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first_imgFast-forward, alas, to July, where — at another Soho House, this one across the pond — Markle appears to have made the scene with the fifth-in-line to the British throne. And then, last Saturday: a spy tells me that Prince Harry was actually here in Toronto at a Halloween party with Markle — a bait-and-switch that counters, possibly, reports that Harry was a no-show on a flight into YYZ on Sunday.Clearly, no shortage of dance cards, she. Advertisement Advertisement Dressed to the nines, and all in their 30s, three women scrambled into one of those goof-time photo booths, one late Toronto eve.One was the wife of the sitting prime minister, another the daughter-in-law of a former prime minister, and the last the va-va-voom-giving star of the TV series Suits.A cheek-to-cheek. A stare-off! A funny pucker-up and Tyra Banks-worthy smize! They were all in: Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, Jessica Mulroney and Meghan Markle. The girlish trio — descending on the booth found on the third floor of Soho House — had arrived with a pack following a showy society gala held here in April. Boom! With the royals proving, as always, that nothing abhors a vacuum more than the English press, Great Britain has all but exploded this week with news that the Toronto-based actress was being romanced by Prince Harry. Scooped by the Sunday Express’s Camilla Tominey — who’s considered to be reliable (and this is important) in the murky world of royal reportage — Markle was suddenly being game-hunted for the covers of all the papers (even non-tabs such as the Daily Telegraph), being fanned across American vanes like US Weekly and Vanity Fair and causing mouths to all-around gape back here, in Toronto, where the slinky, smart brunette has long been immersed in the life of the city. (She once stood in my kitchen, but that’s perhaps another story.) Twittercenter_img Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more


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Help on the way for Maigan Agik

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first_imgAPTN National NewsHelp may be on its way for Maigan Agik, an impoverished Algonquin community north of Montreal.APTN National News highlighted the community’s plight last week.Federal and Quebec provincial officials have since responded and are now looking at ways of stepping in.APTN National News reporter Danielle Rochette has this story.last_img

Nunavut municipal leaders gather in Iqaluit

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first_imgAPTN National NewsThis week, the Nunavut Association of Municipalities are holding their annual meeting in Iqaluit and members attending from all over the territory.APTN National News reporter Kent Driscoll explains that in Nunavut, you can’t let challenges get you down.last_img

first_imgAPTN National NewsIf you live in Nunavut you almost always have to fly to travel between communities in the territory.A report from Baffin Island involving pilots, the RCMP and a vital transportation lifeline is creating concern.APTN National News reporter Kent Driscoll has this story from Iqaluit.last_img

