WATCH: Laois musician teams up with Midlands Sign Language group for new love song

first_imgHome News Community WATCH: Laois musician teams up with Midlands Sign Language group for new… NewsCommunity Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory WhatsApp GAA Twitter Twitter GAA “Hopefully this video will give the Midlands ISL Learners Choir the recognition they deserve for the wonderful work they do.”You can watch the video for the track below:SEE ALSO – Laois man comes top of the class in Masters in Organic Farming WhatsApp TAGSJoe SMidlands ISL Learners RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterestcenter_img Facebook A Portlaoise artist is releasing an orginal track featuring the Midland’s Irish Sign Language (ISL) group.Anti-folk artist Joe S is releasing the very special music video for his new single, ‘The Mountain’ with the ISL choir.The video was filmed in the stunning Emo Court with the Midland’s ISL Learners choir who translated the lyrics into beautiful signs.Joe, who has previously performed at Electric Picnic, wrote about why he wanted to collaborate with the Midlands ISL for this love song.“My aim with the video is to bring music to those who couldn’t otherwise enjoy it due to hearing difficulties or deafness.“One of my greatest fears is losing my hearing and I myself have hearing problems so it’s something that’s very close to my heart.“With the help of Midlands ISL Learners Choir, we’ve made a music video that can be enjoyed by all, including the hearing impaired.“The song itself was written about the day I proposed to my then girlfriend on top of Mt Vesuvius in Italy and is a departure from my usual politically themed songs! Previous articleIn Pictures: Almost €5,000 raised for the Cuisle Centre by Laois golf eventNext article‘Funding for Alzheimer Society in Laois/Offaly must be increased,’ – Nolan Siun Lennonhttp://heresosiun.blogspot.ie/2016/09/the-lekkie-piccie-experience.htmlSiún Lennon joined LaoisToday in a full-time capacity after studying Journalism and New Media in the University of Limerick. She hails from Rosenallis and her interests vary from news, sports and politics. By Siun Lennon – 8th August 2019 Facebook Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results GAA Pinterest WATCH: Laois musician teams up with Midlands Sign Language group for new love song 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshinlast_img read more

Stuff the Bus Challenge in Jackson County

first_imgJackson County Public Schools will be holding a “Stuff the Bus” challenge on November 16th and 17th at the Ingles in Sylva to help the less fortunate in the community and attending Jackson Schools.Items that are donated will be used to start a “Comfort Closet” or “Free Store” in each of the nine Jackson County Schools. Students will have a chance to shop at the closet and the store as needed with the help of their School Social Worker or Counselor, in order to give the students the items they may not have access to.Approved donation items include: shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, bath soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, hairbrushes, combs, tissues, mouthwash, feminine products, laundry detergent, dryer sheets, lice-killing shampoo, toilet paper, individually pre-packaged snacks and gently used clothing items.According to statistics, there are currently 44 homeless students currently attending Jackson County Public Schools. Also, of the over 3,700 students enrolled in the county’s schools, 48.63% of the students receive free or reduced lunch.Any church, business, or organization that would like to help or select a focus item to collect for the “Stuff the Bus” challenge should contact Ashley Taylor 586-2311 x1922last_img read more

