Proliferation of selfidentified Indigenous people represents new wave of colonialism

first_imgJustin BrakeAPTN NewsA growing number of people in the Mi’kmaq and Métis nations are speaking out about what they say is a growing threat to their rights, resources, and sovereignty due to the proliferation of self-identified Acadian-Métis in Nova Scotia.Allison Bernard of Eskasoni First Nation hunts and fishes in Cape Breton and is a fisheries coordinator for Nova Scotia-based Mi’kmaq Rights Initiative.He says in recent years a growing number of people have been hunting on Mi’kmaq land, both in and out of season.“Since time immemorial we’ve been here. We’ve had to adjust to very troubling times. Which leads us to this point, where we have to protect what is ours, and our resources,” he says.Bernard believes many of those new hunters are associated with recently established self-identified Acadian-Métis groups in the area.In December 2015 Parks Canada invited Mi’kmaw hunters from the region to participate in a cull to control the moose population in Cape Breton Highlands National Park.Non-Indigenous hunters confront Mi’kmaw hunters in December 2015 in Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Photo: APTNNon-Indigenous hunters protested the planned cull, arguing the Mi’kmaq should be given no special privilege.The Mi’kmaq maintain they have never ceded or surrendered any part of Mi’kma’ki and point to the historic Peace and Friendship Treaties as evidence they have sovereignty over their lands and resources.One of the hunters who protested the moose cull in 2015 is Arnold Dithurbide, who months later became a founding member of the newly formed Highlands Métis Nation Association, and the group’s “second chief”.APTN visited Dithurbide’s house in Cape Breton to request an on-camera interview but he wasn’t home.“White settler revisionism”St. Mary’s University Professor Darryl Leroux has been researching the growing number of self-identified Métis in Quebec and the Maritimes and says he’s not surprised to hear one of the groups’ leaders has actively opposed Aboriginal rights in the past.Leroux says the proliferation of self-identified Métis in Nova Scotia and other provinces is a phenomenon he calls “white settler revisionism.”“The evidence that I’ve uncovered suggests that this is primarily a genealogical movement, linked to a political movement that often is organized around what one could call white supremacist ideas that are openly anti-Indigenous,” he said. “Not white supremacist in the hate-filled sense of the term, but rather white settlers advocating for white rights and in this case opposing Indigenous rights to achieve that end.”St. Mary’s University Professor Darryl Leroux.He argues in academic papers and on social media that settlers—in Nova Scotia’s case mostly those who have historically identified as Acadian—often locate long ago Indigenous ancestors to claim Indigeneity in order to access Indigenous rights.Leroux says he found that some ancestors used by self-identified Métis to claim Indigenous identity were, in fact, French women.Most trace their roots back to between only five and 10 Mi’kmaw women who married French men in the 1600s.He estimates upward of 10 million people today share those women as ancestors.But not all Acadians and Nova Scotians with Indigenous ancestry claim an Indigenous identity, says Daphne Williamson, a Halifax-based lawyer and member of the Sou’West Nova Métis Council who traces her Indigenous ancestry back to the Wampanoag in what is now Massachusetts.Speaking on behalf of seven of Nova Scotia’s eight Métis leaders, Williamson says self-identified Métis in Nova Scotia claim an Indigenous identity based not only on their ancestral connections but also on the basis that they developed distinct cultures and identities.“Each community is distinct in and of itself because of the way it historically evolved: the circumstances, the mix of ethnicities that were comprised at the time,” she says.But members of the Mi’kmaw community in Nova Scotia say this is news to them.“I’ve never heard of any kind of collective Métis identity, culture, language or heritage in this region,” says Jarvis Googoo of We’koqma’q First Nation. “It only started to pop up out of the blue in the early 2000s, after Marshall.”Métisness and the courtsLeroux points to Statistics Canada numbers that reveal 860 individuals in Nova Scotia identified as Métis in the 1996 census. By 2016 the number of self-identified Métis in the province had grown to more than 23,000.He estimates that around 200,000 people presently identify as Métis in Quebec and the Atlantic provinces and that the proliferation coincides with court decisions that affirm Aboriginal rights and address the debate over who is Métis and who’s not.“There are these moments where court decisions lead people to identify with a particular juridical or legal identity,” he explains. Watch Part 1 of Justin’s story. Adese believes if the Métis Nation Accord passed, “Powley would have looked completely different [and] these precedent-setting cases would have looked very very different.”She and others argue that while some in Eastern Canada may have legitimate claims of Indigeneity, they are not Métis and not part of the Métis Nation.The Powley decision’s description of a Métis person is “rooted in race-based logic,” Adese says, and re-entrenches a notion of “mixedness” that “implies Métis are somehow more mixed than any other human beings.”She argues maternal origins matter and were crucial in the formation of the Métis Nation.“When we say that Métis were born on the Prairies, it’s because we’re also recognizing the rootedness of First Nations women who give rise to a distinct Métis language called Michif, and a distinct Métis culture that connects us to the lands we come from.”By contrast, Leroux questions the contemporary narratives or understandings around the nature of the relationships between the French and Acadian men and Mi’kmaw women who those self-identifying as Acadian-Métis today say gave rise to distinct peoples and cultures.“We can literally count six or seven [Mi’kmaw women] who marry French men before 1665,” he says, describing the interpretations of those relationships as “romanticized”.“Besides the fact that we don’t question what coercion, sexualized violence, et cetera, occur in those spaces, we’re really romanticizing a past where the…French descendants somehow have this natural alliance with Indigenous peoples.”Racism on the water and undergroundLeroux says the anti-Indigenous racism and white supremacy he argues are embedded in the movement of self-identified Métis in the Maritimes were evident during the anti-Mi’kmaq fisheries protests in 2000, following the Marshall decision.“If we talk to people on the ground, particularly Mi’kmaw people, what we see is following the Marshall decision in 1999, and the pitched battles on the water and also off the water around lobster fishing in Esgenoôpetitj, Burnt Church—and also down in the Yarmouth area off the southern shore of Nova Scotia—many of the people who were leading the movement, violently, against Mi’kmaq fishing rights turn to a Métis identity to access Aboriginal rights. In this case Marshall rights.”Fisherman and Sipekne’katik First Nation Councillor Alex McDonald has been fishing among Acadian fishermen in St. Mary’s Bay for a number of years now.He says French Acadians in the region “didn’t claim Métis [identity] until after the Marshall decision,” and that “prior to that, they were battling with us all the time.”“We’ve been fishing here a long time, and we still get the prejudice, we still get the bullshit. And the crazy thing is, the ones that are claiming Métis are the ones that are giving us a hard time.”McDonald also questions the self-identified Acadian-Métis reliance on race-based understandings of Métisness in defining themselves; he points out the irony in the context of the Mi’kmaq.“There’s a lot of mixed blood here on our reserves in Nova Scotia, so we could be the Métis,” he says.Williamson acknowledges there are opportunists who self-identify as Acadian-Métis but says they are not representative of the wider community.Explaining the exponential population growth of self-identified Métis in Nova Scotia between the mid-90s and 2016, she says people are publicly identifying now because they previously feared facing racism and discrimination for being Indigenous.Leroux doesn’t buy it.“I don’t find that particularly convincing, given that Indigenous peoples have been front and centre in Indigenous rights movements since the 1960s, ‘70s, into the ‘80s,” he says.“To wait until 2015 to form an organization and to call oneself Indigenous is certainly questionable.”APTN reached out to three Métis leaders in Cape Breton and southwestern Nova Scotia. They all declined our interview requests.Bras d’Or Lake Métis Nation Chief Shane Savoury directed APTN to a recently authored report by self-identified Acadian-Métis scholar Chris Boudreau, who also declined our interview request.Boudreau’s research paper, titled “An Ethnographic Report on the Acadian-Métis 2018,” argues that in the early 17th century Europeans “intermarried with the original inhabitants of the area, the Mi’kmaq, and Maliseet, creating a distinct mixed-heritage people…who subsequently endured prejudice and denigration from Acadians and others who considered themselves to be of ‘pure blood’ — a prejudice which continues to the present day.”Leroux took to Twitter in March to critique the work, arguing the author and his colleagues did not consider “Mi’kmaw perspectives on the existence of another Indigenous people on Mi’kmaw territory.”He also argues that they “provide no evidence whatsoever that [Acadian-Métis] maintained kinship relations and accompanying forms of responsibility with Mi’kmaw people.