Blaze Destroys Home on Bamm Hollow and Red Hill Roads

first_imgThere were no reported injuries. The cause of the fire is being investigated by the Middletown Township Fire Prevention Bureau. The house sustained major fire and smoke damage. The blaze heavily damaged this home at 321 Bamm Hollow RoadSeveral times during the 4 hours that the MTFD was occupied with this fire, mutual aid units from the Red Bank and Holmdel Fire Departments were called to respond to other calls for fire emergencies in the Township. The blaze heavily damaged this home at 321 Bamm Hollow RoadMIDDLETOWN – The Middletown Township Fire Department was dispatched to the corner of Bamm Hollow and Red Hill Roads last Tuesday afternoon at 1:37 p.m. following a report of smoke coming from a house in the area.Police who reported to the scene found a working structure fire in a two-and-a-half story home at 321 Bamm Hollow Road.Approximately 40 firefighters from 7 companies of the township fire department (Middletown, River Plaza, Old Village, Independent, Port Monmouth, Belford Engine and Community Fire Companies), under the command of Chief Andrew Spears, used several master streams of water to douse the fire from inside and outside the structure.Firefighters battled the blaze for nearly two hours before bringing it under control.The township fire department’s Air Unit, Fire Police, Field Communication and EMS units also assisted at the scene.last_img read more

Peewee Leafs finish on winning note at weekend house tournament

first_imgNelson Leafs finished seventh overall at the Peewee House Minor Hockey Tournament Sunday at the NDCC Arena.Callum Cutler scored twice while Pax Arrowsmith and Seamus Boyd added singles to lead the Leafs to a 4-0 victory over Kelowna Chiefs in consolation round action.Josh Marsden registered the shutout in goal.The tournament was won by Creston, which defeated Grand Forks Grizzles in the final 7-2.The Grizzlies advanced with a thrilling 4-3 overtime win in semi final action while Creston blasted Grand Forks Bruins 8-0. Nelson opened the tournament Friday with a 4-1 loss to Castlegar Giants.The game was tied 1-1 before the Giants scored three times on Leafs goalie Ben Thast.Cutler scored the lone goal for Nelson.The Leafs bounced back Saturday by stopping Tri-Cities Thunder 4-1.Nikko Lazier, Haydu, Jack Centrone and Cutler each scored singles for Nelson.Marsden was in goal to register the win.In the final round robin contest, Nelson lost a heartbreaker, dropping a 5-4 decision to Kelowna.Haydu, Boyd, Centrone and Cutler scored for Nelson.Thast, who began playing between the pipes this season, was in net for Nelson.last_img read more

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Can ElliQ the robot combat social isolation in the elderly?

