Former Ontario chief arrested for assault breaching bail conditions

first_imgKathleen MartensAPTN NewsA former chief of a northwestern Ontario First Nation remains in custody in Thunder Bay after being arrested for assault and breaching his bail conditions.Multiple sources confirm Eli Mandamin, formerly of Iskatewizaagegan (Shoal Lake 39), was charged February 6.Mandamin, 60, appeared in court via videolink Friday and was remanded in custody at the district jail until February 20.He is charged with one count of assault, one count of failing to comply with an undertaking, and two counts of breach of recognizance.A publication ban was imposed  on details of the most recent allegations.Mandamin had been free on bail awaiting sentencing on a historical sex crime from the 1980s. He pleaded guilty last winter to having sex with a minor between 14 and 16 years of age, after which a rape charge was withdrawn.He is scheduled to be sentenced on that plea in Kenora, Ont., on February 26.Victim Pauline Fair waived a publication ban on her name.“The case… is a really huge victory for me,” she told APTN News in an earlier interview.“It would take a dozen women to bring down a guy like that. And I brought him down by myself.”Fair was 14 when she said Mandamin – then a special constable with the Ontario Provincial Police – took her to the building that served as the community detachment.She says something caused her to black out and she awoke with him on top of her, assaulting her.Fair became pregnant and gave birth to a son, which she said, kept her from reporting the crime for decades.“I was protecting him,” she said, noting her son died a few years ago.“That’s why I didn’t come forward before.”Mandamin’s lawyer in that case, Robin Parker, didn’t respond when asked for a comment for this story.last_img read more

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.” read more

City of Victoria joins campaign seeking climate costs from fossil fuel industry

first_imgVICTORIA – The City of Victoria is about to become the third Vancouver Island municipality to send what it calls a climate accountability letter to 20 of the world’s largest fossil fuel companies.A majority of Victoria councillors have approved sending the letter, which asks the companies, including Exxon, Chevron and Shell, to pay their share of the city’s climate costs.The motion to send the letter also includes a call for other local governments across Canada to make similar requests.More than 55 British Columbia-based legal and environmental groups joined forces in January to urge B.C.’s local governments to send climate accountability letters to the fossil fuel industry.Since then, the districts of Saanich and Highlands have contacted companies demanding payment for the costs of climate change.Organizations such as West Coast Environmental Law have also asked municipalities to consider a lawsuit against oil companies for a portion of local climate costs, similar to those filed recently by California municipalities, including San Francisco and Oakland.West Coast Environmental Law climate campaigner Anjali Appadurai says Victoria’s decision to forward the letter sends a powerful legal and symbolic message to the industry.“It sets the stage for other municipalities to take this type of action, to demand a fair share of the costs they are already incurring due to climate change,” she says.last_img read more

