The controversial rise of the eastern Metis Where were these people all

first_imgHALIFAX – It was 1948 when her father told her. He was laying on the chesterfield in the living room of their Yarmouth, N.S., home, his body ravaged by tuberculosis.“He had consumption and he knew he only had a few months to live,” recalls Mary Lou Parker. “He told me we had Indian blood in us, which made us Metis.”The 12-year-old felt proud of her Indigenous roots. But she was warned never to reveal her “half-breed” heritage, as it was then called, for fear of being shunned.So she kept it secret until years later, in a quest to explore her identity and gain recognition, she formed the Eastern Woodland Metis Nation Nova Scotia, using a term — Metis — usually associated with Western Canada.Parker has since discovered there are many more people like her in Eastern Canada.Her group — one of many eastern Metis groups to emerge in recent years — has grown exponentially, and now has 30,000 members.But the sudden proliferation of self-reported Metis in Eastern Canada has emerged as a profoundly divisive debate.Census data show the number of people who call themselves Metis soared nearly 150 per cent in Quebec and 125 per cent in Nova Scotia from 2006 to 2016, according to Statistics Canada. Dozens of new Metis organizations cropped up over the same period.Many use identity cards that look much like Indian Status cards. Others have tried to claim Indigenous rights through the courts, fuelling a perception that the aboriginal newcomers are so-called rights grabbers.“It’s one thing to say ‘I’m First Nation, this is part of my culture and I want to learn more about it,’” says Cheryl Maloney, a Mi’kmaw activist and Cape Breton University political science professor.“But that’s not what they’re saying. They’re trying to be viewed as Metis under the Constitution, and to have rights and benefits.”Many critics reject outright that there is a distinct Metis identity in the Maritimes and Quebec.People of mixed blood in the region either integrated into Indigenous communities or assimilated with European newcomers, unlike the distinct Metis People of Louis Riel in Western Canada.“When you’re looking at the Maritimes and Quebec, the children of intermarriage were accepted by either party, in our case the Mi’kmaq or the Acadian,” Mi’kmaw elder and historian Daniel Paul says.“There was no such thing as a Metis community here in this region.”For those who consider themselves eastern Metis, the rejection of their identity is exclusionary and mean-spirited — a continuation of their oppressed status and the maltreatment mixed-raced people have faced for generations.They argue that a distinct mixed-heritage people existed in the region with a shared history and culture, not simply Indigenous ancestry. But these interracial people were compelled to identify as white for fear of discrimination.“We were forced to assimilate with white people, our identities stolen,” says Parker, the grand chief of the Eastern Woodland Metis. “Now we’re reclaiming our native heritage.”The 82-year-old says she’s not looking for benefits — just recognition and inclusion.“We’re not begging for money … we’re not after government hand outs,” she says. “We know who we are, we just want the recognition.”For the Mi’kmaq people who have made significant sacrifices fighting for treaty rights, though, it’s troubling. They say Indigenous Peoples suffered enormously from efforts to assimilate them. This includes the Residential School system — what one federal bureaucrat called the “final solution to the Indian Problem.”“We’ve gone through hell and back over the last many years with government and settlers,” says Allison Bernard, fisheries co-ordinator with the Mi’kmaq Rights Initiative from Eskasoni First Nation in Cape Breton.Skepticism of self-reported Metis in the region is understandable given the experience of Indigenous people here, he says, pointing out that he was forced to defend his right to hunt in court after shooting a moose.“Throughout history we resisted colonization and spoke out about the horrors against Indigenous Peoples,” says Jarvis Googoo, a non-practising lawyer in Halifax and a Mi’kmaw from We’koqma’q First Nation.“Where were these Metis people all this time?”Yet hiding Indigenous heritage was a matter of survival, says Karole Dumont, chief of the Council of the First Metis People of Canada.“If you could pass off as white you did,” she says. “Being Indian or Metis was dirty and it was taboo.”Metis families “hid in plain sight,” Dumont says, and while they didn’t “advertise” their Indigenous roots, they continued living as Metis in secret.“Our grandparents and great-grandparents did whatever they had to do to ensure that none of their kids ended up in residential schools.”The debate over the eastern Metis movement was thrust into the spotlight earlier this year when the East Coast Music Association pulled a Nova Scotia nominee from consideration for an Indigenous artist award.At issue was the heritage of Cape Breton guitarist Maxim Cormier, who identifies as Acadian and Metis. His name was withdrawn from the Indigenous artist of the year category after questions surfaced about his background.Dumont says revoking the nomination was “reckless and unfair.”“The Metis people are the only people who have to lay out their pedigree and prove their identity in Canada.”But Googoo says jobs, education and awards programs geared towards Indigenous Peoples are an important piece of reconciliation. He says having newly identified Metis flood those programs is a step backwards.“It’s worsening the problem because these organizations think they’re doing their part for reconciliation.”The nomination controversy is a microcosm of the maelstrom of debate surrounding the Eastern Metis.American anthropologist Circe Sturm uses the term “race shifting” to describe white Americans identifying as Cherokee to “reclaim or create something they feel they have lost” or “opt out of mainstream white society.”Darryl Leroux, associate professor at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, draws parallels between the new Cherokee communities in the U.S. and Metis groups in Eastern Canada.He questions whether having “an ancestor from the 1600s makes one Indigenous today,” especially when there are no cultural or historical attachments to the Aboriginal ancestry.Leroux points out that his own genealogy includes Mohawk and Algonquin ancestors, but that doesn’t make him Indigenous, he says. Yet some of his relatives are claiming to be Metis — creating a rift in his family.“Often there’s only one person in a family claiming Metis identity,” he says. “Even their kin are not on board with what they’re doing.”In a journal article he co-wrote with Alberta academic Adam Gaudry, “White Settler Revision and Making Metis Everywhere,” Leroux identifies a “tactical use of long-ago racial mixing to re-imagine a ‘Metis’ identity.”Leroux notes the spikes in self-identified Metis populations followed court decisions recognizing treaty rights.While fewer than a thousand Nova Scotians identified as Metis in the 1996 census, that number more than tripled to 3,135 after the Supreme Court of Canada affirmed Mi’kmaq treaty rights in the 1999 Marshall decision, according to Statistics Canada.The population swelled again after the 2003 Powley decision, when the Supreme Court affirmed Metis have an Aboriginal right to hunt for food.By the 2006 census, self-identified Metis in Nova Scotia had once again more than doubled, reaching 23,315 by 2016. The increase mirrors a similar trend in New Brunswick and Quebec.“It cannot be a coincidence that it shifts following court decisions,” says Leroux, who cites evidence that some of the people now identifying as Metis were initially opposed to Indigenous treaty rights and even had ties to white supremacist groups.Jean Teillet, lead counsel in the landmark Powley case, is the great-grandniece of Louis Riel and one of the country’s top Metis and First Nations rights lawyers.Her argument — which the highest court in the land ultimately adopted — was that a rights-bearing Metis community must prove more than a genealogical connection to an Indigenous ancestor. The Metis Nation out west, for example, has an origin story, a name, kinship ties, language, traditions, symbols, territory and culture such as music, dance and food.“This is not just about individuals who have what I call an ever-so-great Indian grandmama,” she says. “This is a historical people that came into being before Canada asserted itself on their territory.”Teillet says the Metis claims of Eastern Canada appear to hinge on one key marker of membership — a genealogical connection — without any other evidence.“Sometimes these people in Eastern Canada rest their entire claim on a 400-year-old connection to one First Nations woman,” she says. “There is nothing more there.”Around 20 court cases have been launched by self-reported Metis in the region claiming Aboriginal rights. Each of them has failed, Teillet says.In one decision, a judge said it would be “easier to nail Jell-O to the wall” than find evidence to support the claim, she says.“I think they’re concocting a story out of thin air.”But some researchers studying the phenomenon argue that there is empirical and archival evidence that supports the existence of eastern Metis.Daphne Williamson, an aboriginal lawyer who works with the Nova Scotia Wampanoag community and Acadian Metis groups in the province, says the community didn’t disappear — it was disrupted and dispersed during the Acadian Expulsion.Still, she argues that their identity, language, culture and sense of community persist to the present day.Sebastien Malette, assistant professor at Carleton University, says genealogical data shows southwest Nova Scotia had three communities: First Nations people, “pure blood” Acadian settlers, and the “sang-meles,” or mixed blood.“The so-called pure Acadians of white descent didn’t want to marry the Acadians with Indian blood,” so a Metis people distinctive from the Acadian and the Mi’kmaq formed, Malette says.“There can be an invisible community due to stigma,” he says. “They have a long history of being stigmatized due to their heritage and being told they don’t exist.”Malette admits some eastern Metis may be motivated by hunting and fishing treaty rights. But he said the constitution of certain Metis groups have the stated objective of not interfering with Mi’kmaq rights.“I certainly can’t vouch for everyone,” he says. “But there are many Metis who feel aligned with their Mi’kmaq roots and feel a friendship and a closeness to the First Nations and just want their identity recognized.”Some of the Metis groups, though, have issued membership cards that look like Indian Status cards and are using them to receive benefits.It’s a problem Metis activists acknowledge. But they argue it’s an isolated issue that doesn’t represent the vast majority of eastern Metis.“People see the newly identified Metis as trying to cash in on a distant ancestry, but that’s wrong,” says Christian Boudreau, a director of l’Association des Acadiens-Metis Souriquois. “I don’t agree with taking any benefits away from the Mi’kmaq.”The federal government says it’s aware of concerns with the cards, and has received a number of inquiries on the issue.“While these cards convey membership to an organization, they do not confer Indian Status, nor do they confer rights and benefits linked explicitly to Indian status,” Stephanie Palma, spokeswoman for Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, said in an email.“The government takes allegations and complaints related to the misuse of Indian Status cards very seriously.”last_img read more

