Delhi saw a dip in voter turnout for the Lok Sabha poll on Sunday with the Election Commission putting the polling percentage at a tentative 60.5.In 2014 the turnout was 65.07%, about 5% more than this year’s average.The lowest turnout was recorded in New Delhi constituency at 56.9% and the highest in North East Delhi at 63.41%.The Delhi police said the polling process was overall peaceful and they received 337 calls related to missing voter names from the rolls.The Aam Aadmi Party alleged “rigging” by the BJP at a polling station in South Delhi and also claimed large-scale deletion of voter names, an issue they had raised before the election too. The BJP dismissed the allegations.Model booths a hitModel polling booths were an attraction with the voters as they distributed chocolates and flowers, provided wheelchair facility to senior citizens and even offered pick-up and drop service to those above 100 years of age. Several voters said they were happy with the introduction of the Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail machines. The decision of AAP and Congress to go it alone in the polls left many voters, who did not want to vote for the BJP, in a fix as they felt their votes were getting split between the two parties.
Guwahati, Oct 11 (PTI) He is ecstatic after his match- winning performance in his very second international game but rookie left-arm speedster Jason Behrendorffs ultimate aim is to play Test cricket for a long time.”Test cricket is the ultimate prize and wearing the baggy green cap is something I am sure all cricketers aspire to and I certainly do. I will be pursuing and doing everything I can to play Test cricket,” Behrendorff said after winning Man of the Match award for his 4/21 in Australias eight wicket victory.Having bowled just an over on his debut in Ranchi, the lanky pacer made the most of the overcast conditions to rip through the Indian top four — Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli and Manish Pandey — in 15 deliveries.The feeling of winning a game for Australia is yet to sink in.”An unbelievable feeling to be honest. Ranchi was almost nearly not getting on at all, to get one over was great to get out there but to bowl four overs tonight to take four wickets but mainly to get a win, to get the boys back up and about after a pretty tough time in the one-dayers, its very special,” said Behrendorff.”I was really happy with that. A few ones that I got hit to the boundary probably were not obviously where I needed to be bowling.”But obviously to get the ball up there, swing the ball, hit guys on the pads and nick blokes off those are the things we talk about in our meetings to get the balls in those areas especially up front so I was very happy with that.”advertisementIts interesting to see if Australia would field two left-armers in Behrendorff and Mitchell Starc in the upcoming Ashes.”We are left-armers, we both swing it a bit. Mitch bowls a bit quicker than I do, but I know Mitch reasonably well. Ive spent a bit of time playing with him occasionally but mainly against him. He is someone that I feel I can talk to and get some advice off as well.”Having been hit for two boundaries in the first over, Behrendorff set it up nicely for Rohit Sharma. The full length delivery swung back to trap him leg before.”For me, thats what I generally try to do — swing it back, thats my plan up front especially to the right handers,” he said.Being aggressive may be fast bowlers forte but Behrendorff wants his ball to do the talking.”You dont have to be mean and nasty all the time. Generally I try and let my skills and the ball do the work and let that do the talking for me instead of getting into a verbal battle or anything like that.”Some guys enjoy that and thats what gets them going and fired up, but its not really my style.”Having struggled with with injuries, Behrendorff has acquired education in sports science.”Its nice to have a bit of knowledge about whats going on so I can chat to the doctors and the physios and understand exactly whats going on, what I need to do.”Behrendorff knows a thing or two about intense rehabiliation programmes.”The main thing is doing your rehab and getting back… and now enjoying playing international cricket for the first time. Its something I have worked so hard for and I am loving every minute of it.”Back home it was an emotional time for his family.”It was a very special moment probably telling my wife first off was amazing. She was away at the time so we had to do it over the phone. She was very excited.”The next best one was my dad. Hes never speechless, hes an outgoing sort of guy but he was speechless on the phone for about 10 seconds.”The latest Aussie pacer may also be sought after in the lucrative Indian Premier League T20.”It might do. Thats down the track, Ive got a fair bit of cricket to play yet so first and foremost focussed on winning the next game in Hyderabad and then got a summer of cricket to play but that would be very nice,” he concluded. PTI TAP KHS KHS
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Rex Ryan wanted more from his New York Jets. More points. More discipline. More execution.That’s why the coach was far from thrilled after a 19-14 season-opening victory over the Oakland Raiders on Sept. 7. “This game should’ve been a rat kill,” Ryan said. “It wasn’t.”Chris Ivory had a 71-yard touchdown run midway through the fourth quarter, and the Jets’ swarming defense mostly clamped down on Oakland rookie quarterback Derek Carr as New York held the Raiders to 158 total yards and overcame a sloppy, penalty-filled performance to win.“Our fans were better than our team today,” Ryan said, bemoaning the Jets’ 11 penalties for 105 yards.“We never had any takeaways and had two turnovers, so that’s obviously a work in progress. It has to get better for us to do what we want to do.”With the game still in the balance, Ivory rushed up the middle and appeared stopped. He slipped a few would-be tacklers and took off into the end zone. A pass on a 2-point conversion failed.Carr, the Raiders’ second-round draft pick, made it close with a 30-yard touchdown toss to James Jones, who made a leaping grab over Darrin Walls with 1:21 left.The Raiders tried an onside kick, but Greg Salas recovered to seal it for the Jets. “We’ll take it,” Ryan said. “I’m not very happy with it, but it’s a victory.”Geno Smith was shaky early with an interception and lost fumble. But he threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Chris Johnson as the Jets sent the Raiders to their 14th straight loss in the Eastern time zone. Smith finished 23 of 28 for 221 yards.“We’ve got high expectations,” Smith said. “We can’t shoot ourselves in the foot and we can’t make excuses for it.”Ivory finished with 102 yards on 10 carries, while Johnson had 68 yards rushing in his Jets debut and caught five passes for 23 yards.The Jets were fired up by comments made by former right tackle Austin Howard, saying the Raiders would push around his ex-teammates.“They certainly did that, to the tune of 25 yards rushing,” Ryan said sarcastically. “And they gave up (212) rushing.”Carr, who got the nod over Matt Schaub, held his own in the first half, but the Jets pressured him throughout the final two quarters. He finished 20 of 32 for 151 yards, with touchdowns to Jones and Rod Streater.“I don’t think the game was too big for him,” Raiders coach Dennis Allen said. “Overall, I saw some positive signs, some things that he did well. Obviously, I saw some mistakes.”With the Jets leading 10-7, the defense came out roaring to start the second half, holding the Raiders to minus-3 yards in the third quarter.“I need to do a better job of putting us in better situations,” Carr said. “Now I have to do a better job of making the correct calls. You can put it all on me.”Carr had a short field to work with after Charles Woodson intercepted Smith. He got his first NFL touchdown on a screen to Streater, who scored from 12 yards to give the Raiders a 7-3 lead.Smith turned it over again on the next possession, killing a long drive, when he fumbled — with Michael Vick lined up at wide receiver — while trying to get into the end zone. Sio Moore plowed into Smith, knocking the ball loose, and TJ Carrie recovered.Johnson, signed by the Jets as a free agent in April, took a shovel pass and stretched into the end zone for a 5-yard score that put New York up 10-7 just 30 seconds before halftime.The Jets nearly got a touchdown on some trickery on the previous play when Vick lined up as a wide receiver, sprinted into the backfield and took a flip from Smith. Vick zipped a pass just wide of an open Eric Decker as the ball went off his fingertips in the end zone.It ended a sloppy first half for the Jets, who were called for eight penalties, including one that was declined. The Raiders had no first-half penalties, and finished with four.(DENNIS WASZAK Jr., AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
Former Argentina player Juan Sebastian Veron said over-dependence on Lionel Messi is hurting the national team. The former Inter Milan midfielder has urged Argentina to focus on developing rest of their squad after the World Cup debacle.Argentina crashed out of the World Cup 2018 after losing 3-4 to France in the Round of 16. The win against Nigeria was their only victory in the quadrennial event, while they lost against Croatia and drew against Iceland in their group matches.Messi is yet to discuss his international future. The Barcelona forward has already come back from retirement once.The runners-up in the 2014 World Cup, Argentina also finished second at the Copa America in 2015 and 2016.”It’s time to build a group. Obviously, if Leo is eager (to be part of the national team), they would need to involve him little by little,” Veron was quoted as saying by ESPN Argentina.”I think we have to prepare the base and once and for all think about a team and not think about someone who can save us. Even more at this time, watching other national teams and how they faced the World Cup, it seems essential to think about a group.”Argentina are also expected to zero in on their next coach after Jorge Sampoli parted ways with the Albiceleste owing to a poor World Cup campaign.Pochettino is reportedly Argentina Football Association president Claudio Tapia’s top choice and Veron also thinks on similar lines.”Obviously, Pochettino’s name is seductive any way you look at it,” Veron said.advertisement”But I think that to offer him something, you have to have something well-armed. Present him a platform and see how he can fit into that.”The candidates are those who we are all thinking about,” Veron said.”But we have to see those who are available because I don’t see it as something simple… I think the best are Pochettino and Simeone.”Argentina will face Guatemala and Colombia in friendlies in the US in September.(With IANS inputs)
