first_imgHitting out at the BJP’s ‘mega recruitment’ of senior leaders and legislators from the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and the Congress, NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Thursday said that those who recently defected were compelled to enter the saffron fold as they could not carry out development works in their constituencies.“All the three NCP legislators [Shivendraraje Bhosale of Satara, Vaibhav Pichad of Akole and Sandeep Naik from Airoli] who left the party had said they were unable to get work done in their respective Assembly segments. This implies that the ruling BJP either deliberately ignores the problems faced by elected representatives of the Opposition parties or adopts a hostile and un-statesmanlike attitude towards them,” said Mr. Pawar, speaking in Satara district a day after the MLAs, along with senior NCP leaders Madhukar Pichad and Chitra Wagh, joined the BJP in Mumbai.He said that this ‘harassment’ on the part of the ruling party forced them to enter the BJP. He dismissed the BJP’s vaunted claims on the ‘poaching’ of important Opposition leaders, remarking: “It is not any mega-bharti by any standards…only a handful of MLAs have joined the BJP.”‘No factionalism’Mr. Pawar denied Ms. Wagh’s claim that she quit the NCP because of raging factionalism within the party. He maintained that the latter was forced to quit owing to pressure allegedly exerted by the State anti-corruption bureau (ACB) on her husband, Kishor Wagh, who was trapped in a bribery case in 2016.“She told me that the ACB, which was probing her husband’s case, would be charge-sheeting him soon and that in the face of this pressure, it was becoming impossible to stay on with the party [the NCP],” he said. The 78-year-old NCP chief had swiftly reached Satara to take stock of his party’s strength following Mr. Bhosale’s exit from the party. He said Mr. Bhosale’s defection would not affect the NCP in the least. “I am not worried about the NCP retaining Satara nor about finding suitable candidates for contesting this Assembly segment…I have already received three applications for the seat and we will be announcing the candidature for this segment soon,” he said.Mr. Pawar further denied that the cause of Mr. Bhosale’s exit was due to his long-standing rivalry with his cousin and NCP MP from Satara, Udayanraje Bhosale.“He [Shivendraraje Bhosale] had himself assured me that he was with the NCP and would not go to the BJP. He had wished to have a meeting with the Satara MP [Udayanraje]. We had decided to hold this meeting sometime after the end of the monsoon session of Parliament. However, for some reason, Shivendra quit and joined the BJP before that,” said Mr. Pawar.The district has long been an NCP bastion, with four of the six Assembly segments being held by Mr. Pawar’s party.Seemingly unperturbed by the spate of defections from his party, the NCP chief managed to retain his sang-froid by drolly remarking, “All those leaders who left the NCP said that Sharad Pawar would always remain in their hearts. I suppose those who claim that ought to get their hearts examined.”Commenting on his party’s poll preparations, he said the NCP was eager to contest with other friendly parties like the Peasants and Workers’ Party (PWP) and the Raju Shetti-led Swabhimani Paksha.Anti-EVM campaignOn electronic voting machines (EVMs), he said that barring the BJP and the Shiv Sena, all other political parties had joined the clamour for discarding electronic machines and holding elections by ballot paper.“The NCP will join hands with anti-EVM activists and outfits and our party workers would participate in the proposed ‘long march’ protesting the use of EVMs in elections in Mumbai on August 9 on the anniversary of the ‘Quit India’ Movement. We will also be participating in another all-party meet on this issue, which is slated to be held on August 16 or 17,” he said.last_img read more

