Wisconsin earns Frozen Four bid with 3-1 victory

first_imgAlex Rigsby stopped 28 of Mercyhurst’s 29 shots on net in the NCAA quarterfinal game Saturday night at the Kohl Center.[/media-credit]Tournament time calls for top players to step up big time, and for the Wisconsin women’s hockey team, that’s exactly what happened in a 3-1 victory over Mercyhurst Saturday night.The Badgers will head to Duluth, Minn., for the Frozen Four nextweekend against Boston College. A win Friday would send Wisconsin to the2012 National Championship game Sunday.With the stakes raised significantly, the Badgers (32-4-2) came out strong and with two key goals coming from senior players, they were able to defeat the Lakers (23-8-3).The Badgers started off the game with energy and offensive dominance, keeping Mercyhurst without a shot on net for the first 15 minutes. Senior forward Carolyne Prevost gave Wisconsin a 1-0 lead at 11:48 in the first period. After her linemate, junior forward Brianna Decker, made a move around a Laker defenseman, Prevost received a pass across the slot and buried the puck in the back of the net.“At this time in the season and these type of games, your upperclassmen, your seniors, your best players have to be your best players if you are going to have a chance to be successful,” Wisconsin head coach Mark Johnson said. “It was nice to see [Carolyne] get the opening goal. They made a great read.”Mercyhurst did not show signs of letting up and came out strong in the second period, tying the Badgers in shots at 10 each. With 40 seconds left in the second period, Lakers forward Kelley Steadman shot the puck past UW goaltender Alex Rigsby from inside the right circle. The goal sent both teams to the locker room tied 1-1 with one period left to play.“I think our second period was our best, we put a lot more shots on net and we had a lot more scoring chances,” Steadman said. “Obviously when that goal went in it was a bit of a turning point for us.”However, the energy Mercyhurst gained was quickly dissipated by Wisconsin at the beginning of the third period. Knowing her team needed a goal, senior forward and captain Hilary Knight stepped up big for Wisconsin.After creating a turnover during a penalty kill, Prevost rushed the puck up the ice and saw Knight crashing towards the net. Prevost slid the puck across the crease, allowing Knight to tap it in, giving UW a 2-1 lead with 8:42 left to play.Knight’s shorthanded goal was her ninth game-winning goal for UW this season. She leads the nation in game winners, as well as tying for the top spot in short-handed goals with four.“[Prevost] was able to see Hilary coming down and they made a great play, a great pass, and those are the differences between maybe winning a game, and not winning a game,” Johnson said. “It was a big play at a key time in the game.”The Lakers fought on, but after pulling their goaltender in the final minutes to try and tie the game up, Decker was able to put in Wisconsin’s third goal on an open net and sealed in the UW victory.“I think we did a lot of good things,” Johnson said. “I think as coaches you are looking for perfections so. … I don’t think we played an entire 60-minute game, but we did what we need to do to win the game. That is what we are looking for right now.”For Knight, Prevost and the three other Badger seniors, Saturday’s game marked their final time playing in at home in Madison. The senior class has made an undeniable impact on the UW program, being a part of the national championship team last season.“It is hard to really put it into words, but this place is so special,” Knight said. “Covering my four years here, it is a pretty incredible experience. I’m just happy to be apart of something great, and I am really grateful.”last_img read more

New Technology Visualizes Animals in the Womb

first_imgMany have seen the videos of human babies developing in the womb, but what do animals look like before birth?  Rhiannon Edward began an article in The Scotsman with some glimpses:An unborn elephant, tiny but perfect in every way.  A dolphin swimming in the womb, just as it will have to swim in the ocean the moment it is born.  An unborn dog panting.  Each one amazing and now, thanks to these remarkable pictures, they can be seen for the first time.3D Ultrasound technology is now allowing scientists to watch these developments.  A two-hour program will show some of the findings next year.  The BBC News has a gallery of stunning photographs.Life does not begin at birth.  These images reveal complex behaviors and structures that show the animals engaging in activities that will be vital to their survival when the womb doors open.  For an animal to stand, see, breath, walk or swim upon entering the outside world for the first time, they must have all the hardware and software ready and operating in the womb.    These new images and facts are welcome.  Try to imagine the reaction if the movie is shown of the cute baby elephant or dog maturing in the womb with happy background music.  Suddenly a scissors appears and is inserted into the skull!  The music turns frantic as we watch the animal’s brains being sucked out.  It quivers and dodges and jerks and dies an agonizing death, never to see the light of day.  What horror film would imagine such a thing?  Yet this is routinely done to human babies, and our Supreme Court is taking months to decide whether it should be allowed to continue or not.  How can human beings even argue about such things?(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

