“Happy Death Day” Beat “Blade Runner 2049” to Win the Box Office

first_img“Blade Runner 2049” falls to #2 after bringing in another $15.1 million.  It’s now surpassed $60 million in two weeks, which SOUNDS good, except that it cost about $150 million to make. 1.  NEW:  “Happy Death Day”, $26.5 million.2.  “Blade Runner 2049”, $15.1 million.  Up to $60.6 million in its 2nd week.3.  NEW:  “The Foreigner”, $12.8 million.4.  “It”, $6.1 million.  Up to $314.9 million in its 6th week.5.  “The Mountain Between Us”, $5.7 million.  Up to $20.5 million in its 2nd week.6.  “American Made”, $5.4 million.  Up to $40.2 million in its 3rd week.7.  “Kingsman: The Golden Circle”, $5.3 million.  Up to $89.7 million in its 4th week.8.  “The Lego Ninjago Movie”, $4.3 million.  Up to $51.6 million in its 4th week.9.  “My Little Pony: The Movie”, $4 million.  Up to $15.5 million in its 2nd week.10.  “Victoria and Abdul”, $3.1 million.  Up to $11.3 million in its 4th week. People are officially in the Halloween spirit.  The new horror movie “Happy Death Day” won the box office this Friday the 13th weekend, with an opening take of $26.5 million.  That’s outstanding for a movie with a budget under $5 million.center_img Here’s the Top 10:last_img read more

