People rallying to give attack victim 6 a special Christmas

first_imgAPTN National NewsPeople in Winnipeg and the country are rallying to send gifts to the six-year-old who was brutally beaten on the Paul First Nation in Alberta over the weekend.The little girl had yet to wake up from the attack as of Monday and people want to make sure when she awakes there’s plenty of gifts to make her happy.APTN’s Dennis Ward has the story.last_img

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Were in need of help Elder pleads for La Ronge fire evacuees

first_img(Energy Centre in Cold Lake, Alberta where Saskatchewan evacuees are staying. Photo: Chris Stewart/APTN)Brandi Morin APTN National NewsCOLD LAKE ALTA –Evacuees fleeing the fires in and around La Ronge, Sask say the Red Cross is struggling to keep up with their most basic needs.More than 1,000 people, many First Nation peoples have been arriving by bus to the city of Cold Lake over the last two days. At the moment, they’re being housed at the local recreation facility.Many of the elders say that along with the stress of suddenly leaving their homes, some are experiencing a culture shock.Cold Lake First Nation is nearby the city. Nation members have been scrambling to provide help and comfort to evacuees, however Elder Nancy Scannie said they’re in desperate need of more assistance.“We’re in need of help!” said Scannie. “They’re overcrowded, short of food and even shoes! They ran out of their houses just as they were dressed.”She said the Red Cross is not allowing any outside donations to be brought to evacuees staying at the Energy Center. Last night her daughter Debbie Delorme brought coffee and tea there and served it outside to elders while security watched closely.“I told them, ‘to hell with you!’” said Delorme. “They (Red Cross) told me we can’t bring no food, drinks, clothing or anything because it’s related to hygiene concerns. Well, these people aren’t worried about hygiene! Where they come from they’ll eat off of a cardboard box!”Scannie said some of the evacuees she spoke to feel like they are being treated like criminals.RCMP and security patrol the center day and night watching their every move. They’re far from home and far from its comforts and camaraderie.“It’s pretty tough for them. I feel really bad. They’ve lost everything, they’re so stressed out,” said Scannie.Both Scannie and Delorme have opened their homes to several evacuees. The Cold Lake First Nation community members are bringing evacuees to the community to feed them freshly cooked traditional foods like moose meat, fish and bannock.Some have pitched tents near the beach on Cold Lake and Scannie said there’s room for more. She is encouraging people to donate tents so more families can set up camp.Further donations like blankets, clothes, toiletries and gift cards are needed.“We’re doing all we can to help and it would be nice if the outside world would notice and help too,” said Scannie.She said she wants people from La Ronge to leave with good memories from the hospitality of the people of Cold Lake.“I wouldn’t want people to go back there and say that they got treated badly. Not from Cold Lake anyway- it’s not our style to treat people like that,” she said.bmorin@aptn.calast_img read more

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Redirect money from Indigenous affairs departments and into the pockets of status

first_imgInFocusAn average family of five people who have status cards could be more than  $25,000 richer each year if treaty annuity payments were based on today’s land values.Currently, treaty people with status cards get $5 a year based on land values from the 1800s – that’s $25 if you’re a family of five.That same land is worth $5,000, based on land values from 20 years ago when a report on modernizing treaty annuities was penned and has been collecting dust since 2004.Sheilla Jones was part of the treaty Annuity Working Group and believes now is the time to dust it off and have a conversation as part of a broader discussion about how Indigenous affairs departments have little positive effect on the lives of First Nations and Inuit people despite $20 billion in annual spending by Crown-Indigenous Relations and Indigenous Services Canada and their co-delivery partners in other government departments.“With jurisdictional reach over 90 per cent of Canada’s land mass through the historic and modern treaties, (Indigenous affairs departments) have enormous range and influence across the country,” Jones said, pointing out based on federal funding, Indigenous affairs is third, behind Quebec and Ontario in terms of per-person spending. In essence, she said, it’s like a massive super-province.“But unlike any province, not a single person is elected to represent the interests of ordinary Indigenous people despite the fact in many cases, especially for First Nations living in First Nations communities on reserves, a department that controls almost every aspect of their lives from birth to death.”In a paper published by the Frontier Centre for Public Policy, Jones says instead of pennies on the dollar trickling down to First Nations people through the bloated bureaucracy of government, that cash should flow directly to every status card-holding man, woman and child in Canada, regardless if they’re from communities that signed treaties.It would have an immediate effect on “grinding poverty, social pathologies, and despair and hopelessness plaguing so many First Nations communities in Canada” according to the Treaty Annuity Working Group report, which recommended paying the annuity out on a monthly basis similar to how the Canada Child Benefit is paid out monthly.Jones has written a book on the idea, called Let the People Speak: Oppression in a time of reconciliation, which comes out in June.Jones said with more people than ever before wondering what can and should be done in the spirit of reconciliation, the time is right to consider turning the current system upside down.Watch the full episode here:last_img read more

