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Even high wage earners want mobile pay discounts

first_img 19SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr A recent study found the number of North American consumers who know they can use their phones as payments devices rose nearly 10 percentage points to 52 percent in 2015. Despite this jump, actual mobile-payment usage grew by just 1 percent in the same time period.According to the study, sluggish retail implementation of mobile-ready point-of-sale (POS) terminals and the familiarity of plastic are two contributing factors to the pace of adoption. However, a missing loyalty component may be another reason the majority of consumers continue to choose swipe over tap.The “2015 North America Consumer Digital Payments Survey,” which polled 4,000 smartphone users in the U.S. and Canada, found higher wage earners are the most-avid adopters of mobile payments technology. Thirty-eight percent of smartphone owners with a minimum household income of $150,000 use their phones to make payments at merchant locations at least weekly. This consumer group’s tendency to patronize establishments that are ahead of the payments-evolution curve may contribute to their frequent mobile payment usage.Even for high wage earners, discounts are a powerful incentive. In fact, more than 75 percent of those consumers currently making mobile payments would use the services even more regularly if they were offered discounted pricing, coupons or reward points. Additionally, more than half of non-users would be encouraged to adopt mobile payments if they were offered the same benefits. A similar survey found 47 percent of those polled would use a mobile payment app if it were offered by their FI. continue reading »last_img read more

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Planning for Your Child with Special Needs: Holidays with Extended Family

first_imgThis image (ID: 890115440) was purchased by MFLNMC from iStock.com under member ID 8085767. Return to article. Long DescriptionIt will be the Holidays soon. Many of you might have plans to spend the time with extended family or members you don’t see often. Do you worry about your child’s disabilities and “explaining” why you might have to care for your child with special needs differently? Below we have some suggestions on how you might make the communication journey easier for all concerned.(1). It is important at this time to consider if you want to tell your child about his or her disability, particularly if the extended family visit is a new situation for them. It is best to not wait when discussing disability with your child. Additionally, empower them to explain about their disability themselves – an extended family setting would be a good opportunity for your child to practice self-advocacy.(2). Consider describing your child’s habits, routines or needs without labeling the diagnosis (using the word “autism” for instance). For instance, “________ just needs to not be in such a noisy place right now, I am going to put these headphones on and that will help.”(3). As much as possible, include your child in the discussion with your family members. For instance, ask child to explain why they need to put headphones now.(4). Think about explaining that your child is “different” – for e.g. “_________ really loves presents but you will notice that he/she will not open them right away – he/she likes to put them aside and will open them later.”(5). Do you need to disclose at all? It may be that the disabling conditions are not visible or evident enough to warrant a discussion. However, if you do need to disclose, disclose to the right person, someone you can be certain would understand and can step in and help if you need to disclose to additional family members.(6). Remind family members that your expectations of your child’s behavior are the same as other children. The disability will not serve as an excuse for bad behavior. Consequences will be meted out in the same manner as other children.(7). Overall when you talk to your family, present your child’s challenges as similar to how tall they are or the color of their eyes. The overarching message to your family should be that the disability is just a part of your child and does not define themMake a Checklist!The checklist below can serve as a reminder for parents/guardians of individuals with special health care needs on: (1) how to start a conversation with extended family, when necessary and (2) what else may need to be done to improve the Holiday experience. Simply click the picture to download the PDF.  Checklist created in InDesign by MFLN Military Caregiving. Return to article. Long Description Additional References:6 Gifts I Would like to Get as a Parent of a Child on the Autism SpectrumTelling Classmates About Your Child’s Disability May Foster AcceptanceWhat to SayFAMILY EXPERIENCES: Ways to Lead Change Through Telling Your Storylast_img read more

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Maria Sharapova campaign off to tough start in Shenzhen