Springboks win 2009 Tri-Nations

first_img14 September 2009South Africa secured the 2009 Tri-Nations title with a 32-29 win over New Zealand in Hamilton on Saturday. It was the Springboks’ fifth win from six Tri-Nations matches.After the Boks’ somewhat flat display against the Wallabies the previous weekend in Brisbane, where the Australians notched a 21-6 win, SA captain John Smit had come in for plenty of criticism. Against the Kiwis, he answered his critics with an inspired display.He was solid in the scrums and won a hugely important penalty on the hour mark when he overpowered Tony Woodcock with the All Blacks deep in South African territory. He also put in the tackle of the night, smashing Brad Thorn back and forcing the lock to cough up the ball in what some deemed a measure of revenge for Thorn’s spear tackle on Smit in last season’s Tri-Nations competition.InspirationalSmit was also, as usual, inspirational in his role as a leader. The general opinion among leading experts is that he is the finest international captain in the game today.The skipper was well backed up by his deputy Victor Matfield, who was in imperious form at lineout time, turning the All Blacks’ throw-ins into a lottery, and a losing one at that most of the time.In fact, New Zealand failed to win a single lineout in the first half. When they eventually won one in the second half their attempt to move the ball wide went horribly wrong when Jean de Villiers intercepted a Daniel Carter pass and sprinted away for a try.Another of the senior players, Fourie du Preez, was superb in the manner in which he controlled the game from the base of the scrum. Opinion is fairly united that he is the best number nine in the game at present.SensationalAnd Francois Steyn, in his final match before joining French club Racing Metro, was simply sensational with three long-distance kicks at goal. His first kick, from South Africa’s 10-metre line, 60 metres long, silenced the Hamilton crowd. He then followed that up with others successful kicks from 58 and 52 metres.Captain Smit described Steyn’s boot as a “siege gun”.Besides winning the Tri-Nations, South Africa’s third win of the season was the first time the Springboks had managed the feat of three wins in succession over the All Blacks since 1949, when Felix du Plessis, the father of Morne du Plessis, led SA to a 4-0 sweep of New Zealand in South Africa.When South Africa won 30-28 in Dunedin last year, it was the Boks first win in New Zealand in 10 years. Now they have managed two in as many years.Behind earlyThe game got off to a disappointing start for the Springboks when captain Smit was blown up for obstructing while supporting Matfield as he fielded the kick off. It was a disputable award by referee Nigel Owens, but it cost the South Africa as Daniel Carter landed his shot at goal.In the fifth minute, the All Blacks were penalised for going offsides at a ruck. When Francois Steyn indicated he wanted to kick for goals, there were some who laughed at the idea of a 60-metre attempt. When the kick went over, the Waikato Stadium was stunned, causing the shouts to die down in the throats of New Zealand supporters.Three minutes later, Steyn was at it again. Strong defence from the Springboks led to Stephen Donald holding onto the ball on the ground. The SA fullback knocked over another big kick to put South Africa 6-3 in front.LevelThe first scrum took place after about a quarter of an hour. It went down when Bok skipper Smit slipped. Slips are supposed to result in reset scrums, but even though referee Owens acknowledged that it was a slip he awarded a penalty to New Zealand. Carter took advantage of the opportunity to level the scores at 6-6.Only three minutes later, the Boks, despite having played most of the game in their half, were back in the lead. This time it was Morne Steyn who provided the points, calming slotting a drop goal.Midway through the half the Springboks scored the first try of the contest.TryScrumhalf Du Preez hoisted a high-up-and-under onto Joe Rokocoko. Under pressure from the SA number nine, Rokocoko failed to field the ball. Mils Muliaina also couldn’t gather it up, but Bakkies Botha could. He drove towards the tryline and was brought down only a metre short. Du Preez was back up in support and sold a dummy to the short side before forcing his way over for the try.The Springboks’ 10-point lead was soon reduced to seven points when the South African forwards were penalised for entering a ruck from the side. Carter was pinpoint in his accuracy from a difficult angle to make the score 16-9.Fullback Steyn was back to punish the All Blacks shortly after that, converting another penalty from the halfway line to put the Springboks 10 points clear again.FrustrationNew Zealand’s frustration, which was compounded by their inability to win a lineout, cost them points in the 32nd minute when Kieran Read shoulder-charged Bryan Habana after the whistle had sounded. Morne Steyn made them pay with a three-pointer that extended South Africa’s advantage to 22-9.Carter, with another assured kick, made it 22-12 two minutes later after the Boks were blown up for going offsides at a ruck.The teams turned with South Africa in the driving seat; Coming into the game, New Zealand knew they needed wins over the Springboks and Australia, and at least one bonus point, as well as to keep the Boks without a point, in order to be in with a shout if winning the Tri-Nations. It wasn’t going well for the home side.South Africa began the second half strongly, forcing New Zealand to play from inside their half. A drive for the line by Bismarck du Plessis was stopped when SA was blown up for accidental obstruction only five metres from the whitewash.Captain John Smit earned high-fives all round when he crushed Brad Thorn in a tackle, driving the big lock backwards in the air as the ball flew forwards out of his hands and gave the Springboks possession.InterceptionIn the 51st minute, the All Blacks finally won a lineout. They tried to run the ball, but Jean de Villiers read the move perfectly and intercepted Carter’s pass with ease before racing away to score under the posts. Morne Steyn added the extras to put South Africa over two converted tries clear at 29-12 ahead.Four minutes later, the All Blacks hit back. Jimmy Cowan took a quick penalty and fed the ball left. Isaia Toeava, on for Donald, took the outside gap and fed Sitiveni Sivivatu, who went over for the try. Carter’s boot was smoking hot and his conversion attempt was again on the money. 29-19 to the Springboks.Just after the hour-mark, Carter punished Bakkies Botha for side entry at a ruck with a penalty kick that made it 29-22.With 10 minutes to go, the gap was back to 10 points. A clever kick into space by Fourie du Preez left mils Muliaina isolated at the back with Habana and Jaque Fourie on top of him when he field the ball. He was forced to hold onto it on the ground, resulting in a penalty to South Africa. The dependable Morne Steyn slotted the penalty to make it 32-22.The All Blacks were desperately trying to haul in the Springboks, giving the ball air and trying to move it wide, but time after time John Smit and company put in punishing hits to stop the home team’s momentum.Cross kickFinally, with two minutes left on the clock, Carter found captain Richie McCaw with a superb cross kick on the right hand touchline, right on the Springboks’ try line. McCaw fell over for the try and Carter duly converted from the sideline to make it 32-29.The All Blacks surged back onto the attack, looking for a last gasp win and once again they tried to catch the Springboks out with a cross kick to the corner from Carter. His kick, however, passed just over the outstretched arms of lock Isaac Boss and went into touch.The final whistle sounded and South Africa had won their third Tri-Nations title and their first since 2004.South Africa’s trophy cabinet now includes the Tri-Nations trophy, the World Cup, the Nelson Mandela Challenge Plate (for beating Australia overall in the Tri-Nations), the Freedom Cup (for beating New Zealand overall in the Tri-Nations), the British and Irish Lion series trophy, the Super 14 trophy, and the IRB Sevens World Series Trophy. It’s been an excellent year for the country’s rugby teams.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Future Friday: Freelance Work and Lifelong Education