The State Administrative Council (SAC) which met in Srinagar on Monday under the chairmanship of Governor Satya Pal Malik accorded sanction to the grant of Rs 2 crore as financial assistance to the Real Kashmir Football Club annually for a period of three years, beginning 2018-19.Within two years of the formation of Real Kashmir Football Club (RKFC), the team has performed exceptionally well at the national level including the I-League, where the club successfully defeated or drew with top teams including Mohun Bagan, Mohammedan Sporting Club, Churchill Brothers, FC Goa among others.Through its prolific performance, Real Kashmir has been gaining popularity among the youth of the Jammu and Kashmir. In matches played in the valley, with more than 25,000 people attended to cheer for their favourite football team.However, presently the Real Kashmir FC is financially not in a position to meet the expenditure on players including expenses on training, travelling, boarding and lodging.Taking note of financial constraints of the club, its future prospects and to bring more and more youth in its fold, the SAC approved grant of assured financial assistance for a period three years to the club.The SAC further directed the Department of Youth Services & Sports to formulate a proposal in consultation with the finance department for providing grant to sports teams of Jammu and Kashmir which qualify for top level national leagues in Cricket, Hockey, Kabaddi and Badminton.Also Read | Former India footballer Mohammed Zulfiqaruddin dies at 83Also Read | Jobby Justin the net busterAlso Read | Mohun Bagan appoint Khalid Jamil as head coachadvertisement
Saracens Share on LinkedIn Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Reuse this content Exeter Chiefs’ Jonny Hill scores their third try at Twickenham. Photograph: Paul Harding/PA Read more Twitter Share via Email Saracens win Premiership after beating Exeter in thrilling final – as it happened Facebook … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. 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Topics Share on Facebook Read more Exeter match reports Rugby union Share on Messenger Share on Twitter The Observer Exeter gave it everything but that is rarely enough against Saracens. On the hottest day of the year the two leading teams in the Premiership both set out to show why they were so far ahead of the rest and, while the Chiefs scored in the opening and final minutes and were dominant in the second and third quarters, they lost the title at the very moment it appeared to be in their grip.There were 20 minutes to go and Exeter had gone ahead 27-16, having scored their fourth try through Henry Slade who finished a sweeping move with a flourish. Saracens had taken charge after Nic White scored 26 seconds into the match after George Kruis had lost control of the ball from the kick-off, vexing the Chiefs through their speed of delivery at the breakdown, but were gradually worn down by the persistence, pressure and power of their opponents who in 37 minutes either side of the break scored 20 points and conceded three.Exeter had been well beaten in their two previous finals against Saracens but this time they did not look out of place. The build-up was marked by a debate over whether the Chiefs were boring, a strange tag given that during the game they became the first team to score 100 tries in a Premiership campaign, but style of play should not have been the issue. Exeter’s rise from the depths of the English league system has been remarkable and in recent seasons they have become the most consistent team in the Premiership, again finishing the regular season at the top of the table, rarely dipping from a high level. Saracens have learned to pace themselves and peak when it matters, even if there were moments in the final when it looked as if the climb had become too steep.The Chiefs reacted to Slade’s try euphorically, not taking victory for granted but knowing that, the way they were playing, they were controlling their destiny and 11 points ahead. Saracens had lost their early 13-7 lead and, at times, looked uncomfortable. They were forced into basic errors, were knocked back in contact and, after the early initiative they seized through the speed of ball they enjoyed at the breakdown faded, they showed signs of malfunctioning.Saracens have become Europe’s leading side because, when it matters, they have players who make a difference. Here it was Owen Farrell: he had earlier missed two conversions and was to hook a short-range penalty from just to the left of the posts but, when he gathered the ball on Exeter’s 22 and saw Liam Williams free on the right wing, he kicked across the field.Joe Simmonds, Williams’s closest challenger, conceded a few centimetres, but the way Farrell kicked the ball meant that, at the last moment, it swerved away from the Exeter fly-half. It meant he could not contest the catch with Williams for risk of taking him out in the air and being landed with all manner of sanctions from a red card to a penalty try. All the Saracen had to do to score was catch the ball.The gap was now four points but Saracens were in full pursuit of their prey. It was not Exeter who were making the minor errors: it was the hottest day of the year but even more heat was being applied by Saracens who seized the moment with 13 minutes to go when Richard Wigglesworth spotted space around the fringe of a ruck and set off. He was supported by the front-rows Jamie George and Ralph Adams-Hale before Saracens quickly moved the ball to Sean Maitland on the left wing. Having come from 10 points down against Leinster to win the Champions Cup last month, Saracens went one better. The three-point lead became 10 when George scored his second try of the afternoon after Maro Itoje stole an Exeter line-out with four minutes to go.After George and Ben Spencer had replied to White’s try, Exeter played probably their best 40 minutes since their promotion to the Premiership. At one point they had 70 per cent of possession and had attempted 100 fewer tackles than their opponents. There is no team more difficult to stop close to the line and, when Dave Ewers and Jonny Hill scored from close range in the second quarter, 10 of their last 14 tries had been claimed by forwards. Saracens were, for once, losing the physical battle. They trailed 22-16 at half-time, Farrell’s penalty cancelled out by Joe Simmonds at the end of the opening period, although the Chiefs’ head coach Rob Baxter felt they should have kicked to touch and gone for a try.It had bone a half in which 25 points were scored when a player was in the sin-bin: Slade was first for a deliberate knock-on three minutes in followed by Itoje for slowing down the ball at a ruck.Exeter did not lose because they accepted the gift of three points under the posts. When Slade extended their lead after 57 minutes, a team that a year ago vowed to make up for finishing a distant second to Saracens in the final looked to have lived up to their word – except they were playing Saracens, a team that had won theirprevious six finals. They knew what it took and it is the Chiefs who now have to learn from this experience if they are to turn from very good into something rarer. Premiership Share on Pinterest Support The Guardian Jim Mallinder dismisses speculation he could become next England head coach Since you’re here…
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GLENDALE, AZ – DECEMBER 31: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on against the Clemson Tigers during the 2016 PlayStation Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium on December 31, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)Ohio State announced last week that head football coach Urban Meyer was being suspended for the first three games of the 2018 season as a result of the investigation into his handling of domestic violence allegations against now-fired assistant coach Zach Smith.The punishment for Meyer was decided after a lengthy Ohio State Board of Trustees meeting that began at 9 a.m. last Wednesday and ended close to 10 p.m.One Ohio State trustee has reportedly resigned from the board as a result of the punishment handed down to Meyer. He didn’t think it was harsh enough.The New York Times has more:An Ohio State trustee has resigned, saying a three-game suspension of the football coach Urban Meyer should have been more “profound” for his mishandling of domestic violence accusations against an assistant coach and for tolerating years of the assistant’s misbehavior.The trustee, Jeffrey Wadsworth, said in an interview on Thursday that he stepped down from the board shortly after the university announced Mr. Meyer’s punishment last week.“I didn’t feel that I’d seen high-integrity behavior,” Mr. Wadsworth said of Mr. Meyer.The trustee who resigned claims he was the only person pushing for a harsher punishment for Meyer. It’s unclear how much harsher of a punishment he was pushing for.Meyer is suspended for the first three games of the season, but he’s able to return to practice after the season-opening game on Saturday.Ohio State opens its season on Sept. 1 against Oregon State.
