Dennis Ward APTN National NewsDozens of people from Garden Hill First Nation have flown south in search of a missing man from their community.It’s been more than a month since Derwin Beardy was last seen.
The Ogala Sioux and the governor of South Dakota are in a stand-off over legislation aimed at stopping the kind of clashes seen during the Dakota Access pipeline protests during construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. APTN FileThe Canadian PressThe Oglala Sioux and South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem are each waiting for the other side to make a move to resolve a disagreement over anti-protest legislation that led to the tribe banning the governor from one of the largest reservations in the country.The legislation aims to prevent costly and disruptive protests against the proposed Keystone XL pipeline similar to those that plagued construction of the Dakota Access pipeline in North Dakota.The Tribal Council on May 1 voted 17-0 to tell Noem she’s no longer welcome on the Pine Ridge Reservation, and President Julian Bear Runner informed her by letter the following day “that you are not welcome to visit our homelands.”“I’m going to respect tribal sovereignty. I’m not going to go where I’m not welcomed,” Noem told reporters Tuesday.Noem said she wants to resolve the situation quickly and that she’s having “ongoing discussions” with council members who reached out to her.But she hadn’t yet spoken with Bear Runner, who she said would be welcome to visit her any time.“I’m hoping that the president will change his mind and be willing to work with me to help face some of the challenges that the tribe has dealing with economic development, the meth epidemic, some of the resources that they’ve asked me for,” she said.Bear Runner’s spokesman Chase Iron Eyes said the president would be willing to meet with Noem, though “who will make the first move, that remains to be seen.”The two bills that Noem and GOP leaders pushed through toward the end of the legislative session in March allow officials to pursue money from demonstrators who engage in “riot boosting” or encouraging violence during a protest.Activists and American Indian tribes have been planning on-the-ground protests against the Keystone XL pipeline if it’s built, similar to Dakota Access pipeline demonstrations in North Dakota in 2016 and 2017 that resulted in 761 arrests over six months and cost the state $38 million to police.“I gave my team the direction to build a plan that would protect our counties and local governments from expenses that come with pipeline construction and to protect our people from the costs and dangers that accompany violent riots,” Noem said of the legislation.The American Civil Liberties Union and tribes contend the anti-riot law stifles free speech, and the ACLU is suing Noem, Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg and a county sheriff in federal court on behalf of activists.The Oglala Sioux is not a plaintiff but it opposes the pipeline that TC Energy wants to build to move Canadian crude through Montana and South Dakota to Nebraska, where it would connect with lines to Gulf Coast refineries.The $8 billion project has the backing of President Donald Trump but is being fought by opponents in the courts.Iron Eyes said Oglala Sioux members believe the pipeline threatens the environment.“They want a better way,” he said. “They don’t want a government that isn’t thinking intelligently about impending ecological and existential crises.”Noem said she has talked to people on the reservation who want to continue working with the state.“What I hear from community members and other local leaders is very different than the agenda that the president has put out there,” she said.Iron Eyes disputed that.“We are obviously taking issue with the idea that the elected leadership of the Oglala people don’t reflect the will of the Oglala people,” he said.Bear Runner’s letter told Noem that if she ignores the tribal edict “we will have no choice but to banish you” from the reservation, which is roughly the size of Delaware and Rhode Island combined. Banishment is a formal tribal process in which a person can be barred permanently from the reservation after being given due process. Violations can result in fines or even jail time, but Iron Eyes said the tribe’s goal is to show its unhappiness with Noem, not banish her.“Talks have not been cut off with the governor,” he said. “She is more than welcome to contact anyone.”email@example.com@aptnnews
The alleged assaults occurred at this Lethbridge arena. (Alberta Tourism)APTN NewsLethbridge police say they’ve charged a second man in connection with an incident where a referee and coach were assaulted over the weekend during a youth hockey tournament.In a statement on its website, the Alberta police service said Todd William Cross Child, 36, of Lethbridge is charged with two counts of assault.Police say they’ve also charged Robert Farrell Creighton, 55, of Standoff, Alta., with one count of assault.Both men are due to appear in court Oct. 9.The incident, which was caught on cellphone video, happened Sept. 8 at the Crossings Ice Centre.Police said a 10-year-old male player was involved in “a verbal altercation with a ref which escalated to the youth striking the ref twice with his stick and the ref pushing him to the ice.”At that point, police said a group of adults, including coaches and a relative of the 10-year-old player, came onto the ice. A coach from the opposing team was shoved to the ground and the ref was punched multiple times before the altercation was broken up.The 10-year-old boy was examined by emergency responders and was not injured. The ref and coach both sustained non-life-threatening injuries.