first_imgOriginally posted on Omega HR Solutions Blog. I came across an interview with Australian entrepreneur Michael Priddis. He is preparing to launch an intelligence research and development business in Australia. The interview was fascinating, and I highly recommend reading it. Priddis makes some great observations, such as: “Computers are good at doing the jobs we find hard, and bad at the ones we find easy….But empathy, insight, intuition, it’s impossible to do those as well. It’s probable that as artificial intelligence [AI] develops there will be some capability, but never what a human can do. People should move into roles requiring these skills.” If you have been reading my Future Friday posts, you know that I have been saying that for some time. In addition to several other points Priddis made there was one that I found interesting, and it dealt with freelancers.Freelance work, technology and continuing educationPriddis points out that technology has made it easier for people to be self-employed on a much larger scale. Unfortunately government regulation has not made it easy, so some work there needs to be done in many governments.He also points out that in the world of self-employment you have to keep learning to continue to advance your skill set. Unfortunately taking time to learn something takes time away from earning. I know that from personal experience. I work very hard at trying to keep up with what is happening in HR, from regulatory issues to how to work with younger generations of workers. But doing so takes time away from actually finding clients and performing work for them. Priddis’ implication is that if you are learning, you are not earning. He said, “It seems counterintuitive for governments to believe in self-employment on one hand, and on the other hand to provide no ability to keep people learning so they can be self-employed.”He feels that there needs to be a radical change in the Australian education system, and I feel the same can be said about the U.S. He said, “We need more practical, more vocational courses, shorter in duration than two or three years. This requires a level of discussion about new business models for universities, and a new infrastructure around education.” We are starting to see learning opportunities offered by MOOC, such as Coursera and Udemy, but they do take time and effort and reduce earning opportunities. That may restrict some people from pursuing self-employment opportunities.Then again, if you want to be self-employed you just have to work harder and smarter to take advantage of the opportunities that are available in order to make yourself more valuable.last_img read more

