APTN National NewsThe status of housing on First Nations across Canada is just a few years away from reaching epidemic levels says the Assembly of First Nations.“We’re on the brink of (an) epidemic,” said Kevin Hart, a regional chief with the AFN in Manitoba. “(If) there isn’t any real investments done immediately it will reach epidemic proportion in the next few years.”Hart held the AFN’s housing portfolio for years and estimates 175,000 houses are needed to immediately address shortages across the country.The federal government pegs the number much lower at about 21,000.“You can see we’re being set up for failure right off the bat,” said Hart in an interview with APTN Investigates reporter Melissa Ridgen that is airs Friday at 6:30 p.m. in her story: Housing Crisis Deconstructed.In Justin Trudeau’s first budget as prime minister he earmarked more than $8 billion in funding for Indigenous people. Many called it “historic” including AFN national chief Perry Bellegarde.A child plays on the floor of a room in Garden Hill.Just over $500 million of the 2016 budget was to go towards housing on First Nations.It may sound like a lot of money, but a closer look at the numbers show it doesn’t appear to buy many new homes.The money was spread out over two years and in 2016 the federal government was expected to build 300 homes with that money.“Buy lottery tickets,” said Charlie Angus, NDP MP for Timmins-James Bay. “You have a better chance of getting a house.”The money was also supposed to go towards servicing 340 lots, such as sewer hook ups, and renovate 1,400 homes according to statistics provided to Angus’ office last year. The government hopes to build, service and renovate the same amount in 2017.“I think Canadians are getting their eyes opened but what they probably find really hard to believe is that the government doesn’t make it a priority,” said Angus.Going by the government’s number of 21,000 new homes means Ottawa is addressing about three per cent of what it says is needed with the 2016 funding.If you go by the AFN’s the funding barely registers.APTN National News asked the Indigenous Affairs for basic statistics on housing, such as confirming the number of homes actually built in 2016, but has not received a response.Angus has tried to get deeper into the housing crisis by asking the Trudeau government for statistics on the number of houses built on every reserve over the last few years.The government wouldn’t provide them.An access to information request in 2016 came back almost completely redacted.“Canadian’s have to ask themselves what exactly department of Indian Affairs is doing when a simple request about the state of housing and housing plans is considered a state secret,” he said.“When they black out information about housing, or what they’re spending in schools. That tells me they’re lying to the Canadian people and that’s unacceptable. Canadians have a right to know.”The housing situation on First Nations has been given special attention by APTN National News this week in the series: A Roof Overhead.Stories have highlighted what families face in different parts of the country.Overcrowding is the way of life for Garden Hill First Nation in Manitoba.“My grandkids all sleep on the floor here as you can see,” said Sharon Beardy. “One mother with two little ones and my four grandkids just sleep anywhere. Anywhere possible on the floor.”The 3,500 residents share 500 homes.Three or four families can share one residence at a time.In Kitcisakik, an Anicinape First Nation five hours north of Montréal, it’s known for its third world living conditions.The community of 400 live without electricity, running or a sewage system.“A shower and toilet is what’s missing. That’s what the people in our community are always talking about it. They tell me they would like all those basic needs for their children,” Charlie Papatie told APTN reporter Danielle Rochette.The Quebec government has provided small amounts of money to renovate homes over the last several years and last year said it would provide an additional $2 million to help renovate more.Kitcisakik, an Anicinape First Nation five hours north of Montréal.Nunavut has faced a housing crisis since the territory was established in 1999.APTN reporter Kent Driscoll found that despite evidence that there is a housing in Iqaluit there is little being done about it.Fifty per cent of all homes in Nunavut are social housing – homes with subsidized rent for people who can’t afford it. Of those social units, 63 per cent are in need of major repairs.The wait list to get into those beat up homes is long. One in five of all Nunavut residents are on a waiting list for social housing.When you ask Iqaluit’s Joamie Lyta to explain just how many people live in her small apartment, she needs to stop and count on her fingers.“Let me count, there’s me, him, my son, my granddaughter, my grandson, my other granddaughter, my nephew, my other son. There’s nine of us,” explained the social housing resident in Iqaluit.Nine in the day time. At night she often adds two more to her over crowded home.“My other two brothers, they come to, to sleep at my house, they got no place to stay,” she said. “So sometimes there’s 11 or 12 in my house.”It sounds extreme, but for Nunavut, this isn’t the exception, it is the rule.Iqaluit, Nunavut.The federal government just announced in the 2017 budget it would fund $240 million over the next 11 years for housing in Nunavut but has been told the amount needed easily exceeds $2 billion.The Government of Nunavut is scheduled to build 202 housing units over the next two years, in 16 of Nunavut’s communities. Just to get caught up to the current wait list, you would have to build 3,580 homes for 10,500 people.Nunavut’s Housing Minister George Kuksuk turned down APTN’s request for an interview for this story. His staff said the minister was too busy.APTN reporter Charlotte Morritt-Jacobs reports on the lack of affordable housing in the Northwest Territories on the 6 p.m. national news.Like many places across Canada, there are a lot of families in need of support but little housing. On top of that people in territory face some of the highest costs of living in the email@example.com
Shirley McLean APTN NewsA massive fire in Whitehorse gutted a test salmon hatchery over Easter weekend, destroying thousands of fry and upsetting the Yukon’s efforts to restore salmon stocks.Yukon College, in partnership with First Nations salmon enhancement programs, was working to spawn chum and Chinook salmon in an incubation facility in McIntyre Creek. The fry would have been released later this spring into the Yukon River tributaries.But now, a charred out frame is all that’s left.Michael Vernon, spokesperson for Yukon College, says all 16,000 chum salmon fry were lost in the fire, plus about 25,000 to 30,000 Chinook salmon fry.Every year Chinook salmon will swim 3,000 kilometers from the Bering Sea to the mouth of the river to spawn.But the Yukon River has seen a steady decrease in salmon over the last decade.The damage from the fire is a huge setback for First Nations wanting to restore salmon spawning creeks.The Ta’an Kwäch’än council still has access to 1,200 salmon fry being reared in local Whitehorse schools – but it’s only a fraction of the amount.The Whitehorse fire department says the fire is not suspicious and most likely caused by the thawing of pipes with heat tape.Yukon College will continue to assess the damage.
