first_img Organisation March 19, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Mohammed Dibo arrested RSF_en Newscenter_img The journalist, poet and novelist Mohammed Dibo was arrested at his home in Al-Annazah, in the northwestern city of Baniyas, where demonstrations were held the previous day to demand reforms. Dibo writes for newspapers such as Jordan’s Al-Dustour and news websites such as Al-Waan (run by the Association of Rational Arabs), Bab el Moutawasset (, which covers the various cultures of the Mediterranean basin, Lamp of Freedom ( and Shukumaku. He was finally released on 15 April. Help by sharing this informationlast_img read more

first_imgSebastian McLoughlin (4) from Ballina, Co. TipperaryTHIS Saturday, a family in Ballina-Killaloe will celebrate their last Christmas with their four-year-old son and brother who has just weeks left to live.Sebastian McLoughlin was diagnosed with a brain tumour earlier this year, and his parents Conor and Ann and their extended family are seeking help to recreate Christmas this weekend as it is Sebastian’s favourite time of year.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The family have already sourced a snow machine but are looking for help from the public with other Christmas-related items such as reindeer or fake snow.The are also looking for help to transport Santa on the day, and are hoping to find someone who will lend them Minion costumes, as Sebastian is a fan of the Despicable Me movies.Conor told Ray D’Arcy on RTÉ Radio 1 this week: “Sebastian really loves Christmas, like any child, it’s his favourite time of the year. He looks forward to it from one end of the year to the other.”Sebastian fell ill in January this year with headaches and vomiting. He visited an optician after his parents noticed he was squinting, and was referred to hospital, where doctors found a golf-ball sized tumour at the back of his head.The tumour was removed and Sebatian underwent chemotherapy, but sadly he fell ill again; doctors told his parents this week that his MRI results were “as bad as it could be”.“Originally they said he had months, but then on Monday we met with the team in Crumlin, the team that does radiation therapy, chemotherapy and the neurosurgeon, and they basically told us it’s more like weeks,” Conor told the Ray D’Arcy show.Anyone who can help the McLoughlin family make Sebastian’s wish come true should contact the Ray D’Arcy show on [email protected] Advertisement TAGSballinafeaturedlimerickRay D’ArcyRTÉ Radio 1Sebastian McLoughlin Facebook Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Twitter Print Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Previous articleArt, craft, design open dayNext articleRally for Visual Arts forum John Keogh Linkedin NewsFamily needs help to celebrate Sebastian’s last ChristmasBy John Keogh – May 27, 2015 664 Email WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival WhatsApp Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed livelast_img read more

first_imgMeralco import Allen Durham. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAllen Durham is the latest player to get the whip from the PBA after the league slapped the Meralco import with fine of P30,000 for his post-game comments following the Bolts’ 95-84 Game 5 loss to Ginebra on Sunday.The do-it-all reinforcement was penalized after issuing comments detrimental to the league.ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort MOST READ “All we can hope is for fair and consistent officiating on both sides in Game 6,” he said.Game 6 is on Wednesday at the Philippine Arena. LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa ‘Frustrated’ Gavina would love to keep Kia’s No. 1 pick CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP View comments Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC PLAY LIST 01:04Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Durham described the officiating in Game 5 as “really bad.”“I don’t know if that (fine) solves anything,” Meralco team manager Paolo Trillo said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutTrillo, though, praised the Gin Kings for having a better game plan in the game, something which he pointed out should be high priority for the Bolts.“Ginebra came out very aggressive in Game 5 and stayed away from foul trouble. We have to find a way to stay aggressive in Game 6 and not get into foul trouble,” he said.Trillo is hoping for a better officiating, especially with the Bolts fighting for their lives in Game 6. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillionlast_img read more

