August 1, 2018 | by: johnoshea

99.3 The River News – Aug. 1/18

(ALL NEWS STORIES PROVIDED BY MBS NEWSROOM)

INDIAN SUMMER GAMES

Hundreds of kids from eleven Indigenous communities gathered for the first
day of the Indian Summer Games at Esgenoopetitj, formerly known as Burnt
Church, just 37 kilometres from Miramichi.

The event will take place over four days and will be held at different
places, depending on the sport. There will be soccer, basketball, swimming,
archery, among many others.

The local team plays against various times from neighbouring Indigenous
communities. Each team wears the colour to represent their community.

It’s hoped the games will become a stepping stone to taking part in the North
American Indigenous Games.

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Pellet Mill Announcement

Some good news is expected today on a major forestry development,
according to the Leader.

Northern Energy Solutions is set to reveal some details on its plans for a
$70 million pellet plant on the former UPM-Kymmene paper mill property. It’ll
be holding an open house at the Beaverbrook Kin Centre from 4:00pm to 8:00pm
(wed).

The company released information this week saying it’s still on track to
create about 65 direct jobs at the new facility, and 70 indirect positions in
the woodlands and trucking operations.

 
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Prison Assault

An inmate at the maximum security prison in Renous has been hospitalized
following an assault.

The Correctional Service of Canada says the incident occurred Sunday at the
Atlantic Institution. Officials say no staff members or other inmates were
injured.

They say the assailant has been identified and “appropriate actions have
been taken.”

 

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Phoenix Report

The Senate committee on national finance has released a scathing report on
the Phoenix debacle, calling for closer oversight of the responsible
departments.

Andre Pratte, an Independent Quebec senator, told reporters no one has
accepted responsibility for the failure of Phoenix or has been held to
account. The report says government needs to move away from a management
culture that plays down bad news and avoids responsibility, to one that
encourages employee engagement, feedback and collaboration.

A key recommendation is that, before moving forward with a new pay system,
the government should report to Parliament on the options being considered,
the cost of each option, and the impact on employees.

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MANAFORT

A lawyer for Paul Manafort says the former Trump campaign chair never
intended to deceive U-S authorities about his income or his foreign bank
accounts.

Attorney Thomas Zehnle said in his opening statement yesterday that Manafort
trusted others to keep track of the millions of dollars he was earning from
his Ukrainian political work.

The criminal proceedings are the first to stem from U-S Special Counsel
Robert Mueller’s (MULL’-urz) investigation into Russian election meddling.

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Veterans-Ombudsman-Report

The ombudsman for Canada’s veterans says while the federal government has
implemented a number of his recommendations over the years, veterans are
still finding difficulty accessing some benefits and services.

Guy Parent has released his 2018 report card, detailing Ottawa’s response to
recommendations made by the ombudsman’s office over the past 10 years.

Parent says progress has been made on the veterans file since his update last
year, adding that the government has addressed 46 of his 64 recommendations.

But he says among the most important recommendations of the 18 left untouched
is ensuring that veterans are being reimbursed for treatment expenses under
the Veterans Well-being Act, and retroactively to the original application
date.

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SPORTS

The Blue Jays dropped their second in a row in Oakland 6-2. The Red Sox lost
3-1 to the Phillies. Yankees beat Baltimore 6-3 to move to within five games
of Boston in the A-L East.