ERC finalising code of conduct for politicians

first_imgIn a bid to ensure politicians are held accountable for their actions, the Ethnic Relations Commission (ERC) is compiling a code of conduct for political parties and politicians ahead of the upcoming elections.The Commission has already met with the Opposition People’s Progressive Party on the development of this code of conduct.In essence, the document will address the conduct of politicians in all public forums, including political rallies, according to Commissioner Neaz Subhan, who said the code will be “comprehensive”.Upon completion, the ERC will lobby political parties and politicians to sign onto it.The ERC is currently empowered to recommend the banning of political parties from participating in elections if it is found guilty of breaching laws dealing with ethnicity.Ethic Relations Commission building, Queenstown, GeorgetownBut over the years, no action was ever taken against groups or individuals for breaching such laws.ERC Chairman, Reverend John Smith however said that is going to change.After several years of being defunct, a new ERC was established in 2018.The body’s mandate is to provide equality of opportunity between persons of different ethnic groups and to promote harmony and good relations between such persons and provide the elimination of all forms of discrimination on the basis of ethnicity.It is also required to discourage and prohibit persons, institutions, political parties and associates from indulging in, advocating or promoting discriminatory practices on the ground of ethnicity.last_img read more

Madrid face Champions League qualification fight

first_img0Shares0000Ibai Gomez (L) has been outstanding for surprise package Alaves, but his departure to Athletic Bilbao could be good news for Real Madrid © AFP/File / ANDER GILLENEAMADRID, Spain, Jan 11 – There might have been two clubs toasting Athletic Bilbao signing Ibai Gomez from Alaves on Thursday — Athletic for one, but also Real Madrid.Few would expect the team that has won the Champions League three times in a row to be buoyed by a star player leaving Alaves, whose stadium holds just over 19,000 and who, five years ago, finished 18th in the second tier. But currently it is Alaves who stand between Madrid and La Liga’s top four. Real missing out seems unthinkable, and for now it remains unlikely, but as their title hopes fade, priorities will adjust too.The expectation is Alaves’ remarkable form will at some point drift, particularly now Gomez has gone, his departure to a team placed 17th suggesting he too believed the surge may not last.This, however, is where Real are now, fifth in the table, 10 points behind Barcelona, playing catch-up not just for first place but fourth. And there is a possibility the gap could widen through a run of tricky fixtures this month.First, a trip on Sunday to Betis, who sit one place lower in sixth and have ambitions of their own to claim a European position. Then come third-placed Sevilla, eighth-placed Espanyol and Alaves.– Vinicius ‘taking big steps’ –Santiago Solari would have been encouraged by the 3-0 win over Leganes in the Copa del Rey on Wednesday, when Vinicius Junior, in particular, shone.Brazilian starlet Vinicius Junior shone for Real Madrid against Leganes © AFP/File / GABRIEL BOUYSThe 18-year-old’s sumptuous volley was a demonstration of the sort of youthful exuberance a struggling team can rally around.“He is taking big steps,” Solari said afterwards. “We were angry and we let loose,” added Nacho.But in La Liga, Madrid head to the Benito Villamarin on the back of a defeat against Real Sociedad and a draw with Villarreal.Fewer than nine weeks on from his appointment, Solari has already fielded questions about his future and Jose Mourinho’s availability adds an extra layer of intrigue. Fall further away from the top four and those questions will become more frequent.There is still plenty of time for recovery. Twelve months ago, the knives were sharpening for Zinedine Zidane too after Madrid lost to Leganes in the Copa del Rey.Success in Europe made up for everything, even finishing 17 points worse off in the league than champions Barcelona.The coach has changed twice since, but the team has largely remained, save for the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo and his La Liga average of 34.5 goals per season.Gareth Bale was expected to step up, only for injuries, again, to disrupt his rhythm. Isco has been sidelined by Solari, failing even to make it into a rotated line-up against Leganes. “The situation is complicated,” said Sergio Ramos on Wednesday.Marcelo has been woefully out of sorts. Thibaut Courtois, Marco Asensio and Toni Kroos are injured.It will take guts, and perhaps a run in the side for Vinicius, to spark Madrid into life, with the unpredictable Betis offering no guarantees — this season, they have beaten two of the top three and lost to two of the bottom three as well.– Barca on rebound –Meanwhile, Sevilla travel to Bilbao, where Gomez is likely to make his debut on Sunday, and leaders Barcelona host Eibar.Barca endured a surprise 2-1 defeat by Levante in the cup on Thursday but Philippe Coutinho’s late penalty leaves them in touch heading into the second leg at home.A much-changed line-up that excluded Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Marc Andre ter Stegen means confidence is unlikely to have been knocked.Levante now face Atletico Madrid, who are five points behind the league leaders. For now, they are their closest challengers.FixturesFridayRayo Vallecano v Celta Vigo (11pm)SaturdayLeganes v Huesca (3pm), Valencia v Real Valladolid (6:15pm), Girona v Alaves (8:30pm), Villarreal v Getafe (10:45pm)SundayAtletico Madrid v Levante (2pm), Athletic Bilbao v Sevilla (6:15pm), Barcelona v Eibar (8:30pm), Real Betis v Real Madrid (10:45pm)MondayReal Sociedad v Espanyol (11pm)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

