United Arab Emirates

first_img United Arab EmiratesMiddle East – North Africa March 12, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 United Arab Emirates RSF joins other NGOs in amicus brief in WhatsApp suit against NSO Group News RSF_en United Arab EmiratesMiddle East – North Africa The United Arab Emirates is one of the bestconnected countries in the region, alongsideBahrain and Qatar.The government generally blocks content that“harms Islam”. Pornography,gambling and homosexuality aretaboo subjects on the Internet, butit is not unusual to find websitesmade inaccessible for politicalreasons. Criticism of the governmentis also a very sensitive issue.The appeal court in Ras alKhaimah on 20 January 2008quashed all charges against the owner of thewebsite www.majan.net, Muhammad RashedShehhi, who was sued for “defamation” over an“offensive” comment posted on his site by anInternet user. Muhammad Rashed Shehhi hadbeen sentenced on 8 August 2007 to one year inprison and a fine equivalent to 15,000 euros.During his appeal hearing in October, the prosecutorhad called for a five-month prison sentenceagainst him.The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority(TRA) has called on the national telecommunicationscompany, Etisalat, to block access to allwebsites with an Israeli domain name (.il). Butnot all pro-Israel sites are censored. TheJerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) is,for example, accessible.Social networking sites are also targetedfor censorship, such as Hi5,Facebook, Friendster, and all thosewebsites that host dating servicessuch as Yahoo! Personals andMatch.com.Some websites are inaccessible because ofSaudi Arabian censorship since the two countriesshare an information channel. Since thestart of 2008, the Saudi communications authorityhas ordered the closure of some websitesbecause of their content dealing with religiousaffairs or morals. The website on blog hostingand design Onix.com has been inaccessiblesince December. The blog of Eve, a Saudiwoman who cover the rights of women and religiousaffairs in the country, has suffered thesame fate. News April 28, 2021 Find out more News to go furthercenter_img Follow the news on United Arab Emirates Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance Organisation News June 8, 2021 Find out more December 23, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Breakthrough blood test developed for brain tumors

first_img“Liquid biopsy is particularly challenging in brain tumors because mutant DNA is shed into the bloodstream at much lower level than any other types of tumors,” Balaj says.“By ‘supercharging’ our ddPCR assay with novel technical improvements, we showed for the first time that the most prevalent mutation in malignant gliomas can be detected in blood, opening a new landscape for detection and monitoring of the tumors,” she says.The researchers first tested the performance of the ddPCR assay in tumor tissue and found that the results were in perfect agreement with the results from an independently performed clinical laboratory assessment of TERT mutations in the tumor specimens.They then looked at samples of blood plasma matched to patient tumors and found that the ddPCR assay could detect TERT mutations both in samples from MGH as well as from similarly matched plasma and tumor samples from collaborators at other institutions.The ddPCR assay has an overall sensitivity (ability to detect the presence of a glioma) of 62.5 percent, which is a tenfold improvement over any prior assay for TERT mutations in the blood for brain tumors, compared to the standard of tissue-based detection of TERT mutations.The test is easy to use, quick, and low cost, and could be performed in most laboratories, Balaj says. Importantly, the test can also be used to follow the course of disease. “We envision the future integration of tests like this one into the clinical care of our patients with brain tumors,” says Carter, chief of Neurosurgery and co-director of the MGH Brain Tumor Center. “For example, if a patient has a suspected mass on MRI scanning, we can take a blood sample before the surgery and assess the presence of the tumor signature in the blood, and then use this signature as a baseline to monitor as the patient later receives treatment, both to gauge response to the treatment and gain early insight into any potential recurrence.”The team’s goal is to expand this blood test to be able to differentiate many types of brain tumors. Genetic mutations that promote the growth of the most common type of adult brain tumors can be accurately detected and monitored in blood samples using an enhanced form of liquid biopsy developed by researchers at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH).Comparing blood samples from patients with gliomas with tumor biopsy tissues from the same patients, Leonora Balaj, Bob S. Carter, and other MGH investigators in the Department of Neurosurgery found that a novel digital droplet polymerase chain reaction (ddPCR) blood test they pioneered could accurately detect and monitor over time two mutations of the gene TERT.  The mutations, labeled C228T and C250T, are known to promote cancer growth and are present in more than 60 percent of all gliomas, and in 80 percent of all high-grade gliomas, the most aggressive and life-threatening type.Their discovery, which has the potential to substantially improve the diagnosis and monitoring of gliomas, is reported in the journal Clinical Cancer Research.Gliomas are tumors of glia, central and peripheral nervous system cells that support and protect neurons, the cells that transmit electrical impulses.Liquid biopsy is a method for detecting cancer by looking for fragments of tumor DNA that circulate in blood. The technique has been shown to be sensitive at detecting the presence of some forms of cancer, but brain tumors have until now posed a formidable barrier. “…we showed for the first time that the most prevalent mutation in malignant gliomas can be detected in blood.” — Leonora Balaj, Massachusetts General Hospitallast_img read more

