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 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

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

Fracking fears rise in Newfoundland as junior explorers hunt for shale oil

CALGARY — As a junior energy explorer comes closer to finding out whether North America’s next big shale oil find lies beneath the western coast of Newfoundland, concerns are being raised about the environmental effects fracking could have in the remote region.Shoal Point Energy Ltd. spent the winter holidays hammering out a farmout deal with Black Spruce Exploration, a subsidiary of Foothills Capital Corp., that will enable as many as 12 exploration wells to be drilled over the next few years in the Green Point shale.After that, the companies aim to have a better idea of how much black gold can be coaxed out the narrow stretch of rock — and hopefully attract deeper pocketed investors to help scale up the discovery.“It’s not the big long-term solution yet,” Shoal Point chief executive officer George Langdon said in an interview.As in other shale formations throughout North America, tapping the Green Point will require hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, to unlock the resource. The process involves injecting a mixture of water, sand and chemicals underground at high pressure in order to crack the rock.Fracking has unleashed huge supplies of natural gas and oil from shales across the continent, but it also brings with it controversy over its potential environmental effects.Bob Diamond, chair of the Bay St. George Sustainability Network, said fracking has become a hot topic in his community.Less than a dozen people attended his group’s first meeting on the issue, but that number swelled to 60 for a second gathering last week.“We’re not against oil or oil development or exploration,” Mr. Diamond said from Stephenville, N.L.“We want to ensure that it’s not going to have any significant impact on our health or our environment.”In addition to the safety of the fracking process itself, Mr. Diamond said he’s also worried about all of the trucks and heavy equipment moving around the area and the safety of drilling in a coastal region prone to wild weather.He also wants to make sure that other industries, such as tourism and fisheries, aren’t harmed.“I’d like to see a moratorium on gas and oil fracking,” said Mr. Diamond.“In Newfoundland, there’s actually no kind of regulatory structure in place yet to deal with fracking, which alarms a lot of people.”He said recent fracking guidelines set out by the New Brunswick government seem to strike the right balance, and he’d like to see his province follow suit.David Murray, CEO of Foothills Capital Corp., said although fracking is new to western Newfoundland, the technology has been around for a long time and has been safely used around the world.“We know that people will be concerned about it because they’re not as experienced in this area as to what’s involved. But do we see any real technical issues here? The answer is no,” he said.He said there are no groundwater sources at risk from the drilling.Shoal Point, a small Toronto-based outfit, set up a data room last summer where potential partners could access company information. Firms from around the world — some large and some small — took a look at what Shoal Point had to offer.Mr. Langdon had expected the potential size of the Green Point — one estimate pegs it as having 23 billion barrels of oil in place — would be enough to lure a big-name partner.But so far no major firms have been reeled in, likely because there is still a lot of drilling to be done before they’re convinced those barrels can be produced economically.“I think that it’s big enough now and they should be looking at it,” said Mr. Langdon.“It’s a new area. Maybe not many people are as familiar with the geology as we are. In any case, that’s the way they look at it and I think the time will come when we’ll be very, very interested in it.”Black Spruce brings shale oil expertise to the table and can help take operating costs off of Shoal Point’s shoulders.“These guys were having a tough time even though all the geological information seemed to be outstanding,” said Mr. Murray.Another Foothills subsidiary works in the Bakken shale, a massive oil deposit centred in North Dakota that’s producing enough oil to drastically alter the North American market.Black Spruce is arranging with other Foothills affiliates to bring drilling equipment and materials to the remote area of Newfoundland, where so far it’s been costly and logistically difficult to drill.“We felt that we could provide a solution for these guys that many other people couldn’t, where they’d have to go to many different places to shop,” said Mr. Murray.In the first phase of the partnership, Black Spruce has agreed to drill one well on each of Shoal Point’s three blocks for a 40% interest.Black Spruce will also have the option to drill a fourth well in a location of its choosing, enabling it to earn a 50% interest.Once the optional well is drilled, the companies can choose to enter their deal’s second phase, which involves drilling up to eight more wells, giving Black Spruce a 60% interest.The top priority will be to finish off a well on the southernmost block, where Shoal Point’s lease has already expired. The regulator, the Canada-Newfoundland Offshore Petroleum Board, has been “patient” in allowing Shoal Point time to complete the work this year.“As the first company exploring for an unconventional play in offshore Newfoundland, they’ve given us a lot of discretion and flexibility to prove that this could be a commercial venture. And we are very appreciative of that fact,” said Mr. Langdon.Once Shoal Point and Black Spruce have proven that oil can be produced from the rock, they can apply to the board for a significant discovery licence.Shoal Point is by far the biggest landowner in the Green Point, having amassed more than 280,000 hectares across its three blocks. Shoal Point owns 100%of two of those blocks and 80% of another.Shoal Point’s activity so far has been at the south edge of the formation, which stretches north along the coast well past Gros Morne National Park.The Green Point extends into the offshore, but the wells are being drilled from on land into the formation.Recent fluid injection tests by Shoal Point’s Houston-based contractor showed promising results when it comes to the rock’s permeability.“Every time we turn over a stone, things look better on the technical side. We’re very, very happy about that,” said Mr. Langdon.Mr. Murray said there’s “no question” the Green Point holds a lot of oil, but it remains to be seen how much of it can flow to the surface on its own steam.“There’s only one way to determine that at this point from the technology that we have today, and that’s to actually drill.”The Canadian Press read more

