Bayern host the first leg at Munich’s Allianz Arena with the return at Madrid’s Bernabeu on May 1.The German giants warmed up by romping to a 6-2 win at Bayer Leverkusen on Tuesday in the German Cup semi-final.“It was a demonstration of the footballing quality of our team,” added Rummenigge.“To be a FC Bayern fan must be paradise at the moment.“The team clearly has a tremendous quality for achieving everything it wants to.”Bayern could repeat their 2013 treble.They are in the German Cup final on May 19 and have already secured a sixth straight Bundesliga title.The Bavarian giants ran riot in Leverkusen as Germany forward Thomas Mueller scored twice and helped set up the opening goal in a man-of-the-match performance.Star striker Robert Lewandowski was credited with two more goals to add to his 38 in 42 matches this season for Bayern.Having led 2-1 at the break, Bayern turned on the style in the second-half.Arjen Robben, Thiago Alcantara and Mueller, twice, hit four goals in a devastating 26-minute spell.Leverkusen are third in the Bundesliga, but trail Bayern by a massive 24 points and the gulf in class showed.“It was a football demonstration for a long period,” beamed Bayern boss Jupp Heynckes.“We put in a top performance against a good opponent.“We were incredibly motivated and focused.“We’re in a really good mood.”Heynckes heaped praise on Bayern goalkeeper Sven Ulreich, who made outstanding saves to twice deny Leverkusen winger Karim Bellarabi.– ‘Dominant team’ –“We were the dominant team, but there were always situations where Sven Ulreich saved us. He was outstanding,” said Heynckes.Mueller agreed.“That was advertising for German football,” said the Germany forward.“We were 2-0 ahead, then it was 2-1 and Ulle (Ulreich) kept us in the game with two saves.“The team did a great job, of course we want more — we feel it’s possible.”Real Madrid knocked Bayern out of the Champions League last season at the quarter-final stage.The Spaniards won 2-1 in Munich as superstar Cristiano Ronaldo netted two second-half goals before Bayern lost 4-2 in the second leg in Madrid.Nevertheless, Bayern are in the mood to deny Ronaldo and his Real team a third straight Champions League title this season.“If we play like we did (against Leverkusen), it’ll be hard for Real too,” said Bayern goalkeeper Ulreich.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Bayern Munich warmed up for Real Madrid by thrashing Leverkusen to reach the German Cup final © AFP / Patrik STOLLARZBERLIN, Germany, Apr 18 – Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has thrown down the gauntlet to Real Madrid ahead of next Wednesday’s home Champions League semi-final, first leg.“We have to keep our concentration until next Wednesday, but if anyone can beat Real Madrid at the moment, it’s FC Bayern,” boasted Rummenigge.
Irish Water is working to repair a burst water main in Buncrana this afternoon (Mon).Repairs are being carried out on burst main in the Umrycam and surrounding areas – meaning supply may be disrupted.Works have an estimated completion time of 3.50pm on November 11. If you need to get in touch with Irish Water about this incident, quote the reference number DON00011049.Irish Water work to repair burst water main in Inishowen was last modified: November 11th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)
CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or video on a mobile deviceAlfonzo McKinnie has been a sensation for the Warriors this season, averaging 6.8 points and 4.1 rebounds in 14.7 minutes.He’s shooting 3-pointers at 60 percent. He’s picked up a block here, an assist there. Mostly he just looks like he belongs. He came out of nowhere, which college basketball aficionados know to be Wisconsin-Green Bay. He wasn’t drafted. He played 14 games for Toronto last season. He has …
The beehive fence is simple and effective.(Image: Save the Elephants) Members of the construction team besidethe beehive fence.(Image: Save the Elephants) The largest land mammal is capable ofcausing tremendous damage to crops.(Image: Lucy King)Janine ErasmusA tiny creature is proving effective in chasing away earth’s biggest mammal – fences strung with beehives in Kenya form a barrier that African elephants are scared to cross, keeping them out of croplands.The Save the Elephants organisation and zoologists from Oxford University have innovatively used a naturally-occurring phenomenon to protect fields once trampled by tuskers.Oxford University researchers found in 2007 that elephants were frightened by the loud buzzing of African honeybees en masse, and that beehives – whether real or recorded – placed at strategic points could actually prevent the huge beasts from raiding fields in search of a snack.A recording of an agitated hive caused all but one of 17 elephant groups tested to disappear in approximately a minute, eight of them within seconds.This trial followed an earlier discovery by the same scientists, who in 2002 found that elephants will not approach acacia trees that contain African honeybee (Apis mellifera scutellata) hives.The hive fence also solves the possible problem of elephant complacency. It is all very well to scare elephants away with bee recordings, but the highly intelligent animals would soon realise that there were no accompanying stings, and would get progressively more daring.And as virtually no farmers could afford to buy sound equipment or even have electricity to power it, the beehive fence is a more realistic solution.Growing problemThe clash of man and