first_imgMOST READ SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? James Harden has Rockets rolling with visit to Warriors looming Sharapova, who won the last of her five Slams at Roland Garros in 2014, has endured a disappointing return to the majors since the end of her drugs ban in April of 2017.She will next face 17-year-old Chinese wild card Wang Xinyu.Meanwhile, France’s Caroline Garcia lost in straight sets to Serbia’s Ivana Jorovic 6-4, 6-2.The tournament, which runs until Saturday, will see players battling for $750,000 in prize money.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviñocenter_img FILE – In this Monday, Sept. 3, 2018 file photo, Maria Sharapova, of Russia, returns a shot to Carla Suarez Navarro, of Spain, during the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York. Maria Sharapova returned to competitive tennis with a 6-2, 7-6 (3) win against Timea Bacsinszky in the first round of Shenzhen Open on Monday, Dec. 31. Sharapova cut short her campaign in September to recover from shoulder complaint. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow, file)Five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova had a tough start to her 2019 tennis season Monday at the Shenzhen Open, edging out Switzerland’s Timea Bacsinszky 6-2, 7-6 (7/3).In a battle of former Top 10 players, Sharapova’s serve faltered early in the match but she regained composure to take the first set, cheered on by the spirited crowd at the Shenzhen Longgang Sports Center.ADVERTISEMENT Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Bacsinszky put up a strong fight in the second set, claiming the first two games and forcing Sharapova to step up her game.The Russian powered through to take the match in one hour 42 minutes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion“It’s been a few months since I’ve been out of playing competitively,” Sharapova said in a post-match interview, calling Shenzhen a “warm-up tournament” for next month’s Australian Open.“Considering the opponent and everything I had to go through today I think it was a great practice for me.” TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid View commentslast_img read more

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10 months agoCercle coach hails ‘incredible’ Chelsea whiz Kylian Hazard after career best performance

first_imgCercle coach hails ‘incredible’ Chelsea whiz Kylian Hazard after career best performanceby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea midfielder Kylian Hazard produced perhaps the performance of his career to inspire Cercle Brugge to victory over Anderlecht on Sunday.Hazard, on-loan at Cercle, scored his second goal of the season and produced a five-star performance as his team defeated Anderlecht 2-1.Cercle coach Laurent Guyot declared afterwards: “Kylian has shown that he has an incredible potential. “The next step now has to be that he also puts a little more regularity in his performance. Because this Kylian I want to see every game. The audience gave him an ovation, although his change was not meant as applause. “We did not have the result yet and we could use some extra energy.”Hazard is on-loan at Cercle to the end of this season. TagsLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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10 months agoGuardiola admits Man City must take ‘big opportunity’ against Liverpool

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Guardiola admits Man City must take ‘big opportunity’ against Liverpoolby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePep Guardiola has admitted Manchester City have a big opportunity to chase down Liverpool with a victory on Thursday night.A victory will see City reduce the gap to the league leaders to four points.And Guardiola knows all three points will go a long way to keeping their title hopes alive.”I have the feeling it is a big opportunity for us to reduce the gap but our focus is the same,” Guardiola added. “Everybody asks what we are going to do if we lose, but we are going to try to make our game and to win it.”At the moment Liverpool are the best team in Europe for the way they play and control the details in their game. It’s a good challenge for us.” last_img read more

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16 days agoInter Milan superkid Sebastiano Esposito excited being part of Italy U18 squad

first_imgInter Milan superkid Sebastiano Esposito excited being part of Italy U18 squadby Carlos Volcano16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan superkid Sebastiano Esposito is delighted to be part of Italy’s U18 squad.Carmine Nunziata’s young Azzurri are preparing for the U-17 World Cup, which will start on 20 October in Brazil.Esposito told Sky Sport: “I’m really happy to be here, I’m enjoying being part of the National Team and I get on well with all the other guys here. It’s a great honour, a great source of pride to wear the Azzurri shirt. We want to make ourselves known at the World Cup for how we play and for the values of this team.“I have to remain calm and humble and I need to continue to work. Obviously, I have objectives and dreams, such as making my debut in Serie A and winning with both Inter and in the shirt of Italy.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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APTN News A Year in Photos

