NCAA sets new schedule for early draft entrants to withdraw

first_imgNCAA sets new schedule for early draft entrants to withdraw Experts say the first leg on Feb. 19 in Milan was one of the biggest reasons why the virus was so deadly in Atalanta’s home city of Bergamo. The match has been dubbed “Game Zero” by Italian media.___Seven Arkansas State athletes have tested positive for COVID-19 and are self-isolating for 14 days.Chancellor Kelly Damphousse said the seven athletes are from three sports, and all were asymptomatic Thursday. They learned of the positive results Wednesday night.The athletes who tested positive and are living off campus will self-isolate there or at home for 14 days. Those living on campus will self-isolate in their residence hall or at home for 14 days. Schalke has been hit hard financially by the pandemic. Executive board member Alexander Jobst said in March the club faced an existential threat.The team has also struggled on the field and hasn’t won a league game since January.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 “We’ve had a couple others that have had symptoms, without testing positive that we know of,” Kovan said.Michigan State athletes can begin returning to campus June 15 in preparation for voluntary workouts. Football, basketball and volleyball players will be the first to undergo testing.After testing, athletes will be instructed to self-isolate for a week, and those testing positive will be quarantined for 10 days. On June 22, athletes who initially tested negative will be given a second round of testing. Athletes who receive a second negative test will be cleared to begin voluntary workouts. They will be split into small workout groups based on people they live with.“The intent is that if we keep our volume, our number of athletes together in a small set, and their strength coach works with just that group when they work out, and somebody in that group is positive, then we can isolate that individual group as opposed to the whole team,” Kovan said.Common areas like locker rooms and lounges will remain closed. Athletes will be given masks and required to wear them while in facilities, except during workouts. Olympic operations director Pierre Ducrey says there is “an open discussion” between the IOC and insurance brokers “to try and find the right level of compensation to help us bear the cost of having to wait another year.”The IOC pays for insurance against the cancellation of an Olympics but it is unclear if its policy covers a one-year postponement.Cancellation policies detailed in IOC accounts cost $14.4 million for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics and $12.8 million for the 2018 Pyeongchang Games.The IOC said last month it set aside $650 million to cover potential extra costs for the postponement.Costs for organizers in Japan are expected to run to billions of dollars. NASCAR is set to run its All-Star race on a Wednesday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway and added one more weeknight Cup Series race as part of its latest revised schedule through July.NASCAR has revamped its schedule in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic and announced even more changes on Thursday.NASCAR will keep its scheduled twinbill weekend later this month at Pocono Raceway. The track is still scheduled to hold a Truck Series and Cup Series race on June 27 and an Xfinity Series and Cup Series race on June 28. The compressed schedule because of the pandemic has forced NASCAR to run races from all three national series multiple days a week. NASCAR crammed five Cup races on the schedule from May 17 to May 31.The rest of the Cup schedule includes a July 5 race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, July 12 at Kentucky Speedway, the All-Star race on July 15 at Charlotte, July 19 at Texas Motor Speedway and July 23 at Kansas Speedway. The new schedule wraps Aug. 2 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.The All-Star race is usually held in May and New Hampshire was bumped from its July date. Pocono, Indy and Kentucky stayed the same. ___All referees in Italy’s top soccer league have tested negative for the coronavirus.The Serie A referees and some from the second division were tested at the Italian federation’s training headquarters on the outskirts of Florence.They will remain there until June 10 to have further tests and continue training and preparing for the resumption of Serie A on June 20.___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The NCAA has set a new schedule for early entrants to the NBA draft to withdraw and return to school. Once training starts, players, coaches and some staff must be tested for the virus every other day. An individual who tests positive would be isolated, tested again at least 24 houts later, and all close contacts would be tested. High-risk individuals must be cleared to participate by the team’s chief medical officer in consultation with the MLS medical staff.Testing for antibodies will take place every three months. Testing providers must be authorized by the FDA or Health Canada.Training rooms and gyms will be restricted to a maximum five people, and lockers should be spaced a minimum 10 feet apart. Doors should be left open.Food is restricted to individual, prepackaged meals and individually wrapped utensils, and 10 feet of distancing is necessary while eating.Staff is to use appropriate personal protective equipment. June 4, 2020 The Italian soccer federation is launching a fund of nearly $25 million to help clubs and their members following the crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic.The Save Soccer Foundation will need definitive approval at a federation meeting on Monday.Federation president Gabriele Gravina says “it’s an initiative which doesn’t have precedents and represents a great assumption of responsibility which the (federation) is taking in favor of the whole soccer system.”The fund consists of 21,700,000 euros ($24,500,000). It will give up to 5 million euros ($5.6 million) to each of the two divisions below Serie A as well as the same amount to support clubs from the amateur soccer league.It will also give up to 3 million euros ($3.4 million) to soccer players and the same amount to coaches and their staff. The suspended Australian Open can’t find new dates. The Hyderabad Open in August and Korea Masters in November were part of the revamped calendar announced last month but have now been put off.The Korea Open in September is still on.The world tour is scheduled to resume at the end of August in Lingshui, China.___The International Olympic Committee is in talks with insurers over compensation for the postponed 2020 Tokyo Games. Atalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini says the reaction from Champions League opponent Valencia after he acknowledged testing positive for the coronavirus is “really very offensive.”Valencia expressed “surprise” and a top health official in the Spanish region said Gasperini “lacked responsibility” for traveling to Spain with symptoms of the virus. He recently told Italian media he felt sick the day before the March 10 match in Valencia.Gasperini tells Sky Italia, “I know that I respected the protocols. I was in quarantine like everyone else until training resumed. I never had a test. It was only in May when (the entire team) had blood tests that I realized that I had had the virus.”Valencia said after the March 10 game that about 35% of its team had the virus.Gasperini adds, “Looking back, I think that was the period when I didn’t feel well. But I never had a fever or any sort of respiratory problems. When I left from Bergamo I felt fine. I had some problems that evening and the day after (the match).” The NCAA announced Thursday that it would give players until 10 days after the NBA scouting combine or Aug. 3, whichever comes earlier. This comes three weeks after the NCAA postponed its deadline, which was originally scheduled to fall on Wednesday.That June 3 deadline was set to come 10 days after the completion of the combine, but the NBA postponed the combine amid the coronavirus pandemic and has yet to announce a new date.In a statement, the NCAA said the Division I Men’s Basketball Oversight Committee worked with the National Association of Basketball Coaches on the new timeline and “believes this is the most equitable alternative available in these unprecedented circumstances.”