first_imgThe Bombay High Court on Tuesday granted Deccan Chronicles Holdings Ltd (DCHL) three more days to give an irrevocable and unconditional bank guarantee of Rs 100 crore to the BCCI in connection with IPL franchise Deccan Chargers.DCHL were directed by the court on October 1 to submit the guarantee, which would be in force for one year, by October 9. The direction was passed by Justice SJ Kathawala while hearing a petition filed by DCHL, challenging the BCCI’s decision to terminate the cash-strapped Hyderabad-based franchise’s contract in September after an emergency IPL Governing Council meeting.DCHL on Tuesday filed an application seeking extension of time which was accepted by the court.The court had earlier ordered that DCHL shall bear all expenses for IPL season VI, including the cost of conducting matches and payments to BCCI towards franchise, players and support staff. In the event of any default, the BCCI shall be entitled to invoke the bank guarantee to the extent necessary.The court had, on September 26, appointed retired Supreme Court judge CK Thakkar as arbitrator to resolve the dispute between BCCI and DCHL within three months.However, pending arbitration proceedings, the judge asked the BCCI not to act on the termination of the franchise agreement for a period of seven days. The judge clarified that this order would immediately cease to be in effect if DCHL fails to furnish the bank guarantee.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi, Apr 25 (PTI) PrivyPlex has partnered Virat Kohli to launch a fanbox that will include a Moto G Turbo smartphone and a one-year subscription to Virats exclusive fan club, aimed at the cricketers fans and followers.The Singapore-based startup is also in talks to launch similar offerings for six more global celebrities from sports and Bollywood arena.”Virat shares a strong bond of love and trust with his fans and we have developed the Virat FanBox to strengthen this bond even further. The FanBox will enable Virat to stay connected with his fans on a real-time basis,” PrivyPlex co-founder Upmanyu Misra said.He added that the phone will come embedded with an app that will provide the fan club members with access to information and updates related to Kohli. The fanbox is priced at Rs 16,999 and is available on Flipkart.”They will also get a chance to meet the cricketer in real-life at special events, live and private chats with Virat Kohli as well as access to special offers on products and services,” Misra said.Asked about details of the other celebrities to be brought on board, co-founder Ahmed Arab said these would be “celebrities who are very active on social media and with no negative vibes.”PrivyPlex is also working on newer combinations for the fan box.”The idea is to bring in a different form of customer engagement. We will look at other things like wearables but the basic idea is to help celebrities engage with fans and for the people, to help them know the celebrities better,” Misra said.advertisementThe company, which had raised about USD 1.5 million from Elysium Capital Fund earlier this year, is looking at a new round of funding next month.”We are in discussions and we are looking at raising about USD 5 million. This will be used to expand our offering and operations,” Misra said. PTI SR ADI MKJlast_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi, May 10 (PTI) The government today said not a single company is placed in the category of vanishing companies over the past five years. Companies which fail to file documents and balancesheets after raising funds through public issues and go untraceable are called vanishing companies. “There are no companies that have been placed in the category of vanishing companies over the past five years,” Corporate Affairs Minister Arun Jaitley said in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha. However, in complaints of serious nature involving companies that have defaulted after raising money from the public, the ministry has ordered investigation into the affairs of such firms. Jaitley said 164 companies pertaining to so called chit/fund ponzi cases have been referred to SFIO for investigation in this regard. The Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) is a multi-disciplinary organisation that probes cases of financial frauds referred to it by the Corporate Affairs Ministry. The companies include PGF, PACL, Sai Prasad and its two group companies, Goldmine Agro and its six group entities. PTI SP ARDlast_img read more

first_imgFrom Youssra El-SharkawyCairo, May 8 (PTI) Two Indian warships have engaged extensively in professional and social interactions with the Egyptian navy during their port call to Alexandria as part of Indian Navys overseas deployment to the Mediterranean Sea and the west coast of Africa.INS Mumbai and INS Aditya, part of Indian Navys Western Naval Command based in Mumbai, arrived in the port city on May 5.Apart from professional interactions, the warships engaged in a number of sports and social engagements with the Egyptian navy, according to a statement by the Indian Embassy in Cairo.The statement said India and Egypt are two of the worlds most ancient civilisations with a rich history of close contact. Building upon the relations that have existed between the two countries, both nations have developed warm relations in several spheres, it said, adding that training cooperation between the two militaries “exist at the highest levels.”This visit would go a long way in enhancing co-operation and understanding between the two countries, it said.The statement cited training of Egyptian pilots by the Indian Air Force and a joint venture to manufacture the Helwan 300 fighter jets as “significant milestones” in bilateral defence cooperation.The setting up of the Indo-Egypt Joint Defence Committee in 2006 was another step in strengthening the ties between the two nations, it said.With the governments of both the countries keen on sustaining strong diplomatic ties, the visit of the Indian warships seeks to underscore Indias peaceful presence and solidarity with friendly countries and in particular to strengthen the ties between India and Egypt.advertisementOver the past decades, India has made substantial advances in designing and building warships indigenously and the visiting ships bear testimony to these capabilities, the statement added.The warships leave Alexandria today after a three-day visit. PTI YES ABHlast_img read more