“Being mixed-race is not evidence that somebody is Métis in the sense that the authors develop,” he tweeted.Many who claim Acadian-Métis identity are not after hunting or fishing rights. But they are taking up precious space created for Indigenous people, says Googoo.Citing scholarships for Indigenous students and other resources and opportunities set aside to “help ameliorate and remove those historical disadvantages facing Mi’kmaq people,” Googoo says self-identified Métis are increasingly encroaching on those spaces.“When I hear of Métis people, groups popping up here all of a sudden — and then applying to professional schools, applying for scholarships and jobs, then I ask, OK, can you present to me the historical dispossession, the historically disadvantaged Métis groups and collective communities that have happened here in this region?”In March the East Coast Music Association [ECMA] revoked the nomination of self-identified Acadian-Métis guitarist Maxim Cormier, who was being considered for the Indigenous Artist of the Year award.In a statement posted to the organization’s website, ECMA Chair Dean Stairs explained the decision, stating “the law has not recognized Maxim Cormier or the community he is a member of, the Highland Métis, as being recognized as members of the ‘aboriginal peoples of Canada’ under the Constitution.”Cormier declined an interview request for this story.Searching for personal Acadian-Métis narrativesTo get a better sense of the personal stories behind Acadian-Métis identity APTN travelled to Cape Breton.While Highlands Métis Nation Association Chief Randy Roach declined our interview request, we caught up with his father, William Roach, a well-known artist in Chéticamp.Roach says his grandfather was of mixed French and Mi’kmaw ancestry and a known medicine man in the region, but that growing up his family didn’t discuss their Indigenous roots.He says it was just two or three years ago that his sons began to take an interest in exploring their Indigenous ancestry.“Some, myself, would ask, what’s a Métis? I didn’t know it was a mixed blood with Natives and French, you know. But now I understand what it means: it’s a bloodline, it’s a special thing to me because you know I’m getting on in age and I’m glad to see that the young people are taking an interest and finally developing that. They’re going to see where they come from.”Artist William Roach, father of Highlands Métis Nation Association Chief Randy Roach.Roach describes his own understanding of the term Métis as being mixed-race, and a bridge or pathway toward Mi’kmaw identity.“We would like to be identified as Mi’kmaq because that’s what we are,” he explains. “But the Métis thing, for now, sort of covers it.“A lot of us are willing to be called Mi’kmaq, or Métis, whichever way — because it is our bloodline. We would like to have a place that we can identify…one way or the other, with Métis or Mi’kmaq, fully — that we would feel at ease.”Googoo says if Acadians in Nova Scotia who learn they have Mi’kmaq ancestry are genuinely interested in learning about their heritage, they should approach members of the Mi’kmaq community rather than immediately claim Indigeneity.“If people are finding that they do have Mi’kmaq heritage from way back when I strongly encourage and support them to learn more about that Mi’kmaq heritage.”Bernard, too, says the Mi’kmaw community has always welcomed outsiders and encouraged those with ancestral ties to their nation to introduce themselves.He says the Mi’kmaq are fighting for their sovereignty, and that a big part of that battle is maintaining the ability to decide who is a citizen of their nation, and who isn’t.“If you claim that you’re a Métis, then I would rather tell you, why don’t you claim that you’re Mi’kmaw? And through your blood, and through your connections and your lineage, prove to me that you’re Mi’kmaw — and we’ll decide if you’re Mi’kmaw. The Mi’kmaq will decide that. Not the government. Or your organization,” he says.Adese says the Métis to have been fighting for years to protect their identity and sovereignty as a distinct Indigenous people and nation too.She says settlers who discover they have Indigenous ancestry but have no ties to the culture, language, or existing Indigenous communities should feel comfortable with who they are and learn about their Indigenous heritage.“It’s OK to say that my great, great, great grandmother was Mi’kmaw, and that’s it,” she says. “It doesn’t have to turn into anything else.“You can be comfortable in that moment. And you can celebrate that [ancestry] and try to learn more what that means. But it doesn’t have to translate into rights-based claims.”Leroux has traced his own genealogy back to Mohawk and Algonquin ancestors, and even shares some of the same ancestors he says self-identified Acadian-Métis are using to claim Indigeneity today—but says that doesn’t make him Indigenous.“My family hunts and fishes. We have these stories about having long ago Indigenous ancestors…but my family has no relationship with living Indigenous people.“As someone who’s a French descendant…I would suggest that Acadians are Acadians. And that Acadian people should be proud to identify as Acadian, to identify with their history, which has often been quite difficult, with their resilience.”A “new wave of colonialism”Leroux says the mass self-Indigenization among self-identified Métis in Eastern Canada is “part of a process of colonialism” in which “white French descendant settlers are incorporating themselves as Indigenous…which is part of the story that sort of gives settler colonialism momentum into the future.”Pam Palmater, a Mi’kmaw lawyer, and Chair of Indigenous Governance at Ryerson University, agrees.She describes the phenomenon as a “new wave of colonization, where the colonizers, who have already taken just about everything from us, have seen that we’ve received wins in courts over the last few decades.“So now they’re circling back and the only way to defeat our wins, our claims to our lands and resources, is to now claim Indigenous identity themselves and take it that way.”Palmater says the Mi’kmaq Nation should pay close attention at the chance a provincial court in Nova Scotia or elsewhere quietly renders a decision recognizing self-identified Métis as having Aboriginal rights under Canadian law.“I worry that courts are not going to get the full picture,” she says.“If you have two non-Native lawyers in court trying to make these arguments—say a Crown prosecutor and a non-Native lawyer trying to make all of these Aboriginal rights claims for one of these opportunistic identifiers—that could be a real problem if we get a judgement.”Ryerson University Chair of Indigenous Governance, Pam Palmater.Palmater also says decisions by Canadian courts to determine who is Indigenous, and who is not, on unceded Mi’kmaq territory would violate the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.“There is a right for Indigenous Peoples to belong to their Indigenous Nation, but there’s a corresponding right of the Indigenous Nation to decide who belongs and who doesn’t, and to govern those processes.”Williamson says self-identified Métis in Nova Scotia in pursuit of Aboriginal rights don’t pose a threat to Mi’kmaq rights and sovereignty, but in the same breath revealed she believes they are entitled to treaty rights under the historic Indigenous-Crown Peace and Friendship treaties.“No one is looking to take anything away from the Mi’kmaq or claim anything that more appropriately belongs to the Mi’kmaq,” she says.“Now having said that, if you look at the history of the treaties on the eastern seaboard, the Peace and Friendship Treaties were signed among the entire eastern seaboard. So any Nation that was a signatory to that treaty is a treaty beneficiary, including mine.”Williamson says while the treaties distinguished between Indigenous people and settlers, they “did not delineate by blood quantum, generation, matriarchy, patriarchy, or anything else as to who the heirs of those treaty benefits would be.“So in other words the Mi’kmaq, the Acadian-Métis, my people—anyone who descends from the Nations that were signatories to those treaties—by rights is a treaty beneficiary. But which benefits they will pursue is entirely their call.”Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq chiefs did not respond to an interview request from APTN but have been clear in the past that Mi’kmaq are the only rights holders in Mi’kma’ The 1999 Supreme Court of Canada Marshall decision affirmed Mi’kmaq treaty rights to fish for a moderate livelihood.In 2003 the Powley decision described a Métis person as one who self-identifies, has an ancestral connection to a historic Métis community, and is accepted by that community.And the 2016 Daniels decision ruled that Métis and non-status Indians are now the responsibility of the federal government, and are classified as “Indians” under Section 91(24) of the constitution.Jennifer Adese, a Métis scholar and Associate Professor of Indigenous Studies Studies at Carleton University, says the phenomenon of self-identified Métis in Eastern Canada must be understood in the context of the “constitutional moment” in which it’s happening.As part of the Métis Nation Accord, the Métis National Council developed its own definition of who is Métis. The Accord was embedded in the 1992 Charlottetown Accord and would have been entrenched in the constitution had the proposed constitutional amendments not failed.The Métis National Council’s definition of a Métis person required that an individual be a “descendant of those Métis who received or were entitled to receive land grants and/or scrip under the provisions of the Manitoba Act, 1870 or the Dominion Lands Act.”“I think that we’d be having a different conversation if in fact the Métis Nation Accord had been passed and entrenched the definition of who is Métis from the outset,” says Adese.“It’s not until after that that you start to see the emergence of all of these different organizations claiming Métisness, and it’s enabled really by that lack of clarity around Métisness in that moment.”Watch Part 2 of Justin’s story. last_img read more

