Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement The City of Toronto and OCASI have joined forces to launch a public education campaign to raise awareness about the persistence of anti-black racism socially, politically and economically.“Racism might not show up as overtly as in previous decades, but it’s still present and evident,” said Councillor Michael Thompson (Ward 37 Scarborough Centre). “Toronto’s motto is Diversity Our Strength. The City, as government, has a duty to create a welcoming place for all Torontonians whether they are new or life-long residents, regardless of race, religion or culture, which will allow them to prosper.”“Black people continue to face marginalization, discrimination and racism when it comes to employment, housing, access to services, and in many other areas of daily life,” said Debbie Douglas, Executive Director of OCASI. “It’s essential for us to create a Toronto For All that dispels any form of discrimination and racism and provides equal opportunities for all our residents.” Login/Register With: Advertisement #BlackinTO: Toronto’s anti-Black racism campaign launches today (CNW Group/Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants – OCASI) Twitter Racial profiling persists in many aspects of daily life for Black Torontonians. Black youth continue to drop out from the educational system at higher rates than their white classmates. Black people are over represented among those living in poverty. And, the number of Black youth is alarmingly and disproportionately high in remand, youth detention facilities and jails.“Anti-Black racism is at the root of the social and systemic disadvantages facing far too many Black Torontonians,” said Anthony Morgan, a social justice lawyer and advocate in Toronto’s Black community. “This much-needed campaign reminds us that there is no progress without precision. It does so by showing us that multiculturalism, inclusion, equity and diversity can never be truly realized without naming and engaging anti-Black racism head on.”The campaign created by the public relations firm Public Inc. centres around bus shelter posters with powerful visual images which address anti-Black racism in employment and housing situations.The posters direct people to the campaign website, www.torontoforall.ca which provides information and resources to encourage dialogue, and to question and challenge anti-black racism.This is a continuation of the City’s partnership with OCASI. Phase 1 of the Toronto for All campaign ran in the summer of 2016 and focused on anti-Islamophobia. The campaign successfully encouraged dialogue amongst residents and the media in Toronto, nationally and internationally.OCASI is the umbrella organization for immigrant and refugee-serving agencies in Ontario.SOURCE Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants – OCASI
Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Elton John can’t get enough of Toronto.Following a vinyl shopping spree at Sonic Boom last month (and two sold out shows at Scotiabank Arena), Elton and his partner David Furnish made a visit to the Senator this week scarfing back one of the storied restaurant’s famous burgers.“Every time we come to Toronto, David and I pop into the Senator Diner for the best burger in the world,” Elton shared in an Instagram post. Facebook Advertisement Established in 1948, the Senator is the oldest restaurant in Toronto. Its burger consists of two 4 oz beef patties from Cumbrae’s, house smoked cheddar, pickled jalapenos, kosher dill pickle and comes with a choice of either hand-cut fries or side salad (we’ve tried it and it’s pretty darn spectacular!).The restaurant reposted Elton’s photo with the caption, “Talk about star struck!”Earlier this month, Michelin-starred chef Gordon Ramsay stopped in at the restaurant for breakfast and ordered a Salmon Bagel Platter, a Spinach Bowl and Eggs Benedict.While in Toronto, Elton and David (who is from Toronto) also took their two children to the Royal Ontario Museum to take in the new Spiders: Fear & Fascination exhibit.Elton is currently in the midst of his final world tour dubbed Farewell Yellow Brick Road. The show returns to Toronto next October. Login/Register With: Elton John and David Furnish pose with restaurant manager Allen Gottschalk outside the Senator in Toronto. (Instagram.com/eltonjohn) Advertisement Advertisement
APTN National NewsThe Tk’emlups te Secwépemc and Shishalh Indian Bands have been given the green light by the Federal Court to proceed with a class action lawsuit on behalf of former Indian residential school day students.Day-school students were not included in the Indian residential school settlement agreement.Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc Chief Shane Gottfriedson speaks to APTN about the legal victory.
