first_imgAttorney General Basil Williams greeted the Appellate Court’s decision to overturn the High Court’s ruling that the PPP’s NCM was valid with a 33-seat majority by declaring it was “business as usual”. One can only presume that the corruption, rising “serious” crime rate, graft, political witch-hunting, discrimination (jobs only for friends and PNC members), racially skewed appointments to state positions (16 out of 17 Permanent Secretaries of one ethnic group – African Guyanese), extravaganzas, no-job creation etc. that characterised the status quo ante will continue.But corruption, crime and lack of job opportunities are highest on the minds of the populace right now – just as it was during the PNC’s first stint at the helm of the state back in the 1970s. It does not appear that the PNC has learnt anything from that experience. It is demonstrably incapable of running a free enterprise because its insistence on government by fiat is fundamentally opposed to the creative and unfettered environment necessary to stimulate business success and job creation.One of the major reasons for the change of government in 2015 was that the PNC-led Opposition made charges of “corruption” against the PPP administration an article of faith in the minds of many. As such, they inevitably established a de facto standard for evaluating their performance on corruption once in Government.But, very early on, there were signals that rather than resolving the problem, the coalition Government was going to simply redefine and deepen it. There was the acknowledgement by the AFC, for example, that a huge campaign contributor, who had been awarded Government approval for a wind farm, had financed their headquarters. The party leader, Minister Trotman, candidly proposed that businessmen make “investments” in political parties for which they expect “returns”.The revelation that $768 million was expended by private business contributors for the Government to build Jubilee Stadium at D’Urban Park raised questions as to who actually made these “investments”, and which government contracts were awarded as “returns”. Those questions have never been answered.There was the $2 billion invested by the Government to save face to complete the project.There followed the “bottom-house” Pharma warehouse that eventually cost taxpayers over $500 million; subverting the procurement mechanism with the $632 million pharma purchase from Ansa at double previous prices; hiding the measly US$18 million Exxon bonus: issuing fuel-import licences to cronies who engage in massive fuel smuggling; sole-sourcing and later discarding of a $143 million bid for the DHB design; the collusion with the Chinese contractor on the CJIA, to deliver a substandard airport below the original specifications yet costing billions more. And all of this in a mere four years; imagine what their record would be if they are allowed to control the Consolidated Fund when oil begins flowing. No wonder they are fighting so desperately to gain time to complete their electoral fiddling arrangements.The British statesman Lord Acton had posited, “All power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely.” But in Guyana, it would appear that we have turned the aphorism on its head: Corruption is power, and absolute corruption is absolute power. We had seen this ironic but ultimately tragic inversion during the first period of PNC rule in Guyana after elections began to be routinely rigged after 1968. The lesson, we would posit, is that once the rot of corruption is given an excuse, it inevitably spreads throughout the body politic until the entire political, social and economic edifice crumbles, as it did by 1989.What is most insidious when corruption becomes endemic is that while the corrupter from outside the Government and the “corruptee” from within both satisfy their immediate desire for quick material gains, the corrupters who are members of society now accept the status quo, and corruption quickly becomes institutionalised. Everyone soon seeks to have someone whom he/she can bribe – from the Policeman on the roads to the Minister in his office – and boasts about having “lines”. Guyana will then become a failed state even though the oil will flow.Guyanese must ensure history does not repeat itself.last_img read more