South African radio online

first_imgHere’s how you can find and tune into South Africa’s popular radio stations online.Jacaranda FM is one of South Africa’s popular radio stations. It is based in Johannesburg. (Image: Jacaranda FM, Facebook)Brand South Africa reporterSouth Africa’s most popular radio stations are available online, so you can tune into South African music, news and talk – no matter where you are in the world.Streaming audioLive audio streaming for most stations in South Africa is provided by the AntFarm and by Net Dynamix. However, if you’re planning to listen to the radio for an extended time, it’s best to initiate it from the home page of the respective radio station (as listed below).To listen live, you may need to download a special player:Adobe Flash PlayerWindows Media PlayerWinampRealPlayeriTunesCommon problems and possible solutions:No connection: The station’s server may be busy or down. Try again.Sound breaks up: Congestion on the Internet. Set the buffer in Windows Media Player to 30 seconds. This should give you a clearer and uninterrupted connection.Only getting static: Contact the station as their server may be down.No sound: be sure to check your volume! And you need enough dedicated Internet stream to receive the feed.Listeners are able to choose how and when they listen to their favourite shows, and it is now also possible to listen to some stations on your mobile phone.If you are listening via your mobile or cellphone, you may need to download the appropriate software on to your phone. Many stations also offer on-demand podcasts, which you can download off their websites.Note: streaming audio can use a large amount of data. If you are on a limited- data contract, make sure you’re monitoring your usage.Commercial stations5 FM 5FM’s emphasis is on the latest music and South African youth trends. It broadcasts in English to South Africa’s metropolitan areas.Website: www.5fm.co.za94.2 FM Jacaranda One of the largest independent commercial stations broadcasting in Gauteng, Jacaranda offers a mix of easy-listening adult contemporary music and news.Website: www.jacarandafm.co.zaKfm 94.5 Kfm broadcasts adult contemporary music in the Western Cape and as far afield as Alexander Bay and the Northern Cape.Website: www.kfm.co.za947 947 broadcasts a mix of contemporary music throughout Gauteng.Website: www.947.co.za99.2 Yfm Home of kwaito and the “Y Generation”, Y is the country’s most popular youth station.Website: www.yfm.co.zaCapeTalk 567 Twinned with Johannesburg stalwart 702 Talk Radio, Cape Talk promises to bring you all the news, views, sport, weather, traffic and information you need.Website: www.capetalk.co.zaAlgoa FM Algoa FM broadcasts from the Garden Route to the Wild Coast, providing news, gossip, sport, traffic and weather, and is focused towards adults who enjoy good music, good living and indulge in quality life experiences.Website: www.algoafm.co.zaCapricorn FM Limpopo’s newest station is a predominantly a music station, with news and talk. English (70%) as well as Venda, Pedi and Tsonga.Website: www.capricornfm.co.zaClassic FM Based on the UK station, Classic FM broadcasts classical music throughout Gauteng. There are also lifestyle and business features, regular news, financial and sport updates as well as interviews with local artists and composers.Website: www.classicfm.co.zaDStv channel 157East Coast Radio East Coast broadcasts a mix of music and news to Durban and throughout KwaZulu- Natal.Website: www.ecr.co.zaGagasi 99.5 FM English and Zulu in KwaZulu-Natal, targeting funky young people with a mix of urban contemporary sounds.Website: gagasiradio.fmGood Hope 94 – 97 FM Cape Town’s Good Hope FM plays contemporary music ranging from R&B, ballads and pop through to hip hop, dance, jazz and old school.Website: www.goodhopefm.co.zaMobisite: goodhopefm.mobiHeart 104.9 FM Heart 104.9 FM caters to an adult contemporary audience with a mix of music, news, and sport.Website: www.1049.fmKaya FM Kaya FM provides an African-focused adult contemporary and jazz format, with a mix of music and talk, broadcasting throughout Gauteng.Website: www.kayafm.co.zaMetro FM Broadcast in English, Metro