NAFTA Why the US wants a deal within weeks and whether its

first_imgThe United States is suddenly proposing a sprint to the finish toward a new NAFTA deal within about four to six weeks — a jet-fuel pace that aims to soar past political obstacles and procedural hurdles.Is it doable?Count veterans of NAFTA 1.0 among the skeptics. In interviews Tuesday, the top Canadian negotiator in the original NAFTA and the top American trade official who completed the pact under Bill Clinton expressed their doubts.”I don’t think so,” said John Weekes, Canada’s chief negotiator in the original deal.”These are complex things… These aren’t the sort of things you can just decide bang, bang… (It) has to be a good agreement that makes sense for all three countries — and not taking short cuts, and not agreeing to a bad deal.”The stated reason for the hurry now is simple: It’s the U.S. argument that political events beyond the spring could make it harder to finish a deal and get final ratification votes. In a few months, the Trump administration could face a more hostile Congress, and a more combative Mexican president.The U.S. argues that there are just two months left to get a deal this year — otherwise procedural rules, including more than six months required to ratify an agreement in the U.S. Congress, will make a final vote impossible before 2019.A more realistic timetable in Weekes’s mind would be a deal by December. That’s similar to the estimate offered by his former American counterpart Mickey Kantor — Clinton’s first U.S. trade czar foresees at least six months more of negotiating.”It’s going to take time,” Kantor said. ”Trade agreements don’t end before their time… There are a number of issues on the table — they have to be resolved.”Compare the current and past timetables.The original NAFTA took 14 months to negotiate. Lawyers then combed the text for errors, Clinton was elected and insisted on new labour and environmental side-deals, and then there were ratification votes — in the end, it took about 30 months.The current negotiations are into their seventh month. Of the roughly 30 chapters to complete, six are done so far. That’s not fast enough, current U.S. trade czar Robert Lighthizer said at the close of a round in Mexico City.”Now our time is running very short,” said Lighthizer, who described the four-to-six-week horizon in a chat later with American media.But the NAFTA veterans suspect something else is afoot.They believe the Trump administration is trying to squeeze the neighbours: ”I think they’re trying to pressure the Canadians and the Mexicans into a quick deal,” Kantor said.“I believe that Lighthizer thinks, and what President Trump thinks — if he understands this, which is debatable — is that the steel and aluminum tariff pressure will cause Canada and Mexico to fold.”That theory was bolstered this week when the threat of tariffs was dangled over the negotiating table. Lighthizer suggested that if Canada and Mexico sign a quick NAFTA deal, that could void any tariffs before they take effect.Weekes offers two bits of advice to the Canadians.The first is to nod politely, agree to the sped-up timetable — and then just keep doing whatever they need to do to get the best possible deal: “I would be inclined not to (admit my doubts about the timetable)… I’d say, ‘We’re prepared to proceed very, very fast… Speed — we’re prepared to go very, very quickly.’”His second suggestion is to show a counter-threat on the steel and aluminum tariffs.Weekes suggests mapping out a longer-than-necessary list of products, potential retaliatory targets, where tariffs would create maximum political damage for American politicians, but the least economic damage.He would make that preliminary list public, in the hope that it scares a few people in Washington. He would hope never to have to use it. And he would ignore the Economics 101 lectures about tariffs being mutually destructive.“I think we need to do something to make sure we don’t look like we’re pushovers,” Weekes said.“If we roll over, we’re basically saying, ‘Come after us anytime. Be my guest.’”It’s unclear whether Trump’s tariffs will ever actually hit the neighbours.On the one hand, a new poll says they’re unpopular — just 28 per cent of Americans want a trade war and 31 per cent want tariffs, according to a Quinnipiac survey. Already the administration says the penalties might never come into effect for Canada and Mexico if there’s a new NAFTA.The idea of tariffs on Canada is even becoming a political liability for the administration: for those Americans bashing the steel and aluminum plan, the notion of a trade war against Canada has actually become a favourite talking point.On the other hand, the most powerful pro-trade advocate in the White House is quitting. News late Tuesday of the departure of former Goldman Sachs executive Gary Cohn stoked suspicions he’d lost in a tug-of-war over tariffs.President Donald Trump promises more details in a formal announcement within about a week, coinciding with a big congressional election March 13 in the steel-producing state of Pennsylvania.On Tuesday, the president indicated he would be delicate in imposing tariffs: “We’ll do it in a very loving way,” he said, standing next to the prime minister of Sweden.last_img read more

