American Rape Culture

December 18, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Rape culture killed Lizzy Seeberg. It’s why the media chose to focus not on the horrific crime she endured but instead to defend her alleged perpetrator, a precedent set in Steubenville when they decided to lament the loss of two young men’s futures after they raped a girl and posted pictures of themselves on Instagram holding her limp body by the wrist and ankles. Rape culture is the reason why, according to RAINN (Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network), 60 percent of sexual assaults are not reported and 97 percent of rapists never see a day in jail.Rape culture is a harsh, ugly term appropriate for the harsh, ugly phenomenon that pervades the darkest corners of our society, bleeds into the minds of our children, and spews forth from the mouths of ignorant congressmen, pious college deans, and deified football coaches. In our “first world country” rape is excused, brushed aside or even expected due to the ideologies of our society—the same ideologies that brush women aside, put them in binders, blame them for our eviction from Eden and marginalize their thoughts, actions, and bodies.Take the Steubenville rape case, where two 16-year-old boys were accused, tried, and found guilty of sexually assaulting and digitally raping a 16-year-old girl while she was intoxicated and unconscious. CNN, in all its veritable news source glory, chose the perplexing stance of universal sympathy for both the perpetrators and the victims. While the newscasters were criticized for their concern over the wellbeing of the aggressors, one can’t help but want to put their fist through a wall when reading the backwards quotes that spewed from Candy Crowley and Poppy Harlow’s mouths, which included lamentations on how “difficult” it was “for anyone in [the courtroom] to watch those boys break down” (Huffington Post). Here is where the baffling rape culture phenomena prevailed yet again—two female news anchors pitied the boys who raped an incapacitated girl, worried about their futures, and continuously aired footage of their families begging for forgiveness.Rape culture is why Lizzy Seeberg (the religious college freshman from a family of Notre Dame supporters) was deemed the aggressor in a sexually-charged encounter with an ND football player that left her reeling and seeking support. And the barrage of threatening text messages she received afterwards warning her not to “mess with Notre Dame football” was solely because she was the girl who cried rape after feeling shameful of her sexual promiscuity, right? And of course Lizzy killed herself because of her temptress tendencies, not because a man with a history of violent behavior put his hands on her in a way that made her uncomfortable, right? And certainly not because he got away with it, right? The accused (who later publicly revealed himself as Prince Shembo, noted Notre Dame football star and a “complete gentleman” according to his lawyer), was not interviewed by campus police until five days after Lizzy Seeberg’s body was found cold (thedailybeast.com). His stance on the entire affair: “I didn’t do anything. I’m, pretty much, I’m the one who ended it and pretty much told the girl that we should stop, that we shouldn’t be doing this and that’s what happened. So, I don’t know” (ESPN.com).But why is an issue that pervades every corner of our society rarely spoken of?Some, to whom I refer as narrow-minded idiots, will say it’s because rape culture doesn’t exist—that it’s just a bunch of sluts who got hopped up on frat-boy punch and are embarrassed that they let someone stick it in their butt, that they need to throw around the rape card to save their dignity, that it’s not a proven set of statistics; it’s women being irresponsible, it’s short skirts, it’s an unclear “no,” it’s “boys being boys.” This widespread ideology is why, in 2005, only 40 percent of colleges surveyed by the National Institute of Justice offered sexual assault training. It’s why only one-third of schools are fully compliant, according to the Clery Act, which requires on-campus crimes to be reported to federal education officials (rainn.org). According to a CDC-issued pamphlet, one in five women experience rape at some point in their lives, and 37.4 percent of women are first raped in their college years, between the ages of 18 and 24. And yet we as a political society preoccupy ourselves with presidential birth certificates and sexual orientation.Rape culture isn’t being discussed at presidential debates or in the pages of your local newspapers because it has become normalized. It has seeped into our culture and rests in a clandestine, rotting portion of the nation’s subconscious and gushes forth like acidic vomit from the mouths of idiots. Of course those Steubenville boys (Trent Mays and Ma’Lik Richmond) should be pitied for raping an intoxicated 16-year-old, because it’s a classic case of boys being boys, right? And if she really didn’t want to get raped, perhaps she shouldn’t have gotten so drunk, right?The pictures below include screenshots of the Tweets posted by one of the young men who was present during Mays’ and Richmond’s assault, as well as a picture that was posted on Instagram by another witness depicting the accused holding the obviously incapacitated victim by her wrists and ankles:(Photo courtesy of: xojane.com)This ambivalence towards the assault of a young woman, the glorification of sexual assault and the jocular tone adopted by young men in reference to what should be considered a heinous, despicable act are the main contributors to the horrific reality that is the American rape culture. But wait—maybe those little anecdotes have yet to convince you. Maybe the oversexualization of the female body across all forms of media (television, rap music, video games, gossip rags, college blogs, etc.) hasn’t already proven to you that women have been reduced to objects that are up for grabs and subject to the seemingly never-ending male gaze.Let’s look at how the word “rape” has evolved in today’s society—plug in your Xbox 360 headset and put in the latest incarnation of Call of Duty and you’ll hear a chorus of “We’re gonna rape” and “I got raped” and “You just got raped” raining down in a torrent of ignorance. But rape is not a word used to describe your dominance over someone in a popular video game. It has a dark, evil meaning and should never be used capriciously—and yet it is. Sitcoms drop rape jokes that are met with laugh tracks instead of cringing—in the rape-joke filled and criminally unfunny CBS sitcom 2 Broke Girls, Kat Denning’s character Max mocks an annoying girl with this gem: “Somebody date-raped me and I didn’t think I’d live through it, but I did, but now I am stronger, and I’m still needy.” HILARIOUS. Comedians throw around the word “rape” like ignorant hand grenades, and the genuine laughter of a live audience cradles them in their arms. Two years ago at The Laugh Factory, infamously crude comedian Daniel Tosh was heckled by a female audience member who didn’t find his rape jokes funny and responded with “Wouldn’t it be funny if that girl got raped by, like, five guys right now? Like right now?” Yes, Daniel, that would be the funniest thing ever, and I bet you would air it on Tosh.0, too, and provide us all with your biting wit during a video breakdown of it, as well.Thumbs up for creativity, Tosh. We have managed to take a direct assault on the human body, an invasion of a foreign object, an ignorance of a human being’s free will and the complete marginalization of women as equal members of society and turned it into a joke thrown around at frat parties and shouted over headsets during video games.Rape culture is not a joke. The only way to combat such stupidity is by changing the way our society looks at women and changing how we handle violent masculinity. No more victim blaming, no more shrugging of shoulders and chalking it up to testosterone. Zero tolerance for harassment. Boycott sexually explicit jokes.The tragedy of Lizzy Seeberg and the assault of the young woman from Steubenville are not unrelated, isolated incidents. They are connected by a thread that represents the very fabric of the gigantic, messed up quilt that is American rape culture.last_img read more

