New Delhi: India’s largest port developer and logistics arm of Adani Group, APSEZ, Monday reported a 41.45 per cent surge in its consolidated net profit to Rs 1,314.19 crore for the quarter ended on March 31, 2019. Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Limited (APSEZ) had clocked a consolidated net profit of Rs 929.06 crore for the fourth quarter of the last fiscal, the company said in a regulatory filing. Total income of the company grew marginally to Rs 3,492.72 crore during the quarter under review as against Rs 3,487.29 crore a year-ago. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documentsIts consolidated total expenses, however, decreased to Rs 1,840.35 crore in the January-March quarter as against Rs 2,162.10 crore in the year-ago period. Karan Adani, Chief Executive Officer and Whole Time Director of APSEZ said, “FY19 had been a landmark year in the history of APSEZ. We have not only exceeded our guidance of handling of 200 MT (million tonne) in FY19 but also demonstrated our capability of being resilient and grow across all segments and ports. Our strategy to tie up cargo for our terminals at major ports ensured optimum utilization of these ports.” Also Read – World suffering ‘synchronized slowdown’, says new IMF chiefHe said APSEZ signed a 50-year BOT (build, opeate and transfer) agreement for operating a container terminal at Yangon. The proposed container terminal at Yangon, Myanmar is part of APSEZ strategy to expand its container terminal network in South-East Asia. The proposed container terminal will be integrated with our Ports/Terminals along the east and south coast of India, unlocking synergies by offering multiple entry/exit points for the shipping lines which wish to call on this region, Adani said in a statement. “We will continue to look at opportunities of inorganic growth in Logistics and ports business in India to increase our hinterland and connectivity. We will gain greater influence, beyond ports and concentrate on supply chain management. Our logistics parks will concentrate on warehousing and improving our capability to handle variety of cargo moving in and out of our logistics parks, on our rakes, to our and other ports in India,” Adani said. Deepak Maheshwari, CFO and Head of Strategy said, …In all the four quarters of FY19 and have achieved PAT of over Rs 4,000 cr. for the first time… We expect this trend to continue in FY20 giving us the ability to make strategic investments in port and logistics business.” The company in the statement said its cargo volume was up 15 per cent in FY2018-19 and 19 per cent in the last quarter of the fiscal. It said the board has approved a policy on Related Party Transactions for Acquiring and Sale of Assets while Nirupama Rao, (IFS) has been appointed as an Independent Director, which has increased gender diversity to 20 per cent of the Board composition.
Ghaziabad: A 37-year-old woman suffered severe burn injuries after three unidentified bike-borne assailants hurled a corrosive liquid on her in Sihani gate area of Ghaziabad on Sunday afternoon. Police believe that the liquid is likely to be mild acid.According to police, the incident occurred around 1 pm when the woman was present outside her house. Shlok Kumar, Superintendent of Police (city), Ghaziabad said that the woman had not identified the accused persons who were wearing mask at the time of incident. Also Read – Kejriwal ‘denied political clearance’ to attend climate meet in Denmark”The woman told police that when she was coming back to home after dumping garbage at a nearby vacant plot, three men came and hurled a liquid on her. The didn’t understand what had happened and started screaming. The assailants fled the spot while initially she took it as a prank but after some time she started feeling itching and her skin color changed due to burning,” said Kumar. The officer further said that a case has been registered into the matter while they are yet to identify the accused. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic items”The woman came to police station couple of hours after the incident and reported the matter. The victim was sent to hospital for medical treatment and based on her complaint, an FIR against three unknown persons under the section of 326A (throwing acid) of IPC was registered at Sihani Gate police station. Meanwhile, we are yet to identify the accused persons but we are trying to get CCTV footage of nearby area to identify them,” added Kumar. Cops said that the woman’s husband runs a shoe shop in nearby market.
Thiruvananthapuram/Mumbai: In an embarrassment to the ruling CPI(M) in Kerala, the Mumbai police has registered a case of rape and cheating against the son of the party’s state secretary, Kodiyeri Balakrishnan. The case was filed on the basis of a complaint from a 33-year-old woman from Bihar, a former bar dancer, who has alleged that Binoy Vinodini Balakrishnan sexually assaulted her promising marriage and that she has a child from him. Admitting that he knew the woman, Binoy, however, said the allegation was “baseless”. Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in HaryanaSix months ago, the woman had sent a letter to him demanding Rs five crore and alleging that he had married her and had a child from her, Binoy told television channels in Thiruvananthapuram. “I got married in 2008. There is no need for me to keep it under the wraps. This is a blackmailing ploy from the complainant,” he said. Binoy said he filed a complaint in May against the woman with the Inspector General of Police, Kannur range. The complaint was forwarded to then Kannur Superintendent of Police (SP) Shiv Vikram for further action. But with the Lok Sabha polls going on and due to jurisdiction issues, no further action could be taken, police sources said. Binoy said the Mumbai police had not got in touch with him so far and that he was prepared to face the case legally.