Picks and Skips of the 2019 Epcot International Festival of the Arts

first_imgGallery Bites: A Trio of Hors d’OeuvresChilled Shrimp with Cucumber Cream Cheese on a CrostinoTraditional Deviled Egg with Candied BaconCrispy Truffled Risotto Ball with Truffle Aioli Share This!Now in its third year, the 2019 Epcot International Festival of the Arts celebrates artistic endeavors across many disciplines – and lucky for us, that includes the culinary arts! Recent years have featured innovative and creative displays of technique and flavors from the festival booths, and this year, with a few new booths and many new dishes, I was looking forward to seeing the festival take even more steps forward in the food scene.Overall, the Festival of the Arts is finally settling into its groove, but there were more misses this year than I’ve noticed in years past. Italy’s L’Arte di Mangiare, America’s The Artist’s Table, Decadent Delights, and Morocco’s Mosaic Canteen are all easy skips in this year’s festival; there are just too many other good dishes to try elsewhere. On the bright side, Deconstructed Dish, Pop Eats, Germany’s Cuisine Classique, Japan’s Takumi Table, and France’s L’Art de la Cuisine Francaise continue to bring solid dishes to the fore, with interesting flavors and presentations mixing to highlight the best this fest can do. Elsewhere, you’ll find hidden gem dishes at Masterpiece Kitchen and Mexico’s El Artista Hambriento (as well as at Refreshment Port, where lobster nachos are all the rage right now).Check out my rundown below of each booth’s offerings, along with my picks and skips to help plan your trip to this year’s festival. As always, click on any photos to enlarge them and get an up-close view of each dish.The Painter’s PalateSmoked Salmon and Cream Gateau with Egg Yolk Cream, Paddlefish Caviar, and Micro-herbsTrio of Savory Croissant DoughnutsWhipped Boursin Garlic & Fine Herbs Cheese with Fresh HerbsChicken Salad with Shaved Fennel and Fresh HerbsSpicy Tuna with Wasabi and Seaweed Salad Mexico is always hit or miss in festivals these days, and I’m happy to report that at least two of their three dishes are picks for me! The seared scallops with ginger-habanero sauce and yucca puree really hit the spot – we hit this booth last during my first day of sampling, and after some underwhelming scallops from The Artist’s Table booth, these scallops really sang. Tender and perfectly seared without being chewy and overdone, these two smaller scallops sat atop a creamy yucca puree (mild in flavor, with a texture much like mashed potatoes) and a tangy sauce that only slightly hinted at the habanero within. Don’t shy away from this dish if you are spice averse – I think it’s still pretty accessible and tasty enough to sample.Also a pick is the returning chocoflan dessert, slightly updated this year. The cake underneath was a tad dense on my portion, but the dark chocolate flavors with the caramel custard is really hard to pass up. It’s also worth noting that this is one of the few dishes where the portions really make it shareable – hard to come by in Epcot festivals these days.I was underwhelmed by the sopes de chilorio, unfortunately. I think the pork could’ve used an injection of flavor, and otherwise everything was very mild and inoffensive, which makes this a skip in my book.The Painted PandaCrystal Mooncake with Fruit Filling and garnished with Toasted CoconutDragon and Phoenix: Spicy Sauteed Shrimp with Spinach NoodlesPlum-Infused Cherry TomatoesThe chewy mooncake continues to be one of the prettier and most fun desserts at the festival; if you like fruity-sweet flavors, this is a definite pick for you! I would certainly skip the dragon and phoenix – portion sizes alone (with 5 noodles and 2-3 shrimp per plate) made it a dish I was not willing to wait 30 minutes in line for during either of my festival visits, particularly when both of these items are served inside Nine Dragons on a regular basis. I’m intrigued by the plum-infused cherry tomatoes, and it looked to be a decent snacking portion, but the booth was out of them the second time I visited after skipping out on my first trip. I’ll have to return to the festival and report back if they’re worth the