10 months agoBologna director Di Vaio reveals plans to add psychologist for players

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Bologna director Di Vaio reveals plans to add psychologist for playersby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBologna director Marco Di Vaio admits they’re hiring a psychologist to work with the players.The Rossoblu sit third from bottom with just 12 points, though earned a credible draw with AC Milan in midweek.“Bologna are thinking about bringing in a figure who can help work with the players on their minds and mentality,” Di Vaio told Il Resto del Carlino newspaper.“He’d be a psychologist more than a mental coach. The last few weeks have been full of pressure and tension. “It’s not always easy to challenge oneself.” last_img

25 days agoEveryone will know ‘top class’ Man Utd youngster Garner – Fletcher

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Everyone will know ‘top class’ Man Utd youngster Garner – Fletcherby Freddie Taylor25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United star Darren Fletcher believes that James Garner is one to watch from the club’s academy.Garner has received significant praise for his performances for the under-23 side so far this season.He is a goalscoring, box to box midfielder who has appeared a level above the others at the under-23 level.And Fletcher believes the 18-year-old is a huge talent who can go all the way.”People talk about the leaders and who is going to help them, which is an important side [to the argument], so it’s a difficult one but I’m sure as the season goes on you’re going to see more of James Garner because he’s top class,” Fletcher told BBC Radio 5 Live.”I’m surprised he’s not featured so far but by the end of the season I’m sure that people will know who he is without a doubt, if you don’t by now.” last_img read more

Video: Watch Arizona’s Football Players Do Their First Haka War Dance Of The 2015 Season

first_imgArizona players watch as teammates perform their first Haka dance of the season.Arizona Haka DancePregame routines don’t get much more intimidating than Arizona’s “Haka” dance. The dance, a traditional Maori war dance from New Zealand, has become a tradition for the Wildcats. Arizona’s football players have performed the first Haka of the season. It’s pretty awesome. First Haka of the Year #HardEdgeCamp #BearDown pic.twitter.com/BpIvKAUEXe— Matt Dudek (@AZ_Matty_D) August 23, 2015That’ll get you fired up. Arizona opens its 2015 season Sept. 3 against UTSA.last_img