“This provides the utmost flexibility to student-athletes testing the waters to make the most informed decision about their future during this uncertain time,” NCAA Senior Vice President for Basketball Dan Gavitt said in the statement.___center_img English soccer club Tottenham says it is expecting to lose more than $250 million in revenue with Premier League matches being played without fans and its stadium no longer being used for two NFL games this year.Tottenham’s stadium opened last year and can hold more than 60,000 people. It is unclear when spectators will be allowed into events again.Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy says “it is imperative that we now all work together … to find a safe way to bring spectators back to sport and entertainment venues.”___Badminton tournaments in Australia, India and South Korea have been canceled amid the coronavirus pandemic. Associated Press ___A member of the Pittsburgh Penguins has tested positive for COVID-19.The team announced Thursday that an unidentified player has been diagnosed with the coronavirus. The team says the player was not in Pittsburgh at the time of test and has been at his home since first experiencing symptoms. The club said the player is “recovering and feeling well” and those who have been in close contact with him have been notified.The NHL’s season remains “on pause,” but the Penguins will participate in the approved playoff format whenever the season resumes.___ European Gymnastics president Farid Gayibov says the body will review the coronavirus situation and react accordingly “should the situation at a later date not be considered safe enough any more.”The European championships for rhythmic gymnastics will stay in Kyiv, Ukraine, but are now set for Nov. 26-29. That is six months later than originally planned.All three championships were supposed to be tune-ups for the Tokyo Olympics but that event has been postponed to 2021.___Pope Francis is promoting a charity auction of sports items and experiences in support of two of the hospitals hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic in Italy. ___Borussia Dortmund has defended a group of players who were accused of breaking Bundesliga hygiene rules while getting haircuts.German newspaper Bild reports that some of the players were pictured without face masks during appointments at home with a celebrity barber. Forward Jadon Sancho was among the players.League rules during the coronavirus pandemic say players should minimize contact with people from outside their household. They have to wear masks for large parts of game days unless actually on the field.Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc says he spoke with the players about their behavior and adds that they only removed their face masks to pose briefly for pictures. Zorc adds that the 20-year-old Sancho is still “very young.” Premier League clubs have agreed to allow five substitutions in soccer matches.They will adopt the temporary law change when the league resumes on June 17 amid the coronavirus pandemic.There can still only be three pauses to bring on substitutes.Premier League clubs have also agreed to temporarily increase the number of substitute players from seven to nine.___ ___Michigan State says a student-athlete’s father died of COVID-19 and the athlete tested positive but remained asymptomatic.Athletic director Bill Beekman was part of a video conference with reporters Thursday to discuss the school’s plans to have athletes back on campus. When asked if any athlete or athletic department personnel had tested positive in the past three months, Beekman said nobody that he was aware of — but that he might not necessarily have all the information.Dr. Jeffrey Kovan, the school’s director of sports medicine, was also part of the video conference. He quickly said that one student-athlete had tested positive, his father died, and his mother and sister also tested positive. Kovan said the athlete was asymptomatic and retested negative a few weeks later.The school did not disclose the athlete’s identity or his sport. The fund will also provide 700,000 euros ($800,000) to help women’s soccer clubs that are set to complete the season.___The European gymnastics championships have been moved to December after being postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.The men’s event will run from Dec. 9-13 and the women’s championships from Dec. 17-20 in Baku, Azerbaijan.Baku was originally supposed to host only the men’s championships but France couldn’t reschedule the women’s event after missing its planned dates in Paris in April and May. The “We Run Together” auction includes a personalized bicycle given to Francis by world champion Peter Sagan, a team jersey and captain’s armband signed by former Roma forward Francesco Totti and a swim suit and hat from Olympic champion Federica Pellegrini.There are also experiences such as training sessions and dinners with various athletes.Francis says “the true values of sport are particularly important to face this period of pandemic and especially the difficult restart.”The auctions will take place on the site Charitystars.com starting Monday for two months. There will be a new one every week and each auction will last 10 days.All funds raised will go to the Papa Giovanni XXIII hospital in Bergamo and Fondazione Poliambulanza in Brescia. NASCAR also scheduled five Truck races and six second-tier Xfinity races. The Cup Series races again Sunday at Atlanta Motor Speedway.The schedule for the rest of the season will be released at a later date.___A day after announcing a deal with its players’ association to resume the season with a tournament in Florida, Major League Soccer says teams may resume training.MLS says each player and staff member must complete two tests for the coronavirus 24 hours apart, 72 hours ahead of the start of training. Every player also must have a test for antibodies and a physical. ___German soccer club Schalke has apologized to fans for asking them to justify their refunds for games played in empty stadiums because of the coronavirus pandemic.Schalke had asked for evidence of financial hardship if fans wanted tickets refunded this year rather than waiting until 2022.Schalke says it used “impersonal formulations lacking empathy” and fans will no longer be asked to submit documentary evidence of their personal finances. But the club says the approach was legal under German law.The Bundesliga was suspended in March because of the coronavirus outbreak and spectators have not been allowed to attend any of the games since the league restarted on May 16. Damphousse said contact tracing has begun, and anyone who has been exposed to any of the seven athletes will be required to quarantine for 14 days.“This is a day that we knew would come, not just at A-State, but for colleges and universities across America,” Damphousse said.An Arkansas State spokesman said he didn’t know how many athletes have been tested since they began returning to campus for voluntary workouts.Oklahoma State and Marshall have announced they’ve each had three athletes test positive.___last_img read more

