Canada advocate at odds over compensation for First Nations child victims of

first_imgJustin BrakeAPTN NewsCanada could be going to court once again on a child welfare matter.On Friday Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott and national Indigenous leaders announced they would co-develop new child and family services legislation in an effort to put child welfare into the hands of First Nations, Inuit and Metis communities.But hours after that announcement the Department of Justice sent a letter to the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal (CHRT) saying the issue of compensation for children who have suffered in care may have to involve litigation.The letter, signed by Robert Frater, the chief general counsel for Justice Canada, says the government is “committed to discussing the compensation issue with the parties, and attempting to reach a resolution” to the matter of compensation, “but in view of the fact that we have not yet received final instruction, it is apparent that we will likely have to set the issue down for argument on one or more of the dates agreed upon for the new year.”That final instruction on compensation, according to a government source, will come from cabinet.Philpott was questioned on the issue by First Nation leaders Wednesday at the Assembly of First Nations Special Chiefs Assembly in Ottawa.The minister said Canada wants to settle the compensation issue “without using courts or tribunals — that to me is the way to do it.”A 2016 CHRT ruling said that Canada denied services to First Nations children living on-reserve, which in turn had adverse impacts on them. The tribunal also said that federal funding mechanisms incentivized the removal of children from their families and placement into state care.The CHRT ordered the government to cease discriminatory practices against First Nations children, to reform its First Nations Child and Family Services program, to cease applying a narrow interpretation of Jordan’s Principle, and immediately implement the full meaning of Jordan’s Principle.The tribunal also has jurisdiction to compel government to compensate children who were victims of government’s discriminatory practices, including those who were taken from their families.While government has begun to change its policies on child welfare, including last week’s promise of new child and family services legislation in the new year, it has not settled the issue of compensation.Cindy Blackstock, executive director of the First Nations Child & Family Caring Society, says Canada should pay child victims of government discrimination $40,000 each. Justin Brake/APTN News.Cindy Blackstock of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society (FNCFCS), a co-complainant on the case, says government’s messaging on compensation is “confusing,” and that she hopes the matter can be settled out of court, but that the Caring Society is willing to litigate to ensure children receive just compensation for their suffering.“Canada informed us late Friday night that they wanted to litigate that question [of compensation],” she said, “and today we learn from the minister that they want to sit down.”Friday marked the tribunal’s deadline for Canada to respond on the matter.Blackstock said time is of the essence since the tribunal only has jurisdiction to compel government’s actions on the matter until March 2019.“So at this point I guess we’ll be preparing to litigate and we’ll see if Canada has something to say about that,” she told reporters at the AFN Assembly Wednesday.Atikameksheng Anishnawbek First Nation Chief Valerie Richer stood before the assembly Wednesady and appealed directly to Philpott following the minister’s speech.“We can’t go back to litigation on this,” she said.“I’m asking you to intervene in that process to make sure [litigation] doesn’t happen.”Blackstock said the Caring Society, which is a co-complainant on the case alongside the AFN, has “asked Canada to provide the maximum amount to children.”She said the compensation amount they’re seeking for children is set out in the Canadian Human Rights Act.Section 53 of the Act says victims are to be compensated “by an amount not exceeding twenty thousand dollars, for any pain and suffering that the victim experienced as a result of the discriminatory practice.”It also says special compensation of the same amount, $20,000, can be awarded to to victims if the victim was subjected to the discriminatory practice “wilfully or recklessly.”Blackstock says children who’ve been taken from their families and placed in care, and those who’ve been denied services, are owed both amounts for a total of $40,000 per child.“Canada knew about the discrimination and they fought against it and they continued to allow these kids to suffer,” she said.She said it’s not known exactly how many children would qualify for compensation, but the tribunal’s ruling includes “children impacted by child welfare practices on-reserve between 2006 and January 26, 2016,” according to the Caring Society’s website.Asked what she believes is a fair amount for the children, Philpott would only say that “these are important conversations that have to be had with the parties who are directly affected, and in some cases as individuals.Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott says Canada would like to settle the issue of compensation for First Nations child victims of government discrimination outside the courts. Justin Brake/APTN News.“We’re prepared to have these conversations with the right people, and as I say ideally to do it outside a court process.”Blackstock pointed out that Canada’s position on compensation in 2014 at the closing arguments of the tribunal hearings “was that they owed these kids no money, that from their point of view they didn’t discriminate and therefore no compensation should be awarded.”It’s not clear how far the feds are willing to go in fighting the Caring Society’s request for full compensation as laid out in the Human Rights Act.“As soon as the parties to the tribunal are happy to drop that legal mechanism and to work with us directly, we would be extremely happy to do so,” Philpott said Wednesday, adding the government has already made strides in addressing issues raised by the tribunal, “including the $1.4 billion we got in 2018 to ensure that we’re paying for the prevention of apprehension of children.Philpott said it’s “in everyone’s best interest—particularly the interests of the little ones, the children—if we can work in a collaborative way.”Blackstock said the Caring Society has been in talks with “high level officials” from Indigenous Services Canada and Justice Canada “for many many months” about compensation.“As far as I’m concerned, if we can settle it and get that support to children sooner then I want to use that pathway,” she said.“But as always, if there is a rights breach or if Canada is not prepared to fulfill its responsibilities, then for us at the Caring Society, we’re prepared to litigate.” read more

