first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Like many, Grace Dove is fascinated with the post-apocalyptic narrative.“I feel like in some way it could happen, and I think a lot of people think about that,” Dove said. “What would happen if the grid shut down? How would people react? And especially, who would they turn to?”Hailing from the Canim Lake Band and growing up in Prince George, B.C., Dove believes she has the answer to that last question. “I truly believe that Indigenous peoples have a lot to offer, and I think that if that ever did happen, they would be running to us to help,” she said.‘Every role matters’Dove’s latest film, How It Ends, tells the story of a man in search of his pregnant fiancée in the aftermath of just such an apocalypse.The Secwepemc actor rose to international prominence when she appeared alongside Leonardo DiCaprio in the critically acclaimed 2015 film The Revenant. Since then, she’s taken it upon herself to authentically represent her people and their stories on the big screen. Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Halifax police locate Loretta Saunders body

first_imgAPTN National News HALIFAX–Halifax police said the body of a missing Inuk woman was found late Wednesday afternoon along the Trans-Canada in New Brunswick.Loretta Saunders’ body was found at about 4:30 p.m. local time in the median of the Trans-Canada near Salisbury, NB. Saunders was 26.Police said in a statement that forensic investigators from Halifax police and the RCMP are currently retrieving her remains.Halifax police said earlier in the day that they were treating Saunders’ disappearance as a murder and suspects had been identified. Charges are expected to be laid soon.Saunders, a university student originally from Labrador, was reported missing to police by her family on Feb. 17. Her car was located the next day in Harrow, Ont.Blake Leggette, 25, and Victoria Henneberry, 28, were both charged with stealing the car and are incarcerated in read more

New exhibit of the residential school experience opens in Regina to the

first_imgAPTN National NewsA new exhibit is now on display to the public at the university of Regina.The Witness Blanket is a unique display of artififacts and memories of people who were forced to attend residential schools.APTN’s Larissa Burnouf reports.last_img

Yukon government appealing Peel river watershed decision

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Yukon government wants to go back to court over the Peel river watershed.It’s appealing a recent Yukon Supreme Court decision the government says infringes on Aboriginal rights.APTN’s Shirley McLean has the story.last_img

History in the making highlights from APTNTrudeau

first_imgShout out to @CMc_Kenzie -grace under fire asking the hard questions! @APTNNews #aptntrudeau— Rachel Ann Snow (@RachelAnnSnow) June 3, 2016 Have to say @CMc_Kenzie is amazing: #aptntrudeau— Jorge Barrera (@JorgeBarrera) June 3, 2016This was the first time in history, the Prime Minister of Canada joined APTN for a sit down interview.Although some questions didn’t make it to air, Friday’s interview could set a precedent for all future Canadian Jaydon FlettAPTN National NewsFor the first time in history, a sitting Canadian Prime Minister sat down with APTN National News for an exclusive one-on-one interview.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau joined APTN‘s Cheryl McKenzie for a one-hour long discussion on indigenous issues. The discussion was broadcast nation-wide, streamed live on Facebook and the APTN website.@JustinTrudeau Thank you for making more history. So grateful to see you answering questions right there on @APTNNews. #aptntrudeau— Veronica Thornton (@thorntonv) June 3, 2016We asked our viewers to interact with us and tweet their questions using the hashtag #aptntrudeau.Viewers also had the chance to email or call-in to the studio during the show.“APTN is being watched by indigenous Canadians across the country, but it’s also being noticed by non-indigenous Canadians,” Trudeau said.It is clear those very viewers were looking forward to the chance to ask the prime minister tough questions.You better believe our National Aboriginal Caucus is tuned in to #aptntrudeau Call in NOW at 1-877-647-2786 #fcee16— CFS-FCEE (@CFSFCEE) June 3, 2016Among the first topics discussed was the Prime Minister’s stance on natural resources and development, pipeline projects, Site C and the Grassy Narrows’ mercury clean-up.#APTN viewer asks when feds will step in and clean up Wabigoon river system which has mercury poisoned Grassy Narrows residents #aptntrudeau— APTN National News (@APTNNews) June 3, 2016Some were not satisfied with his response.Trudeau makes giving vague non-answers to very direct questions an art form. Dancing around Grassy Narrows, Site C… #aptntrudeau— Paige Bennett (@peachbennett) June 3, 2016But the twitter community commended APTN National News host Cheryl McKenzie for moderating the difficult discussion.Wow, @CMc_Kenzie is doing a fantastic job with this interview! Holding PMJT to account & reminding him of previous promises #aptntrudeau— Elizabeth Malcolm (@emalcolm_) June 3, 2016last_img read more

