Press release: UK gifts historic shipwrecks to Canada

first_imgThe two ships, under the command of Rear-Admiral Sir John Franklin, set sail from England in 1845 on an ill-fated voyage through the Canadian Arctic to find the Northwest Passage. During the treacherous journey, the ships became trapped in thick sea ice. The crews abandoned the ships to trek overland to safety, but tragically none survived.Despite many attempts to locate the wrecks, they proved elusive for over 172 years. In 1997, the UK and Canadian governments signed an agreement giving custody and control of the wrecks and their contents to Canada, while still remaining property of the UK.Thanks to Inuit knowledge of the area, along with state of the art technology, Erebus was finally located in 2014 and Terror two years later in 2016 in shallow Arctic Waters.In recognition of this momentous discovery, the British and Canadian governments jointly settled a new agreement. As of 26 April 2018, ownership of the vessels has been formally transferred to the government of Canada, and by extension, the Inuit Heritage Trust.Artefacts from the wrecks will be available for display at museums in both countries. Currently there are examples on display at the Canadian Museum of History as part of the “Death in the Ice” exhibit.Canadian Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna said: The story behind these vessels is both fascinating and incredibly important to the history of both our nations. The UK joined forces with the Canadian government and Inuit population to search for these ships for 172 years and I’m delighted they will now be protected for future generations. Ownership of the two shipwrecks, HMS Erebus and HMS Terror, two of the most archaeologically important shipwrecks in the world, was formally transferred to the Canadian government with the signing of a Deed of Gift at a ceremony today. With this historic transfer, Inuit of Nunavut, who played a key role in their discovery, will also become joint owners of the wrecks and artefacts.The ceremony at the Canadian Museum of History saw the Canadian Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, accept ownership of the wrecks on behalf of Canada from the UK government, represented by the British High Commissioner Susan le Jeune d’Allegeershecque CMG. Mr Torsten Diesel, from the Inuit Heritage Trust spoke of the importance of this transfer to Inuit.The gifting is an historic milestone in the long-standing cooperation between the UK and Canada on the issue.Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said: I would like to express my deepest gratitude to the United Kingdom for this exceptional gift of the wrecks of HMS Erebus and HMS Terror and all yet-to-be discovered artifacts. Moving forward, we will work with the Inuit Heritage Trust to ensure these historic treasures are protected, and that the intriguing and expanding story of the Franklin Expedition continues to be shared with Canada and the world. We have deep historic links with Canada and this gift is testament to our prospering relationship.last_img read more

Top 4 things in this week’s British Baker magazine

first_imgTo subscribe to British Bakerclick here Here we look at some of the leading items and content in the magazine version of British Baker. To subscribe to British Baker see here.1) British Baker readers helped stock a Romanian orphanageAn appeal for equipment last year led to donations from Brook Food Processing Equipment, and to financial donations from Tom Herbert of the Hobbs House Bakery and Joyce Jones of Bath Bakery.2) 2014 Baking Industry Awards launched in full!Do you have what it takes to be a winner? Enter here.3) Mix it up – the latest on essential kitAll the best in mixer technology!4) Why Brazil is the flavour inspiration of the yearCheck out our flavourings & colourings insight featurelast_img

KLP unfazed by emergence of potential rivals

first_imgNorway’s leading local authority pension scheme provider believes the impact of municipal reform on its client base will be minor.Under the reform, the number of administrative regions in the country is being reduced, creating larger local authorities. This could give them critical mass to justify forming their own independent pension funds. Kommunal Landspensjonskasse (KLP) is the main provider of staff pension schemes for local authorities.Reporting interim figures for July to September, KLP said: “There were small movements in the customer volume, but the ongoing council and regional reforms could lead to small changes and the company is following this closely.”In the the case of Asker, for example – a municipality close to Oslo – the region is merging with the neighbouring municipalities of Hurum and Røyken at the beginning of 2020. Since Asker already has its own pension fund, one option is for the new merged authority to use this arrangement for incoming staff, rather than KLP, but no decision on this has yet been taken by the local authorities.Oliver Siem, KLP’s director for finance, told IPE: “We know many municipalities will merge, but only a few that merge will potentially move into a municipality with a self-managed pension fund. “Our estimations show that the potential volume of pensions assets will be limited and not significant to our business.”KLP reported small changes to its overall customer volume in the third quarter. The group’s premium income in the period fell to NOK8.8bn (€933m) from NOK10bn in the same period last year.In the third quarter, KLP reported that it had picked up its first new independent municipal pension fund client through offering a new combination of services.“This is the first customer KLP has won with a new solution for independent pension funds,” the firm said – although it declined to name the new client.While KLP Forsikringservice (Insurance Service) is not a new line of business, it has mainly provided actuarial services in the past, Siem explained.“The new client has asked for several services provided by the company, and in that sense [it is] the first client on a broader platform,” he said.But KLP does not expect this type of service to become a large part of its business as there are only a limited number of potential clients, he added.last_img read more