US homebuilder confidence rises in November sales expectations and buyer traffic improve

WASHINGTON – U.S. homebuilders’ confidence rebounded in November as both sales expectations and buyer traffic improved.The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo index rose to 58 this month, up from 54 in October. That puts the index just short of September’s reading of 59, which was the highest level since November 2005, shortly before the housing bubble burst.Readings above 50 indicate more builders view sales conditions as good rather than poor.The index released Tuesday found sentiment had improved in the Northeast, Midwest, South and West. Builders expect sales to increase through the next six months.Still, other indicators show that rising builder optimism has not necessarily been paired with a significant improvement in sales. Purchases of new homes were nearly flat in September, the Commerce Department reported. The pace of sales for newly built homes has improved a mere 1.7 per cent so far this year compared to 2013, putting it below overall economic growth.Rising prices in 2013 have cut into affordability for would-be buyers, limiting sales growth for new homes and cutting into sales for existing homes. On average last year, home prices rose at roughly six times the pace of wages, which limited the benefits of historically low mortgage rates.Even as home price growth has moderated in recent months, the prices continue to rise at more than double the annual increase in wages. Average hourly pay for non-supervisory workers has risen just 2.2 per cent over the past year to $20.70, the Labor Department reported earlier this month.Just 59 per cent of homes sold across the United States are affordable on a middle class income, compared to 62 per cent last year, the real estate data firm Trulia said Tuesday.“Affordability is likely to worsen,” said Jed Kolko, chief economist at Trulia. “Unless incomes increase substantially, homeownership will slip further beyond the reach of many households.” by Josh Boak, The Associated Press Posted Nov 18, 2014 8:15 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email US homebuilder confidence rises in November; sales expectations and buyer traffic improve read more

Companies received €5m more in venture capital from Enterprise Ireland last year

first_imgIRISH-BASED COMPANIES RECEIVED €5 million more last year in venture and seed capital from an Enterprise Ireland funding programme, its annual report shows.The number of companies who benefited from the scheme also increased, from 84 to 94.Enterprise Ireland Seed & Venture Capital Programme has a value of €700 million, and is expected to run until 2018.As many as 2,100 people are thought to work with companies that have received investment under this programme.A total of €59 million was invested in Irish-based companies last year.Commenting on the launch of today’s report, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton said: If we can ensure that our seed and venture capital schemes continue to perform strongly over the coming years this will make a major contribution towards creating the jobs we need.Investment losses at Enterprise Ireland more than quadrupled last year to €16.8 million.The same figure for 2012 was €3.8 million.The vast majority of the loss was attributed to investor companies that were in liquidation or receivership, accounting for €10.67 million of the total.Read: Enterprise Ireland investment losses more than quadruple to €16.8 million >More: Record year as Enterprise Ireland companies hit €17.1 billion in exports >last_img read more

