Deadline has expired: In most cities and municipalities the lump sum remains at the same level as before

first_imgThus, all cities and municipalities made decisions on the amount of the lump sum, at least as far as the editorial office is aware, and there was no case that someone did not react on time (until January 31, 2019), which according to the new law would lead to a lump sum automatically amounts to HRK 750,00 per bed. Tourism is much more than the number of overnight stays, so it is not one industry, but directly and indirectly and vertically and horizontally connects various industries. And that is why, as in everything, and especially in tourism, we have to deal with strategic and sustainable development. The market, in every form and meaning, is the best regulator and will clearly show and separate the successful from the less successful. As through the income of the city, more or less the number of tourists, increasing the tour. consumption, more or less emigration, companies in the city, etc.… It’s all up to us, and capital as well as the life paths of each individual go where they can develop stably, safely and well and where they see their future. Also, I support all those who did not change the amount of the flat tax, as well as those who held meetings and workshops with landlords, to make a decision on the same together. First of all, it is unacceptable to change the terms of business in the calendar and financial year in which that business takes place. Dialogue and communication, market development, and without politicization, a decision for the future period is needed. That is why the decision of the city of Split is correct, in my opinion, regardless of the fact that the whole thing was politicized. Regardless of whether a lump sum will be raised in Split next year, time is currently bought for constructive discussion, dialogue and market analysis, not political. I personally support the change that according to the New Law on Amendments to the Law on Income Tax, the Decision on the amount of flat tax for landlords is no longer made by the Ministry of Tourism but by the representative body of local self-government units. and the direction in which it seeks to develop. Also, the flat tax is the revenue of the local government unit and that is very important. The only thing left in dispute is that the flat tax is seen as an income tax and not as a utility tax. Thus, the collection of the same will be viewed according to the place of residence of the landlord, and not according to the place where the real estate is, which is contradictory and does not make sense. I repeat, the flat tax is the income of the local self-government unit. The city of Split also planned to increase the lump sum to 750 kuna and more zones, but in the end it was decided that the lump sum will not change this year, so the lump sum remains at the same level as before, and the discussion for the lump sum in the future extended to September this year. The deadline for determining the amount of the flat tax per bed expired yesterday. In the vast majority of cases, cities and municipalities have not changed the current amount of the lump sum per bed, while some have made decisions on a slight increase to 345 kuna. Of the larger tourist destinations, only the city of Dubrovnik has significantly increased the flat tax, which is distributed in three zones. Thus, in the first zone, the lump sum will be HRK 750, in the second HRK 525 and HRK 375 in the third zone. In the end, the tourist destination is responsible for its development, not the Ministry of Tourism and CNTB, which are certainly important because they provide certain frameworks, but ultimately each city develops according to its vision of development and is responsible for its future. All that’s left is an upgrade. Every year, and especially the last few years, we have witnessed our destinations cracking at the seams, due to the excessive load on the entire infrastructure. The main reason for this is precisely that we are not dealing with strategic and sustainable development, but with inertia and politicking. Also, both in everything and in this case, the trust of citizens / renters in the city and municipal authorities is extremely important. If the field does not show that money is being spent wisely and systematically on the arrangement of the city, improvement of infrastructure, new facilities, etc.… then every kuna is too much. Certainly no one would be against an increase in any compensation to see development from year to year and that there is dialogue and transparency. Everyone has an interest and benefit for the city or municipality to develop from year to year, including renters. At least where a city development plan is defined that is adopted through citizen dialogue and where it is known where the problems are and how to solve them. It has nothing to do with politics, but with market development. No one is against development, of course if it is really seen on the ground. Dake, without dialogue and strategic development there is no success. Although the decision on the amount of the flat tax was seen more by the public and the media as a political decision, because which mayor would like to resent his voters, it is certainly a bad message and way of thinking. last_img read more

