Jose Mourinho will manage the England team alongside Sam Allardyce with Claudio Ranieri taking charge of the Rest of The World for this year’s 10th anniversary of Soccer Aid.The two star-studded squads will once again go head to head in what promises to be another electrifying match on Sunday 5th June, broadcast live on ITV from Manchester United’s legendary Old Trafford Stadium, all in aid of UNICEF, the world’s leading children’s organisation.Jose Mourinho says: “I want to be the first one to win the Soccer Aid trophy for both teams, England and the Rest of the World. Sam and I will make a very good partnership and it will be a great feeling for Claudio to finally lose a match! I hope the organisers can help me now with an English passport!!”Claudio Ranieri adds: “Soccer Aid is a fantastic event, raising money for an amazing children’s charity in Unicef. For Soccer Aid’s 10th anniversary, it is a great honour that Robbie Williams has asked me to manage the Rest of the World XI and I’m looking forward to helping them defend their title!”Joining Jose Mourinho and Sam Allardyce will be assistant manager and Unicef UK Ambassador Robbie Williams, with Bradley Walsh, once again on hand as the morale boosting coach. England’s celebrities this year are One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson, pop star Olly Murs, TV and Heart FM presenter Mark Wright, pop star and presenter Marvin Humes; comedian Paddy McGuinness, Jonathan Wilkes, GMB’s Ben Shephard, comedians Jack Whitehall and John Bishop with TV and Heart FM presenter Jamie Theakston in goal.Claudio Ranieri’s Rest of the World team includes; Unicef UK Ambassador and Captain Michael Sheen, Michelin-starred Chef Gordon Ramsay, pop star and presenter Nicky Byrne plus Kiss FM and ITV’s Bang on the Money presenter Rickie Haywood-Williams.The tenth anniversary match promises to be bigger, better and bolder than ever before, as the world’s biggest stars from sport, music, television and film play in a jaw-dropping game to raise money and vital support for Unicef’s work for children in danger.Soccer Aid is the brainchild of Robbie Williams and Jonathan Wilkes and 100% of all public donations will go towards supporting the vital work of Unicef. The money raised through profits from ticket sales will add to the incredible £17 million that has already been raised for Unicef to help provide children life-saving food, vaccines and clean water, as well as protecting them from violence, exploitation and abuse.The biennial live event will be hosted by Soccer Aid veteran Dermot O’Leary with Sky Sports News presenter Kirsty Gallacher once again pitch side to report on all the action as it happens.This will be the sixth Soccer Aid event, with previous matches held at Wembley in 2008 and at Old Trafford in 2006, 2010, 2012 and 2014 raising over £17 million in total for Unicef.Soccer Aid’s Social Media campaign can be followed on Facebook at ‘Soccer Aid’ and @SoccerAid on Twitter and Instagram, also using the hashtag #SoccerAidTickets now on sale for Soccer Aid 2016, call 0845 456 2016 or visit manutd.com/socceraid.Booking fee applies. Calls charged at 0.75p per minute plus your phone company’s access charge.Go to www.unicef.org.uk/socceraid to find out more.
Facebook “British Columbia has established itself as the destination of choice for incoming international film and TV production,” said Prem Gill, CEO, Creative BC. “Likewise, it is essential for us to provide our own BC-based producers,directors and creators the means to leverage their expertise internationally and develop our external networks.”The Project Development Fund provides non-recoupable advances for BC-based production companies to develop film, television or digital media content. While the current Fund typically covers approximately 50per cent of the broadcaster and third-party commitment, co-development funding for The Gulliver Curse will explore opportunities as a pilot with a funding cap of $30,000 (matched by the Irish Film Board).“Ambitious, international co-productions are a key part of Omnifilm’s export-driven development strategy,” confirms Omnifilm partner Brian Hamilton. “We are tremendously excited to be working with this talented team to develop The Gulliver Curse as a high-budget, character-driven action-adventure series which will resonate worldwide.”The Gulliver Curse is an action adventure series based on the novel by Jonathan Swift, and follows Gulliver Sympson who opens a passageway to an alternate universe, bringing strange and supernatural perils into the world. The series will be filmed in Ireland, while visual effects and post-production will be completed in B.C. Login/Register With: About the Project Development FundThe Project Development Fund provides non-recoupable advances to BC based production companies who meet the eligibility criteria outlined in the Program Guidelines. The funds advanced must be used to develop film, television or digital media content which a broadcaster, distributor orother eligible triggering agent has committed, in writing, to advance cash for the current phase of development.About Creative BCCreative BC is an independent agency created and supported by the Province of BC to sustain and help grow BC’s creative sector (film and television, digital and interactive media, music, and magazine and book publishing industries). The agency delivers a wide range of programs and services to expand BC’s creative economy. These include the administration of the provincial government’s tax credit programs for film and television; development funding and export marketing support; and motion picture production services to attract inward investment and market BC as a destination for domestic and international production. The agency acts as an industry catalyst and ambassador to help BC’s creative sector reach its economic and creative potential both at home and globally.Stay up to date with initiatives from Creative BC.Twitter: @creativebcsFacebook: /creativebcsInstagram: @creativebcsWebsite: www.creativebc.comAbout OmnifilmOmnifilm Entertainment is a leading independent Canadian content company. Since 1979 Omnifilm has produced and distributed hundreds of hours of award-winning programming including drama, comedy, factual and lifestyle series, documentaries, and children’s programming. Current productions include: Season 2 of live-action adventure series MECH-X4 for Disney XD, Wild Bear Rescue for Animal Planet, and Season 3 of Jade Fever for Discovery Canada. Omnifilm’s recent scripted series include: Arctic Air (CBC); Primeval: New World (CTV/Space, SyFy Channel, ProSieben, and UKTV); Defying Gravity (ABC, CTV-Space, ProSieben, and BBC); Dragon Boys (CBC); and Robson Arms (CTV). One of Omnifilm’s earliest dramas, the Emmy-nominated Odyssey, featured a young Ryan Reynolds in one of his first starring roles. On the non-scripted side, multiple award-winning documentary series Ice Pilots NWT is currently airing on History Canada, Discovery UK, and in 61 other countries worldwide. Based in Vancouver, Omnifilm Entertainment is a vertically-integrated content company