Cree woman dying of cancer last one standing on Attawapiskat diamond mine

first_img(Rebecca Iahtail (left) and Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence (right) at the diamond mine ice road blockade on Friday night. APTN/photo)By Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsATTAWAPISKAT– Inside the wood stove-warmed canvas tent beside the barricades on the ice road leading to the De Beers diamond mine, Rebecca Iahtail says she’s dying from cancer.There are several women sitting around Iahtail, three men, including Iahtail’s partner Noah, at the tent’s entrance. The conversation is almost totally in Cree.Spruce boughs and canvas are used as ground cover. Inside the tent a single candle burns next to an ashtray and an empty coffee cup. The flame glints softly off Iahtail’s glasses, her round face half shadow, half glow.The wood stove pops and hisses. The tinny sound of a pop tune can be heard coming from the headphones of a teenage girl.It’s Friday night in Attawapiskat, day six of the blockade is about to come to an end.Exhaust fumes, illuminated by headlights, float across the ice road. Tail lights streak through the darkness. A number of SUVs and pick-up trucks are buzzing between the barricades and the community, which is a couple of kilometres away.The news that De Beers obtained a court injunction to break the blockade has triggered rumours of impending arrests by the OPP.Iahtail says she has colon cancer and was given three years left to live. A mother to an 11 year-old son who is in Moose Factory at a hockey tournament, Iahtail says her impending death is part of the reason why she’s decided to stay until the end.“I got to do something,” says Iahtail. “I know I don’t have much time left.”She’s the last of the original blockaders.The other men involved decided to step down after a meeting late Friday afternoon with Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence and her band council.They were handed a letter asking them to stop the blockade because De Beers planned to launch an $130 million lawsuit against each of them.“Chief and council understand your frustration with De Beers in not dealing with your grievance matter,” says the letter, signed by Spence. “However, we cannot endorse any actions that prevent De Beers from operating its mine pursuant to our Impact Benefit Agreement.”The Impact Benefit Agreement (IBA) is at the root of the current blockade, the second one in as many weeks.The community members involved say the IBA agreement is bad for Attawapiskat and doesn’t give the community enough for the use of the diamond riches on their traditional territory.Inside the tent, Danny Metatawabin, the IBA coordinator, uses his gloves to outline the Victor mine site and points out De Beers is also looking to exploit another area called “Tango.”Metatawabin says the company will have to negotiate a new IBA and, based on the problems the community sees with the current deal, the Attawapiskat government will be looking to land a better agreement.Iahtail, however, doesn’t want to wait four more years for a better agreement. This is her stand, she says, and the blockade won’t end even if she’s taken away.“I know there is a lot of people that are going to come back,” she says. “They told me they are going to keep blockading…They are going to keep on. After they take me they are going to keep blockading. Are they going to take the whole reserve out? Build an Idle No More prison?”Others have told APTN National News that people know Iahtail is sick and they will stand behind her if the OPP comes to take her away.Spence was briefly at the site Friday night. She and her council said during the meeting earlier in the day that they couldn’t officially support the blockaders because it would open up the band to a massive lawsuit from the company.In an interview with APTN National News, Spence says she marked “No” on the ballot during the IBA vote in the 2005. She says there are problems with the agreement, but the band needs to work them out with De Beers.“I understand what the blockaders are saying, but we have to look out for everyone and protect them,” she says. “I understand their frustration, but we need to stand together if we are going to fight De Beers.”Iahtail, however, feels she’s been abandoned by Spence. It was Iahtail who cast the deciding vote putting Spence in as chief in 2010. Spence was tied in the race for chief with Greg Shisheesh and Iahtail, as the election officer, cast the tie-breaking vote.Iahtail and several of the women inside the tent also helped install a teepee in front of the band office in support of Spence’s six week fast on an island in the Ottawa River.“How come she’s not supporting us, why is she backing away?” says Iahtail.By late Saturday morning, the blockade site is again alive with vehicles and visitors. Someone has brought food for Iahtail.It’s now day seven.De Beers claims the blockade is threatening its operations for the rest of the year.The mine ships up about 11 million litres of fuel up the winter road every year, along with machinery and parts too heavy to fly into the mine’s airport.The mine also uses the winter road to truck-up hazardous substances like ammonia nitrate and truck out “hazardous waste material” that can’t be flown out of the mine.But the ice road to the diamond mine remains shut to De Beers.“Enough is enough you know,” says Iahtail.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