Black Friday Florida Family Already Camping Out for Best Buy Deals

first_imgI made some off-handed comment yesterday about the shopping season coming earlier and earlier every year. That sentiment is particularly true for one family in St. Petersburg, Florida that has already begun camping out in front of their local Best Buy.The family started camping out at 10 AM on Wednesday morning, a full nine days ahead of Black Friday, becoming, seemingly, the first people in the country to line up for Best Buy Black Friday Deals.AdChoices广告The family’s tenacity has already paid off. The manager of that particular Best Buy presented them with a “First Family of Black Friday” award, including new iPads for the family.“We’re here really early this year because we’ve always been second, third and fourth and down the line,” family member Lorie Davenport told a local news station. “We’re tired of not being first and we figured we’ve put in six years, we want to be first.”There are 10 family members taking turns in line. The Davenports have camped out for six straight years.last_img read more

Bayern agree Pavard deal

first_imgBenjamin Pavard has agreed to join Bayern Munich from VFB Stuttgart, according to Sports Mole.Bayern Munich have reportedly agreed on a deal with Stuttgart for the signature of French defender Benjamin Pavard.The 22-year-old versatile defender was instrumental for France at the just concluded FIFA World Cup in Russia where he featured mainly as a right back.Pavard who’s first and only ever goal for the French National team was that sweetly-struck volley against Argentina in the second-round.IranFan dies after setting herself on fire protesting Iran’s ban on women spectators Manuel R. Medina – September 10, 2019 A young woman from Iran set, only publicly known as The Blue Girl for the color of her favorite club Esteghlal, has died from her injuries after protesting Iran’s ban on female fans.Les Bleus finished the tournament as world champions with Pavard going to be a World Cup winner in his first major tournament appearance for France.Stuttgart are keen to have the defender remain with them for the upcoming season and look set to get their wish as Pavard will only move to the Allianz Arena in the summer of 2019 if both teams can finalize a deal.The German champions were hoping to negotiate a deal for the right-back but have instead decided to activate the £31.2million release clause in his contract.last_img read more

Myanmar minister to visit Rohingya camps in Bangladesh

first_imgRohingya refugees walk at Jamtoli camp in the morning in Cox`s Bazar on 22 January 2018. — ReutersA Myanmar minister will tour camps for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, an official said Wednesday, the first such visit since Myanmar’s army drove nearly 700,000 members of the Muslim minority over the border.Bangladesh’s foreign ministry confirmed that Myanmar’s social welfare, relief and resettlement minister Win Myat Aye would visit the congested camps, which are home to nearly one million Rohingya refugees in total.”His programme has not been fixed yet,” Tareque Muhammad, a director-general at the foreign ministry, told AFP. The visit is slated for April 11 or 12.US and UN officials say the military crackdown which began last August in the mainly Buddhist nation, purportedly to flush out guerrillas, amounted to ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya.Another Bangladeshi official told AFP it would be the first visit by a Myanmar minister to the camps, which have sheltered Rohingya refugees since the early 1990s, for more than a decade.Win Myat Aye is the deputy head of a task force led by Aung San Suu Kyi on the crisis in Rakhine state, and a top official overseeing a stalled agreement with Bangladesh to repatriate some 750,000 refugees.Myanmar has approved several hundred Rohingya from a list of thousands to return to their homeland but not a single one has yet crossed back.Meanwhile Myanmar authorities are accused of bulldozing Rohingya villages in Rakhine and seeking to erase evidence at sites where their troops are accused of atrocities.Myanmar has denied the charge but blocked investigators from visiting an area where thousands of Rohingya, long persecuted in the country, are believed to have been killed.Even before the latest influx began last August, the camps in southeast Bangladesh were home to roughly 300,000 Rohingya Muslims who fled previous waves of violence.Rohingya community leaders in the camps said they would welcome the opportunity to raise their concerns about returning to Rakhine with the visiting Myanmar official.”We would like to meet face-to face with the minister,” Mohibullah told AFP.Many of the displaced Muslims have rejected the prospect of returning, fearing a repeat of the persecution that has forced them off their lands for generations.Refugees demand recognition as a minority, access to health and education and an assurance they can return to their ancestral villages rather than being shunted into resettlement camps in Rakhine.last_img

