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QUEBEC’S CHARTER OF VALUES WILL FAIL, PM HARPER PREDICTS
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ADRIAN DIX RESIGNS AS LEADER OF BC NDP Four months after losing to BC Liberals in the provincial election, Dix resigned from the party leadership. “ It has become clear to me that the best interests of our party mean I need to step aside for a new leader, who can lead us to victory in 2017,” he told a news conference in Vancouver on Sep 18.
UN POWERS CLASH OVER SYRIA CHEMICAL CRISIS
The five permanent UN Security Council members have begun talks on a Western-drafted UN Security Council resolution to eliminate Syria’s chemical weapons. The discussion of the draft resolution to be put before the 15-nation Security Council was thwarted by disagreements over the wording of the proposal as American, British, French, Russian and Chinese diplomats met in New York on Tuesday. Nearly an hour of initial talks ended with an agreement to meet again on Wednesday, diplomats said. It remained unclear when a vote on the resolution could take place, UN diplomats said. The US-British-French draft is intended to support an American-Russian deal reached in Geneva last Saturday calling for Syria to account for its chemical weapons within a week and for the removal and destruction of the arsenal by mid-2014. However, France and Russia clashed over a French text which included a demand for action under Chapter VII of the UN Charter, which can authorise both the use of force and non-military measures, if Syrian President Bashar al-Assad does not stick to the US-Russian plan. Britain, France and the US are in favour of a strong resolution against Syria. But Sergey Lavrov, Russian foreign minister, who agreed a deal on Saturday with his US counterpart John Kerry to dismantle and destroy Syria’s chemical arms stockpile by mid-2014, is opposed to a resolution that is under the chapter of the UN charter that allows the use of force. “The resolution of the Security Council will not contain any reference to Chapter VII,” Lavrov said after the meeting as he protested
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the Assad regime’s innocence in the chemical attack. “We have the most serious reasons to suggest that this was a provocation. “Some of our partners have stated dogmatically that only the regime could use chemical weapons ... but the truth should be ascertained.” However, Kerry insisted on Tuesday that the US-Russian agreement for Syria to hand over its chemical weapons must be backed by a United Nations resolution with the teeth to force compliance from President Bashar al-Assad. “That will happen only with the United Nations passing a strong resolution,” Kerry said after a closed-door briefing on the Geneva talks with members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in Washington. “It will happen with the enforcement of the world, with Russia standing by us in this effort, and it will happen, finally, because Assad lives up to what he has agreed to do. “It is important that that threat of force stay on the table in order to guarantee the compliance of the Assad regime. So we will continue to press this issue.”President Barack Obama said on Tuesday that there would ultimately need to be a political transition in Syria in which Assad gave up power in the wake of a deal aimed at gaining international control of Syrian chemical weapons. “Keep in mind that it’s very hard to imagine that civil war dying down if in fact Assad is still in power,” Obama told the Spanish-language network Telemundo. Israel, Syria’s neighbour, shifted from its non-committal public stance on Tuesday and said it wanted to see Assad toppled. Source: Al-Jazeera
Prime Minister Stephen Harper offered his first public comments about Quebec’s proposed secular charter of values Monday, saying the Parti Québécois government’s attempt to ban the wearing of religious symbols by public servants isn’t “going anywhere” as it stands. Harper was asked about Quebec’s controversial charter of values following an event in B.C. to announce new measures to track child sex predators who leave the country for travel abroad. “I don’t see the charter in its current form going anywhere. I think the common sense of Quebecers will force this to a reasonable conclusion,” Harper told reporters. It was the first time Harper has commented on the proposed charter of values since the PQ unveiled details last week. Harper said if the Quebec national assembly was to adopt a charter of values that was found to violate the rights of Canadians, Ottawa would take “whatever action is necessary.” NDP Leader Tom Mulcair also held a press conference on Parliament Hill Monday, to draw attention to the fact that MPs would be back at work if Harper had not prorogued the House until Oct. 16. He was asked about reports published in the French newspaper La Presse that the Quebec government ignored a legal opinion from lawyers and experts in its Justice Department saying the proposed charter of values was “unconstitutional.” Mulcair said he would have been surprised if the legal opinion had said otherwise because the proposed plan is “patently illegal.” The NDP leader also indicated the party was prepared to cover the costs of any legal challenge using Montreal constitutional lawyer Julius Grey to lead the charge. Mulcair told reporters that Harper’s decision to delay MPs’ return from summer break for another month shows “his disdain” for Parliament. “I believe we would have been able to accomplish a great deal in the public interest,” Mulcair said. The NDP took to Twitter Monday to hold a “virtual question period” as a way to hold the government to account during prorogation. Mulcair and his party critics tweeted the questions they would have asked the government if the House of Commons were sitting this week using hashtag #QPQ. Mulcair was first up with a series of questions for Harper about the Senate expenses scandal beginning with this question: “On June 5th, @pmharper told the House no one in his office other than Nigel Wright knew about the $90K. Does the PM stand by this?” There was no response from Harper or the Prime Minister’s Office on Twitter but in an email to CBC News, a spokesperson for Harper said the Conservative caucus “will return following an active
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ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources has decided to close down the gas supply to CNG stations, captive power plants (CPPs) and industrial and fertiliser sectors in the coming winter season. During December, January and February, the country is estimated to experience a gas shortfall of 1.8 billion cubic feet of gas per day. The top mandarins of the ministry, in a meeting held here on Wednesday with Federal Minister Shaid Khaqan Abbasi, put their heads together and deliberated on the gas load management programme for the winter season. According to a top official who was part of the meeting, there would be zero gas supply for CNG stations, captive power plants, and industrial and fertiliser sectors as the country is estimated to face gas shortage of 1,800 million cubic feet gas per day (mmcfd). He said the Sui Southern was estimated to experience gas deficit of 400 mmcfd gas whereas Sui Northern will face 1,400 mmcfd gas shortage per day. This shows that the Pun-
jab would be the worst-hit province in the coming winter season in terms of gas availability. To a question, the official said that the ministry was going to prepare a summary on gas load management in winter season, which would be sent to the ECC (Economic Coordination Committee) for final approval. In the meeting, the managing director of Sui Northern and senior officials of the Sui Southern came up with their estimates about the gas deficit in the three months of December, January and February. The officials said the volume of unaccounted-for gas (UFG) had reached 11 percent fromearlier claims of arresting the UFG at 8 percent. “One percent loss of gas from the system of Sui Southern means loss of Rs1.75 billion and from Sui Northern’s system one percent loss means loss of Rs2.25 billion.” The official said this means that the country sustains a mammoth loss of over Rs45 billion every year in the heads of theft and system losses. The official said that there was an agreement in place between the government and industrial sector under which the government was bound to provide gas to the industrial sector for only nine months a year.So under the agreement, the ministry has decided not to provide gas to industrial and fertiliser sectors in December, January and February. In the past, the industrial sector used to influence the government and manage to get the gas supply in the said three months of winter season also by violating the agreement. “But the sitting regime seems determined to implement the agreement under which the industrial sector will not be provided gas in the said three months. However, the final decision will be taken by the ECC.”
Target killer among 21 held in overnight Karachi raids KARACHI: The law enforcement agents have rounded up at least 21 suspects including an alleged target-killer from different seedy parts of city on Wednesday night, Geo News reported. According to reports the police and Rangers conducted separate targeted operations which resulted in the arrests and recovery of weapons, ammo, loot, and narcotics. A breakup shows that police booked around 12 suspects whereas the paramilitary troops nailed nine alleged outlaws. The sources added that the alleged target-killer, who was apprehended in Pak Colony, is said to have ties with a political party. The raids were conducted in Federal B-Area, Esaa Goth, Shah Faisal Colony, Baloch Colony, Gulshan-e-Ghazi, Liaquatabad, Pak Colony etc.
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Navy yard shooting: Americans ‘sick and tired’ of mass killings
The navy yard shooting incident in Washington, D.C., on Monday has prompted some Americans — including President Barack Obama — to express frustration and weariness, and question whether a renewed debate on gun control lies ahead. Twelve employees of the military base died and three others were injured by the spray of bullets from a gun held by 34-year-old Aaron Alexis, according to police. The FBI said determining the origin of the weapons carried by the alleged shooter is part of its investigation and the public is being asked for information about Alexis, who was killed by police. A fierce debate about gun laws was ignited after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting last December in Newtown, Conn., when 20 children and six adults were gunned down. Obama reacted by saying the country had to take “meaningful action” to prevent more tragedies, regardless of the politics. But the latest tragedy has happened right in
Obama’s backyard — the navy yard lies just a short distance from the White House and Capitol Hill, where the president tried and failed to get Congress to pass stricter laws. There was no talk on Monday from Obama about trying again. “We’re confronting yet another mass shooting and today it happened on a military installation, in our nation’s capital,” the president said ahead of a speech on the economy. Obama did not vow to tighten laws or to take any other specific actions. He did not call on Congress to try again to pass gun law reforms. He vaguely said the government would investigate the incident and try to prevent it from happening again “As this investigation moves forward, we will do everything in our power to make sure whoever carried out this cowardly act is held responsible,” Obama said. “We’re going to be investigating thoroughly what happened, as we do so many of these shootings, sadly, that have happened and do everything that we
can to try and prevent them.” At the White House daily press briefing, a reporter said the shooting will no doubt reignite the gun control debate and asked press secretary Jay Carney to comment. Carney responded that without all the facts, that would be hard to do. While Obama didn’t make any pleas for change on Monday – others did. Dr. JanisOrlowski is emerging, unintentionally she said, as a new advocate in the battle to prevent gun deaths.“What is true is certainly that the president supports, as do an overwhelming majority of Americans, common-sense measures to reduce gun violence,” he said, adding that Obama has taken executive actions to reduce gun violence. “And, obviously, he continues to support measures taken by Congress — that could be taken by Congress — to reduce gun violence in a commonsense way, like improving our background check system.” The chief trauma doctor at MedStar Washington Hospital Center where
Obama open to Iran nuclear talks Barack Obama has said he is willing to open dialogue with Iran on its nuclear programme, after conciliatory signs from the country’s new President Hassan Rouhani. However, the US President said on Tuesday that Iran would have to demonstrate its own seriousness by agreeing not to “weaponise nuclear power”. “There is an opportunity here for diplomacy,” Obama said in an interview with the Spanish language television network Telemundo. “I hope the Iranians take advantage of it. There are indications that Rouhani, the new president, is somebody who is looking to open dialogue with the West and with the United States, in a way that we haven’t seen in the past. And so we should test it.” The interview came as the US confirmed that Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would visit the White House on September 30 to consult Obama on Iran’s nuclear challenge, Syria and Palestinian peace talks. Netanyahu said he was keen to discuss Iran’s nuclear programme with Obama, ahead of expected new talks between Tehran and world powers. “I intend to focus on the issue of stopping Iran’s nuclear programme,” a written statement from the Israeli leader’s office said. Israel has accused the Islamic Republic of trying to develop and build nuclear weapons. Iran denies the allegations. Netanyahu said Israel would demand that Iran halt all uranium enrichment, remove all enriched uranium from its territory, close its underground nuclear facility in Qom and stop building a plutonium reactor. “Only a combination of these four steps will constitute an actual stopping of the nuclear program, and until all four of these measures are achieved, the pressure on Iran must be increased and not relaxed, and certainly not eased,” Netanyahu said. However, Obama’s interview was the
latest indication that the president would like to jump from the crisis over Syria’s chemical weapons to a new search for a diplomatic deal to ensure Iran does not develop a nuclear weapon. Obama revealed last weekend that he and Rouhani had exchanged letters about the US-Iran standoff. Both leaders will be at the UN General Assembly in New York next week, although White House officials say they are no plans for them to meet. Hopes for a new round of nuclear talks between Iran and world powers expected to resume soon were boosted earlier on Tuesday by cryptic remarks by the Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s Supreme Leader. Khamenei said that sometimes flexibility was necessary in diplomacy. On September 11, Rouhani said he had the tacit support of Khamenei for “flexibility” in nuclear talks. Rouhani has said he wants to allay Western concerns but that he will not renounce Iran’s goal of an independent civil nuclear programme. Washington and its allies say Iran’s nuclear programme is designed to produce weapons and is unacceptable. Obama has refused to rule out US military action against Iran if diplomacy fails. Iran insists that its nuclear ambitions are directed towards civilian energy generation. Obama ran for president in 2008 in part by vowing to open a dialogue with Iran. But there has been no breakthrough and sanctions by Washington and the UN to weaken Iran’s economy have gradually been increased to try to pressure Tehran to give up a nuclear programme that it denies is aimed at building a weapon. Since the surprise election in June of Rouhani, a moderate, officials from both countries have made increasing hints that they are open to direct talks to seek an end to the decade-long nuclear dispute. Source: Al-Jazeera
PM and Quebec Charter : Continued from pg 1 summer working hard in their constituencies with a renewed focus on improving the economy and protecting the security of Canadian families.” NDP industry critic Chris Charlton managed to draw the ire of Industry Minister James Moore after she asked him why the Conservatives are “afraid to study telecom and consult with Canadians?” Moore replied that he was getting in the car and couldn’t answer right away, dismissing the NDP strategy as “juvenile tactics.” Minutes later, Moore answered back “typical NDP – when they have *nothing* of substance to offer, they suggest more process to appear engaged & insightful.” NDP critics also tried to engage Transport Minister Lisa Raitt on railway safety regulations and Treasury Board president Tony Clement on the government’s intention to appeal a labour board ruling that found the federal government negotiated in bad faith with striking diplomats. Over the weekend, it was former diplomat and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander who issued a reply to the labour board ruling, and not Treasury Board. NDP House Leader Nathan Cullen said the New Democrats will hold a virtual question period every day until Parliament resumes to ask questions on behalf of Canadians, “questions this government seeks to avoid.” Cullen told reporters gathered in the Foyer of the House of Commons in Ottawa earlier on Monday that the Official Opposition planned to ask “questions of accountability, questions on our economy, questions on foreign affairs,” The NDP also gave notice it will table a motion to end the Conservative muzzling of federal scientists. “Harper’s shutting down of scientists, of firing them, or of muzzling the ones that he hasn’t fired is for us an approach that goes completely against the nature of a Parliament where things have to be debated openly,” Mulcair told reporters. Canadian scientists and their supporters planned demonstrations across the country on Monday, calling on the federal government to stop cutting scientific research and muzzling its scientists. On Monday, Liberals convened a roundtable on the future of the wireless industry with MPs and stakeholders. Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau has said Liberal MPs will return to work as scheduled. He will hold a news conference in Ottawa on Tuesday. Source: CBC News
