Meaningful discussion doesnt mean a lengthy discussion says Sohi on Trans Mountain

first_imgMinister Amarjeet Sohi. File photo.APTN NewsOn Monday Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi told reporters in Ottawa the government still has not placed a deadline on Canada’s renewed consultations with First Nations over the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.The minister was also vague on what the Liberals regard as adequate consultations, saying only that “meaningful discussion doesn’t mean a lengthy discussion.“It has to be a two-way dialogue, it has to be done in a sincere, honest way with proper focus on resolving issues and that’s exactly what our teams are focused on,” he said.The comments come amid the government’s effort to meet a Federal Court of Appeal directive last August stemming from a number of legal challenges to the project brought by First Nations.The court quashed the government’s approval of the pipeline, which if built would carry almost 900,000 barrels of diluted bitumen from the Alberta oil sands to the B.C. coast.It ruled that the National Energy Board’s “process and findings were so flawed that the Governor in Council could not reasonably rely on the Board’s report,” and that “Canada failed to fulfil the duty to consult owed to Indigenous peoples.”The decision brought the issue of constitutional responsibilities to Indigenous peoples to the fore and has pitted Indigenous rights against the desire by Alberta to maintain a prosperous fossil fuel industry.The court’s decision, however, said “the public interest and the duty to consult do not operate in conflict,” and that “a project authorization that breaches the constitutionally protected rights of Indigenous peoples cannot serve the public interest.”Amid growing uncertainty as to whether the project would ever come to fruition, the Trudeau government purchased the pipeline from Kinder Morgan for $4.5 billion and intends to sell it to new investors if it can satisfy the legal conditions.The Treaty Alliance, a coalition of 150 First Nations, has vowed to stop the project on the grounds it poses too great a threat to waters that run through Indigenous lands, and that addressing climate change requires stopping the expansion of Alberta’s oil sands.Meanwhile, the Indigenous Resource Council, an alliance of 130 First Nations has expressed interest in acquiring a majority share in the project.Sohi said Monday the renewed consultations “are going really well,” and that the Liberals “have eight teams on the ground [supported] by close to 60 individuals.”He said the “teams are properly trained and they have the mandate to have meaningful discussions with the Indigenous communities to move forward in offering accommodations where accommodations are possible to be offered.”Sohi also said he has personally met “with more than 40 Indigenous groups,” and that former Supreme Court Justice Frank Iacobucci—who the Trudeau government appointed to facilitate the consultations—“has held his roundtables” with Indigenous communities.One of those roundtables garnered national media attention last month when three members of the Tiny House Warriors were arrested after attempting to enter a pre-consultation roundtable discussion between federal officials and representatives from local Indigenous communities at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, B.C.A few days earlier, Secwepemc Chief Judy Wilson of the Neskonlith Indian Band told Trudeau at an Assembly of First Nations assembly in Ottawa that there “was no consent” from the Secwepemc Nation on Trans Mountain.“You can’t count a few [impact and benefit agreements] with some of the communities as consent because it’s the proper title holders of those nations that hold the title,” she said. “And it’s the bands that might have been under duress – but it’s not a proper process.”[email protected]@APTNnewslast_img read more

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Hoeness on Kovac future There is a need for internal talks

first_imgBayern Munich president Uli Hoeness acknowledged the need for discussions, but guaranteed Niko Kovac will remain in charge against Benfica on TuesdayThe Bavarians appeared set for a 3-1 win in Saturday’s Bundesliga game with Fortuna Dusseldorf after Thomas Muller’s brace and a goal from Niklas Sule.However, in the final 15 minutes at Munich, Dodi Lukebakio scored two late goals to complete his hat-trick and secure Dusseldorf an unlikely point.The draw leaves Bayern without a win in three league games and nine points behind leaders Borussia Dortmund in fifth.Now Hoeness admits that private talks with Kovac over the situation are necessary.“Today is a difficult day for us,” Hoeness told Bild.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“There is a need for internal discussions. But on Tuesday our coach will definitely be called Niko Kovac.”The 66-year-old was particularly frustrated by Bayern’s lacklustre defending.“What I saw in the first goal I know only from slapstick comedy films,” added Hoeness.“That is surreal. I feel like I am in a bad film.”The Champions League Group E game between Bayern and Benfica will begin at 21:00 (CET) on Tuesday.last_img read more

