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FIFA head of refereeing rejects Wueck grouse

first_imgKolkata, Oct 23 (PTI) FIFAs Head of Refereeing Massimo Busacca today took a dig at Germany coach Christian Wueck, who hit out at the referee after their “harsh” 1-2 quarterfinal elimination against Brazil in the FIFA Under-17 World Cup.Brazil struck twice through Weverson and Paulinho in a space of six minutes in the second-half yesterday to seal a semifinal spot.Germany coach Wueck congratulated Brazil but was clearly unhappy with the USA referee Jair Marrufo, claiming that a legitimate penalty was denied to his team before the Selecao juniors got the lead in the 77th minute.”Anyone who saw the game can judge himself alone without listening to somebody else,” the FIFAs Head of Refereeing Department told the reporters today.Without naming Wueck, the Swiss said one should not complain much unless theres a terrible scandal in a match.”Honestly I dont want to single out a situation other than that of a blatant violation, or a scandal. It does not make any sense. I dont think it was a case like that yesterday. Dont lose too much time over it.”He further said everybody saw the performances and can judge easily.”I dont want to say something when everybody has seen it, and can make an explanation himself.”In full support of the USA referee, Busacca said, “I saw what happened yesterday, because we review everyday. I know what we are doing. Honestly, its not my habit to find excuse in life. If we commit a mistake, its very easy for me to admit and say were bad.advertisement”Sometimes we can have a situation but we have to admit without complaining so much. In general I can say we are very very happy with the performance of this group of referees and the assistants. In this competition, we are very happy about their decisions. We did not see any major problem.”Meanwhile, Busacca said that football is in Indias blood and its a matter of time that the nations referees would officiate at a top-level FIFA tournament.Having witnessed a record attendance of 66,000 plus in the Germany-Brazil quarterfinal match at the Salt Lake Stadium yesterday, the Swiss said it was a historical achievement.”Look at the spectators you are having in a game. Its incredible to see the average number of spectators turnout. Yesterday it was amazing. We can only thank India.”I have never seen so many spectators in a U-17 competition. That means football is in Indias blood. Its not only cricket and other sports but as we have seen theres also football,” the 48-year-old said.”They have proved to the world that we can organise a World Cup, are ready and also enjoying football.”He also lauded the performance of the Indian team, although they had lost all their three league games.”Even when the national team was playing, though they did not have any big experience, we saw very good individual skills. This is the good start to the future.”The FIFA head of refereeing department is also impressed by the Indian referees, who were part of a week long workshop.”A group of elite referees and instructors were invited by me to see how we are working. To have a feel of how professional referees can wake up every morning and be ready for the game. They understood and its now in their hands.”They now know how top professional referees prepare before a week during a competition. They looked very motivated. In my opinion, in a few years top referees from India will be seen at the high level FIFA competitions,” he said. PTI TAP CM CMlast_img read more

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Nedmag TIMAB Magnesium Introduce Solution for Scrubbers

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pxhere under CC0 Creative Commons license Magnesium Producers Nedmag and TIMAB Magnesium have launched a strategic partnership for development and commercialization of magnesium hydroxide in marine gas scrubber systems.Ahead of the IMO 2020 sulphur cap, the two companies have jointly developed a magnesium hydroxide product called MH53S MARE to offer vessel owners, operators and their crews the alkali source for their scrubber operations.As informed, MH53S MARE combines alkali power with high purity and best-in-class stability properties. Contrary to alternative alkali sources, MH53S MARE is a non-hazardous material, which is said to contribute positively to crew safety.After several years of successful use of MH53S MARE on board several vessels, the duo intends to bring this solution to the industry on a global scale. By combining their strengths, the two partners aim at improving further technical support as well as optimizing supply chain options available to each single vessel operator, all over the world. On top, production capacity at Nedmag doubled in 2018, with additional expansion planned to support the industry’s growing demand.In the framework of this partnership, TIMAB Magnesium handles the distribution of MH53S MARE to the maritime industry, with Nedmag supporting the development of this environmentally friendly solution from a technical point of view.“This approach fits very well in the vision of our company… With TIMAB Magnesium we have found the right partner to establish MH53S MARE as the reference in marine gas scrubbers,” Alex Medendorp, Sales and Marketing director of Nedmag, said.“We are extremely proud to contribute to a solution for the SOx emission challenge faced by the maritime industry,“ François Mazaré, Industrial & Environmental Applications Director with TIMAB Magnesium added.Since January 2015, regulations over sulphur oxides (SOx) emission from the marine industry have been significantly tightened, in Sulphur Emission Control Areas (SECAs) especially. The new set of regulations will come into force on January 1, 2020, governing all oceans and seas of the globe.Among the technical alternatives available to the maritime industry to face this environmental challenge, scrubber systems are due to play a prominent role by dramatically reducing SOx content in vessels’ exhaust.Established in 1981, Nedmag is a Netherlands-based producer of magnesium oxide, magnesium hydroxide, magnesium chloride and calcium chloride.TIMAB Magnesium is a French producer and distributor of magnesium products for agriculture, refractories and industrial and environmental applications.last_img read more

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India slams UN rights report on Kashmir as false and motivated narrative

first_imgNew Delhi: After a UN human rights report on Jammu and Kashmir said the number of civilian casualties in the state since May 2018 could be the highest in over a decade, the Indian government on Monday trashed it as “a continuation of the earlier false and motivated narrative” on Kashmir. Responding to the Update of the Report by the Office of the High Commission for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Jammu and Kashmir, which was released on Monday, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Raveesh Kumar in a statement said: “The assertions by the UN body are in violation of India’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and ignore the core issue of cross-border terrorism.” Also Read – IAF Day: Tributes paid to soldiers killed in line of duty in Jammu He said in the report, the OHCHR “analysed” a situation created by years of cross-border terrorist attacks emanating from Pakistan without any reference to its causality. The MEA termed the Update a “contrived effort to create an artificial parity between the world’s largest and most vibrant democracy and a country that openly practices state-sponsored terrorism”. The Ministry spokesperson also voiced “deep concern” that the report “seems to accord a legitimacy to terrorism that is in complete variance with UN Security Council positions”. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps, 20 launch pads along LoC He said that the UN Security Council had in February 2019, strongly condemned the dastardly Pulwama terror attack and subsequently proscribed Masood Azhar, the self styled leader of terrorist entity Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM). “However, in the Update, terrorist leaders and organisations sanctioned by the UN are deliberately underplayed as ‘armed groups’,” he added. He slammed the OHCHR for “distorting India’s policies, practices and values”, which undermined the credibility of the UN body. “Its failure to recognise an independent judiciary, human rights institutions and other mechanisms in the Indian state of Jammu & Kashmir that safeguard, protect and promote constitutionally guaranteed fundamental rights to all citizens of India is unpardonable,” the spokesperson said. “Even more so, as it belittles constitutional provisions, statutory procedures and established practices in an established functioning democracy. “The legitimisation of terrorism has been further compounded by an unacceptable advocacy of the dismemberment of a UN member State,” he said and added that the entire state of Kashmir was an integral part of India. “Pakistan is in illegal and forcible occupation of a part of the Indian state, including the so-called ‘Azad Jammu and Kashmir’ and ‘Gilgit-Baltistan’, through aggression. We have repeatedly called on Pakistan to vacate these occupied territories,” he said. According to the UN OHCHR report, tensions in Kashmir, which rose sharply after the Pulwama suicide bombing in February, “continue to have a severe impact on the human rights of civilians, including the right to life”. Quoting data gathered by the local civil society, the Update said that “around 160 civilians were killed in 2018, which is believed to be the highest number in over a decade”. It alleged that the Union Ministry for Home Affairs published “lower casualty figures, citing 37 civilians, 238 terrorists and 86 security forces personnel killed in the 11 months up to 2 December 2018”. “Of the 160 civilian deaths reported by local organisations, 71 were allegedly killed by Indian security forces, 43 by alleged members of armed groups or by unidentified gunmen, and 29 were reportedly killed due to shelling and firing by Pakistani troops in areas along the Line of Control. According to the Government of Pakistan, a further 35 civilians were killed and 135 injured on the Pakistan side of the Line of Control due to shelling and firing by Indian forces during 2018,” it said. Raveesh Kumar said: “India has registered strong protest regarding the Update with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.” “The release of such an Update has not only called into question the seriousness of OHCHR but also its alignment with the larger approach of the United Nations,” he added. “The Government of India follows the policy of zero tolerance towards terrorism and will take all measures to protect its territorial integrity and sovereignty against cross-border terrorism. Motivated attempts to weaken our national resolve will never succeed.”last_img read more