handling development, production and post-production, delivery, and distribution of its brands on both traditional television and digital/VOD platforms.About SuboticaSubotica is one of Ireland’s leading film and TV production companies, with a proven track record of collaborating with industry best including Oscar and Bafta winners to create acclaimed international cinema. Subotica’s most recent productions include Unless (Alan Gilsenan, 2015) starring Catherine Keener and well received at TIFF this year, the beautiful Danish co-production Across the Waters (Nicolo Donato, 2015) All is by My Side (John Ridley, 2013) starring Andre Benjamin and Imogen Poots; Gold (Niall Heery, 2013) starring Maisie Williams; Young Ones (Jake Paltrow, 2013), starring Nicholas Hoult, and Elle Fanning and period feature Miss Julie (Liv Ullmann, 2014) which stars Jessica Chastain, Colin Farrell and Samantha Morton. Operating since 1998, Subotica’s TV repertoire includes the eight-part TV Drama Random Passage (John Smith, 2001). They produced TV drama Proof (Ciaran Donnelly, 2004) which was recommissioned by RTE to produce a second series (Thaddeus O’Sullivan, 2005). Damage (Aisling Walsh, 2007) is a two hour TV drama for RTE starring Natalie Press and Olivia Williams, which also screened to excellent ratings and critical acclaim.About Veritas EntertainmentVeritas Entertainment is a production company founded by Alan Gasmer and Peter Jaysen. The company has a robust slate of projects in various stages of development and pre-production which include the upcoming television adaptation of Tana French’sbest selling novels about the “Dublin Murder Squad” written by Sarah Phelps and being co-produced in conjunction with Fremantle UK for both TNT and the BBC. Jaysen and Gasmer are also executive producing television adaptations of best-selling novels such as Ray Bradbury’s groundbreaking Fahrenheit 451 for HBO Films with Ramin Bahrani (99 Homes) attached to write and direct, Ray Bradbury’s classic The Martian Chronicles with Hart Hanson (Bones) attached to write/showrun for IMG, Kevin Roose’s gripping expose of the “post crash” Wall Street in Young Money with Amitabh Klemm attached to write for TNT, and Michael Hassan’s buzzed about debut novel Crash and Burn with Aaron Zelman attached to write for Sony Television and Hulu. Advertisement The script development will be partially funded through Creative BC’s Project Development Fund, with writing duties handled by Simon Barry based on an original script by Stephen de Souza, and co-developed by Omnifilm Entertainment (Vancouver) and Subotica Entertainment (Dublin) in association with Veritas Entertainment. Executive Producers on the project include writer/showrunner Simon Barry (Continuum), Alan Gasmer (Vikings), Peter Jaysen (You, Me, Her), Paulo de Oliveira (Outlander), Tristan Orpen Lynch (Miss Julie) and Brian Hamilton (Mech-X4).“Funding for this co-production was established because of a trade mission to Ireland in November 2015,” said Robert Wong, Vice President, Creative BC and acting BC Film Commissioner. “While Creative BC actively fosters international opportunities for BC companies, The Gulliver Curse will be one of the first co-development projects to receive program funding, acting as a pilot for other agency-to-agency agreements.”Through this pilot, Creative BC will evaluate co-development success during subsequent filming and post-production phases of the series. Based on results of this investment made through a broader funding program called the Project Development Fund, Creative BC may establish a tailored co-production program that focuses its funding on global collaborations. This would make the international fund the first of its kind in Western Canada. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter
LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Toronto-headquartered Entertainment One is bringing its Canadian unscripted properties under one roof, realscreen has confirmed.The company will amalgamate the operations of Paperny Entertainment and Force Four Entertainment, both of which joined the eOne umbrella in 2014, under the eOne Television brand in the coming months.The move will look to optimally position eOne’s Canadian-based unscripted television unit for future growth, while complementing eOne’s U.S.-based alternative programming efforts. Advertisement Paperny executive VP Cal Shumiatcher will lead the combined business, overseeing the consolidation process with Force Four’s John Ritchie also taking on a new leadership role within the merged business.David Paperny (pictured), Paperny Entertainment founder and president, will remain with the company to ensure a smooth transition before exiting on July 31, while executive VP Audrey Mehler will depart the company in the coming days. Force Four chief operating officer Gillian Lowrey, meanwhile, will exit April 1.Paperny, which has produced such series as Yukon Gold and Klondike Trappers, was acquired in 2014 for CAD$29.2 million (US$27.2 million). Vancouver-based Force Four, meanwhile, was picked up in August 2014 and has previously produced Slice’s First Dates and Global’s Border Security: America’s Front Line.eOne’s Canadian unscripted business will continue to have offices in Vancouver and Toronto, with a satellite office in New York.By Daniele Alcinii Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Twitter
Advertisement Advertisement Toronto Masque Theatre. Larry Beckwith, artistic director. Jane Mallett Theatre. May 12.It’s not every day that three dead sheep sing a swan song. But Toronto Masque Theatre is — or was — no ordinary performing arts organization.For 15 years the company reimagined, over and over, what multidisciplinary musical theatre might look like in a diverse 21st-century city that still owes much to European artforms. Twitter Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: On Saturday night, Toronto Masque Theatre (TMT) put on a heartfelt, classy farewell to its decade and a half of existence for a warm and enthusiastic audience at the Jane Mallett Theatre. Singers aplenty join the Toronto Masque Theatre’s final performance on Saturday May 12 at Jane Mallett Theatre. (JOHN TERAUDS PHOTO)
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APTN National NewsA desperate mother from Pictou Landing First Nation in Nova Scotia is continuing her fight to keep her 16 year-old son at home.Standing in the way is a familiar fight between the federal and provincial governments.APTN National News reporter Taryn Della has this story.
APTN National NewsCarolyn Sinclair’s body was found wrapped in plastic and left in a back lane in Winnipeg last week. Police are attributing her death to her high-risk lifestyle. It’s a grim reminder of the dangers faced by Aboriginal women who live and work on the streets.Two other women living high-risk lifestyles have gone missing from the same street as Sinclair, and now rumours on the street suggest that a serial killer may be at work.APTN National News reporter Meagan Fiddler speaks with a woman who left the streets last year and knew Sinclair before she died.
