first_imgTESCO Ireland has hit back at claims that it is responsible for the loss of 100 jobs – half of them in Co Donegal.Muff-based Rock Shopfitting Services was employed by the global supermarket giant in its stores here.MD Martin McCafferty claimed yesterday that his company had lost out to larger companies – even though he believes his prices were up to a third cheaper. Angry workers have set up a Facebook page denouncing Tesco over the move to award the contracts elsewhere, with a French company picking up most of the business.But in a statement a Tesco Ireland spokesman said the Co Donegal company had simply lost out in the tendering process.And the supermarket also said it would welcome tenders for further work by the Donegal company in the future.“We are aware of Rock Services concerns, but we are satisfied that they are being dealt with fairly and transparently,” said a Tesco Ireland spokesperson. “We have a very competitive but clear tender process and we continue to invite them to tender for work.“The tender for the most recent contract was won by two Irish entities.” TESCO HITS BACK: IT’S NOT OUR FAULT 50 DONEGAL JOBS ARE BEING AXED was last modified: August 28th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegal daily newsDonegal job lossestescolast_img read more


first_img(Visited 17 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 What has become known as “climate science” offers an opportunity to investigate the sociology of science and ask how political biases influence individual scientists.  Since the lukewarm political response to the Rio conference, news articles indicate that climate science has a climate of its own – one that’s heating up over the inability to convince the public.Punk eek in the data:  Even before the Climategate scandal, skeptics of human-caused global warming pointed to historical warming trends that preceded factories and SUVs.  Another paper in Science this past week added to the ways that non-anthropogenic factors can cause major climate changes.  Wortman and Paytan published a paper proposing “Rapid Variability of Seawater Chemistry Over the Past 130 Million Years” that “are likely to affect ocean productivity, the global carbon cycle, and climate,” even though humans were not around then in the evolutionary timeline (Science 20 July 2012: Vol. 337 no. 6092 pp. 334-336, DOI: 10.1126/science.1220656).   The fluctuations they found could be true of the entire geologic column.  “The record is characterized by long phases of stasis, punctuated by short intervals of rapid change,” they said, reminiscent of punctuated equilibria (“punk eek”) in Stephen Jay Gould’s biological theory of evolution.  The paper was summarized by Science Daily.  “Humans get most of the blame for climate change, with little attention paid to the contribution of other natural forces,” the summary began.  “Now, scientists from the University of Toronto and the University of California Santa Cruz are shedding light on one potential cause of the cooling trend of the past 45 million years that has everything to do with the chemistry of the world’s oceans.”  Whether cooling trend or heating trend, the point is that humans didn’t do it.Laughing gas:  Another factor in the battle for public acceptance of anthropogenic global warming is the apparent silliness of some of the scientific claims.  On New Scientist, for instance, Michael Marshall headlined his latest article, “Belch of laughing gas could heat up our planet.”  He wasn’t talking about climate skeptics laughing over the latest claims, releasing carbon dioxide in their breath, but natural releases of nitrous oxide after the ice age.  Even so, part of the problem for skeptics is making sense of the conflicting data.  Each new revelation is greeted with a tentative announcement: it “could” heat up our planet.  But how would anyone test the idea?  This natural gas release, long before the industrial revolution, opposes putting humans at fault: if ancient warming released laughing gas, why should we be blamed if current ice sheet melting releases it again?Drastic actions: A third factor antagonizing the public is the extremity of proposed measures to fight global warming.  The proposed redistribution of wealth by taxing of industry is well known, but some measures are even more severe.  National Geographic listed “6 Extreme Climate Fixes” that “geoengineers” are proposing to reverse human-caused warming, including dumping vast amounts of iron into the ocean to promote plankton blooms, creating “artificial volcanoes” to pump reflective particles into the atmosphere, creating seaweed farms, cooking agricultural waste, “greening” the desert, and building an armada of cloud-making ships.  Most of these ideas would barely make a dent in the problem as climate scientists fear it.  What’s more, they fail to ask the logical follow-up question, “At whose expense?”Presumably, it is concern for the biosphere driving the urge to stem global warming, yet some of the proposed measures could be extremely harmful to species or could shift the food chain in unexpected ways.  Environmentalists have a reputation for stopping private construction projects and preventing landowners from making decisions about their own property out of concern for endangered species.  Where were they when it became widely known that “green energy” windmills were killing thousands of birds and bats each year?  Where are they now with the proposal to alter the world’s oceans?Selective evidence:  Members of the public might be understandably forgiven for expressing doubt when anything and everything is summoned as evidence for anthropogenic global warming: cold winters and warm winters, wildfires and excessive rains.  Are the fearmongers crying wolf too often?  Nature News held up the ominous spectre of wildfires to human guilt: “As temperatures soar, forests blaze and houses burn, the media and public may be forced to face up to the reality of a changing climate, says Max A. Moritz.”  Moritz did not put wildfire statistics into any historical context, nor did he take into account the encroachment of human habitation into forested areas.  For these and other reasons, one commenter didn’t buy it: “Once again Nature editors are pushing the catastrophic man made global warming mantra,” he complained.Selective indignation:  At the BBC News, reporter Richard Black was apparently more concerned over the news that the Norfolk police force, after two and a half years, is dropping its investigation into the release of the emails in the Climategate affair, than he was of the lies and coverups by the IPCC exposed in those documents:Here was a crime with international ramifications that happened on their patch – the theft and release of more than 6,000 e-mails and other documents that lit a fire under mainstream climate science, perhaps contributing to the torpor in the UN climate process and raising the level of doubt in public minds.Yet despite engaging help from the UK’s specialist e-crime unit, IT security consultants and police forces in other countries, they’ve identified not a single suspect.This kind of selective indignation understandably rankles climate skeptics who want the focus to be on the data, not the leakers.  These same people did not show similar outrage over Wikileaks actions that jeopardized national security; some of them actually cheered it.As an academic discipline, the sociology of science seeks to uncover non-empirical factors that cause scientists to behave the ways they do: peer pressure at conferences, consensus construction and maintenance, treatment of maverick views, and more.  Empirical scientists have just as much right to return the ball and question the sociological biases of the sociologists and the validity of their data.  Onlookers can watch and decide whether any human being acting in the role of scientist is free of bias.Climate change (a.k.a. global warming) is off-topic for CEH except in the fact that the same doctrinaire warming advocates tend to be doctrinaire Darwinians.  They also tend to be political leftists by virtue of the fact that they expect the government or the UN, not the people, to make decisions for everyone else, with no regard to individual rights, private property or the burden on taxpayers.  Incidentally, some of them display the same carelessness with data – willingness to ignore data that contradicts their ideology.  Understanding the political dynamics of this parallel issue can go a long way to interpreting the next news from the Darwin Party.last_img read more


