Family searching for answers after Little Saskatchewan man dies following encounter with

first_imgBrittany HobsonAPTN NewsThe family of a First Nations man is left reeling after a police encounter ended in his death last month.Sean Thompson, 30, died after Winnipeg Police arrested him following an alleged break and enter in the city’s North End.“[Investigators] told me that my brother collapsed while he was in police custody. They didn’t really have any answers,” Erica Thompson, Sean’s sister, told APTN News.According to information released by the Independent Investigation Unit of Manitoba (IIU), the body tasked with investigating serious incidents involving police, officers were called to a break and enter on Alfred Ave. around 2:30 a.m. on June 26.The release goes on to say the suspect was apprehended one block over on Burrows Avenue, “as officers took the male into custody, he appeared to be in medical distress.”He was transported to a Winnipeg hospital where he later died.Little else is known about the circumstances around the arrest but Erica said her brother would never commit a crime.“I don’t see my brother trying to break into a house,” she said.“To me, if anything, maybe he was drinking and maybe he was lost.”The last time Erica saw her brother was at her home the prior evening.Their mother spoke with Sean on the phone around 10 p.m. He told her he was meeting up one of his brothers and a friend for a few drinks.Another brother later told Erica he spoke with Sean on the phone around 1 a.m. Sean told him he was going home to get a phone charger because he battery was almost dead.No one saw or heard from him after that.The family was finally able to identify the body two days after Sean passed when they noticed numerous injuries.APTN has obtained photos of Sean’s body but is not releasing them out of respect for the family.In the photos there is significant bruising around his knees and wrists as well as large gashes in the same area.There are also red marks around his neck and some swelling along his jawline.Erica said the sudden death doesn’t make sense because he did not suffer from any medical conditions.“His body is saying something else,” she said.The family is originally from Little Saskatchewan – one of the communities devastated by the 2011 flood.After an eight-year battle residents from four First Nations are finally receiving money from a $90-million settlement.The Thompson family is one of them.According to the family, Sean had more than $10,000 on him at the time of the incident, but Erica said the IIU told her less than $1,000 was recovered by police.Sean was a loving father of two young kids as well as a stepdaughter.When he wasn’t spending time with his children he was working out or driving around the city.“My nephew and niece deserve to know what happened to their dad,” Erica said.Sean was the second youngest in a family of five siblings.Even though Erica, 38, is older Sean was her protector.He did the same for their mother Norma Thompson.Norma is learning how to live without her caregiver.“Sometime I think I’m strong enough and then I’m not,” she said. “At the funeral I didn’t cry and I told [my kids] I’m going to be strong for you…I was all cried out by then.”The family is left with more questions than answers.Both Winnipeg Police and the IIU are refusing to comment saying it’s still an ongoing investigation.Erica and Norma just want justice.“For our people to go through this. Enough is enough already. Somebody should put a stop to it,” said Norma.The IIU is looking for witnesses or other individuals who have information or video footage of this incident. They can be contacted at read more

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Most actively traded companies on the TSX

first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Tuesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (16,076.65, up 72.25 points)Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Up 22 cents, or 3.76 per cent, to $6.07 on 12.5 million shares.IC Potash Corp. (TSX:ICP). Agriculture. Up one cent, or 16.67 per cent, to seven cents on 6.9 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Up two cents, or 0.65 per cent, to $3.09 on 5.4 million shares.Enbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB). Oil and gas. Up $1.12, or 2.44 per cent, to $47.07 on 4.6 million shares.Baytex Energy Corp. (TSX:BTE). Oil and gas. Down eight cents, or 2.05 per cent, to $3.82 on 4.4 million shares.Cenovus Energy Inc. (TSX:CVE). Oil and gas. Down 21 cents, or 1.68 per cent, to $12.28 on 4.1 million shares.Companies reporting major news:George Weston Ltd. (TSX:WN). Grocer. Down $1.37, or 1.22 per cent, to $110.76 on 218,424 shares. The bakery and grocery store owner says it will close an unprofitable frozen cake factory in the U.S. by the end of the first quarter of 2018 as it reviews its strategy in light of challenges in its frozen food business. The company says some of the work will move to a facility in Cobourg, Ont.Loblaw Companies Ltd. (TSX:L). Grocer. Down 14 cents, or 0.20 per cent, to $68.94 on 299,423 shares. Canada’s competition watchdog closed a 3 1/2-year civil investigation and concluded that there wasn’t sufficient evidence to support allegations that Canada’s largest grocer abused its dominant position in dealing with its suppliers.Royal Bank of Canada (TSX:RY). Bank. Down nine cents, or 0.09 per cent, to $100.92 on 1.3 million shares. Canada’s biggest bank became the first Canadian lender to be added to the Financial Stability Board’s list of global systemically important banks, which are deemed too big to fail.Seabridge Gold Inc. (TSX:SEA). Miner. Up 24 cents, or 1.70 per cent, to $14.34 on 52,232 shares. The company says a federal agency has dismissed a complaint by Alaskan conservationists against the company’s massive KSM mining project in northern British Columbia. The Southeast Alaska Conservation Council had appealed to Canada’s National Contact Point within Global Affairs Canada to look into whether Seabridge had violated international guidelines on consultations with stakeholders, due diligence on environmental and human rights impacts, and disclosure of mitigation plans.last_img read more

