SAN JOSE — The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office said Monday it is evaluating whether to pursue a probation violation charge against now-terminated San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster, who was arrested for domestic-violence in Tampa over the weekend.Police meanwhile released 911 audio from the call by his “on-again off-again” girlfriend, who had recanted similar allegations earlier this year.Booking photo of San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster after he was …
A pre-election march throughGuinea-Bissau’s capital, Bissau, to theNational Assembly building on November15 2008.(Image: Marc-André Boisvert, Irin Photo)A massive voter turnout and large majority for the winning party in Guinea-Bissau’s parliamentary elections, held on 16 November, signal stronger government and greater reform in the West African country.The African Party for the Independence of Guinea-Bissau and Cape Verde (PAIGC) won the majority in the elections, which international observers say mark the first of many steps towards restoring stability in the country.In the 16 November poll the PAIGC won 67 seats, followed by the Party for Social Renewal (PRS) with 28 and the Republican Party for Independent Development with three, Aladji Mane, president of the national electoral commission (NEC), announced to reporters on 21 November. Prime Minister Carlos Gomes Junior has been returned to his post.“Now, it appears there is a stronger majority, which could mean a stronger government,” said Franco Nulli, head of the European Union (EU) delegation.UN and donor representatives told IRIN the new government must now focus on reforming the public sector and strengthening the rule of law if it is to build a more stable future.Since independence from Portugal in 1974, Guinea-Bissau has experienced considerable political and military upheaval. Its people have seen four prime ministers come and go in as many years, and are eager for positive change.Aida, a 21-year-old student who voted for the first time, said: “We are tired of the politicians quarrelling. We want water, we want electricity … We just want to be normal.”The NEC’s Mane declared the elections were “free, fair and transparent,” with 82% of eligible voters participating.But some voters in PRS strongholds in Oio region claimed there were irregularities such as insufficient voting materials. Some said they saw voting the day after the election.“We are obliged to accept the results, even if we found fraud,” said farmer and PRS supporter Romeu Fernandes.Mane vowed that individuals suspected of irregularities would be investigated and punished if found guilty.High hopesFor the EU’s Nulli, the high voter turnout is a sign. “People are tired of not having water, electricity, education, stability. The high turn-out is a clear [sign] that people want change.”Sherif Sidi, who works at a petrol pumping station in Bissau, said: “I hope Carlos Gomes Junior will help this country. We ask him to relieve the suffering of the people, most of whom live on less than US$1 per day.”To deliver essential services, Nulli says the new government needs to completely reform its administration and its finances.The country is almost bankrupt and civil servants across many ministries face months of wage arrears, he said. Teachers have been on strike since June 2008 because of lack of pay.Giuseppina Mazza, head of the UN in Guinea-Bissau said: “The country is heavily dependent on foreign aid. It must work on increasing its revenue and streamlining public finances.”Strengthen rule of lawThe government should also build up its judiciary system and reform its security sector, Mazza said.“A strong rule of law is fundamental to develop the private sector and to create jobs and wealth,” she said. “If there are no reforms of the legal framework, there will be no solid foundation to develop the country.”Guinea-Bissau is a major drugs transit point between South America and Europe, according to the UN Office on Drugs and Crime.Party activists repeatedly made drug-related allegations in the final days of election campaigning, accusing opponents of receiving money from traffickers.“A lot of financial means that were injected into the campaign come from unknown origins. It is easy to speculate, but the fact is that we just don’t know,” the EU’s Nulli said.“Drug trafficking is a reality here but Guinea-Bissau cannot carry the burden alone – it is all around West Africa. The main catches are not here.”But exaggerated or not, he agreed drug trafficking is a problem that will have to be tackled by the next government.Source: Irin NewsDo you have queries or comments about this article? Emails Mary Alexander at [email protected] articlesSA set for record 2009 electionBetter government across AfricaAngola heads for democracy
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.
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”.