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Blind Musician Sets Sights on 10th Album

first_imgA blind Liberian recording artist, popularly known as the ‘The Blind Nimbaian Gospel Musician,’ is in dire need of financial assistance to make two gospel albums, amidst these difficult times in the country, to give hope to the hopeless through his songs.Evangelist Joseph N. Yeanay said he is on the hunt for US$3,000 to record his albums, each of which would have six tracks, mostly sung in his vernacular, Dahn. Yeanah made the disclosure recently when he visited the offices of the Daily Observer on MacDonald Street, Monrovia.The 40-year-old blind musician disclosed that the albums would mark his 10th and 11th, respectively.“The songs have already been written through an inspiration from God, and we have been in practice for over a month, we are just in need of US$3,000,” Yeanah said. “We want to use this medium to appeal to every Liberian and non-Liberian to come to our aid to help us give our people hope.”Yeanah says he became blind in his hometown, Gbain in Nimba County, few days after his birth on March 25, 1974, after a bath from a midwife.As a young boy, he gained interest in singing and subsequently became a blind songster in Gbain.  When he moved to Monrovia, he joined the ELWA United Liberia Inland Church and then recorded his first album in 2003 entitled, “Ciaa Nuenae” (meaning Hell Fire).The following year (2004), Yeanah made a six-track album entitled ‘Yes Jesus!’  In 2005 and 2006, he made ‘Victory over Death’ and ‘Let’s Get Closer to God’, respectively.Due to the lack of support, the Yeanah didn’t record in 2007, but in 2008, he came out with the ‘Satan has created conflict’ album.  The success of the each of his albums contributed to the next.Yeanah released a recording each year from 2009 to 2012.  “Because we don’t have the money, we want to make the 2013 and 2014 albums together.  That is why we need US$3,000,” the musical evangelist says.  “God’s Divine Favor and Let’s Praise the Lord are the names of the two albums.”He also said: “Most of the songs will be done in Dahn, and we believe when they are recorded, the songs will give our people hope and encouragement amidst this deadly Ebola outbreak and hardships.”Mr. Yeanah is married to Mrs. Janet Yeanah who is also his lead back-up vocalist. Other vocalists on production team include Habakkuk M. Henry, Samuel F. Mulbah and Katia Saye.  Yeanah and his wife are blessed with five children, namely: Abigail, Salome, Josephine, Victor and Josiah.  He can be contacted through the ELWA United Liberia Inland Church or through cell number 0886452392.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Fort Dunree fire ‘may have been started maliciously’

first_imgGardaí in Buncrana are investigating if a fire at Fort Dunree yesterday was started maliciously. An outbuilding at the military museum in Linsfort was totally destroyed in a fire on Monday morning. Fire services were quickly on the scene to extinguish the large blaze. The museum remains open to the public as normal.The cause of the fire is still being investigated. Gardaí have confirmed that criminal damage is one line of enquiry in the incident. Reports had been received about a group of youths engaging in anti-social behaviour in the area of Dunree Fort over the weekend. The alarm was raised at approx 10.30am on Monday morning when staff at the historical site noticed smoke coming from the old Officer’s Mess building. “It has not been ruled out that the fire may have been started maliciously,” said a garda spokesperson. “If anyone seen any vehicles or persons in or around Dunree fort area early yesterday morning or the previous night that arose suspicion then please contact Gardaí at Buncrana Garda Station on 074-9320540 or the Garda Confidential line on 1800 666 111.”  Fort Dunree fire ‘may have been started maliciously’ was last modified: July 2nd, 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

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SA matric results up by 7%

first_img. (Image: Flickr) Despite schooldays lost to the Fifa World Cup and a prolonged public servants’ strike, South African students writing the national matric exams in 2010 managed to score a 67.8% pass rate – a 7.2% improvement on the previous year’s result. An elated Angie Motshekga, minister of the Department of Basic Education, announced the results on Thursday at the Union Buildings in Pretoria. The pass rate for the 2009 matric – South Africa’s school-leaving qualification – was 60.6%.“We’d like to congratulate the class of 2010, they did us proud,” Motshekga said. “Their unrelenting determination is commendable. The class of 2010 is truly distinctive.”Motshekga stressed the integrity of the results, saying they were a true reflection of the achievement of students and that their quality had been properly vetted by the national education quality assurance body Umalusi. “We’ve worked hard to ensure the credibility of the exams. Umalusi convened standardisation of exams on 24 December to ensure the quality of results is the same as in other years.”The best-performing provinces were Gauteng and the Western Cape, with pass rates of 78.6% and 76.8% respectively. But all nine provinces registered a marked improvement on the 2009 results:•    Gauteng: 78.6% (71.8% in 2009)•    Western Cape: 76.8% (75.7% in 2009)•    North West: 75.7% (67.5% in 2009)•    Northern Cape: 72.3% (61% in 2009)•    KwaZulu-Natal: 70.7% (61.1% in 2009)•    Free State: 70.7% (69.4% in 2009)•    Eastern Cape: 58.3% (51% in 2009)•    Limpopo: 57.9% (48.9% in 2009)•    Mpumalanga: 56.8% (47.9% in 2009)last_img read more

