Manitoba raids Dakota smoke shop seizes Mohawk cigs

first_imgAPTN National NewsIt didn’t take long for Manitoba tax authorities to strike.Agents with Manitoba Finance’s special investigations unit along with the RCMP raided a Dakota-run smoke shop Tuesday, seizing 89,550 cigarettes made by a Mohawk tobacco firm that were being sold without a provincial license.In a brief statement, the department said the Dakota Chundee smoke shop, which was being run by three Dakota First Nations, was raided at about 12:20 p.m. Tuesday.The seized cigarettes, which were made by Rainbow Tobacco based out of the Mohawk community of Kahnawake near Montreal, were federally licensed, but not stamped for sale in the province.“The investigation is continuing and charges are pending,” said the statement.The Dakota’s opened the smoke shop, which sits about 100 kilometres southwest of Brandon, Man., last Wednesday and invited media to attend. There were also plans to open an unlicensed casino alongside the smoke shop.Canupawakpa Dakota Chief Frank Brown could not be reached for comment.Rainbow Tobacco president Robbie Dickson could not be reached for comment.The Dakota hoped to raise much needed revenue through the smoke shop and casino, while also upping the stakes in their court battle with the federal government.“If they raid us and seize and confiscate and charge, what laws are they using against us,” said Brown in a previous interview. “There is no process with non-treaty in Canada, so what laws are they going to legally use?”Ottawa considers the Dakota “American Indian refugees” and claims they have no Aboriginal title or rights to territory in Canada.The case is ongoing in Federal Court.Manitoba is now the fourth province to have seized Rainbow Tobacco cigarettes, joining  Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan.Rainbow Tobacco pays federal taxes on each of its cigarettes, but refuses to pay provincial taxes arguing provinces have no jurisdiction to interfere in trade between First Nations communities.The Assembly of First Nations backs Rainbow Tobacco’s position.last_img read more

Nova Scotia grapples with ridding itself of ugly past

first_imgPremier Stephen McNeil says that a statue near the city’s harbour should be torn down.The city isn’t so sure that’s a good idea.APTN’s Trina Roache APTN National NewsNova Scotia’s Premier says he wants to sit down with officials with the City of Halifax to talk about what to do with a controversial landmark.last_img

Ottawa announces funding for First Nation education projects

first_imgAPTN National News OTTAWA—Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett announced Tuesday that nine First Nation communities and organizations had been selected to receive funding from the federal department’s “Innovation Fund.”Bennett made the announcement during a speech at the Delta Hotel in Ottawa to a gathering of First Nation education officials.“There is no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to education,” said Bennett. “This will provide access to support for each of their innovative approaches to school construction.”Bennett said the nine selected projects will impact about 20 First Nation communities. Each of the selected recipients can use up to $10 million from the fund for their respective projects.The selected communities and organizations included the Squiala First Nation, Old Massett Village Council First Nation, Westbank First Nation and Adams Lake Indian Band in British Columbia, along with the Blood Tribe in Alberta, the Meadow Lake Tribal Council in Saskatchewan, Fisher River First Nation and Southeast Resource Development Corp in Manitoba and the Innu Takuaikan Uashat mak Mani-Utenam First Nation in Quebec.The Liberal government also plans to invest $50 million over the next six years into the fund, created in 2012, in the upcoming 2016-2017 federal budget.The fund is tailored to fund education-related infrastructure projects that are “innovative” and “promote educational reform.”During last year’s federal election campaign, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said his government would invest $2.6 billion in new money for First Nation education.last_img read more

