Help Marty to help others with his amazing 555km cycle!

first_imgA well-known Letterkenny man is to undertake a massive 555km cycle in aid of diabetes research – after one of his daughters was recently diagnosed with the condition.Marty Temple, of Crievesmith, is set to compete in the Donegal Ultra Cycle 555km around the Wild Atlantic Way next week.Marty undertook the huge cycle back in 2017 as part of a three-man team but this time he’s doing it solo! Training has been tough but he has now been given the perfect incentive to complete his gruelling training schedule and take on the 555km course.Cheers on by wife Lucia and four beautiful daughters, Marty knows everyone is willing him on.He explained “I have decided to raise funds for the Donegal branch of Diabetes Ireland.“We ourselves have recently become a Diabetic family as one of our daughters has been diagnosed with the long term illness of Diabetes Mellitus Type 1 with no family history on either side. “It’s been a steep learning curve for our daughter and as a family growing each day and educating ourselves daily with all there is to learn.“I want to contribute funds for the family support services provided locally for the Donegal Association.“As a family, the support we have received from the Diabetic Team and the Diabetic Specialist nurses, Avril and Rosemarie, and the staff in Letterkenny University Hospital have been amazing.”So if you see Marty about on the road on the 14/15th June make sure to make some noise.But better still why not donate a fiver, tenner or whatever you can afford by clicking on this Go Fund Me link Help Marty to help others with his amazing 555km cycle! was last modified: June 7th, 2019 by StephenShare 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:555cyclediabetesdonegalGo Fund MeletterkennyMarty Templelast_img read more

Cosmic proof of comet strike on Earth

first_imgAn artist’s rendition of the comet exploding in Earth’s atmosphere above Egypt.(Image: Wits University) Professor David Block, was one of four astronomers who studied the Hypatia pebble.(Image: David Block)MEDIA CONTACTS • Brand South Africa+27 11 483 0122Sulaiman Philip“Let me remind the reader that everything that falls out of the sky always seems stranger than they actually are.” With these words, an anonymous reviewer on the esteemed science magazine Earth and Planetary Science Letters’ peer panel tried to dissuade the editor from publishing a collaborative paper written by a group of South African scientists.Its significantly dry title – Unique chemistry of a diamond-bearing pebble from the Libyan Desert Glass-strewn field, SW Egypt: Evidence for a shocked comet fragment – obscures the importance of the work done by the group; Professors David Block and Jan Kramers, Chris Harris and Dr Marco Andreoli. Comet strike proofIn a world-first, the work of these scientists, from the universities of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg and Cape Town and the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (NECSA) respectively, has provided the first concrete proof of a comet strike on Earth.In a presentation at the University of the Witwatersrand, Professor Block explained that while comets have inspired fear and wonder throughout history, they are simply small dirty snowballs that “contain pristine material from the epoch of the formation of our solar system”.“Comets always visit our skies … but never before in history has material from a comet ever been found on Earth.”In the mid-1990s, during an expedition to the Libyan Desert, Egyptian geologist Ali Barakat picked up a black pebble that seemed out of place. Barakat’s curiosity was piqued because of its unusual streaked appearance and the lack of any similar rock formations in the debris field. Tests on the rock in Egypt showed that its composition was unusual but Barakat and his team could not tell just how much.Barakat found the pebble in a 6000km2area of glass, believed to have been formed from a comet strike 28-million years ago. The comet heated the desert sands to almost 2 000 °C, creating a highly prized commodity, Libyan Desert glass, a fragment of which resides in a Pharaonic breast ornament belonging to boy king Tutankhamen. A promising pebble Barakat’s colleague, Dr Mario di Martino, called in Dr Andreoli to look at the rock because he believed the pebble may be a carbonado, but Andreoli was sceptical when his first round of tests results hinted that the pebble did not come from Earth.Andreoli has spent his career studying carbonado rocks, better known as black diamonds. The high hydrogen content of these carbon rock formations and the fact that they are found in just two locations on Earth suggested to scientists that they were formed as result of comet impacts.“Very early on I thought I was having a Narnia moment but I kept my emotions in check. It was only in 2011 when Professor Kramers’s anomalous results matched mine that I knew we had opened a new gate and a new door.”What excited the team most were the microscopic diamonds in the rock’s core.  Diamonds are produced deep in the earth where intense pressure acts on coal. They are also formed by the high pressure shock caused by a comet explosion.“Part of the comet impacted and the shock of the impact produced the diamonds,” says Kramers.Microscopic dust particles and carbon-rich dust in Antarctic ice are the only comet material found on Earth. The North American Space Association (NASA) and the European Space Station spend billions of dollars to collect micrograms of comet material but “now we’ve got a radical new approach to studying the material without spending billions of dollars collecting it,” said Professor Kramers.Professor Block added, “The pebble discovered in the field will help unlock, in the future, the secrets of the formation of our solar system.” International interestThe team named their pebble Hypatia in honour of the first well-known female mathematician, astronomer and philosopher, Hypatia of Alexandria. As Dr Andreoli explained, “Comets are beautiful, mysterious bringers of life. To us Hypatia embodies all that. And we felt she deserved more than an asteroid and crater on the moon that no one knows how to find named after her.”Comets differ from asteroids and meteors with their thin atmospheres and regular orbits and the bodies are even thought to have sparked life on Earth.Hypatia’s importance lies in the fact that acts as a time capsule holding stardust from beyond our solar system.The ongoing research and study of the pebble has grown to include scientists from around the world, including Italian scientists from the universities of Bologna and Turin.For Professor Adam Habib, Wits vice-chancellor and principal, the fact that this significant discovery came as result of collaboration between South African universities was important.He believes that ongoing collaboration would lead to more ground-breaking work in other fields and show the world the quality of South African tertiary institutions.“If we want true freedom it can only be achieved when our minds are free. Work of this quality proves that we are on the road.”last_img read more