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Building sector ‘could be in recovery’

first_img1 December 2011The FNB Building Confidence Index (BCI) increased to its best level this year, from 23 to 29 out of a maximum 100, mainly due to people doing overdue home maintenance, FNB said on Wednesday.Confidence among residential contractors surveyed in the fourth quarter of the year rose from 20 to 22, but among non-residential contractors it declined from 21 to 14.The results could indicate that South Africa’s building sector is slowly starting to recover, the financial services group said in a statement, while cautioning that the recovery was not a uniform showing but “short-lived flare-ups in activity”.And, on average, seven out of 10 respondents in different sectors of the building industry continued to rate prevailing business conditions as unsatisfactory.Conditions in six sectorsThe Building Confidence Index varies between zero points for no confidence at all, and the maximum confidence level of 100 points.It reflects the percentage of respondents satisfied with conditions in six sectors: architects, quantity surveyors, main contractors, sub-contractors (plumbers, electricians, carpenters and shop fitters), manufacturers of building materials (cement, bricks and glass) and retailers of building material and hardware.It covers the whole building pipeline, from planning (represented by the architects and quantity surveyors), renovation, additions, the informal sector (represented by building material merchants) and production (manufacturers of building materials) to construction of buildings by main and sub-contractors.The 2011 fourth quarter results increased due to a 32 index point jump (from 17 in the third quarter of 2011 to 49 in the fourth quarter) in the confidence of building material merchants, and an increase of eight index points (from four to 12) in the confidence of building material manufacturers.The confidence of architects, main contractors and sub-contractors barely moved, whilst quantity surveyors registered the only decline.The 49 point confidence of building material merchants was still below the 53 they registered a year ago.“The higher sales can be attributed to the need to do maintenance and renovations of existing buildings after a long delay,” Cees Bruggemans, chief economist of FNB said in a statement.Retailers also benefitedRetailers also benefited from the fact that some of their competitors went out of business over the last year or so. Building material manufacturers experienced the highest rate of increase in the volume of sales since the recession in 2008.Their ability to raise selling prices to make up for higher cost outlays remained limited, so profit growth and confidence remained low. The profitability of residential contractors improved, but that of non-residential contractors came under renewed pressure.The fortunes of sub-contractors are closely tied to that of main contractors, so the confidence of residential sub-contractors increased from 35 to 39, while that of non-residential sub-contractors edged lower from 33 to 32.The confidence of architects remained unchanged at 21, and that of quantity surveyors declined seven index points to 36.Sapalast_img read more

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A Yes Is More Difficult Than a No

first_imgGetting a “yes” is more difficult than getting a ‘no.” You have to work very hard for a “yes.”You have to work very hard to understand your dream client’s needs. This is easier said than done, and it almost always requires that you start building that understanding in advance of an opportunity. Sometimes a “no” is easier than upsetting the status quo; it looks risky.Are you collaborating with your dream client in a way that indicates to them that you are deeply connected to their needs?You also have to work exceedingly hard to build consensus. Often you aren’t anywhere near your client’s location when the real sale is being made—or lost. Your client’s have their own caucuses. If you can’t influence those conversations—or participate in them—you can easily find your way to a “no.”Are you working through your dream client’s company, building consensus horizontally and vertically through their organization?There aren’t too many challenges more difficult than dealing with price. If your price is higher, it’s more difficult to get a “yes” than a “no.” You likely have to be in front of the opportunity. You have to be able to differentiate your offering. There is no way you can command a higher price without creating more value. And it’s guaranteed that you are going to have to help your dream client justify paying a higher price for a greater value (and a lower overall cost).Are you worth paying more to obtain? Does the way you sell prove it?It’s tough to get to “yes,” because it’s easier for your client to say “no.” It’s easy to choose the status quo. Your competitor, the one they’re working with now, is the devil they know and you’re the devil they don’t know.Are you following this? It’s difficult to win and easy to lose.This means you have to bring your A-game to every contest. It means that you have to approach every interaction as if it counts—because it does. You have to create value for your dream clients—and all of their stakeholders—during every sales interaction.QuestionsAre you preparing for sales interactions in a way that takes into account how difficult it is to win and how easy it is to lose?Are you competing like it’s difficult to win? Or are you wading in, apathetic and complacent?What are the things that you can do as a salesperson to make it easier to win?How do you make it easy for your client to say “no?” Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