(Photo above shows heavy machinery working on the Allandale Station lands when GO Transit was building a new station in Barrie, Ont.)Kenneth JacksonAPTN National NewsThere are few people who stand on the station platform at Allandale and know they are standing right over one of the greatest Indian burial places known in Ontario,”-Major Joseph Rogers in the Barrie Examiner newspaper, 1926 In 2014, the leading archaeology firm in Ontario began poring over historical reports on a three and a half hectare parcel of land in downtown Barrie, Ont., sitting on the shore of Kempenfelt Bay off Lake Simcoe.Rumours were beginning to spread of what happened there – mainly how the Ontario government extended its Toronto commuter GO Transit train line with a station and pedestrian underpass in 2012 through land where there was documented evidence of Indigenous burial grounds. A whistleblower approached Archaeological Services Inc. (ASI) with their concerns. ASI soon began assessing the situation by examining previous archaeological reports done on the site known as the Allandale Station lands. It didn’t take long for ASI to see the provincial regulations that were in place to protect archaeological sites, like this one, had failed over and over. It began with a 2004 report by New Directions Archaeology.They were hired by GO Transit to conduct a Stage 1 assessment.The firm, and its owner Philip Woodley, felt the land had been so disturbed after years of operating as a major rail yard, it held no archaeological importance. Woodley never made mention of the burials or that Indigenous people had occupied that site for hundreds of years before settlers came in.Woodley told GO it didn’t need to do any archaeological testing, essentially giving Ontario the green light to start construction.But this was a mistake. And it would be the first of many. Who is ultimately to blame for allowing construction to start, and finish, is another question.Documents obtained by APTN National News point the finger directly at Ontario’s Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport (MTCS), the department charged with safeguarding archaeology sites. – Read the ASI report here.But the City of Barrie had multiple opportunities to stop the construction and didn’t, as staff knew of the documented burials and that their own archaeological consultant had told them not to dig where GO did.The cacophony of errors included reports not being shared, human bones found where other archaeologists said there were none and, as of today, the government is keeping quiet.There are laws protecting archaeological sites under the Ontario Heritage Act enforced by MTCS – destroying one without proper clearance comes with fines of up to $1 million. There’s another set of fines and possible jail sentence of two years for purposely destroying a burial ground under the province’s Cemeteries Act. To date, no one has been fined, charged or investigated as far as APTN has determined. This is the story of what happened at Allandale.Welcome to HuroniaThey believe there are two souls with a person. One goes with the person in the ground and the other one goes to the Creator,”– Ojibway archaeologist Kris NahrgangBarrie is in Simcoe County, about an hour north of Toronto.It’s also known as Huronia because of its long Indigenous history. The Huron-Wendat confederacy occupied Simcoe County for hundreds of years up until about 1650 when the Haudenosaunee are said to have forced them out. That was made easier because disease, such as smallpox and the flu, had taken the lives of many Wendat people after Samuel de Champlain made his way up there.Settlers took claim of the land in the early 1800s.In 2013, over 1,700 Huron-Wendat bodies were reburied after being dug up from various locations in southern Ontario in the mid-20th century.A prominent area for the Wendat was on the shores of Kempenfelt Bay, particularly the Allandale Station lands.On that site, the Wendat buried their dead in large pits known as ossuaries, also known as the village of the dead.They would hold feasts and ceremonies to honour the deceased.They are not like a typical burial.“They believe there are two souls with a person,” said Ojibway archaeologist Kris Nahrgang of the Wendat. “One goes with the person in the ground and the other one goes to the Creator. So when you bury these people every one of the bodies that in are in the burial pit have a soul.”In 1846, a large pit with at least 200-300 bundled bodies was discovered at Allandale.Some reports put the numbers as high as 1,000 bodies. Smaller ossuaries were discovered in 1884 and in 1889 after the railway came in, plus other burials. It’s not known what happened to those ossuaries.Philip Woodley’s 2004 report for GO Transit and the province doesn’t mention any of this.It also failed to mention that renowned historian and archaeologist Andrew Hunter documented all this in 1907. His reports are known to some in the archaeological world as the “Bible” of Simcoe County.Andrew Hunter documented Allandale in 1907. His reports are known in the archaeological world as the “Bible” of Simcoe County.Woodley also missed a Barrie Examiner newspaper article from 1926 that recounted an interview with a Major Joseph Rogers, the high constable for Simcoe County.“There are few people who stand on the station platform at Allandale and know they are standing right over one of the greatest Indian burial places known in Ontario,” Rogers is quoted as saying.None of this was missed by a different archaeological firm that accessed the site a few years before Woodley in 2000.The former AFBY Archaeological and Heritage Consultants was hired to do a Stage 1 assessment of a small portion of the site, basically around the old Allandale train station. A media company was looking to build a broadcast centre.But by law, they needed an archaeological report first.Unlike Woodley, AFBY quickly determined they needed to dig and see what was on the site. Owner Charlton Carscallen wanted to find the elusive, yet documented, ossuaries that hadn’t been seen for over 100 years.He didn’t find the pits, but proved the Wendat were there by finding a village, including thousands of pieces of ceramics and tools. He determined the site was rare as only a handful that old were known to exist.“We found a needle in the hay stack,” said Carscallen in an interview with APTN.Despite not finding the ossuaries, Carscallen was convinced the site needed further assessment if it was ever developed, particularly the areas where he didn’t test, as much of the site was left untouched. He sent his reports to the Ministry of Tourism, Sport and Culture as is the practice. The ministry’s Malcolm Horne, a heritage planner at the time, agreed with Carscallen’s recommendation that any development was subject to archaeological clearance. Horne already knew what was documented on the property. He wrote to officials in Barrie when the city was acquiring the site back from the Canadian National Railway in the 1990s, and told them the lands had archaeological potential and there were rules to follow if they redeveloped the land.That included “no demolition, grading, filling, or any form of soil disturbances” without an issuance letter from the ministry according to Carscallen’s 2000 Stage 1 report.But Woodley claimed he didn’t get any of AFBY’s reports or Horne’s letter to the city.His report stated that he asked the ministry for any former archaeological reports, but wasn’t given any. The ministry is supposed to keep the reports on file.So, in 2007, when GO finally acquired a part of the Allandale Station lands from Barrie, and despite what officials within the MTCS knew about the site, a clearance letter was issued allowing GO Transit to move forward.By then the mistakes were piling up.ASI picked up on this in its review.“Further systemic gaps are indicated by the fact that in 2007 the Ministry of Culture issued a concurrence letter for (Woodley’s) report – essentially clearing the candidate GO station site on the Allandale Station lands of any further archaeological concern – in spite of the outstanding recommendations for further work on the property to which they had previously agreed in 2001,” wrote Robert MacDonald, the assistant managing partner at ASI in Toronto, in his January 2015 report.The official announcement that GO was going to downtown Barrie was made in April 2009. It would receive $5.5 million from the provincial and federal governments and Barrie would put in another $3.7 million.Patrick Brown, currently the Ontario PC party’s leader, was a Conservative MP for the riding at the time, and before that he was a Barrie city councillor. Brown would later say in 2012, having a GO station at Allandale had been a “key aspiration” of Barrie for a decade.Premier Kathleen Wynne was the transportation minister.Premier Kathleen Wynne and Barrie Mayor Jeff Lehman in 2015 announcing the province will add more trips from Barrie to Toronto. It could have been stoppedWe know there is a burial ground there. We told the city there is a burial ground there. We know because it’s documented. It’s publicly available information,” – Mike Henry, AMICK ConsultantsBefore GO came in with heavy machinery, there was one last chance for the Ontario government to follow its own rules. Someone just needed to say something.Barrie was trying to develop the land, and hired an archaeologist to do a Stage 1 assessment in November 2009.It went to AMICK Consultants, a local company, operated by Mike Henry.Before he started, Henry asked the ministry for all the former archeological reports on the site to get a complete picture of what had transpired on the property.Henry got AFBY’s reports, but somehow not Woodley’s. This was another so-called “breakdown” in the system.Henry just recently reviewed Woodley’s report for the first time after APTN obtained a copy. Had he seen Woodley’s report at the time he would have tried to stop GO as he’s always believed the ossuaries are, or were, in the area where GO’s tracks are.Regardless, Henry said the ministry should never accepted Woodley’s report just based on its merit.