Aboriginal Lands Returned

first_imgThe B.C. government says it will return more than 5,000 hectares of land seized from aboriginal bands more than 90 years ago.Aboriginal Relations Minister Mike de Jong says the cash and land agreements with the last four of 22 B.C. First Nations to lose their land, end a difficult chapter in Canadian history.A dance, drum and prayer ceremony at the B.C. legislature earlier today marked the agreements. The story began when a 1912 royal commission examined the size of aboriginal reserves across the country and as a result about 500 new reserves were created across Canada.But the 22 B.C. aboriginal nations had portions of their reserves, amounting to about 19,020 hectares, cut off without their consent.Chief Harold Leighton of the Metla-katla First Nation near Prince Rupert says the land-return agreements are a sign the province is willing to negotiate, but what BC aboriginals really want is an easier, less expensive way to negotiate land-claims treaties with government. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Oil lobby group calls for parties to campaign on regulatory help for pipelines

first_imgWhen it comes to Indigenous consultation on oil and gas projects, the lobby group believes clear guidelines and consultation goals should be established, including “appropriate boundaries on scope and timelines related to major projects.”In its platform document, the association stresses that broad reconciliation with Canada’s Indigenous peoples is a federal responsibility that “cannot be addressed on a project basis.”The group also joined Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters and the Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors in calling for the House of Commons to adopt the nearly 200 amendments the Senate has made to the Liberals’ new environmental-assessment legislation.Without the Senate’s proposed changes, the groups said Bill C-69 would make it too difficult to get energy projects built in Canada.Advertisement “Cutting or bolting-on new amendments at this point would be very problematic,” McMillan said.“If this bill isn’t workable for the Canadian economy, I think that would be unacceptable to Canadians. So we’re trying to support the senators that have done the work to this point and encourage the federal government to pass it as its presented.”The large package of proposed amendments approved by a Senate committee could dramatically alter much of the bill, including moves to reduce cabinet discretion to intervene in the environmental assessment process, to make it harder for anyone to challenge a project approval _ or denial _ in court, and to change how climate-change impacts are considered.Many of the changes are word-for-word what was asked for by energy lobby groups, including the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers. OTTAWA, O.N. – The country’s largest oil-and-gas lobby group is urging political parties to ensure their campaign platforms include support for major pipeline and LNG projects and a regulatory regime that would allow projects to be completed faster.The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers released its election wish list on Monday, outlining the issues facing the industry and ways the federal government can create better conditions for growth in the sector.CEO Tim McMillan said Canada has lost its competitive edge as a result of regulatory and policy changes that have scared investors away.- Advertisement -He said it should be a priority for government to ensure major pipeline projects like Trans Mountain are completed to allow oil producers to sell to global markets where energy demand is growing.“With global demand at an all-time high and with global demand increasing at near-record rates and global investment following, it is incumbent on the next government to create conditions necessary for Canada’s oil and natural gas industry to succeed and play a key role on the world stage,” McMillan said at a morning press conference.The current regulatory system has too much duplication and is inefficient, McMillan said. Regulations for energy projects should not act as barriers to development, he added.Advertisementlast_img read more