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High-flying Hill promises more poster dunks: ‘I’m here to put on a show’

first_imgAdamson’s Tyrus Hill goes for a dunk against UST’s Steve Akomo. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netTyrus Hill’s frizzy hair isn’t the only thing that makes him stands out.The Adamson University forward also has crazy hops and has a penchant for dunking on people, something that University of Santo Tomas found out the hard way on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT “That was one of the best dunks I’ve done in my career so far and I was just super hyped about that.”Hill would’ve had another facial, this time, against the bigger Steve Akomo, but his one-handed throwdown was waived off after he was called for a traveling violation. View comments Read Next E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Hill put Growling Tigers big man Jeepy Faundo in a poster, in the highlight of the UAAP Season 80 so far.“I knew that anyone that would come over would be late because I’m quicker, and when I jumped I knew it was over,” said Hill after Adamson beat UST, 88-81, for its first win.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“You’ll see more of that from me and my ‘Bounce Bro’ Sean [Manganti] and he needs to hurry up and catch up. I’m here to put on a show and hopefully we’re going to set sail this year.” The 6-foot-4 rookie blew by his defender Regieboy Basibas in the right wing before he exploded to the rim against Faundo, who had no chance of preventing the dunk early in the third quarter. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Sablan looks at positives despite UST’s 41 turnovers MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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Bataan survives Manila; Cardona powers San Juan

first_imgBloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Petron eyes 13th straight win Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event LATEST STORIES Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “I’ll take any win even if it’s ugly,” said Bataan coach Jojo Lastimosa, whose team can close out the series in Game 2 on Thursday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Later, Mac Cardona summoned his old, fiery form to carry San Juan to a resounding 94-86 win over Quezon City in Game 1 of their semifinal series.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsOn attack mode right from the start, Cardona fired a game-high 25 points on top of nine assists as the third-seeded Knights completed a wire-to-wire victory.Mike Ayonayon also delivered with 17 points, seven rebounds and seven assists for the Knights, who can wrap up the series with a win at home on Thursday. Top seed Bataan survived a late onslaught from Manila and escaped with a thrilling 73-72 victory on Tuesday night to close in on a North division finals berth in the MPBL Datu Cup at Bataan People’s Center in Balanga, Bataan.The top seeded Risers nearly squandered a 21-point fourth quarter lead against the Stars, before getting a cushion basket from Gab Dagangon down the stretch to take the series opener.ADVERTISEMENT Google Philippines names new country director Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving MOST READ The Capitals drew a combined 59 points from guards Joco Tayongtong, Hesed Gabo and Andoy Estrella.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

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2007/08 AUSTRALIAN SPORTS COMMISSION SPORTS LEADERSHIP GRANTS FOR WOMEN

first_imgHigh Performance coaching and officiating 2007/08 Sport Leadership Grants for Women “Sport Needs More Women”Leadership is the ability to influence group members so as to help achieve the goals of the group or organisationThe Australian Government through the Australian Sports Commission and the Australian Government Office for Women invite you to apply for the 2007/08 Sport Leadership Grants for Women.  The program is aimed at providing women with an opportunity to undertake certified sport leadership training.This program builds on the grants program offered in the previous 4 years, open to all women in sport.The 2006/07 Sport Leadership Grants for Women offers grants in five key categories: Governance (board and committees) The Program provides successful applicants with a one-off grant of up to $5,000 for individuals and up to $10,000 for incorporated organisations.Applications for the grants close on Friday 29 June 2007 and examples of previous grant recipients applications are also available.For grant application forms and guidelines please go to: http://www.ausport.gov.au/women/grants.asp Coaching Women in general sport leadership Each category includes the following project areas:center_img Officiating Women in disability sport Indigenous women Women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds Management (including administration) last_img read more

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10 months agoMan Utd coach Carrick: Dubai trip fantastic for squad