New Delhi: Hospitality firm Sarovar Hotels will open 16 properties across India by the end of this year, adding around 970 rooms to its portfolio as part of its expansion plans in the country, a top company official said. The company currently manages 73 hotels in India and three overseas with around 6,000 rooms. “We will be opening 16 hotels across India by end of this year under our various brands,” Sarovar Hotels Managing Director Ajay Bakaya told PTI. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in Sep The upcoming hotels will be under the Sarovar Portico, Sarovar Premiere and Hometel Suites brands, he added. “The hotels will be in locations such as Ahmedabad, Goa, Junagadh, Dehradun, Bengaluru, Dindi, Udaipur, Dahisar, Bodh Gaya, Dibrugarh, Morbi and Jammu among others,” Bakaya said. Out of the 16 hotels, while majority will be the Sarovar Portico brand, one at Bodh Gaya will be under the Sarovar Premiere brand and one at Dahisar will be Hometel Suites brand, he said. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to Customs Stating that the hospitality sector has grown at a sturdy pace in the last two years, Bakaya said reaching out to the target audience has become very easy thanks to advanced technology unlike many years ago. On the growth roadmap for the sector going forward, Bakaya said that there are many new opportunities in a developing, aspiring India, especially with huge domestic travel. “India remains severely under supplied in hotel rooms. We will see hospitality grow both by conventional and disrupter means,” he added. When asked about the business model the company follows, Bakaya said: “Sarovar Hotels and Resorts is a hotel management company. We assist in setting up new hotels. We manage all our hotels under long term management contracts”. Sarovar Hotels’ overseas properties are in Africa — Neelkanth Sarovar Premiere in Zambia, and The Heron Portico and The Zehneria Portico in Nairobi, Kenya.
Srinagar: Former IAS officer Shah Faesal on Wednesday was sent back to Kashmir from the Delhi airport and detained here under the Public Safety Act (PSA), officials said.Faesal, who was bound for Istanbul, was detained at the airport during the intervening night of Tuesday and Wednesday, they said. His purpose of visiting turkey was not immediacy known, they said. The former bureaucrat from Jammu and Kashmir had floated a political outfit after resigning from the Indian Administrative Service (IAS). Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’After being detained at the Delhi airport, he was again detained under the PSA on his arrival in Srinagar, the officials said. Post the removal of special status to Jammu and Kashmir, provided under Article 370, Faesal had said Kashmir is experiencing an “unprecedented” lockdown and its eight million population “incarcerated” like never before. He is among the last political leaders who have been placed under house arrest. Former Jammu and Kashmir chief ministers Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti were detained after the Centre revoked the special status and announced that the state be bifurcated into the territories of Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh. Faesal is the president of the J&K Peoples Movement party. The Jammu and Kashmir authorities last week airlifted a fresh batch of 20 “potential troublemakers” from Srinagar to Agra as a precautionary measure in the wake of constitutional changes made by the government. PTI
Mumbai: Actor Vicky Kaushal said winning the National Award is a “beautiful feeling”, one which is both humbling and a reminder for him to keep doing good work. Vicky shared the best actor National Award for his peformance in “Uri- The Surgical Strike” along with Ayushmann Khurrana for “Andhadhun”. When asked about his win, Vicky told reporters, “It’s a beautiful feeling. I would have never thought that in my four years of career, I will be honoured with something like this. But it also brings a huge responsibility. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka “That one should keep working like this and keep doing good work and that one shouldn’t be complacent and that don’t take it for granted. But it’s a huge honour, I think the biggest honour in the country and it really means a lot to me.” The actor was speaking at a special event of his latest T-Series single, “Pachatoge”. Vicky said for the longest time he has been wanting to collaborate with Bhushan Kumar. “I told him that I was really hooked to the song and he told me about the team that was supposed to work on the song. I thought it would be a great team to work with. I really follow my heart when it comes to doing something creative. And this just took my heart away in a second. I just jumped into it,” he added.
NEW DELHI: Four men, who had shot at a person for “target practice” and injured him in Dwarka’s Bindapur area last week, have been arrested by Delhi Police.CCTV footage from over 100 cameras was used to identify the area where the accused were staying, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Anto Alphonse said. “The footage from the CCTV cameras along the route used by the accused persons was examined. A search was conducted at the last place where they stopped, Ram Dutt Enclave in Uttam Nagar, and they were arrested,” Mr Alphonse said. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe accused are Pawan, 22, Vishal, 23, Parveen, 22, and Kishan, 23. Three pistols along with 13 cartridges were seized from them, the police said. “The four men used to fire from their vehicle at random things at night for target practice. On August 29, around 3:30 am, they shot at Sunny just for target practice. They first fired in the air and then at Sunny, who suffered a bullet injury in his stomach,” he said. The police had found two empty cartridges at the spot where Sunny was shot at. They had got the weapons from an acquaintance Amir, who is in Tihar Jail, the police said.
Kabul: At least 24 people have been killed and 32 wounded after a suicide blast outside a campaign rally being held by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in central Parwan province on Tuesday, a hospital official said. “The toll includes women and children,” Parwan hospital director Dr Abdul Qasim Sangin told AFP. Interior ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi said the bomber had been on a motorbike and had detonated at the first checkpoint leading to the rally. Ghani was unhurt. The toll emerged as a second blast rocked central Kabul, the latest to hit the Afghan capital, with an interior ministry official stating he would give more details later.