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Sindhu Srikanth enter second round of Malaysia Open

first_imgKuala Lumpur: Top Indian shuttlers P V Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth advanced to the second round of the Malaysian Open World Tour Super 750 tournament here Wednesday. Olympic and world championship silver medallist Sindhu staved off a spirited challenge from World no 20 Aya Ohori 22-20 21-12 to record her sixth win over the Japanese, while India Open finalist Srikanth beat Indonesia’s Ihsan Maulana Mustofa 21-18 21-16 in 38 minutes. Fifth seed Sindhu will now look to avenge her All England loss against Korea’s Sung Ji Hyun, whom she faces next, while Srikanth will meet Thailand’s Khosit Phetpradab Thursday. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh HS Prannoy, who had reached the quarterfinals last week at New Delhi, however, bowed out after losing 12-21 21-16 21-14 to Sitthikom Thammasin of Thailand following a hard-fought battle. With Sameer Verma too crashing out in the opening round, Srikanth is the only Indian in the fray in men’s singles. Men’s doubles pair of Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy, who had entered the semifinals in India Open, also failed to cross the opening hurdle, going down 16-21 6-21 to seventh seeds Han Chengkai and Zhou Haodong of China. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later In the women’s singles match, World no 6 Sindhu fell back in the opening game after an initial 5-2 lead as Ohori jumped to a 12-7 advantage. The Indian then clawed back, grabbing a slender 13-12 lead but the Japanese once again moved ahead to held a game point. Sindhu then reeled off three points to secure the opening game. In the second game, Sindhu changed her strategy and reduced her errors to zoom to a 12-5 lead and continued to surge ahead even as Ohori crumbled.last_img read more

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Police fire teargas on demo by student monks

The police fired tear-gas on a protest organised by the Inter University Bhikkhu Federation today near the Lotus Roundabout in Colombo.The protest was staged against the SAITM private medical campus in Malabe. A severe traffic congestion was caused by the protest and the police used water cannons and tear-gas to clear the protesters from the street. (Colombo Gazette)

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UN mourns passing of the Resident Coordinator in Sri Lanka

The United Nations in Sri Lanka announced the sudden passing away of its Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Sri Lanka, Ms. Una McCauley.Ms. McCauley, 54, was on medical leave as she was undergoing treatment. Ms. McCauley was serving in Sri Lanka for six years; two years as UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, and prior to this, as the UNICEF Representative in Sri Lanka. Previously, she was the UNICEF Representative for Panama and Togo, and worked at the UNICEF offices in Sudan, Kenya, and Angola. With 17 years of service within the United Nations System and an additional 7 years of service working with children in the development sector, Ms. McCauley was instrumental in developing policies and strategic frameworks on leading global issues in a number of countries. A national of Ireland and the United Kingdom, Ms. McCauley, was the loving mother of two sons.The United Nations Family said it will miss her dearly, especially her sense of humour, humility, passion, energy, and unwavering commitment to make lives better for all. (Colombo Gazette) As the first female UN Resident Coordinator in Sri Lanka, Ms. McCauley was a bold, inspiring, and strong leader. As the most senior UN Official in the country, Ms. McCauley led the UN Country Team of 21 Resident and Non-Resident UN Agencies and acted as the representative of the UN Secretary-General in Sri Lanka. She was a passionate and caring humanitarian, dedicating her life to serve people of the world. read more

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iögo yogurt products recalled due to risk of containing plastic

Ultima Foods is recalling seven iögo yogurt products over concerns they may contain pieces of plastic.The company says the affected products were sold in Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Quebec and Saskatchewan.The recalled products include 93-millilitre iögo Nano six packs of strawberry, raspberry, vanilla and banana drinkable yogurt. It also includes one-litre iögo smoothies of strawberry-raspberry and mango yogurt based drink and strawberry protein yogurt based drink.The recall was triggered by Ultima Foods and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is now investigating.The CFIA says the investigation may result in more recalls.The agency says there have been no reported injuries associated with the consumption of the yogurt.Click here for a list of the recalled products. read more

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Security Council extends UNs Western Sahara mission for two months

The Council also expressed hope that the parties, working under the auspices of the Secretary-General’s Personal Envoy, James Baker III, would “continue to try to resolve the multiple problems relating to the implementation of the Settlement Plan and to try to agree upon a mutually acceptable political solution to their dispute over Western Sahara.”According to the Secretary-General’s latest report on the situation in the Territory, there has been no advancement in implementing the Settlement Plan. However, there has been some progress in determining whether Morocco, as the administrative power, “is prepared to offer or support some devolution of authority for all inhabitants and former inhabitants of the Territory that is genuine, substantial and in keeping with international norms.”In another action today, the Council approved a list of potential judges to serve on the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia on an ad litem basis, meaning that they will be appointed to specific trials when needed. The Council’s list of 54 names was forwarded to the General Assembly, which will elect the new pool of 27 judges. read more

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UN experts urge US to address legacies of the past police impunity