Marshalltown postpones IMCA World Nationals

September 23, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgMARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (March 29) – Due to already wet track conditions, impending steady heavy rains today and colder temperatures not allowing for any track drying, Marshalltown Speedway officials have announced postponement of this weekend’s IMCA World Nationals special.“We feel it is best to postpone the World Nationals as conditions will not allow us to prep the track to the standards for which we are known,” explained Promoter Toby Kruse. “With that said, the World Nationals will be held Oct. 12-14.”“It’s a downer because there was so much interest in this event,” he added. “These are always tough decisions but they are made with the best interest of the racers, crews and fans in mind.”Plans are for the format to remain the same on the postponed date: IMCA Modifieds race for $10,000 to win and a minimum of $500 to start their 2018 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifier. Two $1,000 to win features are slated for IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods with a pair of $500 to win features for IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks on the card as well.last_img read more

Rosicky to remain with Gunners

September 20, 2020 0 Comments

first_img Asked if he expected Rosicky to stay, Wenger replied: “Yes.” The Arsenal manager added: “We have taken up the option (of a one-year contract extension).” Arsenal are likely to strengthen the squad in the summer, with Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech a reported target. However, it remains to be seen whether the Blues will allow the veteran stopper to join one of their title rivals. The close relationship between Cech and Rosicky is also said to be a factor in any potential £10million deal. Wenger, however, insisted such issues should play no part in any transfer. “Tomas Rosicky is not involved in the transfer market at all, he will be with us next season and we do not use the players for that,” the Arsenal boss said. “Most of the time it is the players who want to join you who come in. Sometimes they might call each other, but we do not get the players to interfere with that.” Czech midfielder Tomas Rosicky is set to stay at Arsenal next season, manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed. The 34-year-old has been on the fringes of the squad this season, making only five starts in the Barclays Premier League. However, Wenger insisted the former Borussia Dortmund playmaker remained integral to his plans for 2015-16. Press Association Arsenal will be out to sign off from their Premier League season with a return to winning ways against West Brom on Sunday, and so take some momentum into the FA Cup final. Wenger’s men laboured through a goalless draw at home to Sunderland on Wednesday night, which was enough to keep the Mackems up and all but secured third place for the Gunners. “We have fought very hard to directly qualify for the Champions League and we want to get over the line and finish the job, which we couldn’t do on Wednesday night. We want to do it in a convincing way on Sunday,” said Wenger, whose side have not scored at home for three games. Arsenal forward Danny Welbeck has been troubled a painful knee injury which could put him in a race against time to be fit for both the FA Cup final against Aston Villa on May 30 and also international duty with England in June. “Danny will go out today for the first time, we have to wait for the response to that to know if he responds in a positive way. He could be fit very quickly,” said Wenger. “There is a good chance that he will be available for England, however it is difficult to know. “But certainly if he is not available for the FA Cup final, I can’t see him being competitive enough for England.” Midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was not included in the England squad named on Thursday as he continues to recover from first an inflamed groin and then hamstring problem which sidelined him since early March. “It is not impossible (to make the FA Cup final) because he starts full training today. We will see how he responds to that,” said Wenger. “The difference (in not being selected for England) is that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has not played in any competition for a long time. That lack of competition takes some time to come back to a good competitive level. “I didn’t tell him (England manager Roy Hodgson) not to pick Oxlade-Chamberlain. He has looked when he played his last game and has then decided.” Wenger added: “Danny Welbeck is not out for a long time and he has nothing at all on any scan, just bone bruising on his knee, that is just the pain that will decide if he is fit or not.” last_img read more

