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Gensler expected to put teeth in Reg BI — not overturn it

first_imgInvestor advocates and other experts expect Gary Gensler to strengthen the broker investment advice standard his predecessor put in place rather than redo it when he takes over the Securities and Exchange Commission. 2 It can be strengthened while avoiding such fireworks, Roper said. For instance, the SEC could adopt a principles-based definition of “best interest’ and strengthen conflict-mitigation requirements. “Gary’s pragmatic,” Roper said. “There’s a lot you can accomplish within the framework of Reg BI to make it live up to its ‘best interest’ label.”Knut Rostad, president of the Institute for the Fiduciary Standard, also expects Gensler to bolster Reg BI without killing it. “His changes to Reg BI will make it a reality-based rule rather than a myth-base rule,” Rostad said. Gensler will pursue aggressive enforcement of Reg BI rather than waste political capital scrapping it, said James Lundy, a partner at Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath. “It makes more sense to utilize resources to enforce Reg BI as opposed to utilizing resources to overturn Reg BI,” said Lundy, a former SEC senior trial counsel in enforcement.The Financial Services Institute, a proponent of Reg BI, also wants to see it remain in place.“The SEC has achieved significant accomplishments in recent years, particularly with Reg BI, which enhances investor protection while preserving investors’ access to their choice of financial products, advice and services,” FSI chief executive Dale Brown said in a statement. “We are committed to working with all commissioners, including Gary Gensler if he is confirmed by the Senate, to build upon its achievements and ensure rulemaking that is effective and workable for all stakeholders.” Although Gensler has gone through the revolving door from Wall Street leader to a Washington regulator, he maintains the confidence of investor advocates through his work to reform swaps markets following the financial crisis while at the CFTC from 2009 to 2014, and his work as chairman of the Maryland Financial Consumer Protection Commission. 3 InvestCloud to acquire Advicent and NaviPlan planning software 1 4 5 House committee poised to advance SECURE 2.0 retirement savings billcenter_img “Gary Gensler worked in the jungle of Goldman and applied what he learned at the CFTC,” Rostad said. “He is going to be able to get regulations through that are going to address the real issues regarding the markets because he has been there and can speak to the industry from his experience in the way other SEC chairs have not been able to do. He’s not there to punch a ticket on his resume. That means independence, and that is huge.”When Gensler went to the CFTC, Wall Street may have anticipated a friend in a high place. But he quickly changed that perception, said Ashley Ebersole, a partner at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner.“He was not afraid to go after large financial entities, such as banks and investment banks, and punish wrong-doing there,” said Ebersole, a former senior SEC enforcement counsel.Gensler is likely to bring that attitude to the SEC along with a focus on consumer protection that comes from his experience as head of the Maryland commission.“In the Maryland position, he focused on increasing consumer protections, including standards of conduct and care for regulated entities,” Ebersole said. “So you’d expect the SEC to continue its laser focus on consumer protection, including through an aggressive enforcement posture.”Like other Democratic SEC chairmen, Gensler will emphasize enforcement, Lundy said. “We’ll see an aggressive enforcement climate.” The Gates divorce: Lessons for financial advisers President-elect Joe Biden said on Monday he will nominate Gensler to be the next SEC chairman. If he’s confirmed by the Senate, Gensler will give the five-person panel a 3-2 Democratic majority.A former chairman of the Commodities Futures Trading Commission, former Treasury Department official and former Goldman Sachs executive, Gensler has developed a reputation as a tough regulator who also was successful on Wall Street.“We couldn’t have asked for a better selection,” said Barbara Roper, director of investor protection at the Consumer Federation of America. “He brings the insider’s level of expertise about the market combined with an unwavering commitment to investor protection.”Roper and other investor advocates criticized Regulation Best Interest, the broker advice standard that went into force last June, for being too weak to curb broker conflicts. It was the signature rulemaking of former SEC Chairman Jay Clayton, who said it is significantly stronger than the previous broker suitability standard.  Gensler likely will amend Reg BI rather than end it and start over, Roper said. Torching Reg BI would ignite a battle with the financial industry, which mostly supported the measure. House panel unanimously passes SECURE 2.0 Why Tony Robbins, tax shelters and financial advisers don’t mix For reprint and licensing requests for this article, click here,MOST READ Newsletters Subscribe for original insights, commentary and analysis of the issues facing the financial advice community, from the InvestmentNews team.last_img read more