From 9 to 29 January, a delegation of the UN Working Group of experts on people of African descent visited Washington D.C., Baltimore, the town of Jackson, Mississippi, Chicago, and New York City, to address current concerns, and assess progress made in the fight against racial discrimination, ‘Afrophobia,’ xenophobia, and protecting and promoting the human rights of African- Americans.The Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent, visiting delegation, which also included human rights experts Sabelo Gumedze and Ricardo A. Sunga III, welcomed various efforts undertaken by the Government to address the issue, like a ban on solitary confinement for juveniles in the federal prison system announced this week. The Group noted that the US has a growing human rights movement which has successful advocated for social change. Following the epidemic of racial violence by the police, civil society networks calling for justice together with other activists are strongly advocating for legal and policy reforms and community control over policing and other areas which directly affect African Americans. However, the experts expressed serious concerns about the police killings, the presence of police in schools, and violence targeting the African American community with impunity, and racial bias in the criminal justice system, mass incarceration and the criminalization of poverty which disproportionately affects African Americans. During its 11-day mission, the Working Group’s delegation heard from civil society, researchers and families of victims of police killings about racial discrimination and Afrophobia.“The persistent gap in almost all the human development indicators, such as life expectancy, income and wealth, level of education, housing, employment and labour, and even food security, among African Americans and the rest of the US population, reflects the level of structural discrimination that creates de facto barriers for people of African descent to fully exercise their human rights,” Ms. Mendes France stressed.The human rights experts met representatives of the Government at the federal and the state levels, and the US Congress and Senate, as well as hundreds of civil society organization representatives, lawyers and human rights activists from more than 20 states who had gathered in the different cities. The Working Group regretted however that it did not receive access according to the terms of reference for special procedure mandate holders to visit Mississippi State Penitentiary Parchman. It also regretted that it was not possible to meet with all of the high-level state and local-level authorities requested. Among other activities, they also promoted the International Decade for People of African Descent , which runs from 2015 to 2024 and aims both to highlight the contribution of people of African descent to societies and strengthen national, regional and international cooperation to ensure the human rights of people of African descent are respected, promoted and fulfilled. The Working group will present a report containing its findings and recommendations to the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council in September 2016. Independent experts or special rapporteurs are appointed by the Council to examine and report back on a country situation or a specific human rights theme. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work. The legacy of slavery, post-Reconstruction ‘Jim Crow’ laws and racial subordination in the United States remains a “serious challenge” as there has been no real commitment to recognition and reparations for people of African descent, a United Nations expert panel said today in Washington D.C., at the end of its second official visit to the country.“Despite substantial changes since the end of the enforcement of Jim Crow and the fight for civil rights, ideology ensuring the domination of one group over another continues to negatively impact the civil, political, economic, social, cultural and environmental rights of African Americans today,” said human rights expert Mireille Fanon Mendes France, who currently heads the group of experts, who added that: “We understand these changes are part of a larger effort to pass criminal justice reforms now pending in Congress, and a lot more needs to be done.”Indeed, the experts found that contemporary police killings and the trauma it creates are reminiscent of the “racial terror and lynching” of the past. Impunity for state violence has resulted in the current human rights crisis and must be addressed as a matter of urgency, they said. Chairperson Mireille Fanon Mendes France (centre) and other members of the UN Expert Group on People of African Descent brief the press in Washington, D.C., on their fact-finding mission to the United States. Photo: UNIC Washington/Liam Murphy read more

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Opinion 2014 a season of hope for Cleveland Indians fans after postseason