Heres a quick glance at unemployment rates for August by Canadian city

first_imgOTTAWA – The national unemployment rate was 6.0 per cent in August. Statistics Canada also released seasonally adjusted, three-month moving average unemployment rates for major cities. It cautions, however, that the figures may fluctuate widely because they are based on small statistical samples. Here are the jobless rates last month by city (numbers from the previous month in brackets):— St. John’s, N.L. 9.5 per cent (9.0)— Halifax 6.8 (6.5)— Moncton, N.B. 6.7 (6.4)— Saint John, N.B. 5.5 (5.4)— Saguenay, Que. 6.7 (6.8)— Quebec 3.7 (3.9)— Sherbrooke, Que. 4.5 (4.4)— Trois-Rivieres, Que. 4.7 (4.8)— Montreal 6.0 (6.1)— Gatineau, Que. 4.8 (4.9)— Ottawa 4.6 (4.3)— Kingston, Ont. 6.0 (5.9)— Peterborough, Ont. 4.8 (3.3)— Oshawa, Ont. 4.9 (4.4)— Toronto 6.1 (6.1)— Hamilton, Ont. 5.0 (4.7)— St. Catharines-Niagara, Ont. 7.4 (7.0)— Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo, Ont. 5.5 (5.7)— Brantford, Ont. 5.0 (5.3)— Guelph, Ont. 4.1 (4.3)— London, Ont. 5.2 (5.4)— Windsor, Ont. 6.6 (6.0)— Barrie, Ont. 6.7 (7.0)— Sudbury, Ont. 6.7 (6.6)— Thunder Bay, Ont. 5.3 (5.0)— Winnipeg 6.5 (6.7)— Regina 6.3 (6.5)— Saskatoon 7.2 (7.1)— Calgary 8.2 (7.9)— Edmonton 6.4 (6.5)— Kelowna, B.C. 6.0 (5.7)— Abbotsford, B.C. 5.0 (4.8)— Vancouver 4.7 (4.4)— Victoria 4.3 (4.2)last_img read more

Tilray US brand group partner on cannabisinfused retail products

first_imgNANAIMO, B.C. — Licensed producer Tilray Inc. has teamed up with the U.S. company behind brands such as Juicy Couture, Aeropostale and Nine West to develop and sell co-branded consumer cannabis products.The Nanaimo, B.C.-based company today announced the long-term revenue sharing agreement with Authentic Brands Group, to whom Tilray will initially pay US$100 million in cash and stock, or more depending on certain milestones.Tilray says it will receive up to 49 per cent of the net revenue from these products bearing names from ABG’s portfolio of more than 50 brands, with a guaranteed minimum payment of up to US$10 million annually for 10 years.Under the deal, Tilray would be the preferred supplier of active cannabinoid ingredients, such as CBD and THC, for ABG’s cannabis products.Its chief executive, Brendan Kennedy, says potential products include Nine West CBD foot cream or CBD-infused muscle wraps under the tennis brand Prince, but the brands to be used in the initial rollout are not yet set.He expects products to be on the market within 12 months on both sides of the borders, as allowed under U.S. and Canadian regulations.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

City of Fort St John wins award for work with partner municipality

first_img“The diversity of experiences this week and the quality of experiences that the City of Fort St. John has forged with local stakeholders and the community demonstrates true leadership,” stated Christopher Yeomans, CISAL Program Director. “The numerous missions that Mayor Ackerman and city staff have undertaken to Peru to support their peers and communities in Chumbivilcas helping them to strengthen their capacity to build better, more economically viable and inclusive communities is a testament to their empathy and commitment to share their wisdom and leadership.”“From the beginning, we realized the CISAL program had tremendous value. We were not only able to share the experience of our community, we saw how fragile community could be,” said Mayor Lori Ackerman. “Through various agreements, including the Community Measures Agreement with BC Hydro, and dedicated efforts to foster relationships with local industry and community partners we continue to strive toward a sustainable and inclusive community.”When you have one of only three @UNESCO Global Geoparks in Canada, it is a MUST see, @TumblerRidgeGeo ! While in Tumbler Ridge the @CISAL_FCM delegation will be visiting the @ConumaCoal mine to discuss community and industry working together.— City of Fort St John (@fortstjohn) May 8, 2018The Federation of Canadian Municipalities program helps build more sustainable and inclusive communities in resource-based regions of Columbia and Peru through partnerships and learning opportunities from their Canadian counterparts. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Federation of Canadian Municipalities has awarded the City of Fort St. John the 2018 Award for Outstanding Institutional Contribution to FCM’s international programs.This award recognizes the work of staff and elected officials in support of partner municipalities in Peru through FCM’s Sustainable and Inclusive Communities in Latin America (CISAL).  A delegation of women from Peru and Columbia have been touring local resource extraction facilities and visit non-profit organizations this week. They also met with local First Nation, business, and community leaders to discuss inclusivity and issues of women empowerment and gender equality.The @CISAL_FCM delegation spent the day at the South View Hutterite Colony learning about food security and communal living.— City of Fort St John (@fortstjohn) May 13, 2018last_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