TORONTO – Canada’s main stock index ended the week higher as investors welcomed strong U.S. jobs data and continued strengthening in the energy sector.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 80.39 points to 16,096.07 in a broad-based advance.The January crude contract was up 67 cents to US$57.36 per barrel, as the price of oil continued to recover from its sharp loss in the middle of the week.Shares of Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd. (TSX:KML) were up 4.99 per cent higher at $17.48 at the closing of markets Friday. The stock’s upswing came after Thursday’s news that the National Energy Board has allowed the company to bypass some bylaws in Burnaby, B.C. that stand in the way of its Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project.South of the border, Wall Street indices reached new milestones amid better-than-expected data showing American employers added 228,000 jobs last month. The unemployment rate remained at a low 4.1 per cent, as the U.S. economy continues to accelerate.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 117.68 points to 24,329.16 and the S&P 500 index was up 14.52 points to 2,651.50, both record highs. The Nasdaq composite index was up 27.24 points to 6,840.08.The U.S. jobs report is the last major piece of economic data that will arrive before the Federal Reserve meets next week to discuss interest rate policy. Most economists expect it to approve the third increase in short-term rates for the year.“The markets were reassured and impressed by the U.S. employment data. That just continues to show that the U.S is chugging along at a steady if not unexciting pace,” said Jamie Robertson, managing director of the portfolio solutions group at Manulife Asset Management.“And a result of that we’re just continuing to see the markets focused on strong fundamentals and we just see it continue to make steady progress to higher and higher levels.”In currency markets, the Canadian dollar closed at an average trading price of 77.76 cents US, down 0.10 of a U.S. cent.Elsewhere in commodities, the January natural gas contract was up a cent to US$2.77 per mmBTU. The February gold contract was down US$4.70 to US$1,248.40 an ounce and the March copper contract was up one cent to US$2.98 a pound.– With a file from The Associated Press.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter.
WASHINGTON – A leading liberal policy group is raising the ante in the health care debate with a new plan that builds on Medicare to guarantee coverage for all.Called “Medicare Extra for All,” the proposal Thursday from the Center for American Progress, or CAP, would provide a path toward universal health care coverage.But in a nod to political pragmatism, the plan would preserve roles for employer coverage and for the health insurance industry. Employers and individuals would have a choice of joining Medicare Extra, but it would not be required.That differs from the more traditional “single-payer” approach advocated by Vermont independent Sen. Bernie Sanders, in which the government would hold the reins of the health care system.The plan’s authors acknowledge that the plan would require significant tax increases.Even though it has no chance of passing in a Republican-controlled Congress, centre president Neera Tanden said, “there is consensus on the progressive side that universal coverage should be the goal and health care is a right.”As Democrats shift leftward, Republicans are saying the CAP plan shows Democrats are turning on “Obamacare.”“Their latest big government scheme increases the amount of control Washington has over their care and everyday lives,” said Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo.The centre was closely aligned with former President Barack Obama and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. A 2005 proposal from CAP foreshadowed Obama’s Affordable Care Act.Medicare Extra would use Medicare’s thrifty payment system as a framework to pool working-age people and their families, low-income people now covered by Medicaid, and seniors. A major missing piece: There’s no cost estimate for the plan, although its authors say that’s in the works.The proposal comes at a time when polls show intense interest among Democrats and some independents in a government-run system that would guarantee coverage.Larry Levitt of the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation said taxes would rise and the federal government would take on a larger role under the proposal, but that’s still “a more politically and fiscally realistic roadmap” than full government control.Among Medicare Extra’s major elements:—All U.S. citizens and lawful residents would be eligible.