first_imgAPTN NewsPhotos play a pivotal role in online storytelling. Throughout the course of 2017, we have taken, and collected hundreds of them. Below is what you might call a partial archive of photos from APTN News stories collected in 2017.January 11, 2017 – Arthur Manuel Arthur Manuel with daughter Kanahus at the Oceti Sakowin camp in North Dakota during the #NoDAPL campaign against the Dakota Access Pipeline. Manuel died on January 11 at the age of 66. His life has been defined by politics and the struggle for the assertion of Indigenous rights, locally, nationally and internationally. Photo: FacebookJanuary 19, 2017 – National Press Theatre in OttawaDr. Michael Kirlew issued a warning to Canadians at a news conference in Ottawa with chiefs from the Nishawbe Aski Nation. The group was in Ottawa to talk about the lack of mental health services for young people in remote communities following a rash of suicides. “Make no mistake, the cost of our complacency will be paid for in full with children’s lives. Period,” Kirlew told reporters. Photo: Mark Blackburn/APTN January 29, 2017 – Thunder Bay, Ontario On January 29, Barbara Kentner was walking down a Thunder Bay street with her sister when she was struck with a trailer hitch that was thrown from a passing car. Kentner died in July. Brayden Bushby has been charged in her death. February 10, 2017 – Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug First-Nation, Ontario 11-year-old Alyssa Nanokeesic was found dead in her grandmother’s home in the fly-in community of Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug First Nation (KI). Her death was ruled a suicide. Alyssa is at least the fourth suicide death of a girl in an Indigenous community since the beginning of the year. “I miss you, my little cousin. I wish you never did this,” wrote a cousin on Facebook.February 3, 2017 – Nokmaq Village, Flat-Bay, Newfoundland and LabradorThe controversial application process for joining the Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation in Newfoundland and Labrador ended. Out of more than 100,000 applicants, 18,044 were accepted as founding members of the band, and another 10,512 who were originally members of the band and granted Indian Status, were rejected. Calvin White, above, who fought for Mi’kmaq rights as far back as the 1950s, has three sons who were denied status because they moved away from their home in the Mi’kmaw community of Flat Bay, also called No’kmaq Village. “All that stuff, it looks like it had the deliberate intention of keeping people out,” said White. Photo: Trina Roache/APTNFebruary 10, 2017 – Thunder Bay, Ontario Alaina Sakchekapo and Clara Adams, both from North Caribou Lake, pose in the hall at the Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School in Thunder Bay. APTN’s Willow Fiddler followed Sakchekapo and Adams over the course of a school year. They adapted to live hundreds of kilometres from their community. Others leave during the school year to return home. Photo: Willow Fiddler/APTNFebruary 21, 2017 – Peters First Nation, British ColumbiaA look up the Fraser River from the Peters First Nation, a small community outside Hope, B.C. APTN’s Kenneth Jackson started a series of stories that would run throughout 2017 on issues facing the community. Photo: Kenneth Jackson/APTNFebruary 23, 2017 – Oceti Sakowin Camp, North DakotaSince the summer of 2016, thousands of people have travelled through the Oceti Sacowin Camp in North Dakota protesting the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. At times there were violent clashes with local and state police and the National Guard. In the end, the pipeline was given the go-ahead in an Executive Order from U.S President Donald Trump. Photo: Dennis Ward/APTNNearing the eviction deadline of February 22, one more ceremony was held and one last March down highway 1806 – the site of previous clashes and hundreds of arrests. While goodbyes were being exchanged, people back at the camp were preparing for one last stand. A barricade was set up at the entrance and then set ablaze. A few dozen remained in the camp in the end. Police say nearly a dozen people were arrested. Photo: Dennis Ward/APTNMarch 2017 – FentanylIn British Columbia, the opioid Fentanyl is already causing a health crisis on the streets of Vancouver, and in rural parts of the province. By March, the killer drug is making its way east starting with Alberta. By the end of 2017, it reached Mi’kmaq communities on the east coast.March 24, 2017 – Yellowknife, Northwest TerritoriesEvery year, dozens of dog teams from across the north converge on the Northwest Territories for the Canadian Championship Dog Derby. It’s a gruelling three day, 240 km race across Great Slave Lake. Photo: Charlotte Morritt Jacobs/APTN.April 3, 2017 – Nishnawbe Aski Police Force – Ontario On April 3, NAPS chief Terry Armstrong announces that Canada’s largest First Nations police force in Ontario will now be getting paid on the same level as the provincial force. First Nations police in the province aren’t considered essential services and they don’t receive the same resources, funding or standards as provincial police. But now, they will be getting equal pay for equal work. Photo: Willow Fiddler.April 6, 2017 – North Battleford, SaskatchewanAfter a two day preliminary hearing, a judge in North Battleford, Saskatchewan rules there is enough evidence to send Gerald Stanley, 54, to trial for shooting and killing 22-year old Colten Bouchie. Stanley is charged with second-degree murder in a case that has pitted First Nation communities against rural towns. Photo: FacebookApril 17, 2017 – Ottawa, Ontario13-year old Amy Jane Owen from the Poplar Hill First Nation had been sent to hospital seven times for suicidal ideation and self-harming in the six months before she died by suicide in an Ottawa group home. Four of those hospital visits happened within the first nine days of April at the Children Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO). Amy also told the hospital she tried to die by suicide in her group home bedroom in March. Somehow Amy was alone, again, in the bedroom of her group home when she died by suicide in the afternoon of April 17. Photo: Facebook.May 5, 2017 – Montreal, QuebecThe Kwakiutl Nation on the west coast was put on display in downtown Montreal as part of the city’s 375th anniversary. A totem pole was erected as a tribute to the First Nation’s children who were taken away from their families and put into residential schools. Photo: Robbie Purdon/APTN. May 7, 2017 – Thunder Bay, Ontario Tammy Keeash, 17, from North Caribou Lake First Nation, also known as Weagamow Lake, was found in the reeds by the edge of a Thunder Bay floodway. Thunder Bay Police initially said no foul play was suspected. “I think something happened to her. Something