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Puerto Ricans say US relief efforts failing them

first_imgSAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – The Trump administration declared Thursday that its relief efforts in Puerto Rico are succeeding, but people on the island said help was scarce and disorganized while food supplies dwindled in some remote towns eight days after Hurricane Maria devastated the U.S. territory of 3.4 million people.President Donald Trump cleared the way for more supplies to head to Puerto Rico by issuing a 10-day waiver of federal restrictions on foreign ships delivering cargo to the island. And House Speaker Paul Ryan said the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s disaster relief account would get a $6.7 billion boost by the end of the week.Acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke declared that “the relief effort is under control.”“It is really a good news story, in terms of our ability to reach people,” she told reporters in the White House driveway.Outside the capital, San Juan, people said that was far from the truth.“I have not received any help, and we ran out of food yesterday,” said Mari Olivo, a 27-year-old homemaker whose husband was pushing a shopping cart with empty plastic gallon jugs while their two children, 9 and 7, each toted a large bucket. They stood in line in a parking lot in the town of Bayamon near the hard-hit northern coast, where local police used hoses to fill up containers from a city water truck.“I have not seen any federal help around here,” said Javier San Miguel, a 51-year-old accountant.Trump tweeted later: “FEMA & First Responders are doing a GREAT job in Puerto Rico.” He also took issue with media coverage of the administration’s response, writing: “Wish press would treat fairly!”Sen. Bill Nelson, a Florida Democrat, called for the U.S. military to immediately provide security and distribution of aid in remote areas. “As was said after Hurricane Andrew: ‘Where the hell is the cavalry?’” he said in a statement.Earlier in the day, Presidential spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said 10,000 government workers, including more than 7,000 troops, were helping Puerto Rico recover.The U.S. military was sending a three-star general to Puerto Rico to help direct the hurricane response. Lt. Gen. Jeff Buchanan, commander of U.S. Army North, was set to arrive Thursday to assess the situation so that the military can provide the highest possible level of support, Northern Command spokesman John Cornelio said.In the town of San Lorenzo, about 40 miles west of the capital, people walked through calf-high water to get supplies because the bridge over the Manati river outside town was washed away in the storm.San Lorenzo residents are collecting spring water to drink and taking turns cooking food for each other because residents are running low on basic supplies.“Just like God helps us, we help each other,” said resident Noemi Santiago, weeping. “Here one person makes food one day, another makes it the other day, so that the food that we have goes further.”FEMA, which is leading the relief effort, has sent 150 containers filled with relief supplies to the port of San Juan since the hurricane struck on Sept. 20, said Omar Negron, director of Puerto Rico’s Ports Authority. He said all the containers were dispatched to people in need but private aid supplies have not reached Puerto Rico.“The federal response has been a disaster,” said lawmaker Jose Enrique Melendez, a member of Gov. Ricardo Rossello’s New Progressive Party. “It’s been really slow.”He said the Trump administration had focused more on making a good impression on members of the media gathered at San Juan’s convention centre than bringing aid to rural Puerto Rico.“There are people literally just modeling their uniforms,” Melendez said. “People are suffering outside.”Trump and his advisers defended the administration’s response to the hurricane, which destroyed much of the island’s infrastructure and left many residents desperate for fresh water, power, food and other supplies.“The electric power grid in Puerto Rico is totally shot. Large numbers of generators are now on Island. Food and water on site,” Trump tweeted early in the day.Bayamon Mayor Ramon Luis Rivera told The Associated Press that FEMA officials sent a truck with a limited amount of food Monday. Rivera said he began distributing it to hard-hit rural areas.“I don’t wait,” he said when asked whether federal officials helped with distribution.In the nearby fishing town of Catano, authorities said they would open a distribution point over the weekend to hand out food and water, nearly two weeks after the hurricane hit.“We need food,” said Maritza Gonzalez, a 49-year-old government worker.FEMA officials said Thursday that a million meals and 2 million litres of fresh water had been distributed in Puerto Rico and 2 million more meals and 2 million more litres of water were on the way. There were conflicting figures: A day earlier, FEMA said it had distributed 167,000 meals and 539,000 bottles of water.The Department of Homeland Security’s acting administrator of the region that includes Puerto Rico said distribution had been hampered by the destruction of roads and bridges, which makes it hard to get supplies to those in need.“In addition to building that first line of the supply chain, we are also rebuilding the entire distribution system … how we’re going to deliver commodities and resources to the people of Puerto Rico,” acting administrator John Rabin told reporters in San Juan. “We have often had to recreate the system in order to deliver food, water and commodities throughout the island.”The House speaker announced that the FEMA’s disaster relief account would get “a huge capital injection” of $6.7 billion by the end of the week to help Puerto Rico recover. Ryan noted that Trump had waived a matching funds requirement, which means the cash-strapped island won’t have to contribute to the initial costs of the federal assistance. The Wisconsin Republican said he expects the Trump administration to send Congress a request for a long-term recovery package once damage assessments are conducted.“We will quickly act on that request,” Ryan said.Duke, the acting homeland security secretary, had waived a law known as Jones Act earlier this month to help ease fuel shortages in the U.S. Southeast following hurricanes Harvey and Irma. That order included Puerto Rico but expired last week, shortly after Maria struck. The nearly century-old Jones Act bars foreign-flagged ships from carrying cargos from U.S. port to another.The Trump administration initially said a waiver was not needed for Puerto Rico because there were enough U.S.-flagged ships available to ferry goods to the island.___Associated Press writer Danica Coto reported this story in San Juan and AP writer Laurie Kellman reported from Washington. AP writer Michael Weissenstein in Havana and AP videographer David Barraza in San Lorenezo, Puerto Rico, contributed to this report.___Danico Coto on Twitter: https://twitter.com/danicacotoLaurie Kellman on Twitter: https://twitter.com/APLaurieKellmanlast_img read more

