Hassan Rouhani at the UN: RSF condemns Iranian President’s inaction

first_img June 9, 2021 Find out more September 21, 2016 – Updated on September 27, 2016 Hassan Rouhani at the UN: RSF condemns Iranian President’s inaction After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists In the past week, at least two journalists have been arrested and others have been threatened by the judicial apparatus, which is controlled the Supreme Leader and the ministry of intelligence.The latest victim is Sadra Mohghgh, a journalist in charge of coverage of social issues at the daily newspaper Shargh, who was arrested by intelligence officials at his Tehran home on 19 September.His arrest was reported briefly by the semi-official news agency Maehnews, which described him as an “element in contact with counter-revolutionary media who sent reports about the country’s internal situation.” In the past few weeks, he had published several stories about a case of corruption at Tehran’s city hall.Yashar Soltani, the editor of the Memarinews.com online newspaper, was the first journalist to be jailed for covering the case, which involves the sale of land and apartments by the city hall to senior government officials and members of the municipal council.Soltani was jailed on 17 September after being summoned to the culture and media court for non-payment of the large amount of bail that had demanded in return for his release. He was first summoned by the court on 29 August, just hours after his website posted several documents revealing the details of the sales.The website was closed indefinitely the same day by the Committee for Determining Content that Constitutes Internet Crime, which is headed by the prosecutor-general.The Committee went on to block the Puyesh and 9sobh news sites and the Mojnews and Bornanews news agencies on 5 September because they had relayed the corruption story reports or had criticized the inconsistencies of the judicial system’s attempts to combat corruption. They were unblocked a week later.“Hassan Rouhani is reaching the end of his term as president and is attending the UN General Assembly for the last time,” said Reza Moini, the head of RSF’s Iran/Afghanistan desk. “He did not keep his election promise to promote freedom of expression and the media. The level of freedom of information in Iran is still deplorable and is declining even more as a result of the threat of war and corruption.Moini added: “The judicial system and the Revolutionary Guards, which get their orders from the Supreme Leader, persecute independently reported news and information. Rouhani, who is supposed to guarantee implementation of the Iranian constitution, could have put an end to this unacceptable situation, but he did not. He preferred to concentrate on opening Iran’s markets to foreign trade instead of opening its prisons.”Journalists unjustly convicted, denied medical care in prisonThe journalist Foad Sadeghi was arrested by plainclothesmen in Tehran on 28 August. No official reason was given but it could be to serve a prison sentence. An adviser to former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and onetime editor of the Ayandeh News and Baztab Emrooz websites (closed in 2009 and 2013 respectively), he was previously arrested in 2009 and 2013 for covering corruption cases involving President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s administration and was released provisionally The lawyers of jailed independent journalist Issa Saharkhiz were told on 17 September that his three-year jail sentence has been reduced to 21 months. One of his lawyers, Mahmoud Alizadeh-Tabatabaie, had reported on 9 August that Saharkhiz had been sentenced to two years in prison for anti-government propaganda and one year for insulting Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.He was convicted in connection with an article about his previous spells in prison (from 2009 to 2013) in which he wrote that his fellow inmates had baptised the cell where they played cards and backgammon as the “Seide Ali Casino.” This was interpreted as an insulting allusion to Khamenei.The former editor of several reformist newspapers, Saharkhiz was one of several journalists arrested on 2 November 2015. Since 10 March, he has been hospitalized under surveillance in Tehran.The sentence of another of the victims of the November 2015 wave of arrests, Afarin Chitsaz, was reduced by a Tehran appeal court on 7 September from ten years in prison to two years in prison and a two-year ban on working as a journalist after release. Two other journalists, Ehssan Mazndarani and Saman Safarzai, were sentenced to seven and five years in prison respectively. An appeal court reduced the sentences to two years. These imprisoned journalists are ill, as are other detained journalists such as Mohammad Sedegh Kabodvand, Narges Mohammadi and Roya Saberi Negad Nobakht. But the authorities refuse to release them, thereby denying them access to appropriate medical care.Iran is party to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which regards depriving detainees of medical care as a violation of the ban on torture and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment.The Iranian authorities do not respect international human rights law. In his opening address to the UN Human Rights Council on 13 September, UN high commissioner for human rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein condemned Iran’s refusal to cooperate in any way with the Council’s “special procedures.”In May 2011, the Council appointed Ahmed Shaheed as special rapporteur on the human rights situation in Iran but the Iranian authorities never allowed him to visit the country. Shaheed was replaced as special rapporteur by the lawyer Asma Jahangir at the end of last month.Iran is ranked 169th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. 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Tipp unchanged for Kingdom visit.