first_img400 evacuees from Taal eruption take refuge in Mt. Banahaw LATEST STORIES Subido stopped playing for the Tigers in 2017, opting to sharpen his game in different amateur leagues, while the UST program struggled to put wins on the board—before returning when Aldin Ayo was hired to call the shots a year later.“It was a tough decision, the fact that you are leaving UST, you are leaving the UAAP, but that’s one sacrifice I had to make to become the player that I am today,” said Subido, who finished with 14 points on 4-of-9 shooting from three-point territory.“This is really big for the Thomasian community. Honestly, we deserved this win. We just wanted to give back to the community. From Day 1 they started supporting us, and believed in us. A lot of people doubted us but they’re still there.”Subido’s shot and the two free throws by Soulemane Chabi Yo with 4.4 seconds remaining to ice the game kept the Tigers’ dream playoff run going.UST has strung up three straight do-or-die victories thus far.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown01:54MMDA deploys rescue team to Batangas following Taal eruption 2 village execs nabbed in Bohol buy-bust DSWD Bicol donates P1.5M worth of food packs for Taal eruption evacuees Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of Santo Tomas guard Renzo Subido played the scenario in his head time and time again. Ball in his hands, game on the line and a shot from beyond  the arc.On Wednesday night, he dug that moment out of his mind and dumped it on the hard court: In front of one of the biggest crowds of the tournament, Subido let the ball fly from five feet beyond the arc over University of the Philippines center Bright Akhuetie and nailed the three-pointer that will go down as one of the signature shots of UAAP Season 82—and his young career.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study Andray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai Sotto Subido’s cold blooded 3 over Akhuetie not just luck: ‘I always practice it’ ‘People evacuated on their own’ Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee MOST READ “Usually the night before the game, I visualize and I simulate in my head all the possible scenarios,” said Subido, after his 27-footer with 23.6 seconds proved to be the go-ahead basket that lifted the Growling Tigers to a pulsating 68-65 victory over the Fighting Maroons in their sudden-death battle played before a crowd of 18,548 at MOA Arena.“I took the shot because Bright did not get any closer. I’ve been practicing those every day and I was confident. It’s all about mental preparation.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4It was only fitting that Subido, who was staring at the end of his collegiate career, buried the dagger that put the second-seeded Maroons to the sword as UST overhauled its enemy’s twice-to-beat advantage and entered the finals for the first time since 2015.Subido’s career with UST had been littered with disappointment and heartbreaking results as the program underwent a period of transition following their previous finals appearance in Season 78. He sustained an ACL injury that season and missed the finals duel against Far Eastern U. It doesn’t get any easier, though, as they’ll be up against the unbeaten two-time defending champion Ateneo Blue Eagles in the best-of-three finals starting on Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.“We haven’t achieved anything yet,” Ayo said in Filipino. “I had to temper the reactions because some of the players were celebrating and some members of the coaching staff were crying. We have to refocus.”This was a win worth savoring as the two teams battled tooth and nail with their seasons on the line. The Tigers roared to a strong start, 18-6, behind a couple of Subido triples, before the Maroons finally hit their stride.A Kobe Paras jam put UP in front, 65-61, with 1:53 left, but Rhenz Abando trimmed the gap with a fast break layup.Then there was Subido’s big shot, which came with UST hitting just six of their 38 shots from beyond the arc.“Just like what coach Aldin is always saying, it’s our system,” Subido said.“We’re gonna live and die with the three-point shots. Of course there was pressure but we’ve been through a lot already. I’ve experienced losing with UST, and I just told myself I don’t want to be part of that anymore.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

first_imgAn important date in the diary of many local parents is the registration day for Pinehill Studios at Mountain Top Letterkenny. This September 1st is the day for all new and returning students to sign up for all classes for children and teens. Here, the Pinehill Studios team share a look at all the in-demand classes coming up this year:We are at the beginning of the new school year and you might be wondering what you and your family are going to get up to this year or where you might go for fun afterschool activities and keeping active. Our multi-award winning studio is located at the Mountain Top area of Letterkenny and has great facilities, friendly instructors and professional management.  The instructors are all experts and fully qualified as well as being professionals in their relevant fields.Sarah-Marie McDevitt from Pinehill Studios at Mountain Top Letterkenny would like to invite new and returning students to their ANNUAL Registration Day on Saturday 1st September 2018 12-2pm:“We at Pinehill Studios are very excited about the coming 2018/19 school year. All our children and teen classes run alongside the traditional school year, so as instructors we get just as excited about back to school as our students”.  “This year we have both BRAND NEW and our favourite well established programs returning and we are delighted with the well-rounded and expansive classes that are offered at Pinehill Studios,” Sarah-Marie says.There is a HUGE variety of activities to choose from; including artistic activities such as musical theatre and arts and crafts, many styles of dance – including ballet, contemporary, disco freestyle, hip-hop and Irish dancing.  Added to the timetable this year is Piano lessons, Lego afterschool club and Rinka Kids fun fitness. While each of our internal schools/facilitators and Instructors are holding their registration day at Pinehill Studios independently; we welcome anyone who might be interested to come and chat to us and we’d be happy to give you more information, show you around our facility and meet the instructors – who knows you might even find a class to take that you never would have thought to inquire about, so come meet us all from 12-2pm on the 1st of September at Pinehill StudiosCLASSES INCLUDE:FacilitatorClassesPinehill StudiosHip Hop, Lyrical, Piloxing, the MixOn Cue Cultural and performing ArtsMusical TheatreDance with me BabyParent & Toddler classesHayden School of Irish DanceIrish DancingMichaela Allen School of DanceDisco FreestyleKatriona McNamee School of DanceBallet & ContemporaryArt FarmCreative Learning, Arts & CraftsHealing Flow YogaYogaPumpFit Letterkenny & Donegal TownPumpFitFusion Fitness & DanceCardio CeiliEamonn Patrick PianoRinka LetterkennyRinka Fun FitnessBricks 4 Kidz – County DonegalLego Click on each poster image to see more!Now that you know the children are going to be having a fabulous time… what about some time for the adults? With as much variety for the adults you can choose from high energy fitness classes, such as Piloxing,  Piloxing Knockout or revisit your childhood and come to an Adult Hip Hop (The MIX) or Irish Dancing (Cardio Ceili) class.  If you’re interested in toning up and feeling calm and mindful join our Yoga classes.If you would like any further details on the activities held at Pinehill Studios, you can go to to see all the class timetables, and further contact details for all the instructors at the studio.Registration Day at Pinehill Studios is just around the corner was last modified: August 29th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)Tags:activitiesDANCEKidsPinehill Studiosregistration daylast_img read more

first_imgCCH Tax Day ReportDeclining audit rates reflect budget cuts, Tammy Ripperda, deputy commissioner, Small Business/Self Employed Division, IRS, told practitioners at the May Meeting of the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Taxation on May 12 in Washington, D.C. In response, the Service is working to improve efficiencies in operations and reduce taxpayer burdens, Ripperda said.The IRS audited 0.7 percent of all individual income tax returns in calendar year (CY) 2015 (IR-2017-69; TAXDAY, 2017/03/31, I.3). Approximately two-thirds of individual audits were correspondence audits and one-third were field audits, the Service reported.The Service is doing more with less, Ripperda said, and this impacts audit coverage. One practitioner noted that entrepreneurs appear to be subject to audits more than other taxpayers.Ripperda also described a pilot program involving online communications with taxpayers. “We can send a document request to the taxpayer and the taxpayer can upload documents in response,” Ripperda said. Both the taxpayer and the taxpayer’s representative have to go through an authentication process, she explained, adding that “the pilot is invitation only.”In other news, the IRS is seeing a significant uptick in direct debit installment agreements, Ripperda said. Direct debit installment agreements have the payments directly debited or withheld from a checking account.By George L. Yaksick, Jr., Wolters Kluwer News Stafflast_img read more

first_imgIs it a surprise that Philadelphia knows how to throw an epic July 4th celebration?The team behind the blockbuster Wawa Welcome America festival has been throwing massive Independence Day (and week!) celebrations for more than a quarter of a century — and 2018 will be no different.WAWA WELCOME AMERICA FAST FACTSThe massive, multi-day July 4th celebration runs from June 28 to July 4.Pitbull headlines the FREE Wawa Welcome America July 4th Concert on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.The Wawa Welcome America July 4th Fireworks show after the concert will be the largest show in a decade.Celebrating the nation’s birthday for the 26th year in a row, Wawa Welcome America — one of the biggest events of the entire year in Philly — is a multi-day party with 50 free events (!) for all ages throughout the city, including concerts, a parade and fireworks.Speaking of concerts, the giant free concert on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on July 4th features a different set of talented musicians each year, and this year, global hip-hop star Pitbull will headline the huge concert. (Photo courtesy Pitbull) Make plans to catch global hip-hop superstar Pitbull — for free! — at the big Wawa Welcome America