2019 Daytona 500: Bubba Wallace ‘living his dream’ driving Richard Petty’s iconic No. 43

first_imgBubba Wallace has only one full season of NASCAR Cup Series competition under his belt, but he’s proud to be part of a legacy going back to the sport’s roots. Wallace on Sunday will make his second appearance in the Daytona 500. His first experience last year was almost as good as it gets — the rookie finished a career-high second in the race. In 1988, gas was $.98 / gallon, cell phones weighted 28 ounces, and The King was on the cover of the 30th anniversary @DISupdates program. Today, gas is $2.90 / gallon, cell phones are under 7 ounces in weight, and a kid living his dream is behind the wheel of the iconic #43. pic.twitter.com/A0eaWC6tcp— Bubba Wallace (@BubbaWallace) February 15, 2019Petty won a record seven Daytona 500s. His father, Lee Petty, won the first Daytona 500 in 1959. Kyle Busch to Jimmie Johnson: ‘Open your eyeballs and see where the f— you’re going’center_img The 25-year-old Wallace, the first African American to be a full-time competitor in NASCAR’s top series in almost 50 years, knows he has big shoes to fill, driving the iconic No. 43 car made famous by the legendary Richard Petty. In a tweet Friday, he noted Petty’s appearance on the 1988 Daytona 500 race program cover, and said he’s “living his dream.””In 1988, gas was $.98 / gallon, cell phones weighed 28 ounces, and The King was on the cover of the 30th anniversary @DISupdates program,” Wallace tweeted. “Today, gas is $2.90 / gallon, cell phones are under 7 ounces in weight, and a kid living his dream is behind the wheel of the iconic #43.” Related Newslast_img read more