first_imgA two-judge bench of the Supreme Court on Thursday delivered a split verdict on a petition challenging amendment in BCCI regulations to exclude IPL and T-20 tournaments from its purview and referred the matter to the chief justice for allocating it to a larger bench.The petition, filed by former BCCI president A.C. Muthiah, had alleged that the amendment was brought to favour the cricket board’s secretary N. Srinivasan, who owns the T-20 team Chennai Super Kings.With the division bench comprising justices J.M. Panchal and Gyan Sudha Mishra giving the split verdict, the petition has been referred to the chief justice for allocating it to a larger bench.While Justice Panchal dismissed the petition filed by Muthiah, challenging the validity of the amendment in clause 6.2.4, Justice Mishra allowed the petition holding that a BCCI officer bearer cannot have stake in the IPL team.”If Srinivasan opts to hold interest in the IPL team, he shall be able to do so but restrained to hold any office in BCCI,” Justice Mishra said.Muthiah, in his petition, had alleged that amendment in the regulation was brought without following proper procedure.Srinivasan, however, alleged that Muthiah had filed the petition with malafide intention and that he had no locus standi.Muthiah had appealed against the Madras High Court’s order upholding the validity of the amendment alleging that “the new regulation was brought only to favour N Srinivasan” who was the treasurer of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) when he was bidding for the Chennai team.advertisementMuthiah had contended that under the un-amended clause, no administrator of BCCI could have had, directly or indirectly, any commercial interest in the matches or events conducted by the cricket board.On the other hand, Srinivasan had submitted there was nothing wrong in the administrator donning the role of the Secretary, contesting the post of President and owning an IPL team CSK.Muthiah had said there is a conflict of interest as the Chennai team is owned by Indian Cement Ltd in which Srinivasan is a shareholder, vice-president and managing director.Muthiah had informed the court about the sequence of events from the start of IPL in 2007 to the amendment of the clause in September 2008 to buttress the point that the change in the rule was brought out in an illegal manner to benefit Srinivasan as there was a conflict of interest.He had contended the decision to exclude IPL and T-20 tournaments from the purview of the Board’s regulation was “illegal and opposed to public policy”.Muthiah had said while Srinivasan was bidding for the Chennai team in January 2008, he had made a complaint to BCCI citing the regulation that no member of the board will have commercial interest in IPL.Muthiah had further said the amendment was brought at the BCCI’s AGM on September 27, 2008, without bringing the issue on the agenda for which a notice would have to be given 21 days in advance.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

first_img Facebook ‘The only real thing we have is love’: Ellen DeGeneres captures Calgary crowdShe came, she spoke and she conquered the hearts of tens of thousands of Calgarians. On Saturday evening, Ellen DeGeneres swept into the Saddledome and gave her fans everything they’ve come to expect from the consummate entertainer and comedian. They got the laugh out loud moments, the beautiful stories that brought tears to their eyes and of course, a whole lot of dancing.Of course, this wasn’t a crowd that needed any convincing of the fun that can be had when in the presence of the 60-year-old host of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, one of the most popular daytime TV talk shows in history. READ MOREEllen DeGeneres honours Humboldt Broncos during Canadian appearance (VIDEO)Calgary’s Scotiabank Saddledome was absolutely packed on Saturday night, and it wasn’t because of a hockey game or a big-time country music concert, it was for one of TV’s most-loved talk-show hosts, Ellen DeGeneres. Hosted by Calgarian TV personality Dave Kelly, A Conversation With Ellen DeGeneres gave attendees the opportunity to see the Finding Nemo voice actor answer an in-depth Q&A session about life and love during this live one-night-only show on April 21. READ MOREEllen DeGeneres pays tribute to Humboldt Broncos crash victims at Calgary eventEllen DeGeneres began a speaking engagement in Calgary on Saturday night by carrying a hockey stick on stage to pay tribute to the victims of the Humboldt Broncos bus crash.After kissing it in front of a cheering and packed crowd of about 15,000 people at the Scotiabank Saddledome, the popular talk-show host placed it alongside a number of others standing on a rack in the back corner of the stage. READ MOREEllen DeGeneres pays tribute to Humboldt Broncos in CalgaryTalk show host Ellen DeGeneres paid tribute to the victims of the Humboldt Broncos bus collision on Saturday night in Calgary. The “Ellen DeGeneres Show” star entered the stage at the Saddledome carrying in a hockey stick, which she then held up and kissed. “My heart breaks for everyone,” she told the crowd. READ MORE Advertisement Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgTORONTO – Tech experts say parents shouldn’t count on Apple making its phones and tablets less addictive for kids.While two of the tech giant’s biggest shareholders are pushing for new features to help limit damaging screen time for children, experts say there is no easy fix and the responsibility will remain with parents to do what’s best for their