More than 1000 attend vigil in Winnipeg including Tina Fontaines grieving mom

first_imgAPTN National NewsWINNIPEG – More than a thousand people gathered Tuesday night in Winnipeg to remember Tina Fontaine and Faron Hall on the banks of the Red River where they were both pulled from the water by police Sunday.One of those people was Fontaine’s grieving mother.‎“She was supposed to be in a safe house not on the streets. Not in the river,” Fontaine’s mother told the gathering. “You were only 15 years old.”Fontaine’s body was discovered by police divers when they were searching for Hall, 40, who had fallen in the river last Friday by the Anderson Docks.She was found in a bag and police said she was murdered before being put in the water.Fontaine had been missing since August 9 and had been in the care of Manitoba’s Child Family Services. Police homicide detectives are asking for the public’s help in solving her murder.Hall, knick-named the ‘homeless hero’ after he rescued two people on separate occasions in 2009 from the same river. Police do not suspect foul play.The smell of sage, the sounds of drums and singing and the feeling of lament filled the air by the Alexander Docks in a somewhat remote section of downtown Winnipeg.“We all have similar stories,” said Lucy Antsanen who has two daughters and has been touched by friends who have been murdered. “It could have been our own daughters or sisters. My childhood friend has never been found … ‎she was 21 or 22, never been found.”Fontaine is the latest in a long list of Indigenous women who have either disappeared, or have been murdered in Canada.In May, the RCMP released a shocking report showing that since 1980, nearly 1,200 Indigenous women or girls have gone missing or have been murdered. What has hit the community in Winnipeg particularly hard is Fontaine’s young age.“It hits home,” said Terri Cochrane who came to the vigil with her 17 year old niece. “I used to work in a group home. I’ve seen this before. It’s my biggest fear and I worry a lot. I make sure that there is open communication with my niece. That she can always call me.”At the waterside vigil, there were prayers and songs for both Faron Hall and Tina Fontaine. Pipes were lit and shared. The sound of drums ran through the somber crowd.Neil Hall is Faron’s uncle.“I had a dream about Faron last night and he is happy,” he told the crowd.Neil Hall also said that Faron recently buried his father. That he grew up in foster care and years ago, shortly after reuniting with his mother, she was murdered.“He found it very hard,” said Neil Hall telling the crowd that he would sing the Thunderbird song “to carry the spirits up to the good place where our relatives are.”The vigil at the Alexander Docks ended with the families putting flowers into the water. After a moment of silence the large crowd marched to the second part of the vigil.With sun setting and with a police escort, approximately 1,300 people marched to the Forks and the Oodena Celebration Circle, a large open bowl with a place for a sacred fire at its centre.A drummer warmed the skin of his drum to get the sound needed for the upcoming ceremony, while waiting for the marchers to arrive. The circle sits beside a recently opened memorial for missing and murdered women.People had no idea they would be meeting at this site so soon.“It makes me think about my sisters,” said Caroline Flett. “My sister Barb was stabbed to death on January 17, 1992. She was 41. My other sister was attacked two weeks later but survived. No one was ever convicted.”Flett from the Peguis First Nation holds her head in her hands listening to the song coming from the centre of the circle. She’s here with her 9 year old niece and her two friends. ““I brought them because they need to know of the dangers,” she said.Fontaine’s death has renewed calls for a national public inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women.The calls are coming from a number of areas including Eric Robinson, Manitoba’s minister of Aboriginal Affairs, the commissioner of the Canadian Human Rights Commission, politicians and grassroots organizations across the country.And that call was heard loud and clear Tuesday night as Wab Kinew, the guide through the vigil, addressed the federal government’s refusal to call for an inquiry.“Is now the time to make that change? Is now the time we say no more stolen sisters? We say that violence against women must stop. And if we go home and do nothing about this it’s a missed opportunity,” said Kinew.So far the Harper government has not budged on its position that an inquiry will not accomplish anything.But Fontaine’s death has changed the tone of the debate.Even Winnipeg police are speaking candidly about the crime.“She’s a child. This is a child that’s been murdered. Society would be horrified if we found a litter of kittens or pups in the river in this condition. This is a child,” Winnipeg police Sgt. John O’Donovan told reporters Monday. “Society should be horrified.”Fontaine was from the Sagkeeng First Nation, an Ojibway community 121 km north of Winnipeg. Police say she had only been in the city for a month before she disappeared.The evening ends with Faron Hall’s uncle singing the “Travelling Song.”“Never say goodbye I was told when someone walks out the door,” he said.The gathering ended the same way it came together, in silence.news@aptn.calast_img read more