UNHCR suspends screening of Afghans following deportations from Pakistan

“UNHCR finds the Pakistani authorities’ decision to deport 132 people to Afghanistan on Tuesday unfortunate and regrettable, and has temporarily suspended the Afghan screening process,” agency spokesman Ron Redmond told reporters in Geneva. He said the authorities acted in “clear breach” of an agreement between UNHCR and the Pakistani Government specifying that there would be no deportations from the affected areas during the screening process. While UNHCR has suspended the screening operation pending assurances from the Pakistani authorities that no more deportations will take place, Mr. Redmond said agency officials “expect to meet with the Government later today and hope that the screening can resume on Monday.”Among those deported were many elderly people, women, children and infants who had been living in the Jalozai camp in Pakistan where they would have been part of the screening exercise, according to UNHCR. Members of the minority Tajik ethnic group, the families are originally from Sar-i-pul in Sanjcharak in northern Afghanistan, an area currently in conflict.Mr. Redmond painted a bleak picture of the condition of the deportees, who were met by UNHCR representatives in the Afghan city of Jalalabad yesterday. “Some of the people are malnourished and a number are sick,” he said, noting that there were several unaccompanied children in the group. The families, he added, “do not have the resources to go back to their homes or move elsewhere.” Over 100,000 Afghans have been pre-screened since the process started on 6 August. “UNHCR and Pakistani joint screening teams had developed a very good working relationship and the process had been going smoothly,” said Mr. Redmond. “In light of this positive cooperation, the deportations are all the more regrettable and incomprehensible.” read more