Cave Story coming this year to the Nintendo 3DS

first_imgSeven years ago, quiet Japanese introvert Daisuke Amaya, aka Pixel, released Cave Story for the PC. A loving tribute to 8-bit platformers, Cave Story was an elegiac pixel art masterpiece that managed to somehow capture all of the nostalgia and sadness of games, dreams and youth in one perfect game.Since Cave Story‘s debut, the game has inevitably been ported to almost every platform under the sun, from the Mac to the PSP. Last year, the game was released on the Nintendo Wii and the DSi thanks to the WiiWare and DSiware digital delivery platforms, and now it looks like it’ll continue the trend on the 3DS thanks to developer Nicalis and NIS America.Gamespot got a chance to preview the title, and while it’s not all the way there yet, it’s showing promise:In terms of gameplay and story, Cave Story 3D will have the same content as its 2D predecessor and will once again follow the amnesiac Quote as he explores the creepy cave that he finds himself in. The build that NIS had running at this point wasn’t fully functional in 3D, but we did get a chance to see how the environments would look without the fancy effect. The game’s art and levels have been designed to give you a feeling of depth and a 2.5D platforming feel. It’s still a side-scroller, but at times you will feel the slight curve as you head into a door or move from one level to another. The goal is to definitely keep Cave Story the way it is but give it a visual boost and it will be available on the 3DS as a cartridge sometime this summer. Although some might be disappointed that the only change here is 3D, I’m personally relieved. Cave Story would be my vote for the single most perfect video game of the 20th century. Any additional content might just undermine its beauty.Read more at Gamespotlast_img read more

Hulu Is Making a Hitman TV Series with the Creator of John

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Remember when Square Enix sold IO Interactive and the future of the Hitman franchise looked bleak? That continues to be the best thing that ever happened to the company and their most beloved series. Not only did they add yet more content to their award-winning episodic experiment, not only do they have another season/game in the works, they’re about to have a TV show.Deadline reports that Fox is teaming up with Hulu to create a television series based on IO’s hit, man. (Sorry.) The pilot will be written by John Wick creator Derek Kolstad, who is also executive producing the series. That’s one promising sign that a live-action Hitman could really work this time. Another promising sign is that Hulu hopes to turn the show into a flagship series for the streaming network. That mean’s it’s more than just a cash grab. They’re more likely to give the show what it needs to actually be good.The Hitman series doesn’t have the best history when it comes to live adaptations. 20th Century Fox previously released two Hitman movies, and both were abysmal. While many factors went into making Hitman and Hitman: Agent 47 that bad, their biggest sin, as a fan of the games, was that they didn’t understand what Hitman was all about. They took all the careful planning, the intricate assassinations, the dark humor, and the insane methods, and through it all away. They turned Hitman into two movies about a bald guy who shoots a lot of guns. That’s not what Hitman is. Hitman is learning your target’s movements, figuring out when they’re alone. Or if they’re never alone, it’s figuring out how to cause a horrific accident with no one suspecting it’s you. It’s carefully calculating every step and wildly improvising when your plan inevitably goes awry. If you can’t turn that into compelling live-action drama, I don’t know what’s wrong with you.That’s where Kolstad’s involvement has me optimistic. Yes, the John Wick movies were big loud action flicks, but they had a craft that’s rare in those kinds of movies. Even with the tiniest bit of story, the movies made you care about a character nobody had ever heard of before. Those films displayed a mastery of pacing. The Hitman series will inevitably have its big action sequences, but I trust Kolstad to recognize that the build-up to those sequences is just as important, if not more so. And that it’s just as much fun to watch Agent 47 kill a bunch of dudes with a battle axe as it is to watch an intricate Rube Goldberg machine of death come together. That’s what I’m hoping for, anyway. Also, since a TV show, there may be fewer restrictions on what kinds of stories they can tell. And with a per-episode budget being much lower than a Hollywood film, that could force the show to get more creative with each assassination, rather than turning everything into a big action setpiece.No word on a release date yet, but this is the perfect excuse to revisit some of your favorite Hitman games. The story of the series is said to be very close to the games’ mythology. ‘Hitman 2’: The Briefcase Is a Hitman’s Deadliest WeaponThe Deadliest Assassins in Video Games center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