Last year’s winners include a grade 6 student who filled a 13-metre container with school supplies for an impoverished African country, a grade 8 student who made a courageous and symbolic stand against bullying and a grade 12 student who devised a plan to connect student volunteers with charities eager for help. The awards will be presented by Premier Darrell Dexter and Education Minister Marilyn More at a ceremony in June. For more information on the awards, including guidelines, criteria and nomination forms, visit www.powerofpositivechange.ca . promoting safe and positive school environments building social cohesion advancing cultural diversity promoting peace The nomination deadline for the second annual Premier’s Power of Positive Change Awards has been extended to Wednesday, April 14. The awards program celebrates students who are making a positive difference in their schools and communities. “Young Nova Scotians are showing they can make a difference in their schools, their communities and around the world,” Premier Darrell Dexter said. “If you know a student who works hard and goes the extra mile to improve the lives of others, I encourage you to nominate that person for this award. Their efforts should be recognized.” Up to 10 students will be awarded a $2,000 bursary for post-secondary studies, apprenticeship training, or other educational opportunities. Students can be nominated for showing leadership in:
Conservation Minister Tom Nevakshonoff Two men from the Saanich Nation in British Columbia argued the Tsartlip people had practiced night hunting since time immemorial. Though times had changed, and rifles and spotlights took the place of bows and arrows and torches.The Supreme Court steered away from a blanket sanction on night hunting, adding it’s not a treaty right to do so dangerously.There are limitations on treaty rights that the province can regulate. The Manitoba hunting guide outlines the rules that apply for First Nation hunters in general. No shooting a firearm from a public road or highway. No selling the meat. But for spotlighting, the limitations are vague; don’t “discharge a rifle or shotgun at night where it is dangerous to do so.” But it has to be on Crown land.George Moosetail, a band councillor on the Pine creek First Nation in Manitoba, went hunting one night in January.He wanted to harvest deer meat for an elder in his community.He took APTN National News on a ride to show what happened.Moosetail asked his friend Jason to drive us.On a snowy back road lit up only by the truck’s headlights, he motions for his friend Jason to slow down. Indigenous leaders and lawyers use the words ‘adversarial’ and ‘strained’ to describe the relationship between Indigenous hunters and conservation officers.Anishinaabe hunters talk about feeling bullied and harassed, including Chief Charlie Boucher.“Trucks up ahead of me. Conservation is stopping everybody.” Boucher explains a typical encounter. “Conservation comes and looks in each of the trucks. I’m in the fifth truck, well, they come and talk to me first.”Watch Treaty Part 3 Nepinak calls Saskatchewan’s handling of the raid “an abuse of power and authority.”With the case still under investigation, Premier Brad Wall won’t comment on specifics.“But I’ll just answer hypothetically,” Wall told reporters in January. “Treaty rights don’t trump certain provincial provisions that allow provinces to manage the conservation issue as we would all want. They also don’t trump private property. We respect treaty rights, but there are certain things treaty rights do not trump when it comes to hunting. And we’ll let that information come forward and let this process play out.”It’s been nearly three months since the raid and there are still no clear answers.But there are a lot of questions.“This issue around treaties has to be dealt with because we have ignorant leaders who are saying things like treaty rights do no trump provincial jurisdictions,” said Niigaan Sinclair. “There is nothing more wrong than that.” Charlie Boucher at this hunting cabin. Watch Part 1 of Treaty Rights A Lesson on Treaties We have federal and provincial leaders in major decision making positions that have little to no knowledge of treaty. If there’s a blemish in this country, it’s that.” Niigaanwewidam Sinclair, Treaty Expert RCMP cruisers and K-9 unit arrive in Pine CreekRCMP and Conservations officers on the Pine Creek First NationRCMP and Conservation officers in Pine CreekConservation officers search the home of George LamirandeConservation officers search the home George Lamirande on the Pine Creek First Nation “We are capable people. We are willing people,” said Boucher. “We want to relate in a beautiful way.”The chief was to pin down expansive issues like reconciliation in a tangible way. In the long-term, he’s talking co-management of resources.For today, he wants answers on why Saskatchewan conservation officers raided his house after he went moose hunting in that province. He wants to know what can be done about hunters feeling bullied and harassed by game wardens in Manitoba.It’s why he brought in the Grand Chief of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs to meet with the community recently.And Derek Nepinak wants details.“All the people that have had their vehicles confiscated or their rifles confiscated. We’re going to need to talk to you all,” he told everyone.As for a response to the raid, Nephinak is gearing up for a battle. “We have brilliant minds, experts in Canadian law who can punch holes right through Mr. Wall’s political rhetoric and his failure to respect treaty rights and we plan on bringing the fight to him.”What that fight looks like is still unclear.Sinclair said the framework is already there. “If we look at those treaty documents they were intended to be about the future not the past.”Boucher wants to work with government and says, if it’s about the environment, then they’re on the same page.So that reconciliation can begin on the email@example.com Derek Nepinak, Grand Chief of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs in Pine Creek. But Cook said there’s no discretion with the law. And the loss of a truck is felt deeply in remote Indigenous communities.“These people’s livelihoods are on the line. You have a $40,000 truck for somebody who makes $16,000 a year, that’s huge, that’s the biggest asset they’re ever going to have and their credit is ruined. So these are high stakes,” said Cook.She tells stories of a client who was about to lose his job because he lost his truck, though he hadn’t been the one hunting. Zealous Crown attorneys that pursue hunting charges like criminal cases and clients who won in court, but the bill for the two day trial rang in at $10,000, and legal aid doesn’t cover the costs.Cook is torn over these cases. She grew up in BrokenHead Ojibway Nation in Manitoba.She’s proud to take on cases involving Aboriginal and treaty rights, but…“These people are poor. They need help and there’s very limited ways that I can help them.” Cook paused, and then admitted, “It’s depressing. It’s depressing for them and for me.”Cook called the truck seizures unfair and wants the law changed.“It’s exacerbating and amplifying poverty and isolation by having these trucks even seized for a year, eighteen months,” she said. But forfeited? Manitoba needs to do what other provinces do. They need to make this automatic forfeiture discretionary.”Though the circumstances around the penalty may vary, the province’s position is clear.Conservation Minister Tom Nevakshonoff said government recognizes the Aboriginal right to hunt and fish for food, but safety is a foremost concern.“If people break the law in the course of their activities then they are subject to penalty,” said Nevakshonoff. “And hunting illegally, we discourage to the utmost degree and seizure of vehicles is part of that.”As for complaints from Indigenous hunters of harassment by conservation officers, the Minister was surprised to hear the question. THE LINE ON TREATYA a tattoo on forearm of Niigaan Sinclair shows a map of the traditional clans that live along the Red River and signed the Selkirk Treaty in Manitoba. Boucher has hunted for 50 years. He offers tobacco and shares the meat with his community. But he feels targeted when he out in the bush.