Rabat – Moroccan authorities will deploy 100,000 members of the armed forces across the entire country on Wednesday to protect the New Year festivities from potential terrorist threats.The Kingdom of Morocco will enter a state of maximum security alert on Wednesday morning as a measure to guard the territory from any attacks on New Year’s Eve.“100,000 armed officers will be deployed throughout the kingdom to secure the New Year festivities,” Moroccan daily Assabah informed on its Wednesday issue. On Monday, the same source noted that Morocco figures among the list of countries threatened to be a target of ISIS’ chemical attacks on the evening of December 31.“Intelligence services of various European countries have published reports in which they detail ISIS’ plan to attack several capitals of countries that are members of the coalition against this organization,” Assabah revealed, citing that Morocco is among these countries.“Informed sources have sent firm instructions to all departments to mobilize as soon as Tuesday, December 29 at midnight, 100,000 officials from the military, national security, the Royal Gendarmerie and the Auxiliary Forces,” the daily said.This large mobilization will be reportedly deployed to critical locations in Morocco, including public areas, busy establishments, and tourist attractions, among others.To protect the country from any possible terrorist infiltration, security will be tightened around all national borders, the same source said.A command center has been set up within the General Staff of the Royal Armed Forces (FAR) to oversee the mobilization within the various armed forces, whether by land, air or sea.Morocco’s intelligence services, including the Moroccan General Directorate of National Security (DGNS), the General Directorate of Territorial Surveillance (DGST), the General Directorate of Studies and Documentation (DGED), and the Royal Gendarmerie, will work in cooperation with the FAR command center.“Instructions have been given to cancel all holidays and trips from officials of the military, national security and the royal gendarmerie,” the same source revealed.Members of so-called Islamic State have threatened to attack several countries during the New Year festivities. They have reportedly named their terrorist plan, “the conquest of the New Year!”The Central Bureau of Judiciary Investigations (BCIJ), a branch of the DGST, arrested nine “dangerous” criminals on December 11, who were active in several Moroccan cities and villages (Kenitra, Sale, Kasbah Tadla, Douar Ghram Laalam, Ait Ishaq).The nine-member terrorist cell was allegedly planning to carry out similar attacks to those in Paris on November 13.
On the markets at midafternoon (ET):In Toronto, the S&P/TSX composite index was up 87.72 points to 15,561.84.The Dow Jones industrial average was up 20.11 points to 22,304.43.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index was up 5.67 points to 2,502.51.The Nasdaq composite index was up 58.67 points to 6,438.83.The Canadian dollar was trading at 80.43 cents US, down from Tuesday’s average price of 80.84 cents US.