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First lady vows to fight cyberbullying despite skeptics

first_imgWASHINGTON – Pushing back against her critics, Melania Trump said Tuesday she’s committed to fighting cyberbullying despite the knocks she’s gotten for taking on the issue when her husband regularly uses Twitter to berate his foes and call them names.“I am well aware that people are skeptical of me discussing this topic,” the first lady said. “I have been criticized for my commitment to tackling this issue, and I know that will continue. But it will not stop me from doing what I know is right. I am here with one goal: helping children and our next generation.”Mrs. Trump made her comments as she convened executives from major online and social media companies at the White House to discuss cyberbullying and internet safety. The meeting came more than a year after she announced that cyberbullying would be her cause if Trump were elected president.The choice was immediately assailed, but Mrs. Trump said she won’t back down.She said she gets many letters from children who have been bullied or feel threatened on social media. She acknowledged that the issue has been studied for years, and told the executives she wants to hear “what you have learned, what has been accomplished, and what progress still needs to be made.”“I believe together we can make a real difference in encouraging positive behaviours on social media,” she added.Amazon, Snap, Facebook, Google, Twitter and Microsoft sent representatives, as did the Internet Association and the Family Online Safety Institute.All the major technology companies have strict policies prohibiting harassment and other bullying behaviour on their services, but primarily rely on users to report abuses and weed them out. They try to clearly spell out the kinds of remarks and other posts that won’t be tolerated in special sections such as one Facebook, the largest online social network, has set up. Instagram, a popular service among kids and young adults for sharing photos and videos, provides links to the U.S. government’s anti-bullying site and tips from a cyberbullying research centre on one of its help pages.But the efforts so far have fallen short, leading to rampant abuses that even some of the companies acknowledge have driven away or tormented portions of their audience.It got so bad on Twitter, which has 68 million U.S. users, that the San Francisco company vowed last fall to crack down on hateful tweets. Among other things, Twitter adopted new policies aimed at protecting women who unknowingly or unwillingly had nude pictures of themselves distributed online — a common bullying tactic.Yik Yak, another messaging app once popular among high school and college students, shut down last year partly because schools banned it following complaints about bullying and harassment.Online bullying takes many shapes, but some of the most common tactics include posting embarrassing or salacious photos, making demeaning or cruel remarks under a photo or in a general post about someone, and sharing screenshots of what at least one person thought was a private text.Harassment is widespread and extends beyond teenagers. A Pew Research Center poll last year found 41 per cent of U.S. adults believed they had been harassed online.The popularity and volume of content on major social media sites presents a huge challenge in policing what is being shared. Facebook, for instance, has 2.1 billion worldwide users who collectively share billions of posts on their pages daily. More than 300 hours of video is uploaded to Google’s YouTube site every minute.The companies are also constantly struggling to balance the desire to prevent harassment and other abuses with a commitment to freedom of expression.In some cases, they see harassment and still look the other way. For instance, some of President Trump’s more vitriolic tweets have openly mocked and denigrated people, prompting calls for Twitter to shut down his account and ban him from its service. But Twitter has declined, maintaining the news value of the president’s tweets eclipses complaints about him being a bully.There is no federal law that applies to bullying. State laws vary, ranging from requiring public schools to have bullying policies to requiring anonymous reporting systems, said Sameer Hinduja, co-director of the Cyberbullying Research Center and professor of criminology at Florida Atlantic University. The federal government can best help by giving schools more tools and money to provide programs, Hinduja said.Mrs. Trump announced in a speech near the end of the 2016 presidential campaign that her priority as first lady would be to fight cyberbullying.___AP Business Writer Michael Liedtke in San Francisco contributed to this report.___Follow Darlene Superville on Twitter: read more