HOPE FOR JOBS AS GROUP MEETS TO BREATH NEW INDUSTRY INTO WEST DONEGAL

first_imgA working group report commissioned to exam job creation opportunities in the Gaoth Dobhair Business Park is to be launched next Friday.Largo Foods were one of the companies which left the estate.It follows the recent loss of many jobs in various sectors in the West Donegal region in recent months.They included the Largo Foods plant and many others. Údarás na Gaeltachta said the interagency working group charged with exploring potential enterprise development for Gaoth Dobhair Business Park will publish its findings – six month after the report was originally expected to be completed.The move has been welcomed by local Sinn Fein TD Pearse Doherty.“I of course welcome this announcement that this long awaited report into job creation and new enterprise development for Gaoth Dobhair Business Park is finally being unveiled.”“I have continuously pushed for the publication of this interagency report ever since this time last year when the area was dealt a huge blow following the shock announcement by Largo Foods that it was to cease its manufacturing operations in Gaoth Dobhair with the loss of 146 jobs subsequently transferring all operations to Ashbourne in County Meath.” “The Government at the time announced that a task force would be established to examine potential job opportunities in the wake of these job losses and that a report would be drawn up within six months – one year on we’re finally going to see the contents of this eagerly awaited report.”“The fact that the Government has missed its own target by six months doesn’t bode well for future job creation; however, its publication is better late than never.”He added there is indeed a burning need for a strategy with clear targets with regards to job creation for West Donegal and I hope that this report provides us with such a strategy in order to tackle the problem.“The people of Donegal are all too used to reports which have been drawn up by various task forces through the years which have turned out to be nothing more than glorified dust gatherers on department shelves.”“Hopefully this report is different, and if it does in fact prove to be so, then my Sinn Féin party colleagues and I will support it as we will indeed lend our support to anything which has the potential to bring much needed jobs to West Donegal.” HOPE FOR JOBS AS GROUP MEETS TO BREATH NEW INDUSTRY INTO WEST DONEGAL was last modified: March 22nd, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

SA swimmers stun the world

first_img16 August 2004Roland Schoeman, Lyndon Ferns, Darian Townsend and Ryk Neethling took the four-by-100 metres freestyle relay by storm on Sunday night, beating some of the biggest names in swimming and shattering the world record to take South Africa’s first Olympic gold medal since the marathon in Atlanta eight years ago.Schoeman, Ferns, Townsend and Neethling smashed the previous world mark by half a second, clocking 3 minutes 13.17 seconds. It was a dominant performance by the South African quartet, and it started with Roland Schoeman, who destroyed the opposition with a devastating first leg that gave the South Africans a lead that was never closely challenged.The further the race progressed, the clearer it became that the four swimmers were about to land South Africa’s first gold medal since Atlanta, where Penny Heyns won double-gold in the pool and Josiah Thugwane captured a shocking win in the marathon.When Neethling touched to complete victory by more than a second over The Netherlands, with the USA in third, there was pandemonium in the South African lane.That the win had come in world record time was simply icing on the cake. The South Africans had crushed the best the rest of the world had to offer. Defending champions and world record holders Australia, with Ian Thorpe and Michael Klim, could only manage sixth place. An unbelievable final leg by Pieter van den Hoogenbrand still left the Netherlands almost a full second behind SA.And the United States, despite drafting Ian Crocker and Michael Phelps for the first two legs and world number one Jason Lezak for the final leg, had to settle for bronze.Hard-fought win in hockeyIn the men’s hockey competition, South Africa opened up with a hard-fought and courageous victory over Argentina, ranked six places above South Africa in the world rankings.Craig Jackson and company fell one behind the South Americans after Mario Almada netted with a great reverse stick shot. However, from that point on, Jackson in central defence, and goalkeeper Davie Staniforth, put up a wall the Argentinians couldn’t break down.Striker Greg Nicol then did what was necessary to secure victory, firstly scoring from a penalty corner, then adding a second goal with a shot from the field. It is his final international tournament before retirement, but Nicol proved that he remains one of the world’s greatest strikers ever.Archery: Lewis advancesArcher Kirsten Lewis overcame strong winds and India’s Dola Banerjee to advance in the round of 32 in the women’s individual 70 metres. Lewis won 141-131 against the thirteenth-ranked India star; no mean achievement considering that she’s ranked fifty-second.In other events South Africans fared less well. The beach volleyball pairing of Leigh-Anne Naidoo and Jula Willand went down to second seeds Adriana Behar and Shelda Bede of Brazil, while Gareth Blanckenberg finished twenty-second and sixteenth in the first two races of sailing’s laser class.Anriette Schoeman struggled with the heat and failed to challenge in the women’s cycling road race, and badminton’s Chris Dednam was thrashed 15-1, 15-0 in the men’s singles.last_img read more