Commissioner says calling it genocide inescapable conclusion

first_imgPrime Minister Justin Trudeau accepts the final inquiry report following a special ceremony.Kathleen MartensAPTN NewsThey’re talking about a revolution.The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls is trying to make genocide a noun the way the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada turned reconciliation into a verb.“It is time to call it as it is,” the inquiry’s final report released Monday said.“Canada’s past and current colonial policies, actions and inactions towards Indigenous Peoples is genocide.”Read the national inquiry’s calls for justiceThe allegation is a strong one.It threatens to tarnish Canada’s stellar reputation for quality of life, its standard for peace, and its position of respect within the global community.But Chief Commissioner Marion Buller said she and her three fellow commissioners “pulled out a mirror to Canada” over 33 months of gathering evidence and “reflected the truth back.”When asked why they used the term genocide, she said “because that’s the inescapable conclusion.”The term, she said, “explains the high rates of violence” against Indigenous women and girls – fulfilling the inquiry’s mandate to expose the root cause of gender-based discrimination and violence.The tough talk shouldn’t come as a surprise.The commissioners warned in November 2017 in their interim report – ‘Our Women and Girls are Sacred’ – they’d be “exposing hard truths about the devastating impacts of colonization, racism and sexism—aspects of Canada that many Canadians are reluctant to accept.”The final report with 231 recommendations was swaddled in sealskin and wrapped with a traditional Métis sash before being handed to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.He took his seat cradling the bundle like a baby before his turn to address the crowd at the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, Que.Trudeau promised to develop a national action plan to end violence against Indigenous women and girls and 2SLGBTQQIA people.But didn’t say colonial violence was genocide.“Canada has failed you,” he said. “This is an uncomfortable day for Canada but it is an essential day.”By coincidence, Canada’s Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg recently adopted the term genocide to describe the effects of colonization.Read the executive summary here: Reclaiming Power and PlaceIndigenous women and girls are 12 times more likely to be victims of crime – a staggering statistic by any metric.But what’s worse, said the report entitled Reclaiming Power and Place, is that victims are made to feel at fault while governments and public services look the other way.“This desire to maintain the status quo directly contributes to the targeting of Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA people,” said Buller to a standing ovation.“We need you to change,” added Commissioner Michèle Audette during her remarks.“This is a historic day.”Despite cries from the crowd demanding he say it, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau did not utter the word “genocide” in his speech after being handed a copy of the #MMIWG National Inquiry final report. @APTNNews #cdnpoli— Justin Brake (@JustinBrakeNews) June 3, 2019Representatives from all provinces and territories were present to accept copies of the report. As were some chiefs of police including Danny Smyth of Winnipeg.But not the head of the RCMP, a police service heavily criticized in the report for the way it handles missing and murdered cases.Commissioner Brenda Lucki “was unable to attend today’s event,” a spokeswoman said, releasing a written statement instead thanking the inquiry for its important work.“We are committed to achieving reconciliation with Indigenous peoples through a renewed relationship built on the recognition of rights, respect, co-operation and partnership,” the statement said.“We have already made many changes to our policies, procedures and training over the course of the inquiry.”When APTN News asked what Lucki was doing, the RCMP did not reply.While the 1,200-page report records the trauma and stress of grieving families, it also reflects the resilience of Indigenous communities.And, it concludes women are tired of being victims. Preferring to move forward through action towards justice.With a focus on the perpetrators – whether they be human or systemic. read more

