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François Girards Hochelaga Land of Souls to represent Canada in the race

first_imgAdvertisement MONTREAL, Sept. 25, 2017 – Director François Girard‘s Hochelaga, Land of Souls (Hochelaga, Terre des Âmes) will represent Canada for in the race for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar at the 90th Academy Awards, held on March 4, 2018. The pan-Canadian Oscar selection committee, chaired and coordinated by Telefilm Canada, announced its decision today.“Promoting Canadian film to audiences the world over is a top priority for Telefilm Canada, and the Academy Awards provides an incredible opportunity to do just that,” said Carolle Brabant, Executive Director, Telefilm Canada. “An Oscar nomination can completely change a filmmaker’s trajectory, as it provides the opportunity for their work to be discovered by millions of new film lovers around the globe.”“I warmly congratulate François Girard, Roger Frappier, and the entire team behind Hochelaga, Land of Souls. I have no doubt that your film will continue to seduce audiences and the Academy’s voting members, and I look forward to seeing the groundswell of public support during this high profile race.” Advertisement Advertisement François Girard is a renowned film, opera, and theatre director. In 1993, his feature film Thirty Two Short Films aboutGlenn Gould was an international success. Five years later, the Oscar-winning The Red Violin established the filmmaker as an important figure in international cinema. In 2007, he directed Silk, an adaptation of the successful Alessandro Baricco novel, and in 2014, he helmed Boychoir. To this day, François Girard’s films have won close to 100 awards internationally and the praises of filmgoers from all four corners of the globe.This is François Girard’s first time representing Canada in the race for the Best Foreign Language Film nomination at the Academy Awards.“This is a great honour that reflects on Hochelaga, Land of Souls and on all those who worked on the film, starting with my dear friend and producer Roger Frappier,” said director François Girard. “In the film, French is heard alongside Mohawk and Algonquin, the languages of the two great founding nations of our people.”Hochelaga, Land of Souls was produced by Roger Frappier (MAX Films). Frappier is one of the most prolific Canadian producers, having produced more than 50 productions over the last 40 years. Two of his films have been nominated for a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, including Jesus of Montreal, which also won the jury prize at the Cannes Film Festival. From his start as a producer at the National Film Board in the 1970s, Frappier has worked with almost all of Quebec’s renowned filmmakers, on top of having discovered a number talented young filmmakers. Over his career, he has thus contributed to the birth of major cinematographic work.Producer Roger Frappier added: “Working with François Girard was one of the greatest experiences of my life. His vision of our belonging to this land, from the First Nations people to the present day, was in some ways a premonition of what we are presently living. I am delighted that this film will now sit next to the best films from around the world.”SynopsisA tremendous downpour hits Montreal, and a spectacular sinkhole opens up in Percival-Molson Stadium in the middle of a football game. The stadium is evacuated, and a few hours later, it becomes a protected archaeological site. Centuries of history are revealed beneath the field. Mohawk archaeologist Baptiste Asigny begins investigating, and he will discover the multitude of generations who have occupied this land, each with buried secrets. Baptiste then sets out to find what he has spent his career searching for: the vestiges of the village of Hochelaga where his Iroquoian ancestors met French explorer Jacques Cartier in October 1535. Hochelaga, Land of Souls explores 750 years of history in one single spot where the souls of all centuries and all cultures come together.The impressive cast includes Samian, Vincent Perez, Wahiakeron Gilbert, Raoul Trujillo, Sébastien Ricard, Siân Phillips, Linus Roache, Emmanuel Schwartz, David La Haye, Tanaya Beatty, Gilles Renaud and Naïade Aoun, to name just a few.Hochelaga, Land of Souls was financed by Telefilm Canada and produced by Roger Frappier (MAX Films). The film distributed in Quebec by Les Films Séville, affiliate of eOne, and represented internationally by Seville International.The film will be released theatrically in fall 2017.Selection process for the Best Foreign Language Film categoryTelefilm coordinates and chairs the pan-Canadian Oscar selection committee, which comprises 23 representatives from the main governmental organizations and associations active in the audiovisual industry. This jury is responsible for submitting one film to represent Canada to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which accepts only one film per country in the Best Foreign Language Film category. The selected film must have been produced outside the United States, be primarily in a language other than English, and have been shown in a movie theatre for at least seven consecutive days in its country of origin between October 1, 2015, and September 30, 2016. The Academy will announce the shortlist of nine films, selected from among those submitted, in December of this year. The official nominations are announced January 2018.Further information about the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences rules and regulations.Canada and the Best Foreign Language Film category at the OscarsIn the history of the Oscars, eight Canadian films have been nominated in the Best Foreign Language Film category: Kim Nguyen’s War Witch (Rebelle), in 2013; Philippe Falardeau’s Monsieur Lazhar and Agnieszka Holland’s In Darkness (a minority coproduction with Poland and Germany), in 2012; Denis Villeneuve’s Incendies, in 2011; and Deepa Mehta’sWater, in 2007. Three films by Denys Arcand were also nominated: The Decline of the American Empire (Le Déclin de l’empire américain), in 1987, Jesus of Montreal (Jésus de Montréal), in 1990, and The Barbarian Invasions (Les Invasions barbares), which won the coveted award in 2004.Members of the pan-Canadian selection committeeAcademy of Canadian Cinema and Television (ACCT)Alberta Media Production Industries Association (AMPIA)Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA)Alliance québécoise des techniciens de l’image et du son (AQTIS)Association québécoise de la production médiatique (AQPM)Association québécoise des critiques de cinéma (AQCC)Association des réalisateurs et réalisatrices du Québec (ARRQ)Canada Council for the ArtsCanadian Media Producers Association (CMPA)Creative BCCreative SaskatchewanDirectors Guild of CanadaGlobal Affairs CanadaManitoba Film and MusicNational Film Board of CanadaNew Brunswick — Tourism, Heritage and CultureNewfoundland and Labrador Film Development CorporationNova Scotia BusinessOntario Media Development Corporation (OMDC)Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC)Société des auteurs de radio, télévision et cinéma du Québec (SARTEC)Union des artistes (UDA)Yukon Media DevelopmentAbout Telefilm Canada—Inspired by talent. Viewed everywhere.Celebrating 50 years in 2017, Telefilm is dedicated to the cultural, commercial and industrial success of Canada’saudiovisual industry. Through funding and promotion programs, Telefilm supports dynamic companies and creative talent at home and around the world. Telefilm also makes recommendations regarding the certification of audiovisual treaty coproductions to the Minister of Canadian Heritage, and administers the programs of the Canada Media Fund. Launched in 2013, the Talent Fund accepts private donations to principally support emerging talent. Visit telefilm.ca and follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/telefilm_canada and on Facebook at facebook.com/telefilmcanada. Login/Register With: Twitter Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more