Life insurers’ new premium income grows 33% to Rs 18,209 crore in Feb

first_imgNew Delhi: India’s life insurance industry witnessed a rise of 32.7 per cent in its collective new premium income at Rs 18,209.50 crore during February 2019, data from Irdai showed. The life insurers had collected first-time premium worth Rs 13,724.96 crore in same month a year ago. Insurance behemoth LIC, which has the largest market share of 66.26 per cent, registered a growth of 42.2 per cent in its new year premium at Rs 12,055.81 crore during the month, according to Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (Irdai) data. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepThe rest of the 23 market players in life insurance business (market share 33.74 per cent) collected premium of Rs 6,153.70 crore from new customers, witnessing a rise of 17.25 per cent from a year ago. Among the private sector insurers, SBI Life’s new business premium grew 49 per cent to Rs 1,055.32 crore during the month, ICICI Prudential Life 33.1 per cent to Rs 1,039.14 crore and Aditya Birla Sun Life 21.6 per cent to Rs 222.26 crore. Aegon Life new business premium jumped 59.3 per cent to Rs 48.26 crore, Max Life 23.7 per cent to Rs 529.77 crore, and Kotak Mahindra Life collected new premium of Rs 403.01 crore, witnessing 15.25 per cent growth from a year ago. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsOf the players that registered dip in their new premium income were HDFC Life at Rs 1184.46 crore, down by 0.54 per cent from a year ago; DHFL Pramerica Life at Rs 65.01 crore, down 51.7 per cent; Bharti AXA Life at Rs 78.62 crore, down 98 per cent; and Bajaj Allianz Life at Rs 328.48 crore, down 11 per cent. The cumulative new business premium of all the 24 life insurance firms during April-February 2018-19 rose by 7.60 per cent to Rs 1,77,213.57 crore.last_img read more