NBA Playoff Defense Cant Stop The Rise Of The PullUp 3

Average team pull-up 3-point attempts per game Across the league, stars are turning to the shot more in the postseason. LeBron James is shooting four pull-up 3s per game, up from 2.6 during the season, and making 43.8 percent of them. And after a slow start during the season, Steph Curry is shooting 41.5 percent on nearly six attempts per game. It’s a shot that can bail a team out when first and second options are taken away by the defense.But no one takes more pull-up 3s than the Rockets. During the regular season, Houston took 13.3 3s off the dribble; Harden alone took 6.8. During the postseason, those numbers have shot up to 18.1 per game for the Rockets and 9.1 for Harden. Harden’s uptick in pull-ups has come with a downturn in makes — he’s gone from hitting 33.3 percent during the season to 28 percent in the playoffs.Harden’s misses are often offset by the inordinate number of cheap shooting fouls he draws on these 3s, but he’s not the only player to see his accuracy numbers decline in the playoffs as he throws up more pull-ups. Isaiah Thomas shot 36.7 percent on pull-up 3s during the regular season, but is making just 22.9 percent of them in the postseason. Kyle Lowry led the high-volume pull-up 3 crowd1Players who averaged at least 3 attempts at pull-up 3s per game. at 42 percent during the season, but made just 27.6 percent in the playoffs. Same goes for Chris Paul, who fell from 39.1 percent to 31.3. This could just be noise in a small number of games — Paul George and Dennis Schroder both shot much better than their regular-season averages in first-round losses — but the players whose percentages plummeted tended to be the ones for whom the pull-up was the offense, rather than just one facet of it.There’s no surefire way to take away the 3-pointer in the NBA. Even without Harden pulling shots out of thin air, Houston began to figure out San Antonio’s strategy by using different players to set different sorts of screens. But it’s a whole lot easier to unlock a defense when the answer is as simple as pulling up and taking your shot. 2016-176.88.6 2014-155.37.5 Through May 7, 2017Source: SEASONREGULAR SEASONPLAYOFFS For a few games there, San Antonio’s defense seemed to be solving the Houston Rockets. After laying a 27-point mollywhopping on San Antonio in Game 1, Houston dropped Games 2 and 3 due in part to crucial defensive adjustments by the Spurs that threw Houston’s potent high-screen game into chaos. San Antonio began planting a rim protector under high screens, threatening to block James Harden if he drove, while keeping everyone else close to their men on the perimeter to discourage the drive-and-kick 3s that power the Rocket offense. It’s a neat little wrinkle in the series.But Houston can make all of that irrelevant with a wrinkle of its own: the pull-up 3. That’s exactly what the Rockets did at the turning point of Game 4.With the Spurs trailing by eight with a little less than eight minutes left in the third quarter, LaMarcus Aldridge had switched onto Harden, who was isolated at the top of the key; everyone else stayed home. Harden could have easily driven past the big man and challenged at the rim, but that would be playing into San Antonio’s hand. Instead he stepped back for a pull-up 3. Rockets by 11. The next trip down, Harden peeled off a screen and, with Pau Gasol’s armpit in his face, drained an even more ridiculous step-back. Rockets by 14. The Spurs wouldn’t pull within single digits again.As the NBA moves more and more of its offense behind the 3-point line, teams are taking more pull-up 3-pointers than ever before. In the playoffs, due in part to 3-point-denying defenses and in part also to playing out more desperate situations, teams are taking even more than they do in the regular season. The Cleveland Cavaliers are attempting more than three additional pull-up 3s per game, with a marginal improvement in percentage; the Golden State Warriors, meanwhile, have made a tiny increase in attempts but a massive improvement in accuracy. 2015-165.97.5 2013-145.16.3 read more