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Companies in Ukraine Russia come under new cyberattack

first_imgMOSCOW – A new strain of malicious software has paralyzed computers at a Ukrainian airport, the Ukrainian capital’s subway and at some independent Russian media.The Odesa international airport in southern Ukraine, the Kyiv subway and prominent Russian media outlets such as Interfax and Fontanka reported being targeted Tuesday.The cyberattack appears to be similar to a major attack in June that locked the computers of hospitals, government offices and major multinationals with encryption that demanded a ransom for their release. The software appeared to have originated in Ukraine.The Moscow-based cybersecurity firm Group-IB said Wednesday the ransomware called BadRabbit also tried to penetrate the computers of major Russian banks but failed. None of the banks has reported any attacks.The Moscow-based cybersecurity company Kaspersky Lab said it was aware of more than 200 companies in Russia, Ukraine, Turkey and Germany that were targeted by the ransomware.The Odesa airport said its information systems have been affected, although it continues to service flights. The subway in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv said it cannot process online payments or bank card payments.The operations of Russia’s only privately owned news agency, Interfax, have been paralyzed since Tuesday.The Russian Central Bank said Wednesday it had recorded BadRabbit’s attack on its systems but they were not compromised.___This story corrects the name of the cybersecurity firm to Group-IB.last_img read more

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Pot stocks help boost Toronto market after volatile day US charges higher