Patrons flock CPL office on 1st day of ticket sales

January 11, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgEager cricket fans wasted no time on Thursday morning as they poured into the CPL office located at 238 Camp and Quamina Streets to secure their tickets at the 2018 edition of the “Biggest Party in Sport”.Guyana Amazon Warriors’ Operations Manager Omar Khan displays two of this year’s ticketsThe ticketing office opened its doors on Thursday morning and was met with scores of cricket lovers, who just could not wait to purchase the Hero Caribbean Premier League tickets.At a small press briefing, Guyana Amazon Warriors’ Operations Manager, Omar Khan shared a little about the overwhelming response.“This has been a long awaited moment, the start of the CPL ticket sale. We have had numerous inquiries from the cri fans not only inside of Guyana but outside of Guyana about when ticket sales would be starting. We are very happy to announce that we finally have systems, things in place and ticket sales have started this morning (Thursday) and people are excited. People are calling and inquiring about the tickets,” Khan eagerly stated.An ecstatic fan shows off her just-purchased tickets outside the CPL ticket office on Camp and Quamina StreetsTicket prices currently stand at $5000 for the Red and Green Stands, $3000 for the Orange Stand and $2500 for the grass mound. Additionally, car passes are priced at $1500 for the Providence tarmac and $500 for the outer parking lot. The Operating Manager also disclosed that the 2018 tickets have been provided by a new ticketing company. “This year we have a new ticketing company that will be doing the tickets for us – Bookmyshow.com. So you will see a difference in the colours, the system and the information on the ticket,” he stated.As such, a representative from the ticket company was present to explain some of the top-notch security features that are embedded in each ticket. “We have a barcode which is a logic so it cannot be changed. We have a scanner, which we will scan and get a report on it,” he explained.While it is a known fact that Guyana will be hosting seven games at the Providence Stadium, tickets for the first three matches in August are currently on sale and tickets for the additional four matches will be available for purchase at a later date. In the first three matches, the Guyana Amazon Warriors will come up against the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots on August 9 at 18:00h (6pm), the St Lucia Stars on August 11 at 16:00h (4pm) and the Barbados Tridents on August 12 at 18:00h (6pm).A CPL fan checks out some of the displayed merchandiseWhen visiting the ticket office, fans can also take the opportunity to purchase their Guyana Amazon Warriors’ attire. Various merchandise inclusive of clothing, hats, autographed bats, balls, bags, whistles and other keepsakes are currently on sale. Additionally, a new line of merchandise is expected to be on sale from next week.The ticket office will be opened from 09:00h to 17:00h (9am to 5pm) on weekdays and from 09:00h to 13:00h (9am to 1pm) on Saturdays. Patrons are being urged to purchase their tickets for the “Biggest Party in Sport” early so as to avoid the rush of last-minute purchasing.last_img read more