“My treaty card is what they look for,” he said.Some of the conflict arises when Indigenous people hunt in ways that regulated hunters can’t.Treaty people don’t have to follow the same set of provincial regulations.It might vary from province to province, but generally there’s no bag limit, or seasonal restrictions. And Indigenous people can hunt at night with lights, a controversial practice called “spotlighting.”But an Aboriginal treaty right upheld by the Supreme Court of Canada in 2006. Last November, Ed Hayden, a former chief of the Roseau River First Nation in southern Manitoba, went hunting in Saskatchewan.He was respecting a ban on moose hunting in his province. Over-hunting, disease and predators have led to a drop in the population.“To me there’s no border,” said Hayden. “There may be to the province, but for us that understand treaty, like I said, my treaty is portable. I can go anywhere.”So he left Treaty No. 1, along with a few other Anishinaabe hunters, and took down three moose on Crown land in Saskatchewan.Conservation officers arrived shortly after and told him he couldn’t hunt there because he “didn’t belong in this treaty area.”Hayden was given a warning for “Unlawfully hunting. Exercising treaty rights where not recognized.”Download (PDF, Unknown) The warning said to look “into Saskatchewan treaty rights before hunting in the province.” Conservation officers told him to bone the animals right there in the field.“So we spent over three hours doing that,” said Hayden. “Taking the meat off the bones and then we left.” George Moosetail There was no courtesy to make a phone to call to the Government of Pine Creek First Nation in Treaty 4 Territory.” Chief Charlie Boucher, Pine Creek First Nation, MB Lawyer Christina Cook George Moosetail shows APTN what happened the night his truck was seized. Ed Hayden, Roseau River First Nation, Man. THE PATH FORWARD If we’re not pulling the moose meat from the bush, then we’re getting sick off the processed foods and that’s exactly what’s happening.” Grand Chief Derek Nepinak, Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs Going hunting? Click here and read this first Names like Sparrow, Corbierre, Marshall and Tsilhqo’ten headline key decisions by the Supreme Court of Canada that uphold Aboriginal and treaty rights.“But at the same time,” said Sinclair, “the federal government needs to stop this continual march to the Supreme Court involving this issue and really take a leadership role in being able to rectify and engage and recognize that rights are a fundamental part of the country.”The language the new Liberal government is using around reconciliation, respect and nation-to-nation relationships might not be enough.Sinclair said it’s a refreshing mindset, but one at odds with the machinations of government.“Canada is invested in continually wanting to get out of the Indian business,” he said. “And that’s what the Indian act is intended to do.”Sinclair calls treaties a ‘one-off’ for government; a historical agreement used to gain access to land whereas “if we look at those treaty documents, they were intended to be about the future not the past.”Indigenous people are unlikely to be the ones to walk away from the treaty table. “There’s always boundaries,” said Boucher. “No hunting signs. Fences. There were no fences before.”Chief Charlie Boucher rides a skidoo back to the family hunting cabin of George Moosetail, a band councillor in Pine Creek.It’s a half hour trek along a winding path in the woods, cutting across flat fields of snow, and skirting farm land.Moosetail said he feels like traditional Anishinaabe lands are shrinking.The hunting cabin has become a refuge.“It’s like all we got as Anishinaabe people,” said Moosetail. “This is the only place I can come out to hunt where I feel safe … it’s our own little sacred place to come.”When asked what that means for his treaty rights, Moosetail pauses before answering, “Treaty to me is a white man’s word. I see us as all Anishinaabe – Treaty 1, Treaty 2, Treaty 4…I see us all as one.”Those borders matter to government.Watch Part 2 of Treaty Rights From what happened next, it’s clear what the farmer did.“I got a phone call from Chief Boucher while I was driving down the street,” said Cook, recounting the confusion over what was happening. “He said, ‘I haven’t been charged but there was a search warrant executed on my house.’ I said, ‘For what?’”Boucher didn’t know. He told her they were looking for guns but didn’t find anything. He sent her a copy of the search warrant.“And what’s interesting about the search warrant is that it was applied for in Saskatchewan, endorsed in a Manitoba court, and it was executed by the RCMP,” said Cook. “And again, Chief Boucher and the Pine Creek First Nation government was not advised or told that the RCMP would be rolling in with lights flashing and a K-9 unit.”The only warning Boucher had, was from a community member who had seen Saskatchewan conservation trucks traveling in a line of RCMP cars, heading toward Pine Creek.“I looked at the search warrant and of course I’m going to comply,” said Boucher. “But I told the officer, this is wrong you should have at least gave me the courtesy to give me a call as chief of Pine Creek First Nation.” Provincial governments have to find a role within treaty in order for us to have any sense of reconciliation in the country.” Niigaanwewidam Sinclair, head of Native Department Studies, University of Manitoba FROM TREATY TO THE TABLE … Treaty expert Niigaan Sinclair is the head of Native Studies department at the University of Manitoba. For Pine Creek Chief Charlie Boucher, who lives in Treaty 4, the provincial border cuts through his territory.But it’s not a cut-off line for treaty rights.In a phone interview, Saskatchewan’s Assistant Deputy Minister for Environment Kevin Murphy agreed.His government recognizes the rights of any First Nation with a Numbered Treaty that overlaps the border. That includes Pine Creek in Manitoba.So though Murphy won’t comment on an ongoing investigation, Chief Boucher was within his rights to harvest moose in Saskatchewan as long as he was on unoccupied Crown land, or had permission from a private landowner.But Ed Hayden, according to the province’s view on treaty rights, was not.“If the treaty does not overlap our jurisdiction then we don’t honour the treaty rights within our jurisdiction and that’s according to case law,” said Murphy.Indigenous leaders take issue with that.“What’s happened since they created those boundaries is that they acquired with it a false sense of authority over Anishinaabe people,” said Grand Chief Derek Nepinak. “But they bring it through the use of force. Because they’ll bring their guns right into your house.”Nepinak was recently in Pine Creek to meet with Boucher, who’s been trying hard to drum up attention and action over what he views as violation of treaty rights.Charlie Boucher said it’s bigger than the raid on his house by Saskatchewan conservation officers.Here in Manitoba, Boucher wants to sit at the table with the province. He wants a say in how resources are managed.“Treaty. Treaty basis. A Crown relationship. Anishinaabek,” said Boucher, emphatically. “Like I said, we never abandoned our sovereignty. We want to relate in a good way, in a proactive way with Manitoba and Saskatchewan.” Last fall, Boucher sent a letter to the province asking for a meeting to talk about co-management.He didn’t get a response.But in an interview with APTN National News, Conservation Minister Tom Nevakshonoff was open to the idea.“I would be very interested in working with the various chief and councils around the province to work specifically on co-management endeavors,” said Nevakshonoff. “That makes total sense to me. Ultimately, the responsibility of the department is the preservation of the species. That’s what comes first.”When it comes to protecting the environment, Boucher says Indigenous people and Manitoba Conservation are on the same side.Though sometimes, it doesn’t feel that way. Ron Sparrow (left) and Donald Marshall Jr. Photo courtesy Tuma Young, Mi’kmaw lawyer and Professor, Unama’ki College It’s exacerbating and amplifying poverty and isolation by having these trucks even seized for a year, eighteen months. Manitoba needs to do what other provinces do. They need to make this automatic forfeiture discretionary.” Lawyer Christina Cook On December 15, 2015, Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stood on a stage in Ottawa and talked about reconciliation for Indigenous people in Canada.Treaty expert Niigaan Sinclair was there to watch his father Justice Murray Sinclair, present six years of work as a Truth and Reconciliation Commission commissioner.The TRC released its full report with 94 recommendations, calling on Canada to “renew or establish Treaty relationships.”Sinclair recounts the optimism he felt on that day watching an emotional Trudeau take part.