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Bomber varisty teams off to respective provincial tournaments

first_imgThe L.V. Rogers girl’s soccer and boy’s rugby squad take to the road to compete in their respective provincial tournaments.The LVR Rugby Bomber trek to Abbotsford for round two of the B.C. High School AA Boy’s Championships against Equimault.The seventh-ranked Bombers dropped the opener Saturday to Southridge 28-7 to drop to the consolation round of the tournament.The tournament continues Thursday before the finals Saturday.Last year LVR finished 13th overall. Meanwhile, the Bomber girls are in Kamloops Thursday to open play in the B.C. High School AA Girls Championships.First up for the Bombers, which won the Kootenay Zone title last week over David Thompson Lakers of Invermere, is host Sahali Sabres Thursday at 11 a.m.Game two of the four-team round robin is later in the day against Seycove of North Vancouver.The preliminary round concludes Friday at 9 a.m. against Surrey Christian.The teams then advance to the playoff round depending on their finish in round robin play.The final of the tournament goes Saturday at 11:30 a.m.The Bombers failed to advance to the provincials in 2011, losing out to J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks in the Kootenay Final.last_img read more


Two boys suspected of taking handbag with cash from office

first_imgGardai are searching for two young boys suspected of stealing a handbag containing a substantial amount of cash from an office in Letterkenny.The robbery took place at Pearse Road at 9.30am on Saturday morning last.The suspects are described as being either 14 or 15 years old. The first is described as wearing an 11 degrees navy hooded with grey tracksuit bottoms.The second suspect is about 15 years old with red, short or sandy hair and he was wearing a navy hoodie and navy tracksuit bottoms.The area would have been quite busy that morning as the local car boot sale takes place at nearby Letterkenny Community Centre.Anybody who may have spotted these suspects or may know anything about the crime should contact Letterkenny Gardai. Two boys suspected of taking handbag with cash from office was last modified: August 27th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:handbagletterkennyPearse Roadtheftlast_img read more


Date confirmed for social welfare Christmas bonus

first_imgSocial welfare recipients will be receiving their extra Christmas payments in the first week of December 2019, the Department of Employment and Social Affairs has confirmed.Over 1.2million people in Ireland will receive their payments in the week commencing Monday 2nd December.A total of €279.4 million will be paid pensioners, people with disabilities, carers, lone parents, long-term unemployed people and many other recipients. The bonus is paid at a rate of 100% for people on long-term social welfare payments.Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection, Regina Doherty said: “Last year, I was particularly pleased to announce the restoration of the additional Christmas Payment at a rate of 100%.  I am very happy that despite the current climate of uncertainty generated by Brexit, the Christmas Payment will again be paid at a rate of 100% this year.“This payment recognises the seasonal needs of people who are long-term financially dependent on their social welfare payment for all or most of their income, such as pensioners, people with disabilities and carers. This payment will help those people meet the extra expenses incurred over the Christmas period as well as provide an additional boost for local economies.”Date confirmed for social welfare Christmas bonus was last modified: November 22nd, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more


Buckeye Valley-DACC students experience FFA success

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Two Buckeye Valley-DACC FFA members have been recognized for their outstanding Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) projects.  SAEs provide students the opportunity to maintain long term, self determined experiential learning projects that directly relate to classroom concepts.After being declared state winners in May, Curtis Harsh and Sarah Lehner had their projects forwarded to the National FFA Organization for further review.  Sarah, a Buckeye Valley junior, had her dairy production entrepreneurship project returned and rated gold. Curtis’ beef production entrepreneurship project was rated gold, and selected as one of four national finalists to be judged at the National FFA Convention held in Indianapolis, Indiana this October.Curtis is a 2015 Buckeye Valley graduate currently attending Iowa State University majoring in animal science.last_img read more


9 months agoMarchisio backing Juventus to win Champions League

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Marchisio backing Juventus to win Champions Leagueby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveClaudio Marchisio is backing Juventus to win the Champions League this season.The midfielder left Juve for Zenit St Petersburg earlier this term.Marchisio said, “I hope this is Juve’s year for the Champions League because it would mark the end of an unstoppable cycle for them, especially for those who have been there since the first Scudetto but also for the great work everyone’s doing, from the club to the staff.“I think they deserve it, but they know that, even if they have a better chance now than in previous seasons, it’s always very difficult.“Racism is a big problem and I understand foreign players playing in Italy very well, but I’d try to be even stronger and keep playing so the idiots aren’t given any attention.” last_img read more


The life and legacy of John Trudell

first_imgAPTN National NewsHe was an actor, poet and outspoken activist.John Trudell was a household name for many Indigenous people.He passed away Tuesday at his California home. He was 69.APTN’s Shaneen Robinson looks at the life and legacy of John Trudell.last_img