first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement ‘SECRET PATH’ TO RETURN WITH ‘RE-CREATION’ CONCERT TELLING CHANIE WENJACK’S STORYGord Downie’s Secret Path concert is returning to the stage as part of a live “re-creation” project.Three years after the late Tragically Hip frontman performed his concept album at Toronto’s Roy Thomson Hall, some of the artists who brought the story of Chanie Wenjack to life are planning an encore of sorts at the same venue Oct. 19.The new version incorporates the original band from Downie’s “Secret Path” shows, a cast of dancers and surprise guests who will “create a fully immersive and cultural experience that celebrates Indigenous history and commemorates the lives of Gord and Chanie.”Downie launched his “Secret Path” project in October 2016 after revealing he had been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. The album recounted the story of a 12-year-old Ojibwe boy who died while trying to escape an Ontario residential school in 1966.It was comprised of a music album, a graphic novel by Jeff Lemire that illustrated Wenjack’s life, and an animated film featuring Downie’s songs.Following its release, Downie’s brother Mike launched the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund to encourage reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada.Organizers say proceeds from the “Secret Path” concert will go toward the fund. Tickets are on sale through Roy Thomson Hall’s website. Facebookcenter_img Login/Register With: ATTENTION, TRAGICALLY HIP FANS: SECRET PATH LIVE SET FOR OCTOBER 19 AT ROY THOMSON HALLIn 2016, two months after the final Tragically Hip show, Gord Downie returned to the stage for a very limited run of shows, during which he presented Secret Path.A series of 10 poems turned into song, it tells the story of Chanie Wenjack, a 12-year-old Anishinaabe boy born in Ogoki Post on the Marten Falls Reserve. In 1963, at the age of 9, Chanie was sent to the Cecelia Jeffrey Indian Residential School in Kenora, Ontario. Three years later, Chanie ran away from the school, attempting to reunite with his family 600 kilometers away in Ogoki Post. Chanie’s body was found beside the railroad tracks on October 22, 1966, a week after he fled. He succumbed to starvation and exposure. READ MORE Musician Gord Downie (right) visited Pearl Wenjack at her home in Marten Falls First Nation in advance of the launch of his “Secret Path” project, devoted to Pearl’s brother Chanie (Charlie) Wenjack. (Alvin Fiddler/Twitter) Twitterlast_img read more

