Speech: Standing united behind Ukraine’s sovereignty

first_imgThank you very much Madam President,We welcome this debate and the opportunity to discuss the situation in Ukraine. I would like to start by joining those colleagues who reiterated the unwavering support to Ukraine’s sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity, including within its internationally recognised borders and territorial waters.Today marks the annual commemorations of the lives sadly lost during the 2014 Euromaidan protests. We offer our deepest condolences to the families of those who lost loved ones.Today also marks the fifth anniversary of the beginning of the Russian military operation to illegally annex Crimea from Ukraine.Madam President, last week my Russian colleague stood with Foreign Minister Arreaza and pledged to defend the UN Charter, this included ‘respect for the sovereign equality of members’ and ‘respect for the territorial integrity and political independence of all states’.However, the forcible Russian seizure of 10,000 square miles from Ukraine broke the first principle of international law: that countries may not acquire territory or change borders by force. It also violated a number of international agreements and commitments, including; Article 2 of the United Nations Charter, the Helsinki Final Act, the Budapest memorandum and the 1997 Russia-Ukraine Treaty of Friendship.The General Assembly reacted to Russia’s actions by passing resolution 68/262 on 27 March 2014, affirming the territorial integrity of Ukraine – within its internationally recognised borders and the absence of any legal basis to change the status of Crimea.Madam President,As my German colleague said earlier, in another context in the Security Council, to listen to the Russian account of what happened in Crimea, one would think it was Ukraine that had invaded Russia. And not the other way round.Madam President,We do not only oppose the illegal annexation because it violates international law, we oppose it also because of the serious human rights violations Russia continues to commit in the Crimean peninsula. This includes the widespread persecution of ethnic and religious groups such as the Crimean Tatars and those who express opposition to the illegal annexation of the peninsula. In detention centres, these victims have been mistreated and tortured to punish or to extort “confessions”. It is no coincidence that Russia continues to ignore calls in General Assembly Resolutions for the High Commissioner for Human Rights to visit Crimea.Madam President,The United Kingdom is also deeply concerned by the ongoing militarisation of Crimea and the Sea of Azov by the Russian Federation. In December last year the General Assembly adopted a new resolution calling on the Russian Federation to withdraw its military forces from Crimea and Russia has ignored this.Only three months ago, the Russian Federation used force to seize three Ukrainian naval vessels and took 24 servicemen captive – including three who were severely injured during the incident. Russia’s use of force, including use of firearms against Ukraine’s vessels, constituted clear aggression and escalation. These unacceptable actions are not in conformity with the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, and they have no basis in international law.We cannot and will not ignore such a serious challenge to the international rules based order. We call on the international community to continue to stand united and remain focused on Russia’s behavior and attempts to consolidate its illegal annexation of Crimea.Madam President,Turning to eastern Ukraine, the conflict there remains volatile, fueled by Russia’s total disregard for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. Russia has incited and then supported military activity by armed formations, including through the deployment of Russian troops into Ukrainian territory. Russia’s refusal to allow the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to carry out its mandate within non-government controlled territories gives the impression she has something to hide and it threatens both the security of Ukraine and the wider region.Russia’s concerted campaign to destabilise Ukraine includes its support, last November, for illegitimate elections that do not represent the will of the people in the non-government controlled territories. Such action unnecessarily fuels tension between parties to the conflict. Moreover, it is a clear breach of the Minsk Agreements.Madam President,As with all conflicts, it is sadly the civilians that suffer the most. Since the fighting started, over 10,000 people have lost their lives, almost 25,000 have been injured, 3.4 million are in need of humanitarian assistance and there are around 1.5 million internally displaced persons.Ukraine’s crisis is not a frozen conflict. Russia created this conflict and, rather than use its considerable influence to ensure Russian-backed armed formations comply with their Minsk commitments, Russia continues to supply weaponry and personnel to these armed formations. Russia needs to withdraw its military personnel and weapons, cease its support for the armed formations and abide by the Minsk Agreement commitments she signed up to. This would be a much more convincing way to demonstrate commitment to ‘the principles of the founding charter that governs the behaviour of the international community’ than by giving a press conference.Madam President,The United Kingdom once again calls on the international community to stand united behind Ukraine and oppose Russia’s continued attempts to destabilise another Member State of the UN, undermine her sovereignty and steal her territory.Thank you.last_img read more