—Preventive care, treatment for chronic disease, and generic prescription drugs would be free. Dental, vision and hearing services would be included.—Low-income people would pay no premiums or copays. Premiums and cost-sharing would be determined according to income for everyone else.—Employers would have the option of maintaining their own plans or joining Medicare Extra. Workers could pick either plan.—Government would negotiate prices for prescription drugs.___Online:Centre for American Progress proposal: https://www.americanprogress.org/?p=447095
Alberta’s battle with B.C. over the Trans Mountain pipeline hasn’t much impacted Rachel Notley’s approval rating, according to the latest numbers from Angus Reid.But, the quarrel may have added to John Horgan’s popularity.Notley is sitting at 33 per cent — in the middle of the pack compared to other provincial leaders.“What that says to me is that — the trade war that started between B.C. and Alberta over wine, certainly the war of words and rhetoric is something that hasn’t hurt Notley or her approval levels, (but) it hasn’t necessarily given her much of a bump. Being up a point really means being statistically unchanged,” Shachi Kurl, Angus Reid’s Executive Director, said.B.C.’s premier is tied with Saskatchewan’s Scott Moe, with the highest approval rating at 52 per cent.“It looks like the face-off against the government of Alberta does appear to have helped John Horgan, a little bit. A three point increase in approval is not massive but it’s certainly in the right direction.” Kurl said.Kurl said we’ve heard the opposition saying Notley has lost the conflict with Horgan.“The numbers would indicate, well nothing necessarily lost, nor nothing necessarily gained,” she said.
Dollarama Inc. plans to add bulk purchases of its low-priced offerings to the e-commerce rush later this year as it looks to capitalize on the success of its bricks-and-mortar discount stores, the company said Thursday as it reported fourth-quarter earnings were up 17 per cent.But as competitors, including Candian grocers scramble to launch online sales to compete with online shopping behometh Amazon, CEO Neil Rossy tempered expectations about the extent of the rollout and its profit potential.“By no means are we e-commerce experts,” he said. “We’re taking our time and doing lots of data testing and we’re somewhat introducing a new concept.”He hopes to launch the platform by the end of the year and might first offer it in “a province or two” to get more feedback before it becomes available nationally.So far, he said the system is “up and running internally,” but is still being tweaked.Dollarama plans to use it to sell items from all of the categories of products it stocks in its 1,160 stores, but Rossy warned that there will be some limitations.“If you’re buying wine glasses at our store and you’re hoping to buy 400 wine glasses on our e-commerce site, it’s highly doubtful that will happen because the wine glasses, (with) the way we bring them in to our retail operation, aren’t built to handle drop tests for courier companies,” said Rossy.“There’s a bunch of items that will drop off or be added or removed based on the practicality within our system, so that’s why it’s still a work in progress.”As for whether shipping costs from orders made through the platform will be passed onto customers, Rossy said they’re “mostly hammered down but not enough that I’m willing to say they’ve put a final stamp on it.”But Rossy added, how the company, which has been expanding agressively and on a revenue run even amid a dire retail landscape, will fare online is “a complete unknown”The Montreal-based retailer’s executives said that 65 new Dollarama locations that opened in fiscal 2018 helped its fourth-quarter profit climb to $162.8 million, compared with $146.1 million a year earlier and boosted sales by about 10 per cent to $938.1 million.To keep up with demand, the company said it will expand its distribution centre in Montreal by 50 per cent to about 500,000 square feet.Rossy said Dollarama purchased two adjacent properties and the current centre, which was previously leased, meaning the expansion will ensure Dollarama owns its distribution operations in its entirety.He hopes construction will be completed by the end of 2019.But before that, in June of this year, Rossy’s father Larry, who founded Dollarama and is currently chairman of its board, will retire from the business. He will be succeeded by lead director Stephen Gunn. Kristin Williams Mugford has been appointed as an independent director effective immediately.