kids.Apple has quickly responded by saying it already has a number of parental controls built into its iPhones and iPads and “new features and enhancements (are) planned for the future.”MediaSmarts director of education Matthew Johnson says there’s still no consensus on whether kids can be truly addicted to screens, but there’s no question that “excessive use” of phones and tablets can affect physical and mental health.He’d like to see Apple implement a tool that would set a “usage curfew” to limit a device’s capabilities in the evening when a child should be getting ready for bed.Johnson says controls should be more than a simple on-off switch so parents can adjust access as they see fit. But he cautions that consumers can’t rely on technology companies to make devices that are risk-free and don’t require good parenting.“It’s important that (parental control features) not be something that is seen as a complete solution, what’s really important is as our kids are getting older we gradually give them more and more responsibility,” says Johnson.“What would be very helpful is a (feature) where we’re not setting really strict limits as parents, we’re not directly supervising them but they don’t have total freedom either. We’re able to maybe put limits where we think they’re necessary, we’re able to give them reminders, and we might be able to set that curfew period.”The latest debate over how much tech companies can prevent addiction was spawned by an open letter sent by New York-based Jana Partners LLC and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System, which collectively own US$2 billion of Apple stock.“Apple can play a defining role in signalling to the industry that paying special attention to the health and development of the next generation is both good business and the right thing to do,” reads the letter.“Doing so poses no threat to Apple, given that this is a software (not hardware) issue and that, unlike many other technology companies, Apple’s business model is not predicated on excessive use of your products. In fact, we believe addressing this issue now by offering parents more tools and choices could enhance Apple’s business and increase demand for its products.”There’s relatively little that Apple can do to keep kids from getting glued to their screens given that its the content on devices that is truly addictive, says Aimee Morrison, an associate professor at the University of Waterloo who studies technology’s impact on culture.“I think the only area that control can come from is going to have to be direct parental limits,” says Morrison, noting that Google Android devices and any phone or tablet made by rival companies are equally addictive.While some have questioned whether phones and tablets are any more alluring than television or video games were to kids in the earliest days of those technologies, Morrison argues portability is the distinctive factor.“In the first golden age of television in the 1950s when homes were getting these sets in the living room — and they received three channels — parents could walk in the room and turn it off. With early video gaming systems as well the consoles were hooked up to the television in the main room,” she says.“The thing with an iPhone or an iPad is it goes everywhere with us. You used to be able to rip your kid out from in front of the TV and say, ‘Come on, we’re going grocery shopping,’ but now they won’t even get in the car without saying, ‘Can I play with your phone?’“I think it’s the scale of the use and the ubiquity and pervasiveness.”Even if it doesn’t have a direct responsibility to parents, it’s not surprising that Apple quickly committed to doing more, says Neil Bearse, director of marketing at Queen’s University’s Smith School of Business.Apple has long marketed itself as a company that believes in family values and that creates “safe” products parents can trust, says Bearse.“(Former CEO) Steve Jobs went on the record essentially to say there will never be pornography in the App Store,” Bearse says.“You could come at it with a cynical commercial lens of saying they want to continue the iPhone-user pipeline to be as young as they can get…. For a parent who’s debating, ‘Which phone should I give to my kids for Christmas this year,’ the family-friendly angle is definitely in line with those values.”last_img read more