the gunshot victims were treated injected her personal feelings about what happened Monday into a media briefing. “I have to say I may see this every day, I may be the chief medical officer of a very large trauma centre, but there is something wrong here when we have these multiple shootings, these multiple injuries, there’s something wrong. And the only thing that I can say is we have to work together to get rid of it,” she said with emotion straining her voice. “I’d like you to put my trauma centre out of business … I would like to not be an expert on gunshots.” SYRIA
Canadian Real Estate Association raises outlook for home sales this year The Canadian Real Estate Association has raised its outlook for homes sales this year as it reported an 11.1 per cent jump in August sales compared with a year ago. The industry organization said Monday that it now expects sales of 449,900 homes this year compared with a June forecast of 443,400. CREA reported 454,573 sales in 2012. The association said sales across the country have improved more quickly than expected, likely due “the transient influence” of buyers with pre-approved financing buying before their lower pre-approved rates expire. Bank of Montreal chief economist Doug Porter said the gain for August also benefited from a weak month a year ago. “Still, suffice it to say that next to no one predicted a big mid-year bounce in home sales at the start of 2013, when calls for Canadian housing market calamity were all the rage,” Porter wrote in a report. “Contrary to the Greek chorus of woe, sales are now above their 10-year average in seasonally adjusted terms. And, the yearago comparisons will remain quite easy for the next eight months, so settle in for a spell of potentially solid year-over-year figures even if sales do simmer down notably in coming months.” CREA said B.C. accounted for nearly half of the increase to the 2013 forecast, while the sales outlook for across the Prairies was also raised. The national average home price is forecast to increase 3.6 per cent to $376,300 this year, driven by gains on the Prairies and in Newfoundland and Labrador. Price gains in B.C. and Ontario are expected to come in just below the national average while Quebec and New Brunswick are forecast to gain less than one per cent. Prices in Nova Scotia are expected to slip less than one per cent. “The environment for home prices in Quebec, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia will likely be shaped by ample inventory levels relative to sales,” CREA chief economist Gregory Klump said in a statement. “The balance between the two indicates that buyers have an abundance of listings from which to choose in those provinces, which could keep pricing prospects in check until sales draw down inventories.” Sales in 2014 are expected to total 465,600. For August, home sales totalled 40,350, up from 36,316 a year ago, when the federal government tightened mortgage lending rules and sent a chill through the housing market. Since then, Canadian home sales have bounced back, helped by interest rates which, until recently, have remained near record lows. “Recent increases to fixed mortgage rates caused sales to be pulled forward as buyers with pre-approved financing at lower rates jumped into the market sooner than they might have otherwise,” Klump said. TD Bank economist Diana Petramala said the housing market has proven more resilient in 2013 than anticipated, but noted the recent strength needs to be kept in perspective with sales still well below their historical peaks. “Four rounds of insured mortgage rule tightening have worked to temper home sales, which are still 11 per cent below the peak reached in late 2009,” Petramala said. “The increase in longer-term mortgage rates is likely to keep housing demand in check.” The national average price for a home sold in August was $378,369, up 8.1 per cent from a year ago. If the greater Toronto and Vancouver regions are excluded from the national average price calculation, the yearover-year increase is 4.8 per cent. CREA said 325,180 homes had been sold by the end of August, 2.9 per cent below the pace set in the first eight months of 2012. The national sales-to-new listings ratio edged up to 54.6 per cent for August compared with 54.1 per cent in July. Source: Calgary Herald
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6 killed, dozens injured in collision involving Ottawa bus, Via Rail train An Ottawa city bus slammed into a Via Rail train at a level crossing during Wednesday’s morning commute, leaving six people dead and dozens injured. Five people who were on the double-decker bus were pronounced dead at the scene and another person later died in hospital. Thirty-four people were taken to Ottawa-area hospitals. So far, police have only identified the deceased OC Transpo bus driver, 45-year-old David Woodard. Colleagues said he was married and had a good driving record. Those who survived the crash said some passengers yelled at the bus driver to slow down seconds before the impact, but it was too late. Witnesses said lights were flashing and the gate was down at the railway crossing when the crash occurred at 8:48 a.m. ET near the intersection of Woodroffe Avenue and Fallowfield Road. The impact derailed the Via locomotive and one passenger car, but no injuries were reported aboard Train 51, which departed from Montreal en route to Toronto. The front of the OC Transpo bus was sheared off in the collision. Shell-shocked passengers reported seeing bodies on the ground and first responders crowding around the injured. “I’ve seen a few people dead, someone
ripped in half,” said a tearful Rebecca Guilbeault, who was on the bus with her one-yearold son. Guilbeault said she was texting her friend when other passengers began yelling at the bus driver to stop. Guilbeault said she immediately ran off the bus with her son. It was not known how many people were on board at the time of the crash, but the doubledecker bus can carry an about 90 passengers. Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson called it the worst bus accident in the city’s history. “In literally a moment, we lost six residents of our city,” he told reporters. At a 4 p.m. media briefing, Ottawa Police Chief Charles Bordeleau said three people who died in the crash have been positively identified. Authorities are now in the process of notifying their families. The Transportation Safety Board of Canada will lead the investigation, with the help of Ottawa police and the coroner’s office. TSB lead investigator Glen Pilon said the agency’s priority is to find the event recorder that was on the bus and the train’s black box to determine the circumstances surrounding the collision. The TSB will also will be checking the warning systems and the gate at the railway crossing to make sure they were working correctly at the
time of the accident. Eleven TSB staff members were at the crash site Wednesday. Pilon couldn’t say what speed either vehicle was travelling at the time of the crash, or whether the drivers attempted to break. He did say, however, that Via crossings are a concern for the TSB since they involve passengers, rather than goods. The full TSB investigation could take months to complete, said chief operating officer Jean Laporte. Local officials said there have been no accidents at the intersection where the crash occurred since 2002 – the year the city started keeping traffic records for that area. Asked if the crossing where the col-
lision occurred was safe, a city official said all train crossings in Ottawa are considered safe. Several passengers who take the bus regularly said the driver appeared to be new to the route. Following the crash, 34 victims were transported to local hospitals. Some came to the hospital on their own, with minor injuries. A number of people were treated and released, but it was not clear late Wednesday how many still remained in hospitals. Those with the most serious injuries were rushed to Ottawa Civic Hospital, the regional trauma centre, and Queensway Carleton Hospital.
Wireless firms agree to give Ottawa ability to monitor calls, phone data
When wireless companies apply this week to bid on newly available public airwaves, they will also be committing – again – to an unpublicized accord that governs how they will help police and intelligence agencies monitor suspects. For nearly two decades, Ottawa officials have told telecommunications companies that one of the conditions of obtaining a licence to use wireless spectrum is to provide government with the capability to monitor the devices that use the spectrum. The Sept. 17 kickoff of the auction-countdown process will underscore that commitment, made out of sight of most Canadians because it is deemed too sensitive by the government Documents show that court-approved surveillance in
Canada is governed by 23 specific technical surveillance standards known as the Solicitor General’s Enforcement Standards (SGES). Any firm taking part in a wireless auction can obtain a copy, but the contents are not available to the general public. But The Globe and Mail has obtained past and current versions of the accord, which governs the way that mobile-phone companies help police pursue suspects by monitoring telecommunications – including eavesdropping, reading SMS texts, pinpointing users’ whereabouts, and even unscrambling some encrypted communications. Wireless carriers are told they must be ready to hand over such data should police or intelligence agencies compel the release of the information through judicially authorized warrants. Such information goes well beyond traditional wiretaps, and also includes phone logs and keystrokes. Police and intelligence officials say the surveillance is crucial, given that it can help them gather evidence, make arrests and locate missing persons. Canadian carriers say they support the need to supply surveillance information. “Telus fully supports law enforcement’s need to carry out interception of communications with a properly executed court warrant,” said company spokesman Shawn Hall, be-
fore adding that Telus “will challenge court orders we think overreach.” Mark Langton, a spokesman for BCE Inc., also said his company only provides police access to its systems if it sees a court-approved warrant. “The standards are public and are a requirement for a wireless licence – they would for example be made available to anyone taking part in a spectrum auction,” he said. While the SGES accord is a linchpin of today’s lawful surveillance in Canada, it is hardly known to anyone, outside of government and industry circles. “This document contains sensitive content and is not publicly available,” said Jean-Paul Duval, a Public Safety Canada spokesman, in an e-mail declining an interview. (This federal department, which oversees the SGES accord through its National Security Technology Division, succeeded the old Solicitor-General’s ministry.) Recent leaks have revealed just how much U.S. security agencies, working hand in hand with U.S. corporations, are monitoring global telecommunications. Practices are different in Canada, where the SGES accord spells out how corporations can lawfully help police target individuals. Still, federal privacy officials say they are concerned by the lack of transparency surrounding the accord. “We would sug-
gest that a piece that governs the behaviour of telecom providers licensed to operate in Canada ought to be available for public discussion by parliamentarians, academics and security researchers,” said Scott Hutchinson, a spokesman for the Privacy Commissioner of Canada. “Real-time, full-time” eavesdropping on conversations is just one of the capabilities sought by police, according to the standards. Authorities also want records of call logs, texts, keystrokes and other data, including “the most accurate geographical location known.” Once surveillance is up and running, the telcos are told to pass along what data they can in a fraction of a second. “Call-associated data will be made available within milliseconds ... 100ms-500ms is the desirable target,” says the directives, which add that the intercepts are relayed via secure lines to a “law enforcement monitoring facility.” The companies are also told to help authorities screen out calls between suspects and lawyers. Carriers that help their customers scramble communications must decrypt them. “Law enforcement requires that any type of encryption algorithm that is initiated by the service provider must be provided to the law-enforcement agency unencrypted.” Source: Globe and Mail
Bangladesh strike over war crimes verdict Supporters of Bangladesh’s largest Islamic party have clashed with police amid a nationwide strike called to protest against the death sentence awarded to one of its senior leaders for war crimes. Wednesday’s unrest comes a day after the country’s Supreme Court sentenced Abdul Quader Molla, a senior member of the Jamaat-e-Islami party, to death for committing crimes against humanity during the nation’s 1971 independence war against Pakistan. BDNews.com, a Dhaka-based news website, said one person had died in Noakhali in south-east of the country in the clashes. Police confirmed one man had been killed when he was hit by a stone thrown by opposition supporters outside the capital. A five-member panel headed by Chief Justice M Muzammel Hossain found him guilty of ordering the killing of a family of four during a Pakistani army crackdown in Dhaka in
March 1971. Molla and his supporters say the case against him is politically motivated. They have called for a two-day countrywide strike starting Wednesday. In Dhaka, police detained at least five activists from the party when they clashed with security officials, Bangla Vision TV station said. Schools and businesses were closed as the strike was enforced. Police fired tear gas to disperse opposition supporters who exploded homemade bombs, barricaded roads and threw stones at security officials in some towns. Molla was previously convicted by a special war crimes tribunal in February and sentenced to life in prison. Both the defence and prosecution appealed that sentence to the Supreme Court. Attorney-General Mahbubey Alam said Tuesday’s verdict was now final, with no option for another appeal through the courts. He said Molla’s family can seek presidential
clemency. Defence counsel Abdur Razzaq said they were “stunned” by the court’s decision to increase the sentence to death. The ruling Awami League and its allies welcomed the verdict. Mollah’s party is an ally of the country’s main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party headed by former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia, a rival of current Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Hasina formed the special tribunal in 2010 to try war crimes suspects. An estimated 3 million people were killed and 200,000 women raped during the nine-month war. Jamaat sided with Pakistan during the liberation struggle, but deny any role in the excesses. Several other top leaders of Jamaat-e-Islami have been convicted of similar charges. Source: Al-Jazeera
6 E D I T O R I A L Civil Armed Forces Rescuing Microcosmic Karachi Dhul Qadah 14, 1434 H September 20, 2013
It has never been so difficult to figure out the significance and the negative impact of bringing public life to a standstill in the country’s commercial city. Obviously, if Karachi sinks, it would take rest of the country with it. Most probably, that’s what serves the enemy. Amid various ongoing national crises, the enemy benefits the most by engaging criminal elements and other professionals best suited for proxy war against the country. On the other hand, Pakistan’s problem number one is its fake democracy which is usually based on unfair means. The unfair pressure tactics which work very well in favour of the potential candidate to get elected or re-elected over and over regardless of his lacking integrity or his poor past role. Unfortunately, the influential political mafia is habitual of always getting actively engaged for grabbing power at whatever cost. Like it or not, the vulnerable naive public goes along quietly just to avoid any probable reprisals. Not only, the fear factor but the rigging and over stuffing the ballot boxes are causes of valid concern, hence, there are many question marks about the legality of polls. Furthermore, from time to time, fingers are pointed and the eye brow raised about the efficacy of electoral process in Pakistan.