Looking for results of Nunavuts election

first_imgAPTN NewsThere is a blizzard blowing in Iqaluit, Nunavut’s capital city Tuesday.That might be a good thing, forcing closure of schools and offices and giving those who stayed up late last night to watch the Nunavut election results come in, some extra sleep.Results came in late into the night with Elections Nunavut declaring at least one re-count.That’s in the riding of Cambridge Bay where Jeannie Hakongak Ehaloak got 259 votes and Pamela Gross came in a close second with 250 votes.According to the Nunavut elections website, voter turnout in the riding of Cambridge Bay was 70.47 per cent.The Judicial Recount Manual states: “Judicial recounts are automatic where there is less than two per cent difference between the votes cast for the winning candidate and those cast for the candidate who came in second place.”There is a process to follow involving an application to the court, which then decides on when the recount will take place. The manual states it has to happen within 10 days after the Court receives an application.Regardless if it’s Ehaloak or Gross, six women will be among the 22 faces who will make up the next Nunavut Legislative Assembly. Double, from the last government.All 72 candidates who ran in the election do so as an independent, as there are no parties.The Nunavut Leadership Forum will be held on Nov. 17. Members interested in being the territory’s premier will put their name forward and yet again, make their pitch as to why they should gain the seat. This time, it will be in front of their fellow MLA’s, who will cast a vote for their next leader.More information on last night’s results can be found at APTN National News here: news@aptn.calast_img read more

Freedom road connects Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk in NWT

first_img(The 138 km highway replaces a 50-year old ice road. Photo: Charlotte Morritt-Jacobs/APTN)Charlotte Morritt-Jacobs APTN News SaturdayWhile the fanfare will fade and the visitors will go back south, for the generations of eager Northerners the wait is finally over – the Inuvik Tuktoyaktuk Highway is open.It was a historical day for the residents of two communities in the Northwest Territories Wednesday when the 138 km all-weather Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk opened to the public.This ends the 50-year history of Canada’s longest winter ice road, a road that linked Tuk to the Dempster Hwy. – and to the rest of the country. For the Gwich’in, Inuvialuit, and Metis it’s an extension of the lifeline that was the ice road to Tuk.“This road is freedom. People that don’t have the equipment the harvesting that they use to do, or they aren’t as physically active as they use to be. This gives them access to do things that they love to do,” said Jimmy Kalinek, a tourism and guided tours operator from Inuvik.The ice road was only open a quarter of the year but it was a permanent fixture in the hearts of many.The ice road was laid with memories, both frightening and happy.“January, in the dark of 1991, I was changing a tire and I heard a noise. I looked around and there was a wolf behind me. I got up and made a noise and shown a flashlight at it and there was seven more surrounding me,” said Joe Cooke, an ice road maintenance operator with the government of the NWT for over 30 years.For Kalinek, his memory was being able to see family.“It was always Christmastime; you go to Aklavik and to Tuk and see family members there and go and celebrate with the community. You would go see the drummers or go to the jamborees, there’s a lot of good memories,” said Kalinek.Commuters of the ice road held celebrations in April 2017 to make the end of the last ice road season for the small hamlet of 900.APTN spoke with residents of their bewilderment at the thought of future generations never being able to experience the road.Nostalgia for the lifeline that was the ice road to Tuk mixed with the hope for new possibilities from year-round connectivity.But the permanent road comes at a cost – $300 million.The project was two thirds federally-funded and one-third territorial.On the day of the opening, Northwest Territories Premier Bob McLeod was joined by Canada’s Governor General Julie Payette, representatives from local Indigenous groups and other government dignitaries.McLeod dubbed the opening of the road as “an important day for the Northwest Territories and Canada.”A ribbon ceremony was held in Inuvik before government officials, media and the public took to the highway for the inaugural drive to the arctic coastal community, but it was in Tuk, at the evening ceremony, that the gravity of the new infrastructure set in with Northerners.“Tuk’s my home. It will always be my home,” said Nahan Kuptan, a Saliqmuit drummer and dancer. “I’m happy our community name is out there, I’m proud.”The idea of a permanent road has been first floated in the 1960s, but construction occurred four years ago. This so-called “road to resources” was built to give industry greater access to Arctic oil and gas.The vision for the road would shift in 2016 when Prime Minister Justice Trudeau and former U.S. President Barack Obama placed an Arctic moratorium on oil and gas.This squashed the hopes for any developments in the near future and left some to question the highway’s $300 million price tag.The cost of the road was not on the minds of the residents of Tuk at the ceremony who see two-lane, all-weather gravel highway as more than just a connection between two isolated communities.In a town, where food costs are high and a flight to the neighbouring community costs a few hundred dollars, community members are hoping that the road will lower the cost of living.The government has also projected a $2.2 million annual increase due to tourism for Tuk.The spirit of the town was present throughout Wednesday as a feast was served with traditional food, drummers and dancers took to the stage and crafts were sold as keepsakes of the special occasion.last_img read more