Reconciliation is going to take years if not generations Trudeau

first_imgKenneth Jackson APTN National NewsOTTAWA – If residential schools can be equated to a 100 year walk into the woods then fixing the damage they did to Indigenous people is going to be a long walk back out.That was the message Canadians heard Wednesday from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaking of the first steps of reconciliation his government is taking by meeting with Indigenous leaders from all walks. Trudeau said the purpose of the Wednesday morning meeting was to set that direction.“We talked about a number of specific issues,” said Trudeau. “But also engaged directly on how we’re going to work together to address these problems concretely. This is an engagement that is going to take years, decades and generations, perhaps.”Trudeau didn’t get into specifics, but for Indigenous peoples the specifics surround them.Residential schools destroyed up to seven generations of their families.The schools began with the first kids in the late 1800s then the next generation were taken and so on.One after another. By truck.By train, like cattle, in some cases.Some parents unknowingly walked their kids to schools run by Church and funded by the State.Those that fought back did so under threat of imprisonment if they didn’t hand over their kids to the priest at the door in the throes of residential school system that pulled in over 150,000 children to indoctrinate them with the white way of living and language. There are cases of scientific and medical experiments, documented cases of sexual and physical abuses and thousands of deaths, some 3,200 officially. But many more are suspected according to Justice Murray Sinclair who led the Truth and Reconciliation Commission documenting all the specific details its final report released Tuesday.The TRC has 94 recommendations on what needs to be done to fix the mess of residential schools – one is an inquiry into the high number of missing and murdered Indigenous women. The Trudeau government has already begun work on the inquiry.One recommendations that isn’t so easy for Trudeau to achieve is an official apology from the Catholic church, as it falls outside of the federal government’s jurisdiction. Trudeau said Wednesday he’ll seek an apology from the Pope.“I’m not going to pretend it is my job to order other governments or other organizations to do anything but I certainly look forward to constructive engagement to address this issue,” he said.Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde said an apology is needed“The Catholic church is the only church that has not officially apologized to the survivors,” Bellegarde said Wednesday flanking Trudeau.But as Trudeau, his ministers, Aboriginal leaders and the grassroots move forward it’s important to ensure this first meeting wasn’t just a meeting to have more meetings, said the prime minister.“It’s important to start with a true sense of collaboration and partnership and that’s exactly what we cemented this morning,” he said.That means not passing the buck said Dawn Harvard, president of the Native Women’s Association of Canada.“We cannot afford to sit around talking about jurisdiction, who is responsible for what when we all have a role to play,” said Harvard.After all, people’s lives are at risk she said.kjackson@aptn.calast_img read more


Nation To Nation Two courts will be hearing some important cases

first_imgAPTN Nation To NationAn on-going court case could put a little more money in the pocket of band members in 21 Anishinabek First Nations, something the federal government is fighting.They are collectively suing the Crown in Ontario Superior Court, saying their $4 annuity is a broken treaty promise.Indigenous people around Lake Huron signed the Robinson Huron Treaty in 1850. One of its stipulations was a dollar a year annuity.However, the treaty had a provision that if Crown revenues went up so would the annuity. And it did in 1874 when it was raised to $4. But that was the last increase.“The Crown appears to have the impression that there’s a limitation on the annuity, that $4 is the maximum,” said Mike Restoule, chair of the Robinson Huron Litigation Fund.“We took a different interpretation of it. Because the treaty says the annuity would be increased.”In 2014, the matter was taken to court. And since last fall, Justice Patricia Hennessy has heard witnesses and elders argue for the Anishinabek, who want the annuity increased substantially.Starting this week the government will be presenting their case as to why the annuity should remain the same. Of note all the hearings are being livestreamed.Another big court hearing happens this Monday at the Supreme Court of Canada.The nine justices will hear a case brought forward by the Misikew Cree Nation from northern Alberta.It wants the court to rule that the Misikew should be consulted before legislation that affects their treaty rights is passed into law.“Law making is such a critical and important strategic decision making tool by the government,” explained Karey Brooks, lawyer for the Misikew. “That has the potential to adversely affect a broad number of First Nations in very significant ways.”As well, host Todd Lamirande spoke to Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Deputy Grand Chief Derek Fox about yesterday’s announcement by Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale.He announced $291 million over the next five years in funding for Indigenous police services.The Nishnawbe Aski police service is the largest in Canada and serves 35 communities.Fox is happy with the announcement, indicating the first thing to be done will be to update equipment such as cars and radios.Fox also commented on NAN’s creating of a website to get people to sign a petition asking for the resignation of Senator Lynn Beyak.“Everything she’s been talking about, the racism and the bigotry, is not good for our people, it’s not good for the city of Dryden.”You can subscribe to the Nation To Nation podcast below:last_img read more