Recalling District Six

first_imgWhen the apartheid government swooped on District Six, Cape Town in 1965, forcibly removing its occupants and declaring the area a “whites-only” zone, the rich fabric of an impoverished but vibrant community was torn to shreds.Declaring District Six as a whotes only area by the apartheid government destroyed the vibrant multiracial community on the outskirts of Cape Town. (Image: District Six Museum)Brand South Africa reporterOver 60 000 people were wrenched from their homes, livelihoods, community centres and societal networks, and relocated to the bleak plains of the Cape Flats, several kilometres away.District Six in Cape Town and Sophiatown in Johannesburg, both sites of diverse and vibrant subcultures, posed similar threats to the apartheid government, which was intent on enforcing “separate development” for different ethnic groups. Sophiatown was razed to the ground in 1957 to make way for the “white area” of Triomf (meaning “triumph” in Afrikaans).In an effort to preserve the memories of District Six and create a monument to the thousands of people around the country forcibly relocated under apartheid, the District Six Museum Foundation was established in 1989. In 1994, the District Six Museum came into being.According to the museum’s website, the museum “came into being as a vehicle for advocating social justice, as a space for reflection and contemplation, and as an institution for challenging the distortions and half-truths which propped up the history of Cape Town and South Africa.A map of what was once District Six at the District Six Museum. (Image: District Six Museum)“The Museum is committed to telling the stories of forced removals, and assisting in the reconstitution of the community of District Six and Cape Town by drawing on a heritage of non-racialism, non-sexism, anti-class discrimination and the encouragement of debate.”The District Six Museum is a heritage project in itself. Part of its mission is to provide the space for former inhabitants of District Six to share and explore their memories and develop new interpretations of both the past and the present. The museum also functions as a forum where debate and policy development is initiated.The museum houses an impressive collection of historical materials, photographs, paintings, artifacts, physical remains like street signs, books and studies as well as audio-visual recordings of District Six, most which were donated by its former residents.The museum has several partnerships with other dispossessed communities, both in South Africa and around the world. It is a founder member of the International Coalition of Historical Site Museums of Conscience.The museum, the Stepping Stones Children’s Centre and Ons Plek, a shelter for girls, are all housed together in a building belonging to the Central Methodist Mission in Cape Town. The museum is geared for individuals as well as group and school tours, and is open from 9am to 1pm on Mondays and 9am to 4pm from Tuesdays to Saturdays.There is also a bookshop and coffee shop, and the museum’s Memorial Hall is available for hire for conferences or other gatherings.Source: District Six MuseumWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

NRC a botched-up exercise: Mamata Banerjee

first_imgDescribing the National Register of Citizens in Assam as a “botched up exercise”, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday said that those who tried to extract political mileage out of it will have to answer the nation. She also said that the exercise was guided by “ulterior motive rather than good of society and larger interest of nation”.“The NRC fiasco has exposed all those who tried to take political mileage out of it. They have a lot to answer to the nation. This is what happens when an act is guided by an ulterior motive rather than the good of the society and the larger interest of the nation,” she tweeted.Earlier in the day, the final list of NRC in Assam was published in which 19 lakh people were excluded. The Trinamool Congress chairperson has been one of the most vocal critics of the exercise and had even sent a team of her party MPs to take stock of the situation in Assam.“My heart goes out to all those, especially the large number of Bengali-speaking brothers and sisters, who are made to suffer because of this botched-up process,” she added.Ms. Banerjee had during the campaign described NRC as a conspiracy against Bengali speaking people.Meanwhile, State BJP president Dilip Ghosh said that the BJP will start a similar exercise in West Bengal if voted to power in the state.last_img read more

Torres, Castillo exit as Pumas announce transfers

first_imgTransfers Pumas sign Iturbe, Malcorra confirm Castillo, Torres exits Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author 04:55 6/5/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Erick Torres Pumas Liga MX Getty Images Transfers Pumas Liga MX The Mexico City side is bringing in a pair of Tijuana players but bidding farewell to a pair of forwards Pumas are looking to retool after last tournament’s seventh-place finish, announcing a number of transfers as preseason training nears ahead of the 2018 Apertura.Star forward Nicolas Castillo’s rumored move to Benfica has been completed, and former Houston Dynamo striker Erick “Cubo” Torres also is set to leave the club. The forwards had diverse levels of success, with Castillo powering Pumas’ attack with 25 goals scored over three tournaments. Torres arrived from MLS in the winter and scored just twice for the club with both goals coming in Copa MX.Torres is headed north again, but stopping just before the U.S.-Mexico border to join Club Tijuana. Defender Luis Fuentes, a regular who saw time in 18 of Pumas’ 19 matches last season, also is joining Xolos.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Pumas are getting a pair of players coming the other way from Tijuana with midfielders Juan Iturbe and Víctor Malcorra arriving. Itrube missed most of the season with an ACL injury suffered at the beginning of the Clausura while Malcorra helped Xolos to the Liga MX semifinal.The midfield also will be bolstered by Martin Rodriguez, who spent the last year at Cruz Azul. The 23-year-old Chilean can play on the wing or as an attacking midfielder.Miguel Fraga, formerly Atlas’ goalkeeper, also will join Pumas, ending a long hunt to upgrade at that position after bidding farewell to veteran shot-stopper Alejandro Palacios in 2017. Pumas raced out to an early lead in the 2018 Clausura after finishing in last place in the 2017 Apertura. The team cooled off, but manager David Patino still was able to get the side into the Liguilla where they were eliminated by Club America.The Liga MX Apertura will begin July 20, the league announced Monday, with transfers set to be finalized Wednesday in the league’s annual ‘draft’.last_img read more

Steve Watterson (QLD) – 2017 Volunteer Of The Year Award Nominee

first_imgHaving been a part of the Sharks Volunteer crew since 2004, Steve has been a constant familiar face and very well liked amongst the Sharks playing group. SQBD prides itself on setting the standard on and off the field and it has been Steve’s contributions over the many years which has assisted in setting its off-field professionalism and standards. The fact that Steve is prepared to drive 16 hours to take equipment to a tournament to ensure Sharks players receive the same service as any other at another proves his importance to this organisation. As a result of his work and commitment at South Queensland Touch, Steve has also been awarded a life membership. He has also been a long-term member of the South Queensland Board of Directors and still currently supervises junior selection programs.last_img read more