Sandra Bernhard To Host Family Equality Councils LA Awards DinnerSandra Bernhard To Host Family Equality Councils LA Awards Dinner

first_imgSandra Bernhard will host the Family Equality Council’s Los Angeles Awards Dinner on February 28.Performers at the event will include Lea Michele, Darren Criss, Alex Newell, Chord Overstreet, Becca Tobin and Maxine Nightingale. Appearances by Matt Bomer, Dot Marie Jones, Amber Riley and more.Honorary Event Co-Chairs include Melissa Etheridge & Linda Wallem-Etheridge, Sara Gilbert & Linda Perry, and Dan Bucatinsky & Don Roos.Family Equality Council’s premier West Coast event honors notables in the worlds of arts, entertainment, politics, and the LGBT movement for their efforts to advance equality for all families.Honorees
Modern Family & Glee both premiered in the same year, and both have helped to advance the national conversation around LGBTQ people and families. These two hit shows brought complex, sympathetic, and realistic LGBTQ characters into living rooms across the nation. Their stories celebrate LGBTQ individuals and families. The positive exposure these series have brought to LGBTQ parents and their children (three million and six million of each nationwide, respectively) has been and continues to be a vital part of the movement to spread marriage and family equality.Honey Maid has been committed to celebrating families for nearly 90 years, and secured headlines in 2014 with the brand’s “This Is Wholesome” cross-platform campaign. Celebrating the diversity in America today, the TV advertisement features a variety of real families enjoying Honey Maid products—among them was a same-sex couple with their children. While Honey Maid saw an overwhelming positive response to the “This is Wholesome” campaign, there was negative sentiment that the brand simply could not ignore. After keeping a close eye on the pulse of the social conversations taking place, Honey Maid released a public response with its “Love” video. In just 24 hours, the video that turned the negative comments into something positive – a paper installation forming the word ‘Love’ – hit one million views.Annise Parker became the first LGBTQ mayor of Houston, with Houston the most populous city in the US to elect an LGBTQ mayor. Last year, Mayor Parker married her partner of more than 20 years. They have raised three children together. Through her career starting as a community activist, Mayor Parker has embodied our values and has been a powerful voice in her community and now on the national stage. She and her family have continued to work toward a world where all families are respected, celebrated, and loved. Most recently, Mayor Parker was named the top mayor in the U.S. by the City Mayors Foundation. The international think tank, dedicated to urban affairs, recently released issued their bi-annual list of top mayors around the globe in early February. Parker came in seventh, and was the only mayor from the United States to make the prestigious list.WHEN: Saturday, February 28, 2015 Media Check-in: 6:00 PM Cocktail Reception and Red Carpet Arrivals: 7:00 PM Dinner and Awards Show: 8:00 PMWHERE: Beverly Hilton 9876 Wilshire Blvd Beverly Hills, CAFind out more here.last_img read more

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Concert Benefits 125th Anniversary Of The Salvation Armys Red Kettle CampaignConcert Benefits 125th Anniversary Of The Salvation Armys Red Kettle Campaign