FM is the largest national commercial station in South Africa, targeting 25- to 34-year-old black urban adults. Focus is on contemporary international music – hip-hop, R&B, kwaito and more.Website: www.metrofm.co.zaMPower FM Seven frequencies serving Mpumalanga, MPower FM is an adult contemporary station, with music and at least 50% regional news and information.Website:www.mpowerfm.co.zaNorth West FM Broadcasting in English and Tswana, North West FM plays contemporary and classic favourites.Website:www.northwestfm.co.zaOFM 94 – 97 An adult contemporary station broadcasting in the Free State.Website: www.ofm.co.zaMobisite: m.ofm.co.zaRadio Kansel/Radio Pulpit Radio Pulpit broadcasts the gospel in all 11 languages.Website: www.radiokansel.co.za702 702, based in Johannesburg, offers news, sport, business and actuality programming – and lots of phone-in debate.Website: www.702.co.zaDStv Channel 156 or dial 083 900-0702 to listen via your mobile (note: VAS rates apply).See Commercial radio stations in South AfricaPublic-service stationsAll public service stations, including the African language stations, are broadcast by the SABC, South Africa’s national broadcaster. Visit the radio portal to listen live.See SABC public broadcasting stationsCommunity stationsEastern Cape community stationsBay FM The station’s programming reflects its young target market and goes out in a mix of English and Xhosa, with 60% music and 40% talk.Website: www.bayfm.co.zaKingfisher FM Broadcasting in the Greater Cacadu District, the station targets higher-income earners with 60% talk in English, Afrikaans and Xhosa.Website: www.kingfisherfm.co.zaDStv channel 175Link FM Link FM is a Christian station broadcasting from East London and targeting listeners aged 21 and up, with programming made up of 80% music and 20% talk.Website: www.linkfm.co.zaRhodes Music Radio The station broadcasts from the campus of Rhodes University in Grahamstown, targeting young people in the area with diverse range of music and lively talk.Website: www.rhodesmusicradio.co.zaFree State community stationsKarabo FM Broadcasting news in all offical languages, Karabo offers talk and entertainment.Website: karabofm.co.zaGauteng community stations1485 AM/ Radio Today Radio Today is a Johannesburg-based community radio station, targeting the “discerning and educated” listener. Website: 1485.org.za90.6 FM Stereo The station broadcasts from Vereeniging, targeting an audience aged 20 to 50 with multilingual programming made up of 20% talk and 80% music.Website: www.906fmstereo.comImpact Radio Impact Radio broadcasts from studios in Waterkloof Glen in Tshwane. Programming is Christian, with 20% talk and 80% music.Website: www.impactradio.co.zaRadio Islam International Broadcasting from Lenasia, south of Johannesburg, Radio Islam aims to promote the religion of Islam, and to dispel myths about Islam and Muslims in South Africa and around the world.Website: www.radioislam.org.zaPretoria FM Pretoria FM broadcasts from Tshwane through 13 transmitters in towns in Gauteng, Limpopo, Free State, Mpumalanga, North West and KwaZulu-Natal.Website: www.pretoriafm.co.zaTuks FM Tuks FM, based in Pretoria, is a Greater Tshwane youth station, targeting people under the age of 35 from all backgrounds. English and Afrikaans.Website: www.tuksfm.co.zaUJFM The station is owned by the University of Johannesburg and run by students on a voluntary basis. While predominantly English, it includes Afrikaans and several vernacular languages, with new music taking up 65% of airtime.Website: www.radiosa.org/uj-fm/North West community radio stationsPUK FM 93.6 PUK FM 93.6 is the radio station of the University of the North West in Potchefstroom. Its aim is to entertain the students and community of Potchefstroom.Website: www.nwu.ac.za/pukfmWestern Cape community radio stationsBush Radio Bush Radio broadcasts to the Cape Flats, targeting coloured listeners aged 18 to 39, and features music, community issues, news, interviews and drama.Website: www.bushradio.co.zaEden FM Eden FM operates out of the Southern Cape town of George. It can be heard along the coast and in the Karoo, providing music, entertainment, competitions, and promotions.Website: www.edenfm.co.zaFine Music Radio The station broadcasts from Cape Town, targeting discerning listeners over 35 with a taste for fine art, jazz and classical music.Website: www.fmr.co.zaMFM 92.6 MFM broadcasts from Stellenbosch University to a largely student audience, and features music and talk.Website: mfm.co.zaRadio Namakwaland 93.4fm Radio Namakwaland is a Christian radio station broadcasting in the southern parts of the Namaqualand. The programmes focus on the local community.Website: www.934fm.co.zaSee Community radio in South AfricaWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Premier League: Liverpool Win over Manchester City Suggests Long Wait May Come to an End