“My father being, let’s say, a seasoned retailer, has simply decided to slow down a little,” Rossy said. “It’s rightly deserved… he was still at the office every day of the week and I can tell you for a fact that he put in six hours last Saturday as well.”In addition to taking on the e-commerce business, Dollarama will also have to defend its traditional bricks-and-mortar discount turf against China’s low-cost reatailer Miniso, which opened a handful of stores in Canada last year, but reportedly hopes to introduce 100 to the market by the end of this year and 500 in the next three years.Neil Rossy said the company hasn’t seen any impact in locations where Miniso opened stores in the same mall as Dollarama.“The actual competitive environment is relatively stable. It’s always very competitive,” said Rossy.“From that perspective, whether there are new retailers coming into the market and other retailers leaving the market, we’re always attentive to all competition.”It also rolled out technological initiatives to improve store productivity throughout its last fiscal year.Among the new kinds of technology it is using are handheld scanners for store associates, which can improve efficiency, smart cameras in stores and improved data analytic tools that can help Dollarama identify and target “risk areas.”Rossy said Dollarama next has its sights set on a new cash management process in stores to prove the efficiency of activities involving cash handling.The company’s stock jumped as much as five per cent to around $163 per share Thursday after it announced the better-than-expected results and plan to pay a quarterly dividend of 12 cents per share, up a penny from its earlier payment to shareholders.It also plans to split its shares on a three-for-one basis, subject to the approval of shareholders, which if approved, will decrease the price of individual stocks while increasing the number of outstanding shares, making it more attractive for retail investors seeking a small position in the company.Companies in this story: (TSX:DOL)
ROME – The head of one of Italy’s ruling parties insisted Friday that the country won’t exit the euro currency bloc nor exceed its targeted deficit limit, dismissing the European Union’s worries about the populist government’s budget strategy.Deputy Premier Luigi Di Maio, who heads the main party in the five-month old coalition, told foreign correspondents in Rome that he “guarantees” that domestic spending cuts plus economic growth spurred by public investment will keep the country from overshooting its deficit target for next year, as EU officials fear.“There’s still a lot to cut,” Di Maio said. “The guarantee we’re giving is that 2.4 per cent (of GDP) is the maximum deficit term” Italy will run up next year.He brushed off concern that Italy might incur EU sanctions if it sticks to its deficit target.Meanwhile, the head of the 19-member eurozone’s finance meetings sidestepped questions on whether Italy might be hit with a EU fine.“One thing at a time,” said Mario Centeno, Portugal’s finance minister who heads the so-called eurogroup and had just emerged from talks in Rome with Italy’s economy minister, Giovanni Tria. Centeno preferred to speak of an overarching concern in Brussels.“Beyond the rules, sustainability is the heart of the discussion,” Centeno told reporters.Tria gave no indication Italy would budge on its budget plans to please the EU.Flanking Centeno, Tria said that if avoiding sanctions were the goal, “we would have to make a very violent budget manoeuvr of fiscal restriction.” That, he argued, “would be suicide for an economy in marked slowdown.”Italy’s economic growth has been sub-par for years.There are doubts within Italy, too, about whether the government can achieve its economic growth goals with its proposed budget.An Italian central bank official, deputy director Luigi Federico Signorini, told lawmakers Friday that the government’s growth forecasts for next year are “ambitious.”The EU expects the Italian economy to grow only 1.2 per cent next year, the lowest in the eurozone. The Italian government expects a more optimistic 1.5 per cent growth.