Saputo reaches deal to acquire Australian dairy firm for 129 billion

first_imgMONTREAL – Montreal-based dairy giant Saputo Inc. announced Thursday it has reached a $1.29-billion agreement to acquire Australia’s Murray Goulburn Co-Operative Co. Limited.The Australian dairy company produces products for the international market under the Devondale, Liddells and Murray Goulburn Ingredients brands.Murray Goulburn makes a variety of dairy products including milk, milk powder, cheese, butter and infant formula.Saputo said the agreement has been unanimously recommended by Murray Goulburn’s board of directors and is subject to shareholder approval.The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission also needs to approve the deal.Saputo (TSX:SAP) said it expects the transaction to close in the first half of 2018.last_img read more

HBC says it has strong shareholder support for Rhone Capital investment deal

first_imgTORONTO – Hudson’s Bay Co. says shareholders representing almost two-thirds of its outstanding common shares have confirmed their support for the company’s deal with Rhone Capital.Land and Buildings Investment Management has criticized the deal and sought to have shareholders vote on the investment in the retailer by the private equity firm.The Toronto Stock Exchange has conditionally approved Rhone’s investment, however Land and Buildings is seeking to appeal that decision at the Ontario Securities Commission.A hearing is scheduled to be held on Dec. 8 and 11.Under the deal, Rhone has agreed to invest C$632 million in the form of eight-year mandatory convertible preferred shares in HBC (TSX:HBC).The investment was announced last month as part of a deal that included the sale of HBC’s Lord & Taylor Fifth Avenue building to WeWork Property Advisors, a joint venture between WeWork and Rhone, for nearly $1.1 billion.last_img read more

Transat AT expects deadly hurricanes will damage its winter results

first_imgMONTREAL – A series of deadly hurricanes that whipped through parts of the Caribbean last fall is going to have a damaging impact on the winter results of tour operator Transat A.T. Inc., its senior executives said Thursday.The Montreal-based company said in December that it didn’t expect to feel the brunt of September’s hurricanes, but its assessment has changed.“If numbers remain what they are today we will not improve our results in the second quarter versus the one of last year,” chief financial officer Denis Petrin told reporters after the company’s annual meeting.Analyst Cameron Doerksen of National Bank Financial said Transat’s forecast for $1.5 million in earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amoritization in the second quarter is down from the $16 million anticipated by analysts.Transat took a $5-million hurricane hit in the first quarter and expects another $10 million to $15 million in the second quarter because of changed travel patterns resulting from the storms.“What happened in the last three months is that the people that normally are interested in the Cuba destination did not show up,” Petrin said.Travel to Cuba accounts for about one quarter of the airline’s seats to sun destinations. Bad publicity that included images of destruction prompted many Canadians to vacation in other locations. Airlines shifted some capacity to places like Mexico, which forced operators like Transat to lower prices to compete, thereby reducing their profits, he said.Canadian travellers have shied away from Cuba even though all the sun destinations that Transat serves except St. Maarten and San Juan were repaired in January, added chief operating officer Annick Guerard.She said demand for Cuba should come back at some point because it remains a favourite Canadian destination with attractive prices and great beaches.Transat introduced its five-year strategic plan Thursday that will aim to cut an unspecified amount of costs on top of $105 million realized in its previous plan. It also plans to build a hotel network with 5,000 rooms.The company will seek existing hotels to patch up, but will mainly purchase land and build 4.5 and five-star waterfront resorts in Mexico’s Riviera Maya, Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic and probably Jamaica.Transat is also surveying other airlines for examples of gaining more revenues from ancillary fees such as checked baggage, reserved seating and other measures already in place in Canada.The tour company, which operates Transat, missed expectations in its seasonally slow first quarter as its net loss attributable to shareholders was $6.6 million, compared with $32.1 million in the prior year.Excluding one-time items including the $48.2-million sale of its Jonview Canada Inc. subsidiary, Transat had an adjusted loss for the period ended Jan. 31 of $33.9 million or 91 cents per share. That compared with an adjusted loss of $36 million or 98 cents per share in the first quarter of its 2017 financial year.Revenues rose to $725.8 million from $689.3 million on a 6.2 per cent increase in the number of travellers to sun destinations and 20.3 per cent to Europe.Transat was expected on average to post an adjusted loss of 78 cents per share in the quarter on $739.7 million in revenues, according to analysts polled by Thomson Reuters.Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter.Companies in this story: (TSX:TRZ)last_img read more