Liverpool’s bright future: Brendan Rodgers hails rise of Reds trio

first_imgPhilippe Coutinho, Raheem Sterling, and Emre Can have all been in impressive form for Liverpool in recent weeks, and Brendan Rodgers had words of praise for the young trio when he joined the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast on Thursday morning.Here’s what he had to say…On Coutinho:“People forget he is still only 22. Every manager that we play against always talks about him. He is tough, he has got wonderful humility, and his technique is there for all to see. If he can add goals to his repertoire then he can go on and become a world class talent. When I came in here two-and-a-half years ago, Luis Suarez was an outstanding player and the over the period of time with his goals and performances he left here as world class player. Young Phil won’t score the goals that Luis did, he is in a different position, but he has still got that quality that can put him into any team. He loves it here at Liverpool, he loves the supporters, they adore him, and I think his best years are ahead of him at Liverpool.”On Sterling:“Raheem is a kid that we hopefully can have at Liverpool for many, many years. He sprung into the team at 17 years of age and his rise has been incredible really. The pressure at a club like Liverpool, where the demands are on you every single day, sometimes a little recovery and rest is important for you mentally and I gave that to him over Christmas. He is very robust. He never doesn’t want to play, he always wants to play, and you have just got to manage that.”On Can:“He is a wonderful player. I went to see him in Germany last year, he had just turned 21, and I was watching him as a central midfield player, but every time I watched him he never played there. He played at centre-half, he played at full-back – the only two positions he never played were in goal and as a striker! He is a big talent. He has got wonderful ability. This is a club that is synonymous with players that have the courage to play football… He is a kid that wants to play.”last_img read more


first_imgENTERTAINMENT: The Brewery Bar – have been taken over by an innovative new management team – and they’ve got the perfect ‘Super Sunday’ planned for you this weekend.They’re kicking-off their ‘Super Sunday’s this weekend by launching their delicious new lunch menu. Enjoy the all the Premier League action including the clash between high-flying Liverpool and Newcastle United – on one of their many HD TV’s dotted all around the bar.Then later in the evening – the fantastic Mark Black will be playing LIVE in the bar from 6.30pm.Before the ever popular DJ Scoop – kicks off their Karaoke Sunday’s from 9.30pm onwards.It promises to be a ‘Super Sunday’ – so make sure and drop into The Brewery Bar. FOOTBALL, MUSIC, BEER AND FOOD – THE BREWERY BAR HAVE YOUR ‘SUPER SUNDAY’ SORTED was last modified: December 3rd, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:FootballMUSICSunday LunchSuper Sunday’sThe Brewery Barlast_img read more


first_imgDANSKE BANK MACLARNON CUP SEMI-FINAL PREVIEWGarvaghey, Wednesday 7.30pm St Malachy’s Belfast v St Eunan’s Letterkenny St Eunan’s Letterkenny are favourites to make it an all-Donegal final in the Danske Bank MacLarnon Cup.The team standing in their way this Wednesday evening is the surprise semi-finalists St Malachy’s Belfast who had a single point to spare over a fancied Holy Trinity Cookstown at the start of February.A late pointed free from Ciaran Loaney clinched a 3-7 to 2-9 victory, but St Malachy’s led by 11 points after just 17 minutes as they tore the Cookstown defence apart.However they hit a barren spell after that and Loaney’s late free was their only score of the second half. St Malachy’s had topped their qualification group and have on board most of the St Enda’s Glengormley club side that collected the 2012 Ulster under 16 title.No fewer than eight of the school team are included in the Antrim minor squad and the likes of Ronan Hanna, Odhrán Eastwood and James McAuley will trouble any defensive line.St Eunan’s however looked good in their group games and also in Celtic Park when they defeated St Columb’s Derry in the quarter-final by 0-11 to 1-6.All-star goalie Shaun Patton had an excellent game at the back for the Donegal lads and the distance and placement of his kick-outs greatly assisted his side.Sean Hume was the scoring hero with seven points in total while 15-year-old Niall O’Donnell also impressed in the forward line in a decent all-round team performance. St Malachy’s fancied themselves against Cookstown, and being the underdog suited them. This however is a stiffer challenge and they will need more than one second half score to see this one out.St Eunan’s have the incentive of a derby final with Coláistí Inis Eoghain and that should drive them on to justify the favourites’ tag.CAN ST EUNAN’S COLLEGE MAKE MACLARNON CUP FINAL AN ALL-DONEGAL AFFAIR? was last modified: February 25th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Danske BankInishowenletterkennyMacLarnon Cup FinalSt Malachy’s BelfastSt.Eunan’s Collegelast_img read more

