Ailing knee knocks defending champ Wawrinka out of US Open

first_img‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans “I love this sport and I will work hard to get back to my top level and play many more years,” Wawrinka said.Wawrinka follows countryman Roger Federer in having to cut his season short because of his knee. Federer sat out the second half of 2016 but has returned strong this year, winning two majors and beating Wawrinka in the finals at Indian Wells.Djokovic decided late last month he would miss the U.S. Open because of an injured right elbow, ending his streak of playing in 51 consecutive Grand Slam tournaments. He aims to return to the ATP Tour in January. LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ LATEST STORIES McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FILE – In this July 3, 2017, file photo, Switzerland’s Stan Wawrinka reacts during his men’s singles match against Russia’s Daniil Medvedev on the opening day at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, in London. Defending champion Stan Wawrinka has pulled out of the U.S. Open with an injured knee. Wawrinka announced Friday, Aug. 4, 2017, he would sit out the rest of 2017 because of the knee. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)NEW YORK  — Defending champion Stan Wawrinka pulled out of the U.S. Open because of an injured knee. He will have a medical procedure and sit out the rest of 2017.“This was the only solution to make sure I will be able to compete at the top level for many more years,” Wawrinka said Friday in a statement through his agency.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img ADVERTISEMENT 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur He joins the man he beat in last year’s final at Flushing Meadows, Novak Djokovic, in calling it quits for this season because of injury.The fourth-ranked Wawrinka added last year’s title to his 2014 Australian Open and 2015 French Open championships. He got back to the finals in Paris in June, losing to Rafael Nadal, but was eliminated by Daniil Medvedev in the first round at Wimbledon.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’The 32-year old Swiss was clearly bothered by his left knee then, icing it during changeovers. He said after the defeat the knee had been a problem on and off all season and he needed to figure out what was wrong.He finishes with just one title this season and says he is already looking toward his recovery and playing in 2018. Star stops San Miguel, stays unbeaten Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

Gardaí issue road safety plea ahead of Bank Holiday weekend

first_imgThis August Bank Holiday period the An Garda Síochána is appealing to all road users to take extra care when using the roads.Gardaí issued the warning as the county prepares itself for a busy holiday period – statistics indicating an increased risk of collisions during public holidays.They are now appealing to all road users to play their part in helping to ensure the safe use of our roads. A spokesperson for the An Garda Síochána said: “We dread going to the scene of a serious or a fatal road traffic collision.“We really dread having to call to a home to break the worst imaginable news to a family and we do know as we drive up the laneway of a home that what we are about to say will bring their whole world crashing down around them.“It is soul-destroying and in many cases it is avoidable.“Please do not ever drive under the influence of drink or drugs, do not speed and always wear your seatbelt. The results of drink, drug driving or speed can be utterly devastating. “We hope you all have a good Bank Holiday weekend and please drive with care for yourself and others.” Gardaí issue road safety plea ahead of Bank Holiday weekend was last modified: August 2nd, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

How does Paul Guenther feel about facing his longtime former team?

first_imgALAMEDA — Paul Guenther tried to stop Bengals opponents for 13 seasons. On Sunday, he’ll try and stop his longest-tenured employer for the first time.Guenther served as a defensive assistant in Cincinnati from 2005-13, then as defensive coordinator from 2014-17 before joining Jon Gruden’s staff in 2018. He’ll return to his old home for the first time this weekend when the Raiders (3-10) visit the Bengals (5-8), the only difference his black outfit accompanied by a splash of silver instead of …last_img read more

Sharks’ winger earns kudos from Pete DeBoer for Game 1 performance

first_imgSAN JOSE — The Sharks do not have a true replacement for captain Joe Pavelski, either on the ice or off. But Gus Nyquist, who filled Pavelski’s spot on a line with Logan Couture and Timo Meier in Game 1, earned kudos from coach Pete DeBoer on Saturday after he had his most impactful game of the postseason.Playing on the Sharks’ second line, Nyquist scored his first goal of the playoffs and finished with 14 minutes and 29 seconds of ice time in the Sharks’ 5-2 win over the Avalanche on Friday.“ …last_img read more