more than what cops are telling me,” said Pearl Slipperjack, Tammy Keeash’s mother. Photo: Facebook.May 8, 2017 – Kanehsatake Mohawk Territory, QuebecKanehsatake Mohawk Territory confronts what dozens of other municipalities in Quebec face, mass flooding that hasn’t been seen in generations. “We’re fighting the clock right now,” Grand Chief Serge Simon of the Mohawk Council of Kanesatake told APTN News. “We’re working like crazy here.” Photo: Tom Fennario/APTNMay 13, 2017 – Thunder Bay, OntarioThunder Bay Police rules that Tammy Keeash drowned in the reeds of a floodway. The family and the Nishnawbe Aski Community demanded investigators reopen the case. Photo: Willow Fiddler/APTNOn the same day Thunder Bay Police rule that Tammy Keeash drowned, community members gather at the edge of the city’s floodway where she was discovered for a vigil. Photo: Willow FiddlerMay 17, 2017 – Montreal, QuebecChief Christine Zachary-Deom from the Kahnawake Mohawk Territory said she doesn’t get nervous when it comes to public speaking but it’s not every day she’s entrusted to speak Mohawk in front of the mayor, the premier of Quebec, the prime minister and hundreds of other dignitaries.  “It was very difficult, one of the words was 13 syllables long,” she said. Zachary-Deom was speaking at a celebration to honour Montreal’s 375 anniversary that acknowledged the work of Indigenous Nations. Photo: Tom Fennario/APTNMay 17, 2017 – Winnipeg, Manitoba Dancers walk to their places to kick off the 12th annual Manito Ahbee Powwow. Manito Ahbee is an Ojibway word meaning “where the Creator sits.” The powwow runs for three days.May 19, 2017 – Thunder Bay, Ontario Josiah Begg, 14, was in Thunder Bay for medical appointments. On May 6, the boy from Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI) went missing. His body was recovered by the Ontario Provincial Police in the McIntyre River. June 7, 2017 – Ottawa, OntarioCanada’s Red Chamber got a lesson on how to “Indigenize” the Senate.” It came in the form of young people paying a visit to the Senate’s Aboriginal Affairs committee. They hope their input will perhaps become a legacy. Photo: Senate of Canada.June 13, 2017 – Ottawa, OntarioCanada’s Minister of Public Safety Ralph Goodale tells media that the federal government will not involve itself in the policing issues in Thunder Bay. “This is within the purview of the province, and it’s not in the principal jurisdiction of the Government of Canada.”  The call for federal help came from leaders within the Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) who called for the RCMP to step in and take over investigation of Josiah Begg. Photo: Mark Blackburn/ APTN June 21, 2017 – Ottawa, Ontario Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announces that he is handing the keys to the former U.S. Embassy in Ottawa over to the Assembly of First Nation, the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, and the Metis National Council. The building, sits across from Parliament Hill. Some Algonquin leaders were asking why the building wasn’t handed to them given the land is on their territory. Photo: APTN June 21, 2017 – Ottawa, OntarioAfter political pressure from First Nation, Metis and Inuit Members of Parliament, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announces that the name Langevin woud be removed from the building that houses his working office across the street from Parliament Hill. Victor Louis Langevin is one of the architects of Indian residential schools. Photo: APTN June 23, 2017 – Winnipeg, Manitoba Aboriginal Day Live at the Forks in Winnipeg. APTN put on shows in Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Yellowknife and Vancouver. Photo: APTN June 23, 2017 – Winnipeg, Manitoba Ossie Michelin’s iconic image of Amanda Polchies was voted the best photo in an exhibit at the Canadian Human Rights Museum. Michelin took the photo while working as a correspondent for APTN News and covering the fracking protests in New Brunswick. July 2017 – Muskrat Falls Hydroelectric Construction Site in Labrador <> Vigils are held across the country on October 6 to remember Indigenous women who have been murdered or who are missing. On Parliament Hill in Ottawa, there are speeches from families and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Photo: Todd Lamirande/APTNOctober 5, 2017 – Secwepemc Territory, British ColumbiaHidden amongst the trees, off the side of the highway near Kamloops, activist Kanahus Manuel built a tiny house that has a big purpose – to block the expansion of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline crossing the Secwepemc territory. “This is how important this is to us, that we want to leave a legacy that says that we did stand up to protect our land from massive encroachment and development from a dirty oil pipeline,” said Manuel. Photo: Laurie Hamelin/APTNOctober 16, 2017 – Winnipeg, Manitoba A Qulliq burns at the Winnipeg hearings of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in Winnipeg, Manitoba. This is the third series of hearings the inquiry has held. Families are openly critical about how the inquiry is being run. And for the third straight hearing, families mainly complain about police and the apathy investigators show towards missing or murdered women. Photo: Kathleen Martens/APTNOctober 17, 2017 – Winnipeg, Manitoba Commissioner Michele Audette answers questions at the hearings in Winnipeg. A member of the family advisory circle has resigned her position and commissioners are starting to talk about an extension to the current inquiry’s mandate. Photo: Kathleen Martens/APTNOctober 24, 2017 – Lac La Biche, Alberta APTN’s Kenneth Jackson writes his first story about Clayton Boucher. He’s a Metis man who was arrested and charged with drug possession. Later, in an effort to get out of jail after his girlfriend was killed in a car crash – Boucher pleaded guilty to the charges. According to emails written by the Crown, authorities, including his lawyer knew that the substance found in Boucher’s residence was not drugs. Photo: FacebookOctober 30, 2016 – Membertou First Nation, Nova ScotiaIt was an emotional day of testimony at the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Women and Girls in Membertou. The family of Loretta Saunders, an Inuk woman who was murdered in Halifax testified before the commissioners. Delilah, seen above, is also a member of the inquiry’s Family Advisory Circle. In December she would be fighting for her life in a Toronto hospital in need of a liver transplant.November 3, 2017 – Whitehorse, YukonFriends speak out publicly about Charman Smith. The woman from the Carcross First Nation in the Yukon was caught in 2016 smuggling drugs out of Turkey. Her friends say she was duped. She is currently serving a nine-year sentence in a Turkish prison. In