The Canadian PressFive things you need to know before heading to the polls on Monday:When can I vote?Polls are open for 12 hours across the country, with times staggered slightly to accommodate the country’s numerous time zones. The hours are as follows:Newfoundland: 8:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.Atlantic: 8:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.Eastern: 9:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.Central: 8:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.Mountain and Saskatchewan: 7:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.Pacific: 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.What do I need?Anyone hoping to cast a ballot needs to offer proof of both their identity and their address. Government identity cards that show both pieces of information, such as a driver’s licence or official provincial/territorial ID card, will be the only items you need. People who only have a piece of ID that shows a name, such as a passport or health card, will also have to provide a piece of mail showing their address. For a full list of acceptable proofs of identity, see:http://bit.ly/1Dn1CdRWho am I voting for?Voters will be casting ballots for the specific candidates running in their ridings. A candidate’s name and party affiliation will be clearly printed on the ballot.Where do I go to vote?The name of your polling station should be clearly indicated on your voter registration card, which should have come in the mail towards the end of September. If you did not receive a registration card, you can go here to enter your postal code and determine where you should go on election day: http://bit.ly/1PpFam8How do I make sure I’m eligible to vote?Elections Canada has a section on its website where you can check if you’re on the official voters list: http://bit.ly/1nWfP9G If you’re not on the list but still want to vote on Monday, you can register at your polling station just before you cast a ballot. Just make sure you have the necessary ID. You can also print off a registration certificate at the link above to save time.
Tom Fennario APTN National NewsMontreal’s homeless population is disproportionately represented by Indigenous people – mainly Inuit men and women.Now new government money is looking to help get them into a home.But is it firstname.lastname@example.org
On Twitter, a number of people had their say.https://twitter.com/SamCosta11/status/928732857400307712#ChangeTheName as “eskimo” is a colonial term used in a derogatory manner towards the Inuit and Yupik people. The name is unnecessary and inappropriate for a football team, and perhaps this decision can/will influence Dan Snyder. #NotYourMascot https://t.co/H4HQhZpbx1— not taylor day (@kawisahawii) November 9, 2017“At this point in time, we are actively engaged in listening to the conversation that people are having around our name. Those conversations are on-going and we are keenly listening to all input including from our loyal season seat holders and fans,” the statement said.“We are always interested in hearing what people think within our community and elsewhere, on this topic or any other topic related to our Football Club.”Edmonton is in Winnipeg Sunday to play for the Western Conference Championship in the CFL. Brittany Hobson APTN NewsThe Edmonton Eskimos Football club fired back at Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman over concerns about the team’s name saying if he has any opinions he should share them.“We use the Edmonton Eskimos name with pride and respect,” said the statement to APTN News. “If the Mayor of Winnipeg has an opinion he’d like to share with us, he should do so.”The back and forth started when Bowman, who is Metis, was asked about the Edmonton team’s name in a scrum.“I think there’s an opportunity to have a more inclusive name,” said Bowman.The mayor also said he raised it with Edmonton’s mayor Don Iveson.“The question was very direct have I had any conversations with him about this topic and I just provided an honest answer and the answer was yeah of course we’ve talked about it and I’ve expressed my views on it.”And Iveson seems to agree with Bowman – saying the name Eskimos may have a negative effect on the festivities around the city hosting the 2018 Grey Cup.“I think the issues not going to go away,” said Iveson Thursday. “I think the team is taking it seriously but there will have to be likely some further conversations after the season is over.”The controversy around the team’s name is nothing new.Over the years, many groups have criticized the term Eskimo – calling it an offensive term for Inuit.That includes the group that represents Inuit in Canada – the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami.“Edmonton’s CFL team can be a leader in Canada’s movement towards reconciliation by addressing this outstanding concern,” said ITK President Natan Obed in a statement. “And I look forward to further conversations with the Edmonton team leadership, the Edmonton mayor, and all other stakeholders in bringing positive resolution to this issue.”