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Rly writes to firms of people caught travelling in special coaches

first_imgMumbai: Central Railway has begun writing to the employers of people caught travelling unauthorisedly in suburban train coaches meant for passengers with disabilities or cancer and women in advanced stage of pregnancy, an official said Saturday. In the past two days, as part of a special drive, CR has nabbed 766 passengers and letters have been sent to 42 employers, the CR official said. The offence is punishable with a fine or jail under section 155 of the Railway Act. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ The initiative will curb the menace of illegal travel in such special coaches as violators will fear disciplinary action from their employers, said Sunil Udasi, chief public relations officer, CR. “We have collected Rs 22.36 lakh in fines from 9,173 such offenders between January and July this year. The letters being sent by the Railway Protection Force to employers will hopefully start showing results in the next few days,” Udasi said. An RPF officer said the “name and shame” tactic should work, adding that offenders included police personnel and those employed in reputed companies and banks. Letters written earlier to police commissioners about offenders from the force had yielded results, the officer said.last_img read more

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Giuliana And Bill Rancic To Speak At Breast Cancer Fundraiser

first_imgma Cares and Market America|SHOP.COM are proud to be a supporting sponsor, along with Crown Automotive, Aetna, LabCorp and Ralph Lauren for the Gathering of Friends Gala Dinner to benefit Earlier.org, a Greensboro-based non-profit organization dedicated solely to funding research to find an earlier biological test for breast cancer.The event, which will take place Saturday, October 26 at the Grandover Resort and Conference Center in Greensboro, N.C., will feature celebrity couple Giuliana and Bill Rancic.Gathering of Friends Gala Dinner will include a 5:30 p.m. fashion show emceed by 99.5 WMAG Morning Show Co-Host Lora Songster and produced by dress Boutique Raleigh and Models for Charity. This show will feature one-of-a-kind designer fashions and well as known labels like Dior & Chanel donated by ma Cares, with models wearing the latest makeup styles from Motives by Loren Ridinger.“Breast cancer has touched the lives of our employees, family and friends and together we can make a difference by helping Earlier.org to develop an earlier test,” said Brandi Quinn, ma Cares President and Vice President of Operations at Market America.Husband-and-wife duo Bill and Giuliana Rancic charm millions of viewers each week on their reality show Giuliana & Bill, in which they share their real-life love story.A breast cancer survivor, Giuliana Rancic is an entertainment journalist, fashion and beauty expert, and trusted television personality who has reported from the red carpet events at every major event in the entertainment industry in addition to her duties as anchor of E! News and co-star of E!’s hugely popular Fashion Police.In October 2011, Giuliana Rancic announced she had been diagnosed with an early stage breast cancer. Following her announcement, she underwent numerous procedures, including undergoing a double mastectomy in December of that year.Throughout her ordeal, her husband, Bill Rancic, has been by her side. A respected entrepreneur and television personality, Bill first came on the scene when he was selected by billionaire Donald Trump as the winner of the first season of NBC’s The Apprentice. Currently, Bill Rancic develops real estate in Chicago, produces and appears in several television programs, and speaks to businesses and organizations on motivational and business topics.Tickets for Gathering of Friends Gala Dinner are still available and start at $175. For more information about Earlier.org and the Gathering of Friends Gala Dinner, or to learn more about sponsorship opportunities for this event, visit Earlier.org. or contact Kara McBurney at (336) 286-6620 or kmcburney@earlier.org.To learn more about ma Cares and their initiatives, please visit Macares.org. Additional information can be obtained about Market America here.last_img read more

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Read the 94 Calls to Action here