“The man smudged. I saw it. I was right there,” said Sinclair. “I think he’s very open to a relationship and to an engagement on these issues.”But Sinclair said that’s not enough.“Provincial governments have to find a role within treaty in order for us to have any sense of reconciliation in the country.”Sinclair said that discord is evidenced by what happened thousands of kilometres away, in Manitoba, on the same day as the TRC event on Ottawa. There was no call. No heads up. Just a number of RCMP vehicles, Conservation officers and a police K-9 unit.That’s what Chief Charlie Boucher remembers about Dec. 15, 2015, as Prime Minister Trudeau was speaking in Ottawa.Boucher said his treaty rights were violated that day on the Pine Creek First Nation in Manitoba.According to the search warrant, authorities were looking for evidence he’d been hunting moose in Saskatchewan.Boucher, and Christina Cook, an Anishinaabe lawyer based in Winnipeg, are still trying to figure out why.“That’s just it. We don’t know,” said Cook. “Really? You can execute a search warrant and not tell us why?”Ten days earlier, Boucher, his nephew George Lamirande and a few others from Pine Creek, took down a couple of moose on Crown land in Saskatchewan.At the time, Boucher had a nasty run-in with a local farmer.“Right away, he was very negative,” said Boucher. “Saying, ‘well, don’t you have enough, you Indians?’ I always practice my rights in the best way. And he alleged other things, like, ‘you guys are always over-harvesting.’ What? Again, it’s not appropriate actions and comments and statements by the farmer. He should have phoned the authorities.” Trina Roache APTN National News STRAINED RELATIONSMi’kmaq hunters clash over a moose harvest on Cape Breton Island. “Okay, this is where I stopped right here,” said Moosetail. “This is that little strip of private land I was telling you guys about.”Except Moosetail didn’t see any sign indicating it was private property. He also didn’t see conservation trucks parked close by.“They probably could’ve stopped us from shooting if they knew we were on private land,” he said. “But to us it was Crown land. Our land. Our traditional hunting grounds.”But Moosetail was mistaken. Crown land was still a five minute drive down the road.Conservation officers charged him with spotlighting and his truck was seized.In February, he went to court and pleaded guilty.Moosetail’s case is just one of several on the desk of Anishinaabe lawyer Christina Cook.She’s had other cases recently where the charges of spotlighting are questionable.In one case, hunters with an unloaded gun in the backseat of the car, shining a light to look for Crown land, which is often unmarked.“Really?” said an unimpressed Cook. “Make shining a light illegal if that’s going to the case.”A big issue Cook is fighting in court are the penalties for hunting at night.Manitoba Conservation automatically seizes any meat, hunting gear and vehicles. Even if the owner of the truck is not hunting.Cook said she’s had cases where she’s won in court, but even with an acquittal, the hunter was without his truck for months.The penalty is meant to deter poachers from spotlighting. The officers also carried out a search at the house of Boucher’s nephew George Lamirande. The officers took frozen meat from the freezer, though Lamirande said it wasn’t moose meat from Saskatchewan.“And now the Province of Saskatchewan is DNA testing the moose,” said an unimpressed Cook. “Really? Really? How much money are you going to spend prosecuting the Indians? Really. No seriously, it’s insane. This is, best case scenario, a misunderstanding between neighbors. We can’t figure out this issue in a better way on a nation-to-nation or government-to-government dialogue than DNA testing a moose, and three RCMP vehicles and K-9 unit?”The irony that the raid was carried out on the same the prime minister was talking reconciliation isn’t lost on anyone from Pine Creek.“The Liberals are using a lot of really colourful rhetoric. Empowerment rhetoric,” said Derek Nepinak, grand chief of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC). “It’s nice to hear, but you know, what happens in the colourful ballrooms of Ottawa is a far cry from what’s happening in the bushes around here when we come up against conservation officers that are pointing their guns at us. “Before Nepinak took on the AMC leadership, he was chief here in Pine Creek. “I was shocked to hear that this was happening in my community.” The provincial government’s trying to regulate First Nation’s access to traditional foods and how we exercise our treaty rights, our inherent rights. It furthers the problems our people have with their diets.” Regina Atkinson Southwind, Roseau River First Nation, MBRoseau River has started the Community Freezer Program as a way to make sure people can put food on the table.Volunteer Regina Atkinson Southwind counts names on a list. Close to 80 people were on it the day Hayden went hunting last November. Behind her, a shelf is stocked with cans of soup and boxes of pasta.The good stuff is kept in the freezer.“We want to provide traditional foods,” said Southwind. “So we have the deer meat, moose meat, we have someone donating fish.”Most people in the community don’t hunt or fish anymore. They don’t have the knowledge or resources to do it.“All these attempts by the government in the past to limit how our people, to assimilate our people into their society,” said Southwind, “We don’t know how to take care of ourselves how we used to, you know?”Southwind said that loss of connection to the land has had a big impact on health.“The provincial government’s trying to regulate First Nation’s access to traditional foods and how we exercise our treaty rights, our inherent rights,” said Southwind. “It furthers the problems our people have with their diets. Diabetes, cancer and having too much processed food.”The food bank relies on hunters like Hayden to fill the freezer. Despite the warning from a Saskatchewan conservation officer, he’ll go back.But Hayden has big questions. For provincial governments. For Canada. For Indigenous leaders.“My question is,” asked Hayden. “What are you going to do to protect our Treaty rights to hunting?” “They gave themselves, the bison, to the Anishinaabe people for their clothes. To keep warm. For tools,” said Moosetail.It’s estimated that the Prairies were home to millions of bison prior to European settlement.By the 19th century, over-hunting brought the animal close to extinction.As Canada looked to expand west, the kill-off of bison was a purposeful means to control Indigenous nations by starving them out.Treaty expert Niigaan Sinclair says what was then the District of Saskatchewan led the resistance to the treaty making process.“Food or the withholding of food has had a long history in Saskatchewan,” said Sinclair. “At the end of 1880s, people in Saskatchewan are starving so they’re being forced to sign treaties and forced to move to the Southeast part of the region by the federal government in order to make way for the train line.”Given the history, Sinclair isn’t surprised at recent issues Indigenous hunters from Manitoba have faced when they cross the provincial border.Saskatchewan Conservation officers raided the home of a Pine Creek Chief Charlie Boucher, looking for moose meat and rifles.And Ed Hayden, from Manitoba’s Roseau River First Nation in Treaty 1, was given a warning for hunting where “treaty rights not recognized.”Hayden was respecting a ban on moose hunting in Manitoba. Because his treaty rights are portable, he went to Saskatchewan. He was hunting to provide meat for the food bank in his community. “I can’t speak to specific incidents unless it’s brought specifically to my attention,” said Nevakshonoff. “I know that our staff are doing their utmost to do their jobs in the field but they’re also fully aware of First Nation rights.”Moosetail lost the truck he was driving. When he pleaded guilty, he paid a $1,200 fine. But still no truck.When Chief Boucher called a meeting in Pine Creek to talk about hunting issues, Moosetail shared his story.It goes beyond the charge for spotlighting. He’s frustrated with the strained relations between Anishinaabe hunters and conservation officers.