SALZBURG, Austria – Britain and its European Union partners failed on Thursday to secure a breakthrough in Brexit talks, largely because of seemingly intractable divisions over the best way to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland and how to deal with future trade.With Britain’s departure from the EU on March 29, 2019, looming, there are growing concerns that a deal on the post-Brexit relationship may not be cobbled together in time to ensure a smooth and orderly British exit.All leaders, including British Prime Minister Theresa May, are desperate to solve the biggest Brexit riddle — how to keep goods moving freely between Northern Ireland in the U.K. and EU member state Ireland.Despite reports of a friendly spirit at a summit in Salzburg, Austria, the fundamental differences remained. EU Council President Donald Tusk said parts of May’s Brexit plan — dubbed Chequers after a key Brexit meeting at the premier’s country residence of the same name — simply “will not work.”But just minutes after he spoke, May insisted that her Brexit plan was the “only serious and credible” proposal on the table.Like many leaders, including May, Tusk said “we need to compromise on both sides.” He wants to see a major breakthrough by the time the leaders meet again in Brussels on Oct. 18-19. Tusk said a special Brexit summit could be held in mid-November if things progress as hoped — but only as a “punch line” if most of the deal had already been agreed.If Britain is to leave with a deal in six months, May and the Europeans must find solutions in coming weeks so parliaments have enough time to ratify the agreement.They’ve spent two days in Salzburg trying to do just that, but with things at a standstill, each side tried to ramp up pressure on the other. Each is urging the other to compromise, while EU leaders issue constant warnings to Britain about the Brexit clock ticking.“Time is running short,” Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar told reporters. “We want to avoid a ‘No Deal Brexit,’ but we are preparing for that. We are hiring extra staff and officials, bringing in IT systems. We are ready for that eventuality, should it occur.”Tusk said that key parts of the British proposals to leave would undermine the union of the 27 remaining members.May wants to keep the U.K. inside the bloc’s single market for goods, but not services. The EU has insisted that the single market cannot be cherry-picked like that.“Europe isn’t an a la carte menu,” French President Emmanuel Macron said.The French said May’s proposals “are not acceptable as they stand, particularly in the economic realm” because they “don’t respect the integrity of the single market.”Tusk agreed May’s Chequers proposals “will not work, not least because it risks undermining the single market” of seamless movement of goods, services, capital and persons.The biggest single obstacle to a deal is the need to maintain an open border between the U.K.’s Northern Ireland and EU member Ireland. For Ireland, it’s important not to undermine the hard-won peace after decades of sectarian tensions in neighbouring Northern Ireland.May said Britain and the EU agreed on the need for a legally binding backstop to guarantee there would be no hard Irish border. But Britain rejects the EU’s proposal, which would keep Northern Ireland inside the bloc’s customs union while the rest of the U.K. leaves.May said the backstop “cannot divide the United Kingdom into two customs territories.” She said Britain “will be bringing forward our own proposals shortly” about how to break the impasse.Dealing with the EU is only part of May’s problem. Her Chequers plan also faces opposition from pro-Brexit members of her own Conservative Party, who say it would keep Britain tethered to the bloc, unable to strike new trade deals around the world.Former Brexit Secretary David Davis, who quit the government in July, said Thursday that the Chequers plan was “devoid of democracy” and “worse than no deal.”Macron, meanwhile, expressed contempt for pro-Brexit British politicians who told the public there would be “simple solutions” to leaving.He said Brexit “demonstrated that those who explain that one can get by easily without Europe — that it will all go well, that it is easy and brings in a lot of money — are liars.”Any Brexit deal will include a withdrawal agreement and transition period to smooth Britain’s exit from the bloc.Currently that’s expected to last until the end of 2020 — but without a deal Britain would crash out of the EU on Brexit day, a development that in theory could see flights parked and trade between the two sides grind to a halt.It all suggests a fractious summit in Brussels next month.“We are today at the moment of truth,” Macron warned.___Lawless reported from London. Raf Casert in Brussels, Thomas Adamson in Paris, and Geir Moulson in Berlin contributed.
___US hiring slower but steady as employers add 155K jobsWASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers pulled back on hiring in November, adding just 155,000 jobs. That’s below this year’s average monthly gains but enough to suggest that the economy is expanding at a solid pace despite sharp gyrations in the stock market. The Labor Department says that the unemployment rate remained 3.7%, nearly a five-decade low, for the third straight month. Average hourly pay rose 3.1% from a year ago, matching the previous month’s figure, which was the best since 2009.___Chinese executive facing US extradition appears in courtVANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — A prominent Chinese telecommunications executive facing possible extradition to the United States appears in court Friday as she seeks bail in a case that has rattled markets and raised doubts about the U.S. being able to reach a truce in its trade war with China.___Meng Wanzhou’s rise through the ranks at HuaweiNEW YORK (AP) — Before her dramatic arrest in Canada, few in the U.S. had heard of Meng Wanzhou. She’s the chief financial officer and deputy chairwoman of the board of Chinese telecom company Huawei. She started there in 1993 and has risen up the ranks with the growth of the company, which is founded by her father.