first_imgTORONTO – Canada’s main stock index moved up in late morning trading on Wednesday, while U.S. markets charged ahead with the Dow Jones industrials posting a triple-digit advance, as global trading stabilized following three days of tumult.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 34.30 points, or 0.23 per cent, to 15,398.23, after 90 minutes of trading, boosted by the health-care sector which includes the volatile marijuana space.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 326.37 points, or 1.31 per cent, to 25,239.14. The S&P 500 index was up 24.92 points, or 0.92 per cent, to 2,720.06 and the Nasdaq composite index was up 39.24 points, or 0.55 per cent, to 7,155.12.The strong gains in the U.S. came a day after markets swung wildly, but finished higher following their biggest percentage decline since August 2011 on Monday when the Dow plunged nearly 1,200 points or 4.6 per cent, erasing its gains for year. On Tuesday, the Dow finished the trading session up 567.02 points.“I think we have to look towards stock bargain hunters for yesterday’s moves as many came out look to pick up cheap stock after the last few days of downside,” said James Hughes, chief market analyst with AxiTrader.“The question everyone is asking is just where this leaves global equity indices, and my answer would be … incredibly nervous. Even though we have seen a big sell off the markets are still in line for a correction, which would be deeper than what he have currently seen.”While markets have calmed somewhat, investors are still far more nervous than they were just a few days ago. The VIX index, which is called Wall Street’s “fear gauge” because it measures how much volatility investors expect in the future, is currently at 21, about double where it was two weeks ago. It spiked above 50 early Tuesday.Stocks began to fall last Friday after U.S. jobs data showed wages growing more than anticipated raising worries that creeping signs of higher inflation might push the U.S. Federal Reserve to increase interest rates more quickly.On Tuesday, St. Louis Federal Reserve president James Bullard tried to talk down inflation concerns a bit, saying that he cautioned “against interpreting good news from labour markets as translating directly into higher inflation.” Dallas Federal Reserve president Robert Kaplan said Wednesday that the stock market correction is a healthy one.In currency market, the Canadian dollar was trading at 79.74 cents US, down from an average price of 79.81 cents US on Tuesday. The loonie has slipped 1.57 cents U.S. since Thursday as jittery investors seek the U.S. dollar as a safe haven in times of distress.On the commodities front, the March crude contract was down US$1.06 to US$62.33 per barrel and the March natural gas contract down six cents to US$2.70 per mmBTU.The April gold contract was down US$6.80 to US$1,322.70 an ounce and the March copper contract was down eight cents to US$3.13 a pound.— With files from The Associated Press.last_img read more

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Saudi energy minister concerned about oil price volatility

first_imgABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — Saudi Arabia’s energy minister says major oil producers need to do better to narrow swings in prices that dip below $60 a barrel and rise above $86.Khalid al-Falih says he’s not happy with the “range of volatility” seen over the past two to three years. Cautious not to set a price target or range for oil, he explained there are consequences when energy prices dip too low or rise too high.“We need to better and the more producers that work with us, the better off we’re able,” al-Falih said at the Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Forum in Abu Dhabi on Sunday.Saudi Arabia and other major oil producers have agreed to cut production by 1.2 million barrels a day to reduce oversupply for the first half of 2019.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Grande Prairie man charged after firearms complaint

first_imgGRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – A Grande Prairie man is due to appear in court today after he was arrested last week following a firearms complaint.The RCMP received the complaint at around 1:45 p.m. last Thursday of a man making threats with a gun at a home south of Grande Prairie. Police arrived on scene before the male suspect attempted to flee.The man was quickly arrested and taken into custody with the help of Police Dog Services. A search warrant was executed at the home resulting in the seizure of weapons and ammunition. 18 year-old Grande Prairie resident Collin Strand has been charged with the following 12 Criminal Code offences:Possession of a weapon for a dangerous purposeCareless use of a firearmPointing a firearmUsing a firearm in the commission of an offenceUnauthorized possession of a firearmPossession of a firearm knowing possession is unauthorizedExtortion without firearmAssaultAssault with a weaponUttering threatsForcible confinementMischiefStrand is scheduled to appear in court on Monday, February 26th. Police said they would not further comment on the incident as it is now before the court.last_img read more

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Fort St John wont be implementing special fee for cannabis retail licenses

first_imgCouncil ended up voting in favour of maintaining the current business license schedule and not limiting the number of licenses for cannabis retail.In addition, staff will be preparing a report in 18 months’ time to Council examining the implications of cannabis retail on Bylaw Enforcement, the RCMP, and other City services, while the City will also be getting feedback at that time from the RCMP, School District #60, the Chamber of Commerce, and Northern Health. Murphey explained in her report that “a review of potential costs associated with the new use “Cannabis Retail” was conducted and it was determined that there is currently insufficient evidence to warrant an increase in fees, as it is likely this business will generate the same level of administrative costs as any other retail business.”Murphy said that the City was expecting that most enforcement of cannabis retail would be done by the provincial government and the RCMP, similar to the current enforcement of liquor stores in the City.The communities of Chetwynd, Hudson’s Hope, and Tumbler Ridge currently have not announced an increase from their standard business fees, which range from $50 to $150.Both Dawson Creek and Grande Prairie have announced that cannabis retail business licenses will cost $2,500/year, due to an anticipated increase in administrative and enforcement costs.Higher still are the fees in North Vancouver and Squamish, which are $3,691 and $5,000/year respectively.The Village of Pouce Coupe is currently in the process of amending its business license bylaw, with proposed fees of between $5,000 and $10,000 per year. FORT ST, JOHN, B.C. – Fort St. John councillors have voted in favour of a recommendation from staff that the City not adopt a special business licensing fee for cannabis retail operators to pay once the substance becomes legal in Canada in October.At the regular meeting on July 23rd, Council voted in favour of a zoning amendment bylaw that would only allow cannabis retail operations in the City’s downtown core area, provided the property where they are situated is 200 metres from the closest school and 100m from the nearest park.In her report to Council at Monday’s Committee of the Whole meeting, City Planner Ashley Murphey recommended that no cap be placed on the total number of Cannabis Retail business licences that are issued and that business licensing fees remain the same at $125.00 for all businesses within the City.last_img read more