The Surprisingly Fascinating World of Frame Rates

December 12, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgLet’s take a closer look at a few different frame rates and how you can utilize them in your film and video projects.Top image via WingNut FilmsFrame rate, also commonly described as frames per second (fps) is a term used to describe how many still frames we see in a single second. As a filmmaker, it will be one of the first settings you choose — 24, 25, 30. Universally, 24fps is accepted as the norm for a “cinematic” frame rate. 30fps is accepted for broadcast in North America, and 25fps is the broadcast standard in Europe.In the one-second sequence below, there are a number of individual frames passing each second. To be specific, there are twenty-four individual stills.Below, we have the shot split into its individual frames, each frame representing 1/24th of a second.The question for this segment: Why 24? I find it incredibly useful to know how a clock ticks rather than just knowing what it does.  Why not 22, or 28.59? Why are we given these exact frame rates to work with? You’ll find many filmmakers opting for 24fps because it is the standard fps for making your films feel “cinematic.” However, cinematic is just a relative term to what we think looks normal.You may recall many articles that were published in 2013 talking about how The Hobbit films looked like they were cheap daytime television dramas. This was because it was shot at 48fps which gave us an entirely different aesthetic.Why we shoot at 24fps comes down to many reasons, and from years of reading and research around this topic, there isn’t a specific one. It is a compilation of various factors.How Humans Perceive FramesImage via ShutterstockWe can perceive ten to twelve passing frames as distinct individual images. As soon as more images pass each second, the gap between each image shortens, and our brains recognize the images as motion. This was first documented by psychologist Max Wertheimer, who coined phi phenomenon. From the early 1900s to the 1920s, there was no industry-standard frame rate; there were no rules. It was simply in the best interests of studios to keep the frame rates low — the higher the frame rate, the more film that had to be used. The more film that had to be used, the more money that had to be spent.Although greater frame rates would produce better persistence of vision, 16fps became the unofficial standard for silent films. It was enough to create the illusion of motion, and studio execs were not losing cash with every turn of the hand crank.There are a few variations of why 24fps was specifically chosen. In the video below (from Filmmaker IQ), John P. Hess explains that 24fps was chosen because a new modern standardization of frame rate had to be initiated due to the introduction of sound.24fps was chosen because of math; it is an easily divided number, and editors would be able to work out specific time cuts based on the number of frames. Twelve frames would be half a second, six frames would be a quarter of a second, and so forth.While the silent film was able to entertain the masses, filmmakers still wanted to push their new medium further. They wanted the audience to hear the spoken word like theater. Plus, the introduction of household radios was offering new and exciting stories that cinema and theater could not. The pioneers of filmmaking had been trying to synchronize sound since the early 1900s. In the 1920s, they had their first breakthrough.In the beginning, inventors such as Lee de Forest attempted to record and synchronize sound by transferring the vibrations of sound waves into etchings on a soft wax disk. Unfortunately, it was very easy for the sound to fall out of sync because both visual and audio had been recorded separately with different recording speeds.This was a bust for de Forest, but he did later go on to invent the Phonofilm, in which the method of recording an optical track alongside the film strip was introduced. The method made it physically impossible for the two to fall out of sync, as they were in the same format.You can watch a video by Encyclopaedia Britannica Films explaining exactly how this phenomenon of printed sound is achieved.Throughout the 1920s, various inventors and filmmakers continued to push both recording mediums. De Forest improved the audio quality with his Phonofilm, while Western Electronic and Warner Brothers were pushing boundaries with the recorded disk format with the