DEER PARK, Texas — The cleanup of millions of gallons of waste and polluted water is far from over four months after a large fire burned for days at a Houston-area petrochemical storage site.The Houston Chronicle reports that Intercontinental Terminals Company, the facility’s owner, must abide by a 31-page management plan that underscores how waste is sampled and identified, stored and discarded.The March 17 fire at the company’s Deer Park site, located southeast of Houston, triggered air quality warnings. More than 21 million gallons of potentially hazardous waste and contaminated water have since been collected from the tank farm and Houston Ship Channel.The Harris County District Attorney’s Office filed water pollution charges in April against Intercontinental Terminals Company, alleging the fire caused chemicals to flow into a nearby waterway.___Information from: Houston Chronicle, http://www.houstonchronicle.comThe Associated Press
Port Dover is the latest community in Norfolk to face a moratorium on new development due to capacity issues involving water and sewer.In Port Dover’s case, the concern is the county’s ability to produce and store treated water versus its ability to satisfy peak periods of demand.The shortfall is the subject of a staff report that will be tabled at Tuesday’s meeting of Norfolk council. The report recommends a hold on new development applications requiring water service until these capacity issues are addressed.Norfolk Mayor Kristal Chopp, for one, will support the move.“This issue has been building in magnitude for years now, and the health and safety of our residents needs to be our first priority,” Chopp said Friday in a news release.“We need to be the council that deals with difficult issues such as this one. Staff have made this a priority and are hard at work finding solutions — both short-term and long-term.“I hope my colleagues around the council table will join me in working to fix this situation quickly so we can get back to business as usual in Port Dover.”Chopp alluded to the urgency of the situation in early May during the annual state-of-the-county address in Renton.She told a breakfast meeting of the Simcoe and District Chamber of Commerce May 8 that capacity issues in Port Dover – Norfolk’s fastest growing community — are among the biggest challenges facing the county.Chopp said Norfolk has the capacity to treat 2,454 cubic metres of water a day in Port Dover, which itself has the capacity to draw 4,579 cubic metres at peak demand.“That is less than 50 per cent (capacity),” Chopp told the chamber. “It is a nightmare. This is the Dover issue that keeps me up at night, not the Misner Dam.”Norfolk has been here before. In recent years, holds on new development applications have been imposed while the county addressed water- and wastewater-treatment issues in Simcoe, Waterford and Port Rowan.The situation in Waterford was recently resolved, allowing the long-delayed Villages of Waterford subdivision in the north end of town to proceed.The proposed moratorium will not affect the subdivision projects already underway in Port Dover. It would, however, delay proposals that are not yet registered, have not received site plan approval or where construction has yet to begin. These projects will be dealt with on a “case-by-case” basis.“The municipality is obligated to have servicing capacities in operation before making commitments for developments,” the staff report to council says.“The county cannot over-commit the plants that provide potable and wastewater servicing. Over-committing is not sustainable and may result in constructing treatment capacities that are never used or not used until late in the treatment plant planning period.”The report and its recommendations will be tabled at Tuesday’s meeting of Norfolk council.The meeting begins in the council chamber at Governor Simcoe Square at 3 p.m. The public is welcome to attend.MSonnenberg@postmedia.com
Addressing the opening of the 165th session of the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) in Rome, Directory-General José Graziano da Silva cautioned that famine – which is threatening those countries as a result of drought and ongoing conflict – will leave many dead and rip apart societies. “Famine does not just kill people. It contributes to social instability and also perpetuates a cycle of poverty and aid dependency that endures for decades,” Mr. de Silva told the FAO Council. Comprised of 49 elected countries, the FAO Council convenes between sessions to provide advice and oversight related to programs and the budget. As part of the week-long Council, members will be briefed on the extent of the conditions in the countries facing famine, and in the case of South Sudan, where famine has already been declared in parts of the country. Mr. de Silva also cautioned about family farmers and rural communities in the Lake Chad Basin, where people feel “hopeless” as they struggle with the impacts of climate change, related droughts, and the lack of public investment and opportunities for youth. “If we do not support these people, they will have no option other than to join local militias or movements of distress migration,” the Director-General said.Approval of projects and budgetThe Council is also tasked with approving FAO’s Programme of Work and Budget for the years 2018 and 2019. The budget prioritizes areas where FAO can deliver “the greatest impact greatest impact to Member countries to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, including climate change mitigation and adaptation, sustainable agriculture production, water scarcity management, and building the resilience of poor family farmers,” according to a press release. Food and agriculture are central to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and FAO’s work is projected to contribute to the achievement of 15 of the 17 Goals.“This full alignment has been possible because of the centrality of food and agriculture to the sustainable development agenda 2030,” Mr. da Silva said.Council will also discuss a new scale of assessed contributions, which are the annual payments made by member countries to FAO.