Mahagathbandhan can get 3 of BJP’s 8 in UP’s II phase

first_imgLucknow: Out of the eight seats going to polls in Uttar Pradesh on Thursday, the Mahagathbandhan (MGB) might wrest three from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) if voting pattern in the 2014 is any indication. The Samajwadi Party (SP), Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) — are contesting unitedly as the ‘Mahagathbandhan’ in 2019. They had fought separately in 2014. If the votes polled by these parties in 2014 are added, the BJP would have lost Fatehpur Sikri, Nagina and Amroha but would have won Hathras, Mathura, Bulandshahar, Aligarh and Agra. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details On the five seats where the BJP appears strong despite Mahagathbandhan, the party has changed candidates on three seats. In Hathras reserved seat, Rajvir Diler Balmiki has replaced Rajesh Kumar Diwakar, the winner of last election. In 2014, Diwaker had faced Niranjan Singh Dhangar of RLD, Manoj Kumar Soni of BSP and Ramji Lal Suman of SP. Even if the votes of all his rivals are added, Diwaker still would have emerged the winner comfortably. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday While the Mahagathbandhan appears strong to win back some seats from the BJP, the additional factor in these elections is the Congress and Shivpal Yadav’s Progressive Democratic Alliance (PDA) fielding their own candidates. From Hathras, the Congress-led UPA has Triloki Ram as the contestant and PDA has Mithlesh Devi. The BJP has changed candidate in Agra as well, where Satya Pal Singh Baghel is leading the party’s charge against Mahagathbandhan’s Manoj Kumar Soni, UPA’s Preeta Harit and Ramji Lal Vidyarthi of PDA. In 2014, Dr. Ram Shankar Katheria had comprehensively beaten all his rivals who would not have matched his numbers even if they had fought together. In Mathura, the BJP has retained Hema Malini, who had defeated Jayant Chaudhary of RLD, Pt. Yogesh Kumar Dwivedi of BSP and Chandan Singh of SP in 2014 is facing Kunwar Narinder Singh of Mahagathbandhan, Mahesh Pathak of UPA and Jagvir Singh of PDA. Constituency-wise analysis of votes polled by main candidates in 2014 on the Uttar Pradesh seats going to polls on April 18. Aligarh 2014 Winner — Satish Kumar (BJP) Votes polled — 5,14,622 Zafar Alam of SP polled 2,26,284 Dr Arvind Kumar Singh of BSP polled 2,27,886 Bijendra Singh of Congress polled 62674 SP + BSP = 4,34,170 If Congress votes are added than BJP would have lost Contestants in 2019 Satish Kumar Gautam — BJP Bijendra Singh Chaudhary — UPA Dr. Ajit Baliyan — MGB Deepak Chaudhary — PDA Hathras 2014 Winner — Rajesh Kumar Diwaker of BJP, votes polled 5,44,277 Niranjan Singh Dhangar of RLD polled 86109 Manoj Kumar Soni of BSP polled 2,17,891 Ramji Lal Suman of SP polled 18,0891 SP+BSP+RLD = 4,84,891 Contestants in 2019 Rajvir Diler Balmiki — BJP Triloki Ram — UPA Ramji Lal Suman — MGB Mithlesh Devi — PDA Mathura in 2014 Winner — Hema Malini votes polled 5,74,633 Jayant Chaudhary RLD polled 2,43,890 Pt. Yogesh Kumar Dwivedi of BSP polled 1,73,572 Chandan Singh of SP polled 36673 SP+BSP+RLD = 4,54,135 Contestants in 2019 Hema Malini — BJP Mahesh Pathak — UPA Kunwar Narendra Singh — MGB Jagvir Singh — PDA Amroha 2014 Winner — Kanwar Tanwar Singh BJP votes polled 5,28,880 Farhat Hasan of BSP polled 1,62,983 Rakesh Tikait of RLD polled 9539 Humera Akhtar of SP polled 3,70,666 SP+BSP+RLD = 5,43,188 Contestants in 2019 Kanwar Singh Tanwar — BJP Sachin Choudhary — UPA Kunwar Danish Ali — MGB Matloon Ahmad — PDA Nagina in 2014 Winner — Yashwant Singh of BJP, votes polled 3,67,825 Girish Chandra of BSP polled 2,45,685 Yashwir Singh of SP polled 2,75,435 SP+BSP= 5,21,120 Contestants in 2019 Dr. Yashwant Singh — BJP Omvati Devi — UPA Girish Chandra — MGB PDA has not fielded candidate Bulandshehar 2014 Winner — Bhola Singh of BJP, votes polled 6,04,449 Anju urf Mushan of RLD polled 59116 Kamlesh of SP polled 1,28,737 Pradeep Kumar Jatav of SP polled 1,82,476 SP+BSP+RLD = 3,70,329 Contestants in 2019 Bhola Singh — BJP Banshi Singh — UPA Yogesh Verma — MGB PDA has not fielded candidate Agra in 2014 Winner — Dr Ram Shankar Katheria of BJP polling 5,83,716 Upendra Singh of Congress polled 34834 Narayan Singh Suman of BSP polled 2,83,453 Maharaj Singh Dhangar of SP polled 1,34,708 SP+BSP = 4,18,161 Contestants in 2019 Satyapal Singh Baghel — BJP Preeta Harit — UPA Manoj Kumar Soni — MGB Ramjilal Vidyarthi — PDA Fatehpur Sikri in 2014 Winner– Babulal of BJP polling 4,26,589 Amar Singh of RLD polled 24185 Rani Pakhwalika Singh of SP polled 2,13,397 Seema Upadhyay of BSP polled 2,53,483 SP+BSP+RLD = 4,52,993 Contestants in 2019 Rajkumar Chahar — BJP Raj Babbar — UPA Bhagwan Sharma aka Guddu Pandit — MGB Manisha Singh — PDAlast_img read more

ND Tiwari’s son was smothered to death: Cops

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi Police on Thursday lodged a case of murder in connection with the death of ND Tiwari’s son Rohit Shekhar. The investigating agency said that the autopsy report pointed to unnatural death caused by smothering. According to police, the case was transferred to the crime branch for further investigation. They are questioning Rohit’s family members, including his mother Ujjwala and his uncle’s son. The investigating agency will also question Rohit’s wife in the case. “We are probing whether the pillow was used for smothering,” said sources. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsThe investigation is focussing on the role of Rohit’s family members behind his murder as after the incident none of them lodged a complaint. Earlier on Wednesday DCP (South) Vijay Kumar said that the family members do not suspect any foul play in his death. The probe also revealed there are CCTV cameras installed in Rohit’s house which are being scanned. Police have registered a murder case under section 302 of the IPC against unknown people. See P4last_img read more