first_imgJorge Barrera APTN National NewsA residential school survivor was denied compensation for a rape she suffered as a 7-year-old child after federal government lawyers successfully argued the place of the attack did not qualify as a residential school because a different branch of Indian Affairs cut the cheques for teachers who taught there, according to the survivor’s lawyer.The residential school survivor, who attended St. Michael’s Indian residential school in Alert Bay, B.C., lost her final appeal last autumn under the Independent Assessment Process (IAP) which was created as a result of the multi-billion dollar settlement agreement to determine levels of compensation for abuse suffered by survivors at the schools.Justice Canada lawyers exploited a technicality in the history of St. Michael’s to convince the IAP adjudicator the survivor did not deserve compensation for a rape she suffered while a Grade 2 student at the residential school.Justice Canada lawyers argued, and the adjudicator agreed, that the place where the attack occurred did not qualify as a residential school because Indian Affairs’ day school branch-not the residential school branch-paid the teachers there at the time of the incident.“Nothing else changed except they got their cheque cut by a different department of Indian Affairs and that’s it, but that’s the basis on which she was denied compensation,” said David Paterson, a Vancouver-based lawyer who represented the survivor. “She knows she attended school at the residential school, her mother knows that, her community knows that, even the adjudicator knows that her class was there.”The top official in charge of overseeing the IAP has now called for a halt of all ongoing cases before adjudicators where Justice Canada lawyers use these types of technical legal maneuvers to disqualify institutions as residential schools.The move came following statements from Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett and Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould that federal officials would now be reviewing cases impacted by the tactic used by Justice Canada lawyers during IAP hearings on abuse claims over the past six years.“This is a reasonable request under the circumstances. I ask that you communicate Canada’s request to the parties participating in such cases that are before you, along with your position regarding Canada’s adjournment request,” said Daniel Shapiro, the chief adjudicator, in a bulletin issued last Friday.It remains unclear what the federal ministers will do about cases that have already been denied by IAP adjudicators. The IAP is an independent, arms-length entity created as a result of a settlement agreement which counts Ottawa as one of the parties.Paterson says the federal ministers do have some options including consenting to having these select cases re-opened. Paterson said the parties to the settlement agreement could also amend the agreement to overturn decisions based on the technical disqualification of residential schools.Paterson said the churches, as is apparent in court submissions, and First Nations that are parties to the settlement agreement are on the same side on this issue.“If Canada changes its mind on this then it shouldn’t be all that difficult to reach a conclusion and unwind these cases,” said Peterson. “It really is in Canada’s court.”Justice Canada lawyers have succeeded in using the tactic in a string of cases since 2010 when the previous Stephen Harper government decided to exploit so-called administrative splits or technical anomalies in the history of residential schools.It’s unclear exactly how many cases have been impacted by the tactic. Recent reports have put the number at between 1,000 to 3,000 cases. An official with the Indian Residential School Adjudication Secretariat told APTN National News that an initial analysis put the number below 1,000.The Secretariat official said Indigenous Affairs would have the exact number of cases.Despite a request from APTN, Indigenous Affairs had not provided a hard number as of this article’s posting.It’s believe Justice Canada lawyers have used the tactic against claims from about 50 schools which has impacted at least 500 cases.Paterson said about 50 or 60 of his clients have been impacted by the tactic.Generally speaking, since 2010, federal lawyers have combed through the list of residential schools initially agreed to by Ottawa, the churches and residential school survivors as part of the settlement agreement, to find moments in the histories where Indian Affairs’ residential school branch relinquished some level of administrative responsibility-to a provincial body or separate government branch-over institutional operation.If federal lawyers could link the claimed abuse with an administrative shift or some other technical variance, they would argue, often successfully before the IAP adjudicators, that Canada wasn’t on the hook for the claim because the institution no longer qualified as a residential school at the time.“They are not all administrative split cases, they are using that term, but there are cases about whether one building on the residential school grounds was part of the residential school or something else,” said Paterson. “In some cases it would be a nursery or a sanatorium where kids with (tuberculosis) would be sent…There is a whole series of different things.”Paterson was involved in a precedence-setting court case in Alberta that essentially determined in an April 2015 ruling that IAP adjudicators had the power to disqualify residential schools even if the institution was listed as part of the settlement agreement and students who attended there qualified for common experience payments.The case centred on the Grouard Indian Residential School in Alberta. Paterson’s client attended Grouard from 1956 to 1960. While the survivor usually lived at home, he stayed at the school residence from time to time due to a medical condition, according to summary of the facts contained in the ruling.The survivor alleged he suffered abuse at Grouard, including having an arm broken by one of the nuns and suffering paralysis as the result of a “negligently applied polio shot.”Justice Canada lawyers argued that Ottawa had no liability because the institution ceased to be a residential school by 1957. Justice Canada argued the federal government had had transferred the institution to a provincial body by the time of the alleged abuses.“Treaty Indians” continued to attend Grouard during this administrative shift and the institution continued to receive federal dollars.The IAP adjudicators, all the way up to the then-chief adjudicator Daniel Ish, agreed with Ottawa’s lawyers.Paterson said Ottawa’s lawyers and the adjudicators have taken positions at odds with the spirit of reconciliation promised in the settlement agreement-which created the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.“Does this really…serve the purpose for reconciliation we have set for ourselves as a country?” said Paterson. “Are we really going to go back to a technical, legalistic way of doing things?NDP MP Charlie Angus says IAP officials share a large share of the blame for allowing Justice Canada lawyers to get away with using this type fo legal tactic.“The IAP is broken and the people who have the legal responsibility to oversee it have walked on that responsibility and walked on the survivors,” said Angus. “I am worried at how many cases will be brought back to court because of their failure.” read more

