Special Report Treaties Moose and a Line in the Sand

first_imgConservation 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 ground.troache@aptn.ca 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.center_img “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. 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first_imgAeroScout, 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 compliancelast_img read more

Microsoft Security Essentials bombs on first 2011 AVTest

first_imgEver 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-Testlast_img read more

People hadnt set foot in this ancient lost city in the Honduran

first_img 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 last_img read more

Greek tourism revenues up

first_img 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: Kathimerinilast_img read more

David Hasselhoff Becomes Hoffbot in AIPenned Short

first_img 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 targetlast_img read more

Exuma Swimming pigs die mysteriously

first_img 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.#MagneticMediaNewscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Frontier Middle School earns Sweepstakes Award at parade

first_imgFrontier 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.last_img read more

Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2 actress Erica suffers wardrobe malfunction heres who came

first_imgErica 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.”last_img read more

Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Wednesday September 21

first_imgListen 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 .last_img read more

The Elder Scrolls Online release delayed 6 months on consoles

first_imgIf you are a PC gamer and a fan of MMOs, chances are you’ve been playing The Elder Scrolls Online since April. Console gamers who love the Elder Scrolls series of games have been patiently waiting for June to arrive so they can also get their hands on Bethesda’s MMO. But it looks as though that is no longer set to happen.Bethesda has made no official statement regarding the console version of the game yet, but someone on their website team messed up and updated the game’s FAQ early. The additional information was soon removed, but not before someone got a screen capture as evidence.In answer to the question “When does The Elder Scrolls Online officially launch?” the answer was updated to include the following:“While it has become clear that our planned June release of the console versions isn’t going to be possible, we have made great progress, we have concluded that we’ll need about six more months to ensure we deliver the experience our fans expect and deserve.”Here’s the screenshot to prove it:The text suggests that six additional months will be required beyond the original June launch date. That means no PS4 or Xbox One version until early 2015. For an MMO that’s really bad news, as the game only remains viable if it can build a large player base quickly and then maintain it. Several extra months between releases will certainly dampen down any excitement surround the game.Unless Bethesda can keep the momentum going with the PC version alone, we may see a very different game released next year on consoles. Then again, Bethesda isn’t exactly short on cash to play the long game with its first MMO.last_img read more

Active Shutter 3D Technology for HDTV

first_imgPanasonic 3D Full HD truck The problem with anaglyph 3D is that it strains the eyes, and can cause headaches and nausea in some people. Others have a dominant eye, and find it difficult to see the image as three dimensional.A newer process for 3D in the cinema uses a special screen and polarized glasses. In this system images for the left and right eye are rapidly alternated, and the glasses pick up the appropriate image for each eye. A similar technique has now been introduced for high definition LCD televisions by LG Electronics in South Korea and Hyundai in Japan. The system, known as X-Pol, projects the different images in the even and odd horizontal lines of the video, and the polarized glasses sort it all out for the viewer. The original 3D experience of movies depended on the viewer wearing stereoscopic green and red glasses. The illusion of 3D in the image came from superimposed green and red images taken from slightly different angles. Each eye saw only one image, and the viewer’s brain combined them to give the illusion of three dimensions. 3D movies using this technology, called anaglyph 3D, can be viewed on any TV, as long as the viewer wears the glasses. Panasonic executive Peter Fannon said the new high definition 3D televisions will give viewers an experience just like being there, rather than watching it on TV.Panasonic will be releasing some Full HD 3D models later this year, with Sony’s version coming on the market later. Buyers of the new TVs will also need 3D-compatible Blu-ray disc players. The glasses will be supplied with the TV sets. There is no information yet on the prices of these televisions. Anaglyph 3D glasses. Image: Wikipedia. LG Electronics 47LH50 3D LCD TV (PhysOrg.com) — Sony and Panasonic have recently announced a new technology, called “active shutter” for producing the experience of 3D on high definition TVs. The first models are expected to be available in late 2009 or early 2010. Explore furthercenter_img Panasonic Develops World’s First 3D Full HD Plasma Theater System More information: • Video: CES 2009: Panasonic 3D HD TV• Video: CES 2009: Panasonic TVs and portable Blu-ray• Video Commercial: Sony’s first 3D Home TV’s coming in 2010• www.panasonic.com/3D/© 2009 PhysOrg.com Citation: Active Shutter 3D Technology for HDTV (2009, September 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-09-shutter-3d-technology-hdtv.html Separate images for the left and right eyes are recorded with 1920 X 1080 full-HD quality and alternately played at high speed. By watching these images through special LCD glasses that are timed to open and close the right and left lenses in synchronization with the alternating images, the viewer is treated to exciting 3D realism. Image: Panasonic Now Sony and Panasonic have introduced an “active shutter” technique for high definition plasma and LCD TVs. The viewer still has to wear polarized glasses, but in this system the glasses have LCD active shutters that are synchronized with signals from the TV. The shutters rapidly block the right and left eye views alternately so each eye receives the correct image. The new system gives higher resolution than X-Pol because in active shutter technology each eye sees all the lines in the video, whereas in X-Pol each eye sees only half the lines. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Bill Nighy and other actors condemn Turkeys ban of Pride movie screening