Anelka future unsure after ban

first_img From then Anelka will have another seven days to decide whether to lodge an appeal. Should he do so, the punishment will remain in abeyance until the final outcome. With West Brom only having 11 games left this season, and having said Anelka will remain suspended until the conclusion of proceedings, it remains to be seen whether a player who has previously hinted at retirement plays again. Anelka faced two charges – that the gesture he performed during a goal celebration on December 28 was abusive, indecent, insulting or improper, and that it included a reference to ethnic origin, race, religion or belief. Both charges were proved but the commission did accept that Anelka was not aware of the anti-Semitic connotations of the ‘quenelle’. The Frenchman had argued it was anti-establishment, and he did it in support of his friend Dieudonne M’bala M’bala, the comedian who first brought the ‘quenelle’ to prominence. The five-match ban is the minimum that can be imposed for such an offence. Anelka was also fined £80,000 and ordered to attend an education course. A statement from the club read: “West Bromwich Albion treats very seriously any such allegation which includes any reference to ethnic origin and/or race and/or religion and/or belief. Nicolas Anelka may have played his final game after being banned for five matches for performing the controversial ‘quenelle’ gesture. “Upon both charges being proven, the club has suspended Nicolas Anelka pending the conclusion of the FA’s disciplinary process and the club’s own internal investigation. “The club acknowledges that the FA panel ‘did not find that Nicolas Anelka is an anti-Semite or that he intended to express or promote anti-Semitism by his use of the quenelle’. “However, the club cannot ignore the offence that his actions have caused, particularly to the Jewish community, nor the potential damage to the club’s reputation.” West Brom have suffered negative press over the affair with property company Zoopla announcing last month they would not be renewing their sponsorship deal. The company’s co-owner, Alex Chesterman, is Jewish. The verdict was welcomed by anti-racism groups but for some observers it did not go far enough. Stephen Pollard, editor of The Jewish Chronicle, told Sky Sports News: “The whole thing is ludicrous, they’ve given him the minimum ban possible, which is five matches, and I think it brings the FA into considerable disrepute in the fight against racism. “It’s not even close to being punishment enough, it’s the minimum punishment possible under the FA’s rule, and the ruling is wrong.” A statement from Anelka’s legal advisers, Brown Rudnick LLP, read: “Nicolas Anelka is pleased that the FA regulatory commission has found him not to be an anti-Semite and that he did not intend to express or promote anti-Semitism by his use of the quenelle gesture. “He is now waiting to receive the commission’s full reasons for their decision before considering whether or not to appeal. “Nicolas Anelka has been advised not to make any further comment while the proceedings are ongoing.” The veteran French striker has also been suspended by his club West Brom after the Football Association found him guilty of an “aggravated breach” of anti-discrimination rules. The five-match ban will now be put on hold for seven days to allow Anelka and West Brom to receive written reasons for the verdict of an independent regulatory commission. Press Associationlast_img read more

Dalung Dares Presidency, Says Intervention Temporary Measure

first_imgHe said that as a lawyer, he prefers to stand on Rule of Law instead of the opinion of men.“As a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, who took oath of office to protect and defend the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, I will prefer to stand with the Rule of Law instead of the opinion of men.“I want to appeal to Nigerians to remain calm and give support to the NFF Elders Stakeholders Reconciliation Committee which is made up of reputable past presidents and general secretaries of the NFF with vast knowledge, experience and competence to resolve this crisis once and for all.“We are a constitutional democracy and the doctrine of separation of powers is the foundation of democratic experience, therefore, the Rule of Law is the only mechanism that guarantees liberty and freedom of citizens“This administration was elected on the change mantra meaning that impunity has no accommodation anywhere, so Nigerians must learn to believe and practice the doctrine of the Rule of Law.“I believe we shall overcome this if we remain within the confines and dictates of the laws of our country.“As we celebrate Sallah, let’s remain law abiding citizens,” Dalung concluded.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Solomon Dalung, has said that the intervention of the Presidency in the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) leadership crisis was temporary measure as the matter has a subsisting judgment of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.In a statement issued yesterday by Nneka Ikem Anibeze, Media Assistant to Dalung, though the minister welcomed the intervention of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo in the NFF leadership crisis which saved Nigeria from a suspension threat by FIFA, it was mere attempt to abate an escalating case.“This crisis cannot be solved with a temporary measure or scratched on the surface. The intervention of the Vice President should not be viewed as different from an attempt to abate an escalating situation. “last_img read more