elephant (Loxodonta africana) is a growing problem, with humans encroaching on wildlife habitats as more land is cleared for agriculture, and elephant populations increasing in some parts of Africa.Farmers suffer devastating losses of maize, beans, potatoes, squash and other crops to marauding elephants, and they retaliate with shooting, poisoning and spearing. The tragic result, too often, is death on both sides.Reports of raiding leviathans are received on an almost daily basis. In the latest incident earlier in June 2009, more than 5 000 Mozambican families were forced to abandon their homes after elephants on the hunt for cereal crops attacked their villages. In this case the result was not death, but absenteeism, as frightened children refused to go to school.Humane deterrentThe Save the Elephants non-profit organisation is now following the lead of the Elephant Pepper Development Trust, which uses chilli peppers to humanely keep elephants out of farmers’ lands.Chillis contain the fiery chemical capsaicin, which is unpleasant to eat. Sown amongst other crops, they keep elephants away. Chilli crops eventually end up in a range of award-winning sauces and spices, which in turn help to fund the organisation and give African farmers a little more cash in their pockets.Beehive fences are proving to be another successful, and humane, way to deter elephants. Working with Oxford zoologists, Save the Elephants researchers designed the fence, strung at intervals with beehives. The fence poses an effective and affordable barrier that elephants are literally too afraid to cross.The hives are made from logs suspended on fence poles set 8m apart and connected with fencing wire. Each hive is protected from the sun by a small thatch roof. Oxford researchers say that when elephants attempt to push through the fence, the hives swing around at the end of their wires and the bees are roused. Their agitated buzzing causes the elephants to turn tail and run.Successful pilot projectA report published on 1 June 2009 in the online version of the African Journal of Ecology states that a six-week pilot project in Laikipia, Kenya, was tremendously successful.Compared with a nearby control farm, the hive-protected farm had 86% fewer successful raids although fields were not fenced all the way around, and was consequently more productive.The authors, Lucy King, Anna Lawrence, Iain Douglas-Hamilton and Fritz Vollrath of Oxford and Save the Elephants, suggest that there is an added financial benefit. Although hives would require maintenance, farmers could recoup the cost of the fence and boost their income through the sale of honey and other bee products, as with the chillis.Significantly, even empty hives did the job. The mere sight of the hives, suggested the researchers, triggered unpleasant memories of earlier encounters with bees. The areas around an elephant’s eyes and inside the trunk are vulnerable to a bee attack, and an angry swarm can kill a calf that has yet to develop the thick protective hide.Oxford hopes that the fence will help reduce the ongoing conflict between man and beast. A wider study is now underway, involving 60 farms and 1 700m of beehive fencing. The project is funded by the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund, Kenya’s Safaricom Foundation, Rufford Small Grants and Save the Elephants.Farmers are proving to be very receptive to the beehive fence as it is cheap and easy to construct, and also provides protection against cattle rustlers.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Contact Janine Erasmus at [email protected] linksSave the ElephantsAfrican Journal of Ecology
Hewlett-Packard is throwing in the towel on WebOS, abandoning the dream of dominating the smartphone industry with its own mobile operating system. According to reports, HP is selling webOS to consumer gadget manufacturer LG for use in the company’s smart televisions. The sale, first reported by CNET, marks the end of a sad era for the once promising mobile operating system developed by Palm and sold to HP for $1.2 billion in April 2010. It is hard to imagine how HP could have bungled how it handled WebOS any worse than it did before essentially quitting on the operating system and eventually selling it. So much for the TouchPad Finally Free Of HP’s ManglingWhen HP bought Palm, it envisioned a robust line of phones and tablets that would compete head-to-head with Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS products. The company spent a year developing the HP TouchPad, which launched on July 1, 2011. The launch did not go well for HP and within a couple of months the company had pulled the plug on trying to bully its way into the tablet market and began a fire sale of existing TouchPad inventory, selling the device for $99 on a first-come, first-serve basis.At the time, the reversal of HP’s mobile strategy seemed like a stunning knee-jerk reaction. The TouchPad was only on sale for a couple of months before HP gave up on it and, really, WebOS HP pulled most of its development resources from WebOS shortly thereafter and open-sourced WebOS whilst, theoretically, offering structure and support to the operating system.In the end, nothing new came from HP after it open-sourced WebOS in January 2012. A little more than a year later, it is unloading the operating system to LG, which does not plan to use it in smartphones or tablets. HP Goes AndroidWe knew the death knell was coming for WebOS at HP earlier this month when ReadWrite reported that HP would be