July 4th Concert this Independence Day on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.Pitbull — or “Mr. Worldwide,” as he’s also known — is the star behind hits like Timber, Give Me Everything and I Know You Want Me. He’s sold six million albums and 70 million singles, and had No. 1 hits in more than 15 countries.The Parkway stage will also welcome Heather Headley, a Grammy Award-winning R&B, gospel and Broadway star who has toured with Andrea Bocelli. The Philly POPS BIG Band and R&B singers Tiffany Jones, Alita Moses and Desahanna Wooden will perform as well.After the festivities on stage, a huge fireworks show will fill the sky above the Philadelphia Museum of Art. This year’s spectacle promises to be the largest July 4th fireworks show in more than a decade.Can’t make it to the Parkway? The celebration will be broadcasted live throughout the Philadelphia area on NBC10 and broadcasted in Spanish on Telemundo62.More info on the other 49 free events going down during the 26th annual Wawa Welcome America festival will be announced in May, so stay tuned. Wawa Welcome America July 4th Concert Featuring PitbullWhen:Wednesday, July 4, 7-10 p.m. Where:Benjamin Franklin Parkway Cost:Free www.welcomeamerica.comlast_img read more

first_img It is easy for many organizations to say that they support innovation.  They discuss how they are going about it and how they are providing some resources towards the effort.  But when you pull back the surface, you find that they are not really supporting it.  Their reward systems that do not support innovation just stifle it.  They have review systems designed to ensure only completed projects and programs are recognized and they only reward success.  Lastly, they only look at today’s results and not towards the future.  The talk says “go innovate,” but the walk clearly supports only taking risks that will ensure success. In my initial overview, I stated that I felt that there were 3 items necessary for innovation.  The first, the resources, I covered in my first entry. This one is geared towards the second which is the Culture to support innovation.THE CULTURE By only supporting the incremental improvements within the organization, we take no risks.  This will force teams to think about small next steps and will in turn hamper our organizations ability to drive innovative thinking.  This keeps us  away from the art of the possible.  Here at Intel, we use possibility thinking in order to keep the innovation going.  Possibility thinking is starting with a clear definition of where you want to be and then spending time trying to figure out what has to happen to make it true. Not focusing on the next single improvement, but rather the whole picture first.  This frees us from the constraints of the current system and processes and allows for a more open field of possible routes to get to a solution.  I like to think of it as the difference between a great sprint hurdler and a fair one…A great one focuses on the finish line and the hurdles are where they know them to be; a fair one only focuses on the next hurdle. This helps set the mindset, but does not always lead to success.  In order to drive towards innovative thinking, failure has to be an option.  Understanding that the lessons that you learn from failure leads to success is the key to any learning organization.  When you are a child, you do lots of things you should not, but through learning the hard way, you find the paths that work.  Within companies, we need to do the same.  If every project  was exactly the same, every issue was exactly the same, all the same people were involved and no human error possible, then maybe we could follow exactly the same method to get to the same result.  But in my experience, that is seldom the true.  Budgets are different, new people come onto the projects, new businesses are being driven, new capabilities are desired, and these force us into coming up with new capabilities and solutions.  Also, in my experience, any successful project or innovation is made up of lots of failure to achieve the results.  Support of these failures is critical to their ultimate success.  Innovation happens more frequently.  Support of failure does not mean that you need to build out a new reward system that provides monetary compensation for each failure  Congratulations Bob that is your third failure this week, here is your bonus!”  It means that you recognize it, don’t spend time looking for who is at fault and penalize everyone, but focus on what was learned from the failure and how to overcome it.  How can you avoid it in the future and strive for better results?  This is one reason that small companies or newer companies can innovate faster in many cases.  They do not have the time to search for all the guilty parties and punish them in their reviews, they have to continuously evolve and deliver quickly, which forces them to adapt and learn from these mistakes.  They are also very focused on the goal and not always married to the path to deliver.  