first_imgGet ready to rock this holiday season during The Salvation Army’s sixth annual Rock the Red Kettle concert.Taking the stage will be some of music’s top up-and-comers, including returning headliner Becky G, with additional performances from rising singer songwriter Jacob Whitesides and rising young pop artist Jake Miller. The free concert, which will take place on Saturday, December 5 at 5 p.m. PT at the L.A. LIVE Event Deck in Downtown Los Angeles, will be streamed live on RedKettleReason.org.This year’s Rock the Red Kettle performers will also share their personal motivations for giving by posting their #RedKettleReason throughout the holiday season and inviting their fans to do the same.Fans can also win awesome prizes for sharing their #RedKettleReason in the weeks before the concert. The Army is partnering with Teen Vogue to give fans the chance to win a retweet from their favorite performers, a trip to L.A. to attend the Rock the Red Kettle concert or even the chance to meet the artists before the show. For more information, visit teenvogue.com/redkettlereason.“I am excited to be involved with Rock the Red Kettle for the second year. One of my favorite things last year was seeing all of the amazing #RedKettleReason posts my fans shared,” said Becky G. “I support The Salvation Army because I know firsthand that the money they raise goes toward ensuring families will have a roof over their heads and kids will not go to bed hungry. My family struggled when I was younger, and we were lucky to have organizations like The Salvation Army help us get through tough times.”“The Salvation Army is one of those organizations that people know about – but may not realize all of the awesome things they do,” said Jacob Whitesides. “I want my fans to know that they can help make a difference in someone’s life by doing something as simple as dropping the change from their pocket into a Red Kettle at the mall or just going online to share their #RedKettleReason. I grew up watching my mom work multiple jobs to support my sister and me and I feel lucky to be in a position to give and ask the fans in my life to give back too.”“I’ve been really inspired to learn about all the great things The Salvation Army does,” said Jake Miller. “”It’s an honor to perform on their behalf and celebrate giving back during the holidays.”In addition to Becky G, Jacob Whitesides and Jake Miller, this year’s concert will feature other up-and-coming artists including Quinn Martin, Alec Bailey and Tahj Mowry.“This is such a powerful and talented generation of young artists, and their desire to partner with us and show their fans the true meaning of the holiday season is inspiring,” said Lt. Col. Ron Busroe, community relations and development secretary for The Salvation Army. “It does not matter whether you are rich or poor, young or old, we all have the ability to offer hope and change to those in need, by supporting The Salvation Army.”“We are excited to host Rock the Red Kettle at L.A. LIVE again this year and offer a night of free entertainment while raising awareness for an iconic organization,” said Lee Zeidman, president of L.A. LIVE. “We enjoy our partnership with The Salvation Army because the Red Kettle Campaign has such a positive impact in communities nationwide.”Rock the Red Kettle will raise awareness of the 125th annual Red Kettle Campaign, the oldest charitable fundraiser of its kind in the United States. Money raised during the campaign helps The Salvation Army serve approximately 30 million of America’s most vulnerable through an array of social services, including food for the hungry, shelter for the homeless and toys for children at Christmas.“Rock the Red Kettle is an awesome way to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Red Kettle campaign,” said Ned Specktor, the show’s producer. “The concert provides a unique way to educate the future generation about the importance of helping those in need with the help of The Salvation Army and through the power of music.”The concert will be streamed live on RedKettleReason.org so music fans and young philanthropists near and far can join in on the fun. In addition to giving online or to the more than 25,000 Red Kettle bell ringers found on street corners and retail entrances across the country, supporters can donate through the Army’s text-to-give program. By texting the word “KETTLE” to 80888, donors can send $10 to the Red Kettle Campaign through December 24.From its humble beginnings as a San Francisco donation collection by Salvation Army Captain Joseph McFee in 1891, the Red Kettle Campaign has grown into one of the most recognizable and important charitable campaigns in the United States. It enables The Salvation Army to provide Christmas toys for kids, coats for the homeless, food for the hungry and countless social service programs year-round.To learn more about the event and get tickets, visit redkettletickets.com.last_img read more

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Celebrity Crew Completes Hell On High Seas Charity ChallengeCelebrity Crew Completes Hell On High Seas Charity Challenge

first_imgSix exhausted and weather-worn celebrities have crossed the finish line of the BT Sport Relief Challenge: Hell on High Seas. Celebrity crew complete Hell on High SeasThe One Show’s Alex Jones, TV presenter Angellica Bell, comedian Hal Cruttenden, actress Doon Mackichan and TV presenters Ore Oduba and Suzi Perry sailed around the South Coast of the UK, from Belfast to London, in a feat of pure physical, mental and emotional endurance.The challenge, which is sponsored by BT – a long-term supporter of Sport Relief challenges since 2009 – has already raised £944,288.“Thank you so much to everyone for all of your support on our difficult and magnificent journey,” Alex said.During the week, the celebrities were pushed to their limits as they battled gale-force winds of 29 knots, waves of up to 10ft, relentless sea-sickness, lack of sleep and a terrifying moment on day two when the boat nearly capsized.The elements were against them from the outset and with no respite from the brutal conditions, even the most menial tasks, like brushing their teeth, became impossible. On day three the crew were forced to attempt to outpace impending storms by racing the yacht at phenomenal speeds with 30+ knots of wind, steep waves and low tides, in order to make it to shelter safely.The team were living, sleeping and working on the Volvo Ocean 65 – a carbon-fibre speed machine that has been optimized for maximum performance. At 65 feet, and weighing in at 12,500 kgs the vessel is as long as five cars and weighs the equivalent of twelve great white sharks.The money the crew has raised will be used to help transform the lives of some of the most disadvantaged people both at home in the UK and across the world’s poorest communities.last_img read more