Leaked document appears to give broad powers to MMIW national inquiry

first_imgTina House, Dennis Ward and Kenneth Jackson APTN National NewsThere will be five commissioners sitting on a national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women (MMIW) and they appear to have the power to run the inquiry as they see fit, according to the Terms of Reference (ToR) obtained by APTN National News.The document, watermarked “sensitive and confidential,” appears to be a template for a final version. It does not name the five commissioners.The ToR document also appears to address a pivotal question asked by MMIW family members and their advocacy groups: how much power will the commission have.“Authorize the Commissioners to adopt any procedures that they consider expedient for the proper conduct of the inquiry,” the ToR states. But it doesn’t elaborate on how much power that is or whether the commissioners will have the power to compel people to testify.The ToR does call for the inquiry to bring the “ongoing national tragedy” of MMIW to an end and examine the “systemic causes of violence against Indigenous women and girls in Canada” and make recommendations.That means looking at the “underlying social, economic, cultural, institutional and historical causes” that have led to more than 1,200 Indigenous women and girls to be murdered or go missing in the last 30 years.Download (PDF, Unknown)The inquiry is to look into the “institutional policies and practices” that may have caused violence against Indigenous women and girls but there’s no specific mention of the role police departments may have played in the overall MMIW issue, something families have called to be looked into.The inquiry is to have “culturally sensitive” spiritual and psychological counselors available to people testifying.“Provide an opportunity for individuals, families and community members to express and share their experiences and view, including on how to increase safety and prevent and eliminate violence against Indigenous women and girls in Canada,” the document states.There will be regional advisory boards, made up of families, loved ones and survivors, to advise on regional matters that fall within the scope of the inquiry, according to the document.It also appears the inquiry will happen in various parts of Canada. It doesn’t state where, but the commissioners have the ability to rent spaces and get funding to provide remuneration and reimbursement to any one granted standing.Families have been waiting for the inquiry to be announced, but it appears the government of Manitoba, led by Premier Brian Pallister, may have delayed the process over the issue of getting someone from the province named as a commissioner.Got a call moments ago from high ranking fed official: all provinces/territories agree to MMIW terms of reference, including Manitoba.— Kenneth Jackson (@afixedaddress) July 20, 2016Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett said last week all the provinces and territories needed to sign off on the ToR before the inquiry could be announced.Bennett said they’re “very close” to announcing and APTN was told that could happen in early August.MKO Grand Chief Sheila North Wilson was among a number of First Nation leaders who met with province of Manitoba Tuesday asking them not to delay the inquiry. At that meeting APTN confirmed Manitoba provided a letter they sent Indigenous Affairs last week signing off on the ToR.“We shouldn’t hold up the process if we don’t have a Manitoban appointed as one of the five commissioners,” said North Wilson.North Wilson saw the ToR at Tuesday’s meeting and thought it lacked focus on police action or inaction. North Wilson says what she’s heard from almost every single family member she’s talked to is the issue of policing and the lack of respect families say they’ve received.“There’s nothing specific in the terms of reference that deal with the role of police agencies across this country on this issue,” said North Wilson.North Wilson said the ToR doesn’t go far enough “in scope to look at the effects indifferent or ineffective policing has had on the families of (MMIW).”But the ToR doesn’t specially mention any organization or group by name.It does say the inquiry can’t “jeopardize” any ongoing criminal investigation or proceeding, meaning police and court cases.However, she later added: “I’m glad Manitoba is signing on. We owe it to families and friends of MMIW who’ve been carrying much of this burden thus far, in fighting for answers, solutions and prevention.”The inquiry is also to take into account previous reports that apply to MMIW, including the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report released in 2015, The Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples of 1996, the RCMP’s report into the number of MMIW over the last 30 years released in 2014 and the inquiry into how police agencies handled the the investigation of convicted serial killer Robert “Willie” Pickton.thouse@aptn.cadward@aptn.cakjackson@aptn.calast_img read more

Box Office Top 20 Happy Death Day parties at No 1

first_imgLOS ANGELES, Calif. – Driven by younger audiences, the small-budget horror thriller “Happy Death Day” opened this weekend in the top spot at the box office with $26 million, while “Blade Runner 2049” slid into second place in its second weekend in theatres with $15.5 million.Jackie Chan’s “The Foreigner” debuted in third place with a higher than expected $13.1 million.Rounding out the top five were “It,” in fourth with $6 million, and “The Mountain Between Us,” in fifth with $5.8 million.The top 20 movies at U.S. and Canadian theatres Friday through Sunday, followed by distribution studio, gross, number of theatre locations, average receipts per location, total gross and number of weeks in release, as compiled Monday by comScore:1. “Happy Death Day,” Universal, $26,039,025, 3,149 locations, $8,269 average, $26,039,025, 1 Week.2. “Blade Runner 2049,” Warner Bros., $15,492,244, 4,058 locations, $3,818 average, $60,970,631, 2 Weeks.3. “The Foreigner,” STX Entertainment, $13,113,024, 2,515 locations, $5,214 average, $13,113,024, 1 Week.4. “It,” Warner Bros., $6,055,633, 3,176 locations, $1,907 average, $314,935,154, 6 Weeks.5. “The Mountain Between Us,” 20th Century Fox, $5,750,951, 3,259 locations, $1,765 average, $20,603,873, 2 Weeks.6. “American Made,” Universal, $5,500,950, 3,098 locations, $1,776 average, $40,230,815, 3 Weeks.7. “Kingsman: The Golden Circle,” 20th Century Fox, $5,379,417, 2,982 locations, $1,804 average, $89,716,457, 4 Weeks.8. “The Lego Ninjago Movie,” Warner Bros., $4,316,424, 3,053 locations, $1,414 average, $51,579,113, 4 Weeks.9. “My Little Pony: The Movie,” Lionsgate, $4,111,877, 2,528 locations, $1,627 average, $15,625,311, 2 Weeks.10. “Victoria And Abdul,” Focus Features, $3,006,155, 900 locations, $3,340 average, $11,233,099, 4 Weeks.11. “Marshall,” Open Road, $3,000,805, 821 locations, $3,655 average, $3,000,805, 1 Week.12. “Flatliners,” Sony, $1,544,995, 1,983 locations, $779 average, $15,672,966, 3 Weeks.13. “Battle Of The Sexes,” Fox Searchlight, $1,338,564, 1,394 locations, $960 average, $10,352,762, 4 Weeks.14. “MET Opera: Die Zauberflote (2017),” Fathom Events, $1,225,000, 900 locations, $1,361 average, $1,225,000, 1 Week.15. “Professor Marston & The Wonder Women,” Annapurna Pictures , $736,883, 1,229 locations, $600 average, $736,883, 1 Week.16. “American Assassin,” Lionsgate, $520,583, 820 locations, $635 average, $35,603,092, 5 Weeks.17. “The Florida Project,” A24, $368,149, 33 locations, $11,156 average, $590,957, 2 Weeks.18. “Loving Vincent,” Good Deed Entertainment, $331,602, 55 locations, $6,029 average, $750,674, 4 Weeks.19. “The Stray,” Quality Flix, $286,494, 430 locations, $666 average, $1,191,487, 2 Weeks.20. “Til Death Do Us Part,” Novus Content, $284,088, 298 locations, $953 average, $3,221,831, 3 Weeks.—Universal and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned by Viacom Inc.; Disney, Pixar and Marvel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned by Filmyard Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are owned by 21st Century Fox; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a group of former creditors including Highland Capital, Anchorage Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by AMC Networks Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC.last_img read more

Striking Amazon Spheres landmark opens in downtown Seattle

first_imgSEATTLE – From the fourth floor of a striking rainforest-like conservatory built of glass and white steel in downtown Seattle, boss Jeff Bezos turned toward the top of his newest headquarters building to summon his favourite assistant.In a proud little show on Monday for the media and dignitaries — which also doubled as product placement for Amazon’s voice assistant — the world’s richest man ordered out loud, symbolically: “Alexa, open The Spheres.”The domed structure is only steps away from the executive office tower where Bezos leads the online retail behemoth. It’s part of the company’s urban campus near downtown Seattle that is largely made up of unmarked office buildings where more than 40,000 people report to work.The four-story Spheres structure from the outside looks like three connected glass orbs planted into the ground in a caterpillar shape. Lighting mimics a position near the equator, with 12 hours of shade and sun. During the day, the interior is maintained at 72 degrees with 60 per cent humidity, to emulate a cloud forest ecosystem.Amazon’s Amazonesque rainforest-like conservatory is now home to more than 40,000 plants from 50 countries on five continents. Its centerpiece is a 50-foot (15.2-meter) fig tree. Most plants will flower and some can yield fruit, though visitors must keep their hands off all plant life. About 90 per cent of the plants were grown and tended to in a suburban greenhouse for years in anticipation for their permanent home in The Spheres.Though masked by nature, the sleek and minimalist “alternative work space” is also designed to make you forget you’re at work, in a startup environment that is rumoured to be aggressively demanding.“The idea is that we connect them with nature. We get them away from their normal desk environment so you don’t see any desks or cubicles around,” said Ron Gagliardo, Amazon’s leading horticulturist.The corporate office space, however selfie-worthy, is already such a hit that the company had to create a reservation system to contain the flow of traffic for the time being. Employees will have to snag a reservation to get in but it’s currently already booked out until April. The building has capacity for about 1,000 people but is more comfortable with about 800 at a time.Once inside, workers can use nooks with tables and chairs that can serve as a casual meeting space. Coffee breaks can be taken in a cafe and “picnic” area offering an interior reprieve from Seattle’s unrelenting rainy season.Critics have called the Spheres a vanity project, illustrating Seattle’s sometimes strained relationship with its largest employer. The company’s presence has changed the local economy and raised its cost of living — but none of that was on show at the unveiling of the Spheres.Instead, Bezos received glowing praise from the governor, mayor and county officials for his recent commitments to the city’s homelessness crisis plus a personal donation of $33 million to a scholarship foundation that helps immigrant youth in the country illegally.Bezos was coy when asked by The Associated Press whether the company’s much-anticipated second headquarters to be built in an undetermined U.S. city will have another statement building space like the Spheres, saying: “We’ll see.”___Follow Sally Ho at read more

Oregons flooded recreational pot market a cautionary tale economists

first_imgVANCOUVER – As marijuana farmers in Oregon say a flood of supply is killing their businesses less than three years after recreational cannabis was legalized, economists say it’s a warning to Canada.Stephen Easton, professor of economics at Simon Fraser University and senior fellow at the Fraser Institute, says large fluctuations in price and supply are bound to happen when you create a legal market where an illegal market already exists.“There is no reason to think it won’t happen here as well. In a broader sense, we are adding legal production to an already robust illegal production,” Easton said.“Consumption may simply not increase in proportion to our ability to grow.”Robin Cordell, owner and grower at Oregon Girl Cannabis Company, said she saw the influx of supply coming on social media that would choke out her farm.“I saw just massive fields planted on Instagram, just huge acres and I just knew that was going to be the result,” she said in an interview.While she once sold her pot to a wholesaler for $2,200US per pound, she said that dipped to $600 per pound.Cordell said she’s planning to pull the plug entirely on recreational pot and focus on medical marijuana and hemp products until new markets open up across the country.“I think I am going to actually give up my licence and wait for nationwide legalization to happen, just because the market is terrible,” Cordell said.Oregon’s inventory of marijuana is staggering for a state its size. There are nearly 450,000 kilograms of usable flower in the system, and an additional 159,000 kilograms of marijuana extracts, edibles and tinctures.The Oregon Liquor Control Commission, which regulates the industry, said some of the inventory of flower goes into extracts, oils and tinctures, which have increased in popularity, but the agency can’t say how much.Yet the retail price for a gram of pot has fallen about 50 per cent since 2015, from $14 to $7, says a report by the Oregon Office of Economic Analysis.Commission spokesman Mark Pettinger said the agency still doesn’t have complete information about demand, but a comprehensive market study is underway that will be released in January.He said about half of the 2,014 producer applications received have been granted in a process that has typically taken between two and six months.“It’s a free market and the legislature did not provide us with any authority to limit licences,” he said, “so that’s probably an issue the legislature will need to take up during the 2019 legislative session.”The regulatory framework emerging in Canada already looks a little different.There are 104 licensed marijuana producers in Canada, including 57 in Ontario and 22 in British Columbia.As of May 11, Health Canada had received 1,974 applications from producers and had refused 268, while others were in progress, incomplete or withdrawn. The entire application process takes more than a year to complete.Under the federal government’s proposed approach to cannabis, regulations would not prescribe a limit on the amount of cannabis a producer cultivates under a standard licence.“However, the Minister of Health could establish a production limit as a condition of the licence if there were reasonable grounds to believe that a licensee was producing more cannabis than this licensee was able to sell, and that the excess inventory was at risk of being diverted to an illegal market or activity,” a November 2017 consultation paper by Health Canada says.Werner Antweiler, professor of economics at the University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business, said market fluctuations will depend on whether the government restricts licensing and prices.If left up to the free market, prices can drop to almost nothing, temporarily, he said. The market typically corrects itself over time, with smaller-scale producers that have higher production costs exiting the market and larger-scale producers being able to survive the roller-coaster because they work in economies of scale.“If you want to prevent prices from dropping dramatically, there can be regulations in place that maintain a minimum price of some sort. That’s easier to do if the distribution channel is regulated,” Antweiler said.But he said price controls can backfire.“That said, the danger is then, if prices are regulated and we have players trying to sneak around them and provide their product illegally at a lower price, that could lead to an undermining of the idea of liberalization, which is getting the market into the legal domain and preventing an illicit market from surfacing,” he said.“It’s much better to get it right from the beginning,” he said, and decline to licence more producers than the estimated demand can support.One Canadian producer says he’s not too worried about being pushed out of the market the way producers are in Oregon.“I think it’s a function of a far more relaxed regime,” said Dan Sutton, CEO of Tantalus Labs based in Maple Ridge, B.C. “Right out of the gate, you’ve got a far more sophisticated production regulation regime, which inherently applies a barrier to entry.”Tantalus Labs is a small-batch producer, which grows unique strains and only harvests about 100 plants at a time, he said.Sutton is counting on recreational consumers to pay more for a higher quality product, which could mean unique strains, cannabis with a “farm to table” story or organic cannabis that has been meticulously cared for.“In Oregon, while there are massive over-supplies of commodity-grade quick and easily grown cannabis, there are still cannabis products that sell for $15 or $20 a gram at the dispensary level,” Sutton said.“All cannabis is not the same.”— with a file from The Associated Presslast_img read more

PreparedBC to release new Wildfire Preparedness Guide

first_img“The first step in managing any kind of emergency is to be as prepared as possible. This guide will arm British Columbians with helpful information on how to stay safe in the event of a wildfire, and how to help reduce the stress and anxiety that an emergency situation may cause.”The guide focuses specifically on what residents can do to prepare themselves before, during and after a wildfire, including:developing a household plan;assembling a grab-and-go bag for all family members and pets;learning about the local government’s emergency response plan; andtips on how to handle wildfire smoke, wildfire-related stress and how to FireSmart a property.For more information on the Wildfire Preparedness Guide, you can visit VICTORIA, B.C. – Following two of the worst wildfire seasons in the province’s history, PreparedBC is releasing a new Wildfire Preparedness Guide.According to the Government, the guide contains useful information that will help British Columbians better protect themselves and their homes, and understand what to do if a wildfire approaches their community.Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, says this guide will help to reduce stress and anxiety during a wildfire emergency situation.last_img read more

Rhinoceros Party of Canada announces candidate for Prince GeorgePeace RiverNorthern Rockies

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Rhinoceros Party of Canada, a satirical political party, has named a candidate to run in the riding of Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies for the upcoming federal election.Selected by the Party to run in our riding is Jacob “Turkman” Stokes.While not much is known about Stokes, some of the Party’s platform includes tackling environmental issues and lowering taxes. Since its founding, the Rhinoceros Party has been unable to secure a seat in the House of Commons but does claim that several candidates have finished in second or third place in their constituency.Candidates running in Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies include Conservative candidate and incumbent Bob Zimmer, Catharine Kendall of the Green Party, and Ron Vaillant of the People’s Party of Canada.The Liberal and NDP parties have yet to nominate a candidate.The Federal Election is October 21, 2019.last_img read more

Third explosives haul in a week at Bankura

first_imgKolkata: State Criminal Investigation Department (CID) seized huge quantity of explosives from Bankura on Sunday. This is for the third time within a week, the CID has found explosives here.According to CID officials, on Saturday sleuths got a tip-off that a truck loaded with explosive materials will enter Bankura. Working on the information CID sleuths intercepted a truck bearing Jharkhand registration number in the evening at Beliatore. CID and police officials present at the spot asked for documents from the driver. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersLater during search, sleuths discovered that the truck was loaded with explosive material. The driver and the owner of the truck, identified as Nishant Kumar, was arrested immediately. After preliminary interrogation, sleuths suspect that the explosives was destined to Birbhum district. During search operation, sleuths seized 97,500 electric detonator, 6250 kg gelatin sticks (power gel) and 11,450 kgs ammonium nitrate from the truck. Previously on Wednesday CID had seized huge quantity of explosive materials from Saltora. The explosive material was stored inside a warehouse at Kastora village of Saltora in Bankura. Sleuths have seized 52,500 pieces of electric detonators, 106 cartons of gelatin sticks (power gel) and 133 sacks of ammonium nitrate along with one abandoned SUV and a bike from there. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe explosive materials were being procured from Orissa, Telangana and Jharkhand. It is suspected that the explosive materials was procured to be used in illegal stone quarries. CID had found explosive materials from a person’s house at Boga village of Indpur in Bankura on Friday night. The owner of the house has been arrested. During search sleuths had seized approximately 800 electric detonators, 200 packets of gelatin sticks (power gel) and around 100 kg of ammonium nitrate. Seeing the huge recovery within a week panic triggered across the Bankura district. Sleuths have also took a serious note in this regard and stepped up the security across the district to maintain law and order situation.last_img read more

Parineeti ecstatic about Kesari success

first_imgMumbai: Actress Parineeti Chopra is ecstatic that her latest release “Kesari”, starring Akshay Kumar, has raced past the Rs 100-crore mark at the Indian box office. The film is based on the Battle of Saragarhi. On working with Akshay, Parineeti said in a statement: “Akshay sir is the most grounded superstar. He is responsible and committed about work on set, and equally playful and fun-loving off set. “The whole team put in so much into the movie, so this Rs 100 crore is added to the Rs 500 crore compliments and love from the fans. Akshay sir is one of my favourite co-stars. He is so unassuming and humble.” Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka Parineeti played a small but significant role in the film, which she chose for the script. “Even though ‘Kesari’ is largely based on his (Akshay’s) character and the battle, he always used to tell me ‘you see how much you will be praised’. I always used to feel he is being generous and kind to me, but it was absolutely true. “I am so happy I did this film. It started out as a small guest appearance I was doing for fun but has turned into a project that has taught me so much about the kind of actor I want to be,” Parineeti added. Her next few films include: Saina Nehwal biopic, “Bhuj: The Pride Of India” co-starring Ajay Devgn, based on the real life daredevilry of an Indian Air Force officer.last_img read more

Countdown begins for PSLVC45 mission with many a firsts for ISRO

first_imgChennai: A 27-hour countdown began Sunday for the launch of India’s EMISAT satellite along with 28 nano satellites of global customers from Sriharikota Monday, a mission which would witness the ISRO placing payloads in three orbits and conducting space experiments for the first time.The EMISAT satellite is aimed at electromagnetic measurement. The countdown began at 6.27 am (local time) for the launch on board Indian Space Research Organisation’s third generation workhorse Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), in its 47th flight, ISRO said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The four-stage PSLV-C45 will blast off from the second launch pad at the spaceport of Sriharikota, about 125 kms from here, at 9.27 AM (local time) Monday, agency officials said. The mission will mark several firsts to the credit of the space agency as it would manoeuvre satellites in various orbits and orbital experiments including on maritime satellite applications. According to ISRO, a new variant of the rocket PSLV-QL equipped with four Strap-On motors in the first stage is used for the launch. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KPSLV, also used in India’s two key missions — “Chandrayan” in 2008 and Mars Orbiter in 2013, is a reliable and versatile launch vehicle for ISRO with 39 consecutive successful flights till June, 2017 and five-in-a row from January 2018. The rocket has encountered only two failures so far — its maiden developmental flight ended unsuccessful way back in 1993. In September, 2017 the flight went off without any hitch but the IRNSS-1H Satellite could not be released into orbit after the PSLV-C39’s heat shield failed to open on reaching the orbit. In Monday’s mission, ISRO scientists would place the satellites and payloads in three different orbits, a first for the agency. After injecting the 436 kg primary satellite EMISAT, intended for electromagnetic spectrum measurement, at around 17 minutes from lift off in a 749 km orbit, they would restart the fourth stage again. During this initiative, all the other 28 customer satellites, totally weighing about 220 kgs, would be released by lowering the fourth state to around 504 kms orbit. Again, the fourth stage would be reignited and further lowered to 485 kms orbit to serve as an orbital platform for carrying out space borne experimentations for the first time in ISRO’s history. According to ISRO, this is the first time it has been envisaged to provide a micro-gravity environment for research organisations and academic institutes to perform experiments. The PS4-fourth stage hosts three payloads in this mission. They are automatic identification system from ISRO for Maritime satellite applications capturing messages transmitted from ships. Automatic Packet Repeating System from AMSAT (Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation), India to assist amateur radio operators in tracking and monitoring position data. Advanced Retarding Potential Analyzer for lonospheric Studies (ARIS) from Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST) for the structural and composition studies of ionosphere. The other 28 international satellites — 25 3U type, two 6U type and one 2U type nano satellites — are from Lithuania (two), Spain (1), Switzerland (1) and the United States (24). All these satellites are being launched under commercial arrangements, ISRO said. The previous launches by ISRO this year include the imaging satellite Microsat-R for military purpose along with 1.2 kg Kalamsat in January onboard PSLV-C44. In February, ISRO launched India’s communication satellite GSAT-31 from the European launch service provider Ariane from French Guiana.last_img read more

Withdraw Pragyas ticket if PM truly respects police Deora

first_imgMumbai: Mumbai Congress president Milind Deora has said if Prime Minister Narendra Modi truly respects the Maharashtra Police, he should withdraw the candidature of Malegaon blast accused Pragya Singh Thakur, who is contesting as a BJP nominee from Bhopal Lok Sabha constituency. Deora also said that Modi’s focus on emotive issues, rather than the real ones, during his speech in Mumbai on Friday is a clear indicator of the “failure” of his government in delivering on key issues, like employment. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ Modi addressed a rally at BKC ground here on Friday, ahead of April 29 polling for six seats in Mumbai and 11 seats in Maharashtra. During his speech, he alleged that the Congress governments neglected the police force and turned it into a “punching bag”. He added that had it not been for the alertness of Mumbai Police, who paid a heavy price including martyrdom, the city would have paid a greater price due to terror activities. Modi’s praise for police came over a week after Pragya Singh Thakur’s controversial statement about slain IPS officer Hemant Karkare. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K In a statement, Deora said Mumbaikars should ask why the prime minister is encouraging those who insult the armed forces and brave police. “If the prime minister truly respects the Maharashtra Police, he should withdraw Pragya Thakur’s ticket immediately. That’s the least he can do to honour martyr Hemant Karkare,” Deora said. Surprisingly,the Shiv Sena has remained silent on the insult of a Maharashtra police martyr, the Congress leader added. “Mumbaikars will not forgive the BJP and the Shiv Sena for playing politics over some of our city’s darkest memories,” he said. “The prime minister did not mention the Shiv Sena in his speech. Don’t the BJP’s allegations of ‘milavati’ (adulterated) alliances fall flat when compared to the BJP-Sena’s ‘banavati’ (fake) alliance? The Shiv Sena, which praises the prime minister before elections, goes on to abuse him after the polls,” he said. “This only proves that their ‘mahayuti’ (grand alliance) will break in six months, with the upcoming Assembly elections (in Maharashtra),” Deora charged.last_img read more