UN envoy meets Lebanese spiritual and religious leaders on pullout of foreign

Terje Roed-Larsen, who returned to Beirut last night after his one-day visit to Syria for talks with President Bashar Al-Assad, met this morning with Maronite Patriarch Nasrallah Butros Sfeir – an avid supporter of Security Council resolution 1559.On Thursday night Mr. Roed-Larsen, whose official title is Special Envoy for the implementation of Security Council resolution 1559, met separately with Grand Mufti Sheikh Mohammed Rashid Qabbani and Sheikh Abdel-Amir Qabalan, vice-president of the Higher Shiite Council. The UN envoy briefed them on the objectives of his mission and sought their support in the implementation of the resolution.That text, adopted last September ahead of elections in Lebanon, supported polling free from outside influence and called for the withdrawal of all remaining foreign forces, the disbanding of all militias and the extension of Government control over the entire country.In an initial report, Mr. Annan said that aside from a UN peacekeeping force, the only significant foreign forces in Lebanon were Syrian. He said Syria indicated it had some 14,000 troops still inside Lebanon stationed near the border, and that it had redeployed about 3,000 other forces.The Secretary-General also reported that the Governments of both countries said the timing of further withdrawals would be determined by the security situation in Lebanon and the Middle East region and they could not provide a schedule for such action.Mr. Roed-Larsen left Beirut this afternoon for Paris, where he is scheduled to meet French President Jacques Chirac over the weekend. read more

Voith release new fluid coupling TurboBelt 780 TPXL for high powered belt

first_imgVoith have developed a fluid coupling technology, specifically designed for drives on open-pit mining belt conveyors named TurboBelt 780 TPXL. The development of an XL blade wheel profile is said to deliver twice the power compared to previous couplings of similar size. It has been designed for 6- and 8- pole induction motors operating at speeds of 900 to 1,200 rpm. On start-up, there is a precisely controlled introduction torque to protect the belt and the driveline. Start-up times of up to several minutes can be individually set in the control system.In May 2012, the initial start-up of this new fluid coupling was in one of the biggest sea terminals in northern Brazil, where iron ore is shipped worldwide. In order to handle the increasing amount of iron ore, the operating mining company decided to install three TurboBelt 780 TPXL couplings in the drives of a 1,451 m  long conveyor. As the conveyor transports around 10,000 tons of iron ore every hour, its reliability has high priority for the mining company. The maintenance efforts can be reduced to a minimum as the hydrodynamic power transmission is completely wear-free. Compared with traditional couplings, the TurboBelt 780 TPXL requires reduced installation space and is also lighter. This has enabled a simple and quick installation and alignment in the Brazilian sea terminal in May 2012.last_img read more

Singapour des supermarchés boycottent les ailerons de requin

first_imgSingapour : des supermarchés boycottent les ailerons de requin C’est un pas énorme que vient de faire FairPrice, la plus grande chaine de supermarchés de Singapour, dans la lutte pour la protection des espèces menacées. Elle a décidé de retirer de ses rayons tous les produits à base d’ailerons de requin. “Il s’agira du dernier Nouvel An chinois durant lequel les clients pourront acheter des produits à base d’ailerons de requin dans nos magasins”, a déclaré dans un communiqué Seah Kian Peng, directeur général de FairPrice, en référence au Nouvel An lunaire qui aura lieu cette année le 23 janvier.À lire aussiUn requin mako filmé en pleine attaque par une caméra embarquée (Vidéo)C’est définitif, il n’y aura plus d’ailerons de requins dans les assiettes asiatiques. Du moins, plus provenant de la chaîne de supermarchés FairPrice qui a annoncé vendredi dernier qu’elle décidait de procéder au boycott, à partir de mars prochain, des produits à base d’ailerons de requin. Cette initiative suit celle prise au 1er janvier par Peninsula, une chaîne d’hôtels de luxe qui a arrêté de servir de la soupe de requin. Si ce genre de mesures se font encore trop rares face à la menace qui plane sur les requins victimes d’une surpêche massive, celles-ci représentent une avancée énorme dans la lutte pour la protection de ces espèces menacées.  Le 7 janvier 2012 à 18:59 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

State Senate Has Passed An Operating Budget

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska Senate today passed the state operating budget for Fiscal Year 2019, totaling $3.2 billion in unrestricted general funds (UGF) for agency and statewide operations. The House and Senate budgets includes an additional $135 million to meet the state’s legal obligation to pay down outstanding debt related to oil and gas tax credits. The budget draws $600 million from the Constitutional Budget Reserve (CBR); the CBR vote passed 15 to 5. “The Senate prioritized the state’s constitutional obligations in this budget,” said Sen. Anna MacKinnon (R-Eagle River) co-chair of the Senate Finance Committee.  “In order to reduce the size of government, we must actively pursue legislative reforms.”   The budget excludes the bulk of education funding—$1.28 billion—which is covered in a different bill, HB 287. HB 287 delivers up to two years of full funding for K-12 education. The House and Senate versions of the operating budget cap the Permanent Fund Dividend at $1,600. According to a press release the senate intends to pass that separately to protect education from possible delays caused by disagreements over other budget items. HB 286 passed the Senate by a vote of 13 to 7 and is now on its way to the Alaska House of Representatives for concurrence.last_img read more