Nearly threequarters of Canadian Facebook users plan changes to how they use

first_imgTORONTO – Nearly three-quarters of Canadian Facebook users say they will make at least some change to how they use the social media platform in the wake of a data mining scandal.A survey by Angus Reid Institute suggests 73 per cent of Canadian Facebook users say they will make changes, while 27 per cent say it will be “business as usual.”The survey also found that one in 10 say they plan to abandon the platform, at least temporarily.Facebook has been under fire for its ability to protect user privacy after Cambridge Analytica was accused of lifting the Facebook profiles of more than 50 million users without their permission.Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg has apologized and outlined steps to protect user data in light of the scandal involving the Trump-connected data-mining firm.The survey found that 57 per cent of Canadians use Facebook every- day.The Angus Reid Institute conducted two online surveys, the first involving 1,501 adults between Feb. 28 and March 2 and the second including 1,509 adults from March 21 to 22.The polling industry’s professional body, the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association, says online surveys cannot be assigned a margin of error as they are not a random sample and therefore are not necessarily representative of the whole population.last_img read more

AP FACT CHECK Fed govt overstates claims of auto safety

first_imgDETROIT – The Trump administration is overstating claims of auto safety and reduced costs in justifying its proposal to weaken Obama-era fuel economy requirements that were aimed at making cars more fuel efficient.On Thursday, the Environmental Protection Agency and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration urged a freeze of fuel efficiency standards at 2020 levels, rather than toughening them through 2026.Currently, vehicles would have to get around 30 miles per gallon in real-world driving by 2020. The agencies contend that freezing standards would make roads significantly safer, but auto experts say the administration’s claims stretch credulity.A look at the claims:EPA and NHTSA: “The administration is focused on correcting the current standards that restrict the American people from being able to afford newer vehicles with more advanced safety features, better fuel economy, and associated environmental benefits.” — news release Thursday.NHTSA Deputy Administrator Heidi King added at a news briefing that if the Obama EPA’s standards are left in place, they will raise the average cost of vehicles by $2,340 through 2025. The price increase would deter people from replacing older cars, keeping more of them on the road. Without the increase, more people could afford to replace older vehicles with newer ones that are safer and pollute less.THE FACTS: The agencies are overstating the impact of potential price increases. Auto industry experts say vehicle prices already are on the rise because people are switching from cars to more expensive trucks and SUVs. They’re willingly paying more, pushing the average price to a record $35,000 this year.Even if higher mileage requirements raise prices by $2,340, they say it won’t deter many people from buying new vehicles. Most people buy based on the monthly payment, analysts say. That increase would cost only around $34 per month, says Jeremy Acevedo, an analyst with the auto pricing website.“That’s not much at all,” he said.___EPA, citing potential benefits from freezing mileage standards: “Increased vehicle affordability leading to increased driving of newer, safer, more efficient and cleaner vehicles … Over 12,000 fewer crash fatalities over the lifetimes of all vehicles built through model year 2029. Up to 1,000 lives saved annually.” — EPA fact sheet released Thursday.THE FACTS: These claims overstate the safety benefits. While newer vehicles are safer due to better engineering and safety features such as more air bags, automatic emergency braking and blind spot detection, auto safety experts say the difference between vehicles made 10 years ago and now isn’t that huge, and the number of lives saved can’t really be calculated.Decade-old vehicles have anti-lock brakes and electronic stability control which stop drivers from losing control, two major safety advances. And vehicles with reduced mass actually can be safer because newer metals can be stronger than heavier steel.“The car I traded in two cars ago already had anti-lock brakes and electronic stability control, said Giorgio Rizzoni, an engineering professor and director of the Center for Automotive Research at Ohio State University. “From a safety perspective, I’m not sure that they’re significantly, really vigorously less safe than they are today.”___EPA assistant administrator Bill Wehrum: “We’ll leave the standards at a place where we’re not imposing undue costs on manufacturers.” — news briefing Thursday.THE FACTS: Not exactly. Even if the U.S. freezes its mileage requirements, the European Union, China, Japan and other nations will continue to increase theirs, which already are more stringent. Since most automakers sell vehicles worldwide, they’ll have to develop new technology such as electric cars anyway to satisfy other markets. The U.S. may not get the new technology as quickly as elsewhere. If new technologies aren’t sold in the U.S., the cost per vehicle is higher, Rizzoni says.“The best way to reduce the cost of new technology is to spread it over as many vehicles as possible,” he said.___Find AP Fact Checks at @APFactCheck on Twitter:’S NOTE _ A look at the veracity of claims by political figureslast_img read more

