The Olympics will be held in Brazil this year. Despite the fears of side effects from the dreaded Zika virus, Jamaicans will be not only going to Brazil, they will be glued to television and radio stations during the Games, following in great detail the fortunes of our stars, who are expected to dominate the track and field section of the Games by winning the most gold medals.We didn’t get to be the ‘Sprint Capital’ of the world by chance. A significant reason for our dominance is rooted in the annual competition known as ‘Champs’. This annual ritual ensures that every schoolchild with talent is discovered and nurtured by coaches hoping to ensure that their charge goes on to not only secure points and bragging rights, but hopefully to become a future star who will regale a fawning public with stories about ‘who discovered me’.At my high school in the 60s, Wolmer’s Boys’, every one of the 600 enrolled boys had to enter at least one event in the eliminations for Sports Day. Thus raw and unexpected talent (mainly speed) was discovered and encouraged by House captains with an eye on winning on the day.Sports Day was also used as a trial for ‘Champs’. That same mindset now dominates the methods used to select the participants at ‘Champs’.Unfortunately, as Jamaica becomes more and more successful at sprinting (and now throwing) the quest to be the best seems to become the be all and end all of school. Sports and the financial benefits associated with excellence now trumps excellence at reading, writing and arithmetic.The recent innovation known as the Digicel Grand Prix provides financial benefits to schools and children who compete in weekend events in the months before Champs. This has resulted in our children competing almost on a weekly basis for points, which will add up to produce winners who are well rewarded.Unfortunately, this innovative method of incentives has forgotten that the participants are children, whose immature bodies are now stressed to unforeseen levels, resulting in what seems to me to be unprecedented levels of injuries that may derail the future potential of some of our more talented children.This incentivised desire to win at all costs is having a detrimental effect on our youngsters. Last Saturday’s well supported Gibson/McCook Relays is a case in point. I was shocked to see children running at maximum exertion in relays one or two hours apart, while open-mouthed reporters regaled the successful ones with unabashed praise, as if children performing multiple events in a 12-hour span is normal and should be encouraged.Years ago, the organisers of ‘Champs’ revised the number of events a child could enter after the great Lindy Delapenha, of Wolmer’s and Munro College, entered and did well in either eight or nine events.That limit has been further reduced by the governing body of ‘Champs’, ISSA, who apparently realised that these Games are for children!What I want to highlight in this article is the importance of refuelling after maximum exertion, a medical fact that can reduce the possibility of season-ending injury in children who are performing more than once in a 12-hour period.The three lines of defence after maximum exertion are fluid replacement, carbohydrate replacement and protein replacement.Drinking 16 to 24 ounces of fluid for every pound of weight lost in training or competition is strongly recommended. This fluid replacement will help to get the body of the child back in balance, remembering that sweat contains electrolytes (sodium, potassium and magnesium) therefore sports drinks are mandatory.During training and competition, the young athlete is relying mainly on stored carbohydrate fuel in the muscle, liver and blood to energise working muscles. Thus refuelling right after competitions (or exercise) can also decrease the chance of getting an injury. The muscle becomes a sponge ready to soak up and store needed ingredients for the next event.To complete the re-energising of muscles after training or competition, protein should be ingested in addition to the carbohydrate and fluids.A good rule is to eat or drink a healthy snack within 15 to 30 minutes of the event or hard training session and again two hours later. It is now well established that by adding protein to carbohydrate and fluids after competition, the body stores even more energy and recovers better than consuming carbohydrate alone.Athletes will find it hard to eat solid food after a hard workout or competition, so here are some suggestions for recovery fuel with at least 50 grammes of carbohydrate and 10 grammes of protein, necessary for maintaining good competitive health:(1) Eight ounces of orange juice and one small low fat yoghurt; (2) Eight ounces of Gatorade and one Power Bar; (3) eight ounces of apple juice and one peanut butter sandwich; (4) Twelve ounces soy milk and one ripe banana.These combinations are inexpensive and if consumed in the 15 to 30 minute window after competition can minimise the chance of injury while at ‘Champs’ or one of the other multi-event meets.