Bell Rogers and Quebecor win round in court battle with operator of

first_imgOTTAWA – Bell, Rogers and Quebecor have won a round in their court battle with the operator of the TVAddons website — which they allege violates their commercial rights under the Copyright Act.A panel of three Federal Court of Appeal judges has ruled unanimously that Federal Court Judge Richard Bell should not have disallowed a court order that permitted a search of the Montreal home of the website’s operator, Adam Lackman.The panel also ruled that the companies’ request for an injunction against Lackman should have been granted by Judge Bell while the Federal Court deals with the plaintiffs’ allegations. The panel awarded the companies $50,000 in court costs.The case against TVAddons can now proceed to trial at the Federal Court’s trial division.Lackman posted an online statement Wednesday that asked supporters to help fund the legal battle and noted the Federal Court has yet to test any of the claims brought forward by the companies.He has argued that the primary purpose of TVAddons is to provide software add-ons for the KODI media player, which can play various types of video, music and other multimedia content from the internet.The plaintiffs allege content that they own can be accessed by KODI users with some of the add-ons on the website.The appeal was sought by Bell Media Inc. and other companies in the BCE group of companies, Rogers Media Inc. and its parent company and two companies within the Quebecor group — Videotron and Group TVA Inc.All three media groups are part of the FairPlay Canada coalition, which is proposing the creation of a new anti-piracy unit within the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission.Companies in this story: (TSX:BCE, TSX:RCI.B, TSX:QBR.B)Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version said the case would go to the Federal Court of Appeal.last_img read more


Swiss to vote on mandatory public TV fee as Europe watches

first_imgBERN, Switzerland – Voters in Switzerland are getting ready to decide whether they should have to keep paying hundreds of francs every year for public television and other government-supported programming, a referendum that is being watched closely elsewhere in Europe.The vote to eliminate the mandatory national TV fee was sponsored by free-market proponents and other fee critics, who say residents shouldn’t have to pay for public broadcasting if they watch or listen to it.Opponents of the “No Billag” vote — named for the company that collects the fees — argue that ensuring quality programming in an era of false news and media profits is in the public interest. Balloting concludes Sunday, when mail-in votes also will be counted to produce the result.Polls last year suggested that most Swiss were ready to scrap the fees, but more recent surveys indicated about two-thirds of voters will reject the proposal.Supporters of fee-supported radio and TV stations mounted a public relations blitz that all but painted Swiss culture and distinctiveness as being at dire risk. They enlisted celebrities to help push their message, warning that cherished news shows, music and film programming and free access to Olympics coverage could be ended.Both Switzerland’s parliament and seven-member executive body, the Federal Council, have come out for keeping the fee requirement.The issue resonates across Europe, where other fee-supported broadcasters have gotten grumbling about mandatory charges from some viewers.Currently, Swiss households pay just over 450 francs (about $480 or 390 euros) per year. Billag agents often go door-to-door making collections. The fee is set to decrease next year to 365 francs (about $389 or 316 euros), but the referendum is based more on principle than precise payments.Defenders of the fees, relatively high by European standards, insist that Switzerland needs to charge more because the country has a high cost of living and four national languages. Public broadcasters strive for balance and to make sure even the tiny Romansh-speaking community in southeast Switzerland gets time with German, French and Italian speakers, they say.Referendum opponents also argue that if Switzerland’s public broadcasters disappear, rivals from elsewhere in Europe would step into the void and provide fewer Swiss-specific shows and news programs.“What would be obviously terrible is that the great moments that unite the country — I think of course the news, but also film, culture, and music production — all that will disappear,” said Gilles Marchand, director of SRG SSR, the parent company for publicly supported broadcasters that reaps 1.2 billion francs from the TV fees each year.“Will we really be better off because of this one franc per day that people can re-invest elsewhere?” he said.The initiative’s backers say it’s a question of free choice in a democratic society. By ending what they call a “quasi-monopolistic” Swiss broadcasting universe, families would have another 450 francs in their budgets.The referendum’s organizers insist the aim is not to kill off public TV and radio, but open it up to competition. While the initiative’s language does not mention SRG SSR and its affiliates, critics have taken shots at what they see consider the overly high salaries of its executives.“It’s fake news to say that ‘No Billag’ is the end of (German-language network) SRF and all the other medias, because we are sure that this company with 6,000 employees and a very good infrastructure, that they can win in a free market,” Christian Riesen, one of the leaders of the campaign against the fees, said.last_img read more