Managing Intel vPro Ultrabooks and Tablets in wireless network only

first_imgOn April 3rd, 2010 Steve Jobs showed this renewed computer tablet concept (i.e. iPad, which was not the first tablet computer available in the market, but was one that had great success), triggering a new kind of personal computer system that complements traditional form factors (e.g. desktops and notebooks) used by knowledge workers in corporate environment or even replace the workers in some cases. In fact, a tablet design is an excellent form factor to consume information, but it lacks ergonomic qualities to produce content with a physical QWERT keyboard larger display screen.The computer industry is investing in several form factors in order to reinvigorate personalcomputer systems with exciting designs: Ultrabook, convertibles designs, touch screens, tablets, tablets with slide QWERT keyboard, multiples dock station capabilities. And in this new World of mobility and thin design, looks that RJ45 interface has become antiquated. For business, wired interface still predominant in most organizations and lot investments were made in this media for security and manageability and how to manage seamless Intel vPro devices, independently of form factor and connectivity medium (i.e. wired or wireless)? Some Ultrabooks, such as Lenovo ThinkPad X1, arrived without an embedded Ethernet port, only with a dongle RJ45 interface that can provide wired connectivity for Operating System, however it doesn’t work for OOB (i.e. Intel ME).The absence of an integrated Ethernet interface in these devices limits some use cases for devices of this category. E.g. Host-based Configuration (aka. HBC) is the only remote Setup and Configuration method supported, user consent is required for healing scenarios such as KVM or IDE-R, but fortunately, these limitations in most cases fits well with mobile use models. Admin Control mode can be achieved only configuring locally in Small and Business Mode (SMB), which for enterprise environment can be undesirable due to the required manual labor for configuration.System Defense, that is enabled by McAfee ePo Deep Command for example, will not be available in WLAN-only systems for security reasons – basically, HBC transfers IT admin authentication to users, that is the reason that in HBC, for each remote operation, user consent is needed. However, for System Defense, there is no reason for user consent to switch on, that is the reason that System Defense is turned off in HBC.For a wireless-only device be managed OOB with Intel vPro technology, it’s required that Intel ME be in 8.1 version and Wireless driver 15.3 (for Windows 7) and 15.5 (for Windows 8) have been updated for a correct operation.For further details on creating a profile for wireless environment, read my priorblog post about “Managing Intel® vPro™ Technology clients in a wireless environment” where I discuss some basic configurations and lessons learned in this kind of environment.Some management consoles such as Microsoft System Center 2007 or 2012, use the concept of provisioning using PKI that set the machine in Admin Control Mode that is not supported for wireless-only devices. So for these cases, Intel Setup and Configuration Services 8.1 (aka. Intel SCS) can be used for provisioning and configuring, following these instructions.In order to provide better service for “road warriors” you can provided a full set of capabilities, including Fast Call For Help (aka. FCFH). This allows users outside of a corporate firewall to have support from a help desk technician even OOB. Intel vPro configuration profile provides detailed possibilities for provisioning as showed an example of a complete wireless configuration option: Active Directory Integration is required if corporate wireless network requires 802.1x authentication;Access Control List (ACL) that is required in order to specify users/groups for permissions (i.e. authorization) in Intel ME;Home Domains used to specify when machine is inside or outside corporate network based on suffix DNS received by DHCP – this definition is important to enable FCFH when machine is outside corporate perimeter;Remote Access specify address for Intel vPro Gateway (former Management Presence Server) and requires server configuration in corporate DMZ – read further details in Intel AMT SDK;Wifi connection defines configuration and profiles for OOB connection and with Intel PROSet there profiles can be populated by users when added into PROSet profile.For further details on each of these sections, read Intel SCS 8.1 documentation available on the Intel website.Following these instructions and guidelines, you will be able to integrate these new categories of managed form factor with actual management console and allow seamless management. Comment below with any questions – I would be more than happy to provide further details.Best Regards!last_img read more