Tension is brewing in Ganta City over the surveying of a parcel of land where an old mosque and the building housing the United Bank of Africa (UBA), are situated.A group of youth led by Lusine Donzo said the survey was illegal and did not meet the consent of all parties, and therefore, they will not allow the survey to go on as scheduled.Donzo told newsmen that they will never allow the survey, “because the place in question belonged to our grandfather, and even the proceeding leading to the survey was not fair enough to allow such a survey to take place.”Donzo resisted the survey which was ordered by the 8th Judicial Circuit Court in Police as well as the court Sheriff could not withstand the tension as the argument intensified.“We are willing to die for this parcel of land, because we are not receiving fair treatment in all our land cases in Nimba, and nobody will even attempt to take this one, it will never happen,” said one of the youths.The youth complained that a senior citizen of Ganta, Nyan Poryor, represented by one Nathan Suah has been claiming the area where the mosque is located and therefore he had reportedly gone to court to seek the survey.One of the youths, Musa Jabateh, told the Daily Observer in an angry mood that all their lands in Ganta had been taken over by other residents, and the cases are in court without any possible redress.“For this piece of land where our mosque is situated, nobody will survey it, and we will not allow anyone to encroach on it,” he maintained, adding, “Our parents had been in this place for decades.”The Daily Observer tried to get word from Chief Sherriff William G. Layweh, but he refused to respond to reporters’ questions owing to the intensity of the argument over the conduct of the survey.When contacted via mobile phone, the clerk of court at the 8th Judiciary Circuit Court, Arthur Gaye, said the survey order was passed since two terms of court. He did not provide further details.He however confirmed that the survey was to be done in favor of one Nathan Suah of Ganta.Efforts by reporters to get to Mr. Suah remained futile up to press time last night as he refused to speak to the press on the matter.Land cases have intensified in Ganta owing to the reconstruction of the road from Gbarnga to Ganta that has reached its climax, residents said. However, the parcel of land in question is not affected by the road construction.Many business people are in court with claims and counter claims over land previously occupied by either party, according to the Daily Observer investigation.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Five Tidy Town Committees were honoured at a special event in the County House in Lifford on Monday afternoon when they were awarded the Clean & Green Awards from Donegal County Council.These awards are aimed at recognising groups that have achieved high scores in the following three categories of the National Tidy Towns competition: Tidiness & Litter Control; Approach Roads, Streets and Lanes and; Sustainability – doing more with less.The following groups received an award of €500 as they came out tops in these categories in the national competition for their own municipal district – Doochary, Donegal Town, Carraig Airt, Castlefinn and Malin and Donegal Town also received the overall county award worth €1,000. Owen Howells and David Davin from Donegal Town Tidy Towns Committee receiving the overall winning Clean and Green Award worth €1000 from Donegal County Council Cathaoirleach Cllr. Seamus O’Domhnaill at a special event in the County House in Lifford on Monday 1 April 2019. Picture also includes Cllr. Niamh Kennedy, Cllr. Noel Jordan, Cllr. Gerry Crawford and Michael McGarvey, Donegal County Council.Speaking at the presentation of these awards Cathaoirleach Cllr. Seamus O’Domhnaill congratulated the groups on the great work that they do in their own towns and villages.“The work that you do is a credit to each and every one of you and to the other volunteers in your community. You are making a massive contribution to your communities and you are keeping Donegal cleaner, greener and much more environmentally aware. I think we are winning the battle and I would urge you all to keep up the good work – the future is green.”Brian Watson and Hugh McColgan from Malin Tidy Towns Committee receiving a Clean and Green Award worth €500 from Donegal County Council Cathaoirleach Cllr. Seamus O’Domhnaill at a special event in the County House in Lifford on Monday 1 April 2019. Picture also includes Cllr. Niamh Kennedy, Cllr. Noel Jordan, Cllr. Gerry Crawford and Michael McGarvey, Donegal County Council.Cllr Niamh Kennedy, Deputy Chair of the Environmental and Emergency Services Strategic Policy Committee also congratulated the groups and said that €67,000 had been invested in Tidy Towns initiatives by the Council in 2018. 