OTTAWA – Yasir Naqvi is running for re-election in what’s widely considered a Liberal safe seat, but he says he’s never seen so much uncertainty among voters at the door who tell him they’re still weighing their options.Ottawa Centre is a prominent riding that encompasses most of the downtown core, with voters who tend to be progressive and politically astute. It’s a mix of high-rises, lower-income neighbourhoods and some tony districts. Over the last 40 years it has flipped between the Liberals and New Democrats.It could be a bellwether and flip again as the campaign for the June 7 provincial election appears more and more to be a duel between the Progressive Conservatives and the NDP after 15 years of Liberal governments.Naqvi, the province’s attorney general, seems well liked and has held the riding since 2007, winning each time with a bigger margin over his NDP opponent. But he sees a lot of hesitation this time.Many residents say they have already made up their minds and will vote NDP because they refuse to support either Progressive Conservative leader Doug Ford or Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne.Usually in Ottawa Centre when people vote strategically “it tends to be to stop the Conservatives — there’s always a group of people,” said Naqvi during an interview at his campaign office.That may have helped the Liberals in the past. It may hurt them now.With just over a week left until the election, polls suggest the NDP is gaining momentum and could form government. Encouraged by her strong performance in the final televised debate Sunday night, NDP Leader Andrea Horwath started the week Monday morning with a campaign event in Etobicoke North — Ford’s own riding, while Wynne stayed in Toronto — a Liberal support base.Despite the uncertainty, Naqvi is a strong campaigner. On a sunny weekday afternoon, he and his team flew through a large apartment building, mainly filled with seniors, in about an hour. His people speak multiple languages and move fast, with Naqvi running from one door to the next to greet voters who, for the most part, know him.Some said he had their support immediately, others were wary and waffling. One voter told him, “I know you—you’re the minister of justice. Kind of a star.” But he wouldn’t commit to vote Liberal.Naqvi is also getting help from federal Liberal heavyweights. Last week, Environment Minister Catherine McKenna, who represents the riding federally, and Marco Mendicino, parliamentary secretary to the federal justice minister, canvassed with him.Many voters in the riding say they are voting NDP to stop Ford — but there’s also a sentiment against Wynne.“Generally, I have voted Liberal throughout my entire voting,” said Colin Francey, 25, who stopped to offer up his opinion of Ford and Wynne. “I’m a pretty staunch anti-conservative, especially now that Doug Ford’s running. It’s just not my cup of tea.”Francey said he will vote for NDP candidate Joel Harden, primarily to ensure that Ford is not elected; but also because he’s tired of Wynne.Christian Martinez, 33, is voting for Harden for similar reasons.“The core of my reason is to ensure that the Liberal party is not in power anymore and I merely have more trust in—I can’t believe I’m saying this—in the NDP than the Conservatives at this point,” he said.Next to him on the park bench, Martinez’s friend Luke Ciesielski explained that Ford is just not an alternative to Wynne because he’s a demagogue and fear mongers. He said Ford could divide Ontario “even further.” He’s casting about for solutions, looking for something positive on education and health care.Kevin Nierenhausen, 52, will also vote NDP.“It can’t be Wynne, there’s no way,” he said.As for Harden, an academic and social justice advocate, he can feel a profound change coming as Liberal voters move to his party.“We’ve told them we’re really proud to earn their respect in this moment and as much as they don’t think of themselves as NDPers, they certainly don’t want Doug Ford as premier.”“The strategic vote is for us,” he said, saying even Liberal voters have legitimate criticisms of Wynne.Despite his ability to attract Liberal votes, Harden’s political views contrast on many fronts to Naqvi’s. Harden, a self-identified socialist, wrote a book on grassroots movements and recently campaigned against the Energy East pipeline.Harden’s approach to the campaign is also markedly different from Naqvi’s — the signs that plaster his office are hand-drawn and he canvasses at a glacial pace.Both offices had a lot more hustle and bustle than Progressive Conservative candidate Colleen McCleery. The Tories have never won the riding since it was created 50 years ago.The lone volunteer in her office, Marilyn Syversen, said she’s volunteered for several Tory candidates in Ottawa Centre.“I think Yasir has his hands full with both Colleen and the NDP candidate … I feel he’s in trouble, and he should be,” said Syversen.