Medical Matters: Taking care in the sun

first_imgGP Dr Ciaran Roarty continues his hugely-popular medical column on all aspects of everyday health. This week he addresses the issue of the dangers of the sun to our health.We all know about the risks of excessive sun exposure on the skin and skin cancer, but in the more immediate shorter term, too much sun can cause heat exhaustion and if not taken care of, heatstroke.Too much heat means the body has to work really hard to keep your bodies temperature at the same steady level. This can cause you to feel generally lethargic, dizzy or even sick – this is heat exhaustion. Heatstroke happens when your body’s ability to regulate its own temperature is overcome and the temperature rises to over 40 ° C. Sunstroke is a particular kind of heatstroke caused by being exposed to the sun.While excessive heat can cause problems for anyone, certain groups of people are more at risk. These include babies and toddlers, elderly people, patients on certain medications such as water tablets (diuretics) or people with gastrointestinal conditions associated with diarrhoea.Patients with chronic conditions such as cardiac or respiratory conditions may also be more at risk. Sports people who exercise vigorously in strong sunlight may also develop problems.Heat exhaustion The key symptoms and signs to watch out for include passing really dark urine (your body is conserving water) , light-headedness, lethargy, headache, nausea, excessive sweating and muscle cramps. If we think we have heat exhaustion we should move to a cooler environment, have a cool bath or shower and preferably lie near a fan while your skin is still damp. We should drink fluids ( non-alcoholic) and if not feeling better in about half an hour it is advisable to get medical attention. If we don’t attend to the symptoms of heat exhaustion, heat stroke ( or sun stroke if caused by sunlight ) may follow and this is an emergencySunstrokeAt this stage, your body is unable to cope with the excessive heat and your temperature soars. You may have a severe throbbing headache and vomit. Breathing becomes rapid and the skin has a flushed appearance. Interestingly sweating disappears despite being so hot but you may feel dizzy, confused and sometimes agitated. Sometimes seizures may occur or you may pass out.Treatment is required in hospital straightaway and an ambulance should be called. It is unlikely the person themselves may be able to treat themselves so you should lie them down somewhere cool while waiting. Open clothing and wetting the skin with a sponge or a cool shower also helps followed by fanning. Icepacks to the armpits, neck and back are sometimes used in young fit athletic people. If the person passes out they should be placed in the recovery position.How can we prevent heat exhaustion?Fluid intake is vital and caffeinated drinks should be kept to moderation. Alcohol actually dehydrates and should be avoided. Strenuous exercise in the midday heat (11am to 3pm) should be avoided while loose natural fibre clothing helps our body evaporate heat by sweating. Regular cool showers are useful if you feel warm as well as damp flannels on your neck. Try to stay in the colder rooms in your house ( those not in direct sunlight)The above information is intended as advice only and should you have any concerns contact your own Doctor.Dr Ciarán Roarty MB, BCh BAO MICGP DRCOG Grad. Cert. Obst. Ultrasoundis a full-time GP at Scally McDaid Medical Practice, Scally Place, Letterkenny, Tel 0749164111www.scallys.ie,Scally McDaid Medical Practice on FacebookDoctors Dara Scally, Jimmy McDaid, and Ciaran Roarty at their practice.Medical Matters: Taking care in the sun was last modified: May 29th, 2018 by Scally McDaid RoartyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:heatMedical Matterssunsunstrokelast_img read more

Fishing the North Coast: Halibut, rockfish filling the salmon void

first_imgThere’s no doubt the salmon closure has left a huge void in our saltwater season that can’t be filled. There’s really nothing that compares to the thrill, taste and the tradition of salmon fishing off of our coast. However, if the halibut and rockfish continue to chew up baits like they are now, it will certainly lessen the sting. Charter and sport boats alike have been dragging halibut over the rails at a pretty hefty pace this past week. If the ocean current was a little slower on a …last_img