effort of this always long line.Cuisine ClassiqueRed wine-braised Beef Short Rib with Parsnip Puree, Broccolini, Baby Tomatoes, and Aged BalsamicSeared Corvina with braised Ratatouille and Lemon-Thyme Beurre BlancSaint-Honore Tart with Caramel Cream and Cream PuffsTwo of my top festival picks from last year, the beef short rib and Saint-Honore tart return, continuing to reign supreme over many other festival offerings. The short ribs are both decadent and accessible – picky-eaters would be hard pressed to pass up a bite of good ol’ pot roast, while the dish still satisfies more adventurous diners, too. The Saint-Honore tart is a caramel lover’s dream – creamy, crunchy, with slight hints of salt to elevate the flavors laced throughout, I could eat this every festival visit.L’Arte di MangiareBarbabietoe Dolci, Caprino Fritto: Roasted Candied Beet Salad with Goat Cheese FrittersCostine di Maiale Aceto Balsamico: Sweet & Sour Balsamic-glazed Pork RibsSpuma al Miele d;Arancio: Orange Honey Mousse with Peaches and Mint-Marjoram CreamItaly’s food booth continues to divide festival fans – I was enthusiastic that their offerings would be great this year after those tasty ricotta fritters from last year and a good showing at last year’s Food and Wine festival, but alas, it was not to be. In short, the booth is entirely a skip. The roasted beet salad was covered in crunchy kosher salt to the point of being inedible (though the goat cheese fritters were nicely fried, still not enough to recover the whole dish). The ribs were… odd. Most of our party commented on how the whole booth and surrounding area smelled like soy sauce, a rather odd flavor to be coming from the Italy booth. The meat was a bit paltry and mealy, and did indeed taste like soy sauce (I imagine this is what burnt balsamic tastes like). The orange honey mousse was largely flavorless – it was like eating air; very expensive air.The Artist’s TableBeef Wellington with Mushroom Bordelaise, Fennel Cream, and Roasted Baby VegetablesPan-Seared Scallop with Chorizo, Roasted Red Pepper Coulis, and Parmesan CrispI wanted to like both of these dishes, but neither was appealing enough to continue eating after even one bite. The beef wellington was both mushy and tough, a remarkable feat, and had little to no mushroom or fennel flavor anywhere on the plate. As mentioned earlier, the pan-seared scallop here was vastly inferior to the Mexico booth’s scallop dish; this was tough, over-cooked, and lacking any flavor, alongside a flavorless red pepper sauce and a relish with chorizo that also did not have flavor (do you know how hard it is to make chorizo taste like nothing?). Unanimously, my dining party thought the only good thing about either dish was the parmesan crisp atop the scallop, which I think makes this booth a resounding skip.Takumi TableTaiyaki: Fish-shaped Japanese Sweet Stuffed Pastry with Red Bean Paste topped with Whipped Cream and Sesame CustardSushi Donut: Donut-shaped sushi featuring Salmon, Tuna, Shrimp, Avocado, and Masago accented with Citrus-soy gelee and Wasabi on the sideAfter two very disappointing booths, the Japan booth will cheer you up. Both the taiyaki and the sushi donut are must-try dishes, in my opinion. The taiyaki is a fun, traditional Japanese dessert beginning to make waves here in the US of late – sweet pastry, almost waffle-like in texture, filled with sweet red bean paste and a tiny dollop of whipped cream is sure to please most anyone who tries it. The sushi donut is an equally-successful crowd-pleaser, with one caveat – you’ll likely have to wait a while to get one. During the first festival weekend, I ended up waiting about 15 minutes for my order, as they’d run out of fish (the sushi chef inside the booth joked they had to go catch some more). It was, however, entirely worth the wait. It may seem like a lot of rice, but this is about the equivalent of a 6 or 8 piece roll in size, with a decent amount of fresh seafood, to boot. The citrus-soy gelee served in the middle of the donut means you don’t even have to douse this in soy sauce packets from the booth to hit the spot.Mosaic CanteenSpiced Beef with Pine Nuts, Dried Cherries, Hummus, and Pita ChipsMediterranean Flatbread