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Iniesta suffered to adapt to Japan

first_imgThe former Barcelona superstar Andres Iniesta said he and his family had a hard time adapting to Japanese life.One of Barcelona’s biggest stars, Andres Iniesta, decided to leave the Spanish La Liga giants to join Japanese side, Vissel Kobe.For many it was a shocking move, to others it was expected as the player is now aging but he doesn’t want to stop playing football.And now the 34-year-old explains how difficult was to adapt to the Japanese lifestyle.“I have to confess that the adaption process has not been easy during my first six months in Japan, in sporting and in family terms,” he was quoted by ESPN.“We arrived here after the World Cup, so we had hardly any time to organize ourselves.”“We have spent our time getting used to the differences between the two cultures,” he added.“Japanese customs are radically different to ours [in Spain] but, finally, we feel adapted. Now it’s time to enjoy being here.”Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…“After a run of six or seven defeats when I first got here, I was surprised how well the fans took the bad results,” he said comparing how Barca fans feel after a bad result.“The Japanese take losing in a very different way to how we do in Spain.”“I’ve found it hard to adapt to that philosophy. I have always been very competitive. I have never liked losing. Now, I have to learn from them and see it from another point of view. They’re competitive, but they extract other conclusions from defeats,” he explained.“But my time here has been infinitely more relaxed than my spell at Barca. I was completely empty [in Spain]. I had nothing left. The pressure at a club like Barca is huge. Coming to Kobe has released me from that tension.”90 años de fútbol, de pasión y de ilusiones. Fue un privilegio jugar en @LaLiga con tantos y tantos grandes jugadores y compañeros. Por muchos años más de fútbol. pic.twitter.com/htBDa4r3P9— Andrés Iniesta (@andresiniesta8) February 11, 2019last_img read more

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Govt hikes limit of eway bill for intrastate movement to Rs 1

first_imgKolkata: State Finance and Industry minister Amit Mitra said on Thursday that the state government has increased the threshold limit to Rs 1 lakh for the electronic-way or e-way bill in case of movement of goods within the state, from the existing limit of up to Rs 50,000.He further announced that the generation of such bill for an intra-state movement of goods is being exempted, where goods are being sent to job workers.”The e-way bill with regard to movement of goods within the state originating and terminating within Bengal (intra-state movement but without passing through any other state), would be required where the consignment value exceeds Rs 1 lakh. Such limit is up to Rs 50,000 in other states. We have raised the limit keeping in mind the interest of our small traders,” Mitra said at the Kolkata Garment Expo 2018, organised by Bengal Readymade Garments Manufacturers and Traders Welfare Association. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedQuoting the notification that was issued by the Commissioner of State Tax, Bengal on Thursday, Mitra added: “Generation of e-way bill for an intra-state movement of goods is exempted where such goods are being sent to a job worker for job work, being sent from one job worker to another, or are being returned to the principal after such job work and where such transportation is not for final delivery of the finished goods.”It may be mentioned that the Central government had launched the e-way bill system from April 1, for moving goods worth over Rs 50,000 from one state to another and the same for intra or within the state movement was rolled out from April 15 in a phased manner. Such a bill is required when the value of taxable consignment, along with the tax value, is more than Rs 50,000. Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJPThe Finance minister also announced a textile hub at Nangi in Maheshtala, South 24-Parganas, on a land of nine lakh sq ft, for facilitating garment manufacturers and traders and a common facility centre would also be set up.According to him, nearly 30,000 artisans and entrepreneurs, including organised and unorganised sectors, have been working in Metiabruz, a hub of garments and apparel manufacturing in the state that generates over 5 lakh jobs.Mitra reiterated that the Mamata Banerjee government is leaving no stones unturned to bring the unorganised sector under an organised set-up so that they get better margins and manufacture products of export standards.”The common facility centre will house design, laboratory and other facilities for facilitating the manufacturers,” Mitra added. In Metiabruz, 90 percent small entrepreneurs and artisans are unorganised.According to him, bank lending to MSMEs in the last year was Rs 44,000 crore, exceeding the target of Rs 38,000 crore in the state.last_img read more

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Mamata urges Kolkatans to maintain peace and harmony during Puja

