Enbridges First Nations backers remain a mystery

first_imgAPTN National NewsAs public hearings continue to look into the potential impacts of Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipeline project, the company’s executive vice-president says more and more bands are signing onto an equity agreement worth a 10 per cent stake in the project.But which First Nations those could be remains a mystery.APTN National News reporter Noemi LoPinto has this story.last_img

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Alberta considering heading north with oil

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Alberta government is running out of options to get their oil to foreign markets.The province is blocked on all sides by widespread opposition to both the Keystone XL and Northern Gateway projects.Their latest proposal has a pipeline running from the tar sands through the Northwest Territories to the Arctic Ocean.APTN’s Cullen Crozier explains territorial leaders are seriously considering the idea.last_img

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AFN votes to oppose Ottawa condo project behind Algonquin rift

first_img(Wolf Lake First Nation Chief Harold St. Denis introduced successful AFN motion against the Zibi condo project. APNT/Photo)Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsThe Assembly of First Nations (AFN) passed a resolution on Tuesday against a proposed high profile green condo development on islands in the Ottawa River that are sacred to the Algonquins.The resolution, introduced by Wolf Lake First Nation Chief Harold St. Denis, passed by a vote of 12 to 4 with 90 abstentions because many of the chiefs at the Gatineau, Que., AFN assembly saw the issue as an internal Algonquin matter.Under the assembly rules, a resolution passes if it receives 60 per cent of the votes, excluding abstentions.“Now the AFN has a clear mandate to oppose the project,” said St. Denis.The issue revealed a “rift” within the Algonquin Nation, said Cliff Meness, a councillor for Pikwakanagan, an Algonquin First Nation in Ontario which supports the project.Pikwakanagan is the only federally recognized Algonquin band that supports the condo development.“Sounds like there is going to be a little rift between the Algonquin people. I don’t think this is a place for this to happen,” said Meness, during a brief debate over the resolution. “This is an Algonquin issue that should be settled before it comes here.”Pikwakanagan First Nation Coun. Cliff Meness discusses the passing of the AFN resolution against the Zibi condo project with Anishinabek Nation Grand Chief Patrick Madahbee. APTN/PhotoMeness had the support of the Ontario leadership which also believed the matter should remain internal between Algonquins.Meness said his community’s leadership will now review the resolution to ensure it met the regulations. He didn’t think it would have much of an impact on the fate of the project, which is already under construction.“The project is already on the go already, so they already started,” said Meness. “I guess we will have to sit and meet with these chiefs.”The resolution directs AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde to contact the federal government, Ottawa city hall, Gatineau city hall, Quebec City and Queen’s Park and request they meet with the Algonquins from Quebec which have a claim over the proposed condo development site. The resolution calls for the area destined for the condo development to be instead handed over to an Algonquin-controlled entity to create a park and a commemoration site.St. Denis said the Quebec Algonquins’ repeated letters on the issue have been ignored by all levels of government, from the municipal to the federal. He also said Pikwakanagan has also not responded to requests for a meeting.“We are going to expect (the AFN) to follow through on what was proposed in the resolution to let the governments know what our position is,” said St. Denis. “Time is the issue here.”The Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador passed an earlier resolution in opposition to the Zibi project which aims to build “the world’s most sustainable community.”Zibis is also opposed by prominent architect Douglas Cardinal and writer John Raulston Saul.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

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I thought I was going to die there Darryl Kakekayash talks about

first_imgWillow Fiddler APTN National NewsHundreds of people attended a prayer walk in Thunder Bay that was organized by the community of North Caribou Lake.That’s the community where Tammy Keeash was from.The 17-year old’s body was discovered by a dried up floodway May 7.It’s also the community where Darryl Kakekayash lives.In 2008 he was attacked in Thunder Bay by men who beat him and threw him in the river.It was ten years before he set foot in the city again.wfiddler@aptn.calast_img