Aickarakkonathe Bhishaguaranmaar wins best film award in Italy Sohan Roy urges industry

first_imgAickarakkonathe BhishaguaranmaarTwitterHollywood director Sohan Roy has urged the film industry to encourage new talents after his eponymous movie Aickarakkonathe Bhishaguaranmaar bagged the best feature film award in Italy.Aickarakkonathe Bhishaguaranmaar is a corporate social responsibility (CSR) film produced by Abhini Sohan Roy. It features 175 new faces and has bagged the Diamond Award in the Best Feature Film segment. The award will be presented at the Diamond Film Festival in Italy.Live screening of the movie would be conducted at Villa Aversana in Italy on May 21. “Our youngsters are all set to soar high and the industry should give more importance to them,” said UAE based-entrepreneur Sohan Roy.Aickarakkonathe Bhishaguaranmaar is the second CSR movie initiative by UAE-based Aries Group. The movie was developed from the basic thread of picturising the life of common people in a village named Aickarakkonam. The movie emphasises on the 5,000-year-old system of natural healing called ‘Ayurveda’ which is enjoying a major resurgence in both its native land and all over the world.Besides the theme, the movie had utilized 100 per cent of its revenue for flood relief and rehabilitation activities in Kerala, which witnessed one of the worst natural disasters in the history of the state recently, and for the support those in the film industry, who were affected by the floods.Produced by Abhini Sohan, Directed by Biju Majeed, the movie is in the banner of Aries Telecasting Private Limited, Project Designer, Lyrics -Sohan Roy, Story, Screenplay, Dialogue: K. Shibu Raj, Co-Production-Prabhiraj Natarajan Camera: P.C Lal Editing: Johnson Iringol Music Director: Biju Ram Production Controller- Anil Angamaly, Stills- Saji Aleena and P.R.O- A.S Dinesh.Sohan Roy is the founder of Aries Telecasting Private Limited and had produced its first CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) movie Jalam which was accepted by the audience well. Aickarakonathe Bhishaguaranmaar was also shortlisted for Oscars.last_img read more

Aziz Ahmed made new army chief

first_imgAziz AhmedThe government has appointed lieutenant general Aziz Ahmed as the new chiefof Bangladesh Army, says UNB.The defence ministry issued a notice in this regard on Monday.He will be promoted as a general and take over the charge as army chief on 25 June for next three years, it said.Aziz Ahmed will replace general Abu Belal Muhammad Shafiul Huq.Lieutenant general Aziz Ahmed is currently serving as the quartermaster general of Bangladesh Army.As a major general, Aziz Ahmed previously performed as the director general of Border Guard Bangladesh, and the GOC of 33 Infantry Division stationed at Comilla Cantonment.last_img

Googles prototype Chinese search engine Dragonfly reportedly links searches to phone numbers

first_imgLast month, the Intercept informed that Google is reportedly building a prototype search engine for China called ‘Dragonfly’ which lead to Google employees pressuring Google to abandon the project on ethical grounds. Google has then appeased their employees stating that the project was simply an exploration and nowhere near completion. Now, there are fresh reports from the Intercept that Google’s custom search engine would link Chinese users’ search queries to their personal phone numbers, thus making it easier for the government to track their searches. This means those who search for banned information could be interrogated or detained if security agencies got hold of Google’s search records. According to The intercept, Dragonfly will be designed for Android devices, and would remove content considered to be sensitive by China’s authoritarian Communist Party regime- which includes information about freedom of speech, dissidents, peaceful protest and human rights. Citing anonymous sources familiar with the plan—including a Google whistleblower having “moral and ethical concerns” about Google’s role in censorship, the Intercept revealed that “programmers and engineers at Google have created a custom Android app” which has already been demonstrated to the Chinese government. The finalized version could be launched in the next six to nine months,  after the approval from Chinese officials. What this means to other nations and to Google China has strict cyber surveillance, and the fact that this tech giant is bending to China’s demands is a topic of concern for US legislators as well as citizens of other countries. Last week, in an Open letter to Google CEO Sundar Pichai, the US Senator for Florida Marco Rubio led by a bipartisan group of senators, expresses his concerns over the project being   “deeply troubling” and risks making “Google complicit in human rights abuses related to China’s rigorous censorship regime”. He also requests answers for several unanswered doubts. For instance, what changed since Google’s 2010 withdrawal from China to make the tech giant comfortable in cooperating with China’s rigorous censorship regime. This project is also driving attention from users all over the Globe. Source: Reddit Google has not yet confirmed the existence of Dragonfly, and has publicly declined to comment on reports about the project. The only comment released to Fox News from a Google spokesperson on Sunday was that it is just doing ‘exploratory’ work on a search service in China and that it is ‘not close to launching a search product.’ In protest to this project last month, more than 1,000 employees had signed an open letter asking the company to be transparent. Now, some employees have taken the next step by resigning from the company altogether.  This is not the first time that Google employees have resigned in protest over one of the company’s projects. Earlier this year, Project Maven, a drone initiative for the US government that could weaponize their AI research caused a stir among at least a dozen employees who reportedly quit over the initiative. The scrutiny on Google’s take on privacy has continued to intensify. It is about time the company starts  taking into consideration all aspects of a user’s internet privacy. To know more about Project ‘Dragonfly’, head over to The intercept. Read Next Google’s ‘mistakenly deployed experiment’ covertly activated battery saving mode on multiple phones today Did you know your idle Android device sends data to Google 10 times more often than an iOS device does to Apple? Bloomberg says Google, Mastercard covertly track customers’ offline retail habits via a secret million dollar ad deallast_img read more

US Afghanistan start talks on status of US troops

first_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top Stories Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Afghanistan and the United States have tried to defuse regional concerns about the agreement. Afghanistan’s neighbor Iran is opposed to any such agreement.“Both sides clarified that these negotiations are premised on the understanding that the United States does not seek permanent military bases in Afghanistan, or a presence that is perceived as a threat to Afghanistan’s neighbors,” said a joint statement issued after the meeting.The bilateral security agreement is essentially a status of forces agreement and will include all the authorities needed to operate military forces in Afghanistan, including taxation, visas and other technical issues. It does not need to be ratified by the U.S. Congress. The U.S. has similar agreements with dozens of countries.In Iraq, a similar deal fell apart after U.S. officials were unable to reach an agreement with the Iraqis on legal issues and troop immunity that would have allowed a small training and counterterrorism force to remain there.Karzai said last month that the issue of soldiers being protected from prosecution in Afghanistan could be a problem in the talks. He has said Afghanistan might demand prosecutions in some cases. The issue took on new meaning after Staff Sgt. Robert Bales allegedly attacked Afghan civilians in two villages in southern Afghanistan. The American soldier faces 16 counts of premeditated murder and six counts of attempted murder in the March 11 attacks against civilians. A preliminary hearing was held this week at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state. Associated PressKABUL, Afghanistan (AP) – The United States and Afghanistan faced potentially divisive issues such as immunity for U.S. troops as the two sides began talks Thursday on a security agreement that will shape America’s military presence in the country after the withdrawal of most foreign combat troops in two years.However, the talks could last up to a year, and questions about specific military operations or the exact number of U.S. troops that will remain in the country were being put off until later, according to a senior U.S. official. U.S. and Afghan officials also indicated that the issues of legal jurisdiction will be left until later, after easier topics are negotiated. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the negotiations. Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Earlier this week, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said the Obama administration expected a decision in the next few weeks on how many U.S. troops will remain in Afghanistan after 2014. He added that Gen. John Allen, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, had developed several options but would not reveal what troop levels were being considered.It is believed that the United States wants to retain up to 20,000 troops in Afghanistan after 2014 to train and support Afghan forces and go after extremists and groups, including al-Qaida. Afghanistan now has about 66,000 U.S. troops and it remains unclear how many will be withdrawn next year as they continue to hand over security to Afghan forces. The foreign military mission is evolving from combat to advising, assisting and training Afghan forces.The two countries also are grappling with the potentially divisive issues of whether U.S. troops can be prosecuted under Afghan law _ an issue that sank America’s security deal with Iraq last year _ America’s military footprint, and what bases and facilities the U.S. will use after 2014.“The negotiations we just started today will be about the quantity, quality and the condition of the presence of American forces in Afghanistan after 2014,” Eklil Hakimi, Afghanistan’s ambassador in Washington, told reporters after the one-day meeting. New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like He and James Warlick, the Obama administration’s deputy special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan are leading the talks, which are expected to resume next month.“This document is intended to provide the legal authorities of our military forces and its civilian component,” Warlick said.The decision on troop levels will depend in part on Afghanistan’s desire to allow troops to remain and whether the U.S. receives acceptable legal guarantees for American troops. But the agreement is not expected to be a defense deal and the senior U.S. official said it would not include a security commitment.The so-called bilateral security agreement follows a deal that was signed last May in Kabul by President Barack Obama and Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai _ a document that drew the outlines of the broad relationship between their countries after 2014.In that deal, the United States said it would work with Afghanistan to develop a response if it was ever attacked, but was not committed to help. Washington was committed, however, to supporting Afghanistan’s social and economic development, security institutions and regional cooperation through 2024. In turn, Afghanistan promised to strengthen government accountability, transparency and oversight and to protect the human rights of all Afghans, both men and women. How do cataracts affect your vision?last_img read more