first_img “We also lost wickets at bad times,” he added. “I got out at a bad time and once it gets close like that, losing wickets regularly will lose you the game. “We lost the momentum towards the end there. We always knew that we had to get it down to no more than eight runs with Malinga’s last over to come.”Positives All-rounder JP Duminy said there were some positives for the Proteas to take out of their showing against Sri Lanka. “Five runs was the difference. We could have made it up in the middle overs,” he said at the South Africa’s training session on Sunday. “We take a lot of confidence, especially from the bowlers after the way they (Sri Lanka) started. We did well to bring it back.” Conditions Taking in the overall performance, Duminy continued: “In the first game you are trying to feel your way in the tournament, trying to figure out what the conditions are going to be like. The conditions here are totally different to what we experienced in the warm-up matches, so it’s important that we adapt and adjust quickly.” New Zealand are ranked below South Africa in the T20 world rankings, but the conditions are likely to suit their game. They opened with a win over England on the Duckworth/Lewis Method.Confidence “If you look at the way they have been playing over the last few months they come into the tournament with a lot of confidence,” Duminy said. “It’s going to be an uphill battle for us, but I’m confident that we have the armoury to make sure we give ourselves the best chance.” 24 March 2013 South Africa face New Zealand in a World T20 clash in Chittagong on Monday needing a victory, after going down to Sri Lanka by five runs in their opening match on Saturday.Match summary After posting 165 for 7 in their 20 overs, Sri Lanka restricted South Africa to 160 for 8 in reply. Kusal Perera top-scored for the Sri Lankans with 63 off only 40 deliveries, while Angelo Mathews provided good support with 43 off 32 balls. Imran Tahir, meanwhile, shone with the ball, knocking over 3 for 26 in his four overs. In South Africa’s reply, the first six batsmen got into doubles figures, but failed to really drive their starts home, with JP Duminy’s 39 the highest score of the Proteas’ innings.Disappointed AB de Villiers, who stood in for the injured Faf du Plessis as captain, admitted to being disappointed by the Proteas’ performance against the number one ranked Sri Lankans. “There are two areas where I feel we lost the game,” De Villiers said after the match. “In the field they ran two to us too often and we gave away too many extras. We have been guilty of that in the past and we have to get that right if we are going to do well in this tournament.last_img read more


first_imgzoom Chemical shipping company Navig8 Chemical Tankers Inc. has expanded its fleet as it took delivery of a 25,000 dwt stainless steel chemical tanker, the Navig8 Stellar.Delivered by the Japanese shipbuilder Kitanihon Shipbuilding, Navig8 Stellar is the fourth of six vessels contracted at the shipyard to be delivered to the company.The tanker is also the second and final vessel to be delivered under the sale and leaseback arrangement entered into with subsidiaries of Japan-based financial services company SBI Holdings in mid-September 2016.Following delivery from Kitanihon, the Navig8 Stellar was delivered to SBI under the terms of the sale agreement and then delivered back to Navig8 Chemical Tankers under an 11-year bareboat charter.The Navig8 Stellar will be entered into and operated in Navig8 Group’s Stainless8 commercial pool.The first 25,000 dwt chemical tanker under the sale and leaseback agreement, the Navig8 Spark, was delivered to Navig8 Chemical Tankers from the shipbuilder on October 11.last_img read more


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