Women’s Basketball Defeats SIU, 94-66

first_imgSara Rhine (Eldon, Mo.) finished with 25 points and 11 rebounds in 25 minutes for her ninth double-double of the season. Her total of 20 career double-doubles is the most among active MVC players. 15 of Rhine’s 25 points came from the charity stripe, which is the most by a Bulldog since the 2007-08 season. The Bulldogs finished with 27 free throws, a season-best. Their 61.2 percent shooting percentage is the second highest this season. HTML Box Score Story Links at Valparaiso 2/8/2019 – 5 p.m. The Salukis went on an 8-1 run to cut the Drake lead to 11 before the Bulldogs were forced to call a timeout and regroup. The Bulldogs went into the halftime break with a nine-point lead. DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University women’s basketball team bounced back with a 94-66 win over Southern Illinois Sunday afternoon at the Knapp Center in front of 3,683 fans. The 94 points are the second-highest total for the Bulldogs this season. The Bulldogs got off to a quick start in the third quarter but cooled down, keeping SIU within striking distance. At the media timeout, Drake led 56-44 as both teams got into the bonus for much of the quarter. Drake was able to stretch its lead by making 13-of-14 from the free throw line, compared to the Salukis’ who made 1-of-8. The Bulldogs held the Salukis to nine points in the third. Full Schedule Roster Live Stats 1350 ESPN Des Moines ESPN+ Joining Hittner and Rhine in double-figures was Maddy Dean (Jordan, Minn.) with 16 points and Sammie Bachrodt (Wichita, Kan.) with 11 points. Hittner, who made 10-of-15 shots and 8-of-9 from the free throw line, pulled down seven rebounds while Bachrodt filled the stat sheet with six assists, five rebounds and three steals. Dean added three rebounds, three assists and one steal. All 12 Bulldogs played in the game and no one played more than 29 minutes (Maddie Monahan, (Silver Lake, Minn.)) Next Game:center_img Hittner led all scorers at the half with 20 points on 7-of-10 shooting, including seven of her last eight attempts of the period. At the end of the first quarter, the Bulldogs led 22-16 with nine points from Hittner. Hittner continued her impressive scoring run, totaling 22 points between that and the fourth quarter of Friday’s game versus Missouri State when she scored a career-high 37 points. Payton McCallister was SIU’s (10-10, 3-6 MVC) lone double-digit scorer with 12 points, but scored just three after halftime. Abby Brockmeyer and Nicole Martin each finished with nine points before they each fouled out late in the contest. Preview Watch Live Drake started the second quarter on a 9-0 run to stretch its lead to as much as 15 before an SIU three-pointer stopped the run. Hittner continued to take over the game, reaching 20 points with just under five minutes remaining before halftime. The Bulldogs added to their lead in the fourth quarter, hitting 10-of-12 from the floor, and both three-point attempts as they led by as many as 31 points. PDF Box Score Becca Hittner (Urbandale, Iowa) led all scorers with 30 points in just 26 minutes, her second straight 30-plus points performance. Hittner’s three 30-plus games this season are the most for a Drake (16-5, 8-1 MVC) player since Lizzy Wendell recorded four in the 2016-17 season. The Bulldogs hit the road Friday, Feb. 8 when they head to Indiana to take on the Valparaiso Crusaders at 5 p.m. The start time was originally 7 p.m. before it was moved up two hours. The game will be on ESPN+. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Flight control: Bombers’ bats come alive in 8-2 win over Fairfield

first_imgBraeden Holliday launched his fourth home run of the season, the biggest hit of his three-hit performance Saturday night as the Humboldt B52s took game two of their three-game series against the visiting Fairfield Indians by an 8-2 count, at Bomber Field.Holliday, whose solo homer came in the third inning, wasn’t the only Bomber to leave debris outside the confines of the B52s’ home park. In the fifth with two outs already incurred Karter Koch, who had just pitched the previous half-inning, …last_img