If electing the dishonest or incompetent electable is a democracy, then it’s highly unfair with the politically aware masses who want to exercise their right to choose brilliantly based on nothing but merit. But, the current system opens gates of national and provincial assemblies for all sorts of people including the human vultures that now are in as representatives of the voiceless majority. As seen, the status quo of malpractice continues to grow unchecked, thus, burdens the national exchequer, and because keeping incompetent ruling elite and the sleepy opposition is way too expensive and a big financial burden on the tax payers’ pockets. Painfully, these politicians turn out to be nothing more than worthless national asset, hence a major liability. A fake politician only safeguards his own/personal interests, hence, is unable to go beyond a lip service leading to nothing more than a poor delivery. With all said above, it becomes quite clear how the situation becomes quite ripe for the anti social activity. Actually, the motivated bad groups are actively involved in doing maximum damage to commercial hub of the country. The way Karachi presents its shameful picture and the momentum of destruction continues to strengthen the deadly scenario.
Looking at Karachi issue for a close analysis, we need to be assured first if the targeted operation is really working favourably. And, in case the civil armed operation doesn’t backfire, that is really positive news. Nevertheless, it’s too early to achieve the desired goal as targeted, because the intended correction is time consuming, of course. No doubt, it has been a severe headache handling a number of proxy forces. And the Taliban factor, Liyari Gangs, target killers, extortionists, transport mafia, land mafia, water mafia, aliens, selfish elite of politicians have already gone out of control. MQM’s recent request for targeted army operation is unacceptable for a number of reasons. All we need is a de-politicised police force and the Rangers. Surely, they can deliver if properly equipped and given more powers to fight out the armed to teeth thugs and terrorists. In fact, recently, the Rangers and the police have been equipped with better quality of State apparatus and communication devices and an improved investigation system. So, they should be able to get good results soon. We are hearing that the provincial government has prepared a strategy under which Sindh police is being strengthened by virtue of its total strength, effective training, raising their mobility, its equipments, pro-
vision of latest arms and ammunition, incentives, legal protection and creating new wings of special force to combat the criminal at any time on permanent basis. Hopefully, with this type of commitment, there will be good results. The ongoing targeted operation against the ‘target killers,’ ‘terrorists,’ ‘extortionists and the kidnappers’ seems to be really followed by an effective strategy to ensure a viable peace and tranquility in Karachi. Importantly, the return from his visit abroad, Sindh Governor Dr. Ishrat ul Ebad is back to his office. That is likely to help defuse the sky rocketing temperature. However, the self exiled MQM chief Altaf hussain, a British citizen has his own addiction at will to remote control Karachi from London. Whatever the case maybe, the MQM should show its love for Pakistan by supporting the current ‘Karachi Operation,’ because otherwise, it would be impossible for the operation in the city to continue. Furthermore, there is high chance of the city experiencing worsening circumstances without all parties on board actually. The other important reality is Karachi is inhabited by around “twenty million” people who belong to different sects and ethnicities, so an autonomous local government is a genuine need of the hour. Otherwise, deprivation of the fundamental
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Calgary Faith Communities to Protest Proposed Quebec Law By: Imam Syed Soharwardy Calgary The Islamic Supreme Council of Canada (ISCC) Calgary, along with the several other faith based organizations hold a protest rally against the proposed Quebec law which restricts the freedom of religion in Quebec in front of the Harry Hayes Federal Building, Calgary downtown on September 15. A variety of faith groups gathered to say no to the proposed law that would ban religious dress by the provincial employees in the province of Quebec. “It is shameful that a minority government in Quebec is trying to divide the community. This Taliban like style neither fits in Canada nor in Quebec”, said Imam Syed Soharwardy, founder of the Islamic Supreme Council of Canada. Why the Quebec government is trying to take Quebec backward? Every citizen has the right to choose his/her dress, beliefs and the life style. It’s not government’s business to dictate people what to believe and how to dress. This proposed faithless legislation of Quebec government will put the secularism in jeopardy. Secularism is secular because it does not endorse a specific faith or beliefs. However, what the Quebec government is trying to impose is the atheism on the people of faith against their will. This proposed law is against the freedom to choose, the freedom of re-
our legs? * Check your purchases from stores, supermarkets. If the company is based in Quebec, return ligion and the freedom to express. that item back to the shelf and buy This law is against all the values something else. of the Canadian and the Quebec If all the Muslims, Sikhs, Jews, Catholics and anyone else ofsociety. fended by Quebec’s idiotic rules boycotts Quebec based companies countrywide, we could soon have them re-think their strategy. Quebec is not going to change its racist ways, so the boycott should By: M. Hajee, Surrey be in place for ever. It is very evident, from recent events, that Quebec is racist, and will continue to be so. We do not have to tolerate their nonsense. When they discriminate By: Intikhab Ahmed, Surrey against wearing headgear, that ofOn Sunday Sept 15, thousands of fends everyone, not just a handful. Quebecers marched through the This is what I propose: Montreal streets to protect their * Boycott Quebec based compafundamental rights including renies. Here is a partial list: ligious symbols. Peoples from all Bank of Montreal: close all your faiths have come together on one accounts, RRSPS, mortgages, common issue; to show their disthere and transfer them to nonpleasure on the streets of largest Quebec based banks and credit Canadian city. unions. The PQ government in Quebec Air Canada: cancel your tickets, have ignored the Canadian charter and re-book at other airlines. of rights in which Canadian society Rona: Home Depot has a larger is based. A number of MP’s from selection, lower prices anyway. PQ are pushing their individual Rona is already in the process of agendas to segregate and marginclosing down a few of their stores, alise all the minorities. Individuals and a boycott will only accelerate from the main stream are also feelthe process. ing the same. The current govern* Move to other provinces. Proment is ignoring their democratic fessionals such as doctors, teachright’s and imposing an unfair law ers, accountants, and trade workupon them. ers that are in high demand don’t Value’s charter have been deneed to take their abuse. Why nounced by Tom Mulcair NDP should we enrich a province with leader and intergovernmental afour skills, capital, and knowledge, fairs minister, also Employment only to have them kick us between Minister Jason Kenny respectively .
Quebec is not going to change its racist ways?
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I hope the Canadian Justice Department will be taking a position to protect the society from this unequal law which is being proposed. I wonder why the necessity was felt to bring upon these changes in Quebecois society where religious symbols have been barred from governmental departments. In my opinion, PQ government is playing politics in order to create diversion from University fees skyrocketing, unemployment, and many more issues. Secularism is to protect all the groups in the society, not to single out the monitories in numbers on behalf of their believes. I urge the Prime Minister of Canada to oversee what is happening in Quebec. The second largest minority (The Muslims) in Canada and in Quebec at large are also looking helplessly on this discrimination. I hope the federal government will take appropriate measures to defeat this kind of democratic terrorism against religions. Levelled by Quebec government on her citizens. You can contact the Prime Minister of Canada and express your views from this link http://www.pm.gc.ca/eng/contact.asp#form, for current crises in the “distinct society” in Canada called Quebec. All minorities should be protected from the discriminatory proposed law in Quebec. IMPORTANT NOTE: Letters to the editor do not reflect the opinion of the Miracle media group. We do not publish anonymous letters or the letters of the people who do not disclose their identity to ‘The Miracle.’ A writer can use a pen name or request ‘The Miracle’ to withhold his / her identity. Please include your daytime telephone number for the confirmation of your letter. We regret the inconvenience.
rights of Karachiites to govern themselves will keep causing the painful frustration and the siege mentality. Summing up, it’s worth mentioning that only a careful “diagnosis of the real enemy” is a must to minimize the collateral damage. I must add here that an efficient and totally fair “surgical cleansing” of Karachi will bring a viable peace. Certainly, upon return of normalcy, the city will be back to where it was before the deterioration began originally decades ago.
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F A I T H Sahih Bukhari Volume 003, Book 031, Hadith Number 204. Narated By Mutarrif from ‘Imran Ibn Husain : That the Prophet asked him (Imran) or asked a man and Imran was listening, “O Abu so-and-so! Have you fasted the last days of this month?” (The narrator thought that he said, “the month of Ramadan”). The man replied, “No, O Allah’s Apostle!” The Prophet said to him, “When you finish your fasting (of Ramadan) fast two days (in Shawwal).” Through another series of narrators ‘Imran said, “The Prophet said, ‘(Have you fasted) the last days of Sha’ban?”
ARE YOU READY FOR HAJJ?
Those embarking upon Hajj are embarking upon a Journey of life time – a Journey like none other! They must prepare mentally, physically, emotionally and most importantly spiritually. Allah says: “And take a provision (with you) for the journey, but the best provision is At-Taqwa (piety, righteousness, etc.).So fear Me, O men of understanding!” (Quran 2:197) So whatever you do don’t leave this behind! Below a list has been compiled for preparation before leaving for Hajj:
1: Islamic things to learn • What is Hajj, its history & rewards of Hajj • Why are we going to perform Hajj • How to perform Hajj–its pillars, obligatory and sunnah actions (books, audio, videos, seminars)the Prophet Muhammad (s) said: “Take yor hajj rites from me” • Learn the Hajj dua’s • What violates the state of Ihram • Review our Namaz (Salah) - Ensure it is being performed as the Prophet Muhammad (S) instructed us to - What are the Pillars, obligatory and Sunnah actions of Salah - Sujood of forgetfulness (if we miss out an obligatory action) • Review our Wudu - A man was making wudu all his life, and at the age of 40 learnt how to do it and realised he was doing it wrong all his life! knowledge is the key to success - What are the pillars, obligatory and Sunnah actions of Wudu • Wiping over our socks instead of washing our feet for wudu (know its rulings) • Tayammum–when one does not have access to water • Etiquettes of Duaa, Janaza Salah • Learn how to perform Witr prayer, pray in congregation, rulings to the travellers prayer
2: Islamic things to do • Update/Make an Islamic Will
• Build on and improve on our ibadah (worship) - 5 daily prayers on time - Build our relationship with Allah, seeking a lot of forgiveness and making a lot of dua (especially asking Allah to grant us an Hajj Mabrur (accepted Hajj) - Purify our hearts from any bad habits or any action displeasing to Allah - Purify our tongues – by speaking good, reduce idle talk and increase in dhikr - Try and fast (e.g. Mon & Thu / middle 3 days of month / every other day) - Try and pray Tahajjud (the night prayer) • Build on your Taqwaa - Learn what is Taqwaa: - Being conscious of Allah that He is watching us /Fearing Allah /Staying away from all that He has for-
bidden, etc. - Reciting the Quran and reflecting upon its meaning and implementing them /Learn about Jannah and Jahannum, etc. • Increase our Emaan (faith) - constantly renew your intentions to why you are going for Hajj – it is a duty we owe to Allah, we are going to please Allah alone - The 5 pillars of Islam and 6 articles of Faith - Who is Allah and what rights does He have over us • Build on being
dah? Is transport provided • How far is our Hotel from Masjid al haram and Masjid an Nabawi? • What are the arrangements for our Animal Sacrifice (Hady)? • Does anyone in our group speak English, who will translate the hajj khutbah to us?