Man United ‘haven’t said their final word’ in €30m centre-back signing –…

first_imgRemember that clip of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer appearing to jokingly tell Nathan Aké his club were looking for a left-footed centre-back? Well, it won’t be the Dutchman since he went off to Manchester City in exchange for £40m or so on Wednesday, but it could be Gabriel Magalhães.At least, that’s what La Voix du Nord are suggesting on Thursday, claiming Manchester United ‘haven’t said their final word’ when it comes to the Brazilian defender.Currently contracted to Lille, the centre-back has been given the green light to leave, and the Ligue 1 club are simply waiting for him to make his mind up.The article explains he has, and his preferred destination would be Arsenal after recent exchanges with the London club.It’s said he wants to move as quickly as possible, which is all well and good, but the Gunners recently made it clear they aren’t flush with cash and Lille want €30m.That’s why there could be a small opening for Manchester United, especially after they managed to qualify for the Champions League.They’d likely quite comfortably afford the €30m asking price, but they now have the task of quickly convincing him that a move to Old Trafford would be better than playing under Mikel Arteta.Then again, this wouldn’t be the first time Manchester United were used by Lille to try and get a better deal for one of their players…by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayInvest With VICShe collects rental-like income every month! See how she does it!Invest With VICUndoNessa HearingPeople in Singapore Born Before 1965 Eligible for Free Hearing Aid TrialNessa HearingUndoDBS”I had S$9 left in my bank account”DBSUndoWealthMastery.asiaThis Singaporean Couple is Disrupting A $3 Trillion IndustryWealthMastery.asiaUndoRaid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadEven Non-Gamers Are Obsessed With This RPG Game (It’s Worth Installing!)Raid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadUndoSingtelGet 30GB for $25 on SG’s #1 network.SingtelUndoGOMO by Singtel.Switch to GOMO. 40GB for $20 for 12 months!GOMO by Singtel.UndoSingtel PowerInstant savings and a $50 rebate.Singtel PowerUndoTip ParentsBaby Keeps Waking Up With Scratches, Mom Checks Camera And Calls CopsTip ParentsUndolast_img read more

Wine.com Offers RSS-based API

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Today we will look at an example of putting all of these elements together. Wine.com haslaunched an innovative way to expose their catalog – via RSS with the API on top. Evolving the Typical Online CatalogUntil recently, Wine.com was just a basic wine catalog. It was well designed and easy to navigate,but it was definitely a web 1.0 kind of site. As the winds of the new web started to blow, the companyrealized that it needed to stay on top of the wave. With competitors like Corkd,Snooth and the wildly entertaining WineLibrary.tv innovatingin the wine space, the Wine.com team knew that they would have to compete for wine lover’s attention and dollars. When an RSS API Makes SenseWhat Wine.com has done is simple and powerful. They leveraged existing technology — RSS — to deliver valueto both end users and developers. The reason this strategy worked for the wine retailer is because they needed to providea read-only interface to their catalog. Essentially, all the interface does is expose a way to search Wine.com’s database.Because this is the only requirement and there is no need to expose a way to manipulate the catalog by addingor updating information, the RSS API works great.The only downside of using RSS is that all results must be returned at once. If the query isbroad, for example, get me all merlot wines, returning all results is too expensive.In the case of Wine.com, the solution is to just return the most recent wines that match the results.A more generic approach found in relational databases and in services like Amazon S3 is to page throughthe results using a result set iterator.It is clear that the RSS API approach would work for any catalog. It would not work for del.icio.us or Flickrbecause these services offer a way to modify the information, not just query it. But coming back to the conceptof the Web as a database, if every retailer would offer this kind of RSS API, the web would be much more semantic,interconnected and query-friendly.ConclusionWhat Wine.com has done is both simple and interesting and it certainly deserves consideration.One might argue that there is nothing special about augmenting RSS with metadata, but there is nothingspecial about any format. What is special is leveraging existing technologies and making thingscompatible and interoperable.The fact that RSS feed can channel metadata can lead to a lot of interesting applicationsincluding, for example, richer widgets. We hope that these early iterations of web services and APIs willgive rise to a new, more connected and richer web where web sites are also web services. So to the end user the results look like a regular RSS feed. This means that the user canadd the feed to his or her favorite reader and get updates when the new Kendal Jackson wine comes out in California.But if you look inside the source code of the feed, you will find that each item is augmented withcomplete metadata about each wine. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts alex iskold 1 As it turns out, the wine insdustry is highly regulated,and users may not be able purchase a particular vintage depending on where they live.Wine.com’s catalog maps the vast number of wineries to geographies and ensures that the law is followed.When the company looked to leverage their assets against the competition, they realized that exposingthe catalog by state to users, partners and third-party developers can help drive more traffic to the site.Wine.com’s RSS APINot only did Wine.com open up its catalog, the company did it with elegance worthy of modern APIs like del.icio.us and Flickr.The API is implemented via RSS, where each query returns a feed. Here’s a sample query (this is not exact query, it’s just meantto just give you the feel for the API):http://www.wine.com/v6/rss/rss.aspx?Ntt=+Kendall%2DJackson&State=CAWhen you view the results in the browser you get this: Tags:#Analysis#web The included metadata contains a description of the wine, price, winery, year as well as tags done as categories.Note that it would probably be better to use a custom tag instead of overloading the meaning of the category tag.For example, would be better than having year listed as a category. Nevertheless, this feedis essentially equivalent to a results of a query against the Wine.com catalog. Each item represents the matchingwine and contains all of the attributes of this wine.The interface is stateless or REST, since the entire resulting feed is returned at once. There isflexibility in the query, since the query text can be any attribute of the wine, such as name, winery or grape.That means that the query is performed against the entire catalog and is based on text matching. This makesit really easy for the end users, but may present scalability challenges for larger databases. Putting itall together, we get this diagram: We have written here extensivelyabout the rise of web services and the transformation of the web into a platform. In our postWhen Web Sites Become Web Serviceswe argued that more and more web sites will open their information via an interface. In our post about Yahoo! Pipeswe wrote about viewing the web as a massive, and in essence relational, database. And finally in the post aboutthe Future of RSS we looked at the past, present and future uses of the really simple syndication protocol. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