Gallery: More than the sun in North West

first_imgYou may think North West’s only attraction is Sun City, our first casino resort. But the province, tucked under Botswana in the north of South Africa, also offers wildlife, majestic scenery, a literary little town, and rich African culture.Bill Harrop’s Balloon Safaris at Hartebeestpoort allows visitors to enjoy North West from the sky.Compiled by Mary AlexanderIt’s September. It’s spring in South Africa – and Tourism Month, celebrated this year with the theme “Tourism for All”. To inspire your next road trip we bring you nine galleries, one for each province, showcasing our country’s remarkable beauty and diversity.A thriving tourism industry means South Africa is closer to achieving its National Development Plan goals of skills development and creating decent employment through inclusive economic growth.In North West you can take a balloon ride over ripple mountains smashed out by the blast from one of the earth’s oldest volcanic eruptions. You can marvel at a myth of ancient Africa at the fabulous Lost City. At Groot Marico you can immerse yourself in the bushveld atmosphere that inspired the stories of Herman Charles Bosman. Or you can laze the day away on a boat on Hartebeespoort Dam.Hartebeestpoort Dam on the Vaal River is just an hour’s drive from Johannesburg. The mountains that loom over the dam were formed by the ancient eruption of a volcano hundreds of kilometres away. The circular remnant of that volcano is today the Pilanesberg National Park, a wildlife preserve near the Sun City casino resort. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)A cheetah – one of Africa’s most endangered animals – at the De Wildt Cheetah and Wildlife Centre in North West. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)The Palace of the Lost City hotel at Sun City models itself on a mix of myths and cultures from across Africa. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)Inside the Sun City casino. Developed in the 1980s, Sun City is South Africa’s oldest casino resort. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)Crafts for sale at Chameleon Village in Hartebeestpoort. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)African wild dogs at play in the De Wildt Cheetah and Wildlife Centre. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)French Village, Hartebeestpoort. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)The Hartebeestpoort Dam wall. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)The small town of Groot Marico in North West was the setting of a series of famous short stories by Herman Charles Bosman, one of South Africa’s greatest and most tragic writers. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)An old still at Marico Mampoer in Groot Marico. Mampoer, or fruit brandy, is a powerful drink and a recurring theme in the Groot Marico stories of Herman Charles Bosman. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)Get up close to Africa’s largest animal at the Elephant and Monkey Sanctuary in Hartebeestpoort. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)A raised walkway allows visitors to safely explore the Elephant and Monkey Sanctuary in Hartebeestpoort. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)The Hartebeestpoort Cableway takes visitors from the dam to the top of the mountains. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)Craftwork for sale at the visitor’s centre at the top of the Hartebeestpoort Cableway. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)Jaci’s Lodges, Madikwe Game Reserve. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)Jasmyn Farmer’s Market, Hartebeestpoort. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)A nighttime performance at Lesedi Cultural Village, which showcases a range of Southern African traditional cultures for tourists. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)The Mafikeng Museum in the historic city of Mahikeng, the capital of North West. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)A rhino crosses the road in the Pilanesberg National Park. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)The Valley of the Waves at Sun City. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)A hot-air balloon ride view of North West farmlands. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)Inside the Palace of the Lost City at Sun City. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)last_img read more