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Blueberry River First Nations and Province agree to continue putting Treaty infringement

first_imgThe government plans to begin updating and amending the Fort St. John Land and Resource Management Plan in October, which will provide the opportunity for the Blueberry River and other interested Treaty 8 First Nations to participate. The process will also involve local governments, industry, stakeholders and the general public.Other commitments between the two parties include restoration of selected inactive roads, seismic lines and oil and gas sites, new wildlife protection measures and developing new processes intended to create a more collaborative approach to resource development approvals.If the parties continue to make sustained progress together in the upcoming months, the litigation could be placed into a long-term abeyance agreement. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The provincial government announced today that it has reached and agreement with the Blueberry River First Nations to further adjourn a pending Treaty infringement lawsuit until April 29, 2019, to allow for continued collaboration on addressing the effects of resource development in Blueberry River traditional territory.The two parties first agreed to extend the adjournment after reaching an agreement on June 16th, which had initially adjourned litigation until the middle of this month.The Province said that it and the First Nation are continuing to build a stronger relationship through the implementation of the agreement and good-faith discussions.last_img read more

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Ecole Central Elementary school celebrates their community through song

first_imgThis years song is a little different as the school is now officially 100 percent French Immersion, which means Central school has become the only French school in FSJ and SD60.After only several days online this video has been seen over 4,000 times on Facebook.To watch the song/video CLICK HEREStaff requested that the entire song was to be French and there are no English translations of the song. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Central School, released its annual school song and this year is different as the lyrics are sung entirely in French.For the past four years Central school, through the help of funding by the Parent Advisory Council, have been hiring Rik Leaf, a music producer from Victoria, to help write, perform and record an original school song.The purpose of the song is to build collaborative relationships that bring the school together. A celebration of the school’s community and also highlights the ARTS acronym of Acceptance, Respect, Together and Safe.last_img read more

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100 Women Who Care getting close to selection night

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C – The Fort St. John Chapter of 100 Women Who Care is getting close to their selection night on Tuesday, September 17th, 2019.With anticipation of revealing the final three charities, the winner of $10,000 will be determined at the LIDO theatre at 7 pm.The final three nominations came from a selection draw of 13 charitable organizations in Fort St. John chosen by the 100 Women Who Care members. NEAT – Northern Environmental Action TeamNorth Peace Justice SocietyFSJ Hospital FoundationFort St. John Friendship SocietyFort St. John Literacy SocietyFSJ Association for Community LivingGirl Guides of CanadaFSJ Palliative Care SocietyChild Development CentreFSJ Women’s Resource SocietyNorth Peace Cultural Centre SocietyFSJ Branch of BC Schizophrenia SocietyFort St. John and area Senior’s Care FoundationWith five new presenters included in the 13 charitable organizations, during the selection, the three chosen charities are all first-time presenters.The three presenters remain anonymous until the selection night as organizers emphasize they want to support the community as a whole in work that is needed.The 100 Women Who Care started in 2017, as a group of local women who come together for one evening to help infuse financial help into local charities. At the event, the women listen to three nominated charities who present their stories to the women. By sharing who they are, what they are doing in the community, and why they deserve the support.Each attending woman brings $100 to the event, and casts her vote towards the charity she feels deserves the donation. When you multiply $100 by 100 women there is a quick infusion of funding for the chosen charity.To view the FB Page; CLICK HERE To register for the event, CLICK HERE To view the Charity Selection Draw Video; CLICK HERElast_img read more