December, a legal advocate would start work on her behalf. Photo: FacebookNovember 11, 2017 – Passchendaele, Belgium Family and friends of soldiers who fought at Passchendaele visit the town in Belgium for the 100th anniversary of the battle that killed or wounded 15,654 Canadian solders. Among them, Cree soldier Alex Decoteau who was killed in the battle of Passchendaele in October 1917. Photo: Beverly Andrews/APTN)November 15, 2015 – Keewaywin First Nation, Ontario Kyle’s mom Lorene and two of his sisters Kylie and Christin.The community of Keewaywin in Ontario held a memorial for Kyle Morriseau. Morriseau, 17, is one of seven First Nation students from across northern Ontario who died while attending high school in Thunder Bay. An inquest into their deaths recommended that a memorial is held for each of the students.November 15, 2015 – Keewaywin First Nation, Ontario Tina Harper holds a picture of her daughter Robyn at the memorial for Kyle Morriseau. Like Morriseau, Robyn Harper, 18, died in Thunder Bay. A memorial for her will be held at a later date. Photo: Willow Fiddler/APTNNovember 17, 2017 – Winnipeg, ManitobaAlready under pressure from families across the country for being ineffective, the National Inquiry into Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls also had to explain why its Winnipeg office seemed empty after APTN News dropped by. The inquiry said it kept its office location secret for security reasons. Photo: Kathleen Martens/APTNNovember 18, 2017 – Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest TerritoriesIt was a historical day for the residents of two communities in the Northwest Territories when the 138 km all-weather Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk opened to the public. This ends the 50-year history of Canada’s longest winter ice road, a road that linked Tuk to the Dempster Hwy. – and to the rest of the country. Photo: Charlotte Morritt Jacobs/APTNDecember 4, 2017 – Thunder Bay, OntarioA ceremony starts the hearings for the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls hearings in Thunder Bay. A red jingle dress symbolizing the plight of missing and murdered Indigenous women will sit by the chairs set up for witness throughout the hearings. Photo: Willow Fiddler/APTNDecember 5, 2017 – Thunder Bay, OntarioDiane Hardy, left, with friend Marilyn Nemetegesic. Hardy testified about her sister Doreen who was killed 51 years ago. She also made 500 red dress pins that she gave out to all who attended the inquiry in Thunder Bay. Photo: Willow Fiddler/APTNDecember 6, 2017 – Ottawa, OntarioMarion Buller, the chief commissioner of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls addressed the Assembly of First Nations Special Chiefs Assembly (AFNSCA) Buller gave an hour-long speech with few updates and then took questions from the chiefs and proxies in attendance. A number of people addressed Buller and few were complimentary about how the inquiry was being run. Jocelyn Wabano Iahtail was one of the first at the microphone. “You give us our inquiry back,” she told Buller. “Without ceremony, it’s a gong show.” Photo: APTNThe harshest criticism came from Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO) Grand Chief Sheila North. “You’re probably a brilliant person but you’re not a brilliant commissioner,” North said. “I’m actually repulsed that you’re here, showing no emotion. We need to see you resign. We see a commission that’s falling apart. You need to go.” In the end, the AFNSCA voted 48-15 for Buller to resign. December 12, 2017 – Winnipeg, ManitobaDavid Serkoak pours over the exhibit Rights of Passage: Canada at 150 at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg.  In 1949 the Ahiarmiut was one of the Inuit communities forced to move by the Canadian government.They were relocated five times before finally settling in Eskimo Point, which is now known as Arviat. Serkoak was five-years-old when he had to move during the second relocation to Henik Lake in 1957. “The government had a tent for us with a bit of ration in each tent. When the food ran out then everyone started to wonder where they were going to get food for the next day for their families.” Photo: Brittany Hobson/APTNDecember 19, 2017 – Ottawa, OntarioAboriginal Team Ontario holds tryouts for its hockey team on Parliament Hill where a hockey rink was built at a cost of $5.7 million. The rink will be donated to a community at the end of January. Photo: Jason LerouxDecember 19, 2017 – Toronto, OntarioDelilah Saunder, advocate for Indigenous rights and member of the national MMIWG inquiry’s family advisory circle was rushed to an Ottawa hospital in critical condition with acute liver failure. She was then transferred to Toronto.  Her family said the emergency was caused by a combination of using acetaminophen to deal with wisdom tooth pain and drinking alcohol. Consuming alcohol within six months of needing a new liver eliminated her from a possible transplant under protocols of the Trillium Gift of Life Network, which regulates organ donation in Ontario. Saunders has since been released from the hospital after recovering. Saunder sister Loretta was murdered in 2014. December 21, 2017 – Vancouver, B.CA B.C court sided with two fish farm companies and granted them an injunction against protestors Karissa Glendale and Molina Dawson who are trying to stop operations. The activists say there is proof that the farms are affecting wild salmon and ecology. Photo: Laurie Hamelin/[email protected]center_img On a quiet evening in July, Labrador land protectors had gathered at what they call the ‘peace camp’ across the road from the main gate to Nalcor Energy’s construction site at Muskrat Falls. This has been the base for ongoing rallies against the controversial hydroelectric project. Brooklyn Wolfrey and her family stopped by to show support and the young Inuk girl drummed and sang in Inuktitut. Video: Trina Roache/APTNJuly 2-9, 2017 – Treaty Six Territory, Alberta Indigenous nations from around the globe travel to Treaty Six Territory for the World Indigenous Games. July 4, 2017 – Thunder Bay, OntarioBarbara Kentner dies at the age of 34. In January Kentner was walking down the street with her sister and was hit by a trailer hitch thrown from a car. Brayden Bushby was later charged with her death. July 4, 2017 – Edmonton, Alberta Alberta’s top court orders a new trial for Bradley Barton, above left, after, in 2015, a jury acquitted him of first-degree murder in the 2011 death of Cree mother Cindy Gladue, beside Barton on the right. Gladue’s sexual history was bantered around the courtroom without following a procedure to have that history introduced and she was frequently referred to as “the prostitute” and “the Native girl” by lawyers in the case. Gladue bled to death in Barton’s hotel bathroom from an extensive wound in her vagina. Photo: Court exhibit.July 11, 2017 – Boston Flats, British ColumbiaA photo of what is left of the community of Boston Flats, 90 km west of Kamloops after a wildfire. The community was evacuated and the interior of B.C. would fight fires for the rest of the summer.  