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OPINION: Canada Rail Distruptions and the Need for Reconciliation

The local problem, which has sparked all this conflict, is a dispute over who represents aboriginal Canadians. Band councils running legally constituted reserves – highly autonomous local government units – within the traditional territory of the Wet’suwet’en people in northern British Columbia have signed off on a gas pipleline being built in the area, but their reserves are a tiny patchwork of territories that cover a small fraction of the region.…

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INDIA: BANKNOTES FOR VOTES CORRUPTS BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT

AS the afternoon heat ebbs in the middle of this Indian summer, a police team block a major highway outside the city of Nashik, in the western state of Maharashtra, rolling in wheeled yellow-coloured barricades. Soon a traffic jam builds up and policemen move from one car to another in search for cash, often hidden in door cavities or spare wheels.With…

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS SERVICES CORRESPONDENT HONOURED OVER CLIMATE CHANGE REPORTS

It is especially vulnerable to climate change given much of the country is low lying, with its communities built on the deltas of the Brahmaputra and Ganges rivers. His articles have documented how climate change is causing alarming erosion and landslides contributing to economic dislocation and uncontrolled migration.…

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COMMISSION SETS STRICTER CMR LIMITS FOR TEXTILES

The rules amend existing restrictions in the REACH chemicals regulation 1907/2006. They set maximum concentration limits for chemicals “particularly harmful in case of frequent contact with human skin”, the Commission said in an October 10 press note.

Permitted levels range from 1mg/kg for cadmium, chromium, arsenic, and lead to 3,000mg/kg for N,N-dimethylformamide (DMF).…

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WORLD’S SMALLEST COMMERCIAL RUNWAY REBUILT – IN SABA, DUTCH CARIBBEAN

The runway spans just 400 metres overlooking steep cliffs serving an island which is a dormant volcano with few stretches of flat land. The operator, Saba’s island government, has said that with Saba (population around 2,000) having no asphalt plant, longer-lasting concrete was a better financial choice.…

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PLANNED EU RULING MAY REGULATE TATTOO INKS FOR THE FIRST TIME TO AVOID HEALTH RISKS

While today 12 out of every 100 Europeans are tattooed or have some sort of permanent cosmetic treatment, experts are increasingly concerned that these skin colouring agents may contain hazardous substances, known or suspected to have adverse health effects causing cancer, allergies or mutations.…

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FINNISH FAST FOOD CHAIN HESBURGER TAKES ON THE CHALLENGES OF EAST EUROPEAN MARKETS

Turku-based Hesburger is now building sales in Belarus, having announced it would move into this country in 2017. This follows launches in Ukraine in 2015, and Bulgaria in 2016. Having branched abroad into Estonia first in 1996, now has 207 overseas outlets in eight countries (also including Russia, Latvia, Lithuania, as well as Germany, close to 271 it has in Finland.…

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SUCCESSFUL SPIRITS ENTREPRENEURS BUILD NEW HIGH-END RUM FACTORY ON GRENADA

The USD25 million Renegade Rum facility – due to open on July 1 – aims to eventually produce one million litres of exclusive, terroir-derived rum every year.

Using local sugarcane juice, rather than molasses, Renegade owners Mark Reynier, John Adams and Sir John Mactaggart plan to create premium rum at the distillery, near Upper Conference, St Andrew’s Parish, 11 miles north-east of Grenada’s capital, St George’s.…

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TRADITIONAL TRIBAL FABRIC-MAKING DRIVES INDONESIAN RUNWAY FASHION SALES

DRAWING inspiration from the sustainable fabric-making methods of Indonesia’s Baduy tribal community, who live in a remote region of Java, a high-profile Indonesian textile designer has commercialised is these textiles to create runway fashion for a global audience.

Woven fabric designs developed by Merdi Sihombing, called Suat Songket and Samping Aros, are “unique traditional weaving patterns that are used by the Baduy community,” Mr Sihombing told WTiN.com,…

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MASTERCARD PROGRAMME FINANCES INDIGENOUS HIGHER EDUCATION FUNDING SYSTEM MEETING LOCAL PRIORITIES

AN INNOVATIVE support programme funded by the Mastercard Foundation is seeking to boost participation of indigenous Canadian youth in higher education, which has historically been low compared to the general population.

The foundation, which funds education and financial services for underprivileged communities worldwide, is hoping that systems established in Vancouver Island University, on Canada’s Pacific coast, and Yukon College, in the far north-west, will help guide the development of follow-up projects.…

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