first_imgHyderabad, Aug 30 (PTI) Tyre major Bridgestone India today announced ace badminton player and Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu as its first brand ambassador.As part of a three-year agreement, Sindhu will be included in Bridgestone?s activations around its Worldwide Olympic Partnership, said Franco Annunzito, Senior VP and Executive officer Bridgestone Corporation in a press conference here today.Sindhu is among the world?s leading professionalbadmintonplayers who recently earned a silver medal at the World Badminton Championship in Glasgow.The Padma Shri recipient became the first Indian woman to win an Olympic silver medal at Rio in 2016.”Sindhu?s journey is an epitome of perseverance and determination and is a setting example for the youth to ?Chase Your Dream? which echoes with Bridgestone?s global association with the Olympic games. She is persistent, dependable and carries a winning attitude, which personifies our brand ethos,” Annunzitosaid.On her partnership with Bridgestone India, Sindhu said: “I am honoured to be associated with Bridgestone India and particularly excited to be its first brand ambassador”.Bridgestone has a strong sports lineage which is further strengthened with their Worldwide Olympic Partnership.The tyre company had earlier said it will invest USD 304. 3 million (around Rs 1,940 crore) over the next five years to expand its two manufacturing plants in Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh.The company, which is a part of Japans Bridgestone Corporation, plans to expand facilities at Pune (Chakan) and Indore (Kheda).”After expansion, the production capacity will increase to 40,000 tyres per day from the existing 25,000,” Annunzito said. PTI GDK ANUadvertisementlast_img read more

first_imgDehradun, Nov 1 (PTI) In a major bureaucratic reshuffle in Uttarakhand, the departments of 16 officers, including 12 IAS officers, were changed.Additional Chief Secretary Ranbir Singh, who held the charge of a number of departments including higher education, social welfare and infrastructure development, has been given additional charge of the forest and environment department, officials said.Additional Chief Secretary Om Prakash has been given the additional charge of civil aviation in addition to his current charge of health and family welfare and the PWD departments.The charge of secretariat administration has been taken away from Principal Secretary Anand Bardhan who continues to hold the charge of irrigation, mining, food and civil supplies and home departments, they said.School education secretary Bhupinder Kaur Aulakh has been given additional charge of sports and youth welfare.CEO Tourism Development Council Amit Singh Negi has been made secretary planning. He will continue to hold the charge of other departments currently under him.Harbans Singh Chugh has been given the charge of secretariat administration in addition to the ones he holds currently.Additional Secretary Ashish Kumar Shrivastava has been discharged of his responsibilities as additional secretary agriculture and dairy development.The charge of excise department has been taken away from Additional Secretary Yugal Kishore Pant and additional secretary V Shanmugam has been made excise commissioner.Vimmi Sachdeva has been appointed as Director sports and additional secretary home, they said. PTI ALM ADSlast_img read more