Varun has shown a great career graph: Anupam

first_imgMumbai: Veteran actor Anupam Kher on Thursday praised his “Judwaa 2” co-star Varun Dhawan, saying he has grown into a “big hardworking star”. Varun recently paid a visit to Anupam at his acting school here. Sharing a glimpse of the meeting, Anupam took to Instagram and wrote a post for him along with a video. “I have seen my friend David Dhawan’s son Varun since he was a small child. So to see him grow into this big hardworking star/actor is such a wonderful feeling. Also Read – ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ has James Cameron’s fingerprints all over it: Arnold Schwarzenegger “He has shown a great graph from his first film to now. It was gracious of him to drop in at our school. In fact, his own school,” Anupam wrote. In the video, Varun, an Actor Prepares alumnus, is also seen praising Anupam. He called him his “family member”. “I have not seen him for sometime but he came and had breakfast with me when I needed the inspiration… more than anything, I needed a family and a family member and he was there. Thank you so much,” said Varun, who has also worked with Anupam in “Main Tera Hero”.last_img read more

23 Moroccan Beaches Obtain Blue Flag for 2015

Rabat – The international “Blue Flag” label was awarded by Mohammed VI Foundation for Environment Protection, which is presided by Princess Lalla Hassna, and the International Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) to 23 Moroccan beaches out of the 28 candidates to the annual “clean beaches” program.The Blue Flag, a symbol of the exemplary quality of environment, values every year resorts and marinas, which undertake a permanent and sustainable tourism policy.In 2015, 23 beaches nationwide will flow the blue flag for the summer, says a release of the Mohammed VI Foundation for Environment Protection and FEE. The following sea resorts obtained the ecology label: Achakar, Arekman, Ba-Kacem, Oualidia, Oued Laou, Saidia, Sidi Rahal and Sol in the Northern coastline.In addition to Aglou Sidi moussa, El Moussafir, Essaouira, Foum loued, Imintourga, Oum Labouir  in southern Morocco.The sea resorts of the following beaches located on the Atlantic shores between Rabat and El Jadida: Bouznika, Skhirate, Haouzia, Ain Diab, Mme Choual, Safi, Souiria Lkdima and Cap Beddouza. read more

Chelsea FC Sets a Record of 33 Players on Loan

Rabat – UK’s Chelsea FC has set a record-breaking number of players sent out on loan as of this summer’s transfer window.A report by Mundo Deportivo said the Blues have sent 33 players on loan deals for the 2015-16 season.  Many of them, such as Ulises Davila, have not yet worn the ‘blue shirt’ in a first-team game.Among the loaned athletes is Juan Cuadrado, a player for whom Chelsea paid £22 million during the last winter transfer window in February. But after a miserable six months at the club in which he has barely had a kick for the first team, Cuadrado has been let go on loan to the Italian giants. The list of players on loan includes Nigerian Victor Moses, Egyptian Mohamed Salah and German Marko Marin who is dubbed as “German Messi.”Marko Marin, 26, has made only six appearances following his £7 million move and has been sent out on loan four times – to Sevilla, Fiorentina, Anderlecht and Trabzonspor – with limited success at each club.Most of those players were bought by the Blues, which cost the club millions of pounds, while few of them were products of Chelsea’s Academy .The independent said Chelsea spent an estimated £99.5 million on these 33 players over the years, adding that around £35 million has been spent on players who have never even played for the club.While Chelsea’s official website highlights and profiles their loaned players, fans track their progress via social media and blogs. read more