Virat Kohli fit for No. 3 slot, says Kumble

first_imgFormer captain Anil Kumble reckons that Virat Kohli has the “right game” to fit in at the crucial number 3 slot in the Indian Test team even though it will be impossible for anyone to step into Rahul Dravid’s shoes.”I have followed Virat closely since his India U-19 days and he has matured a lot. I am impressed in the manner he has improved in the past one year in terms of game, discipline and overall fitness”, Kumble said.”He has quickly adapted to rigours of international cricket and for a 23-year-old to do that is phenomenal. He has a Test hundred in Australia and I believe he has the right game to fit in at No 3,” the former Indian captain said on Thursday.”However, there is no one who can replace Rahul Dravid. He has been an achiever for past 16 years and it’s certainly not easy to score 23,000 international runs,” Kumble added.Kumble paid glowing tributes to Sachin Tendulkar for achieving the historic feat of scoring 100 international centuries, saying he could quickly adapt to different conditions which was the hallmark of a great player.”I have been a witness to 80 of those 100 hundreds and atleast on 20 occasions, I have been at the other end. I would invariably arrive when he would be in his 80’s and the second new-ball would be due. My job on each and every occasion was to ensure that I don’t give my wicket easily which would help him to get his hundred.”Tendulkar after completing his 100th ton had recollected a funny incident during his highest Test score of 248 in Bangladesh involving him and Kumble when both had some horrible mix-ups.advertisement”Don’t talk about it. I still get embarrassed when I watch the footages of that match,” he smiled.For Kumble, one memorable incident was Tendulkar’s maiden Test hundred at Old Trafford in 1990 which was incidentally his debut Test.”I was made to stand at the Old Trafford balcony for more than three hours as it was Kiran More’s diktat. Since Sachin was scoring runs and we were playing to save the Test, everyone got superstitious. It was difficult standing there for two hours, but I was instructed by Kiran to stand at the same position for hours. Only during tea break did I get a chance to sit,” he said.”Obviously, the 242 at Sydney was another Herculean effort where he didn’t hit a single cover drive till he reached 200. The 100 against Pakistan and the 155 against Australia (both in Chennai) where Shane Warne was bowling from round the wicket were some of the knocks I would never forget.””The brilliant thing about Sachin is his adaptibility. He could quickly adapt in any given condition. That’s the hallmark of a great player,” Kumble said.For someone, who has close to 1000 international wickets, (619 Tests and 337 in ODIs) the longer version still remains a priority.”If you are able to consistently perform in longer version, that performance would help you do well in T20s and One-days but it’s never the other way round,” he explained.Talking about young leggie Rahul Sharma , who has travelled with the Indian team for last six months having played only five games (3 ODIs and 2 T20s), Kumble said it was a tricky situation.”It’s again the ‘chicken and egg’ theory. You need to bowl lot of overs in matches but again you need to pick your best squad. Ideally, it would have been great had Rahul played a few first-class matches but problem nowadays is lack of tour games. When I went to England in 1990, we had nine first-class tour games apart from 2 ODIs and 3 Tests. Everyone got a chance which is not the case now.”Thankfully, the players during international matches at home are released to play Ranji Trophy. That’s how likes of Ajinkya (Rahane) and Rohit (Sharma) got to play for Mumbai.”Kumble was reluctant to about his brief one-year stint as the chairman of National Cricket Academy in Bangalore. He resigned from the post in December last year.”I don’t want to talk about that phase. I wanted to do a few things but we were not on the same page but NCA has done a lot of good for Indian cricket. It’s because of NCA that we have brilliant fielders like Virat, Suresh Raina, Manoj Tiwary to name a few.”The BCCI wants Ranji Trophy matches to be played at neutral venues but Kumble for one wants cricket to be shifted to smaller centres which will produce good competitive wickets.advertisement”Recently during a one-day match Goa and Karnataka, I entered the stadium at around 11:30 and saw 55 for two on board. I thought match must have started late and then realised it was over. Just because it was a bit more challenging surface, batsmen couldn’t cope with it.”Now if you produce a turning track and match is over within two days, people raise questions. But what about the batsmen’s ability to face quality spinners on turning tracks,” he concluded.last_img read more

20 days agoChelsea boss Lampard confirms Kante fully fit

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea boss Lampard confirms Kante fully fitby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Frank Lampard has confirmed N’Golo Kante came through the midweek Champions League contest against Lille unscathed.While the boss will be keeping a close eye on his recovery over the coming days due to a lack of match action so far this campaign, there is every chance he will be involved again at Southampton.”It’s something we’ll have to watch over the next 24, 48 hours to make sure he’s okay,” said Lampard. “All the players are on a semi-recovery programme after the Lille game but it’s also the fact he hasn’t played much.”In terms of the injury, he’s fine and there was no fallout with that from the Lille game so it’s just about making sure he’s fit and ready, which is a call for me to make.” last_img read more

Professor Aboriginal committee stand by Lakehead U Dean who quit amid allegations