first_imgPORTLAND, Ore. – Farmers rushed to save their livelihoods as a wildfire roared through vast Oregon wheat fields Thursday and crushed their hopes at the peak of what was expected to be one of the most bountiful harvests in years.Farmers used water tanks on the backs of pickup trucks and tractors to battle flames whipping across fields for the third straight day. One man was found dead near his charred tractor Wednesday, apparently overrun as he tried to clear a strip of land to protect a neighbour’s property.Farmers who grow tens of thousands of acres of soft, white wheat typically bound for Asia said they are confronting walls of fire up to 30 feet (9 metres) high and wind so strong that it tosses embers ahead of the fire’s leading edge. The conditions threaten farmers working to stop the blaze from reaching the wheat.“It’s been day after day after day of pretty horrendous winds and then the fire creates its own wind,” Alan von Borstel, who has battled the flames with his son, said by phone. “As the fire gets closer, you actually start to feel threatened, and if it gets too close, we realize we can’t do it, (and) we get the hell out of Dodge.”Wheat farmers like von Borstel always have water tanks loaded on the back of trucks during the hot, dry summers. When a fire breaks out, they race to the scene alongside professional fire crews. If they have time, the farmers mow down standing wheat to slow the fire’s progress and come behind firetrucks to tamp down flames with their water.But their most important job is called “disking.” They use a tractor attachment to till the wheat into the soil, creating a gap up to 150 feet (46 metres) wide between the advancing flames and the rest of the field. That gives firefighters a chance to get ahead of the blaze.“Without the help of the farmers, this thing wouldn’t get stopped,” von Borstel said. “There are lots of us out there. We look out for each other.”Von Borstel’s crops so far are untouched. But his cousin lost just over a square mile on Wednesday, and the fire is just a few miles from his home.The blaze about 85 miles (137 kilometres) east of Portland has scorched nearly 80 square miles (207 square kilometres) of wheat fields and grasslands since igniting Tuesday. Authorities on Thursday designated it as the top firefighting priority nationwide.It was the largest of more than 200 wildfires across Oregon, many sparked by lightning. Other fires dotted states throughout the drought-stricken Western United States.A man’s body was found Thursday near a homeless camp inside the perimeter of another fire that burned earlier in the week in southwestern Oregon. It wasn’t clear if he died before or during the blaze, and an autopsy was planned.In wheat country, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said the fire may have been intentionally set and the state will help investigate. Firefighters were trying to protect homes and other structures in the hardest-hit areas.Authorities have told residents of 900 houses to evacuate or be ready to go as the flames spread rapidly.The wheat at risk isn’t good for making bread and is primarily shipped to Asian markets — particularly Japan and Korea — for use in ramen noodles, steamed breads and flatbreads.The crop this year looked particularly bountiful, with farmers estimating they might get 15 or 20 bushels more per acre than the average 55. The wheat would normally be harvested within the next 10 days.Each crop takes two years to grow because farmers leave half the land fallow to improve environmental conditions and reduce erosion.“There’s some years when you wouldn’t mind your wheat crop burning, but this isn’t one of them. I don’t know how much crop has burned, and it’s still burning,” said Tom McCoy, who lost 300 acres overnight.He estimates the lost value at about $91,000. He’s insured, but this year’s crop looked so good he worries he might not have had enough insurance and will still wind up with less than he would have gotten on the market.“There has been tens of thousands of acres of cropland lost,” said Logan Padget, a fifth-generation wheat farmer who was battling the flames Thursday.“I’ve heard that some people have lost literally everything. … You’ve got two years’ worth of effort that’s coming down to a two-week harvest, and all your time and care and effort for the land is wasted.”___Associated Press writer Steven DuBois in Portland contributed to this report.___Follow Gillian Flaccus on Twitter at read more

first_imgHoliday tips are a way to thank the people who make your life easier. So why is it so hard to figure out whom to tip and how much?Guides published by etiquette experts don’t always agree on what’s appropriate. What people actually do is another matter altogether.Only about half of Americans give any holiday tips, according to a recent Consumer Reports survey, and those who do tip often give less than the amounts recommended by etiquette experts. For example, 56 per cent of those who had housekeepers gave them a tip, and the median amount was $50. The manners mavens at the Emily Post Institute suggests the tip equal the cost of one visit, which according to HomeAdvisor averages at $167.Plenty of people don’t even realize that holiday tipping is a thing. Others want to tip but struggle with budgets already strained by other holiday spending.