Cleveland Indians pitcher Danny Salazar throws the ball during the American League Wild Card game Oct. 2 at Progressive Field. Tampa Bay won, 4-0.Courtesy of MCTIt was a feeling unlike any I had ever had before.On Oct. 2 — just six short months ago — I stood amidst 44,000 people waving towels, adrenaline coursing through my veins.A lifelong Cleveland sports fan, I’d never been afforded the opportunity to attend a playoff game in Cleveland for quite a few reasons — the first and foremost being that Cleveland doesn’t afford many playoff opportunities to its long suffering fans.Last year, however, the Cleveland Indians gave the city a glimmer of hope.Ending the 2013 regular season on an 10-game winning streak, the Indians secured home field advantage for the American League Wild Card Game against the Tampa Bay Rays and brought some of the magic of the mid-1990s back to the corner of Carnegie and Ontario.I’d only seen the aforementioned magic on TV, as I lived more than a thousand miles away from all of the action — I am from Florida — but knew how special Progressive Field was during the multiple World Series runs and finally, I got to experience it firsthand.It was a night I’ll never forget.As the Indians made their way out onto the field, the stadium roared unlike anything I’d ever heard. With each pitch, excitement intensified and the crowd grew more and more tense until, just like that, it was over.Despite multiple opportunities to bring in enough runs to secure the one-game, win-or-go-home victory, the Indians fell to the Rays 4-0, adding another sporting heartbreak to the litany of missed opportunities in “Believeland.”Thousands of fans left Progressive Field, but it just didn’t seem as if it — the season, the magic, the run — could truly be over. Heads were held as high as their hopes. The many fans knew, just as I and everyone in the clubhouse knew, the Indians could be on the brink of something special.This special something began last season, as the Indians brought in legendary manager Terry Francona to take over the club, signed former Ohio State Buckeye Nick Swisher to the largest free-agent contract in team history and had outfielder Michael Bourn slip into their hands.Fans knew for the first time since the ‘90s, the Indians were committed to winning, and after a painfully cold six months of offseason, the Indians’ path toward a World Series continues this season.A slightly bland offseason in terms of transactions brought the Tribe a new right fielder in David Murphy and a position change for Carlos Santana, who will now play third base on a regular basis, but also cost them two veteran starting pitchers — Ubaldo Jimenez to the Baltimore Orioles and Scott Kazmir to the Oakland Athletics — who were each an instrumental part of last season’s playoff run.In terms of change, however, that’s about it.A majority of the team we saw last season will suit up again in 2014, looking to pick up exactly where they left off.The outfield should mirror last season’s production, but Bourn’s legs still seem to be giving him trouble, as he is currently on the disabled list with a strained hamstring. The infield should be retooled as well, with Santana bringing his big bat to the hot corner. As for the pitcher-catcher battery, that’s where most of the questions lie.How will Yan Gomes handle a full season behind the plate? Can Danny Salazar prove to be the same pitcher we saw at the end of last season? Will Justin Masterson become an elite-caliber ace? Will the bullpen — with the newly acquired John Axford and recently refurbished Vinnie Pestano — be sturdy enough to handle the eighth and ninth innings?While no one knows what will happen, “Tribe Town” will be along for the ride throughout the summer, finding the answers to these questions on a game-by-game basis.As the Indians reconvened for spring training in Goodyear, Ariz., in February, Swisher handed out red T-shirts to each player on the team.Custom T-shirts have been Swisher’s thing since he’s arrived back home in Ohio. He’s often been seen wearing his creations with phrases such as “Awesome Amazingness” and the cult-classic “Brohio” proudly displayed across his chest.This shirt, however, was different.Upon this red shirt read a simple, two-word mantra that will define the city of Cleveland and its beloved baseball team throughout this summer.For the 2014 Cleveland Indians, this season is completing “Unfinished Business.” read more

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Plastic straws stirrers and cotton buds may be banned so what should

first_imgOfficial figures show that Britons use 44 billion plastic stirrers and 42 billion plastic straws every year. The Prime Minister has called on all other Commonwealth countries to join in the fight against plastic pollution at the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in London. A consultation proposing a ban on single use plastic in England will be published by Environment Secretary Michael Gove later this year. Plastic straws So, what should you use instead? The Government is set to ban plastic straws, stirrers and cotton buds as early as next year in a bid to help save the environment, which is currently under threat from plastic pollution. These may well be the easiest to give up – as pubs,…last_img read more

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Proof of concept established for Kapunda copper project in South Australia

first_imgProof of concept has been established for in situ recovery (ISR) of copper at the Kapunda copper project, in partnership between Thor Mining and Environmental Copper Recovery SA (ECR). The project, in which Thor Mining has a right to earn into a 45% effective interest, holds an inferred JORC compliant resource of 119,000 t of copper, as per the maiden resource estimate announced in February 2018 by Thor Mining (in partnership with ECR) and Terramin Pty.It follows a typical series of well-defined project development steps with each step being a ‘go, no-go’ decision point. The Proof of Concept of ISR for the project is a significant step forward in the project development process. Highlights:Positive Initial hydrogeological assessment and water sampling completedConstruction of the necessary technical models of geology, ore grade, copper species distribution, and fracture densityInitial hydrogeological computer modelling which suggests that flow through the ore body is possible and the geology is amenable for ISRSuccessful completion of preliminary laboratory work, and determined that the copper species present are recoverableInitial implementation of a community education program for community on benefits of ISRStage 2 work commenced.Mick Billing, Executive Chairman, commented: “The proof of concept stage has been successful in demonstrating that, from both a technical and social viewpoint, we should proceed to the next stage of work. This next stage (stage 2) will include: relevant approval processes, pump and environmental testing, and will incorporate a field recovery trial to generate solution and test a variety of metal recovery options.”“The successful completion of these stages was complemented by the receipt of a (CRC-P) Commonwealth Research Program Grant for A$2.85 million for the Kapunda Copper ISR project, further supporting this exciting initiative of an economically and environmentally sustainable mining future technique.”“We look forward to providing further information on this exciting project, and each of our other projects at Molyhil (including Bonya), and Pilot Mountain in the coming weeks.”Kapunda is located approximately 90 km north of Adelaide in South Australia.On 1 August 2017, Thor announced an agreement to earn up to 60% of a newly incorporated private Australian company, ECR, initially via convertible loan notes of up to A$1.8 million, which will be used to fund field test work and feasibility activities at Kapunda over the next three years.In turn ECR has entered into an agreement to earn, in two stages, up to 75% of the rights over metals which may be recovered via ISR contained in the Kapunda deposit from Australian listed company, Terramin Australia.In February 2018 Thor announced an Inferred JORC Resource Estimate for the Kapunda project, of 47.4 Mt grading 0.25% Cu, containing 119,000 t of contained copper considered amenable to ISR techniques.last_img read more