HALIFAX – Nova Scotia’s New Democrats are touting a tax-the-rich plan they say will address growing income inequality in the province.NDP Leader Gary Burrill said Tuesday he would raise taxes on Nova Scotia’s wealthiest if elected May 30, creating the highest income tax bracket in the country.On a day when the provincial Liberals pledged to overhaul major hospitals and the Progressive Conservatives promised funding for long-term care facilities, Burrill focused on creating a “fairer tax system.”“Income inequality in Nova Scotia has reached its greatest height,” Burrill, a United Church minister, told reporters in Halifax. “Our taxation system is a primary means by which these kinds of inequities can be meaningfully dealt with.”The new high-income bracket would tax earnings over $250,000 at a marginal rate of 24 per cent, up from the current top bracket of 21 per cent for anyone earning above $150,000.The increase would push the combined tax rate to 57 per cent, the highest in Canada.But with 45,000 people in Nova Scotia dependent on food banks, Burrill said it makes sense to tax the richest 3,700 people more.Referring to a slogan used during the Occupy Wall Street movement, which took aim at the top one per cent of income earners in the United States, Burrill said the tax hike would affect a “fraction of the one per cent” in Nova Scotia.“It’s only a sign of a moral economy that we would ask those that are making over a quarter-million-dollars a year to make a larger contribution,” he said.Despite Burrill’s promise to address food insecurity and income inequality, he skirted questions about where the revenues from the tax hike will be invested.The tax increase is expected to generate an extra $20 million a year for provincial coffers.Still, he said there will be “no higher priority than seeing in every household in the province there is enough money that everybody will be able to get their food from a grocery store rather than a food bank.”Meanwhile, Premier Stephen McNeil used an announcement Tuesday to highlight a Liberal plan to redevelop major hospitals in the Halifax area.Much of the proposed work was already announced in the months leading up to the election call.The one new item announced by McNeil was a plan to expand the emergency department at the IWK Children’s Hospital.McNeil said a Liberal government would provide $1.2 million for design work that would begin next year to modernize the department and double its size to meet growing demand.“More and more people are walking through the doors, so we need to ensure that our facilities are modern and up to date so our health professionals can continue caring for our loved ones,” said McNeil.He said the expansion would lead to better gynecological and pre- and postnatal care for women, and to improved mental-health services for those aged 16 to 19.Construction is to begin in 2019, although McNeil couldn’t say at this stage how much the expansion would cost.Also Tuesday, Progressive Conservative Leader Jamie Baillie said he would restore $8.2 million in annual funding for seniors’ long-term care.He said the funding loss has meant that senior care homes have had to compromise on the quality of food and services they provide to elderly residents. As an example, Baillie said staff at facilities like Northwood Manor have to supply meals for $5 a day and have to scrimp on things like fresh produce.“Short-sighted, mean-spirited cuts one year after another are exactly the wrong way to ensure that we fulfil our obligation to our seniors,” Baillie said. “Stephen McNeil took away the dignity and respect of seniors who live in long-term care facilities.”
ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – It was described as a “double dagger to the heart” when former residential school students from Newfoundland and Labrador were shut out of a national apology in 2008.They’re to be included at last when the prime minister visits Labrador on Nov. 24, his office confirmed Friday.Justin Trudeau will be in Goose Bay to offer an apology that will be crafted with input from those abused in the now defunct schools.“The vast majority of our clients are just happy that finally they’re going to be recognized as having gone through the same trauma,” said Steven Cooper, a lawyer for several plaintiffs who sued for compensation.It was a devastating step backward when aboriginal students from four residential schools in Labrador and one in northern Newfoundland were excluded from then-prime minister Stephen Harper’s apology in 2008, Cooper said.“This is going a little ways to healing that wound.”Cooper said the event is still in the planning stages but is expected to include at least 300 people.About 1,000 class-action members accepted a $50-million package last year from the Trudeau government to settle claims of sexual and physical abuse along with language and cultural losses.Harper left out Newfoundland and Labrador’s former residential schools from his apology and a related compensation package. His Conservative government argued they weren’t “akin” to institutions established under the federal Indian Act and therefore didn’t qualify.Cooper called the exclusion “a double dagger to the heart” that left many of his clients feeling abandoned and disbelieved.He was among lawyers who argued over a nine-year legal battle that Ottawa owed the same duty of care to those students once the province joined Confederation in 1949. More than 100 class members died waiting for a resolution and to hear someone say they’re sorry.Danny Pottle, who lived in a Labrador school dormitory in North West River, said last year an apology was more important than any cash settlement.“I think those experiences have to be validated by Prime Minister Trudeau on behalf of everybody in Canada,” he said in an interview. “To me, that’s the most important thing, and that’s what other people have told me all along.“That apology is first and foremost.”The $50-million settlement was approved by a judge in September 2016. Aboriginal students who attended the schools after the province joined Confederation in 1949 were eligible to apply for compensation so long as they were alive as of Nov. 23, 2006 — one year before litigation began. The estates of those who died since the 2006 cutoff could also apply.Students who lived in school residences for less than five years were eligible for $15,000 in general compensation, while those who lived there five years or more could receive $20,000. Approval was based on a streamlined, trust-based application process overseen by a judge.One in 10 applications are to be randomly audited.Cooper said Friday that about 965 people applied for general compensation and that cheques went out in June.Compensation for sexual or significant physical abuse, based on sworn testimony, could be up to $200,000. Those matters are expected to wrap up this month, Cooper said.The schools were located in North West River, Cartwright, Nain and Makkovik — all in Labrador — and in St. Anthony, in northern Newfoundland. The International Grenfell Association ran three of the schools, while the Germany-based Moravian missionaries ran the other two.Lawyers from three firms who worked on nine applications over most of a decade were to receive about one-third of the $50-million settlement. Several students who attended a related briefing last year in St. John’s said it was fair payment.“It’s the most important case I’ll ever work on, and I’m 54 and 30 years in as a lawyer,” Cooper said.“It’s so important for survivors in these situations, I’ve learned over the years, to be heard and believed.”Follow @suebailey on Twitter.