first_imgThe voice of tourism may make LGBTI in Istanbul happen todayTurkey to boycott Eurovision because of LGBTI preformersTurkey bans this LGBTI film fest, so we’re showing their filmsRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/bill-nighy-other-actors-condemn-turkey-ban-pride-screening/ A shot from the movie Pride | Photo: IMDB/Pathé eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Nighy called it one of the best projects he’s ever worked on.‘As members of the creative team which produced the 2014 film Pride, and activists portrayed in that film, we are disturbed by reports of the growing repression of the LGBT+ community in Turkey culminating in the recent ban of the annual Pride parade and police violence against those who courageously defied the ban,’ the letter reads.‘Reports that the Ankara authorities also banned a screening of the film Pride are a chilling reminder that political authoritarianism regards artistic expression as its enemy.’The letter further describes the decision as ‘Orwellian’. The movie screened before in Turkey at the 2015 Istanbul Film Festival.Growing concerns in the countryThe decision to ban the movie comes not longer after Istanbul Pride faced its own troubles.Pride was canceled, but groups decided to ignore the ban and hold it anyway.When they did, police stormed the event and arrested dozens of people after releasing rubber bullets and tear gas.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us .center_img GAYSTARNEWS- Bill Nighy and other actors from the 2014 film Pride penned an open letter to Turkey after they banned a screening of the film. Ankara, Turkey’s capital and second-largest city, recently shut down the screening.According to the Hurriyet Daily News, a communist LGBT group announced a screening of Pride on 28 June at the Nazım Hikmet Cultural Center.Authorities said such events can ‘incite hatred and enmity’ and provoke danger. These are the same reasons authorities gave for canceling a gay film festival in Ankara last November.22 people in all signed the letter, including director Matthew Warchus. Nighy and fellow actors who appeared in the movie, such as Imelda Staunton and Dominic West, also signed it. Finally, the real-life activists who inspired the film also added their signatures.‘Disturbed by reports of growing repression’Pride is based on the true story of the Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners movement (LGSM) during British miners’ long-lasting strike in the 1980s. It brought two communities together, leading to lifelong support for one another.The film won the Queer Palm at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. It also won Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer at the BAFTAs.last_img read more

Concerned citizen collects bolts and nuts falling off cars

first_imgDID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! A concerned Ladysmith citizen has been collecting nuts and bolts that fall off cars in Ruby Gailey Drive and Francis Road. He believes the parts are falling off due to motorists going over speed-humps at high speed.Concerned resident Mr Willem Kotze has been picking up the nuts and bolts for the past three months now.“The objects fall off cars mainly because drivers go over speed-humps at high speed and also because the speed-calming devices themselves are too high. How often do people have to service their cars, because it can’t be good for vehicles to be losing nuts and bolts all the time?” asks Mr Kotze.He urges people to send their cars for regular check-ups to avoid this happening when going over speed-bumps.Mr Kotze has taken to removing these objects from the road, as they pose a danger to other vehicles as well. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more