Attack by Israel on Gaza City condemned in Security Council debate

During the three-hour debate, which concluded close to midnight, many speakers underscored that Israel had obligations under international humanitarian law to refrain from violence against civilians. Israel’s recent actions were called unjustifiable and counterproductive because they undermined trust between the parties and bred new violence. Speakers called on both sides to refrain from violence and to return to the negotiating table.The Observer for Palestine, Nasser Al-Kidwa, said Israel had taken the “repugnant” practice of extrajudiciary executions to a new, extreme level by knowingly and deliberately killing 15 innocent civilians. He added that the Israeli assault on Gaza City represented the first blatant war crime committed by the Israeli occupying forces since the International Criminal Court entered into force this month, and since the attack fell within the Court’s jurisdiction, measures should be taken to bring the perpetrators to justice.Pointing out that the crime had been committed when serious efforts were being undertaken to curb violence and restore some cooperative measures between the two sides, he said Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, who had initially labelled the crime a “great success,” was once more trying his utmost to prevent any progress towards restoring a meaningful peace process.Israel’s representative, Aaron Jacob, said the country did not celebrate the deaths of innocents as a military “victory” as its adversaries did. Israel’s leaders had voiced their deep regret for the civilian deaths and injuries. Israel’s actions were aimed at protecting civilians from Palestinian terrorist threat. He said the attack partly resulted from the fact that the Palestinian Authority, although fully aware of the location of the terrorist Salah Shehada, had never “lifted a finger to arrest him.”Israel was fully committed to its dialogue with Palestinian officials to discuss ways to move forward, he continued. The country had begun to implement measures aimed at improving the situation of the Palestinians, but the notion that Israeli withdrawal should occur in a vacuum, independently of any Palestinian action, clearly contravened President Bush’s landmark speech, endorsed by the Quartet statement on 16 July and relevant Council resolutions. A number of participants said the need for an international response in the Middle East heightened the importance of the recent efforts of the Quartet – the UN, European Union, United States and the Russian Federation – to bring peace to the region. Participants stressed that the UN should not give up on the vision of Israeli and Palestinian States existing side by side in peace, within internationally recognized borders. read more

UN Kosovo envoy meets with Serbian leaders in Belgrade

Following the meetings, Søren Jessen-Petersen, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Kosovo, said that the UN mission remained ready to facilitate the dialogue.Mr. Jessen-Petersen also expressed his satisfaction with the recent decision to launch the comprehensive review, and was also pleased to note that the working groups on missing persons and returns of the displaced, held earlier this week in Pristina, had been constructive and encouraging.Last week the Secretary-General appointed Ambassador Kai Eide, Permanent Representative of Norway to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), as his Special Envoy to carry out a comprehensive review of Kosovo.The comprehensive review will be initiated this summer, in accordance with Security Council resolutions. It will consist of consultations with the parties and the international community, and be broad in scope to assess the current situation and the conditions for the possible next steps in the process. read more

UN rights experts criticize proposed UK investigation into torture allegations

While welcoming publication of parts of the interim UK report by Sir Peter Gibson investigating British involvement in so-called extraordinary rendition operations by the United States in which suspects were interrogated in third countries, the experts voiced concern that the proposed official inquiry is to be entrusted to the Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC).“The UK has, until now, indicated a commitment to the establishment of a judge-led inquiry to take forward the work of Sir Peter Gibson,” the UN Special Rapporteur on the protection and promotion of human rights while countering terrorism, Ben Emmerson, said in a news release.“I am concerned that this proposal appears to have been abandoned in favour of a purely parliamentary inquiry, which is likely to suffer from many of the same procedural shortcomings,” he warned, referring to an ISC report in 2007 which found no evidence that UK agencies were complicit in any extraordinary rendition. “I urge the British authorities to ensure that the fresh inquiry is given the powers it needs to get at the truth.”According to media reports, the Gibson inquiry found that British intelligence officers in Afghanistan knew about the mistreatment of suspected militants by the US after the 11 September, 2001 terrorist attacks but were told not to intervene for fear of offending Washington. It found that British spies had also been involved in the practice of extraordinary rendition.UN Special Rapporteurs on torture Juan E. Méndez also recalled the 2007 ISC report. “It is particularly discouraging to know that the decision was handed over to the ISC which is known to have previously failed to fully investigate prior allegations of torture, ill-treatment, rendition and surveillance in the context of counter-terrorism and national security,” he said in the news release.He reminded the UK Government of its obligation under the UN Convention against Torture to undertake “a prompt and impartial investigation wherever there are reasonable grounds to believe that torture has been committed, and prosecute suspected perpetrators of torture.”“The British authorities should take persistent, determined and effective measures to have all allegations of torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment investigated promptly, effectively and impartially by an independent, competent domestic authority, as well as whenever there is reasonable ground to believe that such an act has been committed,” he added. The expert stressed that the UK Government also is obliged to hold responsible, bring to justice and punish all those who encourage, order, tolerate or perpetrate such acts, including the officials in charge of the place of detention where the prohibited act is found to have been committed. The rapporteurs, independent unpaid experts appointed by and reporting back to the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council, said they will follow up with the UK Government the terms of reference and powers of the ISC inquiry to determine whether it is capable of meeting international minimum standards. read more