Grains mostly higher Livestock mixed

first_imgCHICAGO — Grain futures were mostly higher Wednesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.Wheat for Mar. delivery was off 1 cent at $5.0460 a bushel; Mar. corn rose 1.60 cents at $3.7520 a bushel; Dec. oats was up 1.20 cents at $2.7620 a bushel; while Jan. soybeans gained 6 cents at 8.88 a bushel.Beef was lower and pork was higher on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.Dec.live cattle fell 1.20 cents at $1.2380 a pound; Jan. feeder cattle was off .90 cent at $1.4810 a pound; Dec. lean hogs was up 1.63 cents at .6278 a pound.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Snowfall warning issued for the BC Peace

first_imgPrepare for quickly changing and deteriorating travel conditions. If visibility is reduced while driving, turn on your lights and maintain a safe following distance.Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to BCstorm@canada.ca or tweet reports using #BCStorm. See the full warning below for the B.C. PeaceIssued at 2018-12-28 11:32 UTC by Environment Canada:Snowfall warning issued for:B.C. Peace River, B.C. (087300)Current details:Snowfall with total amounts of 10 to 20 cm is expected.A low-pressure system will approach the BC Peace River region tonight and move into Alberta on Saturday. Snow heavy at times will develop tonight and persist through Saturday afternoon.Strong northwest winds in the wake of the low may produce local blowing snow with reduced visibility on Saturday.Rapidly accumulating snow will make travel difficult. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A snowfall warning has been issued for the B.C. Peace.  The warning says the region could receive 10 to 20 cm of snow.A low-pressure system will move into the area late Friday bringing heavy snow overnight into Saturday.  Strong northwest winds in the wake of the low may produce local blowing snow with reduced visibility on Saturday.A snowfall warning remains in place for the Pine Pass.  That region could receive 15 to 25 cm with heavy snow starting during the day Friday.last_img read more

Sudan UN panel tours polling centres in Souths independence referendum

10 January 2011The independence referendum in South Sudan, which could split Africa’s largest country in two and produce the United Nations’ 193rd Member State, has got off to a good start with officials successfully handling a large initial turnout, the head of the UN monitoring panel has said. At the same time, the UN voiced “extreme concern” today about reports of clashes and casualties in the disputed oil-rich Abyei region, straddling the borders between North and South, which has been cited as a potential hotspot for renewed conflict between the two.As the week-long vote entered its second day and the 2005 peace agreement that ended 20 years of war between North and South Sudan reached its culminating moment, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s three-member panel, headed by former Tanzanian president Benjamin Mkapa, continued their tour of polling centres, visiting three states, talking to voters and meeting with Government and referendum officials. “The turnout in the first day has been overwhelming but officials have coped very well with that, and we commend them for this,” Mr. Mkapa said in Bor, Jonglei state, where he spoke to local journalists.“Our hope is that when we finish on the 15th [of January], the results will be aggregated as quickly as possibly so that we can settle the minds of the voters as well as the international community who are looking forward to a conclusive and credible result of this referendum.”The second-day turnout appeared considerable smaller than the first day’s flood of voters, the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) said. The mission set up in 2005 to support the accord ending a civil war that claimed the lives of some 2 million people and drove an estimated 4.5 million others from their homes, has been assisting in preparations for the referendum.In a statement last week, Mr. Ban praised the National Government and the Southern Sudanese regional authorities for their efforts to ensure that the vote is held as scheduled in an atmosphere of peace and cooperation, and in his most recent report to the Security Council on UNMIS, he hailed the conciliatory statements by both sides to respect the outcome.But he also warned of the disastrous humanitarian consequences of renewed conflict, noting that the UN has prepared contingency plans for the period up to June, with a possible reinforcement of UNMIS to prevent any deterioration in security.“In the unlikely event that the referendum leads to large-scale violence, approximately 2.8 million people could be internally displaced and another 3.2 million affected by breakdowns in trade and social service delivery,” he said. “In this scenario, as much as $63 million might be required to provide emergency assistance to those in need.”UNMIS has already increased its presence in hot spots, particularly in the oil-rich Abyei region, which was meant to hold a concurrent referendum on whether to join the North or South, but agreement on the modalities for such a vote has not been reached.According to media reports, at least 36 people died in clashes between Arab nomads and southerners in Abyei over the weekend.“We are extremely concerned about the reports of clashes around Abyei and the resulting casualties,” UN spokesperson Martin Nesirky told a news briefing in New York, adding that UNMIS is pursuing containment of the situation both politically and on the ground by enhanced patrolling activities and engagement with the top leadership of both sides.UN humanitarian agencies have also prepared for all eventualities. The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has pre-positioned enough food in more than 100 strategic locations to feed 1 million people for six months. This is in preparation for a potential influx of returnees to a newly independent state and the possibility that people will be displaced.With 1.5 million to 2 million southerners living in the north, Mr. Ban stressed the need to work out post-referendum citizenship, residency and labour issues as well as wealth sharing, resolving the Abyei situation and demarcating borders. But his report was suffused with the historic dimensions of the referendum. “The coming weeks will determine the future of the Sudan for decades to come. The determination of the parties to the Comprehensive Peace Agreement to sustain peace, stability and coexistence will be the deciding factor in setting that course,” he said, referring to the 2005 peace accord.He also stressed that UN troops alone would not be enough to prevent a return to war, should widespread hostilities erupt. “Only a demonstrated commitment by the parties to refrain from inflammatory statements, uphold the Comprehensive Peace Agreement ceasefire mechanisms and engage in dialogue to settle differences will succeed in maintaining peace,” he declared.“As events in the early days of 2011 will be unique in the history of the Sudan, I urge all partners to intensify their efforts and provide support to all Sudanese in order to ensure the successful holding of the referendum and respect the choice made by the people by endorsing and implementing its outcome.” read more