“Right away when Phil Woodley’s report came in (the ministry) should have said ‘try again,’” said Henry. “Even if the ministry didn’t recognize they’re at fault for not giving Phil the AFBY report they should have still said to Phil ‘this is unsatisfactory because we know there is a burial ground there. We told the city there is a burial ground there. We know (because) it’s documented. It’s publicly available information … re-write the report. Re-submit it. Make appropriate recommendations.’” APTN left several messages with Woodley but never received a response.Mike Henry of AMICK Consultants.Henry said it’s rare when the ministry doesn’t make an archaeologist re-submit a report, so he’s puzzled as to why the government would have accepted Woodley’s considering all they knew and how little Woodley apparently knew of Huronia.So, without Woodley’s hidden report, Henry completed his Stage 1 assessment in early 2010.He noticed what AFBY did – when the railway was built in the 1850s, workers covered the entire site with fill to level it – meaning the natural soil had been protected all these years. The same soil the Wendat walked on was still there. An aerial view of how the site used to look in 1966 when CN Rail tracks occupied the land, like is shown in the lower portion of the photo.ASI reviewed Henry’s report and said it added a recommendation that “comprehensive stripping of native top soil across virtually the entire property would be required to ensure there are no undiscovered human burials. We concur with these recommendations.”Henry told APTN that would have included where GO was going to build their station and lay track.He filed his report with the city and Ministry of Culture, however nothing happened.Henry feels that should have raised alarm bells with the ministry as construction was starting around then and an archaeologist could have been called in.But, apparently, no bells went off. Down in the crawl spaceI gave you the report and I told you not to go in the basement and her response at the time was ‘we didn’t read it,” – Mike Henry, AMICK Consultants It doesn’t appear Barrie shared Mike Henry’s report with Metrolinx, the Ontario government agency that operates GO Transit. “It is Barrie’s understanding that Metrolinx conducted its own archaeological investigations for the work it was completing for the Allandale GO Train Station. Barrie does not have a record of those reports. Barrie does not believe that Metrolinx discovered any archaeological artifacts during the course of its works,” said the city in a statement to APTN.In Henry’s 2010 report he also recommended Barrie not do any work on the existing buildings on site, including the dirt crawl spaces, without an archaeologist to check the space for remains first.Henry said Barrie ignored his recommendation and started to work in one of the building’s crawl spaces.There were human bones in the dirt.After police and the coroner confirmed the remains were over 50 years old, the city called Henry back in.He determined the bones were likely two people, an adult and a child. He also found a shovel-shaped human incisor, a known characteristic of Indigenous people pre-contact, suggesting the bones could be Indigenous.But the basement wasn’t the original burial site. They had been moved from another location and likely part of fill used when the building was constructed in the early 1900s.Archaeologists dig in the “crawl space” in the old Allandale station. Photo courtesy: Mike HenryBarrie officials insist they took Henry’s report seriously.“Barrie was installing the fire sprinkler system to the wooden ceiling of the crawl space when it discovered the bone specimens. There was no digging,” said the statement. “Barrie complied with AMICK’s recommendations.”Henry has a different version of events.“They went into the crawl space and decided they wanted it lowered so it was more accessible to install services for the building and that’s when they hit a concentration of bones,” said Henry, adding he asked a Barrie staff employee why they ignored his report. “My question was ‘I gave you the report and I told you not to go in the basement’ and her response at the time was ‘we didn’t read it.’”After Henry cleared the crawl space it was lowered and capped with cement.He alleges the city violated the Ontario Heritage Act because he told them not to go in the basement.“They willfully violated the OHA and should be fined $1 million,” said Henry. “Why has MTCS done nothing?” No questions, please(We’re) very concerned that gaps in provincially mandated policies and protocols … may result in further impacts to the archaeological deposits and/or human remains on the Allandale Station Lands,” -Robert MacDonald, Archaeological Services Inc.APTN put a series of questions to the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, including whether Barrie should be fined. APTN also asked why the ministry allowed GO Transit to dig despite contradictory opinions, including their own. The ministry refused to answer those questions.The ministry was also given eight business days to answer 26 questions APTN asked but no one responded to those questions. Officials did say they are trying to improve the system and are reviewing reports.APTN can confirm that not only have they had the reports for several years, but that a whistleblower attended their office, along with his lawyer in May 2014, to tell them what happened at Allandale. The same Malcolm Horne, now an archaeology review officer, was in the meeting taking “copious” amount of notes, according to the people in the room.The ministry has refused to say if they followed up with the information from that meeting.The ministry was also involved after the bones were found in the crawl space in 2011, as was the Registrar of Cemeteries, that simply ignored questions. The ministry has had ASI’s report since January 2015 that called for “urgent action” to be taken on the Allandale site after reviewing all that happened.“(We’re) very concerned that gaps in provincially mandated policies and protocols, such as those which led to the construction of the Allandale Go Station without a Stage 2 archaeological assessment, may result in further impacts to the archaeological deposits and/or human remains on the Allandale Station Lands,” ASI said its report.According to documents obtained by APTN, GO believes its contractors didn’t find any burials. They also believe Woodley’s report cleared them to dig without further assessment.But while Mike Henry was dealing with the crawl space bones in 2011, he was contacted by representatives from GO who were working about a hundred yards away.They wanted Henry to look at their site to see if there was any archaeological concerns with their dig. When he arrived, they had already dug the site. Henry said cement had also been poured for the pedestrian underpass.“When I went over there it looked like a strip mine. They had dug down quite a bit … all I could do is sort of walk along this huge trench and the big back dirt pile and see if I could see anything. That’s not the most reliable way but at that point that’s the best we can do,” said Henry. “I did make one comment as I was walking around with one of the engineers that ‘you obviously hit something because there’s a chimney stack in the back dirt pile there so obviously there was a building there but I guess that is gone now.”This photo was taken in 2011 and shows work is underway on the pedestrian under pass.Henry sent GO a letter saying he didn’t see anything but told APTN that doesn’t clear them of any mistakes made by digging on the site. It was far too late for any archaeologist to determine what they had found. The proof was in the ground all alongWe have all the way from infant … to older individuals,”– Kayleigh MacKinnon, AMICK Consultants The bones beneath the building weren’t the only ones found near the former train station.Henry discovered many more in 2012 when the city had him monitor the digging of trenches so they could lay electrical wiring.As the back hoe lifted dirt from the ground, Henry’s team quickly spotted human bone.“Part of that trench went through AFBY’s dig, and while they were trenching it (we’re) picking human bones out,” said Henry.AFBY’s Charlton Carscallen said they stripped the fill from around the building and dug in the natural soil, which why they likely missed so many pieces of human bone.A more comprehensive testing of the area was called for by the Registrar of Cemeteries and MTCS, including doing test squares, of about four feet deep and just in the fill on top of the natural soil.“By the time we were done that, digging all our squares, the only thing we could say is ‘yep, there is a lot of human bone and it goes beyond where we’re looking,” said Henry.In total, including the trenches and test squares, Henry’s team said they found over 900 pieces of human bone and many more human teeth, with similar shovel-shaped groves in them.The old Allandale rail station in Barrie. In the foreground a test square can be seen where archaeologists are searching for human bones. Photo courtesy: Mike HenrySome pieces of bone had mortar on it, including in the cracks as though wet cement had been poured on them. He even found pieces of bone in the foundation of the buildings.Because of the marking on the bones, Henry could determine they came from somewhere else long ago.