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee urged people to maintain communal peace and harmony during the festive season.While inaugurating the community Puja at 74 Palli in Kidderpore on Thursday afternoon, she said many people will come from other states and even foreign countries to see the gala festival.”Durga Puja has become international. National Geographic will cover the Puja in 2018. It is the biggest festival in India and people from different religions and communities take part in it. It is our responsibility to maintain peace and harmony during the same.” Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAssuring the gathering she said she has the information that there will be no rain during the Pujas and dry spell will start from Saturday or Sunday.Banerjee also inaugurated the Puja at 25 Palli in Kidderpore. She was accompanied by Firhad Hakim, state Urban Development and Municipal Affairs minister. She said: “In addition to proper Kolkata, some Pujas in Kidderpore, Behala and Metiabruz are also beautiful.”Banerjee asked the organisers of Badamtala Ashar Sangha in Rashbehari area to reduce the size of the pandal. “There should be free entry and exit of people and the pathways situated on two sides cannot be blocked, in order to combat any emergency,” she said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedShe inaugurated Bakulbagan Sarbojanin, one of the most important community Pujas in Kolkata. She was accompanied by party MP Subrata Bakshi. There, she prayed for peace and prosperity of people. It may be mentioned that Bakulbagan is one of earliest clubs in Kolkata to introduce theme Puja in the mid 1980s. Mamata Banerjee’s painting on Ma Durga was the theme of the club some years ago.She also inaugurated the Puja of Bhowanipore Sarbojanin Durgotsav Committee, where the theme is communal harmony. She chanted hymns from Chandi and prayed for everybody’s happiness and peace. She said: “Hinduism has taught us to be tolerant and people from different religions take part in Durga Puja. There are some who are trying to create trouble during the festival and I request everyone to intensify vigil.”last_img read more

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REKHA THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL

first_imgCelebrity biographies often prove to be the most sought after reads because of the amount of spice they carry. From their secret affairs to the even more hushed break-ups, the biographies are the most authentic source for fans to know about their favourite stars.Recently, Rekha’s biography ‘Rekha: An Untold Story’ by Yassir Usman created quite a stir as it carried some extremely shocking and jaw-dropping revelations about her private and professional life. This book unveils a lot about the most famous and starry extra-marital affair of that time between the superstar Amitabh Bachchan and Rekha, while he was still married to Jaya Bachchan. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfRekha discloses how Jaya broke down during the screening of Muqaddar Ka Sikander when the romantic scene bewteen Rekha and Amitabh appeared. She also states that it was Jaya who brought an end to their relationship when one fine day, she learnt that Amitabh won’t do any more films with her. Rekha had already received this news from the others, but she was waiting for Amitabh to personally come and inform her about this new development. But Amitabh never came. When confronted, Amitabh confirmed the news but asked her not to question him any further. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveRekha openly voiced her opinion about how being an ‘other woman’ is so much better than being a wife because the man wants her in spite of having a wife. This just proves that the tag of ‘other woman’ that she had got while dating Amitabh never really bothered her.She disclosed the disturbing details about her forced kiss with Biswajeet when she was just fifteen years old. “The shooting of Anjana Safar was underway in Bombay’s Mehboob Studio. Raja Nawathe was the director and cinematographer of the film. In the very first schedule of the film, Kuljeet Pal (the director), Raja and Biswajeet (the lead actor) had hatched a plan, with Rekha as the unsuspecting victim. That day a romantic scene was to be filmed between Rekha and Biswajeet.  Every last detail of the strategy had been decided before the shoot. As soon as the director Raj Nawathe said ‘action’, Biswajeet took Rekha in his arms and pressed his lips on hers. Rekha was stunned. This kiss had never been mentioned to her. The camera kept rolling; neither was the director ordering ‘cut’ nor was Biswajeet letting go of her. For all of five minutes, Biswajeet kept kissing Rekha. Unit members were whistling and cheering. Her eyes were tightly shut but they were full of tears.”The book has all the details about her marriage with businessman Mukesh Agarwal, who later committed suicide. The ill-treatment by Vinod Mehra’s mother just after their marriage and how she was projected in a black light after her affair with Amitabh became public.Rekha is known to be extremely forthcoming and outspoken; she is equally open-minded as well. No girl would ever think about speaking out loud about the kind of issues she spoke about back then. In an interview, she said some extremely bold statements like “You can’t come close, really close to a man without making love”, “It is a sheer fluke that I have never got pregnant so far”, “Premarital sex is very natural”. Her roller-coaster life has been carefully captured in those few pages and that’s what makes it an intriguing read.last_img read more