5: Things to take/buy Below are just suggestions of things to take with you to Hajj. They are not all necessary items – individually pick and choose what you feel
mensions: H 90cm x W 75cm x D 43cm) Clothing: Linen Jilbabs, Trousers, Under shameez, Hijab–similar colour as group, Underwear / socks, slippers, trainers, Extra Ihram for men, Ihram–big safety pin, Money belt Bathroom/Toiletries Bag Nail clipper, Toothbrush, toothpaste, toothpicks, Tissue packets, Small scissors Vaseline, Small mirror, Hair brush, Ra-
for diarrhoea • Cream 1% (especially handy for men after Ihram, skin irritations on thighs are common) • Travel Sickness Tablets, Aches & Pains/Muscle cramp/Pain relieving creams & for cracked skin on heels, Plasters, bandages, Cough medicine, Headache/Mi-
zors, Tweezer, Towels (1 medium and a few small), hair bobbles Simple Range (no perfume) All in one–Shower gel and shampoo, Sun cream, Light moisturiser, Face wash, Deodorant, Soap
graine Tablets Food/Snacks/Drink • Energy drink–powder/ tablets to put into water • Snacks e.g. snack bars, dark chocolate, nuts, biscuits etc, Sweetener for tea (for diabetics) • Mints/Chewing gum, Vitamin tablets–take daily(Vitamin C) • Teabags and small kettle Islamic Resources • Mini Hajj guide, Dua list–persona & for others • Duas from the Hadith and Quran • Daily reminders–for when in Mina/Arafat • Light weight Prayer Mat, Wudu Mate (bottle for Istinja) • Contact Cards–to give to your fellow Hajji you met and want to stay in touch Bag/ Rucksack–(for Hajj days–Mina, Arafat, Muzdelifah) Essential items to put in it and not to forget: • sleeping bag, sheet, pillow, underwear, stones bag, socks, small scissors, • flask for water, extra clothing, toiletries–cream, towel, snacks • pocket Quran, dua book Everyday Bag – (from hotel to Masjid, Mina to Jamarat) To carry items such as–money, water bottle, pocket Quran and duaa book, etc.
patient - maintain a positive attitude - say Alhamdulillah for the good and bad - think of those in worse situations - make dhikr and istighfar when in difficult situation
• Increase on your love for Allah and His Nabi (S) by studying: - Seerah: The life of the Prophet Muhammad (S)– book/audio/videos - The history of Makkah and Medina - The stories of the Sahaba and how they sacrificed their everything for Islam (their wealth, health, status, time and even lives)
3: General Things to do • Pay off any outstanding debts (if possible) • Make peace with those we have had a misunderstanding, dispute or fallen out with, or are not on speaking terms etc. • Ask forgiveness from those whom we have wronged (remember a Muslim does should not let 3 days go by without giving salaam to your fellow Muslim) • Finish all important jobs and tasks that need doing before leaving for Hajj • Book with a Travel Agent • Photographs for VISA • Process and obtain VISA • Vaccinations, Meningitis Jab, Flue Jab etc – Obtain certificates
4: Questions and Issues to ask the Travel Agent • Get references from others for the travel agents • What airline are we flying on? Flight dates • What’s the entire program • About hotels names, floor # / roommates, bathrooms? • Do the rooms have air conditioning, fridge, oven ? • During the Hajj days, what type of food will be provided to us? • When will we move to Azziyah? • What which day will our group go to Makkah to perform Tawaf Ifa-
is best suitable. Don’t forget to pack bags of Taqwaa, Patience and your best of manners/behaviour! You will soon be a guest of Allah at His House! Hand Luggage–Essentials to take (Max 5kg, Dimensions: H 56cm x W 45cm x D 25cm) Advise – Everybody has black suitcases, so try and take one that is not black OR have a fluorescent tape / tag /ribbon attached so it’s easily recognisable. • Men–Ihram, to change into before the Meeqat • Passport, Tickets, mobile phone, face towel/s, sunglasses, • Photocopy of Passport and emergency contact numbers • Pocket Qur’an, Dua book, Hajj/ Islamic books • Pen, pencil (with rubber) and notebook • Suitable Footwear (slippers) to change into if feet begin to ache during our travels • Money in money pouch, how much you will need to take Damm/Fidya Azza – for missing any wajibaat actions or any other violations • Sadaqah , Udhiya (Qurbani) • People you want to buy a present for (make a list of their names prior to going) • Spending money–for general items, food etc Main Luggage–(Max 23kg, Di-
Miscellaneous • Sleeping bag, sheet, inflatable pillow/neck pillow • Small stringed bag (for Jamarat stones), Umbrella, Travel alarm clock, String • Laundry detergent/soap, black bin liners, carrier bags, Universal adapter • Mobile Phone (with and without camera)–buy Saudi sim from there, Phone charger • Plastic zippered sandwich bags–to keep items secure and dry, e.g. food stuff, duaa books, first aid–instead of everything thrown into bottom of your bag • Foldable stick for the elders • Flattened cardboard boxes/ Preprinted Address Labels – if going to Medina first, you can buy your dates/books etc, box it up and cargo it back to your country • Spare Luggage tags, Padlocks & Keys, Safety Pins 1st Aid/Medicine • Throat lozenges, Pain killers– Tynalol 200mg, Advil 500mg Ibuprofen 400mg • Antibiotics–Amoxicillin/erythromycin for sore throats, for chest infections (buy in Saudi), Medicine
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Fundraising held in Support of Mental Health Centre at VGH On Sep 14, The British Columbia Muslim Association’s Public Relations & Communications & BCMA Social Services hosted a fundraising dinner in support of the new Mental Health Centre at Vancouver General Hospital. This event was held at Masjid Al Salaam in Burnaby.A number of dignitaries, politicians and community members were present for the support of the Mental Health Centre. Mr. David Ali was the master of ceremony and called Br Syied Ali for the recitation of the Holy Quran. After the beautiful recitation Br, Shafique R. Mohammed, a prominent Muslim lawyer, gave the introductory speech. A number of speakers were then invited to the podium who gave details about the center and shared their thoughts for the support of the new Mental Health Centre and the need of awareness & education in the community. They included BCMA president Br. Musa Ismail, Ms. Barbara Grantham President & CEO of VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation, Hon. Senator Mobina Jaffer and the key note speaker Mohammed Ibrahim Phd Candidate & Fellow, centre for the Study of Gender, Social Inequalities & Mental Health. After the first session the floor was opened for a panel discussion hosted by Jon McComb Radio Host, CKNW. The panel consisted of Dr. S. J. Mirmiran, Hon. Mobina Jaffer, Dr. Babra Rana, and Dr. Kurban Madhani.
Following the panel discussion, the fundraising session was held, which was led by Br. Mohammad Yasin and Irfan Sheikh in a great manner. At the end of the night, close to $40,000 were raised for the new mental health center. Ms. Tayliegh B. Lopez then shared her experiences about recovery and after that Q & A session floor opened for the general public in which a number of interesting questions were posed. At the end, Ms. Sana Siddiqui thanked the guests for contributing to this worthwhile cause. Overall, the event was major success helf with the help of individuals and organizations and the efforts of Br. David Ali, Br, Shawkat Hasan , Sr Farida Bano Ali and Grace Chan, Barb Wilson and Sharia DeFrane.
ment in which their healing takes place. Thanks to funding from the provincial government of $57 million, a lead gift of $12 million from philanthropists Joseph and Rosalie Segal, and significant gifts from other donors, we are close to making this project a reality with only $10 million left to raise. The new, eight-floor, 119,500 square foot mental health centre will be named the Joseph & Rosalie Segal Family Health Centre in recognition of the family’s lead gift.
About The Campaign VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation is proud to be part of a new era in mental health care by leading an $82 million campaign to create a new mental health centre at Vancouver General Hospital (VGH). It will dramatically improve how patients are able to access care and the environ-
THE B.C. MUSLIM ASSOCIATION ELECTIONS will only be held in the following locations: BRANCH DATE POLLS OPEN VOTE COUNTING 1. Victoria Branch Sep 21 11am to 3pm at 3:15 pm 2. Vancouver Branch Sep 29 11am to 3pm at 3:15 pm 3. Surrey/Delta Branch Oct 6 2pm to 6pm at 6:15 pm 4. Surrey/East Branch Oct 20 11am to 3pm at 3:15 pm The list of nominees can be found A) at your local Branch, B) on The B.C. Muslim Association website, C) e-mailed to you
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L O C A L churches, temples, pagodas and religious schools is a true reflection of the Canadian Mosaic. This Highway to Heaven is a great attribute to Richmond’s respect for diverse cultures and faiths. To their credit, City of Richmond, Richmond School District and various other agencies are doing an excellent job in promoting mutual understanding and intercultural harmony. In a sense, it is a total community effort to create such an environment. A few years ago, CBC conducted a poll of Canada’s Wonders. Out of 25,000 entries, our Highway to Heaven made the cut as one of the final 52 nominees. This is a great tribute to the City of Richmond and its citizens. In addition to adults of all ages, the Highway to Heaven is a favourite field trip destination for adults and children alike. Students and teachers from all over consider a tour of the No. 5 Road as a valuable learning experience. India Cultural Centre of Canada, home of Gurdwara Nanak Niwas, has the honour of being the first place of worship built on this Road almost 27 years ago. Since then it has taken the lead to bring to-
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Don’t be deceived by Incompetent Immigration Consultants/Lawyers
By: Taslim Haq, Richmond. Incompetent or unscrupulous consultants registered or not, give poor advice, encourage clients to lie, and place them in the wrong immigration stream. That jeopardizes a client’s chance of being accepted. Consultants get their message across to would-be immigrants more effectively than the government, thanks to multilingual websites, ads in the ethnic press, and word on the street. That message is strongly optimistic, often exaggerating opportunities in Canada. Clients may fear being deported if they speak up about unethical or incompetent greedy advisers. For years, the migrant tells no one about the ripoff, even the police, for fear of being deported. I personally know a family who were recently deported. They were attracted by an ad. in our bi-weekly community newspaper. That consultant or lawyer promised to win the case for $15K+. This family pinned their hopes on the Muslim brother of getting immigration status on refugee basis. A bare perusal of Plaintiffs case regarding the assertion of the religious beliefs without any evidence or supportive documents shows the hollowness of the case. Naturally their case was rejected. An appeal was filed, which was also dismissed. Irony is that this consultant/lawyer did not inform the family in time when the case was first rejected. They were only informed when there were 1-2 days left for the appeal. Otherwise they had a chance of hiring a professionally competent lawyer for appeal. They paid substantial amount to this person for the appeal. Had the consultant been competent and done his duty, the decision may well have been different.