Scandal underlines OVWG calls for end of gambling monopoly

first_imgShare Interwetten named main sponsor for Greek Super League August 4, 2020 Related Articles Mace launches EQ Connect to solve the industry’s ‘single view’ conundrum on identifying risk  August 10, 2020 Submit Share The Austrian Association for Betting and Gambling (OVWG) is pushing for more transparency in the country’s gambling laws after a series of police raids investigating corruption between politicians and the country’s monopoly operator.OVWG, which counts among its members bet-at-home, Interwetten, Mr Green and Kindred Group, believes that the controversy around the appointment of former Freedom Party of Austria (FPO) politician Peter Sidlo as CFO of Casinos Austria in May underlines the need for a transparent licensing system. The investigation surrounds the accusations that Sidlo’s appointment was linked to changes in the law around online gambling and slot machines in Vienna. Last week, the prosecutors carried out further raids as part of their investigation following on from their initial searches back in August. The OVWG is understandably not happy with the revelations. It has released a statement calling for change: “The developments of the past few days have shown one thing: Austria urgently needs to rethink its gambling monopoly. “On the one hand, this concerns the multiple function of the Federal Minister of Finance as supervisory authority, licensing authority and co-owner of the monopolist. On the other hand, there is the unjustifiable fact that there is only one national online gaming licence and that there are considerable concerns about its conformity with EU law.”OVWG believes that a modern gambling regulation in line with market conditions must serve to create a transparent and safe gaming environment. It highlights player protection for customers, legal security for companies and comprehensive control as well as guaranteed tax revenues for the state.The association points at jurisdictions such as Denmark to demonstrate that these objectives can be achieved by introducing a licensing system in which licences are not limited in quantity but linked to high standards of player protection. It added: “There are already a large number of responsible online operators in Austria who pay around 100 million euros in taxes each year, create around 1000 jobs and invest around 50 million euros each year in Austrian sport. And all this in compliance with the highest player protection standards.”OVWG is pushing back against the argument only the monopoly can provide protection and control, saying that view can no longer be defended. “The online sector in particular offers a multitude of technical possibilities that ensure comprehensive state control,” it explained. “For example, a safe server system allows the state to access the provider’s data. “A comprehensive control and the introduction of a blocking database across all providers and game forms ensures that a blocked player cannot play with any other provider. It is also noteworthy that in Denmark the monopolist has not even lost market share through the abolition of the monopoly and the introduction of the licensing model.“Model countries such as Denmark show that such licensing systems lead to a significant improvement in player protection. Digitalisation in particular opens up completely new possibilities in the area of player protection, and Austria should take a proactive approach to this with modern legislation and licensing.”Claus Retschitzegger, President of OVWG, added: “We have scientific studies from the University of Munich and the University of Vienna which clearly come to the conclusion that the current monopoly is contrary to EU law. “If Austria is really serious about player protection, it is high time to introduce a transparent, fair and EU-compliant licensing system and an independent supervisory authority. These licences must be put out to tender in a public and transparent procedure and may not be tailored to a particular company.”Casinos Austria denies any wrongdoing and is also conducting its own internal investigations into the allegations but it is the one being held by the Office of the Public Prosecutor for Economic Affairs and Corruption (WKStA) which OVWG will be hoping highlights the need for a change in the licence system. StumbleUpon Altenar: Supporting expansion plans in Denmark and Portugal August 20, 2020last_img read more