turning to Android for next foray into the mobile market. Yesterday, HP announced a $169 Android tablet – the Slate 7 – it will begin selling in April this year.If HP was unable or unwilling to create an ecosystem that could have supported WebOS moving to Android was the next logical choice. Android has hundreds of thousands of apps, a loyal following and a trusted name among consumers. Android is open source and costs HP very little to develop to place it into its own devices. If HP had come to the decision to use Android earlier, it could have saved itself $1.2 billion plus the time and development resources it put into building the TouchPad. WebOS of course, would have been free of HP’s mangling fingers. The Android ecosystem is extraordinarily competitive. The only tablets running Android that get any modicum of marketshare are the Amazon Fire series and Google Nexus 7, built by Asus. Samsung’s variety of Galaxy Tabs and Notes also hold some weight in the market. HP is hoping that its bargain-rate pricing of its new Slate 7 (pictured top) will be able to cut into the tablet sector, but do not bet on it. There is no shortage of cheap Android tablets for HP to compete with.LG’s Smart TV BetDepending on the cost of acquisition (which was not reported), LG’s bet on a smart television running on a WebOS kernel is fairly safe. The beauty of WebOS is the fact that it is designed to be mobile Web compatible. With WebOS LG can bring the entire Internet to a television, not just a series of apps designed to run on large screens. Will it pay off? That is a harder question to answer. The connected-TV race has supposedly been on the cusp of taking off for years now. As yet, it has not gained the type of traction that one would have hoped. Samsung and a variety of other players make Internet-connected televisions but their products remain a consumer niche. Then there is the question on whether Apple will go full-tilt and make its own television, which nobody outside of Cupertino knows right now. In the end, WebOS lives another day. Whether we will ever hear from it again is a different story.Update: Talking to reporters at Mobile World Congress, Hewlett-Packard said that it is not selling the entirety of WebOS to LG. HP will only sell the source code, documentation, websites and staff responsible for building WebOS. HP will retain the cloud aspects of the system, including app catalogue, backend systems and updating service. Tags:#Android#Hewlett-Packard#WebOS dan rowinski Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts
Team Lakay’s rough start lights a fire under Danny Kingad PLAY LIST 01:04Team Lakay’s rough start lights a fire under Danny Kingad00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Read Next With thousands of home fans screaming his name, Kingad tried to assert his offense on the Brazilian but it was Moraes who immediately got the upper hand in the opening minute of the first round sending the Team Lakay member to the mat.Moraes (17-2), who was making his first defense of the ONE undisputed flyweight belt, then methodically tired out Kingad on the ground before transitioning to the rear naked choke 15 seconds left in the fight.READ: Danny Kingad: student by day, fighter by night Kingad, though, didn’t leave himself down for too long as he knows he got the valuable experience of fighting in a title fight that would help him in the long run.“I will go back again and train,” said Kingad. “We will have future chances and we will get that belt for the country.”ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDanny Kingad came into ONE Championship’s Legends of the World card ready to take his shot at destiny.With a five-fight winning streak under his belt, Kingad beamed with confidence and stared at ONE flyweight champion Adriano Moraes with the intent of taking the belt for himself.ADVERTISEMENT UP dumps NU in last elims game, but Final 4 status still in limbo Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion The fight lasted 4:45— with Kingad tapping out to Moraes’ rear naked choke.READ: Kingad fails to take ONE flyweight title as Moraes retains beltFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHumbled and beaten, Kingad knew it still wasn’t his chance to become the top flyweight in the promotion.“All I can say is it isn’t my time yet to be a champion,” said Kingad (5-1) in Filipino Friday at Mall of Asia Arena. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA View comments
MOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa The Supreme Court said that Pistorius “displays a lack of remorse, and does not appreciate the gravity ofhis actions.”Pistorius’ brother, Carl, wrote on Twitter: “Shattered. Heartbroken. Gutted.” A spokesman for the Pistorius family didn’t answer calls from the AP.Pistorius should have been sentenced to the prescribed minimum of 15 years for murder, Seriti said, as he delivered the verdict of a panel of five judges at the Supreme Court in the central city of Bloemfontein. There is no death penalty in South Africa.The new sentence of 13 years and five months took into account the one year and seven months Pistorius served in prison and under house arrest after his initial manslaughter conviction.The new sentence was backdated to start on the day he began his murder sentence, on July 6 last year.The decision by the five judges was unanimous, Seriti said.ADVERTISEMENT It’s rare for the Supreme Court to change the sentences handed down by trial judges so dramatically.