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Two day forum aimed at preventing child sexual abuse in Inuit communities

first_imgAnnette FrancisAPTN NewsSinger Susan Aglukak mixed song and speech as the keynote speaker to get her message out at a conference aimed at coming up with preventative solutions to stop child sexual abuse in Inuit communities.Aglukak was abused when she was eight years old.That’s why many of her songs are part of her own healing journey.Aglukak said with no supports in place, her parents relied on their faith.“I’ve grown up all my life in the church, I’ve always believed there’s something greater and without this unseen believe,” Aglukak told the gathering. “The choice to believe in a thing we don’t see, it’s a powerful tool when you set on a healing journey because it’s not easy to set out on a healing journey when the things you want to attain is forgotten, you forget who that child was before the assault  and the abuse.”According to the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK), 41 per cent of Inui respondents to a 2008 survey in Nunavut said they had experienced severe sexual abuse during their childhood.Natan Obed, president of the ITK said the rate of child sexual abuse gets to the heart of some of the challenges Inuit are faced with.He said that’s why it’s imperative to talk openly about violence and child sexual abuse in their communities.“We want what is best for all and trying to accept and come to terms with this reality of our communities and then move away from the reality and interventions that cause less violence that create less violent communities that create safer spaces for our children that de-normalize abuse,” said Obed.Obed said during the hearings for the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in Nunavut, stories of childhood sexual abuse were told again, and again.Yvonne Ninego, deputy minister of Family Services in Nunavut is one of the 60 participants at the gathering.She said this is a conversation that is desperately needed.“There needs to be more training for front line workers, and more resources in place for victims but, it starts with the conversation,” she said.“We don’t hear the stories, there’s only limited cases actually formally reported and there’s a reason for that, it could be cultural, language, so many reasons, fear in a small community, but it takes starting the conversation and I think that’s starting,” she said.afrancis@aptn.ca@aptnafrancislast_img read more

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Most actively traded companies on the TSX

first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Wednesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,951.67, down 3.84 points)Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Up eight cents, or 0.69 per cent, to $11.70 on 20.5 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Up four cents, or 1.16 per cent, to $3.48 on 6.9 million shares. U.S.-based aircraft giant Boeing Co. says it is waiting for the U.S. International Trade Commission to publish reasons for its trade dispute decision favouring Bombardier before deciding its next steps, including whether to launch a new petition.Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED). Health care. Up 54 cents, or 1.77 per cent, to $31.02 on 5.8 million shares.Trevali Mining Corp. (TSX:TV). Miner. Up two cents, or 1.25 per cent, to $1.62 on 5.47 million shares.Crescent Point Energy (TSX:CPG). Oil and gas. Down 18 cents, or 1.82 per cent, to $9.70 on 5.46 million shares.Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA). Oil and gas. Down 45 cents, or 2.87 per cent, to $15.21 on 5.02 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Bank of Nova Scotia (TSX:BNS). Bank. Down 12 cents, or 0.15 per cent, to $81.72 on 1.9 million shares. Tangerine is set to become the official and exclusive bank of the Toronto Raptors in July in the latest sports-related marketing play by parent company Scotiabank. The partnership announced today comes after Scotiabank announced a 20-year deal with Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, which includes renaming the Raptors’ home stadium from the Air Canada Centre to Scotiabank Arena in July.Suncor Energy Inc. (TSX:SU). Oil and gas. Up 21 cents, or 0.47 per cent, to $44.56 on 2.2 million shares. About 400 jobs are expected to disappear at the company’s oilsands mines in northern Alberta as it deploys driverless ore-hauling trucks to replace the ones workers operate now.Loblaw Companies Ltd. (TSX:L). Down 40 cents, or 0.60 per cent, to $66.63 on 797,501 shares; George Weston Ltd. (TSX:WN). Down 71 cents, or 0.65 per cent, to $107.72 on 143,131 shares; Metro Inc. (TSX:MRU). Up 41 cents, or 1.01 per cent, to $41.16 on 612,937 shares; Empire Company Ltd. (TSX:EMP.A). Down 17 cents, or 0.71 per cent, to $23.80 on 702,981 shares. The Competition Bureau alleges wholesalers Canada Bread Company Ltd. and George Weston Ltd., as well as grocers Loblaw Companies Ltd., Walmart Canada Corp., Sobeys Inc., Metro Inc. and Giant Tiger Stores Ltd. committed indictable offences under the Competition Act, in court documents released Wednesday. At least $1.50 has been artificially baked into the price of a loaf of bread during a 16-year-long bread price-fixing conspiracy.last_img read more