Credibility of international community at risk as Syria war grinds on –

Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Stephen O’Brien addresses an informal meeting of the General Assembly plenary to hear a briefing on the situation in Syria. UN Photo/Manuel Elias Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Šimonovic addresses an informal meeting of the General Assembly plenary to hear a briefing on the situation in Syria. UN Photo/Manuel Elias “This is the sixth year of horror for Syrians. So many have suffered torture, destruction and death, their story is no longer ‘news’. It may be difficult to grasp the effect of millions of rights violations in the Syrian conflict – but it is plain to see they must be stopped,” he said. Mr. Šimonović said that across Syria, many people are being subjected to arbitrary detention and the deprivation of liberty in the “most appalling conditions.” Many are tortured and many die while in detention, while the fate of several thousand missing persons must be clarified. “These descriptions are the living nightmare of Syria’s people today,” he said. “The only way to instil hope for tomorrow is to insist on full respect for human rights as we press for a political solution.” The release of hostages and unlawfully detained persons, including women and children, would open new avenues of trust, as would the exchange of information on missing persons, Mr. Šimonović said. Indeed, such processes could provide a sound framework for an incremental approach to concession-making. “To be sustainable, peace in Syria must deliver tangible benefits for all communities. It must provide a democratic, dignified and peaceful framework for managing Syria’s multicultural and multi-religious diversity,” Mr. Šimonović said. “Human rights should never, ever be seen as an obstacle to a successful negotiation. The opposite is true: human rights are a key enabler of a successful negotiation. And they are a safeguard for sustainable peace,” he added. “We must show the people of Syria that the world has not forgotten them or their plight and indeed of their country. Not through more words of solidarity, but through immediate and concrete political action that brings an end to this futile cycle of violence and misery. And hard cash for meeting immediate needs – humanitarian needs – is now needed,” he said. “The future of this and coming generations is on the line. The credibility of the international community is at stake,” he added. As such, Mr. O’Brien highlighted that the international community must demonstrate its collective leadership in ensuring the protection of civilians and civilian infrastructure, and in bringing an end to the sieges and ensuring freedom of movement for civilians. He said that the international community must also ensure that the parties to the conflict abide by their international legal obligations and Security Council resolutions to facilitate humanitarian access to all people in need without discrimination, as well as consider all possible avenues to ensure accountability to show perpetrators of violence that such action in Syria or elsewhere will not be tolerated. In addition, the global community must step up financial support to the humanitarian response, and respect the non-political nature of humanitarian aid, Mr. O’Brien said. “We remain committed and ready to deliver humanitarian aid – through any possible modality – for civilians in desperate need. However, let me be clear that humanitarian action cannot be a substitute for political action: only a negotiated political settlement will and can resolve this crisis,” he said. Mr. O’Brien said that the civil unrest that began in Syria in March 2011 has since transformed into an “ugly and brutal war” characterized by extreme levels of violence committed against civilians in a climate devoid of protection in many parts of the country. “In the Syria crisis, the facts speak for themselves: hundreds of thousands killed; and well over a million injured. Life expectancy in Syria has dropped by wait for it – imagine this – 20 years,” he said. Noting that about half of the population has been forcibly displaced, 6.5 million of them inside the country, in addition to the half-million Palestinian refugees, Mr. O’Brien said that, overall, 13.5 million people are left in urgent need of humanitarian and protection assistance. “The conflict in Syria has destroyed the country’s social and economic fabric, eroding development gains made over several generations: 80 per cent of Syrians now live in poverty, nearly nine million Syrians are food insecure amidst rising prices and food shortages, and two million children have been forced out of school altogether,” he said. “We should never lose sight of the immeasurable human impact of this crisis; the trauma and emotional toll on civilians, particularly young people, too long exposed to living in a climate of violence and fear. A generation lost to the normalcy of violence and hatred, and no access to education which is the only route out and to hope,” he added. Highlighting that aid agencies are doing all they can to assist millions of Syrians affected by the conflict, Mr. O’Brien said that up to 5.8 million people had been reached with food assistance per month during this year alone. However, he urged donors and others to step up their financial support to the humanitarian response. “Pledges are one thing – but frankly it’s your cash that matters,” he said. “It’s that which buys the programmes and services that actually save and protect innocent lives; and following London we’re heavy on pledges and promised words, but frankly light on cash, hard real cash i.e. we need your pledges to convert to cash now,” he stressed. A crisis ‘rooted in human rights violations’For his part, Mr. Šimonović underscored that the crisis in Syria is rooted in human rights violations, with parties to the conflict blatantly disregarding such rights by launching indiscriminate attacks, using disproportionate force, and destroying protected sites and medical units. At an informal meeting at UN Headquarters in New York today, the General Assembly was briefed by Stephen O’Brien, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator; the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, who spoke via video conference; and the Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, Ivan Šimonović. Opening the meeting, the President of the General Assembly, Mogens Lykketoft, recalled that in December 2015, the global community was encouraged to hear that a new diplomatic effort launched in Vienna was providing a “glimmer of hope” for a solution to the crisis in Syria, but that since then, there has been “progress alongside setbacks.” “The momentum to achieve these goals and others, including those on humanitarian access, must not be lost,” he said. “We must not fail the people of Syria any longer.” Noting that the international community had marked World Refugee Day, Mr. Lykketoft said it is worth bearing in mind that the crisis in Syria accounts for almost 17 per cent of those displaced across the globe today. “In this context and given the role which the General Assembly has played on this crisis as far back as 2012, I believe it is critical that this Assembly remains fully abreast of the most recent developments in Syria,” he stressed. ‘We must show the people of Syria the world has not forgotten them’In that vein, Mr. O’Brien underscored that while the UN remains committed and ready to deliver humanitarian aid for civilians in need, such action cannot be a substitute for political action. read more