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Province seeking public feedback on how best to protect young workers in

first_imgIn May 2019, the Government passed amendments to the Employment Standards Act that raise the minimum working age from 12 to 16 years, with 14-and 15-year-olds allowed to perform light work.Currently, the Province is seeking input so young people can gain valuable work experience and earn some money while ensuring the safety of their health and development.The deadline to take part in the public input is November 15, 2019.Engagements can be made online through the Province’s website. VICTORIA, B.C. – The Province of British Columbia is seeking public feedback on how best to protect children and youth in the workplace.According to the Government, until recently, there have been few limits on conditions for young workers, allowing them to perform jobs in hazardous situations or environments.As a result, young workers are injured on the job every year, with WorkSafeBC data reporting over $1.1 million paid in job-related disability claims for workers aged 14 years or younger between 2007 and 2017.last_img read more

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Almost 100 dead as Iraq ferry sinks on spring holiday trip

first_imgMosul: Almost 100 people, mostly women and children, died as a ferry packed with families celebrating Kurdish New Year sank in a swollen river in the former jihadist stronghold of Mosul, in Iraq’s worst accident in years. There was an outpouring of grief among residents who only this year resumed the annual festivities on the banks of the Tigris after the northern city’s recapture from the Islamic State group. Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi decreed three days of national mourning as he visited the site of the tragedy. He ordered a swift investigation “to determine responsibilities”. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details The vessel was crammed with men, women and children crossing the Tigris Thursday to go to a popular picnic area to celebrate Nowruz, the Kurdish New Year and a holiday across Iraq marking the start of spring. The accident, which struck as the overloaded vessel turned back, also coincided with Mother’s Day in Iraq. The interior ministry, issuing a fresh toll, said 94 people had died and 55 were rescued, after its spokesman Saad Maan said at least 19 children were among the dead. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday The premier said 61 women had died in the accident. While war and jihadist attacks have claimed hundreds of thousands of lives in Iraq in recent years, such accidents are relatively rare. “It’s a disaster, no one expected that,” said a young man who had just managed to reach the shore. “There were a lot of people on the boat, especially women and children,” he told AFP. A Mosul security source said the high water levels and overcrowding on the boat, with well over 100 people on board, had been to blame for the disaster. “The boat sank because there were too many passengers on board,” another security official based in Mosul told AFP. Iraq’s justice ministry said it had ordered the arrest of nine ferry company officials and banned the owners of the vessel and the tourist site from leaving the country. The authorities had warned people to be cautious after several days of heavy rains led to water being released through the Mosul dam, causing the river level to rise. Videos shared on social media showed a fast-flowing, bloated river and dozens of people floating in the water or trying to swim around the partly submerged boat. Search operations stretched far downstream from the site where the boat sank, according to an AFP journalist. Hundreds of people who had flocked to the forested area for the first days of spring gathered on the river banks as the disaster unfolded. Ambulances and police vehicles transported the dead and wounded to hospitals in the city of nearly two million people. Photos of victims, many of them women and children, were posted on the walls of a morgue for families unable to enter because of the large crowd who had gathered to identify their relatives. One man, scanning over the pictures, stopped abruptly at the image of a woman. In shock, he gasped: “It’s my wife”, before collapsing in tears. IS turned Mosul into their de facto Iraqi capital after the jihadists swept across much of the country’s north in 2014. The city spent three years under the group’s iron-fisted rule until it was recaptured by Iraqi troops backed by a US-led coalition in 2017.last_img read more

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Any Brexit delay depends on May request EUs Barnier

first_imgLuxembourg: The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator said Tuesday that the length of any delay to the divorce that the bloc may grant Britain will depend on what plan Prime Minister Theresa May brings to a crunch summit. The British leader is making a last-gasp diplomatic dash to Paris and Berlin on the eve of an emergency summit in Brussels, where she hopes the other 27 EU chiefs will agree to postpone Brexit to June 30. She needs more time to try to strike a compromise with the opposition that will let Britain’s bitterly divided parliament back an orderly divorce plan at the fourth attempt. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US Without such a delay, the United Kingdom is scheduled to crash out with no deal on Friday. But the EU has already granted one delay — the original deadline was March 29 — and negotiator Michel Barnier said May must explain what another postponement would achieve. “The length of the extension must be linked to the purpose — what it’s for — and that depends on what Mrs May will say to European leaders tomorrow,” Barnier told reporters after a meeting of EU Europe ministers to discuss the Brexit crisis. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls “She is coming back to indicate the way forward, that is what is expected by European leaders… It is for her to bring the roadmap.” Barnier insisted it would not be the EU’s fault if a chaotic “no deal” departure — predicted to have a calamitous impact — came to pass. “No deal will never be the EU’s decision, it will always be the responsibility of the United Kingdom to tell us what it wants,” Barnier said. May’s talks with the main opposition Labour Party have made little tangible progress, making an imminent breakthrough seem unlikely, but Barnier said he was still hopeful the process could bear fruit. “The new element in this serious and complex situation is the cross-party talks which have finally been started by Theresa May with Labour,” Barnier said.last_img read more