first_img AnfieldFabinhojurgen kloppliverpool First Published: November 11, 2019, 2:07 PM IST Liverpool: There is still more than six months of the Premier League season left, with 26 games and no doubt many plot twists ahead, but Liverpool’s 3-1 win over Manchester City on Sunday had the feel of a changing of the guard at the pinnacle of English football.It was not so much the maths, though Liverpool’s nine-point advantage over defending champions City, with a point less over Leicester City and Chelsea, is a significant gap, especially as Juergen Klopp’s side have lost one league game in 18 months. But it was the manner of Liverpool’s victory at Anfield which suggested that the fans’ nearly 30-year wait for a domestic league title may be coming to a close.City were by no means poor, and played their part in an entertaining encounter, but Liverpool were better in every department.Klopp’s side were sharper in attack, where Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane both found the target, more solid at the back and in the midfield were faster, stronger, harder and more incisive, as always helped by their rampaging full-backs.Liverpool are European champions after overpowering teams of the calibre of Barcelona, bullying them physically, ripping them apart with speedy bursts down the flanks from Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson and through ruthless finishing.City, though, have won the past two Premier League titles thanks to their technical brilliance and mastery of possession football which they executed with relentless consistency.However, this season Liverpool have matched that level of consistency, unbeaten and with 11 wins from 12, they arrived at this game with the only question being whether they could cope with the unique challenge of Pep Guardiola’s City machine.The only conclusion after 90 minutes of high quality football was that Liverpool have no weak spots. It is hard to think of any team in the world who would enter the intimidating atmosphere of Anfield confident of leaving with a win.City, in contrast, have had a major weakness exposed due to injuries and made an unfathomable mistake in the transfer market by not replacing former captain Vincent Kompany when he left the club in the close-season and that has come back to bite them.VULNERABLE VISITORSCity inexplicably given their huge resources, went into this season with just three established central defenders — John Stones, Nicolas Otamendi and Aymeric Laporte.Given that Laporte has been sidelined by injury since August and Otamendi’s form has been haphazard at best, City went to Anfield with midfielder Fernandinho filling in alongside Stones.Liverpool in contrast were able to replace Virgil van Dijk’s injured defensive partner Joel Matip with the experienced Croatian Dejan Lovren and still had England international Joe Gomez in reserve on the bench.There was no glaring error from City’s defenders but there was an air of vulnerability about them throughout the game and the sense of certainty that Liverpool would punish Guardiola’s back line for any slip-up.Last season, City delivered a tactically mature and disciplined performance in a goalless draw at Anfield but, as Guardiola conceded, this game was more similar to the 2018 Champions League quarter-final, where City were blown apart after going two goals down in the opening 20 minutes.”If you give them an inch, they will take that and score goals,” said City’s Portuguese midfielder Bernardo Silva, who grabbed their late consolation goal.”That’s what happens. You can play better than Liverpool and be 2-0 or 3-0 behind. They are maybe the best team in the world with their counter-attack, second balls and set pieces.”City will recover from this loss, surely will strengthen their defence in the January transfer window and it would be a foolish pundit who writes them off.”It’s still November and we still have games to play. We’re not in an ideal position – we don’t want to lose games – and we have to improve,” said Silva. “We were in this position last season. We’ll never give up.”Liverpool’s protestations that this game decided nothing were inevitable but there was no hiding the desire Klopp has to deliver that long absent league title.”Nine points, you cannot imagine that something like this happens,” said the German. “But it’s not important because who wants to be first in early November? We want to be first in May.” Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

Liverpool January transfer news LIVE