USC claims NFL Coliseum team would hurt program

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsColiseum officials reacted bitterly to a letter from USC President Steven Sample who wondered whether the university’s interests would be marginalized by the NFL. In a letter dated Friday but only made public Tuesday, Sample urged the Coliseum Commission not to sign a lease agreement with the NFL until the university worked out its own sublease with the league. The letter set off a stream of invective from commission members, some of whom accused the University of Southern California of trying to sabotage the deal. “It was a clumsy and transparent attempt to interfere in our business,” Coliseum Commission member David Israel said. “I think USC likes having a monopoly on football and will do whatever it takes to keep this from happening. For years, they’ve known about this process. Now, why is USC running to daddy in such a public way?” Sample and Stanley Gold, chairman of USC’s board of trustees, discussed a partnership with the NFL over dinner last week in New York with Tagliabue and New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, but little was thought to have come of it. DENVER – Efforts to return pro football to the Southland inched forward Tuesday as NFL owners quibbled about the feasibility of a Los Angeles venue and USC raised concerns its football program could suffer if a pro team ends up in the Coliseum. Meeting in Denver, the NFL did manage to authorize Commissioner Paul Tagliabue to spend up to $10 million to study construction costs at the Memorial Coliseum and Angel Stadium in Anaheim. It also scheduled meetings next month with business leaders in Los Angeles and Orange County to gauge local support for hosting a sports team. But the day’s talks proved plenty of bumps remain on the NFL’s long slog back to the nation’s second-leading market. “We’ll hear something is in the lease agreement, but it’s nothing to worry about until the NFL is coming,” USC general counsel Todd Dickey said. “We’ve been hearing that for two or three years but every time it gets close to a decision, there’s an announcement from the league and then it’s pushed off.” In a separate move Tuesday, owners were miffed when Tagliabue bypassed all 32 owners and got approval from the finance committee to spend up to $5 million at each of the Southland sites. Many of the owners in small markets believe the money could be spent better elsewhere. The move, and the letter from Sample, underscored the sensitive and fragile state of the NFL’s negotiations in Los Angeles. After years as a back-burner issue, NFL owners as well as stakeholders in Los Angeles are grappling with issues that after years of hypothetical talk, suddenly seem real. Some owners are struggling to justify the estimated price tag of $800 million for a stadium that requires little or no land costs, infrastructure improvements or parking expenses. Meanwhile, several Exposition Park tenants, including USC, have questioned whether their interests will be protected. USC’s letter came after USC officials saw the latest draft of the lease agreement between the Coliseum and the NFL on Thursday, their first look at it in months, according to Dickey. Dickey said USC wanted to inform the Coliseum officials of the negotiating points it considered important – that seating not drop below 80,000, that the renovation not keep USC out of the Coliseum for more than two years, and most importantly, that Coliseum officials not sign a lease with the NFL until the league comes to terms with USC. The lease agreement said the NFL and USC would “attempt” to reach a deal. Sample wanted stronger language. But L.A. City Councilman Bernard Parks called Sample’s letter “mind-boggling,” saying he spoke with the USC president Thursday and was told everything was going “well” with the NFL. Assemblyman Mark Ridley-Thomas, one of nine Coliseum representatives to attend the meetings, said USC had no reason to feel like “they’ve been shafted.” As of now, the main issues center on how much revenue USC would keep from sponsorships and advertising, and what the school would pay in rent. There was only slightly less tension among owners. Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson echoed concerns by colleagues who see the NFL more interested in Los Angeles than them. “We throw $10 million around like kids throw pennies against the wall” Wilson told the Sports Business Journal this week. He did not attend the Denver meeting. “It is ludicrous if the league is thinking of spending money to build a stadium or renovate a stadium (in Los Angeles),” Wilson told the journal. “The league has gotten along pretty well the last 10 years, and the TV contracts are not falling apart.” A recommendation from the committee of owners studying Los Angeles included the proviso that it is prepared to look at additional sites if significant problems are discovered. [email protected] (818) 713-3621160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

