Can Alaska Native villagers in the YK Delta get a fair trial?

first_imgAlaska Native Government & Policy | Crime & Courts | SouthwestCan Alaska Native villagers in the YK Delta get a fair trial?August 16, 2017 by Teresa Cotsirilos, KYUK-Bethel Share:The Alaska courthouse in Bethel. (Photo by Anna Rose MacArthur/KYUK)A new court case argues that the way in which state juries are selected in Alaska discriminates against rural, Native communities.The case could significantly impact the Delta’s court system if it’s successful.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.This story started about five years ago outside of Kiana, when Teddy Smith swore he saw an enukin – one of the legendary little people.Smith is Inupiat and a small-time TV actor.At the time, his mother had just died, which had affected him deeply. Smith spent the days following her death camped out in a remote cabin, hiking the tundra and surviving on berries and water.He said that he could hear the enukins’ voices, and they “followed him continually, day and night.”At one point, an enukin tried to enter the remote cabin where he was staying. When Smith saw the enukin, he screamed for it to get out of the cabin and then started shooting at it.In reality, Smith didn’t shoot an enukin.He shot two hunters, one in the chest and one in the arm, and then fled on a raft down the river.Smith said that he was trying to get back to Kiana to “find out what was real and what isn’t.”The two hunters survived and the State Troopers arrested Smith, charging him with first-degree attempted murder.At trial, Smith’s attorneys argued that if Smith was going to be judged by a jury of his peers, then some of the jurors in his case had to come from the region’s remote villages.People from hub communities like Kotzebue, they argued, might not understand the cultural significance of enukins.But prosecutors claimed that bringing jurors in from the rural villages would be too expensive.The judge ruled in their favor, and none of the members of Smith’s jury were people who had been raised in the villages.Smith was found guilty of attempted murder and sentenced to 99 years in prison.Citing a study from the 1990s, Alaska ACLU legal and policy director of the Tara Rich said that rural Alaskans see the court system as remote, intimidating and as an unfathomable institution.Jury selection has been a problem in Alaska for a long time.Smith’s attorney is appealing his case, and the ACLU and the Native American Rights Fund have jointly filed a “friend of the court” brief supporting that appeal.They argue that Alaska’s current jury selection system violates Smith and other defendants’ civil rights.Rich said that Alaska’s state court systems do not select jurors from dozens of the state’s remote villages.The state claims that it would be too expensive to transport village residents to hub cities and house them there.These excluded villages are largely Alaska Native, and as a result, Rich said that 30 percent of Alaska Natives will never be called to serve on a jury, even though Alaska Natives are disproportionately represented in cases in the state’s criminal justice system.According to Rich, the policy of excluding villagers from juries alienates village residents from a criminal justice system that’s supposed to serve them. And when residents are accused of a crime, the jury that judges them might not have any Native members at all.“That is such a critical part about the fairness of this process,” Rich said. “That decisions are not made, particularly the decision of someone’s freedom, based on someone’s cultural compatibility and ability to relate.”She added that the Bethel Court System is, in some ways, worse than most. It includes more villages than some other courts do.Bethel’s court selects jurors who live within a 50-mile radius of the courthouse, and Aniak and Emmonak’s courthouses also only pull jurors from nearby villages.As a result, Rich said in the YK Delta, “40 percent of Alaska Native residents are never called to a jury. That’s slightly more than the state average.”Smith’s appeal, including the brief from the ACLU and Native American Rights Fund, is currently pending before the Alaska Court of Appeals.Share this story:last_img read more

LongRead / Waiting for that light bulb moment – innovation in air cargo

first_img “We, as an industry, prefer to complain about the challenges, such as the fragmented supply chain, complexity and prices, over and over again and hide behind them,” says Sara Van Gelder, cargo and logistics development manager for Brussels Airport.Air cargo – and in fact, many parts of the logistics industry – has been slow to embrace innovation. As Ms Van Gelder notes, there are plenty of excuses.What innovation there has been has tended to be in small pockets, driven by a particular company or, often, a particular individual.In the first of a series of LongReads on innovation, The Loadstar looks at a few examples of change in air cargo. The TAC Index – and the possibilities that could emerge from it – could change air freight buying for ever. It introduces the element of index-linked contracts, mitigating some of the risk of price volatility for buyers, and offering more predictable freight rates.Perhaps even more significantly, it could ultimately bring the world of financiers closer to the air cargo industry – which could also have big ramifications – in investment, commoditsation and future processes.Technology is simply an ennabler of innovation, and it is technology that could plug the gap between the fragmented air cargo industry and the integrators. One company is looking to an Airbnb-style use of capacity; facilitating business, bringing an end to fragmentation and allowing air cargo to offer as seamless and as quality a product as the integrators.This first innovation article also looks at data-sharing, quality processes and intuitive websites.And, of course, it explores why air cargo has been slow to pick up the innovative mantle. Read more…center_img By Alex Lennane 15/11/2017last_img read more