Commbank posts big profit

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Commonwealth Bank has posted a profit of $3.624 billion for the December half as bad debt charges fell, and declared it has no plans to join rival banks in slashing staff numbers. The bank’s net profit rose 19 per cent from a year earlier. “We have no plans to send jobs offshore. And we have no plans for major redundancy programs,” chief executive Ian Narev said in a statement. Instead, the bank will continue to invest in technology to improve efficiency. The bank will pay an interim dividend of $1.37 per share on April 5, up from $1.32 a year earlier. Source: The Agelast_img

Japanese Rogue One trailer reveals new plot point has much cooler logo

first_imgWhen the official Rogue One trailer aired during the Olympics, you could hear the voices of Star Wars fans all over the world saying “Holy sh*t!” for roughly two minutes. Well, some of us did, others kept it PG but you get my point.Many of us played the trailer over and over, looking for clues, hints, new images, and any other bit of information that would help us learn more about the first Star Wars film ever to not be part of the Star Wars saga as we know it. This is new territory and people are all about exploring every inch.So when a new Japan-friendly trailer drops and reveals information that wasn’t in the official trailer, it’s news, baby!If you don’t want to know more, I suggest you stop here.Right there at the :24 mark, that’s new. Up until now, we’ve known that Jyn Erso has a father who’s made a scientific breakthrough of epic proportions and that the Empire has found a way to use it. We also know that Mads Mikkelson is playing Jyn’s father Galen. But the news that Galen is the one who sent the encoded transmission Mon Mothma and the rebels intercepted is, well, new.That opens up all sorts of interesting questions just ripe for speculation. Has Jyn been recruited because of her father? Are they expecting her to find him and discover more about this weapon test? Was she part of the rebellion prior to this? The change in music along with the additional dialogue by Saw Gerrera also paints something more universally understood –– the spectre of the Empire’s growing galactic takeover and what happens to people when they face those situations.Of the two, I think I like this international trailer better. Plus, the film’s title card looks amazing in Japanese. <>last_img read more

Cheeky Monkey Gives Family the Finger in Viral Photobomb Picture

first_img A family vacationing in Bali, Indonesia experienced a hilarious moment when a cheeky monkey decided to photobomb their group picture and give them the infamous one-finger salute.The family, which was from Queensland, Australia, asked a guide to take a photo of them in a forest area that featured the island’s native primates, Fox35 News reported. Just as they posed in front of the camera, the group of five was shocked when the funny monkey decided to steal the spotlight. After taking the picture, they discovered that the primate crashed their photoshoot and gave them the middle finger. Watch: Monkey Uses Rock to Shatter Glass Enclosure at China Zoo’Friends’ Monkey May Appear in ‘Y: The Last Man’ TV Adaptation Stay on targetcenter_img The picture was taken in December 2018, however, it’s the first time the family is sharing the photo on social media. Judy Hicks and her husband spotted the primate flipping them off while they were going through old holiday photos and they couldn’t stop laughing.“As I was flicking through the photos afterward, I noticed that in one of them, the monkey was actually giving us the finger. I showed my husband and we both started laughing,” Hicks, who was part of the photobombed family crew, told Fox35 News. “We thought it was hilarious. The monkey definitely had a cheeky persona going on.”Social media follows also can’t get enough of the photobombing monkey: So far, Hicks’ family photo has received more than 3,000 likes on Instagram.This isn’t the first primate to crash someone’s photo either: In April, a park ranger’s selfie with “posing” gorillas went viral online. The picture, which shows the animals standing tall in the background like humans, generated more than 80,000 likes on social media outlets.More on Add Human Genes to Monkeys’ Brains in New StudyPark Ranger’s Selfie With ‘Posing’ Gorillas Goes ViralWatch: Gorillas Show Us They Don’t Like Getting Caught in a Downpourlast_img read more

Pep Guardiola says Douglas Luizs has real potential

first_imgManchester City manager Pep Guardiola believes Douglas Luiz has real potential and that he is excited by it.Luiz is currently in the United States as part of City’s squad for the pre-season tour.He was also featured in the debut International Champions Cup game against Borussia Dortmund at Soldier Field in Chicago. However, he was not in Wednesday night’s clash with Liverpool as a result of an injury.Guardiola believes the injury was not serious, adding he has been impressed with the youngster so far.“He has potential – real potential,” Guardiola told press as quoted in Man City.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“He’s physically strong and he wants to learn. It was a good experience but he didn’t play regularly in Girona.“I knew him very well from Brazil and he has trained with us for ten days.“He was in the first game. In the second game, he had a little problem in his ligament and that’s why he didn’t play.“I don’t know (if he will play against Bayern Munich). Hopefully, he can play and we’ll see what will happen at the end of this month.”last_img read more

CalvertLewin Its a frustrating result

first_imgEverton forward Dominic Calvert-Lewin reflects on their 3-1 defeat at Manchester City on Saturday as they tried to stage a comeback after going one goal behind in the first half.Calvert-Lewin scored to make it 2-1 in the 65th minute, as Marco Silva’s side tried to equalize after Gabriel Jesus’ brace gave City a two-goal advantage.However, Raheem Sterling came on and scored City’s third goal to put the game beyond Everton.“It’s a frustrating result,” Calvert-Lewin told the club’s website.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“We know they’re a top team but we came here to try to get a result and to try to win the game.“It’s disappointing when they go 1-0 up and then you think we have chances to level it and, if we take them, the game can go a different way. But they’re clinical in front of goal and were perhaps more clinical than us today.“I think the timing of the goals is vital. We knew coming in at half-time we needed to score the next goal, really.“They’re at home so they were enjoying their football, as they do. They kind of killed it a bit [by scoring the second]. We got ourselves back in the game but unfortunately, they’ve then settled it.”last_img read more