Photo: Tina House/APTNJuly 11, 2017 – Saskatoon, SaskatchewanThe country is shocked when Marilyn Poitras, a Metis commissioner of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls resigns. “It is clear to me that I am unable to perform my duties as a Commissioner with the process designed in its current structure,” Poitras wrote to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in her letter of resignation.July 13, 2017 – London, Ontario Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU) charge two police officers with the death of Debra Chrisjohn, 39, a member of the Oneida Nation of the Thames. According to the release from the SIU, Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Const. Mark McKillop, and London Police Service (LPS) Const. Nicholas Doering are facing one charge each of criminal negligence causing death and failing to provide the necessities of life. The Crown would later drop the charges against McKillop. Photo: FacebookJuly 15, 2017 – Halifax, Nova Scotia Many expected to arrive at a rally in Halifax to see the statue of Edward Cornwallis taken down “Saddam Husein” style. But instead, the monument to the former governor of Nova Scotia was tarped. Cornwallis offered a bounty to anyone who brought him the scalps of Mi’kmaq women, children or men.  Photo: Trina Roache/APTN July 16-23, Toronto, OntarioIn July, Toronto hosted the North American Indigenous Games with athletes coming from every corner of Turtle Island coming to compete. Photo: APTNJuly 19, 2017 – Kitigan Zibi, Quebec Divers with Quebec’s provincial police arrive in the Algonquin community of Kitigan Zibi in Qué., two hours north of Ottawa, searching a tributary that runs through it for Maisy Ojdick, left, and Shannon Alexander, two girls who went missing nearly a decade ago. The police said they received a tip – but nothing was found.July 20, 2017 – Kanehsatake Mohawk TerritoryA land dispute between Mohawks and a neighbouring Québec town of Oka heated up again. If this sounds familiar that’s because Oka and Kanehsatake will forever be known for the events of 1990. And the long shadow of that summer hangs over the sacred pines. Photo: Robbie Purdon/APTNJuly 27, 2017 – Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, Ontario At least eight medical marijuana stores have opened on the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory since the federal Liberals first started talking about legalizing it. But in the eyes of Canada and the band council, what these stores are doing is illegal but others, including a grower APTN has agreed to call Brian, to protect his identity says, “It’s none of Canada’s freaking business what we’re doing on sacred Mohawk territory, okay? We are a sovereign nation we don’t have to answer to Canada and we won’t.” Photo: Tom Fennario/APTNAugust 8, 2017 – Calgary, AlbertaThe City of Calgary was slammed for its lack of Indigenous consultation around the purchase of an art installation called the Bowfort Towers. The new piece of public art is supposed to be inspired by Blackfoot culture but it did not impress the Blackfoot community. “This really does look like burial platforms, said Blackfoot artist Adrian Stimson. “A lot of us are still shaking our heads thinking ‘is this the best thing to have as a welcoming into the city of Calgary?’” Photo: Tamara Pimentel/APTNAugust 9, 2017 – Treaty 8 Territory Dene Elder Francois Paulette from the Smith’s Landing First Nation, and other leaders across Treaty 8 are concerned about the downstream effects the Site C dam will have on the Peace-Athabasca Delta. “This one right now you would notice that the water is very low. in the normal year it would be higher than that,” said Paulette. For Paulette water is a way of life and he feels that livelihood is threatened by the by the Site C dam. Photo: Charlotte Morritt-Jacobs/APTNAugust 9, 2017 – Iqaluit, NunavutIn a territory where every community is a fly-in-community, the new airport in Iqaluit is a big deal for everyone in Nunavut. The $300 million project took two years to complete. Photo: Kent Driscoll/APTNAugust 16, 2017 – Rama First Nation, Ontario Anishinabek First Nations signed a “historic” education self-government agreement with Canada in Rama, north of Toronto. “Wake up. This is no longer a dream,” said Anishinabek Nation Grand Council Chief Patrick Madahbee. It’s the largest self-government agreement signed between the federal government and First Nations based on the number of Nations involved. Photo: Francine Compton/APTNAugust 25, 2017 – Fish farms in British Columbia Hereditary Chief Ernest Alfred and supporters occupied the Swanson Island Fish Farm in British Columbia after a video was released showing deformed and diseased salmon in various fish farms from Campbell River to Alert Bay. The images were shot by hereditary Chiefs George Quocksister Jr. and Alfred with the help of the Sea Shepherd Conservation group. Indigenous communities have been fighting against fish farms for 30 years but the video has brought the issue to the forefront. Photo: Laurie Hamelin/APTNSeptember 6, 2017 – Winnipeg, ManitobaAs fires continued to burn throughout northern Manitoba – more people flooded into Winnipeg. At one point, more than 4,300 people from Wasagamack, St. Theresa Point and Garden Hill First Nations had to be flown out of their communities. Photo; Brittany Hobson/APTNSeptember 7, 2017 – Yellowknife, Northwest TerritoriesHide tanning takes time and resources and not everyone can travel back to their home communities to reconnect. That’s why one Indigenous group is hosting an urban tannery camp in the heart of Yellowknife. Photo: Charlotte Morritt JacobsSeptember 22, 2017 – Chilliwack, British ColumbiaRacial profiling is being blamed for a horror story in the Chilliwack Hospital in British Columbia. Mary Stewart said that after being struck by a semi-truck in the early morning hours, she was allegedly kicked out of the hospital twice.September 25, 2017 – Vancouver, British ColumbiaNearly 30,000 people packed into Vancouver’s downtown core for a reconciliation walk. ‘Walk For Reconciliation’ is a two-kilometre walk capping off British Columbia’s annual reconciliation week. It was the second time for this event – the first was back in 2013 that had 70, 000 participants. Photo: Laurie Hamelin/APTNSeptember 26, 2017 – Smithers, British ColumbiaThe Tears for Justice Walk that precedes the hearings for the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in Smithers, B.C. October 4, 2017 – Ottawa, Ontariolast_img read more