“I did not expect the Supreme Court of Appeal to hand down such a lengthy sentence of imprisonment,” legalanalyst Ulrich Roux said on the eNCA news channel. “But, if one looks at what the law states, and given the fact that murder does carry the minimum sentence of 15 years in prison, I think the decision could be vindicated.”Pistorius must serve at least half of the 13 years and five months — nearly seven years — before he can be considered for parole. He has served a year and five months of his murder sentence.Pistorius, who turned 31 on Wednesday, is being held at the Atteridgeville Correctional Centre on the outskirts of the South African capital, Pretoria.Friday’s Supreme Court decision also has possible consequences for where he is held for the remainder of his sentence. Pistorius was moved from the high security Kgosi Mampuru II Prison in central Pretoria to Atteridgeville, which houses prisoners sentenced to six years or less. Pistorius might now be moved back to a higher security facility.The ruling could also bring an end to a near five-year legal saga surrounding the double-amputee athlete, a multiple Paralympic champion and record-breaker who was the first amputee to run at the Olympics and one of the most celebrated sportsmen in the world.Pistorius’ lawyers have just one avenue open to them if they want to challenge the new sentence handed down by the Supreme Court, and that is to appeal to the Constitutional Court, the highest court in South Africa.Pistorius failed with an appeal to the Constitutional Court last year to challenge his murder conviction. FILE – In this July 6, 2016, file photo, Oscar Pistorius, center, arrives at the High Court in Pretoria, South Africa, for a sentencing hearing for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in his home on Valentine’s Day 2013. Pistorius has had his prison sentence extended to 13 years and 5 months in the High Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein Friday, Nov. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Shiraaz Mohamed, File)SOMERSET WEST, South Africa — Oscar Pistorius’ prison sentence was increased to 13 years and five months by South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeal on Friday, more than doubling the Olympic runner’s jail term for the murder of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.In an announcement that took a matter of minutes, Supreme Court Justice Willie Seriti said the Supreme Court upheld an appeal by prosecutors against Pistorius’ original six-year sentence for shooting Steenkamp multiple times in his home in 2013.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Terrence Romeo insists injury is main reason for Gilas absence Read Next Steenkamp’s parents were “emotional” as they watched the court proceedings live on television at home, family lawyer Tania Koen said.“They feel there has been justice for Reeva. She can now rest in peace,” Koen told The Associated Press. “But at the same time, people must realize that people think this is the end of the road for them … the fact is they still live with Reeva’s loss every day.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutPistorius killed Steenkamp in the pre-dawn hours of Valentine’s Day 2013 after shooting four times through a closed toilet cubicle door with his 9mm pistol. He claimed he mistook the 29-year-old model and reality TV star for an intruder and was initially convicted of manslaughter by trial judge Thokozile Masipa. That conviction was overturned and replaced with a murder conviction by the Supreme Court in 2015. He was then sentenced to six years for murder by Masipa, a decision also now rejected by the Supreme Court.Prosecutors called the six-year sentence much too lenient and the Supreme Court agreed, saying in a full written ruling released later that “the sentence of six years’ imprisonment is shockingly lenient to a point where it has the effect of trivialising this serious offence.” QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. 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Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera The Jawbreakers suffered their fourth straight defeat and stayed at the cellar with a 1-7 record.The scores:TANDUAY 141 – Martinez 23, Gaco 21, Sanga 20, Varilla 15, Alvarez 11, Villamor 10, Eguilos 9, Vigil 9, Terso 7, Santos 5, Sollano 5, Palma 2, Taganas 2, Tambeling 2.ZARK’S BURGERS 65 – Celiz 13, Ferrer 12, Bautista 11, De Leon 10, Cudal 6, Cariaga 5, Mangahas 5, Nalos 2, Argamino 1, Cayabyab 0, De Ocampo 0.Quarters: 35-6, 58-29, 95-45, 141-65.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lesnar barely survives Joe at WWE Great Balls of Fire China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Paul Sanga added 20 points and four rebounds, and had the privilege to secure the record-setting basket with an undergoal stab in the dwindling seconds of the game.Paul Varilla added 15 markers and eight boards, as all 14 players were able to log at least two points in the blowout.Chongson attributed the huge conquest to the team’s collective resolve as Tanduay sought to bounce back from its 104-89 loss to Flying V last Thursday.