The first Imagine Awards handed out in Ottawa

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first_imgAPTN National NewsTen recipients have been announced for the first annual Imagine a Canada awards.The ceremony today at Rideau Hall in Ottawa brought children and youth together from across the country.APTN’s Annette Francis reports.afrancis@aptn.calast_img

first_imgKent DriscollAPTN NewsThe manager of the Nanilivut project says he has been busy since Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised to help Inuit find the remains of loved ones who died in southern sanatoriums during the tuberculosis epidemic of the 1940s, 50s, and 60s.“Since the prime minister made the official apology, I’ve been getting gcalls everyday,” said Joanasie Akumalik.“It’s overwhelming.”The apology from Trudeau on March 8, was for how Inuit were treated during the epidemic.More than 4,000 Inuit were sent south for treatment.Close to 900 never came back.Inuit see the Nanilivut project as the beginning of a journey.The job for Akumalik is massive.But, the first few days have been promising.“Since the apology, we have found, officially found one grave, in southern Canada, and it looks like we have another one, but we have to confirm everything,” he said. The family who found their lost loved one will be able to travel to the grave, place a tombstone, and gain some peace of mind.“People are calling, from Kitikmeot region, Kivalliq as well as Qikiqtaliq. I’m working on seven files right now, at this moment.”It may take an entire generation before judging whether the search for graves was a success or not.But at least one family, the exercise was well worth read more