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Calgary cab company outfits taxis with bike racks

first_imgIn honour of Bike to Work Day, Checker Cabs is doing something special for Calgary’s cyclists.The company has outfitted half of their fleet, or around 450 vehicles, with bike racks to help pick up passengers who want a lift getting to the city’s many pathways, or don’t want to travel in the rain.President Kurt Enders said the service launches Friday, May 4, and will be available until October, or as long as the weather cooperates.“Just from people seeing them on the road, we’re having people phone in and request — saying ‘hey I saw one of your taxis with a bike rack on it, can I get one?’ Because I don’t feel like riding home,” he said.Customers can either flag down a car with a bike rack, call and request one, or select the option on the checker app.last_img read more

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Ottawa commits 30 million for new tidal power project in Bay of

first_imgHALIFAX – Ottawa has announced a $29.8 million grant for a new project that aims to harness the immense power of the Bay of Fundy’s tides.Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi announced the grant in support of a $117-million project operated by Halagonia Tidal Energy Ltd. on Thursday, amidst a meeting of G7 ministers that has emphasized the importance of renewable energies.Simon De Pietro, director of Irish-based DP Energy, said its Halagonia subsidiary would produce enough energy to power 2,500 homes using a tidal power generation unit tested in the bay.He said the nine megawatt system could combine both floating and submerged turbines to work together, improving efficiency.The project comes amid the uncertain future of the marquee Cape Sharp Tidal venture. De Pietro said in an interview that his firm is aware of the challenges of operating in a bay with the world’s highest tides.“Indeed the Bay of Fundy has already demonstrated its ability to challenge. We do not take that challenge lightly,” he said during the announcement.“We don’t want to rush in, drop it in the water, and for it to break.”A news release from the federal government said Halagonia’s project “will also demonstrate the potential for further tidal energy projects and provide valuable experience managing electricity generation from tidal resources.”The funding is drawn from a larger pool of funds Natural Resources Canada has set aside for its emerging renewable power program.An Irish technical team has been working to determine why the rotor on the Cape Sharp Tidal turbine in the Bay of Fundy is not turning.Halifax-based Emera Inc., which was involved in the troubled project, said this week that experts believe a component failure in the generator “caused sufficient damage to prevent the rotor from turning.”It says the turbine worked after it was after deployed in July and that it’s not yet clear when the malfunction happened.Emera remains a shareholder in Cape Sharp Tidal, but recently announced it was pulling out of the project after co-owner OpenHydro filed for bankruptcy protection.The turbine will remain stationary while the OpenHydro team analyzes information gathered from sensors to determine whether it is functional.De Pietro said Thursday the goal is to have the Halagonia project in the water by 2020.The engineer and businessman said his privately owned company is attempting to help launch a new industry, and this is why his project needed government aid.De Pietro said the company is testing two technologies for the turbines and will judge which works best for delivering reasonably priced green energy.Sohi also said it’s important to remember that in the early days of solar and wind power, public money was needed.Meanwhile, the provincial Department of Energy and Mines has issued a marine renewable energy permit to Black Rock Tidal Power, allowing it to test a 280-kilowatt floating platform for up to six months.The floating platform was installed Tuesday in Grand Passage, between Long Island and Brier Island in Digby County, Black Rock said Thursday.The permit will allow the Halifax-based company to learn how its device operates in a marine environment and “take a staged approach to deployment.”Energy and Mines Minister Derek Mombourquette said in a news release Wednesday that supporting a marine renewable energy project like Black Rock Tidal Power’s is a key pillar of the government’s energy plan.“Projects like this that test technology in the Bay of Fundy’s unique marine environment will help spur innovation and competition and help solidify Nova Scotia’s position as a leader in the development of tidal technology,” he said.Follow (at)mtuttoncporg on Twitter.last_img read more