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SAGAFTRA Members Approve New Video Game Actor AgreementSAGAFTRA Members Approve New Video Game Actor Agreement

first_imgJonathan Handel LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement Members of SAG-AFTRA on Tuesday voted overwhelmingly to approve the successor to the Interactive Media Video Game Agreement by a vote of 90 percent to 10 percent. The initial agreement was reached on Sept. 22 after a lengthy strike by video game actors, the longest in the union’s history. The strike began Oct. 21, 2016.The terms of the tentative agreement include a new bonus structure that provides additional payments to performers based on number of sessions worked. The payments are due no later than the date of the game’s release and begin with an additional $75 payment on the first session and totaling $2,100 after 10 sessions worked.READ MORE Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

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AMERICAN EXPRESS CANADA EXPANDS COMMITMENT TO MASSEY HALL RESTORATION PROJECTAMERICAN EXPRESS CANADA EXPANDS COMMITMENT TO MASSEY HALL RESTORATION PROJECT

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “We know music and entertainment are essential to so many people’s daily lives. Backing Massey Hall means we are helping to provide our Cardmembers and music-lovers across the city with access to the beautifully restored iconic Massey Hall. It’s a natural fit for us because of our ongoing commitment to offering exclusive entertainment experiences for our Cardmembers,” says David Barnes, Vice President of Advertising and Communications at American Express Canada.The American Express Foundation supports efforts to save and sustain historical places, like Massey Hall, so that more people are able to enjoy classic sites around the world. Since joining forces in 2015, the American Express Foundation has helped fund other aspects of the project including the demolition and retention of the brick from the original building and re-plastering the ceiling of the concert hall. Advertisement Advertisement American Express’ new commitment will support the removal and restoration of 100 original stained glass windows that have been hidden behind plywood since 1950. The windows were originally boarded up to protect the integrity of sound in the venue. Teams of local stained glass experts will work to restore the glass, preserving these once tucked away pieces of history for generations to come. Additionally, the funding will support the design and installation of special noise protecting shades that will cover the glass during performances. American Express has a long standing relationship with Massey Hall as a marketing partner through its popular Front Of The Line® program that provides Cardmembers with advanced and reserved ticket access to concerts and events.The donation from the American Express Foundation is part of a global focus on supporting the restoration and preservation of buildings and sites of historic and cultural significance.About American Express in CanadaAmerican Express is a global services company, providing customers with access to products, insights and experiences that enrich lives and build business success. American Express was established in Canada in 1853 and offers a variety of consumer and business products. Learn more at americanexpress.ca and connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.About Massey HallMassey Hall is one of Canada’s most revered cultural institutions and a designated National Historic Site. The iconic venue has hosted some of the greatest historical figures and contemporary artists including, Winston Churchill, Gordon Lightfoot, Helen Keller, Enrico Caruso, Neil Young, U2, Diana Krall, Oscar Peterson, Bob Dylan, Feist & Harry Styles. Built in 1894 by Hart Massey, Massey Hall was gifted to the citizens of Toronto and to this day, operates as a not for profit organization. Remaining true to Massey’s vision, the organization devotes much of its focus on community outreach & education as well as artist development programs. In order to logistically & successfully accommodate these initiatives as well as continuing to attract the world’s greatest performers, Massey Hall is currently in the midst of a Revitalization – a multiphase project to renew both the interior & exterior of the hall and the construction of a new south tower – to ensure that the lives of Canadians continue to be enriched through arts, employment, and cultural celebration for generations to come. Login/Register With: TORONTO – American Express Canada is pleased to announce that the American Express Foundation is pledging $1 Million toward the restoration of historic Massey Hall. This is the Foundation’s second major gift to the initiative to revitalize the venue, bringing its total contribution to $2.25 Million USD. Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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DARK POUTINE PODCAST RECAP THE GREAT AMHERST MYSTERYDARK POUTINE PODCAST RECAP THE GREAT AMHERST MYSTERY

first_imgAdvertisement First responders respond to emergency calls that take an unexpected turn in ‘Paranormal 911,’ airing on T+E on Sunday nights at 8 p.m. ET. (Blue Ant Media) On this week’s episode of the Dark Poutine podcast, we learn about one of Canada’s most documented and as-yet-unexplained paranormal events.For this, we have to go back in time to 1878 in Amherst, N.S. Esther Cox, an ordinary 18-year-old, was at the centre of these horrific psychic attacks, which some people attributed to poltergeists. It began with the feeling of something under the bed, then odd noises and Cox suffering a weird illness. The events went on for months, eventually leading to items flying around the home and mysterious fires being set, seemingly out of nowhere. Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img Twitter Advertisement Login/Register With:last_img read more