Pastor Terry Jones arrested ahead
By: Gulshan Aalani I read it in today’s Newspaper with his photo in handcuff. We Muslims couldn’t do anything to stop the evil, not even speak up, or influence the World Governments to stop such evil action that
gether representatives of various places of worship along this unique strip of the road. It has been serving as a central gathering place for its neighboring places of worship. The latest get together took place on September 11. The meeting included representatives of most of the places of worship along #5 Road as well as Mayor Malcom Brodie and Councilors Harold Steves, Derek Dang, Linda Barnes and Linda McPhail. Also, India Cultural Centre’s chairman, Asa Johal as well as key members of the executive graced the occasion. The meeting, following a delicious vegetarian lunch hosted by the Gurdwara, was very amicable. The backlands, possibility of joint seniors’ long term care facility as well as celebrating the religious diversity along the Highway to Heaven were some of the issues discussed. It was a very pleasant environment which spoke volumes of the spirit of co-operation between the City of Richmond and the diversity of religious institutions all along this unique special Wonder of Canada. Dialogues like this go a long way in bringing the community closer togather.
shows we have no influence at all on anybody. Even the big band players of pluralism, and secularism couldn’t, and didn’t even try to take the matter to the U. S. Gov. This shows how much they (we all) care about the Quran. But Allah took over as usual. Just as in the time of notorious Abraha Ashram and saved the Kaba. This teaches us not to undermine HIS power. HE will get everyone whoever secretly or openly abusing HIS words the Al-Quran. We know the evil spirit the Dajjal will not give up but will never win against HIM. Though, I was hoping that Allah would intervene and burn him in the fire of the Qurans if carried on the evil action. But Allah degraded him and gave him respite of a chance to change and understand the Quran, like he gave us the chance and brought us to Islam. This also proves we are not to kill those who reject and abuse Allah and the Quran. It is HIS job to bring people into HIS kingdom and our job is just to give HIS Message to all. That’s all we want everyone to understand the Quran and HIS giver Allah and accept both if not then we can say: Qul ya Ayuhal Kafirun--, and to those using the September 20-Oct 4, 2013 (Dhul Qadah 14-28), 1434H) ID of Muslim without these 2 credentials to change and accept the Date Day Fajar Sunr Zawal Dhuhr Asar Maghrib truth, as falsehood against Allah is a major sin. Fri 5:09 6:55 13:10 13:15 17:17 19:21 14 Sep 20
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Highway to Heaven Dialogue! By: Balwant Sanghera, Richmond Richmond is a great model of multiculturalism. This culturally diverse community is very proud of its intercultural harmony. Our No. 5 Road is home to more than twenty prominent places of worship. Some of the world’s top religions - Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and Sikhism – are well represented on this Highway to Heaven. Its myriad of very impressive mosque, gurdwara,
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Charter of Quebec values would ban religious symbols for public workers Anyone giving or receiving public services would need face uncovered Public employees would not be allowed to wear overt religious symbols at work under the proposed charter of Quebec values, released by the Parti Québécois on Sep 10. This diagram from the charter of Quebec values website illustrating banned overt religious symbols for public employees. (Government of Quebec). The minister in charge of the charter, Bernard Drainville, announced at the national assembly that if the charter were adopted by the legisla-
ture, the wearing of kippas, turbans, burkas, hijabs and “large” crosses would be banned for civil servants while they are on the job. “If the state is neutral, those working for the state should be equally neutral in their image,” said Drainville. The plan would apply to judges, police, prosecutors, public daycare workers, teachers, school employees, hospital workers and municipal personnel. Drainville said some institutions and public organizations might be able to opt out of the ban for a five-year period. However, he said, daycare workers, elementary school teachers
and early-care providers would not be eligible for the opt-out. The charter would also require that anyone who received or administers services from the state would have to uncover their face. “People have to be identifiable, mainly for security purposes,” said Drainville. The charter would include five proposals: • Amend the Quebec Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms. • Establish a duty of neutrality and reserve for all state personnel. • Limit the wearing of conspicuous religious symbols.
• Make it mandatory to have one’s face uncovered when providing or receiving a state service. • Establish an implementation policy for state organizations. Drainville said elected members
of the national assembly will not be subject to the regulations. Though no timeline has been announced, the bill is expected to be tabled sometime in the coming months.
were wearing a range of religious apparel, from turbans to veils to skull caps and prayer shawls. Protest organizers said they wanted to denounce discrimination against various of Quebec’s cultural and religious communities, as well as Islamophobia. They also vowed to challenge any eventual charter of values in court. Adil Charkaoui, a spokesman for the Quebec Collective Against Islamophobia, said in demonstration is only one of several planned actions against the proposed charter.
Creating trouble, Liberals and NDP say Federal Liberal Party Leader Justin Trudeau said this afternoon that Premier Pauline Marois is trying to create tension between the federal and provincial governments with the proposed charter. “Madame Marois has a plan. She has an agenda. She’s trying to play divisive identity politics because it seems to be the only thing that is able to distract from the serious economic challenges that we’re facing as a province and as a country,” Trudeau said.
Quebec values charter protest hits Montreal streets
Faith groups uniting against Parti Québécois proposal Thousands of people, many wearing religious headgear, marched through downtown Montreal on Saturday to denounce Quebec’s proposed charter of values, which would bar public employees from wearing overt religious symbols in schools, hospitals and elsewhere in their line of work. The protest gathered in Place Émilie-Gamelin and then headed
west for more than two kilometres through downtown to Place du Canada. • Charter of Quebec values would ban religious symbols for public workers • 5 things Quebec’s values charter would do, and 5 it wouldn’t • Quebec charter of values plan could take a few pages from France, Don Murray says Hijabs, turbans, yarmulkes and larger-than-average crucifixes all fall under the proposed ban, which was unveiled by the Parti Québécois government of Premier Pauline Marois earlier this week and which sparked a heated debate in Quebec and across Canada. Noman Safdar, a 24 -year-old Muslim from Montreal, held up a
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NET WEALTH OF MUSLIM LEADERS Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Alsaud $29 Billion
King Abdullah bin Abul Aziz $17 Billion
Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal AlSaud is a billionaire stock and real estate investor from Saudi Arabia who has a net worth of $29 billion dollars. Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Alsaud is the nephew of King Abdullah, and, consequently, a member of the Saudi Royal Family, though he has very little actual political power. Prince Alwaleed owns many lavish palaces, cars and planes. He recently ordered a custom $500 million Airbus A380 that has a parking space for his Rolls Royce, concert hall, steam room and 20 private suites. The Prince is frequently referred to as the Warren Buffett of the Middle East thanks to his typically savvy investments.
King Abdullah bin Abul Aziz is the King of Saudi Arabia who has a net worth of $17 billion dollars. He also served as Saudi Arabia’s regent from 1996 to 2005 and was the Commander of the National Guard for 48 years, stepping down from the post in Fall 2010. Born on August 1, 1924, in Riyadh, he is the absolute monarch of the desert kingdom. Under King Abdullah’s supervision is the security of Islam’s holiest cities, as well as the control of 20% of the world’s best known oil reserves. He ascended the throne of the Kingdom in August 2005, following the death of his half-brother, King Fahd. Since, he has successfully led Saudi Arabia through the global recession with government spending and high oil production. Reportedly, the country is about to see 4% growth this year, which will have positive effect on the King’s fortune. Not even the Arab Spring that occurred under his rule didn’t manage to shake Abdullah’s sovereignty. However, high youth unemployment has remained a threat. The aging ruler lost his second heir apparent when his brother, Crown Prince Nayef, died in June. Thus, he has been replaced by another brother, 76-year-old Crown Prince Salman, the former governor of Riyadh
Sultan of Brunei $20 Billion The Sultan of Brunei, (also known as Hassanai Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah) has an estimated net worth of $20 billion, and rightly so. Born on July 15, 1946, in Brunei Town, the Sultan was already the crown prince by 1961, and became sultan in October of 1967. As if that wasn’t satisfying enough, he is the Prime Minister of Brunei as well. Apart from essentially running Brunei, Bolkiah makes time to focus on his collection of automobiles. It has been reported that Bolkiah owns anywhere from at least 3,000-6,000 cars. He prefers unique cars to the run of the mill, and is constantly looking for something new. Bolkiah also has a Boeing 747 for his own use, as well as a theme park called Jerudong Park. With his honorary titles, net worth, and astonishing power and control, Bolkiah has made his mark on history, as well as made us all jealous with his lavish and unique lifestyle.
Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahayan $18 Billion Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahayan (known also as Sheikh Khalifa) was born in Abu Dhabi and has an estimated net worth of $23 billion dollars. He is the oldest son of former President Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. He was appointed president of Abu Dhabi, the day after his father passed away in 2004. He is considered a pro-Western President and has given heavily to British and American educational and research institutions.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum $14 Billion Who is this Arab horse whisperer? He’s the Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, the Ruler of Dubai, the owner of 99.67% of Dubai Holding, and the guy responsible for those really cool man-made palm islands in the Persian Gulf. CNW estimates the Sheik’s fortune is $20 billion, down a smidge thanks to that aforementioned recession. As with his thoroughbred habit, Sheik likes to go all-out in his personal life. He has fathered 19 children with his two wives. The Sheik’s 1981 wedding to his first wife holds the Guinness world record for the most expensive wedding; $100 million (in today’s dollars) was spent on a month long celebration in Dubai that culminated in a wedding for 20,000 guests in a specially built stadium. Thanks to the launch of Roman Abramovich’s 555 foot Eclipse in June 2009, the Sheik now owns the world’s SECOND largest yacht, the 531 foot $350 million yacht called Dubai, which has 8 decks and luxury accommodations for 115 guests and 80 crew members. Sheik Mohammed built the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, and is the rumored bidder for an unnamed English Premier League football team. The man knows how to spend his money.
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ventures. He was born in Dessie, Ethiopia and has been making business deals since 1974 and is still active. His Net Worth made his first fortune in Saudi Arabian construction and real estate. He parlayed this money into an empire that includes mining and oil interests in Ethiopia, Sweden and Morocco. All told, his conglomerate brings in billions in revenue each year. His Net Worth controls 70% of Ethiopia’s oil and produces 4 tons of gold each year.
World’s 50 richest Arabs worth $245bn, up 18% according to 2010 AB rich list 1 HRH Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Al Saud $20.4 bn. Saudi Arabia 2 Mohamed Bin Issa Al Jaber $12 bn. Saudi Arabia 3 The Olayan family $11.9 bn. Saudi Arabia 4 Mohammad Al Amoudi $10 bn. Saudi Arabia 5 Issam Alzahid 10 bn. Saudi Arabia 6 The Bin Ladin family $9.8 bn. Saudi Arabia 7 Nasser Al Kharafi $8.2 bn. Kuwait 8 Said Khoury $7 bn. Palestine 9 The Bugshan family $7 bn. Saudi Arabia 10 The Al Ghurair family $6.52 bn. United Arab Emirates 11 The Alshaya family $6.5 bn. Kuwait 12 The Al Juffali family $6.2 bn. Saudi Arabia 13 The Kanoo family $6.1 bn. Bahrain 14 Tarek Abdulla Al Qahtani $6 bn. Saudi Arabia 15 Mubarak Al Suwaiket $5.2 bn. Saudi Arabia 16 Mohamed Abdul Latif Jameel $5.1 bn. Saudi Arabia 17 Abdullah Al Futtaim $5.06 bn. United Arab Emirates 18 The Naghi family $5 bn. Saudi Arabia 19 Majid Al Futtaim $4.9 bn. United Arab Emirates 20 Sulaiman Abdulaziz Al Rajhi $4.57 bn. Saudi Arabia 21 Abdullah Al Rushaid $4.55 bn. Saudi Arabia 22 Omar Hamad Almana $4.5 bn. Qatar 23 Mohammed Sharbatly $4.1 bn. Saudi Arabia 24 Mohammad Kamal Jamjoom $4.02 bn. Saudi Arabia 25 The Bukhamseen family $4 bn. Kuwait 26 The Gargash family $3.71 bn. United Arab Emirates 27 Saad Hariri $3.7 bn. Saudi Arabia 28 The Sawiris family $3.55 bn. Egypt 29 Ahmed Saleh Baeshen $3.5 bn. Saudi Arabia 30 Faisal Al Ayyar $3.4 bn. Kuwait 31 Abdullah Bin Saleh Al Othaim $3.28 bn. Saudi Arabia 32 Abdullatif Al Fozan $3.26 bn. Saudi Arabia 33 The Saedan family $3.22 bn. Saudi Arabia 34 Abdulaziz Al Sulaiman $3.2 bn. Saudi Arabia 35 Nadhmi Auchi $3.18 bn. Iraq 36 Hussein Bakry Gazzaz $3.17 bn. Saudi Arabia 37 Osama Ismail Ali Abudawood $3.1 bn. Saudi Arabia 38 Mohammed Elkhereiji $3 bn. Saudi Arabia 39 Bahaa Hariri $3 bn. Saudi Arabia 40 Adel Aujan $2.9 bn. Saudi Arabia 41 The Al Zamil family $2.8 bn. Saudi Arabia 42 Mansour Ojjey $2.7 bn. Saudi Arabia 43 Robert Mouawad $2.5 bn. Lebanon 44 Ayman Hariri $2.41 bn. Saudi Arabia 45 Issam Fares $2.4 bn. Lebanon 46 Mohammad Shafik Gabr $2.1 bn. Egypt 47 Abdul Mohsen Bin Abdul Aziz Al Hokair $2 bn. Saudi Arabia 48 Ahmed and Hassan Heikal $1.78 bn. Egypt 49 Mohammed Alesayi $1.7 bn. Saudi Arabia http://toprichest.blogspot.ca
Miracle Note: The readers may not be very surprised to read how much of the world’s capital is owned by Muslim leaders and businessmen. It is a stark contrast to the teachings of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH), the four caliphs and their lifestyle. Many Muslim countries are dependent on international agencies for loans with heavy interests. Would any of these wealthy individuals be willing to use their personal wealth to replace the dependence on these agencies?
