Eat a sub, help the local food bank

first_img WhatsApp Collin Sewell talks about new businesses that will be coming to Parks Legado in 2019. WhatsApp Jersey Mike’s Subs “Month of Giving”West Texas Food Bank has joined forces with Jersey Mike’s Subs restaurants, in both Midland and Odessa, for the eighth annual March “Month of Giving” fundraising campaign.During the month of March, customers can make a donation to the West Texas Food Bank at Jersey Mike’s at 7270 E. Highway 191, Suite 214, Odessa; and 4400 Midland Drive, No. 700, Midland.A “Day of Giving” has been scheduled from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. March 28, when Jersey Mike’s restaurants, in both Midland and Odessa, will donate 100 percent of the day’s sales to the West Texas Food Bank. Twitter Pinterest Local News Facebookcenter_img Twitter Facebook By admin – March 17, 2018 Pinterest Previous articleFree legal clinic for low-incomeNext articleGUEST VIEW: Easter — America needs a good story admin Eat a sub, help the local food banklast_img read more

Your digital branch

first_img continue reading » 15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Successful websites have morphed into profitable digital branches, using marketing automation to drive conversions. “Design your site for lead generation, to track buyer behavior,” suggests James Robert Lay, founder and CEO of Digital Growth Institute, Houston. “Don’t make it a glorified brochure. Instead, use relevant content for greater conversions. Examine product position; don’t focus solely on features but think how the consumer thinks and buys. Beware of cognitive overload as well; replace heavy text with bullets or graphics.”And consider your website as a place where business begins.“This is such a crucial point to grasp,” says Alexander Kesler founder and president of inSegment, Inc., Boston. “CUs can be all over the place when it comes to website design. For success, focus on the basics: design your site with proper SEO and keywords. Understand how to position your site within the competitive landscape. How will it drive traffic in your service area? How will you convert this traffic into sales?” Optimizing your site should also increase your existing members’ share-of-wallet more effectively than any physical branch.last_img read more

How to get into the Townsville property market

first_imgKeyes & Co principal Damien Keyes. Photo: Fiona Harding.THERE has never been a better time for first-home buyers to get into the market in Townsville with house prices bottoming out and interest rates at record lows.The median house price in Townsville is $340,000 as of the end of April, according to the latest Core Logic figures, 3.5 per cent lower than it was three months earlier.The Reserve Bank put the cash rate on hold at 1.5 per cent as of August 1. Buyers can find even more affordable houses in suburbs like Heatley where the median house price is $239,000, while Thuringowa Central, Garbutt, Wulguru, Condon, Vincent and Currajong all have median house prices under $270,000.REIQ Townsville zone chairman Damien Keyes said first home buyers were often put off by well-meaning but ill-informed advice to stay out of the property market.“Well-meaning friends and relatives who have purchased property will have advice for them but at some point you have to ignore three-quarters of that advice and just jump in,” he said. “Always start with the money and get yourself a good mortgage broker and build that relationship from day one. More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020Find out what deposit you need, find out how much the loan repayments will be and once you have that nailed down then you can go shopping for a house.”First-home buyers in search of affordability should stay away from suburbs like Castle Hill, where the median house price is $862,5000. North Ward, Rangewood and Belgian Gardens also all have median house prices well over the Townsville average and above $450,000.Mr Keyes said first home buyers shouldn’t be too picky. Many got bogged down by trying to find their dream home.“Don’t let perfect get in the way of getting started,” he said.“A lot of first-home buyers if they can’t have the stone benchtops and the theatre room they won’t jump in. “Get out open homes and see what the prices are doing … just don’t sit on the fence.“Places like Vincent have highset, solid home with a pool for around $270,000.”last_img read more