with Za’atar, Olive Oil Artichoke, Olives, Mozzarella, and Feta CheeseChebbakia: Hand-twisted strips of fried dough coated with Honey, Rosewater, and Sesame SeedsLast year, I highlighted the hummus trifle (known this year as the spiced beef with hummus), and was pleasantly surprised at how palatable it was. I was disappointed to find that this year’s portion was a bit smaller and not worth the asking price, so I instead sampled the Mediterranean Flatbread in hopes of being wowed – in short, I was not. This dish is a definite skip – it’s a large portion, overall, but it’s mostly pita bread with very little toppings on it. The best part of the dish was the delicious sauce drizzled on top (the very same from the hummus fries famous from festivals and Spice Road Table). Also a skip, and probably one of my least favorite dishes of the day, were the chebbakia. I’m not sure if I disliked the texture of these because they were stale, or just not my cup of tea, but they were unappetizingly chewy and didn’t taste like much of anything. Additionally, this dessert is a whopping $7 for essentially 4 bites of food, which wouldn’t have been a good value, even had they been tasty.L’Art de la Cuisine FrancaiseCrème de Brie en Petit Pain: Warm Creamy Brie in a House-made Bread BowlDariole de Saumon a la Provencale, Sauce Beurre Blanc, Fleuron: Salmon Terrine with Zucchini and Tomato, Beurre Blanc Sauce, Puff Pastry FleuronMoelleux Aux Chocolats Valrhona: Molten Chocolate Cake with Pure Origin Valrhona ChocolateNow, I’m not one to complain about cheese and bread, but I did find the warm creamy brie dish to be a little more style over substance than I wanted. Don’t get me wrong – the cheese was excellent and the bread bowl, even slightly stale, was a great delivery vehicle, but I wanted a slice of crisp green apple or some grapes to help offer a little sweet or acidity to the cheese party. The salmon dish is slightly changed from last year, with the fish presented in a terrine rather than playfully draped in the puff pastry itself. The texture definitely improved as a result, making this a more palatable option for me, though this is certainly one of the fussier dishes of the festival and not really meant for pickier eaters. The true crowd pleaser, and honestly probably one of my top festival picks overall, has to be the molten chocolate cake. This was a masterpiece in chocolate flavor, hitting every deep, dark note you want from something that is meant to be rich and gooey. Is it original? Absolutely not. Is it innovative? Nope. But it’s darn tasty, and that’s enough for me.The Masterpiece KitchenWild Mushroom Risotto, Aged Parmesan, Truffle Shavings, and Zinfandel ReductionCharcuterie Palette with Artisan Cured Meats and CheesesVanilla, Rosewater, and Pistachio Panna CottaMasterpiece Kitchen continues to be a consistent favorite for me, with the rich and earthy wild mushroom risotto (still served up in reasonable portions) and the well-curated and adorably-presented charcuterie palette. For wine drinkers, this is a great stop, and these two dishes make excellent savory snack-alongs for your sips. I would skip the pistachio panna cotta, though – it’s most gelatin and unflavored sweet air here, which is unfortunate but means you’ll have more room for other better options.What are your picks and skips for the 2019 Festival of the Arts? Let me know in the comments below!center_img Pop’t ArtWhite Chocolate Figment PuzzleMickey & Pluto White Chocolate PaintingFestival of the Arts White Chocolate PaintingThe Painter’s Palate booth, located in the Odyssey Festival Showplace, still shiny and spiffy after its recent renovation as a festival center, adds one dish to its menu this year. Unfortunately, both days I visited the festival during opening weekend, technical issues prevented me from trying the Smoked Salmon and Cream Gateau. It sounds pretty innovative and perhaps worth a shot, but the trio of savory cronuts remains my top pick – the gimmick of the cronut has saturated Disney food thoroughly by this point, but the quality flavors of the creamy chicken salad and spicy tuna toppings for two of these bites (plus, who doesn’t love cheesy, garlicky anything?) is enough to keep this as