first_imgWillow FiddlerAPTN NewsA tenured professor at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay is supporting the dean of the institution’s law school who recently quit amid allegations of racism.Dennis McPherson, an Ojibway lawyer from Couchiching First Nation who has been a faculty member in the Department of Indigenous Learning at Lakehead for more than two decades, said racism has been alive and well at the institution for a long time.“What’s happening at the law school is certainly not a surprise,” said Dennis McPherson.The comments come following the resignation of the dean of the country’s youngest law school which has revealed allegations of systemic racism and reverse discrimination among staff, faculty and senior administration at Lakehead.Angelique EagleWoman announced her resignation in a letter to the Aboriginal Advisory Committee of the Bora Laskin Law School in March.“I have been the victim of systemic discrimination at Lakehead University because I am an Indigenous person and a woman,” wrote EagleWoman in the letter.Dean Angelique EagleWoman. Photo: Willow Fiddler/APTN“The University has systemically sought to minimize my capacity and authority as Dean,” she stated.McPherson said he has been fighting racism since he arrived at Lakehead.In June of 1995, McPherson camped on the front lawn of the university campus for a month after the University Senate passed a motion that would see his salary paid for with funds from the Aboriginal Education and Training Strategy. McPherson said he warned the president the move would be unlawful and fraudulent.“The Aboriginal Education and Training Strategy dollars were not meant to pay salaries of professors on campus, they were for program development and delivery of programs in First Nation communities,” McPherson said.Also a member of the Senate and the only one with a law degree, McPherson said he voted against the motion but it still passed.In response, he camped out on the university’s front lawn with one question.“How would the university respond if an Indian set a tent up on the front lawn?” McPherson said he asked himself at the time.It didn’t take long to find out.Dennis McPherson Lakehead University. Photo Willow Fiddler/APTNMcPherson described how three fire engines and six police cruisers showed up with sirens blaring because they were roasting hot dogs on an outdoor grill. With a fire restriction in place, McPherson said the firefighters took the grill and hosed it down.“At the time the security guard was standing there looking at me, made the statement he could solve the problem by coming across the street and sticking a tomahawk in my head,” he said.But McPherson said that wasn’t the worst of it.“I think was most notable was for the president of the university at that time, Bob Roseheart, brought the Bishop and a nun across (the lawn) to sit and talk to me.”McPherson would sit with the Bishop, nun, and president of the university, entertaining a discussion.He said he later asked the president why he had brought the Bishop and nun to see him.“His response was that he thought that the Bishop and the nun were knowledgeable in these matters,” recalls McPherson.“And my response to that was, ‘you racist fucking pig.’”It’s been more than 20 years since that occurred but McPherson doesn’t think much has changed.He was on the University’s planning committee that developed the proposal for the law school.McPherson said EagleWoman had no choice but to resign.“I have empathy for her and also sympathy for her because from my perspective she was set up,” McPherson said.EagleWoman joined the Bora Laskin law school as Dean and law professor in June 2016 just in time to witness the Charter Class graduate.She was the first Indigenous woman Dean of a Canadian law school.“Her diverse experience and knowledge will be of great benefit to our students in the Faculty of Law and to Ontario when those students begin practicing law,” Lakehead University said at the time of EagleWoman’s appointment.She would be responsible for leading the law school’s Indigenous mandate which focuses on Aboriginal and Indigenous law, natural resources and environmental law and small-town legal practices.“I understood there would be challenges because the law school was new and stabilizing,” EagleWoman said about taking on the position.But she said she started facing barriers within the first six months of her deanship, including being forced to teach some of the mandatory curriculum.This past academic year she said she was teaching all the mandatory Indigenous courses.“I gave a lot of energy and time to making sure that the Indigenous law curriculum was delivered by an Indigenous person,” she told APTN.EagleWoman said she is the third Indigenous legal scholar to leave the Lakehead law school and that’s a problem.“Indigenous people aren’t being hired and valued to pass on our knowledge, our history, or languages. This idea that Indigenous people aren’t prevalent at all levels of the University I think shows an issue,” EagleWoman said.McPherson said the Indigenous mandate was the selling point for the law school.“As far as Lakehead is concerned we didn’t need then, and we don’t need now another law school in Ontario,” McPherson said.“We need to train lawyers to understand that when they have Native people as clients, they need to understand where the clients come from and what they’re about in relation to the law that’s applicable in that case.”McPherson said the law school has now turned into something it was never designed to be.“I think what’s actually evolved in the four to five years that Bora Laskin has been here is really a sham.”The Aboriginal Advisory CommitteeThe Aboriginal Advisory Committee for the Bora Laskin Law School at Lakehead University. Photo Willow FiddlerCelina Reitberger sits on the law school’s Aboriginal Advisory Committee. She said the committee was set up in the development stages of the law school.“It was the committee that worked on getting the law school in the first place. And without the Indigenous supports there would not be a law school here,” Reitberger told APTN in an interview.“At the time the movement was to put together a law school with the Aboriginal focus,” she said about the committee’s involvement.In 2013 a protocol agreement was signed between Lakehead University and First Nations leaders in the region to establish a relationship that would support a law program inclusive of First Nations andMetis perspectives of law, culture, and language.However, by the second year, the school was in operation, Reitberger said the relationship between the committee and the law school had dwindled.“He wasn’t even asking us to meet anymore, he was trying to get rid of us,” Reitberger said about the founding Dean of the law school, Lee Stuesser.Reitberger said there have been ongoing challenges in terms of the law school implementing its Indigenous mandate.One of those challenges is hiring and retaining Indigenous legal scholars.“This is a widespread backlash against empowering Indigenous people. Indigenous people who are perfectly ready, willing and able to take on these jobs,” Reitberger said.EagleWoman said it’s an example of how racism has infiltrated and is part of the fabric of institutions like Lakehead University.“Where Indigenous people have not had a place before, and now when Indigenous people enter these places when we can’t bring our contributions, our prophecies, our ways of thinking or knowing or knowledge are automatically seen as ‘the other’, resisted and pushed out,” she said.In her resignation letter to the Aboriginal Advisory Committee, EagleWoman said she was also facing a human rights complaint about reverse discrimination.APTN learned the complaint was filed by a former employee of the University, Amanda Trevisanutto, after her contract wasn’t renewed by EagleWoman.EagleWoman told APTN her decision not to renew Trevisanutto’s contract was based on her job performance and several incidents of disrespect.Trevisanutto responded to APTN via email and Facebook and said she egregiously denies these claims and that EagleWoman has defamed her.EagleWoman said she received no support from the University when the human rights complaint was filed.“If I were a white male Dean and my authority was challenged, I would expect that administration would’ve stood behind my decision making,” she said.In a meeting on Friday with EagleWoman, the Aboriginal Advisory Committee said they stand by EagleWoman and have asked her to rescind her resignation.A press conference is planned for April 24, when First Nations and Metis leaders will be calling on Lakehead University to address the issues of systemic discrimination and racism within its institution.“We’re extremely disappointed, frustrated and angry at the treatment that she suffered and the lack of support she received from Lakehead University and her own faculty,” said committee member Evelyn Baxter.EagleWoman goes on stress leave on May 1 and her resignation takes effect in June.“I explained the intense trauma I’ve been under and why it’s untenable for me to stay,” EagleWoman said on Friday.Lakehead University told APTN in an email that it would not comment on the Dean’s resignation because it’s a personnel matter.wfiddler@aptn.calast_img read more