“(The bones in the fill) came from somewhere and they didn’t truck in fill from somewhere else. They came from somewhere on that property,” he said. “A lot of them have trauma marks on them where chunks of them sheared off. They’ve been snapped in half … they’ve suffered a lot on that site.”And they likely would have come from north on the property, where the GO train station and tracks are said Henry. The bones were examined by Henry’s staff, including Kayleigh MacKinnon, a licensed archaeologist researcher who has her master’s degree in human osteoarchaeology from the University of Edinburgh in the United Kingdom, essentially the analysis of human skeletal remains. “It’s very distinct with how bones articulate with others. You can usually tell whether it’s human or not,” said MacKinnon. “There are specific bones that (humans) have that animals don’t or the way they’re formed.” APTN was shown a human jaw with teeth still attached, a neck bone and several other pieces from a wrist and pelvis.They also uncovered hundreds of pieces that were either too fragmented or identified as animal. “We have all the way from an infant … to older individuals,” said MacKinnon.Henry said his dig didn’t get all the disturbed bones from the around the building and they remain there today, while Barrie plans to open the renovated buildings to business, including a possible wedding reception hall and coffee shop.The bones he recovered remain in his office while the government figures out what to do with them.“Until we come to a decision and that’s usually when the Registrar of Cemeteries designates whomever is going to speak for the deceased,” said Henry, meaning which First Nation will claim them.The Wendat, who resettled to Quebec in the late 1800s, is involved and is currently waiting for a decision to be made.But APTN has learned there’s something holding that up.There’s a lawsuit over who owns part of the land that needs to be settled. 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Roger Fraser, known as the Stitchin’ Gwich’in”, is hard at work on one of his machines. Photo: Charlotte Morritt-Jacobs/APTNCharlotte Morritt-JacobsAPTN News SundayThe needle darts up and down with polished precision, but the reverse on the machine glitches.Luckily for these avid sewers and quilters of the Northwest Territories, the “Stitichin’ Gwich’in,” is but a phone call away.Roger Fraser of Yellowknife, better known as the “Stitchin’ Gwich’in” is the only one in the territory that repairs broken sewing machines.After spending years sending his wife Karen Fraser, a talented seamstress and traditional wear maker’s machine down south for service, they decided to get their certification as technicians.The two travelled down to Austin, Texas to take the course.The Stitchin’ Gwich’in is only a year-and-a-half into his repairs, but already business is booming.Fraser prides himself on being thorough when it comes to repairs, especially when he is without a manual for a machine.“To do a good jobs you have to do a good two hours. Other technicians could repair in an hour but I am still learning,” he said.When the winter roads are open, Fraser has serviced upwards of four machines in a day.His most valued tool of the trade – a cotton swab.“The most common problems are with the needle and the hook. If that’s out of whack you are going to skip stitches or it won’t sew at all.”For machines that are routinely used, Fraser recommends having them serviced once a year as most machines need to have a deep-clean from fabric particles and dust and a top-up on grease.For the next project, a 1930’s Swinger from Inuvik is placed on the workbench. It’s older machines such as this that give him some grief, but not because of the fix.“Waiting for parts and finding parts for the older hand crank machines is difficult,” he says. “I go on eBay and have a sewing supplier located in Toronto they give me parts but you have to order $150 worth of parts so I either have to wait until I need parts or guess what I will need in the future.”The parts are inexpensive, and before the business opened for northerners to ship their machines down south was greater than the cost to have the machines serviced.Stitchin’ Gwich’in says he has received nothing but positive feedback from customers.Like Marilyn McGurran, who co-owns a quilting company in Yellowknife.McGurran relies on her long-arm machine to sew up quilts from N.W.T. communities, saving clients a few hundred dollars by staying in the north.She stresses the importance of sewing in the territory.“You have six months of winter and sewing is big up here. There are a lot of talented people up here who like to create.”Marilyn McGurran works away on a quilt. Photo: Charlotte Morritt-Jacobs/APTNBut when a spring on her $10,000 machine broke she turned to the Stitchin’ Gwich’in.“He said I don’t know how to fix that machine. I have never touched one or worked on one. I said that’s okay I know you can fix it.”Fraser told APTN he hopes to work with local governments to set up public repair workshops in all five N.W.T. communities.Until then the Stitchin’ Gwich’in will keep the thread a’ twitchin’.firstname.lastname@example.org@aptncharlotte
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Tom FennarioAPTN NewsTraffic was backed up on different parts of Hwy 401 Friday by a caravan of mainly from the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, who purposely drove slowly in a show of solidarity for members of the Wet’suwet’en Nation.One caravan began near Cornwall, Ont. and headed west, while another close to London, Ont.Reports suggested they were driving between 45 km/h to 60 km/h. The speed limit is 100 km/h.The Ontario Provincial Police basically provided an escort for the rolling blockades.Brandon Doxtator photo.RCMP took 14 people into custody Monday after rushing a homemade checkpoint on Gidimt’en territory set up to block Coast GasLink employees from reaching a healing centre on Unist’ot’en territory.Coast GasLink wants access through the Unist’ot’en camp 20 kilometres up the Morice River road from the Gidimt’en check point to complete preparatory work on the 670-kilometre pipeline.The camp has been standing for nearly a decade to prevent three proposed pipelines from cutting through Wet’suwet’en territory.The company has signed agreements with elected representatives of 20 First Nations along the pipeline route.Anger greeted news Wednesday that hereditary Wet’suwet’en chiefs brokered a peaceful end to a potentially violent pipeline standoff.Leader Freda Huson stormed out of a closed-door meeting at the Unist’ot’en camp south of Houston, B.C., and slammed the door.She just learned chiefs promised the RCMP she and her partner Warner Naziel would abide by rules of an interim court injunction in exchange for calling off a police firstname.lastname@example.org@tfennario
OTTAWA – The federal government says a Toronto-based holding company is interested in becoming a new partner in a possible deal for a takeover of the broken rail line that runs to Churchill in northern Manitoba.Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr says Fairfax Financial Holdings Inc. has expressed interest in the Hudson Bay Rail line, the Port of Churchill and other associated assets.Carr says Fairfax is considering partnering with Missinippi Rail and One North to acquire the line from Omnitrax.Severe flooding damaged the rail line last spring, cutting the only land link to Churchill, a town of 900 on the west coast of Hudson Bay.The situation is hurting the region’s tourism industry and raising the price of food and fuel.Carr, the MP for Winnipeg South Centre, says having Fairfax involved is an important step toward a positive solution for the people of Churchill.“This development has the potential to contribute to an arrangement supported by First Nations and communities in northern Manitoba,” he said Thursday in a release.“This would enable a sustainable business approach that results in a safe and reliable rail line.”Fairfax president Paul Rivett said the company is optimistic about the north. He said the Churchill rail corridor and the Port of Churchill are important pieces of infrastructure for northern communities and Canada’s economy.“Partnering with First Nations and communities is the right model for this investment,” he said in a release.“We have deep experience in infrastructure projects and have the necessary operational expertise to run shortline railways in partnership with our investee company AGT Foods. The key is that the plan has to be viable and profitable in the long term as a business.”Carr’s comments come only days after Ottawa filed a lawsuit against Denver-based Omnitrax.The lawsuit alleges Omnitrax has failed to repair and maintain the rail line in violation of a 2008 agreement that saw the company receive $18.8 million in federal aid for maintenance and upgrades. The lawsuit seeks repayment of the money.Omnitrax has said it plans to file a complaint against the federal government under the North American Free Trade Agreement.The company has said the federal government’s decision to end the Canadian Wheat Board’s monopoly on western grain in 2012 drastically cut grain shipments along the rail line and through the Port of Churchill.