___Stocks drop 4 per cent in rocky week on trade, growth worriesNEW YORK (AP) — Wall Street capped a turbulent week of trading Friday with the biggest weekly loss for the U.S. stock market since March. The latest wave of selling erased more than 550 points from the Dow Jones Industrial Average, bringing its three-day loss to 1,400. Worries that the U.S.-China trade dispute and rising interest rates will pump the brakes on global economic and corporate earnings growth next year has made investors uneasy, leading to volatile swings in the market from one day to the next.___Oil producers join forces and cut production againVIENNA (AP) — Oil prices spiked sharply higher Friday as major oil producers, including the OPEC cartel, agreed to cut global oil production by 1.2 million barrels a day to reduce oversupply. Following two days of meetings, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries that includes the likes of Saudi Arabia and Iraq said they would cut 800,000 barrels per day for six months from January, though some countries such as Iran, have been given an exemption.___Marlboro maker places $1.8 billion bet on marijuanaNEW YORK (AP) — One of the world’s biggest tobacco companies is diving into the cannabis market with a $1.8 billion buy-in. Marlboro maker Altria is taking a 45 per cent stake in Cronos Group, the Canadian medical and recreational marijuana provider, which said that the investment could grow. According to terms released Friday, Altria’s investment would be similar to that of Corona maker Constellation Brands, which invested about $4 billion in another pot company earlier this year.___Australia anti-encryption law rushed to passageMELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A new law rushed through Australia’s parliament will compel technology companies including Apple, Facebook and Google to help police catch terrorists and other criminals by disabling encryption protections. Cybersecurity experts say the law will instead be a boon to the criminal underworld by undermining the internet’s technical integrity, weakening digital security and privacy.___France girds for weekend protests, fearing more violencePARIS (AP) — Anticipating a fourth straight weekend of violent protests, France is mobilizing thousands of police, cordoning off Paris’ broad boulevards and making plans to shut down tourist sites like the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre. The heavy security will put central Paris in a virtual lockdown Saturday against what the interior minister called “radicalized and rebellious people,” who authorities believe will join members of the “yellow vest” movement that has been holding anti-government demonstrations.___Foie gras off Amazon’s offerings in California in settlementLOS ANGELES (AP) — California prosecutors say Amazon has agreed not to sell foie gras in the state from birds that have been force-fed. State lawmakers banned that form of the fatty duck and goose liver delicacy nearly 15 years ago. Prosecutors said Friday a state judge approved a settlement between the online retailer, her office and district attorneys in Monterey and Santa Clara counties. Amazon said the company is not commenting.___The S&P 500 index fell 62.87 points, or 2.3 per cent, to 2,633.08. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 558.72 points, or 2.2 per cent, to 24,388.95. The Nasdaq composite slid 219.01 points, or 3 per cent, to 6,969.25. The Russell 2000 index of small-company stocks gave up 29.32 points, or 2 per cent, to 1,448.09.U.S. benchmark crude rose 2.2 per cent to $52.61 a barrel in New York. Brent crude, used to price international oils, gained 2.7 per cent to $61.67 a barrel in London. Wholesale gasoline climbed 3.7 per cent to $1.49 a gallon. Heating oil rose 1.5 per cent to $1.89 a gallon. Natural gas gained 3.7 per cent to $4.49 per 1,000 cubic feet.The Associated Press
TORONTO — Before the arrest of Huawei Technologies’ chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver last weekend, the Chinese company wasn’t a household name in Canada — certainly not in the league of an Apple, Samsung or BlackBerry.However, the Chinese tech giant considered by several of Canada’s allies as a security threat has quietly established itself as an important provider of technology essential to Canada’s telecom infrastructure, a situation that is not likely to change any time soon. Huawei’s share of the Canadian smartphone market has been tiny — about 3.8 per cent, according to market research from IDC Canada — but outside of Canada the company is a juggernaut, overtaking Apple earlier this year in smartphone sales and employing more than 170,000 people around the world.Founded in 1987 by a former officer of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army, the company has grown at an explosive rate over the past ten years and is projected to post sales of more than US$102 billion in 2018.For Canada’s telecom industry and the federal government in Ottawa, Huawei has long been known as an important equipment supplier — one that U.S. officials consider a significant threat to national security.That’s largely because Huawei is a major supplier of the equipment needed for wireless networks that could potentially be used to gather sensitive information for the Chinese government.“There is ample evidence to suggest that no major Chinese company is independent of the Chinese government and Communist Party — and Huawei, which China’s government and military tout as a ‘national champion’ is no exception,” U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Marco Rubio wrote in October in a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.However, Canadian officials and representatives of major telecom companies have maintained that they have put safeguards in place — long ago, and before the American alarm — to ensure Huawei isn’t a security or privacy threat.Like Canada, the United Kingdom hasn’t moved to ban Huawei from doing business with their networks — despite U.S. warnings that they may be jeopardizing the “Five Eyes” intelligence gathering partnership. Lawrence Surtees, vice-president for communications research at IDC Canada, says Britain and Canada are the second and third most important Five Eyes partners after the United States and ahead of Australia and New Zealand.