Under New Management, MySocial 24×7 Returns

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Product Reviews#web Around this time last year, we were excited about a new Firefox extension called MySocial24x7 which brought FriendFeed activity streams right into your browser sidebar. Built on the Google App Engine platform, the add-on was one of the first to make use of the FriendFeed API. Unfortunately, the add-on’s creator Sandosh Vasudevan stopped work on the extension and soon it became out-of-date. But now, with permission from Sandosh, a new developer has taken over and the add-on has returned. A Little HistoryBack in December, we noticed that a new developer had begun working on the MySocial24x7 extension, albeit unofficially, when he posted a note on his blog. The developer, one Dave Hodson, was once the CTO of a company called MessageCast which was acquired by Microsoft in 2005. He now works on the Windows Live RSS team, according to his bio. Hodson had posted on his blog about how he updated MySocial24x7 so it would work with the latest version of Firefox 3. He had also fixed a few bugs including issues with Twitter authorization and posting to FriendFeed. At the time of the post, Hodson said that he emailed Sandosh for permission to continue work on the add-on and to see if Sandosh would be interested in hosting the new version on his domain. Fast-forward to a couple of months later, and we finally have an update on where this project is going: Hodson has officially taken over the development of this extension. With permission from Sandosh (who is apparently now working on a gDocs sidebar instead), Hodson will take responsibility for the maintenance and new features of the MySocial24x7 add-on. He submitted the updated extension to Mozilla and it’s currently available for download from here on addons.mozilla.org. About MySocial 24×7 If you never gave the add-on a spin the first time around, you should check it out. Essentially, it functions the same as it did before – MySocial24x7 sits in the Firefox sidebar giving you quick access to your FriendFeed stream. Buttons at the top let you quickly switch from the “Everyone” stream to your friends’ stream or even to your own. You can both “like” and comment on the items posted, view comments from others, or share items of your own. A scrollable row of icons lets you filter the streams by service – a feature which is especially handy if you like using FriendFeed as a Twitter client. You can also filter the view by selecting just one of your friends from the drop-down list provided. Sadly, there’s no option to filter by lists or rooms. Although functional, it looks like there are still some kinks to work out with the new version. The sidebar doesn’t always close when hitting the “X” and there seems to be no way to disable the pop-ups that appear (and occasionally remain) outside of the sidebar. Also, the one feature which we really wanted – an auto-refresh – is nowhere to be seen. Refreshes still have to be done manually by pressing a button at the bottom. Still, for those with limited desktop real estate, MySocial24x7 is a decent way to keep an eye on FriendFeed throughout the day without having to visit the web site. Now that the extension works again, we hope to see some improvements, such as the ones we’ve noted here, added to it soon. sarah perez Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Issues for 2012 #3: Who Gets to Define Your Online Identity?