Vitaphone, seen below.Image via George R. GrovesThe Vitaphone, however, was about to set to path the way for frame rate standardization. To overcome the synchronization issue that de Forest had with his disk format, the Vitaphone had the discs and the film projection both mechanically driven by synchronous electric motors powered from a common source. This made it a lot harder for the sound to fall out of sync.The engineers of the Vitaphone system had chosen to use the sixteen-inch disk format at a playing speed of 33 1/3 rpm. Rotating at 33 1/3rpm would give the disk eleven minutes of playing time, which was also the same amount of time that 1000 feet of film would play at 90 feet a minute: twenty-four frames per second.Different methods of capturing sound were set with various frame rates of film. That was set to change in 1927.The following passage is taken from Moving Image Technology: From Zoetrope to Digital:The standardization of identical shooting and projection speeds was the first significant effect of the conversion to sound to be felt. Whereas the reproduction of movement can, in some cases, vary over quite wide limits without the effect being perceived by the untrained eye, the reproduction analogue audio cannot, for the simple reason that varying the speed of playback of a recording also varies its pitch.In September 1927, the SMPTE’s Standards and Nomenclature Committee undertook a fact-finding exercise in order to establish what speeds the emerging sound systems were using. The two which were entering commercial use (Vitaphone and Movietone) both used 24fps. THE RCA variable area system, still in development at this point, used 22fps, while de Forest Phonofilms (which had virtually ceased production by that point) ran at 20fps. Accepting that, trends in exhibition practice over the previous decade and decisions made by the designers of two the most successful sound systems had effectively standardized 24fps by default.So, we could say that 24fps is the default solely because Vitaphone had reached the finish line first with 1927’s The Jazz Singer. If it had not, 22fps might have well been the norm for shooting.The Jazz Singer, while not the first film to include sound, was the first film to have synchronized dialogue.FPS compared to Shutter SpeedShutter speed and frames per second inevitably get mixed up by those new to the medium. Although separate components, they both work in unison. While frame rate dictates the number of frames that are exposed each second, shutter speed dictates for how long that frame is exposed for.For cinematic/smooth looking footage, the rule of thumb is to set your shutter speed double the frame rate. This will give you an 180-degree shutter, although this term is a conceptual term for when rotary shutters would advance a frame with each rotation. Therefore, if your frames per second is 24, your shutter speed should be set at 1/48. Some lower-budget cameras don’t support the ability to chose 1/48, but 1/50 will be just as okay.How to Use FPS to Aid Your FilmHow can you use frames per second to aid your storytelling? Of course, the most common practice would be slow motion. An older term for slow motion is overcranking, a reference back to the days of Lee de Forest where the camera operator would crank the film faster to increase the amount of passing frames per second. This was first pioneered by August Musger in the early 20th century.The diagram above represents half a second of footage at 24fps. When shooting at double the frame rate — 48fps — you are capturing an entire 24 frames in a half-second. The slow motion is produced by then interpreting those extra frames into your standard frame rate.What is Undercranking?Undercranking, as you might have guessed, is the reverse of slow motion; it is the form of fast motion. Although the act of slowing down the frames per second has essentially become what we now know as a timelapse. Taking stills and conforming them to a motion sequence is far more cost effective than doing it with film stock or a cinema camera.The technique of undercranking to speed up characters for dramatic or comedic effect has died down, and unlike the days where film would be shot at a slower than normal frame rate then sped up, many filmmakers can now film at 24fps and simply increase the speed of the footage in post.  Hopefully this in-depth look at frame rates was helpful. Got any facts or techniques to share? Let us know in the comments below.last_img read more