first_imgLegacyChild Welfare1. We call upon the federal, provincial, territorial and Aboriginal governments to commit to reducing the number of Aboriginal children in care by:i. Monitoring and assessing neglect investigations.ii. Providing adequate resources to enable Aboriginal communities and child-welfare organizations to keep Aboriginal families together where it is safe to do so, and to keep children in culturally appropriate environments, regardless of where they reside.iii. Ensuring that social workers and others who conduct child-welfare investigations are properly educated and trained about the history and impacts of residential schools.iv. Ensuring that social workers and others who conduct child-welfare investigations are properly educated and trained about the potential for Aboriginal communities and families to provide for Aboriginal communities and families to provide more appropriate solutions to family healing.v. Requiring that all child-welfare decision makers consider the impact of the residential school experience on children and their caregivers.2. We call upon the federal government, in collaboration with the provinces and territories, to prepare and publish annual reports on the number of Aboriginal children (First Nations, Inuit and Metis) who are in care, compared with non-Aboriginal children, as well as the reasons for apprehension, the total spending on preventive and care services by child-welfare agencies and the effectiveness of various interventions.3. We call upon all levels of government to fully implement Jordan’s Principle.4. We call upon the federal government to enact Aboriginal child-welfare legislation that establishes national standards for Aboriginal child apprehension and custody cases and includes principles that:i. Affirm the right of Aboriginal governments to establish and maintain their own child-welfare agencies.ii. Require all child-welfare agencies and courts to take the residential school legacy into account in their decision making.iii. Establish, as an important priority, a requirement that placements of Aboriginal children into temporary and permanent care be culturally appropriate.5. We call upon the federal, provincial, territorial, and Aboriginal governments to develop culturally appropriate parenting programs for Aboriginal families.Education6. We call upon the Government of Canada to repeal Section 43 of the Criminal Code of Canada.7. We call upon the federal government to develop with Aboriginal groups a joint strategy to eliminate education and employment gaps between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Canadians.8. We call upon the federal government to eliminate the discrepancy in federal education funding for First nations children being educated on reserves and those First Nations children being educated off reserves.9. We call upon the federal government to prepare and publish annual reports comparing funding for the education of First Nations children on and off reserves, as well as educational and income attainments of Aboriginal peoples in Canada compared with non-Aboriginal people.10. We call upon the federal government to draft new Aboriginal education legislation with the full participation and informed consent of Aboriginal peoples. The new legislation would include a commitment to sufficient funding and would incorporate the following principles:i. Providing sufficient funding to close identified educational achievement gaps within one generation.ii. Improving education attainment levels and success rates.iii. Developing culturally appropriate curricula.iv. Protecting the rights to Aboriginal languages including the teaching of Aboriginal languages as credit courses.v. Enabling parental and community responsibility, control, and accountability, similar to what parents enjoy in public school systems.vi. Enabling parents to fully participate in the education of their children.vii. Respecting and honouring Treaty relationships.11. We call upon the federal government to provide adequate funding to end the backlog of First nations students seeking a post-secondary education.12. We call upon the federal, provincial, territorial, and Aboriginal governments to develop culturally appropriate early childhood education programs for Aboriginal families.Language and Culture13. We call upon the federal government to acknowledge that Aboriginal rights include Aboriginal language rights.14. We call upon the federal government to enact an Aboriginal Languages Act that incorporates the following principles:i. Aboriginal languages are fundamental and valued element of Canadian culture and society, and there is an urgency to preserve them.ii. Aboriginal language rights are reinforced by the Treaties.iii. The federal government has a responsibility to provide sufficient funds for Aboriginal language revitalization and preservation.iv. The preservation, revitalization, and strengthening of Aboriginal languages and cultures are best managed by Aboriginal people and communities.v. Funding for Aboriginal language initiatives must reflect the diversity of Aboriginal languages.15. We call upon the federal government to appoint, in consultation with Aboriginal groups, an Aboriginal Languages Commissioner. The Commissioner should help promote Aboriginal languages and report on the adequacy of federal funding of Aboriginal languages initiatives.16. We call upon post-secondary institutions to create university and college degree and diploma programs in Aboriginal Languages.17. We call upon all levels of governments to enable residential school survivors and their families to reclaim names changed by the residential school system by waiving administrative costs for a period of five years for the name change process and the revision of official identity documents, such as birth certificates, passports, driver’s licenses, health cards, status cards, and social insurance numbers.Health18. We call upon the federal, provincial, territorial and Aboriginal governments to acknowledge that the current state of Aboriginal health in Canada is a direct result of previous Canadian government policies, including residential schools, and to recognize and implement the heath care rights of Aboriginal people as identified in international law, constitutional law and under the Treaties.19. We call upon the federal government in consultation with Aboriginal peoples, to establish measurable goals to identify and close the gaps in health outcomes between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities, and to publish annual progress reports and assess long-term trends. Such efforts would focus on indicators such as: infant mortality, maternal health, suicide, mental health, addictions, life expectancy, birth rates, infant and child health issues, chronic diseases, illness and injury incidence, and the availability of appropriate health services.20. In order to address the jurisdictional disputes concerning Aboriginal people who do not reside on reserves, we call upon the federal government to recognize, respect, and address the distinct health needs of the Metis, Inuit and off reserve Aboriginal peoples.21. We call upon the federal government to provide sustainable funding for existing and new Aboriginal healing centres to address the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual harms caused by residential schools, and to ensure that the funding of healing centres in Nunavut and the Northwest Territories is a priority.22. We call upon those who can effect change within the Canadian health-care system to recognize the value of Aboriginal healing practices and use them in the treatment of Aboriginal patients in collaboration with Aboriginal healers and Elders where requested by Aboriginal patients.23. We call upon all levels of government to:i. Increase the number of Aboriginal professionals working in the health care field.ii. Ensure the retention of Aboriginal health care providers in Aboriginal communities.iii. Provide cultural competency training for all health care professionals.24. We call upon medical and nursing schools in Canada to require all students to take a course dealing with Aboriginal health issues, including the history and legacy of residential schools, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Treaties and Aboriginal rights, and Indigenous teachings and practices. This will require skills-based training in intercultural competency, conflict resolution, human rights and anti-racism.Justice25. We call upon the federal government to establish a written policy that reaffirms the independence of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police to investigate crimes in which the government has its own interest as a potential or real party in civil litigation.26. We call upon the federal, provincial and territorial government to review and amend their respective statues of limitations to ensure that they conform to the principle that government and other entities cannot rely on limitation defences to defend legal actions of historical abuse brought by Aboriginal people.27. We call upon the Federation of Law Societies of Canada to ensure that lawyers receive appropriate cultural competency training, which includes the history and legacy of residential schools, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Treaties and Aboriginal rights, Indigenous law, and Aboriginal-Crown relations. This will require skills-based training in intercultural competency, conflict resolution, human rights, and anti-racism.28. We call upon law schools in Canada to require all law students to take a course in Aboriginal people and the law, which includes the history and legacy of residential schools, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Treaties and Aboriginal rights, Indigenous law, and Aboriginal-Crown relations. This will require skills-based training in intercultural competency, conflict resolution, human rights, and anti-racism.29. We call upon the parties and, in particular, the federal government to work collaboratively with plaintiffs not included in the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement to have disputed legal issues determined expeditiously on an agreed set of facts.30. We call upon federal, provincial, and territorial governments to commit to eliminating the overrepresentation of Aboriginal people in custody over the next decade and to issue detailed annual reports that monitor and evaluate progress in doing so.31. We call upon the federal, provincial, and territorial governments to provide sufficient and stable funding to implement and evaluate community sanctions that will provide realistic alternatives to imprisonment for Aboriginal offenders and respond to the underlying causes of offending.32. We call upon the federal government to amend the Criminal Code to allow trial judges, upon giving reasons, to depart from mandatory minimum sentences and restrictions on the use of conditional sentences.33. We call upon the federal, provincial, and territorial governments to recognize as a high priority the need to address and prevent Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), and to develop, in collaboration with Aboriginal people, FASD preventive programs that can be delivered in a culturally appropriate manner.34. We call upon the government of Canada, the provinces, and territories to undertake reforms to the criminal justice system to better address the needs of offenders with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) including:i. Providing increased community resources and powers for courts to ensure that FASD is properly diagnosed, and that appropriate community supports are in place for those FASD.ii. Enacting statutory exemptions from mandatory minimum sentences of imprisonment for offenders affected by FASD.iii. Providing community, correctional, and parole resources to maximize the ability of people with FASD to live in the community.iv. Adopting appropriate evaluation mechanisms to measure the effectiveness of such programs and ensure community safety.35. We call upon the federal government to eliminate barriers to the creation of additional Aboriginal healing lodges within the federal correctional system.36. We call upon the federal, provincial, and territorial governments to work with Aboriginal communities to provide culturally relevant services to inmates on issues such as substance abuse, family and domestic violence, and overcoming the experience of having been sexually abused.37. We call upon the federal, provincial, and territorial governments to provide more supports for Aboriginal programming in halfway houses and parole services.38. We call upon the federal, provincial, territorial and Aboriginal governments to commit to eliminating the overrepresentation of Aboriginal youth in custody over the next decade.39. We call upon the federal government to develop a national plan to collect and publish data on the criminal victimization of Aboriginal people, including data related to homicide and family violence victimization.40. We call on all levels of government, in collaboration with Aboriginal people, to create adequately funded and accessible Aboriginal-specific victim programs and services with appropriate evaluation mechanisms.41. We call upon the federal government, in consultation with Aboriginal organizations, to appoint a public inquiry into the causes of, and remedies for, the disproportionate victimization of Aboriginal women and girls. The inquiry’s mandate would include:i. Investigation into missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls.ii. Links to the intergenerational legacy of residential schools.42. We call upon the federal, provincial, and territorial governments to commit to the recognition and implementation of Aboriginal justice systems in a manner consistent with the Treaty and Aboriginal rights of Aboriginal peoples, the Constitution Act, 1982, and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, endorsed by Canada in November 2012.ReconciliationCanadian Governments and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People43. We call upon the federal, provincial, and territorial and municipal governments to fully adopt and implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as the framework for reconciliation.44. We call upon the Government of Canada to develop a national action plan, strategies, and other concrete measures to achieve the goals of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.Royal Proclamation and Covenant of Reconciliation45. We call upon the Government of Canada, on behalf of all Canadians, to jointly develop with Aboriginal peoples a Royal Proclamation of Reconciliation to be issued by the Crown. The proclamation would build on the Royal Proclamation of 1763 and the Treaty of Niagara of 1764, and reaffirm the nation to nation relationship between Aboriginal peoples and the Crown. The proclamation would include, but not be limited to the following commitments:i. Repudiate concepts used to justify European sovereignty over Indigenous lands and peoples such as the Doctrine of Discovery and terra nullius.ii. Adopt and implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as the framework for reconciliation.iii. Renew or establish Treaty relationships based on principles of mutual recognition, mutual respect, and shared responsibility for maintaining those relationships into the future.iv. Reconcile Aboriginal and Crown constitutional and legal orders to ensure that Aboriginal peoples are full partners in Confederation, including the recognition and integration of Indigenous laws and legal traditions in negotiations and implementation processes involving Treaties, land claims, and other constructive agreements.46. We call upon the parties to the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement to develop and sign a Covenant of Reconciliation that would identify principles for working collaboratively to advance reconciliation in Canadian society, and that would include, but not be limited to:i. Reaffirmation of the parties’ commitment to reconciliation.ii. Repudiation of concepts used to justify European sovereignty over Indigenous lands and peoples, such as the Doctrine of Discover and terra nullius, and the reformation of laws, governance structures, and policies within their respective institutions that continue to rely on such concepts.iii. Full adoption and implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as the framework for reconciliation.iv. Support for the renewal or establishment of Treaty relationships based on principles of mutual recognition, mutual respect, and shared responsibility for maintaining those relationships into the future.v. Enabling those excluded from the Settlement Agreement to sign onto the Covenant of Reconciliation.vi. Enabling additional parties to sign onto the Covenant of Reconciliation.47. We call upon the federal, provincial, territorial and municipal governments to repudiate concepts used to justify European sovereignty over Indigenous peoples and lands, such as the Doctrine of Discovery and terra nullius, and to reform those laws, government policies, and litigation strategies that continue to rely on such concepts.Settlement Agreement Parties and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.48. We call upon the church parties to the Settlement Agreement, and all other faith groups and interfaith social justice groups in Canada who have not already done so, to formally adopt and comply with the principles, norms and standards of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as a framework for reconciliation. This would include, but not be limited to, the following commitments:i. Ensuring that their institutions, policies, programs, and practices comply with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.ii. Respecting Indigenous peoples’ right to self-determination in spiritual matters, including the right to practice, develop, and teach their own spiritual and religious traditions, customs, and ceremonies, consistent with Article 12:1 of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.iii. Engaging in ongoing public dialogue and actions to support the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.iv. Issuing a statement no later than March 31, 2016, from all religious denominations and faith groups, as to how they will implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.49. We call upon all religious denominations and faith groups who have not already done so to repudiate concepts used to justify European sovereignty over Indigenous lands and peoples, such as the Doctrine of Discovery and terra nullius.Equity for Aboriginal People in the Legal System50. In keeping with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, we call upon the federal government, in collaboration with Aboriginal organizations, to fund the establishment of Indigenous law institutes for the development, use, and understanding of Indigenous law and access to justice in accordance with the unique cultures of Aboriginal peoples in Canada.51. We call upon the Government of Canada, as an obligation of its fiduciary responsibility, to develop a policy of transparency by publishing legal opinions it develops and upon which is acts or intends to act, in regard to the scope and extent of Aboriginal and Treaty rights.52. We call upon the Government of Canada, provincial and territorial governments, and the courts to adopt the following legal principles:i. Aboriginal title claims are accepted once the Aboriginal claimant has established occupation over a particular territory at a particular point in time.ii. Once Aboriginal title has been established, the burden of proving any limitation on any rights arising from the existence of that title shifts to the party asserting such a limitation.National Council for Reconciliation53. We call upon the Parliament of Canada, in consultation and collaboration with Aboriginal peoples, to enact legislation to establish a National Council for Reconciliation. The legislation would establish the council as an independent, national, oversight body with membership jointly appointed by the Government of Canada and national Aboriginal organizations, and consisting of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal members. Its mandate would include, but not be limited to, the following:i. Monitor, evaluate, and report annually to Parliament and the people of Canada