28 groups benefitted from the fund which helped them improve their overall marks in the national competition.Carrigart Tidy Town Committee members Columba Boyce and Joy Buchanan receiving a Clean and Green Award worth €500 from Donegal County Council Cathaoirleach Cllr. Seamus O’Domhnaill at a special event in the County House in Lifford on Monday 1 April 2019. Picture also includes Cllr. Niamh Kennedy, Cllr. Noel Jordan, Cllr. Gerry Crawford and Michael McGarvey, Donegal County Council.Sam Gallagher from Castlefin Tidy Town Committee receiving a Clean and Green Award worth €500 from Donegal County Council Cathaoirleach Cllr. Seamus O’Domhnaill at a special event in the County House in Lifford on Monday 1 April 2019. Picture also includes Cllr. Niamh Kennedy, Cllr. Noel Jordan, Cllr. Gerry Crawford and Michael McGarvey, Donegal County Council.Michael McGarvey, Director of Water and Environment with the Council also commended the groups on receiving these awards and noted that there are more than 5,000 volunteers working through Tidy Town Committees and community clean-ups across Donegal and this is something that is particularly unique to Donegal. The Council has just recently launched the Big Donegal Clean-Up campaign and groups have already been very active. This year we also have 5 local Big Donegal Clean-up Ambassadors who will help promote the campaign and encourage others to get involved. He added that the Council is fully committed to continuing to work with groups and explore all possible options for addressing ongoing challenges particularly litter along the roadside.Mr McGarvey said “the Tidy Towns initiative has such a positive impact on the local community and we are keen to support groups that instil such positivity in their local community and their local environment”. Tidy Town Committees sweep up Clean & Green Awards was last modified: April 3rd, 2019 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:Clean & Green Awardstidy towns
Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh has announced funding has been approved for St Joseph’s NS, Trentagh, Letterkenny for works on the school’s heating system.“I am delighted to be able to share some good news back home of investment in St Joseph’s NS,” Minister McHugh said.“The funding approval will ensure St Joseph’s can carry out work to replace the boiler and upgrade the flue in the heating system in the school.” The Building Unit in the Department of Education and Skills approved funding under the Emergency Works scheme.Minister McHugh shared the good news with the school while on a fact-finding mission to the UAE.“I’ve been talking to principal Grainne Duggan and it’s great to be able to share news like this,” the Minister said.“I hope the work will be carried out in the coming weeks and the school can look forward to the improvements being ready for the coming school year.” Trentagh school gets funding to upgrade heating system was last modified: June 12th, 2019 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) Tags:donegalfundingheating systemSCHOOLST JOSEPHSTrentagh
Everton stormed back from 2-0 down to beat Chelsea 3-2 in an action-packed Under-21 Premier League match at Goodison Park.The young Blues looked set for a fifth consecutive victory after goals from Ruben Loftus-Cheek and John Swift.Loftus-Cheek tucked away the loose ball after Alex Kiwomya’s shot had been parried, before Swift found the net with a cracking 30-yard effort to leave Chelsea two ahead at half-time.Swift then hit the bar with another long-range shot, and with Kiwomya and Islam Feruz also going close for the visitors, they seemed in complete control.But Hallam Hope pulled a goal back for Everton and then pounced on keeper Jamal Blackman’s poor clearance to equalise.Chris Long scored Everton’s winner, netting from the rebound after Blackman had saved John Lundstram’s penalty.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Creating a Facebook video ad campaign for yourself or a client? Here are five of the most important insights to keep in mind.While their public relations department may be working hard to curtail negative PR for “fake news,” and the public persona may be taking a hit, make no mistake: Facebook still reigns supreme among social media platforms, and it is continuing to grow every day. Facebook’s advertising platform has become one of the most advanced and sophisticated apps for digital marketers — and video is a huge part of its future.For videographers who want to learn more about creating better digital marketing content, and digital marketers who want to learn more about creating stronger video content for their Facebook audiences, here are five tips to keep in mind when creating Facebook video ads.1. Mobile-Friendly ContentImage via UfaBizPhoto.As of 2018, a reported 75 percent of users are viewing Facebook on a mobile device. And as you’d expect for these users, mobile-friendly video content is more important now than ever. Facebook knows this better than anyone and expects 78 percent of all mobile data to be video by 2021. For content creators, this means a couple of things:Vertical video.Newsfeed-friendlyQuick information.Muted until clicked.GIFs over video.While they definitely want you dumping money into your ad campaigns, at the end of the day, Facebook also wants your video ads to do well. For more tips on creating mobile-friendly content, they have a whole page dedicated to successful video campaigns, which you can look through here.2. Keep it ShortAccording to Facebook’s own records, “People don’t spend long interacting with mobile content. 