Russia ‘hijacked’ sport with mass doping, says McLaren

first_imgMcLaren said Russian officials could be trusted “but they need to reform themselves”.The system was “refined” in the buildup to the 2012 London Olympics and then further for the 2013 Universiade in the Russian city of Kazan, the World Athletics Championships in Moscow, also in 2013, and particularly for the 2014 Sochi Olympics.Russia won 24 golds, 26 silvers and 32 bronze medals in London with no failed tests at the time.“The Russian team corrupted the London Games on an unprecedented scale,” McLaren said.Whistleblower Grigory Rodchenko, who was an agent for the FSB secret service as well as head of the Moscow anti-doping laboratory, told investigators how he watered down some samples and added salt and powdered coffee to others to coverup doping failures.The report also told how an FSB agent disguised as a sewer engineer got into the Sochi Winter Olympics doping laboratory to switch bottles. Tiny scratches on the inside the bottles gave away the cheating.McLaren’s first report, released in July, led to more than 110 Russian athletes being banned from the Rio Olympics but also caused a major rift between the IOC and WADA.His latest report is a huge new blow to Russia, which is already battling to get back into the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) because of an earlier inquiry.Russia has said the earlier McLaren report lacked detail and needed more investigation. There are many doubters over Russian efforts however.The IAAF and WADA have kept up their suspensions of Russia.The IOC this week extended its sanctions over the Russian doping. It has two inquiries into Russian sport and doping at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. Following the McLaren report, the IOC said all 254 Russian urine samples from Sochi would be reexamined and that it had extended its inquiries to cover the 2012 London Olympics.Athletes from Russia and other East European states have dominated the list of cheats caught in new tests on 1,243 samples taken at the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Olympics.IOC medical director Richard Budgett said Wednesday that the tests are not finished with more doping failures to be reported in coming weeks.The IAAF is also re-analysing samples taken from world championships. It said three Russian doping failures have been found from the 2007 world championships in Osaka.Share on: WhatsApp London, United Kingdom | AFP | Russia hijacked international sport by using more than 1,000 athletes in an “institutional conspiracy” to win medals at the Sochi and London Olympics and other global events, a top investigator said Friday.Canadian lawyer Richard McLaren, who has previously accused Russia of “state-sponsored” cheating, said in a new report for the World Anti-Doping Agency that he had confirmed the switching of samples at the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014 and that salt and coffee were used to manipulate samples.More than 1,000 athletes in the summer and winter Olympics and Paralympics “can be identified as being involved in or benefiting from manipulations to conceal positive testing”, his report said.Information on 695 Olympic athletes had been sent to sports federations. “Well known and elite level athletes” were among competitors whose tests were “falsified”.“A cover-up that evolved over the years from uncontrolled chaos to an institutionalised and disciplined medal-winning strategy and conspiracy,” McLaren said as he introduced his report.Russia’s sports ministry again denied state backing for doping. But the report said the campaign that started about 2011 came under official control from 2012 under then sports minister Vitaly Mutko amid fears that the cheating would be detected.“An institutional conspiracy existed across summer and winter sports athletes who participated with Russian officials within the ministry of sport and its infrastructure,” said McLaren.“These activities were supported by senior Russian officials, including the minister and deputy minister of sport.” Corrupted Olympics About 30 sports including football were involved, officials added. But doping was rife in Russian athletics and weightlifting.Mutko, who has denied any involvement, was not personally named. He was barred from going to the Rio Olympics by the International Olympic Committee in August but has since been promoted to deputy prime minister by Russian President Vladimir Putin.McLaren told AFP in an interview that there was no evidence that Putin knew of the doping.“For years, international sports competitions have unknowingly been hijacked by the Russians,” he told a press conference however.“Coaches and athletes have been competing on an uneven field. Sports fans and spectators have been deceived.”last_img read more