State declares holiday for Chhath Puja today

first_imgKolkata: The state government has declared a holiday on Tuesday for Chhath Puja and sectional holiday for the same on Wednesday. While addressing a gathering at the inaugural ceremony of Jagaddhatri Puja at Posta, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said: “The state government has declared holiday on Tuesday for Chhath Puja and there will be sectional holiday on Wednesday as well.” It may be mentioned that Banerjee will be attending a programme on the eve of Chhath Puja at Dahi Ghat in Kidderpore on Tuesday. It has been stated in the notification in connection with the holiday that “the state government has already declared holiday on November 13 for state government officers, boards, corporations, undertakings and educational institutions all over the state…In view of this, the Governor is pleased to further declare November 14 as sectional holiday for Chhath Puja.” People who perform Chhath Puja have appreciated the move. It may be mentioned that the state government has already issued a notification declaring holidays for the year 2019. There will be a holiday for 13 days at a stretch during Durga Puja. There will be an “additional day” holiday on February 11 for Saraswati Puja apart from the offices of the Registrar of Assurances, Kolkata, the Collector of Stamp Revenue, Kolkata and the West Bengal Beverages Corporation Limited.last_img read more

Sunni tribes abandoned by Iraq key to Islamic State fight

first_img HABANIYAH, Iraq (AP) — Parading across a desert base, hundreds of Sunni tribesmen who graduated a crash training course stood ready to take on the Islamic State group on behalf of a government that many believed left them to die at the hands of the extremists.Among them were tribesmen who watched as Iraqi forces abandoned Ramadi a month ago to the Islamic State group. Their suspicions toward the Shiite-led government in Baghdad could be seen as they pushed forward to receive their first government salary in 18 months, with one brandishing a Kalashnikov assault rifle as he neared the front. Comments   Share   Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center In this Wednesday, June 17, 2015 photo, Sunni tribal leaders receive their salaries in Habaniyah, 80 kilometers (50 miles) west of Baghdad, Iraq. A month after the fall of Ramadi, the Shiite-dominated Iraqi government is working to train and equip Sunni tribesmen from Anbar to fight the Islamic State group. In doing so, they must first repair a breach of trust that emerged from 18 months of neglect, which tribesmen say is the primary reason Ramadi fell into IS control. (AP Photo/ Khalid Mohammed) Yet despite being targeting by the Islamic State group, many of the Sunni tribesmen from Anbar who spoke to the AP said the Baghdad government viewed them as being complicit in the extremists’ advance, solely because they share the same sect.“They blame us for what happened,” said Omar al-Fahdawi. The military tells us “you’re the ones who got us here; you’re the ones who killed us.”Yet on Wednesday, 500 men from some of Anbar’s biggest tribes marched in formation at Iraq’s Habaniyah military base in the province’s western desert, part of a force the Iraqi government is quickly trying to make battle-ready.As many as 80 U.S. advisers are now at Habaniyah, the first of a batch of 450 additional troops that President Barack Obama agreed to send to Iraq last week. The advisers declined to speak with journalists on hand for the ceremony.Hameed al-Zerjawi, Iraq’s secretary-general for national security, said the American advisers will work with Iraqi security forces, which then will train militia fighters. He said the Americans will not engage directly with the militias.That decision comes after Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi summoned the Popular Mobilization Forces to Anbar after the fall of Ramadi. The government-backed fighters, made up predominantly of Iranian-backed Shiite militias, now outnumber Iraqi security forces in all