on the Government of Canada’s post-apology progress on reconciliation to ensure that government accountability for reconciling the relationship between Aboriginal peoples and the Crown is maintained in the coming years.ii. Monitor, evaluate, and report to Parliament and the people of Canada on reconciliation progress across all levels and sectors of Canadian society, including the implementation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action.iii. Develop and implement a multi-year National Action Plan for Reconciliation, which includes research and policy development, public education programs, and resources.iv. Promote public dialogues, public/private partnerships, and public initiatives for reconciliation.54. We call upon the Government of Canada to provide multi-year funding for the National Council of Reconciliation to ensure that it has the financial, human, and technical resources required to conduct its work, including the endowment of a National Reconciliation Trust to advance the case of reconciliation.55. We call upon all levels of government to provide annual reports or any current data requested by the National Council for Reconciliation so that it can report on the progress towards reconciliation. The reports or data would include, but not be limited to:i. The number of Aboriginal children-including Metis and Inuit children – in care compared with non-Aboriginal children, the reasons for apprehension, and the total spending on preventive and care services by child-welfare agencies.ii. Comparative funding for the education of First Nations students on and off reserves.iii. The educational and income of attainments of Aboriginal peoples in Canada compared with non-Aboriginal people.iv. Progress on closing the gaps between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities in a number of health indicators such as: infant mortality, maternal health, suicide, mental health, addictions, life expectancy, birth rates, infant and child health issues, chronic diseases, illness and injury incidence, and the availability of appropriate health services.v. Progress on eliminating the overrepresentation of Aboriginal children in youth custody over the next decade.vi. Progress on reducing the rate of criminal victimization of Aboriginal people, including data related to homicide and family violence victimization and other crimes.vii. Progress on reducing the overrepresentation of Aboriginal people in the justice and correctional systems.56. We call upon the prime minister of Canada to formally respond to the report of the National Council for Reconciliation by issuing an annual “state of Aboriginal Peoples” report, which would outline the government’s plans for advancing the cause of reconciliation.Professional Development and Training for Public Servants57. We call upon federal, provincial, territorial and municipal governments to provide education to public servants on the history of Aboriginal peoples, including the history and legacy of residential schools, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Treaties and Aboriginal rights, Indigenous law, and Aboriginal -Crown relations. This will required skills-based training in intercultural competency, conflict resolution, human rights and anti-racism.Church Apologies and Reconciliation58. We call upon the Pope to issue an apology to Survivors, their families, and communities for the Roman Catholic Church’s role in the spiritual, cultural, emotional, physical, and sexual abuse of First Nations, Inuit, and Metis children in Catholic-run residential schools. We call for that apology to be similar to the 2010 apology issued to Irish victims of abuse and to occur within one year of the issuing of this Report and to be delivered by the Pope in Canada.59. We call upon church parties to the Settlement Agreement to develop ongoing education strategies to ensure that their respective congregations learn about their church’s role in colonization, the history and legacy of residential schools, and why apologies to former residential school students, their families, and communities were necessary.60. We call upon leaders of the church parties to the Settlement Agreement and all other faiths, in collaboration with Indigenous spiritual leaders, Survivors, schools of theology, seminaries, and other religious training centres, to develop and teach curriculum for all student clergy, and clergy and staff who work in Aboriginal communities, on the need to respect Indigenous spirituality in its own rights, the history and legacy of residential schools and the role of the church parties in that system, the history and legacy of religious conflict in Aboriginal families and communities, and the responsibility that churches have to mitigate such conflicts and prevent spiritual violence.61. We call upon church parties to the Settlement Agreement, in collaboration with Survivors and representatives of Aboriginal organizations, to establish permanent funding to Aboriginal people for:i. Community-controlled healing and reconciliation projects.ii. Community-controlled culture-and language revitalization projects.iii. Community -controlled education and relationship building projects.iv. Regional dialogues for Indigenous spiritual leaders and youth to discuss Indigenous spirituality, self-determination, and reconciliation.Education For Reconciliation62. We call upon the federal, provincial, and territorial governments, in consultation and collaboration with Survivors, Aboriginal peoples and educators to:i. Make age-appropriate curriculum on residential schools, Treaties, and Aboriginal peoples’ historical and contemporary contributions to Canada a mandatory education requirement for Kindergarten to Grade Twelve students.ii. Provide the necessary funding to post-secondary institutions to educate teachers on how to integrate Indigenous knowledge and teaching methods into classrooms.iii. Provide the necessary funding to Aboriginal schools to utilize Indigenous knowledge and teaching methods in classrooms.iv. Establish senior-level positions in government at the assistant deputy minister level or higher dedicated to Aboriginal content in education.63. We call upon the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada to maintain an annual commitment to Aboriginal education issues including:i. Developing and implementing Kindergarten to Grade Twelve curriculum and learning resources on Aboriginal peoples in Canadian history, and the history and legacy of residential schools.ii. Sharing information and best practices on teaching curriculum related to residential schools and Aboriginal history.iii. Building student capacity for intercultural understanding, empathy, and mutual respect.iv. Identifying teacher-training needs relating to the above.64. We call upon all levels of government that provide public funds to denominational schools to required such schools to provide and education on comparative religious studies, which must include a segment on Aboriginal spiritual beliefs and practices developed in collaboration with Aboriginal Elders.65. We call upon the federal government, through the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, and in collaboration with Aboriginal peoples, post-secondary institutions and educators, and the National Centre of Truth and Reconciliation and its partner institutions, to establish a national research program with multi-year funding to advance understanding of reconciliation.Youth Programs66. We call upon the federal government to establish multi-year funding of community-based youth organizations to deliver programs on reconciliation, and establish a national network to share information and best practices.Museums and Archives67. We call upon the federal government to provide funding to the Canadian Museums Association to undertake, in collaboration with Aboriginal peoples, a national review of museum policies and best practices to determine the level of compliance with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and to make recommendations.68. We call upon the federal government, in collaboration with Aboriginal peoples, and the Canadian Museums Association to mark the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation in 2017 by establishing a dedicated national funding program for commemoration projects on the theme of reconciliation.69. We call upon Library and Archives Canada to:i. Fully adopt and implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the United Nations   Joinet-Orentlicher Principles, as related to Aboriginal peoples’ inalienable right to know the truth about what happened and why, with regard to human rights violations committed against them in residential schools.ii. Ensure that its record holdings related to residential schools are accessible to the public.iii. Commit more resources to its public education materials and programming on residential schools.70. We call upon the federal government to provide funding to the Canadian Association of Archivists to undertake, in collaboration with Aboriginal peoples, a national review of archival policies and best practices to:i. Determine the level of compliance with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the United Nations Joinet-Orentlicher Principles, as related to Aboriginal peoples’ inalienable right to know the truth about what happened and why, with regard to human rights violations committed against them in residential schools.ii. Produce a report with recommendations for full implementation of these international mechanisms as a reconciliation framework for Canadian archives.Missing Children and Burial Information71. We call upon all chief coroners and provincial vital statistics agencies that have not provided to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada their records on the deaths of Aboriginal children in the care of residential school authorities to make these documents available to the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation.72. We call upon the federal government to allocate sufficient resources to the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation to allow it to develop and maintain the National Residential School Student Death Registry established by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.73. We call upon the federal government to work with churches, Aboriginal communities and former residential schools students to establish and maintain an online registry of residential school cemeteries, including where possible, plot maps showing the location of deceased residential school children.74. We call upon the federal government to work with the churches and Aboriginal community leaders to inform the families of children who died at residential schools of the child’s burial location, and to respond to families wishes for appropriate commemoration ceremonies and markers, and reburial in home communities where requested.75. We call upon the federal government to work with provincial, territorial, and municipal government, churches, Aboriginal communities, former residential school students, and current landowners to develop and implement strategies and procedures for the ongoing identification, documentation, maintenances, commemoration, and protection of residential school cemeteries or other sites at which residential school children were buried. This is to include the provision of appropriate memorial ceremonies and commemorative markers to honour the deceased children.76. We call upon the parties engaged in the work of documenting, maintaining, commemorating, and protecting residential school cemeteries to adopt strategies in accordance with the following principles:i. The Aboriginal community most affected shall lead the development of such strategies.ii. Information shall be sought from residential school Survivors and other Knowledge Keepers in the development of such strategies.iii. Aboriginal protocols shall be respected before any potentially invasive technical inspection and investigation of a cemetery site.National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation77. We call upon provincial, territorial, municipal, and community archives to work collaboratively with the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation to identify and collect copies of all records relevant to the history and legacy of the residential school system, and to provide these to the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation.78. We call upon the Government of Canada to commit to making a funding contribution of $10 million over seven years to the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, plus an additional amount to assist communities to research and produce histories of their own residential school experience and their involvement in truth, healing, and reconciliation.Commemoration79. We call upon the federal government, in collaboration with Survivors, Aboriginal organizations, and the arts community, to develop a reconciliation framework for Canadian heritage and commemoration. This would include, but no be limited to:i. Amending the Historic Sites and Monuments Act to include First Nations, Inuit, and Metis representation on the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada and is Secretariat.ii. Revising the policies, criteria, and practices of the National Program of Historical Commemoration to integrate Indigenous history, heritage values, and memory practices into Canada’s national heritage and history.iii. Developing and implementing a national heritage plan and strategy for commemorating residential school sites, the history and legacy of residential schools, and the contributions of Aboriginal peoples to Canada’s history.80. We call upon the federal government, in collaboration with Aboriginal peoples, to establish, as a statutory holiday, a National Day for Truth and Reconciliation to honour Survivors, their families, and communities, and ensure that public commemoration of the history and legacy of residential schools remains a vital component.81. We call upon the federal government, in collaboration with Survivors and their organizations, and other parties to the Settlement Agreement, to commission and install a publicly accessible, highly visible, Residential Schools National Monument in the city of Ottawa to honour Survivors and all the children who were lost to their families and communities.82. We call upon provincial and territorial government, in collaboration with Survivors and their organizations, and other parties to the Settlement Agreement, to commission and install a publicly accessible, highly visible, Residential Schools Monument in each capital city to honour Survivors and all the children who were lost to their families and communities.83. We call upon the Canada Council for the Arts to establish, as a funding priority, a strategy for Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists to undertake collaborative projects and produce works that contribute to the reconciliation process.Media and Reconciliation84. We call upon the federal government to restore and increase funding to the CBC/Radio-Canada, to enable Canada’s national public broadcaster to support reconciliation, and be properly reflective of the diverse cultures, languages, and perspectives of Aboriginal peoples, including but not limited to:i. Increasing Aboriginal programming, including Aboriginal-language speakers.ii. Increasing equitable access for Aboriginal peoples to jobs, leadership positions, and professional development opportunities within the organization.iii. Continuing to provide dedicated news coverage and online public information resources on issues of concern to Aboriginal peoples and all Canadians, including the history and legacy of residential schools and the reconciliation process.85. We call upon the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network, as an independent non-profit broadcaster with programming by, for, and about Aboriginal peoples, to support reconciliation, including but not limited to:i. Continuing to provide leadership in programming and organizational culture that reflects the diverse cultures, languages, and perspectives of Aboriginal peoples.ii. Continuing to develop media initiatives that inform and educate the Canadian public and connect Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Canadians.86. We call upon Canadian journalism programs and media schools to require education for all students on the history of Aboriginal peoples, including the history and legacy of residential schools, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Treaties and Aboriginal rights, Indigenous law, and Aboriginal-Crown relations.Sports Reconciliation87. We call upon all levels of government, in collaboration with Aboriginal peoples, sports halls of fame, and other relevant organizations, to provide public education that tells the national story of Aboriginal athletes in history.88. We call upon all levels of government to take action to ensure long-term Aboriginal athlete development and growth, and continued support for the North American Indigenous Games, including funding to host the games and for provincial and territorial team preparation and travel.89. We call upon the federal government to amend the Physical Activity and Sport Act to support reconciliation by ensuring that policies to promote physical activity as a fundamental element of health and well-being, reduce barriers to sports participation, increase the pursuit of excellence in sport, and build capacity in the Canadian sport system, are inclusive of Aboriginal peoples.90. We call upon the federal government to ensure that national sports policies, programs, and initiatives are inclusive of Aboriginal peoples, including but not limited to establishing:i. In collaboration with provincial and territorial governments, stable funding for, and access to, community sports programs that reflect the diverse cultures and traditional sporting activities of Aboriginal peoples.ii. An elite athlete development program for Aboriginal athletes.iii. Programs for coaches, trainers, and sports officials that are culturally relevant for Aboriginal peoples.iv. Anti-racism awareness and training programs.91. We call upon the officials and host countries of international sporting events such as the Olympics, Pan Am, and Commonwealth games to ensure that Indigenous peoples’ territorial protocols are respected, and local indigenous communities are engaged in all aspects of planning and participating in such events.Business and Reconciliation92. We call upon the corporate sector in Canada to adopt the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as a reconciliation framework and to apply its principles, norms, and standards to corporate policy and core operational activities involving Indigenous peoples and their lands and resources. This would include, but not be limited to the following:i. Commit to meaningful consultation, building respectful relationships, and obtaining the free, prior, and informed consent of Indigenous peoples before proceeding with economic development projects.ii. Ensure that Aboriginal peoples have equitable access to jobs, training, and education opportunities in the corporate sector, and that Aboriginal communities gain long-term sustainable benefits from economic development projects.iii. Provide education for management and staff on the history of Aboriginal peoples, including the history and legacy of residential schools, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Treaties and Aboriginal rights, Indigenous law, and Aboriginal-Crown relations. This will require skills based training in intercultural competency, conflict resolution, human rights, and anti-racism.Newcomers to Canada93. We call upon the federal government, in collaboration with the national Aboriginal organizations, to revise the information kit for newcomers to Canada and its citizenship test to reflect a more inclusive history of the diverse Aboriginal peoples of Canada, including information about the Treaties and history of residential schools.94. We call upon the Government of Canada to replace the Oath of Citizenship with the following:I swear (or affirm) that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada, Her Heirs and Successors, and that I will faithfully observe the laws of Canada including Treaties with Indigenous Peoples, and fulfill my duties as a Canadian citizen.last_img read more

