Author: Carlos White

Advocacy group welcomes appointment of Amira Elghawaby to advisory role as ‘historic moment for Muslims in Canada’. Canada has appointed its first special representative on combatting Islamophobia as the government seeks to stem hatred and discrimination after a series of attacks targeting members of Muslim communities in the country in recent years. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Thursday that human rights advocate Amira Elghawaby would take up the post, with a mandate to support Ottawa’s efforts to end Islamophobia and to offer advice on government policies, legislation and other programmes. “Diversity truly is one of Canada’s greatest strengths, but…

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The US has sanctioned a Chinese company for allegedly providing satellite imagery of Ukraine to support the mercenary Wagner Group’s combat operations for Russia. Changsha Tianyi Space Science and Technology Research Institute is among 16 entities slapped with curbs by the Treasury Department. The firm, also known as Spacety China, has offices in Beijing and Luxembourg. Wagner supplies Russia thousands of fighters in the Ukraine war. Spacety China had provided Terra Tech, a Russia-based technology firm, with synthetic aperture radar (SAR) satellite images of locations in Ukraine, the US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control said in a statement…

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A scheme first introduced by a remote island town to court urban young people and offer them multiple jobs depending on the season is under the spotlight in Japan as a way to resolve worker shortages in rural areas. The town of Ama in Shimane Prefecture adopted the measure amid population declines. The so-called Shimane Model was used as the basis for a new support system by Japan’s internal affairs ministry, and 66 certified associations nationwide were offering the scheme as of last December. The initiative aims to promote the creation of new employment opportunities and migration to regional areas.…

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Nearly 177 million Americans – or more than half the US population – will await Christmas weekend under wind chill alerts as a major arctic blast plunges temperatures to dangerous levels in much of the country, according to the National Weather Service. And the snowiest part is yet to come as the perilous winter storm barrels east across the nation. A developing “bomb cyclone” is set to unload heavy snow and blizzard conditions especially in the Midwest on Thursday and Friday. The cold air and storm are affecting nearly every state in some way: More than 200 million people coast-to-coast…

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