first_imgInternet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Cate Lawrence Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… Tags:#AI#Alexa#cognitive computing#connected care#digital health#ElliQ#featured#gerontology#intuitio robotics#machine intelligence#Pepper#robotics#robots#Siri#top When you think of robots designed to help people, you might think of the role of robotics in caring and customer service roles or companion orientated service robots like Pepper, Nao or even Hasbro’s companion pets. Then more recently there’s the emergence of robots as sexual or romantic partners. One start-up from Israel, Intuition Robotics is throwing an interesting offering into the ring, a new AI companion called ElliQ, aimed at keeping older adults active and engaged, and reducing the epidemic of loneliness among older people. I spoke with Dor Skuler, CEO and co-founder to find out more.Skuler explained the rationale behind the robot:“We live longer but also healthier lives. 90 percent of older adults want to live in their own home and the period of time we’re still cognitive, still independent and we don’t have to live in assisted care is growing. Conversely, younger people live further, and further away from their parents with hectic lifestyles that rely heavily on technology. About 30 to 60 percent of older adults identify themselves say that they are lonely which usually means that the real number is even higher.”In terms of function, ElliQ is perhaps closer to Alexa than Pepper as Intuition Robotics is leveraging Cognitive Computing, Human Robotics Interaction, and Cloud Robotics in developing the robot’s ability to proactively recommend digital and physical activities to keep owners active and engaged with family, friends, and life.The robot creates a conduit for older adults to connect with their family. As Skulker notes:“What we can do with robots is really simplify the means for older adults to connect with their family. If you look at a typical family, we’re all on Facebook Messenger. We share some of the information and pictures and content but aging parents are not part of that discussion. Teenagers don’t want to call grandparents. But what they love to do is share a selfie, to find the link to a TED talk. They maybe send an emoji or text message and communicate the way they’re used to communicate but just on messenger. So the first thing that we created is in essence, a virtual chat bot for a messenger that allows the family to very easily connect with Grandma.But it’s extremely intuitive. They don’t have to work the text, they don’t have to unlock their phone. They don’t need to try and look at small letters, they don’t need to click anything with their fingers. We just tell them ‘hey here’s a new picture from your granddaughter do you want to see?’  If she says yes we can show it to her and if she wants to comment then we record a message and it’s sent. So all of a sudden she’s part of the conversation. She gets the opportunity to get the content instead of having that once a week awkward discussion, she’s just part of the family.”See also: Are robots replacing humans in health care?It’s a bit like putting older relatives back in the family home where they are content to sit and observe and engage with the family members as they go about their day. ElliQ also takes this a step further with a proactiveness that differentiates the robot from Alexa and Siri that wait for the user to prompt them:“Older adults by and large become reactive and not proactive. they tend to stick to a routine. They tend not to discover and add new things and new capabilities to their day. If you suggest things to them that are relevant to them there’s a very high probability that they’ll say yes. (Which by the way means you have to be extremely responsible and only suggest appropriate things and never take advantage). So basically ElliQ has extremely smart sensors and the ability to understand what’s going on at home and suggest activities. For example, ‘ Hey, it’s a beautiful day why don’t you go for a walk?’. It might be a schedule reminder to take your meds, a reminder to keep an appointment and it might be in the digital world: ‘Hey you want to listen to some Frank Sinatra? Or here’s a great TED talk you might want to listen to?’”A unique aestheticElliQ’s innovative design was created in collaboration with Yves Béhar, founder and principal designer of the award-winning industrial design firm fuseproject. It is comprised of two separate elements: ElliQ, the social director, exhibits human characteristics through gestures animated by movement, speech, sounds and light. A LED lighting display, along with a wide range of motions are utilized to convey subtle emotional expressions and give the device a friendly and warm personification. The second element consists of a separate screen that functions in a cradle display or in the user’s hand to view content in the location of their choice.It’s not every day that you speak to a CEO of a start-up whose first hire was a gerontologist.  Other involved with the project include former VP of Advanced Technologies at Apple, Prof. Don Norman, along with Intel SVP Amir Faintuch, and leading academic experts in the fields of Cognitive Computing, HRI, Machine Intelligence, and Robotics.Skuler explained that some of their initial assumptions of a robot for the aged were incorrect:“We thought that we each create an environment in which the older adult needs to take care of ElliQ and we found out that that’s not really the case. The best thing you can do is help people feel like they’re not completely alone at home.  We were worried that older adults wouldn’t want to talk to a machine. Especially when I sat in a room full of older adults and showed them how I use Siri. and I got very strange looks. But we found they are absolutely willing to talk to a machine and over time they treat them more and more as entities rather than devices.” ElliQ is currently being showcased at the Design Museum in London and in February Intuition Robotics will be rolling out a trial phase in the homes of older adults in the San Francisco Bay Area.center_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Follow the Puck Related Posts last_img read more

Durham proud of ‘game-changer’ Hugnatan, Amer

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAllen Durham may have been the focal point of Meralco’s offense on Game 4 against Ginebra in the PBA Governors’ Cup finals, but the Bolts needed a couple more players to get the 85-83 victory.First was Baser Amer, who made a crucial three-pointer, and then it was Reynel Hugnatan who dished the clutch assist to Durham that led to the game’s final score.ADVERTISEMENT Cone rues missed timeout in Ginebra’s final possession Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ And Durham couldn’t help but admire Amer and Hugnatan for their efforts in bailing the Bolts out en route to tying the series at 2-2.“Baser, I just told him to keep playing, keep playing, and keep shooting,” said Durham of Baser Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAmer had struggled in the two games prior to Game 4 as he went a combined 5-of-19, including a 0-of-6 performance in Game 3.All that, however, became an afterthought when Amer knocked down a booming triple that gave Meralco an 83-81 lead with 1:18 remaining in the fourth. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES “I had four guys on me and he [Amer] was wide open and I just had to trust in him and just passed him the ball and he knocked it down. They said Chris Ross was the Most Improved Player, but if I had a vote, I would have given it to Baser that’s for sure.”“He made the biggest play of the game, he made that three and I’m proud of him.”And if Baser made a bailout shot late in the game, Hugnatan practically made life easier for Durham for more than 30 minutes.Hugnatan logged more than 31 minutes of play and in the time that he and Durham shared the floor, the Bolts’ import had the luxury of playing in a wide paint.The 38-year-old Hugnatan was Meralco’s stretch 4 and he baited Ginebra’s opposing big men, namely Joe Devance and Japeth Aguilar, to guard him outside instead of providing help in the middle.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 “It’s a lot easier to get to the rim and Ginebra’s a big team so now they have to pick their poison,” said Durham who finished with 28 points and 18 rebounds. “They would either help under the basket or we would stretch them out.”Durham was left open underneath when Aguilar closed out on Hugnatan at the top of the key and that allowed the Meralcoveteran to pass to his teammate underneath for the layup with 47 seconds left in the game.Hugnatan’s ploy of stretching the floor gave him 14 points, 12 of which came from deep.“Papa Rey has been doing it for years and years and years, I don’t even know how many years he’s been doing it,” joked Durham. “He’s really helping us a lot and he’s a game-changer for us.” QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP View commentslast_img read more