“From an etiquette standpoint, we try not to say, ‘You have to do it exactly like this otherwise it’s wrong,’” says etiquette expert Lizzie Post, co-president of the Emily Post Institute in Burlington, Vermont. “There are so many varied relationships that we have, or our budgets might not be able to accommodate it the way our hearts would like.”Ideally, your holiday tipping list would include everyone who makes your life easier by providing you with regular service throughout the year — but if you get a lot of help, that can get expensive. Here are some guidelines that may help you decide whom to tip, and how:1. CASH IS OFTEN BEST, BUT NOT ABSOLUTELY REQUIREDIf you can afford to give only a few dollars, a small gift or homemade item may be a better way of expressing appreciation. Post remembers her parents baking cookies and making candy for their mail carriers, garbage collectors and newspaper delivery folks. Of course, not everyone is good in the kitchen — or welcomes homemade goodies.2. MATCH THE TIP TO THE RELATIONSHIPThe amount you give can reflect the quality and frequency of your interactions. You might tip an occasional babysitter the equivalent of one evening’s pay, for example, while a live-in nanny could get a bonus equal to one week’s pay, or more. A small gift in addition to a tip is a nice touch when the relationship is more personal.A tip roughly equal to the cost of a single visit might be appropriate for:—Housekeepers—Babysitters—Dog walkers and groomers—Personal trainers—Pool cleaners—Snow shovelers—Hairstylists or barbers—Massage therapists, facialists and manicuristFor others, Post says, amounts can vary:—Yard and garden workers ($20 to $50 each)—Trash and recycling collectors ($10 to $30)—Handyman ($15 to $40)—Package deliverer ($20, if allowed; check with the company)—U.S. Postal Service mail carriers (small gift only; no cash, per USPS rules)—Day care workers ($25 to $75 each for those who work with your child; check with facility)—Newspaper deliverer ($10 to $30)—Building superintendents ($20 to $80)—Doormen ($15 to $80)—Parking attendants ($10 to $30)3. NOT EVERY HELPER SHOULD BE TIPPEDIf you tip someone regularly throughout the year, a holiday tip may not be necessary. Cash tips also aren’t appropriate for certain people, such as professionals (doctors, lawyers, accountants) and anyone who works for an entity that prohibits them. For government workers, for example, a tip can look like a bribe. Check with nursing homes, home health care providers, package delivery companies and day care centres, especially, before tipping individual workers. Post suggests that instead of tipping your children’s teachers, offer to buy classroom supplies or go in with other parents on a gift or gift card.4. MAKE IT PRETTYFresh, crisp bills tucked into a card with a handwritten note? Classy. Wadded bills thrust at the service provider on your way out the door? Not so much. Ditto leaving an extra-large tip on a credit card receipt. Something’s certainly better than nothing, but putting some care into your presentation can demonstrate that you really do appreciate what they do for you.5. TIP EARLYIn the past, I’ve scrambled to deal with holiday tips. This year, I started writing thank-you notes before Thanksgiving and plan to deliver the tips by early December. Tipping as early as possible in the holiday season means the people you’re trying to reward have extra cash for their holiday spending — which may include giving out their own holiday tips.______This column was provided to The Associated Press by the personal finance website NerdWallet .Liz Weston is a columnist at NerdWallet , a certified financial planner and author of “Your Credit Score.” Email: [email protected] . Twitter: @lizweston.RELATED LINK:NerdWallet: How to Create a Budget Weston, The Associated Presslast_img read more

first_imgFREDERICTON — New Brunswick’s new premier is trying to revive the Energy East pipeline — even though the original proponent says the project is dead.TransCanada Corporation abandoned the $15.7-billion project more than a year ago, after the National Energy Board modified the environmental assessment process.But Premier Blaine Higgs, along with some other premiers and federal politicians, are again pushing the proposed pipeline as a way to get more western crude to refineries in Eastern Canada and for export to foreign markets.Ontario and Quebec have also new elected new premiers this year, and Higgs said he thinks Energy East could be viable.“The fact that Ontario has said they’re not opposed to oil coming through the province, there’s a hurdle that’s now gone. We know that Manitoba and Saskatchewan are fine and we know Alberta is looking for a way out,” said Higgs.“We see Alberta now taking a strong position with buying rail cars and saying we’ve got to get our oil to market because they’re losing $80 million a day.”Higgs said he recognizes Quebec could still be a hurdle and he plans to discuss the project with Premier Francois Legault this week at a first ministers meeting in Montreal.“We’re talking about interprovincial trade. There are some key issues, and that’s one for us. It’s one that’s important for our province. We need some wins,” Higgs said.Higgs said he discussed Energy East two weeks ago with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. He said Trudeau said he’d be willing to discuss the issue again if Higgs was able to get Quebec onside.But the biggest hurdle may be getting TransCanada interested again. The company cited the regulatory changes and “changed circumstances” as the reason for its pullout last year.In a statement, Terry Cunha, manager of communications for TransCanada, said their position had not changed.