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US congressman issues dire warning to Canadas NAFTA team time is running

first_imgWASHINGTON – A prominent congressional ally of U.S. President Donald Trump fired a pointed NAFTA broadside across Canada’s bow Tuesday as Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland travelled to Washington to resume efforts to forge a new version of the continental trade pact.House of Representatives majority whip Steve Scalise, who represents the state of Louisiana, gave voice to a sentiment some trade observers say is building among members of Congress who suspect Canada is ignoring their timetable and dragging out the talks for its own political purposes.“There is a growing frustration with many in Congress regarding Canada’s negotiating tactics,” Scalise said in a statement that appeared timed to coincide with Freeland’s planned return to Washington.“Members are concerned that Canada does not seem to be ready or willing to make the concessions that are necessary for a fair and high-standard agreement.”Scalise insisted Congress does indeed want to see Canada join the bilateral U.S.-Mexico deal those two countries negotiated in Freeland’s absence last month — much to the consternation of the federal Liberal government.But it’s neither willing nor able to wait indefinitely, he warned.“While we would all like to see Canada remain part of this three-country coalition, there is not an unlimited amount of time for it to be part of this new agreement,” he said.“Mexico negotiated in good faith and in a timely manner, and if Canada does not co-operate in the negotiations, Congress will have no choice but to consider options about how best to move forward and stand up for American workers.”That appeared to be a response to recent indications from the federal Liberals that they won’t be held to any artificial deadlines, nor will they rush the talks to settle for an agreement that’s not in Canada’s best interests — a sentiment Freeland repeated Tuesday upon learning of Scalise’s statement.The minister, who will resume talks Wednesday with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, said Canada has been negotiating in good faith throughout the process, which is about to enter its 14th month.“From the outset of these modernization negotiations, Canada has been extremely co-operative,” Freeland said. “Canada is very good at negotiating trade deals. Canada is very good at finding creative compromises. We have been extremely engaged.”Negotiators have been working “extremely hard” and are committed to doing the necessary work to reach an agreement, she added — but they aren’t about to settle for just any agreement.“It is our duty — it’s my duty — to stand up for the national interest and I will always do that.”The U.S. president, who was holding court Tuesday with his Polish counterpart at the White House, repeated what by now is a familiar, if discordant, message for Canadians.“Canada has taken advantage of our country for a long time,” he said.“We love Canada. We love it. Love the people of Canada, but they are in a position that is not a good position for Canada. They cannot continue to charge us 300 per cent tariff on dairy products, and that’s what they’re doing.”Freeland has for weeks been cultivating the narrative that Canada is holding out for the best possible deal, but Scalise’s statement is evidence that there are those in Congress who believe the delay has been motivated by political considerations north of the border.Ottawa has privately expressed frustration with Mexico’s decision to go it alone last month. But one source familiar with how the negotiations have progressed, speaking on condition of anonymity in order to discuss details freely, says Canada transgressed first with a surprise auto proposal last spring.Mexico still wants Canada in a three-way deal — so much so that the language in the deal with the U.S. was written to facilitate a trilateral agreement, the source said. And Mexico feels their agreement works in Canada’s favour on a number of fronts.The source also said Canada was fully informed every step of the way on the Mexico-U.S. deal, noting Freeland and chief negotiator Steve Verheul were kept in the loop.Earlier this week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said a deal could be days or weeks away — and he also hedged a little on the grounds that the government won’t sign at any cost.While Canada has been pushing for wording in NAFTA aimed at strengthening labour protections and gender equality, the overall negotiations are said to have stalled over Canada’s insistence that an agreement contain an independent dispute-settlement mechanism.Trudeau has also vowed to protect Canada’s so-called supply management system for dairy and poultry products against U.S. demands for greater access by its farmers to Canada’s dairy market. Canada has offered some limited concessions on access, sources say, while also ring-fencing the supply management system itself.Supply management has been a big issue in the provincial election campaign in Quebec, home to about half of Canada’s dairy farms. Quebec Liberal Leader Philippe Couillard has warned there will be “serious political consequences” if there is any further dismantling of the protections for dairy farmers through NAFTA negotiations.That has some trade watchers suspicious that Ottawa may be trying to get past Oct. 1, which is election day in Quebec — and also the deadline imposed by Congress for Canada to get on board with the U.S.-Mexico deal in order for it to receive congressional approval before a new government takes office in Mexico Dec. 1.The theory is making the rounds on Capitol Hill.“The rumblings around Washington have been Canada may attempt to push any deal beyond Oct. 1, largely due to the Quebec election,” said Dan Ujczo, an Ohio trade lawyer with Dickinson Wright.“Rep. Scalise is putting down the marker that these are real deadlines.”— With files from Mike Blanchfield— Follow @CdnPressStyle on Twitterlast_img read more