Men’s hockey: Granato doesn’t want Wisconsin to be players’ final stop

first_imgThere’s an intrinsic competitiveness in hockey players which drives them to the extremes.It’s shown in years of 6 a.m. practices or flooding backyards overnight to make shoddy rinks, by the numerous scars and missing teeth in their smiles — minute inconveniences to a misunderstood group of fanatics, pursuing their passion. The painful injuries and hardships that come with hockey are no small obstacles, but where they lead drive players forward — especially those on the University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team. It is something Wisconsin’s new head coach Tony Granato understands all too well.“Players that are Division I-caliber want to get to the NHL,” Granato said. “I don’t know that there’s a college hockey player out there who doesn’t dream of playing in the NHL … our job as coaches is to develop them as fast as we can to get them ready for that.”After wrapping up his 27-season NHL career this past spring —14 as a player and 13 as a coach — Granato is eager to help his players embark on the same journey he once took. It was after his four-year stint at Wisconsin, from 1983 to 1987, that he left college hockey to join the New York Rangers organization and pursue a professional career.Men’s hockey: A combination that almost didn’t happen; new coaching creates buzz over beaten down programIn the midst of a desperate attempt to keep the Detroit Red Wings’ 25-year playoff streak alive, coaching the Wisconsin Read…Now behind the bench at his alma mater, his playing days long behind him, Granato’s focus has shifted towards creating an environment to foster the development of the NHL’s next stars. His program will be centered around bringing in the best talent possible and immersing them into a faster, more demanding system. The product will be a smart and confident team ready to make proper reads when games are on the line — a team comprised of the types of players who can make an impact at the next level.“[Players] can have confidence in us that we’re getting them ready fast so they can have their opportunity [for the NHL],” Granato said. “With us they know they’ll have their best chance to be ready for pro hockey. Just like when you’re in any other sport you want to play with the best, and the best for us is the NHL.”Granato sees little difficulty in creating that environment, given the talent brought in before his time at Wisconsin and those set to join the program in the future. The Badgers signed Trent Frederic in April and received verbal commitments from top prospects Ty Emberson and K’Andre Miller during the summer — all players who can drive the intensity and work ethic Granato is looking to establish and have the chance to reach the next level.Men’s hockey: Badgers sign US National Development Team memberWisconsin men’s hockey’s first recruit since Tony Granato’s hiring was named Wednesday. Adding to the budding excitement surrounding the 2016-17 Read…Tapping into that desire to reach the NHL will not only bring in the best players, but bring out the best in Wisconsin’s players. Granato sees confidence and drive as the two most important factors which make great players, and a system that dares players to push their boundaries and be creative is a sure way to bring those characteristics to the surface.“The standards have been set by the history and tradition of our program and it’s our job to uphold that by doing things right,” Granato said. “Raising our personal standards and the work put in off the ice has helped to make sure that we’re ready for next year to be a more confident team. We’re trying to be a team that, instead of giving up a goal when the game is on the line, makes the right plays and has the confidence to win.”Aside from the overarching strategy Granato looks to carry out, he and his coaching staff can critique their players’ game down to, say, the minutia of a wrist-shot or how to lead an odd-man rush with the utmost expertise.Players are excited to pick the brain of the man who not only coached current and future NHL Hall of Famers, but during his 14 seasons as an NHL forward, played alongside the greatest to ever lace up a pair of skates — Wayne Gretzky. It’s a role Granato is excited to take on and for players like Luke Kunin, who have NHL careers budding on the horizon, a truly unique experience.“The intensity, the work ethic, the competitiveness [Granato and his staff] have will help [Wisconsin] tremendously,” Kunin said. “Tony was a great player and coach in the NHL and knows what it takes to be there. A lot of us want to be [in the NHL] and for a long time, so for us to have a coach like this is not only helpful, but special.”Goldsobel: Jurusik and Kunin named top NHL draft prospects, but need to prove worthWisconsin men’s hockey is not what it once was. It seems so long ago that they were one of the NCAA’s Read…Granato wants his program to provide the type of development Kunin and other players need to make it to the NHL. He is prepared to do anything to make that happen for them. Wisconsin is already a strong feeder to the NHL, but Granato has set a goal to keep the program pushing its boundaries and ensure his players’ success: become the predominant route to the NHL for college players.An advanced, skilled team is sure to develop and excite over the next few seasons. This is in stark contrast to those from the past two, and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see some of those players challenging for a Stanley Cup one day. As Jason King, senior associate athletic director, put it, everyone involved at Wisconsin believes in and are excited about what Granato and his staff are doing.“We want a really strong hockey product on the ice,” King said. “We’ve taken the steps to do that by bringing in this coaching staff.”last_img read more