South African women benefit from entrepreneurial programme

first_imgThe Department Of Water and Sanitation recently launched a three-year entrepreneurship programme which gives women the opportunity to mentor each other and learn about business.Water and sanitation minister, Nomvula Mokonyane, was in Johannesburg on Friday 14 October to launch the Women in Water Empowerment Programme that will support 90 female-owned companies.Besides offering knowledge and support, the initiative will also help the entrepreneurs become more effective and efficient in delivering water and sanitation related services to the public, said the department.Mokonyane said they are especially targeting rural development initiatives. She added that the goal is to create jobs, empower women and invest in skills.Watch the minister talk about the benefits for the youth:The programmeThe Women in Water Empowerment Programme has three divisions: the Mentorship Project, the Entrepreneurship Incubator Project, and the Women’s Forum.The Mentorship Project aims to:Build a network of partners.Provide knowledge in dealing with partners, networks and clients.Refine the product or service offering.Provide introduction workshops, interactive follow-up sessions, and training where there are gaps.The Entrepreneurship Incubator Project focuses on growing and transforming the economy, creating jobs and attracting investment.The project will cover:Skills development, assessment and support.Business and entrepreneurship analysis.Clear achievable short term (three to six months) and longer term (one year) milestones for beginners and intermediates.A clear mechanism for preferential procurement.Listen to a few of the women talk about their companies:Money already spent on small business ownersAccording to Mokonyane, the spending on past initiatives didn’t support entrepreneurs well enough.She said the department spent R13.5-billion on procurement between 2015 and 2016, of which R2.2-billion was spent on small business. That is 16% of the total procurement for the period.Of that portion, just R1.1-billion was spent on black-owned companies. Of the amount dedicated to black business, R102-million was spent on women-owned companies and R738 000 spent on youth. Persons with disabilities received nothing, said Mokonyane.The other R1.1-billion of the small business expenditure went to procurement of goods and services from white-owned businesses.Mokonyane said there has been a 12% improvement in spending on SMMEs over the last two years. “It is, therefore, against the backdrop of this poor showing that we go over our commitment for transformation. [We] have made it a point to focus on tangible procurement transformation by ensuring that women, youth and persons with disabilities are specifically targeted in the current procurement processes,” she said.Mokonyane said the incubator forms part of government’s year long programme in celebration of the 60th Anniversary of the 1956 Women’s March.She said the project options being considered are:Full scale dam projects (small and large) and large upgrades.Sanitation projects.River rehabilitation projects.The Rehabilitation of Canals programme.Sources: The South African Government, Department: Water and Sanitation, Facebook, and SouthAfrica.info reporter.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using SouthAfrica.info materiallast_img read more