Tourism marketers need to better understand Gen Z

first_imgTravel and tourism entities need to adapt to the expectations of Gen Z, consumers in their teens, because Gen Z is unlike previous generations.According to Carolyn Childs, co-founder of, Gen Z members are 100 per cent digital natives, born after 1995, who have grown up in an era of mobile devices and smartphones.They live in a world that is neither offline or online, but one seamless, interchangeable zone and are multi-taskers with short attention spans.Marketers will therefore have a much better chance of reaching them if they ‘game-ify’ their offer. If marketers don’t grab them quick with their marketing pitch, they will lose them in the blink on an eye, says Childs.Gen Z members have global values and want results at the press of a button, they demand respect, respond well to visual media, and can process information quickly.“They are proactive in that Gen Z see it as their job to make things right,” she argues. “They perceive the world as damaged and compromised by the more selfish generations that went before them.”Childs argues that Gen Z’s innate comfort with mobile technology has earned them respect from older generations, who have more money, but no instinctive digital know-how. Gen Z is heavily influenced by post-financial crash values.“In a globalised world defined by multi-culturism, diversity, bigger inequalities, and wrenching social change, Gen Z sees it as their job to make things right. They have little empathy with outmoded left versus right political parties. They see themselves as skilled, resourceful, flexible and comfortable working on their own towards a collective good,” says Childs.One of the big challenges facing tourism marketers trying to woo Gen Z members is how to market nature and outdoor experiences to a generation for whom “playing in the street has gone”.Source = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wisemanlast_img read more

Homebuying in Spring Getting Past the Performance Gap

first_img Share in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News Home Sales are likely to rise this spring buying season, even though supply constraints could likely hold them back from reaching their potential, according to data from First American’s Potential Home Sales Model for February.The model analyzes existing-homes sales on a seasonally adjusted annualized rate (SAAR) based on the historical relationship between existing-home sales and U.S. population demographic data, homeowner tenure, house-buying power in the U.S. economy, price trends in the U.S. housing market, and conditions in the financial market.According to the analysis, Potential existing-home sales increased marginally to a 5.17 million SAAR, reflecting a month-over-month increase of 1.5 percent.However, it found that the market potential for existing-home sales declined by 2.9 percent compared with a year ago. Currently, potential existing-home sales was 23.2 percent below the pre-recession peak of market potential, which occurred in March 2004.Though the market is currently underperforming its potential by 2.5 percent, the analysis indicated that home sales were poised for a strong spring buying season in 2019.”In February 2019, the housing market continued to underperform its potential but showed signs of promise leading into the spring homebuying season,” said Mark Fleming, Chief Economist at First American. “That means the market has the potential to support 127,000 more home sales at a seasonally adjusted annualized rate.”According to Fleming, the “performance gap” in home sales over the past few months was due to supply shortages. “However, so far in 2019, we’ve seen mortgage rates decline and wages rise–both trends work to boost house-buying power and fuel greater market potential for home sales, setting the stage for a stronger than expected spring homebuying season,” he said.The decline in mortgage rates is also likely to encourage some homeowners who might have felt locked-in due to high rates in 2018, to re-enter the market, according to Fleming. Millennials too are likely to take advantage of the low rates and jump back into the market. “The increase in house-buying power directly contributed to a gain of nearly 131,000 potential home sales in the last three months, by far the strongest driver of market potential.”Despite these trends, the shortage of housing supply is likely to remain a challenge for home sales. “The supply squeeze is two-fold: The existing homeowner’s dilemma and the lack of new construction,” Fleming observed. “The majority of existing homeowners have mortgages with historically low rates, and there is limited incentive to sell if it will cost them more each month to borrow the same amount of money from the bank. This rate-lock phenomenon has led to a 9 percent yearly increase in tenure length, which reduced market potential by 99,000 sales in the last three months.” March 22, 2019 850 Views center_img First American Home Sales Home Sellers Homebuyers HOUSING Inventory Mark Fleming Mortgage Rates potential home sales model Supply 2019-03-22 Radhika Ojha Homebuying in Spring: Getting Past the “Performance Gap”last_img read more

Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp 18 ru

first_imgLos Angeles Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp (18) runs into the end zone for a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game against Arizona Cardinals at Twickenham Stadium in London, Sunday Oct. 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland) Defensive lineman Frostee Rucker (knee/hip) went from not practicing to being limited, while running back Andre Ellington (quadriceps) was again limited.The 49ers’ injury report listed eight players as not practicing, including four starters: right guard Brandon Fusco (biceps), wide receiver Pierre Garcon (neck), left tackle Joe Staley (eye) and defensive end Solomon Thomas (knee); all of whom have now missed two straight practices. Also not on the practice field were tackle Garry Gilliam (knee), defensive tackle D.J. Jones (knee), defensive end Aaron Lynch (calf) and cornerback K’Waun Williams (quadriceps).Running back Matt Breida (knee) and linebacker Reuben Foster (ribs) were both listed as limited. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Another day in padsFor a second straight day, the Cardinals practiced in pads. They had not held back-to-back padded practices since training camp, though if head coach Bruce Arians had his way, “I wish we could practice in pads every day. It’s a crazy rule, because every time we’re in pads we have great practices.”The NFL’s collective bargaining agreement allows for two padded practices only one during the regular season. The Cardinals chose this week coming off the bye and knowing next week is a short week with a game on Thursday.“Today’s NFL, college football or high school football, you really don’t do pads a whole lot anymore. It’s just good to have,” offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin said. “You get some banging in, get some technique work because it’s hard really and truly to work on the run game or work on twists in 1-on-1 pass rush without the pads on, but it’s been great. I think at first the guys were kind of hesitant but at the end of the day, they’re professionals and they rose to the occasion, so it was two good days.”Wide receiver depth takes a hitAfter being limited in practice the day before, neither Brittan Golden (groin) nor Chad Williams (back) practiced on Thursday, which could leave the Cardinals thin at the wide receiver position on Sunday. Also not participating in practice was linebacker Karlos Dansby (finger/hamstring), who missed a second straight day of work, and center Daniel Munyer (toe). 1 Comments   Share   Bettcher added they’ve spent extra time in practice working on “winning third down one play at a time.”As far as turnovers, the Cardinals have only forced seven, all interceptions, meaning they do not have a fumble recovery.“The ball just hasn’t fallen our way as of yet,” cornerback Patrick Peterson said.Takeaways aside, Peterson mentioned two other areas where the defense has failed: energy and passion. He believes that has led to too many mistakes, namely busted assignments, through the season’s first seven games.“That was something that we were missing in the last two games for sure and I think now we are well-rested and should be ready to roll the second half of the season,” he said.For Peterson, the bye week couldn’t have come at a better time.“You had the opportunity to look yourself in the mirror and you got to be true to yourself and that is what we were last week. We looked ourselves in the mirror, looked at our scars (and) saw some of the things that was preventing us from being a dominant defense. Hopefully, we should have corrected that, as men, individually,” he said.“We had a great week of preparation this week, probably one of the better weeks I’ve seen since I’ve been here. That doesn’t mean anything if we can’t put it on tape on Sunday. Guys are dialed in, guys are honed in on their assignments. Can’t wait to see the energy and the passion that we’re going to play with come Sunday.” Top Stories TEMPE, Ariz. – Beginning with himself, defensive coordinator James Bettcher, like all the Arizona Cardinals coaches, spent the bye week self-scouting. His defense, especially the last three games, has not been good. And he believes he knows why.Bettcher on Thursday pointed to two areas: third down and turnovers.“Third down, the biggest thing is the rush has got to work with the coverage and the coverage has got to compliment the rush,” he said. “Get a couple of guys running free but you’re not holding up in the backend in coverage or you’re making the guy hold the ball and we’re not getting home. Those are core things on third down.” ErrorOKFree Rate QuoteCall now 623-889-0130 ErrorOK Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Support for Drew StantonAs it would be expected, Cardinals players are rallying around quarterback Drew Stanton, who will make his first start of the season in place of the injured Carson Palmer this week.Stanton is in his 11th season and fifth with the Cardinals.“Drew, he’s proven. He’s won many games for this organization and we have confidence in him,” running back Adrian Peterson said. “He’s had a couple of great days of practice. I remember looking out there today and I seen one ball, like ‘Wow!’ and it was just a beautiful pass.”Over his career, wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald has played with a number of different quarterbacks, so a QB switch mid-season is nothing new.“As a player, you start worrying about who’s playing right guard and who’s playing running back and who’s playing quarterback, you lose focus on what you need to be doing and I need to be getting open, I need to be winning and I need to be getting separation and I need to be catching the ball when it’s thrown my way. You need to let professionals be professionals and do their job and you need to do yours,” he said.“So I’m not worried about Drew. Nobody is worried about Drew. We all have won with Drew and we’re going to win again with Drew and that’s the mentality that we have.”last_img read more

Reported by Elite Traveler the Private Jet Lifest

first_imgReported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineIn the year Corum is celebrating a half century of its flagship Admiral’s Cup collection and the 30th birthday of its iconic Corum Bridges collection, the watchmaker has inaugurated its first boutique in Switzerland. After the December 2009 opening of its first ever name store in Hong Kong, CORUM has chosen to set up its second such boutique in Geneva.CORUM is now also establishing itself on the shores of Lake Léman with the opening of its first own-name boutique in the cradle of Swiss watchmaking, Geneva. With the watch brand currently asserting itself as a major player on the waters of Lake Léman through various sailing sponsorship activities*, it has welcomed customers since July 6th to a boutique exclusively dedicated to the brand universe in Geneva’s prestigious Right-Bank district Les Bergues.Mr. Antonio Calce, CEO of CORUM, Mr. Alain Guttly, managing director of the boutique, and Mr. Loïck Peyron, highly accomplished sailor and ambassador for the Corum brand, officially cut the inaugural ribbon of the new CORUM Boutique in a ceremony attended by the press and by the Geneva town authorities on September 2nd, 2010.The CORUM boutique is located on the Place Kléberg, in an historical building inspired by classic Geneva-style architecture. The four large bay windows and the watches on display awaken curiosity and encourage customers to take a step towards purchasing their dream timepiece. As if they were protecting a treasure locked inside, the door handles of the boutique are engraved with the brand emblem, the CORUM key. Step in and discover the world of Corum through a guided tour of its timepieces and its watchmaking expertise.The entire place exudes an atmosphere of voluptuous serenity. The ebony wood furniture and flooring echo the foundations of the House of CORUM. The walls feature technical drawings of the brand’s movements and timepieces, thus evoking its watchmaking talent and its horological culture. This simple and refined interior design is enhanced by plasma screens showing films of the brand’s history that also hint at its future. Bathed in natural daylight, the 70 square-meter area is an invitation to stroll around and explore, as you discover the story of time.CORUM has entrusted the management of its Geneva Boutique to a reliable partner in the form of Mr. Alain Guttly, co-owner of the Maison de l’Horlogerie in Geneva. The passion for watchmaking has been handed down from father to son in the Guttly family that is at the head of the Maison de l’Horlogerie, a prestigious retailer established in Geneva for over 40 years.Alain Guttly, General Manager of the boutique, said: “I am confident regarding the boutique’s future. In recent years, CORUM has successfully revived its fundamentals and recaptured its true business core. It now presents new releases featuring strong watchmaking content, in-house made movements and refined designs that are entirely in tune with its identity. These models naturally meet the expectations of an expert clientele. Since its opening in July, the boutique has already welcomed numerous customers and made some excellent sales, a good start that naturally strengths our confidence.”Leila Bagnoud, who is in charge of running the boutique, along with a team of qualified personnel, offers customers a multilingual welcome based on solid technical expertise and sound advice.Antonio Calce, CEO of CORUM, said: “Opening our first boutique in Switzerland bears witness to the level of maturity that the CORUM brand has achieved. On the one hand, it reflects our global distribution policy aimed at consolidating our selective distribution network while moving it up-market; and on the other, it testifies to the brand’s determination to invest in the long term. CORUM is represented in over 500 points of sale worldwide and we are now inaugurating our second proprietary boutique. Our third will open in Shanghai in October, and I intend to continue this development. Boutiques offer our customers a unique retail experience by enabling them to discover our identity and to immerse themselves in the CORUM philosophy within a dedicated setting. They also provide an opportunity to present new boutique-exclusive collections, such as the three vintage models CORUM is currently introducing. This strategy will help us to reinforce our brand image and to continue our repositioning efforts.”Corum is unveiling a collection entirely dedicated to the boutique concept. Three Vintage models, inspired by the brand’s historical creations, were presented in a preview showing at the boutiques inauguration. Right from the time of its founding in 1955, CORUM was considered by its peers as one of the most avant-garde brands on the market. The company heritage comprises a number of extremely creative models, and each year will see the launch of re-editions of these historical watches available only through the CORUM boutiques and from selected points of sale.The CORUM boutique is rapidly becoming the place to meet and share for watchmaking connoisseurs and devotees. CORUM is also launching a website dedicated to the brand boutiques,, where visitors will receive daily updates on the latest news and activities at their”>last_img read more