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting In a March 2011 session for the SXSW conference, Webroot security engineer James Reffell borrowed ReadWriteWeb’s own “facebook login” incident to illustrate the effects of identity centralization. When unknowing users stumbled onto RWW, many of them actually ended up logging onto the Facebook Connect service anyway, since FC is one of RWW’s identity providers. As a result, folks ended up associating themselves with Facebook as comment contributors to RWW, even though the comments they were contributing consisted mainly of cries for help.What makes this data valuable for centralized ID providers is its ability to be aggregated and analyzed. This is why Facebook and other services are calling for a one-to-one relationship between users and activities, and for users’ online identities to be unique and, shall we say, unvarnished. Last November, the extent of Facebook’s efforts was revealed when Facebook changed novelist Salman Rushdie’s profile to use a different first name – the one that appears before “Salman” on his passport. Rushdie objected because folks wouldn’t recognize “Ahmed Rushdie” as the famous novelist – and accessibility by his readers was one of the whole points of adopting a Facebook identity in the first place.What wasn’t determined was whether Facebook chose to look into Rushdie’s passport profile simply because he was Rushdie, or whether there’s a larger, ongoing process of checking everyone’s online handles against their passport names.Whether he intended to game the system or not, TechCrunch contributor M.G. Siegler discovered yesterday that his Google + profile picture had been removed for having displayed the middle finger in a solo setting. The original, unaltered arrangement may be found on Siegler’s Twitter feed, which incidentally uses a nom de plume. Although the Google + terms of service do explicitly forbid the use of potentially offensive material, Siegler found it odd that Google would be actively policing the relative stances of its users’ hands. “In certain cultures, various hand gestures mean different things,” he wrote. “Is Google also going to delete my profile picture if I have my fingers up to my chin, for example?”The odd couplingThe problem at hand is that Web apps developers are now entrusting the job of validating identities to services that have an interest in cleansing them. There are perfectly valid reasons why a social network provider would want to maintain both order and equanimity in its users’ profiles. There are equally valid reasons why whatever information is conveyed to a service trusted with validating individual accounts, should only include data that is directly accessible to the parties in the transactions to which those accounts pertain. These two sets of reasons are incompatible with one another at multiple points.Yet de-coupling transaction accounting from identity provision disables the entire value proposition for social networks. In other words, if Facebook and others could not potentially monetize the data they were collecting from folks logging onto apps and blogs and stumbling onto strangely fortunate headline choices, they would have to find revenue elsewhere – perhaps from subscription fees, which at this point users are unwilling to consider.In the meantime, there may be no immediate incentive for developers to build a more viable solution: a kind of personal portfolio service where Salman Rushdie’s name and M.G. Siegler’s middle finger remain untouched, but whose personal data is only used by them and the services and retailers of their choice for their own purposes. Need alone does not generate solutions, otherwise Web users (which include online bankers) would not have had to suffer with the dangers of SSL encryption for well over a decade now.However, the longer we wait for a solution to materialize, the more opportunity we give for someone – intentionally or not – to exploit the problem. If I were truly mischief and wanted to game the system, I would have named this article, “Facebook Wants to Be Your One True Login, Part 2.” If you’re not familiar with the incident to which I’m referring: One of the most illustrative cases of the incomplete state of the Internet as an information system was in February 2010, when ReadWriteWeb itself happened to publish an article with “Facebook” and “login” in its headline. It soon found itself at or near the top of Google search results for the phrase “facebook login,” with the result being that hundreds of Web users to this day happen upon this page when they’re trying to reach Facebook itself.The Web was not designed to require identity or authentication for data to be accessed. Up to now, most consumers have not considered this a problem – at least, not the ones who found themselves staring at ReadWriteWeb when they were expecting Farmville. This will change.Too many protocols, too few sourcesThe one emerging fundamental truth from the Web as a technology is a strange, sideways corollary to Murphy’s Law: If a system can be gamed, it will. As the Web evolves, and as HTML5 is implemented by more organizations for delivering applications, the Web will come to rely more and more upon the very component it was designed from the beginning to intentionally dis-include: identity, the need for which is said by its earliest engineers to be contrary to the notion of openness.The way the first Web services distinguished between individual users was by storing session data on client systems in the form of cookies. This system was largely distrusted and, like all such systems online, became the subject of considerable gaming and malicious abuse. Its eventual unreliability, coupled with the fact that a cookie was only meaningful to the service that created it, led to the need for a new standard for establishing trust between server and client – one that would be less ridiculous than SSL.The rush to fulfill this need led to an over-abundance of competing protocols, and an even greater number of so-called federation mechanisms for enabling these protocols to cooperate with one another. Amid all the confusion, developers of the first wave of genuine cloud-based SaaS applications find themselves relying on the most abundant, readily available solution at the present time: a combination of OAuth 2.0 for enabling a channel for one authority to grant permissions to another, and an identity protocol such as OpenID for exchanging identity tokens over that authorized channel.Taking advantage of this new reliance are the networks which have the most to gain from absorbing as much data as possible on users’ activities: Facebook, Google, and Yahoo. And in its forthcoming Windows 8, Microsoft will place its Windows Live ID front-and-center, making it the preferred password-based logon system for Windows-based PCs and tablets. This leads to a kind of tangled conundrum that only our modern society could have bumbled into: The problem of safeguarding access is effectively being outsourced to the very centralized sources that are the crux of the existing problems with privacy and user security.Pairing identities with profiles scott fulton Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#cloud#security A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Tackling Information Overload in Industrial IoT Environments