Man City Keep Winning, United Lose at Huddersfield

first_imgManchester City moved five points clear at the top of the Premier League as second-placed Manchester United’s unbeaten run surprisingly ended at Huddersfield Town.City’s quality eventually shone through in a 3-0 home win against Burnley as Sergio Aguero equalled the club’s all-time scoring record.The Argentine tucked in a first-half penalty to equal Eric Brook’s tally of 177 before City, who had previously been free-scoring at Etihad Stadium, wore down the visitors and added further goals though Nicolas Otamendi and Leroy Sane. Neighbours United had only conceded twice in their opening eight league matches, but Jose Mourinho’s side lost their defensive solidity against newly-promoted Huddersfield. Aaron Mooy and Laurent Depoitre took advantage of first-half errors as the Terriers beat United for the first time since 1952, despite Marcus Rashford’s strike setting up a nervy finish.In the lunchtime kick-off, defending champions Chelsea came from behind in a thrilling 4-2 win against Watford. Aiming to avoid a third league defeat, Antonio Conte’s side trailed 2-1 before substitute Michy Batshuayi (2) and Cesar Azpilicueta lifted the Blues above Watford into fourth.Leicester’s players might have been “raw” after the sacking of Craig Shakespeare, but they showed few ill-effects as caretaker manager Michael Appleton began with a 2-1 win at Swansea.Federico Fernandez’s own goal and a strike from Shinji Okazaki lifted the 2015-16 champions to 13th, despite Swans defender Alfie Mawson pulling a goal back with more than half an hour to play.Stoke dropped into the relegation zone as they paid the price for a slow start against Bournemouth. Andrew Surman and Junior Stanislas put the visitors in control inside the opening 18 minutes and, despite Mame Biram Diouf narrowing the gap, the second-bottom Cherries held on to win 2-1 and move to within one point of safety.Crystal Palace, aiming to follow up last week’s first league win of the season when they travelled to Newcastle United, came away with nothing as Mikel Merino headed in a late winner.In the evening kick-off, Sofiane Boufal scored a sensational solo goal to give Southampton a 1-0 victory over West Brom, their first home win since August. The Baggies remain without a league win since the second day of the season.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Do These Walls Need a Poly Vapor Barrier?