Ontario government rejects federal tax changes on passive investment income

first_imgOTTAWA — The Ontario government is refusing to follow the federal Liberals’ lead with a controversial tax change related to passive investment income in personal corporations.Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s office has maintained the change was about ensuring wealthy people didn’t start tiny corporations just to get a better tax rate than people in the middle class.The federal tax change was part of Morneau’s package of reforms last year, which he eventually watered down following a backlash from small-business owners and incorporated professionals, such as doctors and lawyers.In its fall economic update today, the province’s Progressive Conservative government says it will introduce new legislation to reverse a plan by its Liberal predecessors to parallel the federal changes in Ontario.Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s fall update says implementing the measure in the province would increase taxes on small businesses by about $160 million per year by 2020-21.Other provinces have also been skeptical about Ottawa’s plan. Last summer, finance ministers from Manitoba and Saskatchewan said they intended to press Morneau to find out how complicated it would be if their provinces ultimately decided against implementing Ottawa’s plan.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

US household wealth jumps 2T led by rising stock market

first_imgWASHINGTON — A stock market rally, which has since reversed, propelled U.S. household net worth to a record high of $109 trillion in the July-September quarter.The Federal Reserve says the value of Americans’ stock and mutual fund holdings soared $1.2 trillion. Home values rose $200 billion. Other assets, such as bank accounts, also increased. Total net worth climbed $2 trillion from nearly $107 trillion in the April-June quarter.Greater household wealth can help the economy by lifting consumer spending. Yet wealth has been increasingly concentrated since the Great Recession, with just 10 per cent of U.S. population owning 84 per cent of stocks.The figure reflects the value of assets like homes, bank accounts and stocks minus debts like mortgages and credit cards. The figures aren’t adjusted for inflation or population growth.Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (14,903.49 up 98.76 points).Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Up 71 cents, or 9.9 per cent, to $7.88 on 25.1 million shares.Aphria Inc. (TSX:APHA). Health care. Down 21 cents, or 2.35 per cent, to $8.71 on 14.4 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Industrials. Down five cents, or 2.19 per cent, to $2.23 on 9.6 million shares.Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED). Health care. Up $5.32, or 11.96 per cent, to $49.82 on 8.3 million shares.Enbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB). Energy. Up 20 cents, or 0.44 per cent, to $45.90 on 6.3 million shares.The Green Organic Dutchman Holdings. (TSX:TGOD). Health care. Up 13 cents, or 4.91 per cent, to $2.78 on 5.8 million shares.Companies reporting:Postmedia Network Canada Corp. (TSX:PNC.A). Unchanged at $1.19. The newspaper publisher announced Thursday that Paul Godfrey is stepping down as CEO and will be succeeded by president and chief operating officer Andrew MacLeod. Godfrey, who has been Postmedia’s CEO since the company was founded in 2010, will stay on as executive chairman. The announcements came as the owner of the National Post and other Canadian newspapers announced a $1.4 million net loss for the quarter ended. Nov. 30.Aimia Inc. (TSX:AIM). Up 11 cents, or 2.92 per cent to $3.88. Aimia says it has completed the sale of its Aeroplan loyalty program to Air Canada and used the majority of the proceeds to repay debt. The company says gross proceeds from the sale totalled roughly $497 million after adjustments related to working capital. At closing, about $308 million was used to repay and terminate Aimia’s credit facility and redeem all of its outstanding senior secured notes. About half of Aimia’s 1,500 employees will move to Air Canada as a result of the transaction.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Brief news from Mondays Fort St John city council meeting