Real Madrid C.F. says confident Cristiano Ronaldo acted legally in tax fraud case

first_imgSpanish soccer champions Real Madrid said on Wednesday they were confident their star player Cristiano Ronaldo, who faces accusations of committing tax fraud in the country, acted legally.Spanish prosecutors have filed a lawsuit against the player accusing him of defrauding tax authorities of 14.7 million euros ($16.5 million) by hiding his image rights income between 2011 and 2014. Ronaldo has denied any wrongdoing.”Real Madrid have full confidence in our player Cristiano Ronaldo, who we understand has acted in accordance with the legality regarding the fulfilment of his fiscal obligations,” the team said in an official statement on its website.Ronaldo led Real Madrid to their 12th European Cup earlier this month after scoring two goals in a 4-1 victory over Juventus in the Champions League final, becoming the tournament’s top scorer.last_img read more

20 days agoBordeaux defender Laurent Koscielny: Why I had to leave Arsenal

first_imgBordeaux defender Laurent Koscielny: Why I had to leave Arsenalby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBordeaux defender Laurent Koscielny has opened up on his departure from Arsenal.The French defender left Arsenal under somewhat of a cloud as he forced his way out by refusing to go on the club’s pre-season tour to America.But the 34-year-old has now revealed he wanted to leave for the sake of his family.Koscielny told L’Equipe: “A Premier League season is very long. It requires a lot physically and mentally. I didn’t feel I could play 40-50 matches and I didn’t want to end my career with injuries.”I’ve gone down a level, but to take more pleasure.”Either I finished there or changed clubs. With my family, we felt it was time.”Everything was in my thinking: football, my physical state, my wife, my children, the daily life we could have.”I can only say that I left with my head held high. All of those I worked with for nine years… everyone respected my decision to return home with my family.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

India slams Paks JK narrative

first_imgGENEVA: Revocation of Jammu and Kashmir’s special status was a sovereign decision taken by the Indian Parliament, and the country cannot accept any interference in its internal affairs, India on Tuesday asserted at the UN Human Rights Council, while vigorously rejecting Pakistan’s “malicious” campaign on the issue.Secretary (East) in the External Affairs Ministry Vijay Thakur Singh, in a clear reference to Pakistan, said there was a need to call out those who are misusing the UNHRC for malicious political agenda under the garb of human rights. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details”They cry victim when they are the perpetrators,” she said, rejecting Pakistan’s charges against India on the issue at the 42nd session of the UNHRC. She said the recent legislative measures taken by India in Jammu and Kashmir were within the framework of its Constitution. “These decisions were taken by our Parliament after a full debate that was televised and enjoyed widespread support. We wish to reiterate that this sovereign decision, like other legislation passed by Parliament, is entirely internal to India. No country can accept interference in its internal affairs, certainly not India,” Singh said. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayEarlier on Tuesday, Pakistan – which has been making repeated unsuccessful efforts to flag Jammu and Kashmir at various international forums – made its pitch at the meet for an investigation by the global body after making a series of allegations against India. Pointing to the arrest of political leaders and the restrictions in Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi had also hinted at the consequences of such measures in a “nuclearised” Southeast Asia. Earlier on the day, India also objected to the reference made to Jammu and Kashmir in a China-Pakistan joint statement issued after Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s visit to Islamabad. External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar also talked about the China-Pakistan economic corridor in Pakistan-Occupied-Kashmir, asserting that India is “resolutely opposed” to any actions by other countries to change the status quo in the region. Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi left his country red-faced on Tuesday by referring to Jammu and Kashmir as an “Indian state” following his speech at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) session here. Till date, Pakistan, in all its official communication, has been referring to Jammu and Kashmir as “Indian Administered Kashmir”. With agency inputslast_img read more