The Archbishop of Canterbury has told Church of England leaders that their failure to deal with child sexual abuse is “a knife in our soul”.Speaking at the opening of the General Synod in York on Friday, the Most Rev Justin Welby told an audience of hundreds of synod members that there is much more progress to be made in the wake of the safeguarding scandal.He said that “every time the Archbishop of York or I see another case where there’s a falling short of our response, it is a knife in our soul”.The Archbishop of Canterbury, along with Dr John Sentamu, are due to give evidence at the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) later this week.The Archbishops are the two most senior members of the Church of England. Previous findings from IICSA have already concluded that the Church’s response to sexual abuse allegations was “marked by secrecy”. This investigation into the Anglican Church is currently assessing the appropriateness of safeguarding and child-protection policies and practices.It is also considering the adequacy of the Past Cases Review of the Church of England and the Historic Cases Review of the Church in Wales.In his comments, at Synod on Monday, the Archbishop of Canterbury – who conducted the christening of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s son, Archie – was responding to a request for time to debate safeguarding. However, he said that it would be more appropriate to wait until the conclusion of IICSA. “We speak from the heart, every time,” he said.”We have to have processes and procedures. There’s no magic wand. We have to have rules.”There’s no shortcut. But we do that because we are so grievously ashamed of what has happened in this Church over the years.”We do that because it comes from the heart and that because we seek to change the culture.”And every time the Archbishop of York or I see another case where there’s a falling short of our response, it is a knife in our soul.”There are many survivors here in the Synod. Some known, some who’ve never felt they wanted to or were able to speak. There are many survivors among the bishops. They speak from the heart. And from grief.”IICSA will continue to hear evidence from victims and survivors as well as Church leaders and safeguarding experts later this month.’We are grievously ashamed of what has happened in this Church over the years… and seek to change the culture’. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Australian engineering company Monadelphous Group has secured contracts with a combined value of A$100 million in the aluminium, coal and iron ore markets with major customers BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto. The majority of the contracts are in central Queensland. In a first for the company, Monadelphous will be working on two dragline shutdowns for the BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) at its Blackwater coal mine in the Bowen Basin in central Queensland. Also in the Bowen Basin, the company has been awarded a contract to fabricate and construct a radial stacker for BMA’s Peak Downs coal mine.In Gladstone, central Queensland, Monadelphous has been awarded a package of work to install an Automated Alumina Delivery System and associated infrastructure as part of Rio Tinto’s Boyne Smelter Development Project.The company has also received a notice of award from Rio Tinto for construction of a Coal Handling Preparation Plant (CHPP) and associated coal handling plant as part of its Clermont mine project.In Western Australia, Monadelphous has been awarded a contract with BHP Billiton Iron Ore for structural and mechanical pre-works at Nelson Point as part of its Rapid Growth Project 6.All projects are scheduled for completion in the second half of calendar 2009, except for the work at Boyne Smelter which at this stage is expected to end in second half of calendar 2010.Commenting on the new contracts Monadelphous Managing Director Rob Velletri said: “We are especially pleased to be working for BMA as this is our first dragline maintenance contract outside the Hunter Valley and a major milestone in the achievement of our coal market growth strategy in the Bowen Basin.”
FINE GAEL TD Tom Hayes has been appointed as the new Minister of State for Food, Horticulture and Food Safety.The appointment of the Tipperary South TD as a junior minister at the Department of Agriculture follows this morning’s Cabinet meeting.Hayes succeeds Shane McEntee in the post following his party colleague’s sudden death last December.“Tom Hayes has a deep understanding of the agriculture sector and I am confident that this, along with his political and farming experience, will equip him very well for this important and challenging role,” Taoiseach Enda Kenny said today.Hayes himself added: “I am delighted and honoured to have this opportunity to serve as Minister of State. I look forward to working closely with Minister Simon Coveney and other Government colleagues on the continued development of these very important sectors.”The appointment of Hayes comes as a bit of a surprise to those who have followed matters closely in recent months with party colleagues Andrew Doyle, who chairs the agriculture committee, and Damien English, who ran the by-election for McEntee’s vacant seat, considered favourites.Under legislation concerning the appointment of junior ministers, the Taoiseach makes a nomination to the Cabinet which then approves this choice as happened this morning.Hayes has previously served as chairman of the Fine Gael parliamentary party and was the party’s deputy spokesperson on transport with responsibility for road safety in the months prior to the 2011 general election.He has been a TD in Tipperary South since 2001 when he was elected following the death of Theresa Ahearn. He previously served four years in the Seanad.Previously: Doyle confirms interest but still no decision on junior agriculture ministerRead: FG’s Helen McEntee retains father’s seat in Meath East by-election
SEATTLE — After a third inmate in three months was accidentally released from jail, King County Executive Dow Constantine says he has appointed an outside investigator to review the county’s inmate-release policies at facilities in Seattle and Kent.The Seattle Times reports the latest incident involved what jail officials called the “inadvertent release” of Marc-Eugene Larson.He is accused of shooting two men and had been jailed since February on two counts of assault.Court and jail records say after a week of freedom, Larson was re-arrested Monday jailed in lieu of $500,000 bail.Spokesman Alex Fryer says the review will include examining how court documents are processed and release procedures followed by the commitment officer, the release officer and sergeant that oversees the process.The investigator will also provide recommendations on best practices for inmate processing and release.
All lanes on state Highway 14 have reopened after a multiple-vehicle crash blocked westbound traffic at the Camas Slough Bridge.Washington State Department of Transportation officials say that motorists should expect major delays in the area and advise people to take an alternate route if they can. No official detour has been set up, but motorists can use Southeast Union Street and Southeast Sixth Avenue. No more information was immediately available.