first_imgWASHINGTON – The Federal Reserve will begin shrinking the enormous portfolio of bonds that it amassed after the 2008 financial crisis to try to sustain a frail economy. The move reflects a strengthened economy and could mean higher rates on mortgages and other loans over time.The Fed announced Wednesday that it will let a small portion of its $4.5 trillion balance sheet mature without being replaced, starting in October with reductions of $10 billion a month and gradually rising over the next year to $50 billion a month.The central bank left its key short-term rate unchanged but hinted at one more hike this year — most likely in December. The Fed policymakers’ updated economic forecasts show an expectation for three more rate increases in 2018.The Fed’s policymaking committee approved its action on a 9-0 vote after ending its latest meeting.Stocks turned lower after the announcement before finishing mixed. Bond yields rose, reflecting expectations of higher rates.John Silvia, chief economist at Wells Fargo, said some investors appeared surprised that the Fed still expects to raise rates by December. With Hurricanes Harvey and Irma clouding some economic data — temporarily raising gas prices, likely restraining hiring and potentially depressing growth in the July-September quarter — some analysts assumed the Fed wouldn’t have enough information by December to assess whether the economy had rebounded from the storms.“A lot of people were thinking (the Fed) would pass in December,” Silvia said.At a news conference, Chair Janet Yellen said the Fed’s two rate hikes this year and its decision to begin reducing its bond holdings were signs of a solid economy and job market.“The basic message here is U.S. economic performance has been good,” Yellen told reporters.Yellen also said the Fed still believes that persistently low inflation — below the Fed’s 2 per cent target rate for four years — is temporary. She said several factors have held inflation down: A job market still healing from the Great Recession, lower energy prices and a strong dollar, which has reduced the costs of imports.She said the Fed would adjust its policymaking if it thought the causes of low inflation had become permanent.In its policy statement, the Fed took note of Harvey, Irma and Hurricane Maria, which it said had devastated many communities. But it said history suggests that the storms were unlikely to affect the national economy over the long run.Under the plan the Fed announced, it will start to allow a slight $10 billion in holdings to roll off the balance sheet each month — $6 billion in Treasurys and $4 billion in mortgage bonds. That figure would inch up by $10 billion each quarter until it reaches $50 billion in monthly reductions in October 2018. After that, the monthly reductions will remain steady.The Fed has telegraphed its move for months, and investors are thought to be prepared for it. Still, no one is sure how the financial markets will respond over the long run. The risk exists that investors could become spooked by the rising number of bonds being transferred back into private hands. If that were to happen, long-term rates might surge undesirably high, which could weigh on the economy.To avoid spooking investors, the Fed’s plan for shrinking its balance sheet is so gradual that the total would remain above $3 trillion until late 2019. Some economists say they think the figure could end up around $2.5 trillion, still far above the $900 billion the Fed held in its portfolio in pre-crisis days.The question of when and how the Fed will manipulate its main policy lever — its target for short-term rates — in coming months is less clear. After leaving its benchmark rate at a record low for seven years after the 2008 crisis, the Fed has modestly raised the rate four times since December 2015 to a still-low range of 1 per cent to 1.25 per cent.The Fed did lower its projection for its so-called neutral rate. That’s the point at which its benchmark rate is considered to be neither stimulating economic growth nor restraining it. That neutral rate dropped to 2.9 per cent in the new forecast, down from 3 per cent in the Fed’s June forecast.The Fed has felt confident to raise rates because it appears to have met one of its key mandates: Maximizing employment. The unemployment rate is just 4.4 per cent, near a 16-year low. The Fed, though, has yet to achieve its other objective of stabilizing prices at a 2 per cent annual rate. Inflation has remained persistently below that level. As a result, financial markets have seemed unsure about whether the Fed would raise rates again before year’s end.In addition to forecasting future rate hikes, analysts are trying to divine whether President Donald Trump will re-nominate Yellen to a second four-year term. The only other potential choice for Fed chair Trump has mentioned is Gary Cohn, a former Goldman Sachs executive who leads the president’s National Economic Council. But Cohn appears to have fallen out of favour.At her news conference, Yellen declined to say whether she would like to serve a second term. She met several months ago with Trump, who spoke favourably of her afterward, but Yellen said she hasn’t spoken with Trump since.With several seats on the Fed’s seven-member board open or soon to be open, Trump has made just one nomination, that of Randal Quarles to be vice chairman for supervision. One vacancy about to open is the seat of Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer, who is stepping down next month.Yellen said that although the Fed board will lose its quorum after Fischer leaves in October if Quarles hasn’t yet been confirmed, she said the three remaining members will still maintain authority to make major policy decisions.___AP Economics Writers Christopher Rugaber and Josh Boak contributed to this report.last_img read more