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Harsh Vardhan Manoj Tiwari and Parvesh Verma file nominations

first_imgNew Delhi: Union Minister Harsh Vardhan filed his nomination papers for the Chandni Chowk seat, with the Returning Officer of his constituency, on Monday.Delhi BJP chief Monaj Tiwari and sitting MP Parvesh Verma, both of whom have been fielded again in 2019 also filed their nomination papers for the North-East and West Delhi constituencies respectively. On their way to filing papers, Vardhan and other candidates took out roadshows as a show of strength. Vardhan who currently holds the Science and Technology portfolio among others was joined by Union Ministers Nitin Gadkari and Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderTouching all the points set out by the party, speaking at his roadshow, Vardhan said that BJP stands for growth and public welfare and will always focus on the security and happinness of all Indians. He also took a chance to slam opposition parties, saying, “Opposition parties fear that once Narendra Modi becomes Prime Minister again, they will have to go to jail and rot there.” The BJP had announced candidates for four seats in the national capital late on Sunday evening and had retained sitting MPs including Ramesh Bidhuri from South Delhi, who according to sources will file his papers soon. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsWhile Vardhan enjoyed the support of BJP heavyweights like Gadkari, Verma was joined by Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman at his roadshow on the way to filing papers. On the other hand, rebel AAP MLA Kapil Mishra and Haryanvi singer-dancer Sapna Choudhary accompanied Tiwari on his roadshow in the North-East Delhi constituency. BJP was late to announce its candidates in Delhi, with AAP announcing their candidates months ago, even as there were talks of an alliance with Congress, which announced candidates for six seats on Monday morning. Now, Chandni Chowk will be fought between Vardhan (BJP), JP Agarwal (Congress), and Pankaj Gupta (AAP); whereas in North-East Delhi, the battle will be between state BJP chief Tiwari, Congress stalwart Sheila Dikshit, and AAP’s Dilip Pandey. West Delhi will see a fight between Mahabal Mishra (Congress), Balbir Singh Jakhar (AAP), and sitting MP Parvesh Verma (BJP). BJP is yet to announce its candidate for North-West Delhi seat, whereas the Congress announced Vijender Singh as its candidate for South Delhi constituency.last_img read more

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Dushyant Chautala Kejriwal urge people to vote for Naveen Jaihind

first_imgGurugram: After deciding to form an alliance in Haryana for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls, it was the show of strength for Aam Admi Party and Jan Nayak Janta Party which held their first roadshow in Faridabad. Both party chiefs that included Arvind Kejriwal and Dushyant Chautala were present during the roadshow. The two leaders asked people to vote for their candidate Naveen Jaihind. The two leaders also urged people that their vote would ensure there will be a clean government in place.The roadshow started at around 5:00 pm from Tigaon and crossed areas of Sarai, Ashoka Enclave, Ballabgarh, NIT and Badhkal. Hundreds of party workers were present at the spot to felicitate the two leaders. Earlier, Dushyant Chautala along with Naveen Jaihind addressed the booth workers in Palwal where they again raised the importance of selecting the government that will take care of all sections of the society. “Today each and every section of the society is unhappy with the governance of the BJP government. They look forward to AAP-JJP for trying to solve the problems. I want to assure that we will not disappoint the people who look to us as an alternative to a government that has not delivered,” said Dushyant Chautala. Naveen Jaihind of AAP who filed his nomination on April 23 is banking on the support of the middle class and the working class electorate. Other leaders in the fray are Kishan Pal Gurjar from BJP and Avtar Singh Bhadana from Congress. Faridabad is three out of 10 seats where AAP is contesting. The JJP has fielded seven candidates from other seats.last_img read more