A robot’s touch the answer for Bar-Lee Jerseys

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The dairy industry’s constant search for the most cost effective and efficient production options has resulted in some unique technological changes in recent years. Milking a cow with robots, something thought of as near science fiction not long ago, is now being accepted as the way of life on a number of Ohio dairies.Bar-Lee Jerseys, a family dairy farm in Willard, has in the past months put the technology to work. Jason Nuhfer is the fifth generation to milk and breed registered Jersey cattle.“I graduated from Ohio State in 2008. At that time we started doing some facility improvements,” Nuhfer said.A new free stall barn was added his graduation year. The calf barn was brought on in 2011 and the robotic milking system started the first of December this past year. Two Lely Astronaut A4 Robots were installed, each able to handle about 60 cows each.“As we’ve done these facility improvements, kind of our number one goal was cow comfort — to keep that in mind,” he said. “Anytime you can do a better job of taking care of cows, they’re more happy, they’re more productive, and they do a better job of taking care of you. One of our biggest goals was to increase cow comfort and that’s really paid off for us on our bottom line,” Nuhfer said. “The question of whether or not a robot can milk a cow is not really a question any more. I mean the robot can do a very good job of cleaning and prepping the udder, getting the milker attached and doing that. Our numbers have shown that so far with udder health and those kind of things.”The pair of Lely Astronaut A4s are not the only automated systems in use on the farm. A circular shaped piece of machinery, the Lely Juno, can be found sitting in the corner of the feed aisle, only to be awakened at the top of each hour.“The Lely Juno is a feed pusher. So every hour on the hour the Juno makes one pass through the feed alley and pushes the feed back to the bunk. If we’re out in the fields doing fieldwork or at an FFA banquet in the evening, or whatever the situation might be, the feed’s always being pushed up to the cows,” he said. “It enables us to take advantage of the opportunities that the robotic milkers give us and be away from the barn for a few hours and we know the cows still have fresh feed available all the time.”Lely, the company behind Nuhfer’s particular system, boasts more than 10,000 such milkers around the world, adding its ability to improve milk quality and help lower feed costs through proper management.In this day and age, a system such as the robots must offer benefits more than automated work. A hi-tech electronic identification collar each cow wears monitors activity, rumen movement, and more — all of which help in something vital to every modern dairy, heat detection.“The advantages in technology have been very good. Our heat detection system is excellent — helps you find heats much better. The information you can gain from the robot every day is really amazing. The number of things it monitors and sends to the computer for you to monitor, not only on the computer but you can look at it from your smartphone on the beach if you wanted to, just to keep an eye on what’s going on,” he said.Benefits have also been found in the labor department. Finding good workers are a challenge that faces many dairies the size of Bar-Lee Jerseys, big enough to require help but small enough to not fully maintain reliable work across the board.“Labor savings has been one of the major contributors to going robotic. In the past, for a farm our size it was very challenging to keep good help that wanted to milk cows every day,” Nuhfer said. “So the robot has allowed us to eliminate some of those part time, high school type jobs and still do a better job of taking care of cows. We went from two times a day milking to we’re averaging 3.2 at the moment.”A common question is how the transition from a people-based system to that of full automation is made. Nuhfer explains the complete process of introducing his cows to the robots.“About two weeks prior to milking in the robots, we got our pellet made that the cows are fed in the robot,” he said. “We topdressed the feed bunk with that pellet to make sure they liked it and wanted to eat it.“For three days before we started milking, we ran all the cows through just to let them eat a pound, pound and a half of feed. The robot arm would move, the vacuum pump fires up so they get used to the sights and the sounds of robotic milking. Once they knew that pellet was in there and they liked it, that was a big start to get them in. After those three days, we opened it up to any cows that wanted to come in to get a little bit of feed and we had like 45 cows that first two or three days come in. Jerseys are pretty curious — they want to know what’s going on with things.”The transition to the automated milking required quite a initial time investment.“Our first week of actual milking, it’s not a lot of hard work but it’s a lot of man hours — people in the barn all the time and W.G. Dairy was very helpful in having people here to get that accomplished. We were just moving cows to the robot and kind of letting them filter through on their own,” Nuhfer said. “After about the first week, a majority of the cows were coming in on their own and things have gone very smooth. I was very happy with the transition. The cows took to it very well. In fact, I would say most of the time cows probably adjust faster than the humans do. At this point, we don’t have any cows to bring in that don’t get milked on their own.”It all seems fairly easy when explained, but many dairymen have well-reasoned apprehensions about the robots. Nuhfer said, though, in the months the system has been at work, his herd health is improved.“I’ve had questions, ‘Well if you don’t milk the cows, how do you know what’s going on with your cows? Do you spend as much time with the cows?’ And my answer is that you spend more time with the cows doing what you need to be doing. You have more time taking care of the cows, making sure things are right with them, not spending eight hours a day milking and doing that kind of thing,” he said. “In my opinion you do a better job taking care of the animals than you did before just because you have more time to do it.”And no different than other technologies that are top of the line, cost is a major factor in the decision to go robotic. Nuhfer said it can be painful on the wallet, but financial perspective is important.“One of the biggest things is the cost. I mean when you just look at the cost of the robot, it is very expensive so you really need to evaluate what the robot is going to save you and also what it’s going to gain you in the long run and when you do that, things start to look a lot better financially,” he said.Most any farmer will also put a price on the worth of their time — one of the most valuable commodities. The rigid nature of milking has reinforced that down the years, but the new systems propose a big change for both the cows and the humans. Josh Keplar of W.G. Dairy said he has found the farmers often have the harder time adjusting.“They’re so used to milking five and five and were used to being there whereas now it just milks. A lot of the time we have to tell the dairymen just to stay out of the barn and let it do its thing,” Keplar said.Though the setup has changed, the basic process of milking has not.“When the cow comes in, it’s going to identify her from her neck collar. It’s going to know how much feed to dispense that cow, it’s going to know when the last time she milked, is she due to be milked again, and if she is it will go ahead and prep the cow with the brushes and clean the teats and prepare the udder and it will put the unit on and milk that cow,” Keplar said. “When each quarter is done, it will pop that quarter off and that way you’re not over milking that one and milk the rest of them. When she’s done, it will spray her with teat dip and out she goes.”Keplar also noted a misconception of the technology — that it’s just for smaller dairies and that larger farms are not suited for their use.“Some people think they’re just not for me. Robots are for everybody. Even the larger dairies are looking at them, not just the mom and pop dairy farms,” Keplar said. “The larger guys are looking at all the advantages they offer and they really do work everywhere.”Multiple brands have entered the robotic milking market. Lely is an industry-leader while perennial dairy equipment powerhouse DeLaval is now offering their VMC robotic milker.last_img read more