Chariot festival is around the corner

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Yes, it is festival time again. Lord Jagannath, the Lord of the universe – accompanied by Balaram and Subhadra Devi – mount their chariot and widely smile at everyone. So come one, come all, irrespective of race, colour, creed, or religion. Let’s get together to share one heart to be unified in the will to praise the Lord.This year’s procession will begin from Meena Place on Sunday, March 6, at 9.30am. Be there on time to receive the Lordships, who will fill your heart with love and grace. All are welcome.DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter  why not join us there? The magnificent chariot festival is once again upon us. Come and let your heart be captured whilst celebrating Lord Jagannath’s parade. It is understood that by pulling the chariot, we pull the Lord into our heart too.“When you chant the Hare Krishna maha mantra during the chariot parade, you develop an increasing taste for chanting. It is stated that when one chants the maha  mantra with real intent of love of God, and sing and dance with grace, its power allows us to connect with ourselves, each other and the world around us on a much deeper level. The potency of just dancing and singing can develop friendships like no other mediation therapy can.This will enable one to get a glimpse of God’s beauty. Lord Jagannath’s form catches one’s attention instantly with his arms coming out straight at you, his body rounded without any visible legs and his perfectly rounded white eyes staring intently at you. You too can experience the power of prayer by joining the chanting and dancing in front of the chariot. Come and join the many individuals taking part in pulling their Lordships along the streets of Aloe Park.On the chariot we see Lord Krishna’s divine joy in the form of Lord Jagannath. In this unusual deity form, the Lord’s face appears as if bursting with happiness.  His smile reaches the corners of his wide eyes.last_img read more

Multitechnology Radiation Therapy for Personalized Care at Miami Cancer Institute

