The Office of International Services is having a samosa sale on Friday to raise money for flood relief efforts in Pakistan.The United Nations estimates four million people have been left homeless by the flooding, and more than 1,600 people have been killed. In all, about 20 million Pakistani people have been affected, CBC News reports.Geeta Powell, associate director of International Services, hopes the sale gets people thinking about the flood victims and the long-term ramifications to the country.“We’re trying to give the Brock community an opportunity to help the people in Pakistan, and to bring attention to the scale of the disaster,” she said.Samosas are $1.25 each or $12 per dozen and come with two sauces. The order form is here.To donate to Pakistan relief efforts, visit or call 1-800-418-1111. You may also send the Office of International Services a cheque earmarked “Pakistan Floods 2010” and payable to the Canadian Red Cross, and International Services will deliver it on your behalf. Tax receipts are available for donations of more than $10.Links:• CBC News — Pakistan floods leave 4 million homeless: UN• Crisis in Pakistan — Canadian Red Cross

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first_imgMONTREAL – A spat over a death certificate prompted a man to abruptly leave a Montreal-area hospital with the body of his deceased father earlier this week.A spokeswoman for the Anna-Laberge Hospital in Chateauguay said Thursday the deceased arrived by ambulance from the nearby Kahnawake Mohawk territory on Tuesday.The family were hoping to get a certificate before repatriating the body for a quick burial by the end of the day, as per the son’s beliefs.But the hospital explained the deceased would have to be admitted and that the body could not be released to anyone but an accredited funeral facility.“For us, how it works is from the moment a body is admitted at the hospital, we have the responsibility, legally, to release it to an accredited funeral home,” spokeswoman Jade St-Jean said.“There are rules for conserving the body — for public health reasons as well as preserving the dignity of the person.”The family refused to have the father admitted and St-Jean said administrators were sensitive to the situation, with a team trying to find a solution that would respect the family’s beliefs and the hospital’s legal obligations.“While we were doing that, someone left with the body so we called the authorities at that point,” St-Jean said, adding no certificate was issued.The incident came to light after the deceased man’s son chronicled the incident and its aftermath in a series of videos on his Facebook page and on YouTube.In a first video, the man confirmed he was determined to bury his father before sundown Tuesday and didn’t allow hospital officials to admit the body or touch it.“The bureaucracy of Anna-Laberge is saying they are not going to release him if we send him in to get declared dead,” the son said, adding a local funeral home declined to pick up the body if it was only to transport it.In two subsequent videos, he confirmed leaving with the body in the back seat of a car and burying him as intended because he was adamant he did want his father’s body preserved in any way.“This is the way that our people are supposed to go,” he said. “They are not supposed to be planted in the ground with embalming fluid to poison the ground, the earth.“A body can only be for one day. So when your loved one dies in the morning, they are to be buried by the end of the day.”He did not return a call seeking further comment.Police in Chateauguay, south of Montreal, confirmed they are investigating.Spokeswoman Nathalie Langevin said they were called on Tuesday and have since been gathering information about what happened.Langevin said police also spoke with the coroner’s office and the Crown as part of the probe.“We’re trying to establish the facts and we have a lot of things to verify,” she said.St-Jean said the incident was a first for the hospital.She said they would like to meet with Kahnawake community members to better understand practices and avoid similar incidents.last_img

Rabat- After months of delay, the first house of the Moroccan parliament approved a governmental bill on Wednesday to establish and regulate Islamic banks. The new rules are to regulate the Islamic banking activity and the Islamic debt issues for private companies that respect the principle of Islamic finance.Lawmakers in the first house voted unanimously in favor of the law. “It was passed by 75 votes, with no one against, while 19 opposition deputies did not vote,” reported Daily Attajdid newspaper.The bill allows foreign banks as well as local lenders to set up Islamic banks in the kingdom of Morocco. Under the new law, Islamic Banks can provide their services to customers in three modes.The first is Mudaraba, which is a contract that offers specialist investment by a financial expert in which the bank and the customer shares any profits. The second mode is Ijara, a contract that entitles the bank to buy an item for a customer and then lease it back over a specific period.The third mode called Musharaka is a partnership contract whereby an Islamic bank and its clients can invest in a project. Under this partnership, profit sharing terms must be agreed in advance, and losses must be pegged to the amount invested.Under the new bill, a new committee is to be set up by the Moroccan central bank with a government body of scholars which will be in charge of overseeing the conformity of the Islamic Banks’ activity to the Sharia Islamic law.Although the bill has been approved by the majority of the deputies in the first house of the Moroccan parliament, it must still pass the second house in a final vote in the coming weeks.Edited by Elisabeth Myers© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed

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