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Vietnam and Russia aim to triple bilateral trade by 2020

first_imgHANOI, Vietnam — The prime ministers of Vietnam and Russia have agreed to nearly triple their bilateral trade volume to $10 billion by 2020 from $3.55 billion last year.Speaking to reporters after talks behind closed doors in Hanoi on Monday, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said the two countries will continue to expand their co-operation in the oil, gas and energy industries and transportation.Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said bilateral co-operation in defence and security among other things has seen positive results.Russia is Vietnam’s main weapons supplier.Phuc said the two countries will be able to co-operate more effectively through the Russian-led Eurasian Economic Union trade deal, which took effect in 2016, and will boost bilateral trade volume to $10 billion by 2020.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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WorkSafeBC fines Site C Contractor 662102

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Peace River Hydro Partners, has been fined $662,102.48 by WorkSafeBC.The fine was imposed on August 21, 2019, after a worker sustained an electrical shock injury. A worker was able to access the main circuit breaker in a high-voltage electrical cabinet for tunnelling equipment.According to WorkSafeBC, the main electrical breaker extensions on the exterior cabinet door were not functioning, the de-energization switches had been circumvented and the main breaker switch-box isolation covers were in disrepair. WorkSafeBC staff also determined that it was a standard work practice at this site to access the main circuit breaker without following lockout procedures.A stop-use order was issued for the tunnelling equipment because Peace River Hydro Partners failed to ensure its equipment was capable of safely performing its functions, and was unable to provide its workers with the information, instruction, training, and supervision necessary to ensure their health and safety.WorkSafeBC says these were both repeated violations.This is the largest fine WorkSafeBC can issue under B.C. legislation.  The report from WorkSafeBC did not disclose the condition of the worker or the exact date of the incident.last_img read more

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After successful breeding plan pandas will be released into wild

first_imgKolkata: The West Bengal Zoo Authority has decided to release four pandas into the wild in September this year. The decision was driven by the success of red panda breeding at the Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park in Darjeeling.Two male and two female pandas will be released at the Singalila National Park. The current captive stock of the pandas at the Himalayan zoological park is 21. The state Forest department feels that the park has sufficient pandas to release some animals in the wild. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe planned breeding of the animals at the Himalayan zoological park started in 1990. At that time, the zoo had one male and three female pandas. In 1993, one more male was brought from Rotterdam Zoo to augment the population of the existing pandas and in June 1994, two cubs were born. The planned conservation breeding programme of the pandas gained momentum with the setting up of a new conservation centre at Topekeydara, Third Mile within the Senchal Wildlife Sanctuary. Pandit Ballabh Pant High Altitude Zoo, Nainital, has been recognised as the participating zoo for the conservation breeding programme. The Nainital Zoo has also reported successful breeding. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway”The genetic analysis of blood and fecal samples has revealed that captive red pandas at the Himalayan zoological park, Darjeeling, is genetically vibrant and genetically sustainable,” said Vinod Kumar Yadav, member secretary of West Bengal Zoo Authority. Red Pandas are threatened by loss of habitat, large-scale hunting, trapping and trading with more than 50 per cent of its population decline reported in the last 18 years. They are at present in danger of becoming extinct in the wild and in fact have already become extinct in certain areas. There are two protected areas having red panda population in Darjeeling —Singalila National Park and Neora Valley National Park — and another at the Senchal Wildlife Sanctuary in Darjeeling. Taking a serious view of the situation, the Himalayan zoological park Park has been undertaking a dedicated approach to the conservation of the endangered Himalayan fauna. The Gangtok Zoo has started another conservation breeding centre and has also started breeding after two animals were shifted there from the Himalayan zoological park. A global meeting will be held at Darjeeling sometime in the last week of April when the Himalayan zoological park will highlight their global plan for breeding conservation of red pandas. Eleven countries will be participating in the meeting with representation from three states-Uttarakhand, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh apart from Bengal. All these three states have been doing work in breeding conservation of red pandas.last_img read more