SnorriCam: When to Use One and How to Make a Rig

first_imgShooting with a SnorriCam creates a wildly disorienting point of view and a skewed perspective that immediately grabs the audience’s attention. Let’s explore the rig and look at how you can make your own.Cover image via Warner Bros.With the advent of consumer action cameras such as the GoPro and Sony Action Cam, first-person perspective shots have only increased in popularity. They’re popping up in feature films, extreme sports, YouTube video, commercials — it’s a very popular trend.Like all filmmaking techniques, there is, of course, an opposite to the fixed first-person perspective shot. While the shot itself doesn’t have a specific term, it commonly goes by the name of the device that makes it possible: SnorriCam, which is just the principle name for a chest cam or body mount.The History of the SnorriCamYou’ve undoubtedly seen this shot many times in cinema, TV, and music videos. First created by two Icelandic photographers (Einar Snorri and Eiður Snorri, hence the name), the SnorriCam is a device that mounts the camera to the body of an actor. The camera, in more or less all circumstances, faces the actor.It creates a fascinating visual effect. The perspective of the entire scene constantly changes, while the actor always remains in the same fixed position in the center of the frame.  The world literally rotates around the actor.The shot is very jarring and ultimately can’t be used for that long because of the following:It can disorientate the audience (much like overuse of shaky cam).Like a zoom in, the camera draws attention to itself, taking the audience out of the story.Pick the Right Time to Use ItImage via SonySo, if the shot itself can cause disorientation, when is it best put to use? Well, it would be when the character is in some state of bafflement, whether that be due to illness, drugs, confusion, or injury. The technique, if used for a brief moment, can immediately bring the audience into the character’s disorientated state of reality.Recognize Its Strengths and Weaknesses Image via Protozoa PicturesMuch like most of the filmmaking equipment before the DSLR revolution, a body mount was incredibly expensive and quite strenuous for an actor to wear. Take the above behind-the-scenes still from Requiem for a Dream by Darren Aronofsky. Jennifer Connolly is wearing a sizable rig with a 16mm camera attached.Compare that image to the one at the very top of this article, a behind-the-scenes shot from the CW TV show Arrow. Actor Stephen Amell is wearing a SnorriCam mounted with a Blackmagic Design Pocket Camera. It would be a safe bet to say that Amell is a lot more comfortable with that device versus the one Connolly had to wear.Fortunately for us, with the abundant choices of pocket cinema cameras, DSLRs, and any other mirrorless camera, it’s never been a better time to create a SnorriCam with ease. All one needs is the mounting device — and thanks to YouTube, you are presented with many ways to make one (more on that below).Understand the EquipmentImage via No Film SchoolThese days, any small camera — like the GH4 or Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera — is going to work well with these DIY rigs. The lens will be the deciding factor in successfully capturing the shot. Apply too much zoom and your composition is going to consist of your actor’s eyebrows. Shoot too wide and you run the risk of having the rig enter the composition. 20mm-24mm is a safe choice for a Micro Four Thirds mount.If you’re shooting on a full-frame DSLR, you might look at using a 30-35mm lens. If your camera is tilted toward the top of the actor’s face, or if your SnorriCam rig has a large arm which protrudes out at a sharp angle, you will have better luck using wider lenses.It ultimately comes down to your camera’s sensor, the focal length of the lens, and the length and angle of your rigs arm.  As your camera will be fixed in the same position at all times, you technically shouldn’t have to worry about focus, but I would recommend having quite a deep focus.Tutorials for Building Your Own SnorriCamI’ve taken the liberty of going through YouTube tutorials to pull the best demonstrations of DIY SnorriCam construction. Any of the below examples would make for a fun project.This first one (from Indy Mogul) guides you through the process of building a SnorriCam out of wood.Then there’s this tutorial from DIY Duke. This Snorricam is built from PVC, which might be easier for those who don’t have access to woodworking tools. Have you used a chest-mounted device for a project before? Have you ever built your own SnorriCam? Share your experiences in the comments below!last_img read more