NEW YORK, N.Y. – Since The New York Times published allegations of sexual harassment and assault against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein in October, multiple men in entertainment, media and politics in the U.S. and beyond have faced allegations ranging from inappropriate behaviour to forced sexual misconduct to rape.To be sure, prominent men have faced sexual misconduct claims before. But the accusations against Weinstein have opened a floodgate, sparked an international conversation and put new pressure on companies, industries, and political leaders to respond. President Donald Trump has condemned some of the accused, been more muted about others, and found himself again being asked about sexual harassment and misconduct allegations levelled against him during last year’s presidential campaign. The Republican says they’re fake.The #Metoo moment is also prompting re-examination of past sexual misconduct claims against powerful men, including Democratic former President Bill Clinton in the 1990s. He was impeached and then acquitted of perjury and obstruction of lawmakers’ investigation into his sexual encounters with a White House intern, and he settled a sexual harassment lawsuit stemming from his time as Arkansas governor.A look at some of the men accused since the Weinstein accusations emerged:Entertainment:— Producer Harvey Weinstein— Accused by dozens of women of sexual harassment or sexual assaults, including rape. Fired by The Weinstein Co. and expelled from various professional guilds. Under investigation by police departments in New York, London, Beverly Hills and Los Angeles. Weinstein denies all allegations of non-consensual sex, but he has apologized for causing “a lot of pain” with “the way I’ve behaved with colleagues in the past.”— Celebrity chef John Besh — Accused by 25 women of sexual harassment. He has stepped down from the company he founded.— Comedian Louis C.K. — Accused by five women of sexual misconduct. Planned release of film “I Love You, Daddy” halted. Netflix special cancelled. He says the allegations are true and has apologized.— Cinefamily executives Hadrian Belove and Shadie Elnashai — Accused of sexual misconduct. Movie theatre shut down in the wake of allegations due to crippling debt.— Actor Richard Dreyfuss — One woman alleges sexual harassment. He denies the allegation.— Director-producer Gary Goddard — Accused by one man of sexually molesting him when the man was 12. He denies the allegation.—Casting employee Andy Henry — Admitted to urging women to take off their clothes during coaching sessions in 2008 while working on the “CSI” series. He was fired by his current employer.— Actor Dustin Hoffman — Accused by woman of sexual harassing when she was 17. He has apologized for his behaviour.— Actor Robert Knepper — Accused by one woman of sexual assault. He denies the allegations.— Showrunner Andrew Kreisberg — Accused by 19 women of sexual harassment and inappropriate touching. The “Supergirl” and “Arrow” showrunner has been suspended by Warner Bros. Television Group. He told Variety he has made comments on women’s appearances and clothes “but they were not sexualized.”— Actor Jeremy Piven — Accused by three women of sexual misconduct. He denies all allegations.— Filmmaker Brett Ratner — Accused by at least six women of sexual harassment. Playboy shelved projects with Ratner and Ratner stepped away from Warner Bros. related activities. He denies the allegations.— Comedy festival organizer Gilbert Rozon — Accused by at least nine women of sexually harassing or sexually assaulting them. Rozon stepped down as president of Montreal’s renowned “Just for Laughs” festival and apologized “to all those I have offended during my life.”— Producer Chris Savino — Accused of harassing up to 12 women. Fired from Nickelodeon. He has apologized for his behaviour.— Actor Steven Seagal — Accused by two women of rape. He denies the allegations.— Actor Tom Sizemore — Accused of groping an 11-year-old actress in 2003. Utah prosecutors declined to file charges, citing witness and evidence problems. He denies the allegation.— Actor Kevin Spacey — Accused by at least 24 men of sexual misconduct or assault. London police reportedly investigating a sexual assault. Fired from “House of Cards” and replaced in Ridley Scott’s completed film “All the Money in the World.” Massachusetts prosecutors are investigating one allegation. His former publicist has said he is seeking unspecified treatment.— Actor Jeffrey Tambor — Two women — an actress on his show “Transparent” and his assistant — allege sexual misconduct. He denies the allegation, saying in a statement that he has “never been a predator — ever.”— Actor George Takei — One man alleges sexual assault. He denies the allegation.— Writer-director James Toback — Accused by hundreds of women of sexual harassment. Beverly Hills police investigating complaints. He has denied the allegations to the Los Angeles Times.— “Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner — Accused by one woman of sexual harassment. He denies the allegation.— Actor Ed Westwick — Accused by two women of sexual assault. The BBC pulled an Agatha Christie adaptation from its television schedule and halted production on a second sitcom starring the former “Gossip Girl’ actor. Los Angeles police are investigating. He denies the allegations.___Media, publishing and business:— Billboard magazine executive Stephen Blackwell — Accused of sexual harassment by one woman. He has resigned from the magazine.— Penguin Random House art director Giuseppe Castellano — Accused by one woman of sexual harassment. Penguin Random House is investigating. Castellano has not commented.— New Republic publisher Hamilton Fish— Multiple sexual harassment allegations. He has resigned from the magazine.— Journalist Mark Halperin — Accused of harassing about 12 women while at ABC News. Book contract terminated. Fired from job at NBC News. He has denied some of the allegations.— Artforum publisher Knight Landesman — Accused by multiple women of sexual harassment and sued by one woman. He has resigned from the magazine.— NPR news chief Michael Oreskes — Accused of inappropriate behaviour or sexual harassment by at least four women while at The New York Times, NPR and The Associated Press. He has been ousted from NPR.— Amazon executive Roy Price — Accused by one woman of sexual harassment. He resigned from Amazon.— Webster Public Relations CEO Kirt Webster — Accused of sexual assault by one woman. Firm renamed and Webster is “taking time away.”— Rolling Stone publisher Jann Wenner — Accused by one man of sexual harassment. He says he did not intend to make the accuser uncomfortable.— New Republic editor Leon Wieseltier — Accused of sexually harassing numerous women. Removed from the masthead of The Atlantic magazine. He has apologized for his behaviour.— NBC News booker Matt Zimmerman — Accused of inappropriate conduct by multiple women at the network. He was fired from NBC.___Politics:— U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) — Accused of forcibly kissing a woman while rehearsing for a 2006 USO tour; Franken also was photographed with his hands over her breasts as she slept. Franken has apologized, while maintaining that he remembered the rehearsal differently. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has called for an ethics investigation of Franken.— U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore (R.-Ala.) —Accused of sexually assaulting two women decades ago when they were teenagers; about a half-dozen other women have accused Moore of inappropriate conduct. The former state Supreme Court chief justice denies the allegations. He has rebuffed pressure from national Republican leaders to step aside; the state GOP is standing by him.— Former President George H.W. Bush — Accused of patting seven women below the waist while posing for photos with them in recent years, well after he left office. The 93-year-old Republican has issued repeated apologies through a spokesman “to anyone he has offended,” with the spokesman noting that the former president uses a wheelchair and that his arm sinks below people’s waists when they take photos with him.— Florida Democratic Party Chairman Stephen Bittel — Accused of sexually inappropriate comments and behaviour toward a number of women, Bittel resigned. Meanwhile, Democratic state Sen. Jeff Clemens resigned after a report that he had an extramarital affair with a lobbyist, and Republican state Sen. Jack Latvala is being investigated by the Senate over allegations of harassment and groping. Latvala has denied the allegations.— Kentucky House Speaker Jeff Hoover — Stepped down as speaker this month after news surfaced that the Republican had settled a sexual harassment claim from a GOP caucus staffer. Hoover denied the harassment allegation but said he sent consensual yet inappropriate text messages. He remains in the Legislature.— British Defence Secretary Michael Fallon — Accused of inappropriate advances on two women, the Conservative resigned. Sexual harassment and assault allegations have also emerged against a number of other U.K. political figures. Labour Party legislator Carl Sargeant is believed to have taken his own life after harassment allegations cost him his post as the Welsh government’s Cabinet secretary for communities and children. He had asked for an independent inquiry to clear his name.___Sports:— International Olympic Committee member Alex Gilady — Accused by two women of rape and by two others of inappropriate conduct. Gilady denied the rape accusations, said he didn’t recall one of the other allegations, but acknowledged a claim he’d propositioned a woman during a job interview 25 years ago was “mainly correct.” He stepped down as president of an Israeli broadcasting company he founded. The IOC has said it is looking into the allegations.— Former South African soccer association president Danny Jordaan — Accused by former member of parliament Jennifer Ferguson of raping her in 1993. Jordaan denies the accusation.