“My take is, both Ottawa and London are in a position to say … we do lots with you in the intelligence sharing and we’re not going to jeopardize our networks. We know what to do.”Surtees says Huawei equipment has already been used in at least five Canadian wireless networks that use fourth-generation LTE technology, and it would be expensive to replace.Huawei is also working with Bell and Telus to develop equipment for 5G wireless networks that are expected to become increasingly vital to carriers and their customers over the next decade.“The magnitude of the contracts that Huawei has here would be a factor, with the Canadian carriers saying to Ottawa that it’s kind of too late now,” Surtees says.There are very few alternative suppliers of 5G network equipment to chose from, he adds.Ericsson of Sweden, the main equipment supplier for the Rogers wireless networks, and Nokia of Finland are also global players in Canada but Surtees considers Huawei to be the market leader.It has been in operation in Canada since 2008, and currently employs about 960 people in this country — about 600 in research and development.Huawei’s Canadian head office is in the Toronto area in Markham, Ont. while its Canada Research Centre is based in Ottawa. The company also has research facilities in Markham, Waterloo, Ont., Montreal, Vancouver and Edmonton.Huawei also makes smartphones for current wireless networks, sold in Canada by Bell, Rogers, Telus, and Videotron under their main brands as well as some secondary brands such as Virgin Mobile, Fido and Koodo.David Paddon, The Canadian Press
The light display started when the family use to live in town, close to Bert Ambrose school. Gallagher admits the substantial display at that time would expand out of his yard into a neighbouring park. Four years ago when he purchased this new property, Gallagher said as soon as he looked at the property he knew it was perfect for his light display “the winding entrance would be the perfect ‘Candy Cane Lane”.To create the growing display Gallagher has purchased light displays from the States then found a Supplier in Edmonton and chooses to purchase second-hand lights. This is more meaningful as he uses his time in the summer to refurbish the lights by stripping the frames of their old incandescent lights, sanding and repainting the frames and then rewiring with new LED lights. Gallagher says residential displays this big could not happen with the old incandescent light as the power usage would be too great.“LED technology uses 90 percent less energy,” said Gallagher yet he still upgraded to a 400 amp service to be able to power the over 65,000 lights in the display. Gallagher tells me he already has plans for next year and I could tell he is eager to continue to grow the size of the display.Gallagher has received help from his friend Bob Amon a local Electrician, who has donated a lot of his time to help install panels and all the underground wiring. Gallagher’s youngest daughter also enjoys helping by going outside to work on and look at the lights.This year the Gallaghers offered a spot on the property to house a Red Kettle for the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign. Gallager admits he was surprised by the success that the kettles received. About 500 vehicles passed through his property each night, the week before Christmas giving the Red Kettle great exposure. Gallagher was happy to do this by providing help to the community.Typically the lights of the display are turned off at midnight, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day they were left on all night and the family saw approx 1000 vehicles pass through the property on Christmas Eve alone. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – For the past 15 years Gallagher’s light display has been the fulfillment of a childhood dream and continues as the display grows in size every year.Many residents of the North Peace have come to look forward to and have created their own family traditions by visiting the Gallagher’s ‘Candy Cane Lane’. Set on their property which can be seen from the West Bypass, the light display is impressive and inspiring.Sean Gallagher shares “As a little kid I always loved Christmas more than the average person, I dreamed of doing this even as a little boy. I never dreamed it would be this big, its a real love for Christmas and it has never gone away.” There is still time to view the display as the lights will be turned off for the season on January 15th, 2019. To see the lights travel north on 100 Street past fish creek and taking a left onto the west bypass road, take a left onto the 244 Road for approx half a km and the property is on the left. You can also approach the property if you continue on the bypass and take a right onto the property. You get a different view of the display when approaching from either direction.
CHARLIE LAKE, B.C. – The Charlie Lake Fire Department was paged out to a structure fire at Autographic’s Trims and Signs on Hemlock Avenue at 6:46 pm on Friday, April 26th, 2019.When the Fire Department arrived on scene the building was venting heavy smoke. The fire was difficult to fight because the fire had spread into the attic area and walls.There were 26 firefighters on scene and the fire was extinguished from the exterior.The cause of the fire is unknown at this time and is under investigation. The Department returned to the fire hall at 1:00 am
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Northern Development will be hosting free web seminars geared towards small businesses.Northern Development is encouraging businesses that are associated with Love Northern B.C., Supply Chain Connector and Community Futures to register and access dozens of premier practical business education seminars for free.According to Northern Development, the Small Business B.C. webinars provide up-to-date information and tactics on current business trends and strategies designed to help small businesses improve, succeed and remain competitive, which can have an immediate impact on business operations. Some of the upcoming webinars will focus on sales strategies and blogging to promote your business.For more information on the upcoming Small Business B.C. webinars, you can visit Northern Development’s website.