Serge Ibaka suspended 3 games, Marquese Chriss 1 game for fight

first_imgLacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem The NBA says Ibaka drew the stiffer penalty for several reasons. The league found he was the instigator and threw a punch at Chriss. The league also cited his history of fighting during games. Chriss’ suspension was for throwing a punch at Ibaka.The suspensions are without pay. Ibaka will lose about $448,000 and Chriss about $22,000.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges LATEST STORIES P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed View comments 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Cristiano Ronaldo nets hat trick to send Juventus into Champions League quarters Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss NEW YORK — The NBA has suspended Toronto’s Serge Ibaka for three games and Cleveland’s Marquese Chriss for one game for their involvement in an on-court fight.Chriss will sit out Cleveland’s game Tuesday in Philadelphia. Ibaka will miss Toronto’s games against the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday, at Detroit on Sunday and against New York on Monday.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

James Anderson mocks Virat Kohli ahead of India-England Test series

first_imgThe war of words have begun ahead of the England-India Test series and it shouldn’t come as a surprise to anybody that it is fast bowler James Anderson who has delivered the first punch in this bout.Anderson, who doesn’t shy away from having a go at players from opposition teams on and off the field, has claimed that Virat Kohli will be desperate to score runs for his team on English soil, contrary to what the Indian captain had claimed at the beginning of the ongoing tour.Kohli had stated that he intends to enjoy his time in England rather than obsess over his individual form as long as the team does well. But Anderson’s point of view is exactly opposite to what Kohli said.Virat Kohli since England Tests of 2014: 15 hundreds, 3699 runs in 37 Tests”It doesn’t matter if he gets runs or not? I think he is telling lies there,” Anderson said in jest when asked about Kohli’s statement.Virat Kohli takes a dig at England batsmen after James Anderson’s controversial remarkFour years ago Kohli endured one of his worst Test performances in the five-match series in England, managing just 134 runs in total. His batting innings list in 2014 read – 1, 8, 25, 0, 39, 28, 0, 7, 6, 20 – and he finished the series with an average of 13.50.It is a blot on his stellar career to this day, even though he scored 655 runs in five Tests against England in the home series (2016-17) to lead his side to a 4-0 win.WATCHVirat Kohli was largely troubled on the off stump line in England and was caught behind the stumps on six occasions (once by keeper and five times in the slip cordon).advertisementHome pitches hide Virat Kohli’s weaknesses, says James AndersonAnderson made Kohli his bunny in 2014 having dismissed him four times in six innings while Stuart Broad (dismissed Kohli twice), Chris Jordan (dismissed Kohli twice), Liam Plunkett (dismissed Kohli once) and Moeen Ali (dismissed Kohli once) bowled probing lines and did not let him bat freely.”For India to win here, of course it matters. Virat will be desperate to score runs for his team, as you would expect from the captain and one of the best players in the world,” Anderson said.For Australia, Virat Kohli is similar to Steve Smith: Pat CumminsOverall, in Tests, Anderson has dismissed Kohli five times going back to 2012. However, Anderson struggled during the 2016 tour of India with modest returns of four wickets in three Tests.”Today, cricketers learn from not only watching match footage but also from past experiences. So I would expect a batsman of Kohli’s quality to have learnt from that last series here (in 2014).India vs England: Virat Kohli’s nightmare against spin continues in England”I am sure he (Kohli) is practising hard at certain aspects of his game and that will make the battle between him and not just myself, but him and the rest of our bowlers, a really exciting one,” Anderson said. England vs India: Overall, in Tests, James Anderson has dismissed Virat Kohli five times since 2012 (Reuters Photo)In the four-year period between his sorry tour of England and now, Kohli has played 37 Tests and scored 15 centuries, including six double hundreds.Tendulkar hopeful of a good show from Kohli, Team India in England TestsKohli, in fact, is the only captain to record six double centuries in Test cricket. He has amassed 3699 runs at an incredible average of 64.89 and has also scored 7 fifties. He has also captained India in 35 Tests and has 21 wins, a record that has put him level with former India skipper Sourav Ganguly in the list of most Test wins by an Indian skipper.But even his prolific run-scoring feat in the 2016 home season failed to impress Anderson who had taken a dig at Kohli last year during the Mumbai Test when he said that his technical flaws are not visible because of the helpful Indian tracks which lack pace and movement.”I am not sure if Virat Kohli has changed. I just think any technical deficiencies he has got are not in play out here. The wickets just take that out of the equation. There is not that pace in the wicket to get the nicks, like we did against him in England – with a bit more movement,” Anderson said at a press conference last year.”When that (pace and movement) is not there, Kohli is very much suited to playing in these conditions. He is a very good player of spin – and if you are not bang on the money and don’t take your chances, he will punish you,” he said.advertisementFollowing this presser on day four of the Test match, the fast bowler had a run in with Ravichandran Ashwin on the field who gave him a piece of his mind when the Englishman came out to bat on the final day.Back then Kohli had to play peacemaker between the two and was more relaxed about the incident than the Tamil Nadu off-spinner.”For the first time I was trying to calm things down in the middle at a time when James Anderson is involved. Ashwin wasn’t pleased with what he said in the press, but I didn’t even know about it. So I didn’t know what to make of it. I was laughing about it.”Ashwin wasn’t too impressed and he let him know, not using any bad words honestly. I think he told me he was pretty disappointed with what he said and it is important to accept defeat as it is. Things like that. Just general, you know how Ashwin is, he is to the point can really strike you well and he doesn’t need to say bad words. Later on I told James these things happen and let’s move on,” Kohli had said at the press conference after the match in Mumbai.last_img read more