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On September 14, Islamic Association of Western Canada, organized the monthly Darse Quran at Newton Community Centre in Surrey. Mr. Haider Ali Khan of Islamic Association of Western Canada was the MC for this event. The Darse started with the recitation of Qur an. The topic this month was Hajj. Prof. Syed Badiuddin Soharwardhy explained about Hajj and its importance as the 5th pillar of Islam and what Muslims should do and take care of during this holy journey. After going over details of Hajj, Br. Soharwardhy shed light on the new topic of the democracy and freedoms in Islam. He explained the difference between Islamic and Muslim states, its types and what’s going on in modern world at the name of democracy and freedom. He gave many references in the light of Quran and Sunnah and compared with daily life examples. In Qur’an, Allah (SWT) says - “It is not fitting for a Believer, man or woman, when a matter has been de-
cided by Allah and His Messenger to have any option about their decision.” (33:36) Islamic law is absolutely incompatible with democracy. It is a theocratic system with Allah alone at its head. Allah’s law is interpreted by a ruling body of clerics. There is no room for a secular political system in which all people are treated as equals. Islam forbids not only physical pressure but also the slightest coercion and removes the basis of discrimination. Thus Islam – in its purest form – is not a threat to freedom but the guarantor of freedom. Islamic democracy refers to a political ideology that seeks to apply Islamic principles to public policy within a democratic framework. In practice, three kinds of Muslim democracies can be recognized in Muslim world. The basis of this distinction has to do with how comprehensively Islam is incorporated into the affairs of the state. I: A democratic secular state
After his discussion a Q &A session was held. Syed Sharwardhy answered all those questions in details in the light of Quran and Sunnah. He also reminded people who have not fulfilled their commitments of pledges for Masjid Olliya Allah to do so. which does not recognize any religion as its He also announced that prayers will be held state religion. five times daily at the masjid and everyone is II: A democratic nation state which recwelcomed to join. At the end Br. Soharwardy ognizes Islam as its state religion and a made Duaa for all Muslim Ummah. source of legislation. Only few religious values are incorporated into public law, since Islam is not the only source of law. III: A democratic state which endeavors to institute Sharia and offers more comprehensive inclusion of Islam into the affairs of the state. Not all of these states are recognized internationally as democratic under concepts of liberal democracy. There are also states in the Muslim world which are secular democracies rather than religious democracies.
Hundreds come out to Celebrate with MLA Harry Bains and MP Jinny Sims
On September 14, hundreds of constituents joined Harry Bains, MLA for Surrey-Newton and Jinny Sims, MP for Newton-North Delta for an end of summer celebration at Unwin Park in Surrey. Children enjoyed balloons and face painting while others listened to music and appreciated a cold drink and a hotdog.“This is a great way to connect
with my constituents.” said Harry Bains. “It gives people an opportunity to meet in a more relaxed and casual atmosphere.” The day was a great success. The weather turned out perfect; not a drop of rain and not too hot. “This is just another way to communicate with people that may not have time
to come by my office.” Said Jinny Sims, “It was a great turnout, the kids had fun and all in all everyone seemed to enjoy themselves.” People came by to meet their elected representatives, get acquainted with their neighbours and enjoy the festivities.
Sullivan Pharmacy hold Customers Appreciation Day “A satisfied customer is the best business strategy of all.” - Michael LeBoeuf
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Islamic Ethical Precepts While Conducting Business
By: Bilal Karima Corporations today mostly increase their market capitalization and earn loyal clients and shareholders by maximizing profits and growth. CEOs and CFOs often declare to their shareholders that their main priority is to maximize Return on their Investment. When a company misses a targeted earning, even by a small margin, its stock most often declines. The pursuit of profit muddies the ethical bases of the conduct of business and may lead to the adoption of dubious tools used to reach financial goals. The global recession and economic crisis that roiled the world since 2008 motivated governments, media and publics to scrutinize the practices of corporations such as powerful banks and to produce laws that limit some of their and their employees’ risky or unethical behavior. Such laws encourage greater financial transparency, disclosures about the business, and more honest estimates of costs. The lobbying of special interest groups also produced regulations that improve corporate environmental behavior and their treatment of animals. I describe in this article an Islamic perspective on ethical conduct in the conduct of business. The first part of the article deals with hiring practices and personnel issues, the second with managerial honesty and the third with ethical limitations on the conduct of business more broadly. Many Muslims do not necessarily abide by these precepts and many may disagree that they are suitable for today’s business environment, but they may be valuable to prevent future economic calamities. The virtue of work in Islam The Quran, the Muslim Holy Book, defines the most important goal in the life of a Muslim as the worship of God, or Allah. The Quran States: “I created the jinn and humankind only that they might worship Me (51:56). Worshipping includes abiding by the principles of the faith and restricting oneself from what is forbidden. The Hiring process Many organizations hire personnel because of family or personal ties, their attractiveness, their experience and credentials, or similarity in background and outlook to the recruiter. An Islamic perspective suggests different priorities. Islam looks at the individual from a point of view of the value added he brings to humanity. So a person’s righteous acts and sincerity take precedent over his physical appearances, association or rank. As per the Prophet (PBUH) last sermon in which the rights of Muslims towards each other, and has laid the basis against discrimination and racism. This is the echelon and ranks of Men and Women in humanity, being pious and elevating oneself from transgressing the laws of the Creator. If this philosophy and understanding rest in the heart of a Muslim,
he starts seeing and dealing with people on merits different then their appearances; their faith and their good conduct will start taking precedent over how they look. In the context of the hiring process, this hadith implies that a Muslim employer should look for a candidate who is principled, moral, and pious and dedicate to performing good deeds while employed by the organization. These actions should add value to the company, and help it become more profitable in the long run. The honesty of such an employee should motivate him to negotiate better deals; plan better to benefit the company, design better products to meet the client’s needs, etc. He would be motivated by his desire to have his product or service simultaneously maximize profit
and God’s blessing. A Muslim employee is expected to be both professional and spiritual. He joins technical knowledge acquired through education and experience with ethical conduct to produce goods and services to the best of his abilities because he considers work to be a form of worship. A Muslim working to the best of his abilities is supposed to have vision and to be equipped with the right tools to do the job well. He is expected to acquire skills and tools from wherever possible. This encourages travelling and seeking the suitable location to establish a business, collect data, and attend exhibitions, learn new skills. Both employer and employee should try to add value to the organization by exploring beyond borders.
Another way a Muslim acquires important knowledge and skills is by freeing his or her mind from the risk of failure. After planning, preparing a good feasibility study, and putting together a plan, a Muslim is supposed to implement the project with boldness and without worrying unnecessarily about the risk of failure. The reason is the key Muslim belief that one needs to take all necessary measures and behave morally, but that ultimately Allah decides the outcome of all ventures. Supervision and productivity In today’s workplace, the employer requires employees to punch in their cards to make sure they are coming to work and on time. Some employers place cameras in the workplace to monitor the workforce. Some ask for daily reports, send patrolling supervisors, or use other means of monitoring performance. In management books, students learn of the Hawthorne Effect - the idea that employees who are closely monitored perform better than those who are not.
An Islamic perspective on monitoring adds two types of such activities: self-monitoring and God’s monitoring. Self-monitoring is the believer’s effort to restrict himself from being immoral or from shirking. A Muslim who believes in this concept and embraces its meaning is more strongly deterred from committing unethical acts or shirking than an employee who is only concerned about traditional means of monitoring. When Muslims believe they are being monitored by the Lord of the Worlds, the One, the Omnipotent Creator who asked them to act righteously and with integrity, they will be careful in how they act within their organizations. They will produce well, minimize waste, and refrain from deceiving and cheating. These benefits combined increase profits for the organization while reducing the cost of creating layers of supervisors and monitoring systems. Source: http://www.islamicity. com/Articles
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Mian Muhammad Mansha Yaha Ranking: 1, Worth: £1.25b ($2.5billion), Industry: Businessman Mansha has around 40 companies on board. Mansha, who owns the Muslim Commercial Bank is also setting up a $ 17m paper mill. He is one of the richest Pakistanis around. Nishat Group was country’s 15th richest family in 1970, 6th in 1990 and Number 1 in 1997. Mansha is on the board of nearly 50 companies. He is deemed to have made investments in many bourses, currency and metal exchanges both within and outside Pakistan. He could have bought the United Bank too, but then who doesn’t have adversaries. Nishat Group comprises of textiles, cement, leasing, insurance and management companies. If Mansha was bitten by Bhutto’s nationalization stint of 1970, his friends think he was compensated by Nawaz Sharif’s denationalization programme to a very good effect. There is no stopping Mansha and he is still on the move. Nishat group assets are $4.4Billion. He is sometimes even regarded as the richest Pakistani around by his friends claiming he does not “show it off”.
Asif Ali Zardari Ranking: 2, Worth: £900m ($1.8billion) Industry: Politics/Businessman Asif Zardari dubbed “Mr 10%” an unknown happy-go-lucky son of a smalltime businessman who struck gold by marrying one of the world’s most glamorous women Former Prime Minister of Pakistan Benzair Bhutto. Taking advantage of his wife’s authority he is known to have taken kickbacks from many deals inside and outside of Pakistan. Zardari assets holding amount into hundreds of millions of dollars easily, Having 8 prime properties in the UK, of which once is the famous Rockwood Estate 365 acres in Surrey, worth £4.35m has now been sold and money sent back to the Govt. of Pakistan. Also 14 multi-million dollar mansions in the USA, including owning Holiday Inn hotel Houston, Texas Owned by “Mr 10%” and Iqbal Memon and Sadar-ud-Din Hashwani. They (Zardari and B. Bhutto) also have huge business ventures in the Middle East running into hundreds of millions if not billion mark. Mr Zardari also has huge stakes in sugar mills all over Pakistan, which include: Sakrand Sugar Mills, Nawabshah, Ansari Sugar Mills, Hyderabad, Mirza Sugar Mills, Badin, Pangrio Sugar Mills, Thatta and Bachani Sugar Mills, Sanghar.
Nawaz Sharif & Shahbaz Sharif family Ranking: 4, Worth: £700m ($1.4billion), Industry: Politics/Businessman Mr Sharif Businessman turned politician the third timer Prime Minister of Pakistan. He was ousted in a military coup in 1999 and was forced to forfeit $9million dollars and some of his assets including his $5m Mansion is Raiwind near Lahore. Before becoming PM he was a major share holder along with his brother and cousins of Ittefaq Group, having assets well in excess of £50m in the 90’s. He is one of the most popular leader of Pakistan He
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Malik Riaz Hussain Pakistan Ranking: 9 (tied at 9), Worth: £400m ($800), Industry: Businessman Malik Riaz Hussain heads the massive project which is currently developing state-of-the-art schemes in Lahore, Karachi and Rawalpindi/Islamabad. Emerging out of the blue, this developer has reportedly developed tremendous connections where it matters in Pakistan-One of the few reasons why his constructed projects get completed in time without hindrance. Whether he has gifted bungalows free of cost of country’s bigwigs or offered them at highly concessional rates, the reality on the ground is that Malik has managed to mesmerize most through his generous wallet. His land-holdings both within and outside Pakistan amounts to nearly a billion dollar. He is the man behind the Bahria Town. Irrespective of who is in power; he continues to build house after house-swelling his wealth. He is also the first man to drive a Bentley car on Pakistani soil. http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Who_are_the_50_richest_people_in_Pakistan
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Operation in Karachi
By: Muhammad Ali Chishty , The southern seaport city of Pakistan, Karachi is one of the major cities of the country. It is the economic hub of the country and we can easily call it a lifeline for Pakistan. Unfortunately, for the past couple of decades the erstwhile city of lights and peace is presenting a sad picture. Everyday “unknown” people kill almost a dozen Karachiites in cold blood. Nobody knows the identity of those antisocial elements. Many media outlets try to link these killings to the
ethnic strife in the city. Karachi in the past was free of all ethnic or sectarian rivalries. It was due to the ill-conceived policies and actions of some of our politicians that sowed the seeds of ethnic tensions in the city. Then the policies of a military dictator turned the city into a breeding ground for religious extremism. There is a need for eliminating all such anti-social elements from this city. In doing so, however, the government should be very careful not to show its bias toward a particular group or ethnicity.