Toronto International Film Festival Announces 2018 Award Winners

first_imgGROLSCH​ ​PEOPLE’S​ ​CHOICE​ ​AWARDS IWC​ ​SHORT​ ​CUTS​ ​AWARD​ ​FOR​ ​BEST​ ​SHORT​ ​FILM For the 27th year, the Festival welcomed an international FIPRESCI jury. This year’s jury is comprised of Jury President Lesley Chow (Australia), Andrés Nazarala (Chile), Astrid Jansen (Belgium), Pierre Pageau (Canada), James Slotek (Canada), and Viswanath Subrahmanyan (India).The Prize of the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) for the Discovery programme is awarded to Carmel Winters for Float Like a Butterfly​, which the jury called “a pastoral and traditional bucolic film, capturing the familiar angst and anxiety a young adult woman undergoes in order to have her say in the scheme of things in a predominately male-driven patriarchal society.”“Through her spectacular and deft narrative, nuanced understanding of the dilemmas women face, and a pitch-perfect performance by Hazel Doupe, this film is a triumph of free spirit.”Honourable mention goes to Laura Luchetti’s Twin Flower.The Prize of the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) for Special Presentations is awarded to Guy Nattiv for Skin, which the jury called “a gripping study of a group of extremists and the choices available to them. It’s raw yet intelligently paced, with stunning performances, especially by a near-unrecognizable Vera Farmiga.”Honourable mention goes to Louis Garrel’s A Faithful Man. The IWC Short Cuts Award for Best Short Film goes to Sandhya Suri’s The Field​. The jury noted, “The film is striking for its aesthetic lyricism, tender performances, and powerful emotional impact.” TORONTO — The Toronto International Film Festival® announced its award winners at the closing ceremony at TIFF Bell Lightbox today, hosted by Piers Handling, CEO and Director of TIFF, and Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of TIFF. The 43rd Festival wraps up this evening. The Festival and the Council of Europe’s Eurimages Fund present the third Audentia Award for Best Female Director, selected by the jury comprised of Anne Frank, Reinaldo Marcus Green, and Kerri Craddock. The award goes to Aäläm-Wärqe Davidian’s Fig Tree.“Fig Tree is a stunning and illuminating debut,” the jury remarked. “Based on her own experiences, Ethiopian-Israeli writer-director Aäläm-Wärqe Davidian takes us on an unsentimental journey and shows us the tragic effects of civil war on ordinary people. Confidently directed with grit and compassion, Fig Tree is a beautifully rendered, big-hearted story about a Jewish teenage girl’s attempt to save those she loves, but it’s also an intimate coming-of-age story of self-discovery and female empowerment.” This award carries a €30,000 cash prize.Awarding an honourable mention to Camilla Strøm Henriksen’s Phoenix, the jury said: “Phoenix is a courageous debut from Norwegian director Camilla Strøm Henriksen. A visually arresting and emotionally nuanced film, Phoenixfocuses on a young teen who assumes an enormous burden of responsibility in the face of her mother’s mental illness and her father’s absence. With a seamless blend of stark realism and cinematic magic realism, Henriksen’s story subtly, yet powerfully, unfolds from the perspective of her mature young protagonist.” As selected by a jury from the Network for the Promotion of Asian Pacific Cinema for the seventh consecutive year, the NETPAC Award for World or International Asian Film Premiere in the Discovery and Contemporary World Cinema sections goes to Ash Mayfair’s The Third Wife.Jury members include Vilsoni Hereniko (Fiji), Meng Xie (China), and Gülin Üstün (Turkey). The jury remarked, ”Ash Mayfair’s debut feature The Third Wife signalled the emergence of a young female director-writer whose aesthetic sensibilities, cinematic language, and extraordinary ability to illuminate the past for contemporary audiences augur well for the future of Vietnamese and world cinema.”The jury gave honourable mention to Bai Xue’s The Crossing. The jury said, “Bai Xue’s storytelling in her debut film The Crossing shattered cinematic boundaries to create an original visual language that propelled her protagonist’s emotional crossing into adulthood as she crossed the physical boundaries of Hong Kong into mainland China.” “It’s a unique and refreshing glimpse into female desire set in rural India that demonstrated a scope greater than its short format.” The award offers a $10,000 cash prize, made possible by IWC Schaffhausen.The jury gave honourable mentions to Anette Sidor’s Fuck You, for its acutely observed study of teenage sexuality, and to Emma de Swaef and Marc James Roels’s This Magnificent Cake!, for the spectacular level of animation and the surreal humour it uses to explore its complex colonial subject matter. The short-film awards were selected by a jury comprised of Claire Diao, Molly McGlynn, and Michael Pearce. The IWC Short Cuts Award for Best Canadian Short Film goes to Meryam Joobeur’s Brotherhood.​ The jury remarked, “The film was masterfully executed, layered with bold ideas, rich textures, and nuanced character observations played by an unforgettable cast.”