first_imgThe Gooch missed all of last year’s campaign through injury but returns at centre forward with Michael Geaney and Johnny Buckley.Footballer of the year James O’Donoughue is on the bench alongside Stephen O’Brien, Aidan O’Mahony, Tommy Walsh and Paul Galvin.Throw-in is at 3.30 in Semple Stadium on Sunday and Tipp FM will have full live coverage of the game in association with O’Donovan Marquees, Birdhill.The Tipperary team is as follows –  Evan Comerford (Kilsheelan Kilcash), Paddy Codd Capt. (Killenaule), Ciarán McDonald (Aherlow), Robbie Kiely (Carbery Rangers), Seamus Kennedy (Clonmel Commercials), Peter Acheson (Moyle Rovers), Alan Campbell (Moyle Rovers), Steven O’Brien (Ballina), George Hannigan (Shannon Rovers), Colin O’Riordan (JK Brackens), Philip Austin (Borrisokane), Ger Mulhaire (Arravale Rovers), Conor Sweeney (Ballyporeen), Michael Quinlivan (Clonmel Commercials), Brian Fox (Éire Óg Annacarty). Following on from their very impressive quarter-final display against Waterford, Tipperary Senior Football manager Peter Creedon has elected to run with the same 15 against Kerry on Sunday.Under 21 Player of the Year Colin O’Riordan has been passed fit to start after his recent injury scare.Meanwhile Colm Cooper is back in the Kerry starting 15.last_img read more

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Natural Selection Is Useless, II: More Evidence

first_imgContinuing our discussion of whether natural selection has any value in science, we present more cases in the media.Natural selection is useless in science, we alleged last week (4 Jan 2019). Because many will consider this an outlandish claim that can arouse accusations that it is anti-science and against common sense, some clarifications are in order before we provide more evidence. The biological literature is full of natural selection (hereafter NS) lingo and its derivatives. Evolutionists speak of positive selection, negative selection, purifying selection, group selection, kin selection, selective pressure, selective bottlenecks, and a host of other concepts. Surely the abundance of words cannot be about nothing, can it? Even many creationists bow before NS theory as a fact of nature. Some creationist speakers adorn their lectures with intuitively-obvious examples of NS in dogs, horses, and even human racial traits. Some even arrogantly attack other creationists who deny NS. How can we possibly contradict the obvious? Well, prepare to think. Prepare to see.Clarifying the ClaimWe are not talking about variation per se; that part is obvious. Variation is as common as flower color, flu variants, butterfly wing patterns, and similar variations in almost all species. Even we humans vary quite a bit, but are all members of one species. That kind of “horizontal” variation, whether by genetic drift or mate choice, does not innovate, a key word to understand when reading the literature. It does not create new functionality: wings, eyes, and brains that didn’t exist before. Variation is only the lesser part of the NS concept.Darwin alleged that NS could innovate. He ascribed agency to the environment, picturing it as an invisible hand that scrutinized every variation, adding up everything that was good, rejecting everything that was bad. His book offered to explain the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, not the extinction of creatures by accident or differential survival. If that is what you think of when you hear NS, you should use another phrase, because that is not natural selection the way Darwin coined the term. Accordingly, “negative selection” and “purifying selection” should not borrow the word “selection” (which implies a selector) at all, but should be referred to as quality control or homeostasis. Nothing new is innovated in such cases.Natural selection is Darwin’s phrase. Ideas that others had before or after Darwin are not relevant, because they are not congruent with the term the way Darwin used it. It is wrong, therefore, to say that Blyth or Paley or Patrick Matthew “discovered” the same idea that Darwin concocted. For one thing, they never used his phrase. More importantly, to Darwin, NS did far more than eliminate the weak. It was a “Designer substitute” responsible for the plethora of complex adaptations in nature. NS was his complexity ratchet to explain the progress of functional order and information-rich structures that drove life from the first replicator to the human brain.What to Look ForWhen reading the science literature, do not be intimated or misled by jargon, bluffing, and a high perhapsimaybecouldness index (PMCI) dressed up with graphs, charts