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Malinga ousted Karunaratne is SL ODI captain for World Cup

first_imgColombo: Veteran pacer Lasith Malinga was sacked as ODI skipper with Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) on Wednesday naming Test captain Dimuth Karunaratne to lead the country at the 50 over World Cup in England beginning May 30. The World Cup squad will be announced on Thursday, SLC said. “Karunaratne’s appointment was ratified by the Minister of Telecommunications, Foreign Employment and Sports Honorable Harin Fernando,” Sri Lanka Cricket said in a release. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhThe 31-year-old Karunaratne, who didn’t play a single ODI since the 2015 World Cup, has only featured in 17 ODIs and averages 15.83 with a high score of 60. He will replace Malinga, who had captained the team during the 0-5 loss to South Africa in the ODI series. Malinga, who led Sri Lanka to a World T20 trophy in 2014, had personal disagreements with the team management and certain senior players, which also soured his stint as captain. Karunaratne, a Test opener, forced himself into the ODI captaincy following his success in the Test arena. He led Sri Lanka to a historic 2-0 Test triumph in South Africa and made Sri Lanka the only Asian side to win a Test series in South Africa. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterThe other option was Angelo Mathews, who has been Sri Lanka’s ODI captain in two separate stints before. But Mathews is said to have declined the offer to captain citing his disagreements with coach Chandika Hathurusinghe. The news will come as a blow for Malinga, who had played a domestic match in Kandy, only 14 hours after playing an IPL match for his franchise Mumbai Indians in Mumbai, earlier this month. Apart from Malinga and Mathews, Sri Lanka had also tried Dinesh Chandimal and Thisara Perera to lead the side at various stages over the past two years since the retirement of Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene in 2014. The team’s fortune dwindled as it slipped in ICC rankings in all formats since then.last_img read more

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FinMin ratifies 865 pc interest on EPF for 201819

first_imgNew Delhi: The Finance Ministry has approved 8.65 per cent rate of interest on Employees’ Provident Fund (EPF) for 2018-19 as decided by retirement fund body EPFO, benefitting more than 6 crore formal sector workers. “The Department of Financial Services (DFS), a wing of Finance Ministry, has given its concurrence to EPFO)decision to provide 8.65 per cent rate of interest for 2018-19 to its subscribers,” a source privy to the development confirmed.last_img

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TRS bracing for different post election scenario ahead of Lok Sabha results

first_imgHyderabad: Ahead of the Lok Sabha election results next week, the TRS is hedging its bets and bracing for different post-poll scenario, as it seemingly keeps its options open.A senior TRS leader also said his party expects the Congress to not cross the 100-seats mark. “If the Congress falls flat and does not cross 100, it does not make sense at all (to join forces with it) as it will not be able to lead (the government)”, the leader said. Sources said the TRS response would depend on how the BJP and Congress approach the situation in the event of NDA and UPA falling short of the majority mark. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh”More importantly, they (BJP and Congress) would want to keep the other out from power,” another leader of TRS (Telangana Rashtra Samithi) led by Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao said. “Right now, the situation is fluid. Let’s see how things shape up. We are keeping a close watch,” sources said. Rao had been pushing the idea of a federal front of non-Congress, non-BJP federal front of regional parties, but sources in the TRS said the party is unsure about the position these outfits would take vis-a-vis government formation. “Five states (Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana) and six leaders (Mayawati, Akhilesh Yadav, Mamata Banerjee, Naveen Patnaik, Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy and Rao) hold the key for government formation,” a TRS functionary claimed. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad”We have to wait and see whether these leaders will be together or choose their own options,” he said. Another TRS leader said in the event of BJP-led NDA falling short of a majority, YSRCP and BJD may offer outside support to the BJP-led alliance if they have the required numbers. “Patnaik and Jagan Mohan Reddy are a little bit insecure in their states and may be looking for help from Government of India”, he claimed. Sources in the TRS said the party has nothing to lose and “is not worried” as it’s anyway “sitting pretty” in Telangana after returning to office last December. But they also said TRS, which is projected to sweep the Lok Sabha elections in Telangana, might be pursued by the BJP or the Congress if the party’s strength becomes crucial in government formation. TRS had partnered with Asaduddin Owaisi-led AIMIM for the Lok Sabha election, and a party leader said “because of minority, Christian and Dalit votes in the State, TRS is not keen to join hands with the BJP”.last_img read more