Three Aboriginal Senators named in Auditor Generals report

first_imgJulien Gignac APTN National NewsOTTAWA — Three Aboriginal senators’ claims were included in a highly anticipated audit of Senate expenses released Tuesday by Auditor General Michael Ferguson.Retired Senator Gerry St. Germain who represented British Columbia is one of four senators whose case could be forwarded to the RCMP for further investigation.Germain’s expense claims equated to $55,588 in travel costs, according to the report. Spotty documentation has caused at least $12,000 to be ill-accounted for.Each Senator named in the report was able to respond to the findings.Germain stated in the report that he disagrees with the findings, saying that the “presentation and tone of your general observations insinuate that I misappropriated my office resources in a nefarious manner. I find these apparent accusations to be a defamatory affront to my personal integrity.”Northwest Territories Senator Nick Sibbeston racked up $50,102, the bulk of which was used for travel, too, states the report. Nine instances of extended stopovers were recorded, along with frequent trips to western Canada and independent trips made by his spouse.One night stopovers are considered to be a “reasonable practice,” says the report.Sibbeston’s comments allude to the “casual” and sometimes “spontaneous” nature of business meetings in the territory and that northern travel is expensive at best. He goes on to state, “perhaps I could have been better at keeping records.”New Brunswick Maliseet Senator Sandra Nicholas-Lovelace bill totaled $75,227, the majority of which was used for travel-related purposes incuding trips where she stayed in Fredericton for longer than one night.“These extended stays, some as long as nine nights, is a matter of convenience for individuals travelling to Fredericton to meet with her,” Nicholas-Lovelace stated in the report.Nicholas Lovelace has filed for arbitration.The report recommends creating an oversight body that is independent from the senate, stating that it should have complete access and power to conduct internal or external audits. The inner-workings of this body should be open to the public, its findings published on its website.Whether the Senate accepts the Auditor General’s recommendations is yet to be determined.Senate Speaker Leo Housakos addressing the media Tuesday. Photo Julien Gignac/APTN“Our intent is to render the Senate of Canada an accountable, responsive, transparent legislature,” said Senate Speaker Leo Housakos during a press conference after the report was released. “A body that our citizens of our great country will and can respect.”30 sitting and former senators exercised expenditures Auditor General Michael Ferguson “determined were not in accordance with the applicable senate rules, policies, or guidelines,” states the report.The Senate develops its own system of self-governance and determine what will be disclosed to the public.“In our current audit,” the report states, “we found that in many cases, Senators did not maintain records to document the parliamentary business that they conducted while spending public funds.”Senators must keep track of what they spend, “including hospitality events, attendees of those events a recipients of gifts with a value that exceeds $50,” according to the report.Close to $1-million in public funds were used to accommodate the spending habits of the Senate.Beginning on April 1, 2011 and ending March 31, 2013, the audit examined 116 current and former senators. There are 105 current Canadian senators.Two other Aboriginal Senators, Lillian Dyck of Saskatchewan and Charlie Watt of Quebec are not named in the report.jgignac@aptn.calast_img read more

Iqaluit residents tell APTN what they want from Trudeau

first_imgKent Driscoll APTN National NewsPrime Minister Justin Trudeau met with Inuit leadership at the Inuit Tapariit Kanatami offices in Ottawa.It was the first time a sitting prime minister has visited ITK to discuss Inuit issues.APTN went on the street in Iqaluit to ask Inuit what they want from the leaders.last_img

Kinder Morgan pipeline debate is dividing First Nations BC chief says

first_imgEmma PalingHuffPost CanadaThe debate over Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion is breaking down relationships between Indigenous groups, according to the chief of one B.C. First Nation.“It’s another colonial machine that’s driving us apart from one another,” Bonaparte Indian Band Chief Ryan Day told HuffPost Canada in an interview.Bonaparte Indian Band Chief Ryan Day.While Kinder Morgan touts its 43 mutual benefit agreements with Indigenous groups in B.C. and Alberta, six First Nations fight the project’s approval in court. Day says he’s staying out of the debate. The pipeline won’t cross any of his reserve lands. However, Bonaparte is one of 17 bands that make up the Secwepemc nation, and for 518 km — or more than half of the project’s route — the new pipeline will go through Secwepemc’s traditional territory. “We are downstream from the pipeline, so it certainly will impact us … However, we’ve kind of left it up to directly affected upstream folks to engage more directly,” Day said. He said he would have liked to engage with Kinder Morgan, but his band doesn’t have the capacity to do so.“That’s where we’re at and I think that’s where a lot of communities are at. The bottom line is that we’re dealing with poverty.”For some First Nation leaders, Kinder Morgan’s project is seen as an opportunity to alleviate some of that poverty. Cheam chief says project will create jobs, business partnershipsErnie Crey, chief of Cheam First Nation, has become one of the project’s most vocal supporters. His nation of 547 people has an unemployment rate of 14.3 per cent, nearly double the B.C. average.He said the pipeline will bring a laundry list of opportunities for his Stó:lō nation: cash, which can be invested in future business projects; the opportunity to work with nearby companies to bid on contracts during construction; and work experience that members can bring with them to future jobs.“The benefits and the money that will flow from that will put this community in good stead for generations to come,” Crey told HuffPost Canada in an interview.Crey’s angry about the way some environmentalists and Indigenous associations have portrayed nations that signed agreements with Kinder Morgan. “If you were to believe some of these green groups and their allies, you would think that Ian Anderson, the head of Kinder Morgan Canada, drove out on to this reserve, found me, rolled down his car window, handed a cheque to me and said, ‘There you go, chief. Now I do enjoy your support for my pipeline, right chief?’” Crey said. In reality, he said, his council worked for over a year to negotiate a deal that would truly benefit its members.“The negotiations lasted a long time. They were exhaustive and exhausting and challenging for our young council here. But they went toe-to-toe with Ian Anderson’s negotiators and they came up with an agreement that’s going to mean a world of difference to this community.”While Crey says the project will be an economic game-changer, other chiefs worry it’ll be an environmental disaster.‘Drastic risk’ to Coldwater’s drinking waterColdwater Indian Band is one of the nations challenging the National Energy Board’s (NEB) approval of the project in court. If Coldwater’s challenge is successful, the pipeline’s approval will be set aside. Officials will then have to backtrack and re-do some consultations.The existing pipeline, built in the 1950s, runs right through Coldwater’s reserve. Kinder Morgan wants to build the new pipeline to the east of the reserve, through the nation’s traditional Nlaka’pamux territory, including areas that Coldwater says hold spiritual and cultural significance. This route will also see pipeline built right over an aquifer which provides drinking water for nearly half of the nation’s 850 members, according to a memorandum of fact filed by Coldwater’s lawyers. “Trans Mountain failed to identify, and was unaware of, the Aquifer when it selected this route and accessed the environmental effects of the Project,” the document states. “The New Pipeline represents a risk to the Aquifer from leakage and a drastic risk if there were to be a rupture of the pipeline. This is a major unreconciled issue for Coldwater that causes its people a high level of anxiety.” Coldwater’s chief, Lee Spahan, has indicated he has no intention of signing a deal with the Texas-based company.“If we have to, it’ll be our Standing Rock,” he told APTN. “For us it’s not about the politics, but the future of our community and ensuring we have access to clean, safe water.”This story was produced as part of #TrackingTransMountain, a collaborative reporting project from The Discourse, APTN News, and HuffPost Canada that aims to deepen the reporting on Indigenous communities affected by Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Expansion Project.  Explore the interactive database here:last_img read more