Aurora Cannabis Inc. is the latest Canadian licensed marijuana producer planning to list on an international exchange.The Edmonton-base company has been looking at listing on the Nasdaq Stock Market, the New York Stock Exchange or the London Stock Exchange’s AIM, an international market for smaller, growing companies, for some time now, said Cam Battley, chief corporate officer.Aurora, which already trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol “ACB,” hopes to execute on those plans fairly soon, he said, but doesn’t have an immediate timeline.The company hs consistently taken steps to increase its shareholder audience, Battley said, so it makes perfect sense for it to look at additional international listings as it and the shareholder base expand rapidly around the world.As for whether the company could eventually list on multiple international exchanges, Battley said “let’s wait and see.”Late last month, Cronos Group Inc. became the first Canadian cannabis company to have its shares listed on the Nasdaq.It trades on the Nasdaq under the ticker symbol “CRON” and remains on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol “MJN.”Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.Companies in this story: (TSX:ACB)
VICTORIA — First Nations leaders from British Columbia told a National Energy Board hearing in Victoria that there are serious concerns about the potential impacts of an expanded Trans Mountain pipeline on their homelands.Two leaders representing the Fraser Valley’s Sto:lo Tribal Council say protection of the Fraser River’s salmon, animals and surrounding lands is their eternal responsibility and the pipeline poses risks that could harm their homes and culture.But Chief Tyrone McNeil and councillor Andrew Victor did not say they are completely opposed to the expansion project.McNeil, the tribal council’s vice president, says the board must understand that the Sto:lo call the Fraser River their mother because it feeds and nurtures them.He says the Sto:lo believe they are responsible for looking after everything they see, including the Chinook salmon that are the main food source for threatened southern resident killer whales.Victor says the Sto:lo want to see justification for the pipeline expansion project, including the completion of environmental assessments that examine risks and impacts of a spill.The new hearings were prompted after the Federal Court of Appeal tossed out the original approval for the expansion, saying Canada didn’t adequately consult with First Nations or consider tanker traffic’s impact on the marine environment. The Canadian Press
New Delhi: Pakistan will be judged not by words but on basis of the action it takes to dismantle terror infrastructure on its soil, India said Saturday, asserting that its non-military strike on the JeM terrorist training camp in Balakot achieved its desired objective. External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said if Pakistan claims to be a ‘naya Pakistan’ (New Pakistan) with a ‘nayi soch’ (new thinking), then it should demonstrate ‘naya’ action (new action) against terror groups operating with impunity from its soil. The MEA’s comments came a day after Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said he will not allow Pakistani soil to be used for terror directed at other countries. Khan has been saying that a ‘Naya Pakistan’ is embarking on a new journey under his leadership. Kumar said Pakistan has been making identical statements after separate terror attacks and now Islamabad will have to take up the concrete action the international community expected it to take and must rein in terror groups operating from its soil. “We remain resolute in our determination to persuade the international community of the necessity of compelling Pakistan to move beyond mere words and to show credible, verifiable and sustained actions. We have and we will continue to act with responsibility and maturity,” he said at a media briefing. Kumar said the widespread presence of terrorist camps in Pakistan is public knowledge and repeated requests by India and the international community for Pakistan to take action against such groups has been met with “denial”. “In 2004, the then President of Pakistan had made a solemn public commitment that they would not allow any territory under their control to be used for terrorist activity in any manner,” he said. “But till today, however, Pakistan has failed to take any credible action against Jaish-e-Mohammed and other terrorist organisations, which continue to operate with impunity from Pakistan,” he said, adding Pakistan will be judged not by its words but on the basis of action it takes to dismantle terror infrastructure. Tension between the two nuclear-armed neighbours escalated after the February 14 Pulwama terror attack and subsequent aerial strike by India on a training camp of the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) in Balakot on February 26. Pakistan retaliated the strike next day by unsuccessfully attempting to target Indian military installations. The JeM claimed responsibility for the Pulwama attack. “Our non-military counter terrorism strike of February 26 achieved the intended objective. It has demonstrated our firm resolve to take decisive action against cross-border terrorism,” Kumar said about Balakot strike. He, however, evaded questions on number of casualties in the strike. Kumar said the fact that Pakistan refused access to journalists from visiting the site of the strike in Balakot meant that they have “plenty to hide”. “So the initial bravado that everything is open please come and visit has disappeared. We are absolutely confident that strikes on Balakot has been successful and achieved the desired objectives,” he asserted. On Pakistan’s retaliatory strike, he said instead of taking action against terrorist groups on its soil, Islamabad chose to escalate through an “act of aggression” by violating Indian airspace and attempting, unsuccessfully, to target military facilities. Kumar also accused Pakistan of propagating a “false narrative” of the events of the day when Pakistani jets unsuccessfully attempted to target Indian military installations. In the aerial combat India had lost a Mig-21 Bison aircraft and its pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman was captured by Pakistan. Pakistan claimed it downed two Indian jets, and rejected IAF’s assertion that a F-16 aircraft was shot down by it during the dogfight. “Only one aircraft was lost by us. If, as Pakistan claims, they have a video recording of the downing of a second Indian aircraft, why have they not shown it to the international media even after more than one week? “Questions should be asked to them as to where the fuselage of the aircraft is and what has happened to the pilots? As we have already said, there are eyewitness accounts and electronic evidence that Pakistan deployed F-16 aircraft and that one F-16 was shot down by Wing Commander Abhinandan,” Kumar said. He said Pakistan should explain why it continues to deny that its F-16 aircraft has been shot down. “We have asked the United States to also examine whether the use of F16 against India is in accordance with the terms and conditions of sale,” he added. Kumar said India’s armed forces continue to maintain strict vigil and will remain determined in the defence of the nation and its citizens. Hitting out at Pakistan for remaining in a state of denial, he said, “It is regrettable that Pakistan still continues to deny Jaish-e-Mohammed’s own claim of taking ownership of the Pulwama attack.” The MEA spokesperson referred to the Pakistan foreign minister’s interview to BBC on March where he talked about “some confusion” about JeM’s claim on the Pulwama attack. “Is Pakistan defending the Jaish-e-Mohammed and acting as its spokesperson? Does Pakistan’s claim have any credibility,” Kumar asked. He said despite the media interviews by Pakistan’s foreign minister and former president Musharraf acknowledging the presence of JeM in Pakistan, the spokesperson of the Pakistan armed forces openly denied the presence of the terror group in the country.