TORONTO – A little over a year ago, Julie Tomaino had a stroke that affected both sides of her brain, leaving her “locked in” — conscious but unable to speak or move for about 10 days.The former professional dancer who works in theatre directing and choreographing plays was just 38 years old.“I couldn’t respond to anything and I could just move my eyeballs,” the Toronto resident recalled Monday from Vancouver Island, where she is in rehearsals for a production of the musical “Grease.”Tomaino had been having daily headaches for the previous two weeks and knew there was something seriously wrong. But after being checked earlier that day at the hospital, doctors had sent her home with a diagnosis of migraine and anxiety.That evening, she started vomiting uncontrollably and began experiencing double-vision. Her husband called an ambulance and she remembers being put into the vehicle.“And then, it’s all black for 12 hours.”Tomaino had suffered a major stroke, the result of the inner carotid arteries on both sides of her neck dissecting, or tearing, which caused blood to pool in the vessels and send clots to her brain.While stroke at her age isn’t all that common — the average female victim is close to four decades older — her story illustrates a message the Heart and Stroke Foundation is trying to bring to public awareness with a report released Tuesday showing how stroke can affect women differently than men.“A lot of women don’t realize that they’re susceptible, they tend to focus on cancer, breast cancer and other diseases,” said Patrice Lindsay, director of stroke for the foundation.As the report outlines, one-third more women die from having a stroke than do their male counterparts, and women are 60 per cent less likely to regain their independence afterwards, with a worse prognosis for recovery than men. Less than half of stroke patients who participate in rehabilitation programs are female.Women are also less likely to return home after being treated: twice as many women as men go into long-term care following a stroke.Elderly women have the highest rate of stroke, with the risk increasing gradually after menopause; pregnant women have a slightly higher risk of suffering a stroke than non-pregnant women of child-bearing age, in particular if they experience elevated blood pressure or gestational diabetes.In fact, high blood pressure is a prime risk factor for stroke in both adult women and men, as are diabetes and smoking.“Women are more likely to have high blood pressure and women are more likely to have an irregular heart beat, a condition known as atrial fibrillation,” said Lindsay. Atrial fibrillation can lead to blood pooling inside a chamber of the heart, allowing clots to form and travel to the brain, where they block blood vessels and cause a stroke.“And both of those strongly contribute to stroke and strongly contribute to strokes that have bad outcomes,” she said.Women who have had a stroke, especially later in life, may be widowed or living alone and often don’t have family support at home to help them recover, whereas the average male stroke victim is about five years younger and often has a spouse to help them regain physical function to a greater degree.“I think one of the things this report highlights is that there are some gaps in knowledge when it comes to women and stroke, so we don’t fully understand why women’s prognosis after stroke is worse or what are the things that really drive that observed difference,” said Dr. Moira Kapral, a specialist at Toronto’s University Health Network, whose research focuses on stroke health services.“Until we understand that, we can’t develop effective treatment,” said Kapral, adding however that stroke research is increasingly being targeted towards women.Tomaino, who spent almost four weeks in hospital, then six weeks in the Toronto Rehab Hospital, followed by a total of 11 weeks doing rehabilitation as an out-patient, said she is physically recovered except for numbness in one finger and in an area on one side of her chest.The speech centre of her brain was severely affected, and that presented a major challenge, she said. “I have worked hard at getting it back, but there’s just sometimes when I’m tired that I have trouble wrapping my mouth around the words.”Her message to other women, based on her experience of a delayed diagnosis: “Trust yourself. When you think you have a serious problem, advocate for yourself.”That means starting with an awareness of the signs of stroke, stressed Lindsay, adding that they are summed up by the acronym FAST: facial drooping, arm weakness, speech difficulties and time to call emergency services.Stroke is a medical emergency. It’s critical to get treatment such as clot-busting drugs to limit damage to brain cells and improve the chances of recovery, she said.— Follow @SherylUbelacker on Twitter.
STEINBACH, Man. – A company that operates a chain of radio stations is apologizing for running a paid advertisement that downplayed the effect of the residential school system on Indigenous people.Manitoba-based Golden West says the one-time program produced by the Frontier Centre For Public Policy was broadcast on some of its radio stations in Saskatchewan.The two-minute-long ad said it was a myth that residential schools robbed Indigenous kids of their childhood and that most Indigenous children never went to the schools.The spot also suggested it wasn’t true that residential schools stripped Indigenous children of their language and culture, and it disputed the intergenerational trauma of residential schools.Golden West says it has been a leader on the Prairies for 60 years in broadcasting positive, uplifting content.The company says the paid ad does not reflect the views of Golden West in any way.“We apologize for the aired commercial, and for the impact it had on our listeners,” Golden West says in a release. “An apology is being issued on the affected stations, and measures are being taken to ensure material like this does not air on our stations in the future.”Officials at the Frontier Centre for Public Policy, a Winnipeg-based think-tank, were not immediately available for comment.The centre’s website says it received charitable status in 1999 and has offices in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.The Truth and Reconciliation Commission heard from more than 6,000 witnesses over six years and its final report in 2015 found that residential schools amounted to cultural genocide.Around 150,000 Indigenous children went to residential schools and it’s estimated around 6,000 children died.In 2008, the federal government apologized to former students saying it was a sad chapter in Canada’s history and the policy of assimilation was wrong.