“The film successfully explored complex personal and political themes with compassion for its characters. By employing the intimate prism of a Tunisian family, the film was evidently made with a sense of maturity that points to a bright future from Meryam Joobeur.” The award offers a $10,000 cash prize, made possible by IWC Schaffhausen.The jury awarded an honourable mention to Jérémy Comte’s Fauve for its confident visual storytelling and moving performances from the child actors. The short-film awards were selected by a jury comprised of Claire Diao, Molly McGlynn, and Michael Pearce. Facebook CANADA​ ​GOOSE®​ ​AWARD​ ​FOR​ ​BEST​ ​CANADIAN​ ​FEATURE​ ​FILM The Canada Goose® Award for Best Canadian Feature Film goes to Sébastien Pilote’s The Fireflies Are Gone (La disparition des lucioles). The jury said it was chosen, “For its true-to-life depiction of a young woman’s quest to find meaning and hope in a world that has constantly disappointed her.” This award carries a cash prize of $30,000 and a custom award, sponsored by Canada Goose®. The Canadian awards were selected by a jury comprised of Mathieu Denis, Ali Özgentürk, and Michelle Shephard. Advertisement Advertisement NETPAC​ ​AWARD center_img The City of Toronto Award for Best Canadian First Feature Film goes to Katherine Jerkovic’s Roads in February (Les routes en février). The jury remarked it was selected, “For its warm portrayal of a young woman trying to reconnect with her distant heritage after her father’s untimely death, and for the way the film demonstrates how genuine human connections best develop between two individuals when they stand on common ground.” This award carries a cash prize of $15,000, made possible by the City of Toronto. The Canadian awards were selected by a jury comprised of Mathieu Denis, Ali Özgentürk, and Michelle Shephard. This year marked the 41st year that Toronto audiences were able to cast a ballot for their favourite Festival film for the Grolsch People’s Choice Award. This year’s award goes to Peter Farrelly for Green Book.​ The award offers a $15,000 cash prize and custom award, sponsored by Grolsch. The first runner-up is Barry Jenkins’ If Beale Street Could Talk. The second runner-up is Alfonso Cuarón’s ROMA.The Festival presents free screenings of Green Book at TIFF Bell Lightbox tonight. Tickets are now available online, by phone, and in person. This screening is Rush eligible.The Grolsch People’s Choice Midnight Madness Award goes to Vasan Bala’s The Man Who Feels No Pain​.​ The first runner-up is David Gordon Green’s Halloween. The second runner-up is Sam Levinson’s Assassination Nation.The Grolsch People’s Choice Documentary Award goes to Free Solo, directed by E. Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin. The first runner-up is Tom Donahue’s This Changes Everything.  The second runner-up is John Chester’s The Biggest Little Farm.   THE​ ​PRIZES​ ​OF​ ​THE​ ​INTERNATIONAL​ ​FEDERATION​ ​OF​ ​FILM​ ​CRITICS​ ​(FIPRESCI​ ​PRIZES)  TORONTO​ ​PLATFORM​ ​PRIZE​ ​PRESENTED​ ​BY​ ​AIR​ ​FRANCE  EURIMAGES’ AUDENTIA AWARD LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment CITY​ ​OF​ ​TORONTO​ ​AWARD​ ​FOR​ ​BEST​ ​CANADIAN​ ​FIRST​ ​FEATURE​ ​FILM  IWC​ ​SHORT​ ​CUTS​ ​AWARD​ ​FOR​ ​BEST​ ​SHORT​ ​FILM This is the fourth year for Platform, the Festival’s juried programme that champions directors’ cinema from around the world. The Festival welcomed an international jury comprised of award-winning filmmakers Mira Nair, Béla Tarr, and Lee Chang-dong, who unanimously awarded the Toronto Platform Prize Presented by Air France to Wi Ding Ho’s Cities of Last Things.The jury said, “This is a deeply moving drama from a director who shows great skill in his ability to weave together multiple genres with social and political critique, while telling a story that remains intimately human at its core. For us, this film has a spirit that always feels beautifully close to real life.”“Over the course of the Festival, we’ve had the privilege of watching 12 films that left us excited with the feeling that the future of directors’ cinema is in such capable hands. The great joy of being on the Platform Jury has been participating in a competition celebrating emerging visions that are bold, daring, innovative, and sometimes even challenging. The great difficulty, however, has been selecting only one director to win the Toronto Platform Prize. After much contemplation and thorough discussion, we all agreed together upon one prize winner and one honourable mention.”Awarding an honourable mention to Emir Baigazin’s The River, the jury said: “We were completely absorbed by the singular world this film creates through precise and meticulous craft, breathtaking visuals, and a boldly patient yet engrossing observational style.”The Toronto Platform Prize offers a custom award and a $25,000 cash prize, made possible by Air France.TIFF presents a free screening of Toronto Platform Prize winner Cities of Last Things at TIFF Bell Lightbox, 9:15pm, on September 16. Tickets to this free screening are now available online, by phone, and in person. This screening is Rush eligible. TIFF prefers Visa.Social Media: Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Its going to reopen again Elder told mother of Kyle Morrisseau that