The new (dis)order in today’s markets could favor livestock profitability

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Abbie Burnett, production communications specialist for Certified Angus BeefIn a third of the world’s economies today banks charge customers to keep money in savings. This and other disincentives to save has brought world economic debt to record levels, and the U.S. at $23 trillion holds the largest share of the $243 trillion total.“Economic and political order has become disorder,” said Dan Basse, AgResource president, in market analysis comments at the 2019 Feeding Quality Forum in Amarillo, Texas.The pressure is on to put money to work in those economies, even to the point of devaluing the money,“In agriculture, everybody is dropping their currencies so they have a competitive edge in producing more supply,” Basse said. “This is what’s giving us a supply bear market in the grains.”“It’s really why interest rates cannot rise. So, we are kind of locked into this environment of debt and low growth.”Enter the Chinese economy. Growth there and in India will see median annual incomes of at least $20,000 rising to 150 million people.“That’s why this trade war, if you will, or trade debate is so centered on China —because they have the money to spend over the next six to eight years,” he said.In the next four to seven years, China will become the leading economy in the world and at some point after that, India will become second largest. The longer this trade war goes on, the more worldwide structural production habits change, Basse said.“Someone is going to produce what we don’t, and sell to China,” he said.In the midst of these trade negotiations, China is dealing with a major blow to its agricultural industry. African swine fever is reducing the world’s largest hog herd, which he said will decline from more than 600 million to 340 million head by year’s end.“[China] is of course stepping up their beef imports,” he said. “They are so hungry that they’re now turning to Africa to see if they can bring in some beef to fill their needs.”Basse said if we had a Chinese free trade agreement today, “We couldn’t keep beef and pork on the shelf.”But still, overall U.S. beef export commitments are good.“There’s a solid demand for our beef, both in terms of the domestic market and the export market,” he said. “We think USDA is understating U.S. beef trade, so there’s a real argument of a demand bull market that’s developing as U.S. cattle prices tighten.”The record-high domestic beef quality grades now are partly a result of U.S. consumer demand for better beef, and one reason premium-quality branding has done well, Basse said.“Everybody is looking for that higher quality cut,” he said.Record strong demand now and for “many years to come” suggests a clear advantage for producers of that higher quality.“I think it’s a good investment,” Basse said. “Consumers will reward you with bigger demand going down the road.”He doesn’t have the same optimism for grain farmers. With fewer porcine mouths to feed in China, there’s less need for soybeans and corn. African swine fever in China amounts to a loss of 20 million metric tons per year, compared to the total world meat trade of 7 million metric tons. As bullish as that is for meat, it’s bearish for world soybean demand, which leads to an extra billion bushels a year likely remaining in the United States.Basse’s not worried about having enough corn, for now. An adequate supply going into winter should mean a stable spread of $25 or $26 per hundredweight between feeder cattle and fed cattle, but that may widen to the $35 range in early 2020.“I don’t have a long-term bullish outlook for the feed producer or the corn-soybean farmer,” he said. “But I would take coverage if you see a real dilemma in South American weather.”Climate change and the warming northern oceans have led to more “angular” jet stream patterns so that weather can settle into one region, sticking around longer than usual.If the Southern Hemisphere growing season is disrupted by “stuck” weather patterns, China would be forced to buy from the U.S., despite the tariffs, creating an inflammatory market, Basse said.U.S. weather bears watching as well, because delayed planting put acres at risk of an early frost.“So you want to be protected maybe at current prices,” he said. “But I really have difficulty getting corn too much above $4.20 a bushel relative to spot futures in Chicago.”If weather holds steady, a year from now, corn could be trading at $3 or below, he said.For cattle, Basse said the cash bottom could be in and fed supplies will tighten into March. The market will turn bullish, normal weather advancing prices to the $122 to $128 per hundredweight range for the 2020 first quarter.“I want the cattlemen and the grain farmers to think of profit margins down the road,” Basse said. “Always be protective of them because our real goal in this game is to stay in business, expand when our neighbors aren’t and to look for opportunities.”last_img read more

LGB Military Personnel after the Repeal of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell”

first_imgReferences[1] Johnson, B., Rosenstein, J., Buhrke, R., & Haldeman, D. (2013). After “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell”: Competent care of lesbian, gay and bisexual military personnel during the DOD policy transition. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 1-9. doi: 10.1037/a0033051This post was written by Rachel Dorman, M.S. and Heidi Radunovich, PhD, members of the MFLN Family Development (FD) team which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, YouTube, and on LinkedIn. By Rachel Dorman, MS & Heidi Radunovich, PhDWhile the creation of the “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy (DADT), made it legal for lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) individuals to serve in the military, it still restrained LGB military members from being able to engage in LGB relationships. With the repeal of DADT, LGB military members now can be open about their relationships without military repercussions. Yet, even with the repeal of DADT there are still risks LGB military members may face in having an open relationship (Johnson, Rosenstein, Buhrke & Haldeman, 2013).Johnson, Rosenstein, Buhrke, and Haldeman (2013) explain that, due to the military’s historically unaccepting environment to LGB military personnel, there is a stigma that may remain. Such a stigma among military members may create an unwelcoming or hostile environment for those who do not have the same sexual orientation. The researchers explain there may be resistance, homophobia, prejudice, exclusion, and harassment that can flare up against LGB military members in the military environment. These could be legitimate concerns for LGB personnel, and therapists should be willing to listen to the client and follow his or her lead as far as comfort with disclosure. Such stressors, or concern about those potential stressors, could cause LGB military personnel to want continue to conceal their sexual orientation, which can affect their health and well-being. Furthermore, these stressors may result in decreased job satisfaction and commitment to the military, as well as other negative outcomes.[Flickr, St. Pete Pride Parade 2015 by CityofStPete, CC BY-ND 2.0] Retrieved on September 17, 2015Johnson and colleagues (2013) recommend that mental health providers seek an awareness of the environment and stressors that LGB military members face. It is recommended that practitioners pursue cultural awareness by actively seeking to better understand the negative experiences and stigma clients may have encountered as a result of their sexual orientation, particularly in the military setting. It is also recommended that mental health providers create an environment of acceptance and support when assessing and treating a client. Finally, they stress that those mental health practitioners who do not feel adequately trained to provide care for LGB military personnel to provide appropriate referrals. When providing a referral, seek other mental health providers with an expertise in LGB affirmative treatment, LGB networks for professionals, and local LGB community resources. To learn more about LGB military personnel check out our webinar on “Needs and Supportive Strategies for Professionals Working with LGBT Military Families” or our previous blogs here:Children of Gay and Lesbian Parents Gay and Lesbian Family Dynamicslast_img read more