Defunct payday lender Cash Store accused by ASC of disclosure violations

first_imgCALGARY – The Alberta Securities Commission is accusing defunct payday lender Cash Store Financial Services Inc. and two of its executives of failing to file proper financial statements.The regulator says the Edmonton-based company, which once operated more than 500 Cash Store or Instaloans outlets, failed to disclose obligations it owed to certain lenders in its 2011 annual and 2012 interim financial statements, and made false or misleading statements by saying that certain loans were not guaranteed.It says Cash Store also failed to disclose an appropriate value for loans it purchased from these lenders in its interim 2012 financial reports.The ASC also alleges that former CEO Gordon Reykdal authorized or permitted violations to occur, and that he and former chief financial officer Nancy Bland authorized or permitted the violation relating to the loan valuation to occur.The allegations have not been proven. An appearance to set a date for a hearing is to be held in March.Cash Store shares were delisted from the Toronto Stock Exchange and the company filed for court protection from creditors in 2014. In 2016, it paid $10 million to settle a class-action lawsuit brought on behalf of borrowers who paid higher loan fees than were allowed.last_img read more

Professor suggests profound culture shift needed at Canada Post

first_imgCALGARY (660 NEWS) – With rolling strikes continuing to put mail carriers on the picket line around Canada, citizens may be concerned about the future of mail.Canada Post is still negotiating with the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, after a strike stopped deliveries on Thursday in Calgary before moving to British Columbia on Friday.Earlier in the week, massive delays were caused by strikes in Ontario which closed off the crown corporation’s main distribution centre.CUPW says Canada Post is not listening to their concerns over health and safety, payment to rural mail carriers and other issues.But it’s possible this latest dispute is another symptom of the times we live in.“Canada Post is going to have to undergo a profound culture shift,” said Ian Lee, Associate Professor at the Sprott School of Business at Carleton University.Lee has written several papers on Canada Post, and says one problem is they continue to treat their service as if it were the same as it was 200 years ago.“Canada Post has to be reinvented as a valuable part of e-commerce companies.”Lettermail continues to decline sharply — to the tune of a $123 million loss in revenue in 2017 — but parcel deliveries are rising.CUPW contends staff are overworked as they balance traditional lettermail delivery with increased parcel drop-offs. Lee said parcels are easier to deliver, because you don’t need to service every address every day.“An e-commerce shipper only goes to an address when they have something to take. They don’t walk to that address five days a week.”Canada Post has an advantage, with access to over 16 million addresses around the country. However, the fact is the majority of those addresses do not need any more traditional letter mail. Along with that, most of the ones who do need it are older customers.“So how do I put this delicately,” said Lee. “These people are going to depart from this Earth in the relatively near future, and that issue will go away.”It’s a symptom of our digital age, Lee believes, as companies tell us to stop getting bills delivered on paper because it’s much quicker to get information sent through the internet at the speed of light.Speaking of age, returning to employee concerns with Canada Post, the average age of employees is also going up. In 2014, CUPW reported the average age of benefit plan participants had gone up to 48.7 and the amount of incident reports are going up with them.Right now, there are over 60,000 employees at Canada Post, with numbers dwindling. Their 2017 annual report says over 15,000 employees will leave in the following five years, and Lee said more cuts will be needed if the organization and the CUPW union can survive.“I think that the future for CUPW is pretty bleak. Because it’s going to be a much smaller union. If Canada Post survives at all, it will be a much smaller union because you need a smaller head count to deliver e-commerce parcels. So its best days are behind it.”Then, there are the pensions. There’s $6 billion in unfunded liability, and Lee said there could be a scenario where the government of the time rolls that pension into the much larger public service pension, which funds MP and other government pensions.Simply put, the business of mail is changing and Canada Post could be left in the dust as people go online for more products, and continue to move away from the traditional deliveries. That would mean CUPW members lose out on benefits and market access.“Millennial’s aren’t going to suddenly start writing gazillions of letters to mom and dad and grandpa. We’re so deep into the digital age — people with their smartphones, and social media and texting and so forth — it’s not coming back,” said Lee.Without any sort of shift, a strange scenario would be presented.“Where you pay 60,000 people to show up to work and drive down the streets with imaginary letters and envelopes that do not exist because nobody’s writing them anymore, and then pretend to deliver them all over the country.”Lee said no government would support that sort of situation.At the end of the day, it’s an uncomfortable prospect to face, but Canada Post and CUPW are working against their own customers if they stay the course and make only small adjustments.“So Canada Post is being incrementally privatized as we speak. By whom? By all of us.”last_img read more