LONDON — A U.N. human rights expert says cuts to Britain’s social support are causing misery for poorer citizens.Philip Alston, the U.N. rapporteur on poverty, concluded Friday that Britain’s government remains in a state of denial about the impact of benefit cuts and says the country’s departure from the European Union could make things worse should the economy weaken as expected.Alston says “government policies have inflicted great misery unnecessarily” on the working poor, single mothers, the disabled and children.The U.K. government enacted spending cuts in welfare as part of austerity programs to balance the books after the 2008 financial crisis.Real terms funding for the Department of Work and Pensions, which oversees welfare, is expected to fall more than 40 per cent from pre-crisis levels by 2020.The Associated Press
A massive show drift near the intersection of 100th St. and 100th Ave. in Fort St. John on March 2nd. Photo by Chris Newton Residents shovel sidewalks in downtown Fort St. John. Photo by Chris Newton A Fort St. John resident working to clear snow. Photo by Chris Newton. Around the Peace Region, the winter storm that was caused by a Pacific frontal system colliding with an Arctic airmass caused a large variation of snowfall accumulations. Yu said that the Dawson Creek Airport only recorded minimal snowfall on Thursday, and only three centimetres of snow had fallen in the Mile Zero City between midnight and 7:00 a.m. The Chetwynd Airport has also only recorded one centimetre of snow as of 7:00 a.m.However, Yu said that a gas station in Tumbler Ridge recorded between 20 and 30 centimetres of snow. She also said a Ministry of Transportation weather station at the intersection of Highway 97 and the Braden Road recorded 40 centimetres of snow, but only 6 mm precipitation. Yu explained that most of the snow measurement there was likely due to drifting snow.The winter storm warning that was in effect in the Peace has now ended, but Environment Canada says that another 7 centimetres of snow is forecast to fall in Fort St. John before Saturday afternoon. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Though The Weather Network said earlier this week that Spring would arrive late to the Peace Region, their prediction of precipitation amounts being near-normal has all but vanished.According to Environment Canada meteorologist Cindy Yu, the single-day snowfall record in Fort St. John for March 1st was shattered Thursday. The North Peace Airport weather station recorded 17.8 centimetres of snow yesterday, breaking the previous March 1st snowfall record of 7.1 cms which dated to 1964.Yu said that as of 7:00 Friday morning, another roughly 10 cms of snow has fallen at the airport, breaking the previous March 2nd snowfall record of 8.6 cms that was set in 1997. Since the snow began falling early Thursday morning, Yu said that a total of 27 centimetres had fallen at the airport by 7:00 a.m. Friday, which is just one centimetre shy of the monthly average of 28 centimetres of snow. However, Yu said that the Energetic City is likely to see more snow throughout the day Friday.
The Literacy Society also announced details about its upcoming 1st Annual 5k Retro Run, which is taking place on Sunday, August 26th.The event, which only has 400 spots available, will be raising money for the Society’s fundraising goal of $8,000 to expand its free programs offered in the Fort St. John community.Registration for the event can be done on Energetictickets.ca via this link: http://energetictickets.ca/event/fort-st-john-literacy-society-5k-retro-run/The run starts at 10:00 a.m. at Northern Lights College and participants are encouraged to dress up in attire from their favourite decade.The Fort St. John Literacy Society is a non-profit organization which has been dedicated to promoting literacy for all individuals and groups throughout Fort St. John and the local region since 1990. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Literacy Society announced Wednesday that it has hired Rosario Lloret, a.k.a. Charo, as its newest English as a Second Language teacher.Charo joins the Fort St. John Literacy Society team with a background in teaching, translation and is a published writer with her novel Wolf in a Beaver Coat.“We are thrilled to have Charo join our team, and are very excited to see the growth and direction she implements in our classroom,” said Literacy Society Executive Director Jessica Kalman. “We are also appreciative of Kara-Lee MacDonald, a past teacher, who has been temporarily filling the position for the summer”
TaylorJoin us at 10 am as we give thanks to those who have paid the ultimate price for our freedom at Taylor’s annual Remembrance Day Ceremony. The Ceremony includes the Colour Guard March from the District Ice Centre to the Community Hall, followed by the ceremony and guest speakers.Fort St. JohnDate: November 1, 2018Remembrance Day Schedule:Parade – 10:00amFlags March – 10:45amRemembrance Service to start after the Flags MarchBells of Peace at sundown – 5:01 pmLocation: 10103-105th Avenue Remembrance Day CeremonyDate: November 11th, 2018Time: 10:45 am everyone to be seated 11:00 am Colours Parade beginsPlace: Tumbler Ridge Secondary School Immediately following the ceremony, the wreaths will be moved to the cenotaph at City Hall, where another brief ceremony will be held.Chilli lunch after service at Hypertension Escape (Bowling alley)Pouce CoupeRemembrance Day CeremonyDate: November 11, 2018Time: Services start at 10 amPlace: 5009 47 ave ChetwyndRemembrance Day CeremonyDate: November 11Time: 9:50 amPlace: 4421 Veterans Way Legion HallLast Post starts at the cenotaph at 10 am; followed by a service at the legion hall at 10:50 am.Note: If its colder than -20 degrees, the outdoor portion of the ceremonies will be cancelled – especially if also considering a windchill factor. The ceremony being held in Unchagah Hall at Dawson Creek Secondary School at 10:45 a.mThe service will start off with the Marching On of The Colours, the singing of O’Canada, the playing of the Last Post, two minutes of silence, the playing of The Lament, Reveille and the laying of wreaths in remembrance.Dawson Creek Mayor Dale Bumstead, MLA Mike Bernier, and MP Bob Zimmer are all expected to be in attendance, laying wreaths on behalf of their constituents. Legion member and public relations for Dawson Creek’s branch, Day Roberts, will lay a wreath on behalf of the Royal Canadian Legion. Other community organizations are also welcome to lay wreaths. PEACE REGION, B.C. – Ceremonies are available to participate in all around the Peace Region. Services will be held on Sunday in Fort St. John, Taylor, Hudson’s Hope, Dawson Creek, Pouce Coupe, Chetwynd, Tumbler Ridge and Fort Nelson.Here are the details for each community.Dawson Creek Tumbler Ridge Please join us in remembering all our fallen veterans and comrades on this very special day. We will Remember them. Fort. NelsonCommunity Remembrance Day CeremonySunday, November 11, 2018Seating opens at 10:15 amCeremony 10:45 amNorthern Rockies Recreation Centre Community HallJoin us to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended World War I (1918-2018)
This will be a family friendly, fun and educational event which will share in Philippine Cuisine, the opportunity to experience live music, artist talks and a good time.To view the event FB Page; CLICK HERE FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – This Philippine Independence Day come to the North Peace Cultural Centre to celebrate with the local Philippine community.June 12, 1898, was proclaimed Philippine Independence Day in Cavite II el Viejo, as Filipino revolutionary forces under General Emilio Aguinaldo proclaimed the sovereignty and independence of the Philippine Islands from the colonial rule of Spain.Wednesday, June 12th, 2019 from 5 pm to 9 pm come to the North Peace Cultural Centre to gather with the Philippine Comunity, presented by Artist, Ovvian Castrillo Hill and the North Peace Fil-Can Group and in conjunction with the Ex Situ Art Exhibition & Filipino Heritage Month.
New Delhi: Investigation has been initiated against e-commerce giants Amazon and Flipkart for alleged violation of foreign exchange law, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) Monday informed the Delhi High Court. A bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice A J Bhambhani noted the submissions of the ED that a case has been registered under provisions of the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) against the two companies and disposed of a PIL which has alleged that the e-commerce giants were violating foreign direct investment (FDI) norms. The court had earlier sought response of the central government, Amazon and Flipkart to the plea which has sought a probe into the alleged FDI violations. The ED, in its reply filed through central government standing counsel Amit Mahajan, has said the “department has already registered and initiated investigation under the provisions of FEMA against the two companies to ascertain whether they have been contravening any provisions of FEMA or contravening any rule, regulations, notification, direction or order issued in exercise of the powers under FEMA….” The agency also sought dismissal of the petition. The petition by an NGO, Telecom Watchdog, also asked for initiation of legal proceedings against the two e-commerce companies under the FEMA for alleged violation and circumvention of FDI norms. The plea, filed through advocate Pranav Sachdeva, has claimed that Amazon and Flipkart have created multiple entities to circumvent the FDI norms and route the hot-selling stock at cheaper rates. The petition has contended that according to Press Note 3 of 2016, which regulates FDI in e-commerce, entities like Amazon and Flipkart are not to exercise ownership over stock, nor directly or indirectly influence price of goods and services sold on their marketplace. It claimed that by creating name lending companies, Amazon and Flipkart buy branded goods in bulk at discounts from manufacturers and render small sellers uncompetitive by a wide margin, thus influencing the prices in violation of the FDI norms. “As a consequence of this FDI norms violation, smaller sellers are unable to participate in the fast growing e-commerce sector,” the plea has contended, adding that due to subsidised prices on such platforms, small sellers are unable to sell in the brick-n-mortar world too. Besides, the plea has also claimed that the two e-commerce firms have created several other group companies in the chain to divide discounts and losses. “Exchange offers, EMI costs and bank offers are funded completely or substantially by Amazon and Flipkart and constitute a clear influence on price in violation of FDI norms,” it has alleged.