What’s Next for IT Worker Résumés?

first_imgIT + Project Management: A Love Affair klint finley Tags:#enterprise#Trends 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Related Posts Despite the high demand for IT workers, it’s still an employer’s market. That’s due in part to the laundry lists of skill requirements for IT positions. Convergence and cloud computing are increasing the base of skills that workers need to have. We’ve occasionally touched upon what needs to be done to solve this problem, but what can workers do in the meantime?Developers are increasingly turning to Github to highlight their skills, and we’ve covered this trend a couple times. Meanwhile, the IT recruitment company is trying to find more creative ways to present job recently published research finding:88% of recruiters often see mistakes on IT jobseekers’ CVs.74% of IT jobseekers are confident they represent themselves better in person than on paper.23% of IT jobseekers admit to getting someone else to write their CV for them.In order to help workers better present themselves, the company is experimenting with augmented reality.Here’s an example: Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Gimmicky? You bet. And it was probably quite expensive to produce. I doubt AR résumés are the way of the future, but what if you were applying for a job as an AR developer and you built something yourself instead of hiring someone else to do it? That would be an effective résumé.Animators, designers, writers and other creative types have always been able to include examples of their work with job applications. Developers can include code samples. That’s harder to do for a data center operations manager, network engineer or systems analyst. But with cheap access to cloud computing resources through services like Amazon Web Services and Rackspace Cloud, it’s becoming possible for enterprise IT workers to create sharable samples of their work.Have you ever presented a project as part of a job application? What types of side projects can workers do to learn and demonstrate new skills?Photo by CharlotWestlast_img read more

Who leads among win-win Pinoy warriors?

first_imgIt’s doubly hard looking for the next big star in Philippine boxing following bright results from abroad last week.No, there definitely was no lack of worthy contenders.Fact is the search for the next Manny Pacquiao has become crowded following win-win stands by Filipino boxers in foreign rings.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  All these winners appeared solidly headed toward a world crown challenge.Jhack Tepora, 21-0, 16 KOs, scored a stunning second round stoppage of former African world titlist Lusanda Komanisi in East London, South Africa, to capture the WBO Intercontinental featherweight crown in his first international outing. His handlers at Omega Pro Sports International wasted no time to announce Tepora would be seeking a crack at the world title in the crowded featherweight division.Before Tepora’s stunning triumph, the sensational Frank Duno of Sanman Gym in General Santos City scored an impressive decision over seasoned Mexican lightweight Juan Pablo Sanchez at The Forum in Inglewood, California.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe victory was a followup to Duno’s stunning stoppage last March of then unbeaten Golden Boy standout Christian Gonzales of Mexico. The 21-year-old Duno, handled by former world flyweight champion Rodel Mayol, is now with the Golden Boy stable of Oscar de la Hoya.At Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, Nonito Donaire Jr. dominated Mexican Juan Pablo Sanchez in a well-attended featherweight contest. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Genesis Servania was not successful in his challenge to unbeaten WBO featherweight champion Oscar Valdez in their clash in Tucson, Arizona, last Saturday. Servania floored Valdez in the fourth, but was himself decked in the fifth. It was a compelling contest and Servania, who fights out of the Kashimi gym in Japan, said he would continue his hot hunt for a world crown. He used to be a major fighter in the ALA Stable.The week before last, Milan Melindo of the ALA Stable, retained his IBF light flyweight crown in a thrilling and bloody battle in Cebu. Melindo is seeking to unify the world light flyweight crown.It was not a simple comeback win for Donaire, 34, who lost his WBO super bantamweight crown to Jessie Magdaleno of Mexico last November. Donaire, 38-4, 24 KOs, announced he has been renewed by a new diet and a new coach (Max Baffel), at the same time swearing the presence of his wife Rachel in his corner to shout out instructions was a major factor in his return to the mainstream.Donaire, the 2012 Fighter of the Year, is now recognized as the WBC Silver featherweight belt owner.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Dancers, Amit pile up silvers for PH delegation; Bowlers shoot for gold Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments Read Next LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