and photos when scientists talk about NS. We are searching for whether or not NS provides understanding of nature. We want to see whether it explains the wings of a bird or other complex innovations. We are looking for the law-like rigor in explanation that should characterize all science. We don’t want storytelling. Evolutionists have mastered the art of just-so stories that “might” explain this or that adaptation. Where’s the beef?Last time, we saw Ann Gibbons waffling every which-way with a skyrocketing PMCI, unable to prove that NS had anything to do with the observations. Is NS a vera causa? Is it a natural law amenable to mathematical rigor? Is it useful to provide understanding of the living world? No, we say: it is a vacuous, post-hoc storytelling device that not only offers nothing useful, but distracts science from what it should be doing. It is modern-day phlogiston, pretending to explain why things act the way they do, but leading everyone astray in a big charade. The proof is in the way evolutionists actually use the phrase “natural selection” in their own words. Don’t take our word for it. Watch!Examples of Empty Words in Natural Selection ArticlesSignatures of selection in the human antibody repertoire: Selective sweeps, competing subclones, and neutral drift (Horns et al, PNAS). Let’s start with a highfalutin example from the National Academy of Sciences that threatens to undermine our assertion that NS is useless. This paper uses the word ‘selection’ a whopping 107 times, 24 of them in terms of “positive selection”— an indicator of fitness increase. It also uses the word ‘fitness’ 20 times, ‘phylogenetic’ 23 times, and concepts of population genetics dozens more times. Moreover, these words adorn charts and graphs appearing mathematically rigorous. How can NS be useless in a paper that uses the concept so diligently? Well, we find that this is really not a Darwinian paper at all. It’s about the highly functional way your immune system sorts through variants of antibodies in order to match antigens that could make you sick. It’s about intelligent design!A better analogy would be the engineer who uses ‘evolutionary computing’ to sort through random combinations to find one that fits his design goals. Real biological NS has no goal; there is no agent selecting the optimum. In the human immune system, there is a goal: neutralizing the antigen through rapid experimentation with combinations. The authors call it ‘fitness’ when the antibody matches the antigen: the better the match, the higher the ‘fitness.’ They call it ‘phylogeny’ when that B cell lineage proliferates. But the immune system is programmed to ‘adapt’ to antibodies with this highly effective strategy of sorting through combinations until a match is found; then the match reproduces rapidly to stop the virus or germ.The paper never mentions ‘innovation’, and the alleged ‘selection’ ends when the body dies. Nothing is passed on to the next generation. There is no origin of species. For all its use of NS terms, this paper has nothing to do with Darwin’s concept of NS. It could easily have been written in non-selectionist language, like ‘goal-directed, programmed matching through rapid recombination.’ The selectionist language, therefore, is a distraction, a misuse of Darwinian concepts in a situation having nothing to do with the ‘origin of species.’ It gives the appearance of support for Darwinism when, in actual fact, the subject matter does the exact opposite! For all its fluff, the paper not only fails to provide understanding of biology, it actively undermines it. It steals awe for intelligent design and sacrifices it to the Bearded Buddha. Should we not get angry about this distorted plagiarism?Let’s quickly look at a few more examples of misuse of vacuous NS terminology.How much are we learning? Natural selection is science’s best critic (Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory). This prestigious laboratory on Long Island, famous for its racist eugenics studies before Hitler (as well as some useful discoveries about DNA), begins with a cartoony “March of Man” evolutionary icon, with a scientist at the higher end scrutinizing his ape ancestors like a detective with a magnifying glass. Watch the short video, where Dr Adam Siepel unveils his complete ignorance of Darwinian natural selection. “Natural selection is like a gardener,” he says, grinning, who “weeds out” the dandelions that randomly started growing in the lawn. For crying out loud, this is nonsense. For one thing, a gardener is an intelligent agent. Siepel assumes the more diligent the gardener (the video shows