Mallard’s Source for Sports Team of the Week — Nakusp Boy’s Soccer

first_imgThe Nakusp Varsity soccer team doubled Kelowna’s Immaculata 4-2 to finish ninth overall at the B.C. High School A Boy’s Championships last month in Victoria. Nakusp finished the round robin with a 1-2 record after defeating Southpointe 4-1. The boys then edged Osoyoos Rattlers 1-0 before doubling the Okanagan side. For this great result the movers and shakers at Mallard’s Source for Sports have selected the varsity squad Team of the Week. The team includes, back row, L-R, Tyler Hascarl, Jade Streliev, Kellan Nishida, Adam Watson, Ryan Bateman, Damin Devlin, Carter Stenseth, Nathan Hawe, Jacob Balske, Zach Friedenberger and coach Rod Morrison. Front, Nathyn McInnes, Mitchel Hascarl, Luis Carrillo, Kodi Bowman, Connor Reimer, Brody Jordan, Jesse Jensen, Sean Harper, Tyson Cann, Quinton Fahlman and coach Ron Balske.last_img read more

Hoodikoff makes it three straight on Zone One Junior Tour with wins at Granite Pointe and Christina Lake

first_imgJordan Hoodikoff is having his way on the Zone One West Kootenay Junior Golf circuit.The 18-year-old Grand Forks golfer won for the third time this season, sweeping tournaments at Nelson’s Granite Pointe Saturday and his own Christina Lake course Sunday.Hoodikoff opened the season by capturing the top prize at the Balfour Golf Course.Sunday, Hoodikoff looked at home on the 18 hole, 6685-yard Les Furber-designed course, firing a 3-under-par 69.Tyler McKay, from Rossland/Trail, who tried to make it interesting, finished second with a round or 73.McKay, one-under-par through 14 holes, played well but two late bogies led to a one over par round of 73.In flight play Garrett Underwood from Champion Lake and Brenan Moroney from RTCC both carded identical rounds of 76.  The players went to a three-hole playoff before Underwood ended up taking first in the 17-18 year division.  Tyler McKay of Rossland took first in the 15-16 year category with Isaac Janzen from Creston getting second with a 78.  In the 13 -14-year division Braden McKay from RTCC took first with a 77 and Carson Arcuri from Granite Point taking second.   For the first time in years there was a female division with Amber Arnold from Castlegar edging out MacKenzie Field in a two-hole playoff to take first.  Both girls posted identical rounds of 88.Rain doesn’t slow Hoodikoff, Granite Pointe’s Renwick secondSaturday, at Granite Pointe, Hoodikoff overcame a chilly day on the links to finish on top the standings with a 4-over-par 76.Hoodikoff finished three-shots in front of Granite Pointe’s Nolan Renwick.Renwick, competing in the 13-14 year division, carded a 79 to finished first in the flight.  In division play, Underwood  placed first in the 17- 18 division with an 84.Alex Rugg, from Champion Lakes, finished second with an 87.In the 15- 16-year division, Arnold was first with an 88 and Isaac Janzen from Creston was second with a 90.  Braden McKay from RTCC was second behind Renwick with an 84.In the skill prizes Underwood won KP for the 15 – 18 year olds and Ryan Fullerton from RTCC won long drive.  Jeff Ashton from Castlegar won KP in 14 and under and Braden McKay took the long drive.The Junior Golf season continues Saturday when the tour arrives in Nakusp.last_img read more

STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 14, 2016

first_imgIN ANY LANGUAGE, CHAO CHOM’S A WINNERConsidering the owner doesn’t speak English and the trainer doesn’t speak Thai, S. Sandow, Inc. and Gary Stute have a business relationship made in heaven.Stute trains Chao Chom for Sandow, who plans to be on hand when the upstart daughter of Tizbud runs in the Grade I La Brea Stakes for three-year-old fillies at seven furlongs on opening day, Dec. 26.“It’s a big step up for her but as long as I get (Kent) Desormeaux, I’ll be happy,” Stute said. It was Hall of Fame rider Desormeaux who piloted 8-1 Chao Chom to a 1 ¾-length upset over 1-9 favorite Enola Gray in the Betty Grable Stakes for California-breds at Del Mar Nov. 13.“He’s got those magic hands,” Stute said of Desormeaux, who was riding the filly for the first time. “He had a chance to ride another filly in the Betty Grable, but that owner wanted to try somebody else.”Stute said Chao Chom’s owner, who owns a business that collects trash in Bangkok, usually visits the United States later in the year but is coming in specifically to see Chao Chom run in the La Brea.“The difficult part of our relationship is, I don’t speak Thai and he doesn’t speak English, and I’ve been training for him 15 years,” Gary said. “My Dad (retired trainer Mel Stute) loves them. Every time they come here, his wife gives him a hundred-dollar bill.”Chao Chom worked six furlongs on Santa Anita’s main track Tuesday in a bullet 1:12.20 under jockey Juan Ochoa. STORYBOOK HORSE LEAVES BIG VOID FOR SHERMAN      The penultimate chapter in California Chrome’s fairytale career is scheduled to unfold Saturday at Los Alamitos Race Course, as the soon to be 6-year-old California-bred son of Lucky Pulpit readies for a highly anticipated rematch with Arrogate in the inaugural $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational Jan. 28 at Gulfstream Park–Chrome’s farewell race before being retired to stud at Taylor Made Farm in Nicholasville, Ky.“He looks very good,” trainer Art Sherman said three days after Chrome had his final workout for the Los Alamitos Winter Challenge. “He’s been training forwardly and I look for him to run a decent race.”If all goes well after Saturday, plans call for Chrome to leave for Florida on Jan. 6 “and train at Gulfstream prior to the race.”California Chrome will leave a gaping chasm not only in racing but in America’s mainstream. Winner of the Kentucky Derby in 2014 when he was named Horse of the Year, California Chrome won the $10 million Dubai World Cup last March, was second by a half-length to champion-in-waiting Arrogate in the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita Nov. 5 and is North America’s all-time leading money earner with $14,452,650, boasting a 15-4-1 record from 25 starts.Chrome’s life as a stallion will require an adjustment for both horse and trainer.“When I look at that stall and see he’s not in there, it will be a void for me,” Sherman said. “But he’s got some great mares lined up, so I’m hoping he’ll be a really decent stud.”That, of course, remains to be seen. Meanwhile, Sherman can’t complain.“It’s been one helluva ride for me,” said the Brooklyn native who turns 80 come Feb. 17. “He’s a once-in-a-lifetime horse. Every trainer hopes he can have a horse like him and I was lucky enough to have him. It’s been great for me, my family and friends.”While the California Chrome story on the race track is due to end Jan. 28 at Gulfstream Park, his untarnished tale of the turf could live on in perpetuity.Sherman said a book that would be authored by Daily Racing Form’s Eclipse Award-winning Executive Columnist Jay Hovdey has been discussed.“There are a lot of memories,” Sherman said. “I can tell you that.” SANTA ANITA OFFERS POPULAR WALL CALENDAR AND MUCH MORE OPENING DAY            In addition to four graded stakes, Santa Anita Park will again treat fans to its popular 2017 wall calendar and much more with the beginning of its traditional Winter Meet on Monday, Dec. 26. A fan favorite for decades, the Santa Anita 2017 wall calendar will be given free of charge to all attendees with paid admission. With a pair of Grade I stakes, the Malibu and the La Brea leading the way, Santa Anita’s Winter Meet opener will again command center stage among racing fans nationwide.Mathis Brothers Furniture, for whom the opening day Grade II, $200,000 Mathis Brothers Mile is named, will provide a plush Thoroughbred toy to the first 5,000 kids 12 and under, as well as Mathis Brothers Gift certificates to all paid attendees. Santa Anita will also provide a Family Fun Zone in its spacious Infield Area. (General Admission and parking are free in the Infield, via Gate 6 off of Colorado Place).Santa Anita’s luxurious Chandelier Room will again play host to the highly acclaimed Guest Chef Series as one of LA’s hottest restaurants will provide contemporary cuisine and post-holiday celebration. Ticketing, available online, includes innovative signature dishes throughout the afternoon, six delicious whiskey tastings, live music, a racing program, a wagering tip sheet and more. To purchase tickets, please visit santaanita.com/events.With first post time set at 12 noon, admission gates will open at 10 a.m.Here’s a schedule of opening day events:–Grade I, $300,000 Malibu Stakes for 3-year-olds at seven furlongs.            –Grade I, $300,000 La Brea Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at seven furlongs            –Grade II, $200,000 Mathis Brothers Mile (turf) for 3-year-olds            –Grade III, $100,000 San Simeon Stakes for 3-year-olds and up, at 6 ½ furlongs down hillside turf             –Free 2017 Santa Anita Wall Calendar             –Free Mathis Brothers plush Thoroughbred toy to first 5,000 kids 12 and under            –A Mathis Brothers Gift Certificate, free with paid admission            –Craft Beer and Cider Festival on Grandstand Apron (packages available at santaanita.com/events)            –Guest Chef Series in the Chandelier Room featuring a catered menu from one of LA’s hottest restaurants, delicious whiskey tastings, live music and more, visit santaanita.com/events for details            –Infield Family Fun Zone featuring pony rides and much more, visit santaanita.com/events            –Bud Light Lounge, all you can eat buffet, first beer included, racing program and more, visit santaanita.com/events            Entries for opening day races will be taken Wednesday, Dec. 21. For more racing and event information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE. CLASSIC WINNER ARROGATE DRILLS FOR 2017 DEBUTLANGUAGE BARRIER NO PROBLEM FOR GARY STUTESANTA ANITA WINTER MEET STARTS MONDAY, DEC. 26CHROME’S FAREWELL CALIFORNIA RACE SATURDAYcenter_img ARROGATE COULD RUN IN SAN PASQUAL STAKES JAN. 1Juddmonte Farm’s Arrogate, who upset fan favorite California Chrome in the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita on Nov. 6, worked five furlongs Tuesday at The Great Race Place in a bullet 58.40, fastest of 77 drills at the distance, the average time of which was 1:01.39.Trainer Bob Baffert told bloodhorse.com that Arrogate could make his 2017 debut in the Grade II, $200,000 San Pasqual Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on Jan. 1, which could lead to the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 28.Martin Garcia was aboard for the drill.“When he came back, he was just full of himself, it was like nothing for him,” Baffert said of Arrogate. “He’s so impressive. After retiring American Pharoah, I never dreamt I would be dealing with another horse of his caliber, but he’s just getting stronger and better every day.” FINISH LINES: As is its tradition, Santa Anita begins its Winter Meet at 12 noon the day after Christmas, Dec. 26, which falls on a Monday but is considered a holiday since Christmas is on a Sunday. Santa Anita will be dark for live racing Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 27 and 28, and resume live racing Thursday, Dec. 29, at 12:30 p.m. . . . The California Horse Racing Board will conduct its regular monthly meeting 9:30 a.m. tomorrow at Los Alamitos Race Course. An audio-only webcast of the Board meeting can be heard through a link on the CHRB website (webcast). The public is encouraged to attend.last_img read more

John Deere introduces 4640 Universal Display for tractors

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The new John Deere 4640 Universal Display raises the bar for performance, uptime and cost of operation as part of the latest John Deere Generation 4 Operating System. For customers, this translates into better data collection, increased application functionality, and greater choice for monitoring and managing many tractor-driven field operations.The new 4640 Universal Display enables customers to use the most common and popular John Deere applications, including AutoTrac, documentation, and Section Control, in a portable display that has the latest internal components, design and user interface.“The new 4640 Universal Display provides a transportable, easy-to-operate solution for customers with the John Deere Generation 4 operating system,” said John Mishler, production and precision ag marketing manager for John Deere. “Some enhancements built into the display include more on-screen help and diagnostic information to keep operators running and informed of their display capabilities; simplified Work Setup app with page-by-page navigation; and greater user customization of run pages.”When it comes to performance, the 4640 Universal Display provides improved documentation for high-speed planting and nutrient applications, coupled with the latest data syncing functionalities for increased on-board/off-board flexibility. Additional enhancements include the ability to more accurately map and operate Section Control to precisely apply multiple products simultaneously with individual coverage maps and application points.The display is designed to import new customer and product information without the risk of overwriting existing client/farm/field and guidance line information. It also has an expanded suite of Precision Ag Core applications, including AutoTrac, Section Control and documentation, as well as wireless data transfer (WDT) with the “data sync” feature for automatic transmission of work documentation to the John Deere Operations Center.The time it takes operators to set up and start up the display has been reduced and display navigation has been improved. This equates to more uptime for the user, as a quickly learnable display results in reduced training time, more time working, and fewer operator mistakes.Cost of operation also is lower with the 4640 Display. Improved Gen 4 applications such as AutoTrac, Section Control, and documentation increase customer profitability by helping users work more efficiently, reduce overlap and skips, and maximize inputs and field operations. Combined with Gen 4 Section Control, operators can optimize field performance using distance and speed-based turning with the ability to dial in more quickly and accurately the desired settings.In addition, a power button has been added to the back of the 4640 Display so operators can shut the display off or reboot without powering down the tractor. The display is compatible with the Gen 4 Extended Monitor, which increases the number of run pages visible to the operator, giving easier access to more operation information.Mishler adds that precision ag software for the display is available as either one- or five-year subscription durations and in two levels, either AutoTrac only or as Precision Ag Core that includes not only AutoTrac but also documentation and Section Control. This gives customers the flexibility to match the right software subscription level and duration to their needs.“John Deere is the only supplier to offer machine-based precision ag subscriptions that allow customers to select the software they want and the duration of the subscription,” he said. “This gives customers a lower cost of entry into these precision ag applications and the ability to try new applications without having to buy permanent software licenses.”The 4640 Universal Display is available to order now. It is compatible with John Deere 30-Series to the latest 6R, 7R, 8R and 9R Series Tractors, as well as AutoTrac Universal and AutoTrac Controller compatible competitive tractors. Software update 17-2 is required for functionality. Precision ag application compatibility for implements and controllers, and for general applications, is limited to the latest Gen 4 OS software available.last_img read more

1st Test, Day 2: Kohli, Dhawan centuries put India on top

first_imgSri Lanka were in deep trouble in the first Test against India as they lost both openers without scoring and finished on 5 for 2 at stumps on day two on Thursday.After India took a first innings lead of 192 runs, Sri Lanka had to face four overs before the end of play.Captain Virat Kohli surprised many by starting with spin from both ends and that proved to be a masterstroke.Dimuth Karunaratne was bowled in the first over by offspinner Ravichandran Ashwin while Kaushal Silva departed in the next over bowled by legspinner Amit Mishra.India’s total of 375 all out was thanks to centuries by Shikhar Dhawan (134) and Virat Kohli (103).last_img

5 days agoLiverpool manager Klopp: No chance Salah could’ve faced Man Utd

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Liverpool manager Klopp: No chance Salah could’ve faced Man Utdby Freddie Taylor5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says there was no way Mohamed Salah could have faced Manchester United on Sunday.The Reds missed Salah’s attacking spark against United’s low-block, with the game ending in a 1-1 draw.”Mo was not ready, that’s how it is,” Klopp told Sky Sports.”He couldn’t train with the team; I don’t know where it came from that everybody said he will play. “There was pretty much no chance for today, maybe for Wednesday, we have to see.” last_img

MSI Shipping Faces a Stormy Road to Recovery

first_imgzoom The shipping industry is set to experience a stormy road to recovery, with uneven supply/demand trends set to test the nerve of investors and operators, according to research and consultancy firm Maritime Strategies International (MSI).Addressing the Hansa Forum in Hamburg, Germany this week, MSI Senior Analyst James Frew warned that the industry will continue to face multiple challenges to a sustained recovery despite positive demand fundamentals.“The commodity shipping sectors remain well correlated with each other – with the exception of offshore and LPG – and most sectors are positively correlated, but not tightly so,” Frew said, adding that the question is “whether it is supply or demand that is wrecking the markets?”In demand terms, headline trade in goods and services has stalled in relation to GDP and policy decisions rather than fundamentals, hold the key to future direction. Factors including increased energy efficiency, slowing containerisation demand and reshoring are all threats. However, the demand side is far from all bad news.According to MSI data, ships required versus ships on order exceed projected demand for product tankers and chemical carriers but lag for bulk carriers and containerships. This is thanks to the industry’s self-prescribed medicine, with 2016 scrapping levels at or near record levels in the bulk carrier and containership sectors.“The recovery is going to be uneven at best, with a disproportionate increase in vessel earnings for LNG carriers, tankers and LPG carriers. Even with improvements, earnings for containerships and bulkers will not approach their pre-crisis highs,” Frew said.He added that shipyards will continue “to suffer from a lack of forward cover next year and only cost pressure will stop newbuilding prices falling further in 2018.”last_img read more