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – In addition to approving a resolution to allow construction to begin on the new off-leash dog area in Toboggan Hill Park and passing second reading on the City’s Official Community Plan bylaw, a number of other things happened at Monday’s Fort St. John council meeting.Britney Carlstrom was honoured with a long service award after having celebrated her fifth year working for the City. Carlstrom began her career with the City of Fort St. John on July 29, 2013, as an Engineering Technologist with the Planning and Engineering Department, and now works as an Engineer.Mayor Lori Ackerman proclaimed the week of August 27th – 31st as Overdose Awareness Week in Fort St. John. Julianna Kucheran with Urban Matters and Amanda Trotter with the Fort St. John Women’s Resource Society gave a presentation to council about the importance of overdose awareness as both Canada and the United States grapple with the ongoing drug overdose crisis. Council passed a zoning amendment bylaw and another bylaw amending the current Official Community Plan to rezone a parcel of land next to the existing RCMP detachment in order to accommodate construction of the new RCMP detachment building. The City held a public meeting about the two proposed bylaws at 6:00 p.m. on Monday evening.Council approved a resolution from staff to direct the three remaining members of the Tourism Fort St. John Board to solicit nominations for six new members since five current members of the Board will be departing in the near future. The terms of board members Andy Ackerman, Adam Reaburn, and Cheryl Erickson are due to expire on November 1st, meanwhile, members Heather Sjoblom and Christina Seguin also announced their resignations recently.Council approved a recommendation for City staff to proceed with an Application for Lane Closure of the lane located east of 90th Stree between 77th and 79th Avenues. The lane closure is being done to facilitate the consolidation of the surrounding lots for the development of the Fire Department’s new Fire Training Grounds, the tender for the first phase of which was awarded at the previous council meeting on July 23rd.Council also authorized Mayor Ackerman to attend the On the Move Symposium from November 18th – 21st in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador after the symposium’s organizers specifically requested her to attend as a guest speaker. The cost of the trip, $1,450, was approved to be allocated from the Council travel budget.Council also adopted four bylaws at the meeting on Monday, including the Municipal Ticket Bylaw, the Property Standards Bylaw, A Building Amendment bylaw, and a Local Area Service bylaw for the installation of pavement, curbs, gutters, storm main, catch basins, streetlights, driveway and boulevard restoration on 87 Avenue west of 107 Street.last_img read more