Profiles in Social Media Has Your Brand Found Its Social Soul Mate

first_img“We like to play with the line quite a bit and some argue that we cross it, but the best way for us to figure that out is to gauge reactions on social media,” says digital producer, Jordan David.Nearly crossing (or sometimes) crossing the line seems to be paying off. This year the website’s traffic is up 300 percent when compared to 2012. And social media drives 55 percent (up from 31 percent in 2012) of traffic, which is largely due to Facebook, according to David.The publication admits that much of its success in the space is due to the nature of the content itself. Still, as marketing manager Bob Marshall points out, content can’t do all the heavy lifting. “There will be times we introduce a headline and don’t see a lot of traffic from it so we spin it a little bit and just release a quote from the story that’s maybe out of context in some weird or bizarre way,” Marshall says.Beyond anything else, David and Marshall maintain that the hundreds of shares each post usually generates is the metric they value most. “Until Facebook pays me for likes I’m really not all that intrigued by them. But shares do a lot more for sustainment. I can see what my friend likes, but I may not care, but when they share something it’s a stronger endorsement,” David says.Publication: Real SimpleSocial Network: PinterestFollowers: 329,634It is not subjective to state that Real Simple and Pinterest are an ideal match. As a magazine, Real Simple offers insightful lifestyle content accompanied by rich visuals. And as a social network, Pinterest offers users an opportunity to seek out insightful lifestyle content accompanied by rich visuals.“Pinterest is such a natural fit for us,” says Kathleen Harris, managing editor of “It can be summed up by just the photographs alone; as we like to say: A picture is worth 1000 pins,” she adds. And perhaps that is why Real Simple entered the space in October 2010–several months before most had even heard of the platform.The velocity of growth in recent months has been impressive. It took Real Simple nearly two years to reach 100,000 followers, but it has grown 250 percent since June 2012. Harris says, “The growth is very organic. We have partnerships but what’s amazing is we haven’t done any massive campaigns to get people to follow us.”In many ways the Pinterest platform is similar to a digital edition. That is, the brand’s 109 pin boards maintain its core content objectives. What’s different, however, is that Pinterest allows for curated content.“So much of what’s happening on Pinterest informs us of what’s going on elsewhere and we can use that for the magazine. It makes us think about what kind of content people want,” Harris says.Publication: National GeographicSocial Network: InstagramFollowers: 2,111,978There are very few magazines that are as naturally fit for Instagram as National Geographic. Photographs are ingrained into the DNA of the 125 year-old magazine, and Instagram lets it showcase its images in an entirely new way.The magazine established one of the first partnerships with Instagram, but waited to enter the space until it determined an effective strategy. National Geographic’s vice president of social media, Robert Michael Murray explains: “We wanted to see what was happening. We did as much listening as anything else,” he says. Murray goes on to say, “We want to do everything with purpose.”Purpose has led to 80 million engagements on the Instagram platform. And that is with only 1,700 photos, meaning each photo generates an average of nearly 50,000 reactions.Instagram has shown National Geographic that there is an audience for every photo they post. Still, Murray says, “People like awe-inspiring content, and are usually more interested in the story being told behind the image.”Given its scale, National Geographic is a tough model to compare against, but Murray does offer some tips for those looking to enhance their presence in the space: “One, you have to know who you are as an organization. Two, you need to know your audience. Three, you have to set specific goals. And most important, don’t try to mimic somebody else,” he says. Publication: WIREDSocial Network: TwitterFollowers: 2,078,058When it comes to Twitter, WIRED executes the same strategy that it does across all its platforms—accessibility. Of course, accessibility is much easier said than done when your Twitter following is in the millions. Still, New York editor, Joe Brown insists that, “WIRED is a much friendlier brand than a lot of other media brands, because it came about from a democratized set of tools and we have always maintained a more relatable tone,” he says.Terms like authentic and relatable are often tossed around in connection to Twitter, but WIRED stresses that its objectives within the space are not self-serving and engagement is their top priority.“We reach a large audience so when we post something out there the results are typically good. It’s easy to abuse your following by over-promoting; you need to talk to your readers; be accessible, lead the conversation and be friendly,” Brown says.On a typical week, WIRED averages between 8-9,000 retweets and more than 5,000 “favorites.” Additionally, its top tweets usually attract between 200 to 300 retweets and “favorites.”Even though quality engagement is WIRED’s primary goal, its growth within the twitter space is impressive. WIRED has increased its following by 33 percent when comparing July 2013 to July 2012. The company credits its content and commitment to accessibility as its growth catalyst. “We have kept the habit of actually having real people tweet for us, it’s really important,” Brown says. Much like trends in magazine publishing, social media is becoming a niche-focused market. This means there are an increasing number of networks that serve very specific functions. For instance, the difference between Instagram and Twitter is similar to the difference between a photography enthusiast magazine and a newsweekly.Keeping that in mind, there are platforms that are naturally suited for some publications, while others might require a more forced effort. Still, even if your content is well matched for a social platform, you can’t bank on that alone.Publication: The OnionSocial Network: FacebookLikes: 2,396,117For a pure-play publisher like the satirical “news” site The Onion, social media objectives are centered on driving traffic to the homepage. Not only that, but Facebook also offers readers an outlet for comments and conversation.last_img read more