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Trump says ‘100%’ ready to shut down Mexico border

first_imgWashington DC: President Donald Trump said Tuesday he is “100 per cent” prepared to close down the US-Mexico border, warning Congress and Central American governments to take action to stem the flow of migrants into the country. Delays were already rising at several key border crossings as Trump ratcheted up pressure on Democrats in Congress to toughen US laws against illegal immigrants, threatening to hurt the US economy in the name of border security. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”It is a national emergency on the border,” Trump said. If Mexico does not stop migrants from transiting across its territory, and if Congress does not act, he said, “the border’s going to be closed, 100 per cent.” “Sure it’s going to have a negative impact on the economy,” he said. “Security is more important to me than trade.” Trump said Democrats were blocking reforms for political reasons but could fix the problem “in 45 minutes.” He was not specific, but Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen has asked Congress to give border officials the power to forcibly repatriate Central American illegal immigrants, including children who arrived alone, back to their countries. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsThe threat to close the border, which handled some USD612 billion worth of trade in 2018, sent shivers through the economy, and drew warnings from allies of the president. “Closing down the border would have potentially catastrophic economic impact on our country, and I would hope we would not be doing that sort of thing,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said. His call was backed by the Chamber of Commerce, which said in a statement that while it backed immigration reform, closing the border “would inflict severe economic harm on American families, workers, farmers and manufacturers across the United States.” Homeland Security officials said they were preparing for the possibility of a shutdown of at least some border entry points as they divert staff to deal with the flood of migrants from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, expected to hit nearly 100,000 a month. Nielsen cut short an official trip to Europe to return for meetings early Tuesday on the border crisis, and on Monday Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said he would be meeting Nielsen and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on the crisis. Officials said facilities for handling the migrants — who for the moment cannot be sent back after they cross the border and request asylum — are overtaxed and understaffed, creating hazardous conditions.last_img read more