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Artist Mustapha Ben Malek To Unveil his Debut exhibition in Tangier

Rabat – Moroccan artist Mustapha Ben Malek will unveil his first individual exhibition on October 20, at the ARTINGIS exhibition in Tangier.The self-made painter will exhibit thirteen works of art including his recent paintings and sculptures on sidelines the event, which will last for one month.In a communiqué, the 38-year-old described the hurdles he has confronted during his journey, which did not allow him to polish his artistic potential. Mustapha was born in El Henchan, a small town that is in the province of the Moroccan spiritual city Essaouira.The town is regarded as the motherhood of national painters, including Tebal and El Atrach.Mustapha exhibited his debut artwork in 2002. He has since managed to spread his collective exhibitions across the kingdom and France. read more

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Tom Cruise to Film The Mummy Remake in Morocco

By Bryn MillerRabat – Tom Cruise will return to Morocco this month to film a remake of The Mummy in the same region where the original was shot.This film is a remake of the 1999 film The Mummy, which in turn was loosely based on a 1932 film with the same title starring Boris Karloff. The 1999 movie was an action-adventure horror film written and directed by Stephen Sommers. The plot follows a group of treasure hunters in the Sahara that accidentally awakens a vengeful mummy. The 1999 film grossed $416 million; its success led Sommers to direct two sequels and one prequel. Parts of the movie were filmed at Ait Benhaddou, Morocco. The newest remake will be filmed in Ouarzazate, Errachidia, Erfoud, and Merzouga from June 20 to July 7. Often termed the “Hollywood of Africa”, this region has been featured in various blockbuster films, including Gladiator and Lawrence of Arabia. Cruise also filmed the 2015 Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation in Morocco.Various stars will join Cruise in the remake, including Russell Crowe, Annabelle Wallis, Jake Johnson and Sofia Boutella. The movie will be released on June 9, 2017. read more

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Hungarian Journalist Charged with Disorderly Conduct Faces Prosecution

Casablanca – The Camerawoman who tripped a Syrian refugee in Hungary last year faces prosecution. One of the most memorable incidents of September of last year is the scene of a Hungarian camerawoman kicking a Syrian refugee who was carrying his son as he ran from the police. The incident caused tremendous furor at the time, and resulted in the camerawoman being sacked from the TV station where she worked.Exactly one year after the incident, Hungarian prosecutors have filed charges against Petra Laszlo. A referendum will decide whether or not Hungary should accept European migrant quotas scheduled for October Laszlo, who received a wave of criticism on her Facebook page last year, was charged with ‘disorderly conduct’ while her prosecutors denied that the assault on the Syrian refugees was an act of racism.“While filming she kicked a young man in the shin with a swift kick of the sole of her right foot, and also kicked young girl around the knee with her right foot,” said the prosecutors in a statement reported in The Guardian.Laszlo was not prosecuted for kicking the Syrian man who was carrying his child:“[Laszlo] kicked toward a man carrying a child in his hands, but the kick did not reach the man. The man carrying the child still fell, because … one of the policemen tried to catch and restrain him, and he lost his balance as he broke free,” continues the statement.Petra Laszlo expressed her regret at the misdeed last year when she was fired from N1TV due to “unacceptable behavior.” She said in a statement quoted in the Russian tabloid RT in October last year that her “life was ruined.”As to the fate of the Syrian man who fell to the ground, Osama Abdul Mohsen, he had been offered a job position by Cenafe, a football academy in Spain, where he works now as a mediator between the Arab and Spanish football worlds. read more

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