PH volleyball team to avoid social media during Japan training camp

first_imgLATEST STORIES “We will bond; there will be no cellphones. It’s for the better because we will be able to focus on the training and eliminate any distraction since we won’t read anything on social media,” said Maraño in Filipino during the team’s media day at Arellano.“I’ve said what’s supposed to be said, I’ve aired my side and the side of the players. I don’t have to explain anything and why would you explain anything if you didn’t do anything wrong.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsMaraño posted several tweets which were targeted at the team’s detractors who pointed out that practices were missed since players did not show up.The 24-year-old said they, as a team, will have to talk the issues out once they get to Japan for their training camp. MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ The national team is set to leave for Japan for their training camp to prepare for the 2017 Southeast Asian Games and the 19th Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championships.“I think we need to talk about the issues among ourselves and that will happen during the team building exercises,” said Maraño. “It will be more than half a year that we will be together in the national team so we need to have great communication among ourselves.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet PH Women’s National Volleyball team. Photo by Bong LozadaNational team player Aby Maraño recently set Twitter ablaze after posting several rants directed at her detractors as volleyball squad became the target of negative comments regarding its missed practices.Maraño, though, said she’s put her emotion-filled tirade to bed, and she looks forward to her team’s training camp in Japan.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Despite roaring return, Laminou admits he’s not in top shape yet El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress View commentslast_img read more

Lady Tamaraws stop Lady Eagles for 2-0 start in PVL

first_imgTrump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Ikeh, Ravena star as Ateneo drubs Adamson Kim Gequillana also hurt her left knee in the third set prompting Ateneo head coach Tai Bundit to have her brought to the locker room.Bernadeth Pons finished with 16 points to lead FEU while Toni Rose Basas and Jeanette Villareal added 15 and 13 points, respectively.Jhoana Maraguinot led the Lady Eagles with 16 points.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games It wasn’t the best of starts for FEU and head coach George Pascua had to remind his team they just have to relax and play at their own pace after dropping the first set.“I told them that we have to dictate the tempo and not play at the same pace as Ateneo,” said Pascua in Filpino. “They were quite aggressive in the first set and unfortunately they were quite off.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingPascua added the absence of Ateneo captain Bea De Leon also helped as “her veteran presence can change the game for the Lady Eagles.”It wasn’t just De Leon who didn’t play for the Lady Eagles as Maddie Madayag, though in uniform, didn’t play due to an ankle sprain. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his sidecenter_img MOST READ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFar Eastern University remained spotless in Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference after shrugging off Ateneo in four sets, 17-25, 25-21, 25-19, 25-14, Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Lady Tamaraws improved to 2-0 to stay atop Group A while the Lady Eagles slipped to 1-1.ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

a month agoAtalanta striker Duvan Zapata cools Man Utd, West Ham talk

first_imgAtalanta striker Duvan Zapata cools Man Utd, West Ham talkby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtalanta striker Duvan Zapata insists he’s happy where he is.Zapata is being linked with Manchester United and West Ham.He said, “I am not even thinking about the idea of leaving Atalanta. In football, as in life, you do not know what the future holds, but I have no thoughts other than doing my best for Atalanta.“Our only objective is to be protagonists, so we don’t name targets. “My personal aim is to improve consistently and score as many goals as possible. (Gian Piero) Gasperini is a pleasure to work with, even if it’s exhausting.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