a must-try for me.At this booth (and all booths), I’d skip the white chocolate paintings. They’re cute to look at, but even in the dead of Florida winter, they quickly disintegrate outside, and they’re really just white chocolate at the highest possible cost – there are too many other great desserts (kid-friendly, too!) to go for these.The Deconstructed DishDeconstructed BLT with Crispy Pork Belly, Tomato Jam, and Soft-Poached EggDeconstructed Reuben with Shredded Corned Beef, Thousand Island Dressing, Pickled Red Cabbage, and a Rye CurlDeconstructed Strawberry CheesecakeThe Deconstructed Dish is better described as Fussy Family Favorites, and honestly, if that doesn’t sound up your alley, your best bet is to skip this booth in favor of a few others we’ll get to later. I happen to enjoy this booth’s offerings, on the whole – familiar flavors wrapped in a new package are a fun way to jump in to “fancy” food, particularly for kids and picky eaters, and bonus: because these dishes are deconstructed, if there’s a part that you don’t want to eat, it’s pretty easy to avoid.My pick for this booth continues to be the Deconstructed BLT with Crispy Pork Belly – really, how do you say no to pork belly? One caveat for this dish is to try to order it during a busy time of day – you definitely want a super-fresh version of this, as it makes the pork belly and the poached egg shine best. I still wish this dish had a little crouton or breadcrumbs at the very least – a true BLT is loaded with crunchy textures and this misses that altogether, but the salty-sweet juxtaposition of the bacon and tomato jam is can’t miss for me.The Deconstructed Strawberry Cheesecake is a skip, if only because of its simplicity; basically, this dish is cheesecake mousse with strawberry topping you’ve had a million times and an unremarkable sugar cookie. It is delicious, but it is not innovative unless you are a particularly picky eater.Decadent DelightsWhite Chocolate and Purple Sweet Potato Mousse with Caramel, Coconut, and Maple MeringueChocolate, Peanut Butter, and Pretzel CrunchLemon-Blood Orange TartArtist Palette Jumbo Chocolate Chip CookieThe dessert-centric booth returns this year with an honestly underwhelming selection of treats. The white chocolate and purple sweet potato mousse was a rave for me last year, but I’ve softened on it since – upon sampling it again the first festival weekend, I found little flavor except “sweet” present, and no real focus. The chocolate and peanut butter dessert needed more of both flavors, and less stale pretzels all over the plate. The lemon-blood orange tart was the best out of the three desserts I sampled, but it lacked the true tart punch I’d expect from those two fruits, with the blood orange playing second fiddle to a too-sweet and dense crust. Overall, I’d skip this booth altogether and stick to other desserts.Pop EatsSous-Vide Poulet Rouge Chicken Roulade with Apples and Sage served with Warm Brie Fondue, Blueberry, and Beet GelShirmp Ceviche with Lime-Mint FoamAlmond Frangipane Cake layered with Raspberry Jam and Callebaut Belgian ChocolatePop’t ArtPop Eats is always one of my favorite booths, and this year is no exception. I love the sweet-tart-richness of the decadent Almond Frangipane Cake, artfully crafted to look like a Mondrian painting (how cool is that?!). Nearly every time I drop into the festival, I find myself grabbing a slice of this cake, which is both style AND substance wrapped into a few small bites. Also a pick? The chicken roulade, which combines fall and winter flavors beautifully. I still can’t believe this dish is being served in a theme park – it’s as complex in execution as it is in flavors, balancing all the sweet fruits and tender chicken with the sage and brie perfectly. Both of these dishes are definite picks to give a try.El Artista HambrientoSopes de Chilorio: Slow-braised Pork marinated in Ancho Chili Paste served on Fried Corn Dough with Black Beans, Queso Oaxaca, Crema Mexicana, and Salsa VerdeCallo de Hacha em Salsa de Jengibre y Habanero: Two Seared Scallops with Ginger-Habanero Sauce atop Yucca PureeChocoflan: Creamy Mexican Custard and Chocolate Sponge Cake topped with Cajeta and Hazelnuts last_img read more

