Jukasa News Update Tuesday, April 16, 2019
An Alaska native language spelling bee has set a record for the time taken to produce a winner.
KYUK-AM reported Monday that the Statewide Yup’ik Spelling Bee for Beginners in Anchorage April 13 began with 18 contestants at 11 a.m. and did not name the top three finishers until after 3 p.m.
Officials say Angniun Opriann Lomack, a sixth grader from Akiachak, spelled every word she was given in the first round.
Contest officials say the finalists for second and third place each spoke a different dialect of Yup’ik.
Officials say the contest began eight years ago to help students learn to write Yup’ik, and that the contest rules do not allow elimination for a misspelled word.
Officials say contestants continue spelling new words to accumulate the highest scores.
OPP say two teens in Oxford County were taken to hospital after eating food that was believed to be infused with drug products.
Two teenage girls were taken to hospital by paramedics after police say the pair began to cry hysterically and act in a violent manner.
Both were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.
Police are investigating the case and are asking anyone with information to contact police.
The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered indigenous women and girls is fighting RCMP in court to release two files the police are refusing to hand over.
Little is known about the files, other than that they are titled as reports on missing persons and homicide of indigenous women.
Lawyers acting on behalf of RCMP haven’t made submissions to court on the case yet – but both sides are expecting hearings to begin in May.
The Supreme Court of Canada is upholding compensation given to a former residential school student who says he was sexually abused by a nun.
The decision came after the man’s claim was rejected by an adjudicator with the independent assessment process to determine compensation in cases of explicit sexual, emotional and physical abuse.
He was eventually awarded just over $12,000 in compensation fly a judge in 2016 or the abuse he suffered as a child — but the federal government appealed that ruling.
Officials say the man’s victory at the Supreme Court will impact similar cases across the country.
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