“We have no plans to revisit the project. We are focused on developing the more than $36 billion in commercially secured pipeline and power generation projects that we currently have underway across North America, including Keystone XL and the Coastal GasLink project in B.C.,” he wrote.Higgs said he’s not surprised by the Calgary-based company’s position.“If you spend $800 million and you get jerked around politically so that decisions aren’t made, instead it’s procrastinated on, and … then all of a sudden the rules change mid-stream and then you don’t have any path forward,” Higgs said.“I don’t blame them. I wouldn’t jump on the bandwagon yet either.”However, Higgs said he believes if a holding company was formed that applied to the National Energy Board and got the process well underway, then TransCanada might be willing to get back onboard.Federal Conservative Leader Andrew Sheer has also been a big Energy East supporter and has said that a federal Conservative government would seek to revive the project.Alberta Premier Rachel Notley said last week restarting the project makes a lot of sense.“Our government would be very interested of course in any effort that was geared towards another project to get our product to tidewater as well as to supply the Canadian market if we could find a way to do that more effectively,” she told reporters in Ottawa.“Quite frankly it is quite perverse that we are selling our oil in Alberta for $10 a barrel and then in eastern Canada we are importing from places like Saudi Arabia. This makes no sense.”Energy East would have seen much of the western crude going to the Irving Oil refinery in Saint John.Higgs said he has yet to discuss reviving Energy East with Irving, where he worked for more than three decades and retired as a senior executive before entering politics.“I know their interest would still be there because they would offset at least 100,000 barrels a day of foreign crude, maybe more. That commitment would still be there because they are still in operation and they are still buying foreign crude,” he said.But New Brunswick Green Leader David Coon said Higgs needs to switch 180 degrees — and instead look at reducing dependence on fossil fuels.“The World Meteorological Organization just announced a study that if we continue to follow the path we’re following now we are going to blast past the Paris agreement and get into three to five degrees of warming, which is catastrophic,” he said.But a study by the Canadian Energy Research Institute — released in January — concluded that refineries in central and Atlantic Canada would see lower supply costs and lower greenhouse gas emissions if they bought more Canadian crude oil.The study found that substituting Canadian oil wherever possible using space on existing pipelines, rail cars and ocean tankers would result in a 47-per-cent reduction in foreign oil imports into Eastern Canada, saving $210 million per year, and the equivalent of more than two million tonnes of carbon dioxide, or about 5.7 per cent.Kevin Bissett, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgRICHMOND, B.C. – Chiefs and Métis leaders from across Canada have come together to ask the federal government to halt proposed legislation and stop Bill C-48 and Bill C-69.Leaders with the National Coalition of Chiefs have signed two resolutions opposing the Bills, describing the devastating effects for the First Nations to grow economic and developmental opportunities in their traditional territories.“The world needs oil and gas from Canada, but now the federal government is blocking Indigenous communities from building sustainable opportunities to supply it – like we don’t control our traditional territories,” says former Chief of the Nadleh Whut’en, Martin Louie. At the gathering in Richmond, B.C. November 5-6th it was agreed that Indigenous people are tired of being misrepresented as being anti-developmental by special interest groups when Indigenous people view responsible resource development such as oil and gas as a vital part to sustainability and economics within the First Nation communities.“As a past president of Métis Nation of B.C. we fully support responsible resource development and pipelines,” says NCC Executive Committee member and regional director of the Métis Nation of B.C., Bruce Dumont. “The Indigenous people here today look at resource development in a positive way. We need to think of the environment, but the people also need to be a business partner.”First Nations people have been benefiting from the relationships they are forming with the Canadian oil and gas industry and want the Government of Canada to stop getting in the way by appearing to have the best interest of Indigenous people.In coming weeks the Leaders will deliver a letter directly to Ottawa demanding Bill C-48 be stopped and allow tankers to the north coast and changes are made to Bill C-69 the assessment to major development projects.last_img read more