JEI schools, mosques, orphanages kept outside scope of seizure: J&K admin

first_imgThe Jammu and Kashmir government Sunday said the schools, mosques and orphanages being run by banned Jamaat-e-Islami (JEI) have so far been kept outside the ambit of seizure. The clarification came hours after National Conference vice-president Omar Abdullah said the ban on JEI “is having a major social impact” in Kashmir and appealed to the government to “urgently review” its decision to seal schools and mosques run by it.“Schools, mosques and orphanages have been kept outside the scope of seizures and sealing in the wake of the ban imposed by the Government of India on Jamaat-e-Islami, J&K,” State government spokesman Rohit Kansal clarified this evening. He said the action is being taken against offices, assets, properties and other equipment of the banned outfit. “The ban is for five years and subsequent orders to do so have been issued by the state government and the deputy commissioners.” The Centre Thursday banned Jamaat-e-Islami, Jammu and Kashmir for five years under anti-terror law on grounds that it was “in close touch” with militant outfits and was expected to “escalate secessionist movement” in the state. A notification, banning the group under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, was issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs after a high-level meeting on security, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The police have launched a major crackdown on the socio-religious organisation across the state, arresting over 150 of its leaders and activists and sealing its properties including offices and houses over the past week, besides freezing bank accounts linked to the organisation.last_img read more

Congress gearing up for municipal polls in Rajasthan

first_imgWith an eye on municipal elections due in November, the ruling Congress in Rajasthan is planning to conduct a survey before distribution of tickets to candidates. The party has asked its block committees to identify the local issues which will be raised in the run-up to the polls.Pradesh Congress president Sachin Pilot has asked Ministers to visit the district Congress committee offices during their tours and address the grievances of people, besides getting feedback from the local party workers. “Local polls are fought strictly on the issues of the neighbourhood. It is our duty to resolve the problems related to municipal bodies,” he said.In its first Cabinet meeting after being elected in December 2018, the Congress government had reversed the previous BJP regime’s decision of 2014 on the mode of election of Mayors of municipal corporations from indirect to direct polling. The government’s latest decision to increase the number of municipal wards and delimit their boundaries may also help the Congress. Mr. Pilot said at a preparatory meeting held here on Wednesday that the Congress was willing to fulfil people’s aspirations for development after being elected to the State Assembly. The local Congress workers should help the party in selecting suitable candidates without any prejudices and carry the message of the government’s welfare policies to the voters, he said.Manifesto planningMr. Pilot, who is also the Deputy Chief Minister, said the district committees would prepare manifestos, incorporating the local issues, for the towns where municipal corporations and municipal councils are functioning. The office-bearers of the party’s front organisations will also be involved in the works such as corrections in the electoral rolls.Local Self Government Minister Shanti Dhariwal said the party would present a road map for completing the works of local bodies to win people’s confidence and field candidates with a background of working among the residents. Former PCC president Girija Vyas, Energy Minister B.D. Kalla, Transport Minister P.S. Khachariawas and office-bearers of the party’s local units attended the meeting.last_img read more

Cocolife, Sta. Lucia eye 5th place

first_imgPagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend “We want to finish on a high note,” said Kungfu Reyes, coach of Cocolife. “Our pride is at stake. We will prepare hard against Sta. Lucia and make sure that we will bring home the fifth-place trophy.”Cocolife will be led by star players Michele Gumabao and Denden Lazaro and battles a Sta. Lucia squad beefed up by new acquisitions like Fil-Ams MJ Phillips and Rebecca Rivers in the 7 p.m. encounter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“We may be a new team, but we fight hard every game,” said Sta. Lucia coach Sammy Acaylar. “That’s why I told the team to get [fifth place]. Our management has been very supportive and there’s no better way to repay their trust by finishing the conference with a huge victory.”The Lifesavers and the winless Iron Ladies collide at 5 p.m. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera MOST READ LATEST STORIES Pocari tests Power Smashers Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Sta. Lucia Realty and Cocolife fight for fifth place, while Generika-Ayala and Cherrylume mix it up for the seventh spot on Saturday in the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference at De La Salle Sentrum in Lipa City.The Realtors and the Asset Managers, both newbies in the league, are hoping for a breakthrough finish this season.ADVERTISEMENT China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View commentslast_img read more

Star kids pack a punch at martial art

first_imgSuperstar Shah Rukh Khan owns a cricket team, has starred in a film on hockey and is a self-confessed video game freak. And yes, his favourite sports are football and cricket. So one would expect King Khan’s children to take up any of the above- mentioned disciplines- after all they have been spotted numerous times at IPL matches with their father and mother Gauri.All set for a combat: Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan (second from left) with his fellow students and his Taekwondo instructor Kiran UpadhyayBut it turns out that not only have SRK’s son Aryan and daughter Suhana taken up a completely different discipline, they have also excelled at it. Way back in 2010, both the children won gold medals at the Maharashtra Taekwondo competition. And since then, Aryan has been conferred with the black belt, the highest achievement level in the martial art.Besides Shah Rukh’s children- who are being trained under instructor Kiran Upadhyay- MP Priya Dutt’s sons Siddharth and Sumair, actress Kaykasshan Patel’s son Arhaan and director- producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s daughter Zuni have also taken up the martial art.Priya Dutt with sons Siddharth, Sumair and husband Owen; (right) TV actor Kaykasshan Patel with her son ArhaanWhile Aryan is something of a veteran in the Korean martial art form, siblings Siddharth and Sumair are still at the initial stages of the discipline.last_img read more

13 days agoEx-Leicester winger Piper: Rodgers not making most of Maddison

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ex-Leicester winger Piper: Rodgers not making most of Maddisonby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Leicester City winger Matt Piper says manager Brendan Rodgers isn’t making the most of James Maddison.Piper, who turned out 16 times for boyhood club Leicester between 2000 and 2002, has been disappointed not to see England boss Gareth Southgate give Maddison a regular role in the Three Lions midfield, but has criticised Rodgers’ decision to force the ex-Norwich man out wide.”Maddison has been Leicester’s main man this season,” he told Love Sport Radio.”He’s got a big future ahead of him, Maddison. He can become a top, top player.”He’s at his best as a number ten. He’s been played out on the left this season, but that isn’t how to use him.”He’s two footed, he’s incredibly creative, and he’s super talented. People ask whether he’s arrogant, but I think it’s just ultimate confidence in his ability, and he makes things happen.” last_img read more

Debt-To-GDP Ratio to Dip Below 100 Per Cent for 2018/19 – Dr. Clarke

first_img Dr. Clarke noted that at its height, Jamaica’s debt as a proportion of GDP was about 147 per cent. Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, says the country’s debt-to-gross domestic product (GDP) ratio is projected to fall below 100 per cent at the end of the 2018/19 fiscal year. The debt-to-GDP ratio is a measure of a country’s debt compared to its economic output. A low debt-to-GDP ratio indicates an economy that produces and sells goods and services sufficient to pay back debts without incurring further debt. Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, says the country’s debt-to-gross domestic product (GDP) ratio is projected to fall below 100 per cent at the end of the 2018/19 fiscal year.The Minister was speaking at the Pension Funds Association of Jamaica’s annual luncheon at The Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston on May 16.The debt-to-GDP ratio is a measure of a country’s debt compared to its economic output. A low debt-to-GDP ratio indicates an economy that produces and sells goods and services sufficient to pay back debts without incurring further debt.Government debt as a per cent of GDP is used by investors to measure a country’s ability to make future payments on its debt, thus affecting the country’s borrowing costs and Government bond yields.Dr. Clarke noted that at its height, Jamaica’s debt as a proportion of GDP was about 147 per cent.“At the end of this financial year, we are projecting that for the first time in this century, the debt to GDP rate is going to go below 100 per cent,” he said.This, he noted, will allow the Government to create more investments and job-generating opportunities for Jamaicans.“What that means for pension funds and institutional investors is that the Government coming out with a need to borrow, borrow, borrow…is going to be curtailed. That provides a tremendous opportunity to accelerate our efforts to convert and redirect savings away from the Government and into investments and into job creation and into economic empowering activities for all Jamaicans,” he pointed out.Dr. Clarke, in the meantime, urged pension funds to take prudent investment risks in a bid to meet the needs of pensioners.“Pension funds will no longer be able to be comfortable in risk-free assets, because if you stay in risk-free assets, you’ll never be able to accumulate the resources required to fund pension arrangements. So pension funds are going to have to take prudent investment risks, which means our risks and investment framework are going to have to be updated,” he said.“What is going to drive that… for pension funds to have a real return in an environment where the risk-free rate or the rate on GOJ securities doesn’t provide any real buffer is the fact that the Government’s appetite for borrowing has been significantly curtailed,” he pointed out.As at June 2017, the Financial Services Commission (FSC) reported that there were 399 active private pension plans with assets of $520.6 billion covering 9.4 per cent of the employed labour force or about 115,000 persons.The Government’s pension would increase the figure to 16 per cent of the employed labour force. Story Highlightslast_img read more

Did Canada fail in its fiduciary duty to protect the people of

first_imgAnnette Francis APTN National NewsFor decades, the community of Grassy Narrows in northwestern Ontario has been battling mercury contamination on their land, in their water and food sources.According to band members and politicians, its time the federal government step up their game.last_img

UN report highlights systemic violence against Indigenous women supports MMIWG inquiry findings

first_imgRyerson University Chair of Indigenous Governance Pam Palmater says the new UN report confirms Canada’s colonial violence against Indigenous women and girls. Photo: Justin Brake/APTN.Justin BrakeAPTN NewsA coalition of women’s rights organizations is demanding action in Ottawa following the release of a United Nations report that highlights what it says is Canada’s failure to address violence against women.In particular, UN Special Rapporteur for Violence Against Women Dubravka Šimonović draws attention to her finding that “Indigenous women from First Nations, Metis and Inuit communities face violence, marginalization, exclusion and poverty because of institutional, systemic, multiple intersecting forms of discrimination not addressed adequately by the State.”The report comes just weeks after the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) detailed its findings of ongoing genocide against Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA folks.Šimonović’s report will be delivered to the UN Human Rights Council, which monitors human rights abuses globally and makes recommendations to countries found to be in violation of human rights.‘Very timely’Mi’kmaq lawyer Pam Palmater, who worked with the Feminist Alliance for International Action (FAFIA) as a joint party with standing in the MMIWG national inquiry, called the UN report “very timely,” speaking at a press conference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa Thursday.“We know the National Inquiry found there was genocide committed against Indigenous women and girls, and the reasons for that was Canada’s laws, policies and practices were both racist and sexist, which create this framework of violence,” she said.“And the UN Special Rapporteur said it’s really the same gendered colonization that has specifically targeted Indigenous women and girls that has created what they call ‘grave human rights violations,’ and has led to all of the murders, disappearances, trading, trafficking, exploitation of Indigenous women and girls that continues today.” In her report, Šimonović says she “observed significant gaps and challenges related to prevention and protection of women from gender-based violence, in particular with regard to Indigenous women and girls.” She found that “rates of female victims of violent crime were eight times higher in the territories and nearly three times higher in the Provincial North than in the South,” and that “Indigenous women are three times more likely to be victims of violence than non-Indigenous women.”Inadequate protectionŠimonović also notes that “an issue of major of concern in the country is the inadequate protection of Indigenous women and girls’ economic social and cultural rights as an element exacerbating the high rate of violence against women. “Indigenous women from First Nations, Metis and Inuit communities face violence, marginalization, exclusion and poverty because of institutional, systemic, multiple intersecting forms of discrimination not addressed adequately by the State.” The special rapporteur specifically names high rates of child apprehension, the over-incarceration of Indigenous women, coerced sterilization and sexualized violence by police and corrections officers as issues related to what she refers to at one point in her report as “gendered colonization”.She also notes the conclusions of a survey conducted by the Canadian Women’s Foundation, which found that Indigenous women and girls make up half of human trafficking victims.As part of her visit to Canada in April 2018 Šimonović met with provincial, territorial and federal government officials. She also visited women’s shelters, correctional facilities and met with MMIWG National Inquiry Chief Commissioner Marion Buller.APTN News requested comment from Status of Women Minister Maryam Monsef and Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett.In a written statement, Monsef’s Press Secretary Braeson Holland outlined a number of investments the Liberals have made to address and prevent gender-based violence and said government is reviewing Šimonović’s report and recommendations.“Gender-based violence must not be tolerated in Canada, and we will continue to work with our partners across all sectors – including other orders of government, the not-for-profit sector, philanthropy, and the private sector – to end gender-based violence in all of its forms,” Holland writes.The special rapporteur’s report will be delivered to the UN Human Rights Council.Human rightsEarlier this month the UN’s High Commissioner on Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, visited Ottawa and met with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland to discuss the state of international human rights.She called on Canada to implement the MMIWG National Inquiry’s 231 Calls for Justice but stopped short of naming the violence against Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA peoples genocide.Bachelet, a former two-term president of Chile and prisoner of conscience under that country’s Pinochet dictatorship, did not answer a question from APTN on whether Canada, given its treatment of Indigenous peoples, should have a seat on the UN Security Council.Canada is presently vying for a seat on the prestigious council, which comes with significant diplomatic powers.Mi’kmaq lawyer Pam Palmater worked with the Feminist Alliance for International Action. Justin Brake/APTN.Palmater said Thursday in Ottawa the new UN report adds “extra force to calling on Canada to act now,” and that it’s “incumbent on the United Nations in all of its forums, to really rethink, what should Canada’s role be — whether it’s at the security council, or any of the treaty bodies — and how can they best hold them to account for continued violence against Indigenous women and girls, created by Canada’s laws and policies, that aren’t being addressed?”Šimonović, Bachelet and the MMIWG national inquiry have all called on Canada to implement a national action plan to address the systemic gender- and race-based violence against Indigenous women.Trudeau announced on June 3 the government will “conduct a thorough review” of the MMIWG report, “and we will develop and implement a National Action Plan to address violence against Indigenous women, girls, and LGBTQ and two-spirit people.” He also said the feds “will turn the inquiry’s Calls for Justice into real, meaningful, Indigenous-led action.” Trudeau made a similar promise when the Truth and Reconciliation Commission released its final report in 2015.In his election campaign Trudeau promised to implement the TRC’s 94 calls to action, including implementing the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) as the framework for reconciliation.A private member’s bill from Cree NDP-MP Romeo Saganash compelling Canada to align its laws with UNDRIP, which represents the global minimum human rights standards for Indigenous peoples, made it all the way to third reading in the Senate earlier this month.Order paperNow it’s poised to die on the order paper following weeks of resistance from Conservative senators.Advocates of the bill say the Trudeau government could have adopted it as a government bill to ensure its passage into law.  Trudeau is now promising to implement UNDRIP if Canadians re-elect the Liberals in this fall’s federal election.Among her recommendations, Šimonović calls on the federal government to “fully harmonize laws at all levels of the national jurisdiction with the [Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women] and, with regards to Indigenous women, in conjunction with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.”She also calls on Canada to investigate “all allegations of forced or coerced sterilizations, with particular attention to cases involving Indigenous women and girls.”jbrake@aptn.ca@justinbrakenewslast_img read more

Premier announces increased income threshold for families to get childcare subsidies

first_img“Parents throughout this province have been struggling with rising childcare costs, and it’s clear that we need to make child care more affordable for more middle-income families,” said Premier Horgan. “Our hope is that this makes a big difference for families and that they can get a little further ahead every month. When more parents can choose to rejoin the workforce if they want to, that’s good for people and the economy.”Parents can apply now for the new benefit through My Family Services, a new online process that makes it faster and easier to apply for support. Parents can also use an online estimator to see if they are eligible for the benefit and how much they may be able to save each month.The Affordable Child Care Benefit is the second announcement about childcare that the Province has made in as many days. The first, the Child Care Fee Reduction Initiative, was launched in April 2018 and is helping licensed child care providers reduce their fees by up to $350. As of August 24th, the government said that nearly 3,000 providers had been approved for fee reductions, representing more than 50,000 childcare spaces.In the coming weeks, the government said that it will announce the childcare facilities that have been selected as prototype sites to offer childcare at $10 a day or less. VANCOUVER, B.C. – The provincial government today launched the new Affordable Child Care Benefit, which the government says will make childcare more affordable in B.C.At this afternoon’s announcement, Premier John Horgan said the new benefit program will expand the household income threshold for qualification, up from $55,000 under the old subsidy to $111,000.The Province says that 80,000 families are now eligible for some level of support through the benefit, compared to 20,000 under the previous subsidy. The benefit amount for infant/toddler care has also been increased, with some families now eligible for up to $1,250 a month per child, up from $750 per child.last_img read more

Gofundme account for Eric Stutzman surpassed goal in three days

first_imgStutzman was diagnosed with leukemia and then contracted the H1N1 influenza and a bacterial infection, to make matters worse Stutzman got pneumonia.Stutzman is still isolated in ICU, as he is still sedated and intubated to rest his body. The influenza and bacterial infection are now gone, yet his lungs are inflamed and the pneumonia and leukemia are still a very real situation.The Gofundme account was set up Thursday, November 22nd by eldest daughter Kylee Stutzman and by Monday, November 26th, 2018 they had reached their $20,000 goal.‘People have been amazing! If money could buy health, Eric would be healthy now’ said Karen StutzmanThe goal has now been increased to $25,000 as the outlook on the outcome is still unknown at this time.To get to the Gofundme account CLICK HERE Correction to the story; Eric Stutzman is not the sole provider for the family, his wife Jenna Stutzman is employed.FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A Gofundme account set up for local resident Eric Stutzman has surpassed its goal of $20,000 in three days.Stutzman is currently in Vancouver General Hospital as he was airlifted from Prince George and previous to that from FSJ. He was moved to the different locations as he would receive the additional care he was needing as his illnesses progressed.last_img read more