WilsonRaybould set to speak my truth in Ottawa

first_imgJustin BrakeAPTN NewsWhen she speaks today, Jody Wilson-Raybould could answer some big questions on the minds of First Nation leaders.Privy Council Office (PCO) Clerk Michael Wernick’s Feb. 21 testimony to the House of Commons’ justice committee revealed there was tension between the former justice minister and attorney general and some of her cabinet colleagues, including Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett, related to the proposed Indigenous rights framework.When Wilson-Raybould testifies before that same committee on Wednesday, it’s unclear whether she will address the framework differences, or if she will strictly address allegations she was pressed to intervene in the criminal prosecution of Montreal engineering and construction giant SNC-Lavalin.But as the controversy around the Prime Minister’s Office’s alleged misconduct continues to unfold, the future of Indigenous peoples’ rights, jurisdiction and title hang in the balance.In February 2018 Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the launch of an engagement process on his government’s Recognition and Implementation of Rights Framework, a suite of legislative and policy reform promised to “include new ways to recognize and implement Indigenous Rights,” Trudeau said in his Valentine’s Day speech in the House of Commons.Throughout most of 2018, Ottawa, led by Bennett, met with Indigenous leaders and select community members to gather feedback on what Nations and groups wanted to see in the framework.But by September, First Nation leaders were largely unsettled by the process, and by the contents of an overview document released by the government on Sept. 10, which purported to summarize the views of First Nations throughout the engagement process.On Sept. 11, at an Assembly of First Nations (AFN) special forum on the framework in Gatineau, Que., Bennett tried to quell fears the government was proceeding disingenuously with the work and perhaps with a goal of maintaining the status quo of rights denial with respect to Indigenous peoples in Canada.An AFN summary report of the event calls the government’s engagement process a “divide and conquer strategy” and accuses the feds of not being transparent about what it was hearing from First Nations.The report said the engagement sessions “fell short of full, fair and meaningful participation and were rushed.”On Sept. 13, the day after the AFN forum concluded, Wilson-Raybould gave a lecture at the University of Saskatchewan called “Recognition, Reconciliation and Indigenous People’s Disproportionate Interactions with the Criminal Justice System”.During her presentation she noted that, “[t]oo often we see the tendency — especially in politics — to use important words that have real meaning and importance, carelessly.“We see ‘recognition’ applied to ideas that actually mean ‘denial’. We see ‘self-government’ used to refer to ideas or processes that actually maintain control over others. We see ‘self-determination’ applied to actions that actually interfere with the work of Nations rebuilding their governments and communities. We see ‘inherent’ in the same breath as the contradictory idea that rights are contingent on the courts or agreements,” she continued.“When we see this being done it does not advance reconciliation. It actually undermines it. It causes confusion, chaos, and division.”According to Wernick’s testimony last week, Trudeau met with Wilson-Raybould, a driving force behind the framework, on Sept. 17, just days after the AFN forum and Wilson-Raybould’s Saskatoon speech.Wernick said he too attended the meeting, which was convened to discuss “very serious policy differences” between Wilson-Raybould, Bennett and other ministers over the framework.Wernick testified that “there were different views on a very significant thing,” and that Trudeau was growing “impatient” with the slow pace of work on the framework.“He was concerned we were losing momentum and traction heading into the last year of the mandate on the rights framework,” Wernick said, adding that he took over the framework file because Trudeau was consumed with the NAFTA negotiations with the United States.He said the issue was referred to the cabinet sub-committee on reconciliation, and then to cabinet.“There was a decision not to proceed with the rights and recognition framework.”In the two-plus months following that meeting, Wilson-Raybould delivered other speeches indicating she was unhappy with the government’s work on the framework.