Community Support for Military Families Veterans Will Need to Evolve Carter Says

first_imgCommunities will need to find new ways to support military families and veterans as the military adapts new strategies and personnel policies, Defense Secretary Ash Carter told the National Association of Counties’ (NACo) annual conference in Charlotte, N.C., on Saturday.Carter mentioned two changes the military is considering as it designs new personnel policies to build and retain the Force of the Future.“Transition out of the military will look different than it did 70 years ago, or, for that matter, 10 years ago,” he said, reported DOD News. “It’ll mean that in the future, some might only serve for a time, while others may spend 25 years moving back and forth between national service and other opportunities.”Officials also are exploring adjustments that would reduce the frequency of moves for service members, allowing military families to stay in one community longer and establish more stable lives.And because many of the changes DOD is contemplating are designed to ensure the military attracts the nation’s top science and technology talent, Carter urged NACo members to continue the emphasis on science, technology, engineering and math programs in their schools.The bottom line is that counties and local communities “are the source of the American military’s enduring strength, because you provide our men and women in uniform the preparation, the care and the purpose they need to defend our country,” Carter said.The secretary pressed communities to strive not only to support the members of the armed forces, “but to know our troops.”“Let’s make a future where this is a two-way street where both military and civilian communities contribute to each other,” he said.When veterans come into communities, “empower them with opportunities to continue leading lives of meaning and purpose,” he told the audience.“To be clear, they aren’t looking for handouts,” Carter said. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

POLICE LOG for August 28 Traffic Enforcement On 1st Day Of School

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Tuesday, August 28, 2018:Police conducted traffic enforcement at all open schools during drop-off and pick-up times.Fire Department responded to a stove fire at Tremezzo on Lowell Street. (6:38pm)Resident found syringe at the end of a driveway on Church Street. Police responded for disposal. (7:02pm)A caller reported a water access cover was out of place at Salem Street and Cunningham Street. Police notified DPW of the issue. (7:25pm)A caller reported traffic lights were completely out at Middlesex Avenue and Glen Road. Police confirmed and notified Electric Light Company. RMLD also responded to a blown transformer on Glen Road. (7:52pm)A U-Haul trailer fell off a truck on Carter Lane. Police attempted to assist. U-Haul ultimately sent a tow. (9:53pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for September 3: Driveway Paving Solicitors; Skate Park Tagged; WPD Assist With Pick-Up At SchoolsIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 4: Lowell Man Arrested On Warrant; Bad Crash In Front Of Rocco’s; Syringe FoundIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 5: Driver Throws Beer Bottles; Syringe Found; Woburn Man Issued Summons; Texting While DrivingIn “Police Log”last_img read more

Fallout Shelter Update teases Nuka World

first_imgLast month, Bethesda released a major update for the mobile game Fallout Shelter. This update added a new Quest feature which allowed players to send teams of vault dwellers into the wasteland where they had story-based missions. The initial crop of quests had some fun moments (Oh that treacherous Paula Plumbkin) but diligent players have already begun to run dry. Teams of dwellers have been loafing around their vaults with nothing to do until the brief Daily Quest drops. The new update, out now, adds in more quests as well as new kinds of quests, and some Nuka World flair to promote the upcoming DLC pack.The new kinds of quests include a Weekly Quest, which will roll out every Friday and augment the existing Daily Quest system. The update also introduces special event quests that are only available for a limited time. The first of these ties in with Nuka World. Overseers can send out dwellers to rescue the Nuka World theme park mascots “Bottle and Cappy”. This quest-line is fairly short, with five missions that each take a couple of hours to complete. After Bottle and Cappy have been saved, they will periodically visit the vault. Once inside, they will wander around and dance, flailing their misshapen limbs to the delight and horror of the dwellers. Overseers who click on these disfigured freaks during their dance will be rewarded with caps and Nuka Cola Quantum.Bethesda says that Holiday Quests will be available, although no specifics were given on what the first holiday event will be (Last year the game celebrated Halloween and Christmas). Several new long-term quests are available as soon as the update is installed including an epic search for “Rackie Jobinson’s” baseball jersey. Players are still limited to just three active quests at a time, so the current batch of content should keep them busy for a while. This update is available now for iOS, Android, and PC.last_img read more

Family ransacks nursing home after patients death

first_imgKolkata: The family members of a patient who died of alleged medical negligence at a private nursing home in Mecheda on Monday morning went on a rampage, ransacking a portion of thenursing home. The doctors and nursing staff were allegedly beaten up by the family members of the victim. A huge contingent of police rushed to the spot to bring the situation under control. Meanwhile, the nursing home authorities have lodged a complaint at the local police station in this regard and a probe has been initiated. The incident triggered tension among other patients and staff of the nursing home. It was learnt that one Seikh Tahajul Ali, a resident of Barisa village of Kolaghat, was taken to the nursing home on Monday morning after he complained of chest pain and severe respiratory distress. The patient died in the nursing home later on the day. The family members of the victim alleged that a nursing staff administered an wrong injection on the victim following which their patient’s condition deteriorated. As the news of the patient’s death reached his family members, they started congregating near the nursing home. A heated altercation broke out between the victim’s relatives and the staff of the hospital. An irate mob pelted stones at the nursing home and ransacked a portion of it. The victim’s elder brother, Mafijul Ali, alleged that the patient was admitted to the hospital with respiratory distress but the doctors administered a wrong injection assuming that he was bitten by a snake. The family members of the deceased have demanded a high-level enquiry into the incident. The nursing home authorities did not allow the patient’s family members to enter the nursing home, alleged Ali. A senior official of the nursing home denied the allegation of negligence and said the patient was brought to the nursing home in a very critical condition. The doctors tried their best but the patient could not be saved. Police have started a probe in this regard.last_img read more