The Thursday news briefing An ataglance survey of some top stories

first_imgHighlights from the news file for Thursday, Aug. 24———TEACHERS’ UNION CALLS FOR FIRST PM’S NAME TO BE TAKEN OFF SCHOOLS: An Ontario teachers union says the provincial government should remove the name of Canada’s first prime minister from all schools and buildings. The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario cites what it calls Sir John A. Macdonald’s role as the “architect of genocide against Indigenous Peoples.” The union passed a motion at its annual meeting last week, but it was not unanimous.———DUFFY TAKES SENATE AND RCMP TO COURT OVER EXPENSE INVESTIGATION: Sen. Mike Duffy has launched a lawsuit against the Senate and the RCMP for their handling of accusations about his expenses. He is seeking more than $7.8 million for loss of income and benefits and damage to his reputation. Duffy alleges in court documents that his 2013 suspension by the Senate was unconstitutional and that the RCMP were negligent in their investigation. Duffy was acquitted of 31 charges of fraud, breach of trust and bribery that were laid against him.———FEDERAL CABINET MINISTER LEAVES POLITICS: Public Works Minister Judy Foote has resigned from cabinet and will leave politics due to personal reasons. Foote has been battling breast cancer and was told the cancer causing gene she has been passed on to her children. While her two adult daughters and son are free of cancer, she says the news has put things into perspective for her.———KHADR FACES LEGAL ACTION IN ALBERTA: Lawyers representing the widow of an American soldier are launching legal action in Alberta against Omar Khadr. The move duplicates one in the Ontario courts seeking enforcement of a massive U.S. damages award against the former Guantanamo Bay detainee. The claim calls on the Canadian courts to recognize the judgment from Utah, and to issue a “corresponding” judgment in the amount of $173.88 million — the Canadian value of the US$132.1-million American award made in 2015. Khadr, 30, has been on bail in Edmonton for the past two years pending his appeal in the U.S. of his convictions before an American tribunal.———SCHEER CALLS FOR CHANGES IN REFUGEE CROSSINGS: Conservative leader Andrew Scheer says the Trudeau government should designate the illegal entry points into Canada being used by thousands of asylum seekers as official crossings. Nearly 10,000 people have been apprehended crossing illegally into Canada from the U.S. since January. The reason they’re choosing to come through unofficial openings in the border is an agreement between Canada and the U.S. that precludes people from making asylum claims at official land border points. Scheer says if the crossings were designated official, that would both deal with the problem and also send a signal to those in the U.S. that they can’t just cross and get asylum.———ALBERTA WOMAN VERBALLY ABUSED BY SELF-PROCLAIMED NAZI: A teacher who came to Canada from Bangladesh eight years ago says a man who said he was a Nazi was verbally abusive, making racist attacks at her for wearing a hijab during a visit to Manitoba this summer. Kaniz Fatima of Calgary posted video of the July encounter on social media this week and says women who wear hijabs must be prepared for such comments. Fatima says the man became abusive and told her he was a Nazi, then ordered her to take off her hijab and go back to her country.———VIDEOS PROMPT POLICE TO INVESTIGATE BC TRANSIT CONFRONTATION: Police are investigating a confrontation captured on video that featured “profane and racially slanted language.” Metro Vancouver Transit police say they started looking into the matter after several videos were posted on Facebook following the confrontation on Monday afternoon. Police say officers boarded a SkyTrain in Burnaby, B.C., after someone used the emergency alert system and spoke to a witness who told them a woman had been swearing at an elderly couple before leaving the train. Police say they’ve identified the woman and intend to talk to her about her conduct.———INQUIRY INTO MURDERED, MISSING INDIGENOUS WOMAN CONTINUES: The chief commissioner of the inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women is moving forward despite calls from some aboriginal groups for resignations and a reset. Chief commissioner Marion Buller says she and her colleagues intend to go ahead with community hearings next month, but will do so in a better way. In recent months, the commission has faced questions from concerned relatives who say they have lost faith in the inquiry because it is not giving families enough of a voice.———NHL REMEMBERS BRYAN MURRAY: A memorial was held in Ottawa on Thursday for longtime NHL coach Bryan Murray. Murray died earlier this month at the age of 74 after a three-year battle with colon cancer. Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Lou Lamoriello and coach Mike Babcock attended the memorial, as were former NHL players including Daniel Alfredsson and Luc Robitaille and current members of the Senators roster.———HOSTAGE SITUATION IN SOUTH CAROLINA ENDS WITH ONE DEAD, GUNMAN WOUNDED: A hostage situation in a Charleston, S.C., restaurant has ended with the gunman being shot by police. Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg said the restaurant employee shot by the gunman Thursday has died. Police says all the hostages at Virginia’s restaurant were rescued safely, it’s not clear how many there were. Police say the restaurant on tourist-heavy King Street was packed at lunchtime and officers helped rescue the wounded man and a number of diners.———last_img read more