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Sovereignty must be restored to Iraq as soon as possible Council president

Outlining the Council’s agenda for the month, United Kingdom Ambassador Emyr Jones Parry also said he hoped to hold a ministerial meeting to set guidelines in three main fields – political, security and economic – that “permit us if we have another crisis in a country facing that sort of situation, that we will all be the better placed to actually handle it.”He told a news briefing that he also hoped for an early vote on a resolution lifting sanctions against Libya, imposed in connection with the deadly bombing of Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, in 1988, following an agreement reached between Libya, United Kingdom and United States. The vote has been delayed while France negotiates new compensation with Libya in connection with the downing of a French plane in 1989.Time and again Mr. Jones Parry stressed the need to press forward from where Iraq is today, moving beyond the divisions that tore the Council in the run-up to hostilities, when many members opposed the United States-led war, and to transfer responsibility back to the Iraqis as soon as possible.”My wish is very simple,” he said in an opening statement. “It is to harness the view in the international community that we must come together on the basis of Iraq as she is today and as quickly as possible achieve the conditions which would permit us to transfer sovereignty to the Iraqis and to do that under conditions that the transfer would be successful.”The aim was “to heal the remaining divisions within the Council and to carry us forward to a destination which will better assure a peaceful resolution to the situation in Iraq, to get a sufficient progress on the political plan that can succeed and that the economic aspects are also covered so that we can take care of the reconstruction and economic development,” he added. In that way, “the transfer, when made – as I said, made as soon as possible – will be made where those three aspects are given the best possible start.”Referring to the proposed ministerial meeting, which he hoped to hold on 24 September, Mr. Jones Parry said its subject matter – justice and the rule of law in transition – might seem low-key “but in its impact and what it means for states emerging from conflict, it’s quite crucial… what you need to do for a state coming out of conflict to achieve a democratic, law-abiding condition.”There were three objectives – politics, security and economics – and the meeting would discuss issues ranging from reconciliation to the development of a system of law, a functioning judiciary, policing, penal arrangements and commercial law that would encourage investment.Other issues figuring on the month’s agenda include the Middle East, Kosovo, Liberia, Sierra Leone, the Central African region, Ethiopia and Eritrea.Video of press briefing read more