47% of a video’s value is delivered in the first 3 seconds.” This can obviously create problems for video content marketers if they want to use multi-channel or cross-platform videos. However, for savvy Facebook video editors, it means more opportunities to create Facebook-exclusive content, which keeps these rules in mind.3. Community-Focused ContentIf anything, Facebook has made a major push to get the social media platform back to its community-focused roots. You’ve seen their rebranding ad campaigns with the unfortunate messaging of “the best part of Facebook isn’t on Facebook.” But it’s important to note that this messaging is top-down, and it changed their newsfeed algorithm. You can read more about these changes here, but it means that community-focused content is the way of the future — for now.4. Strive for AuthenticityImage via Chaay_Tee.By the same token, Facebook’s messaging has also branched into its advertising partners and the brands who use their ad platform. Authenticity trumps everything, and it is the best way to see results from your campaigns. If you’re looking for some practical specs and more general advice on creating authentic video content, you can check out more in Facebook’s mobile studio.5. Encourage EngagementFinally, if you really want to get the most ROI out of your video content ad campaigns, encourage engagement at every level — directly in your videos, in your social posts, and in your ad campaigns. Engagement used to only mean views or likes, but now it definitely means comments, tags, and shares. If your call to action is strong and encourages the right forms of engagement and sharing, you’ll be ahead of your competition.For full Facebook video specs, stats, and advice, check out Facebook’s video page here.Cover image by Dean Drobot.For more video content marketing articles, check out some of these below.Everything You Need to Know About Putting Your Videos OnlineFacebook Hack: How to Optimize Your Video PostsResolve 14’s Best Editing Features For The Online Content CreatorHow to Properly Export Video for FacebookIs Facebook Now a Better Video Distribution Source Than YouTube?
June Mar Fajardo. PBA IMAGESJune Mar Fajardo admitted that TNT behemoth Joshua Smith is definitely one of the toughest guys he has ever faced in his young professional career.“He’s definitely one of the heaviest. You can see that he’s really that big,” the reigning three-time PBA MVP said in Filipino after San Miguel’s 104-102 Game 1 defeat in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals.ADVERTISEMENT Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH LATEST STORIES MOST READ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Fajardo had a tough time defending Smith in the post and that was evident when he failed to stop the burly reinforcement’s game-clinching hook shot with 1.6 seconds to spare.READ: Smith game-winner lifts TNT past San Miguel for 1-0 leadFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“He was able to make it,” Fajardo said of TNT’s crucial play down the stretch. “His hook shot is good, so we have to adjust on how to stop him. The game was really for them.”The KaTropa took the 1-0 series lead in the best-of-seven championship duel. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide View comments What ‘missteps’? Fajardo, who toiled for his 18 points, 13 rebounds and two blocks, got a reprieve in the second half when Smith’s left foot injury hampered him in two separate occasions. But Smith was still unstoppable down the stretch.Despite the heartbreaking loss, Fajardo opted to stay optimistic as he shifts his focus on Friday for Game 2.“TNT had a good defense, so it’s up to us to adjust. We have to rest, practice tomorrow, and bounce back,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Pogoy shrugs off nerves to get career best in first PBA Finals trip Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’
World number one Novak Djokovic, the only member of the so-called “Big Four” to reach Friday’s semi-finals of the US Open, also has the distinction of being the least tested of the last four at Flushing Meadows.Serbian top seed Djokovic goes against 10th-seeded Frenchman Gael Monfils, while number three Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland takes on sixth seed Kei Nishikori of Japan to set up the men’s final at the year’s last, and rather unusual, grand slam.With Roger Federer missing due to injury, Andy Murray upset in the quarters and Rafa Nadal a fourth-round loser, Djokovic marches on in a quest for a 13th slam title without his familiar high profile rivals standing in the way. (Serena Williams crashes out of US Open in semis)Djokovic, 29, who came to New York with questions about his fitness and form after a first-round exit from the Rio Olympics and concerns over an injured left wrist, has sailed into the semi-finals in record time due to a bizarre path.Injuries to Jiri Vesely’s forearm (second-round walkover), Mikhail Youzhny’s hamstring (third-round retirement) and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga’s knee (quarter-finals retirement) made Djokovic something of a cameo performer at Flushing