“I’m getting sick and tired of getting pushed. We always have to prove it’s our land,” said Moosetail. “Growing up, I always hunted at night, spotlighting on a quad where I don’t have to see a farmer. Like you’re going out stealing … and you’ve got to go farther, you know? ‘Cause we’re in a swamp.”When Moosetail finished talking, people nodded their heads in agreement. The elders shook his hand. Many there had been on the receiving end of meat he’s harvested.Grand Chief Derek Nepinak sat and listened and believes their stories are a sign of a much larger problem.“It’s about all those men and women over the years, my own family included in this, that have been raided by these people coming into our homes, going through our freezers and taking meat,” said Nephinak. “For no reason other than to bully and harass and try and scare our people off the land.”And that cultural connection to the land is vital to Indigenous people. Treaty rights are a practical, tangible way of putting healthy food on the table. Food security is a major issue facing indigenous people in Canada.Nepinak draws the lines very clearly.“There’s a direct correlation between the strong armed tactics of government to keep us confined within our reserves and the rise in diabetes in our communities,” said Nepinak. “We’re suffering. We’re not thriving. And people need to wake up to that.” Niigaan Sinclair was recently talking treaties to his class at the University of Manitoba where he heads the Native Studies department. A wide range of ages and faces, many Indigenous, fill the stadium seats.It’s a class Canadian politicians should pay attention to. Sinclair is critical of government’s take on treaties. A recent raid on a chief’s house by conservation officers looking for moose meat has raised questions around jurisdiction.And highlights what Sinclair calls an “epidemic of ignorance.”“It is a complete condemnation on the education that we have federal and provincial leaders in major decision making positions that have little to no knowledge of treaty,” said Sinclair. “If there’s a blemish in this country, it’s that.”Education on Aboriginal, Métis and Inuit history, culture and treaties is a key step toward reconciliation.Optimism among Indigenous leaders soared since the Liberals won the last federal election and the new language coming from the prime minister is of respect and nation-to-nation relationships.Sinclair was in Ottawa for the release of the full report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.“If you look at what Trudeau said on that day,” said Sinclair. “The man smudged. I saw it. I was right there. I think he’s very open to a relationship and to an engagement on these issues. But then he goes up on stage and the first thing that he says, ‘my teacher never taught me anything to do with Indigenous people. He taught me nothing.’”To hear the prime minister admit he knew little about the country’s Indigenous peoples stuck in Sinclair mind.“It’s a real indication of how much profound ignorance there is in this country about Canadians not understanding what it means to be Canadian,” said Sinclair. “Because to be Canadian is to be a treaty person.”In Saskatchewan, government officials won’t comment on why conservation officers crossed the border into Manitoba, and then came on to the Pine Creek First Nation, unannounced, to raid Chief Boucher’s house.But Assistant Deputy Minister for Environment Kevin Murphy said the province does offer Aboriginal awareness training for employees. He said the department “insists upon it” for those working in conservation and resource allocation.The province was handed jurisdiction over lands two decades after it joined Canada in 1905.In the 1930 Natural Resources Transfer Act, the federal government handed control over resources to the three Prairie provinces.Murphy said treaty rights are “preeminent,” but conservation and regulation of hunting, fishing, and trapping are left to the province.“The province has a hierarchy of recognition rights,” said Murphy. “Conservation of the resource is our primary objective. Recognition of inherent and treaty right of First Nations and Metis Peoples comes second. Regulated hunting and user groups are below that level in terms of our allocation policy.”It’s a priority list Indigenous leaders take issue with and raises the potential for conflict over competing views on the law of the land.“It’s all about their system,” said Chief Charlie Boucher. “Their laws they implemented without our consent. I obeyed provincial law. When are they going to obey our original law?”There’s a fundamental difference in the language used by Indigenous people and government when it comes to land, to treaties. Boucher talks about a connection to the land that’s not based on ownership. Sinclair explains that, instead, Indigenous own the “relationships with the land.”Derek Nepinak sets the bar for treaty rights as “the expression of freedom to the land,” but one that gets whittled down by government regulations. The high cost of foods has made headlines in northern Inuit communities. But food security is an issue for Indigenous communities throughout Canada. An Aboriginal Peoples Survey by Statistics Canada in 2012 links it to poverty and poor health.More than a quarter of First Nations people are obese which has lead to a diabetes epidemic.In Manitoba specifically, one out of four Indigenous people living off reserve struggle to feed themselves.There’s little data for communities on reserve, but Indigenous leaders like AMC Grand Chief Derek Nepinak said food security is a major concern.“If we’re not out there trapping, the fur bearers, if we’re not pulling the fish from the lake if were not pulling the moose meat from the bush, then we’re getting sick off the processed foods and that’s exactly what’s happening,” said Nepinak.Nepinak used to be chief of the Pine Creek First Nation.He said one of the best things he did was bring the bison back home. The community has a herd, though it’s too small to harvest right now.Pine Creek band councillor George Moosetail checks on the bison, standing among them as he throws down a bucket of grain.“Very proud, very spiritual animals,” said Moosetail. “I come out here when I need advice. When I feel like I’m stuck and I have no one to talk to. I come and offer tobacco.”Moosetail doesn’t look to the bison for food. He says the impressive beasts already made their sacrifice. Hayden’s story highlights a discord between Indigenous and provincial understandings of treaty rights.“The spirit and the intent of the right to hunt and fish for the purposes of livelihood and cultural survival, cultural continuance, is not tied to border,” said Niigaan Sinclair.Sinclair heads the Native Studies Department at the University of Manitoba. He teaches treaties in class. He lives it, having grown up in Treaty No. 1. Sinclair wears it on his skin.He rolls up his sleeve and traces the lines of a tattoo on his forearm. A map of the traditional clans that live along the Red River and signed the Selkirk Treaty in 1817; the first in Manitoba.A series of eleven Numbered Treaties cover parts of what is now Ontario and the Prairie provinces.In 1930, Canada formally handed over jurisdiction to Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba through the Natural Resources Transfer Act.The provinces were given responsibility over lands, resources, education – key aspects that affect the daily lives of Indigenous peoples.“And so the provinces say, well this is our control because this is our territory,” said Sinclair. “And Indigenous peoples would say well, we never ceased those rights. We only have relationships with the Crown in order to ensure these things that we have our hunting and fishing territories, our own ways of life; that we continue on forever.”The lines on a modern-day map overlay traditional lands and treaty areas established in the making of Canada. RAIDS AND RECONCILIATION To me there’s no border. There may be to the province, but for us that understand treaty, like I said, my treaty is portable. I can go anywhere.” Ed Hayden, Roseau River First Nation, Man.