This frees them from the constraints and allows for more dynamic approaches.The third, and hardest part of innovation culture is to simply stop things.  When innovations are not panning out, delivering the results expected, or driving to the capability you thought, you need to stop the work and simply move on.  This is much harder for people and organizations to do as any innovation begins with a passionate individual or group that truly invests in the direction.  Stopping this is a bit like stopping an aircraft carrier in  that it takes time and much directed energy to stop.  While very difficult, it is a critical step in managing those critical resources you have directed towards innovation. Here in Intel IT, we build stage gates to manage our ability to stop things.  We look at innovation in four steps:1.       Basic Research – Where we are scanning technologies, futurists, research companies and some universities for leading-edge thought on what we might want to work on next. (10% of our time in IT Labs, with no expectation of yield)2.       Proof of technology – Where we bring in capability and test our hypothesis on whether this will work to help us solve problems (30% of our time, with an expectation of about 50% yield)3.       Proof of concepts – This is where we know what we would like to solve based on the capabilities we discovered in the proof of technologies, and we assign goals to the business case and test in live situations (30% of our time, with an expectation of about 60-70% yield)4.       Pilot/transfer – This is where we work with our services delivery groups to do the final proof and production implementation of the  capability (30% of our time, with about a 90% yield)Our process is completely supported by our reward system and our culture to ensure that we focus on our big business problems and deliver solutions to help move us faster.  We also are lucky that here at Intel, innovation is in our DNA.  We keep in mind some wise words of one of our original founders, Robert Noyce.Don’t be encumbered by the past, go off and do something wonderful! – Robert Noyce In my next entry, I will discuss the problems and how you need to think in order to guide any innovation process.last_img read more

first_imgAjax coach Erik ten Hag refused to be drawn on the future of star midfielder Frenkie de Jong after the 21-year-old was linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain.De Jong is the latest Ajax youth product to garner attention from across Europe after impressing since making his first-team debut in 2016.Manchester City, Barcelona and PSG were said to be at the front of the queue for De Jong’s signature, with reports in the Netherlands suggesting the Ligue 1 champions had jumped ahead of their rivals. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! De Telegraaf claimed representatives of PSG and Ajax had met in Amsterdam to discuss De Jong, with a fee of €75 million (£67m/$86m) said to be the agreed price.The news of PSG’s interest is of no major concern to Ten Hag, who insists his squad – including De Jong – are solely focused on staying in touch with Eredivisie leaders PSV by beating PEC Zwolle on Saturday.”We know that the top five or six clubs are watching [De Jong],” he told a media conference.”But that’s been the case for a long time now. The rumours started at the start of the season and it hasn’t stopped since.”The rumours appeared again today and I’m sure it will stay like this for a while, but I think we’re handling it well.”I know this is a cliche but the players are focused on the next game. Frenkie too. The match against PEC is a tough one for us, so we are focused on that.”He added: “If it’s all true, Paris Saint-Germain is a very nice club, but there are several beautiful clubs. They are all top clubs.”Each player must personally make his choice.”last_img read more

first_img By Alecia Smith-Edwards, JIS Reporter Regulations under Jamaica’s anti-litter law, governing the proper disposal of solid waste, are currently being reviewed by the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development, with a view to strengthening the penalties for breaches. Portfolio Minister, Hon. Noel Arscott, who made the disclosure, says an increase in the attendant fines is being considered as part of efforts to discourage improper disposal and enforce conformity with the law. Addressing Friday’s (April 26) launch of phase two of the National Solid Waste Management Authority’s (NSWMA) Plastic Separation Pilot Project for Manchester at the Ingleside Wellness and Recreation Centre, Mr. Arscott described existing fines as “minimal”, compared to higher penalties which he said are imposed in other countries enforcing stipulated regulations, resulting in compliance by the populace. “We are not enforcing our laws (sufficiently). The fines are minuscule…$2000 (for each breach committed). But nevertheless, if we were enforcing it, as (small) as it is, it would have made a difference,” he said, noting that the NSWMA is revisiting the issue of