first_imgMOSFILOTI, Cyprus (AP) — A Cypriot fan of former soccer player and administrator Michel Platini is renewing a bid to be entered in the Guinness Book of World Records for the biggest collection of Plantini memorabilia.Philippos Stavrou Platini — yes, he legally adopted his sports hero’s surname — said he has nearly doubled the number of items he owns from the Frenchman’s days as a player and as president of European soccer governing body UEFA to 41,630.Dogs sit near pictures of the French former soccer player and administrator Michel Platini in a museum dedicated to him, owned by Philippos Stavrou Platini, who legally adopted his sports hero’s surname, in Mosfiloti, Cyprus on Sunday, March 26, 2017. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)Stavrou Platini told The Associated Press Sunday that losing the record to a Brazilian collector four years ago made him more determined to be crowned the king of all things Platini.The centerpiece of his collection is the official UEFA suit Plantini wore for years at official functions and gave to his Cypriot admirer as a gift in 2010.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgManchester City Kompany: Don’t put Man City on pedestal yet Sacha Pisani Last updated 1 year ago 11:44 2/27/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) VincentKompany-cropped Getty Images Manchester City Arsenal v Manchester City League Cup Premier League The captain said this Manchester City team still have a lot to achieve if they want fulfill their ambitions Vincent Kompany insisted Manchester City should not be put on a “pedestal” following their Carabao Cup success as he challenged the club to win more trophies.Captain Kompany put his injury woes behind him with a goal to lead high-flying City to a 3-0 victory over Arsenal in Sunday’s Carabao Cup final at Wembley.Sergio Aguero and David Silva were also on target as Premier League champions-elect City claimed their first title of the season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The Premier League and Champions League are still on offer for Pep Guardiola’s side, who have earned plaudits from far and wide amid their stunning season.But Belgian defender Kompany said this City team still have a lot to achieve if they want to be considered one of the greatest at the Etihad Stadium.”We’ll have to see when the trophies are coming. If we win more and consistently, if we can the Premier League then go again and again, then this team will be better than the previous one,” he told reporters.”We have scored hundreds of goals as well with [previous manager Manuel] Pellegrini. It’s been a feature of this club for many years now.”I kind of want to keep that hunger in the team, so I don’t want to put people on a pedestal when we haven’t achieved all of our targets yet. So, for now, well done, keep going.”City, who are poised to reach the quarter-finals of the Champions League after a 4-0 first-leg victory against Basel, host Chelsea in the Premier League on Sunday.last_img read more

first_imgzoom The financially troubled dry bulk shipping company Mercator Lines (Singapore) Limited has requested for the trading of its shares at the Singapore Exchange to be suspended after HSH Nordbank AG Singapore Branch, the company’s creditor, asked for an interim judicial manager to be appointed.Back in September, HSH Nordbank filed an application at the Singapore High Court for the Indian-owned Mercator Lines to be placed under judicial management.Mercator Lines responded by asking the court for a stay of proceedings against the company to oppose the application for judicial management.The company also applied for a leave to convene meetings of creditors no later than 4 months from the date of its application.The hearing for both applications has been fixed for November 20.Mercator Lines says that the request for the stock trade suspension is a preemptive measure to stop any abnormal price fluctuations in the share price. If the request is approved, the shares will be suspended from SSE as of November 12.Following a USD 11.9 million net loss recorded for the quarter ended September 30, Mercator Lines marked three and a half years of consecutive losses.last_img read more

first_imgMexican authorities have seized up to 300 kg of cocaine from a containership which was heading to the country’s Lazaro Cardenas port.The illicit cargo was found aboard the 28,220 dwt boxship Cap Palliser, according to local media.Once the vessel arrived at a dock on December 30, relevant authorities conducted an inspection and located six packages, containing a total of 285 kg of cocaine, attached to the ship’s underwater hull.The Liberia-flagged Cap Palliser reportedly continued its journey to the US port of Long Beach the same day as it was established that neither the vessel nor its crew were related to the illegal shipment.AIS data provided by Marine Traffic shows that the ship is currently on its way from Long Beach to the port of Oakland, US.World Maritime News Stafflast_img