first_imgTransfers Liverpool January transfer news LIVE: Mahrez begins Reds talks Goal Last updated 1 year ago 23:49 1/12/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() Transfers Liverpool Premier League Goal brings you all the latest news, rumours and deals related to the Reds as the January transfer window heats up Mahrez begins Liverpool talksLeicester winger Riyad Mahrez has opened talks with Liverpool over a potential January move to Anfield, the Express reports.The Reds are looking to bolster their ranks after losing Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona and see the Algeria international as a suitable option.It is claimed that Mahrez is open to the idea of playing under Jurgen Klopp although would prefer a move to Arsenal, with whom there has been no contact thus far. 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A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Gomez says Liverpool won’t dwell on CoutinhoJoe Gomez, LiverpoolLiverpool defender Joe Gomez says nobody at the club is dwelling on the loss of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona. Gomez insists the playing and coaching staff at Anfield have already moved on, and instead are focusing on the high-profile arrival of Virgil van Dijk from Southampton. Get the full story right here on Goal!Klopp mum on January Keita arrivalNaby KeitaJurgen Klopp has rejected suggestions that Naby Keita’s transfer from RB Leipzig to Liverpool could be moved to January.The midfielder will arrive in the summer but Philippe Coutinho’s departure to Barcelona has led to speculation that Liverpool could use some funds from that deal to push Keita’s arrival forward. “I will not start [speculating] now. He is a player of Leipzig and will be in the summer here. That’s all I know,” Klopp said. Get the full story right here on Goal!Liverpool can’t ‘suffer’ over Coutinho – KloppCoutinho presentation BarcelonaLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has urged his side to move forward and not “suffer” after Philippe Coutinho’s move to Barcelona. Klopp is leaning on his experience losing key players during his time in charge of Borussia Dortmund, saying: “We lost plenty of players at Dortmund… one player is never a problem.”Get the full story right here on Goal!World record fee a ‘big compliment’ – Van DijkVirgil van Dijk Liverpool EvertonVirgil van Dijk has told Sky Sports that being subject to a world-record transfer for a defender is a “big compliment”.The Dutchman recently moved from Southampton to Liverpool for £75 million.Get the full story right here on Goal!Liverpool set Sturridge priceDaniel SturridgeLiverpool are ready to sell wantaway striker Daniel Sturridge for £30 million, the Daily Mail   reports.The England international has reportedly asked to leave Anfield in January, though that valuation and his £150,000-a-week wages could prove problematic.Stoke City were said to be interested in a move, but the club won’t make a decision until a new manager is in place.Ox: Liverpool fine without CoutinhoPhilippe Coutinho Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain LiverpoolLiverpool midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has insisted the exit of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona should have no impact on his side. “The fact is he has gone now and we have to think about what we have got that is going to get the job done. I have every faith in the boys that we just move on now.”I don’t think it should affect us at all.”See what else he had to say in the full article on Goal! Premier League giants compete for WilmotJurgen Klopp LiverpoolLiverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham are interested in Stevenage defender Ben Wilmot, ESPNFC reports.All four clubs sent scouts to evaluate the 18-year-old centre-back during Stevenage’s FA Cup match against Reading last weekend.Klopp helped Dortmund push up Dembele priceOusmane Dembele BarcelonaJurgen Klopp’s refusal to sell Philippe Coutinho over the summer to Barcelona directly helped former club Dortmund with their own sale, according to Raphael Honigstein on the Totally Football Show . The Liverpool boss reportedly informed Dortmund there was no way he would sell Coutinho, in turn aiding the Germans in their negotiations over Ousmane Dembele.Man Utd to rival Liverpool for PulisicChristian Pulisic Borussia DortmundManchester United will rival Liverpool for Christian Pulisic if the Anfield side go in for the Borussia Dortmund teenager this summer, reports The Independent.  