Logics One Day With Ryan Tedder Celebrates Tomorrow

first_img Email Logic, Ryan Tedder’s Hope-Filled “One Day” logics-one-day-ryan-tedder-celebrates-tomorrow Logic’s “One Day” With Ryan Tedder Celebrates Tomorrow Facebook Twitter If you need something that’s looking “up” in your day, the artists encourage you to look ahead with fresh determinationPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Jul 27, 2018 – 4:38 pm Rapper Logic received Song Of The Year and Best Music Video nominations for “1-800-273-8255” at the 60th GRAMMY Awards earlier this year, enlisting the help of Alessia Cara and Khalid to deliver the song’s powerful suicide helpline message. On July 26 he released “One Day” featuring Ryan Tedder to fight feeling down from a different point of view.Logic testifies from his hard upbringing: “I made it out and if I can, you can, no doubt.” The song plays with the tension between his pleasure and relief of getting paid millions and the one-to-one connection he tries to establish with the listener, whose struggles he relates to. Skip “the lights and cameras, right now it’s just you and me,” is his posture, insisting on a close-up. Taking the chorus, Ryan Tedder packs Logic’s argument into the song title’s two words, never trivializing how much the trip to tomorrow can take out of us today. News A GRAMMY nominee along with his band, OneRepublic, Tedder’s three GRAMMY wins are from his work as producer/songwriter for other artists — all wins for Album Of The Year, including for his work with Adele on her sophomore album 21 at the 54th GRAMMY Awards and her follow-up 25 at the 59th GRAMMYs. Tedder also earned a win alongside Taylor Swift for 1989 at the 58th GRAMMY Awards. The man has some good luck with numbers!These are trying times, and while catching a musical break doesn’t meet everything needed, Logic and Tedder are ardent and persuasive. They just might convince people to keep on keeping on, not because it’s the only thing they can do but because better days are ahead.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more read more