MONTREAL — The former mayor of Quebec’s third-largest city has been granted full parole after serving a third of his six-year prison sentence for involvement in a corruption scheme.A Parole Board of Canada decision Thursday noted that Gilles Vaillancourt continues to downplay his responsibility for his crimes and their impact on society.But his behaviour in prison and since he was granted day parole a year ago was judged satisfactory, and there is no reason to believe he would commit a violent crime if released, the decision said.Vaillancourt, 77, was Laval mayor between 1989 and 2012.He was arrested in May 2013 by Quebec’s anti-corruption unit and accused of taking part in a scheme under which the City of Laval awarded municipal contracts in exchange for bribes and illegal donations from construction contractors.Under a joint Crown-defence agreement, Vaillancourt was sentenced in December 2016 to just under six years in prison. He also had to reimburse the city about $8.6 million, the parole board document says.The parole board imposed several conditions on his release.He is banned from participating in any paid or volunteer political activities. He cannot be responsible for the finances or investments of individuals, companies or charities. And he will have to disclose his financial records to his parole officer.The Canadian Press
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is poised to address the nation in prime time tonight, as the U.S. government shutdown threatens to affect the Canada-U.S. border.Officials at Toronto’s Pearson Airport say last week’s longer-than-average wait times have eased as Trump’s immigration standoff with the Democrats, and the ensuing government shutdown is in its third week.They can’t say whether the delays were the result of fewer U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers or just part of the traditional crush of holiday travellers.The shutdown, now three days from becoming the longest in U.S. history, began Dec. 22 after Democrats on Capitol Hill refused to approve Trump’s demand for $5.7 billion to pay for his long-promised wall on the southern border with Mexico.Trump has since mused about declaring a national emergency, and is widely expected to make his case during tonight’s televised Oval Office address, the first of his presidency.Experts say if the shutdown persists, Canadians entering the U.S. will see an escalating impact at the northern border, where Customs and Border Protection officials are working without pay because their jobs are considered an essential service.Len Saunders, an immigration lawyer based near the border in Blaine, Wash., says those border guards — many of whom are supportive of the president’s border-security efforts — may soon stop showing up for work as they begin to feel the shutdown’s financial impact.The Canadian Press
CALGARY (660 NEWS) — A hashtag is proving that some Albertans are actually not angry at the state of the province.#NotAngryAB started circling after former Wildrose Party Leader, Brian Jean shared his opinion saying all Canadians should be angry and that Albertans are furious.Read more: Former Wildrose leader has no love for UCP in op-edCalgary blogger, Mike Morrison started the hashtag after reading Jean’s piece, but he said it’s something he’s been thinking about for a while.“It tends to be the conservative leaning politicians who start every press release, every comment with “Albertans are angry, Albertans are furious” and you know, I’m an Albertan and I’m not angry and I’m not furious and I wanted to put that out there and sort of just say it’s okay to not be angry, not be furious,” said Morrison.The hashtag has caught on, to Morrison’s surprise.“They’re really incredible stories, like I keep clicking on it to hear from different Albertans, some from oil and gas, some from different political parties. These are Albertans, these are the stories I want to hear more as a fellow Albertan,” said Morrison.If you are angry or furious with the state of the province, Morrison suggests looking through the hashtag.JOIN THE CONVERSATION: Tweet using the hashtag #NotAngryAB
GUELPH, Ont. – A woman or girl was killed every 2.5 days on average in Canada last year, according to an inaugural report on femicide that argues the issue must be better understood in order to reduce the number of slayings.The first annual report by the Canadian Femicide Observatory for Justice and Accountability — titled “#CallItFemicide” — was released Wednesday and answers a call from the United Nations for countries to better track gender-related killings of women, said lead author Myrna Dawson, the observatory’s director and a professor at the University of Guelph.“It really drove home how often this was happening when we were monitoring this on a daily basis,” she said. “Women are still most at risk of men that they are intimate with or who they should be able to trust.”The goal of the report, at least in part, is to acknowledge that the circumstances and motivations surrounding women’s violent deaths differs from those of men so that femicide can be better understood and prevented.“The context in which women and girls are killed is vastly different because they’re most often killed by people they know, and that’s in contrast to males who are most often killed by acquaintances and strangers,” Dawson said. “Calling it for what it is and recognizing the distinctiveness underscores the fact that we need different types of prevention.”The report said 148 women and girls were killed in 133 incidents in 2018, with 140 people accused in their deaths. In 12 of the 133 incidents, no accused has been identified. Some cases involve multiple accused.More than 90 per cent of those accused were men.In many cases, a police investigation is still ongoing, Dawson said, adding that researchers intend to follow the cases through the justice system the coming years to better understand the factors that went into each.The statistics include a van attack that left eight women and two men dead in Toronto last year. The accused in that case, Alek Minassian, has been charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder and 16 of attempted murder. He is set to stand trial in February 2020.The women who died in the van attack are among the 21 per cent allegedly killed in 2018 by a stranger. By contrast, 53 per cent were allegedly killed by intimate partners, according to the report. Another 13 per cent were allegedly killed by other male family members.That includes the case of Krassimira Pejcinovski and her 13-year-old daughter Venallia, who were allegedly slain by the elder Pejcinovski’s partner in May 2018. Her 15-year-old son Roy was also killed in the incident, but is not included in the statistics.The numbers and demographic information were pulled from media reports of the deaths, the study said. Dawson said information from the media was more handily available and at least as accurate as information from official sources. But the report notes that in coming years, as these cases progress through the justice system, researchers will look at court records to track updates.Dawson said there are some demographics disproportionately represented in the statistics. For instance, the report indicates Indigenous women represent only about five per cent of the population, but made up 36 per cent of the women and girls killed by violence. Thirty-four per cent of the women and girls were killed in rural areas, where only 16 per cent of the population lives, the report said.Understanding these issues is key to preventing further femicides, said Julie Lalonde, a women’s rights advocate and public educator.For instance, she noted, funding for sexual assault centres and women’s shelters is distributed on a per capita basis in Ontario, which puts women in sparsely populated areas at an even greater disadvantage.