Mumbai: Actress Madhuri Dixit Nene says she is not contesting the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. There were reports that the actress might contest the Lok Sabha elections from Pune for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). But Madhuri says she is not involved with any political party. “It is just a rumour. I am not contesting for any political party. I think I have already cleared the air on that matter,” Madhuri told IANS. “In fact, I think there are three of us (actors) who were roped in for the rumour and I clarified it,” the actress added. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka Madhuri, who entered the industry in 1984 with “Abodh”, has remained a pivotal part of the Indian entertainment industry and has enthralled fans through meaty roles in films like “Tezaab”, “Ram Lakhan”, “Dil”, “Beta”, “Hum Aapke Hain Koun..!”, “Anjaam”, “Mrityudand”, “Pukar”, “Dil To Pagal Hai” and “Devdas”. She also starred in “Gulaabi Gang”. On the work front, Madhuri is busy promoting her upcoming Marathi production “15 August”, which is set to release on Netflix on March 29. She will also be seen in “Kalank”.
New York: Singer Adele, who confirmed her split from husband Simon Konecki over the weekend, will channel her break-up sorrow into her new album, which is expected to be out later this year. “Adele has been writing and working on new material for a while,” a source said, reports mirror.co.uk. “She has already had meetings with her record label, Sony, in London about her progress. Producers have been approached about working with her. They are hoping the album will be released by this Christmas.” Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: PriyankaBack in 2011, the superstar said of her creative process: “When I’m happy, I ain’t writing songs – I’m out having a laugh. If I ever get married, it’ll be, ‘Darling, I need a divorce. It’s been three years – I’ve got a record to write’.” The London-born star married Konecki three years ago, after being together for five years. They have a seven-year-old son Angelo. Their split is said to be due to them moving in “different directions and to different continents”, with Adele preferring the US, while Konecki likes living in the UK.
Chennai: After helping Chennai Super Kings (CSK) return to winning ways by smashing a brilliant 96-run knock against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), opener Shane Watson admitted that he was due for runs and added that he was grateful to skipper M.S. Dhoni and coach Stephen Fleming for the faith they showed in him. Watson, who has not had a good outing so far in the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), returned to his own and guided CSK to a convincing six-wicket win against SRH at the MA Chidambaram Stadium here on Tuesday. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh Chasing 176, CSK rode on a 53-ball knock from Watson to once again move to the top of the points table and almost seal their position in the playoffs. The veteran Australian batsman hit nine fours and six sixes. Before this innings, Watson’s best score in the ongoing IPL was 44, which came almost a month ago. He was definitely due for a big score and another poor display might have seen him get replaced by Sam Billings. But the CSK team management continued to back Watson and he finally came through. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later “I was due for runs, that’s for sure. I can’t thank Stephen Fleming and M.S. Dhoni enough for their belief in me,” Watson said at the post-match presentation ceremony. “Most of the teams I’ve played in, I would have been dropped by now but they showed trust in me,” he added. The 37-year-old, however, missed out on a fifth IPL hundred as Bhuvneshwar Kumar (1/18) got his wicket. Watson heaped praises on the SRH pacer and said, “He is an incredibly skilful bowler as he swings it both ways.” Dhoni also praised Watson, saying that the veteran Australian batter. “I think you can give individuals some games and the team gives them the rest. Watson has been a match-winner for us,” said Dhoni. “He has been batting well in the nets. Whatever small innings he played so far, he was middling them well although he did struggle a bit. This is the time when you need to back them. The management’s thinking was to give him as many games as possible,” he added.