Volkswagen says it will pay Indian fine even as it appeals

first_imgNEW DELHI — Volkswagen Group says that it will pay a fine of 1 billion rupees ($14.2 million) imposed by India for installing software that allegedly cheated pollution testing devices, though it is still appealing the order.A company statement says that it has challenged the National Green Tribunal’s order in India’s top court.Company spokesman Gagan Mangal declined to say Friday whether the company had transferred money to India’s Central Pollution Control Board. The panel set Friday as the deadline for payment.The company statement said all Volkswagen cars were compliant with the emission norms in IndiaThe Indian panel on Nov. 16 said that Volkswagen diesel cars caused air pollution in the Indian capital due to excess nitrogen oxide emissions.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Highway 97 closed between MacKenzie and Prince George

first_imgUPDATE #2: Cpl. Madonna Saunderson with North District RCMP said that the collision involved a single vehicle, and occurred at approximately 6:50 a.m. A tractor-trailer b-train carrying wood chips overturned on Highway 97, spilling wood chips all over the highway. Cpl. Saunderson said that the driver of the tractor-trailer was uninjured in the collision.UPDATE – Officials believe the Highway will re-open at 11:30 a.m.FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Highway 97 is closed between MacKenzie and Prince George due to a vehicle incident. According to Drivebc.ca, Highway 97 is closed 20km north of Bear Lake.  There is no detour around the collision and there is no estimate on when the road will re-open.#BCHwy97 Closed 20km North of #BearLake due to vehicle incident. Assessment in progress. https://t.co/mNdmGOkL85 #CityOfPG #MackenzieBC— Drive BC (@DriveBC) June 28, 2018The next update on the status of the Highway will be shared at 9 a.m.  For updates, watch this page, or visit www.drivebc.calast_img read more