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TSX little changed traders focus on US election fiscal cliff resolution

TSX little changed, traders focus on U.S. election, fiscal cliff resolution AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The Toronto stock market closed slightly lower Monday with traders not wanting to make big commitments ahead of a U.S. election Tuesday that is deemed too close to call.Energy and financial stocks led the way as the S&P/TSX composite index declined 27.63 points to 12,352.78, while the TSX Venture Exchange slipped 8.1 points to 1,301.93.The Canadian dollar closed down 0.11 of a cent to 100.33 cents US amid data showing a sharp drop in building permits issued in September. Statistics Canada reported the value of permits fell 13.2 per cent to $6.5 billion. The decline was mainly due to a 30.8 per cent drop in the non-residential sector.U.S. indexes racked up minor gains as traders also took in a worse than expected reading on the American service sector.The Institute for Supply Management said its gauge of non-manufacturing activity declined to 54.2 in October from 55.1 in September, lower than the 54.5 reading that economists expected.The Dow industrials climbed 19.28 points to 13,112.44.The Nasdaq composite index was 17.53 points higher at 2,999.66 and the S&P 500 index advanced 3.06 points to 1,417.26.Tuesday’s election appears to be going down to the wire, though most opinion polls indicate that President Barack Obama may have the edge over Mitt Romney in crucial swing states.After the election, attention will turn to dealing with the looming fiscal cliff facing the U.S. economy.The “fiscal cliff” refers to a variety of tax hikes and massive budget reductions that will come into effect at the end of December unless Republicans and Democrats can come together with an alternative budget plan. Economists warn such a shock could send the economy back into recession. International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde recently warned that Canada would not escape the fallout from that.“There needs to be some resolution, this is a perfect first issue to tackle,” said Paul Vaillancourt, chief executive officer at Canadian Wealth Management in Calgary.“It’s a daunting one but whether it’s Romney moving more toward the centre or Obama needing to find bipartisan co-operation, this is the first issue to tackle and I have confidence that either party, either president will tackle. We have all seen the projections and they could be disastrous if there is a stalemate.”Also weighing on sentiment was the possibility that a clear-cut winner won’t emerge by Wednesday morning.The energy sector declined 0.32 per cent with the December crude contract up 79 cents at US$85.65 a barrel. Suncor Energy (TSX:SU) was down 21 cents to C$34.44.The market was also weighed down by a 0.27 per cent decline in the financial group. National Bank (TSX:NA) shed 40 cents to $77.Consumer staples stocks were also weak with grocer Loblaw Cos. (TSX:L) down 38 cents to $34.04.The gold sector was off 0.2 per cent on top of a steep loss Friday after a positive U.S. jobs report sent the American currency higher and gold prices down more than $40.On Monday, the December bullion contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange rose $8 to US$1,683.20 an ounce and the gold group was ahead per cent. Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G) climbed 35 cents to $43.26.The base metals segment gained 0.59 per cent while December copper dipped one cent to US$3.47 a pound. Turquoise Hill Resources ran up 88 cents or 10.9 per cent to $8.95 following a power supply deal for its Oyu Tolgoi copper-gold mine in Mongolia. HudBay Minerals (TSX:HBM) was up 26 cents to C$9.67.The tech sector rose 0.57 per cent while Research in Motion Ltd. (TSX:RIM) was off early highs, up 15 cents to $8.87 after going as high as $9.14, the first time it had moved above $9 since June 28. The stock has been on a roll since last Wednesday when the company said its new BlackBerry smartphones are being tested by 50 phone carriers around the world. President and CEO Thorsten Heins called the move a “key step”‘ for the BlackBerry phones and BlackBerry 10 operating system.Renewed concerns over Greece also weighed on investors Monday as two votes in the country’s parliament this week could well determine if the cash-strapped country stays in the euro.On Wednesday, Greek legislators are expected to vote on a €13.5-billion austerity package required by international creditors for the release of the next batch of the country’s bailout funds. Without the cash, Greece faces bankruptcy.If, and when, the package of spending cuts and tax increases is passed, legislators will then have to approve the 2013 budget. That vote is scheduled for Sunday.The prevailing view in the markets is that both votes will get passed but the margin of error is slim, given that a junior partner in the coalition government has said it will vote against the austerity bill if certain labour reforms are not extracted.In corporate news, Silver Wheaton Corp. (TSX:SLW) said its net income fell by 11 per cent to US$119.7 million or 34 cents per share. The company’s revenue was down 13 per cent year over year to US$161.3 million, mostly as a result of lower prices for silver. The company declared a dividend of seven cents per share, about 20 per cent of the cash generated by operations in the quarter. Its shares dipped 57 cents to $38.88. by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 5, 2012 4:40 pm MDT read more

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UN chief congratulates Kenyans on peaceful presidential polls

“He congratulates the people of Kenya for their impressive determination to participate peacefully in the elections, and for the patience they have demonstrated while awaiting the results,” his spokesperson said in a statement. According to media reports, Kenya’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) announced that Uhuru Kenyatta had narrowly avoided a run-off by winning 50.07 per cent of votes in a credible and transparent poll. Voter turnout in the 4 March election was reportedly the largest ever in the country, at 86 per cent. Mr. Ban spoke by phone yesterday with Mr. Kenyatta and the other candidate, Raila Odinga.“He reiterated his call for both leaders to send clear messages of calm to their supporters, and he reminded them of the commitments they have made throughout this process to channel any electoral grievances through the established legal avenues,” said Mr. Ban’s spokesperson.“He therefore welcomes the measured statements both have made since the announcement of results. Kenyans are depending at this time on wise and responsible leadership.” read more

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OER event prompts followup discussion

The Centre for Pedagogical Innovation (CPI) and the James A. Gibson Library are building on the momentum from a recent Open Educational Resources (OER) event to continue discussions about OER opportunities with faculty, staff and students.The Brock community is invited to an OER at Brock Follow-up Discussion to be held Monday, Jan. 15, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the TH253 eClassroom.Please register for the session at on the CPI website. In December, about 100 people gathered in Sean O’Sullivan Theatre to hear from two of Canada’s leading advocates for greater access and affordability of teaching and learning materials: Rajiv Jhangiani, University Teaching Fellow in Open Studies and Psychology Professor at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Vancouver, B.C., and David Porter, CEO of eCampusOntario.The event also featured a student panel discussion about OER and short presentations from Brock faculty members about their experiences and insights in creating, adopting and adapting open educational resources.The goal of the December event was to create greater awareness and understanding about OERs in relation to supporting access, affordability and quality of post-secondary education.“Based on feedback from the December session, the Brock community wants to keep talking about how we embrace OER as a philosophy and practice in our teaching and learning,” says CPI Director Jill Grose.More information about OERs, including powerpoint slides from the guest speaker presentations, is posted on the CPI website, which also includes a link to the Library’s OER guides. read more

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Education Secretary backs system to flag university students mental health problems to

Clare Marchant, the chief executive of the universities admissions service has already signalled that she is open to the possibility of adding a section to the Ucas application form, where students opt in to having  certain information about their wellbeing shared with their next of kin.   Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The Education Secretary has backed a system to flag university students’ mental health problems to parents.  Damian Hinds has urged vice-Chancellors to “get better at reaching out to family members” if a student is struggling, adding that this would be a “big step” towards improving pastoral care.His comments come ahead of an event today, hosted by the vice-Chancellor membership organisation Universities UK, aimed at developing advice for universities on consent for disclosure to third parties about students who are in difficulty. James Murray, who is the father of the tenth Bristol University to take his own life, has campaigned for a change to data protection rules prevent further deaths at universities.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––His son Ben, 19, died in May and it was only after his death the family discovered Ben had been falling behind in his studies, missing lectures and had been put in a “withdrawal process” by the university who were considering his “fitness to study”.Universities say that under data protection laws, they are unable to share confidential information about students – who are over the age of 18 so legally regarded as adults – without their express permission.But Mr Murray has called for the rules to be relaxed so parents can be told if students are struggling. Mr Hinds said: “Ensuring that university students, many of whom will be leaving home for the first time, are supported is a key challenge for the department and the higher education sector as a whole.“Our universities are world leading in so many areas and I want them to be the best in the world for support and pastoral care as well.“Ensuring that universities get better at reaching out to family members if a student is struggling with mental health is a big step along the road to delivering that ambition.” read more

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10 DAYS TO STRUGA 2014 First win for Azoty Pulawy with the