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EHF explained decisions about seeding

Seedings of the teams for the draw for the EHF EURO 2012 are based on the qualification results and also the ranking of the last EHF EURO 2010 in Austria.The winners of the qualification groups are seeded into Pots 1 and 2 and the second ranked teams in Pots 3 and 4.Teams in the pots are ranked according to the EHF EURO 2010 finishing positions at the last EHF EURO 2010.The defending champions from 2010, France, therefore have position 1 in Pot 1 reserved. The silver medalists have position 2 in Pot 1 reserved, et cetera.If after qualification a lower ranked team has beaten a higher ranked team, it takes over their position in the seeding.Therefore because Germany beat Iceland, and finished in first position in their group, they take over the place of Iceland on position 3 in Pot 1.This system is the seeding system used by the EHF, following a decision of the EHF Competitions Commission and EHF Executive.The advantage of this system is that the ranking of the last EHF EURO is updated with the current performance strength of the teams.Those low ranking teams of the last EHF EURO with the disadvantage of a being drawn together with a high ranking team of the last EHF EURO have the chance to take over their position in case they manage to beat them and win the group in the qualification.EHF EURO 2012 DrawPot 1: France, Croatia, Germany, PolandPot 2: Denmark, Norway, Hungary, SwedenPot 3: Serbia, Iceland, Spain, Czech RepublicPot 4: Slovenia, Russia, FYR Macedonia, Slovakia EHF EURO 2012 ← Previous Story Robert Hedin (Norway) before the Draw: “I wish Germany and Macedonia” Next Story → SEHA begins on September 10th – Vive Kielce still “in the game” read more

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Glanbias 2012 results beats expectations

first_imgTHE TOTAL GROUP revenue for the global nutritional solutions and cheese group Glanbia grew by 4.8 per cent to €2.88 billion last year, exceeding expectations.The group’s recorded earnings before interest, tax and amortisation was up by 9.4 per cent to €213 million.Adjusted earnings per share grew 14.2 per cent on a constant currency basis, ahead of expectations.The company put the strong performance down to its global nutritionals division where they say “like for like revenue grew 20 per cent reflecting positive markets and strong operational performances in each business unit”.They restructured their Irish dairy processing business last year from a wholly owned operation to an associate, this saw the society’s ownership of the plc reduce to 41.3 per cent and the composition of the board will evolve on a phased basis from 2016.John Moloney, Glanbia Group Managing Director, said they are hopeful but cautious about growth in 2013 given the global environment: Read: Glanbia to sell 60 per cent of dairy ingredients business > We expect adjusted earnings per share growth, on a constant currency basis, of between 8 per cent and 10 per cent for the fullyear from a base of 51.02 cents.The Irish dairy processing transaction facilitates a concentrated focus on our international growth and the longer-term prospects for Glanbia are very positive. We are in a stronger position than ever to drive the business forward and capitalise on our competitive advantage in both business-to-business and business-to-consumer nutritional products and solutions.last_img read more

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Asked about controversies Commissioner says there are inaccuracies we cannot correct at