NEW DELHI: Three MCD mayors along with Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari presented the achievements of the MCDs at the BJP headquarters.”90 per cent of the people of Delhi have been given great relief and now they may get the layout plans of their houses approved without visiting the corporate offices. All the Corporations are going to start the facility of approval of the layout plans of residential buildings under Fast Track Approval Scheme through authorized architect-engineers,” Manoj Tiwari said. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsHe added that according to the provisions of UBBL 2016 the architects/engineers have been authorized to get the layout plans for residential plots from 105 to 500 meters approved. “The people will have an option to get such approval in this category through the authorized architects or the engineers of Municipal Corporations. The people of Delhi may be able to get the layout plan for their houses approved without visiting the Offices of Municipal Corporations,” Manoj Tiwari added. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”People of Delhi after the sale/purchase of property used to apply for mutation to the House Tax Department. Now, the Corporations are going to give them the facility of mutation without visiting the corporate offices. All the three Municipal Corporations will after getting the documents from the office of the sub-registrar about the sale purchase of property, get online ad hoc mutation done immediately which will be a great relief for the people,” Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari further said.
Beijing: China’s Long March-3B rocket, regarded as the main stay of the country’s space programme since 1970, successfully completed its 300th launch by putting a new communication satellite into orbit on Sunday. The indigenously-built rocket had send more than 500 spacecraft into space. “This is a milestone for China’s space industry development,” Wu Yansheng, board chairman of the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) said. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi Jinping The Long March carrier rocket series, developed by CASC, is responsible for about 96.4 per cent of all the launch missions in China. It took 37 years for the Long March rockets to complete the first 100 launches, 7.5 years to complete the second 100 launches, and only about four years to accomplish the final 100, with the average number of launches per year increasing from 2.7 to 13.3 and then to 23.5, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in Xinjiang The Long March carrier rockets helped provide launch services for countries participating in the Belt and Road Initiative, including Algeria, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. “Intensive launches have become normal in China, indicating the rapid development of the space industry, the progress of science and technology and the enhancement of national strength,” said Shang Zhi, director of the Space Department of the CASC. China joined the space club on April 24, 1970, when the Long March-1 carrier rocket launched the country’s first satellite, Dongfanghong-1, into orbit. At that time, the carrying capacity of the Long March rocket was only 300 kg. On November 3, 2016, China’s current largest carrier rocket, the Long March-5, made its maiden flight, with its carrying capacity reaching 25 tonnes for low-Earth orbit and 14 tonnes for geosynchronous orbit. The success rate of the 300 launches of the Long March rockets stood at 96 per cent, according to CASC. During the third 100 launches, the Long March rockets sent a total of 225 spacecraft, weighing about 240 tonnes, into space, with a success rate of 97 per cent, reaching a high level in the world, said Shang. From October 1996 to August 2011, the Long March rockets set a world record for 15 years of successful consecutive launches. In 2018, the Long March rockets completed 37 consecutive successful launches, ranking a global first for the highest number of successful launches. A total of 17 types of Long March carrier rockets have been developed and put into use since 1970, ensuring the implementation of a series of key space projects including manned space program, lunar exploration, BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) and the Gaofen Earth observation project. In addition, the Long March carrier rockets also launched a large number of meteorological satellites, resource satellites and oceanographic satellites, as well as several innovative science satellites including DAMPE to search for dark matter, the world’s first quantum satellite, and an electromagnetic satellite to study earthquakes, playing an important role in promoting the economic, social and scientific development in China, the Xinhua report said. Currently, China is developing new generation medium launch vehicles including the Long March-6A, Long March-7A and Long March-8. A test version of the Long March-5B, which has the largest carrying capacity to low-Earth orbit, has been produced and will be used to launch the modules of China’s space station, according to CASC. China’s heavy-lift carrier rocket, the Long March-9, is expected to make its maiden flight around 2030 and will support manned lunar exploration, deep space exploration and construction of a space-based solar power plant. The diameter of the body of the Long March-9 rocket will be nearly 10 meters. And the manufacturing of the rocket will also push forward the development of new materials, technologies, devices and equipment. The new generation launch vehicles will gradually replace the old generation carrier rockets, and space transport vehicles will transition from one-time use to reusable in the future, Shang said.
New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday announced that the AAP will contest the upcoming Lok Sabha polls on its own, ruling out any alliance with the Congress. Addressing the media here, he stated that the party plans to go full throttle on the issue of full statehood for Delhi. “We will be fighting the Lok Sabha elections on the issue of full statehood for Delhi as it (national capital) has been suffering because of it,” Kejriwal said. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic items On being asked its alliance partners, the chief minister said, “We are not in talks with the Congress over alliance. We will be fighting the elections on our own.” The ruling AAP has declared names of candidates on six of the seven seats in Delhi. The candidate on West Delhi seat is likely to be announced soon. The party launched its mega poll campaign, centred around full statehood for Delhi, on Sunday. The party volunteers will also distribute Kejriwal’s letter to doorsteps of the voters during the campaign. The letter will elaborate the benefits Delhiites will have if full statehood is achieved. Elections to the seven Lok Sabha seats in Delhi will be held on May 12.