of Iraq and are considered the most effective fighting force on the ground today. “For a year and a half we told them we need weapons, we need salaries, we need food, we need protection, but our requests were ignored until the disaster of Ramadi happened,” said Sheikh Rafa al-Fahdawi, one of the leaders of the Al Bu Fahad tribe of Anbar province.But money and weapons alone won’t be enough to repair the mistrust between Baghdad and the Sunni tribes it now needs to battle the Islamic State group, which holds about a third of the country and neighboring Syria in its self-declared “caliphate.” After Iraqi forces abandoned Ramadi and then turned to Shiite militias for help, both sides remain suspicious of each other, threatening any effort to work together.Iraq’s Sunnis long have complained of discrimination and abuse since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein’s Sunni-led dictatorship and replaced it with a government dominated by the country’s Shiite majority. But the collapse of Iraqi forces in Ramadi on May 17 crystalized the fears many Sunni tribesmen had when their pleas for help went unanswered.That night, silence fell over Ramadi after weeks of Islamic State-launched suicide car bomb attacks and gun battles, said Sunni tribesmen who spoke to The Associated Press. The Iraqi forces there, including its vaunted special forces units, slipped out of the city, leaving Sunni tribesmen armed only with light weapons and their personal vehicles to battle the extremists, they said. The city quickly fell, forcing the tribesmen to flee. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top Stories center_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Sponsored Stories But while the Popular Mobilization Forces insist they aren’t sectarian, human rights groups have accused individual Shiite militias fighting within the structure of harassing or attacking Sunni civilians, as well as destroying their homes and businesses.Ali Khalil, a spokesman for the Iraqi national security apparatus and for the Popular Mobilization Forces in Anbar, acknowledged the fear Sunnis have of the militias, but said they were needed for the fight.“The Shiites are stronger and larger than the Sunnis,” he said. “There are some mixed divisions, although none of them are here in Anbar.”For those Sunni tribesmen at Habaniyah, that was little comfort.“They are Iranian militias — nothing more,” said Majeed al-Fahdawi, Omar’s brother. “We’ve communicated our concerns to the government but they don’t listen. We’re seen as traitors if we speak against them.”___Abdul-Zahra reported from Baghdad.___Follow Vivian Salama on Twitter at © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. How do cataracts affect your vision? The difference between men and women when it comes to pain “We felt there was no hope when the military left,” said Omar al-Fahdawi, a member of the Al Bu Fahad tribe from Ramadi. “For a year and a half we have been begging for government support, for weapons, for help. But we were forgotten.”A senior Iraqi intelligence official and operations commander in Anbar province confirmed that counterterrorism forces were the first to pull out of Ramadi, abandoning 89 Humvees and armored cars, as well as rifles and mortars. The official said that the counterterrorism units were ambushed by some 200 militant fighters, breaking their line of defense and forcing them to withdraw, leaving the army and tribal fighters outnumbered and outgunned. The official spoke on condition of anonymity as he wasn’t authorized to brief journalists. Iraq’s Defense Ministry refused to comment.The al-Fahdawis and many of their fellow tribesmen are now displaced and require government support for their families, most of whom now live in camps or temporary housing in the Anbar town of Khalidiyah.But they are lucky compared to others. The Islamic State group has massacred hundreds of men, women and children with Anbar’s Al Bu Nimr tribe for resisting their rule and cooperating with the Iraqi government.last_img read more