Cannes triumph for South African films

first_imgA scene from Forerunners, which was theonly film to receive a special jury mentionat the Cannes Pan-African InternationalFilm Festival.(Image: Forerunners)Skoonheid director Oliver Hermanus,holding the Queer Palm award, celebrateswith members of the cast and crew.(Image: Queer Palm)MEDIA CONTACTS • Joy Sapieka & AssociatesFilm publicist+27 73 212 5492• Naomi Mokhele: Media queries,National Film and Video Foundation+27 11 483 0880Janine ErasmusThe South African film industry had a strong presence at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, with 24 films and documentaries on show and a handful of awards and commendations to bring home.The National Film and Video Foundation was instrumental in arranging the local representation.Even before his film Skoonheid (Afrikaans, meaning “beauty”) was honoured by the Cannes jury, local director and London Film School graduate Oliver Hermanus had achieved what nobody else had before, as this was the first Afrikaans language film to make it into competition at the festival.It’s also the first film to arise out of the South Africa-France coproduction agreement, which was signed in Cannes in 2010 by French culture minister Frédéric Mittérand and Lulama Xingwana, South Africa’s arts and culture minister at the time. This agreement was set up to allow films coproduced by the two countries to take advantage of each other’s film-related incentive schemes.Skoonheid slotted into the Un Certain Regard (A Certain Outlook) section, which features innovative and different works. Un Certain Regard and the main competition are the two sections that make up the Cannes official selection. To date, only four other local films have been selected for competition at Cannes.The film didn’t win in its category, but went on to scoop the Queer Palm award, given to the entry that best deals with issues relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transsexual community.The Queer Palm is a parallel honour that’s sanctioned by the festival organisers, much like the Teddy Award at the Berlin Film Festival. This year’s Teddy also went to a South African, the provocative and always-entertaining Pieter-Dirk Uys.Skoonheid revolves around conservative Bloemfontein resident François van Heerden, married with a family, who encounters the son of an old friend at his (Van Heerden’s) daughter’s wedding, and unexpectedly falls in love.Resigned to his life, middle-aged Van Heerden has all but given up on happiness, until he meets the 23-year-old. Now he faces a struggle to accept this newly unleashed and unexplored side of himself.“We were struck by this film about self-hate, homophobia and racism. Skoonheid is a disturbing, radical film, real cinema,” said French journalist and jury president Elisabeth Quin.Skoonheid was produced by Moonlighting Films and stars Deon Lotz as Van Heerden and Charlie Keegan as Christian, the love interest.Hermanus expressed his gratitude to the organisers and jury. “When we made this film we were challenging some radical issues in South Africa,” he said. “We want to show it in South Africa, but we know it will be a challenging film for the audience because it deals with someone who refuses to accept his sexuality which is, I think, happening around the world.”Watch the trailer on YouTube.Rainbow Nation on filmVeteran actor and jury president Robert de Niro presided over this year’s festival, the 64th edition.Other local films that showed at Cannes in 2011 include Roepman, an Afrikaans drama that takes place in a Durban railway community in 1966; Otelo Burning, set in the troubled townships of 1989 and featuring a youngster who discovers a passion for surfing and a way out of his situation; The Whale Caller, based on renowned author Zakes Mda’s book; Spoon, a supernatural thriller produced by Sharlto Copley of District 9 fame; and Surfing Soweto, which involves surfing of a more dangerous kind, on the roofs of trains.Currenty on circuit in South Africa, Roepman is directed by actor Paul Eilers. The film is set in the turbulent apartheid years, and is a coming-of-age story told from the perspective of an 11-year-old boy. Watch the trailer.A 52-minute documentary about four young middle-class black South Africans, titled Forerunners, won the Dikalo award at the Cannes Pan-African International Film Festival. It was one of just four films honoured with the coveted jury prize, and was the only entry to earn a special jury mention.“This documentary brings us a lot of hope,” said festival director Basile Ngangue Ebelle. “When one watches it, one cannot remain indifferent. The film is a beautiful aperture through which to see life.”“Forerunners uses the transition of the black middle class as a framework to tell a universal story,” said debutante director Simon Wood, “and allows us all to consider where we have come from, what we have lost and what we have gained.”Local audiences can look forward to the film’s appearance on the big screen at the 13th Encounters International Documentary Film Festival in Cape Town and Johannesburg this June, as well as the Durban International Film Festival towards the end of July. In the meantime, watch the trailer here.A musical titled Makeba, which follows the life of the late South African songstress from her exile to her return to her homeland, also attracted attention at Cannes.last_img read more