first_imgImproved supply chain management – Use cloud-based applications with short message service (SMS) features to better coordinate and integrate workflow among key players. This blog was originally posted on March 25, 2015 on blogs.intel.com/IoT – click to viewFeeling inundated by too much industrial IoT data? Well, you’re not alone. According to an Economist Intelligence Unit report, most manufacturers are experiencing  information overload due to the increasing volume of data generated by automated processes.Senior factory executives in the United States and Europe were interviewed, and of those, 86 percent reported major increases in shop floor data collection over the past two years, while only 14 percent said they had no problems managing the overabundance of data. Despite challenges, two-thirds said data insights have led to annual quality and efficiency savings of 10 percent or more.Doing More with Industrial IoT DataWhat’s key is turning data from the entire production flow into actionable information that can help produce tangible benefits, including:Higher profitability – Increase yields, and reduce spares and energy usage by applying big data analytics to optimize your manufacturing flow. Better data handling – Automate the collection, aggregation, and analysis of massive amounts of factory data – upwards of 5 GB per machine per week – to improve decision making. Internet of Things Data AutomationThis can be done with solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT) that can help you get the most out of sensor data and the associated analytical modeling. They collect, filter, and analyze data in more efficient and constructive ways.Still, a lot of useful information is locked away in production equipment. One IoT solution is to use an industrial PC with gateway functionality to tie IoT sensor networks together and put factory data into a more manageable form.Making this easier, Intel® Industrial Solutions System Consolidation Series software runs an assortment of industrial and IoT workloads on a single platform. It’s a production-ready, virtualization software stack supporting real-time, embedded, and general-purpose operating systems, giving equipment suppliers a great deal of flexibility to include gateway, firewall, control, and other applications.center_img Faster time to market – Customize production flow in real time to more quickly satisfy customer requests. With this solution, multiple factory functions can all run on a single system, decreasing operating expense, factory footprint, energy consumption, and integration and support effort.The system consolidation software runs on a family of 4th generation Intel® Core™ vPro™ Processors that featureIntel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT). This combination delivers the computing performance needed to simultaneously host multiple instances of Wind River VxWorks* RTOS and Wind River Linux* 7.0, as well as one instance of Microsoft Windows* 7. Also included is McAfee Embedded Control* – a “deploy-and-forget” security solution with a small footprint and low overhead. Learn more about Intel® Industrial Solutions System Consolidation Series software.__Stay up-to-date with Intel’s IoT developments—keep your eyes on this blog, our website, and on Facebook andTwitter.last_img read more