Teenager dies in road crash

first_imgAndreas Alexiou, 17, was killed when his motorbike collided head on with a bus in Larnaca on Saturday evening.The bus driver, a 56-year-old man from Livadia, was about to turn right into Filiou Tsigarides Street at around 10.40pm, apparently cutting off the teenager who was coming from the opposite direction.The young man, a resident of Livadia, was thrown on the asphalt and fatally injured.He was rushed to Larnaca general hospital where he was pronounced dead.Alexiou was not wearing a crash helmet at the time of the accident.The bus driver was arrested. An breathalyser test came up negative.You May LikeHeart Failure Treatment | Search AdsThe Early Signs Of Heart Failure. Search Acute Heart Failure TreatmentHeart Failure Treatment | Search AdsUndoSenior Living | Search AdsThe Cost of Senior Living in Rowland Heights Might Surprise YouSenior Living | Search AdsUndoClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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who limited his association with Goa polls to a mere rally that he addressed in Panaji and spoke barely for 30 minutes, one of master chef Thomas Keller’s 12 US restaurants and bakeries voted to give their most prestigious company honor the Core Award to a dishwasher: Jaimie Portillo who says he has never missed a day of work in seven yearsThe median annual wage for the 500000 or so dishwashers in the United States is about $20000 up only $4000 or so from just over a decade ago But a few restaurants including the French Laundry give cleaners the stature of sous-chefs and extend titles that capture the broad range of responsibilities "We don’t call them dishwashers but porters" says Keller who got his start washing dishes in his mother’s restaurant the late Bay & Surf in Laurel Md "We give them the same respect we give anyone else in the restaurant" Indeed the only difference between the embroidered uniforms worn by his chefs and his porters are the latter’s short sleevesWhen I start my shift at Caracol an upscale Mexican seafood restaurant in Houston Keller’s words are echoing in my head: "Everyone in the restaurant depends on you" he told me "If there are no glasses drinks don’t get served If there is no silverware tables can’t get set If there are no pots or pans food doesn’t get cooked"Yes chef"The main concern for dishwashers is not to get injured by hot pans broken glass or sharp knives" Caracol owner Hugo Ortega tells me before my seven-hour shift Caracol is the largest of his five restaurants one of which includes Backstreet Cafe where the recent James Beard Award winner got his start in the business in 1987 – as a dishwasher and a Mexican immigrant speaking no EnglishOrtega’s imagery suggests a war zone especially for a volunteer recruit with some notable handicaps including inexperience with pots the size of planters and the layout of a 3300-square-foot kitchen In my favor it’s the evening after the Fourth of July when Caracol has just 77 reservations on the books Instead of the usual four dishwashers there will be three including meCaracol has welcomed me with a black shirt vented cap industrial-strength plastic apron and a plastic container of water labeled with my name For tonight I’m "Tomas"My minders – dishwashers Esteban Soc 30 and Joselino Aguilar 19 both from Guatemala – are wearing black trash bags with holes torn out for their heads over their black shirts For their efforts here the dishwashers earn $10 an hour an invitation to join the staff for family meal health insurance and a week’s paid vacation after a year of service The presence of an interpreter (to help with my interviews) reminds me how lonely their job must sometimes beSteps away from the dining room’s oyster bar the dishwashing station is fronted with trash cans into which servers empty uneaten food and lined with an L-shaped stainless-steel counter On one side waiters put like dishes together and on the other side cooks deposit dirty equipment At the start of the shift the counter closest to the kitchen is already littered with utensils from the prep cooks and dishes from late lunchers and early happy-hour customersAt Caracol the dishwashers take turns rinsing sorting and moving dishes through the conveyor-type machine and taking them out sorting them on a steel table and delivering them to stations where other staff members dry the silver and stemware I watch Soc and Aguilar for a while before asking to relieve first one then the otherBy far the messiest chore is the front end of the businessA cutting board with an orange stain sends everyone around me into crying jags when I spray it down Note to self: Hot water on habanero oil creates tear gas Also unlike at home the five-second rule does not apply So when I drop a mixing bowl snatch it up and show it to one of my mentors he nods in the direction of the dishwasher rather than the sorting tableI push a full rack into the dishwashing machine where it gets blasted with 160-degree water and a solution of detergent and a drying agent emerging 30 seconds later Well most of the time When I send a large cutting board into the washer sans rack it brings the machine to a halt and forces my teammates to open a metal door in the center to remove the obstacleA little mindless the repetition can be a lot frantic Remember the "I Love Lucy" episode where Lucy and Ethel fail to keep up with a conveyor belt of chocolates in need of wrapping That was me only with plates and pans instead of candyTaking a cue from Soc who whistles to pass the time I stop rinsing individual plates and arrange them in racks before dousing them with water saving valuable time – and collecting less of Caracol’s menu on myself My teammates smile their approval"You’re hired" jokes AguilarShow me a chef who sings the praises of dishwashers and chances are he or she has spent time "diving for pearls" That’s how restaurant consultant Paul Sorgule describes searching for dishes beneath soap bubbles"If you want to be 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