Sonys dumb HTS350 sound bar coming soon for 280

first_imgThe HT-S350 comes with a wireless subwoofer. Sony Sony has detailed pricing on one of the sound bars announced at CES 2019 —  the HT-S350 — while the Dolby Atmos X8500 is yet to receive a release date.The $280 HT-S350 sound bar lacks any smart features (such as a voice assistant) but includes a wireless subwoofer and a claimed 320 watts of power. Unlike competitors that now use DTS Virtual:X, the HT-S350 uses Sony’s proprietary S-Force Pro Front Surround technology. The sound bar also uses an HDMI ARC connection and carries Bluetooth.Meanwhile, the X8500 is a 2.1-channel single sound bar with dual built-in “subwoofers” and the ability to simulate Atmos effects with its Vertical Surround Engine. The sound bar also includes other sound options including Cinema Mode, Game Mode and vocal enhancement. Connectivity includes HDMI eARC support for compatible televisions such as the 2019 Sony range in addition to Bluetooth. ht-x8500-main-1-shadow-large Sony Sony didn’t announce any “smart” audio products at the show, unlike LG and Klipsch with their smart sound bars.The HT-S350 will be available at the end of April, but the company hasn’t announced pricing or availability for the X8500. Originally published on Jan 7 2019 8:15 PMUpdated, April 18: Added pricing and availability for the HT-S350 2:04 Post a comment 85 Photos Now playing: Watch this: All the cool new gadgets at CES 2019 CES 2019: Every story so far: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show. CES 2019 schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. CES 2019center_img 0 Watch LG’s rollable OLED TV in action at CES 2019 Tags Share your voice Wireless & Bluetooth Speakers CES Productslast_img read more

Khaleda in court

first_imgBNP chairperson Khaleda Zia appears before the Special Judge Court-5 at Bakshibazar in Dhaka. Prothom Alo file photoBNP chairperson Khaleda Zia on Thursday appeared before the Special Judge Court-5 at Bakshibazar in Dhaka, to defend herself in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.The Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chief reached the makeshift court around 11:00am to place her self-defense for the fifth day.Earlier, Khaleda appeared before the court four times where she claimed herself innocent, alleging the case had been filed on political ground.According to the charge sheet of the case, the BNP chief, her son Tarique Rahman and four others embezzled more than Tk 21 million by forming the charity.The court had earlier issued an arrest warrant against Tarique in the case.In July 2008, the Anti-Corruption Commission filed the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case with Ramna police station accusing six people, including Khaleda and her son Tarique, for misappropriating millions.last_img read more

Expect Fewer Polling Stations For Tuesdays Texas Primary Runoff

first_img Texas holds its primary runoff election on Tuesday, May 24. Voter turnout is typically lower in primaries than in general elections. When a primary goes to a second round, turnout falls even farther. That can mean shorter lines to vote. But it also means the Republican and Democratic Parties will be operating fewer polling stations.“In a primary, it’s the parties who are determining the locations, the number of workers, number of voting machines, etc.,” says Harris County Clerk Stan Stanart. “But because there’s not enough equipment for each party to cover the whole county with the same number of locations they had last November, which voters are used to in the general elections, then there will be less locations for each party.”Houston Public Media’s Coverage of Election 2016Stanart says the best way for voters to avoid confusion is to check their polling location with the county clerk’s office online.Harris County Democrats will choose their candidate for sheriff. Former Houston city councilman Ed Gonzalez is facing off against Jerome Moore, a 16-year veteran of County Constable’s Office, Precinct 5. The winner will challenge incumbent sheriff Ron Hickman in the fall. Republicans in Harris County have a party leadership contest to decide. Incumbent party chair Paul Simpson is fighting a challenge from attorney Rick Ramos. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen X Share 00:00 /01:21last_img read more