It is very sad to note that the ongoing crackdown appears to be an operation targeting only one party and people belonging to one ethnic group. If they are criminals, they should be punished. But the question that arises here is that when the idea of a targeted operation was conceived, it was supposed to target all criminal elements that have pervaded ranks and files of various political parties. And that is very natural in a city the size of Karachi. But over the time, it has become
clearer that no action is being taken against other groups. This will only add to the tensions in the city and the ethnic fault lines will only deepen as a result of this selective crackdown. There are certain elements in a part called Lyari. Everybody knows that they are a bunch of criminals working against the interests of the city and the country, if I may say. But they are roaming without fear. I strongly believe that the operation should target every criminal without any discrimination. That
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By Faraz Khan The targeted operation in Karachi began on September 5, and since then more than 300 suspects have been arrested. The Rangers are leading the operation which, they claim, is being conducted across the city – not just in the political strongholds of one party. Separately, the police have conducted 975 raids and arrested 1,232 criminals. These numbers do not illustrate the efficacy or success of the targeted operation under way as the law-enforcement agencies have still not raided many of the ‘nogo’ areas, including Sohrab Goth
and Manghopir. These areas are ungoverned territories where lawenforcers have no writ. Most importantly, no major terrorist, kidnapper, extortionist or target killer has been arrested either. Curbing the ongoing violence and crime was supposed to be the focus of the targeted operation. The Supreme Court has also resumed hearing of the Karachi suo motu case. It had earlier ordered implementation of its October 2011 verdict to curb target killings. But a majority of the ‘namaloom afraad’ (unknown persons) behind extortion, target killing and kidnapping for ransom
are still at large. From September 5-15, only 35 alleged target killers have been arrested, and 50 suspected extortionists have been taken into custody by the Rangers. Catching criminals, not terrorists There are two parallel ‘operations’ taking place in the violence-ridden metropolis. The Rangers are conducting raids and apprehending criminals affiliated with political parties along with the gangsters of Lyari, only a few of them being suspected target killers and extortionists. No one accused of sectarian violence and terrorism has been caught so far.
Meanwhile, the police are also raiding areas far and wide but they are mostly arresting suspects on charges of arms possession, narcotics and gambling. Of the 1,232 men apprehended by the police, only five were booked under the Anti-Terrorism Act, seven have been arrested for target killing, and seven others for extortion. But 224 suspects were taken into custody for illegal possession of arms, 228 for narcotics, and 31 robbers and 231 absconders were also booked. “Suspects involved in the lower crime can also be arrested later as this is an incessant problem in
is the only way to get rid of the lawlessness in the city. But a selective operation would only aggravate the situation. - Riyadh Arab News
Karachi and always will be. The focus of this operation – right now – ordered by the federal government was to curb target killing, terrorism and extortion. This is not taking place,” “Why is the operation not targeting extremists, militants and the mafia?” Muttahida Qaumi Movement leader Wasay Jalil asked. “We want the operation to continue but it has to be an impartial and genuine one. We want it to stop targeting our party members.” ‘Politicised operation’? Some of the men apprehended by the Rangers have political affiliations, but the paramilitary force leading the operation insists that the operation is not targeting one particular party. “We are not targeting any party. The criminals are our target,” a senior Rangers official told Source: The Express Tribune.
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Quicker heart treatment hasnâ€™t lowered deaths
A good hospital will get heart attack victims into an operating room and get their clogged artery open within 90 minutes. But a new study shows that shortening that time even further does not significantly lower the risk of dying in the hospital. The analysis, which measured the so-called door-to-balloon time now widely used to assess the quality of heart attack care, found that shaving additional minutes off the 90-minute goal produced diminishing returns. The results suggest that more attention should be devoted to getting heart attack victims to the hospital sooner for the treatment, usually with a balloon or stent, known as percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). â€œDoor-to-balloon time is a core measure by which hospitals that
do PCI treatment are measured. That core metric is not going to go away based on this study, nor should it,â€? said Dr. Joseph Fredi, an interventional cardiologist at Vanderbilt University Medical Centerâ€™s Heart and Vascular Institute in Nashville, Tennessee, who was not involved in the study. â€œI hope people donâ€™t take away from it that we can start relaxing and not have to move heaven and earth to not achieve that metric they way hospitals do now,â€? he told Reuters Health in a telephone interview. In fact, patients who could not get a PCI within 90 minutes died at a rate that was roughly double that of patients who received treatment in 90 minutes or less, according to the report published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Coauthor of the new study Dr.
Hitinder Gurm of the University of Michigan and the Veterans Affairs Ann Arbor Healthcare System told Reuters Health in a telephone interview, â€œI donâ€™t think there is anything more we can do at the hospital level.â€? Reducing the time in the hospital â€œis an effort that has been successful, but now we have to look beyond thatâ€? and get people to the hospital faster, he said. â€œWe need to focus on the total ischemic time,â€? he said, referring to the time the heart muscle is starved of oxygen. â€œWhen the patient takes three hours to get to the hospital, the 60 minutes or 90 minutes it takes for treatment doesnâ€™t make as much of a difference.â€? â€œMost of the benefit is in the first two to three hours,â€? Gurm said. â€œIf we can push the whole effort
upstream, thatâ€™s where I think we can see the reduction.â€? But thatâ€™s only a theory, Fredi cautioned. â€œIt may be more complicated than saying if we just restore blood flow, everything will be okay.â€? Based on earlier studies showing fewer deaths with faster treatment, doctors and regulators have been pushing for years to treat heart attack patients faster - particularly those with the most damaging type of heart attack, caused by a major coronary artery blockage and called ST-segment elevation for a telltale pattern it produces on a heart monitor. Gurm said an earlier study of patients across Michigan produced the then-surprising finding that lower door-to-balloon times didnâ€™t lower death rates. To confirm that finding, Gurmâ€™s team analyzed 96,738 cases of ST-segment elevation collected from 515 US hospitals. They measured the rate of death after 30 days. During the first year of the study, the typical door-to-balloon time was 83 minutes and the death rate, adjusted for the patientâ€™s risk factors, was five percent. Three years later, the median time had dropped significantly, to 67 minutes, but the death rate was 4.7 percent, an insignificant decline. â€œThe door-to-balloon time was the low-hanging fruit,â€? Gurm said. â€œFrom the patientâ€™s view-
point, the heart muscle starts to die the moment the symptoms start, and it keeps dying until the arteryâ€™s opened. And most of the delay happens before the patient comes to the hospital.â€? If nothing else, â€œOur findings raise questions about the role of door-to-balloon time as a principal focus for performance measurement and public reporting,â€? the researchers said. The study did not include patients who were transferred from a hospital without PCI capabilities or whose treatments were delayed to three hours or longer. When the researchers repeated their analysis for high risk patients, such as those over 75 or with so much heart damage they were in cardiogenic shock, they found the same pattern - no reduction in the death rate even though the time it took to get treatment declined over the years. Among the patients who were not getting treatment within 90 minutes, mortality rates showed a slow rise over time, from 6.5 per cent during the first full year of the study to 8.9 per cent during the fourth year. â€œThe sicker the patients, the longer the door-to-balloon time. That may be why there was this beliefâ€? that reducing the time would produce improvement, Gurm said. â€œMaybe door-to-balloon time was just a marker of how sick you are.â€? Source: Reuters
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5 Secrets to a Successful Long-Term Relationship or Marriage
There have been a thousand or more articles written about how to have a successful long-term relationship or marriage, but none that seem to capture some of the core ingredients I’ve found important in relationships. So here’s the straight dope, from my experience. Before I begin, however, it’s important to dispel a common relationship myth — relationships are (or should be) easy. That is simply not true. The grass always looks greener in other people’s lives, because few people share the truth of the amount of work that goes into relationships (hence why 50% of marriages end in divorce). Relationships — even the best relationships in the world — require constant attention, nurturing, and work. If you can understand and accept the need for constant attention and work in your relationship, you’re started in the right direction.
1. Compromise Relationships are about not only taking, but also giving. If you find yourself not giving very much, or feeling resentful of how much you give and how little you receive back, you may be in an unequal relationship where one side is taking more than they are giving. For instance, couples sometimes mistakenly believe that “love” will help them deal with any issue that comes up, and that if the
other person truly loved you, they would just do as you ask. But people are independent with their own unique needs and personalities. Just because we found someone we want to spend our lives with doesn’t mean we give up our own identity in the process.
2. Communicate Relationships live and die not by the sword, but by the amount of discussion. If two people can’t find a way to openly and honestly communicate their needs and feelings to one another, the relationship doesn’t stand much of a chance long-term. Couples must find a way to communicate regularly, openly, and directly. This doesn’t mean waiting for an argument to tell your significant other how much he bothers you with his throwing his clothes on the floor instead of the hamper. It means telling him when you feel the need to, and to do so in a manner that is respectful but assertive.
3. Choose Your Battles Carefully After marriage or when two people move in together, couples tend to discover pretty much the same thing no matter who they are – that they are two different people and living together is harder than anyone ever told them. Love conquers a lot of things, but it is no match for living day-in and day-
out with another human being (especially if you’ve spent years on your own). Prepare yourself for this challenge by choosing what arguments you want to turn into a full blown battle. For instance, do you really want to start a fight over the toothpaste cap or how clean the shower is? Or would you rather reserve your energy for the discussions over finances, kids, and career paths (you know, the things that might really matter to a person). Too many couples fight and bicker over the dumbest things, especially when put into context of issues of true importance.
4. Don’t Hide Your Needs Sometimes when we enter into a long-term relationship, we put ourselves second, behind the other person’s needs and desires. We might give up working to have a child, or agree to move to
another city to help support our significant other’s career. And that’s fine, but you need to be realistic first with yourself about whether such things really matter to you or not. If they do, you need to find a way to communicate such needs with your partner, and compromise where possible. Two people will rarely have exactly the same wants and desires out of life — that’s just a fantasy. Instead, expect that sometimes your two paths will diverge. Express your needs at those crucial moments, but always find a way to do so respectfully and with an open mind.
5. Don’t underestimate the importance of trust and honesty Different people have different areas of concern, but almost everyone values trust and honesty from their partner above all. Why? Because your partner is the one person you want to be able to depend upon in the long-term, without question or doubt. Little things where your signifi-
cant other hasn’t been completely honest shouldn’t be blown out of proportion, because virtually everybody tells little white lies (especially when one is dating). Focus instead on the big things, like if they say they’re a lawyer and you discover they’ve never even passed the bar, or they say they like kids but later on insist on never having one. Strong relationships are like a really good conversation with someone you admire, trust and cherish – they are ever-changing, engaging, wonderfully rewarding and sometimes surprising. But in order to continue the conversation because you want to see what the person has to say next, you have to respect your significant other’s opinion even when you disagree with it. And just like a good conversation, you need to work on keeping your end up too. You need to show attention and nurture the relationship constantly, just as you would nurture anything you value in life. You don’t just “get married” and that’s the end of it. Indeed, marriage is just the beginning of a long process of learning to openly and honestly communicate with another person in a respectful and caring manner. If you’re up for it and follow these tips, you’ll be on a road to having a more successful relationship or marriage. But remember — it takes two to tango. Share these with your significant other or spouse and use it as an opportunity to begin the conversation of your life.
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Ami and Abu, may Allah keep you happy and healthy. Your love and commitment to each other is an inspiration. You have achieved so much and done so much for us. Thank you for the greatest and most precious gift in this world, our family. With love, your daughter and son, Rana and Asif, and their families.
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Muslimah World competition challenges Miss World
A Nigerian woman tearfully prayed and recited Qur’anic verses as she won a beauty pageant exclusively for Muslim women in the Indonesian capital Wednesday, a riposte to the Miss World contest that has sparked hard-line anger. The 20 finalists, who were all required to wear headscarves, put on a glittering show for the final of Muslimah World, strolling up and down a catwalk in elaborately embroidered dresses and stilettos. But the contestants from six countries were covered from head to foot, and as well as beauty they were judged on how well they recited Qur’anic verses and their views on Islam in the modern world. After a show in front of an audience of mainly religious scholars and devout Muslims, a panel of judges picked Obabiyi Aishah Ajibola from Nigeria as the winner. While the event in a Jakarta shopping mall paled in comparison to Miss World on the resort island of Bali, in which scores of contestants are competing, Ajibola was nevertheless overwhelmed. Upon hearing her name, the 21-year-
old knelt down and prayed, then wept as she recited a Qur’anic verse. She said it was “thanks to almighty Allah” that she had won the contest. She received 25 million rupiah ($2,200) and trips to Makkah and India as prizes. Ajibola told AFP before the final that the event “was not really about competition.” “We’re just trying to show the world that Islam is beautiful,” she said. Organizers said the pageant challenged the idea of beauty put forward by the British-run Miss World pageant, and also showed that opposition to the event could be expressed non-violently. Eka Shanti, who founded the pageant three years ago after losing her job as a TV news anchor for refusing to remove her headscarf, bills the contest as “Islam’s answer to Miss World.” “This year we deliberately held our event just before the Miss World final to show that there are alternative role models for Muslim women,” she told AFP. “But it’s about more than Miss World. Muslim women are increasingly working in the entertainment industry in a sexually explicit way, and they become role models, which is a concern.” Hosted by Dewi Sandra, an Indonesian actress and pop star who recently hung up her racy dresses for a headscarf, the pageant featured both Muslim and pop music performances, including one about modesty, a trait the judges sought in the winner. The pageant, which also featured bright Indonesian Islamic designer wear, is a starkly different way of protesting Miss World than the approach taken by Is-
lamic radicals. Thousands have taken to the streets in Indonesia in recent weeks to protest Miss World, denouncing the contest as “pornography” and burning effigies of the organizers. Despite a pledge by Miss World organizers to drop the famous bikini round, radical anger was not appeased and the protest movement snowballed. The government eventually bowed to pressure and ordered the whole pageant be moved to the Hindu-majority island of Bali, where it opened on September 8. Later rounds and the September 28 final were to be held in and around Jakarta, where there is considerable hard-line influence. But there are still fears that extremists may target the event — the US, British and Australian embassies in Jakarta have warned their nationals in recent days of the potential for radical attacks. More than 500 contestants competed in online rounds to get to the Muslimah World final in Indonesia, one of which involved the contenders comparing stories of how they came to wear the headscarf. The contest was first held in 2011 under a different name and was only open to Indonesians, Shanti said, but after the media began comparing it to Miss World, it was rebranded as a Muslim alternative to the world-famous pageant. Because of its popularity, organizers accepted foreign contestants this year for the first time, with Iran, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Brunei, Nigeria and Indonesia represented.