Polls on September 7

He also said that the Chief Ministers of both provinces have been called for a meeting with President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees tomorrow (Monday) to discuss the polls.An official in the North Western Province Chief Minister’s office said that Chief Minister Athula Wijesinghe had a meeting on Friday regarding the polls. The Northern Provincial Council is also to be formed in time for elections to be held on September 7. Additional Elections Commissioner R. M. A. L. Ratnayake said that the date for the elections are usually announced after the Provincial Councils are dissolved. Elections for the Northern, North Western and Central Provincial Councils will be held on September 7, Government sources told The Sunday Leader.The North Western and Central Provincial Councils will be dissolved by June 20 after which the dates for the elections will be announced. When contacted by The Sunday Leader Central Province Chief Minister Sarath Ekanayake said that moves are underway to dissolve both the North Western and Central Provincial Councils on the same day. When asked, Puttalam District SLFP organizer Arundika Fernando confirmed that the government hopes to dissolve both Provincial Councils by June 20 in order to prepare for the elections.The government had already announced on an earlier occasion that the elections for the Northern Province will be held in September. Ahead of the Elections the government has set in motion moves to repeal the 13th Amendment to the Constitution. read more

Walmart to stop selling electronic cigarettes at its stores

NEW YORK — Walmart says it will stop selling electronic cigarettes at its namesake stores and Sam’s Clubs following a string illnesses and deaths related to vaping.The nation’s largest retailer said Friday that it will complete its exit from e-cigarettes after selling through current inventory. It cited growing federal, state and local regulatory complexity regarding vaping products.More than 500 people have been diagnosed with vaping-related breathing illnesses. An eight death was reported this week. But health officials still have not identified the cause.Anne D’Innocenzio, The Associated Press read more

On visit to Central African Republic UN rights expert urges support for

These include a return to security, disarming groups, strengthening the rule of law and fighting impunity, encouraging national reconciliation, and providing urgent services, such as education and health.Speaking from Bangui during her sixth visit to CAR, Marie-Thérèse Keita-Bocoum, also shared some concerns coming from civil society, which seeks greater protection of civilians, assistance for victims of sexual violence and of violence based on witchcraft accusations.“All the actors of the civil society I met deplored the absence of the criminal justice system, the lack of access to justice and the lack of measures to protect victims and witnesses,” the expert said. Ms. Keita-Bocoum noted also the challenges from humanitarian needs, which said remain “high”, with international aid often being the only way to meet the health, nutritional and sanitation basics for the population.The country is emerging from nearly three years of fighting between the mainly Muslim Séléka and mainly Christian anti-Balaka groups.The UN has played a major role in seeking to restore peace in the CAR, with military and police units from the 11,000-strong UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the country (MINUSCA) joining soldiers from the French Sangaris force and local security teams last 30 December at polling stations to ensure a peaceful presidential vote.After nine months of improved stability in CAR, a new wave of inter-communal violence erupted in September of last year, killing at least 130 people, injuring 430 others, and triggering an 18 per cent increase in the number of internally displaced persons to 447,500.The election of President Touadéra, who won the presidential run-off on 14 February and will be sworn in on 25 March, is being seen as a new chapter in the country’s political history – despite numerous significant challenges that remain.In her comments today, the UN expert noted some improvement in security, especially in the capital city of Bangui, but expressed concern about violence in the regions in the country’s centre, east and north-east.In addition, she cautioned against putting in power any individuals with human rights abuses. She stressed “the importance that elected officials are men and women who truly have willingness to represent the interests of the Central African people, with integrity and respect for human rights.” The UN expert today also thanked the transitional government, led by Prime Minister Catherine Samba-Panza and her transitional government, for their cooperation and expressed her gratitude for their commitments and efforts in the initiatives for peaceful dialogue, national reconciliation and the democratic process, and in particular the holding of the Bangui Forum, the strengthening of women’s leadership and the organization of free and peaceful elections.Independent experts or special rapporteurs are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a country situation or a specific human rights theme. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work. read more