first_imgZane Bridgers is building a single-story house in northern New Mexico and has nearly completed the framed exterior walls. As his mind turns to air sealing, he’s considering whether to install an interior vapor barrier — and whether his uncle, a builder of 40 years, is giving him good advice on how to proceed. Walls on the slab-on-grade structure will include R-19 fiberglass cavity insulation, 5/8-inch OSB sheathing, a 2-inch layer of polyiso rigid insulation, a drainage layer and, finally, three-coat stucco. In the roof, Bridgers plans 6-mil poly under the drywall, followed by 2 inches of polyiso, R-38 fiberglass batts, a 2-inch ventilation channel, OSB sheathing and metal roofing. “This is a predominately cold and dry heating climate with big temperature swings,” Bridgers writes in a Q&A post of the Climate Zone 5 locale. “I was talking with my uncle who has been a builder here for 40 years. He was explaining the importance of dry heat for optimal performance of fiberglass insulation, hence his recommendation to put the 6 mil plastic on the ceiling … I was planning to tape the foil faced polyiso for this effect, but he thinks it’s a waste of time and effort vs. the 6 mil poly.”RELATED ARTICLESWorries About Trapping MoistureSite-Built Ventilation Baffles for RoofsCalculating the Minimum Thickness of Rigid Foam SheathingOne Air Barrier or Two?Vapor Retarders and Vapor Barriers Bridgers is equally concerned about another bit of advice he’s been given: Add a layer of poly to the walls. “This caused a bit more concern as it seems it could potentially trap moisture in the wall cavity, especially since I had planned foil-faced polyiso under the stucco, also taped,” Bridgers adds. “He suggested leaving somewhere for the moisture to go.” Bridgers has two other questions. First, is it a waste of time to seal the OSB and framing when the exterior foam and drywall seem like much easier ways of controlling air leaks? And second, with a continuous layer of rigid foam over the wall sheathing, where is the point in the assembly where condensation is likely to occur? Those concerns will get us started on this Q&A Spotlight. Water doesn’t need to escape GBA editor Martin Holladay, referring Bridgers to an article he had written on the topic previously, notes that interior moisture doesn’t really need to go anywhere. “Water doesn’t need to escape from your house,” Holladay writes. “Although it’s true that indoor air is warm and humid during the winter, while outdoor air is cold and dry, that doesn’t mean that indoor moisture needs to ‘escape’ from your house. It’s perfectly OK if the indoor moisture stays where it is without ‘escaping.’ ” Holladay explains that walls with exterior rigid foam should never have interior polyethylene, since foam-sheathed walls need to be able to dry to the interior. Either polyiso or expanded polystyrene (EPS) insulation would make a good choice, and taping the seams would be time well spent. “Air sealing efforts are almost never a waste of time,” he says. “Whether or not you need redundancy (basically, multiple air barriers) depends on your airtightness target and your budget.” What about Bridgers’ concerns about condensation inside the walls? “The idea is to specify enough rigid foam on the exterior of your wall sheathing so that condensation does not occur,” Holladay says. “In your climate zone, your rigid foam needs a minimum R-value of R-7.5 if your walls are framed with 2x6s. “Skip the interior polyethylene,” he adds, “pay attention to airtightness, and everything will be fine.” What about venting the roof? If the walls are better off without the poly, should it still be used in the ceiling? Bridgers asks. There’s no code requirement for including a vapor barrier on the interior side of a vented roof assembly, Holladay replies. The most important thing is airtightness, not preventing vapor diffusion. Drywall can be an air barrier, providing Bridgers pays close attention to sealing any penetrations, particularly the electrical boxes. Bridgers sees a problem with adding foam or plastic ventilation baffles above the fiberglass in the roof because either would prevent moisture from being wicked out of the insulation. “The purpose of the vent channel is to help keep the roof sheathing dry,” Holladay says. “You are not trying to wick moisture out of the fiberglass … You aren’t trying to help indoor moisture escape. It’s OK if indoor moisture stays where it is, all winter long.” One air barrier is enough Peter Engle writes that Bridgers has three potential air barriers in the ceiling: the foil facing on the foam insulation, the poly, and the drywall. “You only need one, well detailed and airtight,” Engle says. “If you can make the drywall airtight, you can skip the poly and use any polyiso foam you want, or EPS foam. If you are worried about the drywall being airtight, you can tape the seams in the foil polyiso.” Jon R, however, suggests there’s nothing wrong with multiple air barriers. “More air barriers will generally outperform one,” he says. “If you can only have one, the best (for your climate) is the interior side.” Addressing the risk of condensation Jon R adds that the choice of exterior foam may make a difference to how well the wall performs: “With external foam, a wall that can dry a little to the exterior (say EPS) will outperform a similar wall that can’t (say same R-value of foil-faced foam).” He takes issue with the idea that a wall must be designed so that there is a zero chance of condensation taking place. “The idea is to reduce the amount of condensation to the point where it sometimes occurs but isn’t enough to cause a problem,” he writes. “Going beyond that, all the way to ‘no condensation’ is unnecessary expense. Some in-wall condensation *will occur* at the minimum recommended foam R values.” Holladay replies: “When sheathing is cold in the winter, and in contact with warm humid air, what happens isn’t really condensation. It’s sorption. The moisture content of the cold OSB or plywood sheathing increases when the warm humid air is in contact with it.” That said, the building science in this case is clear. When the exterior foam is thick enough, the sheathing stays dry. If the foam is too thin, the siding may get damp, which is risky. With that in mind, Bridgers asks, would a 2-inch layer of polyiso with an R-value of 13 be a better bet than a 2-inch layer of EPS, with an R-value of 8? “That’s exactly the right type of question,” Jon R replies. “WUFI might provide a useful answer. Forced to weigh various factors and guess in your case (never a good way to do design), I’d say the R-13. Better than either if it were unfaced/higher perms.” Agreed, says Holladay: R-13 is preferable to R-8. Our expert’s opinion GBA technical director Peter Yost made the following points: Cavity or interstitial condensation: There are two primary drivers of this phenomenon: the difference in temperature between the interior and exterior, and the interior relative humidity. Yes, it’s plenty dry in New Mexico during the winter, but occupants can generate quite a bit of moisture (for more, see this). So, make sure you manage interior sources of moisture and have humidity-sensing devices so that occupants know what the interior relative humidity is. Location and nature of air control layer/barrier: If I only get to choose one location for an air barrier, I choose the exterior, for two reasons. One, it’s much easier to get continuity on the exterior (no intersecting interior partitions or floor assemblies to worry about). Two, exterior air barriers deal better with wind-washing at the corners of buildings. Continuity is key. It’s easy to designate elements of the air control layer, but more difficult to get them all connected. Pick one plane for the air barrier, and then make it continuous. If you can get more than one air barrier, great. But one continuous barrier is way more beneficial than two or more discontinuous ones. Building assembly drying potential: It’s ideal to select every individual layer of an assembly (based on vapor permeance) so that there is drying in both directions, but our assemblies are complex enough these days that settling for drying potential in one direction is reasonable. Avoid selecting Class I — and if you can, Class II — vapor retarding materials on one side of your assembly or the other to get that single-direction drying potential. Bottom line: There’s absolutely no need for polyethylene. Don’t put in a Class I vapor retarder/barrier unless you have to.last_img read more