first_img News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more The Miami Cancer Institute team.Miami Cancer Institute, a part of Baptist Health South Florida, is a state-of-the-art center that serves as the primary destination for patients from the Southeast U.S., the Caribbean and Latin America. The center is one of a few centers in the world capable of providing all the latest available radiation therapy technologies, and it started treating patients in January 2017. When it was time to determine a treatment planning system that would encompass the various delivery platforms, including proton therapy, RayStation became a natural choice.The $430 million, 395,000-square-foot Miami Cancer Institute (MCI) offers their patients access to almost all radiation delivery technologies commercially available and does it all under one roof. MCI currently treats with IBA Proteus PLUS proton therapy, ViewRay MRIdian MR Linac, Gamma Knife Icon Radiosurgery, CyberKnife, Radixact TomoTherapy, True Beam, brachytherapy and radionuclide therapy.“The idea was that we want to use the best available technology to provide the most optimal care, and the building was designed to house all these different technologies to accomplish this. By having every technological tool in the toolbox, one can better evaluate and customize the best treatment plan for every patient,” said Craig McKenzie, director of medical dosimetry at MCI.“Other centers might have all the technology available to them, but in different locations. We can customize our patient’s treatment to be mono-technology-based or perhaps capitalize on dosimetric advantages of using multiple technologies to deliver patients the best possible plan. That is unique,” said Alonso N. Gutiérrez, chief physicist at MCI. The First Selection of RayStationFor this world-class center, the choice of the treatment planning system (TPS) was essential. The selection of RayStation as sole TPS for the proton therapy at MCI “was a natural choice,” according to Gutiérrez.“RayStation is a clear market leader within proton therapy. Proton therapy is evolving fast and so is RaySearch, catering to their customers’ needs with large development teams that can implement changes fast. The time from development until we can use new features clinically has shortened,” he continued.RayStation’s functionality and speed were key factors in the decision to choose RayStation, said McKenzie. “RayStation gives us the best results in planning and evaluation, and does it fast,” he stated.Gutiérrez also points out that RayStation’s ability to support many different delivery systems was an important part of the selection, for future implementation at the clinic.“We are interested in using RayStation as the premier choice for all technologies in the future, moving toward a single TPS,” he said.As of now, the center primarily uses RayStation for proton planning but will start using it for photon and TomoTherapy planning.“We are currently in training for photon, and we already use some of the tools available to us. For example, we do our evaluation comparisons in RayStation. We are actively working on using RayStation to plan for TomoTherapy, and our goal is to treat a patient by the end of October,” Gutiérrez said. News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more Future of the CollaborationEfficiency and speed in combination with good quality are essential in oncology today, and Gutiérrez believes that it will become even more important as new technology develops.“I think that artificial intelligence (AI) will mean a great deal for improvements in clinical efficiency without sacrificing treatment plan quality. With the promises of AI, one could expect faster planning times, better standardization of plan quality within a clinic, and this could lead to better quality plans. In this current healthcare environment, high-quality planning tools with superb efficiencies will be necessary moving forward. This is something that RaySearch understands, and I’m very excited to see the OIS RayCare in this equation later,” he concluded.For more information: www.raysearchlabs.com News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more Support is KeySuperior clinical planning, gains in efficiency and a great support team are some of RayStation’s most valuable benefits, according to McKenzie.“RaySearch has some of the best support on the market. They are dosimetrists with strong clinical experience and are dedicated to help and understand our issues. We can continuously rely on them to respond quickly, listen to our needs and follow through to help with resolution,”he said.Support was one of the most important cornerstones during the implementation of RayStation, Gutiérrez said. “The implementation went very well, and we got the support that we needed from RaySearch. We started with proton and got specialized training, we then moved forward with photon and now we are working on TomoTherapy. We are looking forward to further integrating RayStation in more aspects of our operations.” FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more Efficiency GainsGutiérrez and McKenzie both emphasize the improvements that RayStation provides in terms of the combination between clinical excellence and workflow efficiency.“RayStation is very manageable, which makes our lives easier. The automation features through scripting help us remove time-consuming steps, and it makes sure that our dosimetrists can spend more time on making plans better instead of spending time on redundant tasks.We simply don’t have to compromise on quality,” Gutiérrez said.The analytics and automated capabilities of RayStation are a few of the functions that make it superior to other TPS, said McKenzie: “RayStation helps me make the best plans possible, and the analytics can help us interpret those plans. We know that we are already saving time, and we will be able to fully benefit from those gains soon when we are done implementing our new waysof working.” News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more center_img Related Content The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Therapy | October 04, 2018 Multi-technology Radiation Therapy for Personalized Care at Miami Cancer Institute News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more last_img read more

First snakes on a plane now we have snakes in a sock

first_img Thursday, October 5, 2017 Share First snakes on a plane, now we have snakes in a sock << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group MISSISSAUGA — An Ontario man who was caught trying to smuggle snakes into Canada in his socks has pleaded guilty in an American court.Chaoyi Le, 28, is facing up to five years in prison after pleading guilty Tuesday to violating wildlife regulations, according to prosecutors in Buffalo, N.Y.Le’s lawyer, Victor Sherman, said he’s requesting a more lenient sentence of time served.Le, described in court documents as a resident of Mississauga, Ont., was arrested in April 2014 at the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge in western New York.According to the complaint filed against him, Le was discovered with three western hog-nosed snakes concealed in his socks.Le initially told customs agents he found the snakes in a New York park, but later admitted to purchasing them for about $500, the complaint said. He had also mailed a package of snakes to China from the U.S. on the same day, court documents said.The arrest marked the end of Le’s brief but active time sending live reptiles via mail, the documents said. The complaint said he began doing so in 2013, making several crossings from Ontario to the U.S.More news:  Flight Centre Travel Group takes full ownership of Quebec-based agencyThe complaint said Le became a regular customer at a UPS store somewhere in the Buffalo area, where he would travel to send and receive packages.Le came to the attention of customs officials once before the April 2014 incident, it said. While en route to China from Toronto in February 2014, Le was stopped at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport and was found to be travelling with an assortment of 55 reptiles, including pythons and turtles.Le was charged in Canadian court with various wildlife violations, according to court documents.After an initial court appearance, Le flew to China in the summer of 2014 – after his April arrest – and informed customs officials he would be there for the next year or two and would not be attending scheduled Canadian court dates, documents said.The charges in Canada were ultimately withdrawn in July 2015, according to the American complaint. Le was then arrested by U.S. authorities this past August when he flew to Los Angeles from Shanghai. Sherman said Le is set to be sentenced on Oct. 30. Posted bylast_img read more