Meadows.DJOKOVIC AND WALKOVERSHe is the first man in the modern era to reach a slam semi-final after three retirements or walkovers. His nine sets and 84 games completed are the fewest at this stage at any major in the Open era that featured a 128 draw and only best-of-five matches.Djokovic, who earlier this season joined Rod Laver and Don Budge as the third man to hold all four slam titles at once following wins at the Australian Open and French Open, said the rest was much appreciated.advertisement”In this stage of the season, considering some physical issues I have had … this was the scenario that I needed and I wished for,” he told reporters. “Right now I’m feeling very close to the peak.”Monfils, on top of his game with a straight-sets run to the semi-finals, will need to be at his peak to reach the final as he is still seeking his first victory against Djokovic after 12 losses. (Kerber beats Wozniacki to set up final clash with Pliskova )Wawrinka, who blossomed after turning 28 to win the 2014 Australian Open and 2015 French Open, leads Nishikori 3-2 in their head-to-head, with the duo splitting grand slam quarter-final encounters.Nishikori beat the Swiss in five sets at the 2014 Open on his way to the final, while Wawrinka beat the Japanese at the 2015 Australian Open.Nishikori is striving to become the first man from an Asian country to win a grand slam, and should he achieve the feat would pocket a record $4.5 million, including a $1 million bonus for topping the US Open Series of run-up events.
Story Highlights Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, is urging Jamaicans to prepare themselves to benefit from the opportunities to emerge from the fourth industrial revolution, which, he says, the entire world is already experiencing. The Minister was speaking at the launch of the Dr. Andrew Wheatley Centre for Digital Innovation and Advanced Manufacturing at the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) on Wednesday (November 15). He noted that skills will be needed to bridge the gap between engineering and computer science, machine learning and artificial intelligence. Therefore, Jamaicans need to start seeking the necessary training that will make them qualified for jobs. Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, is urging Jamaicans to prepare themselves to benefit from the opportunities to emerge from the fourth industrial revolution, which, he says, the entire world is already experiencing.This fourth wave of industrial development is characterised by a fusion of digitalisation and automation in order to make machines smart, interactive and easy to use.It builds on the third revolution that has been occurring since the middle of the last century, and involves the use of electronics and information technology to automate production.“These new technologies will have a significant impact on the way we live and work. In fact, we are seeing, every day, that new types of robots are being built; robots that will now interact with humans. This revolution will challenge all our industries. It will change our economy and it will definitely change our lives,” the Minister said.He noted that skills will be needed to bridge the gap between engineering and computer science, machine learning and artificial intelligence. Therefore, Jamaicans need to start seeking the necessary training that will make them qualified for jobs.“We have to upgrade existing skills, reskill and learn to collaborate and coexist with intelligent machines. This technological revolution is multifaceted and its implications are transformational.With digitalisation, opportunities will be created for entrepreneurs and businesses while bringing enormous benefits to consumers,” he added.The Minister was speaking at the launch of the Dr. Andrew Wheatley Centre for Digital Innovation and Advanced Manufacturing at the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) on Wednesday (November 15).The Centre will facilitate training in 3D laser scanning and advanced manufacturing, including drone technology.It is the first and only innovation centre in the English-speaking Caribbean that will facilitate research and development aimed at digital transformation.It seeks to attract talented student designers, creators and engineers, and will be available to students, faculty and industry practitioners who want to utilise additive manufacturing for co-innovation in a research-based environment. The Centre will perform a variety of rapid prototyping and low-volume part manufacturing.Dr. Wheatley welcomed the Centre and pointed to the need for other such facilities in the island.“I believe that this Centre provides an opportunity for us to explore our innovative capacity as a people. We need to move away from being mere consumers of technology, to become innovators of technology,” he said.The Dr. Andrew Wheatley Centre for Digital Innovation and Advanced Manufacturing has the most sophisticated fleet of Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) 3D printers in Jamaica.There are 16 such printers, including one professional-grade printer used in manufacturing environments by big brands such as General Motors, BMW, Boeing and others.
Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre Afnql Chief Ghislain Picard The Buffalo Hat Singers email@example.com <> Chief Christine Zachary-Deom Mohawk Council of Kahnawake Tom FennarioAPTN National NewsMONTREAL – Chief Christine Zachary-Deom says she doesn’t get nervous when it comes to public speaking.But it’s also not every day she’s entrusted to speak Mohawk in front of the mayor, the premier of Quebec, the prime minister and hundreds of other dignitaries.“It was very difficult, one of the words was 13 syllables long, try not to stumble over that,” said Zachary-Deom, who’s from nearby Kahnawake Mohawk Territory.She spoke at a mass Wednesday in Montreal’s venerable Catholic bastion, Notre-Dame Basilica in old Montreal.The occasion was the 375th anniversary of the founding of the city, and the words were from the book of Sirach, a passage that Zarchary-Deom felt spoke to the occasion.“It celebrates the children of famous men, and there sitting in the audience were all these politicians who have grown up that way. And it celebrates the actions of their forefathers and what they’ve done, and how they’ve secured the way forward for their children,” said Zarchary-Deom.Following mass, the delicate notes of choir singing carried dignitaries outside to the Place-des-Armes, were they were greeted with the thumping drum circle of group The Buffalo Hat Singers. There Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made a point of recognizing First Nations contributions to Montreal.“We’re here today to pay tribute to founders of this city,” Trudeau said gesturing to a nearby statue of Paul Chomedey de Maisonneuve, “who decided to establish their colony on land whose importance had already been recognized by the Hochelaga people. It is because of their work, as well as the efforts of the settlers and Indigenous peoples who joined them that Montreal took its first steps as a city.”When the French settled here, it was already a metropolis and its name is Tiohtià:ke said Assembly of First Nations of Quebec & Labrador Chief Ghislain Picard at the same ceremony.“It’s the name the Mohawk gave it because it was an important territory, a place for gathering and trade for several First Nations. Permit me to also salute the unofficial founders that we have unfortunately forgotten over the course of time, these First Nations, notably my Mohawk brothers and sisters,” said Picard.As part of year-long 375th celebrations, Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre has recently declared Montreal to be the “Metropolis of Reconciliation”.“We must recognize that we are currently on traditional unceded Mohawk territory, we recognize also that, 375 years later, the consequences colonization had on Indigenous people,” said Coderre at the ceremony. “On this day that marks the 375th anniversary, we cannot re-write history, but we can certainly contribute to reconciliation between our peoples.”Among the things Montreal has planned is a redesign of its flag, which currently recognizes the French, Scottish, English, and Irish as founders of the city.“That flag will be ready in September,” said Zachary-Deom “I’m on the committee, I know it’s being taken very seriously in terms of what the symbolism will be.”For now Zachary-Deom intends to enjoy the day, and said she’s pleased with how far things of come.“You know, that building [Notre-Dame Basilica] we paid for. Kahnawake itself, in 1841 $4000 went into building that second tower. The Sulpicians knew we had some money, they asked to borrow it, when it came time to pay in back, the federal government stepped in and said ‘give it to us, we’ll redistribute it’. So I celebrate the place, I feel like it’s mine. I paid for it,” she said.