7 days agoChelsea boss Lampard still has confidence in Pulisic

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea boss Lampard still has confidence in Pulisicby Paul Vegas7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Frank Lampard has assured Christian Pulisic he’s in his plans.The Sun says he has been impressed with the former Borussia Dortmund winger’s natural ability – but frustrated with his matchday performances.Insiders revealed how Lampard and his staff have seen plenty of potential and are quite excited by his raw ability, but they have been slightly frustrated by the fact he has not yet showcased that in the Premier League.USA international Pulisic, 21, – who was signed in January but stayed in the Bundesliga until the summer – has featured in just seven matches for the Blues so far this term.And in another blow, he was hauled off in USA’s embarrassing 2-0 defeat to Canada during the international break – and started crying on the bench.In training, Pulisic has looked top notch.But he has not been able to transfer that on to the pitch, which has forced Lamps to leave him on the sidelines quite often. last_img read more

Questions about Indigenous land rights in Alberta surround provincial plan to support

first_imgMartha TroianAPTN InvestigatesThe provincial government is moving forward with a plan in northwestern Alberta that has First Nations and Métis hunters and trappers worried about how it will effect them.The “caribou range plan” covers millions of hectares of land. One hectare equals 2.47 acres.Alberta says the plan is meant to address the declining number of caribou.But Graham Courtoreille, 69, from the Beaver Ranch Indian Reserve, near Fort Vermilion, believes the plan has nothing to do with protecting the herds but more to do with the government’s plan to turn his traditional territory into parkland and wash away Indigenous land rights.“Sure it could be good for the Native people but you know yourself the federal government has been trying to take away our treaty rights,” says Courtoreille.“I don’t trust Trudeau, I never trusted his dad, and I don’t trust him.”The woodland caribou are considered threatened under both the federal Species at Risk Act and Alberta’s Wildlife Act.The provinces caribou range plan is home to several First Nation communities and Métis settlements, along with six municipalities. In Alberta there is provincial legislation governing Metis settlements that is similar in many ways to the Indian Act.There are 15 caribou ranges in total in the province. In northwestern Alberta, the area could be affected by four caribou range plans; the Bistcho, Yates, Chinchaga and Caribou Mountains range.The largest range is the Caribou Mountains Range, measuring 2,065,873 hectares in size.Parkland status is one tool government could useA working document at the moment, referred as “Alberta’s Draft Provincial Woodland Caribou Range Plan,” proposes to restore the declining caribou population while meeting Canada’s requirements under the Species at Risk Act.According to one of the province’s primary guiding documents to deal with woodland caribou recovery efforts, herds in Alberta are declining at high rates.But for Courtoreille and for other trappers in the region, the caribou are not threatened.“There’s more caribou than elk and moose in this country,” says Courtoreille.Owen Sabiston, a retired fish and wildlife game warden who worked with the province for 30 years, echoes Courtoreille’s concerns.“I have a problem with them calling it a recovery plan because they don’t have baseline numbers of the caribou in the wild, they don’t know how many caribou there were 50 years ago,” said Sabiston about the province’s Environment and Parks reports.He believes the province lacks scientific proof and does not have any data on the caribou prior to the 1990s.A spokesperson with the Alberta Environment and Parks stated that although one conservation method may include converting some land into parkland, it is only one tool at their disposal. They can also utilize restoration, land-use planning and habitat protection. The province’s goal is to work with each individual community to see what tools are most appropriate.Courtoreille says he just found out about the government’s plan recently.