This is a very exciting project for the company,” said Bord na Móna’s head of resource recovery, John Daly.“Apart from the economic benefits, this energy project at Drehid will substantially reduce emissions of methane, which is a potent greenhouse gas when released directly into the atmosphere,” he said.Daly said the company was particularly happy about being able to offer employment in the Allenwood community, where it has operated for nearly 80 years.last_img read more

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