first_imgBoat yards in the province will soon be better equipped to handle increasing demand for Nova Scotian vessels. The province has established boat building as a designated trade, which will provide a clear learning path for aspiring boat builders and training standards for the industry. “Nova Scotia’s boat builders are known throughout the world for building safe, seaworthy boats, and we want to attract more people to this thriving industry,” said Education Minister Jamie Muir. “As demand for Nova Scotia-built vessels increases, the boat-building industry needs more workers to fill orders. We’re responding with a customized apprenticeship program and by introducing provincewide standards for boat-building professionals.” Since 1998, sales in the Nova Scotia boat-building industry have increased from $50 million to $85 million. During this time, employment in the industry grew from 550 to 800 full-time, year-round positions, with an additional 250 positions available in support industries. In April, the Department of Education and the Nova Scotia Boatbuilders Association announced plans to begin using apprenticeship training materials from the New Zealand Boating Industry Training Organization. The materials are currently being customized for Nova Scotia boat yards. To date, there are 24 industry mentors signed on to implement the industry training plan in 12 boat yards across the province. “There is growing demand in the U.S. for fine pleasure boats based on proven Nova Scotia hull designs,” said Tim Edwards, executive director, Nova Scotia Boatbuilders Association. “This new market, along with the continued demand for safe, practical working boats for the fishery, means the need for skilled craftspeople in Nova Scotia’s boat-building industry is growing every day. Trade designation means we can introduce a specific training path for apprentices and provides us with a regulatory framework to ensure consistency in our industry.” After 15 years as a residential carpenter in Yarmouth, Fraser Challoner was one of 32 people to register for the Nova Scotia apprenticeship boat-building pilot program last September. Mr. Challoner works at Wedgeport Boats. “The pilot program was launched just as I was looking for new career options. It meant I didn’t have to put my life on hold to learn the trade,” said Mr. Challoner. “It was a big change to go from building houses to building lobster boats, because nothing is square and nothing is level. Building boats focuses more on angles and curves, and we work on the electrical and fibreglass components, which is new and interesting for me.” For a trade to become designated, industry must apply to the Provincial Apprenticeship Board, which reviews the request and invites public consultation before making a recommendation to government. Designated trades are regulated by the Nova Scotia Apprenticeship and Trades Qualifications Act and general regulations. Under this act, government works with industry to provide formal training and issue a certificate of qualification to apprentices who complete a training program. The Department of Education’s role in apprenticeship training and trade designation is part of the government’s Skills Nova Scotia initiative. That initiative is dedicated to building Nova Scotia’s skilled workforce by providing education and training opportunities. More information about Skills Nova Scotia and copies of the recent annual report and action plan are available on the website at http://skillsnovascotia.ednet.ns.ca .last_img read more

first_imgWorld Harmony Productions has announced the artist line-up for the ONE WORLD CONCERT—a historic celebration of peace, music and common ground—coming to the Carrier Dome at Syracuse University on Tuesday, October 9th, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.Expected to be one of the largest gatherings of international artists ever to travel to the region, this special benefit concert immediately follows a public talk by the Dalai Lama and features an original song written and performed by multiple artists, especially for His Holiness.The all-star lineup for the ONE WORLD CONCERT includes: Host band Don Was and his All-Star Band, Dave Matthews, Counting Crows, Phillip Phillips, Nas, A.R. Rahman, Andy Grammer, Matisyahu, Natasha Bedingfield, Swiss Beatz, Cyndi Lauper, Bebe Winans, Angelique Kidjo, Voices of Afghanistan, Souad Massi, Engelbert Humperdink, Roberta Flack, David Sanborn, Joanne Shenandoah, David Crosby and Nelly Furtado. Special guests include Whoopi Goldberg, the evening’s emcee, and NBC News’ Ann Curry.“After discussions with thought leaders throughout the world and with His Holiness, it became clear to me that a peace movement can only be realized when we engage the public in conversations about common ground and understanding,” explains Samuel Nappi, founder of One World Community Foundation and president of World Harmony Productions. “As music is the universal language of our soul, we are thrilled to be partnering with Syracuse University and such a talented group of artists and intellectuals to help enliven the conversation.”Musician David Crosby says, “This event has such important chemistry. His Holiness the Dalai Lama seeks peace and compassion for the whole human race, and the diversity of musicians and speakers on the panels is also important. Since Dave Matthews first appeared in the music world he has been trying to go for the high ground. He’s also a very powerful presence.”Crosby adds, “There’s a chance for magic to happen here.”Tickets to the ONE WORLD CONCERT include admission to the combined public talk by the Dalai Lama and the musical performances. Prices range from $35-$55, with a limited number of Gold Circle tickets available. Tickets will be sold via Ticketmaster, the Carrier Dome Box Office or 888-DOMETIX. Presale tickets will be sold starting on Saturday, September 8, 2012 at 10:00 AM EDT. The Public on-sale will begin Monday, September 10 at 10:00 AM EDT.A special online only presale for SU and ESF full-time students will begin on Friday, September 7, 2012 at 2:00pm EDT. SU and ESF students will be sent instructions to their school email address. 
Proceeds from the concert will be used to advance international relief efforts and fund a new scholarship named for Bassel Al Shahade, the SU graduate student killed earlier this year in Syria while making a documentary film on the violence in his homeland.The October 9 appearance of His Holiness and the ONE WORLD CONCERT in the Carrier Dome will follow a panel discussion to be held at Syracuse University on October 8. While the panel discussion will have extremely limited seating, the ONE WORLD CONCERT event will offer greater opportunity for members of the public to see and hear His Holiness in person, while witnessing the gathering of world-renowned artists all performing for peace.For more information, visit oneworld.syr.edu.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