Talis Takes on Amazon With Pot of Structured Data in the Sky

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting marshall kirkpatrick By making available databases of human genomic data, US census records and other data of public interest, the Amazon Public Data Sets are an incredible resource. They’re like a 21st century Public Library for robots to patronize. In this emerging era of flourishing data-centric applications, though, the state of the art never stands still.Forty year old British technology platform Talis (background) announced this week that it now offers free, perpetual storage and keyless API access to semantically marked-up large data sets. The offering is called the Talis Connected Commons and it’s the kind of thing that anyone with a geekish imagination can get excited about.The SettingIf the current web economy is being rocked by easy publishing systems that make the people formerly known as “consumers” capable of publishing and socializing around content of their own creation – then the next step of internet evolution may come in the form of automated systems able to process meaning and patterns out of large amounts of user-created and other information. When structured, free and available programmatically in bulk – that data is like a big pot of gold for developers. While Amazon offers free access to data sets, transport of the data is still paid for by users. The Talis Connected Commons also offers an API by default (a SPARQl end point, in particular) and is focused specifically on semantic data. The system is made for public sharing – two variations of Creative Commons licenses are supported for the data stored there. Talis is requesting that data set owners email a short description of their content to the company for approval and inclusion on the site.In other words, there’s no gold in the pot yet. Talis is more than well established and this offering is aimed at such a sweet spot that the only way the Connected Commons won’t be filled with good data is if the company totally drops the ball. We don’t expect that to happen.The PlotThis project is in the same vein as Nova Spivak’s forthcoming ontology authoring and hosting service, the vision of open source microblogging as the future of business intelligence and more.There’s a chain of events that news like this helps fill out. First, massive bodies of data are created or gathered, books are scanned, census data is collected, and patients donate their anonymous aggregate medical data to science. Next, the data is semantically analyzed and marked up (through any number of different semantic processing engines). Then, the data is stored and an API is made available (this is where the Talis Connected Commons comes in). Finally, developers build applications that leverage the smart data offered up through the platform, data visualizers find new stories to tell in images built from the marked up data and new relationships between people, organizations and concepts have the mist cleared away from them through systematic analysis of various permutations of previously unavailable structured data.Amazon Public Datasets include things like human genomic data, US census data, and data parsed from Wikipedia. What will the Talis Connected Commons provide a home and API for? We look forward to finding out. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Tags:#Amazon#NYT#Semantic Web#web Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Will railways sponsor CWG 2010?