San Beda clobbers Arellano to end 1st round on seven-game streak

first_imgCelebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Kobe Paras reminisces dad Benjie’s UP days Robert Bolick. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netSan Beda went on a killer tear in the second quarter and cruised to a 95-70 beatdown of Arellano to close the first round of the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament on a seven-game winning streak Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Evoking memories of last year’s Finals, Robert Bolick once again emerged as the biggest thorn in the side of the Chiefs as the senior guard anchored the Red Lions’ 20-3 assault in the second frame to turn a close 28-27 lead to a 48-30 halftime advantage.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Surprise starter Archie Concepcion also churned out a solid showing with 10 points and eight rebounds in the defeat.The Scores:SAN BEDA 95 – Bolick 23, Mocon 19, Tankoua 15, Potts 6, Soberano 6, Noah 6, Tongco 5, Bahio 5, Cabanag 4, Doliguez 3, Carino 3, Abuda 0, Oftana 0, Adamos 0.ARELLANO 70 – Salado 26, Flores 10, Concepcion 10, Enriquez 6, Canete 3, Ongolo Ongolo 3, Meca 3, Dela Cruz 2, Nicholls 2, Villoria 2, Alcoriza 2, Taywan 1, Abanes 0, Padilla 0, Filart 0.Quarters: 23-18, 48-30, 70-52, 95-70.ADVERTISEMENT Bolick dropped 13 of his 23 points in the first half, to go with six rebounds and two assists in the win.Javee Mocon also unloaded 19 markers, 14 boards, three dimes, two steals, and a block in his all-around performance, while Donald Tankoua also contributed 15 points, five rebounds, and six assists in the victory as San Beda wrapped up the first round at 8-1.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“We were happy that we got this win to finish the first round with only one loss. At least, we’re two games ahead of third-running JRU,” said coach Boyet Fernandez, with his eyes firmly locked into the future. “As I always say, our goal is to always take good care of ourselves and look forward on winning more games.”Kent Salado paced Arellano (3-6) with 26 points, two rebounds, and two assists, while Lervin Flores got 10 markers and six boards. Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesterslast_img read more

Porter ‘moving on’ from Timbers after five years

first_imgMLS Timbers announce Porter ‘moving on’ from head coach position Ben Valentine @bvalentine14 Last updated 1 year ago 00:20 11/18/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Caleb Porter Portland Timbers MLS 10162016 MLS Portland Timbers The MLS side and coach have released statements confirming the split after five years Portland Timbers head coach Caleb Porter is leaving the organization after five seasons in charge, the MLS side announced Friday.”During Caleb’s five seasons with our club, we reached new heights and accomplished great things together,” said Timbers owner Merritt Paulson in a statement published on the team’s website. “His commitment, passion and talent were essential in bringing many on-field successes to our supporters, our club and our city, most notably our first MLS Cup. More than that, he has been a friend whom I have enjoyed working with.“I respect Caleb’s decision to seek his next challenge. He leaves Portland with a lasting legacy valued by everyone associated with the club, and I wish him nothing but success in the future. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Porter, who led the Timbers to the 2015 MLS Cup crown, also released a statement confirming his departure and thanking the organization and its fans.“My goal in taking the Timbers job was to lead the club to new heights and to win things that had never been done by the organization,” Porter said in his statement. “Looking back and reflecting on my time with the Timbers, I am very proud of the results we all achieved and I know that joining the club in 2013 was one of the best decisions of my life.”Hired in 2013, the Timbers had a 68-50-52 record during his reign and made the postseason three of Porter’s five seasons in charge, culminating in a 2015 MLS Cup triumph over the Columbus Crew for the organization’s first MLS crown. Porter also won the MLS’ Coach of the Year award in 2013.Thank you, Caleb. For everything you gave this club and this city. #rctid— Merritt Paulson (@MerrittPaulson) November 17, 2017In the two seasons prior to Porter’s arrival, the Timbers did not make the postseason.Before arriving in Portland, Porter was the head coach of the University of Akon, and managed the United States Under-23 side during a failed qualification for the 2012 Olympics in London. He also led the Timbers to the semifinal of the 2013 U.S. Open Cup, and a quarterfinal appearance in the competition in 2014.This season, the Timbers finished first in the Western Conference in 2017, the second time they accomplished that feat during Porter’s tenure, but were eliminated by the Houston Dynamo 2-1 on aggregate in the semifinal round of the conference playoffs.last_img read more