Bosnian head-coach Dragan Markovic celebrated the first win on the bench of Polish team Azoty Pulawy over one of the biggest rival from the “second row” of domestic League – Gaz Pogon 28:26. That was enough for the third place at Szczypiorno cup, which is won by German Fuchse Berlin, who showed the TOP class at the beginning of the preparation for the upcoming season.The “Foxex” of Dagur Sigurdssson beat Gornik Zabrze 31:24 in the final.Azoty Pulawy will have strong test between August 13 and 16 at 42nd International handball tournament in Struga. Poles will meet there the direct rival in the Round 3 of the Challenge Cup – Serbian squad RK Metaloplastika Sabac, but also strong teams as RK Vardar and RK Metalurg, French Creteil, etc…Handball-Planet.com is media partner of the tournament. azoty-pulawyFuchse Berlin ← Previous Story U20 EURO 2014 “All star” team: Nikola Bilyk is the top scorer and MVP! Next Story → NEW HANDBALL MOM: Katrine Lunde is pregnant! read more

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Agriculture and Engineering Diploma holders stage protest for

first_imgAmaravati: Demanding state government to consider the Agriculture Engineering Diploma, a three and half year diploma course, for applying for the newly proposed jobs in the Village Secretariat recruitment, the diploma holders staged protest in front ot the Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy’s camp office at Tadepalli in Guntur on Tuesday. They explained that the state government introduced this course in 2013 and encouraged students to study it, but now there were no opportunities for these students. Also Read – Rs 65.30lakhs Exgratia paid to deceased family Advertise With Us There are about 1,000 students completed their course from then onwards. Diploma holder Gooda Naveen said that, they must be treated like that of agriculture polytechnic diploma holders, at least. Their diploma also must be considered by the government in employment, he explained. He stated that, “We are asking the government to announce that the Diploma holders in Agriculture Engineering are also eligible for posts in government”. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us He further added that, “There are jobs in government for polytechnic diploma holders. We are asking for it”. Actually, there are jobs for Agriculture Diploma holders. But these are Agriculture Engineering diploma holders. Both Agriculture diploma and Agriculture Engineering diploma are based on tenth standard. The main difference is the agri diploma teaches only about agriculture, whereas agri engineering trains on both agriculture and farm mechanization, the students informed. Advertise With Us “When the government is boasting about encouraging farm mechanization, it should also encourage the agri engineers too”, the students observed. He further added that, “There are jobs in government for agriculture polytechnic diploma holders. We are asking the government to consider the agriculture engineering polytechnic diploma holders also for it”.last_img read more

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Bharat producer Atul Agnihotri on Priyanka Chopras exit She still hasnt texted

first_imgSalman Khan and Priyanka ChopraSEBASTIAN D’SOUZA/AFP/Getty ImagesSoon after Priyanka Chorpa had walked out of Salman Khan starrer Bharat, Katrina Kaif was brought in to fill in the shoes of the leading lady of the film. Director Ali Abbas Zafar wanted Priyanka and Salman to reunite after a decade but things were not meant to happen as it should’ve been. However, producer Atul Agnihotri is happy with the way Bharat has taken shape. But he just couldn’t let go Priyanka from conveying things that bothered him.Priyanka was supposed to start shooting for Bharat days before she informed Arpita Khan Sharma about her exit which was later conveyed to Salman and the film’s team. But she didn’t inform Atul and still haven’t.”Priyanka still hasn’t texted me. She never spoke to me about walking out of Bharat. It was a message I received on the set. I was like, ‘It’s okay, yeh ho gaya. But let’s now fix it’. The news came to me via people,” Atul Agnihotri told Pinkvilla.He added, “I understand she was getting married and was in love. So, it’s okay because that’s the bigger decision of her life. Of course, it’s great to discover and find love and it’s even better to marry the person you love. I wish her all the best for her life. That one day, I could have felt a little different, but at the end of it, when you see things from the hindsight, it’s fine.”Recently, even Salman took a dig at Priyanka when he along with Katrina were interacting with their fans in a Facebook live video. But as they say, let bygones be bygones.last_img read more

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GST needs major rate structure revamp says Hasmukh Adhia

first_imgIndia’s Financial Services Secretary Hasmukh Adhia answers a question during a news conference in New Delhi, India August 14, 2015.REUTERS/Adnan Abidi/File photoRevenue secretary Hasmukh Adhia believes that the new goods and services tax (GST) regime has been well-established, and a complete overhaul of the tax rates is now required to reduce the burden on small and medium businessesIn an interview to PTI, Adhia said, “There is a complete overhauling that is required. It is possible that some items in the same chapter are divided. So ideally we should do harmonisation of items chapter wise and wherever we find there is a big burden on small and medium businesses and on common man, we have to bring them down (and) then only there will be a better compliance, a better acceptability of GST.”The revenue secretary, however, said the overhauling would require some calculations by the fitment committee, which will decide which items need a rationalisation of rate under the GST regime.It’s almost four months since the new tax regime was rolled out, which merged various indirect taxes into one. But under GST, both common people and businesses are facing major difficulties and compliance issues.GST Council—the highest decision-making body of GST implementations has already made several changes. To ease hassles facing medium and small businesses in paying taxes and filing GST returns, it has tweaked various aspects of the new indirect tax regime to make it industry-friendly.To address growing criticism, earlier this month, the government eased tax rules for small and medium-sized companies. It said small businesses would be allowed to file tax returns once a quarter instead of every month.”The committee will work on it for a month and then we will try and bring something as early as in Guwahati or later on,” Adhia told PTI.The GST council is scheduled to hold its 23rd meeting in Guwahati on 10 November, the meeting will be chaired by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and will comprise of representatives of all states.”We are very keen to do it as early as possible, it depends on how much time the fitment committee takes to work on it. They need data, calculate revenue loss. They need various comparisons. But harmonisation has to be done. A complete review has to be done,” the revenue secretary said.last_img read more

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Public servants to celebrate UNESCO recognition of 7 March speech

first_img.The government officials and employees will join a colourful procession on Saturday to celebrate UNESCO’s recognition of Bangabandhu’s 7 March speech.  UNESCO has included the historic 7 March 1971 speech of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in its list of the Memory of the World International Register, a list of world’s important documentary heritage.To celebrate the recognition, the government officials and employees will bring out processions and hold rallies across the country, cabinet secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam told a media briefing at Bangladesh Secretariat on Friday.He said Bangladesh missions abroad have also made preparations to celebrate the recognition.The celebration programme will begin by placing floral wreaths at Bangabandhu’s portrait at Dhanmondi 32 in the capital at 12:00 noon Saturday.And then, all the celebration processions to be brought out from different corners of the capital will converge on the capital’s Suhrawardy Udyan. Prime minister Sheikh Hasina will address a public gathering there.Apart from Sheikh Hasina’s address, a cultural and laser show will be organised there, highlighting work and life of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.The cabinet secretary said children and juveniles of different schools of the capital, people’s representatives and people from all walks of life will also join the celebration programme at Suhrawardy Udyan.He said the cabinet division officially asked all the government officials and employees to join the programme on Saturday, a weekly public holiday.He said the ministries have also instructed all of the officials of their respective departments and divisions to join the programme.last_img read more

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Congressional Republicans Race To Minimize Damage From Trump Family Separation Policy