The New Adventure

first_imgA lot of actors have entered the digital space in the last couple of years. Was it an organic process or a deliberate decision for you? Arjun Rampal (AR): It happened organically, but yes, I was very interested in this space. I just feel that there are a lot of stories that you can tell here that you cannot make films out of. It might be because they are lengthy or there is too much to say or you don’t have that kind of freedom. Here, in the digital world, you do have that, so it is a very exciting path to walk on. Also Read – Hilarie Burton, Jeffery Dean Morgan tie the knotAs actors, we keep saying that we want to reinvent ourselves, we want to do something new, but we end up going and doing the same thing in every film. We fool ourselves that we are growing. Sometimes you feel that you are. But when you can actually push the envelope, which this platform allows you to do, it is very cool. It teaches you a lot and you can take a lot away from it. A lot of actors say they don’t see any difference between working on a film and on a long-format show. What are your thoughts? Also Read – ‘Vaastav’ gave me the real sense of being an actor: Sanjay Dutt on film’s 20-year anniversaryAR: Yes, the biggest difference is the format because the craft is the same. Your process and approach are the same. But you get more time with the character, because there is lot more material to work with. You get more time to work on it and you shoot a lot more in the web space, in the same amount of time you would take to shoot a film. It is very hectic and tiring. Your prep has to be very solid before you get to the set to shoot. You have to go there really well-prepared. What was the prep that you had to do for this role? AR: The first thing you need to do is experience what it is to fly. I did a lot of simulation where I went to classes, flew the simulator aircraft, took off, landed, turned planes around, learnt which buttons were for what, how to move the throttle, learnt about radar, altitude, the different codes that you can use and much more. And Jaaved? We don’t get much information about your character in the trailer. Jaaved Jaaferi (JJ): My character is a billionaire and he has kind of been there, done that, seen everything. He is fed up of everything around him. His family life isn’t exactly going right either, so he has nothing much to look forward to. He has all the money in the world but his relationships are not working and there is an emptiness in him that he wants to fill. He is looking for something but he doesn’t know what it is. And in that journey, there was something that happened with him when he was a child. He has only one kind of connection with a spiritual entity which is probably based on luck or something. And he keeps this connect until destiny takes him on this particular flight where there are things happening with the other characters. How the lives of the people on that plane intertwine in that moment and how he in the last few hours of his life understands so much more and achieves what he was looking for, through another person who is there with him, shows how destiny brings people together to make sure that things happen as they are supposed to. Arjun, from what we saw in the trailer, your character is suffering from a trauma which makes him a little dark, a little flawed. How did you mentally prepare for the part? AR: There is a process that you have to use when you play disturbed characters. It’s not like you can just walk on to the set and say, let’s do this. (Laughs) You think like them and that comes from discussing a lot with your director, which Vijay (Lalwani) and I did. It also came from reading about depressed people. I read a lot about what causes depression, why it happens, how it is sometimes a chemical imbalance, a void that one feels. More and more people these days are facing depression as a result of social media. You think you are with the world, you think you are around other people, but you are isolated. Within the youth, depression and suicide numbers have gone up instead of down. Why is that happening? It is happening because we are isolating ourselves. We are a social species. We need to be with other people; we need to be part of a pack. It’s not just social, it’s your family, your religion, these are all groups where you can go and interact on a human level, in a way you cannot through a mobile phone. You see all of that and you decide how much to draw from what and put inside you and go forward. The web space was considered liberating partly because of the absence of censorship. Now there is talk of censorship on the web. As an actor, what is your take? JJ: In television, censorship works by saying that you cannot show certain things in certain time slots. But who controls how and when someone watches TV? There is a regulatory process when a film is in theatres because you can check ID. But in television there is no such thing. And if it is not there, the web is surely impossible. Can you stop a kid from just opening a phone and watching something on the internet? No. That is the nature of the web. Everything is available online; there is pornography, the dark web and unlimited access. The censor should be within you. Jaaved, you are known for your talent in the comedy genre. But with the horror film Lupt last year and now this mysterious character in The Final Call, you seem to be venturing into a lot of new spaces. JJ: My first film was Meri Jung, where I played a negative character. Then I played leads in films and did many roles in films like Jawani Zindabad and Oh Darling! Yeh Hai India, with stars like Aamir Khan and Shah Rukh Khan. I danced too and you can say that the kind of dance we are seeing today in this industry, I was a contributor to it since my time. I did other films, like Jajantaram Mamantaram, a children’s film where I was the lead. Then went on to do characters in movies such as Salaam Namaste, Besharam, Bang Bang! In some of these films I have played negative characters too. I had also done serious roles in films like Deepa Mehta’s Fire in 1996. But now suddenly, for the past few years, you have a lot to play with. Even if you like biryani, you cannot eat it every day. So it is as an actor. You love something but you cannot do it every day. I love comedy and people in the country love comedy. The audience is dealing with so much every day, the reality, the in-your-face harshness, that they just want to come out and have a good laugh. And people are producing content accordingly.last_img read more

PNB sanctions loans worth Rs 689 cr to 1600 MSMEs via psbloansin59minutescom

first_imgNew Delhi: State-owned Punjab National Bank (PNB) has sanctioned loans worth Rs 689 crore to over 1,600 Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) through the psbloansin59minutes.com portal as part of its effort to promote such industries. Under the Mudra Yojana, the bank has offered loan to over 2.69 lakh small entrepreneurs this fiscal (till February 14, 2019). “In November 2018, Hon’ble Prime Minister announced the launch of the 59 minute loan portal to enable easy access to credit for MSMEs. Under this initiative, the bank has sanctioned loans to over 1,600 accounts with total sanctioned amount of Rs 689 crore (till February end),” PNB managing director Sunil Mehta said. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepMSMEs through this portal can avail loans of up to Rs 1 crore in 59 minutes or less than an hour. MSMEs apply for loans using their GST registration as the portal is integrated with GST server at the back-end as well as IT, credit bureaus and banks. It is able to quickly score the applicant on individual models of lenders (currently only public sector banks). It is a strategic initiative of SIDBI led PSB consortium incubated under the Department of Financial Services (DFS), Ministry of Finance. Other partner banks are the SBI, Bank of Baroda, PNB, Vijaya and Indian Bank. With regard to the Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana, Mehta said since the inception of the scheme, PNB has sanctioned loan to over 17.16 lakh accounts with total amount of 21,019 crore till December 31, 2018. PNB has bagged many awards last month under the Enhanced Access and Service Excellence (EASE) reforms agenda. The bank won the Reforms Excellency Award.last_img read more