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Classic movie streaming service FilmStruck to shut down

first_imgLOS ANGELES, Calif. – The classic film-focused streaming service FilmStruck is shutting down after two years of operation. The service said Friday on its website that the last day of service will be November 29, and that it is no longer enrolling new subscribers.The joint venture between Criterion Collection and Turner Classic Movies offered a rotating selection of classic and hard-to-find arthouse film fare. The site, launched in November of 2016, provided a niche alternative to Hulu and Netflix, both of which have been criticized for lacking older films in their catalogues.The news was met with sadness among filmmaker and film fans online. “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” director Rian Johnson tweeted that “FilmStruck was too good to last.”FilmStruck was owned and operated by Turner, a subsidiary of AT&T’s WarnerMedia.last_img read more

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Markets Right Now Stocks move higher on Wall Street

first_imgNEW YORK — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):11:45 a.m.Stocks are moving higher on Wall Street in midday trading as technology companies bounce back following big losses the day before.Chipmakers were doing especially well Tuesday after taking a beating on Monday. Nvidia was up 6 per cent and Intel rose 2.6 per cent.Amazon was up 1 per cent. The booming online retailer said it would split its much-anticipated second headquarters operations between New York and northern Virginia.The S&P 500 index rose 17 points, or 0.6 per cent, to 2,743.The Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed 77 points, or 0.3 per cent, to 25,462. The Nasdaq composite added 87 points, or 1.2 per cent, to 7,288.The price of oil fell again, extending its losing streak to 12 days.Bond prices rose. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note fell to 3.16 per cent.___9:35 a.m.Stocks are opening higher on Wall Street following a plunge led by technology stocks the day before.Technology stocks were among the biggest gainers in early trading Tuesday. Microsoft climbed 1.3 per cent.Advance Auto Parts climbed 7.7 per cent after reporting strong results and raising its forecast.The S&P 500 index rose 14 points, or 0.5 per cent, to 2,740.The Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed 55 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 25,445. The Nasdaq composite added 67 points, or 1 per cent, to 7,271.Bond prices rose. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note fell to 3.17 per cent.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Former ServiCom employee warns about unofficial fundraising drives

first_imgSYDNEY, N.S. — People planning on donating funds to help the almost 700 call centre employees in Cape Breton who lost their jobs last week are being warned to be careful about where they send their money.Tanya Wilneff, a former manager at the ServiCom Canada facility in Sydney, says the workers have yet to endorse any centralized fundraising efforts.Wilneff says she has spotted at least six GoFundMe sites that purport to be raising money for ServiCom employees — who lost their jobs last Thursday as part of a bankruptcy protection process involving the company’s U.S. parent.She says those sites may have been set up by well-meaning people, but it is often difficult to tell if they are legitimate.Wilneff says former ServiCom employees are expected to decide on how fundraising should be handled when a meeting is held later today in Sydney.Meanwhile, Wilneff says she and her colleagues have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from friends and neighbours.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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US government says shutdown shouldnt stop Keystone hearing

first_imgHELENA, Mont. — Justice Department attorneys and the Canadian company behind the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline say the U.S. government shutdown shouldn’t delay a court hearing on a judge’s decision to halt construction.Justice Department attorney Bridget McNeil said in a court filing Monday that government lawyers are prohibited from working except in emergencies during the shutdown. But, she adds, federal attorneys’ participation in the hearing next Monday in U.S. District Court in Great Falls isn’t necessary.TransCanada attorneys previously told U.S. District Judge Brian Morris the company is prepared to hold the hearing without the government being represented.In November, Morris ordered an injunction prohibiting pipeline construction activities. TransCanada plans to argue the order should be stayed while an appeal is pending with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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City Councillors set to recruit Surgeons

