OTTAWA—Haunting images of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. Flooded or mouldy homes. Mercury poisoned lands. Undrinkable water. The loss of languages and identity. Unresolved land claims. And a youth suicide rate that should be a national disgrace. The issues facing First Nations, Inuit and Métis people and their leaders have not been front and centre in the 2019 federal election campaign, where political parties have often focused on the economic concerns of middle- and lower-income Canadians, or subsumed Indigenous concerns within larger national discussions of whether to build pipelines or protect the environment. Yet the party that’s elected on Oct. 21 — and polls suggest the most likely scenario is a majority Liberal or Conservative government, or a minority government — will have to confront the reality experienced by Indigenous people living on and off reserves in this country. And those issues will require a big commitment of any … [Read more...] about How will Canada’s next government handle Indigenous issues?
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NEW YORK: Masses of children skipped school on Friday (Sep 20) to join a global strike against climate change that teen activist Greta Thunberg hopes will mark a turning point in persuading leaders to act against environmental disaster.About four million people filled city streets around the world, organisers said, in what was expected to be the biggest ever protest against the threat posed to the planet by rising temperatures.Youngsters and adults chanted slogans and waved placards in demonstrations that started in Asia and the Pacific, spread across Africa, Europe and Latin America, before culminating in the United States where Thunberg rallied."I hope this will be another social tipping point that we show how many people are engaged, how many people are putting pressure on leaders," the 16-year-old told AFP in New York, where she claimed 250,000 protested.Although there was no official turnout, organisers 350.org wrote on Twitter that four million people participated … [Read more...] about ‘Millions’ protest in youth-led global climate strike
14 million families to get P101 billion cash grants next year Jess Diaz (The Philippine Star) - August 31, 2019 - 12:00am MANILA, Philippines — Some 14 million families will receive P101.1 billion in cash grants next year under the government’s Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program or 4Ps. Additionally, P23.2 billion will be handed out to poor senior citizens who will get a monthly stipend of P500 each. These allocations are part of the proposed P156.7-billion budget for 2020 of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), which implements 4Ps and the senior citizen assistance program. Actually, P108.8 billion is budgeted for 4Ps, of which P101.1 billion will go to cash assistance to qualified poor families identified by the DSWD. The remaining P7.7 billion will go to administrative expenses such as salaries and banks that will handle the funds, the bulk of which is coursed through state-owned Land Bank. … [Read more...] about 14 million families to get P101 billion cash grants next year
How many pushers, addicts are there? The PNP Directorate for Operations collates the latest drug war statistics: At least 6,600 pushers and users were killed in shootouts with police from July 1, 2016 to May 31, 2019. Another 240,565 were arrested and are now crammed to overcapacity in jails. Plus, 1,283,409 were home-visited by cops and warned to desist or else. The figures do not include those killed by vigilantes and rival narco-gangs. Or, those who have been rehabbed or still in clinic. The persistent finding though is that nearly all pushers are users who crave to sustain their vice. And their drug of choice is shabu (meth). So how many more of them remain out there? Obviously lots more, going by frequent interdiction of shabu by the tons, worth billions of pesos, at seaports and secret factories. Supply reflects demand; the risk of trafficking in huge volumes, for huge profits, indicates huge demand. A ton of shabu equals a million one-gram sachets, … [Read more...] about How many pushers, addicts are there?
SINGAPORE (BLOOMBERG) - They're the chunky, thick-soled throwbacks to the 1990s known as "dad shoes". And they're beloved by millennials, whose fascination with retro footwear has brought Fila back from the dead. They've also helped Mr Yoon Yoon-soo amass an unlikely fortune. Gene, as he's known in English, is estimated to be worth about US$830 million (S$1.12 billion) through his stake in Fila Korea, which acquired the global Fila brand in 2007 in what South Korean media called a shrimp swallowing a whale. Mr Yoon went on to oversee a revival in Fila's fortunes, sending shares of his company surging. Central to Fila's comeback was its move to bring back iconic products from the '90s, targeting shoppers craving classic looks. Its "Disruptor 2" sneakers, for example, reintroduced in 2017, were among the most popular women's shoes at one point last year, according to global fashion search platform Lyst. Fila estimates that more than 10 million pairs were sold as of January. Mr Yoon, 73, … [Read more...] about The man who brought Fila back from the dead is now worth $1.12b