Going to New States

November 7, 2019 0 Comments

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on December 22, 2010June 20, 2017By: María Laura Casalegno, Young Champion of Maternal HealthClick 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 email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This blog post was contributed by María Laura Casalegno, one of the fifteen Young Champions of Maternal Health chosen by Ashoka and the Maternal Health Task Force at EngenderHealth. She will be blogging about her experience every month, and you can learn more about her, the other Young Champions, and the program here.In late October I left the city of San Miguel de Allende. The reason? First to go to Acapulco City to attend the meeting of the Specific Action Program “Arranque Parejo en la Vida” and then travel to Oaxaca, one of the most beautiful and most cultural states of Mexico (the goal there being to evaluate the impact of the ALSO (Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics) program in the General Hospital “Dr. Aurelio Valdivieso”).When I arrived to Acapulco in the State of Guerrero, I had two free days to visit the city and the beach. I found a lively city with beautiful landscapes and views. After two days of rest, the meeting of the Specific Action Program “Arranque Parejo en la Vida” began. The meeting was organized by the National Center for Gender Equity and Reproductive Health, the General Office of Maternal and Perinatal Care and Maternal Health Branch, all agencies under the Ministry of Health of the Nation and the Ministry of Health of the State of Guerrero. The meeting is held twice a year and aims to help achieve healthy pregnancies and to achieve delivery, postpartum and newborn care by qualified personnel in order to reduce maternal and perinatal deaths. Another goal is to discuss past and future policies and implementations in the field of maternal and perinatal health.After participating in Acapulco’s meeting, I went to Mexico City to attend a meeting with Dr. Aurora Del Río Zolezzi, General Director for Gender Equality of the Ministry of Health of the Nation. At this meeting we established the future steps regarding the SART/ERAS Program (Sexual Assault Response Team). The launch of this program in Mexico presents some difficulties due to cultural differences between Mexico and the United States of America. However, joining the efforts between the Ministry of Health, PACEMD and other civil society organizations in both Mexico and the United States of America may obtain favorable results for handling cases of violence against women.From Mexico City I traveled to Oaxaca City. There I participated in the “International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and Girls” organized by Oaxaca Health Services, Prevention and Treatment of Family Violence and Gender and State Coordinator of the Prevention and Treatment of Family Violence and Gender (all bodies belonging to the Ministry of Health of the Nation). In addition to participating in that day, my main goal was to start working on assessing the impact of the ALSO program through five indicators that will produce data on the management of obstetric emergencies six months previous and six months after the implementation of the Program. This activity is still being held in the Hospital General “Dr. Aurelio Valdivieso,” one of the hospitals with the largest flow of patients throughout the state of Oaxaca.The entire month has been a constant learning and discovering of new places and new people. All this is working very positively in the development of my own ideas and my project.Share this:last_img read more

NATIONAL TEAMS APPOINTMENTS!