first_imgAsked about controversies, Commissioner says there are ‘inaccuracies we cannot correct at the moment’ Nóirín O’Sullivan said she was concerned about the impact of recent issues on public confidence in policing. Thursday 23 Feb 2017, 4:51 PM By Michelle Hennessy 14,589 Views 41 Comments Short URL Image: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie Share32 Tweet Email center_img http://jrnl.ie/3255172 GARDA COMMISSIONER NÓIRÍN O’Sullivan has spoken of frustration within An Garda Síochána that “inaccuracies” in the public domain have not been openly corrected by management.She was speaking at the latest public meeting with the Policing Authority – the first public questioning for O’Sullivan and her senior team since a tribunal was called into an alleged smearing campaign against garda whistleblower Maurice McCabe.Chairperson Josephine Feehily kicked off the meeting by informing those watching proceedings that the authority was not in a position to discuss the specifics of the tribunal, though she acknowledged there were questions the public would like to see asked – and that members would like to be able to ask.The Commissioner and her management colleagues were, however, asked about whether they were concerned about the impact recent controversies would have on public confidence in the force and on garda morale.“Of course I am,” O’Sullivan told the meeting. She acknowledged that there were “very significant issues that have arisen” and welcomed the fact that these issues would be dealt with in a public forum.“A lot of inaccurate information goes into the public domain. We have to address whether we always balance it,” O’Sullivan said. She added that some of this information was “very personal – not just to me”.There’s lots of frustration on behalf of some of our members – a lot of our members – in terms of the inaccuracies that are portrayed about the…Unfortunately, and I think [Assistant Commissioner] Eugene [Corcoran] touched off it earlier, unfortunately some of those inaccuracies we cannot correct at the moment and there needs to be an understanding of that from our own members.Corcoran had earlier commented:Much of the commentary that has taken place to date has taken place in an environment where we’re totally restricted in how we respond. To that extent the establishment of the tribunal will improve the situation. Everybody will be able to see and hear what the responses will be in due course. Feb 23rd 2017, 4:51 PM Assistant Commissioner John O’Driscoll had also spoken of a frustration in relation to recent issues, commenting that “there is another view of events that has not been aired yet”.“When talking to staff, I’m assuring them this will be a public platform where all information will come out and in an appropriate manner.”‘Group think’The Commissioner, O’Driscoll and Corcoran were later warned by authority member Maureen Lynott to be careful “not to group think”.“The fact is you have a large complicated force and there are issues of significant concern and I think the message you need to be very aware of the message that sends to your garda members,” she told them.They may well know all’s not well in the garden – I don’t know what I don’t know where – but they will know for sure where things aren’t well in the garden. Saying that, your side of the story, it just it struck me as a little too certain.In response, O’Sullivan said her earlier comments had not been in relation to the tribunal, rather she had been answering a “question about communications in the media”.“I was saying that one of the aspects of frustrations of our people was the inaccuracy of some of the stories that are in the public domain.”Read: Tusla boss admits confidence in system ‘may well have been undermined’>Read: Abuse claim against McCabe was not ‘copy/paste’ error – report> Image: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Another candidate jumps into 49th District race

first_imgAnother candidate has stepped forward to run for the legislative seat now held by state Rep. Jim Moeller, D-Vancouver.Hazel Dell resident Lisa Ross, a Republican, announced this week that she’ll seek the second House position in the 49th Legislative District.“I was not planning on announcing my candidacy this early,” said Ross, 47. “My leadership team and I want to be fair to the voters, however, especially the Republican voters. They need to know that they have a choice. I am happy to be that choice.”Republican Carolyn Crain announced earlier this month that she’ll also seek Moeller’s seat in the 49th District this year. Crain unsuccessfully ran for the position in 2012.Moeller, 58, has been elected six consecutive times in the Democratic-leaning 49th District. He serves as House speaker pro tempore. Moeller has indicated he’ll run for re-election again this year.Ross, a certified public accountant, said that taxes, jobs and education were among her top interests. During an unsuccessful run for a seat on the Vancouver Public Schools board last year, Ross opposed the Common Core standards now being implemented in Washington schools. “I want students to be able to excel,” she said.Ross opposes the Columbia River Crossing project, and light rail planned as part of the proposed Interstate 5 Bridge replacement. Though Washington has pulled out of the CRC, Oregon legislators are still mulling an Oregon-led version of the project before their session convenes next month.last_img read more

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KNWR Wrapping Up Slash Burning Today

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge will be conducting slash pile burning today in Sterling. The piles are a result of thinning along the Refuge boundary, a portion of the Sterling Fuel Break. According to the Refuge, the fuel break is intended to provide protection to the residents and infrastructure around Sterling, as well as give managers more decision space to make more informed decisions about wildfires that occur in the area.center_img The burning began on Tuesday, December 11, and is expected to be completed today.last_img read more

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Dua Lipa Breaks Her Own New Rules On Latest Track With Calvin

first_img Dua Lipa, Calvin Harris Link Up For “One Kiss” dua-lipa-breaks-her-own-new-rules-latest-track-calvin-harris Twitter News Facebook The “New Rules” singer waxes romantic on new track with the GRAMMY-winning DJ/producerBrian HaackGRAMMYs Apr 3, 2018 – 12:28 pm Fresh off a Caribbean-flavored ’90s house throwback with Drake co-signs PARTYNEXTDOOR (“Nuh Ready Nuh Ready”), GRAMMY winning DJ/producer Calvin Harris hopped on Twitter on April 2 to announce his next big collab will feature rising star Dua Lipa, the British singer who’s been riding a pop culture rocket since the July 2017 release of her Top 10-charting single “New Rules.”Details are still forthcoming on Harris and Lipa’s new track, titled “One Kiss,” other than it appears to be set to go live on Spotify this Friday. While Harris did not specify the release date in his tweet, the presave link he included to the streaming service does show a launch date of April 6.center_img The track’s title hints at a lyrical change of heart for Lipa, whose lilting delivery of “one, don’t pick up the phone/…/two, don’t let him in/…/three, don’t be his friend/…/got new rules, I count ’em” on “New Rules” helped nab the official music video for the catchy viral hit over one billion views and counting.Maybe Lipa has decided to break the rules and see where “One Kiss” might lead? All Harris can tell us is that we’ll find out “soon.”Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more Dua Lipa Breaks Her Own “New Rules” On Latest Track With Calvin Harris Email last_img read more