Volkswagen’s apprentices sure do have a lot of fun. Earlier this month, we learned that a group of ’em came together to build a drivable cutaway of the electric e-Golf. Now, they’ve built two monster concept cars for a big GTI gathering in Wörthersee.Volkswagen on Wednesday unveiled two concepts alongside their official debut at the Wörthersee festival in Germany. The cars occupy two very different segments, but the end result is the same — a concept car putting out some decent power while packing some interesting secrets. Let’s take a look at each. Share your voice Tags Review • 2019 Volkswagen Arteon review: VW’s CC followup is more than just a carbon copy Preview • 2019 Volkswagen Arteon first drive: Flagship fastback feels familiar More From Roadshow Volkswagen Audi Volkswagen 2019 Volkswagen Arteon: Meet VW’s new stylish flagship Concept Cars Wagons Performance Cars Hatchbacks Auto Tech 4:18 1 Now playing: Watch this: 2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI first drive: Long live the sport sedan 2019 Volkswagen Arteon first drive: Flagship fastback feels familiar Golf GTI Aurora The VW Golf GTI Aurora concept is the brainchild of apprentices working at Volkswagen’s Wolfsburg facility. This one is much techier than the second concept, but both are built for performance. Under the hood of the GTI Aurora is a 2.0-liter gasoline inline-4 putting out 380 horsepower. It’s mated to a seven-speed transmission and borrows its Nardo Gray primary paint color from Audi. The concept was designed digitally. From the outside, it’s quite the monster, and that’s saying nothing of its eye-catching vinyl design. There’s a large front splitter with stanchions connecting to the grille, while out back there’s a wing that’s about as wide as the GTI Aurora itself.The real clever bits are hidden in the cargo area, though. Flip up the tailgate, and in addition to a roll cage and a custom subwoofer mount, you’ll find a hologram generator. VW claims that the hologram interface is what connects people to the car’s sound system, and that it truly does “float” above the hologram module, but I will hold my breath on that claim, as I have yet to see a video of the system in action. Nevertheless, if VW really did pull this off, that’s wild.Enlarge ImageAll the frou-frou stuff about the holograms aside, this concept looks pretty wicked. Volkswagen Golf Estate R FighteR Over in Europe, those lucky ducks get a Golf R version of the SportWagen, known over there as the Estate or Variant. This one is even wilder than that, with its 2.0-liter engine tuned to produce a proper 400 horsepower, which is routed to all four wheels through a seven-speed transmission. While the Aurora was made by apprentices in Wolfsburg, this one is the creation of three factories: Zwickau, Chemnitz and Gläserne. Wider fenders give the FighteR a beefier stance, while lights mounted on the roof and in the grille offer a hint about the FighteR’s future purpose — it’ll act as a safety car for the Sachsenring racing circuit. Just like the GTI Aurora, the FighteR uses Audi’s Nardo Gray as its primary paint color. Inside, there’s an interior decked in full leather and Alcantara suede. Don’t worry, there’s a tech angle here, too. Tucked away on the roof is a 360-degree camera system that VW used to record a hot lap around the Sachsenring. Wörthersee attendees will be able to watch the lap inside the vehicle using VR glasses, giving them a better idea of what it’s like when a 400-hp, AWD battle wagon takes to the track.Enlarge ImageI love everything about this, and so should you. Volkswagen VW’s Wörthersee concepts are high-tech performers Comment News • 2019 Volkswagen Arteon is pricey, starting from $36,840 12 Photos More about 2019 Volkswagen Arteon 2019 VW Golf GTI Rabbit review: The best daily driver gets better
New Delhi: All eyes are on The International Court of Justice that will deliver on Wednesday its verdict on Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav, sentenced to death for alleged espionage by a Pakistani military court. The ICJ is expected to pronounce its verdict on Jadhav, 48, a retired Indian naval officer, at around 6.30 p.m. Indian time. A 13-member delegation from Pakistan, led by its Attorney General Anwar Mansoor, is at The Hague. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us Pakistan Foreign Office (FO) spokesperson Muhammad Faisal is also part of the Pakistani delegation that arrived at The Hague on Tuesday. According to a July 4 press release from the ICJ, on Wednesday, July 17, 2019, “A public sitting will take place at 3 p.m. at the Peace Palace in The Hague, during which Judge Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf, President of the Court, will read the Court’s decision.” Also Read – CBI carrying out surprise checks at 150 government departments Advertise With Us Pakistan says it arrested Jadhav in Balochistan province in 2016. However, India says he was kidnapped from Iran, where he was running a business. In 2017, a Pakistani military court declared Jadhav guilty of terrorism and espionage and sentenced him to death. India approached the ICJ for mediation in the case. The ICJ asked Pakistan to hold off the execution till it reaches its final verdict in the case. Advertise With Us In December 2017, Jadhav’s mother and wife travelled to meet him, but their interaction was across a glass barrier and through a telephone. Jadhav’s responses during the interaction also came across as stilted and tutored. India has accused Islamabad of violating the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations by not allowing consular access to Jadhav. India has sought annulment of Jadhav’s death sentence and his immediate release, saying the verdict failed to satisfy even the minimum standards of due process. In February this year, the world court held a four-day public hearing during which both India and Pakistan submitted their detailed pleas and responses. India based its case on two broad issues — breach of Vienna Convention on consular access and the process of resolution. India has urged the ICJ to annul Jadhav’s death sentence, saying the verdict by a Pakistani military court was based on a “farcical case” and failed to satisfy even the minimum standards of due process. Pakistan has maintained that since Jadhav is an Indian spy who illegally entered Pakistan, he was not entitled to consular access. A month after his arrest, Pakistan released a video of Jadhav’s “confession” of being a spy for the Indian intelligence agency, RAW. In the video, Jadhav said he had been indulging in various activities in Karachi and Balochistan at the behest of Research and Analysis Wing (RAW). India rejected the video calling it doctored and fake. India would be hoping for a favourable verdict in the case.