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Home Capital vows to defend itself against short sellers 4M lawsuitHome Capital vows to defend itself against short sellers 4M lawsuit

first_imgTORONTO – Home Capital Group (TSX:HCG) says it vows to defend itself against misrepresentation claims in a $4-million lawsuit filed by a short seller against the alternative lender and three of its former executives.The company issued a response after California-based short seller Marc Cohodes on Monday filed a statement of claim with the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, alleging that the company’s misrepresentations in its financial reporting cost him millions when he closed his position early.Cohodes, who has been a vocal critic of Home Capital, said he took a short position the Toronto-based alternative mortgage lender’s shares in 2014.He adds in the claim that between March and June 2015, based on positive information in Home Capital’s financial reporting, he repurchased 91,800 of those shares at more than $40 each, at a total cost of more than $3.6 million.In June 2017, Home Capital agreed to pay $29.5 million to settle a class-action lawsuit and a matter before the Ontario Securities Commission concerning allegations of misleading disclosure.Home Capital says that holders of more than 1,717,600 million common shares eligible for the global class action settlement have opted out, and it has now received claims from parties representing 1,717,400 shares.last_img read more

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Montreal cannabis trade show exhibitors hopeful for industrys futureMontreal cannabis trade show exhibitors hopeful for industrys future

first_imgMONTREAL – Exhibitors at a Montreal cannabis expo expressed hope and caution this weekend over the legalization process currently unfolding across Canada, as their products provided a glimpse of what could be to come in a future, less regulated market.The two-day trade show, which brought together more than 120 exhibitors, was the first gathering of its kind in Quebec since recreational pot was legalized earlier this month.The products on display provided potential investors and current stakeholders with information on the state of the industry, as well as an idea of what could be its future — from cannabis-infused personal lubricants to hemp sprays for pets.Soheil Samimi, an adviser to the board for cannabis product manufacturer Isodiol, said many companies are waiting for their chance to sell their products to a wider audience once the legalization market widens.Samimi said there’s a huge market in the wings for consumer products, including cosmetics, edibles and beverages, and health products.“The current problem is supply, not demand,” he said, noting that the consumer base is widening not only in North America but also Europe, South America and elsewhere.He said he’s feeling positive about the process that is underway and believes the legalization door will open to more products in time.“Today I can go buy a joint and smoke it on the street, but I can’t use a hemp-based pain cream, because it’s topical, and that’s not available yet,” he said in an interview near Isodiol’s booth, which featured empty packages for the company’s products, which aren’t yet licensed by Health Canada.He said he believes regulators will have no choice but to allow more products eventually if they want to reach their goal of eliminating the black market.At the same time, he said legalization had complicated matters for some companies who may find the new regulated system less clear than the unofficial market that operated before.“In a province like B.C. — and particularly the city of Vancouver — before legalization, there was a local ecosystem where everybody understood what was accepted practices,” he said.“There was an understanding of what you could or couldn’t do locally, and now it complicates the fact because there’s a new regulated system” that doesn’t always make its criteria clear, he said.The products on display at the cannabis expo ranged from smoke filters and odour-eliminating sprays to edibles and health and wellness products — many of which aren’t yet for sale or even licensed by Health Canada.The odour of cannabis flowers or smoke was almost nowhere to be found as the vendors pitched business opportunities as much as products.Catherine Lefebvre, who represents a company that sells hemp-infused products, said she believed legalization would open the door for new business opportunities — even for companies that already operate legally.The company she works for, La Feuille Verte, creates lines of products including hemp-based deodorants, skin creams and pet supplies, and recently debuted a line hemp-infused kombucha.She said people don’t always understand that the products don’t contain any THC — the main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis — and she’s hoping more public events will provide opportunities for further education now that the industry is entering the spotlight.“We’re there to teach people what it is, but we’re there to open people’s minds and show them that with the cannabis plant, we can do a lot of things.”last_img read more