first_imgThe London premiere of Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts’ new film, The Impossible, will benefit a charity set up to help victims of the devastating 2004 Asian Tsunami.The ImpossibleIndian Ocean Disaster Relief works to alleviate the suffering of communities in the Indian Ocean region, through the provision of sustainable education and training programs that improve the capacity of local organizations and enhance the livelihoods of vulnerable children and young people.The Impossible tells the story of a family affected by the disaster, and the premiere – which will be attended by the stars and director of the movie – will take place at the BFI Imax Cinema in London on November 19.“Indian Ocean Disaster Relief are delighted to be appointed as the official charity partner for the U.K. charity premiere of The Impossible,” said IODR founder and chairman Tony Matharu. “The story running through the heart of this film was an actuality for many of the children and young people we continue to support. The narrative objectives of this film mirror those of Iodr, highlighting many of the issues faced by those we support, both bringing and maintaining attention on their continued plight.”Tickets to the premiere cost £20, and more information can be found here.last_img read more

first_img(Mohawks from Kahnawake battle with Canadian soldiers during the 1990 Oka crisis. File/photo) Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsAs the smoke was clearing from the 1990 Oka Crisis, then-prime minister Brian Mulroney wrote to the premiers of the Northwest Territories and the Yukon about the long, hot summer saying his government would be responding to the demands of “Aboriginal people” in four parts.At the top of the list was “resolving land claims.”Mulroney assured the two premiers the issue would receive Ottawa’s full attention.“The federal government is determined to create a new relationship among Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Canadians based on dignity, trust and respect,” wrote Mulroney to former NWT premier Dennis Patterson and former Yukon Premier Tony Penikett in near-identical letters dated Nov. 15, 1990.The other issues on the list included, “defining a new relationship between Aboriginal peoples and governments,” also “improving the economic and social conditions on reserves” and “addressing the concerns of Canada’s Aboriginal peoples in contemporary Canadian life.”Throughout the summer-long crisis in Kanesatake and Kahnawake which spread across the country, the issue of comprehensive claims, or modern treaties, continued to crop up as a major irritant from the First Nation side. Pundits and First Nation representatives who appeared on CBC, CTV and other local cable newscasts repeatedly mentioned the need for Ottawa to overhaul its approach to comprehensive claims. APTN did not exist at the time.In response, after the guns, tanks and helicopters faded from television screens, Mulroney began an overhaul of the land claim system. First, he eliminated the six-claim cap on the number of negotiations Ottawa would deal with at any one time. In 1992, the British Columbia-specific treaty table was created and in 1993 former Progressive Conservative Indian affairs minister Tom Siddon unveiled an overhaul of Ottawa’s comprehensive claim and specific claims policies.The LettersDownload (PDF, Unknown)Since then, only four B.C. modern treaties have been settled while First Nations involved in the process have amassed about $500 million worth in loans from the federal government to pay for negotiations. As of January 2013, Canada has issued $1 billion in loans and non-repayable contributions to First Nation groups involved in claims talks which can take up to three decades to reach a final agreement.It’s also emerged that Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s cabinet has stalled three modern treaty negotiations for two years.As it nears the end of its first majority mandate and its ninth year in power, the Harper government is only now beginning to address the issue of comprehensive land claims and folding it into a process named to imply a redefinition of Ottawa’s relationship with its Indigenous nations.It’s called the “reconciliation framework” and it was first mentioned by Ottawa in a statement issued by Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt’s office last Thursday in response to the release of a report by former federal negotiator Douglas Eyford.Eyford was appointed last July by Valcourt to meet with dozens of First Nations across the country on improving Ottawa’s comprehensive land claims policy. As his report points out, Eyford travelled well tilled soil. The federal comprehensive claims policy has been updated three times since its 1973 creation. There have also been eight studies or reports on the issue since 1983, including a 2006 report from the federal Auditor General and two Senate reports, in 2008 and 2012.“Many of the issues I have considered are neither new nor unforeseen. The observations, findings, and recommendations of these reports remain relevant and compelling despite the passage of time, legal developments, and changes in policy having placed some of the issues in a different context,” said Eyford, in the report.Comprehensive claims encompass territorial claims, self-government and Aboriginal rights. They are negotiated in areas not covered by so-called “surrender” treaties or numbered treaties. The majority of these claims stem from British Columbia, the North, parts of Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada.Specific claims generally stem from historical grievances over loss of land or the misuse of monies held in trust by Ottawa.Eyford’s report also mentions a “reconciliation framework” and issues recommendations on its possible creation.“Canada’s commitment to reconciliation should be reflected in a new framework that: continues to support modern treaty negotiations, but addresses institutional barriers…provides a rights-informed approach to treaty-making,” said the report. “(It should also offer) other reconciliation arrangements for Aboriginal groups that are not interested in negotiating a comprehensive land claims agreement…and improves the implementation of modern treaties and other agreements with Aboriginal groups.”Valcourt’s office is saying little about its own vision for this new framework aside from sending links to the department’s interim comprehensive claims policy which was widely panned by First Nation groups.In an emailed statement, Valcourt’s office said the reconciliation framework is simply the renamed “framework for addressing Section 35 Aboriginal Rights.” The minister also has no plans to roll anything out soon.“This framework will be developed incrementally and through dialogue with partners,” said the statement. “Over the coming months, we will engage with Aboriginal groups as well as other stakeholders, including those who provided input during the engagement meetings (with Eyford), in order to seek their feedback on those recommendations.”Valcourt’s framework plans, however, are getting a lukewarm response from the Assembly of First Nations.AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde said Valcourt needed to open direct discussions with First Nations on the issue.“Any work on a ‘reconciliation framework’ needs to be discussed directly with First Nations,” said Bellegarde. “We are concerned that this government is relying too much on ministerial special representatives and other agents when the federal government has a duty to engage directly with First Nations.”It all seems a far cry from what was promised following the Oka crisis by the Mulroney government of which Valcourt was once a part.“I have great respect for the peaceful and patient manner in which most chiefs, elders and Aboriginal people have expressed their grievances and my government will continue to work with these individuals to find appropriate measures to respond to the needs and concerns of Aboriginal people,” said the letters, which Mulroney signed. “These grievances raise issues that deeply affect all Canadians and therefore must be resolved by all Canadians working together.”According to a memo sent to Mulroney with draft responses to the two premiers, the letters “were developed in consultation with the Department of Indian Affairs.”The MemoDownload (PDF, Unknown)jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