first_imgWorried about how its money will be used by the Commonwealth Games (GWG) organising committee (OC), the Indian Railways – a key sponsor for the gala event – has voiced concern about giving Rs 100 crore.The railways has sought clarifications from the CWG OC, which is under a cloud on huge financial irregularities, before signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) pledging money to the 2010 Games.Sources told Headlines Today that the railways wants an assurance from the OC that no commission will be paid to the company, hired to secure sponsorships for the major sporting event scheduled in October, from its donation.The CWG OC has hired a foreign marketing and management firm – SMAM – which has been promised a cut from all funding made for the conduct of Games.The railways’ objection could lead to a string of similar rigid approaches from other public sector sponsors, including Central Bank of India, Air India and National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC), who have promised to pay Rs 50 crore each for the Games.last_img read more

Grassroots hearts may be with AFN women candidates but cold math shows

first_imgBy Jorge BarreraAPTN National NewAndrea Michael says she’s paying close attention to the race for Assembly of First Nations national chief for the first time ever because this year’s field includes four female candidates who could make history by breaking the traditionally male hold on the highest profile position in First Nations politics.Michael, 36, says it’s time for the AFN to be led by a woman.“This is the first time I have ever had this much interest or paid this much attention to an election, specifically because of the women candidates, the female voices,” said Michael, who lives in Cut Knife, Sask., and teaches kindergarten on the Poundmaker Cree Nation. “It is time. Are the old boys ready?”The ‘old boys’ aren’t ready yet, according to some who watch First Nations politics closely.“The chiefs are basically conservative. They are going to go with the devil they know than the ones they don’t know,” said Russ Diabo, a policy analyst who hails from Kahnawake, Que., and has been involved and watched AFN politics for 30 years.“If we elect a woman, it will be a watershed moment,” said Doug Cuthand, a prominent columnist who writes on First Nations issues in Saskatchewan. “At the grassroots level, they’ll vote in a woman chief, but it’s the old fogies at the national level that have to catch up….Quite frankly, the chiefs out here are very conservative, they are not going to vote for a woman, they’ll vote for a guy first.”Incumbent national chief Shawn Atleo is the assumed front-runner in the race, but he’s facing one of the largest fields in the history of AFN elections.The AFN is an organization created to champion First Nation issues at the national level.Atleo is facing challenges from two AFN vice-chiefs including George Stanley, from the Cree First Nation of Frog Lake in Alberta, and Bill Erasmus, the Dene Nation chief from the Northwest Territories. Former Ojibway Manitoba chief Terry Nelson, who garnered 10 per cent of the vote in the previous election which Atleo won, is also in the running.It’s the four women in the race, including three lawyers, however, that is setting this race apart.Vying for the national chief’s position are: Ellen Gabriel, a Mohawk from Kanesatake who rose to prominence as a spokesperson during the Oka crisis, Joan Jack, an Ojibway lawyer from the Berens River First Nation, former Treaty 3 grand chief Diane Kelly, a lawyer from Ojibways of Onigaming First Nation, and Pam Palmater, a Mi’kmaq lawyer and professor at Ryerson university.These women candidates have drawn a high level of interest from grassroots First Nations people who have taken to Twitter and Facebook to voice their hope the July 18 election in Toronto makes history.“Women candidates for chief have won the hearts of the people already, pay attention gentlemen,” tweeted Barbara Low.“Women are doers! It’s time!” wrote Brenda Morrison on APTN‘s Facebook page.Women were traditionally the political leaders among the Indigenous nations in Canada before colonization, said Lois Frank, 56, from the Blood Tribe in Alberta.Their place, however, was dislodged through the Indian Act, which erased a woman’s Indian status if she married a non-status man. It wasn’t until 1985, through Bill C-31 that women were able to retain their status. In 2011, as a result of a court ruling, the government passed Bill C-3 which allowed those women to pass on their status to grandchildren.“Women had a lot of power, but, because of the Indian Act, women became non-persons unless indentified with a father or husband,” said Frank, a former Calgary female entrepreneur of the year who is facing court date next Wednesday on charges stemming from a blockade against trucks on her reserve in 2011 which were on route to a fracking operation. “It took courageous women to change that. Native women are not respected as they should be.”While the hearts and hopes of many grassroots people may be with the women candidates in this year’s race, the AFN election’s cold math and rules may be too much for any of them to overcome.Band chiefs are the only ones who can choose a national chief who needs at least 60 per cent of the vote to win. There are only about 630 available votes and with regional politics in play it’s extremely difficult for an outsider to upend the status quo and take the election.As it stands, it appears Atleo has solid support in British Columbia which holds the largest number of votes with about 198. And, according to sources, Atleo has broad support in Ontario, which carries the second largest block of potential votes with about 133.Even with the strong, as one Alberta chief put it, “anybody-but-Atleo” sentiment among many chiefs in the prairies, it may not be enough to knock him off.“(Atleo) has a strong B.C. base…I can’t see too many bolting,” said Diabo. “He’ll have 200 to 300 votes out of the gate.”While poverty rates continue to rise and infrastructure on reserves continues to crumble across the country, Diabo said most of the chiefs are not willing to gamble by choosing an AFN leader who could cause trouble with Ottawa.“Everyone is afraid they’ll lose their funding. That is what’s keeping everyone there,” said Diabo. “The dependency on the federal fiscal transfers has everybody trapped.”According to Cuthand, however, the chiefs are in danger of losing all their legitimacy unless they begin to reflect the will of their grassroots instead of their self interest to keep funds flowing.“The chiefs are going to have to get relevant or be irrelevant,” said Cuthand. “If they try to protect their projects, they are going to find that they are going to be taken over by events.”For Colby Tootoosis, 30, a band councillor for the Poundmaker Cree Nation and former co-chair of the AFN youth council, it’s time for chiefs to stop fearing the word “radical” because the stakes are too high to hope change will come sometime down the road.“We need to pick up the pace. I think radical isn’t a bad thing in terms of what is really at stake and how close we are to becoming strangers in our own lands,” said Tootoosis. “Our people don’t need politicians; we need leaders who are willing to speak the truth.”Whoever becomes the next AFN national chief, Frank hopes they’ll move the organization closer to the people.“The AFN really has to change their image. They are seen as disconnected from the people,” she said.Michael echoes the sentiment.“The First Nation-Crown gathering was such a long way from the dirt roads back home on the rez,” said Michael, who is from Beardy’s and Okemasis First Nation in Saskatchewan. “There is so much frustration out there and people have had it.”[email protected]last_img read more