first_img Share Chip Somodevilla/Getty ImagesPresident Trump presides over a meeting about immigration with Republican and Democratic members of Congress at the White House on Tuesday. Congress and the White House are trying to work out an immigration deal prior to Jan. 19.Updated at 2:20 p.m. ETCongressional Republicans are racing to find legislative options to stop a White House policy of separating migrant children from their parents at the U.S. border amid widespread condemnation of the practice.Republicans in both the House and the Senate began ramping up pressure on the White House to reverse the policy Monday amid outcry about children being housed in detention centers after being separated from their parents. President Trump is scheduled to meet with House Republicans on immigration Tuesday evening and lawmakers expect the family separation issue to be a prominent part of that conversation.Trump further complicated the already chaotic atmosphere around immigration Tuesday afternoon when he seemed to dismiss some nascent proposals to change the policy and vowed to change House GOP legislation if it is passed.Trump told an audience at the National Federation of Independent Businesses that current law gives his administration only two options for handling people who cross the border illegally: “Totally open borders or criminal prosecution.”“What I’m asking Congress to do is to give us a third option which we have been requesting last year,” Trump said. “The legal authority to detain and properly remove families together as a unit.”Many in Congress, including many Trump supporters, say he is wrong. A growing number of Republicans have pushed back, including Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, who is circulating a letter to urge the White House to suspend the policy immediately to give Congress time to address the issue.The clash is the latest flare-up in what has become a nearly monthlong drama within the Republican party over immigration. Trump’s latest demands add even greater pressure on congressional Republicans to pass legislation despite deep, long-standing divides within the party over how to handle both legal and illegal immigration.Many Republicans worry that it could take Congress weeks or more to craft a bill that can pass both the House and the Senate. Congress has not been able to pass comprehensive immigration legislation for several decades. One hurdle this week is that Republicans can’t agree if they should fix the family separation issue on its own or include it in a broader bill — like spending legislation or a more comprehensive immigration policy overhaul.“Congress doesn’t have the best track record in moving quickly on things like this,” said Arkansas Republican Sen. Tom Cotton.The House is expected to vote later this week on a pair of immigration proposals that are expected to address the issue of family separation but it isn’t clear that either bill has the votes to pass. Many Republicans say privately that they are concerned that a failure to act quickly will result in a prolonged crisis and public outrage. And this latest internal battle over the issue comes months before the November midterms. GOP lawmakers want to tout economic numbers and their tax cut bill, but the president is keeping the spotlight on the contentious issue of immigration instead.The result has been a haphazard series of targeted legislative proposals from different factions of the GOP that address pieces of the problem, instead of a broader immigration overhaul effort.Texas Sen. Ted Cruz was among the first Republicans to say he will introduce legislation which would double the number of federal immigration judges to 750, expand detention facilities with temporary shelters and expedite processing for asylum claims while mandating that families be housed together during the proceedings.“It is a solution that guarantees that children stay with their parents and also provides funding and expedited processes so claims of asylum can be adjudicated and adjudicated promptly,” Cruz told reporters Tuesday. “I believe all of us need to come together and solve this problem. Nobody wants to see children pulled away from their parents.”But Trump seemed to dismiss that proposal on Tuesday, and others like it in his speech on Tuesday afternoon.“Ultimately we need to have a real border, not judges,” Trump said. “Thousands and thousands of judges they want to hire. Who are these people?”Increased judicial capacity is the cornerstone of several of the plans circulating among Republicans. Trump’s statement raises fresh doubts that he will sign any solution that is reached.Senate GOP leaders are hoping to craft a consensus plan in the coming days, according to GOP sources. Other senators, including Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and John Cornyn, R-Texas, also say they are working on legislation.Cornyn, the number two Republican in the Senate, in particular has great sway within Senate GOP circles, and is working with Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, on a bill to expedite hearings and keep families together.“I don’t think we should have to choose between enforcing the law and keeping families together,” Cornyn said. “I think we can do both.”Cornyn was among the first senators to agree with the White House position that Congress has a responsibility to address the issue.Another proposal from conservative House Freedom Caucus Chairman Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., would keep families together while cracking down on the rules for those seeking asylum. Meadows announced the proposal at an informal press conference at the White House on Tuesday following a meeting with Trump.“By cutting down on asylum fraud, we can keep families together without running a greater risk of traffickers or violent criminals using children to take advantage of the rules,” Meadows said in a statement. “We need to better enforce our immigration laws, but we can do so while keeping parents and children together.”Meadows said his bill is a backup plan if the House fails to pass broader immigration proposals this week.Democrats are not backing any of the Republican efforts to end family separation. House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., dismissed language in the broader House Republican immigration bill, saying it “doesn’t deal with the issue.” He said Democrats want to see an up-or-down vote on a stand-alone bill along the lines of the measure introduced by California Sen. Diane Feinstein, and supported by all 49 Senate Democrats.Feinstein’s proposal hasn’t gained traction among most Republicans, in part because it includes pointed language some view as political.“An agency may not remove a child from a parent or legal guardian solely for the policy goal of deterring individuals from migrating to the United States,” the bill says. “Or for the policy goal of promoting compliance with civil immigration laws.”Top Republicans have dismissed that bill as insufficient.“It doesn’t solve the real problem,” Cornyn said.But Colorado GOP Rep. Mike Coffman, who is facing pressure to act as one of the most vulnerable House GOP members facing re-election this fall, tweeted that he was supportive of the Democratic bill.House Republican leaders are primarily still focused on upcoming votes on a pair of broader immigration bills. The first bill up for a vote on Thursday will be a hard-line conservative proposal written by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., that is expected to fail. The second bill is a compromise between conservatives and centrists that has been brokered by House GOP leaders. That bill has a slightly better odds, though leaders have stopped short of promising it will pass.Support for the compromise bill may hinge on what Trump tells House GOP members at the closed-door meeting Tuesday night. Many members are wary of supporting any immigration bill following a chaotic week where Trump appeared to switch his position on immigration several times.Some members fear that Trump has a history of mercurial support for policies, like the omnibus spending bill earlier this year and during the health care debate in 2017. In both cases, Trump said he backed certain policies only to turn around later and blast the same idea — and those who voted for them — later on Twitter.That lack of confidence and fear of retribution could make it significantly harder for Republicans to pass any politically risky immigration proposals ahead of the midterm elections in November.NPR’s Scott Detrow contributed to this reportCopyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

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Centre releases list of 98 cities for Smart City project

first_imgThe names of the cities selected for the Rs 48,000 crore Smart Cities project was released by the Centre pending a nomination each from Uttar Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir.Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched the ambitious project with the announcement of criteria and guidelines for 100 Smart Cities to be selected through city challenge competition in June 25.While Jammu and Kashmir has to nominate one city, UP has got slots for 13 cities to be proposed as Smart City based on the urban population and number of notified cities. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJI”The Government of Jammu and Kashmir sought more time to firm up their choice. More information is sought from the Uttar Pradesh government about the 13th smart city that is yet to be announced,” Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said here after releasing the list here.According to UD Ministry sources, Jammu and Kashmir wants both Jammu and Srinagar to be developed as Smart City though the state has got only one slot in the project. Also Read – Health remains key challenge in India’s development: KovindBoth Meerut and Rae Bareli has got equal points for the 13th slot in the city challenge competition in UP so now the state has to decide whom it wants to nominate, sources added.Asked when the names of the remaining two cities will be decided, Naidu said it will be decided in due course.Lucknow, Varanasi, Agra, Bareilly, Aligarh, Jhansi, Sharanpur are among 12 cities selected in UP for the Smart City project.However, Patna and Bengaluru and Mumbai are not in the list. “It is the states which has sent the names of the cities to be included in the project. Names of Patna and Bangalore were not proposed by their respective states. As far as Mumbai is concerned, Maharashtra has proposed Navi (RPT) Navi Mumbai for that purpose,” Naidu said.While UP has maximum of 13 cities, followed by 12 by Tamil Nadu and 10 by Maharashtra to be developed as Smart Cities, Madhya Pradesh has seven cities in the project.Karnataka and Gujarat have six cities each while Bihar and Andhra has three each and rest of the states have two and one cities respectively in the project.All Union Territories, including Delhi, have found place in the list.Moradabad, Solapur, Amritsar, Rourkela, Durgapur and Ajmer also figure in the list of 98 cities.The next stage is the choosing 20 cities in the first lot by end of the year and the next two years 40 cities each will be selected for receiving Central funding of Rs 500 crore spread over the coming five years.Naidu said, “The first stage of the competition was entirely conducted by the States and UTs only with little role for the Union Urban Development Ministry.”Centre will release Rs 2 crore for each of the 98 cities in the next couple of days for preparation of Smart City plans.For the selection of 20 cities, the broad criteria will be city vision and strategy, cost effectiveness, credibility of implementation and innovation.Naidu said those cities which are not selected in the first round can again participate in the second and third round by improving their performances. Even states can nominate new names after elimination of some cities in the final round of selection, he said.last_img read more

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WATCH Airplane passengers midflight video of Thursdays Space X launch is incredible

first_img Advertisement After blowing everyone’s minds by launching a Tesla roadster into orbit, Elon Musk launched another rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on Thursday, this time carrying two experimental internet satellites as the payload.As incredible as the images of these launches are from the ground, one passenger on a flight into LAX happened to catch some incredible video of the rocket leaving Earth’s atmosphere and posted it to Reddit.The unique perspective of the first stage separation and the second stage boosters kicking in as it screams toward space is stunning. It’s a helluva lot more beautiful than the traffic this guy saw when he was trying to get out of LAX.last_img read more

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European Commission president condemns settlements

first_img The vital role family plays in society New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Comments   Share   Top Stories Sponsored Stories More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates He said it was important neither side undermine a two-state solution _ Israel next to a Palestinian state. He said he was concerned about Israeli settlement construction in the West Bank. Palestinians refuse to resume peace talks while construction proceeds in the settlements.On Monday, Barroso will meet with Israeli leaders.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) – European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso says Mideast peace is still a top priority, and it cannot become an “orphan” of the upheavals taking place in the Arab world.Barroso visited the Palestinian territories Sunday and met with Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad. He said he knew that international attention has been focused on the changes taking place in the Arab world but said these should encourage peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, not deter them. Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairylast_img read more

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