Alabama Football: Here’s Video Of Nick Saban Dancing To Greek Folk Music

first_imgHead coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide takes the field before playing against the Louisiana State University Tigers.NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 09: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide takes the field before playing against the Louisiana State University Tigers in the 2012 Allstate BCS National Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 9, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)As you’d imagine, the photos and video taken at Kristen Saban’s wedding this past Saturday have provided a treasure trove’s worth of content for Alabama fans. So far, we’ve shown you the fireworks at Bryant-Denny, the “Sweet Home Alabama” rendition and the happy couple dancing with Big Al mascot heads. But we saved perhaps the best clip of all for last.Here’s Nick Saban dancing to some greek folk music – presumably to celebrate the heritage of his daughter’s husband.We’ve seen him do the Electric Slide and the Cupid Shuffle. This might be the best we’ve seen yet from him, however.last_img read more

On international day to end racial discrimination advocates urge swift passage of

first_imgJocelyn Iahtail says Senate must approve Bill C-262 before the end of June. Justin Brake/APTN.Justin BrakeAPTN NewsWhen Jocelyn Iahtail tried to deliver a copy of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples to the Supreme Court of Canada Thursday, she couldn’t get through the front door.So she stood outside and delivered her message for Canada’s highest court to the lone RCMP officer blocking her entry to the building.“I’m here to gift you with the UNDRIP (United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples) on behalf of all of us, because you and I are here as treaty people,” she told the officer.Iahtail, a Cree woman from Attawapiskat who now lives in Ottawa, joined about two dozen others on Thursday for a bus tour around the capital city to deliver copies of the U.N. Declaration to federal government buildings and to call on the Senate of Canada to pass Bill C-262 before Parliament’s summer break.She said residential and day schools, the Sixties Scoop, millennium scoop, missing and murdered Indigenous women, men, girls and boys, and the ongoing child welfare crisis are all part of a more than 500-year-old “holistic genocide” by settlers against Indigenous peoples.And she believes Cree MP Romeo Saganash’s private members’ bill, C-262, An Act to ensure that the laws of Canada are in harmony with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, is an important part of ending the colonial violence and achieving justice for Indigenous people in Canada.Jocelyn Iahtail of Attawapiskat delivers a copy of #UNDRIP to the Supreme Court of Canada. She’s part of a group that visited federal buildings in Ottawa Thursday calling for @SenateCA‘s swift passage of @RomeoSaganash‘s #BillC262. @APTNNews pic.twitter.com/mckhXgt4Ml— Justin Brake (@JustinBrakeNews) March 21, 2019Saganash, the NDP’s critic for reconciliation, introduced C-262 in the House of Commons in April 2016.Three years later, the bill has passed three readings in the legislature and is now in the midst of its second reading in the senate.The bill has to go to senate committee before its third reading and before it can receive royal assent.Supporters of the legislation are nervous it may not pass before the end of June, when senate will break for the summer and parliament will be suspended for the fall federal election.At that point, any legislation that has been introduced but not passed would be scrapped and only given new life if it were reintroduced again in Parliament.On Thursday, for their final stop, Iahtail and her group visited the Senate building down the street from Parliament Hill.While delivering their message they met Quebec Senator Julie Miville-Dechêne, who told them she will be voting for C-262 once it has passed the committee stage.The former Radio-Canada journalist said the “reconciliation process is much, much larger than this bill, but [C-262 is] a step.“As senators we are there to renew the laws, to change them when we feel we have to,” she said, explaining senators know they have a deadline by which to ensure the UNDRIP bill is passed.Iahtail said Saganash’s bill will help end racial discrimination against Indigenous peoples in Canada.