LS polls Caste equation one of key obstacles in Congress AAP alliance

first_imgNew Delhi: The caste equation seems to be one of the key obstacles in alliance between the Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) for Lok Sabha polls in Delhi. Political pundits believe that there are basically two major hurdles in the alliance. First, the AAP has declared its candidates for all the seven seats and the other reason is the differences on choice of seats sharing based on caste equations between the two parties.With declaration of the candidates on six seats, the AAP has limited the space for the seat division, said a senior Congress leader. Especially on the three seats, that the Congress party considers to have stronghold, the AAP has fielded such candidates who don’t suits with caste equations in the constituencies, he added. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderCiting caste equations the Congress party claims its stronghold in South, East, North East and North West Delhi constituencies. It may be mentioned that the AAP has fielded Raghav Chadha from South Delhi, Atishi from East Delhi, Dilip Pandey from North East Delhi and Gugan Singh from North West Delhi. Out of these, Chadha, Atishi and Pandey are not looking in the mood of compromise.With both parties sharing a similar vote-bank-minorities, scheduled castes, OBC and people living in slums and resettlements colonies-the exercise has been become difficult. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsWhile North-east Delhi has approximately 21.05 per cent Muslims, 17 per cent and 14 per cent Scheduled caste and 14 per cent backward caste voters here. Similarly, in east Delhi Parliament constituency has 15 per cent Muslim voters, 17 per cent Scheduled caste and 22 per cent backward caste votes.It is pertinet to mentioned that AAP has fielded all six candidates, while Congress and BJP did not announce candidate name’s yet.Based on Congress party’s formula on castes, in the South Delhi there are 35 per cent voters from Jats, Gujjars and Yadavs and other OBC community and only 12 per cent Punjabi Khatri and Sikh voters. This equation do not suits the candidature of Raghav Chadha from South Delhi constituency. Meanwhile, the South Delhi constituency comprises 19 per cent SCs, 10 per cent Punjabi Khatri, two per cent Sikh, nine per cent Brahmins, five per cent Vaishya five per cent Muslim, five percent of Jat, 10 per cent Yadav Gujjars and 20 per cent other backward class voters.On the other hand in East Delhi there are 17 per cent SCs, 15 per cent Muslims, six per cent Gujjars-Jats, thus the Congress party believes is in favor of any backward or Muslim candidate for the seatlast_img read more

Nasa records first likely quake on Mars

first_imgWashington DC: NASA’s robotic Mars InSight lander has recorded a likely “marsquake” for the first time ever, the US space agency said. The faint seismic signal, detected by the lander’s Seismic Experiment for Interior Structure (SEIS) instrument, was recorded on April 6, the lander’s 128th Martian day. This is the first recorded trembling that appears to have come from inside the planet, as opposed to being caused by forces above the surface, such as wind, NASA said in a statement. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USScientists still are examining the data to determine the exact cause of the signal. “InSight’s first readings carry on the science that began with NASA’s Apollo missions,” said InSight Principal Investigator Bruce Banerdt of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in the US. “We’ve been collecting background noise up until now, but this first event officially kicks off a new field: Martian seismology!” Banerdt said. The new seismic event was too small to provide solid data on the Martian interior, which is one of InSight’s main objectives. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsThe Martian surface is extremely quiet, allowing SEIS, InSight’s specially designed seismometer, to pick up faint rumbles. In contrast, Earth’s surface is quivering constantly from seismic noise created by oceans and weather. An event of this size in Southern California would be lost among dozens of tiny crackles that occur every day. “The Martian Sol 128 event is exciting because its size and longer duration fit the profile of moonquakes detected on the lunar surface during the Apollo missions,” said Lori Glaze, Planetary Science Division director at NASA Headquarters. NASA’s Apollo astronauts installed five seismometers that measured thousands of quakes while operating on the Moon between 1969 and 1977, revealing seismic activity on the Moon. Different materials can change the speed of seismic waves or reflect them, allowing scientists to use these waves to learn about the interior of the Moon and model its formation. NASA currently is planning to return astronauts to the Moon by 2024, laying the foundation that will eventually enable human exploration of Mars. InSight’s seismometer, which the lander placed on the planet’s surface on December 19, 2018, will enable scientists to gather similar data about Mars. By studying the deep interior of Mars, they hope to learn how other rocky worlds, including Earth and the Moon, formed. Three other seismic signals occurred on March 14, April 10 and April 11. Detected by SEIS’ more sensitive Very Broad Band sensors, these signals were even smaller than the Sol 128 event and more ambiguous in origin. The team will continue to study these events to try to determine their cause, NASA said. Regardless of its cause, the Sol 128 signal is an exciting milestone for the team. “We’ve been waiting months for a signal like this,” said Philippe Lognonne, SEIS team lead at the Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris (IPGP) in France. “It’s so exciting to finally have proof that Mars is still seismically active. We’re looking forward to sharing detailed results once we’ve had a chance to analyze them,” Lognonne said. Most people are familiar with quakes on Earth, which occur on faults created by the motion of tectonic plates.last_img read more