“The path of justice and equality is not advanced or achieved through half-measures, good intentions, or lofty rhetoric,” she said on Sept. 27 in Comox, B.C. during a speech on the criminal justice system and renewing Canada’s relationship with Indigenous Peoples.On Nov. 29, during a speech on Indigenous rights to First Nation and provincial leaders in Vancouver, she quoted late Squamish Chief Joe Mathias, who told the feds during constitutional talks in the early 1980s to “behold the turtle… who moves forward when he sticks his neck out.“I say, let us stick our necks out. I am,” she said.In a move that surprised many, on Jan. 14 Wilson-Raybould was removed as justice minister and attorney general and reappointed to lead the veterans affairs portfolio.She released a statement that day saying that “while our government has taken some very important steps, and hard work is being done” to recognize Indigenous rights and title, “the necessary shifts have not yet been fully achieved.”Kory Wilson, Wilson-Raybould’s sister, told APTN News this week that her sister called her hours before the cabinet shuffle announcement to give her family a head’s up.“Her priority was our mom, and making sure our mom was OK with it,” Wilson recalled. “Because she’s a lot more sensitive to what she hears on TV.“So [Wilson-Raybould] said, OK, you have to talk to mom and…tell her it’s going to be OK.“It is what it is, and this is politics.”Days after the Globe and Mail broke the story of alleged political interference on the PMO’s part toward the then-justice minister and attorney general, Wilson-Raybould resigned from cabinet.In her resignation letter she acknowledged that Canadians want to hear her side of the story, and that she had hired former Supreme Court Justice Thomas Albert Cromwell to advise her.She has said very little, publicly, since then, but has addressed her former cabinet colleagues and rose on a point of order in the House of Commons last week to say she was “anxious” to “speak my truth”.In a recent interview with APTN about the recent events, Grand Chief Edward John of the First Nations Summit in B.C. said he was concerned about the loss of Wilson-Raybould as a cabinet minister, and noted that the rights framework “is going nowhere fast.”He called the loss of Wilson-Raybould in cabinet “really disturbing,” explaining she had intimate knowledge of the challenges First Nations face when negotiating rights and title with Canada.Grand Chief Ed John of the First Nations Summit in B.C. says not having Wilson-Raybould in cabinet is a “tremendous loss to the country…” APTN Photo.“She’s a remarkable woman. She’s very well educated and understands these issues at a depth that very few people in the country, and certainly at the cabinet table, would have. So that in itself is a tremendous loss to the country, but a tremendous loss to us as well.”Wilson, who, like her sister is also a lawyer, said Wilson-Raybould’s removal as justice minister and attorney general, coupled with the removal of Jane Philpott from the Indigenous services portfolio, indicates “there has to be something we don’t know.“Why on Earth would you remove her….because there’s no one person in any ranking of government, MPs or the public service that knows more about this issue [of Indigenous rights] than she does, or of the paths forward than she does.”Asked on Tuesday what Bennett and Wilson-Raybould disagreed on with the rights framework, a spokesperson for Bennett’s office told APTN the minister had no comment.Wilson said her sister is dutiful to her role as a federal politician and doesn’t share internal information of this sort with others, including family.Though Wilson doesn’t know what her sister will say during her testimony on Wednesday, she said “[y]ou know for a fact what she’s going to tell is the truth, and likely everything she will say is well-documented.”Whether or not Wilson-Raybould will influence how the Indigenous rights framework unfolds, if the Liberals maintain power after the fall election, Wilson said her little sister has already made her mark for Indigenous people in Canada.“I think the fact that she was put as justice minister, the highest-ranking Indigenous person in cabinet, ever, even despite what has happened—there are a tremendous number of Indigenous youth out there that realize they can do this too.“Maybe this is what she has to go through to ensure that the doorway is open now for other Indigenous people to aspire…to be the change makers for Indigenous people wherever they are.” files from Tina Houselast_img read more