FRISCO, Colo. — The Colorado Supreme Court has ruled that online travel companies do not have to pay accommodation and sales taxes in the ski resort town of Breckenridge.The Summit Daily News reported Wednesday that the court’s 3-3 decision earlier this month affirms the lower court’s ruling against the city.Breckenridge has been in litigation with 16 travel companies since 2016, claiming they owe unpaid taxes for hotel reservations.The appeals court ruled last year that the companies don’t owe the taxes because they are not considered “renters” or “lessors” as stipulated in the city’s law.City finance director Brian Waldes says they are disappointed by the decision, and they’re considering changing the language in the city ordinance.Changing the tax ordinance would require voter approval through a ballot question.___Information from: Summit Daily News, http://www.summitdaily.com/The Associated Press
AeroScout, a leading provider of enterprise visibility solutions, has a new Evacuation Monitoring solution for improving worker safety and operational efficiency for organisations that might have emergency events. Ideal for process metal and ore processing facilities and mining operations, the innovative solution leverages standard Wi-Fi infrastructure to provide real-time visibility into the location and status of all personnel, contractors and visitors during emergencies or drills.Tracking on-site personnel is traditionally accomplished using clipboards and walkie-talkies. AeroScout’s Evacuation Monitoring solution automates this process and provides visibility and situational awareness to support time sensitive decision-making. The solution also provides valuableinformation for post-event incident investigation and continuous process improvement. In addition, it facilitates compliance with various government regulations, such as MSHA, ATEX 137 and DSEAR, which require hazardous sites to have detailed emergency plans, performance goals and documentation for regularly scheduled drills.” At those times when every second is critical, AeroScout’s Evacuation Monitoring solution provides visibility to improve the chances of a positive outcome,” said Janet Chaffin, President at AeroScout Industrial. “In fact, we’ve measured reductions in evacuation drill times by up to 50%, which can translate into hundreds of man-hours saved per year in drills – and potentially lives saved in actual emergencies.”The AeroScout Evacuation Monitoring solution provides a visual online dashboard that shows where each person is on a facility map during a drill or actual emergency. It also indicates when each individual has safely reached a mustering area or other safety zone. Key features of the solution include:Automatic electronic roll call and muster site countsReal-time personnel locationsIntegrated man-down alerting and trackingManagement reporting tools for post-drill and event analysisSupport for evacuation planning and regulatory compliance
Ever since its arrival, I’ve been happily using Microsoft Security Essentials — and while one poor showing in a comparative test isn’t going to drive me away, I’ll admit I’m a little concerned. AV-Test GmbH has posted results from its first quarter 2011 testing of 22 antivirus applications on Windows 7, and MSE barely managed to squeak out a certification-worthy score. AV-Test requires a minimum of 11 points to certify, and MSE posted 11.5.So where did the wheels come off the train? Security Essentials struggled with zero-day threats, malicious software which has yet to be analyzed and rolled into an antivirus program’s definition files. The average across all 22 entrants was an 84% detection rate, but MSE only detected half of the samples thrown at it. Even more worrying is that MSE only managed to block 45% of malware during or after execution. AV-Test’s Andreas Marx said that MSE’s lack of effective Web and email scanners were major negatives, and expects that the program’s poor results in the lab are translating into equally poor results in the real world, too.Compare those marks to Kaspersky’s — 98% detection and 100% blocking. They might not be able to protect their own websites from being defaced, but it’s pretty clear that Kasperksy is very capable of defending your computers against malware. Even PC Tools — acquired by Symantec and now a sort of “value-priced” Norton Antivirus — posted significantly better scores than MSE. In fact, PC Tools was perfect in both areas, scoring 100% on both detection and blocking (though it still failed to amass enough points for certification).Heuristic detection and protection against zero-day threats is a critical piece of the Windows security puzzle in 2011. Crimeware kits make it far too easy for malware authors to remix their nefarious programs, which allows them to stay a step ahead of definition-based defenses. Yes, there were tests on which MSE scored extremely well this time around — like a 5.5/6 for usability with no false positives registered — but I hope Microsoft looks at the AV-Test results and re-doubles its efforts to get MSE back among the best performers.Read more at AV-Test
Boris Johnson called ‘Trumpian’ and ‘infantile’ by EU figures after he compares Brexit to the Hulk smashing out of his chains Sunday 12 Mar 2017, 10:00 AM 25 Comments What happened to this civilization? Why did they abandon this city so suddenly?Preston was part of a research mission launched two years ago to explore the ruins of what is said to be a lost civilization.He wrote about his recent trip through the Honduran jungle in the new book “The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story.”Some have said that the buried remnants correspond with an ancient, legendary “White City” — a town of extreme wealth that vanished some 600 years ago.Since the 1900s, rumors of this forgotten city had danced on the lips of explorers, aviators, and tourists excited by the prospect of uncovering hidden treasure. But no one knew much about the people who once lived there. Source: Shutterstock/Diego GrandiEven after some parts of an abandoned village, including remnants of plazas and pyramids, were uncovered in 2012, during the first expedition to the area, anthropologists and archaeologists remained stumped.“In the words of the leading Honduran archaeologist on our expedition, ‘What we know about this culture is … nothing,’” said Preston.Nevertheless, some intriguing theories have emerged. Researchers on the most recent trip found a cache of nearly 500 intricately carved stone objects inside something Preston described as “a grave not for a person, but for a civilization.”The legend of the ‘lost city’ and the discovery that made archaeologists fumeThe 1,000-year-old ruins — whose timeline coincides with the “White City” — were buried in the rainforest, in a round valley ringed by steep cliffs.Since a team of researchers uncovered them in 2012, they’ve been revisited by more research teams, including Preston’s.When news outlets picked up the story, most portrayed it as an ancient mystery that had finally been solved.National Geographic ran with the headline “Exclusive: Lost City Discovered in the Honduran Rain Forest.” NPR announced “Explorers Discover Ancient Lost City in Honduran Jungle.”There was one problem, though, according to researchers who signed a public letter condemning the claims in the news: The ruins were not the “lost city” of lore — and worse, they may not have been lost to begin with.The dissenting researchers — including Chris Begley, an archaeologist at Transylvania University who has 20 years of experience in the region — said the National Geographic story exaggerated the findings and ignored the region’s indigenous people.National Geographic responded to the letter by linking to a statement from the research team that says its story never claimed to have discovered the “lost city,” but merely a lost city in the region.The people who disappearedControversy notwithstanding, the teams of researchers and documentarians who visited the site in 2012 and 2015 came away riveted by what they’d seen. Source: Shutterstock/Angela N Perryman Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL People hadn’t set foot in this ancient ‘lost city’ in the Honduran jungle for 500 years – until now The 1,000-year-old ruins were buried in the rainforest, in a round valley ringed by steep cliffs. Share Tweet Email4 41,161 Views Oil spiked a record 20% on the sudden attack to Saudi Arabian oil supplies https://jrnl.ie/3275297 Mar 12th 2017, 10:00 AM Exxon Mobil, BP and other oil stocks are surging after strikes on Saudi oil fields wiped out half of the Kingdom’s oil output MORE THAN HALF a millennium after the collapse of the Mayan civilization, the members of a neighboring Central American society suddenly gathered their most sacred belongings, buried them in the center of town, and vanished.“There’s a big question about who these people were,” the best-selling author Douglas Preston, who visited the remnants of this city, told Business Insider. By Business Insider Preston and several other archaeologists maintain that they set foot on terrain that had been untouched for half a millennium. And they say the clues these people left behind point to a tragic end.“It’s hard to believe that in the 21st century a lost city could still be discovered, but that’s exactly what happened,” he said. “People hadn’t touched foot there in 500 years. It’s absolutely true.”Whoever populated the area deep in Honduras’ Mosquitia Jungle did not leave many clues. The team that visited in 2012 was able to date the remains it uncovered to somewhere between 1000 AD and 1400 AD.That places people in the region after the era of the Mayans, whose civilization stretched from southeastern Mexico across Guatemala and Belize and into the western portions of Honduras and El Salvador.“They grew up near the Mayans. They took on the pyramids. They laid out their cities in a somewhat Mayan fashion, but not quite,” Preston said.But it’s very mysterious. There’s so much we don’t know.What researchers do know is that whoever lived there disappeared suddenly. In addition to rough remnants of their pyramids and plazas, they left behind a series of intricate stone pieces, including what is thought to be part of a ceremonial seat featuring an effigy of a “were-jaguar.”So far, researchers have identified nearly 500 of the stone pieces.“At the base of a pyramid we discovered an enormous cache of beautiful stone sculptures,” Preston said. “It appears the people brought their objects, carefully laid them to rest, and then walked out of the city.”Several archaeologists and anthropologists who were on Preston’s research team believe the people were felled by disease.“The evidence is very strong that that’s what happened,” Preston said. “These were diseases brought by Europeans, specifically smallpox and measles.”But it’s unlikely that Europeans ever reached this civilization — at least not in person. Instead, the diseases probably found the indigenous populations by way of trade. As goods exchanged hands, so did viruses. And some of these invaders were foreign illnesses against which the indigenous people had no defense.“This is a fascinating example of how disease can run way ahead of physical contact,” Preston said. “Even though this valley was never physically threatened by the Spanish, it may have been laid low and completely wiped out by their disease.”- Erin BrodwinRead: Fossils point to life on Earth four billion years agoRead: Conserving our heritage: ‘One woman was in tears that her home was a protected structure’ Stocks are plunging as traders pile into havens after a drone strike slashed Saudi oil output