“The argument is there’s less of a need (in rural areas). Perhaps in terms of numbers, but you have a more complex need in rural communities that requires more resources, because you have to travel long distances. You don’t have public transit for people to get away,” Lalonde said.She said statistics like those in the report also help cut down on misconceptions about violence against women, such as the idea that women in abusive relationships should just leave.“We don’t talk about things like criminal harassment or the fact that most women are killed after leaving or declaring that they’re going to leave a partner,” she said. “We have to challenge all the myths and stereotypes that tell women it’s their own fault.”Nicole Thompson, The Canadian Press
OTTAWA — The Trudeau Liberals are making another end-run on the provinces in their bid to spend infrastructure money, citing problems with getting projects off the ground as a reason to deliver $2.2 billion more directly to cities.Tuesday’s budget announced a one-time top-up to the federal gas-tax fund, which sends money directly to municipalities each year to help cover the costs of work on roads, bridges, water systems and other local infrastructure needs.The extra funding doubles the transfer to cities this fiscal year.Although the Liberals have publicly touted a renewed dialogue with provincial and territorial governments, there are private frustrations about infrastructure issues, some of which are laid bare in internal documents previously obtained by The Canadian Press.The budget document says the Liberals have approved more than 33,000 projects, worth about $19.9 billion in federal financing, under new and existing infrastructure programs. But it also acknowledges spending has been slower than anticipated, including for reasons beyond the federal government’s control — such as “some jurisdictions being slower to prioritize projects.”Finance Minister Bill Morneau called out four provinces on Tuesday in explaining the Liberals’ decision to use the gas-tax fund to kickstart more projects.“What we’ve seen is we’ve not been able to get as many projects done in some places, places like Ontario, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, New Brunswick, as we’d like, so we’ve put a municipal infrastructure top-up to make sure that more projects get done across our country,” Morneau said.Elections in Ontario and New Brunswick last year also put a pause on project provincial approvals during the campaigns, and all four of those provinces now have conservative governments that don’t always co-operate readily with the federal Liberals.Even more spending will also flow through funds managed by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. The federation’s president, Mayor Vicki-May Hamm of Magog, Que., said the measures are a direct response to pleas from cities to modernize their relationship with Ottawa and not rely solely on the provincial governments that ultimately control them.The Liberals’ infrastructure plan was a cornerstone of their successful 2015 election campaign. Once in office, they created a decade-long plan that was meant to double federal infrastructure spending to more than $186 billion. How successful the plan has been is an area of contention between the Liberals and the parliamentary budget watchdog, who most recently questioned anew whether increases in federal spending have created jobs as the government promised.Other investments have, according to provinces, fallen short of what was required, particularly on rural broadband internet service.Infrastructure Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne told The Canadian Press late last year that he was looking at different revenue models to entice private backers to pay for rural broadband, after his predecessor heard an earful from provinces that the need should be on the radar of the Canada Infrastructure Bank. The details were laid out in documents obtained by The Canadian Press under access-to-information laws, which also noted concern about a lack of co-ordination in spending to connect remote or rural communities. The Liberals created the bank in 2017 to take $35 billion in federal financing and use it to leverage three to four times that from the private sector to help pay for major highways, bridges, and water and electrical systems. To get private money involved, projects needed to produce revenue streams — tolls, for instance. Fees for internet service are already typical, but serving remote, sparsely populated areas with high-speed lines is a financial challenge.On Tuesday, the Liberals added a new component to the Crown agency, earmarking $1 billion over 10 years for rural broadband, but mandating the bank find at least $2 billion more in private capital for the initiative. It was part of a plan to deliver up to $6 billion over a decade to connect everyone in the country to high-speed internet by 2030.Jordan Press, The Canadian Press
Grammy Award-winning artist and advocate Alicia Keys rallied with community leaders and residents of Harlem yesterday, hosting a community conversation aimed at tackling the issue of HIV/AIDS.Hosted by Harlem Hospital together with Greater Than AIDS, Ms. Keys was joined by Congressman Charlie Rangel (D-NY); Denise Soares, the Executive Director of Harlem Hospital; Minister Vin Baker of the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem; Dr. Helene Gayle; Russell Simmons; and Greater Than AIDS ambassador Stephanie Brown, in an open and honest discussion with residents of Harlem about HIV/AIDS, its impact in the community, and the stigma that often surrounds the disease.In Harlem, as nationally, people of color have been disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS. The large majority of people living with HIV in Harlem are Black or Hispanic. In 2011, the most current year data is available, the rate of HIV diagnosis per 100,000 population was 4 to 5 times higher in Harlem as compared to the nation overall.Speaking to an energetic crowd of over 400 at Harlem Hospital, the speakers stressed the urgency of addressing HIV/AIDS in communities of color. The event brought together different parts of the community– faith and political leaders, social and health care advocates, artists and young people – to break down the barriers of stigma, fear and ignorance and promote HIV testing and treatment for those who are positive. Following the community conversation, Alicia Keys, Congressman Rangel and Dr. Gayle joined with community residents to get tested as part of a free on-site HIV screening being offered by Harlem Hospital.