“It just so happened that we started strong. We’re coming from a loss and all we wanted was going on Thursday’s game because we want to have momentum in our game against Batangas,” he said as the Rhum Masters forced a three-way tie at third place with CEU and Batangas, all carrying an identical 4-2 slate.Robby Celiz paced Zark’s Burgers with 13 points, three rebounds, and two assists, while Jerome Ferrer got 12 markers and four boards.ADVERTISEMENT Jerwin Gaco. PBA IMAGESTanduay annihilated Zark’s Burgers in record-setting fashion, 141-65, Monday in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.The Rhum Masters set new PBA D-League records for most points scored in a game, eclipsing Racal Motors’ previous 140 against the Jawbreakers last June 8, and the biggest winning margin, topping the 67-point blowout by Cignal over Gamboa Coffee Mix last June 15.ADVERTISEMENT But Tanduay coach Lawrence Chongson downplayed his team’s feat and said what’s important to him and the players is winning.“Those records mean nothing if we don’t make it to the next round. The only record we want is to be a champion,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsJerwin Gaco wasted no time as he set the tone early, uncorking 14 of his 21 points during the Rhum Masters’ 35-6 start. He also had eight rebounds and three assists in the victory.James Martinez also had a hand in the rout as he went 5-of-8 from threes to finish with 23 markers on top of nine assists and two rebounds. El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: 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 View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES
WACO, TX – OCTOBER 17: A general view as the Baylor Bears take on the West Virginia Mountaineers in the first quarter at McLane Stadium on October 17, 2015 in Waco, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)Baylor’s 400-pound tight end LaQuan McGowan created quite a stir when he caught a touchdown in the team’s bowl game against Michigan State last season. He worked at tight end and H-back this spring, and judging by his first pitch effort at last night’s Texas Rangers’ game, he may want to see if Art Briles will let him throw a pass this fall.Mound presence? Baylor’s 400-pound TE LaQuan McGowan throws out the Rangers first pich Friday (via @nick_pants) https://t.co/GsijMk4ize— Chuck Carlton (@ChuckCarltonDMN) June 13, 2015Not the cleanest mechanics but not a bad toss from the big man. If he ever actually pitched in a game, he could throw inside with impunity, since it’s doubtful anyone would want to charge the mound against him.
The Canadian PressPope Francis will not apologize to residential school survivors and their families for the role the Roman Catholic Church played in operating the schools or the abuses suffered by their students.A papal apology was one of the calls to action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and during a visit to the Vatican last year, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau personally asked the Pope to consider such a gesture.The commission recommended an apology similar to that offered by the Pope to Irish victims of sexual abuse in 2010. In 2015, Pope Frances issued an apology in Bolivia to Indigenous peoples in the Americas for the “grave sins” of colonialism.Bishop Lionel Gendron, president of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, today released a letter to the Indigenous Peoples of Canada saying Pope Francis has not shied away from acknowledging injustices faced by Indigenous peoples around the world, but that he can’t personally issue an apology for residential schools.“The Catholic Bishops of Canada have been in dialogue with the Pope and the Holy See concerning the legacy of suffering you have experienced,” Gendron wrote. “The Holy Father is aware of the findings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which he takes seriously. As far as call to action #58 is concerned, after carefully considering the request and extensive dialogue with the bishops of Canada, he felt that he could not personally respond.”Gendron says the Pope has not ruled out a visit to Canada and a meeting with Indigenous Peoples, but in the meantime is encouraging Canadian bishops to continue working with Indigenous Peoples on reconciliation issues and projects that help with healing.Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde said in a statement he has written to Pope Frances urging him to come to Canada and meet Indigenous peoples. He is also seeking a direct meeting with the Pope to discuss the issue further.“Hearing an apology directly from Pope Francis would be an important act of healing and reconciliation, much like his apology delivered to the Indigenous peoples of the Americas in 2015,” Bellegarde said.Trudeau’s office redirected questions about this latest development to Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett, who said Canada won’t give up on the idea yet.“The commissioners recommended this as an important part of healing reconciliation for the survivors,” Bennett said in an emailed statement. “We will continue to advocate for this call to action.”For more than a century, the federal government’s church-run residential schools operated in an effort to assimilate Indigenous children by forcing them into schools where they were not allowed to speak their languages or engage in Indigenous cultural practices. Almost two-thirds of the 130 schools were run by the Catholic Church.Between the 1880s and the time the last school closed in 1996, more than 150,000 Indigenous children attended, many of whom reported being physically, sexually and psychologically abused at the hands of priests, nuns or other teachers.Canada apologized for the schools in 2008, and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission was born out of a negotiated settlement agreement that included compensation for survivors.