Suit alleges Motel 6 discriminated against Latino customers

first_imgPHOENIX – A civil rights group sued Motel 6 on Tuesday, alleging it discriminated against some Latino customers at two locations in Phoenix by giving their whereabouts and personal information to U.S. immigration agents who later arrested at least seven guests.The lawsuit by the Mexican American Legal Defence and Educational Fund said Motel 6 had a corporate policy or practice of giving Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents information that guests provided at check-in.It also alleges that Motel 6 provided such information without requiring authorities to get a warrant or without having a reasonable suspicion that crimes were being committed.“We are seeking to deter any (law enforcement) operation of this sort,” said Thomas Saenz, president of the civil rights group.Motel 6 declined to comment on the lawsuit but said in a statement that it takes guests’ privacy seriously.The national budget motel chain said in September that its Phoenix employees will no longer work with immigration authorities after the Phoenix New Times newspaper reported that workers were providing guests’ names to agents who later arrested 20 people on immigration charges.In a tweet at the time, Motel 6 said: “This was implemented at the local level without the knowledge of senior management.”Earlier this month, the Washington state attorney general sued the chain, saying it had violated a state consumer protection law by providing the private information of thousands of guests to immigration agents without a warrant.The lawsuit alleged Motel 6 was aware that agents used the registration information to single out guests based on their national origin. Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s office began investigating after news reports about the Phoenix case.The chain has said it had told its more than 1,400 locations that they were prohibited from voluntarily providing guest lists to immigration authorities.The Phoenix lawsuit was filed in federal court on behalf of eight unnamed Latinos who stayed at two Motel 6 locations in the city during June and July. All but one of the eight was arrested.ICE agents visited some of the guests at their motel rooms a day after they showed passports, driver’s licenses or identification cards issued by the Mexican government to Motel 6 employees, according to the lawsuit.As a result, one woman was deported from the United States, while a man spent 30 days in a detention centre until he could raise a $7,500 bond. In two instances, ICE agents laughed when guests asked them whether Motel 6 had provided their personal information, the lawsuit said.It said the eight guests had a reasonable expectation that their information would not be shared with federal authorities and alleged that the discrimination was made because of their race or national origin.The Latinos who sued said they suffered emotional distress, fear and humiliation.They are seeking undisclosed financial damages and are asking a judge to declare the information sharing a violation of anti-discrimination law and constitutional protections against unreasonable searches and seizures.Immigration and Customs Enforcement wasn’t targeted in the lawsuit. Yasmeen Pitts O’Keefe, a spokeswoman for the agency’s operation in Arizona, declined to comment on it.___Follow Jacques Billeaud at twitter.com/jacquesbilleaud. His work can be found at https://www.apnews.com/search/jacques%20billeaud .last_img read more

BC Chamber of Commerce reports on the Budget 2019

first_imgThe BCCC shares the areas the Budget did not address issues identified by businesses;A commitment to a comprehensive review of the taxation system to make it fair and less cumbersome for businesses.A broad-based commitment to reduce the regulatory burden on businesses. VANCOUVER, B.C. – The BC Chamber of Commerce (BCCC) reports the Budget 2019 leaves business concerns to the side by falling short on addressing fundamental issues that affect B.C. businesses.The BCCC share there were some small wins in the budget, yet the budget failed to address key issues such as global tax competitiveness, reduced business confidence, and a slumping investment in BC businesses.“Our 2018 Collective Perspective Survey showed that confidence in the BC economy is declining in 50% of BC businesses.  “Current tax rates are hurting our ability to compete globally,” says Val Litwin, CEO of the BC Chamber of Commerce. This budget didn’t adequately address productivity or competitiveness in a way that will grow our economy, create meaningful employment, and generate the revenues we need to sustain a healthy prosperous province and country,” Litwin says. The BCCC shares the areas the Budget did deliver in areas significant to BC Businesses;Multiple funding mechanisms to ensure that high-speed internet access is Canada-wide by 2030, with $1.7 billion specifically earmarked for rural, remote and Northern communities.$631.2 million to expand Work-Integrated-Learning (WIL) programs, with a view to create up to 20,000 new WIL opportunities outside of STEM-related fields.$150 million to create new partnerships between government and industry to create up to 20,000 new WIL opportunities.Multiple funding mechanisms to enhance apprentice programs in skilled trades.$3 billion in tax incentives through the SR&ED tax incentive to support business research and development (R&D) in Canada. The program provides a 35-per-cent refundable tax credit to eligible small and medium-sized businesses.center_img A renewed commitment to eliminating inter-provincial trade barriers and mobility.Support for SMEs to find new export opportunities and expand Canada’s ability to diversify its trade.A clear strategy to move the Trans Mountain pipeline forward, given the significant investment made by Canadian taxpayers.Budget 2019 proposals the BCCC share, require more consideration and details before determining the impact on businesses;The Budget identified funding programs to develop “regulatory roadmaps” to address stakeholder issues and irritants. While these efforts align with the BC Chamber’s interest in reducing the regulatory burden on Canadian businesses, the Budget proposals, unfortunately, maintain a lacklustre, made-by-government solution to a made-by-government problem.The new Canadian Training Credit and EI Training Support Benefits to support the up-skilling and re-skilling of Canadians align with the BC Chamber’s recommendations. However, the potential impact on small businesses remains unclear. The BC Chamber needs more information and wants to see a commitment that business is consulted.The Budget offered little new information regarding the national pharmacare plan. The BC Chamber supports focusing on the 10% of Canadians that are uninsured or underinsured and also supports the value of bulk drug purchasing to help British Columbians manage costs.The BC Chamber supports the Global Talent Stream program but would like to see a commitment from the program to bring skilled immigrants to rural communities, where they are often most needed.The BC Chamber network will continue to engage with Federal representatives to prioritize restoring a competitive tax structure, reducing regulatory burdens, and increasing access to skilled labour as critical priorities to maintain prosperity for all British Columbians.last_img read more