‘One more JJP Minister in next Cabinet expansion’

first_imgHaryana Deputy Chief Minister Dushyant Chautala on Friday said that Jannayak Janta Party will get one more ministerial berth in the next Cabinet expansion and the party’s other legislators will also get major responsibilities. Mr. Chautala, who was speaking to journalists in Sirsa, said that the decision of State government to empower the village panchayat to ban the sale of liquor in its jurisdiction will show revolutionary results in the coming days. “It’s just the beginning of a new era and the government will ensure unprecedented development in Haryana,” he said. Panel for CMPResponding to the common minimum programme, the Deputy Chief Minister said that all development works which had been announced will be completed and a committee has been set up for the purpose. Mr. Chautala said the committee will prepare a road map to give further impetus to the announcements of the common minimum programme.Hitting out at the Opposition, he said the State government has procured more paddy than its target.last_img read more

Ashwin’s omission a surprise

first_imgR AshwinWhy R Ashwin was not played in the crucial semi-final between India and Pakistan is the question that stumped many cricket bookies and punters.One of the bookies said on Wednesday that they were positive that India would still be able to win the match against Pakistan after the hosts scored 260 runs. “At one time when Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar were going well, there was speculation that the score could reach 350 and there were many bets to that effect also.However, 260 was a surprise as, most of the punters had bet that India would easily go past 300,” said the bookie. He added that even after India had scored 260 which seemed to be a below par score, the odds were still stacked against Pakistan. India was going at 70 paise while Pakistan at Rs 1.40.last_img read more

a month ago​Inter Milan look to China for new shirt sponsor

first_img​Inter Milan look to China for new shirt sponsorby Ian Ferrisa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChinese real estate group Evergrande could become the main shirt sponsor of Inter Milan’s in 2021, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, reports, www.sportspromedia.com/.Exploratory talks have reportedly taken place between the two parties over potential partnerships in the future, including Evergrande possibly replacing long-term shirt sponsor Pirelli when the tyre brand’s contract with the club expires in 2021.The Italian club have had Pirelli’s logo on their kit dating back to the 1995/96 season, which currently earns them €10.5 million (US$11.6 million) per year, but Gazzetta says Inter owner Zhang Jindong is seeking greater revenue opportunities for the team as they bid to stay in touch with the rest of the European elite.Apparently helping Evergrande’s cause is that it has in the past worked closely with Jindong’s company Suning Holdings Group, which acquired a majority stake in Inter for a reported €270 million (US$299 million) back in June 2016.Evergrande is already closely involved with soccer after buying Chinese Super League team Guangzhou Evergrande in 2010, currently managed by former Inter defender Fabio Cannavaro. TagsSerie A NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

7 days agoBrambati: AC Milan refused to sign Ribery for Gattuso

first_imgBrambati: AC Milan refused to sign Ribery for Gattusoby Carlos Volcano7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Serie A defender Massimo Brambati says AC Milan were wrong to dump Rino Gattuso.Brambati also insists Gattuso was blocked from signing Franck Ribery before he joined Fiorentina.”I still don’t understand why Milan took this long path round with Marco Giampaolo only to then get Stefano Pioli,” Brambati told TMW Radio.“It was better to stick with Gattuso and follow his ideas, as in a meeting he had asked them to sign three experienced players, including two who were free agents.“Gattuso had requested Ribery as one of the names, who was then brought to Fiorentina by Luca Toni and is doing a great job there.“Instead, Milan rejected Gattuso and all his proposals.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Video: Amari Cooper Froze Up At The Mic On Family Feud