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd coach Carrick: Dubai trip fantastic for squadby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United assistant coach Michael Carrick says taking the squad to Dubai this week has been the right decision.Carrick, who has been reunited with former colleagues Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Mike Phelan in his first season after retiring as a player, explained that the climate in the Middle East enables the staff to focus on more detailed sessions.“It’s fantastic. It allows us to train in a way where you probably can’t do it at home, at this moment, with it being so cold,” reported Carrick. “We can work on different things. When it’s freezing cold at home, you’ve got to keep on the move and you don’t want the lads standing around too much.“So here we’ll work hard, especially over the next few days, and prepare for Sunday, but it allows us to maybe spend a little bit more time on the training ground and go into a little bit more detail, which we need at this moment.“As you can imagine, it’s quite a happy camp. When you’re winning football matches, you can’t put a price on the feeling that gives you, and the confidence and the belief.”You almost sense a calmness when you’re winning games. It’s great to see the lads enjoying themselves. The football’s flowing, the training’s good, they’re bouncing around the place, and it’s nice to see.” last_img read more

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JIF Hailed A Success: JAMPRO Says Opportunities for Major Investments

first_img Addressing a JIS Think Tank on Tuesday (June 26), Manager for Sales and Promotions at JAMPRO, Ricardo Durrant, said that the forum sparked great interest among potential investors, with good leads and the potential for major projects. The Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) is reporting that the recently held Jamaica Investment Forum (JIF) was a success and has created opportunities for sound investment projects. The Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) is reporting that the recently held Jamaica Investment Forum (JIF) was a success and has created opportunities for sound investment projects.The forum, held from June 12 to 14 at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St. James, focused on six priority sectors – agri-business, business process outsourcing (BPO), energy, logistics, manufacturing and tourism.Addressing a JIS Think Tank on Tuesday (June 26), Manager for Sales and Promotions at JAMPRO, Ricardo Durrant, said that the forum sparked great interest among potential investors, with good leads and the potential for major projects.“Over 400 persons attended the forum, of which some 200 were in the investor category, and these investors held over 100 meetings over the two days with key sector leaders and government ministers who attended,” he informed.Mr. Durrant said that the main sectors of interest are logistics, energy and tourism, and “we are also seeing interest in cybersecurity, which is a direct result of the work that we have been doing in the BPO sector and our information technology infrastructure”.He pointed out that a cybersecurity hub will enhance the country’s capabilities in banking, BPO, and other data-sensitive industries.The investors at JIF came from 18 countries across the globe, including Japan, Singapore, France, Spain, the United Kingdom, Mexico, Canada, United States of America and the Caribbean.Mr. Durrant noted that more than 80 per cent of the investment interests have top-level positions in their companies, such as presidents, vice presidents and chief executive officers.“These are key decision-makers, and when they meet with other decision-makers, it makes them comfortable, as they have discussions and meetings and are able to move their projects along,” he pointed out.Mr. Durrant said that with the strong leads and deep interest, the next level is to work with the potential investors “to ensure that these investments are landed properly and effectively”.“We estimate that combined, these investors are managing funds of over US$100 billion, and if we can get those projects landed in Jamaica, you can see the effect it will have on our gross domestic product (GDP) growth, our employment and all the things that we want to achieve in Jamaica,” he said.On her part, President of JAMPRO, Diane Edwards, told JIS News that the forum achieved its main objectives of connecting with new investors to attract more interest from the global investor scene, progressing existing investment interests, and attracting international media.“So, on all those fronts, we have succeeded as we have actually brought on board new investors; we have connected with existing investors right across the board, and particularly in the six sectors that we targeted; and had some 15 international media houses attending,” Miss Edwards said.She noted, too, that several persons remained after JIF to deepen conversations and investigation of Jamaica.“A conference is really just the start of a relationship, as investment happens between people who are in a relationship and who are in a relationship with a country that they want to invest in.“So JIF opens doors for us, sets a stage for us, provides a platform for us and now, the next step for JAMPRO is to follow up on those investment interests that we have stimulated and awakened. It is for us to hold the hand of these investors and take them through the next steps in their progression of investment,” Miss Edwards said.The staging of JIF in 2012 and 2015 were huge successes for JAMPRO, attracting some US$300 million in investment and generating some 7,000 jobs. The forum, held from June 12 to 14 at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St. James, focused on six priority sectors – agri-business, business process outsourcing (BPO), energy, logistics, manufacturing and tourism. Story Highlightslast_img read more