When The Good You Do Doesn’t Do You Any Good Shabnam Khan - Family Counsellor Women are traditionally trained to place other’s needs first...... What could possibly be wrong with doing good? We want to please others, and we please ourselves when we feel to do so, that’s maybe! When we do both the same time, there’s twice the bonus. We’ve done it for as long as we can remember. The concept is based on the following logic: If I can make other people happy, then they will like me. If they like me, I must be good enough. If I’m good enough, they’ll keep me around, I’ll be safe and secure, and that’s all I need to be happy. The happier I can make others, the happier and therefore the safer I will be. The only problem is, it doesn’t work that way. Till which extend are you prepared to please everyone? Make no mistake. There’s nothing wrong with pleasing others unless, of course, it becomes all-encompassing. True giving is a part of making any relationship work, but it’s not the only part particularly if you’re doing all the giving and they’re doing all the taking. That is not a balanced relationship! This malady starts with an ernest attempt to make someone else happy, but it can quickly become a pattern of behavior with a far-reaching consequences. You may not like the end result later on and that might be too late. Now the truth is, this mostly affects women! Women have evolved to be relationship driven, and they seek out social situations as opportunities to relate to others. In ancient days, almost every task required communication, coordination and cooperation. In other words, a network of relationships supported every task. Evolution has virtually assured that women on the other will be caregivers. The better women were at these skills, the more value and status they realized within their families and their social circle. Nowadays women are playing various roles in the Society and instead of playing a Pleaser Role, do something even small that you are confident and proud of! Happy Women Know That If You Want To Take Care Of Others, You Must First- Or Simultaneously- Take Care Of Yourself......... For any further inquiries email, firstname.lastname@example.org
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Resisting Raising Children Who Feel Entitled By Jan Faull, M.Ed. [Guest Article] It’s easy to see how children can begin to feel entitled. Daughter wants a doll and Mom buys it. Next she demands a dollhouse, Dad says no, daughter pitches a fit in the toy store, so Dad buys it. Years go by...the child wants to take piano lessons, Mom and Dad agree to the lessons plus they buy a brand new piano. Then daughter wants to join the swim team, Mom and Dad concur and so join the team’s sponsoring country club. The family goes to Hawaii every spring for a vacation; the child begins to expect it. Not only that...rather than teaching the child to save and wait for certain items, the parents find themselves buying videogames, clothes and gadgets because the daughter’s friends have them. Soon the child begins to feel that she’s entitled to whatever her friends have. The parents pull out their credit card and buy whatever the child wants; it’s the parenting path of least resistance. Now at age 10 she’s taking on an air of entitlement. She acts as if she’s entitled to a cell phone, going to the mall with friends, and pierced ears. If she asks and the parents say “no”, she’s indignant. She pouts, sulks, and claims they’re being mean for no reason. The parents know it’s not in their child’s best interest to indulge her every whim. They want to change their ways but realize that they’ve dug themselves into a parenting hole and don’t know how to get out of it. Okay, let’s back up. Certainly children have some entitlements. What are they? Adequate food, shelter, warmth, mental and emotional health, intellectual challenges,
education, fun, play, reasonable choices, creative endeavors, emotional and physical protection, love, sufficient clothing, fair treatment and good relationships. Children are not entitled to having all their wants indulged unconditionally. When they’re babies, yes; but as they get older, satisfying their wants (as opposed to needs) should be appropriate to their age and maturity. Children don’t fare well in the short or long term if all their wishes are magically granted. So when a child makes a request for something that she wants, parents have four options: • Say “yes.” Do so if you deem the activity or object to be appropriate and beyond the child’s ability to acquire on his own. • Tell him that you will not provide whatever it is that he’s wanting, but that he can find a way on his own to acquire it. • Teach him how to acquire it. Help the child save allowances by setting up a savings account at the bank. When he receives money for a gift, he can add it to her account. He can complete extra household chores such as cleaning the garage or mowing the lawn to earn money; these chores should be beyond the daily chores he’s required to complete, such as helping with the dishes or putting away laundry. • Say “no.” Explain why it’s inappropriate. Or tell him that you will help him acquire it when he’s older. If the child goes into a tirade because you’re not indulging her demand, stay with her, as long as she is emotional, but stick with your decision. To deny a child something to which she feels entitled is painful in the short run, but in the long run the child learns to wait for gratification and to make
plans to reach a goal. Children need to know that all they have doesn’t appear by magic or come from money at the ATM machine; rather, they come as a result of planning, hard work, and discipline. You do your child a disservice if she learns that insulting parents, pouting or temper tantrums bring her what she wants. It’s also important to teach children gratitude and appreciation. It can be as simple as telling your child, “I’m buying this bicycle for you because I love you and I want you to have it. I hope you appreciate it and are grateful.” Also, it is helpful for the parent to model an attitude of gratitude and appreciation. And attribute good fortune to hard work, not luck or chance or because you’re more special or better than others. Also, think out loud in regard to financial matters. When you decide to plan and save for a new item, tell your child how you will do so. If you restrain from buying something or going somewhere, allow your child to see you mull over the decision; modeling the discipline of denying yourself instant gratification. Most people will agree that children born into privileged circumstances need to be taught responsibility to help others with less, to give to the community, to be humble, and not to flaunt there privileged lifestyle. When you do allow your child a privilege, make sure you communicate that there are conditions attached: • A cell phone is a privilege; it comes the responsibility to keep track of minutes, pay the bill, use it where and when it’s appropriate. • A car is a privilege; it comes the respon-
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sibility to observe the speed limit, keep it clean, pay for insurance and gas, and obey traffic laws. • A college education is a privilege; it comes with the responsibility to be candid about living arrangements, grades and plans for graduation. In parenting there’s a constant turn-over of power and control from the parent to the child, a constant evolving from dependence to independence and a constant evolving from more entitlements to fewer entitlements. Parents and teachers report that children who learn the discipline of denying instant gratification have better long-term outcomes; they also have better scores on Scholastic Aptitude Tests. It builds a child’s character when he can make plans to reach a goal rather than feeling that he’s entitled to it. Parents serve their children well when they prevent children from taking on an attitude of entitlement. Source: http://www.parentinvolvementmatters.org/articles
26 SPORTS UEFA to decide soon on 2022 World Cup date change Dhul Qadah 14, 1434 H September 20, 2013
Leading clubs expect UEFA to decide next week on European football’s position in the debate about switching the 2022 World Cup in Qatar from the summer to a different time of year. European Club Association Chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge cautioned Tuesday to proceed “carefully” when the discussion is scheduled at a meeting of UEFA’s strategy council in Dubrovnik, Croatia on Sept. 19. Though the panel is chaired by UEFA President Michel Platini, who favours a winter World Cup, it includes delegates from the 214-member ECA and European leagues’ body (EPFL) which include some of the fiercest opponents to changing the traditional June-July dates. “We will discuss it deeply and hopefully we will find a solution that is accepted by all stakeholders,” said Rummenigge, the Bayern Munich chairman whose personal pro-winter view is opposed
by many member clubs who re-elected him Tuesday. FIFA President Sepp Blatter has said his 27-member executive committee, including eight UEFA officials, should decide on Oct. 3-4 that the tournament cannot be played in Qatar’s searing summer heat. Blatter told The Associated Press last month that his board would probably oppose summer on principle and request a widespread consultation on finding a better time to play. A November-December tournament would shut down European clubs and leagues for several weeks and alter the Champions League schedule. “We have a fantastic running season now,” Rummenigge cautioned in a later interview with The AP. “It is affecting our business. We have to be very careful now if FIFA would like to move from summer to November or January or, I don’t know, autumn or whatever in the end will be the out-
come.” Rummenigge said he had no preference on which months to play, nor did he believe FIFA had pre-judged the consultation it will conduct. “That is a decision we will have to find together,” he said, adding that “I don’t understand why FIFA would like to do an early decision” nine years before kickoff. Despite the uncertainty, the former West Germany great does not believe it was a mistake for FIFA to have chosen Qatar in December 2010, when Blatter’s board defied advice that hot temperatures could threaten players’ and fans’ health. “I played the 1986 World Cup in Mexico. The final was played at 12 noon, in 40 degrees [Celsius] at 2,200 metres [altitude],” said Rummenigge, who scored in the Germans’ 3-2 loss to Argentina. “Maybe it was not very good for my health but we did it.” Europe’s leagues used the ECA meeting to make their own announcement, urging
FIFA not to make a “hasty decision” on rescheduling the marquee tournament. “Such an important decision cannot be rushed with artificial deadlines,” the EPFL said in a statement, requesting it should be involved in proper consultation. Source: CBC News
Sedin twins hope to be career Canucks with possible contract extensions Wednesday wasn’t the first time Daniel and Henrik Sedin have gone on record as saying they want to stay with the Vancouver Canucks. And it appears the twins are hoping for a contract extension that keeps them in Vancouver for the remainder of their National Hockey League careers. The Sedins, who turn 33 years of age later this month, are entering the final year of their respective five-year, $30.5 million contracts with the Canucks. “I think for us, if we want to sign something here, it’s going to be hopefully our last contract, maybe,” Henrik Sedin, the Canucks’ captain, told reporters at Rogers Arena on Wednesday, at the opening of training camp. Canucks general manager Mike Gillis said the organization, the Sedins and their agent, J.P. Barry, have met to talk about possible contract ex-
tensions. Both players would like to get a deal done prior to the start of the regular season, a sentiment echoed by Canucks’ management. “The process will go on and hopefully it will be done before the season begins,” said Gillis. “I think what helps the process is that we’ve spent five years together now and they know what I’m all about and what this organization is all about.” The extravagant artwork Daniel and Henrik have created on the frozen canvas with the puck over the years with the Canucks will now include something more blue collar, in the form of shot blocking. Not necessary by request of John Tortorella, but of the twins, themselves, according to the new head coach. “In talking to them, I think they want to do it,” said Tortorella. “They want to be as complete as they can to be and they want the opportu-
nity to do that. “They want it, they’re going to get it. I think that’s how you get to a next level. When players like that are asking for it, to do those little things, not just with the puck but away from the puck, that’s when you get your team where you want to be.” For the past several years, the Sedin twins have been the Canucks’ most consistent offensive performers. They’ve helped turn Alex Burrows into a perennial scoring threat and could very well be doing that with Zack Kassian this season. Tortorella said the 22-year-old Kassian will get a chance to play with the Sedins during camp. They have also both surpassed their former teammate, friend and mentor Markus Naslund as the franchise leaders in points. In the spirit of their sibling rivalry, Henrik is tops with 792 points over 940 games, while Daniel
is at 758 points in 906 games. In the Tortorella era, more will be demanded of them without the puck, and that includes the possibility of killing penalties. That’s one of the biggest changes from Alain Vigneault’s tenure. “We always wanted to kill penalties and do all those kinds of things,” said Daniel Sedin. “It will be interesting to see what happens but we’re open to anything.” All part of the new identity – or “bite” as Tortorella has referred to it as – the coach is trying to instill in his team. “Blocking shots, I know that just lights a fire,” he said. “Blocking shots develops a culture. And when you have a Sedin blocking a shot, watch what the bench does. It’s 10 feet tall. All those little things help in developing who you are as a team.” Source: Metro News
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