Study suggests a big increase in Arctic precipitation over the coming century

first_img Citation: Study suggests a big increase in Arctic precipitation over the coming century, much of it rain (2017, March 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Journal information: Nature Climate Change © 2017 Mosaic of images of the Arctic by MODIS. Credit: NASA Humans to blame for bulk of Arctic sea ice loss: study Explore furthercenter_img (—A pair of researchers with the University of Groningen in the Netherlands has found via climate modeling that it appears likely that the Arctic is likely to see substantially more precipitation over the next century, much of it in the form of rain. In their paper published in the journal Nature Climate Change, Richard Bintanja and Olivier Andry describe their results when running 37 climate models programed to describe Arctic conditions over the years 2091 to 2100. More information: R. Bintanja et al. Towards a rain-dominated Arctic, Nature Climate Change (2017). DOI: 10.1038/nclimate3240AbstractClimate models project a strong increase in Arctic precipitation over the coming century, which has been attributed primarily to enhanced surface evaporation associated with sea-ice retreat. Since the Arctic is still quite cold, especially in winter, it is often (implicitly) assumed that the additional precipitation will fall mostly as snow. However, little is known about future changes in the distributions of rainfall and snowfall in the Arctic. Here we use 37 state-of-the-art climate models in standardized twenty-first-century (2006–2100) simulations to show a decrease in average annual Arctic snowfall (70°–90° N), despite the strong precipitation increase. Rain is projected to become the dominant form of precipitation in the Arctic region (2091–2100), as atmospheric warming causes a greater fraction of snowfall to melt before it reaches the surface, in particular over the North Atlantic and the Barents Sea. The reduction in Arctic snowfall is most pronounced during summer and autumn when temperatures are close to the melting point, but also winter rainfall is found to intensify considerably. Projected (seasonal) trends in rainfall and snowfall will heavily impact Arctic hydrology (for example, river discharge, permafrost melt), climatology (for example, snow, sea-ice albedo and melt)8, 9 and ecology (for example, water and food availability). Over the past several years, climate scientists have been running various models in different ways trying to understand why Arctic sea ice continues to melt faster than models predict. In this new effort, the researchers took a closer look at the impact caused by changes in the amount of precipitation. They combined data from a variety of sources and used it to run 37 climate models, finding that the Arctic is likely to see an increase in precipitation by as much as 4 percent, which is double that for the rest of the planet. They note that retreating ice leaves more open water, which leads to more evaporation and more snow and rainfall. The models suggested the rainy season in the Arctic will likely last longer in the future and reach farther north. They also theorize that sometime in the next century, it will be possible to navigate a ship to the North Pole because all of the sea ice will be gone.In another study, an international team of researchers ran models of their own and concluded that almost half of the ice that has melted in the Arctic over the past century and a half may be attributed to natural changes such as variations in wind and water currents. They have also published their results in Nature Climate Change. They suggest that the reason so many climate models have failed to accurately predict how much ice would melt in the Arctic and when is because they fail to account for natural climate variations. They believe the Arctic is currently experiencing a natural warm spell, which, when combined with human-caused global warming, is causing ice to melt at very fast rate. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Embrace winters with Keventers sundaes

first_imgIndia’s iconic dairy brand, Keventers, is all set to expand its product portfolio with the introduction of Sundaes to beat the winter blues. With this expansion, the parent company aims to diversify its business into complimentary verticals that are in line with its identity.Speaking about the expansion, Tarun Bhasin, Chief Executive Officer said, “Guest experience is our obsession and we pledge to delight the guest at every moment of truth. We are constantly trying to innovate and create new products and flavours for our guest’s palate. Keventers is thrilled to add this new range of Sundaes to our product portfolio and are confident that our loyalists will love these as much as our shakes”. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThis newly added range of deliciously sinful sundaes are available in all outlets across India adding four distinct combinations that Keventers loyalists can choose from including: Yin and Yang: Find your inner zen with this simple yet timeless combination that brings together the goodness of chocolate cake, a scoop of meticulously churned vanilla ice cream topped with some chocolate sauce and chips to tingle your taste buds. Guilty Pleasure: Indulge your senses in this sinful treat and dig into this treat that combines chocolate crumble and chocolate ice cream with mocha syrup a dollop of chocolate sauce. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveForbidden Forest: Prepare to be tempted with this luxurious treat with delectable chocolate cake and vanilla ice-cream bathed in the chocolate sauce along with a swirl of whipped cream and some fresh cherries on top to seal the deal. The Dark Conspiracy: A chocolate lover’s dream come true – this indulgent combination brings together chocolate cookies and chocolate wafers, in cahoots with chocolate sauce and whipped cream. Priced between Rs. 199 – 249 (exclusive of taxes), this specially curated range of Sundaes flavors will be served in reusable glass bowls which one can easily take home. Make every day a Sundae, and devour into the wholesome goodness of Keventers Sundaes to embrace winters differently.last_img read more