first_imgWASHINGTON – Former Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin downplayed concerns about his potential successor’s lack of managerial experience Monday, saying the key for improving the VA will be surrounding White House doctor Ronny Jackson with a good team “because no one person can do this alone.”Shulkin and the White House have engaged in a highly public campaign surrounding his departure from the VA last week. Shulkin said he was fired. The White House said he resigned.On Monday, Shulkin told CNN there was no reason he would resign. He said he had been given a heads-up on his ouster by Chief of Staff John Kelly moments before President Donald Trump tweeted it.Shulkin said he supports the person President Donald Trump selected to replace him.“I have comfort because I know Dr. Jackson,” Shulkin said. “Dr. Jackson is a very honourable man who wants to do the right thing.”Shulkin’s comments represented a different tone from the fractious back-and-forth Sunday when the White House hit back at Shulkin for claiming that he was fired from his job and that he was only informed about it shortly before President Donald Trump tweeted about his replacement.The Trump administration says he left his job willingly amid a bruising ethics scandal and mounting rebellion within the agency.On Sunday, chagrined by Shulkin’s public statements blaming his ouster on unfair “political forces” in the Trump administration, the White House circulated a “talking points” memo to some veterans groups in a bid to discredit him.The three-page memo, obtained by The Associated Press, points out seven “lies” that it said Shulkin had spread. They include statements in which he minimizes a VA watchdog report in February that concluded he violated ethics rules by accepting free Wimbledon tennis tickets. The VA inspector general has previously found Shulkin made misleading statements about the trip to investigators and the news media.In television interviews earlier Sunday, Shulkin said he had not submitted a resignation letter, or planned to, and was only told of Trump’s decision to replace him shortly before the Twitter announcement. He said he had spoken to Trump by phone earlier that day about VA improvements, with no mention of his job status, and was scheduled to meet with the president the next morning.“I came to run the Department of Veterans Affairs because I’m committed to veterans,” Shulkin said. “And I would not resign because I’m committed to making sure this job was seen through to the very end.”Last week, Trump named Defence Department official Robert Wilkie to the acting position, bypassing Shulkin’s deputy secretary, Tom Bowman. Bowman has come under criticism for being too moderate to push Trump’s agenda.Under federal law, a president has wide authority to temporarily fill a federal agency job if someone “dies, resigns, or is otherwise unable to perform the functions and duties of the office.” There is no mention of a president having that authority if the person is fired. Still, it’s unclear if courts would seek to draw a legal distinction between a firing and a forced resignation, if that is indeed what happened to Shulkin.The day after announcing he was replacing Shulkin, Trump told a rally in Richfield, Ohio, that he had been dissatisfied with efforts to improve the VA. Shulkin had enjoyed Trump’s support for much of his first year in the administration, but that eroded in February after mounting ethics questions and political infighting at the VA.Wilkie, now listed on the VA website as acting secretary, took over Shulkin’s duties last week.The back and forth over the circumstances behind Shulkin’s departure — and what it could mean for Wilkie’s status — comes as the nomination of Jackson is drawing concern among lawmakers and veterans groups. They worry the Navy rear admiral and lifelong physician lacks the experience to manage an enormous agency paralyzed over Trump’s push to expand private care.Trump’s new Cabinet nominees also are beginning to pile up in the Senate, likely leading to weeks of confirmation battles and other delays in the run-up to congressional midterm elections in November. That could mean an extended reign for an acting VA secretary.Shulkin’s dismissal comes amid a broader shakeup of top Trump administration officials and accusations of excessive spending by Cabinet officials. Also currently under fire are Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson.Shulkin had agreed to reimburse the government more than $4,000 after the VA’s internal watchdog concluded last month that he had improperly accepted Wimbledon tennis tickets and that his then-chief of staff had doctored emails to justify his wife travelling to Europe with him at taxpayer expense. Shulkin also blamed internal drama at the agency on a half-dozen or so rebellious political appointees, insisting he had White House backing to fire them.___Associated Press writer Darlene Superville contributed from Palm Beach, Florida.last_img read more

first_imgPARIS – Commuters coped with another day of disrupted train service in France as labour unions insisted Monday they would not back down from a series of strikes that is expected to continue later in the week.Some 80 per cent of French high-speed trains were out of operation as rail workers entered their fourth day of what the unions promised would be periodic rolling strikes through June. About one-quarter of international trains to and from France also were affected.The next round of walkouts is scheduled for Friday and Saturday. The unions have set a strike schedule that calls for work stoppages lasting two or four days per week.“It’s intolerable because we’re all working,” commuter Christelle Gedin said Monday at Paris’ Saint-Lazare station.France’s national SNCF rail authority forecast a resumption of regular domestic high-speed train service for Tuesday, which is not set as a strike day. SNCF said service would be close to normal for international lines, but 20 to 40 per cent of trains not on high-speed domestic routes would be cancelled.The unions are protesting French President Emmanuel Macron’s plans to revoke a special status that allows rail drivers to retain jobs and other benefits for life. The government wants to do away with the protections to make the rail sector more competitive.SNCF chief executive Guillaume Pepy told BFM TV channel the public rail company, including its freight department, has lost about 100 million euros ($123 million) since the strikes started last week.Several hundred union activists protested in Paris as legislators in the National Assembly began debate Monday on the rail reforms sought by Macron’s government.A few protesters hurled bottles, while others waved flares or carried union flags as riot police stood guard, but the protest ended peacefully.“First of all, we are defending our status and that’s a real thing, and secondly, we are defending our public services in France,” striking rail worker Kamel Aroup said.Supporters are crowdfunding online to help striking workers who are giving up their wages during the walkouts.last_img read more