Terrelle Pryor Leads Oakland Raiders to Victory

Terrelle Pryor and Charles Woodson led the Oakland Raiders to a win over the San Diego Chargers Sunday night.Quarterback Pryor and the Raiders jumped out early on San Diego after Pryor threw two touchdown passes in the first quarter. Woodson, on the other hand, tied an NFL record with his 13th defensive touchdown after scooping up a fumble and bringing to the house.Pryor’s first strike was a 44-yard touchdown pass on Oakland’s first play from scrimmage.The Raiders then capitalized on four forced turnovers, a great goal-line stand, Woodson’s 25-yard fumble return and two long field goals by Sebastian Janikowski to win the game.Chargers’ QB Philip Rivers had a 400-yard passing game, throwing for 411 yards and two touchdowns. However, he also had three interceptions as his team took the loss.“That’s what the kid brings to us,” coach Dennis Allen said. “Terrelle brings that ability when things aren’t right, when things break down, he brings that ability to make plays.” read more

SIMPEC ready for camp construction and deconstruction at West Angelas

first_imgWestStar Industrial’s engineering contractor business, SIMPEC, has been awarded a key contract by ATCO Structures and Logistics in the construction and deconstruction of a 600-room camp at Rio Tinto’s West Angelas iron ore mine in the Pilbara of Western Australia.The A$4 million ($2.96 million) contract award work is due to commence early in 2019.SIMPEC’s electrical and communications scope of work is to design, supply, construct, test, commission and deconstruct the electrical and communications systems of the construction camp. The camp will be delivered over a three-to-four-month period and is to be used in the major development project at West Angelas to build deposits C and D.Following completion of mine development, SIMPEC will return to site and deconstruct the camp’s electrical and communications systems.SIMPEC said the contract award at West Angelas builds on the portfolio of camp work packages successfully undertaken by SIMPEC, specifically the camp works completed at Iluka Resources’ Cataby iron sands project, 150 km north of Perth, Western Australia.SIMPEC Managing Director Mark Dimasi said: “This is a tribute to our team resulting from our efforts at the Cataby project. What a commendable achievement to secure a project with ATCO Structures and Logistics for the Rio Tinto West Angelas mine site, further enhancing our exposure to camp construction works.”The investment at West Angelas’ C and D deposits is part of a $1.55 billion plan to sustain production capacity at part of the Robe River joint venture (owned 53% by Rio, 33% by Mitsui and 14% by Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp).The joint venture partners will invest $579 million in developing deposits C and D, with first ore expected in 2021.last_img read more

EMS Brüel Kjaer adds ground vibration monitoring to Sentinel environmental instruments

first_imgEMS Brüel & Kjaer has announced the addition of ground vibration monitoring to its Sentinel On Demand environment monitoring service.Using EMS’s vibration monitoring terminal, users can use the short-term monitoring service to protect construction sites, or mines, from structural damage, assess human comfort around rail projects and ensure correct operation of hospital MRI and other industrial imaging equipment, according to the company.Sentinel On Demand has been operating for four years with noise and meteorological monitoring instrumentation, according to EMS. “Now customers will also be able to select ground vibration monitoring when they order the service over the web,” the company said.David Currie, Product Manager for Sentinel said: “Sentinel On Demand is proving popular with noise consultants and construction where short-term measurements are used for planning purposes. The addition of vibration makes it more compelling.“Many customers experience the benefits of Sentinel on Demand and go on to contract long-term monitoring projects with improved cost efficiency. Sentinel On Demand users can deploy quickly with the minimum of effort and don’t have to invest in instrumentation that may sit idle after the project completes.”EMS has worked with many mining companies looking to employ its environmental monitoring services. One such company is Alkane Resources, which has been using Noise Sentinel for 24/7 noise monitoring and management, in combination with a remotely located, independent noise consultant, at its Tomingley gold operations in Western Australia.last_img read more