first_imgWillow FiddlerAPTN NewsThe mother of Kyle Morrisseau says she was told by an Elder when her son died nine years ago that his case would eventually be reopened.“He was just talking to me, just talking to me and then he says, ‘in the future from now on then in the future it’s not going to be closed even though if they say the case is closed. Whatever is going to go on after, it’s going to reopen again and you’re going to know what happened to your son.’ That’s what he told me,” Lorene Kakegumick told APTN News. On Wednesday, Gerry McNeilly, head of the Office of the Independent Police Review Director release his long awaited report Broken Trust.It slammed the Thunder Bay police for failing to properly investigate cases involving Indigenous people, and recommended that police reopen nine of them.APTN News believes four of these cases are from a student inquest that examined the deaths of seven First Nations youth took place in the city – including the death of Kyle Morrisseau.The 17-year old attended Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School and was found in the McIntyre River on Nov. 10, 2009 after being missing for two weeks.Lorene accepted how police investigated her son’s case. They were invited to the Keeywaywin First Nation, where he was from for his memorial in 2017.She was shocked when she heard about the report and immediately thought of what the Elder told her all those years ago.“’The Creator is going to watch over you and every time you go outside wherever you are, wherever you go you will see eagle flying around over you up in the air.’”“And that’s what I seen all summer. When I go somewhere or just drive to the river I always see an eagle, it kind of freaked me out.”The provincially run student inquest provided few answers for any of the families involved.And in response to the OIRPD report, the Thunder Bay police point to the inquest findings that found nothing wrong with its investigation of the Morrisseau case.“There were no findings or recommendations directed at the police service with respect to the investigative process, nor was there any evidence found that would lead to the conclusion that further investigation was required,” the police wrote to the OIRPD.“In fact, what should come as a result of the inquest findings and recommendations, is that Thunder Bay Police Service conducted thorough investigations into the deaths examined at the inquest.”While McNeilly said the Thunder Bay police have done a good job of implementing some of the inquest’s 174 recommendations, their investigative work needs to improve.“I…disagree with TBPS’s conclusion that the coroner’s inquest supports the view that TBPS’s investigations into Indigenous sudden deaths were thorough and beyond serious criticism,” McNeilly responded.“The inquest did not engage in the detailed review of those investigations that we undertook. My review revealed serious deficiencies in four such investigations.”In Morrisseau’s case, McNeilly wrote that foul play should not have been ruled out – and that police failed in many steps of its investigation including not getting evidence properly tested.McNeilly’s recommendation is to reopen the Morrisseau case – but with a team that includes investigators from other police forces, the coroner’s office and a forensic [email protected]@willowblasizzolast_img read more