Understanding Resilience as a Dynamic Process

first_imgWhat comes to mind when you think about resilience? Is it the person who successfully dealt with a serious illness? The individual who was able to overcome extreme disadvantages and ultimately thrive? Or someone who has dealt with great tragedy in their lives, but just keeps on going? While these images of people who did well despite the challenges they faced can be inspiring, they can also lead us to think of resilience as only an individual trait. Purple wildflowers grow from a crack in a rock formation overlooking Lake Superior. Photo by Bob Bertsch. Licensed under CC-BY 4.0. Return to article. Long Description“Superior Resilience” by Bob Bertsch. Licensed under CC-BY 4.0.Early research labeled these people “invulnerable” (Anthony, 1974), implying their ability to overcome challenges was intrinsic, and they would be able to overcome multiple challenges through their individual traits. However, subsequent research has also shown that the challenges we face and the strengths we use to overcome them emerge as our circumstances change (Masten & Garmezy, 1985), so our ability to deal with adversity is contextual.The definition of the term “resilience” has evolved to capture this contextual nature. Many recent definitions of resilience draw on Luthar, Cicchetti, and Becker’s (2000) view of resilience as the “dynamic process encompassing positive adaptation within the context of significant adversity.” Froma Walsh (2016) writes that human resilience involves the “interplay of multilevel systemic processes,” including the relationships formed in our immediate and extended families. Michael Ungar (2011) suggests our circumstances are critical, writing, “resilience is less an individual trait and more a quality of the child’s social and physical ecology.” Although they may emphasize different factors, most researchers agree that resilience is dynamic. As Ann Masten (2015) puts it, “Resilience will be dynamic because human individuals and their contexts are always changing.”A dynamic view of resilience is important because it creates possibilities. If resilience is a fixed, individual trait, what does that mean for people who lack that trait? What does it mean for people dedicated to helping others overcome the challenges they face? Seeing resilience as dynamic and emergent opens up the possibility that it can be fostered and developed. Recognizing that multiple systems (e.g. families, schools, communities, etc.) interact to influence resilience means there can be many, diverse approaches to developing resilience. Accepting that there are factors beyond individual characteristics that can enhance or detract from resilience allows us to see people who have faced adversity, including ourselves, as more than just successes or failures.Join us to explore resilience from multiple perspectives in a three-part webinar series in August 2019. On August 20 Dr. Ann Masten will be speaking about “Nurturing Individual Resilience from a Multisystem Developmental Perspective”. Dr. Froma Walsh will speak on “Nurturing Family Resilience Through a Strengths-Based Framework” on August 22. Dr. Michael Ungar will facilitate a discussion around “Nurturing Resilience Through a Strong Community” on August 27. Learn more about the webinar series and RSVP @ https://militaryfamilieslearningnetwork.org/resilienceseries/ReferencesAnthony, E.J. (1974). Introduction: The syndrome of the psychologically vulnerable child. In E.J. Anthony & C. Koupernik (Eds.), The child in his family: Children at Psychiatric Risk (Vol. 3, pp. 3-10). New York, NY: Wiley.Luthar, S. S., Cicchetti, D., & Becker, B. (2000). The construct of resilience.: Past, present and future research. In B.M. Lester, A.S. Masten & B.McEwen (Eds.), Resilience in children (pp. 105-115). Boston, MA: Blackwell. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1885202/Masten, A.S. (2015). Pathways to Integrated Resilience Science, Psychological Inquiry, 26:2, 187-196, https://doi.org/10.1080/1047840X.2015.1012041Ungar, M. (2011). The Social Ecology of Resilience: Addressing Contextual and Cultural Ambiguity of a Nascent Construct. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 81(1), 1–17. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1939-0025.2010.01067.x Walsh, F. (2016). Applying a Family Resilience Framework in Training, Practice, and Research: Mastering the Art of the Possible. Family Process, 55(4), 616–632. https://doi.org/10.1111/famp.12260last_img read more