Tatran Presov wins Slovak Cup

Seven times Slovakian champions keeps getting more successes in the domestic competitions. This time Tatran Presov won the Slovaki cup again, beating Banska Bystrica in the final with 28:25 (15:10). In the semifinals, Tatran beat Kosice with huge 39:22 (16:12), while Banska Bystrica beat Novi Zamky with 33:29 (19:11). The final was followed by 1100 spectators.P. Bystrica – Tatran Prešov 25:28 (10:15) ← Previous Story 60st birthday of the most famous handball hall – Sparkassen Arena in Kiel Next Story → Kallman back to the Swedish squad for the OG-Qualifications! read more

Column A review of guardianship adoption and surrogacy law is underway but

first_imgSurrogacy and Assisted Human Reproduction (AHR) – while the Department of Health will have responsibility for the development of a comprehensive policy for AHR, the Bill proposes a mechanism to allow parents to apply for a Declaration of Parentage where their child is born using their own genetic material or otherwise. Non parents may also apply for Guardianship where: Adoption ONE OF THE most important things in a child’s life is stability.A secure and stable home life and family unit is the base for happy, confident children. Certainty for all members of the family is the rock on which stability is built.Families can take many forms and children can be brought up and loved by many different people, who quite often are not the child’s biological parent. It could be a grandmother, a step parent, a civil partner or spouse of a parent.A guardianTo date, none of these people have the right to become a guardian of a child to whom they might be closely linked in a family unit. These are some of the situations that are being tackled by the new Children and Family Relationships Bill soon to be published and made law in 2014.The new Act will not only deal with the issue of guardianship but will actually repeal the existing law which is the Guardianship of Infants Act, 1964 and create a new Act, reformed and enhanced.The new law will continue the underlying emphasis on the best interests of the child.The three main areas of change are a person has had shared responsibility for two years a person has had responsibility for the child for a year and there is no other guardian willing to care for the child. All of these are subject to there being no more than two guardians in existence. A person who has been in loco parentis – that is treating the child as their own despite not being related may apply for custody of that child.AdoptionThe confusing contradiction where a single gay person can apply for adoption but a same sex couple cannot is to be remedied. This is driven by the decision of the European Court of Human Rights that such a policy is in breach of the Human rights of the individual. The Department of Children and Youth Affairs will retain responsibility for the area of adoption.The situation where a mother would have to apply to adopt her own child if she wished her husband to be recognised as father will be remedied by giving that husband rights of guardianship as mentioned above. It will not be necessary to adopt in that context.These provisions will all help to provide stability for children and parents and control for parents where they have the care of a child who might be in their care because of a difficult early history. Without the status and recognition of the law, it can be very difficult to effectively parent a child.The child, similarly, has the security of knowing who plays what role in his or her life, and does not have the knock on effect of anxiety -which the person caring for them may feel where their status is not established.In a move that will be welcomed by grandparents, the act will provide recognised status for grandparents who step in as carers. This is important  in situations such as dealing with the child’s school and applying for passports..SurrogacyModernisation of the law in this area has been necessary for many years.The Department of Health will deal with the broader issues around Assisted Human Reproduction (“ADH”), but there will be provision for a declaration of parentage. The decision of the High Court allowing the amendment of a birth cert to record the biological mother’s name where her “genetic material” was used in a surrogacy birth has been appealed to the Supreme Court and a decision is expected in 2014.Non -Commercial surrogacy will be provided for but any advertising of surrogacy will be prohibited. Clarity in this area is expected to be welcomed.Other proposed changesThe bill proposes to introduce penalties for parents who do not comply with maintenance or access orders. The enforcement of access orders has traditionally been a problem area. The only penalty has been imprisonment for breach of an order. This is not used as to jail the parent of a child can never be seen as a solution to access or custody issues.The system for Guardian ad Litems in conveying the voice of the child in private law proceedings is to be reviewed and a comprehensive review is being undertaken by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs.To date, the husband of a woman is presumed to be the father of their child. This is an anomaly in many situations, particularly where we have a four year separation requirement for divorce. A negative presumption of paternity where a period of ten months has elapsed since the mother had contact with her husband is to be introduced.DebateThese proposals will be the subject of debate in the Dáil and no doubt many and varying opinions relating to parenting will be expressed. The opening up of the debate in this area is to be welcomed.This represents a sweeping and comprehensive review of an area of law that touches all of our lives.Which it is hoped will shore up some glaring gaps in the law, in this new Ireland of diversity and changing family units.Katherine Irwin is a partner and head of Private Client and Family Law at Beauchamps Solicitors. a person has lived with the child’s parent for three years. a person is the spouse or civil partner of the child’s parent Guardianship for parents and non parents GuardianshipOne of the most common questions asked by parents in relation to guardianship is what does guardianship mean. It gives a guardian the right to be consulted in relation to all decisions relating to the main events and elements of a child’s life, such as medical, educational, social and emotional and religious questions. This is to be expanded upon and explained more clearly in the new Act.This area of Irish law has long been in need of an overhaul.One of the most significant issues the Act will address is the situation for unmarried fathers. They will automatically be guardians of their child where they have lived with the children’s mother for one year before the child’s birth, ending less than ten months before the birth.last_img read more