GE spends billions to print 3D piles of IIoT money

first_imgGeneral Electric announced on Tuesday plans to acquire two European 3D printing suppliers for the combined price of $1.4 billion.The suppliers, Arcam and SLM Solutions, both provide 3D printing to customers in aerospace and healthcare industries. Arcam builds the metal-based 3D printing tech, while SLM Solutions develops the laser machines used for cutting metal 3D objects.See Also: Is this pen your next 3D printer?It is part of GE’s move back into the industrial market, as it looks to offload most of its struggling financial division, GE Capital.GE will pay $33.26 per share for Acram, a 53 percent premium, according to The New York Times. It will pay $42.40 per share for SLM Solutions, a 36.7 percent premium.Acram and SLM Solutions shareholders and board members have reacted warmly to GE bid. Both offers require approval from EU regulators, alongside regulators from Sweden and Germany, where the two companies are based, respectively.While we know the price per share, we don’t know the exact amount GE is paying for each company. Filings sent to regulators will most likely reveal the true price for each company.GE a lifeline to the 3D printing world?3D printing is in an odd state, the consumer side struggles to win new customers, as seen by MakerBot layoffs, but the industrial side is seeing a wave of interest and development.GE is in a unique position where it already supplies the healthcare, aerospace, and energy sectors. The adoption of 3D printing may allow the conglomerate to lower prices and integrate new materials into its manufacturing.“Additive manufacturing is a key part of G.E.’s evolution into a digital industrial company,” said Jeffrey Immelt, GE chairman and CEO.Aside from 3D printing, GE is also pushing the Internet of Things (IoT) and analytics into the industry. It recently launched a coal power IoT service, which provided enough of a performance boost to bring a dormant coal plants back online in Italy. 5 Industries Destined for Technological Disruption Tags:#3d printing#Acram#additive manufacturing#GE#General Electric#IIoT#Industrial Internet of Things#Internet of Things#IoT#SLM Solutions David Curry Electronic Design is Utilizing AI-Enabled Solu…center_img The Ultimate Checklist on Ways to Prevent IoT D… How IoT Will Transform Cold Chain Logistics For… Related Posts last_img read more

TRICARE® Autism Care Demonstration – Upcoming Webinar!

first_imgThis MFLN-Military Caregiving concentration blog post was published on November 18, 2016. Autism ConceptNext month the MFLN Military Caregiving concentration area will host presenters from the Defense Health Agency in a webinar entitled TRICARE® Autism Care Demonstration.Autism Care Demonstration (ACD) provides supplemental services to qualifying dependents of active duty service members, retirees and certain National Guard and Reserve members. In this FREE session, presenters will offer advice for service providers and military families on how to best assist beneficiaries under the ACD. Also, information covering the cost of ACD and identifying points of contacts for specific TRICARE® regions will be provided.NASW Credit Available!The MFLN Military Caregiving concentration has applied for 1.0 National Association of Social Workers (NASW) continuing education credit for credentialed participants. Certificates of Completion will also be available for training hours as well. For more information on CEU credits go to: NASW Continuing Education Instructions.Interested in Joining the Webinar?To join this event, simply click on TRICARE® Autism Care Demonstration. The webinar is hosted by the Department of Defense APAN system, but is open to the public.If you cannot connect to the APAN site, an alternative viewing of this presentation will be running on YouTube Live. Mobile options for YouTube Live are available on all Apple and Android devices.last_img read more