enforcement. Despite these challenges, Mr. Arscott said Jamaica’s waste management programme, in general, has improved. He was, however, quick to point out that the country still has a long way to go to being in par with other nations having good track records in this area. He further stressed the role and responsibility of every citizen in ensuring Jamaica attains the international standard. The Minister advised that private sector input is being lobbied to assist in developing waste management systems that will complement the government’s efforts. To this end, he advised that stakeholders have been invited to submit proposals. Noting that a range of options are being explored, Mr. Arscott said some the proposals are looking at the possibility of converting waste to diesel fuel and generating electricity from discarded materials. The Minister advised that the NSWMA is also reviewing waste management procedures in several small landfills, such as the one serving Manchester and Clarendon. He informed that the intention is to decrease the amount of garbage processed at these facilities by recycling material that can be salvaged. In so doing, he said this will facilitate much needed space that can be utilized for other activities, citing, as an example, that one tonne of plastic bottles occupies some 7.4 cubic yards of land area.   Under the Plastic Separation Project, which commenced as a pilot in Manchester in February, 100 households in Greenvale, Ingleside, and Hope Village, are being targeted with residents being encouraged to separate plastic containers from their regular domestic waste, to facilitate seamless collection and disposal.   The pilot phase for the parish is scheduled to end in July.last_img read more

first_img(Gail Fawcett, who was stabbed to death July 21, 2015, is pictured here with her father Wallace.)Lucy Scholey APTN NewsSheila Fawcett-Yendall was driving to Ottawa when news came on the radio that a 54-year-old woman had been stabbed to death.She didn’t know it was her sister, Gail Fawcett.And she wouldn’t suspect Gail’s longtime partner, Gino Langevin, would be in the prisoner’s box after pleading guilty to manslaughter in the brutal killing of the mother from Aamjiwnaang First Nation in Sarnia, Ont.But that’s where Langevin was on Tuesday morning, with his head down and dabbing his face with tissues, as he listened to victim impact statements from Gail’s loved ones.“I miss my sister so very much and call out for her to visit me while I’m sleeping,” reads Sheila’s statement, which was read aloud during Langevin’s sentencing hearing.“This just wasn’t fair for her to be taken so soon and in a violent way by someone who loved her.”Langevin was high on cocaine July 21, 2015 when he chased after Gail with a knife outside their Anna Avenue home. The court heard how Gail had previously tried getting help for her lover.“I raised my eight children in a drug and alcohol free home,” said the statement of Wallace Fawcett, Gail’s father. “How did this come to happen that she be taken by the same things I fought so hard for my child not to have to endure, only to come back to her in this way.”Wallace said he struggles with constant headaches, a loss of appetite and depression. The aimless drives down back country roads can’t shake his heavy thoughts.“There is no sentence long enough to be given. (Gino) is still living and breathing, my daughter Gail is not,” he said.Gail was described as a loving mother, aunt and daughter whose laughter could fill a room at family gatherings.“I’ve lost family and friends but never have I ever imagined having to try to understand why this horrific event even took place,” said Tiauni Gray, Gail’s niece. “She was a beautiful person inside and out.”Derek Marriner, a paramedic who responded to Gail’s call that day in July 2015, described how Langevin also tried attacking him with a knife. Of all the calls Marriner has responded to, it’s that incident that has left him struggling with depression, guilt and PTSD.One of Gail’s three sons, Arnold, was apprehended into child care when he was young. Gail didn’t have a chance to reunite with him and meet his six children, the grandchildren she always wanted.But almost five months after the murder, Sheila was attending a First Nations winter gathering in Ottawa when she saw a familiar face in the crowd. A young man looked just like Gail’s other son, Jeremiah.“I thought to myself, is this Arnold, what joy I felt thinking this was him,” she said. She walked over and asked him his name and if he had been adopted from Sarnia, Ont.“The look on his face changed as if he had seen a ghost,” reads Sheila’s statement. “I knew right there, this was my sister Gail’s lost child that we searched for, for so many years… I knew she was here and that she had guided me to him.”Langevin is next due in court on April 24.The court is also expecting a Gladue report, a pre-sentencing document that considers the personal histories of Indigenous offenders, ahead of Langevin’s sentencing.lscholey@aptn.calast_img read more