a lady weeding), the higher her fitness. This is so opposite what Darwin was proposing, it is incredible that a PhD at a prestigious science lab would say such a thing. And ‘weeding out’ dandelions is not innovation – the thing we are looking for. It is homeostasis by design: an agent with the goal of maintaining a clean, neat lawn by intentionally getting rid of weeds.Then, Siepel goes on to talk about elimination of harmful mutations in the genome. Same problem: that is a programmed protection strategy, not a means of turning an ape into a flying Icarus with wings. Not only that, his examples of “natural selection” concern genomic regions that are highly conserved – that is, un-evolved. That requires the body to have an efficient means of quality control, able to maintain the integrity of essential genes and protect them from neutral drift and harmful mutations. The critical reader should gasp at the blatant misuse of Darwinian concepts in this context, as well as the press release’s visual propaganda showing apes evolving into scientists (see Bergman, 10 April 2018). “How much are we learning?” Indeed!Darwin’s finches have developed a taste for junk food, and it may be impacting their evolution (Phys.org, UMass Boston). Groan for the happy-looking students pictured on the UMass website, for the junk science diet they will get, unsupplemented by nutritious critical thinking, due to Big Science and Big Education’s DOPE-y policy. In this press release, UMass trots out the old Darwin Finch icon, claiming that junk food left by tourists is making the finches evolve (by “natural selection,” of course), into fat slobs. Here’s a zinger of DOPE logic: “If we continue to feed finches… We’re getting in the way of evolution.” This can only mean that NS produced organisms that get in the way of NS. Accordingly, NS is a natural law that violates itself; “the selection pressures that would be naturally keeping them apart would be weakening, possibly leading to the collapse of the adaptive radiation of ground finches.” Let’s get this straight. Darwin’s NS led to organisms that evolved from bacteria into everything by an inexorable process, but some of its organisms (i.e., humans), evolved intelligent design that now leads to the collapse of NS, effectively making NS exorable instead of inexorable. Please score UMass on just how much understanding they generated using Darwin’s theory.Lost ‘Darwinia’ islands could be origin of species in the Galapagos (New Scientist). Here’s another story from the Galapagos, the Holy Land of Darwin worshippers. Colin Barras and some others want to name a submerged (get it? underwater) chain of seamounts “Darwinia” to “honour Darwin, whose time in the current islands informed his theory of evolution by natural selection.” Turning up the perhapsimaybecouldness index, he and the Grants (who wasted their lives looking for Darwinian evolution in the finches that live on the islands), postulate that the underwater islands may have been above sea level millions of years ago. How wonderful. That may have given the animals millions of more years to evolve by natural selection.  Now that the Stuff Happens Law may have had more time to work, do you understand the living birds and iguanas better? Oh, the wonder of NS. The wonder is that we fall for it and call it science.Well, wasn’t that fun. Your understanding of biology just skyrocketed, thanks to Darwin. No wonder Richard Dawkins calls natural selection the most elegant theory in the history of science. It explains everything. Just make up a story, and it gets published, honored, and accepted by all the leading lights of B.S. (Big Science) and B.M. (Big Media). So yes, I guess we have to admit that NS is useful in science. It’s a ticket to stardom. Examples like this could be multiplied; but next, we want to show good scientific research being done with reference to NS. You’ve been told that nothing makes sense except in the light of evolution. Is that true?Incidentally, we invited anyone to send us their best example of NS leading to better understanding of biology. We have yet to receive a single proposal.Cartoons by Brett Miller from EvidentCreation.com. Used by permission. (Visited 544 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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NCAA Season 93’s Best 7: Week 5