November 7, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgThe ATA would like to congratulate the following people who have been appointed as National Assistant Coaches and Team Managers. Womens Open Assistant Coach: Dean Russell Womens Open Manager: Renee Murphy Mens Open Assistant Coach: Sam Ayoub Mens Open Manager: Gary Rose Mixed Open Assistant Coaches: Wayne Bambury and Bernie Morrison Mixed Open Manager: Andrea Walters 2005 YOUTH WORLD CUP Mens 18 years Manager: Ron Connolly Womens 18 years Manager: Karon Boston Mixed 18 years Manager: Wade Jenkins Mens 20 years Manager: Gary Rose Womens 20 years Manager: Sue Salter Mixed 20 years Manager: Frank Curran Congratulations again and thank you for the hard work you do to assist our touch representatives.last_img read more

In the news today April 23

October 17, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgFive stories in the news for Monday, April 23———BRONCOS OBITUARIES UPSET SOME FAMILIESSome families of Humboldt Broncos bus crash victims are surprised to learn that error-riddled obituaries of their loved ones have been posted on a website that’s selling flowers and memorial candles. Eleven of the 16 people who died in the crash are listed on the Everhere website. But Russell Herold, whose son, Adam, died in the tragedy, says his family never agreed to post the information, which happens to incorrectly list his son’s place of death.———ENVIRONMENT MINISTER DEFENDS BP WELL IN N.S.Federal Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna is defending BP Canada’s plans to drill an exploration well off the coast of Halifax. The project got the go ahead Saturday from the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board. There’s been some push back from environmentalists, but McKenna says BP’s project has undergone a strict environmental assessment and will be carefully monitored.———SENTENCING HEARINGS FOR MOSQUE SHOOTER RESUMESentencing arguments for Quebec City’s mosque shooter resume today as Alexandre Bissonnette’s legal team begins to present its case. The 28-year-old Bissonnette pleaded guilty to six charges of first-degree murder and six of attempted murder. His first-degree murder conviction carries an automatic life sentence with no chance of parole for 25 years. But he can also receive consecutive sentences totalling 150 years.———SHANIA TWAIN APOLOGIZES FOR SAYING SHE’D VOTE TRUMPShania Twain is apologizing after telling a British newspaper she would have voted for U.S. President Donald Trump if she were eligible. In an article posted on The Guardian’s website Sunday, the Canadian pop star said she would have supported Trump because “even though he was offensive, he seemed honest.” The comment drew both praise and condemnation online, and led the Timmins, Ont., native to apologize in a series of tweets Sunday evening.———PARALYZED TODDLER TRAINING AT THE GYMEvelyn Moore sings the alphabet song as her tiny running shoes plunk down on the treadmill. The Edmonton toddler is strapped to the device with a harness, as two health workers lift her legs up and down to complete each step. Evelyn was left paralyzed by cancer, but now — with the help of some special machines — she’s hitting the gym and walking.———ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:— Halifax trial continues for Nicholas Butcher, accused of second-degree murder in the death of Kristin Johnston.— Statistics Canada releases the wholesale trade figures for February.— First Nations and environmental groups to ask International Atomic Energy Agency to investigate radioactive waste management in Canada.— Commons infrastructure committee is updated on infrastructure projects and the Investing in Canada Plan.— Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale host Toronto meeting of G7 Foreign and Security Ministers.— Triple murder trial for Mickell Clayton Bailey in Edmonton.———last_img read more

Unistoten camp remains on high alert

October 14, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Unist’ot’en camp, which consists of mostly elders, women and children, is on high alert after rumours surfaced of impending RCMP action.The RCMP has since denied it plans any raid of the camp.The camp is in the path of two natural gas pipelines and the workers have been blocked from accessing the pipeline routes.APTN’s Tina House was on the ground with the Unist’ot’en and files this report.last_img