first_imgNEWARK, N.J. – Former NBA star Shaquille O’Neal is opening a high-rise apartment complex in New Jersey’s largest city.O’Neal was joined by city and state officials on Tuesday in Newark for a news conference to discuss the project.The Newark native partnered with New Brunswick-based Boraie Development and Goldman Sachs to build the $79 million complex.The 22-story tower will house 168 units. It sits near the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.O’Neal says he wants to invest in things that make a difference in the city.O’Neal and Boraie Development also have a $150 million apartment complex in Newark in the works.The high-rise is scheduled to open by the end of the year.last_img

first_imgBRUSSELS – European authorities said Wednesday they have opened a preliminary antitrust investigation into Amazon over the e-commerce giant’s treatment of smaller merchants on its website.EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said she wants to examine how Seattle-based Amazon uses data it gathers through transactions, including those involving rival sellers, on its platform.“The question here is about the data,” Vestager said at a press briefing.She said the probe will look at whether the data, which is collected for legitimate purposes, is also used to give Amazon a competitive advantage over the smaller merchants by giving it insights into what kinds of things people want to buy.In addition to selling its own products, Amazon also allows third-party retailers to sell their goods through its Marketplace. Last year, more than half of the items sold on Amazon worldwide were from third-party sellers.“It is very early days in this antitrust investigation into Amazon’s business practices,” Vestager said.She added that EU regulators have started gathering information on the issue and have sent “quite a number of questionnaires” to merchants and others in order to understand the Inc. declined to comment Wednesday.It’s the latest move by the European Union to subject big tech companies to increasing scrutiny, amid worries that they are becoming too dominant.Amazon has been the target of previous EU investigations. Last year, officials ordered it to pay $295 million in back taxes to Luxembourg after finding that the company profited from a tax avoidance deal with the tiny European country. EU officials also investigated Amazon’s e-book business, which was resolved last year.last_img read more

first_imgLISBON, Portugal — A nationwide protest in Portugal that seeks to emulate France’s yellow vest movement has fallen flat, with few people turning out.Portuguese protesters are attempting to disrupt morning rush-hour traffic at various locations across the country Friday, but they are far outnumbered by police.The protest grew out of a Facebook page that aims to give voice to people angry about the state of the country.Organizers say the Portugal Yellow Vest Movement is non-violent and not aligned with any political party, though at least one fringe party was conspicuous at a demonstration in Lisbon.A manifesto includes a long list of demands, from lower taxes to higher unemployment benefits, better public health care and an end to real estate speculation.France’s protest movement turned radical and violent.The Associated Presslast_img read more