“That’s racial discrimination, when you don’t recognize our original lands, our original language, our original laws that are inherent in our language. Our original spirituality, our original governance, our original ways of knowing, thinking, living and being.”UNDRIP, among other things, says Indigenous peoples “have the right to self-determination,” and that “by virtue of that right they freely determine their political status and freely pursue their economic, social and cultural development.”The Declaration, adopted by the United Nations’ General Assembly in 2007, is regarded as an expression of the minimum human rights standards by which states must respect Indigenous peoples.Canada was one of only four countries to initially withhold its support for the declaration.Then, in 2010, the Stephen Harper-led Conservative government endorsed UNDRIP, but after calling it an “aspirational document” in their throne speech earlier that year.Quebec Senator Julie Miville-Dechêne told demonstrators Thursday outside the Senate Building she will vote in support of Bill C-262. Facebook photo.In December 2015 the Truth and Reconciliation Commission called on federal, provincial, territorial and municipal governments “to fully adopt and implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as the framework for reconciliation,” in its calls to action.In May 2016, Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett announced at the U.N. in New York Canada’s “unqualified support” for UNDRIP.Almost three years later, C-262 is on the cusp of changing how Indigenous rights are recognized and implemented in Canada, many say.Last week the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs (UBCIC) published an open letter to all senators, saying the legislation “must not be stalled in the Senate.“With a looming federal election, there is a substantial and unacceptable risk that the bill may miss the legislative window,” the UBCIC executive wrote.“Canada has delayed the implementation and recognition of the international human rights standards of Indigenous peoples for far too long.“The UBCIC is calling on the Senate of Canada to immediately pass Bill C-262 and to begin the initial work of implementing the UN Declaration, the most comprehensive, universal international human rights instrument explicitly addressing the economic, social, cultural, political, spiritual and environmental rights of Indigenous Peoples.”[email protected]@justinbrakenewslast_img read more

Terrell Owens Released From Seahawks After Ineffective Preseason

The Seattle Seahawks released Terrell Owens on Sunday, perhaps signaling the career end for one of the most talented wide receivers to ever play the game.“I’m no longer a Seahawk,” he said via his Twitter account. “I THANK the organization 4 the opportunity, I’m truly blessed beyond belief. My FAITH is intact & will NOT waiver.”Owens, who will be 39 in December, has not played in the NFL since suffering a knee injury late in the 2010 season. He had impressed Seattle in workouts, however, and hoped to show enough flashes on the field to stick for a 17th season.But Owens never got going after signing a free agent contract on Aug. 6, managing just two catches for 41 yards in two preseason games. The improved play of Braylon Edwards left Owens as the odd man out in a receiving corps that also includes Doug Baldwin, Sidney Rice and Golden Tate among others.The release of Owens came as NFL teams have until 4 p.m. today to reduce their rosters from 90 to 75.“We really liked the group that we assembled,” Seattle coach Pete Carroll said. “Terrell came in here and busted his tail and he looked really effective right from the start. But as we just took a look at our guys that are coming through the program and growing up with us, we thought that it would be best for us to stay with those guys.”Owens had looked impressive in turning in speedy 40-yard dash times during workouts, but never became the deep threat for which Seattle was looking, struggling with a few key drops.Owens has started 201 of the 219 regular season games in which he has played. He has 1,078 career receptions for 15,934 yards in a career that has included stops in San Francisco, Philadelphia, Dallas, Cincinnati and Buffalo. His 153 touchdowns rank as the second-highest total in NFL history.It remains to be seen whether any other team would be interested in Owens. read more