first_imgPolice say multiple vehicles that were parked near the building were also engulfed in flames.It is believed the building was vacant and no one was inside the building or vehicles at the time of the fire.The highway was shut down temporarily and an alternate route was set up until the fire was under control.The area was secured by police pending further investigation.If you have any information, you are being asked to contact the Dawson Creek RCMP at 250-784-3700 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS. POUCE COUPE, B.C. – Dawson Creek RCMP received a report of a structure fire in Pouce Coupe on the morning of June 5 at 4:10 a.m.According to RCMP, officers arrived on scene and determined that the structure on fire was located in a work yard at 5012 Highway 2.Fire crews were on scene trying to keep the fire under control.last_img read more

Rabat – Each day of delay in the implementation of the pension plan reform costs Morocco 60 million dirhams, Government Spokesman Mustapha El Khalfi said Thursday.As of this year, civil pension funds will suffer from deficit, which will reach, next year, 3 billion dirhams, then 125 billion dirhams by 2021, which means that each day of delay in the implementation of the pension plan reform costs the country 60 million dirhams, the minister said at a press briefing following the weekly cabinet meeting.This situation is due to the fact that Morocco has moved from 12 affiliates per retiree in 1983 to three affiliates per retiree today, El Khalfi said, adding that the persistence of this situation, in the absence a reform plan, will make the government unable to allocate pensions according to current standards. Today, the reform of the pension system in a participatory, collective, progressive and solidarity-based approach is an inevitable option, the minister said, adding that the government will work to develop, by the end of the year, a vision of reform based on the results of dialogue with the unions. read more