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During suicide debate Justice Minister says its time for First Nations to

first_imgBy Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsJustice Minster Jody Wilson-Raybould said Tuesday the Trudeau Liberal government aims to “complete the unfinished business of Confederation” and replace the Indian Act with a “reconciliation framework” that would outlast the life of this administration.Wilson-Raybould didn’t lead the government side in an emergency debate held late into the night which was triggered by a suicide crisis gripping the small fly-in community of Attawapiskat in Ontario’s James Bay region. Yet, her speech was the only one that revealed the extent of the historical vision the Trudeau government has when it comes to reshaping the relationship between the state and the original inhabitants on this land.The Liberals aim to do nothing less than scrap the Indian Act. In its place the government wants to create a new relationship based on section 35 of the Constitution, which guarantees Aboriginal rights, and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), according to Wilson-Raybould.“We need to ensure we breathe life into section 35 and that we complete the unfinished business of Confederation,” said Wilson-Raybould. “If we do so we will have a strong and appropriate governance in First Nation communities wherein they have moved beyond the Indian Act.”For about five-and-a-half hours on Tuesday evening, the House of Commons, the centre of political life in Canada, turned its full attention to the dark and painful suicide epidemic that seems to cycle through northern First Nation communities.The latest is Attawapiskat which declared a state of emergency Saturday after recording 11 suicide attempts in a 24-hour period.NDP MP Charlie Angus, whose riding includes Attawapiskat, called for the debate to not only discuss the Cree community, but also similar tragedies that have hit other First Nation communities: Pimicikamak Cree Nation which declared a state of emergency last month after suffering six suicides and 140 attempts in the span of two months and La Loche, Sask., a Dene community that suffered a school shooting that left four dead in January.Wilson-Rayboud, a former regional chief for the Assembly of First Nations, who is now the country’s top lawyer, wove her own life experience and political track record in a speech that traced the roots of the suicide crisis to the 140-year-old Indian Act. Her speech laid out the thinking behind much of the symbolism and language the Trudeau government has employed whenever it communicates about the relationship between Indigenous peoples and the Canadian state.“I am proud to be an Indigenous person and stand up in this honourable house and speak to this important issue,” she said. “Indigenous peoples in this country are at an important junction in our history as they seek to deconstruct their colonial legacy and rebuild their communities….Only the colonized can decolonize themselves and change is not easy.”Wilson-Raybould then attacked the Indian Act.“It is not easy to remove the shackles of 140 years of life under the Indian Act. Our government, and I hope all members of this honourable house, is committed to ensuring, in partnership with Indigenous peoples, to do just that,” she said. “For Attawapiskat and for all First Nations, the Indian Act is not a suitable system of government, it is not consistent with the rights enshrined in our constitution, the principles as set out in (UNDRIP) or calls to action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission report. In addition to the need for social and economic support, urgently needed in Attawapiskat and all First Nations, all Indigenous peoples need to be empowered to take back control of their own lives.”Then, Wilson-Raybould described the scale of the project as nothing short of historical in a portion of her speech addressed directly to Indigenous peoples.“Indigenous peoples, the challenge is not easy, it is complex, indeed for far too long it has been ignored as a task as too difficult and monumental, but we can and must do better. This work is non-partisan, it is broader than the department of Justice and did not just fall to the department of Indigenous and Northern Affairs,” she said. “The nation-to-nation relationship is one of the most challenging public policy issues of our time and I challenge all members of this House to work with us in building this relationship. There are no quick fixes to these issues, a substantive nation-to-nation discussion with Indigenous peoples is needed. We need to sit down and work jointly to ensure Indigenous communities are strong and healthy and in charge and in control of their own destiny.”There were about 20 NDP MPs, from a caucus of 44, in the chamber during the debate at various points, and about 50 Liberal MPs from a caucus of 184. The Conservatives had the lowest number attend, with about five scattered throughout their party’s 98-seat section in the House of Commons. Their numbers jumped to 11 when their Aboriginal affairs critic Cathy McLeod stood up for her turn in the debate and most sat around her for the benefit of the House of Commons camera.When the debate began, MPs from all sides said they wanted Tuesday night to be a turning point, the debate to finally end the debates about another crisis crippling another First Nation.Angus compared the current suicide crisis as Canada’s “Alan Kurdi” moment, referring to the image of the body of the three-year-old Syrian refugee child who drowned in September after a failed attempt to reach Europe.