first_imgThe City of Fort St. John ‘Move up Here’ Campaign; CLICK HERE By going in person to the job fair ensures that Fort St. John will be represented as a desirable location. Sending a Council member shows the attendees of the job fair a member of the community who is passionate about the City and who can answer any questions they may have.Recently Councillor Bolin attended a nurses conference and the results of going directly in person were impactful as Bolin shares ‘Fort St. John was the only Municipality represented at the event’, “It was great we had nurses sending their friends and co-workers down to our booth, it was non-stop nurses at our booth for two days, pretty fantastic”In efforts to attract and retain more professionals to the area, the City created ‘Move up Here’ to be attractive recruitment of new people to the community.In terms of the ‘Move Up Here’, “The Campaign is a celebration and showcase of the community,” said Ryan Harvey Communications Coordinator of the City of FSJ. Collaborating businesses included in the recruitment campaign are the Chamber of Commerce, School District, Northern Health, the Northern Lights College as well as others.‘Move Up Here” has been submitted to larger online and hard copy publications to try to help attract a large range of people from different demographics as well as being used in different capacities for social sharing.To read more about Nurse recruitment; CLICK HERE FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – At a recent City Council meeting, Council passed a motion for Mayor Lori Ackerman or one of the Council Members to attend an upcoming Job Fair for recruiting Surgeons.The City has been actively involved in the recruitment of professionals to FSJ to help ensure residents have access to quality and timely health care services as well as other professionals that will raise the bar with the ‘Move Up Here’ campaign.The upcoming Job Fair for Recruiting Surgeons, in Penticton, on May 11, 2019, is an event that is a valuable opportunity to connect our community with surgical students and surgeons who are looking for positions in a rural community shared the City staff.last_img read more

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Musharraf admits JeM carried out attacks in India during his tenure

first_imgIslamabad: Pakistan’s former president Pervez Musharraf has admitted that Masood Azhar-led Jaish-e-Mohammed carried out attacks in India during his tenure on the instructions of the intelligence agencies. Musharraf, 75, who is currently in Dubai, said that the Pakistan government’s crackdown on the JeM, which also tried to assassinate him twice, was a good move. The JeM recently claimed responsibility for the February 14 Pulwama attack that left 40 CRPF personnel dead, increasing tensions between India and Pakistan. Last month, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi during an interview with CNN said that Azhar is in Pakistan, but the government can act against him only if India presents “solid” and “inalienable” evidence that can stand in a court of law. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!Pakistan military, however, denied the terror group’s presence in the country. Amid mounting international pressure after the Pulwama attack, Pakistan on Tuesday detained 44 members of the banned militant outfits, including Azhar’s son and brother. “This is a good move. I have always said that the JeM is a terrorist organisation and they only had carried out a suicide attack in an attempt to assassinate me. Action should be taken against them. I am happy the Musharraf, who also served as Pakistan’s army chief, said that the action against the JeM should have been taken earlier.last_img read more

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Pujara should be India’s number four in ODIs: Sourav

first_imgKolkata: As the conundrum for India’s number four slot in the batting order continues, former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly has a unique suggestion for the same — Cheteshwar Pujara. India have tried several batsmen at the same position but are yet to finalise on one name. But according to Ganguly, Pujara could be the answer to the puzzle. “See, I am going to say something that might not sound believable to many viewers and a lot of people might laugh at my suggestion,” Ganguly was quoted as saying by a news channel. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenHowever, Ganguly did admit that Pujara’s fielding could be a cause for concern but his prowess with the bat could help India. “For me, Cheteshwar Pujara should be India’s No. 4 in ODIs. His fielding might be a bit weak but he is a very good batsman. I know people will be shocked by my claim but if you want a quality batsman who is better than the options India has tried off late, I think Pujara is the best choice,” he explained. “I believe Pujara has the capability to perform the role that Rahul Dravid used to for India in ODIs earlier,” he said. Also Read – Fast bowler Behrendorff to undergo spinal surgery”But this would have been my decision and I know a lot of people won’t agree with me on this. Sometimes, you need solidity in one-day cricket and Pujara provides you with that in ample measure. Especially, when your top three batsmen are so capable and are scoring a mountain of runs,” he further said. Another area which is still up for grabs is the second choice wicket-keeper. In that position, Ganguly backed Rishabh Pant over Dinesh Karthik despite the southpaw’s indifferent series against Australia. Explaining the reason behind his choice, the 44-year-old said: “I would back Rishabh Pant over Dinesh Karthik,” he added. “The latter has played a lot of cameos but we haven’t seen him play a big innings while pulling the team out of trouble like Kedar Jadhav does for India. So, if I have to choose one amongst the two, I would go for Pant as he is a player of the future.” “But it is quite possible that none of either Pant or Karthik are selected for the World Cup. The way they have backed Vijay Shankar recently, it is possible that none of the two frontline backup wicket-keepers will make it to England. So in the event that Shankar is chosen, only one amongst K L Rahul, Pant and Karthik will be selected,” Ganguly concluded.last_img read more