The 19-year-old winger has been linked with a move to Liverpool to help replace Philippe Coutinho and reunite with former Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp. But Man Utd see Pulisic’s value as both an on-field addition and as a marketing dream as the first truly global American football star. Jardim gives Liverpool & Arsenal Lemar hopeThomas Lemar MonacoMonaco head coach Leonardo Jardim has said that his club do not expect to sell attacker Thomas Lemar this January, but he confessed that if an astronomical offer came their way, they would be in no position to decline it.Liverpool and Arsenal have both been linked to the France international in recent weeks, and while Jardim wants to keep the 22-year-old as long as possible, he is aware of the financial realities of the modern game.Read the full story here. Keita could join Liverpool in JanuaryNaby Keita RB LeipzigNaby Keita’s move to Liverpool could happen in January rather than at the end of the season.Coutinho’s £142 million transfer to Barcelona has left the Reds short in midfield and Jurgen Klopp’s side are looking at paying extra for the Guinean in order to bring forward his switch to Anfield.Read the full story on Goal! Trapp planning PSG stayKevin Trapp PSGParis Saint-Germain goalkeeper Kevin Trapp is happy to stay at the French giants for now as he continues to attract interest from the Premier League.The Germany international has been linked with Liverpool and Newcastle, but he is prepared to fight for minutes at Parc des Princes.He told reporters: “For now, I want to stay. I am in Paris, even though I do not have enough playing time.”Read the full story on Goal! Liverpool close to Dani CeballosDani Ceballos Real MadridLiverpool are close to the signing of Dani Ceballos after a hotel meeting, according to Diario Gol . The Reds want to bring in the Madrid midfielder as part of the replacement for Philippe Coutinho. Zinedine Zidane could cause an issue in the move however, as he is keen to keep his playing staff with Los Blancos intact throughout the season. Liverpool to reward Firmino with career contractRoberto Firmino Liverpool SwanseaLiverpool are ready to reward Roberto Firmino with a new contract and hope to keep the Brazilian at the club for the rest of his career, reports The Telegraph . Despite having two years remaining on his deal, the forward will be offered the chance to sign on for an even longer term. The loss of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona has Liverpool looking to lock down their top players.last_img read more

Belships Returns to Profit Expands Fleet

first_imgzoom Oslo-based bulk ship operator Belships returned to black during the twelve months ended December 31, 2017.The company said that its net result for the period reached USD 6.4 million, against USD ‐14.6 million reported in 2016 which was affected by impairment of the fleet of USD 13.8 million. Impairment reversal in 2017 amounted to USD 2.5 million.Operating income during the year increased to USD 27.3 million from USD 25.4 million seen in 2016.Belships’ net result for the fourth quarter of 2017 was USD 3.2 million, up from USD 1.7 million reported a year earlier, while its operating income reached USD 7.6 million, compared to USD 6.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2016. The figure for fourth quarter includes impairment reversal of USD 2 million.Following year end, the company expanded its fleet as it took delivery of M/S Belnippon on January 24, 2018. The ship, which was delivered by Imabari Shipbuilding, has been fixed on time charter to Cargill for 10‐13 months at USD 11,500/day.The company operates six Supramax/Ultramax vessels, of which M/S Belstar, M/S Belnor and M/S Belisland have continued the long‐term contracts to Canpotex of Canada, while M/S Belforest and M/S Belocean are both on time charter to Cargill.Belships has one 63,000 dwt eco‐design Ultramax bulk carrier remaining on order with Imabari Shipbuilding. The newbuilding has a long‐term time charter agreement including purchase option for delivery within the first half of 2020.Belships’ vessels are fully covered until October 2018 when M/S Belocean becomes open, followed by M/S Belforest in November and M/S Belnippon in January 2019.The company said that it is well positioned for a dry bulk market that “we believe will be strengthening in 2018‐19.”last_img read more

Dont let Tina Fontaines murder fade away like all the others Mohawk

first_img(Editor’s note: This week APTN is presenting guest columns on missing and murdered Indigenous women. Wednesday is Mohawk activist Shawn Brant.)By Shawn BrantSpecial to APTN National NewsThe recent abduction and murder of Tina Fontaine should have been a game changer, but our response to the tragedy was as predictable as the certainty of her death. In the desperation that followed, we organized and attended vigils. This forum and traditional response, admittedly provides some comfort for the family and allows for renewed calls for a much deserved and necessary national inquiry, but nothing more.We knew in our hearts that the death of this 15-year-old was somehow different than the 1,200 women and girls who died before her, and for a brief moment, we almost dared to believe that an inquiry would be somehow forthcoming even though it had been denied dozens of times before. That hope was quickly muted when the Prime Minister’s Office repeated its weary talking points suggesting that they had ample information collected