New Delhi: The Supreme Court Wednesday said it would go to the root of the alleged conspiracy and sensational claims made by a lawyer that there is a bigger conspiracy to frame Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi in the sexual harassment allegations against him.A three-judge special bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra said if fixers continue to work and manipulate the judiciary as claimed, neither this institution nor any of “us” will survive. The bench, also comprising justices R F Nariman and Deepak Gupta, asked lawyer Utsav Singh Bains, who has made claims of a greater conspiracy, to file another affidavit by Thursday morning after he claimed that he has some more “incriminating evidence”. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsThe bench said it would take up the matter for hearing on Thursday. “We will inquire and go to the root of alleged claims of fixers at work and manipulating the judiciary. If they continue to work, then none of us will survive. Fixing has no role to play in the system. We will inquire and take it to the logical end,” it said. The bench also clarified that there is no connection between the hearing of Bains’ claims of larger conspiracy and the in-house inquiry ordered into the sexual harassment allegations against the CJI. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayEarlier in the day, the apex court directed chiefs of the CBI, IB and Delhi Police to appear and meet in chambers the three judges who are hearing his claim that there was a larger conspiracy to frame the CJI. The entire episode is “disconcerting” as it concerns the independence of the judiciary in the country, the bench said. It turned down a fervent request of Attorney General K K Venugopal and Solicitor General Tushar Mehta to order a court-monitored SIT probe into the matter. After meeting the directors of the CBI and the IB, and the Delhi Police commissioner, the bench reassembled at 3 pm to hear the matter at length. At the outset Bains, who has filed an affidavit in the top court claiming a bigger conspiracy of alleged fixers to frame the CJI on allegations of sexual harassment, placed before the bench material to substantiate his claims.
Nouakchott- Algerian writer and journalist Yahya Belaaskri said “it is totally unacceptable that Morocco-Algeria borders remain closed for over 20 years for two brother people.In a statement to MAP on the sidelines of a conference on “youth and migration” held in Nouakchott by the Moroccan cultural center, Belaaskri said that this situation “is abnormal and in total contradiction with the ambitions and aspirations of the two neighbor people who are linked by shared history, language and religion”, holding Algeria responsible for persistently refusing to reopen the borders.The France-based Algerian writer, specialized in sociology also stressed that Algerian authorities are refusing to reopen the borders under the pretext that it is a political issue, adding that “if so were the case, it should be handled by dialogue between the two governments”.Belaaskri insisted that Algerians and Moroccans have the right to move freely, deploring that several families are denied the rights to visit with close relatives and friends on the other side of the border. He also praised Morocco’s initiative to set up a council in charge of Moroccans abroad as an experience that should be adopted by other countries, given the institution’s role in promoting the attachment of Moroccan expatriates to their homeland and in facilitating their contribution to their home country’s development.The sociologist further welcomed recent measures by Morocco to settle the situation of Sub-Saharan undocumented immigrants in Morocco as actions “likely to guarantee the protection, stability and dignity of these immigrants.
Tinjdad, Morocco – The Moroccan Royal Navy saved eight migrants from sub-Saharan countries trying to illegally cross the Strait of Gibraltar toward western Spain.The rescue operation took place near the coast of the occupied city of Ceuta after the Moroccan Royal Navy saw a boat heading toward Cadiz from the Moroccan coast.All the immigrants on the boat have been rescued and were in good health. Moroccan authorities took them to the port of Tangier to take further action regarding their illegal immigration. After the King of Morocco expressed concern about the miserable conditions of immigrants, the government launched in January an operation to give residency permits to tens of thousands of immigrants living in the country illegally.Nearly all sub-Saharan Africans who managed to provide evidence that they had lived in Morocco for a considerable period of time were given permits.Because of its proximity to Spain, Morocco has become one of the key smuggling routes for illegal migrants crossing into Europe from Africa.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed