Anishinaabe hip hop artist Mic Jordan trying to inspire Aboriginal youth

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Austin Street Festival in Winnipeg was a large part of Aboriginal Music Week last week.APTN National News host Michael Hutchinson was there and caught up with an Anishinaabe hip hop artist who is trying to reach out and inspire Aboriginal youth.last_img

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Worlds best photos on display in Montreal

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Montreal World Press Photo display is kicked off this week.Visitors can admire the best photos from around the world.APTN’s Danielle Rochette explains how Aboriginal people are being included.last_img

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Cree Nation cancels events over police assault allegations in Val dOr

first_imgAPTN National NewsIt’s been a week since allegations surfaced of Quebec provincial police abusing Indigenous women in Val d’Or.The James Bay Cree have decided to cancel events in the Quebec city as an act of retaliation.But some people in the community feel they’re being unfairly targeted by the boycott.APTN’s Tom Fennario has the story.last_img

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Trucks tangle traffic in Paris to protest holiday fair spat

first_imgPARIS – Carnival workers are creating traffic chaos in Paris to protest the city’s ban on a popular Christmas fair on the iconic Champs-Elysees Avenue.The French road authority reported increased traffic on several highways into Paris during Monday morning rush hour. French broadcasters showed trucks running a so-called “escargot operation” on a highway west of Paris, driving at a snail’s pace across multiple lanes.Riot police vans were stationed on Paris’ western edge to block carnival trucks from entering the city after the Paris police chief said they would enforce City Hall’s ban on the fair.The city voted in June to change the format of the Christmas market, saying it had become too commercial. Carnival magnate Marcel Campion and his supporters have objected. Negotiations last week failed to defuse the dispute.last_img read more

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Lack of pipelines refineries will lower Canadian quality of life analyst

first_imgGet ready to pay more at the pump over the next few days. Gas prices have started climbing over $1.30 a litre at stations across Calgary.A couple of cents may not seem like a big deal in the grand scheme of things, but there are new warnings that everyone’s cost of living will keep going up if Canada doesn’t get some new pipelines and/or refineries.Gasbuddy.com’s Dan McTeague said delays with Line 3 and Line 5, pipelines into the US, are just a couple examples of the risk to Canada’s economy, but the cancellation of Energy East, Northern Gateway and for now, Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Pipeline, can also be added to the list.“If you don’t like $1.30 for a litre of gasoline, the sky’s the limit if you undermine Canada’s ability to export or refine its products,” he explained.He believes Canadians need to decide what their priorities are.“Do we want a sustainable, long-term future for Canada’s energy sector or do we not?” he asked. “Do we want affordable energy prices competitive with our neighbours to the south or not?”McTeague said the bottom line is environmentalists are putting the Canadian economy at risk, stating if Canadians want to hurt themselves, then continue to let the green elements of the country run the nation into the ground.“If you can’t build a pipeline, it’s unlikely you’re going to be building a refinery in an environment where the same groups who are protesting Canadian oil are also wanting to reduce Canadian emissions to 30 per cent below current standards,” he said, pointing out no one else in the world is close to that mark.McTeague added no other nation with resources like Canada has allowed themselves to be hemmed in by a small but determined group of people who are using the courts to undermine the energy sector.He said those who cheer for an end to the energy sector may want to consider how the country will pay for the social programs it funds or equalization programs that keep Canada together.“If we are prepared to compromise, or lessen that, we had better be prepared for a significant change in our standard of living and I think most of us would find that is not going to lead to prosperous future but a bleak outlook for Canada,” warned McTeague.last_img read more

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No need to turn off the taps for now in Trans Mountain

first_imgEDMONTON – Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says she sees no immediate need to turn off the oil taps to British Columbia now that the federal government is taking over the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.Notley says there is more certainty around the project than there has ever been and she doesn’t plan to use her province’s legislation to regulate the flow of oil exports for now.“Because the crisis has passed, at least for now … I don’t know that we’re going to be looking to exercise this (legislation) in the very near future,” Notley said as beaming cabinet ministers stood behind her.“We still have it. It remains something that we would consider using should it become something that’s necessary for us to maximize our resources.”The federal Liberal government announced Tuesday that it will spend $4.5 billion to buy Trans Mountain and all of Kinder Morgan Canada’s core assets.In return, Kinder Morgan will go ahead with its $7.4-billion plan to twin the pipeline carrying diluted bitumen from Alberta’s oilsands to the B.C. coast and from there to overseas markets.Once the sale is complete later this summer, Canada will continue construction on its own.Alberta is making up to $2 billion available if needed to keep the project going, but Notley said it’s “very possible” the province will never pay a cent of it.She also said any money the province puts in will be converted to equity in the pipeline, so there should be no negative effect on Alberta’s credit rating.“We said we should get the pipeline built and we are getting it built. We will not stop until the job is done,” Notley said.“Pick up those tools, folks. We have a pipeline to build.”Notley said the pipeline will be under federal jurisdiction, which will limit how British Columbia laws can be applied to the project.She suggested that could mean B.C.’s constitutional argument over that government’s say in what moves through the province will have less relevance.B.C. Premier John Horgan went to court with the intent of blocking the expansion, which he has said puts the province at an environmental risk should there be a spill.(Companies in this story: TSX:KML)last_img read more

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Managed dairy system enticed CocaCola to build Ontario milk plant Dairy Farmers

first_imgCoca-Cola Canada’s decision to invest $85 million in a new milk processing plant in Ontario shows why the Canadian government should continue to defend the country’s supply management system, said the general manager of the Dairy Farmers of Ontario.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau caused worries in Canada’s dairy sector when he said on NBC’s Meet the Press that Canada would consider allowing U.S. dairy greater access to the Canadian market as part of the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement.“As far as I know the government is going to continue to support the Canadian dairy system. This is a perfect example of why he ought to,” Dairy Farmers general manager Graham Lloyd said in an interview Tuesday.He said the system is attracting investment from around the world.“It’s a good example of why this system works, and when you compare it to the other systems and dairy industries they’re just not sustainable and not growing.”The U.S. beverage giant didn’t comment on Canada’s dairy system, but said tariffs were a deterrent to importing its Fairlife ultrafiltered milk from the United States.Coca-Cola also likes to make products in the country where they are sold, said Fran Mulhern, vice-president of Coca-Cola and general manager of the farm to table business.The company plans to build a plant adjacent to its 70-year-old Minute Maid frozen juice facility in Peterborough, Ont., to produce lactose-free milk that is rich in protein and lower in sugar than traditional milk.The operations, set to open in the first quarter of 2020, will create 35 new jobs and support 100 jobs at the existing juice plant, which supplies North America with frozen juice.Changing consumer habits towards products with less sugar makes it a perfect time to make Canada the first international market for Fairlife products such as ultrafiltered milk, said Mulhern.“We see lots of opportunities for this to really grow dairy, and bring consumers back into dairy,” she said in an interview.In the year after the product was launched in the U.S. in 2015, 40 per cent of the consumption came from buyers who were not drinking milk, according to a Nielsen survey, she said.Canadian milk consumption has been declining about one per cent annually for years, but value-added products are growing five per cent per year and account for 20 per cent of Canada’s dairy market. Almost 20 per cent of Canadians consume lactose-free dairy.The plant will be supplied with milk from local dairy farmers in Ontario.“Anything that will grow the dairy market and increase dairy production and increase dairy consumption is quite exciting, and that’s why we’re quite supportive of this opportunity,” Lloyd added in an interview from Ottawa.The milk uses a patented cold filtration process to remove lactose and sugar, leaving it with 50 per cent more protein and 50 per cent less sugar than traditional milk.Coca-Cola has been in a joint venture with Select Milk Producers, the sixth largest U.S. dairy co-operative, to make Fairlife products that are added to the multinational’s broad portfolio of beverages.Coca-Cola Canada employs 6,200 people in more than 50 facilities, including six production facilities across the country.Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter.last_img read more

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BlackBerry Secure tools revealed at Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas

first_imgCompanies in this story: (TSX:BB)David Paddon, The Canadian Press TORONTO — Anyone who has seen an “Intel Inside” label on a piece of computer technology will instantly grasp what BlackBerry Ltd. is aiming to achieve with its “BlackBerry Secure” branding strategy.The Canadian technology company, based in Waterloo, Ont., unveiled the latest components of BlackBerry Secure on Monday at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nev.The announcements were aimed mostly at manufacturers and other companies that want to assure their customers that their products have privacy and security features endorsed by BlackBerry.Alex Thurber, a BlackBerry senior vice-president and its general manager of Mobility Solutions, acknowledged that younger consumers may not be as aware of the company as in its heyday before the arrival of the iPhone a decade ago.But Thurber said BlackBerry still makes the security software and other features that go into phones and other devices in return for licencing fees.“Of course, businesses and enterprises and governments are still very aware that BlackBerry is out there because our software management and security has continued to be deployed everywhere,” Thurber said Monday.Speaking by phone from Las Vegas, Thurber said one of the BlackBerry’s achievements has been its accreditations by the National Information Assurance Partnership administered by the U.S. National Security Agency.That accreditation has opened government doors for BlackBerry in the United States — the company’s biggest market — and around the world.“It really is all the G7 governments that use BlackBerry technology, be it the older hardware phones or now the software-protected devices. I think that’s important,” Thurber said.“At the end of the day, people realize that governments need to secure classified information and companies that they trust are companies that have proven themselves.”In today’s world of internet-connected consumer electronics and social media, Thurber added, consumers are also concerned about who is collecting and re-selling their personal information.“We have never monetized users’ data. We have been very clear and up-front about that,” Thurber said.The BlackBerry Secure labelling has been attached to specialty phones by Punkt Tronics AG, under a framework agreement announced last year. BlackBerry also signed a similar deal last year with Bullitt Group, a British smartphone and consumer electronics maker, but that hasn’t yet resulted in a BlackBerry secure product.The company is also working with a partner that makes Alexa-enabled interactive speakers, though the partner hasn’t been identified.BlackBerry is talking with potential partners that could use its BlackBerry Secure feature packs, Thurber said.“We’re hoping that those will start being announced around the time of Mobile World Congress (in Barcelona) at the end of February.”last_img read more

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BC Childrens Mini Med School makes firstever stop in the Peace Region

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Over 100 students from across the Peace Region were at the Pomeroy Hotel yesterday as BC Children’s Hospital brought its Mini Med School program to Northeast B.C. for the first time ever yesterday.BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute’s Executive Director Dr. Wyeth Wasserman said that the program allowed students from across the Peace – with several commuting in from Tumbler Ridge – to connect with some of the research projects currently ongoing at BC Children’s Hospital and to learn about different career paths. Dr. Wasserman said that the group of students learned about a wide range of topics, including DNA, genetics, and rare diseases that can occur in children, as well as both viral and bacterial infections and other infectious diseases that affect children, before concluding the day on the topics of injury prevention and active living.    Dr. Wasserman said that students brought up a number of good questions for the program’s instructors, especially pertaining to the education path one could take in getting into the medical profession.“We had lots of questions about careers and how long it takes to become a doctor or a nurse. We heard that you don’t always find your way to being a doctor through one route. We had one of the doctors today who started out studying English as an Arts major. We have others who talked about delays and did another carrier path. So it’s important to recognize that when you move into the healthcare field, you can do so later in life. It doesn’t have to be right out of high school.”Dr. Wasserman said that the program builds on initiatives in recent years that push having doctors trained closer to where they grow up, so that they’re more likely to stay in Northern communities. He added that the Mini-Med School will be heading elsewhere in the Interior next year, but that organizers have plans to have the program come back to this part of the province on alternating years in the future.last_img read more

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BC Indian Chiefs condemn RCMP enforcement of TransCanada injunction

first_img(with files from the CANADIAN PRESS) VANCOUVER, B.C. – The Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs says they are concerned about the safety and well-being of the Wet’suwet’en as the RCMP set up nearby the Gidimt’en camp to enforce the interim injunction from the BC Supreme Court in December 2018.UBCIC President Grand Chief Stewart Phillip stated “We strongly condemn the RCMP’s use of intimidation, harassment, and ongoing threats of forceful intervention and removal of the Wet’suwet’en land defenders from Wet’suwet’en unceded territory.  In continuing to aggressively threaten the Wet’suwet’en with eviction from their own Title land, the governments of Canada and British Columbia are blatantly ignoring the Supreme Court of Canada’s precedent-setting Delgamuukw case which confirmed that the Wet’suwet’en’s Title and Rights have never been extinguished.  The RCMP’s actions are in direct contradiction to both governments’ stated commitments to true reconciliation, and to full implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples which is a global human rights standard. We demand that Canada and BC call on the RCMP and Coastal GasLink to respect the Unist’ot’en/ Giltseyu-Dark House on unceded lands. The provincial and federal governments must revoke the permits for this project until the standards of free, prior and informed consent are met.”UBCIC Condemns RCMP Intimidation of Wet’suwet’en: “We strongly condemn the RCMP’s use of intimidation, harassment, and ongoing threats of forceful intervention and removal of the Wet’suwet’en land defenders from Wet’suwet’en unceded territory.” #cdnpoli https://t.co/6D1yk1hHvp pic.twitter.com/24jsJRX0JP— UBCIC (@UBCIC) January 7, 2019On Dec. 14, the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs issued a statement saying they were deeply concerned by the National Energy Board’s decision denying their request to participate in a jurisdictional challenge to the permits issued to TransCanada’s Coastal GasLink pipeline project, which would cross Wet’suwet’en territories.While members of another Wet’suwet’en house, the Unist’ot’en of the Gilseyhu clan, erected a camp and checkpoint in the area of the planned pipeline almost seven years ago, Wickham said the Gidimt’en checkpoint is more recent.“We wanted to show that even though the Unist’ot’en and Gidimt’en are from separate clans, all the chiefs have been opposed to pipelines in our territories for years and years and years,” she said.“Unist’ot’en has been holding that responsibility all by themselves, so the (Gidimt’en) chief decided it was time for all of us to physically show our support.”In an amended injunction order filed Friday, a B.C. Supreme Court justice said the defendants, which include anyone “occupying, obstructing, blocking, physically impeding or delaying access” in the area, have until Jan. 31 to file a response to Coastal GasLink’s injunction application.In the meantime, the order says they are prohibited from physically interfering with or impeding any person or vehicle trying to access the area or carrying on pipeline business, including pre-construction and construction activities. The defendants are also prohibited from threatening, intimidating or getting within 10 metres of anyone actively working on the project.LNG Canada announced on Oct. 2 that its joint venture participants had taken a positive investment decision to construct the Kitimat export facility.B.C. Premier John Horgan said LNG Canada’s decision ranked on the historic scale of a “moon landing,” emphasizing just how much the project means to an economically deprived region of the province,  an estimated $23 billion in provincial revenue.In a notice of civil claim filed Nov. 23, Coastal GasLink says construction on the pipeline is scheduled to begin this month for completion in 2021.“Coastal GasLink has project agreements with all 20 elected Indigenous bands along the length of the project in British Columbia,” the company said in the court document.The company has tried to begin work in an area only accessible by the Morice Forest Service Road, but has been prevented from doing so by the demonstrators, it said.“A small delay in completing the work could contribute to a significant overall delay for the project,” it says.Around 2012, the Unist’ot’en camp set up a blockade by constructing a gate and other obstacles to the area, and a second gate has been constructed recently at the Morice River Bridge, it said. Coastal GasLink was most recently prevented from accessing the area on Nov. 20, it said.In a statement posted on its website, the Unist’ot’en camp issued an international call to action for the Gidimt’en access checkpoint.The statement describes potential RCMP action as “an act of war,” and evidence that Canada is criminalizing and using violence against Indigenous people, despite paying “lip service” to reconciliation. It points to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which says Indigenous peoples shall not be forcibly removed from their territories.“We are now preparing for a protracted struggle. The hereditary chiefs of the Wet’suwet’en and the land defenders holding the front lines have no intention of allowing Wet’suwet’en sovereignty to be violated,” it said.last_img read more

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OGC says natural gas well located north of FSJ has been capped

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The B.C. Oil and Gas Commission says the natural gas well that blew-out, north of Fort St. John, has now been successfully capped.Saguaro Resources experienced a natural gas well blow-out, on December 29, at a remote site approximately 180 kms north of Fort St. John.The incident occurred at 10:15 p.m. (MST) on Dec. 29, 2018 and there were no injuries. The Commission opened its Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) overnight and had dispatched two operations officers to the site. All other wells on the site were shut in as a precaution and the site was evacuated.An emergency response zone was established with roadblocks set up and air monitoring in place.OGC says the well has since been capped on December 31, which concluded the incident.However, the investigation continues and the company is fully cooperating with the Commission.last_img read more

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Bhanushali murder case: Ex-BJP leader Chhabil Patel arrested

first_imgAhmedabad: Over two months after the murder of former Gujarat MLA Jayanti Bhanushali, former BJP leader Chhabil Patel, a prime accused in the case, was arrested as soon as he landed at the Ahmedabad international airport on Thursday morning, officials said. The arrest was made the Gujarat CID-Crime. Talking to reporters, Director General of Police, CID-Crime Ashish Bhatia said, Patel admitted that he played a key role in the conspiracy to kill Bhanushali, his political rival. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!Patel had fled to Muscat in Oman a week before Bhanushali was murdered. While Bhanushali was shot dead in a moving train on January 8 (this year), Patel had fled to Muscat on January 2. Thereafter, Patel went to the US on January 10 and lived with his daughter in New Jersey, Bhatia said. “Patel was arrested from the Ahmedabad airport as soon as his flight from New York landed here early today morning. He confessed to us that he played a key role in the Bhanushali murder case. He revealed how he contacted sharp shooters and conducted a recce of Bhanushali,” Bhatia said. He said, more details will emerge once they secure his remand after he is produced before the court. The CID had earlier arrested five persons- Patel’s son Siddharth, two sharp shooters and two caretakers of Patel’s farmhouse in Kutch district, Bhatia said. According to him, around three accused in the case, including a woman named Manisha Goswami, are still at large and yet to be arrested.last_img read more

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State to reduce complexity in recruitment process of teachers

first_imgKolkata: The state Education department has decided to simplify the process of recruitment by the School Service Commission (SSC), which is responsible for recruitment of assistant teachers in the state.The Education department has also constituted a five-member committee to look into the demands of the SSC candidates, who have been staging demonstrations near the Kolkata Press Club for the past 23 days. “We have come across certain complexities associated with the recruitment process by School Service Commission. I have instructed officials in the department to review the process and simplify it as far as possible,” state Education minister Partha Chatterjee said after meeting a representative of agitating candidates at his office in Bikash Bhavan on Friday. It may be mentioned here that there are four steps involved in the interview of the candidates before being finally selected. The department wants to bring it down to two. “The recruitment process of the teachers has been marred by several litigations. These litigations have come up due to the complex nature of recruitment rules. We want to hold the examination at least once in a year and for this purpose the simplification of recruitment rules is necessary,” a senior official of the state Education department said. The department officials while framing the rules will consider the weightage of marks secured by candidates in the Higher Secondary and the marks in the SSC examination. According to sources, since 2011 the recruitment process can be carried out only twice. The five member-committee led by secretary of School Education department Manish Jain will take into account the demands of the agitating student and will submit a report to Chatterjee in 15 days. Then, the minister will again hold a meeting with the agitating candidates. “Our government is sympathetic towards their issue and we will try to come up with a solution under the ambit of law. Their names figure in the waiting list and they should understand that they are not part of the panel,” a senior official of the department said. Earlier, Chatterjee had met the candidates at his office on March 6 and after being informed of their demands, he had assured them that those having the requisite qualification would get call for interview in due course. Chatterjee had also sought a report from the SSC regarding these candidates. The agitating SSC candidates, who alleged not being recruited as teachers in classes IX to XII despite having the requisite qualifications, had first met the minister on March 2. These are the candidates, who had written the SSC exams in 2013 and 2017 and had subsequently qualified the examination, are on the waiting list for recruitment. They are demanding that recruitments should be made against numerous vacant seats across schools in Bengal. They are in the waiting list for post of assistant teachers in high school, and for the posts of work and physical education teachers. The agitating students vowed to continue the stir unless there were some concrete assurances about filling up vacancies in the state-run schools.last_img read more

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NYAY at the core of Congress campaign: Rahul

first_imgNew Delhi: Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Monday said the concept of “NYAY” is at the core of its campaign for the Lok Sabha polls and builds on the promises the party has made to the people. The Congress on Sunday announced ‘Ab Hoga Nyay’ as its battle cry for the Lok Sabha polls and launched a campaign centred around the theme of ‘justice’, while alluding to the party’s proposed minimum income scheme and the ‘anyay’ (injustice) “prevailing under the BJP rule”. “Our national, cross platform, multimedia campaign is now LIVE. With the concept of NYAY at its core, this campaign builds on the promises we’ve made to the people of India in our manifesto,” Gandhi tweeted, urging people to share the campaign video. The campaign’s theme song ‘Main hi toh Hindustan hoon’ has been penned by Javed Akhtar, while the campaign film has been directed by Nikkhil Advani. The themes covered in the campaign include the ‘NYAY’ scheme, poverty eradication, jobs for youth, farmers, women’s reservation, simplified GST, universal healthcare, education and startups, as promised in the manifesto titled ‘Congress will deliver’. As a special feature of the campaign, thousands of container trucks with Congress campaign advertisements on them will take the party’s message to various parts of the country.last_img read more

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Most of this Russian painter’s works have been inspired by the Himalayas

first_imgKolkata: Indian Museum will host a unique month-long exhibition of paintings by famous Russian painter Nicholas Roerich in June.Roerich, who was an archaeologist, theosophist and philosopher, has spent a reasonable time of his life in India and the beautiful Himalayan landscape has been the canvas for his numerous paintings. Nineteen of his paintings that will be showcased will be brought from Allahabad Museum. “Among the Russian painters, the work of Nicholas Roerich is not only unique in the context of Russian art but also a different kind of expression of the intuitive mind. His paintings are the manifestation of his internal experience while he was moving from Europe to America to Asia absorbing the auras of diverse peoples and making pilgrimage to remote places gaining wisdom. Central Asia, Mongolia and the Himalayan belt have been portrayed in many of his paintings,” said Rajesh Purohit, the director of Indian Museum. Roerich travelled to India and met many Indian scientists, artists and writers in the twenties and thirties. Following his first visit to India in 1923 he undertook an expenditure to the unknown tracts of Chinese Turkestan, Altai, Mongolia and Tibet where he studied the religion, the customs and the language of the people and also delved into the lifestyle of the inhabitants. In 1942, Jawaharlal Nehru and his daughter Indira Gandhi visited his home in Kullu. They discussed the fate of the new world. Gandhi would later recall about several days spent together with Roerich’s family. Roerich breathed his last on December 13, 1947 at Naggar in Himachal Pradesh. He was highly inspired by the Eastern religions specially Buddha Maitreya. He was also influenced by Krishna, which is evident from his portrayal of the Slavic folk hero Lel holding a flute amidst sheep in place of Lord Krishna’s cows. The exhibition titled “In Search of the Mystic World: Revisiting the Roerich’s collection from Allahabad Museum,” signifies his quest for both the inner and the outer world as well as the mysticism that is entwined in the tangible and intangible world. “While analysing his works it invoked in me a kind of mysticism. The metaphor and vivid symbolism in his works suggest that his mystical or spiritual experiences are directly inspired by the path followed by Jesus Christ who too had such deep experiences. So, he spent months painting church interiors in his native Russia,” Purohit said. Apart from Allahabad Museum, his collections are found only at the Bengaluru High Court in India. The highest collection of his work is in Boston Museum.last_img read more

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Sadhvi Pragya calls Nathuram Godse ‘patriot’, BJP distances from her remark

first_imgBhopal: BJP’s Bhopal Lok Sabha seat candidate and Malegaon blast accused Pragya Singh Thakur on Thursday kicked up a row as she called Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse a “patriot”, but apologised for it hours later and withdrew the statement. The BJP distanced itself from her statement saying it did not agree with her, as “Mahatma Gandhi’s killer cannot be a patriot”. This is the second time in a month that Pragya Singh has apologised for a controversial statement made by her. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange frameworkLast month, she had stoked a controversy when she said that IPS officer Hemant Karkare had died during the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks as she had “cursed” him for torturing her. She had apologised for the controversial remark later and also retracted that statement. Talking to a news channel in Agar Malwa in Madhya Pradesh on Thursday afternoon, Thakur said, “Nathuram Godse was a ‘deshbhakt’ (patriot), he is and will remain a ‘deshbhakt’. Those calling him a terrorist should instead look at themselves. They will be given a befitting reply in this election.”last_img read more

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Egypt police tear-gas pro-Morsi protesters

first_imgCairo — Police used tear gas on Friday to disperse supporters of Egypt’s toppled Islamist president Mohamed Morsi at protests across the country, security officials said.They said protesters torched a police car in the canal city of Suez and another police car was destroyed at Qena in the south.Tear gas grenades were used against Islamists in several Cairo districts after protesters took to the streets for weekly pro-Morsi demonstrations. The protests went ahead despite the country being gripped by icy winter weather.Protesters lobbed petrol bombs at the police in the capital, the security officials said.Such demonstrations are regarded as illegal, since they do not conform to a new law requiring organisers to give three days’ notice of a protest.In Fayoum south of Cairo two policemen were wounded by buckshot at a protest, the sources said.Police also intervened in the Nile Delta city of Mahalla police to break up clashes between pro- and anti-Morsi supporters.The pro-Morsi Islamist Anti-Coup Alliance organises the protests demanding Morsi’s reinstatement following his July 3 removal by the military.Since Egypt’s first democratically elected president was ousted after just a year in office, authorities installed by the army have cracked down hard on his supporters.More than 1,000 people, most of them pro-Morsi, have been killed and thousands of Islamists have been arrested since the crackdown began in mid-August.last_img read more

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Algerian Journalist: “Shame upon you, Bouteflika!”

first_imgRabat – A few days after the Algerian journalist Hafid Deraji addressed an open letter to the Algerian President Boutaflika in which he harshly criticizes the President’s intention to run for reelection, another well-known journalist, Kamel Daoud, tells Boutaflika, “shame on you!”There is growing anger and derision in Algeria over Bouteflika’s decision to run, and some journalists are careful of what they say for fear of the powerful president and his army generals.But there are others who vent their anger, such Kamel Daoud – one of the best-known journalists in Algeria – who harshly criticized Boutaflika. The Independent reports that Kamal wrote for the online publication Algerie Focus an article in which he says: “Shame on you, Bouteflika! You have no shame for our martyrs, for your age, for your own sickness, for what you have done to this country… You have humiliated us… You push us into exile by taking our country from us… What do you want? More money? More gold?.. More praise? More glory? We will give them to you. Just name your price… Why do you want to carry your country into your grave? To bury our nation alive with you?”“When the world is desperate for freedom, you reduce us to slavery with your insanity,” he added.The Independent described Bouteflika as a “bureaucrat”, rather than a National Liberation Front war hero. On Bouteflika’s involvement in the Algerian battle for independence led by the National Liberation Front, The Independent said that “his ‘independence’ battle was that of an official on the Moroccan border, not a fighter in the field.”“You are like all tyrants, Arab or not,” Daoud wrote. “One day, you will all be lynched, dead, sick or alive.” Bouteflika!”Earlier last month, after the 77-year-old Bouteflika said that he would run again, Algerian newspaper El Watan published an article titled “He dared!” in which it suggests that Bouteflika should win an Oscar for a new movie called “The Fourth Term.”© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

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French Store Sells Moroccan Babouches Made in China

New York – While the Moroccan government looks away and Moroccan members of the parliament fight each other to preserve their interests, they seem to be forgetting to discharge the mission they were elected for: fight for the interest of the Moroccan people and preserve their interests and their cultural heritage, including its handicraft.After the failure of the Moroccan government to register Argan Oil as a Moroccan brand, they failed to register another brand that belongs to Moroccan patrimony and its cultural heritage.As the Chinese and other countries are on the lookout for any opportunity to make money, they are making Moroccan Babouches, which are sold in French malls. Moroccan Babouch presented in a shop the heart of the Fez Medina. Photo by Morocco World NewsAs it was first reported by the Moroccan website Yabiladi, French shoes store La Halle aux Chuassures made its brand of Moroccan Babouche ‘made in China.”The same goes for many other items of Morocco’s rich and unique handicraft, which if ideally marketed and preserved, could bring millions of dollars of needed money to the Moroccan treasury and perhaps help rebalance its balance of payment.If this trend continues,  which is a highly likely scenario, it will threaten the livelihood of hundreds of thousands of Moroccans, especially in cities such as Fez and Marrakech whose inhabitants rely on handicraft.Featured photo courtesy of Yabiladi© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed read more

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Group ‘ASWAT’ Condemns ‘Secret Arrests of Homosexuals’ in Morocco

Rabat- As the International Day Against Homophobia gets closer, “ASWAT”, a group for sexual minorities, denounced “the secret arrest of homosexuals and lesbians” in Morocco.The group posted a communiqué on its Facebook page criticizing what they called “the continuous arrest of people because of their sexual orientations.”“There are certainly arrests and trials taking place in secret without the public knowing about them,” says the Aswat communiqué. The group said that two people (a Moroccan and a Senegalese) were sentenced to four and eight months in prison and were fined 500 dirhams and 1,000 dirhams respectively on February 26 in Marrakech.Less than twoweeks before the International Day Against Homophobia, held on May 17 every year, the group, whose motto is “Love is not a crime”, calls for the protection of the rights of homosexual minorities in the kingdom.The group demanded the abolition of Article 489 of the Criminal Code, which criminalizes “licentious acts against nature with an individual of the same sex.”Under Article 489 of the Moroccan Criminal Code, sexual acts between people of the same gender are punishable by between six months and three years in prison.Despite their religious tolerance, the overwhelming majority of Moroccans still hold conservative views regarding homosexuality.According to a survey conducted last year by the TNS Foundation for Moroccan magazine Telquel, 83 percent of Moroccans hold negative views on homosexuals. read more

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