Deadly sectarian violence cripples Algeria desert city

first_imgGHARDAIA, Algeria – Daily life has ground to a halt in Ghardaia, a picturesque Algerian city on the edge of the Sahara turned into a ghost town by a wave of sectarian violence.The UNESCO world heritage site, some 600 kilometres (370 miles) south of Algiers, has been rocked since December by clashes between the Chaamba community of Arab origin and the majority Mozabites, indigenous Berbers belonging to the Ibadi Muslim sect.The oasis settlement, with its 90,000 inhabitants, was a scene of desolation on Monday, with the normally bustling market square empty and charred shopfronts bearing witness to last week’s unrest. Security forces patrolled the streets following the deployment of extra personnel, and after Algeria’s newly-appointed premier Youcef Yousfi visited on Sunday in a bid to defuse the situation.The latest violence erupted after hundreds of Mozabites who had fled during the initial unrest returned to their houses, to find many of them destroyed or badly damaged, according to various local sources.Three young Chaambas were killed on Saturday night, in circumstances that remain unclear, and another 190 people wounded, including 29 members of the security forces, according to medical sources.Five people were killed in the previous wave of violence between the rival communities, between December and February.Hamou Mesbah, a senior member of the opposition Socialist Forces Front (FFS), on Saturday described the centre of Ghardaia as a “ghost town,” saying that Mozabites living in mixed neighbourhoods whose property had been torched were still waiting to recover whatever belongings they could.Some of the burnt-out shops belonging to members of the Chaamba community were still smouldering on Sunday night, despite the efforts of the local fire service.Hadj Mabrouk Zahouani ran the well-known store “Rahala” (“Journey” in Arabic), which opened its doors in 1950 but was left in ruins by last week’s violence.Before the unrest customers would come from all across the Algerian desert to purchase his wares, which ranged from kitchen dishes to traditional clothes and footwear.“I didn’t close my shop until the riots began (in December), and when things calmed down I reopened. This time I have lost the shop and its contents,” Zahouani told AFP.The total damage from the latest violence is difficult to evaluate, but Bahmed Babaoumoussa, a member of the committee for Thenia neighbourhood, put the cost of the losses there alone at more than four million euros.The shops along the town’s main street, most of them Arab, were all shut on Monday.“The Mozabites don’t live in the town centre but they do have shops here,” said Moussa, a postman in his 30s.On Monday those shops were easy enough to identify, whether by the police guards deployed outside them or the hostile messages scrawled on their walls, such as: “This is a Mozabite shop,” and “Get out.”Once-flourishing trade hub The two communities have coexisted for centuries, but as elsewhere in the region, limited economic opportunities, despite the proximity of Algeria’s vast oil and gas wealth, have aggravated social tensions.Trade has always been Ghardaia’s economic mainstay, and one police officer posted on the deserted main street said he couldn’t imagine the town without its shops and bustling business.For 30 years tourism has flourished here, he said, driven in particular by demand for the jewelry and carpets typical of the area, which is also famous for its ksour, or traditional villages.Saleh Echeikh, a professor at Ghardaia university, blamed the communal violence on a “third party”, accusing criminal gangs linked to theft and drug dealing of instigating the clashes.“They have forced the shops to shut and brought commercial activity to a standstill by all their acts of aggression,” he said.But others, particular members of the Chaamba community, dismiss this argument.“Drugs circulate even more in the main cities and towns along the coast. So why aren’t they going up in flames?” one man asked.last_img read more