Wanted criminal held

first_imgGhaziabad: A 45-year- old criminal was arrested by Noida Unit of Special Task Force (STF) after a gun battle in Surajpur area of Greater Noida. Police said, the accused also carrying bounty of Rs 1 lakh on his head.According to a senior STF officer, the accused has been identified as Vijay Singh alias Bijwa, a dreaded Bawariya and belongs to Aligarh district. Cops said that for the last two years he was living in Gurgaon. “During the gun fight, two associates- Rahul and Deepak managed to flee the spot,” said police. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesRaj Kumar Mishra, STF officer told Millennium Post that we acted on a tip-off from an informer that three persons are going to cross that stretch and then we put the cross barrier and started checking all the vehicles. “During checking, police saw three suspicious persons coming on two motorcycle on the service road of Surajpur area and police signaled them to stop but they opened firing on the police party and in which two constable were also received bullets injuries. The injured constable have been identified as Bijender Singh (32) and Ravi Kumar (28). Police also gave them answer with the gun and one bullet hit right leg of Vijay and STF arrested him,” Mishra added. “STF took the injured accused and both constables to the nearby hospital for the medical treatment and now all are fine,” Mishra added. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: Javadekar”During questioning, the accused told police that on October 10,2017 he along with some other person’s robbed a bank in Allahabad of Rs 50 lakh and during robbery, they also shot killed a security guard in the bank. After that incident UP police announced a reward on him of Rs 1 lakh,” Mishra added. “The accused also told the STF that on January 12, 2019 he came to Gautam Buddh Nagar along with three friends to execute a robbery with a Noida based businessman but Noida Police started a gun firing on them. During this gun fight two of his associates- Samay Singh and Deepak were arrested by Noida police and they failed to rob the business man,” he added.last_img read more

Techsavvy people more likely to accept robot doctors

first_imgPeople with advanced computer skills are more likely to accept and use digital healthcare services and robot doctors, says a study by an Indian-origin researcher. “There is increasing use of automated systems in the medical field, where intake is now often conducted through a kiosk instead of by a receptionist,” said a Professor at Pennsylvania State University. “We investigated user acceptance of these ‘robot receptionists,’ along with automated nurses and doctors,” he added. Also Read – The Puja carnivalFor the study, scientists recruited participants from the online workforce Amazon Mechanical Turk to gain a better understanding of user psychology behind the acceptance of automation in clinics. The research team gauged the participants’ preconceived beliefs about and attitudes toward machines – what is called a “machine heuristic.” The team measured participants’ adherence to the machine heuristic by asking them to indicate their level of agreement with statements such as, “When machines, rather than humans, complete a task, the results are more accurate.” Also Read – Wave City brings special offers this Navratra”We found that if you’re high on machine heuristic and you’re high on power usage, you have the most positive attitude toward automated healthcare providers. This combination seems to make people more accepting of these technologies,” said the professor. “A power user is more likely to accept a robot doctor, for example, than a non-power user.” The results were presented at the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems in Glasgow, Scotland. According to him, the healthcare industry can benefit from increased reliance on automated systems. “Doctors are limited by their human bandwidth, by their experience, knowledge and even state of mind from minute to minute,” he said.last_img read more

A look at key moments in Foxconns plan for Wisconsin plant

MADISON, Wis. — Taiwanese company Foxconn Technology Group shifted its stated plans yet again on Friday for a massive Wisconsin technology campus. Here’s a look at key moments in the development of the project:July 26, 2017: President Donald Trump announces Foxconn Technology Group will build a plant in southeastern Wisconsin . The company says it will invest $10 billion in a manufacturing campus that will produce large, Generation 10.5 liquid-crystal-display flat screens for big-screen TVs, self-driving cars, notebooks and other monitors. The company says the project could employ up to 13,000 people.Sept. 18, 2017: Republican Gov. Scott Walker signs an unprecedented $3 billion state incentives package for the plant, brushing aside critics who warn the package is too expensive.Oct. 4, 2017: Foxconn announces the plant will be built in Mount Pleasant in Racine County, about 25 miles (40 kilometres) south of Milwaukee.Dec. 5, 2017: The Racine County Board approves borrowing nearly $80 million to help pay for costs associated with the plant.April 24, 2018: The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources approves air permits for the manufacturing campus.April 26, 2018: The DNR approves a request from the city of Racine to pull 7 million gallons of water per day from Lake Michigan to serve the plant.May 25, 2018: Environmental law firm Midwest Environmental Advocates asks an administrative law judge to block the Lake Michigan withdrawal , arguing it violates the Great Lakes Compact. The case is still pending.June 28, 2018: Foxconn breaks ground in Mount Pleasant. Trump attends and calls the plant “the eighth wonder of the world.” That same day Foxconn announces it now plans to build much smaller Generation 6 screens and phase in production of Generation 10.5 screens later. Generation 6 production uses different machinery and is much cheaper than Generation 10.5 companies, according to industry experts.August 29, 2018: The first walls for the campus go up in Mount Pleasant.November 6, 2018: Democrat Tony Evers, a critic of the project, defeats Walker in the governor’s race.Jan. 18, 2019: Foxconn finished 2018 with 178 full-time employees in Wisconsin, 82 workers short of the minimum required to claim job-creation tax credits.Jan. 30, 2019: Louis Woo, special assistant to Foxconn’s CEO, sends a shockwave through Wisconsin when he tells Reuters that the company will scale back and possibly shelve plans to build display screens in the state, saying the company can’t compete. He says the Mount Pleasant facility will still perform manufacturing tasks but three-quarters of the workers will focus on research and the site would be more of a research hub.Feb. 1, 2019: Foxconn changes its plans again after Chairman Terry Gou speaks directly with Trump, announcing the company will make Generation 6 screens at the Mount Pleasant site after all . Evers tells reporters that the company needs to improve its messaging and transparency, saying “there’s no limit to skepticism if the messaging isn’t coherent.”Todd Richmond, The Associated Press read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