Premium / Market Insight: CMA CGM – onwards and upwards for Sartini, the M&A man

first_img Subscription required for Premium stories In order to view the entire article please login with a valid subscription below or register an account and subscribe to Premium LOGIN Forgotten your password? Please click here << Go back Email* New Premium subscriber REGISTER Please Login “As indicated by market sources, Nicolas Sartini is to remain within the CMA CGM group – as executive vice president, ports and terminals. He starts his new role in March.” – The Loadstar, 29 January 2020.A long-standing CMA CGM man, Nicolas Sartini is one of those few irreplaceable executives always in short supply – often needed, in fact, to do things that others cannot do.Mr Sartini “gets sh*t done”, one senior source noted recently, while another said he “couldn’t praise ... Reset Your Password Email* Please either REGISTER or login below to continue Premium subscriber LOGIN Password* Reset By Alessandro Pasetti 29/01/2020last_img read more

BREAKING: Laois senior hurling manager Brennan steps down

first_img Twitter Home Sport GAA BREAKING: Laois senior hurling manager Brennan steps down SportGAAHurling WhatsApp Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Twitter By Alan Hartnett – 24th November 2020 TAGSEddie BrennanLaois GAALaois senior hurlers Pinterest Electric Picnic Facebook Previous articlePortlaoise Musical Society to put on virtual performance in aid of mental health charityNext article350 jobs saved in Bord na Mona through Carbon Store and Capture Plan Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Electric Picnic Facebook Electric Picnic apply to Laois County Council for new date for this year’s festival Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival WhatsApp BREAKING: Laois senior hurling manager Brennan steps down Electric Picnic Laois senior hurling manager Eddie Brennan has stepped down from his role.In a statement released on behalf of him and his fellow management team – Tommy Fitzgerald and Niall Corcoran – the Kilkenny native explained the news.He said: “On behalf of the Laois senior hurling management team, I wish to inform you we will be stepping down and not going forward for 2021 season.“We would like to thank all persons concerned that we worked with over the last two years and in particular the players who gave us great efforts and dedication.“We would like to wish everybody associated with Laois GAA the best in the future and wish them every success.“Eddie Brennan, Niall Corcoran and Tommy Fitzgerald.”In response, Laois GAA expressed their disappointment with the decision.They said: “Laois GAA is disappointed that our outgoing Management team has decided not to commit for 2021.“Laois GAA wish to thank Eddie, Niall & Tommy for their dedication and excellent work for the past 2 years.“Laois GAA will meet shortly to formalise a process for the next appointment.”The news will likely be met with bitter disappointment by many Laois fans as Brennan’s tenure has brought success back to hurling.In Brennan’s first season, Laois claimed the Joe McDonagh Cup and also reached their first All-Ireland quarter final in 40 years – defeating Dublin in a memorable All-Ireland Qualifier.The 2020 season saw Laois remain in Division 1 and although they lost to Dublin in the Leinster quarter final – they pushed Clare in a Qualifier and were just edged out by a point.But rumblings of discontent between Laois GAA and Brennan’s management team began after that game with Brennan calling for more funds to be made available.And the situation was further exasperated when Brennan made some controversial comments that were aired in error by’s GAA Hour Podcast in what was supposed to be a ‘off the record chat’ between he and host Colm Parkinson.Brennan subsequently apologised to County Board officials and meetings between the two took place last week and this in a bid to find a way forward.But unfortunately, a resolution could not be brokered and Laois are on the search for a new manager once again.SEE ALSO – Colm Parkinson issues apology to Eddie Brennan and Laois GAA over off the record interviewlast_img read more

Questrade, trader fined for trading rule violations

Related news Eydelman admitted that between August 2009 and February 20I0, he entered orders on the Toronto Stock Exchange that he ought reasonably to have known could reasonably be expected to create an artificial bid price for Quebecor Inc. Class A securities (TSX:QBR.A), contrary to trading rules. Questrade admitted that at the time of the orders it failed to have adequate policies and procedures in place and a supervision system sufficient to prevent and detect potential artificial bid prices. In accepting the settlement, Eydelman agreed to a three month suspension from access to an IIROC-regulated marketplace. He also agreed to pay a fine $30,000 and $5,000 in costs. Questrade agreed to pay a $70,000 fine and $10,000 in costs. IIROC formally initiated its investigation in November 2010. Eydelman remains employed by Questrade as a registred trader. IE Staff Keywords EnforcementCompanies Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada, Questrade Financial Group Inc. PwC alleges deleted emails, unusual transactions in Bridging Finance case BFI investors plead for firm’s sale Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Mouth mechanic turned market manipulator The Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) has fined Toronto-based online brokerage Questrade Inc. and one of its registered traders for violating trading rules. On April 22, an IIROC accepted a settlement agreement, with sanctions, between IIROC staff, Alexey Eydelman and Questrade. read more

OECD lowers Canadian growth estimates

first_img Related news Economy lost 68,000 jobs in May Keywords Economic forecasts OECD raises outlook for Canadian economic growth this year The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development is increasingly pessimistic about the global economy, including Canada’s, and is warning that the “low-growth trap” will continue if governments don’t change tack on spending and trade. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Stagflation is U.S. economists’ biggest fear, SIFMA says Canadian Press Facebook LinkedIn Twitter No unanimity in global regulatory reform, IFIC report finds rabbit/123RF Overall, the Paris-based OECD is forecasting global growth of 3% this year and 3.3% next year. Both are down 0.3 percentage points from its November outlook. It’s estimating Canada’s gross domestic product (GDP) will grow by 1.7% this year and 2.2% in 2017. That’s down from the OECD’s November estimate of 2.0% growth in Canadian GDP in 2016 and 2.3% in 2017. The OECD notes that Canada’s resource sector has been contracting but says the decline will slow. Activity in other parts of the economy will “gain traction,” the organization said Wednesday. “Business investment in the oil and gas sector continues to fall sharply — it is likely to be about 60% below its 2014 level in 2016 — but should be a smaller drag on growth thereafter,” OECD said in its analysis for Canada. The OECD report was released a day after Statistics Canada reported that the national GDP grew by an annualized rate of 2.4% in the first quarter of 2016, which was less than economist expectations of 2.9%. The quarter covered a period before the Alberta wildfires that shut down a significant portion of Canada’s oilsands production in May. The disruption and devastation caused by the fires, which forced the evacuation of Fort McMurray and surrounding communities, is expected to cause a short-term drag on the economy. The Bank of Canada said last week that its preliminary assessment shows that the disaster will cut 1.25 percentage points off real GDP growth in the second quarter. In its April monetary policy report, the bank had predicted growth at an annual rate of 1.0% for the second quarter. Among the risks to OECD’s global outlook is a potential British exit from the European Union. The OECD reiterated its view that a so-called vote for Brexit in the country’s referendum this month “would depress growth in Europe and elsewhere substantially.” It says the refugee surge to Europe — and a lack of a unified response — also threatens global financial stability. Above all, the OECD said weak growth risks becoming chronic. “This low growth trap involves a cycle in which diminished expectations become self-fulfilling,” said Angel Gurria, the OECD’s secretary-general. According to the OECD, firms are too cautious to invest and are holding back innovation and productivity. As a result, households are getting more pessimistic about jobs and the future. The ensuing weaker consumer spending then feeds back into pessimism among companies, creating a vicious cycle. Though the U.S. economy has improved in recent years, the next biggest economy, China, is slowing. Because it’s a major consumer of raw materials and energy, as well as being a huge exporter and increasingly important consumer, concerns have grown over the state of the world economy. Elsewhere, the European economic recovery has failed to gain much traction while Japan remains sluggish. And emerging markets are struggling to deal with volatile currencies, high debt and the crash in prices for goods they export — Brazil and Russia, for example, are in deep recessions. The OECD said countries have relied too much on central banks to stimulate demand and should instead look to strengthen public investment and make their economies more competitive through structural reforms. With files from The Associated Press. Photo copyright: rabbit/123RF last_img read more

U.S. Congressional Optics and Photonics Caucus to Host Virtual Launch Event 24 February 2021

first_imgU.S. Congressional Optics and Photonics Caucus to Host Virtual Launch Event 24 February 2021 Caucus Aims to Increase Investments and Advance Policies Supporting Light-based TechnologiesWASHINGTON – The newly formed U.S. Congressional Optics and Photonics (O&P) Caucus will host a virtual public launch event on Wednesday, 24 February, 12:00pm EST. Co-chairs U.S. Representatives Joe Morelle (D-NY) and Brian Mast (R-FL) and Senators Steve Daines (R-MT) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) will be among the speakers.The O&P Caucus seeks to educate members of the U.S. Congress and their staff about the importance of light-based research and technologies to the U.S. economy, security, health and scientific research. Such innovations are pivotal to the creation of high-quality jobs and addressing major threats such as the COVID-19 pandemic. The Caucus will also advocate for greater public and private investments and policies in this field.The Optical Society (OSA) and SPIE played a key role in the establishment of the Caucus as co-founders of the National Photonics Initiative (NPI), a broad-based collaborative alliance among industry, academia, and government to raise awareness of optics, photonics and quantum science and technology.“The Congressional Optics and Photonics Caucus will do important work to promote light-based research and technologies that provide solutions to some of our greatest challenges in health, safety and security,” said Elizabeth Rogan, CEO, The Optical Society (OSA). “OSA and its global community are pleased to support the mission of this Caucus.”NPI Chair Ed White will help moderate a discussion with the co-chairs about the science and technology of optics and photonics during the virtual event. NPI was instrumental in passage of the National Quantum Initiative (NQI) Act in 2018 which increased government funding for quantum research at U.S. federal agencies the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy.Registration for the virtual launch event is now open.Supporting organizations for the U.S. Congressional Optics and Photonics Caucus include New York Photonics; Colorado Photonics Industry Association; Montana Photonics Industry Alliance; New Mexico Optics Industry Association; Mi-Light Cluster (Michigan Optics & Photonics Industry Association); Optics Valley Arizona; Florida Photonics Cluster; International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE); The Optical Society (OSA); National Photonics Initiative (NPI). /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Arizona, Colorado, community, Florida, Government, industry, Mexico, Montana, National Science Foundation, New Mexico, New York, Optical Society, research, security, technology, Yorklast_img read more

Breakthru Beverage Group Appoints Cristina Desmond to Executive Vice President, Pennsylvania

first_img Previous articleViña Concha y Toro Consolidated Sales Grew by 16.5% in Q2Next articleAfternoon Brief, July 31 Press Release Email Linkedin Share Facebook Twitter Home Industry News Releases Breakthru Beverage Group Appoints Cristina Desmond to Executive Vice President, Pennsylvania  Industry News ReleasesWine BusinessBreakthru Beverage Group Appoints Cristina Desmond to Executive Vice President, Pennsylvania  By Press Release – July 31, 2020 487 0 ReddIt Pinterest TAGSBreakthru Beverage GroupCristina Desmondpeople Advertisement(July 31, 2020, New York, NY) – Breakthru Beverage Group, a leading North American beverage distributor with operations across the United States and Canada, today announced the appointment of Cristina Desmond to Executive Vice President, Pennsylvania. In this role, Desmond, who has been with the company for nearly two decades, will be responsible for leading all aspects of Breakthru Beverage Pennsylvania’s business operations including growth strategies for its supplier and customer partners.“Cristina is a versatile leader with a proven track record of success in achieving the business objectives of Breakthru’s partners and in challenging and empowering her colleagues to pursue continued growth,” said Kevin Dunn, President, East U.S. Region, Breakthru Beverage Group. “I look forward to working closely with Cristina and leveraging her insights and industry knowledge to help drive our partners business forward. I know she will continue to bring incredible value and expertise to not just our Pennsylvania team but to all of Breakthru.”Prior to Desmond’s Executive Vice President appointment, she served as Breakthru’s Vice President, National Accounts Retail where she managed a team of national account directors to develop and execute growth strategies with its suppliers and customers. Desmond has great familiarity with the market, having previously spent several years as the Vice President of Marketing, Retail Sales & Promotions for Breakthru Beverage Pennsylvania. Desmond joined Breakthru via Charmer Sunbelt in 2002 and has held various roles with increasing responsibility over the years with a focus in commercial sales, strategic planning, trade marketing and sales execution.“I look forward to the opportunity to lead Breakthru Beverage Pennsylvania’s business and am confident we will continue to add increased value to our deep supplier and customer relationships. My background spanning several functions across the beverage alcohol industry has prepared me well to lead this next chapter for Breakthru and I welcome the opportunity,” added Desmond.Desmond is a graduate of Temple University and is active in the industry and in supporting local philanthropic initiatives. Desmond is a member of Women of the Vine & Spirits and Brown-Forman’s 1870 Society, awarded to high-performing Breakthru Beverage Group associates based on their commitment, passion and value of their contribution to Brown-Forman’s Whiskey brands. She is also the Breakthru Beverage Pennsylvania executive lead in support of Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation and the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank.About Breakthru Beverage Group Breakthru Beverage Group is one of the leading alcohol wholesalers in the United States and the largest broker in Canada representing a full total beverage alcohol portfolio of spirits, wine and beer. Across all markets, Breakthru aligns a nimble and insightful approach to sales, marketing and operations. Family ownership is active in the business and committed to being stewards of heritage and champions of innovation. For more information, visit last_img read more

ICT Certification: Important Link in Jamaica & India Friendship – Vaz

first_imgRelatedICT Certification: Important Link in Jamaica & India Friendship – Vaz Issued By: The Office of the Prime Minister RelatedICT Certification: Important Link in Jamaica & India Friendship – Vaz FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister with responsibility for Information, Daryl Vaz says the training of hundreds of Jamaican students is an important link in the historical chain of friendship, common heritage and aspirations of Jamaica and India. The Information Minister  who was  speaking at the Certification Ceremony of a Government of Jamaica and Government of India ICT Programme at the Courtleigh Auditorium  yesterday March 17 said “this is one of the most visible forms of Jamaica and India’s bilateral cooperation.” He applauded India’s leadership and also commended the HEART Trust/NTA which is the implementing agency for the valuable role it plays in meeting the training needs of Jamaican youths.  “It has been well recognized that ICT is a driving force and a great tool for promoting social and economic development, combating poverty and facilitating the integration of developing countries in the global economy” Mr. Vaz said. He urged the graduates to position themselves to use ICT to their advantage as it is here to stay. The Government of Jamaica (GoJ) and the Government of India signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in 2008 to establish an Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Centre. A US$1million grant was given for the provision of the setting up of an ICT Training Laboratory. The Indian Government supplied courseware and trainers from India who conducted the classes. RelatedICT Certification: Important Link in Jamaica & India Friendship – Vaz ICT Certification: Important Link in Jamaica & India Friendship – Vaz TechnologyMarch 18, 2011 Advertisementslast_img read more

Support growing for ‘Eat Jamaican’ campaign

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail MANDEVILLE — Marketing Consultant at the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA), Dr. Derrick Deslandes, says support for the ‘Eat Jamaican’ campaign is growing, as many persons are turning out at the road shows across the island. Speaking with JIS News at the May Pen leg of the road show, which was held on April 29, Dr. Deslandes said the project will be taking on another phase where songs and contests will be included in the campaign. “The campaign is improving, and we are seeing greater interest in what we are doing. We plan to expand on it and we will be building contests around the ‘Eat Jamaican’ campaign,” he said. Dr. Deslandes told the gathering that the ‘Eat Jamaican’ campaign is about building the local farming community. “Every dollar you spend buying a local tomato, a local apple, that dollar goes back into the economy, and the farmer gets it and he goes and buy other products. When you buy an imported product, you are actually feeding another farmer and injuring the Jamaican economy,” he said. Patrons at the event were encouraged by RADA officials to engage in backyard gardens. They were also given samples of local cuisines by Jamaica Broilers, Trade Winds, Wisynco and GraceKennedy, and giveaways from National Bakery and Island Grill. The ‘Eat Jamaican’ campaign is aimed at increasing local production and encouraging consumers to make healthy choices by choosing local produce foods and fruits. Over the past three weeks, residents and visitors have supported the ‘Eat Jamaican’ campaign road shows in Mandeville, Manchester; Ocho Rios, St. Ann and Port Antonio, Portland. By GARFIELD L. ANGUS, JIS REGIONAL OFFICE RelatedSupport growing for ‘Eat Jamaican’ campaign Support growing for ‘Eat Jamaican’ campaign AgricultureMay 3, 2011 RelatedSupport growing for ‘Eat Jamaican’ campaign RelatedSupport growing for ‘Eat Jamaican’ campaign Advertisementslast_img read more