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Miami Open: Agut eliminates Djokovic

first_imgMiami: Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut, ranked 25th in the world, became the surprise of the ninth day at the Miami Open Masters 1000, overcoming the world number one Serbian Novak Djokovic 1-6, 7-5 and 6-3 to advance to the quarter-finals. Djokovic, 31, who was looking to get his seventh title in the Masters 1000’s most important tournament of the season in the US, saw Bautista Agut, who this year had already beaten him in Doha, overcome a setback in the first set on Tuesday night, in just 35 minutes, to then lead the greatest comeback so far in the tournament. Bautista Agut, took two hours and 30 minutes on the new court at the Hard Rock Stadium, with a break of 40 minutes due to rain, to achieve his third victory, second in a row, in the 10 duels he has played with Djokovic (7-3), reports Efe news. The Spaniard, 30, will play in the quarter-final against US’ John Isner, seventh seed, and current defending champion of the tournament, who won 7-6 (5) and 7-6 (3) against the nineteenth seeded England’s Kyle Edmun. In the first set against Djokovic, Bautista Agut began with very poor tennis, full of unforced errors and without a consistent serve, so that the Serb could overwhelm him in just 35 minutes. Djokovic showed his best performance with a powerful and safe serve, as well as placing the right shots for which the Spanish tennis player had no answers. But the story changed in the second set. Bautista Agut rediscovered his best level of play and responded firmly in the exchange to reach a 5-4 when the rain came, and with it the temporary suspension. The stoppage favored the Spanish tennis player, who focused his game even more and even though Djokovic had a breakpoint at 5-5 after the rain, the world number one failed to react in time and lost the set to the Spaniard, who tied the duel at 1 set each.last_img read more

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Former deputy EC appointed special observer for Tripura

first_imgNew Delhi: Former deputy election commissioner Vinod Zutshi was on Monday appointed as special observer for Tripura where the Lok Sabha polls to one of the seats was postponed in view of the law and order situation. On Tuesday last, the Election Commission had postponed polling in the Tripura (East) Lok Sabha seat to the third phase on April 23 (Tuesday) from April 18, saying the prevailing law and order situation there is not conducive for holding free and fair polls. Official sources said, the Commission has issued orders appointing Zutshi as special observer for Tripura. Citing reports of the state chief electoral officer and special police observer, the poll panel had said, “The law and order situation prevailing is not conducive to the holding of free and fair poll.” The returning officer had feared that “miscreant elements” may thwart the polling process in the constituency. Based on the ground and intelligence reports, he had requested for additional central police force. Elections for the first phase were held on April 11, Congress and CPI(M) demanded re-polling in 460 polling stations on the ground of rigging. Opposition parties had demanded fresh polls in Tripura West Lok Sabha constituency, claiming the April 11 election in the state was “heavily rigged” by the ruling BJP. Denying the charge, the BJP had said the allegations were “baseless and politically motivated”. Around 77.6 per cent voter turnout was recorded in the first phase of election in West Tripura. Zutshi was one of the special observers appointed by the EC to ascertain when the assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir can be held. The EC had decided against holding assembly elections in the state along with Lok Sabha polls, fearing law and order situation.last_img read more

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Modi-Shah duo responsible for promoting ‘mobocracy’, damaging cultural identity of states: Cong

first_imgNew Delhi: The Congress Wednesday condemned the violence during Amit Shah’s roadshow in Kolkata while accusing the Narendra Modi-Shah duo of promoting “mobocracy” in the country and damaging the cultural identity of the states. Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi also condemned the desecration of the statue of national icon and social reformer Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar during the violence, terming it a “shameful act”. “A new politics where ‘mobocracy’ is being actively encouraged and abetted by the ruling party — the BJP — in the country has gained ground in the past five years. Prime Minister Modi and Amit Shah-led BJP are squarely responsible for systematically damaging the cultural identity of each state in India. The Modi-Shah duo are responsible for promoting mobocracy in the country,” he told reporters. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh Singhvi alleged that the federal structure, respect for regional aspirations, culture, language, food habits and the identity of indigenous people are under attack by the BJP in every state of the country. “This negative politics of ‘destruction, demolition and discretion’ are methodically vitiating the political atmosphere of the country. The BJP wants to exert its monolithic supremacy and bigoted agenda on each state, thus weakening the federal polity,” he alleged. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad Singhvi said “federal fascism is embedded in the BJP’s DNA and the power hungry Modi-Shah duo are hell-bent on bulldozing the cultural identity of states.” He said the Congress strongly condemns the violent discretion of the statue of national icon Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar, a great educationist who changed the Bengali alphabet, sanskrit scholar and reformer who brought in the widow remarriage act and fought for women’s education. “We are deeply pained that such a shameful incident took place,” he said. Singhvi said Congress president Rahul Gandhi has taken upon himself to protect the culture, identity and language of the various states that make India. “This is one of the strongest reasons why Rahul Gandhi is fighting elections from both north India (Amethi) and south India (Wayanad) so that all parts of India feel united under the common umbrella of the Congress party,” he added. The Congress leader alleged that disrespect for national icons and hegemony of its own ideology was reflective of the BJP’s mindset and recalled how BJP H Raja had pledged to destroy the statue of social reformer Periyar in Chennai. BJP general secretary Ram Madhav “actively justified pulling down statues, but no action was taken against him”, he claimed. Singhvi alleged that a bust of national icon B R Ambedkar was found splashed with red paint in north Chennai and in February this year, members of a fringe right wing group associated with the Sangh Parivar “shamelessly” re-enacted the scene of Mahatma Gandhi’s assassination by shooting his effigy with an air pistol after garlanding a picture of his assassin Nathuram Godse in Uttar Pradesh. He said the current situation was the result of “condemnable policies” of the Modi government for various states, including not granting special status to Andhra Pradesh, and “systematic mauling” of the federal structure as had happened during government formations in Goa, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Manipur. “The Modi government’s politics of division was in full form, after it brought in the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB), which was opposed tooth and nail in many states of the northeast. This was a direct assault on the indigenous people of the region,” Singhvi said. In Jammu and Kashmir too, he said this government promised Rs 80,000 crore, but gave only 31 per cent of the package and so was the case in Bihar, where a total of Rs 1.25 lakh crore was promised but nothing reached the state. “PM Modi, who paraded co-operative federalism as an ‘article of faith’, hasn’t even released the funds to states, with reports stating that the Centre has achieved only a third of devolution, thereby starving states of funds needed for vital welfare schemes like education and health,” he alleged.last_img read more

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Al Jazeera Sport prevents Maaloul from coaching Morocco’s Raja of Casablanca

first_imgRabat- Tunisian coach Nabil Maaloul who was reported to have accepted an offer to coach Morocco’s Raja of Casablanca, may be prevented from leading the Moroccan squad during the FIFA Club World Cup scheduled to take place 11 to 21 December in Morocco. The reason that might deprive him of the privilege of coaching one of the country’s most prestigious clubs is his contract with the Doha-based Al Jazeera Aryadia channel.Maaloul works as sport analyst with the Qatari based. According to the Tunisia Echorouk news website, the CEO of Al Jazeera refuses to rescind Maaloul’s contract. The information was confirmed by Moroccan news website Menara. According to Menara a source from the Qatari channel said that it refuses to let him go for a number of reasons, adding that the Tunisian coach is trying to find a solution as he desires to coach Raja during the FIFA Club World Cup.Maaloul was supposed to travel to Morocco this Wednesday to sign his contract with Raja of Casablanca.last_img read more

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Belgium: Muslim Students Denied School Entry Because of Their Long Skirts

By Illah Soussi TamliOrlando, Florida – Long skirts, particularly those of darker colors, are no longer acceptable in certain institutions in Europe.Sarah a 15-year-old Muslim student in France set precedence to this new phenomenon. In April of 2015, upon her arrival to school, Sarah removed her head covering at the entrance, and yet was redirected home by the headmistress who felt that her long back skirt conspicuously portrayed religious affiliation and defied the rules of secularity in France. A very similar occurrence took place this past Friday in Brussels, Belgium. About thirty female Muslim students were denied entry to their school because their skirts were deemed too long.  The underlying reason was that this piece of garment is largely assimilated with “an ostentatious religious appearance”.The Muslim female students of l’Institut De Mot-Couvreur, resisted such treatment as they stood in protest outside the building until the arrival of the police who dispersed the demonstration.“We arrived around 8 am this morning. Large in number, we were attired in either long skirts or dresses of various colors. We were denied access because of this, and provided with the excuse that it was prohibited according to the institution’s regulations” Sana explains to the Belgian news magazine La Capitale. “Yet they only address religious symbols and long skirts of dark colors in their regulations” she insists. “I do not think my dress is dark. In addition, it is fashionable.”“This is not the first time we are sanctioned. Earlier this month I had points deduced for inappropriate behavior because I was wearing a skirt” states the 22 year old Dhnet Yasmina.In a video posted by Dirk De Block, the school’s director, he explained that this decision derived from the deputy mayor of Brussels, Faouzia Hariche, and not a concept he initiated himself.According to Dhnet, De Block had previously provided a notice of regulations to students, which stated that “the wearing of baggy pants, long skirts or dark dresses, and skirts or dresses over pants is not tolerated.”This past Friday the director of l’Institut De Mot-Couvreur refused to address the press regarding the case. He did however provide this explanation- he had been forbidden to speak by the “organizing authority”. read more

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Over One Thousand Moroccans Applied to Study in the US in…

Rabat – Moroccan graduate and undergraduate students are keen on not missing any opportunity to pursue their studies in the United States of America, a new survey has revealed.Recently, the US Consulate General in Casablanca has released a new survey disclosing the most recent figures on applications from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) to study in US.During the academic year of 2013-2014, US Consulates across the MENA region received over 92,618 applications to study abroad in America, the survey noted. The number of Moroccan students who applied were 1,379.  With this number, Morocco landed second in North Africa, followed by Tunisia that submitted over 538 applicants.Surprisingly, Libya came first with a total of 1,739 applicants. The US Consulate attributed this large number to the turbulent political and safety conditions in the Northern African country.On the other hand, Algeria whose students mostly pursue their studies in the Francophone countries, came at the bottom of the list with only 137 applicants.In the Middle East, Saudi Arabia topped the list with over 53,919 students applying for creditsto study in the US.Kuwait landed second with over 7,288 applicants, followed by Egypt with a total of 2,832.Edited by Karla Dieseldorff© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

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Negotiations Underway within Istiqlal Party Plan to Overthrow Chabat

Rabat – After his fiasco in Fez during last Friday’s Municipal and Regional Elections, militants of the Istiqlal Party (IP) in several cities across the Kingdom are reportedly mobilizing to end Hamid Chabat’s mandate as Secretary General of the party.Moroccan daily Al Akhbar, in its Tuesday issue, said “the departure of Hamid Chabat from the secretariat of the party is only a matter of time,” stressing that the leaders of the party in Fez and those in the southern provinces are preparing a strong mobilization to bring him down or force him to resign.The daily quoted what it described as reliable source informing that an extraordinary Congress of the Istiqlal Party will take place very soon with a single item on the agenda: — the election of a new Secretary General of the Party. According to Al Akhbar, Hamdi Ouled Rachid, the Party’s Coordinator in the southern provinces, is tipped for the position of Secretary General of the Istiqlal Party.The Istiqlal Party obtained less than 1 million votes in 2015’s Municipal and Regional Elections, while the Party of Justice and Development (PJD) obtained the highest number of votes (1.5 million), followed by the Authenticity and Modernity Party (PAM) with over 1 million votes. read more

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Hassan II Award Ceremony Of Manuscripts To Take Place in Rabat

Rabat – The Ministry of Culture will organize the 37th Award Ceremony of Hassan II Prix of Manuscripts at the National Library of Morocco in Rabat on October 21.  According to the Ministry of Culture, the event aims to preserve, enhance, and promote the Moroccan manuscript heritage.The celebration will be chaired by Minister of Culture Mohammed Amine Sbihi. The Grand Award of Merit and three Encouragement Awards will be granted at the event. The event will also be an opportunity to present two works. First, a repertoire of 332 pages by the Book Direction will be presented, which lists all the manuscripts and documents participating in this year, and second, a commemorative 218-page book designed by specialists and contains a set of thorough scientific studies on manuscripts.The award-winning manuscripts will be highlighted through an exhibition.The Hassan II Prix of Manuscripts was established in 1969 with the specific purpose to recover and collect manuscripts dispersed among Moroccan families.It also aims to raise awareness among holders of the documents as to their scientific, material, and symbolic importance. read more

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