“There are serious misconceptions out there that keep HIV/AIDS in the shadows,” said Keys. “Each and every one of us has to come together to change that. There is no reason that Black and Hispanic people should continue to be affected like this. By talking about HIV/AIDS honestly and openly, we can overcome stigma and fear and start a real dialogue that allows us to know, learn and share the truth.”Earlier this year, Ms. Keys joined with Greater Than AIDS to launch EMPOWERED, a new campaign to reach women in the U.S. about HIV/AIDS and highlight their power in changing the course of the epidemic.“We cannot sit idly as this epidemic continues to spread,” said Congressman Rangel. “In fact, the fight against HIV/AIDS is one of my highest priorities in Congress. Recently I introduced the Communities United with Religious Leaders for the Elimination of HIV/AIDS (CURE) Act. It would authorize the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the National Institutes of Health to provide grants to health agencies, and community and faith-based organizations for education, outreach, research, and testing activities related to HIV/AIDS prevention. I urge my colleagues in Congress to put politics aside and act on this important issue. But all of us, from all corners of society, need to do more. I will continue to fight for those afflicted with HIV/AIDS and will work tirelessly until the day we have a cure.”“We know AIDS is caused by a virus that attacks the immune system. But societal factors are among the leading reasons why some populations are more impacted by HIV than others,” said Dr. Helene Gayle, president and CEO of CARE USA. “We know there are a variety of reasons why communities of color are disproportionately affected by HIV and AIDS. They are some of the same reasons that our communities are disproportionately impacted by other diseases—social and economic factors, including poverty. For example, African Americans are more likely than whites to be uninsured, less likely to be privately insured and have access to high quality services, and are more likely to postpone medical care due to lack of transportation resources and other competing needs. But these types of underlying societal factors can be changed. They must be changed, by all of us.”“The faith community plays a crucial role in this conversation,” said Vin Baker, a former NBA all-star who is now a minister at Abyssinian Church in Harlem. “We need to encourage our families to talk about HIV and AIDS, to remove the unnecessary stigma around it. And most importantly, we need to support our brothers and sisters who live with it.”“We have a responsibility to ourselves, to our friends, and to our community to become educated on the impacts of HIV/AIDS,” said Russell Simmons, hip-hop icon and co-founder of Def Jam Recordings. “And the hip-hop community has an important role to play in that. We have to make sure we promote love and tolerance, not fear and stigma. We have to stand in solidarity with our HIV positive brothers and sisters. As Alicia said, artists have a responsibility, we’ve got to fight for others.”EMPOWERED, the cross-platform public information campaign Ms. Keys developed with Greater Than AIDS, speaks to both those affected by HIV/AIDS and allies in the fight about what can be done to change the course of the disease. It includes outreach through public service ads, social media and community programs. With a particular focus on women, EMPOWERED encourages increased knowledge and understanding about HIV and AIDS, open communications with family and friends, use of protection, regular testing and adherence to treatment for those living with the disease.“When I got infected, I wasn’t educated at all about HIV,” said Stephanie Brown, an artist and advocate who serves as an ambassador for Greater Than AIDS and EMPOWERED. Stephanie, who learned she was HIV positive at 19, joined the campaign earlier this year. “It was rough. Thinking about the idea that nobody wants you, it was like this whole new life I had to start living. At first I didn’t even want to start treatment. But it was what I had to do. What made me start fighting back though was the silence, the fact that no one was talking about it. That’s when I decided to share my experience and speak up for myself and for others who can’t. That’s why I joined EMPOWERED. Sympathy needs to be taken out of HIV. We need to start getting mad about it.”During the 90-minute forum, audience members were encouraged to engage with panelists and ask questions about HIV/AIDS and the launch of the campaign. One audience member asked Keys: “What do you hope will come out of this campaign?”“I want HIV to become something we talk about often and openly. I want it to be something that’s not awkward. I want the next generation of kids to grow up and wonder why it ever was,” she responded.Keys is also leading the EMPOWERED Community Grants program, administered by AIDS United, to give up to $25,000 grants to community-level projects that focus on women and HIV. She is co-founder and Global Ambassador of Keep a Child Alive, which provides AIDS treatment, food and other support to children and families affected by HIV and AIDS in Africa and India.For more information about the EMPOWERED campaign, visit www.greaterthan.org/campaign/empowered.Source:PR Newswire
Best-selling author and UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Khaled Hosseini has called on the international community to do more to help the tens of thousands of Syrians living in camps or towns across northern Iraq while praising the resilience of refugees.Khaled Hosseini gets a bird’s eye view of Darashakran Refugee CampCredit/Copyright: UNHCR/B.SokolHosseini, a former Afghan refugee, made the appeal at the end of a three-day visit this week to the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. He said that while much had been done by the government and aid organizations to meet the basic needs of the 220,000 registered Syrian refugees in the north, “much more is still needed.”UNHCR has been supporting the government of Iraq and the Kurdistan Regional Government to coordinate the humanitarian response to the refugees’ protection and assistance needs. This includes the provision of registration and documentation, child protection, sexual and gender-based violence protection interventions, the provision of shelter, life-sustaining items and access to basic services, including legal and psycho-social support.Since first teaming up with UNHCR in 2006, Hosseini has visited his native Afghanistan in 2007, 2009 and 2010 and Chad in 2007. His Khaled Hosseini Foundation also supports UNHCR projects to provide employment and education opportunities and health care for women and children.“Everywhere I go, I am struck with the resilience of people,” said Hosseini. “This resonates with me and I feel some sense of kinship, some part of my own background, my own family story. I have always found something in common with them no matter how different our backgrounds are.”Read the full story here.Source:UNHCR