first_imgLane Kiffin talking to Amari Cooper.TUSCALOOSA, AL – NOVEMBER 15: Offensive Coordinator Lane Kiffin of the Alabama Crimson Tide converses with Amari Cooper #9 prior to facing the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 15, 2014 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Former Alabama star and current Oakland Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper will be appearing on a celebrity edition of “Family Feud” this Sunday. Alongside Steve Smith, Brandon Marshall and others, Cooper will be representing the “AFC Offense” against an “NFC Defense” squad that includes Arizona Cardinals DB Tyrann Mathieu, Philadelphia Eagles DB Malcolm Jenkins and Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis. In his match-up with Mathieu, Cooper beat the ex-LSU star to the buzzer when asked to name someone people are excited to see once a year. From there though, Cooper got stage fright, and could only manage some awkward laughter. The video of the clip, released in advance of the show, can be found below. The episode featuring Cooper will air at 8 p.m. ET Sunday night on ABC. Hopefully the rest of Cooper’s appearance went more smoothly than that clip did.[ SDS ]last_img read more

Ottawas changes to pipeline approval process not enough say some First Nations

first_imgAPTN National News OTTAWA—Three major First Nation organizations representing chiefs from British Columbia, Manitoba and Quebec, said Friday the federal Liberal government’s announced changes to the pipeline review process doesn’t quite go far enough.The Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador (AFNQL), the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs  (AMC) and the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs (UBCIC) issued a statement Thursday saying they want deeper changers to consultation and the environmental assessments of proposed pipeline projects.Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr and Environment Minister Catherine McKenna unveiled transitional changes to the review process of TransCanada’s Energy East and Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline projects.The ministers said the federal government would be directly engaging First Nations in consultation on the projects beyond the regulatory review process led by the National Energy Board (NEB).The chiefs from the three organizations said the changes do little to improve the NEB, which they consider as simply a “rubber stamper that pays only lip services to the respect for the position for the positions and rights of First Nations.”Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, president of the UBCIC, said he was particularly concerned about Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline.Phillip acknowledged that the Liberal government has said it plans to engage in direct consultation with First Nations once the NEB wraps up its review in May of the pipeline project which will carry Alberta-mined bitumen to Burnaby, B.C.“Ultimately, how are we any better off today than yesterday as far as the Kinder Morgan project goes?” said Phillip. “What we need is the federal government’s willingness to take no for an answer from First Nations like Tsleil-Waututh Nation who are exercising their sovereign decision-making power.”AFNQL regional Chief Ghislain Picard said the Liberals should have first consulted with First Nations before unveiling their changes to the pipeline approval process.“We could have signaled ahead of time that such reforms did not go nearly far enough,” said Picard. “At a time when First Nations are already suffering major climate change related impacts to their ways of life, one of our main concerns is that the new climate test that these pipelines will be subjected to will not sufficiently reflect the urgency with which we need to reduce emissions and get off fossil fuels.”Carr said Wednesday that the Liberal government would be consulting with First Nations before introducing an overhaul of the regulatory approval process of pipelines and other large natural resource projects. He said the changes announced Wednesday will remain in place until the federal government unveils its permanent retooling of the approval process.AMC Grand Chief Derek Nepinak said some of his organization’s member First Nations were “shocked” the Liberals did not apply the additional consultation promised for the Energy East and Trans Mountain projects to Enbridge’s proposed Line 3 project.“The threat of climate change is such that the real issue is whether we will survive as a civilization and whether there will even be an economy left to speak of,” said Nepinak.The Iroquois Caucus, which represents the communities of Kanesatake, Kahnawake, Akwesasne, Oneida Nation of the Thames, Six Nations, Tyendinaga and the Wahta Mohawks, also issued a statement saying while they still oppose Energy East, the communities are still looking forward to consultation with Ottawa.“We are willing to meet with the senior Crown representatives to participate in the development of a meaningful process that is consistent with the historic Two-Row relationship with the Haudenosaunee and the legal obligations of the Crown to address and accommodate First Nation concerns including the shortcomings of the (NEB) process,” said the statement.In an interview with APTN during the last federal election campaign, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he believed First Nations had the right to reject projects on their [email protected]@APTNNewslast_img read more