Iberostar outlines plans for 15 new hotels in 2018

first_img MADRID — Growing at a rate of seven hotels a year over the past few years, and with plans to ramp that up even more with new hotel openings in the years to come, Iberostar Hotels and Resorts is looking to build on its momentum with a re-branding initiative that includes a new segmentation of its hotels.A recent press trip to Madrid took trade media including Travelweek to Iberostar’s flagship hotel, Iberostar Las Letras Gran Via in Madrid, where the hotel company announces its rebranding and new directions.Canadian travel agents (and their clients) best know Iberostar from its Caribbean beach resorts in the D.R., Cuba, Mexico and Jamaica, however the Iberostar Group – which opened its first hotel in 1993 – now operates 110 hotels in 17 countries, hosting over eight million guests annually.In 2018 The Iberostar Group is embarking on an ambitious plan including openings, new projects and major renovation work. Its portfolio will be increased by 15 new hotels, including 11 resorts in Cuba, from Havana to Holguín, Cayo Coco and Santiago de Cuba. There are also two new resorts opening in Montenegro, and one new development for Iberostar Cancun coming this year.The first of the new 2018 hotels, the 119-room, four-star Iberostar Paseo de Gracia, its first in Barcelona, just opened this month.More news:  Kory Sterling is TL Network Canada’s new Sales Manager CanadaMore projects are on the horizon for Los Cabos, Aruba and the D.R.Meanwhile approximately 70% of The Iberostar Group’s portfolio – made up exclusively of four- and five-star properties – has recently been renovated with focus on product and service innovation and technological development.The company is particularly proud of its 42% returning guests rate.Iberostar says it plans to continue to invest to strengthen its position in the high-end hotel segment with a further 700 million euros allocated through 2022, with expansion plans focused on the best locations, up-market gastronomy options and superior service.Sabina Fluxà, Vice-Chairman and CEO, The Iberostar GroupSabina Fluxà, Iberostar Group’s Vice-Chairman and CEO, presented Iberostar’s strategic plan to the media, announcing that Iberostar has regrouped its hotels into three segments: City hotels, Ocean resorts and Iberostar Heritage, a new category that includes classic hotels with an emphasis on history and tradition.Grand, the group’s luxury category, is present in all three of the new segments, she said.City hotels are located in the heart of leading destinations including Madrid, New York, Lisbon, Barcelona, Budapest, Miami and Havana, says Fluxà.Ocean resorts comprise beachfront locations focused on vacations and leisure travel.More news:  Sunwing offers ultimate package deal ahead of YXU flights to SNU, PUJAnd Iberostar Heritage properties include unique hotels featuring architectural, historical and cultural elements.As part of its new initiatives, Iberostar has also changed its corporate logo, colours and added the tagline ‘Let it shine’.Fluxà also introduced Iberostar’s new ‘Oceans Project’ focused on sustainable fishing, reducing plastic pollution and supporting coral reef conservations and protection. Iberostar plans to promote sustainable fishing by sourcing and serving only seasonal fish on its menus, plus it has instituted a program at all of its hotels to reduce reliance on single-use plastic items with the ultimate aim of eliminating them and replacing them with biodegradable materials.Iberostar’s senior management team feels that the company is at a critical point. Having spent years and a significant investment in developing its plan for the future, it is now ready to implement this plan over the next 12 to 18 months.“We are all part of a large family made up of more than 28,000 employees that offers unbeatable service for the 8 million customers we welcome each year. We remain as excited and enthusiastic as when we started … We are now taking a major step forward in what is a key development for the business, repositioning it and setting even higher standards.” Tuesday, February 20, 2018 By: Gerry Kinasz << Previous PostNext Post >> Share Tags: IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts Iberostar outlines plans for 15 new hotels in 2018last_img read more

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