Nizamabad: The Bonalu festival symbolises worship of nature, said District Collector MRR Rao while inaugurating the celebrations along with Zilla Parishad chairman Dadannagari Vithalrao in the city on Friday.The Bonela celebrations were organised under the auspices of TNGOs at Jai Bhawani Durgamata Temple located near the Collectorate. Bonam pots were brought in procession from the Amman Temple to the Collector’s Office. The Collector and the chairman addressed the people after puja. The Collector greeted the people of the district on the occasion. Also Read – Hyderabad: Intermediate student dies of cardiac arrest in class Advertise With Us Every festival has a purpose and all the festivals in India are organised according to culture and traditions, said the Collector adding that the Bonala festival also has a purpose, that is the worship of nature. Offering a meal to the Goddess Bonam means offering meals. He said that scientific matters are hidden in the attire, such as wearing neem branches. Also Read – Vemulawada school seized after road accident Advertise With Us State TNGOs president Karam Ravinder Reddy, State secretary general Rajender, District Revenue Officer Anjaya, DRDO Ramesh, District SC Welfare Officer Sasikala, District Woman and Child Welfare Officer Sravanthi CPO Sriramulu, TNGO president Kishan, Revenue Association president Ramana Reddy and other officers participated in the celebrations. Advertise With Us Song By Bikshu Naik | Bonam Gaanam | hmtv Music00:09/01:05 LIVE00:00AdvertisementNext Video×Song By Bikshu Naik | Bonam Gaanam | hmtv Music00:00/02:48 LIVE00:00Loading Ad Next Video×
Jet Airways is reeling under a debt pile of 81.5 billion rupees ($1.2 billion). Bloated costs, surging fuel prices and a weaker rupee are hurting Jet Airways. Peers such as SpiceJet and Indigo had reported impressive profits during the same period.According to recent reports, the rescue of Jet Airways now hinged on the exit of promoter Naresh Goyal, which would facilitate infusion of capital by potential suitors like Etihad or the Tata Group. ReutersQatar Airways’ flashy CEO said on Tuesday he won’t invest in Jet Airways as the Indian carrier is backed by an ‘enemy’ state.”We would definitely look at it (Jet Airways) if a 24 percent stake was not held by Etihad … How can I take a stake in an airline which is owned by our adversary,” he asked, according to Reuters.Etihad Airways, Abu Dhabi’s flagship carrier, has a 24 percent stake in Naresh Goyal-controlled Jet Airways. The debt laden Indian carrier has long been scouting for suitors and investors.Etihad itself had shown interest in raising stake in the Indian full service carrier, but had reportedly sought a controlling stake. Goyal, who started the airline in 1993, and holds half the equity stake in the company, had buffeted the idea initially.Both Etihad and Qatar Airways are promoted by cash rich Gulf Arab emirates, though Qatar Airways swung to losses last year after Qatar was placed under a blockade by neighbouring countries including the United Arab Emirates. Stewardesses from Jet Airways (L) and Etihad Airways listen to a news conference by Naresh Goyal, chairman of Jet Airways and James Hogan, chief executive of Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways, (both not seen) during a news conference in New Delhi July 23, 2014.Reuters fileSaudi Arabia, Egypt, UAE and Bahrain alleged that Qatar was financing terrorism and siding with the Gulf Arabs’ arch foe, Iran.Qatar denied all charges but the financial embargo left biting impact on the tiny peninsular nation rich with natural gas reserves.Al-Baker, who presided over the growth of Qatar Airways as one of the best-rated airlines in the world, said his company was still interested in Indian carriers.There have been reports that Qatar Airways was looking at a stake in India’s leading domestic carrier IndiGo. It has also been reported that Qatar Airways was looking at launching a fully owned airline in India.However, Al-Baker has categorically dismissed the possibility of the Doha-based carrier investing in Jet. “But not in an airline where substantial ownership is by the enemy of the country,” he said.
The murder rate in Baltimore continues on a record pace. The city with a population of about 620,000 residents has more homicides than New York, with a population of 8.5 million people. The Mod Squad, Taya Graham and Stephen Janis of the Real News Network report on the lack of cogent political policy in response to the rising violence. Plus, reporting on Baltimore’s rising homeless population. What happens to the city’s most vulnerable population when the weather turns cold?These stories today on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes.