Bouteflikas reelection Algerian Journalist asks to suspend his citizenship

first_imgCasablanca – According to news portal Hesspress, Algerian journalist Hafid Deraji has recently addressed an open letter to the Algerian President Boutaflika in which he harshly criticizes the President’s intention to run for reelection.“I have decided to tell you what will happen if you ever won a fourth presidential election against our will,” reads Deraji’s letter. “You are in dire need for rest, and we are in dire need for a new era in which our country is ruled by institutions instead of an oligarchy.”The journalist added, “We have officially learned that you cannot move or speak, and do not meet the presidential criteria determined by our constitution.”“You did not respect the law. You have ruled this country for 15 years and have done it more wrong than anybody else had done it before you,” he added. “And you still intend to burden us with your presence for one more term despite your critical health condition and your bad decisions.”“Algeria is witnessing a masquerade, for its future president will not even be able to communicate with his people in person or promote his electoral campaign, nor will he be able to address the people on voting,” said the journalist.“My return to my homeland will be postponed now that you intend to run for another presidency, because I refuse to watch you demolish all that we have built through all our historical sacrifices,” Deraji said in the letter.The journalist also asked the Algerian president to remove his name from the list of citizens that he would rule over, “because I will never allow myself to see my country run by a tyrant, and I will accept nothing less than a true president who can assume his responsibilities and serve his country to the best of his ability.”Edited by Jessica Rohan© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

Israeli Scholar Raping Arab Women will deter attacks

Casablanca – Dr. Mordechai Kedar, an Israeli scholar of Arabic literature and a lecturer at Bar-Ilan University, caused an uproar in the international community by stating that raping women is a way to discourage attacks.In a Hebrew-language radio show, Bar-Ilan University professor Dr.Mordechai Kedar gave his reflections on what could be done to stop Hamas.According to a recent transcript published by Haaretz, Kedar said “You have to understand the culture in which we live (…) Terrorists like those who kidnapped the children and killed them-the only thing that deters them is if they know that their sister or their mother will be raped in the event that they are caught. What can you do, that’s the culture in which we live.” In a statement released to Haaretz, Kedar said he was not encouraging using rape to fight terrorism, but used his declaration merely as an illustration. He wanted to illustrate that there is no means of deterring attacks, and using the rape of women as an example was just hyperbole.Many people are upset by Kedar’s recklessness. Daniel Herschkowitz from feminist activists in Israel warned that Kedar’s words could encourage “Israel Defense Forces soldiers and Israeli civilians to commit rape, and endanger both Israeli and Palestinian women.”Kedar is an academic expert on the Israeli-Arab population. His strong character and self-confidence have lead to several appearances on Al Jazeera TV. His recent statement has created a stir that will not easily be forgotten.Mordechai Kedar talks about how to speak to the Muslims read more

Job Creation Economic Development Main Goals Of USAID In Morocco Official

Marrakech – The USAID’s main objectives in Morocco are job-creation and economic development, said on Friday assistant administrator of the US agency for international development (USAID), Alina Romanowski.“Our priority is to contribute to developing the private sector and creating more jobs”, she told MAP on the sidelines of the 5th Global entrepreneurship summit (GES-2014) held in Marrakech this November 19-21.Romanowski went on that the USAID action in Morocco also seeks to support education and training projects and back the civil society, stressing that 60 years of presence in Morocco have helped the agency consolidate the friendship and cooperation bonds between Morocco and the USA. On the partnership concluded recently between the USAID and the “FrioPuerto Tanger SA” start-up which obtained a loan to set up a cold-storage warehouse in the Tanger-Med port, the USAID executive said this partnership will help promote economic development and job-creation in Morocco and open new export opportunities for Moroccan farming products.These funds will also contribute to the promotion of the Morocco-USA free trade agreement by helping Moroccan famers export their produce to the USA and worldwide, she went on.The USA considers that upgrading inter-regional trade in North Africa is a priority, she said, regretting the low level of intra-Maghreban trade.At least 3,000 entrepreneurs, high-ranking government officials, heads of state and young entrepreneurs from all over the world got together in Marrakech for this major global platform, held for the first time in an African country, “to empower entrepreneurs with the skills and resources necessary to compete and thrive in the 21st century”.Held under the high patronage of HM King Mohammed VI, under the theme of “harnessing the power of technology for innovation and entrepreneurship”, the GES 2014 was held in Marrakech in accordance with an agreement between HM the King and President Obama in November 2013 in the USA. read more

Polands Tomasz Marczynski Wins 2015 Moroccos Cycling Tour

Casablanca – Poland’s Tomasz Tomasz won on Sunday the 28th edition of Morocco’s cycling tour (Tour du Maroc).Marczynski won the race after finishing first in three legs between Settat and Marrakech, Khenifra and Fez and Nador and AL Hoceima.The previous edition was won by Frence’s Julien Loubet. Mohamed El Gourch was the only Moroccan to win the Tour du Maroc in 1960, 1964 and 1965.