Death of infant sparks outrage at city hospital

first_imgKolkata: The family members of a 4-month-old infant who died due to alleged medical negligence at Dr B C Roy Hospital on Tuesday, staged a demonstration demanding action against those responsible behind his death.The incident triggered tension among the patients and their family members inside the hospital campus on Tuesday morning. The infant, identified as Ankon Tarafdar, a resident of Ghoshpara area of Kestopur, was admitted to the hospital on March 4 as he had been suffering from high fever. The infant was taken to the ICU on Saturday night as his condition deteriorated. On Sunday night, the health condition of the baby deteriorated further as a result of which the doctors decided to shift him to a pediatric intensive care unit (PICU). All the efforts of the doctors went in vain when the patient succumbed to his ailments on late Monday night. The patient was suffering from acute pneumonia. As the news of the patient’s death spread, some of his family members gathered outside the hospital and staged a protest demonstration. After being informed, police reached the spot. Immediately, the family members gheraoed the police officers. Senior police officers later brought the situation under control. The family members of the victim alleged on Tuesday that the patient had died due to the negligence of some doctors and nurses in the hospital. They also demanded a probe into the incident. Had the doctors taken preventive measures, the patient would not have died, alleged the patient’s relatives. According to the police, no one was manhandled in the incident and no property was damaged during the demonstration. Police have not yet received any specific complaint from any side.last_img read more

Jet Airways pilots body defers no flying decision

first_imgMumbai: Jet Airways pilots body, the National Aviator’s Guild (NAG), Sunday deferred its “no flying” call to a later date, particularly when the management is scheduled to meet the lenders on Monday.Earlier in the day, the Guild, which has around 1,100 pilots as its members, decided to stop flying from April 15 in protest against non-payment of salaries since March. “It has come to our notice that there is a critical meeting planned (Monday) morning with the airline management and SBI. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details”In light of the meeting, the members have requested, through their team leaders, that the call of ‘No Pay No Work’ be deferred to give the airline a chance of survival. Accordingly, as requested, the Committee would like to inform all that the decision stands suspended for the time being,” the Guild committee said in a late evening communication to its members. All pilots are still requested, however, to be present at Siroya Centre at 0930 hours on April 15 in their uniforms, it said. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdaySiroya Centre is Jet Airways headquarters in Andheri suburb in Mumbai. According to NAG, it has also called upon other departments to join the gathering at the headquarters as a show of unity. An Open House will be called shortly as per the availability of the venue and the committee members, the communication added. The pilots, along with engineers and senior management, have not received salaries since January. The debt-ridden carrier has also not paid the March salary to employees of other categories as well. “As on today, we have not been paid for nearly three-and-a-half months, and we do not know when we will be paid. So we have decided to go ahead with our call of no-flying from April 15. All 1,100 pilots of NAG will stop flying from 10 am Monday,” a Guild source said earlier in the day. The NAG, which claims representation of around 1,100 pilots of the total 1,600 with the full-service carrier, had in late March called for no flying from April 1 over non-payment of salaries. However, on March 31, it deferred the agitation to April 15, saying it wanted to give more time to the new management. Jet Airways is at present under the management control of SBI-led consortium of lenders after the approval of a debt-rejig plan last month, which also led its founder chairman Naresh Goyal to quit. With PTI inputslast_img read more

Complaint filed against Arvind Kejriwals wife for allegedly having two voter IDs

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi BJP spokesperson Harish Khuranna Monday filed a complaint against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s wife Sunita Kejriwal before a Delhi court for allegedly having two voter identity cards. While one identity card is from Uttra Pradesh’s Ghaziabad parliamentary constituency, the another is from Chandni Chowk, Khuranna alleged in his petition. The complainant alleged, “In complete disregard to the electoral processes and norms and in order to wrongfully give advantage to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), in which her husband is the national convener, the accused is deliberately and intentionally maintaining her name in the electoral roll at two different places.” Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehicles Khuranna has sought directions to the Delhi police to investigate offences under sections 17 and 31 of the Representation of the People Act, 1950, besides other sections. Section 17 of the RPA provides that no person is entitled to be enrolled as a voter in more than one constituency and its violation is a criminal offence punishable with maximum one year imprisonment. Section 31 of the Act makes false declaration in the matter of inclusion or exclusion of voter rolls punishable with up to one year in prison.last_img read more