(Click to see full-size)Many of us are still recovering from the Sony hack that had the PlayStation Network down for weeks. Nathan Yau, a PhD candidate in statistics, posted an interesting infographic on his site FlowingData that puts the largest data breaches of all time into perspective. Although it might have felt like the Sony breach was the biggest breach in the world, it was actually only the fourth largest.So, what was the Top 3 that beat out Sony? Check them out below:Heartland Payment Systems: Hacked January 20, 2009 Heartland Payment Systems is the fifth largest credit card processor in the U.S. and the ninth in the world. Heartland announced on Jan. 20, 2009 that its systems had been broken into in late 2008. The company lost 130 million records. The data stolen included the information encoded onto the magnetic stripe on the back of credit and debit cards. The hackers used that information to create counterfeit credit cards by imprinting the same stolen data onto fabricated cards.Heartland agreed to pay up to $60 million in 2010 to fund a program to settle claims against banks whose customers’ credit cards were compromised in the breach. Computer hacker Albert Gonzalez was indicted in August 2009 for masterminding the attack.TJX Companies: Hacked January 17, 2007TJX Companies Inc. is the largest international clothes and home fashions discount department store chain in the U.S. Marshalls and T.J. Maxx are the two biggest stores owned by TJX Companies. On Jan. 17, 2007 TJX announced its computer systems had been hacked. In mid-December of 2006, the company discovered that its computer systems had been hacked and customer data had been stolen. The hackers gained access to 94 million accounts that had credit and debit card information, and check and merchandise return transactions. In addition to the Heartland hack, Gonzalez was the alleged ringleader of the TJX attack as well. He was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison on March 25, 2010.TRW: Hacked June 1, 1984The top 2 hacks happened within the past four years, but the third largest data breach happened way back in 1984 with TRW, an American corporation involved in aerospace, automotive, and credit reporting. TRW Information Services was a credit bureau that transmitted information like credit histories, employment records, bankruptcies, loan delinquencies, and social security numbers, via telephone. Banks and department stores were among some of the 24,000 subscribers. Hackers broke into TRW’s system stealing 90 million people’s credit card histories.That brings us to our fourth largest data breach of all time: Sony’s PlayStation Network hack that leaked 77 million user’s information on April 26, 2011. That’s about half the size of the Heartland Payment hack. So, if you put things in perspective, this hack really wasn’t that bad.Yau created a timeline of all of Sony’s data breaches this year, starting with the April 26th event and ending with a June 4th breach in Europe where 120 usernames, plain text passwords, mobile phone numbers, and emails were leaked. The second largest breach this year from Sony came just weeks after the first when 24.6 million Sony Online Entertainment customers’ dates of birth, email addresses, and phone numbers were stolen.Let’s hope this is the end of any data breach problems for Sony. Judging by the infographic above, the company has already had its fair share of issues this year.Read more at FlowingData and Reuters, additional background information from Wikipedia (1,2) and DataLossdb
Stay on target Geeksplainer: ‘Swamp Thing’Geeksplainer: Everything You Need to Know About ‘Captain Marvel’ A key tenet of geek culture is knowledge – we judge and are judged based on our encyclopedic knowledge of games, sci-fi, comics, anime, collectibles and more. But it’s impossible for one human being to know everything, no matter how many chips you get put in your brain. That’s where we come in. With this series of “Geeksplainers,” we’ll give you everything you need to know to get up to speed on some of the most complicated, intense subjects in the pop culture universe. No longer will you have to fake it in conversations until you have time to run to the bathroom and engage in a 45 minute Wikipedia session. Let us be your guide, now and forever.This installment: DC released a preview of Doomsday Clock so it’s time to bring you up to speed on one of the most important comics of the 1980s – Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’s Watchmen.What Is Watchmen?Originally published by DC Comics monthly as a 12 issue limited series in 1986 and 1987, Watchmen is an alternate universe story where costumed crimefighters began to appear in the 1940s. The book examines the realistic repercussions of that concept. Set in 1985, the story starts with the death of one of those heroes, the Comedian. Spoilers ahead – his death was part of a conspiracy by another hero, Ozymandias, the self-proclaimed smartest man on Earth. His end goal was to ensure world peace by simulating a massive catastrophe made to look like an alien invasion. Standing in his way are a few other retired crimefighters who ferret out his intentions too late to do anything about them.Why Was It A Big Deal?Moore wanted to create “a superhero Moby Dick; something that had that sort of weight, that sort of density.” Most superhero comics of the 80s were light, disposable, designed to be purchased by children from spinner racks at convenience stores and just as quickly disposed of. DC started experimenting in the 80s with comics designed for the “direct market” – basically stores that just sold comic books – with nicer paper, better printing and more mature themes. Watchmen, along with Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns, were the first huge direct market hits. It’s not an exaggeration to say that every superhero comic since has been inspired by it in one way or another.Who Are The Main Characters?Alan Moore was originally intending to cast the book with heroes and villains from Charlton Comics, which DC acquired in 1985. However, the editorial team had plans for some of them, forcing