For Canadians only AmaWaterways offers free prepaid gratuities

first_imgFor Canadians only: AmaWaterways offers free pre-paid gratuities Share Tuesday, July 23, 2019 TORONTO — AmaWaterways has launched an exclusive offer for Canadian residents that includes free pre-paid gratuities on select 2019 sailings.The limited-time offer applies to new FIT bookings made between July 1 and Sept. 30, 2019. Use code CANGRATS when booking to receive the free pre-paid gratuities for cruise only.AmaWaterways offers a choice of up to 20 excursions during a seven-night cruise as well as unlimited wine and beer with lunch and dinner, and an evening Sip & Sail cocktail hour, all of which are included. Other amenities include a Sun Deck with a heated pool and swimup bar, accommodations with twin balconies, guided fitness classes and wellness activities such as stretching, cardio and core strengthening.This year, AmaWaterways welcomes three new ships to its 23-ship fleet: the AmaMagna sailing on the Danube, AmaMora on the Rhine, and Ama Douro on the Douro River in Portugal. The Canadian Resident offer is applicable to sailings on all three new ships, and is combinable with other retail promotions as well as the company’s Past Passenger Privilege Program and Future Cruise Benefit Program. Tags: AmaWaterways, FITcenter_img Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group last_img read more

Costa Ricas top politicians meet to ease political crisis

first_imgIt was a meeting bound to take place sooner better than later. On Tuesday, top politicians from Costa Rica’s three government branches – President Laura Chinchilla, Supreme Court President Luis Paulino Mora and Legislative Assembly President Víctor Emilio Granados – attempted to extinguish a political fire that swept through the country’s judicial halls earlier this month when lawmakers voted to block the re-election of Supreme Court Justice Fernando Cruz.The meeting took place at Casa Presidencial, in the southeastern San José district of Zapote, and ended with the signing of a declaration in support of “democracy, a state of law and respect among the three powers of the Republic.”“We’ve had a session where we exchanged ideas, reaffirmed concepts and rediscovered coinciding visions in terms of the need to advance the processes that permit us to develop our democracy, consolidate our state of law and improve relations between the powers of government,” Chinchilla said in a statement released following the meeting.The discussion was prompted by a Nov. 15 vote in the Assembly that blocked Cruz’s re-election to the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court, or Sala IV. Cruz was the first Sala IV justice to be voted off the bench, and members of Costa Rica’s judicial branch interpreted the move as an encroachment by the legislative and executive branches and a disruption of the country’s democratic balance of powers.In a protest unusual for Costa Rica, judges, lawyers, prosecutors and other judicial branch employees held a vigil in front of San José’s main court complex last week, and a peaceful march to the Assembly last Thursday.Molina called the vote a “clear threat to the independence of the judicial branch and against democracy itself.”Tuesday’s declaration was titled “It’s Time to Launch Reforms for Our Democracy.” The 10-point statement highlights Costa Rica’s “history of cultivating democratic values,” and its “capacity to resolve differences through dialogue, negotiation and the strengthening of the state of law.”Chinchilla promised to form a “group of experts” to revise the country’s institutional framework with the goal of “strengthening democratic governability” and promoting national dialogue in order to obtain “concrete results.”In the Assembly, Granados promised to carry out debates more quickly, particularly on bills relating to reform to the legislative process and constitutional jurisdiction.“We believe that Costa Rica can demonstrate, once again, that her democracy has the tools to promote the reform its institutions need and that citizens demand,” the declaration said.Cruz, 63, an independent-minded legal expert, former chief prosecutor and eight-year member of the Sala IV, returned to work on Monday, temporarily reinstalled by his colleagues in the court while they review a constitutional challenge to his removal presented by Social Christian Unity Party lawmaker Luis Fishman. That ruling could take up to a year, Cruz said last week. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

And Costa Ricas top selling brands are…

first_imgLocalDos Pinos dairy products were Costa Rican consumers’ top choice last year, according to the annual Brand Footprint report released this week by consulting firm Kantar Worldpanel.The study, which evaluates actual purchases and not just brand preferences, presents rankings and insights on consumer behaviors based on how often and where in the world a brand is chosen by consumers.In Costa Rica, 99.7 percent of survey participants said that last year, they purchased Dos Pinos products.According to the report, “the wide variety of products offered by this brand, which includes milk, cheese, butter, yogurt, ice cream, juice and drinks, among others, allows Dos Pinos to be the leading brand among Costa Ricans.”Dos Pinos products accounted for approximately 46 million purchases last year and the brand is also the only local brand in the country’s top 10, which includes some former Costa Rican brands that were bought out by foreign corporations.The second place is held by soup, condiment and noodles manufacturer Maggi with 22 million purchases, and Coca-Cola came in third with 20 million.Globally, Coca-Cola leads the Brand Fooprint ranking for the third consecutive year and also tops the Central American list. Costa Rica is the only country in the region where the beverage giant is not at the top of the brand ranking.Local research was conducted in 750 Tico homes, with a geographic coverage of 81 percent of the country.The study analyzed purchases in retail outlets including grocery stores, province markets, supermarkets, buying clubs, discount stores, convenience stores, sales catalogs, and via e-commerce, and others, Kantar reported.The company conducted similar studies in 986 million households spanning 35 countries and analyzed purchases of 11,000 brands. Rankings show purchases by brand in a general category and also present specific rankings in categories such as food, beverages, personal care and home care.Costa Rica’s top 10 rankings by category are listed below: Facebook Comments Related posts:2 Costa Rican business groups among Central America’s most influential, says Forbes México Gallito candy, chocolates won’t be ‘Made in Costa Rica’ anymore Employment outlook among industrial sector shows no improvement Dos Pinos acquires candy maker Gallitolast_img read more