LeBron James Congratulates Former Duke Guard Quinn Cook On Winning D-League Rookie Of The Year

first_imgQuinn Cook celebrates win over Utah.HOUSTON, TX – MARCH 27: Quinn Cook #2 of the Duke Blue Devils walks off the court after defeating the Utah Utes 63-57 during a South Regional Semifinal game of the 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at NRG Stadium on March 27, 2015 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)Former Duke star Quinn Cook is yet to realize his NBA dreams, but he is making a big impact in the D-League. Cook, who plays for the Canton Charge, was named the D-League’s rookie of the year today after an impressive first professional season.Congrats to @QCook323 – our 2015-16 Rookie of the Year! He averaged 19.6 PPG & 5.4 APG for the @CantonCharge pic.twitter.com/0Ga4pNIqON— NBA D-League (@nbadleague) April 11, 2016Cook was congratulated by the leader of the Charge’s NBA affiliate, LeBron James, after the announcement was made.Congrats to the young boy @QCook323 on Rookie of the Year honors in the D-league! Keep going lil homie #StriveForGreatness— LeBron James (@KingJames) April 11, 2016Seeing a LeBron ‘congratulations’ tweet drop in your mentions has to be pretty amazing.last_img read more

Indigenous Games empower athletes from Pikangikum First Nation

first_imgTORONTO – Before hopping the overnight bus from Thunder Bay, Ont., to the North American Indigenous Games in Toronto, Lilly Kejick and Tyra King grabbed the green and blue flag from the high school flag pole in Pikangikum First Nation.While the girls are members of Team Ontario, they wanted everyone at the Indigenous youth competition to know they are also proudly representing their community, a remote, fly-in reserve near the Ontario-Manitoba border. Kejick and King made sure Pikangikum’s official flag was on display, parading it into York University’s Aviva Centre during the opening ceremony last weekend.“I’ve heard that they’re really enjoying us representing our community,” 17-year-old Kejick said when asked what her friends and family thought of her competing at this week’s games.Brandon Turtle, another athlete from Pikangikum, couldn’t help but laugh when he saw that Kejick and King had brought the flag with them.“It was awesome,” said Turtle, 18, adding that the opening ceremony was impressive because he’d never seen so many Indigenous people in one place.Kejick, King, Turtle and teammate Ray Strang are the only athletes from Pikangikum participating in the competition. Their involvement in the event has been a rallying point for the troubled Ojibwe reserve of some 2,300 people about 500 kilometres north of Thunder Bay.Parts of Pikangikum have been under a boil-water advisory for more than a decade and, like many remote First Nations communities, it is struggling with the prevalence of suicide.Even as competition began for the four teens on Tuesday, Health Canada was working with other departments and provincial ministries to bring in aid workers for hundreds of Pikangikum residents seeking help after two teenage girls died by suicide over the weekend. Four teenagers have taken their own lives in Pikangikum in the past two weeks.But the preparation for the Indigenous Games has been a bright spot for the four athletes.“I think it’s really important because it’s really empowering for them to see their coaches who’ve done one or two other NAIG events before and they know other people,” said Vanessa Ip, a teacher at Pikangikum High School who is serving as a coach and chaperone at the games. “They can feel like they’re part of a broader community that way. Especially for our kids at Pikangikum, because for some of them it’s their first time leaving a small community and visiting a big city.”Ip also volunteers with Project Journey, a program established by the local Ontario Provincial Police detachment in 2014 to engage youth in extra-curricular activities like arts and sports with an emphasis on traditional teachings. The goal is to instil a sense of pride in the teenagers’ heritage and undo some of the systemic racism of the residential school system.It was through Project Journey that Kejick was introduced to competitive canoeing instead of just paddling as a leisure activity, although she still enjoys the peace of going out on Pikangikum Lake.“I like being on the water, not really caring about others around me, just surrounding myself with nature and being myself,” said Kejick, who trains on a rowing machine in winter and then on the reserve’s lake during the summer.It was also through Project Journey that Kejick learned about NAIG.“When I was up in Pik and some other communities up around there, I realized that a lot of kids didn’t have a clue what NAIG was, which I thought was shocking,” said Keir Johnston, head coach of Ontario’s canoe and kayak team and a former NAIG participant. “That’s really what it’s for, for them to have a chance to compete against other people and getting out of their community.“There’s tons of great athletes up there, so giving them a chance to challenge themselves and compete against people outside their community is important.”In February, Johnston worked with leaders in Pikangikum to host its first powwow in 16 years with more than 130 youths from nine First Nation communities attending. At the same time, they held tryouts in badminton, volleyball, rifle shooting, canoeing and kayaking.For her part, Kejick was pleased to see so many people dancing and having fun in her community.“It was nice seeing everyone get together and just enjoy themselves,” said Kejick, who had attended powwows in Eagle Lake First Nation and Thunder Bay before. “It felt nice.”—Follow @jchidleyhill on Twitterlast_img read more

Green Leader Elizabeth May gets 1500 fine for contempt in pipeline arrest

first_imgVANCOUVER – Green Leader Elizabeth May pleaded guilty to a criminal contempt of court charge Monday, moments before a British Columbia Supreme Court judge said the MP exploited her position to encourage others to also break the law by violating his injunction at a Kinder Morgan work site.Justice Kenneth Affleck said May is also a lawyer and therefore had a responsibility to obey his order and to persuade others to do so.Affleck issued an injunction more than two months ago preventing people from protesting within five metres of two work sites in Burnaby.On Monday, Affleck said his order preserved the right to peaceful, lawful and safe protests but May, 63, chose to protest at a main gate to Kinder Morgan’s pipeline terminal, where she was arrested.“On March 23, Ms. May went to a work site with the intention of defying the injunction in a manner that drew maximum attention by the media to that defiance,” he said. “That is criminal contempt of court.”New Democrat MP Kennedy Stewart, who was arrested with May as they protested with about 100 others, pleaded guilty to criminal contempt of court two weeks ago. He paid a $500 fine, but said later he did not regret his actions.May’s lawyer, Alex Ejsmont, apologized to the court on his client’s behalf and proposed a fine of $500.However, Affleck said May’s punishment had to be greater than it was for others who do not hold positions of authority. He ordered her to pay a $1,500 fine.May said outside court she respects the judge’s decision that she should face a stiffer fine but believes non-violent civil disobedience has a place in a functioning democracy.“I’m holding my head up high,” she said. “My job continues, to do everything I can to represent the constituents of Saanich-Gulf Islands, to protect the Salish Sea, to stand with First Nations in solidarity and to continue to speak, as we can in a democracy, against this project.”May said she will reassure her constituents in the Vancouver Island riding that she was not charged with a Criminal Code offence.“I’m not a convicted criminal. This is a common law offence under an unusual provision around enforcement of private injunctions,” she said, adding her role as an MP is not affected by her guilty plea.May paused and looked at her lawyer before saying she would not repeat her actions, though she vowed to keep up her fight against the pipeline expansion.Kinder Morgan has set a deadline for Thursday to decide if it has enough certainty to proceed with the twinning of its existing pipeline from Edmonton to Burnaby. May said she expects the company to cancel the controversial project that the federal government approved in the national interest.“They (Kinder Morgan) set this up,” she said. “They kidnapped their own project. They, as kidnappers, have taken their own project hostage. They’ve made the government of Canada jump through hoops.”Finance Minister Bill Morneau has said the federal government is prepared to protect the Trans Mountain project against financial loss by using public money. British Columbia Premier John Horgan opposes the expansion, while Alberta Premier Rachel Notley has said her province would buy the project if that’s what it takes to get it built.Dozens of anti-pipeline protesters have been arrested. About two dozen of them were in court with May on Monday to deal with their own cases.— Follow @CamilleBains1 on Twitter(Companies in this story: TSX:KML)last_img read more

The Latest UK Cabinet backs more nodeal Brexit planning

first_imgLONDON — The Latest on Britain’s exit from the European Union (all times local):1:55 p.m.The British government has decided to ramp up preparations for a “no-deal” Brexit, saying it must be ready for the possibility of that default option.Brexit Secretary Steve Barclay says that while the government remains committed to Prime Minister Theresa May’s deal, it needs to be ready in the event it does not come to pass.Following a Cabinet meeting, Barclay said preparations for a disorderly Brexit need to be “much more of a priority for businesses up and down the country.”He says with just over 100 days until the March 29 official Brexit date, “a responsible government is preparing for the eventuality that we leave without a deal.”___9:15 a.m.The British Cabinet was meeting Tuesday to discuss ramping up preparations for Britain’s departure from the European Union without a deal, after Prime Minister Theresa May postponed Parliament’s vote on her divorce agreement until mid-January.The discussions are expected to centre on how 2 billion pounds ($2.5 billion) in government funding to absorb the potential economic chaos is to be allocated.Communities Secretary James Brokenshire told the BBC that May’s government had been taking the prospect of no deal seriously for some time, but that it was “right and proper” to prepare for a disorderly Brexit.But May’s Cabinet is divided between Brexiteers who think a no-deal departure could be managed to ease the economic shock and more pro-EU lawmakers who say no-deal Brexit must be avoided at all costs.___Follow AP’s full coverage of Brexit at: https://www.apnews.com/BrexitThe Associated Presslast_img read more