the writer to come up with stand-ins. Masked vigilante the Question became Rorschach. Gadget-toting do-gooder Blue Beetle became Nite Owl, and radioactive superhuman Captain Atom turned into Dr. Manhattan. The primary antagonist, Ozymandias, is a millionaire industrialist who hung up his costume and went public when the other heroes retired, believing that the world needed more help than punching crooks on the street.You Can Buy Comic Book Characters?One difference between the DC universe and the Marvel one is that DC has a history of purchasing other publishers and absorbing their intellectual property. They bought Fawcett in 1973 and got Shazam and the Marvel Family, and did the same with Charlton, Wildstorm and others. But instead of keeping these heroes and villains in their own fictional universes, DC chooses to fold them into their fictional history, which can be pretty confusing. The Charlton heroes mostly got their own titles in the mid-80s, with Blue Beetle becoming a cornerstone of Giffen and DeMatteis’s defining JLA run, so it’s not surprising that DC would deny Moore.Who Owns Watchmen?Here’s where things get weird. Because the characters Moore and Gibbons created were technically new, they didn’t want to sign a contract that gave rights to DC. The parties eventually settled on a “revision clause,” that stipulated the creators would own the book after it was out of print for 365 days. Needless to say, DC has never let the book lapse (and it’s sold millions of copies, so they never will). For several decades, they were content to keep milking that cash cow as long as they could, but with the industry’s downturn in the 21st century that changed.How Was The Movie?Well, it was directed by Zack Snyder, so that should answer that question for most of you. Nerds have talked about a movie adaptation of Watchmen since the original series wrapped up. 20th Century Fox bought the rights in 1986, and for quite some time Terry Gilliam was attached to the project. In 2001, David “Solid Snake” Hayter was brought in to write and direct, and in 2004 terrifyingly the film was given to Michael Bay! Snyder ended up with it after his work on 300 impressed Warner Brothers execs. The film released in March of 2009 and saw a big opening weekend and a huge dropoff in the second week -one of the highest ever for a major comic book film. In hindsight, it misses most of what makes the comic special, instead transforming it into another gritty, wet “mature” superhero movie.What Happened Next?DC was happy to just keep publishing trade paperbacks of Watchmen, but eventually they decided that more money could be made. The Snyder movie was a big way to do that – and sales of the book boomed that year – but profit must be obeyed. In 2012, DC released Before Watchmen, a series of 37 (!) prequel comics by top talents like Darwyn Cooke, Brian Azzarello, and Adam Hughes. This didn’t come without precedent – Moore and Gibbons had talked with DC about the possibility back in 1985 – but they decided against it. The company offered Moore the rights back if he would agree to the prequels, but he refused and they did them anyways. Nice! Moore publicly dissed the books, rightfully claiming that what makes Watchmen special is that it stands on its own, and adding prequels to it just dilutes its power.What Is The Doomsday Clock?Before Watchmen was mostly unnecessary, despite having some top-tier talent attached. The books sold decently but didn’t really set the world on fire. However, DC didn’t learn a lesson and, in the wake of the Flashpoint and Rebirth events that tried to clean up the company’s 80+ years of continuity, they dropped a page with Batman finding the blood-stained smiley face button that is one of Watchmen‘s most recognizable symbols. Instead of existing in a separate fictional reality, Moore and Gibbons’ 12 issues are now part of the mainline DC universe. Doomsday Clock is a 12 issue miniseries that starts in November and brings us to the world of Watchmen right after the original ended.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
Two persons including a five-year-old girl were killed, as 15 others suffered burn injuries after a major fire broke out in the wee hours in Outer Delhi’s Mangolpuri area.Three brothers lived with their families in a three-storey building in close proximity and all the three residences were gutted in the incident.The fire initiated from the house of Deen Dayal, in which his five-year-old daughter Gayatri and his sister-in-law Surekha (28) were killed. Deen Dayal’s mother – Maya and brother, Bhupender suffered severe burn injuries and they have been referred to Safdarjung Hospital for treatment. Those injured, include four children. Also Read – Company director arrested for swindling Rs 345 croreThe other severely injured are being treated at Sanjay Gandhi Memorial Hospital; however, some of them were discharged after first aid. “We have registered a case under Section 304A IPC (causing death by negligence) in this connection and further investigations are on,” said a senior police official.According to the fire department, the fire broke out around 3.38 am, following which 10 fire tenders were rushed to the spot.“The cause of fire seems to be a short circuit. The families used to make mats at their house; the sparks fell on the raw material stashed in the residences, causing the fire to spread quickly,” he added. Also Read – Man who cheated 20 women on matrimonial websites arrestedMeanwhile, Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited (TPDDL) offered deep condolences and sympathies to the families of the deceased and those injured in the accident. “It seems that the fire incident broke out due to unauthorised storage of inflammable wooden mesh in the area. TPDDL safety team officials reached the spot within 10-15 minutes of the incident and helped in relief and rescue,” said Ajay Maharaj, dead of department, corporate communication.He further added that TPDDL’s team has checked the location and confirmed that the fire did not break out due to any fault in TPDDL’s network. However, the exact cause of fire could not be ascertained then.