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Google considers building 600M data centre in MinnesotaGoogle considers building 600M data centre in Minnesota

first_imgMINNEAPOLIS — Google is looking into building a $600 million data centre in central Minnesota that would be powered by two wind farms.Minneapolis-based Xcel Energy disclosed the data centre project Thursday in a regulatory filing. The Google facility proposed in Becker would mark one of the largest private construction projects in recent state history and create about 50 full-time tech jobs.Becker Mayor Tracy Bertram says the city is among several sites under consideration. Bertram says the plan calls for most of the facility’s electricity to come from renewable sources.Under the proposed agreement, Xcel would sell Google land for the facility and provide electricity service.Xcel says the project would help the utility and the area transition from its reliance on the Sherco plant, the state’s largest coal-fired power plant.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Hudsons Hope has a new mayor and seven people running for councillorHudsons Hope has a new mayor and seven people running for councillor

first_imgHUDSON’S HOPE, B.C. – Hudson’s Hope will have a new mayor.Dave Heiberg was the only person to be nominated for the position of mayor of Hudson’s Hope and will be voted in by acclamation.  Incumbent councillors candidates Mattias Gibbs, Kelly Miller and Travous Quibell are all running re-election.Joseph King, Patricia Markin, Valerie Paice and Leigh Summer are also running for the position of councillor.  There are a total of six spots open for councillor in the District of Hudson’s Hope. The municipal election will take place on October 20, 2018, with the first advanced voting opportunity happening on October 10.last_img read more

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Fort St John Burger King raises 2500 for employee battling cancerFort St John Burger King raises 2500 for employee battling cancer

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Burger King restaurant in Fort St. John raised $2,500 to help one of its own last month.15-year-old Alaya McCormick, who works at the restaurant, was recently diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a form of cancer that affects white blood cells known as lymphocytes.Since her recent diagnosis, Alaya has had to travel to Vancouver, where she is currently undergoing radiation and chemotherapy treatment. Burger King owner Trevor Bolin said that the restaurant donated a portion of the proceeds from every Whopper sold on Wednesday, September 19th to the McCormick’s to help with their travel expenses.Bolin said that in total, $2,500 was raised for Alaya during the fundraiser.This past weekend, Alaya was in town between treatments and came into Burger King on Saturday, where she received a cheque for the money raised.Bolin said the funds will be put in a savings account for Alaya, to go towards post-secondary tuition.last_img read more

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Fort St John City Council continue to advocate they are against BillFort St John City Council continue to advocate they are against Bill

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – City Council has decided to take further action in advocating they disagree with Bill C-48 and Bill C-69.The Resource Communities of Canada Coalition for Council asked Mayor Ackerman to pass a resolution calling on the Senate of Canada to reject Bills C-48 and C-69.As the Coalition required the resolution prior to the next Council meeting, a Council Survey Poll was conducted by email on June 12th. With all Council members agreeing to the survey poll, Council agreed with sharing their opposition to Bills C-48 and C-69 through ratification of the Administration Report No. 0116/19. Furthering the report, Council agreed a letter should be written and shared to MP’s, and Municipality Associations across Canada to show Council’s support of the resource sector and concerns for the Bills C-48 and C-69. Council recognizes the importance of the energy sector to our region. The release of the letter will be made public once it is available.last_img read more

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Only a foolish government will disclose def secret PC on PMs MissionOnly a foolish government will disclose def secret PC on PMs Mission

first_imgNew Delhi: Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram on Saturday hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for announcing that India had demonstrated anti-satellite missile capability, saying only a “foolish government” would make such a disclosure and “betray” a defence secret.In an address to the nation, Modi had on Wednesday announced that India had demonstrated anti-satellite missile capability by shooting down a live satellite under ‘Mission Shakti’, describing it as a rare achievement that puts the country in an exclusive club of space superpowers. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Slamming the announcement by the prime minister, Chidambaram tweeted, “The capability to shoot down a satellite has existed for many years. A wise government will keep the capability secret. Only a foolish government will disclose it and betray a defence secret.” The former finance minister also questioned the motive of the government in making the announcement. “Besides, why was it done now in the middle of an election campaign? Only to boost the sagging fortunes of the BJP,” Chidambaram claimed. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KFollowing the prime minister’s speech, several Opposition parties had complained to the Election Commission alleging violation of the model code of conduct. The Election Commission, however, said on Friday night that Modi’s address to the nation on the successful test-firing of an anti-satellite missile did not violate the model code of conduct. Chidambaram also sought answers from the prime minister on high unemployment rate and job losses, citing data from the National Sample Survey Office (NSSO).last_img read more