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Badminton selection trials kick off

first_imgPatancheru: The three-day Medak district-level ball badminton selection competitions under the leadership of national coach P S Rao began at BHEL Community Centre on Friday. General manager Srinivas participated as the chief guest. About 200 players are taking part in various categories like under-13/15/17/19 for women, men and mixed doubles.Addressing the participants, Srinivas and liaison officer Shankarayya stated that the competitions could enhance their standards. They complimented the organisers for holding the competitions. Among those present were welfare officer Maya Brahma, coach Balakrishna and Samuel.last_img read more

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Asifabad Announce IR PRC immediately demands UTF

first_imgAsifabad: United Teachers Federation (UTF) State general secretary Chava Ravi demanded that the government must immediately announce IR and PRC to the employees.Speaking as a chief guest at UTF meeting in Asifabad on Wednesday, he said the State government is delaying the announcement of IR and PRC for the past two years and pending the promotion of teachers. Also Read – Techie strangled to death in Hyderabad Advertise With Us ‘Else, we will announce September 1 as Sabotage Day,’ he warned. Their other demands include equal salaries to equal work to KGBV teachers and Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao should fulfil his promises made to the teachers union on May 16 last year. Kampalli Ushanna, Shanthi Kumari, Abdul, Hemanth Shinde, Ramesh, Naveen Kumar, Upender and others were present.last_img read more

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Rapper Juelz Santana Pleads Not Guilty to Airport Gun Charge

first_imgBy The Associated PressNEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Rapper Juelz Santana says he’s working on new music while under home confinement after authorities said he tried to bring a gun on a plane at Newark Liberty International Airport.In federal court on Thursday, his lawyer entered a not guilty plea to charges of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and carrying a weapon on an aircraft. He could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted on both counts.In this Oct. 2, 2008 file photo, Juelz Santana arrives at the VH1 Hip Hop Honors in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow, File)Santana told the Asbury Park Press he’s “not a bad guy.” He says he’s “praying for the best outcome.”Authorities say airport security on March 9 found a loaded .38-caliber handgun and non-prescribed oxycodone pills in a carry-on bag containing Santana’s identification.The 36-year-old, whose real name is LaRon James, lives in Totowa, New Jersey.last_img read more

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Black Male Journalists Speak