“It shocked the world,” said Angus, who triggered the emergency debate. “This is our moment….Tonight might be the beginning of a change in our country and that is what I am asking us to come together to do.”Angus’ voice, with emotion seeping in at the edges, read out messages from First Nation youths he recently received, including the words of Abigail Mattinas, from Constance Lake First Nation, who said she wanted to bring “light in a dark time.”NDP MP Georgina Jolibois spoke after Angus and said suicide attempts were starting to rise in La Loche, which sits in her riding, as a result of the January shooting. Jolibois said youth were not getting the help they needed. She said many youth were showing signs of post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of the shooting.“But they have no one to turn to and nowhere to go,” she said. “The families are left alone on their own to mend for themselves and take care of their problems…Young people, children and their families when they are feeling the effects of PTSD they need to go to the health centre or the band office or clinic and say I need to speak to someone because I am feeling stressed and overwhelmed. They walk in and there is no one to talk to them.”Health Minister Jane Philpott said during the debate that she believed those supports should still be there in La Loche, but would discuss the issue with Jolibois. She said the Liberal government would this year be investing $300 million in mental health and wellness in Indigenous communitiesPhilpott began her Commons speech with the data: First Nation male youth suicide rates are 10 times higher than male non-Indigenous youth; First Nation female youth suicide rates are 21 times than their non-Indigenous counterparts; Inuit male youth rates are 35 times higher than their Canadian counterparts.“It is a staggering reality, it is completely unacceptable,” she said. “When I think there are communities in our country where young people as young as my young 15-year-old daughter and even younger than that, when there are young people in groups are decided that there is no hope their future, we must do better…tonight has to be a turning point for us as a country.”Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett, who was praised for her passion by MPs during the debate, became emotional as she recounted her last trip to Attawapiskat when she was an in opposition and the community was in the midst of a housing crisis.“I was thinking of my trip to Attawapiskat in one of those terrible homes and seeing this 10-month-old baby on the bed and just thinking that that baby can’t pay for whatever else is going on around, that baby deserves a chance,” said Bennett.Bennett, who at one point referred to herself as the “minister of reconciliation,” said “these communities need hope” and the children need to know “they are valued and have value.” Bennett said she was hoping by the end of the debate that all Canadians would lift these communities up.“Suicide is not a consequence of individual vulnerability,” she said. “It is about the causes of the causes.”She then listed many of the causes of the causes, including racism, Indian residential schools, colonialization, child abuse, over-crowded houses, lack of health services, lack of clean water and healthy food.“There is no single answer to addressing this,” said Bennett.In her speech, Bennett also discussed the child welfare system, “where we have more children in care than at the height of residential schools.” She also raised the issue of child abuse.“We have to talk out loud about that now,” said Bennett, referring to an Anglican priest who abused 500 children in Ontario’s James Bay region.“This is 20 years of abuse in that region,” she said. “This is not difficult to understand, to make the links.”The Conservatives took a different tack. While for a moment it seemed that the party’s Aboriginal affairs critic Cathy McLeod would continue to focus on the suicide crisis facing First Nations by recounting her first week on the job as a nurse in a First Nation community facing three suicides, she eventually shifted gears.“Moving back from the First Nation Transparency Act is a terrible disservice to band members,” said MacLeod.The Transparency Act was passed by the Stephen Harper government which forced band councils to publicly release their financial information. While the Act has not been repealed, the Liberal government has pulled back from court action to force non-complying First Nations to release the information.The issue was raised repeatedly by Conservative MPs during the debate.“To me this is a critical one step,” said McLeod. “We shine the light for communities to actually look at their leadership and what their leadership is doing.”MacLeod also said her party remained unapologetic about refusing, while in government, to move forward with $1.9 billion in education investment after First Nation chiefs refused to support accompanying legislation.“There should be some equal work done, not only is there money, but we are going to create a structure that is going achieve results we want to achieve,” she said, responding to a question from Edmonton NDP MP Linda Duncan.However, long-time Nova Scotia MP Bill Casey, who left the Conservatives and ran under the Liberal banner in the last election, summed up the sentiment of many MPs present in the House of Commons throughout the evening.“I was elected 28 years ago for the first time,” said Nova Scotia Liberal MP Bill Casey. “One of the first debates we had was this debate we are having tonight about the plight of Aboriginals….Are we ready to help? Are we ready to do something? Every single one of us, so we don’t do this in another 28 years, so we don’t do this debate in another eight years. That is the question for all of us.”The debate was expected to wrap up at [email protected]@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

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