Some of the most active companies traded Wednesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (16,132.53, down 22.63 points).Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Down 40 cents, or 3.27 per cent, to $11.83 on 13 million shares.Toronto-Dominion Bank. (TSX:TD). Financials. Down 52 cents, or 0.71 per cent, to $73.14 on 8.8 million shares.Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. (TSX:CNQ). Energy. Down 72 cents, or 1.94 per cent, to $36.42 on 7.6 million shares.Enbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB). Energy. Up 16 cents, or 0.33 per cent, to $49.15 on 7.5 million shares.The Green Organic Dutchman Holdings. (TSX:TGOD). Health care. Down 29 cents, or 5.91 per cent, to $4.62 on 6.8 million shares.Hexo Corp. (TSX:HEXO). Health care. Down 53 cents, or 5.84 per cent, to $8.55 on 6.2 million shares.Companies reporting:Telus Corp. (TSX:T). Up 29 cents to $49.12. Telus Corp., BlackBerry Ltd. and two Ottawa-based partners are looking for a select number of innovative early-stage Canadian companies that can quickly put together new secure technology for the “internet of things.” The internet of things includes consumer devices such as voice-activated smart speakers and wearable fitness trackers. Industrial applications include arrays of sensors that monitor anything from highway traffic to agricultural crops.Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED). Down $2.24 or 3.75 per cent to $57.49. Pineapple Express star Seth Rogen and screenwriter Evan Goldberg have teamed up with Canopy Growth Corp. to launch a Toronto-based Canadian cannabis brand called Houseplant. Houseplant said Canopy acquired 25 per cent of the business, and invested working capital, but would not disclose any further financial information. Rogen and Goldberg are the business leads of the company, while Canopy in its role as venture partner is providing the facilities, expertise and infrastructure to grow cannabis. The Canadian Press read more

Tesla fires several Calgary employees

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – Automaker Tesla has fired several of its employees at its Calgary service centre.In a statement to 660 NEWS, Tesla confirms the employees were dismissed following an investigation into “repeated inappropriate exchanges between colleagues”, a violation of its workplace policies.Tesla would not say what the inappropriate exchanges were, only that it was another employee who brought forward a complaint.Tesla is assuring its Calgary car owners that the service centre remains open, and will be hiring new staff for the now vacant positions. read more

George Weston nudges quarterly dividend higher reports firstquarter loss

Companies in this story: (TSX:WN, TSX:L, TSX:CHP.UN) The Canadian Press TORONTO — George Weston Ltd. nudged its dividend higher as it reported a loss in its latest quarter due to an accounting charge related to its holdings in the Choice Properties Real Estate Investment Trust.The company, which also operates Weston Foods, including bakery operations in Canada and the U.S., and holds a controlling stake in Loblaw Companies Ltd., says it will pay a quarterly dividend of 52.5 cents per share, up from 51.5 cents.The increased payment to shareholders came as George Weston reported a net loss attributable to common shareholders of $488 million or $3.18 per share due to a $601-million one-time charge related to a significant unit price increase at Choice Properties. The loss compared with a profit of $180 million or $1.40 per share in the same period in 2018.Sales totalled $11.17 billion, up from $10.74 billion.On an adjusted basis, George Weston says it earned $201 million or $1.30 per share for 12-week period ended March 23 compared with an adjusted profit of $178 million or $1.38 per share a year earlier when the company had fewer shares outstanding.Analysts on average had expected a profit of $1.34 per share and revenue of $11.22 billion, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.Galen G. Weston, chairman and chief executive of the company, said its three businesses in retail, real estate and consumer goods performed well in the first quarter.“Loblaw delivered continued strong operational performance, gaining traction on its key priorities and accelerating investments,” he said in a statement. “Choice Properties delivered solid financial and operational results. Weston Foods delivered results in line with our expectations as the business continues to stabilize.” read more

Huawei asks court to deem US security law unconstitutional

SHENZHEN, China — Chinese tech giant Huawei has filed a motion in U.S. court challenging the constitutionality of a law that limits its sales of telecom equipment.The action Wednesday is the latest in an ongoing clash between Huawei and the U.S. government, which claims the Chinese telecom company poses a threat to international cybersecurity.Huawei’s chief legal officer Song Liuping announced Wednesday that Huawei has filed a motion for summary judgment asking the court to rule on whether it is constitutional for the U.S. to implement a military spending provision that bars the government and its contractors from using Huawei equipment.Huawei launched its suit in Plano, Texas, its U.S. headquarters, in March.The biggest global maker of network equipment is fighting a U.S. campaign to persuade allies to shun the company.The Associated Press read more