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – FSJ RCMP have been rewarded financial assistance to contract ‘S. Young Enterprises Ltd’ by City Council to move ahead with building a Controlled Drug and Substance Act (CDSA) Room.During a safety audit that took place in 2016 by the Safety Branch of the RCMP, the need for the addition of a (CDSA) room to the RCMP building was determined. The danger to public health associated with controlled substances is known.This project will upgrade an existing storage area that is located at the RCMP building. Adding a large capacity ventilation system, the room will be able to be kept at negative pressure and will include a viewing area to ensure the safety of the personnel working inside. The $87,760 for this project will be funded through the Peace River Agreement C2Capital funds. The RCMP will contribute 50% of the Capital cost through reimbursement once the project is completed in accordance with the Occupancy Agreement.last_img read more

first_imgDarjeeling: The recent meeting between the Darjeeling Tea Association and the trade unions failed to resolve the ongoing arrear impasse. In January 2018, the daily wages of tea garden workers had been increased by Rs 17.50. In majority of tea gardens in the Hills, the increment took effect from March 2018.”Though a year has passed, still the arrear has not been paid in around 60 per cent of the tea gardens in the Hills,” said Balam Tamang, president, Darjeeling sub division committee, Darjeeling Terai Dooars Plantation Labour Union, which is affiliated to the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha. There are 87 gardens in the Hills. On March 1, the Darjeeling Terai Dooars Plantation Labour Union had issued an ultimatum to the gardens that if arrears were not paid within March 6, the dispatch of tea would be stopped from March 7. The joint forum of tea trade unions had threatened to stop plucking of leaves, if arrears were not paid by March 10. “Arrears could not be paid to tea workers because of financial paucity. By stopping plucking and dispatches the financial situation would further get compounded which would be detrimental to the interest of the workers and the onus of which would be on the trade unions themselves,” said Sandeep Mukherjee, principal advisor, Darjeeling Tea Association. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersThe unions have decided to continue the agitation. “The meeting failed because the Darjeeling Tea Association did not agree to pay arrears by March 10. They have not announced a fresh date for a meeting also. We will continue with the protests,” Tamang said. The joint forum has also decided to continue with the agitation. “We will wait till March 10 as declared earlier. If they fail to pay the arrear we will stop plucking tea leaves from March 11,” said Saman Pathak, a member of the joint forum.last_img read more