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3 Social Media Startups to Watch From SXSW 2013

first_img 3 min read Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now March 12, 2013 If you’ve been waiting to read about “the next big thing” in social media or tech to come out of South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive this year, don’t hold your breath. We’ve canvassed the festival and feel confident reporting that a powerhouse along the lines of Twitter or Foursquare — which launched here in previous years — is not in Austin right now.But there are interesting tech startups that are generating some buzz. As the interactive portion of SXSW winds down, here’s a look at three companies that we found most interesting:1. Speakerfy: A social way to listen to music across devices.The founders of Speakerfy can count former NBA center Shaq among their biggest fans (and not just because of he’s over seven feet tall). Speakerfy, an app that lets users wirelessly sync music between different internet-connected devices, was one of two winners of the “Pitch Shaq” contest. Registered SXSW attendees submitted 15-second pitches about their startups in hopes of winning some face time and possibly a monetary investment from the sports star.Say, for instance, you were on the beach with friends but were without an appropriate audio system. With Speakerfy, you could sync up everyone’s smartphones and tablets and iPods to play your music — broadcast through the speakers on those devices — all at the same time. It also allows users to link their playlists with other users. Speakerfy is available (free) on iOS devices and is expected on Android and Windows phones soon.2. Hyperactivate: Smart, social promotions for brands.Started three years ago, Hyperactivate’s “Hashtagart” application creates a real-time mosaic of avatar images collected from social networks every time a fan publishes a status with a client’s marketing message.Having worked with brands like Verizon, M&M’s  and Major League Baseball , Hyperactivate says its mosaics usually generate 10,000 to 50,000 messages from fans and followers, which in turn have directed as many as 500,000 visitors to a brand’s landing page. People are encouraged to share a brand’s marketing message in order to be included in the interactive mosaic product.Additionally, Hyperactive’s platform is able to measure the number of clicks and activations each social media message associated with a promotion generates, the company says. Fun and, ideally, smart marketing.3. LeadRocket: A social tool for salespeople.The goal at LeadRocket  is to improve the way business owners and their sales representatives communicate with clients over social media. The LeadRocket platform allows business users to launch and manage sales interactions over social media by listening for feedback, monitoring clicks and counting page views for pages on their site that originated from those social media posts.Basically, it lets you know exactly when a customer engages with your tweet or Facebook post and tells you if they clicked on it and how many pages they looked at. For sales people, it can be especially useful for knowing when to follow up and what topics among the content shared interests them most.LeadRocket offers a tiered pricing system. Accounts include basic (free), premium ($19.99) and team (pricing varies).center_img This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

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Baha Mar finally sold first phase scheduled for April 2017

first_img NASSAU — Exactly two years after its planned launch date and a months-long dispute between investors, Baha Mar Resort has finally been sold.According to industry reports, Hong Kong-based Chow Tai Fook Enterprises Limited (CTFE) has signed an agreement to own and operate the stalled US$3.5 billion development project in the Bahamas, with a “phased opening” scheduled for April 2017. CTFE, which plans to invest an additional $200 million in the reopening, has confirmed the first phase will include the casino hotel, casino, convention centre and golf course.Perry G. Christie, the Right Honourable Prime Minister of The Bahamas, said that the country is “delighted to have CTFE join Baha Mar Resort as the owner and developer,” and that it hopes the deal will “open new markets and opportunities for The Bahamas.”CTFE, which owns the global Rosewood Hotel Group, is currently in talks with several hospitality brands, including Grand Hyatt, SLS Hotels and Rosewood, to be the resort’s hotel operators. The company said it will begin recruiting casino employees in the New Year.More news:  Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWTChow Tai Fook’s announcement comes on the heels of remarks made earlier this month by Fred Lounsberry, CEO of the Paradise Island Tourism Development Association, who told industry partners and media at a Toronto luncheon that there’s been “a lot of movement” with regards to Baha Mar, and to expect more news to come within the next 30-60 days.Baha Mar had initially been scheduled to open in December 2014 before declaring bankruptcy in June 2015 following construction delays. The resort, already 97% finished, boasts over 2,300 rooms and a Jack Nicklaus-designed 18-hole golf course. Located on Nassau’s famed Cable Beach, it is considered the largest – and most expensive – resort in the Caribbean. Travelweek Group Tags: Baha Mar, Nassau Posted by Tweetcenter_img Tuesday, December 13, 2016 Baha Mar finally sold, first phase scheduled for April 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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