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BJP announces Ravi Kishan as its candidate from Gorakhpur, Praveen Nishad from Sant Kabir Nagar

first_imgNew Delhi/Lucknow: In a surprise move, the BJP on Monday announced Bhojpuri film star Ravi Kishan as its Lok Sabha candidate from Gorakhpur, the bastion of UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, instead of the widely-speculated candidature of sitting MP Praveen Nishad who recently joined the party.Nishad has been fielded from Sant Kabir Nagar, with the BJP dropping sitting MP Sharad Tripathi who had created a political storm by beating a local BJP MLA with shoes. However, Sharad Tripathi’s father, Ramapati Ram Tripathi, has been given BJP ticket from neighbouring Deoria, as per the latest party list of seven candidates in Uttar Pradesh. Ramapati Ram Tripathi was the UP BJP chief during the 2009 Lok Sabha elections. Deoria was represented by former Union minister Kalraj Mishra. Last year, Nishad, a joint candidate of SP-BSP, had defeated BJP’s Upendra Shukla in Gorakhpur in a surprise bypoll win, after Adityanath, who had represented the Lok Sabha seat five times since 1998, became the chief minister. However, Nishad joined the BJP earlier this month and there was speculation that he might be party’s candidate from Gorakhpur. Nishad is son of the Sanjay Nishad, the head of the Nishad Party, which ended its alliance with the SP-BSP last week and joined hands with the BJP. With the list of candidates releases by the party Monday, the BJP has so far announced candidates for 420 Lok Sabha seats for the seven-phase elections which will start on April 11 and continue till May 19. The saffron party has decided to field UP cooperative minister Mukut Bihari from Ambedkarnagar. It has also given ticket to Sangam Lal Gupta from Pratapgarh, the parliamentary constituency that was won by BJP ally Apna Dal in 2014. The party has fielded KP Singh from Jaunpur and Ramesh Bind from Bhadohi, it said.last_img read more