Meerut: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday attacked the opposition parties for raising questions over India’s air strikes against Pakistan and its capabilities in the space. “The country has seen many governments which believed in sloganeering but for the first time it has seen a decisive government which knows how to fulfil its commitments,” Modi said as he launched his campaign for the Lok Sabha elections. “Be it land or sky or space, the government of your ‘chowkidar’ has shown courage to conduct surgical strikes,” he added. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Modi’s reference was to the bombing by the Indian Air Force of a terrorist camp in Pakistan on February 26 and Wednesday’s launch of an Anti-Satellite (A-SAT) missile that destroyed a satellite orbiting 268 km above the earth. The Prime Minister said that by raising questions over the government’s actions, some opposition leaders had become a “hero” in Pakistan. “People have to decide whether they need a hero of India or a hero of Pakistan. They have to decide whether they need ‘saboot’ (proof) or ‘sapoot’ (hero). Those seeking ‘saboot’ are challenging the ‘sapoot’,” he said. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Taking potshots at Congress President Rahul Gandhi over his ‘theatre jibe’ at the Prime Minister after the Anti-Satellite missile launch, Modi said some opposition leaders didn’t even know the difference between a theatre set and A-SAT. “Yesterday when I was speaking about A-SAT, he got confused. In theatre you see sets being shifted… He thought I was talking about that set… What do you say about someone who does not even know the difference between a theatre set and an A-SAT?” Modi said scientists wanted a test to shoot down a satellite in space, but the previous Congress government postponed that decision also. “To make the India of 21st century strong and for its security, this decision should have been taken a long ago. But it kept getting delayed,” he said. Slamming the Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party alliance in Uttar Pradesh as political opportunism, Modi said to defeat the BJP, the old enemies have now become friends. “From ‘2 ladke’ its now ‘bua-bhatija’. This just shows that for these people there is no bigger target than power,” he said, adding that crime will again go up if people voted for the two parties. The Prime Minister said the 2019 election was a fight between “dumdaar” BJP and a “daagdaar” opposition. “Under these ‘mahamilaavati’ (adulterated) group of leaders, did you see how terrorists flourished? Did you not see incidents of terror from across the country under their rule? So, tell me, can you trust such people?” Modi said the country had decided to again vote for a BJP government “because here is a decisive government which has delivered on every front”. This is Modi’s first election rally for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) since the announcement of the April-May Lok Sabha polls by the Election Commission.
Patna: Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, who is the BJP candidate for Patna Sahib Lok Sabha seat, on Wednesday said the opposition Congress party is standing with those against the country. Prasad has been fielded by the BJP from Patna Sahib after the party denied the ticket to the sitting MP actor-turned-politicuan Shatrughan Sinha. “Congress has been supporting and standing with Tukde-Tukde gang and Congress manifesto is to divide the country, and will give relax to hearts of those against the country” Prasad said here. He said that the Congress is doing everything to demoralise the army and security forces. The Union Minister also asked the Congress to spell out how many jobs were given by the previous UPA government at the Centre during its 10 years in power. The NDA government is giving fitting response to terrorists and Pakistan, Prasad added.
Mathabhanga (Cooch Behar): Stepping up the ante against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday called him a “jhootha chowkidar” and alleged that he would “throw away” the Constitution and turn India into a totalitarian regime if he is re-elected and the upcoming Lok Sabha elections could be the last one in that case.Addressing a rally here on Thursday, Banerjee challenged Modi to win more than 125 Lok Sabha seats in the general elections across the country. She claimed that the government of the “expiry babu”, the term she has coined for the Prime Minister, will be defeated in the Lok Sabha polls after losing seats across north and central parts of the country. The people of India are sick and tired of the “fake (jhootha) chowkidar” because of his arrogance and endless lies and will replace him in the ensuing Lok Sabha elections, Banerjee said.
Gururgam: Four days after Hindu Sena men, armed with rods, sticks, and swords, forced meat shops to close in wake of the Navratri, Gurugram police have arrested another two accused, including a history-sheeter with 19 cases registered against him.The duo has been identified as Rajesh and Pramod. Rajesh, earlier, has been booked under 420 (theft), 120 (criminal conspiracy) 279 (rash driving), 337 (endangering the safety of others) of the Indian penal code. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderEarlier the law enforcement officials had arrested Rakesh and Mohit in the case and were charged under sections 148 (rioting with deadly weapons), 149 (unlawful assembly), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 25-54-59 of the arms act. While the police continue to cracks down on the rogue elements, most of the citizens have defied the meat ban in the city. There are shops and restaurants which are selling their inventories as a sizable number of customers are coming to buy non-vegetarian items. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsHowever, certain big shops, which are registered with Gurugram meat market union, have closed their shutter for Navratri and have also announced that their shops will be closed on every Tuesday. Owners of these meat units have maintained that they have taken this decision out of respect for religious sentiments than fear of rogue outfits. “Some of my colleagues decided to not open their shops during Navratras as they felt it was not appropriate for them to hurt the religious sentiments. But, I have decided to open my shop as I have been getting customers from all religious communities. Ultimately it depends upon your choice and intent. Who are we to hurt any one’s religious sentiments,” said Shakib who operates a meat shop near Jama Masjid in Sadar Bazaar area. Additionally, most of the small meat shops have decided not to buckle under fear, and continue with their business. At the Sikanderpur meat mandi, there are meat units open even in scorching heat. “We do not have proper space for selling our items. For many, the place may be unhygienic and dirty. But, the Sikanderpur Mandi has its loyal customers. The meat sellers over here have not buckled under the fear of powerful builders. How can we be cowed down by few rogue elements?” said Tariq. Not far from the meat mandi, the famous roadside Biryani restaurants were also functioning in Sikanderpur area. “We have been getting a lot of customers even during Navratras. Even though there is a slight reduction at the end of the day, we still break even during Navratras,” said Ashfaq, an employee at Al-Shaifa Biryani restaurant.
Gurugram: Samsung India on Wednesday announced Galaxy A70, earlier than its reported launch next week, which is the sixth smartphone in the popular Galaxy A series. Priced at Rs 28,990, Galaxy A70 will be available for pre-booking between April 20-April 30. The device has 6.7-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 processor, 6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage with micro-SD slot up to 512GB. Consumers who pre-book can purchase Samsung U Flex, a premium Bluetooth device worth Rs 3,799 for Rs 999 only, the company said in a statement. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year “Our recently launched Galaxy A line has seen an unprecedented success since its launch. It has reached a milestone of $500 million in sales within 40 days of launch,” said Ranjivjit Singh, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Samsung India. Galaxy A70 comes with 32MP triple rear camera capable of shooting super slow-mo videos. The device has a 4500mAh battery with 25W super-fast charging capability. “With its best-in-class display, Samsung Pay, path-breaking triple rear camera and top-notch processor, the Galaxy A70 is all about experience,” Singh added. For Selfie buffs, there is a 32MP front camera with features like AR-Emoji and Selfie-Focus. Starting May 1, Galaxy A70 will be available for sale in three colours — white, blue and black. Galaxy A70 will also be available on Flipkart.
By Haitham el-TabeiMansoura — A powerful car bomb tore through an Egyptian police headquarters Tuesday, killing at least 14 people, in an attack the military-installed authorities said is aimed at derailing a democratic transition.Hours after the bombing in Mansoura, a city north of Cairo, prime minister Hazem Beblawi labelled the Muslim Brotherhood, the banned movement of ousted president Mohamed Morsi, a “terrorist” group, though the premier did not blame the organisation for the blast. The movement itself strongly condemned the attack, one of the deadliest in Egypt since the military deposed Morsi in July.The bombing comes just weeks ahead of a referendum on a new constitution billed as the first major step towards democracy after the Islamist leader’s overthrow.The bomb ripped through the multi-storey police headquarters in Mansoura shortly after 1:00 am, killing at least 14 people and wounding more than 100, officials said.“The majority of the casualties are from the police,” said Omar al-Shawatsi, the governor of Daqahleya, of which Mansoura is the capital.Daqahleya security chief Sami El-Mihi was wounded in the blast and two of his aides were killed, security officials said.The massive explosion — whose impact was felt about 20 kilometres (21 miles) away — stripped off the facade of the building and caused part of its solid structure to cave in.The wreckage of an armoured police car was nearby, while at least 10 civilian cars were damaged and a nearby building completely collapsed, said an AFP correspondent at the scene.Angry residents of the area vented their fury on Morsi’s Brotherhood movement.“The Muslim Brotherhood is an international terrorist organisation. They are responsible for what happened in Mansoura,” said Hamada Arafat, a school teacher.“They are now adopting tactics like Al-Qaeda.”Prosecutors and officials say the Brotherhood has links with Islamist militants who have stepped up attacks on security forces across Egypt, but mainly in the restive Sinai Peninsula.“This is a more sophisticated attack than previous ones. It could be a sign of things to come… the insurgency in Sinai is becoming emboldened and extending attacks outside the Sinai,” said Shadi Hamid, research director at the Brookings Doha Center.Brotherhood condemns bombingBeblawi said the bombing was an attempt to thwart the country’s steps towards democracy, and declared the Brotherhood a terrorist group.“Prime Minister Beblawi has declared the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organisation,” state news agency MENA quoted his spokesman as saying.The declaration could have significant political impact ahead of the referendum, but will not have much legal impact as the group has already been banned by an Egyptian court.In a separate statement carried by MENA, Beblawi later said: “Terrorism will not succeed in derailing the implementation of the road map”, but did not mention the Brotherhood by name.Interior minister Mohamed Ibrahim visited the site of the blast and told reporters Egypt “will not be scared, on the contrary it will reinforce our determination to fight the terrorists”.The Brotherhood condemned the bombing “in the strongest possible terms”, and also lashed out at Beblawi.“It is no surprise that Beblawi, the military junta’s puppet prime minister, has decided to exploit the blood of innocent Egyptians through inflammatory statements designed to create further violence, chaos and instability,” it said in a statement.The 85-year-old Brotherhood, a political and social movement, prevailed in a series of polls following the overthrow of longtime dictator Hosni Mubarak in 2011, and Morsi became the country’s first freely elected leader after winning elections last year.But since his ouster Egypt has been caught in a spiral of violence.He was removed from power after massive street protests against his turbulent one-year rule, with millions accusing him of power-grabbing and economic mismanagement.More than 1,000 people have since been killed in a crackdown, including hundreds on August 14 in Cairo when police stormed two protest camps of his Islamist supporters.The crackdown has seen thousands of Islamists, including the Brotherhood’s entire leadership, arrested.After Morsi’s ouster, the military-installed authorities announced a road map for a democratic transition.On January 14 and 15 the country is to hold a constitutional referendum — the first step in the plan.The charter, if approved, is to be followed by parliamentary and presidential elections by mid-2014.
Rabat – The new immigration policy in Morocco, which has become a transit and host country, has required the adoption of a new humane approach that takes into account security and socio-economic aspects as well as Morocco’s international commitments, said Morocco’s interior delegate minister Charki Draiss. Morocco has also embarked on regularizing the situation of asylum seekers, of which over 500 were delivered refugee cards, said the official during an information and training day on the exceptional operation launched by Morocco to regularize the situation of undocumented immigrants in Morocco.In parallel, he went on, authorities have launched legal and institutional reforms to draft new laws related to immigration and asylum, arguing that this exceptional operation will be a test for all stakeholders of this new migration vision and will be closely followed by Morocco’s foreign partners and non-governmental human rights-advocacy organizations. Was also present at this conference minister in charge of Moroccans living abroad, Anas Birou, who called all those who will be in charge of enforcing the new law to promote the humane dimension in their work and build on Morocco’s attachment to the universal values and international conventions in human rights.Birou insisted that the ultimate goal is to secure optimal enforcement of the new migration policy that was acclaimed worldwide.The interior ministry presented during this information and training day a presentation on the methodology to be adopted, the categories of immigrants eligible to receive stay documents in Morocco and the required administrative procedure.
ALGIERS – Veteran Algerian president Abdelaziz Bouteflika flew home Thursday after a Paris medical check-up that had raised questions about his ability to run for a fourth term in April.Bouteflika, 76, has ruled the north African nation continuously since 1999 but a mini-stroke that confined him to a Paris hospital for three months last year has created concerns for the political future of a country seen as pivotal to the fight against Al-Qaeda across the Sahara.The president’s office had insisted that the check-up was entirely routine and Algeria’s APS news agency reported that it had found an “an overall improvement” in his health that had enabled him to return home earlier than planned. Bouteflika has until Sunday to convene the organising committee for April’s election in which the ruling National Liberation Front (FLN) named him as its candidate in November despite his failing health.Bouteflika’s presidency has been dogged by health concerns since as far back as 2005, when he underwent surgery in Paris for a bleeding stomach ulcer, and with a leaked US diplomatic cable two years later suggesting he might be suffering from terminal cancer.The transient ischaemic attack, or mini-stroke, that he suffered last April kept him out of the country until late July and he has not been seen in public since.But he has never named a favoured successor and has not ruled out the possibility of accepting the FLN’s nomination to stand for re-election, creating mounting political uncertainty.Opposition parties have seized on his latest hospitalisation as evidence that he is incapable of carrying out his duties, let alone standing for a fourth term.“It proves once again his inability to accomplish the least of his duties, and encourages those calling for him to be declared incapacitated as stipulated by Article 88 of the constitution,” said Atmane Mazouz, spokesman for the mainly Berber Rally for Culture and Democracy.Bouteflika’s opponents had insisted the constitutional clause be invoked in April but had little chance of mustering the necessary two-thirds majority in parliament, which is dominated by the FLN.The FLN nominated the ageing president as its official candidate in November and the party’s secretary general Amar Saidani said on Sunday that he was “sure” he would run.