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Dutch arrest three in 12bn India laundering probeDutch arrest three in 12bn India laundering probe

first_imgThe Hague: Dutch investigators have arrested three former employees of a local company suspected of laundering some 1.2 billion for an energy client in India, prosecutors said on Friday. The Dutch company bought materials and services around the world for the Indian firm which has been involved in laying a gas pipeline on the subcontinent since 2006. “It is suspected that the Dutch company used to increase the amounts on the invoices for the materials and services supplied,” said the public prosecutor’s office, which did not name either company. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The company also acted as a so-called “invoice duplicator” meaning the Indian company was able to claim costs twice from gas customers, the statement added. “The ‘profits’ earned in this way were subsequently creamed off via the Dutch company,” it said. The gains were then transferred via a complex web of businesses based among others in Dubai, Switzerland and the Caribbean, before eventually ending up at a business owned by the Indian company in Singapore. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe suspects allegedly received payments of up to 10 million (8.9 million euros) for their involvement. Suspicions were raised after an inspection of the books of the Dutch company, situated south of the central city of Utrecht. Dutch investigators of the elite Fiscal and Investigation Services raided the company’s premises in November 2017, seizing administrative records. The three suspects who were arrested on Tuesday are expected to appear before the Rotterdam district court on Friday. “In this case Dutch companies are suspected of assisting an Indian client to launder suspected illegal earnings,” the statement said. The real losers “were probably individual citizens in India” as the cost of production of gas is passed onto the consumer, it added.last_img read more

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BJP to scrap Art 370 in JK introduce NRC in the countryBJP to scrap Art 370 in JK introduce NRC in the country

first_imgUluberia/Krishnanagar: BJP president Amit Shah on Monday said his party will scrap Article 370 of the Constitution which grants special status to Jammu and Kashmir and introduce National Register for Citizens across the country after returning to power.Shah accused TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee of questioning the air strikes to “appease” her minority vote bank and wryly said she can do “Ilu Ilu” (I love you) with Pakistan but if that country fire bullets on us we would respond with cannon balls. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’On the campaign trail in West Bengal’s Uluberia Lok Sabha seat in Howrah and Krishnanagar constituency in Nadia, Shah demanded the TMC chief to clarify whether she too favoured a separate prime minister for Jammu and Kashmir like her ally National Conference leader Omar Abdullah. ‘Apko (Mamata) Pakistan ke saath ilu ilu (I love you) karna hain toh kijiye. Lekin agar Pakistan goli marega toh hum gola marenge’ (If you are interested in showing love with Pakistan, you can do that but we would respond to their bullets with canon balls), Shah said, referring to the popular Hindi song from a film in the early 1990s. “We will remove Article 370 from Kashmir after forming the next BJP government at the Centre. The Congress and Trinamool Congress want Article 370 to stay. We will also introduce NRC across the country,” Shah told an election rally here. “For us, national security is supreme unlike Mamata didi for whom infiltrators are vote bank. We will identify them and throw them out,” Shah said. Lashing out at the chief minister for allegedly running a “mafia raj” in Bengal, the BJP president also claimed that the state has topped the chart in cow smuggling and become a safe haven for infiltrators. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KUrging the people to ensure that the BJP wins more than 23 out of 42 seats in the state, Shah said it would ensure that the syndicate raj ends within 90 days in Bengal. The BJP had two seats in Bengal in 2014 against TMC 34, but after a good performance in the rural polls and some bypolls last year, the saffron party is buoyed to break the monopoly of Banerjee’s party in the eastern state. In West Bengal, ‘syndicate’ means the business run by persons allegedly enjoying political patronage, who force promoters and contractors to buy construction materials, often of inferior quality at high prices.last_img read more