first_imgWith the collegiate season in full swing, INQUIRER lists the week’s top seven performers in the ongoing NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament. From their game statistics to their overall impact on the outcomes, everything is weighed to come up with the best players from the past week.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes Oh, how fast time flies.We’re past the halfway point of the first round and it seems that Lyceum and San Beda have pulled away from the field.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 shutoutBut beyond them is where the action is, with only a win separating the third and the ninth seeds, showing how important every game is for every team aspiring to be in the Final Four.But those wins wouldn’t come to be if not for the players themselves, and this is our list of this week’s top performers.1. Jaycee Marcelino – G, Lyceum Pirates20 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 4 steals, 1 blockLast Week: 7 LATEST STORIES WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. 5. Donald Tankoua – C, San Beda Red Lions 11 points, 16 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, 1 blockLast Week: N/APhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAdmittedly inconsistent through the first six games, Donald Tankoua has finally had his best game to date for San Beda as he took a page out of his old self in the team’s 66-55 win over Mapua.With only Christian Bunag challenging him on the inside, the Nigerian center may have just gotten the shot of confidence he needs as the Red Lions gear for the tougher wars ahead.Couple that with the good showing of young prospects like Clint Doliguez and San Beda may just very well be building up a solid team ready to defend its throne.6. Juju Bautista – F, EAC Generals 12.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.5 blocksLast Week: N/APhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSidney Onwubere starred in EAC’s 85-79 win over Arellano, but largely was absent in its home game on Thursday.Francis Munsayac, meanwhile, corralled a career-best 26 points, but committed the heartbreaking turnover which took the fight out of the Generals in their 97-93 loss to Lyceum.Despite the up-and-down week, the lone consistent force for coach Ariel Sison has been Juju Bautista, who refused to let his team down in those two close games.The Fil-Samoan’s role, though, is expected to get bigger with Hamadou Laminou being ruled out of the season after tearing his ACL in his right knee.7. Michael Calisaan – F, San Sebastian Golden Stags 20 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assistLast Week: 5 View commentscenter_img Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netHas San Sebastian finally figured things out after a shocking slump early in the season?It’s still too early to tell, but for Michael Calisaan, this past week’s dominating 101-71 victory over lowly St. Benilde should be a good indication on how far the team can go.Known as a heady defensive crew, the Golden Stags put their offensive prowess in full display, with Calisaan dominating a stretch in the fourth quarter and racking 12 straight points.If San Sebastian keeps this up, there shouldn’t be any hitches for it to realize the preseason predictions placed on its head. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief As promising as this stretch is, the road is about to get bumpier for the Knights, with San Sebastian and Lyceum next in their schedule.3. CJ Perez – F, Lyceum Pirates20 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assistsLast Week: 2A staple of this list from the start, it shouldn’t be much of a surprise that CJ Perez is still flying high in these rankings.Just as the past weeks, the energetic forward has embraced the team concept coach Topex Robinson has been preaching and seven games in and Lyceum has still yet to fall.The test, however, will be in this coming week as the Pirates’ discipline will be put to the test with Robinson serving his one-game suspension following his ejection in the EAC win.4. Rey Nambatac – G, Letran Knights12 points, 15 rebounds, 3 assistsLast Week: 1FILE PHOTO by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLast week’s top performer took a bit of a bump down the rankings, but that shouldn’t take away his contributions for Letran in its game against Perpetual.Rey Nambatac did all he could to tow the Knights to the victory, even if that meant crashing the boards against the towering Prince Eze, as he became the engine that made the team work.Showing the leadership qualities Letran has been looking for since last season, Nambatac has indeed established himself as one of the best young prospects in the amateur ranks today.But just like Quinto, he and the rest of the Knights will be put into the test this coming week with a tough two-game grind coming up. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes PLAY LIST 01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Creamline gets headway for bronze medal, trumps Air Force Jaycee Marcelino. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netAdamson’s loss is Lyceum’s gain. And Jaycee Marcelino has no qualms on making that fact known.With the past week his coming out party, the offensive-minded half of the Marcelino twins is proving that he might just be the next great NCAA playmaker, coming out of nowhere to follow the footsteps of stars like Scottie Thompson and Jio Jalalon.This week, Marcelino hushed the boisterous crowd in EAC with his stupendous showing including the game-sealing steal on Francis Munsayac as the Pirates bucked the absence of coach Topex Robinson to stay unscathed at 7-0.2. Bong Quinto – F, Letran Knights14 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assistsLast Week: N/APhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netKnown as a gunner throughout his career, Bong Quinto shared that it took time for him giving the steering wheel to Rey Nambatac.But with this selfless act, the 20-year-old seems to be thriving, as the duos’ trust with each other have helped Letran nab three straight wins to pull it out of the muck and grab solo third place.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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10 months agoChelsea expect deal for either Paredes or Barella this week

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Chelsea expect deal for either Paredes or Barella this weekby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea have lined up two replacements for Cesc Fabregas. The club have blocked Fabregas from joining Monaco this month until they find a replacement.And Sky Sports claim the Blues are closing in on deals for Zenit St Petersburg midfielder Leandro Paredes and Cagliari’s Nicolo Barella, who could cost £45m.24-year-old Paredes has caught Chelsea’s eye with a number of fine performances for the Russian giants this season.A deal for one of the two aforementioned names is expected to be completed this week. last_img

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Province reports first decrease in child welfare numbers in 15 years

first_imgWINNIPEG – Manitoba’s high number of kids in the child welfare system has dropped for the first time in 15 years, show figures released Tuesday by the provincial government.Excerpts from the Families Department’s upcoming annual report show 10,328 kids were in care as of March 31, a 3.6 per cent drop from the same time last year.Families Minister Heather Stefanson said the government has tried to focus more on preventative measures by helping families before they reach a crisis point. That has resulted in fewer children being taken from their families.“The focus primarily in the last couple of years has been on prevention — recognizing who those at-risk families are, and getting them the resources that they need ahead of time,” Stefanson said.The number of families being reunited is up slightly, she added.The drop reverses a long trend that saw the number of kids in care almost double from 2004 to 2014. Manitoba has the highest per-capita rate of children in care and almost 90 per cent are Indigenous.First Nations groups have compared the high number to the residential school system that saw children forcibly removed from their families and culture.The Progressive Conservative government, elected in 2016, promised last year several new measures aimed at cutting the number of kids in care, including changing the funding formula for child welfare agencies to make it less focused on apprehending kids and more on supporting families.The government also plans to fulfil a promise made by the former NDP government to enact customary care, which gives children more opportunities to stay in their home communities with extended family members.Manitoba’s child welfare system has been under scrutiny for more than a decade following several high-profile tragedies.The most notorious case was that of Phoenix Sinclair, a five-year-old girl who was beaten to death by her mother and mother’s boyfriend after social workers closed her file.An inquiry found social workers, facing high caseloads, repeatedly failed to keep track of the girl and didn’t realized her mother’s boyfriend had a long history of violence.The retired judge who led the inquiry, Ted Hughes, later called the overrepresentation of aboriginal children in government care across Canada an “unconscionable national embarrassment.”last_img read more

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