Fiji Airways to Suva

first_imgSource = ETB News: P.T. Pacific Sun is due to be re-branded as Fiji Link in 2014. Australians and Pacific islanders will benefit from enhanced connectivity, with the commencement of two new international services by Fiji Airways in 2014. The Suva-Apia service will run late on Mondays and Fridays, while the return journey will operate on Tuesday and Saturday mornings, enabling greater connectivity to other international destinations.center_img The new Sydney-Suva flights will be operated by a Boeing 737-700 aircraft, operating on Mondays and Fridays, with a midday departure from Suva and an afternoon departure from Sydney. From May 2014, Fiji’s national carrier will begin flying twice weekly direct between Sydney and Suva, while the airline’s subsidiary, Pacific Sun, will launch the first Suva to Samoa (Apia) service.last_img read more

Property prices rise in Q3 but Economists fear new drop

first_imgThe Cypriot branch of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) said property prices continued to rise across the island in the third quarter of 2017 fuelled by economic growth, as economists describe the current real estate market recovery as temporary and expect a new price drop to set off in two years.House and apartment prices rose 1.7 per cent and 0.5 per cent respectively in the third quarter compared to the previous one, RICS said in an emailed statement. The rise in residential property prices was spearheaded by Limassol where house and flat prices rose 4.1 per cent and 5.5 per cent respectively.In July to September, prices for holiday houses and flats registered a quarterly rise of 1.8 per cent and 2.5 per cent respectively, RICS said. In Limassol, flat prices rose a quarterly 4 per cent while in Paralimni house prices rose 2.9 per cent, which in both cases were the highest increases island-wide.Compared to the respective three-month period of 2016, property prices rose in July to September, 7.4 per cent in the case of apartments, 4.2 per cent in the case of houses, 8.8 per cent for offices, 4.4 per cent for warehouses and 4.5 per cent for retail, the institute said.The highest annual increase in flat and house prices was again in Limassol where they rose 13 per cent and 14 per cent in the third quarter, RICS said. Prices for all commercial property categories rose the most in Nicosia, with office prices going up an annual 20 per cent and both warehouses and shop prices rising 7 per cent.Marios Mavrides who teaches economics at the European University of Cyprus said that the current increase in property prices, which fell after the peak of the property bubble nine years ago, is likely to come to a halt in two years.“Prices have not fallen enough,” said Mavrides who is also a Disy MP.According to the RICS data, property prices hit bottom in the fourth quarter of 2015, the year in which Cyprus emerged out of a prolonged recession.In six years, flats and houses lost 40 per cent and 30 per cent of their value, while warehouse and office prices fell 37 per cent. The situation for shops was even worse as their prices fell 49 per cent.The government’s citizenship-by-investment scheme, introduced in 2014 and allowing investors to apply for the Cypriot passport, helped contain prices, the economist said.Also, the European Central Bank’s (ECB) accommodating monetary policy and the Cypriot banks’ reluctance to resort to foreclosures also helped the market stabilise, he added.All this is likely to change when the government phases out or scales the passport scheme in a year or two, Mavrides said. The ECB is likely to start by the end of next year to increase interest rates, which is expected to coincide with an increase in foreclosures by Cypriot banks currently struggling with more than €21bn in non-performing loans.Economist Marios Clerides said that that he too feared a possible drop in real estate prices.“I am concerned about property prices because we have created artificial demand with the passport scheme and the sustainability in this area,” he said. “The real estate market in Cyprus is fragile”.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoSmart Tips DailySeniors With No Life Insurance May Get A $250,000 Policy If They Do ThisSmart Tips DailyUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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