Greyhound Canada to end routes in Prairies and BC

first_imgOTTAWA – Greyhound Canada says it is ending its passenger bus and freight services in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, and cancelling all but one route in B.C. a U.S.-run service between Vancouver and Seattle.As a result, when the changes take effect at the end of October, Ontario and Quebec will be the only regions where the familiar running-dog logo continues to grace Canadian highways.“This decision is regretful and we sympathize with the fact that many small towns are going to lose service,” Greyhound Canada senior vice-president Stuart Kendrick said in an interview with The Canadian Press.“But simply put, the issue that we have seen is the routes in rural parts of Canada, specifically Western Canada, are just not sustainable anymore.”Kendrick said 415 people will be out of work as a result of the decision, which he estimates will impact roughly two million consumers.The company is blaming a 41 per cent decline in ridership since 2010, persistent competition from subsidized national and inter-regional passenger transportation services, the growth of new low-cost airlines, regulatory constraints and the continued growth of car ownership.Declining ridership is the primary culprit, said Kendrick, who called the combination of declining ridership and increasing costs an “ongoing spiral” that’s making it impossible for the company to continue operations.He said the company has raised its concerns with provincial and federal officials over the years and wanted to ensure both levels of government were “fully aware” of the situation. Greyhound Canada has long advocated for a community funding model to allow any private carrier to bid on essential rural services, he added.Kendrick said Greyhound Canada will continue to push Ottawa to look at improving transport in northern communities.“There was a commitment to look at our issue, they’re well aware of it. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that we’ve had problems but there was no funding commitment at that time,” he said.“The company has experienced significant losses despite continued efforts to return to viability. In the affected regions, the company has run an operating deficit since 2004. We have had substantial losses over several years as a direct result of declining ridership.”All Greyhound routes in Ontario and Quebec will continue to operate except for one: the Trans-Canada, which links a number of smaller communities between Winnipeg and Sudbury, Ont.Kendrick said the decision will leave most of the affected communities with no other transportation options.Greyhound Canada applied to provincial regulators last year to discontinue routes in northern B.C. from Prince George to Prince Rupert because of declining ridership. Those cancellations went into effect June 1.The issue of adequate transportation came up repeatedly during the ongoing inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, since one of the affected routes included the notorious stretch of Highway 16 in B.C. known as the Highway of Tears, where a number of women have gone missing.The cancellations are scheduled to take effect Oct. 31.last_img read more