Nova Scotia orders millions of grams of cannabis ahead of October legalization

first_imgHALIFAX – Nova Scotia’s cannabis retailer has placed its first orders for recreational weed — 3.75 million grams worth.Bret Mitchell, president of the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation, says 78 strains have been ordered from 14 vendors ahead of legalization on Oct. 17.“We have done our homework and believe the 78 strains we have ordered will provide customers with a varied product assortment,” Mitchell said in a statement. “We have carefully selected the strains and will adjust our inventory based on customer preference.”The NSLC said it expects to order about 15 million grams in the first year.The cannabis will be sold in clearly demarcated areas of 11 NSLC stores that also sell alcohol, while one downtown Halifax store will be the province’s lone pot-only retail outlet.It will be sold in five formats: flower, seeds, pre-rolls, oil and gel caps.The NSLC says it will carry 282 cannabis products and 21 accessories.“I’m extremely proud of our employees for their diligence in bringing this new product category to market in a responsible way. Our focus has always been, and will remain, on the responsible retailing of this new product category,” Mitchell said.last_img read more

Mens Hockey No 5 Ohio States 7game home win streak snapped with

Red Shirt junior goalie Sean Romeo (30) dives for a save in the shutout against Michigan tonight Jan. 26, 2018 at the Schottenstein Center in Columbus, OH. Credit: Ethan Clewell | For The LanternSpecial teams could not save the No. 5 Ohio State men’s hockey team (18-6-4, 11-6-1-0) in a 6-3 loss to an aggressive and balanced Michigan State (10-17-1, 4-13-1-1). Saturday night’s loss snapped a seven-game home winning streak and split the weekend series at the Schottenstein Center.Ohio State’s special teams went 3-for-5 on the power play and a perfect 4-for-4 on the penalty kill, but the Buckeyes’ 5-on-5 play struggled against the Spartan defense.“That’s the difference. You look at the stat sheet here, when you win the special teams’ battle, you’re gonna win that game most of the time,” Ohio State head coach Steve Rohlik said. “That tells you how bad we were defensively, and it tells you how good Michigan State was.”  The Spartans came out flying, potting two goals in the game’s opening 10 minutes.Michigan State sophomore defenseman Butrus Ghafari feathered a wrister from center point through traffic to get past redshirt junior goalie Sean Romeo.Then Spartan freshman forward Austin Kamer gathered the puck along the half-wall and threw a simple shot on goal past the glove hand of Romeo.Throughout the first period, Michigan State pinned the Buckeyes in their own zone using its aggressive forecheck. The Buckeyes had a chance late in the period on the power play, but that aggressive Spartan forecheck took the puck from behind Romeo, resulting in a short-handed goal off the stick of sophomore forward Patrick Khodorenko to stretch the Michigan State lead to three goals.“They came out and worked extremely hard like they do, we knew that was coming,” Rohlik said. “We just made some untimely mistakes, again you can’t give good teams like that and spot them a lead like that.”  The Buckeyes totaled 30 shots on goal, but it could’ve been more with the Spartans getting in front of the shooting lanes, frustrating shooters for the Buckeyes.“We know they always put their body on the line,” senior forward Matthew Weis said. “Like coach [Rohlik] said, they are a good team. We just didn’t play our best tonight.”   Midway through the second period, Michigan State freshman forward David Keefer took the puck across the crease and appeared to roof it over a sprawling Romeo for his second goal of the season.Confusion surrounded whether the puck crossed the goal line, which led to a lengthy review that eventually confirmed Keefer’s goal. Rohlik was appalled by the officials’ indecision.“I really don’t even know what to say anymore, to be honest with you,” Rohlik said. “We’ve got video replay to have someone make a call, not say, ‘Well, we’re not sure.’”    The Michigan State attack continued with a goal from senior defenseman Carson Gratt to give his team a 5-1 lead, which ended Romeo’s night. Romeo finished the game with 12 saves on 17 shots. Freshman goalie Tommy Napier took over for Ohio State and made all six saves.The Buckeyes could not seem to get out of their own way, handling the puck poorly, and it cost them three points in the Big Ten standings.“The problem tonight was we had some momentum going, all of the sudden, there was a breakdown the other way,” Rohlik said. “Next thing you know, they’ve got a guy behind our ‘D’ and walking in on the goaltending. We just had too many defensive breakdowns tonight for our team.”   Next week, the Buckeyes will travel to face No. 2 Notre Dame for a crucial Big Ten weekend series. The puck will drop at 7:35 p.m. Friday and 7 p.m. Saturday. Both games will be played at the Compton Family Ice Arena. read more

Depay refuses to rule out AC Milan move

first_imgLyon’s Memphis Depay has refused to rule out a move to AC Milan in the upcoming summer transfer windowThe former Manchester United forward has revitalised his career at Lyon after a disappointing spell at Old Trafford and has reportedly emerged as one of the primary targets for Milan technical director Massimiliano Mirabelli.The Dutch international has been watched by the Serie A side in recent weeks with Milan rumored to be prepared to launch a summer bid for Depay, according to multiple reports in the Italian press.Depay played for Holland in their recent 3-0 win over the Euro 2016 champions Portugal and refused to close the door on the prospect of lining up for Milan at the San Siro in the future.Opinion: Neymar will earn respect back from the PSG fans Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After completing his incredible return to Parc des Princes, we predict that Neymar will earn the respect back from PSG supporters.The situation between Neymar…“I’m focused on Lyon. I live day by day. I get up every morning and thank God for giving me the opportunity to play football,” said the 24 year-old, according to Eurosport.“If clubs are interested in me, this is certainly not the time to talk about it.“But AC Milan are a great club and a great team with a great history, but there are a lot of big clubs around the world.”last_img read more

Hugo Lloris determined to end Spurs wait for silverware

first_imgTottenham captain and goalkeeper Hugo Lloris hopes that 2019 will be the year where they finally claim some silverwareSince manager Mauricio Pochettino’s arrival in 2014, Spurs have grown into regular top-four finishers in the Premier League and they’ve reached the Champions League knockout stages for the past two seasons.However, Spurs haven’t won a trophy since their EFL Cup triumph over Chelsea in February 2008 – who they will face in the semi-finals of the same competition next month.Lloris, who captained France to the 2018 World Cup title in the summer, is hoping to change that come to the end of the season.“This [winning silverware] is what we work for,” said Lloris, according to Daily Mirror.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“We know we are in the Premier League and there are a lot of contenders, big teams, big players, and that is why we are excited to be here.“We are in the most competitive country, so we keep working with the same mentality and do our best.“We have shown in the past that Tottenham is very competitive and we are reducing the gap with the best.”Spurs, who dropped to third and nine points behind Premier League leaders Liverpool after a shock 3-1 home defeat to Wolves, will meet Cardiff City on Tuesday.last_img read more