Drinking water alert issued in Clare by HSE county council

first_imgCLARE COUNTY COUNCIL and the HSE have issued a drinking water alert for people whose water is provided by the Kildysart public water supply and Coolmeen group water supply.It is unclear when normal water service will resume from these providers.Tankers will provide water to the public outside Kildysart Secondary School and the Hilltop Bar in Coolmeen from 10am tomorrow until midday, though anyone availing of water from the tankers is advised to boil it before consumption.A spokesperson for Clare County Council said: In the interest of public health, it is recommended that all users on the Kildysart Public Water Supply and the Coolmeen Group Water Supply should not use tap water until further notice except for the flushing of toilets, flushing of internal house plumbing systems, dishwashing and personal hygiene. Ice cubes in fridges and freezers should be discarded.“We are unable to determine when normal service will be resumed, but Irish Water and Clare County Council will continue to liaise with the Health Service Executive with a view to lifting drinking water restrictions as soon as practicable,” they added.Around 1,500 people are believed to be affected by the alert, which was issued in response to water discolouration caused by increased manganese levels in the public water supplies.In a statement, the HSE and Clare County Council said further information will be made available via the Irish Water customer contact line on 1890 278 2748 and on Water.ie. Those affected by the alert are being asked to advise Irish Water or the county council of elderly or disabled people who may require special assistance during the notice.last_img read more


first_imgSection 81 (1) of the Constitution states among other things that “Where the Vice President or a Secretary of State has been charged with responsibility for any department of the Government, he or she shall exercise general direction and control over that department,…”Hence, when a Minister travels another Minister should be given the mandate to oversee the Ministry. If this is not the case Ministries could be at a standstill while a Minister is outside the country unless officials exist who are proactive and do decide to step in to protect the integrity of their ministries. This however puts the life of people at the mercy of chance.Institutions are not supposed to function on the basis of chance. They should operate on the basis of rules and regulations administered by people with clear terms of reference.The Secretary General should visit the Police Headquarters. It would not be a surprise to discover that the in the absence of the Inspector General of Police there is no Deputy IG to act in his place. Is this the way a country should be administered? We leave the public to reply.  ]]>last_img read more

Mohamed Salah agent reacts to Barcelona rumours

first_imgReports emerged earlier today that Mohammed Salah’s agent  “offered” the Liverpool star to Barcelona for a deal. That report has been strongly denied by Salah’s agent.Salah only joined Liverpool last summer and enjoyed a stellar debut campaign at Anfield. But Spanish newspaper AS reported that the 25-year-old had been ‘offered’ to La Liga giants Barcelona by his agents.His agent took to Twitter to refute the claim, saying that such thing never happened: This never happened. @English_AS you need better sources. https://t.co/Y4OpwkoNYV— Ramy Abbas Issa (@RamyCol) June 6, 2018divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…Salah scored 44 goals in 52 appearances in his first season at Liverpool and was named Football Writers’ Footballer of the Year and PFA Player of the Year. The £36m signing helped Liverpool to the Champions League final but was forced off with an injury as his side lost 3-1 to Real Madrid in Kiev. And he faces a race against time to get fit for this summer’s World Cup campaign, where Egypt face hosts Russia, Saudi Arabia and Uruguay.Salah was included in Egypt’s 23-man squad but Egypt coach Hector Cuper has admitted he is preparing for life without his star man.last_img read more