Ontario government moves to scrap Green Energy Act

first_imgTORONTO – Months after cancelling hundreds of renewable energy contracts, the Ontario government introduced legislation Thursday to scrap a law that aimed to bolster the province’s green energy industry.Premier Doug Ford promised during the spring election campaign to repeal the Green Energy Act, which was introduced by the previous Liberal government in 2009 in a bid to grow the province’s solar and wind energy supply.Critics of the act have said it resulted in an increase in electricity costs and saw the province overpay for power it did not need.Infrastructure Minister Monte McNaughton said Thursday repealing the law will ensure that municipalities regain planning authority over renewable projects, something that was removed under the act.“They didn’t want these wind and solar farms,” McNaughton said. “The people of Ontario should always have the final say on what gets built in their communities.”The government said that future renewable energy projects must first demonstrate need for the electricity they generate before being granted approval.The province would not say, however, if the same rules would apply to natural gas or nuclear projects.The government announced this summer it was cancelling 758 renewable energy contracts in what it called an effort to reduce electricity bills in the province. Energy Minister Greg Rickford said the move would save provincial ratepayers $790 million, but industry officials questioned the figure and predicted there would be job losses.Environmental advocacy groups and opposition parties said eliminating the Green Energy Act is largely symbolic since the contracts were already ripped up.But they argued the move would discourage those in the green energy industry, costing the province significant investments and jobs without lowering electricity bills.“It is largely symbolic, there’s no current investment going forward in green energy, there are no projects to cancel,” said NDP legislator Peter Tabuns, adding the Tory plan “doesn’t actually address the substantial problems that people have with higher bills.”Green Party Leader Mike Schreiner said the legislation will do nothing to lower electricity prices, “but it will have a chilling effect on job creation and investors in the clean economy.”“The government is doubling down on its message that Conservatives want no part of the jobs and investment in the $26-trillion global clean economy,” Schreiner said in a statement.Greenpeace Canada said that while the act was known principally as a way of procuring renewable energy, it was included in a number of other progressive environmental policies, which will now be rolled back if the bill passes.“Although a symbolic blow to renewable energy, this is another sign of the Ford government’s intent to take us back to the 1990s on environmental policy,” said Shawn-Patrick Stensil, a senior energy analyst with the organization.“An objective of Green Energy Act was to empower citizens and communities to flight climate. What we haven’t heard from the Ford government is how it will enable Ontarians to take advantage of the declining cost of renewable energy and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.”Another group, Environmental Defence, said moving away from renewable energy would be costly.“The rejection of wind and solar also comes at a time when renewables are now the cheapest form of new electricity generation in Canada, as they are in many parts of the world,” said Keith Brooks, the group’s programs director.last_img read more

M R Kumar takes charge as LIC chairman

first_imgMUMBAI: Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) Thursday said M R Kumar has taken charge as its chairman. Kumar was Zonal Manager (in-charge) of North Zone and will hold the post of the LIC Chairman for five years, it said. T C Suseel Kumar and Vipin Anand have also taken charge as managing directors of the life insurance major. Suseel Kumar was in-charge of South Central Zone, heading operations in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Karnataka States. Anand was zonal manager heading Western Zone, covering the states of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and Union Territories of Daman, Diu and Dadra and Nagar Haveli.last_img