Some chiefs raise concerns AFN ignoring views of Treaty nations

first_imgAPTN National NewsMONCTON, NB.-The push by Assembly of First Nations national Chief Shawn Atleo to radically alter Canada’s relationship with First Nations has left some chiefs wondering whether the national organization is overreaching on its mandate.Some chiefs in Saskatchewan and Quebec crafted a resolution aimed at curtailing the national organization a day after the AFN unveiled plans to not only get rid of the Indian Act, but also the Aboriginal Affairs department.“The chiefs-in-assembly have not mandated the Assembly of First Nations to formally engage in a process with the federal government on their behalf on legislation that impacts and or abrogates inherent and Treaty rights,” reads the resolution, which failed to make debate Wednesday despite efforts by some chiefs to have it reach the floor of the assembly. “First Nations are the only ones who can negotiate, repeal or amend the Indian Act or negotiate the development of federal legislation with Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada.”The resolution was backed by Thunderchild First Nation Chief Delbert Wapass from Saskatchewan and Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation Chief Gilbert Whiteduck from Quebec.The resolution is expected to reach the floor for the debate Thursday, but many of the Saskatchewan chiefs who wanted to speak to it will already be on their way home, said Chief Raphael Paul, from English River First Nation in Saskatchewan.Policy analyst Russ Diabo, a Mohawk from Kahnawake, said the resolution was a bit of an “overreaction.”Diabo said Atleo has made it clear it is up to the chiefs to drive the process to change a system that is irreparably broken.Paul, however, said Saskatchewan chiefs feel that the focus of the AFN seems to be dominated by the interests of British Columbia chiefs, who form Atleo’s power base.“We are from Saskatchewan (and) B.C. has a different perspective on the treaties and they have to respect our perspective,”said Paul. “We have to protect our perspective on how we interpret our treaties.”No treaties were signed in B.C. and First Nations there have embarked on crafting modern day agreements.Paul said there needed to be more consultation before major initiatives get announced.“There was a lack of consultation, we need to be consulted before we make any move on our inherent and treaty rights,” said Paul. “I want this group to listen to us too. I was in Calgary when the all night session took place and we voted (Atleo) in and he said ‘we are going to respect your treaties’ and that is why we voted (for) him when he said that.”Atleo, in his opening speech, attempted to preempt these concerns by highlighting the uniqueness of the numbered treaties which cover Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, parts of Ontario and the Northwest Territories.“Regardless of your specific First Nation-Crown relationship, (whether it is) pre-Confederation, numbered Treaty, modern Treaty or other agreements, we are all pursuing our own way forward based on rights and responsibilities,” Atleo said in his speech. “It is so clear to me that we all must work together and support one another.”Atleo appears to have caught the attention of Prime Minister Stephen Harper who remains open to a historic meeting with First Nations leaders which could happen as early as this fall.In a letter from Harper to Atleo, released by the AFN, the prime minister said he was also willing to hear more about Atleo’s proposals to get rid of the Indian Act and reform the treaty implementation process and the settling of comprehensive claims.“A number of factors need to be examined when considering broad-based reform proposals, such as your recommendations to eliminate the Indian Act and reform the federal approach to treaty implementation and comprehensive claims,” wrote Harper, in the June 21 letter. “I am interested in learning more about your proposals.”Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Peter Penashue, a former Innu leader, said Wednesday Ottawa would be willing to explore removing the Indian Act and replacing the department of Aboriginal Affairs if that was the will of Atleo and chiefs.last_img read more

Man dies after confrontation with RCMP in Igloolik

first_imgAPTN National NewsIGLOOLIK — Local RCMP have shot and killed a man at his residence in Igloolik, Nunavut.RCMP have said in a statement that they were “checking the well-being” of a man at his home when he advanced toward officers wielding a weapon and uttering threats. During the confrontation, he was shot by an RCMP officer, and later died of his injuries at the local health centre.The nature of the weapon the man was holding is unclear.RCMP said that an investigation will be launched into the incident, and that the Major Crimes Unit is en route from Iqaluit to secure the scene. They also say that it is “too early at this point” to determine what set off the confrontation.An officer sustained non-life-threatening injuries at the scene.last_img