Farmers to receive compensation as part of historic NAFTA revamp

first_imgOTTAWA – Canada gave up some access to its dairy, egg and poultry industries but will keep its agricultural supply management system and avoid punishing auto tariffs under the new North American trade deal.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau hailed the landmark agreement as a win for everyone and U.S. President Donald Trump did a victory lap at the White House as industries across Canada took stock of the new era in continental trade.“Today we are securing a higher standard of living far into the future for the people of Canada,” Trudeau said during a news conference Monday in Ottawa.The revamped NAFTA deal — dubbed the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA — was almost 14 months in the making and has 32 chapters, 11 annexes and 12 side letters. One letter promises Canada will be exempt from any future U.S. tariffs imposed on automobiles and auto parts as a matter of national security.The deal does not, however, address the removal of the steel and aluminum tariffs Trump slapped on Canada last spring or the softwood lumber tariffs imposed in 2017. U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said Monday there is no timeline for removing those tariffs.Trump said the tariffs he has imposed — or threatened to levy — may be a key reason he landed an agreement after months of agonizing talks. “Without tariffs, we wouldn’t be talking about a deal.”The agreement includes new rules for the auto sector, such as requiring 40 per cent of car parts be made by workers paid at least $16 an hour, a labour rule Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said was unique in trade agreements and a very progressive way to protect jobs for higher-wage workers.Freeland highlighted Canada’s success in maintaining the dispute-resolution process that sends trade quarrels between countries to an independent binational panel. Keeping that provision, previously known as chapter 19 under NAFTA, was one of Canada’s lines in the sand, though the U.S. initially wanted to eliminate it.The B.C. Lumber Trade Council said retaining the dispute mechanism was “absolutely critical.” As with the steel tariffs, the new trade deal does not undo controversial U.S.-imposed duties on Canadian softwood lumber imports.Other key aspects include lengthening the patents on biologic pharmaceuticals by two years to 10 years from eight, and increasing the amount Canadians can spend online at U.S. retailers without paying duty to $150 from $20.Derek Burleton, deputy chief economist at TD Economics, echoed the sentiment of many in expressing relief at an agreement.“The deal is far from perfect, but other, decidedly more negative potential outcomes — such as Canada’s exclusion from a revised agreement, a ‘zombie’ NAFTA, and steep tariffs on Canadian auto exports to the U.S. — have likely been avoided,” he wrote in an analysis Monday.Benoit Fontaine, the chair of Chicken Farmers of Canada, likewise expressed reassurance that “a year of uncertainty over the future of the agricultural landscape in Canada is over.”Canada increased the amount of duty-free access for U.S. farmers in all five of its supply managed sectors — dairy, eggs, chicken, hatching eggs and turkey.Fontaine says that will mean Americans can sell 12 million additional kilograms of chicken in Canada, which doesn’t make chicken farmers happy, but at lets them know what they’re dealing with now.Dairy Farmers of Canada, however, issued a terse statement saying the deal will have “a dramatic impact not only for dairy farmers but for the whole sector.”Under the USMCA Canada is offering the U.S. a 3.6 per cent share of the dairy market, which is more than the 3.25 per cent it offered under the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. Canada is also eliminating a recent pricing assessment for certain types of milk products that was a lightning rod of discontent for Trump.On Monday Trump called dairy a “deal breaker” for him in the negotiations.“Our farmers were not treated properly by Canada,” he said. “Now they’re going to be treated with respect.”Trudeau tried to placate Canadian dairy farmers by promising compensation. The prime minister said he knows there is anxiety for dairy producers but also suggested things could have been a lot worse.“We know full well the American administration targeted the complete scrapping of supply management and what we did with this agreement was to protect supply management for future generations because it is a system that works,” Trudeau said.There are no details yet on how much compensation Canada is willing to provide or what form it will take.Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer called the deal a “failure” by Trudeau to achieve anything new for Canada. Instead, he said, Canada can only brag about what it didn’t have to concede. Scheer said he would have gotten a better deal.NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh said Canadians will end up paying more for things like milk and pharmaceuticals under the deal.Notably, the prime minister did not mention Trump in his opening remarks, saying only in answer to a direct question that the relationship with the president has been challenging during the course of tumultuous negotiations.Trump acknowledged relations between himself and Trudeau have been “testy” but added that was simply because of the negotiations. The only thing wrong with Trudeau is that he “loves his people,” the president said.Trump and Trudeau did speak briefly about the agreement by phone Monday. Trudeau also spoke with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto.Trump has been threatening for weeks to lock Canada out of a new trade deal and proceed alone with Mexico. Just six days ago he said he didn’t think Canada was negotiating fairly. But on Monday he was all smiles, calling the deal “historic.”— With files from Mike Blanchfield, James McCarten and Kristy Kirkuplast_img read more