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greece’s travel surplus expanded further in April 2015, according to data released on Tuesday by the Bank of Greece.The incoming money spent in the travel sector in Greece exceeded that which left the country for travel purposes by 312 million euros, against a surplus of 222 million euros in April 2014.The central bank’s provisional data showed that tourism revenues amounted to 477 million euros in the month of Easter, posting an increase of 67 million euros, or a rise of 16.3 percent, from a year earlier. Spending by Greeks traveling abroad declined 12.3 percent year-on-year, coming to 165 million euros.The figures show that the growth in the travel surplus was due to the major increase in incoming tourism, as arrivals advanced 28.3 percent to reach 934,000 in April 2015 against 728,000 a year earlier. Nevertheless, their average expenditure per trip declined by 8.4 percent from the same month in 2014, reaching 482 euros.Tourists from outside the eurozone were mainly responsible for the growth in travel receipts: In the first four months of the year there was an annual increase of 44 percent in arrivals from the UK and 54 percent growth in visitors from the US.Source: Kathimerini
McDonald’s Plans to Serve AI Voice Technology at Drive ThruCIMON Returns to Earth After 14 Months on ISS Don’t worry about missing your favorite shows during the impending Writers Guild of America strike: AI Benjamin has you covered.This year’s follow-up to the 2016 short film Sunspring, written entirely be an algorithm, It’s No Game tells a harrowing tale of Hollywood’s artificial intelligence takeover.The seven-minute movie, which debuted last week on Ars Technica, follows two fictional Writers Guild of America members (Tim Guinee and Thomas Payne) as they meet with an industry producer Rhea L. Deal (Sarah Hay) who believes the future is AI writing for AI.“People watching people perform human-written drama is a relic. Our fleshy brains can’t keep up. It’s too much,” the studio exec says manically. “But machines, they can. Then they’ll make it; then they’ll watch it.”Generated as part of the 48 Hour Film Challenge at the Sci-Fi London Film Festival, It’s No Game is a follow-up of sorts to director Oscar Sharp and AI researcher Ross Goodwin’s 2016 short Sunspring.The science-fiction film, written entirely by an algorithm that named itself Benjamin, makes a cameo in It’s No Game, boasting that it “got a million hits”—blurring the line between fact and fiction.In real life, the short did get a million hits. And there really is a writers’ strike threatening Hollywood this week.David Hasselhoff, however, is still human.Hoffbot (via Ars Technica)The ’80s TV icon stars in Sharp’s movie as “Hoffbot,” a parody of a parody of a parody, according to the director.“Benjamin helps you take these calcified cultural objects that we all recognize too easily [i.e. David Hasselhoff], and it automatically caricatures them,” Sharp told Ars Tech. “If Hoff is a caricature of a caricature, Ben takes it a step further.”Jake Broder performs nonsensical Shakespeare (via Ars Technica)The actor—sporting red lifeguard shorts (apparently Hoff’s own idea), his K.I.T.T. watch, and a gold smoking jacket—has been reprogrammed by nanobots to recite dialogue from Baywatch and Knight Rider.When those pesky nanobots take over everyone else in the room, people are forced to act out exchanges created by algorithms trained on Shakespeare (“Robobard”), Aaron Sorkin (“Sorkinator”), and classic Hollywood scripts (“Golden-Age-O-Matic”), with amusing, if not slightly unnerving, results.Tom Payne and Time Guinee perform classic Hollywood scenes (via Ars Technica)“Wouldn’t it be easier if our computers and phones could take over and control us?” Hay told Ars Tech. “Those things freak me out in reality, but I think for her [Rhea L. Deal] this is joyous. I’m free.”Hasselhoff had a similarly moving experience, telling the tech blog that Benjamin “really had a handle on what’s going on in my life and it was strangely emotional.”“When you’re acting out these strange lines they become part of your soul, and you can actually give meaning to [them],” he said. “When he was taken over he had no choice but to say those lines, even when they were wrong.“He wanted to humanize himself. He just wanted to be a man,” Hoff continued. “He wanted to go to the movies. That’s my favorite line: ‘I just wanna go to the movies.’” Stay on target
Related Items: Photo Credit: Bahamas Government Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppExuma, Bahamas, February 21, 2017 – Residents are outraged that the famous swimming pigs of Exuma, a major tourist attraction are left exposed and now some of them are dead. The Bahamas Human Society is on island and on the case, but cannot say how many of the celebrity pigs were killed or how or even if this was intentional or natural.DCIM355GOPROOne comment expressed that the Swimming Pigs of Exuma are getting the short end of the prosperity stick. The pigs are world famous, having last year been featured on the popular Today show on NBC. Whatever killed the pigs, it was cruel to hear that the bodies of the dead animals were thrown into the sea after being discovered that way… the Humane Society denied that it is as many as 15 pigs dead and told media that there are some 7 or 8 pigs still alive.Magnetic media is told by an Exuma resident that it is believed that some sickness is affecting animals in Exuma as there are even dogs being mysteriously found dead. Everyone is awaiting that official report from the Vet.#MagneticMediaNews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
Frontier Middle School of the Evergreen school district took the Sweepstakes Award for marching bands at Wednesday’s Fred Meyer Junior Parade, part of the Portland Rose Festival.“It’s been a good team, and the kids did great. It’s just a great day,” said Cart Nelsen, co-director of the 140-student band with Jennifer Christie and dance-team Director Michele Robertson. Three bands from Battle Ground Public Schools earned honors. Pleasant Valley Middle School placed first in the open class of bands with 100 or more musicians. Chief Umtuch Middle School took third in that category. Daybreak Middle School was awarded first place in the class for bands of 99 and fewer musicians.
Erica FernandesinstagramEven as wardrobe malfunction may happen to anyone, celebrities are never spared off. Their smallest of the oops moment never gets unnoticed given that they are almost always under the media glare.Many celebrities have been the victim of such wardrobe malfunction in the past and the latest one was popular TV actress Erica Fernandes aka Prerna of Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2.It happened when Erica attended a television party recently. The actress walked the red carpet and was ready to pose for the shutterbugs when her saree’s drape fell off. Even as Erica was quick enough to save herself from the embarrassing moment, her on-screen mother-in-law Shubhavi Choksey and sister-in-law Pooja Banerjee came forward to cover her and help her fix the saree.Meanwhile, viewers of Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2 witnessed the dramatic entry of Mr Bajaj, played by Karan Singh Grover. In the upcoming episodes, Mr Bajaj will create havoc in the lives of Anurag Basu (Parth Samthaan) and Prerna.In a recent interview with Indian Express, Karan was asked if he had any second thoughts on playing an older character with salt and pepper look and the actor said that he would’ve played Mr Bajaj even if he was 300-year-old.When quizzed if he followed Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2 and what he his views were of Erica Fernandes and Parth Samthaan as Prerna and Anurag, Karan said, “I did follow it in the beginning, it’s Kasautii after all. And now I have watched a lot of recent episodes. I think both Parth and Erica are absolutely brilliant. They look great as Anurag and Prerna. They have added a lot to the character and are doing an amazing job. No one can touch Shweta Tiwari’s work but from what I have seen, the actors are lovable and doing awesome.”
Listen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3uFrom 5-7 P.MWe’ll continue our discussion on police misconduct and killing of unarmed Black people, in the wake of the shooting death of 40-year old Terrance Crutcher in Tulsa Oklahoma at the hands of law enforcement, as well as Keith LaMont Scott who was gunned down in Charlotte, North Carolina. We’ll speak to Dr. Tyrone Powers, director of The Homeland Security and Criminal Justice Institute of Anne Arundel Community College. Plus, at 5:30 we’ll open the phone lines, 410-319-8888, for our listeners to weigh in on the ubiquitous issue of police brutality in the Black community. These stories and much more on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes .