Activist jailed after writing article about prison conditions

first_img to go further Reporters Without Borders protested today at the arrest of a rights activist who denounced conditions at Amman’s Jweidah Prison in the latest issue of the Lebanese-published magazine Al-Adab, which has been banned from sale in Jordan.The author, Hisham Bustani, was arrested on 24 December and is reportedly being held at Jweidah. His article was based on a previous five-day imprisonment there a few months ago. “This jail is becoming notorious for the number of prisoners of conscience it holds and the abuses that occur there,” said Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard in a letter to Jordanian prime minister Ali Abu Al-Ragheb calling for Bustani’s immediate release and an end to the ban on the magazine. Jordanians had a basic right to be informed, he said.Bustani is a member of the Union of Professional Associations, which campaigns against normalising relations with Israel and was outlawed by the Jordanian government earlier this year. The November-December issue of the Al-Adab, a literary magazine, mostly deals with censorship in Egypt. It has also been banned in Kuwait. JordanMiddle East – North Africa RSF_en News Follow the news on Jordan April 14, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information News Receive email alerts August 12, 2020 Find out morecenter_img December 27, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Activist jailed after writing article about prison conditions June 15, 2020 Find out more JordanMiddle East – North Africa News Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives News Organisation Jordan bans coverage of teachers’ protests Two Jordanian TV journalists arrested after broadcasting criticism of lockdownlast_img read more

Interview with Gen. José Burone, Deputy Head of the Uruguayan Defense General Staff

first_img In March, Diálogo magazine met with Gen. José Burone, deputy chief of the Uruguayan Defense General Staff, a body recently created in that South American country as part of the modernization of the Armed Forces. Among other posts, Gen. Burone has served as director of the Military Higher Education Institute (IMES) and as head of the Army General Staff, until being promoted to his current position. With this background, he spoke with Diálogo about the importance of the IMES, Uruguay’s contribution to peace-keeping operations, and the experiences they can share with other countries. Diálogo: What is the IMES? General Burone: The IMES is an institute whose abbreviation stands for the Military Higher Education Institute (Instituto Militar de Estudios Superiores). It has a long history in the professional education of the National Army’s officer corps. In 1928, the first General Staff course began, and in 1932, what is today known as the IMES was formally created. It is currently a university-level institute, and in particular, its fundamental mission is to offer mandatory training courses for officers who are being promoted to colonel and for those who are being promoted to the ranks of field-grade officers (majors), for training in command operations and leadership. The school also offers a General Staff course to train field-grade officers to serve as command advisors at different levels. In accordance with its regulations, the institute today includes the following schools: the School of Advanced Studies, intended for officers with the rank of colonel, and the Command and General Staff School, which offers the course for majors and for those who opt to do the General Staff course. For their part, the Army Language School, the Army Strategy School, and the School of Military Engineering are also part of the institute, each with a specific function. At the same time, a series of basic courses and other academic extension courses are offered, such as a course on the environment (see the course offerings), on different rationales for armed conflict, strategic intelligence, etc. All the courses are designed to meet the Army’s needs, but they also include the participation of civilians from different areas, from both the public and private sectors. In sum, the academic extension courses seek to link the civilian and military spheres in an academic environment. Diálogo: What is the duration of the courses? General Burone: The course for colonels has a duration of up to one year, according to the regulations in effect. Nevertheless, it’s currently extended by a semester, with the particular characteristic that at the end there’s a joint module in which officers from the other branches of the Armed Forces participate. The same thing happens with the General Staff course. Nevertheless, the latter has the particular characteristic that it is held in two phases. During the first year, all the officers who are being promoted to field-grade rank attend, and it’s mandatory. In the second year, the General Staff course is offered only for those who obtain a post there. Diálogo: Are foreign students accepted? General Burone: There are always foreign students, especially in the General Staff course. The participants who attend almost every year come from Argentina and Brazil. We’ve also had students from the United States, Paraguay, South Korea, etc. Beyond the knowledge that these courses can provide in academic terms, it’s very important to stress the interpersonal ties that are created in this environment. In the future, many of our students will occupy important posts in the Armed Forces and will facilitate relations among the institutions of their different countries. COURSE LIST: Diálogo: In addition to serving as director of the Military Higher Education Institute and as head of the Army General Staff, you are director of the National Peace Operations System. Consequently, and changing the subject, could you tell me why Uruguay has been so committed to peace-keeping operations? General Burone: Uruguay is on the list of the ten countries around the world that contribute the most troops to the United Nations and is one of the leading contributors in Latin America. In reality, participation translates into support for the Army and for the government’s foreign policy. There’s even a support mission that we’re carrying out that is not within the United Nations framework, and that’s the transportation and engineering group that we have in the Sinai Peninsula, which would fall under the Camp David accords signed between Egypt and Israel with U.S. sponsorship in September 1978. Our contingent has been in that region since 1982, and although it’s a peace mission that’s not under the United Nations flag, it represents what Uruguay’s foreign policy has been with regard to its contribution to world peace through its participation in missions of this kind. These missions began in 1928, with participation in the peace mission prior to the War of the Northern Chaco [between Paraguay and Bolivia, from 1933 to 1935]. The first peace mission developed by way of the first observer mission sent by Uruguay to Kashmir, in the region of Pakistan. From then on, the country continued collaborating with peace-keeping missions, which became more important with the Cambodian mission in 1992, when we participated with our first really large contingent, with battalions in a jungle area. For us, that was truly a challenge. Then came the mission to Mozambique, another to Angola, and today we have a presence in the Congo and Haiti. In that respect, I can affirm that Uruguay has had a presence in United Nations peace operations with significant contingents in a large part of the world. At present, the number of personnel carrying out this mission has become excessive with regard to the Army’s capacity to maintain this support. The original concept was to maintain one operational battalion constantly involved in peace-keeping operations. In 2010, going to Haiti was supported, and the time period for the mission in the Congo was extended starting in 2004. This represents a major effort on the part of the approximately 2,000 personnel we have deployed, and in addition to that, there are 2,500 who train three months ahead of time for everything having to do with the relief contingent. Without a doubt, this has a partial impact on carrying out the other missions of the Armed Forces and the Army, and the country’s domestic mission in particular. Diálogo: What are the peace-keeping experiences that Uruguay can share with other nations? General Burone: We have the Uruguayan National Peace Operations School (ENOPU). Courses are offered there in which we have foreign participants and in which the knowledge imparted has not been only theoretical, but also the instructors’ entire past experience. More recently, we’ve also participated in advising the Paraguayan Army on their deployment of a contingent of engineers to Haiti, and we’ve sent instructors to the Peace Operations School in Central America. In that respect, we’re always ready to offer our collaboration. How great that this entity exists, inside a military institute aimed at enhancement and preparation to provide military training for different levels and/or hierarchies, because in that way they become more professional in their army duties and also the absolute independence of the State or Governments – Armed Forces By Dialogo June 14, 2011last_img read more

Penrose & Associates Physical Therapy Answers: Why Does Knee Pain Increase…

first_imgFacebook33Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Jennifer Penrose for Penrose & Associates Physical TherapyHere is a recent conversation I had with a patient of mine that I hear all the time around spring time.  “Hey Jennifer, I’ve been suffering with pain in my right knee now for a few weeks. What I can’t put my finger on is what I did to make it start in the first place, and even more confusing is that it’s most painful when walking down the stairs, and only comes on 10 minutes into a run. Sometimes it aches, sometimes it feels tender and dull, but I don’t understand why I could run fine before and now I can’t, without having to stop after 10 minutes. Can you help?”Jennifer Penrose says many people become more active in the spring, so they see an uptick in patients dealing with knee pain. Photo courtesy: Penrose & Associates Physical TherapyThere’s a good chance that the same thing that is happening to this patient happens to many people this time of year… And it’s no surprise seeing as we’re now coming into spring and heading into summer quicker than we know it…This time of year we see more people than ever in the clinic suffering with painful knees. The reason why? Because it’s around this time of year that people decide to be more active and take things up like running and walking for longer distances.  Or they start to go out in the yard and start squatting, lifting and kneeling more.  In fact you shouldn’t “bend with your knees” unless you want to give yourself knee arthritis!  You need to bend your hips correctly so you don’t beat up your knees or your low back!Even if they’re used to running, people tend to step it up and run a little longer than usual to get ready for the summer, sometimes adding in extra running days going from twice a week, to four times a week.What’s likely going on for this patient is something called “runner’s knee” – it got it’s nickname for an obvious and very unfortunate reason, because it’s common among runners, and even those who are brand new to running.  If we run often, after a while the stress of running can cause irritation around the knee area. The resulting pain can be sharp and sudden, or irritating and dull. Sometimes it disappears when you’re running, only to return again afterwards. The pain will generally feel worse when bending the knee, especially when walking or running downhill, or even something as simple as walking down a flight of stairs!So why is she feeling pain in her knees? Think of it like this – each time you run and bend your knee, your knee cap rubs against your thigh muscle, and just like if you were to rub your hand against your arm, eventually your arm would go red and become sore… Well the same happens with your knees!If you’re not used to running, OR, if you haven’t slowly built up how long you run for and how many times a week you choose to as well, then this is going to be a shock to your knees. Another thing, if the muscles around your knees are weak and tight, they’re not going to be able to support you through a run… And without strong muscles to support your knees joints (or just really tired and weak ones), you’re much more likely to suffer from aches and pains.So the solution to her problem? It’s likely to be a simple case of strengthening the knee muscles (and hip and lower back ones too), to make them stronger and support her when she runs – not MORE exercising. See, a lot of people think that exercising more is good for them, and it is to an extent, but only if you’re doing the right type of exercises to benefit everything else you’re doing.You can help ease your knee pain by making sure your muscles are strong enough to support the activity you want to do and are appropriately stretched. Photo courtesy: Penrose and Associates Phyiscal TherapyDoing the right type of exercises and stretches to strengthen the right muscles will mean your knees will be strong enough to walk and run for longer, with less pain at the end of the day. You’ve got to build a strong foundation first before doing more and to prevent any aches and pains suddenly creeping up on you which could put you out for a few weeks, which is the last thing you want if you’re trying to keep active.Now you know why knee pain increases in the spring and what to do about it!  We are hosting a free knee pain workshop April 12. You can call us at 360-456-1444 or register online at the Penrose & Associates Physical Therapy website.The author, Jennifer Penrose, is a Physical Therapist and owner ofPenrose Physical Therapy. If you have any questions about knee pain you can call on (360) 456-1444 or email [email protected]last_img read more

Curling Club just one of many clubs at Nelson’s Sports Day

first_imgPeople interested in trying curling are invited to come by the rink on Monday evenings; trained instructors are available to give a lesson, upon request. Visit our website to get more information.Are you new to the area or wanting to get back into curling?Well, the NCC is taking registration for the second half of the season and will try to accommodate your entry by finding a team or adding you to the spare list. Visit our website to contact a league rep or call the curling centre at 250-352-7628 for more information. Looking for something interesting to do this weekend?  Drop by the rink to watch the Ladies League annual bonspiel. Curling starts Saturday morning and finishes Sunday afternoon.We are now well into the first half of the season and team placement for Men’s’ and Ladies Leagues are as follows:Men’s TuesdayBeaudry (12); Meadows (9); Zelonka (7); May R. (7); Salviulo (7); Cutler (6); Marsh (6); Thompson (6); May A. (6); Haynes (4) Men’s ThursdayZelonka (11); Salviulo (10); Marsh (10); Lewis (9); Wudkevich (8); Barnhart (6); McClelland (6); Burch (4); Meadows (4); Cutler (4); Richardson (2)LadiesDeTremauden (10); May (9); Walgren (8); Sutherland (6); Cowden (6); Dreher (5); Prentice (4); Mackenzie (0) By Terry Richardson, Nelson Curling ClubFrom now to the conclusion of the season, Nelson Curling Club rep Terri Richardson is going to inform the public of events and happenings at the Cedar Street facility.This past weekend, the Curling Club was part of Nelson’s Sports Day at the NDCC Arena.The Curling Centre had the opportunity of participating in “Sports Day” hosted by the Nelson Sports Council. This event provided exposure for local clubs to promote their sport either through demonstrations or information booths. The NCC’s booth included our popular Rocks and Rings for youth activity, along with members promoting curling and answering questions. last_img read more

Shedding some light on corn tassels

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest John BrienTasseling is just around the corner for most corn fields. The acres of green will soon be topped with shades of yellow, green or purple. What an exciting time in the life of a corn plant. The emergence of tassels not only marks the halfway point of the corn’s plant life but also signifies a major change within the corn plant.A major shift of priorities occurs once a corn plant tassels. Prior to tasseling, the corn plant is in a vegetative growth stage. The corn plant is focused on producing vegetation such as stalks, leaves and roots and maintaining a healthy defense system. Soon after tasseling the corn plant no longer is concerned about growth or maintaining a strong defense system, but the sole purpose of the corn plant becomes producing grain. All of the plants resources are redirected from plant growth to the formation of the largest ear possible.Driving down the road, the tassel is easy to recognize, but what is involved with the tassel? The tassel is a male flower. Remember that the corn plant contains both male flowers and female flowers (corn silks) on the same plant. The tassel consists of many smaller parts that work together to release pollen. The tassel itself consists of a center spike with varying amounts of branches. The center spike and branches hold structures called spikelet flowers. The spikelet flowers then hold the anthers (look like double barreled shotguns) and finally the anthers hold and release the pollen.The tassel has many built in safety control features to ensure the corn plant carries out a successful pollination. The first safety measure surrounds the emergence of the tassel from the corn plant. Pollen will not begin shedding until the tassel is fully emerged. The second safety measure ensures pollen is present when silks are most receptive. Tassels typically begin releasing pollen two or three days prior to silk emergence. By having pollen present when silks emerge, there is ample opportunity for silks to be pollinated. The third safety measure focuses on the fact that not all the silks emerge at once. Therefore, the entire tassel does not release pollen at once, but instead pollen shed usually begins at the center of the spike and then continues upward, downward, and outward over time with the lower branches being the last to release pollen. Pollen is shed for a total of five to eight days depending on the hybrid. The heaviest pollen shed period occurs on the third day. The extended pollen release almost eliminates the possibility of a total pollination failure.Pollen shed is critical to pollination success. To ensure pollination success, the tassel has built in a redundancy factor into the tassel. Pollen grains are developed in and dispersed by the anthers. The anthers are the structures that hang from the tassel during pollination. Each tassel contains two to five million grains of pollen; this equates to 2,000 to 5,000 grains of pollen for each silk. More than enough pollen will be present since only one grain of pollen is needed to fertilize a single silk.During pollination, pollen shed is not a continuous process. Pollen is released from the anthers only when temperature and moisture conditions are favorable. The anthers open and allow the pollen to pour out after dew has dried off the tassel. All the pollen from a single anther may be released in as little as three minutes. Spent anthers eventually drop from the tassel and are sometimes mistaken for the pollen itself when observed on the leaves or ground. The peak pollen shed period is in the morning between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. A second pollination period can occur in late afternoon or evening as temperatures begin to cool.The tassel is a critical part of the corn plant’s ability to produce grain. There are many amazing details about how the corn plant works, the redundancy of over producing pollen, the tassel’s ability to shed pollen only under favorable conditions or when the silks are present, to name just a few. The corn plant is an amazing creation that when understood and managed can produce large rewards.last_img read more

7 years, 327 DNFs, 2 Finds — A Real Challenge (GC1764C) Lives Up to Its Name

first_img SharePrint RelatedMotorcycle Geocaching – Two Wheels, One Mission to ExploreJanuary 31, 2012In “Community”Welcome to the New Look of The Geocaching BlogJune 7, 2013In “Community”Turn that frown upside downDecember 18, 2018In “News” Share with your Friends:More A little geocache frustration from geocacher The Wumpus, with Leaderdog and Tape Worm in the background, while on the search for A Real Challenge.Editor’s Note: Updated in September 2013 with additional DNF numbers.Another Editor’s note: Updated August 2014 to include the second find!In this week’s Geocaching Weekly Mailer, we talked about logging DNFs (did not find). While no one yearns to log a DNF, they’re a necessary part of the game. DNFs can mean all sorts of things: the geocache has been moved, needs maintenance, or in the case of A Real Challenge (GC1764C), it could mean that it’s incredibly hard to find.With 247 DNFs and only one find, A Real Challenge lives up to its name. In fact, it took nearly four years for the FTF. This geocache was hidden near Peoria, Illinois, USA by geocacher Fuzzy B, who set out with the goal of creating something he’s never seen before, which, with nearly 46,000 finds, is hard to do. “I have felt a little guilty that so many people have spent so much time searching for it,” he said when asked how it felt to be the owner of such a difficult geocache.In the geocache description, Fuzzy B writes, “Please, to hold down the level of frustration, anger, etc., just put this on your ignore list, it’s not very findable.” But he goes on to reassure us,  “Yes, its there. It’s a shelter Cache, a log in a container. Cache is not in, on, or touching any part of the electrical equipment. It’s not on the roof, or under the shingles, nor the drip edge. Cache is exposed to light and air. Cache is within the footprint of the roof. There is NO reason to damage or destroy Park property.”BransonAdventure after their find.It’s there somewhere…A Real Challenge has only one find so far by geocacher BransonAdventure. “We found at 8:07pm, but waited to log so we could confirm with owner it wasn’t a decoy or mistake. All the way from Nebraska on vacation we extended the Eastward travel just for this cache,” they said in their log, “I will say we spent just a little under 2 hours looking when my husband found it and then to unroll the log, being so excited and shaking felt like it took about as long. The husband and kids did a little jig.” After the find, Fuzzy B came to meet the lucky geocachers.Even if it’s a little discouraging, DNFs are an important part of the game. Just think, if all the people that had searched for A Real Challenge hadn’t logged their DNFs, the FTF wouldn’t have been as special.There’s only one way to find out where this geocache is located, but in the meantime, we can speculate. Where do you think it’s hidden?UPDATE, August 2014:On August 11, 2014, a second intrepid geocacher made this nearly impossible find. This makes only two finds after nearly 7 years and 327 DNFs. Congratulations to wcs24fan for being only the second geocacher to conquer the odds and sign their name on the logbook. In their log, wcs24fan writes, “As the sun was retreating behind the clouds and beginning to paint them hues of various pinks, we were still searching for this well hidden treasure. Hope has a way of making one think they can achieve the unachievable. On this evening, for us, the unachievable was struck down as we made the find! Upon opening the container and seeing the log of the BransonAdventure team in the FTF spot, it was confirmed that we had found what we had hoped for. Excitement and elation bathed us for several minutes as we signed the log and pondered what we had just accomplished. The first to find in 3 years and only the second to find overall! Those feelings would travel with us for hours to come as we made our way through the winding back roads to the interstate and our way home. Thanks Fuzzy for giving us the hope that we could pull this off and the great adventure!”Geocache owner Fuzzy B meets the only geocacher to find A Real Challenge, BransonAdventure.last_img read more

Arming the Sales Force with a Digital Toolkit

first_img Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now Selling well has never been easy. And it isn’t getting any easier. To succeed, you need to arm your team with the necessary mindset, skill sets, and toolkits. Here is a list of three digital tools that you need to support your sales team.Digital Playbook: Your digital playbook might include your sales process, buyer personas, competitive analysis, product knowledge, and anything else you need to provide your sales force with to support their efforts. Many companies are developing this content in a digital format so that they can provide it to their sales force on an iPad or tablet. The digital format allows for images, videos, and other interactive content, making the content as engaging as it is relevant.Learning Management System: It isn’t easy to bring a sales force together for training. Learning Management Systems can also provide digital content, but more importantly, it can deliver it where it is needed, and exactly when it is needed. Since you can now stream video, it’s easy to have a subject matter expert speak straight into a camera. It’s also easy to use screencasts to provide walkthroughs and tutorials. You no longer have to wait to provide the sales force the content it needs when you can deliver it digitally.Resources and Nurture Tools: I am big on nurture tools. If you want your sales force to develop the relationships that they need, providing them with the tools they need is mandatory. White papers, case studies, videos, testimonials, and demos can all be created and stored as digital files that the salesperson can provide their dream clients at the push of a button. The important idea here is to be known and to create value before claiming any. You can’t do that if you don’t have the valuable ideas in a format that makes sharing easy for the sales force.If I were arming a sales force with a digital toolkit, these are the three big pieces on which I would build it.This post is sponsored by my friends at TechSmith. All opinions are mine.last_img read more

10 months agoRAI director attacks Juventus (and he’s a Roma fan)

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say RAI director attacks Juventus (and he’s a Roma fan)by Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe new director of Rai 2 Carlo Freccero has launched a stunning attack on Juventus.Freccero was asked about competing for Serie A broadcasting rights.He blasted: “I only watch the Premier League now, because Juventus always win in Italy. That’s because they have occupied all of VAR, it’s something out of this world.“All of the VARs are controlled by them. They’re manoeuvring, doing this, that and the other… it’s irritating. Forza Roma!”It’s not clear if he was referring to the Video Assistant Referee officials in the booth or the technology itself. last_img read more

a month agoBarcelona chief Grau has pop at Juventus defender De Ligt

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Barcelona chief Grau has pop at Juventus defender De Ligtby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona chief Oscar Grau has had a pop at Juventus defender Matthijs de Ligt.Grau insists the former Ajax defender chose to go for the money.“We made him an offer, but he preferred to go to Juve, where Italian taxation allows him to earn a higher net salary,” said Grau.Barca also tried for PSG star Neymar.”We made a very big effort for him,” Grau said.“The club did everything possible with two offers, one with and one without players in exchange but still sustainable.“The feeling, however, is that PSG never really opened up to a sale.” last_img read more

Chiefs to press Harper for meeting including premiers

first_img(Manitoba chiefs delegation heads into meeting with prime minister at his Langevin office, across from Parliament Hill APTN/Photo)DEVELOPINGATPN National NewsOTTAWA–Chiefs with the delegation selected to meet with the prime minister Monday afternoon plan to ask Stephen Harper to agree to a first ministers meeting on First Nations issues.Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs Grand Chief Derek Nepinak said the prime minister would be handed a letter from Manitoba chiefs urging him to agree to a meeting that would include premiers.“We’ve done up a letter to the prime minister respecting the need for the calling of a first ministers meeting on First Nations issues,” said Nepinak, who will be spokesperson for Manitoba chiefs at the meeting with Harper. “If we are going to stop the tragedies in our communities, we have to be aggressive, we have to be ambitious and that is why a first ministers meeting is the right approach.”Harper is expected to meet with a delegation of chiefs from each region in his Langevin office, across from Parliament Hill. Three chiefs from each of the 10 regions are expected to attend. One chief from each region will be tasked as spokesperson and they will have 10 minutes to make their case before the prime minister.Harper’s Monday meeting with the chiefs will go a long way toward alleviating some of the disappointment and frustration expressed by many First Nations leaders when they were told the prime minister would only be present for part of Tuesday’s Crown-First Nations gathering.About 700 people are registered to attend Tuesday’s event, along with 400 chiefs.Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, president of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs, said he will be looking for a commitment from the prime minister to a number of high-level first ministers conferences to finally hammer out a lasting peace with Canada.“We need a commitment from the prime minister that the government of Canada is willing to make a sincere, genuine commitment to rebuild the relationship with Aboriginal people in this country,” said Phillip, who is part of the B.C. delegation. “Many First Nations leaders are calling for a series of first minister conferences to hammer out a concrete agenda and to invest the necessary time and resources to bring a resolution to the many issues that at the moment are completely neglected.”Little Black Bear First Nation Chief Perry Bellegarde, who will be speaking for the Saskatchewan delegation, said he planned to wear a copy of the original treaty medallion around his neck when he sits down to with the prime minister.“If it were not for treaties, this country would not have been able to be developed and founded,” said Bellegarde. “We’re a nation within a nation. Nations make treaties, treaties do not make nations.”The limited room space for Tuesday’s meeting at Ottawa’s old city hall building on Sussex Dr., along with Harper’s plan to cut his time at the gathering short, had tainted the meeting in the eyes of some chiefs.When Harper announced the meeting in December, he said he was hoping it would be “historic.”Chiefs emerging from a closed meeting this morning said a lot of leaders are angered and disappointed about the shape the meeting is taking, with numbers changing as to how many can actually participate in the events Tuesday and who will get to go.There was talk among some chiefs of possibly walking out during Harper’s speech Tuesday and even some wondering whether they should disrupt the event to get the prime minister’s attention.“If the prime minister was really committed to having a changed relationship for the better, he would have found that his original thoughts of coming here to address the chiefs…would have solved a lot of these problems,” said Six Nations Chief Bill Montour. “When anger starts to permeate the room reason seems to go with it…If (the chiefs) just walk out, that is a pretty harsh statement and that is being considered.”Manitoba’s Southern Chiefs Organization Grand Chief Morris Shannacappo said there is a lot of suspicion about the true aim of the meeting and a lot of concern over that way things are unfolding seems to reveal the event is turning into a photo-op for the Conservatives.“I hope we can stay cohesive,” said Shannacappo. “I am hoping our leaders do gather and say, let’s disrupt this.”Ovide Mercredi, a former national chief of the AFN, said he is advising chiefs to take the high road, play it respectfully and wait to formulate a response after the meeting ends.“People are reserving judgment. It’s a wait and see attitude for most the people. There is an element that is negative about this meeting,” said Mercredi. “We let the Canadians know we expect great things from this government and if they don’t deliver, we are not the issue, they become the problem.”Mercredi, who is now a band councillor for Misipawistik Cree Nation, said First Nations leaders should be “forceful” about their position on the need to get many of their people out of dire property and to get the government to respect treaty and Aboriginal rights.“Our people have not forgotten who they are and they have not forgotten to stand up for their rights and the government is on notice,” said Mercredi. “The government has to deliver or they are looking at some reaction from our communities.”Robert Wavey, a community member from Fox Lake Cree Nation, said expectations are high at home for something substantive to come out of Tuesday’s meeting.“I think one of the other messages raised this morning is beware that people back home have huge expectations and if those expectations are not met, you don’t know what those people are going to do,” said Wavey. “The government wouldn’t want an Indian Spring.”last_img read more

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