Raymond Cormier acquittal sparks rallies in solidarity with Tina Fontaine

first_imgAPTN NewsThe not-guilty verdict in the death of Tina Fontaine has sparked calls to action across Canada honouring the 15-year-old Sagkeeng First Nation girl and calling for systemic change.On Friday morning, Fontaine’s supporters will gather outside the Winnipeg courthouse where Raymond Cormier walked free the previous evening.Rallies are also scheduled for Victoria, Vancouver, Calgary, Guelph, Ottawa, Montreal and Halifax over the weekend.Large crowd gathering for #TinaFontaine March. Great-aunt Thelma Favel surrounded by family and friends @APTNNews pic.twitter.com/oZGkt0itV8— Brittany Hobson (@bhobs22) February 23, 2018“The CFS (Children and Family Services) system has definitely failed Tina Fontaine, the Winnipeg Police Services failed Tina Fontaine and Canadian society failed Tina Fontaine,” said Kevin Hart, the Assembly of First Nations regional chief for Manitoba.“Everybody right now across this country should be ashamed of themselves for the injustice that just occurred here.”https://t.co/7WIVgGrCoj— Brittany Hobson (@bhobs22) February 23, 2018A jury acquitted the 56-year-old after a three-week trial. Fontaine’s body, wrapped in a duvet cover and filled with rocks, was pulled from the Red River in August 2014. Cormier was charged almost a year later.Tina was being sexually exploited after coming to Winnipeg from Sagkeeng First Nation, 120 kilometres north of Winnipeg.Many #Indigenous youth standing together at the Walk in Honour for Tina Fontaine event. #mmiwg #cdnpoli @APTNNews pic.twitter.com/zuLE3RSmAj— APTNInvestigates (@APTNInvestigate) February 23, 2018The jury heard how Tina’s relatively stable upbringing spiralled out of control when her father was murdered. Her mother came back into her life and Tina had gone to visit her in Winnipeg, where the girl descended into life on the streets.She and her boyfriend met the much-older Cormier in the summer of 2014. The jury heard Cormier gave the couple a place to stay, gave Tina drugs and had sex with her.Fontaine was in the care of social services and was staying at a Winnipeg hotel when she disappeared.Her death prompted renewed calls for an inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women.Holding a stick of sage in the air. A woman attending the Walk in Honour of Tina Fontaine event. #mmiwg #cdnpoli #mb pic.twitter.com/Vwl5pGDRjm— Martha Troian (@ozhibiiige) February 23, 2018Here’s what other leaders had to say following Cormier’s acquittal:“The death of Tina Fontaine was a tragedy and our deepest sympathies go out to her family, friends and entire community. Her death galvanized our whole country to demand measures that would stop the ongoing tragedy of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.” – Carolyn Bennett, minister of Crown-Indigenous relations, in a statement.#TinaFontaine #toronto pic.twitter.com/OmGHgF9dEg— Beverly Andrews (@APTNBeverly) February 23, 2018“Shocked and disgusted. Tina is a symbol of MMIWG in our country _ and this is the signal Cdn society sends? No justice. No peace. We must stand up to this injustice.” – Niki Ashton, NDP MP for Churchill-Keewatinook Aski, on Twitter.“Once again justice was not found in the courtroom for a FirstNations child … The trauma and pain this causes for me and all First Nations people across Canada is deep. Systemic injustices require systemic action to change.” – Perry Bellegarde, national chief, Assembly of First Nations, on Twitter.“There’s no question in my mind that we all failed Tina. And we are all continuing to fail other young Indigenous people in communities across our country. I believe Canada is the greatest country in the world … but until we all confront the shame and tragedy of our country’s racist treatment of Indigenous people we will fall short of that great country we know Canada to be.” – Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman, in a statement.– With files from The Canadian Presslast_img read more