‘Salah, Mane and Firmino are unbelievable’

first_imgLiverpool Salah, Mane and Firmino earn ‘unbelievable’ praise from Liverpool colleague Can Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 22:03 2/25/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Liverpool celebrate Mane Firmino Can Salah Liverpool Premier League Mohamed Salah Sadio Mané The Reds’ fearsome attacking unit has been in dazzling form of late, with impressed team-mates at Anfield among those quick to sing their praises Plaudits continue to rain down on Liverpool’s front three of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino, with Emre Can the latest to hail their “unbelievable” talents.The Reds have been full of goals this season, with their collective tally across all competitions passing 100 during a Premier League meeting with West Ham.A fearsome attacking unit has contributed 66 efforts towards that century, with Salah leading the way with 31 during a remarkable debut campaign at Anfield. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Firmino, meanwhile, has 22 goals to his name and Mane 13, with the in-form trio all on the scoresheet once again in a crushing 4-1 victory over the Hammers.Can told Liverpool’s official website after another star showing: “It’s amazing. The front three can score in every game at any minute. It’s unbelievable how good they are. They did it again.”We are always happy if they can score and we win.”Germany international Can actually opened the scoring against West Ham, with the 24-year-old nodding home from a well-rehearsed set-piece.”I’m happy that I could score because we trained it and I scored like that,” she added.”It’s always good when you train something and score like that. I’m happy, of course, when I can score and help the team.”It remains to be seen how much longer Can will be around to aid the Liverpool cause, as he heads towards the end of his contract and free agency, but for now he remains fully committed to the cause.“It’s a really important [time of the season],” said a man being heavily linked with a summer move to Juventus.“The next game is next week against Newcastle at home again – and we want to win that as well. We have to look from game to game and our aim is to win every game.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

NEW ANIMATED SERIES REV ROLL ZOOMS ON TO FAMILY JR SEPTEMBER 2

first_img Login/Register With: Advertisement Surrounded by mountains to climb, canyons to jump, forest trails to blaze, and miles of open road, Rev and Rumble’s world is a high-octane wilderness playground fueled by imagination, exploration and full-throttle fun. As part of a ranching family and the tight-knit community of Fender Bend, the duo live in a revved up world where vehicles live side-by-side with their human best friends. Whether they’re helping Rev’s family on the ranch, wheeling around town, or roaring through the surrounding wilderness, each day brings epic adventures, new challenges and an important lesson to learn. Following the premiere, episodes of Rev & Roll will air daily at 8 a.m. ET and will also be available on Family Jr. OnDemand and the Family Channel App.Rev & Roll airs weekdays at 8 a.m. ET on Family Jr. (CNW Group/Family Jr.)Rev & Roll headlines Family Jr.’s fall lineup, pulling up next to some of the network’s most popular shows including Polly Pocket, Chip and Potato, Daniel Tiger’s Neighbourhood, Grizzy and the Lemmings and Mighty Mike. The September schedule also features exciting adventures from Fireman Sam such as Fireman Sam: Alien Alert! The Movie and Fireman Sam: Set for Action airing on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the month. Check local listings for details.Family Jr. is a premium, multiplatform channel available to English-language subscribers across Canada. Committed to capturing young minds and engaging young hearts, Family Jr., and its complementary French service, Télémagino, inspires imagination and make-believe at every turn with renowned Canadian series and popular preschool brands. Ensuring access is available to subscribers when they want it, where they want it, Family Jr. is also available through Family Jr. OnDemand and the Family Channel App at no additional cost. Visit us at FamilyJr.ca.About DHX Television About DHX Television  DHX Television is composed of Family Channel, Family CHRGD, Family Jr. and Télémagino, and is part of DHX Media Ltd., a leading creator, producer, marketer and broadcaster of family entertainment. Dedicated to celebrating family fun, DHX Television delivers best-in-class programming and hosts captivating live events that appeal to Canadian families. DHX Television is home to world-renowned series including The Next Step, America Ninja Warrior Jr. and Chip and Potato. TORONTO, Aug. 28, 2019 – Family Jr. is putting the pedal to the metal this fall with the premiere of the brand new animated series Rev & Roll. Created by mom and dad duo, Scott and Julie Stewart (the masterminds behind Kate and Mim-Mim), the action-packed show follows 8-year-old Rev, and his best friend Rumble – a powerful truck with a puppy personality – as they go on wild adventures in their town of Fender Bend! The preschool series races into Family Jr.’s fall lineup on Monday, September 2 at 8 a.m. ET, airing alongside new episodes of Grizzy and The Lemmings and Mighty Mike. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementcenter_img Rev & Roll was created by Canadian parents who saw a gap in the kids’ entertainment world for a series inclusive of free-range freedom and outdoor adventure themes. Facebook Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

In the Shadow of the Dam the failure of reconciliation at Muskrat

first_imgNalcor Energy was granted the injunction in October 2016.It was an attempt to quell the rising momentum of Indigenous-led resistance to the Muskrat Falls project.Innu and Inuit wanted key concerns around health and safety addressed. One of the safety concerns is Methylmercury – a naturally occurring toxin that is created when trees and topsoil decompose in the reservoir when flooded.A Harvard study in 2015 predicted the impacts would reach further downstream than first thought.Another fear focused on an area of the dam called the North Spur.The soil in the area consists of what’s called quick clay and many in Labrador worry it won’t support the weight of a full reservoir and could flood communities downstream if the dam gives way.“This issue was and still is way too important to be swayed by a court injunction,” said Marjorie Flowers.The Inuk woman is among dozens facing criminal and civil charges for breaking the injunction.Flowers is one of four land protectors who spent several days in jail after refusing to promise a judge they would obey the court order to stay away from Muskrat Falls.“I am an Inuit woman that lived off the land and continue to live off the land and my lifestyle that sustains me is now threatened. And I’m not allowed to speak,” said Flowers. “And it’s so frustrating. It is so hurtful. It is so painful. It is so despairing.”(Pictured here on July 31, 2017, the three Labrador land protectors had just been released from jail.)Over the last year, it’s been a seemingly endless series of court dates for land protectors in Labrador.Cole, who is also facing charges for breaking the court order, called the injunction “a very heavy-handed tactic to get us back under control.“It says basically that the interests of a crown corporation are way more important than any Indigenous rights,” said Cole. “A right to traditional foods in a safe way. A right to our sacred spaces.”Marshall only came on as Nalcor Energy CEO in April of 2016.Premier Dwight Ball was in opposition when Muskrat Falls was approved and has pointed out numerous times that he voted against the project. In September, he announced a public inquiry to look into the Muskrat Falls fiasco.But the 2016 court injunction happened under the leadership of both Marshall and Ball.(The interim court injunction obtained by Nalcor Energy in October 2016 is still in place a year later. Dozens of people in Labrador have been charged with breaking it during ongoing protests last year.)“I haven’t seen a lot of proof, I suppose, that the government is really into reconciling with Indigenous people,” said Flowers.“In fact, it’s the very opposite. It’s the very antithesis of what reconciliation is.”Bill Gallagher, a lawyer and author of Resource Rulers; Fortune & Folly on Canada’s Road to Resources, agrees.“If you are relying on lawyers and their legal toolbox to put everyone back in their place you’re going in the opposite direction of reconciliation,” he said.Gallagher has a long history of work as a strategist and legal expert in the resource sector, from Voisey’s Bay mine in Labrador to Alberta’s oil patch.He’s been paying close attention to the Lower Churchill project.“You don’t have to speculate on what went wrong with Muskrat Falls,” said Gallagher. “Nalcor is relying on lawyers to do it the hard way. And that makes sense. No schedule. No budget. Lots of lawyers. That’s a perfect formula for a boondoggle.”Gallagher said the resource sector can be the easiest place for reconciliation, as long as governments and corporations follow the right road map; one that includes consent, Indigenous rights, and revenue-sharing.And not addressing Indigenous rights is a big mistake.“[First Nations] have amassed the biggest legal winning streak in Canadian legal history,” said Gallagher. “At the time we’re doing this interview, they’ve won 247 high-level court cases in the resources sector. And so I call them resource rulers.“Because if you’re trying to bring a megaproject online in Canada today in the face of native opposition, it’s probably not going to happen.”He points to Rexton, New Brunswick and the Mi’kmaq-led fight against fracking near Elsipogtog in 2013.“Keep doing it the hard way and you’ll lose every time. All sorts of injunctions get won by corporations. South Western Resources. SWN won all its injunctions in Rexton,” said Gallagher.“You see any projects happening in Rexton?”U.S. energy giant SWN Resources may have packed up and left New Brunswick, but the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador has said the billions of dollars tied up in contracts make Muskrat Falls unstoppable.(The Lower Churchill project at Muskrat Falls is still under construction. The dam will be up and running in 2020. It will produce 834 megawatts of power.)The federal government has backed the project with close to $8 billion, with $2.9 billion of the federal loan guarantees coming from Trudeau’s Liberals in 2016.“The federal interest in this is pretty significant when they are trying to use a project like Muskrat Falls to try and justify a green energy plan,” said Cole. “So in helping the provincial government in a financial way is to hurt Indigenous people in a healthy way, and in a cultural way.”Cole said money talks louder than buzzwords around reconciliation. And that the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission goes much deeper than residential schools.“We’re talking about the justice system. We’re talking about how communities are treated. We’re talking about how resources projects are handled,” said Cole. “And Muskrat Falls for me is the biggest example of that because, of course, it’s right in my backyard.”Gallagher said Canada has been a “slow learner” when it comes to incorporating Indigenous rights and interests in the resource sector. And he said Indigenous leaders called the decade of Harper’s Conservatives ‘dark days’ for good reason.“But [Harper] sets the stage for Trudeau’s so-called ‘sunny ways,’” said Gallagher. “Which obviously are a lot of platitudes. But that heartfelt sentiment he brought in in his first two years had to happen. First Nation leaders had to hear a prime minister say those things as they’re starting to acknowledge and factor in the empowerment of First Nations through these court cases.“They still have a long way to go – but that’s the unfinished business on the road to resources.” Trina RoacheAPTN Investigates On an early morning in late September, Denise Cole led a group of land protectors to Nalcor Energy’s head office in St. John’s to keep workers out – to send a message to the corporation and the province.“To Dwight Ball, the premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, as well as to Nalcor CEO Stan Marshall,” said Cole, standing at Nalcor’s doors, drum in hand. “It’s not okay to poison people downstream with methylmercury.“It’s not okay to try and bankrupt this province, and it’s certainly not ok to put people in fear of drowning downstream.”Nalcor Energy is the provincially-owned corporation in charge of the Lower Churchill hydro project – a controversial dam under construction at Muskrat Falls in Labrador.Famously called a “boondoggle” by Marshall, the cost of the project has doubled to $12 billion.The land protectors blocked the building’s entrances for a couple of hours. Cole wanted to talk with Stan Marshall. That didn’t happen. Nalcor called the police instead – no one was charged. Nalcor communications manager promised Cole a future meeting with the CEO and after several weeks, she was given a date. On November 29, Marshall will join a sharing circle with the Labrador Land Protectors. Before the group left, Cole read a statement from the land protectors – a sample of what she wanted to say to Marshall face to face.“Drop the court injunction peaceful protectors in Labrador,” said Cole. “Stop acting like you cannot.”last_img read more