first_imgBy Tiffany C. Ginyard, AFRO Managing Editor, tginyard@afro.comThis week, the AFRO concludes its special Black History Month coverage “Honoring the Black Press: Past and Future.”In week one, we recognized the legacy of the Black Press over the course of two centuries and the social and political context in which it was born, highlighting places on the timeline where it’s voice have heard the loudest and with the greatest impact.In week two, we looked at highlights in American history when the Black Press was there to capture the scene, unpack the story, and deliver the truth. We were reminded of the warrior spirit of the Black journalist. We remembered our professional responsibility as well as our obligations to our community.In week three, we honored our BBWs (Beautiful Black Women) for their relentless commitment to justice and equality through storytelling.A guiding principle of all journalism is to tell the story without becoming the story. For the Black Press it goes even deeper. While Black journalists retain the required measure of objectivity, we can never divorce ourselves from the reality of our existence on this planet. So, Black journalists must be the truth that we tell.In this final week, we celebrate how far we’ve come, acknowledge where we are, and make note of what it will take to forge forward.“From hot type, to cold type, to digital, the AFRO has been at the forefront of the ever-changing media landscape for 126 years,” says Frances “Toni” Draper, publisher and CEO of the AFRO-American Newspapers. “Today, we offer a wide variety of platforms to get the word out, including a robust array of social media products. However, our basic mission of championing our people, our causes, our hope, dreams and aspirations remains strong–likely stronger than it ever was. Black lives have always mattered and continue to matter to us.”To conclude this series, we talk to Black male journalists, stewards of America’s truth, about how they perceive their individual role in the collective work of the Black Press, the state of the Black Press today, and the future of its reach among its own community.Dorothy Boulware, former AFRO managing editor contributed to this article.Anthony Wilson, lead instructor, NABJ Multimedia Short Course, NC A&T University, andAnchor/Reporter for ABC11 in Greensboro, N.C.Anthony Wilson (Courtesy Photo)“As a native Baltimorean who remembers the twice a week publication of the Afro, I’m happy to provide some quotes you might consider useful.“Going back to the days when Wiley Daniels was the only brother Baltimore viewers could watch anchoring daily, the men and women who sit in those chairs have understood the expectations of news consumers who look like us. We’re role models, of course, but we’re also representing the community’s concerns in editorial meetings while sharing information about openings in our newsrooms.“Objective reporting is the goal for journalists who are not editorial staff, but many who support Black owned outlets expect them to take sides on issues that concern the African-American community(for example, the constantly evolving Smolett developments).“That said, to paraphrase a metaphorical observation about relative cause and effect, if the newspaper industry has a cold, the Black press is battling pneumonia.  Ad dollars are shrinking, which affects the salaries journalists can expect from media, and some of them choose to go where the money seems to be. But the tide could be turning now, as so called mainstream media trim staffs with layoffs and early retirement offers and experienced Black journalists consider their options.“At best, the Black press absolutely continues the mission established back in 1827 by ‘Freedom’s Journal.’ The challenges today are money and access to the potential audience. Those who prefer print media as a primary source for news are aging just as many papers are shrinking, physically and editorially. Some of the businesses that traditionally advertise in print media are hurting, too, and that affects the amounts they spend with the Black press.  And we’re now a couple of generations in with an audience that expects access to news and information online, for free.Social media are definitely where today’s Black audience gathers today. We are, and we look for, much more than ratchet video clips and gossip…although the interest in the lifestyles of so called stars remains a consistent driver of online activity and engagement.We who continue to support our legacy media hope publishers and editorial staff can find the right mix, one that can make the Black press in general and the AFRO in particular a multigenerational, multimedia must read. We can get very real with each other while occupying a mutually agreed comfort zone:  a church, a club, a gym, a hair salon or a barber shop. The former Johnson Publishing brands are struggling with that challenge now, especially after the current owners of Ebony were late with payments to freelance writers. Other members of the Black press have a unique opportunity now to bridge that gap, and continue the necessary work as griots and moderators of the ongoing conversations within the Black community.Ron Harris, former managing editor of the Howard University News Service and former managing editor of the Afro-American Newspapers.Ron Harris (Courtesy Photo)“As an African-American journalist, someone who comes from a community that has dealt with injustice and inequity for its entire existence on this continent, I am extremely attuned to and drawn to changing that reality for African-Americans, other historically oppressed populations and other Americans as well.  Consequently, I have spent my career reporting and writing stories that expose inequities in American society, health care, education, law enforcement, jobs, culture and politics, as well as seeking solutions those problems.“With a handful of of notable exceptions — a few large newspapers and cable news networks — most media, including the Black press, are in decline and struggling to survive in the face of a new economic paradigm created by technological advances that have shifted how Americans get their information.  However, if the Black press, which to some degree has been in economic decline for decades, aggressively applies innovation to new technology,  this can be a time of invigoration.  In many ways, social media and the web level the playing field for the Black press, allowing it to be more timely as well as provide readers and viewers a broader pallet of information and to focus our attention in a way mainstream media does not.As for now, Black news outlets have not scratched the surface of the possibilities of social media to engage the African-American community. The key is to broaden its audience. Right now, its audience skews too old.  It has to create a newsroom driven by young journalists under the tutelage of more experienced professionals that will be much more creative and innovative. The ideas and the innovation will come from youth and those willing to embrace new idea and new formats. While not abandoning the valuable lessons of the past, they will divine a new way of delivering the information our community so desperately need.”Dwayne Wickham, dean of Morgan State University’s Global School of Journalism and CommunicationsDeWayne Wickham (Courtesy Photo)“The mission of the American Black Press hasn’t changed much in its 192-year existence. It continues to be that of an advocate for racial equality, racial justice and the uplifting of the black race.”The current social and digital media platforms, like the penny press was when Freedom’s Journal was first published in 1827, are delivery systems by which news and information are transmitted to people. Throughout history, purveyors of news and information had to master these delivery systems to reach an audience. And I expect the Afro American Newspapers will continue to do this.“The greater challenge to the Afro American, and other black newspapers, is to maintain the ability to research and report news and information of importance to black folks in a timely fashion. They cannot be an empty vessel and survive for very long. While the challenge of hiring and retaining skilled journalists is not unique to the black-owned newspapers and their digital offshoots, it is a more critical concern for them because of their special mission. So, black newspapers must aggressively pursue black journalists to staff their newsrooms. And they have to continue to do the things that made them an indispensable part of black life in America for more than a century. They must faithfully tell the stories about black folks that most other news organizations underplay, or ignore. They must do more reporting, and less repeating of news.“And most important, they must continue to speak truth to power.”last_img read more

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