from the past 20 years and regurgitated the announcement of a promised a DNA database that could be used to identify a woman’s remains, once they had been found.No one stepped forward to challenge the Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s statements or his claims of representing the “government of action” on this issue, and no one challenged Harper’s claims that he has had in his possession, for this entire time, “all the information” he needs to fix the problem. Logically, if we are to accept the Harper’s claims of having all the answers then the government of Canada must also accept responsibility for the hundreds of deaths of Indigenous women and girls during its nine years in power and its failure to take any decisive action during that time. Weeks have now passed and the memory of Tina Fontaine, like all the others, has faded, but what is noteworthy and perhaps a contributing factor of the return to status quo is absence of determination, within our own leadership, to press this government for a political solution. Just three weeks prior to the recovery of Tina’s body from the ironically named Red River, the chiefs had reported that there could be “blockades” in response to the Transparency Act legislation implemented by government and compelling chiefs and councils to disclose their salaries. Blockades, it seems, were an appropriate response to prevent public scrutiny of chiefs’ expenses, but there was no mention or even suggestion of blockades for Tina Fontaine. White people believe, and it’s probably true, that we set up blockades for everything.A land issue? Set up a blockade.Forestry and resources – blockade.Rainy day – blockade.Water/housing/taxes – blockade/blockade/blockade.Nearly 1,200 dead Indigenous women and girls? … .It is a historical fact that, for the past 25 years, the Mohawk community of Tyendinaga has answered every call for action. We have targeted attacks against Canada’s critical infrastructure, road and rail blockades, border crossing closures, economic disruptions and numerous days of action. Blockades and campaigns of economic disruption are effective ways to express our anger when our “sovereign rights” are threatened.For two decades we have waited for the Stolen Sisters issue to emerge to the forefront of societies consciousness because we believe that it has the qualities to encompass all our differences including cultural and geographical diversity that exist within our First Nations communities. We believe that the killing of our women and girls is the issue that transcends all barriers and serves as the foundation for a unified people capable of fighting and defeating an obstinate Canadian state. We believe that standing for this issue demonstrates the core values and principles of our people, however, we equally believe that inaction or perceived indifference can subject us to ridicule and suggestions of hypocrisy.It is a joke to profess that we are protectors of Mother Earth when we cannot protect the very mothers who give us life, and now, it is absolutely inconceivable to think that we could stand for any other issue when our daughters cannot freely walk down a street, without the risk of abduction, rape, torture and murder.In February of this year, our Mohawk community of Tyendinaga, served notice on Harper that we were prepared to take action to secure a national inquiry.Our battle strategy was based on the real belief that others would step forward to join us in taking decisive action and to seek justice for the families of the fallen. After seven days on the lines, two CN Rail shutdowns, an injured cop, smashed police vehicles and numerous arrests, it was painfully apparent that we were on our own.Since that time, Loretta Saunders, an Indigenous woman and her unborn baby were killed and dumped along a New Brunswick highway, another woman had her legs amputated and half of her face cut off because she was an indigenous woman, and of course and most recently, Tina Fontaine, who was murdered simply because she was an Indigenous girl.These women made tremendous sacrifices to the cause of awareness and the plight of First Nations women in this country and they should not be so easily dismissed.They serve as missed opportunities in the advancement of our social standing and the development of a real relationship with the rest of Canada. As certain as I was about the imminent death of Tina Fontaine, I am equally certain that another will soon be added to the growing numbers and we will be afforded another opportunity to do the right thing. Regrettably and irrespective of our courage and commitment, as one community we are unable to resolve this issue on our own. We stood ready for justice in the spring of this year and we stand ready now, for the guidance, genuine leadership and the willingness to end this human tragedy.last_img read more