Rain lashes Assam due to Fani impact

first_imgGuwahati: Most parts of Assam witnessed incessant rains on Saturday due to the impact of cyclone Fani, one of the strongest storms to batter the Indian subcontinent in decades. Following the rains, the state government has issued an alert to suspend ferry services between Jorhat and Majuli, Guwahati and North Guwahati, Dhubri and other places from Saturday to Sunday. While flight services from Guwahati has been suspended till Saturday evening, the Northeast Frontier Railway has also cancelled several trains to Kolkata and Odisha. Similarly, trains from Kolkata and Odisha to Assam were also cancelled. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh Weather experts at the Regional Meteorological Centre at Borjhar had warned of heavy rains accompanied by strong winds to lash the northeastern states on Saturday and Sunday. Assam government had earlier warned the district administrations to remain alert ahead of Fani and deployed 40 companies of National Disaster Rescue Force at some vulnerable locations across the state. As of Saturday, Fani has weakened into a “cyclonic storm leaving no more major threat” for West Bengal. It is situated at Shantipur in Nadia district about 60 km north of Kolkata, and is likely to enter Bangaldesh around Saturday noon. The cyclone made landfall in Odisha on Friday morning.last_img read more

Palestine Murdered Teenager to Rest in Peace

Casablanca – The body of Mohammed Abu Khdeir, a Palestinian teenager, has finally been released to the family.The body of murdered Palestinian teenager, Mohammed Abu Khdeir, was buried yesterday.After the Friday prayers, thousands of mourners attended Abu Khdeir’s funeral. The coffin of the 16-year-old, wrapped in a Palestinian flag, was first carried to his family and then to the cemetery. The dead teenager’s mother, Suha Abu Khdeir, was quoted by Euronews as saying: “I hope no mother will have to face what I’m going through now. I want people and the leaders to make a stand, to put an end to these kinds of acts so no other woman suffers like this.”The body of the Palestinian teenager had been autopsied, but the Israeli police are keeping its results from the public. However, it has been revealed that the body indicates marks of burning and other forms of torture.Jerusalem’s tensions have given cause for the population as well as the police to worry. For this reason, authorities are prepared to deal with any troublemakers in order to impede further chaos and clashes from arising.Many are convinced that the murder of Abu Khdeir was a revenge attack for the recent brutal killing of three Israeli teenagers in Hebron in the occupied West Bank.For the moment, police continue to investigate whether the crime was nationalistic or criminal in order to determine whether the perpetrator or perpetrators are Israeli or Palestinian.The ongoing hatred and conflicts between Israelis and Palestinians have taken the lives of many people, especially children. read more

Egyptian Cinema Official Denies Insulting Moroccan Former Minister

Taroudant – Waleed Seif, head of the National Centre for Cinema, apologized to Moroccans and denied claims raised from insulting social media posts satirizing the way Moroccan ex-minister Touriya Jabrane received Egyptian actor Adel Imam at the Marrakech International Film Festival.Waleed Seif claims his Facebook page was hacked, with hackers writing the insulting statements to shake, “The deep respect [he] hold for Moroccans.”“My Facebook page was hacked over the past few weeks. I didn’t have enough time to follow what was going happening on the page because the National Centre for Cinema kept me busy until late,” Seif claims. The Egyptian critic and screen player wrote an apology to all Moroccans and to the ex-minister via Facebook.“My sincerest apologies to all friends when my page was hacked while I was busy, my sincerest appreciation to the Moroccan people, to the Moroccan ex-minister and Moroccan cinema for honoring artist Adel Imam. I give my upmost respect for the remainder of the Marrakech International Film Festival.”The Egyptian critic added, “I assure everyone concerned that all Moroccan friends who know me, namely the great critic Mustapha Masnaoui and young critic Mohammed Shwaika, are well aware of how much I respect the brotherly Moroccan people and the radiant Moroccan cinema.”The Egyptian screen write posted a sarcastic statement Egyptian dialect on his Facebook wall on December 6th, mocking the way Touria Jabran was, “very excited to kiss,” Adel Imam and the, “ecstatic state,” in which she received the Egyptian actor. read more