“Nobody knew about it, the trappers didn’t know, [and] there are still people who don’t know nothing about it.”However, the department said it met with First Nations and Métis groups in Alberta in early 2017, along with other stakeholders in the forestry and energy sector and with environmental organizations during their Phase 1 process, which informed the draft plan. Information sessions and workshops were also held in various municipalities and meetings with individual communities upon request.Graham Courtoreille, a trapper from the Beaver Ranch Indian ReserveTrappers scared, caribou fine, say advocatesCourtoreille says there are hundreds of trappers and mill workers scared of what’s to come.Calvin Bulldog, 49, from Beaver First Nation is another concerned trapper.Bulldog’s trapline is near Caribou Mountains, neighbouring Wood Buffalo National Park. It’s a trapline that has been passed down for generations. Bulldog said if he loses his trapline, he will have nothing. He said it was only recently he learned about the province’s caribou range plan. Until APTN Investigates informed Bulldog how much land could be affected in his region, he said he had no idea.The Northwest Species at Risk Committee (NSWAR), a grassroots organization made up of six northwestern municipalities, formed as a means to give local residents a voice to do with caribou recovery, released a news release asserting how the government’s plan could sterilize the region’s resources and devastate its economy.According to the NSWAR, 650 forestry jobs could be at risk, $1 billion of annual revenue in timber harvest, gas and oil fields would be greatly impacted, as well as other industries such as trapping, outfitting and agriculture.“We cannot understand why the provincial government wants to add more park space in our area,” wrote NSWAR chair Lisa Wardley. In northwest Alberta, the province is already home to Wood Buffalo National Park and Caribou Mountains Wildland Park.NSWAR is currently circulating a petition, asking concerned citizens to submit a statement declaring their opposition about the government’s plan and mail it to their provincial and/or federal environment ministers.Chief Trevor Mercredi of Beaver First Nation says his community will be meeting with the province to address their concerns.“From what I’m being told, the province cannot enact any sort of legislation that will impact our rights. But in saying that, we do have our eyes and ears open,” says Mercredi.Province said Indigenous rights will not be affectedThe spokesperson with Environment and Parks said they want to hear all concerns including those from Indigenous and Métis communities and from the Northwest Species at Risk Committee.The province also said they acknowledge the significance of Indigenous and Métis hunting and fishing rights, knowing it is part of their cultural heritage.When asked specifically what will become of fishing and hunting rights for Indigenous and Métis people, the spokesperson said their rights will not be affected“The traditional Indigenous hunting rights are not impacted by any of our range planning. They have that as part of their treaty rights and that’s protected by the constitution. We have no jurisdiction over Indigenous hunting.”The spokesperson also said no decisions have been made as to which conservations tools will apply in the region.The last information session for Phase 2 wrapped up this week, and now the province will move into Phase 3, which will lead to the province’s final caribou management plan.last_img read more