first_imgShimla: Even as three-time MP Anurag Thakur is away ahead in the campaign to defend his home turf, Congress has no clues as to how and where to begin in Hamirpur Parliamentary constituency that party hasn’t won after 1996.With some of the potential names unwilling to take the plunge against Anurag Thakur, the Congress is busy in working its chemistry and math to field a new face. What looked some days back that the party has already shut its doors on former BJP MP Suresh Chandel, who was negotiating a deal with the Congress to join the party for the election, hasn’t given –up his hopes. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The insiders say his name was still under consideration despite former PCC president Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu having made his mind public to contest. Yet, there is a silver lining in his public posturing, and reality. “It’s true that the party hasn’t taken any final call on the candidate in Hamirpur. That doesn’t mean that we wouldn’t have candidates or potential leaders to give the BJP a run. The candidate may be announced in one or two days,” says PCC president Kuldeep Singh Rathore. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KWhat has actually put the Congress on the backfoot in Hamirpur is factionalism in the party. Former Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh had been favouring, quite only, for Abhishek Rana, son of sitting Congress MLA from Sujanpur. Rajender Rana had defeated former Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal in 2017 poll and jeopardised the BJP’s plan to see Dhumal’s smooth entry to the Chief Ministerial post. He was the party’s candidate for the post. The BJP did not expect the defeat in Sujanpur though the seat was chosen by Dhumal for the first time. Nonetheless, Rana had suddenly shot into fame as a giant killer and he had been grooming his son to take on Anurag Thakur, who is Dhumal’s son, and former BCCI president. Anurag had covered a lot of grounds in the constituency during past three-four months and his father, who also had remained three-time MP, had not left any effort to recover the lost grounds. In fact, after losing the assembly polls, Dhumal had spent most of the time in his effort to outreach the voters and prepare the pitch for a comfortable win for Anurag Thakur in Lok Sabha. “We are not taking any risk. Everything is meticulously organised and well worked-out,” admits Sanjeev Katwal, a staunch Dhumal loyalist. Now, if the party considers picking-up its candidate other than Sukhu – who is also sitting MLA, then Chandel and Rana are definitely among probable. There have been speculations about fielding an ex-serviceman to woo soldiers’ families as Hamirpur is a significant presence in the army and para-military forces.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: Alcohol may no longer be the leading cause of fatty liver in the city. Specialists dealing with the problem reveals that the city has reached a tipping point, with more cirrhosis patients suffering from non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) while adding with the alcohol-induced variety.A combination of factors— related to lifestyle and diet — has gradually led to this scenario, experts at AIIMS. According to the experts at AIIMS, reported a high hospital mortality up to 70 percent in patients with alcohol related acute on chronic liver failure. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe outcome of alcohol- related acute on chronic liver failure is worse than the other causes like hepatitis E virus and hepatitis B virus. Their is an alarming rise in the number of patients from the citizens of Delhi as almost 40 patients out of 100 patients are suffering from fatty over. However, 80 percent of the patients due to alcohol consumption and sedentary lifestyle mostly in the age bar of 30-40 years. In year 2017, AIIMS have nearly 26,000 new patients and 47,000 follow up patients suffering from liver disorder, however, in liver clinic 15,000 cases were given treatment, in which 2,000 were new cases and 13,000 were old cases, said doctor added. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsExperts added that with growing affluence, Delhiites are spending more on food and leisure and cutting out physical exercises, which has had a serious health impact. Along with cardiac diseases and diabetes, NAFLD is arguably the fastest growing disease in the city. He also said that the disorder is triggered by an erratic lifestyle, high blood sugar, cholesterol and obesity, NAFLD remains dormant for several years, often with mild and non-specific symptoms that are ignored. “There has been a sharp spurt in the number of patients over the past decade because of drastic lifestyle changes. Eating habits have turned unhealthy and physical activity is hardly there in our routine,” said Dr Shalimar, Associate Professor, Gastroenterology, AIIMS. He also added that now days alcohol consumption are spurt up rapidly, therefore its consequence are seen in our liver clinics. “Avoid consumption of alcohol which is one of the biggest contributors to liver diseases. Need to avoid sweetened drinks cola drinks, fruit juice containing fructose, butter, cream, excessive consumption of non-vegetarian food and alcohols. Regular daily exercise of 45 minutes every day is recommended, he added.last_img read more

first_imgMoscow: Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin praised “hockey diplomacy” as he scored nine goals in a game with his allies and Russian stars but fell on his face after the match. “It brings people closer,” Putin told reporters during the hockey match, in footage broadcast on television Sunday evening. “This always helps.” Wearing his traditional No. 11 jersey, the Russian president on Friday took to the ice for an exhibition game at the Bolshoi Ice Arena in the Black Sea resort of Sochi. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportThe sports-mad 66-year-old leader, who has done a lot to promote a healthy lifestyle in Russia, said hockey was outside of politics and helped foster ties between statesmen. In the past, the Kremlin chief took to the ice with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto and often plays with Belarusian hockey-crazed strongman Alexander Lukashenko. Putin said he could not even stand on ice several years ago and learned to skate by clutching a chair. Skating alongside Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu and Russian hockey stars such as Pavel Bure and Slava Fetisov, Putin scored nine goals, leading his team to a 14-7 win in the gala match of the Night Hockey League, the Kremlin said. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsThe opposing side was made up of prominent amateurs including Gennady Timchenko, a billionaire Putin associate who is under US sanctions. After the match Putin took a victory lap to greet the cheering crowd but fell on his face after apparently tripping over a red carpet on the ice rink. Two of his teammates rushed to help the president but Putin quickly stood up without assistance. The Kremlin made no mention of Putin’s fall but video footage showing the mishap went viral on social media and unleashed a frenzy. “It was not a fall. It was a negative ascent,” quipped one Twitter user, making fun of Kremlin’s whitewashing attempts.last_img read more