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Punjab CM promises memorial for Behbal Kalan firing victims

first_imgFaridkot: Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Wednesday announced a memorial in Bargari area here for those who lost their lives or were injured in the 2015 Behbal Kalan and Kotkapura firing incidents. He said a committee of local residents would be formed to decide the kind of memorial to be built. Two people were killed and many others injured in Behbal Kalan village on October 15, 2015, when police resorted to unprovoked firing on hundreds of people protesting the alleged desecration of the Guru Granth Sahib in Bargari village in Faridkot days ago. The incident came a day after police used force to disperse agitators in Kotkapura village. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh Addressing an election rally here with Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday, the Chief Minister ridiculed Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) chief Parkash Singh Badal’s claim of Bargari and other sacrilege cases being bygones. The people have never and will never forget the desecration of their holy scriptures, and the Akali supremo should be ashamed of even suggesting the same, he said. He pointed out that the Sikhs had not forgotten, in 500 years, the sacrifice of any member of their community and added that it was shameful that Badal had not realised this stark truth even at the age of 93. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad “How can anyone forget what happened during the rule of the Badals? Not one or two but 58 Sri Guru Granth Sahibs were desecrated, not to count the Gutka Sahibs, Bhagavad Gita, the Bible and the Quran which were burnt or torn,” he said. “What happened at Bargari, and in other incidents of police firing on those protesting peacefully against sacrilege, right under the nose of Badal is not something that Punjab can ever forget,” said Amarinder Singh and added that the firing could not have taken place without Badal’s knowledge and he was clearly to be blamed. Referring to the Behbal Kalan tragedy, the Chief Minister recalled being told by the victims how the Superintendent of Police suddenly ordered the firing and cops gunned down people who tried to flee. “This is not the way such incidents are handled,” he said, adding that if firing is needed at all, it is done by a small police unit, accompanied by a Magistrate who assesses the situation and asks for a single shot to be fired at one individual only on apprehending trouble. Amarinder Singh said that Badal and his party leaders knew what had happened was wrong and that the people had neither forgotten nor forgiven them for the same and this was the reason why they were now running around desperately for votes. The Chief Minister was campaigning in support of Congress’ Faridkot candidate Mohammad Sadique.last_img read more

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US dollar rises amid falling British pound

first_imgNew York: The US dollar continued to tick up amid a weaker British pound, as investors remain growingly anxious about the ongoing chaos surrounding Brexit. In late New York trading on Friday, the euro was down to $1.1159 from $1.1171 in the previous session, and the British pound was down to $1.2725 from $1.2791 in the previous session, Xinhua reported. The Australian dollar decreased to $0.6866 from $0.6893. The US dollar bought 110.10 Japanese yen, higher than 109.84 Japanese yen of the previous session. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: Icra The US dollar rose to 1.0110 Swiss francs from 1.0101 Swiss francs, and it fell to 1.3442 Canadian dollars from 1.3462 Canadian dollars. Britain’s cross-party discussions over Brexit on Friday ended without any agreement six weeks after they started. The British Opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said in a letter to Prime Minister Theresa May that the talks could not carry on because of “the increasing weakness and instability” of the government. The latest development came one day after May promised to set a timetable for leaving Downing Street following a Parliament vote on the Withdraw Agreement Bill, the legislation needed to implement her deal, next month. The dollar index, which measures the greenback against six major peers, increased 0.14 per cent at 97.9929 in late trading.last_img read more

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Moroccan professor embroiled in sex scandal at a public college

first_imgCasablanca – Investigations conducted by the Judicial Police of Sale, near the capital city of Rabat, revealed that a professor was involved in a sex scandal at Sale’s Public College according to the Moroccan daily Assabah.The Public Prosecutor at the Primary Court of Sale heard a case last week involving a professor and four students, three female and one male, from Sale’s Economic and Social Law College, according to the same source. The teacher had allegedly spent a sensational night with the aforementioned girls in apartment located in the city of Sale.One of the arrested students took photos of the professor having inetrcourse with another student. She later gave the pictures to another student at the same college in order to blackmail the teacher, according. Unable to meet the professor, the boy gave a smart card, containing photos of the incident, to one of the teachers’ acquaintances, insisting that the professor should have a look at the pictures saved in it.He later asked the teacher for 60,000 dhs, nearly 7,200 U.S. dollars. The boy further threatened to post the photos on the internet. But the professor did not submit to the blackmail. Instead, he approach the authorities to open an investigation over being blackmailed by a group of students.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

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