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Killers of UN experts escape from Congo jailKillers of UN experts escape from Congo jail

first_imgKananga: Two men suspected of involvement in the murder of two UN experts investigating mass killings in the Democratic Republic of Congo escaped from prison overnight, a defence lawyer said Tuesday. The pair, Evariste Ilunga Lumu and Tshiaba Kanowa, fled the central prison in Kananga, in central DRC, Lumu’s lawyer Tresor Kabangu told AFP. He was informed of their disappearance by the military prosecutor’s office. At dawn on Tuesday, heavy gunfire could be heard from the vicinity of the prison in Kasai-Central province. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportAn AFP correspondent reported that by morning, the situation at the prison was tense with inmates in the yard threatening to attack anyone who ventures inside. Military and police officials were at the scene, awaiting reinforcements to enter the prison and do a headcount to determine how many have escaped. The experts — Zaida Catalan, a 36-year-old Swedish-Chilean national, and American Michael Sharp, 34 — were in Kasai on behalf of the UN Security Council to investigate mass graves associated with a rebellion.last_img read more

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Cant wait to return to Roland GarrosCant wait to return to Roland Garros

first_imgRome: Defending French Open champion Rafael Nadal can’t wait to hit the clay courts of Roland Garros after claiming his first title this season and ninth Italian Open trophy. Nadal defeated world No. 1 Novak Djokovic 6-0, 4-6, 6-1 for a record 34th Masters, leaving his vanquished foe to label the Spaniard as “the No. 1 favourite for Roland Garros”. “I am going to be there with time enough, as always,” said 32-year-old Nadal, who wants to capture a 12th trophy in Paris. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: Rijiju”I’m going to repeat my normal routines. For sure I can’t wait to be there and have the feeling, see the stadium, watch all the new great things that Roland Garros is doing,” the 17-time Grand Slam winner said of the rebuilt Philippe Chatrier Centre Court. “I saw a picture. Looks great. Still open, still not closed. Is a different stadium, but the feeling probably will not be very different. “This year, I don’t see a big difference. The wind is going to be the same as always. Court is still big.” Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai MastersHis first title this season, and particularly on his favourite clay surface, is a huge boost for the Spaniard. “Happy to reach that level in the last tournament before a Grand Slam,” said Nadal. “But, as I said, for me I don’t want to talk about Grand Slams now. I never did in the past. Important title, now’s the moment to keep going.” Djokovic — winner at the Madrid Open last week — gave an error-strewn display in his 54th meeting with second-ranked Nadal, having spent six hours on court in his previous two matches. “For me, the most important thing is to feel myself playing well and feel myself healthy, with the energy that I need,” said Nadal. “If that happens, experience is that I am going to fight for titles sooner or later.” The 32-year-old had not dropped a set all week before the final taking a 6-0 set from four his five rivals. “During the last couple of weeks, every day and every week have been better. And here we are finally with this great trophy, an important victory.” Nadal pulled out of Indian Wells with a knee injury, and had not gotten past the semi-finals in Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Madrid. “After Indian Wells, there have been some tough moments for me in terms of recovering again,” he said. “I didn’t arrive very well prepared to Monte-Carlo. There have been some low moments for me. “The first round in Barcelona, that was a disaster.” Nadal had been stunned by Stefanos Tsitsipas, a player 12 years his junior, in the semi-finals in Madrid.last_img read more

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Morocco opens alien office nationwide to process regularization of undocumented immigrantsMorocco opens alien office nationwide to process regularization of undocumented immigrants

first_imgRabat- Morocco opened this Thursday alien offices nationwide to start processing requests of undocumented immigrants, in accordance with instructions of King Mohammed VI for a more humane migration and asylum policy. “This is an important day for undocumented immigrants who do not only come from Africa, but also from several other regions, mostly Asia, said Morocco’s interior minister Charki Draiss who dedicated the Rabat’s alien office with minister in charge of Moroccans living abroad and of migration affairs, Anis Birou.He added that the number of undocumented immigrants in Morocco has reached according to the interior ministry’s estimates around 25,000 to 300,000, noting that this exceptional regularization operation will help to know the exact number of foreigners living in Morocco without legal stay documents and will help improve their social-economic conditions.“It is a great day for immigrants and for Morocco”, said secretary general of the Democratic organization of immigrant workers in Morocco, Marcel Amiyeto, who noted that 250 undocumented immigrants are present in the office for the first day of this operation. The operation, to last till December 31, concerns foreigners married to Moroccan nationals, those who have been living in Morocco with another foreigner, legally settled in Morocco for at least 4 years, children of these two categories, foreigners who have work contracts of at least two years, foreigners who have been living in Morocco continuously for at least 5 years, and foreigners who suffer from serious diseases.last_img read more

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