Zuckerberg Dismisses Accusations Facebook Helped Trump Win Elections

By  Christopher BrodskyRabat – Mark Zuckerberg has been facing criticism this week over Facebook’s alleged role in helping Trump win the presidency. Some have argued that because of the widespread circulation of fake news sites and articles, voters were misinformed on certain issues about the candidates. For many Americans, Facebook has become a primary source of news. Responding to his critics, Zuckerberg claimed it is “crazy” to believe Facebook might have influenced the election. Speaking to reporters at Techonomy, a technology conference in California, Zuckerberg argued the goal of Facebook is to create a more interconnected world and noted that additional work on the website’s News Feed needs to be done. International Business Times noted that, according to some data sources, fake news sites and headlines were more widely circulated during the election than credible ones.After being accused of supporting the anti-Trump movement, Facebook removed its human team responsible for the News Feed circulation, and replaced it with an algorithm designed to show people the most popular articles.Similar criticisms have targeted Facebook’s News Feed function for only showing users articles that reinforce their own views and not presenting opposing ideas. read more

Moroccans to Gather in Honor of Quebec Victims

By Amira El MasaitiRabat – A gathering will take place Monday February 6, to mourn and honor the memory of the victims of January 29’s shooting in Quebec.The memorial service is scheduled from 6 to 9 PM in front of the Canadian Embassy in Rabat. More than 100 people have confirmed they will attend the event. The gathering is intended to show solidarity with Quebec and the families of the six victims killed during the shooting: Azzeddine Soufiane (Morocco), Khaled Belkacemi (Algeria), Abdelkrim Hassane (Algeria), Aboubaker Thabti (Tunisia), and Mamadou and Ibrahima Tanou Barry (Guinea).The event was organized by the Moroccan Committee of Vigilance and Alert in coordination with the Canadian Embassy.“Many of us wanted to organize a gathering in solidarity with the Canadian people, who themselves reacted strongly, and not merely restrict ourselves to  messages on social networks,” explained the committee.The committee called on citizens to bring flowers, candles and flags to express “their solidarity and their resistance against barbarism.”“Soufiane’s family will fly to Morocco on Saturday for his burial,” said Rachid Ben-Amor, one of Soufiane’s close friends, in a statement to Al Jazeera.“Soufiane enjoyed working as a grocer because it kept him in close contact with the community, and he helped many newcomers settle into life in Quebec City,” Ben-Amor added. read more

Japan, Germany to use free trade to curb Brexit impact

TOKYO — The leaders of Germany and Japan say they will try to minimize the global economic impact from Britain’s upcoming departure from the European Union, and are pledging to maintain free trade in the face of rising protectionism.Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Britain to avoid a no-deal Brexit.The two were speaking Monday at a joint news conference in Tokyo after holding talks. Merkel’s two-day Japan visit comes after a Japan-EU free trade deal went into force Friday.Abe said Japan and the EU were now the world’s biggest economic zone and together they would work to keep the global economy growing.Japan and Germany also agreed on the exchange of classified information to step up bilateral security and counter-terrorism co-operation.The Associated Press read more

Moroccan Delegation Takes Part in Anti-Terror Meeting in Abuja

Rabat – Delegations from the Moroccan army and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation are currently taking part in an international meeting organized by Nigeria and AFRICOM to discuss terrorism-related issues in Abuja, Nigeria.At its Monday opening, the event convened participants from fifty countries from Africa, Europe, and the Americas.The Moroccan delegation will present its peacekeeping operations, as one of the many countries that have contributed peacekeepers to help bring stability to the conflict-stricken African nation. Since it was established in 2014, MINUSCA has deployed over 12,000 troops to the country to protect civilians, following concerns over CAR’s “security, humanitarian, human rights, and political crisis.” Earlier this month, Moroccan peacekeepers carried out a joint operation with law enforcement to rescue 15 people who were taken hostage in the village of Koumboy.The operation of the Royal Armed Forces and Central African Armed Forces led a rescue of 15 people who had been taken hostage by the so-called Lord’s Resistance Army.The hostage-taking by the rebellion groups took place on March 30, in Koumbou, near the eastern city of Obo in the Central African Republic.In October 2017, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres paid tribute to Moroccan and Cambodian blue helmets during his visit to the Central African Republic. read more