Angered victims community members discuss the release of Alan James

first_img Posted: April 4, 2019 Updated: 7:25 PM Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, April 4, 2019center_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Alan James, a repeat sex offender, child molester, and violent predator is set to be released soon. The judge in this case issued a written ruling.KUSI’s Ginger Jeffries closely examined those transcripts and now highlights public concerns not addressed by the court.Related Stories:Hearing held to determine placement of convicted sex offender Alan JamesJacumba residents speak out on convicted predator Alan James set to be releasedSexually violent predator Alan James receives hearing dateJudge rules placement of sexually violent predator Alan Earl James in East County Angered victims, community members discuss the release of Alan James KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

Blaze causes 200000 in damage to home near Battle Ground

first_imgA two-alarm fire caused extensive damage to a house south of Battle Ground on Wednesday morning.The fire was reported just before 11 a.m. at 20210 N.E. 104th Ave. in the Winterlake subdivision, near the Meadow Glade neighborhood. Residents were in the home when the fire started but were not injured, neighbors said.Engine 27 from Clark County Fire & Rescue was the first unit on the scene. Firefighters found fire in the garage and second floor of the home, said Battalion Chief Tim Dawdy, Clark County Fire & Rescue spokesman. The fire was “burning vigorously” and spread into the attic, he said.Dale Remsing, who lives next to the burned home, saw people running out of the home immediately before the garage door collapsed. He said the neighbors, who just moved into the home in September, were eating a late breakfast, smelled smoke and left the home.Others who live in the area ventured outside to investigate the black plume of smoke that could be seen belching from the home.Within minutes, other units from Clark County Fire & Rescue, Fire District 3, the Vancouver Fire Department and Fire District 6 arrived. AMR ambulances stood by.With a house fire, firefighters call in a special rescue unit with extra tools and air bottles and a rehab unit (a modified bus) to medically evaluate, hydrate and treat firefighters. AMR is called just in case a civilian is injured inside the home or a firefighter gets injured fighting the fire, Dawdy said.Roof collapseFirefighters doused the blaze in the garage and second floor, ventilated the roof and began fighting the attic fire. Crews requested a second alarm at about 11:10 a.m. A few minutes later, a section of the roof collapsed.last_img read more

Lawmakers press White House again on pot rules

first_imgWASHINGTON — A senior U.S. drug enforcement official urged Congress and others Tuesday not to abandon scientific concerns over marijuana in favor of public opinion to legalize it, even as the Obama administration takes a hands-off approach in states where voters have made legal its sale and use.The deputy administrator for the Drug Enforcement Administration, Thomas Harrigan, testified Tuesday before a House oversight panel that easing laws governing marijuana threatens U.S. institutions.“We should not abandon science and fact in favor of public opinion,” Harrigan said. He echoed previous testimony from James Capra, DEA’s chief of operations, who told a Senate panel in January that “going down the path to legalization in this country is reckless and irresponsible.”The subcommittee chairman, Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., said the country is “in a state of conflict and chaos right now” over U.S. marijuana policy.In an election year that could tip the balance of power in Congress, some Republicans have accused the White House of cherry-picking which federal laws to enforce. The administration has said it continues to pursue dangerous criminals, but Obama himself last month in an interview declared marijuana no more dangerous than alcohol and contrasted it with “harder drugs” including cocaine and methamphetamine.last_img read more

Holes Patty Schemel Pens Memoir Hit So Hard

first_img Twitter Hole’s Patty Schemel Writes New Memoir holes-patty-schemel-pens-memoir-hit-so-hard Email Facebook Hole’s Patty Schemel Pens Memoir, ‘Hit So Hard’ News Rock drummer writes book chronicling her life and times in the music industryRenée FabianGRAMMYs Sep 8, 2017 – 2:32 pm You might recognize the band Hole from its most famous member, Kurt Cobain’s former wife Courtney Love. But that’s only one story to come out of the beloved female-fronted alternative Los Angeles band. Thanks to Patty Schemel, we’ll now get a whole new glimpse.Hole’s drummer from 1992–1998, Schemel will release her autobiography titled Hit So Hard. The book chronicles her life as a woman in the music industry, her memories of Cobain, her life with drug addiction, leaving Hole, being homeless in Los Angeles, how she got sober, and more.This intimate glimpse into the life of a female rocker follows a 2011 documentary of the same name featuring Schemel, which provided a never-before-seen look into life with Hole, including archival footage of Schemel, Love and Cobain throughout their heyday in the 1990s.Get your hands on this don’t-miss memoir, Hit So Hard, via Da Capo press on Oct. 31.Sinéad O’Connor: “I Want To Destigmatize Mental Illness”last_img read more